We don’t love trends when it comes to beauty. Don’t get us wrong. We love learning all about new technologies and techniques. But, we want our patients to feel and look their best, for them. We don’t see how it’s beneficial to have things done that hide your beauty, or that don’t suit you. Case in point: large eyebrows are having a moment. But, large, bushy eyebrows don’t suit everyone. Finding what works for you will make you feel more confident and more beautiful. That being said, there are some things that always are beautiful. Bright eyes and youthful, clear skin will always equal “beauty.” Keep reading to learn how to keep your skin looking beautiful and youthful.
Change Your Pillowcase
Though you may feel like your pillowcase is soft enough, chances are that it’s adding to more fine lines than you thought. When you sleep, your skin is pulled slightly on the fabric of your pillowcase. If you sleep on your stomach or your side, this can mean years of extra stress on your skin. Switch your cotton pillowcase for a silk one, that allows your skin to move across the pillow with less friction. Your hair will thank you, too!
Avoid the Sun
You don’t need to hide away in a cave for the rest of your life, but managing the time you spend in the sun can help your skin stay more beautiful. Wear a hat when you’re outside, and limit the time you spend outside during the hours between 11 AM and 3 PM. Wearing sunscreen can also help protect you from harmful UV rays.
Sometimes, your skin needs a little more help to show its full radiance. That’s why we recommend chemical peels whenever you feel your skin is feeling a little dull, dry, or even if you are looking to treat hyperpigmentation and fine lines. The right chemical peel will help reveal younger, smoother, more radiant-looking skin. We offer chemical peels of various depths, so you can target the concerns you have.
Please click here to view before and after images of chemical peels. For more information about chemical peels, contact Dr. Lalla today at (973) 324-9455.
There are three layers to your skin – epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Dermis (the second layer) holds collagen, a group of molecules clustered together to provide support, strength and elasticity to your skin. As you age, your collagen levels drop, causing your skin to become less soft and supple looking. The good news is there are ways to help increase your collagen, including what you eat. Certain foods carry nutrients that promote skin elasticity. Here’s a breakdown of some of these collagen-friendly foods:
Dark green, leafy vegetables. Cabbage, spinach and kale are rich in the antioxidant lutein, which has been known to boost skin elasticity and hydration. And veggies rich in vitamin C like collards and asparagus can help your body produce more collagen.
Products like soy milk and cheese contain genistein, which amps up collagen and helps block the enzymes that are known to age your skin.
Dark fruits and vegetables.Red peppers, beets, sweet potatoes and carrots are just a few of the fruits and vegetables that contain the collagen-producing antioxidant lycopene, which builds up under the skin to add an extra layer of protection from harmful UV rays.
Omega acids.To create an excellent environment for collagen production, incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, including tuna, salmon and mackerel. And snack on nuts like cashews, pecans and almonds to give your skin an elasticity boost.
Sound the hallelujah chorus – chocolate is good for your skin! The cocoa bean can increase blood flow to the skin, creating higher levels of moisture. It can also help with UV protection. Just be sure it’s dark chocolate you eat. Only dark chocolate has enough antioxidants to be effective.
To learn more about maintaining and building skin elasticity, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455. And to view before and after images of successful skin treatments, please click here.