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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 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.


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 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.


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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