What is Your Perfect Skin Care Routine?

What is Your Perfect Skin Care Routine?

Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA — your daily habits, in fact, have a big impact on what you see in the mirror. But depending on which product reviews you read or doctors you consult, there is a dizzying number of opinions on everything from how to moisturize to how to protect yourself from UV rays.

Ultimately, caring for your skin is simply personal. Here’s what you should keep in mind to sort through all the noise.

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How Does Visia Analysis Work?

How Does Visia Analysis Work?

If it's your first time visiting SkinSpaMED, one of our talented staff members will sit you down in front of a white, egg-shaped pod and take pictures of your face. They will then print off the skin analysis (seen above) and review the results with you.

The VISIA skin care analysis is an excellent tool to learn more about your skin and discover effective ways to improve your personal concerns. It also saves money by allowing you to focus on the areas of most need. With VISIA, you can better understand your skin rejuvenation goals. VISIA gives a complete visual analysis of your skin and allows us to recommend customized treatments and products based on detection and overall evaluation.

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Defeating Aging – More than Just Sun Screen, Botox and Moisturizer

Defeating Aging – More than Just Sun Screen, Botox and Moisturizer

The cosmetic surgery and medical spa industry have many snazzy, innovative, high-tech solutions designed to slow down or reverse the effects of aging. Every month there's a new cool gadget or special sauce that hits the market adding a couple more years to our ‘beauty curve’. They all have one thing in common – they attack the effects of aging after-the-fact.

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Sunscreen Booths Now Exist, and They Are Awesome

Sunscreen Booths Now Exist, and They Are Awesome

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable if you’re spending time outdoors. But even the most responsible sun-averse people are guilty of failing to reapply protection as time passes. 

Luckily, there’s a relatively new high-tech spray solution. Sunscreen booths mist a layer of SPF all over the body, and all you have to do is stand there. You don’t even have to get your hands goopy. 

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Laser Treatment: Skin Type Matters!

Laser Treatment: Skin Type Matters!

To this day, when most people think of lasers, they think science fiction. They think space battles, Star Wars, weapons that fire energy.

The reality of lasers is quite different. Lasers have changed the world, but not in a violent, sci-fi way. Lasers are used extensively by plastic and cosmetic surgeons to treat skin conditions.

Laser skin treatments can minimize scarring, reduce acne, fade dark spots, improve wrinkles and eliminate sun damage. In the hands of a skilled, SkinSpaMED plastic surgeon, laser treatments can really make a huge difference in a patient’s complexion, literally resurfacing the skin - if you have the right skin for it. 

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Why Ultherapy is The Go To Summer Treatment

Why Ultherapy is The Go To Summer Treatment

While other laser treatments are off-limits during the summer months with the constant lingering temptation so spend all your time in the sun, Ultherapy, the noninvasive ultrasound treatment shines! 

Ultherapy, the summer friendly treatment is the noninvasive way to tighten skin without surgery.  Everybody wants to avoid downtime, and with Ultherapy the no downtime treatment allows you to keep to your busy fun filled schedule.  

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Sun Damage Dos and Dont's

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can cause premature skin aging, skin cancer and other conditions such as:

Skin texture changes, such as coarse wrinkles, especially on the back of the neck, and fine wrinkles caused by thinning of the skin, especially on the forearms and back of hands.Excessive bruising from minor trauma.Pigment changes, such as brown spots, freckles, age spots and liver spots.White spots on legs, arms and the back of hands.Red areas on the sides of the neck.Moles, some of which can develop into skin cancer.Pre-cancerous skin changes, including red scaly lesions called actinic keratosis and lesions on the lips called actinic cheilitis, both of which can develop into squamous cell carcinoma.

What you should know about sun-damaged skin

Excessive sun exposure is the most significant cause of aging skin. It also can exacerbate many other skin conditions, including age spots, scars, crow’s feet, frown lines, scars, skin cancer and more.

Do’s and don’ts

Do...

  • Reduce your exposure by wearing comfortable loose-fitting clothes during summer months.
  • Use the appropriate level of full spectrum sunscreen, somewhere between SPF 15 and SPF 50.
  • Wear a hat or head covering while outside.
  • Get 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure daily to promote your body’s production of vitamin D.

Don't...

  • Use sunscreens with SPF factors greater than 50 as they give a false sense of security and may encourage you to stay in the sun too long.
  • Expose skin to the sun that is red, sore or blistered.

Sun-damaged skin questions to ask a dermatologic surgeon

(Download a Sun-damaged Skin Questionnaire to bring to your appointment)

  1. Which sun-damaged skin is the correct one for me? (What are the options?)
  2. What is the estimated cost of the procedure?
  3. How long is one appointment?
  4. How often will I need to receive treatment?
  5. How far apart are the treatments?
  6. What are the common side effects or complications associated with the procedure?
  7. How can I prepare for the treatment/procedure?
  8. Does the treatment hurt?
  9. What are my pain management and anesthesia options?
  10. How long is the recovery time associated with my procedure?
  11. Do you have before-and-after patient images to help to prepare me for what to expect?
  12. Will someone walk me through the process before going in for treatment?
  13. What are the risks?
  14. What should I expect after the procedure is performed? (i.e., short-term and long-term effects; activity restrictions; expected recovery period)

General questions to ask before sun-damaged skin procedures

  1. Is a doctor on site?
  2. Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology or in another specialty with equivalent training and experience?
  3. Was my medical history taken?
  4. Was I given an initial evaluation to determine if the technique or procedure is appropriate for my skin type?
  5. Did the doctor show me before-and-after photos?

Dont Forget, Olive Oil is Amazing for Your Skin

Homer once described olive oil as ‘liquid gold,’ a term that still resonates with many. Fortunately, we do not have to fight wars over olive oil anymore as it is abundantly produced in many parts of the world and readily available. We all know that olive oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oils, along with coconut oil. Not only can you consume this nutritious food and receive numerous benefits, you can also use it to boost the nutrient value of your beauty products. 

4 Benefits of Olive Oil for Skin

Adding olive oil to your beauty routine may provide immense benefits to your skin, hair, and nails. Here are some of the olive oil skin benefits you may find surprising.

1. Antioxidant Protection

Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Antioxidants, when topically applied, may help protect the skin from premature skin aging. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive oil because it helps restore skin smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light. [1]Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage to the skin. [2]

2. Doesn’t Clog Pores

Unlike commercial moisturizers that can clog pores and exacerbate current skin conditions, olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin while providing a cleansing effect. Try using organic olive oil at night as a substitute for your regular moisturizer. Apply a teaspoon of the oil to the face and neck. Gently pat the skin with a paper towel to wipe away any excess oil.

3. Enhances Exfoliation

Another one of olive oil’s benefits for skin is its usefulness in exfoliating applications. A common exfoliating method using olive oil is to mix 1 tablespoon of the oil with natural sea salt, rubbing this mixture over the skin. The mild abrasive qualities of the sea salt, combined with the deep, penetrating action of the oil, will remove dead skin cells and leave the epidermis looking renewed and glowing.

4. General Beauty Booster

Olive oil is also used for nail and cuticle care, and many women use it as an eye makeup remover. Further applications include using it as an ingredient in homemade facial masks. One other interesting application for both men and women is the substitution of olive oil for shaving cream. Many men have abandoned shaving cream once they discovered how close a shave they can get with olive oil. Men and women alike have also found its refreshing qualities make it an excellent aftershave.

Source: Global Healing Center