Taking Care of Yourself (and Your Skin) During a Hurricane

With hurricane season among us in Houston, and Hurricane Harvey lurking and ready to make landfall this weekend, we want to ensure your safety here at DermaTouch RN. Personal safety is first, of course. So once you have that covered, we want you to be able to take care of that lovely skin, as well!

Per weather stations, Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit Texas as a Category 3 storm, one of the worst since 1999’s Hurricane Bret, Friday evening into early Saturday. Below are some tips to keep you and your family (and your skin) healthy and safe this weekend and throughout the hurricane season.

Remain calm: Getting stressed doesn’t help anyone when a hurricane arrives. It impacts your ability to function and your overall health, including your skin. Do what you can to prepare beforehand so you can more easily remain calm during the storm.

Keep fresh water handy: Water is important for hydration and cleanliness. Potable water supplies can get contaminated when it rains for days, so put pots out to collect water and keep water pots close to where you need it, like in the bathroom to flush the toilet and wash your hands. Not to mention, you need fresh water to drink!

Wash anything and everything: If you don’t have electricity for days or weeks, then you’ll want to ensure your home, laundry, pets and yourself are squeaky clean before the storm hits.

Be ready if the lights go out: Stock up on candles, lighters, and flashlights and have them handy and easily available if the lights go out, including by sinks to properly wash your face and hands.

Go to the ATM: Before the storm hits, get plenty of cash out of the bank so you have it on hand when you need it. When the electricity goes out, the only option to pay for items might be cash due to credit card machines being down, etc.

Have board games handy: To keep yourself and the children entertained, have board games or cards available with a couple flashlights close by. This will help pass the time and take your mind off the storm.

Charge your personal devices: Charge all of your personal devices, such as a computer, cell phone, notepad, and so on, prior to the storm. When the electricity goes out, use only one device at a time so you have means of communication with the outside world for a longer period of time.

These are just a few tips to support you and your family during a hurricane. For more information, do an online search for “hurricane safety.”

Contact us at DermaTouch RN if you have any questions about our hours or appointments during the storm. We wish you and your family a safe and dry weekend!

Did You Know Stress has a Major Impact on Your Skin?

Many don’t realize the following: when we’re developing in the womb, the brain and skin are actually created from the same cells. It’s no surprise, then, that there’s a very strong mind-skin connection after birth. This is one reason why our skin manifests signs of stress, like acne, hair loss, dark circles under the eyes, rashes, and more.

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) reported that 40% of respondents in a 2006 survey said they experienced persistent anxiety and stress in their life on a daily basis. In addition to the symptoms listed above, stress can make our skin look aged, dull, and fatigued. Fortunately, there are cosmetic and aesthetic treatments that can support our skin’s health to combat signs of stress and help it look its best.

Top-of-the-line Skin Care: The right skin care regimen can treat the symptoms of stress that show up on the skin, as well as prevent premature aging. We offer top-of-the-line products that offer proven results from companies like SkinMedica and Obagi at DermaTouch RN.

Laser Therapy: Laser therapy supports collagen stimulation and skin resurfacing. There’s no downtime and many see results after one session. Results vary based on the number of treatments, the area treated, and the individual.

Skin Pen II: The SkinPen II supports the body’s natural ability to produce collagen and elastin with little to no downtime. The result is healthier, more youthful looking skin.

Bio-Identical Hormones: As we age, our naturally occurring hormone levels often decrease, which can lead to fatigue, hair loss, and other unwanted symptoms that can contribute to stress. Stress can also impact our hormone levels. Treatment with bio-identical hormones can support the body by increasing hormone levels, and in turn, help heal the body from the inside out. DermaTouch RN is pleased to offer BioTE hormone replacement therapy for patients.

Chemical Peels and Facials: Chemical Peels and facials are great options to support the health of the skin. They can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, acne, age spots, and other skin imperfections, many of which can be a result of stress.

Do you need support in dealing with stress and the impact it has on your skin in Houston? Contact us today for your free consultation to see how we can support you!

Purchase Skin Care Products from a Reputable MedSpa or Physician – Not Amazon or eBay

In today’s world, we’re often attempting to save money. And sites like eBay and Amazon have supported us in this attempt. It’s the savvy shopper that always turns to sites like Amazon and eBay to see if they can find items—anything from clothes, supplements, cosmetics, books and much more—for less than retail or what they might pay for them elsewhere.

Regardless of what you’re purchasing, you want to be sure to check out reviews for the companies you’re purchasing from. When purchasing on eBay and Amazon, they often have verified suppliers that are backed by sites like Amazon and eBay to give you some peace of mind. Even so, anytime you’re purchasing cosmetic or skin care products, always use caution!

Many cosmetic companies only sell to establishments with a Physician on board.

When you’re purchasing cosmetic products from companies such as SkinMedica and Obaji, purchase them from a reputable clinic or MedSpa, like DermaTouch RN, with a physician to on board. If there isn’t a physician on board, then the establishment is likely selling the products illegally, because such companies only sell to very specific establishments.

This is in part why it’s very easy for organizations to illegally sell products online—people don’t think to verify the establishment or if the seller is sticking to the Company’s standards for the products they’re selling. Check out our blog, “Beware of Cosmetic and Skin Care Product Fraud” for more information.

Safety is a priority.

When you purchase products online, there is no telling what you’re getting, especially when purchasing from sellers outside of the United States. You’re risking your health, safety, and not getting the results promised. Oftentimes, you’re simply wasting your money, because the products are diluted or not what they say they are.

Purchase from DermaTouch RN, a provider you can trust.

At DermaTouch RN, when you purchase our products, you can trust that you’re getting the high-quality skin care and cosmetics with the positive results you desire and expect. We carry reputable lines like SkinMedica, Clarisonic, Obagi, and La Bella Donna Makeup that leave our patients happy and satisfied.

Safety should always come first. Contact us at 281.895.9090 for more information about fraudulent products that might put you at risk. While you’re at it, schedule a free consultation to test our product lines to see what ones you might just fall in love with!

 

 

 

Obagi Medical Skin Care Products at DermaTouch RN

Since 1988, Obagi Medical Products, Inc. has been a leader in medical skin care products. Obagi “is a global specialty pharmaceutical company founded by leading skin care experts in  1988, and is now owned by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.”

Obagi means quality and results.

With a commitment to only represent the best skin care products in the industry–meaning they safely deliver the results promised–DermaTouch RN is pleased to offer several products from the Obagi skin care line. Obagi’s products help minimize the appearance of skin damage, premature aging, acne, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. Our patients have seen a lot of success with Obagi products.

In last week’s blog, “Dana’s Favorite Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin,” Dana Mendoza, our Practice Manager, shared that she uses Obagi’s Clenziderm Acne Products to help keep her acne at bay.

Be sure you’re getting authentic Obagi products.

Also, keep in mind that, per Obagi’s website, “genuine Obagi products are available only through physicians, medical spas, and other skin care professionals,” so be sure you’re purchasing authentic Obagi products from these types of professionals. Otherwise, you might be getting a product that is not formulated correctly or is something else, altogether. It can be tempting to order such products online at a discount, but you could be jeopardizing your safety and results when doing so.

DermaTouch RN is here to help you determine the best Obagi products for your skin needs and concerns.

For a full list of Obagi products, visit Obagi’s product page, and then contact us at 281.895.9090 to discuss what products you think would work best for you. Better yet, stop on by, and we’ll be happy to meet with you to show you our full line of Obagi products. We will work together to develop a skin care regimen to meet your skin care needs and concerns!

Ultherapy – A Lift and Tightening Treatment that Works

Are you looking for a procedure to give the appearance of a more youthful looking neck? Or, are you looking for a way to lift your eyebrows and chin and eliminate the wrinkles on your chest? All without going under the knife? Then, Ultherapy Uplifting Ultrasound could be the perfect treatment for you.

Ultherapy is the first non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment to lift the chin, brow, and neck and to improve wrinkles and lines on the chest area.  For three years in a row, the treatment has earned a Best of Beauty Award by NewBeauty editors and readers and has a 90% patient satisfaction rating in clinical studies.

How does Ultherapy work?

Ultherapy delivers focused ultrasound energy clear down to the skin’s foundational layer, without disturbing the surface layer of the skin. The energy can work as deep as that of a surgeon during a face-lift to stimulate collagen production and lift and tighten the skin. More than one treatment may be necessary for optimal results.

How can we prove that Ultherapy really works?

Ultherapy does indeed work, and the beauty of the treatment is the visible proof. Additionally, for someone with collagen depletion, Ultherapy can take pictures all the way to the bone, which means that a picture taken at the time of treatment can be compared to another taken four to six months down the road to prove it’s working and stimulating collagen. This Ultherapy photography capability makes it different than any other treatment on the market.

Is Ultherapy safe?

At DermaTouch RN, Ultherapy treatment has proven safe and effective for clients. Capturing good photographs can help show the improved results over time.

Get more bang for your buck with Ultherapy adjunct treatments.

A reputable MedSpa will work with you to develop a personal treatment plan to meet all of your specific skin care needs. For optimal Ultherapy results, many patients combine the treatment with other treatments for a comprehensive skincare treatment program. For example, Ultherapy can lift and tighten the skin at very deep layers. When combined with the SkinPen® treatment–which improves skin texture and the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the superficial layer of the skin–patients can target both the deep layers and the superficial layers of the skin for optimal results. Fillers can also be a great adjunct to Ultherapy treatments, depending on the area of the face being treated. At many MedSpas, like DermaTouch RN, you get more bang for your buck when you consider adjunct treatments as part of a complete skincare program.

DermaTouch RN is backed by 10 years of success, so contact us today for your free consultation to find out if Ultherapy is right for you!