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Is your Skincare Routine ready for a BOOST?

Dreaming of Summer? I am! It’s that time of year when many of us are looking forward to emerging from the isolation of winter to spend time outdoors with friends and family. This is also a great time to focus on a healthy skin routine! In addition to a proper diet and adequate hydration, a routine of clean skin care products can get you ready to emerge this Spring with fresh glowing skin!

All Sanitas Skincare products are 20% off with a $99 purchase (no code required), so this is a great time to stock up, get started, or boost your routine!

NEW TO SANITAS? START WITH THE BASICS. 
CLEANSER • SERUM • MOISTURIZER

These are the every day basics that make up the foundation of your skin care routine.
CLEANSER - removes debris and preps skin for serum.
SERUM - think of serum like vitamins for your skin. Serums nourish and hydrate skin.
MOISTURIZER - hydrates skin and locks in moisture.

Note: Of these three, moisturizer is the only one I consider potentially optional.  Depending on the time of year and the hydrating-effect of the serum, moisturizer is not always needed.


FOR NORMAL AND DRY SKIN:
LEMON CREAM CLEANSER
A citrus-infused enriching everyday cleanser.
Removes surface debris without stripping or dehydrating skin. Fresh lemon scent!

VITA RICH SERUM
A hydrating, reparative serum. Contains a protective blend of Vitamins E, D, C, E, K, and essential fatty acids.  A little goes a long way!  Very hydrating, great for dry, winter skin.

ANTIOXIDANT MOISTURIZER
Highly concentrated, deeply nourishing. Contains a blend of avocado and shea butters, with vitamins and hydrating Hyaluronic Acid.


FOR NORMAL, COMBINATION, AND OILY SKIN:
ENZYMATIC FOAMING CLEANSER
A balancing formula of natural fruit acids, enzymes, and gentle foaming agents lifts surface impurities without irritating or drying.

WEIGHTLESS SERUM
Lightweight. Reduces congestion, brightens dark spots, and balances skin. Contains Zinc, Vitamin C, and Astragalus Root extract.

BALANCING MOISTURIZER
A lightweight moisturizer that tones and nourishes the skin while keeping oil under control. Matte finish.

Note: You can mix and match!  You don't have to stick with one product line.  I keep both Lemon Cream Cleanser and Enzymatic Foaming Cleanser on hand, as well as a treatment cleanser (I like Vitamin C Lactic Cleanser) to use before exfoliating.  While Weightless Serum is my go-to, I break out the Vita-Rich serum during dry winter months...

READY TO TAKE YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE UP A NOTCH?
BOOST RESULTS WITH ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS
Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs) exfoliate by dissolving dead skin cells, increasing cell turnover and triggering collagen regeneration.

AHAs make your skin more receptive to hydration, and even those with dry or sensitive skin can benefit from regular use of a quality AHA product, which is less likely to irritate than manual exfoliation.

CLICK HERE to learn more about AHAs.

NEW TO AHAs?
Start with a low concentration 5% glycolic acid solution 2-3 nights per week.

ALREADY USING AHAs?
Increase your concentration for improved results.
Slowly work up from a 5% to a 10%, and then a 15% GLYCOLIC ACID SOLUTION. When your current product no longer has the same “tingling” feeling, that is a sign that it’s time to increase your concentration.


A FEW CLASSIC PRODUCTS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. 
My absolute favorite combination - BRIGHTENING PEEL PADS and VITA C SERUM. This duo provides an instant facial and is my go-to routine before a night out or special event. After cleansing, swab face and neck with a Brightening Peel Pad. Follow with 3 drops Vita C Serum for an instant glow!

Vita C Serum is also a great reparative serum for regular use day or night, containing 30% Vitamin C with essential fatty acids for potent antioxidant protection and instant hydration to minimize the signs of aging. With Vita C Serum - a little goes a LONG WAY!  I generally use 2-3 drops at a time, not even 1/2 pump!

Boost hydration for dry winter skin with HYALURONIC CONCENTRATE. Add 1-2 pumps to your regular moisturizer for a hydrating boost that protects skin from dry winter air.  do not head to the ski hill without this!

Sanitas HAND THERAPY and LIP KITS are perfect to have on hand for last-minute gifts. Stock up while they are on sale!

All Sanitas products are cruelty free and contain no parabens, phthalates, dyes, harsh preservatives or gluten.



Carin Nielsen, MD Integrative Medicine I use an Integrative/Functional Medicine approach with my patients to treat a variety of chronic medical conditions, as well as for general health/wellness. If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-638-5585.

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Skin Care Basics - The Benefits of Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Skin Care Basics - The Benefits of Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Alpha-hydroxyl Acids (AHAs)


HOW AHAs WORK

Our skin has a natural ability to exfoliate dead skin cells and does so daily. Unfortunately, this process slows down with age, which can lead to an accumulation of dead skin cells, leaving skin appearing dull and uneven.

AHAs dissolve the upper layer of skin cells by weakening the cellular “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, encouraging exfoliation and triggering skin repair.


HOW AHAs IMPROVE YOUR SKIN.

AHAs have a number of proven skin benefits.

AHAs remove dead skin cells, revealing healthy, younger skin cells, resulting in a brighter complexion and more even skin tone. This increase in cell turnover is also effective in treating sun-damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, and melasma.

AHAs trigger collagen regeneration, thickening the outer skin layers. This works to firm and tighten skin. minimize fine lines/wrinkles, and fade blotches. (When combined with a retinol, these results can be even more dramatic, but we’ll save that for another blog...)


AHAs AND DRY OR SENSITIVE SKIN.  

Many of my clients with dry or sensitive skin get nervous when they hear the word “acid“. Have no fear! Even those with dry or sensitive skin can benefit from regular use of a quality AHA product with proper pH balance.

AHAs may actually be a better choice to exfoliate sensitive skin because they are less likely to irritate then manual exfoliation. AHAs are gently applied to the skin, no need to scrub. AHAs can also be effective for dry skin. By removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, healthy skin cells become more receptive to the skin care products you apply. Regular AHA use, combined with appropriate product, can significantly increase your skin’s moisture factor.


GETTING STARTED WITH AHAs. 
While there are a number of AHAs, the two most commonly used in skin care are Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid. Glycolic Acid is considered to be the most powerful because it has the smallest molecular size of all AHAs. The smaller the molecule, the deeper it is able to penetrate skin layers.

When beginning an AHA regimen, it is important to “start low and go slow”.
Start low - choose a product with a lower concentration of acid to start. Over time, and under the supervision of your skin care provider, you can gradually increase the concentration of your product for added benefits.

Go slow - don’t overdo it! Start your AHA routine only 1-2 times per week, giving your skin plenty of time in between treatments to rest and repair. You can gradually work up two more frequent use. I typically recommend an every other day regimen for my patients, using AHAs twice daily on “active“ days, with “rest“ days in between.

You can add an AHA right into your regular skincare routine. Apply your AHA after cleansing, and follow with serum and/or moisturizer. Don’t forget sun protection! Use of AHAs can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so don’t forget your daily sunblock!

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RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FROM OUR SANITAS SKINCARE LINE:   

Glycosolution 5% 
The perfect starting point. Removes spent skin cells and helps stimulate skin renewal. An amino acid complex, blended with glycolic acid, helps smooth the appearance of wrinkles, boost moisture retention and brighten dark spots. (also included in all Sanitas System Kits)

Brightening Peel Pads 
Instant results! These pads contain a triple acid blend to brighten, tone and reveal clear, radiant skin. Follow with 3 drops of Vita C Serum for an instant glow.

Solar Block 
A natural, non-toxic broad-spectrum sunscreen for daily use. Contains a blend of zinc oxide and antioxidants. Absorbs quickly and will not clog pores.

All Sanitas products are cruelty-free and contain no parabens, phthalates, dyes, harsh preservatives or gluten.

Carin Nielsen, MD Integrative Medicine I use an Integrative/Functional Medicine approach with my patients to treat a variety of chronic medical conditions, as well as general wellness and healthy aging. Treating symptoms simply by prescribing medication as a “band-aid” does not address the underlying factors that contributed to your problems in the first place, and is not likely to provide lasting results. My approach involves getting "under the surface” to find and correct underlying imbalances, and providing treatment options that go beyond the prescription pad. If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-638-5585.
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