Posts in Category "Ask a Skin Care Specialist"

Steam, Sauna and Hot Yoga: The Effects of Heat on the Skin

When the mercury starts to dip, heat seekers looking for a warmer-weather fix can head indoors: to a sauna, a steam room or even a hot yoga studio. Not only do these practices relax the body, reduce stress, and release endorphins essential to proper nerve function, they increase circulation to the skin to improve its health—and appearance...

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Improve the Appearance of Sun Damage with Post-Summer Peels

As we say hello to fall, it’s a prime time to address the signs of damage accrued throughout the summer months. Despite the efforts of even diligent sunscreen-wearers, environmental assaults and UV radiation can cause the complexion to become visibly dry and uneven. Post-summer peels not only help repair this damage, but they also prevent accumulated damage that may necessitate additional therapeutic treatment in the fall and winter months...

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Exercise Your Way to Better-Looking Skin

In addition to boasting a slew of proven health benefits for the body and mind, regular exercise can help to improve the skin’s vitality and radiance. Exercise stimulates the lymphatic system and increases blood flow, helping to carry oxygen and nutrients to the skin and translating to visibly healthier skin overall.

Exercise also helps to decrease the cumulative impact of stress on the skin. Widely recognized as an aggravator of numerous skin conditions including acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema, stress causes hormone levels to rise, in turn increasing inflammation…

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How to Avoid Acne Scars

Almost all of us have experienced acne at some point. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s the most common skin condition in the country. For some patients, severe acne can lower self-esteem, and acne scars only prolong these emotional side effects. Fortunately, through prevention and treatment, it is possible to improve acne and reduce the potential for scarring...

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Why Sunscreen Is Hot Anytime of Year

It’s the dead of winter in most parts of the country, when low temperatures dictate certain skin care choices: intensified moisturizers, more emollient lip balms. And while sunscreen may not be top-of-mind, UV rays are just as present in the winter months, making sunscreen a must-have in winter and throughout the year...

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A Closer Look at Professional Peels

The chemical peel is one of the best anti-aging tools in an aesthetician’s arsenal. Professional peels not only enhance the texture and tone of the skin—they also help the skin to look and act younger over time. During a professional peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove its outer layers. As dead skin is sloughed away via the chemical exfoliation process, new skin cells emerge resulting in a luminous, healthy glow. Peels also help to diminish a host of visible skin imperfections including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne bumps and even scarring...

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Healthy Skin Must-Haves

My job comes with many benefits, but the one that’s most important to me as an aesthetician is the ability to change the lives of my patients. I have the opportunity to test all different types of treatments and skin care products so that I can find what really works and share that knowledge with my patients. Accordingly, my must-have skin care items are the same tried-and-true products that I recommend to my patients every day. Every face is like a canvas and my goal is to create beautiful artwork. I equate beautiful skin with healthy skin, and this concept really resonates with my patients. And while everyone deserves unique treatment, there are certain ingredients and products that are known to be must-haves on every skin type...

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Understanding Hyperpigmentation

Whether a result of sun damage, hormonal fluctuations or simply an unwanted reminder of acne past, all types of hyperpigmentation have one thing in common: melanin. The overproduction of melanin causes darkening of the skin known as dyschromia, or hyperpigmentation...

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Preventing Crow’s Feet

The tiny lines that develop in the corners of the eyes—commonly known as crow’s feet—are one of the first visible signs of the aging process. In fact, eye area concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration and pigmentation often reveal a person’s age before the rest of the face. Natural facial expressions are one of the main contributors to crow’s feet—thus, they are largely unavoidable. Caused by tiny muscle contractions that occur as we smile, laugh and squint, crow’s feet eventually settle around the eyes and deepen as these movements are repeated over time...

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Cleanse and Exfoliate: Creating a Canvas for Healthy Skin

The first steps to any smart skin care routine, cleansing and exfoliating, create a clean slate for healthy skin. A proper routine helps to eliminate dullness and allows skin care products to absorb—and work—better. As with any skin care regimen, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to cleansing and exfoliation. Though all skin types respond uniquely to different routines, less is usually more: Using a thorough, effective cleanser and controlled method of exfoliation means you don’t need to scrub your skin in order to see results...

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