Monday, June 13, 2011

5 Steps to Improve the Health of Your Skin

Even on cloudy days, UV rays can negatively affect your skin. Such rays cause long-term damage whether you’re outdoors, or sitting by an office window, or driving your car. The first type, UVA rays, are very long and affect the lower layers of the skin where new cells, collagen and elastin begin to form. UVA rays differ from UVB rays, which are short and do not have a direct affect on the skin.


An easy way to remember the difference is: UVA rays (“A” for Aging) will not change your skin color, but will cause premature aging. UVB rays (“B” for Burning) will burn your skin, sometimes producing a tan, and may lead to skin cancer.

By protecting your skin from harmful UV rays today, you can improve the overall heath and look of your skin. Compare your skin’s top layers to a dried sponge. When the sponge becomes wet, it is soft and plump. Leaving the sponge on the counter causes it to form a dry, firm surface. By using a regular skin care regimen including cleansing, toning, moisturizing and exfoliation on a regular basis, you will open pathways to deliver UV protective nutrients to your skin. The result will promote smooth, soft, radiant skin - a look which won’t wash off.

Here are 5 steps to improve your skin’s overall health:

1. Seek the guidance of a board certified plastic surgeon when beginning a skin regimen. Plan to see your physician regularly to ensure this regimen is working well for you.

2. Start on a regular program of daily cell renewal. We recommend the Obagi Skin Care System, a product line which contains prescription-strength ingredients to improve skin cell function.

3. Accelerate resurfacing with more aggressive professional resurfacing treatments as needed. Your physician at Aesthetic Surgical Images may recommend a TCA Blue Peel or dermabrasion.

4. Use injectables such as Botox and Juvederm to smooth frown lines and to fill deep wrinkles.  Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon for his/her recommendations to best achieve your aesthetic goals.

5. Apply sun protection every day. Use a sunscreen which protects the skin from the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays.

To schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation with one of the board certified plastic surgeons at Aesthetic Surgical Images, contact us today. You may also call our office at 402-390-0100 to schedule your consultation over the phone.