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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!

 

Let Freedom Ring! Free Yourself from Wrinkles

You deserve to look and feel your absolute best! At Abadir Associates, that’s our main goal: to help enhance the beauty that you already have.

Unfortunately, no one is “safe” from the aging process. Sure, getting older beats the alternative, but there’s no rule or law that states our faces have to reveal the year in which we were born. Right now, life is all about making choices . . . so why not make the choice to free yourself from wrinkles?

If you’ve landed on this page, then you’re well aware of what wrinkles are – those pesky creases and folds in the skin that seem to randomly appear when we’re least expecting them. From sun exposure and smoking, to animated facial expressions and unfair genetics, wrinkles form from a variety of reasons.

But now it’s time to take back your skin!

When it comes to fighting wrinkles, a range of treatment options are available, depending on your specific wants and needs. If you make the decision to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abadir, the two of you will work closely together to build a treatment plan for your unique skin. After all, no two people are the exact same, meaning no two treatments plans will be identical, either.

While many believe the only way to effectively treat wrinkles is with the use of fillers or Botox (which do work), topical creams are still an option for those who want something a little less invasive. It’s necessary to pick a cream that contains antioxidants, retinol, and/or coenzyme Q10. Even with these ingredients, though, note that results from these products are not permanent solutions.

For those who are searching for something a little more long-lasting, injection treatments may be a more appropriate option. Botox and Dysport treatments commonly last for 3 to 4 months, in which the muscles below the wrinkled skin are prevented from contracting.

Further, fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are available to “refill” the skin, while chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and even face lifts have proven to be successful for hundreds of different patients.

Beauty is subjective. What makes you feel beautiful? Contact Abadir Associates today to schedule a consultation. Wrinkles may be inevitable, but fighting them is always a possibility!

 

Sunscreen 101: FAQ’s about Sunscreen

Although it’s important to be cautious of the sun all year long, it’s officially summer now. That means you need to be even more mindful of how damaging sun rays can be to your skin. Simply put, you can’t afford to not wear sunscreen.

At Abadir Associates, we believe in looking good and feeling good, which is next to impossible to do when you’re sunburnt. Therefore, we’ve put together this helpful guide to assist you in picking the best protection for your skin and how to apply it. Take care of your body, because you only have one!

The following are common FAQs regarding sunscreen protection:

Q:  Who should wear sunscreen?

A: In short, anyone who plans to expose themselves to the sun should wear sunscreen. Despite age or race, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Although sunscreen is not 100% guaranteed to protect you from developing skin cancer, it has been proven to lower your chances.

Q: When purchasing sunscreen, what should I look for?

A: The American Academy of Dermatology states that it is necessary to purchase a sunscreen that offers all of the following:

  • Protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Water-resistance

Of course, any type of sunscreen is better than none. However, when you use products with the features above, it’s more likely that you’ll avoid sunburn, aging skin, and skin cancer.

Q: How often should I put on sunscreen?

A: The American Cancer Society states that it’s best to put sunscreen on as early in the day as you possibly can. It is imperative to apply sunscreen to your body regularly, especially if you get wet or sweat it off. Don’t be afraid to use a fair amount. Try to put on sunscreen thirty minutes before stepping into the sun and every two hours following for as long as you’re exposed.

Q: Is sunscreen safe to use?

A: Yes, sunscreen is safe to use. In fact, scientists have found evidence that supports using sunscreen to help minimize damage to the skin from the sun. Sunscreen is also proven to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Q: Can I treat a sunburn?

A: It’s best to avoid a sunburn altogether by regularly applying sunscreen. However, if you do happen to get burned, try soothing your skin with a cool bath, moisturizer, hydrocortisone cream, and ibuprofen. Also, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

During the summertime, everyone wants to experience “fun in the sun”, but how much fun can you have if you’re suffering from a painful burn? This season, don’t risk your skin, your health, or your fun – lather up with sunscreen!

Abadir Associates proudly offer a wide variety of skin care products and sunscreens, allowing you to look your absolute best! Contact us today by calling 914-937-7593.

 

 

 

Leg Vein Treatment: Understanding Your Options

If you’ve recently discovered unsightly blue and purple squiggles on your legs, you’re not alone: Spider veins and varicose veins are one of the most common aesthetic complaints in the world. In fact, it’s estimated that over half of all adults in the United States have one (or both) of these conditions. Fortunately, spider and varicose veins are also one of the most treatable cosmetic conditions. Depending on the severity of your vein issues, either sclerotherapy or laser vein therapy should be able to return your legs to a smooth, clear state.

How Does Leg Vein Treatment Work?

Both types of leg vein treatment work by agitating problem veins so that the blood vessels close off. This seals each vein shut, halting the flow of blood, and eventually the remnants of the treated veins are simply reabsorbed by the body. Meanwhile, blood flow is safely routed through other veins below the skin. As a result, the surface of the skin returns to a clear, unblemished state.

Sclerotherapy, which is suitable for small spider veins, relies on the use of a chemical agent (called a sclerosant) that’s injected directly into problematic veins. Laser therapy, on the other hand, makes use of light energy, which penetrates deeply into veins in order to close them. This therapy is best suited to larger, more bulging varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy is the preferred treatment in many cases because it’s faster, less expensive, and less painful than laser treatment (though it should be noted that neither procedure is especially painful). It’s also the most effective for tiny veins that are very close to the skin’s surface and more suitable for people with darker skin. Lasers can, in rare cases, cause discoloration when applied to tanned or dark skin. With all of that being said, however, some people prefer laser therapy. If you’re sensitive to chemicals or have a fear of needles, for instance, laser therapy might be the better choice for you. Laser therapy is also more versatile, being able to target everything from pronounced varicose veins to telangiectatic matting (clusters of tiny blood vessels visible on the skin).

Whichever procedure you choose to deal with your unsightly veins, you can rest assured that the price will be reasonable and the recovery time will be minimal. Most people who have vein treatment performed can return to their normal activities within a day. With such a minimal investment needed and such powerful confidence-boosting benefits, leg vein treatment is a “no brainer” for most people who suffer from visible vein issues. To have your leg vein treatment done by experienced professionals, contact Abadir Associates now, for a consultation.