SKIN CARE TIPS FOR BUSY MOMS
I am so eager for summer to get here, but I am so concerned about the sun and how it might damage my skin. How can I enjoy the sun’s benefits without hurting my health?
The sun has wonderful benefits, like helping our bodies to process vitamin D a vital nutrient. But it’s a little like fire – it can hurt as well as help. Protection is key: The things that matter most are seeking the shade, applying sunblock and wearing a sombrero. You can also protect your skin and eyes from the harmful rays by taking the oral antioxidant Heliocare™.
First, throw out all sunblocks from last summer; they lose some of their effectiveness over time. Then, make sure that your new sunblock is broad-based and has at least nine percent of an oxide, either titanium or zinc, or at least 3% avobenzone for your active days in the sun. Otherwise, it’s just not effective. Also, finding one that’s easy to wear, that either goes on with a tint or wears well under makeup, will make it easier for you to use it. We love just such a product, EltaMD-tinted sunblock for sensitive skin.
Don’t forget that wearing a moisturizer with an anti-oxidant, like a Vitamin C, will make your sunscreen work even better. Wear a hat and your face will be even more protected. An easy, cost-effective and chemical-fee way to protect your body is to wear comfortable long-sleeve t-shirts with built-in UV protection.
And make sure you apply enough product. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people apply less than half of the optimal amount of sunscreen.
I heard that microdermabrasion ADVERand photo facials arTISEMENT –e best when done before the hot summer months set in. What do you recommend?
The treatments we offer can all be done year-round, though a little extra care is required during certain times of the year. After a microdermabrasion in winter, for instance, you will want extra moisturizer; in summer, extra sunblock and a broad-brimmed hat. When you call our office for an appointment—or when you go to our website, www.steilderm.com — you’ll see instructions on exactly what to expect, and how to care for your skin after each of our procedures.
The summer months can also be the best time to get these treatments, as you will likely find all the heat, humidity and oil is really building up on your skin. A microdermabrasion or light chemical peel can be the perfect way to get rid of that oily buildup and get summer ready skin!
Meanwhile, enhance your in-office procedures by caring for your skin differently during these summer months. Moisturizers should be lighter, and gel and serum-based products will feel refreshing on your skin. Use a glycolic or salicylic acid pad or a toner after cleansing to thoroughly remove the excess oil and sunscreen from your pores. If you are prone to pigmentation, incorporate a daily product that suppresses the pigment producing cells. Prevention is the key to keeping your skin beautiful.
What can Body Sculpting with Exilis do for me and what can I expect before, during and after treatment?
This treatment is ideal for those who have areas of unwanted fat or skin laxity that is not responding to diet and exercise. The belly fat, thighs and backs of the arms are the most popular areas that we treat. But any area of excess fat can be treated, including the love-handles, hips, and “bra fat.”
Exilis uses energy to produce heat. When the heat is focused on the fat tissue, the heat causes the fat cells to shrink. And when the heat is focused on the upper skin layers, the Exilis causes the collagen supporting tissue to remodel, thereby stimulating and strengthening the collagen network to improve skin laxity and texture.
During the session, the Exilis computer-controlled device is guided over the treatment area with a massaging motion. Patients feel a warming sensation as the Energy is delivered to the deeper layers of skin and most describe the experience similar to a hot stone massage. Hydration is key to patient comfort.
There is no anesthesia, no side effects and no downtime after Exilis treatments. Optimal results are achieved after four to six sessions over a period of one to two months. Each session is about 30-60 minutes in length.
And if you have a loved one who is a new mom, or need the perfect baby shower gift? How about a gift certificate for one of the wonderfully rejuvenating procedures in the comfort of our office? Don’t forget – Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th!