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Five Ways to Prevent Varicose Veins

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Preventing varicose veins is not guaranteed. However, there are steps you can take to try and prevent them. While unsightly, varicose veins can lead to health issues and discomfort. These five steps are simple changes that will help keep your veins in their best shape.

 

  1. Exercise regularly. Walking and jogging will help improve circulation in the legs, and proper circulation helps to ward off the developments, as well as the worsening of varicose veins. Exercise also helps your overall well being, so enjoy a long walk!
  2. Avoid prolonged standing. Standing in one place for a long time increases pressure on your veins in the legs and feet. Over time, this pressure weakens the vessel walls, which in turn can lead to them collapsing. If prolonged standing is unavoidable at your job, mitigate the harm by shifting your position frequently, and try to walk around every 30 minutes.
  3. Sit properly. Sit up straight and don’t cross your legs. Crossing your legs can put pressure on your veins as well as cause a disruption in the flow of blood in your veins. Good posture also improved circulation!
  4. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight will put undue pressure and stress on your legs, and more importantly, your veins. Reducing weight will reduce the risks of varicose veins in many instances. Develop healthy eating habits and avoid foods with high calorie and low nutrition content.
  5. Quit smoking. Smoking contributes to a myriad of health issues, but if you need even one more reason, keep in mind that high blood pressure associated with smoking helps cause varicose veins.

 

These simple tips are easy to weave into your lifestyle and make them a part of your daily routine. We encourage you to live a healthy life in moderation, and doing these simple tricks will also help you to prevent varicose veins.

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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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The Effects of Stress on Your Skin

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(Just A Little, Not Too Much?)

The word stress usually conjures up a situation where you are anxious, nervous, and under strain. But you need some stress in your life to help you function at your best. Manageable levels of stress give you a zest for life, release your creativity, and generate excitement by challenging you to stretch your abilities. It is stress overload that can lead to health problems, which all too often show in the skin.

 

If you’re trying to do too much in too little time, you’re functioning in permanent overdrive. And that is where the difficulties lie. When you are in a stressful situation, certain physical changes occur that are designed to improve your performance. These effects are caused by the release of the “fight or flight” hormones adrenalin, noradrenalin, and cortisol, which prime your body for action.

 

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems.

 

Stress causes your heart rate to increased, the blood vessels in your skin to constrict, and it causes you to breathe faster and shallower.

 

Once the immediate pressure is removed, your body returns to a normal state. But if your body is constantly being readied for action without having time to recuperate, there can be detrimental effects on your health.

 

Short-term signs of stress overload are fatigue, sleeping difficulties, irritability, and memory lapses.

 

In time, you may find yourself getting more coughs and colds than usual because your immune system isn’t functioning at its peak.

 

Headaches or migraines, backaches, palpitations, asthma, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and indigestion are other well-known symptoms.

 

You may lose your sense of humor, become uninterested in sex, and develop nervous twitches. And eventually you may feel that you can’t continue any more.

 

To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

 

Stress And Your Skin

 

The many physical changes associated with long-term stress can have intense effects on your skin.

 

The hormones released when you are under stress cause blood vessels to constrict, leading to poor circulation. And this decreased blood supply to the skin can leave it feeling dry, flaky, and prone to irritation.

 

In periods of stress your breathing alters, becoming quicker and more shallow. This reduces the amount of oxygen carried in your bloodstream, which in turn diminishes the oxygen supply to your skin. If the stress is long­lasting, you may find that your skin becomes pasty or gray, it lacks glow, and you have tension lines around the forehead, eyes, and mouth.

 

Many skin complaints, such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes- though not initially caused by stress- can worsen when you are under pressure. And some people find that they break out in spots when they are stressed.

 

Cut back on caffeine, which can increase feelings of anxiety. Water is better for your skin.

 

Coping With Stress

 

Although it’s impossible to remove all the stress from your life, there are techniques to stop life from getting on top of you and help you cope more effectively.

 

Make time for yourself. Just taking an hour a day to have a bath, read a book, or go for a walk can reduce your stress levels. Choose something undemanding- it should be a pleasure, not a chore.

 

Practice time management. If you’re trying to do too much, lower your expectations of yourself.

 

Learn to say no. If it’s not necessary, don’t do it.

 

Pay attention to your diet. Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat, high-fiber foods to make sure you get a full complement of nutrients.

 

Get enough sleep- but not too much, because this can make you feel sluggish in the morning.

 

Exercise can help clear your head, eliminate some of the buildup of stress hormones and release endorphins- the body’s “feel good” hormones. It can also improve your circulation, which will benefit your skin.

 

Learn a relaxation technique. Try deep-breathing exercises, visualization, meditation, or a form of yoga that involves special breathing techniques.

 

Have a massage to relax tense muscles.

 

A professional stress management course or counseling can give you a chance to talk about what’s troubling you and help you work out better ways of handling the demands in your life.

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Setting Up a Skin Care Routine for You

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Most people have a general idea of how to wash their face, but there’s a lot that the general public isn’t aware of. With all the products and tip out there, it can be confusing to know what to do to get amazing skin. Establishing a skin care routine is essential to keeping your skin healthy and beautiful. The steps below will help you establish an effective skin care routine.

It’s important to determine your skin type so that you may chose the correct products and routine that will maximize the effectiveness of skin care. You should also take into consideration specific issues that your skin has. For a guide to figuring out what type of skin you have, visit our supplier’s website at http://www.skinceuticals.com/_us/_en/learn-about-skin.aspx.

Below are the steps to establish a great skin care routine that will improve your skin’s appearance.

No Touching Your Face – You can transfer acne causing bacteria from your hands to your face just by simply touching it. If you have to touch your face, wash your hands thoroughly, use a face towel or sanitize your hands.

NEVER Pop Your Pimples – Picking or popping pimples prevents the skin from healing properly and will only make the irritation worse.

Get the Products – Good skin care involves using a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliating scrub, cotton pads and a face mask. We can help you choose the best products for your face. Call 775-329-3100 for a free consultation.

Remove Make-up Nightly – Never ever sleep while still wearing your make-up. Make-up that is left on overnight can clog the pores, and will prevent your skin from regenerating and breathing while you sleep.

Order is Everything – The order in which we use skin care products matters almost as much as the products themselves. Even good products can cause irritation when not used correctly.  The best order to use products in is: remove make-up, cleanse or exfoliate, toner, moisturize.

Products to use Twice a Day – Cleanse, tone, and moisturize in the morning before you put on makeup, and at night before you go to bed. This will help prevent your skin from being clogged by dirt or make up, and feel healthier skin throughout your day.

  • Cleansing Tips: Cleansing prepares your skin to receive nutrients from your other products. Before you cleanse, wash your hands so you won’t be transferring bacteria to your face.
  • Toner Tips: Toner is used to restore your skin’s natural pH levels which were probably altered during cleansing. While you apply, be careful to avoid the sensitive eye area. Do not rinse.
  • Moisturizer Tips: A moisturizer leaves the skin feeling softer and smoother. Moisturizers are not created equal, so be sure to choose the right moisturizer for your skin type or condition.

Products to use Twice a Week – Throughout the week, it can be beneficial to use an exfoliating scrub in place of your cleaner, or use a facial make after you’ve cleansed you face. These products are too strong to be used daily; however, both treatments have benefits that your skin needs weekly.

  • Exfoliating Scrub Tips: Exfoliating scrubs are essential because it removed dead skin cells which can leave your complexion appearing dull, and can clog up pores. A few times each week you should exfoliate with an exfoliating facial wash in place of your daily cleanser.
  • Facial Mask Tips: There are many options for masks. Peel-off masks are best for blemished skin, whereas rich, moisturizing masks are best for dry skin. Apply the facial according to the instructions on the packet.

Stick to your routine! Your skin needs time to get used to the products you use and how often you use them. Sometimes a negative effect appears at first, but this usually goes after the skin has time to adjust. Enjoy your beautiful skin!

 

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How to Prevent Facial Veins

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Did you know that alcohol and sunburn can both trigger facial or facial veins, but eating vegetables can help prevent them? Medical experts are unsure of the causes of facial veins, but we’ve got some tips that may help you. Here’s how you can prevent the development of facial veins.

Stay fit. Exercise increases blood circulation and help you keep of unwanted pounds. Both benefits will help prevent facial veins that can be caused by poor circulation and obesity.

Avoid sun exposure. Sunbathing too much or without protection will weaken the skin. Such exposure to extreme hot can also cause the skin to flush and trigger facial veins.

Have some grapes. Nutritionists say eating grapes gets the source of anthocyanins, an antioxidant, directly into the blood stream. This strengthens your capillaries and lowers your risk of facial veins. Anthocyanins are also found in bilberries.

Avoid the Booze. Drinking too much can also cause fine red lines to appear on your face and cheeks. Alcohol is known to cause the blood vessels to dilate but continued drinking can weaken the collagen causing veins stay open. This increases blood flow to the face triggering facial veins.

Be kind to your face. You should make sure not to wash your face with very hot or very cold water. These extremes in temperature can cause the skin to flush, triggering facial veins. Also, if you use a skin brush, always brush the skin when its dry. When skin is wet, your blood flow in increased and your skin is sensitive. Brushing already dilated vessels could cause facial veins.

Avoid unnecessary increases in hormone levels. Some hormones encourage blood vessel growth. If you are pregnant, taking the birth control pills, or undergoing hormone replacement therapy you will have increased hormone levels which could make you more prone to developing facial veins. Pregnancy also puts extra pressure on your circulation making facial veins in your legs more likely.

Get those vitamins. Vitamins C, E and K are all essential for maintaining good skin health.

  • Vitamin C helps your body build collagen – a protein that is the main connective tissue in muscle and skin. Less collagen means more sagging so facial veins could appear. Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, blackcurrants and peppers.
  • Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant which protects the skin and is also essential for protecting cell membranes. This strengthens the capillaries making facial veins less likely. Vitamin E can be found in olive oil, peanuts, leafy green vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals.
  • Vitamin K helps promote blood clotting to stop bleeding. Taking Vitamin K could prevent the tiny capillaries in your face from dilating. You can find Vitamin K in green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach and also in milk.

At Reno Vein Clinic, we also treat facial veins! Call us for more information! (775) 329-3100

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Tightening your skin with a laser

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Skin laser technology has developed so it can be used to treat many different imperfections, including age spots, pitted acne scars, and other types of scarring. Lasers can also be used on the skin to treat spider veins and varicose veins. Some even use lasers to remove freckles.

One amazing benefit of using lasers is their ability to tighten the skin,

Women and men who are looking for different ways to rejuvenate their skin have several options. Botox, cosmetic fillers, and surgery are all effective methods to make the skin on the face look refreshed. But for those of us who are afraid of needles and are not interested in surgery, laser skin tightening might be the best bet. There are side effects to this treatment, but for some, laser rejuvenation may be the best way to get smoother, fresher-looking skin. I

If you’ve spent years in the sun or are at an age when crow’s-feet are starting to appear, you might be interested in laser skin tightening. “Laser resurfacing can decrease the appearance of fine lines around your eyes, mouth, and cheeks. It resurfacing can also treat loss of skin tone and improve your complexion if you have scars or sun damage,” says the Mayo Clinic.

Like any treatment, it’s important to know the risks involved.  Even though laser skin resurfacing is a noninvasive procedure, there can still be side effects. Risks for some patients might include itching, swelling, redness, infection, or changes in skin color. However, as laser technology becomes more advanced, a skin care specialist like Reno Vein Clinic’s Joelle Green can work with you to find the best kind of laser therapy with the fewest side effects.

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