Archive for the ‘Hyperpigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone’ Category

Dermalogica Training

       
Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

       
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other
Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

Neocutis is a line of skin care specifically formulated for its anti-aging effects on the skin. Neocutis products have been thoroughly researched and developed by credited Swiss scientists using the very latest in product development technologies.

PSP

PSP stands for Processed Skin Cell Proteins and was discovered first for its wound healing properties. PSP can also be used as an active ingredient in cosmetics and skin care products such as Neocutis, making the Neocutis skin care line the newest generation of naturally balanced products available. PSP produces a balanced combination of polypeptides and skin nourishing proteins which utilizes the power of cytokines and human growth factors for advanced skin revitalization.

Melaplex

Melaplex is another active ingredient found in Neocutis skin care products. It is a proprietary blend of skin brightening ingredients which diminishes dark spots and uneven skin tone, restoring the complexion to a more youthful state of clarified brightness. Melaplex is a combination of four key ingredients that help target pigmentation spots in the skin:

• Phenylethyl Resorcinol

• Leucine

• Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

Melaplex has been clinically tested and proven to improve skin tone by forty three percent in a twelve week, twice daily application.

Rosaplex

Rosaplex is a redness balancing formula that boosts skin’s natural ability to reverse and prevent redness in the skin. Redness can be caused by acne, rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. The latest research confirms that the skin’s own innate immune system can cause redness and is linked to an over production of anti-microbial peptides. Neocutis products containing Rosaplex restores the skin’s balance and boosts the skin’s defense against redness by combining:

• Sodium Dextran Sulfate

• Zinc PCA

• Caffeine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

• Glycerin

Rosaplex helps to manage and diminish redness in the skin, blemishes and blotchiness and delivers results in less than eight weeks with twice daily application.

Vita-Plex C

Vita-Plex C assists in managing oxidative stress which increases the activity of free radicals on the skin. These free radicals directly contribute to aging of the skin. Vita-Plex C neutralizes free radicals and supports regeneration with its anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidents in Vita-Plex C include hydrophilics and lipophilics blended with an amino acid metabolite which preserves cellular preservation.

Neocutis products are an extremely advanced line of anti-aging and restorative skin care products that target and treat many of the symptoms and signs of aging most often reported by dermatologic patients. Often Neocutis is recommended as a preferred alternative to more invasive treatments such as acid peels or laser skin resurfacing.

What to drink for healthier, brighter skin

       
Monday, August 5th, 2013

Healthier, brighter skin now: What to drink

We all know it's important to drink enough water and consume nutrient-dense superfoods for radiant skin. However, experts say that there are other beverages that can provide a bevy of benefits, from fewer fine lines to enhanced elasticity. Here are some drinks you'll want to sip on for a glowing complexion.

Green tea
For maximum skin-boosting advantages, this tea is best consumed hot. Women's Health magazine reported that heat causes the tea to release an antioxidant which not only acts as an anti-inflammatory but can also ward off cancer. The source noted that a study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry determined that drinking between two and six cups a day may help prevent malignancies that result from too much sun exposure.

Oat milk
Some say that eliminating dairy products can improve the skin's appearance. Glamour magazine recommended switching out traditional cow's milk for oat milk, which is available at most supermarkets. The source explained that this alternative has a significant amount of vitamin E and folic acid, both of which are key for healthy skin regeneration.

Nettle tea
Does your skin tend to flare up? Nettle tea might be just the remedy if you are prone to breakouts or eczema, according to Glamour. High levels antioxidants mean the tea may also help rid the skin and body of toxins and free radicals, which tend to speed up the aging process.

Fruit and veggie juice
When you're not in the mood to eat your vegetables, drinking them can provide the same essential nutrients that help brighten and protect skin. Noelle Swatland of GreenLemonade.com told Shape magazine that the right concoctions can help to rid the body of impurities and restore balance to the skin, thus evening out its tone. Cucumbers are her top choice, as they are packed with skin-boosting potassium, magnesium and silica. Not only that, but cucumbers are a whopping 90 percent water, so they're ultra-hydrating. Tomato juice is also an ideal selection, as Glamour pointed out that these fruits contain skin-tightening vitamin C and lycopene, which helps circulation.

Peppermint tea
Stress is a major skin villain. When things are getting tense, unwind with a cup of peppermint tea, which Glamour magazine pointed out has innate soothing effects. There are other benefits as well: The herb can help to clear out the sinuses, relieve a headache and facilitate digestion.

Can you tell the difference between normal skin and sensitive skin?

       
Friday, November 16th, 2012

Can you tell the difference between normal skin and sensitive skin?Have you ever had a breakout or noticed patches of dry skin around your nose and wondered, "Does this mean I have sensitive skin?"

If so, you're not alone. Sensitive skin can be tough to define and, as a result, is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions in the beauty industry. While products like BABOR – Basic Care Sensitive Cream can be a great resource for those with sensitive complexions, this misunderstood skin dilemma is so confusing, even experts are weighing in.

"It's an overused phrase," Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C, told Allure magazine. "People may be overusing their products, leading to irritation."

One of the best ways to tell if you legitimately have sensitive skin is to test out new products. If foundations, face washes and even blushes cause inflammation and make your skin sting, that's a pretty good sign that you have a sensitive epidermis.

If your skin does become red, something like BORGHESE – Effetto Immediato Spa Soothing Tonic for Sensitive Skin can soothe, condition and re-balance skin for a more luminous appearance. 

Are you rushing through your skincare regimen?

       
Monday, November 12th, 2012

Are you rushing through your skincare regimen?When it comes to morning rituals, most women have to hustle to get everything done. From showering to blow-drying and straightening those stubborn locks, it can be tough just trying to look your best each day, but a labor of love well spent when it counts.

Unfortunately, all that rushing around can have a negative impact on the quality of your routine. According to Glamour magazine’s beauty blog, speeding through a skincare regimen is one of the biggest – and most common – beauty faux pas around!

For starters, you should give yourself plenty of quality time with moisturizers like PRIORI – Advanced AHA Skin Renewal Cream. Give your skin a chance to absorb all the great nutrients of this potent blend by dabbing a quarter-size amount in both hands and working it over both your face and neck.

Once you’re through, a creamy, soap-free exfoliant like Exuviance – Age Reverse BioActiv Wash can be a terrific way to jumpstart your day and rid your complexion of harmful pollutants that can pile up on the surface of skin, even while you’re sleeping.

You may have to wake up a little early to get this extended beauty ritual underway, but you’ll be more than happy once you get a look at the results!

Consider your coloring when selecting a treatment for acne scars

       
Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Consider your coloring when selecting a treatment for acne scarsWhile acne is often regarded as a teenage ailment, the skin condition can leave marks that affect many people for years after the blemishes clear up. But before you treat the scarred areas, you should consider your coloring.

"Fair skin usually ends up with red marks, while darker skin tends to get brown spots," New York-based dermatologist Anne Chapas told InStyle magazine. Different skin tones, then, require different types of products to combat the scars.

According to Chapas, women with olive skin and darker complexions should look for a product with two percent hydroquinone. The news source recommends Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel, which will fade acne marks while it improves skin's clarity and reduces irritation.

Gals with lighter skin should use an exfoliant with salicylic or glycolic acid. Peter Thomas Roth Potent Botanical Skin Brightening Gel Complex is hydroquinone-free and contains salicylic acid to even out skin tone. PCA Skin Blemish Control Bar (pHaze 32) cleanses and conditions skin while reducing the appearance of scars.

Since some products require a bit of time to work, you may not see results immediately, but a great concealer can help you mask the marks in the meantime. A green cover-up is ideal for red spots and a yellow concealer is best for brown and purple-colored scars.

Treating uneven skin

       
Friday, October 29th, 2010

Treating uneven skinWhile many women yearn for a flawless complexion, some have uneven skin that can be hard to conceal, as one product may not even out the discoloration. However, Allure magazine recently revealed some ways that women can combat the issue.

If you have a complexion marked with dark spots, there are a few products that can remedy the problem. A cream that contains two percent hydroquinone, like Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel, can help lightened darkened areas. The news source recommends applying the product at night, 20 minutes before your moisturizer.

Women with hyperpigmentation but sensitive skin may want to try a mild treatment. Look for formulas with kojic acid, such as Neova Kojic Complex Gel.

Whether you have a propensity for blushing or are afflicted with rosacea, facial redness can be combated at well. The news outlet recommends washing your face with a product meant for sensitive skin and moisturizing with a lotion that contains soothing ingredients such as feverfew, aloe vera and licorice.

Finally, a mask with sulfur, like Murad Clarifying Mask, can help reduce inflammation.

Ways to minimize the appearance of skin discoloration and scars

       
Friday, August 20th, 2010

Ways to minimize the appearance of skin discoloration and scarsWhile some skin conditions are curable, others put up a bit more of a fight. However, there are ways to successfully treat even the most stubborn imperfections.

Whether you skinned your knee as a child or had to undergo surgery, scars can make you feel self-conscious when baring your skin. Apply a product like Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment to newer marks, but remember to wait until the wound has completely healed.

Those with older scars have options as well. Instead of covering up with stockings and shawls, however, Allure.com suggests using a highly pigmented oil-free concealer to hide the mark. Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer SPF 30 is a full-coverage formula that’s perfect for covering localized skin flaws.

Skin mottled by dark patches and broken blood vessels may also benefit from cosmetics, such as Dermablend Cover Creme SPF 30 (New Formula), which is designed to cover inconsistencies and create a more even-looking skin tone.

Specialized creams may also be beneficial. According to the website, products with hydroquinone can help to fade dark spots. However, the ingredient can make skin more sensitive to the sun, so those who use a hydroquinone-laden product should apply it at night and lather on sunscreen during the day.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19928657-ADNFCR

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

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!