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  • What is Glycolic ACID and what does it do for My Skin?

    Glycolic acid is a natural product derived mostly from sugar cane and is fantastic for exfoliation and moisturizing the skin. It is the smallest alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and is both colorless and odorless and has the reputation of being the safest form of alpha-hydroxy acid. Almost all skin types can benefit from glycolic acid; it is one of the most commonly recognized chemical peel solutions.

    Glycolic acid peels come in different strengths starting from 20% up to and including 70%.  The lighter 20% – 40% peels are basically for first-time clients with light sun damage, in need of quick cell turn over and are best for more sensitive skin. The medium 50% peels are for clients who have experienced prior peels,  or who have more mature skin with definite sun damage and uneven skin tones. The 60% – 70% peels are much deeper strengths for a much more mature and sun damaged skin with uneven tones also in need of deep rejuvenation.

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  • To Retinol or Not To Retinol, That Is The Question…

    It seems retinol is making headlines everywhere and is being placed in every product imaginable.  Retinols used to be in night creams and serums only, but lately you can get your fill of retinol in everything from cleansers to sunscreens.  However there is a problem and that is that retinol should never be used during the day, a fact which cosmetics companies are ignoring to catch a ride on the ever fast Anti-Aging train. All retinoids should be used at night because they break down when exposed to sunlight and lose their efficacy. Vitamin A derivatives, including retinol, rapidly break down when exposed to the sun and air.

    Retinol is a milder form of topical Vitamin A and the over the counter version of the prescription vitamin A derivative, tretinoin, also known as Retin-A.   Both are effective in reversing sun damage and the signs of aging. Both tretinoin and retinol aid in reducing the appearance of fine lines, evening out skin color, and increasing the production of collagen. Both also improve skin texture and tighten pores. However, many people cannot tolerate tretinoin because it can be highly irritating and drying. Retinol is milder; while the results may not be as dramatic people tolerate it better.

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  • New Year, New Look, New Make-up

    Your 2013 makeup re-vamp is all about Eyes, Lids, Brows, and Lips.

     When it comes to beauty looks, bare is always beautiful but this year every runway is featuring lips in full color. At first, it seemed like spring would be a season of pale lips. Then red colors hit with a bang. Red will always be sexy, pink will always be girlie, orange truly audacious but Poppy is an amazing combination of all three colors.  This color and similar colors are sure to get you out of winter doldrums and Rock you right into Spring.

     (Tip #1: Outlining the lips in red pencil accentuates the shape of your mouth allowing your lips to look bigger and fuller).

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  • WINK DIVA STYLE

    Lashes, Lashes everywhere…

    Ladies, even without make-up, if your lashes are long and luscious and you apply a little lip gloss you’re good to go for the day! This year, lashes are all the rage. There are all kinds of lash enhancers worth exploring. First and foremost, there is Latisse. Latisse is the first and only FDA approved prescription treatment used to grow your own inadequate or not long enough eyelashes making them Longer, Thicker, Darker with major difference usually seen in only 8 weeks. REMEMBER it is important to come in and see Dr. Resnik to discuss this incredible advance in lash technology BEFORE you purchase and or start using Latisse.

    If Latisse is not your cup of tea, there is always the option of false lashes. However you should know that all Lashes are NOT created equal. Sure you can pick up lashes for $1 or lashes for $25 or higher, depending on the quality. So many people are unaware that quality is essential to the look and longevity of false eyelashes. Also, there is a difference in price between purchasing human and synthetic lashes. (Tip #1: Human Hair lashes always look and move more natural and the band is thinner for better flexibility than synthetic.) (Tip #2: I have found that MAC and Shu Uemura lashes are amongst the most expensive.) There are excellent human and synthetic lashes on the market; there is something for everyone.

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  • The “Eyes” Have It

    Dark circles and under eye puffiness is a problem I must hear about at the very least a few times a day. What can I do about my dark circles? How can I get rid of these bags under my eyes?

    Well…Well…Let me start by saying that neither problem has an easy solution. There are several reasons for both of these conditions. Some people have a family history of dark circles and puffy eyes. Some develop them as they age, stress, or suffer from lack of sleep and or rest. You could even be suffering from nasal congestion problems. There are many reasons why these conditions develop.

    We could change our lifestyle by getting more sleep or trying different ways to reduce our stress levels and including more fruits and veggies with more iron. Ceasing unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and or excessive alcohol use could also help.

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