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The Best (& Worst!) Cities for Skin

10 best and worst cities for your skinYou can see it lurking in a hazy layer over large cities. Its foul stench follows you through the streets. Sometimes you can even taste it. The culprit is smog. If the thought of breathing in a lungful of smog makes you choke because of the damage it can do to your respiratory system, you won’t be surprised to know that smog can also damage your skin.

Charlotte is one of the worst cities for the skin on our list because of its high ozone and pollution levels, with 26.2 high-ozone days out of the year. The American Lung Association also ranked Charlotte as the tenth worst city for ozone pollution in the US in 2010. Why is it so polluted? It may have something to do with the lack of air flow in the city on the hottest days of the year, which can be related to its geographic location: in the middle between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Coal-powered plants might also play a factor, as well as population growth.

Smog is a chemical cocktail of low-level ozone (molecules of three oxygen atoms bound together), particulates (such as dust, soot and smoke), and other pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and lead. When pollutants in the atmosphere are absorbed through your skin, your whole body can suffer the consequences.

You hear a lot about the ozone layer these days, and for good reason. The ozone layer in the stratosphere, or upper atmosphere, protects you by blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun, but ozone in the troposphere, or ground level, is a major component in smog.  When the sun’s rays hit the smog, it breaks down into free radicals. If they enter the body, the free radicals bounce all over the place within the cells and chip away the cells’ walls. Several diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, have been linked to free radical damage.

In addition to being a factor in serious diseases, free radical damage can also cause premature aging. When the pollutants in smog rob your skin of its oxygen supply, the result is signs of aging, such as wrinkles and loss of elasticity in the skin. If you already have mature skin, you will be more susceptible to high pollution concentrations because your ability to fight free radicals diminishes as you get older.

Fortunately, if you live in Charlotte – or any area with a significant amount of pollution, you don’t have to pack your bags!  (We ❤ Charlotte!)  There are measures you can take to protect your skin from pollution.

  • Antioxidant nutrients help to block free-radical activity in the body, so include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet.
  • Many skincare products contain antioxidant ingredients, such as vitamins A, C, and E-  Obagi has a popular Vitamin C serum line which neutralizes free radicals to prevent skin cell damage.  Skinceuticals also have an entire skincare line devoted to Prevention.
  • Cleanse your skin thoroughly at night to wash off collected dirt and grime.
  • Water: Stay hydrated to flush toxins through your system and keep your skin (and entire body) healthy.
  • Sunscreen!: The diminishing ozone layer results in increased UV exposure, more sunburns, and higher rates of melanoma. UV exposure increases free radical activity. Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and ozone.

For more information on skincare or any products mentioned, please contact one of the skincare experts at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh.  919.785.1220 or info@drgmdavis.com.

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Microdermabrasion June special + sunscreen bonus!

June microdermabrasion special at Davis Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Raleigh, NC

June microdermabrasion special at Davis Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Raleigh, NC

Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh has put together an amazing skincare treat for you this June!  If you’ve never tried a diamond microdermabrasion facial (regularly $99,) try one this month for only $50.   And once you are enjoying that smooth new skin, we NEED you to protect it!  Especially with this weeks news coverage.  Year-round use of sunscreen significantly slows the aging of skin caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, according to the first rigorous study of its kind.  So with your $50 facial this month, we are including a FREE UltaMD full size sunscreen ($27 value!)  This is a great opportunity for only $50 to kick off summer with gorgeous and healthy skin.  We invite you to call Davis Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics to find out more about this special and to book your free consultation with one of our skin care experts.

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What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, pain-free treatment that resurfaces the skin by gently exfoliating the topmost layer of the dermis to remove dead skin cells, even out the texture and pigmentation, improve the appearance of wrinkles and acne scarring leaving the skin healthier, softer and firmer. It requires no downtime.

Results are gradual and vary according to skin condition and number of treatments. Most people experience softer, smoother skin after their 1st treatment.

Why is Diamond Microdermabrasion better than Crystal Microdermabrasion?

  • Latest technology in microdermbrasion
  • No crystal residue on the skin, eyes, hair or floating in the air
  • No need to wear protective eye goggles or mask
  • No environmentally hazardous waste

Who Can Benefit?

Diamond Microdermabrasion is beneficial to all skin types but specially anyone who wants improvement on specific conditions such as:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Acne scarring and acne hyper pigmentation
  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Appearance of fine and deep lines (wrinkles)
  • Loss of elasticity and firmness
  • Stretch Marks

How Often Should I have Diamond Microdermabrasion?

A series of treatments is highly recommended in order to achieve optimal results. After the series is completed maintenance every 8-10 weeks is advised. An home skincare regimen prescribed by Patricia Casey, LME is essential to complement and enhance the results of the Microdermabrasion treatment at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC.

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Could a Chemical Peel be right for you?

Sun exposure, acne and just getting older can leave skin tone uneven, wrinkled, scarred and discolored. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, a chemical peel may be a great option. Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face to smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes to produce healthy, glowing skin. Davis Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in Raleigh offer a variety of chemical peels ranging from mild to strong, thus providing each patient with results customized to their skin’s individual needs. To speak with a skincare expert, please call our office for a complimentary consultation at 919.785.1220.  

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SKINMEDICA Peels

Our SkinMedica peels offer a comprehensive peel system that consists of three different chemical peels with different strengths designed to produce various degrees of exfoliation depending on each patient’s individual needs.

ILLUMINIZE PEEL

The Illuminize Peel is our gentlest peel — great for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle, very superficial peel to make their skin brighter and more radiant. It restores a more youthful appearance and improves clarity, color and skin texture. Patients achieve enhancement of the skin appearance with minimal downtime as there is no visible peeling.

VITALIZE PEEL

The Vitalize Peel is a step up from the Illuminize Peel and targets mild to moderate pigment abnormalities, hyperpigmentation, Melasma, and sun damage. It is SkinMedica’s most popular chemical peel and is suitable for all skin types. There is very little downtime (2 – 3 days of peeling) with results after just one peel and significant results after three to six peels.

REJUVENIZE PEEL

The Rejuvenize Peel is the deepest of the SkinMedica Peels, penetrating into the skin to produce significant results with minimal irritation. The Rejuvenize peel is great for patients with moderate to severe skin conditions including sun damage, lines and wrinkles, acne, acne scarring and melasma. The Rejuvenize Peel produces moderate peeling for 2 – 5 days, so the downtime is slightly more than that of the Vitalize Peel.

OBAGI BLUE RADIANCE PEEL –

Using a blend of salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids and other soothing ingredients, the Radiance Peel™ exfoliates the uppermost damaged skin layers, leaving your skin fresh, renewed, and radiant!

-Gentle yet effective without downtime and with little to no flaking
-Produces instant radiance. 92% of patients reported tighter, smoother and brighter looking skin after 1 treatment
-Safe for ALL skin types
-Treats skin conditions including acne, sun damage, and fine lines
-Duration of peel: 30min

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Look And Feel Great This Spring, Despite Allergy Symptoms

During allergy season, many women find themselves reaching for tissues and wondering why they even bothered putting on eye makeup in the morning.  It seems exceptionally rough in Raleigh this Spring!

Women often report that eye allergy symptoms like red, puffy eyes make them look exhausted or like they have been crying. Itchy eyes can lead to frequent rubbing, which can cause makeup to smudge. As a result, many women say they feel tired and unattractive during allergy season. That’s at least three months per year of potential misery!  Additionally, many contact lens wearers with eye allergies say that their allergy symptoms make them feel ‘uncomfortable’ when wearing their contacts and cause disruption to their beauty routines.

Feel Your Best

  • For allergy sufferers who want to wear or remain in contacts, some doctors recommend daily disposable lenses such as 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses.  Putting in a clean, fresh lens every day minimizes the potential for accumulation of allergens and irritants that can often build up with repeated use of the same pair of lenses.
  • Some doctors also recommend being cautious with allergy pills that claim to ease allergy symptoms. Quite frequently, allergy medication can dry the eyes. Try taking it at night if you still need to take something so the drying effect is not as dramatic. Talk to your doctor about what medication(s) are best for you.
  • Use transient-preserved or preservative-free artificial tears.
  • Talk to your Eye Care Professional about any questions or concerns you have regarding eye health or the proper wear and care of your contact lenses. He or she can work with you to determine the appropriate lens and replacement frequency for you, as well as other solutions to eye related problems.

Look Your Best

  • Put in your contact lenses before applying any makeup. This will help prevent makeup residue from getting on your lenses, so you’ll avoid eye irritation from makeup particles.
  • Try using a cold compress to ease redness, puffiness and dark circles – but better yet, try cold sliced fresh potatoes underneath your eyes — the enzyme catecholase (or catechol oxidase) helps diminish dark circles.
  • To offset bloodshot eyes, we recommend using bluish eyeliner on your inner rims. Cobalt and emerald eye liner were everywhere at the spring 2013 runway shows, such as Christian Dior and Anna Sui.   You can also use light, shimmery champagne-colored shadow — instead of dark smoky eye makeup — to draw in light and brighten your eyes.
  • Rely on waterproof formulas for mascara and eyeliner, as allergy-sufferers are often prone to watery, teary eyes, which can cause the “raccoon” effect. In case you are tearing up, an oil-absorbing sheet can be used to blot into lower lashes, and remove hints of oil and waxiness.
  • Pollen is worse in the mornings.  If possible, stay indoors until early afternoon.  If you do spend an extended period of time outside, make sure to cover your hair or wash it as soon as you get inside.

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If you’ve got a tip for looking and/or feeling good this season – email it to us at info@drgmdavis.com.  We’d love to feature it on our Pinterest or Facebook page!

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