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DermaView — Facial Skin Analyzer

DermaView at the Seniors Fair

In my last post, I talked about skin agers. Last week I attended a “Seniors Fair” at a local hospital. They were offering several tests, one of which was DermaView, a machine that is a  facial skin analyzer. It shows you damage to your skin that you cannot necessarily see with the naked eye. For the most part, it’s ugly. Did you know that most people receive 80% of their lifetime exposure to the sun by the age of 18? By the time you’re a senior, chances are your face will have definitely suffered from sun damage. So imagine your face covered with brown splotches. That’s what you, as well as the technician on the other side, will see in the DermaView mirror.

I had this same test done about a year ago and I saw a vast improvement. I attribute it to a skin care system that I use. It’s a system that normalizes the skin and I am so pleased with the results that are definitely visible to the naked eye.

Skin cancer is very slow to develop. It is the result of sun exposure and sun burns over the years. Here is a test from the American Melanoma Foundation to determine your risk for skin cancer.

  • Hair color: 4=blond/red, 3=brown, 1=black
  • Eye color: 4=blue/green, 3=hazel, 2=brown
  • When exposed to 1 hour of summer sun you: 4=burn & sometimes blister, 3=burn, then tan, 1=tan
  • Freckles? 5=many, 3=some, 1=none
  • Where is your job? 4=outdoors, 3=mixed, 2=indoors
  • Has anyone in your family had skin cancer? 5=yes, no=1
  • Where in the US did you live most before the age of 19? 4=south, 3=midwest, 2=north

Results: 10-15 = below average risk; 16-22 = average risk; 23-25 = high risk; 26-30 = very high risk

A basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common...

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Although skin cancer may take a long time to develop, once you get it, it can spread. A former yoga classmate of mine has a son who started with skin cancer on his leg. By the time he decided to see a doctor, it had spread to his brain. I pray that he is recovering, but unfortunately, I no longer see her so I don’t know the outcome. Cheers to sun screen! Use at least an ounce to cover all exposed areas.

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Skin Elasticity — Enzymes and Antioxidants

Elderly woman playing video gameWhen I was a very young girl, one of the things I remembered about my aunt was that I’d pinch the skin on the back of her hand and the skin would not go back down. I thought that was so hilarious and I would keep doing it over and over. Try this “Skin Elasticity Test.”

Pinch a large section of skin on the back of your hand between your index finger and thumb. Hold it firmly for 5 seconds. Release it, then count the number of seconds for the pinched skin to return to its normal flat appearance.

  • 0-2 seconds:   Good skin elasticity. Your functional age is under 30 years.
  • 3-4 seconds:   Reduced skin elasticity. Your functional age is 30-44 years.
  • 5-8 seconds:   Reduced skin elasticity. Your functional age is 45-50 years.
  • 10-15 seconds:   Reduced skin elasticity. Your functional age is 60 years.
  • 15-more seconds:   Very inelastic skin. Your functional age is over 70 years

DicQie Fuller, author of  The Healing Power of Enzymes, says this is caused by deterioration of tissue under the skin. She states, “Many researchers claim that aging skin is often caused by a  lack of protein and a weak circulatory system. These deficiencies cause tissue, muscles, nerve fibers, and blood vessels to become rigid. They are responsible for loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity, resulting in sagging and dropping skin and muscles. This degenerative process can be slowed and sometimes even reversed with enzyme therapy.”

According to Examiner.com, as we age, our skin loses its elasticity becoming leathery and wrinkled. This is the result of free-radical destruction and is a sign of degeneration and loss of function. A significant change in the skin becomes evident at about the age of 45. The following is recommended:

  • Decrease sugar intake — Keep your sweets to a minimum at no more than 10 percent of your total calories. Also, avoid high fructose corn syrup.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Antioxidants — These compounds are the weapon against cell-damaging free radicals that can lead to premature aging.

Although there are many antioxidants on the market, my antioxidant of choice is Limu Plus. I am in the 45 – 50 year range which puts me at least 14 years below my actual age. 🙂

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