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3 New Year’s
3. Give Up Smoking, and Encourage Your Friends to Quit Anyone who smokes in this era has no excuses left. It doesn’t make any sense. I have many clients who come in for Botox, fillers, and facials — and then they smoke. Smoking is so detrimental to the skin, and as long as they smoke, they won’t get the full benefits of their treatments. Giving up smoking is the most profound and effective way to halt aging. It is very hard, but you can do it! I notice a big change in my patients who give it up. Lean on a friend, use resources, and replace the habit with something positive, like running, reading, or drinking more water.
Resolutions for 2019
Focus on Your Health
It’s a new month, and almost a new year. Can you believe it? Christmas will be here before we know it! I’m glad to see you’re getting your facial treatments in before the holiday parties. A visit with our estheticians can be a nice, relaxing indulgence to help you prepare for an event. You know what I like about this time of year besides the holidays? This is your opportunity to make a plan so you can make next year a healthier one. There are three things I recommend to every patient who makes good New Year’s resolutions. 1. Find a Workout You Love One in three women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, and one in five men will. But this doesn’t have to be you; there are ways you can build stronger bones now . The main way? Exercise. Research shows that people who are active are less likely to have a hip fracture, so find something active that you like to do. Walking is good for your bones and can help maintain bone strength. Anything that is weight bearing, like running, weight lifting, or dancing, is also beneficial. If you prefer, try a workout that improves your balance. In one study of tai chi, patients who took lessons and practiced twice a day on their own for 15 weeks were half as likely to fall as those who didn’t do the daily practice. Maybe 2019 is the year to try out a workout you’ve never done before! 2. Have Your Hormone Levels Checked As we age, our hormone levels change, and sometimes we need to add supplements to return our bodies to balance. I encourage patients to take vitamin C, especially during the winter, to protect their immune system. Unless you already have a lot of vitamin D in your system, take vitamin D supplements, too. You’ll find out your levels when you have your hormones checked, and almost everyone is low. Although it’s especially beneficial to take vitamins in the winter, since we don’t spend as much time outside, I often recommend taking them all year.
Once you’ve made resolutions, schedule your visit with our estheticians, as they are your best resources on beauty. I hope I’ve given you some ideas for the year to come. This way, you can get a head start on 2019 and begin the year at your best.
-Dr. Sanchez OWNER, MEDICAL DIRECTOR
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