Dr. Mark Lees is one of the country’s most noted skin care specialists, an award-winning speaker and product developer, and has been actively practicing clinical skin care for over 20 years at his multi-award winning CIDESCO accredited Florida salon, which has won multiple awards for “Best Facial”, “Best Massage”, and “Best Pampering Place” by the readers of the Pensacola News-Journal. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Sciences, a Master of Science in Health, and a CIDESCO International Diploma. His professional awards are numerous and include American Salon Magazine Esthetician of the Year, the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Crystal Award, the Dermascope Legends Award, and the Rocco Bellino Award for outstanding education from the Chicago Cosmetology Association, just to name a few. In addition to these awards, he has been interviewed and quoted by NBC News, The Associated Press, The Discovery Channel, Glamour, Self, Teen, Shape Magazine, and many other publications. Dr. Lees has also been inducted into the National Cosmetology Association’s Hall of Renown. Dr. Lees is former Chairman of both EstheticsAmerica, the esthetics education division of the National Cosmetology Association, and the Board of the Esthetics Manufacturers and Distributors Alliance. He is co-founder of the Institute of Advanced Clinical Esthetics in Seattle and has served as a CIDESCO International Examiner and on the national Board of Directors of the NCA. In addition, he is also a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. An extremely popular and award-winning speaker, Dr. Lees is constantly in demand for his classes at professional beauty and medical conventions, as well as consumers and women’s groups, and major universities including UCLA, Purdue and Columbia Universities. He has also made appearances in both Australia and Europe.
- Using a moisturizing body wash and putting on lotion all over your body will help prevent wrinkles and stay looking young. Sometimes attention is focused primarily on the face when discussing skin care, but there is much more to be concerned about. Use an all over body moisturizer when getting out of the shower to rehydrate.When caring for your skin, don’t forget about the areas immediately around the eyes. These areas require special moisturizing treatments, since this skin does not produce its own oil like the rest of your face. A nightly treatment with an eye area cream can keep unsightly wrinkles from forming around the eyes.Maintain healthy skin by using a moisturizing soap. Regular soap can dry out your skin, which leads to less elasticity, wrinkles, and can cause irritated skin to become dry and flaky. If your skin becomes irritated then it is likely you will scratch at it, which can then lead to infection.Avoid scratching dry skin. Though it might itch, scratching dry skin only exacerbates the problem. Apply lotion to moisturize the area. If necessary, you can even apply anti-itch creams that are specially formulated for dry skin. Applying products containing shea butter to dry patches of skin can also do wonders.To protect yourself from the sun, you should use sun screen. However, applying sun screen can actually be tricky. If you do not do it properly, you will clog your pores. Use a soft sponge to gently apply the sun screen, and allow it to penetrate your skin instead of staying at the surface.Your skin can easily dry out during the harsh winter months. To prevent your skin from getting too dry or becoming chapped, use petroleum jelly. It can be purchased at any store and is very affordable. It makes a greasy protective layer on your skin, preventing the harsh weather from further drying out your skin.When you are trying to get your skin to look its absolute best, especially when you have a special event coming up, put a few drops of tanning into your regular lotion. This will give you a beautiful, healthy and sun-kissed glow, without the stark contrast to your natural skin tone.For men, sometimes shaving can lead to skin problems. To prevent ingrown hair bumps, rinse your face with cold water post shaving, or apply ice to the areas you’ve shaved. By applying ice or cold water, you close the pores, preventing hair from growing into the skin as it grows back. You can also try using an aftershave.If you use cologne or body spray during the course of the day, make sure that it does not come in contact with your face. These products are packed with chemicals, which can clog your pores and corrupt your skin. Tilt your head back and apply to your wrist and chest, avoiding your neck and facial skin.Rubber gloves are a must when using hot water. Remember that your hands are exposed to both more external irritants and more washings than the rest of your skin, meaning that your hands require frequent moisturizing and protection. You should be using a night cream once each week on your hands.Healthy looking skin is a by-product of a healthy digestive system. A great way to improve digestion is to increase your intake of water and fiber. Skin problems such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis are often the result of digestive disorders. So, up the ante when it comes to drinking water and eating foods rich in fiber, for huge benefits inside and out!Change the type of moisturizer you use during the winter months. Look for an “ointment” moisturizer that contains oil; it will help your skin stay moisturized longer than other products. Make sure it contains an oil that will not clog your pores, like avocado oil. If you are having trouble finding something, check out night creams.Stay away from hot baths; they can damage your skin. Hot water destroys the lipid barriers in your skin, drying it out. Use warm water, and don’t stay in the shower very long. Particularly in the winter months, this technique can help save your skin from cracking and itching.If you run out of toner and just cannot get to the store to get any, try some apple cider vinegar in its place. It does the same thing that the toner would. It will clear up pimples quickly and balance the Ph of the skin. It may be kind of smelly, but it works quite well.Remember that when you first get out of the shower and your skin is still damp is the best time to moisturize. Our bodies are made of over seventy percent water, so re-hydration is important to maintaining young, healthy skin. Don’t focus solely on your face and forget your body. Be kind to your skin and it will serve you well for years to come.