Celebrity-like Skin is Achieveable

We all know that celebrities have great skin, hair, makeup, etc. but they were not born that way. Being in the limelight makes a lot of stars want to take care of themselves so they look ‘good’ at all times. If you want celebrity-like skin you can make note of the popular treatments used in Hollywood and try some for yourself!

The no-makeup movement raises a lot of questions. Is it a feminist statement? Is it brave? Should we praise women who denounce makeup? And while those questions are still being debated, more and more celebrities are publicly stripping off their makeup. Alicia Keys spearheaded the movement after writing a post for Lenny Letter last year, and has since walked the red carpet, posed for magazine covers, and appeared as a judge on The Voice with a totally bare face. Well, not totally bare?she does employ a makeup artist to care for her skin (and there are plenty of skin care products involved). Most recently, Kim Kardashian made waves by appearing front row at Balenciaga’s spring 2017 show with nothing but moisturizer on her near-perfect face and décolletage.

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But it’s unfair to compare the no-makeup experience of these celebrities to women living a more private life. Not only are we often pressured into wearing makeup to get ahead in our careers, but we don’t have nearly as much access?or resources?to try the same caliber of cosmetic treatments. When every dark spot has been lasered away and every wrinkle smoothed, then wearing makeup isn’t about hiding any perceived imperfections, as is the case for so many of us. We spoke with Howard Sobel, a New York dermatologist, to get the rundown on exactly what treatments are out there. We’re not talking about eyelash extensions, semipermanent brow and lash tinting, or microblading (Kardashian has at least two of these things in the above picture)?but instead, the kinds of treatments aimed at antiaging and perfecting skin. But be warned: They certainly cost more than a stick of concealer.

Try: The Clear + Brilliant laser can help reverse signs of sun damage and make skin a little more even. “It’s a mini Fraxel,” says Sobel, referring to the gold standard of facial resurfacing lasers. “Fraxel was all the rage. But a lot of people come in and they don’t want four or five days of downtime afterward. Clear + Brilliant is a slower process. It will help remove pigmentation, increase collagen production, and give skin a little bit of radiance.” Sobel recommends you come back every two to three weeks until you’ve completed four sessions?that’s when you’ll really notice results. Expect to be a little red for about a day afterward.

What it costs: Roughly $400 to $650 per session. You’ll need four treatments a year.

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Try: Think of the Cutera XLV laser as permanent nose concealer. “It’s a laser specific for red spots, post-inflammatory pigmentation, and broken capillaries,” says Sobel, also noting that it’s ideal for acne- and rosacea-prone skin. “I even use it after Botox. If they happen to get a little bruise, you can use the laser to get rid of it.” You can zap it all over to tone down redness, or just on certain spots in conjunction with other lasers.

What it costs: The price varies by location and the size of the treatment area (a few red spots is different than, say, rosacea that spreads across both cheeks). But expect anywhere from $200 to $600 per session.

Try: We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s nearly impossible to cure dark circles. “Dark circles are hereditary more than anything else,” says Sobel. But he does acknowledge that lack of sleep, emotional stress, and dehydration can exacerbate the problem. “Is there a laser that works? Not really. But people with dark circles do tend to have hollowness under the eyes that can be casting a shadow.” Sobel likes to use a thin hyaluronic acid filler like Belotero under the eyes to lift the skin up and away from the surrounding blood vessels. “In five minutes you can make someone look as if they had a really good night’s sleep.”

What it costs: Prices range from $500 to $1,500 depending on the location and amount of product used.

Try: It’s in your late twenties and early thirties that volume loss, dull skin, and fine lines become more pronounced. Before you jump right into filler, first try microneedling. And the microneedling a dermatologist does is far different than what you can do at home with one of those stabby little rollers. “I just don’t suggest anyone sticking needles in their face at home,” says Sobel with a laugh. “It should be in a doctor’s office and it should be in the guidelines of a doctor or nurse.” Microneedling involves creating tons of tiny injuries to the skin, in turn stimulating the collagen and elastin fibers to make the face appear plumper and more glowy. It can also clear up acne scars and be used to help introduce potent serums deep into the skin. The whole process takes about 20 minutes. Sobel notes that you’ll have mild redness overnight, and that you can come in for a session about four times a year.

What it costs: Anywhere from $700 to $1,000.

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a39968/celebrity-no-makeup-cosmetic-procedures/

An Interesting New Skin Care Procedure

No vampires here. The latest trend in skin maintenance that some celebrities have tried is injecting your own blood (platelet-rich plasma) into your skin to help improve its look. We do not know if this will be embraced at Clearskin, but it is always interesting to learn about other ways to keep your skin looking young and beautiful.

Is blood your dermatologist’s new best friend? The procedure I’m talking about infuses platelet-rich plasma into the skin. A small amount of blood is drawn from a vein in your arm and placed in a sterile tube that is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the different components?red and white blood cells on one end, platelets and plasma (the clear fluid) on the other. This plasma now contains a higher-than-normal number of platelets and is called platelet-rich plasma, or PRP.

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So who cares? Well, platelets help tissue to heal and regenerate. Kobe Bryant has used PRP to heal wear and tear on his joints, and Kim Kardashian has used it on her face. When injected into specific areas of the skin, PRP theoretically acts as a matrix that promotes collagen production, parlaying into softer wrinkles, firmer skin, more hair, and in some endorsements, lifted breasts.

PRP can be infused back into the skin through little punctures from microneedles (a procedure commonly used for wrinkle reversal, plumping, and acne scarring), simultaneously with facial filler, directly into a problem area via syringe, or just smeared on with laser treatment.

But does PRP really work? When it comes to rejuvenation, blood might add a little extra oomph, in the context of microneedling procedures, fillers, or resurfacing lasers, but your hair can benefit most from it. New York City dermatologist Doris Day uses PRP to help thicken tresses along with oral supplements and her version of Rogaine.

“Platelets are a potent stimulator of anagen, the growth phase of our hair cycle,” adds Vivian Bucay, a dermatologist based in San Antonio, Texas.

Tina Alster, MD, director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, sees results when injecting the blood components directly into the scalp. For rejuvenation, she capitalizes on the droplets of blood that naturally result from the microneedling process, adding potential antiaging benefits and eliminating the need for a blood draw.

There you have it. So don’t be shocked (or grossed out) when your derm offers up your blood as your next beauty fix.

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a39987/is-your-blood-the-key-to-better-skin/

Damaging Light from Our Phones?

Research is being done in other parts of the world, like Japan, on the intensity and possible damaging effects from the light emitted from the screens of our smartphones. Rumor has it that the light could be more damaging than UV rays and could age our skin. We hope more research will be done on this topic! Read the details about this in the article from Elle below.

If you spend most of the day staring at a screen, take heed: there’s news that light from mobile devices ages your skin. Terrifying, we know. Before you start swearing off electronics for good, however, allow some experts to clear things up.

“It’s not really talked about in the U.S. yet, but among beauty-conscious people in Japan, there is a lot of information,” Koko Hayashi, Mirai Clinical founder and esthetician, said, pointing to findings she’s read here and here. They all explain that “blue light” or high-energy visible (HEV) light emitted from your phones, computers, and tablets penetrates more deeply into layers of skin than the sun’s UV rays, thus accelerating aging. “It damages really worse than UVB or UVA, [hitting the] skin deeper, where collagen or hyaluronic acid or elastin resides,” Hayashi claimed.

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Beauty companies have already taken note, marketing products promising to shield your skin from HEV light like a primer by MAKE, a sunscreen by Soap & Glory, and a Lancôme lotion only available, of course, in Japan.

Howard Sobel, NYC-based dermatologist and founder of DDF skincare, said that there is potentially reason to worry. “One of the more striking scientific discoveries is that skin damage caused by high energy visible light may be as harmful as the damage caused by UVA and UVB light combined,” he said, adding that we still lack extensive scientific research.

After some digging on our end, there’s little more information available aside from this oft-cited 2013 article (paid for by skincare company). One 2008 study concluded blue light delays skin barrier recovery after exposure, and another 2014 study said that, compared to UVB radiation, blue-violet light resulted in more pronounced hyperpigmentation, but there’s really no further concrete evidence of the extent that HEV exposure may cause in the long run.

Bottom line: no need to freak out about your electronic devices causing wrinkles. Sobel suggests SPF is still your best bet against skin damage from all sources of light. But consider this a cue to put your phone down. It may not be totally wrecking your skin, but that blue light is still definitely taking a toll on your sleeping pattern. SIGH.

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/news/a40132/blue-hev-light-skin-aging/