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Wintertime is an Excellent Time for Skin Renewal

Chemical Peels Pottsville, PAThe winter months are a time when many of us want to hibernate. After the first few snowfalls, the magic of our regional climate may dwindle significantly and our longing for summer may begin to simmer within. Winter can do a number on your emotions, and also on your skin. Here, we want to offer a suggestion that can brighten your radiance from the inside out – and help you sidestep some of the most common beauty winter woes.

Skin Renewal Basics

We’ve become so accustomed to skin renewal meaning anti-aging with injectables, lasers, and plastic surgery that we may overlook the basics. At the heart of a glowing complexion is the canvas of your skin. No matter how much you do to create beauty on that canvas, your attempts will be blunted if you haven’t properly prepared the surface.

There are several layers to the skin. Aging begins at the innermost layers. However, what lies beneath is affected by what happens on the surface. For example, sun exposure hits the epidermis, but also transfers at heat into the deeper cells in which collagen and melanin are made. As a result of those summertime tans, dermal cells will produce less collagen and more melanin, resulting in premature aging and spots on the skin. To promote a healthier renewal process, it is necessary to support cellular turnover.

Chemical Peels to the Rescue

Healthy cell turnover is the basis of beautiful skin. Cells are produced in the dermis and make their way to the epidermis over time. At some point, these cells die off. When they do, they should naturally fall away, but they usually don’t. Even when a facial scrub or loofa is used on the skin (which it shouldn’t be), cells can stubbornly hang on where they no longer serve a purpose. A chemical peel forces renewal by creating the perfect environment.

Chemical peel treatment is customized to affect as much or as little tissue as desired. A mild peel applies low concentrations of natural chemicals like glycolic acid to the epidermis, where the cellular matrix is disrupted enough to cause dead and damaged cells to fall away. Mild peels are so gentle that you could schedule treatment monthly throughout the winter season. Moderate peels cause minor flaking and peeling and also result in more dramatic renewal.

We are pleased to offer customized chemical peels and several other spa services in our Pottsville and Hazelton offices. Call today to schedule your skin renewing treatment.

Men – Aging Healthy CAN Be Your Reality

men agingIt’s really quite simple: When you think and act young, you tend to stay young.

The anti-aging industry – for men – is booming. Nobody want’s to show their age; the number of men requesting Botox and dermal filler injections, choosing cosmetic surgery, and visiting hair salons is growing by leaps and bounds. So, men, to that end, here are some simple tips to keep aging at bay…and to compliment your cosmetic and salon enhancements.

Make the conscious choice to promote your wellness every single day.

  • You are what you eat. Don’t be a cookie. Eating a Mediterranean-type diet, which includes fish, chicken, fruits, and vegetables with a moderate amount of carbs, will keep you healthy, young and fit.
  • Snooze to win. And take naps. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. A lack of sleep can result in bags under your eyes that make you appear older.
  • Move it. Daily exercise will help you maintain balance, body tone, and flexibility – very important considerations as you age. Aerobic exercise is good for your heart and brain. Men who are trim and fit look and feel younger than those who are flabby.
  • Quit smoking if you can. Smoking creates wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes and mouth. It stains your teeth, dulls your skin, and causes health problems that will rapidly age you.

One of the first things others notice about you is your skin, so love the skin you’re in.

  • Wash, then moisturize. Use a gentle cleanser and a rich moisturizer every day. Dry-looking skin really exaggerates the signs of aging.
  • Sunscreen. Put it on. Over-exposure to the sun is cumulative, and can cause wrinkles and age spots that give away your age.
  • Hydrate with water not soda. Try to drink 6-8 cups of water a day. Water gives your skin a firmer tone and a more youthful appearance.

Call, today, to schedule an appointment and let Dr. Kimmel tell you about the variety of anti-aging treatments he offers.


What You Always Wanted To Know About Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks Stretch marks. Blah. Definitely a summer downer. If you have them, take heart, you are not alone. But you may not know much about them.

Stretch marks appear because of the force of stretching upon your skin. They are a form of scarring that is usually associated with rapid weight gain, such as during pregnancy. They may also occur as a result of rapid growth during puberty or muscle building and weight lifting. Stretch marks can be found anywhere on your body, but they’re most common on your stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Stretch marks aren’t dangerous, and they often disappear over time, but they are unsightly.

The severity of stretch marks is affected by several factors, including your genetic history, the degree of stress on your skin and your cortisone level. Cortisone is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands; it weakens the elastic fibers in your skin.

Stretch marks typically appear as parallel lines on your skin. They are of a different texture and color than your normal skin – ranging from almost a transparent, silvery light grey to bright pink to purple. Stretch marks don’t all look alike, and may vary depending on how long you’ve had them, what caused them, where they are on your body, and the type of skin you have. When you touch stretch marks, you might feel a slight ridge or indentation on your skin. Occasionally, stretch marks feel painful or they may itch. Your likelihood of getting stretch marks may be increased by:

  • Being overweight
  • Your family history
  • Undergoing breast enhancement surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Using a corticosteroid medication
  • Having Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome or certain other genetic disorders

There is help for stretch marks…they can be effectively treated with laser treatments and micro-needling. If you would like to know more about treating your stretch marks, call to schedule a consultation appointment, today. Summer is here…it’s the perfect time to beautify your body!

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