I was intrigued by a new freckle fighting cream called Elure. There are good clinical studies that it can lighten dark patches in 7-28 days. Elure gets its power from a type of naturally occuring enzyme derived from tree mushrooms. Called legnin peroxidase, it acts by breaking down melanin in the skin cells. Unlike hydroquinone, this enzyme is non irritating and shows no skin sensitivity.
We all know that excess pigmentation is linked to sun exposure. What is less well known is that as we get older there is an increase in dark spots and splotches due to a slowdown in the rate of cell growth. In our twenties cells turn over every 28 days. By the 50’s, the cycle is extended to 45 days. This means that darkened … Continue Reading… →
Apparently in addition to genetics, stress, age, salty foods, sunlight and skin type, allergies can also trigger dark under eye shadows. I had brought my dark circles under control with Triluma, a combo of Retin A, hydroquinone and a steroid to keep things calm. After three months of use, you could see a real change. However Triluma can only be used for three months at a time and then you need take a three month holiday before it can be used again. Its that strong.
In the meantime, I made sure to use a 20SPF sunblock under my eyes and avoided pizza and chinese food– two high salt foods– that were big dark circle triggers for me. When my three month Triluma holiday was over, I didn’t need to use it … Continue Reading… →
It sounds like a plot of a new Steven Spielberg movie, but its real. Turns out that our fat is loaded with stem cells and that when injected into the face, stem cells actually encourage regrowth for healthy fuller contours. I learned about this and other anti-aging techniques that are just on the horizon at a press event hosted by cosmetic surgery expert Wendy Lewis. One of the smartest women I’ve ever met, she assembled a blue ribbon panel of dermatologists and surgeons to explain these new wrinkle busters at Waldorf Astoria press conference.
Park Avenue plastic surgeon Dr Z. Paul Lorenc explored new fillers that actually stimulated the growth of new healthy collagen. So when the filler is gradually absorbed, the skin stays smooth and young because of strong fresh skin cell growth that … 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 … Continue Reading… →
Looking at my facial imaging photos ( posted on Oct 8), I saw that that there were two dark patches under my eyes– also known as under eye shadows. It showed that this was not from indentation creating dark hollows, but true accumulations of sun damage and melanin. That’s the bad news. The good news? This is the job that Tri-luma was born to handle.
I had used Tri-luma last spring and was pleased with the results, but this triple powered crem cannot be used indefinately, so I had stopped using it for several months. I also realized that dealing with hyperpigmentation under the eyes is not a short term problem. The cells which produced so much melanin have a very long memory. They are born to make melanin and given the right circulstances — sun exposure and stress– the cells again fill up with dark pigment.
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 … Continue Reading… →
After a pretty long wait, my Tri-luma finally arrived from the Canadian pharmacy. Last night I dabbed on a bit for a patch test. This morning there was no redness or irritation, so I’m going to apply it tonight. To prevent irritation, I’m going to start out every other night. I’m a little nervous. Eye tissue is very delicate and I already had a problem with an over the counter product that promised to “brighten” the eye area. I don’t know how you would define “brightness”, but red and swollen doesn’t work for me.
The package insert says to use Tri-luma for more than 8 weeks. I should see some visable signs in four weeks. If there is no change I am going to assume that Tri-luma is not going to work for me.