6 Ways Of Reducing Your Risk of Skin Cancer...

May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month as there are over 800,000 Americans with a history of melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer.  Skin cancer is highly preventable because it is a lifestyle disease that can affect people of any age, young and old.  In the last four decades skin cancer rates among 18-39 year olds have exploded by as much as 800 percent. Over 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma cases result from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, which can be easily prevented by increasing sun safety awareness and few adjustments to your lifestyle and habits. UV exposure from the sun also causes sunburn, and premature aging. Summer is not the only season when you are at risk for damage from the sun because the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate through even overcast, foggy or rainy conditions. Even during winter, the snow and ice have surfaces that tend to reflect the sun’s rays onto your skin resulting in two times more UV exposure, both from direct and indirect reflective rays. So you have to protect your skin from the harmful rays through all four seasons, 365 days a year in order to reduce your risk of skin cancers and maintain healthy, youthful skin for longer. Since 1979, the Skin Cancer Foundation has recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher for sun protection. Here are some sun safety tips to help reduce your risk of skin cancer for years to come- Tips For Safety in the Sun Avoid Tanning. Most people associate a tan with healthy skin but that is a myth. Tanning causes an increase in melanin production in your body to protect your skin cells from damage. So a tan is the first sign of skin damage.  For all purposes avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. Find Some Shade. If you must be outdoors during the sun’s strongest hours, seek shade between 10am and 4pm when the sun is at its peak. Cover up as much as possible, and use sunscreen to protect any exposed areas. Don’t Burn. Sunburn is the next stage after tanning, when cells in the epidermis gets damaged by Ultra violet radiation, and there is increased blood flow in the body to heal the damaged area resulting in redness of the skin and heat. The risk for developing melanoma doubles if a person has had five or more sunburns through any time in life. Protect Your Skin with Sunscreen. When staying outdoors for longer, use a broad spectrum water-resistant (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Zinc or titanium oxide sunscreens scatter UV light and are better for sensitive skin and also for children. The more common organic sunscreens absorb UV rays so applying liberal quantities of sunscreen is important in preventing sunburn. Apply at least 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. If you have been swimming or sweating excessively, reapply every two hours. Don’t forget about your lips and other covered areas of your body. Use lip balm with sunscreen and do apply sunscreen even to the areas covered by your clothes. Sunscreen is known to protect against UV skin damage as well as basal carcinomas and squamous cell carcinoma but there is no conclusive evidence to prove it protects against melanoma too, the most fatal kind. Wear Protective Clothing Experts agree that besides wearing sunscreen it is...

Microneedling vs. Laser Treatments

You must have been living under a rock, if you have not heard of micro-needling skin treatment yet. It is a tried and tested affordable and safe way of naturally revitalizing your skin without damaging the outer layer of your skin. Micro-needling is effective and much less risky procedure than laser skin resurfacing. Microneedling or skin needling is minimally invasive procedure to rejuvenate the outer surface of your skin using tiny needles to cause superficial puncture wounds in your skin. These controlled skin injury of micro-holes spaced apart prompts a healing process to correct any visible skin inconsistencies. The body responds by growing collagen and elastic to heal the area treated with micro-needling. Micro-needling can successfully treat: Fine Lines Fine Wrinkles on upper lip and even around the eyes Acne Scars Stretch marks Body Scars Skin slackness Under Eye Bags Dull Skin Enlarged Pores Hair Loss Uneven Skin Tone The new collagen and elastin does not just heal the damaged area but it also smoothens out any scars, gets rid of fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin elasticity. The depth of the puncture wounds can be controlled with the roller being used during the micro-needling treatment. Additionally it can be combined with radio frequency treatment of even your facial. Any product that is applied to the skin during micro-needling is more effective because it is able to penetrate beyond the outer surface of the skin into deeper layers. Difference between Microneedling and Laser Treatments Microneedling and laser treatments both serve the same purpose of skin resurfacing but both are very different procedures, with common goals of treating signs of aging, minimizing acne scarring, and improving the general skin tone and texture. The two treatments create controlled wounds on the skin to stimulate a natural response from the body but they vary in their side effects, costs and downtime. Both procedures lead to the increased production of collagen to leave behind firm skin without any scarring and fine lines. During a fractional laser treatment the laser burns the epidermis to create controlled wounds on the top layer of the skin that vary in size. Laser therapy is more invasive and therefore the skin’s natural reaction is heightened causing more pronounced redness and swelling in the treatment area. With a laser resurfacing treatment, anyone with darker skin are at a higher risk of skin discoloration because the laser heat energy can damage the melanocytes making it release too much or too little pigment causing uneven skin discoloration. Microneedling is gentle on the surface of the skin when creating uniform controlled wounds to activate the body’s natural skin renewal process. Unlike in laser treatment, micro-needling does not do any harm to the melanocytes and it leaves the epidermis intact without damage, which leads to faster healing, much less down time, and fewer potential side effects. Microneedling is also considerably more successful in breaking up existing scar tissue to replace it with new, healthy skin cells. Therefore, micro-needling may be the treatment of choice for acne and minimizing scarring. Microneedling also tightens and lifts any skin laxity while reducing acne scars, fine lines, photo-aging, stretch marks, and body scars. The benefits of choosing microneedling, is that it is faster, less invasive procedure with much less discomfort than laser treatments, where some patients may find the heat of laser intolerable and somewhat painful. Laser treatment also causes visible redness and swelling which takes at least four days to go down, so the downtime following a laser...

Changes You May Encounter With Mature Skin...

A research study from the UN reported that the global population aged 60 and over is forecast to reach 2 billion by 2050 and will represent 1 in 3 persons in the developed countries. This highlights the importance of addressing the beauty and skincare needs of the senior population too. With age, there are many changes in the body and skin too. Skin changes that seniors undergo can be ascribed to poor nutrition, genetics, environmental factors, pollution and sun exposure. As you get older, your skin will show signs of damage in age spots, wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. Studies have also found that not all skin ages the same, as fair-skinned people will exhibit rapid aging skin changes than people with darker and pigmented skin. But regardless of your genetics, it is imperative to start protecting and taking care of your skin as a younger adult in order to prevent skin problems later as you age. Senior adults also need proper skin care to prevent certain skin conditions due to aging from itching, dryness to more serious skin infection and ulcerations. Skin Changes You Experience With Age Thin and Pale Skin: The outermost layer of skin thins down with age and the number of cells containing pigment reduces. The pigment-containing cells that are already in existence amplify in size giving the appearance of thinner, pale and translucent skin. Age spots begin to appear from sun exposure. Loss of Elasticity: Elastosis occurs in sun-exposed areas of the skin, wherein the connective tissue becomes lax reducing the skin’s strength and elasticity. The loss of skin elasticity gives your skin a leathery, weather-beaten appearance. Bruising: The skin in elderly people shows signs of bruising and bleeding under the skin, as the blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile Dry Skin: Senior skin gets dryer with age because the sebaceous glands produce less oil. Women additionally have to deal with the effect of menopause which can lead to skin becoming dry and flaky. Men are comparatively less affected. Dry skin can lead to dermatitis or eczema so applying heavier creams or moisturizer right after drying off from a shower is important. Skin Injuries: Seniors are at an increasing risk of skin injury because of the thinning of subcutaneous fat layer. They have less padding and insulation in the skin, which affects their ability to maintain normal body temperature. Facial skin care for mature skin Protecting your skin from UVR exposure emitted from the sun is important as it hastens changes in the elderly skin from roughness, wrinkles, discoloration, enlarged oil glands, age spots, to benign or cancerous growths. UVA rays bring about photoaging from prolonged exposure to UV radiation and UVB rays result in sunburns. UVB and UVA can cause skin cancer, Avoid midday sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m and use sunscreen liberally before going out in the sun.  Choose sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) greater than 30, and with both UVA and UVB coverage. It is especially important for seniors to avoid tanning beds.  Furthermore, stop smoking as it has been shown to accelerate aging of skin. Follow a well-balanced diet to give your skin proper nutrition it needs to repair daily damage from the sun and other environmental factors. There are many topical non-prescription and prescription products in the market for anti-aging, which usually contain any of these components: Tretinoin (Retin-A® and Renova®) — Retin-A is a prescription medication for treating acne but it has...

Skin and Beauty Trends of 2016

The skin care and beauty industry is always working on new innovations and coming up with new ingredients, formulations and products to enhance your natural beauty. Last year was all about skin brightening, skin hydration and sheet masks from Korea. The buzzword for 2016 is set to be prevention, as women look to combine healthy lifestyle changes with mini procedures for collagen building, cellulite sculpting and skin rejuvenation.  Men, who only account for about 15% of cosmetic procedures, are all set to get their fix of Botox, chemical peels and chin remodeling treatments in the New Year. In 2016, seventy is going to be the new fifty, as seniors take to less invasive skin treatments to maintain their youthful appearance. Faces will continue to be the focus of cosmetic treatments but treatments for the neck and jawline, eyelid rejuvenation, breast reduction and bottom reshaping are going to be popular. Above all, good skin is always in fashion and here are the ingredients and skincare practices that will be raising a storm in the aesthetics industry this year. 1) Retinol Products- The benefits of retinol for sun damaged, pigmented and stressed skin is known to all but the technology used to deliver retinol is what makes it more efficient, even on sensitive skin. Using products containing retinol as a daily moisturizer ensures your skin looks plump and glowing. RetinA creams are also recommended for post treatment regeneration, and for intensive skin remodeling. 2) Night Serums – Serums contain powerful concentrated formulas designed to increase cell turnover for good skin health and also for prevention & correction of discoloration, redness, wrinkles, acne and excess oil. The skin works overtime at night to regenerate from the daily exposure to the sun, pollution, free radicals and other stress. 2016 will see serums become an integral part of bedtime skin care routine to help with skin regeneration. To give your skin intense hydration, you must turn to night serums.   3) Resurfacing Treatments- Clinical skin resurfacing treatments are aimed at removal of fine lines, wrinkles, skin pigmentation, discoloration and scars. Resurfacing technology works for people of all ages, skin types and can range from superficial skin procedures to aggressive skin treatments. You can turn to different types of chemical peels to gently work on the outer surface of your skin. People will continue to prefer microneedling as a method of remodeling the epidermis, by promoting collagen production in the dermis layer. To help remove fine wrinkles, blackheads, acne and mild scarring and brown spots, women will opt for quick non-invasive superficial treatments like Microdermabrasion, which exfoliates the dead skin cells off the top layer of skin by spraying the face with sterile micro-crystals at high velocity. 4) SPF in Skincare Products- Last year saw the trend of SPF in skincare products from moisturizer, to concealer, to lip gloss, and eye shadow. This welcome trend of cosmetically easy to apply sunscreen in cosmetic products is going to get more efficient with groundbreaking, environmentally friendly advancements in 2016. The revolutionary super sunscreens without any harsh chemicals are ready to take UV protection to the next level, enabling the skin to restore itself while defending against harmful infrared rays. 5) Niacinamide- Niacinamide has garnered much interest in scientific studies and has been growing in popularity for several years as a critical skincare vitamin.  2016 will be the year that this amazing skin care ingredient really takes the spotlight. Niacinamide, also better known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid...

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