Monthly Archives: August 2013

Summer Skin Care Tips

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With summer in full swing, we are sure you have been enjoying all that is has to offer. We also know that your skincare routine changes with each season, and your routine should adapt to those changes. Here are some tips for keeping your skin in top form during summertime.

 

  1. Prevent breakouts by using ‘oil-free’ sunscreens. Be careful though, ‘sheer’ doesn’t always mean oil free. Oil-free sunscreen will help not block your pores during the day, keeping them blemish free.
  2. Simplify your routine. Keeping it simple in summer is especially important because you tend to sweat more; you skin has a greater chance of getting clogged with numerous products on it.
  3. When you go to the beach, wear a high SPF. We know a tan looks great, but no skin cancer later looks even better. A high SPF will best protect you from not only skin cancer, but also sun damage and wrinkles.
  4. If you do get a sunburn, treat it immediately. Taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen will help with swelling and tenderness. You can also soak a facecloth in a bowl of skim mils and ice and apply to the area for 5-10 minutes to help relieve redness.
  5. Get a face peel. Getting a salicylic acid face peel will help clear up dulling, dead skin cells, which not only helps even out any discoloration, but also draws excess oil out of the pores and leaves skin less shiny.
  6. Trade in your foundation for a tinted moisturizer or a BB/CC cream. The lighter formula will look more natural and help your skin stay clearer. Foundation can often feel heavy in heat and melt off.
  7. Use a bronzing lotion to get a summer glow. With all of the self-tanners on the market, your options are endless. Now you can achieve a natural looking summer glow without all of the harmful side effects.
  8. Use a scrub often. Pores tend to look more obvious in hot, humid weather. Exfoliating 1-2 times per week will help keep your pores looking small and keep your skin clearer.
  9. If you are prone to redness, take a facecloth soaked in ice water and apply it to your face. It cools the blood that’s flowing to the face and reduces redness. Not only is it for vanity, but also, overtime, chronic flushing can lead to permanently dilated capillaries to the face.

10. If you are extremely prone to shine, wash your face with a sulfur-based cleanser. Sulfur reduces flushing and oil production, which will help your skin stay more matte looking throughout the day.

 

With these tips you’ll have that healthy summer glow that we all love!

 

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Foods That Help Prevent Varicose Veins

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We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat,” and it is often met with frustration and gall. We all want to pasta, bread, and dessert… however; it’s our bodies that pay for those decisions. We know if we eat unhealthy foods, it can lead to unhealthy consequences. This is not only true when it comes to our BMI, it also includes our vein health. If we were gamblers, we would bet you hadn’t ever thought about eating for your veins.

 

Now, you may be thinking, what foods would I even start with?

 

  1. Fiber. It is long understood that fiber has a history of doing the body good. It also applies to your vein health. Fiber is essential in helping keep varicose veins at bay. By ensuring the digestive system is function properly, you will help toxins in the blood from building up, which allows for a regular blood flow, keeping veins from straining under pressure.
  2. Beans, carrots, and spinach. These are not only good for you to eat daily, but they are also very high in Vitamin C and flavonoids.
  3. Blueberries, cherries, and grapes. These are all high in antioxidants as well as Vitamin C. This helps strengthen your vein walls, keeping them from deteriorating and producing varicose veins.
  4. Eat raw veggies and fruits. Eating raw is the best way to get all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants food can provide. When most foods are heated, they loose a bit of the strength of their vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

 

Another way to help prevent/decrease varicose veins is by losing weight. Being overweight is one of the leading causes of varicose veins. The extra weight you are carrying puts extra pressure on your lower extremities, causing the vein walls to deteriorate faster than normal.

 

Drinking a lot of water is also important. Water keeps your body flushed and clean of impurities. Drinking a lot of water will also help with constipation. Constipation can come from not drinking enough water, and the pressure from it can cause varicose veins to develop.

 

So, eat a diet high in vitamins, especially C and flavonoids, rich in fiber, get yourself at a healthy weight, and drink lots of water. The combination of this will help decrease your chances of developing varicose veins!

 

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Men and Vein Health

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We often associate women as the primary sufferers of varicose veins, and while they do tend to occur with more frequency in women, men are not out of the woods here. In fact, around 56% of all men will suffer from varicose veins in their lifetime.

 

Now we know you when you think varicose veins, you automatically think:

 

  1. It’s a woman’s problem;
  2. You are going to have to invest in some compression hose;
  3. And lastly, that it’s not a big deal

 

Yes, varicose veins are a woman’s problem, however, they are yours too men! While they are often unsightly and mostly cause more cosmetic concern, you should be concerned about them in terms of your general overall health. Varicose veins can lead to discoloration at the site, bleeding, skin ulcers, and the “heavy leg” sensation that can hinder your daily activities.

 

Now you are asking, “How does this even happen?!” The problem is your veins in your lower extremities. When you are in an erect position, aka sitting or standing, for long periods of time, your blood pools in those veins, causing the vein walls to expand. Now this is completely normal, except, over time, your veins stop returning to their taught condition- this in turn causes a varicose vein to develop.

 

Men, it is important to move around during the day and not stay erect for long periods of time. It is important to note that your veins are pushing blood all the way back up to your heart from your lower extremities, make it a little easier on them and shake your legs out throughout the day!

 

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Dangers of Summer Travel and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Summer is quickly approaching and for many it means travel. While you’re finalizing your travel plans here’s one more thing to keep in mind- being in a car or plane for an extended amount of time increases your chances of developing blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Because you are immobile, gravity works to pool blood into the lower part of your legs. Additionally, in a plane the pressurization of the cabin increases the tendency for pooling because blood becomes more sluggish. This can cause dangerous blood clots to form.

Even if you don’t experience Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots while traveling, you could experience long-term effects later on. Sitting still for many hours can cause permanent damage to veins. Eventually you could start to suffer from chronic swelling, heaviness and fatigue in the veins. Varicose veins can also occur as a result.

To protect your veins during long travel, doctors suggest you get up and walk around every couple of hours. If you aren’t able to get out of your seat, activate the calf muscles by doing heel raises. Compression stockings also enhance the flow of blood in the calf muscle and increase the flow up the leg. If you are going to be flying for a very long trip, start taking baby aspirin about four days before you leave and continue taking it throughout the trip until you return home. Baby aspirin has a mild blood thinning effect that will help combat the blood pooling tendency when seated for a long trip.
As long as you are aware of the risk factors associated with long trips and take the appropriate precautions to avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots, you will be able to enjoy your vacation safely and ensure your veins remain strong and healthy.

If you are concerned you may be at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots, contact the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic and schedule a free consultation at (775) 329-3100.

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