#NoFilterNeeded! Skincare Staples for the Perfect Selfie
by Lauren Salomon
Practice Manager, Cosmetic Laser MD
We have all done it, taken a selfie and snuck in the beauty filter thinking no one would notice. If you are unfamiliar with what this is (or living under a rock) this filter, commonly found on Snapchat or Instagram, chisels cheeks, highlights the skin, awakens the eyes and completely sets an unrealistic view on our realistic faces. You can spot a filtered photo a mile away.
According to a recent article in New Beauty, Snapchat’s “beauty” filter in particular – it basically gives you a flawless complexion with the tap of one button – makes us look so good, that when we swipe back to normal mode, we’re left with this “why can’t I look like that all the time?” feeling.
This borderline anime recreation of yourself is now becoming an addiction. I know it’s hard to say no to the flawless skin these beauty filters give us, but what if I told you that flawless skin can come without the help of your smartphone?
There are selfie certified staple products that every woman should have for gorgeous skin. They correct the damage we have done to our skin in the past and protect from the damage we will do in the future. They smooth, tighten and correct, but most importantly make us look fabulous in pictures.
Retinol The superhero of skin care. This does everything. It works overtime to bring up new cells and get rid of the ones that make you look…old. This form Vitamin A is a much gentler version of Retin-A which can leave you looking like a glorified science experiment. Retinol will supercharge your collagen production, correct hyperpigmentation, smooth out fine lines, and leave your skin tight, toned and ready for your close up.
Vitamin C Just like our diet needs antioxidants, so does our skin. If aiding in collagen production isn’t enough, topical vitamin C protects your skin against the ever dreaded FREE RADICALS. That may seem like a really cool girl band but when it comes to your skin we don’t want a ticket to their show. Free radicals are molecules responsible for tissue damage and aging. They lead to wrinkles, dark spots, and other really horrible things that cause us nightmares.
Sunscreen This concept is so simple, yet we refuse to listen. We are like children refusing to eat our vegetables all over again even though we know how good they are for us. Please pay very good attention to what I am about to tell you. THE SUN IS CAUSING YOU TO LOOK OLDER THAN YOU REALLY ARE. If you think that dab of SPF 15 in your really expensive moisturizer is doing it, you are wrong and I want to make it right for you. Every woman needs a designated layer of pure UVA/UVB broad spectrum mineral-based sunscreen on their face every day. We all get UV damage even on the gloomiest of days. If you think you don’t need it because you don’t “go in the sun” you are wrong. Unless you are a vampire living the movie Twilight you need sunscreen and you need it now. Your face and your pictures depend on it.
With these 3 products in your skin care army you will no longer need to swipe right to feel better about yourself. Be your own filter naturally and love the skin you’re in….you’re “selfie” depends on itJ
My own selfie before and after “Beauty Filter”. My skin already looked flawless due to diligent use of our CLMD Advanced Skin Solutions products. The after photo makes me look like an cartoon alien!
Get Radiant Skin with CO2RE CO2 Fractional Resurfacing
Wouldn’t you love to see radiant skin when you look in the mirror? If so, CO2RE CO2 fractional resurfacing is a procedure that you may want to consider trying. This procedure involves using a state-of-the-art carbon dioxide laser treatment to remove layers of skin in order to reduce the appearance of things like fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, hyperpigmentation and scarring. This laser creates small wounds inside the skin, which helps induce healing. CO2RE CO2 fractional resurfacing only targets specific areas of the skin, and the surrounding skin is not damaged.
At Cosmetic Laser MD in Livingston, NJ, we help restore a more youthful appearance and give you radiant, glowing skin with fractional resurfacing. This non-invasive treatment can help give you back your glow in as little as one treatment. Our medical team, led by Susan Stevens Tanne, MD, can help customize a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. To schedule your consultation, contact Cosmetic Laser MD today.
How Many Treatments Are Needed? The number of treatments can vary depending on the patient. However, many patients are able to get amazing results with just one treatment. For some patients we recommend follow-up treatments in order to maintain their results. It is important to note that the results of CO2 fractional laser resurfacing are not permanent. Most people will need to get another treatment within a few years.
Is This Procedure Painful? Most people do not find this procedure to be uncomfortable. A topical anesthetic is applied before this procedure in order to minimize the discomfort. We can work with you to ensure maximum comfort is sustained throughout the procedure.
Is This Treatment Right For Me? The only way to determine whether CO2 fractional laser resurfacing is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tanne. The best candidates are people who have realistic expectations and are healthy. However, this treatment is not right for pregnant women. It is also not right if you have a history of cold sores.
Side Effects and Recovery It takes several days for the skin to heal. For the first 3 – 5 days, you will need to wear an ointment on your skin which we will provide you with. During this time, you may experience some oozing, bleeding, crusting and dryness. Once your skin peels, you no longer need to use the thick ointment, however diligent use of mineral based sunscreen is essential. We recommend sunscreen from ELTA MD. Your skin will still be pink, however you may wear mineral based foundation at this point. We recommend Oxygenetix. Even though the skin will usually heal within two weeks, it is important to note that some redness may persist for two to three months after the procedure. You will notice a significant improvement in your skin after you have healed completely.
Aftercare To properly recover, it is vital that you to follow all of the instructions recommended by Dr. Tanne. We always recommend that you limit sun exposure in order to help your skin heal faster. You will also need to follow a strict skin care regimen. The net results will be RADIANT SKIN!
The summer months were the perfect time to take that much-needed vacation. And while you might come home rested and refilled, your skin is another story. Typically after long flights, continuous hours in the sun and perhaps even a couple more drinks than you usually indulge in, your skin is starving for attention. Here are some tips for you to do once back home to revitalize your skin. Dry Brush To get rid of toxins built up in the skin and body and to buff away dry skin, dry brushing is a great way to detox. It stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems and can even improve digestion and kidney function. To do this make long, sweeping brush strokes all over your body towards your heart. You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally. Take a Bath Add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda to warm bath water to detoxify. Alternatively, add 10 drops of ginger essential oil to warm bath water and soak for at least 20 minutes. Post bath, wrap your body in a blanket and your head in a towel so as to induce further perspiration to aid in detoxification. Exfoliate Achievethe same great results from dry brushing on your face using an exfoliating cleanser. You can buff away dry and dead skin while enhancing blood flow, leaving your face smooth and radiant. For an easy DIY overall body exfoliant, combine coconut oil with sea or rock salt and gently rub over body in circular strokes. For sensitive skin, mix with sugar instead. Moisturize One of the most noticeable side effects of too much sun and alcohol is dehydration, so make sure to replenish your skin with nourishing lotion. To make your own refreshing and hydrating face moisturizer, melt 3 tablespoons of mango butter and mix with 1 tablespoon of almond oil or jojoba oil. Blend thoroughly and refrigerate until it sets and apply to skin while still cool. Hydrate Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day to counteract the dehydrating effects of vacation. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 ounces of water per day. Also, squeeze an entire lemon into 8 ounces of tepid water to create a strong diuretic that will aid in flushing out toxins from your system.
Crow’s feet are those tiny lines that usually extend out from the sides of the eyes, up toward the temples and/or down toward the top of the cheek. Sun exposure is enemy number-one in the formation of crow’s-feet, but smoke, pollution, squinting and smiling all cause the structure deep within the skin to breakdown. Less collagen means less support, making the skin more susceptible to fine lines.
Your at-home plan of attack should consist of a mild exfoliator to help turnover skin, a daily mineral based sunscreen to prevent collagen and elastin breakdown and intensive hydrators that contain hyaluronic acid, to soften dry skin and fill-in and smooth out wrinkles. In addition to these topical problem-solving ingredients, a large pair of sunglasses will also help preventing against squinting and blocking
Dysport, Xeomin or Botoxcan treat crow’s-feet, and can even be used to prevent them from forming. They are considered to be the gold standard for preserving youthful-looking eyes because they halt movement of the muscles that lead to these lines and wrinkles. Keep in mind that these injectable neuromodulators only temporarily smooth out wrinkles—they don’t address discoloration, sun damage or incite collagen production.
To reduce lines, another options is to resurface the skin with lasers. Ablative fractional and CO2 lasers such as CO2RE, and eMatrix are commonly used to address textural changes around the eye. These modalities ablate the top layer of damaged skin, prompting the body to make new, better collagen—the new skin grows in plumper and less laden with lines. These types of treatments also help to give the area a tightening effect.
from New Beauty If you suffer from allergies, you probably already know that this allergy season is a tough one. Sniffling and sneezing is never a good look and to further our point, a recent survey from Zyrtec revealed that 96 percent of female allergy sufferers have experienced allergy-related beauty woes like a red nose, watery eyes or a puffy face. Ugh.
What’s more, 50 percent of women with allergies have had to miss out on a meaningful event, like a party or date, because of what some are referring to as “allergy face”. Two-thirds of women with allergies admit to feeling ugly or unattractive for the same reason. Here are some tips on how to look our best even if we’re suffering from the dreaded “allergy face”.
Build bold, beautiful brows: Take advantage of the big and bold brow trend, which allows you to go easy on eye makeup. Focus on shaping and penciling brows to help “wake up” your allergy face and distract from watery eyes.
Mask with metallic: To help reduce redness under your nose, opt for an on-trend, high-shine metallic lip gloss in a copper or bronze color.
Opt for a gentler cleanse: At the end of each day, avoid rubbing skin that may already be irritated by a runny nose. Instead, look for a gentle cleanser or makeup remover.
Go dark to distract: Darker lashes can serve as a distraction to red eyes so embrace the “wet eye” trend and apply a clear gel to give lashes a wet look. For extra definition, top with a coat of black mascara.
Embrace shimmery shadows: Use a cotton swab and dab a shimmery pearl shadow on the area between the bridge of your nose and eyes. The lighter shadow helps to brighten up your face.
Au naturel and aglow: If your allergy face is really acting up, skip makeup altogether and apply a self-tanner for a fresh and healthy glow that lasts all day.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and with skin cancer being the most common form of cancer in the United States, there’s good reason to pay attention. One in five Americans develops skin cancer in their lifetime, but that doesn’t have to be you. Luckily, skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Follow these tips to keep your skin safe and cancer-free:
Get an annual checkup.
Wear sunblock every day.
Never intentionally sunbathe.
Watch your brown spots and freckles.
Follow the ABCDEs (see chart on left)
How to Select the Best Sunscreen
Selecting sunscreen might be a little easier this summer thanks to new sunscreen regulations implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All SPF products that do not pass the new FDA testing requirements will include warning labels stating their sun-protection limitations. Even makeup and skin-care products that contain SPF will be upheld to the new label policies. When you’re picking up your next bottle, check the label to learn if the sunscreen:
Is broad-spectrum, which means the sunscreen protects against UVB and UVA rays and helps prevent skin cancer and sunburn. With the new regulations, the FDA has clearly defined the testing required for a sunscreen to be labeled as “broad-spectrum.”
Has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. It must offer both broad-spectrum coverage and an SPF of 15 or higher. If not, the label will carry the Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert.
Has a Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert – meaning the sunscreen will only prevent sunburn and will not reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.
Is water resistant for up to 40 minutes or 80 minutes.
Find a sunscreen that feels good on your skin. If it’s heavy, greasy, looks chalky, has a strong odor, or doesn’t allow for even makeup application, you won’t use it. Keep trying different products until you find one you like. Our favorites are from Elta and SkinCeuticals. But no matter what sunscreen you purchase, it’s irrelevant if you’re not applying it correctly. We are always available to help you select the best sunscreen and tell you how to use it. Effective, cosmetically elegant, sunscreen is the best anti-aging product you can buy.
Most of you have heard Dr. Tanne talk about the importance of using MINERAL SUNBLOCK. We have carefully selected a variety of highly effective PHYSICAL sunblocks from Elta and Skinceuticals that provide excellent sun protection while vanishing on your skin.
FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH OF MAY ALL SUNSCREEN IS 15% OFF NOW IS THE TIME TO STOCK UP FOR SUMMER!
Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner, which means it’s officially shorts season. Baring so much leg is fine for some, but for others with cellulite, varicose veins or troublesome unwanted hair, it causes a good amount of anxiety. Read about some of the best procedures for getting lean legs in time for beach season.
Spider/Varicose Veins Spider and varicose veins are really just enlarged veins, but many women find them to be extremely unsightly. With 50 percent of women in the United States suffering from them, they can be a result of genetics, pregnancy and/or hormonal changes. There are however a couple of options for treatment. Sclerotherapy, when a doctor injects the veins with a solution that irritates the lining of the veins, forcing them to collapse, is a popular and effective option. At Cosmetic Laser MD we use Asclera, the newest injectable solution. There are also lasers like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which work to reduce redness and the look of enlarged veins.
Hairy Legs If you hate to shave your legs or simply wish you just never had to deal with it, laser hair removal might be a good option for you. After just one session hair growth is stunted and after several sessions the hair grows back thinner and virtually invisible until you’ve completed all of your prescribed treatments.
Cellulite If the term “cottage cheese thighs” hits a bit too close to home, then you might want to consider a cellulite treatment for cellulite-free legs. While diet and exercise are your best bet for fighting unwanted dimples, for those that can’t get rid of rippling, there are some in-office procedures that might help. A combination of laser, vacuum, massage and/or radio-frequency devices may help to smooth out cellulite in problem areas. At Cosmetic Laser MD we offer VelaShape and the NEWReaction by Viora.
There is no doubt about it—traveling on an airplane takes a toll on our skin. We know this because when the plane touches back down on the tarmac, or even the day after, our skin rebels against us. So why is this such a tortured time for our face? Our skin dries out from airplane flights because the air is very dry. The outer skin layers may fail to shed away, clogging the skin pores and trapping bacteria in the skin, which can lead to breakouts. If your skin is oily, dry air may cause the skin to produce even more oil as a response, also plugging skin pores, trapping bacteria and causing skin outbreaks.
While it then seems obvious to keep our skin well moisturized during and after the flight, there are a few other things we must be mindful of when traveling.
Don’t Drink Alcohol on the Plane Unless you want a very “un-happy hour” after your flight, your skin will thank you for not throwing one back. Alcohol is very dehydrating. While it may help to relax you if you’re nervous about flying, the affect of alcohol will be dry skin, says So stick to water and watch a movie or read a book/ magazine to relax.
Don’t Use A Hydrating Mist A lot of women think a facial mist is their best skin accessory on a flight, but actually the opposite is true. Avoid misters as the water from them tends to dry out skin even further. Instead keep your face hydrated with your favorite moisturizer. Avoid sitting in a window seat to reduce ultraviolet exposure, and don’t forget to wear a mineral based sunscreen.
Skip the Salty Snacks Airport food in general is not very skin-friendly. While peanuts and pretzels may look delicious, salt can cause swelling. Instead, plan ahead and pack some snacks like fruits and vegetables. Carrots and apples are both filled with water and will help keep your skin and body hydrated.
Take Off Your Makeup We know you want to land in style, but you will be doing your skin a grand favor if you keep it clean while in the air. Airplane air is dry and can exacerbate your makeup’s drying-out effects on your skin, which can lead to breakouts and your pores becoming clogged on the flight.
Don’t Neglect Your Eyes Jet lag always shows through your skin, but mostly in the eyes. To keep them from getting puffy, pack an eye cream that contains caffeine. Another interesting idea is to carry green tea bags with you on the plane. Then a half hour before landing, ask the flight attendant for hot water and soak a few minutes. Add ice to cool down the bags, and apply cool green tea bags to your eyelids before landing. The green tea has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to decrease puffiness so you’ll look your best when you land.
Cold and flu season can do a number on your body but if you’ve got a serious case of the sniffles, you might be seeing some effects on your skin too. Between cold medications, repeated nose blowing, itchy throats and fevers, it’s not abnormal to experience subpar skin. To avoid spotty, flushed, dehydrated skin, try following these five tips.
1. Use a humidifier at night. Whenever the air is dry it looks for moisture wherever it can get it—and that means robbing it from skin. Common decongestants also dehydrate the skin, leaving it parched and dry. Using a humidifier at night keeps moisture in the bedroom air, which maintains hydration levels in the skin, and keeps it feeling comfortable.
2. Apply a cold gel mask to your skin. Since decongestants can dehydrate the skin, a gel mask is a good way to replace the skin’s moisture while also alleviating a pounding head and achy face from congestion. We suggest keeping a mask in the fridge for cooling relief when you need it.
3. Keep moisturizer on your nose at all times. Repeated nose blowing causes friction of the tissue (even tissues with added moisturizer) around the nose, resulting in red, dry, irritated skin. After every blow, apply a small amount of cream to the nose area for comfort and repair. Look for creams that contain ceramides and lipid-rich oils for ultimate soothing moisturization.
4. Turn to mint. Fighting an infection can leave skin looking gaunt and sallow and congestion makes it hard to breathe. So think mint. Look for products with natural mint oils, which will open up clogged nasal passages. Sip on mint tea, too—medical experts recommend it to sooth a sore throat, help drain sinuses and ease congestion. You’ll love the taste of this one.
5. Drink a lot of water. Despite common perception, this isn’t very beneficial for the skin, since water is the least efficient way to hydrate it, but more so for the body. Keeping fluids running through your system can flush away toxins and keep your internal temperature down. Make refreshing water recipes (some ideas to include are strawberry, mint and lemon) to help flush out those germs. A few flavorful ingredients to mix in are strawberry, mint and lemon, as well as adding fresh ginger and honey for combating colds with a refreshing spicy twist.
No matter the season, dehydrated skin is an all-too-common skin complaint—one that can plague just about any skin type at any age. Luckily for those that suffer from extremely dry skin, the condition can be easily cured. Most of us reach for an array of moisturizing lotions, creams and serums to ameliorate dry skin. But, there are several easy-to-adopt lifestyle changes that can hydrate your complexion and keep it that way, like using a humidifier to reduce moisture loss caused by the environment. It’s also a good idea to moisturize immediately after you shower. This is when the skin has the most moisture so it is easier to lock it in rather than replace it. Look for products with hyaluronic acid and squalane, for the face, and petrolatum and silicone for the body.
INTERNAL SUPPORT Drinking plenty of water and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine helps to prevent dehydration from within.
TACKLE IT TOPICALLY Ingredients like antioxidants will not only repair dehydrated skin quicker, but will help prevent future dryness.