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Dr. Anne White Talks Winter Skin Care 2015

Feb 5th, 2015 In: Skin Care

Winter Skin Care

The dry air of winter, both indoor and outside, can make it difficult to keep skin from getting dry, chapped, and itchy. Harsh wind, low humidity, and indoor heating are common factors that sap moisture from the skin. This time of year, it’s especially important to protect your skin, keeping it healthy, moisturized, and youthful. The following tips will help.

  1. Cleansing And Bathing

    There is a common misconception that skin needs to be “squeaky clean.” People often spend too much time as well as use irritating soaps while bathing. Skin is healthier when all of the natural oils are not stripped by too aggressive or too frequent bathing regimens. Below are some suggestions to treat your skin kindly while at the same time effectively bathing.

    • Use recommended non-soap based cleansers such as SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser, Neocutis Neocleanse Gentle Cleanser or Skin TX cleanser available for sale at Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center, or over the counter CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, or Aquanil Cleansing Lotion. Soaps are never used on the face, only cleansers.

    • Gently apply the cleanser with your hands. Never use “bath poufs.” These can harbor bacteria and fungi which are then ground into the skin with every use. Your skin does not need to be mechanically exfoliated by rigorously scrubbing. The more gentle you are with your skin, the healthier it will be.

  2. Moisturize

    If you don’t normally apply a moisturizer to your skin, now may be the time to get in the habit. If you use a moisturizer but find that you skin is still dry and cracked, you may benefit from applying the moisturizer more frequently. You may also want to change to a more effective moisturizer. In general, ointments are more moisturizing than creams, and creams are more moisturizing than lotions.

    Moisturizer Examples:

    • Ointments: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, Aquaphor

    • Creams: SkinMedica Ultrasheer and Skin Medica Dermal Repair are the best and are available for sale at Carolina Laser and Cosmetic center. Over the counter products include CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Original Eucerin Cream, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Vaseline Cream, Eutra/Elta Neutrogena Hand Cream

    • Lotions: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, Vaseline Intensive Care, Lubriderm, Curel

    Before going outside, apply a heavy layer of moisturizer to your face, hands, and any other exposed area.

    Also remember to moisturize your skin immediately after bathing, ideally within three minutes. Pat-dry your skin to keep water in, and then apply moisturizer immediately to prevent water evaporation.

  3. Avoid Hot Showers

    A hot shower or bath can be tempting during the cold winter months, but the hot water can break down the skin’s natural moisturizing lipids, which keep moisture in and protect skin against drying conditions. Skip the hot shower in favor of a shorter, warm one; afterward, pat skin dry and apply one of the lotions listed above right away.

  4. Use A Humidifier

    Indoor central heating, space heaters, and other methods to keep us warm during the winter can make the air very dry, robbing your skin and sinuses of moisture. Even an inexpensive humidifier from the drug store (one placed in each room of the home) can make a big difference and restore important moisture to the air.

  5. Protect Your Hands

    Remember to keep the skin on your hands protected as well. Apply lotions and ointments to your hands frequently, especially after handwashing. Wear gloves to protect them from the cold, dry air, but avoid leaving wet gloves on for very long.

  6. Dress In Layers

    Excessive sweating and overheating is a common trigger of winter itch. Wearing layers of clothing allows you to add or remove items to keep your body heat in a comfortable range. Cotton fabrics worn next to your skin are not as effective for staying warm, but are gentler on the skin.

  7. Examine Your Skin Care Products

    Take inventory of the products in your skin-care routine.

    • Products that contain tretinoin may make the skin more susceptible to sunburn.

    • If any of your skin products contain strong sloughing agents (such as alpha-hydroxy acids), you may want to switch to a gentler product to avoid exacerbating dry skin during wintertime (but do exfoliate gently, to increase how much moisturizer your skin will absorb).

    • Winter is also a good time to avoid harsh chemical peels and masks, as well as alcohol-based products. Switch to mild cleansers, alcohol-free toners, and hydrating masks.

  8. Don't Forget About Sun Protection

    The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be just as damaging during the winter months as they are during hotter weather, so remember to minimize your skin’s sun exposure. Doing so is easier in the winter, because cold-weather clothing generally covers up most skin, but don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the face or use cosmetics that contain a sunscreen. SPF 15 should be the minimum amount of protection, but choose a higher SPF for outdoor sports like snowboarding or skiing, where the sun reflects off the white surface of the snow. The sunscreen must be full spectrum UVA/UVB and cover for the narrow spectrum between UVA and UVB. Anthelios makes the best product and we have it for sale at Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center. Be sure to cover your lips with a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen. If your hands are exposed, cover them with a moisturizing sunscreen as well.

Products are available for sale at our office or at the online store at www.CarolinaLaser.com. Go to the home page and click on Shop at the top of the page on the right. If you aren’t sure which skin products would be best for your skin type, call us today to schedule an appointment for your $95.00 skin care consultation.

We can't turn back the clock from 2015, but we can make it look like we did

Jan 31st, 2015 In: Anti-Aging


“We can't turn back the clock, but we can make it look like we did.”

Winston-Salem Monthly - February 2015

Dear Dr. Anne,

I look in the mirror and think what happened to my face??? My face is flat! I am interested in restoring my skin's lost volume, smoothing my wrinkles and adding fullness to my thin lips. I am looking for results that are even, smooth and immediate. Any suggestions?

Mary B., Welcome, NC

Dear Mary,

I offer a variety of options to smooth away your wrinkles and to enhance your lips. These treatments will restore your skin and lip's volume in a way so subtle and natural-looking that everyone will notice, but no one will know. And, yes, the results are smooth and immediate.

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Permanently Melt Away Fat

Dec 27th, 2014 In: Fat Removal


Dear Dr. Anne,

I decided I was going to set a healthy example for my children so started exercising, eating healthier, and I have lost over 60 lbs. I feel more comfortable in every aspect of my life except for my lovehandles. Any suggestions for firming and tightening loose skin?

Steve L., Kernersville, NC

Dear Steve,

A 60lb. weight loss is amazing! Losing weight takes diligence and dedication and I commend you for the positive changes you have made. But sometimes, no matter how strictly you diet or  exercise, you just cannot eliminate localized areas of fat, especially around the abdomen.

Firming is probably the biggest sought-after benefit in cosmetic surgery these days. One of the most effective treatments available for firming today is SmartLipo... Read more

How to Get Slim, Smooth and Firm!

Nov 29th, 2014 In: Fat Removal


 

 

Dear Dr. Anne,

This year I finally decided to focus on me. I started exercising, eating healthier, and I have lost over 40 lbs. But I still cannot get rid of these lovehandles and tummy! I want to show off this body I have worked so hard to achieve. Any suggestions for firming and tightening loose skin?

Carrie M, Lewisville, NC

Dear Carrie,

Good for you! Wow, 40 lbs! Losing weight takes commitment and consistency and I commend you for the positive changes you have made. But sometimes, no matter how strictly you diet or exercise,  you just cannot eliminate localized areas of fat, especially around the abdomen and thighs.

Firming is probably the biggest sought-after benefit in cosmetic surgery these days. One of the most effective treatments... Read more

Picosure Laser Now FDA Approved for Acne Scar Treatment

Are you one of the more than 20 million Americans living with scars from acne?

Great breaking news! Cynosure has gained FDA Approval for the PicoSure System for Acne Treatment. And we are one of only a few laser centers in North Carolina to offer this groundbreaking technology!

Now the same laser that has shown to be super-effective for Laser Tattoo Removal has also been proven to be effective at removing acne scars. Get rid of Acne Scarring in just a few short weeks!

PicoSure laser focuses on your problem areas whether it’s brown spots, sun damage, freckles, pigmented lesions or acne scars. PicoSure offers a gentler treatment. In the past, lasers have relied on intense heat energy to remove pigment from the skin, which may be painful and lead to significant skin redness... Read more

FREE Laser Tattoo Removal Session In Honor Of Veterans Day 2014

Nov 10th, 2014 In: Tattoo Removal
 

FREE Laser Tattoo Removal Session In Honor Of Veterans Day 2014

 

Carolina Laser & Cosmetic Center to Offer a Free Laser Tattoo Removal Session to Military Veterans this Veterans Day

Winston-Salem, NC, November 10, 2014 – To honor the service of our veterans and in observance of Veterans Day, November 11, we are offering military veterans a FREE laser tattoo removal session at the Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center on Tuesday, November 11.

Interested veterans should call the office at 336-659-2663 to schedule a consultation, and then bring their veteran identification card with them to their appointment.

Dr. Anne L. White, owner and lead physician of Carolina Laser & Cosmetic Center, values our military and already supports them with... Read more

How to Really Sparkle this Holiday Season!

Oct 30th, 2014 In: Anti-Aging, Skin Care


Winston-Salem Monthly - November 2014

Dear Dr. Anne,

I can't believe the holidays are almost here! Here I am again, unprepared and dreading all of the photos that will be taken! I want to look my best at all of the parties and family get togethers I'll be attending. What can you do to help me sparkle this year?

Maria H., Clemmons, NC

Dear Maria,

I know how you feel! The holidays are such a wonderful time; full of good company and food, and there is never a shortage of cameras! And you are always comparing yourself to that perfect sister-in-law or high school prom queen that doesn't seem to age.

Here at Carolina Laser & Cosmetic Center we offer a number of options to help you look your best for the holidays.

For giving your skin a glow and... Read more

Tattoo Regret? Learn How to Undo Your Tattoo!

Sep 30th, 2014 In: Tattoo Removal


Winston-Salem Monthly - October 2014

Dear Dr. Anne,

In college I decided to get a tattoo on a whim. Like many other young people, we make decisions without thinking and regret our choices later. Fast forward 10 years and now I am a mom and have  a career that I'm proud of. What I'm not proud of is this doggone tattoo. Can you help me undo this mistake from college?

Jen H., Winston-Salem

Dear Jen,

If I had a dollar for every time I heard a story like yours I would be a rich woman! Getting a tattoo often represents a milestone or a memory in a person's life, but according to consumer research studies, nearly 20% of the 45 million Americans with tattoos will eventually regret their decision. And surprisingly enough, 69% of patients who want their tattoos... Read more

Get Smoother, Tighter, Younger Looking Skin Without Surgery

Sep 2nd, 2014 In: Anti-Aging, Skin Care


Winston-Salem Monthly - September 2014

Dear Dr. Anne,

Every morning I wake up, look in the mirror, and pull back the skin on my face wishing it was tighter. I really don’t want to have surgery but would love results similar to a facelift. I’ve tried creams, had facials, and stayed out of the sun but my skin is still sagging. What would give me the tightening I want without going through actual surgery?

Lori M., Winston-Salem

Dear Lori,

You are not alone! I hear from so many women who, like you, look in the mirror every day wishing they could turn back the hands of time. Unfortunately wishing alone will not work! For many, a facelift is not an option due to the cost and recovery it requires.

There is a wonderful alternative that is non-invasive, safe, and... Read more

Thermage - It's All New

Aug 13th, 2014 In: Anti-Aging, General
New Thermage for Eyes, Face and Body

Take Control of Your Aging Skin

Aging affects us all – the way we act, the way we feel, and definitely the way we look. But with advancements in skin care, you can have a say in the way aging affects your skin – and maybe even get back to the way you looked not so long ago. Thermage® is a proven, unique radio frequency treatment that can help improve the appearance of sagging or loose skin, giving you a smoother, sleeker and younger look and feel. Thermage® works in just one treatment with little down time and delivers a natural looking result. It's you, just younger looking and more confident.

Thermage is effective on:

The Eyes

As you age, your skin's collagen and elastin simply break down faster than your... Read more

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