2014 December

New Year’s Resolutions to Better Improve Your Skin

There are many ways to keep your skin looking and feeling great! We want to share with you our favorite skin care tips and New Years Resolutions to better improve your skin. Sometimes even the simplest tips can drastically change the texture and quality of your skin. Below we have listed out 6 of our most favorite tips.

1. Know Your Water

Depending on if you have Hard or Soft water, there are a few ways to help keep your skin healthy. If you take a shower with soft water, most of the time soap will not be removed from your skin as easily. We would recommend using a face and body cleanser sparingly. Hard water, on the other hand, doesn’t allow washes to lather easily, prompting you to use even more cleanser, which can cause dryness. Gentle, non-soap formulas, which aren’t meant to lather, can minimize this.

2. Drink Green Tea

One of the best drinks for your skin is a simple green tea. “If your complexion is red or blotchy, this tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can be soothing,” says Andrea Cambio, a dermatologist in Cape Coral, Florida. “Iced is best because hot beverages can worsen redness and other symptoms of rosacea.” Consider subbing tea for your morning mug of coffee.

3. Don’t Get Stressed Out

We know that it is hard to stay completely calm during “busy” times in your life or during the holidays, but we would recommend staying as relaxed as possible because stress takes a toll on nearly every part of your body, including your skin. To keep that frazzled feeling under control, regularly practice stress-management techniques, like yoga, deep breathing, and meditation.

4. Improve your Overall Air Quality

Avoid all smoky environments if possible, as just being around smoke can lead to a release of free radicles that damage the skin. Change the air filter in your furnace regularly, and if you cook with oil, use the fan over your range. Also keep in mind that dry indoor air can dehydrate skin and make fine lines more noticeable. Run a humidifier in your bedroom to minimize these problems.

5. Watch your Sun Exposure Indoors

Yes, you read it right: UV rays (in particular UVA rays) can penetrate the windows in your home and office and cause wrinkling and brown spots. The same goes for car windows: Studies have found higher rates of skin cancers on the left side of the face and upper body than on the right, since that side is more exposed when you’re driving.

6. Have a Good Night Sleep

While you’re snoozing, the skin’s repair mechanisms swing into action, says McBurney. Being sleep-deprived, by contrast, puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems, says Barbara R. Reed, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado, Denver. Make getting seven to eight hours of shut-eye your last good-skin move of each day.

With these tips you should be well on your way to better, healthier skin. Find which ones work best for you and implement them in your life. At Eastside Dermatology we want to share knowledge and tips to keep you feeling and looking your best, and the perfect start is with your skin. If you have any questions regarding skin care or dermatology feel free to contact us.


Winter Skin Care Tips

For a lot of us, the cold of the winter not only brings just rosy red cheeks; it also brings itchy dryness to the skin. And for some, it is not just a tight dry feeling. Their skin gets so dry that is begins to flake, crack and even turns into eczema. Luckily, at Eastside Dermatology, we have products to cater to all levels of dry skin so you should never find yourself having to deal with dry skin again. If you are having dry skin issues, we have put together a list of 5 tips to keep your skin healthy this winter.

  1. Find a Trustworthy Dermatologist – If you go to the store to try and find the right type of moisturizer for your skin, you will most likely have a hard time finding it as there is no one to seek advice from. That is why it is such a good investment to see a dermatologist or esthetician. They can examine your skin type, figure out what issue is going on and will advise you on the proper skin care products to use.
  2. Moisturize More Often – Just because a moisturizer works well in summer and spring, doesn’t mean that it will perform the same in winter. As the weather changes, so should your skin care routine. Try to find a product that is oil based as opposed to water based because it will help create a protective layer on the skin that will retain more moisture.
  3. Don’t Forget Sunscreen – Sunscreen is not just for the summer time. With the combination of the sun and the snow, the glare can be damaging to your skin. Try to apply a wide ranged spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands about a half hour before going outside.
  4. Humidifiers Are Key – The minute you turn your heat on, your skin starts to dry out. Central heating systems blow out hot dry air throughout your home and office taking a ton of moisture out of the air. Humidifiers help add moisture to the air and will help prevent your skin from drying out.
  5. Limit Bath Time – When we find ourselves shivering in the cold, a good alternative seems to be jumping in the bath or shower and blasting the hot water for long periods of time. Although it may warm you up, it is not doing your skin any favors. The high heat of a bath or shower actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which causes you to lose moisture.

With these steps, we hope that you can enjoy your winter while not having to worry about itchy dry skin. If your skin tends to get dryer than normal, give us a call or contact us. We can help!

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150 Taylor Station Rd. Suite 250
Ohio 43213

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Ohio 43026

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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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