I wanted to talk with you today about how inflammation affects the skin

Inflammation is a response by the body to a real or perceived threat.  we need the inflammatory response because its the only way for healing to occur, however over time inflammation of the skin can cause cells to lose water and dehydrate the skin.

Some of the common causes of skin inflammation are sun exposure, stress, environment, diet, or even lack of sleep. 

So how does this show up for us? It can come in the form of rosacea, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne, or wrinkles. 

Inflammation is one of the most powerful aggressors to accelerate aging!

Inflammation has the power to show us when we are not getting enough sleep, when we are consuming too much alcohol or sugar, when are eating a poor diet, and the list goes on and on. The Longer you let these go on for the more serious the consequences will be.  

Did you know that over 90 percent of the earths populations lives with substandard air quality and pollution? these are aggressors that we can not control. There are steps you can take though to protect yourself from poor air quality and pollution, and that is to wear your sunblock!  We can also use skin care that is rich in botanicals or antioxidants. 

Lets Talk Diet !

Food that are naturally anti-inflammatory:

Leafy Greens

Cruciferous Vegetables Like broccoli and brussels sprouts

Whole grains 

Red and blue colored fruits 

cold water fish ( salmon, tuna, mackerel etc. )

Foods that are pro-inflammatory:

Meats like beef and pork

processed foods

eggplants and tomatoes 

citrus and dairy

pickled foods

fermented foods


taking small steps in your skin care routine and diet can have extremely beneficial outcomes. 

lastly its important to exercise because if you live and active and healthy lifestyle you are 15% less likely to have chronic inflammation! 

When the external is supported by the internal, your results can be dramatic!

Supplements can be used to compiment the overall skin care golas.

Some of the main supplements that I would recommend, would be HA’s, Vitamin A, Collagen Peptides, Biotin, and Vitamin C

Lets start with the HA’s Hyaluronic Acid,  HA exists in our skin and joints, and is a key factor for skin hydration!

Biotin is a great supplement for your skin, hair , and nails. It strengthens.

Collegen is the super supplement which increases the bodies own collagen and elastin production which approves the overall skin appearance.

Vitamin C is great because it boosts the immune system, hydrates the skin,  and helps to get rid of free radical damage.

Here are some big ingredients to look for when you are shopping for skin care! Check us out on www.remi-d.com

ALGAE PEPTIDES: Moisturizing complex from sea algae. This nutrient enriched extract contains the amino acid Hydroxyproline, the building block of collagen. Application of Algae Peptides makes skin grow its own collagen at a faster rate.


ALLATONIN Allantoin is a natural soothing, anti-irritant, and skin protectant that increases the water content of the extracellular matrix which provides structural support to cells and is an important part of connective tissue. Allantoin also increases the smoothness of the skin; promotes cell replication; and promotes the healing of wounds, burns, and scars. It is added to skin care products for its moisturizing effect as well as its ability to cause the outer layer of dead skin cells to loosen and shed.


ALOE: A rich emollient containing hundreds of enzymes and vitamins. Known to promote healing of skin due to its effective cellular renewal properties.


ALPHA LIPOLIC ACID: 400 times the strength of vitamin C, the particle of this anti-oxidant is small enough to penetrate to the mitochondria of the cell. Protecting the inside of the cell where the cell’s energy is produced.


ALPHA ARBUTIN- Arbutin a glycosylated Hydroquinone extracted from bearberry plant. It inhibits tyroniese and thus prevents the formation of melanin. Arbutin is therefore used as a skin-lightening agent.


ARGIRELINE: A hexapeptide that reduces the depth of wrinkles caused by facial expression, especially around the eyes and across the forehead.


ARNICA: An anti-bacterial ingredient that is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties.


BISABOLOL It has been used for hundreds of years because of its perceived skin healing properties. Bisabolol is known to have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Bisabolol is also demonstrated to enhance the percutaneous absorption of certain molecules.


CARNOSINE there are many great qualities of Carnosine,  When is comes to clinical skin care Carnosine stabilizes and protects cell membranes, helping to protect the cells from harmful free radicals. Carnosine also protects healthy cells from radiation damage.


COLHIBIN: Derived from rice protein, this unique ingredient prevents collagen breakdown, delaying aging of skin.


CERAMIDES a family of lipid molecules. A ceramide is composed of sphingosine and a fatty acid. Ceramides are found in high concentrations within the cell membrane of cells.Ceramides greatly improve the skins ability to retain moisture.


COPPER: Stimulated enzymes to help build new elastin and collagen. Also aids in the production of Keratin in the epidermis, which leads to improved texture of the skin.


CHAMOMILE chamomile contains flavonoid and essential oils that possess significant anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy activity it is used in skin care products as an emollient while providing anti-inflammatory benefits.
CITRIC ACID Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid and used as an active ingredient in chemical peels.


CUCUMBER FRUIT EXTRACT This extract has been cultivated in Western Asia for over 3,000 years, and is widely used in skin care for its skin conditioning properties and as an emollient.


DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol): Topical agent that can help firm sagging skin when applied by thickening muscle mass.


ELHIBIN: Soy protein that prevents elastin breakdown. Topical application is shown to improve elasticity of skin.


GLYCOLIC ACID: Exfoliator that removes dead cell surface, clearing away debris that accentuates fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic Acid will also minimize the appearance of pores.


GREEN TEA EXTRACT: Anti-oxidant that helps protect cells against free radical damage. Many studies have shown that Green Tea Extract has been shown to prevent melanoma.


GINGER OIL Ginger is detoxifying and stimulates the circulation. The improved circulation delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the skin which improves its appearance. Antioxidant ginger also prevents damage from free radicals. Ginger will also improve the elasticity of the skin so it appears more firm and youthful.


HYALURONIC ACID: Collagen and elastin supporter, this is a natural component of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, it will help skin maintain necessary moisture levels.


HYDROQUINONE Hydroquinone is the standard ingredient for skin lightening treatments. It is considered one of the most effective treatments for hyperpigmentation, including age spots, melasma, sun damage and other discolorations


JOJOBA SEED OIL Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree (Simmondsia chinenis). This seed oil is the most similar to human skin oil (sebum) we can get. It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can “trick” the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic


KOJIC ACID Kojic acid is a derivative of Japanese fungi that is mainly used skin whitening agents, kojic acid is a safe, non-toxic agent that prevents pigment coloration, due to environmental exposure.


LACTIC ACID: An exfoliator that helps reduce wrinkles by speeding cell turn over. By using Lactic Acid in our products new collagen and elastin will be stimulated increasing skin firmness and will leave the skin more vibrant and also improving overall texture.


LAVENDER OIL: A natural astringent that has anti-bacterial properties and will reduce inflammation and facial redness, this is a great ingredient for those suffering from Rosacea.


L-ASCORBIC ACID- The most potent form of Vitamin C.


MAGNESIUM ASPARATATE: Will help to re-mineralize and soothe the skin.


MALIC ACID protects skin from damaging free radicals.


MACADEMIA SEED OIL A high palmitoleic acid content makes macadamia nut oil very moisturizing. This acid is an antioxidant, which protects skin from drying out and thus prevents wrinkles and blemishes. macadamia nut oil is extracted and refined for a variety of commercial uses, mostly due to the moisture-retaining properties and acids.


PANTHENOL: A vitamin B Complex Factor. When Panthenol is applied it is converted to antithetic acid, which then becomes an important part of the compound Coenzyme A, which is important in cellular metabolism.


POLYPHENOLS and CAFFEIN: have been shown to block the formation of skin cancers.


RETINOL: Topical vitamin A, it is shown to increase cell turnover so dull surface cells are shed more quickly. Retinol thickens the epidermis, improves skin texture and elasticity and evens out skin tone.


SYN-AKE This synthetic Tripeptide mimics the effect of Waglerin-1. Which is a protein found in the venom of the Temple Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri). It is shown to reduce wrinkles by relaxing muscle movement almost like botox.


SALACYLIC ACID Salicylic acid (sal acid) is a beta-hydroxy acid. The main reason sal acid is used for acne is because it is a ‘keratolytic.’ This means it breaks down and exfoliates dead skin cells. Sal acid is particularly good for the blocked pore (comedonal) type of acne because it penetrates the hair follicle and helps keep the pores from getting clogged.


TITANIUM DIOXIDE can scatter a broad spectrum of UV before it can enter the skin, blocking over 90% of the wrinkle causing UVA rays.


TYROSTAT:  is the most effective natural “bleaching” agent. It is an extract of Rumax, a northern Canadian shrub.


VITAMIN E- Vitamin E is beneficial because of its antioxidant activity, it is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals.


VITAMIN B This ingredient is widely know for its ability to help the skin retain moisture and maintain a healthy glow. This ingredient is widely used in products for sensitive skin types.


VITAMIN C Vitamin C is widely known as the ingredient for the repair of sun damage. Vitamin C is amazing because of its ability to enhance the synthesis of collagen: a critically important skin protein that strengthens structural support and resilience of the skin. Vitamin C is also an extremely effective Antioxidant, which are a critical natural defense against “free radicals,” unstable molecules that age the skin


VITAMIN A See Retinol… 


WITCH HAZEL  is an extract from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub Hamamelis virginiana. Which Hazel is a potent natural astringent, it is also used as a moisturizer because it improves hydration of the stratum corneum, or outer skin layer, to reduce water loss from skin and to maintain skin softness and elasticity.


YUCCA VERA EXTRACT Yucca was considered of great value to the Southwestern American Indians who used it to treat skin disorders, skin disruptions and disease. It was used in salves and poultices for sores and inflammation. It has long been used as a treatment to purify the blood and as an antibacterial, anti-fungal ointment.


ZINK OXIDE: This ingredient is beneficial for the reduction of facial redness.

AHNFELTIOPSIS CONCINNA EXTRACT (APT-GPF):  Increases cellular turnover, skin firmness, elasticity, hydration, and superior skin smoothing properties.

Lipobelle Soyaglycone (Liposomal Genistein):  Increases biosynthesis of Collagen IV which is essential for the structural integrity and function of the basement membrane (Stratum Basale). Increases collagen growth over 50% and skin thickness by 20%.  Binds to estrogen receptors which then active collagen synthesis.  Inhibits Tyrosinase Kinase, the principle transcription factor involved in the breakdown of collagen.

Superox-C:  An amazing ingredient that not only stimulates collagen growth but also stimulates the growth of Hyaluronic Acid by 59% and Syndecan by 90%, which strengthens the skin matrix.

(PDDH):  A tripeptide, stimulates proteins Laminin V, Collagens IV, VII and XVII and Integrin.  These proteins play a vital role in the connecting and maintaining of the structure of the dermis and the epidermis of the skin to produce amazing visible results.

Hematite:  A mineral that stimulates collagen synthesis, the proteins that comprise our connective tissue, to tone and strengthen skin, resulting in a younger looking complexion.

Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil:  Powerful anti-oxidant.

Palmitoy Tripeptide-5:  Bio-active peptide, enhances collagen growth.   This also overrides the effects of Matrix Metalloproteinase Enzymes (MMP) that contribute to skin aging.

Sodium Hyaluronate:  A smaller sized molecule of Hyaluronic Acid, which is rapidly absorbed deep within your skin to hydrate.  Resulting in smoother, softer skin and a decrease of fine lines and wrinkles and an over-all appearance of fullness to your skin.


It is said that the best time to put a topical skin care product on your skin is around 9pm, because that is when the skin is the most receptive, and the DNA Repair is boosted.  The best tricks in evening skin care is to remove , rinse, and repeat. What this means is you should wash your face twice at night , this is an absolute necessity in today’s world because of the constant pollution, the atmosphere, and free radicals. if you wear makeup, many people opt to use a makeup remover followed by a deep pore cleanser .  Using an exfoliating cream or toner is sure to get you the glow you are looking for, we recommend exfoliating at least 3 times per week if you are sensitive, and more if you have normal skin. this is going to help get all the dead skin cells from your skin, letting your topicals penetrate even farther.



When someone is pregnant the body produces progerterone, which stimulates the oil producing sebaceous glands in the skin and as well the sweat producing glands. When we have sweat and oil one of 2 things can happen, and its important to remember that every pregnancy is mutually exclusive.  If we have sweat and oil , this is extremely beneficial to dry skin because it lubricates and can give you that “pregnancy glow” that everyone is always talking about. However, the other instance is a build up of sweat and oil which can become a breeding ground for bacteria which will trigger an acne breakouts.  Hormone fluctuations during pregnancy can help to clear up acne in women, where for others it can worsen their conditions. It is important to remember that we should be using products that are safe during pregnancy like these products which are made specifically for women who are pregnant or breast feeding. Stick to your home regimen, by cleansing, exfoliating , and moisturizing.. Feel free to use and organic moisturizing mask weekly for an extra glow.

This just in from Allure Magazine

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There’s a new way to freeze your face. Currently dubbed RT002, the new type of neuromodulator — a wrinkle-busting class of treatments you might recognize by the brand names Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport — is making waves in the world of injectables. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it will be the first injection of its kind to last six months — and dermatologists are psyched.

“As a doctor, I love having more options and being able to choose the right products for the right patient in the right concentration and formulation,” Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City and author of Beyond Beautiful, tells Allure. Developed by biotechnology company Revance, the daxibotulinumtoxinA injection just wrapped two clinical trials where it was shown to successfully treat moderate to severe glabellar lines (a.k.a. the furrow lines you get between your brows).

“I’m really excited at the data,” says Day, who was not involved with the implementation of the trial but did review the full data set with the scientists who were. “These were two clinical trials that were six months in duration and they had very consistent results from one to the other. I’m really impressed.



That not only means more frequent visits to the dermatologist, but more cash coming out of your wallet. “RT002 would be the first long-acting neuromodulator, with effects lasting an average of six months,” Jessica Wu, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist, tells Allure. “This means that patients would only need to get treatments for their frown lines twice a year, as compared to three to four times a year with the currently available products.”

There is a downside to the improved staying power. “Greater duration is wonderful when you are pleased with the results,” says Wu. “However, this also means that it will take longer for less-than-optimal results to wear off — for example, if you get a droopy eyelid or uneven eyebrows.”

This makes it “even more critically important to see someone who knows how to inject and who understands anatomy,” adds Day. “It’s like saying because Picasso was an oil painter, you can just go buy oil paints and paint a Picasso. It doesn’t work that way,” Day explains. “It becomes even more important to have trained aesthetic physicians, who are trained both in anatomy and injections, but also trained in this product.”

Another major differentiator is that RT002, unlike the injectables currently on the market, contains no human or animal based components, which Revance says “carry a potential risk of transmitting pathogens.” This is important because, as Wu says, RT002 may appeal to those who want to avoid products with human or animal components. So far, the findings of the trials haven’t found any added risks of using RT002.

In addition to the aesthetics, the next-gen neuromodulator is also being tested for therapeutic uses. “Currently, RT002 is in clinical development for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, a chronic, stabbing heel pain that is common in runners; and for the treatment of cervical dystonia, a painful spasmodic condition in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing the head to turn or twist uncontrollably,” a spokesperson for Revance tells Allure. The company is committed to bringing as many therapeutic uses of the injection to market as possible.

For both aesthetic and therapeutic uses, RT002 is still in the testing phase — it will be a few years before it’s approved for commercial use and we don’t know for sure how much it will cost. “It is unclear whether it will actually save patients money,” says Zeichner. “However, it certainly will save visits to the office.”

So far, the data points to game changer status — for your frown lines at the very least. “We will need to be very careful when treating areas that require very small doses, such as the lips, chin, and other areas of the lower face,” cautions Wu. You’ll also have to be extra careful of the doses docs use — with the longer-lasting formula, it might be easier to end up with that unintentional frozen look, she adds.

“Many of my patients have told me that they ‘wish Botox lasted longer,’ so I’m sure I will have a waiting list when RT002 is close to being FDA-approved,” says Wu. “However, as with any new product, I will be very careful when I start treating patients, since what we see in real life doesn’t always match what was seen in the clinical trial.”

source: https://www.allure.com/story/rt002-neuromodulator-injectable

We all know that Smoking is horrible for the skin. So here are some tips and tricks to kick the habit

Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.

Here is a great product to help retexturize your skin from smokers damage

1) Eliminate triggers. Clean your home of all the items that make you think of smoking, Ash trays, lighters, air freshners, etc.. when you think about smoking the cravings can be pretty strong.

2) Give it time. The desire to smoke won’t disappear overnight and the first seven to 10 days will probably be the hardest.

3) Slip-ups are OK. Nobody is perfect and your path to quitting might not be either. Having a puff or smoking a cigarette or two doesn’t have to mean you’re done with this quit attempt.

4) Wait it out. A craving to smoke only lasts three to five minutes, whether you smoke or not.

5) Plan for situations that make you want to smoke. There are certain stressors and environments that can trigger a smoking craving. For example, being at a party and drinking alcohol makes many smokers want a cigarette.

6) Rework your routine. Your schedule may have had built in smoke breaks and cravings can hit especially hard at those times. Know when these times are and what your triggers are, then make a plan to avoid them.

7) Be patient with yourself. There is no room for self-blame or feelings of guilt when you are quitting smoking. If you do start smoking again, don’t think of that as a failure. You are still learning to quit. Figure out what led to your relapse and plan on what to do differently next time.

8) Keep Trying. It may take some time or a few practice quits, but you have the power to break this addiction. Keep trying until you find the right combination of techniques for you and you will be able to quit smoking for good.

You can do this! And if you need support along the way, call the toll-free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to speak with a certified smoking cessation counselor. 

Visit www.remi-d.com for great skin care products to help treat smokers skin 

credit american lung association 

Are you looking for balance?

1. Value yourself:

Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.

2. Take care of your body:

Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:

  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Avoid cigarettes
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods
  • Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students.

3. Surround yourself with good people:

People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

4. Give yourself:

Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people.

5. Learn how to deal with stress:

Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

6. Quiet your mind:

Try meditating, mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.

7. Set realistic goals:

Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t over-schedule. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.

8. Break up the monotony:

Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.

9. Avoid alcohol and other drugs:

Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to “self-medicate” but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.

10. Get help when you need it:

Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

Credit: University of Michigan Health Services

It seems like this year, the cold and flu has been going around right! There are easy ways to boost your immunity and decrease your chances of getting a cold or flu.

1. Wash your hands! this is your first line of defense… You should do this for at least 20 seconds.

2. Sleep!  Its best to get more then 7 hours of sleep , ideally 8!

3. Eat immunity boosting foods. Chickens soup, garlic, salmon, ginger, yogurt, and even sweet potatos

4. Hydrate your body! bodies are made up of 60% water, and we need these fluids to carry nutrients throughout our bodies.

5. Don’t Stress! meditate, do what you can do release the stress from your body. I personally love yoga or walking my dogs with my headphones.

6. Disinfect, grab a can of disinfectant and do your door knobs, bathrooms, sinks, etc

7. Don’t play with your face, you can spread germs from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

8. essential oils, Lemon, peppermint, lavender, and tea tree can be inhaled throughout the day to help prevent illness.

9. Lessen your work load. Packed schedules, partying, and traveling are sure ways to over do it and get sick

10.  Take pro-biotics, gut  health is extremely important for your overall health.

There are 5 stages of sleep,  Stages 3 and 4 are the most important stages and where the skin sees the most benefit. Stage 5 is the slow wave sleep stage and its about 35 minutes after you initially fall asleep. It is during this state of rest that the brain and muscle activity decrease, and the body starts to repair muscles and tissues. The body stimulates growth and development with growth hormones, boosts immunity, and builds energy in during this stage.

Here are some important factors that relate to sleep and your skin

Hormones: Sleep helps regulate your hormones, therefore a lack of sleep send critical hormones out of whack, to cause a host of skin and overall health issues.

Circulation: Proper circulation is needed for nourishment and detoxification, so if we lack sleep then this will slow down that process. Blood flow in the circulatory system delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Lymphatic Drainage: this is a vital component of the immune system and has 3 functions, which are to remove excess fluids from the body tissues, absorb fats and transport them to blood, and protects the body against disease. One third of a bodies lymph nodes are found on the face and neck. While we are sleeping the lymph system works at its optimal level, therefore if sleep is compromised we see such results as a build up of toxins and a swelling of the skin. Where it is most noticeable is puffiness in the face especially under the eyes. A build up of toxins in the face can show up as acne on the surface.

It is important to take care of your skin before bed because pollutants can build up on your face throughout the day. After first cleansing the skin a great product to use during the night would be a Vitamin A Cream

This is known as a skin normalizer and it helps to repair at night.