Photoaging and UV Exposure

As part of the Ontario Skin Cancer Prevention Act, youths under the age of 18 have been banned from using tanning beds as of this past Thursday, May 1st – perfectly timed, considering May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of the legislation is to protect young people, who are especially vulnerable to damage from UV radiation leading to skin cancer. According to the World Health Organization, the use of tanning beds by individuals under the age of 35 increases your chance of skin cancer by a whopping 75%. In fact, the WHO classifies tanning beds among its highest risk category, which includes tobacco and asbestos.

Aside from serious health effects, long term exposure to UV rays has been proven to cause photoaging by damaging the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres, resulting in premature wrinkles and fine lines. Other side effects of prolonged UV exposure are as follows:

  • Both UVA and UVB cause damage to DNA, with UVB in the epidermis and UVA deeper in the dermis.
  • This damage causes mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene, a gene responsible for repairing damaged DNA (if possible), or discarding cells that are damaged beyond repair.
  • If p53 doesn’t function properly, these highly damaged cells continue to multiply.
  • Around 50% of skin tumors have this mutated p53 gene in them.
  • UVA penetrates deeper into the skin reaching the dermis where collagen, the structural scaffolding of the skin, is located. This causes the skin to sag in places leading to wrinkles.
  • Both UVA and UVB cause the number of Langerhans cells, an important part of the immune system, to decrease, lowering immunity.
  • UVA increases the number of inflammatory cells in the dermis.

Generally, the effects of UV exposure on the skin are permanent, however, thanks to scientific breakthroughs and advances in medical grade technology, they can be minimized and in some cases, completely reversed. Professional treatments like IPL Photo Rejuvenation and Laser Genesis are specifically designed to treat the most common age concerns that are so often a direct result of excessive tanning in our youth, such as deep wrinkles, fine lines, loss of skin elasticity, uneven tone and texture, redness/Rosacea, freckles and age spots, etc;

Taking simple precautions in your everyday routine, such as wearing sunscreen, can also have a hugely positive effect on the overall/longterm condition of your skin. Always choose an SPF formulated with zinc oxide, which is far more photostable than any other sun protecting ingredient.

Spring Towards Healthy Skin!

With the season changing, so should your skin care regimen. As we head into the warmer weather, your skin care routine needs to be adjusted in order to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.

Lighten Up

The heavy moisturizing cream that you used in the wintertime may be a little too heavy during spring and summer months. Instead, switch to a sheer, lightweight moisturizing sunscreen, such as EltaMD’s UV Daily SPF 40. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, it increases skin’s smoothness and significantly decreases wrinkles over time, while the 9% transparent zinc oxide offers some serious broad-spectrum UV protection without the pasty white, chalky residue – it’s so light, it’s almost invisible! For those of you on the more sensitive side, this moisturizer is also fragrance-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic.

Makeup palettes should lighten up as well. Set aside your dark lipsticks and shadows and opt lighter neutrals and soft pinks. For daytime use a lip gloss rather than a lipstick, and replace your heavy liquid foundation with a mineral powder or tinted sunscreen (EltaMD’s Tinted UV Physical SPF 41).

Scrub Down

Sloughing off dead skin is a must in any skin care routine, regardless of the season. Regular exfoliation helps you get a closer shave, prevents in-growns, and allows your serums and moisturizers to penetrate deeper. Stay away from products with large, jagged granules, which are quite harsh on facial skin and cause little microscopic scratches on the epidermis, which can lead to a multitude of issues such as broken capillaries, scarring, and hyperpigmentation.

Professional microdermabrasion devices use fine crystals, which pass over the skin with a vacuum or air pulsating wand. This process gently “sandblasts” dead skin cells and rough patches left behind from the dry, winter air, leaving you with a noticeably refreshed complexion immediately after your treatment.

Chemical peels are ideal for eliminating surface-level blemishes and imperfections. A peeling agent (aHA or bHA) is applied to the skin and as a result, the uppermost layer of dead skin slowly peels off. In just a matter of days, dull, rough skin is replaced by a smoother, more radiant complexion. There are a number of at home products that can be used to maintain the results of your chemical peel in between sessions that contain aHAs or bHAs, depending on your skin’s needs. Drier skins, for example, may want to opt for products containing lactic acid (a hydrating aHA derived from milk), like the PCA Nutrient Toner, while those prone to break outs should look for ingredients like salicylic acid (a bHA derived from willow bark that works against P. acne bacterias) such as Circadia’s Cleansing Gel with Salicylic Acid.

Rehydrate From the Inside Out

Those of us with dry skin know all too well how miserable of a feeling it is to have skin that feels less like a baby’s bottom and more like a sheet of sandpaper. Dry/dehydrated skin can cause all sorts of discomfort, such as peeling, flaking, cracking, redness and itching. The good news is you can avoid that all-over itchy feeling by taking time to keep your body well hydrated from the inside out.

The obvious solution to dry skin is to slather on a good moisturizer or hydrating cream, but we often forget that what we put into our bodies is just as important (if not more) as what we put on. By consuming at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day (or more, for people who are highly active and sweat a lot), not only are you flushing out toxins and other impurities from your body, but you are also maintaining your skin’s hydration levels and elasticity — remember: dry skin ages a lot faster!

If you’re looking for an instant fix, oxygen facials are the way to go. Popular amongst A-list celebrities (some self-confessed fans include Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow), oxygen facials use fine mists of oxygen infused with medical grade hyperbaric oxygen and vitamin serums to instantly plump, hydrate, and smooth skin. The germicidal action also makes it extremely beneficial for acne sufferers, and the lightening and vaso-constricting capabilities give instant results for rosacea. The procedure is a quick 30 minute procedure that is beneficial for all skin types and can be repeated as often as once a week.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

When was the last time you looked at your makeup bag (and I mean really looked at it)? Some important factors to consider while debating whether or not it’s time to toss and replace a beauty product are the type of makeup, how it’s been stored, and whether or not you’ve had any cold sores, skin rashes or eye infections. Some cosmetics shouldn’t be kept longer than 3 months, while others (such as nail polishes) can be stored for a couple of years. The following is a general guideline for how long your makeup should be kept:

  • Mascara: Three months
  • Lipstick: One year (some people say longer, so do what’s comfortable)
  • Powder: Up to two years (but wash your applicator regularly)
  • Foundation: 12 to 18 months (oil-based products last longer)
  • Eye and lip pencils: Up to three years (sharpen regularly)
  • Brushes: Wash every 2 to 3 weeks
  • Sponges: Wash weekly, discard monthly

Shave Smart

Let’s be honest here — how many of us actually took the time to shave our legs in the winter as often as we do in the summer? After all, if you’re covered up all day or snowed in from a polar vortex, why bother?

Before you grab the razor, take a few extra minutes to exfoliate your entire body to remove any dead skin from your neck all the way down to your toes. Once you’ve finished shaving, apply your moisturizer while your skin is still a little damp, which helps to lock in moisture and greatly reduces your chance of getting razor bumps.

For those of you who are tired of shaving everyday to avoid that cactus-like feel, laser hair removal is a permanent solution for unwanted hair. Modern, high tech laser treatments can painlessly reduce hair growth on any area of the face or body is as little as 4 to 6 sessions. Designed to be the most outstanding laser hair removal system of modern cosmetic laser technology, the Cutera CoolGlide Nd:YAG at NewDermaMed is the only laser technology that is safe and effective for all skin types. Staying true to its name, the CoolGlide handpiece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin, greatly reducing any feelings of discomfort during the treatment.

Preventing Spider Veins

If you’re under the impression that spider veins and varicose veins only happen in your later years, think again. Contrary to popular belief, visible leg veins are not exclusive to women of a mature age and most of us (yes, men too) will get–at the very least–spider veins at some point in our lives, if not varicose veins as well. From pregnancy to exercise and even sun exposure, spider veins are very common to see on women in their 20s and 30s, and in some cases, as early as their teens. While spider veins in younger people are usually not as serious, that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with and nor should they be ignored.

Known officially as telangiectasia, spider veins are the more common “little cousin” of varicose veins. While spider veins are painless and the result of enlarged venules (very small veins), varicose veins are very dilated, rope-like veins that are often quite painful. The main causes of spider veins are typically weight gain, hormonal changes, genetics or anything that puts pressure on your legs, such as standing for long periods of time.

Taking simple precautions will help to reduce their appearance and lower the risk of the spider veins developing into varicose veins:

  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and to limit spider veins.
  • Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation, and vein strength.
  • Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
  • Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
  • Avoid the habit of sitting with your legs crossed.
  • Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible.
  • If you must stand for a long time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes.
  • If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around or take a short walk every 30 minutes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings and avoid tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin, or legs.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Lower-heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles to help blood move through your veins.
  • Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber, like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain. Eating fiber reduces the chances of constipation, which can contribute to varicose veins. Eating less salt can help with the swelling that comes with varicose veins.
With new advances in laser technology, both spider veins and varicose veins can be safely removed in as little as one treatment at NewDermaMed. By delivering a pulse of laser energy, the blood within the vein coagulates, which destroys the vessel and is harmlessly reabsorbed by the body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.

Spider veins don’t go away on their own, and can worsen over time because of the already weakened vein walls. Laser vein removal is a fast, painless procedure with little to no downtime. It is important not to let spider veins get in the way of your regular routines. Unless it gets painful, you shouldn’t stop exercising or living a healthy, active lifestyle. While we cannot avoid spider veins, they shouldn’t get in the way of your daily life, and can be treated very easily.

How to Minimize Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea is a disorder that causes redness, dilated capillaries and sensitivity in the skin. It can sometimes be accompanied with inflamed blemishes that are often mistaken for acne, however they are usually more red and don’t result in blackheads or whiteheads. Because of the sensitivity associated with rosacea, it is important to avoid acne medications as they can be too harsh on the skin and worsen the condition. Those with a combination of rosacea and oily skin tend to experience flakiness as well, but should consider using an enzymatic exfoliant rather than strong acids and physical scrubs.

Although it can occur at any age, rosacea typically begins in your 30s or 40s. If left untreated, it can get a lot worse with age. Rosacea begins on the nose and cheeks and moves outward overtime, progressing more rapidly on women in menopause. This is due to the fact that estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory, thus, when estrogen levels drop during menopause, symptoms of rosacea increase. Delicate, more fair skin types are more susceptible to rosacea than others. Thicker skin types, such as those of Mediterranean descent, have more of a protective barrier in their skin, which makes their skin more resilient and far less prone to rosacea. Sadly, there is no magic cure for rosacea, but by identifying and avoiding what triggers your rosacea, it can be controlled and maintained.

Triggers of Rosacea

Extreme changes in temperature, high levels of stress, strong chemicals and certain foods and drinks need to be avoided as mush as possible. Below is a  list of common triggers:

Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Sun Exposure
  • Strong Winds
  • Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Humidity
  • Dry Heat
Lifestyle Stressors
  • Emotional stress
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Hot showers
  • Spicy foods
  • Certain medications
  • Certain medical conditions
Dietary Stresses
  • Alcohol consumption (especially red wine and beer)
  • Caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee and soft drinks)
  • Citrus fruits
  • Dairy products
  • Hot foods and drinks (that make you flush)
  • Spicy foods

Many people prone to rosacea swear by an alkalizing diet, which consists of reducing acidifying foods that change the body’s pH levels to become more acidic. Foods that should be avoided include meat, processed grains and sugars, soft drinks and caffeine. Stick to more alkalizing foods such as fruits (except for citrus fruits), vegetables and sprouted grain. The idea is that rosacea is the result of too much acid in the body.

Products and Treatments to Avoid

  • Soap (drying and irritating)
  • Granular exfoliating cleansers (too rough on the skin)
  • Cleansing with hot water (heat is a trigger)
  • Wash cloths (too rough on the skin)
  • Toners with alcohols (drying and irritating)
  • Occlusive ingredients (petrolatum, mineral oil trap heat in the skin)
  • Physical scrubs (too abrasive)
  • Microdermabrasion (too abrasive)
  • Cleansing brushes (ex: Clarisonic)
  • Perfumes (known irritant)
  • Strong alpha hydroxy acids (ex: glycolic acid)
  • Benzoyl peroxide (very harsh)
  • Using too many products at the same time (sensitive skin can react)

Quick Tips for Managing Rosacea

  1. Immediately after finishing a strenuous work out, rinse your face with cool water. This will help to subside  the redness and flushing that can occur after physical exertion.
  2. When removing unwanted facial hair, opt for tweezing or threading rather than waxing. Waxing can cause redness, burning and inflammation, and those with thinner or ultra sensitive skin can also experience scabbing and ripped skin.
  3. Gentlemen, opt for an electric shaver instead of a blade, which minimizes unnecessary friction against sensitive skin.
  4. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Besides the obvious reason of shielding your skin from harmful UV rays, ingredients such as silicone (commonly listed asdimethicone or cyclomethicone) can actually reduce inflammation associated with rosacea.
  5. Many people with rosacea shy away from wearing makeup, for fear of further irritating their skin. Rather than staying away completely, look for cosmetics without added fragrances that are formulated for sensitive skin.
  6. Choose a moisturizer with soothing, anti-inflammatory properties such Circadia’s Rose-Ease Relief Cream. This calming, lightweight moisturizer was specially designed to help combat rosacea while promoting moisture retention and supporting skin’s protective barrier function.

These extra precautions can be especially effective in reducing symptoms of rosacea when combined with advanced treatment methods. At NewDermaMed, we have a broad range of laser treatments available to address the redness, flushing, and broken capillaries commonly associated with rosacea. Because different skin types have different needs, our clinic offers complimentary consultations using our VISIA Complexion Analysis to determine the exact underlying cause(s) of your rosacea, allowing us to provide you with a customized treatment plan.

Schedule your appointment with one of NewDermaMed’s medical professionals today and see which rosacea treatment is right for you!

Stretch Marks

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks (also known as striae), are formed when the connective collagen fibers of the dermis are stretched beyond their capacity, which essentially tears the skin and causes scarring. Typically found on the stomach, hips, breasts, arms and thighs, stretch marks are usually caused by weight gain, pregnancy, puberty or other hormonal changes. Although they are completely harmless, they are often an embarrassing concern for both men and women.

90% of women will experience stretch marks during their third trimester of pregnancy. Lighter skin types tend to develop pinkish stretch marks, while those with darker skin are likely to have stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.

Factors that influence whether or not a pregnant woman will get stretch marks:

  • Heredity: If your mother had them, it’s likely that you will too.
  • Ethnicity: Women with lighter skin tones are more prone to them.
  • Water: Keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day decreases your chance of getting stretch marks.
  • Scratching: Itchiness may occur as your stomach expands. Use a rich moisturizer instead of scratching to alleviate itching.
  • Exercise: Sweating frees the body of toxins, and helps to keep your skin supple and soft by improving tone and elasticity.

How can I treat my Stretch Marks?

Up until recent times, the only way to remove stretch marks was by going under the knife and having cosmetic surgery. Now, thank to technological advances in the cosmetic industry, stretch marks can be removed with both the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional laser and Cutera™ Laser Genesis (depending on the type and severity of the stretch marks) in as little as an hour with minimal downtime or discomfort. Laser pulses are penetrated deep into the dermis to stimulate the production of new collagen and repair stretch marks and other imperfections. Maximum results will be visible within one to three months of treatment and as your body continues to produce collagen, your healthy, new tissue will begin to reveal. In short, laser therapy actually “fills in” your stretch marks during the treatment process!

How long do the results from laser Stretch Mark removal last?

Laser therapy is a permanent solution for stretch marks, but more than one treatment may be necessary to completely diminish the appearance of deeper stretch marks. New stretch marks may occur with pregnancies or weight gains, but they too can be removed with Pearl Fractional.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for laser stretch mark removal? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.

Skin Resurfacing with the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional

From wrinkles to stretch marks and everything in between, Pearl Fractional is the “one laser” to choose to renew the surface of the skin with instant and noticeable results after just one treatment. Fractional skin resurfacing uses micro-beams of laser energy to create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis into the dermis. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger looking skin.

Pearl Fractional laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns on different areas of the body, such as:

  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Stretch marks
  • Surgical scars
  • Enlarged pores
  • Moderate to severe acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Moderate to deep wrinkles
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven pigmentation

When compared to traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, Pearl Fractional produces similar results with much less downtime and significant results after only a single treatment. A recent comparative study to other fractional devices demonstrated that Pearl Fractional was a more comfortable patient experience; further, the treatment is possible with only topical anesthetics.

Because of the intensity of skin resurfacing, we strongly advise patients to consider laser skin resurfacing during the winter months to avoid damage causing UV ray exposure from the sun on newly resurfaced, fresh skin.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for Pearl Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.

Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 is essential for overall health and vitality. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids enable the reduction of acne and improve the health of the skin cell membrane, by providing a barrier against harmful properties resulting from the environment. The membrane is the powerhouse of the cell’s ability to hold water and thus, yields moister within the skin for softer, more robust and wrinkle-free skin.

Amongst the many benefits, omega 3 aids the delivery of nutrients to effectively enter the cell, while ensuring waste is properly discarded. This process helps to guard the skin against becoming acne-prone or rosacea prone, and further promotes “anti-aging” properties. Its anti-inflammatory traits have also been linked to mood-enhancing benefits.

To maintain a healthier skin complexion, make sure to incorporate foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include seafood (especially tuna and salmon) as well as walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed.

For individuals that want to consume omega-3 in the form of supplements, intake a tablespoon of fish oil. Make sure there are no added preservatives or fragrances, and the oil has been purified to remove any mercury or other toxic substances. If you prefer tablet forms, intake 200mg DHA and 300 mg EPA omega-3 pills daily.

Individuals suffering from skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, melasma, skin aging, hyperpigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, should avoid foods that spike insulin levels, including sugar, white flour, simple carbohydrates and starchy goods. Insulin is directly linked to spike in inflammation, which can irritate and worsen any skin condition.

For more information on how to maintain healthy skin, as well as to treat any existing skin conditions, contact NewDermaMed Cosmetic and Advanced Laser Clinic. Our board-certified medical professionals will be happy to provide you with a free consultation with the VISIA Complexion Analysis. With this revolutionary medical technology we are able to assess your current skin condition and effectively assist you with all your inquiries and concerns regarding your skin care regimen.

Thanksgiving Recipe: A salad with skin rejuvenating and health benefits!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away! This recipe is not only delicious, quick and easy to make, but also has ample skin and health benefits.

Ingredients you will need:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • A Pinch of Ground Cumin
  • A Pinch of Ground Ginger
  • A Pinch of Ground Black Pepper
  • A Teaspoon of Maple Syrup
  • Baby Spinach Leaves
  • Pomegranate Seeds

Optional:

  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Whatever else you want to add!

Direction:

  • If you are using bacon, cut them up into little bits and cook them on a frying pan until they are brown and crisp (You can also opt to purchase pre-made bacon bits at your local grocery store).
  • Cut the sweet potatoes into little chunks. Toss sweet potatoes with cumin, ginger, black pepper, maple syrup, a little olive oil then spread on a flat baking tray and roast for approximately 35-40 minutes or until it’s cooked through with a golden brown colour.
  • Remove sweet potatoes and let it cool.
  • Assemble the salad by putting the baby spinach in a large bowl. Top the salad with the roasted sweet potatoes, bacon, pomegranate seeds and cheese!
  • Toss salad, and serve either plain, or with your favorite vinaigrette, olive oil or balsamic vinegar!

Sweet Potatoes

Studies show that eating sweet potatoes work from the inside out! Filled with beta-carotene, a red-orange pigment found especially in colourful plants and fruits, our bodies converts this compound into Vitamin A, also known as Retinol. While beta-carotene is not an essential nutrient, Vitamin A is! It is important for healthy skin, improving our immune system and maintaining good eye health and vision. Beta-carotene is also an anti-oxidant, which protects our bodies from free radicals that damage our cells through oxidation.

Pomegranate

A great home remedy for sun damaged or aging skin, pomegranate aids in the repaid of damaged skin, creating smoother and more youthful skin. This amazing fruit extends to life of fibroplasts, which are cells responsible for collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are two important components that help plump and support the skin, thereby keeping the skin supple, youthful and minimizes the visibility of wrinkles.

Spinach

A common and easy to find vegetable, spinach aids in slowing down the aging process and protects our skin cells from free radical – which are the one of the major causes of fine lines and wrinkles. Spinach also aids in strengthening our skin tissues, high in anti-inflammatory properties, and helps flush out any toxins built up in our bodies!

The NewDermaMed Team would like to wish you, your family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving!

How to get rid of hollow under-eyes in 30 minutes

Tear troughs are deformities of the under eye area, such as the depression or sunken-in appearance under the eyes, mostly near the bridge of the nose. Tear troughs also include dark shadows under the eyes, commonly referred as under eye dark circles.

Under eye deformities can make us look tired and aged. Eye creams, gels and other cosmetic ointments can only do so much, but it cannot create fuller under-eyes nor can it remove excess skin/fat under the eyes.

Dermal fillers are currently the best non-surgical alternative to correcting under-eye deformities. NewDermaMed uses Anteis’ Esthélis fillers, which are considered the next generation of dermal fillers and have been proven to solve your tear trough concerns.

Esthélis is the only highly cross-linked gel that can be injected very superficially for even, more natural, effective and long lasting results than other dermal fillers due to its slow degradation process. In addition, Esthélis fillers are FDA approved to treat fine lines, wrinkles and assist in the rehydration of the skin.

The precision of the injection is important for successful dermal filler treatment. The Anteis Injection System is a new, automated electronic injection system for fillers and rejuvenation products, designed as a modern alternative to traditional injection procedures that provides increased accuracy, comfort, and safety.

Esthélis products contain hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally produced component by the skin and is the key factor of young looking skin. As you age, your skin produces less hyaluronic acid, resulting in thinner skin, wrinkles and loss volume in your face. Your skin will immediately integrate Esthélis since your body recognizes it as a natural component. Due to its natural components, it is perfectly biocompatible, fully biodegradable, extremely safe to use with minimal risks of allergic reactions or side effects. Your skin gradually, and naturally, reabsorbs Esthélis between a 9 to 12 month period. Results can be seen within 30 minutes of treatment!

What sets Esthélis fillers apart from other hyaluronic acid fillers on the market is that Esthélis Fillers are the most natural fillers on the market. They are made from non-animal hyaluronic acid. With its CMP technology patent, Esthélis fillers last much longer than other dermal fillers due to its slow degradation process.

Get rid of your pesky under-eye problems today by contacting us to book your free Esthélis consultation or treatment!

Summer to Fall Skin Care Transition

Fall is coming! Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer, the air is getting colder and drier, and our skin begins to lose its moisture.

It is important to adjust your skin care regimen when we begin to enter a new season. With the change in climate, our skin loses its natural moisture. The drier and colder weather also promotes the worsening of acne and rosacea. Therefore, we need to adjust our skin care routines to hydrate our skin, preventing the drying, sensitive, redness, and itching effects, and the aggravation of acne and rosacea from occurring. In addition, the failure to hydrate around the eyes also causes irritation and pigmentation, which leads to what we all despise – under eye dark circles.

Our bodies’ natural skin barrier comprises primarily of lipids. They work to prevent moisture loss. Aging and sun damage can cause the depletion of this barrier. Moisturizing can help improve the barrier by reducing water loss while the natural barrier works to renew itself. Therefore, the first and most important step when transitioning into the fall season is hydrating your skin! There are two types of moisturizers: Protective emollients, or occlusive agents, and hydrators, also known as humectants or hydrophilic agents.

Protective emollients or occlusive agents comprise of fatty acids that causes occlusion – the ability to keep moisture in the skin. These help the skin to keep its natural moisture from escaping the epidermis by placing a layer of emollient over the skin.

Hydrators, humectants or hydrophilic agents, are comprised of ‘water-loving’ molecules. They attract water from the lower levels of the skin to the surface, and can attract water from the atmosphere, locking moisture onto the skin’s surface.

Our everyday moisturizers contain both emollients and humectants. Creams, which are thicker in consistency, have more emollients than lotions or fluids. Therefore, when transitioning from summer to fall, it’s best to change from lotions to creams.

You can also help boost your body’s moisture, treat post-summer skin problems and gain better, smoother, hydrated, and healthy skin with services provided here at NewDermaMed:

Oxygen Facials – these super hydrating facial treatments use fine mists of oxygen infused with vitamins to instantly plump, hydrate and smoothen your skin cells. A great bonus to this is that it creates a great canvas for easy and smooth makeup application!

Microdermabrasion – Now that summer is over, it is important to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells that lay on the surface of our skins. These dead skin cells create a dull, uneven skin tone. With microdermabrasion, it gently clears your skin and most importantly – refreshes your skin! Microdermabrasion significantly treats clogged pores, dry and dull skin patches, sunspots and other skin conditions caused by sun exposure during the summer!

Laser Genesis and IPL Photo Rejuvenation – The long sunny summer days in many cases causes us to develop sun spots, also known as age-spots, uneven skin tones and textures due to sun exposure, especially unprotected sun exposure. With Laser Genesis and Photo rejuvenation, we can help you achieve radiant, clear, and smooth skin for the upcoming fall season!

To aid in this summer to fall transition, we encourage the use of SPF to prevent sun damage and other effects of UV rays that exist even during the fall season. Feel free to contact us so we can help you customize and build your new fall skin care regimen!