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How to chart your path, for healthy and sexy skin

Finally, it is April and the light at the end of the cold, dark tunnel is getting closer every day! This means a few things in the world of dermatology and aesthetics. It’s early spring and now is the time to plan a course of action for healthy, sexy skin in time for spring break, wedding season, graduation, and all the exciting things the coming (and highly anticipated) season has in store.

First things first, it’s time for laser. Your skin has been out of the sun all winter long and that’s perfect for starting laser treatments such as laser hair removal and laser resurfacing. Laser hair removal means less shaving, less irritation, fewer razor bumps, and more confidence on the beach. Laser resurfacing is another treatment to have if you’re struggling with acne scarring, fine lines, sun damage, and less-than-perfect skin texture. If you start now, you may be able to fit in a few treatments before spring break.

If you want up to 20 percent fat reduction, consider Coolsculpting. It is a non-invasive, painless treatment, and should be started a few months before any big event as Coolsculpting takes three to four months to see the maximum fat reduction in the areas treated. This fat reduction technique is very popular among brides and grooms who are looking for something to help with any extra bulges, without breaking the bank and no downtime. Coolsculpting is also great if you have been losing weight but have a few stubborn areas that have been resistant like the waist, thighs, and sides.

April is a great time to schedule that appointment to get your acne checked out. Think about all the senior pictures, wedding albums, and Facebook posts where your skin will be seen up close and personal, in the months to come. There are so many acne treatment options available to fit every budget and level of severity these days. Sometimes just a refresher on home care and a new routine will be enough.

Some patients require prescribed oral or topical medication or even a relaxing trip to the Doctor’s Approach Med Spa in Okemos for one of many acne treatment options, where you will see results. The sooner you start on a program tailored for your specific needs, the sooner you will see smoother, healthier-looking skin. Clear skin goes along with the healthy body that you have been working so hard to maintain!

This season also brings up the ever-important issue of protecting that beautiful skin. Your skin is a great investment! Do not skip the SPF! I recommend all skin types use sun protection of at least an SPF 30 all year but if you skipped winter, don’t wait any longer when it comes to sun safety. Not only are you protecting yourself from the risk of cancer but you’re also preserving younger-looking skin.

Did you know that excess sun exposure damages healthy collagen and elastic tissue and will lead to early wrinkles and sagging?

Keep this in mind when you are outside. All it takes is remembering to put it on 15-20 minutes before you go outside and reapply every 1.5 – 2 hours.

April is a time of excitement, dreaming about the warmer months to come and planning for special occasions. Don’t forget to also plan for healthy, radiant skin too!

Invest in yourself.

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