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Fighting Against Drought Conditions – NSIDE MD

We are so pleased to be contributing to NSIDE MD Magazine here in San Antonio.

Fighting Against Drought Conditions
Written by Brooke Larue Miceli
In South Texas, the winter season doesn’t move in gracefully. We aren’t given an entire season to modify our wardrobe, cuisine, and lifestyles. Sure, the days are a bit shorter and the air is cooler, but then the first cold front of the season arrives and throws us all for a loop! Before we know it, our skin is dry and chapped and we are missing the very humidity we scorn in summer months.

As the temperature drops, your skin is exposed to the bitter winds of winter and the body’s largest organ can become dull and dry and deepen lines and wrinkles. The dryness is made worse by indoor heating that lacks humidity and may cause extreme discomfort, irritation, itchiness, and inflammation. In order to maintain healthy and hydrated skin throughout these chilly months (or random chilly fronts), here are a few tips to help improve tone and rehydrate.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Water is vital to maintaining healthy skin from the inside out. If you are planning travel, a good rule of thumb is to drink one 8-ounce bottle of water for every hour of travel.

DO NOT TAKE STEAMING HOT SHOWERS JUST BECAUSE IT IS COLD OUTSIDE.
Hot water makes skin dryer by removing the normal protective oils. After a bath or shower, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer on to damp skin to trap in moisture. Look for natural oils like almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil that your body will absorb easily.

DO NOT SMOTHER YOUR SKIN WITH MOISTURIZER.
Excessive moisturizing can lead to clogged pores and even sagging skin. The correct formula is one that balances water and oil levels in your skin. Moisturizer should make your skin feel comfortable — not tight or overly lubricated.

EVEN IN THE WINTER MONTHS CONTINUE TO USE A MOISTURIZER WITH SPF DURING THE DAY.
Although the days are shorter, the sun’s rays can still cause damage. There’s nothing more irritating than dry, sunburned skin!

WASH YOUR FACE TWICE DAILY.
Your morning cleanse removes waste excreted during your skin’s nightly selfcleaning process. An evening cleanse removes dirt, oil, pollution and makeup. It may be necessary to switch to a creamy cleanser during winter months if a gel or foaming cleanser is used in the summer. Do not over cleanse, and always use toner to prevent dehydration from tap water residue.

FEED YOUR SKIN.
If you are on a low-fat diet, make sure you are getting enough essential fatty acids or your skin can become dull and dry. If your skin is acne prone, avoid iodized salt and sodium heavy foods. Red, eruptive skin is exacerbated by spicy foods, and an intolerance of dairy products underlies many acne conditions that appear to be cystic.

TAKE EXTRA CARE OF YOUR HANDS AND FEET.
Use gloves while washing dishes and use a heavy hand cream afterwards. Give yourself a “foot peel” by giving them a wash with inexpensive Stridex pads, coating them with Vaseline, and sleeping in thick socks.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE HARSH WINDBURN, ADD A FEW DROPS OF LEMON BALM LEAF EXTRACT TO YOUR CURRENT SKIN CARE PRODUCT.
The soothing cooling extract contains antiseptic and sedative qualities that will cool irritated skin. Lemon balm leaf extract is also great for easing depression and tension that often accompanies the winter months.

For more info: call Facelogic Spa in Stone Oak at (210) 248-9415.

Paint the Nation Pink

Paint the Nation PINK!

Written by Brooke LaRue Miceli for NSIDE MD Magazine
Friday, 31 October 2008
Image October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and individuals, businesses, and organizations will be joining together to paint the nation PINK! The purpose of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to raise awareness and fund research for the most common cancer among women. Research states that 1 in 8 women in America will be struck with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Sherryl Ford, Founder of Facelogic Int’l, was diagnosed in 2005, only six months into realizing her entrepreneurial dreams. She had just opened her first Facelogic Spa when doctors diagnosed her with one of the more aggressive forms of breast cancer. But, Sherryl attacked her disease with the same tenacity she has for her business. She endured a lumpectomy, several weeks of the most aggressive chemotherapy and a life threatening blood clot in her neck. She prevailed, fighting the fight against cancer and winning.

After treatment, Sherryl founded the Facelogic Healing Heart Foundation hoping to raise awareness for a different aspect of the cause. “Through Facelogic Healing Heart, I want to help ease the emotional trauma that comes from the physical changes caused by breast cancer,” said Ford. “One of my biggest fears was losing my hair when I underwent chemo. Naturally, this did happen and it was extremely difficult to deal with the reality of what I was going through.” While in chemo and recovery, she met so many women that were struggling emotionally with the side effects of breast cancer. The cost of treatments can be overwhelming and the care associated with recovery requires commitment from an entire family. Even a patient’s self-esteem may be impacted from hair loss, skin damage, and lack of energy. These are just a few of the many challenges that patients and survivors face, but there are programs to provide support.

This October, Facelogic Spas across the nation will be raising money for the foundation through membership and product sales. Facelogic International will contribute the funds to the American Cancer Society “Look Good, Feel Better Program”. As part of the program, women are given lessons on post-treatment skin care, make up lessons, and hair or wig styling. This collaboration was created from the concept that if someone with cancer can be helped to look good, their improved self-esteem will help them approach their disease and treatment with greater confidence.

Another program that local cancer doctors have started is called DIVA, which stands for Deriving Inspiration and Vitality through Activity. It is a nutrition and exercise program specifically designed to provide women with breast cancer the life-saving opportunity for improved health. The program is based on research that shows that women who exercise have lower mortality from breast cancer and less chance for reoccurrence. DIVA provides a place where patients and survivors can go to exercise together and be educated about the important role a low-fat diet and exercise can play in their prognosis and recovery. DIVA is free to any patient with a breast cancer diagnosis and a new location for the program is starting up in Stone Oak this month.

Many retailers, doctors, and schools will be offering ways for the public to show support for the cause this month. So THINK PINK!

For information on Look Good, Feel Better, go to www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org. For information on DIVA, go to www.stoh.com or call 210.593.2669. For information on Facelogic Spa, go to www.facelogicspa.com

*Facelogic Spa is donating a day of facial services to breast cancer patients on Sunday, October 26th. Please call 210.248.9415 for information.