Whether it’s dry skin or uneven skin tone you need to address, your medicine cabinet and fridge most likely have effective, simple products for beauty and skincare fixes. Rather than stock your home full of every beauty and skincare product, look no further then some common household items. Not only do they work double-duty and save a trip to the pharmacy, these multipurpose, simple products for beauty and skincare are cost-effective and dermatologist approved.

When simple products for beauty and skincare just don’t offer enough oomph to tackle more complicated skin conditions and concerns, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. An array of treatments are available to have your skin smooth and glowing in no time.

Caring For Your Skin

When simple products for beauty and skincare are not effective enough to address your skin concerns, schedule an appointment with Dr. Umar to discuss laser treatments. (image: Flickr- Creative Commons)*


Dark Chocolate

You eat it for: Heart health

Dark chocolate reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease with just a few ounces each week included in your diet.

For beauty and skincare: Protects your skin against sun damage

The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology recently published a study that revealed dark chocolate possibly helps fight the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation on skin. Minimally processed dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids, which help reduce the risk of skin cancer due to overexposure to sunlight and other forms of UV light. Flavonoids also help prevent wrinkles.

If it’s too late for sun damage prevention: Fraxel DUAL

Fraxel DUAL is ideal for removing age spots due to sun damage with two wavelength modes. The 1927-nanometer wavelength treats superficial pigmentation issues. This particular laser is also available with Fraxel Re:Fine. The 1550-nanometer wavelength treats deeper pigment issues.

Extra virgin olive oil

You eat it for: Lower cholesterol & healthy skin

Using extra virgin olive oil in lieu of butter keeps your cholesterol under control and assists with preventing belly fat. Simple products for beauty and skincare, such as extra virgin olive oil, also work double-duty to nourish the skin and keep it smooth due to its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Also helps with: Boosting your vision

Numerous studies reveal that the omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil assist with age-related macular degeneration prevention. According to researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia, those who eat the most olive oil (at least 100 mL, or nearly 7 tablespoons, per week) were about half as likely to develop late AMD as those who consumed less than 1 ml per week.

If your skin needs a more even complexion: Spectra laser

Lutronic’s Spectra laser is a dual-pulsed Nd:YAG Q-switch laser with four wavelength modes. The versatility for treatment is possible with 532, 585, 650 and 1,064 nanometer options. Its 1,064-nanometer wavelength addresses the issue of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. The longer wavelength allows for treatment on those with darker skin and pigmented lesions.

For more on skincare treatments, read Simple Products for Beauty and Skincare: Part 2.