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The Truth About Vitamin D and Sun Exposure

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by Dr. Arlene Noodleman

As a preventive medicine physician and co-creator of Revercel, I routinely advise my patients to avoid excessive sun exposure, wear hats and protective clothing, and to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.  That’s because 1 in 5 people in the United States will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes and excessive sun exposure increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

 

The flip side is that, while exposure to UV rays that burn the skin can result in skin cancer, some sun exposure is needed for our bodies to make vitamin D.  Vitamin D deficiency is an extremely common, often unrecognized health problem.  The benefits of adequate vitamin D, also known as “the sunshine vitamin”, go far beyond maintaining optimal bone health. Research now links vitamin D deficiency to cancer, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, infectious disease, depression, breast cancer, peripheral vascular disease, impaired cognitive function and other conditions.  Women with aches and pains in their bones and muscles are often misdiagnosed as having fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome when they in fact are vitamin D deficient.

 

Almost everyone is at risk of vitamin D deficiency.  Screening is especially indicated for those who are pregnant, obese, have malabsorption or are elderly.  It is also indicated for people with osteoporosis or dark skin pigmentation.

How can you practice safe sun habits when, at the same time, the best source of vitamin D is sun exposure?   At Healthstyle, we advocate SENSIBLE SUN EXPOSURE.   Did you know it’s actually good to be in the sun for a defined period of time – depending on the time of year/day, latitude, and degree of skin pigmentation?   In California, that translates to roughly ten minutes of sun exposure to the arms and legs 2-3 times per week. Those with a greater degree of skin pigmentation have built-in sun protection and will need to be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time.

 

In the absence of sun exposure, I recommend that my patients get 2000 IU of vitamin D3 daily from supplementation and dietary sources (but it isn’t easy to get enough vitamin D from your diet).  Obese patients may need 2-3 times that amount. 

It’s important to always use sun protection on the face, the body’s most sun-damaged area.  The face makes up only about 9% of the body surface and doesn’t provide a lot of vitamin D.  So go outside this summer, enjoy yourself, get some sun, and use sunscreen sensibly.

 

 

 

 

Stay Sun-Safe This Summer

By Dr. Arlene Noodlemanskin cancer awareness

May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month. Did you know that sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma? In addition to excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tanning beds are the second most preventable cause of skin cancer. Alarmingly, one out of five Americans will develop skin cancer over his/her lifetime. Don’t ignore its signs! With early detection and treatment, 98% of skin cancers are completely curable. The American Academy of Dermatology confirms that you can prevent and detect skin cancer by following 3 simple steps:
1. Prevent. Seek shade, cover up, and wear sunscreen.
2. Detect. Look for new or changing spots on your skin. What appears to be an annoying sore that won’t go away or a mole that has changed in size or color may be an early form of skin cancer.
3. Live. Schedule an appointment to see your dermatologist for an annual skin cancer screening and see your dermatologist any time you spot anything changing, itching, or bleeding.

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, developing in more than one million people each year in the U.S. Early diagnosis and treatment are needed to prevent extensive damage to surrounding tissue. Squamous cell carcinoma begins in the cells of the skin’s upper layer and requires early treatment to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the body. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, with early detection and treatment, its cure rate is almost 100%. Remember, even if you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun or have developed skin cancer, it’s never too late to begin protecting your skin. Minimize your risk of developing skin cancer:
1. Reduce your sun exposure, especially between 10am and 4pm. Research shows that not only does sun protection reduce your risk of developing skin cancer; it may also decrease the likelihood of its recurrence.
2. Wear sunglasses, sun-protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats.
3. Use an SPF-15 or greater sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection such as Revercel’s® AM Daily Moisturizer or Triple Duty—both are aesthetically effective, SPF 45+ products..
4. Avoid tanning beds!

Enjoy your summer!

Bring the Sea’s Vital Nutrients into your Home

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Thalassotherapy, from the Greek thalasso meaning ‘sea’ and therapia meaning ‘treatment’, is the therapeutic use of the ocean, its climate, and marine products like algae, seaweed and mud, to promote health and wellbeing.

Revercel Phytoceutical’s Sea Clay Polish and Sea Plant Hydrating Serum are made with seaweed and essential oils.  Our Remineralizing Seawater Mist contains purified seawater and a blend of pure, plant-based essential oils. 

When you can’t get to the sea shore, we suggest you try this mini thalassotherapy treatment at home.  Relax in a warm bath and add sea salts to the water. Play a CD of ocean sounds if you have one, too!  Apply Revercel Phytoceuticals Sea Clay Polish to your face and neck, spray with Remineralizing Seawater Mist and massage the Polish over your face and neck.  After rinsing, apply a few drops of Sea Plant Hydrating Serum and spray the Seawater Mist on the face, neck and décolleté.

Unwind and enjoy!

Treat Yourself to a Day Spa for Your Skin Care

It used to be women would visit the spa for a facial once or twice a year as a special skin care treat. Nowadays however, women — and men — have begun to view skin care much more seriously than an occasional pampering. In fact, leading experts cite “Progressive Skin Wellness” as a top trend for 2013-14. You might ask what is Progressive Skin Wellness? Good question!

Progressive Skin Wellness is the belief that skin health, like exercise, nutrition and sleep, is a crucial factor in maintaining one’s overall health and wellness. Experts are testifying that the Mind, Body and Spirit concept of healthy living involving emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical aspects of wellness all contribute to our overall skin health. Not to mention, the stress reduction and relaxation benefits rendered from our lovely day spa visits.
So it’s time to stop feeling guilty or indulgent and start taking skin care seriously. By doing so, you are actually leading the way in a whole new world body wellness. Kudos to you for considering regular visits to a skin care facility — and the range of treatments offered — as an investment not only to your physical appearance but also your overall health.

And don’t forget that your at-home skin care regimen is equally as important. Self pampering your skin at home tells your body you love it. This is where Revercel’s line of skin care and supplements can help in a wonderful way. Shop Revercel Skin Care products now and receive our Warming Pumpkin Enzyme Mask FREE with your $100 Revercel product purchase!

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“The Invasion of Skin Tags”

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Have you recently noticed any small soft, balloons of skin hanging somewhere from your body?

Should you worry?

Not at all!

These small, soft skin growths are called skin tags. They can occur almost anywhere on the body covered by skin. The tags typically grow in friction areas where skin rubs against skin including the neck, underarms, eyelids, groin folds, and under the breasts.  They are a simple overgrowth of cells and the majority of skin tags are benign.

Men and women are equally prone to developing skin tags. Although some skin tags may fall off spontaneously, most persist once formed.  If this happens to you, just visit Age Defy & Dermatology and say, “Remove my Acrochordon, please!”  After Dr. Noodleman compliments you on your excellent knowledge of medical terminology, he will clean the skin tag with alcohol, then either snip, freeze or burn it off.  The procedure takes a few minutes and feels about as painful as a mosquito bite.

The good news?
Healing time only takes about a few days,  and can be expedited with a few of our Revercel nutritional products such as Vita Thera and/or Repairen MD. Both supplements help the body to maintain good nutrition as well as heal from injury to the skin or surgery.  We highly recommend Vita Thera for daily use, and Repairen MD for those occasions where you have surgery, of any kind.

Happy Recovery from the Invasion of Skin Tags!

 

Can I Fade My Sun Spots?

Are you afraid of SUN SPOTS or BROWN SPOTS?

Well, don’t be! These small to medium size flat dark markings are collections of pigment, also known as melanin.  Often caused by prolonged exposure to ultra violet (UV) rays, these pesky markings can appear at any age and are usually not harmful.

The number one way to avoid these unwelcome visitors is to dodge the sun! Hats, sunscreen, avoiding the beach/pool during peak ray hours are all excellent deterrents. But for many of us who fried ourselves with baby oil as teenagers, the damage has already been done. The good news is that once a board-certified dermatologist (such as Dr. Rick Noodleman) determines that the spots are not dangerous, there are many treatments available. These options include topical Skin Lighteners, SilkPeel Treatments, the Copper Bromide and Q-Switch Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).

Once the sun spots have faced, however, the melanin wants to keep the party going. That’s why it’s important to utilize a daily, clinical home care regimen. Revercel’s anti-aging skin care products not only correct the effects of sun exposure, but they also contain melanin-inhibiting ingredients such as to help control/suppress future spots. The result? A fresh, smooth, youthful appearance!

We suggest Skin Brightening Lotion and Vita C Emulsion. Skin Brightening Lotion is packed with skin lighteners such as Licorice Root Extract, Octadecenedioic Acid, Lumiskin®, Daisy Flower Extract, and Emblica and Green Tea Extracts. Vitamin C reduces melanin synthesis by 80%, eliminates age spots, increases collagen synthesis and protection by 50%, and protects the cells against UVB rays.

Melonoma Monday

Did you know 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime? Help raise awareness by wearing orange on Monday, May 6. Learn more about SPOT Orange on Melanoma Monday: www.SpotSkinCancer.org/SPOTOrange.

Safe Summer Sun

May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month.

Did you know that sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma? In addition to excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tanning beds are the second most preventable cause of skin cancer. Alarmingly, one out of five Americans will develop skin cancer over his/her lifetime. Don’t ignore its signs! With early detection and treatment, 98% of skin cancers are completely curable. The American Academy of Dermatology confirms that you can prevent and detect skin cancer by following 3 simple steps:

1. Prevent. Seek shade, cover up, and wear sunscreen.
2. Detect. Look for new or changing spots on your skin. What appears to be an annoying sore that won’t go away or a mole that has changed in size or color may be an early form of skin cancer.
3. Live. Schedule an appointment to see your dermatologist for an annual skin cancer screening and see your dermatologist any time you spot anything changing, itching, or bleeding.

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, developing in more than one million people each year in the U.S. Early diagnosis and treatment are needed to prevent extensive damage to surrounding tissue. Squamous cell carcinoma begins in the cells of the skin’s upper layer and requires early treatment to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the body. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, with early detection and treatment, its cure rate is almost 100%.

Remember, even if you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun or have developed skin cancer, it’s never too late to begin protecting your skin. Minimize your risk of developing skin cancer:

1. Reduce your sun exposure, especially between 10am and 4pm. Research shows that not only does sun protection reduce your risk of developing skin cancer; it may also decrease the likelihood of its recurrence.
Wear sunglasses, sun-protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats
2. Use an SPF-15 or greater sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection such as Revercel’s® AM Daily Moisturizer or Triple Duty — both are aesthetically effective, SPF 45 products..
3. Avoid tanning beds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your summer!

In Good Health,

Arlene Noodleman, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Revercel

Sensitive Skin & Aging

 

Although sensitive skin can be very frustrating, in many cases it’s easy to treat. Over 50% of women and 40% of men report they have sensitive skin. Words like as stinging, itching, and burning accompanied by redness, dryness, scaling, peeling, bumps or hives are often used to describe this condition.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, weighing close to six pounds! Interestingly, the skin actually renews itself every 27 days. This is actually good news for people with sensitive – aging skin.

There are many causes to tender skin. Allergies, genetics, poor digestion and food assimilation, climate factors, thyroid and adrenal problems, hormonal changes and, stress all contribute to the problem. As we age, the skin becomes thinner, less elastic and drier, predisposing us to more sensitivity. Collagen and elastin — the substances that makes our skin firm, plump and elastic in our 20’s, break down and disconnect as time clicks onward.

There are two distinct types of aging skin. One caused by the genes we inherit is called intrinsic (internal) aging. The second type is known as extrinsic (external) aging and is caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to the sun’s rays.

As we age, many of us increase the number of skin care products and procedures we use and begin somewhat aggressive exfoliation practices. For examples, although topical glycolic acid and vitamin C products have anti-aging properties, they can also be irritating and cause skin sensitivity. These and other skin lightening products used to reduce liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles often contain harsh ingredients resulting in itching, peeling and redness.

Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) combined with over-exfoliation at home with facial scrubs and/or an ultrasonic facial brush system can increase skin sensitivity and its related symptoms.

In essence, in our efforts to ward off the signs of aging, we may in fact be exacerbating the situation. Closely evaluate products or procedures if skin sensitivity is a problem. Consulting your dermatologist may also be helpful as s/he is specially trained to identify the culprit(s) of this annoying condition.

Lastly, and perhaps most important for aging/sensitive skin, is the importance of using physician- formulated skin care products specifically designed to address this problem. We recommend the Revercel® Soothe Kit, a five-product morning and evening program: Gentle Blue Cleanser, Sensitive Skin Toner, Eye Perfection Cream, AM Daily Moisturizer SPF 45+ and Sensitive Skin Moisturizer. The Soothe Kit is easy-to-use anti-aging regimen and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin.

Here’s to beautiful skin and aging gracefully!

The Revercel Team

“Brighter & Ageless Skin for the New Year”

The winter months are a perfect time to brighten and nourish the skin, eliminate age spots, freckles that are no longer cute and hyper-pigmentation. While there a number of cosmetic procedures to brighten the skin, there are also several topical solutions and skin / health care regimens that can achieve this effect.

Brightening and nuturing your skin on a regular basis can give you a “healthy glow” and render a younger appearance. Over time, daily damage to the skin from sun exposure, environmental toxins and stress can make us look tired and older. Some of the simple techniques to follow will help you to achieve a beautiful, spot-free and ageless complexion.

#1. Exfoliate Often – daily to remove dead skin cells and expose the fresher new skin. Exfoliation also unclogs pores yielding a cleaner-brighter look. We recommend Mint Facial Scrub – a non-drying, invigorating exfoliator, Mint Facial Scrub instantly removes dead surface skin cells, leaving the skin bright and feeling refreshed. Formulated with stimulating Wild Mint Oil and soothing Aloe Vera.

#2. Use a Brightening Lotion – Skin Brightening Lotion has it all! Packed with high performance ingredients including powerful antioxidants to help scavenge free radicals for a healthy, radiant look. Skin Brightening Lotion also contains Licorice extract to inhibit melanin production, Daisy flower extract to help even blotchy skin, and Green Tea extract to help reduce hyper-pigmentation and inflammation. Hydroquinone and Paraben-free.

#3. Moisturize Daily – using a moisturizer with antioxidants and natural ingredients for reversing UV damage. Our AM Daily Mositurizer SPF 45 is a perfect fit with Green Tea, White Birch and Pomegranate for antioxidant protection and Sea Plankton-dervied photosomes to help reverse UV damage and promote healthy skin rejuvenation.

#4 Mask Up – a few times per week to further cleanse, refresh and tone skin. Our Warming Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is perfect for the colder months of the season. This mask gently dissolves dry outer layers of the skin, helping it appear fresher, brighter, and revitalized. While pumpkin enzymes, purifying mineral clay, and vitamin-packed pumpkin peel go to work, deep cleaning and purifying. Warming Pumpkin Enzyme Mask leaves skin smooth, even-toned, and vibrant without dryness. Infused with jojoba oil, beta carotene, and encapsulated Vitamin E, it nourishes and moisturizes the skin, while neutralizing free radicals that contribute to premature aging. Try it on your neck, chest, and hands, too!

#5. Drink Plenty of Water – to keep your skin hydrated from the inside rendering a bright, healthy skin on the outside. Water aids in the body’s detoxification process and kills bad bacteria. 6-8 glasses per day is recommended.

#6. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids – fish, eggs and leafy greens are all good choices for providing healthy omega-3’s. These fatty acids support blood vessel health and circulation which lead to good blood flow for overall health and vitality.

#7. Get Plenty of Sleep & Relax Often – ZZZ’s are essential for beautiful skin. Our bodies build news cells during sleep yielding healthy skin, brighter eyes, and renewed energy. Relaxation exercises such as meditation and yoga reduce stress leaving us feeling alive and well rested.

Here’s to a brighter and ageless YOU!