Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Foods That Feed The Skin

part of your post-care talk with your patient or client after you give them a hyaluronic injection or mesotherapy treatment, you might want to discuss with them the very foundation of having healthy skin, which is to feed it with the right foods.  When it comes to expediting healing what you put in your body is as important as what you put on it.

There is real truth to the saying that “beauty starts from within” and there are foods that that contain micro-nutrients and vitamins that support the structure of skin in a way that may not be as readily apparent as, say, applying a vitamin A-retinol, but in a way that is just as important.  That is because the whole process of skin aging might be due to eating foods that have a byproduct of inflammation in the first place.

After you do your injections or therapeutic injections you can recommend that your patient consume the following nutrients that are found in various fruits, vegetables, grains and whole foods

Ripe Guava is rich in lycopene.
Lycopene - Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps the skin renew and repair itself very quickly. Some of the potent sources of lycopene include canned tomato products, raw tomatoes, guava, watermelon and red papaya. Sweet potatoes, blueberries and strawberries also contain a significant amount of lycopene.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Foods that have these help protect the skin from the type of damage that can age skin very rapidly.  These foods include whole grains, fish and nuts.

Vitamin A – Vitamin A helps the skin turn protect itself from environmental assaults, and heal scars and wounds.  Sweet potatoes and cantaloupes applied both topically as a facial and eaten can really help speed the healing of skin that has been treated with mesotherapy.

The reason it is best to eat foods rather than take pills is that whole foods contain all kinds of phytochemicals and carotenoids that assist with skin repair and health that are simply not replicated in vitamins.

In addition, there is nothing quite as beneficial for the skin as drinking a great deal of water.  Ata minimum the skin needs between 32 and 64 ounces of liquid a day in order to be properly hydrated and not dry.  This liquid should be consumed in the form of water, fresh herb teas or fresh organic juices that have been watered down just a bit with spring water so that they are not too glycemic as your client drinks them. 

The latest recommendation for skin healing is for women to drink at least 90 ounces of water a day and men drink about 125 ounces a day.

You can also teach your client a simple test to see if he or she is dehydrated. If it does not pop back quickly then it can be a sign of dehydration.


For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Before You Treat A Patient: Notes About Mesotherapy


Before you treat a patient or client with mesotherapy there are some things that you should be aware of.  First off, mesotherapy is not necessarily for everybody and there are a couple of conditions that you should watch out for before you go ahead with treatment. Secondly there are some pre-treatment instructions that you should be giving every client to help minimize their fear, pain or any bruising afterwards.

Who Should Not Undergo Mesotherapy?

Your patient or client should not undergo mesotherapy for fat removal or body sculpting if –
  • you are currently being treated for cancer or on any chemotherapy agents
  • nursing or pregnant
  • Have a BMI over 30% (this figure represents your body mas index/Fat to muscle ration
  • If your patient does not have a spleen
  • If your patient has a disorder that makes it difficult for the skin to heal or a blood-clotting disorder
  • Some individuals with addictions related to needle use may be triggered by this treatment if they are in recovery (this should be up to the judgement of the practictioner) 
For other applications such as pain management and hair regrowth some of these conditions may not be contra-indicated.

Pre-Treatment Instructions for Mesotherapy

As with any treatment a little bit of preparation makes for a better outcome. Although there is no recovery time for most people there are few things that you can tell your clients to do in order to improve their experience.  Some of these tips might be especially applicable to your patients who experience discomfort with needles or who are just more “jumpy” or sensitive to pain than others.
  • Before the appointment it can be a good idea to have a full breakfast as this can raise pain tolerance for some individuals
  • Advise your client or patient to get a good night's sleep the night before hand as that can reduce feelings of nervousness, fear and also assist with healing
  • Studies have shown that pain tolerance is a little higher in the morning so it is a good idea to schedule appointments as early in the morning as is possible or available
  • Drinking a lot of water before the treatment helps with pain tolerance, bruising and the over all effectiveness of the treatment as it assists the body with disposing of damaged skin cells
  • If your patient or client is prone to skin infections or problems it is a good Ida for them to shower before and use betadine soap
  • Advise your client not to apply lotions or creams to the areas before they are treated
It is also a good idea for the area to be treated to be completely free of all make-up before the treatment. If you notice that your client is wearing make-up because they are getting the treatment during their work day then ask them to remove it and to be very light in application after the treatment.

Wearing clean loose-fitting clothing is also a highly advisable so that clothing rubbing against the skin does not irritate any treated areas.

Your patient should not smoke or drink alcohol before or after the treatments as the dehydration and lowered immunity can sabotage healing and good results.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.