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On January 8, 2015, Elle Magazine posted an online article titled “The 8 Worst Things You Can Do to Your Skin” that provides readers with a list of actions that are damaging to one’s skin. The list includes smoking, tanning, and tugging at the skin around one’s eyes and simple neglect. The point of the article is to make readers mindful of the habits that can damage the skin rather than nurture it. (see:goo.gl/A2Ym9f)
“I’m glad to see that the list includes tanning and smoking,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “These two items alone cause a vast amount of damage. At this point, one would have to be willfully ignorant not to know how detrimental to one’s overall health these two vices can be.”
According to the Elle Magazine article, tugging at the skin around the eyes should be avoided as it may damage the collagen and elastin fibers in this delicate area leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Over-washing should be avoided because it can alter the natural pH of the skin and strip it of its natural oils. Neglect is the last item on the list and a reminder that beautiful looking skin requires daily maintenance and healthy, disease-free skin requires vigilance.
“There’s almost no limit to the damage sun exposure can do to the skin,” says Dr. Ourian. “From a cosmetic perspective, it prematurely ages the skin, causing discoloration and wrinkles. Repeated UV exposure can lean to skin cancers.”
Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, Sculptra, and CoolSculpting. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, unwanted fat, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about skin care can be found on Epione’s website.