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Healthy Skin Care – A Team Approach
Maintaining Healthy Skin is Not Out of Reach with These Healthy Skin Care Tips

Maintaining Healthy Skin is Not Out of Reach with These Healthy Skin Care Tips and Expertise From Dr. Chapman

November is National Healthy Skin Month. At LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic, we recognize that healthy skin is more than just applying products and taking restorative action, although these promote and support an existing healthy skin system. At LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic, we focus primarily on cosmetic dermatology relative to one’s external appearance, but also are dedicated to the fundamental  concept that it takes a team – Dr. Chapman, her staff, and yourself – to promote, support and maintain a beautiful and healthy skin system.  After all, your skin is your body’s immune system’s first line of defense, so you need to take care of it. It actually is the body’s largest organ, spanning approximately 21 square feet and weighing about 9 pounds on an average sized adult. Your skin is highly dependent on the circulation system for growth, maintenance and repair, and as a result, nature has designed more than 11 miles of blood vessels serving the skin system.

What is National Healthy Skin Month?

The month of November, for many parts of the country, represents an introduction to months of cold winter weather.  The intent of the designation of National Healthy Skin Month is to raise awareness about the functions of the skin and the importance of keeping skin hydrated, protected and healthy on a continuous basis, no matter what the weather. The most important things Dr. Chapman recommends to prevent skin damage, reduce signs of aging and protect one of the most vital organs of the body  on an year-round basis include protection from sun damage, annual skin exams, eating healthy, staying hydrated, using appropriate skin care products, and other steps that can keep skin looking clear, smooth and youthful.

Healthy Skin Tips

Protect, Protect, Protect: No matter what month it is, or what the temperature may be, or even if the sun is out in full force or hidden behind a cloud cover, application of a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 is crucial to skin health. Although the sun is typically stronger in the summer, the sun’s rays can still be extremely damaging in winter months, particularly when reflected off of snow and at higher altitudes. In the winter, depending on climate, a combination moisturizer with SPF protection may be sufficient.

What You Put in Your Mouth Reflects on Your Skin: Feeding your skin from the inside is just as important as topical protection. A nourishing diet rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants is essential in maintaining skin that’s “in the pink”. This includes consuming foods containing Omega 3s, healthy fats, whole grains and B Vitamins, to name a few. Fruits and vegetables, particularly tomatoes, which boast high levels of lycopene, a strong anti-oxidant that helps block UV penetration are especially important. As well, since skin is comprised of proteins, sources of lean proteins are vital to skin’s nutrition.

Moisturize: Hydration is key to robust skin. The type of moisturizer used in your daily skin regimen should be modified as the weather changes from warm to cold, and the use of artificial heat can dry out the skin. Or by location if you live in a year-round warm climate, products may need to be varied depending on the level of humidity or dryness. No matter what season, moisturizer should be applied to your whole body in the a.m. and before going to bed. A creamier consistency product well in winter months in areas with colder temperatures as it helps act as a barrier to harsh winds and cold works, whereas in the warmer months a more lightweight water based product may help keep pores clear. Also look for products containing humectants, including glycerin or alpha-hydroxy acids that attract moisture to your skin. It is important to differentiate between consistency and coverage – using multiple coats of moisturizer to alleviate dry skin may result in clogged pores, as opposed to using a creamier product which compensates for dry conditions.

Lips are Important Too: Your lips are very susceptible to sun damage, so avoid potential for chapping and vertical lines around the mouth by protecting them with a lip balm containing sunscreen. Apply continuously, especially in dry conditions. Use a moisturizing lip balm product at night before bed. And when you do feel your lips are dry – resist the temptation to lick them – the evaporation only makes them drier.

TLC for Your Extremities: Feet and hands don’t contain as many oil glands as your face, and other parts of your body that may be exposed to either summer sun or cold winter weather, so they can become dry and chapped very quickly. Even though small, cracks and splits in the skin of the hands or feet can be very painful, and may take a long time to heal if not cared for. The best course of action is to use mild cleansers and avoid alcohol based hand sanitizers which cause further dehydration. In winter, wear gloves and always use sunscreen on your hands and don’t forget the feet, especially in summer!!

Shorten Your Showers:  When it’s cold it’s hard to want to get out of a nice, hot shower. But the hot water is also a factor in creating dry skin, and can actually slow down your circulatory system. If you can’t live without a very hot shower, make it a quick one. Cooler shower temperatures have been shown to increase blood circulation between organs and skin, which in turn provides more nutrients to the skin and actually help assists in keeping you warm.

Humidify When Dry:  In the winter, artificial heat tends to suck the moisture from the air, which contributes to dry skin. Using a humidifier set at 30-50% humidity in the rooms most often occupied, particularly the bedroom, can help prevent arid indoor conditions.

Hydrate for Health: Summer, winter, spring or fall – drink 8 glasses of water a day says Dr. Chapman.

Manage Stress: Stress can degrade all aspects of your life, and has been found to contribute to premature aging and skin problems like acne. Find ways to de-stress during the day, take a deep breath, sip some tea, read a magazine, look away from your phone, tablet or computer, take a brief walk – it will refresh your mind, body and skin!

The Importance of Skin Exams: It cannot be emphasized enough – check your skin every month for changes in your skin such as suspicious mole, rashes and other lesions that could potentially indicate an illness or skin cancer. Schedule an annual full body skin exam with your dermatologist on an annual basis, even if you haven’t found anything of concern, as there may be some areas that are difficult for you to view.

Dr. Chapman is an expert at implementing procedures and services to help your skin look younger, even toned, more supple, tighter, and lifted, but YOU have to provide healthy skin for her to work with. Aging and the associated changes to your skin is a natural process, but by implementing these simple skin care tips to keep your skin in ultimate condition, together, you and LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic can create beautiful skin. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chapman to discuss ways to make your skin to the next level, or drop by our new office in Johns Creek, serving the communities of Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Cumming, Suwanee, Roswell and Johns Creek, as well as patients from all over the Atlanta Metro area and beyond,  for our monthly Open House to learn more about our services.

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