Surgery can have quite a few risks and can be a nuisance because of the recovery times. To address this inconvenience, the skin care industry has been creating many products to provide more effective treatments that can be used at home. One such product is Argireline, which is an ingredient that is designed to work in much the same way as Botox. However, the main difference is that unlike Botox, which is injected by a doctor, Argireline is applied directly to the skin as a cream or serum.
How Argireline works is based on chemistry. Argireline is made up of peptides, which are chains of amino acids that can affect how cells in the body work. When Argireline is applied to the skin, it is absorbed into the body and the ingredient’s chemical composition causes the facial muscles to contract with less force. This diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and can smooth out fine lines that appear with aging. This ingredient can be quite effective, and in some cases, users of Argireline can experience as much as a 30 percent reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
When choosing an Argireline product, you should know that products with a higher concentration of the drug will provide the most results. Most physicians recommend products with a concentration of 10 percent or higher. The highest concentration of Argireline in any product is 20 percent.
Argireline appears to be safe. According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, it is non-toxic orally and doesn’t cause skin irritation even at high doses. Unlike Botox injections, it doesn’t require a visit to dermatologist or other medical professional trained to do Botox injections. It can be safely used at home.
Skin will naturally shed billions of skin cells every day. It is said that 90% of household dust is made up of dead skin cells. As we age, this natural shedding slows or stops due to many factors such as sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, genetics, or skin disorders. The results of this are dull, dry or flaky skin, clogged pores, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Exfoliation is key in helping skin balance itself. Getting rid of skin cell build up can undo the effects experience by skin cell shedding slowdown.
Exfoliation helps your skin look younger, promote blood flow and circulation, promote collagen production, and improve skin health. But, with all the exfoliating products out there, how do we know which to use and which is appropriate for our skin type and need? To understand which to use we must understand how they work and what skin types and conditions are appropriate for each category.
As an esthetician, I’m always asked what the difference between AHA and BHA. Alpha Hydroxy Acid, AHA, are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes etc. They work by melting the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together. AHA are water loving and water soluble acids. The molecular structure is small. AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content. They do not penetrate as deep as BHA. The effects are felt on the surface of the skin. AHA’s rejuvenate aging skin. On the other hand, BHA, Beta Hydroxy Acids, is oil loving acids. BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that’s clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the pore that contributes to acne. BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin. BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is wise to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds. It is likely you’ll see less redness and a smoother, even skin with fewer breakouts.
Can they be used together? Yes but not necessary. If you decide to do this make sure you use them separately; one in the morning and one at night to prevent irritation.
Glycolic acid: derived from sugar cane
Lactic acid: derived from milk
Mandelic acid: derived from bitter almonds
Tartaric acid: derived from grapes
Malic acid: derived from apples and pears
Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits
***It is important to note that with today’s technology, most of these acids are derived synthetically today. This is to keep the acid stable, allow for use for those with allergies to natural substances, and control its strength***
Salicylic acid: derived from the Williow Bark Tree and others.
**This acid is dominantly used in skin care**
Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits and considered a cross over acid. It can be an AHA depending on its formulation.
It is strongly recommended to use SPF when using any of the above acids. Exfoliants can make skin photosensitive and sensitive in general. SPF will help in the prevention of hyperpigmentation etc.
General guidelines for usage:
You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.
You can also apply either of these around the eye area but not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.
Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.
Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.
If you’re using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, consult with your doctor before applying either AHA or BHA.
Now, all that is left to do is to choose the best suited category for your skin and begin to exfoliate years away.
Do you have sensitive skin? You are not alone. 51% of American women perceive their skin as sensitive–and now NYC dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, has created a peel specifically for you. No matter how sensitive your complexion is, you need to exfoliate and nourish to improve the effects of the rest of your skincare routine, and achieve radiant skin.
The Alpha Beta® Ultra Gentle Daily Peel is vegan, cruelty-free and formulated without parabens. It contains three gentle acids, anti-agers and soothing botanicals to exfoliate and nourish fragile skin and combat the three most common signs of aging: uneven skin tone & texture, fine lines & wrinkles and enlarged pores.
Step 1 is packed with rejuvenating powerful yet gentle exfoliating acids. Step 2 controls the alpha hydroxy acid activity and delivers antiaging actives, nourishing and soothing skin, keeping it balanced, soft and luminous. The addition of calming, hydrating ingredients including colloidal oatmeal comfort and protect delicate skin.
How to use it: Once a day, massage step 1 pad on to clean, dry skin until pad feels dry. Wait two minutes then follow with step 2 pad.
Do not rinse after either step or apply products containing alcohol.
Make sure to use sunscreen daily to help prevent photo-aging.
As our peel family continues to expand, this is a how to choose the best fit for you:
Even though summer is over, it is always important to apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Harmful UVA sun rays are every bit as dangerous in the fall as the summer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80% of the UVA rays can penetrate skin even in cloudy weather. Sun damage is easier to prevent than correct so make sure to wear sunscreen every day!
Don’t forget, all year round it’s important to advocate the 4 rules for sun safety: Seek shade from 10AM – 2PM, wear the right amount of sunscreen (1 ounce to cover your body), reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and get annual skin checks. Become an advocate for sun safety and sun protection.
For sunscreens that you will love this fall and all year long try these gorgeous go-tos:
Offers UVA/UVB protection plus instant visible blurring effect on signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles and pores) with its unique mattifying texture. For everyday use with or without make-up. Paraben-free, Fragrance-free. Non-acnegenic, Non-comedogenic.
Daily UVA/UVB oil-absorbing protective base with a matte finish. This mattifying 100% physical sunscreen is formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*) to provide high broad spectrum UV protection. Formulated with translucent color spheres to provide universal tint for all skin tones and repel oil to minimize sebum appearance. Great for face, neck and chest.
These are both great options for those with normal to oily skin looking for a sunscreen with secondary benefits.
If you are a fan of Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals but just wished it had more coverage, your wish has been granted! This Beauty Balm has all the benefits of Jane’s 12 times micronized, or ground down, pure minerals in a liquid with medium to full coverage.
Foundation that acts like a treatment. It gently exfoliates, diminishes wrinkles, won’t clog pores, and soothes skin, all while moisturizing. And it’s great for all skin types.
You’ll love the glow you get using this foundation. Start your layering right with
Let’s be honest… how many of us make a daily coffee run? “Ill have a Venti non-fat white mocha with a double (no!) make that triple shot.” That caffeine boost will do wonders for our energy levels. What about skincare products that contain caffeine? What’s the benefit there?
Studies have shown that caffeine contains anti inflammatory properties. So for those of us who retain a little fluid under the eye area- we’re in luck! Caffeine in eye products works by draining excess lymph fluid and blood. Attack puffiness and fine lines with PRIORI Advanced AHA Smoothing Eye Serum.
When it comes to that pesky resident on your thighs, aka cellulite, trying a product with caffeine, like FatGirl Slim can help. Caffeine dehydrates fat cells, which will provide a smoother skin appearance.
For people with a chronic condition, such as rosacea, using a product with caffeine will help constrict blood vessels which doesn’t usually happen to those with rosacea. La Roche Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness Moisturizer would be a good option.
There are many other products that contain caffeine, especially anti-aging products. Caffeine is an antioxidant. Antioxidants fight off free radicals; free radicals age our skin. You can find many caffeine-filled products on SkinStore.com by clicking here.
If you’re searching for the newest innovative tool for anti-aging check out the Baby Quasar MD PLUS. Baby Quasar is internationally acclaimed, and has been featured on the TV show The Doctors, in Vogue Magazine, and New York Times.
Treat your skin with the most powerful wrinkle reducing technology ever used in the Quasar Family. The Baby Quasar MD PLUS is 50% stronger than the original Baby Quasar, treats periorbital wrinkles (wrinkles around the eyes), has new C-Factor technology, an improved ease of use, is a class II medical device with a 5 year warranty, and is made in the USA.
Quasar Light Therapy is a safe, natural solution with no negative side effects. Quasar MD PLUS works on all skin types and tones, requires no downtime, and has the best reputation, warranty, and support compared to competitors. Let Quasar kiss away your wrinkles with age defying technology.
– Diminishes the appearance of large pores and improve skin texture
– Helps brighten dull lack luster skin
Consumer study reports 90% noticed an improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles within the first five minutes of application!
With high levels of non-irritating retinol and the antioxidant benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid, using night after night skin will appear more refined, and brighter. Finally a night cream that works to repair your skin while your sleeping. This a must have!
If you ask any reputable plastic surgeon or dermatologist, they will tell you the secret to knowing a person’s age is in their neck. Most often, men and women are very concerned with the appearance of their face, but forget that the neck and décolleté should receive the same tender loving care. Here are a few of our favorite neck creams to help give you that rejuvenated, youthful, celebrities look.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream is a completely organic line derived fruit extracts including the coveted Resveratrol packed grapeseed, this cream improves skin texture without harsh ingredients that can irritate the most sensitive of skin.
Most women will freak out with the thought of shaving their face. What? My hair will come back darker, thicker and rougher, not to mention shaving is for men not women. I can’t do that. Well, I have some important points for women to consider when shaving is concerned. First and foremost, that train of thought is based on myths. In addition, shaving is actually an anti-aging technique with solid science behind it. I know? Super shocking news!
The first myth is if hair returns thicker, darker, rougher, and the answer is no. Shaving does not change the thickness of the hair, color or rate of growth. Shaving has no effect on the bulb of the hair where hair is actually produced. Shaving facial hair gives the hair a blunt tip. The tip might feel “stubbly” for a time as it grows out. During this time, the hair may appear darker and thicker but it’s not according to www.mayoclinic.org. The feel of thickness is from the blunt tip left behind by shaving and the darkness is your natural hair color that hasn’t been exposed to the bleaching effects of the sun and environment. However, this is only factual if you are shaving dark, thick hair. Most women have peach fuzz. The real name is Vellus hair. This type of hair covers most of our bodies and it is naturally soft & light. This is the hair we want to get rid of by shaving. If you have more dark and thick hair, you may want to seek out other options, such as laser hair removal.
What are the benefits of shaving for women? A few of the benefits of shaving your face, also known as at home Dermaplaning, include exfoliation, collagen stimulation, deeper product penetration, and smoother make up application. What is Dermaplaning? You may have never heard of Dermaplaning, but I bet you’ve seen the effects. Celebrities have this procedure done all the time. It’s a skin procedure that involves using a sharp tool to exfoliate the surface of your skin, while also removing small, fine hairs. Basically, an esthetician or dermatologist will take a small scalpel and very gently scrape the surface of your skin using light, feathering strokes. Dermaplaning’s purpose is to give your skin an immediate exfoliation for a luminous glow that lasts a week. Physicians might recommend dermaplaning to anyone who is about to undergo a laser treatment or deep chemical peel, to allow the products to penetrate more deeply into the skin. Plus, the light “shaving” motion gets rid of light facial hairs while it exfoliates.
Shaving your face has similar results as dermaplaning and it’s been practiced for a very long time. In fact, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were known to shave their face and attribute their agelessness to the shaving. Generally, men look younger as they age because they shave on a consistent basis.
Let’s chat a bit about technique of shaving. There are three options when it comes to razors:
1) a normal women’s razor for your legs (just make sure it’s not actually the one you use on your legs)
2) a women’s facial hair trimmer
3) an eyebrow shaper
Any of these modalities will work. Start at the top of the ear and shave going down to jawline and towards the nose, to get the whole cheek, jawline, chin, and upper lip. Always use downward strokes, very little pressure and your skin should be clean and dry. Pull the skin taught and shave with short strokes with the razor at a 45 degree angle against the skin. Keep in mind; you only need to do this twice a month to see results. After shaving, follow up with your serum, moisturizer, and spf.
After you’ve shaved a few times and your skin is adjusted, try getting a little more aggressive with a light application of Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Enzyme peel for deeper penetration.
Now, let’s talk about shaving products that would be beneficial to have during your shaving time. The Art of Shaving specializes in shaving products. They have full size kits that include everything you would need to shave. They are gender friendly and effective. I would recommend The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit in Lavender. Most women love the smell of lavender and lavender essential oil. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, this kit has the before, during, and after products that will keep your skin soft and supple. It even comes with a pure Badger shaving brush that generates rich and warm lather.