Six Skin-Saving Tips Dermatologists Swear By

dermatologists-skin-tips-puBeauty buffs can go to great lengths to keep the hands of time at bay. Vanities littered with the latest “breakthrough” products, cell phone calendars loaded up with spa appointments, and having the best dermatologist in town on speed-dial are par for the course. But sometimes the obvious can elude even the best of us. Make sure you’re not overlooking these six simple beauty tips. 

Block Out the Sun
Excessive sun exposure and tanning doesn’t just increase your risk of developing skin cancer; it also triggers breakouts on those with acne­prone skin. Sun, heat, and humidity can cause oil glands to become overactive, which can lead to acne breakouts. Take steps to limit your sun exposure and apply an oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreen daily.

Don’t Go Overboard
Think more is more when it comes to skincare? Think again. Excessive cleansing, receiving multiple treatments on the same day, and using a plethora of products can end up doing you more harm than good and lead to breakouts, broken capillaries, and skin sensitivity. Keep things simple. Book one treatment at a time, wash with a mild cleanser no more than twice a day, and know exactly what’s in every product in your medicine chest and what it’s designed to do.

Shorten Your Shower
Who doesn’t love a long, hot shower? Your skin, that’s who. Heat from prolonged showers actually strips away your skin’s natural oils, making it extra dry, itchy, and stressed out. Take the water temperature down a few degrees and limit your shower time to no more than 10 minutes.

Don’t Pick
Picking your own produce at the grocery store is great. Picking your pimples? Not so much. Touching, picking, popping, or squeezing pimples not only brings more bacteria to the area, it also prolongs the healing process and can cause dark spots and scarring. The only manipulation methods recommended for skin blemishes and acne are deep-cleansing techniques carried out by a trained esthetician or a licensed physician.

Don’t Sleep On It
Not removing your makeup before bedtime can be a nightmare proposition you won’t want to wake up to. Catching zzz’s with your face paint on can hinder skin renewal and leave you with clogged pores. Gross! Hint: keep a stash of makeup-remover wipes by your bedside table—they’ll come in handy on those nights when you can barely keep your eyes open.

You are What You Eat
While it’s tempting to reach for creams or potions to battle breakouts, recognizing and improving your diet and lifestyle habits can make an even greater impact. Consuming alcoholic and sugary drinks and processed foods (especially when combined with stress and smoking) can exacerbate acne, so taking steps to eradicate them from your daily routine is essential.

Beauty by Oxygen

beauty by oxygen skincare treatment“I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that,” Lauren Bacall famously declared. Sure, sure, but there’s nothing about a drab, dreary complexion to be proud about. Put your lips together and blow new life into your beauty routine with a Beauty by Oxygen Facial at Esthetica MD.

Infusing skin both topically and from within with the regenerative power of this brand-new, invigorating treatment will leave your skin feeling totally hydrated, refreshed, and remarkably renewed—and it’s ours exclusively!

Beauty by Oxygen is suitable for all skin types (even for those with sensitive skin and pigmentation issues) and produces phenomenal results. The facial starts with a gentle exfoliation to increase oxygen to the surface of the skin, followed by topical applications of peptides, retinoids, vitamins, and anti-oxidants using a patented advanced-ultrasound technology, which increases the absorption of these nutrients deep into the skin.

You’ll walk out of your session with glowing, dewy soft skin and anti-aging effects that will last weeks!

Be breathtakingly beautiful with Beauty by Oxygen.

Is Water the Skin’s Wonder Cure?

Is Water the SH2O – Drink It In

This time of year, everything is dry—most of all your skin. Thanks to cold winter air outside and hot, stuffy air inside, your arms and legs are itchy, your manicure is flaking off twice as fast, and your face is experiencing big-time breakouts.

Thankfully, finding relief is as simple as turning on the tap. That’s right—good ol’ H2O. You’ve heard it a hundred times: drink at least eight glasses of water every day. It’s not just an old wives tale. Fact is, every cell in your body is connected, and staying hydrated has myriad benefits, including maintaining a strong metabolism, healthy skin and nails and a clearer, younger-looking complexion.

So, what happens when you don’t drink enough water every day? Well, for starters:

  • Lines and wrinkles become more noticeable
  • Nails turn brittle and are more susceptible to splitting
  • Skin feels dry, itchy, and prone to breakouts
  • Under-eye bags become more pronounced
  • Cellulite becomes harder to get rid of

Not a fan of the clear stuff? Try coconut water or skim milk, which will give you just a touch of the flavor you crave and keep you hydrated without adding extra calories. Or, eat them! Fruits and vegetables with high water content—like watermelon, oranges, and cucumbers—not only keep your H2O levels up, they’re also rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential to cellular health.

Natural Beauty Products: We Separate the Fact from Fiction

natural beauty products factsDispelling the “Natural Ingredient” Beauty Myth

From cell phones to kitchen gadgets to smart cars and every other “new and improved” thingamajiggy out there, we all want the latest and greatest products that promise to improve our lives. But when it comes to skincare, the trend appears to be going the opposite direction, with customers clamoring for products that incorporate all-natural ingredients and a back-to-basics approach to beauty.

But are naturals really better for you? Dr. Rabkin is here to help separate fact from fiction.

Myth 1: Natural products are free of preservatives

Truth: Hardly. Fact is, preservatives are necessary to ensure against microbial contaminations and molds; otherwise creams and lotions would spoil before you even got them home. However, not all preservatives are created equal: look for plant- or vegetable-derived ones like sodium levulinate or sodium anisate, which are derived from corn and fennel respectively.

Myth 2: Natural ingredients are gentler on your skin

Truth: Products containing natural ingredients can be just as irritating, if not more so, than non-naturals. Many allergies are caused by exposure to natural botanical like eucalyptus, cinnamon, and tea tree oil. Read ingredient labels carefully to avoid unwanted reactions.

Myth 3: Natural products don’t work

Truth: There’s a reason botanical and plant extracts like rose and tea tree, for example, have been used for centuries in the quest for beauty—they work. In the right contexts and concentrations, of course. Combine them with cutting-edge actives and you’ve got a recipe for a powerful skincare concoction that packs a punch.

Myth 4: Naturals just aren’t luxurious

Truth: Ordinary oatmeal or aloe vera might not be your idea of high-end, but the downmarket stigma attached to naturals is rapidly changing. Many botanicals and plant extracts—especially neroli, rose, and lotus—are actually quite expensive to acquire, and the technology needed to incorporate naturally-derived ingredients into creams, serums, and other skincare essentials is becoming more sophisticated—and costly—every day.

Your Daily Beauty Routine Just Got Better

the-new-skincare-product-esMeet the New Beauty Must-Have: Essences

Let’s face it, good skin doesn’t just happen. It takes diligence, determination, and an ever-growing array of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and other products to get it there. Now, there’s a new secret skincare weapon that’s helping lead the charge in obtaining a fabulous face: essences.

Falling between toner and a lightweight serum, essences are like no other beauty products on the market. Easy to apply, their popularity is popping, thanks to their mix of anti-aging ingredients, natural botanical extracts, and their ability to allow better absorption of other products in your regimen. Another plus that make essences irresistible—they’re compatible with every skin type.

Here’s a rundown of some of the best ones to put in your beauty bag:

Environ C-Quence Toner

Featuring matrixyl—a wonder peptide that enhances product penetration and promotes collagen synthesis—and niacinamide, a Vitamin B3 component that promotes hydration and evens out skin tone, this near-perfect anti-aging elixir works great when cocktailed with serums or moisturizer.

Environ AVST Moisturizing Toner
This essence also contains niacinamide, but ups the ante with skin-replenishing lactic acid, which gently exfoliates and evens skin tone. A great choice for those with sensitive skin,

Environ B-Active Sebutone
This medium-strength toner lowers the pH of the skin and improves overall hydration, thanks to the inclusion of tea tree oil and natural lactic acid.

Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence
A favorite in Korea, this miracle water contains 80% Fermented Yeast Concentrate, which absorbs into skin instantly, repairing and nourishing on the cellular level. Niacinamide improves skin elasticity and revives skin tone and texture for an overall brighter and clearer tone.

Su-Man Rehydrating Toning Essence
The perfect bridge between cleansing and moisturizing, this rose-petal-essence-packed gel transforms into a soothing, watery hydrator upon application. The result is totally refreshed and insanely soft skin.

SK-II Mid-Day Essence
Featuring Pitera, a vitamin-rich yeast found in Japanese sake, and MoistureLock Complex to draw in moisture, this spray keeps skin protected and hydrated all day long. Perfect for mid-day touch ups or travelling on-the-go.

 

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.

Save Your Skin this Travel Season

Don’t Let Holiday Travel Ruin Your Skin

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‘Tis the season for heading home for the holidays. But if you’re traveling by plane, you could be booking yourself a one-way ticket to breakout city. Germy, stale plane air can be a real Grinch, leaving you with dry skin sullen skin and a sullen complexion. So, we’re gifting you with a few of our favorite tips for caring for your skin at 30,000 feet.

Stay Moisturized

Along with ordering spring water as your complimentary beverage, pack a moisture-capturing hyaluronic serum—we love Environ’s Ionzyme Focus Hydrating Serum—in your carry-on and apply it before, during, and after your flight. It’s your golden ticket to keeping your skin hydrated and feeling fresh.

Lip Service

Lips are particularly susceptible to dehydration while traveling. Swipe a moisture-rich balm, like Image Skincare’s Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex. Best of all, you can also use it to protect nostrils, cheekbones, cuticles, and any other areas where skin is thinner or more prone to dehydration.

Pack an SPF

Even if you’re not on your way to a sunny destination, it’s important to maintain your SPF routine. The fact is, flying in a plane puts you a lot closer to the sun—especially if you’re in a window seat—and its harmful ultraviolet rays. Wear a physical SPF of at least 30 when you’re flying, and reapply as needed.

Book a Post-Travel Facial

Once the holidays are over and you’re back home, there’s one more gift you’ll want to give—but this one’s to yourself. Treat yourself to a post-travel facial of your choice to help correct any imperfections, de-stress your skin, and ensure you’ll be glowing in 2016.

Fall Makeup Trends

makeup trends fall 15As much as we love summer for its longer days and warm nights, autumn is a time when makeup can truly shine. Read on for four of fall’s freshest makeup trends.

Foundation

Put your best face forward this fall by saying goodbye to excessive highlighting and contouring and welcoming back a flawless, natural complexion. Skin is clear, clean, and fresh, with just a hint of color on the cheeks.

Eyes

Daytime eyes keep a clear view: just simple liner and shadows in natural hues. But come nightfall, go for the gold—or better yet, bronze—by brushing lids with dramatic heavy metal shades. Finish with a sexy smudge of liner (top and bottom) à la 90’s Kate Moss.

Lips

Fall lip colors are ripe for the picking, in deep shades of plum, berry, and wine. They’re universally flattering to almost every skin tone, easy to apply, and even easier to wear, since they fade naturally. No touch-ups required!

5 Beauty Treatments in Under 60 Minutes

Woman in a Clinic Receiving a Facial Color Light Treatment
Woman in a Clinic Receiving LED Treatment

With all of life’s many obligations, time is definitely not always on our side. But while there may not be enough hours in the day, you only need one (or less!) to not have it show on your face. Here are five fast treatments that will give you a glow and keep outbreaks under control in less than 60 minutes.

Anti-Wrinkle Treatment with Botox – Give yourself a smooth look and erase worry and age lines in as quickly as 15 minutes. Results last three months or more! 

Glow & Go Mini Facial – This 30-minute treatment is ideal for busy lifestyles. It is developed to get your skin back into shape and give it a radiant glow by re-balancing, stimulating circulation, and restoring hydration. This facial treatment  Includes cleansing, pore refining exfoliation, and an organic mask.

Microdermabrasion – This non-chemical, non-invasive procedure uses a spray of micro-crystals to bring BIG-TIME rejuvenation to your skin. Gently remove years of sun damage, and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and congestion in under 40 minutes.

Chemical Peel – You can choose from an array of custom 30 minute -chemical peels to treat everything from pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles to blemishes and acne scarring. Results are visible in 7-10 days, depending on the peel.

LED Therapy – With its powerful collagen-stimulating abilities, LED light therapy is a bright idea when it comes to improving a variety of skin conditions, including aging, inflammation, and acne—all in just 20 minutes. Best of all, all you have to do is lay back and enjoy total sensory relaxation.

7 Skincare Mistakes to Avoid

skincare woman in shower purchasedInstagram. Puppy videos. Those yummy free samples at the grocery store. Life is full of distractions that can make us forget the basics in life—including taking care of our skin properly. When it comes to putting your best face forward, sticking to a tried-and-true skincare routine is essential. Here are some surefire tips for keeping your eyes on the prize.

1. Not Applying Sunscreen Correctly
At best, forgetting to apply sunscreen regularly can leave you with wrinkles and sunspots. At worst, it’s deadly. Skin cancer is affecting people of all ages more then ever, and 80% of premature aging can be contributed to the sun’s damaging rays. Make sure to reapply regularly, especially if you are using Retin-A, have recently had microdermabrasion, or use products containing alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids, all of which leave skin more sensitive to ultraviolet rays.

2. Over-Exfoliating
Scrub-a-dub-dub is fine in the tub—but not when it comes to cleansing delicate skin. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and avoid excessive exfoliating, which can cause wrinkles, dry skin, and perpetuate acne. Using a scrub? Pick one with evenly sized round beads—sorry sugar scrubs—and don’t use it more than once a week.

3. Sleeping in Your Makeup
We know you’re tired. But leaving your makeup on before hitting the sheets can be a nightmare for your skin, leaving you with clogged pores, blemishes, and dull, dry skin.

4. Not Sanitizing Your Phone
If you’re a chatty Cathy, we need to talk. Mobile phones are a haven for acne-causing bacteria. Give ‘em the hang up with an anti-bacterial wipe every day. Better yet, make your own using a 50/50 solution of distilled water and white vinegar or rubbing alcohol (check your particular phone manufacturer’s warnings first) and wipe your screen using a microfiber cloth.

5. Eating the Wrong Food
Think what you eat only affects your waistline? Wrong. It can affect your complexion as well. Limit your intake of processed sugar and fatty foods, which can leave skin looking blotchy and prone to breakouts.

6. Not Using Retinoid
Retinoid, a form of vitamin A, is the only topical ingredient proven not only to prevent lines and wrinkles but also minimize the ones you already have. If you’re over 30, you should definitely be using one. Choose a prescription or over-the-counter cream that contain as high a concentration as you can get.

7. Not Drinking Enough Water
Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink? Dehydration is the leading cause of dry, tight, and flaky skin. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day and apply a hydrating moisturizer after every shower to lock in moisture and keep skin supple. For your face, follow up your regular moisturizer routine after applying a product containing hyaluronic acid.