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By contactus@gardensdermatology.com
January 08, 2020
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It’s a New Year-Commit to Your Skin Health

 

The phrase skin care often brings to mind three things; skin cancer, dry skin and the many options of skin care products offered at Gardens Dermatology. But it’s more than a surface-level concern. While a skin care routine may sound like high maintenance, in reality, the steps for healthy skin are not only necessary, they’re easy to implement too. 

 

Investing early in the health of your skin, with regular skin care, will not only better protect it from harsh environmental factors, but also keep you looking and feeling your best throughout the year. A key to skin resiliency is knowing your skin and treating it well. You’ll want to take into account your skin type. The primary skin types are dry, oily or combination and while your skin may get drier or oilier based on the season, the majority of the time it should be relatively consistent. You should know what makes up a healthy skin routine. Which is to say, what types of products do you really need to keep your skin healthy and clean? Your Gardens Dermatology provider can help you choose the best products for your skin.

 

Cleanser

Cleanser is what you’ll use to wash your face and it’s important to use a product intended for your face – not just whatever bar or body wash you have lying around. You’ll want to wash your face gently and take care not to scrub too hard. Then, rinse with warm water, because hot water removes natural oils and causes your skin to become dehydrated.

 

Toner

Toner is applied after washing your face and can smooth, soften and calm skin. Toners often contain ingredients that replenish and restore nutrients to your skin and can diminish redness and dry patches.

 

Moisturizer

Like cleansers, moisturizers are for everyone and should be used every time you wash your face. And like cleansers, a little trial and error is totally normal when you’re looking for the right one – oily skin, for example, can benefit from lightweight, oil-free or gel products. Moisturizers prevent your skin from drying out, leaving your skin hydrated and smooth. They are most effective when applied while your skin is slightly damp to seal in moisture.

 

Sunscreen

Some moisturizers include SPF but it doesn’t hurt to double up with sunscreen as well – particularly if your moisturizer has an SPF below 30. By now, you should know the lines well: Apply sunscreen every day, even when it’s gray or cold, even when you’re covered up. When you are exposed, reapply every two hours. Make sure your sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. If skin cancer and sun damage aren’t enough to convince you, UV exposure is also the number one cause of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, loss of firmness and aging signs.

 

Exfoliation

Here’s a product you might not need or want to apply every day. If you have dry skin, including winter-air-induced dry skin, you may exfoliate more than usual, but you should still keep it to once or twice a week – max. Exfoliation can be used after cleanser but before moisturizer, as it helps to removes flaky skin by increasing skin cell turnover. The benefits are real – removing dead skin and buildup for smoother skin and clearer pores – but most dermatologists will recommend chemical exfoliants over scrubs to prevent damage to the protective barrier of your skin. 

 

Serum

Another optional addition to your skin care routine, serums contain ingredients like antioxidants or retinol that support skin health in a number of ways, such as calming redness and improving texture and firmness.

 

When You Should Use What

The easiest way to remember when you should be doing what for your skin is to think of it like this: Morning skin care should focus on prevention and protection for the day and your nighttime routine should focus on cleansing and repair.

 

Most people will only need to really wash their face once a day. In the morning, rinsing with warm water before applying moisturizer and sunscreen should suffice, while at night, after a full day of exposure and damage, more dedicated care is recommended. As such, before bed, you should wash your face with a cleanser to remove dirt and makeup then use toner, exfoliant and serums if you so choose. In any case, always end with moisturizing. 

 

Regardless of the time of day, you should also always wash your face after working out or working up a sweat, as sweat can clog pores and make acne worse. As a rule, remember to take your makeup off before bed and resist picking at your skin.

 

What About the Weather

Season’s change can bring about adjustments to your skin care and maybe the products you use, but it shouldn’t require any major overhaul of your routine.

 

In the winter, it’s all about extra moisturizing. The cold weather contributes to dryness and wind can chap skin too. You may want to shift to a more moisturizing cleanser to supplement your daily moisturizer. 

 

Conversely, in the summer, your skin may be oilier and you can turn to an oil-free cleanser. Sunscreen is a staple for all seasons, but it’s fair to adjust to a lighter weight for daily use in the summer months – just be sure to bring out the heavy-duty stuff for any concentrated time spent in the sun.

 

Furthermore, remember you don’t have to wait for the leaves to fall or the snow to melt to switch up your skin care routine. If your skin changes – due to the environment, hormones or anything else – it’s totally fair to adjust your routine in kind. Your Gardens Dermatology provider is a great resource if you struggle to get a handle on your skin care. We can help suggest drugstore products, prescribe more serious help and provide lifestyle advice to help address other factors that may be affecting your skin.

 

Many factors can affect your skin and your skin – as your largest organ and first line of health defense – deserves to be protected. When considering skin care, you’ll want to be aware of your environment and daily health, such as diet, stress and fitness. Still, at the end of the day, a skin care routine involving cleanser and moisturizer can go a long way. Commit to make 2020 your healthiest year. Schedule your skin check today. (561)776-7041

 
By contactus@gardensdermatology.com
September 04, 2019

CHEMICAL PEELS: PEEL AWAY SUMMER SKIN DAMAGE

 

Chemical Peels are also called chemexfoliationderma peeling.

Do you wish that you could simply peel away signs of aging and damage from your skin? At Gardens Dermatology we use chemical peels to do just this. A chemical peel can diminish many signs of skin damage and aging on the face as well as the hands, neck, and chest. A chemical peel may result in fewer lines and wrinkles, more even skin color, brighter complexion and smoother skin.

We also use chemical peels to treat some skin conditions and conditions that discolor the skin, such as: Acne (some types), Age spots, Discoloration (blotchy complexion, uneven skin tone), Dull complexion, Fine lines (especially under the eyes and around the mouth), Freckles, Melasma, Rough-feeling skin and Sun-damaged skin. Some peels may result in downtime. 

Talk with your Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center board certified provider to determine which peel is best for you. #dermatology #dermatologypeels #cosmeticpeel    

By contactus@gardensdermatology.com
January 25, 2019
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Living in sunny Florida, it is almost impossible not to get sun exposure, even if you are not purposely trying to.  Sun damage not only causes skin precancers and cancers, but it is also the leading cause of the aging process in the skin. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots and uneven skin tone.

At Gardens Dermatology, we have many approaches and techniques to combat sun damage and aging. The first, and most simple, step is to apply sunscreen with SPF 30+ every morning before you leave the house. Even if you are driving to the office and not planning on spending the day outdoors, you are still getting sun through the car windshield and while walking from your car to your destination.

In addition, we offer many products and minimally invasive treatments to correct wrinkles, make brown spots disappear, and give a more youthful appearance. These treatments include lasers, intense pulsed lights, radiofrequency, micro-needling, and chemical peels to name a few.  All of these procedures are done in the office and involve little to no downtime. We also offer facial injectables, such as Botox and Filler, to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and “plump” the skin for a more youthful appearance.

By contactus@gardensdermatology.com
January 23, 2019
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Facial Blood vessels and how to treat them

Broken blood vessels on the face, or telangiectasias, appear as small red lines commonly seen on the cheeks, chin and around the nose. They are harmless, but can be unsightly.

There are many causes of blood vessels on the face, but most commonly they are caused by sun exposure and genetics.  

In order to prevent more blood vessels from forming, a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30+ should be applied to the entire face every morning.  

To treat existing blood vessels, we use laser or light therapy. We have multiple devices that target the blood vessels specifically and destroy them. These treatments are quick, in-office procedures, with no anesthesia and little to no downtime.

For more information about treating your facial blood vessels, speak with your Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center board certified provider. (561)776-7041 #gardensdermatologyandcosmeticsurgerycenter #dermatology #cosmeticdermatology #facialbloodvessels

By contactus@gardensdermatology.com
January 20, 2019
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Combat the signs of sun damage and aging

Living in sunny Florida, it is almost impossible not to get sun exposure, even if you are not purposely trying to.  Sun damage not only causes skin precancers and cancers, but it is also the leading cause of the aging process in the skin. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots and uneven skin tone.

At Gardens Dermatology, we have many approaches and techniques to combat sun damage and aging. The first, and most simple, step is to apply sunscreen with SPF 30+ every morning before you leave the house. Even if you are driving to the office and not planning on spending the day outdoors, you are still getting sun through the car windshield and while walking from your car to your destination.

In addition, we offer many products and minimally invasive treatments to correct wrinkles, make brown spots disappear, and give a more youthful appearance. These treatments include lasers, intense pulsed lights, radiofrequency, micro-needling, and chemical peels to name a few.  All of these procedures are done in the office and involve little to no downtime. We also offer facial injectables, such as Botox and Filler, to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and “plump” the skin for a more youthful appearance.





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