Summer Skin Protection Tips

May 31, 2011

Your skin is your body's largest organ and needs special attention to prevent cancer and combat the effects of aging. To keep skin healthy and looking fresh, especially during the summer months, Dr. Joie Tenore of Fresh Skin, a Highland Park aesthetic medical center, advises patients to:

-Take advantage of home remedies. Dr. Tenore recommends simple, inexpensive home remedies like egg white or Pepto-Bismol masks to help reduce inflammation and provide a boost for skin.

"Whip up two egg whites until frothy, apply to the face and let it sit for 15 minutes for a rejuvenating, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle mask," says Dr. Tenore.

She also explains that Pepto-Bismol has anti-inflammatory properties, and a thin layer applied to the face can help reduce redness.

- Check the effects of medications. Anti-histamines and other common drugs can make skin more sensitive to the sun. Dr. Tenore instructs patients to take extra precautions when using these medications.

- Stay hydrated. Dr Tenore suggests limiting intake of anything that can be dehydrating, such as caffeine and alcohol.

"If you do drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages, drink double the amount of fluids to compensate," she says. To replace fluids and electrolytes after a strenuous workout, she recommends drinking low-fat chocolate milk as it has been proven to help muscles recover more quickly.

-Sleep on satin pillowcases. Satin doesn't crease like cotton and can help prevent wrinkles.

- Wear a hat.

"Everyone forgets to protect their scalp," says Dr. Tenore. "But the skin under your hair is also at risk for cancer."

- Use sunscreen containing UVA and UVB protection. UVB rays can penetrate car windows, which is why many of Dr. Tenore's patients have more sun damage on one side of their faces. Sunscreen needs to contain UVA and UVB protection to be effective.

Fresh Skin
806 Central Avenue, Suite 203
Highland Park, IL


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The eyes may be the window to your soul, but your skin is the window to your inner health. It's also the body's largest sexual organ, and one that needs special attention to prevent cancer and combat the effects of aging, says Josie L. Tenore, M.D., M.Sc., a family physician who became fascinated with aesthetics and anti-aging treatments and now devotes her time to helping people look and feel their best at Fresh Skin, a Highland Park, Illinois aesthetic medical center.

Serving the North Shore as a physician since 1998, Dr. Tenore brings to Fresh Skin more than 25 years of knowledge in both health and aesthetics, and her medical background provides unique benefits and added value for her patients.

In fact, Dr. Tenore has identified cancers, thyroid problems and hormonal issues in clients that had initially visited her practice for a cosmetic issue. She also can size up a woman's estrogen level by taking one look at her skin. "Dull, pasty, scaly skin can indicate a lack of hormones," she says, noting that skin should look moist, fresh and luminous.

At Fresh Skin, Dr. Tenore's team helps both men and women combat the effects of aging, using innovative and scientifically proven products and non-surgical skin treatments. "We work with our patients' dreams, goals, fears and budget," says Dr. Tenore. "We're focused on education, setting achievable goals and delivering the best results using the latest available technology."

Fresh Skin's services include diet therapy, natural hormone therapy, and professional skin care procedures including hydrating microdermabrasion using Hydrafacial®, skin tightening with Exilis®, wrinkle reduction and facial sculpting with injections, skin rejuvenation with light-based therapy, hair reduction, results-driven skin care products and more.

Dr. Tenore became interested in aesthetics during medical school and spent much of her elective time studying dermatology and plastic surgery. She opted for a career in family medicine because she enjoyed the challenge of delivering comprehensive health to people of all ages. Dr. Tenore completed her medical training at the University of Toronto and has a Master of Science degree in public health from Harvard University.

She is a life-long advocate of eating well, exercise and aesthetics to achieve the best quality of life. "Fresh Skin gives me the opportunity to use all of my talents to help people feel the best they can inside and out throughout the course of their lives."

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