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Lisa K. Majete, MD
Healthy Skin From Within
Reflections Image Center & Skincare Institute
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Healthy Skin From Within

Healthy Skin From Within

We’re often told it’s important to stay fit and active, but we seldom talk about the importance of skin fitness. It is important to develop a healthy, daily skin fitness regimen to keep your skin young and beautiful. Your skin is important and therefore it requires proper testing to determine your skincare needs.

When caring for your skin, it is important to seek the guidance and medical expertise of skincare experts that incorporate wellness into caring for your skin. An important first step is testing. Conducting testing with SkinFit™ allows the identification of the predisposition for skin photoaging, oxidative stress, wrinkling and other important skin conditions, such as:

  • Acne
  • Melasma
  • Rosacea
  • Puffy Eyes/Dark Circles
  • Eczema/Psoriasis/Dermatitis

Your skincare expert needs to not only know the science but have the training, technology and understanding to properly analyze any predispositions you may have for skin photoaging, oxidative stress, wrinkling, and various important skin conditions. The test also includes markers for dietary micronutrients known to promote skin health. This empowers physicians and patients by providing skin care treatment options and dietary micronutrient information based on the patient’s genetic risk profile.

Skin Nutritional Needs

Proper nutrition has a major systemic effect on cutaneous anti-aging through anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. This can lead to the development of specific vitamin deficiencies associated with dermatitis.

Skin Photoaging

Extrinsic aging is caused predominantly by sunlight and other environmental toxins. SkinFit reports on a patient’s predisposition to sun sensitivity as well as lentigines (sun spots), ephelides (freckles), and wrinkles, which are all indications of photoaging.

Skin Inflammation and Allergy Risk

Conditions associated with skin inflammation can lead to skin redness, itchiness, pain, and intrinsic aging. SkinFit tests for specific genes and markers concerning atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and rosacea.

Skin Texture and Elasticity

Many cosmetic conditions are caused by a failure of the basic mechanics of the skin, leading to increased skin laxity, wrinkles, and poor skin tone. SkinFit tests for markers associated with cellulite, stretch marks, and varicose veins, among others, and provides recommendations for treatment to the physician.

Skin Moisture and Hydration Factor

Skin aging is due to accumulated exposure to environmental conditions and metabolic factors, including hydration issues. SkinFit analyzes genes associated with ichthyosis (disorders of dry, scaly skin) as well as skin hydration, which enables physicians to assist their patients in proactively starting anti-aging treatments and nutrition to maintain moisture levels.

Skin Oxidation Protection

Reactive Oxidative Species (ROS) within cells can cause skin aging, but antioxidants can protect against this cell damage by scavenging ROS. Several genes analyzed on SkinFit test provide information concerning patient’s antioxidant response.

Skin Glycation

Glycation is a process by which sugar molecules link to proteins within the skin cells and form Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products. These products can lead to loose, cracked, and thinned skin. SkinFit analyzes markers in genes associated with glycation protection.

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