Color Correcting – Cosmetic Micropigmentation

Gigi and I are huge fans of cosmetic micropigmentation.  Basically a “tattoo” that looks like makeup but should look natural as well.  A brow or lip should look “natural”.  Eyeliner, obviously will look like makeup.  That all depends on the expertise of the professional doing the work.  Colors can turn however, depending on how much sun exposure one is getting as well as the types of skincare products one is using.

In the video below, Elayne Davis of Permanent Cosmetic Arts in the Napa Valley (permanentcosmeticarts.com) does some color correcting on Gigi’s brows.

Sculptra Aesthetic – the liquid face lift (part 2)

A further look at how Peri Corsiglia of Allure Aesthetics in Novato, California uses Sculptra to stimulate collagen growth thereby creating a “face lift”.

My UV Patch

This technology is intriguing and important to share.  By now we all know that getting a tan from the sun isn’t good for our skin, let alone a sunburn! (remember . . . the skin on your face should look like the skin on your ass, if it doesn’t, you have aged yourself).  That part is about beauty . . . this part is about our health . . .

*Source: www.loreal.com

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Clichy, January 6, 2016  – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, L’Oréal unveiled My UV Patch, the first-ever stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV exposure and help consumers educate themselves about sun protection. The new technology arrives at a time when sun exposure has become a major health issue, with 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers being associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sun* in addition to attributing to skin pigmentation and photoaging.

To address these growing concerns, L’Oréal Group’s leading dermatological skincare brand, La Roche-Posay, is introducing a first-of-its kind stretchable electronic, My UV Patch. The patch is a transparent adhesive that, unlike the rigid wearables currently on the market, stretches and adheres directly to any area of skin that consumers want to monitor. Measuring approximately one square inch in area and 50 micrometers thick – half the thickness of an average strand of hair – the patch contains photosensitive dyes that factor in the baseline skin tone and change colors when exposed to UV rays to indicate varying levels of sun exposure.

Consumers will be able to take a photo of the patch and upload it to the La Roche-Posay My UV Patch mobile app, which analyzes the varying photosensitive dye squares to determine the amount of UV exposure the wearer has received. The My UV Patch mobile app will be available on both iOS and Android, incorporating Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled technology into the patch-scanning process for Android. My UV Patch is expected to be made available to consumers later this year.

“Connected technologies have the potential to completely disrupt how we monitor the skin’s exposure to various external factors, including UV,” says Guive Balooch, Global Vice President of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator. “Previous technologies could only tell users the amount of potential sun exposure they were receiving per hour while wearing a rigid, non-stretchable device. The key was to design a sensor that was thin, comfortable and virtually weightless so people would actually want to wear it. We’re excited to be the first beauty company entering the stretchable electronics field and to explore the many potential applications for this technology within our industry and beyond.”

My UV Patch was developed by L’Oréal’s U.S.-based Technology Incubator, a business division dedicated entirely to technological innovation, alongside MC10, Inc., a leading stretchable electronics company using cutting-edge innovation to create the most intelligent, stretchable systems for biometric healthcare analytics. L’Oréal also worked with PCH who design engineered the sensor. The stretchable, peel-and-stick wearable unites L’Oréal Group’s extensive scientific research on the skin and expertise with UV protection with MC10’s strong technological capabilities in physiological sensing and pattern recognition algorithms to measure skin changes over time, and PCH’s 20-year experience in product development, manufacturing and supply chain.

“With My UV Patch, L’Oréal is taking the lead in developing the next generation of smart skincare technology powered by MC10’s unique, stretchable electronics platform, that truly addresses a consumer need,” said Scott Pomerantz, CEO of MC10. “This partnership with L’Oréal marks an exciting new milestone for MC10 and underscores the intersection of tech and beauty and the boundless potential of connected devices within the beauty market.”

*Source: Skin Cancer Foundation 2015

“Together with La Roche-Posay dermatologists like myself, we share a mission to help increase sun safe behavior,” added Alysa Herman, MD.  “La Roche-Posay recently commissioned a global study in 23 countries, which surveyed 19,000 women and men and found a huge gap in consumer behavior: even though 92% were aware that unprotected sun exposure can cause health problems, only 26% of Americans protect themselves all year round, whatever the season. With the new My UV Patch, for the first time, we are leveraging technology to help incite a true behavioral change through real-time knowledge. ”

Sculptra Aesthetic – the liquid face lift (part 1)

Gigi and I are big believers in more of a maintenance routine, doing a little something every few months rather than going in once a year or so and getting a ton of product dumped into our faces. We prefer a natural look, or as natural as can be, and building upon it slowly, gradually with no downtime.  The combination of chemical peels, laser technology, and various toxins and fillers along with good products can certainly give you the skin and results you desire.

The goal of “anti-aging” is simply to build collagen production and keep the skin functioning in a normal and healthy manner.  That’s really all you can hope for outside of surgery.  Gigi has been using Sculptra for several years now and has seen incredible results.  Peri Corsiglia of Allure Aesthetics in Novato, California discusses her technique and the benefits of using Sculptra in the first video followed by the educational video from the company itself to further explain.

 

Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis is a breakthrough laser treatment that stimulates the skin’s natural processes to promote a vibrant, healthy complexion.  It is in fact FDA cleared for the treatment of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.  It gently heats the dermis which is why there is no downtime and minimal discomfort.  It corrects redness due to clusters of broken red capillaries called “poikiloderma” and rosacea, plus increases collagen production.  Tackling issues whether they be these mentioned, keratosis or hyperpigmentation, lasers are the answer for all of our extrinsic aging (photoaging) dilemmas.

Carole Sarganis of the Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Institute in Kentfield, the office of Dr. Diana Parnell (the “Queen” of lasers!), is performing the procedure on Gigi.  For more information, please visit her website . . .  www.cosmetic-lasersurg.com.

Gigi’s Favorite Workout – WaterGym

Watergym…this is NOT you’re grandmother’s water aerobics class!
I have been participating in this fun and challenging workout for at least a decade and absolutely love it.
We wear flotation belts and stay mainly in the deep end of the pool, so there is no impact on joints. We jog, bike, kick-box, cross country ski…all in the water without submerging our heads. It’s more difficult than it looks,  and you get resistance training (working against resistance of water), as well as an amazing cardio workout for an hour.

Lisa Schuller, WaterGym Instructor-Spin Director-Cycle Instructor, teaches this wonderful class . . .

Go to: Watergym.com for more info on this amazing workout.  And www.coolibar.com for sun protection/swim hats.

Lashes without irritation . . . GrandeLASH-MD

 

GrandeLashI finally found a product that actually grew my eyelashes and gave me minimal irritation! I’m writing about GrandeLASH-MD and it does grow lashes.  I’ve used the tried and true Latisse, but it was SO IRRITATING, I stopped using it.  My eyelids turned bright red and became itchy.  Latisse does have a high safety profile and does work, but for those of us that are sensitive to just about everything, I couldn’t continue using it.   I have tried other “lash growth” serums and found them irritating as well or completely worthless as far as growth.  And let me say this . . . products that say they grow lashes by use of peptides, plant extracts, and vitamins are completely worthless. They do not and can not grow hair because the ingredients I just mentioned don’t grow hair!  I’ll get technical for a moment . . .  a product containing a “prostaglandin analogue” (a synthetic ingredient … like “isopropyl cloprostenate”) is the only thing proven to grow eyelash hair.

There are in fact a FEW companies that use a prostaglandin analogue, so double check the ingredient declarations. GrandeLASH-MD does have it (although a small amount which is why it’s so great for sensitive types) and the price point was good (about $70).  They claim that it takes 4-6 weeks to see results . . .  I found it took a good two months before I could see a difference.

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Prior to this photo, I had about a dozen eyelashes left and have been sparse for years.  This photo is about half way through my initial use with a quick, light coat of mascara because my hair is light and you wouldn’t have been able to see my lashes (I only use product on my upper lashes, never lower).  I now use it about three times a week for maintenance. My eyelashes are long and have grown in nice and even.

I must also mention that there are reports and concerns about the use of products containing prostaglandin analogues.  Side effects such as darker pigmentation around the eyes, itching, pain, change of eye color, and irritation are not uncommon.  Always do your due diligence before using certain types of products.

 

A Natural Beauty & Model . . . Daphne Selfe

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And she doesn’t believe in Botox!  Or anything for that matter outside of eating healthy, staying active, and continually working!

This is Daphne Selfe and for those of you in the U.S. . . .  she’s a phenom in the UK!  Daphne is in her late 80’s and she’s still modeling!  My sister gave me her book as she knew I would appreciate the story of such a woman.  And I most certainly did!  It’s a quick and simple read, but it’s her story and it’s real.

I have spent the past few months in the UK and Europe and I can say this with absolute certainty . . . women there are NATURAL beauties!  It was so refreshing!  You simply don’t see “jacked up” faces over there . . . and I loved it!  Has me rethinking a lot of things . . . .  Daphne is inspiring to be sure!

 

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Dream Skin beauty pillowcase

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I personally waited several months before writing this blog post to make sure of what I was experiencing.  Back in January 2014, I did a blog about sleeping on your back and the concept of “anti-aging pillowcases”.  Here’s the real deal . . . sleeping on your back is THE BEST way to minimize wrinkles!  However . . .  based on what I experienced while trying the above pillowcase, I had to share!

Many anti-aging pillowcases are interesting in theory, but sadly, there is nothing scientific there. The bottom line is this . . . cotton, satin, and silk will absorb moisture.  Guess what?  You don’t want moisture being absorbed into your pillow! You need to keep it in your skin! And I personally have found in dealing with increasing body temperature (personal summers!), make you sweat even more!  I have found satins and silks to run HOT! So while sleeping on the Dream Skin pillowcase (www.dreamskinpillowcase.com) believe it or not . . .  I found it much more COOLING. The cooling effect didn’t allow my skin “stick” to the fabric and at the end of the day, that’s what causes “sleep lines”, when your face is sticking in the same position on the pillow night after night, month after month, year after year.  It’s so easy to spot someone who has “sleep lines” and they turn into bonafide, deep set wrinkles!

Internationally re-known Dr. Pugliese, and Susan Leslie developed JuveTex fabric.  There are no chemicals, dyes, or fragrances infused into the fabric. I can’t comment of the “hydrating” capabilities as I am not a scientist, but there is definitely something here!

The key to not ADDING more wrinkles to our skin is to again . .  . sleep on your back.  But if you find a fabric that doesn’t “stick” to your skin, that most certainly helps!  I can’t recommend this product highly enough!

Banning Microbeads

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Microbeads are POLYETHYLENE microspheres that are used in the skin care and personal care industries predominately as exfoliants.  In our opinion, this is an antiquated approach to sloughing off dead skin.  We have shared on many occasions our belief of using products containing AHA’s and BHA’s (alpha hydroxyacid and beta hydroxyacid) to deal with this issue including the use of electrical modalities (i.e. Clarisonic and/or similar devices).  The biggest problem with products containing microbeads is the affect these products have on our environment.  Please check out the video below and rethink any future purchases!