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I always like to share when I find a great beauty product, even if its not one that I carry and sell at the Skin Klinic. This line is called Yes to Blueberries! It is sold over the counter at Walgreens, Target, and even the grocery store. The product is Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes. These pre-moistened facial towels cleanse and moisturize all in one. Although nothing beats cleansing your face with facial cleanser and water, and ideally using your Clarasonic facial brush. I have found these towelettes come in real handy when you are camping, at the lake, or you had a late night out and cant make it to the sink! I would not recommend using these in place of cleansing with a good cleanser and water, but are definitely better than going to sleep with makeup on! They are also great for a quick in between cleanse for the morning either before or after exercising, but then to wash regularly and apply serums and sunblocks before putting makeup on and going out for the day.

facial wipes

These brightening facial towelettes are Oil-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and Dermatologically & Opthalmologically Tested. Another thing that I love about them is that they are 99% Natural and Biodegradable & FSC Certified. They remove makeup, dirt, and oil with no need to rinse. The skin is left feeling clean, moisturized and bright.

The wipes contain Blueberries, rich in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Anthocyanins to help fight the formation of free radicals that can damage the skin’s microstructure; Apple, rich in powerful Polyphenol anti-oxidants and natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which help to refresh and brighten skin’s surface; Lemon Peel Naturally derived cleanser to help sweep away dirt and grime while smoothing and brightening skin’s surface.

30 pre-moistened towlelettes come in the package which is travel ready and cost about $7.99

Hope you try them and find them as useful and great as I do!

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Read MoreAugust 22, 2011 2:29 pm - Posted by Stephanie

The best way to boost your metabolism is to build muscle and the best way to burn calories is to exercise, but there are some foods and spices that you can add to your diet for a little extra boost. Many of the foods that boost your metabolism do it through a process known as Thermogenesis, which raises body temperature, causing the body to burn more calories. The metabolism boost of food may only be short term, but any boost is better than no boost when you are watching your weight.

Tangerines are a source of citrus flavonoids including the flavanoid nobiletin. Flavonoids help to break down lipid stores in fatty tissue. Tip: add tangerine slices to a glass of water or ice tea for extra flavor and metabolic boost. After you have finished your drink, you can snack on the citrus slices.

The caffeine speeds up your heart rate and is a thermogenic which helps your body burn more calories. Caffeine can also increase epinephrine and nor-epinephrine in the body, which can increase metabolism. Tip: Remember that adding sugar and cream to your coffee will add calories.

Green Tea
Green tea works not only because it has caffeine, but because it is also high in EGCG which acts as a thermogenic agent, stimulating your metabolism and increases the hormone CCK (cholecystokinin), which helps you to feel full. Tip:Don’t have your drink room temperature, have your tea either hot or ice cold, the temperature of the drink will increase it’s thermogenic effects.

Ginger creates thermogenesis, stimulating metabolism. There has been some research that suggests that ginger may reduce the absorption of fat from the small intestine.Tip: Snack on a piece of crystallized ginger a few times a day or drop one into your tea. It will also help with digestion and nausea .

Cinnamon has thermogenic effects and can help control post-meal insulin spikes. Spikes in insulin make you feel hungry. Tip: add cinnamon to hot tea or oatmeal at breakfast.

Chili Peppers
Capsaicin is the active component of chili peppers and it can stimulate thermogenesis, causing the body to burn more calories. Capsaicin also stimulates proteins that break down fat. Tip: Maybe it’s just because I lived in New Mexico but I can add green chili to almost anything, try adding green chili to eggs, stews and vegetables. I make a simple green chili stew, with shredded chicken breasts, several cans a green chili, verde salsa and chicken broth. I prefer fresh roasted green chili, but caned green chili works well because it has the juices. ( I don’t measure, sorry.)

Cayenne Pepper
There is some research that suggests that cayenne causes the adrenal glands to produce the hormone epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine which can decrease appetite. Cayenne also has Capsaicin which causes Thermogenesis, helping the body to burn more calories. Tip: add cayenne pepper to your favorite low calorie salad dressing for a southwest kick. I add cayenne pepper to Kraft Free Thousand Island dressing (45 calories per serving).

Black Pepper
Black pepper contains piperine, which triggers the brain and the nervous system to boost metabolism. Tip: Pepper is easy to add to most recipes, don’t forget to sprinkle on vegetables and salads.

When taken with a meal vinegar slows digestion of starch helping to lowers blood sugar. A teaspoon of vinegar before meals also sends a message to the brain that it is digesting food, causing you to feel full sooner. Tip: make your own salad dressing with 3 parts extra virgin olive oil and one part white vinegar. Add salt, black pepper and Dijon mustard to taste.

Foods Rich In Omega-3
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like Salmon and walnuts can lower the levels of the hormone, leptin. Lower levels of leptin have been associated with a higher caloric burn. Tip: make your salmon “blackened” the spices will further increase the calorie burning benefit.

Protein Packed Foods
The body burns more calories digesting protein than it does fat or carbs, it also lowers insulin levels. Look for lean protein packed foods like turkey and chicken. Tip: Greek Yogurt is a yummy source of protein, go for the low-fat version for less calories and sprinkle on a little flaxseed to add fiber and Omega-3.

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Read MoreAugust 4, 2011 11:43 am - Posted by Kristy

About 8 of of 10 women have cellulite, even women that are thin or work out often have cellulite. Some of hottest celebrities have cellulite, Pamela Anderson, Misha Baton, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga and Beyonce have all been photographed with cellulite. Kim Kardashian has even had Velashape cellulite treatments on her show. VelaShape offers an effective solution for treating cellulite, which is probably why we have seen it on shows like Dr Phil, Rachel Ray and The Doctors.

What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the unsightly lumpy, dimpled skin appearance, also known as the ‘cottage cheese’ or ‘orange peel’ appearance. Cellulite consists of fat deposits that appear mainly on the hips, thighs and buttocks. The skin’s connective tissue surrounds fat cells, which are arranged in chambers. The margins of these chambers contain septae. Over time, the fat cells increase in size and number. This phenomenon together with accumulation of localized edema, push the skin’s surface between the septae in an upward direction. This is what creates the lumpy and dimpled skin appearance, also known as the ‘cottage cheese’ appearance, associated with cellulite.

VelaShape™ Cellulite Treatment
VelaShape™ features the unique elōs™ technology combination of Bi-polar Radiofrequency (RF), Infrared Light Energy, plus Vacuum and Mechanical Massage to deploy targeted heat to adipose tissue. The precise heating ensures a safe, effective, fast treatment with no downtime. Vacuum and specially designed rollers for the Mechanical Massage smooth out the skin to facilitate safe and efficient heat energy delivery. The combination of these energies increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. The net result is gradual smoothening of skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite. With VelaShape™ it is easy to enhance your body, improve your lifestyle and feel better about yourself!

The result:
Gradual smoothing of skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite
Circumferential Reduction, with noticeable reshaping of the treated area
In a clinical multi-center study, 85% of the treated areas have reported Circumferential Reduction of thighs of at least 1cm; ranging up to 7.2cm in reduction.

You can schedule a Velashape treatment at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic. 480 421-1701
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480 421.1701

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Read MoreAugust 1, 2011 5:11 pm - Posted by Kristy