Tips for Healthy Skin Month & Beyond


Tips for Healthy Skin Month & Beyond

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November is National Healthy Skin Month – a time to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of your skin and maintaining its overall health. And in doing this, a variety of different skin conditions and issues can be avoided. Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Have a skincare routine. Establish and follow a daily skincare regimen that is tailored to your skin type. Essentials include cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen.
  • Skin cancer detection & prevention. Get regular skin cancer examinations (at least once a year) and use sunscreen daily (even on cloudy days).
  • Keep your skin hydrated. Apply a moisturizer after cleansing and drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day).
  • Get plenty of sleep. It is recommended to get 7-9 hours of restful sleep a night to support overall skin health.
  • Eat a nutrient-rich diet. This doesn’t just positively impact your skin but your body as a whole.
  • Avoid smoking. This contributes to premature aging and wrinkling.

Remember, the path to healthy skin begins with commitment and consistency. Incorporate these practices into your routine and your skin will thank you.

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Your Guide to Boo-tiful Skin This Halloween

Woman Halloween MakeupHalloween is a time for spooky decor, fun costumes, and plenty of treats, but it can also wreak havoc on the skin. With costume makeup, creepy masks, and late-night parties, it’s essential to prioritize your skin’s well-being. Below are some ways to do just that.

  • Consider a costume that fits comfortably and provides good airflow. Helps reduce the risk of skin irritation and excessive sweating.
  • Invest in a high-quality, hypoallergenic makeup. This will minimize the risk of irritation, which is especially true if you have sensitive skin. If you’re not sure if it will, try applying a small amount to an area of skin to make sure there isn’t a reaction.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. If you find yourself outside during the daytime and some skin is exposed, make sure to use sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of water. Halloween festivities can be exhausting, so drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to dry, flaky skin.
  • Remove makeup at the end of the night. Thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove not only the makeup but any sweat or impurities from the day as well. Leaving the makeup on overnight can clog pores and cause breakouts.
  • Apply a moisturizer after removing makeup. After cleansing, your skin will most likely be dry so moisturizing is very important.
  • Get plenty of rest. Recharge your skin and have it look its best the next day.

Don’t let skin issues haunt your Halloween; a little extra care and attention will help you look spook-tacular!

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October is Eczema Awareness Month

Woman with Eczema

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disease that affects more than 31 million people in the US alone. And with October winding down let us not forget Eczema Awareness Month. This month is the perfect opportunity to highlight the common condition to provide a better understanding of it.

Eczema usually presents as dry, red, and itchy patches on the skin that break out in rashes when scratched. Treatment usually involves avoiding scratching, using moisturizers, cold compresses, and anti-inflammatory creams or ointments. More commonly seen in children, the condition can affect people of all ages. 

Help those who have eczema live their best life. Spreading awareness provides individuals dealing with the condition an opportunity to better manage it. If you or someone you know is affected by eczema, October is a good time to seek out resources and get further education on the condition.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), National Eczema Association

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Ways to Get in a Skin Care Routine

Woman Skin Care RoutineSo, now that school is back in full swing, there’s no better time to establish (or re-establish) a skincare routine. This will not only help you to look your best but to feel it as well.

Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Use a facial cleanser that suits your skin type. Cleansing helps to remove any dirt, oil, and debris from the skin. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
  • Moisturize after cleansing. Regardless of your skin type, moisturizing is essential. It helps the skin maintain hydration and prevents it from becoming too oily.
  • Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. This helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote an overall brighter skin complexion.
  • Use an SPF of at least 30 daily. Sunscreen is very important in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Drink plenty of water. Hydration is crucial in helping to maintain the skin’s overall health.
  • Eat a balanced diet (avoiding processed foods). Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are some of the best options for healthy skin.
  • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep (less than 6 hours) can lead to dull, tired-looking skin and can even worsen some existing skin conditions.
  • Try to manage stress. High cortisol levels can contribute to a variety of skin issues. Exercise, meditation, and yoga are some great ways to combat stress.
  • Avoid touching your face. This can transfer dirt/bacteria to the skin.
  • Change pillowcases regularly. This is another place where dirt and bacteria can collect. Wash/change pillowcases (and sheets) every week.
  • Remove makeup before going to bed. Leaving makeup on overnight can cause the pores in the skin to become clogged and lead to breakouts. Use a gentle makeup remover.
  • Have an acne treatment plan. Ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are great in fighting acne. Seeing a dermatology provider will better help in developing a personalized plan.

Remember that consistency is key when it comes to skincare. Stick to the routine and be patient as it can take some time to see noticeable improvements in your skin. 

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What’s Involved In a HydraFacial

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As you may already know, the HydraFacial is an incredible treatment that does wonders in helping to improve the appearance and health of the skin. The treatment is a favorite of many because it effectively combines several treatments into one addressing a variety of skin concerns.

Whether it’s fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, congested pores, or uneven skin tone the process contains three simple steps. They include:

  • Cleanse – The treatment begins with a gentle cleansing and exfoliation with a gentle peel to remove any dirt, makeup, and oil.
  • Extract – Utilizing a strong vacuum-like suction, impurities and debris are painlessly removed from the outermost layer of skin.
  • Hydrate – A specialized serum containing antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides is infused into the skin providing a healthy, more radiant look.

One of the key advantages of the HydraFacial is its customizable nature. Our esthetician Jamie Popp can adjust the treatment to cater to a patient’s specific skin concerns and needs. Additionally, the treatment is often considered relatively gentle and comfortable, with minimal discomfort and downtime. Many people experience improvements in skin texture, tone, and hydration immediately after the treatment.

Based on your skincare objectives, the above can be customized and expanded upon for even better results. If you would like to experience the benefits of the HydraFacial, contact the skin care professionals at Lisa S. Ball, NP today.

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How to Protect Your Skin Against Wildfire Smoke

Canadian WildfiresFor much of the summer, smoke from the Canadian Wildfires (and now Hawaiian) has brought air quality concerns into the national spotlight. Aside from the known risks of inhaling wildfire smoke, it can also pose a serious threat to the skin as well.

So how does the smoke from the wildfires affect the skin?

The microscopic particles and pollutants from the smoke land on the skin leading to potential inflammation and damage.

How does the skin damage present itself?  

It can either be premature wrinkling, fine lines, or discoloration.

Is wildfire smoke the only environmental factor to worry about?

No, some others include sunlight, blue light, infrared radiation, air pollution, hot and cold temperatures, and cigarette smoke.

What are some ways to protect the skin from wildfire smoke or any other environmental factor?

  • Limit time outside when the air quality is poor
  • Wear sunscreen as a first line of defense
  • Use an antioxidant like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic to protect the skin
  • Wash the skin to remove any smoke particles that may cling to it
  • Apply a moisturizer after cleansing to maintain hydration

Even when the wildfires (hopefully) slow down and end, atmospheric aging never takes a day off. Next time you’re out, make sure to consider the health of your skin.

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Why We Love SkinCeuticals

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When it comes to skincare, there are many different options available. From drugstore brands to luxury lines, finding the right products can be tough. That’s why we recommend one of the most trusted names out there in SkinCeuticals.

Founded in 1997, SkinCeuticals was developed with an extensive amount of clinical research and science. Suitable for all skin types and tones, their products are formulated with the highest quality ingredients that are proven to address a variety of skin concerns.

These products include:

  • Cleansers + Toner. Essential as a base for any skincare regimen. They help to lift impurities and oils while addressing the key needs of different skin concerns.
    Products: Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser, Gentle Cleanser, Glycolic Renewal Cleanser, LHA Cleanser, Micro-Exfoliating Scrub, Simply Clean, Soothing Cleanser, LHA Toner
  • Antioxidant. Provides protection from environmental factors that can contribute to premature aging of the skin.
    Product: C E Ferulic
  • Moisturizers. Provides nourishment, replenishes hydration, protects the skin’s barrier, and optimizes the health and appearance of the skin.
    Products: Daily Moisture, Emollience, Hydrating B5 Gel
  • Sunscreens. The first line of defense against damaging UVA/UVB rays and helps to preserve the results from other products.
    Products: Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen 30, Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50, Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50

As you can tell, SkinCeuticals is a comprehensive skincare line that focuses on high-quality results. To learn more about SkinCeuticals, contact the skin care experts at Lisa S. Ball, NP today.

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Think Before You Ink Your Skin

Tattooed Arm

Tattoos have become increasingly more popular over the years, with roughly 30% of Americans having one. This growing prevalence highlights the significance of understanding the effect they can have on the skin.

When getting a tattoo these are some of the biggest things to consider in regards to your skin:

  • Location on the body. Make sure you pick an area of the skin where no moles are present. This is because moles can change in size, shape, and color which can be a sign of skin cancer. If there is a tattoo covering them, it can make it much more difficult to see these changes.
  • Exposure to the sun. Sun exposure can cause the pigment(s) in a tattoo to break down, fading the appearance over time. Some ways to avoid this include using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding prolonged time in the sun.
  • Ink used. Tattoo ink that contains either blue, green, red, or yellow is more likely to cause skin reactions. These reactions can range from mild itching, burning, or swelling to serious infections.
  • Skin conditions. Individuals with psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo with skin conditions are at a higher risk of complications when getting a tattoo. The reason is that the process can inflame the skin and trigger an immune response.

As you can see, considering your skin when getting a tattoo is very important. With appropriate precautions it is possible to ensure both a great looking skin and tattoo. If you are considering getting a tattoo and want to schedule a skin examination prior, contact the skin care experts at Lisa S. Ball, NP today.

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Summer Skincare Myths

With summer now here, it’s especially important to take care of our skin and be aware of proper sun protection. There are many misconceptions that can lead to skin damage and to ensure the health of it, it’s important to learn the facts and dispel the myths.

Summer Skincare Myths

Myth #1: All sunscreens are the same.

Sunscreens are very different based on their ingredients and level of sun protection. Additionally, some contain chemical ingredients that can be irritating for some skin types, while physical sunscreens are made with mineral ingredients that are gentler on the skin.

Myth #2: If I get a base tan, I won’t get a sunburn at the beach.

A base tan in no way prevents further damage to future sun exposure. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid tanning and use sunscreen. 

Myth #3: Sunscreen only needs to be applied once a day.

Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or after swimming or sweating, to ensure maximum protection.

Myth #4: Any sunscreen will protect my skin from the sun.

A sunscreen must have an SPF of at least 30, combined with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  This will help to block both UVA (long-wave radiation which can lead to wrinkling and aging) and UVB (short-wave radiation which can cause sunburn) rays, both of which can lead to skin cancer.

Myth #5: Must be outside for an extended period to accumulate sun damage.

It actually only takes 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure to cause damage to the skin. Also, make sure to apply sunscreen for about 15 minutes before going outside.

Myth #7: Sun exposure helps acne.

The sun can actually make it worse by causing damage to the skin which can lead to inflammation.

Myth #8: The lips don’t get sunburned.

The lips can get sunburned just like any other part of the body. To protect them, try using a lip balm or moisturizer with SPF.

There are many myths surrounding skincare and sun protection in the summer, being informed of the truth is the best way to protect your skin from damage. To learn more, contact the skincare experts at Lisa S. Ball, NP today!

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What Makes Viviscal PRO So Good for Your Hair?

Viviscal PRO WomanViviscal PRO is an effective supplement that helps to nourish hair and promote existing hair growth. With a variety of high-quality ingredients, results can be seen in as little as three to six months.

Viviscal PRO Ingredients

  • Aminomar Marine Complex. This patented marine complex blend (contains fish and shellfish) provides the body with essential nutrients to nourish thinning hair and encourage hair growth.
  • Apple Extract Powder. Can help increase hair density and diameter.
  • Biotin. A vital ingredient for hair growth and structure that strengthens weakened hair.
  • Vitamin C. As an antioxidant, it is effective in protecting the hair against free radicals.
  • L-Cystine and L-Methionine. Amino acids that are essential in the formation of hair and skin correlating to improved hair growth.

How Viviscal PRO Works

  • Stage 1: Hair follicles are nourished by AminoMar and other nutrients
  • Stage 2: Thin, wispy hair is strengthened through increased nourishment
  • Stage 3: Breakage and thinning declines; growth is encouraged
  • Stage 4: Hair becomes stronger, healthier, and more vibrant from nutrients that are replenished

Things That Can Contribute to Poor Hair Health

  • Age
  • Hair treatments (bleaching, extensions, over-coloring, over-styling)
  • Heredity
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Medication
  • Poor Diet
  • Postpartum
  • Stress

Viviscal PRO Recommended Usage

For best results, take Viviscal PRO supplements twice a day for six months (one in the morning, and one at night, with food and water). At that time, take one supplement daily.

With over 25 years of research, Viviscal PRO is an effective option for men and women with all different types of hair. It is exclusively sold through medical practices, get yours today by contacting Lisa S. Ball, NP!

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