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Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Optimal Skin Protection

Skin Rejuvenation Pinole CASun damage can occur on the cloudiest of days as well as sunny afternoon. That’s why it is so important to arm your skin with the best defense: sunscreen. The majority of sun damage in adults occurs before the age of 18, but there’s still a lot you can do to protect what you have when you hit your 20’s, 50’s or whatever age you are. Here, we will give you the insights you need to select the best sunscreen for optimal skin protection. Remember, sunscreen can help fight against premature aging, sun spots, and wrinkles. If you don’t often wear sunscreen (or at all!) it’s never too late to start.

Look for the right ingredients

The brand of sunscreen you use is inconsequential if it doesn’t have the right ingredients. First, you will need a sunscreen that contains broad spectrum or multi spectrum protection for UVA (ultraviolet A rays) and UVB (ultraviolet B rays). UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, but they can still increase the chance of skin cancer. UVB rays are also a cancer causing ray. The ingredients that contain broad spectrum protection are benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX). For UVA protection, look for at least one of these ingredients in your sunscreen: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide.

SPF is also an important factor to look for. The SPF is a rating that indicates how effective a sunscreen is at preventing UVB ray burns. For instance, if you typically burn after 10 minutes, an SPF 15 (multiplied by 10 minutes) is 150. This means you can last 150 minutes in the sun before burning. Make sure you get at least an SPF of 15. For those with fair, light, or sensitive skin go for an SPF factor of 30.

Match the sunscreen to your activity

If you are going shopping at an outdoor mall versus a visit to the pool, you’ll want very different sunscreens. For any activity where you will get wet or sweat, like swimming or exercising, get a water resistant sunscreen.

Arrange a consultation

For more ways to significantly improve your look, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. You can contact our office by calling Pinole (East Bay) at (510) 724-8282 or Larkspur (North Bay) at (415) 461-5755.

Two Lesser Known Skincare Tips for Sun Protection

Two Lesser Known Skincare Tips for Sun Protection | Skin Rejuvenation Pinole CAYour skin is an incredible organ that protects your body while revealing your age. Excessive sun exposure can cause long term damage, sun spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Here two lesser known skincare tips to protect your skin this summer.

Watch What You Wear

Hot weather and a warm sun make it easy to head outdoors and enjoy a game of golf, a jog, or simply go shopping. Unfortunately the sun’s warm rays aren’t helping your skin. A great way to begin protecting your skin is to wear the right clothing. To shield your face and head, wear a hat. Anything from a stylish sun hat to a baseball cap can go a long way in helping you stay cool while protecting your skin from burning.

When it comes to clothing, you can choose fabrics that have the ability to shield against the sun’s rays. You don’t even need to buy special brands or products. Instead, simply look in your closet. Garments made of unbleached cotton, thin, satiny silk, and high-luster polyesters have the unique ability to absorb or reflect UV radiation. They can stop the sun’s harmful rays from reaching your skin.

Get Your Lip Balm on!

The lips are a common spot for skin cancer to appear. If your lips are cracked, peeling, or scaly, this may be a sign of actinic keratoses. This is a condition that may be an indication of early stage skin cancer. When searching for the right lip balm, look for products that have SPF 15 or higher and apply it every few hours. When you are out in the sun, don’t wear high shine lip gloss, baby oil, or petroleum jelly. If you wear lipstick, opt for darker shades as they provide more protection. Even better, buy lipstick with an SPF component or use an SPF lip balm underneath your lipstick for added protection and moisturizing.

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are looking for more ways to improve your look, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. You can call our Pinole (East Bay) office at (510) 724-8282 or Larkspur (North Bay) office at (415) 461-5755.

Quick Tips to Feel and Look Younger Right Now

Skin Rejuvenation Pinole CA | Anti-Aging Larkspur CADo you feel or look older than you are? Most adults do. Luckily, there are simple ways you can begin to recapture your youth today. From dietary changes to altering your mindset, the following suggestions will provide you with a launching point on aging well.

How To Prevent Facial Aging 

  • Kick your smoking habit: Smoking is one of the single worst things you can do to your body. From causing heart disease and lung disorders to a plethora of other ills, smoking is notorious for sabotaging your longevity.
  • Go to bed early: You may brag about only needing four hours of sleep, but you aren’t doing your body or brain any favors. The body requires sufficient sleep to recuperate and reenergize. Dreaming is even beneficial in helping your mind stay sane!
  • Cut back the alcohol: Alcohol infuses your cells, damages genes, and inflames the liver. Studies show that a glass of wine a day is fine for women and maybe two for men.
  • Remove saturated fat from your diet: Cookies, pie, candies, and cake. They all taste good in the moment, but they aren’t helping your body. In fact, they make you feel sluggish and bloated. Switch out the saturated fat with omega-3 fats and complex carbs. Next time you’re at the grocery store, look for items with healthy fats like salmon or sardines. Toss some colorful fruits and vegetables into your cart along with filling whole grains. You’re the body (and mind) will thank you for it.
  • Be positive: Studies show that by simply thinking positively about aging, you can prolong your life. One specific study showed that those who focused on positive thinking extended their life by as long as seven years!
  • Embrace change: Stop saying you’re too old to start a new hobby, travel, renew a relationship, or learn a new skill. Life-enhancing changes will make you look and feel better long term.

Schedule a consultation

For more information about how to look and feel younger, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center at (510) 724-8282 (Pinhole) or (415) 461-5755 (Larkspur), located in San Francisco. We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical services to help you look your best.

How to Protect your Skin from Cold Weather

Eczema San Francisco | Skin Rejuvenation Larkspur | Pinole CAAs the season’s change, so should the way we care for our skin. Cooler months tend to create dry, itchy, or flaky skin, and in severe cases contribute to an inflamed skin condition called eczema. The following ideas are suggestions for how you can keep your skin looking and feeling moisturized this season.

Care for your feet

Those light and minty foot lotions feel wonderful in the summer months, but your feet need something stronger as the weather cools down. Search for lotions that include petroleum jelly or glycerin. Also, exfoliants are an excellent way to get rid of dead skin cells and smooth cracked heels.

Stop taking hot baths

A steamy hot bath feels fabulous at the moment, but it isn’t doing your skin any favors. Extreme heat will damage the lipid barriers of the skin, resulting in moisture loss. Instead, opt for a shorter lukewarm bath using oatmeal or baking soda. These products will relieve dry and itchy skin. Don’t forget to follow up with a quality moisturizer. If your skin still feels dry and itchy, you may need to see a specialist.

Make sunscreen your new best friend

Even if the days feel less warm, that doesn’t mean you’re safe from UV rays. Before heading outside, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen about 30 minutes before your outing. If you plan on being outside for most of the day, reapply sunscreen regularly.

Change your moisturizer

The changing seasons often call for a change in the types of facial products we use. During the colder months, elect to use an oil-based moisturizer as opposed to one that is water based. The right kind of oil will act as a protective layer to your skin and help preserver moisture.

Make sure your socks and gloves are dry

A cold rainstorm can soak through your shoes and gloves, causing severe irritation to your feet and hands. In some cases, this irritation can lead to sores, crack, or eczema.

See a specialist

At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, we provide treatments that will leave your skin looking younger and more refreshed. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Pinole office at (510) 724-8282 or our Larkspur office at (415) 461-5755. Let us help you look your best this season.

These Foods will Leave your Skin Looking Great this Summer

Skin Care | Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery CenterSunscreen may offer great protection for your skin, but the foods you eat can also have a valuable effect on maintaining a healthy hydrated look. Consider how you can incorporate the following foods, vitamins, and minerals into your diet this summer.

Silica

Silica is found in the connective tissues of the body including the muscles, hair, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone and nails. It is vital in maintaining healthy skin and elasticity. Mangos, celery, asparagus, and rhubarb are wonderful options if you want to add more silica to your daily diet.

Omega-3 fatty acids

If your skin feels inflamed, foods containing omeg-3 fatty acids offer a powerful remedy. Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help diminish swelling or redness caused by psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, or eczema. If you have dry, flaky skin, brittle nails, or lackluster hair, you may be suffering from an omega-3 deficiency. The next time you’re at the grocery store, add some of the following items to your cart: chia seeds, hemp seeds, wild salmon, pastured eggs,  and walnuts for a powerful dose of omega-3’s.

Cherries

Stone fruits are an ideal way to make potassium and Vitamin C a regular part of your diet. Vitamin C encourages collagen while potassium assists in keeping the skin hydrated, giving you a fresh glow.

Bell peppers

Peppers, specifically the red variety, are a wonderful source of carotenoids, which enhance blood flow and help prevent wrinkles. Peppers also help inhibit breakouts, acne, and will help keep your skin looking fresh.

Blackberries

Blackberries are at their best during the summer months. They are an ideal skin food due to an antioxidant is known as anthocyanin. Anthocyanin aids in shielding the skin from dryness and fine lines by disabling free radicals.

Selenium

This antioxidant mineral gives the skin elasticity, acts as the protectant from sun damage and delays aging. Foods with this skin loving mineral include brown rice, pastured eggs, Brazil nuts, garlic, and wild salmon.

Green Tea

Green tea can help relive the inflammation caused by summer allergies. Green tea, blackberries, and blueberries all contain quercetin, which serves as en edible antihistamine.

For more information on how to enhance your skin this summer, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. You can reach our office at 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).

 

 

Everyone is talking about this (so we are too)

skin care | bay area caIt’s been a story that’s been all over the news, and it’s certainly one of the most exciting technologies we’ve heard about, maybe since Botox. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts General Hospital and others have been working together to develop a substance that can act like a new and improved “second skin.”

They’ve created a miraculous skin coating

The group of researchers has come up with a silicone-based coating that can actually duplicate the appearance of younger, healthier skin, including its elasticity and strength. When the substance is applied to aging skin, it can tighten skin and smooth away wrinkles. This topical polymer is designed to try and compensate for the natural loss of skin elasticity that causes wrinkles and sagging as we age.

It’s stronger than human skin

It’s applied in cream or ointment form and then a “platinum catalyst” triggers the polymer to form a strong, flexible film. It can last up to 24 hours and is practically invisible.

Safety and effectiveness testing

Researchers report applying the coating under the eyes of test subjects, where for 24 hours it:

  • Tightened the skin
  • Reduced under-eye bags

In another test, the coating improved hydration of dry leg skin by preventing moisture loss. And there may be many more uses for this breakthrough substance related to skin diseases, sun protection and dryness issues.

Discovering all this “invisible layer” can do

It can provide a barrier, cosmetic improvements, and, potentially, better deliver treatment to specific areas. And so far, none of the over 200 study participants have experienced any negative reaction to the coating.

It wasn’t designed to be worn constantly — yet

It’s all still in the experimental and testing stages, so there’s more to learn. But it’s possible that in our lifetimes, we will be able to cover over aging skin and make it appear younger. And remember, many of the procedures we perform now to improve the appearance of aging skin might have sounded like science fiction just a few decades ago.

Call for your procedure appointment today:

In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282

In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755

 

How to treat your skin after a skin treatment

Whether you’ve had a non-invasive procedure, such as a chemical or laser peel, or a surgical procedure, such as an eye lift or liposuction, you probably feel excited about watching for the results. And waiting and then witnessing your appearance transform for the better is, of course, the most enjoyable part of any procedure. But there’s more to be done after your procedure is done.

Maximize your results by following post-procedure skincare practices
Even though you’ve had your procedure, there is still a very important thing left to do: take the best care of your skin.

Never go without sun protection. Ever again

skin care bay area caLaser resurfacing and chemical peels treat the upper, and sometimes, deeper layers of your skin. It can take a couple of months for the ‘interrupted” layers to create fresh, rejuvenated skin. During this period, your skin is particularly vulnerable to sunburn, which along with being unhealthy for your skin, can also result in blotchy hyperpigmentation. If you don’t use sun protection after a skin peel treatment, you could do more damage than whatever you had before your procedure!

If you’ve had plastic surgery, you will have sensitive areas of skin wherever you had sutures, and those areas will not heal as well if they receive sun exposure. So limit your time in the sun, and when you do go outside, always protect your skin with SPF 30 or higher, wear appropriate sun blocking clothing on your body and wear a hat.

Take it easy with your usual skincare products

Prior to any treatment, we will instruct you to avoid products that increase skin sensitivity, such as retinoids. This advice should continue for a week or two after you’ve had peels, resurfacing or facial plastic surgery procedures. Your regular products can be gradually reintroduced, depending on your skin and the type of procedure you’ve had.

Calm and nurture your sensitive areas

Certain products and ingredients can help soothe your skin and facilitate the healing process after a surgical or non-invasive procedure. We can discuss your post-treatment plan at your consultation. Make your appointment today by calling:
In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282
In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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