10 Ways To Have A Healthier Christmas

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Don’t sit down all day

We know every Christmas special under the sun will be showing on the TV, but you don’t need to plonk yourself on the sofa all day! Encourage the whole family to get out for a walk at some point – ideally, after dinner to aid digestion. The more activity, the better, so take along any new outdoor gifts, like bikes, scooters, footballs or Frisbees, or play old-fashioned games.


Go easy on the booze

If you are firmly ensconced at home over the festive period, those alcohol units can really mount up. Mulled wine on Christmas eve, Bucks Fizz with breakfast, wine with dinner, Baileys, brandy… the list goes on! So, do try to keep tabs on how much you are drinking, and intersperse alcoholic drinks with soft ones.


Don’t give yourself a Christmas stuffing!

Recent research suggests that we consume around 3,000 calories in our Christmas dinner – more than the entire recommended daily intake for a grown man!

This huge feast not only contributes to weight gain but also to indigestion and heartburn – not to mention lethargy for the rest of the day, reducing the chances of you burning much of it off. Instead of gorging yourself on Christmas dinner, eat a normal-sized meal and then take a 20-minute break to see if you are still hungry (it takes this long for the brain to register that the stomach is full). The chances are, you’ll realise you’ve had enough.


Keep colds at bay

Colds are rife at Christmas, partly because many of us travel around the country, exposing ourselves – and others – to different cold viruses. Minimise your risks by maintaining a healthy immune system (eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and not smoking will help), so you are more able to fight off any viruses.


Don’t stress

‘Tis the season to be jolly’ but jolly is the last thing many of us feel with overspending, cooking, cleaning, endless ‘to do’ lists and visitors we could do without. Try to keep a sense of humor and proportion. Is it really the end of the world if the carrots are overcooked or if the mantelpiece is a bit dusty? Do you really care about Auntie Mary’s disapproval of the fact that you and your partner are living together and aren’t married? Remember, Christmas is just one day out of 365 and it isn’t worth stressing over.


Eat fruit

Let’s be honest, most of us get through the entire Christmas period eating no more fruit than the satsuma in the Christmas stocking. It just doesn’t really feature on the Christmas menu. But at this time of late nights, overindulging and partying, it’s more important than ever to get your vitamins and minerals, to help you stay in good health. Ensure that your Christmas shopping list enables you to fill up the fruit bowl and get your recommended daily portions of fruit and veg. (And no, mulled wine doesn’t count as one portion!)


Do something for others

It’s hard to avoid the consumerism that has overtaken Christmas in the western world, but it doesn’t all have to be about giving or receiving gifts. Try to do something for others this festive season, whether it’s baking some extra mince pies for an elderly neighbor, inviting an acquaintance who doesn’t have family around them to your home or helping out with a local Christmas fete or carol service.


Think before you eat

Christmas is a time of plenty, and with nuts, chocolates, mince pies and cheese straws wherever you look, it would be rather Scrooge-like to suggest that you don’t eat any treats over the festive period! But rather than mindlessly popping whatever is in front of you in your mouth, spend a moment thinking about whether you really want it, or are just eating it because it’s there.


Engage your brain

Instead of switching off in front of the TV, keep your mind active by playing games like Trivial Pursuit or Charades. This is also a great way of getting everyone together. If you aren’t a ‘game’ person, engage your mind by setting up any new gadgets, such as Playstations, iPads, mobile phones or laptops.


Be a careful cook

If your Christmas duties include cooking the dinner, you won’t be delighted to hear that according to the Food Standards Agency, December is one of the most common months for people to get food poisoning. To minimise the risks, don’t leave food out all day. Put out small amounts at a time, so that what is on the table has just been cooked or just come out of the fridge. Ideally, try to use any leftovers within 48 hours or freeze them. As for the turkey, always defrost it in the fridge, allowing 10 to 12 hours per kilo and do not wash the bird, as this can spread bacteria around, which will be destroyed by cooking anyway.

And most importantly, have a happy, healthy festive season!

Benefits of Collagen: More than Skin Deep

Benefits of Collagen: More than Skin Deep

The word “collagen” is derived from the Greek “kolla,” meaning glue. It is the most abundant protein in our body forming the musculoskeletal system and all connective tissue. Experts often refer to it as the fountain of youth. As we age, our body’s ability to make collagen begins to slow down. Consequently, our skin, hair, tendons, cartilage, bones, joints, organs, and intestines start losing their structure, causing signs of aging and poor health.
Collagen is made of primarily amino acids, many of which need to be obtained through diet. There are delicious foods that help replenish collagen, but supplementation may benefit you more efficiently and in more ways than just beauty.
Research shows our skin is made of approximately 70% collagen. In some studies, consumption of collagen peptides was seen to significantly reduce eye wrinkle volume by up to 20 percent and this effect was long-lasting.1 Other studies show how after 6 months of use, collagen led to a clear improvement of the skin appearance in women suffering from moderate cellulite2 and stretchmarks.
About 33% of collagen is made from the amino acids proline and glycine. Today, it can be difficult to obtain therapeutic amounts from diet alone. Hydrolyzed collagen protein (powder) is arguably the easiest way to increase collagen levels. Hydrolyzed simply means the proteins are broken down into easy-to-use molecules. Two highly reputable brands are Great Lakes and Vital Proteins (I have no affiliation with either). Taking 2 tablespoons at breakfast and at night have shown to be enough to experience benefits. There is virtually no taste or smell.
Bone broth, commonly used centuries ago and popular again today, is abundant in collagen, minerals, and other special anti-inflammatory properties. From your kitchen or health food store, it’s easy to sip on broth like tea, or use in soups and stir fry. Bone broth is high in protein and supports the immune system. It is particularly useful for gastrointestinal health and in reduction of inflammation.3
In our daily diet, fish, meat, bones, and organs are the best sources of collagen. Vegetarians can depend on beans, cheese, eggs and wheat germ. Here’s a great tip: Adding vitamin C from berries and greens will increase the utilization and production of collagen, in addition to the mineral copper, and sterols derived from aloe vera.4 You can get copper from sources such as sesame seeds and cashews.5
Aside from the beauty benefits, collagen’s amino acid profile can be life changing for everyone. It supports mood, gut health, joint6 and post-exercise pain.7 Its high content of proline, shown to be significantly present in wound healing,8 and glycine, an important inhibitory neurotransmitter as well as a natural anti-inflammatory9 are of significant interest in research today.
With consistent use, anti-aging, improved digestion, detoxification, restful sleep7, brain function, as well as weight loss are all benefits of collagen consumption you can look forward to experiencing. For those of us who want to beat the clock, stay pain-free and look younger, collagen may just be your secret weapon.
Tiffany is a certified nutrition consultant and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and can be reached at (760) 285.1221. www.GlutenFreeWithTiffany.com
References: 1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949208, 2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26561784, 3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11035691/, 4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4345938/, 5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6110524, 6)http://www.scielo.br/pdf/rbgg/v19n1/1809-9823-rbgg-19-01-00153.pdf, 7)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885, 8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23508578, 9)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12589194

Why Do I Keep Getting Canker Sores?

Why Do I Keep Getting Canker Sores?
By Amanda Beckner, CN, HHP, Ph.D.

Canker sores appear in the mouth, on the tongue, lips, cheeks and gums and can develop into ulcers, or a white swelling which can be the size of a pinhead or as large as a quarter. They cause a burning, tingling sensation that can be irritating and painful especially when eating or drinking certain types of foods. They can appear (and may disappear) quickly or linger for as long as a month.   
So what causes these types of ulcers to erupt?  As with many diseases, canker sores are derived from inflammation in the body. There can be many triggers, such as nutritional deficiencies, which can create unnecessary inflammation; hormone imbalances; dental issues; food allergies; excessive stress and fatigue; biting your cheek or gum during eating which creates stress to the area; failing to change your tooth brush routinely, or using a tooth paste with excess chemicals.
There are also diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease or chronic fatigue which can affect the immune system as well as the bowels.  When the bowel is affected and a build-up of toxins occurs, more inflammation builds and outbreaks of the skin (your largest organ) and underlying immune responses to the additional bacteria can cause these types of ulcer outbreaks. 
So, outbreaks can be a simple response to eating the wrong foods that create more acidity within the system and cause inflammation to build, or something more causing a consistent outbreak or long-lasting ulcers that don’t seem to go away.
What can you do?
Cleaning up the diet, addressing hormone issues, managing stress and making sure your elimination process is working efficiently will all make a big difference on how long the canker sore(s) will last or return again. Keep in mind that drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day can enhance elimination and toxin removal from the body.
Nutritional deficiencies such as iron, L-lysine, vitamin B12 and other B-vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C and zinc have all been linked to outbreaks. Taking a quality multi-vitamin daily can help to supply nutrients you may not be getting in your diet.  Garlic and olive leaf together can act as a natural antibiotic and assist with the removal of bacteria.  Alfalfa and red clover can assist in cleansing the blood stream (not to be taken with certain medications or if you are pregnant).
Keeping the body more alkaline than acid is important.  Try eating more salads with raw onions, asparagus and eggs (foods that are higher naturally in sulfur lowers inflammation). Limit, or preferably eliminate, your intake of inflammatory foods such as alcohol, coffee, sugars, citrus fruits, night shade veggies and processed and refined foods.
Other quick remedies include applying a ½ tsp. of coconut oil daily onto the area and taking orally to help rid unwanted bacteria build-up and to speed the healing process. Gargling with warm salt water can also help ease pain.
We all age and as we do, our diet should help our bodies rather than hinder the process to keep us healthy and free of unwanted pain and irritation.
Dr. Beckner is owner of Your Body Code, personalized nutrition and wellness programs in Palm Desert, and can be reached at (760) 341.BODY (2639).  For free recipes and more information visit www.yourbodycode.com
1.) Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch CNC, copyright 2002.  2.) Understanding Nutrition, 7th edition by Eleanor Noss Whitney & Sharon Rady Rolfes, copyright 1977.

The Evolution of Skin Rejuvenation

The Evolution of Skin Rejuvenation
By Lauren Del Sarto

Acne is dramatically reduced after ten weeks of treatment. (Photo by Envy Medical, Inc; results may vary)
When a new service joins Desert Health®, I like to know as much about it as I can – to educate myself and to better inform readers. Such is the case with SilkPeel Dermalinfusion. I hadn’t heard of the treatment which Studio Facials owner Kris Kabris called “all the rage in LA,” so I went to work researching its efficacy.
It appears that many celebrities do indeed turn to SilkPeel to achieve that “flawless look.” Not only are they treating their face, but also different parts of the body including the décolleté, neck, hands, and feet. Local plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon, MD, stated on The Doctors that it is the new trend, “It used to be all about the face, and now, they want everything to match.”
What sets this treatment apart from others?
The SilkPeel combines three treatments in one to exfoliate, extract and infuse skin with beneficial serums to treat a variety of skin conditions. “It’s non-invasive, takes only 30 minutes and has no downtime,” says Kabris, “So you can use it prior to a big event or simply on your lunch break.”
Like microdermabrasion, SilkPeel is a skin resurfacing treatment, but with added benefits. First, instead of spraying particles at the skin or scraping with a more abrasive crystal tip, SilkPeel uses a diamond-tipped wand to softly resurface and polish the skin while at the same time using suction to remove dead skin cells. Simultaneously, healthy serums for specific skin conditions such as sun damage, acne or fine lines are delivered into the skin via the wand right after exfoliation when the newly surfaced skin is most receptive. After the treatment, you can immediately apply makeup. 
What skin conditions does SilkPeel treat?
Like other treatments, SilkPeel stimulates blood circulation and revitalizes collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin. However, the therapy is also designed to help problem skin conditions through the different serums added.  The vitamin C solution helps sun-damaged skin and is used as a skin brightener for hyperpigmentation. For acne, the skin is infused with two healing agents: salicylic acid which dissolves pore plugs and bisabolol, an agent extracted from chamomile which works to calm inflammation and condition the skin. For dark spots, the active ingredient is lumixyl peptide, and for dehydrated skin, hyaluronic acid, which is produced in the body naturally.
“If a client has multiple problem spots, say acne in some areas and dryness in another, I can mix it up to apply the individual serums where they are needed,” says Kabris adding that the wand tips can also be changed for different body parts. She has successfully used it in the breast and belly areas for post-pregnancy stretch marks
as well.
How many treatments are required to see improvement?
“You’ll see improvement with the first treatment as your face will appear plumper,” says Kabris. “And you’ll continue to see improvement for days later as the serum continues to work under your skin.” The company recommends a series of four to six treatments scheduled every other week and then maintenance once a month in place of a standard facial. Problem skin conditions may take longer. “With acne, swelling and redness will be reduced immediately. I have some clients who see very noticeable improvement with just one treatment, and then significant improvement after four to six sessions.”
Are there any adverse side effects?
According to numerous websites, serious side effects don’t seem to be a major concern. Skin irritation and redness from the exfoliation process and some reactions to the serums were noted.
I enjoyed my treatment with Kris and the plump and polished look that followed. She recommended the vitamin C for anti-aging and kindly reminded me to wear sunscreen daily. She also used the hydrating serum on my lips and around the eyes. I was in and out within an hour and on with my day. For me, results were indeed immediate and visible for days.
For more information, contact Kris Kabris at Studio Facials (760) 636.3555.
Sources: 1) https://www.thedermreview.com/silkpeel; 2) The Doctors TV, March 21, 2016; 2) https://www.realself.com/silkpeel; 3) www.oprah.com/style/the-facts-about-skin-treatments

Making Dreams Come TRUE

Making Dreams Come TRUE
By Lauren (Steadman) Del Sarto

Michelle Steadman
Michelle Steadman had a dream. She wanted to create the perfect raw superfood meal for her family:  easy to eat on the go and packed with nutritious, organic foods. Little did she know that this dream would quickly lead to much bigger dreams which are all falling into place.
When friends and family couldn’t get enough of her truly delicious bars, she gave them a name, TRUElicious®. She then tried a local health fair where people came back for take homes, and sold out. It was then onto a larger expo in San Diego where all 1,500 bars were purchased. The feedback was so positive, she knew she had something special. Michelle started distributing TRUElicious® locally to health food markets, juice bars and fitness centers and set her sights on Whole Foods – nationally.
Michelle and Kevin in their new manufacturing facility in Indio
A year later, she received an email from a friend about a Whole Foods vendor fair taking place in the desert. She couldn’t believe it. Only one week away, they scurried to get a new logo, packaging design, and marketing materials. The store team members were impressed and Michelle got TRUElicious® into her first Whole Foods.
What she and Kevin accomplished next is truly amazing. Within four months, they found a location to take the bars out of their kitchen (they were the first in Indio to obtain an in-home Cottage Food Law permit) and into their own manufacturing facility; secured vegan, USDA organic, and gluten-free certifications; tackled building and production permits, state and local audits, microbial product testing, and insurance; and delivered on the stacks of paperwork and requirements from Whole Foods.
TRUElicious bars can be found at healthy stores throughout the valley and beyond
“I have a whole new respect for each individual product in their stores,” says Michelle. “Their standards are top notch and beyond anything we could have ever imagined.” Fortunately, both Clark’s Nutrition and Whole Foods helped them along the way. “Basically we built a model Whole Foods manufacturing plant, and now that we’ve accomplished that, I feel we could go anywhere.” In October, they secured their second Whole Foods in Westwood based on the strong sales in Palm Desert.
Whole Foods has a division called local foragers which seek out small operations like Michelle’s to bring them to market. They guided the Steadmans through the development of recall plans, manufacturing practices, and delivery practices to ensure no cross-contamination, to name a few.
“The last four months have been the most stressful of my life, but you have to dive in and learn along the way,” says Michelle who had never done anything like this before. “From this experience, I want to write a book about the process. Not that I would have ever been discouraged, but if I had known what to expect, it would have made the journey very different.” Referencing the growing number of homemade artisan products in the market, she adds, “We are a community, and I look forward to helping others with their journey.”
On a tour of their new facility (“family owned and operated with love”), Kevin, who manages production, proudly states that their new machine can crank out 250 bars a minute – what used to take them a day by hand. Michelle recalls that San Diego expo and those 1,500 bars which took forever to bake, package and label (their son Logan may be happiest of all as he was always part of the assembly line).
As they grow, Michelle and Kevin continue to keep it local. Their newly developed marketing campaign, “Be True,” features local health industry professionals including Kim Tang of Bikram Yoga University Village; integrated pharmacist Lori Arnold; naturopathic doctor Shannon Sinsheimer; personal trainer Omar Almanza; Pilates instructor Jessica Lenarth; and certified raw food chef Kelli Rose. 
The best part is that we all get to share in Michelle’s original dream as TRUElicious® is the hands down best on-the-go meal you can find. Each bar is packed with 17 superfood ingredients like coconut, acai, maca, local dates, goji berries, chia seeds and cinnamon and provides a filling gluten-free vegan meal.
We congratulate the Steadmans on their accomplishments and growing business. Those who know them couldn’t be prouder or happier for this hard-working couple. When they sell TRUElicious® to the big guys, I will certainly make it a point to determine how we are related. (:
Meet Michelle Steadman on Saturday, November 15 at the Desert Woman’s Show. For more information or to purchase product, visit Truelicious.com.

Achieving Beautiful Skin

Achieving Beautiful Skin

There are several myths about skin care in today’s world which greatly inhibit the overall health and well-being of our skin, the body’s largest organ.
Let’s take a look at some of these myths including the idea that washing one’s face several times daily will diminish acne; sunscreen is not as important on overcast or cloudy days; and that all “all natural” products are good for the skin.
Washing to diminish acne
The true fact is that repeatedly washing already irritated skin will strip it of the natural oils needed to keep the skin balanced. This can cause an over-production of oil from the body’s sebaceous glands, clogging pores, and perpetuating acne and compromised skin.
No sunscreen on cloudy days
The idea that sunscreen is not needed on overcast or cloudy days is also false. In fact, over exposure due to lack of protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays which are still prevalent on overcast days, will again result in overstimulated sebaceous glands and is likely to cause acne and damage both the primary and secondary layers of the skin. This can make you more prone to skin issues such as carcinoma, melanoma and keratosis.
“All natural” products
While natural products can be beneficial and provide your body with needed essential fatty acids and nutrients, most products claiming to be natural are not in fact pure products. Many are filled with preservatives in order to keep the ingredients from diminishing, but which can cause irritation, allergic reactions, and even damage to the skin.
The importance of a good skin care regime and proper skin health is not to be underestimated. With a total area of roughly 20 square feet, our skin protects us from toxins, microbes and the elements we encounter on a daily basis such as smog, germs, bacteria and viruses. The skin is essential to overall body health and allows for proper Vitamin D production, regulates the body’s temperature, and allows us to feel the sensations of heat, cold, touch, etc.
In order to maintain healthy and balanced skin, several factors come into play. Being properly hydrated, (especially in the desert) is necessary for proper brain function and aids in skin health and texture. Exercise is vital to overall body health by allowing for proper circulation which helps to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. A properly balanced diet is essential for skin health, intestinal balance and overall mental and physical well-being. A diet consisting of healthy fats such as Omega 3’s found in foods like avocados and salmon as well as foods rich in calcium and magnesium, such as almonds, will help protect your skin from the harmful effects of your daily environment.
I would recommend the following tips to achieve the skin you desire:

Establish a proper skin care regime;
Don’t over expose your skin to moisture, such as long baths and consider using warm rather than hot water;
Avoid harsh soaps that will strip your skin of its natural oils; consider instead a well-balanced line of medical grade skin care products. Skin Medica and Obagi have shown amazing results;
Don’t smoke. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin decreasing blood flow, damaging your body’s ability to create collagen and elastin and diminishing your skin’s strength and elasticity;
Stay properly hydrated;
Maintain a balanced diet. A healthy diet contributes to younger looking skin by allowing the cells within your body to function at maximum capacity;
Exercise in order to reduce stress and increase oxygen levels within the body allowing your skin to regenerate and maintain its natural balance;
Lastly, protect your skin from the sun and treat your skin gently.

The goal of a proper skin care regime is to allow the beauty you have inside to reflect outwardly. Also know that there is an intimate connection between our emotions and our skin. Allow yourself to be radiant by taking care of your body, mind and soul.
Desert Health® is honored to welcome Dr. Ritu Chopra and his new column Beauty Inside & Out. Dr. Chopra graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Medicine and completed a six-year general surgery residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. He is a recipient of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha award given to the top 10% of medical students followed by the award for top surgical student in 1999. Dr. Chopra was also accepted into one of the oldest and most acclaimed programs in the country at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York where his fellowship provided extensive experience in complex aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the entire body. He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications in all aspects of surgery from minimally invasive surgery to stem cell research. Dr. Chopra’s grandfather was a renowned health care practitioner in India and first introduced him to the many healing powers found in our environment providing him a unique perspective on health care and prevention. We look forward to Dr. Chopra’s contributions to Desert Health®.

Happiness: The Beauty Within

Happiness: The Beauty Within

A book review by Nancy Laytham-Jorgensen Dr. Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness
Do you believe that happiness is something that just “happens” to you? That something good needs to happen to you, to make you happy?
Dr. Martin Seligman’s book, Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology, to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, provides evidence that we can make a difference in our own life and increase our own happiness. It was the first consumer book on this new science and although many other positive psychology books have been published since, I continue to consider this the most valid.
A pioneer in his field, Seligman practices at the University of Pennsylvania. When he took over as president of the American Psychological Society (APA) in the 1990s, psychology was focused solely on mental illness, depression and what made us Unhappy. Seligman challenged psychologists in universities all over the world to start studying what made people happy, thrive and grow. The new field of ‘positive psychology’ was born.
Within a few short years, scientific studies were published and the proof was presented. Happiness and optimism are under our control. They are a necessary element in the foundation of a long, satisfying, happy and healthy life.
Seligman states that our happiness is not just a mood, but a way of experiencing and believing. It offers us optimism and strength, and increases our “self-efficacy.”
Seligman does not believe that wealth is a guarantee for personal happiness. And research supports this–many wealthy people are not happy.
One of the enemies of happiness is “taking things for granted.” This common behavior continually raises the bar for what we need to achieve happiness. Remember how exciting it was to take your first airplane ride? Now it is routine and to get
back that initial thrill of flying, we go sky diving or hand gliding.
Showing appreciation for what we have may be a factor in building our own happiness. Seligman identifies other factors that support happiness including forgiveness and an optimistic view of the world and our lives. Positive psychology is centered on the present, letting go of the past and moving forward. This redirects energy that was bound up in past sadness and focuses that energy on enjoying the present.
Happiness is in the here and now. To many philosophers, ‘now’ is all we have. This means accepting and savoring the simple pleasures in life such as enjoying a meal, savoring the food and your dining partners.
Seligman and his colleagues found that “personal strengths” such as humor, perspective, enthusiasm, perseverance, kindness and self- control, enhance overall happiness. He refers to them as our “pillars of happiness.”
In his conclusion, Seligman states that “as we evolve and become more intelligent in our pursuit of happiness, the world will get better, because the greatest happiness for each of us depends on us all being happy. Where there is love and happiness, aggression, strife and war are absent. Happiness is our divine destiny.”
Nancy Laytham is a licensed and certified Health and Wellness Coach. Her certification is recognized by the ICF (Internal Federation of Coaches) and the American Academy of Sports Medicine. She previously enjoyed a career in pharmaceuticals before entering the coaching profession and has had a life-long passion for health and wellness. Her clients are those seeking to enhance their lives by improving their overall health and increasing their positivity and happiness. www.yourhealth-coach.com. [email protected]

Fat vs. Fillers for a More Youthful Look: Which is Better for You?

Fat vs. Fillers for a More Youthful Look: Which is Better for You?

As we age, we lose facial volume. There is loss of bone and fat in and around the eyes, mouth, chin and temples. This volume loss results in brow and cheek drooping, and wrinkles around the mouth.
The main injectible fillers used today are Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. Juvederm and Restylane are used mainly in the lips and lower eyelid/cheek areas where small volumes (2-3 ccs) are used. They are hyaluronic acid (HA) gels and best used for superficial wrinkles, volumizing the lips, and filling in the depression under the eyes. Injected through very small needles with anesthesia mixed in them, both products are easily reversible using an enzyme that (almost immediately) dissolves them. There is no excuse for a “bad job”. These products usually last 6-10 months and are injected during a routine office visit.
Radiesse is used as a deeper filler. This can be used in the cheeks, chin and jawline, to fill in lost volume. It requires a slightly larger needle and can cause bruising. It lasts longer than the HA products, typically 10-14 months, and is also injected during a routine office visit. It is not reversible but may be massaged and spread out if there is a bump or nodule.
Fat transfer is performed in all areas of the face. It is harvested via liposuction and injected back into the face. Fat transfer is used for volume replacement not to treat fine lines. Much larger volumes (20-60 ccs) are used because the entire face can be injected. The brows, forehead, temples cheeks, chin and entire peri-oral area may be treated. Fat transfer is commonly performed with a facelift to achieve a natural result without a pulled look. It also improves the skin tone and texture.
A fat transfer is a surgical procedure and has a recovery period with bruising and swelling. A fat transfer is longer lasting (2+ years) and often semi permanent after the initial swelling goes down. The results are much more dependent on the surgical skill of the surgeon than injectibles, and it takes longer to see the final result. A fat transfer is often what a person needs if they have already had a facelift and want an improvement with their look.
So which is best for you? It all depends on your goals. If you want to alleviate fine lines around the mouth and eyes, then a filler such as Juvederm combined with BOTOX works very well. If you want an overall more youthful look and have a significant amount of facial volume loss, a fat transfer with or without other procedures may be the best treatment. Your surgeon will discuss treatment options, and together you can plan your rejuvenation process.
Rex Yannis, M.D. specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic & Facial Cosmetic Surgery, as well as, skin rejuvenation of the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. He practices in Palm Desert at Evans Eye Care and can be reached at (760) 674-8806.

Karina's Beauty Rx

Karina’s Beauty Rx

As we enter into summer, there is a noticeable change in our bodies and skin. You can maintain a healthy youthful look at home with easy beauty rituals. It’s not every day we have the opportunity to visit the spa or salon for a hair treatment or body scrub. You may be surprised to find ingredients in your own backyard and cabinets for a DIY natural spa service!
Lustrous Hairapy
Noticeably parched strands can give a tired appearance. Ever feel confident after a trip to the hair salon? The instant pick-me-up from a healthy crown of hair can do just that. Try jojoba oil, a seed oil that delivers deep hydration for the skin and hair. This multi-functional plant resembles the oil found in human sebum, does not clog pores and is antibacterial. Mix 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil, 2 drops of organic lavender essential oil (to promote sleep and relaxation) or 2 drops of peppermint essential oil (to stimulate hair follicles). Before shampooing, apply oil mixture to the scalp by dotting oil with your fingertip in a straight line from the forehead to the back of the head, in 2 inch sections. Gently rub into the scalp and run fingers through the rest of the hair for an awakening scalp massage. Finish with a warm towel head wrap for 30 minutes, shampoo and rinse for an instant healthy look.
Scrub Away
Desert weather can leave us looking less than attractive with dry scaly skin. The first rule to soft supple skin is to hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. The second rule is scrub, scrub, scrub to eliminate dry patches on the body. Exfoliate from head to toe three times a week in your shower for best results. My motto: If you can eat it, it is good enough to put topically on the body. Mix 1 tablespoon of organic olive oil, 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil, 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil, 1 tablespoon of Dead Sea salts and a pinch of fine ground rosemary. Add more oil to soften the scrub and less for a more invasive scrub. Apply the blend liberally to your damp body, focusing on knees, elbows, legs and heels of feet. Sugar hydrates and softens skin while salt detoxifies and sloughs off dead skin cells. Olive oil, rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, delivers lustrous and supple skin while jojoba oil, rich in Vitamin E, C and B complex, softens and smoothes. Herbs, such as rosemary, deliver natural healing powers to purify and cleanse, while lemongrass is antiseptic and invigorating to the senses.  Those who suffer from dry skin conditions can benefit from body scrubs to keep skin hydrated and soothe inflammation.
Take a Bath, Yes in Summer
Take advantage of a warm bath to deliver soothing and calming properties. Forget the bubble bath and try something hydrating and natural. Add 2 ounces of Epsom salts, four drops of your favorite organic essential oil along with 1 tablespoon of healing jojoba oil to protect the skin. Feeling sluggish and need to detoxify? Try juniper berry and cypress essential oils which aid in respiratory issues and cleanse the body of impurities. If you are having skin irritations or even sunburn, try one-half cup of raw oats, four drops of lavender essential oil and 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil. When oil and water are combined notice the separation as oil floats to the surface of the water. When the body is immersed into the bath, oil is attracted to the body and immediately absorbs directly into the skin. This is the quickest way to absorb oils to attain the desired results of relaxation and detoxification. If you prefer a shower over a bath, create your own steam room while activating the respiratory system. Place 3-4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil directly onto the shower head and steam the bathroom with hot/warm water temperature. Enjoy the steam room effect with a chilled washcloth over the face or chilled sliced cucumbers over the eyes.
The summer heat is almost here – now is the time to start planning your at-home spa routine!
Karina Chung is a desert native specializing in creating new spa experiences and working internationally with Hyatt Resorts. Karina has returned to the desert as Spa Director at the Hyatt Grand Champion’s Agua Serena Spa. She is enthusiastic to introduce indigenous products with healing properties and to support local health for both individuals and businesses through this beautiful wellness facility. For more information, contact Karina at 760.674.4100.

Top 10 Healthy Ways To Survive The Office Christmas Party

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Many people see it as a test of endurance and strong will. Fail it and you may end up in work the next day red-faced and ashamed, having consumed far too many calories as well! Here are our top 10 tips to help you get through the office Christmas party fun in a healthy way.


Eat a big lunch during the day

That way you won’t have an empty stomach when you hit the big bash and you won’t get too hungry during the night. This will help you to avoid snacking on unhealthy food after you’ve had a couple of drinks.


Stay hydrated

Keep a bottle of water with you and drink from it all day, so you don’t start the proceedings already dehydrated. Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres during the day.


Get your liver in shape

Take regular doses of the herb Milk Thistle a few days beforehand – it has been shown to assist the organ in processing alcohol.


Pass on the punch

Punch bowls are notorious for containing a concoction of booze that surprisingly tastes great – but is impossible to gauge how much you have actually drunk and this will come back to haunt you the next day. Punch is also highly calorific, especially if a number of juices and mixers are added in.


Eat mindfully

Eat a plate of food then put it down. Rather than standing near the buffet and tucking into it all night long – a sure way of over-indulging.


Collect canapé sticks

If it’s finger food, keep your canapé sticks to remind you how many you’ve put away – canapes are often quite rich, and have lots of calories for such a small mouthful.


Eat what you like

Only eat what you actually like – not just what’s put under your nose. Remember eating is not compulsory at these events! Although having a small meal is advised to mitigate any effects of the alcohol.


Pace yourself

A few festive cocktails to get merry is okay – but if you start to feel drunk and disorderly – JUST STOP! That way you’ll avoid any embarrassment and limit the number of unhealthy alcoholic drinks you consume.


Hit the dance floor

Even if you’re not a natural mover it will keep you distracted from food or alcohol. It’s also a great way to burn calories.


Pick healthy mixers

Stick to spirits with healthy mixers like slimline tonic or diet lemonade. Cocktails might seem tempting, but they are often a very high-calorie option, especially any made with creamy liqueurs, fresh cream, coconut milk or cream.

And, most importantly, enjoy yourself! Think of the party as a bit of a treat – if you follow these rules, you’ll be able to have fun and avoid adding inches to your waistline.