Like promised, we are ready to reveal the second part of the 10 beauty commandments Dr. Jean-François Tremblay, dermatologist, medical director of MédIME, Institut de Médecine Esthétique generously offers his recommendations to take good care of our skin, our bodies, and our health for our overall wellness. Here are his five last recommendations.
6 – To smoke, you will stop
In addition to all the health damage that is now well known to the public, if you really need another reason to quit smoking, know that smoking reduces cell oxygenation. The complexion becomes duller and grayish. Cigarette also destroys collagen and elastin which contributes to the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles. Facial skin is not the only concerned. Tobacco also causes sagginess of the arms and breasts at a younger age than in non-smoker. Finally, smoking can also be a factor in under eye dark circles. Blood circulation under the eyes is very sensitive and a lack of oxygenation can promote and aggravate dark circles.
Tips from Dr Tremblay: Consult your doctor to discuss the best way for you to quit smoking. There are treatments that can make it easier and allow you to stop once and for all.
7 – Proactive, shall you be
Although the popular adage tells us that «Better late than never» it is still easier to treat conditions that have emerged recently than conditions that have been there for a longer period of time. For example, it is much easier to deal with a few recent and superficial age spots than treating spots that appeared 10-20 years ago. More treatments will be needed if we wait; longer we wait, higher the cost. It’s the same for wrinkles. A minimum amount of filler injection in usually needed for fine lines and superficial wrinkles. However, when the skin loses its volume and starts sagging, it takes a little more filler injection to bring the skin to a more youthful, refreshed and rested state.
Tips from Dr Tremblay: For a preventive treatment plan for your skin’s specific needs, I recommend that you make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our expert.
8 – Eating sugar, shall you reduce
Sugar, (composed of glucose and fructose) carbohydrates, (also present in starches) cause profound changes in the dermis. Sugars fix themselves around the fibers of collagen and elastin which modifies the properties of these proteins and prevents their renewal. The dermis loses elasticity and tonicity. This phenomenon is called glycation and is an important factor in skin aging.
Tips from Dr Tremblay: Changing diet and choosing more wisely in terms of nutrition can be hard at first. It is often helpful to consult experts in nutrition that will give you tips and advice to replace sugars by other healthier foods. Take appointment now for a personalized nutrition coaching with one of our nutrition experts.
9 – The right food, you will choose
Eating well is the first beauty step. Long before cosmetics, food we eat will inevitably reflect on our bodies, our well-being and of course, our skin. To keep our skin healthy and glowing, our body lean and strong and our hair silky and soft, it is important to make the right food choices. Food with a high content of vitamin A, vitamin C and essential fatty acids are great for keeping skin healthy.
Tips from Dr Tremblay: Vitamin A is absorbed by the lipids, it is liposoluble. It prevents skin cancer, promotes healing and helps the renewal of skin cells. It is found in all animal tissues as retinol and in plants in the form of provitamin A. Vitamin C is beneficial in the preventive treatment of aging skin. Mainly contained in vegetables and fruits, it is found in large quantities in spinach, cabbage, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tomatoes and peaches.
10 – Your dermatologist, you will visit
In the same way you consult your general practitioner when you have a health concern, you should do the same when it comes to the health of your skin and pay a visit to your dermatologist. We can take the opportunity to check moles or redness on your skin and to suggest the best medical aesthetic treatments to prevent and treat wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, rosacea, stretch marks, cellulite, acne scars and everything related to the health and beauty of our skin.
Tips from Dr Tremblay: Regular visits to a medical aesthetic clinic like MédIME can greatly improve the health and appearance of your skin.