3 SURGERY-FREE PROCEDURES TO GET YOU READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
With everything that we have to do during the holidays – from running around for presents for the kids to preparing the Thanksgiving turkey – it may seem like there is not enough time to refresh your appearance before putting yourself out in front of friends and family at the next big holiday party. With just a few weeks until the holidays begin, a non-surgical procedure is a great way to achieve the look you want without missing out on any of the festivities
Here are three surgery-free facial procedures to consider this holiday season.
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Pregnancy and Skin Care: Which Products are Safe?
So you’ve got a baby coming, and you don’t want to lose ground with your skin care routine.
While some women can look fabulous through pregnancy, others are more affected by the hormonal changes. They notice dark spots, acne or varicose veins appearing. These are common concerns that you should discuss with your dermatologist, midwife, obstetrician or family physician.
When it comes to skin care products and treatments, many physicians recommend that you simply postpone their use until pregnancy and breastfeeding are over. In addition to safety concerns about products, skin issues may resolve on their own when your life is back to normal.
Topical moisturizers, antioxidants and sulphur-based products are safe during pregnancy. You could also safely undergo microdermabrasion, which exfoliates the skin with tiny crystals.
Products to Avoid
Unsafe products include but are not limited to:
- Retinoids (tretinoin) are a standard part of the anti-aging regimen. But they are not recommended for use during pregnancy. The FDA also recommends that pregnant women limit their Vitamin A intake.
- Beta hydroxy acids, like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide for acne treatment.
- Accutane is known to cause serious birth defects when used during pregnancy.
The clinical research done on this topic is limited – because no physician is likely to perform studies of pregnant women and different skin care products. If you’re in doubt about any skin care product or treatment, consider your options carefully and talk to a physician before using it.
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6 Celebrity Skin Care Tips Anyone Can Use
When you’re in the public eye, you need skin care and beauty strategies that get results. By working with the best dermatologists and makeup artists, celebrities learn how to look great for every camera pointing in their direction. Read these six tips to see how they do it.
1. Use cleansing towelettes to remove makeup at night.
“I need a makeup wipe at all times,” Kim Kardashian explained to allure. “That’s the only way I take my makeup off.”
A gentle cleansing towelette will remove dirt, bacteria, and damaging free radicals before you fall sleep.
2. Choose a cleanser that doesn’t dry out your skin.
Jessica Simpson, who has her own skin care line called BeautyMint, says she prefers a product that cleanses while it hydrates at the same time.
“My baby really loves my water and is taking all of it,” said the pregnant singer to Stylelist “I have to use a lot of moisturizer and I thought that it could break my skin out but I now know that it does more things than hydrate.”
3. Exfoliate with facials and microdermabrasion
Gisele Bundchen uses a combination of facials and microdermabrasion to keep her skin looking fresh, according to Harper’s Bazaar, with a glycolic peel, green tea mask and collagen mask.
4. Look awake even when you’re tired.
“Sometimes I put a little gold eye shadow in the inner corners of my eyes” says Beyonce Knowles to Elle. “It’s more subtle than white, but it still really makes you look more awake.”
5. Don’t sunbathe. Use a bronzer or self tanner instead.
Nicole Kidman once had skin cancer, so she knows to protect her fair skin from the sun. “I wear a lot of sunscreen, she tells marie claire, “and I never go in the sun.”
Both J-Lo and Beyonce say they use self tanners to get a healthy looking glow. While Beyonce says she uses layers of bronzers when appearing in public, J-Lo says that avoiding sun damage while using bronzers and self-tanners, has “saved her skin” over the years.
6. A simple skin care routine is usually best.
A good routine starts with the basics. Before you look at high end moisturizers and eye cream, you need to perfect the fundamental steps of your basic skin care routine.
Cleansing is a must, and one of the best new ways to cleanse is the Clarisonic brush and opal. Gwyneth Paltrow revealed in her weekly email newsletter that both of these products are part of her beauty regimen. She’s even “obsessed with them,” reports marie claire UK.
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How to Treat Large Pores
Pores are microscopic openings at the surface of the skin. They provide a way for the body to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature and moisturize overly dry skin. We need pores to stay healthy and the average human face has thousands.
That being said, enlarged pores are a bothersome cosmetic concern for many people. Fortunately there are a number of ways to treat large pores with lasers, proper skin care and other topical methods.
What Causes Enlarged Pores?
Pores may appear enlarged for a number of reasons:
- Genetic predisposition
- Too much sun exposure
- Increased oil production
- Naturally due to age
Dirt, oil and dead skin cells tend to collect around pores, making them appear even larger.
Switching Up Your Skin Care Routine
There are number of ways to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, starting with your daily skin routine. Washing your skin daily is vital to a healthy, vibrant complexion. Just make sure to use a mild cleanser and exfoliant so that your skin doesn’t become overly dry. The body responds to dry skin by increasing oil production, which could exaggerate the appearance of already enlarged pores.
Daily sunscreen is also important. Protecting your skin with an SPF of 15 or higher will prevent the rims of your pores from becoming thicker and enlarged. Depending on your skin, a combination of topical treatments may also be recommended such as retinoids, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxyl acid or benzoyl peroxides to further minimize the appearance of your pores.
Professional Treatments for Large Pores
If switching up your skin care routine simply isn’t enough, there are a number of professional treatments that may help eliminate large pores, including:
You will need to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to determine which approach is best for your skin.
Solve Common Beauty Problems With These Nutrient Rich Foods
We’ve all hear the saying “you are what you eat.” Well it’s true – especially when it comes to beauty.
If you’re struggling with common beauty problems like dry skin, puffy bags or premature wrinkles, it might be time to re-evaluate your diet. The nutritious (and delicious) snacks below may just be the beauty answer you’ve been looking for:
The Problem: Thin or Damaged Hair
The Fix: Whole Grains
Whole grains found in oats, quinoa and brown rice are rich in essential B vitamins which can help improve the texture and quality of your hair. They also contain silica, which can minimize hair breakage, and zinc, an important hair nutrient that prevents hair loss.
The Problem: Wrinkles
The Fix: Oily Fish
To keep your skin hydrated and wrinkle free, it’s important to get enough omega-3 fatty acids. These essential nutrients will keep your skin hydrated and supple. They’ll also boost your skin’s collagen production – which will prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the long run.
The Problem: Dry Skin
The Fix: Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are not only tasty – they’re also a great source of vitamin E, which can help your skin stay hydrated longer. Walnuts and flaxseeds (unsalted) will give you the best results because they’re also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
The Problem: Puffy Bags
The Fix: Avocado
Puffy under eye bags are often caused by excess fluid retention. To fix this problem, you should decrease your sodium intake and increase your potassium intake. Avocados are rich in potassium and healthy fatty acids which can also reduce skin inflammation.
The Problem: Brittle Nails
The Fix: Egg Yolk
Egg yolks are rich in vitamin B7, zinc, iron and protein – all of which are essential to strong, healthy nails. Eating egg yolk rich foods like omelettes on a regular basis is a great way to reduce brittleness and nail abnormalities.
Source: Huffington Post
New Study: Aspirin May Prevent Skin Cancer
Proper skin care and sun protection aren’t your only means of preventing skin cancer.
Another new study has come out claiming that aspirin may actually have the ability to inhibit melanoma.
The study, which was published in the medical journal Cancer, is by far the largest of its kind. Researchers at the Women’s Health Initiative were able to gather data from nearly 60,000 post-menopausal women over the course of 12 years.
During their enrollment, these women regularly answered questions about their diet, lifestyle habits (including sun exposure) and medication use.
Aspirin and Melanoma Risk
What researchers found was that women who took aspirin at least two times per week showed a nearly 21 percent lower risk of developing melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) than women who didn’t take the pain killer.
“We’re really excited aspirin could be used as a potential preventive agent for melanoma,” the study’s senior author Dr. Jean Tang of Stanford University said in a recent interview. “In terms of cancer prevention, a lower melanoma risk by 20 percent is very large and significant.”
And the longer women stayed on a regular dose of aspirin, the lower their risk. In fact, women taking aspirin for five years or longer had a 30 percent lower risk of developing melanoma.
Additional Research is Necessary
Despite the results, the study’s senior author was quick to point out that this type of observational study isn’t enough to prove anything in concrete terms.
“We would have to do a large clinical trial, randomizing women to receive aspirin versus placebo, following them for 10-plus years.”
So the question remains: Should you start popping a couple aspirin tablets a week to lower your risk?
Opinions are certainly split on the matter, but Tang had this advice to offer women:
“In somebody who’s at high risk for melanoma, I would say that taking aspirin is a good idea.”
High risk means anyone who has previously been diagnosed with skin cancer (whether it be melanoma or a less dangerous form) or individuals who sunburn very easily.
Tips for Treating Dark Under Eye Circles
Whether you’re battling seasonal allergies, sun damage or genetics, dark under eye circles can make you feel old, tired and unhealthy.
Fortunately there are a variety of treatment options on the market, which depend on the cause and color of your under eye circles.
Blue Under Eye Circles
Bluish under eye circles tend to get worse with age, but they can also be genetic. Thinning skin combined with a loss of collagen can cause bluish circles – especially in the morning. When you’re lying down at night, fluids accumulate and the veins underneath your eyes expand to hold more blood.
- Topical creams containing stimulating ingredients like caffeine can cause the blood vessels under the eyes to temporarily constrict, reducing the amount of pooled blood.
- Hydrating creams that contain plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid can push the skin up and away from pooled blood.
- Prescription-strength retinoids are an option for those suffering with chronic under eye circles. Retinoids bolster skin thickness and elasticity – while also slowing down the skin’s natural breakdown of collagen.
- Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can plump the skin underneath the eyes, concealing blueness. Results last for up to a year or longer, but routine treatments will be necessary to maintain results long term.
Brown Under Eye Circles
Brown under eye circles are common with Asian and African American skin tones. They can be due to a variety of factors such as natural hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone), excessive sun exposure, genetics or chronic under eye rubbing.
- Skin brightening treatments that contain soy or citrus can lighten up dark under eye skin when used on a regular basis. However, it’s important to avoid hydroquinone (a natural skin lighter for scars and sun spots) because it’s too strong for sensitive under eye skin.
- Chemical peels are an affordable and effective treatment for brown under eye circles. Generally speaking, they respond best to low-concentration TCA peels which cause the damaged outer layers of skin to slough off. More than one treatment may be necessary to achieve desired results.
- For more dramatic enhancement, laser resurfacing techniques such as Fraxel can be used to destroy pigment cells – causing the skin to even out. Two or three sessions are usually needed before significant results are visible.
Article Source: CNN
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Save Your Skin from Winter Sun Damage
Winter can be confusing when it comes to proper skin care. Even though we don’t feel the hot summer heat on our skin, the sun’s strong ultraviolet rays can still wreak havoc on our skin year round.
This is especially true in regions that receive a lot of snow cover. Harmful UVA rays can reflect off of snow and pass through the glass on our cars or homes – penetrating deep into skin layers and resulting in long-term damage.
How Winter Sun Damage Affects Your Skin
Sun damage has long been associated with the development of skin cancer, and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
Winter sun exposure is just as harmful as the summer months, which means you should still be lathering on sun protection. Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is the best way to protect your skin from harmful damage year round.
In addition to skin cancer, sun damage is associated with premature signs of aging. Some early signs of sun damage include:
- Brown spots
- Rough skin
- Broken blood vessels
- Uneven skin tone
- Increase in moles
Ultimately, the amount of premature aging that occurs due to sun damage will depend on your natural skin color and your history of sun damage. Men and women with fair skin and a long history of sun exposure are the most susceptible to early signs of aging.
4 Tips for Protecting Your Skin and Reducing Signs of Aging During the Winter
1) Apply SPF 30 sunscreen to your face and lips every day, even when it’s cold or overcast outside. Also, remember that not all sun screens are created equal. Make sure to purchase sun screen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
2) Never use tanning beds. Artificial UVA radiation has long been associated with sun damage and skin cancer. If you want to avoid looking pasty this winter, opt for tanning spray, lotions and bronzers instead.
3) Pay attention to the early signs of sun damage listed above. If you notice anything abnormal, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. Skin cancer is a very treatable condition when caught early.
4) Consider cosmetic treatments for sun damage. If you’re bothered by early signs of aging and sun damage, there are a variety of non-surgical treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, Botox and dermal fillers that can be used to rejuvenate your skin. Winter time is one of the most popular seasons for cosmetic enhancement because patients are more willing to stay indoors and avoid excessive sun exposure.
Quick Tips for Healthy Winter Skin
Winter can be hard on everyone’s skin. If you’re stressing about upcoming holiday photo-ops, there are few steps you can take to maintain glowing, radiant skin. Just follow our top five tips below:
1) Incorporate Plants
Not into your décor, into your diet! Green veggies like kale and spinach provide the necessary nutrients (e.g., protein, minerals and vitamins) to nurture and support skin health. Avoid heavier foods like meat and dairy, which have been shown to cause an inflammatory response in the body, resulting in dull, dry skin.
2) Avoid Excess Caffeine and Alcohol
This can be a difficult one, especially during the holidays, but caffeine and alcohol aren’t good for your skin. Alcohol turns to sugar in the body, and too much sugar can skin cell damage – decreasing skin elasticity and firmness; while caffeine can result in skin inflammation.
3) Rejuvenate with Winter Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing can treat a variety of skin imperfections including wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation, enlarged pores, acne, scars and more. And winter is the best time of year for laser skin resurfacing because your skin is less exposed to direct sun light, which can negatively impact recovery.
4) Avoid Too Much Sodium
A high-sodium diet is one of the main causes of fluid retention, and fluid retention can make your skin look puffy. Cutting sodium intake to 1500 mg a day or less will do wonders for your skin (and your blood pressure).
5) Avoid Spicy Foods
Though spicy foods can be delicious, they can also be terrible for your skin – especially if you have fair, sun damaged skin. Spicy foods can cause your face to appear red and blotchy. They can also aggravate an episode of rosacea.
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Caring for Uneven Skin Tone
Caring for your skin involves a lot of work. A variety of factors such as your overall health, age, hormone level and current skin care regimen can affect the way your skin looks. If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re currently suffering with discoloration or uneven skin tone, which can make you look tired, aged or unhealthy.
Your skin tone (as well as eye and hair color) is determined by varying amounts of a pigment called melanin. People with darker skin tones have more melanin than people with pale skin. Melanin serves as a shield against UV radiation. Uneven skin tone is caused by an uneven build-up of melanin in the outer layers of the skin.
The most common causes of uneven skin tone include:
- Sun exposure – Excessive exposure to UV radiation can result in an overproduction of melanin to protect your skin.
- Natural aging – As we age, our skin’s cellular turnover begins to slow down, resulting in a build-up of dead skin cells. The patches of dead skin cells appear as uneven patches of skin tone.
- Hormonal imbalance – Hormonal changes that occur from pregnancy, hormonal contraceptive or even a thyroid imbalance can lead to melasma (patchy brown discoloration of the skin). This condition usually fades once your hormone levels normalize.
- Skin inflammation – Acne, ingrown hairs, shaving and harsh skin care products can stimulate melanin production.
- Vitamin deficiency – A deficiency in calcium, iron, Vitamin A, E, or B complex can all lead to uneven skin tone.
If you have uneven skin tone, there are several treatment options that can help:
- Exfoliate! – Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells from the outer layers of your skin. Ideally, you should exfoliate 2-3 times per week.
- Topical creams – Topical vitamin A or Hydroquinone cream (available by prescription) is essentially a bleaching treatment that works by blocking the production of melanin.
- Cosmetic procedures – A variety of in-office procedures such as a IPL photofacial (Intense Pulsed Light therapy) can even out your skin tone.
Learn more about IPL photofacials and other treatments for uneven skin tone.