I often get the sense that my friends have an almost mystical faith in moisturizers. While they avoid taxis and stagger home from Costco with 10 pounds of rice, they have faith that a $300 moisturizer is the key to beautiful young skin. If only it was that easy.
First, a little back story. Water is essential for healthy skin. It promotes normal metabolism and keep skin cells organized and flexible. The mission of a moisturizer is to simply help the skin maintain a healthy water balance. The most basic water and oil formulas act like Saran Wrap to prevent evaporation of water from the skin. And the simplest moisturizers will do just that. But there are three affordable and effective ingredients which crank up water attracting and holding powers in a moisturizer. Hyaluronic … Continue Reading… →
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… →
This is getting a little boring. Using this Retin A 2x a week is not causing problems– but I’m not feeling it. Where is the glow? I’m beginning to believe that the generic ( read cheap) Retin A does not have what it takes to get the job done. I’ve committed to using the product for at least eight weeks to see changes in facial imaging from Dr Katz. I think I’m going to give into the temptation and apply it every other night for a few weeks, then step it up to every night.
Lets see what happens. I know my face is going to be rough and irritated, but if the end point is healthier skin, its worth the trouble. I have been talking to women who have been using Retin A “for years” and who are not impressed with the results. I’m beginning to wonder if they are … Continue Reading… →
I’m learning how to deal with this uber-strength Retin A. I’ve stepped back and now using it every three days, rather than every other day. The white flaky bits are gone and I can see a bit of a glow– rather than a chalky pallor. When we think of aging, wrinkles and lines are what usually come to mind. But its that dull pale skin ( a combo of a slow down in circulation and increased dryness) that is making the skin seem old and tired. Every cell in my body wants to speed up my anti-aging project– but I’ve learned to respect the process and take it slower.
I wait a full hour between washing my face and applying the new Retin A. After … Continue Reading… →
The flaky dry skin has arrived. I had almost forgotten the white peeling skin that goes along with Retin A treatment. The weather has turned cold and windy which isn’t helping matters. My regular moisturizer can’t keep up, so I’m going to have to crank up on the hydration.
I’m also a little concerned that I don’t see my skin “pinking up”. One of the first things that I noticed with Retin A Micro was a youthful healthy glow, the result of an increase in circulation. This was just about my favorite anti-aging benefit from Retin A, but so far, I don’t see it from this generic, albeit much stronger formulation. Even my mom said I looked pale– and when the one person in the world who thinks you always look good says you are pale– well, I pay attention.
Readers of The No-Nonsense Beauty Blog have sent in some really interesting questions about Retin A and you may have missed the answers in the comments. These questions showed that there are so many details about Retin A that can spell the difference between getting the results you want and just giving up using it.
1. Can I use Retin A on my neck?
Absolutely! It will take longer to see improvement and it won’t be as dramatic as on the face, but it certainly will help. Use a little pea size dab, about the size you use on your face.
2. Can I use both hyaluronic acid and Retin A?
Again, yes. There are actually two forms of hyaluronic acid– one that is injected into lines to smooth out the face and the other is added to creams as a super moisturizer. Both can be used with Retin A. In face, hyaluronic acid is … Continue Reading… →
Most doctors dismiss the idea that moisturizers can prevent signs of aging– and I believed them. But now new research may change their minds– and mine. A new study just published in the prestigious British Journal of Dermatology suggests that untreated dry skin does indeed lead to lines and wrinkles. Even more interesting, the study found that consistant use of moisturizers clearly prevented the development of permanent wrinkling.
Here’s how it works: Wrinkles develop overtime due to repeated sun damage, hormonal changes and repeated useage from facial expressions. Every time we laugh, eat, shout, smile, talk or squint, we are straining the elastin and collagen fibers in the skin. As the good ( and bad) times go by, the skin gets quite a workout and temporary expressions become permanently etched in our faces. Not to worry! This new study suggests that regular useage of moisturizers ” plasticize” the skin. ( Their word, not mine) . This means that moisturizers, … Continue Reading… →