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Essential skin care steps

July 25, 2017

What are the essential steps in skin care? 1) Avoid detrimental effects First and foremost, don’t add to the problem. Sun protection (avoidance and sunscreen) and minimizing contact with alkaline substances (dirt, soaps) is the starting point. 2) Cleanse Use a gentle cleanser that is slightly acidic and not abrasive. People with oily skin may need a cleanser containing salicylic acid to break up oil (sebum). 3) Exfoliate Old, dry epidermal cells tend to accumulate on the skin surface, causing a dull appearance. Exfoliating exposes the plump, moist cells that reflect light easier. 4) Stimulate With age, cell turnover slows down. It may take 40-60 days for epidermal cells to migrate to the surface and shed. The “gold standard” of….


Why not just wash my face with soap and keep it simple?

July 10, 2017

Your skin’s ability to prevent evaporative moisture loss, i.e. transepidermal water loss, is dependent upon the integrity of the fatty acid “mortar” between your skin cells. For the mortar to maintain a water seal it must remain acidic. Normal skin is slightly acidic (pH 5.6-5.8), and this acidity maintains the fatty acid mortar barrier. Almost everything in the environment that contacts our skin is basic: dirt, common bath soaps, dish detergents, makeup, some lotions and moisturizers. As a result, the water barrier is constantly under deterioration. Ever wonder why soaking in a bubble bath makes you itch? Maintenance of the water barrier can be achieved in two ways. First and foremost, use a cleanser that is slightly acidic. Second, add….


Mother of the Bride Cosmetic Enhancement Timeline

February 10, 2017

­­Wedding season is just around the corner, and if you’re the mother of the bride or groom then you should start preparing for your own walk down the aisle. All eyes are undoubtedly on the bride, but as MOB/MOG you will also find yourself sharing some of the spotlight with the happy couple. To get yourself into tip top (cosmetic) shape for the wedding, Surface Clinical’s Liz Newman has put together a timeline of what treatments and procedures should be considered and when. 6 Months The wedding countdown is finally under 200 days. It’s time to schedule an appointment and formulate a treatment plan for your skin’s needs. The first component we look at when developing a skincare plan is what….


Non-invasive fat removal versus liposuction

January 27, 2017

With all the different types of surgical and non-surgical fat removal and fat reduction treatments available today, you may be wondering what’s the difference and which one is best for me? Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Fritz E. Barton, Jr., MD who oversees and manages Surface Clinical, breaks down the different options: Non-Invasive Fat Removal There are three basic mechanisms of non-invasive fat removal: heat, mechanical, and cold disruption. At Surface Clinical, we have evaluated all these technologies. Heat is usually delivered either by ultrasound (LiposonixTM), or radiofrequency (VanquishTM). These methods can be both painful and inconsistent. Laser heat disruption of fat, aka Smart LipoTM, is not truly non-invasive, which means some downtime post-procedure is required. Mechanical fat disruption can….


How does CoolSculpt work?

CoolSculptTM is the non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure that freezes, kills and eliminates fat cells from the body. CoolSculpt has received generous news and media attention since its inception because of the procedure’s effectiveness, minimal downtime and patient satisfaction. CoolSculpt works by attaching a cooling applicator to regional areas of the body and applying controlled freezing. More than one area is likely to need treating to achieve a balanced, circumferential result. But, the number of areas needed could also depend upon your fat distribution. The applicator contacts the skin and cools the fat beneath the surface. A treatment area usually takes 30-45 minutes and with Surface’s newest applicator discomfort is minimal to none. One treatment usually removes about 3.5 mm or 1/8….


Be Careful With Home Treatments

January 14, 2015

Monday, on my way to work, I got a text from a good friend needing help.  She had tried a “home made” face peel she had seen on Dr. Oz and her face was blistered! I like Dr. Oz just fine, but ….. not everything you see on TV or read in your fashion magazine is as good as it sounds.  Or maybe I should say “is good for you”.  She told me it was a few spices mixed in ???something, maybe olive oil and then applied on the face. She did not hear or maybe know to be gentle and not use any of her corrective products she usually applies.  She reacted to the spices themselves or to the combination….


Moistuizing Ingredients

Top 3 Ingredients for Most Effective Moisturizers It’s funny. I am not even a big fan of moisturizers, but i have a few more things I want to tell you about them. The most effective moisturizing agents are:  Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ceramides. Glycerin is a humectant, which means it pulls water from the atmosphere into your skin. It’s fairly heavy so glycerin is more commonly found in body products. Hyaluronic Acid is an acid, but not an acid acid.  Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in your skin and it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water…like glycerin on speed.  The most effective moisturizers contain “pricey” dehydrated hyaluronic acid which swells up to retain more water.  Several of….


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