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Skincare Tips The EXPERT Recommends



We asked our aesthetic nurse specialist, Joelle Greene RN, to share quick tips to health skin.

  1. Pour on the protection. Fill the hollow of your palm (about ½ teaspoon) with broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and coat your face, neck and ears- daily.
  2. Look sun-kissed. Tinting your face with a tinted moisturizer or foundation gives the appearance of youthful skin. Using the sun to actually tint your face however is a big no-no.
  3. Eat a skin-saving breakfast. The first meal of the day is really the most important. Eating a food high in essential fatty acids, such as almonds, helps kick start the skin. It also helps stop inflammation, sagging, fine lines, and blotchiness.
  4. Zen your skin. If anyone experiences stress, they will appreciate this. High levels of stress and tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. Controlling stress is easier said than done though, to help calm your skin, take 10 minutes to apply a facemask and relax in bed.
  5. Pair your products. Knowing that certain ingredients, like sunscreen and antioxidants work harmoniously together in the morning, and retinols and peptides are a great nighttime team will allow you to take full advantage of a product’s properties.
  6. Wear your veggies (and eat them too!) Frozen peas or gel ice packs help soothe itchy, irritated eyes. To reduce swelling and irritation on your face, placing frozen peas or corn over irritated areas is better than an ice pack because it forms to the contours of your face.


These tips will have you on your way to fresher, more beautiful skin, if you are looking for a more advanced treatment to your skin, contact Joelle for a complementary consultation!


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Free Community Vein Health Screening in Reno


Drs. Robert Merchant and John Daake are offering a free screening event for members of the community who have questions or concerns related to their varicose and spider veins, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), or are looking for information about general vascular health.

Most patients suffering from varicose and spider vein diseases defer treatment during warmer summer months because of lifestyle and wardrobe preferences. Therefore, the practice would like to take this opportunity and the cooler weather as an opportunity to remind patients of the importance of proper vascular health.

Appointments are required, and can be scheduled by called Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100, Monday through Friday during regular business hours. No walk-in patients will be accepted.

As part of this community event, each patient screening appointment will last approximately 15 minutes with the doctor, and it is advised that patients wear shorts or a skirt to best show problem areas easily.

The event will take place:

Wednesday, November 6th from 10:00am-4:30pm

Reno Vein Clinic

9480 Double Diamond Parkway, Suite 100

Reno, NV 89521

This is a free event.

Contact us for more information, (775) 329-3100.

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Easy Exercises For Varicose Vein Prevention



When you hear, “exercising will help prevent varicose veins,” you may think to yourself, “sure… but what kind?” We have the answer for you! These simple exercises can be done at home and will drastically help prevent varicose veins from developing!


Bicycle Kicks

These are best done on a padded surface like your bed or a yoga mat. Lie on your back and raise both legs into the air, then begin to kick your feet in a circular motion as if pedaling a bicycle in midair.




Ankle Flexes

Begin by lying on a comfortably padded surface. Bring your right leg up to your chest and hold it behind the knee. Point your toes into the air, flex your foot and rotate your ankle, then bring your right leg down and repeat on the left side.


Heel Lifts

Find a set of stairs; begin by standing on the bottom step with your heels dangling over the edge. Slowly push yourself up to your toes, holding a handrail for support if needed, then come back down gradually until your heels fall beneath the step again.


These are all easy exercises that can be incorporated into your daily routine, and you can do as many reps of each as you please. These will not only help improve your vein strength, they will also improve your legs and core, and who doesn’t love a workout that does more than one thing? Enjoy!




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Summer To Fall Transition For Your Skin



Now that summer has officially ended, we find ourselves wearing warmer clothing, enjoying Starbucks seasonal drinks (who doesn’t love a Pumpkin Spice Latte in fall?), and changing our routines from summer to autumn. While wearing minimal makeup, such as tinted moisturizers, worked in summer, when fall hits we find our faces needing just a little more moisture and maybe even a little more coverage. To combat that problem, make sure you are picking a morning and night moisturizer that leaves your skin soft and well hydrated. It is also important to still wear SPF during the day, even though the weather isn’t as warm. The sun is still out and can cause damage to the sensitive skin on your face. A BB cream is great to use during the day as well. It provides light coverage as well as the moisture your skin is craving.


Fall is also an important time to be sure you are still drinking a lot of water. Drinking water helps hydrate your body from within, giving you the “glow” you are always reading about. Facials and peels are also helpful in fall. Removing dead skin is essential to keeping pores unclogged and the texture of your skin even. Creating a routine of washing your face, moisturizing, applying any serums, and drinking lots of water is very important. Exfoliating 1 to 2 times a week will give you the extra boost in radiant skin.


While it is tempting to eat all the candy and yummy holiday comfort food, restrain as much as you can. Eating heavy foods and candy can lead to unwanted breakouts, as well as add too much sugar and salt to your diet. Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water aid in your skin care routine. What you put into your body often times shows in your face- eating unhealthy foods, drinking too much alcohol and not getting enough sleep will make you look tired and sallow. This can be especially punctuated in fall with drier weather and your fading summer glow. Changing up your daily routine accordingly will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing. 


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Foods That Help Prevent Varicose Veins


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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