Treat the Snow Like the Sun!

January 4th, 2014


Whether snow graces your home town each winter or you seek out the snow for a skiing vacation, it is incredibly important to take extra measures to keep your skin protected in the snow. While it’s not common sense to lather on sunscreen in the overcast wintertime, snow can reflect 95% of UV rays—which means the winter can actually cause more sun damage than the more predictable summer season. So before you step outside or start packing for your snowy getaway, follow some of these tips to keep your skin protected.

Goggles: While sunglasses provide great protection from UV rays, goggles are a better alternative for skiing or snowboarding as they wrap around the face to provide better all around coverage. We tend to think that UV rays hit our skin downward from the sky, but snow will reflect the rays back up from underneath, so all around coverage is important to protect your eyes. When purchasing goggles, consider finding a pair with 100% UVA/UVB protection, and find a pair that are tinted enough to fend off bright light, but not so dark that you will have to take them off during dusk hours when you might still be enjoying the slopes.

Sunscreen: Since you are likely to bundle up in the brisk weather, it is not likely that you will show much skin outside in the snow—but make sure you DO cover the areas that are exposed. This includes face, neck, ears, scalp, neck and any other area that will see the sun. Make sure to reapply during breaks on the slopes. To make reapplying less of a hassle, consider carrying a miniature sunscreen keychain with you in an easy-to-reach pocket.

Moisturize: The dry winter weather can suck the moisture from your body, leaving you with a dry and cracked skin. Try to combat dry skin by applying lotion to your entire body a couple times a day, and apply a heavier cream to your hands and feet when you wake up and before you go to bed. Make sure to constantly reapply a lip balm with SPF protection throughout the day  as your lips are often exposed to the sun and subject to dry weather and UVA rays.

Hydrate: If you’re planning on hitting the slopes all day, make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day and takes water breaks every chance you get.


Have you tried facial exercises?

December 28th, 2013

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Did you know there are also several facial exercises you can practice to help skin fight gravity? Maintaining firm cheeks through facial exercises can help prevent the nasolabial fold that tends to appear on aging complexions between the nose and cheeks.

Practicing facial exercises is a great way to prevent skin from sagging, but some may be weary of tugging, pouting and smiling for fear that these moves may in fact promote frown lines and wrinkles. After all, how many times have you been told as a child that your face will get stuck a certain way if it’s held in the same position? However, practicing facial exercises every other day is great resistance training for facial muscles and can actually help keep facial skin stay tight—just be prepared to make a few funny faces!

The best aspect of facial exercising is that it can be completed at work, in the car or whenever you have some down time. While we can’t completely battle the signs of aging and gravity, we can certainly help keep cheeks plump, firm and youthful with some of the exercises listed below.

1. Place palms on the sides of your cheeks just in front of your ears and pull down. While holding your checks downward, smile as hard as you can and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times to help raise the zygomaticus muscle (muscle extending from the corners of the mouth to the ear).

2. Draw your lips in so they wrap around your teeth and attempt to smile as widely as possible for 10 seconds to help tighten the check muscles.

3. Push lips out to make an “O” shape and lift cheeks. Alternate lifting cheeks and bringing them back down while keeping your lips in the same shape.

4. Close lips and puff your mouth with air. Move the air back and forth alternating filling each cheek. Continue this exercise for about a minute and repeat 10 times to keep cheeks tight and youthful.

5. Close lips and suck in both cheeks. Then alternate sucking in one at a time. Consider this one repetition and repeat exercise.


Overcome Common Beauty Blunders this Holiday Season

December 21st, 2013


If you’re attending holiday parties and events this holiday season, you might be exposed to your fair share of beauty blunders. Someone backs into your red wine glass and spills on your dress, your makeup starts running in hot, crowded spaces, and you feet feel like they might just fall off if they spend one more moment if your new heels. While some of these beauty blunders aren’t completely escapable, they can certainly be handled with some quick tips. Read below for common beauty blunders and quick tips to minimize them!

1. People are mingling, gestures are flying and now your dress is accessorized with red wine: The sooner you combat red wine stains, the easier it is to get out. Start by blotting the liquid with a paper towel to remove excess liquid—but do not rub the stain as it may deepen into fibers. Find the host of the party and ask if there is any club soda on hand. If so, pour club soda over the stain to help loosen and lift the dye. Otherwise, try to get a hold of some salt to soak up the liquid stain. When you get home, laugh off the flying cocktail and launder your garment as soon as possible, but make sure the stain has disappeared before placing n the dryer as this will make removing the remaining mark much easier.

2. You take a trip to the bathroom to find a greasy complexion reflecting back in the mirror: If mingling in close quarters has caused a flushed and shiny face, try using a clean toilet seat cover to blot away excess grease on your skin. Do not wipe as your make-up may be disturbed. If you are in a private residence, try blotting with a cocktail napkin, then taking the corner to wipe away any mascara or eyeliner runs.

3. You’re having a great time, but your dress is starting to soak in armpit sweat: While it might be difficult to immediately eliminate wet marks that appear under your arms, you can certainly try to air out a bit to prevent further perspiration. Try to step outside for a moment on a balcony or just outside the party to give your body time to cool off. When in a private place like the bathroom, blot under your arms with a paper towel but try not to rub away any applied deodorant. If baby powder is within reach, apply a small amount under the arms to soak up sweat before it appears on your garment, and perhaps dab a little perfume, body spray or lotion around the area to mask any perspiration scent. At your next event, try to wear garments with natural, breathable fabric if you’re prone to sweating.

4. Your red, red lipstick looked smashing when you left your house, but now looks withered and blotchy after sipping on cocktails all night: Those of you who have sported rouge lips know how great they look, and how difficult it can be to perfectly apply. If you’re ready to reapply, try putting on a layer of chapstick first for a glossy base, and then apply your red tint over. The chapstick will help guide the lip stick on smoothly so it stays on your lips, not around your mouth. If you get some on your skin, wipe away as best you can and apply a little compact to hide any blunders.

5. Your new high heels look stunning, but now your feet are barking and you’re only half way through the night: Instead of becoming the shoe-less guest, try to minimize pain caused by high heels by finding a high stool to sit on and letting your feet dangle. This will allow you to take all pressure off of your heel. If you must stand, take small steps when walking and try to lean forward while standing to put most of the pressure on the balls of your feet instead of your heel. Alternate putting pressure on either side if one particular foot  is giving your trouble… and look forward to a nice relaxing foot bath when you get home! Next time, gel inserts are a great way to minimize pain caused by wearing heels for an extended amount of time. – See more at:

Ulthera Skin Tightening Might be Right For You

December 12th, 2013


When lotions and creams aren’t enough to keep your complexion tight, and gravity finally starts to reveal your age it might be time to look into a procedure called Ulthera, a new non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves to tone and tighten sagging skin. Ultrasound bypasses the outer layer of skin and targets the deep structural tissue, stimulating collagen grown and promoting firmer looking skin. It is also the only FDA approved procedure to gently uplift the face without invasive surgery and essentially improves the appearance of skin from the inside out.

While surgery may produce more radical results, Ulthera has been proven to produce noticeably tighter skin with results that improve over the course of several months. Like muscles that tighten over the course of several workout sessions, Ultherapy stimulates collagen growth which gradually tones the face for a tighter looking complexion over the course of a few months. The procedure is non-invasive and can be completed in a single outpatient office visit that lasts about 60-90 minutes.

While gearing up for the procedure, your Ulthera tech will cleanse the skin and apply ultrasound gel to areas of the skin that will be treated. The ultrasound waves will then target the areas discussed with your practitioner—the depth they reach and the amount of time will vary depending on the targeted area you wish to improve. While you might feel some slight discomfort, the procedure is short and the outer layers of the skin are left unharmed.

This simple procedure is a great alternative to surgery and in an excellent option to tighten areas along the jaw line, neck and along the brow for a more youthful appearance. Unlike surgery, there are no after-care requirements and you can go about your day as usual immediately after treatment.

With such a short procedure time and undeniable results, Dr. Jhin has added her own Ultherapy machine to her office as an effective means to tone skin from underneath—and the buzz is spreading across the US. Women’s Health Magazine, Marie Claire, Self, Elle, InStyle, and Oprah Magazine among dozens of other magazine have highlighted the toning benefits of Ultherapy. The View morning show also included an Ultherapy segment demonstrating the quick and easy skin firming process that you can view at this link:

Next time you’re looking at the mirror and find yourself lifting the skin around your face and neck for a momentary glance at your skin 10 years ago, talk to your dermatologist or find a licensed Ulthera technician near you.


Taking Care of Your Skin During Pregnancy

December 4th, 2013


When hormones change during the wild nine month pregnancy duration, some characteristics change in lusciously feminine ways like growing thicker, shinier hair and supporting more voluptuous cleavage—and then there’s the less ideal physical changes like the appearance of stretch marks, linea nigra (the dark, vertical line stretching from the belly button down to the pubic area), spider veins, melasma (patchy brown marks on the face), puffiness and overall swelling. While many women look forward to the maternity “glow,” it is often interrupted with a few dermatological hiccups that can be treated or even prevented.

Acne: because acne is often a hormonally driven skin condition, it is common for some pregnant women to experience acne flare-ups during pregnancy. Though some women report clearer skin while expecting, many have to be more diligent about cleansing skin to prevent breakouts. To keep pores clear from make-up and oil, but note that you’re skin becomes very dry when you’re pregnant so you should reframe from using products with salicylic acid which is common in acne fighting products, particularly for spot treatment. For the same reason, it is also important to avoid retinoid creams that are typically used to erase under eye bags.

Stretch marks: Alright, this one is pretty much inevitable. With the unavoidable stretching of the skin to support a healthy growing baby, the skin is going to go through some major adjusting to accommodate stretching. Enter Stretch marks. These thin, brownish, flesh-colored or reddish lines are tell-tale indicators that the skin’s maxing out on elasticity. These marks will often fade naturally over time, but they can also be prevented by eating foods that are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E and antioxidants. While curbing cravings isn’t a number one priority during pregnancy, it is important to eat nutrient rich foods to keep skin healthy and elastic. Topical aids may also be applied to improve elasticity. Applying thick, moisturizing creams like cocoa butter or Shea butter on a daily basis is a great way to keep skin moisturized and less prone to stretch marks on the stomach and thighs. And as always, staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is essential for healthy, hydrated skin, especially since skin is prone to dryness during pregnancy.

Spider veins: With the body literally stretching and growing, blood circulation increases, hormones run haywire, and spider veins (or larger varicose veins) multiply. These purple-ish spindly veins often appear with drastic changes in hormone levels which is why they’re often associated with pregnancy. The pesky network of spider veins often disappear within a few months after pregnancy, but if they persist you should talk to you doctor about making certain lifestyle changes, like improving exercise, elevating your legs  and wearing sunscreen, which might improve blood flow and the appearance of veins. If this does not improve the appearance, other options like laser treatment may be effective in treating the veins so they are less visible.

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Ta-Ta to Trans fats!

November 19th, 2013


We’ve been warned to turn our cheek to trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and excess sodium; but sometimes those long days make it incredibly hard to pass up the highly processed microwavable meals lining frozen grocery store aisles.

While we might have a hard time avoiding the alarm bells that practically ebb from ingredient labels, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has due time to process the many negative side effects of trans fats and made an official decision to gradually ban them from food products. The official announcement was released on November 7, 2013, and while an exact date for the phase-out has not yet been determined, the decision is meant to warn food producers to plan for alternative ingredients in the future.

According to, the decision to ban trans fats is largely based on the attempt to prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year. Trans fats are present in most processed food products like microwavable meals and microwavable popcorn, yet they do not provide any health benefits and are scientifically proven to cause a variety of health risks. Trans fats raise “bad cholesterol” and lead to a number of health issues including heart disease as trans fats are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil in an effort to make it more solid. One can only imagine the effects on arteries and intestinal health issues caused by consuming solidified fats over time.

Banning trans fats seems like a bold move, but many food producers have already initiated an attempt to limit or exclude trans fats in their ingredients after the FDA ordered food products to list tans fat on their food labels in 2006. Trans fats got a slap on the hand 7 years ago and have that much time to anticipate and react to an eventual banning.

This may seem like a bold move, but once food producers have time to adapt to FDA regulations, it’s very possible that they may be able to anticipate other possible bans and curb their ingredients for healthier products in general. The addition of trans fats in food products is often included as a means to create inexpensive foods that last a long time and taste great, but is it worth the health risks when we could be eating ingredients that are easier on the system?

What do you think about the new FDA trans-fat decision? Let us know on Dr. Jhin’s facebook page- we’d love to hear your thoughts!


Winter Lip Balm Guide

November 12th, 2013


Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and one that others peer at as you speak. Since they spend the day buffering hot and cold beverages, the sun rays and multiple layers of lipstick throughout the day, it’s important to give them proper TLC to keep them touchably (and kissably) soft, especially in brisk winter weather.

When November hits, the weather becomes noticeably cooler and harsher on skin. Tubes of chapstick start disappearing as fast as hot cocoa packets on the break counter. While it is important to keep lips hydrated, there are certainly specific ingredients and factors to consider when purchasing chapstick to keep lips soft rather than dry and chapped. If lips go too long without proper nourishment, they can start cracking, peeling and even bleeding. These symptoms can worsen when lips come into contact with saliva which actually strips them of even more moisture.

Enter lip balm. When looking for a balm to maintain moisture or repair damage, try to find a product with a simple list of ingredients. Often the most effective types of healing lip balm do not include parabens or a long list of chemical ingredients. Ceramides are a good factor of quality products and lip balms as fats can help the skin retain water. Vasaline and Aquaphor are both great options that can help repair lips—but note that they do not offer SPF sun protection. Sunscreen, dimethicone, and lanolin are also ingredients that will help protect the lips from overdrying.

When finding a quality lip balm, note that fragrances and tints can strip the lips of moisture and do more harm than good. Any use of alcohol will actually take moisture away from the skin instead of helping with hydration. When lip balms are first applied on lips, they lubricate and coat the lips, but they do not offer lasting hydration. The immediate dryness relief might trick you into thinking the product is effective, and multiple applications may actually make lips drier over time.

While coating the lips with healing products can help maintain moisture and repair damage, it is also important to keep them healthy from the outside in. Be sure to drink plenty of water and take enough Vitamin B to prevent cracking. Refrain from licking or biting your lips as this will cause further irritation, and be savvy about the products you purchase to keep your lips kissably soft.

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The Eyes of the Beholder

November 1st, 2013


Physical beauty is analyzed by everyone, but we often negatively judge and criticize ourselves more than anyone else. When looking in the mirror, we fixate on things we’d like to change and imperfections that blemish our skin. Lips are chapped, under eye circles are dark today, nose is angular and pores are larger. Sometimes these insecurities weigh on us and affect how we feel in public; but this isn’t a healthy outlook and it is certainly unnecessary.

With this phenomenon in mind, Dove conducted a wonderful experiment that allowed women to reflect on their opinion of personal appearance as well as the opinion of others.

While sitting behind a curtain in a naturally lit warehouse, women were asked to explain their physical features to a forensic artist who could not see their faces. When asked to explain specific features, the women participating used surprisingly negative descriptions to explain what they thought were prominent features. One woman described her round face as “fat” while another described her thin chin as “protruding.” By the time the forensic artist finished his drawing based on these descriptions, the woman in real life and the woman drawn on paper weren’t comparable. The woman on paper looked closed off, stiff and unattractive while the real woman was in fact very beautiful.

While the forensic drawings bared little resemblance to women when they described themselves, they were shockingly accurate when women were asked to explain how someone else looked. As soon as women started analyzing other facial features, descriptions turned overwhelmingly positive compared to the former experiment. “Beautiful eyes, nice thin chin, cute nose, very nice blue eyes” were among the positive attributes explained by strangers. When the forensic artist completed the second round of drawings, the positive descriptions revealed much more accurate results than the drawings created with negative guidelines.

The point? You are more beautiful than you think. Much, much more beautiful. Women should take the time to appreciate their unique features rather than overanalyze their flaws. Appreciating your beauty is a healthier approach to self-acceptance than nit-picking at features that don’t measure up to Photoshopped Hollywood standards.

Dove made a wonderful contribution to remind us that beauty is found in sunny personalities and personal, unique features. The importance of this lesson was especially evident when women were overcome with emotion while viewing their portrait drawn with stranger guidelines. If strangers recognize their beauty, there’s no reason for their own personal  perception to be skewed by negative insecurities.

If you’re interested in watching the Dove beauty experiment, you can visit to see the experiment results.

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FDA Approves use of Botox to get rid of Crow’s Feet

October 19th, 2013


It’s been around for years, but on September 11, 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved OnabotulinumtoxinA commonly known as Botox Cosmetic for temporary improvement in the appearance of crow’s feet. Crow’s feet, or lateral canthal lines, are skinny horizontal lines that extend from the outside corners of the eyes. While crow’s feet aren’t physically harmful, many adults dislike the instant age giveaway as crow’s feet tend to deepen the older we get. The deeper our lines, the older, or *cough* more mature we look.

A lot of people have tuned to Botox to fill out lateral canthal lines for the sake of a youthful appearance, but some have opted out of Botox in fear of experiencing an adverse reaction. While unlikely, it is possible for the botulinum toxin to spread to other areas of the body from the point of injection which can cause difficulty in breathing and swallowing. If you are considering Botox, talk to your doctor about the likelihood and treatment for such side-effects.

In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox to decrease glabeller lines between the eyes, but doctors have felt comfortable using Botox to decrease the appearance of frown lines around the mouth, nose, eyes and forehead for years. Botox has also been used to treat severe migraines, eyelid twitching and excessive sweating under the arms among other conditions, though it is most commonly linked to cosmetic improvement.

When the appropriate dosage of Botox is directly injected into a muscle by a trained physician, the muscle becomes temporarily paralyzed and wrinkles become less defined. Muscles are relaxed and tightened so frown and forehead lines don’t appear as defined when making facial expressions. Though results vary from person to person, results typically last up to 6 months when another treatment can be performed in the same area.

So if your expensive moisturizer and face cream are failing to fool others of your age, talk to your dermatologist about Botox and whether it’s the right option for you to look years younger.

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7 Tips For Smooth Soft Skin

August 19th, 2013


Between washing dishes, cleaning with harsh chemicals, walking in heels and romping around without arch supports, our hands and feet take quite a beating from day to day activities.

Next time you wear designer sandals, wouldn’t it be nice to pair them with smooth, callous-free toes and feet? And the next time you hold hands with your honey, shouldn’t your hands be so smooth and supple they won’t want to let go? We certainly think so!

Below are helpful tips to gradually soften rough skin that builds on our hands and feet. The most effective method for you will depend on the degree of your dry skin and callous build up. Regular barefoot beach runners and guitar players may need to focus on exfoliating away rough calluses while others may just need to moisturize more regularly. Pick a method that works best for you and look forward to smooth, supple hands and feet.

  1. Apply a thick coat of moisturizer to your hands before bed and don’t rub lotion in completely. Put cotton gloves on over moisturizer and go to bed. In the morning, remove gloves and repeat process several times throughout the week until your hands are rid of rough textures.
  2. Purchase a pumice stone at a drug store and gently exfoliate the bottoms of your feet after they’ve soaked in the shower or bathtub for a few minutes. Repeat process every couple of days until your feet feel smooth.
  3. Drink at least 8 8oz cups of water a day to keep skin hydrated from the inside out, and moisturize hands and feet every night.
  4. Apply a generous amount of cocoa butter or Vaseline to feet and put on a pair of cotton socks before bed. Let your feet absorb the moisture while you sleep and repeat process a couple times a week until your feet are soft and smooth.
  5. Mix 3 parts oil (baby oil or olive oil are great options) and 2 parts sugar. Wash hands, apply mixture, and lather and exfoliate for a few minutes. One the mixture is washed off, you’ll notice softer hands after just one session. Repeat process every now and then to keep hands smooth and soft.
  6. Chamomile contains natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents that make it a great resource for soft skin. Prepare a foot bath with warm water and a few chamomile tea bags. Let your feet soak for at least 20 minutes. Any stains left behind can be washed off with soap and water. Whether you soak feet in chamomile water, Epsom salt, an oatmeal bath or plain old honey and water, a home remedy foot soak improves circulation and softens the skin, so it’s a great idea to make it a weekly routine.
  7. Mashed bananas aren’t reserved for cartoon appearances and toddler food anymore. Concoct a paste of mashed banana and honey and apply a mask over dry areas of your feet and leave for at least 10 minutes. This natural remedy will help repair cracked, dry skin.