Youthful Beauty Fixes that May Surprise You

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WebMD recently posted a fun quiz that challenged readers on their knowledge of beauty fixes and just what can help you look younger - And some of the answers may surprise you. Here's a sampling of information that tripped up more than a few quiz-takers:

  • A quick fix for under-eye bags - Hemorrhoid cream? Yes, it's true. While it may seem a bit unorthodox, truth is that over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream has long been a quick-fix secret of print models and pageant contestants. These creams and ointments contain medications that constrict blood vessels in the delicate area they're designed to treat, but can do the same with inflamed blood vessels in the delicate skin around the eyes. The result - a temporary decrease in swelling or redness caused by fatigue, crying or simply aging. Keep in mind, though that this remedy is short-lived and that regular use can dry out your skin. A longer-lasting solution is a dermal filler injection like Radiesse, Juvederm or Restylane.
  • Topical creams can zap cellulite - Or can they? We hate to break it to you, but there's simply no magic potion or lotion that will rid your body of those unsightly pockets and puckers. Cellulite happens when fat cells accumulate and push outward against the skin and around the fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to underlying muscle. This is what creates that dimply, uneven surface. While some creams can temporarily diminish the appearance of cellulite, none will dissolve or remove it from the body. But that doesn't mean you're stuck with it. Exercise, plenty of water and Thermage skin-tightening treatments can help you recover that smooth, sleek look to your skin and physique.
  • What's the best skincare ingredient for age spots? There are literally thousands of creams and lotions on the market that claim to clear away age spots, leaving you with a brighter, more even complexion. But the most effective among them are ones that contain hydroquinone, an aromatic organic compound that acts as a topical bleaching agent. AvantiRx's PM Lightening Therapy is one of them. It's prescription-strength, but gentle on the skin, and it's available only at Avanti Medical Spa. Chemical peels and Fraxel laser therapy treatments also can help.

How much do you know about the products and treatments that keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant? Check out the WebMD quiz, then contact Avanti Medical Spa for a consultation. We'll develop a customized skincare treatment approach just for you.