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Three Simple Tips for Maximum Impact on your Skin

dermatology services Spring Lake, NJ You know you should be taking care of your skin. Perhaps you spend time each day with your favorite face wash, or that silky new moisturizer in an effort to maintain the firmness and radiance you currently enjoy. Our skin is an interesting organ. It can require a heck of a lot more than we imagine. The thing is, what often happens is we go above and beyond without remembering a few basic ways that we can have maximum impact in our beauty routine. We’re going to list them here, and you may be surprised at just how convenient they are!

Live Well

Who doesn’t like the idea of living well? But what does that mean and how does it relate to your skin? For greater dermatologic health and resilience, the basic starting point is to:

  • Sleep well. This may be 6 hours a night for some, and it may be 9 for others. The point is, don’t skimp on sleep. Doing so will cause you to have dark circles or bags. These may seem like temporary concerns, but the reality is lack of sleep prevents us from regenerating at a cellular level, and this means premature aging.
  • Eat well. We’ll just be blunt. Processed foods and fast food do not nourish the body in an optimal way. Skin health, in particular, flourishes when the cells are fueled with phytonutrients, those that come from fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration is a prevalent problem because many people think that any fluid is good fluid. Not so, when it comes to your skin. Water is the best thing to put in your mouth. Next to that, detoxifying is aided with herbal teas. These are far better choices than sodas and coffees that actually deplete nutrients from the body.

Choose Wisely

Next to choosing good lifestyle habits, it pays to choose skincare products with a great deal of discernment. It is necessary to recognize that over-the-counter skincare products, even those that cost hundreds of dollars, are only active on the skin’s surface. Medical grade skincare penetrates the epidermis to affect greater change. Whichever path you choose for purchase, look for key ingredients such as:

  • Retinoids
  • Glycolic acid
  • Antioxidants like green tea
  • Vitamin C

Protect

What kind of help would we be if we skipped over the vital necessity of UV protection? We can all use a friendly reminder from time to time, so here it is: use sunscreen every day, 365 days a year, rain or shine. It’s that simple.

Does your skin need a boost? Contact our Spring Lake dermatology office at (732) 449-0167.

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Bringing Back the Softer Side of your Skin

Skin Rejuvenation Spring Lake, Monmouth County NJYou may have heard that adage “youth is wasted on the young.” It expresses how many adults feel when they reach a certain age when discernment provides them with all that insight they needed when they were young. As it pertains to the skin, not very many of us grew up knowing that the softness we took for granted would one day be a distant memory.

If you are pining for the softness, you once had. You can stop right now. Your Spring Lake dermatologist has tips and treatments that will help you bring it back.

First, the Cleansing

We know that the skin needs cleansing, so we may all do a quick once-over while in the shower. Those who are committed may spend a few minutes every night cleaning off makeup and debris from the day. This is not what we’re talking about. There is only so much a daily skin care routine can do when the surface of the skin is blocking products from doing their job.

Cleansing, in the context of getting back that baby-soft skin, means cleaning that blockade that is in the way of your products. Chemical peels are a great method of exfoliating the epidermis. Not only do these gentle treatments clear the path for better skin care, they enliven the tone of the skin for a healthier, younger-looking glow. Other ways to clean up include microdermabrasion and sublative skin rejuvenation.

Next, the Moisture

After a surface cleansing treatment, skin care products are better able to nourish on a regular basis. It is important if you want softness, to choose quality creams that will moisturize as needed at the right time. Estheticians recommend daytime and nighttime moisturizing products to ensure the skin gets what it needs when it can best utilize certain ingredients.

Finally, the Protection

Soft skin is skin that has the support of strong collagen. UV exposure, whether from the sun or a tanning bed, breaks down this vital protein. Without tightly-wound strands of collagen, the skin loses its firmness, and it is less capable of retaining moisture for long-term softness. To make your skin soft, make sunscreen a priority.

Does your skin need some attention? We’re here to help. Call (732) 449-0167 for cosmetic or medical dermatology services in Spring Lake.

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It’s Time to Talk Sunscreen

skin care Spring Lake, NJWith skin cancer rising in numbers, there is ample reason to continue the conversation about this condition and, importantly, how to protect yourself. Experts estimate that 90% of skin cancers are directly linked to UV exposure. This doesn’t have to mean a bad burn, as was once believed. The fact is, exposure to UVA and UVB rays damages skin cells. How we spend time outdoors matters, and sunscreen is a crucial aspect of protection.

The Basics

There are some chemicals that have been approved by the FDA for inclusion in sunscreen products. These include cinnamates and para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA. These chemical ingredients absorb UV rays and convert them to heat energy. Other ingredients, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are physical sunscreens that actively scatter rays so they cannot be absorbed by the skin. Both types of ingredients are appropriate. The question is, which type of sunscreen is right for you?

The SPF Question

It is easy to become confused about the SPF, or sun protection factor, of sunscreen use. If you are only outdoors for a few minutes here and there, you may think that you don’t need sunscreen at all. Wrong. Conversely, if you plan an entire day at the beach, you may believe that you need one of those SPF 100 products. Also wrong. Here is a safe bet: choose an SPF 30 product with broad-spectrum protection. This product will require filers up to 97% of UV light, which is sufficient, so long as you reapply as needed.

Now for the Uniqueness of You!

  • Dry skin needs a sunscreen with the moisturizer such as dimethicone or lanolin oils.
  • Children’s skin may be sensitive to certain ingredients, such as oxybenzone and PABA. Instead, choose a physical sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Spray sunscreen may be used but not applied directly to the face; apply to hands first.
  • People with acne-prone skin, or with rosacea or allergies, may also be sensitive to sunscreen ingredients such as fragrances, preservatives, PABA, and oxybenzone. Products containing alcohol should be avoided, as well. If you are using medication for acne, even topical solutions, talk with your dermatologist about sunscreen use.
  • Darker skin still needs to be protected from UV light! Both chemical and physical sunscreens are appropriate for dark skin. Physical sunscreens are now formulated with micronized particles, so they are less likely to look white on the skin. SPF 15 or SPF 30 products are suited.
  • People with very fair skin, a history of skin cancer, or with melisma do not have to stay completely clear of sunlight. SPF 30 sunscreen needs to be applied 30-minutes before going outdoors, and it needs to be applied every two hours, or anytime you sweat or swim.
  • Mature skin has sustained a fair amount of UV damage over the years. This can lead to laxity, discoloration, wrinkles, and precancerous or cancerous lesions. SPF 30 sunscreen needs to be carefully applied to the nose, ears, neck, chest, back of the neck, and all other exposed areas. This can be difficult for an older adult with limited mobility so that a spray-on product may be useful.

Do you have questions about sun protection or skin cancer? Call our Spring Lake, NJ office at (732) 449-0167.

It’s Change-up Time!

skin careAs much as we may have looked forward to the winter months, and the reprieve from warm temperatures, a few months of cold and we are ready once again for the glow of sunshine to return. As we head into Springtime, thoughts may turn to spring cleaning. The clearing out of the old and ushering in of the new is a great habit to keep, especially as it pertains to your skin! Here, we will talk about 3 crucial changes that will make your transition into Spring more productive.

The Product Change-up

Your skin will naturally change along with the seasons. As the weather cools and air dries out, so does your skin. This past few month, you may have been basking in heated indoor air and steaming showers. To make up for all the dryness,  [we hope] you applied thick, creamy body lotion right out of the shower. Your moisturizer products were inclusive of emollient ingredients to nourish depleted skin cells. Now is the time to lighten up. Don’t stop moisturizing, by any means! Apply your products morning and night, but toss those thick formulations for the smoother moisturizer with vitamin E as well as alpha or beta hydroxy acid.

The Dermatologic Change-up

As a result of all those thick products and dry air, your skin may be crying out for some TLC. Old, dead skin cells most likely accumulated on the surface of your skin. This layer of cells stands in the way of your moisturizer and other skin care products. It also impedes the revealing of your inner glow. To bound into Spring with a fresh new face, you want to clear off the surface of your skin. The best way to renew skin cells is to see your Spring Lake dermatologist for a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. These gentle treatments give you a jump start to your weekly exfoliating practice.

The Sunscreen Change-up

We are going to give you the benefit of the doubt here and assume you have been using sunscreen all Winter long.  As the temperature rises, you want to be sure to use SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen every single day. When you head outdoors for the day, reapply your sunscreen every few hours.

For general and cosmetic dermatology services from our experienced, friendly staff, contact us or call  (732) 449-0167.

Changing Seasons Affect your Skin Care Routine

skin care“The only constant is change.”

It’s a saying with which most of us are familiar. We know that life changes on a day to day basis; that there is no way we can guarantee an existence without the occasional surprise. Still, our subconscious quest for certainty often leads us into a rut. We use the same products and basic routine for years, and then wake up one day and wonder how our skin got so old.

The time to think about your skin care is now, not when lines and wrinkles are an obvious concern. Patients of our Spring Lake general and cosmetic dermatology office are supported in their efforts to maintain healthy, glowing skin no matter what their starting point. Here, we want to touch on how the changing seasons provide you an excellent opportunity to switch up your skin care routine.

Winter Woes

As the winter temperatures have dropped, your skin is most likely responding. Only you can notice these changes, which could turn to cries for help if subtle signs are not noticed. The main challenge of winter is the dryness of the air. The outside air is dryer thanks to falling digits. The air inside gets dryer, as well, when we heat it. In combination, these two factors deplete the lipid layer that provides a barrier between skin and the environment. On top of that, most people instinctively wash their hands more during the winter months, or use hand sanitizer. More drying! To combat the winter woes, change up your product line to include richer formulations of body wash and creams with emollients such as shea butter or lanolin. Sealing in moisture is vital to protecting skin from damage and premature aging.

That Summertime Sizzle

As we move closer to summer, we will discuss the value of a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen. The harshness of UV rays is the primary culprit of summer skin damage. There are several ways to mitigate risks, such as daily sunscreen use and wearing wide-brimmed hats when out in the sun.

We support our patients in the management of their most attractive, healthy skin. To schedule professional care from your Spring Lake dermatologist, call (732) 449-0167.

 

Nourish your Skin by What you Put on your Holiday Plate

Happy Holiday PlateWe have made our way back to the holiday season, and that means more opportunities to connect with friends and loved ones. It means opportunities to jump in the leaves, or to build a snowman. The holidays also tend to bring on a healthy dose of busyness. We have shopping and wrapping and cooking and more shopping to do. In the midst of all this, we may also find ourselves headed to numerous holiday gatherings. All of this hoopla can have unexpected effects on your skin. Here, we will dive into what you can feel good about eating this season, and what you may want to avoid.

The Happy Holiday Plate
There are certain winter foods, and certain goodies that we tend to enjoy more frequently around the holidays. Those that feed the skin – as well as our senses – include:

  • Coffee. The positive effects that coffee can have on the skin and the body in general can make you positively certain you will never again try to give up your favorite beverage. Specifically, some of the compounds in coffee beans that make it into your cup can offer substantial protection against nonmelanoma skin cancer.
  • Pumpkin. Bring on the pumpkin pie! This tasty treat is on most holiday tables, and now you can feel even better about that little extra slice. Pumpkin is filled with nourishing vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, which fights free radical that degrade the skin. There are also carotinoids in pumpkin that help you ward off damage from UV exposure.

Foods that Rob your Skin of Goodness
Yes, part of the reason that we indulge in holiday treats is because there is a certain type of comfort that we get from seasonal goodies. However, we also eat to feed the body with nourishing ingredients. Some of the holiday fare that could be detrimental to skin health include:

  • Fast food and processed foods. Most of the things we grab on the go are loaded with sodium. Too much salt can cause your face to look puffy.
  • Sugar. This is a hard one to avoid completely, but care should be taken to minimize sugar consumption through the holiday season and beyond. This is because sugar has been found to degrade collagen, which we need to avoid premature aging.

We extend well wishes to all of our patients for a healthy holiday season.