When I started my anti-aging explorations, I really wasn’t thinking about my neck. It was just there to hold up my head and someplace to hang a great necklace. As I could see changes on my face from Retin A, I could see a clear difference in the skin quality between my cheeks and my neck. Dr Marmur, my uber dermatologist, told me that I could use Retin A on my neck, but it would take at least a year to show genuine results. She also reminded me to use sunscreen on my neck, something I had NEVER done. It just didn’t occur to me.
After several months on Retin A without the big results I saw on my face, we decided to remove the big freckles and age spots with lasers … Continue Reading… →
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of lasers. I respect their power to erase dark patches, eliminate lines and fry away unwanted facial hair. But they are expensive and when I saw the arrival of home lasers I was interested– but cautious. Lasers are powerful tools and in inexperienced hands can cause burns, scars, discolorations and even eye damage.
At Beauty Bash in October, I stopped at the Palovia Booth to talk with the rep about their home laser kit. I was delighted to learn that its made by Palomar, one of the most highly regarded makers of professional grade lasers used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. I was even more impressed to hear that Palovia is FDA approved to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around … Continue Reading… →
Since I started my anti-aging journey I think that the most frequent problem which my friends and co-workers shared with me for was the freckles and sun damaged skin on their chest, AKA the decollete. Often their chests seemed permanently sunburned and a few had developed skin cancers which needed to be surgically removed. Polling my all-star team of dermatologists for a solution, I got a range of different answers. Some suggested salicylic acid peels, while other suggested Fraxel laser, CO2 lasers or skin lightening cream.
Before I vounteered a friends’ chest freckles for science, I decided to try out some of these options on a large brown spot on my chest. First approach– a laser. The series of photographs show this bad boy freckle before and after treatment. First photo show that that its not that … Continue Reading… →
This week the questions concern antioxidants. They seem to be everywhere and in every type of beauty product:
Question 1— Which is more important for anti-aging skin care- antioxidants or Retin A?
Answer — These two wrinkle fighters work in different ways. Antioxidants act to reverse cellular damage caused by UV rays. Retin A works by returning skin cell growth to youthful levels, promotes exfoliation of old tired skin cells and encourages growth of new strong collagen. Its not a matter of which is better– you really need them both, especially in the long sunny summer days. What’s really good news that they are an excellent tag team for reversing skin aging. Each offers unique benefits and they don’t interfere with each other. At night top your Retin A with an antioxidant rich moisturizer. During the day, anti0xidants in a sunscreen add … Continue Reading… →
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a type of photorejuvenation that uses a blast of light to remove freckles, unwanted hair and little red lines on the skin. Often called the “lunchtime laser” it does not burn off the top layers of the skin like a tradtional laser and the skin looks beautiful and smooth within a week. I had IPL last year in June with Dr Marmur and was so pleased with the results. I thought it made my skin look tighter and fresher and I posted before and after pics on the blog. My BFF ( best friend with freckles) liked the changes so much that she went for her own IPL date. I think her results were even better. Not only does she look 10 years younger, her … Continue Reading… →
Here is a pix of my neck ten days after removing the various bumps and splotches. The scabs are gone and the redness is slowly fading. To avoid awkward stares questions, I am still wearing scarves and chuncky necklaces to cover them up. I found that powder mineral foundation does hide them, but then rubs off and stains my tees and blouses, soI’m sticking to camouflage rather than make-up. Now that I’ve worked so hard to polish up my neck and chest I want to protect it from new problems. I had three types of spots:
Brown spots: These are a combination of age and sunlight. The former I can’t so anything about– the latter just needs a daily sunscreen. Done.
I have been getting really interesting questions that drill deeper into universal beauty issues. Some of them are in comments but most of them are via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They ask personal yet fundamental questions about aging and skin care that I wanted to share them on the blog– yet preserve your privacy. So, every other Friday I will be posting several No-Nonsense FAQ’s. Then I will archive them in a new tab so that there will be easy answers to popular issues. Many of the answers I learned in my anti-aging journey. When its new to me, I will call on the smartest doctors that I know. Like so many things, its the details that can spell success or failure– and its these details that deliver fabulous beauty results.
Which do I put on first, a moisturizer or Retin A?
I get more questions about Retin A than just about any other topic. I believe that this retinoid is the foundation of anti-aging skin care- but it can be tricky to use effectively. The package insert never tells you the important stuff like what’s the difference between the available brands, kind of cleanser to use, and should you put a moisturizer on before or after the Retin A.
Ten years ago I tried Retin A and gave up after a week or two. Now ten years older, I really needed to use it and I was determined to become a Retin A master. I have been writing about my Retin A journey and posting the results, but its annoying to have to track back through the archives to get the answer to a … Continue Reading… →