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The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions – Part 2

blondIn this 2-Part series, Dr. Tess is sharing the advice she gave on her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,”about the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the skin care products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.

In Part 1 Dr. Tess looked at the skin colors of brown, medium, and olive.  Now in Part 2 Dr. Tess discusses light and fair skin colors.

4. LIGHT SKIN – APPLY PRODUCTS WITH LICORICE EXTRACT AND CHAMOMILE
Soothe a light complexion with an anti-redness lotion or moisturizer. These use ingredients like licorice root extract and chamomile to calm ruddy skin over the long term.

Licorice extract and chamomile (also called bisabolol) both have anti-inflammatory properties. Some anti-redness products are tinted green so they temporarily neutralize redness.

Visit Your Dermatologist at Least Once a Year 

People with light skin may have growths on their skin that are rough, scaly and do not go away, no matter how many times you peel or apply products on them, you may have “Actinic Keratoses” or AKs, which must be treated before they turn into skin cancers.

You should also have your moles checked regularly.

Even though the signs of aging are accelerated when you have light skin, there are so many technologies, like lasers to reverse the signs of sun damage, that works so much better and safer on light skin.

5. FAIR SKIN – BUY SKIN PRODUCTS LABELED “HYPOALLERGENIC”
Look for products formulated for sensitive skin and those labeled “hypoallergenic,” meaning it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Fair skin was not designed to enjoy the California sun or be tanned.  There is very little natural protection from ultraviolet exposure and sun damage, so the aging process is accelerated.  If you’re out in the sun, wear over-sized hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your fair skin from burning.

Skip cosmetics and skincare items containing fragrances, soap and alcohol. Fair skin is easily aggravated and can sting or burn in response to these products.  Avoid tanning – get used to spray tanning instead, if you like that look.  There is no such thing as a safe tan.

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The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions – Part 1

black woman washing faceOn her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,” Dr. Tess discussed the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.

Her advice from the TV show is being shared here in a two-part series. Part 1 looks at brown, medium, and olive skin colors.

1. BROWN SKIN – EXFOLIATE AND USE SHEA BUTTER
Browner skin is more prone to irritation, dry skin, and scarring. African Americans tend to develop thick scars called keloids sometimes from as little trauma as acne on the chest and it can be very difficult to treat.

Dark skin can really benefit with regular exfoliation to avoid ashy and dry cracking skin.

I recommend using a body scrub (you can make your own at home) in the shower and immediately apply moisturizers afterwards to keep skin from drying. Exfoliate your skin to reveal a layer of fresh, smooth skin.

Put a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt in a bowl, and add enough orange juice to make a paste. Apply to skin by rubbing gently in a circular motion. Rinse with cool water to tighten pores.

Moisturize with shea butter to complete the process.

2. MEDIUM SKIN – FIND NON-HYDROQUINONE SKIN BRIGHTENING PRODUCTS

Find and use a non-hydroquinone skin lightening and brightening product on a regular basis to even the skin tone and reveal glowing skin.  People with medium skin should not use products with hyrdoquinone because it will make their skin color uneven.

Most of the signs of aging that happen with medium skin involve discoloration, blotchy uneven pigmentation so if you start early you may be able to help prevent this from happening.

People with medium skin and some Latinos are prone to getting a very challenging condition called melasma where there is gradual darkening of the skin usually in a map-like fashion on the cheeks, and can involve the upper lip and even look like a mustache.  This tends to occur during pregnancy and, for some, remains for the rest of their lives. It can be a very difficult condition to treat.

3. OLIVE SKIN – WASH YOUR FACE WITH GLYCOLIC ACID CLEANSER
Use glycolic acid cleanser and use products with vitamin C to constantly exfoliate, deep clean pores and minimize oiliness.  This will help prevent breakouts and minimize the discoloration from acne before they even happen!

Because of the extra oiliness, olive skin tends to also break out more – some women are breaking out all the way to menopause.  And because olive skin has a strong tendency to create pigmentation, acne is not only a bigger problem but worse yet, once the pimples are gone, we are left with dark scars that can last a long time.

Part 2 – Light and Fair Skin Colors

Dr. Tess’s TV Appearance on CBS’s The Talk – 5 Tips on How to Slow Down the Aging Process – Part 2

In this 2-part series we’re looking at the 5  beauty tips that Dr. Tess talked about on CBS’s The Talk TV show. There’s a right way and a wrong way to work with your body on the anti-aging process. Below is Part 2.

3. Train yourself to sleep on your back.
Resting your face on the pillow in the same way every night for years on endleads to wrinkles. Called sleep lines, these wrinkles eventually become etched on the surface of the skin and no longer disappear when the head is not resting on the pillow.

Women, who tend to sleep on their sides, are most likely to see these lines appear on their chin and cheeks. Men tend to notice these lines on the forehead since they usually sleep with the face pressed face down on the pillow.

People who sleep on their backs do not develop these wrinkles since their skin does not lie crumpled against the pillow.

4. Pull down the shade in an airplane.
You’re much closer to the sun in a plane than on land, so it stands to reason that solar rays, which can penetrate windows, are more intense at higher altitudes.  This may explain why pilots and flight attendants have been found to be at an increased risk for melanoma and other skin cancers.

Plus, the air up there is notoriously dry—and without moisture, skin, like any living tissue, simply shrivels.

Drink as much water as you can in flight; avoid alcohol and salty foods, which are dehydrating.

Apply a rich moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before boarding, as sunscreen needs time to be absorbed before it’s effective.

And if you’re sitting next to a window, pull down the shade.

5. Avoid drinking through straws.
I’m sure many of you drink dark sodas, tea and coffee through a straw to prevent staining your pearly whites or to avoid putting your mouth on a can or bottle, right?

Do Not Sip From a Straw! It’s causing fine lines around your mouth, a sign of premature aging to your facial skin area. Over the long-term, pursing your lips to sip out of a straw causes extra wrinkles around the mouth.

How to Slow Down the Aging Process – Part 1

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Dr. Tess’s TV Appearance on CBS’s The Talk – 5 Tips on How to Slow Down the Aging Process – Part 1

A 2-part series looks at 5 beauty tips that Dr. Tess talked about on CBS’s The Talk TV show. Doing the wrong thing can certainly speed up your skin’s aging process, and you might be surprised at what some of those no-no’s are. Here’s how to do the right thing, Part 1.

1. Maintain a healthy weight.
Packing on pounds can make your skin look plumper on the surface, but carrying excess weight can cause your body’s levels of insulin (a hormone made by the pancreas that controls the amount of sugar in your blood) and cortisol to rise, which can break down collagen. You’ll see increased sagging from putting and keeping on as little as 10 to 15 extra pounds.

If you’ve lost a lot of weight, beware!  Yup, there is a downside to being too thin!   Loss of facial fat causes sagging and a gaunt, aged appearance. In addition, repeatedly gaining and losing weight can take its toll on the skin’s elasticity, leaving behind stretch marks and jowls.  Yo-yo dieting also causes premature aging. The repeated weight gain and loss stretches your skin and makes it loose and saggy.

Maintain a healthy weight with proper diet and exercise. Aim to keep your weight in the normal range, with a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9.

2. Avoid beauty creams with toxic ingredients.  
Yes, exposure to some beauty cream chemicals do more harm than good. You may be surprised to hear this, but many ingredients in beauty creams actually speed up the aging process.

Avoid buying beauty creams that contain parabens, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, dimethicone, and other toxic ingredients.

When buying a beauty cream, read the label carefully and talk to your dermatologist before experimenting with a new facial product.

More Summer Anti-Aging Skin Care on CBS The Talk TV Show

Dr. Tess gives suggestions on how to keep your skin healthy and beautiful during the summer, on CBS The Talk TV show.  For example, did you know that there is now an oral form of  “sunscreen?” Heliocare inhibits formation of sunburn cells and helps prevent sun damaged skin. Learn more here:

Call us at Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center for more information on any of  Dr. Tess’s summer sun care tips.

Anti-Aging Skin Care – Foods to Avoid and Great Foods to Eat

On CBS The Talk Dr. Tess talked about how to use certain foods to help you in getting, and keeping, that “perfect” skin, for beautiful skin rejuvination.  Some foods are actually detrimental to our skin, and others work wonders. Take a look at Dr. Tess’s demonstration here: