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Step Into Summer with These Seasonal Skin Tips

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

It’s officially summer! And what better way to celebrate than a collection of summer skin tips to start it off? In this Weekly Dose of Beauty, you’ll find hints on everything from treating summer acne, protecting yourself from the sun, dealing with razor burn and more.

Spring into Skin-Soothing Solutions

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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The icy winds that whip down Pittsburgh streets hint they’re here to stay. Let’s hope our friend Punxsutawney Phil sees warmer weather on our horizon!

In the meantime, here are some great products designed to help ease that dry, winter skin:

  • SkinCeuticals B5 Gel. Enriched with vitamin B5, known to help with tissue repair, Hydrating B5 Gel replenishes the nutrients your skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger. This moisture-enhancing gel contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant and is capable of retaining 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it an effective moisturizer. B5Gel can be used alone or underneath your favorite moisturizer.
  • PCA Collagen Hydrator. This rich, emollient antioxidant moisturizer contains and blends of humectants and Shea butter to deliver intense hydration to patients with dry and mature skin.
  • SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque. This highly concentrated masque infuses dehydrated and stressed skin with optimal amounts of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to replenish depleted moisture levels. It also helps improve skin tissue repair function while leaving the skin supple and smooth.
  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy balm penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with Shea Butter to create this extremely effective formula. The rich texture leaves hands soft and smooth with no oily traces, and can be applied as often as needed.
  • Elta MD UV Lip Balm. EltaMD UV Lip Balm contains 5% hydromanil to provide immediate and long-term moisturization. Hydromanil releases moisturizing molecules sequentially into the stratum corneum, resulting in a highly significant improvement of both immediate and long-lasting skin hydration.

Contact us today to discover the products that are right for your winter skin.

Easing the Sting of Winter Skin

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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Have you been keeping warm in these freezing temperatures? Here at the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty, we understand how dropping temps and arctic blasts can really zap the moisture from your skin. But by using these five steps, you can help alleviate winter’s harsh effects on your delicate skin:

  1. Drink a lot of water. Keeping your body hydrated during the winter is very important. Six to eight glasses of water per day is what the average person needs.
  2. Try to stick with lukewarm water in your shower and bath. Hot water can take the natural oils out of your skin and make you feel even drier.
  3. Take extra care of your face and body during this time. Stay away from harsh soaps and, instead, use a gentle cleanser or cleansing cream. Exfoliate once a week, but remember: over-exfoliation can strip the skin. Apply a balm or moisturizing oil to the skin before bed. For daytime, before you get dressed, choose lotion instead of balm or oil. This absorbs better into the skin and won’t harm your clothes.
  4. Don’t forget about your lips. Lips need moisture, too, and they retain less moisture than the rest of your body. So switch to a lip moisturizer like Babylips, Burt’s Bees, Elta Lip Moisturizer, or Vaseline. If your lips are extremely dry, try brushing them lightly once a week  with an old toothbrush, before you apply your lip moisturizer. This helps removes dead skin build-up.
  5. Use a humidifier in your bedroom or sitting area to add extra moisture. This benefits not only your skin, but reduces dryness in the sinuses and the rest of the body.

And as always, for any questions about your skincare routine, or to schedule a consultation, contact us at 412-687-2100.

Sun, Skin and Safety

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Whether it’s summer vacation or a winter getaway, time in the sun promises relaxation… and exposure to harmful UV rays. So how do you protect yourself from sun damage, and help your skin retain that fresh glow all year round? How can you get the best, long-lasting results from your plastic surgery and still enjoy the great outdoors? How do you reverse the effects of the sun’s sizzle once it’s left its mark?

Here at the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty, we know the secret to beautiful, healthy skin comes from protection, prevention, and treatments tailored to your active schedule and budget…

The Skinny on Skin Protection
Most people know it’s important to use a sunscreen against the sun’s UV rays. But did you know?…

  • The trick to effective sunscreen coverage is reapplication. Perspiration, swimming and other outdoor activities can erode sunscreen. This is why it’s important to reapply sunscreen every two hours for proper coverage. While wearing sunscreen may be difficult if you wear makeup, don’t go without– consider using a tinted moisturizer with at least an SPF 15.
  • Not all hats are made equal. A broad-brimmed, tightly-woven hat is a smart choice to shield yourself from the sun’s rays. Baseball caps may seem effective, but don’t offer enough protection for the sides of the face and ears.
  • Use a different sunscreen for your face than the rest of your body. While there are a number of good sunscreens available over-the-counter for the body, your face may require special protection, particularly for patients undergoing chemical peels and other skin treatments– or before and after plastic surgery. Quality protection is critical to ensure the best results. We have five different types of sunscreen available to help protect the face; these don’t contain the harmful perfumes of standard sunscreens, which can interact with some skin treatments and cause inflammation. Contact us for the sunscreen right for you!

From Sun Damage to Sensational
If your skin is currently sun damaged, you might worry your complexion will never shine again. But even patients who practically live outdoors have rediscovered a fresh healthy look through our customized skincare treatments. Here’s how…

  • Working Together to Treat the Whole Patient. As one of the first aesthetic surgery offices in the Pittsburgh region to offer skincare as a part of overall patient health, we know: treating the patient as a whole means better results, great value, and happier patients. So what does this mean to you? This means we take the time to evaluate your lifestyle, schedule, and needs. We evaluate the products you use, and see how they’re working for you—or are they working? Bring in your products and we’ll discuss it. Why continue to purchase products that aren’t helping you achieve the results you want? We’ll work with you to make sure your skincare regimen is effective, not burdensome, and provides real benefit to you.
  • Education To Help You Achieve the Skin You Love. Once we discuss your goals, lifestyle, and evaluate your products, we will then design a treatment plan for you to fit your needs and daily life. You’ll leave our office with helpful information to guide you on your skincare routine– both morning and night. This will save you time, and increase your confidence, as we work together toward healthier skin.
  • Medically-Supervised Options for Safe, Beautiful Results. While salons or spas offer skincare treatments, as certified plastic surgeons, we also provide a wide range of effective, medically-supervised skin care treatments. You’ll relax with treatments you can trust!

Solid protection, effective treatments, and customized skincare plans that help you not only achieve healthy skin, but gain the most value from your choices…

Looking your best has never been easier. Come on in and discuss your skincare goals.

Mention this blog post when you make your appointment and receive a complimentary sunscreen along with your one-on-one educational consultation.