Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Margarita Lolis’


Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

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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.


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…)


Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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This winter has proven to be one of the worst in years.  From relentless snow to icy roads, many people are fleeing frigid temperatures for warmer climates. However, traveling puts additional stress on you and your skin. New Jersey board certified dermatologist, Dr. Margarita Lolis, shares her must-know skin travel tips to help make time away more relaxing and leave skin rosy upon arrival.

For Frequent Flyers  The re-circulated air on planes is five times drier than the desert and the lack of humidity causes loss of moisturizer. The air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of 10 to 20 percent — much lower than a comfortable typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent. All of which combines to equal skin desperately in need of moisture.  “Most people realize that flying can cause skin to dry out and breakout, but they may not know why,” says Dr. Lolis. “Whenever the environment is moisture-free such as with recirculated air in a plane cabin – the air actually draws moisture from wherever it can, including the skin. Dry skin will tend to get drier and oily skin will get even oilier to compensate for dehydration.”

  • Un-Happy Hour: Don’t Drink Alcohol on the Plane. “Alcohol is very dehydrating. While it may help to relax you if you’re nervous about flying, the effect of alcohol will be dry skin,” says Dr. Lolis. “Drink water, and read a magazine or book or bring along your iPod. Having something to distract you will help you as much, if not more than a glass of wine. If you just can’t pass it up, drink lots of water afterward.”
  • Bring a Hydrating Mist for In-Flight Treatment. A hydrating mist is perfect for in flight application. Dr. Lolis recommends spraying a couple of pumps onto your face for instant hydration. It also feels great and helps cool you down if you’re on a warm airplane.
  • Skip the Salty Snacks. Airport food is not very skin-friendly. “While peanuts and pretzels may look delicious, salt can cause swelling,” warns Dr. Lolis. “Instead, snack on fruits and vegetables like carrots and apples, which are filled with water.” (more…)


Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

What is worse than the onset of an unsightly skincare emergency the day of a big event such as a wedding, high school reunion, business interview, or first date?  Only one which erupts during the holidays, interfering with holiday pictures, Christmas parties, and family gatherings.  That’s why we turned to New York dermatologist, Dr. Margarita Lolis, to help us handle these common emergencies within the first 24 hours.

PROBLEM:  CYSTIC ACNE BREAKOUT  Solution: Resist the urge to squeeze and soak the breakout in rubbing alcohol. “This is such a common response and people end up making the pimple worse not to mention scarring their skin,” shares Dr. Lolis.  Cystic acne is found deep beneath the skin.  If treated correctly (beneath the surface) it can remain a bump and not a red, scabbing mess, she warns. “The secret to destroying a deep cystic pimple is to get a steroid or cortisone shot.  Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement,” explains Dr. Lolis. If you cannot get to the dermatologist, apply a paste of baking soda with water then remove it within 20 minutes. Natural clay or a sea salt compress can also work very well (and quickly!).  Sea salt only requires 20 minutes to dry up skin.

PROBLEM:  HIVES, REDNESS, AND ALLERGIES  Solution: “When you realize a certain food, beverage, cream, or cosmetic triggered an allergic reaction, immediately discontinue use or consumption.” As for treatment Dr. Lolis suggests using hydrocortisone cream which can be purchased at the drug store and should always be on hand. Also take an allergy medication such as Claritin or Zyrtec or try a cotton compress of apple cider vinegar (a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal that pulls any toxins out of the skin) or whole milk, which soothes the skin. (more…)