Never Too Young to Prevent The Signs of Aging

March 18, 2011

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Lately many women in their early 20’s to mid 30’s have been coming to me and asking me when they should start using anti-aging skincare products. My answer: it’s never too early to start a good skincare regimen. I believe that they key to achieving flawless skin is to keep a good balance of cleansers and toners. Everyone who wants to achieve flawless looking skin should keep a good balance of cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, and if you get home late from a night out never forget to cleanse and moisturize because these are so important to maintain good skin.

Don’t use harsh, heavy cleansers that strip the skin. If you’re over the age of 15, use a gentle, effective cleanser, and a good moisturizer. Eye creams are also essential to beautiful looking skin; everyone should use one. The skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate and should be moisturized just like the rest of the face.

In recent years the press has been fixated on the “who’s had botox?” question. On one hand I don’t think injectables should be used before 30, like many celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Heidi Montag have been doing. However Botox can be preventative, and if you start using it before deep lines appear, it can eliminate the word wrinkles from your vocabulary. Botox does not distort your face, as some may believe; it simply smoothes out wrinkles and prevents you from getting them.

Luxury skincare brands such as LaPrairie and Crème de la Mer have great creams, however people tend to not use enough of the product because the product is so pricey. I tell my clients to put on their moisturizer as they would a mask. You can never have enough moisturizer on! I wouldn’t recommend the classic Crème de la Mer, however the lighter lotion works quite nicely

What are you doing to keep your skin youthful?


The Best Way to Prevent Damage? Keep It Clean!

March 14, 2011

What do days at the office, wild nights, and hot dates all have in common? They can be damaging to your skin. That’s right. The makeup you wear on a daily basis and the makeup you wear on a special occasion isn’t any different to your skin. It can clog pores, cause wrinkles, and even cause eye damage.

While it is important to wash your face before bed every night, it can be hard for the busy women of the world to remember, even when permanent damage to your skin is a threat. Here are some helpful reminders why you should always sleep with a clean face and tips on how to remember to do so.

Keep an eye on your eyes: At a recent visit to an eye doctor he informed me that even sleeping with a little bit of mascara on my eyes can cause severe damage. It can cause dry eyes and possible further damage. Also, wear sunglasses! The UV rays from the sun do more than cause damage to your eyesight; it can cause premature aging and wrinkles.

Tend to your skin: Many women sleep with their make up on thinking it’s not a big deal. Sleeping with foundation on can clog pores causing breakouts and wrinkles. Also, thick foundations are terrible for your skin. I suggest using a tinted moisturizer with SPF.

Reverse the damage done: It takes time for both your eyes and your face to repair themselves and a little TLC from you. You must consistently give yourself a good face wash. Have trouble remembering? Keep a good eye pad and face wipe on your night stand. Almay has a great eye pad that doesn’t sting the eyes and Olay carries a fabulously large face wipe that will get the day off of your face.  But even making sure your face is clean before a good night’s sleep isn’t enough. Keep your skin moisturized, it will thank you. Do this by keeping an eye cream and face moisturizer by your bedside as well.

If you want to go that extra mile in skin care, come in and try a peel. Peels will help your skin stay healthy and wrinkle free and will even help your moisturizes do more for your skin. They should be done about every 4 to 5 weeks to keep your skin at its healthiest. What are you doing to keep your skin in tip top shape?


How to Keep a Warm Glow in the Cold Seasons

March 8, 2011

 

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Everybody loves how the look and feel after a relaxing day in the summer. The way it feels to lay outside in the sun all day, getting some nice color, relaxing and clearing the mind of our weekly stressors. When the winter months come though, the gorgeous glow of our tan is gone and we patiently wait for the summer weather to come again. Here are some tips to keep that warm summer glow, even in the winter season.

  • The main thing I stress to everybody is to get a good peel. You have to get rid of the dead skin and start fresh. After the skin peel, use vitamin E. Vitamin E keeps the skin looking nice and dewy. This is because it helps maintain the skins oil balance during the cleansing process and reduces water loss from skin. It also has other benefits to the skin like reducing the appearance of stretch marks and preventing age spots.
  • I also recommend using Chanel’s Pro Lumière. Put it all over and it will give you a little glow. Some people like to use a little more bronzer in the winter, but be careful how much you apply because it can look noticeable at times.
  • Another way to get nice color in winter is with a good airbrush tan. You typically want to avoid airbrush booths, but the only one I recommend is at Glow on Newbury. It’s the Californication booth. If you can, though, definitely have someone airbrush you. Have them stay away from your hands and feet, and avoid water entirely for four hours after the session.
  • Never ever go to a UV bulb tanning booth! Tanned skin is damaged skin, because the body is producing Melanin to protect itself from the UV rays. The rays can also cause premature wrinkling and skin rashes on top of rough, dry skin. Some people also experience hives after using a tanning bed. It is estimated that one million people are diagnosed with the skin cancer Melanoma annually, one of the main culprits are tanning beds. Not only can they cause skin cancer, but they can cause retinal damage and cataracts, too.

If you stick with a good facial peel, vitamin E, Chanel’s Pro Lumière, and a few visits to get a great airbrush tan, you can create a healthy glow in winter! What are your tips to looking great in the winter?


Washed Out Oscars

March 1, 2011

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On Sunday, February 27th, stars flooded the red carpet for the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre. Starlets and heartthrobs glided across the crowed carpet as thousands of light bulbs and cameras shined on their faces. The notorious Fashion Police seemed to be handing out compliments like free mints. As per usual, stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson received expected praise. This year, I’m not as generous as the “Fashion Police.”  The gowns were gorgeous and perfect for the Academy Awards, but starlets seemed to have forgotten completely about their make-up. The red carpet was underwhelming.

Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few stars whose make up artists were completely negligent to the important blend that is dress and cosmetics. These stars seemed to try and achieve a “natural” look, but rather achieved a washed out look. Some celebrities looked like they weren’t even wearing makeup. The gowns that were modeled on the red carpet consisted of bright, radiant colors and patterns but the make up didn’t seem to match the beauty.

The number one mistake made by women while putting on makeup for an formal event (whether it be a wedding, prom or the Academy Awards) is that they put on their makeup before putting on the gown. Anyone can look good wearing jeans and a T-shirt sitting in a salon chair, but once that gown is on; you run the risk of washing yourself out.

I suggest, for any formal event, pick a focal area. This technique helps downplay or exaggerate certain features.  For example, if you want to have natural lips use dark and shadowy eyes or a light bronzer to add that needed flair. celebrities, such as Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway complimented their fire red dresses with bright red lips. The torch needs to be carried somewhere. Minimal lipstick and eyes portrays the idea that you do not care. Having high pigment on your lips or eyes is crucial for achieving this formal look. Do not try to achieve both intense eyes and dramatic lips because the two techniques will clash. If you are willing to splurge for your special event, Chanel and Yves St. Laurent are the best investment.

The attempt at “natural hair” also hurt the celebrities’ overall looks. Scarlett Johansson walked the red carpet with hair that looked like she had just left the beach. It is a formal event. There is no way to be “super natural” at these types of events. You need the additional makeup to stand out and achieve the perfect blend. What was your favorite look at the Oscars this year?


Beauty Habits: Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid

March 1, 2011

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When you think of your typical beauty and makeup routine, what comes to your mind? Some powder over here, a hint of blush over there. Perhaps some eyeliner to make your eyes look bigger. We all have our preferences, but repetition can be misleading. Many people develop wrong beauty habits, and here are the top three that I’ve found:

1) Blush is definitely one product that people should make more use of because it’s a great fix. However, many are afraid to use it simply because they don’t know how to. Most of the time they use dark colors that do not look good on all types of skin. Try a light peachy color with a hint of gold and shimmer. This way you get some color and a little hint of shimmer. You might want to look at Channel’s Orchid Rose and Benefit’s Dandelion.

2) Eyeliner is usually either underused or overused. The common mistake for overusing it is by applying it on both the top and the bottom of your eyes. It closes the eye and makes it look smaller. For better results, use it only at once place. If you choose the bottom, use a gel liner and put it along the wet line of your eyelid, on the inside. You should never apply it on the outside! If you chose to put on top you have two options. You can either use a gel liner or use a thin brush that you dab along your lash line. I do not recommend pencil liners because they’re too rough and cannot achieve a nice, thin and clean look. I’ve found that Bobby Brown’s gel liner works best for everything.

3) Once again, I’m bringing up face scrubs. Many people think that they should use a face scrub everyday, but this product has an awful effect on your skin. It throws off your skin’s pH balance, which ends up causing dryness and breakouts. It also causes many other skin problems like redness, which are usually hard to recover from. If you need to use a face scrub, the only product line I recommend is Dermologica’s Daily Microfoliant. Gently use it once a week by mixing it with a Cetaphil cleanser.

Any products you might not be sure how to use? Let me know in the comments!


When You’ve Found ‘The One’ – SPLURGE!

February 21, 2011

With the winter weighing down on your skin, any gorgeous person could feel gray and dull. That’s why we can turn to skincare and makeup items to give our winter-blah skin a little boost. The question though is what exactly is worth the splurge? There are so many items that claim they can help your skin, but no one’s got all that money to splurge on every single beauty item. So, I’ve come up with two of the most important items you should splurge on this winter.

For skincare, I can’t stress enough how important eye cream is. Eye cream is often overlooked because no one thinks about how delicate the skin around our eyes is. The skin around our eyes is thin and tends to get dehydrated the easiest during the wintertime, that’s why our eyes end up with wrinkles first. You wouldn’t want to enter the spring with wrinkles around your eyes, right? Splurge on a great eye cream to keep moisture in place and fight off wrinkles. I recommend Origin’s Youthtopia or Philosophy’s Miracle Worker for great hydration and anti-aging effects. Use the eye cream between eyes, on the eyelids and under the eye as well.

For makeup, I’m obsessed with Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in the shade sunkissed. This product is great because you can wear it in so many ways. You could mix it with foundation to add extra shimmer and color without it being too much, you could mix it with moisturizer for a sun-kissed dewy look, or you could simply use it on your cheeks for a glow that doesn’t look fake. This product with give your skin a boost and look like it’s not being weighed down by the weather.

These two items can help enhance your natural beauty, but the real key to having great skin is to have a professional peel. A professional peel will help remove all the dirt and roughness from your skin to reveal a shining new you. What beauty products have you splurged on recently?


Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

December 2, 2010

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The weather is changing and we all know the wind here in New England can easily dry our skin out. People think we break out because we have too much oil on our skin. Sometimes it’s because we don’t have enough. Our skin naturally secretes oils, and when our skin becomes dry, we break out from not hydrating enough.

We all should use oils and moisturize every day, especially those of us over thirty. I created a product to use called Smoothover. It helps eliminate wrinkles and makes skin look youthful!  Also, I love Patricia Wexler’s 3-in-1 eye cream from Bath and Body Works, it helps to lift and firm skin while keeping It hydrated and soft.

A key ingredient to keep in mind when looking for a moisturizer is vitamin E oil. Also, if you have sensitive skin cetaphil is something you want to look for in a moisturizing product. Cetaphil is perfect for skin of all types, dry, oily, and combination. When buying a moisturizer, watch out for other ingredients like parabens, and make sure it is preservative free. My favorite product can be found at Whole Foods and is called Dr. Hauschka. Their line stresses the importance of preservative free products.

One thing many of us do when applying moisturizer is put it onto our hands, rub our hands together and then apply the moisturizer to our face. When we do this, though, the good moisture and ingredients are being applied to our hands instead of our face, which is where it should be. What you want to do instead is apply some to the back of your hand, pat it on your face like a mask and let the moisture soak in.

Other things to consider helping your moisturizer fulfill its potential are changes in daily habits. For example, caffeine dehydrates the skin and body, so cutting back on the coffee and increasing your water intake will help your skin look fresh and energized. What are you doing to help keep your skin looking youthful?