Question: I heard a radio show that discussed the beauty benefits of an herb called purslane. It sounds amazing, maybe too amazing. Do you recommend it for anti-aging skin care?
Answer: Cool question! Purslane is one of the oldest and widely used medical plants. It is found throughout the world in warm climates and is a popular vegetable in the Middle and Far East. Purslane is packed with minerals and vitamins including, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta carotene. But wait there’s more. Purslane has the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids found in a vegetable. Seriously.
Studies have shown that purslane preperations made from dried leaves have significant anti-inflammatory and anti- pain properties. To my mind this makes a purslane the perfect treatment for a … Continue Reading… →
Question: Is there a moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores? When my skin gets dry from RetinA or a laser type treatment, I need to put on a moisturizer to relieve dryness and flaking. But whatever I try seems to provoke acne breakouts. Any ideas?
Answer: This is such a common problem and until last week I didn’t have much of an answer. Sometimes a moisturizer that was both oil and fragrance free would work, but often that too could provoke problems. Then at a recent dermatology conference in New York, laser care expert Dr Mark Nestor of Miami recommended a water based spray to provide moisture. In addition to water, the spray should contain glycerin and natural moisturizing factors such as hyaluronic acid. Plain water sprays would actually increase dryness but the glycerin and hyaluronic acid would help the skin … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’m 48 and in menopause. Because of hot flashes I’m taking extra showers. Now my skin, especially on legs and arms is terribly dry. Any suggestions?
Answer: A perfect question for National Menopause Month! Several showers a day may increase skin dryness, but its hormonal changes that are also driving the problem. Between the ages of 45-60, the ovaries no longer release eggs and estrogen levels start to decline. Estrogen is known to play many roles in the body including collagen production, blood pressure, metabolism and sleep. But in your case, its estrogen’s role in oil production that is the major driver behind your dry skin. Less oil means that the skin can’t hold onto its natural moisture. To help restore skin hydration take shorter showers and while your skin is still damp, slather on a plain unscented moisturizer like Aquaphor. If the … Continue Reading… →
I often get the sense that my friends have an almost mystical faith in moisturizers. While they avoid taxis and stagger home from Costco with 10 pounds of rice, they have faith that a $300 moisturizer is the key to beautiful young skin. If only it was that easy.
First, a little back story. Water is essential for healthy skin. It promotes normal metabolism and keep skin cells organized and flexible. The mission of a moisturizer is to simply help the skin maintain a healthy water balance. The most basic water and oil formulas act like Saran Wrap to prevent evaporation of water from the skin. And the simplest moisturizers will do just that. But there are three affordable and effective ingredients which crank up water attracting and holding powers in a moisturizer. Hyaluronic … Continue Reading… →
I get interesting questions every week, but recently a question included a great photo. A women I’ll call Tracy (she asked that her identity stayed private) asked me for a recommendation for dry, red flaking skin around her eyes. She had already tried washing with baby shampoo and applied both vasaline and Gold Bond and nothing seemed to help. To get the best answer I went to New York dermatologist, Dr Albert Lefkovits to take a look.While its not really possible to make an absolute diagnosis from a photo, Dr L came back with an impressive comment
The online diagnosis? Not simple dry skin, but Contact dermatitis, caused by something Tracy was using in her personal care. Most likely culprit was nail polish or a shampoo with ingredients that her skin found unfriendly. Tracy did not want … Continue Reading… →
Last week I woke up with bright red splotches on my cheeks and leathery dry patches under my eyes. I tried using my usual mixture of a daily moisturizer mixed with a dab of anti-inflammatory steroid. No change. Thinking it was some kind of allergic reaction I mixed some oatmeal in cool water and dabbed the mixture on my face. This usually soothes anything, but this time my skin seemed to get worse.
I was on my way to call Dr Marmur when I glanced at the hygrometer ( it measures humidity) on my dresser and solved the mystery of my mutant skin. The humidity in my apatment was a surprising 28%. The unseasonable snow storm that whipped through the tri-state area had brought cold windy weather that lowered natural humidity. For healthy … Continue Reading… →
I get frequent questions about individual anti-aging ingredients. Can it REALLY reverse aging? Is it natural? Dangerous? Last time, I reviewed idebone, a powerful antioxidant. Today I’m evaluating ceramides. I’ve seen it advertised on a number of products and thought it was finally time to do a little research.
Here’s how it works: The cells of the top layer of the skin are held in place by fatty ceramides, a substance which kind of acts like glue to keep the cells in order. In addition ceramides hold onto water molecules, helping to attract and retain moisture in the skin. And it will probably come as no great surprise that ceramide levels decrease as we get older. By age 60, we have lost so much ceramide that the upper layer of the skin is 30% thinner.
I was so pleased with the way Clarisonic smoothed and polished my face I went out and bought the body brush. It is about 30% bigger in diameter and the bristles are a bit thicker and longer than in the facial brush. When I applied it to my legs I could feel more vibration from this brush than I did to my face. Going in small circles with the brush, it took about a minute to do each leg ( lower part only. After treatment my skin felt so deliciously smooth and soft, I kept touching it, just to confirm the sensation.
Even in my oddly lit leg self-portrait, you can see the benefits of Clarisonic body brush. The” before” leg on the left is dry … Continue Reading… →