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.

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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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.
For more information, please call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402 or email us at info@medaestheticsmiami.com.

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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Did You Know May Is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month?

Did You Know May Is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month? Ever since President Reagan began advising the people to stay out of the sun in 1985 after his surgery to remove a basal cell carcinoma, the American Academy of Dermatology has been conducting free skin cancer screenings. The reason behind this is that skin cancer outweighs all other types of cancer combined. Only this year, there are an expected 5.4 million new cases of diagnosed skin cancer. Our goal today is to increase awareness, so that our readers can try to avoid the risks, which helps us stay healthy. Some risk factors include, having actinic keratosis, past treatment with radiation, a weakened immune system, been exposed to arsenic, a fair complexion, been exposed to sunlight over long periods of time. Other factors include having a few large or many small moles, a family history of unusual moles or melanoma, and a history of many blistering sunburns. An individual whose skin freckles, tans poorly, or burns easily after sun exposure is particularly susceptible to developing skin cancer. While many people with Caucasian skin are aware of this risk, many darker skin types are not equally aware that they too are at risk and should take the necessary measures to protect their skin from the sun. For example, darker skin types tend to have lower levels of vitamin D, for which a supplement is recommended. Our last thought by detecting any changes in tissue early on, it may be easier to treat these…Screening does help! For more information, call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402, by email at info@ medaestheticsmiami.com, or you can look us up online at http://www.medaestheticsmiami.com

Lasers versus Radiofrequency

Taking care of your skin has definitely come a long way since Cleopatra’s time. We are faced with so many decisions that it can be overwhelming. Well, our goal today is to help you navigate the labyrinth. Today, we will be discussing laser versus radiofrequency.
So what is the main difference between laser and radiofrequency? The answer to this question is more than a technical answer. What you need to know is what your goal is. Once you define your goal and how the chosen modality will affect it, the steps to follow are not that complicated. There are many ways to get to a destination and once you understand what each tool brings to the table, then you complement it with other procedures to enhance your results.
When addressing the question: laser versus radiofrequency, generally speaking we can say radiofrequency is color blind and has a different heating mechanism than laser. Radiofrequency uses electricity to heat the cells, whereas laser uses light. It targets cells in a pear shape so it has less impact in the epidermis, making it safer when comparing apples to apples; yet laser can be more aggressive and result in more lasting results and the treatment of choice for some modalities. For example, radiofrequency is not used for hair removal; yet it’s excellent for skin tightening.
When in doubt, you can always reach out to us at 305-356-7402 or by email at info@medaestheticsmiami.com