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With summer less than two weeks away, this is the time to think about protecting your skin. Therefore, I have sought out tips from an expert, and here is what Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Weiser, from New York Dermatology Group, suggests that we do to protect our skin this season:
1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! The sun is directly overhead and therefore most intense from 11am – 3pm. Apply UVA/UVB protection with at least SPF 30 every 2 hours to the skin and lips for best protection. Use physical sunscreens such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to prevent UV damage and avoid chemical absorption into the skin. A teaspoon quantity should be used to cover the face and a shot glass quantity to cover the body. Make sure your sunscreen is not expired! Additionally, consider taking Lysine to reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks.
2. Use Cleansing oil to remove sunscreen and makeup: Follow this with a gentle wash to cleanse the skin. Make sure to gently exfoliate 2-3 times a week to prevent pores from clogging.
3. Soothe irritated skin with lightweight oils and moisturizers to allow skin to be protected and properly hydrated: Sweat can be irritating to skin. Try rosewater or rosehip oil, which are soothing and reduce skin inflammation. Antioxidants are a helpful way to combat oxidative or free radical damage that skin incurs from the sun and environment.
4. Use A Retinol-Based Product Before Bedtime: This will help control oil gland production, keep pores small and tight, and continue the anti-aging process by stimulating collagen production. Be careful though because retinol can make the skin more sensitive to the sun!
5. Check for Ticks nightly if you Are in an Area Endemic to Deer Ticks and Lyme disease: If you remove the tick before it becomes swollen (or engorged) you can stop the transmission of Lyme disease and save yourself a long course of antibiotics, or even worse, the consequences of untreated Lyme disease
Use Caffeine-Based Body Moisturizers: If you don't have time for in office procedures, caffeine-based moisturizers can provide several hours of improved skin texture and smoothness to reduce appearance of cellulite and other skin surface irregularities.
6. Sandal Season FYI: Hydrate the soles of feet and heels with moisturizing creams daily before bed, ideally overnight with a pair of white cotton socks (only if you are not prone to fungal infection), and exfoliate soles and heels at least twice weekly. For especially dry heels or feet or if not responding to typical exfoliation and hydration, speak with your dermatologist to make sure you don't have a specific variant of athlete's foot that affects the soles of the feet known as moccasin type. If not athlete’s foot, over the counter ammonium lactate lotions can help break down moderate dead skin. For severe dry skin try prescription-strength urea cream, which helps break down dead skin cells and smoothe skin more intensively.
7. Use Chemical Exfoliants in the Evening: Apply products in the evening for tone control to prevent skin tone from becoming uneven. Examples include glycolic acid, lactic acid, kojic acid and Symwhite. These chemical exfoliants can increase sun sensitivity, so be sure to use sunscreen each day and wear a hat for best results.
About New York Dermatology Group,
New York Dermatology Group in Manhattan is a unique practice incorporating state-of-the-art dermatology with other key medical disciplines in a platform that offers patients the most advanced skin and general health care anywhere. Headed by leading dermatologist David Colbert, M.D., the team of physicians and specialists include board certified dermatologists, doctors of internal medicine, a plastic surgeon, a nutritionist, a doctor of acupuncture and skilled laser technicians. Patients have access to the complete range of procedures in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, can see our internist for general health concerns and our acupuncturist for stress, back pain and the other usual suspects. The advanced facility in a landmark building in the Flatiron District features the latest laser technology and a fully accredited* surgery suite. And our dedicated and highly trained staff is fully committed to each patient’s total well-being and ageless beauty.
Located at 119 Fifth Avenue at 19th Street New York, NY 10003 (212) 533-8888
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