I don’t hate my neck– I just would be happier if it looked fresher and smoother. I had been using my DDF hand held exfoliator on my face with good results and wonderered what it would do for my neck? After all, its made of skin, like my face. Using the foam sponge with the Polishing Crystals gel, I worked it around my neck for one minute. It gave me a warming sensation that was stronger than I felt when used on my cheeks.
When I rinsed off the remainder of the polishing gel, I was delighted to see that my neck looked pinker, fresher and the lines less obvious. Even the dreaded “chicken skin” bumps were softened. Clearly the exfoliator had removed the dry, dead, skin cells to reveal a healthier and fresher complexion.
When I started exploring anti-aging options a few months go, I had just three go-to products. It wasn’t that I didn’t care — I just didn’t know what my skin truely needed. Too many times I would be vulnerable to great sales pitch and find that the expensive “miracle cream” either did nothing or made my face break-out. Now that I am testing out wrinkling fighting tools and techniques, I had to try out an endless buffet of skin care products. Trial and lots of error has resulted in a group of cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens that deliever on their promises. I call them my “Fabulous Fourteen” and today I have uploaded that list in the blog tab ” Beauty Tool Kit”. I explain how to use them, how they work and how much they cost. I have only one face and can’t try out everything, so I would love to hear about your go-to products.
IPL laser treatments are one of the fastest growing anti-aging office proceedures. When I had IPL and posted the before, healing and after photos, I received more questions than on any other topic. IPL is often described as the “lunchtime laser”, but its really a bigger deal than say, a manicure. What I learned from the experience should give you the tools to get the beautiful results you want
1. Can I have IPL while pregnant?
It’s not recommended. IPL has never been tested during pregnancy and few if any dermatologists would do the procedure during these critical nine months. If anyone says they will do it at this time, run.
2. Can I have IPL on my hands?
Yes, it works beautifully on the hands and probably heals faster than the YAG laser I used on my hands last month. However IPL is more expensive than the traditional laser treatment on the same area.
Readers of The No-Nonsense Beauty Blog have sent in some really interesting questions about Retin A and you may have missed the answers in the comments. These questions showed that there are so many details about Retin A that can spell the difference between getting the results you want and just giving up using it.
1. Can I use Retin A on my neck?
Absolutely! It will take longer to see improvement and it won’t be as dramatic as on the face, but it certainly will help. Use a little pea size dab, about the size you use on your face.
2. Can I use both hyaluronic acid and Retin A?
Again, yes. There are actually two forms of hyaluronic acid– one that is injected into lines to smooth out the face and the other is added to creams as a super moisturizer. Both can be used with Retin A. In face, hyaluronic acid is … Continue Reading… →
I went to a high-powered beauty panel and demonstration at the MORE magazine Reinvention Convention at Chelsea Piers in NYC. The speakers included top tier dermatologists, a style director from Frederick Fekkai, and Tim Quinn, the legendary make-up artist from Giorgio Armani.
All the presentations were packed with new information, but it was the demonstration of fillers ( eg Radiesse and Juvaderm) that made my day. These FDA approved substances are injected into both fine and deep lines to erase years of stress and sun damage. Fillers are in my anti-aging game plan and the More Beauty Master Class gave me a much better idea of wht was in store for me. For example, to lower risk of after injection brusising ( its very commen), I should stop avoid aspirin, alcohol and caffeine for 5-10 days prior to the … Continue Reading… →
As I’m sure your know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And given this current focus, I think its the right time to raise concerns about a popular underground beauty treatment that going around on the internet.
Reading other beauty and lifestyle blogs, I’ve come across posts recommending the use of estrogen based vaginal creams to deal with facial aging. Its actually not a new idea. Decades ago, research showed that estrogen creams encouraged the growth of collagen, relieved dryness and lessened lines and wrinkles. For a while estrogen creams were even available without prescription on drug and department store shelves.
Then the research took a troubling turn when estrogens were linked to increased risk of breast cancer– and the hormones were quicky removed from beauty aids for more than 25 years. Today estrogen creams are making an … Continue Reading… →
Looking at my facial imaging photos ( posted on Oct 8), I saw that that there were two dark patches under my eyes– also known as under eye shadows. It showed that this was not from indentation creating dark hollows, but true accumulations of sun damage and melanin. That’s the bad news. The good news? This is the job that Tri-luma was born to handle.
I had used Tri-luma last spring and was pleased with the results, but this triple powered crem cannot be used indefinately, so I had stopped using it for several months. I also realized that dealing with hyperpigmentation under the eyes is not a short term problem. The cells which produced so much melanin have a very long memory. They are born to make melanin and given the right circulstances — sun exposure and stress– the cells again fill up with dark pigment.
While I’m not that impressed by the power of six glasses of water/day, I am in awe of the value of oatmeal. There are literally hundreds of peer-reviewed, published studies that demonstrate the benefits of oatmeal, both inside and out. As part of a breakfast, fiber rich oatmeal is low in sodium, fat free and can lower cholesterol. And its not just for breakfast. I use it in meatballs, meatloaf, muffins, quick breads and of course cookies.
In skin care, oatmeal is a superhero. It’s high in anti-oxidents, can reduce inflammation and is a terriffic moisturizer that never leaves your skin oily. You can make an effective face mask by blending one tablespoon of oatmeal with an egg white for oily skin or with an yolk for dry complexions. Oatmeal is used in commercial skin care products and Aveeno has … Continue Reading… →