Cold weather can be hard on your body and skin. The cold weather combined with the low humidity can create many beauty issues. Fortunately there are several solutions that can help restore hydration and coloration during this time.
Winter is notorious for creating dry dull skin. The key to combating dry skin is to ensure there is adaquete hydration and moisture. Make sure you drink lots of water to help replenish yourself. Another key is to receive plenty of healthy oils, most commonly known as omega-3's. Omega-3's can be found in a variety of foods including certain types of fish. Finally, use an effective moisture and hydration trapping element. The latest buzz word in hydration for the skin is hyaluronic acids commonly known as HAs. While most people think of HA's as an injectable filler such as Restylane or Juvederm, it is actually a normal part of healthy hydrated skin. When used as a topical skin agent, such as with the product Hyalis, the skin will retain water and have a plumper and more youthful appearance even in winter.
Chapped lips can be one of the most difficult issues to deal with during winter. Chapped lips are not only unsightly, but can be a mechanism for diseases to spread to other people. Chapped lips often respond better to pertoleum-based products such as Aquaphor healing ointment. Wax-based forumlas do not hydrate lips but rather serve to protect lips. Additonally,franganced lip products can cause irritation and dryness. Try a scented lip stick or gloss to avoid the excess dryness.
Make sure you set the humidity at around 50% during the winter. Humidity below that will promote dry skin. Humidity above that can actually allow condensation and encourage bacterial growth.
Use growth factor products such as Bioserum and TNS to help your skin recover faster during the winter time.
Winter is a great time to have LASER procedures since the sun is less influential during this time
Make sure you exercise. Exercise improves your circulation and can help improve your skin during the winter months.
Avoid hot water during baths and showers. Luke warm water has a less drying effect.
Use hand santizers when possible. Soap and water can have a drying effect on skin.
It is not like a study showing smoking having a deleterious effect is shocking. From experience, many of us can deduce that smoking is not healthy and you will not look as young as if you didn't smoke. A new twin study demonstrates this.
Twin studies are perhaps one of the best ways of determining the effects of a treatment or lifestyle. The annual festival at Twinsburg, Ohio is said to be the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. Guyoron and associates from Case Western University recently published a study in the Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Journal. They found that smokers were more likely to have identifiable characteristics of aging such as lines around the mouth and eye bags. The study did not look at the quality of the skin.
While a study that shows that smoking makes you look older is not shocking, it does provide more objective evidence for the harmful effects. The skin is an astounding insight to the overall health and condition of the internal body. It is quite rare to see a patient who smokes, suntans, and eats poorly to have beautiful skin. For many patients, the key is to live a healthy lifestyle so that you will feel and look better.
Why some women spend more on looks in a recession?
During an economic downturn, women are more likely to spend more on their looks then in more prosperous times. This anticipated phenomenon is labeled the "lipstick effect". This is because the cosmetics industry, including Botox and fillers, are actually rising in popularity. The theory is that women are making themselves more attractive to grab the attention of more financially secure wealthy suitors.
Sarah Hill, researcher of “The lipstick effect,” noted that L’Oreal saw its sales grow 5.3 percent in 2008, the heart of the most recent recession. One reason Hill notes for the existence of the effect is that during "periods of scarcity," women see a decline of the availability of quality mates. Hill states that because unemployment and low returns on investments occur at a higher rate during recessions, a recession may signal to women that financially secure men are becoming relatively scarce.
While some of you may think this is ridiculous and superficial, Hill has tested this theory out using four separate experiments and all have said that yes, the effect in fact does exist. Women do increase their desire to buy products such as lipstick, designer jeans, high-heels, and perfume.
Facial redness can be a constant problem for some patients. It can be embarrassing, hard to cover up, and challenging to treat. Some forms of redness can be early signs of rosacea. Rosacea is a wide spectrum of facial conditions which can range from facial flushing and redness to vascular lesions and raised lesions across the skin. The redness can be triggered by spicy foods, alcohol, cleansers, birth control pills or stress. When possible, the elimination of an offending trigger may improve redness. Rosacea is typically treated with oral medications such as tetracycline, minocycline, or doxycycline or prescription topicals such as metronidazole.
One new breakthrough in redness relief is SkinMedica Calmplex. Calmplex treats the underlying cause of redness and also improves the skin's natural barrier. It does so by using 4-Ethoxybenzaldeheyde which inhibits the release of the natural vasodilator, prostaglandin E2. Patients have found their redness to be greatly improved in a little as two weeks. Calmplex can also be used to expedite the dissipation of redness after a Cross TCA or other acne scar treatment.
Overall, redness relief can be a difficult problem and involves identifing and eliminating triggers when possible and in some cases the use of select topicals to help decrease redness.
Triggers to Redness:
Food- alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks, alcohol
Activities- exercise, hot water (bath or sauna)
Environment- Hot weather, cold weather, humidity, sunlight, wind, computer, fluorescent lighting
Emotional- Stress, anxiety, embarrassment, laughter
Hormonal- Birth control pills, menopause, chronic cough,
Irritants- Skin care products, alcohol containing products, sunscreens
Medications- Blood pressure drugs, pain medications, nicotinic acid, tamoxifen