Daily sunscreen may prevent skin aging, study finds

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(Reuters Health) – Using sunscreen every day may help protect against aging skin, according to a new study from Australia.

Although the benefits of sunscreen are well know when it comes to preventing sunburns and lowering skin cancer risks, researchers said rigorous studies were lacking on how sunscreen use affects the signs of skin aging, or photoaging.

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Source: bit.ly/bN9DEh Annals of Internal Medicine, online June 3, 2013.

Ready for Summer? – Plastic Surgery News, Summer Safety Tips, June Specials on Dysport, Radiesse and Much More!

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Did summer creep up on you this year? In many places, the cooler temperatures lasted a long time, and this may have made it difficult for some people to motivate themselves to get their “beach body” in shape. If you want a flat tummy and toned muscles before you hit the sand this summer, then here are a few tips to help you get in shape as quickly as possible.

Maximize your metabolism

If you are looking to lose a few more pounds before July or August gets here, then you should be focusing on your metabolism. How many calories you take in and burn between now and the dog days of summer will make all the difference. If you are exercising frequently, try to schedule your meals before or after a workout. This is beneficial because your body will either burn up the extra energy while you are at the gym, or it will continue to burn the food you consume as you come down from your fitness routine. Additionally, try to eat your biggest meals earlier in the day, rather than late at night. If you eat a lot right before you go to bed, your body will enter its “rest mode,” meaning it won’t be burning up those calories. However, if you eat a big breakfast or early lunch, you’ll have the whole day to expend energy.

Turn up your skin regimen

A slim waistline is the target for many, but others are worried more about making their skin look beautiful and youthful during the longest days of the year. It’s important to step up your skin routine, as you’ll likely be spending more time outside. Use plenty of suntan lotion and moisturizer to keep wrinkles at bay. You can also prevent facial lines by visiting a cosmetic surgeon for a Botox treatment. This aesthetic medicine works by “freezing” certain muscles that are responsible for the wrinkles that form around our mouths, brows or eyes.

It’s not too late for plastic surgery

Looking for something with longer-lasting results? It’s not too late to undergo a plastic surgery procedure if you are hoping to reveal your new look by the time beach season arrives. Many cosmetic surgery treatments such as hair transplantation, breast augmentation and liposuction require a few weeks of rest to get back in shape, which means you’ll still have time to enjoy the warmer weather once you’ve recovered.

This time of year, the media is chock full of skincare tips. The reminders to wear sunscreen whenever you go out can get a bit tiresome after a while, so let’s take a look at some of the healthy summer practices that may be overlooked in those everyday advice columns:

The driver’s danger

Road trips can be blissful when the weather is warm, but don’t make the common mistake of thinking that you’re protected from the sun while driving. Even if you ride with the windows up, you can be exposed to harmful UV radiation. Unless you want half of your face to look like it was made out of leather, be sure to bring along a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when you hit the road this season. To keep it simple, reapply whenever you pull over for a rest stop or to fill up your tank, and you’ll be good to go.

Protect your peepers

It’s important to keep your skin protected, but the sun’s rays can also do damage to your eyes. Sunglasses aren’t only a fashion statement – they’re essential for your safety! This tip is particularly important for people who have light-colored eyes, but sunglasses can also protect the delicate skin around your lids. If you really want to be safe, invest in a pair of large sunglasses – aviator-style shades are quite popular – and you’ll ward off sun damage, freckles and puffiness around this part of your face. On top of that, forgoing sunglasses will leave you squinting in the bright summer sun more often, which means you’ll need to get a Botox treatment sooner rather than later to treat your inevitable crow’s feet.

Don’t sweat it

Moisturizer is your best friend in the winter, because the cool, dry air can cause your skin to flake. In the summer, however, you’ll likely be experiencing just the opposite – sweat and humidity will cause your skin to be saturated with oils that can lead to blemishes. Washing your face two or three times a day is recommended, and you should still apply a moisturizer with SPF afterward to keep your skin healthy. If you are already suffering from sun blemishes, consider paying a visit to your local aesthetic plastic surgeon’s office to schedule a microdermabrasion
or chemical peel.

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is a lifestyle disease, affecting young women, older men and everyone in between. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime; 13 million Americans are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, and nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
But there is good news: because skin cancer is chiefly lifestyle disease, it is also highly preventable.
“About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun,” says Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Everyone, regardless of skin color, should make staying safe in the sun a priority and incorporate sun protection measures into their daily life.”
Reduce Your Skin Cancer Risk:

  1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun is strongest. An extra rule of thumb is the “shadow rule.” If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s harmful UV radiation is stronger; if your shadow is longer, UV radiation is less intense.
  2. Do not burn. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any point in life.
  3. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. UV radiation from tanning machines is known to cause cancer in humans, and the more time a person has spent tanning indoors, the higher the risk. Those who make just four visits to a tanning salon per year can increase their risk for melanoma by 11 percent, and their risk for the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, by 15 percent.
  4. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection, so make the most of it with densely woven and bright-or dark-colored fabrics, which offer the best defense. The more skin you cover, the better, so choose long sleeves and long pants whenever possible.
  5. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  6. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  7. Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens may be used on babies over the age of six months, but they should also be protected by shade and clothing. Children are very sensitive to ultraviolet radiation- just one severe sunburn in childhood doubles the chances of developing melanoma later in life.
  8. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. While self-exams shouldn’t replace the important annual skin exam performed by a physician, they offer the best chance of detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover a new one that looks suspicious, see a physician immediately.
  9. See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Skincare is Essential in the Spring

It’s that time of year to change out the clothes in the closet and start spending more time outside. During this time, it’s important to remember that changes in temperature and air quality can have a serious effect on skin, according to NY1, a 24-hour news channel in New York City.
One dermatologist told the news source that people with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema or rosacea may experience a flare up during the shift in seasons. Additionally, the warmer temperatures may cause the skin to create more oils, which is why a microdermabrasion treatment can be beneficial.
“Remove all the dead skin cells,” aesthetician Marlene Ramoy told the news provider. “You have manual exfoliation, you have mechanical exfoliation, and you have chemical exfoliation. Microdermabrasion is more of a mechanical exfoliation.”
Experts also urge individuals to make sure they protect their skin when heading outside by putting on plenty of sunscreen, even if you don’t plan on spending too much time exposed to direct light.
Sunglasses can also help prevent crow’s feet. Lines around the eye can be treated with injectable facial fillers or a neurotoxin like Botox, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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