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Glucosamine Supplements August 8, 2008

Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage

Glucosamine studies were originally conducted for the benefits of patients suffering with arthritis. However, once the studies found that glucosamine can help increase hyaluronic acid (“HA”) in joints, dermatologists and rest of the beauty industry started to listen.

Since hyaluronic acid is one of the components of your dermis (one of the deeper layers of your skin beneath your epidermis), then increasing hyaluronic acid in your dermis with glucosamine supplements could improve absorption of moisture in the skin and body, resulting in smoother, more radiant skin.

In 2003, the FDA approved hyaluronan injections (made from hyaluronic acid) for filling soft tissue defects such as facial wrinkles – and Restylane and Juvederm were born (both are dermal filler injected into wrinkles to plump [or fill] the soft tissue thereby erasing the wrinkle).

A recommended dosage of 1500 mg of glucosamine in the form of a supplement may potentially give you results in the form of decreased wrinkles or increased fullness in your skin.

Products lines like Murad are marketing their glucosamine supplements claiming that the supplements will “reduce lines and wrinkles by 34% in five weeks while increasing elasticity with this clinically proven complex. Glucosamine, amino acid complex and Vitamin A work to boost collagen production and stimulate healthy cell function while promoting skin clarity and tone.”

Do you believe it? Will you try it? Have you tried it??? I haven’t tried it. But I’d love to hear about your experiences with it! Please share your thoughts…

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PLASTIC SURGERY August 7, 2008

Hot topic of the (and every) moment – I know. All the Hollywood stars (and starlets) are sporting the new “face” – and body. Madonna’s face is on the cover of New York with pencil sketches all over it identifying what work she’s allegedly had done. Articles everywhere are revealing the similar “work” of Naomi Cambell, Elizabeth Hurley, Demi Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer. What have they done? Face Lifts? Liposuction? Injections? How did they get it? What are the options?

Soon, I’ll be discussing all the latest techniques – both surgical and not, along with other tricks, options, treatments, fillers (such as Restaylane and Juvaderm), creams, and products so that the secrets are revealed to putting YOUR best face forward.

I’ll have information direct from the hottest NYC plastic surgeons – in their own words. The new techniques they are using today – how they are different from the ones of the past, new options ranging from the most expensive to the most affordable – and everything in between – for face, skin, body – everything.

Stay Tuned!