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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.
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.
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.
All products mentioned above are available at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology.
Regimen assessments and consultations are complimentary.
Even dating back to Nefertiti – who was known for her elegant profile – a long, smooth, young-looking neck has been a gold standard symbol of youth and beauty. Contemporary women are now availing themselves to early intervention and corrective, high-tech procedures to tighten, plump, smooth and slim with little or no downtime – and neck treatments are more popular than ever.
Neck Treatment Popularity: Why Now?
Since injectables (fillers and BOTOX) and laser treatments (like Halo and BBL) became popular and accessible, many women found that having facial wrinkles or discoloration was no longer inevitable. But while the facial skin may look beautiful, the untreated neck can reveal years of sun damage, hereditary sagging and drooping, spotty skin and lumpy fat pockets.
The numerous options for non-surgical treatment, paired with the thought of having a wattle or a falling chin is enough to make younger women jump into prevention – and women of many ages to seek correction.
Dr Quenby Erickson, board certified Chicago Dermatologist, gives us her take on which treatments to consider for your age:
What to do in your 20s:
Maintain, Maintain, Maintain
Maintaining the skin in earlier stages will potentially set you up for less correction later. “The benefit of starting young is that you will need less drastic treatments in the future,” says Dr. Erickson.
SPF, Retinol, and the Nefertiti Lift
“Women in their 20s should use an SPF on the neck daily, as well as a gentle retinol product to maintain the quality of the skin” says Dr. Erickson. “The Nefertiti Lift (Botox in the rope-like platysmal cords under the jaw and the chin) can help to keep the neck and jowls from sagging, which is a great preventative technique,”
What to do in your 30s:
“Again, if you start when you’re in your 20s or 30s, there’s a chance you’ll need fewer and less-corrective treatments later..”
The Nefertiti Lift
Dr. Erickson goes on to explain that “Most people in their 30s are still in the ‘prevention’ category. Botox in the platysmal bands (Nefertiti Lift) becomes essential to maintain the youthfulness of the neck”
Light Chemical Peels and Gentle Laser
“Periodic chemical peel treatments, or light laser treatments to tighten the skin can also be great options for people in their 30s”
Many people (men and women) who are most troubled by the dreaded double chin are not yet at the midcentury mark. “Some people were born with submental fullness (fat under the jaw). Kybella is a great tool to slim and smooth for anyone who notices a little extra fat,” says Dr. Erickson.
What to do in your 40s:
In the 40s, gravity kicks in, resulting in laxity, sagging, looser skin, and free-falling fat. “The element of correction starts in the 40s” says Dr. Erickson. “By the time you’re 40, you have some sun damage that needs to be reversed.
Laser Treatments and Pelleve
“Since collagen and elastin production slows down as we get older, laser treatments like Halo, MicrolaserPeel and BBL become important to stimulate collagen, improve texture and tone, and improve color. In addition, Pelleve treatments deliver radiofrequency energy into the skin to stimulate new collagen to smooth and tighten.”
The Nefertiti Lift
Those thin and ropey cords under the chin can get stronger and tend to protrude while contracting in the 40s. “This causes a softening of the curve between the neck and the chin – softening into a curve that used to be more like a right angle when you’re younger” Botox can relax this, making the jawline more defined and prevent the cords from becoming even stronger.
While double chins can occur at many ages, they can also come along with age as the skin becomes less taught, sagging sets in, and we naturally gain some fat. Kybella is injected into the subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) to destroy the fat cells and smooth the area.
“If you have horizontal lines, then you want to get a filler sooner than later to prevent them from getting deeper” says Dr. Erickson.
“Nectifirm is a powerful antioxidant and peptide-based treatment cream formulated to address the changes that occur as the skin on your neck ages. My patients love it.” says Dr. Erickson.
What to do in your 50s, 60s, and Beyond:
As skin loses more of its tautness, muscles continue to weaken, and gravity rears its ugly head, “It’s important to tailor treatments to the patient. At this point, the types and frequency of treatments can depend on how much prevention has been done,”
The skin on the neck is so delicate, treatments need to be gentle and numerous to be effective when you haven’t maintained over the years”
Dr Erickson goes on to explain, “ Typically patients in this age group can be candidates for lower neck lifts, but now that we have non-surgical options that can make a significant improvement, we can sometimes stave off the knife. …That being said, surgery won’t correct the skin. For this reason, (whether you’re a candidate for a surgery or not) Botox, Kybella, laser, and filling neck creases are very common treatments for this age group.”
The Nefertiti Lift
Yes, The Nefertiti Lift –again. In the 50’s and throughout the years, the continuous pull-down by these ropey bands gets stronger. Dr. Erickson explains that generally at this age range, “Often prevention has not been done with Botox in the neck – so there is a need for more frequent correction.”
These platysmal bands continue to cause a softening of the curve between the neck and the chin – an area that’s more like a right angle when you’re younger” Botox can relax this, making the jawline more defined and preventing the cords from becoming even stronger over time.
Laser Treatments and Pelleve
As skin loses more of its tautness, treatments like Halo laser and MicrolaserPeel are essential to correct and stimulate new collagen. “Crepey, thin skin becomes more taught and smooth with numerous, gentle treatments,” says Dr. Erickson.
Dr. Erickson goes on to explain that Pelleve treatments are often used to stimulate collagen to firm and help to make skin tighter and more plump.
In addition to filling horizontal lines, fillers can be used to boost temples, lift cheeks, and fill the hollows below the mouth. Fillers can also help to uplift and fill jowling-areas, contributing to a smoother and more elegant look.
“Nectifirm contains powerful ingredients designed to rejuvenate your neck area by treating it differently than the skin on your face. Continuous use of this product really seems to make a difference in the skin.” Says Dr. Erickson.
“Well, there’s no cookbook” concludes Dr. Erickson. “Everyone is different. Although some women may just start to notice changes in their necks in their 40s and 50s, others may have significant sun damage and need for correction in the 20s and 30s. In fact, more and more women in their 20s and 30s are asking for neck-treatments than ever.”
The Recipe for Correction: Gentle and Frequent
In the non-surgical world, ‘quick-fix’ is a term that goes hand-in-hand with ‘magic wand’.
“That doesn’t mean that we can’t correct skin that’s more advanced in the aging process,’ Dr Erickson explains “It just means there may be more treatments to achieve the desired results. Again, because of the delicate nature of the skin, treatments must be gentle. Just be patient and consistent. You’ll tend to see a great result if you do.”
It’s a burning question that many who are considering the Coolsculpting procedure have: “Does Coolsculpting work?”
Also known as cryo- lipolysis, Coolsculpting is a non-surgical procedure that freezes fat cells. The surrounding tissue stays healthy, and the fat cells (now damaged from being frozen during the procedure) slowly die off, leaving your body newly-contoured.
But does it really work?
“Of course it works,” says Dr. Quenby Erickson, board-certified dermatologist. “You can spend hours in the gym and lose weight, only to see those stubborn trouble areas stick around.”
Recalling her own personal experience with Coolsculpting, Dr Erickson noted that no matter how big or small she had gotten in the past, her inner thighs still always rubbed together. “That is, until Coolsculpting,” she says, smiling. “Now I feel better in my clothes, in dresses, shorts, even while I’m working out.”
So, what if you have multiple pesky pockets of fat? Where do you start?
“It’s that one trouble area; no matter how hard you work, that’s always a disappointment… That’s often the first area you’d treat with coolsculpting.”
Why? “Because it really makes you realize the difference. You see the changes,” says Dr. Erickson. “Our patients love it. I think it really makes them feel good. I think for many people, it makes them feel better in (and out!) of their clothes.”
…And really, who wouldn’t want that?
We’ve received some really good skin-related questions from our patients and friends, and thought we’d like to share Dr. Quenby Erickson’s comments and thoughts in response.
Here’s a great summer-related question from one of our fantastic clients:
Q: “What sunscreen products are safe to use on a baby?”
A: “Gentle products with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide (physical sunscreen elements which reflect and scatter UVA/UVB). Products that contain these ingredients include SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense, Neutrogena PureScreen, and Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block (which contains a whopping 18.5% zinc oxide!)”.
Dr Erickson cautions parents though, adding that “Direct and prolonged sun exposure is always to be avoided, and in infants especially. Their skin is much more delicate. Some people may have the misguided thought that if the baby has sun block on, that being out in direct sun is “OK”. It’s very important to understand that these sunscreen products are only a recommendation to add to the rest of the safe sun practices: seek shade, cover anything you can with UPF clothing, and avoid the mid day hours when the sun is hottest.” (This means you too, adults!)
So, no matter what your age, play it safe out there this summer!
Interested UPF clothing? Click here to check out Coolibar, one of Dr. Erickson’s favorite UPF brands.
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.
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.
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).
In or Around Chicago and need a bit of a lift? Call Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology today to schedule your consultation!
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