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… →
Looking at my facial imaging photos ( posted on Oct 8), I saw that that there were two dark patches under my eyes– also known as under eye shadows. It showed that this was not from indentation creating dark hollows, but true accumulations of sun damage and melanin. That’s the bad news. The good news? This is the job that Tri-luma was born to handle.
I had used Tri-luma last spring and was pleased with the results, but this triple powered crem cannot be used indefinately, so I had stopped using it for several months. I also realized that dealing with hyperpigmentation under the eyes is not a short term problem. The cells which produced so much melanin have a very long memory. They are born to make melanin and given the right circulstances — sun exposure and stress– the cells again fill up with dark pigment.
After a really long , cold, grey winter I was elated to ditch my black pants for a short summer dress. I pulled out my new olive green J.Crew dress and trotted over to the mirror to check it all out. The dress looked fine, but the two white pasty legs that stuck out from the knee length hem just didn’t work for me. Before I started this anti-aging program I would have headed out to the park to toast my bare legs to a nice healthy color. Now that I have become hyper-vigilent about sun damage, I decided it was time to explore the world of sunless tanners.
I’ve always been hesitant about these products. I love a bit of color but did not want that orange hue where I looked like the newsest cast member of Jerseylicious. I was also concerned that sunless sprays would go wild and discolor my newly renovated … Continue Reading… →