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Giveaway: Theraderm Travel Kit

Theraderm travel ki

Happy Friday everyone! For our first giveaway, we have a Theraderm Skin System Travel Kit that's perfect for weekend getaways!

To be elibigle, simply click below and leave a comment telling us your favorite getaway spot. Contest will be open until 5 p.m. central time Sunday, April 17th. A winner will be chosen via a random number generator and announced on the blog and Facebook Monday. If you are the lucky winner, simply swing by the Skin Health & Laser Center to claim your prize.

About the kit: Theraderm is uncomplicated Skincare. The Theraderm Skin Renewal System Travel Kit is comprised of four products that work harmoniously to produce a healthy, luminous appearance no matter your age. Rooted firmly in bioscience and clinically tested, each product is comprised of ingredients specifically chosen to enhance the skin's natural ability to restore itself. The result is healthy skin that is well-defended against the environment and signs of aging. The Theraderm Skin Renewal System Travel Kit includes: Cleansing-Wash Fruit Acid Exfoliant OPC Reparative Gel Choice of: Enriched Facial Moisturizer or Gentle Facial Moisturizer Gentle Action Application Pads.

The Lunchtime Lift

Harper's magazine article

"The idea that a wandlike device could glide over your forehead, tightening and raising it in about half an hour, sounds rather sci-fi. But that's essentially what Ultherapy does, using ultrasound heat to set collagen production into overdrive deep below the skin's surface.....'A patient sees measurable improvement right away and is even more excited with the results in three months.'"

Harper's Bazaar takes a closer look at Ultherapy in this article. Download it as a PDF by clicking here .

What's in the Waters of the Fountain of Youth?


Do you ever feel overwhelmed when trying to choose products for your skin? From a medical skin health point of view, there are a few choice ingredients or product categories that can do the most to improve the health of your skin, which in turn will help your skin become brighter and more beautiful.

The first category to consider is an antioxidant. When applied directly to the skin, antioxidants can help neutralize damage to skin cells, increase the body’s natural defense against impaired skin cell function, and help enhance UVA/UVB protection. Some of the more common antioxidants used in medical skin care products and treatments are Vitamins A, C and E, Coenzyme Q-10, Ferulic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, and Squalane. Many of these antioxidants also hydrate the skin and balance skin color.

Another important component of a daily regimen is Vitamin A, also known as Retin-A or Retinol. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that has long been recognized as the “standard” in anti-acne and anti- aging protocols. It works by increasing skin cell turnover, or exfoliation of skin cells, which helps prevent clogged pores, whiteheads and blackheads. New cell formation stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which helps to smooth wrinkles and tighten the skin. Vitamin A can cause the skin to be sensitive to the sun, so caution should be exercised by using a daily sunscreen. Retin-A is prescription only and must be obtained from a physician’s office or pharmacy. Retinols vary in strength and potency and the stronger products must be purchased through medical offices or medical spas.

One of the most important products needed daily for good skin care is a sunscreen that protects from UVA and UVB rays of the sun. UVA rays do not cause sunburn but are thought to damage collagen fibers and accelerate skin aging. UVB rays cause sunburn and are thought to damage DNA which leads to photoaging and pigment formation. Both UVA and UVB have been shown to cause skin cancer. It is vital to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains ingredients that block both types of rays. The two ingredients that do this most efficiently are Zinc and Titanium Dioxide. Some chemical blocks absorb UVA rays, some absorb UVB rays, and some absorb both UVA and UVB. The list of chemical ingredients includes, but is not limited to Avobenzone, Parsol 1789, Oxybenzone, Ocitnoxate, PABA, Cinnamates, and Aminobenzoic Acid.

Improving the health and beauty of your skin need not be a daunting task if you consider these three main product categories when choosing daily products:

Apply an antioxidant in the morning, Vitamin A in the evening, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.

The ingredients in these products will improve the health of your skin, diminish aging changes in your skin, and protect your skin from further damage.

Kelly S. Alcorn
RN, BSN, Skin Health Specialist

Treating the Spots Most Likely to Show Your Years


Aging changes go well beyond the face: the neck, chest, hands and legs are also areas that reveal the not-so-savory effects of aging. A good skincare regimen is a great start to help ward off signs of aging to the face, neck and chest. Fraxel treatments can be used on several parts of the body other than the face, including the backs of the hands to treat age spots and other skin damage. Laser treatments can be used to treat spider veins in the legs. Check out this article (pictured above) from Allure for more tips on treating age-revealing areas of the body. If you would like help putting together an anti-aging program specifically tailored to your skin's unique needs, please give our Skin Health and Laser Center a call to set up a consultation.

What the Fashionistas Are Saying About Ultherapy

Vogue April Cover

Check out the article in Vogue's April issue on Ultherapy, the newest way to tighten skin without surgery.

Sunscreen Shown to Reduce Melanoma

January 25, 2011 — Melanoma in adults might be preventable with the regular use of sunscreen — that is, with the daily application to the head, neck, arms, and hands, according to Australian researchers who conducted a rare randomized controlled trial of sunscreen use.

The study randomized 1621 adults to regular sunscreen use or to discretionary use, which included no use at all.

The regular application of sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or more during a 5-year treatment period reduced the incidence of new primary melanomas during a subsequent 10-year follow-up period, report the study authors, led by Adele Green, MB BS, PhD, from the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

"Our findings provide reassurance . . . about sunscreen's ability to prevent melanoma," write Dr. Green and her colleagues in the January 20 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Two editorialists, who wrote an essay that accompanies the study, mostly endorse the findings.

"The question of its efficacy with respect to melanoma prevention should no longer deter scientists or clinicians from recommending sunscreen use," write Phyllis Gimotty, PhD, and Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

However, Dr. Gimotty and Dr. Glanz, who are cancer epidemiologists, quibble about the study statistics, saying that the study's P values "could be considered of borderline significance."

But these experts in statistical methods ultimately yield to the study authors' conclusions. "The trial's findings are the first to provide strong evidence for a reduction in the incidence of invasive melanoma after regular application of broad-spectrum sunscreen in adults," the pair write.

The new findings come from the Nambour Skin Cancer Prevention Trial, which was conducted in Queensland, Australia — a region with "the highest rate of skin cancer in the world," the editorialists point out.

Tribute to Kandar


For those of you interested in the "Tribute to Kandar" DVD, please send a stamped self addressed DVD mailing envelope to:


Kandar Tribute

c/o Karen Yates 

1388 McMullen Road

Gurley, AL  35748

(No charge; supply limited. Please include enough postage for a 2 oz. DVD plus envelope.)

Christmas Open House

Sparkle for the Holidays with DYA!

Visit Our Christmas Open House!
Join us Tuesday, December 7, 2010 from 3:00 to 7:00p.m.. for this incredible one day only event!

  • 25% off all products (excluding prescriptions)
  • Complimentary consultations with our skin health team
  • 25% off Skin Health & Laser Center gift certificates (up to $200 retail value).  Limit 5 certificates per person.

Enjoy holiday refreshments and register to win door prizes!



Many of you may not be aware of a program we use--CosmetAssure.  It is a type of medical insurance that helps cover you from unforseen medical problems or complications.  CosmetAssure helps guard you from added medical bills.  And, it is no extra cost to you.


Free LATISSE® Eyelash Treatment

Come in for a BOTOX® Cosmetic  or JUVÉDERM XC® Injectable Gel wrinkle filler treatment* + purchase one kit of Latisse, you get one free.  ($120 value).

*Minimum $200 Botox and/or $400 Juvederm XC purchaseOffer good 10/1/10-12/31/10, while supplies last.  Limit one coupon per person

Medicare Patch Expires Soon

Medicare SGR fix should top Congress' to-do list in coming months

The current temporary six-month Medicare SGR patch will expire at the end of November at which time, if Congress does not act, a 23 percent cut in reimbursements to physicians treating Medicare patients will occur. That cut will increase to nearly 30 percent in January, 2011. This means that doctors won't be able to afford to treat Medicare patients.  In the coming months, it is imperative that Alabama’s Congressional Delegation understand the importance of this issue to seniors and their physicians, and take the lead to enacting a permanent, positive fix for this recurring problem.

Please take a moment to sign the Fix Medicare Now petition, if you have not already done so. Currently, the petition has attracted nearly 2,500 signatures but it needs more names. Please encourage your peers, friends and family to sign the petition and explain to them why Congress must “Fix Medicare Now” to ensure Medicare recipients can continue receiving the high quality care they expect and deserve.


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