When we think about aging, its usually about lines and wrinkles. But aging is more, much more. And one of the most overlooked signs of aging is yellowed teeth. Years of strong coffee, red wine, cigarettes and just plain time will turn youthful white teeth dark and less attractive. That’s the bad news. The good news? Its really safe and easy to bring back the white.
My teeth are in pretty good shape with no breaks, spaces or odd shapes. But my love of strong tea and coffee had left their mark. Despite regular cleanings ,my teeth were definately yellowed. Over the years I have tried those sticky strips you can buy in the drugstore, but the results were not wonderful. I decided to get serious and try a professional tooth whitening procedure called Zoom.
It sounds like a missing Outer Limits episode– red and blue lights from a phone that can cure acne, heal wounds and diminish wrinkles. But there is actually good science behind it. Called LED ( Light Emitting Diode) lights, the different colored lights have different skin benefits. The blue lights kill bacteria in the pores which are linked to acne breakkouts; the red lights have been shown to increase natural skin collagen and elastin– thus reducing signs of aging.
If you are lucky enough to have an iphone, you can download these LED lights for less than $2. You simply select the color of light that meets your needs and hold the phone against the skin for two minutes. These LED lights are also used in spa facials, offered by dermatologists, and available in specialized home LED models. Keep in mind that while the wavelength of the LED lights in the iphone are the … Continue Reading… →
This week I had a consultation with Dr Neil Sadick who used a Wood’s lamp to examine my face. The light showed a few things I expected and one that I didn’t. The lamp cast a purple glow on my skin and we could see areas of hyperpigmentation ( brown spots) and fine lines that were not visible to the naked eye. What surprised me was the presence of areas of hypo-pigmentation– actually areas of lack of melanin. Turns out that UV rays can actually destroy the cell’s ability to produce melanin. Areas of too much and too little melanin contribute to a less than even complexion. You can’t see irregular color, but it makes the skin look less fresh and even. Retin A is known to reduce excess pigmentation, but Tri-luma is another option that is especially effective for brown patches. I used it to deal with under eye … Continue Reading… →
My new Retin A prescription (.1%) arrived this week and I am getting things in order to try it out. I have my mild Cetaphil cleanser, Aveeno Ultra Calming Sunscreen for daytime and Fresh soy enriched moisturizer at night. I’m a little anxious since this is the first time I have used a generic product from Canada but the cost saving were irrisistable. My Retin A from the north was $44 including shipping. At my local CVS, brand name Retin A was almost $200. I have big plans for that $150 difference.
I am also doing a little experiment. Today, celebrity dermatologist Dr Neil Saddick is examining my face with a Wood’s lamp which will highlight the areas of sun damaged skin. I will use my new big girl Retin A and in a month, plan to check the progress with the Wood’s lamp again. When I first started to use Retin A, I could see real changes in the … Continue Reading… →