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FRAXEL LASER AND LASER TREATMENT: WHAT IS YOUR OPINION?

Fraxel laser treatment, affects a fraction of skin tissue at a time with thousands of microscopic columns-each one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle. These microscopic laser columns penetrate deep into the dermis to create tiny wounds, which inadvertanly triggers your body’s natural defense system to heal those tiny wounds. Inadvertanly, the process expedites your body’s remodeling of collagen and elastin, which results in tighter, fresher, more youthful looking skin. The question is does it work? Fraxel laser treatment is also known as fractional photothermolysis. The word photothermolysis comes from three Greek root words – “photo” meaning light, “thermo” meaning heat, and “lysis” meaning destruction. Pretty destructive terms wouldn’t you say, I call it microwaving your skin. By sending laser light below the skin levels, with heat enough to damage or wound living tissue, in the hopes that your skin will by the inflammation process, heal, and regenerate newer better looking skin. Does this sound like anyway to attain healthy skin? Skin is not a TV dinner that can continually sustain reheating in the hopes that younger skin will arrive. It is my opinion, that continued reheating treatments by laser can only have repercussions in eventually damaging skin and promoting the aging process.

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GLYCOLIC ACID: HOW IT EFFECTS AND IMPROVES YOUR SKIN

BioKorium has been experimenting and applying Glycolic Acid to their clients and family for 15 years. We are convinced it is the safest way to remove debris from the skin. At BioKorium no two facials are alike, every facial is determined on the client’s skin condition on arrival. All BioKorium’s Creams and Salves are handmade and compounded by co-founder Dr. Javier O. Moreno, Pharm.D., R.Ph. These products are designed to work.  Facials at BioKorium are treatment facials. Results from BioKorium facials using Glycolic Acids are noticed immediately. Every product that we utilize serves a purpose and works.  At BioKorium we believe every woman and man over 40 needs to be on treatment products that work. If we can teach them at 30 the importance of treatment early on, we are ahead of the game. BioKorium Skin Care is not a luxury it’s a necessity.

Glycolic Acid is one of a group of naturally occurring fruit acids also recognized as Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA’s. AHA’s are among the oldest of skin care products. Milk baths were included in Marie Antoinette’s beauty ritual, red wine was often the choice of English aristocracy, and raw sugar cane was used on the skin of Polynesian women; all which contain forms of AHA’s.  Glycolic Acid is derived from sugar cane and is non-toxic. It has the ability to dissolve the glue from the upper layer of skin cells allowing a more youthful, smoother looking appearance to be revealed. Unlike other AHA’s such as lactic acid from sour milk or citric acid from citrus fruits, to name a few, Glycolic Acid has the smallest molecular size, therefore it can penetrate the skin more efficiently. It also has the ability to absorb water upon exposure to air therefore functioning to add moisture back into the skin. 5% Glycolic Acid is what we consider “baby glycolic” almost any one can use.

The cells of the Stratum Corneum start life in the Stratum Basal as Basal Membrane Cells. The transformation of the Basal Membrane Cells into Stratum Corneum Cells is shown in the figure to the left. The average transit time of the basal layer to your skin’s natural exfoliation process is approximately 8 weeks. The upper most layer of your skin is composed of the Stratum Corneum, which is a stack of 15 to 20 layers of dead skin cells. Structurally, this layer contributes to the overall elasticity and smooth appearance of the skin.  As we age, the rate in which the Stratum Corneum naturally exfoliates,  decreases, therefore the layer of dead skin cells at the surface increases.  This build up of cells, in conjunction with the decrease ability to retain water, leads to a series of age related surface irregularities. These include the lack of luster and smoothness of the skin, as well as in ones appearance.  The skin at the surface becoming  rough and dry, ultimately leading to the most visible sign of age dependent change……wrinkling.   The first important thing to bring back  is the health of the skin, the side effect will be increased vitality and luster, contributing to ones overall appearance.  Without the health of the skin, you will have neither.

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SUNSCREENS CAUSING CANCER?

What! Sunscreens cause skin cancer?  Why is it that the very entity you entrust to protect your skin, can turn on you and cause the detrimental skin cancer.  Though the common consensus among the medical establishment still strongly supports the use of sunscreens, there is a growing consensus among progressive researchers that the use of sunscreens does not prevent skin cancer.  Do you  remember, when we thought nothing of spraying our bodies with mosquito spray?  Did we really think that that this practice was safe?  Did we really know that we were spraying pesticide on our skin?  Does anybody get the picture? According to the old cliché, does anybody see what is wrong with this picture?  The picture is that we readily accept the “status quo” as being mainstream acceptable and right.  We are failing to think for ourselves (because we don’t know any better), and failing to interpret our own bodies communication directed toward us.  In doing so, we are failing ourselves and inadvertently leaving ourselves to the control of outside mainstream sources…

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IS HEALTHY SKIN TRULY HEALTHY?

 If you go out into the desert without water or go to the snow clad mountains without a jacket is that smart? Skin can’t react to environmental intrusions and insults because it doesn’t have the strength and ability to do so. When it doesn’t have the strength respond,  it doesn’t have the ability to recuperate properly from a environmental beating. For example, if you haven’t exercised for a long time, can you logically attempt to pick up a hundred pound weight? You could, but you may injure yourself.  Your muscles aren’t healthy enough to react to a hundred pound weight, just yet.  You have to work your way to it. This is the same as what I call, “re-building your skin”.  Again, when your skin is working, and is truly healthy, it can react, and respond to environmental challenges more efficiently than unhealthy skin.  It’s the same way if you excercised on a schedule basis, your muscles will recuperate and build tolerance on a more efficacious level.  The same can be applied to skin, and the best part is, when one attains the goal of healthy skin …the absolute side effect is anti-aging…

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SKIN CARE IS SKIN FITNESS

The best way to attain good health at any age is good body fitness which includes nutrition and exercise. This same concept we have applied to our skin which is our way of expressing the need for good ‘skin nutrition and exercise’, which we call “Skin Fitness”.  In order to build new muscle, we need to exercise by warming up and to weight train. To be healthy, we need to drink plenty of water, have good body nutrition by eating right, taking the right anti-oxidants and oils.  And we all know that if we stop weight training and good nutrition,  muscle will begin to atrophy; the same with skin.   Remember you are the ‘Personal Trainer’ for your skin, with  the end result being ‘Skin Fitness”.

My focus in teaching new facial students is to instruct them to take the approach of being their clients  ‘Personal Trainer’ for their skin.  Just like you would have a personal trainer for the body, you would be a trainer for the skin.  Just like a trainer who knows how to work and move a muscle, as a facialist we know how to work and move skin.  If the goal is to attain ‘skin fitness’,  the facialist  would have to take the role to be their coach to guide them to reach their goal of attaining healthy skin.

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ACNE MYTHS

Cosmetic Companies want you to have bad skin, that way you are in desperation and always looking.  Looking, to find the answer to clearing your acne skin.  The connection between acne and mainstream acne products is “dehydration”.  What we don’t know about the care of acne is that over washing not only irritates existing acne skin, but can dry the skin by removing the skins protective layer of natural oils which actually prevents the spread of acne associated bacteria. These activities destroys the skins natural resilience and protective properties by destroying the skin natural pH.   Further use of scrubbing cleansers can makes things worse, by further stripping the skin and creating an environment where the skin will have difficulty recuperating to its natural healthy state.  The worst fallacy of acne is that it is directly due to what you eat, in turn, causing increase bacterial growth and oil build up.  Therefore you need to keep it clean, but no to the extent of your skin becoming dry.  People do not realize that the truth regarding acne, is that acne needs moisture, and we fail to moisturize acne skin.  We are taught that acne skin must be scrubbed and cleansed anywhere from twice to three times daily it order for it to go away. Not true! You not only will be destroying your skin but will only exacerbate your problem of acne. The answer is balance, use a low or non alkaline cleanser or facial wash, followed by a good hydration cream, or low percentage glycolic acid cream.

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SKIN CARE IN THE SUMMER

Skin care in the summer is approached differently than skin care in the winter.  I don’t believe in sunscreens.  If your skin is healthy you don’t need sunscreens.  I was at Disneyland the other day and noticed Mom’s slathering their children with sunscreen.  It made me sick to see that the natural process of the skin was being blocked.  The question is, “What would we do if their was no sunscreen”?  What is interesting in the summer, is when we sweat, we feel it is gross and unclean, and we are quick to prevent it by washing it off.  When, in actuality, there is a benefit to the skin by the action of sweating.  Sweat is a protective factor that helps maintain pH and health.  In the summertime, if your skin is functioning properly, you should not have problem in the sun.  If you overbath, over use bar soap or body washes, loofas and wash clothes, salt scrubs or sugar scrubs, and don’t allow your skin to sweat.  You will therefore need more skin care products to repair and maintain your skin.