High-tech beauty at home

Tanda starter kitThere is no shortage of high-tech beauty treatments. You can find lasers to tone and tighten your skin, remove age spots and treat acne at your doctor’s office. Now you can also buy a system that claims to give you a high-tech edge at home. I recently tried the Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging device. I have been intrigued by these devices for a long time. Light technology to heal cells was originally developed as part of the space program. It is now part of the mainstream medicine. You will find light devices used in physical therapy, dermatology, and plastic surgery.

Home devices such as the Tända are no substitute for treatments offered at your doctor’s office, but they can be an effective option. I have been using my Tända for several months and have noticed a subtle improvement in my skin. It won’t replace my doctor, but then my Whitestrips haven’t replaced my dentist. I wouldn’t give up either one. Why should I?
If you are interested in optimal skin care, don’t miss a word of this informative interview with the experts at Tända.
DD: How does the Tända work to tighten and reduce fine lines skin? Does it help to increase collagen?
Tända: The science behind using red light therapy for skin rejuvenation is as follows. Light energy is absorbed by the cells, increasing the level of ATP or adenosine triphosphate which is the vehicle for delivering energy or fuel to the cells. By delivering increased energy to the surrounding cell tissue it triggers a systemic effect, improving overall cellular health.
Specific therapeutic effects of red light therapy include: increased cellular energy, increased micro circulation, a reduction of swelling and inflammation and increased production of collagen and elastin. The therapeutic effects result in the minimization of fine lines and wrinkles and smother, softer, firmer skin.
DD:  Can you explain the recent study that showed an increase in hydration levels?
Tända: A study was commissioned to evaluate the effects on hydration and Trans-Epidermal Water Loss, or TEWL, after using the Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging device over a period of 14 days.   The findings showed that after seven days of use with Tända Regenerate, skin hydration increased by a statistically significant eight percent. After 14 days of use, skin hydration increased by 15 percent.  TEWL findings showed a decreased in TEWL of nine percent at day 14. 
DD:  Is the Tända strong enough to really improve the skin?
Tända: Light therapy is proven technology that has been used successfully in clinics for more than 35 years. The Tända skin care system is designed with proprietary technology that delivers clinical levels of light in a convenient, user-friendly device.
The efficacy of the Tända Skincare System and light therapy in general has been supported by several clinical and user preference studies. 
DD: What is the difference between the red light Tända and blue light Tända?
: Different colors and wavelengths of light have different effects on a cellular level.  Tända Regenerate delivers a 660 nm. wavelength of light to increase cellular energy and micro circulation, reduce swelling and inflammation and increase production of collagen and elastin. This wavelength of light penetrates approximately 5 mm. into the dermis, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving skin color, texture, firmness and hydration.
Tända Clear delivers a 414 nm. wavelength of light, killing acne-causing bacteria which can lead to mild to moderate inflammatory acne. This wavelength of light penetrates approximately 1.5 mm. into the skin. Tända Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment does not need to penetrate as deep as Tända Regenerate because acne-causing bacteria live mainly in our pores and the surface of the skin.
DD: Is the Blue light Tända similar to the blue light acne treatments in dermatologist’s offices?
Tända: Yes, the Tända Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment uses the same technology as in-clinic machines used by dermatologists. In fact, Tända Clear delivers the same clinical levels of blue light to kill the P.acnes bacteria, treating and preventing acne.
DD: If you are experiencing acne and the signs of aging together, as many women do in their thirties and forties, can you use the red and blue light treatments at the same time?
Tända: Yes, the Tända light therapy device has a patent-pending modular design that is ideal for customers looking for multiple skin benefits. 
When treating anti-aging and acne at the same time, the user should start with the Tända Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment and then exchange the treatment head and continue with the Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Light Therapy Treatment. 
The Tända device’s interchangeable treatment heads provide excellent value for one person or multiple people in a household. 
DD: Can you burn or hurt yourself with Tända? Can you overuse the Tända?
Tända: No, the Tända device has been designed to be safe, easy and effective for use at home. One of the features is a temperature sensor in the treatment head.  Under normal operating circumstances the temperature remains under 105.8 degrees F.  If the temperature exceeds 105.8F the device will turn off.  Treatments can be continued after five to 10 minutes. 
There is no evidence of harmful side effects from using the device for longer periods of time. The protocols developed for each solution have been designed to maximize the efficacy in the most convenient period of time.
DD: How long does it take to see an improvement with Tända, to look fresher and firmer or to clear acne?
Tända: Results with Tända Clear may be seen in as little as 24 hours. When used daily, Tända Clear can actually prevent breakouts.
What to expect with Tända Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment:
First 24 Hours:
During treatment users will feel a warm sensation on the skin that some have described as calming. Many users experience a decrease in blemish size.
After one week of treatment:
Most users will start to see a decrease in the number of blemishes. The majority will also see a reduction in redness and skin oiliness, and will begin to see an overall improvement in skin condition.
After two weeks of treatment:
The number of acne lesions continues to decrease and overall skin condition improves as the skin clears.
Full results with Tända Regenerate can be seen after 30 days of everyday use, however many people experience benefits much sooner.
What to expect with Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Light Therapy Treatment:
During treatment:
Users will feel a warm sensation on the skin that some users have described as calming. Many users experience an increase in hydration and skin comfort immediately.
After one week of treatment:
Most users will start to see an improvement in skin texture while the majority of users will see an increase in the healthy feel of their skin and an increase in skin smoothness.
After two weeks of treatment:
A vast majority of users will see a reduction in the overall signs of aging, particularly an increase in skin firmness.
After four weeks of treatment:
After four weeks of treatments, users will see overall better skin condition compared to before treatment with Tända Regenerate. This includes an improvement in the healthy appearance of the skin and a reduction in the appearance in fine lines and wrinkles.
For more information:http://www.tandaskincare.com/

High-tech options

Donna Ackerman perfects skin with high tech laser treatmentsYou’ve probably heard about Botox, Dysport, and fillers. You may have even made up your mind about whether they are something you want to try, or not. They can make a huge difference in your appearance.

Many women think injections are an all-or-nothing proposition. Nothing could be further from the truth. Choose an experienced doctor with good taste and even your friends and family won’t know want you’ve been up to. They will tell you look rested and fabulous. Looking “frozen” or “puffed-out” is old-fashioned and unnecessary.
These days there are many high-tech non-invasive treatments that will leave you glowing and looking rested – and yes, in some cases, younger. If you have wondered if they really work or are worth the price, keep reading.
I recently tried out a few effective treatments at the new Artista Spa in Atlanta. I met with medical aesthetician Donna Ackerman, a consummate professional dedicated to perfecting her clients’ appearance. She assessed my skin and pointed out a few things that could use improvement.
We decided to target a few broken blood vessels on my on my nose and chin. These red vessels or capillaries are common, especially to fair-skinned women. They are easy to cover with make-up, but they can also spread and get worse. As mine are not very deep Donna thought she could zap them in one treatment. She also targeted a couple of sun spots on my cheek bones. Mine were light, so she was able to remove them in one treatment. I never go out with out sun block and have never have.
Most spots will take two or three treatments to fade completely, but the treatments are painless and quick. Actually, I was surprised at how quick and painless the procedure was. I had tried an IPL or Intense Pulsed Light treatment years ago, when it first came out. In spite of my high tolerance of pain, I found it too annoying to ever try again.
Donna used a Sciton Laser for the treatment. It is one of the safest lasers for all skin types, particularly for women of colour who may who may be burned by older lasers. While I was there, Donna showed me impressive photos of the Sciton’s SkinTyte procedure. The skin is visibly lifted and tightened in a series of about six treatments. It can be used on the face, neck, and hands. I admit it is intriguing. Donna’s Sciton laser is also very effective on rosacea, a problem plaguing many women. The treatment is similar to the one she used on my little broken capillaries, but more time-consuming. Rosecea can be persistent and resistant to drugs; it can also damage delicate complexions permanently.
Lasers, in the right hands, can be remarkably effective. I suffered from acne most of my life, but I was able to control it with vigilance and the help of good doctors. Dr. Kevin Sliwowicz of the Toronto Acne Clinic finally brought it under control with laser therapy. The treatments were painless, a miracle after years of painful breakouts. Many of my friends also have their ugly spider veins lasered away there. They do it in February or March to be bikini-ready!
Acupuncture doesn’t sound modern, but Fang Wang, the maven of Canadian cosmetic acupuncture whose clients come from as far away as Moscow, is on the cutting edge of beauty science. She offers electric acupuncture, not to cause the face to twitch or exercise, but to stimulate cells at the bioelectrical level, so they can heal and regenerate. This is the same science behind some of the newest anti-aging regimes. I adore Fang’s treatments and can attest to their benefits.
Darlings, some beauty mavens will get old and lined arguing the benefits of holistic over high-tech medical treatment – but not moi! My motto is ‘find the best of the best and then do it’! Beauty begins from the inside out. Eat well, sleep, and don’t sweat the small stuff – it will age you. Sun block is not glam, but it works, so use it!
When looking for a doctor for injections or spa for laser services, ask questions. Ask about the type of laser and look it up. Ask how long they have been doing the procedure. Experience and willingness to answer questions are the most important things to look for in a doctor or clinic. Avoid one with a hard-sell, or who serves alcohol. Remember word of mouth is the best; ask a friend who looks fabulous for her secrets.
We all have our reasons for indulging in beauty treatments. After all my years as a beauty editor, I am particular about who touches my face. Credentials alone do not impress me. I need to meet, observe, and get a feel for the person, be it an M.D., acupuncturist, or other professional. I return from my beauty experts restored and renewed. Beauty has always has been a balm to my soul, but I also feel it gives women a professional advantage — to look one’s best in this competitive world. Make no mistake my darlings, I make every investment in beauty for me.
Eat well , take a walk, remember beauty from the inside out, and add the rest as you like and as you can. Go ahead darlings, invest in your beauty, in whatever way you can. You will never regret it.