Korean Beauty

Korean Beauty, skincare as a way of life

Also referred to as K-Beauty, Korean skincare culture became a cool topic during the recent Olympics.

K-Beauty is known for umpteen daily cleansing steps and ingredients from natural sources. Think snail mucus and powdered bird droppings. Don't worry. We do our fair share here. Ever used lanolin, in other words sheep sebum?
 
In Korea, you might stop off for a mini facial at your neighborhood facialist or at a hospital. At Kwangdong Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, services include everything from MRIs to neurological exams to facials. --Dina Mishev, How I rebooted my beauty regimen in South Korea

They Korean facial strategy is to do mini facials bi-monthly or even weekly. Not a fancy treatment but effective in keeping skin hydrated and bright.

Never tried it? Now you can. Check out the Express Exfoliating or Hydrating treatment for an American version. This 30 minute treatment allows you to rest and get a focused treatment and spend less, $29.

Do you take awhile to unwind? I'd stick with the 90 minute Seasonal or 60 minute custom facial. 

Either way, your skin gets a beautifying treatment.

Change Your Food, Change Your Mood

Pure Dermal Care hosted Dr. Lisa Amerine, an area naturopath, to discuss health strategies. She’s provided an article that will give you ideas for mood enhancing and skin beautification is also the result! Enjoy!

Foods That Really Make You Happy
 

By Dr. Lisa Amerine, ND

Bad day? Fight the blues without blowing your diet by picking foods that boost happy brain chemicals while helping you stay slim.  When you're in a funk, your first instinct isn't to whip up a bowl of lentil soup or pour yourself a glass of milk. But compounds in these foods may help ward off depression, fight fatigue, and reduce anxiety by increasing levels of mood-boosting brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. Traditional comfort foods, like those loaded with sugar, saturated fat, alcohol, and caffeine, on the other hand, can actually amplify edginess - not to mention blow your diet. To perk up without packing on the pounds, pick one of these nine healthy eats next time you're feeling down.

Popcorn

The mood booster: Tryptophan

We hear tryptophan and we immediately think turkey - and tired. Truth is, when the amino acid is consumed with carbohydrates instead of protein, it's more effective in aiding the body's production of serotonin, a tranquility-inducing brain chemical. A study published in the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavia found that foods containing tryptophan, like mustard greens, pumpkin seeds and bananas, offer mood-elevating effects. Tryptophan levels are often low in people suffering from depression, although researchers are unclear as to whether the relationship is a cause or a consequence of the condition. The next time you feel down, try 3 cups of air-popped popcorn for 100 calories instead of gnawing on a drumstick.

Walnuts

The mood booster: Alpha-linolenic acid

While EPA and DHA, two omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna, and fish oil supplements, have been touted to help depression sufferers beat the blues, a new study of 55,000 women published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid in plant foods like walnuts, soybeans, and flaxseed, is the real star in alleviating depression symptoms. In the 10-year study, Harvard University researchers found that the risk of depression was lower among women who consumed more ALA, a compound previously thought to have few health benefits.

Sunflower Seeds

The mood booster: Selenium

A Nutritional Neuroscience review of five studies on selenium and depression linked deficiencies in the mineral to poorer mood. Another study published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine suggests that selenium can help prevent postpartum depression. When 44 postpartum women received 100 mcg of selenium daily, they scored lower on a postnatal depression scale. While Brazil nuts offer the biggest dose of selenium - a half-ounce serving packs 272 mcg - sunflower seeds are a lower-calorie snack option. A quarter cup of roasted seeds in their shells has about 70 calories and delivers 30 percent of the daily recommended value of selenium, while a single Brazil nut packs around 30 calories.

Lentils

The mood booster: Folate

Skip the mac and cheese and make a hearty bowl of soup your new favorite comfort food. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that of the 2,682 middle-age Finnish men in the study, those whose diets contained the least folate were 67 percent more likely to suffer from depression. Research suggests that low levels of the B vitamin impair the metabolism of neurotransmitters, leaving your brain short on serotonin and dopamine. Get your folate fix with a cup of lentils, which contains 230 calories and provides 70 percent of your daily folate and 63 percent of your daily fiber.

Avocado

The mood booster: Oleic acid

Healthy fats, like those found in olive oil and avocados, don't just keep belly fat at bay. They can also ward off a bad mood. Oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, increases the feel-good chemical serotonin in the brain, keeping you calm. In a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers at the University of Nivarra in Spain found that people who consumed a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, nuts, fish and olive oil were 30 percent less likely to become depressed.

Citrus Fruit

The mood booster: Vitamin C

For only 60 calories a pop, it's easy to get nearly 100 percent of your daily recommended vitamin C in one place. Skip your orange and you might end up feeling bitter. In a study conducted by doctors at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and published in the journal Nutrition, researchers found that when vitamin C-deficient hospital patients were supplemented with 500 mg of vitamin C twice daily for 1 week they experienced a 34 percent reduction in mood disturbance. Even the smell of citrus can put you in a better state of mind. When participants in an Ohio State University study smelled lemons, they reported greater improvements in mood and had higher levels of norepinephrine compared with when they sniffed lavender or unscented water.

Bananas

The mood booster: Magnesium

This portable treat makes a great 100-calorie snack when you're craving something sweet. Bananas are a good source of magnesium, a mineral that helps the brain deal with stress and may help boost mood, too. In a study of 5,700 adults published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, researchers linked higher levels of anxiety and depression to study participants with lower magnesium intake. Bananas are also packed with potassium, which helps boost alertness, tryptophan, an amino acid that aids the body in producing mood-boosting serotonin and mood-stabilizing vitamin B6.

Pimples, Pustules & Cysts

What are Pimples? Pustules? Cysts?

Pimples

 
 

Put simply, a pimple is an inflamed acne lesion that has not come to head yet.  As oil and dead skin cells build up, they put pressure on the cells surrounding the pore. With enough pressure, the sides of the pore rupture and the contents of the pore leak into the surrounding skin. Because this sebaceous material contains a lot of P. acnes bacteria, the surrounding skin now becomes infected, creating a red bump that we know as a pimple.

Pustule

 
 

A pustule is a pimple that has come to a head. It is different from a pimple only in that it contains white blood cells. When the immune system fights off the P. acnes infection, white blood cells, which are soldiers of the immune system — pile up, creating pus in the pore.

Cysts

 
 

Acne cysts are soft, pus-filled and inflamed lesions that occur deep in the dermis. When a group of pustules cluster together under the skin, they form a cyst. An acne cyst can appear similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled, and can have a diameter of 5mm or more across. They are usually very painful and often scar. Cystic acne can affect anyone, but it is more common in teenage boys and young men.

Inflamed acne lesions like pimples, pustules and cysts tend to respond quickly to the right acne products. This along with the right lifestyle changes can dramatically clear up and get rid of inflamed acne.