Soy is a fascinating ingredients in anti-aging skin care products. Studies have shown that its a powerful antioxidant and help the growth of healthy new collagen. In addition, genistein, a chemical in soy, prevents melanin pigments from attaching to skin cells. This makes soy a great addition to sun protection and indeed soy is effective for preventing and reducing brown spots and freckles of sun damage. However, soy does not work nearly so well for melasma, those dark patches that usually appear on the cheeks and forehead. This type of hyperpigmentation appears to be fueled by estrogen and in fact genistein is a type of pseudo-estrogen. In theory soy might actually make melasma worse.
So to bottom line it, if you have been a sun baby and have lots of small freckles, soy enriched moisturizers could brighten your skin. If you have larger patches, especially if they developed … Continue Reading… →
Here is the two step jar of Elure, the new skin brightening agent. The jar is divided into two compartments. As per instructions, I used the first little spatula to put a dab of cream from the first side on the BIG FRECKLE, waited a minute then spread the same amount from side two on the same spot. Totally simple, but I’ve yet to get into a routinue to do it twice a day. So far, I’ve put on about half the recommended doses. I’ve got to step up my game to give it a legitimate chance to work. I keep forgetting to put it on either in the morning or evening. I think that if I was using on my face, it would be easier to remember, and … Continue Reading… →
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… →
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.
No, I didn’t get attacked by a flock of vampire bats. This is what my neck looked like the day after Dr Marmur removed some freckles, skin tags and red spots. As before, I had applied a lidocaine cream to numb the area, but Dr M felt that I needed a bit of injected lidocaine to be more comfortable. She used a laser on the freckles, cut off the skin tags and eliminated the red spots, called cherry angiomas, with electricalcauterization. Thanks to the lidocaine, the whole procedure was painless. She topped each spot with a dab of Aquaphor and a non-irritating strip to cover them.
The treated spots look alot worse than they feel. In fact, I had far less discomfort with this treatment than I had when … Continue Reading… →
Watching the celebs walk the red carpet during awards season, I began to focus on the flawless chests and creamy shoulders of the stars in their strapless gowns. Was I the last woman in America with age spots on my upper body?
The short answer is no. This is an often overlooked spot until a dress or bathing suit suddenly reminds you that sun damage doesn’t stop at the chin. That’s the bad news. The good news? There a buffet of spots removers including skin bleaches, IPL, lasers, Fraxel, peels and microdermabrasion. The question is which one is the best. According to Dr Marmur, I have several different types of discolorations that require different types of treatments. For example the true freckles can be easily treated with a YAG or Ruby laser– the … Continue Reading… →
IPL laser treatments are one of the fastest growing anti-aging office proceedures. When I had IPL and posted the before, healing and after photos, I received more questions than on any other topic. IPL is often described as the “lunchtime laser”, but its really a bigger deal than say, a manicure. What I learned from the experience should give you the tools to get the beautiful results you want
1. Can I have IPL while pregnant?
It’s not recommended. IPL has never been tested during pregnancy and few if any dermatologists would do the procedure during these critical nine months. If anyone says they will do it at this time, run.
2. Can I have IPL on my hands?
Yes, it works beautifully on the hands and probably heals faster than the YAG laser I used on my hands last month. However IPL is more expensive than the traditional laser treatment on the same area.
When I was just starting out as a beauty writer, a very elegant Conde Nast editor told me that ” hands give away your true age”. Back then, her mark went right over my head. Today I get it. While Retin A and IPL have polished my skin smooth, my hands are wrinkled, veiny and dotted with brown spots.
I have been fairly diligent about using sunscreen on my face, but pretty much forgot about my hands. Like a textbook description of sun damage, the back of my hands have wrinkles and age spots. According to my derm, Dr Marmur, the spots may fade in a bit over the winter, but will come roaring back even darker in the spring. Best treatment? Another date with a laser . I will get … Continue Reading… →