4 Steps to Applying Skin Care for Greatest Benefit

Do we know if the order of applying our skin care products aids or deters them being absorbed fully, giving us the full benefits of our products? Dermatology researchers now tell us it is important to prioritize the order in which we apply our cleansers, serums, medications and lotions.

Cleanse facial skin first

“Medications or treatments should be applied directly after washing your face,” said board-certified dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD. “This ensures that the medications or treatments are properly absorbed by the skin. Otherwise, people may think a product isn’t working because it’s applied in the wrong order.”

My experience goes along with what Dr. Taylor suggests as the optimum order of application: [Read more…]

Melanoma – Quickly Learn Your Risk

Melanoma is serious, which is why any way to find out if we could be at a higher risk for it is a good thing.

http://www.lookfordiagnosis.com/mesh_info.php?term=Nevus&lang=1

A mole (nevus)

“Researchers at King’s College London have investigated a new method that could be used by General Practitioners to quickly determine the number of moles on the entire body by counting the number found on a smaller ‘proxy’ body area, such as an arm.”

The number of moles on a particular area of the arm can be used to pretty accurately determine the risk for developing melanoma. In the absence of suspicious moles, this is a very simple way to send a warning to go see a dermatologist on a regular basis so he/she gets to know your moles, has a diagram of their location on your body and description of them documented. Over time, if they change or new ones form, your doctor will have a clearer idea of how to care for them and when to biopsy or remove.

“Scientists found that the count of moles on the right arm was most predictive of the total number on the whole body. Females with more than seven moles on their right arm had nine times the risk of having more than 50 on the whole body and those with more than 11 on their right arm were more likely to have over 100 on their body in total, meaning they were at a higher risk of developing a melanoma.”

I will be counting mine and letting my Dermatologist in on this new research finding, as well.

Start counting yours, too!

“Scientists also found that the area above the right elbow was particularly predictive of the total body count of moles. The legs were also strongly associated with the total count as well as the back area in males.”

Read more about this research at Science Daily

…where they describe a mole as being a nevus (- usually dark brown and basically flat).

 

Infrared Light Therapy for Clearer, Sharper Thinking?

I’ve been using Far Infrared Light three to four times a week for the past five years now, together with three other therapies, to give me a non-sugical facelift. I really love my results, and have been reading with great interest about research on additional uses for far infrared light. Knowing it has a positive effect on wound healing and tissue regeneration of the skin, there are now studies looking at deeper light therapy, particularly into the brain, with positive findings.

http://imlookingfabulous.com/2011/01/23/the-ultimate-10-minute-face-lift/

Derma Firm Illuminator Home Face Life Gadget

“We are applying a technology that’s been around for a while,” says lead investigator Dr. Margaret Naeser, (of the VA Boston Healthcare System),”but it’s always been used on the body, for wound healing and to treat muscle aches and pains, and joint problems. We’re starting to use it on the brain.” [Read more…]

New Targeted Approach to Acne

There's a new targeted approach to acne treatment...and here's the scoop!

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a three-pronged approach to treating acne. This novel process includes low frequency ultrasound which pushes very tiny gold and silica particles deep into the skin, followed by the application of laser. The laser shines light onto the particles which generates heat and pushes the particles into the sebaceous glands, which deactivates them. [Read more…]

Why Night Skin Cleansing is a Must

Why is night cleansing a must?

It’s late, your exhausted, and just want to jump into bed and fall asleep. “I’ll wash my face in the morning and put on fresh makeup then,” you say to yourself. You think it’s not a big deal, probably because you don’t see the results of your inaction immediately. In reality, it IS a big deal. Over time not washing the day’s “soil” from your face will lead to all kinds of not so pretty results!

In the pictures below you can see how beautiful and healthy a clean, open pore is on the surface and underneath your skin. You can see the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a vibrant, healthy glow. [Read more…]

Sun Damage Continues On After Exposure

A recent study has demonstrated that UV damage continues on for hours after exposure to the sun.  Once you come into the shade, you are not safe, it seems. There appears to be a cellular process which begins with the sun’s rays shining down upon your skin, and then keeps going for hours, even increasing the damage over time.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/13299761370278855/

Sun Damage even in the Shade

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Sometimes, You Must Ask for a Biopsy.

Do you know when to ask for a biopsy?

Several years ago I went to my Dermatology office to seek an opinion on a red spot / bump that was slowly growing on my right shin. It didn’t look like a mole, or anything else I could find within the medical sites on the internet – Mayo Clinic, and the like. (I do check my skin for anything unusual every month or so, using a method I’ve shared in a previous post Are You Regularly Checking Your Skin for Skin Cancer?.)

Wanting to get in as soon as possible, I was told my Dermatologist was booked for at least a month, but they did have an opening right away with one of the Dermatology Physician”s Assistant (PA) who does skin cancer screenings routinely. Feeling a sense of urgency, I booked with the PA. [Read more…]

Very Effective Scar Treatment!

Do you have a scar you would like to “erase” from a scratch, cut, acne, surgery, or burn?

Here’s a couple of Before and After photos of two surgical scars that were pretty much “erased” with a simple two product treatment:

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/product/?i=15

Injury Requiring Surgical Repair

This scar was from an injury requiring surgical repair. She massaged in some PSR Next Serum twice a day, and used the DFI once a day, until the scar was gone. [Read more…]

Effective Acne Relief

There is exciting news for those, young and old, who suffer from acne! A new study has shown promising results for prolonged inhibition of the primary bacteria that contributes to acne through the combination of resveratrol and benzoyl peroxide.

http://www.dermmedica.ca/skin-conditions/acne/

Acne

[A] “team of researcher(s from the UCLA Division of Dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine, have published their findings in the online edition of the journal Dermatology and Therapy where they have)… found that combining resveratrol with a common acne medication, benzoyl peroxide, may enhance the drug’s ability to kill the bacteria and could translate into new treatments.” [Read more…]

Why Acetyl Octapeptide-3 is Better Than Injectables

I don’t use facial injectables as part of my beauty regimen, so when I have a chance to observe, fairly up close, someone who does, it interests me. I like to watch how her facial muscles contract, or not, how her emotions are expressed on her face matching the varying tones of her conversation, then try to guess which areas the formulas have been injected. I wonder if prolonged use of injectables does long term damage to the nerves, muscles and circulation within the tissues. I also wonder if the tissue “stretches” to accommodate the added volume, and if over time and with loss of collagen and elastin, will the area require more filler to keep it up, and if the tissue will eventually sag even more.

Someone I observed recently, was seated next to me at a luncheon. As we were chatting, I thought to myself back to the last time we had chatted, which was over a year ago. Then I thought she looked different, which was when it dawned on me she had had some cosmetic support as I noticed her forehead not moving and very little facial movement during the course of our hour long conversation. If I hadn’t honed in on her facial movement, or lack thereof, I would have left thinking how youthful and beautiful she looked. And she really did look lovely.

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What to do for Blotches of Hyperpigmentation?

HyperpigmentationMy sweet manicurist shared her newly developed area of darker skin, or hyperpigmentation, on her upper lip. I don’t think a “skin mustache” was what she was actually looking to sport as a young, gorgeous, single gal. Would you like one? Didn’t think so.

Let’s talk about hyperpigmentation when it is in a larger patch on the face, also known as melasma. Melasma usually develops as a result of increased melanocyte production, caused by fluctuations in hormones, or stimulated by sun exposure. [Read more…]

Basal Cell, Squamous Cell Skin Cancer and Melanoma – What’s the Difference?

basal cell carcinomaBasal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It is slow growing and easily treated with a small percentage spreading internally. It develops on the skin, most commonly the head and neck, growing from the deepest layers of the epidermis, in areas most exposed to the sun.

Squamaous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer.

Squamous cell carcinomas tend to grow and spread more than basal cell cancers. They are more likely to invade fatty tissues just beneath the skin, and are more likely to spread to lymph nodes and/or distant parts of the body, although this is still uncommon.” [Read more…]

Probiotics for Acne?

probioticsWe’ve long known that what is going on inside your body, manifests itself in your skin. With Acne, which has internal bacterial origins as well as surface bacterial antagonists, there are also hormones, food sensitivities and a whole host of other imbalances that can result in breakouts.

A UCLA study conducted with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute has discovered that acne bacteria contain “bad” strains associated with pimples and “good” strains that may protect the skin. [Read more…]

Eczema – 7 Tips to Help Control It

eczema 2 by h8rnetDermatitis, also known as Eczema, is inflammation of the skin. Symptoms of Eczema include dry skin, with scaling, inflammation, itching and rash. Eczema is a very common inflammatory skin condition. A  severe case may include cracking and bleeding of the skin. It is a skin condition that is difficult to manage and live with from day to day.

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4 Tips for Dealing with Milia

miliaAs we age, our skin cells turn over slower, setting up a well moisturized skin to accumulate the old cells within the pores. When they do this, it can form a little white bump trapped within the top layer of skin, call milia. Milia usually develops around the eyes and tops of cheeks.

Milia are very common, benign, keratin-filled cysts. Primary milia are typically seen in infants but also may occur in children and adults. Secondary milia develop after trauma to the skin, such as after burns (eg, sunburns), dermabrasion, or in blistering disorders.” emedicine

So how do you get rid of milia and prevent more from developing? [Read more…]

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