Defy the Effects of Aging with Antioxidants

  • By Maxine Dean
  • 09 Aug, 2017

Adding Antioxidants to Your Diet to Prevent Signs of Aging 

Just as antioxidants keep your skin looking youthful, they can provide the same effect for your whole body! A healthy diet is important at any age, but becomes critical, as you get older. The truth is that lifestyle diseases that stem from diet and lack of physical activity are killing us.

According to the Centers For Disease Control, almost 900,000 Americans die prematurely every year from lifestyle diseases, which include heart disease, stroke, and cancer and 20% to 40% of these deaths are preventable. More often than not, it is lifestyle choices that dictate these conditions. The World Health Organization reports that lifestyle diseases account for a staggering 70% of all deaths, and that more than ever before diet and lack of physical activity is driving these numbers in both industrial regions and developing countries.

Aging is an inevitable process; it will happen regardless of what you do. However, there are ways you can take the process in hand that offer a bit of a “slow down” of the process in order to avoid many preventable diseases that cause premature death.

 The best place to start? By feeding your body with the foods, it needs to optimize performance and health.

The Single Best Way To Slow Down Aging  -  Consuming Antioxidants

You would have likely heard the word antioxidant but may not fully understand what it means or what it does within the body. Let’s clear that up.

 See, as we age, every single day of our lives we are exposed to oxidative damage. It is simply a fact of life. Cells and DNA become worn out the longer they exist, and eventually they are unable to replicate to 100%.

 This is the process of aging taking place. Stress from everyday life just compounds oxidative damage, and can accelerate the aging process, exactly what we are trying to avoid!

Anti-Aging Benefits Of Anti-Oxidants

1.  Prevents UV Damage From The Sun - Damage from the sun can accelerate aging of the skin and result in cell mutations, including dark spots. 

2. Boost Heart Health - can keep cholesterol levels within a normal range, clear blood vessels and promote normal heart rhythm. 

3. Strengthens The Immune System - you become less susceptible to illnesses that sap away health, and more resistant to types of cancer.

4. Improves Skin Health -  By neutralizing free radicals. Free radical damage causes fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots/ age spots, loss of elasticity and firmness. Anti-aging skin treatments like radio frequency and microneedling can help restore skin. 

With that in mind, where are these antioxidants found? Luckily, in a variety of veggies and fruits, so for best health, and graceful aging, consider getting more of these in your diet:

Berries -  Berries are among some of the fruits with highest antioxidant content, being able to positively boost health. Think of blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries as ones you should be getting more of.

 Though not ideal to be consumed in mass amounts (due to sugar content) they do provide a massive dose of antioxidants, reducing pro-inflammatory compounds and slowing down hastened aging and they are also one of the lowest sugar fruits.

  Cocoa -  Cocoa has many more functions that making chocolate, as it is actually a health food. Rich in polyphenols, one of which is epicatechin, cocoa has a myriad of health benefits, including potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ability. Cocoa is actually superior in antioxidant profile when compared with green tea or even red wine.

  Cruciferous Veggies -  Extremely rich in anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, cruciferous vegetables can help prevent cancer, improve blood lipid values and encourage the removal of waste from the body. Coupled with the fact that they’re excellent free radical scavengers, cruciferous vegetables can and should be consumed daily.

  Brightly Colored Veggies/ Fruits -  Think of carrots, bell peppers and citrus, all foods that contain high number of bioactive compounds. In terms of carrots, they contain high levels of Beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that has super potent antioxidant abilities.

 Coupled with the high Vitamin C levels of bell peppers and citrus, these fruits and veggies provide a massive anti-aging effect in those who consume it. Tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, a rare antioxidant that is especially helpful to men’s health.

Antioxidants are your best insurance against the rigors of aging. They help safeguard heart health, eye, and skin along with fortifying your immune system.   

Consuming a mix of both fruits and vegetables ensures you get the widest spectrum of phytonutrients available to prevent lifestyle diseases and maintain a healthy weight.

Philadelphia Skin Care And Beauty Blog | Best Skin Care Advice

By Maxine Dean 18 Jan, 2018
Are you dreaming about warm, sunny days of summer?  We are, too. But did you know that  December through April is the BEST time for skin rejuvenation and laser treatments? 
So what are the best spa treatments to have in the winter. Here are some of the Top winter spa treatments offered at MaxAesthetics Skin care spa in Philadelphia.

During the winter, the days are shorter and the sun is less bright overhead. Everyone is already bundled up and covering their skin from the sun's harmful UV rays, and spending more time indoors. This makes winter perfect for lasers and skin rejuvenating treatments!

  • Lasers and light based treatments put A LOT of heat and energy into your skin, leaving it especially sensitive and more vulnerable to UV damage. Excess sun exposure after a laser treatment will intensify your skin's sensitivity, and may interfere with the results of your treatment! 
  • Lasers typically work best on skin that hasn't had recent sun exposure, and can't be used on sun burnt skin.  In the winter, most of us  are at our palest and have had enough time for our skin to recover from summer sun exposure.
  • Rejuvenating treatments like chemical peels, slough off dead skin to reveal new, fresher skin. This new skin is ultra photo-sensitive, so precautions need to be taken to avoid UV exposure in order to prevent hyperpigmentation or other issues.  Remember, sun damage is the biggest offender in causing the visible signs of aging!
Winter is the ideal time of year for the following spa treatments that may be affected by excess heat and sun exposure:
Laser Rejuvenation  such as laser Genesis will aid in tightening the skin and shrinking large pores for a softer smoother skin.
Laser Hair Removal  
Laser Vein Removal
Skin Resurfacing
Skin Lightening  : Winter may be the best time for skin lightening since the treatments required may be affected by sun exposure
Microneedling  : Microneedling offers a wide range of healthy skin benefits from scar repair to collagen boost.
I PL Photo Facials : Gets rid of Dark spots , freckles and sun damage.
Chemical Peels
Scar & Stretch Mark Reduction
By Maxine Dean 11 Jan, 2018

Have you been looking for more reasons to enjoy red wine? There’s good news, because it really does provide you with a host of health benefits. Just remember to limit yourself to no more than five glasses of week (and certainly no more than two glasses a day.)

Red wine is so beneficial to health is due to its ingredients, it’s the flavonoid content which boosts your health.

  • Quercetin is known for its ability to impact heart disease, chronic disease, allergies, high cholesterol, diabetes, skin disorders, gout, stomach ulcers, eye issues, cancer, and cognitive impairments.
  • Resveratrol is another key compound, and it is known for its ability to support the health of cells and tissues, protect against diabetes, promote circulation, fight oxidative stress, protect against cancer, prevent premature aging, and improve energy.

Just look at the following incredible health benefits of red wine!

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Philadelphia Skin Care And Beauty Blog | Best Skin Care Advice

By Maxine Dean 18 Jan, 2018
Are you dreaming about warm, sunny days of summer?  We are, too. But did you know that  December through April is the BEST time for skin rejuvenation and laser treatments? 
So what are the best spa treatments to have in the winter. Here are some of the Top winter spa treatments offered at MaxAesthetics Skin care spa in Philadelphia.

During the winter, the days are shorter and the sun is less bright overhead. Everyone is already bundled up and covering their skin from the sun's harmful UV rays, and spending more time indoors. This makes winter perfect for lasers and skin rejuvenating treatments!

  • Lasers and light based treatments put A LOT of heat and energy into your skin, leaving it especially sensitive and more vulnerable to UV damage. Excess sun exposure after a laser treatment will intensify your skin's sensitivity, and may interfere with the results of your treatment! 
  • Lasers typically work best on skin that hasn't had recent sun exposure, and can't be used on sun burnt skin.  In the winter, most of us  are at our palest and have had enough time for our skin to recover from summer sun exposure.
  • Rejuvenating treatments like chemical peels, slough off dead skin to reveal new, fresher skin. This new skin is ultra photo-sensitive, so precautions need to be taken to avoid UV exposure in order to prevent hyperpigmentation or other issues.  Remember, sun damage is the biggest offender in causing the visible signs of aging!
Winter is the ideal time of year for the following spa treatments that may be affected by excess heat and sun exposure:
Laser Rejuvenation  such as laser Genesis will aid in tightening the skin and shrinking large pores for a softer smoother skin.
Laser Hair Removal  
Laser Vein Removal
Skin Resurfacing
Skin Lightening  : Winter may be the best time for skin lightening since the treatments required may be affected by sun exposure
Microneedling  : Microneedling offers a wide range of healthy skin benefits from scar repair to collagen boost.
I PL Photo Facials : Gets rid of Dark spots , freckles and sun damage.
Chemical Peels
Scar & Stretch Mark Reduction
By Maxine Dean 11 Jan, 2018

Have you been looking for more reasons to enjoy red wine? There’s good news, because it really does provide you with a host of health benefits. Just remember to limit yourself to no more than five glasses of week (and certainly no more than two glasses a day.)

Red wine is so beneficial to health is due to its ingredients, it’s the flavonoid content which boosts your health.

  • Quercetin is known for its ability to impact heart disease, chronic disease, allergies, high cholesterol, diabetes, skin disorders, gout, stomach ulcers, eye issues, cancer, and cognitive impairments.
  • Resveratrol is another key compound, and it is known for its ability to support the health of cells and tissues, protect against diabetes, promote circulation, fight oxidative stress, protect against cancer, prevent premature aging, and improve energy.

Just look at the following incredible health benefits of red wine!

By Maxine Dean 10 Jan, 2018
Along with other dark, green vegetables, spinach is loaded with the anti-oxidant vitamin C, which can increase collagen levels.  Spinach is also a  great source of beta-carotene and vitamin E,  as well as several other nutrients that help keep wrinkles at bay. It also has high levels of glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps, fight off inflammation and harmful free radicals that accelerate aging, including that which affects the skin and its appearance.  mThe anti-oxidant properties of spinach will fight against oxygen free radicals that helps prevent collagen from weakening.  

Spinach juices great, and has so many other health benefits that it really is a great choice in juicing. Spinach is  one of the best juicing greens for its health benefits, as it offers high levels of Vitamins A, C and K along with a major dose of iron, which is vital for production of hemoglobin.

By Maxine Dean 02 Jan, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions are famously difficult to keep. Every year thousands of people promise themselves that they are going to give up smoking, get in better shape or finally get around to going on a diet and every year thousands of people fail to follow through. Well, this year you are going to have some help!

We are giving you five tips to ensure that no matter what health-related New Year’s resolution you make you will have the greatest possible chance of seeing it through.

By Maxine Dean 27 Dec, 2017

Acne Prone Skin requires a balance of detoxification to reduce or kill the P acne bacteria, exfoliation to break down and remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, and calming ingredients to reduce inflammation , redness and the prevention of possible blemishes and even scars.

When you suffer with acne prone skin, choosing the right cleanser and other skin specific products can aid the process of ridding your skin of the bacteria that make their way into pores and lead to inflammatory breakouts and even infection. A thorough cleansing with the proper exfoliation also removes dead cells on the surface of your skin, which makes for better absorption of the acne product that follows cleansing.

The Top 5 Ingredients to look for in your acne cleanser and other acne products either for your face or your body are as follows:

1. Benzoyl Peroxide: is a topical antibiotic that kills Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne inflammation.  Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial agent due to its oxygenating property which moves oxygen into clogged pores thereby killing the P acne bacteria which cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment.

Benzoyl Peroxide products come in varying strengths ranging from 2.5% to 10 %. The percentage you will need may depend on the severity of your acne and the amount of bacteria in the skin.

2. Glycolic Acid: a form of alpha-hydroxy acid generally derived from sugar cane works to gently exfoliate dull skin cells, unclogging pores and aids in the regulation of sebum.

3. Salicylic Acid: is a keratolytic agent or exfoliant. It belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin ( salicylates ). It works by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin and dissolving the substance that causes the skin cells to stick together and is an anti-inflammatory.

4. Echinacea Purpurea Extract : Herbal extract derived from the leaf; detoxifying, healing and is used as immune stimulant when taken internally.

5.Chamomile:  promotes healthy skin by relieving irritations thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Chamomile’s flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper layers . As a traditional medicine, it’s been used for centuries to treat wounds, skin irritations, eczema, gout etc.


At MaxAesthetics Skin Care spa we utilize customized skin care products for acne that incorporate all of the above ingredients.

The Acne clear Cleanser incorporates a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide to kill acne bacteria fast resulting in detoxification.

The Acne Clear Convenient Acne Pads used to reduce oiliness incorporates both Glycolic and Salicylic acid to produce a mild  exfoliation that will balance oil production and reduce inflammation.

The Acne Clear Serum incorporates All elements of a great acne product. It kills bacteria, exfoliates and unclogs pores, it reduces inflammation and heals the skin thus reducing the chance for acne blemishes and scars to develop.



By Maxine Dean 21 Dec, 2017

Tomatoes get their skin boosting qualities from the antioxidant Lycopene. The lycopene in tomatoes is excellent at preventing UV damage to skin cells and their high vitamin A content supports healthy skin cell production to keep skin firm. Tomatoes are also very hydrating thanks to high water content.

Benefits of Lycopene:

  • Overall Skin Health
  • Skin Hydration
  • Boosts Protection from UV Damage
  • Heart Health
  • Bone Health
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Anti-Aging

The nutrients found in tomatoes are linked to prevention of the sticking together of blood platelets in the arteries, which helps reduce risks for stroke and heart attack. While lycopene is present in raw tomatoes, even more lycopene is liberated when tomatoes are subjected to mild heat. Cooking tomatoes doubles their lycopene power and maximizes their anti-aging effects

Best known for containing lycopene, which helps wipe out the harmful effects of UV rays, tomatoes are a great addition to your diet. Found also in watermelon, pink grapefruit, carrots, guava and red pepper, lycopene also boosts the vascular system, giving your cheeks a nice rosy color.
Lycopene is better absorbed by the body when it’s in the form of processed tomato products, such as tomato paste, pasta sauce, and ketchup, and when tomatoes are cooked. When eaten with foods containing beta-carotene, it’s absorbed even more by the body, which is lucky for us because tomatoes also contain beta-carotene. Tomatoes also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, mainly because they contain vitamin as well which helps produce collagen and plump up skin cells.

By Maxine Dean 14 Dec, 2017

Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain, which is good for both the skin and for digestion. Bromelain is so good for the skin that it is often used as a topical agent in masks used to exfoliate and clear the skin!  The bromelian found in pineapples also support a healthy digestive system.  Similar to Papain (the enzyme found in Papayas), Bromelain helps with digestion, most important of which is protein. 

These juicy fruits are also rich in manganese, which is essential for activating a certain enzyme called prolidase. This enzyme provides the amino acids needed for the formation of collagen in the skin, providing you with healthy, youthful, radiant skin. 

 Pineapple supplies several important trace minerals, which are important in the synthesis of enzymes and immune bodies. Lack of sufficient mineral intake could lead to a compromised immune system with varied symptoms ranging from the lungs to the colon. 


By Maxine Dean 13 Dec, 2017
Making your own beauty products can be fun and exciting. Some of the easiest products to make at home are exfoliating scrubs. These products can usually be made with things that you have lying around your kitchen anyway. Let’s look at some of the best exfoliating scrub recipes that you can make at home.

If you're too busy to throw together a scrub at home, try the Microdermabrasion Scrub + Mask from MaxineDean Skin Care. 
By Maxine Dean 02 Dec, 2017
If you’re looking for something to add to your diet that has major benefits bundled together, look no further. Blueberries, as well as raspberries, contain antioxidants, probiotics, anthocyanins, vitamins, polyphenols, and flavonoids. They truly are the whole package. Moreover, they help the skin regenerate new cells, which, slows the aging process. They also fight off free radicals while helping replenish the skin cells natural plumpness and elasticity. 
By Maxine Dean 02 Dec, 2017
The common cold is not a life threatening disease and often goes away in a few days after running its course. However, a running nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, persistent sneezes, or coughs can leave you feeling miserable. Although nothing can cure a cold, some remedies may ease your symptoms while the infection lasts. 

When you're sick, your skin also suffers. A compromised immune system leads to you looking and feeling worn down. Dehydrated skin, red and irritated noses,  and a dull complexion are all common side effects of being sick with a cold. Taking care of your body as a whole will help improve your skin. 
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