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Omega-3 EFA & DHA Supplements – which ones to take that work! August 18, 2008

Tip of the Day

Here are 2 expert recommendations for the best Omega 3 Supplement to take that work!

1. LOVANZA

When I told my doctor that I was supplementing my diet with over the counter quality omega-3 supplements, he immediately had me switch to Lovanza. Even though no one seems to know about these – they’re the best kept secret supplements to take!

Here’s why:

  • It blends highly purified EFAs and DHAs – the most active natural components/ingredients in Omega-3s found primarily in fish and shellfish.
  • They are the only FDA-approved Omega-3 supplement
  • They are developed through a 5-step process that helps remove toxins and fats so it creates a very pure and concentrated Omega-3 supplement and medicine – which reduces your need to worry about mercury, environmental toxins, cholesterol and saturated fat. Now, what can possibly top that!??!
  • They have been proven to lower very high triglyceride levels in adults in as little as 8 weeks.

The down side:

  • You need a prescription

It’s recommended that you take 2 one-gram gel capsules twice daily (or all 4 at once) every day.

PS – my doctor is also my dad – so I know no one has my best interests in mind like he does. Ask your doctor about it! If your doctor doesn’t know about these – ask my dr! Dr. Lazar Kaganovsky -check out his site for more info – www.oceanmedicalplaza.com.

2. Biotics Research Corporation Biomega 3

If for some reason Lovanza is not for you, try this brand. I used to take these before I switched and they were recommended by an incredible nutritionist who actually participates in conducing many of the latest essential fatty acid research projects.

She always advised me that Biotics is a reputable brand that makes quality supplements.

Check them out! Or tell me what you take! And Tell me what you think!!!

 

Poly-Unsaturated Fats, Fatty Acids, and Essential Fatty Acids

The Truth About Fat

Fats are broken down into 3 categories:

1. Saturated fats

2. Mono-unsaturated fats

3. Poly-unsaturated fats (this includes Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids [EFAs])

Let’s take a look at:

Poly-Unsaturated Fats, Fatty Acids, and Essential Fatty Acids

The key roles that fat plays in your body are in the breakdown for their fatty acids and in energy.

Fatty acids are vital to your health and well being. Fatty acids are the acids that are produced when fat is broken down. Your body uses fatty acids to perform key functions in your body which involve the brain, eyes, heart, lungs, nerves, skin, hair, digestion, and hormones.

Your body also burns fat for energy. The extra energy that is not burned or used in your body is stored in adipose tissue. Adipose then protects and cushions the organs in your body. The “fat” that many people dislike on their bodies (in the form of love handles, big thighs, or flabby bellies) is not fat per se, it’s adipose tissue.

The human body can produce all but 2 of the fatty acids it needs. These 2 fatty acids are linoleic acid (LA acid), which is the “parent” fatty acid to the Omega 6 family) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA acid) which is the “parent” fatty acid in the Omega 3 family.

Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) . When the word “essential” is used in a nutrition context, it refers to something that body cannot make on its own and must find from outside sources – i.e., your diet.

Foods High in Omega 3 include:

  • Flax seeds
  • Cold water fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel
  • Sardines

Foods High in Omega 6 include:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower, sesame, soybean, safflower
  • Margarine
  • Pumpkin seeds

And then of course there are Essential Fatty Acid Supplements in pill form – stay tuned for info on the doctor recommended EFAs to supplement your diet!

 

Christine Chin Perfect Hydrating Crème August 9, 2008

Perfect Hydrating Crème

This Perfect Hydrating Creme has a lightweight, dual-moisturizing formula that actually “re-programs” your slightly dry and dehydrated skin to measurably retain more moisture for immediate, long-lasting comfort. 2 OZ costs $39.

It really is a perfect moisturizer. It’s great for oily or combination skin since it’s so lightweight; and if you’re applying makeup afterwards it will glide on, and stay on – flawlessly.

 

Christine Chin Soothing Hydration Masque

Soothing Hydration Masque

Christine’s Soothing Hydration Mask is a cooling gel of soothing herbs, hydrating panthenol and a calming licorice complex. It brings relief to sensitive, dehydrated or acne-prone skin within minutes. Fragrance-free. 2 OZ costs $34.

When applying this mask, it literally feels as though it has been refrigerated – it feels so so refreshing! And after 20 minutes, once you wash it off, any redness, irritation, flakiness, and dryness is gone from your skin. And it’s not temporary – use it once a week, and the results last that long!

 

Christine Chin Herbal Blemish Gel

Herbal Blemish Gel

This Herbal Blemish Gerl is fast-drying, invisible gel that helps clear breakouts quickly by forming a film to seal the skin’s surface. You can apply makeup over it within minutes, so your blemish can heal under the seal and be irritated by foundation, cover up and also dirt and environmental irritants. 1.2 FL OZ costs $35

 

Christine Chin Resurface Exfoliating Scrub

Resurface Exfoliating Scrub

Christine Chin Resurface Exfoliating Scrub buffs away fine lines, diminishes coarse and/or enlarged pores and helps to slow signs of aging with gentle micro-grains suspended in a moisturizing cleansing cream. 2 OZ for $28.

It was formerly called “The Ultimate Scrub” for a reason – it’s the best exfoliating scrub ever! It de-flakes refines your skin and visibly softens tiny line. Your skin will be left totally refreshed! And the 2oz container lasts forever!

Christine Chin advises to exfoliate once per week.

Tell me what you think…

 

Christine Chin Nourishing Toner August 8, 2008

Nourishing Toner

Christine’s Nourishing Toner is made of Vitamin C and plant bioflavonoids help reduce signs of redness in coupe rose skin. Soothing aloe and nourishing hydrators restore skins moisture balance after cleansing. It helps reduce redness and softens rough areas. 4.5 FL OZ costs $28.

I use this toner after every time I wash my face – and the hydrating, fresh feeling it leaves all day is amazing. It leaves my skin feeling fresh, dry, not oily but still moisturized. I never used a toner before this – and now I don’t think I could ever go without using it again!

And if this toner doesn’t sound right for your skin type, check out Christine Chin’s website for other toners and products made for all skin types! Click here.

 

Christine Chin Retinol Smoothing Fluid

Retinol Smoothing Fluid

This Retinol Smoothing Fluid is the purest form of anti-aging Vitamin A blends, combined with a skin-renewing non-acid sugar complex to gently smooth surface wrinkles, even skin tone and restore your skin’s youthful texture within days. 1.12 FL OZ cost $79.

Christine has me using this once per day, only at night, after I cleanse my face, apply  my toner and the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum -then I apply the Retinol.

Don’t forget: Christine says that the combination of the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum and the Retinol Smoothing Fluid, when used daily, has a similar effect on your skin as her micro treatments.

Try it – you’ll love it! Tell me what you already swear by Christine Chin like I do ;)!

 

Christine Chin Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum

Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum

This serum limits the signs of aging, reveals fresh skin, lightens away discolorations, and minimizes pore size. 1.7 FL OZ costs $69.

Christine advises me to apply this on a clean face, after toner, twice per day – in the morning and before bedtime.

Christine says that the combination of the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum and the Retinol Smoothing Fluid, when used daily, has a similar effect on your skin as her micro treatments.

Try it! Tell me what you think!!

 

Christine Chin Products

Christine Chin is INCREDIBLE!

Her facials are the BEST in the business. She’s a cosmetologist – but I would (and I have) replaced every dermatologist I ever had in exchange for Christine’s services, i.e., facials, and now her products. She flaunts the longest list of celebrity clients I have ever seen – such as Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Rachel Weisz, Mariska Hargitay,  Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Helena Christensen, Kimora Lee Simons, Carmen Kass, and – if you can believe it -even more!

Christine is located in New York City (the lower east side – Orchard bw Grand and Broome) so unfortunately if you live outside the NY area she won’t be unclogging your pores anytime soon. And even if you’re in the city – the outrageous prices she charges ($250 per facial plus $250 per microdermabrasion – although well worth it – and she has packag plans for savings) and her months in advance overbooked schedule might stop you from making an appointment with her.

Here’s the good news:she recently launched her own product line, named after herself, so everyone can benefit from her skin expertise. There is a wide range for all skin types, and it’s priced fairly- compared to her in-office service costs and in comparison with other Sephora-worthy products).  I have exchanged every single fancy, brand name, high end, designer product I used to use – from Lancome to DDF to Murad to Chanel to La Mer to La Prairie, and so on – in exchange for a mirror vanity filled with Christine Chin! Why, you ask? Because THEY WORK!!!

Christine even says that the combination of the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum and the Retinol Smoothing Fluid, when used daily, has a similar effect on your skin as her micro treatments. Try it! It works for me – I’ve never had more clear, radiant skin than since I’ve started using her products.

Here are my personal favorites from Christine:

These are just some of my favorite products for my skin type (I have oily/combination skin that’s acne prone) – but she carries products for all skin types so click here to check out her website for her full product line. The clearest way to judge is by looking at her client roster above! Check it out – and tell me what you think!