A Dermatologist’s Top Tips For Healthy, Youthful Skin
Welcome to 2018. The diets have begun, gym memberships are in full swing, and the focus is on health. But what about your skin? It’s the largest organ in your body and needs some TLC. Dr. Kesha Buster with VibrantSkin Dermatology and Laser offers the following tips to start the new year off right.
Check Your Birthday Suit
Just as self-breast exams can identify cancer, checking your skin can save your life. Dr. Buster encourages you to follow the American Academy of Dermatology’s recommendation to check your birthday suit on your birthday. Look for the ABCs—Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color (multiple), Diameter bigger than pencil eraser, and Evolving (changing). See a board-certified dermatologist for anything that fits above—or for a spot that doesn’t look like anything else on you.
Wash Your Face, Twice a Day
Wash your face twice daily using gentle cleansers. Be sure anything you apply to your face (cleanser, make-up, moisturizer, etc.) is non-comedogenic. This means it won’t clog your pores. Many over-the-counter products are good—look for “non-comedogenic” on the label.
Protect Your Skin
Sun protection is your first defense against skin cancer—and wrinkles. French author Jules Renard once wrote, “Wrinkles are engraved smiles.” That’s all well and good, but most of us prefer less, rather than more.
Dr. Buster says, “UV is the #1 culprit for skin aging. It produces DNA damage, causing wrinkles, brown spots, blood vessels/redness, and skin cancer. Avoiding excess sun, wearing long sleeves/hats and/or applying SPF 30+ daily can dramatically slow skin aging. Making sun protection part of your daily routine is my single most effective and affordable anti-aging tip.”
Gravitational aging and wrinkles caused by fat loss or bone shrinkage as we age aren’t as easy to control, but there are ways to reduce their severity such as laser resurfacing, Botox®/Dysport® and dermal fillers.
Enjoy Proper Nutrition
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants is good for your whole body, including your skin. Dr. Buster says although there isn’t a lot of research backing up oral supplements for skin care, vitamins C and E in certain topical forms can buffer damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. These molecules can harm skin cells and cause signs of aging. One pill that helps: the antioxidant polypodium leucotomas in Heliocare fights the effects of UV to protect your skin from the inside out.
Dr. Buster says, “Smoking severely damages skin and increases risk of skin and mouth cancer. It destroys collagen, reduces oxygen supply, and slows healing.” Although there are procedures to reduce the damage, Dr. Buster says she can’t completely reverse it. If you do smoke, consider 2018 your year to kick the habit. Your skin will love you for it.
Even diet and exercise can’t eliminate stubborn fat. Especially fat in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and under the chin. Coolsculpting is an innovative, non-invasive way to contour your body by freezing away unwanted fat that can’t be reduced with diet and exercise. Best of all, there are no needles or downtime, and the results are long-term.
Dr. Buster says, “Coolsculpting plus Z Wave is a dual-modality system for non-surgical, non-invasive fat reduction through controlled cooling. With Coolsculpting, the frozen fat cells die, and your body naturally gets rid of the dead cells to leave a more sculpted version of yourself.”
When performed immediately after Coolsculpting, Z Wave treatment has been shown to dramatically improve the results of Coolsculpting while also reducing discomfort and post-treatment swelling.
She says, “To our knowledge, VibrantSkin Dermatology and Laser is the only practice in Tulsa that includes Z Wave to improve fat cell reduction over traditional Coolsculpting alone. The difference is real—that’s why we include a complimentary Z Wave treatment after every Coolsculpting session.”
Do Your Research
Remember that cosmetic treatments are still medical procedures that, in the wrong hands, can cause severe complications including blindness, infection, and scarring. Ask the credentials of anyone you plan to see. Dr. Kesha Buster is a board-certified dermatologist (American Board of Dermatology) skilled in all aspects of dermatology including medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.
She has expertise in neurotoxins (e.g., Botox®, Dysport®) to smooth wrinkles and treat excessive sweating, dermal fillers for lines and scar recontouring, and laser and light-based treatment of wrinkles, scars, rosacea, and age spots.
VibrantSkin Dermatology and Laser (121st & Sheridan)
11911 S. Oxford Ave, Suite 200 • Tulsa 74137
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