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Here’s to Beautiful Skin!! Top 30 List

Looking for the best anti-aging skin care products?

I first wrote this post in 2009- 10 year ago.  As we approach the holidays and winter, I thought this is a perfect time to update my list and add some cautionary tips.

Since buying skincare products is very confusing let’s first look at how to read skincare product labels to ensure that you are buying effectively.

  1. Read to to the end. The first 5 ingredients are the bulk of the formula. However low-levels can also be effective, but don’t expect much
  2. Watch out for alcohol listed as one of the first three ingredients – buy another product
  3. Some of the ingredients have long names which refer to their chemical structure
  4. Most brands add additional ingredients for the uniqueness of the brand, that does not mean it is more or less effective

Look for these ingredients when buying anti-aging skin care products. You can find many of these ingredients on your dermatologist and plastic surgeon’s shelf.

You can also find many of these ingredients in OTC products sold in Sephora or on websites like The Dermstore.

Keep in mind that many OTC products have some of these ingredients- however strengths differ.  Professional skincare products sold through aesthetic practices usually contain higher strengths of some of these ingredients especially Retinol.

Look for clinical trials

Here’s is my updated list of 30 good healthy skin ingredients. 

  1. Retinol- Vitamin A and Tretinoin (prescription)  best anti-aging ingredient
    Also available Retinol in none-prescription strength
  2. Vitamin C ester- the most stable form of Vitamin C Anti-oxidant
  3. Cerimides- seal in moisture
  4. Collagen- benefits your hair, skin and nails
  5. L-Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate – also Vitamin C
  6. Tacapherol and Tootrienol AKA Vitamin E- helps fight wrinkles and fines lines
  7. Alpha lipoic acid-superior anti-oxidant reduces the sign of aging
  8. Ferulic acid- antioxidant and anti-aging
  9. Hyaluronic acid-hydration. It holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water
  10. Vitamin K- helps with dark circles under the eyes
  11. Squalane- hydration
  12. Jojoba oil- rich in Vitamin E, zinc and B-vitamins
  13. Vitamin F– linoleum acid – Omega rich for heath  looking skin
  14. Kojic Acid-brightens and is an anti-oxidant
  15. Niacinimide– brightening and hydrating
  16. Mandelic Acid– exfoliating sensitive skin
  17. Marula Oil– good for dry skin, anti-microbial
  18. Lactic Acid-caution it can be drying
  19. Coenzyme -Q-10– powerfull anti-oxidant and boosts collagen
  20. Kinetin- reduces signs of aging and uneven pigment
  21. Glycolic and other alpha and beta hydroxy acids-powerful exfoliants to boost collagen and elastin
  22. Argirelene, GHK, and cooper peptides-antibacterial and anti-anti-infammatory
  23. DMAE– this ingredient is banned in Canada- anti-aging and fine lines
  24. Idebenone, thiotaine and other anti-oxidants- improves fine lines and wrinkles and prevents cell damage
  25. Peptides- are short chains of amino acids that are building blocks of proteins for texture, strength and resilience
  26. Green Tea– anti-aging
  27. Resveratrol- powerful anti-oxidant
  28. Waglerin-1 a peptide found in Temple Viper- helps fight against sagging
  29. Growth Factors- help to maintain height skin structure and function
  30. Plant Stem Cells-help to renew your skin

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, 1.12 Oz  Skinceuticals Retinol 1 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream, 1 Fluid Ounce  SkinCeuticals Ce Ferulic Bottle, 1 oz.

And watch out for product containing Parabens, Sulfates, Artificial Dyes, and  too many acids with vitamin C.

To Beautiful Skin!!!

 

 

 

 

Review: Skin Tightening Without Surgery Thermage FLX- Five Months After

I had my first Thermage treatment for a loose neckline in 2009, as I was a long way away from any surgery.  Ouch!  The treatment was not only very painful, I saw no results.

So when Dr. Vic Narurkar , San Francisco dermatologist and Laser King asked if I’d like to try the new Thermage treatment for training purposes, I said yes.  For years, Thermage has been called “the gold standard” for skin tightening.

Thermage FLX  delivers radio-frequency energy deep below the surface of the skin were the collagen is produced. The energy heats and smooths out the existing  collagen and creates  new collagen. It also heats up the skin faster. FLX  is the newest version and a big game changer as it produces more predictable results.  The tips are 33% larger so larger treatment surface areas can be treated, allowing for faster treatment times.  A face and neck can be done under 60 minutes, making all the treatment areas more comfortable.  You will see immediate off the table results but optimal results are generally at the 3 to 6 month mark . Retreatment is done every 1 to 3 years.

I’m always a little skeptical about skin tightening devices. Patient selection is key, as not everyone will benefit.  Since my last Thermage in 2009, I’ve had a face and neck lift. However, my neck was never tight enough, so I was willing to give this a try.

I expected to get numbing cream before the treatment, even though I knew it could not hurt as much as the first time.  I was told that I did not need  numbing cream and that it would not hurt. My anxiety level went up 100%. However, I put my faith into Dr. Narurkar’s  skilled hands and trusted him.   Once we started the treatment, I was incredibly surprised to feel almost nothing.  I was dozing off. Amazing!

Dr. Narurkar used a setting of 2.5 to 3.5 on my face and 1.5 to 2 on submentum and 0.5 to 1 on my neck.  900 count tip.  About 4 to 6 passes per anatomic area.

Sadly, Dr. Vic Narurkar  suddenly passed away in late January this year.   He is greatly missed.

 

Right after my treatment, my face had a nice glow and I could see it looked tighter.

It’s been five months since my treatments. I see a little lifting around my jaw line. My brows do look elevated. It’s hard to tell if there is any improvement in my neck, but I was not expecting much.

In conclusion, Thermage FLX is extremely comfortable. As results improve over time, you have to be patient. It’s not a quick fix.  Results take 3-6 months. The treatment is a great adjunct after a facelift. If I had a Thermage treatment soon after my facelift, my  facelift may have lasted longer than it did.  As I said, patient selection is important and you have to manage your expectations.   Combining Thermage FLX  with Botox and Fillers helps in maintaining a youthful appearance.   Keep in mind, if  you really need a facelift and have lots of loose, sagging skin you may not be happy with the results. Results are different with each person.  Before you decide, please seek the advise of a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon who has a lot of experience in treating patients of all age groups with Thermage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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