With constant advertising and claims surrounding sunscreen, it can be difficult to know what information is accurate and which claims are false. Understanding the truth is critical to skin care and can help prevent melanoma and other problems associated with sun exposure. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions that will help make sunscreen decisions easier to make and time spent in the sun safer. Continue reading
It’s no secret that people want to have good-looking skin regardless of how old they are. People are always looking for ways to keep their skin looking youthful, but they often do not know how to properly take care of their skin in order to have it looking the way they want. In order to keep one’s skin in the best possible condition, one needs to learn proper skin care protection techniques. Luckily, medical experts at Harvard have fully explained how to properly take care of skin. Continue reading
It has been said time and again that the most important weapon against any skin problems is for one to have adequate sun protection. Since it is impractical for any person to just stay indoors for most of their life then the easiest, most affordable, and most practical way to get the necessary sun protection is a daily dose of sunscreen. Since there are many different versions and brands of sunscreen vying for consumers’ attention, one may find it confusing and difficult to decide on which one to buy. Here are some answers that consumers need to know about buying the best sunscreen. Continue reading
Many celebrities and models admit that their number one beauty secret is to wear sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen has long been the advice of many mothers, but there really is more to wearing sunscreen than a lot of people give thought to. Sunscreen use is important, and not just on sunny and warm days. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Epione Beverly Hills announced today the availability of Epione Sunblock Protect and Correct, the latest addition to its Signature Series product line. Made with anti-aging multivitamins and correcting enzymes, the revolutionary formula protects skin from harmful rays, while simultaneously diminishing the appearance of the signs of aging and years of sun damage. Continue reading
Did you know that up to 95% of people will have scars from acne in some way, shape or form? Knowing this may make that small, crater shaped scar or that dark blotch on your skin a little less annoying. The best way to avoid acne scarring is to prevent it in the first place, but that can be difficult to do. Your genetics may also naturally gear you toward pimples, and even affects how you scar. If you find yourself unable to prevent acne breakouts and scarring, here are some ways to make the results a little easier to handle.
“I treat acnes scars every day, “ says Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, “it’s one of the treatments I offer that’s most gratifying for me. I’ve had patients that whose acne scars were so profound and embarrassing to them that they literally wouldn’t leave their house. When you can help someone like that it really makes your day.”
Doctor Ourian goes on to explain his technique for treating acne scars. “For most patients my initial course of action is to use the Coolaser. I’ve developed a technique whereby I essentially sand or smooth down the skin, to use laymen’s terms, making the scars less deep. This is often all I need to do for shallow acne scars. For deeper scars I’ll suggest a dermal filler such as Radiesse, Restylane, or Juvéderm.”
But is it painful? According to Doctor Ourian “Most patients liken a Coolaser session to the snapping of a rubber band on their skin. Of course, I want my patients to be as comfortable as possible so, if necessary, I can prescribe a topical anesthetic cream to help alleviate any discomfort.”
“I have been practicing as a cosmetic Dermatologist for more than ten years, ” continues Doctor Ourian, “and I have yet to see another laser or treatment modality achieve superior results for the treatment of acne scars to the Coolaser. This is especially true when the Coolaser is used in conjunction with a dermal filler.”
As you are treating your skin, you should always use a sunblock of some kind. Remember to reapply every two hours, and note that the SPF should be a minimum of 30. Doctor Ourian recommends his EPIONE Sunblock – Protect & Correct:
- Is a full-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection with vitamins
- Is sensitive-skin friendly physical sunscreen
- Helps to prevent and reduce the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet light
Acne scars can be a problem, but they can be treated with a talk with a qualified physician and a good regimen.
We’ve heard a lot about ways to take care of our skin, from simple moisturizing to complicated beauty regimens. But what, exactly, are we trying to take care of? We live in a society of treating the symptoms instead of the disease. Because of this, the truly basic components of our skin—amino acid peptides—should be discussed. Here’s what they are and how they play a role in our skin, as well as how to rejuvenate and rebuild them.
So here’s some information worthy of your high school biology class: our skin is made up of a number of different proteins, such as hemoglobin in the blood, keratin in the skin, melanin (which gives us our skin color), and so on. Each one of those proteins is made up of amino acids. Chains, or peptides, of these amino acids are what give the proteins their structure. When the skin is damaged, these amino acid peptides are damaged as well.
Fortunately, you can reverse the damage done to amino acid peptides. The right type of skin cream works below the surface of the skin, encouraging the amino acids to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen helps our skin stay firm, avoiding wrinkles and sagging, and elastin keeps our skin from losing its flexibility. Since our skin loses more and more collagen over time, boosting its production by stimulating the amino acid peptides will keep you looking younger longer.
When Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, designed his EPIONE Signature Series Restoration Firm & Fade he instructed his laboratory to include ingredients to boost collagen. Says Doctor Ourian, “I wanted the Restoration Firm and Fade to not only lighten and even out skin tone but to help the skin build collagen. That’s why we included tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline in the formulation.”
Doctor Ourian continues, “Studies have indicated that tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate not only stimulates collagen but also inhibits the production of pigment, promoting a more even skin tone. It does this without exfoliating or irritating the skin. Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline is a plant-derived, natural amino acid that is essential for skin collagen synthesis.”
Doctor Ourian reminds us, “Keeping your skin young looking, however, involves more than just a great skin cream and a daily cleansing regimen. Exercise helps you keep your body healthy, and forces you to drink fluids (especially during warm weather). The better your body functions, the better your skin will look, and the longer it will take to show damage. Drinking a lot of water will also keep everything hydrated and functioning the way it should.”
“Last but not least, “ concludes Doctor Ourian, “stay out of the sun. Beach trips are wonderful, but make sure you’re wearing an SPF with a minimum of 30, a wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Don’t forget to reapply that sun block every two hours for best results! I recommend EPIONE Sunblock – Protect & Correct (SPF 40+).”
Amino acid peptides may sound like something that belongs in a lab, but they’re a very real part of your skin’s health. Remember, your skin is the largest organ on your body. Treat it well, and you’ll reap the rewards. For more information on EPIONE Signature Series Restoration Firm & Fade and EPIONE Sunblock – Protect & Correct (SPF 40+) go to www.epioneskincare.com.
Epione Skin Care Products including Epione Sunblock – Protect & Correct, developed by Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, are a “real solution” for sun damage, a patient’s “number one challenge.”
One of the most important things that women and men can do for their skin is to protect it from the damaging rays of the sun. Sunblock is a formulation that blocks the sun’s UVA and UVB radiation.
An important part of keeping the skin looking healthy and youthful, particularly as a person ages, is quality skin care. Dr. Simon Ourian, the Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, understands the importance of effective skin care for lasting results. Unhappy with the quality of sunblocks offered at pharmacies and department stores, Dr. Ourian created his own formulas in simple packaging. Later, due to the demand from his patients who chose his products over other nationally and internationally known products, he further formulated, with the help of a laboratory, his special creams and then produced them in professional packaging.
Says Dr. Ourian, “I was looking for a real solution for my patients’ number one challenge—sun damage. It destroys collagen and skin tone, causes wrinkles and discoloration and generally makes people look older. It’s the underlying reason that most of my patients come see me, whether they’re aware of it or not.” Today, patients and non-patients of Epione Beverly Hills have access to Epione skin care and sunblock products.
Two highly coveted products created by Dr. Simon Ourian are Epione Signature Series Restoration Firm and Lift Crème and Epione Full Spectrum Sun Protection that contains SPF 30. Epione Full Spectrum Sun Protection is a highly effective sun block that contains both UVB and UVA protection.
When used in combination, Epione Signature Series Restoration Firm and Fade Crème and Epione Full Specturm Sun Protection, can keep your skin looking youthful and protect it from the damaging rays of the sun for years and years to come. Dr. Ourian recommends applying Epione Signature Series Restoration Firm and Fade Crème along with Epione Full Spectrum Sun Protection in the morning and just Epione Signature Series Restoration Firm and Fade Crème each evening. With this daily skin care regime incorporating products tailored for the protection of your skin, Dr. Ourian believes you’ve got an ideal defense against sun damage.
Doctor Simon Ourian M.D. one of the busiest cosmetic Dermatologists in Southern California, discusses sun damage and Epione Sunblock – Protect & Correct
April 6, 2009 — Doctor Simon Ourian is Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, located in the exclusive shopping, restaurant and hotel enclave in Los Angeles, California sees the effects of sun damage every day. Epione is one of the busiest med-spas in America as evidenced by the Diamond status awarded to it year after year by Allergan, Inc. the makers of Botox. Diamond status is only awarded to the top 1% of injectors in the United States.
“I have been practicing medicine for more than ten years, ” states Doctor Ourian, “and without a doubt sun damage and aging are the number one and two reasons that keep my practice busy. One can’t stop aging though I can certainly help clients who want to arrest and turn back the appearance of aging. Exposure to the sun, on the other hand, is nearly entirely avoidable if one is willing.”
“I certainly get it, ” continues Doctor Ourian, “especially here in Los Angeles, it’s warm and the sun is shining nearly every day. There’s rarely a need to bundle up. Everybody’s exercising outdoors, running down San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood or cycling down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The down side to that is that the sun damage I see in my patients is not limited to their faces; it’s on their arms, legs and chest. Their whole body, really. And it’s not limited to women; a good portion of my patients are men.”
The term Dermatologists use is “photoaging.” There is no scientific dispute that exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun over time can have a profound effect on the skin. On an aesthetic level this exposure, to both UVA and UVB causes to the skin to age prematurely. The skin covering certain areas of the body such as the back of the neck reacts to overexposure by coarsening or becoming thicker and having a leather-like appearance. Skin covering other areas of the body such as the back of the hands becomes thinner causing fine wrinkles and brown spots. When these brown spots grow large enough they’re called liver or age spots. Pigmentation changes on the face are very common. These include brown spots and freckles. Skin will also become looser as the result of collagen breakdown. Overexposure to the sun actually causes the body to overproduce an enzyme called metalloproteinases that normally assist in the process of rebuilding and reforming collagen. The overproduction of metalloproteinases causes this process to go haywire and break down collagen.
“Many people still believe a tan face is a healthy face, ” laments Doctor Ourian, “I remember when people used to sun bathe in baby oil. But I know otherwise because the people closest to me have been touched by cancer.”
“What is the best sun block?” asks Dr. Ourian. “I’ve been practicing a long time and I’ve seen good products and some that are really just junk. That’s why I worked closely with a laboratory to create a sun block made from only the finest ingredients. Sunblock is something I take very seriously. Protecting yourself from sun exposure may save your life.”