Posted in Q&A, tagged Aveeno, best moisturizer, face moisturizer, face moisturizers, facial moisturizer, moisturizer, moisturizers, moisturizers with SPF, moisturizing cream, moisturizing lotion, NeoStrata, Neutrogena, skinceuticals on July 20, 2012 |
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Question: What is the best moisturizer to use on my skin?
Answer: I get this question frequently– and I have trouble answering it. There is no single moisturizer or product that will work for everyone. Over the span of our lives, our skin changes and we need different moisturizers to meet new challenges.
In the twenties, the skin is fairly rich in oil, so water-based moisturizers like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin and Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer SPF 15 are just what this youthful skin needs. In the thirties, the skin can be so normal it is boring and you just don’t want to mess it up. A light moisturizer with glycolic acid like NeoStrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF15 ( a Dr Oz favorite) will preserve the natural radiance without clogging pores. In the forties you want to use a moisturizer with Vitamin C or retinoids such as CE Ferulic or Retino l1.o both from Skinceuticals. These ingredients will encourage youthful skin growth to improve skin tone. And after age 50 you will need a richer moisturizer that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These will counteract natural dryness as well as the loss of moisture from the use of lasers, Retin A and chemical peels. Good examples of moisturizers for 50 plus skin include CereVe pm ( at night) and CerVe Am which also has sunscreen ( daytime).
I love tracking down answers to the questions I get at this blog. To provide the most accurate and up to date info, please mention your age with your querries. There are so many factors that affect treatment choices, but it all starts with your age. And its doesn’t have to be precise. Just the general decade, eg twenties, over 50, will be perfect.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-aging, anti-aging beauty, anti-aging products, anti-aging skin products, Aquaphor, Aveeno, Bath and Body Works, Canada Drugs, Cereve, chemical peels, CVS, dark circles under eyes, facial anti-aging, glycolic peel, IPL, laser surgery, lser, microdermabrasion, Neutrogena, photo facial, retin, Retin A, Sephora, skin rejuvenation, sunscreen SPF, under eyes circles, vitamin C alpha hydroxy acids, wrinkles on October 27, 2010 |
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When I started exploring anti-aging options a few months go, I had just three go-to products. It wasn’t that I didn’t care — I just didn’t know what my skin truely needed. Too many times I would be vulnerable to great sales pitch and find that the expensive “miracle cream” either did nothing or made my face break-out. Now that I am testing out wrinkling fighting tools and techniques, I had to try out an endless buffet of skin care products. Trial and lots of error has resulted in a group of cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens that deliever on their promises. I call them my “Fabulous Fourteen” and today I have uploaded that list in the blog tab ” Beauty Tool Kit”. I explain how to use them, how they work and how much they cost. I have only one face and can’t try out everything, so I would love to hear about your go-to products.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic, Neutrogena, Skin Savvy, SPF protection, SPF30, SPF70, SunCream, sunscreen, Ultra light Liquid, UV protection, UV Sunsense Wristbands, wear sunscreen, zinc oxide on July 12, 2010 |
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I am still uneasy over the disconnect between sunscreen recommendations and what can actually fit on a human face. So when I caught a review of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF70 on 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic, I was intrigued. This products hits all the marks– it is waterproof, oil-free, PABA free, broad spectrum and contains Helioplex, an ingredient that helps sunscreens do their job. But what put Ultra Light Face Shield on my radar? The instructions said to use only a few drops on the plam of the hand and spread on the face. Drops! Not the large clumps that are suggested for most other products.
This sunscreen goes on smoothly and is absorbed quickly. As an extra bonus, it does not leave that dreaded white sheen on my face. It is however about twice the price of other Neutrogena sunblocks. I am going to test it out today with my UV wristbands to see how it compares with my regular product. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid might just become my new go to daily sunscreen.
For extensive and thoughtful sunscreen product reviews click on Savvy Skin on my blog roll. Written by a beauty blogger who works in spa and lives in Las Vegas, she brings unique sun sense credentials to the topic. She discusses both the pros and cons of each product to help you make decide if it would work for for you.
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Posted in 1, tagged AHA, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Aveeno, body lotions, Cleopatra, Fruit Acids, glycolic acids, lactic acid, LouisXIV, malic acid, moisturizer, Neutrogena, Retin A, sunscreen, tartaric acid, wine masks on February 6, 2010 |
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I’ve been using Retin A for almost a week and its been fairly easy. But when the weather turned cold and windy, my cheeks got a bit red and my chin looked flaky. It looked so minor, but knowing the potential for real irritation, I decided to take it seriously. I decided to skip Retin A that night and drenched my skin with Aveeno Soothing Moisturizer. By morning the skin was calm and soft.
For me, the take away is that when using Retin A, you have to be flexible and think ahead. I need to keep using Retin A regularly to get the maximum beauty benefits– and this means changing routinue at the first sign of the irritation and dryness.
Close-up: Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA), which are also called fruit acids, are naturally found in a wide range of foods including grapes ( tataric acid), apples (malic) , buttermilk (lactic acid), sugar cane (glycolic acid) and tomatoes (lactic acid). Women throughout history have recognized the beauty potential of AHA. Cleopatra is reported to have bathed in sour milk to soften her desert-dried skin. In the court of Louis XIV, woman made facemasks of wine to clarify their complexions.
Today you can find AHA in cleansers, body lotions, moisturizers, face masks, and eye creams. There’s a lot of great research done on AHA to back up beauty claims. AHA’s can improve skin tone and texture, fade dark patches and even stimulate growth of new collagen and elastin. AHA’s are sort of Retin A light. They work beautifully for younger skin ( under age 40). I liked AHA so much I wrote a book about it ( see photo) Its out of print now, but I’m looking to download some chapters if I can figure out how to do it.
The best way to use AHA is in a moisturizer or body lotion. ( A cleanser is on the skin too short a time to have an impact) Look for a product that has between 5-10% AHA. If a product doesn’t give the AHA percentage, check out where an AHA appears on the list of ingredients. It should be among the first five-seven ingredients to insure that the product is going to deliver maximum beauty benefits. Like Retin A, AHA makes the skin more sensitive to the sun, so you need a daytime moisturizer with a 30 SPF. Its hard to find to find a AHA mositurizer with a sunscreen- the two dont usually get along in the same formulation. I found two AHA/sunscreen combo’s– Neutrogena Healthy Skin Skin Lotion SPF 15 ($12.99) and Skin Effects Glycolic Day Cream SPF30. I don’t like to recommend products without trying them first, but I’m using Retin A and the combination with AHA can be very irritating. I will try these products on my winter-dry hands and legs. I’ll take a before photo of my right hand and leg , use the products for two weeks and then take another set of photos. The left hand and leg will act as controls. Lets see if these AHA - rich products really got game.
Next time: A Date with a Dermatologist
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