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Beauty Is Skin Deep: How Can We Feed The Skin From Inside Out?

Beauty Is Skin Deep: How Can We Feed The Skin From Inside Out?

Beauty Is Skin Deep: How Can We Feed The Skin From The Inside Out?


Using the best skin care products is a must for glowing skin.  But did you know that you should also eat your way to healthy skin?  Of course, quality professional products will help your skin be more beautiful but eating right will make it even better!

When you eat your way to healthy skin, you feed your skin from the inside and out.  This can play an important part in a radiant complexion; your skin can’t help but look amazing.  Remember that old saying “you are what you eat” that is true, who wouldn’t want to be more beautiful simply by eating beauty-boosting foods? As it turns out, the foods that are good for you on the inside are also good for you on the outside. Conversely, the condition of your skin, hair, and nails offers clues to the health of your entire body.

Have you ever noticed that when you eat unhealthy foods your skin reflects that?  Getting the proper nutrients and vitamins helps your skin look healthier.  You get an even greater benefit when you eat your way to healthy skin, that is, health benefits to your entire body.  You will look and feel better all over.

“Eating the right foods can help your skin fight acne, reduce redness and inflammation, resolve moisture problems, and even reduce wrinkles.  Your skin is the largest organ, you must care for it in 2 ways: from the inside out, and from the outside and in. Make a promise to your skin today to keep it nourished and rejuvenated from the inside out! Having healthy skin year-round begins with the foods you eat and drink. To get skin that you will be confident to show off every season of the year, devote some time each day to getting the necessary nutrients to stay hydrated and fight the signs of aging.

The condition of your skin is a telltale sign of your overall health and nutrition. While cosmetics and lotions can clear or improve your complexion, what you put on your fork—not just your face—has a significant impact on achieving the youthful, radiant skin you desire.

Dry, flaky, red and dull skin is often an outward indication of the lack of nutrients your body craves. Since what you consume will eventually manifest itself on your largest and most visible

organ  the skin), be sure to nourish your body with a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids and whole grains. Essential vitamins and minerals found in these types of foods can slow down the aging process by repairing damaged body cells and supporting skin structure. The next time you’re in the grocery store, stock up on foods that feed your skin from the inside out.

  1. Fluids: Your body is made up of 70% water, so drink enough fluids to hydrate your organs.  Water also flushes out toxins from the body, and keeps skin moist.
  2. Foods high in Vitamin A, C and E: These contain antioxidants that maintain skin tissue and fight free radicals that age and damage the skin. Look for low-fat dairy products, berries, orange-colored fruits and vegetables, and dark green leafy vegetables.
  3. Essential fatty acids—Omega-3 & Omega 6: The omegas are critical to reducing inflammation and promoting strong cell membranes. Salmon, walnuts, flaxseed oil, canola and olive oil are good sources of essential fatty acids.
  4. Whole grains: Products like cereal and bread contain selenium, which protects against damage from free radicals.

These healthy foods will surely do you justice for keeping you not only healthy, but to make your skin beautiful too!   You may be wondering what the best vitamins are to get anti-aging benefits, there are so many so I just selected the ones that you can start doing right away.


Beauty Benefits

Food Sources

Vitamin A Keeps skin soft and supple.
Repairs skin cells and tissue.
May help with acne control.
yellow vegetables and fruits, apricots, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, cantaloupe, milk, yogurt, cheese
Vitamin C Helps counter the effects of sun damage, smoking exposure, and pollution.

Assists in collagen production, giving skin strength and elasticity.

broccoli, bell peppers, citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, cabbage, pineapple, tomatoes, dark-green leafy vegetables
Vitamin E Helps counter the effects of sun damage, smoking exposure, and pollution.

Improves skin texture and helps prevent.

almonds, avocadoes, peanuts, nuts, seeds, olives, asparagus, wheat germ, soybean and corn oils, dark-green leafy vegetables
Biotin Helps produce nails, skin, and hair cells.

Deficiency can cause dermatitis and hair loss.

cooked eggs, rice bran, nuts, wheat germ, meats, oatmeal
Niacin Smoothes dry, flaky skin. meats, pork, poultry, fish, legumes
Selenium May help prevent skin cancer.
Helps counter the effects of sun damage, smoking exposure and pollution.


Produces healthy skin cells.

whole-grain products, seafood, meats, eggs
Copper Forms elastic fibers that support the skin structure. meats, nuts, seafood, dried beans and peas
Zinc Can help control oil production and reduce acne lesions.
A deficiency can bring on acne.
wheat germ, meat, poultry, legumes, fish and seafood, whole grains, eggs
Essential Fatty Acids Helps produce the skin’s healthy, natural oil barrier.
Lubricates skin.
A deficiency can result in white heads and inflammation.
cold water fish, salmon, sardines, mackerel, flaxseed oil, safflower oil, canola oil, olive oil, walnuts
Antioxidants Anti-inflammatory properties protect the membranes of skin cells. green tea, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries


Ask yourself: how will you eat your way to healthy skin?  Go for it!

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You have no idea what a Retinoid is: Your Skin’s New Best Friend

You have no idea what a Retinoid is: Your Skin’s New Best Friend

You have no idea what a Retinoid is: Your Skin’s New Best Friend


The term describes vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved (under the brand name Retin-A) almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on Retin-A experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin. Today there are three prescription-strength retinoid: tretinoin (brands include Atralin, Avita, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Renova), tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac), and adapalene (Differin). Many dermatologists find tazarotene stronger (and potentially more irritating) than tretinoin; adapalene is the gentlest but may be less effective.

 The Benefits of Retinol: Is it the Key to Younger Looking Skin?

It seems we’re constantly being bombarded with skin ads and claims that a product will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and rejuvenate aging skin. It can be difficult to sort through the hype and determine what really does work for improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. One skin care product that’s frequently touted as a treatment for aging skin is retinol. Retinol is a purified form of Vitamin A which purportedly has a rejuvenating effect on tired, sun damaged skin. Are the benefits of retinol for the skin real?

Retinol when applied to the skin is thought to work both by stimulating new collagen formation as well as preventing the breakdown of existing collagen. It appears to have a stimulatory effect on the fibroblasts that produce collagen as well as an inhibitory effect on enzymes that break down the collagen support structure. What makes retinol unique is that its molecular structure is small enough to allow it to penetrate the skin which is a limiting factor for some skin care ingredients. If a substance can’t penetrate the epidermis and gain access to the dermis, it’s not going to have any real effect on skin aging. Thus, one major benefit of retinol that distinguishes it from other skin care ingredients is its ability to reach the areas of the skin where it can actually have an effect on collagen production and breakdown.

What else do you need to do when using retinol?

You need to remember that retinol – even in over-the-counter creams – leaves your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you have to protect it more. Because the turnover of skin cells is higher, the cells at the surface are younger and more vulnerable to sun damage – even if you haven’t actually suffered an adverse reaction to the retinol. If you are using retinol products you should always wear a daily sunscreen. There would be no point getting the anti-ageing benefits of a retinol cream, only to have them undone by sun damage. It does not matter whether you use a physical or chemical sun formula as long as it doesn’t irritate your skin. You have to get into the habit of applying it regularly. Go for minimum SPF 30 even if it’s not sunny. Use a retinol product at night as you then don’t need to apply a sunscreen over the top of it, and it can work optimally on the skin. By day, wear an antioxidant moisturizing cream (with vitamin C, for instance) plus a separate SPF30 on top.

Retinol is one of the most versatile ingredients used in skin care today. The latest in delivery and stabilization technology combined with skin condition-specific formulations has led to the most comprehensive line of retinol products. Expect dramatic,
visible results.


Intensive Age Refining Treatment: 0.5% pure retinol night is specifically formulated to hydrate and protect visibly aged skin, while delivering 0.5% pure retinol for the most dramatic age control results possible without a prescription. Added anti-inflammatory agents reduce the irritation often associated with pure retinols and retinoic acid. Choose Intensive Age Refining Treatment for drier and more mature-skinned patients looking for fast, dramatic anti-aging outcomes.

Intensive Clarity Treatment: 0.5% pure retinol night combines the power of 0.5% pure retinol with melanogenesis inhibitors and antibacterial agents for unsurpassed acne and hyperpigmentation results. Choose Intensive Clarity Treatment for patients in need of powerful acne or pigment control.

A&C Synergy Serum® contains a retinol complex consisting of retinol, retinyl palmitate and other support ingredients. In addition, witch hazel and melanogenesis inhibitors help to suppress pigment and oil production. A&C Synergy Serum® is most appropriate for patients that cannot tolerate pure retinol or are looking to reduce oil production and maintain a healthy, clear complexion.

Retinol Renewal with RestorAtive Complex combines retinol; vigna aconitifolia seed extract and support ingredients in a unique retinol complex. Additional hydrating and antioxidant benefits make Retinol Renewal with RestorAtive Complex most appropriate for drier-skinned patients who cannot tolerate pure retinol and are looking to maintain younger-looking skin

PCA SKIN® products are available exclusively through LB Skin Care and Body Work Center our dedicated network of licensed skin health professionals.

Finally, retinoid are the best way to get the most bangs for your skin-care buck. Yes, a prescription for a retinoid or a good over-the-counter retinol product is an investment – but these wonder products are also the best way to prepare your skin for every other product you use. By sloughing off that top layer of dead skin cells, retinoid prepare skin to better absorb every other skin care ingredient you use.

One final note: As you can see, I’m a big fan of retinoid – but not for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding; they should not use these ingredients.

Wishing you great skin!


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Why Should I Use A Facial Serum?

Why Should I Use A Facial Serum?

Why Should I use a Facial Serum?

As an Esthetician, it is my belief that the very best way to get better results from your skin care products is to use a serum underneath your moisturizer or mask. It’s beauty misconception that serums are just a more expensive form of skin moisturizer.  Yes, the price is more per ounce than your average skin care product, but that’s because you’re getting more concentrated ingredients (and deeper-penetrating effects). Let me tell you why serums are worth every penny when you keep reading.

What is a serum?

A serum is a skin care product that has a higher concentration of active ingredients like vitamins and anti-oxidants that are formulated with smaller molecules so they can penetrate deep into the skin, usually comes in a gel or creamy gel form and is meant for use under a moisturizer or mask. Cleanser, toner and moisturizer are a must for every skin type. Serums should be used when you feel like your skin is in a rut and you’re not getting the results with your basic products. Serums can really make a big improvement!   Serums are designed to penetrate and treat various skin conditions, such as redness, dehydration, lack of firmness, wrinkles, and dark spots or to brighten the skin.  I’ve seen it with my very own eyes as an Esthetician working with skin for almost 20 years.

Why use it?

 A serum is your go-to product to improve the overall look of your complexion. The active ingredient can bring antioxidants to the skin, restore cell growth, or help decrease pore size. But the one thing a serum doesn’t do, typically, is moisturize the skin.

 A facial serum or a facial moisturizer?

Are you finding it hard to decide what’s better for your skin: a facial serum or a facial moisturizer? Here’s what you need to know.People are often confused about the differences between a moisturizer and a facial serum, and may be unsure if they should use one or both products. While facial serums can give you added moisture, the main reason you’d want to use a facial serum is to get added nutrients into deeper layers of your skin that a regular moisturizer is not able to reach. Due to their large molecules, moisturizers can only penetrate the first layer of the skin, allowing them to to hydrate and seal in moisture. A facial serum is able to penetrate into all three layers of the skin because it is made of smaller molecules. The serums ability to go deeper into the skin is what allows it to help combat many common beauty complaints.

How does it work?

Moisturizers have a base that allows them to stay on the surface to moisturize the outer portion of the skin, but a serum has a lipid-soluble base that allows the active ingredient to actually penetrate into the epidermis.

How do I use a serum?

 Did you know that moist skin is ten times more permeable than dry skin? After cleansing, use an alcohol-free toner and leave it damp on the skin before applying your serum. By leaving your skin damp with toner, the action ingredients in your serum will penetrate deeper within the skin giving you better results. Moisturizers are meant to create a protective barrier over the skin to keep moisture in the skin from evaporating and keeping environmental irritants and debris out. Serums, while meant to hydrate, should never be used alone as they don’t contain the protective properties that creams do.

 How much should I apply to my skin?

Almost a dime size and not more than that. Many people think that if they use more, they’ll get better results. False! Your skin acts as a sponge and takes in all that it can and the rest may not absorb allowing for product waste

How to choose the right serum?

Choosing a facial serum for a particular skin type or concern can be difficult; read labels to figure out which ones are best for your complexion.  When choosing a facial serum, keep in mind your skin type, whether it is oily, dry, combination or sensitive. Then, determine what issues you are trying to prevent or correct, and find products that contain ingredients to combat these issues, such as antioxidants to prevent aging, retinol (commonly referred to as vitamin A) to reverse aging, or hyaluronic acid to keep your skin nourished. Some skin serum ingredients are useful in fading dark spots on the face, while others give a healthy glow to dull, grayish complexions. Using a serum that’s just right for you will go a long way toward improving the appearance of your skin.

What ingredients are often found in serums?

 Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, White Tea calms signs of redness, Glycolic Acid for exfoliation, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate for brightening brown spots and Peptides, such as Caprooyl Tetrapeptide for skin firming. There are many, many other action ingredients used in serums, these are just a few of the common ones.

Any special application tricks when applying serum?

Since moisturizer is to be used immediately after, keep your moisturizer in the refrigerator. When moisturizer is applied cold, it pushes blood away from the skin and in the process it creates a vacuum effect to pull the potent serum ingredients deeper within the skin.

What is a serum? Do we need it? Or is it just another layer in your skin care routine? If you belong to the category of those who ignore the existence of serums, now you have the opportunity to discover and add to your daily program of skin care these innovative products that guarantee impressive results!

These are the serums we recommend and use at LB Skin Care and Body Work Center:







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Dermalogica Expert Status

Dermalogica Expert Status

Dermalogica Expert Status

Today I was awarded Dermalogica Expert Status certification; it’s recognition as one of the highest trained skin care professionals in the country.

I have completed on-going postgraduate education attending a minimum of 85 hours of training at the International Dermal Institute, training with the world’s professional skin care brand, Dermalogica.  To achieve this Expert Status, I have completed a succession of specialist product, treatments and business workshops which are offered only to the most skilled and knowledgeable therapist in order for Dermalogica to award and recognize you as the best in the industry.

I have excelled to complete all three tires of education to reach this status: Dermalogica Certified, Dermalogica Specialist and Dermalogica Expert.  I took the practical examination today in front of an instructor Sarah in order to pass.

I’m so excited to be one of a select group of skin specialist who has achieved Expert Status through extensive training and examination.  I feel so pleased to have been recognized for my abilities as a therapist.  It is great to provide and share my passion for skin care with my clients and customers through advice and treatments, helping them achieve great skin health.

My appreciation to the instructors, educators and office manager at IDI, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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Skin Care Resolution List For New Year 2013

Skin Care Resolution List For New Year 2013

Skin Care Resolution List for New Year 2013

At the end of December we make a list of ambitious New Year’s Resolution.  As we begin 2013, we should make one vow this season that won’t expire come January 15th, that is to take better care of our skin.

Let’s face it…our skin is one of the most amazing and largest organs with one of its main function is protection.  The skin comprise of about 15% of the body weight, the total surface of an adult ranges from 12 to 15 square feet.  In terms of chemical composition, the skin is about 70% water, 25% protein and 2% lipids.






The epidermis is the topmost layer of the skin; it is the first barrier between you and the outside world.  The skin is an ever-changing organ; it completely renews itself every 3-5 weeks.  The epidermis consist of 5 layers, from bottom to top, the layers are named:

Stratum Basale

Stratum Spinosum

Stratum Granulosum

Stratum Lucidum

Stratum Corneum

The bottom layer, the Stratum Basale, has cells that are shaped like columns.  In this layer the cell divide and push already formed cells into higher layers.  As the cells move into higher layers, they flatten and eventually die.  The top layer of the epidermis, the Stratum Corneum is made of dead flat cells sheds about every 2-3 weeks.





The condition of the epidermis determines how “fresh” your skin looks and also how well your skin absorbs and holds moisture.

Now that we are actually into the New Year, understand a bit about the skin and how it works; let’s get a little more specific on treating our skin for the New Year.  Before you do anything look through your products to see what you already have, which products are working for you and which ones aren’t?

Our skin changes throughout the year so chances are products that worked might not be quite so anymore.  If you’re not seeing the results you were expecting, it might be time to change what you’re using.

Are you using products that are ideally suited to your skin type?

Is your cleanser stripping your skin?

Your moisturizer could be too heavy or too light for your skin type.

Have you gone to see your Skin Care Specialist to have a skin analysis and face mapping?






Once you’ve established what you have, you can start looking at what your skin requires and need.

Let’s jump start your skin care resolution list for the New Year!


  1. Kick-start a skin care or Anti-aging regimen
  2. Load up on SPF every day
  3. Get your moles checked
  4. Exfoliate dead skin cells
  5. Never go to bed with makeup
  6. Throw out outdated skin care and makeup products
  7. See your Skin Care Specialist for your monthly skin care treatment
  8. Make sure to get enough sleep
  9. Manage Stress
  10. Drink plenty of water and eat a variety of fruits, vegetable and protein

While losing weight and saving money may top your list this year, don’t forget about your skin… Skin Care is not about beauty; nor is it about pampering, luxury, indulgence or glamour but, like taking care of your teeth, a health necessity.  Let your skin love you in 2013!

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PCA Skin – Medical Grade Skin Care Products

Lorna Baxter Skin Care and Body Work Center is proud to offer PCA Skin products as well as incorporate PCA product for their Chemical Peel Skin Resurfacing treatments. PCA Skin is the leading medical-grade, physician lead skin care products that are aimed to protect and repair damaged skin due to sun damage and aging.



PCA Skin Chemical Peels

Our chemical peels will effectively treat mature, aging skin as well as acne, hyperpigmentation and smoker’s skin. Moderate to aggressive exfoliation will be experienced, depending on the number of layers applied. Overall, the final result will be plump, hydrated and ultra-soft skin. While a single peel will firm and freshen the skin, most clients should plan on a series of 5-6 peels to achieve long-term goals.

PCA Skin is a leading clinical skin care company in the development of professional chemical peels and advanced topicals for 20 years, PCA SKIN was the first cosmeceutical company to provide scientifically researched daily care products and professional treatments to the medical and clinical aesthetics markets and is acknowledged in medical textbooks as the originator of advanced blended chemical peel formulations. 

PCA SKIN’s medical grade

PCA Skin products incorporate the latest in medically and scientifically researched ingredients to nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate skin, delivering optimal results. Free of color additives, synthetic fragrances, harsh alcohols, comedogenic oils and other known sensitizers, they are designed to deliver results without irritation and are especially effective for helping to treat such varied skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, fine lines and wrinkles. PCA SKIN daily care products are available only through physicians and licensed medical professionals. PCA SKIN professional treatments may only be administered by professionals who have been certified by PCA SKIN.








Medical Grade Peels:





PCA Skin products

PCA Professional Products and PCA SKIN Clinical Care Products incorporate the latest in medically and scientifically researched ingredients such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, polyphenols, retinol, peptides and active botanicals to deliver optimal results. PCA home care products nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate skin.  PCA is used in 60 countries; the company is recognized as one of the top international producers of chemical peels, and now the second most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons, dermatologists and certified skin professional.







What PCA Peels offer

Enhanced Jessner’s Peels: PCA Skin adds kojic acid and citric acid to the usual potent formulation of lactic and salicylic acid. Over-all, it acts by breaking down bonds between cells for easier exfoliation while hydrating skin, smooth the skin and prevent breakouts. It also evens out the skin tone, controls bacteria, and allows the skin to hold moisture more effectively. It brightens the skin thus promoting a healthy, glowing skin.

Retinol Treatments: PCA Skin combines retinol and lactic acid with an age-defying blend of polyphenols and humectants. It treats skin aging, laxity, sensitive acne, and hyper-pigmentation. This significantly reduces visible signs of aging and is designed to enhance the results of the other peels. It can be used alone or in combination to aid in exfoliation, plump and hydrate the skin, and prove tone and texture.

Salicylic Acid Treatments: This includes the Pumpkin Peel Treatment which is a keratolytic and antioxidant treatment therapy which will brighten and rejuvenate the skin.  Generally, the treatment’s main function is to aid in keeping the skin’s surface texture smooth, clearing blocked follicles, and reducing breakouts.  It can also offer anti-inflammatory benefits that create even and healthy skin.

Blended TCA Peels: This includes the Sensi Peel for extremely sensitive skin, Ultra Peel 1 for darker skin types, and Ultra Peel Forte capable of producing medium depth peel.  These are exceptional treatments for acne, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles.  What differentiates these from other TCA peels available in the market is the personalized formulation.

PCA Skin peels are not timed, self neutralizing, and is left on the skin. This allows the product to penetrate and treat the epidermis and deeper layers of the skin at a cellular level. The number of layers applied depends upon your sensitivity and treatment protocol. After your peel application, nutritive topical and calming, broad-spectrum SPF products are applied leaving your skin dewy and glowing.

For best results the use of PCA Skin care products prior to and following your peel treatment is highly recommended.  The use of sunscreen after a peel is mandatory.

Benefits to the skin

When used daily, these clinical care products make an enormous difference in your skin’s metabolism.  When skin receives essential nutrition and hydration, the result is a healthy, youthful, evenly toned, clear and glowing complexion.

Recommended product users

PCA Skin products are especially effective for helping to treat those with varied skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, fine lines, and wrinkles.






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