News and Tips from Eva Claiborne
June is Men’s Health month; the month we honor the important men in our lives and also encourage them to take care of themselves. Men’s Health Month began in 1994 and awareness of the “celebration” is growing every year. In addition, this month celebrates Men’s Health Week, June 12 – 18; a special week created by Congress to bring awareness to Men’s Health. During the month and week, there are special health screenings, programs, and events that are geared towards men and boys health.
There are simple things, that we can do to help the men in our lives to take care of themselves:
- Encourage them to get their annual physical in June and also recommended early screenings.
- Do something special for Father’s Day that focuses on health
- Exercise with the men in your life as it helps prevent disease
- Educate about Men’s Health and the importance of it
- For more information check out: http://www.menshealthmonth.org/
Skin cancer is a the most wide-spread form of cancer within the United States, however, it is also the most preventable. We all know someone who has been affected by it and luckily for the majority of people, a simple removal of the affected tissue resolves the problem. However, if untreated, it can lead to major health problems, so it’s important we are aware and pay attention to our skin.
The easiest way to alleviate any problems is by taking the necessary prevention steps. As a sun worshiper, I understand the need to turn a golden brown and be outside as much as possible. However, if you need to be a few shades darker, do it safely. Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10 am to 4pm, cover up if you are outside during those times, and apply sunblock and re-apply, do a self-examination once a month and a professional one once a year.
Unfortunately, sometimes with even all the prevention, skin cancer may develop. The sooner one can detect the cancer, the easier it is to remove and the less trouble it may cause. So how does one determine whether that spot on their skin is something to worry about? There are 3 major skin cancers, and below is a quick overview to spot them:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma – patch, bump, a sore that doesn’t heal or lasts more than a month
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma – wart-like growth, scaly red patch or ulcer
- Melanoma – existing or new moles that may be asymmetrical, changes in color and/or may be larger than a pencil eraser
If you see anything suspicious on your skin, seek professional advice immediately.
Depending on the cancer, the treatments may vary. I have personally had skin cancer and fortunately it was the most common type, basal cell carcinoma. The removal of it was a simple in-office excision and it healed within a few weeks. I have had clients who weren’t as lucky as I, and they required multiple treatments and chemotherapy. Skin cancer is common, but it should not be taken light-heartedly. Simple prevention can protect your and your skin for a long time.
Spring is finally here, the weather is warming up, which for the most of us means more time outdoors and less layers of clothing. For many of us, the winter weather has left us with dry skin that’s itching to be exfoliated. Exfoliating our skin, our largest organ, is essential for beauty and health. Exfoliation removes the layers of dead skin cells on our face and body and helps speed up the renewal process. Exfoliation is beneficial for:
- Blemished skin – it removes dead skin and provides a deeper cleansing
- Dry skin – remove the flakiness
- Dark spots – may help lighten dark spots in conjunction with the right serum
- Any skin – removes clogged pores such as blackheads and whiteheads
I recommend a once a week home care regimen and once a month professional treatment. We don’t want to exfoliate too often because it’s important to maintain our natural oils. So, what are the best ways to exfoliate? My favorite for the face is with a Hydrafacial treatment. The Hydrafacial not only provides a deep exfoliation, but also hydrates and rejuvenates the skin all within the same treatment. Hydrafacials can also be used for the arms, back and décolletage. For at-home care, try dry-brushing (body only), loofah or body scrub. You can even make your own body scrub with everyday ingredients such as salt, sugar, and oil. Here is a simple sugar scrub I have used at home:
- Combine equal amounts of sugar and oil (coconut or olive) into a paste
- Add to body in gentle circular motions
- Wash off
After exfoliation, remember to rehydrate the skin with a moisturizer to nourish the newer skin layers. With regular exfoliation, the body and face will have healthier, glowing skin, fewer breakouts, reduced appearance of wrinkles and pores, and an improved absorption of product.
Winter brings a lot of wonderful things, but it also brings cold weather, which can cause havoc on the skin. During the winter months, we tend to drink less water even though our body requires we drink the same amount year-round. The cold temperature often times makes us feel less thirsty, which can lead to dehydration. Since water is the primary composition of our body, we need to pay extra attention to dehydration. It may cause a slew of problems and affect the way we look and feel.
If we are getting treatments regularly, dehydration can possibly be counter productive to the results we seek. Without proper hydration, the skin may appear to be dry, exaggeration of pores, appear dull, be tight and flaky and appear to have an increase of fine lines and wrinkles; things that we don’t necessarily we want. So what do we do to maintain the proper level of hydration during the cold winter months and maintain our glowing skin?
- Drink Water – Even if you aren’t feeling thirsty, make sure you drink your H2O. Since caffeine is a diuretic, avoid it. Enhance your water with fruit slices and/or juices. If you are craving warm liquids, have some warm herbal teas.
- Eat Healthy Foods – Vegetables that contain a lot of water and soups can help promote hydration. In addition, add a little extra dose of healthy fats to your meals for added skin benefit. Avoid salty and dry foods, which may lead to further dehydration.
- Shorter & Cooler Showers & Baths– Even though a long hot shower is what we crave, hot water can deplete the skin of its moisture. If the hot bath and shower are a must, add a few drops of essential oils to the water to help with moisturizing.
- Moisturize – Before bed, use a heavy moisturizing cream for face and body. As the skin on the face is more delicate, make sure you use different products for face and body. In addition, consider using a hydrating serum on the face in conjunction with a moisturizer. The smaller particles in the serum will penetrate the skin deeper and help moisturize the skin.
- Humidifier– Try using a humidifier at home and/or in the office to bring in a little extra moisture to your air. The humidity will help keep your skin from drying out.
- Exfoliate– Gently exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. The exfoliation will help buff off the dry and dead cells and increase circulation. Be sure to moisturize your skin after.
Skin dehydration for most of us is a temporary thing we may deal with more during the winter months. With a little extra TLC, we’ll be back to our glowing beautiful selves!
Cellulite. It’s the one word that the majority of women cringe when they hear it and work on eliminating throughout their entire lives. The pesky dimpling or orange peel skin look usually starts appearing around puberty for about 80 to 90 percent of women. Why? Primarily, it is caused by an uneven distribution of muscle, connective tissue and fat. However there are other reasons such as age, genetics and lifestyle. Some of us are “lucky” and only have a mild case of it, while in others it can be quite extensive, causing us to be self-conscious, especially around bikini season.
While cellulite is almost impossible to get rid of permanently there are invasive and non-invasive treatments that will reduce the appearance. I personally prefer non-invasive treatments and have found the following to be helpful.
- Exercise – Less fat means less cellulite. Cardio is important, but muscle burns more calories than just a cardio workout. Doing weights not only burns more calories, it provides that “toned” look we all desire.
- Hydration – Water is vital to our well-being. It helps our skin’s elasticity, decreases our appetite and water-rich foods tend to be lower in calories than dense foods.
- Massage – Quick circular massage movements help speed up circulation and increase firmness in the skin.
- Brushing – This ties in to massage and increasing the circulation around the problem areas. Dry and or wet brushing not only removes dead skin cells for a softer skin but it also increases circulation around the pesky areas.
- Reduce Stress – Stress wreaks a havoc on so many different levels. One is it produces cortisol, which holds on to fat and cellulite. Working on living a stress free lifestyle may not only help reduce the pesky problem, but may also create more happiness overall.
- Wraps – Coffee, paprika and seaweed wraps all help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Several treatments are required to notice a difference. Not only do they tend to reduce a few inches, but they also leave the skin soft. My current favorite wrap is coffee!
Unfortunately, there is not one solution that helps whisk cellulite away. But with a healthy lifestyle and self-care it can get us ready for the warm summer weather!