Skin Care Wardrobing

Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician
WardrobeEach time I have an initial meeting with someone, I ask certain questions. Among those questions are things like, “how many glasses of water do you drink each day?”, and “do you apply sunscreen daily?” It’s funny, because each time I rattle off my questions there is at LEAST one that makes the person sitting across from me pause. It’s as if each person has this moment when they think to themselves, “My answer is not the one she wants to hear”. And so, each time I am confronted with that same familiar pause, I say the same thing to fill the silence, “I’m not here to judge, I’m here to help”. Typically my comment is followed by a big sigh of relief, maybe even a chuckle, and then I’m told things like, “I only drink water if I’m taking medication”, or “I don’t like sunscreen because I like to get some color”. Holding true to my word, regardless of the answers I’m given to my list of questions, I don’t judge. I really do want to help, and the fact is, answers like this are more common than you could imagine. Nobody is perfect and we all need to start somewhere. We can’t fix something unless we know what we’re up against, right?!?

Ok, so I ask my questions and get the answers, but then what are you supposed to do? There are so many treatments available and countless topical products that can be used, so how do you figure it all out? YOU don’t have to. WE do. Together we talk about your skin; what you like about it and what you don’t. We figure out what your short term and long term goals are and we set a plan to get you there that works with your lifestyle and budget. The important thing to remember is that skin care (treatments and products) are not “one size fits all” like those big comfy pjs you love so much. Your skin’s needs change with age, the seasons, and your overall skin health.

Much like having a wardrobe of clothes to work from throughout the year, we can develop a wardrobe of skin care resources. These resources can be made up of both products and treatments and can be always evolving just as your skin is. I speak to people all the time who tell me they were using particular products that they liked but then the products stopped working. The truth is, your skin’s requirements likely changed. You can have your best skin; it IS possible. You won’t, however, get it by maintaining the status quo or by doing nothing but think about it. Achieving your best skin will take some action on your part. You don’t have to walk blindly into a skin care abyss though, I’m here to lead the way…..advising, listening, treating, (often having a few laughs with you), and above all else, never judging.

Want to talk about getting a skin care plan into motion? Just have questions? Call us at 978-927-1500. We’re here to help!

APS Offers Functional & Cosmetic Blepharoplasty Procedure (Eyelid Lift)

Beverly MA, November 30 —Dr. Hadaegh explains that blepharoplasty, also knows as an eyelid lift, surgery has the ability to rejuvenate a patient’s facial appearance, as well as improve one’s vision if excess skin is obstructing the line of sight.

The Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of North Shore (https://www.plasticsurgerynorth.com) team understands that facial procedures, such as the eyelid lift, are important to people, which is why their dedicated and sensitive team does the best possible job. The skin around a patient’s eye is thin making the eyelid one of the first areas to show aging signs. Puffiness and wrinkles can also occur because of the elasticity loss, which is why Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of North Shore offers this procedure with an expert surgeon in the industry, Dr. Anoush Hadaegh has the extensive experience in procedures, such as the eyelid lift.

Nobody wants to have sagging skin around their eyelids, which is why our eyelid lift removes the excess sagging skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. By getting an eyelid lift, you will have a refreshed and revitalized look. The eye is a very sensitive area, and the first thing people notice when looking at you, which is why a proper eyelid lift is vital. Dr. Hadaegh knows that his clients are looking for the best eyelid lift they can get, which is why he is a board certified plastic surgeon and has much experience in the eyelid lift.

About Dr. Anoush Hadaegh
A board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Anoush Hadaegh opened the doors of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery North Shore in 2014 and has been a practicing plastic surgeon for more than ten years. Dr. Hadaegh graduated from medical school at Oregon Health University. After completing his residency in general surgery at Boston University, Dr. Hadaegh trained in plastic surgery at Wake Forest University Medical Center. He is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of facial rejuvenation as well as cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery and body contouring—especially after weight loss. For more information, visit www.plasticsurgerynorth.com

Oily skin…..help!

Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician
Oily skin tends to be a big frustration for people. From breakouts to shine, it seems oily skin can be an uphill battle. So what’s the trick? The secret ingredient? I wish there was one magic bullet to fix all of the oily skin concerns out there,but there isn’t. That said, there are things you may be doing, with the best of intentions that are contributing to your oily skin. What ingredients you use, and how, can have a significant impact on oil production and overall skin health too.

Most people begin to see an increase in oil production during puberty, some more than others. Oily skin, especially in people with a genetic predisposition, can continue throughout life. The number one complaint that I hear from people with oily skin is that they are always breaking out. So what do we do?  The key is to keep the pores clean and to use ingredients that help to exfoliate and balance oil production. Let me explain. Oil trapped in your pores, combined with dirt and bacteria, is the perfect recipe for breakout. It’s a common misconception that the best way to clean out your pores and combat oil is by using toners and other products that strip off the oil and leave your skin squeaky clean. Stripping the skin of essential oils actually triggers it to produce MORE oil! In addition, when you strip the oil from your skin you are also removing water and creating dryness on the skin’s surface. This process of stripping and drying the skin leads to a buildup of dead skin cells which does nothing but hold oil in your pores and make your skin look dull. So please, put down the harsh toners….. I promise we can do better for you.

Ok, let’s start at the beginning. Washing. Face washing should be a twice daily routine using warm, not hot, water. Unfortunately, hot water also strips your skin of needed oil and water and can lead to over production of oil. Using a wash that contains a small amount of salicylic acid is a good start. Salicylic acid has some mild antibacterial properties, but more importantly, helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and increase circulation which assists in moving oil out of the pores. A salicylic acid wash is a good beginning, but some of that magic acid is being washed right down the drain so we can’t stop there.

If you have oily skin, the toning step in your routine should really be about balancing oil production. If your skin isn’t getting that done on its own, it’s time to help it out. For that I always suggest a product with a combination of AHA and BHA (alpha and beta hydroxyl acids). Doing this will increase cell turnover….bye bye built up dead skin….and continue to help moving oil out of the pores.Full pores are not what we want. They are stretched, more visible, and can actually thicken over time. Assisting your skin in this way creates fewer clogged pores and a decrease in the oil that is just sitting on and in your skin. By using the right ingredients you are helping to normalize a process that your skin has had a bit of trouble with. My go to products for this step are both by ZO Skincare, and without question, TE Pads and Cebatrol Pads are my top choices.

So what about all of the bacteria?  If you are broken out, two of your best friends should be salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide actually draws oxygen into the skin which helps to kill the bacteria that causes breakouts. Can benzoyl peroxide cause some surface dryness? Indeed it can. Not to worry though, because we already have daily exfoliation covered!  In addition, a gentle scrub about 3 times a week will boost your exfoliation without being overstimulating. But please, “scrub” gentlyJ.You can finish your skincare routine with a light restorative moisturizer because as we know, oily skin may still need a little moisture.

Want to treat yourself once or twice a week? Masques that contain kaolin clay and or sulfur are a great choice. Kaolin naturally absorbs oil without stripping the skin and sulfur is a detoxifier. Sulfur will aid in eliminating the buildup of dead skin cells, help prevent the spread of bacteria, assist in clearing out pores, and minimizes surface oil without taking away too much from the skin.

It is possible to achieve better overall health and balance with your skin. The right products and routine can make a huge difference, and consistency is absolutely the key.  Have questions or want to get started on the path to more balanced skin?

Email us at contactus@plasticsurgerynorth.com , we’re here to help!