Summer Skin Care for Everyone

Little adorable girl applying sun cream to her mother noseWhen summer comes along, it is important for everyone to take care to protect their skin from the sun. While showering us with warmth, light, and much-needed vitamin D, the sun also transmits ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is a proven human carcinogen and can lead to skin cancer. Follow these skin care tips to keep your skin healthy and clear through the sunniest part of the year.

General Tips

The following tips are general suggestions to help you protect your skin, no matter your age, gender, ethnicity, or skin type:

  • Buy New Sunscreen: Sunscreen doesn’t last forever, and most people don’t use as much as they should. Buy a new bottle every summer and make an effort to use it all.
  • Wear Sunscreen Daily: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15 to 30 or higher) to protect against UVA and UVB sun rays. Wear sunscreen even on rare cloudy summer days, and reapply it every two hours if you are sweating or swimming.
  • Apply Sunscreen 30 Minutes Early: For the best protection, sunscreen should be applied 20 to 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Wear Lip Balm With Sunscreen: Use lip balm with SPF 30+ sunscreen to protect your lips.
  • Avoid Tanning: Tanning has been definitively linked to skin cancer.
  • Cleanse Your Face Daily: Daily gentle facial cleansing is an essential part of summer skin care.
  • Wear Lotion and Moisturizer: Facial moisturizer and body lotion are essential parts of protecting the skin year round.
  • Exfoliate: Exfoliate one to three times per week to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
  • Drink Lots of Water: Water replenishes moisture in the skin and should be consumed in larger quantities during warm weather.
  • Shower After Swimming: Chlorine is damaging to the skin, so swimming should always be followed by a lukewarm cleansing shower.

These tips not only protect against skin cancer, but they also help keep your skin healthy and youthful. By following these tips, you can reduce your risk of premature wrinkles, skin sagging, and rough skin texture.

For Seniors

Summer skin care for the elderly is particularly important. Enjoy the shade, especially during the middle of the day. Liberally apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to any area of the body that could be exposed to the sun, especially the hands, feet, and any bald spots on the head. Seniors may benefit from special clothing that has ultraviolet protection (UVP) of 30 or higher. It is also a good idea to wear a broad-brimmed hat and dark sunglasses.

Summer skin care for seniors should include other precautions as well. If taking any medications, check the labels about sun sensitivity (some medications will advise you to stay out of the sun). Elderly individuals should apply moisturizer daily to prevent excessive dryness of the skin. Wear long sleeves and pants outside at dawn and dusk/evening to prevent mosquito bites.

For Men

Men have larger pores and are more prone to breakouts than women. Summer skin care for men should include cleansing the face twice daily with a facial cleanser that contains vitamins A, C, and E. Daily use of a toner is also recommended. It may be beneficial to reduce your frequency of shaving, as it is hard on the skin and the skin is already burdened with the task of counteracting sun damage. When spending any time outside and especially when wearing swimwear, sunscreen should be applied to the chest, back, arms, hands, legs, feet, and especially the ears and head (if your hair is thinning or gone). Consider wearing a hat to protect your head. If your skin is sensitive or light, you may want to wear a rash guard or swim shirt for extra protection.

For Women

Summer takes a toll on soft, sensitive skin. Summer skin care for women can include many of the same tips used year round, with extra protection for sun-exposed areas and combating the damaging effects of the sun. Wear minimal makeup to portray a natural, summery look and also be kind to your face in the harsh sun. Lotion should be applied right after a shower to lock in moisture. For a safe summer glow, use a sunless tanner.

For Babies

Summer skin care for babies is simple. Babies under six months should be kept out of the sun. Infants older than this should be slathered in sunscreen from head to toe. Use a swim shirt, hat, and other means to protect a baby’s sensitive skin. Babies can overheat easily, so keep little ones in lightweight clothing.

For Kids

Summer skin care for kids can be challenging, as children may complain about having to put on sunscreen every time they want to go play outside. Make it a daily habit so that they come to appreciate its importance. Have them wear lightweight, long-sleeved clothing when appropriate. Get them their own sunglasses to protect their eyes, and stick to the shade during peak sunlight hours. If you camp, hike, or live in an area with lots of mosquitos, apply insect repellant and dress your children in long sleeves and pants. Kids also need facial moisturizer and lotion just as much as adults.

For Those With Acne

The hot temperatures of summer can dry out the skin, increase its sensitivity, and contribute to sweat, oiliness, and clogged pores. These conditions are ripe for acne. Summer skin care for acne should include daily cleansing to clear the pores. Since they dry out the skin, use salicylic acid products only at night. Consult your dermatologist on what kind of moisturizer you should use. Wash your face gently after sweating a lot or spending a long day outside.

For Each Skin Type

  • Oily Skin: Cleanse your face twice daily, but don’t over-scrub. Use a toner and switch to a lighter moisturizer during this time of year. Wear less makeup (avoid heavy foundation), avoid touching your face, and use oil-blotting pads as needed during the day.
  • Dry Skin: Use only a gentle, mild cleanser for daily face washing. Use moisturizer daily and take advantage of facial mists. Shaving, swimming in chlorine or saltwater, and even air conditioning can all dry out the skin, so take precautions to minimize this effect.
  • Sensitive Skin: Be vigilant about sunscreen, and minimize chlorine contact. Talk to your dermatologist to find the best sensitive cleanser for your needs.

Professional Skin Care

Summer skin care would not be complete without professional treatments at the medical spa. If your skin needs a little extra love this summer, our medical spa offers advanced skin care procedures that can help you achieve ultimate skin health. Some of our treatments include PicoSure® FOCUS™ laser skin treatment, Isolaz® acne laser, Fraxel® re:pair SST, and Clear + Brilliant® Perméa. These treatments can resolve many skin conditions and rejuvenate the skin to give you a healthy, clear, and even skin tone.

For more tips on caring for your skin during the summer, contact Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Call 703-287-8277 or contact Dr. Mesbahi online to schedule your appointment.

Woman with youthful left side of face compared to an older-looking right side of face.If you could stop one part of your body from aging so that you would continue to look young, you might want to choose your skin. The skin reveals the passage of time perhaps more so than any other part of the body. Wrinkles, sagging, age spots, and textural changes are all telltale signs of skin aging. Ultherapy® skin treatment can minimize signs of aging by building collagen and elastin so that your skin appears full, healthy, and youthful.

How the Skin Ages

Skin aging is both intrinsic and extrinsic. “Intrinsic aging” refers to biological and genetic factors, such as the gradual slowing in the skin’s production of collagen and elastin. “Extrinsic aging” is caused by environment and lifestyle choices, such as sun exposure and nutritional habits. Both types of aging cause the skin to become progressively more wrinkled, thin, rough, saggy, and brittle.

There are ways to slow extrinsic aging so that your skin does not age prematurely. For instance, you can keep your skin healthy and vibrant by wearing sunscreen and moisturizer, avoiding smoking, cleansing your skin often but gently, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. However, intrinsic skin aging is genetically and biologically determined, and it affects everyone regardless of lifestyle choices. The only way to slow intrinsic aging is to rejuvenate the skin from within by stimulating new collagen and elastin. Treatment with Ultherapy® can counteract intrinsic aging by building new collagen to tighten, lift, and smooth the skin.

How Ultherapy® Rejuvenates the Skin

Ultherapy® is an FDA-approved, non-invasive skin tightening procedure that uses sound waves to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Focused ultrasound energy gently heats the skin, causing it to visibly and immediately tighten. The treatment also triggers new collagen formation, which continues over the weeks after treatment and leads to progressively better-looking results. Ultherapy® can be performed on the brow, chin, neck, and chest to tighten the skin, smooth out wrinkles, and give the skin a more youthful appearance.

Ultherapy® Treatment at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery

At our integrated medical spa, we offer advanced, clinically proven skin care procedures. Dr. Mesbahi and our medical aesthetician, Sandra Oulmas, work together to provide the best treatments for ultimate skin health. Patients can undergo Ultherapy® treatments or select other treatments custom-designed for their anti-aging needs.

If you would like to retain your youth or regain a more youthful appearance, Ultherapy® can provide clinically proven skin tightening and rejuvenation. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation today.

shutterstock_412264318Hearing your doctor say that you have cancer can be terrifying. Skin cancer will strike one in every five Americans during their lifetime, but thankfully, most skin cancers may be safely removed within the confines of a doctor’s office. Here are some quick facts about skin cancer, how to minimize your risk, and how skin cancer reconstruction can improve your appearance after skin cancer removal.

Skin Cancer Quick Facts

  • Skin cancer will strike one in five Americans at some point during their lifetime.
  • Every 52 minutes, someone dies from melanoma.
  • With early detection, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 98 percent.
  • More people have been diagnosed with skin cancer over the past 30 years than all other cancers combined.
  • 86 to 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by the sun.
  • Having had five or more sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk of melanoma.
  • Over 419,000 cases of skin cancer each year in the U.S. are linked to indoor tanning.
  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and, while rarely fatal, can be highly disfiguring.

How to Minimize Your Risk

In honor of May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, raising awareness may help to minimize skin cancer risk and save lives. One of the best ways to minimize your risk is to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher each day. Doing this will decrease skin aging by 24 percent and will also reduce the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of melanoma by 50 percent. In addition, foregoing any indoor tanning will help to significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Reconstruction

If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, one of your primary concerns may be whether or not skin cancer removal will leave you disfigured or horribly scarred. In many cases, skin cancer can be safely removed with inconspicuous scarring and minimal chances of cancer recurrence. If skin cancer must be removed from the sensitive areas of the face, Dr. Mesbahi works closely with the Mohs surgeon to perform skin cancer reconstruction. Dr. Mesbahi specializes in procedures such as local tissue transfer that can minimize the defects and conceal the scars after skin cancer removal. Skin cancer reconstruction can minimize disfigurement and help you continue to look your best after the diagnosis and removal of skin cancer.

Dr. Mesbahi is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial surgery and cancer reconstruction. To schedule your consultation with him today, please call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form at your earliest convenience.

Skin care is important year-round, but it becomes even more important during the harsh, cold winters. Environmental conditions can damage the skin, leaving it rough and chapped. During this time of year, skin care treatments can revitalize your skin and keep it healthy, strong, and youthful.

Why Winter Is Tough on Your Skin

The winter season is very dry, and the air becomes harsh, thin, and cold. To combat the cold, we run heaters, which also send out harsh and dry air. Both the outdoor air and indoor heating pull moisture from the air and from your skin. As moisture is essential to keeping your skin healthy and young, the lack of moisture during the winter can cause your skin to chap, crack, and break. Sun reflecting off of the snow can cause unprotected, vulnerable skin to become sun damaged even more easily than it would in the summertime. During the winter, your skin is vulnerable to severe damage from the sun, cold, wind, and ice. All of these harsh elements can combine to strip your skin of moisture, causing it to become less healthy and age more quickly.

Skin Care Options During the Winter

Healthy, moisturized skin plays a key role in maintaining a youthful, attractive, and healthy appearance. To keep your skin healthy and hydrated during the winter, it is important to use quality skin care products such as rejuvenating facials and chemical peels. Our med spa offers skin care products to help you maintain ultimate skin health all year long. Here are some of our skin care products that are especially beneficial in the winter:

  • O² Lift: Our O² Lift infuses the skin with oxygen, stem cells, peptides, and enzymatic botanicals to rejuvenate and refresh the skin.
  • Fire and Ice Facial: The Fire and Ice Facial combines an 18 percent glycolic acid and retinol facial peel with a rejuvenating masque to permeate the skin with soothing and moisturizing aloe vera, herbal antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid.
  • 4-Layer Facelift Facial: This anti-aging facial treatment uses antioxidants, peptides, and vitamin C to hydrate and revitalize the skin.
  • Gentleman’s Facial: The Gentleman’s Facial helps to maintain healthy skin for men and is accompanied by a detoxification massage.

When the seasons change and winter rears its ugly head, do not forget to take care of your skin. These skin care treatments along with our other treatments restore collagen and revitalize, rejuvenate, and invigorate your skin to keep it healthy and youthful all year long. To schedule a skin care appointment with our Med Spa, call us at (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today.