When I launched No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, I started my beauty treatments with a laser to remove excess facial hair. It was almost my last beauty treatment. It hurt so much I nearly fell off the table as I squirmed around from the pain. Even the quickly offered post treatment icebag did little to help my red, burning chin. I vowed that I would never, ever have laser hair removal again– even if I grew a full beard.
Well I guess I never should say never. When the wizard of Park Avenue, aka Dr Albert Lefkovits offered me a chance to try a truly pain-free hair removal laser, I couldn’t refuse. Quite simply he is one of the finest physicians I have met, and if he says LightSheer … Continue Reading… →
There’s a new anti-aging laser in town and its called Clear and Brilliant. Its from the same company that developed Thermage and Fraxel— and sometimes Clear and Brilliant is described as ‘babyFraxel”. I’m already a big fan of “baby botox” so this laser is right in my comfort zone. In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, this new anti-aging tool reduces age spots and some types of acne scars.
Like its big sister Fraxel, Clear and Brilliant is an anti-aging laser that delivers energy in a grid pattern. However true Fraxel goes deeper, can be uncomfortable and requires 3-5 days of healing. By contrast this new rejuvenating laser is never painful and the skin recovers within hours. Since baby steps might as well be my middle name, I was eager to try it out with my super derm, Dr Ellen Marmur. ( Before proceedure pix below)
Question: Is there a moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores? When my skin gets dry from RetinA or a laser type treatment, I need to put on a moisturizer to relieve dryness and flaking. But whatever I try seems to provoke acne breakouts. Any ideas?
Answer: This is such a common problem and until last week I didn’t have much of an answer. Sometimes a moisturizer that was both oil and fragrance free would work, but often that too could provoke problems. Then at a recent dermatology conference in New York, laser care expert Dr Mark Nestor of Miami recommended a water based spray to provide moisture. In addition to water, the spray should contain glycerin and natural moisturizing factors such as hyaluronic acid. Plain water sprays would actually increase dryness but the glycerin and hyaluronic acid would help the skin … Continue Reading… →
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of lasers. I respect their power to erase dark patches, eliminate lines and fry away unwanted facial hair. But they are expensive and when I saw the arrival of home lasers I was interested– but cautious. Lasers are powerful tools and in inexperienced hands can cause burns, scars, discolorations and even eye damage.
At Beauty Bash in October, I stopped at the Palovia Booth to talk with the rep about their home laser kit. I was delighted to learn that its made by Palomar, one of the most highly regarded makers of professional grade lasers used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. I was even more impressed to hear that Palovia is FDA approved to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around … Continue Reading… →
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a type of photorejuvenation that uses a blast of light to remove freckles, unwanted hair and little red lines on the skin. Often called the “lunchtime laser” it does not burn off the top layers of the skin like a tradtional laser and the skin looks beautiful and smooth within a week. I had IPL last year in June with Dr Marmur and was so pleased with the results. I thought it made my skin look tighter and fresher and I posted before and after pics on the blog. My BFF ( best friend with freckles) liked the changes so much that she went for her own IPL date. I think her results were even better. Not only does she look 10 years younger, her … Continue Reading… →
I have often mentioned my reservations about retinols vs the more powerful retinoids like Retin A. When applied to the skin, retinols have to convert themselves to a true retinoid before they can be effective. Researchers estimate that a retinol is only 25% as effective as a Retin A. For example, a .1% Retinol ( a very common concentration) is equal to a .025 Retin A– which is actually the mildest Retin A on the market. And then there is the problem that most retinol products don’t say how much of the power stuff they actually contain. You can’t know if a product is to weak to be effective or too strong and irritating.
I stayed away from retinol products until wandering in the exhibit hall of a derm conference, I picked up free samples … Continue Reading… →
Nothing screams “old lady” like a couple of white hairs on your chin. I had started my anti-aging plan with laser hair removal and was delighted with the results. It hurt, took several sessions, was expensive but the dark hairs were gone. But in the last few months I was not pleased to see the arrival of about six, tough white chin hairs. (The photo is an extreme close-up) I was even less happy to learn that lasers and IPL don’t work on light colored hairs. What did? The answer is old fashioned electrolysis.
I have always been afraid of electrolysis. I’ve heard its painful and not that effective. My college roomate went frequently for electroysis and I remember her sitting all night with an ice pack on her upper lip. Now it was was … 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… →