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Transform your skin in 12 months: The Ultimate Month to Month Guide for a More Youthful You!



New Year, New YOU!

Transform your skin in 12 months: The Ultimate Month to Month Guide for a More Youthful You!

As the New Year approaches, many of us are making our list of resolutions which for the most part will not survive past the third week of January. Achieve attainable results with celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Schweitzer’s 12 month plan to maintain a healthy and younger YOU throughout the New Year.

JANUARY: Evaluate and get to know your skin.

For most people our skin changes over time. The first step in finding the right skin care regimen is understanding the needs of your skin type. Classify your skin as to one of the following skin types: Oily, Sensitive, Dry, Acne Prone, or Combination. An individualized skin care regimen is key to achieving a healthier skin and dermatologists can guide you in selecting skin care products designed for your type of skin.

Include in your daily skin care routine a daily moisturizer appropriate for your skin type which contains a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher and give it a few weeks to work. Prioritize your aging-skin concerns and address your #1 concern. Using too many anti-aging products at once can irritate your skin. Have realistic expectations as over the counter anti-aging products deliver limited results.

FEBRUARY: Implement small changes that can make a BIG difference

ALWAYS protect your skin from the sun and other harmful UV rays such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps. USE a moisturizer daily to preserve moisture in your skin. WASH your skin with a soap-free cleanser twice daily and after sweating. STOP smoking to prevent a dull and dry complexion, leathery looking skin, and premature lines and wrinkles. EAT healthy foods which include lean proteins, veggies, fruit, nuts, and healthy fats. HYDRATE your skin by drinking plenty of water daily. SLEEP well to give your skin time to renew and refresh itself. STRESS LESS try working on techniques to reduce stress.

MARCH: Enlist a Pro

Having a dermatologist by your side will help you achieve visible results as they are the skin experts and can recommend treatments which will change the structure of your skin so you will look and feel your best. Include a medical grade chemical peel into your monthly routine to effectively peel away fine lines and wrinkles, build collagen, improve crepey and loose skin, and enhance the overall texture of the skin.

These medical treatments are best performed by a dermatologist. Medical grade chemical peels can penetrate into the deep layers of the skin and are very effective in improving signs of aging on face, neck, hands, and chest. These are used for the treatment of: Acne, age spots, discolorations, dull complexion, rough skin, fine lines, freckles, melasma, sun damage, and for collagen building.

APRIL: Welcome Spring with a Pick-me-upper

Spring time is the perfect time to show off your improved complexion and get a renewed fresher look. This can be easily achieved by introducing injectables into your plan. Botulinum toxin A injection therapy is one of the quickest, most popular treatments for giving you a more youthful look. Dysport® (pronounced DIS-port) is a form of botulinum toxin A. In most cases, it takes effect quicker and lasts longer than other popular brands of muscle relaxers. If you’ve had enough of those creams that claim to help with wrinkles, it may not be a bad idea to look into using the services professional surgeons like Dr. Swail have to offer. If it gets you the results you’re after, that’s what matters at the end of the day. From frown lines, forehead wrinkles, to crow’s feet, it can give you a refreshed look and improve your wrinkles at the same time.

Dermal fillers (such as Restylane Silk®, Restylane-L®, and Restylane Lyft®) are a quick way to get almost instant improvement on deep facial wrinkles, skin folds, add volume and fullness to the skin, resulting in a more youthful and renewed YOU. A full facial rejuvenation can be achieved simply by using the right amount of dermal filler in the areas of deficit of your face, achieving beautiful results. Don’t forget your beautiful smile! A natural lip augmentation can give you a more youthful Spring smile and it is done in one single treatment.

MAY: Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Your best tool to prevent skin cancer is sunscreen! Choosing and properly applying sunscreen is key to reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that consumers use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, is broad spectrum and water resistant. These should be stated on the sunscreen label. Apply generously to sun exposed areas and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.

JUNE: Summerize your skin care routine

As warmer weather approaches most people are gearing up for the beach and updating their warm weather wardrobe. Embrace your SPF! It is very important to use a daily moisturizer with SPF during the year. Also, include a lip balm with SPF to further protect your skin.


JULY: Summer Heat is here!

We all love that Summer feeling but as the heat increases your skin takes a high toll. Sun protection is a must!

APPLY a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more, generously to all exposed skin. Don’t forget your feet if you will be wearing sandals. RE-APPLY sunscreen approximately every two hours, immediately after swimming or sweating. BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS when you are near water, concrete, and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging sun rays. SEEK SHADE when available. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10: 00 am and 2:00 pm, if your shadow is shorter than you are, find a shady spot. WEAR a large brimmed hat and sunglasses. HYDRATE your body by drinking enough water.

AUGUST: Back to School, Back to YOU!

Get back on track with your monthly plan. This is the perfect time to re-evaluate your skin care routine and include products that contain the latest innovative ingredients that have emerged on the skin care market.

Do not forget your hands and neck! Your hands and neck are the first giveaways of aging. A range of issues can affect the appearance of one’s neck and hands, depending upon age, sun damage, muscle weakening, skin laxity, and weight. There are different anti-aging products and non-invasive treatment options that can vastly improve the appearance on younger looking neck and hands. Your dermatologist can help you navigate through your choices.

SEPTEMBER: Turn back the clock in time for the Holiday Season! Yes, September is the perfect month to start on your Holiday Glow. There are a variety of treatments that can help you achieve your best look during the Holidays.

Micro-needling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma processed from the patient’s own blood). This innovative treatment uses minute medical grade sterile pins to lightly penetrate the skin while the PRP delivers a high concentration of biologically nutrient-rich cells and growth factors into the skin to stimulate collagen production.

Fractora™ fractional radiofrequency skin rejuvenation and resurfacing is an effective treatment to slow the effects of aging and restore your skin, so you can look and feel younger. It can be used to improve fine or deep lines, lift droopy skin, skin tone, texture, pigment irregularities, blood vessels, and redness. It is commonly used to revitalize the appearance of the skin on your face, neck, upper chest, forearms and hands.

OCTOBER: Get rid of those pesky spots on your face and Spider Veins on your legs!

Dark spots and sun damage: Try a photo-facial! Lumecca is a state of the art treatment to treat vascular conditions such as broken capillaries, uneven skin tone, age spots, and refine large pores. This powerful intense pulsed light treatment can be done on face, neck, décolletage, arms, hands, and legs. IPL also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which plumps up the skin resulting in a fresher and more youthful appearance.

Leg veins: Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for treating spider and reticular veins on the thighs and legs. A sclerosing agent gets injected into the veins which causes the inner lining of the veins become irritated, causing them to shrink and become less visible.

NOVEMBER: Time to get ready for Summer!

Most people are not thinking of Summer during the Winter season however, this is the perfect time to prepare for Summer. Body contouring and cellulite treatments are perfect during this time as some procedures take time to deliver the best outcome and may need a number of sessions. Body FX is the latest non-invasive technology for improving the unsightly appearance of cellulite, reduce dimpled skin, improve loss of elasticity on areas such as abdomen, love handles, back, arms, and thighs. Additionally it is a wonderful alternative to liposuction as it contours and reshapes problem areas.

DECEMBER: Celebrate YOUR success!
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