Woman looking at the camera quite surprisedIt is important to take care of your skin the right way.  Read on to learn the most common summer skin care mistakes.

Forgetting to Use Sunscreen

It is important that you use sunscreen every day, especially during the summer.  Wear broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.  Get sunscreen specifically designed for your face.

Being Inconsistent

If you are inconsistent in your skincare, you will start to experience more breakouts, wrinkles, and other problems.  If you are perfect in your skincare for one week, but then slack off, your skin problems will return.  If you would like consistent results, you will need to be consistent in your skincare regime.  

Not Staying Hydrated

It is important to stay hydrated for many reasons, but one reason is so that your skin can be healthy.  Your skin is the largest organ on your body, and it needs plenty of water to keep it hydrated.  You also need to lotion your skin every morning and every night, and every time you wash your hands.

Using Products Not Suited For Your Skin

Every person’s skin is different.  For some, breakouts are caused by oily skin, but for others, their hormones cause their skin to act up.  Visit a dermatologist to figure out what exactly is going on with your skin, and get the right products for your skin type.  

Over Exfoliating

Yes you want to exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin cells so that new skin can grow underneath, but you don’t want to over-exfoliate.  Over exfoliation can scrub away skin cells that are trying to grow, causing wrinkles and scarring.  You should only exfoliate 1-3 times per week.

Not Washing Your Face

It is important to wash your face before you go to bed at night.  While you sleep, your skin refreshes itself, and makeup can slow that regeneration.  Wearing makeup at night can cause dry, dull skin, breakouts, and more.  Remove all of your makeup before you go to sleep, every single night.  

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Your body (and skin) rejuvenates itself when you sleep.  It is important that you get at least eight hours of sleep every night to keep your skin healthy, and to prevent wrinkles, bags under the eyes, redness, and breakouts.  You can also sleep on a silk pillowcase to help prevent wrinkles.

Picking Your Skin

If you get a blemish (or a sunburn for that matter), and you start picking, you can cause blemishes to last longer, scarring, and more break outs.  It’s important to let your skin heal.  

Woman SuntanningSunscreen protects the skin from cancerous UV rays.  Everyone should wear sunscreen, regardless of how often their skin burns.  However, sunscreen has gotten a lot of flack in the news lately, and a few articles have been published claiming that sunscreen does more harm than good.  Read on to find out the truth.  

Sunscreen Terminology

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and it measures how well something protects the skin from UVB rays.  The higher the SPF, the better the protection.   SPF 15 filters out 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 filters 97% and SPF 50 filters out about 98%.  

UVA rays are a longer Ultraviolet wave that cause skin damage, skin aging, and skin cancer.  They penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays.  UVB rays are a shorter Ultraviolet wave that can cause sunburn, skin damage, and skin cancer.  

Broad-spectrum sunscreen filters out both UVA and UVB rays.  

Mineral Barrier Vs. Chemical Barrier

There are two ways that sunscreen protects against the sun’s rays, through a mineral barrier or a chemical barrier.   Mineral barrier sunscreens include zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that create a physical barrier on the skin to protect it from the sun.  Chemical barriers use chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene or homosalate that absorb or scatter the sun’s rays.  Both methods are equally safe.

Sunscreen Safety

There have been many claims lately that putting sunscreen on your skin is like putting poison on your body.  Many people claim that oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate are toxic, increase the risk of skin cancer, and disrupt the hormones in your body.  However, they are safer than many claim, and the benefits of sunscreen far outweigh the potential risks.  Sunscreen is necessary to protect you from the rays of the sun.  1 in 3 cancers that are diagnosed are skin cancer, caused by excessive sun damage, and that risk is greatly reduced if you wear sunscreen.  If you are still concerned about the safety of sunscreen, switch to a barrier sunscreen that uses zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.  

Protecting Yourself From the Sun

You should wear sunscreen even if you work in an office and only occasionally venture outdoors.  Many people think that you don’t need to use sunscreen on cloudy days, but nearly 80% of the sun’s rays still penetrate the barrier.  And just using sunscreen is not enough to protect you from the rays of the sun.  Even a solid sunscreen doesn’t last longer than two hours, and water resistant sunscreens only last 40 minutes to an hour at most.  You should seek shade, wear protective clothing, and apply sunscreen every few hours.  

Hair Restoration, What to Expect

As we age, our skin sags, wrinkles begin to form, and many people (especially men), start to go bald — a disorder known as alopecia.  Long flowing locks are a sign of youth and health, and being bald can not only make you look older, but affect your self esteem as well.  No one wants to wear a toupee, so many turn to hair restoration.  If you are considering hair transplants or other hair restoration methods, look no further.  Here is all you need to know about hair restoration.

Types of Hair Restoration

There are two main types of hair restoration, surgical, and non-surgical.  A hair transplant is a surgical method that essentially borrows hair from the back of the head for the front of the head.  Non-surgical methods include low-level light therapy, supplements, and medications such as Propecia, Rogaine, and Minoxidil.

Understanding Non-Surgical Methods

Propecia

Propecia blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body, meaning that it is used to block the male hormones in the skin that can cause hair loss.  It is a pill that is taken once a day, and should never be handled by women or children.

Rogaine

Rogaine is a topical method that reverses the shrinking process and can stimulate new hair growth.  It is most effective on younger patients who have recently begun balding and can be bought at drug stores.  A lower dosage is sometimes used for women.  

LLLT to help regrow hair

Low-level light therapy has been used to help stimulate growth.  The patient is exposed to  a laser 2 to 3 times per week for 10 minutes to help hair regrow.  The lasers penetrate into the skin, helping cells repair, and eventually grow hair again.  Consistency is key with this treatment method.  

Understanding Hair Transplants

Hair transplants do not create new hair, rather they “rearrange inventory.”  A surgeon will take hair from the back of the patient’s head, and transplant it along the scalp where they are balding.  Typically, they take a strip of hair 8-10 inches long from the back of the head and then transplant small pieces along the bald spot.  The patient are left with a thin scar that can easily be hidden by the hair as long as the hair isn’t cut it too short.  For those that like to keep their hair short or have other concerns, hair follicles can be individually harvested from the back of the head and transplanted to the desired area.  This method leaves scars less than 1mm in size.  Both transplant methods have a 90% effective rate.  

 

Plastic Surgery Vs. Cosmetic Surgery

It seems like the terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” get tossed around like they are the same thing.  While the two surgeries are similar, they are different in nature.  If you’re wondering if you should see a plastic surgeon or a cosmetic surgeon, read on to learn more.

Purpose

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery differ in their primary purpose.  Cosmetic surgery works to enhance a person’s appearance, primarily in the head, neck, and body.  Popular procedures include: breast enhancement (augmentation, breast lift, and reduction surgery), facial contouring (rhinoplasty as well as chin and cheek enhancements), facial rejuvenation (including wrinkle reduction, eyelid and neck lifts, botox, etc.), and body contouring (liposuction, tummy tucks, etc.).  Plastic surgery on the other hand, seeks to create or recreate a “normal” function or appearance.  They specialize in reconstructing body parts due to trauma, injury, burns, and birth defects.  Common procedures are: breast reconstruction, burn repair, congenital defect repair such as cleft palate, hand surgery, scar revision surgery, and lower extremity reconstruction.  

Training

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery requires their surgeons to be trained in the following categories: tummy tuck, breast surgery, liposuction, face surgery, and other cosmetic surgeries.   On the other hand, the American Board of Plastic Surgery requires training in not only cosmetic surgery, but in reconstructive surgery, disorders, hand surgery, trauma surgery, and congenital defect repair.  Plastic surgeons are not required to know about ½ as much about cosmetic surgery as cosmetic surgeons are, but they do have more knowledge in other areas that cosmetic surgeons are not required to specialize in. 

Who Should I Go To?

That really depends on what you are looking for.  If your child has a cleft palate, or you are a burn victim, you are probably better off seeing a plastic surgeon.  However, if you want a tummy tuck or wrinkle reducer, a cosmetic surgeon is better suited to help you out.  No matter who you go to, make sure you find someone who is certified by the appropriate board (either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery), has experience in the procedure you are looking for, and has a good reputation.  Even though it won’t affect their performance much, find someone that you are comfortable with and have an emotional connection to.  If you don’t like your plastic surgeon, you’ll always find something wrong with their work even if they are perfectly qualified.  

Face WashingWhile you are spring cleaning your home, don’t forget to take care of your skin as well.  The cold winter air was rough on your skin — the harsh, cold air juxtaposed with the dry heat of indoors probably turned your skin into scales.  As the spring brings new life, rejuvenate your skin with these five tips.  

Moisturize

The winter air dehydrated your skin.  Renew it by keeping it moisturized this spring.  Apply a face lotion 1-2 times per day, making sure to rub it into your neck as well.  Keep your skin moisturized from the inside out by drinking plenty of water.  You should drink ½ to 1 oz of water for every pound that you weigh.  So if you weigh 160, you should be drinking 80-160 oz of water a day.  You can also get your liquids from soups, smoothies, etc.  Just avoid drinking soda or alcohol as that can dehydrate your skin further.

Exfoliate

Use a gentle exfoliator to scrub away the dead skin on your face to make it healthy and new.  Just be careful what product you use, as many exfoliators are abrasive and can damage your skin.  Only exfoliate 2-3 times per week.

Purge Your Makeup

Get rid of any old makeup that you may have.  Old makeup harbors bacteria and just doesn’t work as well as new makeup.  Each type of makeup has a different shelf life.  Eyeshadow can last a few years, while you should throw away your mascara every 3 months.  Eye pencils last about a year before you need to get a new one, and lip products such as lip gloss and lipsticks should only be used for about six months.  Always pay attention to the expiration dates on your makeup, and toss them when they expire.  

Wash Your Brushes

Your makeup brushes should be washed every time that you use them.  In reality, they probably get washed about once per month.  You don’t need fancy supplies to wash your brushes, just a little bit of soap in the palm of your and water will do.  

Use Sunscreen

You may be tempted to skip the sunscreen with the rising temperatures in an attempt to get that golden summer glow.  Don’t do it!  Sunscreen is your best friend to keep your skin young and healthy.  Find a moisturizer with sunscreen in it to eliminate the extra step.  Avoid tanning beds as the harsh rays can damage skin faster than the sun.  If you didn’t use much sunscreen during the winter, now is the time to get back into the habit.  

 

Beautiful womanEach year brings new beauty trends, and 2016 is no different.  There are already a few trends that are catching fire in the fashion world.  Below are the 9 new trends of 2016 6o look forward to.  

Bright Lips

It seems that “Snow White” lips are coming back.  Celebrities and models alike are sporting vibrant lips.  A bright red is the most common, but a deep plum is also trendy.  The key is to have a smooth face behind the lips, so cover your face in a full coverage foundation and apply little color elsewhere.   

Blue Eyeshadow

Electric blue eyeshadow is also becoming more and more popular.  It really pops the eyes.  You can use a bright blue shadow or a bright blue liner in order to achieve this look.  Don’t be afraid to make it too bold, as that is the style.   

Messy Knots

Also trending is the messy bun, or a messy knot.  Toss up your hair using a simple hair elastic and leave it messy on purpose.  Hair jewelry is also making a comeback, so pair it with a fancy clip, circlet, or flower.  

Glitter Eyes

Glitter is also making it’s presence know in New York.  Use an eyeshadow with extra shimmer, or just use glitter to achieve the sparkly look.  Some models even walked the catwalk with larger gems and sequins stuck onto their faces.  

Braids and Twists

A two strand twist coming out of a high ponytail has been quite popular lately.  Ponytails, braids, hair twisted back, twisted up, braided up, french braided into a twist, etc.are  also gaining in popularity.  

Creative French Tips

The french tip has always been a classy style, but this year, expect a little bit of creativity alongside the nail trend.  Half nails, “V” french tips, and more are popular.

Air Dried Hair

A lot of models have rocked a natural, air-dried look on the catwalk recently.  Their hair was poofy and a little bit unruly, yet beautiful in it’s natural state.  

Glowing Skin, or a Vampire Look

There are two very contrasting, yet equally popular looks for 2016.  The first is a healthy, bronzed look, and the other, a pale, contoured “vampire” look with bold, deep lips.  Pick your favorite look and rock it this year!

Embracing What You Have

2016 is a year for embracing your natural beauty.  Photoshopping is becoming minimal, contouring is getting put on a shelf, and the Kylie Jenner Lip pout is being replaced by your own shape.  Take 2016 and make it a year of you!

 

teenage girl with clear skinAre you anticipating a major event in the upcoming week (a Valentine’s Day date, anyone?), or maybe you simply want to jumpstart your new skin care routine? Here’s a great seven-day skin care regimen for you to try.

DAY 1

Clean your makeup brushes. It’s a great goal to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week, so you might as well get your week off to a good start. Clean your makeup brushes thoroughly with a specialized makeup brush cleanser, a bar of organic soap, or some mild baby shampoo. Then, let them air dry with the bristles oriented upward to preserve the brush’s natural shape. Be sure not to use extra hot water because this could melt the glue that’s holding your brush together.

Wash your pillowcase. You should also aim for washing your pillowcase every week or two to minimize how much dirt and oil rubs against your face at night—one surprising cause of acne. Start your week off right with a clean pillowcase. One good rule of thumb is to wash your pillowcase every time you do laundry. You might even keep a white zippered satin pillowcase underneath the decorative pillowcase of the pillow that you use at night (the satin will help minimize face wrinkles), and then when it’s time to sleep at night, you can slip off the decorative pillowcase in order to use only the satin one. Then, you need only worry about washing the satin pillowcase frequently.

Grab a fresh face towel. It’s a good idea to have a small stash of face towels so that you can start with a clean towel at the beginning of every week. Throw the towel you’ve been using in the laundry bin and grab a clean one.

Disinfect your cell phone. Your cell phone is another surprising cause of breakouts. Disinfect your phone with an alcohol wipe to get rid of residue dirt and oils.

Clean your glasses. If you wear glasses, be sure to clean and disinfect these with an alcohol wipe as well; otherwise, you could see a breakout on the bridge of your nose.

Remove all of your makeup at night and cleanse thoroughly. Remember this one because you’re going to have to do it daily. When in doubt, opt for a milder cleanser than the one you’ve been using. Follow up with toner if necessary.

Exfoliate your face. This is another thing that you’re going to be doing daily. One great option here is to use a gentle oscillating brush like the Clarisonic facial cleansing brush with your favorite cleanser (thus exfoliating as you cleanse). You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg for a facial cleansing brush, either—you’ll find much more affordable versions at your local drug store.

Keep your face moisturized. If this is something you haven’t been doing, you’ll want to start now. Look for a mild, lightweight sunscreen for daytime wear and for a gentle night cream for night.

DAY 2

Now you’re beginning to fall into a routine. Be sure to do the five things that you’ll need to be doing daily:

  • Disinfect your cell phone.
  • Clean your glasses.
  • Remove all of your makeup.
  • Exfoliate your face and cleanse thoroughly.
  • Keep your face moisturized.

Then, if you feel your skin needs it, try rejuvenating face mask. Many like to use a face mask once every week or so to maintain glowing skin.

DAYS 3–7

Now, all you have to do is continue with the routine you’ve set in place:

  • Clean your glasses and cell phone.
  • Remove all of your makeup.
  • Exfoliate your face and cleanse thoroughly.
  • Keep your face moisturized.

OTHER GUIDELINES

Here are a few extra guideline’s you’ll want to keep in mind as you go about your week:

  • Take your vitamins.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and take in less sugar and salt.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Try not to stress.

And just like that, you’re well on your way to achieving better skin!

healthy full lipsThe coldness of the winter season can definitely take a toll on your skin’s moisture levels, and while you might be lotioning up adequately after every shower, what are you doing for your lips? Your lips are just as prone to dehydration and cracking—especially during the winter months—so it’s important to know how to care for them. Here are some tips to keeping your lips moisturized, full, and healthy during winter.

Moisturize your lips.

Moisturizing your lips is, of course, a natural first step, and it’s an important preventative measure to practice on a daily basis if you hope to maintain well moisturized lips all winter. Aim to moisturize your lips with a strong moisturizer every night. Here are some of the most popular types of moisturizers people use on their lips at night:

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Rosebud salves
  • Conditioning lip treatments
  • Overnight lip balms

In addition to overnight moisturizing, you’ll want to carry around a stick or small tin of lip balm for adding a little moisture as needed throughout the day.

Exfoliate your lips a few times a week.

Your lips are delicate, so it is important to be sure that they are well moisturized before doing any sort of exfoliation. Use a special sugar scrub for lips a few times a week to eliminate any dry skin. Just be sure not to go overboard, as exfoliating too much can easily make your lips feel raw.

Drink plenty of water.

Beautiful, well moisturized skin starts on the inside, so it only makes sense that the same is true for lips. Keep a water bottle with you at work so that you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.

Use a humidifier.

If after trying all of these things you’re still seeing dry skin and lips, try using a humidifier in your room at night. This can help keep your skin and lips moisturized, especially if you live in a particularly dry climate.

Don’t lick your lips.

Licking your lips might seem to moisturize them in the short term, but it actually dries them out in the long term. Apply a good lip balm to your lips whenever you feel tempted to lick them.

Breathe through your nose.

Breathing through your mouth is another fast way to dry out your lips. Keep your nose clear so that you can breathe through your nose instead. (That’s another great reason to carry tissues with you all winter!)

Face maskI’m sure you have heard of the “chemical peel” that has been sweeping the nation.  A chemical peel can make your skin look younger without extensive surgery.  A skin care professional applies the chemicals to your clean face, and the chemicals cause the outer layer of skin to peel off.  This allows new skin to grow. Chemical peels are simple and effective in making your skin clear, smooth, and youthful.  While there are many different chemical peels with different formulas, they all have similar benefits for the skin.  Read on for seven reasons why you should get a chemical peel today.

Reduce Blotchy Patches

Chemical peels can reduce the blotchy patches on your skin that can make your skin appear dull and aged.  The procedure will remove the outer layer of skin to even out your face.  

Reduce Sun Damage

Damage from the sun can cause wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and even cancer.  Chemical peels can remove the layer of skin that has been damaged by the sun to make the skin smooth once again.  You can also prevent sun damage by taking care of your skin every day.  

Manage Acne

Chemical peels can help reduce the bacteria that causes acne.  The chemicals also exfoliate the skin, helping your face become clear and acne-free.  You may need to go through a couple of treatments to get the desired results.  

Lighten the Skin

While lightening the skin isn’t normally the reason people get a chemical peel, it is a nice side effect.  If the chemical peel contains phenol acid – the chemical used to help treat deep wrinkles – your skin will also become lighter and healthier-looking after your treatment.  

Refine Fine Lines

Many people get chemical peels to reduce the wrinkles in their face.  Chemical peels do an effective job of reducing the fine lines and small wrinkles.  It can dramatically alter the appearance of your skin without requiring extensive procedures.  While chemical peels can do a lot for fine lines and small wrinkles, they cannot fix deep wrinkles or very saggy skin.  

Smooth Skin

The main function of a chemical peel is to remove the damaged outer layer of skin.  The layer underneath is smooth and fresh, and after your procedure, your face will be much smoother than before.  

Low Downtime

You don’t typically need much time to recover from a chemical peel.  You can achieve results in a few treatments with minimal recovery.  During that recovery time, you can go about your everyday business, just be cautious with sun exposure.  Your skin may also feel a little itchy and dry after the peel.  

FinancingIf you’re thinking about buying a car, getting a mortgage, going to school, saving for retirement, etc. there are some prescribed financing options.  However, when it comes to plastic surgery, companies aren’t advertising their “Cosmetic Surgery Loan” on the radio every day.  Nearly 10 million Americans undergo plastic surgery a year, spending over $12 billion.  Plastic surgery isn’t cheap — and insurance companies aren’t quick to foot the bill.  In fact, unless you are getting reconstructive surgery after an illness or accident, you probably will pay for your reconstructive surgery out of pocket.  

The national average for popular surgeries are as follows:

  • Breast augmentation: $3,541-$3,860
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): $2,717
  • Breast Reduction: $3,294-$5637
  • Facelift: $6,881
  • Hair Transplant: $5,218
  • Liposuction: $2,803-$3,095
  • Rhinoplasty: $4,493
  • Tummy Tuck: $5,381

These are surgeon fees only.  Additional fees may incur from anesthesia, facility fees, implant costs, medical tests, etc.  If you are planning a cosmetic surgery in the near future, below are six different financing options.

Credit Cards

It is possible to pay for your plastic or cosmetic surgery by putting the procedure on a credit card.  It can also help you build up your credit if you make regular payments.  However, it can also tie up your credit and take a take a long time to repay.  If you have a high interest rate though, this may not be a good option.

Bank Loan

It may be a good option to work out a loan with your bank to pay for your cosmetic surgery.  Just make sure that you pay off the loan timely — or it will reflect poorly on your credit score.  However, some bank loans, especially for first time borrowers, can come with a high interest rate.  

Home Equity Loan

Another way to finance your cosmetic surgery is to take a loan against the equity of your home.  Your interest rate will reflect your mortgage rate.  This may be an extremely affordable option for some homeowners, but can get you in hot water if you ever are forced to sell your home.  You should probably use this option as a last resort.  

Savings

The best way to pay for your plastic or cosmetic surgery is to save up for it — and then pay in cash.  You won’t have to borrow, pay interest, or worry about whether or not you can afford it.  After the surgery, you won’t have to worry about paying it off.

Payment Plans

Some doctor’s offices will allow payment plans to finance your cosmetic surgery.  Usually, those payment plans do not include interest.  Most of the time though, doctors require you to pay up front for the procedure.  Quite often, the office will have prefered lenders that will give you better rates than other methods.  At Barr, we offer ZionsMed Teleloan Service and Lifestyle Lending.  

Loans from Family and Friends

If you cannot obtain a loan from a bank or use a credit card, you can ask your family or friends to help finance your surgery.  Typically, the terms of the loan are great, most friends won’t charge interest, and will be forgiving if you accidentally miss a payment.  However, this can harm your relationship if you never pay them back or pay them back too slowly.  

Gifts

Consider asking friends and family for money or gift cards instead of things that you may not want.  While it may be embarrassing to tell them that you are saving to undergo cosmetic surgery, you may be able to get enough money to pay for your procedure.  If you feel comfortable, you can set up crowdfunding to get donations for your surgery.  

 

Salt Lake City, Utah Based Face and Neck Specialist

As a specialist in Utah cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, Botox, Utah rhinoplasty (nose jobs), Utah hair restoration, and a variety of other facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Lucy Barr's main goal is to build and maintain enduring, trusting, attentive relationships with our patients utilizing an educational approach. With the intention of making our patients feel vibrant and attractive, we will work as a team to create customized treatment plans, ensuring the best possible outcome from our products and services. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Barr's philosophy is that health, wellness and appearance are all a part of the same equation.

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