For the last few years there has been a pronounced trend in the procedures that patients have been undergoing from their cosmetic dermatologists, medi-spas or plastic surgeons. As Dr. Frank Ferrin, a Florida cosmetic surgeon, was recently quoted as saying, “Most patients are looking for a natural look that makes them feel great”. This is an often cited trend for cosmetic surgery procedures from breast implants and body contouring, to face lifts and facial fillers – patients want to improve the look – but not to an artificial extent.
“If someone looks at me and says, “Wow, her doctor gave her a great face-lift, that misses the mark”, said one women of 52 years, preparing for just such a procedure. “I want people to look at me and say, ‘She must have great genes, because she looks really good.'”
The push for more subtle, more natural outcomes has influenced the range of procedures, giving rise for example, to new breast enhancement procedures using the patients own body fat rather than the variety of artificial implant options available. Those patients that choose implants are opting for placement under the chest muscle and they are using implant shapes that give a more natural profile.
The trend goes beyond surgical procedures, encompassing trends in skincare and cosmetics as well. The same looks that captured camera time on the red carpet a few years ago, are now looked at as “cakey”, or overly bleached, or overly bronzed…. just overtly artificial. Out of the ashes of past trends, people are increasingly embracing the beauty of their own natural skin at its best. The answer to the age-old question – is darker or lighter skin tone better – is definitely YES – whether darker or lighter – your natural healthy skin tone is beautiful. This is true, is it not? When we see people who are very fit, and healthy looking, they look beautiful to us. And when we see healthy skin, whatever the tone from Sanaa Lathan, or Halle Berry to Jennifer Lopez or Nicole Kidman, we are impressed with the sheer beauty of that skin.
So this is the question across the United States and increasingly across the glob – “How do I bring out my natural even skin-tone?” Fortunately there are new and effective options for achieving a clear natural skin tone.
One of the most exciting new products, designed just with this purpose in mind, is the Lumixyl Topical Brightening System. This is a set of four products, applied to the face and chest each day to fade patchy spots, age-spots and sun-damage, blending back to a natural skin tone while improving cellular turnover and protecting the skin against future damage.
Lumixyl is based on the discovery that certain peptides have a very potent ability to reduce the overproduction of melanin. In the past, the best way to treat hyperpigmentation was through prescription products that contain an ingredient called hydroquinone. This is still the most commonly prescribed ingredient for hyperpigmentation today, as it is effective for treating darkened spots caused by any number of factors. However, it is not intended for long term use, and in the short term it can be quite irritating for many patients. Using too much hydroquinone whether in higher concentrations or for too long can lead to a “bleached” look. In fact, hydroquinone’s approved use under FDA claims, is as a “skin bleach”.
These drawbacks play into the strengths of the Lumixyl System as an alternative to HQ. Peptides are chains of natural proteins commonly found in the skin, and as such they are completely non-toxic and non-irritating. They are safe for long term use and when combined with the other products in the system – an antioxidant rich cleanser, a rapid exfoliating lotion, and a moisturizing SPF 30 sunscreen with additional environmental protective ingredients – together they provide an excellent daily skin health regimen that promotes skin health and that beautiful natural skin tone that is a unique part of who you really are.
More information on the Lumixyl Topical Brightening System and the exciting new Lumixyl MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF30 can be found HERE at the ENVY Medical website. To find a Lumixyl physician near you, click HERE.
About Lumixyl. Lumixyl is manufactured and marketed by Envy Medical, Inc. Envy Medical develops, markets and sells highly effective non-invasive skin rejuvenation therapies for patients suffering from either dermatologic or aesthetic conditions. The Company’s lead products include SilkPeel®, a breakthrough device combining exfoliation with Dermalinfusion™ for deeper tissue delivery of active ingredients and better patient outcomes. Envy is also the exclusive licensor of skin brightening peptides including Lumixyl, developed at Stanford University. The Lumixyl peptide is now also available in a topical solution for SilkPeel procedures, addressing hyperpigmentation and photo-damage. More information can be found at www.envymedical.com or by calling (888) 848-3633.
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