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.
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!
NBA Superstar LeBron James has donned a headband throughout his entire career, but after ditching it in the second quarter of a March 7th game against the Phoenix Suns, the headband has remained noticeably absent. This has caused many to wonder why after so many years the four-time MVP decided to get rid of the accessory. Was it affecting his play? Was it uncomfortable? Or did he just want a different look? One theory out there is that he had a hair transplant last season and the hair has now grown in. He liked the results of the procedure so much that he wanted to show it off, thus getting rid of the headband.
For years, LeBron’s hairline, or lack thereof, has been regularly joked about and many believe that’s the reason he wore it in the first place. The headband was a way for him to cover up and camouflage his hair loss. In recent years, his hairline continued to recede considerably and something needed to be done about it. Either go the route of Michael Jordan and shave it off completely, or restore it permanently with a hair transplant.
Recent photos of the back of his head may further support the theory that he had a hair transplant. The back right side of his head clearly shows a linear scar, this is usually where the donor hair is taken from and is a telltale sign of a follicular unit transplant (although usually not as easily detectable). With the procedure being a gradual process it is also quite simple to hide that it was done (the full results may not be seen until about 8-12 months after).
Whatever you choose to believe, his team the Cleveland Cavaliers look prepared for a deep playoff run. So it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of the new headband-less James.
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that removes unwanted hair from various areas on the body using a laser. The treatment is performed by an experienced medical provider and is an outpatient procedure. The laser used is an intense flashing light applied to the area being treated. The beam penetrates the epidermis to reach the hair follicle where it reduces future growth. Laser hair removal is an effective means of slowing the growth process, and in some cases permanently stops new hair growth. For permanent results multiple sessions are required and results are never guaranteed. It is important to note that different skin pigments and hair colors produce different results.
Laser hair removal is a relatively safe and effective alternative to shaving, tweezing, waxing or electrolysis. This cosmetic procedure is one of the most common for many reasons. It is likely to produce expected results, the procedure is quick and easy and most of your body can be treated. By choosing this method of hair removal you will experience an incomparable reduction of hair growth with minimal side effects. The process is short, when compared to electrolysis, and generally more cost effective. Laser hair removal not only removes the hair, but it also decreases stubble and continued growth.
Laser hair removal can be treated on a variety of people. Patients vary in age starting at 13 and can be male or female. Laser treatment works on a many different skin colors, but, it is generally ineffective on grey, red and light blonde hair.
The LightSheer Duet is an efficient hair removal device that provides fast and effective results for permanent hair growth reduction. It uses a vacuum assist technology to improve the speed of the procedure. It is ideal for treating larger areas, such as the back, which with other devices would be time consuming. It also works well on smaller areas.