Category Archives: Skincare



5 Current Skincare Trends that You Should Avoid

 

When your skin looks good, so do you. But just because you want better skin doesn’t mean you should listen to everything you hear. Some of the most popular skincare trends can actually damage your skin. That’s why if you’re serious about skincare, you should consult the professionals. Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir in Rye Brook, New York, have decades of experience in Cosmetic Skincare, treating skin for lines, blemishes, acne, under-eye circles, and more. 

Here are 5 currently popular skincare treatments that might be doing more harm than good.

1. Charcoal Masks

Charcoal masks are incredibly popular, and the gunk you see when you pull one off makes them look impressive on social media. However, these often painful masks rip off not only dirt but also skin and facial hair. This leaves your skin vulnerable and stripped of the essential oils it needs to maintain moisture.

If you want fresher skin with fewer complications, you should opt for Dermabrasion or a Chemical Peel. Both treatments remove dead skin and other debris, revealing the new skin underneath. These exfoliating procedures also stimulate collagen production, which means that your face benefits in the long run. Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir often combine these treatments with a mask to keep your skin moist and dewy. The result? A reduction in lines, under-eye circles, and acne scars.

2. Extraction Tools

Originally designed for professionals, many people now attempt to use extraction tools at home. The metal utensils promise to pop pimples hygienically, but in reality, often cause scarring, bruising and capillary damage when used by an untrained layperson. Paradoxically, if you push these tools into your skin, they can accidentally trap bacteria that cause breakouts.

A safer way to fight acne is with topical treatments. Creams with glycolic or salicylic acid gently exfoliate your skin and unclog your pores. Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir produce a line of skincare products formulated for acne and oily skin. You can use their Glycolic Gel Pads and Benzoyl Peroxide Wash 10% With Aloe Vera daily. Laser Resurfacing or chemical peels can also address the scarring that comes from acne.

3. Using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer

Coconut oil is in everything these days. While it may be great for cooking (and possibly your hair), putting coconut oil on your face is a big no-no. That’s because coconut oil acts like a wax, clogging your pores and trapping debris on your face. Coconut oil is also highly comedogenic, which means that it can cause an eruption of acne. 

When it comes to your skin, it’s best to listen to the experts. Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir have a line of non-comedogenic skincare products, which means they won’t cause breakouts when you use them. You can also achieve moister skin with a Facial and Chemical Peel

4. Trying to Scrub Away Acne

Exfoliating your skin too often can cause microtears. Roughing up acne-prone skin with exfoliating scrubs can also cause inflammation that makes your face redder.

A better move? Outsource your exfoliation. Remove dead cells and dirt without unhealthy skin damage with Dermabrasion or a Chemical Peel. Doctors Dale and Michell Abadir have experience in both procedures. You can also treat acne at home with their Glycolic Gel Pads and Benzoyl Peroxide Wash 10% With Aloe Vera.

5. Not Using Enough SPF

Dermatologists universally agree that SPF is key to preventing premature aging. The sun’s rays are not only dangerous to your health in the form of skin cancer, but also cause unattractive blemishes like sunspots. Still, many people do not apply sunscreen outside of the hotter summer months due to laziness or the belief that they don’t need to.

Sunscreen powders and lotions are vital to maintaining a youthful appearance. Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir also offer Laser Resurfacing and other forms of Dermabrasion to combat the toll the sun may have already taken on your complexion. 

Schedule a Consult with Doctors Dale and Michell Abadir

If you want professional quality skin, schedule a meeting with Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir at their clinic in Rye Brook, New York. Call us at 914-937-7593 or send us a message through our website. Better skin starts with better treatment!

How to Detect and Deal with the Early Signs of Aging

Aging is a gradual and natural process that we all experience.  Generally, we experience changes in our skin due to the pull of gravity, decreasing collagen and elastin production as we age, and a gradual diminishing of the fat layer underneath the skin.  These combine to establish lines and wrinkles in our faces. Initially, wrinkle formation is subtle, showing up as fine lines around our eyes sometime in our 20s. We gradually lose skin elasticity, which contributes to further and deeper wrinkle formation and causes our skin to become looser.  Many of us develop areas of skin sagging, such as jowls along our jawline. As the fat is lost in areas such as our cheeks, lips, and under-eyes, we may also subsequently begin to develop a more gaunt look.

While these structural changes are occurring, we simultaneously experience changes to the texture and coloration of our skin.  Damage due to UV exposure can build up over time to produce areas of discoloration, such as “age spots” or “sun spots,” and patches of uneven texture.  

While we are all subject to the process of aging, it is possible to be proactive about preventing and reversing some of the damage done by the passage of time.  Perhaps the most helpful thing you can do is to start seeing an experienced dermatologist when you are young before the signs of aging have created dramatic changes in your skin.  At Abadir Associates, our highly-skilled physicians can assess your skincare and develop a treatment and prevention plan that is customized to your skin. This blog discusses some of your options to reverse the early signs of aging.

How Can I Prevent and Reverse the Early Signs of Aging?

While it is impossible to prevent aging altogether, there are many approaches that can help to slow the process and eliminate the signs of aging to restore the youthful smoothness, color, and texture to your skin.  At Abadir Associates, we offer the latest in proven approaches to enhancing your appearance and provide customized treatment plans to our patients to help them to look their best. Through topical treatments such as chemical peels and minimally-invasive procedures that address the underlying structure of the skin, we can reverse the signs of aging and even prevent further changes.

Non-invasive treatments to restore your youthful appearance

There are a number of approaches to reducing the signs of aging that do not require surgical incisions or even injections:

  • Chemical peels: The use of powerful anti-aging compounds combined with the removal of the outermost, dead layer of skin cells can restore a “glow” to your skin.  Our chemical peels contain potent molecules that can brighten dull and lifeless skin, hydrate and tone your face, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and address issues in pigmentation and texture. 
  • Dermabrasion: This procedure mechanically removes the outermost layer of skin cells, promoting the growth of new skin cells. This approach is effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and other deformities of the skin, such as acne scars. 
  • Laser resurfacing: We use the StarLux 1440 non-ablative laser for excellent results with minimal recovery.  Energy from the laser passes through the outermost layer of the skin, stimulating new cell growth and collagen production that fills in fine lines and wrinkles, reverses skin sagging, and creates a fresh, dewy complexion. 

Injectable treatments to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and prevent future wrinkle formation 

Many of our patients choose to have injectable treatments to enhance their youthful appearance, even as early as in their 20s.  Patients choose Botox to not only eliminate the lines that form around the eyes and mouth but also prevent them from getting more pronounced over time.  By stopping the muscle contractions that pull on the skin and create the wrinkles, Botox can effectively stop the clock on the aging of your skin. 

We also offer dermal fillers to restore youthful plumpness to areas of the face that tend to hollow out over time, such as the cheeks and under the eyes.  With a few expertly-placed tiny injections, we can give you a natural, young look!

If you are ready to be proactive about detecting and combating the signs of aging, Abadir Associates has a huge array of treatments that can be used in a fully customized approach to your skin.  Call 914.937.7593 to schedule your consultation today.

10 Ways to Revamp Your Skincare Routine for Summertime

 

There is no better feeling than being enveloped by the sun’s warming glow while you relax with your favorite chilled beverage in hand. The summer season not only brings out warmer weather but also brings out the active and adventurous side of ourselves, spending more time outdoors and with others. 

These fleeting months of perfect weather can be great for boosting overall morale and happiness, but your skin may be paying the price!

Summertime’s hot, sticky, and humid conditions can wreak havoc on your routine skin care regimen that you’ve maintained in months prior, as the sun’s rays introduce new challenges for your skin to combat against. 

The following are 10 ways you can help revamp your skin routine as promoted by Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir. These two doctors are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all forms of dermatologic skin care, with their sound advice helping give your skin a fighting chance against the summer sun. 

 

Protecting Your Skin

Use Sunscreen: The simplest and often most overlooked method for maintaining skin health. Your skin is a delicate organ and can be damaged by harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. A type of electromagnetic radiation, it is the type of sunrays that in moderate amounts can produce a nice tanned appeared but also sunburns with prolonged exposure. The two most common types of skin-damaging sunrays include UV-A and UV-B rays. Those with fair skin are the most at risk for developing sunburns as they have reduced levels of a pigment called melanin; the body’s natural defense against damaging UV rays. Without adequate protection using sunscreen, you will increase the chances of developing brown spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. 

Wear protective clothing: In order for sunscreen to be effective, constant reapplication is required. This can be quite an inconvenience for some leading to unintended UV ray exposure. It is therefore recommended to directly block out the sun’s rays by wearing weather appropriate clothing that covers the majority of exposed skin, as well as utilizing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats to give your skin that extra layer of sun protection.

Stay Hydrated: With increased heat comes the increased need to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water during the summer days can lead to dry skin which can be further complicated by the damaging effects of the sun. 

Use a light moisturizer: Summertime can make you feel hot and sweaty while enjoying the outdoors and that heavy moisturizer you’ve been using during the dry colder months can only add to your discomfort. Many moisturizers often include sunscreen within them as stated by an SPF value. These combination moisturizers are the best choice for keeping your skin hydrated and at the same time protect you from harmful UV radiation. 

 

Making Your Skin Looks Its Best

Retinoids: A topical form of vitamin A, this compound has been shown to have several anti-aging effects in addition to being able to reduce the appearance of age spots and softening rough patches of skin. Retinoids work by increasing collagen production; a naturally occurring protein in the body that promotes skin’s elasticity and strength. While several over the counter products contain retinoids, they are often not as effective as those prescribed by a doctor.     

Exfoliate your skin: The long winter months can often lead to the development of dry flaky skin leading to a dull and less than radiant appearance. By using gentle cleansers and exfoliants you can scrub away dead skin cells, allowing your skin to look cleaner and brighter.  

 

Going the Extra Mile for Skin Care

For those looking for more aggressive exfoliating treatments, cosmetic dermatological procedures may be just what you are seeking. The following are some cosmetic dermatology treatments that can enhance the appearance of your skin and even reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. However, it is important to note that with the following procedures your skin will temporality be more sensitive to the effects of the sun; making the application of daily sunscreen vital for skin protection until new skin cells are regenerated.

Chemical Peels: This procedure can effectively improve the appearance of sun spots, acne breakouts, uneven skin color, scars, and even fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical solution is applied to the skin allowing for the uppermost layer of skin to be peeled off. This allows for smoother, younger looking skin to be uncovered. 

Laser Resurfacing: Useful for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles, scars, and other skin irregularities, laser resurfacing works by directing short, concentrated pulsing beams of light on affected skin areas, removing skin layer by layer. Laser resurfacing is a relatively quick outpatient procedure that can be performed on any area of the body. 

Dermabrasion: A skin resurfacing procedure that can effectively sand away the outermost layer of the skin revealing smoother, younger looking skin. Dermabrasion can also improve the look of scars and the appearance of fine lines. The procedure can be used alone or in combination with other skin care techniques. Recovery time will depend on the depth of skin removed with most patients experiencing new skin regrowth within 5 to 7 days. 

Photo-Facials: A procedure that can diminish fine lines and sun damaged skin, as well as improve uneven pigmentation. Photo-facials use light-based technology to boost skin’s collagen levels leaving skin smoother with a clear complexion.

 

Making Your Skin Care a Priority

For all your skincare needs, speaking to highly trained and knowledgeable medical professionals is your best defense against anything Mother Nature throws at you.  With the guidance of Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir you can be confident that the health of your skin is of the utmost priority. Schedule a personalized skin care consultation today in the Rye Brook, NY area at 914-937-7593.

Travel Skin Care Tips: Maintain Your Beauty Routine on The Go

beauty routine on the goTraveling to new locations can be an exciting adventure, but nothing can turn a great trip sour like discovering an unwanted blemish or uncomfortably dry skin during your journey. Instead of abandoning your skincare routine and its hard-earned results, consider adding these steps to keep your skin clear and beautiful during your next great adventure.

Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated with plenty of water is the key to success when maintaining your existing skincare routine on vacation. Lots of water not only hydrates skin cells from within but can also help your body stay in sync even while traveling.

Moisturize and protect at the same time

If you’re heading to a new climate, planning is the key to keeping skin looking great. It can take your skin a few days to become accustomed to changes in humidity, temperature, and environment. To prepare your skin for new surroundings, be sure to moisturize and protect with a trusted sunscreen or high-quality skin care product that contains SPF. This will help you avoid potential sunburns while protecting your skin from new, unfamiliar elements.

Think ahead

There’s something about airports, airplanes and long car rides that can leave skin feeling dry, dirty and greasy all at the same time. Stay fresh-faced and alert by carrying your favorite cleansing wipes, oil absorbing tissues and moisturizer in your carry-on for easy cleaning mid-route.  Your skin will thank you for the reprieve, especially if your trip includes long layovers in airports or extended travel to your destination.

Pack Light

While it’s tempting to bring all your favorite makeup for an impromptu photo shoot, it’s better to stick with the essentials when traveling. As traveling can induce stress-related acne, heavy makeup may even worsen inflamed and tired skin. Trying sticking to just a few favorite tools – foundation or BB cream, mascara and blush to keep your focus on your trip and experience, not your smoky eye.

Invest in travel containers

Finding small travel sized versions of your favorite products can be difficult, especially on short notice. Rather than lugging around full-sized bottles of moisturizer or toner, get TSA-approved containers from your local drugstore or online and fill them at home. Not only will you save on product, but you’ll also be better prepared to stick to your skincare routine throughout your trip.

Need more pointers? Schedule your next visit!

Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, being able to bring your skincare routine along as you travel can add an important sense of normalcy to hectic and busy schedules. For more tips on keeping beautiful, healthy skin while traveling, be sure to schedule a consultation with Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir before you leave!

What You Need to Do to Prevent Sun Damage in the Spring


After a seemingly endless series of winter storms and cold weathers, spring has finally sprung! Say goodbye to frigid daytime temps and hello to the gentle warmth that comes with the season of rebirth. As you’re getting ready to spend more time outside, it’s important to keep in mind that while it may not be blazing hot outside, harmful UV rays can still cause damage to your skin.

The Consequences of Sun Damage

Sun damage is an inevitable part of life and spending time outdoors. Some of us often look forward to developing an enviable golden tan only achievable after long hours outside. While sunburns may seem harmless or merely inconvenient, they are in fact real-time signs of the damage sun exposure it doing to your skin.

Years of sun damage can also accelerate the pace of aging by breaking down key components of your skin cells such as the collagen and elastin. These important proteins are what give your skin its youthful volume and smooth, firm texture. When over-exposed to the sun, they and the factors that help produce them break down and are slow to repair. Combined with already slowing production that comes from getting older, spending tons of time in the sun without proper protection can leave skin looking weathered and patients looking older than they really are.

More importantly, extended time in the sun without protecting your skin leaves patients much more susceptible to skin cancer. According to one estimate from the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., with more patients being diagnosed annually than all other cancers combined. However, this cancer is also among the easiest to prevent, simply by adding a few extra steps to your routine before heading outside to enjoy beautiful weather.

How Do I Keep My Skin Healthy and Beautiful?

The secret to youthful looks isn’t a mythical fountain.  Great looking skin occurs when you develop and maintain a good skin care routine year-round. Here are our tips for preventing sun damage and protecting your skin as you head outdoors:

Be Smart About Sun Exposure

With beautifully mild weather right around the corner, we’re certainly not saying avoid the sun at all costs. Instead, spend your time outside when the UV is not their strongest (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). If you’re planning on attending an all day outdoor event, stick to the shade and pack a hat, sunglasses, and clothing to protect yourself.

Butter up

You’ve heard it before and you’ll probably hear it again – one layer of sunscreen isn’t enough for a full day outside. If you’re planning on heading to the park or on a nature hike, pack a sunscreen that has both broad-spectrum protection and sun protection factor (SPF) that’s 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply at least every couple hours or every hour if you’re sweating heavily or in the water.

Visit your dermatologist regularly

Moles and sunburns can increase your risk of developing malignant skin cells. Checking yourself at home for unevenly shaped moles and visiting your dermatologist at least once a year can help identify potentially cancerous cells early on.

Spring Forward with Sun Protection!

Spring weather is a beautiful time of year – don’t let sun damage compromise your skin and looks. In New York, our dermatologists specialize in creating custom treatment plans that help patients enjoy beautiful looking skin year-round. Learn more about available treatments by scheduling your consultation at Abadir Associates today!

 

 

Skincare Habits to Adopt in the New Year

Did your New Year’s resolution include taking better care of yourself? If it did, did you include taking better care of your skin? As the largest system in your body, skin is exposed to harsh environmental elements, trauma, and the aging process – factors that can all take a toll on its health and ability to protect your internal organs. While you’re pulling together your new habits and paying closer attention to how you care for the rest of your body, consider adding the following habits and practices into your regimen this year.

Moisturize

You’ve heard it before, and we’re saying it again. Moisturization is the key to healthy, younger looking skin. Whether you’re just starting to pay close attention to your skin, or you’ve been searching to the fountain of youth, making moisturization a key element of your skincare regimen should be a top priority. When properly hydrated and cared for, skin produces the right amount of sebum, reducing the risk of acne outbreak. Moisturized skin also helps reduce the visible signs of aging by adding much-needed hydration to cells that gradually lose their ability to hold in moisture.

To find the right moisturization strategy for your skin, start determining your skin type then work with a professional to find the right daily ointment.

Sunscreen is your friend

Another critical element to healthy skin is sunscreen. Whether it’s overcast and rainy or hot and bright outside, harmful rays from the sun are always present. Without proper protection, these rays can irreversibly damage skin. At Abadir Associates, we recommend that all patients invest in a high-quality sunblock or moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Not only can sunscreen help slow the development of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, but it also is critical in reducing your risk of developing skin cancer.

Step up your cleansing routine

Clear, radiant skin doesn’t happen overnight – it takes close care and a solid, effective routine. Start by making sure you take off your makeup every night before bed. While a cleansing wipe can work just fine, an oil cleanser will not only take care of the makeup but will also remove any leftover oils and lotions that accumulated in your pores during the day. Finish up your routine by using a water-based soap to wash away sweat and dirt.

Invest in a professional exfoliation treatment

Dull skin, acne, and other blemishes can be blamed on accumulated dead skin cells. While an at-home exfoliation can help provide some relief, only a professional treatment can thoroughly remove dead skin cells and reveal glowing, healthy skin cells. Thanks to innovations in dermatological treatments, patients have a wealth of treatment options ranging from traditional chemical peels to laser resurfacing.

In addition to helping reduce potential breakouts, these facial rejuvenation procedures can help diminish the appearance of aging. Depending on the procedure you choose, you can expect results to las last up to several months. Often, our patients only visit a few times a year for touch-up treatments to keep their skin looking radiant.

Start your skincare journey with Abadir Associates

You only get one skin – care for it well! At Abadir Associates, our state-of-the-art facility offers the latest in professional skincare treatments to help you press reset on your skin’s health. From facial rejuvenation to cosmetic treatments, our practice is committed to providing all patients with comprehensive, personalized care. Together with our experienced dermatologists, you’ll enjoy the best care possible, tailored to your specific needs. Start your journey to clear, beautiful skin by calling 914-937-7593 today to schedule your appointment with our team.

 

The Luminous Skin You Were Always Meant to Have

Everyone knows at least one person with flawless skin. The most beautiful people in the world follow simple key steps to achieve their glowing skin. Yes, achieving flawless complexion can really be this easy! Follow our cosmetic skin care tips and you will achieve radiant skin in no-time.

Contact Dr. Abadir for more information on how you can achieve and maintain healthy skin.

Can You Gift Someone Skincare for the Holidays?

It’s the time of year where many of us are going through our holiday lists to make sure we’ve gotten something for those who we care about most. Rather than getting your loved ones something that will go unused, consider getting them the gift of self-care with professional skincare?

The True Value of Gifting Skincare

Gifting skincare is a great way of giving friends and family the chance to focus on their own health and wellness for a change. While we may make resolutions at the beginning of the year to take better care of ourselves, consistent self-care is often the first to fall to the wayside. Work stress, hectic home schedules, and other aspects of life can quickly swallow up time, energy and resources that could otherwise be spent of self-care.

While the choice to undergo professional treatment is certainly personal, gifting procedures can be thoughtful and done in a way that is sensitive to the personal nature of care.

How to Purchase Skincare for as a Gift

There are several different ways to go about gifting skincare. At Abadir Associates, we’ve pulled together our tips for giving professional treatments to friends and family members.

Confirm the desire for professional care:

Most close friends and family members may have been able to pick up from passing conversation that the recipient is looking for more ways to care for themselves. Given the personal nature of this gift, having confirmation that they would be receptive to treatment can help you avoid any awkwardness that may arise from purchasing such a personal gift.

Give as a gift card

When giving skincare and other professional medical treatments, knowing what you’ll be gifting is an important factor. Some find it easiest to give gift cards to a preferred dermatologist. This way, the loved one can go through the consultation process and work with a skin specialist to develop a comprehensive treatment strategy that best suits their needs. Others choose to gift specific treatments that they know their loved one has long considered. Some of the most popular procedures purchased as gifts at our practice include:

Dermal Fillers

Options like Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane are excellent options at almost every age. Designed to add volume to different parts of the face, dermal fillers have been successfully used to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles as well as add natural-looking volume to the lips.

Botox and Dysport

Another popular form of injectable cosmetic dermatology, Botox and Dysport are among our most frequently gifted treatment options at Abadir Associates. In addition to being used to stall existing wrinkles and lines, these botulinum-based treatments are gaining popularity as a proactive treatment against aging.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure perfect for smoothing away fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. During the procedure, a mechanized device is used to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process and increase collagen and elastin production.

Chemical Peels

Perhaps among the most comprehensive skin care treatments, chemical peels are an excellent way to rejuvenate skin and restore a patient’s “glow”. Gifting several sessions can be a great way of helping a loved one start their new year with smooth, clear skin.

Give the Gift of Skincare at Abadir Associates

Give a gift that you know will be appreciated and put to good use. At Abadir Associates, our specialists can help you give the gift of skincare and self-love to your loved ones. To learn more, call our team at 914-937-7593 and schedule your consultation. Together, we’ll help you find the perfect solution for your friend or family member.

 

 

Craft the Perfect Cold Weather Skincare Routine with these Tips

With winter right around the corner, do you have your cold weather skin care routine ready? While it may not seem like it, winter weather and behavior can impact your skin’s health and elasticity more than the summer heat. Between freezing temperatures outside and heaters turned all the way up inside, it’s no surprise that skin tends to dry out and crack during the winter months. Not only does this diminish your natural, supple appearance, cracked skin can also be especially painful.

If you haven’t already, spend some time reevaluating and updating your daily skin routine to ensure it best meets your needs and keeps your skin looking fresh all winter long.

Watch the Heat

With the nights dipping into near-freezing temperatures, ultra-hot showers and roaring fires can seem like the perfect way to end any winter day. However, these ways of staying warm can negatively impact your skin. Raising the temperature on your shower and thermostat can quickly dry out the air at home, leaving your skin susceptible to becoming dry and flaky. Rather than cranking up the temperature (and utility bill!), keep the thermostat a comfortable cool and invest in a good humidifier to add much-needed moisture to your home. Lower indoor temperatures also have the added benefit of leaving you more alert during the day and more likely to sleep well at night.

Just as high indoor temps can dry out your skin, so can super-hot showers. We recommend taking shorter, warm (not hot) showers. Not only will you still get just as clean, you reduce the risk of stripping your skin of its natural oils and moisture thereby increasing the likelihood of your skin becoming drier and losing its natural glow.

Maximize Moisture

A diligent moisturizing routine and product can make or break a winter skincare regimen. In addition to creating a skin-friendly environment, it’s incredibly important you physically care for your skin. This includes investing in a high-quality moisturizer for your face and body as well as regularly applying the cream daily. Looking to keep your feet soft and supple? Try applying moisturizer to dry feet and covering them with socks as you sleep to prevent moisture loss.

For all outdoor excursions, we recommend choosing a moisturizer with some form of sunblock. Even though you’ll be covered with clothes, the bulk of the winter, harmful UVA and UVB rays can still damage your skin.

Stay Hydrated & Healthy

While winter months certainly call for rounds of hot cocoa and mulled wine, your skin needs good old-fashioned H2O to stay supple and beautiful looking. Be sure to continue drinking at least eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated – your skin will thank you!

Between nearly monthly feasts and get-togethers, it can be difficult to stay dedicated to a skin-healthy diet – after all, who doesn’t want to indulge in the extra piece of pumpkin pie or cheesecake? When it comes to your skincare, it’s critical to remember that moderation is key. Between gatherings with family and friends, be sure to enjoy antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, monitor sugar and fat intake and take time to exercise. These simple steps can help mitigate unwanted flare-ups and keep skin looking clear throughout the winter.

Be Picky About Products

A high-quality moisturizer isn’t the only product investment we recommend making. During the winter months, your skin is already at a higher likelihood of drying out. To help protect it, try limiting exfoliation frequency to just once a week and invest in alcohol-free skincare products as well as mild soaps. These solutions are gentle enough to avoid damaging vulnerable skin cells while still thoroughly cleaning your skin.

Find Your Solution at Abadir Associates

Not sure where to start your skincare routine evaluation? We can help. At Abadir Associates, our dedicated team is available to help patients fill the gaps in their winter skincare routines with treatments that preserve and protect skin health. To get started, call (914) 937-7593 today and schedule your consultation.

 

The Benefits of Antioxidants in Your Skincare Routine

Over the course of the day, your skin is exposed to a lot. Makeup, UV rays, and pollution can all clog pores, damage skin and accelerate the aging process. However, new studies in skin care have shown that while exposure may be inevitable, there are preventive measures you can take. Adding antioxidants to your skincare routine through topical skincare and a healthy diet can help improve the way your skin looks, functions and ages. Here’s how:

Reduces Inflammation

Diet, sunburn, acne and even scratching your face can all contribute to skin inflammation. Not only is inflammation uncomfortable, but it can also be disheartening to see in the mirror. Instead of trying the latest trend in skin care, turn to antioxidants as a way of reducing redness and swelling. Antioxidants like vitamin C have been found to help reduce inflammation and stimulate the skin’s repair process.

Fights Aging at the Cellular Level

The topical use of antioxidants is perhaps best known for its role in slowing the aging process. Naturally produced vitamins like vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene all help diminish the impact of oxidative stressors by targeting free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules created by pollution, the sun, and smog. Daily exposure to them leads to skin damage, which can appear as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. When combined with the natural aging process, these factors can accelerate skin damage and premature aging.

Antioxidants help slow the aging process by disabling these free radicals. Furthermore, they help to increase collagen and elastin production, important compounds that keep the skin looking full and elastic. Often, many injectable solutions use hyaluronic acid, a naturally produced compound with antioxidant benefits, to add volume to areas where collagen production has slowed or stopped altogether. For an at-home skincare regimen, many high quality and professional grade anti-aging products leverage antioxidants to ensure they are regularly applied to the skin that needs it most. Ultimately, the use of these helps patients keep their skin looking beautiful and youthful.

Improves Skin Tone

In addition to accelerating the aging process, oxidative stressors are notorious for compromising skin quality on a near-daily basis. Dark spots, uneven skin tone, and excess oil production are all common side effects most patients are likely familiar with. When antioxidants like vitamin C are introduced into a comprehensive skin care routine, they can help inhibit the production of enzymes the promote melanin production, lessening the impact of dark spots or uneven skin tone.

More than Skin Deep

Great skin starts with a solid skincare regimen tailored to your skin type, environment and needs and is most effective when complemented with a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet. Together, this combination can help patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin from the inside and out. To learn more about introducing antioxidants to your life via skin care routine, we recommend calling our Westchester County doctors for a consultation. During your visit, our team will help determine the condition of your skin and can recommend both professional and at-home solutions to help improve the quality and appearance of your skin. Call today to get started!