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Tips on selecting skincare products based on your ethnicity

       
Friday, August 13th, 2010

Tips on selecting skincare products based on your ethnicityWhile skin color often dictates the shade of foundation that women wear, few ladies may be aware that one’s heritage can also dictate her skincare routine requirements. “Even beyond color, recent research shows that race and ethnicity play an important role in how the skin will respond to products and procedures,” Jessica Wu, clinical instructor of dermatology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, told Allure magazine.

But finding the right types of products for your skin based on your ethnicity doesn’t have to be difficult – with a bit of advice from industry experts, it can be easy.

According to Fran Cook-Bolden, director of the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group in New York City, pigment-making cells are highly productive in black skin. “Harsh cleansers are just one more thing that can upset black skin and excite pigment cells,” Cook-Bolden told the news source.

A gentle face wash, like Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, will clean skin without irritating chemicals that can cause inflammation. SkinMedica Skin Polisher features “ultrafine jojoba beads [that] allow you to use this [product] at least twice a week without irritation,” the publication reports.

Women who have white skin must deal with pigment issues of their own. The news outlet reports that white skin is prone to redness, sometimes caused by rosacea. Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, swears by B. Kamins Chemist Booster Blue Soothing Skin Concentrate. “I use this when my skin flares up with redness,” she told the magazine, as the blue-green tint counteracts redness while bisabolol tempers irritation.

“Rich moisturizers are a must, because as light skin thins, it gets drier,” added Graf. L’Occitane 24 Hours Ultra Rich Face Cream contains 25 percent shea butter and is formulated to help replenish skin’s hydrolipidic film.

According to Allure, South Asian and Middle Eastern women’s skin is susceptible to melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. “As this skin ages, everything drops,” Hema Sundaram, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, told the news provider, who recommends SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. “There are good studies showing that it stimulates new collagen formation to improve elasticity and also helps with hyperpigmentation,” she added. “One Indian patient calls it ‘liquid gold for the skin.’”

Sundaram also recommends Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30. “This is the one sunscreen that really helps prevent my melasma – because it’s broad-spectrum, it’s easy to reapply and it gives complete coverage,” she told the magazine.

East Asian and Southeast Asian women should opt for exfoliants that boast lactic acid, like Kinerase Pro+Therapy Advanced Radiance Facial Peel, as Wu reports that lactic acid is less likely to irritate Asian skin than stronger salicylic acid.

“Studies show that Asian skin is more sensitive than other types,” Wu told the news source, adding that she usually recommends a soap-free cleanser. Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme is a soap-free formula designed to remove makeup, dirt and surface oils without stripping skin of lipids.

Latin ladies looking for clear skin, however, may want to select a treatment that contains salicylic acid. Because Latinas are a diverse mix of ethnicities, their skin can have issues associate with light complexions, like lines and rosacea, and dark skin, like melasma. Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, which benefits Latinas with rosacea. “[It] redistributes pigment, which makes the skin look more even-toned,” Vivian Bucay, dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, told the new source.

Murad offers a few products that contain salicylic acid. The brand’s Clarifying Cleanser boasts 1.5 percent salicylic acid and is formulated to eliminate surface bacteria. Their AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser brightens skin by dissolving skin cell buildup, and features licorice extract, which is reported to have anti-irritant and anti-inflamatory properties.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19925048-ADNFCR

Experts suggest the best cosmetics for a speedy morning routine

       
Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Experts suggest the best cosmetics for a speedy morning routineMany girls can remember watching their mothers “put on their faces” before a day of work or a night out, and this process usually took a considerably long time. But today, it may seem as though the hours mom had to get ready are inexplicably absent from the morning routine, and women everywhere are looking for ways to speed up this process.

Luckily, experts spoke to MSN’s Glo to offer a few time-saving tips for their morning makeup routine. Making sure skin looks impeccable is paramount – with a flawless complexion, you won’t need to spend as much time applying product to the rest of your face.

A bit of concealer can go a long way, according to celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt. “Dab concealer in the tear trough [where there's darkness or a shadow] and a little on the thin, transparent skin on your eyelids. A little around the nostrils and the chin and you’re set,” he told the news source. Youngblood Ultimate Concealer is a creamy mineral formula that will cover even the darkest inconsistencies.

An all-over foundation, while beneficial at times, can be time-consuming and unnecessary for many women’s daily routines. “A great tinted moisturizer with SPF is a perfect way to save time by skipping foundation, but also a key to prep and protect your face so you stay looking great for years to come,” beauty expert Molly R. Stern told the news outlet.

An oil-free formula, like Jane Iredale Dream Tint SPF 15, is designed to create a barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays as it minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Adding a touch of warmth to the face can create contrast, and make your teeth and the whites of your eyes appear brighter, Surratt told the news source. Instead of layering blushes and shimmers, opt for a high-quality bronzer, such as Colorescience Bronzer Brush (SPF 20), and apply the product to the parts of your face that the sun would naturally hit – temples, the bridge of your nose, the cheeks and a quick brush across the forehead.

“Curling your lashes gives you an instant eye brightening effect,” Surratt added. Paula Dorf Curl-Up Eyelash Curler gently shapes lashes without pinching or pulling. To set the curl, apply a coat of waterproof mascara. While blondes may benefit from a dark brown formula, which will be more natural looking than basic black, women could wake up tired-looking eyes by using a navy blue mascara.

Instead of using brushes and blending powders, select a cream shadow, which will be easy to apply, and will require nothing more than a swipe of your finger. Just remember to pick-up a long-lasting, crease-proof formula. Too Faced Lockdown Ultimate Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow combines high pigment with an anti-crease cream base. Fair-skinned women may prefer Bondage (a light beige), whereas ladies with a dark complexion can opt for Dramarama (a deep brown).

To finish your look, apply a lip stain. “They give your lips an enhanced appearance that requires very little maintenance or touch-up,” Surratt told the news provider. Lip stains last longer than most other products, so you won’t have to spend extra time throughout the day reapplying your makeup. Instead, cover stained lips with a clear lip balm – it will condition lips and add a subtle, sexy sheen to your pout.

Finally, investing in high-quality products may be the best insider tip to keeping you looking great without slowing you down in the morning. Hairstylist Adrian De Berardinis told the news source that the products you choose can really make a difference, so investing in ones that give you what you need is money well spent.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19919968-ADNFCR

Insiders reveal to Allure magazine how to achieve the best skin for summer

       
Friday, July 9th, 2010

Best skin for summer
While you may always desire soft, glowing skin, now that beach season is here, you’ll certainly want your body to be at its best. Though some of us may be in the dark as to how to keep our skin looking great, experts recently shared a few tips with Allure magazine that will have you ready to step into the summertime sunlight.

While exfoliating is a great way to rid your body of small bumps and dead skin, you shouldn’t use the same products on delicate areas (like your chest) as you do on tougher skin (like your elbows). Beauty expert Charlotte Tilbury recommends using a facial scrub to exfoliate areas where the skin is thinner. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant will remove dulling surface debris as it conditions, and is great for even the most sensitive complexions, as it is fragrance-free.

Hair removal is one of the most pressing issues when preparing your body for the warm summer weather. But with all the methods of removal out there, which approach should you take before a day – or night – out?

“I always tell my clients not to wax before a big event because it causes ingrown hairs and little red bumps,” Los Angeles makeup artist Joanna Schlip told Allure. “You get a much smoother look by shaving. And you’re getting a really good exfoliation, too.” Using a moisture-rich formula, like Lippmann Collection’s Did I Shave My Legs For This? Ayurvedic Shave Cream, will help to keep your legs conditioned as you ready yourself to rock your short shorts.

If you do come across the occasional ingrown hair, Whish Flawless Bump Fighter can help to eliminate the unsightly, and sometimes painful, irregularities.

After skin is showered, exfoliated and shaved, experts urge you not to forget the importance of a good moisturizer. “Jennifer Aniston doesn’t use makeup or self-tanner on her legs – just moisturizer,” makeup artist Angela Levin, who works with the actress, told the publication. But a good moisturizer can be hard to find, especially given the endless amounts of products out there.

In addition to softening your skin, many formulas boast multiple benefits. There are lotions that help minimize hair growth, firm cellulite and even improve blood circulation. Pick a product that suits your needs, and apply it when you get out of the shower.

You will also want to pay attention to your nose when selecting your moisturizer. Since it’s summertime, a heavily scented cream may come across as cloying, and can interfere with your perfume of choice. Instead, opt for a product with a light scent or, to play it safe, select a body moisturizer that is fragrance free. Dermalogica UltraRich Body Cream is a long-lasting moisture treatment that contains no artificial colors or scents, but if you want a lighter formula, opt for COOLA Total Body SPF 30 Unscent, a body lotion which also provides sun protection.

No summertime look is complete without a beautiful tan, but spending hours baking in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Luckily, you can avoid these dangers and fake a great glow with a sunless tanner like June Jacobs Radiant Glow Self Tanning Lotion.

Industry insiders stress that how you apply the product can dramatically alter how realistic your tan appears. “I don’t like to squirt self-tanner right on the skin. If you have a dry spot, it will attach to that,” makeup artist Jillian Dempsey told the magazine. Instead, Dempsey suggests pumping the tanner onto a round velour puff, similar to the ones used to apply face powder, and swirling it over the skin in circular motions, moving quickly over dry areas like elbows and knees.

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.

Stage Makeup Secrets Revealed

       
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Stage MakeupThe first tip to applying stage make up is to start with a cleansed and moisturized face. Use foundation over you entire face and neck. A thick, pancake make up works well because it covers everything and provides skin color to your face. Following the foundation apply the blush. Using a cream or stick blush will give you more of a long lasting color. The eyes can be tricky. You may want to accentuate your eyes with a dark line and put on lots of mascara. The shadows should be either natural looking or colorful.  Last but not least are the lips. Use a tiny bit of foundation or concealer on your lips before you apply the lipstick. Line your lips with a natural to darker color and fill it in with matching lipstick.

Your make up needs to be exaggerated in order to appear under the bright lights. It may look like a lot when you are doing it, but it will look fabulous on stage.

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

       
Thursday, May 24th, 2007

The environment can be rough on the skin—especially in the summer. During the heated summer months the sun can dehydrate the skin, especially on the face. It’s vital to take special care of your delicate skin and to retain its moisture. In order to counteract the drying effects of Mother Nature you should moisturize the skin morning and night; this will create a soft “canvas” for daily makeup application and have skin looking its healthiest. Try to use moisturizers and foundations with SPF to protect from further skin damage.

Three Step Treatment of Large Pores

       
Thursday, September 28th, 2006

The best way to free skin of large pores is to begin a three step cleansing skin care regime. First, cleanse with either a Cleansing Cream or Cleansing gel that will get rid of the dirt, dead skin cells and make-up that are inside and on top of your pores. The second, and very important step in the reduction of pore size is to use a Toner without Alcohol. Follow this phase with a moisturizer with Vitamins A and E. These ingredients encourage healing and are especially good for people prone to acne. Once a week after you cleanse, use a treatment exfoliator. Follow the exfoliator with a good Toner and Moisturizer.

Exfoliate Your Skin and Body

       
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

An exfoliator is a gentle abrasive that is used with water to remove dead skin cells. For someone with problematic skin who is using Retin A, it is imperative to use once a week because of the flaking skin. Underneath will be a softer, smoother skin tone. Be sure to remove thoroughly with warm water. Try a body exfoliator, use 1-2 times a week in the shower. Your skin will love you for it!