Question: I used to have facials several times a year. Now that I am using Retin A, can I continue my favorite indulgence?
Answer: I love facials and I love Retin A, but together they may pose problems. If you are using Retin A, you need to weigh three issues:
1.How long you have been on Retin A ?
2. How is your skin reacting to Retin A?
3. What kind of facial do you want to use?
If you have just started on Retin A ( less than three months), the short answer is no. Retin A is irritating on purpose and adding a facial early in the process can be asking for trouble. Your skin could easily react with redness and peeling that would require stopping Retin A for at least a month.
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… →
Costs seem to explode when daily skin care meets anti-aging. Brand name tretinoin ( eg Retin A) clocks in at $300 for a tube that lasts six months. Generic Retin A drops to about $200. Upscale anti-aging brands with effective levels of retinol are lower at about $100, but still a significant bit of change. And then there are the luxury department store brands like La Mer and Perricone that will cost more than $300 a jar– and thats just for one product in the recommended routinue.
There are anti-aging products that don’t cost much, but they don’t do much either. The challenge is to find affordable anti-aging forumlations that deliver real results. I believe that when a low cost cream or mask doesn’t deliver, you are still wasting your money, albeit less of … Continue Reading… →
Last month I was dealing with a hair trigger skin that seemd to develop red splotches at the slightest provocation. It went on for weeks until I tried Metrogel and the problems ended overnight. This was obviously great news but it set me thinking– “how long should it take to get results from a skin care treatment?”
The answer obviously depends on the problem and the cure:
1. Tretinoin ( aka Retin A) — Tretinoin is approved for both acne and anti-aging, but the time frame is significantly different. Its no secret that I am a big fan of tretinoin and I feel that its the foundation of an anti-aging plan. It clarifies the surface, fades dark spots, encourages collagen growth and stimulates circulation. Used 4-7x/ week, you may start seeing … Continue Reading… →
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… →
I got a great email from a 16 year old who is using Retin A micro for acne control. Like most of us, she got the prescription with little or no advice about how to use it. She wanted to know what scrubbing grains, toners and moisturizer I would recommend. She was concerned about the redness and peeling and wanted to avoid these problems with additional skin care products
Retin A was actually originally developed and approved for acne management. This vitamin A derivative helps the skin to empty pores clogged with debris, shuts down overactive oil glands and helps skin turnover to reduce discolorations from old acne eruptions. This process includes flaking off old dry keratin that is contributing to blocked pores and breakouts. Some peeling and flaking is necessary and actually good. However you need to keep it under control to … Continue Reading… →
True story. I was at a blogger meetup at the HBA, a huge beauty expo, when I was introduced to a very pretty young woman with a popular blog called Aging Backwards. I was a bit put off. What would this young woman know about aging? When she told me her age I was shocked– and impressed. I decided that if she could look like that at her age she certainly knew her stuff. Her blog is now part of the Fashion Flash group and Jackie also co-hosts the The Ageless Sisters, a well-known radio show with Cynthia Rowland — and this week I was delighted to be a guest. The Ageless Sisters asked such great questions that I uploaded the full interview to share it with you. From Invisalign to the new BB creams to the No-Nonsense beauty … Continue Reading… →
I’m always looking for the ideal facial. Not infrequently, I leave the facial looking a bit splotchy and/or greasy And the next moring I wake up with… breakouts. But I still kept looking. I wanted something that would make my skin look fresh, poreless with a pink, not red glow. And this summer I found it at the office of Park Avenue cosmetic surgeon, Dr Paul Lorenc. Famous for inventing the endoscopic browlift, Dr Lorenc is a physician who believes in combining non-invasive anti-aging tools like the Hydrafacial with surgical options.
The Hydrafacial is considered the third generation of microdermabrasion. It has about seven steps, each one offering different but related benefits. The Hydrafacial combines a unique type of tip with an array of products. The spiral tip ( see pix) rotates on the skin … Continue Reading… →