There are 5 stages of sleep,  Stages 3 and 4 are the most important stages and where the skin sees the most benefit. Stage 5 is the slow wave sleep stage and its about 35 minutes after you initially fall asleep. It is during this state of rest that the brain and muscle activity decrease, and the body starts to repair muscles and tissues. The body stimulates growth and development with growth hormones, boosts immunity, and builds energy in during this stage.

Here are some important factors that relate to sleep and your skin

Hormones: Sleep helps regulate your hormones, therefore a lack of sleep send critical hormones out of whack, to cause a host of skin and overall health issues.

Circulation: Proper circulation is needed for nourishment and detoxification, so if we lack sleep then this will slow down that process. Blood flow in the circulatory system delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Lymphatic Drainage: this is a vital component of the immune system and has 3 functions, which are to remove excess fluids from the body tissues, absorb fats and transport them to blood, and protects the body against disease. One third of a bodies lymph nodes are found on the face and neck. While we are sleeping the lymph system works at its optimal level, therefore if sleep is compromised we see such results as a build up of toxins and a swelling of the skin. Where it is most noticeable is puffiness in the face especially under the eyes. A build up of toxins in the face can show up as acne on the surface.

It is important to take care of your skin before bed because pollutants can build up on your face throughout the day. After first cleansing the skin a great product to use during the night would be a Vitamin A Cream

This is known as a skin normalizer and it helps to repair at night.


Skin During Pregnancy:

As many of us know, or have seen, skin during pregnancy is often associated with a healthy glow. This glow however is not absolute and is balanced by a long list of not always comfortable and not always beautiful side effects. Hormones during pregnancy can be extremely erratic which tends to have a negative impact on the skin, and can even worsen pre-existing skin conditions like rosacea, acne, or dermatitis. Pregnancy can also make skin reactive to ingredients that never previously had an effect on the skin , or even improve pre-existing conditions.

Pregnancy may promote healthier skin, hair, and nails but is often accompanied by acne, unwanted hair growth, hair thinning, exacerbated existing skin conditions, pigmentation, spider veins, and stretch marks.

Check out some great skin care products for pregnant or breast feeding women.   


There are so many cons to having oily skin, one of the biggest I can think of is Acne. But many people never knew this but there are some pros to having oily skin too! First oily skin provides a natual UV protection. Oily skin tends to burn less . Most importantly Oily skin is said to age slower. Because of the prolonged hydration that the oil provides people will see less wrinkles when it counts!  Lastly it is said that sebum delivers essential nutrients such as Vitamin E to the skin, which is an antioxidant that protects humans from free radicals.


Lets face it, our lives are busy, we work hard, we are always on the go, and we cant always eat as healthy as we might want to. The Convenience of unhealthy food is causing an epidemic of adult acne among both men and women. Diet has been linked to stimulating the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. More oil can mean more acne! So what do we need to do to REMI-D this? Part of having great skin is having a balanced diet full of healthy choices. First I would say you need to drink tons of water. Drinking lots of water will help to flush the impurities and toxins and help to renew the cells.  A diet rich in antioxidants will help balance the skin. The best place to find antioxidant is in your fruits and vegetables, so never skip the salad bar!


Did you know that stress can cause acne? When the body is under emotional stress, it produces an overabundance of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Stress can also stimulate the sebaceous glands and produce more oil. It is important to stress less if you feel that your skin tends to break out when you are having one of those weeks!


While in their younger years, hormonal imbalances can really exasperate skin issues, caused by puberty.  Both boys and girls have increased male hormones called androgens that cause and signal the oil glands to mature. During this process we get an over production of sebum usually in the t-zone, chin, nose, and forehead. These condition usually ease after puberty, but can linger into adult hood.


Answer: You should never get a facial before a big event. 

with that being said the prelude to that question would be- what is the best way to prep my skin for an upcoming event. we recommend just taking it easy and sticking with your regular routine. There’s an understandable urge to kick your routine into overdrive in order to look your best, we have all done it, but the truth is that if your skin does well with its normal regimen then there’s no reason to risk upsetting it. what I do recommend is kicking your water intake into over drive. Avoid doing things that are going to dehydrate your skin. What dehydrates your skin? Sun exposure, tanning, alcohol consumption, etc. Eat healthy, get plenty of rest and Drink lots of water. We warn against getting a facial or doing anything extreme before a big event because your skin needs time to heal afterwards.


Answer: Using your hands to wash your face isn’t enough!

When discussing the ideal skincare routine we can’t stress enough the importance of exfoliation and deep cleansing! “Cleansing is the most important step of your routine. We have so many different types of cleansers each tailored for different skin types. what one should do is exfoliate without over-stripping the skin. You can do this by using the right cleanser and using either a toner or exfoliant cream just after. Exfoliating is going to help your skin care products and serums penetrate so much deeper and with more success. Many of our patients use a skin cleansing brush with their routine and we highly recommend this for a nice deep clean.  Cleansing is an extremly important step in your routine, so even using a washcloth would be an improvement over using your hands to wash your face.

 


Why Your Skin Becomes Dry, Tight and Wrinkly in the Winter

Before we move on to the “how,” let me explain why your skin behaves the way it does during winter.

The outermost layer of our skin is called the stratum corneum, and it’s the first line of defense against the environment. A healthy water content in the stratum corneum equals soft and smooth skin. When any of these two important components are disrupted, which normally happens during exposure to extreme temperature, your skin loses water and, consequently, becomes dry, flaky and wrinkled.


So how do we defend our skin during the harsh winter months?

Apply sunscreen.
No matter what season it is, its always important to wear your sunscreen. A broad spectrum sunblock with at least a true 30 SPF should always be worn. Many people do not know this but the sun reflects back up to 80 percent of the suns rays back onto you, so much more then sand or water. Just because it is cold out does not mean you will not get a sunburn.

 Skip the soap.
Traditional soaps strip the skin of necessary oils and increase water loss and dryness. Instead, use gentle pH-balanced cleansers.

 Be a moisturizer snob.
Not all moisturizers are created equal. To ensure you get the most out of your moisturizer, choose a product that contains humectant ingredients that draw moisture into the skin, like a super hyaluronic acid moisturizing cream. And drink lots of water.

Check your skin care products for hidden moisture zappers.
Your skin’s enemies may also be lurking in your other skin care products. Make sure they don’t contain added colors, synthetic fragrances and other ingredients that could potentially irritate and dry out your skin.

 Keep your cool.
While there’s not much you can do about the weather, keep your skin happy by using a cool-mist humidifier indoors.


Men’s skin starts out thicker, more sebaceous and with more collagen in the fat plane so the thinning is not as obvious as it is for women. Years of shaving helps preserve skin-thickness in the beard area much the same way that microdermabrasion treatments can. Its not mystery that the sun can speed up the ageing and thining process.  In areas where dead skin cells fail to exfoliate naturally, the skin dries which causes a crusty look. It is important to use products that are rich in antioxidants, and products with retinoids. Check out this Antioxidant Infusion Crème!