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Entries from September 2015

Good, Simple Care Can Keep Your Skin Healthy for Years to Come

September 23rd, 2015 by Support Staff

By Catherine Pham, MD

As a dermatologist, I often hear from patients that they don’t have time for intensive skin care. However, people should still take care of their skin by doing the basics over their lifetimes.

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems.

Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to care for your skin is to protect it from the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other problems, like skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection

  • Use sunscreen – Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it generously and reapply every two hours or more often if swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade – Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing – Cover your skin with tightly woven, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of UV protection for a certain number of washings.

Don’t smoke

Smoking makes skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. It narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients important to skin health.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, the fibers that give skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions people make when smoking can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop.

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll

To keep it gentle:

  • Limit shower or bath time – Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from skin. Limit shower or bath time and use warm, not hot, water.
  • Avoid strong soaps – Strong soaps can strip oil from skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully – To protect and lubricate skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. Use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry – After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin with a towel so some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin – If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer with SPF. Ointments and creams are better for dry skin since they are more effective at sealing in moisture. Lotions, which are often in pump bottles, have a high water content that tends to evaporate off of skin.

Anti-wrinkle creams

The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams depends, in part, on the active ingredient or ingredients. Common ingredients that may result in slight to modest improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, include:

  • Retinol – Retinol is a vitamin A compound, the first antioxidant to be widely used in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals – unstable oxygen molecules – that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles.
  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C may help protect skin from sun damage. Before and between uses, wrinkle creams containing vitamin C must be stored to protect them from air and sunlight.
  • Hydroxy acids or exfoliants – These substances remove the upper layer of old, dead skin and stimulate growth of smooth, evenly pigmented new skin.
  • Coenzyme Q10 – This ingredient may help reduce fine wrinkles around eyes and protect skin from sun damage.
  • Tea extracts – Green, black and oolong tea contain compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Grape seed extract – In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, grape seed extract also promotes wound healing.
  • Niacinamide – This substance is related to Vitamin B-3 (niacin). It helps reduce water loss in the skin and may improve skin elasticity.

Healthy diet

A healthy diet can help people look and feel their best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Although the association between diet and acne isn’t clear, some research suggests a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates, might promote younger-looking skin.

Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger skin problems. To encourage healthy skin – and a healthy state of mind – take steps to manage stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time for things you enjoy.

Medical expertise

A dermatologist can help people create a personalized skin care plan by assessing your skin type, evaluating your skin’s condition and recommending products likely to be effective. If you’re looking for more dramatic results, a dermatologist can also recommend medical treatments for wrinkles, including prescription creams, Botox injections or skin-resurfacing techniques.

Catherine Pham, MD, is a board certified dermatologist who practices at Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center. For more information, visit the Virginia Mason website.

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ANNIE at the Paramount Theatre Through September 26

September 23rd, 2015 by Support Staff

KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount is proud to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play Seattle’s Paramount Theatre from September 20–26, 2015.

Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. Tickets for the engagement are available on-line, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at select Ticketmaster locations and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm).

This brand new production features a 25 member company: in the title role of Annie is Issie Swickle, a 10-year-old actress from Davie, FL, making her tour debut. Gilgamesh Taggett will star as Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is Lynn Andrews. Also starring in the tour are Ashley Edler as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Jeffrey B. Duncan as FDR. Sunny, a 5-year-old rescue terrier mix, stars as Sandy.

ANNIE will be at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for three more performances:

Thursday, September 24 7:30pm

Friday, September 25 8:00pm

Saturday, September 26 2:00pm – An ASL / AVIA Interpreted

I had the pleasure of attending last night’s show and it was phenomenal. The sets, costumes and actors were spectacular and I enjoyed laughing with the audience around me. ANNIE is a classic and I left with several of the songs playing through my head for the rest of the evening. This is a great show for families!

See this one before it’s gone!

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Wedgwood Community Volunteers

September 14th, 2015 by Support Staff

(Photo courtesy of the Seattle Audubon)

Help Wedgwood and John Rogers students have FUN!

Finding Urban Nature (FUN) is Seattle Audubon’s free environmental education program in Seattle Public Elementary Schools.

FUN is an environmental education program that introduces students to the natural world in their own schoolyard habitats through observation, discovery, and scientific inquiry.

Volunteers work with small groups of 4-5 students for 4, one-hour lessons, over the course of 4 weeks.

The program needs volunteers at Wedgwood and John Rogers Elementary Schools.

Please respond as soon as possible to be a part of FUN training in October. Contact Christine at 206-523-8243 ext. 19 if interested.

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Art Transforms Boarded Windows on Magnuson Park's Main Street

September 4th, 2015 by Support Staff

With funds from a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant, Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) and teaching artist Angela Larsen worked through a series of summer Saturdays with 11 teens from Solid Ground Housing to transform the boarded up windows of Building 18 into the cheerful and welcoming artworks now greeting park visitors.

The project goals were to beautify the vacant building on the main street of the park, and give the youth a chance to become familiar with different areas of the park and its buildings. “We wanted to make sure that kids living in the Solid Ground Housing of the park know they have the entire park as their community, not just the housing area where they live. We worked in several areas of Building 30 to produce the artworks and the kids enjoyed the chance to experience parts of the park unfamiliar to them, like the Officers Club and Workshop,” says Julianna Ross, Executive Director of the non-profit arts organization.

SPACE had requested the artist and kids work with a nature theme so Larsen and the participants began the project with a walk in the park observing hues, texture and shape. From this, Larsen created a achievable motif inspired by Scandinavian pattern and design. The panels were installed by the Seattle Conservation Corps, with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Lowe’s also offering generous assistance.

Building 18 recently underwent structural stabilization and is eligible to be redeveloped for public/private uses and add to the vitality of the park.

Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange funds, facilitates and promotes arts and cultural uses of Magnuson Park for the public and runs the Magnuson Park Gallery in Building 30 West, 7448 63rd Street NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Learn more online.

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Cat adoption event – Meadowbrook Community Center

September 2nd, 2015 by Support Staff

Meadowbrook Community Center
4030 NE 109th St.
Seattle, WA 98125
September 12th
Noon – 3 pm

The Seattle Animal Shelter will host a cat adopt-a-thon on Saturday, September 12th, at the Meadowbrook Community Center. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous kittens and cats of different breeds. Cats available at this event have been living with foster parents, who are available at the event to share information about the personality and habits of the cats with potential adopters, helping to make a perfect match.

For quicker entrance to the event, you can complete our application before you arrive.

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include:

  • Initial vaccinations
  • De-worming
  • Feline Leukemia testing
  • Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip

To learn more, visit the Seattle Animal Shelter’s website.

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