Archive for the ‘Skin Care’ Category

Keeping Your Vitamin D Levels Up in the Winter

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Vitamin D is an important nutrient necessary both for strong bones and general health. It helps the body build strong bones by absorbing calcium from food and supplements you take. In addition, it helps with everything from bolstering your immune system to maintaining nerves that carry messages from the brain to the body.

 

Unfortunately, many people don’t get the amount of vitamin D they need, especially in the winter. The reason for this is that the easiest way for your body to get vitamin D is by using the sun to produce the vitamin for itself. Your skin actually produces vitamin D when it’s exposed to the sun’s rays. Think of it like photosynthesis, only your body is producing vitamin D. In the summer, it’s easy to get enough vitamin D because (a) there’s plenty of sunlight and (b) you generally wear clothing that exposes more of your skin in the summer, making it easy for your skin to produce vitamin D.

 

In the winter, however, there’s less hours of sunlight in the day, and depending on your latitude, many of the sun’s UV-B rays (which the body uses to make vitamin D) are reflected off the atmosphere back into space. You also generally expose little skin in the winter. Overall, it’s pretty difficult to get vitamin D from the sun in the winter.

 

So what can you do to compensate? First, you can eat foods that are rich in vitamin D such as fatty fish including salmon, tuna, and mackeral. Mushrooms, cheese, egg yolks and beef liver also provide smaller amounts of vitamin D. While there aren’t many foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D, many, such as milk and breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin D. The second way to get more vitamin D in the winter is to take a vitamin D supplement. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, adults between 19-70 years old need 600 IU of vitamin D a day, and can safely ingest up to 4000 IU. Vitamin D is fat soluble, which means it is possible to take too much, so be sure to stay within the safe range.

 

 

vitamin D winter

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful

 

Source

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-QuickFacts/

Could Alcohol Be Linked to Skin Cancer?

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Plenty of people enjoy taking in the sun along with a drink or two on the beach, but could this combination put you at an increased risk for skin cancer? A new work published in the British Journal of Dermatology looked at 16 studies, involving thousands of participants altogether, and examined the rates of skin cancer among those who did and did not consume alcohol. The findings indicate that “consuming an alcoholic drink or more a day increases skin cancer risk by a fifth.”

 

This may be because the ethanol in alcohol is converted to acetaldehyde after it’s ingested. Acetaldehyde may make your skin more sensitive to UV rays, which can put you at an increased risk for skin cancer. Still, the work does not draw a conclusive link between alcohol consumption and an increased risk of skin cancer. The reasons may be that those who consume alcohol forgo sunscreen or protective clothing when they’re exposed to the sun for extended periods of time.

 

Whether you’re drinking or not, you should take care to protect yourself from UV rays when exposing your skin to the sun. Wear sunscreen, protective clothing, and avoid extended exposure during the peak hours of 10am-2pm, when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.

 

 

alcohol skin cancer

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Source

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25930184

 

Winter Skin Care Tips

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Does the winter cold have your skin dry and cracked? Here are some winter skin care tips that will keep your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.

 

Talk to a Professional

 

Set up an appointment with an esthetician or dermatologist to talk about your skin care regimen. They can give you professional advice relevant to your person skin type and advice on which products you should be using.

 

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

 

It’s important to moisturize your skin all year round, but especially so in the winter. Oil-based moisturizers create a layer of protection on the skin that retains moisture better than water-based moisturizers. Be mindful of the type of oil the moisturizer uses if you’re looking for a facial moisturizer. Avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, and almond oil are all nonclogging, make them safe for use on the face.

 

Use Sunscreen

 

The suns UV rays can still damage your skin in the winter, so use a broad-spectrum sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time.

 

Wear Gloves

 

The skin on your hands is more vulnerable to dryness because it’s thinner and has fewer oil glands than skin on other parts of your body. The cold dry winter air gets to your hands first, so make sure you wear gloves when you go outside. If you wear wool gloves, put on a thin cotton glove underneath so the wool doesn’t irritate your skin. If the gloves are wet from snow or ice, put on a different dry pair, because wet gloves can irritate your skin.

 

winter skin care tips

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Source

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/ten-winter-skin-care-tips

How Does Smoking Affect Your Skin?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The negative health effects of smoking have been well documented, but one thing some smokers don’t consider is the effect that smoking has on the skin. Over time, smoking can cause your skin to age much more rapidly than the skin of a non-smoker. Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin. This reduces blood flow to the skin, and consequently the amount of oxygen and nutrients that the skin receive is reduced. This causes wrinkles and damages connective fibers such as collagen and elastin. Though it takes awhile for these effects to become pronounced, smokers as young as 20 years old have wrinkles that can be seen under a microscope, and after only 10 years the effects of smoking on the skin are visible to the naked eye. The longer you continue to smoke, the more damage you do to your skin, so the best option is to quit smoking as soon as possible.

 

smoking skin

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

Source

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-and-lifestyle/smoking-affect-skin.htm

What Can Ceramides do For Your Skin?

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

You may have seen moisturizing products that say they contain ceramides, and that owing to these ceramides they can moisturize your skin better. So what are ceramides, and how do they affect your skin?

 

First off, ceramides are actually already in your skin. Ceramides are a natural lipid found in the skin. Their purpose is to hold skin cells together, much in the same way that hyaluronic acid keeps the bonds in your dermis strong and holds these skin cells together. Ceramides also hold on to water molecules, which helps keep the skin moisturized.

 

You lose ceramides naturally as you age, and you may also lose them during the winter when cold temperatures and low humidity dries out your skin. Moisturizers containing ceramides can help replace the lost lipids and bring back moisture to your skin. The effectiveness of these moisturizers has been debated, but “new research indicates that substances can travel down the hair follicles and pores to reach the growing levels of skin and make a difference in the health of skin cells.” So, if you’re suffering from dry skin, consider a moisturizer that contains ceramides.

 

ceramides

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Sources

http://nononsensebeautyblog.com/2011/07/01/are-ceramides-the-key-to-beautiful-skin/ http://www.curel.com/experts-corner/ceramides.aspx

How Do I Exfoliate My Skin?

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Does the winter weather have your skin feeling dry and uncomfortable? Exfoliate your skin to rejuvenate your skin and have it feeling soft and smooth again. Here are the steps to take for great skin exfoliation.

 

  1. Brush dry skin with a loofah, body brush, or exfoliating gloves to remove excess dry skin and prepare the skin for exfoliation.
  2. Get in the shower and wet your skin with warm water.
  3. Use a pumice stone on your feet to smooth over rough spots and calluses.
  4. Apply an exfoliating cleanser to your loofah or gloves and begin to scrub. Start at the bottoms of your feet and move up slowly, using circular motions, and taking care in sensitive areas. For hard to read areas like your back, use a body brush.
  5. Once you get to your face, use an exfoliating cleanser designed for the face. These cleansers are more gentle than body exfoliating cleansers, and are easier on the more sensitive skin on your face.
  6. Rinse your body with warm water, and then again with cold water, which closes your pores. You can also use a shower gel to soften your skin.
  7. Dry off, and then apply a moisturizing lotion to your entire body. Look for moisturizers with alpha or beta hydroxy acids, which remove dead skin cells. Moisturize your skin every day to keep it healthy.

 

exfoliate skin

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Source

http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/803596/how-to-exfoliate-your-skin

What Causes Dry Skin and How Can I Treat It?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

 

Dry Skin is a common condition that can be treated easily and naturally. Let’s start with the basics of skin care, and look at the causes of dry skin.

 

Causes

 

  • A natural level of oil is good to keep skin smooth and healthy, and by over-washing with harsh soaps, you can wash away this oil. Overusing sanitizers and cleaning agents that include alcohol will also dry your skin out quicker then anything else.
  • Low humidity and cold temperatures are also detrimental to healthy skin. Both of these factors can irritate and dry up your skin.

 

Natural Treatment

 

  • Try to keep showers short, and not too hot. Although extra hot showers and baths will feel good after the winter chill haunts your weary bones, hot showers that last longer than 5-10 minutes will strip away oils, leaving the skin dry.
  • Replace your wool, synthetics, or other fibers for more natural fibers such as cotton to reduce skin irritation.
  • Use a humidifier at night so that you’re resting in humid air that keeps your skin nice and hydrated.

 

Moisturizing Treatment

 

  • Make sure to dampen your skin before applying moisturizer. After a shower use a damp cloth and cover the areas before apply moisturizer to ensure that the moisture is locked in.
  • When looking for moisturizers, pick ones that have Ceramides, Dimethicone, glycerin, Hyaluronic acid, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly. Ceramides will smooth dry skin, Dimethicone and glycerin will draw water to the skin, and hyaluronic acid, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly will help the skin hold water.

 

dry skin care

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

Source

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/dry-skin-13/cosmetic-procedures-skin-care-dry-skin

Labor Day Weekend Skin Care Tips

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The final weekend of summer is upon us. Well, not technically speaking, but Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the last weekends when people take advantage of the warm weather and extra day off to head down to the beach for some end of summer relaxation. The forecast for this weekend at the beach is looking pretty good, but if you’re looking to catch some rays, don’t forget to take the necessary precautions.

 

Skin Care Tips

 

Wearing sunscreen is the first line of defense. The effectiveness of a sunscreen is often expressed in terms of how long it takes your skin to burn, multiplied by the sunscreen’s SPF number. For example, if your skin takes 15 minutes to burn, it would take 225 minutes to burn while protected by SPF 15 (15×15=225). However, this isn’t very practical, as sunscreen often comes off in the water, on a towel, or during physical activity. A better way to look at it is in percentages. SPF 15 blocks 93% of the sun’s UV-B rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98%.

 

However, many sunscreens do not block UV-A rays. While these rays don’t burn your skin they can accelerate the aging of the skin. Both UV-A and UV-B rays can cause skin cancer. Therefore, look for a sunscreen with “full-spectrum” protection from both A and B rays for maximum skin protection. Apply liberally, and often. While sunscreens may bill themselves as waterproof or water resistant, it’s safest to reapply after you get out of the water. Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure so the sunscreen has time to bind to your skin. If you can’t find a full-spectrum sunscreen, take a break from exposure under an umbrella, and avoid exposure from 10am to 2pm, when the sun’s rays are most powerful.

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Sources

 

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/high-spf-sunscreens-are-they-better

 

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained

 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/best-sunscreen/MY01350

 

Skin Care Tips for Summer

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Summer is in full swing, which means one thing: summer vacations! Everyone you know is planning that perfect summer get away. Your friend Sarah is headed to the beach. Your cousin Craig is going camping. Your parents are headed on a cruise to the Bahamas. And you are headed to your favorite amusement park. Everyone is going somewhere different, but everyone has one thing in common: the need for Skin Care.

 suntan lotion

Your skin protects everything. So it is important to protect your skin. Your skin deserves the proper care and attention. And it all begins with sunscreen. You should wear sunscreen each and every day, even if you are not lounging on your favorite beach reading a good book. 78% of all the sun damage incurred in a lifetime is from incidental exposure, according to information from the UCLA skin research department. Use sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with an SPF of 15 or higher. But sunscreen is just the beginning.

 

Skin Care Tips for Summer

 

  1. Soothing Sunburn: Use a cold compresses to reduce sunburn pain and cool your skin.
  2. Accessorize: Wearing a hat is more than just a fashion statement. It can help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Sunglasses are also great, as they can protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes. Look for UV-blocking sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent absorption.
  3. Antioxidants: Foods high in antioxidants – like vegetables, fruits, super foods such as acai, coconut water, maca, and cacao – can help, as well.
  4. Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency can put you at greater risk of skin damage.

 

At the end of the day, too much sun exposure does more than give you a nasty sunburn. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and possibly the most preventable. Sun exposure is also the No. 1 cause of lines and wrinkles! So do yourself a favor and protect your skin.

 

If you have any questions about Skin Care, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today! Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

Feeling Fresh Faced with a Chemical Peel

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Fresh FaceWe all love spending time in the sun this time of year, but we don’t always take the proper precautions to ensure that our skin survives these encounters unharmed. Freckling and sunspots can pop up quickly as a result of too much sun exposure. Rest assured, though, there is a way to turn back some of the damage and reduce the visibility of it. A chemical peel can remove the discolorations and leave your skin looking new and beautiful. You may be asking, though, what is a chemical peel and what all does it do?

There are three different times of chemical peels: light, medium, and deep. The kind of chemical peel that is right for you will depend upon what you are trying to correct and how severe the discoloration is. The chemicals are brushed on to your face and then neutralized after a specific length of time.  A light peel is usually used for people who suffer from acne, small wrinkles, and slight discolorations. The recovery is short and you can receive the treatment up to once a week for the first six weeks. This peel only affects the outer layer of skin and causes the least amount of pain.

A medium peel uses slightly harsher chemicals and penetrates further into the skin to the top of the dermis layer to smooth out acne scars and more severe discoloration. Your skin may burn or sting during one of these treatments, but they do not last long and the solution will be neutralized within a couple of minutes. It is likely that your skin will peel, but the new layer of skin will be healthy and bright.

Deep chemical peels will change your skin the most and is usually used on patients who have severe discoloration, wrinkling, or occasionally pre-cancerous growths. This peel will penetrate to the lower part of the dermis level and is likely to cause a lot more pain than a light or a medium peel. The chemicals are left on the face for longer, but there is generally a local anesthetic applied to reduce the pain. After the treatment, there will be peeling and discomfort, which can be managed with pain meds. While there are more negatives to this particular procedure, there are also more positives. The results can last as far as ten years in the future, giving you healthy, glowing skin for up to a decade.

If you want that warm glow for the summer, the best time to look into a chemical peel is about six weeks prior so there is time to recover and peel. When you want to diminish discoloration and wrinkles for the summer, you should look into a chemical peel at University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness.

Chemical Peel – Minimally Invasive Procedure - American Society of Plastic Surgeons