Monthly Archives: April 2014

Nutrients you need for Vein Health!

Sure we’ve talked about specific foods on this blog before, but do you know why these foods are good for you and your veins??? It’s the nutrients!

The vascular system consists of arteries, veins and other blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to every cell in your body. The arteries and veins can become damaged over time, hindering blood flow and increasing the risk of chronic disease. Certain nutrients can help to keep the arteries and veins strong and elastic for lasting overall health. These include:

Fiber

Not only does fiber help with overall nutrition and digestive function, it also reduces the risk of other disorders including high cholesterol, which has a direct effect on the vascular system. Dietary fiber helps to remove unhealthy fats from the digestive system before your body can absorb them. Excess blood cholesterol can lead to fatty plaques in the blood vessels, weakening the walls of the arteries and increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Bioflavonoids

Bioflavonoids are plant pigments that are largely responsible for the colors in fruits and vegetables. These nutrient compounds are found in foods such as dark leafy greens, dark berries, garlic and onions- they are also found in cranberries, blueberries and grape seed. They help to strengthen the walls and valves of blood vessels helping to reduce blood leakage.

Vitamin C

Nope, not just for colds! It’s also needed to manufacture the elastic fibers collagen and elastin, which keep the walls of the veins and arteries flexible and strong. This helps the vascular walls resist pressure and contract after dilating due to blood flow. It also keeps the valves of the veins from leaking

Vitamin E

Yes, we’re just going down the alphabet, however Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that helps keep blood-clotting proteins called platelets from sticking together and forming clots in the blood vessels. This promotes artery and vein health and healthy blood circulation throughout your body.

Niacin

A.K.A-.Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is an essential nutrient that is also used in the treatment of high cholesterol in some patients. Niacin also helps to reduce atherosclerosis, or stiffening of the artery walls, to keep the blood vessels durable and flexible.

Try and incorporate these nutrients into your diet to be on top of your vein health!

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Spider Veins and Stretch Marks… what’s the deal?

Ever wonder why those pesky veins and marks have to happen to us? Well wonder no more, here’s the basic rundown of what causes these ailments, and how to fix them best.

 

Spider Veins

If the valves inside your blood vessels become weak (whether from age or genetic predisposition) and are unable to pump blood back to your heart efficiently. That causes capillaries close to the skin’s surface to show up as little red squiggles, most commonly on the legs. And those, friends, are spider veins.

What Works?

Sclerotherapy: Using a tiny needle, a doctor injects the spider veins with a medicated solution that causes them to collapse and permanently disappear.

Radiofrequency Closure: The blood inside the veins absorbs the wavelength from this laser, creating heat, which contracts the veins. Very small spider veins benefit most; you’ll need several sessions to see a difference.

Stretch Marks

When skin gets stretched too fast, as it can when you gain weight quickly, such as during pregnancy, or if you went through a growth spurt as a teenager, the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis rupture. The result is scars deep within the skin―stretch marks. New ones are red or dark brown, because the skin becomes inflamed when the fibers break. (You might also notice a change in texture, as if your skin has little divots in it.) With time, most stretch marks lighten in color.

What Works?

Pulse dye laser (for newer stretch marks) The light from this laser is absorbed by the pigment in the irritated area, which heats the blood vessels and makes the vessel walls collapse. The color is reduced significantly, so marks are much less obvious.

Excimer laser (for older marks): The beam increases pigment production, so eventually the silver or white lines become the color of the rest of your skin.

 

Curious about vein and laser treatments? Call us, 775-329-3100

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Skincare product spotlight: Lumiquin®

Looking for one of the most amazing, restorative and rich hand treatment? Look no further! We have Lumiquin® from Revision Skincare®! Our resident skincare expert, Joelle Greene, RN is here to tell us all about it!

Take time off your hands with this rejuvenating nighttime formula packed with powerful anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants.  

  • Brightens skin and minimizes the appearance of imperfections
  • Enhances skin’s moisture level so hands look smoother
  • Supports skin’s natural moisture barrier 

 

The Details

Lumiquin® is a hand treatment designed to be used once daily at night. To be effective, this product needs to be on the skin for several hours without hand washing. You can continue to use a regular hand cream during the day. Cleanse hands. Apply one pearl-sized drop onto the back of each hand before bedtime. For best results, apply sunscreen to hands during the day.

A few common questions:

Should I apply this product all over my hands?

For best results, it should be applied to the back of hands only. 

Does this product contain hydroquinone?

Lumiquin® does not contain hydroquinone. The “quin” in Lumiquin® comes from Quinic Acid Esters, which are derived from a Resurrection plant called Myrothamnus Flabellifolia that is native to the desert areas of South Africa. Quinic Acid Esters are powerful antioxidants.

Which ingredients brighten the skin? 

There are several key ingredients that have been proven to brighten the skin, including a very pure form of Licorice Root Extract, and Diacetyl Boldine, derived from the Chilean Boldo Tree. It also contains THD Ascorbate, a very bioavailable form of Vitamin C.

If you are interested in trying Lumiquin® or have questions about any Revision Skincare® products, call us (775) 329-3100 and ask to speak with Joelle!

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