Author: Michele Garber

Blogger, Social Media Consultant and Wholesale Distributor. Beauty Publicist and Founder of dMK Communications, Lifestyle PR firm. Independent Cosmetic Surgery Procedure Consultant

My Beauty Picks for 2014

Anti-aging Being in the beauty industry affords me the opportunity to try many products. I travel and lecture at industry meetings and medical conferences which have exhibits halls featuring the best industry leaders in aesthetics.  I usually come home with more products than I can possibly use. Companies also send me products to evaluate, hoping I’ll blog about their greatness.  I look for products that have science to back them up.  I don’t believe in hype or products promising that you will look 10 years younger  in 6 weeks.  I also don’t buy mass market skincare products sold in department stores.  I am loyal to the products that keep my skin looking great.

My skincare routine is fairly simple: RX Tazorac PM, Exfoliate with a AHA cleanser, apply Vitamin C serum, eye cream and sunblock in the AM.  My challenging areas have always been my eye area, neck and décolleté .

In 2014, I had the privilege of interviewing derma diva on NipTuck Talk Jan Marini, founder of Jan Marini Skin Research. Jan shared some of her skincare secrets with me and  taught me about product chemistry during our interview and post-interview phone calls. You can listen to our interview on NipTuck Talk.

I stopped using Tazorac and adopted Jan Marini Skincare Management system, plus Jan Marini Clean Zyme Face Cleasner and mask.  I’m thrilled with the results. My skin is never irritated or peely anymore (except when I get a chemical peel or laser treatment).

Here is my 2014 list of favorite beauty products:

Makeup

Colorscience Mineral Corrector Palette: Great for covering up imperfections and bruising from fillers Botox, or surgery.

Benefit Real Eye Makeup Remover: I just discovered this great eye makeup remover!!

Jill Kirsch Color- Ultimate Make Up Kit: All in one make-up kit customized for your color palette.  I take this kit with me everywhere, even in my gym bag. Love it!

Skincare

Jan Marini Skincare Management System: My #1 life saving anti-aging skin care solution for 2014.  It’s an easy Anti-aging System with clinically proven results.

Jan Marini Retinol Plus MD: I switched from Tazorac to non RX retinol. No dryness or peeling.

The neck is a hard area to treat. I’ve tried a couple of neck skincare products and found them not to live up to their claims.  Marini Juveneck debuted in 2014.  A revolutionary anti-aging cream specifically formulated for the delicate neck area. Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases, refine skin texture and increase hydration. I’ve used Juveneck for 3 months applying it 2x a day.  I’m very pleased with the results and can see a softening of my horizontal band lines. Juveneck is a keeper. Stay tuned for some before and after photos.

Eye Cream: After trying many eye creams  IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex from Innovative Skin Care is the winner.

Sun Block: EltaMD tinted. I don’t leave home without it.  I use it as a foundation, before applying any make-up.

Body:  My Body is the new kid on the block. I love their Firm and Tone Body Lotion and Skin Prep Body Polish.

Post-Treatment Products

Jan Marini Bio Shield is an amazing post laser product. There is nothing on the market that compares to Bio Shield. I used for a series of laser treatments.  It’s pricey at $130.00, however worth every dollar.

My Body has a  post- treatment kit, Calm-It Down and a  Professional Pro-Biotic treatment that can be applied pre-and post peel, featuring topical probiotics bioactives.

Staying beautiful in 2015..

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Sublative Laser Rejuvenation : What To Expect

Laser Resurfacing – Heres’s the Scoop

After having  two Ablative laser resurfacing treatments over the past several years, I opted to try  Syneron’s Elos Sublative  Rejuvenation Treatment for fine lines, skin tone and texture. Sublative Rejuvenation is the newest, safest laser technology with less downtime than other laser procedures.

According to Syneron’s website, Sublative lasers deliver B-polar Radio Frequency energy  deep into the dermal layer to build collagen, treat mild to moderate wrinkles and textual irregularity with minimum down time. The treatment protocol  is for 3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart.

My Experience:

LA Dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer invited me to participate in his Sublative treatment study at the Menkes Clinic in Northern California.

I had been treated before by Dr. Emer, so I the utmost trust that my face was in skilled hands.

Sublative Treatment

After Treatment

With BioShield on My Face

With BioShield on My Face

Elos Sublative Tip

Elos Sublative Tip

After numbing for about 45-minute to 1 hour, my 1st Sublative treatment was tolerable. As part of the study, Dr. Emer used an aggressive setting and preformed 5 passes over my entire facial region. During the treatment, I held a cooling hose ( see above) to cool my face as Dr. Emer was preforming the treatment with the tip seen in the photo above. Some areas of my face were more sensitive than others during the first sublative treatment. On a scale of 1-10, the discomfort was about 34. Afterwards my face felt like I had a very bad sunburn. Not too bad, as I knew what to expect from previous treatments. If you are a newbie, be prepared to feel
a strong burning sensation on your face. Total treatment time from prep to post-laser about 1.5-2 hours. Don’t plan to go back to work after sublative rejuvenation treatments, unless the treatment is on a lower settings with less passes. But then what’s the point?

As I was driving home with a greasy face full of Aquafore, I iced my face in the car and then afterwards for the first 24-48 hours. The burning sensation does lessen over the next several hours.

Minimum downtime- no not really. If you have an aggressive treatment be prepared to be red, and slightly swollen for 2-3 days then pink and peely up to 7 days.  Peeling time was less than my other ablative laser treatments, Mixto and Pearl and healing time was faster. I could wear make-up by day 3 and face the world on day 4.  But I was still crusty and pink in some areas. Underneath my eyes I was slightly puffy for about 10 days.

My second treatment was a little more uncomfortable, especially on my forehead, temple and chin area.  There were a few times that it really hurt despite the numbing cream. Post treatment I was given a Skinceutical cooling mask, which I absolutely loved. It felt soothing, cool and fabulous. It made my drive home much more comfortable.  I also applied Jan Marini Skin Research, BioShield. I love, love this post laser product.  My healing time was shortened by a couple of days. It’s a little tricky to apply, but a must for any post-laser treatments. Worth the price of $130.00.

My third treatment felt the worst. I’m not sure why. I felt a couple of zingers that were extremely painful in the area of my forehead and chin. Had I felt these zingers during treatment #1, I may not have continued. Perhaps my skin was more sensitive in those areas, I’m not sure. Dr. Emer was not sure either what caused this. Afterwards, my skin looked and felt like all the other treatments. My recovery time for treatment #3 seemed shorter than the first two treatments. I was not as swollen as the first time, with the exception my of  mouth area which was treated more aggressively for fine lines, as part of the study.

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Filling Hollow Eyes Part 2: What are the risks?

In 2011, I wrote a blog about Filling Your Eye Hollows with dermal filler; my experience and the risks.

I thought it was time to update this post, since so many of my readers have sent me questions  over the years.

I first had Juvederm injected in my eye hollows causing lumps, bumps, swelling and much bruising. The Juvederm was dissolved with Filling Eye HollowsWydaise and replaced with Restylane which worked beautifully.  The Restylane lasted  around 12 months in my tear trough area.   Note that the duration of fillers will differ from one patient to the next.

Filling Hollow Eyes- What’s new?

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC

Since the FDA approval this year of  Allergan’s  JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC  there is shift  in the philosophy among some dermatologists and plastic surgeons about how to treat the tear trough area.

Volumna is the latest FDA approved filler product in the family of HYALURONIC ACID. What’s new and exciting about this filler is that is it lasts up to 24 months  it can be dissolved if necessary.  Volumna gives you instant volume to the cheek area, therefore in some cases eliminating the need to fill the eye hollows. By injecting Volumna is the upper cheek area, the doctor can place it close to the bony orbital rim that is usually volume depleted in hollow eyes. This is great option because it lasts for up  to 24 months and not only are you plumping and lifting your cheeks, but it may eliminate the hollow area under eyes as well.

Volumna costs more than a one syringe of Juvederm, however over the long-term it ends being less expensive due to its longevity. A syringe of Volumna costs on an average of $1,000 per syringe as compared to $625 for one syringe of Juvederm or Restylane.

Restylane is still used for filling the tear troughs and works better for this area than Juvederm Ultra- not to be confused with Volumna. (more…)

The Truth About Aging: One Woman’s Confessions

I recently published an article on About.com Senior Living about how I feel about aging.

Here is an excerpt.

My Love/Hate Relationship With Aging

Aging Gracefully

By Michele Garber

The Big Six Oh!

Last year when I turned 60 I really didn’t feel any different because in my mind 60 was just a number. But I did ponder what turning 60 meant and whether or not I should feel different than when I’d turned 50.  I recognize I’m entering a new stage of life, but I’ve yet to get my arms around what that actually means.  Is 60 the new 40?  Will 80 be the new 60?  Or, is 60 just 60?  I don’t really know with any clarity.

To read the entire article click here.

If you have thoughts about aging, I’d love to hear to hear from you.Michele Garber