• How to Exfoliate Sensitive Skin

    Exfoliating skin can be a tricky process: too much can lead to irritation and too little can leave skin dull and flaky. This article in Marie Claire explains the extra issues facing people with sensitive skin. Here are a few of our favorite tips and products for best results with at home exfpliation.

    1) Use Regularly
    The quickest way to improve your skincare effectiveness is to exfoliate. Then products can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin rather than sit on top. Once weekly should be sufficient however some people prefer a little more or less.

    2) Physical Exfoliants
    Typically formulas with granules can be too scratchy for delicate skin. Choose products with smooth granules like Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliatant or has a creamy consistency like PCA Gentle Exfoliant.

    3) Chemical Exfoliatns
    Chemical exfoliatnats are just as they sound – a combination of chemicals used to exfoliate. These should not be used the same day

    4) Masks
    Clarifying masks are great options for gentle exfoliation plus they can dry out any blemishes. We love Revision’s Black Mask and incorporate it into many of our services.

    5) Be Gentle
    Once you’ve found the perfect exfolatoir and worked it into your skincare routine religiously, please be gentle! It’s too easy to go overboard and scr

  • Dermatologists Share Their Best Advice For Gorgeous Skin

    These are some of the best tips skin-care tips the pros live by.

    1. Use any downtime to do a skin treatment.

    “I keep extra beauty treatments in my car in a little bag. When I’m in bad traffic (at a red light of course), I apply serum, an eye mask, teeth whitening strips, eyebrow gel, and more!” – Francesca Fusco, dermatologist, New York City. SpaDerma loves the Biocellulose Restorative Masks from Skinceuticals!

    2. Practice a facial massage to fight wrinkles.

    “Many people (myself included) frown and scrunch their faces at night, leading to frown lines and crows feet. To relax my face, I do facial acupressure for a few minutes at bedtime. Press above your inner eyebrows, temples, and next to your nostrils, holding for 10 seconds each.” – Jessica Wu, dermatologist, Los Angeles, and author of Feed Your Face

    3. Hydrate your skin from the inside out – and outside in.

    “Despite what you hear all the time, the amount of water you drink daily doesn’t translate into proper skin hydration. It’s vital to hydrate your skin from the outside in with serums, creams, and hydrating mists.” – Dendy Engelman, dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

    4. Avoid hot showers that can be drying.

    “I never wash my face with hot water–it’s too harsh. Only tepid water at the sink.” – Elizabeth Tanzi, clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington Medical Center

    5. Apply sunscreen to your neck, chest, and hands first.

    “Apply sunscreen to the neck, chest, and hands before the face–these areas age faster and are harder to improve than the face. We often forget to apply sunscreen there even though they’re exposed as much as the face.” – Doris Day, dermatologist, New York City. Some of our favorites include PCA Weightless Protection!

    6. Use hydrocortisone to fight swelling in a crisis.

    “The night before a big event, exfoliate skin and use over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream in lieu of moisturizer and eye cream. It’s an anti-inflammatory that takes care of any swelling, under eye bags, puffiness, and redness. Just don’t abuse it, like anything used in extreme amounts, it has its side effects.” -Yelena Yeretsky, anti-aging specialist board certified in aesthetic medicine, New York City. PCA’s CliniCalm can help relieve the most inflamed skin.

    7. Keep a light peel within arm’s reach in case you need to freshen up fast.

    “Always have a mini spa treatment at the ready in case you get a Tinder match you want to meet or have drinks with your boss. Glycolic or salicylic acid wipes, a lightweight moisturizer, and lip polish, for example.” – Ava Shamban, dermatologist, Los Angeles, and author of Heal Your Skin. We use Revison’s Black Mask to give our skin a boost each week!

    8. Don’t ever rub your eyes.

    “If you rub your eyes like you are scrubbing a pot, your eyes will look black like a pot! When you’re taking off eye makeup, gently wipe off mascara as if you’re touching an egg.” – Jeanine Downie, dermatologist, New Jersey. SpaDerma loves Neocutis Lumiere for eyes!

    9. Let your lips guide your skin care routine.

    “One tip to know when your skin is ready for seriously creamy moisturizers: Your lips feel dry first, so you know the humidity has dropped, and it’s time for more moisture.” – Ellen Marmur, dermatologist, New York City

    10. Never fly without SPF.

    “I put sunscreen, Chanel UV Essentiel 50, on before day flights since UVA goes through airplane windows. I also sit on the aisle. ” – Amy Wechsler, board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, New York City

    11. Check the menu for skin-saving fatty acids.

    “Your diet has a huge impact on your skin. Avoid starchy vegetables and refined carbohydrates like white bread and rice and instead opt for foods high in omega 3’s and fatty acids like avocados and salmon to help give you that youthful glow.” – Whitney Bowe, dermatologist, New York City

    Originally featured on Self.com

  • Counterfeit Beauty Products: How To Spot Them

    We get it: everyone loves a good deal, which makes incredible beauty discounts online hard to resist. But consider this before price shopping your beauty and skincare routine from an unauthorized dealer (most likely on Amazon): Counterfeit beauty products have become increasingly common and can cause serious harm. They’re being manufactured and sold at such a rapid pace these days that it’s now considered a global epidemic. And unlike that Chanel “replica”—which might only cause you a little embarrassment if it doesn’t simply fall apart—fake beauty products could end up sending you straight to aCharlotte’s Book expert.

    The Ugly Truth About Counterfeit Beauty Products

    Sometimes the difference between buying authentic beauty products and buying counterfeit ones could mean not having to deal with permanent skin damage and long-term diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), found fake cosmetics and skincare to contain toxic levels of chemicals and unpleasant substances, such as arsenic, mercury and even urine. Back in 2012, Inside Edition tested counterfeit cosmetics bought on the street and the results were surprising. The tests found high levels of aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s disease), beryllium (a known carcinogen) and bacteria in the products.

    With more and more people shopping online, it has become easier for counterfeiters to distribute their products anywhere in the world. Even giant online retailers can have a hard time controlling the authenticity of beauty products sold by third parties. In the U.K. alone consumers spend $140 million on fake beauty products, and most of them probably didn’t even know it until they noticed the side effects.

    Here’s the rub: Counterfeiters don’t have any standards to uphold. They infringe intellectual property rights (yes, it is illegal). They use the cheapest ingredients to turn the biggest possible profit. They take shortcuts. And importantly for skincare, they don’t abide by the FDA’s sanitation guidelines, and their products don’t undergo rigorous tests required by law before they’re released to the public.

    How to Spot a Counterfeit Beauty Product Online

    It’s easy to identify a fake designer handbag when the item in question is something that normally retails for thousands of dollars and it’s available for less than $100. Beauty products, however, are trickier to spot and the sad truth is that counterfeiters are becoming better at making and imitating product packages. So good, in fact, that it can be nearly impossible to tell a fake from the real thing, especially when it’s being sold at a comparable price on Amazon or eBay.

    The single easiest way you can be sure you’re getting the real deal is to buy your products straight from the brand or its authorized dealers and retailers. Some brands like SkinMedica do a great job of actually listing the bogus websites that sell their products. Aside from compromised ingredients, in skincare the shelf life of a product is also very important. Buying cosmeceutical products from offline retailers may result in old product inventory that is past it’s prime. To make sure your getting the real deal, check for authorized dealers listed on the brand’s official website. You might not get the lowest price, but your health, safety and well-being won’t be compromised.

    Originally featured on Yahoo Beauty