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Anatomy of a Facial

A facial is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments, including: steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage.  Facials can last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour and range in price depending on the types of products used for the treatments.  They are professionally recommended every 4 weeks for maximum results. Step 1: See a Professional. All facials follow the same basic structure and order. They will begin with makeup removal and cleansing.  Then comes some method of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and smooth the surface of the skin. A massage is then performed that can include all or some of...

Skin Under Stress

"50% of my patients are presenting with stress-related skin problems" - Leslie Baumann, director of cosmetic dermatology at the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. I was given an interesting article from Allure magazine about skin issues and stress (which is a huge problem many of us have, including myself).  Eighty seven percent of respondents in the allure.com poll said they "notice a difference in their skin when they're stressed out." When under stress, our bodies release adrenaline that elevates the level of a hormone called cortisol in the blood.  High cortisol levels also cause the skin to produce inflammatory agents, causing redness.  This hormone also tells fat...

That's NOT Botox.

Another strong misunderstanding a lot of people have around the Boston Area is what products go where Botox does not.   If it's caused by gravity:  THAT'S NOT BOTOX! HYALURONIC ACID (HA) FILLERS (TEMPORARY) Hyaluronic acid fillers are synthetic sugars that attract water molecules.  They are placed in actual wrinkles or other areas that need volume and offer instant results. They fill in marionette lines, lift up jowls or plump up volume along the jaw line where definition has been lost. Restylane, Perlane and Juvéderm (www.juvederm.com) are the most commonly used hyaluronic acid fillers, with Juvéderm being the leading product (I refer to Restylane as 'old school').  There is no need...

A Wrinkle In Time–My Botox Lines

While I'm waiting for a few experts to help edit some skin-care specific entries, I thought it's about time to introduce my favorite pharmaceutical--Botox Cosmetic.  One in four women over the age of 30 is interested in learning more about Botox, so you are not alone!!!  Not only am I user of Botox, but I am also the President (of it's fan club), and a provider of this fountain of youth!  I consider myself an expert of injection techniques, the product's history and safety information. Isn't it Botulism: No!  Botox, or onobotulonium toxin, is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is considered a powerful neurotoxin.  When...

Microdermabrasion

We all know I love chemical peels, ('Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!) but my second must do treatment for every woman: Microdermabrasion!!!! What does it do? It mechanically exfoliates the top layer of skin, removing  dead skin and debris (that both greatly contribute to aging/skin cancer). Microderm also: Helps to soften fine lines and scarring, breakup acne and hyperpigmentation, it brightens the skin, and creates an epidermis (outer layer of skin) that allows for better penetration of products during a facial, and also at home.  You will leave with glowing skin! How it works:  The abrasion tool uses aluminum oxide microcrystals in combination with a vacuum attachment.  This process removes the top layer of the epidermis, which is...

'Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!

When the summer is over, and you will not be out in the sun anymore (which you shouldn't be doing ANYWAYS) it's time to have a good chemical peel with your aesthetician.  The reason you don't want to do this in the summer is that depending on the strength of the peel, the top layer of skin will flake off and left your epidermis unprotected from the sun. Chemical peels come in different strengths.  You might not necessarily peel, or you might peel--a lot.  Make sure you tell your aesthetician your desired level of peeling.  I wish I had pictures of the peels I've had.  I've had a...

Physical Facial Changes That Occur As We Age

Women often ask me to look at their face and tell them what I see as signs of aging.  I love loaded questions!  Many women don't know what exactly it is that makes them look older, they just know they see age on their faces in the mirror.  Almost 90% of aging is due to sun damage.  So please start wearing sunblock everyday! (It makes a great base for mineral make-up, or if you like make-up free, get a tinted moisturizer with SPF).  Coming blogs will explain what to do about these factors! These changes are sequential and predictable! Starting at 25...

Step 1: See a Professional

It’s easy to think you know how to take care of your skin, the media bombards women with “product knowledge.”  Healthcare is never cut in dry (fact for all you medline readers).  Without education and experience in a subject, we have no business self-diagnosing and dictating a plan of action.  It's finding the right man for the right job. Like in most aspects of healthcare, preventative care is not usually the route we choose.  Ever notice how European women have beautiful skin?  Part of the reason is because they see aestheticians.  Often. Your skin is an organ; in fact, it’s the largest organ of your body.  It provides your...