Monthly Archives: November 2015
Must read before you go to sleep tonight! Joel Schlessinger MD explains how sleeping in makeup affects your skin
One of the golden rules of skin care is to never sleep with your makeup on your face. This is an important rule for good reason as Joel Schlessinger MD explains to StyleBalzer, an online style and beauty blog. In this recent article, he explains how sleeping in your makeup affects each part of your face.
Makeup attracts free radicals and clogs pores, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.
When left on the skin, makeup attracts harmful free radicals, which are a major cause of aging because they lead to a breakdown of collagen. When makeup isn’t removed properly, these free radicals stay on the complexion, causing signs of damage and irritation. Leaving your makeup on while you sleep also causes clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts. When pores are clogged, they often appear larger because they are filled with debris and residue.
Joel Schlessinger MD explains how leaving makeup on especially damages the eyes and lips.
The skin around the eyes is very thin, which makes the area susceptible to irritation and damage. Similarly, lashes are extremely delicate and leaving mascara on can weaken them and lead to breakage and fallout.
“Sleeping in eye makeup can definitely irritate the skin and cause inflammation,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “This often leads to the formation of a stye, which is a small, inflamed bump on the eyelid.”
Sleeping with lipsticks, stains and glosses on leads to dry, irritated and chapped lips. To combat dryness, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends FixMySkin Healing Lip Balm Vanilla with 1% Hydrocortisone, which moisturizes lips with shea butter and heals them with hydrocortisone.
Removing makeup before bed is crucial for healthy skin, says Joel Schlessinger MD.
One way to break the bad habit of sleeping in makeup is to keep makeup remover wipes near your bed. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using gentle wipes that you can use on both the face and eyes.
“Most makeup wipes are designed to be used on the entire face,” he says. “If you’re going to remove eye makeup with this method, make sure the wipes you choose are gentle enough to use on the eye area.”
Klorane Soothing Face and Eye Makeup Removal Wipes with Cornflower are ideal for both the face and eyes. The gentle formula is alcohol-free and helps prevent irritation and dryness.
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As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has answered countless questions on how various things affect skin. Recently AskMen.com asked Dr. Schlessinger to weigh in on an unusual subject: sex. Although he was a little surprised, Dr. Joel Schlessinger did some research and found there were actually some interesting benefits. His insights are included in a recent article on AskMen.com titled “Skin Care Benefits of Sex.” Read on to learn more.
Sex improves blood circulation, giving the complexion a radiant glow, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
One of the things Dr. Joel Schlessinger found is that, like any physical activity, sex helps improve blood circulation. This boost in circulation increases the flow of oxygen to the skin and other organs, giving skin a radiant glow.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how sex affects hormone levels, and in turn, skin.
Physical intimacy also helps balance hormone levels, which can diminish breakouts and promote clearer skin. Much like exercising, working up a sweat can help naturally cleanse the pores of impurities as well, but this is only beneficial if you wash your face to remove these impurities.
There’s also some evidence that sex boosts your skin’s natural production of collagen, which can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It triggers the human growth hormone, which makes skin look more elastic. Additionally, an increase in estrogen levels helps prevent dryness and improves skin elasticity.
Sex also releases beneficial anti-inflammatory molecules, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.
Physical intimacy also releases anti-inflammatory molecules like oxytocin and beta endorphins. These are two of the four neurochemicals that are responsible for happiness. Oxytocin builds intimacy, trust and healthy relationships. Endorphins help to diminish our perception of pain and alleviate anxiety and depression. In relation to skin, these molecules act as anti-inflammatories to help repair damage.
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The fall season brings about a lot of changes in your life and the change in your skin is just one of them. For many people, autumn means drier climates and colder temperatures that lead to dehydrated skin. To deal with dryness, Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other experts shared dry skin hacks with YouBeauty.com, a beauty, skin care and lifestyle site created by Dr. Oz. The 13 tips in the article help restore balance to dehydrated skin and banish flakes and irritation.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends skipping hot showers when your skin is dry.
A hot shower may seem like a good idea in the colder months but the hot water can be detrimental to skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how it can strip away natural oils.
“The heat from the shower softens the skin’s natural oil barrier and soap washes it away,” he says. “Without this barrier, skin easily loses moisture, leading to dryness, itchiness and irritation.”
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking lukewarm showers and only staying under the spray for about ten minutes. Another hack that he mentions is to apply your moisturizer or body oil while your skin is still slightly damp from the shower. This is the time when it optimally absorbs and retains moisture.
Hydrating products and lifestyle changes can also help with dry skin, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
To deal with extremely dry or rough patches, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends using a product with hydrocortisone such as FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone. The formula actually helps heal skin to relieve itching and irritation.
Another good tip during the dry fall months is to up your water intake, although Dr. Joel Schlessinger notes that this will not take the place of topical hydrating products. You can also add more foods with omega-3 to your diet to help with hydration. This component helps boost skin’s ability to retain moisture.
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Mud runs have become exceedingly popular in the last few years. These obstacle courses often draw hundreds or even thousands of participants for each event. However, the next time one of these runs comes to your town, you might want to opt out. Aside from physical harm and injury, these obstacles are also bad for your skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains these dangers in a recent SafeBee.com article titled “Mud Runs: Are Your Favorite Races Hazardous to Your Health?”
Mud is the perfect breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
The obstacles in mud runs are often set up on farms or ranches, where the environment is not sterile. Many of these events require participants to completely submerge themselves in mud or water. If this mud or water is contaminated, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says, they could be exposed to things like E. coli or flesh-eating bacteria.
“Mud isn’t exactly clean and its moist environment can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Contaminated mud can lead to skin inflammation and irritation. It’s also easy to contract serious skin infections in a mud run environment. Clearly, this is not something your mother would encourage!”
If you already have cuts and scrapes on your skin, he says, this risk of infection is much worse.
If you think you’ve been exposed to contaminated mud, it’s important to thoroughly clean your skin, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
Mud runs aren’t the only place you could come into contact with dangerous bacteria. These risks are present for all mud-related activities, including swimming in untreated water.
“If you’re in a situation where you suffer a scrape in a muddy environment, it’s important to thoroughly clean and cover the affected area as soon as possible. Better yet, reconsider the idea as there are many other ways to participate in good, ‘clean’ fun!” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
If you get mud in your eyes, immediately flush out your eyes with clean water and seek medical attention to make sure there isn’t any dangerous contamination, he continues. If for any reason you feel ill after swimming in a lake or running through a muddy area, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.
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