Great Skincare Ingredient: Vitamin C

It seems like everyday a different skincare company is announcing the discovery of a new and great antioxidant that is better than all the other antioxidants discovered so far.  Truly there is no “best” antioxidant.  It is great idea to use a variety of antioxidant in your skincare products. Vitamin C is definitely an antioxidant worth looking for in skincare products.  This water-soluble antioxidant has a proven track record for being an effective skincare ingredient.  Not only does it protect the skin from free radical damage, it plays an important role in coll...more

Why You Should See An Esthetician and How To Find a Good One

I was already planning on writing this post when I received a question the other day from a reader.  The reader asked basically:  ”How can you know if you’ve found a good esthetician?”.  This post will attempt to answer that question, and I would love comments and feedback from readers if they agree or disagree with my take on things.   Why Should You Visit An Esthetician?    ...more

All About Retinols

As far as anti-aging ingredients go retinol is a superstar.  And the great thing about retinol is that it not only fights the effects of aging it also helps clear acne and hyperpigmentation as well. Retinol refers to the entire Vitamin A molecule and were originally introduced in skincare products 1971 when Retin-A came on the market.  When applied topically retinol functions as both an antioxidant and as a cell-communicating ingredient.  Being a cell-communicating ingredient means that retinol helps speed up skin cell turnover and helps the skin create healthier...more

Can Over Washing Your Face Lead to More Acne?

For some reason the idea exists that if you over wash your face – that is wash your face too many times during the day or use a cleanser that leaves your face feeling “squeaky clean” – your body will begin to  produce more oil and you will get more acne.  Now if this was true – how would there be anyone with dry skin?  And since there are many people who have dry skin obviously there must be another explanation here for this theory. The issue here isn’t over washing your face.  The issue is really balance.  It is actually quite easy to over wash your face so...more

A question not about acne but about blackheads. I've looked on the internet, I've bought ...more

Stress and Your Skin

Last Saturday I spent the day at McCormick Place in Chicago attending the Face and Body Conference Midwest.  While there I had the opportunity to attend a few lectures on a variety of topics from skincare ingredients to treatment options to marketing strategies. The first class I attended last Saturday was called “Cutting-Edge Ingredients” and the speaker was Rebecca...more

Help for Puffy Eyes

Last week I covered the issue of dark undereye circles in my blog so I thought it was a good idea to now address puffy eyes. Puffy eyes are caused by a build-up of lymph under the eyes (or poor lymph flow in the same area), alcohol, salty foods, allergies, crying, and aging. If your puffy eyes are caused by poor lymph flow or a build up of lymph giving yourself a gentle massage in that area sh...more

Attitudes about Aging

I was once told by someone that I need not worry about finding clients for my esthetic services because there are “always vain people out there”.  Of course I would beg to differ with this point on many levels, first and foremost since I think that most people who seek esthetic services are just trying to look their best and that doesn’t mean that they are vain.  I see part of my job as an esthetician as a way to help people look and feel their best.  Just getting your eyebrows waxed and shaped can change a person’s appearance entirely.  Why not invest in making your ski...more

All About Exfoliation

Everyone needs to exfoliate, and you’ll be delighted with the results if you do. Why Should You Exfoliate? First off, the term exfoliation refers to the removal, either by peeling, rubbing, or sloughing off, of dead skin cells on the outer layer of the epidermis -the stratum corneum.  The exfoliant is the product is that helps you with this process.  The benefits of exfoliation are numerous and include: Smoother skin...more

Discounting Dysport - Is It Ethical?

The New York Times published an article about Dysport’s new advertising claim that offers rebates to consumers if they try the product or even a rebate on Botox if the consumer is unhappy with Dysport.  Both Botox and Dysport are purified forms of botulinum toxin that when injected into the skin result in the temporary freezing of muscles so that skin, particularly on the forehead, appe...more

Skincare in Your 40s, 50s, and Beyond

In my previous two posts about caring for your skin at different life stages I emphasized the need to gently wash your face every night, use skincare products with antioxidants in them, exfoliate regularly, and use a retinoid product.  And of course you are still using your sunscreen daily and remembering to reapply. ...more