9 things to share with your dermatologist at your next appointment

Hello beauties!

One of the best things you can do as a patient is to arrive at your appointment prepared with information that will make the visit go as smoothly as possible. This is definitely the case when you are getting ready to see your dermatologist. We all want the best looking skin possible, which means seeing your dermatologist on a regular basis is very important.

Your skin doctor will do a check for any worrisome spots that could be cancer. She can also help you target specific skin issues, such as acne or greasiness. However, your dermatologist can’t help you get the best skin if you don’t tell her certain things.

Here are 9 things to share with your dermatologist at your next appointment.

1. Your Family History Of Skin Cancer 
Because skin cancer runs in families and can be partly blamed on genetics, you should let her know if anyone in your family has ever had melanoma or other types of skin cancer. That way she can keep an eye on your skin for similar issues.

2. Skin Changes 
If you’ve noticed any changes to your skin since your last appointment, make sure you tell your dermatologist about it. Some changes in moles are no big deal, but others can signify a health issue so it’s important to let him or her know any changes and/or new moles on your body. This could also be a scaly patch of skin you can’t get rid of. If you see the same dermatologist every year, she will probably have each year’s check up on record so she can make comparisons to detect these changes. However, you should always bring up any changes you’ve seen too so that you’re both on the same page.

3. Your History Of Sun Exposure & Tanning Beds 
Whether you tan without SPF or you spend time in the tanning booths, it’s important to be totally honest with your dermatologist. She won’t judge you, trust me. Your dermatologist has heard it all before and will appreciate your honesty. It might be embarrassing or make you feel you shameful, but let her know the real picture. She needs to know what kinds of things you’re doing that could harm your skin and it’s vital for the health of your skin.

4. Skincare Products You Use Daily
Tell your dermatologist about all of the products you put on your skin. That includes any cleansers, lotions, creams, serums or anything else you use regularly. You should also tell her about anything you only use occasionally. This will give your dermatologist a clear picture of why your skin might be doing what it’s doing. If you’re having issues, she can help determine if your products might be causing the problems.

5. Tell Your Dermatologist About Any Medications You Are Taking, Including Vitamins, Minerals And/Or Herbal Supplements
If your dermatologist prescribes something for you to take, it is imperative that he or she knows what you are already taking to avoid any potential drug interactions. Since some natural remedies can negatively interact with certain drugs, it is important to mention everything you take, even if it’s just a daily multi-vitamin or occasional garlic tablet. Your best bet is to take a bag containing all of your meds with you to the appointment so that she can see what you’re taking.

6. Tell Your Dermatologist About Your Lifestyle Habits 
You might want to skip this conversation, but many lifestyle choices can interfere with healthy skin, so be sure you are honest about this. You’ll need to tell your dermatologist whether you smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs, eat a lot of junk food or skimp on sleep. All of these things have a solution, but you won’t know what that solution is if you keep things hidden.

7. Tell Your Dermatologist If You Are Pregnant Or Nursing
Your body changes in all sorts of ways when you are pregnant, and your skin will also behave in unusual ways when you are expecting. Knowing you are pregnant will help your doctor understand any skin issues you might be having. And again, if you need medication to treat a skin condition, being pregnant or nursing will definitely influence what, if any, medications can be prescribed.

8. What Facial Treatments Will Benefit My Skin
Few things are more luxurious than trip to the spa, but leaving with irritated skin ruins the whole day. Finding out if your skin won’t benefit from a facial (or that a facial will actually harm your skin) ahead of time will save you a lot of stress and money.

9. Discuss Your Environment 
Your dermatologist will probably want to know what kind of laundry soap you use, what pets you have and what your job entails. These things can contribute to your skin issues so it’s important to tell her everything. Write this info down and if she doesn’t ask you about it, hand her the list and tell her you want to see if any of these things could be at play.

A lot of people find that making a list and/or jotting down the information above is really useful—a lot of people develop “white coat syndrome” when in the doctor’s office and end up forgetting most of what they want to say. Write down the information suggested in the 9 topics above, and it will make your appointment go that much faster and smoother.

Are you established with a dermatologist? Do you think it’s important to see one? Why or why not? Share in the comments section below!

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why it's important to establish with dermatologist

Hello beauties!

I have been working for a dermatologist for 8+ years now and I love my job. I’ve learned over the years about different skin conditions, treatments and skincare products which helped me to be better at my job. Everyday is a different day, and everyday I learn something new. Over the years I’ve learned that seeing a dermatologist on regular basis is very important and let me tell you why.

Who Is A Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the health of your skin, hair, and nails. There may be many reasons why you need to see a dermatologist, but try to have realistic expectations in making an appointment with one.

After all, not every skin problem can be resolved. Blemishes and wrinkles are very common skin problems. But, there are thousands of conditions that can affect the skin. Some cause mild symptoms, while others can be serious and interfere with everyday life.

Redness, itching, pain, rashes and pus are all signs you need to see a dermatologist. Remember, this doctor specializes in treating skin, hair and nails. Some treatments improve the look of your skin.

Regular checkups for skin cancer can save your life.

Skin Cancer Checks
Yes, your dermatologist can do much more, but skin cancer checks are one of the most important reasons to visit your dermatologist. You probably already give her a call if you get a strange rash, but the truth is that you should be heading in at least once a year so your derm can check your entire body for suspicious moles or other growths that might need to be removed.

To Buy Products
There are tons of great over the counter skincare products on the market, but sometimes you need something specialized or with prescription ingredients. Many dermatologists sell such items right in the office so you can stock up when you go in for an appointment. Others only offer samples, but it’s still a good way to talk to her about what products might be right for your specific skin needs.

Firming Treatments
Maybe your skin isn’t looking as fresh and radiant as you’d like or you see sagging where you don’t want to. Many dermatologists are licensed to perform firming techniques right in their office. The treatment can be painful, but doesn’t require any recovery time, which is why you can often go in for a session and head out soon after it’s over.

Treat Hair Loss
Your dermatologist is a great source if you’re experiencing hair loss. She can talk to you about your medications, diet, lifestyle choices and other factors that might be playing a role. Once she comes up with a diagnosis, she can provide you with the treatment options that can help. It’s best to make a face to face appointment for this because your derm will probably want to look at your scalp and hair to help her figure out what’s going on.

Administer Fillers
Getting a little help in the wrinkle battle is much simpler than in years gone by. In fact, you can be in and out in just a short amount of time when you go to your dermatologist for filler treatments. Whether it’s the most popular Botox or something else on the market, getting your fine lines filled in is a relatively quick and simple process that your dermatologist can do right in her office.

Treat Acne
When you get a breakout, do you simply suffer through it or go with an over the counter treatment? Don’t feel bad – that’s what I do too. However, if you have persistent or bad acne, give your dermatologist a call. Not only can she provide specialized treatment for exactly what ails you, but she can also help you prevent future outbreaks and stay comfortable while you wait for the current one to go away.

Zap Unsightly Veins
Here’s my truth – I don’t wear shorts all that often because I don’t like my spider veins. True, no one else seems to notice them, but they’re just one of those things that I hate. Luckily, my dermatologist can zap them so they disappear or are less noticeable. The great news – your derm can too.

As you can see there are plenty of reasons to visit your dermatologist. I always have my yearly skin cancer check, but it’s nice to know that my dermatologist can do more for me if I need it.

Set aside self-diagnosing and see a dermatologist to address any issues you are having with your skin, hair, or nails. Besides treating medical skin conditions, many dermatologists are knowledgeable about cosmetic procedures and can advise you on the most appropriate procedures for your concerns.

Dermatologists can also educate you about protecting your skin, help you understand it, and recommend the best products for you. Finding the right dermatologist is great for so many reasons.

My best advice is to ask for a referral from your general doctor or ask friends and family if they have a great recommendation for you.

Do you see a dermatologist? Do you think it’s important to have regular skin screening? Share in the comments section below!

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the beauty of double cleansing step by step guide
Hello beauties!

We all know that the foundation of a good skin care routine will always start with a good cleanser but, are you unsure how to properly cleanse? Double cleansing is a little Korean skincare secret that is taking the world by storm. I know you might be wondering how you’ll find time to double wash your face when sometimes getting it done once is more than you can handle. I’m suggesting giving it a try a couple of times and once you see the results, you’ll easily make the time for the double cleanse method. So, what is double cleansing you ask?

Well, it’s simply using two cleansers that work in conjunction and complement one another to take off all makeup, dirt and oils and leave the skin feeling clean and prepped, ready to soak in any eye creams and serums. When the skin isn’t properly cleansed and exfoliated, our serums won’t work to their full potential. This is why no one should skimp on their cleansing rituals!

Are you ready to get started? I’m here to break down the beauty of double cleansing from beginning to end in no time!

Remove Your Makeup 
Your first step to double cleansing is to get rid of all the makeup that’s currently on your face. You can use any kind of makeup remover that works best for you. Whether it’s wipes or a liquid remover, gently wipe off all of the makeup that you have on, including mascara, foundation, eye shadow and blush.

Use An Oil Cleanser 
This type of cleanser if formulated to remove excess skin oil, sunscreen, makeup and environmental toxins from your pores. You don’t need water with your oil cleanser. Simply scoop it into your hand and gently massage it over your entire face, jawline and neck. It should start to emulsify when it’s doing its job.

Rinse The Oil Cleanser Well 
Once you have the emulsified oil cleanser hanging out on your face, use warm water to rinse it off. You want to make sure you remove all the visible residue and you shouldn’t feel like your skin is greasy. Warm water will do a better job of this, but don’t go too hot or you suck the beneficial moisture from your facial skin.

Use A Foaming Cleanser 
This is where the double wash term came about. This type of cleanser is formulated to whisk away sweat and residual product from your face. Gently massage the product in a circular motion all over your face to get the absolute cleanest face possible.

Rinse Again With Warm Water 
Using the same rinsing technique as mentioned above, remove the foaming cleanser from your face using warm water. Make sure you avoid your eye area or you’ll have a stinging set of peepers that will not feel good. Use your hands or a soft washcloth to get the job done.

Repeat Your Double Cleansing Routine Morning And Night 
Double cleansing at night is ideal to remove all makeup and impurities from the day. As for your morning cleanse, double cleansing isn’t really necessary. Well, most the time, unless we slip up and accidentally fall asleep with our makeup on. Hey! It happens to the best of us every once in a while. So in those VERY rare cases that this happens we will have to double cleanse in the morning.

Follow Up Your Cleansing With The Right Moisturizer  
The best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is damp because it creates the right environment for your product to soak in. Once you complete both steps of the washing process, gently massage in your night or day cream of choice. Choose one that matches your skin type for the best results. Make sure you get the cream all over to ensure that you are getting the most out of each of the ingredients it contains.

Have you ever tried double cleansing? Do you think you’ll give it a whirl now that you know how easy it is? Share in the comments section below!
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top 9 best sunscreens for oily skin in 2016

By now, everyone knows-or should know-that sunscreen is the best “anti-wrinkle” cream on the market. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater is the best way to prevent premature skin aging, brown discolorations, and loss of radiance.

I hear you, if only that were the end of the story, right? If you have oily skin (especially if you’re prone to breakouts), you likely know from experience that finding the right sunscreen can be a challenging task-yet using it is important for all the reasons mentioned above and because protecting skin from sun damage speeds healing of red marks from past breakouts.

THE OILY-SKIN GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT SUNSCREEN

Before I get to my favorites, let’s start with a few pointers you can rely on to help make your sunscreen shopping trip easier!

– Look for lightweight sunscreens (sheer or fluid lotions) that dry down to a matte finish. Well-formulated water-based sunscreens with absorbent ingredients like silica or isododecane are prime candidates!

– Skip formulas that are loaded with emollients like plant oils and fatty acids, which often result in a shiny face (and makeup that seems to slide off your face by lunch). Stick to broad-spectrum formulas rated SPF 25 or greater. Ample research has now demonstrated it’s best to use higher SPF levels, as many tend to skimp on the amount of sunscreen they apply (thus, shorting them of the SPF rating on the label).

– I don’t recommend relying on your makeup as your sole source of sunscreen—unless you’re willing to pile it on (please don’t), as few of us will ever apply enough foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB cream to get the amount of SPF stated on the label.

– When possible, look for sunscreens that include extra antioxidants and anti-irritants, as research has demonstrated antioxidants improve sunscreen’s ability to protect your skin from UV exposure.

– If you’re spending a lot of time outside — especially during peak sun hours — wear a large brimmed hat (in addition to sunscreen) to shield your face and hair from sun damage.

Now, let’s take a look at my top 9 best sunscreens for oily skin in 2016!

1. Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen | $39
A recommended sunscreen by The Skin Cancer Foundation, this light but powerful oil-free option immediately absorbs into the skin for a weightless and shine-free feel. Also great for combo or breakout-prone skin types! This is one of my favorite sunscreen, which makes it darned frustrating that I can never find it in the stores, only online. Not greasy, dries to matte, light enough to wear under makeup AND has one of the highest SPFs. Never causes me to break out or leave that awful chalky feeling that some sunscreens do.
You can purchase it at Sephora here

2. Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Face Cream | $21.50
Packed with Clinique’s Solar Smart complex, this face cream triggers an anti-aging repair process as it protects skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Talk about a multi-tasker! It did not break out my oily acne prone skin. It wasn’t too greasy either. And it kept me from burning. I haven’t tried it under makeup yet, but I think it’s probably a bit to thick for that.
You can purchase it at Sephora here

3. Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | $42
I have never applied a sunscreen lotion that goes on and blends in with the skin as well as this one! Certainly not one that is SPF 50! Yes, there are SPF 20 or 30 that goes on smooth but NOT SPF 50! It’s my first that does not leave a ghostly white residue on my face. Not only that, it does something to my skin that makes it look like I already have some foundation on. Plus point for that as well. I haven’t had to reach for my foundation or BB cream on the days I apply this for sun protection and I value that as someone who likes to keep it minimal.
You can purchase it at Sephora here

4. Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 | $18.99
SPF 30 protection, this three in one formula will hydrate, protect, and shield your skin from the harmful rays when you are outdoors for extended periods of time. It is shown to reduce redness, won’t clog pores when used, and it is developed for all skin types as well.
You can purchase it at Ulta here

5. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ | $38
With the combined benefits of an oil-free and mattifying formula, the silky and non-greasy Super Fluid also contains vitamin E to help prevent free-radical damage and skin aging.I use this daily on my face and it doesn’t break me out. I love that is super light and watery not thick and sticky. It’s also a high SPF so I feel protected from the sun. No white film on my face and it’s not greasy at all. I will continue to repurchase this product.
You can purchase it at Birchbox here

6. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | $8 
I have been using this product for about a year. Love it. I use it as a daily moisturizer which offers UV protection when I am out and about. I need protection because I live in Florida where it is sunny most days. It is light weight with a pleasant smell. I DON’T use it for the beach or water activities because I use a zinc based sunscreen instead. I love the scent it smells great and glad that the oatmeal is still added that is what I love most about Aveeno products the oatmeal is great for our sensitive skin.
You can purchase it at your local drug store. I buy mine at Walmart.

7. Elta MD UV shield SPF 45 | $25
With SPF 45 protection, even fair skinned individuals will receive full protection from the sun and rays. A z-cote ensures a longer lasting finish, vitamin A and B offer more protection from the harmful rays, and a broad spectrum formula ensures all day stay, even with oily skin.
You can purchase it at Lovely Skin here

8. Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | $8
This daily defense, sunscreen protection lotion is SPF 30 rated, and features both UVA and UVB protection from the harmful sun rays. It is fast absorbing, it is clinically proven to work on oily skin and all skin types, and it is going to offer up to 24 hour protection, meaning one coat will last all day.
You can purchase it at your local drugstore. I buy mine at Walmart.

9. Shiseido Urban Environment SPF 42 Oil-Free UV Protector | $32
It’s hilariously small BUT amazing. It’s very liquidy, but goes on smoothly, meaning you don’t need to use too much to get coverage. It’s also water-resistant which is actually quite rare when it comes to light-but-also-high-end SPFs for face. Since this is so expensive I use it on some occasions only, so rarely on weekends when I can use something with more shine and smell. This is restrained and not your typical sunscreen. Goes on very well and has a good consistency. I can use this under my foundation without a problem.
You can purchase it at Sephora here

Whether you are out in the sun for a few hours, or the entire day, sunscreen is something which should be applied each time you are outside. With any of these products, not only do you receive ultimate protection from the harmful rays, but all day protection with one application. More powerful, ideal for sensitive skin, and ideal for those who suffer from oily skin conditions, these are a few of the top options to consider, when shopping for a new sunscreen to wear outdoors.

Have you tried any of these sunscreens above? Which one is your favorite? Share in the comments section below!

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cosmetic beauty rejuvenations

Cold weather can be harsh on our skin; there’s very little humidity in the air which means your skin is less nourished, and skin cells are slower to renew themselves which can make our faces look dull and tired.

Having skin treatments done in the winter is ideal. It is the best time for laser procedures since people aren’t exposed to the sun as often; therefore they don’t have sunburned and tanned skin, which is not conducive for laser treatments. Additionally, while some treatments offer immediate results after just one treatment, in many cases a full series of treatments (three or more treatments four to six weeks apart) is required for optimal results.

If you’re looking for a way to pamper your winter skin, check out these cosmetic beauty rejuvenation treatments that will soothe you and make you look as gorgeous as you could ever want to.

Start now and see amazing results by summer!

Sclerotherapy And Laser Vein Removal 
What makes winter the best time to have this treatment done is that it can cause temporary hyperpigmentation, which you’ll definitely want to cover up with your pants or tights. You may also have to wear compression stockings to make the treatment more successful and you won’t want to do that during the warmer months.

Laser Hair Removal Is Great For The Cold Months 
Your natural inclination may be to let your body hair grow out during the cold months, but experts say that fall is a great time to get laser hair removal. That’s because it is better to do the treatment on untanned skin to prevent pigmentation that will make your hair follicles more pronounced come shorts weather next year.

Blue Light Therapy Is Perfect For Repairing Sun Damage And Preventing Skin Cancer 
Also called photodynamic therapy, blue light therapy is approved for repairing sun damage accrued during the hot summer months and may even help to prevent the development of skin cancer where that sun damage has occurred. The treatment involves applying a medication treatment to your skin and allowing it to its magic. You have to stay out of the sun for several weeks, so the winter is an ideal time to have blue light therapy.

Intense Pulsed Light Is A Great Winter Cosmetic Treatment 
Intense pulsed light, also called IPL, is great for many purposes. It’s used to treat visible blood vessels, redness, acne and sun damage. You can get IPL anytime of the year, but most expert dermatologists recommend having it done when it’s colder outside and when the sun isn’t so intense because you’ll need sun protection as you recover from IPL.

Get A Chemical Peer To Even Things Out And Erase Summertime Skin Damage 
After your days of lounging on the beach and getting a tan are done for the year, it’s time to repair some of the damage and give your skin new life. A chemical peel is the perfect answer. Again, a chemical peel will make your skin more sensitive so you want to get one done when you can protect from sun damage and keep your skin covered with makeup.

A CO2 Laser Is Perfect For Resurfacing  
If you just want to give your skin a fresh new look by minimizing lines, wrinkles and spots, a CO2 laser is a great choice. When it’s done you’ll have a smooth face that will look wonderful and feel even better. Like Fraxel, this treatment leaves your skin very sensitive to the sun so you want to have it done during the cold months when you don’t spend as much time outside.

Fraxel Will Help With All Sorts Of Things
Never heard of Fraxel? This treatment can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, age spots, acne scarring and sun spots. It’s best to get this done in the winter because after you have it done, your skin will be much more sensitive to sunlight and you could notice the spots coming back right away. Fraxel is great for many things and winter is the perfect time to make your appointment.

Have you ever had any of these treatments? What else do you do to pamper your skin in the winter? Share in the comments section below!

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