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Caring for Winter Skin

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Can you believe winter weather is just around the corner?  Where did the summer go? The leaves are turning.  Soon the trees will be stripped bare, left only with their grey, withered bark to show. The vibrant, supple flowers of summer, left unprotected, will become wilted and drab. Lack of hydration and sudden changes in temperature can have this kind of effect on your skin if you do not take the proper measures to protect it.

As the seasons change, so do the needs of your skin. For most, colder weather can create dry, tight, flakey, blotchy, even irritated skin.  Let’s face it, nothing amplifies your little imperfections (lines, wrinkles, discoloration, aging) the way dehydrated winter skin can.

Think of your skin as your body’s “body guard.” The outer most layer of skin serves as a “barrier layer.” Its purpose is to protect the deeper layers.  This protective barrier locks in the needed hydration and skin nutrients to maintain healthy skin. Because winter is a dry season, retaining moisture can be a big challenge. If your barrier layer becomes dry and depleted, it becomes much more difficult to lock in moisture.

So what can you do to protect your skin this winter?

  1. Keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees or less.  Higher temperatures will dehydrate your skin.
  2. Avoid taking long, hot showers.
  3. Increase your water consumption, especially if you are taking meds for colds, flu, antibiotics etc. Remember that coffee, tea, pop and alcohol can also dehydrate the skin.
  4. CHANGE YOUR HOME CARE ROUTINE WITH THE CHANGE OF THE SEASON:

Talk with a trained Medical skincare specialist, cosmetic plastic surgeon, or dermatologist about how to most effectively change your home skincare routine.

Here are a few general skincare tips…

CLEANSER:

You may need to change you cleanser during the colder months if your skin is affected by wind and climate changes. Pay attention to how your skin feels after you wash it (before you apply your moisturizer). Does it feel tight or dry?  If so, you may find it beneficial to switch from your “warmer weather cleanser” to a gentle, creamy, hydrating cleanser to avoid further irritation of your skin.  The purpose of warmer weather cleansers is to remove excess sebum (oil) and impurities from your skin. If your skin becomes irritated, removing too much sebum from your skin will create further dryness and irritation.  In addition, use a buff puff with your cleanser to help remove dead skin cells.

EXFOLIANTS:

Winter skin tends to look dull.  To keep it glowing, use a daily exfoliant such as a 10% glycolic acid.

HYDRATE / MOISTURIZE (in layers):

Maintaining healthy, balanced skin during colder months often requires an increased level of hydration. By this, I am not indicating that you should just apply twice as much moisturizer to your skin. Moisturizer building is best done in layers.  First apply a moisture-enhancing serum, such a hyaluronic acid, squalene or ceramides to enhance your protective barrier function.  Then apply your regular day or night moisturizer next.   Moisturizers that nourish the skin and replenish are essential for maintaining a healthy moisture barrier.

SUN PROTECTION:

I can’t say enough about this topic.  SUNBLOCK, SUNBLOCK, SUNBLOCK.  UVA rays are JUST as prevalent on bitter cold winter days. Remember that UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin then it’s more well known partner- in- crime – the UVB ray. UVB rays are at least courteous enough to most skin types to let you know when you have been over-exposed to the sun (red or tan skin, burning, blisters…). UVA rays are a bit more sneaky. Because UVA rays penetrate more deeply, they do not leave the same immediate superficial signs of over exposure.  Eventually and unexpectedly,  it pops and says “surprise – got cha”, in the form of brown spots, broken vessels, leathery, wrinkled, yellowed, damaged skin.  Oh, and let’s not forget the more than one million new “surprises” it dished out this year alone in the form of “skin cancer.”

Keep in mind that sun reflects off snow, water, glass… further increasing its harmful abilities. I recommend using a sun block that has these blufour forms of defense.

  1. A physical block agent such as micronized titanium dioxide or zinc oxide at 7% or higher with an SPF of 45 or higher.
  2. A chemical sunscreen
  3. Anti-oxidants
  4. Tinted sun block – (iron oxides)

For more information on choosing a sun block, check our blog archives for a very detailed description.  You may also schedule a FREE skin consultation appointment with me, (Roxanne- Skincare and Laser Specialist) in either our Savoy 0ffice 217-359-7508  (Champaign-Urbana area) or Bloomgton office 217-309-662-0436 for more information specific to your skin type and skin concerns.

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Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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No Interest/Low Interest Credit – Is It Right For You?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I was having fun opening my mail last night.  The first three envelopes were from different credit card companies, and each envelope contained four ready-to-use, pre-printed, “no-interest or low-interest” checks for my convenience.  Gee, it’s so easy – all I need do is sign my name.   I said to my husband, “look at this…unbelievable!  They’re throwing interest-free money at us again!”  He smiles and we spend a few moments joking about the phantom trips we’ll take, etc., but in all honesty, it hit home for me how great credit offers can turn dreams into nightmares if one doesn’t realize the steps to be taken to insure that good credit offers remain great.

We’ve all heard the expression “there’s no free lunch.” Usually a catch is attached to free offers, i.e., “hey, how about dinner and show on us,” (after you spend the next 4-5 hours of your vacation listening to a timeshare pitch)!  Well, in regard to credit offers the “catch” usually comes in the form of penalties and fees.  Credit companies are in business to make money and they cannot exist on profitless credit for everyone, thus it’s important to both read and understand the fine print.

If you never miss a payment deadline for the entire duration of the repayment process, these offers can be advantageous because you pay no or minimal interest while your savings continue to grow; otherwise, watch out!  That no-interest teaser can quickly become a steep retroactive 26.99% with additional $29.99 to $39.99 late payment fees per month if you don’t take the necessary steps to prevent it.   The good news is that penalties/fees are avoidable and good credit offers can be utilized to your advantage.

Simple suggestions to gleam the most from great credit offers while protecting yourself include:

  1. Pay off the entire balance as soon as you receive the bill.  You’ll gain the billing cycle interest free.  An obvious first choice, but not always practical.
  2. Set up an automatic electronic repayment debited from your checking or savings account. An electronic payment receipt from your bank eliminates any doubt that your creditor is receiving your payment on time and their fees or penalties do not apply to your account.  This also eliminates the possibility of your payment sitting in someone’s in-box and not posting or being lost in the mail prior to your payment deadline.
  3. Set up the electronic payment to be received at least 4 days prior to the actual due date. Paying 4 days early allows the extra time for due dates that occur over the weekend or land on a holiday.
  4. If you do not desire to pay your bills electronically, set up a “tickler” calendar specifically designed with flagged mailing dates to ensure your payment is received a day or so early.  For the best result, follow up this method with a call to your creditor to make sure your payment has been posted to your account prior to your due date.  If they say the check has not been received or posted, you have an opportunity to authorize an immediate phone payment in order to avoid penalties.

Today’s savvy consumer can reap the rewards of their great credit score with offers that are convenient and inexpensive.  We at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Rejuvenation – Laser Institute in both Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington-Normal accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) including the no-interest and low-interest credit check offers that come to you in the mail.  We also offer multiple affordable financing options specifically designed for elective medical procedures, and tailored to the individual.

For additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 217.359.7508, 309.662.0436 or 800.252.7123, or visit our financing webpage at https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/financing.cfm, where you can investigate, download and submit your financing application of choice.

G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin Rejuvenation & Laser Institute

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New Beginnings…

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

As we immerse ourselves in this holiday season and prepare ourselves for a new year, I can’t think of a better time to reflect upon the year past and say thank you so very much to our patients.  In the last 14 years that I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Castillo at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, I’ve learned so much and have had the opportunity to see so many new beginnings.  It’s such an honor to be involved in a positive change in someone’s life.

I’ve heard it said that only celebrities or the very wealthy invest in a cosmetic procedure.  In fact, our community of patients is mainly comprised of everyday people, like you and me, who desire a change.  This change may be subtle but still very necessary for themselves, and will positively impact the everyday quality of life that we all desire and deserve.

A cosmetic procedure or treatment is a very private matter, and I make it a point to respect our patient’s privacy, both inside and outside of our offices.  So I’d like to utilize this venue to once again, thank all of you for the trust you’ve shown in Dr. Castillo and our team at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.

I wish you all the season’s best and a happy New Year!

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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309-662-0436 Bloomington