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How to keep stress from affecting the look of your under-eye area

Tanuj Nakra, MD How to keep stress from affecting the look of your under-eye area The eyes are the focal point of facial beauty.  Scientific studies have shown that we are literally hard- wired from birth to be attracted to beauty, especially sparkling bright eyes. This genetic, psychological, and cultural focus on facial beauty spans across the globe, and so it's only natural that we are focused on the cosmetic appearance of our eyes, with specific concern for dark circles, puffiness or other manifestations of stress around the eye area. In fact, since our eyelid skin is the thinnest on...

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Springtime Skincare

Angelina Detmers, R.N. The first day of spring has arrived, invoking a sense of renewal, inspiration and rejuvenation. It’s part of a natural cycle, and we welcome the change. Just as we use this time to transition out heavy winter knits and pull in light, bright, airy pieces, the passage of winter is a perfect opportunity to adjust our beauty routine to meet our skin’s seasonal needs. As the northern hemisphere leans closer to the sun, we experience higher humidity levels, warmer temperatures and higher concentration of the sun’s rays. These changes bring with them a need for oil management,...

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Wintertime from our skin’s perspective

Tanuj Nakra, MD As the days get shorter, and temperatures drop, most of us in North America are busy enjoying the holiday season indoors with family and friends.   Warm sweaters, falling snow, fireplaces, deliciously rich food and fun social gatherings ring in the season.   The cooler weather leads to a double whammy for our skin: the cold temperatures outside are accompanied by low humidity levels, and heating systems indoors further strip water molecules from indoor air. This is the perfect time to think about winter skin care. Under normal circumstances, our skin’s ongoing evaporation is limited by the barrier function...

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What makes dark skin dark and light skin light?

Tanuj Nakra MD     Darker skin is, well, darker than lighter skin. But, why? What is the science behind skin color and why do humans display a wide spectrum of skin tones? It all comes down to genetics and how, over the course of history, humans responded to sun exposure. This response can be explained through the concept of natural selection - the process by which how organisms respond to their environment over time. Natural selection is often described as “survival of the fittest”; those traits that aid plants and animals to survive their environment, get passed on to...

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What does science say about our aging faces?

Brett Kotlus MD  NYC Cosmetic and Oculofacial Plastic Surgery The first signs of facial aging are subtle but definite. Aging usually starts around the eyes because your eyelid skin is very thin and constantly moving. You may notice that the smile lines or “crow’s feet” radiating from the outer corners of your eyes are just barely noticeable even when you’re not smiling, as if they were faintly etched in your skin. This might be the time you start to use anti aging skin care or add anti aging supplements to your current skincare routine to enhance it. Sun exposure further...

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The sun and our skin

  Throughout human history, the Sun has been a source of reverence. Our Sun beams life-giving energy to Earth that nourishes the plant and animal kingdoms. Animals (including humans) eat both plants and as well as other plant-eating animals. We also absorb the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum to fuel internal production of Vitamin D- an essential nutrient required for life. On the other hand, UV can damage the collagen and elastin molecules that make up youthful skin turgor and UV can also inflict injury to the DNA in our cells, producing skin cancer. Our skin has evolved to embrace and protect...

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