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Are you moisturizing correctly for your climate?

Proper skin care involves taking the condition of your skin and your climate in to consideration when choosing the right mix of products for your skin. You can drastically improve the look of your skin by using the perfect blend of products right for you.
Moisturizer hydrates and nourishes skin for a healthy glow, making it critical to any skincare regimen. Make sure you are using the right moisturizer for your climate to achieve the best results possible.
High altitudes and dryer climates require a richer moisturizing product. Humid, hot climates require a lighter moisturizer as they soak in more quickly to avoid sweat and oil buildup common in such environments.
Climate is not the sole concern, however; the seasons also affect the moisturizer you’ll choose. What works during the summer months likely won’t benefit you during the cold winter months.
In fact, you also need to take seasonal climate changes in to consideration and thus change your moisturizer as needed.
When you use the right moisturizer for the environment you’re in, you’ll notice an improvement in skin condition. Applying the proper moisturizer daily is one of the most instrumental elements in total skin care.


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Skin care through (your) ages

Skin is the body’s largest organ and the first thing people notice. Upholding healthy and beautiful skin requires the right skin care regimens, even for a 20-year-old. Here are tips for every decade to help one preserve a gorgeous complexion well into the retirement years.

In one’s twenties, skin is still elastic and firm. Products to fight wrinkles are not necessary. The most important skin care routine is the regular use of sunblock to prevent premature aging and to minimize the risk of skin cancer later in life.

As one approaches thirty, fine lines may appear as skin becomes thinner and drier. Sunscreen is still important in this decade as well as proper moisture control. A moisturizer with sunblock is highly recommended.

After one’s fortieth birthday, lines may get deeper and begin appearing on the forehead and around the mouth. Here is where the use of sunscreen for the previous two decades will pay off as any sun damage becomes more apparent. Look for products that contain elastin to replace what is lost as menopause approaches. Serums can also help with sensitivity as skin becomes thinner and drier.

Past fifty and beyond, skin care needs become more specialized. Some people will have issues with lines and wrinkles while others will struggle with pigmentation. Products containing collagen and elastin can minimize the appearance of wrinkles while estrogen creams aid with helping the body make its own even as estrogen levels continue to fall after menopause. As with every other decade, a good sunscreen is still the most important product to protect delicate skin from sun damage.

It is easier to age gracefully when one still has great skin. Knowing how to care for one’s skin through the years will keep it healthy and beautiful decade after decade.


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Common Acne Triggers and How to Avoid Them

If you are having a breakout of acne on your face, then chances are you have done something to help cause the acne breakout. To prevent further breakouts, it is important to understand common acne triggers and learn how you can avoid them.

One good way to avoid acne is to watch your diet. If you eat a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables you are less likely to have acne breakouts than someone whose diet is high in fats and processed foods.

Another way to avoid acne is to watch your stress level. People who have a high stress level are more likely to have breakouts than people with very low stress levels.

One other great way to avoid having acne is by making sure you have a good cleansing routine. If you keep your face clean, then you are less likely to breakout. It is very important to have a regular routine to clean your face.

If all else fails, then you should go and visit a dermatologist. They will be able to diagnose your acne problem and provide ways to fix it. You could visit our practice to find out what should be your next step preventing acne.

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Homemade Moisturizer Recipes for Glowing skin

Radiant, glowing skin does not necessarily arrive in an expensive container. Homemade moisturizer recipes require only one or two natural ingredients to provide the same healthy glow offered by manufactured beauty products.

Avocados contain natural oils, proteins and plant steroids that have powerful moisturizing properties. The fruit is soothing, which makes a mask wonderful for dry, mature and sensitive skin. To make the mask, mash the pulp of one ripe avocado until it is creamy. Massage the mashed pulp onto the face and neck. Relax for 15 minutes before gently rinsing the avocado off and patting skin dry.

Bananas, which contain high amounts of vitamins A, C and D, give the skin moisture and nourishment. Make an intense moisturizer by mashing one ripe banana with one tablespoon of olive oil and applying the paste to the face. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Making the banana paste with one tablespoon of granulated sugar in place of the olive oil will make a less intense moisturizer, but the paste will exfoliate gently to give skin a beautiful glow.

Potatoes are part of an easy homemade moisturizer recipe that gives skin youthful radiance. Grate a raw potato very finely and mix it with one tablespoon of applesauce. Rub the mixture onto the face, and relax for 20 minutes. Wash the mixture off with lukewarm water, and let the face air dry.

These three homemade moisturizer recipes are inexpensive, easy to make and easy to use. In addition to drinking water to moisturize skin from the inside out, use one of these recipes twice each week for skin with a beautiful glow.

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Menopause and Skincare

Menopause is a major transition that women have to go through; often bringing about unwanted changes that including changes in the skin.

When a woman’s menstrual cycle stops; the amount of estrogen in her body decreases. That is why women who go through menopause often suffer from acne, unwanted facial hair, wrinkling and dry skin. Fortunately, a proper skin care regime, prescribed by a board-certified dermatologist, can help treat some of those problems.

It is very important for women to use a good moisturizer. Moisturizers help keep the skin elastic, which can help prevent wrinkles. Women should also make sure that they limit the amount of time that they spend in the sun. The sun can cause the skin to age much quicker. If a woman knows that she will be spending a lot of time in the sun, she should make sure that she applies sunscreen.

The importance of eating a healthy diet and exercising cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to fighting the aging process. Fruits and vegetables contain the antioxidants that are needed to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Exercising helps increase blood circulation, which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients that flows to the skin. Additionally, women who are concerned about abnormal hair growth should set up an appointment with our practice.

Menopause is a natural part of life, but women do not have to deal with the skin changes it brings. Developing a skin care regime and seeking the help of a professional at our practice are the keys to keeping the skin beautiful and healthy.

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Skin care, sun protection and skin cancer


Two new drugs were just approved for the treatment of advanced Melanoma (NY Times) and the FDA just announced that they are going to standardize SPF ratings for sunscreens (FDA announcement), all within the same month. How’s that for a coincidence?

According to the American Cancer Society, over 2 million skin cancers are diagnosed per year with 120,000 Melanomas. It’s so much better to talk about prevention. While we all know that the sun affects our skin on a daily basis (e.g. walking to work, school, out to lunch, driving in a car, etc.), most people only put on sunscreens on weekends before the beach, or playing a sport outside. Maybe you don’t need the heavy stuff, but you should use at least an SPF 20 on a daily basis. For prolonged outdoor activities, this should be upped to at least SPF 50. This is the maximum SPF that will be allowed on a label by the FDA when the new regulations go into effect.

 Sunscreens have also evolved rapidly over the past few years. The stronger sunscreens are no longer heavy, greasy or make your skin break out. We love the new Colorscience. It is a mineral powder makeup that has SPF 50 in it. You can apply it onto your skin daily and look great while protecting your skin. Plus it can be used under your eyes, an area that has very thin skin and needs protection. We even have Colorscience lip gloss with SPF

Sun protection is getting better and better, but you have to apply it on a daily basis and repeat for it to effectively protect your skin. That’s always better than the alternative: treating skin cancer. Steven Pearlman, MD, FACS

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