9 Ingredients That Can Transform Your Skin

9 ingredients your skin needs purchasedA lot of skincare products make some pretty BIG promises to get you to part with your hard-earned dollars. But do they have what it takes to back up those claims? Here’s a rundown of some of the more popular esthetician-approved ingredients to look for the next time you’re in the beauty aisle.

Aloe Vera

This powerful plant extract is packed with so many vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and possesses so many soothing and skin-saving benefits, the question should be what can’t it do?

Hyaluronic Acid

Like smooth skin? Who doesn’t! When used topically, hyaluronic acid helps keep skin supple, dewy, and hydrated by drawing and locking in moisture.


An anti-aging must have. These naturally occurring molecules bind proteins that help strengthen skin and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.


Chances are you’ve heard that this wonder ingredient is a first line of defense in the war on acne, but retinol has also been found to repair wrinkles, thanks to its ability to speed up cell turnover and increase collagen production.

Salicylic Acid

An anti-acne mainstay, salicylic acid is super effective in reducing the severity of breakouts by eliminating icky oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria from clogged pores.


This is a form of Vitamin B3, which has anti-inflammatory properties.  It is helpful in treating symptoms of rosacea as well as acne and helps to tighten and firm skin by promoting collagen production. 

Azelaic Acid

Suffering from rosacea? Find relief in this awesome acid that safely reduces redness and inflammation.

Rose Oil

Long used to treat and heal wounds, this sweet-smelling oil is rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C and helps relieve redness and inflammation.

Alpha Arbutin
Extracted from the bearberry plant, this natural skin perfector naturally brightens and lightens sunspots and hyperpigmentation for a more even skin tone.

Dermaplaning: A Proven Treatment to Make Skin Glow (and More!)

dermaplaning in bergen county graphic (1)Psst, can you keep a secret? Those flawless faces of top models and Hollywood leading ladies you see on TV and in fashion magazines aren’t the result of healthy living and a good night’s sleep. Or even airbrushing (okay, maybe there’s a little airbrushing). The truth is they’ve been clued in to one of beauty world’s most whispered about and best-kept skincare secrets: dermaplaning.

Used for many years by top estheticians—or centuries, if it’s true that Cleopatra practiced her own version of the technique—dermaplaning is a non-invasive, super-smoothing procedure that gently removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the top layer of the skin. The result is a bright, seemingly poreless complexion that allows for superior makeup application and deeper penetration of skincare products.

Here’s all you need to know about this tried-and-true beauty secret. But, shhh, keep it on the hush, hush!

Is dermaplaning right for me?
Dermaplaning is ideal for most skin types, particularly those with dry skin.  However, if you are prone to acne—especially cystic acne—you should not have it done. Dermaplaning is also a good exfoliation option for women during pregnancy, when harsher, chemical methods are not recommended.

What’s it feel like?
Dermaplaning is painless and can be compared to the sensation of shaving. After the face is cleansed and thoroughly dried, skin is scraped using a sterile, small-gage blade using gentle, feathery strokes. The full procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.

Is dermaplaning the same as microdermabrasion?
Not at all. Microdermabrasion sands and suctions away dead skin cells, while dermaplaning gently scrapes off the top layer of skin. Also, dermaplaning doesn’t cause inflammation or disrupt the delicate pH balance of the skin the way that microdermabrasion and peels can (a.k.a. there’s no risk of looking like tuna tartare afterward).

Are there any risks involved? What about downtime?
There are no side effects and no down time associated with this treatment.  As with any exfoliating procedure, skin may look a little pink immediately afterward, so it’s important to wear sunscreen to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.

Will I need multiple treatments to see results?
For best results, dermaplaning should not be done more than every three to four weeks. This helps ensure healthy skin turnover.

Why can’t I just shave my face with my safety razor at home? Won’t I get the same results?
While DIY skincare might sound appealing, it’s definitely not recommended. Dermaplaning requires the use of a professional blade, so it’s best to have it done by a licensed esthetician who has been properly trained and can guarantee you won’t receive too much (or too little) exfoliation. A trained esthetician can also customize the treatment to give you maximum results.