One of the best moisturizing ingredients for aging skin is hyaluronic acid. This is a natural substance produced by the body, and it will bind molecules of moisture to your complexion. This is helpful for aging skin because hydration is the key to a soft and supple texture to your skin tone. On top of that, focus on drinking water to stay hydrated and improve elasticity in your skin!
There are a number of causes for a "new black spot". In general, things to consider: is this a new lesion or has it changed in size, shape, or color? Are the borders of the lesion irregular? Is it painful ? Is there an associated redness? These are some of the introductory questions you should ask yourself (and share with you physician) to help determine a diagnosis.
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Thinning of the skin on your forearms can be attributed to a variety of reasons, this includes a genetic predisposition, weight loss , and certain medications such as steroids (catabolic) can lead to thinning of the skin. Also, as we age ,the rate of collagen formation under our skin will decrease. This may also be a contributing factor to thin skin.View Thread
Most men shave their face on a daily basis; here are a few tips for a more comfortable shave. The best time to shave is after you shower. The warm water allows the pores to open and also softens facial hair before shaving. Always apply a shaving cream or shave gel to prepare your skin before shaving. Using a shave brush (natural bristles are best) instead of your hands is the best way to apply your shaving cream. A shaving brush will help your whiskers to stand up and will result in a closer shave; using your hands will actually push the hair down. As you shave, go with the grain, not against it. This will help to prevent hair bumps from forming. The top layer of skin is exfoliated as you shave; therefore, it is important to moisturize your skin after you shave. This will replace any moisture that was taken away during shaving. It is best to use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen to protect your skin form harmful UV rays.
For many of us, our hair is our crown of glory. We all want healthy shiny hair. Here are several tips to help in preventing split ends. 1. Do not brush your hair while it is wet; instead opt for a wide tooth comb. After you wash your hair, it is up to 25% more elastic and more vulnerable to damage. 2. Try to avoid using heated hair appliances on a daily basis. Using blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, etc. everyday can dry out and damage your hair. Heat can be especially damaging to your ends. Instead of using a curling iron, try sleeping in rollers to maintain your hairstyle. To maintain a straight hairstyle, wrap your hair at night and sleep in a silk scarf. To wrap your hair, start at the crown of your head, and brush your hair around your head. Continue until all your hair is brushed around smooth. If you have a lot of hair, try using bobby pins to keep your hair in place. 3. Wear a silk scarf or a satin bonnet before going to bed. A scarf will reduce friction and protect your tresses as you sleep. If you do not like to cover your head when you sleep, you can try using a satin pillow case. 4. Do not use rubber bands to tie back your pony tail. Rubber bands can pull your hair out and break it off. 5. Trim your ends every 6 to 8 weeks. If you are trying to grow out your hair you can go 8 to 10 weeks between having your ends trimmed. 6. Before you shampoo your hair, wet your hair with warm water to open the hair cuticle. Always condition your hair after you shampoo. When you rinse the conditioner from your hair, use cold water to help seal the cuticles of your hair. 7. Do not over brush your hair. Brushing your hair 100 strokes per day for healthy hair is purely a myth; this will cause more harm than good for your hair. 8. Eat a well balanced diet. What you put inside your body will affect your appearance on the outside of your body. Foods containing folic acid, Biotin ,and Omega3 are always a great nutritional addition for your hair. 9. Try to avoid chemically treating your hair. Relaxers, perms and certain color treatments can also cause damage to your tresses. It is always best to have a professional hairstylist perform these procedures for your hair. Best, Susan Evans, MDView Thread
Thank you for your post. It really sounds like you have quite a complex history of skin care regimens. One thing that stands out is the frequency of your treatments.
Over the years,I have had a few patients that were applying their topical treatments too frequently and simply did not allow their skin adequate time to recover between treatments. You should carefully review the recommended treatment protocol with your physician.
Hydroquinine works great for the majority of patients, but for some patients, I've had to explore other options for skin brightening . You may want to consider alternative brightening agents. Look for products that contain niacin and licorice extract along with a gentle exfoliator included such as AHA or Papaya base products.View Thread
Swelling after a laser procedure may last 5- 7 days. More extensive procedures that involves resurfacing the outer layer of skin ( laser ablation) ,your swelling may take longer to resolve. If your symptoms are progressing (getting worse) always check with your physician.View Thread
Here are a few tips to help prevent stretch marks on your abdomen during pregnancy. 1. When you feel an itch, try not to scratch your tummy. During pregnancy the skin on the abdomen stretches; this can make your skin dry. If you scratch your skin in its stretched state; you can encourage stretch marks to develop. 2. Moisturize your stomach throughout the day. Dry skin is more prone to stretch marks than moisturized skin. Moisturizing your abdomen throughout the day can help ward off itching. Try using a cream that contains coco butter (Palmer's), Vitamin E, or Eucerine. If you notice your tummy begins to itch, it is definitely a sign that it is time to apply a moisturizer. You can carry a tube with you in your purse for when you're out on the go. 3. Drink plenty of water. What you put inside your body is just as important as what you put on the outside of your body. Drinking plenty of water, along with a well balanced diet helps in keeping your skin healthy and well hydrated. Ask your doctor how much water you should intake daily during your pregnancy.
The consumption of water has many benefits for our skin and our bodies. Our skin consists of 70% water. Water is responsible for carrying nutrients to every cell in our bodies. H2O also plays an important role in flushing the toxins away from our bodies. Water even improves our circulation and lubricates our joints. Now that you are aware of the benefits of consuming water, how much should you drink? You should drink eight glasses of water per day; each serving should be at least eight ounces. Remember, if you are exercising or are being exposed to an elevated temperature, consume more water to maintain proper hydration. Proper water consumption will reward you with a healthy and radiant skin complexion.