Skin School 101 Lesson #3

?Lesson #3: SLEEP ON YOUR BACK.?Most of us have never been told this. Sleeping on the side of your face causes the skin on your face to squish up and ⏳over time, this repetitive pressure causes permanent wrinkles on our face and in between our breasts.?? If you are a side sleeper, go to a mirror and lay your face against your?? hands… THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO YOUR SKIN FOR AROUND 8 HOURS EACH NIGHT.?Sleeping in this position put constant pressure on our face and can cause wrinkles or “sleep lines”. These wrinkles often fall parallel along your face and I’ll commonly see them around the ? eyes, upper cheek, temples, and ? mouth. Sleep on one side more than the other and you’ll notice deeper lines on that side. ?These lines are often times hard to treat with fillers ? because unless you change your sleeping habits, they will return quickly. ?Tips to help: 1- Put a pillow under your knees to support your back and keep you from rolling over. 2- (My favorite) ⭐️SLEEP WITH YOUR EARRINGS ON.⭐️ It’ll hurt to rollover and you’ll get poked by the posts while you’re sleeping. Not to mention you’ll look like a princess ? 3- Place pillows on all sides of your body. Not sexy, but neither are wrinkles.??‍♀️ If you aren’t a back sleeper, be patient. This habit is hard to change and it may take weeks or even months for it to be comfortable. It pays off as it can also help prevent facial ⚖️ asymmetry, as years of sleeping on one side of your face can promote unevenness in the texture or volume of your face. Another benefit of ?sleeping on your back– your eyes are less puffy in the morning because fluid doesn’t pool under your eyes ? from sleeping face down. Key takeaway: our sleep position plays a vital role in our skin health and although the fetal position is soothing, overtime, your face won’t look anything like a baby! ????

Cassie Wind, RN, BSN, CANS

Skin School 101 Lesson #2

?Lesson #2: ?DON’T SMOKE! We all know the main ingredient in cigarettes – nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical found in tobacco leaves and acts as both a ?sedative and a ?stimulant. It can calm you in stressful situations and give you an extra boost of energy when you need it. ??‍? I’m not here to lecture you about the damage cigarettes can have on your body (although maybe I should)??‍♀️—I’m here to inform you on the negative effects it can have on your SKIN. ?Anatomy 101: Vessels carry blood which carry hemoglobin which carry oxygen. Nicotine causes your blood vessels and capillaries to tighten up and shrink. Less blood flow = less oxygen and that means your skin will look sallow (yellow or pale brown color) and unhealthy. ? Ever notice that gray, ashen look smokers have on their skin? It’s because their skin is dead like a zombie.?‍♂️?‍♀️ No, just kidding, ?but it does reduce blood flow to your skin leaving it dry and discolored. ????Smoking impedes healing and further speeds skin damage leading to wounds that take longer to heal? and scars that are bigger and redder than those who don’t smoke. ?Smoking is also a leading cause of cancer so it should be no surprise that cigarettes can also increase your risk of developing skin cancer.? If there is one thing I want you to gather from this lesson, it’s this: ⭐️NICOTINE RESTRICTS BLOOD FLOW AND GOOD BLOOD FLOW IN YOUR SKIN IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO BEAUTIFUL SUPPLE SKIN.⭐️ Everyone wants the wisdom that old age brings ??‍♀️ but we can take some control and choose not to wear wrinkles prematurely on our face. (Oh, and your breath will stink)?? That is all.

Cassie Wind, RN, BSN, CANS

Skin School 101 Lesson #1

?Lesson #1: SLATHER ON THAT SPF!☀️It’s 2018 and we are so fortunate that much research has been done and we have knowledge about what’s behind those sun rays. We love the healthy-looking glow that develops when we spend time outdoors and let’s be honest, nothing can beat enjoying the warmth on our skin while we lay by the pool on a hot summer day.??☀️ I admit, ??‍♀️ I love it too. Sunshine can be pleasant, but, the damage it causes to our skin isn’t. UVA, UVB, infrared light, SPF, free radicals… ?getting our head around all these terms takes time and can be confusing. Don’t worry, we’re going to keep it quick and simple. ? Let’s first refresh our memory: Skin is our body’s largest organ and is comprised of several layers. Within these layers lay vital structures and components, some being collagen and another protein called elastin. ⭐️COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN KEEPS OUR SKIN TIGHT.⭐️ Harmful sun rays degrade collagen and degraded collagen leads to saggy, aged, leathery-looking skin.? A large part of aging has to do with compromising these important support structures. In other words, collagen is really important. Now onto UVA and UVB. Think of it like this: “UV-AGE”?? and “UV-BURN”.?UVA rays go deep enough to reach your deep dermal layer- WHERE COLLAGEN IS MADE! (See the pattern here?) UVB rays are more superficial and lead to the burns and blisters we experience from overexposure. Both types of UV radiation can cause permanent damage to the DNA in skin cells and may even cause mutation of these cells, ?thus playing a key role in the development of skin cancer. Yikes! Not to mention, repeated exposure leads to hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sun damage. Remember I mentioned that our skin is our largest organ? Its primary purpose is protection. ? When it’s threatened by UV rays, it’s releases extra melanin for? protection to prevent burning- all because our skin ? loves us and is here to protect us. Show some love back and protect it! ? Listen – in the end, we all want to stay as youthful as possible for as long as possible. ??‍♀️ If a simple application of sunscreen will do that, what’s your excuse? ??‍♀️

Cassie Wind, RN, BSN, CANS

??‍⚕️With January almost behind us, it’s time to get dedicated to getting the best skin of your life. ? I’m so excited to announce the start of ?SKIN SCHOOL 101 by yours truly! This 10-part series will reveal my 10 favorite tips to keeping your skin looking it’s best. Many come to see me for my injection techniques but once in the chair, patients soon realize my passion for healthy glowing skin. ??‍♀️ After all, what’s the point of being wrinkle free and plump if your skin doesn’t match? Pretty skin makes a statement. Trust me. It glows, it’s bright, and it drapes all over those gorgeous features people love to stare at. I practice what I preach and I get compliments on my skin often (from patients and even strangers), so I was encouraged to start this series. ? The lessons are easy, realistic and designed for the overwhelmed skin novice and those who already have a skin routine. These tips will help to teach you healthy skin habits and to re-evaluate your current routine. ?So stay tuned and let’s get started…

⭐️??‍♀️SKIN SCHOOL 101 IN SESSION!

Cassie Wind, RN, BSN, CANS