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.


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.


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.


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!

Dr. Hudacek and Toners


We speak to many women about their skincare routines and we have found that very few understand the need for a well formulated toner.  Toners aren’t just about removing left over makeup after cleansing.  The right formulation will add an extra layer of healthy nutrients and for some of us, no additional moisturizer is necessary.

The astringent, high in alcohol toners of days past are not what we are speaking about.  Those cause more problems than have benefits especially for those of us with oily skin.  I personally have found that I become even oilier when using these types of toners and my pH is totally out of whack. When you use the correct toner, your skin will literally “drink it in” and it will feel soft, soothed, and clean. And again, we have found that no one in the entire skincare industry formulates a toner as beautifully as Paula’s Choice (and no, we are not paid by this company, we are simply stating a fact!).  Every single skincare company out there should emulate her formulations as they are simply the best in terms of the ingredients and how they benefit your skin.  To apply a toner loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, skin soothing and repairing ingredients, and . . . very important . . . fragrance free (or minimal fragrance), will leave your skin absolutely refreshed, glowing, and healthy! We’ve included a link to should you wish to take a look at the offerings and benefits . . .

Dr. Hudacek shares her opinion on toners . . .

Kristin Hudacek, MD, FAAD discusses retinoids/retinols

Dr. Hudacek speaks briefly about the benefits of using a topical retinoid/retinol as part of a good anti-aging skincare regimen.   She is currently affiliated with Richard G. Glogau, MD & Associates in San Francisco.  Dr. Glogau developed “Glogau’s Wrinkle Scale” (shown below for reference) to objectively measure the severity of photoaging and wrinkles.


Glogau Classification of Photoaging

Group Classification Typical Age Description Skin Characteristics
I Mild 28-35 No wrinkles Early Photoaging: mild pigment changes, no keratosis, minimal wrinkles, minimal or no makeup
II Moderate 35-50 Wrinkles in motion Early to Moderate Photoaging: Early brown spots visible, keratosis palpable but not visible, parallel smile lines begin to appear, wears some foundation
III Advanced 50-65 Wrinkles at rest Advanced Photoaging: Obvious discolorations, visible capillaries (telangiectasias), visible keratosis, wears heavier foundation always
IV Severe 60-75 Only wrinkles Severe Photoaging: Yellow-gray skin color, prior skin malignancies, wrinkles throughout – no normal skin, cannot wear makeup because it cakes and cracks