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Spring Clean Your Skin with a Chemical Peel

With spring just around the corner, a lot of us are looking for ways to refresh our skin after a cold and dry winter.  Chemical peels were some of the first cosmetic treatments ever invented, and are still some of our favorite procedures to help brighten-up our complexions! The ancient Egyptian aristocracy was the first to discover the rejuvenating power of chemical peels – nobles applied sour milk to their faces as part of their beauty regimens.  Sour milk contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is still used today in chemical peels and cosmeceuticals.  Modern chemical peels … Continue reading

Skincare Products: Hype vs. Reality

Walking through the cosmetics section at any department store, there are countless creams, serums, lotions, and potions on display that claim to erase wrinkles and be the secret to flawless, youthful skin.  I often see patients who spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on luxury skincare products; but does a high price point really make a product better or more effective? In general, I don’t believe that there’s any relationship between a product’s price tag and its efficacy.  Oftentimes, the ingredients in many of these luxury products don’t really have anything in them to justify the price.  Some of … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year from all of us here at Skin Spectrum!  Another year has flown by, and with January already upon us, we wanted to share some of our skin care resolutions – ways to keep our skin looking its best in 2016, especially through these cold winter months. Stick with the sunscreen – As winter weather sets in, and the days become colder and more overcast, it’s tempting to just forget about sunscreen.  Unfortunately, UVA radiation, which accounts for over 95% of UV rays on Earth, can penetrate through clouds and glass.  This means that UVA rays are almost … Continue reading

Winter Skin—Lift Your Spirits This Holiday Season

For many women, the holiday season is a time of joy and cheer, but it can also bring unwanted stress.  Women are often so busy with gift shopping and planning holiday festivities that they often forget to take time to focus on themselves.  This stress, coupled with cold, dry conditions, can wreak havoc on the skin.  Here are my top five tips to help women rejuvenate their spirits as well as their skin: Put Your Best Face Forward:  By now, we’ve all learned the power of contouring and highlighting to help create beautiful, defined features.  What many women may not … Continue reading

Skin Spectrum’s Top 10 Tips for Acne

With school starting back up again, a lot of our patients have been wondering what they can do to get their skin looking its best. Acne is a very common condition, which can occur in people of any age – from babies to the elderly. However, we tend to see it most often in our teenaged patients.  Here are some of our favorite skin care tips for acne-prone skin: Wash your face twice daily. Over the course of the day, our skin gets covered in makeup, sunscreen, sweat, dirt, oils, bacteria, and environmental pollutants, all of which can contribute to … Continue reading