Wednesday, June 20, 2012

HEALTHY SUMMER SKIN


The joys of summer are here!  Protecting your skin with daily use of sunscreen is the easiest and most obvious way to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin cancer.  However, did you know that other factors, inside and out, might affect your skin’s natural radiance as well?  Be good to your skin and you will love what you see.  Here are some great tips to keep your skin glowing this summer, and all year long!      

Here are a few tips we love on keeping your skin looking it’s best:

Sunscreen
Use daily on your face and exposed areas.  We love Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45.  Germain Rx has four sunscreen products to choose from, so please consult with us to determine the right one for your skin type. 

What about your make up?  While some make up lines offer facial foundation products that contain sunscreens, most powders and lighter products may not offer enough protection for you.  To be certain, always be sure to wear a true sunscreen underneath your make up.

Hitting the beach or pool?  Apply 15-20 minutes before going out into the sun and re-apply every two hours and after swimming or perspiring.

 Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45

Nutrition
Enjoy the fruits of summer!   Summer is a great time to enjoy antioxidant rich foods   such as cherries, blueberries, cantaloupes, melons, pineapple, tomatoes, spinach, and other leafy greens, just to name a few.  Along with salmon and other Omega-3 rich fish, Vitamin C rich foods are great additions to a healthy diet, which can be like a mini makeover for your skin. 

In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that an increase in Vitamin C rich foods is associated with a less wrinkled appearance and less dryness.  The study concluded that healthy dietary behaviors might provide additional benefits in skin appearance.
Source: Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Aug;88(2):480.




LOVE YOUR SKIN!!

Photo courtesy of Lifestyle Medicine Institute



Hydration
Almost all major systems in your body depend upon water.  Skin included!  Water helps dissolve and carry nutrients, along with oxygen to cells, lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by helping to flush out waste products, lubricate joints, keep tissues moist and regulate body temperature.  Water helps toxins leave via the skin and allows for perspiration to cool the body.  The end result of a well-functioning body fueled by proper nutrition and water intake is clean, glowing skin!

To function properly, the body must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.  Water is your best source along with fruits and vegetables.

How much water to drink each day depends on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.  We’ve all heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day."  That's about 1.9 liters, which isn't that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations.  Although the "8 by 8" rule isn't supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it's easy to remember.  Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: "Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," because all fluids count toward the daily total.
Source: mayoclinic.com


Moisturize
Time in the pool, the ocean or even showering can dry and dull your skin’s appearance.  Hot water, chlorine, and harsh skin cleansers can strip oils from skin.  Your body continuously needs moisture, especially on these hot days.  If your skin is feeling stressed, use warm water instead of hot, apply a gentle cleanser and moisturize face and body right after shower or bath to trap water in the skin.  

For the body, we love Germain Rx Tranquility Body Crème.  Your skin will drink it in, soothing any redness and softening any dry or cracked areas.  For face, please consult with us to find the best product for your skin as well as for other detailed facial care.
Source: American Association of Dermatology


Germain Rx Tranquility Body Crème




Thursday, June 7, 2012

Keeping an Eye Out All Year Long


Did Skin Cancer Awareness Month (May) go by without you noticing? Good chance it did…for some reason Skin Cancer doesn’t get the publicity or notoriety of other diseases, even other forms of cancer, but it’s actually the most common form of the disease. Over 3.5 million cases in over two million Americans are diagnosed every year. 

Here’s the good news…Melanoma isn’t a death sentence. In fact, it’s far from it as long as you stay vigilant in examining your skin, specifically changes to it. The fact is, 99% of those diagnosed with Melanoma in its early stages  (before the tumor penetrates the skin) will survive. Need more evidence to check your skin daily? The survival rate plummets to 15% for those with advanced stages of the disease.

You’ve heard all the preventative messages before about applying sunscreen early and often (no less than 30 SPF) and to limit your exposure to the sun. But it’s equally important to check your skin often for any signs of early development. Look for a new growth or small “sore” that won’t heal. Monitor any new “freckles” that appear to be an odd shape and take notice if that spot begins to grow in size. If at any point a new growth starts to ooze or puss in any way, contact us immediately.


The key to prevention and treatment of Melanoma is regular self check-ups. If see something unusual, don’t panic because you’ve likely caught it early enough, but definitely contact us. We’ll give you a non-invasive full body scan and can isolate any potential trouble spots so we only have to work on that small area. Remember the ABCDEs of Melanoma. 
And remember, skin cancer awareness month is 12 months of the year! Make your appointment with Dr. Germain or Holly, our Dermatology PA today 843-881-4440.