It’s often up to our parents and guardians to teach us proper hygiene as children. As we grow, good habits may fall by the wayside, or we may realize that we have gaps in our knowledge for how to effectively care for different parts of our bodies. In a recent Women’s Health Magazine article featured on lifehacker.com, Dr. Schlessinger shared tips for cleansing the face and body.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends changing out washcloths and loofahs regularly.
Showering may appear to be one of the most straightforward areas of personal care, but it’s always a good idea to return to basics to ensure you’re giving yourself the best cleanse possible. In addition to making sure the water isn’t too hot and you’re using the best cleansing products for your skin type, you’ll want to examine any tools you may be using. “Washcloths and loofahs can harbor bacteria, mold and yeast,” Dr. Schlessinger cautions, and this could harm skin in the long run.
You should replace loofahs once a month and store them outside of the moisture-filled shower if possible. Washcloths should be switched out every day and they should not be used on the face: “This is very irritating to the skin and ends up causing dry areas, breakouts and even sores.” Dr. Schlessinger recommends using your clean hands to avoid contaminating the face with impurities.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger encourages building on good habits.
Good habits build a solid foundation for good hygiene, and even if you can identify certain areas of your routine that are lacking, you can still tack positive actions onto the good habits you do have. For example, if you brush your teeth once every day in the morning, continue to do so, and add an evening teeth-brushing session. If you are used to overly hot, skin-drying showers, gradually reduce the temperature over a week.
The article stresses the importance of mastering the basics, which include, “clean[ing] yourself regularly, groom[ing] your hair neatly,” and brushing your teeth for two minutes two or three times a day. Doing so will ensure that you’re always putting your best self forward.
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Wrinkles are a part of life, but there are some habits that are more likely to cause wrinkles. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently shared a few of these habits with Prevention.com in an article titled “6 Everyday Habits That Are Giving You More Wrinkles.” In the article, he also discusses what you can do to minimize these fine lines.
Chewing gum leads to fine lines around the mouth, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.
Chewing on a stick of gum leads to wrinkles because it forces your mouth to continually form different shapes.
“For frequent chewers, those formations end up resulting in a downward turn in the corners of the mouth, as well as a pronounced muscle at the bottom of the jawline,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger. Once these lines form, he added, they are difficult to undo.
Instead of chewing gum, choose mints, breath strips or mouth wash to freshen your breath. These alternatives don’t require continual chewing, delaying the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests putting down the smartphone for fewer wrinkles.
Constantly staring at your phone or tablet could cause wrinkles to form below your chin and on your neck. This is because looking down at your phone causes you to hold your neck at an unusual angle. The immediate results are a sore neck and strained eyes but Dr. Joel Schlessinger says other issues could develop over time, including stubborn neck wrinkles.
Dr. Schlessinger suggests looking at your gadgets in a more ergonomic way, such as with a tablet stand, which will help prevent the formation of these deep lines.
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The number of skin cancer cases is on the rise and no one is exempt, not even stars like Hugh Jackman and Kenny Rogers. The two stars, who were both recently diagnosed with skin cancer, were featured in a recent Globe article, “5 Deadly Myths About Skin Cancer,” that also features Dr. Joel Schlessinger as an expert. In the article, Dr. Joel Schlessinger reveals the truth behind several well-known myths about skin cancer.
Myths about sunscreens prevent people from properly protecting themselves, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Contrary to popular belief, a high SPF is not the only factor you need to look at when determining whether your sun protection is adequate. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says you must look for a product that is broad spectrum because it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It is also important to choose a water-resistant formula and to reapply at least every two hours.
There are also misconceptions about tanning and the use of tanning salons. Many people believe that using a tanning bed is safer than tanning outdoors. This, however, is untrue. You are exposed to just as many dangerous UV rays in a tanning bed as outside. No tan is a safe tan and receiving a tan does not prevent burning or protect the skin against further damage.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger reminds people that everyone is at risk for skin cancer.
It is a common misconception that only fair-skinned people are at risk of sun damage. Everyone, no matter how dark or light their skin tone, is at risk for UV damage and skin cancer. While many believe that women are more at risk, studies reveal that men often account for more cases because they are reluctant to wear sun protection.
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Laser hair removal is becoming more and more popular because it saves time and effort when it comes to keeping skin smooth and hair-free. Before you decide to undergo this treatment, however, you should know what the process will involve. In a recent article on WomensHealthMag.com, Joel Schlessinger MD shares insider information about this procedure. These tips will help you determine whether this treatment is the best choice for you.
Joel Schlessinger MD outlines which patients are likely to see the best success.
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in hair. For this reason, the procedure works best for individuals with dark hair. It is difficult for the laser to pick up blonde, grey and red hair so individuals with these colors may not experience optimal results. There are also certain machines that do not work with tan or dark skin tones because there is not enough contrast between the hair and skin colors.
Joel Schlessinger MD also wants patients to know that they will have to make multiple appointments for hair removal. The best results occur when patients make consistent follow-up appointments every four to six weeks. Certain areas such as the body can require eight to ten sessions while the face may only take six to eight sessions.
Prepare for your treatment with these tips from Joel Schlessinger MD.
Laser hair removal devices target the hair follicles so do not wax or pluck the area for a few weeks before your treatment. This ensures that follicles are in the proper stage of growth for the best results. You will, however, want to shave the area so the laser can precisely focus on the root of the hair.
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There are a vast number of products designed for all different skin types available on the market today. That’s why you shouldn’t just pick up any old cleanser! In the article, “Scrub It: The Best Facial Cleanser for Your Skin Type,” Dr. Schlessinger talks to DivineCaroline.com about the best facial cleanser for skin type.
Dr. Schlessinger talks about the best cleansers for normal to dry skin.
To find the best cleanser for you, you’ll first need to determine your skin type. If you have normal skin, you probably maintain a healthy balance of moisture and oil unless there are extenuating circumstances (spending a day outside in cold winter temperatures, for example). For normal skin, try LovelySkin Cleanser – Regular. Made with medical-grade ingredients, this cleanser helps to purify pores and create a soft, smooth texture.
Dry skin types struggle with tightness, flakiness and occasional irritation. The best cleansers for dry skin are those that contain humectants. Dr. Schlessinger recommends Avene Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel for dry skin. This non-drying, soap-free cleanser gently cleanses and nourishes the skin, leaving a protective barrier so that skin stays smooth, soft and hydrated.
Oily skin types need a cleanser that contains acne-fighting ingredients, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
If you have oily skin, you may notice that your complexion appears shiny or greasy by early afternoon. If you need to blot or powder your nose and forehead often and your skin is prone to frequent breakouts, you probably have oily skin. One of Dr. Schlessinger’s favorite cleansers for oily skin is Obagi CLENZIderm MD Daily Care Foaming Cleanser. This award-winning cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid to stop acne-causing bacteria in its tracks.
Combination skin types find that some parts of their face are oily while others are dry. The areas around the nose, mouth and forehead may be oily while the cheeks and hairline are dry and sensitive. For combination skin, you’ll want a cleanser that will wash away impurities and provide much-needed moisture to problem areas. EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser lathers into a rich foam to remove dirt, oil and other debris. The oil-free, pH-balanced formula won’t disturb the skin’s natural moisture barrier or clog pores.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends La Roche-Posay Toleriane for sensitive skin.
Those with sensitive skin often experience a tight, itchy complexion and find that many products cause redness and irritation. Sensitive skin is also often highly reactive to environmental stressors.
If you have sensitive skin, it’s especially important to choose products that don’t contain harsh chemicals, fragrances or exfoliants. Dr. Schlessinger recommends La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream for sensitive skin. This cleanser is perfect for those who struggle with eczema, atopic dermatitis and other conditions that leave skin compromised. The gentle, soothing cream gently removes oil, makeup and other debris while hydrating the skin to prevent over-drying.
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Are lip textures like fingerprints? Does each person have a unique texture that could determine the type of lip colors and products that work best for them? It’s certainly a possibility! Recently, Dr. Joel Schlessinger sat down with BeautyHigh.com to examine these questions in the article, “Our Lips Aren’t All the Same: Why Some Lipsticks Work Better On You.”
Moisture level plays a key role in the application of lip products, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Lip moisture levels vary from person to person due to genetics, habits, climate, and even the other products in your skin care and beauty routine. The amount of moisture in your lips determines the types of products that work well for you as well as the longevity of your lip color. “For some, [low moisture levels] could allow less lipstick to stay on, while many folks are able to go without [applying] lipstick for periods of time due to the extra moisture,” says Dr. Schlessinger.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses common causes of dry skin and lips.
If you struggle with dry skin, you probably find yourself reaching for lip balm just as often as body lotion. Those with dry skin often have dry lips as well, and medication could be a contributing factor to stubborn dryness. Dr. Schlessinger reminds us, “Patients who are on Accutane or other drying medications also have trouble with dry lips. Without moisture, any lip color you apply will wear off quickly.”
Age also factors into lip texture. As we get older, our lips often change, losing moisture and volume just as our skin does. This will cause fine lines to appear, lip texture to become rough or uneven and lip color to grow dull.
Try FixMySkin Healing Lip Balm, developed by Dr. Joel Schlessinger, to keep lips smooth and hydrated.
To keep lips full and young-looking and help keep lip colors in place, choose FixMySkin Healing Lip Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone. Available in unflavored and vanilla, this lip balm doesn’t just hydrate lips, it heals them. FixMySkin helps to repair damage with 1% hydrocortisone and nourishing shea and cocoa butters.
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Thinning hair is an issue that affects about 35 million men around the world. While there are some medical solutions that can help, you can also combat this common issue by using shampoos that encourage healthier, stronger hair growth. In a recent article, “5 Great Shampoos for Guys with Thinning Hair” on ModernMan.com, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends his favorite shampoos for men who are experiencing thinning or loss of hair.
One approach, says Joel Schlessinger MD, is to rebuild and strengthen the hair that you have.
Thinning hair can be caused by a number of issues including medications and aging. Taking care of both your hair and your scalp can help combat thinning hair. If your hair is lacking volume or breaks easily, choose a strengthening and thickening shampoo such as Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo.
“This made-for-men shampoo contains potent body-building ingredients that dive deep into each hair shaft for a volumized, full appearance,” says Joel Schlessinger MD.
Joel Schlessinger MD points out the importance of taking care of your scalp.
Without a healthy scalp, your hair will be weak and limp. Stimulating the scalp improves microcirculation to strengthen roots and prevent fallout. Rene Furterer FORTICEA Stimulating Shampoo contains a blend of botanicals that encourages circulation to promote healthy and strong strands. The microbeads in this formula invigorate the scalp as it removes dirt, oil and debris.
If you are using a thinning hair treatment or serum, it is important to start with a good shampoo. According to Joel Schlessinger MD, Osmotics FNS Revitalizing Shampoo works best as a preparatory step for hair loss treatments. It removes debris and encourages hair follicles to open up, allowing the advanced ingredients to work effectively.
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Valeant, a large manufacturer of commonly prescribed medicines and treatments, including many best-selling skin care and cosmeceutical products, is in the process of purchasing Allergan.
Dr. Schlessinger was recently quoted as an expert in his field in The Wall Street Journal. In the article, “Bid for Allergan Puts Valeant’s Research and Development Cuts Under Scrutiny” he discusses the new merging of Valeant and Allergan, the manufacturer of Obagi,products and the Restylane®, Perlane® and Dysport™ injectables.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger works with Valeant to create customer loyalty programs.
Recently, in response to a request from Dr. Schlessinger, the company employed a customer rebate program for cosmetic procedures. “Valeant may have trimmed in some areas, but the company has found other ways to appeal to patients and physicians, such as by rejiggering a patient loyalty program,” says Dr. Schlessinger.
We at LovelySkin are so proud of Dr. Schlessinger’s patient advocacy efforts! Valeant plans to continue to work with Dr. Schlessinger and other physicians to cultivate more great programs in the future.
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Though most of us have settled into a skin care routine we love by now, there may still be a few bad skin practices we succumb to when we’re stressed or busy. These habits may not be causing visible signs of distress in the here and now, but in the long run, they can undo everything we’re doing right. In the recent article, “13 Terrible Skin Habits You Need to Quit Immediately,” Dr. Schlessinger spoke with BeautyHigh.com about some of the habits he encourages his patients to kick.
Joel Schlessinger MD and other dermatologists explain ways to avoid putting extra stress on the skin.
Being “nice” to your skin is crucial to its health. Aside from getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, you can take great care of your skin by treating it with care. Refrain from picking at pimples, scars or other blemishes and be very gentle when cleansing and exfoliating. Do not use harsh scrubbing motions and never tug at the fragile skin around the eyes.
These skin-saving tips from Joel Schlessinger MD could surprise you.
We all know that smoking has been known to take a major toll on the skin, causing premature signs of aging such as wrinkles around the mouth. The repeated motion of drinking through a straw can cause similar lines to form. But did you know that chewing gum is also a major culprit for lines around the mouth? “Chewing gum can also cause wrinkles to form around the mouth, as well as create other issues in the mouth structure,” says Joel Schlessinger MD. Kicking the chewing gum habit now may just save your skin later.
A similarly innocent activity, lip-licking, could also have a negative impact on the skin over time. Dry lips may not be comfortable, but licking them simply won’t help. “Saliva dries quickly, taking any natural moisture with it,” Dr. Schlessinger explains. The result is lips that are dry, cracked and chapped.
FixMySkin Healing Lip Balm, developed by Joel Schlessinger MD, will keep lips healthy and hydrated.
Try FixMySkin Healing Lip Balm Unflavored with 1% Hydrocortisone next time you find your lips feeling dry. This handy stick contains 1% hydrocortisone to heal irritation, plus hydrating cocoa and shea butters to nourish and protect the lips.
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Your summer activities can quickly be ruined by pesky insects. While most people reach for the bug repellent, there are others ways you can protect yourself against this annoying summertime issue. In a recent article on BeautyHigh.com, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses ways to not only protect against bites, but also to reduce itching and irritation after you’ve been bitten.
Joel Schlessinger MD recommends taking steps to reduce the risk of insect bites.
Before you head outdoors, take precautions to protect yourself against mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs. Loose-fitting clothing is a good defense against bugs because it is harder for them to bite through your clothes. Studies also show that mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors so wear white and light shades to guard against bites.
Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends avoiding areas with standing water. Insects are attracted to still water so if you’re spending time at the beach or by the pool, take extra steps to protect yourself. There are also several natural items that help repel bugs such as garlic, basil and tansy. Surround yourself with these plants for natural protection against bugs.
After you’ve been bit, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using these items to stop itching.
Bug bites cause itching, irritation, swelling and skin that becomes more inflamed as you continue to itch. FixMySkin Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone helps heal skin to soothe itching and irritation caused by insect bites. Other products with ingredients such as aloe vera can reduce swelling and inflammation. Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends using baking soda to help reduce itching.
“Some people mix a few drops of water with baking soda, which can help neutralize the skin’s pH levels to reduce itching,” Joel Schlessinger MD says.
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