Question: Although I am only in my late twenties I’ve done everthing I shouldn’t to my skin. I’ve smoked since I was 15, used baby oil to bake in the sun ( love the smell) and never pass up a plate of hot fries or a cold beer. What can I do not to look 40 before I turn 30?
Answer: LOL. Great question and I hope my answer doesn’t sound too preachy. Up to age 60 about 80% of skin aging is due to lifestyle choices. Diet, sun exposure, tobacco and alcohol add decades to your skin age. That’s the bad news. The good news? You are young enough to erase this damge and prevent new problems.
Given that you probably have sun damage I would jumpstart skin care with an IPL treatment. ( You can see the great before and after pix … Continue Reading… →
Answer: Despite our best intentions, sunburns happen. Its all to easy to forget to reapply sunscreen during the day and by the time the sun goes down, you’re red and achy. To deal with the sunburn I suggest assembling a little sunburn emergency kit in advance. You need just five affordable and easy to find items:
2. A real live Aloe Vera plant
3. A jar of Shea butter
4. A box of Quacker’s Oatmeal
5. Green tea bags
Here’s the drill: When you realize that you’re fried, take two aspirin. This will reduce the inflammation which is the root of the pain and damge to your skin. Then fill a tub with lukewarm water and swish a handful of oatmeal into the water. Get in and soak for 20 minutes. Oatmeal is one of … Continue Reading… →
Sun protective clothing starts with a great hat, but the rest of my body needed a shield from aging UV rays. My first stop was a New York City institution, Paragaon Sports. Located near Union Square, Paragon has a seemingly inexhaustable selection of of equipment for just about every sport you can name. I wandered into their hiking section and started thumbing through their racks. A really hot thirty something salesman came over and asked if he could help me find what I needed. When I explained what I was looking for, his eyes lit up in admiration. ” Oh, I understand, you’re going on a safari.”
I really loved that image, but I had to admit I was planning a hike on a mountain near Kingston, New York. “It gets very … Continue Reading… →
With the return of warm sunny days, I’m getting a flood of great sunscreen questions. Since 90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure, UV protection is just about the smartest thing we can do to avoid wrinkles and dark spots. But it can be harder than just grabing a tube of goo and dabbing it on.
Question 1: Help! I know I should use sunscreen, but they makes my skin break out.
I know about that first hand. Its so unfair. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, some sunscreen formulations can provoke breakouts, even in women over 40. You should start by looking for oil-free formulations. Check the labels and avoid ingredients like beeswax, petroleum, parafin and shea butter. But oil isn’t the only problem. Breakouts over 40 are the result of inflammation, rather than the hormone/bacteria axis, so other … Continue Reading… →