At the recent ( and huge) Cosmoprof Beauty Show in Las Vegas, it seemed like every third booth was offering the Konjac sponge.
Developed in Japan, it is produced from the Kojac plant which has been used for centuries in Japan for health and beauty. The plant contains elastic fibers and is packed with protein, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids. The sponge ia actually made from dried and powdered Konjac root that has been mixed with water to form a paste. This goo is mixed with calcium hydroxide, poured into molds and heated to solidify the mixture. The plum size Kojac balls are then frozen for 24 hours then slowly dried to evaporate moisture. The final sponge has a pliable, bouncy texture and can be used with and without a cleanser.
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… →
Each year in December, the three day Mount Sinai conference on new developments in dermatology is the holiday gift that keeps on giving. The best of the best share what they’ve discovered and how they care for a wide range of skin, nail and hair problems. This year the presentations were truely amazing and I got answers to long asked questions including:
* How long do you need to stick to an acne regimen to determine if its working? Hint: its shorter than you might think.
* How can I moisturize the skin without clogging pores?
* Can women of color use lasers?
Founded by Dr Albert Lefkovits, this program attracts worldwide experts both to speak and to learn. What I find is especially helpful is that most of the … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Jackie of Aging Backwards. What I think makes Jackie unique is that she looks at the whole self– body, mind and spirit. Her mission is to share ways to have a long happy life and she does it with a passion that’s contagious. Check out her recent posts to learn the stay slim secrets of supermodels and the best ways to get the anti-aging benefits of fruits and vegetables.
To get the latest anti-aging news make a date to attend the ” Face to Face” lecture at the 92nd Street Y on March 27 in NYC. Dr Ellen Marmur, my anti-aging miracle worker, will be sharing her approach to skin care strategies for a radiant, youthful appearance. From the best and affordable skin care moisturizers and … Continue Reading… →
Apparently in addition to genetics, stress, age, salty foods, sunlight and skin type, allergies can also trigger dark under eye shadows. I had brought my dark circles under control with Triluma, a combo of Retin A, hydroquinone and a steroid to keep things calm. After three months of use, you could see a real change. However Triluma can only be used for three months at a time and then you need take a three month holiday before it can be used again. Its that strong.
In the meantime, I made sure to use a 20SPF sunblock under my eyes and avoided pizza and chinese food– two high salt foods– that were big dark circle triggers for me. When my three month Triluma holiday was over, I didn’t need to use it … Continue Reading… →
I have been getting really interesting questions that drill deeper into universal beauty issues. Some of them are in comments but most of them are via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They ask personal yet fundamental questions about aging and skin care that I wanted to share them on the blog– yet preserve your privacy. So, every other Friday I will be posting several No-Nonsense FAQ’s. Then I will archive them in a new tab so that there will be easy answers to popular issues. Many of the answers I learned in my anti-aging journey. When its new to me, I will call on the smartest doctors that I know. Like so many things, its the details that can spell success or failure– and its these details that deliver fabulous beauty results.
Which do I put on first, a moisturizer or Retin A?