For the Fellas’

 

Many men have jumped on the skin care bandwagon and are completely savvy with their skin care regimens. Many more men, however, have not. Below are a few helpful hints for men (and the ladies who love them) who think it’s time to incorporate a few products into their medicine cabinet.  After all, you are noticing the fine lines and breakouts and it’s time for a change.

Below are a few habits that contribute to the most common skin conditions I see with my male clientele: dehydration, black heads and sensitivity:

  • Bar Soap. Not only should you not use this on your face but it’s not good for the skin on your body either. Time to toss out the Costco 24 pack of Zest Soap (I had to do this for my husband when we first met and his skin is much better for it).
  • Not Wearing Sunscreen. Most of my male clients tell me they do not use sunscreen, this will age you faster than anything else so make it part of your daily routine.
  • Heavily Fragranced Shaving Creams. If the skin on your face is feeling dry and irritated check out the shaving cream you are using. It may be full of alcohol which is drying. After shaving your face, apply a lightweight lotion good for sensitivity since shaving will put your skin in a sensitized state.

 

When looking to purchase products for your skin, keep it simple. Use products that contain 2 in 1 features to save on time such as:

A light moisturizer with a SPF for day time use

Cleanser with Exfoliating Properties

Go get a facial! I’ve never met a man who didn’t love a facial treatment, it’s relaxing, pampering and you will love the results. You can talk to your skin care therapist and find out what your skin type is and for a simple routine that you will have time for on a daily basis.

Try the Clarisonic Brush-it is waterproof so you can cleanse your skin right in the shower. This will help prep your skin for shaving as well.

Men, I have more tips and products coming your way so stay tuned…

In the Buff

 

With summer coming to an end it is time for a treat I allow myself with each change of the seasons- a professional body treatment. Especially after the summer months when the skin on our body has been thrashed by the beach and pool water, sunburns and peeling, and dry cracked heels from wearing sandals (yuck).

The same benefits apply to the neglected skin on our bodies as do to our face when it comes to exfoliating. We can be more aggressive with the skin on our body because it is not as sensitive as the skin on our face. In the spa/treatment center they can scrub you down in all the places we can’t reach ourselves and they typically finish with a nice massage. A few things to consider when booking a body treatment:

  • Would you like a full experience or just a scrub down?

You can typically get a treatment as short as 30 minutes which typically just includes a scrub or 90 to 120 minutes which would be more relaxing and include a massage or bath

  • Do you mind getting up and going to the shower or would you rather be rinsed off on a table?

Ask for Vichy showers when you book a treatment, they are shower heads above the table and it feels like a massage! You never have to get off the massage table.

  • Are you modest?

Don’t worry. Most spa therapists are well trained in draping techniques to make you feel comfortable and covered even if you had one too many ice cream cones this summer.

Don’t forget to continue keeping your skin smooth and soft at home!

  • Exfoliate body 2-3 times per week
  • Use exfoliating beads in products and add a body buff or loofah
  • After exfoliating in the shower, hydrate the minute you get out and skin should be slightly damp so it absorbs

Treating yourself to a body treatment is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer skin and get pampered at the same time.

All Puffed Up

 

Now that I have less than a few months of pregnancy left, sleep has become more of a challenge. I am big, hot and uncomfortable which makes it difficult to get my zzzzz’s. The last few days I have been waking up with puffy, tired eyes. My solution? Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Eye Roller. I love the metal roller applicator, it feels nice and cool on my hot and puffy eye area. This product has caffeine and Vitamin B5, great for puffiness and dark circles.

Because this is so lightweight, it is great underneath a more hydrating creamy eye product or it can be used alone for oily skin types. Best thing is the price, completley affordable at $11.99.

Considering how soon my little guy will be here, I think I will be keeping this one in my medicine cabinet!

To Pick or Not to Pick?

 

Milia on the skin are small white bumps with a white head. When extracted milia look like tiny pebbles of sand and have the same consistency. It is a condition that is also very common in babies and is referred to as Baby Acne-although it is not acne at all.

In adults, milia are not like blackheads where the pore is clogged and can be easily extracted out. Because the skin cells are trapped underneath the skins surface, this can not be “picked” out with the fingers. I always recommend seeing a professional for this procedure for several reasons:

  • A needle is required to open the skin before it can be extracted. If not performed correctly this may lead to scarring (that is worse that the milia!)
  • The most common area milia are found is the eye area. Not a great area to be using a needle.
  • The milia are small making it hard to be precise when extracting your own skin.

Thankfully, it is a simple procedure that takes only a minute. To prevent milia around the eyes do not use heavy products and be sure to treat the eye area delicately. Milia can also result from trauma, a burn or blistering of the skin.

See iCare for more eye care tips!

Pucker Potion

One skin care problem I see more than any other in the treatment room is dry lips. It is uncomfortable and really unattractive! I always recommend applying a highly moisturizing lip product throughout the day; you can not over apply in this instance so go to town.

I found a lip gloss that I love: By Terry Lip-Expert. It is a high shine gloss and also great when you want more than just a pretty color. It contains micro-peptides (making it a great lip plumper) and terrific moisturizing ingredients. Although high shine, it is not sticky and the tube applicator makes it easy to apply.

This is a great product when you want a beautiful shine, plump lips and plenty of moisture. Try ‘Freaky Pink’ for a fun summer color.

I See the Light!

 

I could write all day long about the science behind LED skin therapy. My goal here is to explain the key benefits and why I love and recommend “light” therapy for most every skin type out there. There are many different brands of LED in spa land today; certain brands are far superior to others. Omnilux, by Photo Therapeutics out of the UK is the piece of equipment I will be referring to here. I have seen the results first hand and they have the scientific data to back up their claims.

There are many different colors used in LED therapy but the two most popular and effective are red and blue. Generally speaking, the red light is used for aging concerns and the blue light is used for acne.

Red Light:
Boosts collagen
Minimizes pore size
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Skin feels softer, smoother

Blue Light:
Treats Acne
Reduce the acne-causing bacteria in skin
Reducing Inflammation

Advantages to other treatments on the market:
Non-Invasive and safe
No down time
Non-thermal-(skin is not sun sensitive after the treatment, the opposite happens and cells are actually more protected.)
Pain-free
Great as a combination therapy with other treatments
It works!

Be prepared for an extremely bright light! Just relax and pretend you are sitting on a beach somewhere exotic (that’s what I do!) and relax. Visit the Omnilux website for before and after photos and call to find a clinic near you.

Avène Thermal Spring Water

 

Since I have a small obsession with misting hydrating skin care products on my skin, I am always on the lookout for a good one. I have a spray toner at my desk so I can mist throughout the day, cool myself off when it gets hot and I never get on a plane without a mini spritzer in my bag.

One of my new favorites is Avène Thermal Spring Water. The Avène skin care line from France is targeted for sensitive skin types. The key ingredient is the thermal spring water from France’s Cevennes Mountains and is considered a fountain of youth.

The Thermal Spring Water can be used in the following ways:

  • After cleansing
  • After shaving/after waxing
  • After exercise 
  • During travel
  • Sunburn, burn
  • Diaper rash 
  • To set makeup

Also great for:

  • Post surgery 
  • Redness-prone skin / inflammation 
  • Keratosis-prone, scaly skin
  • Eczema / atopic dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions / sensitive skin / irritation 
  • Burning / stinging / itching / tingling

Favorite Exfoliators

 

I have recently been asked what my favorite exfoliating products are. These three products are all effective and fast acting. No matter what you use, make sure you choose a product designed for your skin type/condition and remember not to over do it (You know who you are!).

Let’s talk about why we exfoliate:

  • Removes excess sebum (oil) on the skin.
  • Helps impurities rise to the skins surface
  • Sloughs off dead skin cells on top layer of skin
  • Allows skin care products to penetrate

 The three products I have chosen can all be used in three minutes and under, plus they deliver terrific results.

 ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment-Kate Somerville

 Amazing for acne, pigmentation, dehydration, combination/oily skin types (not for sensitive skin). You can really feel this product working. This fast acting exfoliation scrubs on a physical and chemical level. Expect to see redness and also feel a smoother complexion in no time at all. (Don’t forget to remove ExfoliKate while watching your favorite show on T.V.- the product continues to work until it is removed!)

 

Daily Microfoliant– Dermalogica

 I love this product for my sensitive skin clients, it is so gentle. Great for people who like to abuse their skin with constant over exfoliation-you can go to town with this scrub and not do any damage. It brightens, helps with redness and achieves a beautiful glow.

 

 At-Home Peel Pads– Kerstin Florian

Great for a dry or dehydrated skin type especially with aging concerns. This is based on a multi acid system that even contains added vitamins and peptides used to retexture dull skin. One time peel pad makes exfoliation simple and fun to use.

Super Sonic

 

When I am asked what is the one tool that can help any skin type improve, my answer is always the Clarisonic brush. This Sonic cleansing system is backed by studies that have proven it can remove six times more make-up and is also twice as effective as manual cleansing. The Clarisonic helps with congestion, dryness, oiliness, ingrown hairs and can even be used on the body.

This is what I love about the brush:

  • It can be used on every skin type-even sensitive
  • Waterproof-I keep mine in the shower so I do not forget to use it
  • Long battery life-you can use it 30 times before it has to be charged
  • The way my skin feels after I use it
  • Only takes one minute

It is a bit of an investment at $195.00 but they have released a smaller brush called Mia that is less expensive. Clarisonic was created by the inventor of Sonic Care Toothbrush and is using the same technology. Just like the toothbrush, once you use it you wonder how you ever lived without~ http://www.clarisonic.com

Quick Fix for Chocolate Lovers

We all should be exfoliating our skin, this helps with many skin conditions from dehydration to breakouts and everything in between. As we age our cells turnover at a slower rate and well, they need a little help (more on this later). As our cells build up on the skins surface products we use topically have a harder time penetrating and are not as effective as they should be. To help get your skin glowing again use an at-home exfoliant weekly at night and follow-up the next morning with a sunscreen.

I’m going to New York next week and my skin was looking pretty dull. I used the Mocha Loca 4% chocolate lactic acid peel and it was that quick fix my skin needed. This product has Lactic acid, Chocolate and Organic Coffee to slough off dead skin coupled with powerful antioxidants (Horse Chestnut, Green Tea and Grape Seed Extract). Mocha Loca smells just like chocolate-the only hard part is not eating it!

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