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… →
Home microdermabrasion is IMO one of the great skin care developments in the last ten years. Its well known that men appear to age more slowly than women– and some experts believe that it may be due to their daily shave. When men scrape off a fresh crop of bristles each morning, they also take off the top layer of dead dry skin cells, stale oil, and ground-in dirt. Lifting this top layer signals the lower level to start producing a new supply of healthy young cells. But we can defy gender and get the same benefits by using a home microdermabrasion device to gently and throughly exfoliate the skin. The rotating head and cleanser will take off the top layer of dead cells that muddy the complexion and slow down cell growth. These tools … Continue Reading… →
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.
Question— In a few months I’m turning 50. After half a century, my skin is looking tired and I want to give myself a birthday present. Which would be better, microdermabrasion or Botox? You seem to really like both of them.
Answer— Happy birthday! I do like both microdermsabrasion and Botox, but they are very different anti-aging tools and deal with different problems. Microdermabrasion takes of the top dead layer of skin cells to leave the skin smoother, brighter and softer. In addition, removing these old cells actually stimulates the lower levels to grow. Researchers have noticed that mens’ skin seems to age more slowly than women’s– and they believe that part of the reason is the daily shave which encourages the growth of fresh new skin every day.
Microdermabrasion removes the top dead dry layer of the skin a process that benefits different types of skin issues. For oily skin, it “de-roofs” blocked pores to remove blackheads and reduce break-outs. For dry aging skin, microdermabrasion makes the skin look fresh and glowing. Many experts believe that removing the top dead layer of skin signals the skin to grow healthy firm skin.
2. Is there a difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?
A big difference. Dermabrasion is actually considered surgery. It is painful and local anesthesia is needed as a laser removes most of the epiderrmis. Afterwards the skin is raw, red and a bit bloody for at least a week. Full healing can take months, but a successful dermabrasion can lighten dark patches, remove fine lines and erase acne scars.
I have been intrigued by the Clarisonic Skin Cleanser, but was put off by its $250 price tag. Its not that I didn’t think I was worth the money– I didn’t know if the machine was that special. At a health and beauty trade show ( HBA) this year, the Clarisonic was offered at a special show price and I was in. When I finally got around to trying it, it was after I had used a wide range of skin care tools. After lasers, IPL, Pelleve and glycolic peels, I was doubtful that a little home machine could make much of a difference. I was wrong.
Clarisonic cleansed and polished my skin– but was gentle enough so that I could use Retin A an hour later. It can be used … Continue Reading… →
When I started exploring anti-aging options a few months go, I had just three go-to products. It wasn’t that I didn’t care — I just didn’t know what my skin truely needed. Too many times I would be vulnerable to great sales pitch and find that the expensive “miracle cream” either did nothing or made my face break-out. Now that I am testing out wrinkling fighting tools and techniques, I had to try out an endless buffet of skin care products. Trial and lots of error has resulted in a group of cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens that deliever on their promises. I call them my “Fabulous Fourteen” and today I have uploaded that list in the blog tab ” Beauty Tool Kit”. I explain how to use them, how they work and how much they cost. I have only one face and can’t try out everything, so I would love to hear about your go-to products.