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The skin does a lot for the body – it acts as a barrier to infection, insulates the body, and plays a critical role in the ability to sense the environment. Taking care of your skin is essential in order to help you look and feel your best. People across the world put a great deal of time and effort into skin care. The global skin care market was estimated to be worth 100 billion US dollars in 2014.
In addition to skin care, beauty products can help people look and feel their best. The cosmetic and beauty industry grosses over $50 billion dollars each year in the US alone, and has been growing in recent years.
Cosmetic procedures are also a growing part of the beauty routines of many Americans. Procedures range from skin-smoothing injections to body and facial reconstruction. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 15 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2013, and that number is expected to grow.
There are many aspects to skin care:
Without sufficient moisture, the skin can become painfully dry and cracked. The American Academy of Dermatology has assembled the following list of dermatologists’ top tips for relieving dry skin:
Protecting your skin from the sun is important to both the health and appearance of your skin. While small amounts of sun exposure are beneficial to bodily occurrences such as the production of vitamin D, prolonged sun exposure over time, without proper protection, can cause prominent wrinkles, skin discoloration, and increased risk of skin cancer. The American cancer society offers the following tips on protecting your skin from the sun:
For more information on skin cancer, visit the skin cancer condition center.
Though changes to the skin are a natural part of getting older, many men and women are displeased with the effects of the changes on their physical appearance. Regularly moisturizing skin and avoiding unprotected sun exposure throughout life can help the skin to age more gradually. When it comes to anti-aging products, it can be difficult to separate fact and fiction because people respond to products differently.
While the following tips won’t reverse skin aging, they may help the skin age more gradually:
A healthy scalp is essential to a healthy head of hair. The following tips can help promote a healthy scalp:
As you age, hair can change color, lose shine, and become thinner. The following tips can help you prevent and reverse signs of aging hair:
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following tips for healthy nails:
Make-up is an important part of many women’s beauty routines. A recent study found that women spend on average 55 minutes a day on their personal appearance, applying makeup being a considerable portion of that time. Financial website mint.com estimated that women will spend an average of $15,000 on make up throughout their lifetime.
The following is a list of beauty products and what they can add to your beauty routine:
When to Stop Using Make Up
It’s often forgotten that make up has expiration dates past which it should no longer be used. Make sure to read the label on your make up bottles and containers. Periodically go through your make up collection to get rid of any products that have expired. Old or expired make up can become less effective and harbor bacteria. Most makeup products should be tossed 12-18 months after the first use.
Permanent Make Up
The same technology used to give tattoos can be used to give the appearance of permanent makeup. Popular permanent make-up applications include lip liner, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, and eye shadow.
There are hundreds of cosmetic procedures available to help people meet their beauty goals. The American Society of Plastic Surgery lists the following as the most common:
Botulinum Toxin (Botox). Botulinum toxin is injected into the skin and blocks nerve transmission, preventing muscles from contracting and lessening the appearance of wrinkles. Recovery time from a Botox injection is generally only a matter of hours, and effects typically last 3 to 6 months.
Dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are substances that are injected under the skin to create a smoother, fuller, more youthful skin appearance. Popular dermal fillers include:
Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. Various procedures like microdermabrasion, glycolic peels, laser skin resurfacing, among others can be used to correct the appearances of wrinkles, dark spots, scars, and surface blood vessels. Ask a cosmetic surgeon about what options are best suited to your beauty goals.
Spider vein treatment. In spider vein treatment procedures, a solution called a sclerosing solution is injected into spider veins to make them collapse and fade from view on the skin surface. Recovery time for spider vein treatment is only a few days.
Eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery can be used to remove excess fat or skin above the eyes and lessen the appearance of under eye bags and wrinkles. The procedure is minimally invasive and requires on average 7-10 days of recovery time.
Tummy tuck. In a tummy tuck, excess fat is removed from the stomach and the skin is pulled downwards for a smoother, flatter stomach. Recovery times for a tummy tuck vary from person to person, but usually last anywhere from three weeks to two months.
“Lift” procedures. Lift procedures are used to get rid of excess fat, skin, or wrinkles on various parts of the body. Popular lift procedures include:
Recovery time for lift procedures depend largely on the location.
Laser hair removal. Laser hair removal uses highly concentrated light to penetrate and damage hair follicles to stop future hair growth. It can be used on most parts of the body, including:
Laser hair removal typically requires several sessions, and can cause temporary pain or soreness.
Breast augmentation. Breast augmentations use saline or silicon implants to enhance breast size. Recovery time can last several weeks to months.
Rhinoplasty. In this procedure, surgeons re-sculpt the bone and cartilage of the nose to meet the wishes of the patient. The healing time for rhinoplasty is anywhere from three weeks to one month.
Because of the large variety of products available, it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction when it comes to alternative beauty and skincare products. Below are alternative beauty and skincare methods that may be effective in solving the following problems:
If you notice sudden changes to your skin, hairs, or nails, contact your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you if the changes are because of aging or a more serious cause.
If you are recovering from a cosmetic procedure, contact your doctor if you notice any of the following:
**Call emergency services as these may require immediate medical attention.
To find a dermatologist, visit here.
You may want to ask your doctor the following questions:
To learn more about skin health, visit here.
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