We can’t always plan ahead for every outdoor excursion, but unexpected time in the sun can do a number on your skin. Make like a boy scout and be prepared with these sunblock towelettes from Tocca. Sweat-resistant and gentle, they provide an SPF 30 protection and are scented with Tocca’s lovely Stella blood orange fragrance. Keep a few in your purse, and you’ll never suffer from lobster face again; $28, Tocca.com.
Although your watch can sometimes be a downer on your mood, the Plasma from IOION will be anything but. This retro-simple watch is treated with Tourmaline, a semi-precious stone which, when activated by body heat, pressure or water, releases negative ions, a natural counter-attack against free radicals which assail you all day. It’s also available in 6 bright, mood-boosting colors; $29.99, IOION.us.
Aging may be inevitable. However, when it comes to the visible signs of aging on the skin, we have a large armamentarium to help prevent and revert the process. Many topical creams are available to treat darkening of the skin (which is among the most common sign of photoaging), such as hydroquinone, Vitamin C, azelaic acid, kojic acid and tretinoin. Chemical peels are used not only to fight fine wrinkles but to lighten dark pigmentation. Peels may include the use of glycolic alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids and trichloracetic acids. New treatments available include the Fraxel Laser and Intense Pulse Light. Both of these treatments can be used for facial rejuvenation and for acne patients. The Fraxel Laser causes skin tightening with minimal downtime. Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Sculptra and fat are safe to restore volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles. They can provide immediate and long-lasting correction. The choice is tailored to the patient’s needs and sometimes a combination of products can be used. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh or frown. While you may have earned every one of your worry lines, you don’t have to show them anymore! Using a tiny micro-needle, a very small amount of Botox/Dysport is injected very precisely into several locations on the face. You may resume normal activity immediately and see results within days.
Dr. Susana Khouri is a Board-Certified Dermatologist at the Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Center at 580 Crandon Blvd. in Key Biscayne. For more information or a consultation, call 305.361.8200 or visit MiamiDermatologyCenter.com.
Both your brain and your body sometimes need to make a fresh start. Luckily for you, there’s a wider variety than ever of treatments available to help you detox, both physically and mentally.
Charcoal, it turns out, is better for more than cooking a great steak. The Japanese have used it for centuries to absorb toxins, either by soaping up with it or — in some cases — ingesting it; SortOfCoal.com
It’s the latest addition to the spa repertoire: Infrared Heat Treatments. This technique involves infrared light heating skin directly, helping pores open to exfoliate dead cells and help you sweat out the bad stuff.
A great way to clear out your system and shed unwanted pounds is the all-veggie diet. Combine veggie-rich feasts with plenty of organic vegetable-and-fruit juice blends. For ideas, visit iZOCleanze.com.