Its amazing what you can learn at a medical conference. At a lunchbreak at the recent Mount Sinai Derm meeting, I sat down next to two young dermatologists. They were talking about milia, those little white bumps under the skin– sort of faux pimples. ( In the picture below my milia is under my eye). Milia are formed when a pore becomes blocked with dead skin cells. They are more common as we get older, the result of slower cell growth. Unlike the garden variety pimple, they do not contain oil or bacteria so they don’t become red and inflamed. Milia just sit there. Forever.
Another important difference, milia are actually in the dermis and if you try to remove them yourself, you can do real damage to the skin. Seriously, you … Continue Reading… →
Glycolic Acid is an amazing anti-aging tool. Used in a peel it gives the skin a fresh rosy glow tht lasts for hours. In a moisturizer, glycolic acid increases cell renewal, stimulates collagen and reduces wrinkles– sort of a baby steps Retin A. The trick is getting maximum benefits.
1. What’s the difference between a glycolic peel at home and an office based peel?
The glycolic peel you can buy in stores contains 10-12% glycolic acid. It will give your skin a little extra boost and a bit of a glow. Cost: $2/treatment. THe office based peel uses 30-70% glycolic acid. It can leave your skin pretty red, and by the next day, somewhat flaky. Everything calms down within 48 hours leaving your skin especially smooth and fresh. Cost: Range form $100-150 per session. Home peels can be used several times a week, while office based peels are used no more than once a … Continue Reading… →
As I progress in this anti-aging journey, I’ve discovered two things about myself:(1) I really want to look good; (2) I want to look good really FAST. The little home DDF Revolve Exfoliator delivered on both accounts. My skin looked fresher and healthier and it took only one minute.
The small hand held Revolve 400X is ultra easy to use. It comes with two types of heads– a brush for deep cleansing and a sponge that’s used with a gritty gel. The instructions are short and simple. Squeeze out 1/2 teaspoon of the gel onto the sponge head. Wash face as usual but don’t dry. Push the grey button and press the vibrating sponge agaist your face for one minute. I also aimed the exfoliator at my neck to tackle that dull, bumpy skin. Then I rinsed off my face throughly to remove the gritty bits.
I’m happy that the summer heat wave is over, but my skin seems parched, dazed and well, somehow older. According to my amazing derm Dr Ellen Marmur, the change in weather has sent my skin into shock. After months of sun, heat, sweating, chlorine, from the pool, and summer allergies, my skin is dull dry and tired. Even more troubling, a few dark patches on my nose that had been removed by laser, have made a comeback. I was all set to slather on my new stronger Retin A to jump start a better complexion, but Dr Marmur had a different two prong approach:
Step 1: Take off the old dead layer of dead, dry and discolored skin cells with a mild office glycolic peel or microdermabrasion
Step 2: Add moisture, moisture and more moisture. To this end during the day I am to use a rich sunscreen such … Continue Reading… →
Sometimes an airbrush tan is too much for special event. Out of season, a sunny glow may seem out of place, especially if they saw you the day before without one. If you’re not showing a lot of skin, it may not be as appealing or worth the time and money. And if you’re in wedding party ( the bride or her attendants) a tan can photograph as sweaty and shiny. Not good.
To still get a dewy ” red carpet” complexion, my stylist friend swears by a mild, store bought glycolic peel . It takes about 3 minutes and leaves your skin rosy and poreless for hours. I love the peels that come in individually saturated two step pads. The first pad has the glycolic acid and the second has the neutralizer. The pads are a perfect form of portion control. You don’t get too much acid that could burn or … Continue Reading… →
This is the time the rubber hits the road. Your body is still pumping out enough hormones to keep the skin firm and soft. But unless you’re in the habit of wearing a burkka, your complexion will be showing a few signs of environmental aging. If your idea of a perfect day is long, hot and sun-soaked, odds are you are going to have more than a few signs of external aging. Seemingly overnight, you will see larger than average freckles and raised brown spots. If you live in sunny states, crows feet appear from years of squinting in constant bright sunlight.
Depending on genetics and lifestyle ( alcohol, cigarettes and stress), under eye shadows can develop and the skin looks dull and tired. This isn’t nearly as depressing as it sounds. Remember signs of ‘aging” in the thirties are actually pseudo aging and can be easily ( and affordably) erased. The first step is a … Continue Reading… →
For the twenties the key word ( or actually words) to remember is Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA’s. Found naturally in a number of foods incuding milk, grapes and apples, the AHA’s are a twenty somethings best friend. I like to see them in cleansers, moisturizers, treatment products, eye creams, peels and face masks. This plan shows how to use them to enjoy your youthful firm skin.
In the Morning:
* Wash your face with effective cleanser for your skin type. If your skin tends to be dry use a moisturizing forumlation such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser with Soy. There’s good science behind soy, indicating among other things it protects against sun damage– always a good thing. If your skin tends to be on the oily side use an oi-free cleanser such as Deep Clean from Neutrogena. Wet your face with warm water and rub a dab into your skin. massage gently and rinse … Continue Reading… →
The twenties are a time for truely beautiful skin. Acne should be under control and visable signs of aging are years away. All your skin is asking from you is effective cleansing and aggressive sun protection.
The challenge is not screwing it up. A good cleanser will take off the top layer of stale oil and dry, dead skin cells, but will not strip the skin of moisture or leave a sticky film. Bar soap for normal skin or rinseable cleansers are excellent choices. During the day use an oil freee moisturizer with at least a 15SPF ( 30 would be ideal). At bedtime, treat the skin with an alpha hydroxy acid, one of my all time favorite beauty ingredients.
Alpha Hydroxy acids ( AHA’s) are found naturally in common foods including apples, tomatoes, sugar crane, lemons, wine, and apples. In fact women have been using AHA’s as beauty aids for centuries. Cleopatra has … Continue Reading… →