​ABC For Tired Toes

04-19-2018

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Feet: They take us anywhere and everywhere we want to go, but they also take lots of abuse. A typical day of walking exerts a force equal to several hundred tons on your feet.

One of the best ways to revive your tired toes is a pedicure - either at home or at the spa. Because when your feet feel good, your whole body feels refreshed and energized.

According to a recent American Podiatric Medical Association survey, 25 percent of women perform at-home pedicures, while 34 percent have indulged in salon or spa pedicures. Whichever way you pamper your feet, do it safely. Here are some tips from APMA member podiatrist Dr. Marlene Reid:

1. Soothe your soles. Smoothing away calluses on the heels, balls and sides of your feet will make them feel better. Use a pumice stone, foot file or foot scrub. You can make your own scrub by combining olive oil and sea salt. Avoid using a foot razor, which can remove too much skin and cause infection and permanent damage if used incorrectly.

2. Dry up. After soaking feet, make sure to thoroughly rinse off the scrub or other products and pat feet dry. Pay close attention to moisture between the toes, which can can lead to athlete's foot or other fungal infections.

3. Snip the tips. Toenails should be trimmed to just above the top of each toe. Use a straightedged toenail clipper to ensure nails do not become curved or rounded in the corners.

4. Make a clean sweep. Run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under nails to remove any dirt trapped underneath. Be very gentle and never use a sharp tool to clean under your nail or you may puncture the skin, leaving it vulnerable to infection.

5. Shape them up. Smooth nail edges by filing toenails with an emery board. File lightly in one direction to smooth the edge of the nail without drastically rounding the corners of the nail; don't saw back and forth.

6. Care for cuticles. Moisturize cuticles with a cuticle cream or hand cream, and then gently push them back with a rubber cuticle pusher or manicure stick. Cuticles serve as a protective barrier against bacteria entering the body and should never be cut.

7. Polish up. Nail polish locks out moisture and doesn't allow the nail or the nail bed to "breathe." Paint toes only if you have healthy nails and remove polish regularly with a non-acetone nail polish.

​Preventing Age Spots

04-03-2018

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Getting older doesn't necessarily cause age spots. Too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun is more likely to cause these unattractive blotches, than maturity. This is why age spots are also called sun spots. Other factors that make you more susceptible to age spots (no matter what your age is) are smoking, a diet high in refined sugars and fats, a lack of vitamins, and over consumption of poor quality saturated oils. Age spots occur when our skin produces too much lipofuscin. Lipofuscinis is a dark substance that colors our skin pigment. Unsightly age spots can begin appearing as early as the late twenties but are most common after the age 55 (thus the name.)

Age spots are also known as liver spots. Other nicknames for age spots are brown spots, lentigo and sun spots. The name sun spot nickname of course comes from the fact that the skin darkens as the result of too much frolicking outside in the summer.

As is the case with most skin conditions age spots are much simpler to prevent than to cure. Your diet has a lot to do with reducing your chances of developing this unsightly condition. Eating a diet rich in orange vegetables (carrot and yams) and green leafy vegetables (collard greens and watercress) may help reduce your chances of developing these spots as you age. These foods are rich in antioxidants that help fight off damaging free radicals that are created as the result of too much exposure to the sun. They are also foods that are rich in Vitamin A and carotene, which also helps keep your skin in tiptop condition and more resistant to ultraviolet rays.

If you already have already developed age spots the good news is that there are some ways to diminish the way they look. There are several products on the market today that can fade them so they are less noticeable. The active ingredient in these over the counter products that is a chemical called hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a mild bleaching agent that helps lighten the appearance of all kinds of dark skin discolorations including age spots, scars and freckles. Some prescription versions of this scream also contain topical vitamin A, which can also help fade the look of obnoxious age spots.

If your age spots are particularly unattractive or forming in an undesirable place where they are too obvious (such as on the face) there are some slightly more invasive ways to cosmetically treat the problem. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments for age spots is a chemical peel. These peels contain anywhere from 70% to 80 % glycolic acid and remove layers of skin to reduce the appearance of the spots.

Yet another option is laser resurfacing. In this procedure the age spots are literally burned away using a sophisticated, targeted laser. However this treatment only works well on very white skin with very darkage spots. This is because laser treatments need a contrast of colors (black on white) to do their job well. Darker age spots on dark skin do not respond well at all to these treatments. If the age spot is lighter, purple or an odd color laser resurfacing may also not succeed in removing it. Black or dark brown age spots on fair skin respond the best to this treatment.

Although most age spots are harmless blotches, the early stages of skin cancer can masquerade as innocent looking dark spots. Your physician or a dermatologist should check any spot that enlarges, thickens, changes color, itches or bleeds. Irregularly shaped dark spots that change in color or increase in size could be the early warning sign of serious skin cancers.

One cost effective and natural way to reduce age spots is to simply keep out of the sun and wear long sleeved shirts. You should always take precautions to protect all of your exposed skin if you know you are going to be in a place where there is likely to be a lot of ultraviolet light. Make sure that you always wear sunscreen when you are out during a sunny day. Limiting your intake of alcohol can also discourage a propensity towards developing the unattractive skin discolorations.

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​Skin Care Advices for Your Special Event

03-22-2018

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Each one who is preparing himself for a major event in his life or who will be in front of the public eye wants to look very beautiful and attractive on this big day, for example ;graduation day ,engagement day or wedding day ,….etc.

So you can follow some simple tips to help you to avoid the problems that could occur with your skin especially on your special day.

Rosacea skin or Acne:

If your skin condition is like Rosacea or Acne, you have to visit a dermatologist before this big day by 3 or 4 months at least .This period to put your condition under control and give time to your skin to heal up for this occasion.

Sweating, Unwanted hair and Wrinkles:

Think of having treatments like Botox to control the excessive sweating and for the frown lines. You can use Artecoll, Juvederm, Restylane fillers for scars, creases, and wrinkles. Also you can make laser treatments to remove the unwanted hair or to remove blood vessels which are broken from your face .These treatments have to be used before the major event by at least 3 weeks, to develop the benefits of the treatment and also to resolve any side effects resulted from them like small bruises or redness. You can decide the time and the plan you are going to make with your dermatologist to put this time into your consideration before you begin these treatments.

New Cosmetics:

You have to test new cosmetics in advance to decrease the risk that could happen and the interference with the enjoyment of this event, like irritant reaction or allergy.

Sun Tanning:

You have to use sun protection as it is very important especially at the weeks before the great event to decrease the risk of having peeling or sunburn. You also have to be away from experimenting with tanning beds especially in the weeks before the great event, this is because the probability of having an undesired reaction caused by the U.V light.

Self-Tanning:

You must avoid the first time usage of spray-on trans and the self-tanning creams for 3weeks in advance before the big event in order not to have unusual color created or allergic reaction from these products .But if you want to use them, so you have to test them about several months before; to get reliable results and be safe .Some self-tanning products can discolor fine clothing due to the pigments created by them, so it is better to avoid them within a week before the special day.

Sometimes there is allergic reaction or flare up of Acne before the great event you are waiting like the graduation day or the wedding day, so you have to arrange an immediate appointment with your dermatologist so he can help you by modern medical treatments .Many of them give you a high priority appointment in such emergency cases especially when he knows that there is a big event coming up .He becomes very sympathetic with such cases as he knows how important this event to you.

​Microdermabrasion: A Process of Resurfacing the Skin

03-08-2018

The process of resurfacing the skin with a technique that removes wrinkles, stretch marks, scarring as well as acne and sun damage is known as microdermabrasion. This process is not very old and it was developed about twenty odd years ago by two Italians when it was a harsh and effective means which has since evolved into a more gentle procedure that produces improvements to the skin making it appear better as well as has more vitality. This method has now been embraced by one and all thanks to its superior performance and you will find dermatologists, spa clinicians, cosmetic surgeons as well as the everyday person greatly impressed with microdermabrasion.

Came to the United States in the 1990´s

During the 1990s, microdermabrasion entered the United States from Europe and is a well-liked procedure that is considered as a safe as well as effective substitute to surgeries as well as laser treatments. Being more forgiving than chemical peels, microdermabrasion polishes as well as renews the skin with the help of special creams that contain ingredients that will erase contaminants which can also be found in microdermabrasion kits.

An important use of microdermabrasion is in the treatment of acne, and by elevating the treatment of acne to a higher and more powerful level it causes activation of circulation and exfoliates the surface of the skin while cleansing it of pores clogged with oil and other contaminants and eliminates or reduces scars caused by acne.

Microdermabrasion peels do not require using harsh chemicals and instead relies on the powerful debris-leeching micro-crystals that do not cause any pain; instead, they are relaxing as well as revitalizing – much in the vein of a deep tissue massage. The whole procedure is convenient and is an outpatient method that can be performed in a medical setting, health spa or even at home.

There is hardly any doubt that microdermabrasion is effective in treating stretch marks or the fine lines found on the surface of the skin and even crow’s feet. It also lessens the scars caused by acne as well as any age spots and is really a process that accelerates collagen as well as the production of skin cells. If you are thinking of getting microdermabrasion then be prepared for the use of pen-like devices that emit crystals to the surface of the skin to polish off all the impurities from the skin particularly stretch marks.

A session of microdermabrasion takes no more than half an hour and there may be required as many as twelve sessions that are spread two to three weeks apart to get optimum results. So, for problems with the skin such as stretch marks, there is little doubt that microdermabrasion is the solution.

​Natural Skin Care Strategies

02-22-2018

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When people think about skin care, consumer products are generally the first things that come to mind. While there some excellent skin care products on the market today, the solution to your skin care problems cannot always be solved with the latest and greatest products. While these products do have their place, there are a number of things you can do on your own to ensure that your skin is healthy and beautiful.

Proper hydration is often overlooked as a treatment for problematic skin. The importance of water consumption cannot be understated. It is recommended that everyone drink upwards of eight 8oz glasses of water per day. Water plays a significant role in helping to rid your body of excess toxins. These toxins can have an effect on other areas of your health, as well as the state of your skin.

Exfoliation is another element of skin care that is often overlooked. Proper exfoliation can have a profound effect on your skin. Dry brush exfoliation is by far the best for your skin, as it removes dead skin cells, improves lymph node function, and increases blood circulation. Dry brush exfoliation also stimulates detoxification. As your skin is your largest organ, the state of your skin can provide a lot of information about the state of your health.

Your diet also plays a significant role in the health of your skin. Common sugar, for instance, has recently been linked with accelerated aging. The process is called glycation, and occurs when a sugar molecule binds to a protein molecule. These new molecules are referred to as AGE's (advanced glycation end products), and have been found to damage collagen in skin, ligaments, and cartilage.

Essential fats are another consideration. These are fats that your body cannot live without because they assist in the creation of cell membranes, hormones, and other such chemicals needed for optimal health. To ensure you are getting "good" fats in your diet, try using flax seed oil, walnut oil, or other such supplements. Eating fish can also provide you with an excellent source of "good" fat, especially salmon and sardines. Be sure to consult your physician before making any significant lifestyle changes.