Protect Your Skin This Winter with 6 Easy Skin Care Tips

Winter road surrounded by snow covered trees.
Make sure to protect your skin this winter with some easy tips.

As the days get shorter and colder, your skin is very susceptible to the changes in the environment and can damage easily. Here are 6 easy skin care tips that should help you and your skin survive this winter.

6. Moisturize More

As the seasons change, your skin care products may need to change as well. Your skin dries out very easily in cold weather. Consider upgrading from a moisturizing lotion to an oil-based ointment. The ointment will help seal in more moisture than a lotion.

5. Stay Hydrated

Just because it’s not 85 degrees out anymore does not mean you should cut back on your water intake. When it’s cold outside, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Dehydration affects your whole body, not just your skin so your whole body will benefit from maintaining adequate hydration.

4. No Super Hot Showers

Nothing feels more soothing than a long hot shower on a cold winter morning. While this may feel great, the prolonged exposure to hot water depletes your skin of essential lipids and oils that maintain your skin’s moisture naturally. In lieu of a long, hot shower, consider a quick, warm one.

3. Exercise

Bundling up in your coziest sweats and spending the day on the couch under a blanket is a fantastic way to spend a cold winter day, but don’t forget your exercise. Exercise is not only a great way to stay in shape, but sweating clears your pores and improves blood circulation, which helps deliver essential nutrients to your skin.

2. Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen

Like staying hydrated, using sunscreen is not just a summer sport. Sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin. Most moisturizers already have sunscreen in them so make sure to choose one with a high SPF rating and apply it before you head out in the sun. Furthermore, ski slopes are a hotbed for sunburns. When you’re hitting the slopes this season, make sure to be wearing more protection on your head than just a helmet.

1. Visit a Dermatologist

Nobody has better skin care tips than your skin care specialist. Make sure to visit your dermatologist this winter for the latest recommendations. If you’re too busy to make into their office, try visiting your dermatologist online with HealthLens and create the perfect treatment plan for the winter.

Say Goodbye to Traffic

Traffic Jam
Why wait in traffic when you can see your doctor online?

In cities like Los Angeles, there are thousands of doctors that a patient can choose from for an acne evaluation. The patient can read some reviews online and select a doctor in their city that fits the preferences.

When they call the office, the receptionist is able to fit them in at the end of the following day due to a cancellation. Sounds great, right? There is only one thing standing between them and their appointment, traffic.

Rather than endure the misery of idling in rush hour traffic for an hour, wouldn’t it make more sense to take a few photos of their acne with a smartphone and send it to a local dermatologist via HealthLens’ secure telemedicine platform?   More and more patients are starting to think so.

So before you book an office appointment for 4 pm across town, consider using HealthLens to have your skin condition evaluated online by a doctor of your choosing. These online visits are covered by most insurances and patients typically get a diagnosis and treatment plan within 2 business days. If the treatment plan includes a prescription, that prescription is sent directly to the patient’s pharmacy.

 

2016 in Review

2016 on the road
2016 was a good year for telemedicine. 2017 shows even more promise.

Last year, HealthLens say an array of patients using its platform to connect with their provider remotely. Many of the online visits were for skin checks; however, there were a number of other use cases that presented themselves throughout the year. As more patients use HealthLens, we expect to see even more interesting cases from patients all over the world.

Last year a patient traveling through India was able to connect with his dermatologist in San Jose. HealthLens offered a prompt response to his concern about a newly developed rash.

The oldest patient treated on HealthLens was 81 years old and she used her iPad to submit the visit without the assistance of anyone. HealthLens saw a number of Medicare patients use the service even though Medicare does not cover store and forward telemedicine….yet. These Medicare patients often cited the convenience of not having to travel to the doctor’s office as the main reason for using HealthLens.

The youngest patient treated on HealthLens was 10 years old. This girl, with the help of her mother, was able to submit a virtual office visit to her doctor.  HealthLens also connected hundreds of college students with the doctor they grew up visiting.

2016 showed steady growth both HealthLens and for the telemedicine market. Many HealthLens patients are continuing to use the platform over and over again. 2017 promises even more growth as more people are warming up to the idea of visiting their doctor online. HealthLens is excited to help facilitate this connectivity with the providers that patients know and trust.

Mothers want telemedicine right now, literally.

Mother holding and kissing a healthy baby.
Moms are demanding an easier way to have their children evaluated by a doctor. Telemedicine is answering the call.

For most parents, the well-being of their child is their chief concern 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So when their child does fall ill, mothers and fathers will stop at nothing until their child is feeling better. In an age where just about any service can be summoned instantly via a smartphone, moms are demanding a modern solution to the inconvenient nature of a traditional doctor’s visit.

In a recent study conducted by LiveHealth Online, a live-video telemedicine platform started by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, nearly 3/4ths (71%) of the moms surveyed “reported losing more than two hours from the work/school day due to taking their child for a doctor visit.” This unnecessary strain can result in foregone appointments and added stress at work.

As a corollary, the appeal of telemedicine to moms is increasing dramatically. The study found that “moms are constantly looking for better and easier ways to manage their family’s health, with all agreeing (100%) that having round the clock access to a doctor would be helpful.” Anthem’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Bowers affirmed this emerging need, stating, “Research shows that busy working moms can find it challenging to see a doctor when they need to address a non-emergency health issue.” Telemedicine appears poised to offer relief.

However, there is a trade-off. Most instant telemedicine services like LiveHealth Online connect patients with a random provider that has never seen the patient before and is unlikely to see them again. The care is quick but fragmented.

Some telemedicine services, like HealthLens, offer a compromise. Patients can send photos and information about their concern to their own family physician, pediatrician, or dermatologist and expect a diagnosis and treatment plan within 48 hours. Most providers typically respond within 4-8 hours so same-day care is uncommon.

Regardless of whether they choose store-and-forward or live-interactive telemedicine, moms will no longer have to sacrifice 2+ hours of their day to have their child evaluated by a doctor.

Being a parent is not an easy job, telemedicine can help.

 

Podiatrists are using HealthLens telemedicine to evaluate and treat toenail fungus.

As you get older, it’s no secret that your toes can become rather unsightly, especially if you’re a guy. The culprit is toenail fungus. Toenail fungus causes nails to become thicker, more brittle, ragged, and crumbly. Your spouse and kids will describe the sight of your toes as grotesque.

Fortunately for them, and you, help is on the way. Podiatrists are now using HealthLens to evaluate patient’s toenail problems remotely without the need for an office visit. Patients are taking 1-3 sharply focused photos of their toes, answering a few questions, and sending the case to their podiatrists. Within a day, the patient receives a diagnosis and treatment plan from the doctor. If the treatment plan includes a prescription, it has already been sent to the patient’s pharmacy.

If you have some unsightly toenails, give HealthLens a try and connect with a podiatrist near you. Your spouse and kids will thank you.

Man laying in the sand at beach.
Toes in the water. Life is good.

TRAVELLING THIS SUMMER? TAKE YOUR DOCTOR WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO

Beautiful Ko Phi Phi Beach in Thailand with a long tail boat.
Ko Phi Phi

One of the most appealing aspects of travelling is that it takes you out of your comfort zone and exposes you to new things – new sights, new foods, new people, and coincidentally, new hazards. No matter where you go or how many precautions you take, there is always a chance you will need medical attention at some point during your adventure.

Many countries that cater to tourists have clinics where you can stop in and get your ailment diagnosed and treated. These clinics, for the most part, are tolerable and usually resolve the issue. However, nothing beats the security and assurance of having your family doctor poised to offer their professional advice at a moment’s notice. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Nowadays, telemedicine is connecting patients with their doctors wherever there is wifi. For patients who want to connect with their own doctors, they choose HealthLens.

From Kathmandu to Ko Phi Phi, patients have been using HealthLens to get their symptoms evaluated by their doctors in the United States. It’s quick and HIPAA compliant, but most importantly, it lets the patients continue on their adventures.

If you are travelling this summer, don’t forget to bring HealthLens along for the journey. Your doctor will always be just one online visit away.