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Skin Care Secrets from the Dermatologist to the Stars

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Skin Care Secrets from the Dermatologist to the Stars
By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres all have something in common besides a net worth of zillions. They share the same dermatologist -- Dr. Harold Lancer, who dispenses advice and high-tech treatments from his office on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, next to boutiques like CHANEL, Dior, Prada and Ralph Lauren. Now, in his new book, Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin, Lancer shares his simple four-step secret to getting red-carpet radiant skin (no matter your bank balance).

1. Exfoliate your skin every day and do it before you cleanse. A gentle daily “polish” --the word Lancer actually prefers to exfoliate -- is like “taking the tarnish off silver.” Dead cells and surface debris are whisked away to allow “fresh, radiant skin to shine through.” You can polish your skin either mechanically (with a loofah, rough washcloth or a scrub with tiny beads), or you can choose a chemical exfoliator that uses enzyme-based ingredients like papaya or pineapple to dissolve those old skin cells. Polish your skin once a day, preferably at night, for 60 to 90 seconds. Dampen your skin with warm water before you begin and finish with a rinse of lukewarm water.

2. Follow polishing with a non-irritating cleanser to cart away the uprooted debris. Apply a pea-sized drop of cleanser to your fingertips and massage it into your skin, working from the jawline up.

3. Complete your nighttime skin care regimen with a nourishing lotion, cream or serum. Check the ingredients label for damage-fighting antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Peptides and pentapeptides will also keep your skin looking its best by boosting the production of new collagen. Again, apply a pea-sized amount and work the product into your skin from the jawline to your hairline.

4. During the day add one more step: protect. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. For all steps of this regimen, find products that feel good on your skin. The more “pampered” your skin care regimen makes you feel, says Lancer, the more likely you are to stick with it.

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Mirvaso Topical Gel for Rosacea

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Galderma Laboratories L.P. through their partnership with POPSUGAR.While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Mirvaso, all opinions are my own.

As a professional makeup artist one of the top complaints I hear from clients is the frustration of dealing with rosacea, and its effect on their confidence. From attempting to cover up their redness with heavy camouflage cream, or experimenting with a multitude of products promising to cure all, patients are left exasperated.

That is when I refer my clients to MIRVASO (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%*, which aids in reducing and treating chronic rosacea, and excessive redness of the skin. Instead of simply masking the effects of rosacea, MIRVASO actually takes care of the problems associated with rosacea.

As documented:

  • In clinical studies with MIRVASO, the primary endpoint† showed rosacea redness was reduced for up to 12 hours for 22% of study participants (versus 9% of people using a gel with no active ingredient [vehicle gel]).
  • The secondary endpoint† showed redness was visibly reduced in as little as 30 minutes for 28% of participants (versus 6% of people using the vehicle gel).

Although you may not be affected by rosacea, there may be someone you are close with who is suffering from excessive facial redness. This skin condition affects an estimated 16 million men and women in the United States. This amazing treatment hopes to help eliminate the problem. 

This summer MIRVASO is asking you to support their challenge for rosacea patients to “Break Up With Your Makeup”, and finally be free from heavy, masking cover cream and makeup. To help support this cause simply enter their amazing sweepstakes that gives you a chance to win a trip to the Emmy’s in the fall! The ultimate celebrity event where you can walk the red carpet with confidence and show off your gorgeous skin (rosacea free!).

IMPROTANT SAFTEY INFORMATION:

  • Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.
  • Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.
  • Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported.
  • Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Galderma Laboratories L.P. through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Mirvaso, all opinions are my own.

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Mustela Skincare

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

As a mother and as a woman, great skincare is usually at the top of my list of priorities. So when I was asked to review some of Mustela, a leading skincare brand for both children and mothers, I immediately said yes. Experts in the field of skincare since 1950, Mustela offers a complete skincare line to address all of the immediate and changing needs of newborns, children, mothers and mothers-to-be.

The company sent me two products to review, their Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream for dry and eczema prone skin and their SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick. First, let me begin by saying that these were perhaps two of the best products from their line that they could have sent for my review. My son, being a long-time sufferer of eczema and dry skin and myself having lived through a double diagnosis of skin cancer, we were certainly armed and ready to put these products to the test. Here are the results:

Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream: This cream has been an absolute miracle for my son’s skin. While the winter months usually keep his eczema at bay, by early spring he is always plagued with those dry, itchy bumps all over his skin. I have been having him apply the lotion daily to his driest areas (elbow, wrists, ankles and back) after showers or in the morning before dressing. After nearly a month of use, I am happy to report that thus far, not a single sign of his eczema has surfaced. In addition, my son says the fragrance doesn’t bother him. At first he was apprehensive to try the lotion, fearing that it would be too girly smelling and ruin his 11 year-old swag, but luckily for us both, the fragrance is nearly undetectable and fades within seconds of application. The texture is a bit thick at first, but easily melts into skin without leaving behind a sticky, greasy residue.

SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick: Even though the description of this product says it is for the face and bodies of babies and children, I’ll admit that I called first dibs on this one. While I usually remember to spray down my son with sunscreen prior to lengthy outdoor events, like most mothers, I tend to completely forget about myself. I used to try to carry around a bottle of sunscreen in my purse, but they were bulky and took up too much space and so I usually left them sitting on a shelf at home. This little stick is total genius. Not only does it provide 50+ SPF coverage, a must for someone like me who has already had two skin cancer scares, but it’s also small enough to pop into even the tiniest of bags. With my son’s lacrosse games in full effect as well as a few family cookouts, having this stick at my disposal is a total lifesaver. Admittedly, I don’t usually apply it to my face, I have a special moisturizer I use daily for that area; however I do use it for quick applications to my arms, hands, legs, and even my chest. The formula does go on a little white looking at first, but soon blends perfectly into the skin. Much like the moisturizer, I noticed on a faint fragrance which disappeared rather quickly, and it felt more like a moisturizer to me than the typical sticky sunscreen.

Overall, I would have to say that I highly recommend these two products. While they are a bit pricier than your average drug store product, a little goes a long way so they’re sure to last you a while, and the results, at least for my son and I, are worth every extra penny

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Kiehls Stress Cream

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If you're constantly stressed out or fatigued, your face shows it. Kiehl's Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator is designed to erase all signs of stress from your skin and prevent stress induced pre-mature aging. The formula uses a mix of Rosa Gallica Botanical Extract and Mannrose to minimize how skin responds to stress, shield skin and help skin recover from past damage.The daily moisturizer is lightweight and makes a good replacement for either your morning or nightly moisturizer. It works well on all types of skin from oily to dry to combination. The fragrance free formula makes it ideal for both men and women and for anyone with sensitive skin. One of the best parts is you only need to use a little to achieve amazing results such as reduced redness, smoother skin and increased resistance to stressed out skin.

The only downside is the price. A 2.5 fl. oz. bottle will run you $40. However, the natural ingredients give skin a welcome rescue from stress. It could easily replace higher priced creams, yet yield the same, if not better results. I love natural ingredients, so I recommend at least giving it a shot. You'll be amazed at how long a single bottle lasts and how fast it works.

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DermaE Skin, Hair and Nail Oil

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The best way to always look great is by taking care of your skin and hair instead of just covering up flaws. I've used a variety of products in the past just to get the same results as Derma e's Skin, Hair and Nail Oil. I love that I can use it on not just my skin, but my hair and nails as well. Whenever I can combine products, it's always a plus.Derma e combines organic argan, jojoba and kukui oils into one powerful, completely natural forumla. Unlike many oils, it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave you feeling greasy. The key is to use it sparingly. The result is smooth, supple skin along with shiny, soft hair and conditioned, healthy nails. By using a concentrated formula, you see results faster.You don't have to replace your moisturizer yet again. Instead, Derma e recommends applying a few drops to your moisturizer or applying over your night time moisturizer. Remember, just use a few drops at a time.

For hair, apply lightly to dry hair like you would a conditioning treatment or over wet hair before drying. You can apply more as an overnight treatment, but you will need to wash it out the next morning to prevent oily looking strands. For nails, it's as easy as applying to nails and cuticles before bed.

It's simple and at $15.50, it's a cost effective way to handle dry skin, frizzy hair and brittle nails.

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Sunscreen Tips

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What to Look for in Sunscreen

By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

The one essential beauty rule for your most beautiful skin: Apply sunscreen every day. You already know this, of course! But if you’ve strayed from this rule all fall and winter, now is the time to renew your pledge to protect your skin daily.

When you’re shopping for a new tube of sunscreen, you’ll notice that labels look a little different. That’s because new FDA regulations have gone into effect, making it easier to choose the right sunscreen from the scores of products on your drugstore shelf. “Not all sunscreens are created equal,” says FDA scientist Lydia Velazquez, PharmD. “Our scientific understanding has grown -- this new information will help consumers know which products offer the best protection from the harmful rays of the sun.”

Here’s what the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) advises you look for when shopping for sunscreen:

1. Broad spectrum:
This means a sunscreen protects the skin from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, both of which can cause cancer and premature aging.

2. SPF 30 or higher:
This lets you know the sunscreen will block 97 percent of the sun’s rays. Sunscreens with higher-number SPF block slightly more of the sun’s rays, the AAD says, “but no sunscreen can block 100 percent of the rays.” Some experts think the extra protection is worthwhile. Jessica J. Krant, a New York dermatologist and clinical professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, is among them. In the summer, she switches from an SPF 30 to an SPF 50 for daily use on her face. “Even though there is less and less of a difference with the higher SPF you get, I still want that difference,” she says. “If SPF 30 blocks 97% of UV rays and SPF 55 blocks 98%, that's over a 33 % increase in my protection from ultraviolet damage. That difference is valuable to me.”

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Antiaging Makeup Tips

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By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

Antiaging Makeup Tips

Antiaging Makeup Tips

With a few smart makeup techniques, you can turn back the clock. Tonya Crooks, a celebrity makeup artist and eyebrow expert, who has made the likes of Eva Mendes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Fergie and Megan Fox even more beautiful than they naturally are, shares her top five antiaging makeup tips.

1. Start with well-hydrated skin.
Makeup will go on smoother and last longer if your skin is supple and moisturized. I recommend to all my clients that they use a daily moisturizer and one at night as well. For a quick fix, applying a makeup primer under your foundation will add instant luster to your skin.

2. Don’t over-tweeze.

Look at a girl of 14 or 15 who hasn’t started tweezing her eyebrows and you’ll see brows that are healthy and full with no exaggerated arches or bald spots.  The takeaway: Less is more when it comes to achieving youthful-looking brows. Pluck stray hairs below your brow line, but don’t thin out the brows themselves. If you’re thinking about reshaping your brows, see a pro.

3. Choose creamy cheek colors.

Skip the powders and opt instead for blush and bronzer in a cream, liquid or mousse formula. Powders tend to sit on top of the skin, making your complexion look parched, while creamy textures give you a lit-from-within glow.

4. Keep eye makeup light and clean.

Dark and heavy shadows can make your eyes look sunken while lighter shades help them “pop.” You can still do a dramatic look; just focus the liner and deeper shades on the outer corners of your eyes.

5. Opt for glossy lipstick over matte. 

As we get older, our lips tend to shrink a bit. A dark matte lip color and liner will make them look even smaller. Instead, create the illusion of a plumper pout with a gloss in a light hue. And with paler colors you can go outside the borders of your lip a little. I call it cheating the edge.

Shelley Levitt, managing editor of The Style Glossy, is a former West Coast editor of Self and senior writer at People.

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