September is Healthy Aging Month, which is a great opportunity to focus on the overall well-being of your skin. Did you know that as we age, aside from those annoying fine lines and wrinkles that pop up, the risk for skin cancer also increases? The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that by the age of 70, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer.
That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of the health of your skin. Here are some ways to do just that:
- Avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm. This is when the sun peaks in the sky and UV rays are at their strongest.
- Wear sunscreen daily. Even on cloudy, winter days, harmful UV rays are still prevalent. We recommend our patients wear a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30, reapplying every two hours.
- If outside for extended periods, wear a hat with a wide brim. This will not only provide shade for your face but also increased protection from sun exposure.
- Regular skin examinations. We recommend our patients get their skin checked for any cancerous lesions at least once a year. Patients with a history of skin cancer are advised to be seen more frequently.
- Avoid tanning. This one cannot be emphasized enough. Aside from increasing the risk of skin cancer, it can also contribute to speeding up the aging process.
These tips will not only help to keep your skin looking its best, but also decrease your risk of skin cancer. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at 716-688-0020 or click here.
Our skin is naturally built to repair, but sometimes things in our daily routine (ie. sun exposure) can still lead to premature skin aging and damage. That’s why regularly using a product containing vitamin C, an antioxidant that our bodies do not naturally produce, can be so beneficial.
As one of the best anti-aging ingredients out there, vitamin C is also a natural sun protectant. Because of this, we encourage our patients to apply it first thing in the morning. And regular use can even promote collagen growth! It is important to note, however, that vitamin C for the skin must be properly formulated. If not, the benefits will not be as significant. That’s why we like SkinCeuticals vitamin C antioxidants. Their line in particular goes through a rigorous development process that ensures optimal results (all of their vitamin C serums are backed by 30 years of antioxidant research and demonstrated efficacy in independent clinical studies).
As you can see, vitamin C is an essential ingredient in any skincare regimen. Call our office or click here to find out which of SkinCeuticals vitamin C serums is right for you.
Here at the Lisa S. Ball, NP Building we are committed to providing our patients with the latest and most advanced treatments in skin rejuvenation. The Sublative RF Skin Tightening in particular is probably the most cutting-edge.
Rather than using laser or light, this procedure harnesses radio frequency energy. The radio frequency energy heats up the underlying layers of skin, stimulating collagen production, leading to more youthful looking skin. Many patients have a noticeable improvement immediately after being treated, and the skin actually continues to improve over the next few months as collagen production increases. In as little as 3-4 treatments, Sublative RF Skin Tightening provides effective acne scar treatment, anti-wrinkle treatment and overall rejuvenation and toning of the skin.
Our patient after four Sublative RF Skin Tightening treatments.
If you would like to learn more about the process or would like to schedule a free consultation contact our office today.
The other day I was having lunch with my cousin who is a baseball player at a local college in the area, and he mentioned that he avoids wearing his baseball hat as much as possible because he heard that wearing it often can cause hair loss. Although it is a common belief that wearing a baseball hat can cause hair loss, it in fact can not. The only way that it can possibly cause hair loss is in the form of traction alopecia (constant tight pulling on the scalp, usually occurs with braided hairstyles). This discussion though, did bring up an interesting topic about the many myths in relation to the field of dermatology.
Below are just some of the many dermatology myths.
Myth #1 – Foods can cause acne.
As discussed in a previous article, what you eat does have an influence on the health of your skin, but in regards to acne that is typically related to genetics. Foods cannot cause you to contract acne, but it is possible though for them to contribute to it.
Myth #2 – Genetics determine how your skin will age.
Another common myth is that genetics play a large role in how your skin ages. Although genetics can play a role, a larger role is played by lifestyle and health choices.
Myth #3 – If I get a base tan at a salon, I won’t sunburn outdoors.
This one couldn’t be further from the truth. A tan is actually a sign of damage to the skin and in no way prevents further damage to future sun exposure. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid tanning and use a sunscreen.
Myth #4 – Any sunscreen will adequately protect my skin from the sun.
A sunscreen must have an SPF of at least 30, combined with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This will help to block both UVA (long-wave radiation which can lead to wrinkling and aging) and UVB (short-wave radiation which can cause sunburn) rays, both of which can lead to skin cancer.
Myth #5 – Once I apply sunscreen it is not necessary to do it again that day.
Sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours or after exposure to water (which can wash it off).
Myth #6 – If I shave my hair it will grow back thicker.
Unfortunately for people with thinning hair this is not true. Hair may indeed appear thicker after shaving but this is just an optical illusion. The hair is the thickness it was before shaving.
As you can see there are a lot of myths in relation to dermatology, but hopefully being aware of some of them now will help you have healthier skin and hair in the future.