Confidence Beyond the Skin-Highlight on Acai

Acai-Powerhouse antioxidant for health and beauty! 

It is true that I have taken a bit of a hiatus from blog writing, but I am officially back! For those who don’t know, my hiatus was a far cry restful, it has been an exciting journey of ups and downs, highs and lows; an adventure that only another start up entrepreneur would truly understand. But, like most entrepreneurs, I would not trade this experience and amazing journey for anything in the world!

My time over the past 2 years has been spent heavily researching the benefits of antioxidants from the inside out, and outside in, and in particular how antioxidants benefit the skin! Mother Nature has been kind enough to produce so many power packed anti-oxidants to help us stay healthy, youthful, and vibrant.  While my heart will always be with the blueberry as an antioxidant powerhouse, there are a few other antioxidants that are noteworthy and worth knowing about.

Acai is an antioxidant that is well known as a powerful antioxidant food source, but did you know it has skin care benefits as well?

Acai has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. It also has the ability to slow, or even reverse signs of aging that are related to oxidative processes!

It also has a variety of omega fatty acids. Fatty acids keep skin cells moist and strong, helping to fight off wrinkles and dry, dull skin.  This means that Acai in skin care can help skin appear more youthful and supple!  Acai is a good source of a variety of vitamins too, like Vitamin B, C, and E!  smiling face

One of the coolest things about Acai when thinking about it in skin care is that when the oil is processed and stored long-term, the antioxidant levels remain high as opposed to other antioxidants that slowly loose antioxidant power over time. I love this fun fact about acai in anti-aging skin care!

 

Are you taking advantage of all Mother Nature’s little gifts? Don’t forget your anti-oxidants; inside and out!

Confidence Beyond the Skin-I Am Pregnant and My Skin is a Mess!

Sara pregnantOkay you caught me, I am not pregnant…but my sister is! Here is a photo of me and her, along with our mother, at her baby shower in Maine 2 weeks ago. Babies bring joy to many people, but the 9 months of pregnancy can take a toll on your skin.
Some of the most common skin complaints during pregnancy are related to pressure that is placed on the circulatory system. Small red smooth dots called angiomas are commonly seen as a result during pregnancy. They can occur anywhere on the body. These are benign blood vessels that dilate on the skin surface. It is very quick and easy to treat these angiomas in a dermatology office with a simple procedure using an electrocaudery tool. After the treatment, they will form a small scab and fall off within a week or so. Varicose veins are another common complaint during pregnancy. Typically these small red/blue veins form on the legs towards the end of the pregnancy. Don’t worry, we can treat these with quick and simple injections of a sclerosing agent in the office. After the injections, the veins look like a little bit like a bruise, but that goes away in a few weeks and after 2-3 sessions, you will barely see those pesky veins.
Stretch marks are probably the number one skin complaint related to pregnancy. Stretch marks can form on the abdomen, hips and thighs. Stretch marks are a result of genetics and the skin stretching during pregnancy. Despite what everyone will tell you, there is no way to prevent them if you are genetically predisposed to them. The good news is that there are new lasers on the market that can significantly improve stretch marks. This procedure is performed in a series of treatments and while it won’t erase the stretch mark 100%, it will significantly reduce the appearance of the stretch mark. The Palomar Icon 1540 is my favorite!
For those of you who feel like you need more of a surgical “nip and tuck” to help regain your pre-baby body, I had the opportunity to meet a phenomenal “mommy makeover” surgeon, Shankar Lakshman MD, in Pasadena. His before and after photo album was amazing!
Take the time to enjoy your pregnancy, cherish that bundle of joy, and don’t worry about your skin. It the end, it will all be worth it! I can’t wait to meet my new niece or nephew next month in Maine!

I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I do occasionally sit on some advisory panels for pharmaceutical companies and I am co-founder of Airelle Skin.

Confidence Beyond the Skin-Follow Your Dreams

Whew…it has been a long time since I have written a blog post! I am back… and committing to you that I will update my articles more frequently. I have been taken out of my normal routine to follow a passion of mine…developing and launching a new skin care product line. Do you have a secret passion for a project that you have not had the time or resources to pursue? It can be a very scary process to start down a path of unknowns. I have done exactly that for the past 3 years and, while it has taken extraordinary amounts of my time, I do not regret one minute of it. I have spent countless hours researching ingredients which has enhanced my knowledge base, and I have orchestrated an amazing team of individuals to share this journey with me who also share my passion and vision. (Here is a photo of Katherine, one of my partners, when the fashion & beauty magazine “Lucky” in NYC wanted to hear more about our new product line!)Kat Lucky photo
My goal was to develop a skin care line made with natural ingredients that will help prevent the formation of wrinkles. I have studied for over 3 years to figure out a way to make a product that will work to protect the skin from collagen breakdown from environmental damage. We all know exposure to UV radiation from the sun causes “leather like” skin and wrinkles, but did you realize that 30% of the environmental radiation is actually from Infrared radiation which penetrates deeper than UV radiation? Wouldn’t it be great to use a skin care product that will help preserve your collagen and help to prevent wrinkle causing collagen breakdown? That is exactly why I am so excited, I have done just that! Airelle skin will be launching into medical offices in 2014 as the first natural skin care product dispensed by physicians.airelle_serum
I could go on forever about my passion and my journey but I will save that story for another time. I would love to hear more about your passion in life. What have you always wanted to do but you were too afraid to take the leap? I can’t wait to hear all about it when I see you!….my suggestion…take the leap and don’t look back..it can be an amazing ride.

By the way, if you order an Airelle product or a sample travel set at www.Airelleskin.com this month you will receive a free sample with your purchase. Use code kaseysblog at check out!
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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I do occasionally sit on some advisory panels for pharmaceutical companies and I am co-founder of Airelle Skin.

Confidence Beyond the Skin-Is There a New Powerful Antibacterial Soap on the Way?

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Flu season is definitely upon us! Coughs, colds, sniffles, fever…ugh.

Influenza is a virus and is not treated with antibiotics, but frequent hand washing is an important prevention measure to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy this flu season. Even though the flu virus is not killed with antibiotics, many people prefer to wash their hands with antibacterial soaps. For those people, there may be a new anti-bacterial ingredient coming to the market. Triclosan is an ingredient that is already used in some personal care products like toothpaste, soaps, lotions, etc. Some early studies are showing that this chemical may actually help fight off bacteria and it even might be effective against the resistant bacteria, MRSA. Don’t get too excited yet, Triclosan still has to prove it’s efficacy with the FDA and EPA, but there is a strong possibility that there could be a new over the counter anti-bacterial ingredient soon. Keep your eyes on the counter and shelves of your local personal health stores.

For now, use standard precautions. Wash your hands with water and a soap of your choice for at least 20 seconds. Stay home and rest if you catch something, and of course make sure to hydrate and load up on vitamin C!

Check out the beauty corner of the main newsletter/blog page where I will highlight different beauty products!

I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I do occasionally sit on some advisory panels for pharmaceutical companies and I am co-founder of Airelle Skin.

Confidence Beyond The Skin-Can Gluten Make My Skin Itchy?

itch1Many people are realizing that their bodies function better with little or no gluten in their diet, but most people don’t realize that gluten in their diet can actually cause a very itchy skin condition called Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Despite it’s name, this condition has nothing to do with the Herpes virus, it is an inflammatory condition of the skin. This condition, called DH for short, is not dangerous but it can be very uncomfortable. It is important to be aware of the condition and ask your health care professional about it if you have itching that is not responding to traditional therapy. DH can be tricky, even for the most experienced dermatology professionals, to diagnose because clinically it can look very similar to common conditions like eczema.
The good news is that DH is easy to treat and generally will completely resolve with some simple diet modifications. There are a few prescription medications that can also help, but often times a gluten free diet alone will do the trick!

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I have been a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm) and I am co-founder of Airelle Skin.

Confidence Beyond The Skin-Help! I Think My Hair is Thinning!

hair-loss[1]Whether you are male or female, the topic of thinning hair can be a sensitive one and can cause a lot of anxiety. Not a week goes by in my office when I am not asked about this sensitive topic. Hair is a very personal topic because it is really an expression of somone’s personality. In my experience, both genders correlate their hair directly to their confidence and a sense of sexuality. I admit that I feel a little spring in my step when I leave the salon with a fresh new “look”.

Many people don’t realize that thinning hair is a common genetic trait for BOTH men and women. Male pattern hair loss can be treated with both over the counter medications like Minoxidil and prescription products like Propecia. Women are a bit more limited, but Minoxidil is safe for women too.

As hormones shift and we age, women can see thinning in the front part of their scalp. This is a very common genetic hair loss pattern for women. Hair also grows in cylces and it is normal to notice a lot of “shedding” for a few weeks mixed with periods of less hair loss. These cycles are usually a few months apart.

There are some treatable conditions that can cause hair loss. Some skin infections like fungus can cause some patchy hair loss. It is also possible that some internal health diseases like thyroid disease and some auto immune disorders can cause hair loss.

If you notice a sudden change in your hair growth pattern, check with your health care provider to make sure that you do not have something internal causing the problem. If you have a gradual hair loss, and a strong family tendency to thin in the same pattern, then this maybe something that you have to accept and you can thank your parents for passing this gene your way…:)

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I have been a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm) and I am co-founder of Airelle Skin.

Confidence Beyond the Skin-Is Summer Time Fruit Causing Your Weird Rash?

heatWow! Summer is definitely here and it is HOT all over the country. When the temperature gets this high, we all look for relief at the beach or in the pool. Summer BBQs and picnics usually incorporate a lot of fresh fruit and refreshing beverages. I love cut up melon and sparking water with a slice of lime on a hot afternoon.

Believe it or not, some of the most popular fruits can cause some really strange rashes on the skin.

mangoAn itchy red rash around the mouth can be the result of eating mango fruit out the skin. Many people are highly allergic to the skin of a mango. If they come in contact with it, the result can look similar to poison oak exposure. This does not mean that you will be allergic to the fruit on the inside. Play it safe and chop up your mango and add it to a nice fruit salad. Remember to wash your hands well after touching the skin to avoid this very uncomfortable rash.

If you are like me and you like a twist of lime in your sparkling water or you enjoy an occasional margarita, make sure you wash all of the lime juice from your hands and even the little “splatters” that land on your forearms. Limes are “photosensitizers” and the reaction of lime juice on your skin will make you very sensitive to the sun. The result will be brown “splatter spots” the day after the sun exposure in all the places that your skin was exposed to lime juice. The brown “splatter spots” can linger for a few weeks!

Each summer, I see a handful of patients with both of these common rashes. Enjoy your fruit during the heat, but be careful of the summer time fruit rashes!

Check out the beauty corner of the main newsletter/blog page where I will highlight a different beauty product every month! www.kaseydrapeaudamatopac.wordpress.com

I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).