How to Look Younger

Especially in the summer months, you want to be outside and living it up but the sun can do some serious damage to your skin. But there are some really great methods that are available at Stellar Skin and Laser that can help you completely erase skin damage and make you look younger.

How to Erase Sun Damage

Erase Sun Damage Smithfield Med Spa

The summer sun can cause a lot of damage to the face, neck and body. It’s important to protect the skin by applying and reapplying sunscreen, wearing hats, and practicing other sun protection techniques. Staying hydrated is important for healthy skin as well.

Skin that gets too much sun can develop wrinkles, sun spots, and other serious skin health issues, including precancerous or cancerous lesions. While it’s best to avoid overexposure to the sun to prevent damage, there are treatments that can help minimize the signs of sun damage.

Erasing Summer Sun Damage

Chemical peels, Botox and dermal fillers, and microneedling can all reduce the appearance of sun damage and improve the skin’s overall texture, tone, and health.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. As sun damage creates sun spots, chemical peels can help to correct uneven skin pigmentation. Exfoliated skin can look years younger than dry, sun damaged skin. Your skin is left looking smoother and brighter after just one chemical peel, but more dramatic results are seen after 3-6 peels. Our medical aestheticians are able to provide you with peel recommendations so you can reach your desired look.


Wrinkles and fine lines are also a common signs of sun damage. Stellar Skin & Laser offers Botox and dermal filler injectables for smooth, younger looking skin. Derma-fillers and Botox are both quick, non-invasive processes that show results quickly. Botox shows results within a few days, and lasts roughly 3 months, depending on the area treated. Derma-fillers show results immediately, results typically last between 9 and 12 months, and the process can be repeated as needed by our physician assistant.

Tips to Love Your Skin


Your skin is such a huge part of you and the way that people perceive you. It is the largest organ on your body and is a reflection of how healthy you are inside. It is also your first defense against germs. But as we age it is harder and harder to love the amazing thing that is your skin. Here are some tips to help. 

In addition to your daily skin care routine, spa facials and skin rejuvenating treatments, like chemical peels, dermaplaning and micro-needling, can keep your skin looking great no matter the season.

5 Tips to Loving Your Skin

Give your skin extra love and care by following these 5 tips:

  1. Drink Lots of Water – Hydrating your body is one of the best things for your skin. If you tend to sweat a lot, it’s important to replenish the moisture in your body with quality H20. Drinking enough water throughout the day will help flush toxins from the body, making your skin healthy, clear, and glowing.
  2. Moisturize – Find a moisturizer you love! This can take some extensive research, but we promise it’s worth the effort. If you are having trouble finding a moisturizer that works for you and your skin type, our medical spa professionals are happy to offer recommendations.
  3. Schedule a Chemical Peel – Chemical peels are a great skin care treatment for exfoliating and rejuvenating the skin. Many people see smoother and brighter skin after just one treatment, but even greater results can be seen after 3-6 chemical peel treatments.

3 Simple Recipes

It is important to keep a healthy diet so that your skin reflects the health you have inside. But sometimes it can be very hard to find healthy foods and recipes that aren’t very expensive or incredibly hard to make. Here are a few recipes that can help rectify that. Be sure to share with the whole family!

It’s very important for diabetics to be very careful with the things they put in front of them at the dining table. Yes, it can be challenging at times to plan meals but, fortunately, the internet is teeming with so many scrumptious recipes perfect for individuals with diabetes.

Some of the healthiest dishes on the planet are the ones intended for diabetics. That is why a lot of health-conscious people who don’t have diabetes also often sit in front of their computers to scour the web for the delectable and nutritious recipes for diabetics.

If you are on the hunt for casserole recipes ideal for diabetics, look no further. Below are 3 of the easiest recipes that can make your mouth water and help keep the symptoms and complications of diabetes at bay.

Chicken and Vegetable Potpie

This classic dish loved by many is given a new twist by including more vegetables than meat. The following recipe serves up to 8 people, and everything can be prepared in just about an hour.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried and crumbled
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon milk, for glazing
  • 1 14-ounce can chicken broth, reduced-sodium and fat-free
  • 2 cups bite-size pieces chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 large red potato, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 large carrots, sliced thickly
  • 2 stalks of celery, coarsely chopped
  • 3 leeks, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • Prepackaged pastry for pie, single-crust and 9 inch


  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Throw in the potatoes, carrots, celery and leeks. Stir for about 5 minutes then add mushrooms and continue stirring. After 5 minutes, dump into the saucepan your flour, thyme and salt. Stir well and add the chicken broth.
  2. Once thick, add peas and chicken.
  3. Transfer everything in a pie plate that’s about 9 inches deep. Allow to cool for several minutes.
  4. While waiting for it to cool, preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  5. Grab your pastry, measure it over the pie plate, and brush some glaze on the underside.
  6. Trim and place over the dish. You may flute the pastry if you like. Brush the remaining glaze on the top of the pastry. Create 1-inch slits to serve as vent.
  7. Bake until the pastry is golden-brown. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

Tuna and Noodle Casserole

With some of the ingredients replaced with fat-free variants, this all-time favorite casserole becomes perfect for diabetics. Whipping this up takes only about half and hour, and this recipe serves 6 people.


  • 1/2 cup milk, fat-free
  • 1 10 3/4-ounce can of cream of mushroom soup, low-sodium
  • 1 6-ounce can tuna in water, drained
  • 1 4-ounce can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, fat-free and shredded
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 8 ounces egg noodles, broad


  1. Have the oven preheated to 350 °F.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the directions printed on the package. Drain thoroughly once cooked.
  3. Grab a 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Combine soup, milk, cheese, peas, tuna and noodles.
  4. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbling. Serve when done.

Lamb Stew with Sweet Potatoes

You can actually whip up a healthy and thick West African-inspired stew in just under an hour. It’s good for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Below is the recipe that serves 4 people in total.


  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter, creamy
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes, no-salt and crushed
  • 1 medium-sized onion onion, chopped finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 10-ounce package okra, whole or frozen cut
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (1/2-inch thick)
  • 1 pound leg of lamb, lean and cut into chunks (1-inch thick)


  1. Get the over preheated to 350 °F.
  2. Grab a casserole dish that’s flameproof. Over medium-high heat, heat up a couple of teaspoons of olive oil.
  3. Sautee the lamb for about 5 minutes or until already brown. Transfer to a plate once cooked.
  4. Place the remaining teaspoon of olive oil in the dish and reduce the heat to medium. Sautee the garlic and onion, then pour 1/3 cup of water. Allow to simmer for a while until the onion is already tender and golden-brown.
  5. Add in the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peanut butter, cayenne and salt. Also put 1 1/2 cups of water into the mix. Allow everything to boil.
  6. Once boiling, take the cooked lamb back into the dish. Turn off the heat.
  7. Cover the dish and place it in the oven. Bake for about 25 minutes.
  8. Add in the okra and stir, and allow to bake further for about 15 minutes or until both okra and lamb are tender.


Brussel Sprouts the Super Food

Brussel sprouts are sometimes completely underrated as the super food with fantastic healing power that they are. Like we have said in previous blogs, the importance of diet cannot be overstated in how your skin looks and how you appear to age. It is also paramount to your overall health and wellness.

Brussels sprouts look like miniature cabbages and this doesn’t really comes as a surprise – they belong to the cruciferous gang of vegetables together with the likes of collard greens, kale, cauliflower, mustard greens, bok choi, radish and broccoli. Perhaps you have heard time and again that sulfur compounds in them that help in detoxifying your body as well as preventing the growth of cancer cells.

Many hate Brussels sprouts for their characteristic taste (which, by the way, can be kept to a minimum by having them oven-roasted) but you will surely love them after knowing the numerous health benefits they bring. The following are some of the reasons why you should serve more Brussels sprouts on the table:

They Help Strengthen the Bone

Brussels sprouts contain a couple of nutrients necessary for stronger and healthier bones. First, there’s calcium which is a mineral that everyone knows as very important for strengthening the bones. Second, there’s vitamin K which promotes better calcium absorption and minimizes the loss of the said mineral through the urine. Consume Brussels sprouts regularly to ward off fractures and osteoporosis, a condition wherein the bones become soft and brittle.

Brussels Sprouts Help Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Everyone knows that vitamin A is important for the eyes. However, there’s another nutrient that is very good at keeping your peepers healthy: vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant helps keep the eyes from being damaged by the sun’s UV radiation. Then there are also zeaxanthins in Brussels sprouts – super potent antioxidants that are said to help ward off the ill effects of macular degeneration, which is known as the leading cause of loss of vision among the elderly.

Eating Them Helps Prevent Inflammation

Inflammation is actually a good thing because it’s a sign that your body is actively defending you against invading microbes. However, it’s a different thing if it occurs for no reason. Inflammation is linked by the experts to a host of health nightmares such as diabetes, arthritis, obesity, heart disease and cancer. There are 3 things in Brussels sprouts that make these little round vegetables anti-inflammatory: glucosinolates (sulfur compounds), vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids.

Regular Consumption Promotes a Healthy Digestive Tract

Every cup of Brussels sprouts pack about 4 grams of fiber, an indigestible type of carbohydrates that helps promote a healthy gut in more ways than one. Fiber helps in the regular sweeping out of waste products and prevents constipation. Experts say that fiber also promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. Eating fiber-rich Brussels sprouts contribute to the reduction of bad cholesterol levels in your blood too.

Brussels Sprouts Make You Look Younger

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin cells from being damaged. It’s also necessary for the production of collagen, a structural type of protein that keeps fine lines and wrinkles from surfacing. You may think that the best sources of age-defying vitamin C are citrus fruits only. Did you know that a cup of Brussels sprouts contain as much as 75 milligrams of vitamin C? If you want to look younger sans undergoing the knife, include Brussels sprouts in your diet.

They Help Maintain a Healthy Cardiovascular System

Eating Brussels sprouts regularly is good for the heart. As mentioned earlier, these cruciferous vegetables help ward off inflammation which is linked to heart disease. Brussels sprouts are also packed with fiber that flushes out fat molecules before they get oxidized and end up as cholesterol deposited in the arterial walls.

Consuming Them Helps Detoxify Your Body

Headaches, fatigue, inability to focus, joint pains, bloating – all of these things and more could be signs that you got plenty of toxins within you. Including Brussels sprouts in your daily diet can help in neutralizing those impurities. These vegetables pack sulfur compounds that assist the body in getting rid of those accumulated toxins.

Brussels Sprouts May Considerably Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Everyone knows that cancer is a deadly disease. If hearing about it gives you cold sweats, make sure you eat sufficient amounts of Brussels sprouts to significantly reduce your risk of getting it. Glucosinolates these vegetables have plenty of is used by the body to produce isothiocyanates, compounds that activate body enzymes that fight off cancer cells.


The Itsy Bitsy Spider…

…can cause a lot of problems! Since it is summer time, spiders are biting. This can be dangerous but most of the time it is an itchy irritation that can be hard to get rid of. It also isn’t very pleasant to look at. Check out these simple home remedies that can help your spider bites and make them a thing of the past.

Unless you are very certain that you were not bitten by a poisonous black widow, brown recluse or hobo spider, there is no need to panic. Most spider bites do not require you to rush to the nearest hospital to get an anti-venom shot. However, it doesn’t mean that a non-poisonous bite won’t cause pain and swelling because it’s very likely to cause these things!

There are numerous very effective home remedies for spider bites that can help provide relief from the various signs and symptoms. Before trying any one of them, it’s a good idea to immediately and thoroughly wash the bite area with soap and water to kill off bacteria and prevent getting the wound infected.

Wash the Area with Hydrogen Peroxide

Even if the spider that bit you isn’t venomous, you are still at risk of infection. It’s a good measure to wash the bitten area with hydrogen peroxide after having it cleansed with soap and water. You can have peace of mind when you know that the wound is completely free of bacteria that may cause an infection.

Place Chopped Up Cabbage on the Bite

Grab a fresh cabbage leaf and slice it up into very small pieces. Place them on the spider bite and secure in place with an elastic bandage. Do this just before you hit the sack to help deal with the swelling of the area while you are sleeping.

Cover the Wound with Activated Charcoal Paste

Activated charcoal is highly effective in neutralizing toxins, and it can help tremendously in keeping both infection and inflammation at bay. Simply add a few drops of water on some activated charcoal powder to come up with a paste. Daub the resulting black mixture on the bite marks. Repeat as necessary until complete healing is attained.

Smear the Bite with Baking Soda Paste

Fret not if you cannot get your hands on activated charcoal powder. That’s because there’s an alternative to it that is very likely to be already somewhere in your home: baking soda. Mixing baking soda and a few drops of water creates a paste that’s effective in relieving the pain and itchiness of a spider bite.

Kill Pain by Applying Aspirin Paste on the Bite

Rather than pop an aspirin in your mouth to help combat the pain associated with a spider bite, you may simply apply the drug directly on the area. All you have to do is crush a tablet and turn it into powder. Add a few drops of water, mix and apply the white paste to attain relief from pain.

Apply an Ice Pack or a Wet, Cold Piece of Cloth

Dealing with the inflammation of the bitten area is as easy as applying an ice pack on it for a few minutes several times daily. You may also dunk a small washcloth in cold water, wring the excess, and place over the wound.

Daub Turmeric and Olive Oil on the Wound

Turmeric powder not only makes a lot of dishes taste unforgettable, but it’s also very good at killing off bacteria and staving off an infection. You can come up with a microbe-fighting paste by adding a few drops of olive oil to turmeric powder. Simply daub the resulting thick mixture on the bite marks. Reapply as necessary for a speedier healing.

Cover the Bite Marks with Sea Salt

Sea salt has superb antibacterial properties. Sprinkling some of it on the bitten area can help in preventing an infection. Use an adhesive bandage to make sure that sea salt stays over the wound to work its magic.

Rub the Wound with a Clove of Garlic

Most home remedies for various skin conditions are very likely to include garlic. This doesn’t really come as a surprise as garlic possesses superb antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. That is why rubbing a clove of garlic on the spider bite is an effective way to make sure that it’s not going to end up infected.

Ease the Pain with Fresh or Dried Basil Leaves

Grab a few pieces of fresh basil leaves, pound on them to extract the juice, and apply everything on the site of the spider bite. If you don’t have basil in your garden, head straight to the kitchen and grab the bottle of dried basil leaves in the spice rack. Add a few drops of water on some dried basil leaves, mix and place on the wound.