Opus Skincare

New Year Newsletter
January 2009
BeautyScoop packet

Happy New Year!  Here's to a new you! 
As we start off the year 2009, we search for balance.  The pendulum swings between the extremes of over-indulgence and dire necessity.  Somewhere In the middle, we find harmony.  On our journey, we must focus on taking good care of our body, mind and spirit.   Cheers!  Here's to the pursuit of  internal health, wellness and beauty.   
Congratulations to Carly Rogers, from Santa Monica, California who won a box of BeautyScoop for this month's selected recipe.   Her delicious drink (see recipe below) was chosen in a taste test by our team of judges.  Remember to enter our recipe-of-the-month contest to win your free box of BeautyScoop!  And, feel free to send suggestions, criticisms and (hopefully) compliments to us as at [email protected].  We promise to keep bringing you the best new beauty products and endeavor to exceed your expectations in 2009.
Please take a peek at the Dr. Yagoda discussing BeautyScoop on Fox and Friends, Sunday, January 4, 2009:   

The BeautyScoop Customer Service Team

 Beauty Research:    2009 Clinical Hair Trials

angelina no hairAnectodal reports of new hair growth have been accumulating faster than snow in the northeast.  Observations have been both subjective (by the BeautyScoop user) and objective (by unknowing hair stylists and friends).  
Drs. Yagoda and Gans have taken these reports seriously and decided to investigate further.  They have been in discussion with doctors in the department of Dermatology at Downstate Medical Center.  They are planning clinical trials to document BeautyScoop's effect on new hair growth in women.  We will keep you posted on the details and expect to have them to you in the next newsletter.  If anyone you know, living in the area, is interested in participating, please pass along the information.   
In Search of Beautiful Nails...
1.  avoid the whirlpool portion of the spa pedi-chair - it is the most common cause of nail fungus
2.  watch for white lines on your toe nails - this may be the beginning of nail fungus 
3.  treat the fungus by soaking your nails in dilute clear cider vinegar for 20 minutes daily
4.  stop soaking when the cuticle around the nail grows back
5.  buy your own nail file, buffer and callous removing tools and bring them with you to the salon
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Dr. Yagoda's 
Top 6 Beauty Foods 
2.  TOFU
3.  KALE
4.  NUTS (Almonds, Brazil nuts, Cashews)
Dr. Michelle Yagoda, Facial Plastic Surgeon 
The skin is a powerful indicator of health.  Wrinkles, dry or oily skin, acne and inflammation are all signs of poor internal health.  As a plastic surgeon, I can certainly tighten sagging skin, but plastic surgery alone will not correct the dull, ashy complexion that is the result of a poor diet. Skin, hair and nails problems can be improved or completely corrected simply and enjoyably with what you eat and drink.  What you ingest can get to the root of a problem that even plastic surgery can not! 
Most of us with wrinkles and aging skin are old enough to remember the food triangle.  Certainly we have heard about the foods we SHOULD eat.  But, unless we understand WHY we should do something, we are unlikely to change our ways.  The body is amazingly simple once you understand it.   It is also surprisingly predictable.  Here is the simple explanation of how the body makes healthy skin (and hair and nails!)  It is a recipe - much like baking a cake.  
Main ingredients or building blocks - these are proteins and biologically important oils or lipids.
Next to water, protein is the most plentiful substance in the body.  Skin, hair and nails are made of protein.  If all of the water were squeezed out of you, � of your dry weight would be protein with 10% of it comprising your skin.  Collagen and keratin, two of the most important proteins in the skin, hair and nails , are responsible for skin structure and strength.  Skin cells are replenished every 24 days and the entire skin is completely replaced every 45-75 days. 
Lipids or biologically important oils enhance skin texture, improve dermal hydration and firmness, and reduce inflammatory conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.  Omega-3 fatty acids are components of lipids that treat dry and inflamed skin,  moisturize and control oil production.  A diet that balances omega-3 fatty acids (often lacking) with omega-6 fatty acids (often in surplus from baked goods and grains) will visually improve skin and make it smoother and younger looking. 
Salmon and tofu are fabulous skin healthy, sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.  
Supplemental ingredients make the creation come together in a particularly pleasing and bountiful way.  These are vitamins and minerals
Vitamins - Vitamins A, C and E - are anti-oxidants that in combination minimize the effects of the sun by blocking free radicals.  Vitamin A is most commonly found in carrots, spinach and broccoli.   Vitamin C is most commonly found in leafy vegetables, strawberries, kiwis and citrus fruit.  Vitamin E is most commonly found in egg yolks, sardines, vegetable oils, green beans.  All three are found in safflower oil.  Vitamins B2 and B7 -are critical for healthy skin, hair and nails.  Deficiency can lead to dermatitis, hair loss and brittle nails.  Most commonly, Biotin (B7) is found in eggs, peanut butter, almonds and oatmeal. Riboflavin (B2) - is found in almonds, soy, dairy, and egg.
Minerals are critical in producing healthy connective tissue, maintaining the integrity of the skin, regulating the skin moisture barrier and brightening the skin.  Silica is found in oats and strawberries.  Zinc is found in shellfish, beans and nuts.  Calcium is found in sardines, tofu and hard cheese.  Magnesium is found in grains, nuts, beans and soy.  Manganese is found in oatmeal and pineapple.  Copper is found in nuts and seeds.  
BeautyScoop obviously can supplement a diet that is lacking, but BeautyScoop was specifically developed for people who eat  healthy diets!  Even people who eat healthy diets have problems with their skin, hair and nails due to inadequate absorption of key building blocks.  These problems include fine lines and wrinkles from dryness, dry skin patches, splitting nails, and dry brittle hair.  BeautyScoop provides immediately absorbable critical ingredients, in ample quantity, over a short period of  time to allow rapid synthesis and visible results.  BeautyScoop reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, adds shine and luster to hair and length and strengthens nails.  Clinical study results show that 86% of people notice improvements in all three areas - skin, hair and nails - within 3 weeks.  


Shake Your Beauty!pear
by recipe-of-the-month contest winner,
Carly Rogers, Santa Monica, C.A.

1/2 ripe peeled banana 
6 ounces non-fat milk (may substitute soy, rice or almond milk)
2 Tablespoons of Ovaltine RIch Chocolate Granules
4 ice cubes

Place the ice cubes, milk and banana into the blender and grind/blend for 1 minute.  Add two tablespoons of Ovaltine Rich Chocolate granules and blend for an additional 1 minute.  Pour into a glass and serve immediately!  To keep the "spirit" of the season, add  2 tbsp. of Godiva Chocolate Liquor to the other ingredients with the first blending!


Jumpstart the new year with your purchase of three boxes of BeautyScoop and you will save 15%!   Enjoy one packet per day for the first 21 days and then one packet every 2-3 days and will see beautiful results for six months!!!  Finally, a resolution you can keep! 
Use promotion code "focus" on any orders placed now through January 31, 2009 and feel free to share this offer with friends and family!
Beauty is Power!  Drink it in!

Offer Expires January 31, 2009