Welcome to the Coastal Laser and Aesthetics blog! Here, you’ll find articles about laser treatments, skin rejuvenation, body contouring technologies, wellness tips and more! Our clinic is committed to providing high quality results using non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed with the latest skincare technology. Refreshed, healthy skin is an important aspect of optimal health and self-esteem. That’s why we’re happy to help our patients achieve their aesthetic goals! Most of our procedures are quick, with minimal downtime and side-effects. Our site features a full list of services, active promotions, discounts, and reviews. We encourage you to take a look around and familiarize yourself with our highly-trained staff. 

Our last article explained the differences between two commonly mixed up injectables: neuromodulators and dermal fillers. For those well-versed in the aesthetic sphere, the difference between Juvederm and Botox is as clear as night and day. However, for those just venturing into the wonderful world of cosmetics, it can be easy to confuse the purposes of neuromodulators and dermal fillers. That’s why we took the time to break down the chemical composition, common uses, how these substances can be used in conjunction to achieve your desired results and the side effects of each. Consider our last article a one-stop-shop for all things injectable. At Coastal Laser and Aesthetics, we offer both Botox and dermal fillers. If you have any questions about either, we’re more than happy to answer them!

Today, we’d like to take a step back and survey the landscape of skin health. Most of us associate healthy skin with a characteristic “glow.” However, this tentative definition leaves something to be desired, as many skincare products give us the temporary illusion of a glow but leave our skin the same (or worse off) than before. Like any other major organ, our skin requires certain nutrients and care to maintain its health. Taking care of our skin is incredibly important, as failing to do so can lead to increased chances of developing skin cancers and premature aging. Given this, what does skin need to remain healthy throughout our lives? We aim to answer this question in the most straightforward, simplistic manner possible. While miracle masks and face rollers are a wonderful addition to a self-care routine, they rarely do as much for our skin as we think. Instead, we’ll focus on tips and tricks anyone can incorporate into their day-to-day life to improve the overall health of their skin. Remember: healthy skin is beautiful skin! Therefore, we hope you’ll give a few of these tips a try!

Sleep Well

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of sleep on the wellness of our skin. Simply put, sleep allows the body to recover from the stresses of the day and prepare itself for the stresses of tomorrow. When we fail to sleep an adequate number of hours—which has been determined to be seven or eight hours per night for adults—our bodies produce excessive amounts of cortisol. While cortisol has its proper functions within the body, too much of this hormone can trigger the body’s inflammatory response. This inflammation, in turn, breaks down key proteins for smooth skin (such as collagen and elastin) and makes acne appear worse. Further, lack of sleep impacts blood circulation, leading to the dull, grayish, “sick” appearance we have when we haven’t had a good night’s rest. 

When we’re asleep, our bodies pass through three essential stages. The first stage occurs over the span of about three hours. During this time, the body produces somatotropin—a human growth hormone which plays a vital role in repairing the skin. During the second stage, which lasts about two hours, the body produces melatonin. As a supplement, melatonin can be used to aid falling asleep and staying asleep. When produced by our bodies, melatonin acts much like an antioxidant, protecting the skin from harmful free radicals (such as environmental pollution) which accelerate aging. The third and final stage is characterized by rapid eye movement (REM) and the deescalation of cortisol production. The entire body begins to cool down, including the skin, and collagen production increases. 

As you can see, a full eight hours is necessary to achieve the full realization of all three stages, and each stage is equally vital for the long term health and wellness of your skin. Unfortunately, 30% of American adults struggle to regularly achieve the recommended amount of sleep. Why? A lack of adequate sleep hygiene may contribute to an inability to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you’re struggling, try implementing a few of these tips: Begin to wind down at least an hour before bedtime by turning off the television, putting away your phone, and doing an activity you associate with sleeping (such as reading or listening to calm music). Try to keep your daily work in a separate room from your bed. Refrain from consuming caffeine at least six hours prior to your bedtime. Try to create a routine which includes waking up and going to bed at the same time everyday. 

Eat Diversely

For the most part, dietary restrictions and preferences rule what we eat each day. We prioritize our allergies, our weight, and our taste buds when we’re shopping at the grocery store. However, for stellar results, you might want to start prioritizing your skin, too. Certain nutrients are vital for skin health. For example, vitamin A plays a significant role in collagen production, keratin production, and more. Vitamin A is found in foods like pumpkin, sweet potato, eggs, and dark leafy greens. Don’t think you can get away with a few sips of pumpkin spice latte, either! Vitamin A should be consumed as raw as possible to yield the most benefits. Therefore, instead of boiling your sweet potatoes, try roasting them in the oven. The B vitamin complex is responsible for cell turnover, regulating sebum production, and the metabolization of fatty acids. You want to seek these out in meat, seafood, nuts, seeds, and supplements. 

Vitamin C is a popular topical skincare ingredient, but it also works wonders from inside the body as well. Vitamin C helps the body to heal wounds and fight against the damage caused by free radicals. Citrus fruits, such as lemons and oranges and grapefruits, are an excellent source of vitamin C, along with berries and broccoli. Zinc plays a role in how enzymes perform their roles, which directly correlates to how well our skin sheds its dead cells. If you want the “glow” you seek, make sure you’re getting enough zinc! A zinc supplement is probably the best place to start, as zinc levels in fruits and vegetables are dependent on the type of soil they were grown in. Finally, you must incorporate essential fatty acids (such as Omega-3) into your diet, for the optimal health of your skin and brain! 

Let’s take this diet thing a step further, shall we? Scientific research shows there is a pronounced link between our gut and our skin. It’s even got its own name: the gut-skin axis. When we foster the health of our gut—with its flora of microorganisms—we actually give our skin the chance to look its best. Avoiding highly-processed, super-sugary foods is a good start. Incorporating foods with live enzymes, such as live yogurt, and fermented foods, such as kimchi and sauerkraut, are even better! 

Wear Sunscreen

This one is a no-brainer. Sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher and broad spectrum coverage (which protects from both UVA and UVB rays) are the skin’s best defense against the greatest aging accelerator: the sun. Not only that! Wearing sunscreen daily, wearing clothes which cover large swaths of the body, and limiting your time in the sun all decrease your chances of developing skin cancer, the most common cancer in America. According to board-certified dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, M.D., “[ultraviolet radiation] is unequivocally carcinogenic.” While it’s important to soak up a bit of sun for your mental health and vitamin D production, too much sun isn’t good for you or your skin. 

Drink Water

While this tip may be overused and overhyped, the truth is: Most of us don’t drink enough water. About eight glasses per day per adult is the recommended amount. If you find you’re not even meeting half of the daily recommended water intake, chances are you also find yourself with dry, dull skin. Water is necessary for moisturized skin, and moisturized skin is necessary for the “glow.” 

At Coastal Laser and Aesthetics, we care about the health and wellness of your skin. Our clinic is based around skin rejuvenation techniques and treatments using the latest cosmetic technology. We offer skin resurfacing treatments, laser hair removal, chemical peels, Botox, dermal fillers, IPL photofacials, and more! Beautiful, radiant skin begins with a strong foundation of skin care fundamentals and a set of trusted skin care professionals. You can book your free consultation, read up on our services, and browse our active promotions all on our site! Until next time—thank you for reading!