If you want to look a bit younger and fresher, a relaxing facial may be all you need to help restore smooth skin and a healthy, radiant glow.
When St. Louisan Julie Longyear founded Blissoma, her holistic skincare and apothecary company, 10 years ago, she was met with some resistance for her all-natural approach. “People asked, Why would I want to do that?” she recalls. But these days, natural skincare is more than just a fringe movement, and the job of educating the public on its benefits has gotten a lot easier. We recently caught up with Longyear to discuss the evolution in the industry.
We know that exposure to UV rays damages skin, but in our foolish youth, we may have worshipped the sun. Now we’re seeing the consequences: wrinkles, loss of elasticity and those nasty brown spots that are no longer considered cute little freckles.
According to the late naturalist John Muir, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” And that’s good, as long as you only receive inspiration—not tick bites.
As you relax by the pool, you don’t want to worry about the damage you may be causing your skin. Exposure to UV rays results in wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and, potentially, skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to understand your options for summer skin protection.
Let’s face it: Sun protection should be on everyone’s priority list this summer—especially when it comes to the face. Never leave home without it!
In our never-ending quest to give you the latest in skin care tips and treatments, LN recently caught up with Kathleen Fuller, spa director at the Four Seasons, St. Louis. Fuller took a circuitous route to her current profession, starting out as a store manager for Walmart before founding her own cosmetics studio, which she operated for 14 years. She then moved to the field of hotel spas, and joined the Four Seasons two years ago. Fuller says her highest goal is to provide a calm experience that promotes the wellness of their spa guests. It must be working: Four Seasons' spa was voted the Best Spa in this year’s LN Platinum List!
Women aren’t the only ones whose skin needs some TLC as we head into warmer months. Men, too, need to care for and protect their skin.
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in a good skin-care regimen. Removing the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal the more glowing complexion beneath helps maintain a youthful appearance and keep the skin healthy.
Researchers have spent decades trying to unravel cancer’s causes. While the search has yielded as many questions as answers, the role of nutrition is one area that scientists are considering in light of newer data.
When it comes to cancer, many cases are mysteries. It’s very difficult—even impossible—to pinpoint what leads to a malignancy. Yet there are a few cancers that clearly are linked to specific causes. Smoking contributes to lung cancer, sun damage contributes to skin cancer, and—in a stunning 99 percent of cases—human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in cervical cancer cases.
No matter how much we fight it, aging changes the skin. We no longer produce copious amounts of natural oils to keep things smooth; and decades of sun damage, from those tans that looked so good when we were in our 20s and 30s, takes its toll as brown spots and wrinkles become more prominent.
With the new year upon us, it’s a good time to resolve to take better care of your skin, according to Dr. Gregory Branham and Dr. John Chi of the Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center.
A younger-looking face may be a matter of seeing the light. Whether you call it photo rejuvenation, a photo facial, photo biomodulation or low-level laser light therapy, delivering various wavelengths of light energy to the skin can result in a more even tone, reduced discoloration, less visible pores and a more youthful glow.
Who doesn’t need a hero when it comes to saving your skin? MYBODY’s myHERO line comes with Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream ($145), which uses probiotic-derived bioactives and growth-factor peptides to rescue and restore damaged and dehydrated skin. Tag-team it with the Anti-Aging Growth Factor Serum ($225) to help increase firmness and improve skin tone and moisture. lovemybody.com.
Alpine Rose Botanical Technology is just one of the ways protective antioxidants is delivered to the skin in VBEAUTÉ’s anti-aging line: Day Job Sun Protection Crème ($48) shields the skin from damaging UV rays; Lite Up Intense Brightening Agent ($45) is an oil-free satiny serum that brightens, helps clear blemishes and reduces inflammation; and Lip Spread ($19) delivers lightweight, silky smooth moisture tinted to match your skin tone. Available at Soft Surroundings.
During the summer, when we are all complaining about the hot, humid Midwestern weather, we yearn for cooler, drier air. Well, welcome to winter! Now the air is so dry it crackles, and our skin responds in kind.
This time of year, our homes are adorned with holiday lighting, poinsettia plants and mistletoe, as well as lots of goodies like brownies and cookies, and perhaps a Christmas tree that umbrellas a score of presents of all sizes and shapes. So, what’s to worry about?
Saint Louis University is participating in a multi-center study that will test a combination of two medications for children with early-stage hepatitis B.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
What could be more relaxing, indulgent and beneficial than a day at the spa? We talked with Kim Palmier of The Face Company about ways to detoxify, refresh and renew.
“You know when you pull your hair back in a ponytail, and everything just looks a little better? That’s what I was after. Nothing severe, just a slightly younger, more lifted look,” says a 59-year-old Webster Groves woman. Not wanting to undergo surgery, she turned to Dr. Kenneth Rotskoff at the Ultherapy Center of St. Louis.
An old adage says, If you really want to know a woman’s age, don’t look at her face—look at her hands.
Our face: its expressions help us communicate with the world. But as we age, wrinkles can get in the way, affecting our self-confidence, personal relationships and professional lives, says Dr. Joseph Muccini of Mid-America Skin Health & Vitality Center. “We equate our wrinkles with what makes us look old to other people.”