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Playing Favorites with Your Health

Don’t play favorites – take care of yourself from the inside out. While there’s a lot of information out there about having a healthy heart and keeping your brain at its peak, not everyone thinks about caring for their largest organ, their skin.

Your skin helps maintain your body temperature, keeps out dangerous bacteria that can cause infection, and helps preserve the water essential to your survival. Not only does your skin play a crucial role in whole-body health, it’s also one of the first areas people notice signs of both poor health and aging.

Healthy skin is luminous, clear, and has elasticity – all of which indicate that your skin is acting as a strong “shield” against injury and infection. Healthy skin is also beautiful skin, and does a better job of combating the signs of aging. Dull, dry, dehydrated skin with reddened or flaky areas increases the appearance of age and fatigue.

To combat the signs of aging in your skin, preventative care is crucial. Whether you haven’t yet seen your first fine lines, or you are grappling with wrinkles, start now on a skin-care regimen or get back on the regimen you abandoned. Dr. Mark Pinsky offers some of the best cosmetic products available, including options such as Obagi® and SkinMedica® skincare lines. An evaluation will determine which of the two is best for your skin type and aesthetic goals. Both are moisture-rich and vitamin-fortified, but each has its own unique active ingredients to target specific conditions.

But, we would be remiss if we didn’t stress that prevention comes before treatment. Are you using a product with sunscreen EVERY day – not just on weekends when you expect more sun exposure, but every day? We often see patients with greater sun damage on the left side of their faces because of time spent driving where the right side is in shade and the left side is exposed to UV rays. Prolonged exposure of any type can lead to spotting, roughness, and wrinkles. Using a product with sunscreen is a daily “must do” for men and women who care about protecting the health and beauty of their skin.

Don’t forget simple cleansing. Deep cleansing products allow your skin to stay smooth and vibrant, removing build-up of daily grime from day-to-day tasks, pollution in the air, and cosmetic foundations, powders, and creams.

If the phrase “skin-care regimen” makes you want to run in the other direction, know that the newer products layer nicely without feeling sticky, needing drying time, or feeling heavy. SkinMedica®’s line of biologics has been incredibly successful nationally and also with patients and staff at Pinsky Plastic Surgery; and Obagi® continues to have devoted fans anxious to try the new serums and essentials.

Provide your skin with protection and essential ingredients today for healthy beautiful (and youthful) skin tomorrow! Please contact us with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.