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The Cosmetic Non-Surgical Revolution

There’s now a way to take care of almost any body problem you want to change – from head to toe – with many non-surgical procedures. You’re no longer limited to just plastic surgery on the face.

If you don’t want to change the way you look, but you do want to maintain your natural beauty and keep it tuned up without going under the knife, there are many non-surgical treatments and procedures available.

For example, there is the amazing anti-aging non-surgical cosmetic procedure called Venus Freeze, which lifts and plumps the face.

Take a look at how this helped America’s Top Model winner – Sophie Sumner – who visited the MBeauty by Dr. Tess clinic in Glendale. This San Diego Living segment also shows amazing before and after photos of the Tickle Lipo procedure – for both men and women.

The Good News About Each Skin Type

Ethnic BeautyIn her article The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions, Part 1 and Part 2, Dr. Tess discussed the problems that each skin type can present to an anti-aging program.  Now Dr. Tess will look at the actual benefits that the different types of skin color offer.

Regardless of a person’s chronological age, what is known as “photoaging” varies according to skin color, which, in turn is determined by the amount of pigment that is produced in the skin, and that is based on your racial heritage.

Brown Skin.

Many of you have probably noticed that people with brown skin, especially African-Americans, seem to age better than the rest of us – at least as far as how the years show up in the face.

The darker the skin, the larger the pockets in skin cells known as melanosomes, that contain the pigment melanin.  In brown and black skin the melanin is packed so tightly that it absorbs and scatters more light, giving more protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The greater quantities of melanin give people with darker skin some protection against both wrinkles and skin cancer.

One study found that on average 55% of ultraviolet A rays penetrate Caucasian skin while fewer than 18% get through African-American skin. This is why photoageing is delayed in people with dark skin.

Medium Skin.

People with medium skin have beautiful exotic skin with moderate natural protection from the sun.  Your aging will be slower and you will find you stay away from wrinkles and sagging compared to your friends with fair skin.

Olive Skin.

Everyone knows that Asian skin ages well. The skin’s dermis is thicker so there is less sagging that happens with aging and the skin stays tight, which is why pores appear smaller.

Asian skin also is oilier and over time, this keeps the skin from getting dry and wrinkled. In people with  Asian skin photoageing is delayed and many people notice very few lines on their faces before they reach their fifties or sixties.

Fair Skin.

Very pale skin produces almost no melanin which means you basically have little or no protection against the harmful effects of the sun. There is no such thing as a safe tan.  A tan is an indication that there has been sun damage on your skin cells.

Most people all over the world who were not born with fair skin go through extremes to lighten their skin.  Hence, the skin lightening and skin whitening treatments and products that are readily available. It may be shocking to learn but fair skin is considered the standard of beautiful skin for most of the world.

So start appreciating your fair beautiful skin even at a young age and keep it fair for the rest of your life and you can keep yourself looking younger longer!

The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions – Part 2

blondIn this 2-Part series, Dr. Tess is sharing the advice she gave on her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,”about the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the skin care products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.

In Part 1 Dr. Tess looked at the skin colors of brown, medium, and olive.  Now in Part 2 Dr. Tess discusses light and fair skin colors.

4. LIGHT SKIN – APPLY PRODUCTS WITH LICORICE EXTRACT AND CHAMOMILE
Soothe a light complexion with an anti-redness lotion or moisturizer. These use ingredients like licorice root extract and chamomile to calm ruddy skin over the long term.

Licorice extract and chamomile (also called bisabolol) both have anti-inflammatory properties. Some anti-redness products are tinted green so they temporarily neutralize redness.

Visit Your Dermatologist at Least Once a Year 

People with light skin may have growths on their skin that are rough, scaly and do not go away, no matter how many times you peel or apply products on them, you may have “Actinic Keratoses” or AKs, which must be treated before they turn into skin cancers.

You should also have your moles checked regularly.

Even though the signs of aging are accelerated when you have light skin, there are so many technologies, like lasers to reverse the signs of sun damage, that works so much better and safer on light skin.

5. FAIR SKIN – BUY SKIN PRODUCTS LABELED “HYPOALLERGENIC”
Look for products formulated for sensitive skin and those labeled “hypoallergenic,” meaning it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Fair skin was not designed to enjoy the California sun or be tanned.  There is very little natural protection from ultraviolet exposure and sun damage, so the aging process is accelerated.  If you’re out in the sun, wear over-sized hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your fair skin from burning.

Skip cosmetics and skincare items containing fragrances, soap and alcohol. Fair skin is easily aggravated and can sting or burn in response to these products.  Avoid tanning – get used to spray tanning instead, if you like that look.  There is no such thing as a safe tan.

5 Tips for Winter Skin Care That May Surprise You – By Dr. Tess

As much as we would all like spring to pop, winter is still with us for a little while longer.

And in the winter time our skin needs a lot of TLC. Here are 5 tips for anti-aging winter skin care that you may not have thought about:

house plant1. Turn down the heat. Everyone has the heater running in the house, and you need to turn that on low because as the moisture is being sucked away from the air it’s dehydrating our skin, especially when our windows and doors are closed.

A humidifier is great to reverse that. Also get some beautiful green houseplants, put them around because not only do they purify the air, but they also add natural moisture back.

anti-aging-for-every-age2. Avoid scented body washes and lotions during the colder months. I know that everyone has gotten scented, perfumed lotions during the holidays, but stay away from them during the winter time because this is the time when our skin is most prone to dryness, and you can actually get skin irritations, even allergies, from the chemicals used to make the scents and perfumes.

I recommend gentle cleansers, and stick with unscented moisturizers, and even unscented detergent for your clothes.

blowdry 13. Don’t blow dry your hair with hot air, because hot air dries the scalp. This can cause the scalp to flake, you can get dandruff, and even weaken the hair follicles. Use the blow dryer on “cool.” It may take a little bit longer to dry your hair, but the moisture will stay in, and it will make your hair shinier.

If you really can’t get away from blow drying your hair on hot, use products such as oils and conditioners that will put back moisture in your hair.

bathtub4. Limit your time in the hot bath. In the winter time when it’s cold it’s nice to soak in a hot bath, but I recommend limiting the hot bath to five minutes only.

Hot baths, and showers, actually strip our skin of its natural oils. It’s very important to keep the skin lubricated, especially in the winter.

book jacket 5. In my book California Total Beauty I talk about the structure and function of the skin. I recommend a weekly exfoliation, if you don’t have eczema. This will help keep your skin soft and supple, especially during the winter.

Come in to any of our four MBeauty by Dr. Tess clinic locations to learn more about what you can do to have beautiful skin.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Anti-Aging

Dr. Tess talks Valentine’s Day gift ideas on San Diego Living, with her own Valentine, Dr. James Lee.

Learn how you can save on the Time Machine by Dr. Tess, as well on Botox/Juvederm combo treatments. And remember Dr. Tess’s new book California Total Beauty!

 

All treatments are available at any of our four MBeauty by Dr. Tess clinics locations. Call today! Great Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones and even for you!

Here’s a Sneak-Peek at Dr. Tess’s Book “California Total Beauty”!

California Total Beauty
Archer Books, Del Mar, CA
Dr. Tess Mauricio, M.D. & Dr. Brian Alman, Ph.D.
Look and Feel Your Very Best, Outside and Inside, Body and Mind

book jacket

Beauty depends upon how you look on the outside and how you feel on the inside.  You can be as beautiful as you choose to be.

This is not about Vanity; it’s about loving yourself and the skin you’re in!

Personal outer beauty is the creation of our inner self-love. Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio and Wellness Doctor, Dr. Brian Alman Ph.D. offer a simple approach – “Total beauty” is a book that combines a happy meeting of an attractive outside and a healthy, positive inner-self.

Our culture teaches us that beauty is subjective and “lies in the eye of the beholder.” In the past, beautification was considered a luxury and meant breaking the bank on the latest coveted techniques and products.

Now virtually anyone, regardless of their income, can access a plethora of products and services—from skincare cream to plastic surgery.

Modern beauty science has given people everywhere, and of any age amazing new ways to take control of their appearance, allowing them to decide which products and services enhance their personal beauty inside and out.

Beautification is a universal and timeless ritual, traced back centuries to ancient Egypt and Greece. Wanting to look and feel beautiful is truly a core human desire.

When you take care of yourself on the inside, your outside naturally looks good! Although Dr. Tess and Dr. Brian use different techniques and technologies, the cosmetic dermatologist and the wellness coach, work hand in hand to offer viewers a personal transformation more complete than you ever thought possible.

California Total Beauty shows anyone how to reconnect with their inner self so that the outer self is beautiful—all while offering a look to transform yourself to a healthier you.

Jennifer’s Anti-Aging Time Machine by Dr. Tess on San Diego Living

There are non-surgical options that can really give better anti-aging results than surgery. The Time Machine by Dr. Tess is personally designed to help you look younger, refreshed, and naturally beautiful without surgery.

Jennifer Time Machine Article

In this San Diego Segment Dr. Tess’s patient, Jennifer, shows her before and after photos. She now looks years younger, and you’d never believe that she has twelve grandchildren!

Call us to learn how about our Time Machine by Dr. Tess introductory offer savings of $1000!

Calling all Men – Watch Dr. Tess Talk About Anti-Aging for You on San Diego Living!

This segment of San Diego Living was filmed at our new office in Del Mar, across from the Del Mar Racetrack on Villa de la Valle.

Here Dr. Tess talks about the fellows,and discusses that it’s important to reach out to men because men need rejuvenation, too.

One of the top things that keep marriages happy, based on real studies, is keeping the spouse looking attractive.

It doesn’t work for men to under the knife because they can look too unnatural. See our patient, Patrick, who had anti-aging Time Machine non-surgical procedures to look 30 (he’s actually 50!).

Call us today – we’re happy to discuss how the Time Machine by Dr. Tess can make Men look young and rejuvenated.

Have You Ever Wished for a Time Machine That Makes Anti-Aging Easy?

clockTime Machine by Dr Tess is our special combination of the latest technologies and expertise to address all the factors that cause aging on our skin: skin deterioration and sun damage, wrinkles, sagging, loss of volume and hyperactivity of muscles of facial expression.

Time Machine by Dr Tess will give you total and complete skin rejuvenation – more complete rejuvenation than just pulling loose skin of your face and neck (if you have face lift or neck lift).

You will have improvement on your eyelids, undereyes, cheeks, pores, wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, and overall quality of your skin!

We personalize the treatment plan for each patient and the Time Machine by Dr Tess package may be a 2 session treatment.

The reason it is called Time Machine is that you will literally look like you traveled back in time – how you looked 5 or 10 years ago!

You will look natural! There will be no alteration of how you look – it’s just restoration and turning back the clock.

We are able to do this because along with technology, we use the highest levels of expertise and artistry to create only the most natural looking results!

Come in for a free consultation and start your travel back in time! You can be 5 to 10 years younger looking in no time, no surgery required!

No Down Time! Do it Now for the Holidays! The Venus Freeze Time Machine

Look 5 to 10 years younger for that next Holiday party! The Venus Freeze treatment is truly an anti-aging Time Machine.

Watch Dr. Tess explain the Venus Freeze treatment on a San Diego Living Segment. Her patient, Ginger, is having the procedure and Ginger’s wedding is the very next day – no down time!

Call us for details! And our Holiday Gift to you is a savings of 50% off your first Venus Freeze treatment (expires 12-31-12).