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MAY IS MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH

May 20, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News, Special Offers

The Top Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention

melanoma abcMay is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and with skin cancer being the most common form of cancer in the United States, there’s good reason to pay attention. One in five Americans develops skin cancer in their lifetime, but that doesn’t have to be you. Luckily, skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Follow these tips to keep your skin safe and cancer-free: 
  • Get an annual checkup.  
  • Wear sunblock every day.
  • Never intentionally sunbathe.
  • Watch your brown spots and freckles.
  • Follow the ABCDEs (see chart on left) 
How to Select the Best Sunscreen sunscreen photo

Selecting sunscreen might be a little easier this summer thanks to new sunscreen regulations implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All SPF products that do not pass the new FDA testing requirements will include warning labels stating their sun-protection limitations. Even makeup and skin-care products that contain SPF will be upheld to the new label policies. When you’re picking up your next bottle, check the label to learn if the sunscreen:

  • Is broad-spectrum, which means the sunscreen protects against UVB and UVA rays and helps prevent skin cancer and sunburn. With the new regulations, the FDA has clearly defined the testing required for a sunscreen to be labeled as “broad-spectrum.”
  • Has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. It must offer both broad-spectrum coverage and an SPF of 15 or higher. If not, the label will carry the Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert. 
  • Has a Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert – meaning the sunscreen will only prevent sunburn and will not reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.
  • Is water resistant for up to 40 minutes or 80 minutes.

Find a sunscreen that feels good on your skin. If it’s heavy, greasy, looks chalky, has a strong odor, or doesn’t allow for even makeup application, you won’t use it. Keep trying different products until you find one you like. Our favorites are from Elta and SkinCeuticals. But no matter what sunscreen you purchase, it’s irrelevant if you’re not applying it correctly. We are always available to help you select the best sunscreen and tell you how to use it.    
Effective, cosmetically elegant, sunscreen is the best anti-aging product you can buy.

Most of you have heard Dr. Tanne talk about the importance of using MINERAL SUNBLOCK. We have carefully selected a variety of highly effective PHYSICAL sunblocks from Elta and Skinceuticals that provide excellent sun protection while vanishing on your skin.
 
FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH OF MAY
ALL SUNSCREEN IS 15% OFF
NOW IS THE TIME TO STOCK UP FOR SUMMER!


How To Reverse Sun Damage

August 16, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News, Special Offers

While sun damage doesn’t happen overnight, it can seem like it visibly affects the skin in a rather short period of time. The more the skin is exposed to the sun, the more the collagen and elastin in the deeper layers is broken down, giving less support to the underlying muscles and the skin’s surface. As a response mechanism, the skin tries to protect itself from the damage, in turn thickening as a means of regeneration.

 

Treat sun-damaged skin at home:

Peptides and vitamin A need to be used consistently to help strengthen the skin and improve its texture. Retinol is key since it sheds the top layer of skin and strengthens it from inside out. Dr. Tanne’s favorite daytime skincare – Daily Cocktail – is bursting with peptides, antioxidants and other key repair ingredients. Her Tanne MD Medical Skin Care Night Defense is her go-to nighttime anti-aging must-have – a retinol serum blended with hydrating hyaluronic acid.

Free radical-fighting ingredients like green tea and vitamins C and E will help safeguard the skin from future damage. Check out Tanne MD Medical  Skin Care T-Power Pads and CE Ferulic Infusion.

Protection and maintenance are vital-once sun-damaged skin has been transformed, you don’t want it to regress. It is recommended to wear a sunscreen with ingredients that contain primarily physical blockers, which provide protection from all UV rays. Check out our absolute favorite, TIZO (titanium/zinc oxide).

Treat sun-damaged skin professionally:

Before starting any in-office treatment for sun damage, Dr. Tanne recommends all patients begin a 3 product at home regimen to pre-treat their skin, including:

  • Brighten Pads -These custom blended pads contain 4% hydroquinone to “shut down” unwanted pigment cells.
  • Night Defense – to help shed these unwanted pigment cells
  • TIZO – to protect your beautiful rejuvenated skin

Laser and light-based treatments, like FotoFacial RF (which combines Intense Pulsed Light with bi-polar Radiofrequency) and both ablative and nonablative resurfacing procedures, work to reinstate the skin. FotoFacial can help eliminate brown and red spots on the face and body. A downtime-free treatment, although several sessions are required, FotoFacial  helps to rejuvenate the skin so that it looks younger and fresher.

Treatments that tackle sun-damaged skin, including chemical peels – our hands down favorite is Apeele – can improve the skin, too. Acid-based peels buffer the skin, making it more sensitive to the sun. We also love DiamondTip™ Microdermabrasion to gently buff away the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving you polished and glowing.

Our new fractional CO2 resurfacing laser, CO2RE, reverses years of sun damage. Unlike older versions of the laser, which used a solid beam, this revolutionary device uses a fractionated beam so there are zones of normal skin, allowing for a shorter recovery period – less than one week, as opposed to two or three. It’s excellent for restoring skin to its natural state without all of the sun damage.  CO2RE gets rid of discoloration while improving the skin’s texture. Instead of employing light, fractional resurfacing lasers create microscopic wounds in the skin-as the skin heals, the sun-damaged areas flake off, and collagen is increased – all in ONE treatment!



Shocking Photo: What Really Happens When You Don’t Wear Sunscreen

June 18, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Health News

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published what looks like a  before-and-after photograph documenting the ravages of sun exposure — but the image is actually an undoctored photo of a 69-year-old truck driver.

Bill Edward McElligott drove a milk delivery truck for  28 years, and the left side of his face — the side closest to the window — looks about 20 years older than his right side. What we’re seeing, says Dr. Jennifer Gordon, the  Northwestern University dermatologist who wrote the case study, are the “very stark” effects of unilateral dermatoheliosis, or photo-aging, from UVA rays streaming through the glass: “We are used to seeing photo damage, photo aging every day, [but] for it to be so one sided? We were taken aback.”

An effective sunscreen is the best way to maintain a youthful appearance, prevent immunosuppression,  and avoid skin cancer. Though it was once believed that UVB radiation was the only wavelength harmful to the skin, evidence now suggests that the UVA radiation   is more significant regarding long-term effects on the skin. For   full protection against the sun, it is essential to use a sunscreen that protects against a broad range of both UVA and UVB radiation. Unfortunately, 99.99% of the sunscreens available in drug stores and even department stores, are chemical based, meaning they only protect against a small portion of the sun’s damaging rays.

Only titanium oxide and zinc oxide are proven to effectively block ALL of the UVA and UVB rays.
The  problem is, most of the chemical-free sunscreens are thick and white and gloppy –
not the look you’re going for! After much trial and error, we have found a line of
“melt into your skin” micronized particle zinc and titanium-based sunblocks.

THE MESSAGE HERE ….
SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN

ASK US TO RECOMMEND THE RIGHT SUNSCREEN FOR YOU!



GRAPE NEWS FOR SUN PROTECTION

August 2, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Health News

Need a reason to enjoy a glass of wine this summer? Good news! A glass of wine can offer several benefits to your health.While we’ve heard of its effects on the heart and brain, we haven’t heard too much about its benefits for the skin. Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a new study from The University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council found that eating grapes and drinking wine might actually be able to protect the skin from sunburn and possibly skin cancer.

According to the research, a chemical found in grapes can protect skin from sunburn by protecting cells. Researchers discovered that the flavonoids found in grapes can stop the chemical reaction that kills cells and causes damage to the skin. As you know, such damage from the sun not only can cause skin cancer but also premature aging.

COSMETIC LASER MD toasts this excellent news! We hope you’re enjoying your summer (and wearing your chemical-free sunscreen!).



July 13, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs
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F.D.A. Unveils New Rules About Sunscreen Claims

June 16, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Health News

 

Terms like “sunblock,” “waterproof” and “sweatproof”
will be banned under tougher standards.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
By GARDINER HARRIS

Published: June 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — After 33 years of consideration, the Food and Drug Administrationtook steps on Tuesday to sort out the confusing world of sunscreens, with new rules that specify which lotions provide the best protection against the sun and ending claims that they are truly waterproof.

The F.D.A. said sunscreens must protect equally against two kinds of the sun’s radiation, UVB and UVA, to earn the coveted designation of offering “broad spectrum” protection. UVB rays cause burning; UVA rays cause wrinkling; and both cause cancer.

The rules, which go into effect in a year, will also ban sunscreen manufacturers from claiming their products are waterproof or sweatproof because such claims are false. Instead, they will be allowed to claim in minutes the amount of time in which the product is water resistant, depending upon test results.

And only sunscreens that have a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 15 or higher will be allowed to maintain that they help prevent sunburn and reduce the risks of skin cancer and early skin aging.
The rules have been under consideration since 1978….CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE….



DEAR 16 YEAR OLD ME – A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE

May 25, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Health News
With summer just around the corner, I wanted to send you this very important and moving video. Please watch the entire video and forward it to anyone that you truly care about.


SUNSCREEN – the most effective anti-aging ingredient

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You’ve all heard me lecture about the importance of using proper sun protection. Nothing is more proven than proper protection from ultraviolet light.

Sunscreen is the most effective anti-aging ingredient on the market today.

An effective sunscreen is the best way to maintain a youthful appearance, prevent immunosuppression, and avoid skin cancer. Though it was once believed that UVB radiation was the only wavelength harmful to the skin, evidence now suggests that the UVA radiation is more significant regarding long-term effects on the skin. For full protection against the sun, it is essential to use a sunscreen that protects against a broad range of both UVA and UVB radiation. Unfortunately, 99.99% of the sunscreens available in drug stores and even department stores, are chemical based, meaning they only protect against a small portion of the sun’s damaging rays. Only titanium oxide and zinc oxide are proven to effectively block ALL of the UVA and UVB rays. The problem is, most of the chemical-free sunscreens are thick and white and gloppy – not the look you’re going for! After much trial and error, we have found a line of “melt into your skin” micronized particle zinc and titanium-based sunblocks. Please click here to see our full line of “cosmetically elegant” UVA and UVB sunscreens.

Sun damage is responsible for up to 90% of the visible signs of premature aging on the human face. In addition to wrinkling, visible blood vessels, skin roughness, pigmentation changes, and skin discoloration, the long-term consequences of photoaging include dramatic loss of skin elasticity and thinning of the skin. This is the result of ultraviolet radiation’s direct effect on the collagen matrix, which is the ‘scaffolding’ that gives firmness and strength to the skin. When exposed to ultraviolet radiation the collagen folds on itself, and as this happens, the skin thins, and wrinkles and furrows appear.

The Facts of Light:

  • The skin is the largest organ in the human body.
  • Normal, healthy skin acts as a barrier and protects us from injury. It regulates our temperature, receives sensory impulses and synthesizes Vitamin D.
  • Not all skin is the same. Different skin types respond differently to sunlight. Know your skin type and determine your vulnerability.
  • Sun damage to the skin is cumulative.
  • A suntan is a sign of skin damage.
  • Any level of tanning indicates photo-damage that can lead to wrinkling, aging and skin cancer.
  • Up to 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun.
  • Skin has a memory of all previous sun damage, resulting in greater susceptibility to skin cancer.
  • More than 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers occur in fair skinned people who tend to burn. Dark skinned people, as well as fair skinned people, need to practice sun protection.
  • Sun Protection needs to be a lifelong commitment.


SKIN CANCER ON A BED

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What is our PROBLEM? Apparently we can’t get it through our heads that tanning isn’t a healthy habit. According to a survey from the American Academy of Dermatology, a significant percentage of young women went out of their way to use tanning beds or tan outdoors in the last year.
 With all the news coverage that’s been hitting us over the head lately, these results are pretty scary. According to a release on the study, “Thirty-two percent of respondents had used a tanning bed in the past year, and of those respondents, 25% used a tanning bed at least weekly, on average. An overwhelming majority (81%) of all respondents reported that they had tanned outdoors either frequently or occasionally in the past year.”

Deemed a known carcinogen by both the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer panel, ultraviolet light from tanning beds can increase risk of melanoma by up to 75 percent. With approximately 75 percent of skin cancer deaths coming from melanoma, this is serious business. So who is ignoring it?

According to the study, indoor tanning was twice as likely among young women ages 18 to 22 (40 percent of respondents) than it was for teens ages 14 to 17 (22 percent of respondents).

The importance of sun protection is one topic that has not been presented silently. The risks and real-life consequences of not using a daily UVA and UVB sunscreen are serious, and even though many doctors shout it from the rooftop, the warnings may still be falling on deaf ears.

A growing number of medical organizations want to make it harder—if not impossible—for teens to take trips to the tanning salon. Until the FDA is willing to ban tanning beds, the American Academy of Dermatology wants them to prohibit access to indoor tanning for minors, educate all indoor tanning customers about cancer risks and require informed consent, implement and enforce labeling recommendations outlined in the Tanning Accountability and Notification Act, and encourage enforcement of state regulations.

They also support the indoor tanning tax, which would be a signal from the federal government to young people that indoor tanning is dangerous and should be avoided. It has the potential to save patients from the many adverse effects of chronic ultraviolet light damage, including most importantly, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.



Face the Facts About Sun Exposure

March 3, 2010 / Category: Anti-Aging, Health News

Let’s face it.
Prolonged exposure to the sun will lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, discoloration, and even skin cancer. Even worse: The use of tanning beds! In July 2009, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning machines one of THE most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation. Risk of Melanoma is increased 75% when tanning bed use starts before age 35. A good sunscreen  – such as our outstanding Solar Protection products – to protect your skin from the ultraviolet rays is a must! Basal Cell is the most common kind of skin cancer, and the one directly related to cumulative effects of exposure to sunlight. These unsightly lesions can even appear up to 20 years after overexposure to sunlight. Even one sunburn can increase risk significantly. That is why we urge constant protection from the sun no matter what your skin tone is. Ask us about the best sunscreen for your skin.

What can I do to treat my sun damage?
Topical Tools: Revolutionary changes in formulas and technologies have now allowed for products that will literally change the appearance of your skin, beyond what you thought possible from a jar! Ask Dr. Tanne, Ginnie, our Skin Care Specialist or Meaghan our Licensed Aesthetician, what will work for you!

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