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Get that Celebrity Glow with Jennifer Aniston’s Top Skincare Secrets

When People Magazine put Jennifer Aniston on the cover as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman in 2016, most didn’t realize she was 48 years old at the time. In picture after picture, her glowing, seemingly uncreased skin never lets her down. 

Of course, Aniston emphasizes all the skin health habits our doctors want us to follow—plenty of rest, fruit-and-veggie diet, constant sunscreen—but she also admits to seeking the high-power interventions dermatologists offer, too. 

The first is Clear and Brilliant laser treatments. “I love Clear and Brilliant laser treatments,” she explains. “It’s a great refresher, and there’s very little downtime.” This “fractional” laser treatment stimulates the skin to grow a healthy new layer. It’s non-ablative, which means it heats up your skin without destroying it, a feature that prompted Aniston to quip, “it won’t make you look like a peeled tomato” to InStyle.  Clear and Brilliant is minimally invasive and works on all skin types for people of all ages. It’s best for those who want to begin to treat wrinkles, discoloration, and uneven skin texture with the most gentle techniques. 

H2 The Sauna Cure

Aniston also thinks the warmth and right light wavelength available in the infrared sauna contributes to her perpetual glow. 

In 2017, she told Shape, “It’s such a game-changer in terms of your skin detoxification and cell rejuvenation. So that I do a couple times a week right after I do the gym. I’ve noticed a real change in my energy, and my sleep, and my skin.”

The infrared sauna’s radiant, penetrating heat stimulates robust blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to every cell. That sallow complexion that comes with age results in part from insufficient blood supply. The sauna warms your core temperature first, forcing you to sweat from your center to the outside, pushing toxins through your pores. The infrared sauna is so powerful, in fact, those suffering from severe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis often buy one for home use. 

It’s not just the heat that makes the infrared sauna a health promoter, however. Many studies have confirmed that the infrared band of light boosts collagen production, lowers inflammation and diminishes acne. Short, concentrated wavelengths of natural light, free of UV radiation and chemicals, reduce oxidative stress (toxins) and increase circulation. While most of us cannot afford an infrared sauna in our homes, getting treatments from clinics that offer them can be reasonable. 

 

H2 Sunday is Funday . . . For the Face

Aniston also encourages women to create their own spa at home. “Sunday is my spa day,” she told Shape in 2017, “I usually do a little mini-facial time where I just give myself a good scrub, use a mask,” and leave lotion on overnight. Of course, as the spokesperson for Aveeno, she must promote their products, but there are many effective masks, scrubs, and lotions available. Here at Aria Derm Spa, we recommend the line that will most improve the individual client’s issues. 

Keeping your skin glowing when you balance in-office treatments with pampering, home care. Call Aria Derm Spa at 203-421-6674 or leave us a message via our online form to ask your questions about the best treatments for your skin.

10 Ways to Revamp Your Skincare Routine For Summer

Great skin year-round starts with a robust at-home skincare regimen. While its good practice to update your routine at the transition between seasons, the switch from spring to summer is an especially important time to refresh your routine. Long days outside in the sun, humid weather and dry heat can all compromise different aspects of your skin. Without proper care, these external factors can accelerate the aging process, leaving you looking older than you really are. 

Luckily, you can protect your skin this summer by including these easy tips into your skincare routine. 

Protect Yourself with SPF

Summer often mean long days spent outside. While this may sound like the perfect summer weekend, extended sun exposure can lead to lasting skin damage, causing the aging process to accelerate. This can also increase a person’s risk of developing skin cancer. To protect your skin and prevent aging, invest and use sunscreen or lotion with an SPF greater than 30. 

Stay Covered

Sunscreen is one step towards preventing skin cancer and sun damage. Another technique to include this summer is to keep skin covered with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. While these may not offer the same coverage as a sunscreen, they’ll certainly protect the more vulnerable parts of your face. Planning on spending a long day at the beach? Keep skin covered with a lightweight skim cover to help reduce the chances of sunburn and lasting sun damage.

Stay Hydrated with Serums and Gels

While the terms may be used interchangeably, there is a difference between staying moisturized and being hydrated. During the winter, there tends to be a focus on moisturizing to keep water locked in cells. Once the weather starts to warm up, skin cells can become dehydrated, causing them to shrivel. This causes fine lines and blemishes to appear more prominently and may accelerate the overall appearance of aging. To prevent this, we recommend switching heavy oils and creams with serums or gels – these are lightweight and can help skin stay clear and well hydrated.

Drink plenty of water

In addition to hydrating skin from the outside, upping your water intake during the summer is another vital step in keeping skin looking its best. Hot weather combined with AC units at full power can quickly dry skin out. Drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruits and vegetables with high water content can be the perfect solution to staying hydrated.

Don’t Forget the Lips

When it comes to hydration and protection from the sun, the lips are often the most neglected. However, the thin skin of your smile makes this part of the face more susceptible to drying out and becoming dehydrated. Protect your lips by using a lip balm with SPF and reapply regularly.  

Don’t Over Exfoliate

As weather warms, we inevitably sweat more. This can make is especially tempting at the end of each day to deep clean our skin with heavy exfoliants. However, this tempting option can often have the reverse effect on skin, making it create more sebum or oil and increasing the likelihood of outbreaks. To help minimize potential pimples, we recommend keeping exfoliation to at most twice a week

Focus on Your Eyes

Like your lips, the skin around your eyes is thin and vulnerable to sun and environmental factors. A lightweight, antioxidant rich eye cream can help protect skin and keep your eyes looking bright every day.

Stay Dry with Matte, Lightweight Makeup

Heavy foundation can irritate skin on a hot day and melt off, making women feel less than stellar in their appearance. Keep makeup in place and skin comfortable by switching to matte powder or lightweight, tinted moisturizer instead. 

Switch to Cool Showers

After a long day outside, cool showers can feel fantastic. Even better, they can help keep skin clear and minimize excess sweating by helping cool down your body’s internal temperature. 

Get the Pros Involved

In some cases, it’s best to start with a clean slate. Certain professional treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peel can be excellent treatments for refreshing skin before the summer is fully underway.  

Start Your Journey at Aria DermSpa

At Aria DermSpa, we know great skin. Discover the right techniques for your skin type and upgrade your skincare routine by starting with a visit to our specialist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio. Beginning with your first consultation, our experienced dermatologist will guide you through your treatment options and help you craft the right at home routine for you. Get started today by calling (203) 421-6674.

3 Low Downtime Cosmetic Treatments to Get You Back In The Summer Sun Fast

No matter your age, everyone looks forward to the summer season. Beyond planning beach side vacations or family reunions, many patients find the downtime that comes with summer to be the perfect opportunity to finally undergo long-awaited cosmetic treatment. However, few want to spend this precious time off work and gorgeous weather stuck indoors recovering from serious cosmetic surgeries or procedures. Fortunately, there are many low downtime, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that make it easy to enhance your looks between summer plans.

Looking for Subtle Facial Rejuvenation? Consider Microneedling

Skin rejuvenation procedures are a highly recommended treatment with any change in seasons. However, certain treatments like laser therapy and stronger chemical peels can require that patients avoid the sun for several days following their procedure. Less invasive rejuvenation treatments like microneedling offer men and women a less invasive alternative. 

During this treatment, tiny needles are used to create microtraumas along the surface of your skin. The tiny resulting pinpricks are enough to trigger your body’s natural skin regeneration and collagen production processes. This not only restores skin from the inside out, but gives patients the added benefit of long-lasting results.

Add Volume with Dermal Fillers

Not all patients need facial rejuvenation to enhance their summer glow. For some, dermal fillers offer the perfect facial enhancement without needing any recovery time. Whereas some treatments can make skin sensitive to the sun, dermal fillers are among the few cosmetic treatments that do not react negatively to intense sun exposure – making it the ideal last-minute treatment before your big vacation. 

Thanks to extensive innovation in non-surgical treatments, patients that choose to enhance their looks with dermal fillers can receive extremely personalized care. Many available dermal fillers are designed to address different areas of the face that have lost substantial collagen, ensuring the results are subtle and natural looking. As most dermal fillers last between four to nine months, most patients come in early in the season for treatment and can enjoy their results all summer long.  

Tone Your Beach Body with Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Summer is peak beach season, meaning body sculpting treatments are always in high demand in the weeks leading up to long-planned vacations. While some may turn to liposuction or abdominoplasty to help tighten their figure, non-surgical body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting offer an excellent alternative. This minimally invasive treatment is an especially valuable option for helping patients add definition to their figure before heading to the beach.

 With CoolSculpting, patients can target and literally freeze stubborn pockets of fat, which are then metabolized out of the body naturally. As the treatment uses external applicators to administer treatment, CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical – making downtime virtually non-existent.  Want to tighten skin instead? Be sure to ask your specialist about ThermiTight. This non-invasive procedure used radiofrequency to help trigger your body’s natural collagen production and reduce skin laxity (sagging).

Get off the Sidelines of Summer at Aria DermSpa

Enjoy your summer feeling and looking your absolute best. Explore other low downtime cosmetic treatments at Aria DermSpa by calling our practice and scheduling your visit with Dr. Donofrio. Together, we’ll help you enhance your looks subtly and without having to sacrifice time in recovery. 

Skincare Mistakes That Lead to Sun Damage

From premature aging to skin cancer, we all know that sun damage can wreak havoc on our skin. But did you know that some tried and true skincare habits might be doing your skin more harm than good? If you do any of the following, it might be time to revisit your skincare regimen.

Only lathering up when its sunny outside

Why wear sunscreen when it’s overcast or cloudy outside? UV rays can still reach your skin when skies are grey, causing untold damage when you’re least expecting it. To help protect your skin, wear sunscreen whenever you know you’ll be spending time outdoors. If you’re planning on hitting the slopes or sand, make sure to pack extra sunscreen – these vistas can cause even more sun damage as they reflect the sun’s rays.

While a higher SPF sunscreen is a good start to protecting your skin, it’s not the end all be all to blocking UV rays. Wearing a hat, bringing a lightweight cover-up and sunglasses can not only be fashionable but also highly effective in protecting your entire body. On the parts that aren’t covered, don’t forget to keep applying sunscreen throughout the day!

Don’t forget your lips and neck!

Unlike the skin on your hands and face, the skin on your lips is much thinner and more susceptible to damage. When the weather warms (and throughout the year), be sure to drink plenty of water and invest in a lip balm with sunscreen.

Like your lips, the skin on your neck is more delicate than skin elsewhere on your body and is often overlooked by routine skincare regimens. However, the thinner skin here is also more likely to show the first signs of sagging caused by both aging and sun damage. With that in mind, be sure to pay as much attention to the care you give your neck as you do to the rest of your face. Use a high SPF sunblock and reapply regularly if you’re sweating or swimming. Be

Spending too much time in direct sunlight

After being cooped up all winter, it can be especially tempting to spend every waking moment enjoying the warm weather. However, spending tons of time during the hottest parts of the day won’t quite get you the golden tan you’ve been craving. Sun exposure without the relief of shade or sun protection can leave skin vulnerable to burns and other skin damage. Instead of trying to literally soak up the sun’s rays, time your outdoor excursions before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. – the hottest parts of the day.

Over-exfoliating at night

As the days get hotter, its only natural that we start to get hotter faster. Daily scrubs and exfoliants might seem like the ideal solution for getting rid of daily grime, but when it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage, this can actually be more damaging. Exfoliating more than a few days a week exposes new skin to sun damage, which can accelerate your risk of sunburn and premature aging.

Enjoy the Sunshine Worry-free

At Aria DermSpa, our goal is to help patients enjoy beautiful skin year-round and year after year. With spring just around the corner, be sure to schedule your dermatology appointment with Dr. Donofrio and get your warm weather skin routine ready.

 

How to Gift Cosmetic Dermatology for the Holidays

It’s the season of giving. Not only are we celebrating with family, we’re celebrating family and friends for the joy they bring to our lives every day. Finding the right way to express your appreciation can be challenging. Rather than waste money with a less than personal trinket, gift cosmetic dermatology. This is a gift you know they’ll appreciate and will improve their self-confidence.

Why Cosmetic Dermatology is the Best Gift

The choice to undergo cosmetic dermatology is personal and often underrated. For some, the decision takes a backseat to other expenses or treatments for their loved ones. Giving the gift of cosmetic dermatology is giving your close friends the opportunity to treat and spend precious time on their own health and care.

Top Treatments

If you are choosing to gift cosmetic dermatology to a close friend, chances are you’ve heard of their skin concerns and struggles with finding the perfect solution. Regardless of how well you know the patient, we recommend that the patient receiving the gift selects their gift during a consultation, so that there are no unwelcome surprises. While this may take away the element of surprise, it will ensure they receive the treatment they want and need. Among the most popular gifts at Aria DermSpa are:

BOTOX® and Dysport

Perfect as a proactive treatment or to help stall future deepening of wrinkles, injectables like BOTOX® and Dysport are excellent anti-aging solutions suitable for nearly all patients. As a gift, sessions can be given as one-time treatment or as a bundle of sessions. As injectables provide the most benefits when they are completed over a series of treatment sessions, Dr. Donofrio recommends bundling to provide your loved one with long lasting results that make a difference.

While BOTOX® and Dysport are very similar, there are significant differences that make each treatment ideal for different candidates. When you gift these injectables, our Madison, CT dermatologist will work with the recipient to ensure the correct treatment for their concerns.

Dermal Fillers

From increasing lip volume to restoring sunken cheeks, dermal fillers are an excellent option appreciated by patients of all ages. As a non-invasive cosmetic treatment, dermal fillers are a uniquely valuable gift as sessions are short enough to fit in a lunch break or between errands. Furthermore, the discreet results are perfect for patients who are worried about making drastic changes to their appearance.

As there are a number of different dermal filler options available, treatments can be specifically tailored to each individual’s needs. After gifting dermal filler injections, we’ll work with your loved one to identify which formula will most successfully help them reach their goals.  At Aria DermSpa, patients can choose from Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Belotero.

Rejuvenation Procedures

Skin rejuvenation treatments are also excellent gift options. While many skin rejuvenation treatments are a bit more invasive than other cosmetic dermatology procedures, these advanced options yield long-lasting results that noticeably turn back the hands of time. At Aria DermSpa, our state-of-art practice offers a full suite of treatment options. Some of the most popular rejuvenation procedures our patients choose include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microneedling
  • PRP Facial Rejuvenation
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Give the Gift of Self-Care

Nearly everyone appreciates the value of self-care and few have the time to indulge. This year give loved ones the gift of self-love through cosmetic dermatology procedures. To learn more about gifting treatments and selecting the right one for friends and family, call Dr. Donofrio at (203) 421-6674.

 

Keep Your Skin Care Simple with a Chemical Peel

Keeping your skin healthy and glowing can take time beyond just washing, moisturizing and exfoliating at home. As we age, having a regular professional treatment can make a noticeable difference in the appearance and wellbeing of your dermis, ultimately keeping you looking younger. While there are several skin rejuvenation options to choose from, one that we like to recommend is a chemical peel. Designed specifically for your unique skin needs, a chemical peel is a tried and true solution for keeping skin vibrant and healthy year-round.

Why Chemical Peels?

First and foremost, chemical peels are supported by decades of science and success. Every year, new techniques and treatments emerge as the next “world’s best kept anti-aging secret.” While many of these innovations are certainly promising, few have the same clout as chemical peels. Over the years, innovations in the types of chemicals used within the procedure have made it possible to further personalize treatments and maximize results.

Another important advantage of this classic skin care treatment? Chemical peels have been successfully used in treating a myriad of topical skin conditions without needing in-depth treatment. Acne scarring, melasma, sun damage, fine lines and other signs of aging have all been successfully treated with single chemical peel treatments. When completed on a routine schedule, regular chemical peels help keep the signs of aging at bay for patients of all ages.

Furthermore, the benefits of chemical peels appeal to both male and female patients who are interested in rejuvenating their skin. For men already facing the taboo of cosmetic dermatology, chemical peels are an easy upkeep solution that leaves no dramatic changes other than great skin. For younger patients, chemical peels are an excellent method of proactively approaching inevitable aging.

Invest in Your Skin

Don’t have time to return frequently for expensive follow-up sessions? With chemical peels, you don’t have to sacrifice beautiful skin for cost or time. Rather, the treatment effectively addresses fine lines, pigmentation, scarring and more, all without the high costs or return visits. Furthermore, the long-lasting results of a chemical peel make it a worthwhile long-term investment for many individuals looking to simplify their skin care routine.

Chemical Peels and Your Skin Routine

When it comes to integrating regular chemical peels into your schedule, we understand there’s a lot to consider. At Aria Dermspa, all consultations start with meeting Dr. Donofrio one on one to discuss your concerns about the treatment, find the right chemical peel that fits your needs and goals, and create a long-term strategy that maintains healthy, beautiful and even skin tone. As one of the area’s leading dermatology clinics, Aria Dermspa has helped countless patients achieve and maintain their ideal skin long after the initial treatment. By working with you to help create the right follow-up regimen and schedule follow-up peels, our team is here to help you enjoy long-lasting results.

Ready to Schedule Your Next Chemical Peel? Call Us!

At Aria Dermspa of Madison, CT, our goal is simple – provide all patients with the high-quality care they deserve. To learn more about chemical peels or to schedule your appointment, call 203-421-6674 today to get started.

 

Fall Skincare Tips for Gorgeous Skin

After a hot summer, we can definitely say we’re looking forward to changing seasons and cooling temperatures. However, just because the seasons are changing, doesn’t mean you can’t keep your summer glow and clear skin. Check out Dr. Donofrio’s top tips for gorgeous skin this fall.

Routine, Routine, Routine

As the season’s change, so do your skin’s needs. While many may find they can get away with less moisturizer in the summer, drier weather means your skin needs the additional nourishment to stay hydrated and pliant. Maintaining your dewy, fresh look year-round starts with a trip to your medicine cabinet. Before fall is fully underway, we recommend revisiting your skincare regimen and swapping out summer-specific cleansers or moisturizers for ones that are tailored to tackle crisp weather. This re-evaluation should include:

Check Your Cleanser

While a summer skin cleanser may help tamp down excess oil production, using the same formula during the fall can dry out skin, causing it to age faster and lose its glow. If you’re planning on revitalizing your skincare regimen for the fall, we recommend starting with your cleanser. A good autumnal face wash shouldn’t leave your skin feeling tight or itchy.

Exfoliation

Between the summer heat and excess sweating, chances are your face has collected its fair share of dead skin cells. Making daily or weekly exfoliation part of your fall skincare routine is crucial to keeping skin clear, meaning fewer blemishes and better skin health.

Hydration

Looking for the key to glowing skin? A good moisturizer. Especially during the cooler months, when we’re dealing with colder temperatures outside and overusing heaters indoors. Keep your skin hydrated this fall by investing in a moisturizer designed for your skin type. If it has SPF in it, even better – the sun’s harmful rays can still damage skin cells even during the cooler months.

In-Office Treatments

A solid at-home skin care regimen is only part of keeping healthy, glowing skin as the summer gives way to fall. Many in-office skincare treatments, including injectables and chemical peels, are designed to boost the appearance and health of skin, ensuring you feel confident in your appearance year-round.

Face Fall with a Fuller, Smoother Appearance

If you spent most of your summer outside and in the sun, chances are your skin has suffered at least a little sun damage. While it may not be completely noticeable yet, dead or dying skin cells caused by too much sun and not enough sunscreen can accelerate the appearance of aging. For patients who’ve already noticed signs that their skin has lost some of its youthful suppleness or volume, additional sun damage can speed up these symptoms.

Rather than let these conditions worsen over the fall and winter, preventive care with injectables can turn back the clock on these common signs of aging. Patients who’ve seen fine lines and wrinkles start to appear across the forehead or near the eyes and mouth have found BOTOX® to be the ideal solution for putting the aging process on hold. This injectable has also been shown to be an effective preventive option for younger individuals looking to take control of the way their skin ages. For individuals looking to add more, natural-looking volume to areas that have lost volume, Dr. Donofrio offers a wide array of hyaluronic acid-based injections, such as Restylane® and Radiesse®, to replace collagen in specific areas of the face.

Enjoy Full Rejuvenation Before Fall

For some patients, preparing for the changing seasons requires starting with a fresh slate. This can mean full facial rejuvenation through more comprehensive dermatological care. Treatments like fractional laser skin resurfacing or PRP facial rejuvenation are just a few of the many options available to help patients clear away damaged skin and kickstart the healing process. When combined with a personalized at home skincare regimen, many of our Madison patients are pleased to find their skin looks and feels fantastic well into the cold season.

Keep Your Skin Beautiful this Fall – Schedule Your Consultation Today!

At Aria Dermspa, we know how differently each patient’s skin can react to changing seasons. That’s why all of our treatment solutions are designed with your skin type, concerns, and goals in mind. As one of Madison’s top dermatologists, Dr. Donofrio offers a wide array of preventive and restorative skincare solutions. From developing at-home care regimens to administering advanced rejuvenation treatments, our dermatologist is here to help you keep your skin looking its best. Call 203-421-6674 today to schedule your consultation!

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