There are literally hundreds of exhibits at the International Beauty Show, so when I saw that one small booth was always three deep with visitors, I had to check it out. I managed to wiggle my way to the front ( I know, I’m a New Yorker) to see a table selling just one item– a small pink bottle called Instantly Ageless. The posters and brochures showed impressive before and after photos. Application of a few drops on the face promised instantly ( albeit temporarily) to erase crows feet and laugh lines.
A quick scan of the ingredients showed that Instantly Ageless contained Hexapeptide, aka ‘fauxtox” a protein that may produce Botox like effects in a product spread on rather than injected into the skin. Instantly Ageless also contains silicates which can form a film much in the way an egg white mask tightens the … Continue Reading… →
I’ve been using the Clarisonic Opal for a week and at first I was all thumbs. I had to read the instructions several times before I felt comfortable to try it. It is not like any other device that I had used and I’m especially anxious about using anything around my eyes.
The oval device has a little nubbin that you fill with serum. This pale amber gel had a number of interesting ingredients which had some good science behind them. These included world class antioxidants including green tea and resveratrol and marine peptides, vitamin C to brighten the skin and glycosaminoglycans ( what a mouthful) for firmness.
The Clarisonic instructions were very specific to follow the rim of the eye socket and not to use the device on the soft tissue right below the eye. As per directions I … Continue Reading… →
I got a new high resolution facial imging photo from Dr Bruce Katz at the Juva Medispa in New York City. My original image was done with the Reveal machine– and to be able to accurately judge changes in my skin, I needed to get a new baseline photo from the same machine that I would be using to chronicle the differences anti-aging treatments will make. Equally important, these photos will be “read” by the same expert pair of eyes.
The new photos done on the Visia imaging machine also provides more information about dark spots, pores, wrinkles and texture. According to Dr Katz, “the ultra violet light allows you to see what can’t be seen”. Dr Katz recommends that women from 20-80 get a baseline facial imaging to assess the health of the skin– and spot potential skin cancer areas long before they … Continue Reading… →
I’ve had good results with Tri-luma. The blue /black shadows are pretty much gone, and the reddish blue areas are much much lighter. However, the latter, which are caused by leaking of the tiny under eye blood vessels, tend to reappear with things like allergies, jet lag and and, no kidding, chinese food. This week, I got an industrial strength migraine headache, and the next morning, the reddish shadows made a return appearance. Not as pronounced as before Tri-luma, but the area certainly looked more shadowy today. Do I reach for my trusty Tri-luma. Not so fast. I have been using Tri-luma off and on since March. Label instructions advise against using it longer than three consecutive months. Dr Marmur was pleased that it worked, but told me to try to take a three month break before using it again. She knows that I like to work on these shadows, but Tri-luma can’t really be used as a maintenance … Continue Reading… →
I have been using Tri-luma about 3X a week since the middle of May. As you can see from the photos, there is a real difference in the before and after photos. Before Tri- luma I had two types of shadows– greyish blue shadows and reddish areas.
After about a month I was really happy to see the greyish blue circles had faded away and the reddish tones were much lighter and easily hidden by a dab of concealer. Then just as I was about to proudly take some “after” photos, a bad allergy season hit and the dark circles made an encore appearance. The allergy congestion caused the tiny blood vessels under the eyes to leak, producing more reddish- blue shadows. After a trunkful of allergy sprays, pills, and rinses, the allergies cleared up along with the dark undereye circles.I was … Continue Reading… →
This week I had my monthly bookclub meeting which meant great conversation, a perfect brie and of course several glasses of a crisp Pinot Grigio. The next morning I was reminded what alcohol does to the skin. My under-eye circles which had nearly faded way ( thanks to Tri-luma) had now suddenly made an encore appearance. The reddish/blue shadows were a clear sign that alcohol had caused minute leaking from tiny blood vessels. under the eye. I now have to wait until the body can breakdown this hemoglobin for the color to fade. To help things along, I applied a compress of cold Lipton tea bags. The cool temperature and tannin in the black tea should shrink the swollen blood vessels– and shrunken vessels won’t leak anymore blood and fluid. Within 48 hours, the lurid color had faded a bit and I can cover it with a dab of green Dermablend cream under my regular concealer. But I know what … Continue Reading… →
Sometimes there are simple answers to complicated problems. I was bummed out that most of the improvements I had seen with Tri-luma were reversed by seasonal allergies. But yesterday I went to an allergist who gave me such a simple and effective solution– a saline nasal rinse. You simply spray a salty solution into each nostril and blow. I did it before going to sleep and by morning, the newly returned shadows were noticably lighter. I have to keep using the saline nasal spray all summer, but its wonderful to have such an easy, low-tech solution.
This just goes to my core belief that we need to get to the causes of beauty problems to really see a difference. If we don’t deal with changes in the body that are driving the problems, then attempts to fix the problem are just a frustating waste of time… and money.
I had been on Tri-luma for almost three weeks and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The under eye shadows had lightened considerably. Only the area closest to my nose still had dark blue smudges. I made plans to take some great “after” photos after I got back from a weekend in the country. And that’s where it all unraveled. Saturday morning I woke up sneezing and by Monday my eyes were swollen and red. And the under eye circles? They’re back!
When I had blogged about the causes of under eye circles in March, I explained that congestion of allergies causes pooling of fluids and hemoglobin under the eyes — and here I am the poster girl for under eye allergy shadows. I am hoping that when I get past this allergy episode, Triluma will lighten my under eye shadows again.