The Anti-Aging Smile

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.

The Zoom process  has three steps:

Step 1:   The dentist takes an impression of the teeth to  make a … Continue Reading…

The Anti-Aging iphone App

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…

What The Wood’s Lamp Revealed

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…

Moving Up to Big Girl Retin A

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…