Halloween Skincare Tips

•October 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Halloween Skincare Tips and Tricks
Who doesn’t love Halloween? It’s the one day of the year where you can let your hair down, be someone else for an entire night and of course eat lots of delicious candy. But that one day of fun can take a real toll on your skin as inexpensive make-up and sugar can aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes.

Before you apply that smoky black eye make-up or dip your hand in the candy bowl check out our tips and tricks to protect your skin this Halloween.

Buy Quality Make-Up: We know it’s hard to justify paying up for quality make-up for a costume you may wear once. But the least expensive make-up may contain ingredients that will clog your pores. Consider using a brand name or an organic face paint kit. These will allow your skin to breathe through your makeup and will not suffocate your pores.

Prep Your Skin: Thoroughly moisturize your skin before you apply make-up. It will help your face stay fresh and hydrated, but it will also give your costume makeup a more finished look. Dr.Dima’s skincare line, Cosminology, which is medically formulated to enrich the skin and will do the trick to help easily apply your make-up.

Remove All Your Make-Up Before Bed: No matter how exhausted you are you need to properly wash your face before you go to bed. We tend to wear much more make-up on Halloween and if it’s left on too long it can clog your pores and can cause a break-out the next day. Leave all of your face wash products out on the counter before you leave for the night it will help you remember after a long night out.

Go For the Dark Chocolate: It’s hard to resist at least a few pieces of candy on Halloween and we are happy to report that there are some skin-friendly options out there. Go for the dark chocolate pieces especially ones with nuts as they give you some protein. These are better than jelly candies or even milk chocolate which is higher in sugar, contains dairy and been linked to acne.

We hope you end Halloween this year with beautiful skin. Also don’t forget the holidays are not too far off. If you are thinking about getting a toxin or a long-term filler like Artefill, now is the time to book your appointment! Call us at 703-787-9866!

Gratitude

•October 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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We recently received flowers in the office addressed to “Dr. Dima and her Angels for their Heavenly care”. How Blessed are we to have such incredible patients? We are so thankful to all those who come through our doors and their presence is a joy for all.

Here are WellMedica we enrich peoples lives. We work on your well being so you can live your life and feel good about your self, look in the mirror and Love who you see. We are here to help, guide, and educate patients and look forward to a bright future with many more peoples lives to touch.

Big Fat Lip Service by Dima Ali M.D.

•September 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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   So what’s the big deal with big lips? How big is too big? I think we can all agree that full, pink lips are a sign of youthfulness, sexiness and, anthropologically speaking, fertility. Whether we do it consciously or not, our society is obsessed with attracting a mate to procreate, and nothing says “PICK ME!” like a pair of luscious, full lips adorned with shimmering lip gloss.

Before I address the popular injection method for achieving a sexy pout, I’d like to say a few words about the products out there that claim to be the “next generation of lip plumpers infused with revolutionary technology to plump lips instantly.” Some of the more popular name brands include: “Lip Fusion XL”, “DuWop Venom Gloss”, and “Too Faced Lip Injection Lip Plumping Treatment”. They each have their claim to fame and their loyal followers. The other major concept in topically plumping lips is to apply irritating ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon and even red pepper to stimulate lip swelling. Nicotinic Acid, commonly known as Niacin or Vitamin B3 is another common ingredient in lip plumpers intended to eliminate the need for needles and doctors by increasing vasodilation, or blood flow, to the lip tissue. Results last a few hours at best.

With regard to injectables, my filler of choice is derived hyaluronic acid (H.A.), a natural sugar that has an enormous capacity to retain water and thus act as a cushion between collagen and elastin cells. Just as H.A. acts as a “shock absorber” in our joints, it can act as a filler to plump up wrinkles such as the nasolabial folds (smile lines) and restore a youthful appearance to lips. Commonly known fillers include Restylane, Perlane and Juvaderm Ultra.

If a dramatic enlargement is requested, I will often ask the patient to bring in pictures so that I can get an idea of their expectations. What  a patient desires is not always compatible with their facial structure or lip anatomy. So, if you have lips like Mona Lisa and you want lips like Angelia Jolie, you might want to reconsider.  Afterall, a filler injected into the lips will obey the space filling laws of physics in much the same way as air blown into a balloon or sausage meat stuffed into a casing. So it’s important to remember the goal: to create an aesthetically pleasing, natural result.

Another reason I like using H.A. fillers is that they come premixed with anesthetic making the treatment very comfortable with skilled hands.  Re-treatment is usually only needed 2 or 3 times a year and there is very little “down-time.” Swelling and bruising is usually gone by the second day and many people feel comfortable going back to work or out for the evening the day of treatment.

 

Protecting your skin from the sun

•September 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Let’s talk about sunscreen, seems like summer time is the only time department stores have sunscreen out and ready for the masses to buy but really the importance of sunscreen should be recognized more. Sun screen is not just a summer special it is a year round importance. People of all skin colors get skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology states that more than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually, most of which could have been prevented with the right protection and precautionary measures.

“But fall is approaching why do I need to buy that now?” Because protection whether it is the summer sun or a cloudy fall day is imperative for the health of your skin. A whopping 80% of the suns damaging rays can pass through the clouds. An interesting fact you are able to find at www.aad.org, is that snow and sand increase the need for sun protection. Snow reflects 80% for the sun’s rays and sand reflects 25% causing you more harm then you were most likely aware of.

There are many different sunscreens available now a days, choosing the right one for you can vary but here at WellMedica we have had an overwhelming success with our Cosmic Ray Shield SPF 36.  Daily use of sunscreen is suggested and this light weight formula keeps your skin protected and well all in one. Formulated with exclusive botanical antioxidants and micronized zinc to help prevent the breakdown of collagen. Cosmic Ray is safe for sensitive and acne prone skin and helps premature aging! Giving your skin a dose of antioxidants while lightly hydrating.

Protecting your skin is important and WellMedica wants to make sure you are educated on the importance of sunscreen all throughout the year. Let us know if you have any questions on how we can help you feel great about you and your wellness.

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WellMedica Blog, back in full force!

•August 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Things have been blooming quite nicely in the WellMedica world these days, as our ever beautiful office is now filled with an incredibly motivated team. With this new team we are looking toward the future and have many plans on the horizon to help you, the patient, feel just as incredible about you as we do. The WellMedica you once knew is growing and as we do we are reaching out to the individual because it is just as important to stay connected at a personal level as it is to bloom.

 On the news front we have a new facebook page for both WellMedica Aesthetic and Cosminology which you can find and “like” easily by the search bar at the top of your facebook page. Another way to stay connected with us as well is to follow our new twitter account @WellMedica. We plan to routinely send updates and specials to connect you to incredible offers we have.

 As the week closes I just want to say I am a proud member of this team and we look forward to having you the patient as being a part of it as well.

How to Get Red …

•February 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

How to Get Red Carpet Ready Skin
 
The Oscars are one of Hollywood’s biggest nights. Celebrities spend countless hours preparing for the long walk down the red carpet of the Kodak Theater with the hope of achieving glowing skin, flawless make-up, and rave reviews for their look.
 
To the average person it may seem like a lot of work but getting that red carpet ready skin (think Gwyneth) is easier than you think. The key is to implement a few things into your normal skincare routine that will enhance your skin’s radiance and youthful appearance, and also look healthy, smooth and blemish free.

Here are a few tips:
 
To get a gorgeous glow: Start by hydrating – lots of water. If you can’t make it to the salon or spa for a facial, look for a facial mask with moisturizing properties. It will minimize the appearance of pores, and give you a glowing complexion. Masks with saffron, aloe vera, and kaolin clay are popular among top celebrities.
 
Next exfoliate. A great product to gently exfoliate and keep your skin clean is Clarisonic (Faith Hill is a fan). You can also try a two-step exfoliation starting with a scrub followed by a chemical peel.
 
To smooth fine lines: There are several good anti-aging products on the market today to smooth fine lines. Look for a product that contains glycolic acid, which works not only on the surface of the skin, but also in the layers you can’t see.  Glycolic acid is a rapid exfoliate and will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. Over time these products can also lighten sun spots and stimulate collagen production giving you a more youthful appearance. Ask your doctor what product is best for your skin type.
 
To diminish wrinkles: A topical treatment may not be enough to remove those wrinkles. Botox and Dysport or dermal fillers such as Artefill, Juvederm or Restylane can help with little to no downtime.
 
To calm redness: Follow-up exfoliation with a toner. This will whisk away dead cells and keep shine in check without over-drying.  There are several categories of toners to choose from so make sure you pick the one that best suits your skin type. The percentage of alcohol varies and could actually do more harm than good. Follow toner  with a cold mask and it should reduce any signs of redness.
 
To take away the puffiness: Take wheat and dairy out of your diet and you can remove some of the puffiness and breakouts that may occur the week leading up to an event. Lots of water and fresh juices can also make your skin look more vibrant.
 
Simple steps every day and regular visits to your skin care professional can help you, and your skin, shine like the star that you really are. 

6 Skincare Resolutions for the New Year

•December 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

With the holidays behind us it’s time to gear up for the New Year – the one time of year when we put pen to paper to outline all our resolutions. While losing weight and saving money may top your list this year, don’t forget about your skin. Here are some quick and easy resolutions your skin will love in 2012:

 

Protect your skin from the sun everyday: Make a commitment to protect your skin from UV damage and wear sunscreen under your makeup or purchase makeup that has at least SPF 15. If you don’t know what’s right for your skin type ask your doctor what they recommend. UV damage can cause premature wrinkles and sun spots. By protecting your skin from UV rays you will continue to look more youthful throughout the New Year!

 

Throw away outdated skincare products: Make-up that hasn’t been used in a while and outdated skincare products may be hosting bacteria and can cause breakouts. Open the medicine cabinet and empty your make-up bag. If you haven’t touched that skincare product or piece of makeup in a few months it’s time to say goodbye. Your skin will thank you later.

 

Sleep without make-up: Not removing your make-up is one of the worst don’ts when it comes to your skincare routine. Makeup clogs pours and can leave your complexion looking dull. Wash, tone and moisturize your skin every night before bed this year.

 

Exfoliate: This is the step most people skip as part of their skincare routine. Try exfoliating at least once a week with an at home facial scrub – you will see an immediate difference. If you can make it into the office, try microdermabrasion, a chemical peel or hydrafacial. Peels in particular can take years off your face.

 

Consult a trained professional before pursuing aesthetician services (Botox, dermal fillers): Minimally invasive procedures including Botox® and dermal fillers such as Artefill®, Juvederm® or Restylane® continue to grow in popularity.  But not every physician is trained to perform these procedures. Make sure you check the physician’s credentials and validate they have extensive experience using the products they have recommended.

 

Manage stress: Stress affects your health and over time can cause over-production of oil and inflammation which results in bad skin. Relieve stress this year by taking a walk, going to a yoga class or taking up a hobby. You will stay happier, your health will improve and it will be reflected on the outside.

 
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