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By Peter Accetta, M.D.
December 13, 2017
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: sunscreen  

As you might have suspected it has now been reported ultraviolet radiation is also present indoors, so for maximum protection and maximum anti-aging apply sunscreen every morning.

Did you know that fluorescent lights increase lifetime UV exposure by 3%. Close sources like desk lamps are the worst offenders and although as halogen bulbs contain UV blocking agents, not all of the UV radiation is filtered out. Light Emittering Diodes (LEDs) do not emit UV rays and are considered safe.

Other indoor sources include TV monitors, computers and tablets. Flat screen LCD monitors are best older cathode ray tube screens are the worst.

Last year the Food and Drug Administration released a consumer alert regarding the use of UV- curing lamps at nail salons. UV protectant gloves or sunscreen is now recommended.

UV radiation also passes through window glass. The shorter UVB rays which are responsible for sunburns are blocked by glass however UVA radiation is only partially filtered. Clear window glass allows 75% of UVA to pass tinted glass allows 25-50% of UVA to pass through. Use blinds, shades and tinted glass to reduce your exposure.

How about UV exposure while driving?

Laminated windshield auto glass blocks all UVB, but only 50% of UVA. Side windows block even less.

So my recommendation is to wear board spectrum every day. I prefer zinc oxide products available at the office and at cosmetic counters. Avoid close exposure to fluorescent lamps, upgrade to flat screen TV and computer monitors. Be mindful that UV exposure through window glass is chronic and culminative as this photo of a secretary whose left cheek faced the window for 15 years.

By Emily Gottstein, PA
August 24, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

    Like you, I don’t like to look pasty white in the summer but I also know the dangers that can occur with repeated sun exposure and tanning. I’m so fair that I almost always burn in the sun.  Over the last two summers I’ve done some personal “research” to find the better self-tanners on the market.  I’ve tried all of these products on myself. I should also disclose that I don’t work for any of these companies or products; these are just my personal opinions. I tried many products over the past few years and will only talk about the ones I liked the most.

    First on the list is a product called “tan towel.” Each come individually sealed in a packer so each “towel” is fresh. Once opened it was easily applied all over my arms, legs and face. It dried quickly so I was able to dress in a matter of minutes and it has a fresh smell too! I applied it before bed so when I woke up the color developed and it was a nice tan color- no orange! There were some areas I missed because there is no color to your skin when you apply it, but you get better at applying it with time.

    Second on the list is a product called Mine Tan Foam. It came with an applicator mit so my palms don’t get tanned.  It has a fantastic coffee and coconut scent so I felt like I was on vacation. It was easy to apply because there was a light brown pigment in the product so I could tell where I applied it. It took a little longer to dry so a thin layer is better. I slept with it on and the next morning I woke up with a really glowing tan. Most people though I has laid in the sun!

    Lastly, if you are looking for a less expensive tan, Jergens Natural Glow actually worked pretty well. In my opinion, it doesn’t have a bad smell. Even though my skin tone is light, I though the “medium to dark” lotion gave me a better tan color. The “light to medium” lotion gave me a more orange color.

    So, these are my favorite self-tanner picks. A few tips: follow the directions on the bottle, always exfoliate ahead of time and wash your hands after applying so you don’t have tan palms. 

Happy Self-Tanning!

    

By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
July 10, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Microneedling  

It sounds scary, but I can tell you from personal experience, it’s not!

Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment we offer in our office. It has little to no downtime after it too! It’s a minimally invasive treatment that uses small surgical needles that oscillate very quickly to create small micro cuts in the skin. By creating these small cuts a healing cascade is stimulated which includes the production of collagen. Collagen is what gives our skin its strength, elasticity and ability to bounce back. Microneedling can be used as a treatment for brown spots, wrinkles, redness and stretch marks to name a few.

The treat itself is mildly uncomfortable but is very quick and tolerable. After the treatment you may be pink or red for 48 hours but the redness from my treatment lasted only about 8 hours. 

As always, it’s very important to apply sunscreen after your treatment and every morning!

Call our office for your free microneedling consultation today!

By Dr.Peter Accetta, M.D.
March 21, 2017
Category: Anti-aging
Tags: Kybella   fat pad  

    Kybella, the new injectable treatment to dissolve double chins is both safe and effective for the right patients. Ideal patients should not be very overweight nor should they be elderly with sagging skin.

    Here is a simple test you can do at home to determine if Kybella might work for you.

    Stand in front of the mirror and simultaneously pull the corners of your mouth down and thrust you chin forward. You should feel the muscles on the front and sides of your neck tense up. Next press the thumb and forefingers of one hand against the front neck muscle like pincers. Now see if you can pinch a pad of fat which will bulge between your thumb and forefinger. That is the pad of fat that Kybella permanently dissolves!

    Only a doctor can determine for sure if you’re an ideal candidate for this treatment. So schedule a FREE consultation and let’s find out. 

 

 

By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
March 15, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eye Cream  

    The skin around your eyes is the most sensitive and can easily react to things like salt intake, crying and lack of sleep.

     My favorite trick to help with puffy eyes is to keep my eye cream in the refrigerator. Then when I apply it (usually morning and night) it gives me a nice cooling sensation around my eyes along with hydration from my eye cream.    

    Also, drink lots of water or tea, it can help decrease that eye puffiness through diuresis

    Lastly, If you are really puffy you can apply some preparation H cream to the under eyes to provide temporary relief of puffiness.





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