With the skincare and cosmetic industry booming at $145 billion and releasing new lotions, cremes, and serums every day, it’s easy to get lost. But with a helpful guide to skincare serums, you’ll be able to walk down that skincare aisle with confidence.
If you haven’t added a face serum to your daily skincare regimen, you’re only doing half your job. Proper skin care is a little bit more complex than just washing, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Knowing why a product is important to the health of your skin will make you want to use it more often.
For some people, wandering down the skincare aisle is like walking through uncharted territory. If you’ve ever picked up those tiny bottles of serums that look like magic elixirs and wondered what all the intimidating and hard-to-pronounce ingredients do, you’re not alone.
Here is how and why you should give your skincare routine an upgrade with a face serum.
What is a Face Serum?
Let’s focus on the latest skincare mystery: serums. A serum is a light, easily absorbed oil or water-based liquid. It contains high amounts of active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and glycolic acid. In other words, the saving grace for our skin.
Not to be substituted with moisturizer, serums sink deeper into your skin and address more skin concerns. Let’s take it back to basic biology. Our skin is made of three layers, the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous fat.
Your standard moisturizer and other face products only work on the top layer of skin, the epidermis. Serums, however, absorb deeper into the skin and make more noticeable changes to other layers. That is why serums have quickly caught the attention of dermatologists and skincare enthusiasts.
Benefits of Serums
Fortified with nutrients that skin needs to be healthy and vibrant, face serums are the workhorse of the skincare world. Here are the top benefits of adding serums into your skincare routine!
Having hydrated skin means having healthy skin. Retaining water and moisture is imperative for our skin to fight toxins and produce new skin cells. Serums help bind moisture to our skin to give us that beautiful dewy glow.
We all want that airbrushed, front-cover look, but sometimes our pores think otherwise. Serums are mostly water-based liquids that are oil-free. They keep our skin clean and our pores unclogged (that means minimized pores, hallelujah!)
Fades Dark Spots
Speaking of things that we love but our skin hates, the sun. If you’ve ever chosen to skip the sunscreen and go straight for the oil at the beach, you probably have dark spots. With the use of effective ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and Retinol, serums can fade dark areas and improve the overall texture of skin.
Protects Against Future Damage
The dry, freezing air wreaks havoc on our skin in the winter. To add to it, indoor heating depletes our skin of moisture even more. Luckily, specific antioxidant serums protect our skin against the toxins and free radicals that we’re exposed to daily.
As we get older, our supply of antioxidants starts to decrease. This means we must get antioxidants from other sources to maintain healthy skin. Using antioxidant-rich serums can protect against future sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles.
What Type of Serum Should you Use?
Everyone’s skin is different. To choose the right serum, start by determining your skin type. There are three skin types: dry, oily, and combination. Use serums that will work to minimize the negatives of your skin type and boost new cell growth.
Serum for Dry Skin
For skin that tends to be dry use serums that contain hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Ceramides are basically the glue that holds our skin together and seals moisture in. These are also great for people with sensitive skin, as both ingredients are gentle.
Serum for Oily Skin
If your skin has some shine, try to look for serums that contain Retinol, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid. All three of these ingredients work hard to exfoliate dead skin cells and increase the production of new ones. They also keep our pores from becoming clogged which reduces the amount of oil our skin will produce.
Serum for Combination Skin
If you have combination skin (a little bit of both, dry and oily) it can be tricky to find products that work for everything. But the good news is, oily skin still needs hydration. So, serums with hyaluronic acid are good to use.
Additionally, look for products that offer calming and re-balancing benefits like seed oil. Serums that contain niacinamide, a form of vitamin B, will also help combination skin by improving texture and resiliency.
How to Use Serum
Serum is the third step in a good skincare routine. Serum works best when it’s applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. Don’t think this substitutes your favorite moisturizer. Applying moisturizer after serum helps seal antioxidants into the skin so they last longer!
Here’s the Best Skincare Routine for Your Face:
1. Wash skin with a gentle cleanser. Try a foaming cleanser for sensitive skin.
2. Apply toner with a cotton pad for easy application.
3. Use the dropper on your serum bottle cap to apply a few drops of serum directly onto your face.
Bonus Tip: For easy application place a few drops of serum onto your forehead, cheeks, and nose, then rub in with your fingers.
When Will You Notice Results?
Some people can see a difference in their skin the next day. Generally, most of the changes will occur in about four weeks, but it can take as many as eight. This depends on the strength of the serum. If you’re looking for quicker results, try using a medical-grade serum.
Medical grade skincare products have been clinically tested and have proven results. These types of skincare products are only distributed by a doctor and contain powerful formulas you can’t buy over the counter.
Neocutis and SkinCeuticals are well-respected brands of skincare that people trust. Their products are born from years of research and clinical trials with positive results.
The New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center doesn’t just treat veins. We also provide professional skincare treatments and products. Our highly skilled team can provide Xeomin Botulinum Toxin injections and chemical peels. We also offer both Neocutis and SkinCeuticals skincare solutions.
Contact us today to find out more about a face serum that will give you incredible results!
Although many people think varicose veins only happen to women, it is in fact an equal-opportunity affliction. According to Stanford Hospital and Clinics, half of the general population suffers from venous disease. Roughly 45% of that half is male.
The Cleveland Clinic reports that up to 50% of all men may develop varicose veins. This means varicose veins are a guy thing too!
Decreased levels of progesterone during menopause increases the risk of venous disease in women. The painful symptoms and the appearance of veins on legs lead many women to seek a specialist. Men, perhaps because body hair masks the condition, often delay seeking treatment until their case is advanced. They shouldn’t.
Venus and Mars comparisons notwithstanding, varicose veins can be a serious medical condition. This condition can include vein inflammation, thrombosis, and bleeding. Luckily, there are highly effective and virtually painless procedures that make prompt treatment a gender-neutral no-brainer.
Causes and Symptoms
Veins, which return deoxygenated blood to the heart, become insufficient when their valves weaken or fail. Veins and their valves are constantly fighting gravity. Any insufficiently pumped blood may flow backward, pooling in the vein and causing it to stretch and or twist.
Varicose vein symptoms include:
• Veins that are dark blue or purple
• Veins that are twisted or bulging
• Achy or heavy feeling in the legs
• Burning, throbbing, cramping, and swelling in the lower leg
• Increased pain after sitting or standing for long periods
• Itching near one or more veins
• Skin discoloration
Prevention for Men
As with most things in life, being proactive about vein care is a major benefit. If you know that venous insufficiency runs in your family then taking preventative steps now is even more important. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are essential to vein health for men.
Your age and heredity are what they are. Short of time travel and genetic engineering, there’s not much you can do to fight them. You can, however, take action to fight the associated consequences and prevent or ameliorate varicose veins with exercise.
Obviously, men don’t experience menopause and its subsequent loss of progesterone. They do, however, produce less testosterone and HGH with each passing year, slowing the metabolism and causing weight gain.
Exercise helps alleviate this natural progression of weight gain in men. So, in case you needed more motivation to exercise, consider that fewer pounds mean less stress on veins and thus less tendency for blood pooling.
Working out will also build healthy leg muscles. Calf muscles are especially important to vein heath because they help pump blood back to your heart more efficiently.
If you’re just starting an exercise regimen, choose an activity (or better yet activities) you might enjoy. But don’t over-do it. Jogging, biking, elliptical training, swimming, yoga, and other low-impact activities are all great to move your body.
High-impact sports, torn ACLs, or a popped hamstring won’t do much for leg and venous health.
Remember, sitting in one position all day is your enemy. Standing without at least swaying from side to side is a close second. But that doesn’t mean you have to start training for the Olympics.
Studies have shown that any amount of regular movement is helpful. Anything from a brisk daily walk to just stepping away from your desk every so often, is far better than nothing. Every little bit counts and will in fact make a measurable difference.
Diet and Nutrition
A healthy diet helps keep your weight down, powers your workout, and improves your mood. Beyond that, dietary recommendations specific to venous health include:
• Adding fiber to prevent absorption of unhealthy fats and cholesterol buildup
• Boosting levels of vitamin C to aid the production of collagen and elastin, infrastructural tissues that literally support veins
• Staying hydrated to help fiber flush your system and maintain electrolyte balance
• Eating more rutin, an antioxidant flavonoid found in apple peels, asparagus, green tea, figs, cranberries, and citrus zest that reduces inflammation
• Consuming less salt, thus decreasing water retention and vein pressure
Relief from Varicose Vein
Wearing compression socks and keeping legs elevated can help support veins and reduce pressure. But these methods are palliative, not preventive measures.
And while the dietary and physical adjustments mentioned above are preventive, the presence of bulging and discolored veins or pain could very well mean clinical treatment is in order.
Should that be the case, your doctor may recommend one of several minimally invasive procedures that disable varicose veins and reroute blood flow.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT), for example, uses collimated laser heat to vaporize areas of varicose veins. ClariVein deploys a sealant-dispensing catheter into damaged veins. Verithena also uses a mini-catheter but delivers a blood-displacing, vein-collapsing foam.
Varicose veins are more than just an unsightly cosmetic issue. They are a medical affliction that causes strain to your body. It’s just as important for men as it is for women to speak to their doctor about varicose veins to avoid health complications.
Contact The New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center to arrange an appointment and discover the pain-free lifestyle, confidence, and improved appearance that comes with circulatory health.
When it comes to acne, getting a pimple is just the tip of the iceberg. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to reduce or eliminate breakouts fast. Face washes, acne creams, and even medication can help. But for many, it’s the acne aftermath of scars causes concern. And it’s the reason why so many people are turning to chemical peels for acne scars.
Why Acne Scarring Occurs
When acne cysts are painfully inflamed and penetrate deeper skin layers, the risk for scarring increases. Scarring is a result of the healing response initiated by the immune system.
As acne nodules diminish, the immune system tells the body to produce more collagen. Collagen is a protein used to support skin firmness and overall health.
Too much or too little collagen determines the severity of acne scarring. For example, depressed or “caved-in” scars occur when there is not enough collagen to repair skin damage. Scars that appear raised above the surface of the skin indicate the release of too much collagen.
Raised acne scars are seen more frequently in people of color. Depressed acne scars predominantly affect lighter-skinned individuals.
Reducing the Appearance of ScarsOne of the most effective treatments to reduce the appearance of acne scars is a chemical peel. Chemical peels smooth away scar ridges and indentations. They safely and gently exfoliate the topmost layers of your skin.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels use various concentrations of alpha-hydroxy, trichloroacetic, and/or glycolic acid. A licensed medical professional will apply the concentrate to areas with scarring. This helps eliminate damaged skin cells and speeds up regeneration. As the peel stimulates collagen production by causing a mild wound event, old skin cells are replaced by new, healthy skin cells.
Chemical peels take about an hour to complete. After a peel, you should expect some redness like a sunburn. Mild chemical peels may be performed every two or three weeks. Minimize itching by keeping your skin hydrated or using a cold compress.
Severe acne scarring may require a “deep” chemical peel. This type of peel may use phenol to penetrate deeper into the skin. Communicate openly with your doctor to achieve the best results.
In addition to reducing acne scars, chemical peels smooth away fine lines, mild skin discolorations, and treat actinic keratosis.
A Great Time to Get Rid of Acne Scars
There are a lot of misconceptions about chemical peels. For some, that means it gets put on the back burner of things to do. But the number one myth about chemical peels is that you will have to hide in your home for days after due to redness and flaking. That’s not true! A chemical skin peel can be stress-free with very little downtime if any at all.
Chemical peels now consist of gentler but more effective solutions. Patients can even opt for a lunchtime peel that takes about 20 minutes. There is minimal redness, and you can resume normal activities directly following the procedure.
However, keep in mind that chemical peels formulated to reach deeper skin layers may cause more apparent redness and flaking.
Acne scars can easily be reduced or eliminated with safe and effective chemical peels. Call us today to schedule a free consultation appointment.
FALL CHEMICAL PEEL BONUS
Fall welcomes cooler temperatures and brisk breezes that bring a healthy, attractive glow to your cheeks. It’s also the time to wear cute, soft sweaters, leggings, and free-form hairstyles. While you sip your pumpkin spice, consider the following:
Chemicals peels rejuvenate your skin leaving your skin fresh and glowing. No more spending hours in the morning applying concealers, foundation, and powder. Just shower, get dressed, and be ready to greet the day.
The days are getting shorter and there is less sun. UV rays aren’t nearly as strong as they are during summer. You’ll still need to use sunscreen after your procedure, but you can go outside with less caution during fall versus summer.
The holiday season is upon us. Every year it sneaks right up. A chemical peel is a great way to get ready for the busy times during the season when makeup isn’t an option. For the gatherings you attend and everything between, a chemical peel can help revitalize your skin.
Get the look you want with a chemical peel this fall season at the NJVVC!
Menopause dramatically reduces the amount of estrogen and progesterone produced in the ovaries. Because of that, women over 50 are at a higher risk of developing varicose veins.
Estrogen and progesterone contribute significantly to the health of women’s capillaries and veins. In addition to supporting vein valve functioning, these hormones also enhance blood flow.
Degradation of collagen fibers and smooth muscle relaxation caused by the loss of progesterone and estrogen promotes varicose veins. But it also causes two other vein diseases called venous insufficiency and venous thrombosis.
Veins and capillaries have cell receptors for both estrogen and progesterone. Studies show that the veins of menopausal women actually create more receptors in an attempt to “find” female hormones essential for their normal functioning.
Vein Valve Disorder and Menopause
Varicose veins emerge when valves controlling blood flow through veins don’t open properly. Valve dysfunction causes blood to pool in veins. Over time this will eventually result in visibly bulging, bluish veins.
While pregnancy or taking birth control pills may cause weakening of valves and temporary development of certain vein conditions, menopause will produce permanent varicose veins as ovaries drop production of estrogen and progesterone.
Varicose veins are typically asymptomatic and don’t present a health risk. In some cases, people experience their legs feeling heavy or achy. The swelling of the ankles and feet often accompanies this vein condition. More rarely, varicose veins produce burning sensations and itching around bulging veins.
Many women seeking help for varicose veins want to improve their appearance. More common than the uncomfortable symptoms that present, is the desire to eliminate and prevent.
There are a few minimally invasive procedures to improve the appearance of varicose veins on your legs. They do not require hospital stays or lengthy downtimes. Choosing the right treatment should be discussed with a doctor after a complete examination.
Can Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Reverse Development of Varicose Veins?
HRT may reduce the number of varicose veins that emerge during and after menopause. Although, hormone replacement cannot completely prevent veins from appearing. Hormone Replacement Therapy is a good way to keep your veins working properly. It is a viable treatment to consider after varicose veins are eliminated.
In addition to HRT, many women find that being a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and having an active lifestyle reduces the number of varicose veins that appear. Sitting or standing for too long in one position can also affect blood flow and veins.
Varicose Vein Treatment in Randolph, NJ
If you have large or visible veins above the skin’s surface, an ambulatory phlebectomy can help. This treatment is usually performed in conjunction with another therapy. It is minimally invasive. Patients can get back to their daily routine a few hours after the procedure.
It is typical to wear compression stockings for several weeks after this procedure. They help reduce discomfort and promote healing of treated areas.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELVT) is an outpatient procedure that uses a laser to remove varicose veins. The heat emitted by the laser fiber effectively damages and shrinks varicose veins until they are absorbed by the body.
Once veins shrink enough to stop functioning, your circulatory system simply reroutes blood to nearby veins. Most patients see results from EVLT at the initial procedure.
This form of therapy is often used to treat reticular veins and certain varicose veins. A sclerosing agent is injected into the vein to cause it to collapse and disappear. Ultrasound is used to guide the vein specialist to areas that are difficult to see from the surface.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy can be done with other forms of treatment for the best possible results. Sodium chloride should never be used as a sclerosing agent as it causes severe pain.
Learn more about our varicose vein treatment options by calling New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center today. Ask about scheduling your free vein screening.
Thin blue, purple, or red lines, which may appear like webs or branches on your face, are known as spider veins. Some people also refer to them as thread veins or broken blood vessels.
There could be several reasons for spider veins appearing on the face. Understanding what causes them can help prevent and even treat them.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are thin and damaged veins near the surface of the legs and facial skin. They are often highly visible. Unlike varicose veins, they usually don’t cause pain, but sometimes some mild discomfort.
When blood vessels are prominent near the facial skin surface, they are also known as facial Telangiectasis. Most people refer to spider veins as broken blood vessels. When Telangiectasis appears, it is typically due to heredity and environmental factors. Extreme heat or cold and the sun are the factors that seem to play a large role in their occurrence.
There are no at-home remedies to remove spider veins. But the good news is, this condition is easily treatable.
Before we discuss treatment options, it’s important to understand why reasons spider veins appear.
Causes of Spider Veins on the Face
· Sun Exposure
· Alcohol Use
· Skin Diseases
Women are more often affected by spider veins than men. The most common causes are aging, alcohol consumption, injury to the face, changes in weather, and sun exposure.
Those who suffer from rosacea, liver disease, or connective tissue diseases often have spider veins on the face.
Pregnancy can also cause spider veins on various areas of the body. Elevated blood pressure and estrogen during pregnancy can easily lead to broken blood vessels appearing on the skin.
Spider veins are hereditary. If you have a family history of spider veins, you’ll likely see them on multiple areas of the body such as legs and face.
Sun exposure can exacerbate spider veins and make them more prominent. Chemical irritants and environmental changes are also determining factors of spider veins appearing. Protecting your skin with sunscreen and vitamins is helpful in mitigating these factors.
Spider veins can fade with time, they are not necessarily permanent. However, they may take years to become less noticeable. Seeking professional intervention and treatment will help them fade faster.
Treatment for Spider Vein on Face
There are a number of treatments that can reduce or eliminate spider veins from your face.
Please remember that after most forms of spider vein treatment, there is a higher risk of sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid the sun directly after a procedure and incorporate sunscreen into your routine.
Retinol/Vitamin A Creams
Retinol creams with vitamin A effectively fade and reduce the appearance of spider veins by building collagen in the dermis and minimizing their appearance.
Retinoid creams are mainly used for acne and rosacea. They help regenerate new skin cells by removing the outermost layer of skin. This allows for the fresh, undamaged skin to come to the surface. Your doctor can help you to find the right balance of retinoids to reduce spider veins and achieve your desired results.
Laser therapy is another form of treatment to help break up spider veins. Laser therapy is a very targeted treatment that works to destroy spider vein entirely. Lasers therapy uses a light beam to seal the vessels off, causing them to dissolve.
People with a darker complexion should avoid this therapy. This form of treatment can destroy melanin and lead to discoloration. This risk increases with the number of treatments given. One to three sessions of laser therapy may be needed to treat facial spider veins.
Many people report that laser treatments are painful. It has been likened to a rubber band snapping sensation against the face. Laser treatment might seem like a no side effect therapy, but bruising does occur often. This procedure can also be very costly.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense pulsed light is often used to treat spider veins of the face. The IPL treatment is similar to laser therapy. The main difference is that the light pulse penetrates down to the second layer of skin without affecting the top layer.
Pulsing light helps break up spider veins making them less noticeable. At the same time, this treatment encourages the regeneration of cells. Light therapy can also help with killing bacteria on the surface of the skin and may be helpful if you are prone to acne.
These light treatments are extremely targeted. They work best on spider veins that are very noticeable and need precise targeting to treat.
Electrocautery and Radiofrequency
In electrocautery and radiofrequency procedures, a fine needle-like tip vaporizes the dilated vessels.
The treatment may be a little uncomfortable, but it is quick and has a low chance of scarring. These techniques can treat even the tiniest spider veins that even lasers cannot.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive spider vein treatment. It involves injecting a chemical solution into the broken veins. The veins then harden, close, and finally disappear. This treatment reduces swelling and causes the affected veins to shrink and vanish.
Sclerotherapy is an excellent solution for treating large spider veins of the face. Most people see immediate results although best results are seen after ten days.
This treatment is generally painless and won’t break the bank. There is very little down time after this procedure. Many people return to work and activities the same day.
Where to Seek Treatment?
Rely on professional help to eliminate spider veins on your face. Receiving treatment from a qualified vein care specialist reduces side effects like increased redness, itchiness, and scarring.
Your skin is precious and taking proper care of it can make a big difference in how you see yourself. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation to discuss you skin care needs.
The body has a number of deep veins that circulate blood and return it back to the heart from both legs. However, this phenomenal system also makes legs vulnerable to deep vein thrombosis or DVT.
DVT is a blood clot in the leg. Suffering from a current or repeat blood clot in your leg is not always an instant life-threat, but it can be. In some cases, blood clots can cause the legs to swell or have chronic pain. In other cases, the clot can come loose and cause a lung blockage or cardiac arrest (heart attack).
Deep vein thrombosis isn’t something trivial to ignore, ever. It should be treated, reduced, monitored, and prevented from occurring again.
Where Do Blood Clots Come From?
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when the circulatory system is not able to move blood with enough pressure and regularity. Blood eventually begins to coagulate and clot if it is unable to move around.
A partial slug or clot can start to develop when the body hasn’t moved in a long time, such as in the case of a surgery, a bed-ridden condition, or a long trans-oceanic flight in a cramped seat. Blood clots can even occur in a few hours, as proven in the cases where they are seen in children spending hours playing video games cross-legged.
Common Symptoms of a Blood Clot in the Leg
As blood flow gets blocked or limited, the affected area tends to swell. New blood continues to come in, pumped by the heart, but the returning amount to the heart is less. This creates a backflow or a large amount of pooling in the affected leg.
This pooling effect can be visually noticed by discoloration or an increased amount of heat, similar to an infection or impact location from trauma.
However, many patients have experienced a leg blood clot without any noticeable symptoms. A blood clot’s ability to hide makes them especially dangerous.
Any unusual swelling of the leg, pain, discoloring, or a combination of the above, along with chest pains, dizziness, or inability to breathe, are all signs to receive medical care. Symptoms tend to vary from person to person, so trying to guess if a symptom is serious or not can be a very risky gamble.
If a patient’s family has a history of blood-clotting, then it’s quite possible that the patient could be affected as well, studies have proved this. Interestingly, many blood clots are due to lifestyle or changes in mobility.
Obesity or being significantly sedentary for long periods of time will contribute to clotting. If a person is lying down for an extended period due to a surgery or pregnancy, can also be a factor.
Medications that reduce blood pressure have been known to be problematic for clots as well.
How To Prevent Leg Blood Clots or DVT
The easiest and most powerful method of prevention for deep vein thrombosis is to move. Stand up every hour and move your legs around. This will increase circulation and keep blood from pooling. Sitting for extended periods without moving occasionally, such as in an office setting, should be avoided.
Try a convertible desk where you can stand or sit. This will give you options throughout the day. Many companies are now providing them as a low-cost health improvement feature.
If you travel often, walk around the plane frequently or make lots of road stops to walk around and stretch your legs. Again, the hourly changing of position and moving your legs can make a huge difference in preventing leg blood clots or DVT.
Losing weight can significantly increase your internal circulatory power and take a load off your system. Extra weight and fat work against the body, making it harder to move blood through the circulatory network and back up the veins. Getting rid of that excess burden makes it easier for your heart to work and for your circulatory system to be more effective.
A routine of regular exercise is beneficial for your overall health. Optimize your workout and alternate between activities so you’re not bored and static. Move and stretch your body with weight-lifting or aerobic exercise. You don’t need to be the next Olympian; daily exercise with mild effort goes a long way towards improving your blood flow.
Don’t Let a Blood Clot Risk Control Your Life
Again, leg blood clots or DVT can occur for a variety of reasons, not just one thing, like heredity. A person’s lifestyle tends to be a significant contributor to risk. Exercise, a healthy diet, and getting regular doctor checkups all help in preventing DVT and allow for early warning sign detection.
Varicose veins can be an early warning sign of further vein complication and deep vein thrombosis. If you have concerns about the veins in your legs, contact NJVVC for the highest level of patient care.