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ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS: THE HEROES AND ZEROS!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

photo courtesy of KMPR

When it comes to skincare do you really get what you pay for?   Here’s what is certain; there are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what you derive from in office procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery.  New Jersey Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Margarita Lolis, explains that while there are anti-aging products or ingredients that do perform significantly better than others and can make a profound difference in the skin’s appearance, others are simply false hope in a jar.  “Don’t be fooled by the antiaging labels,” Dr. Lolis warns.  Unless there is an actual “active ingredient” such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture — and little else.  From the newest ingredients to the latest in-office procedures Dr. Lolis shares her insights on how to tell a skincare zero from a hero.

THE HEROES

Sunscreen  Dr. Lolis says, “Sunscreen of an SPF 30 or above is the best antiaging cream you can use. It prevents skin cancer as well as UVA rays that cause loss of collagen and wrinkles in the skin especially when reapplied every 2 hours. My favorite base sunscreens have titanium or zinc oxide in them as active ingredients.”

Retinoids & Glycolic Acid  “Retinoids are the go-to option to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help boost collagen production,” says Dr. Lolis.”  She adds, “Over the counter retinols are good, Neutrogena makes a good one, or prescriptions such as Retin- A.” Glycolic acid also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade pigmentary damage from the sun. “I often have patients alternate nights with retinoid and glycolic,” says Dr. Lolis.

Vitamin C   Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which reduces free radical damage and is great for anti-aging and helps brighten the skin. Dr. Lolis often recommends it in the morning, underneath sunblock, or at night if patients are too sensitive to tolerate retinoids and glycolic acid.

Ceramides   Ceramides are a type of lipid found in the membrane of cells. Dr. Lolis states that, “They help hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. Ceramide levels decrease as we age which leads to loss of hydration, less skin turnover and dryer, more damaged skin. Replenishing the skin’s ceramide levels will help restore moisture and fortify the skin’s natural barrier, helping skin look and feel younger.” Lolis recommends using a moisturizer containing ceramide moisturizer for your whole body daily. (more…)

SWAG ALERT: FASHIONABLY FULL HAIR!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

With New York Fashion Week in full-swing, we can’t help but flip for those voluminous hairstyles popping up on the runway.  Channeling looks from the ’70’s through the ’90’s, designers reminded us that full-bodied hair is always in style — regardless of the decade.  Creating volume is now easier than ever with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse.  This isn’t your mother’s mousse from the ’80s, though!  The light, airy foam contains Panthenol to add thickness to limp locks, and a healthy dose of caffeine leaves hair feeling clean and fresh.  The flexible formula ensures easy styling, for touchable, elegant hair without any crunch.

John Frieda is offering a limited number of lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse simply by following them on Instagram (or Facebook if you don’t have) and entering here. This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only.  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.

 

FOCUS ON FACIAL MASKS!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

With so many at home face masks on the market, choosing one can be overwhelming. Often we purchase a face mask to address one skin issue but then start to ask ourselves, are we using it correctly?  How frequently should it be used and is it even worth the time and money?  Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a board certified dermatologist and clinical professor at Mount Sinai in New York City, offers some fast facts to help us get the most from a face mask.

EXPENSIVE ISN’T ALWAYS WORTH IT
When it comes to face masks, the products with the most expensive price tags are not necessarily the best. As consumers, we are often swayed by sleek packaging and seductive advertisement. We are also more attracted to expensive products, because we associate a higher price with a superior product. “Do your homework before making a purchase. Read reviews if available. Also know that certain face masks work best for certain specific skin conditions or results, so look to see what kind of face mask will work best for you,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.

LOOK AT THE LIST OF INGREDIENTS
According to Dr. Papantoniou, “face masks definitely serve a very useful purpose but in order to get the best result it’s important to know what ingredients address certain skin issues.”  For acne-prone skin, she recommends a mask with charcoal, kaolin, or salicylic acid, which help to draw out impurities, excess oils and unclog pores.  For those who struggle with rosacea, masks which contain green tea, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, sulfur, and aloe vera can help soothe and reduce redness.  A rejuvenating mask is great for more mature skin, where wrinkles are a concern.  A hydrating mask with antioxidants can help to plump lines and rehydrate skin cells; look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, vitamin C, CoQ10, retinol, vitamin E, coconut oil and glycolic acid.

CLEANSE — NOT EXFOLIATE — BEFORE USE
Applying a mask to a clean face is a requirement.  Dr. Papantoniou suggests using a gentle facial cleanser such as Cetaphil, Ceravé, or Vanicream, which will not dry out the skin.  However, if a mask is applied to skin which has remnants of make-up or product, a barrier can be created and the mask will not work effectively. “You want to make sure your face is clean so the mask can fully penetrate. Exfoliating prior to applying a mask will be too irritating on the skin, and the chemicals and active ingredients in the mask may be too intense, remember that the mask will be staying on your skin for a while,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.

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