Getting Your Skin Ready for the Fall

So now that fall is almost here, many clients want to get their skin ready for the holidays. While there are many quick fixes that can be done, fall is the season that gets you ready for the grand finale. The season to let go like leaves that fall off a tree. The season to start looking at the year that went by, yet begin to stare at the year that lies ahead.

When it comes to skin, we may need to change our skin care routine. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Perhaps use products richer and creamier that maintain the moisture, since now the air is dryer. Also, we may want to consider switching from lotion to cream, moisturizing your lips, exfoliating with oil-based scrubs, and applying a hand cream. If we are concerned about spots and hyperpigmentation and wanted to undergo deep skin-resurfacing treatments or deep peels; now it’s easier to plan since the long hours at the beach are gone. If we want to look good for the holidays, we can start those baby steps and figure out a treatment plan for the next three months. However, regardless of what your goal is, please remember to always wear sunscreen.

If you have any questions, as always, you know where to find us…info@medaestheticsmiami.com.

Lessson Hurricane Irma

When I first learned about Hurricane Irma, and having grown up in an island in the Caribbean, I was not too worried. In fact, the only reason I decided to leave Miami was to make sure my family remained calm. That night I struggled to find water, food, and gasoline. A sense of anxiety rushed through my veins as I later evacuated the city at midnight, since I had left behind a window that would not lock, coupled by the general anxiety that was going around in the city, and by being a head of household with all the responsibility in my shoulders. The next day, after calling many times, no one in my building would have an answer regarding the window. I tried the realtor, to no avail. Finally, I called my handyman who reassured me that he would get the job done and so he showed up and did as promised. With a sense of relief I continued my journey, to find out that I had two flat tires. I felt I was the main actress in a soap opera. After calling AAA, they assured me that someone had done it on purpose because NO ONE gets two flat tires (of course I have had two flat tires before) at the same time. After searching in my destination, there was only one tire shop open and it closed in forty five minutes- I was thirty minutes away. Luckily, we got there in time. The mechanic actually found a nail in the tires and was able to fix them. What a sense of relief. Now, I was ready for Irma and could relax.

 

As I reminisce on this last adventure, I had to compare it to life and how we reach our goals. If we focus on the obstacles, we never get there. If we focus on the rewards instead, we gain the endurance to stay put and navigate the waters. At the end, I was able to focus on the positive, which was quality time locked up in a room with my family and dogs, the fact that we were out of the storm’s path, and, last but not least, the possibility of having a full night’s sleep.

Big waves in a sunny storm. Portuguese north coast.

If we extrapolate to wellness and skincare, we can also apply the same principles. Just like I had to contain myself to not eat that cookie while having cabin fever, to not get that extra padding in the belly; in the same way making the right choices in terms of putting on the appropriate sunscreen and moisturizers on the face and body, eating the required nutrients for the skin, exercising, not smoking, and most importantly taking little steps towards our goals while we remain focused; make the big difference. As I mentioned in my first blog, there are many legs to a stool and each are important and part of the larger picture and path to reach our wellness goals.

Alternatives and Complements to Peels

While peels are a great tool in the care of your skin, some times these are not the preferred treatment of choice. For example, many clients of mine who have rosacea would benefit more from a treatment that reduces inflammation, as opposed to causing it. Other times, my clients need just a nourishing treatment to replenish those nutrients to the skin.  These are just two examples, but many other scenarios are possible.

I particularly have found extremely beneficial oxygen and enzyme treatments. In my case, when I refer to oxygen, I don’t refer to oxygen as a gas, but rather as a product you apply to your skin. However, this innocent “product” has germicidal, and vasoconstriction properties, which decreases erythema resulting in tighter and brighter skin. The germicidal effect can be very effective in the case of acne; and the vasoconstriction, in the case of redness and rosacea. The end result is skin that is able to function better.

 

beautiful woman applying cosmetic cream

Enzyme treatments are also a great alternative for calming the skin, nourishing the skin, and more. They can remove keratin buildup, they can be anti-inflammatory and have vasoconstrictor properties, while brightening and clarifying. There are many varieties each with a purpose of their own. They could be used alone or in combination with other treatments.

These are just more options to consider in your skin care routine.  However, always remember that these options should be part of a plan, not isolated treatments. If you have any questions, or for additional information, please contact Med Aesthetics Miami at info@medaestheticsmiami.com

Products and Our Skin Care Routine

Many times when my clients come to my office, they ask me what products they should be using. Other times, they don’t ask for fear of costly recommendations. The truth is that a beauty routine should be designed to fit the person’s lifestyle and budget. However, these “skin care maps” when accompanied by treatments should always include pre-treatment options, as well as “at-home” options for better results. If any of these two are missing, the treatment results may not be the same. When I design these plans, and if a client is on a budget, I always try to incorporate what he/she recently purchased even if these are not exactly what I would recommend and even if they don’t support my skin care goals fully (I do make clear what my recommendations would be): we do have to respect financial limits.

Having said that, there are some basic ingredients that I like to include in a skin care routine. For example, Vitamin A will help us treat most skin malfunctions, including wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, by working with the DNA of the cells. Vitamin C (and Vitamin E) are powerful antioxidants. They also help us stimulate collagen production. To support the vascularity of the skin, Vitamin K is key. There are other possibilities, but we would need more space to discuss the different alternatives. Different areas of the skin will have different requirements.

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How Does Healing After A Treatment Affect The Results?

Many of the new skin tightening technologies create a wound in the skin that provokes for the tissue to be then healed resulting in new collagen and rejuvenation of the skin. This “injury” can be accomplished through chemicals, as in the case of a peel, through heat as with lasers and radio frequency devices, or, as in the case of microneedle and microdermabrasion, with the help of equipment directly on the skin. Many question its effectiveness alleging that whenever you apply heat, you will shrink the tissue and it’s the shrinking that causes the tightening effect, not the production of new collagen; or that the effect of the injury will be worse for the skin in the long run. Others simply get an adverse reaction that results in post inflammatory hyper pigmentation or scar tissue.

Well, not considering the many possible variations or impact on the skin from the  different treatment alternatives, the answer usually lies in the wound healing response of the body, in the condition and preparation of the skin before treatment, and in the careful adherence to a post treatment plan. If the epidermis is not restored quickly, to reduce the inflammatory response, then scar tissue or post inflammatory hyper pigmentation may result. Many factors can assist this healing process for better results. This takes us back to our initial blog of many legs to a stool. In wound healing as well, nutrition and lifestyle decisions affect the outcome of the treatment.

As always, for more information, please call Med Aesthetics Miami, at 305-356-7402. Our promise is “More than Beauty”.

Skin Care and Mental Health

IMG_5416Skin Care and Mental Health

Recently I noticed many of my clients were going through life changing circumstances such as divorce, losses, and the like. Questions about their appearance and weight which resulted from these circumstances, had a direct impact on how they saw themselves.
Yes mental health matters…and it matters both ways: on how we see ourselves and on how we tolerate and react to the treatments. For example, my young client, who came with her mother for laser, started screaming when she saw the machine angled towards her as a result of anxiety. Furthermore, mental health affects how we take care of ourselves in terms of sleep, food and exercise, and these have a direct impact on our skin. In other words, unhealthy eating habits where we fail to take our essential fatty acids, vitamins A / C / E, choline, etc; and lack of sleep, will not allow our cells to perform its functions to the best of their abilities, and therefore result in suboptimal skin.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, there are many legs to a stool. Taking into account the different legs will make a sturdier stool. Next time you look in the mirror, don’t just think about the treatment you just had, but instead think about those other variables within your control that affect your skin, and that when paying attention to them will maximize the results you get from the treatments.
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Peels and Exfoliation

Peelings and Exfoliation

Why peel? Chemical peels have been used for a very long time for exfoliation of the skin, for removing dead cells, and for helping in the skin’s natural processes. Peels can help treat different conditions from acne, scars, hyperpigmentation, and more. They have been very popular because of their effectiveness and lower cost relative to other procedures.

While there are different types of peels with different components ranging from mild to deep, in my opinion several milder peels are better than one deep one. To me these peels, preserve your epidermis, yet result in excellent benefits to your skin. Mild peels will exfoliate superficially, while medium peels will reach the dermis with potential excessive peeling and downtime.

So which peel should you use on your skin? Lactic, glycolic, TCA? There are many different peels used to treat different conditions, but they each have a place and time. The ideal one for you, as well as the frequency, can be determined during the consultation. Make sure you don’t forget to discuss any allergies you may have and other lifestyle factors. After the peel, sun protection, and high grade products with antioxidants are a must. After care is key to achieving optimal results. Just remember, you may experience to different degrees redness, dryness, sun sensitivity, and some scabbing, swelling and peeling.

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