Sunscreen. It may seem like we talk about it a lot, but there's a good reason: Prolonged exposure increases your risk of developing skin cancer, and the sun's rays can damage your skin and cause premature aging. However, sunscreen is not always enough. Dr. Johnson offers five reasons you need to take the extra step beyond just sunscreen to protect your skin by wearing a hat and covering up when you can.
You Forget to Put It On. Forgetting to apply sunscreen happens to everyone, mainly because we are often rushing around getting everyone else ready and putting sunscreen on the kids and we end up forgetting to put sunscreen on ourselves.
You Skipped Reading the Directions. How long before you go out in the sun are you supposed to apply your sunscreen? How long until you need to reapply? If you don't know the answers to these questions, you probably have skipped reading the fine print on your sunscreen bottle. Or, you just forgot to reapply because time flies when you're having fun at the pool or the beach!
Are you thinking about Fraxel laser skin treatment but are a little worried about the recovery and aftercare process? Fraxel laser is a non-ablative laser treatment, which means it does not completely remove the topmost layers of skin as ablative lasers do. However, Fraxel laser does cause very tiny injuries just below the surface of the skin. Don't worry; these micro-injuries are part of the rejuvenation process and the journey to great-looking skin. The Innovations Medical Center offers patients these tips to help mitigate the side effects of Fraxel laser treatment.
What to Expect After Fraxel Laser
Most patients experience some irritation, redness and swelling right after their Fraxel laser treatment. The skin can also feel dry and tight. These effects occur because Fraxel exfoliates away the top layer of skin to allow new skin cells to form. You may also experience some flakiness and crusting, too. Don't be alarmed; these side effects are a sign that the treatment is working.
What Causes Loose Skin to Develop?
When an individual gains weight, the skin stretches to accommodate increased layers of fat that lie below its surface. The increased fat keeps the skin tight and smooth.
You probably know the signs of stress when it comes to your body: tension headaches, feelings of anxiety, neck and shoulder pain, and maybe even high blood pressure. Do you know that the signs of stress probably show up on your face too? Stress affects every single part of your body - including your skin. Take a good look in the mirror and take a deep breath. Are you seeing the signs of stress? Learn how your skin may be signaling you that it is time to relax.
Puffy eyes. Stress keeping you up at night? The three cups of coffee you had this morning are not why we're asking; it's your puffy eyes. If you're tossing and turning all night, it is going to show on your face. Try to relax with a mug of herbal (caffeine-free) tea and turn off your phone, TV or tablet at least one hour before you go to sleep.
Changes in Skin Quality. Stressing out about things takes your mind off taking care of yourself. Stress tends to lead to dry skin. Why? Because you're probably so busy being stressed, you're not remembering to drink enough water, and all that coffee you're drinking to keep you going dehydrates your skin. Get back on track by carrying a water bottle with you and using a high-quality moisturizer.
The first ingredients that come to mind when you think of what you want in skin care likely include things such as retinol and hyaluronic acid. But would you ever consider maple syrup as good for your skin?
Some researchers are hoping that you'll soon say yes.
Before adding Mrs. Butterworth's to your skin care regimen, read on.
Turkey neck is the nickname for the loose, sagging or baggy skin that hangs off the neck. It is a consequence of losing skin elasticity because of aging, genetics and weight loss. Turkey neck can add years to your appearance and may even make you feel self-conscious about wearing anything but a turtleneck sweater.
Turkey neck can be hard to get rid of on your own - it does not respond to exercise or a healthy diet, and many over-the-counter skin-tightening creams make empty promises or yield only temporary results. Dr. Johnson can help treat your turkey neck and sagging skin this fall using the powerful skin-tightening therapy Thermage.
Although it seems like North Texas is humid year round, our climate can be arid, too. When the air is dry, your skin is often affected; it may feel dry and tight. Dry skin can contribute to the development of blemishes and acne, as well as wrinkles, fine lines and creases. We offer some natural ways to hydrate your skin and keep it looking youthful all year long.
1. Drink water. Drinking water is the No. 1 way you can help keep your skin hydrated. Water supports skin health by keeping cells functioning and plump. The result? Your skin looks brighter, feels softer and has fewer dark circles under your eyes.
2. Moisturize. Sometimes water is not enough to rehydrate severely dry skin. If your skin is very dry or dull, use a high-quality moisturizing lotion or facial oil as part of your skin care routine. Facial oils contain omega and fatty acids that help revitalize your skin. Look for products that contain oils such as argan oil, emu oil or grapeseed oil. These products can help make your skin soft and bright. They can also help to make your skin more elastic and supple, which can help prevent premature aging. Products that contain vitamin A or vitamin E are also essential for your skin health.
Have you noticed uneven skin tone when you look in the mirror? If so, you're one of the millions of Americans who experience hyperpigmentation, or the irregular and uneven darkening of the skin caused by the body's overproduction of melanin. Melanin is what gives the skin and hair their color. As a result of overproduction, dark spots or patches can develop that can leave you looking more than 10 years older than your actual age. Find out what causes uneven pigmentation of the skin and how you can erase dark spots forever with some help from Innovations Medical.
What Causes Uneven Skin Tone?
The most common factors in developing uneven skin tone include:
Do you get facials regularly? Do you see results? The results of the average facial typically last about four weeks, which means you either need to book another facial to keep looking great or run the risk of looking flat. Are you ready for something a little more potent than a facial, but with long-lasting results? If so, it may be time to try micro needling from Innovations Medical.
What Is Micro Needling?
Micro needling is a skin-rejuvenation procedure that uses tiny needles to create punctures in the skin.
Three months of summer can be a great thing - we hope you've had time to relax, enjoy a vacation or two, make a few memories and spend time at the beach or pool. While all these things are great, summer can be a bit rough on your skin due to prolonged exposure to the sun, wind and chlorine. These conditions can leave your skin looking a little dull in the fall. You can revitalize your skin as we move into cooler weather with a skin-rejuvenation treatment from Innovations Medical.
Radiofrequency Micro Needling with Legend Skin Tightening. Radiofrequency micro needling with Legend is a great way to improve your skin's texture, skin pigment, sun damage, scarring and stretch marks. The procedure has minimal downtime, and you are in and out of the office in just a few minutes. During this procedure, the skin is rejuvenated through hundreds of tiny needle sticks. These small punctures stimulate the body to produce collagen, which in turn tightens the skin. Legend Skin Tightening is added to the procedure for powerful skin-tightening benefits that leave you looking youthful and smooth.
How Can Sleeping Cause Wrinkles?
Sleeping, per se, does not cause wrinkles. Instead, it is how you sleep that leaves you at risk of lines and creases. When you sleep on your side or stomach, there is a force applied to your face. This force is also applied to the collagen in your skin and will eventually cause the breakdown of this important protein. When collagen breaks down, you're at risk of developing wrinkles, lines and sagging skin.
Specifically, the heart health researchers are concerned about the connection between deep forehead wrinkles and a higher risk of dying from a heart condition.
This new research may make identifying individuals living with cardiovascular disease, or CVD, a lot easier and less invasive.
It's one thing to hear that you have younger-looking skin because you look radiant and wrinkle free. It's another thing entirely to hear you have younger-looking skin because you're having the breakouts of a teenager. Are you struggling with acne as an adult? Adult acne can be a very frustrating condition to treat on your own, so why not get the expertise of the skin care experts at Innovations Medical?
Adult Acne: Inside Out
To effectively treat your acne, you first need to identify the cause of your acne. During the teenage years, acne is caused by fluctuations in hormones during puberty. Guess what? Hormonal fluctuations (caused by stress, pregnancy, aging and menopause) also cause acne to develop in adulthood.
Tiger stripes. Mom medals. War wounds. All nicknames to nicen up something that many women dread: stretch marks. The very words can make many women nervous, and many women feel frustrated and embarrassed because these marks are seemingly permanent. But are they? Innovations Medical can help reduce the appearance of your stretch marks using laser skin-rejuvenation therapy.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are lines that develop when the elastic fibers of the skin stretch beyond their normal capacity. When this happens, these fibers are unable to regenerate.
Are you suffering from breakouts, dry skin or wrinkles? These conditions can be associated with aging, but did you know that the cause of these skin problems can also be traced to your workplace? Office environments are often too hot or too cold, you spend half your day hunched over a phone or keyboard, there are germs all over the breakroom, and workplace stress plays a part in creating bad skin.
Before you give your two-week notice, read ahead for suggestions from Innovations Medical on how to save your skin.
Workplace Skin Woes
The lower-than-usual temperatures we've been enjoying the last few weeks in North Texas have us ready for fall. Starbucks announcing that its Pumpkin Spice Latte is debuting for the season on August 28 helps, too. After a long, hot summer we are ready for cooler temperatures and chemical peels. Chemical peels? Yes, chemical peels! Find out why fall is the best time to refresh your face with a chemical peel from Innovations Medical.
Chemical Peels for a Fresh Face
Chemical peels are a form of skin exfoliation, which makes them an excellent way to refresh your face and erase the signs of aging. They work by using an acid solution, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid, to create a controlled burn on the face. After the burn blisters and peels away, new, fresh skin is revealed.
We talk about skin a lot at Innovations Medical. We can't help it - it's our specialty. We love to provide you and all of our patients with high-quality skin care treatments and skin-rejuvenating procedures to keep skin looking great. But, what happens once you leave our clinic? There's a lot you can do on your own to keep your skin looking great in between appointments with us.
Tips to Keep Your Skin Looking Great
Establish a Solid Skin Care Routine. One of the best ways you can keep your skin looking great is to cleanse, restore and moisturize it regularly with high-quality cleansers, toners, serums and moisturizers. Ask us for our recommendations about what products you should use and what you should avoid.
Do you look at your friends or favorite celebrities with envy over their flawless skin and wonder how they got it? Well, great skin doesn't just happen - it requires a lot of nurturing and care over your lifetime. Here are six basic tips to get great skin:
1. Say No to Sun
One of the top ways to get great skin for life is to protect it from the sun. Prolonged and frequent sun exposure can leave the skin with significant damage such as age spots, freckles, wrinkles and other problems. Prolonged sun exposure also increases your risk of developing skin cancer.