Archive for November, 2009

Question about Under-eye Puffiness?

       
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009


Question: Is there any product that actually reduces under-eye puffiness?

Answer: I like Neova Eye Therapy and Neova Advanced Refining Lift Eye GeleeMurad  Renewing Eye Cream and SkinMedica  Uplifting Eye Serum. Just remember that they are treating the APPEARANCE of puffiness… not addressing the cause of the problem. How much sleep do you get? What medications do you take?

Don’t spend a lot on eye creams. The four I suggested are reasonable priced and as effective as brands costing twice as much!

More questions and answers about subjects such as acne treatments, botox, cellulite and may more other conditions&concerns can be found at Dr. Berger’s section.

Skin Care to Beat the Bitter Cold

       
Sunday, November 15th, 2009

 

My specialty training at Albert Einstein Hospital and Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship prepared me for every surgical eventuality, but I have come to believe that cosmetic lasers, BOTOX® and a regular program of daily care are the future of anti-aging skin care.

If we begin proper care young enough, we may never need cosmetic surgery. These are promising times!

But right now the vicious bite of New York winter is close at hand and we’ll all be tightly clamped in its frigid jaws when this column appears in print. Icy wind will whip particles of dirt

and soot into our pores like microscopic bullets and rip soothing moisture from our skin.
Not a pretty picture, but it begs the question, “How can I protect my skin against the cold?”

First, Exfoliate every month. Removing dead skin and awakening fresh new surface cells will maximize the effectiveness of any other skin treatment. There are more ‘exfoliants’ at the cosmetics counter than anyone can count, but real exfoliation is accomplished by trained aestheticians using a Vibraderm™ system or specially compounded facial masks.

Vibradermabrasion™ is truly unique. Traditional crystal dermabrasion is very much like using a sand-blaster to remove dead cells… a harsh and irritating process. But Vibradermabrasion infuses healing compounds such as Copper Peptides into freshly exfoliated skin, the gently vibrating paddles stimulate collagen production and Vibraderm feels absolutely wonderful on your face or entire body!

Secondly, Cleanse and Moisturize twice a day and never, ever, go to sleep wearing makeup. When do you expect your skin to breathe? No matter how late you arrive home from holiday reverie, and how warm and inviting your bed appears, deep clean and moisturize your face before it touches the pillow… especially if other party guests were smoking? Do you really want to spend the night with cigarette smoke trapped in your pores by accumulated oils and old makeup?
Whatever your skin type, your physician or his aesthetician can help you select the best cleansing and moisturizing options. Avoid whatever is sold as the “magic ingredient du jour.” These heavily advertised products are terribly expensive and usually not as effective as doctor-recommended products which cost about 1/2 the price of commercial products… the ones that are modeled by lovely young women barely past puberty who have never actually experienced either a wrinkle or a blemish.
And don’t just moisturize the surface of your skin. Winter air is much dryer than summer air and heated indoor air is even dryer than that. During the winter, moisturize your entire body by drinking two extra glasses of water a day and use a cool-mist humidifier in the bedroom at night.
Did we forget your lips? It takes only a moment to stay kissable with Chapstick™, but it can take weeks to heal cracked, bleeding painful lips.

Finally, Protect your skin.
Winter may seem less sunny, but until they rebuild the ozone layer or build a dome over Manhattan, winter sunscreen is absolutely essential. Use SPF 30-45 every day. Sun damage is cumulative. “I’m only in the sun ten minutes between the apartment and the taxi,” is not an excuse. Ten minutes a day is 50 minutes a week… 3 hours a month… not counting weekends. “Cumulative” is the operative word.

Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your skin, apply sunscreen generously, drink lots of water and Santa will bring you a great complexion for the New Year.

Moisturizing Day and Night

       
Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Always use a moisturizer for daytime and one for night. A moisturizer for day should be one with an SPF and feel lightweight. A night moisturizer should be a heavier creme (or lotion for oily skin) to replenish loss of hydration and skin cells, rejuvenate, and help keep elasticity in your skin. Normally a night moisturizer will have some type of ingredient (AHA, essential ingredients, firming properties, etc.) to help keep skin in youthful condition.

Purify and Detoxify with Water

       
Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Water

Water is the best way to keep your skin in shape. Water is the most natural asset our bodies crave. Lack of water can cause dry, itchy skin, uneven skin tones, dark circles, etc. So keep drinking ladies! A great way to detoxify your skin and body would be to use a mask infused with natural clay. When the clay hardens it pulls all the impurities out, shrinks pore size, and leaves your skin feeling tightened and refreshed! Always make sure to put the hydration back into your skin with a good moisturizer (alcohol-free) and drink lots of water!