Last year was an exceptional year…to say the least! We have heard a lot about the Covid-19 weight gain, but we haven’t heard as much about how months of staying indoors and wearing a mask affected our skin and skincare regimen.
Skin rejuvenation and renewal is the number one facial rejuvenation goal for 2021. With more and more women and men using online video platforms including FaceTime, Zoom, and more, the health, and overall appearance of your skin (good or bad) is very evident. We all have moments of self-consciousness when viewing ourselves during a virtual meeting. Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of focusing on what we perceive to be our flaws.
This emphasis on how your face looks on video platforms has led to a greater awareness of the importance of good quality skincare. We want to look our best when we are on a video call and I have always advised my patients that a good skincare routine is the foundation for healthy vibrant skin. My passion for learning more about the largest organ of the body and helping patients take care of their skin, led me to my medical specialty, dermatology. As a board-certified dermatologist, I specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of the skin, hair, and nails.
THREE TIPS FOR HEALTHY SKIN:
Tip # 1 – Prevention
It should not be a surprise that my #1 go-to skincare tip is protecting your skin from environmental and lifestyle factors that damage your skin…the sun and smoking in any form!
You have heard it all your life, apply sunscreen daily. It’s true that UV rays are bad for your skin. Not only for triggering skin cancer but for contributing to premature aging and damage to the skin.
Visible sun damage includes:
- Liver spots
- Leathery, tough skin
- Dull skin
It’s simple, liberally apply a good quality sunscreen. My favorite sunscreen is always oil-free and zinc based. Zinc is an inert chemical that is safe for children and adults. Sometimes people don’t prefer it because it can be white and greasy, but it is the safest and best for skin.
Did you know electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette or vaping) are just as toxic to the skin as conventional cigarettes? They also contribute to dynamic wrinkles just like cigarettes. Studies confirm there is “evidence e-cigarettes are harmful to human skin1.” So, stop smoking and vaping to prevent any more damage to your lungs and your skin.
Tip #2 – Expert Skincare Analysis
As an expert dermal filler and BOTOX® Cosmetic injector and trainer for other dermatologists, I remind my patients that results can be improved if you have healthy and vibrant skin. Healthy skin can make non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments look better. Does it make sense to spend money on injectables or other treatments, if you don’t take care of your skin, before and after the treatment?
Where to begin? Schedule a consultation to have a skin analysis. During your consultation, you will discuss your skincare goals with me or my aesthetician. We will take pictures and review your medical history. We will also talk about your skincare routine and what products you use. A customized skin rejuvenation and anti-aging plan will be recommended.
Tip #3 – Educate Yourself & Get a Professional Recommendation
The next tip is to educate yourself about which non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedures are available, what results to expect, and most importantly, who is the best cosmetic physician to perform the treatments in your area.
As you are aware, there is no shortage of aesthetic treatments available, from laser, RF, and light therapies to a variety of injectables, or other spa treatments for your skin. There are commercials, online and social media ads, and articles on the latest “miracle” technology or skincare product. It’s no wonder as a consumer you are probably confused and not sure of the results you will achieve.
As a cosmetic specialist for over 20+ years, I understand. It is hard for the public to weigh the advantages and disadvantages, or if a product produces the advertised results. The only way to know is to study the clinical data, review patient outcomes, and make an informed decision based on years of education and training on the merits of the products or technology.
I am fortunate that I have years of education, training, and specialization as a board-certified dermatologist. I also I had the privilege of learning from and providing care with my parents, Dr. Saida Baxt, board-certified dermatologist and Dr. Sherwood Baxt, board-certified plastic surgeon. As Medical Director of BAXT CosMedical®, I continue to honor my family’s tradition of medical excellence and personalized care. We only offer technology that has been fully vetted, tested, and approved by me. You will always receive an honest consultation with a clear expectation on the results you can expect.
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