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 ( 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 . . .



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 . . .

Dream Skin beauty pillowcase


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 ( 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


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!

Peptides in products


Our dermis (the part below the epidermis, the top part of the skin) is made up of 80% moisture, elastin tissues and collagen fibers that provide a structural frame.  Collagen is about 70% of our dermal proteins . . . and about 20 different types of these fibers have been identified.  New formulations of skincare products utilizing new technologies make it possible for synthetic peptides (a portion of protein) to remain stable in our products so that they reach the “target” areas of the skin to do their job being the “messengers” they are.  Here’s a quick look at a couple products I use from NRSkin specifically the “Neuro Peptide Serum” and the “Age Defying Peptide Cream” . . .

High Performance Skin Care . . . NR SKIN

nrskin1When a new product line comes along that we fall in love with (rare!) we share!  The ingredient declarations had me at hello! NRSkin is a high performance skin care line that feeds your skin with good, quality ingredients that are proven and without parabens, propylene glycol, SLS’s, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances . . . and never tested on animals.  I go over some of my favorites in the below video.  This line is definitely worth looking into and incorporating!

Sun Exposure and Vitamin D . . . gasp!

sun1Gigi and I LOVE the sun!  We also know how aging it is.  We spend time in the sun and do wear sunscreen, obviously . . .  we mention it ALL THE TIME!  There is so much in the media now regarding vitamin D deficiency, everyone seems confused.  Like it or not, we need the sun and yes, it’s dangerous.  I’ve heard and known too many that have dealt with or died from melanoma, however, it’s an absolute necessity to a healthy life (healthy bones, reduced risk of diabetes and the flu virus, cancer prevention, etc.) . . . that’s just a simple fact. Google it all day long.  And what is so obvious to us . . . people that are in the sun too much look older than their years . . . people that avoid the sun completely look pasty and unhealthy . . . for the most part.  So, where’s the balance between vanity and good health? Become aware. I personally only wear sunscreen on my face, neck, and hands.  I let myself obtain vitamin D naturally . . . from the sun.  I can hear the gasps now!

You all know that between a vitamin D supplement, certain foods, and sunshine, your body can get/make the recommended daily amount of this vitamin, but it is in fact a hormone.  The problem is your diet won’t give you enough of it, many people like myself do not like “popping pills” for nutrients, and how much sun exposure is safe?

Two things to consider if you’re not completely sure about adequate sun protection and want to spend time in the sun to create vitamin D. One, there is a tropical fern extract (polypodium leucotomos) containing a natural mix of phytochemicals that has been shown to inhibit photoaging. Gigi and I have both used it in the brand name Heliocare (  I used it when I was in the Seychelles which is pretty much on the equator, and I DID NOT burn!  I also used sunscreen, but wasn’t good about reapplying.  Honestly, I was blown away because it appeared to have worked . . . no sunburn, no inflammation, hopefully minimal oxidative stress.  Another option that I now use regularly is the app . . . dMinder (  Most people are unaware that the best time to obtain vitamin D from the sun is at what’s called “solar noon”.  This app tracks when solar noon hits your area . . . and it isn’t always 12:00pm.  It monitors the UVI index, the angle of the sun, and the measured IU’s you are receiving.  So now that it’s spring where we live . . . I get my vitamin D naturally at solar noon then in the afternoon I cover up with some cute UPF/SPF clothing which is getting more popular and easy to find.

Dr. Hudacek gives you her opinion on how to obtain vitamin D in the video below . . .

Now get out there and enjoy the sun . . . it’s healthy if you’re smart about it!