Can Your Anti-Aging Product Stop Working?

Its the urban  legend of beauty products– the once great cleanser or moisturizer loses its ability to make a difference.  Most of the time I’ve been  told its just a matter of perception– and that  I’ve just  become used to  the benefits.  In other words  I don’t  remember what my skin looked like before I started using it.  Others suggest that the formula  changed and it now lacks the most effective ingredients.  Plausable, but not really satisfying.

I have finally found some intriguing , published studies with alpha hydroxy acids ( including  lactic acid and glycolic acid) that  back up our observations.  It even has a name!  Called ‘accomodation’, it simply means that the skin cells no longer respond to an active ingredient in a beauty care product.

Here’s how it works:  For example, glycolic and lactic acid  improve skin texture and reduce wrinkles primarily by stimulating cell growth.  But over 3-4 months of constant use, cell growth … Continue Reading…

Big Girl Retin A — Week One

The flaky dry skin has arrived.  I had almost forgotten  the white peeling skin that goes along with Retin A treatment.  The weather has turned cold and windy which isn’t helping matters. My regular moisturizer can’t keep up, so I’m going to have to crank up on the hydration.

I’m also a little concerned that I don’t see my skin “pinking up”.  One of the first things that I noticed with Retin A Micro was a youthful healthy glow, the result of  an increase in circulation.  This was just about my favorite  anti-aging benefit from Retin A, but so far, I don’t see it from this  generic, albeit much stronger formulation.  Even my mom said I looked pale– and when the one person in the world who thinks you always look good says you are pale– well, I pay attention.

I was so buzzed to find  such an affordable version … Continue Reading…

Tri-luma- Five Top Questions

1.  Can I use Tri-luma on  my chest?

In theory, yes but its not going to be that effective.  A chest with lots of freckles and age spots will need more help than Tri-lima can  provide.  Once areas of hyperpigmentation become raised and lumpy, you’re going to need some kind of  laser or IPL to deal with them. 

2. Can I use Tri-luma and Retin A together ? 

It  depends. Tri-luma already contains Retin A to increase cell turnover, hydroquinone to break down  and discourage pigment formation and a steroid to keep down inflammation.  If you are using Tri-luma  under  your eyes, you can  then apply Retin  A to the other facial areas.  If you have areas of discoloration on your cheeks and forehead, you can use Tri-luma on these areas, but not at the same time you are  using Retin A. It won’t do a  better  job and will  make you … Continue Reading…

Turbo-Charged Retin A- Day 1

After getting my new facial imaging photo from Dr Katz,  I started   using  my new  stonger Retin A on Monday.  I know I really have to follow all theRetin a road rules.  I  waited a full hour between  washing my face and applying a pea sizze dab to my face and another slightly smaller dab to  my neck.  The next  morning, I  could see a slight  “pinking” of my skin color, a sign that it was already  having an impact on circulation.  I could also feel a small but distinct tightness in the skin.  I love that its already working, but I’m not going to rush it.  I will put it on everyother day for at least two weeks  to avoid getting too dry and chapped. 

The weather has turned crisp and windy in NYC  and by the Tuesday evening, my lips were dry  and slightly chapped.  I had forgotten  that Retin A can do … Continue Reading…

My New Beauty Baseline

I got a new high resolution facial imging photo from Dr Bruce Katz  at the Juva Medispa in New York City.  My original image was done with the Reveal   machine– and to be able to accurately judge changes in my skin, I needed to get a new baseline photo from the same machine that I would be using to chronicle the differences anti-aging treatments will make. Equally important, these photos will be “read” by  the same expert  pair of eyes.

The  new photos done on the Visia imaging machine  also provides more information about dark spots, pores, wrinkles and texture.   According to Dr Katz, “the ultra violet light allows you to see what can’t be seen”.  Dr Katz   recommends  that women from 20-80 get a baseline facial imaging to assess the health of the … Continue Reading…