Back to School Sun Safety Tips

Summer is over and school is back in session! As we pack away the swim suits for another season, we oftentimes get a little over zealous and pack away the sunscreen as well. The sun’s rays don’t rest which means we need to protect our family’s skin year round. This also means educating our children on sun protection. In the summer we have a little more control over making sure the kids are fully protected with sunscreen, hats and plenty of UPF clothing. However, while in school, we have to trust they are practicing some of these same habits we’ve instilled in them because the amount of time spent outside for recess, sports and other after school activities can add up! Starting sun protection education at a young age can prevent your children from becoming a victim of skin cancer. You don’t have to scare your kids of being in the sun but do make them understand the seriousness of the issue. If you are unsure of how to get started, try incorporating some of these tips: Sun safety activities: Educate your children about sun safety by having them participate in fun activities. Children learn better by being able to do and experience what you are talking about. Some fun examples to try are going on a walk or hike and having your kids point out shady areas, purchase some UV-changing beads so children can visually see the impact of UV rays and be stylish at the same time! You can also take a fun trip to the zoo and talk about how other animals protect their skin from... read more

Your Guide to Makeup Expiration

We’re all guilty of makeup hoarding. Whether it’s keeping around some of the old stuff from high school in hopes it comes back in or making sure you use every last ounce of a product because we are going to make good use of every penny spent! Unfortunately by using old and outdated makeup products, we are inviting bacteria to come have a party on our face. Bacteria can lead to irritation and even infection in some cases. Some common signs of infection can be redness of the skin or eyes, burning sensation, swollen eye lids, etc. If you experience any of these it’s probably time to toss the products and make a trip to your dermatologist to make sure it’s nothing more serious. Cosmetics are not required to have an expiration date so it’s going to be up to you to keep track of when you open your products! You also want to be aware of obvious signs of products going bad like foul odors, gloopy gloss or separation in foundations or nail polishes. So how do you know the lifespan of your makeup? To make it easy on you, we have created a handy chart for some basic guidelines when it comes to makeup... read more

5 Things to Do OR Stop Doing to Help Reduce Cellulite

Cellulite is not partial to one shape or size and can choose it’s victims at random. However, women are more likely to get cellulite over men, primarily due to the different distributions of fat, muscle and connective tissue. did a great job giving us a good visual on why women are more prone to cellulite than men:  “For women this connective tissue is shaped like honeycomb, causing fat in the thighs to take on a less-than-sleek appearance. The same tissue in men is arranged as more of a grid and therefore causes less of a visual dilemma.” In fact, about 80-90% of women will get cellulite at some point in their lives (cue eye roll)! Although cellulite is highly common, it is still a skin condition that can cause many of us stress and embarrassment! Unfortunately, there is no magical dermatologist or treatment available to get rid of cellulite forever, however there are some things we can do and stop doing to help reduce the appearance of the oh-so-famous dimple look: DO Exercise: Since cellulite is more prone to affect the legs and buttocks, incorporate some lower body strength training in your exercise routine. Strengthening these areas can help to tighten skin, boost circulation and overall reduce the appearance of cellulite. DO Eat Well and Stay Hydrated: Eating the right foods can’t necessarily prevent cellulite but it can certainly help reduce inflammation in the body and prevent gaining weight (aka more body fat). Also, drinking plenty of water will help to keep your connective tissue strong and hydrated. STOP smoking: Smoking can cause many unwanted skin conditions (i.e.... read more

4 Aging Symptoms That Can Be Reversed With Cosmetic Injectables

With every passing year, we start to notice small changes in our face. Whether it be new wrinkles or the actual shape of our face looking different! When you reach a certain age, which can be as early as 30 for some people, wrinkles start to form because our skin naturally gets drier. We also start to lose the volume in our face due to natural fat loss and to top it all off our skin has lost some of its elasticity so everything starts to move south. Oh joy, right?! Luckily there are multiple things we can do to help reverse some of these aging symptoms. Number one would be to take care of your skin on a daily basis with a good skincare regimen. Talk to your dermatologist on what they recommend. Secondly, look into cosmetic injectables! All of the below aging symptoms can be slowed down with the help of dermal fillers. There is little to no downtime and you can see results almost immediately! Wrinkles: Yep. Wrinkles are annoying no matter if you are 30 or 50 and they can start to appear at varying ages. One of the best wrinkle prevention tools available is Botox! Botox is an extremely safe and effective way to improve the look and appearance of frown lines, brow, and wrinkles around the eyes, neck, and mouth, plus it creates a natural look! Lip Lines and Lip Volume Loss: Don’t we all wish our lips were a little fuller? With the NEW JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC, you can not only have fuller lips but it can also soften the appearance of aging... read more

7 Ways to Protect Your Skin This Summer

Summer is the time of year for sun-kissed skin, flip flops, flirty dresses and that messy beach hair! With a cocktail in hand, soaking up those summer rays is a fun and relaxing time, but at what cost? Unfortunately, all those wonderful pros of summertime can cause some unwanted cons too! Wrinkles, dry skin and the worst one of all, skin cancer. So what can we do this summer to protect our skin but still enjoy the glowing effects of the sun? Here are some tips to try:  Wear sunscreen: Yeah it can be a drag to take the time to slather on the sunscreen but we promise, your future self will thank you. You can still get a tan with sunscreen on, no lie! Here are some other sunscreen myths to be aware of!  Avoid “hot, harsh” sun: Certain times of day are safer to be in the sun. The main times to avoid are from around 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Try soaking up the rays earlier in the morning or later in the evening. If you do find yourself outside during those peak sun hours, try hanging out in the shade!  Cover up: Lightweight material can help to protect and still keep you cool. Choose light colors. Darker colors won’t do you any favors in the sun’s heat! Throw on a hat with a wide brim to protect your face, scalp, and ears. No one likes a burnt scalp that will peel and be a bigger pain later! If you’re serious about protecting your skin, look into UPF-rated clothing!  Protect your lips and eyes: That’s right.... read more

4 Must-Do Healthy Skin Habits

Healthy skin. We all strive for it but for some, it seems to be a harder achievement. There are many factors that can play into the condition of your skin. Some are controllable and some are not, such as genetics or hormones. However, if you could do something about the controllable factors to get healthy skin, why wouldn’t you? Getting healthy skin might just be easier than you think. There are 4 tips for healthy skin our Asheville dermatology office recommends to get a good basis for healthy skin. And guess what? These tips are easy for getting healthy skin, and they won’t cost you an arm and a leg! Here goes our healthy skin habits: Cleanse. That’s right. Our first tip for healthy skin is simply wash your face to get a start on healthy skin. No need to wash more than 2x daily but when you do use lukewarm water, a gentle cleanser and use circular motions to get it good and clean. Protect and Moisturize: Our second healthy skin habit, after cleansing, moisturize your skin. In the morning use a moisturizer with SPF for protection. SPF will help to keep your skin looking longer by blocking those dangerous UVA and UVB rays from the sun. At night, use a different moisturizer to help rebuild skin cells so you wake up looking and feeling refreshed. Not sure what kind of moisturizer to look for? Go to your dermatologist to find out what kind of skin you have (oily, dry, combination) and from there they can recommend just the right one! Hydrate: 60% of the human body is made... read more