The Skin You’re In

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Skin. Everybody’s got it and all skin functions pretty much the same way. The skin’s main purpose is to protect the body from damage and infection and help regulate your body temperature. And while every person’s skin contains around 300 million skin cells, nobody else has skin exactly like yours. You spend your entire life wearing your skin, so it’s important to take good care of it.


Usually we all have the same questions related to making sure our skin is as healthy as possible. Professionals have many products and secrets to help your skin stay fresh, smooth and healthy. Dayton Mast from L’Image Salon and Spa explains that he hears the same main questions from his customers.


“People always ask what will the products do for me,” Mast says. “Will they revitalize my skin?  Can I see results immediately, or will it take some time?  How expensive are the products, and how long do they last? How often do I need to get a facial and how long do they take?”


Dr. Fiona Wright from Skin MD and Beyond hears similar questions about how to take care of skin. “Many of my patients come to me with two main concerns,” Dr. Wright says. “They want to know what are the best products to slowdown the signs of facial aging and what are the best ingredients for sunscreen protection? I tell them that the answer can come in one product – Prevage MD, available only through your physician. Prevage MD has an EPF ( Environmental Protection Factor) of 95, which is the highest rating to help correct and protect your skin from free radical damage caused by environmental stress and aging.  Using Prevage MD under a zinc oxide sunscreen of SPF 30 is a great one-two punch against the enemy of Father Time!”


Many people are asking the questions and consulting the various skin professionals here in Addison and the North Dallas Corridor, so make you are keeping up with your skin care as well. Keeping skin healthy should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list, although a lot of the time we can put it on the back burner. Luckily living in Addison and the North Dallas Corridor, there are many professionals who can help you make sure that your skin stays healthy, strong and beautiful. You wear your skin every day, so make sure you’re proud of the skin you’re in.


Skin Facts


Your skin’s primary purpose is to help regulate your body temperature and protect your internal organs. What you may not realize is that your skin is actually the largest organ on your body. Not only does it wrap all the way around you, but your skin alone accounts for 12-16 percent of your body weight and the average adult’s skin weighs about twice as much as the brain. Every inch of your skin is filled with important nerves and sweat glands that are not visible to the human eye. In fact, a square inch of skin contains an estimated 72 feet of nerve fibers, 200 sweat glands, 20 hairs and over five feet of tiny blood vessels.  That’s certainly a lot going on for such a small space.


Your body is constantly growing a new layer of skin. In fact, your body produces a new layer of skin every 27 or 28 days. That means in your lifetime you will have more than 1,000 new skins. Now humans of course don’t shed skin like snakes, so how does all the skin come off? You actually shed around 600,000 particles of dead skin cells every hour without feeling a thing. That amounts to about 1.5 lbs. of skin per year! That’s a lot of skin. In fact an average 70-year-old person has shed over 105 lbs. of old skin throughout his or her lifetime.


What else does it do for you? Well, on a hot Texas day, your body can sweat up to three gallons trying to cool you. Your sweat glands help produce sweat so the liquid can evaporate and help cool you down. Also when you’re hot, the blood vessels in your skin expand to help release heat and cool you. And of course when you’re cold your skin has a way to help warm you as well. Your blood vessels narrow down as much as possible to help you not lose as little heat as possible. Tiny muscle fibers help the vessels contract and make the hair on your arms stand up straight. The result is pilomotor reflex, or what we commonly refer to as, “goose bumps.” Your skin even helps give your body nutrients by converting sun hitting your skin into Vitamin D. So the least you can do is keep it healthy.


Skin Health


We know how much the skin does for our body, so it’s important to make sure that your skin stays healthy. Your skin is the first thing that comes in contact with the outside world, so a lot can happen to it. Some of the things you have to help protect your skin from are cuts and scrapes, insect bites, acne, wrinkles, severe dryness and skin cancers. Some of these things are easier than others to keep away from your skin.


“My mantra in skincare is four basic steps: exfoliate, hydrate, correct and protect,” says Dr. Wright. “I love products that are medically grounded, and I try to be a guide and lead my patients to the right products for them. Before starting the day a soft exfoliation will remove a layer of dead skin and debris that built up while sleeping. A vitamin A derivative is also important to use at night to stimulate cell renewal. A deep hydrator is also a basic necessity.  Just as our body needs eight glasses of water a day, our skin will greatly benefit with an extra layer of hydration to support cell communication.  The last step is sunscreen which should have both a UVA and UVB protective factor. My recommendation is to also find one that contains a high level of zinc, which has both anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties.”


Did you know that treatment of skin cancers has risen over 77 percent since 1992? Not only that, but today one in five Americans will develop some sort of skin cancer in their lifetime. Keeping your skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays is important. Sunscreens, hats and sunglasses can go a long way in keeping your skin safe. There are available supplements you can pick up at your local spa or skin specialist that can help you keep your skin healthy even when you are out in the sun.


“Excessive sun exposure is the fastest way to destroy healthy, smooth skin,” says Tama Tran of Lily Med Spa. “Taking daily supplements of omega acids, an oil naturally found in foods such as seafood, fish and nuts.  Omega is high in antioxidants, which help eliminate harmful free radicals from the body and heal the skin from the inside out.”


Skin cancer isn’t the only thing we worry about. As your skin ages, you develop wrinkles and this is one thing nobody enjoys and many dread! When you’re young, your body creates an abundance of alpha hydroxyl acid, or AHA. AHA is responsible for removing dead skin cells and signals your body to make new cells. As you age you don’t produce as many skin cells, but AHA is found in most moisturizers and creams. Excess exposure to the sun’s rays and smoking can also cause wrinkles. Both of these break down elastin, which is responsible for keeping the elasticity of your skin. Luckily there are ways to battle this aging and wrinkling process.


Keeping your skin healthy and moisturized is a great way to help battle against wrinkles and aging skin. As Michelle Lentz, lead esthetician at Grand Spa, points out, combating wrinkles is one of people’s biggest concerns when it comes to skin care.


Anti-aging is always a hot topic,” Lentz says. “How do I reduce fine lines, wrinkles and aging in the skin? Take a more pro-active approach to your skin care regimen. For example, use products that contain key ingredients that nourish and rejuvenate the skin such as vitamins A and C. These vitamins are commonly used to improve and regenerate the skin.”


While products from pharmacies and over-the-counter topical treatments can help increase your skin health, there are breakthrough products that many skin experts are using right here in the Corridor. Dr. Tanya Rodgers from Skin Specialists in Addison explains how some prescribed treatments can work wonders.


“Most patients are surprised to know that I can prescribe one or two great products for their skin,” Dr. Rodgers explains. “This will allow them to empty their entire bathroom countertop of store bought items or I can recommend a product from Sugoi, my new line of physician grade skincare products, if a prescription is not appropriate.”


As Dr. Rodgers continues, advances in technology can help repair your damaged skin, keeping it tight and smooth with minimally invasive procedures.


“Fractionated lasers,” Dr. Rodgers explains, “Such as the Fraxel. These are lasers that utilize non-ultraviolet light and heat to smooth and tighten the skin, and even skin tone (i.e. remove brown spots and freckles). These newer devices, unlike their older predecessors, carefully wound only a small percentage of the skin, minimizing downtime and risks of side effects. They can erase acne scars and all the signs that result from having spent too much time in the sun both on the face and off (i.e. wrinkles and freckles on neck, chest and arms). And often can be used on all skin types (racial ethnicities).”


Lentz also describes technological advances to help increase skin health with a product that Grand Spa offers. “Stem Cells are one of the newest ways of improving the DNA of the skin,” Lentz explains. “Our stem factor serum helps restore, repair and stimulate new cells to build collagen and elastin, heal hyper pigmentation and reverse aging.”           


Of course one skin problem that seems to follow us throughout our life, even after our teenage years, is acne. Pimples can form on your face when not properly cleaned and buildup happens in your pores. Covering it up with makeup won’t fix the problem, it takes some work. Exfoliating your skin can help soften your skin, clean your pores and even reduce wrinkles. Facials can do all this while moisturizing the skin on your face. You can get a great relaxing facial to help smooth your skin at any of the great spas in the Corridor like Grand Spa, L’Image and Lily Med Spa, and these facials treatments are for women and men.


Men can visit a gentleman’s  grooming center like Roosters Men’s Grooming Center and have the all-star treatment to not only relax, but increase skin health. Here, men can have treatments such as Roosters 7-Step Signature Shave or Road Recovery Facial. These services not only give you a great shave, but use steam towels and lotions to moisturize, hydrate and clean your skin.


“Our facial is beneficial to skin health in that it deeply cleanses the skin,” explains Diane McTeigue of Roosters Men’s Grooming Center. “With exfoliation the skin becomes softer and refreshed looking.  It tones the skin to reduce the size of the pores which tightens the skin and removes fine lines.  The treatment with a massage increases circulation and stimulates the skin, leaving it with a younger, more youthful look.  It can slow down premature aging.  It’s a great preventative treatment to help beat wrinkles before they occur.”


Taking Care of Your Skin


Your skin makes sure to keep you healthy and safe. The thing you wake up wearing every day and never take off. Make sure you care for your skin and keep it healthy. It’s as simple as making sure to apply sunscreen when you are in the sun for a period of time or even a more advanced treatment like Coolsculpting, which is offered at Skin Specialists of Addison, to help remove wrinkles and unwanted spots and scars.


Addison and the North Dallas Corridor is home to many of Texas’s finest skin care experts who can help you feel comfortable in the skin you’re in.

-By Addison Magazine

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