Good skin doesn’t simply come from good topical applications. It comes from a lifestyle that makes the right choices and health decisions.
Lots of things affect our skin, the sun, the food we eat, our hormones, our mental state and the list goes on. We’ll look at the major lifestyle changes you need to make for healthy skin.
Cut out cigarettes
Smoking causes wrinkles. It can speed up the aging process in the skin. Nicotine is a potent vasoconstrictor, it contracts blood vessels leading to a decrease in blood supply and nutrients to the skin. These changes are likely to be seen after a decade of smoking.
For every hour of sleep lost, the psychological stress in a person increases by 14%. And with a lack of sleep, the body starts to release a stress hormone, called glucocorticoid. This alters the skin cells and can exacerbate acne or precipitate it. For those who has skin problem, lack of sleep can worsen their condition but you can visit Facing Acne to check for remedies on your problem. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep and if you have difficulty sleeping, lower the temperature to 65F. Lower temperatures are proven to enable sleep.
Eat a balanced diet.
Refined sugars and fats tend to increase the blood sugar levels rapidly which in turn boost the production of insulin. Insulin increases the sebum and oil production in our pores. So try and get more whole grains and cereals that gradually increase the sugar level in the blood. Eat fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and enzymes that boost collagen production, make the skin more elastic and neutralize free radicals in the skin.
A regular workout has many benefits, but the best of them all is that it increases blood flow to all parts of the body, including your skin. With increased blood flow to the skin, it carries away many harmful toxins and brings nutrients to the skin. Thus, flushing out debris and cleansing the system. Exercise has also proven to reduce stress levels which in turn will reduce the glucocorticoid production in the body.
Stay out of the Sun
The sun is responsible for the production of Vitamin D in the skin but it’s important to remember that ultraviolet light can be harmful. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light damages the skin and causes it to age by a process called photoaging. Ultraviolet A light can also genetically modify cells making them cancerous. So stay out of the sun and if outside wear your sunscreen with SPF +30. Reapply every two hours if you’re outside continuously.
There’s a lot of debate as to how much water is required per day. But it’s not just your skin but your body that needs to be hydrated. 70% of our body is made of water and water is required for many functions including flushing out toxins and filtering blood. It has been shown that as much as two cups of water boost blood flow throughout the body.
Keep your hair out of your face.
While bangs and flicks might be cute, sometimes hair products can cause you to break out. The chemicals in pomade, gels, shampoos and hair sprays may be hair friendly but not skin friendly. These chemicals tend to block the pores causing a skin reaction and breakouts. You may want to rethink your hair products if your hair is always in your face, otherwise, try and keep your hair away from your face.
Good hygiene is paramount for good skin. This involves changing your pillow weekly, cleaning your cell phone,
exfoliating and cleansing your own skin and removing makeup before bed. All these are extremely important in preventing infections, keeping your pores clean and open and staving off acne. Pillows, cell phones, and makeup can harbor dead skin cells and bacteria for a long time. These then become breeding grounds for infections.
A few lifestyle changes can go a long way when it comes to healthy glowing skin. In addition, to these, you can reduce alcohol, take supplements and use fewer chemicals to maintain youthful skin.
These simple changes can affect the way your skin looks and feels without needing too many products. Try them out for glowing skin and see if it makes a difference.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. A healthy skin helps fight skin aging and other viruses. We all struggle to have glowing and healthy skin. For women, beauty is everything. And having a good skin care routine tells much about you. So how well do you know your skin?
The idea of having a machine that can thoroughly evaluate your skin is somehow refreshing. The VISIA Facial Skin Complexion Analysis machine gives patients objective skin evaluation. It lets you see every detail and gives you a complete picture of your skin health. It doesn’t just evaluate but it helps your doctor determine how to treat your skin related problems and prepare for future aging treatments.
Dr. Neil Oropeza’s clinic is perhaps one of the most innovative clinics in Davao City. It’s the only clinic in Davao that offers PicoSure laser treatments and Visia Skin Complexion Analysis. Dr. Niel Oropeza is a part of my PicoSure laser tattoo removal journey and allowed me to experience the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis device.
Visia captures high-quality facial images to clearly analyze your skin. I was uncomfortable at first but managed to feel at ease because the assistant was really nice and friendly.
How VISIA Facial Complexion Analysis Works
Capturing images from different angles
Visia aims to gather clearly defined visual information on important areas that affect your skin health: pores, red and brown spots, wrinkles, skin texture, color evenness of complexion, UV spots and the presence of bacteria.
Showing porphyrins or presence of acne-causing bacteria in pores
Showing red areas on my face
Showing the brown spots on my face
Using the 3D viewer to clearly see skin problems and damaged skin cells
The result shows my estimated age based on my skin health on the right part of my face. No thanks to my wrinkles, spots and others for making me feel older. As you can see, it says here that my TruSkin age is 33 while my actual age is 28.
The result shows the left part of my face is healthier and younger than the other. My actual age is 28 but my TruSkin age estimate is 23 years old.
Happy with the result 😉
This is the overall result of the Visia Skin Analysis device. The result reveals that I have low UV spots percentage maybe because I work at home so I am not always exposed to the sun. Basically, I have a higher percentage of enlarged pores, red areas and bad skin texture. The result is upsetting yet it’s also helpful because it helps me learn more about my skin health. The treatment is unique and individualized.
How To Treat Acne and Discoloration Through A Machine
I had a sudden acne breakout on my forehead a year ago. My skin is not prone to acne, believe me, my parents didn’t suffer from acne during their younger days. So I thought it must be my hormones. I was convinced it has hormonal acne so I didn’t bother to treat them, I thought they would just go away. But they kept growing. I started to look for effective skin care routines online. I compared the skin routines of different beauty influencers and tried the products they promoted on their YouTube channels. After a few months, I gave up and focused more on taking skin vitamins and birth control pills instead. I also prepared a bottle of sunflower oil to treat acne scars just in case.
The skin vitamins worked but they did not completely get rid of the acne, specifically my whiteheads. Somehow, I became dependent on concealers to hide them whenever I would go out and meet my friends. I thought of trying out new treatments but I thought perhaps it was time to turn to technology.
I went to Oroderm again and the first thing that they recommended was to use the Visia Skin Analysis machine. Before they could proceed with the treatment, they wanted to have a record of my skin health so they can compare if the treatment is effective.
My old VISIA Analysis photo result (forgot to take photos of my latest results) can be used as a reference to clearly show the bacteria prone areas on my face. The result is accurate because my whiteheads would only grow on three specific areas: my forehead, cheeks and along the edge of my nose. Now I’m more careful when it comes to my hairstyle. Since my forehead is prone to acne, I should avoid hairstyles with bangs to avoid whiteheads. Also, I make sure that my hair doesn’t touch my face. I was asked to go back to the clinic after a month and use the machine again.
What I really love about VISIA professional skin machine is that it helps you find the brown spots on your face, acne-prone areas, pores and red areas that we couldn’t fully determine without the machine. The results of the Visia Skin Analysis would be a patient’s baseline for future assessments. You can constantly monitor if there is progress with the treatment, it’s like seeing everything under a microscope where everything is transparent and highly defined.
What To Know About VISIA Facial Skin Complexion Analysis
What is the importance of Visia Complexion Analysis?
The device helps determine what kind of approach and treatment a certain patient needs. It helps to diagnose the problem and formulate unique and specific aesthetic treatments. The treatment is personalized and not generalized.
Does it hurt?
No, it doesn’t. It only captures your facial images so don’t worry, no needles.
How long does it take to finish the procedure?
It only takes a few minutes. It’s like letting a machine do your selfie.
How much does Visia Analysis cost?
It depends on your location and clinic.
A lot of people pay too much for skin treatments especially for those who have acne problems. But the treatment isn’t individualized so maybe that’s the reason why there is no progress with the treatment.
If you’re living in Davao City, you might want to try the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis machine. You may visit:
Dr. Niel Oropeza
Oropeza Dermatology Clinic/ Oroderm
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Dermhaus Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
Direct Line: (082)227 3643