Question: I’ve been using a 1% retinol serum, 15% vitamin C serum for my face and another 5% vitamin c serum for my eyes for two weeks and now my skin is a mess! It’s red, peeling, super dry and wrinkled. It even hurts when I wash my face and put on sunscreen. I’m so scared and don’t know what to do.
Answer: These are strong and genuinely effective formulations, but you overdid it a bit. According to the wizard of Park Avenue, Dr Albert Lefkovits, stop using all current products. He recommends soothing the skin with a milk compress. Soak a man’s hankerchief in a mixture of 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 room temperature cup water, wring it out a bit and apply it to face and neck. Wash your face with a super gentle cleanser like Cetaphil … Continue Reading… →
Question: What’s the difference between a serum, a lotion and a cream?
Answer: Serums are very thin liquids made of water and silicones. They are especially effective vechicles for water soluable ingredients like vitamins E and B6. Serums mix well with natural skin oils and work beautifully under make-up. Lotions are water in oil emulsions which can deliver moisturizing incredients like ceramides and glycolic acid. Creams are thick oil-in-water emulsions that have the highest fat content of all combination products. Many have mineral oiland/or lanolin which make them excellent for very dry skin– less so for oily sensitive or acne-prone skin.
I’ve been using the Clarisonic Opal for a week and at first I was all thumbs. I had to read the instructions several times before I felt comfortable to try it. It is not like any other device that I had used and I’m especially anxious about using anything around my eyes.
The oval device has a little nubbin that you fill with serum. This pale amber gel had a number of interesting ingredients which had some good science behind them. These included world class antioxidants including green tea and resveratrol and marine peptides, vitamin C to brighten the skin and glycosaminoglycans ( what a mouthful) for firmness.
The Clarisonic instructions were very specific to follow the rim of the eye socket and not to use the device on the … 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… →
This week Fashion Flash is hosted by The Shoe Dish – an incredible site devoted to footwear. Now I like to think I have a black belt in shopping, but The Shoe Dish introduced me to new styles and brands that I never knew existed. For example, on The Shoe Dish I found a pair of back kitten heel D’orsay pumps that were as comfortable as they were sexy. Wore them last week to a reception and it was the first time in years I didn’t limp home.
Recognition of the impact of biotin on nails led me to think about other ways nutrition can affect skin health. There are of course dozens of food based beauty claims, like salmon, berries and olive oil hold the key to beautiful skin. Are there any respected peer-reviewed studies that show what if any foods can affect how your skin ages?
The short answer is yes. And the most impressive data comes from the iconic National Helath and Education study (NHANES). This massive ( 32,000 adults) nationwide study examined food intakes and evaluated them in terms of many health problems like heart disease, cancer, and blood pressure, and fortuneately for us, skin aging.
NHANES looked at three key signs of aging — wrinkles, dryness, and saging. Their conclusions sent me running to the … Continue Reading… →