Still sizzling hot: remedies for end of summer skin

Can you believe how hot it is, in the middle of September? With record breaking heat like this in the San Fernando Valley, (over 100 degrees) you can fry an egg on the sidewalk! Can you imagine what it's doing to your skin? How do we maintain our radiant skin and beauty in the age of climate change? How long will this heatwave prevail? Not only is it hot, but the drought here in California is beyond words!

The world renowned medical expert, Howard Murad, MD., FAAD, has written a book, The Water Secret:The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, which explains his "Inclusive Health" theory, and takes readers step-by-step through a 10 week transformation.

Many celebrities such as Renée Zellwegger, Kim Cattrall and Kerry Washington rely on Murad Skincare for their radiant glowing skin. Dr. Murad was the world’s first line of doctor-branded, clinical skincare when it launched in 1989 and has since gone on to become the #1 selling skincare line in department stores across the globe.

Howard Murad, MD is an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Murad, advocates getting hydration from raw fruits and vegetables to all his patients, not just celebrities
The best water for your cells is found in foods like fruits and vegetables, Murad says. "Not only will you get a boost of important antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients, but it stays in your system long enough for your body to put it to good use," he explains. That means you should stock your refrigerator with cucumbers, pomegranates, avocados, apricots, mangoes, broccoli, and spinach. If you are seeking that celebrity glow and an ageless look, innovative medically based skincare is the best choice for aging skin." Dr. Howard Murad was the first dermatologist to create a line of skincare with his name on it, and it swept through Hollywood like a storm

We are lucky to live in the Los Angeles area so we can experience firsthand the highly effective spa treatments at the Murad Includsive Health Spa, which focuses on the whole person, inside and out.

When you first step into the spa, which is located just south of LAX, in El Segundo, you notice the clean, crisp lines of the layout, with products displayed to sample. The most welcoming attendants at the desk offer you some herbal tea or even champagne.

After Labor Day, I was scheduled for a second treatment, The Technoceutical Peel, which was specifically recommended for mature, dry, post summer skin. In addition to aging, the skin needs to be exfoliated more after the post sun n’ fun of the summer.

Fearful of extreme measures, such as strong lasers and deep peels where you look like you were hit by a tsunami, I usually go for something that offers an entirely new approach to rejuvenation, something powerful with little or no downtime. It was suggested that I try out this new resurfacing technology and technique which promises to produce exceptional”results by combining a progressive, customized multi-layer treatment with an Inclusive approach to care. By utilizing high performance ingredients and special application techniques each client will experience an increase in cellular proliferation which leads to benefits such as improved fine lines, texture and hydration levels. This next generation treatment also promotes reliable and rapid resolution of specific skin conditions including, sun damage, acne, rosacea, unwanted pigmentation and mild scarring.”

My aesthetician Nicola, a hearty and athletic (marathon runner), was very informative with each layer of the process. First she examined my skin and made choices on the penetration level and application technique. She was helpful in letting me know how each layer works and what kind of sensations I would feel so there were not surprises. (And no discomfort.) For many of us on the path to ageless beauty, we sometimes have to ‘suffer to be beautiful’, with poking, prodding and peeling treatments. And this is the non-surgical path. (Forget about plastic surgery, although I’ve heard the gain is worth the pain) At the end of the peel process, she applied pure Vitamin C to help increase the fast recovery time.

For many of us, this 90 minute treatment is a luxury, and the process was quite relaxing. The best results are offered in a series for more dramatic results.

However, having beautiful skin does not require secret potions or elixirs, just common sense, which creates the movie star looks for the red carpet and runways. There is a simple answer to getting that look,their secret is basically consistent care, seasonal changes and taking time to have a massage or a facial. Most importantly use proper skincare for their specific type of skin. When you use good cleansers, eat more fruits and vegetables, have ample sleep, wear the best sunscreens, on a regular basis and use the best quality skincare, your skin will improve. It doesn’t cost that much to take care of your skin. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s important to basically understand that overall health is part of skincare.

Beauty comes from the inside out, and remember the old adage, “you are what you eat.”

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