Category: Skin Care

For Better Skin, Curb that Stress!

MicrodermabrasionStress is a natural part of life, except maybe if you are a cave-dwelling Tibetan monk. Since you’re reading this, we surmise that you are not a monk, which makes you like the rest of us average humans who can easily get swept away into a sea of stress. What is at the heart of our stress is irrelevant. It could be the latest news on television, or the extra pounds we noticed on the scale this morning. When we stress, we create a systemic response that can do more harm than good.

Stress is associated with cortisol. In small doses, this hormone can keep us alert and safe. However, for many of us, our body is riddled with cortisol on a daily basis. Our worry over what is happening in our life can lead to chronically high cortisol, which can lead to a number of other problems. Some of the common ways that stress shows up on the skin include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles. Isn’t it ironic that the idea of aging could be stressful, and yet stress can accelerate the aging process? Cortisol has been linked to the deterioration of connective tissues, which is the underlying problem beneath fine lines and wrinkles, as well as loose, sagging skin and other cosmetic concerns.
  • Acne. High cortisol affects the sebaceous glands, prompting them to excrete more oil. More oil on the skin means accumulation of debris and bacteria, which means clogged pores. Clogged pores equals pimples and blackheads.
  • Skin problems like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema are chronic conditions that, with good care, can be managed. Each can also flare up during times of stress.

Putting your Skin First
There are ways to maintain healthy, attractive skin even in the face of daily stressors. One of the best things we can all learn to do is manage our response to stress, since we cannot avoid it. How you manage stress is up to you to determine. A walk in the park may be better for you than a hot yoga class, so don’t limit your choices for stress relief.
Stressed-out skin can also be pampered by the team at Sahara Medical Institute. In our Las Vegas facility, you may choose skin-boosting treatments such as:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments
  • Customized chemical peel treatments

We love fostering beautiful skin! Call (702) 823-5010 to consult with us about your aesthetic goals.

Sunscreen: Your Ticket to Healthier Skin

skin careAs much as the discussion about skin cancer has increased in recent years, studies show that a large majority of people remain in the dark about the power of sunscreen. Some studies indicate that the use of sunscreen has declined over the past few years. Other studies indicate that we may be collectively choosing the wrong products and the wrong methods to protect ourselves against skin cancer.

Get to Know your Sunscreen

When you choose a sunscreen product, what is the first thing you observe? Is it SPF? If so, you’re not alone. Many people associate the SPF number on the sunscreen bottle with strength, the higher the number the better the protection. In truth, even a lower SPF of 15 filters out over 90% of UVB light. SPF 15 also gives you 15 times more time in the sun than if you went sunscreen-free. So, if you are one who tends to burn within 10 minutes of being in the sun, applying SPF 15 sunscreen should presumably offer you 150 minutes of light-filtering to prevent sunburn. However sunburn is only one of the dangers of UV radiation.

UVA and the Skin

While UVB light is responsible for the physiological changes that result in red, prickly skin, UVA radiation has been associated with latter onset conditions. These include premature aging, a noticeable loss of elasticity in the skin, and skin cancer. Clearly, there is a need for UVA protection and sunscreen; but this is not indicated by SPF. The term “broad-spectrum” is what indicates this characteristic, and it is what you should look for when choosing sunscreen for you and your family.

Your Skin Health is in Your Hands . . . Literally

No matter how high the SPF of your sunscreen, protection from UV radiation comes from the proper application. Most people do not apply the adequate amount of sunscreen (about 2 tablespoons ), and most people do not apply sunscreen as frequently as they should (every 2-3 hours). UV damage occurs within minutes of being in the sun. For this reason, it is important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis, covering all areas of the face, neck, chest, backs of hands, and any other area that is exposed. On days at the beach, the pool, or any other outdoor area, SPF 30 sunscreen with water resistant capabilities is recommended.

At Sahara medical Institute, we offer complexion analysis using the innovative Visia system. Contact our office to see how a personal analysis can identify hidden sun damage beneath your skin.

How To Choose The Best Skin Care Products

Taking good care of your skin is an important part of protecting your health and maintaining your appearance. With so many skin care products available, it can be hard to decide what products are best for you. The following tips can help you make the right decision.

Make Sure Your Skin Care Routine Provides Sun Protection
skin careProtecting your skin from sun damage is crucial since UV radiation can lead to wrinkles, discoloration, tough skin, and even cancer. Make sure that your skin care routine involves products that will help block UV radiation. There are a variety of daily moisturizers and makeup products like foundation and primer that contain some sun protection. If you do a little bit research when choosing a foundation or moisturizer, you’ll probably be able to find one that comes with multiple benefits—including sun protection.

Invest In Quality
Taking care of your skin is one of the best ways you can stay looking young and attractive, so it is worth an investment. Many skin care products last a long time, so don’t be afraid to invest in a high-quality product that costs a bit more than something you’d find at the drugstore.

Get A Recommendation From A Skin Care Professional
The Sahara Medical Institute offers patients high quality skin care products from well-respected product lines. Some of the products offered include:

Derma MD – Products that provide deep pore cleansing, hydration, antioxidants that prevent free radical damage, peptides that promote the production of collagen, and many more benefits for your skin.
• Epionce – This product line helps to strengthen your skin through improving your skin’s own mechanisms. The result is stronger, smoother, younger looking skin.
• Obagi – This well respected product line addresses a variety of skin issues depending on the specific product used. These products nourish your skin so your skin doesn’t just look better—it is also healthier.
• Oxygentix – This product line provides coverage for facial blemishes while also moisturizing your skin.

To learn more about available skin care products and get a recommendation that is specifically suited to your skin care needs, schedule a consultation at the Sahara Medical Institute.

How Does Stress Affect Your Appearance?

Stress in life threatening situations can help you think and act quickly, but chronic stress in every day life can be incredibly damaging to your health and your appearance. Here’s what you should know about the connection between stress and the way you look:

Cortisol
When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol. As a result your immune system is suppressed. This can lead to illness, but it can also increase your chance of breaking out in acne.

facial rejuvenationWrinkles
When you are stressed out, you are more likely to frown and furrow your brows. Repeated facial expressions like furrowing the brows can result in more prominent wrinkles in those areas.

Lack of Sleep
One of the biggest problems with stress is that it interferes with your ability to get a good night’s rest. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are even more vulnerable to stress, so it can create a vicious cycle.

A lack of sleep can take a noticeable toll on your face and leave you looking tired and haggard—especially around the eyes. When you don’t get enough sleep, your eyes are more likely to be bloodshot and you may have bags or dark circles underneath your eyes.

Unhealthy Eating Habits
Being too tired and too stressed often results in unhealthy eating habits. Many people are more drawn to high calorie, fatty, sugary, and salty foods when they are stressed out and sleep deprived.

This can lead to weight gain, which damages your health and appearance. It can also damage the skin. Sugary foods, and other foods with a high glycemic index can contribute to the destruction of collagen in your skin. With less collagen, your skin is more fragile and thin and wrinkles and fine lines become more noticeable.

Stress can have a serious impact on your health and your appearance, which is why it is important to do what you can to keep stress at bay. The following tips can help:

  • Exercise regularly and try to spend a little bit of time outside each day.
  • Take a day off every now and then to relax and pamper yourself whether that means a shopping trip or a refreshing facial.
  • Say no if you already have to much on your plate.

To learn more about looking and feeling your best, schedule a consultation at the Sahara Medical Institute.