Spa Week is coming! For some people, autumn means changing leaves, back to school clothes or footbal games. For me, fall means Spa Week is just around the corner. This year its October 12-18 and its a chance to get effective but usually pricey treatments at just $50.
All through the year I write about great skin care options, but sometimes I feel a bit guilty about the price of many of these treatments. But during Spa Week prices are slashed in the most popular spas across the country. For example, one of my top five beauty treatments is the Hydrafacial that is normally about $150. It is a combination of microdermabrasion, glycolic peel and oxygen infusion. It creates a yourthful, healthy glow that … 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… →
Its been almost three weeeks since my red splotches and breakouts have been brought under control. The labor intensive protocol of washing my face 3x/day ( once with Anti-Redness Cleanser and twice with home microdermabrasion), glycolic peel pads 3 times a week and Metro Gel at night seems to be the perfect formula.
I also have been diligent in following rosacea dietary guidelines.This meant avoding spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and chocolate. With my skin so clear, I wondered if I really needed to be as careful with my diet. I mean, no coffee for life? I’m one of those annoying New Yorkers who walk around in summer with a container of ice coffee glued to my hands. The answer? Yes and no.
I have been getting really interesting questions that drill deeper into universal beauty issues. Some of them are in comments but most of them are via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They ask personal yet fundamental questions about aging and skin care that I wanted to share them on the blog– yet preserve your privacy. So, every other Friday I will be posting several No-Nonsense FAQ’s. Then I will archive them in a new tab so that there will be easy answers to popular issues. Many of the answers I learned in my anti-aging journey. When its new to me, I will call on the smartest doctors that I know. Like so many things, its the details that can spell success or failure– and its these details that deliver fabulous beauty results.
Which do I put on first, a moisturizer or Retin A?
I get frequent questions from Asian and Latina readers who are interested in using Retin A , but are concerned about the side effects. On one hand Retin A has the ability to lighten dark patches and make the skin look fresher and brighter. On the other hand Retin A can be very irritating– and deeper skin tones tend to develop darkened areas when inflamed.
There’s a boatload of conflicting advice about the topic and I needed an expert to provide answers. Asking my colleagues in beauty for the best source of information, I was referred to the noted Chicago-based cosmetic surgeon, Dr Seven Dayan. In addition to seeing patients, Dr Dayan is the founder of DeNova Research, a center that has extensive experience studying skin care in … Continue Reading… →
Its amazing what you can learn at a medical conference. At a lunchbreak at the recent Mount Sinai Derm meeting, I sat down next to two young dermatologists. They were talking about milia, those little white bumps under the skin– sort of faux pimples. ( In the picture below my milia is under my eye). Milia are formed when a pore becomes blocked with dead skin cells. They are more common as we get older, the result of slower cell growth. Unlike the garden variety pimple, they do not contain oil or bacteria so they don’t become red and inflamed. Milia just sit there. Forever.
Another important difference, milia are actually in the dermis and if you try to remove them yourself, you can do real damage to the skin. Seriously, you … Continue Reading… →
Glycolic Acid is an amazing anti-aging tool. Used in a peel it gives the skin a fresh rosy glow tht lasts for hours. In a moisturizer, glycolic acid increases cell renewal, stimulates collagen and reduces wrinkles– sort of a baby steps Retin A. The trick is getting maximum benefits.
1. What’s the difference between a glycolic peel at home and an office based peel?
The glycolic peel you can buy in stores contains 10-12% glycolic acid. It will give your skin a little extra boost and a bit of a glow. Cost: $2/treatment. THe office based peel uses 30-70% glycolic acid. It can leave your skin pretty red, and by the next day, somewhat flaky. Everything calms down within 48 hours leaving your skin especially smooth and fresh. Cost: Range form $100-150 per session. Home peels can be used several times a week, while office based peels are used no more than once a … Continue Reading… →
Its the urban legend of beauty products– the once great cleanser or moisturizer loses its ability to make a difference. Most of the time I’ve been told its just a matter of perception– and that I’ve just become used to the benefits. In other words I don’t remember what my skin looked like before I started using it. Others suggest that the formula changed and it now lacks the most effective ingredients. Plausable, but not really satisfying.
I have finally found some intriguing , published studies with alpha hydroxy acids ( including lactic acid and glycolic acid) that back up our observations. It even has a name! Called ‘accomodation’, it simply means that the skin cells no longer respond to an active ingredient in a beauty care product.
Here’s how it works: For example, glycolic and lactic acid improve skin texture and reduce wrinkles primarily by stimulating cell growth. But over 3-4 months of constant use, cell growth … Continue Reading… →