Question: I feel like I try a new serum or moisturizer and get great early results but when I remain faithful, overtime I feel nothing more changes. Is it me? Should I rotate products to get better results?
Answer: This is one of my favorite topics! We ( consumers) have all experienced this. We fall in love with a new skin care product only to see the once wonderful benefits seem to twindle away. Doctors and other skin experts have a boatload of different reasons as to the cause:
1. When we first use a product it provides fresh new benefits, as it supplies what the skin needs. Over time, other problems and isssues develop and the once new serum or lotion cannot meet the new needs.
2. Some dermatologists believe that the products still continue to work , but we’ve forgotten how … Continue Reading… →
Question— In a few months I’m turning 50. After half a century, my skin is looking tired and I want to give myself a birthday present. Which would be better, microdermabrasion or Botox? You seem to really like both of them.
Answer— Happy birthday! I do like both microdermsabrasion and Botox, but they are very different anti-aging tools and deal with different problems. Microdermabrasion takes of the top dead layer of skin cells to leave the skin smoother, brighter and softer. In addition, removing these old cells actually stimulates the lower levels to grow. Researchers have noticed that mens’ skin seems to age more slowly than women’s– and they believe that part of the reason is the daily shave which encourages the growth of fresh new skin every day.
For the twenties the key word ( or actually words) to remember is Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA’s. Found naturally in a number of foods incuding milk, grapes and apples, the AHA’s are a twenty somethings best friend. I like to see them in cleansers, moisturizers, treatment products, eye creams, peels and face masks. This plan shows how to use them to enjoy your youthful firm skin.
In the Morning:
* Wash your face with effective cleanser for your skin type. If your skin tends to be dry use a moisturizing forumlation such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser with Soy. There’s good science behind soy, indicating among other things it protects against sun damage– always a good thing. If your skin tends to be on the oily side use an oi-free cleanser such as Deep Clean from Neutrogena. Wet your face with warm water and rub a dab into your skin. massage gently and rinse … Continue Reading… →
For the past week I have been happily combining Retin A and a medium strength exfoliating sponge and have been delighted with the results. However I have to add two notes of caution:
1) For the first four months I used Retin A I played it very safe with Cetaphil, an ultra-mild cleanser and waited up to an hour between cleansing and my nightly dollop of Retin A. It worked beautifully, but in cold windy weather I still got pretty red and raw. I would never use an exfoliating cleanser when starting a Retin A program.
2) I just back from a trip and found that the industrial strength air-conditioning in the hotel dried out my skin. Combined with the Buff Puff and my Retin A, I woke up to a face full of dry, white flakes. The best way to deal with this type of flaking is to apply a very rich cream for 30 minutes and … Continue Reading… →
I have been using .o5% Retin A Micro for almost four months and I have seen great results. In the past two weeks I have noticed that the healthy glow has faded a bit. Its sort of like a once great diet where you’ve stopped losing weight. I don’t need to wait between washing my face and applying this proven wrinkle fighter to my face to avoid irritation. Clearly my skin cells are now rather bored with my treatment. I need to, as Emeril would say, “crank it up a bit”. I still have about a quarter of the $300 tube left and I really don’t want to waste it. I did a bit of research and found that I could use physical exfoliating tools like Buff Puff sponge to enhance the anti-aging effects. Cleansing my face with a disposable abrasive sponge makes the skin feel clean and smooth, and the glow is coming back. I can finish this lower … Continue Reading… →