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Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

Friday, August 25th, 2017

NOT ALL SUNSCREENS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Today, most of us are aware that we need to apply sunscreen when we are headed to the beach or going to be outside for an extended period of time on a hot July day but have you considered the effects of incidental sun exposure?

The principal reason our skin ages is not our age itself, but rather recurring sun exposure from birth onward. Studies indicate that approximately 80% of our lifetime sun exposure comes from incidental sun exposure, not from a day at the beach. Incidental sun exposure refers to the UV exposure you get while walking your dog, walking to your car, sitting in front of a window in your home or a restaurant, driving to work, etc.

While there is no question that you need to apply and re-apply sunscreen when you are at the beach, it’s also failing to apply a sufficient amount of “proven-effective” broad-spectrum UVA / UVB sunscreen 365 days per year that will speed up your aging process and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. So if you are concerned about looking younger longer, protecting yourself from incidental sun exposure is paramount.

The difficult part of choosing a sunscreen is knowing which ones really offer you the protection you need. Not all sunscreens are created equal.  Some sunscreens offer broad-spectrum protection, while some do not. Some sunscreens are considered physical sunscreens (our preference) and some are considered chemical sunscreens.  More-importantly, some sunscreens are “medical-grade” and must be FDA regulated to prove it’s effectiveness, strength, ingredient content and stability while OTC sunscreens do not have to be regulated.  Chemical sunscreens can cause irritation or stinging when applied to sensitive skin types while physical sunscreens will not.

Sunscreens work by either using titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to physically reflect the sun’s rays or by use of absorbent ingredients referred to as chemical sunscreens, which absorb and break down the UV radiation. Some sunscreens use a combination of both. When choosing a sunscreen, there are some very important elements to look for. Look for labels that say “broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection” and check the ingredient label to make sure it contains micronized zinc oxide and / or titanium dioxide at sufficient levels.   For example, Physical Defense Sunscreen by Castillo MD Skin Science contains 10% Zinc Oxide and 5.5% Titanium Dioxide and Sun Defense Sunscreen contains 12% Zinc Oxide and 7.5% Octinoxate.

For years the media has drilled the importance of “SPF” into our heads.  It is used on labels with cosmetics, moisturizers and sunscreens, but gives us a false sense of protection. SPF (sun protection factor) actually refers only to UVB, a shallow ray that causes skin burns / tans & skin cancer. It is of great importance that we are protected from daily UVA exposure as well. UVA rays are deeper penetrating rays known as “the aging rays.” They are responsible for pre-mature photo-aging and hyperpigmentation, along with some skin cancers.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we recommend using a medical-grade physical sunscreens rather than chemical sunscreens for optimal protection. I prefer Physical Defense, Prime Defense or Sun Defense for the face and Body Guard for the body. Theses sunscreens by Castillo MD Skin Science are medical-grade and all contain high levels of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and some contain Octinoxate as well. These medical-grade sunscreens contain important physical (mineral) components we find necessary to provide effective protection:

  1. Finely Micronized Zinc Oxide – 10% -12%
  2. Titanium Dioxide – 5.5% – 8%
  3. Tint (iron oxides) – tinted sunscreen reflects the sun’s powerful rays as an added source of protection.
  4. Antioxidants – to provide future protection against UV and environmental sun damage.
  5. Water resistance (up to 80 minutes). There is no such thing as truly “water-proof,” as all sunscreens will break down within about 80 minutes when exposed to water or perspiration.

I recommend these sunscreens for a few reasons. They are formulated with the highest percentages of Titanium Dioxide and / or Zinc Oxide that I have used to date. I also like that don’t don’t feel like sunscreens. They are not sticky or smelly and actually enhance the appearance of your cosmetics and your bare skin. The cosmetically elegant formulation found in these sunscreens makes them perfect for daily use.

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Solutions For Seven Sins Of Skincare

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Fabulous skin is in at any age!  While most of us  want to look our best and avoid pre-mature skin aging, sometimes we commit skincare skins that defeat our goals without even realizing it.  Here are a few skin sins that we share with our skin rejuvenation patients at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center.

  • Sin #1 – Unprotected sun exposure:

Apply a physical suncreen– every single day, without fail, that’s 365 days a year… every year.  You get the picture 🙂  UV radiation is non-discriminatory.  It will hunt down your skin winter, spring, summer and fall.  It doesn’t care if its sunny or cloudy so daily protection and re-application are key.  Treat this step as part of your daily morning routine, just like brushing your teeth, even when you are not going outside.  This will help establish a habit so that on busy mornings you will be less likely to forget.

  • Sin #2 – Not cleaning your skin after a workout:

Clean your skin after exercising – Washing your skin right after your work-out will help to prevent clogged pores, break-outs, and irritations. If you are  like many people who do not shower at the gym, then keep a tub of Clear Skin Pads by Castillo MD Skin Science in your gym bag. Whisk one across your face at the end of your workout. These triple-action, maximum-strength corrective pads help rid your skin of pore-clogging oils, sweat and debris after your workout. This decreases blackheads and whiteheads and help prevent future breakouts.

  • Sin #3 – SMOKING:

Stop smoking – Among other health concerns, smoking reduces circulation and the oxygen levels in your blood which also effects your skin. It can result in pre-mature aging. Smoking can effect the smoothness, texture and tone of your skin, producing wrinkles, rough texture, and a grayish dull tone. Be sure to avoid second hand smoke as well as it is also very damaging to your skin.

  • Sin #4 – Picking at blemishes:

Do not pick! – I repeat, DO NOT pick at blemishes.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we suggest our patients begin a custom regimen of medical grade acne skin care products to reduce or rid their breakouts, thus removing the temptation to pick! Picking can create permanent scarring or changes in pigmentation. Our patients have great success with Castillo MD Skin Science acne products like the  Medicated Cleansing Mousse, Acne Control Serum and Clear Skin Pads.

  • Sin #5 – Dead Skin Build Up:

Exfoliate your skin – Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times per week with a microdermabrasion shower scrub.  Treat yourself to a medical microdermabrasion once a month to keep your complexion free of dead cells and looking smooth and bright.

  • Sin #6 – Mistreatment of your hands:

Be nice to your hands -Treat your skin and nails with care.  Wear gloves when lifting heavy objects or working outside.  Avoid using your nails or fingers to do things like open box tops.  There are actually special tools for that! Avoid washing your hands to hot water.  Wash with warm water instead.  Hot water can be very drying to your skin. Apply moisturizer after each wash.  Remember to apply sunscreen to your hands daily; just driving in the car exposes them to a significant amount of UV radiation which can cause brown spots and pre-mature aging of your hands.

  • Sin #7 –  Going to bed with your make-up on: 

At the very least, cleanse and moisturize before bed – It is so easy to just crawl into bed without removing your make-up after a long day when your energy is zapped but your skin begs of you to resist the temptation.  Going to bed with your make-up on makes it nearly impossible for your skin to perform its nightly duties like natural sloughing, repair and regeneration. Remember that your skin has had a busy day too.  If you are good to your skin; your skin will be good to you!

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Contour Kits now available!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Today I would say I am bursting at the seams – and not because i’ve eaten too many holiday goodies (which I probably have), but rather due to the comments rolling in on the new Contour Kit now available at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center. I’m

Contour-FBso excited to offer this amazing tool that our patients cannot stop raving about!  They love it because it is so easy to use and the transformations remarkable!  I can’t believe how much fun w e are all having with it! Cosmetic tool of the year!!

It’s amazing how a little contouring can thin out the face, take your cheekbone height to a new level, give strength and structure to your jawline, essentially turning you into runway model in 20 seconds or less!  Look out world, where’s the red carpet! I hope you can walk in heels!

The kit is so simple to use.  It is made for any skill level as it comes with a diagram showing you exactly where to place the contour shades and where to place the highlight shades.  If the diagram isn’t enough then you always have me; your skincare specialist to guide you on how to best use this little magic palette for your specific facial shape.

The coContour-Kit-FBntour kit comes with four colors; two for contouring and two for highlighting.  The specially designed doubled-headed brush makes it easy to apply accurately.  It is perfect for blending, resulting in a professional looking finish. And did I tell you how you much FUN it is?!!  You will definitely want to gift this to all your best girlfriends this year!

If you haven’t tried your hand at contouring your facial features, I have only one question to ask.  What are you waiting for?

 

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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The Characteristics of Beautiful Skin

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

While sitting in a small room in a Champaign office recently, I over-heard an elated young lady boasting about the beautiful diamond she received over the holiday. Her gushing excitement was infectious. I found myself feeling almost as excited as she, yet I couldn’t even see the diamond!

I then began to wonder “what it is that makes diamonds or other precious gems for that matter generate that type of admiration.” I would guess most of us regard diamonds as a thing of beauty… but why? What specifically is it that makes girls go gaga over diamonds? Is it the number of carats? Could it be the shape of the stone that is so enchanting?

To me, it is the clarity and color of the stone. I would much prefer a petite diamond with such superior color and clarity that it shimmers and dances in the light, allowing me can see every curve and every contour, to a cloudy, three carat diamond that lacks life and luster. Would you agree? Now, don’t get me wrong. I am absolutely a fan of big rocks. I’m not trying to fool anyone here. Size does matter! It just falls short without superior color and clarity.

So why am I even talking about diamonds in a skincare blog?

Well, the characteristics that make a diamond sparkle and radiate beauty are very similar to the characteristics of beautiful skin. I mean is there anyone out there who would not be flattered to have their skin compared to a radiant, flawless diamond? Just as clarity and color are mandatory characteristics of a beautiful diamond, clarity and color are also key factors in creating beautiful skin.

Achieving superior skin color means that your skin is free of brown spots, freckles, redness, broken vessels and melasma. Skin clarity refers to skin that is free of rough texture, flakes, dull skin, large pores, acne, keratoses and moles. Superior color and clarity can be achieved through treatments such as traditional CO2 Full Face Laser Resurfacing , CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing, IPL, medical grade bleaching agents such as Castillo MD Skin Science Skin Lightening Complex, medical microdermabrasion, chemical peels and medical grade skincare products.

I would say that most people who are bothered by facial aging are focused on wrinkles. When they look in the mirror, they see an aging face with a custom set of lines and wrinkles that have formed after years of abuse, mainly by sun exposure, and other factors. However, most often, removing wrinkles is only half the battle. It is the brown spots, broken vessels, rough texture and dull, flaking skin that create a less youthful appearance.

The concept of color and clarity is an important concept to understand. One must realize that if you treat only the lines and wrinkles of an aging face whether it be though a facelift, forehead lift, fat grafting, Botox or dermal filler such as Restylane Silk,  you are likely to find yourself feeling more like cubic zirconium than the real thing.

Here’s to wishing you the kind of admiration only superior color and clarity can generate.

DSC_0040Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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Interview with Skincare & Laser Specialist, Roxanne – Question #2

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Question: What makes patients so loyal to Dr. Castillo’s  skin rejuvenation suite?

Roxanne: Dr. Castillo’s Skin Rejuvenation Suite at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center is a place of peace, pampering, privacy and professional, progressive treatment options.”

  • “As the Skincare and Laser Specialist there, I get truly excited at the opportunity to help patients reach their skin rejuvenation goals and I think that shows through to our patients. Helping people look and feel their best is energizing and that energy is contagious! We have interesting, appreciative patients from all walks of life and again that energy just creates an atmosphere people want to be a part of.
  • “Going to a fully accredited surgical facility headed by a triple-board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon with a stellar reputation and more than 30 years experience with skin rejuvenation rather than going to a salon or spa gives our patients peace of mind.”
  • DSC_0574“I think the thing you will notice right away is our emphasis on patient education. I spend a great deal of time with each patient during a consultation to make sure that they have a clear understanding of the skin rejuvenation procedure(s) or products they are considering. I believe there is nothing more important during that time than making sure they understand all the facts so they can make an informed decision that is right for them. “
  • “Our focus in on quality, not quantity. It is important that our patients do not feel rushed through their experience in the skin rejuvenation suite and that they know what to expect each step of the way. Because we only offer the most proven-effective treatments, rather than every new fad that pops up, our patients see consistent results that they can count on. It allows our patients to recommend Dr. Castillo’s skin rejuvenation suite  at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center to their friends and family with confidence and assurance.”

 

“Make-Up For Lost Sleep

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

“MAKE-UP” FOR LOST SLEEP

At a recent staff holiday dinner for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Castillo and the staff were discussing different articles about insomnia and the activities that can make it worse like using your computer or watch television just before you go to bed.  On the way home that night I realized that what our conversation was missing was what to do the morning after.

Sometimes trying to get your “beauty rest” can just be ugly! For most, there is long list of things that often get in the way of a full eight hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep;  late night work obligations, social events, an ill child,  insomnia…  For others it is the inability to turn off the brain the night before a big event, whether it is a holiday party you’ve been planning for months, an early morning flight to paradise or a high-intensity business meeting.  Whatever the reason, missing your beauty sleep isn’t pretty!  It results in tired, red, puffy eyes and dull, lifeless skin.  You might as well hang a sign around your neck that says “approach with caution, functioning only on auto-pilot today.”

So what can you do help conceal the signs of a sleepless night? Start drinking water as soon as your feet hit the floor, sooner if you can get bedside service.  The natural thing is to go right for the coffee, which isn’t a bad idea to jump-start the brain but remember that coffee is a natural diuretic so continue to push the water throughout the day.  Hydration is key!

After you have cleansed your face, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.  This is a quick, effective way to help brighten your complexion.  I recommend one of two exfoliation options;

  • Use a thin buff puff sponge in a circular motion during your cleansing process or
  • Dr. Castillo https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/   offers an at home Microdermabrasion scrub which is great for exfoliating while in the shower. It’s perfectly round spheres assure an effective exfoliation without damaging your skin cells.

Next apply a facial moisturizer followed by a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunblock.  Once you have a soft, moisturizer,  exfoliated and UV protected canvas to paint on, the real work begins…

Tired looking eyes are a dead give-away that you’re missing a few zzz’s so good eye camouflage is essential.  The following tips can help conceal

your sleepy eyes:

  • If time allows, apply something cool to the eye area like refrigerated cucumber slices, a bag of peas or cold pack for a few minutes before you get started to with help with the puffiness.
  • Apply a VERY thin layer of under-eye concealer to the lower eye lids if dark circles are present.
  • Apply a VERY thin layer of eye lid primer to the upper eye lid.  This generates a monochromatic skin tone and preps it for the steps that follow.
  • Apply Luxe Liquid foundation (available in Dr. Castillo’s skincare suite) to the entire face.  Its diamond powder technology help refract the light to give you a soft glow and hide imperfections such as lines around the eyes.
  • Use a peach colored eye liner in the inner corner of the eyes and just under the lower lash line. This will help conceal redness.  It can also be used at the outer corner of the lower lash line to create an instant eye lift.
  • To create an even more open, alert eye, use a near white or cream color eye shadow to the inner 1/3rd of your upper eye lid.
  • Mascara – Think of it as your American Express for the day –“DON’T leave home without it!”  This will help to frame and define the eyes further.

If that doesn’t quite do the trick, add a bold color to your lips, highlighted with gloss to divert their eyes away from yours.  And remember to always wear a smile!

 

Yours Truly,

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/

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Only A Facelift Will Help You Now!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I think it is safe to estimate that at least once a week a patient, friend or family member asks what I know about the latest and greatest dream cream advertised as a “facelift  in a jar”  they’ve seen on tv, in a magazine, on a billboard or heard about from their mother-in-law.  So what I know about dream creams is that they are just that “a dream.”  I know I could say this in a more gentle way but truthfully, just look at the photos below of a facelift performed by G.D.Castillo, M.D. in his Champaign, Illinois cosmetic surgery practice.

Do you really believe an anti-aging cream can do all this?

Before

 

After

If you are to the point in your aging process that you want or need a facelift; then have a facelift.  There are worse ways to spend your money, like on cream that is NOT a facelift.  Skincare products are NOT a replacement for a facelift.  They are accompaniments.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am a big fan of medical-grade skincare.  It’s a necessity, right up there with air, food, Stilettos, and Botox.  It has not only done wonders for my skin personally but for hundreds of Dr. Castillo’s patients who are faithful in sticking to their regimen every day.

Medical-grade skincare products are part of daily at-home maintenance.  The use of effective daily skincare (I’m talking the good stuff – medical-grade, physician supervised, available only at your cosmetic or plastic surgeon office or a good dermatology office) along with occasional non-ablative skincare treatments when needed can help you buy some time in your aging process but once your there, well… your there.  Only a facelift will help you now.

I can completely understand why people would want to go gaga over the latest dream cream.  It would be ideal to avoid having surgery, or having to admit that you had surgery, to avoid the recovery process, the days off work that could be better spent sipping a cocktail under a palm tree somewhere. I get it.  However,  the reason to have surgery for most individuals, male and female, trumps the negatives every time.  I read somewhere that wrinkles are the road map of our lives, that they make us look distinguished, more worldly and wise.  I’m pretty sure they just make us look tired and old.  And if my face is my calling card, well that isn’t the message I want to send. “Hi, I’m Roxanne; tired and old, pleased to meet you.”

So what can a facelift accomplish, besides helping get your grove back?  In a nutshell, a facelift restores your youth.  It will remove your jowls and turkey neck, tighten your sagging muscle structure, lift the cheeks or mid-face and remove any loose, sagging skin. A facelift is sometimes combined with a brow lift or upper and lower lip surgery known as a blepharoplasty or with a chin implant https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/chin-surgery.cfm to correct a receding chin and create a beautiful, youthful jawline. Unfortunately, a  facelift cannot improve the condition of sun damaged skin. You will need COlaser resurfacing or CO Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing http://www.mixtoskinresurfacing.com/ for that along with a medical-grade sunblock.

If you are at a point where you are considering a facelift then do your homework on the surgeons available in your area. Seek only qualified, board-certified cosmetic or plastic surgeons.  Have more than one consultation.  And my best advice for today…when you are at your consultation, check out the staff.  Do they “look” like they have had work done because chances are they have. You can usually see an artistic theme… natural looking beauty, elegant, conservative, refreshed and well rested, glamorous or as our patients refer to it – “Hollywood”…over-plumped, over-stretched, over-done.  What is it that you are looking for? Observing a surgeons staff is one of the best ways I know to decide if your potential surgeon’s artistic views match your own.

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond

Skin & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

 

 

 

Ask Our Expert: What is the best type of sunscreen?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 

Q: What is the best type of sunscreen?

A: Historically, it has been shown that physical sunscreens provide the best protection against both UVA & UVB radiation and are less likely to cause skin irritation.  Dr. Castillo, cosmetic surgery and anti-aging expert  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/ recommends medical-grade, physical sunscreens to all his patients.

There are two divisions of sunscreen ingredients; physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens reflect the UV radiation while chemical sunscreens absorb the UV radiation and break it down within the skin. Some sunscreens contain both a physical and a chemical component.

There are two types of physical sunscreens available; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Today, these ingredients can be found in finely micronized, nano-sphere  form which allows for ease of daily use. Not only does zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide needed broad-spectrum coverage but they are also beneficial to those who have sensitive skin or are irritated by chemical ingredients.

You will typically find multiple active ingredients listed in chemical sunscreen.  Each chemical ingredient protects only against a specific portion of the UV spectrum. Be aware that at this time many over-the-counter sunscreens protect against UVB rays only, although there are a few chemical ingredients like Oxybenzone that do offer UVA/UVB protection. Therefore, when purchasing over the counter sunscreen, it is important to examine the label for the claim “broad-spectrum.”  Also look for a sunscreen that says “very water resistant.”  However, keep in mind that even the best water resistant sunscreens can only protect you for 80 minutes.  Then you will need to re-apply.

With inconsistent OTC product labels and the idea that active ingredients in sunscreens differ from manufacturer to manufacturer it can be difficult to decipher all of them so I have provided at chart of the more common ingredients found in sunscreens.  When in doubt whether a sunscreen will effectively protect you and your family, I recommend selecting a medical grade sunscreen from your local cosmetic surgeon, plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Our patient’s favorite sunscreens are:

Sun Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers medical grade 12% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection

Prime Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers 10% Titanium Dioxide, 4% Zinc Oxide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an added skin primer.

 

Chemical & physical ingredients found in sunscreens.

Ingredient:                                            Ray Type:

Avobenzone UVA
Dioxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Homosalate UVB
Octocrylene UVB
Octyl methoxycinnamate UVB
Octisalate UVB
Oxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Padimate O UVB
Mexoryl UVA/UVB
Titanium dioxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum
Trolamine salicylate UVB
Zinc oxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum

WARNING: You must actually apply the sunscreen to your skin.  Just purchasing it will not provide sufficient protection! lol

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                 https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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