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  • Ways to Burn Your Belly Fat

    As the weather warms up, we put away our heavy sweaters and throw on lighter layers of clothing only to become more conscious of our body appearance. One of the most common questions asked – How do I lose belly fat?

    From stress to sugar cravings, there are many reasons we have trouble burning unwanted fat. Good news is that you’re in total control. Here are 6 ways to burn belly fat in time for Summer:

    Sleep. We can’t stress it enough! When you’re tired, your body produces more ghrelin – a trigger for sugar cravings. Losing sleep can also change your hormone production, affecting cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity. Aim for about 7 hours of sleep each night for best results!

    Quick workouts. Unfortunately, 1000 crunches a night alone won’t cut it. Without adding a cardio workout to your routine, you’re only getting stronger without burning layers of fat on top. It will also help to do an exercise that engages multiple muscle groups. Try planking – 3 or 4 sets of 30 seconds each!

    Reduce calories. Fill yourself up with protein, greens, whole grains, and replace that bad snack habit with a better one. Maintaining a healthy diet is 80% of the work! Tricks like sprinkling cinnamon in your morning coffee helps stabilize blood sugar – reducing your craving, which helps you feel full longer!

    Vitamin C. On stressful days, you produce more cortisol hormone, so it’s important to balance your levels. Vitamin C is a great aid that makes carnitine, “a compound used by the body to turn fat into fuel”. If you find yourself having a stressful day at work, increase your vitamin C intake.

    Eat fat. That’s right! Fat doesn’t create fat – sugar does. There are a number of good fats like salmon, walnuts, and avocados 0 rich in Omega 3’s. Eating more of these nutrients will help you get your body into its best shape!

    Some belly fat stays with us no matter how hard we try to fight it. If these 6 tips don’t give you the results you’re looking for, call Island Plastic Surgery for our abdomen procedures .

  • 4-Step Skincare Regimen

    Skin is a sensitive part of the body and a
    touchy subject to talk about – especially when it comes to breakouts and
    wrinkles. And even though we’re looking forward to hitting the beach this
    summer, we may forget just how damaging UV radiation is for our skin.

    It’s up to you to protect it! Here’s your 4-step skincare regimen for the season:

    1. Don’t over-cleanse. You really only
    need to wash your face at night to remove products that clog your pores – like
    makeup and sunscreen. Apply warm water and a dime-size of cleanser, then rinse
    with cool water.

    2. Exfoliate. No matter the skin
    type. Blend sugar and oil for a homemade facial scrub. Grab a washcloth and
    massage skin in a circular motion. You will notice almost immediate results!

    3. Moisturize. Listen to your
    body. When your skin feels tight, it’s crying out for moisture. Rule of thumb:
    use a basic moisturizer for dry skin. For more natural alternatives, try
    coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. Don’t forget eye creams! Be sure to
    apply gently as the skin around the eye area is very thin and susceptible to

    4. Apply Sunscreen. Sun is the #1
    cause of wrinkles, so applying a minimum of SPF 30 will help. Try two different
    moisturizers – one at night and one during the day that includes UV protection.
    Too much application can irritate skin, so try this tip and your skin will
    thank you!

    While the above tips should be added to your
    daily skincare regimen, we also know that some wrinkles develop and never fade
    – regardless of how hard you try to prevent them. But luckily non-invasive
    procedures, such as Ultherapy, can help! Ultherapy improves lines and wrinkles
    of the decolletage, neck face and eyebrows all without a recovery period. Contact
    Island Vein Specialists today to
    schedule your Consultation.