Health & Beauty Tips – Week of May 23rd

Beauty Tip- Do I Need a Serum?

      I am a firm believer in serums. A serum is a liquid and is meant to treat a myriad of skin problems from dehydration, acne, and redness to fine lines. A serum is different than a moisturizer in that it contains highly concentrated ingredients that add nutrients under the skin. It is chemically formulated into molecules much smaller than those of a moisturizer. The serum is absorbed quickly into the skin and penetrates more deeply for a more intensive effect. A moisturizer usually contains less than 10% of its active ingredient whereas a serum will contain up to 70% active ingredients. It is typically applied after your toner and before your moisturizer.

      Your specific skin needs will dictate what type of serum you will use. I am in my early 50’s and need more firming and hydration so I use a Vitamin C serum (Vitamin C helps to reduce wrinkles and improve the texture of skin). If you have oily skin, you might choose one that has salicylic acid to help prevent breakouts. Or if you suffer from things such as rosacea or have sensitive skin, you might choose a calming serum.

      One note about Vitamin C is that it is very unstable and breaks down easily unless it is in a powdered form. Complex 31 is a stable form of Vitamin C from a company in Switzerland. It is mostly natural. It is not really the consistency of a serum which is normally sort of watery but more like a cross between a powder and a liquid and it comes in a tube. It can be ordered through

      Mychelle dermaceuticals also has some very good serums. If you have oily or acne prone skin they have a serum called Clear Skin that has salicylic acid (this is a beta hydroxy acid and is best for skin with whiteheads and blackheads. Beta-hydroxy acids are lipid soluble and penetrate the skin more. Alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid are best for fine lines and uneven skin tone). They also have a Capillary Calming serum if you suffer from Rosacea. Mychelle’s products are all natural and you can purchase them at HEB (in the “health food” section) or Whole Foods.

Health Tip- Just Say No to Soy

      There is a lot of data on soy and it is hard sometimes to sift through what is fact and fiction. The more I read about soy, the more I avoid it. First of all over 90% of soy is genetically modified. Franken food as I like to call it. The studies done on GMO (genetically modified organism) soy are flawed at best. Monsanto did most of the studies and it should be no surprise they own the patent on GMO soybeans and say they are perfectly safe. When you first look at the research, GMO soy has the apparency it is a god send. The fact is that GMO foods are not going to kill us quickly but we simply do not know the long term health effects of consuming GMO foods and more and more compelling research is emerging that suggests we should avoid all GMO food.

      Soy is also processed with Hexane a byproduct of gasoline production and is a neurotoxin. Soy is also a common allergen and has been linked to endocrine disruption and digestive problems to name a few of its ill effects.

      It is very hard to stay away from soy so I know it takes a very concentrated effort but one I think is healthier in the long run. Start reading labels and start eliminating soy.


Green Tip- Buy Unbleached Paper Towels

      Dioxin is a highly toxic byproduct from chlorine bleach that poses health concerns for our water supply and our streams and oceans. Chlorine is used to bleach things like paper towels.

      Switch to more eco-friendly paper towels by buying non-bleached ones. Sure, they don’t look as pretty but they lessen the impact you have on the environment.


Dental Tip- Liquid Smile

      You can now whiten your teeth with a brand new product called Liquid Smile. There are no trays no mess and for those who had sensitivity with previous whitening solutions Liquid Smile uses a unique formulation that virtually eliminates sensitivity. You don’t even need an appointment, you can drop by and purchase one anytime. It also makes a great gift for birthdays, graduates and brides to be. This unique product is not sold in stores. Call our office today for more details.


Medical Disclaimer: The information provided in this publication is for informational purposes, and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.