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… →
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.
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… →
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… →
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… →