Remember: It’s Easier to Prevent Wrinkles Than to Treat Them

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A youthful appearance depends on the lack of fine lines and sagging creases. However, it is essential to remember that, although a multitude of treatments exist to help correct aging skin, it is far easier to prevent wrinkles than it is to treat them.

3 Easy and Effective Ways to Prevent Wrinkles

Wear Sunscreen: The simplest way to fight signs of aging is to wear sunscreen every day. Even in winter, when skies are cloudy and grey, UV rays can harm your skin, causing skin damage and hyper-pigmentation. Incorporate a formula enhanced with antioxidants into your daily routine to protect your skin and enhance your complexion.

Use medical grade skincare: Choosing the right skincare products can be challenging. Look for products with preventative ingredients and formulas that are scientifically proven to improve the look of your skin over time.

Renew Your Skin with Microdermabrasion or a Chemical Peel: Vibradermabrasion, a next-generation skin-renewal technique, provides results after just one treatment. The treatment improves skin’s tone and texture, reducing the appearance of age spots, acne, scars and even fine lines.  A therapeutic chemical peel will also help to smooth your skin, removing damaged outer layers and creating a more even appearance. A therapeutic peel may also minimize pores and reduce facial blemishes.

How to Rejuvenate Your Skin After Signs of Aging Appear

Have you already noticed fine lines around your eyes, or are bothered by the number of dark spots appearing on your face? A wide range of non-surgical skin care procedures exists to help minimize the signs of aging.

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing, a revolutionary technique that requires fewer treatments and boasts a shorter recovery time, is highly effective at eliminating wrinkles, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, and scars.

If you’re worried about facial lines, BOTOX can help smooth them over. This popular procedure helps eliminates worry lines in the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes and other signs of aging. Dysport and Xeomin are similar solutions that help treat wrinkled skin.

Volume boosting dermal fillers, including Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero, can help refresh your skin and restore a more youthful appearance.

Dermaworks is a physician-supervised clinic using the latest technology to ensure you look and feel your best

Preventing wrinkles has never been easier! Our skin care specialists can help you decide on the treatment most suited to your needs. For more information, contact us today.


Hand Skin Resurfacing is a MUST!

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If you take care of your face with great skincare, chemical peels, Botox, fillers and laser resurfacing but neglect your hands then they will give your age away. Multiple options exist for hand rejuvenation from good skincare, chemical peels,  laser and dermal fillers such as Juvederm.

The loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid in our skin makes the texture of our hands change so that they look dry and withered looking. Years of UV exposure lead to age spots and hyperpigmentation. Loss of fat and hyaluronic acid lead to exposure of veins and tendons.

So what can be used to rejuvenate your hands and remove the telltale signs of aging? Dermal fillers, medical grade skincare, chemical peels, and lasers  are options for hand skin resurfacing.

Dermal Fillers for hand skin resurfacing

First, dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Anteis, Radiesse will bring a youthful volume back. Fillers will fill in the gaps between the tendons and veins so that the hands are no longer old and bony looking. Finer hyaluronic acid injected superficially into the skin, also called mesotherapy will plump up the skin and decrease dryness as the hyaluronic acid pulls water into the skin. The procedure is quick and very effective giving absolutely remarkable hand skin resurfacing results.

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Medical Grade Skincare for hand skin resurfacing

Hyperpigmentation and texture can be improved with great medical grade skincare. Collagen Stimulating Gel and Glow Cream are two products that are ideal for hand rejuvenation.

Chemical Peels for hand skin resurfacing

Chemical peels are another method to help pigmentation problems and texture. They contain very concentrated ingredients including Vitamin A derivatives, citric acids and other ingredients in enough concentration to give that therapeutic boost that is required for improvement.

Lasers for hand skin resurfacing

Finally laser of the sun spots and other keratosis, will lead to even skin color that is perceived to look healthy and beautiful in clinical studies.

So there really is no need to despair about your hands. Very effective solutions are available to treat every unique issue. Do not let your hands get in the way of you feeling self-confident and beautiful. Contact us today and we will be very pleased to explain everything so that at the end you are very confident about your decision.

3 Benefits of Choosing a Physician Supervised Clinic for Laser Hair Removal

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Hair removal services are in popular demand in the aesthetic industry. Particularly, laser hair removal is becoming a desirable option for those looking for effective hair removal. With an increased demand for treatment, more and more clinics are opening. This can make choosing the right clinic a challenge.

Hair Removal Clinics that Can Guarantee Quality Treatments

Who is qualified to provide safe and efficient treatment? Who can you rely on to ensure that you receive a premium experience every time?

The only way to receive responsible care is to book with a clinic that is supervised by a physician. Not many clinics have a qualified physician overseeing procedures. So what is the benefit of the presence of the physician at a hair removal clinic? Here we outline the three key benefits.

1. Physicians Understand the Latest Technology

Laser hair removal technologyTechnology really is at the forefront of laser hair removal treatment and is what provides a quality result. It is always adapting, developing, and improving the treatment that clinics can offer. So it is important that the clinic understand the complexities of the sophisticated technology.

Qualified physicians crucially have a deep, scientific understanding of hair removal methods and machinery. This means that the clinic that is supervised by a physician is at the forefront of the tools made available to the industry.

Physicians know the physics and medicine behind the technology. This means that they are best placed to choose what provides the best treatment.

2. Physicians Ensure Safe Practice

The client’s welfare is of course the most important aspect of a positive hair removal treatment. As physicians have a deep understanding of the tools that they use, they can ensure its correct use and application.

When the hair removal technology is used properly and accurately, the laser does not damage the surrounding skin during or after treatment. By understanding both how the technology works and the medicine behind the treatment, physicians easily adapt to the developments in the industry. Physician supervised clinics are able to consistently ensure that hair removal is conducted safely by their practitioners.

3. Physicians Provide a More Effective Treatment

Only the best technology and its proper use can ensure that the hair removal treatment is effective.

The science behind hair removal is as follows: lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength, which is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The benefit of the hair removal treatment in comparison to other hair removal treatments, is that it is permanent. This is because the light from the laser is converted to heat energy. This heat then disables the hair follicle, preventing it from producing further hair.

Are you looking for laser hair removal in Ottawa? Dermaworks is a physician supervised clinic which uses cutting-edge technology.

Our physician facilitates best practices and premium treatment, ensuring that you experience a pleasant and effective hair removal service.

Please contact our specialists at the clinic to discuss the treatment, your concerns, and needs.

Free Radicals: What You Need to Know

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To understand the way that free radicals and antioxidants interact, you must first understand a bit about cells and molecules.  So here’s a (very) brief refresher course in Physiology/Chemistry 101:  The human body is composed of many different types of cells. Cells are composed of many different types of molecules. Molecules consist of one or more atoms of one or more elements joined by chemical bonds.

As you probably remember from your old high school days, atoms consist of a nucleus, neutrons, protons, and electrons. The number of protons (positively charged particles) in the atom’s nucleus determines the number of electrons (negatively charged particles) surrounding the atom. Electrons are involved in chemical reactions and are the substance that bonds atoms together to form molecules. Electrons surround, or “orbit” an atom in one or more shells. The innermost shell is full when it has two electrons. When the first shell is full, electrons begin to fill the second shell. When the second shell has eight electrons, it is full, and so on.

The most important structural feature of an atom for determining its chemical behavior is the number of electrons in its outer shell. A substance that has a full outer shell tends not to enter in chemical reactions (an inert substance). Atoms seek to reach a state of maximum stability, an atom will try to fill its outer shell by:

  1. Gaining or losing electrons to either fill or empty its outer shell;
  2. Sharing its electrons by bonding together with other atoms in order to complete its outer shell.freeradical1

Atoms often complete their outer shells by sharing electrons with other atoms. By sharing electrons, the atoms are bound together and satisfy the conditions of maximum stability for the molecule. Normally, bonds don’t split in a way that leaves a molecule with an odd, unpaired electron. But when weak bonds split, free radicals are formed. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to capture the needed electron to gain stability. Generally, these weak bonds attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell.

Some of these weak bonds arise normally during metabolism. Sometimes the body’s immune systems cells purposefully create them to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, and herbicides can also spawn free radicals. So why should you care about this? Free-radicals initiate the deterioration of the skin’s structural support and decrease the elasticity, resilience, and suppleness of skin.  They are often tagged as the culprit in the case of wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and suppleness.

The vitamins C and E, are thought to protect the body against the destructive effects of free-radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free-radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the electron “stealing” reaction. The antioxidant nutrients themselves don’t become free radicals by donating an electron because they are stable in either form. They act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease. Protect your skin today by using one of our antioxidant protects: Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum or the Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Cream. To learn more about the powerful effects of antioxidants, click here.

For more information, or to book in for your skin analysis, contact us today.

How to Get Rid of What Lurks in Your Makeup Brushes

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We use makeup products to enhance our natural beauty, but things can get ugly really quickly if we don’t take the proper steps to care for our beauty-enhancing tools. Cleaning your cosmetic tools will ensure their softness and strength. As quality brushes can be a bit pricey, it will be an investment to properly maintain them. It is important to routinely clean our makeup tools, not only to care for our skin, but for the longevity of the tools themselves.

Brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria coming from our own skin and dust from the air to accumulate. This dirt can then be transferred back into our skin and lead to clogged pores and subsequent breakouts. What’s more, the bacteria on those brushes get transferred onto the cosmetics that we use them with, so it affects the cleanliness and longevity of our makeup products too.

Clean your brushes once a week, twice a week at the most. Overall, doing this every week will make for a quicker cleaning process time as there won’t be too much of an accumulation of colors, oils, and dirt on the brushes. Routine brush care also adds to the impact of your makeup look. If you use the same brush for different colors without cleaning it in between uses (and after multiple uses), the intended shade will not show up on your skin as true to its color because of the combination of colors. It will impact the blending and contouring of your intended makeup look.

To clean your brushes, start off by running the bristles under warm water to loosen the dirt. Add a dab of the shampoo onto the bristles itself and gently massage the bristles into the palm of your hand using circular or back-and-forth motions. If the bristles are really dirty, continue this process until your bristles run clear of the accumulated cosmetic powders. Rinse and remove excess water with a clean cloth. Let your brushes dry flat as drying them vertically jane-iredale0bugsdamages the attachment point of the bristles to the wand and you will lose bristles that way. While you are at it, it would be a good idea to clean the handles of your brushes as well using any appropriate disinfectant, such as rubbing alcohol. Clean your brushes at night, let them dry overnight and they will be ready to use by the morning.

Want an easier more efficient solution to cleaning your brushes? At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer the Jane Iredale line of cosmetics, makeup brushes, and accessories. The Botanical Brush Cleaner is available for purchase along with a long list of brushes. This quick drying cleanser is good for use with all cosmetic brushes including those with natural hair. Not only will it clean the brush with a quick spray but it will also provide a deep condition to keep those brushes lasting longer.

A healthy body and proper hygiene are essentials to both inner and outer beauty. Your skin will thank you for its proper care and showcase such natural beauty when you routinely clean and care for your makeup tools. Do you have more questions about your skincare? Contact us today.

Indoor Tanning Still Causes Sun Damage

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If you read no further, know this: there is no such thing as a safe tan. Indoor tanning is just as dangerous, if not more, than tanning outside in the sun. In fact, indoor tanning injures thousands of people each year badly enough to go to the emergency department. Indoor tanning can cause sun damage to your eyes that could lead to vision loss. Indoor tanning can also cause premature skin aging, including loss of elasticity, wrinkling, age spots, and changes in skin texture.

There are a lot of misconceptions about indoor tanning, so it’s important to know the following:

  • Tanned skin is not healthy skin. That “healthy glow” from the tanning bed indicates damage to your skin. Whether tanning or burning, you are exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. In fact, every time you engage in indoor tanning, you increase your risk of melanoma. The truly healthy glow is your natural skin color.
  • A base tan is not a safe tan. A tan is the body’s response to injury from UV rays. Skin cells respond to damage from UV rays by producing more pigment, which shows that damage has been done. A base tan only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of about 3 or less, which does little to protect you from future UV exposure.
  • Tanning indoors is not safer than tanning outside in the sun. Indoor tanning and tanning outside are both dangerous. Artificial UV rays from indoor tanning are typically much more intense than UV rays from the sun. The intensity of UV rays can vary depending of the age and type of light bulbs.
  • Indoor tanning is not a safe way to get vitamin D. While vitamin D is important for bone health, studies showing links between vitamin D and other health conditions are inconsistent. Although it is important to get vitamin D, vitamin D, if needed, can be obtained safely through diet or supplements. (Vitamin D is found naturally in fatty fish, and is added to foods such as milk and some cereals. Read the labels to find out which foods have vitamin D added.) Tanning harms your skin, and the amount of UV you need to get enough vitamin D is difficult to measure, as it is different for every person.

Despite the clear dangers associated with indoor tanning, nearly 1 in 3 young white women ages 16-25 engage in indoor tanning each year. Among those who use indoor tanning, approximately half report 10 or more sessions per year. This is particularly concerning given the increased risk of skin cancer and artificial sun damage among younger and frequent users.

Tanning often begins during the adolescent years. Studies show kids are more likely to indoor tan if their parents allow it or if the parents indoor tan themselves. Research suggests that girls who start tanning with their mothers tend to begin tanning at an earlier age and are more likely to become regular, habitual tanners than girls who initially tanned alone or with a friend. Studies also suggest that parents aren’t very aware of the risks associated with indoor tanning. Given the potential for these behaviors to continue into adulthood, we have to reach likely tanners early to keep them from starting or help them to stop indoor tanning.

The evidence linking indoor tanning to an increased skin cancer artificial sun damage risk is clear. Indoor tanning is an unnecessary and easily avoidable source of UV exposure. Reducing indoor tanning is an important strategy for reducing the burden of skin cancer.

7 Healthy Things to do for your Skin in 2015

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As the New Year is quickly approaching, we all spend time thinking about how we can improve ourselves in the upcoming year. From dieting, to increased exercise, we all dream of a better version of ourselves. Often it’s difficult to identify the steps we need to take to actually reach our goals. As the health craze bombards all of us in the New Year, many of us don’t always think of this one key goal—healthy skin. We all want it but with the overwhelming amount of information out there, it’s far from easy to know what to do. Follow these 7 easy steps to improve your skin this 2015!

  1. Add an eye cream to your skincare regime. The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun damage and your skin making less collagen as you age. Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have can boost collagen production. Try our Firm and Protect Eye Cream to help moisturizer and help prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity.
  1. Wash your face once (or twice) a day, every day. Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s very important to wash your face with a cleanser. It’s not just makeup you want to wash off. Facial cleansers remove makeup, pollutants, bacteria, and unwanted debris off of our face. If you’re skin type is normally dry, or a bit of a combination try our Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Oily or acne prone skin should start with our Medicated Foaming Cleanser.
  1. Protect your skin with an antioxidant serum (or cream). When it comes to caring for your skin, antioxidants can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and the free radicals that some along with it. Unlike sunscreens and moisturizers, antioxidants can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium are thought to be particularly helpful in skin care. In addition to helping fortify cells against free radicals, vitamins A and C also encourage cell and tissue growth, helping the body to repair itself. This is very healthy for the skin, which is constantly shedding and re-growing cells. For this reason, any antioxidants that protect cells and encourage cell growth could be helpful in an anti-aging regimen, as they may help fight fine lines and wrinkles. Try our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum, or our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Cream.
  1. Wear sunscreen everyday day, no matter the weather conditions. Are you wearing sunscreen right this minute? You probably should be. Even if you’re indoors, chances are there’s a UVA wave heading for your epidermis. If you think UVA is nothing to worry about, think again. A huge number of us do not apply sunscreen to our faces daily. It’s hard to understand, given that the humble sunscreen is hands down the most effective anti-ageing tool you can buy. Up to 90 per cent of aging is caused by external factors, the big one being sun exposure. Our sunscreen, Nature’s Veil SPF 30 with Antioxidants is a physical based sunscreen, perfect for your anti aging needs.
  1. Visit an esthetician for monthly facials. Even if your at-home regimen is working just fine, visiting an esthetician for a medical facial could completely change the way you view your complexion, no matter your age or skin care woes. An hour of one-on-one time creates an opportunity for the esthetician to provide professional advice skin tips and tricks. And, during the consultation, you have a chance to ask questions you may have. Part of getting a facial is learning how to care for your skin properly. Most importantly, this “lesson” will include which products or ingredients work best for your skin type and how to care for your skin at home so you can maintain the results of your facial.
  1. Drink more water. The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body your skin is made up of cells. Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight, and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Try drinking eight 8oz glasses of water each day.
  1. Get enough sleep. Beauty sleep is real, it’s free, and it can start for you tonight. You’ve probably already noticed that when you skimp on sleep, it shows on your face. Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its luster. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circle. Not enough sleep can also make you more stressed, and everyone can see that tension. Sleep well with 6-8 hours a night for healthy looking eyes and skin.


With the wealth of information out there about skincare, and skincare products it’s sometimes hard to know which steps are right for you. These 7 basic steps are essential for everyone, no matter your age, skin type, or lifestyle. For a more detailed skincare plan, book in for your consultation with our physician for an advanced skincare analysis, or meet our medical esthetician.

It’s a new year, better skin starts now. Contacts us today. Happy New Year from Dermaworks!

Using Dermal Fillers to Correct Dark Circles

Have the dark circles under your eyes been bothering you a lot lately? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Bags under the eyes have been traditionally treated with surgery. Until recently, there wasn’t an effective treatment for the dark circles around the eyes. Today, with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm, our physician can remove your under eye hollows and effectively reduce the dark circles under your eyes naturally without surgery.

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Dark circles under eyes are usually caused by hollowing in the “tear trough” zone due to volume loss caused by loss of fat in this area. This is usually due to age but can be present in much younger people who are genetically predisposed. The dark colour occurs because this loss of tissue allows the deeper dark purple muscle layer to show through. Often a “bag” will appear, as this loss of structure, plus loss of upper cheek volume in more severe cases, causes a loss of support to the tissue structures directly under the eye, which will then begin to bulge unsupported. The darkness is further compounded by the shadowing caused by the troughing and bagging. Pigmentation is usually never a contributing factor, and is why no creams will ever be of any use to help fix this problem.


By adding volume back into the troughs and upper cheeks with dermal fillers, these “valleys” can be filled in to smooth out the negative contours, effectively eliminating the dark colour and shadowing, and erasing the perceived tired look. However, filling this area with injectables is the most difficult of all dermal filling. It is not something you should have done by an inexperienced and unskilled doctor or nurse. Choose your injector very carefully. Due to the thinness of the tissues and skin, the area being extremely prone to bleeding and significant bruising, a tendency to swelling and the close proximity to the eye. However, if done properly, this arguably produces some of the most rewarding results with dermal fillers. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, our physician has completed many successful under eye injections with amazing results.

While we have a few fillers to choose from, all of our fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body.The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent. our physician will choose an injectable filler that will have a smooth-consistency which will let the filler flow easily into the skin to provide a smooth, natural look and feel. This is very important when treating under the eye, where other big and bulky fillers may result in puffiness of the eyes.

The treatment is done under local anesthetic using a topical freezing cream. It does not hurt after the anesthetic wears off. Treatment, however, tends to be a little bit more tedious than when treating other zones of the face, simply due to the potential fragility in this area. Some temporary minor bruise or welt spots can sometimes be seen, but could be covered up appropriately with foundation.

Want to go from looking tired to fabulous? Contact us today.

The Benefits of Witch Hazel for Acne and More

shutterstock_47550397Witch Hazel (also know as Hamamelis) is a flowering plant popular for its health benefits and ornamental purposes. It grows in beautiful clusters of rich yellow to orange-red flowers. Its North American species are also known as Snapping Hazel, Spotted Alder, Tobacco Wood, and Winterbloom since the flowers begin to grow in the autumn and continue to expand throughout the winter. Due to its antiseptic and antibacterial qualities the extract derived from the twigs, bark, and leaves of Witch Hazel is often used in skin ointments, astringents, aftershave lotions, soaps, and shower gels. The seeds of Witch Hazel, also known as Hazel Nuts, are edible and are used to extract oil used in the treatment of many skin and health conditions.

Witch Hazel has been used in the treatment of many health conditions by the Japanese, Chinese, and Native Americans for centuries. The tannins, volatile oils, gallic acid, resin, flavonoids (procyanidins), and other natural components in it give Witch Hazel its astringent, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. Therefore, Witch Hazel teas, oils, and extracts are widely used in the treatment of many skin conditions such as:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Burns
  • Itchy and irritated skin
  • Puffy eyes
  • Insect bites and bee stings
  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Blemishes
  • Cold sores
  • Eczema
  • Boils
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Studies have shown that Witch Hazel possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and astringent properties which may be beneficial in the treatment of boils, pimples, acne, blemishes, razor cuts, bruises, insect bites, poison ivy, dermatitis, porous facial skin, carpenter’s hands, cracked heals, nail and foot infection, eczema, cold sores, and wrinkles. Witch Hazel extract or oil can be applied directly onto the affected area or can be mixed in equal portion of Isopropyl (rubbing) Alcohol before the application. For sensitive skin, Witch Hazel can be diluted in equal portion of water, Arnica Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil and applied 2-3 times daily. Also, the application of ointments and creams with Witch Hazel extract may be beneficial in the treatment of many of these skin ailments. However, it should not be applied on seriously ruptured skin.

In the USA, Witch Hazel is an FDA approved herbal product for medicinal purposes. There are not any known severe side effects of using this herb. However, oral overdose of Witch Hazel may cause allergic reactions such as rash, itchiness or inflammation, trouble breathing, dizziness, nausea or upset stomach. Therefore, oral consumption should be done only under close supervision of your health care provider and if you feel any kind of adverse symptoms, contact your physician immediately. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is highly recommended that you consult your doctor before using Witch Hazel.

Witch Hazel can be purchased at herbal food stores, pharmacies and many department or grocery stores. It is strongly advised to read the package labels closely since Witch hazel is available in formulas which are made separately for external and internal use. The Witch Hazel which is packaged for external use often contains isopropyl alcohol. When buying it for facial use, look for 100% Organic Witch Hazel Hydrosol, since it is milder and more beneficial for sensitive skin. The Hydrosol version is also distilled slowly and under low pressure with pure water which helps preserve all the herbal and medicinal components of the plant.

Christmas Blog Special: Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprints

These Red Velvet Thumbprints are a cookie and cheesecake in one! Perfect for Christmas cookie plates and dangerously delicious.



1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg yolk*

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp red food coloring

2 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar or sanding sugar*


4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 egg yolk*

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 300ºF. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Beat together the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour, food coloring, and cocoa powder until soft dough forms.

Scoop out the dough by heaping tablespoons and roll them in the sugar* before placing on the prepared baking sheet (about 2 inches apart). Use the back of a round teaspoon to make a small indentation in the cookie dough.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling: using an electric mixer or small food processor, beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth.

After the first 10 minutes of baking, use the back of a round teaspoon to deepen the indentation in the cookies. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into each indentation. Bake for an additional 12 minutes, until filling is set.

Let cool completely before serving. Store covered and chilled.

yield: 2-3 DOZEN

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!