2014 August

5 Beauty and Health Tips for the End of Summer in Columbus

We at Eastside Dermatology know how important it is to be healthy. We also know that most people want to look as good as they can, and even though summer is quickly coming to an end, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the summer season and use it to your advantage. Below are five beauty and health tips that you can use to enjoy the remaining days of summer.

Eat for summer – When you eat water rich foods like cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, celery, and lemons the water in it actually helps keep your body cool when it is blazing hot out. It will also help you feel less bloated.

Beat the sun – Some foods can actually promote protection against UV rays. Foods like tomatoes, carrots, watermelons, and greens contain lycopene and beta-carotene, which are phytochemicals and those help the skin block UV rays. But never forget sunscreen.

Get Outside – By taking your exercises outdoors it helps boost your self-esteem and lift your spirits, especially if you are somewhere by waterfalls, river rapids, or waves. The negative ions that concentrate here are good for your mood and energy.

Sweat more – Try a natural deodorant that allows your body to be able to sweat more. Sweating helps get rid of toxins in your body, which will make you feel better. Sweating also helps get rid of dirt and toxins in your pores. Sweating also helps keep your body cool.

Swimming – Summertime is a great time to enjoy a swimming pool. Pools with chlorine help fight acne-causing bacteria. It lowers the walls of bacteria cells and purifies the water molecules in your skin. Swimming is also a great workout. Make sure that you are properly protected from the sun if you are swimming outside.

While we recommend some great ways to naturally improve your body, we know that there are also times when this can’t fix certain cosmetic imperfections. The dermatologists at Eastside Dermatology offer a wide range of cosmetic and medical procedures including microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, liposuction, chemical peels, and many more. We also offer a variety of different products for your skin. Contact us today for any skin care needs.


Columbus Skin Care | Skin Cancer in Teens on the Rise

Although cases of skin cancer are on the rise, the number of teenagers using sunscreen has lowered. The doctors at Eastside Dermatology have noticed this increase, as more and more young people are coming in to be treated for skin cancer.

A study found that the percentage of high school students who wear sunscreen have gone from 67.7% in 2001 to 56.1% in 2011. That is nearly a 12% drop in one decade. Researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey conducted the study.

Melanoma, the most dangerous of the skin cancer forms, has increased annually in men by 1.6% and 1.4% in women. You would think that as skin cancer cases rise, so would the awareness of teenagers using sunscreen. This, however, is not the case. This study indicates that there is a need for a greater drive to inform teens on the dangers of too much sun exposure.

In Australia, a public information campaign called “Slip Slop Slap” was held. In this event, free sunscreen was handed out at beaches. It was effective and helped increase protection from the sun and awareness of its dangers. Television ads are also showing beach goers wearing t-shirts and hats. “What we really need is to change the mindset that having this artificially tanned skin is attractive,” said Corey Basch, assistant professor of public health at William Paterson.

Although the amount of sunscreen use in teens is declining, the same goes for indoor tanning beds. From 2009 to 2011, the amount of teenagers using tanning beds dropped from 15.6% to 13.3%. Although it is on the decline, the decrease was too small to be considered significant.

Dr. Jeanine Daly, a dermatologist at North Shore-LIJ Health Systems said that she was surprised at the decrease in sunscreen use, despite all of the warnings about over exposure to UV light. She believes that the message that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer still is not getting through to teenagers, especially young girls.

When you are looking for a good sunscreen, make sure that it contains a physical sunscreen such as zinc or titanium dioxide as well as chemical sunscreen. Sunscreens with zinc are the best because they protect form both UVA and UVB rays. Also, remember that sunscreen doesn’t last all day. It should be re-applied every two hours. It also takes a lot of sunscreen to fully protected. A four to six ounce bottle that should last maybe one day at a beach will last a lot of people an entire season.

At Eastside Dermatology, we know how important taking care of your skin is and how dangerous exposure to the sun can be. That is why we offer to you Estion Sunscreen SPF 38. It was developed for people with sensitive skin, and is one of our hottest selling products. Estion Sunscreen SPF 38 is a creamy moisturizing sunblock that is PABA free. It is absorbed into the skin like silk and is made with Z-Cote, which is an ingredient that is amazing at blocking both UVA and UVB rays. This product is transparent, water-resistent, and unscented. Taking the initial steps to protect your skin is the best way to prevent long term issues.


Our Locations

Two convenient locations to better serve you:

150 Taylor Station Rd. Suite 250
Ohio 43213

4617 Leap Ct.,
Ohio 43026

Our Promise

At Eastside Dermatology, Dr. Alan Parks and his entire team are dedicated to providing the highest quality cosmetic and surgical skin care for their Columbus and Hilliard, Ohio-area patients.

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