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Everyone knows the importance of wearing sunscreen. It protects your skin from sun burns which lead to skin cancer and premature aging. Although applying it to your skin is great, it will not work unless you apply it correctly. Here are some sunscreen application tips that are recommended by Susan H Weinkle, MD:

When shopping for sunscreen, you will definitely want to find one with broad spectrum coverage that is water resistant and has an SPF of at least 30. Broad spectrum coverage means that it protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Generously apply your sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, and make sure you are using a sunscreen that is not expired. If you wait until you are already out in the sun to put the sunscreen on, you will be unprotected and can burn. Make sure to put the sunscreen over all exposed areas of your body. Don’t forget the tops of your feet, legs, scalp, ears, neck, and hands! If you cannot reach you back, ask someone to help. To protect your lips, wear a lip balm with at least SPF 15.

Once you have sunscreen on, you will need to reapply it every couple of hours and more often if you will be sweating or swimming. Your sunscreen bottle will indicate if it is water resistant for 40 or 80 minutes. This means you will have to reapply after towel drying every 40 or 80 minutes in order to continue to be protected from the sun.

Wear your sunscreen every single day, regardless of season, time of day, or whether it is overcast outside. The sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can still burn your skin!

If you follow these tips, you will significantly decrease your chances of getting skin cancer as well as premature aging and sagging skin.

Susan H Weinkle, MD offers two fantastic sunscreens at her office. Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is a broad spectrum, 100% mineral sunscreen that is water resistant for 40 minutes. It also has repairing capabilities to reverse some already present actinic damage. The other sunscreen offered at Susan H Weinkle, MD’s office is called Color Science loose mineral sunscreen SPF 50. This sunscreen is also broad spectrum and is water resistant for 80 minutes. For more information or to purchase some, please stop by the office or give us a call. Our address and phone number are on the home page of our website.


 

  1. Exfoliate your skin daily. This will help to unclog your pores and will improve the way your moisturizers and other skin care products work. The sun is very dehydrating to our skin and it can actually affect the way our bodies are designed to protect us from its harmful rays. If you properly exfoliate your skin, you should notice improvement in your skin’s barrier function, and in turn will help your skin better prepare for high quality skin care products designed to keep your skin protected.
  2. Keep your skin hydrated. After exfoliating, you should use a lightweight gel-type moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling plump and supple, not heavy and greasy. Apply your moisturizers at night and in the morning. It might be time to reconsider what moisturizers you use during the summer time because in this heat and humidity, the last thing you want to do is apply a super heavy product that ends up clogging your pores and causing breakouts. For those of you who are prone to dry skin, you might be pleasantly surprised by switching to a lighter formulated moisturizer. When you come in for an appointment, ask Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. which type of moisturizer she recommends for you.
  3. Antioxidant serums are a wonderful way to protect your skin from the summer sun’s harmful UVA/UVB/Infrared rays. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. recommends SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, and it can be purchased here in her office. TNS Essential Serum actually repairs and restores your skin while you sleep.
  4. Wear sunscreen! Make sure that your sunscreen is SPF 50 or higher, and you’ll need to apply it every morning all over your body. If you will be spending any time outdoors, you will want to reapply the sunscreen every couple of hours throughout the day and into the early evening. Don’t forget the top of your head where your hair parts, your ears, hands, neck, and chest. This can be time consuming, but it’s better than getting skin cancer. Keep a small tube of sunscreen in your purse so that you’ll be prepared. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. recommends Isdin Actinic Care Eryfotona Actinica sunscreen, which is also sold at her office. It not only protects you from the sun’s rays, but it also repairs previous actinic damage if applied twice daily.
  5. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. also recommends that you wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with a UV rating when you’re outside. This is especially important during peak sun hours from 10 am to 2 pm.
  6. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. If you infuse it with lemons, herbs and fruit to enhance its effectiveness and absorption. Not only does the sun dehydrate your skin, but it also dehydrates the rest of your body as well. Stay ahead of the game by ensuring that you’re drinking adequate amounts of water each day.
  7. Trust your dermatologist! We are here to guide you to the most excellent skin care products and beauty routines to ensure you keep your skin nourished and gorgeous for life!
March 15, 2018
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As you approach your mid thirties or older, it is common to see fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes, forehead, and in between your eyebrows, especially if you are very into an emotional discussion or situation.  While they might disappear when you relax your face, they are essentially the beginning of more permanent set-in wrinkles that more mature skin tends to have.  While they are a normal part of aging and occur from repetitive facial expressions, if you receive Botox treatments, you do not have to live with wrinkles!

Botox is a purified protein that is produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria.  There have been no significant side effects connected with its utilization by dermatologists.  It is a natural and tremendously harmless (yet short term) way of eliminating wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck. 

A few drops of Botox are injected with a very thin needle into the muscle that is instigating the wrinkle.  Botox takes about a week or so for the full effects to take place.  The Botox prevents the muscles from contracting and relaxing, which ultimately deteriorates the muscles and softens the skin… and the wrinkles often vanish!  The results last for about three months, so repeat treatments will be crucial.  Not only can Botox diminish wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, forehead, and eyebrows, it can also be injected into precise muscles of the forehead to elevate the eyebrows to produce a stunning arch and give the eyes a larger appearance.

The most frequent sites for the use of Botox are the frown lines between the eyes, the creases of the forehead, and the crow’s feet on the sides of the eyes.  Botox is also used to remedy lines around the mouth and necklines.  Your skin will not feel any differently, nor will you feel pain or numbness after receiving Botox.  The effects are eminent only in the particular muscles that have been injected with Botox, and the rest of the body will remain unaffected.

Botox has been safely used for more than a decade for the management and relief of spasms of the eye.  Many patients have noticed diminishment of wrinkles around the eye after Botox treatments.  Dermatologists then broadened the use of Botox particularly for the relaxation of wrinkles.  In addition, patients who received Botox and who also suffered from migraines noted that their migraines subsided and results often lasted for up to a year, even after the Botox effect on wrinkles had ended.

Botox has also been proven to help control involuntary, excessive sweating of the underarms, hands, and feet.  One should note that there is typically some slight short-term loss of strength of the treated extremity, usually lasting two to three weeks, however the reduction of sweating can last up to six months after receiving the Botox treatment. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. to determine if Botox treatments might be right for you, please call our office (941) 794-5432.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Winter has arrived, which for the majority of us means that we need to start changing our skin care routine to adjust to the cold, dry wind and air. We all know that once it gets colder outside, many of us will turn the heat on inside, which is very dry.  Our poor skin will also start to feel tight and possibly even crack.  Many common skin conditions such as roseacea, eczema, psoriasis, and acne can worsen during the winter due to extreme temperature changes.   Here in Florida it’s not uncommon for temperatures to change drastically from one week to another, so it can be difficult to determine which moisturizers to use.  Your regular moisturizer may start to sting and burn your dry, cracked skin.  Another skin irritant can be the new layers of clothing that you have to wear such as itchy wool and thick fabrics.  Hopefully the following suggestions will help you get through the winter season much more comfortably:

1. Pay attention to your skin: It will definitely let you know if it needs something.  If you see that your roseacea is flaring or all of a sudden you have acne on your face, there are some things that you can do to help. If at all possible, pay attention to what triggers those flare ups and do what you can do avoid them.  Another very important thing to remember is to keep up with your skin care routine.  The last thing you want to do is neglect your skin because that will only make it worse.   A visit to your dermatologist might be in order, especially if your normal skin care products seem to be making things worse.  As the seasons change, your skin will need different products with different ingredients. However, one thing that will never change for any of us is the fact that we need to consistently cleanse, moisturize, and wear sunscreen every single day.  Doing so will give you the best shot at preventing flare ups and keeping your skin beautiful and glowing all year round.

2. Prepare for the weather:  We always prepare for the weather by wearing the proper clothes; however it’s also important to prepare your skin for the changing weather as well.  Learning to cover your skin with the right products and adding or subtracting ingredients throughout the changing seasons will pave the path to nourished, healthier, more gorgeous skin. Warmer days are inclined to be a tad more humid, so layers of antioxidant serums, hyaluronic acid serums and sheer sunscreens may be just what your skin needs. Colder days, particularly when it is dry and windy, may require a thicker moisturizer that will seal in hydration. At night time you’ll definitely want to wear a nice thick moisturizer as well, and run a humidifier to help replenish the moisture that’s lost while sleeping.

3. Have your favorite skin care products available at your fingertips: Key pieces are essential. Once you know which products make your skin look and feel its best, keep them with you so that you can use them as needed. If you can learn to hydrate and protect your skin on a regular basis, you definitely see major improvements and will love the skin you’re in!

If you’re doing all of this and your skin is still giving you problems, it’s probably time to see your dermatologist.  

In the mean time, here are some products that will help you cope with the changing weather:

Facial Serums with Hyaluronic Acid

Cold air will make skin very dry.  One thing you can do to help combat the dryness is to layer serums, thinnest to thickest, beneath your lotions or creams.  This will certainly help permeate your skin with locked away hydration, protecting you from the windiest, coldest days.

Hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant, helps to draw in and seal water in the skin.  HA attracts water from the air around you and grasps onto it, up to 1,000 times its weight, and is part of how your skin naturally hydrates itself. About a week or so of regular, routine HA use your skin’s moisture will be restocked, giving you a much better protection against dryness. As we get older, we lose our reserves of naturally occurring HA so it’s important to apply it topically. Not only will it help you feel more hydrated, but your skin will also plump up and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will diminish.

Super Gentle Exfoliants

You might sense that certain ingredients in your skin care products and acne medications unexpectedly begin to aggravate your skin as the weather becomes colder. This is because your skin loses moisture and naturally occurring protective oils, and when you use the acne medication, sometimes the active ingredients penetrate more deeply causing major irritation.  To remedy this, use these products less often or try applying them between serums and moisturizers. If they still irritate you, your best bet might be to contact your dermatologist to get your skin back on track.  You just might need a new medication.

Facial Moisturizers

Your moisturizers will not work better than they do when layered over your favorite serum with Hyaluronic Acid. And for some of us, this regimen might be enough to keep your skin hydrated and beautiful, especially when topped with a great sunscreen. For those who need a bit more, we recommend finding a formulation designed for your specific skin needs. Drier skin types can use moisturizers morning and night. For combination-to-normal-to-dry skins, we say sleep in one that you love, remembering to slather your neck and chest too. Talk to your dermatologist to determine which skin care products will be best for you.

Lips, Hands, Feet, Body

Dry, chapped skin can start to appear on the hands, legs and body as soon as the weather starts to change. Keep a bottle of liquid coconut oil in the shower and put it on your whole body while the water is still running. A small amount of coconut oil goes a long way and the warm water will help you spread it evenly over your whole body (do not apply to feet while standing in the shower and be especially careful not to slip getting in or out!). Before drying off, try applying 1-2 pumps of an exfoliating, hydrating body lotion.

Replace regular hand soaps with moisturizing formulas and make sure to keep hand lotions next to your sink in the bathroom and kitchen.  You’ll want to apply lotion after every hand wash, and it’s also a good idea to keep a small tube of hand lotion in our purse for when you’re out and about.  Also, if you’re going out in the cold, try wearing gloves or mittens to protect your hands from the drying wind.

To restore dry cracked feet, begin by exfoliating regularly. Most of us get pedicures less frequently in the winter but when you do, skip the exfoliating callus remover and more aggressive exfoliation methods offered at spas as they can go wrong, making you more susceptible to cracked heels.  As an alternative, when you are done bathing, apply an exfoliating serum designed specifically for the feet, followed by a rich moisturizer, and then put on a pair of socks to help absorb it all in.  For less dry feet use a milder exfoliating and hydrating formula when you get out of the shower and before you go to bed.

Lips need love too! You can exfoliate them with a brown sugar and coconut oil scrub, or your toothbrush. Follow up with a nice, soothing lip product and reapply frequently throughout the day.

For questions about which products to use, please call us at (941) 794-5432. We can help answer your questions over the phone or in person during a consultation with Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. or Lin Hall, ARNP.





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