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Friday, May 13, 2011


Posted by Dr. Susanne Bennett

Not many people are privy to the origins of good skincare products. In fact most people would probably be surprised to learn that some of the best skincare practices come from Korea, but it is true!

Recently Marie Claire did an article featuring skincare methods from Korea, which discusses some of the best products and procedures in skincare. In it, the article consults with many skincare gurus including myself, to discuss what actually works best for our skin. Generally the consensus is to ditch the "peel" route and go for the more nurturing route when it comes to taking years off your skin.

According to the article, popular treatments in Korea include laser treatment, stem cell media skincare, and skin-plumping masks, the latter of which you can get a hold of here in the United States under my brand name Purigenex. It is the only medical-grade collagen sold in the states and comes straight from the labs in Korea.

Skincare expert Mary Schook from New York considers Purigenex "one of the industry's greatest breakthroughs" because it is the "only topical medical-grade collagen sold in the United States."  Schook also swears by a few others, including a Blemish Balm Cream that gets rid of zits, protects skin from the sun, and acts as an anti-aging moisturizer all in one. The best part about all of the products mentioned in the article is that they are safer and less scary than getting injections or peels.
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Posted by Dr. Susanne Bennett

Wrinkles can sometimes feel like the bane of our existence. In today's youth driven world, wrinkles are considered the biggest downside of getting older. Since we cannot avoid getting wrinkles, as they are a natural part of aging, there are a couple of things we can do to slow their arrival.

When we are young, our skin cells have the ability to regenerate new cells after the old ones die off. This replenishment process begins to slow with each passing decade starting after your twenties, meaning your skin becomes less plump and loses much of its elasticity as the years pass.

The biggest factors that cause early onset wrinkles are too much exposure to the sun and cigarettes, among many things. Too much time spent in the sun can especially cause dryness, skin growths (liver spots), and sagginess. Other common causes of wrinkles are heredity, wearing clothing that exposes your neck, arms, and hands to the sun, or recreational activities like golfing, sailing, or fishing.

The best things we can do to prevent wrinkles then, seem fairly obvious: do not smoke, and do not stay in the sun for too long. However, if you are past the point of being able to prevent wrinkles, my PURIGENEX  Advanced Dermal Repair is a wonderful anti-aging treatment with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Also, if spending time outdoors is hard to give up, which it definitely can be, then make sure to cover up with the Element Protection Stick every time you go out. The more proactive you are, the less likely you are to develop wrinkles earlier, and the less severe they will be!

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Posted by Dr. Susanne Bennett

Here comes the sun! The Beatles put it beautifully, and Los Angeles will now be bathed in sunshine for a while after what seemed to be a never-ending downpour. Although the sun may feel amazing right now, it is still important to exercise caution when you are exposed to it for any length of time. Not only can the sun cause skin cancer down the line, but long-term exposure may also increase the likelihood of brown age spots on the most exposed parts of your body such as face, neck, shoulders, forearms, and the backs of your hands.

Brown age spots or hyperpigmentations are caused by an increased production of melanin, a dark pigment excreted by cells called melanocytes in the skin to protect its deeper layers. Any type of sun exposure, even sitting near a window or driving in a car can stimulate melanin production. Hormone fluctuations and birth control pills can also increase more melanin production especially on the face, which is a condition called melasma.

Also called "liver spots" or "solar lentigines", brown age spots usually develop over years of sun exposure, rather than over night. They can crop up anywhere from the size of a freckle to the size of a dime. Fairly harmless for the most part, the spots can sometimes darken, increase in size, or have irregular borders. If the spots change in size and color in a short period of time, please go to your dermatologist to have it looked at, it may indicate melanoma, a form of skin cancer that needs treatment immediately.

To prevent the appearance of hyperpigmentations, you need to start early in life and use sunscreen or sunblock such as non-toxic zinc oxide. Apply it daily on your face, chest, back of hands and anywhere else you are exposed and pretty much use it for the rest of your life. Supplements with super antioxidants such as glutathione, lipoic acid, tocotrienols and sulforaphanes will also help your skin from discoloring and aging rapidly. If you already have developed hyperpigmentation, I recommend using Purigenex Discoloration Corrective Therapy (DCT), which contains clinically proven skin healing antioxidants and the nutrient extract Rumex Occidentalis. This all-natural cosmeceutical formula is a lightening serum that is not harmful to your liver like harsher chemicals such as hydroquinone.

The best way to prevent exposure while you are in the car is to wear a hat or visor tilted to the left while driving, as the sun tends to creep in through the window and burn the left side of your face. As always, don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

BTW: You may ask then how will I get my daily dose of Vitamin D if I am all covered up with sunscreen? Your arms and legs do not discolor the same way as your face and hands, so break out the short sleeve shirts and shorts! Don’t forget to wear your hat, scarf and gloves; it is still pretty cold outside! Better yet, take a healthy dose of Vitamin D with your breakfast.
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