Sunday, August 30, 2015

Apply RETINOLS to the NECK

NECK-CARE TIP: I always tell my clients that a woman over age 28 should be using an OTC Retinol or a Retinoid, period. But an anti-aging regiment should NOT stop at the jawline. "The Face" begins at the hairline and goes down to the d├ęcolletage, including the NECK. The neck's skin is unique and requires special care. This skin is significantly THINNER than that of the rest of the body and does not contain as many hair follicles as compared to the face, which means that this skin is not receiving as much naturally produced moisture. If a client is on a prescription Retinoid (like Retin-A), I always recommend that she use an OTC Retinol for the neck only. Retinoids, can be irritating and drying to the neck...but my PRIMARY concern is the sun exposure to this area. Retinoids make the skin vulnerable to the sun, so a broad spectrum SPF (minimum 30) is essential. Most women (and men alike) neglect to apply sunscreen to the neck & d├ęcolletage during their morning routine & only apply protection to the face. Using an OTC Retinol on the neck will ensure that you're maximizing your at-home skin care regime whilst protecting this delicate and oh-so-important part of the body. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

UNDERSTANDING is the Key To Delaying the Process of AGING

Taking care of one's self is a matter of attending SCHOOL, and my institution is called the school of PERPETUAL MAINTENANCE. What classes do I recommend? ALL OF THEM. Here are the facts: aging, fine lines, loss of elasticity, loss of collagen, loss of volume, arm hair, sparse eyebrows, yada yada yada.... are INEVITABLE. The key to slowing down the inescapable evolution of self-image is education. It's about understanding what it is that one needs to do to become the best version of one's self...within your means AND within the realm of realistic expectations. Botox, fillers, retinoids, antioxidants, glycolics, cleansing, toning, teeth whitening, arm-hair removal, laser hair removal, exercise, anal bleaching....(the list goes on & on) ALL part of the school. The question is, do you wish to attend or not? 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SPARSE Eyebrows can mean Hypothyroidism

If you're convinced that the beauty Gods have cursed you with sparse brows, think again. If your eyebrows have always been (or have suddenly become) very sparse, PARTICULARLY the hair on the tail-end of the brows, then you may want to call an ENDOCRINOLOGIST rather than your eyebrow specialist. I see clients in my Electrology practice EVERY DAY with hair-growth-symptoms that are red flags pertaining to hormonal changes. It seems random, however, thinning eyebrows is a sign of Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's Disease. And if you think that visiting your General Practioner will do, I'm telling you that it will NOT. He will most likely order a "TSH" test ("thyroid stimulating hormone", which is a standard protocol), however, there are at least 4 other hormone tests that need to be administered and can only be done so by a Physician specializing in Hormonal Imbalance.