The surface of your skin is covered with a dry dead skin cells, stale oil and old make-up. When this layer is removed, it stimulates the growth of healthy new cells. If your soap or cleanser doesn’t have the power to take it off, the skin looks dull, dry and tired. Even worse, that rate of skin growth slows and the skin is as old as it looks. Using scrubbing grains or a facial abrasive pad takes off the unwanted layer, leaving the skin soft, radiant and healthier. And keep in mind that one of the major benefits of Retin A is its ability to encourage healthy exfoliation of the skin.
Exfoliation is actually felt to be a key reason that men seem to age more slowly than women. Experts suggest that daily shaving exfoliates the top dry layer to encourage fresh skin growth.
Whether its scattered white hairs or a full head of silver, grey hair is one of the most common signs of aging — and one of the easiest to control. Think of the difference in Susan Boyle’s appearance when her frizzy grey curls were transformed into a sleek brown style. Select a shade that is slightly lighter than your natural color. You can use a mascara-like wand for touchups to cover small amounts of grey re-growth. ( Color Mark is a great brand for less than $10). Bring a bit of flattering light to your face by adding highlights every six months.
As if you need another reason to quit smoking. Tobacco smoke lowers blood flow that makes the skin look dull and pale. The toxic chemicals in cigarettes ( there are 2000 of them, no kidding) provoke free radicals which splinter our collagen and elastin– those fibers that keep the skin smooth and firm. Even the physical act of smoking ( pursing your lips around the cigarettes creates the hard-to treat vertical lines around the mouth. And if you are pack a day smoker, quitting will save up to $3000/year which can buy a great new wardrobe.
And I don’t want to forget second hand smoke. It has been estimated that up to 50,000 people die each year from heart or lung disease due to second hand smoke– so its not much of a stretch to believe that others peoples bad tobacco habits can age my skin. Next time someone asks … Continue Reading… →
People have often asked for my top anti-aging tips. Is it Retin A? A YAG laser? An anti-aging diet? I’ve given this alot of thought and asked the smartest doctors, stylists and make-up artists I know for their best advice. I’ve now come up with a short list of five top age fighters:
#5– Watch How Much You Drink
I love Cosmo night at Dashing Diva ( my favorite nail place) and take too much time pairing the right wine with a great meal, but I can’t ignore that alcohol is toxic to living cells. ( which is why its such a great disinfectant) Alcohol floods the body with free radicals, slows circulation, robs the skin of moisture and ruptures small blood vessels ( that’s those tiny red lines on your skin) Most doctors now recommend that women limit alcohol intake to 3-5 glasses per week. While we have all read that wine … Continue Reading… →
For the past week I have been happily combining Retin A and a medium strength exfoliating sponge and have been delighted with the results. However I have to add two notes of caution:
1) For the first four months I used Retin A I played it very safe with Cetaphil, an ultra-mild cleanser and waited up to an hour between cleansing and my nightly dollop of Retin A. It worked beautifully, but in cold windy weather I still got pretty red and raw. I would never use an exfoliating cleanser when starting a Retin A program.
2) I just back from a trip and found that the industrial strength air-conditioning in the hotel dried out my skin. Combined with the Buff Puff and my Retin A, I woke up to a face full of dry, white flakes. The best way to deal with this type of flaking is to apply a very rich cream for 30 minutes and … Continue Reading… →
I have been using .o5% Retin A Micro for almost four months and I have seen great results. In the past two weeks I have noticed that the healthy glow has faded a bit. Its sort of like a once great diet where you’ve stopped losing weight. I don’t need to wait between washing my face and applying this proven wrinkle fighter to my face to avoid irritation. Clearly my skin cells are now rather bored with my treatment. I need to, as Emeril would say, “crank it up a bit”. I still have about a quarter of the $300 tube left and I really don’t want to waste it. I did a bit of research and found that I could use physical exfoliating tools like Buff Puff sponge to enhance the anti-aging effects. Cleansing my face with a disposable abrasive sponge makes the skin feel clean and smooth, and the glow is coming back. I can finish this lower … Continue Reading… →
Tri-luma is a cream that is a combination of Retin A, hydroquinone ( established skin lightener) and a steroid to keep things calm. It has been shown to successfully lighten unwanted dark areas on the skin– but not for everyone. When it works it can lighten under-eye shadows as well as brighten a dull patchy complexion. However it can also be irritating which may actually increase pigmentation — creating more shadows and dark patches. Definately not the result I am looking for.
My first two days on Triluma were uneventful. I followed standard Retin A protocol and waited an hour after washing my face before applying a small dab of Tri-luma under my eyes. In the morning there was no redness or irritation. I am going to take photos every week to note any changes. The … Continue Reading… →
After a pretty long wait, my Tri-luma finally arrived from the Canadian pharmacy. Last night I dabbed on a bit for a patch test. This morning there was no redness or irritation, so I’m going to apply it tonight. To prevent irritation, I’m going to start out every other night. I’m a little nervous. Eye tissue is very delicate and I already had a problem with an over the counter product that promised to “brighten” the eye area. I don’t know how you would define “brightness”, but red and swollen doesn’t work for me.
The package insert says to use Tri-luma for more than 8 weeks. I should see some visable signs in four weeks. If there is no change I am going to assume that Tri-luma is not going to work for me.