Posts Tagged ‘dermatology’

Maintain Healthy Skin, No Matter Your Age

Keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy as you age can seem like a complicated, time-consuming and expensive task. However, maintaining good health as you get older can translate into beautiful skin and a confident appearance.

blog_woman in mirrorCooper Clinic Dermatologist Dr. Helen Kaporis recommends using daily sunblock with SPF higher than 30. Sunblock not only reduces the risk of developing skin cancer, but also decreases premature collagen breakdown. We naturally lose one teaspoon of collagen each year in our face, and sunblock helps prevent additional breakdown.

Dr. Kaporis also notes that daily use of antioxidants can help diminish environmental free radicals that cause oxidative stress on skin. Antioxidants such as Obagi Vitamin C Serum or Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel Pump are her top recommendations. In addition, tretinoin or retinol can help reverse photo aging, fine lines and dyspigmentation.

Finally, Dr. Kaporis suggests using moisturizers with ceramics, such as Elta MD Lotion or Cerave Cream, on dry skin that develops over time. These products will help lock in moisture and repair damaged skin.

Cooper Spa’s newest esthetician, Andrea Rankin, also shares her own tips that can help you age beautifully:

  • Less is best! Too much product will strip your skin of the acid mantle, the skin’s natural protector, and imbalance your pH levels.
  • Wash your face both morning and night – and after any workout. Even if you don’t have time to fully shower, use a towelette on your face, neck and back to remove toxins and bacteria. And, if you have time, use a toner to moisturize and protect your skin until you have time to shower.
  • Before bed, wash your face properly and use moisturizer for soft and supple skin.
  • To support your diet for healthy skin, take Cooper Complete Dermatologic Health to be sure you’re taking in the proper nutrients.
  • Exfoliate once a week. Men typically exfoliate as they shave every day, but don’t forget to exfoliate your nose and forehead, too!

Andrea’s favorite age-defying skin care products include:

  • SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interrupter
    • Improves skin creping and thinning
    • Corrects the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and rough texture
    • Restores water and nutrients to improve the appearance of skin elasticity
    • Restores comfort to dry, aging skin
  • SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Cream
    • Helps protect against stress factors and environmental aggressors
    • Combats the appearance of puffiness, sagging skin and dark circles
    • Supports the skin’s natural hydration
    • Suitable for normal, combination and oily aging skin

Focusing on skin care at any age is an important part of keeping your body healthy. Prevention is key – the more you can take care of and protect your skin in your younger years, the less your skin will seem to age in your later years. But remember, it’s never too late to start a skin care routine that will leave you looking and feeling beautiful!

How to Protect Your Skin, Sunscreen and Beyond

December 2, 2013 1 comment

In honor of American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) National Healthy Skin Month in November, Flora S. Kim, MD, FAAD, Preventive and Cosmetic Dermatologist at Cooper Clinic shares how to maintain healthy skin. Most people know that the AAD recommends a daily use of SPF 30, but what else can we do protect our skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun?

Dr. Kim recommends using an antioxidant serum. This is an extra step that you can easily add to your morning regime to give your skin extra protection. “Sunscreens are a great first line of defense, but they are imperfect—UV rays are going to get to your skin,” Dr. Kim said.

Sunscreens block the UV rays, while the antioxidant serum neutralizes the free radicals that are formed to add another level of protection. Like Dr. Kim said, the serum is a great second line of defense, but not a replacement for sunscreen. Even in the winter it is important to protect your skin.

Which serums do you recommend? Every product is different for every skin type. What works for your best friend, will not necessarily work for you. Cooper Clinic Dermatology recommends SkinCeuticals® products and the NEOCUTIS RéACTIVE Anti-oxidant Serum. Depending on the serum, Dr. Kim recommends you wash your face, apply the serum, apply a daily moisturizer, sunscreen and then makeup (if you wear it).

As an analogy Dr. Kim compared our skin to a banana. “It’s oxygen that makes us age. It’s like opening a banana—at first it’s white and pure and over time it starts to form dark spots. In essence, that’s what’s happening to our skin over decades. UV rays trigger the aging process.”

What if I use a moisturizer or makeup with SPF?

Moisturizer with SPF is better than not using any at all, but if you have the time it’s better to wear a dedicated sunscreen. The SPF is diluted in the moisturizer. Even if it is an SPF 30, you probably won’t actually receive SPF 30 because you aren’t putting enough on.

The most important thing with sunscreens is to reapply—after two hours it’s probably already gone. Sunscreen is wiped off, sweated off and isn’t always applied evenly.

Realistically, women are not going to reapply their sunscreen lotion over their makeup throughout the day. It’s not feasible to take off make up, apply sunscreen and reapply make up.

For extra protection use a sunscreen powder. Colorescience® and Jane Iredale® sell make up with sunscreen or loose powder (color or sheer) with SPF 30, which is approved by Skin Cancer Foundation. The powder is very easy to reapply and will not mess up your makeup.  

What are other alternatives?

If you don’t want to use the traditional lotion sunscreen, there are many other options. It also comes in foams, gels, sprays, and powders. Did you know clothes are a form of SPF? There are now laundry detergents you can add to your washing machine to add extra protection to your clothes.

Invest in your health. It’s so much easier to prevent aging—once you have the wrinkles and the dark brown spots, we have techniques to help. Add a serum of a loose powder to your daily routine to give your skin a second line of defense.

For more information about Cosmetic and Preventive Dermatology at Cooper Clinic call 972.367.6000 or request an appointment.

Welcome Dr. Flora Kim

Your skin says a lot about your health. At Cooper Clinic we’re pleased to welcome our new dermatologist Flora Kim, MD, Imageto help you take care of yours. Dr. Kim joins the Dermatology department as a medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatologist. In this role she will perform preventive screenings to ensure that your skin stays healthy. And she’ll help keep skin beautiful through a variety of cosmetic procedures such Botox, Dermal Fillers, Laser Treatments and Vein Therapies.

Dr. Kim was most recently a dermatologist at Ann Arbor Dermatology in Ann Arbor, MI. and prior to that a dermatologist at Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Born in South Korea, Dr. Kim spent most of her childhood years in France, and then moved to the suburbs of New York City. She graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and pursed a job in investment banking. After September 11, 2001, Dr. Kim decided to change careers and attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine where she earned a medical degree. Dr. Kim completed her Internal Medicine Internship at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and her Dermatology Residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

We are glad to have her back in Dallas and of course at Cooper Clinic. To schedule a consultation with her today call Cooper Clinic Dermatology at 972.367.6000 or send an email.

CNN, Tom Joyner, and Cooper Clinic

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

For several years, Cooper Clinic has had the honor of being the doctor to radio’s star host Tom Joyner. Annually, Tom has a campaign that encourages listeners to “Take a Loved One to the Doctor.” This year, Tom decided to take his good friend CNN Weekend Anchor TJ Holmes to Cooper Clinic for his first physical exam in 10 years.

Here are two segments about TJ’s experience.

Tanned Skin is Damaged Skin

In light of the proposed new taxes and expanded restrictions on the use of tanning beds,  it’s important to be cautioned about that “healthy glow.”

People underestimate the damage you can do to your skin with just one trip to a tanning bed or one day laying out by the pool

There are two obvious dangers associated with tanning:

1. Increased risk for melanoma

More and more cases of melanoma are being diagnosed each year, and in an alarmingly younger audience. In fact, according to a recent National Institute of Cancer study the rate of melanoma cases among young women has tripled since 1973.

People under 30 that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by nearly 75 percent. Furthermore, last July the World Health Organization listed ultraviolet radiation-emitting beds as “carcinogenic to humans,” its highest category of cancer risk. It’s plain to see that tanning and its association with melanoma is a telltale sign what you’re doing is bad for your health.

2. Deteriorating beauty

If the risk of cancer wasn’t enough to scare people away from the tanning beds, maybe the damage to healthy, vibrant and youthful skin will be. Tanning causes premature aging, leathery skin and can cause sun spots later in life, among other damages.

There are alternatives to tanning in a bed now, so don’t put yourself in harm’s way. The secret to having skin that anyone would covet? Airbrush tanning If you think tan equates to the beauty, try spray tanning.

For more information on Cooper Clinic Dermatology Services, visit our website or call 972.367.6000.