The Best Products for Winterizing Your Skin Care Routine

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There’s Cold Weather Ahead: Is your ‘skin care wardrobe’ winter-ready?

You may have already taken your sweaters out, and moved the winter coats to the front of the closet. It’s that time of year again. Just like your clothing wardrobe changes to make the seasons tolerable and enjoyable, changes in your skin care routine can help you transition through changes in climate.

An arid, dry atmosphere can cause the skin to lose moisture quickly, resulting in irritation, roughness, or flaking. To treat and prevent Winter Skin, consider changing up your products’ consistency and potency. Here are some tips for winterizing your skin care wardrobe:

Consider a switch to a richer moisturizer in the winter months.

Dr. Erickson’s winter favorite, Obagi Hydrate Luxe, consistently delivers moisture for 8 hours after application! In addition to it’s hydration-boosting qualities, its luxurious and velvet-like texture makes it a joy to use.

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Obagi Hydrate Luxe

Don’t give up on your anti-wrinkle treatment, swap it out!

Even if you’re a seasoned tretinoin pro, extremely dry winter months can cause even your usual products to dry out the skin. Avoid ditching your evening exfoliant (for fear of excessive dryness) by swapping your Tretinoin cream for Renova.

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Renova Cream

Renova is a gentle –yet still prescription strength- wrinkle-fighting tretinoin in a creamy, emollient base. With Renova’s moisturizer-like qualities, you won’t miss a beat of your anti-aging routine, no matter how cold and dry it gets!

Upgrade your anti-aging products.

Winter sun is just as harmful as the sun all year ‘round. Be sure to keep up on your antioxidants and sunscreens to prevent damage to your skin.

To boost hydration, brighten, and protect, we love TNS Essential Serum. Hylauronic Acid plumping spheres smooth fine lines for instant gratification during party season, while a creamy blend of peptides and antioxidants protect and nourish.

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TNS Essential Serum

All products mentioned above are available at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology.
Regimen assessments and consultations are complimentary.
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Treatments that are a Treat: Botox in the Bands, A.K.A. the ‘Nefertiti Lift’

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Nefertiti was arguably one of the most famous and beautiful women of the ancient world,  and perhaps one of the very first icons of beauty. One very notable feature is her elegant and long neck, which is complemented by a beautifully defined jawline.

Nefertiti demonstrates a beautiful neck and jawline

Nefertiti demonstrates a beautiful neck and jawline

The WHAT: Enter the present-day Nefertiti Lift technique, a contemporary treatment focused on relaxing the depressor action of the platysmal bands (the pulling-down on the neck) and other muscles to re-contour the jawline without surgery.

Dr Quenby Erickson injected BOTOX Cosmetic into the platysmal bands to recontour the neck and jawline without surgery.

Dr Quenby Erickson injected BOTOX Cosmetic into the platysmal bands to recontour the neck and jawline without surgery.

The WHY: In short, the platysma basically spreads from the chest up the neck, and to the jaw.  When we age, (and due to genetics) the platysma separates into ropey bands, which can pull downward, exaggerating the jowls and creating the ‘turkey neck’ or ‘gobbler’ effect.

The HOW: During the Nefertiti Lift treatment, Botox Cosmetic is used to relax those bands, and sometimes the muscles that pull the corners of the mouth/chin down.  Dr. Quenby Erickson uses this advanced, non-invasive (and pretty much painless) technique to smooth and lift without surgery or downtime. The result is a beautiful and elegant jawline and smooth neck.  The results last up to 3-4 months, and usually take at least 20-25 units of Botox (increasing from there, depending on your individual needs).

Nefertiti Lift with BOTOX Cosmetic, performed by Dr Quenby Erickson

Nefertiti Lift with BOTOX Cosmetic, performed by Dr Quenby Erickson

In or Around Chicago and need a bit of a lift? Call Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology today to schedule your consultation!

Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa

312-300-6858

http://www.EricksonDermatology.com

The SkinCare Team at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology Chicago: We love Obagi!

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We love keeping up on industry trends and new developments in all-things-skincare! Thanks for the inservice today, Obagi Medical Products!

We love keeping up on industry trends and new developments in all-things-skincare! Thanks for the inservice today, Obagi Medical Products!

Today we were happy to host our own inservice with Laura from Obagi Medical Products. We love keeping up on industry trends and new developments in all-things-skincare!

Thanks for the inservice today, Obagi Medical Products!

Here’s our own website page on Obagi Medical Products (click to follow the link) 

E’s 3 Current Faves: a Sunscreen for Everyone

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Hi, Elizabeth for Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology here!
I think many of us thought it would never happen, but Spring is upon us… and the sun is out Chicago! Well, it’s THINKING about it. =)
Though it’s important to be aware of daily sunlight exposure all year-round, the thought of daylight in Chicago after this winter is suddenly inspiring! So, I thought I would take a moment to share some of my favorite daily-use facial sunscreen products.

My favorite for a smooth, powdery finish (AND there’s bonus Vitamin C!!!):
Obagi Medical Products Gentle Rejuvenation Fortified Sunscreen. 

This awesome makeup primer-consistency Sunscreen is fortified with Vit C. This is like winning the  multitasking skin care lotto!

This awesome makeup primer-consistency Sunscreen is fortified with Vit C. This is like winning the multitasking skin care lotto!

This is sunscreen is unique because it features the ever-important antioxidant Vitamin C in its broad spectrum, matte finish sunscreen formulation.I love this one for it’s fresh, almost citrusy (yet subtle) scent. This line rocks, by the way, and so does the Obagi 360 system, but I digress…

My favorite for a tinted sunscreen:
Revision Skin Care Intellishade Original SPF 45

Yes, I took this photo myself. Impressive, eh?

Yes, I took this photo myself. Impressive, eh?

This anti-aging tinted moisturizer with sunscreen is a New Beauty  Magazine “Beauty Choice Product Winner”, likely due to its ability to blend naturally with almost every skin tone.Peptides in this formulation, along with hydrators and antioxidants make this broad-spectrum protection a MUST! Available in two finishes, Matte (clean, shine-free) and Original (dewey, hydrated-looking), there is a finish for everyone.

My favorite for sensitive skin:
SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30

SkinMedica's SPF won't make your skin angry... AND it's Dermatologist Approved! =)

SkinMedica’s SPF won’t make your skin angry… AND it’s Dermatologist Approved! =)

This oil-free, fragrance-free SPF offers fairly-creamy-yet-sheer broad spectrum defense against UVA/UVB for even the most reactive or sensitive skin types. (If you despise coconut-scented, greasy SPF that makes your eyes water, this might be good for you)
The “physical” part of the title means that this is product features non-chemical SPF ingredients (Dr. Erickson’s favorite sunscreen elements) titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Not sure what type of sunscreen is best for you? We have tons of other options too, and can help you incorporate new and fun goodies into your existing regimen, too. Give us a call anytime: 312-300-6858, the girls here at Erickson Dermatology will help steer you in the right direction! Jennifer and I are both licensed Aestheticians, so we LOVE chatting about this kind of thing.
…Oh, and there’s free shipping for our clients within the US, so give us a ring even if you’re busy enjoying the Spring!