Have you tried facial exercises?

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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.

 

Taking Care of Your Skin During Pregnancy

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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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The Eyes of the Beholder

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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 http://realbeautysketches.dove.us/ to see the experiment results.

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7 Tips For Smooth Soft Skin

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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.

Add a vitamin to your daily skin routine for better looking skin

We are always looking for tips and tricks to increase the appearance of our skin and fight fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. Eating healthy is an important part of feeling well and keeping our bodies looking well, but did you know the right vitamins could have a profound effect on our skin?

Read on for our top vitamin picks for healthy skin and how to work them into your diet.

Reduce the signs of aging by upping your daily dose of antioxidants with vitamins C, E, and A and beta-carotene. All of these boost the immune system and reduce the damage caused by free radicals (which can change how skin cells are produced and increase the appearance of aging).

B3, found in beets, fish, and sunflower seeds, helps stabilize hormones  and is a great option if you suffer from acne.

Omega-3 fatty acids, strengthen the outer layer of skin. Having a healthy outer layer means less toxins get into your system and damage the skin.

Add zinc, from meats, nuts and grains, to promote healing for wounds and to maintain collagen. Zinc will also reduce redness and inflammation.

Experts agree that the best way to get vitamins is through your diet—so choose a variety of vibrantly colored fruits and veggies to get a good dose of vitamins. Adding a munti-vitamin to your daily routine is a great idea as well, just remember to take after a meal with plenty of water to reduce discomfort.

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Sleep your way to better skin

In the never ending quest for beautiful, younger looking skin we are constantly searching for the newest serums, creams and procedures to tighten skin, eliminate wrinkles and stop blemishes. While there are a lot of great solutions out there for treating skin concerns, we often forget one of the best ways to get beautiful skin—sleep!

Getting enough sleep is hard, but the benefits of 7-9 hours of shut eye hours are profound on our overall health, happiness and appearance.

If you are interested in sleeping your way to better skin, check out our top sleeping tips below.

Set yourself up for sleeping well throughout the day
Exercise during the day to decrease stress later, avoid highly caffeinated or sugary beverages in the late afternoon and evening and eat well to avoid an upset stomach later on.

Get your bedroom sleep ready
It is important to keep your bedroom a relaxing place for sleeping and winding down—not an office or an exercise room. Keeping your bedroom clean, calm and relaxing is a great way to signal to your body that when you are in your bedroom it is time for sleep.

Get into a routine
The best way to stick to any new habit is to get into the rhythm of a routine. Create a bed time ritual and get to bed at the same time every night. A good place to start: put out everything you need for the next day, have a relaxing cup of tea in a dimly lit room and crawl into bed at the same time every day of the week.

Get Comfortable
It makes sense that going to sleep uncomfortable would make it harder to get to sleep quickly. Invest in a good mattress, pillows you love and soft bed sheets. Find clothes to sleep in that you love being in, like super soft thin cotton pants and a t-shirt.

Great Tips for Losing Weight Now and Keeping it off for all of 2012

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay area shares tips on how to lose weight and keep it off.

We are really excited to announce Premier Dermatology’s SKINFIT program! Our personalized weight loss program keeps you on the path to success by creating healthy habits for life. SKINFIT is a great program because it is designed around your body and personal challenges.

Having a personal health expert at your disposal is the best resource for losing weight, but we know that isn’t always an option with your hectic schedule. So, we thought we’d share some of the key concepts from our SKINFIT program and ways you could incorporate them into your life.

Increase Awareness: Learn to Make Smarter Choices in Your Everyday Routine

Think more about your daily diet, and design your own plan based around your personality and food preferences. Add a multivitamin, exercise 4 or 5 times a week, and prepare healthy meals on Sunday afternoons to take the guess work out of preparing nutritious meals after those long work days later in the week.

Monitor: With Weekly Logs

Don’t overdo it with the scale, but schedule weekly weigh-ins at the same day and time once a week to keep track of your progress. Keep this information in a weight loss file, and revisit it each week to stay on top of your goals and track your progress!

Check in: Put Aside Time to Review Your Personal Challenges

Take a few minutes each week to go over your individual weight loss challenges and brainstorm ideas to work past them in the future. Friends are a great resource for this exercise—consider organizing a weekly phone call to discuss particular weight loss challenges with other friends aiming to lose weight.

Losing weight is tough; it requires commitment and a willingness to make long lasting lifestyle changes. With a little structure and taking time to understand your individual challenges, you’ll shed the pounds and keep them off!

If you’d like to learn more about Premier Dermatology’s personally designed weight loss program, click here, or contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at info@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).

Eating Your Way to Better Skin: 7 Foods for Amazing Skin

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay area discusses the best food for your skin.

One of the best ways to keep your skin looking and feeling great is by taking control of your skin from the inside out! Take a look at the list below, and try adding a few new foods to your regular diet to improve your overall skin health!
Berries

Berries like blackberries and blueberries are super rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect the cell by reducing the negative effects of free radicals, like those caused from sun exposure, from altering the DNA of the cell—that means reducing the risk of skin damage that could lead to cancer.

Olive Oil

Healthy oils keep your skin lubricated—which means skin that feels and looks healthier for the long run. Start your next meal with a salad drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil to eat your way to beautiful skin!

 

Salmon

Salmon is rich in essential fatty acids, which create healthy cell membranes. Healthy cell membranes result in a better barrier to keep out toxic products and also keep good things coming into the cell.

 

Black Beans

These small beans really pack in nutritional value– high in fiber and protein and rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins work to fight against the destructive effects of free radicals–meaning they are anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic.

Green Tea

Green tea includes polyphenols, a group of anti-inflammatory antioxidants which, according to a recent study in the Archives of Dermatology, could reverse sun damage by reducing the damage from ultraviolet light on skin cells.
Bananas

Potassium rich food likes bananas and avocados reduce puffiness under your eyes. Another great way to reduce the swollen look under your eyes is to reduce your salt consumption and drink lots of water.

Soy

Soy includes estrogen-like chemicals that reduce the appearance of wrinkles by creating more elasticity within the skin itself. So munch on a snack of edamame or have a tofu stir-fry for dinner once a week.

Learn more about great food for your skin here:

www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/skin-food

If you’d like more information on how to get healthier skin, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at info@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).