All Blog News for Skincare

  • Extravagant Spa Treatments That People Pay for and I Kinda Want to Try?

    Sure, I’ve spent hours imagining myself in a bath of diamonds — dunking under and coming up for air like a Chuck E. Cheese patron in a ball pit — who hasn’t? But would I spend thousands to rub ground diamonds on my face? Would that be a thing? Apparently we’re not far off. It seems that there’s a trend in spa services a la lifestyles of the rich and famous which says if you put something ‘chi chi’ on a spa menu, people will pay to be slathered in it. 

    What’s hot, what it does and … would you try it? 

  • Is Mixing Skincare Products Dangerous?

    Skincare seems simple enough. We cleanse, we tone, we moisturize. We may throw serums or masques or peels into the mix. If one product runs out, we may switch to another, ignoring brand, primary ingredients or regimen. Perhaps we may consider mixing or layering products and treatments for various results and that’s totally fine, right? All skincare is good skincare. Actually, that’s just not the case.  

  • Skin Conditions That Can Be Treated with IPL Photo Facial

    You may have seen Intense Pulsed Light treatment (IPL) being offered at your local med spa and wondered if it was a good choice for your skin. IPL is known to help improve acne rosacea, treat irregular pigmentation, dark sun spots, and reduce fine facial lines. Patients should be aware that IPL treatment is not the same as a laser treatment. 

  • The Power of the Pen

    The list of non-surgical aesthetic procedures I'm willing to try just grew by one, and with very good reason. Microneedling has a proven track record of skin repair, and now there's a new post-procedure topical treatment designed to support it. Bellus Medical recently launched Skinfuse, a post-microneedling treatment to optimize the results of microneedling with SkinPenTM , also a Bellus Medical product. 

  • Using Anti-Aging Products in Your Twenties

    That first fine line, wrinkle, gray hair... We expect that in our thirties, as life and the stress that comes with it begins to take its toll. But sometimes, those signs begin to appear earlier. Or, sometimes, we decide to nip those signs in the bud before they even occur. 

    A lot is said about the benefits of preventative anti-aging treatments. It sounds like an obvious tactic to stay young forever: Start preserving your youth before it starts to fade. But is it as simple as that? Can starting an anti-aging regime in our twenties keep us looking younger longer? 

  • Post-Peel Skincare: What You Need To Know

    Many years ago, when I was still new to the beauty biz, I was invited by a well-known dermatologist to experience a lunchtime peel in her office. Having heard that a light peel could brighten my complexion with absolutely no downtime, I was more than excited to give it a go. 

  • Skin Laxity- Why It's Important and What You Need to know

    As someone who talks to many plastic surgeons, there's a term I keep hearing: skin laxity. I've interviewed several plastic surgeons on various topics ranging from full mommy makeovers to noninvasive laser skin tightening, and skin laxity comes up often.  

    According to Merriam-Webster, laxity is the quality or state of being loose. Factors that contribute to skin laxity include aging, genetics, stress, sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and smoking which reduce the collagen and elastin in our skin. 

  • Put Your Best Chest Forward: Expert Advice for a Younger Looking Chest

    I have to admit, I do like a good turtleneck as much as the next woman, but when the right occasion warrants it, I'd still like to don my fair share of cleavage-baring ensembles without feeling like I'm inviting criticism. Though I've always taken great care of my complexion with antioxidant serums, moisturizing creams and masks, broad spectrum sun protection, facials and other face-saving, rejuvenating treatments, I've been far less diligent in other oft-exposed zones, including my chest. 

  • What Smart Beauty Means to Me: Tread Wisely!

    I'm very excited to be the newest member of the Smart Beauty Guide team. When I was first asked to join I thought long and hard about what smart beauty means to me. My personal philosophy on beauty is to take good care of myself. I eat well the majority of the time, get enough sleep, exercise regularly and surround myself with people that make me happy. Good skincare is also a given and small, non-invasive tweaks with a conservative approach are not out of the question. I'd also never say never to plastic surgery.  

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