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Ezine 91 June 2010

Skin Care Tip:

How Effective Is Your Sunscreen?

In these days of a skin cancer epidemic, daily use of an SPF of 15 or higher is imperative. Most moisturizers, foundations, and even mineral makeup have SPF incorporated into their ingredients. Wearing sunblock daily has many benefits, which include preventing fine lines and wrinkles, lowers the risk of skin cancer, uneven skin tones, hyper-pigmentation, and rough, leather-like skin textures. However, sunblocks do not protect 100% against the sun’s harmful rays. This is where antioxidants come into the picture. Antioxidants work to fight free radical damage. Free radicals are an atom or group of atoms with an unpaired electron which forms when oxygen interacts with certain molecules..

By adding an antioxidant, such as Vitamin C or E, to your sunblock or moisturizer, you can dramatically help to minimize free radical damage. Adding these vitamins can help to prevent skin cancer as well as premature aging. Most sunblocks only protect up to 94% of the sun’s harmful rays, which is why adding an antioxidant can be of tremendous benefit. Antioxidants can help fight the damage that still penetrates through the sunblock. Sunblocks do not usually protect against free radical damage. Typically, sunblock only works to prevent the skin from absorbing the harmful UV rays, which cause free radical damage. Remember, by using both a sunblock and an antioxidant as a line of defense against the sun, you can help minimize signs of aging, such as fine lines, as well as minimize pigmentation, uneven skin textures and even skin cancer.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Tea - A Simple Healthy Habit!

To offset the chill of winter or as a refreshing drink during the blistering summer months, a perfectly brewed cup of tea is not only pleasurable, but a simple drink with amazing health benefits! Tea stimulates the immune system and also delivers a dose of antioxidants. Brews of many varieties – black, green, red, white, and even herbal - have been found to fight free-radical damage and protect the body from aging. Black tea is being studied for its heart-health benefits. Green tea contains antioxidants estimated to be 100 times more powerful than vitamin C and 25 times more powerful than disease preventative antioxidants, due to the minimal processing involved in its production. This summer, add ice tea to your beverage list and know you are drinking something not only good tasting, but good for you!

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Chicago Cyst Removal

Getting a cyst is very common and people have lots of questions about how to remove them. If your cyst is not bothering you, you can always leave it alone and just watch it since they often shrink by themselves. If your cyst is bothering you surgical removal is the best treatment and is a common office procedure. Local anesthesia is used followed by the incision to remove the cyst. A few deep sutures that absorb within four months and possibly some outside stitches (removed in 3-4 days) are used to give you the smallest scar possible. The cyst recurrence rate is low and the procedure is often covered by insurance.

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Make sure you chose a board certified plastic surgeon. A call to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS at 1-888-4-PLASTIC (ie. 1-888-475-2784) can tell you which doctors are legitimate plastic surgeons with outstanding qualifications. You can also visit the ASPS web site at The ASPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. When considering a cosmetic surgeon, you should also make sure your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). A call to ASAPS (1-888-272-7711) or visiting the ASAPS website ( can help you verify your plastic surgeons membership.

To help you in making your decision, please click here to check out the 7 critical questions to ask any plastic surgeon before letting them touch you!

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