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Solar Damage and Prevention

August 09, 2012
Did you know there are antioxidants that can help prevent solar damage?
Category: Skin Care

Product Line Spotlight- La Roche Posay

August 07, 2012
La Roche Posay is our featured skin care line this month over at www.skincarekorner.com! To know why we are featuring such a great product line, we wanted to give all of our subscribers a bit of background on this line and explain why La Roche Posay is known for longevity in the skincare industry. La Roche Posay is a small village in the heart of France that has a one of a kind, selenium rich spring flowing through it. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant with heavy duty healing properties. The people of the village have known for a very long time that their spring, and the Thermal Spring Water that bubbled up from it, was something special. In fact, The Thermal Center was established as a… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

A Hard Habit to Break-Elizabeth

August 06, 2012
I recently came across an article at www.Allure.com (the makeup artist in me still loves reading about new cosmetics!!) called “17 Bad Skin Habits.” As I was reading the article, it amazed me how many of the bad habits I myself had! If I (a skincare specialist who worked with bad skin everyday) was guilty of these habits, how many of our patients were? The entire list can be found at  https://www.allure.com/skin-care/2010/bad_skin_habits#slide=4 Below is highlighted a list of some very important, and easily breakable, habits. * Skipping a Daily Sunscreen - The fastest way of aging your skin? Not wearing a broadspectrum sunscreen of at least an SPF 30 or higher! A tablespoon is… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

ABCs of UV Rays

August 05, 2012
What are these rays and how do they damage the skin? UVA is a short range beam of ultraviolet light and UVB is a long range beam. An easy way to remember what beam effects what layer of skin is to recall that UVA light is an aging ray and UVB is the burning ray. UVB leads to superficial damage, such as erythema (pinkness) and sunburn. UVA penetrates the skin deeply to effect the dermal layer causing the skin to age and damages cell DNA possibly causing skin cancer! Broad spectrum sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays preventing the long and short term damage of the sun’s rays. The proof is right in front of us now as consumers that sunscreen is the most important skin care product that… Read Full Post

Elite Zinc Sunscreen

August 02, 2012
For me, Elite Zinc Sunscreen is my broad spectrum sunscreen of choice. I have found that the mildness of this sunscreen is ideal for both acneic and rosacea skin types. 17% micronized zinc means that the coverage is both even and well absorbed by the skin. Along with being oil free and chemical free, this sunscreen has Vitamins A, C, E, Co Q-10 and green tea extract! Post procedure,Elite 30 SPF  is the only sunscreen I use for our patients as it is appropriate and well tolerated in all patients whether it be a laser hair removal, resurfacing patient or microdermabrasion and chemical peels. For those who find the whitening effect of the zinc oxide to be a little off putting, I… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

My Go to Sunscreen- Rebecca

August 02, 2012
I have found my favorite sunscreen!  Revision's Intellishade original is a tinted moisturizer with SPF45.I have tried so many different sunscreens and most of them were too thick and white or got in my eyes and burned like crazy.The advanced formula is great for even sensitive skin types.I like that I get my complete tinted coverage as well as SPF45 broad-spectrum protection and moisturizing peptides.Breakthrough peptides reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by directing the skin cells to produce more collagen.The tinted coverage matches every skin tone, every time. I like the original formula because it gives me a dewy finish, but it comes in a Matte formula too.  Most oily… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

The Visia in Action!

August 01, 2012
Dr Fanny recently had the opportunity to work with one of our local radio personalities "Jojo" As part of the rejuvenating process, Jojo had a complete skin care analysis done! What kinds of things would you like to know about your own skin? -Diane

Sunscreen 101- Elizabeth

August 01, 2012
As much as men don’t like to admit it, their skin can be just as sensitive and sun damage-prone as women’s skin. Men often look at applying any variation of facial cream or lotion as feminine, but there is nothing feminine about applying a daily sunblock and preventing skin cancer and premature aging! Sunscreen isn’t just for fair men, either. Even men who tan easily, as well as African American and men of other ethnicities need to be wearing this life-protecting product. According to www.skincancer.org, the majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50.” The steps in choosing the right sunscreen for men is simple, as long as you remember some important details: 1… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

My Skin Profile: Diane, 30 Something

July 29, 2012
As a Licensed Practical Nurse, my formal training in skin was simply to maintain skin integrity. Lectures and clinical practice for me were all about keeping our bodies largest organ intact, especially in the geriatric patient. When I joined the Skin Care Krew in 2008, I was a mess to say the least. I had a bad case of "Mommy Skin" I was spending so much time working, going to school and raising my young family that I wasn't making any time to focus on my skin's needs, and it showed.  I washed my face with a bar soap when I showered in the morning. I never wore sunscreen, and I was constantly breaking out. I had flushing over my cheeks, and the beginnings of pigment across my forehead.… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

My Skin Profile- Rebecca, 40 Something

July 29, 2012
I joined the Skin Care Krew in 2008 and I felt my skin was in pretty good shape.  I was using a face wash and a moisturizer with SPF15, staying out of the direct sun and wearing a big hat while outdoors.  My skin looked good for 40 something, or at least I thought so.  I began working with Dr. Fanny, and realized I could be doing alot more for healthier skin.  After the Visia Complexion Analysis photo, I wanted to make personal changes to better my skin.  I learned about the wonderful affects of L-Ascrobic acid (vitamin C) and how it could help protect my skin from free radicals and promote collagen stimulation.  I also fell in love with a sunscreen which is a tinted moisturizer that… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care