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Winter Skin Care Tips

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The winter is about to begin…. Don’t forget about your skin.

“Oh the weather outside is frightful” as the popular holiday song reminds us, but there is no reason why your face needs to be.   Winter climates mean we must pay a bit more attention to our skin, if we want it to be youthful for many seasons to come and avoid the risk of permanent injury.

The rosy red cheeks we get after coming in from the cold can cause dryness tightness, flaking, cracking and inflammation of the skin called eczema.  And although the warmth from the heat or fireplace when you get inside feels great, that too is drying to the skin. If left unattended, this will lead to premature aging and potentially irreversible damage to the skin.

Here are some simple tips to keep the skin kissable, once the mistletoe is no longer around.

  1. Find a skin care specialist to help you choose the products that are right for you. All skin and skin care products are not the same. Many have little or no value, and some can actually cause injury to the skin. Our office is committed to the science of skin care programs to address the specific needs of various skin types, areas, and pigmentation. And our products will not break the bank in the process.
  2. Moisturize your skin because once the damage is done, it’s done! While you may have found a moisturizer for your skin that works in the summer, the winter is more demanding. Depending upon skin type, many lotions labeled “night creams” may be more protective to the skin and help retain moisture, in part because moisturizer is oil-based.
  3. Sunblock is not just for summer. Winter sports and snow glare make sunblock important.  Remember the rule of 30’s – SPF 30 and apply 30 minutes before you go out.  Photo-damage leads to permanent skin changes including wrinkles, deep pigment changes and skin cancer.
  4. Don’t forget about your hands. Because the skin is thinner on the hands, it is much more difficult to keep them moisturized in the winter.
  5. Avoid wet socks and gloves.  They can irritate the skin and cause cracking, drying and infection.
  6. Adding a humidifier at home can help to bring healing moisture into the air and prevent drying, cracking and ulceration of the skin.
  7. Don’t forget about your feet. Use an exfoliant to get dead skin off the feet so moisturizers will work better. And consider using a petroleum product for greater moisturizing.
  8. Avoid alcohol-based toners, cleaners and astringents, which strip protective oils from your skin. Consider cleansing milk, deep foaming cleaners or deep hydrating products we have in our office. We also carry Epionce products and often combine them to restore youthful healthy skin.

While winter is “the most wonderful time of the year” to many, it does require some preparation.  Follow these simple winter tips or call or visit our office. We’ll give you what you need to look your best. Then, “let it snow let it snow let it snow.”

The Surgeon and the General

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Dr Rochman and General Milley

General Mark A. Milley, 39th Chief of Staff of the United States Army and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Department of Defense, and Dr. Guy Rochman, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Worldpath Health and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, discuss the importance of the Worldpath Health role in international healthcare, and agree that healthcare transcends politics and national borders.

General Milley is from Massachusetts, having attended Belmont Hill School and Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He holds a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Columbia University and the United States Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the MIT Center for International Studies.

Dr. Rochman is the founder of Worldpath Health, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Rochman graduated “cum laude” from Harvard University and Boston University School of Medicine. He served as a General Surgery Intern and resident at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, and completed his plastic surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pollution: Public Enemy Number One For Your Skin

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The danger of Sun Exposure and Ultraviolet Exposure (UV-A and UV-B) has long been known. I have written about the importance of protection from the sun in numerous articles and reports both here and elsewhere.  Even on cloudy days we must respect the power of the sun’s rays both in terms of cancer as well as premature aging of the skin.

However, our industrialized society also poses signification risks and hazards by exposure of chemicals and impurities to the protective barrier to the skin.

Pollution and smog result from chemicals that have become aerosolized and thus impact upon the purity of the air.  While urban areas are generally prone to higher risks, “air pollution” can be present and look different depending upon where one lives.  Arid and desert environments have a high incidence of dust pollution, areas near forests can have air polluted by smoke from wild fires, and agricultural areas can have air polluted by chemicals used on farms.

Any time chemical particulate matter is in the air, this type of pollution will play a role in the aging of skin.  This is why it is essential to defend your skin with a well-designed skin program.

Our office has created skin care protocols and programs for both male and female skin which are uniquely designed to:

  • Reduce the visible appearing of aging
  • Clean out the pores and particulate matter and smooth the skin
  • Add anti-aging vitamins for the skin
  • Protect from UV damage
  • Provide a barrier against environmental factors that compromise the skin

The skin is the largest organ in our body, and our first line of defense against the environment.   With just a very few minutes of attention every day, our skin can remain youthful and healthy.  Contact our office for a consultation today to find out more about how to keep your skin at its best.

Remember, when it comes to sun, smog and smoke, we all have skin in the game!

Brighten up your face—have a good laugh

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“Summer time, and the livin’ is easy.  Fish are jumping, and the cotton is high.

Your daddy’s rich, and your momma’s good lookin…” Those George Gershwin lyrics from Porgy and Bess are 8 decades old, but still easy to relate to, especially as the days get shorter, the shadows get longer, and we savor the last days of our soft, short summer in Boston.

When we think of summer, we think of vacations. When my daughters were little ones, we would keep a special diary for each summer family vacation.   Everyone was encouraged to make a daily entry.  Everything was fair game.

Today, my daughters are successful and beautiful women.  And as the summer draws to a labor day close, and the academic world comes to life, we found ourselves sitting around the dinner table this past Sunday and reliving past summer holidays.   Somehow, as if by magic, those decades old vacation diaries appeared on the table, as we savored our apple pie.  The memories, dimmed by the background noise of life, seemed to jump off the pages, yellowed and wrinkled by the passage of time.   So there we sat for hours, reading our commentaries on vacations from years past. So hilarious, we laughed and laughed till our sides hurt!

I could not remember laughing so much in a long, long time. And when my eyes closed to a wonderful night, I marveled at how good I felt … invigorated, refreshed and uplifted.  How good it was to laugh

As a physician, and a surgeon, I know how important it is for our health and well-being to nourish our five senses.   Our Sunday dinner reminded me of how important it is to exercise the sixth sense— our sense of humor!

Every day we find ourselves facing difficult and trying situations. But when we laugh, somehow we are reminded that there is more than one way to look a situation.  Laughter shifts our perspectives.  It opens our minds to new possibilities

The scientific literature is replete with evidence documenting the importance of laughter in many aspects of health.  Laughter reduces the body production of numerous stress hormones.  Laughter boosts the body immune system.  Laughter increases our pain tolerance and enhances our creativity.  Humor has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and lessen depression. It makes us more likeable.  It’s fun. And guess what…it keeps us young!

As world-renowned associate professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. David Simon has said “discussing laughter is like talking about making love or talking about  a good meal.  The real value is not in the description but in the experience.  Let yourself get carried away with laughter”