Wear That SPF

Sunscreen should be used every day no matter where you live or what season it is, but this time of year is especially when sunscreen is extremely important.  Wearing sunscreen can help prevent your skin from things like premature aging, dark spots and fine lines — all things we help treat with lasers at the Clearskin Institute.  Once you have some spf on for the day you can’t forget to reapply.  Here’s how you can reapply to your face without messing up your makeup.

How to Reapply Your Sunscreen While Wearing Makeup

By Sarah Kinonen May 25, 2017

We all know how important it is to slather on sunscreen every day (quick refresher: it’s like, really important. A few dollops a day can potentially shield skin from damage brought on by the sun’s powerful UV rays). But did you know that reapplying your SPF is just ? if not more ? crucial? Yep. According to dermatologists, you should be re-administering your SPF every two to three hours, which means that full face beat you put together early in the A.M. may get a little disheveled after the second slathering. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Turns out, there are foolproof techniques to reapply your sun protection without smudging or smearing your early-morning makeup masterpiece. Here, the top six tricks, plucked from top dermatologists and makeup artists.

Start strong: Apply sunscreen under your makeup.

Before you kickstart your makeup routine, prep your skin with protection ? and not just in the major areas of your face, like the cheeks and forehead, says Heidi Waldorf, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “One of the reasons that the top of the forehead ? near the hairline and the sides of the cheeks, jawline, and neck ? get more sun is because everyone starts their sunscreen [application] in the middle of the face and neck,” Waldorf says. “Be sure to apply ? and reapply ? to those areas. Extra sun damage tends to occur on the upper cheek bones, too.”

Or, try a moisturizer with built-in SPF.

If your skin is on the sensitive side, streamline your product lineup with a multitasking moisturizer ? but only sometimes. “In the cooler months, it’s acceptable to “cheat” [your sunscreen game] by using a moisturizer with a sunscreen in it instead of two separate products,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center. “When products are asked to multi-task, make sure you are using enough of the product in order to get the SPF on the label.”

Even better, make it a tinted moisturizer with SPF.

Swap out your heavy foundation for a lighter formula, like a BB cream ? but with a hint of tint and added SPF. “If you invest the time to find the perfect match for your skin, you are much more likely to use the two products every day, which is a major investment in the long-term health and beauty of the skin,” says Tanzi.

Finish your look with a setting spray ? packed with sunscreen.

Celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh sets her clients’ red-carpet looks with setting sprays that offer built-in sun protection. “They’re clear, so there’s no white film, and they go on lightly as a fine mist,” she says. Her favorite? The just-launched Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50, which can be spritzed on before, during, and after makeup application. It’s also made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate as it shields skin from the sun.

Brush it on.

If you don’t want to mess, smudge, or smear your makeup during a mid-day SPF touchup, Quynh recommends sweeping on a powder sunscreen to the face. “The powders can be in a loose powder or a pressed powder form,” says Quynh. For a loose powder formula with water-resistant protection, we (along with Tanzi and Waldorf) recommend Colorescience Sunforgettable Very Water Resistant Powder Sun Protection SPF 30. “The loose powder is easy to use, you can just brush it on directly to the face, as the powder is built into the brush.”

Adds Tanzi: “These are the absolute purest form of powder sunscreen with colors that blend with all skin tones. The [sunscreen powder] is an excellent, water-resistant formula that looks like photo-perfect makeup, but is actually a great sunscreen. The powder locks my makeup in place, cuts down on facial oil on a humid day, and provides excellent sun protection.”

Touch it up with a compact.

If you’re not big on powders ? whether it’s a texture thing or you worry about handbag spillage ? we’ve found a happy medium. The Eau Thermale Avène Mineral High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50, which comes in two different shades. “It allows you to touch up your makeup and [apply sunscreen] at the same time,” says Waldorf. “It’s great to keep in your purse, desk, or even car for touchups.”

Source: http://www.allure.com/story/how-to-reapply-your-sunscreen-while-wearing-makeup

Stop Picking At Pimples

Pimples can pop up on your face at any given time, and when they do the temptation to pick at them is at an all time high.  Unfortunately picking or popping zits can create further problems.  We see a lot of patients at Clearskin Institute that have concerns about marks and scars left from pimples.  If you need an awakening to stop picking at pesky pimples immediately, read the article below.

Why Definitely Shouldn’t Pick At That Pimple, According to Dermatologists

By Macaela Mackenzie June 13, 2017

There?s a reason why Dr. Pimple Popper?s sickly satisfying videos have racked up millions of views: Pimple popping feels freaking great. Yes, yes, you know it?s not good for your skin but getting rid of those suckers just feels So. Damn. Good. Even when you have the best intentions for leaving it alone, there it is every time you look in the mirror, taunting you, just daring you to give it a little squeeze. Of course, there will be the pesky red mark that lasts for weeks after, but you can?t think about that now. You?re in pursuit of the pimple popping high.

?When performed properly, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can be a recipe for disaster,? Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, tells Allure. Allow us to deflate your destructive habit with some facts.

1. You?re preventing your body from healing

Acne is your body?s response to blocked pores and bacteria ? that bump means your bod is doing something about it. ?If you think of pimples as areas of skin where your body is trying to heal itself, it should deter the urge to pick,? Erin Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D., Vichy consulting dermatologist and celebrity skin expert, tells Allure.

2. You?ll tear your skin

?When you pop a pimple, you are forcefully pushing the contents ? bacteria, oil, debris ? of the acne bump out,? Sejal Shah, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, tells Allure. To do that, you actually tear the skin. So best case scenario, you?re left with an open wound instead of a bump.

3. You might make the pimple worse

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and oil down even further into the skin leading to an even larger pimple. ?As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit,? says Shah. ?That can cause the pimple to become more red, inflamed, swollen and infected.?

4. You might create more pimples

Ever notice that a second pimple often pops up in the place of one you just popped? Popping a pimple ? whether you?re successful or not can spawn more spots. ?The bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne,? Shah says. No one wants to play Whack-a-Mole with their skin.

5. You might cause a scar

All these things can also up your risk of leaving a scar. ?Scarring is also a risk for people with deeper cystic pimples. These scars are difficult to treat once they?ve occurred,? says Gilbert. ?Save yourself the money you?ll have to invest in laser or filler treatment by avoiding the urge to pick.?

To fight that urge, the first step is to understand the all these downsides accompanying your popping habit, says Shah. ?If you are armed with this knowledge, you may be less likely to try to pop them.?

Secondly, treat your pimples properly. ?Rather than picking, apply a product with two percent salicylic acid to draw out extra oil and dry the pimple,? says Zeichner. ?To help overnight, you can try a hydrocolloid bandage which both allows the skin to heal itself and prevents you from picking or scratching.?

If all else fails, replace the urge to pop with something else. ?Popping a pimple is often an impulse move, so when you have the urge, try to come up with a method to divert it,? says Shah. ?For example, try wearing a rubber band around your wrist and gently snapping it when you feel the need the pop.?

Excuse us while we stock up on salicylic acid products and rubber bands.

Source: http://www.allure.com/story/should-you-pop-pimples

Make Your Legs Look Great This Summer

If you are worried about the appearance of your legs when wearing shorts, dresses or rompers have no fear because there are simple adjustments you can make to your routine. These changes will help the skin on your legs look naturally beautiful. You can also consider various laser treatments we offer to improve your skin’s appearance, too!

Friendly reminder: Your skin does not stop at your neck.Which means, that diligent regimen you’re doing on the regular up top should absolutelyextend to the rest of your body. The first place to start? Your legs, says New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD. You see your face in the mirror all the time, but you rarely look at your legs and are more likely to neglect them.Pretty much. Here, a play-by-play of exactly what to do in and out of the shower.

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1. Don’t forget protection.

Daily sunscreen is pretty obvious when you’re trying to prevent facial wrinkles, but for full body anti-aging, you need to protect every sliver of skin that sees the sun?legs included, says Washington, D.C. dermatologist Rebecca Kazin , M.D.. “Especially in warmer weather when we start wearing clothes that leave them exposed.” Get in the habit of applying a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 every day; if you really can’t be bothered with another step, choose a formula that doubles as a moisturizer like Banana Boat Protect & Hydrate SPF 50. Be sure to use a quarter-size amount per leg and pay extra attention to the backs of your legs, toes, and the soles of your feet, says Dr. Sobel, where “skin cancers frequently turn up.” And if you’re outside or sweating a lot, reapply every two hours.

2. Prep legs for shaving.

Starting with steam is the simplest pre-shave move you cando. And all it takes is hopping in a hot (not scalding) shower for five minutes, says Dr. Kazin. Warming up your skin loosenspores and softens skin, makingitless irritating to shave.Now, you’re going to want to slough off all the dead skin that would otherwise build up, potentially causing ingrown hairs post-shave. Dr. Sobel suggests reaching for a glycolic acid-based exfoliator (grainy scrubs can be too abrasive before shaving) like DDF Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash to get rid of flakes gently. A heads up that “the knees can accumulate thicker dead skin sells,” so let the formula sit a few extra minutes before rinsing.

3. Take your time.

Don’t rush, especially over tricky spots like ankles, knees, and shins. Using hydrating products like Skintimate Signture Scents Raspberry Rain Shave Gel and the Schick Hydro Silk Razor will also help you get a close shave (the latter can keep skin moisturized for up to two hours post-shave).

4. Load up on lotion.

This is the point where you need to douse your legs in glorious hydration, since “the skin on the body has fewer sebaceous glands and tends to be much drier than the skin on the face,” explains Dr. Kazin. Plus, “hydrated legs will look and feel smoother.”Choosinga rich cream with hyaluronic acidlike PCA Skin Body Therapy helps, but the real trick is to apply it as soon as you get out of the shower when skin’s still damp.Allowing the water to evaporate off the skin without adding moisture will lead to dehydration and scaliness,” she warns.

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a44814/skincare-for-your-legs/