I’ve been getting some pushback from blog visitors who are getting annoyed with the price tag on the products and techniques I am recommending– and they’re right.
This is no time to throw money around. To lower overall beauty costs, effective and super affordable personal care products can be made in your own kitchen. Natural ingredients like lemon juice, honey and oatmeal are packed with active agents including fruit acids, antioxidants and soothing colloids.
But before you squeeze a single lemon or crack an egg, you need to organize your kitchen cosmetic set-up. While the basic rules of simple cooking apply to homemade skin care formulations, these freshly made products are preservative free. This definately lowers our exposure to chemicals, but it can raise risk of bacterial contamination. To stay safe take … 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… →
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… →
I’ve been using Retin A for almost a week and its been fairly easy. But when the weather turned cold and windy, my cheeks got a bit red and my chin looked flaky. It looked so minor, but knowing the potential for real irritation, I decided to take it seriously. I decided to skip Retin A that night and drenched my skin with Aveeno Soothing Moisturizer. By morning the skin was calm and soft.
For me, the take away is that when using Retin A, you have to be flexible and think ahead. I need to keep using Retin A regularly to get the maximum beauty benefits– and this means changing routinue at the first sign of the irritation and dryness.
Close-up: Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA), which are also called fruit acids, are naturally found in a wide range of foods including grapes ( tataric … Continue Reading… →