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The Skinny on Winter Skin Care

Posted on: December 21st, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Dry winter air is hard on skin. But you can take some steps to keep your skin healthy this winter.

Dry winter air is hard on skin. But you can take some steps to keep your skin healthy this winter.

We may not think as much about skin care in the winter as we do in the hot summer months, but our skin needs love all year long. LA Medical cares for the whole person, inside and out and wants you to be healthy. So what are some ways to take care of your skin this winter?

Use sunscreen-Protect your skin from the sun even in the winter. Using sunscreen helps prevent the risk of skin cancer and reduces sun damage and aging. Have you ever seen a skier after a day on the slopes or a face with wind-burn? That is skin damage. Wear sunscreen.

Protect your eyes– Wear sunglasses even in the winter. If you live somewhere that has a white winter, the reflection off of the snow can be very harmful to your eyes. There may not be as much sun in the winter months, but the sun is lower in the sky and very powerful this time of year, so protect your eyes and the skin around them.

Be pale and be proud- Just say “no” to tanning beds! We know it can be tempting to get a little color and light in the dark winter months, but the ultraviolet light from tanning beds has been proven to cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.  Look for good, safe self-tanners or just learn to love your pale skin.

Eat more fish- Look for foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like cold water fish. Fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t care for fish, look for omega-3 supplements in the drug store. This oil is great for your skin, eyes and heart.

Avoid hot water- A long hot shower or soak in a hot tub seems like a great end to a cold winter day, but too hot of water is hard on the skin. If it feels too hot when you get in, it probably is. Try a more moderate temp in the tub or shower and be sure to moisturize right after bathing while your skin is still hydrated.

Moisturize. Find a lotion that works for you and use it! Take care of yourself and your skin! We offer the ReadyBath Premium Washcloth for those who have a hard time taking care of their skin. These soft, disposable cloths are pre-moistened and leave skin soothed, moisturized, and conditioned.

Our skin is the largest organ we have so show it some love! LA Medical cares about you and wants to help you find the right products to keep you happy and healthy all year long.

6 Ways to Take Action during National Skin Care Awareness Month

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Care for your skin to ensure it looks its best for as long as possible.

Care for your skin to ensure it looks its best for as long as possible.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Aging is a part of life that should be embraced, as it shows the many years of life that have been lived. Through the memories made and chances taken, every wrinkle has earned its place. While there are some changes that are out of our control, there are steps that can be taken to stay as healthy as possible during the aging process. September is National Skin Care Awareness Month, which is why LA Medical would like to offer up six helpful tips for healthier skin as people age. LA Medical wants to remind you it is never too late to adopt new habits and break old ones.

  1. One of the primary reasons for premature wrinkles is sun exposure. Over time, sun rays damage fibers in the skin and make it harder to recover after being stretched. Wearing sun screen every day, even when it is cold and cloudy outside, is the best way to stay protected.
  2. Smokers experience more wrinkles at an earlier age. Smoking damages the skin’s elasticity, as well as other major organs. There are different ways people go about quitting smoking. Find what works for you and take action today!
  3. With countless products on the market that claim to revitalize skin and reduce wrinkles, it is hard to know what works and what doesn’t. There are currently three products that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat sun damaged or aging skin: tretinoin cream and carbon dioxide and erbium lasers.
  4. Age spots are dark flat areas that are caused by years of sun exposure. They are common on exposed places such as the face, neck, arms, and feet. Using sun screen can help prevent future spots and tretinoin cream can help in reducing the appearance of the dark spots.
  5. As people age they lose oil and sweat from their skin, which increases dryness and itching. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease, can also increase itching, which can disrupt sleep and cause irritability. Ointments, creams, and lotions can all assist in reducing itching. Use a humidifier that can increase moisture in the air.
  6. As people age they may notice their skin bruises easier. The skin thins and loses fat and connective tissue, which supports blood vessels and makes them more susceptible to injury. However, sometimes bruising occurs due to an injury or illness and medical attention is needed.

Aging a natural part of life and LA Medical encourages you to embrace it. As time goes on, it is important to take steps to keep your mind, body, and spirit as healthy as possible. Protect your skin with tips found here and visit LA Medical online for skin care and health products.

Sun Safety: 4 Fabulous Tips for Sun Safety at the Beach

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Sun safety tips from LA Medical

Employ these sun safety tips to keep an eye on your skin health when at the beach!

June is National Cancer from the Sun Month and LA Medical wants to be sure you know best practices to avoid sun burns and skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and it affects over two million people each year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Because of these startling statistics, it is essential that you wear sunscreen, especially during the summer when the sun gives off stronger rays.

Since it is National Cancer from the Sun Month, LA Medical has compiled a list of tips for you to follow for sun safety at the beach, in the backyard, or anywhere you may encounter the sun.

  • Seek shade when possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun is most powerful and when sun burns are likely to occur.
  • Even one burn can increase your risk of skin cancer, so avoiding sun burns all together will lower your risk of getting melanoma or any other form of skin cancer.
  • Sunscreen is the top way to promote sun safety. Use sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Proof Factor) of 15 or higher each day. Wearing sunscreen everyday will ensure that you are protected from the sun’s rays. The higher the SPF the better, particularly for those who burn easily.
  • Self-examination of your skin is essential. Once a month take the time to look for irregular spots on your skin that seem out of the ordinary. If you are unsure about a spot on your skin, always contact the doctor. It is better to be safe than sorry!

LA Medical is concerned about the welfare of every part of you and skin health is essential to your wellbeing.  Summertime is a great chance to get outdoors, always do so with skin health and sun safety in mind.

These steps can help better the health of your skin and help to prevent all forms of skin cancer.

Summer Chooses Sun Screen

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Protect yourself from skin cancer

Reduce risk of skin cancer with sun screen from LA Medical.

May 27 is National Sun Screen Day, a day that grown in importance as skin cancer becomes a more commonly seen condition. LA Medical wants to help reduce the rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun this May by discussing the benefits of wearing sunscreen.

As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.

LA Medical believes that taking precautions when out in the sun is the best way to avoid dangerous UV rays.

When shopping for sunscreen, one of the most common questions is what type of sunscreen should be used? The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen that offers:

  • Broad-spectrum protection
  • Sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or greater
  • Water resistance


LA Medical wants you and your family to stay protected from the dangerous UV rays this summer. To protect your skin and find skin cancer early, we recommend the following:

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours or as indicated on the label.
  • Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade!
  • Use caution near water, as they reflect the rays of the sun and can increase the chance of sunburn. Even on cloudy days, the rays are strong and can cause burn.


LA Medical wants you and your family to stay safe this summer and remember to always use sunscreen. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from excessive UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone. Don’t forget your sunscreen this spring and summer!

Give me Some (Healthy) Skin!

Posted on: September 18th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is the first line of defense for anything that my harm us from the outside. Why then do we continually ignore its condition or treat it like it’s the red-headed step child of our body? I can remember when I was a little kid my mother would constantly be on my case about rubbing lotion on my dry little cheeks, especially during the winter time.

She still does now even though I’m much older and can take care of my own skin, thank you very much. However, most people still don’t know that there are some very easy ways to help keep your skin healthy without spending tons of money on complex moisturizers and other products.

  • If you’re a smoker, cut it out. If you’re not, don’t start. Smoking narrows the blood vessels in your skin preventing oxygen and nutrients from reaching it. It also damages collagen and elastin which give your skin strength and elasticity.
  • Protect yourself on sunny days. Make sure your putting on a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least 15 SPF that you apply every two hours you are outside. If you can, avoid going outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the most intense.
  • Treat your skin gently. This can be anything from limiting your time in the shower and avoiding strong soaps to patting yourself dry and moisturizing dry skin.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, low amounts of fat and processed foods.
  • Keep your stress in check. Set reasonable limits, limit your to-do lists and give yourself some time to enjoy life.


These tips can help keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and in great shape. Don’t forget for any of your home medical needs, LA Medical Retail is only a phone call away!