PROTECT YOUR SKIN
If new wrinkles and sun spots seem to appear overnight, chalk it up to cumulative sun exposure and waning estrogen levels, which affect skin's firmness, elasticity, and moisture, says Lance Brown, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. Although you can't undo the past, you can combat further damage and reduce your risk of skin cancer. Apply a moisturizer and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher under your makeup daily, even on cloudy days, says Brown. Choose a sunscreen thatcontains zinc or titanium and avoid any with oxybenzone, which can cause allergic skin reactions and potentially disrupt hormones.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Adele D. Haimovic will join our practice in September 2017.
Adele D. Haimovic, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon who specializes in surgical, cosmetic, and medical dermatology.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Haimovic earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine. She went on to complete her internship and dermatology residency at New York University Langone Medical Center where she served as chief resident. Dr. Haimovic received advanced fellowship training at SkinCare Physicians in Massachusetts where she trained under internationally recognized leaders in dermatology. At SkinCare Physicians she completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancer as well as an American Society for Dermatologic Surgery fellowship in cosmetic dermatology.
She has co-authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers in peer reviewed journals on cosmetic procedures, dermatologic surgery, and general dermatology.
When you're really effing stressed out about a big project, fighting with your S.O., or going through a major life change, you can at least slap a smile on and no one can see the swirling storm inside, right?
Well, not exactly. One of the *fun* bonus perks of stress is that it can take it out on your skin—making all that inner turmoil plain for everyone else to see. (And that's not the only weird physical stress symptom.)
Small things can trigger a visible reaction in some people, while it'd take an extreme event to show up in others. And some lucky peeps might not ever see a real change in their skin simply from stress, says Lance Brown, M.D., surgical and cosmetic dermatologist based in New York City and East Hampton, NY. What determines that? Everything from the strength of your immune system to the genetic differences in the reactivity of your skin. One thing is for sure: If you have one of these super-common conditions, you're even more likely to wear your stress on your sleeve—er, skin.
But before you send your stress levels even higher, breathe deeply, because there's hope: If you can conquer your stress, you can save your skin.
1. Resist the urge to lick chapped lips.
While saliva may provide a quick fix, it actually makes things worse in the long run. “Though it may sound counterintuitive, when you lick your lips, which are more sensitive than other parts of the skin, the saliva evaporates, leaving them drier than before,” Lance Brown, M.D., a surgical and cosmetic dermatologist based in New York City and East Hampton, New York, tells SELF.
Can a Cold Shower Really Benefit Your Hair, Skin, and Metabolism?
A blast of chilly water may do the body good—but are the shivers worth it? Of all the beauty trends out there right now, this one might take the cake: searches for "cold showers" are up 75% on Pinterest, according to the social platform. Proponents claim the brrr-inducing temps help increase metabolism, boost mood, and even lead to healthier skin and hair.
"The real benefits may come from avoiding super-hot showers in the first place. Hot water might feel good, but it does a number on your skin and hair, explains New York City-based dermatologist Lance Brown, MD. "Hot water will strip away some of the natural, protective oils that your skin makes," he says, which can leave skin feeling dry and itchy and possibly exacerbate skin conditions like eczema. This is especially problematic during the winter months, when cold air outside and dry heat inside naturally make skin more parched."
"Dr. Brown recommends short, 10-minute showers in lukewarm or mildly cold water. Lather up with a gentle, fragrance-free soap, pat your body dry with a towel, and follow up with a moisturizer on still-damp skin. Enjoy the glow!"