The cold air, wind, and indoor heat can all leave your skin feeling quite dry and irritated this winter. Due to this, you shouldn’t just change how you dress, but how you treat your skin as well. Here are some tips to keep your skin hydrated and healthy this season:
• Limit your time in the shower.
• Bathe in warm water rather than hot.
• Avoid liquid pump soaps which can be very drying.
• After showering or bathing pat yourself dry, don’t rub.
• Apply a moisturizer when your skin is still moist
• Apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin because even if it’s not sunny out, harmful UVA rays are still prevalent.
• Drink lots of water and other fluids because the cold weather can strip necessary moisture from the skin.
If the winter weather is still giving your skin trouble, Neiman Dermatology can help. Call our office at 716-688-0020 today and let us help your skin stay healthy this winter.
As we get older, it is natural for wrinkles to appear as our skin loses elasticity and thickness. Although, aging is a major cause of the formation of wrinkles, there are other contributors as well.
Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that serve as good tips in preventing wrinkles.
• Improve your diet. Eating healthier, especially more fruits and vegetables, can improve the overall tone, texture, and clarity of your skin.
• Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause your skin to appear dull and lifeless. Try to get between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep each night.
• Wear sunscreen. Regularly wearing a SPF of at least 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays will significantly help prevent wrinkles.
• Use retinols. Retinols stimulate collagen production, which improves the overall look and quality of your skin.
• Use a moisturizer. Moisturizers plump up the skin by sealing in moisture giving a wrinkle-free appearance.
• Drink lots of water. Your body not only needs moisture on the outside to prevent wrinkles, but on the inside as well. It is recommended to drink 6-8 glasses a day to keep your skin hydrated.
• Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can significantly improve the appearance of your skin by providing it with nutrients and oxygen.
• Treatments such as micro-needling, microdermabrasion, facial or chemical peel. These treatments not only improve and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, but also fine lines, superficial scarring, and pigmentation as well.
• Lay out in the sun. The leading cause of wrinkles, more than heredity, is sun exposure. Also, it can slow down collagen production.
• Squint. Squinting can cause wrinkles around your eyes. To avoid squinting on sunny days try wearing sunglasses, this will also protect the thin, sensitive skin around eyes from the sun.
• Stress out. Stress can show on your skin, leading to permanent fine lines and wrinkles etched in the face.
• Eat too much sugar. Sugar and processed foods can break down collagen, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.
• Sleep on your side. When you do sleep make sure to sleep on your back to avoid bed lines that can lead to permanent wrinkles.
• Smoke. Takes away oxygen and nutrients from the skin.
• Drink alcohol. Alcohol removes the skin’s hydration causing wrinkles.
• Chew gum. The act of constant chewing can lead to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
If you are interested in any of the treatments listed above to reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin contact the Neiman Dermatology Building today at 716-688-0020.
Your belly may be preparing for delicious dishes this Thanksgiving, but did you know some of the food you eat on the holiday can also benefit your skin? That’s right! Some of your favorite Thanksgiving foods can improve the appearance of your skin. Check out this list of some of the foods your skin will be thankful for this Thanksgiving:
• Sweet Potatoes. They are full of vitamin C, which smooths wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen.
• Green beans. Contains antioxidants that benefit anti-aging.
• Pumpkin. Rich in vitamins A, C, and E which can help protect skin.
• Cinnamon. Improves circulation and helps prevent acne.
• Cranberries. Contains vitamin C and antioxidants which helps keep skin firm and prevent wrinkles.
• Apples. – Excellent source of mandelic acids, which reduces skin discoloration.
• Carrots. Loaded with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights aging.
So remember, as you’re enjoying your meal this Thanksgiving your skin may also be benefiting as well!
With the official beginning of summer upon us, many people will be spending more time outside the next few months. This means more time spent in the sun exposed to its harmful rays. Here are just a few important things to keep in mind to help protect your skin this upcoming summer:
• When applying sunscreens, layering them does not give added SPF protection. The SPF you end up with is only the SPF of the highest sunscreen you applied. So for example, if you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 then apply one with an SPF of 25, you will only have protection of the SPF of 30.
• The American Academy of Dematology does recommend applying two layers of sunscreen on all exposed areas though. The second layer should be applied about 30 minutes after the first, at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.
• SPF protection is on a logarithmic scale, meaning there is a bigger difference between SPF 25 and SPF 30 than there is with SPF 30 and SPF 45.
• SPF’s below 15 are essentially worthless.
• If you do contract sunburn take Advil or Motrin, they block inflammation and can actually lessen the burn.
Just remember these care tips to keep your skin safe and healthy this summer!
Today marks the 34th anniversary of the death of reggae music pioneer, Bob Marley. He was not only instrumental in popularizing reggae music worldwide, but also the Jamaican and Rastafarian culture. Tragically in 1981, at the age of only 36, he died from a cancerous brain tumor. It is believed that the tumor may have been the result of an untreated case of a malignant melanoma.
According to sources, the first indication of Marley’s melanoma occurred while playing in a soccer game in the summer of 1977. During the game he badly injured his right big toe, thinking it was just a bruise he chose not to have it looked at further. With the injury not improving and actually worsening, Marley had a biopsy done on his toe. This confirmed a diagnosis of a malignant melanoma (type of skin cancer). The medical staff recommended that the toe, and possibly even the foot, be amputated to avoid the condition from spreading. Marley refused the amputation, stating that it was against his religious beliefs. With the condition continuing to worsen, Marley agreed to have an orthopedic surgeon perform a skin graft on the toe. The treatment was believed to have successfully removed the cancerous lesion. A few years later in September of 1980, Marley was diagnosed with a brain tumor. This was thought to have been the result of the melanoma in his toe spreading before it received treatment. Eight months later on May 11, 1981 Bob Marley passed away.
While melanoma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, if it is found early it can be one of the most treatable. This makes early detection essential, so if you haven’t had your skin checked in a while make sure to set up an appointment today!