Confidence Beyond the Skin-Are You Taking Control of Your Health this Spring?

If you are like me and my staff, you may have suffered from a spring cold or flu over the past few weeks. It seems that this year the pesky, infectious bugs have been particularly persistent. They can really knock the energy out of you.

After a week or so of feeling lousy, I headed to my internist to get some antibiotics. She told me I did not need antibiotics because I was suffering from a mild viral infection. I needed to rest, take some vitamins and take care of myself. She reminded me that I am low on Vitamin D and should be taking an extra supplement every day to help prevent cancer.

I do not have a lot of time for rest, but fortunately for me, one of my patients turned me on to her line of vitamin supplements in spray form! They are awesome! While they do not have a vitamin D spray (yet), I am in love with to the vitamin C spray to help boost immunity, and I use the sleep spray with Melatonin and Valerian root every night! They even have a spray for adults who don’t eat enough fruits and veggies, that is packed with energy boosting vitamins. And they even have a line for kids! Check out Marz  great vitamin spray line!

I am feeling much better now, and even our staff is mostly healthy at the moment. I am taking my vitamins daily, getting 7-8 hours of sleep, drinking plenty of water, and remembering to wash my hands often. Don’t forget to drink water if you are still suffering from winter time eczema like me, or if your skin is dry and itchy. Many people are still experiencing itchy skin due to dry weather. Follow my tips for itchy backs, legs and hands by reading through some previous blog posts.

Itchy Hands Blog Post 1/2012

Dry Itchy Skin Blog Post 12/2011

Now that we are past the first quarter of the year and taxes and insurance deductibles are behind us, be sure to schedule your routine doctor visits for women’s health issues, colonoscopies, cholesterol checks, eye exams and skin cancer checks.  Take care of yourself and make 2012 your year of good health!

Check out the new 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).

For my fellow tech-y followers, I have started daily skin and lifestyle tweets on Twitter! To stay up to date on the latest, you can follow me @kaseydamatopac . For those Facebook fanatics out there, I have also created a FB fan page! Go ahead and “like” the page to stay up to date on the latest in skin care! http://www.facebook.com/KaseyDrapeauDamato

Confidence Beyond the Skin-Hot New Skin Products in Time for Spring!

Spring has sprung around the country and it’s already time for Easter and Passover celebrations! Every spring, I have the amazing opportunity to attend the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Conference. The conference is attended by over 10,000 dermatologists from around the globe, as well as over 10,000 exhibitors showing off the latest and greatest new treatments and products. The conference offers hundreds of lecture sessions on serious topics such as skin cancer updates, as well as lectures on lighter topics, such as the best plant botanical ingredients in the new anti-aging creams. Here is a photo of my colleague Katherine and I as we navigate the floor of the massive exhibit hall at AAD 2012.

I wanted to share some of the exciting and fun products that we discovered while we were there:

 

Latisse-Who doesn’t love Latisse? It is an awesome product made by Allergan, the makers of Botox, to make eyelashes grow thicker and longer. It is applied daily along the lash border with a tiny brush. It works very well and results are noticeable within a couple of months of using the product. It is only available by prescription or sold in physician offices. If you are interested in having thicker longer eyelashes, you will love Latisse. It is pricy (about $125 per kit) so watch for special pricing deals. Also, when using Latisse, be sure to have your eye pressure checked once a year since it was originally used only as eye drops to treat  glaucoma  before it was discovered as a lash extender.

Glytone Bleaching cream-This is fantastic for lightening light brown sun spots on hands, face, chest. Be careful to only apply on the brown spot so that you do not get a white ring around the spot. It has sunscreen mixed in so that it can be used both AM and PM for maximum results! It does contains the controversial skin bleaching ingredient Hydroquinone and should only be used for a few weeks at a time. It is only sold on physician offices. Price is $60

 

 

 

KP Duty-If you have dry rough patches on your upper arms, you may have Keratosis Pilaris. It is a condition of very dry skin that collects around hair follicles and is common on upper arms and hips. This company, Dermadoctor, is so much fun to read about and they have developed a great product line to help with Keratosis Pilaris, called KP Duty. It can be found at Sephora stores and online, price is $36.

 

 

Spongeables-I am in love with this product! It is a sponge that is already infused with great soaps, lotions and moisturizers, so that when it gets wet you just apply it to your skin and it lathers and conditions. I love the foot scrub Spongeable.  My feet are so much softer after using it for only one week and it smells great! They have Spongeables for other areas of the body too! It can be found at drugstores or online and costs $15.

We have ordered a new product called Retriderm in our office. It is a strong topical Vitamin A and is designed to smooth texture, fine lines and pores on the face with less irritation than some of the other anti-aging products. It is a new addition to the products that we currently carry in our office and I am anxious to hear feedback from people. I have started using it myself and will report back soon!

Stay tuned to the home page of the blog where I will continue to mention new and exciting products. I am excited that I will be adding a fashion corner to the main page also. I have a friend who is an up and coming LA fashion designer and has volunteered to make recommendations about proper use of fashion accessories for my readers!  I can’t wait to learn some tips from her!

Check out the new 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).

For my fellow tech-y followers, I have started daily skin and lifestyle tweets on Twitter! To stay up to date on the latest, you can follow me @kaseydamatopac . For those Facebook fanatics out there, I have also created a FB fan page! Go ahead and “like” the page to stay up to date on the latest in skin care! http://www.facebook.com/KaseyDrapeauDamato