Skin School 101 Lesson #7

?LESSON # 7: STAY HYDRATED.? Ok here’s the tricky truth: Drinking the daily recommended 16oz of water may or may not affect your skin.??‍♀️ The point of this lesson is to understand the importance of properly hydrating your SKIN. One of the most ??‍♀️ confusing topics for my patients is the difference between hydration/moisture and dehydrated/dry skin. DEHYDRATED skin is lacking water?and needs HYDRATION. ?DRY skin lacks oil and needs to be MOISTURIZED. Either way, to fix your skin’s condition, your best option is applying something topically. To ?HYDRATE your skin, look for the ingredient hyaluronic acid (HA). This itty-bitty molecule is a?superstar and can hold a thousand times its weight in water.?? HA is found naturally in your body, one place being your skin. Unfortunately, like collagen, our own supply depletes as we age ?? and when this happens, our skin begins to appear dull and lifeless. HA also increases the amount of water in your skin cells, which results in a ??‍♀️????smooth and plump complexion. Now on to MOISTURIZING. Oil comes to mind, and so do?cake pops. Our skin contains sebaceous glands which secrete sebum, an oily substance that helps to protect and lubricate, preventing our skin from?drying out. Too much sebum leads to clogged pores and too little leads to dry skin.?Everything making more sense now? Now let’s pick our products! Both hydrating and moisturizing products can come in many different brands and can be confusing. ??‍⚕️My tip: buy HIGH QUALITY medical-grade products. I am OBSESSED WITH SKINMEDICA products. In the line is a complete game changer: HA5. This hydrating serum is?? jammed packed with the magical molecule hyaluronic acid. Remember to cleanse??‍♀️ your skin before you apply your serums and moisturizers. Hydrating serums always go on first, then seal it all up with your favorite moisturizer. For those with oily skin, when you are properly hydrated, you may or may not moisturize as often. ?Remember our skin is an organ and in order for it to look good, it has to function optimally. The combination of hydration and moisture creates a perfect healthy balance. ?HYDRATE!?HYDRATE!?HYDRATE!

Cassie Wind, RN, BSN, CANS

Skin School 101 Lesson #6
LESSON #6: RETINOLS ARE YOUR FRIEND.?‍♀️ Aging downright sucks.??‍♀️Our skin begins to lose its elasticity and tone as we get older. That quick reliable?snap-back our skin gave us when we were young begins to get? sluggish and we begin to see fine lines and wrinkles. When collagen (our support structure) becomes damaged due to☀️UV exposure and other assailants, wrinkles begin to develop, our skin sags, and those dreaded sun spots makes their appearance. Time to call in the reinforcements— ??‍♀️RETINOLS. ⚠️Disclaimer: there is a difference between retinols vs. retinoids but for the purpose of this lesson, I will only refer to retinols. I’m doing this because they are easily accessible without a prescription (more on retinoids in the future). ⭐️RETINOLS ARE A NATURAL FORM OF VITAMIN-A THAT WORK BY INCREASING CELL TURNOVER, WHICH ?BOOSTS COLLAGEN.⭐️They’re re found in many over-the-counter products and when ??‍♀️applied to the skin, converts to retinoic acid. This metabolite?mediates the production of collagen in the deep dermal layer of our skin and contrary to what people may think, actually thickens the skin to aid in wrinkle prevention. Retinols will gently irritate the skin to speed the production of new skin cells so be extra careful ? in the sun. Start on a low dose to minimize side effects and use only at ?night (retinols are deactivated by sunlight). Begin using 2-3 times a week and gradually work up usage to ?nightly to gently acclimate your skin. The quality of the retinol matters too! The weaker the strength, the longer it takes to be converted. Stick with ?medical grade lines like SkinMedica® to ensure proper absorption and look for retinol on the ingredient list rather than retinyl palmitate, which is a much weaker version of vitamin-A. Results are not overnight and may take as long as ? 3-6 months. With all the clinical data proving retinol to combat the signs of aging, this should be an absolute must have in your anti-aging arsenal. ???

Cassie Wind, RN, BSN, CANS

Skin School 101 Lesson #5
?LESSON #5: LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE. ☀️Sun is great— The warmth feels amazing on our bodies, it’s a good source of vitamin D, and aids with psoriasis. ??‍♂️ Outdoor activity is better for your health than sitting on the couch watching ?Netflix, and let’s face it, tanned skin is so much sexier than being pasty and pale. ? Unfortunately, along with those benefits come just as many cons. Too much sunlight can lead to permanent skin damage, excessive and repetitive?burns, and the development of skin cancer. There are ways to?protect yourself from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. That’s the point of today’s ??‍?lesson, I’m not telling you to not go outside, I am here to help you be safer outdoors. There are several things we can do: ⭐️1- ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN ON YOUR FACE AND ON BODY PARTS THAT ARE EXPOSED TO THE SUN EVERY DAY.⭐️ Make this a habit. Anyone noticed how some women have fantastic skin on their face and neck but then you look at their chest and arms and they look completely different? ??‍♀️Maybe they ran out of sunscreen but maybe they skipped those parts all together. ⭐️2- SEEK SHADE. UV light is strongest between the hours of ⏱10 am- 4 pm so limiting sun exposure during those peak times helps to prevent some of the damage from the sun. UV rays reach the ground all year so even on cloudy or winter days, you can get ?sunburned. ⭐️3- WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. Slip on a ?short sleeved, or even better, long sleeved shirt and use ? caps or hats with wide brims. Be aware that clothing doesn’t always block 100% of rays, if you can see light through the fabric, UV light can get through. ⭐️4- WEAR SUNGLASSES THAT FILTER UV LIGHT. ?Most sunglasses, even designer brands, offer 99-100% UVA/UVB protection but make sure you see those words on the label. Another word to look for: UV 400. This means the ? sunglasses will blocks all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers (sunlight). ⭐️5- AVOID TANNING BEDS. ? So 90’s. That orangey-brown look isn’t cute, nor does it look normal. Tanning beds shoot out highly concentrated UVA and UVB light and have been linked to an increased risk of ? melanoma, especially if he/she starts before the age of 30. Also take caution on the ?beach and in ?snowy areas— sand, water, and snow reflect sunlight and increase UV radiation.
Again, I’m not telling you to become a vampire ??‍♀️⚰️ and not go outside, I’m asking that you be careful and really understand the dangers behind the ☀️ sun’s rays. We’re told we can be anything we want when we grow up, but no one wants to be beef jerky.???

Cassie Wind, RN, BSN, CANS

Skin School 101 Lesson #4

?Lesson #4: WASH YOUR FACE. ??This should be a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people don’t wash their face.? Rinsing with water isn’t washing: that’s how pigeons bathe.?Why is facial cleansing so important? It’s simple really— cleansing your skin removes dirt and debris that collects on our faces throughout the day. This includes oils,?sweat, ?bacteria, pollutants, dead skin cells, and the?makeup we wear (sometimes from the night before *ahem* ? You know who you are). Not washing leads to excessive dirt build-up over time and when left on the skin’s surface, can trap sweat and bacteria.?? This trapped gunk can cause the blockage of pores and follicles. When we don’t properly wash, we don’t give our skincare products a chance to work correctly. ⭐️WASH YOUR FACE MORNING AND NIGHT.⭐️ Yes, I want you to make this a very important habit. How do you pick a good cleanser?? First know your skin type: oily, dry, combination, acne-prone, or sensitive. ??‍♀️If your skin is oily, use a gel or foam cleanser to remove dirt and excessive oils. ??‍♀️Acne prone skin should be treated gently and I recommend cleansers that contain 2.0% Salicylic Acid. ??‍♀️Dry skin types benefit from cream cleansers to keep your skin from feeling tight and overly dry. ??‍♀️For sensitive skin, you’ll want a basic cleanser free from heavy fragrance and ? additives.There are all sorts of fancy gadgets to help you wash your face and they are fantastic ? tools, but you can also just use your ?? hands. Moral of the story, don’t let me wiping your skin with an alcohol pad ??‍♀️ just before ? Botox be the only time your skin gets cleaned. ??‍♀️

Cassie Wind, RN, BSN, CANS

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