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.
Do you have a hack that helps with your dry skin? Tell us below in the comments!
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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In summer, skin tends to take on a dewy glow that can slowly fade as warm, humid days are replaced with the cooler, drier air of fall. But saying good-bye to June, July and August doesn’t have to mean bidding farewell to luminous skin. In a recent article for WomensHealthMag.com called “8 Ways to Keep Your Summer Glow into Fall,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shared tips and tricks for avoiding dullness and maintaining a radiant complexion this season.
Sunscreen is a must for healthy skin, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
The single best thing you can do for your skin is wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine, all year round to enhance your skin’s natural radiance. “Sunscreens act not only to protect your skin but to ensure you retain your healthy glow,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “Collagen damage from UV light will lead to dull and mottled skin over time, and sunscreen is the antidote.”
It’s also important to exfoliate at least once a week. Dr. Schlessinger cautions, “Without proper exfoliation, skin can develop a dull appearance that can be hard to mask with makeup.”
Dr. Joel Schlessinger warns against the dangers of indoor tanning.
Tanning beds are bad news due to their link to the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, and their capacity for causing skin damage and premature signs of aging. Visiting a tanning bed to get a quick tan will actually lead to dry, dull skin and put you at serious risk.
Dr. Schlessinger recommends a self-tanner, the only safe way to achieve a tan. “Follow the directions on the package as closely as possible to ensure the best results,” he says. At LovelySkin, we like jane iredale Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer. The moisturizing formula helps deliver natural-looking color that won’t streak or smudge anywhere on the face or body. Use it to customize a hue that’s perfect for your skin tone.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends makeup to achieve a quick glow.
Makeup can work wonders to create an instantly dewier complexion. Dr. Schlessinger recommends sweeping on a bronzer with a hint of shimmer and choosing a natural blush for a healthy glow. Try the glo minerals GloShimmer Brick, a pressed powder quad that contains four shimmery shades to swirl together or use separately as a bronzer, highlighter and blush. As a bonus, the powders contain antioxidants to help protect skin and promote a long-term healthy glow.
For a blush, a LovelySkin favorite is Youngblood Crushed Mineral Blush. This loose powder is ideal for adding a hint of beautifully natural color to the apples of the cheeks.
Do you have a question about maintaining your summer glow? Let us know in the comments section.
When you’re celebrating Halloween, the last thing you want to worry about is your costume giving you a breakout, rash or allergic reaction. Most people don’t think twice about picking up a costume makeup kit in the Halloween aisle. However, this low-quality makeup isn’t exactly gentle on your complexion. In a recent article for HuffPost Style titled “Beware, Your Halloween Makeup Could Be Toxic To Your Skin,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses costume makeup and how it could be harmful to your skin.
When choosing makeup to wear on Halloween, Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests taking a closer look at the ingredients.
Costume makeup often contains artificial dyes, fragrances, waxes and oils, all of which can clog pores, cause breakouts and irritate skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests staying away from the same ingredients you wouldn’t want to find in your everyday makeup. He also warns against applying costume makeup that’s made with inexpensive ingredients, since the pigment in these cosmetics can often cause skin irritation.
“It’s not unusual to see severe reactions to these cosmetics, specifically around the eyes, nose and mouth,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Additionally, some Halloween face paint could contain color additives that aren’t FDA-approved, such as certain fluorescent or luminescent dyes.”
To make sure the makeup you choose won’t irritate your skin, he suggests performing a patch test on your neck or the underside of your arm. If you see signs of irritation, remove the makeup immediately and don’t put it on your face. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends applying FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone to any affected areas, which will help minimize irritation and heal skin.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares other aspects of your costume that could irritate your skin.
If you’re opting for a mask or prop to complete your look, the costume shop might not be the best place to look. Many of these items are make from rubber and vinyl, and could contain lead paint or chemical plasticizers.
“Even if the props aren’t constantly in contact with skin, there is still a risk of absorption,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. “It’s better to use makeup to create your desired look or make your own mask with papier-mâché.”
Fake blood and prosthetic skin are also on the list of things to avoid whenever possible. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says the fake blood sold in stores is often made from a red dye that could cause irritation in a petroleum base.
“As for prosthetic skin, it’s better to find something that is higher quality, which is less likely to cause skin irritation or inflammation,” he continues. “Look for theater props instead of something you can find in the Halloween aisle. Because these accessories are often made of latex, you’ll also want to make sure you’re not allergic first.”
Dr. Joel Schlessinger also warns against wearing costume contacts. It’s important to remember, he says, that contacts are a medical device and require a prescription from your eye doctor.
When in doubt, choose theater makeup over costume makeup, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
If you can’t achieve the look you want with your everyday cosmetics, theater makeup is a safer bet.
“Theater makeup is made with higher quality ingredients and has less risk of skin irritation,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. “Most theater makeup has the same high pigment payoff, but it’s designed to sit on the skin for long periods of time and tends to be gentler on skin. These cosmetics are also FDA-approved and free of harmful ingredients like lead.”
Do you have a question about Halloween makeup for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Share with us in the comments.
With the start of school and the coming of cooler weather, fall means fresh beginnings. While you’re in the thick of exciting changes, why not reevaluate your current skin care routine? Recently, in an article on HealthyAging.net called “Healthy Aging Month: 10 Skin Care Tips,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shared advice on how to maintain youthful, glowing skin this autumn and beyond.
Sunscreen is a crucial step in your daily routine, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
First and foremost, sunscreen is a must every day, rain or shine, all year round. Not only does sunscreen protect against premature signs of aging such as wrinkles, a rough texture and dark spots, it also protects against the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.
When it comes to sun protection, be sure to choose a broad spectrum formula. “SPF only applies to how well a product protects against UVB rays, not UVA. Both types of UV exposure cause skin cancer, so broad spectrum protection is important,” says Dr. Schlessinger, who likes to recommend EltaMD sunscreens to his patients.
Dr. Schlessinger recommends maintaining a consistent skin care routine.
In addition to sun protection, your skin will thank you for maintaining a consistent, comprehensive routine that includes a cleanser, exfoliator, eye cream and moisturizer. Cleanse your face twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, and don’t forget to remove any leftover makeup.
Dr. Schlessinger recommends exfoliating twice a week to achieve a bright, even skin tone. “Exfoliation promotes healthy cell turnover and rejuvenates a dull complexion,” he explains. A mild formula, like LovelySkin LUXE Clarifying Gel Cleanser, is all you need for a smooth, radiant complexion.
The neck, chest and hands are often over-looked when it comes to anti-aging care, but they often receive as much sun exposure as the face. This means they’re just as prone to blotchiness, dark spots and fine lines. Dr. Schlessinger suggests applying sunscreen to these areas daily to avoid accruing further damage. There are also special treatments available, such as NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream. Dr. Schlessinger acted as principal investigator in a clinical study for the cream and saw exciting results in his patients!
Avoid over-doing it with indoor heating sources, advises Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
We all know that fall and winter tend to deplete skin of moisture due to the cool, dry air, but indoor conditions can be just as dehydrating, creating a cycle of itchiness, tightness and peeling. “Put a humidifier in your bedroom to counteract the drying effect of indoor heating,” Dr. Schlessinger advises.
It’s also important to note that sitting too close to a heat source can lead to collagen breakdown. Position space heaters slightly away from skin or change positions frequently to be sure the hot air isn’t continually hitting just one area of skin.
Schedule regular appointments with a dermatologist, like Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Other ways to maintain young-looking skin include avoiding excess sugar intake, laying on your back to minimize sleep wrinkles and of course, scheduling regular appointments with your dermatologist. They can help screen for early signs of skin cancer, recommend professional anti-aging treatments and help you build a regimen that’s perfect for your needs.
Do you have a question about maintaining healthy, beautiful skin? Ask Dr. Schlessinger in the comments section below.
Acne and hyperpigmentation can plague women from puberty to early middle age. With the array of products marketed to treat these concerns, it can be difficult to determine which is the best for your skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently discussed acne, hyperpigmentation and their treatments in an article titled “All Clear: Help for Your Skin” for HerLife Beauty.
Acne and hyperpigmentation are the most common skin concerns for women, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Typically, fluctuations in hormones are the cause for acne and hyperpigmentation in women. Hormones cause the oil-producing glands in skin to become overactive. Oil and other build-up clog pores and acne forms as a result. As acne heals, it can leave scars caused by hyperpigmentation, a condition in which patches of skin become darker. Hyperpigmentation may also result after pregnancy or menopause when changes in hormone levels stimulate melasma. Because acne has the potential to lead to infection, Dr. Schlessinger recommends that you visit your dermatologist who will prescribe a treatment to suit your needs.
Dr. Schlessinger recommends acne and hyperpigmentation treatments.
Because so many women experience these skin concerns, “there are always new treatments hitting the shelves that promise to improve blemishes and uneven skin tone,” explains Dr. Schlessinger. This can make choosing the right treatment for your skin daunting. Dr. Schlessinger recommends looking for products that contain specific ingredients designed to reduce acne and hyperpigmentation.
To treat acne, Dr. Schlessinger recommends products that exfoliate pore-clogging debris that causes blemishes. Those with acne-prone complexions should choose a product such as LovelySkin Luxe Clarifying Gel Cleanser, which uses a combination of 2% salicylic acid and 2% glycolic acid to purify pores for healthier, clearer skin. Continue your acne-fighting regimen by applying LovelySkin Acne Care Gel at night. This formula uses 9% amino fruit acids to gently exfoliate for clearer skin. It also contains Dead Sea minerals that encourage cells to heal while vitamin C stimulates collagen to tighten and firm skin.
When it comes to hyperpigmentation concerns, Dr. Schlessinger recommends an exfoliating gel to encourage cell renewal and minimize dark spots. LovelySkin Exfoliating Gel Mild is formulated with an 11% blend of amino fruit acids to gently reduce fine lines while reducing the appearance of large pores and dark spots. This mild formula is safe for complexions not accustomed to exfoliating treatments. LovelySkin Exfoliating Gel also comes in Plus and Max formulations, which are more powerful treatments ideal for those who have already used the LovelySkin Exfoliating Gel Mild.
See a board-certified dermatologist for the best results, says Dr. Schlessinger.
Because everyone’s skin is different, there is no acne or hyperpigmentation treatment guaranteed to treat every complexion. To determine the best regimen for your skin, Dr. Schlessinger recommends that you visit a board-certified dermatologist for an individualized plan that best suits your unique skin care needs.
Do you have questions about acne or hyperpigmentation treatments? Ask Dr. Schlessinger in the comment section.
The world of dermatology, cosmetic surgery and skin care is constantly changing with new treatments and products becoming available almost every day. Dr. Barry Lycka uses his program “Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today” on WebTalkRadio to explore the new developments. He and Dr. Joel Schlessinger have worked together for over two decades and continue to share their thoughts on cosmetic surgery. In a recent episode, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discussed new treatments that are now available.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger mentions new fillers that add volume to the lips.
Fillers are becoming a popular option for treating common signs of aging including fine lines and loss of firmness. Restylane Silk, which was previously only available in Canada and Europe, is now available in the United States. This treatment is especially beneficial for creating fuller lips.
“It has a delightful appearance on the lips and it doesn’t cause quite as much swelling,” explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “It tends to go in on a nice plane and the lips go larger but not aggressively larger.”
Kybella, a treatment for double chins, was worked on by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger has recently incorporated Kybella into his practice and seen excellent patient results. He calls it a “fat buster” because it is an injectable treatment that works by dissolving the fat in the chin area for a slimmer appearance.
“This drug has now been studied for eight plus years and we know that it has a very nice effect on chin fat and can reduce the size of the chin within about four or five injection sessions,” explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
He also notes that not everyone is going to need four or five sessions and some people may only need one or two sessions to see results. Patients love this treatment because there is no downtime following this procedure so you can do the treatment over a lunch break.
Do you have questions about these treatments? Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger below in the comments section!
Retinol is a go-to ingredient that many dermatologists recommend to help reduce signs of aging on the complexion. This powerhouse ingredient is available in so many forms and concentrations that it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. In the September 2015 issue of Marie Claire magazine, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shared information about retinol and how to incorporate it into your routine.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other experts explain the evolution of retinols.
Retinol encourages cell exfoliation and many people may have tried a version of retinol which was too harsh for their skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how the formulas have changed recently.
“The initial theory was to make it as strong as possible for the best results but we realized the irritation was counterproductive,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. “Now the approach is kinder and gentler but still getting us to the same place.”
The article explains how you should use retinol products. They should only be used at night and you should begin by applying it once every two or three days to allow your skin to become acclimated. You should use retinol products sparingly; a pea-size amount is enough for your entire face.
“People tend to think if a little is good, a lot is better,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “This is definitely the wrong approach when it comes to retinol.”
Using a retinol product will help smooth skin and fade signs of aging, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
The article features retinol products for all skin types and sensitivities including a few of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorites. Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair exfoliates the complexion to create a smoother and softer texture. The formula accelerates cell renewal to create a more youthful and radiant appearance.
Do you have questions about retinol? Ask below in the comments section.
Saunas and steam rooms are thought to offer numerous health benefits, including relief for arthritis, fatigue and certain respiratory ailments. However, if used incorrectly, they can also pose real risks. In a recent article on Univision.com called “Everything you need to know before going to the sauna,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his tips for staying safe and getting the most out of your sauna or steam room experience.
Always check the temperature before entering a sauna, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
The maximum legal temperature for a sauna in the United States is 190 degrees Fahrenheit, but many models are capable of getting much hotter. “Skin can…sustain severe burns as it would with sun exposure when subjected to high sauna temperatures,” cautions Dr. Schlessinger.
It’s also important to be mindful when touching hot surfaces and to keep an eye on the sauna control panel to be sure that the temperature stays steady and safe. Though the maximum allowance is 190 degrees, many healthcare professionals suggest dialing the temperature back to well below. Limit use to 15 minutes, and be sure to consult the posted signage, as well as staff, for tips on using the facilities correctly.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends towels and shower shoes during sauna use.
The hot, humid environment created by a sauna can create an optimal environment for mildew, bacteria, viruses and fungi to thrive, including those responsible for skin conditions like warts and athlete’s foot. Always wear a towel or swimsuit, put down an extra towel for protection before sitting down and never enter without shower shoes. You should also shower or bathe before entering.
In some saunas, you might find a bucket or some other type of vessel filled with water for pouring over the coals. Though dehydration is a real concern during sauna use, you should never attempt to drink or bathe with this water, as it could contain harmful organisms and it is not fit for consumption.
Drink cool, but not cold water before entering and after exiting the sauna or steam room, and avoid drinking alcohol immediately before, during or after your session. “[Alcohol] can cause fatal dehydration [in conjunction with sauna use] and saunas should not be used as a hangover cure to ‘sweat out’ toxins,” says Dr. Schlessinger.
Consult with a physician, like Dr. Schlessinger, if you struggle with certain conditions.
Saunas and steam rooms are not safe for those who struggle with chronic health issues. Dr. Schlessinger advises: “Those with inflammatory skin conditions [like psoriasis and eczema] should avoid the sauna altogether, as should those with certain cardiovascular diseases. Medications can affect sweat production as well, so it’s always best to consult with your physician before use.”
Do you have a question about using the sauna safely? Let us know in the comments section.
Botox is the most common cosmetic procedure for reducing the appearance of certain signs of aging. With its wide use, there are also a number of misconceptions that surround the procedure. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently dispelled these myths in an article titled “5 Myths about Botox, banished!” for S.O.S Mujer.
Botox delays the need for cosmetic surgery but does not replace it, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger
For decades, Botox has been used to treat conditions such as chronic migraines and excessive sweating. More recently, it has been used as an effective treatment for addressing fine lines and wrinkles.
“It works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles in the face,” explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “The muscles can no longer contract, so wrinkles relax and soften, giving an overall smoother appearance.”
The treatment is often used to target wrinkles that result from repetitious movement such as forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet.
Unlike cosmetic surgery, Botox typically lasts three to four months. As time passes, the muscles relax and return to their pre-injection appearance, causing many patients to opt for Botox maintenance treatments. The results of Botox treatments can also be prolonged with the right anti-aging skin care regimen.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the Botox procedure
If you are interested in Botox, consult with a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon to discuss your goals for treatment. A staff member will likely take your photo to identify the areas where wrinkles may be improved and to serve as your “before” shot to note visible improvements once the procedure has taken place.
When you are ready for Botox injections, you will relax in a chair as the injection sites are cleaned. A topical numbing solution will be applied to make injections quick and painless.
“Most patients describe the sensation as a tiny sting,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
The procedure takes no more than 15 minutes, and you may resume your normal activities once the treatment is complete.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends seeing a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon for the best results
It is rare to experience side effects with Botox. Minor swelling and bruising may occur, but in the majority of cases this does not last long and may be easily covered with makeup. Drooping eyelids may occur in rare cases but can be avoided by seeking the care of an experienced dermatologist. Many salons, day spas and similar establishments are offering Botox injections but may not be up to standard in terms of technique and cleanliness. Dr. Joel Schlessinger advises, “the best way to avoid poor or uneven placement and serious side effects is to see a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon for Botox and any other cosmetic procedures.”
Do you have questions about Botox? Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the comment section.