Skin Care and Anti-aging Insights from Devan Jesmer and Skin Remedy MD

What is the Most Effective Product for Anti-Aging

Believe it or not, sunscreen is the best product for anti-aging. Maybe it’s not what you would expect, but investing in a sunscreen that you enjoy wearing every day, and reapplying 1-2x a day, or every 2 hours when outdoors, is the biggest investment you can make in your anti-aging skincare regimen.

Spending the time and money on SPF now, is an investment that helps save money down the road, when you would otherwise need to consider peels, lasers, micro-needling and other treatments to undo only some of the damage caused from unprotected time in the sun.

To put it simply— UV light is a class 1 carcinogen, and wearing sunscreen is one of the ways that you can prevent skin cancer, as well as photo damage that causes aging. Up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun. Such changes are usually sunspots, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and a leathery appearance, and they are typically seen many years after most of the sun exposure happened. (US EPA)

With proper protection from UV radiation, most premature aging of the skin can be avoided.

How much do I need to apply?

We recommend 1/4 a teaspoon for face, and another 1/4 teaspoon for ears and neck. Three finger lengths of SPF is equivalent to about 1/4 a teaspoon, so this is an easy way to measure the proper amount of sunscreen without having to break out your measuring spoon. Then, an additional teaspoon per each leg, each arm, on abdomen/chest and on your back.

How often should I reapply?

If you’re going to be outside in the sun, we recommend seeking shade whenever possible, and wearing UPF 50 clothing. Reapplying sunscreen every 90 minutes to two hours, depending on if you are going to be in the water, is crucial to prevent UV damage.

Day-to-day, we recommend reapplying 1-2x a day depending on your work situation and lifestyle. If going outside for lunch, or working near windows, we recommend reapplying around lunch time. If you are indoors all day and not near windows, reapplying once before you leave work is also a great idea. Cumulative sun damage from driving, or quick walks outside easily add up over time.

Here are a few Q&A tips:

What is the best way to reapply sunscreen?

The first is easy— simply take another three fingers of sunscreen and apply to your face.

If you are wearing makeup, use a dry sponge and dab a liquid SPF over your makeup. For the most part, this should help to keep makeup intact, but sometimes people also like to reapply a little powder and blush back over the next layer of SPF.

Another great way to reapply over makeup is with the Skinbetter Sunbetter Tone Smart SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact for light – to medium/tan skin and the Skinbetter Sunbetter Sheer SPF 56 Sunscreen compact which is sheer on all skin tones. This applies seamlessly alone or over makeup, making SPF reapplication a breeze.

If you have questions about sunscreen contact us by reaching out to us here: skinremedymd@drslack.net— we are happy to help!

How to Look Your Best on Zoom

Video conferencing has caused us to take a hard look at ourselves. It has kindled a desire in many of us to want to look better while online. Whether it is tired-looking eyes, crow’s feet, forehead lines or the overall appearance of our skin, both men and women are seeking our help to look younger and more rested during videoconferences. Dr. Charles Slack and our Skin Remedy MD med spa in Allen work as a team to create a customized treatment plan to help meet the needs of each patient . Charles Slack, MD, has repeatedly been voted one of the best Plastic Surgeons in Dallas and Collin County by his peers in D Magazine’s annual “D Best Doctor’s” recognition.

There are many treatments and procedures that can help you look your best on video and in person. Dr. Slack and Devan Jesmer, our licensed aesthetician, work together to help you navigate the many surgical and nonsurgical treatments available as well as product options on the market. They will help you decide if skincare products, injectables, non-invasive cosmetic treatment, surgery or a combination is the best option for refreshing your online appearance.

Customized skincare is the foundation for healthy skin and looking your best. Devan provides complimentary skin care consultations and can help get you started on a medically directed skin care regimen.

Injectables, such as Botox® treatment, can help you look younger by diminishing the appearance of lines around the eyes and forehead, while fillers, such as Juvederm®, smooth the deeper facial lines and wrinkles around your mouth. Other fillers, such as VOLUMA®, restore needed volume to your cheeks.

If you’d are interested in a “no down time- lunch break” option to refresh your appearance, consider having a HydraFacial® treatment. It includes cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating, with the added benefits of Vortex infusion of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid into the skin. This treatment is fully customizable, based on your skincare needs and concerns. It delivers instant results, with visibly refined skin, a uniform complexion, and a hydrated glow with no downtime!

Check out our specials page for our HydraFacial® specials and more!

Droopy or sagging eyelids can make you look tired even when you are feeling fine. Eyelid surgery can make a significant improvement in your appearance, giving you a fresh, rejuvenated look. Eyelid surgery eliminate or reduce excess eyelid skin, fine wrinkles, puffy bags, and dark circles. It may be your best option for long lasting results, especially if injectables and fillers are no longer as effective. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, the under-eye area, or both. A brow lift, facelift or other cosmetic surgery may be needed in combination to give you the look you desire.

Schedule a consultation with Charles Slack, MD or Devan Jesmer, LE to have them guide you in your treatment plan. Contact us by completing a consultation request online or call us at 214 -495 -6464.

Hey Men, Look and Feel Better in 2020

Man applying skin cream in mirror - skincare for men is a good new year resolution

You may be thinking about resolutions for the New Year right about now. For both men and women, these often include plans to lose weight, exercise regularly, manage money more responsibly, or maybe even learn a new skill. But when it comes to skincare for men and other issues with appearance… well these resolutions tend to be taken on by women more  often. But we think our male readers can benefit just as much from a conscious effort to care for themselves in this way.

Develop a skincare routine. The most obvious step men should consider adding to their morning routine is the use of sunscreen. The sun is an Equal Opportunity Ager, and while we have ways to address the damage it does, nothing beats protection. Daily use of sunscreen requires a tiny investment of time and money but offers big results.

And even though men don’t have to remove makeup at night, there is still a layer of sweat and air pollution collecting on the face throughout the day. Cleansing the face and following up with a quality moisturizer before bed will help brighten the complexion and keep skin healthier.

Finally, be sure that you use a clean, high quality razor when you shave, and switch the blades out regularly to reduce irritation.

Consider doing something about previous skin damage. The years take their toll on us all, often resulting in fine lines, dark spots, uneven texture, and sagginess that leave the skin looking less than its best. Skincare for men may not do yield the results you are looking for. Venus Versa® is a pulsed light treatment that reverses the signs of aging due to sun exposure. Venus Viva® delivers energy to the deeper layers of skin to rebuild collagen and fibroblasts – the very structure of the skin – to help repair damage and rebuild healthy skin.

Address those lines and creases. Our facial expressions give us personality and help us convey our feelings and emotions – the hearty laugh and the furrowed brow are physical evidence of the joys and sorrows of a full life. But over the years, the use of facial muscles to create these expressions can leave behind lines and creases. This can result in an older appearance, or even an “always angry” expression.

Botox® injectables can address these issues, leaving smoother skin and a fresher appearance. Dr. Slack will work with you to create a plan for using Botox that addresses your specific concerns.

There are also a number of dermal fillers that can improve the appearance of deep folds and wrinkles. These simple injectables restore volume to these areas and reduce their appearance.

Think about your hairline. Most men experience hair loss as they age and often wish to restore the hairline of their younger days. With new technology, this is not only possible, but it offers natural-looking results with minimal downtime. Neograft® hair restoration uses Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), a process where individual hair follicles are harvested from thicker regions of hair growth and implanted in areas where hair has stopped growing. Because individual hair follicles are used, the new hairline can be meticulously crafted to look as natural as possible. Dr. Slack himself recently underwent the procedure, so look for a special article in early January outlining his experience.

As you make plans for the new year (and new decade!), we encourage you to think about improving the way you care for your skin and appearance. Even small tweaks to your daily routine of skincare for men can make a big difference in the way you look, provide health benefits, and even improve your self-image. Who knows – this resolution may help you achieve your other resolutions.

Whether you are considering adding a new moisturizer, giving Botox® a try, or taking the plunge with hair restoration, Dr. Slack would like to talk with you. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, he is skilled at creating a plan that will help you achieve your resolutions for your appearance.

 

After Breast Reduction Surgery: How to Keep Those Girls at Attention

You did it: you finally got that breast reduction you’ve been wanting, you made it through the first months of recovery, and now you are enjoying the results. Like many of our patients, you may even be thinking, “I should have done this years ago.” You can now look forward to all the new clothes you can buy (including strapless tops) and to the activities you previously avoided (like running). But the most important thing to think about now is how to keep your fabulous results fabulous for years to come.

There is no expiration date on the results of breast reduction surgery, but as part of a living, breathing body, breasts change over time. Because your breasts are lighter than they were before surgery, they will sag far less than they would have, but age and the effects of gravity can’t be avoided completely. Even so, you can take steps to keep your breasts looking as good as they can for as long as they can.

Follow doctor’s orders: first 18 months

During the first days, weeks, and months after surgery, it is critical that you follow doctors orders to avoid infection and injury. This also sets you up for the best possible results. Even when the incisions have healed and you have returned to work, you will remain under your doctor’s care. That’s because your body will continue to heal for up to 18 months after surgery.

Scar care
Scars will fade and flatten over time. You can help this along by using any creams or silicone strips that your doctors has recommended. Learn more about scar care here.

Ease into exercise
Make sure you get clearance from your surgeon before returning to weight training and high impact exercise. These activities can put a lot of stress on healing tissue, so wait till your doctor says you are ready.

Beware of underwires
Though breast reductions come with a variety of incision types, you will likely have some healing tissue underneath your breasts. Underwire bras, if worn too soon, can irritate that healing tissue. Underwires can become a part of your future if you want them too, but make sure you clear them with your doctor.

Take Care of Your Health

Your breasts don’t stand alone – they are part of your body. So anything that affects your overall health can affect them, too.

Don’t smoke
We’ve all heard about the many dangers of smoking – it increases the risk of heart disease and causes lung cancer. That alone should be reason enough to avoid it. But smoking also ages our skin and impairs wound healing. Do yourself a favor and quit this habit before it damages your beautiful surgical results.

Eat well
Few things affect our bodies like the food we consume day in and day out. Choose to eat healthy whole foods that have been minimally processed – brightly colored fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and modest amounts of healthy proteins and fats. Pro tip: if it comes in a package or has ingredients you can’t pronounce, eat it sparingly.

Exercise for health and fitness
The benefits of exercise are impossible to ignore – it helps keep your body healthy, strong, and young. This is good for your overall health, including your breasts (just be sure to wear a supportive bra that fits well when you exercise). However, it is not possible to “spot tone” your breasts. The pectoral muscles that lie beneath the breasts can keep the chest strong and affect the overall look of your chest. However, strong pecs won’t directly affect the breast tissue itself so they don’t prevent sagging.

Take Care of Your Skin

Preventing wrinkles and maintaining skin’s elasticity help keep that youthful glow and make great surgical results appear even better.

Don’t tan
As tempting as it may seem to try to get a tan “safely” – either in the sun or a tanning bed – it is simply not a good idea if you want to postpone wrinkled, saggy skin for as long as possible. The sun’s rays can also cause skin cancer. Just say “No!” to tanning!

Use sunscreen
Even the most careful among us can’t avoid the sun’s damaging rays all the time. This is why it’s important to wear sunscreen regularly. Make it a part of your daily routine to apply sunscreen to your face and chest, as these areas are often exposed to damaging UVA and UVB rays when we aren’t even aware of it. And when you spent time outdoors, use an all over sunscreen to keep your skin safe.

Avoid pregnancy or fluctuations in weight
Pregnancy and significant changes in weight both cause stretching of the skin that can change your breasts over time. For the longest lasting results, try to be at a steady weight and have completed your family before opting for breast reduction surgery.

Finally, if something doesn’t seem right with your breasts, contact your surgeon. It’s also important to have realistic expectations. Know that your breasts will continue to age – right along with the rest of your body – even after surgery.

Even so, your breasts will be smaller and in a better position. They won’t sag as they would without the surgery. If your breasts have been interfering with your life, this surgery can change that for you. Contact Dr. Slack to learn if breast reduction surgery is right for you.

Get Your Best Skin this Winter

best skin this winter

For human beings, unlike many other creatures in the Northern Hemisphere, winter can feel like a season for molting. The cold dry air outside combined with the even dryer hot air of central heating sucks moisture out of our skin, leaving it flaky, itchy, and tight.

Unlike molting, however, the process does not end with a brand new layer of skin; it just continues to get more red and irritated. That is, unless you take the opportunity to step up your skincare. With a little diligence and a few simple steps, winter might even turn into your skin’s best season.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and its first line of defense. As such, it can take a beating from the environment, making your skin more vulnerable over time. As we age, our skin loses fat, becomes dryer and takes longer to heal. A lifetime of sun exposure further increases dryness, age spots and wrinkles. In other words, the older you get, the more important it is to take care of your skin, especially during the winter.

Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones: you are reading this while young, or you learned to take care of your skin at an early age. If not, don’t worry, it is not too late to learn what works best to improve the look and feel of the skin you have now.

Identify what is drying out your skin

The best first step toward healthier skin is to identify the things that dry out your skin the most. Since it’s the driest season, winter may be the best time to figure this out. Here are some of the most drying factors according to The National Institute on Aging:

  • Drinking too little liquid
  • Sun tanning (includes tanning beds)
  • Dry air
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Medical conditions like diabetes and kidney disease

Most of these factors have a remedy: for some, like using sunscreen to protect your skin, you can start right away; for others, like handling stress or quitting tobacco, professionals can help; and for still others, like addressing medical conditions or issues with medications, you must work with your physician.

There are also certain products and environmental contributors that you may not realize are drying out your skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, here are some hidden agents to watch out for:

  • Deodorant soaps
  • Fragrances
  • Non-hypoallergenic laundry detergent
  • Rough fabrics like wool
  • Sleeping next to a heat source
  • Handling chemicals or greases
  • Alcohol-based toners
  • Long hot baths or showers
  • Exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)
  • Clay Masks
  • Lip balms (if they tingle when you put them on)

Knowing just what is most drying for your skin, and then doing something about it can give you the jumpstart you need to start healing your skin.

Add moisture back into your skin

Your skin naturally produces its own moisture in the form of oils, even as you age (though less). Many of the products mentioned above as well as long hot showers or baths, can dissolve and strip your skin of those oils. No one is recommending that you stop your personal hygiene. Instead, minimize exposure to these product and keep hot water exposure to under ten minutes. Then replenish moisture right away.

Experts at the American Academy of Dermatology recommend closing the bathroom door to keep steam in, blot skin to dry, and then apply moisturizer within a few minutes of bathing. They also say, “Don’t let a 12-hour period go by without using some sort of treatment or product on your skin (sunscreen counts).” Ointments and creams tend to be less irritating and more moisturizing than lotions. Look for the following soothing and moisture-locking ingredients:

  • Olive oil,
  • Jojoba oil
  • Shea butter
  • Lactic acid
  • Urea
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Dimethicone
  • Glycerin
  • Lanolin
  • Mineral oil
  • Petrolatum

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends Vitamin A (retinol), which includes the following derivatives: Retinoids, retinoic acid (Retin-A), tretinoins, retinaldehydes and retinyl. These products can increase collagen and cell turnover and decrease cell debris and fine lines.

Dr. Slack recommends Retin-A treatments for reversing sun damage. You can also reverse skin damage with non-invasive skin treatments like Venus Versa® for pigmented areas or Venus Viva® for overall improvement of skin texture and tone. These treatments are ideal for fall and winter because they require you to stay out of the sun.

It is never too late to start taking care of your skin, and these steps can take you a long way toward softer, more youthful skin. Why not start now. If you are interested in learning more about next steps in skin care, like non-surgical rejuvenation, schedule a no-cost consultation with Dr. Slack today.

Less than a Month Until Your Special Event? Here are Your Non-Surgical Options

non surgical options to get ready for your special event

When you have a special event coming up, you might go out and get a new outfit, a mani/pedi, and even a new haircut. Would you also go see a plastic surgeon? The answer may or may not depend on the event – are you going to the Oscars or the neighborhood white elephant exchange? But it most assuredly depends on how much time you have. If time is limited (less than a month), but you still want to make as big a change as you can to your appearance, your best bet is a non-surgical procedure.

Science and technology have advanced so far in this century that non-surgical cosmetic procedures can do more, in less time, and for less cost than ever before. And women and men alike are taking advantage of this. Since 2000, the number of minimally invasive procedures performed in the US has risen exponentially: Botox® Cosmetic injections alone went up almost 800 percent.

At his plastic surgery practice in Allen, Texas, Dr. Charles Slack happily accommodates the increased demand for these procedures. Here are the procedures Dr. Slack offers to give you big results in a little time.

Botox® Cosmetic injections

Botox® injections are one of the quickest and most affordable cosmetic treatments available today. They are ideal for smoothing out moderate to severe frown lines, horizontal lines across the forehead, and those vertical creases between the brows that can make you look angry and stressed when you don’t feel that way inside. They also work well on crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes.

Treatment time: Usually under 10 minutes
Downtime: Return to normal activity same day
Recovery time: A few days for light bruising at injection sites to fade
Time to full effect: About three days
How long it lasts: About three months

Skin Resurfacing

Using a variety of advanced energy delivery systems, the skin of your face, abdomen, and chest can be tightened and smoothed for a firmer more youthful appearance. Energy sources include fractional radio frequency, pulsed electromagnetic fields, and high intensity pulsed light. They are all virtually pain free and address issues like pigmentation, skin texture, sun damage, and wrinkles. Most make permanent changes to the skin by stimulating collagen and fibroblasts at a molecular level.

Treatment time: Varies from 15 to 30 minutes per session
Downtime: Return to normal activity same day and wear makeup the next day
Recovery time: A few days for redness to fade
Time to full effect: One to three weeks. Multiple treatments often recommended.
How long it lasts: Permanent change

Learn more about the state-of-the-art skin treatment technology used by Dr. Slack:

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that can be injected under the skin to fill in deep wrinkles and smooth out pitted scars. They work particularly well on frown lines and deep grooves between the brows and around the mouth to give a less distressed and more relaxed appearance. They are also used across the cheeks and beneath the eyes to plump and restore a more youthful look as well as to add fullness to the lips.

Treatment time: Usually under 20 minutes.
Recovery time: A few days for light bruising to fade
Downtime: Return to normal activity same day
Time to full effect: Immediate to one week
How long it lasts: nine months to two years

Learn more about the special dermal fillers used by Dr. Slack:

All of these procedures are less invasive than traditional plastic surgery, but it is important to remember that they are still medical procedures and should be performed by a qualified medical professional. Beware, there are providers who offer these kinds of treatments who don’t have the medical expertise and rigorous training needed to perform them safely. Here is what Dr. David Song, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), says:

“It may not be surgery, but there is still a lot at stake. Before you undergo any procedure, do your homework and make sure you’re putting yourself in the hands of only the most most qualified and highly-trained expert available.”

If you have an event coming up and would like to learn more about these non-surgical treatments from a qualified plastic surgeon, call Dr. Slack’s office for your consultation today.

That Scar Doesn’t Have to Last Forever: Scar Revision Options

Scar on human skin, keloid on shoulder

Scars happen. Sometimes we proudly show them off as a testament to our bravery or to accompany some crazy story. Other times, they make us uncomfortable, and we’d rather they went unnoticed. When this is the case, scar revision may be something to talk over with a plastic surgeon.

Even when we don’t like them, it is important to remember, scars serve an important function, and we are lucky to have them. Scar tissue grows to knit us back together when we are cut, and the strength of this tissue protects us from further injury.

Scars are an inevitable result of surgery, but plastic surgeons use special surgical techniques and have steps you can take after surgery to help minimize the appearance of scars. But scars can be unpredictable and on rare occasions, despite all efforts, a scar may have a less than optimal appearance.

Whether caused by an accident, a bad case of acne, or a surgical procedure, the appearance of scars can often be improved, and surgery is not always necessary. Here are a few of the many scar revision treatment options.

Scar Revision Techniques:

Topical Treatments

Corticosteroid injections or silicone based products in gel or tape form have been shown to reduce the appearance of scars. Compression garments can also be used effectively.

Skin Resurfacing

The surface of the skin can be smoothed out and scars minimized by removing layers of skin cells. This can be done using high-tech lasers like Venus Viva® and Venus Versa®, which deliver short bursts of light. It is also done with chemical peels and dermabrasion. These procedures are best used against skin irregularities caused by sun damage and acne.

Micro Needling

A series of tiny needles can be used to poke near-microscopic holes in the scar. This triggers tissue healing and an increase in collagen fibers.

Filler Injections

Filler materials can be injected to fill depressions in scars. This is not usually a permanent fix and may need to be repeated.

Minor Surgery

For deeper scars that are not too large, surgical removal under local anesthesia is sometimes an option. Here, a plastic surgeon can use special wound closing techniques to minimize the resulting scar. This kind of procedure can often be done in an office visit and will require following your doctor’s instructions as the new incision heals.

Major Surgery

When a scar is too large or deep, major surgery may be required to revise it. This may require a hospital stay and sometimes even more than one procedure. Skin grafts and tissue expansion can be used to cover the scar with newly grown skin. Dr. Slack employs a number of advanced wound closure methods to help improve a scar’s appearance.

The best treatment depends on you, your particular scar, and a consultation with a good plastic surgeon. No matter which procedure you end up using, keeping yourself in the best possible health by eating well, exercising, and not smoking will go a long way toward getting the best results.

If you are considering a plastic surgery procedure and have questions about scarring, or if you have a scar you don’t like, we’d be happy to answer your questions. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Slack right here in Collin County.

How to Choose the Right Sunscreen for your Face

Sonnenschutz bei heller Haut - sunblocker

What if there was a product—a cream, say—that you could put on your face that could dramatically slow the signs of aging? Something that was proven to work in study after study. How far would you travel to get it? How much would you be willing to spend?

Well, you probably won’t have to go very far or even spend that much money, because this incredible product is right under your nose: it’s sunscreen.

We are pretty diligent about putting sunscreen on ourselves and our kids when we go to the beach, but few of us use it daily as we should. Why is that? It could be a lack of understanding, or maybe it’s because it just feels so gunky, and it ruins the way our makeup looks.

Both of these problems have solutions. First, let’s talk about the facts, and then let’s look at how to choose the best sunscreen for you (and your makeup).

The Facts About Sun Exposure and Sunscreen

The sun emits two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can be harmful with overexposure: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).

  • UVA rays cause premature aging in the form of wrinkles and age spots.
  • UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn.

It is important to note here that tanning beds also emit UV radiation and should be used cautiously.

UV exposure is not just about beauty: it can also cause painful sunburns and increase your risk of getting skin cancer. The United States Surgeon General called skin cancer “a major public health problem” in an October (2016) Call to Action, and recommended the use of sunscreen for prevention.

Sunscreens use a variety of chemicals and minerals to block exposure to UVA and/or UVB rays. There are two main kinds of sunscreen:

  • Chemical sunscreens, like oxybenzone and avobenzone, absorb UV rays before they reach cells and cause damage.
  • Physical (also called mineral) sunscreens like, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, protect us by reflecting UV rays. You may recognize the old name for physical sunscreens: sunblocks.

Sunscreens are also rated for their ability to protect you from the sun’s rays using a numbered SPF system. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and only applies to UVB rays. While no sunscreen can block 100% of UVB rays, an SPF of just 15 can block 93% of them.

To get the most benefit from your sunscreen, The American Academy of Dermatology has the following recommendations:

  • It should have an SPF rating of 30 or higher.
  • It should be Broad Spectrum, which means it protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • It should be water resistant.

The way you apply sunscreen is also important. For that we recommend you check out this video by the American Academy of Dermatology:

How to Choose the Right Sunscreen for You

There are hundreds of sunscreens on the market to choose from, and while this can be a bit overwhelming, it also means that you are likely to find one that works for you and your lifestyle. Remember, expensive doesn’t always mean better.

First, think about your skin type. If you have oily skin, there are lots of sunscreens that are oil free. If your skin is dry, many are made with a whole host of carrier oils, some of which absorb faster than others. You can also combine two sunscreens: one for your oilier T-zone and another for the rest of your face.

If you have sensitive skin, you’ll probably do well with one of the physical or mineral sunscreens. Many come without added fragrance or other irritants and may even be labeled as a children’s product.

Sunscreens come in different forms like creams, lotions, sprays, or aerosols. Creams often take longer to soak in, while sprays and aerosols should be used with your eyes and mouth securely closed.

Some women (and men for that matter) complain that sunscreen can cause their makeup to fade quickly or look bad. Here are some tips if this is the case for you:

  • Massage your sunscreen in well and give it enough time to soak in.
  • Use a powdered mineral foundation.
  • Use a translucent powder to help set your make-up and provide touch-ups during the day.

With a bit of trial and error you can find a sunscreen that is most compatible with your favorite brand of makeup. If you want a shortcut here, check out the articles on the best sunscreens to wear under makeup here and here.

Whichever sunscreen you choose, the important thing is to wear it every day, even in the winter and when it is cloudy outside. If you want to find out more about keeping your skin healthy and youthful, schedule a consultation with Dr. Slack today.