How Does Drinking Water Help Your Skin?

how water helps skinIt is advisable to drink the required amount of water daily to improve your overall health, since water helps in digestion, absorption, circulation, and excretion. In addition, there are claims that drinking clean water gives you healthy, radiant, and younger-looking complexion. But how much water is needed to impact your skin?

The skin is like any other organ in your body, in that it is made of cells: cells that are primarily made up of water. Without enough water, it is unlikely that your organs will function optimally.

How Does Dehydration Affect Your Skin?

There are certain instances when your skin does not get sufficient water. This could be due to reduced water intake or over consumption of alcohol or caffeine, causing your other organs to pull water from your blood. As your blood thickens due to water deficiency, it in turn pulls water from the skin cells, causing your skin to look dry, tight, and flaky, and your eyes darker and sunken. When your pores are dehydrated, they are at higher risk of getting bumps, acne, and even blackheads.

Dry skin is less resilient and elastic, making it more likely to get wrinkles. Over time, this state can age you faster. However, if you are not feeling thirsty, it is unlikely that you have reached the point of dehydration that thickens your blood and affects your skin.

Read Dr. Golshani’s Beautiful Skin Care Tips for Spring.

dehydration-effects-on-skinImportance of Regular Hydration

When you drink water, it will reach all your other organs before the skin. This is why it is recommended that you drink a lot of water: 2.2 liters for women and 3 liters for men – spread throughout the day. Drinking more water allows you to expand the moisture potential of your skin, which affects your pores. The pores of hydrated skin are flexible, allowing them to stretch and secrete natural oils. This makes the skin less likely to crack and let in foreign particles that cause irritations.

How Soon Will I See the Benefits of Drinking Water to Help Skin?

If you start drinking a lot of water today, you should not expect to see changes overnight, but a couple of weeks of drinking sufficient water should be enough to see how hydration helps your skin. It is also important to note that proper hydration simply makes your skin look plumper, minimizing the signs of aging. Technically, the wrinkles on your skin will still be there, but not very visible.

Lastly, hydrating your skin by drinking plenty of water should be complemented with topical hydration techniques, like the application of moisturizers. Hydrating your skin both internally and externally is critical for a healthy, beautiful skin.

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Dr. Golshani’s Spring Skin Care Tips for Beautiful Skin!

dr golshani spring skin care tipsSpring is a season where you shake off the symbolic layers of winter and prepare to bloom. The changes in weather can inflict damage to your skin, which is why the beginning of spring is a great time to reassess your skin care regime. Incorporating new beauty care products to your new skin needs is important in order to effectively deal with the change in climate, sunshine, high humidity, and exposure to environmental factors as you will be spending more time outdoor, whilst enhancing your beauty for the season.

Here are a few tips to help you look, feel, and stay lovely this spring:

1. Exfoliate

After the cold, dry winter days are over, your dead, dry, and flaky skin remains. So, it is important to get some deep exfoliation and cleansing. Most of your body is covered up during winter, with long sleeves, long pants, warm socks, and boots, so you rarely get to examine your feet, elbows, and knees. Get rid of the old dry skin layer to make room for fresh dazzling spring skin.

2. Purge Old Skin Care Products

Your cosmetics and other beauty products have a shelf life, and any expired products have lost their effectiveness, and possibly even harbor bacteria. To ensure safety, check the expiration dates on all your products, and toss/replace:

  • Anything past the expiration date
  • Anything that has changed its smell or color
  • Products that seem dry or crusty
  • Mascara older than three months
  • Old make-up brushes and sponges

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We have a variety of different products to choose from – essentially a one-stop shop. Check it out!

3. Use Sunscreen With Higher SPF

The sun can get very strong at this time of the year, so it is important that you always carry a day cream with SPF to protect yourself from harmful UV radiation from the sun, which may cause, among other things, premature aging and sunburns.

4. Increase Your Supplement Intake

Supplements contain vital antioxidants that help protect your skin from free radicals found in food and the polluted environment. These radicals damage your skin, and over time, destroy collagen contributing to more wrinkles and aging. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as other sources of vitamins C, E, and K will help to improve your skin’s elasticity and prevent it from getting dry and flaky.

Lastly, hydrate your skin. Winter weather and over-reliance on central heating can cause your skin to feel tight and flaky. This can be remedies by increasing your hydration levels by drinking more water and using a moisturizer that contains humectants like omega oils and hyaluronic acid. Taking omega 3 supplements will also help to increase your skin hydration levels, removing the flaky post-winter look and restoring its barrier function.

What Would Mom Get Herself for Mother’s Day if She Had the Chance?

mothers day asps surveyAs you are (hopefully) well aware, Mother’s Day is coming up. A day where the nation recognizes all mothers for the dedication, courage, and strength it takes in not only carrying a child for 9 whole months, but raising the child as well! Any Mother knows the many ups and downs of raising children.

So What Do Moms Want?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons ran a simple survey back in 2011 that revealed what it is that moms secretly want for Mother’s Day. You could say these items were on their Mother’s Day wish list.

The survey produced these results: “American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that if cost were not an issue, 62 percent of mothers said that they would consider a “mommy makeover” that includes procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and/or breast lift.”

Would The Survey Results Still Hold True Today?

Yes, the survey itself is surely old and outdated – or is it? We believe the results of this survey certainly remain true today, some 4 years later. In fact, plastic surgery has only been increasing in popularity over the years.

The new question is: if the same survey would run again today, what results what it produce? What plastic surgeries are moms interested in today? Perhaps instead of a “Mommy Makeover”, moms may be considering the use of dermal fillers such as Botox® for more facial volume and less wrinkles. For cosmetic surgery, women’s attitudes and trends frequently change as technology grows further and new techniques are discovered.

An issue is most mothers are not aware of new products and services. For instance, are you aware of the Eclipse MicroPen? It is an amazing upcoming trend: micro needling. We believe moms would love it. Why? Simple: because it greatly reduces/eliminates wrinkles anywhere on the body.

It used to be that Mothers in their 50s were the main demographic who sought tummy tucks and mommy makeovers. However, over the years the trend has slowly shifted toward young Mothers in their 30s coming in more for these procedures. The reason why? Time. It’s the simple fact that most mothers want their pre-pregnant bodies back almost immediately after having their last child.

Spend Time With Mom!

So for this Mother’s Day, make absolutely sure to spend precious time with your mothers – and if you feel comfortable asking, try and find out if she has any “secret” wish list… you never know until you ask. 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day from the team at Dr. Golshani’s Beverly Hills office!

Rachel Hollis, Mom of 3, Sparks Movement to Embrace Pregnancy Stretch Marks

tummy tuck for stretch marksIn recent news, a viral photo of a mother in CA gained a huge liking in a very short amount of time. The photo was a fun shot of the woman featuring her bikini body after having gone through 3 pregnancies over the years. Her children are now 8, 6, and 2, but her message is what encouraged many other mothers out there to embrace their bodies despite how self-conscious they may feel:

“I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy… (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!!) and I wear a bikini. I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could. I wear a bikini because the only man who’s opinion matters knows what I went through to look this way. That same man says he’s never seen anything sexier than my body, marks and all. They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride!”

I Don’t See A Problem?

If you view or have viewed her photo* (link below), most will come to the conclusion that nothing really seems wrong with her body. Sure, signs of pregnancy show, but really what’s the big issue here?

The issue lies deeper than what you see in the photo. It’s an issue many pregnant mothers battle with after carrying a child for 9 months: stretch marks. Stretch marks cause many formerly pregnant women to feel very self-conscious about ever stepping back into a bikini again.

This is why a tummy tuck procedure performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon offers so much relief to pregnant mothers who are not satisfied with their stretch marks. A tummy tuck can fully smooth out or tone the abdominal area and remove a large area of stretch marks, while also restoring shape and definition.

As we can see here, this woman took an approach many do not: embracing the stretch marks as a statement to being blessed with pregnancy. Certainly a great outlook! It resonated so well with other mothers that it compelled them to post their own bikini shots. It was great to see that mothers can be happy with or without the use of plastic surgery!

*The photo can be viewed on her Facebook or Instagram.

Dr. Golshani is a board-certified tummy tuck surgeon in Beverly Hills with ample experience in dramatically changing lives through the use of cosmetic surgery. Dr. Golshani performs a wide range of surgical procedures including breast augmentation, Botox, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and many other procedures designed to bring out your beauty.