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-Are you Suffering with Dry Cracking Hands this Winter?

Every year around this time, I get a phone call from my father in Maine who wants to know what he can do about his dry, cracked fingers. He, as well as many of my patients here in LA,  suffer from painful cracks in their fingertips during the cooler winter months. The cold temperatures outside and warm heat inside can lead to a lack of moisture in the skin. Hands can be particularly bothersome because the dryness can lead to painful cracking.

It is important to remember to avoid excessive water exposure on the skin, especially in the winter. Prolonged water on the skin will cause evaporation of moisture and lead to dryness. My father realized on his own that he was adding to the dryness by washing his hands with dishwashing detergent. It is common to grab the closest thing to the kitchen sink to wash your hands, and that is often the dish detergent. Because dishwashing detergent is designed to remove oils and grease from your crusted pots and pans, guess what it does to your skin? It removes the natural oils! During flu season, antibiotic hand washes are also very popular. They have an alcohol based chemical as the active ingredient, which is very drying to the skin. During the winter months, skip the dish detergent and antibacterial washes. Wash your hands with a moisturizing hand soap like Dove or SoftSoap. In fact, my father saw the difference in just a few weeks after switching to a moisturizing hand soap! Here is a picture of me, my dad and his dog Bailey on a snowy day in Maine!

Remember that it is important to moisturize immediately after water exposure. For very dry hands try Aveeno Intensive Relief Repair cream, or Neutrogena Norwegian hand formula. If you have painful cracks in your hands, apply Aquaphor ointment on the cracks with a bandaid before you go to bed. Very deep cracks can take a long time to heal. You may need a prescription cortisone cream to treat those deep painful cracks and prevent them from becoming infected.

It is the driest time of year right now so drink plenty of water and hydrate your skin! We are 2 weeks into the year and the holidays are already becoming a distant memory. I think I will settle in and enjoy the cool nights, a warm fireplace and a nice glass of wine!

Stay tuned for next month’s Confidence Beyond the Skin Newsletter Blog-“Sunless Tanners- How to achieve a safe and natural tan glow without the harmful rays!”

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).

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