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Your Skin…

Skin care is an age-old phenomenon.  The ancient Egyptians wore cosmetics, as they believed it had magical powers.  In 1400 B.C. the Egyptians used herbs and oils to help protect their skin from the harsh sun filled environment.  Thereafter the Greeks used a similar barrier to protect athletes during the games.  Lactic Acid was developed in Ancient Egypt for skin rejuvenation and used by the nobles.  It goes without say that skin care and skin protection is just as important to us as any other facet of our health and has been integral part of our lives since the dawn of time.

First and Foremost, protect yourself from UV light!!!  A lifetime of sun exposure can cause premature aging in the form of wrinkles, age spots, and a variety of skin problems, worst of which is cancer.  Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  There is about one death every hour from melanoma, the most viscous form of skin cancer.  Most of us assume that it is only important to protect ourselves during warmer days or when going to the beach or pool.  Yet the risk of UV exposure during the winter months can be equally high. 

This is especially true when hitting the slopes.  Time can fly by when we are having a great time, and when it’s cool out there; one doesn’t really pay attention to the sun.  But all that accumulated UV exposure, over the years, can be extremely detrimental.  So definitely make that bottle of SPF part of your Ski-gear. 

So how do we pick the best sunscreen?   The ideal sunscreen would completely block harmful UV rays that cause sunburn AND block those that cause damaging free radicals (what ages our skin).  It would remain effective for hours and not be harmful for the skin as it breaks down.  Finally, it would smell and feel very pleasant.    Washington DC’s, Environmental Working Group  (the EWG) has determined currently in the United States, mineral sunscreens have the best safety profile.  These products are relatively stable, do not penetrate the skin, and offer a good amount of UV protection, not available in many sunscreens sold over the counter.  Titanium and Zinc Oxide are great examples of these mineral-based sunscreens available in the US market.  Another great contender is Avobenzone, which offers wonderful UVA protection without other competing products that may disrupt natural hormones.

Look for an SPF of about 30-50.  There is no evidence that shows higher than SPF 50 products have more of a benefit and in fact are very misleading.  The SPF only is an indicator of UVB protection, not really UVA.  This means that a person wearing an SPF of say, 80 may be tempted to stay in the sun longer because she is not burning, all the while she is getting an increased dose of the very harmful UVA light.  The Beautologie Be-blocked sunscreen provides the perfect blend of mineral blockers,  Avobenzone and goes on smoothly without a greasy feel. 

In addition to finding that perfect sunscreen we need to use common sense.  Seek shade, especially when the sun is at its strongest, between 10:00 am and 4 pm.  Also wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, full-length pants and wide brimmed hats.  Avoid tanning beds, which concentrate the UV light onto the body.  We all need and love the sun, but remember what they say about too much of a good thing.

What about skin care and skin treatment products?
Unfortunately we live in a world of quick fixes and large retailers who sell us brand name products, that over promise and under deliver.  Are these over the counter products sold to us at department stores and pharmacies really worth all the money and the hype? Do they really work? The answer is maybe, BUT not nearly as much as they promise.  They are not prescription products and therefore will never be as effective as medication.  The problem is that they are marketed as almost prescription products but are usually substandard.  Most consumers buy these overly expensive quick fixes in a bottle; and just use them once or twice.  After seeing no satisfying results they are left to sit on the vanity, never to be used again.

The truth is, you will probably never really find an over the counter face-lift-in- a bottle.  Of course the other big issue with OTC regimens is, whom do you go to for advice on what to pick?  Where do you go if you have problems or reactions with them?  The best solution for someone looking to truly improve the appearance of his or her skin is to seek an expert, your physician.  Unlike physician prescribed creams, cosmetics do not change or affect the skins structure or function.  Cosmetic makers can sell products without FDA approval.  Fortunately there are proven medical & pharmaceutical grade skin care regimens that have shown time and time again to dramatically reverse the signs of aging.  Consulting your physician about what products would best suit you individual needs will most likely lead you on a path of turning back the clock and maintaining very healthy skin.

There is so much more to maintaining that beautiful healthy glow.  Do not smoke!!! Smoking narrows blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, which leads to less oxygen and nutrients being delivered to the skin.  Tobacco and nicotine also damages collagen and elastin, the components that give your skin its elasticity and overall fullness.  Eat a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.  What you eat affects every organ in your body.  Your skin, being largest organ, depends greatly on what you eat.  Manage stress! Uncontrolled amounts of stress can lead to acne breakouts and other skin problems.  We know stress raises cortisol levels in the body, which can impede wound healing and affect the skin general. 

As we can see there is so much that our skin depends on.  It is, again the largest organ in our body.  We have to take care of it with all the tools in our box.  If you have any concerns about keeping you skin healthy and reversing damaged skin call us at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center 661.327.3800 or visit beautologie.com 

Milan R. Shah M.D.  Laser and Aesthetic Medicine
Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center

5 Quick Fixes for Puffy Eyes

Puffiness around the eyes is a common problem that can result from alcohol intake, salty foods, and even crying. If you have persistent signs of aging around the eyes, We recommend an eyelid procedure or skincare regimen.

However, for temporary puffiness around the eyes, there are quick and easy fixes that you can use to get on with your day. Let’s highlight five easy ways to temporarily reduce the appearance of puffy eyes.

Caffeine. When applied topically, caffeine can help to get rid of bags under your eyes. It works by drawing water away from the skin. This creates a tighter appearance. If puffiness is a persistent problem, you may wish to consider purchasing an eye cream that contains caffeine. However, for a quick solution, you can apply cool teabags to your eyelids for 5 minutes.

Witch Hazel. Often used as an astringent, witch hazel has a variety of skincare applications, and can be found at most drugstores. It was used for centuries by Native Americans to treat swelling and inflammation, and was adopted by New England settlers early in our country’s history. By applying cotton pads soaked in witch hazel, you can reduce the appearance of puffiness.

Cucumber. These tasty green fruits, a member of the melon family, contain enzymes that are able to reduce the appearance of inflammation. There is a good reason why you always see cucumber slices at the spa!

Eye Massage. RealBeauty recommends eye massage as a method to push away excess fluid beneath your skin. It’s also a relaxing interlude in an otherwise busy day. Use your ring fingers, start at the inner corners of your eyes, and slowly massage in a circular motion to the outer corners. By moving to your temples and down to your jawline, you can enjoy a full facial massage.

Cold Spoons. Almost anything that can cool your skin will reduce the appearance of puffiness. Cold metal spoons can tighten up your skin, as can a frozen bag of peas, if you are pressed for time and don’t have anything else on hand.

Some Bacteria are Good for your Skin, Says UK Daily Mail

Good skin care and antibacterial soap may not mix.Do you use antibacterial soap on your face? While washing your face is an important part of your skin care routine, you may want to reconsider the use of bacteria-killing soaps. According to a recent article in the UK Daily Mail, there are many types of good bacteria in our skin that are being eliminated by these soaps.

What are the benefits of these good bacteria?

– they help our immune system

– they fight wrinkles, sagging, and pigmentation by preserving your skin’s natural beauty

– they maintain moisture and fight bad bacteria that cause redness, sensitivity, and other skin infections that can leave lasting scars

– they help to build collagen within your skin

As a result, many skincare companies have begun to research and offer products that promote beneficial bacteria.

What does this mean for you?

First of all, it means that if you are using an antibacterial soap for your face, it might be time to take it out of the washroom and put it next to the kitchen sink – so that you can sanitize your hands before and after handling food.

It also means that skincare can be more complicated than you might think. There is no such thing as one product or technique that works for everybody. That’s why it’s important to speak with skin professionals who can determine the best routine for your skin. At Beautologie, we offer a variety of skincare products, which we are happy to provide after a consultation – to find the products and routines that are best for your individual skin.

We are also pleased to help treat existing signs of aging with a variety of rejuvenating therapies. This ranges from minimally invasive techniques – such as laser skin resurfacing and Botox – to surgeries such as fat injection and facelift.

New Wristband Provides UV Over-Exposure Alert

When does fun in the sun become sunburn? It’s often impossible to tell that you’ve had too much sun until you’ve already been burned. But it’s more than mere discomfort – excessive UV exposure can cause sun damage and increase your risk of skin cancer. Fortunately, it seems that a Swedish company and Scottish university have been working on sun damage prevention in the form of disposable wristbands.

According to a recent article in the British newspaper DailyMail, sun damage prevention may soon be as easy as putting on a paper wrist strap. It works by changing color from yellow to pink as the strength of UV radiation increases. Since people with different skin types have different levels of tolerance to UV exposure, there will be a variety of different bands available. For example, for people with fair hair and light skin, the band will turn pink more quickly than it would for darker-skinned people.

“We are very excited about the UV dosimeter technology and we look forward to developing it further and commercialising it. There is a substantial need out in the market for a functional UV dosimeter and we look forward to continuing the process,” Swedish entrepreneur Claes Lindahl told the DailyMail.

“The sunburn monitor will make a significant contribution to public health as an affordable, fashionable device which enables people to enjoy the benefits of the sun while at the same time keeping them alert to the risks of over-exposure,” said a representative from the University of Strathclyde, which originally developed the device.

If you have already suffered from excess sun damage, you know that it can accelerate the signs of aging on your face and body. Fortunately, there are skin care procedures that can reverse the signs of aging caused by sun damage. One of the most popular techniques is the IPL photofacial, which can eliminate wrinkles, discoloration, and other common flaws on the skin.

Photo credit: Daily Mail