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New Year's Skincare Resolutions #4: Always Apply Sunscreen

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. In the United Kingdom, research has revealed that skin cancer rates have more than doubled since the 1990's. So, it's puzzling how despite the looming danger of skin cancer and the protection sunscreen offers against it, people choose not to wear it! Some people only wear it during the summer, believing that during the cooler months they're safe. But in reality, sunscreen should be worn every single day. Temperature and UV levels are not related.

Common misconceptions

There are numerous misconceptions and half-truths surrounding sunscreen use. For example, some people believe suntanned skin is healthy and that indoor tanning is healthier than direct sun exposure. Both thoughts are grossly incorrect. In fact, some believe that you stop wearing sunscreen in winter. Especially if you're bundled up or darker-skinned.

A suntan is a sign that skin damage is setting in. We need to start likening it to a deeper, less aggressive sunburn. Tanning beds, on the other hand, emit UV rays which break our skin's elasticity over time, accelerating the damage. How could one possibly think that's healthy?

Although clothing provides some protection, the lighter an item is - the less protective it is. Please note that wet clothing has the lowest SPF (Skin Protection Factor). While dark skin may not burn easily in the sun, it still gets damaged, nonetheless. If you’re particular about your vitamin D intake, laying in the sun for hours to accumulate vitamins. It is very much present in many everyday foods and the supplements are readily available at most pharmacies.

UV Rays in winter?

Is the Pope Catholic? Does the Sun emit UV rays all year round? The answers are the same for both. A resounding yes. There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. The intensity of UVB is lessened by cloud cover. But the UVA type, which makes up 95% of UV rays, penetrates the atmosphere all-year round. Also, contrary to some’s beliefs, they’re very much present in the colder and cloudier months. UVA rays are also responsible for wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer.

In fact, the sun-shielding, greenhouse layer is at its thinnest in winter. Thus, giving UV rays the best shot at your skin. Winter winds will also leave your skin dry and agitated. In addition, snow, concrete, and ice reflect almost 90% of UV rays. Winter-sport lovers, skiers and snowboarders are at an even greater risk considering that with every 1000 feet of their ascent, UV radiation intensifies by 4-5%. Additionally, recent studies have shown that low doses of ambient, infrared light from overhead lamps, mobile phone, and computer screens can stimulate pigment cells.

The daily sunscreen routine

Apply sunscreen religiously. Extended sun exposure has a cumulative effect. The results? Fine lines and wrinkled, sagging skin. So, please be sure make it a daily routine. Any sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 is recommended.

Apply sunscreen to any area that’ll be exposed to sunlight, and don't forget the lips! Be sure to put lip balm on them. Chapped, sunburnt lips can be a pain. We recommend reapplying every it 3 to 4 hours if you’re spending prolonged periods of time outside. Lastly, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in anti-oxidants to help fight sun damage.

Sunscreen Textures

Sunscreen comes in several varying textures and forms. They can be creams, sprays, gels, and lotions. Many people avoid wearing sunscreen because it either makes the skin feel greasy or would leave a white cast on it. Others feel it's a messy affair and the rest just forget to do so.

Make sure you consult with your dermatologist to find out which sunscreen is the best for you. The advice they give could save you a lot of itching, burning or peeling. Be sure to pick one that is oil-free or has a moisturizer. Also find one that blends with your skin tone.

Physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or and similar active ingredients that block, reflect/deflect UV rays. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and release them as heat. The effects of both differ with each skin type. Seek the help of a qualified dermatologist to find one that is suitable for you. Ensure your sunscreen is broad spectrum, meaning, it offers protection for both UVA and UVB rays.

Conclusion

Use sunscreen every day to prevent wrinkles, premature aging and to help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Take care of your skin. To find out more about the specifics of sunscreen use and skincare, book an appointment with us at the Dermatology Consultants of Frisco here.

 

New Year's Skincare Resolutions #3: Clean Your Bedding

Thursday, January 24, 2019


On average, a person spends anywhere between six to nine hours in bed. Considering that we shed skin AND sweat in our sleep, our bedding can play host to plenty of unsanitary, bodily debris. Consistently failing to clean your sheets can affect your skin profoundly. Especially when you realize your skin’s in direct contact with them for several hours a day. Having healthy skin is the result of hard work, commitment, and discipline and this is one of its simplest requirements. Isn’t ironic that beauty sleep could ruin your skin’s beauty?

At Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, we are committed to ensuring that your New Year skin resolutions are fulfilled. Follow our easy tips to make your skin better and healthier.

The Beauty of the Skin

 To reiterate our early point, taking care of your skin isn’t about sophisticated procedures, but the simple things we do. As you sweat at night and shed skin, dead skin cells accumulate in your bedding. This poses not only a threat to your skin’s health but your overall health. Dander, dust mites and other allergens further accumulate and thrive in dirty linen. The bacteria trapped in your sheets’ fibers can go on to cause skin irritations and a myriad of other problems.

Fungal Breeding Site

 Without proper cleaning, beds are a perfect breeding ground for fungi. Dirty bedding may trigger fungal infections, skin breakouts, and other opportunistic allergies. Bacteria and dust mites can easily aggravate allergies and interfere with your everyday comfort and health. In severe cases of sheet neglect, mold and the mildew are the culprits activating your allergies. It is also worth noting that mattress care is as important as regular sheet washing. Old mattresses are a haven for germs and parasites that could wreak havoc on your skin.

Cleaning and changing the bedding

At Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, we believe that making sure your bed sheets and pillows should be washed and changed as part of your skincare routine. Your sleeping surfaces should always be kept fresh. People often ignore the importance of deep cleaning their mattress. Mattresses go for years without proper cleaning and foster a legion of threats to your skin.

At least twice a year, your bed should be deep cleaned to eliminate the allergens that form on its surface. Deep cleaning involves vacuuming it with an upholstery attachment. Any spots on the mattress are cleaned thoroughly and the bed is then promptly deodorized. Also, it’s worth noting that a mattress should be replaced every 5 to 10 years.

Your skin comes in contact with your sheets for hours on a daily basis. Thus, there’s a pressing need to keep them germ-free. We recommend cleaning them at least once every two weeks. Be extremely mindful of your bedding’s material and wash them accordingly. Pay close attention to the state of your sheets as well – worn out sheets are no good.

Pillows should be washed a few times a year to avoid wear. Fluffing your pillow every day helps get rid of accumulated dust. We recommend cleaning your duvet and its covers once every two to three months. Depending on the directions of the label and the material, some should be machine washed, dry cleaned or hand washed.

Believe it or not, your pajamas are an essential part of your bedtime skincare routine. We recommended change your nightwear daily to fight dead skin and bacteria accumulation. Both of which are serious threats to your skin. In the summer, this tip is especially key. The higher temperatures bring more night sweats, and with night sweats come the accumulation of sweat oil – abundant with its bacteria and fungi.

It is never too late to take control of the situation. Dermatology Consultants of Frisco are always here to give better and improved skin care tips that will make 2019 better. Make a date with us to learn more new year skincare resolutions and even a skin examination.

 

New Year's Skincare Resolutions #2: Moisturize More

Monday, January 21, 2019


 

If you read our first article in our New Year skincare resolution series, you'll know that facial serum is a winner. Once you've applied your serum, the next phase is moisturizing. Moisturizer keep your skin smooth and lock in your serum for maximum absorption.

Moisturizing Is Key to Beautiful Skin

If you want to preserve your skin’s fresh and glowing look, it's essential to moisturize regularly. Making moisturizer a key element in your daily skincare regimen prevents extremely dry or oily skin. It also wards off the irritation that comes with it. To reiterate an earlier point, yes, even oily skin needs to be moisturized. Who’d have thought?

Funnily enough, skin can become overly oily when soaps and other products strip it of its moisture. It’s your sebaceous glands overcompensating for the dryness that leaves your skin in that state. By using a daily moisturizer, you can restore your skin's natural pH balance. It could also help regulate your body’s sebum production. That way your skin remains healthy and isn’t too oily or too dry.

The regular use of a good moisturizer can even help protect you from skin cancer. Your skin needs hydration for rejuvenation. By supplementing your skin's rejuvenation, your cells will turn over faster. This results in healthier looking skin that’s less susceptible to skin cancer.

Not All Moisturizers Are Created Equally

When you're thinking about a moisturizer, it's important to know that all moisturizers are not created equally. Some are water-based, and others might be oil-based. Some have fragrances, while others don't. Most importantly, some contain important skincare ingredients like vitamins, antioxidants, and SPF, while others don't. Get with the former not the latter. Here are some key ingredients and terms to look for in your moisturizer.

Oil-Free – Even if your skin is dry, to avoid clogging your pores. It's best to choose a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.

Vitamins C+E – These anti-oxidant rich vitamins will help protect your skin from free radicals and fight skin damage before it appears.

Vitamins A+B5 – These vitamins heal the skin and promote firmness while keeping your moisture levels up.

SPF 15 or Higher – An SPF of 15 or higher will help prevent premature aging, and sun damage as well as certain types of skin cancer.

Humectants – Humectants like glycerin, and hyaluronic acid draw moisture to your skin and are important for maintaining skin health.

Applying Moisturizer

Moisturizing is a daily process that should be at the core of every skincare regimen. The skin is the body's largest organ after all. For the best results, you should moisturize your face at least twice a day. We recommend doing so after washing your skin, patting it dry, and applying your serums.

Most people just moisturize their face and the parts of their body that are visible to others. They often neglect their chest, upper arms, inner thighs etc. Moisturizing is best done right after a shower, a shave, or after exfoliating. After you get out of the tub, pat yourself dry with a towel, and then apply your moisturizer immediately. This locks in the moisture from the water. If you fail to moisturize after a shower, the water quickly evaporates and leaves your skin extremely parched. Following this instruction will help give your body an age-defying glow that will keep skin irritation at bay.

It's also important to hydrate internally by drinking lots of water. External moisture may be key, but internal moisturizing is equally important to your skin's health as well. So, keep drinking that water, it's helping you save your beautiful complexion.

For additional guidance in choosing the best skincare regime for your skin, you should book an appointment with a dermatologist like Dermatology Consultants of Frisco today!

 

New Year's Skincare Resolutions #1: Use a Facial Serum

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Moisturizers? Check. Face wash? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Exfoliator? Check. With all these things, you’d figure you’ve got everything your new skincare routine needs. However, at Dermatologists Consultants of Frisco, we highly recommend integrating the use of a facial serum into your new year skincare resolutions. 

Facial serums aren’t widely considered a skincare staple. However, its paramount to have one as a source of nutrition and nourishment for your face’s skins. Facial serums are lightweight moisturizers that integrate a higher concentration of active ingredients like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid. In fact, because of serum’s high ingredient concentration, they can offer more targeted treatment to a number of skin issues.

Truth be told, you’ve might pay a pretty penny to get your hands on some high-quality facial serum. However, we’re not saying it’ll cost an arm and a leg either.

Since your skin is the largest organ, we believe no expense should be spared for its maintenance. In skincare, we can sincerely say, “Preventing is always better than curing.” Taking good care of your skin rewards you in the long run.

Below are a few of facial serum’s benefits:

Perfect Wrinkle Remover and Brightens Dull Skin

As you age, your skin wrinkles and loses the youthful radiance it once possessed. One way to help your skin’s battle against Father Time? A facial serum. They have a reputation for being an excellent anti-aging remedy. Importantly, most of these products’ formulae integrate golden micro-reflectors that illuminate the skin and stimulate cell renewal. Thus, restoring and preserving the skin’s youth

For the serum to work perfectly, apply it to clean skin both in the morning and in the evening.

Helps Eliminate Dark Spots

Exposure to UV radiation leads to dull skin and dark spots. These dark spots need to be handled with the utmost seriousness – just like any other skin infection. At DCF, we advise consulting with your nearest dermatologist to find out the right serum-based facial products for your ailment.

Doubles Up as an Exemplary Moisturizer

It is important to point out that facial serums are applied after cleansing, but before moisturizing - especially for water-based serums. In fact, the step-by-step process to washing your face:

  • Cleansing
  • Applying serum
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen

Facial serums have concentrated active ingredients that are absorbed deeper and faster by the skin. Despite being labeled “serums, they’re an excellent complementary moisturizer – not a substitute though.

Facial Serum versus Moisturizers

Is facial serum a type of moisturizer? A very common question. The answer is actually yes, and no. Serums integrate many moisturizing ingredients such as Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid. However, the fact that it has these ingredients, does not make it a traditional moisturizer. In the world of dermatology, creams and lotions are typical moisturizers because they are substantially richer in moisturizing ingredients and they create a good barrier on the skin that keep all the good stuff in.

So, if you're in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, book an appointment at DCF (a premier DFW dermatologist), to find out which facial serum works best for you.

For more information, contact us.

 

 

How to Exfoliate Sensitive Skin

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

 

What is Exfoliation?

This process is simply the removal of your skin’s oldest cells but don’t worry there’s no reason to fret. Most of those skin cells are already dead. Your skin replaces itself exponentially faster in your youth than it does further down the line. Thus, it is necessary to work exfoliation into your skincare regimen to keep it lush and soft. Exfoliation can be achieved through chemical or mechanical means. Shampoos and cleansers fall into the former, electric scrubbers and sponges fall into the latter. It is also recommended that one exfoliate their face at least once a week.

The Benefits of Exfoliation

According to Dermstore, there are 5 main benefits to exfoliation. The first of which is that exfoliation helps reduce the appearance of age spots. It does this through its removal of aged skin cells that contain that particular pigment. Secondly, exfoliation helps unclog the pores. Unclogging one’s pores allows for the release of natural skin oils like sebum which help hydrate and revitalize the skin. The third is that exfoliation can help minimize pore size – this is key because bigger pores are more prone to over-secreting sebum. Exfoliation also reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, and lastly it allows easier absorption of skincare products, e.g. moisturizers, antioxidants & serums.

The Dilemma

From what we’ve seen, we can ascertain that exfoliation is a net positive for your skin. However, it is an abrasive process – and if done with too much rigor can cause problems. Some of these problems include redness, dryness & flakiness. In addition to this, we have people with extremely sensitive skin types who are already susceptible to redness and irritation. In fact, you might be one of them. How do those with tender, highly reactive skin exfoliate without harming their skin? Well, allow us at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco to tell you how.

Tips

  • You should opt for chemical exfoliants, particularly acids – They help eliminate the debris on your skin’s surface. This is turn will helps unclog your pores. We recommend working with milder offerings and working your way up. This way, you’ll be able to better gauge your skin’s tolerance to an exfoliant. Starting off with a harsh chemical peel could be extremely counterproductive in the long run.
  • If you’re still keen on physical exfoliation, use washcloths and softer sponges. Many are usually skeptical about their usefulness as physical exfoliants. But they’re surprisingly good. Remember, with more sensitive skin, we recommend that you gently rub instead of scrubbing rigorously. The latter is bound to cause redness and irritation. Move the product not your skin.
  • Consider adding fruit to your skincare routine. There are a number of fruits with naturally occurring acids that provide a softer, gentler exfoliation than many of its chemical counterparts. We advise against using straight-up fruit juice – its acidic content might be far too high. Add it to a base made from water, yogurt and oils for the best results.

With the information you’ve gotten from this post, we trust you’ll begin to see that exfoliation is for everyone – even those with sensitive skin. To get even more personalized information and recommendations for your skincare routine, do not hesitate to contact us today.

 


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