I 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… →
Question: 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.
Peptides 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 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… →
I 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… →
June 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