November 21, 2013

Love Your Glove (Hand)

Look at the images below. Do you see any difference in the two hands? These images are of an 83 year old female who is an avid golfer for more than sixty years. One hand looks 80 and the other... the gloved hand, looks 40. That is what sun damage does to your skin and how your glove can protect you.

One of a golfer’s greatest accessories in his game is his glove. It provides a more secure grip allowing for a smoother swing. In the end, a firm grip gives you better control over the direction of the ball. 

But, a golfer’s glove is not just an essential piece of equipment. Like many clothing options, the glove also serves as protection from sun damage and skin cancer. Clothes offer some SPF protection from ultraviolet rays, but it is critical that we also apply and reapply sunscreen during the summer months. As athletes, you enjoy the great outdoor weather but it is easy to forget to reapply your sunscreen. And with over one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, covering up will protect your skin and prevent aging your skin.

#mcleanderm #askdrlily #golf #sunprotection 

November 19, 2013

Sodium, the sneaky ingredient in foods you wouldn’t expect!

About 90% of Americans eat or drink too much sodium. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of the sodium intake of Americans can be traced back to 10 foods you might not suspect:
  1. White bread  and rolls
  2. Lunch meats, including deli turkey and ham
  3. Pizza (frozen or restaurant)
  4. Poultry
  5. Soups
  6. Sandwiches 
  7. Cheese
  8. Meat dishes
  9. Pasta dishes
  10. Salty snack foods, such as potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn

The U.S. Dietary Guideline for sodium is less than 2,300 mg of sodium daily for most adults, and less than 1,500 mg of sodium for individuals with a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. The CDC reports that, despite these recommendations, Americans consume about 3,300 mg of sodium daily from food alone, not including the sodium from added table salt!

Consuming too much sodium can often lead to: 
  • High blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Dehydration
  • Water retention, which causes swelling and puffiness 

Reducing the amount of sodium you consume is guaranteed to make you feel and look better, in addition to reducing your risk of heart disease or stroke. Get rid of those puffy eyes by managing your sodium intake with the following tips:
  1. Avoid processed foods, such as canned vegetables, soups, sauces, dressings, gravies, boxed foods, cheeses, etc. More salt is added to these foods to improve taste & increase shelf life! 
  2. Do not add extra salt to your meals. Season your foods with fresh herbs or seasonings that are sodium-free, such as “Mrs. Dash” 
  3. Read labels of foods and compare sodium levels in different brands of foods
  4. Eat more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables (without sauces!)
  5. Prepare your meals at home instead of eating out or eating processed foods
  6. Drink more water! 
  7. Avoid drinking alcohol, juices, and soda. 

November 15, 2013

November is National Healthy Skin Month!

We know you were in the sun this summer…

Don't feel guilty anymore, call today to schedule your full skin check with Dr. Lily!

#mcleanderm #askdrlily #fullskincheck #healthyskin

November 14, 2013

#ALExperts - McLean Dermatology Featured on Angie's List!

One of our blogs was recently featured on Angie's List. Check it out here!

#mcleanderm #askdrlily #alexperts #antiaging

November 12, 2013

A Younger Looking Neck and Chest

Looking to tighten up that skin? Don't just stop at your face! Complete your look by giving the skin on your neck and chest that much-needed attention too. Stop in to try our Revision Nectifirm for a firmer looking neck and décolletage.

#mcleanderm #askdrlily #revision #nectifirm #firming

November 11, 2013

Fat Reduction Really Works: Effective Evidence

If you aren’t already convinced that CoolSculpting REALLY works to safely and permanently reduce fat, allow us to shed some more light on this amazing treatment. Cryolipolysis (common name CoolSculpting) as an effective and noninvasive fat reduction treatment is supported by several evidence-based studies that were presented at a meeting sponsored by the Skin Disease Education Foundation (SDEF) just last year. Studies consistently showed an average fat reduction of 20-25% after just one treatment, and even further fat reduction with consecutive treatments spaced 2-3 months apart. Safety studies revealed that common and temporary side effects include redness, numbness and bruising, but no serious side effects, skin damage or pigment changes were reported.

Still not sure if CoolSculpting is right for you? We offer FREE and personalized Coolsculpt consultations right here in our office. Give us a call at (703) 356-5111 to book your free consult today!

Exclusive offer going on now: $100 off your CoolSculpt treatment AND a friend's when you bring a friend. 

#mcleanderm #askdrlily #coolsculpt #fatreduction #freezeyourfataway