Posts for category: Skin Care

By Z Dermatology
December 03, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Sun Damage  

 

Call it what you will: elephant skin, paper-thin skin or grandma skin—it’s all the same, and it’s all crepey. “Crepey skin is one of the most difficult signs of skin aging to prevent because it has so many different causes and can occur on so many different parts of the body,” says New York dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD. But, just because your skin is starting to have a mind of its own and lacks the firmness it used to have, doesn’t mean you have to live with it like that.

Why Your Skin Ages

As you enter your 40s, the thinning of your skin accelerates. This isn’t a change you’ll see overnight—it’s likely to take weeks, or even months, for the texture of your skin to transform. Melbourne, FL, dermatologist Anita Saluja, MDsays there are a few elements that cause skin to become crepey. “The sun, a loss of collagen and elastin, and a decline in moisture due to aging, can all cause changes in texture.” Crepey skin becomes more pronounced when there’s a significant amount of fat loss in the area (from aging or weight loss). “Chronic use of medications like steroids can also be a causative factor,” adds Dr. Saluja. A decrease in female hormones, which leads to dry skin, contributes to crepiness on the arms and thighs more so than the face. Hormonal replacement therapies may help improve the look of the skin.

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What it Looks Like 
Skin that has turned crepey is thin, loose and flaccid with a certain degree of sagging. Sacramento, CA, dermatologist Suzanne Kilmer, MD, says that crepey skin doesn’t look nearly as thick or plump as younger skin does. Often compared to the thinness of a piece of paper or a crêpe, it’s the thinning of the dermis and epidermis that make skin look like this. “Crepey skin differs from other types of skin aging,” says Dr. Alexiades. “It first appears as an increase in skin markings, which look like little dots around the hair follicle that start to merge into linear or diamond-shaped marks and connect the dots together.” Over time, the subtle creases and pores in the skin slowly become exaggerated as the breakdown of collagen and elastin becomes more evident. From there, skin folds accumulate and skin starts to thin out. Whereas a stretch mark is the cause of a dermal tear in the skin and a loss of elastin, and a wrinkle forms from repeat motions in one area, crepey skin is more so the result of a lack of skin thickness.

Who it Effects
Everyone is susceptible to crepey skin, but some skin tones and types are more likely to experience it than others. Anyone who’s prone to sun damage and has little melanin in their skin—think fair- and lighter-toned types—and those who bake in the sun or use tanning beds, may see signs of it faster or more intensely. Certain ethnicities, such as Latinas, African Americans and Asians, inherently have thicker skin than others, which may hinder the effects of crepiness to some degree.

By Z Dermatology
November 05, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles  

Photo Credits: Zhur_Sa/ Shutterstock | Image Used for Illustrative Purpose Only

 

Wrinkles have long been a sign of aging, but sadly those fine lines might mean so much more than that. Sure, wrinkles can indicate beauty, wisdom and grace (along with another year around the sun), however, new research suggests they could be a sign of something much more sinister: heart disease.  

new study from France found that people with deeper forehead wrinkles than average for their age were more likely to die from heart disease compared to those with a smoother forehead. This proved to be the case for numerous participants, which added validation to the association between forehead wrinkles and an increased threat of heart disease.

 

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According to the study’s authors, thanks to this research, looking for these brow wrinkles could be an easy, low-cost way to identify those at-risk for heart disease. With that being said, it won’t replace the traditional techniques for assessing heart disease risks, like looking at high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

"You can't see or feel risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension," said one study author, Yolande Esquirol. "We explored forehead wrinkles as a marker because it's so simple and visual. Just looking at a person's face could sound an alarm, then we could give advice to lower risk."

While the exact reason for the link between the two is unknown, there's a few speculated theories up in the air. The main belief is that atherosclerosis—or hardening of the arteries due to plaque build-up—is at work, which can be a main contributor to cardiovascular events like heart attacks. The blood vessels in the forehead are so small that they could be more sensitive to this build up and result in changes in collagen proteins and oxidative stress which can also result in wrinkles.

Since this is the first discovered connection between forehead wrinkles and heart health, more research is needed to confirm these researcher's findings. However, the prospect of identifying heart disease in such a low-risk, low-cost manner has researchers and patients alike seriously excited about the future—after all, it could one day mean the difference between life and death. 

By Z Dermatology
October 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Z-Wave   Cellulite  

Smooth Tight SkinWould you like more flattering skin? Do you want to get rid of unwanted cellulite?

At Z Aesthetic Dermatology, Dr. Ann Zedlitz, in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, provides her patients with Z-wave, a machine designed to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.

More About Z-Wave

Z-Wave reduces cellulite on the legs and buttocks with the use of powerful sound waves that are transmitted into the tissue. It's basically a high radial pulse technology that was adapted to treat cellulite.

Although the impact of the procedure is temporary, it is very effective, quick, and gentle on your skin. Patients describe the treatment as feeling similar to a relaxing massage, so you don't need to worry about pain.

How Long Does It Take to See Visible Changes?

Since everyone has different amounts of cellulite, you'll need to speak with your Baton Rouge and Prairieville doctor about how many sessions you will need to undergo. Although everyone is unique, it generally takes 6 to 14 sessions to complete the treatment. You may see changes after 2-3 sessions, however, with your skin becoming smoother and firmer.

Again, make sure you consult with your doctor to ensure that you're a good candidate for the procedure and to find out how many sessions your body will need.

How Long Do Results Last?

The result-lasting duration varies from one person to another, but there are things you can do to ensure you make the most out of the time and money you spent on Z-Wave:

  • Regular refresher sessions
  • Exercise
  • Balanced diet

What Are Some Other Advantages of Z-Wave?

Advantages include painless treatment, no downtime after treatment, easy to operate, non-invasive treatment, visible results, and smooth skin.

Need a Consultation?

It's understandable if you have questions and/or concerns about this procedure. It's best to call Dr. Ann Zedlitz at her Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, offices at (225) 778-7540 to make an appointment today!

By Z Dermatology
September 17, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles  

Turning back the clock to reveal firmer, plumper, brighter skin doesn't always come easy, but these powerhouse anti-aging products can help set you on the right path. 

 

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Never-Fail Fix for Fuller Brows

Cara Delevingne’s thick, well-groomed brows aren’t only reserved for 20-somethings. RevitaBrow Advanced ($110) makes use of high-tech peptides to condition brows for a fuller look that perfectly frames your face. 

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Serious Solution for Thinning Strands

A couple pumps of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir ($20) on damp hair each day helps thicken weak, thinning strands to give them a fuller look. Plus, it’s lightweight (no greasy feeling) and has a fresh scent you’ll keep smelling all day.

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Kiss Your Gray Roots Goodbye

If pesky grays are popping up or color regrowth is causing you major hair drama, Madison Reed Root Reboot ($25) can help. It’s super easy to use—the sponge tip makes it mess-free—and blends seamlessly into your hair so no one will know you’re overdue with your colorist. 

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Hair Loss Helper That Really Works

Hair loss not only affects your appearance; it can cause a major dip in your confidence, too. Nutrafol for Women ($88) capsules provide a science-backed, drug-free antidote to help reveal fuller, thicker hair in just three to six months. 

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Drugstore Staple for Firmer Skin

One of the top age-defying products you can find at the drugstore, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($27) is formulated with a powerful mix of skin-plumping peptides and hyaluronic acid for firmer, tighter skin. 

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Most Effective Wrinkle-Erasing Retinol 

There is more than one reason why so many dermatologists recommend Obagi Retinol 1.0 ($61) . It’s lightweight yet heavy-hitting in its wrinkle-fighting properties, and it’s formulated with jojoba oil and shea butter to hydrate skin, too. 

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Youth in a Bottle

Minimizes fine lines? Check. Evens out skin tone? Check. Smooths rough skin? Check. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($281) is a powerful, does-it-all skin rejuvenator that seriously makes an impact in the youth-boosting department.

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Neck Cream That Delivers Noticeable Results

The skin on your neck deserves the same TLC you give your face. Revision Skincare Nectifirm ADVANCED ($129) utilizes peptides and antioxidants to smooth out wrinkles and crepey skin for a younger look. 

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Send Your Under-Bags Packing

When stressful days and sleepless nights lead to dark circles and bags, reach for Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift ($68), which tackles both while also de-puffing thanks to its cooling applicator. 

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All-In-One Age-Defying System

Tackle everything from fine lines and wrinkles to sun damage with the Jan Marini Skin Research Skin Care Management System ($300), a five-piece kit that uses potent ingredients like alphahydroxy acids and growth factors to transform skin. 

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Best Way to Bring the Doctor Home

If injections aren’t your thing but your wrinkles seem to look deeper every day, Fillerina PLUS Dermo Replenishing Treatment ($215) lets you temporarily “fill” them yourself at home thanks to six types of hyaluronic acid that instantly plump your skin. 

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Instant Savior for Super Dry Skin

Dry skin can accentuate fine lines and make any sign of a youthful glow disappear. PCA SKIN HydraLuxe Intensive Hydration ($147) is rich, creamy and packed with moisturizing snow algae to quench even the most dehydrated complexion

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
August 06, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Untagged

 

NewBeauty Award Winners: Celebrity Glam Squad Favorites

Photo Credits: Ninell/ Shutterstock | Image Used for Illustrative Purpose Only

Celebrities often rely on their own personal glam squads to create their red carpet–ready looks, but most of us don't have that luxury. Instead, we stock our vanities with a carefully curated arsenal of makeup and try our best. These winners make that process much easier.

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Get Budge-Proof Makeup

We’re hooked on the fine-yet-never-sticky mist of Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($32) that locks makeup in and let’s your face pull an all-nighter

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Beauty On the Go

A convenient and mess-free way to achieve flawless skin in seconds, the makeup-loaded stamp-pad in AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($60) delivers serious coverage without skimping on protection or moisture. 

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Cut the Creasing Out

You can forget about shadow that flakes, creases, smudges or disappears when you prep your lids with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($26), a creamy primer that maximizes the intensity and staying power of your favorite eye shadows. 

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Precision Eyeliner for a Perfect Look

Can’t decide between a thick flick and a thin line? That’s where MAC Cosmetics Brushstroke Liner ($21) comes in. With a precision-tip, tapered brush applicator that glides onto lids, this liquid eyeliner pen makes it easier than ever to get a perfectly lined eye. 

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For Nails On Point

When it comes to the best assortment of colors (more than 240 to be exact) that give your nails shine, OPI Nail Lacquer ($11) is the way to go. 

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Contour Queen

Some cream-based contour palettes are tricky to use and can make skin look streaky and “done.” Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit ($40) seamlessly blends into skin, leaving everyone thinking, “How are her cheeks that defined?” 

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Foundation That Won't Slip Off Your Skin

Unlike many matte foundations, Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation ($8) covers everything you want to hide while letting your skin show through. Never cakey or flat, this formula makes pores do a disappearing act. 

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Sweat in Style

Now that gym-approved makeup is a “thing,” you can bat perfect lashes courtesy of Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara ($23). Not only will your lashes look impeccable before you take the saddle in your favorite spin class, but they’ll also stay intact through the entire workout without any smearing, bleeding or feathering. 

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The Day in and Day Out Eye Shadow Palette

Of course, Drew Barrymore nailed it with her Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Eyeshadow Palette ($16), a foolproof mélange of 10 shades that easily take you from day to night and everywhere in between. 

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The Hardest-Working Eye Makeup Remover

Tugging and scrubbing your eyes to get every last trace of makeup off is never fun, and with Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($30), you don’t have to. It takes off the most stubborn liners, shadows and mascaras sans any red, irritated lids. 

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Smoky Eye Staple

If the name itself, Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky ($44), isn’t enough to sell you on the fact that these mineral shadows are a requirement for a smoldering eye, then the finishes—satin, matte and iridescent—ranging in color from light to dark will have you hooked. 

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Eyes Wide Open

A celebrity makeup artist staple, the cult-classicShiseido Eyelash Curler ($20) is a must-have for the sheer fact that it instantly morphs limp, straight lashes into perfectly curled ones with just the right amount of “lash flip.”