Monthly Archives: January 2016

5 Steps to Banishing Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses five steps to banishing dark circles under your eyes
It’s time to fake your beauty sleep! Try these tips for brighter, wider-looking eyes.

1. Hit the sheets with time to spare

Whether it’s due to insomnia or simply staying up late, not getting enough sleep can cause dark circles to become more prominent.

“A lack of sleep causes the blood vessels around the eyes to dilate and create a dark tint beneath the skin,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Fatigue also leads to puffiness and swelling, which draws more attention to these dark circles.”

2. Trick the eye with a brightening eye cream

After cleansing in the morning, use your ring finger to apply a brightening eye cream, which will help diminish the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends LovelySkin LUXE Brightening Eye Cream because its self-adaptive optical technology diffuses light to give your skin a soft, youthful glow. Other key ingredients include horse chestnut extract to minimize the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, Persian silk tree extract to help fight the signs of fatigue and hyaluronic acid to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Don’t skip the sunscreen

“Skipping this important step in your skin care routine can cause dark circles to become worse,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “The delicate skin around the eye area is especially sensitive to sun damage, as well as skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure also makes your body produce more melanin, which gives you darker circles.”

It’s important to protect this area the same way you would protect the rest of your skin—with a broad spectrum sunscreen.

“To avoid sensitivity and irritation, make sure the formula you’re applying is gentle enough for the eye area,” he adds.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s top pick for sun protection around the delicate eye area is SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50.

“This eye sunscreen is filled with ceramides to help nourish the skin and create a smooth base for your next step: makeup application,” he says.

Wearing sunglasses whenever you’re outside will also help protect your eyes and the surrounding skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

4. Break up with your makeup

Each night, it’s important to remove your makeup completely. While you sleep, your skin works through a natural repair process, diminishing dark circles and other signs of aging. By removing your eye makeup, you’re allowing your skin to breathe and rejuvenate itself.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends choosing a gentle makeup remover that’s designed for use around the delicate eye area like Klorane Floral Lotion Eye Makeup Remover with Soothing Cornflower. Another tip: try to avoid tugging and pulling at the delicate skin as you remove your makeup. This will only accentuate dark circles.

5. Make sure it’s not allergies

Did you know dark circles and under-eye puffiness can get worse during allergy season? If you think allergens are contributing to your dark circles, talk to your physician about taking an antihistamine. They can suggest both over-the-counter and prescription options that could help diminish these symptoms during allergy season.

For more tips on how to eliminate dark circles, read the entire article on SELF.com.

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Tips to Save Your Skin When You Shower!

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1). Turn down the temperature: overly hot showers dry out skin.

Long, hot showers feel wonderfully soothing, but your skin will pay the price if you overdo it. In a recent article on Livingly.com, Dr. Schlessinger discussed the effect that long stints under a too-hot stream can have on skin.

“The heat from the shower softens the skin’s natural oil barrier and soap washes it away,” explains Dr. Schlessinger. “Without this barrier, skin easily loses moisture, leading to dryness [and] itchiness. . .”

Spending too much time in a hot shower can also cause eczema and psoriasis flare-ups and irritate sensitive skin. In winter, when skin is already prone to dryness, this can be a recipe for flaky, rough patches, and even cracking and bleeding knuckles. Luckily, one simple fix can make a big difference. Next time you hop in the shower or bath, set a timer. Dr. Schlessinger recommends 10 minutes tops, but the shorter, the better.

2). Lock in moisture as soon as you step out.

You may be lotion-ing up after you’ve stepped out of the shower and dried off, but the secret is to apply moisturizing formulas to damp skin.

“If you fail to moisturize your skin right after showering, the top layers of the skin can quickly become dry and dehydrated,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Applying a moisturizer to damp skin will allow the product to absorb more effectively and lock in moisture long-term. We like EltaMD Lotion, a fragrance-free formula that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin.

3). Retink your towel technique.

Once you’re ready to dry off, you might want to think twice about your technique and towel of choice. Not only can towels be rough and scratchy, damp or shared towels can spread bacteria. You should avoid sharing towels with others, change them out daily and go easy on your skin.

Dr. Schlessinger suggests: “Instead of rubbing, always pat your skin dry with a towel. Patting your skin with a towel reduces the amount of friction between the fabric and your skin, minimizing the risk of irritation.” If you’ve noticed any red, itchy rashes, it may be time to re-examine your detergent or fabric softener of choice. Allergic reactions to laundry products are common and you may need to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. They will likely suggest switching to Free & Clear laundry products, which are free of skin irritants.

4). Shave carefully!

Shaving can be a pain when you’re in a rush. You might want to get it over with right away, but you should probably put down that razor.

While it can be tempting to shave as soon as you get in the shower, it’s actually better to wait two or three minutes before grabbing your razor, says Dr. Schlessinger. “This allows the water to soften the hair, making your shaving routine much easier.”

Other common shaving blunders include using a razor with a dull blade and shaving in the opposite direction that hair grows. Both of these mistakes can cause ingrown hairs, razor burn and irritation. It’s always better to grab a fresh blade often so you’re not applying too much pressure and to shave in the same direction hair grows.

For more information on these top shower mistakes, check out the full article on Livingly.com.

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3 Things You Must Know Before Going to the Gym!

Read This Before You Work Out: Dr. Joel Schlessinger Discusses Gym Germs
If your New Year’s resolution is to hit the gym more often, beware. Here are just some of the germs you might come across during your workout:

Exercise equipment is a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

When countless people are using the same gym equipment on a daily basis, these surfaces are bound to attract germs and bacteria. Some of the popular hot spots for germs to mingle are the same things you’re likely to touch: locker room benches, exercise mats, door handles, bike seats, public showers and communal towels. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently spoke to Women’s Health about these dangerous bacteria.

One bacterium you might not expect to find at the gym is streptococcal bacteria, the same bacteria responsible for strep throat.

“Strep bacteria are extremely contagious and can be spread through skin contact, airborne droplets and surfaces like exercise equipment,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Aside from causing strep throat, these bacteria can also lead to skin infections and blisters.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the importance of wearing shower shoes, even in the locker room.

Your feet are also at risk, especially if you hit the showers.

The fungi that lead to athlete’s foot, a scaly rash that causes itching, stinging and burning between the toes, can be found on the floor of many public shower stalls, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. You’re also at risk for contracting onychomycosis, a fungal infection that causes toenails to become thickened, brittle and hard with a yellow discoloration.

Additionally, if you have even the smallest of cuts on the bottom of your foot, the human papillomavirus could sneak through and cause a painful plantar wart or you could contract a serious bacterial infection.

Protect yourself from harmful bacteria at the gym with these tips from Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Whenever possible, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends waiting to shower until you get home. Bacteria, fungus, mold and other germs thrive in warm, moist environments like public shower stalls. If you must shower at the gym, always wear shower shoes.

“I recommend cleansing with CLn products because the active ingredient in each formula is bleach, one of the few antibacterial agents that do not lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria,” Dr. Schlessinger adds. “CLn can also be used to remove dangerous bacteria on your hands.”

After showering, always dry your feet thoroughly, including in between each toe, with a clean towel. If you’ve had athlete’s foot before, consider applying an antifungal foot powder like Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment Powder for Athlete’s Foot, as well. It’s also a good idea to clean your shower shoes with a disinfectant like bleach and replace them regularly.

For more germs you could encounter at the gym, check out the rest of the Women’s Health article.

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Should you wear sunscreen on cloudy days? Dr. Joel Schlessinger has the final answer.

Should you wear sunscreen on cloudy days? Dr. Joel Schlessinger has the final answer.
Skipping sunscreen on cloudy days is one beauty mistake you don’t want to make. Here’s why you need to wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine.

You should be applying sunscreen every single day, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Whether it’s sunny or overcast, daily sunscreen application is absolutely essential. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds. This means you can easily get a burn, even if you don’t feel like you’ve been in the sun too long. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently spoke to Bustle.com about why it’s important to always wear sunscreen, even when the sun is hidden behind a mass of clouds.

“Because UV radiation is somewhat less intense, it would take your skin slightly longer to burn on a cloudy day than it would on a sunny day,” he says. “However, this doesn’t mean you can completely forgo sunscreen protection altogether.”

Cloudy skies can make sun exposure feel less intense, leading people to believe they don’t need sunscreen. But Dr. Joel Schlessinger warns that clouds don’t offer the same protection as sunscreen.

“Dense clouds would reduce UV radiation to some extent,” he says. “However, clouds are better at blocking visible light, than they are at blocking UV rays, meaning you could still easily burn, even while it’s overcast.”

In addition to direct sun exposure, you’re also experiencing indirect sun exposure, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

The sun also poses another unexpected threat: indirect sun exposure. Even if you’re skiing or snowboarding on a dreary winter day, reflective surfaces like the snow can lead to sun damage.

“The sun’s rays bounce off sand, snow, water, and pavement, so you’re actually being exposed to both direct and indirect UV radiation while you’re skiing, snowboarding, or surfing,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “This means, for example, that when you’re skiing in the mountains, you’re receiving stronger direct UV radiation, and the reflection off the snow intensifies your sun exposure by up to 80 percent.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends his favorite sun protection products to keep your skin safe.

Remember that all sunscreens aren’t created equal. When you’re looking for the right formula, a high SPF won’t do you any good if the product isn’t labeled as broad spectrum.

“Because SPF only covers how well a product protects against UVB rays, it’s important to look for a formula that is labeled broad spectrum,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Broad spectrum sunscreens protect the complexion against both aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays, both of which can cause skin cancer. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen to all his patients because its gentle, oil-free formula won’t clog pores or cause irritation. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re participating in outdoor activities.

For added sun protection on top of your regular sunscreen, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Heliocare Sun Protection Pills. These sunscreen pills work to gradually build up your body’s natural defense against damaging UV rays. Taking one supplement every day will help protect your skin against photoaging and other signs of sun damage.

For more on why you should wear sunscreen even on cloudy days, check out the rest of the article on Bustle.com.

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