Costs seem to explode when daily skin care meets anti-aging. Brand name tretinoin ( eg Retin A) clocks in at $300 for a tube that lasts six months. Generic Retin A drops to about $200. Upscale anti-aging brands with effective levels of retinol are lower at about $100, but still a significant bit of change. And then there are the luxury department store brands like La Mer and Perricone that will cost more than $300 a jar– and thats just for one product in the recommended routinue.
There are anti-aging products that don’t cost much, but they don’t do much either. The challenge is to find affordable anti-aging forumlations that deliver real results. I believe that when a low cost cream or mask doesn’t deliver, you are still wasting your money, albeit less of … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Kari of Fab Over 40. Whenever I am in the market for a new make-up or skin care treatment, I visit Fab Over 40 to check out her advice. She carefully road tests each product and when she reports that something works, it does. Recently she introduced me to two new multi-tasking products from Sisley– a moisturizing self-tanner and a tinted moisturizer wirh a SPF 20. Not only do duel purpose products save money, IMO I think a single product works better then piling one on top of another.
I had watched Dr Denese on PBS and was almost mesmerized by her Hungarian accent as she talked about anti-aging strategies. They were packed with pretty heavy science and her book allowed me to get a better grasp of her concepts. For the … Continue Reading… →
I’ve been using Retin A for almost a week and its been fairly easy. But when the weather turned cold and windy, my cheeks got a bit red and my chin looked flaky. It looked so minor, but knowing the potential for real irritation, I decided to take it seriously. I decided to skip Retin A that night and drenched my skin with Aveeno Soothing Moisturizer. By morning the skin was calm and soft.
For me, the take away is that when using Retin A, you have to be flexible and think ahead. I need to keep using Retin A regularly to get the maximum beauty benefits– and this means changing routinue at the first sign of the irritation and dryness.
Close-up: Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA), which are also called fruit acids, are naturally found in a wide range of foods including grapes ( tataric … Continue Reading… →
When I left the office of Dr Laser ( as I will call him) , he gave me a prescription for Retin A Micro and one piece of advice. ” Don’t use a washcloth or scrubbing grains”. From the research I had done for my beauty books, I knew that picking the right products to use with Retin A was essential to achieving the best results without quitting due to dryness and irritation. I made a list of four key products:
* Eye Makeup Remover
* Sunscreen/ Moisturizer
* Nighttime Moisturizer
So I took my prescription for Retin A Micro to the drugstore and was met with sticker shock. It was $300/tube. I debated with myself for a few minutes, then gave it in to be filled. Practically every dermatologist recommends a form of Retin A as the foundation of anti-aging skin care. I thought about all the beauty products that I had used that … Continue Reading… →