Meet Seaweed– Your Skin’s New BFF

seaweed for beautyI have to admit  that I was  disappointed to  learn that seaweed had limited  nutritional value as well as a troubling downside.  But I was then  thrilled to discover  that seaweed is a skin care superstar.  Different forms of sea plants  have  long been used in the manufacture of creams, lotions and balms to provide natural thickening  and emulsification ( eg  keeping oil and water together).  In the past  decade, peer reviewed published studies have shown that seaweed varieties can benefit  skin in four  much needed ways:

Seaweed for Super Hydration

Sea plants helps the skin hold moisture in two ways. The gel-like  properties of seaweed acts like a shield to prevent water evaporation from the  skin– sort of the way plastic wrap … Continue Reading…

The Pros and Cons of Royal Bee Jelly

Royal bee Jelly questionQuestion:  Each morning  my neighbor puts  1/2 teaspoon of  Royal Bee Jelly in her tea.  She swears  it helps her skin  glow as well as soothes her  arthritic knee.  Have you any experience with this product?  Its $140/ jar  and I don’t want  to waste   my money.

Answer:  I agree, our money is a terrible thing to waste.  Royal Bee Jelly is another  centuries old remedies that is still popular in Europe and Asia.  It is a cloudy white secretion from worker bees that is used to feed the Queen Bee.  Since Queen Bees are twice the size and live 40X longer than standard bees, there is  great interest in the potential benefits for humans.

Research on Royal Bee Jelly

Since the 1950’s there have been  a … Continue Reading…

Can Peptides Really Smooth Wrinkles? by Deb Chase

peptide beauty productsPeptides are one of the most highly promoted  anti-aging ingredients– but do they actually work?  The short answer is — wait for it– maybe. The value  of peptides to the skin goes back to the 1930’s when doctors discovered that yeast extracts  promoted wound healing.  Further studies showed it was the peptide proteins in the yeast  that were responsible  for the beneficial effects including  increased collagen production.   Researchers now believe that peptides  can boost circulation AND  trigger new collagen synthesis.  Excellent!

Three Types of Anti-Aging Peptides

There are actually three types of peptides  that are  popular  cosmetic ingredients:

1. Signal proteins are able to increase collagen production AND  slow collagen destruction.  ( FYI collagen fibers are what gives the skin its strength and flexability.  Old, weak collagen leads to  unwanted lines … Continue Reading…

The Anti- Aging Neck Makeover

Neck before anti-aging treatmentThe three part anti-aging neck makeover at Marmur Medical started with Botox to relax those two  vertical muscles under the chin.  Next step is the Clear and Brilliant laser  which is a baby version of Fraxel.  My neck looked generally better after Botox, but the skin is still rough and bumpy.  This is charmingly called “chicken  skin”  and  is the result of a loss of collagen in  the skin.  Clear and Brilliant laser stimulates this essential protein, something  the older  neck sorely  needs.

Aging  Neck Meets  Laser Love

In the examining room, my neck is pre-treated with lidocaine  to reduce discomfort.  Its a gel that  is applied generously and remains on the skin for about 20 minutes.  I grab a stack of magazines  to read … Continue Reading…

Neck News– The Three Part Neck Makeover

Neck Before BotoxI have been trying out cutting edge anti-aging tools for my face and I love the results. Clear and Brilliant laser, Retin A, Botox, and IPL have made a lovely change in the quality, tone and color of my facial skin. My neck is another story.

The sallow color, little bumps as well as crinkles and wrinkles, make my neck look decades older than the rest of my head. It’s almost like a younger face is now on top of an older neck. Not good. As a child I remember an aunt who worked hard on her neck. Each night she slapped on a thick, heavily scented cream with a steady rhythm and slept with a chin strap to hold everything together. It  didn’t really work … Continue Reading…

Acne in the Spotlight in June

Question and answer logoJune is Acne Awareness Month and almost on cue, I’ve been getting at least one break-out related question each day.  Most if not all  deal with problems using uber powerful Retin A. 

Three Top Retin A and Acne Questions

Question 1 — Does Retin A  always make your face red?

Answer- Its a very  common  problem.   Retin A does two things to the skin that causes redness.  It reves up circulation ( great for new collagen)  and increases skin turnover which peels off the top pore clogging layers– but the net result  leaves the skin tomato red. You can reduce redness by:

1. Waiting 30 minutes after washing your face to apply Retin A

2. Use Retin A only 3X a week rather than every night

3. Mix Retin A with a drop of oil free moisturizer before  spreading it … Continue Reading…