Question: What is the best moisturizer to use on my skin?
Answer: I get this question frequently– and I have trouble answering it. There is no single moisturizer or product that will work for everyone. Over the span of our lives, our skin changes and we need different moisturizers to meet new challenges.
In the twenties, the skin is fairly rich in oil, so water-based moisturizers like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin and Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer SPF 15 are just what this youthful skin needs. In the thirties, the skin can be so normal it is boring and you just don’t want to mess it up. A light moisturizer with glycolic acid like NeoStrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF15 ( a Dr Oz favorite) will preserve the natural radiance without clogging pores. In the forties you want to use a moisturizer with … Continue Reading… →
I’m happy that the summer heat wave is over, but my skin seems parched, dazed and well, somehow older. According to my amazing derm Dr Ellen Marmur, the change in weather has sent my skin into shock. After months of sun, heat, sweating, chlorine, from the pool, and summer allergies, my skin is dull dry and tired. Even more troubling, a few dark patches on my nose that had been removed by laser, have made a comeback. I was all set to slather on my new stronger Retin A to jump start a better complexion, but Dr Marmur had a different two prong approach:
Step 1: Take off the old dead layer of dead, dry and discolored skin cells with a mild office glycolic peel or microdermabrasion
Step 2: Add moisture, moisture and more moisture. To this end during the day I am to use a rich sunscreen such … Continue Reading… →
My new Retin A prescription (.1%) arrived this week and I am getting things in order to try it out. I have my mild Cetaphil cleanser, Aveeno Ultra Calming Sunscreen for daytime and Fresh soy enriched moisturizer at night. I’m a little anxious since this is the first time I have used a generic product from Canada but the cost saving were irrisistable. My Retin A from the north was $44 including shipping. At my local CVS, brand name Retin A was almost $200. I have big plans for that $150 difference.
I am also doing a little experiment. Today, celebrity dermatologist Dr Neil Saddick is examining my face with a Wood’s lamp which will highlight the areas of sun damaged skin. I will use my new big girl Retin A and in a month, plan to check the progress with the Wood’s lamp again. When I first started to use Retin A, I could see real changes in the … Continue Reading… →
I’ve received quite a few emails asking what moisturizer I use with my sunscreen. Actually I don’t. I’m not a big fan of layering products on my skin. Its hard enough for bare skin to absorb ingredients in a single product. I can’t help but think that adding a separate moisturizer interferes with absobption of sun protection chemicals. And thats what they have to do to be effective. Rather than sit on your face like a ski mask, most sunblocks work within the skin to deal with UV rays.
If you have dry skin or if you are using Retin A and you feel as if your skin is thirsty using just a sunblock, I have two suggestions:
1. Rather than using a traditional sunscreen, use a moisturizer than also has an SPF of at least 30. In fact my … Continue Reading… →
The cold and snowy weather continues to cause problems for my Retin A treated skin. Apparently it is the low humidity in the air that’s driving the red patches, tightness and flaking. I’m going to cut back Retin A useage to 2-3x per week and drench my skin with a heavy moisturizer in the morning and evening. In addition I’m going to address environmental humidity both inside and outside. At night I’m going to plug in my humidifier to compensate for radiator dry air. To humidify myself I’m going to try to remember to drink at least a quart of water a day. In warm weather I seem to have a glass of ice tea surgically attached to my hand. When it gets cold, my daily liquid intake drops to several cups of tea and coffee.
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… →
I’m five days into using Retin A and so far so good. I’m so anxious to see a a change in my lines and wrinkles that I want to use it every day. I need to be patient and stick to my plan to use it very other day for the first 10 days to two weeks. If I rush and my skin rebels, I will have to stop using until irritation fades. Pushing ahead too fast will only cost me time while I wait for things to settle down.
Collagen fibers give our skin strength and flexibility. Time and sunlight gradually destroy both collagen and its close cousin elastin, contibuting to the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Well-designed clinical studies have repeatedly shown that Retin A can stimulate the growth of healthy new collagen– which is one of the reasons that I plunked down $300 for a less than 1/2 ounce tube of … Continue Reading… →
So now we are getting down to the last four signs of aging.
Aging Skin Sign #9: Wrinkles and Lines
Worry lines, laugh lines, smokers wrinkles, marioniette lines. We’ve got them cute names for these wrinkles, but they’re really not that funny when you to have to look at them every morning in the mirror. They all develop when the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin no longer have strength and flexibility. Sunlight is the major culprit here as UV rays fry these stretchable skin fibers. Free radicals from smoking, alcohol and stress are also thought to contribute to collagen destruction. When these fibers can no longer adjust to movement, lines and wrinkles develop much the way that after time a pair of slim jeans start to wrinkle at the knees.