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"Besides Rome, you know what else wasn't built in a day? Collagen. Or hair that grows in thicker. But if you stick with proven ingredients for the amount of time experts advise, you'll see real, long-lasting changes in your skin and hair." - Dr. Sherber shares expert tips in Redbook.Continue reading
Dermatologist Noëlle Sherber and plastic surgeon Ariel Rad share top treatments and procedures for erasing fatigue this summer. Continue reading
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You'd be surprised. Beyond the usual causes of tight, itchy skin, there are other unexpected factors that rob you of moisture during the winter. Gina Way gives the inside scoop in how to protect your skin from drying out. Continue reading
Having completely clean skin is the foundation for having great skin, and this dynamic duo gives you the deep clean result of a spa treatment at home... no appointment necessary.
FOREO’s top of the line LUNA 2 Professional ultrasonic cleansing brush generates up to 8,000 transdermal sonic pulses per minute for exceptional cleansing. This Swedish innovation is an upgraded version of the original device with a larger surface area for cleansing the skin, and is suitable for all skin types. Dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber recommends silicone cleansing brushes specifically, because "the microscopically smooth surface can be kept completely clean and won’t harbor bacteria which can lead to breakouts and skin inflammation."
The Honey Mud gives an experience unlike any other, with a sweet scent from natural oils of macadamia nut, cocoa, sweet orange, ylang-ylang and vanilla. These oils, along with raw honey and a blend of clays, will leave even the driest skin feeling healed and nourished. This dual purpose cleanser can either be massaged into damp skin and rinsed clean or applied to dry skin for 10-20 minutes as a mask. As an at-home deep cleansing treatment Dr. Sherber recommends applying it as a mask, dampening the skin, and then buffing with the FOREO to remove completely and enhance absorption of the active ingredients.
Dry airplane air and traveling between climates can be a recipe for skin that's out of sorts. Here are some travel skincare tips I share with patients, as well as product picks to keep with you in your carry-on. These essentials include gentle but effective hand sanitizer and blemish spot treatments, as well as solid cleansers and moisturizers which not only won't spill in transit and make a mess of your luggage but also won't count towards the infamous TSA "ziplock" baggie of liquids.
Eve Lom Cleanser
This cleanser, described by Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue, as "probably the best cleanser in the world," is remarkably effective. The proprietary blend of oils (Egyptian chamomile, eucalyptus, clove, and hops) cleanses deeply because oil dissolves best in oil: this melts away even waterproof sunscreens, which is great for active vacations. The formulation emulsifies and turns milky when removed with the accompanying muslin cloth and warm water, leaving skin feeling soft and perfectly clean. One of the common post-travel skin concerns I see among patients is skin irritation from hotel towels, so I suggest traveling with these muslin cloths or your own washcloths if you have sensitive skin since hotel detergents can be harsh and cause eczema from the commercial-grade chemical residue.
Hand sanitizer is a must when traveling, since saying healthy needs to be a priority. The FDA has now banned antibacterial ingredient triclosan from rinse-off hand soaps, but, interestingly, not from leave-on hand sanitizers. Triclosan can cause hand eczema and I recommend that it be avoided. This Australian formula is triclosan-free, and instead relies on sugarcane alcohol. To balance out the drying effects of the alcohol, it incorporates a blend of natural essential oils (ginger, tangerine, lemon myrtle, niaouli, orange, basil, grapefruit, and cardamom), which make it pleasant to use without lessening its efficacy.
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon
This unique product is a facial oil in solid form so it is another great carry-on product that won't count as a liquid in your carry-on. It is handmade in L.A. without preservatives or synthetic fragrance, and so is excellent for sensitive skin types, and derives its distinctive color from blue tansy oil which has renowned soothing properties. In an interview with SHERBER+RAD, May Lindstrom said that The Blue Cocoon "was the formula I dreamed about my whole life and the one I am most proud of and personally attached to" and it has garnered an intensely loyal following based on the intensely nourishing results it delivers. You can apply it anywhere that needs extra moisture, such as hands, cuticles, or lips, and can reapply throughout the flight if skin feels parched. It is also an excellent vacation companion to soothe chapped skin whether from skiing or jetskiing.
Indie Lee Blemish Stick
The airplane restroom has such notoriously harsh light and can make it tempting to attempt self-surgery on nonexistent blemishes that appear in the mirror there. This spot treatment is a much better idea. It's an invisible quick-drying clear gel with a wand applicator that can be dotted on spots, and the formula is so sheer that it can be applied over or under makeup. The potent blend of salicylic and glycolic acids, along with natural acne-fighters zinc, camphor, witch hazel, and sulfur, shrinks acne quickly and effectively without over-drying the skin and causing a peeling spot which can be more unsightly than the blemish itself. It's always good to have a spot treatment on hand while you're traveling in case a blemish arises as an unwelcome visitor, and this one is discrete enough to keep with you: just be sure not to confuse the chic packaging with a lip gloss!
Crème de La Mer
This moisturizer has a legendary following due to its skin-soothing properties, and, since it's a solid texture at room temperature it's an ideal choice for your carry-on. Sea water minerals are very calming to the skin, and this formula combines them with a blend of oils - including sesame seed oil and eucalyptus leaf oil - which is renowned for its ability to repair the skin's barrier, so this is good for cushioning the skin against arid airplane cabin air. To apply, be sure to warm the product between your fingers until it becomes translucent and then press gently into the skin. You can apply a generous additional layer mid-flight if skin feels dry and you'll be amazed how much skin will absorb before landing.
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In winter, skin becomes more prone to dryness and irritation due to cold temperatures and low humidity. Here are some tips to keep skin looking its best when there's a chill in the air... or even major wind chill.
La Mer Revitalizing Hydrating Serum
Cold air is also dry air, and so hydration (meaning adding water to the skin) is key to winter skincare. One of the ways to help hydrating products work best in the winter is to place a humidifier near your bed so that they can bind water to the skin overnight. Similarly, seal off your bathroom door while showering or bathing and apply your skincare in the steamy air to harness the humidity. This serum uses new technology to deliver small beads of hydration into the skin effectively with a light texture that layers well with other products, and soothes dry skin with La Mer's proprietary complex of seawater minerals.
Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Oil
One of the best ways to transition your skincare into the winter if you don't want to revamp your products entirely with the change of season is to mix oil into your cream or lotion moisturizer to make it more nourishing. Blending in a few drops of this lightweight mix of chia, carrot, calendula, and amaranth oils from Spain will make any moisturizer more winter-appropriate. This can also be applied as a serum layered under your moisturizer, or patted on dry areas midday if skin becomes chapped from the cold.
Caudalie Divine Body Oil
This French blend of grape, sesame, hibiscus, and argan oils with a lovely warm scent can be applied to body, cuticles, and even hair. Clinical studies comparing vegetable-based oils to mineral oil (as is found in baby oil) show that vegetable oils are more effective moisturizers for eczema-prone skin, so if your skin is persistently dry or itchy look for vegetable oils on the ingredient list. Apply body moisturizer while skin is still damp from the shower to trap water next to the skin for best results, and you can use this as a body oil or cocktail it by mixing it into body cream.
La Mer The Body Crème
A good rule when shopping for body treatments for dry winter skin is to pass by any products in a pump, and to go straight for those packaged in a tube or a jar. This is because, in order to pass through a pump, lotions will have a high water content to thin the formula which makes them generally insufficiently rich in oil to soothe really dry skin. The formulation of this pudding-textured cream was inspired by in-spa seaweed wrap treatments that leave skin deeply hydrated and moisturized and has earned a loyal following for calming even super dry skin.
Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir
Harsh weather isn't incompatible with active skincare ingredients, but skin can be sensitized by overly aggressive products in harsh weather. In particular, avoid serums containing alcohol since these can dehydrate the skin at a time of year when skin is already prone to dryness from the low humidity in the air. Also, serums with heavy silicones (apply them to the back of your hand and see if water beads up) will form a film that prevents optimal absorption of moisturizer that you layer on top. This fast absorbing oil-based serum incorporates antioxidants viniferine, resveratrol, and grapeseed polyphenols which defend against free radical damage from UV exposure and pollution.
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The holidays are a very popular time for cosmetic procedures, whether a skin brightening laser treatment to get party-ready or surgery to take advantage of time off to recover - here are dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber's recommendations to soothe healing skin.
La Mer The Concentrate
The Concentrate has become a top selling La Mer product in South Korea, the country leading the world with the most plastic surgeries per capita. It is enriched with seawater minerals, and since blood and seawater have very similar mineral composition this may account for La Mer's renowned healing properties. This is a silky serum enriched with high quality silicones which I find calms redness post-laser and helps scars fade post-surgery. The rich texture wears beautifully like a primer under makeup and is suitable for delicate skin on the eyelids as well as the face.
Topical silicones are proven through numerous studies to improve scar healing, resulting in flatter, softer, and smoother scars. Biocorneum+ is an FDA-cleared liquid that dries to form a thin clear sheet of flexible silicone over a healing scar to keep the area hydrated while protecting it from UV exposure with SPF30. When Angelina Jolie underwent bilateral mastectomies, she shared that she applied this twice daily for 12 weeks to optimize scar healing. My husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Ariel Rad, often recommends a similar protocol to his breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery patients.
Natura Bisse S.O.S. Instant Rescue
Natura Bissé developed this powerfully soothing serum to fight inflammation in the skin, incorporating natural calming ingredients such as calendula, arnica, propolis, and aloe vera. I often apply this in my treatment room after laser or injectable procedures since it calms redness rapidly, and this is a great at-home companion to these procedures. Men often prefer the lightweight texture of this sheer gel to richer post-procedural balms
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum
In clinical studies, this combination of polyphenol-rich grape water and hydrating hyaluronic acid reduced skin redness rapidly as compared to untreated skin following exposure to lactic acid. I often apply this to patients' skin following chemical peels or laser, and particularly recommend it to those with oily skin who want an oil-free product, and also suggest it after surgery when skin can feel dry and irritated from the prep solution used to sanitize skin pre-operatively.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
This sheet mask has the highest concentration of Pitera™ of any product in the SK-II line. Its mix of vitamins and minerals derived from the sake fermentation process is deeply hydrating and visibly reduces redness, which is why I recommend it after laser treatments to many patients who need redness to fade quickly so that they can be event-ready. For post-surgery patients, the masks can be chilled in the refrigerator and applied cold to help reduce swelling.
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