On Arizona Midday I shared 10 tips on what not to do to your skin.
Watch the segment here: http://www.azcentral.com/videos/news/12-news/arizona-midday/2015/03/23/70345384/
Many beauty experts talk a lot about what you can do to nourish, hydrate and protect your skin, but there are also many things you should not do to your skin. There are many products with incredible ingredients that can improve and protect your skin, and good healthy habits, like wearing sunscreen and washing makeup off at night, that make a big difference.
Some of the best ways to enhance your skin actually have to do with what you don’t do to it! So here are 10 things you should never do if you want to maintain healthy, radiant skin.
1. Never pick at your skin! Picking at the skin on your face will only push dirt and bacteria deeper into pores, resulting in more breakouts. You can even cause a scaring by squeezing a pimple/zit. Endure it in the short term to save your skin in the long term. There are great over-the-counter products that will dry out the skin as well as many other great acne treatments on the market.
2. Never Test Too Many Products To avoid a skin nightmare, always test new products — cosmetics, lotions, and cleansers — on a small patch of skin on your inner arm. There’s nothing worse than having a severe reaction across your entire face.
3. Don’t Forget to clean your cell phone. Hours spent talking on your cell phone can lead to breakouts and rashes along your jawline and cheek. Make sure to keep antibacterial wipes with you to keep your phone (and skin!) clean.Use speakerphone whenever possible, you would be surprised at the bacteria on your phone…some say worse than a womens purse!
4. Never use expired products. This includes not only cleansers and moisturizers, but makeup as well. Eye products in particular should never be used past their expiration date, as they can cause severe irritation and even serious infection. Don’t think you’re saving money by using expired products. You’ll spend far more on products to clear up irritation and infections than you would by simply buying replacements.
5. Never yo-yo diet. Constant yo-yo dieting can negatively impact your skin: Frequent weight gain and loss can cause the fibers in your skin to loosen over time, creating stretch marks and sag. Eating too little food can cause skin to age faster, you can look gaunt, but too much food can lead to bloating, especially if you eat food laden with salt. Both of these states are bad, but bouncing between the two is even worse. Instead, try and reach a healthy weight and maintain it.
6. Don’t forget to Remove Makeup
When you sleep in your makeup, you’re basically asking for wrinkles. Falling asleep with your makeup on can lead to bacterial infections and clogged pores, which can cause acne. And, the residue that stays on your pillow can even make you sick. Keep makeup removing wipes next to your bed so you’ll be reminded nightly to remove your harmful makeup.
7. Don’t skip Sunscreen
We’ve all been told to never skip the sunscreen, but it’s often tempting when many of us spend our days indoors. Also, you don’t even realize just driving in your car, how much damage happens even if your windows are tinted Even a few minutes of sun exposure can lead to a breakdown of collagen though and that leads to fine lines and wrinkles. It’s recommended to wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine, so that you don’t get sun damage. Choose an SPF 30 and one that has zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
8. Don’t Pre-tan at a Salon
Pre-tanning at a tanning salon to get ready for the sun at the beach isn’t the great idea that it’s been cut out to be. In fact, whether you acquire a tan quickly for that party or trip, or slowly, you still damage your skin. Just like the sun, artificial tanning equipment beds and sun lamps emit UV rays that can cause burns, premature aging, and skin cancers, especially if you’re a higher risk, fair-skinned person who produces less melanin.
9. Don’t Smoke-Just don’t do it!
You’ve heard about the risks of smoking (like lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema). But have you ever noticed that the skin of elderly smokers tends to have a yellowish coloration? Next to sun exposure, smoking is the highest factor in wrinkling. In other words, smoking makes you look older!
10. Never Over Exfoliate & always use the Right Make-up Remover To much exfoliation removes the oil from your skin. As much as we want to exfoliate daily, some exfoliating scrubs might just be too harsh and cause redness and for your skin to become irritated. Our skin naturally sheds thousands of skin cells daily so just be careful. Lastly, use the right make-up remover that does not dry out and strip your skin.
Clearly, having healthy skin habits is just as much a matter of what you don’t do as what you do. It’s also important for you to understand what type of skin you have in order to truly benefit from products.
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Here are a selection of Spring products that are sure to make you happy and ready to take on Spring and Summer.
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Available at Nordstroms and Urban Outfitters Kocostar Foot Therapy and Split End therapy are great Body and Hair products for spring. Foot Therapy packed full of hypoallergenic, beautifying botanicals that will treat your feet to an exfoliating staycation. Simply pop out the cute booties, snip them in half and slip your feet in. Set the tabs for a snug fit and your treatment has begun! A nourishing and soothing hair treatment that hydrates and rejuvenates dry and damaged hair. Professional salon steam technology creates soft & silky locks in 15 – 20 minutes.
Probelle Nail Hardener and Nail Maintenance (with Garlic & Lime) work as a nail repair team. Nail Hardener (Formula 1) will cure, repair, and restore damaged nails that are thin, cracking, or peeling in 4 weeks. Applied on a daily basis and removed weekly. Nail Maintenance (Formula 2) will maintain nails healthy and using garlic and lime nails will be protected against fungus and maintained white. Applied with every manicure as a base coat. FOCUS: Nail Health, strength, and flexibility. Probelle Nail Lacquer it a thinner type of formula focusing on spreading nail lacquer evenly throughout the nail plate making natural manicures last up to 12 days in excellent condition. Nail Lacquer is DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free.
Available at AJ stores Sassy Clips take a plain flip flop and make it into an extraordinary one. From fashion style flips as Haviannas, Ipanemas, Nike, Crocs, to Orthopedic Styles with Arches, Sassy Clips can turn any flip flop from Ordinary to Extraordinary. There are 100 different Sassy Clips designs to choose from, petite to larger designs. Great for giving for any occasion as a gift, as you don’t need to know someones shoe size, as Sassy Clips fit on any flip flop .Mothers Day, Teacher Gift, Birthday, Bridal Party Favors and more.
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A benefit is the time savings attachment method; it just clicks into place and can be adjusted for comfort and keep the neck area cooler. Hair Shots is an on the go hair sweetening product. It is a heat activated hair perfume. All hair types can use it. It will not add oil Or dry your hair out. Hair Shots are perfect for sports, Pilates or just a great Long lasting scent after you shampoo. Try: Apple Pear, Strawberry, Coconut Mango and more.
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Say Bon Voyage to Bad Skin… Dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt Reveals Skincare Tips for Travelers Escaping the Wrath of Winter 2015
This winter has proven to be one of the worst in years. From relentless snow to icy roads, many people are feeling frigid temps for warmer climates. However, traveling puts additional stress on you and your skin. Regardless of whether you are traveling by car or plane, for business or pleasure, New York & New Jersey board certified dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt’s must-know skin travel tips will help make your time away more relaxing and leave your skin rosy on arrival.
For Frequent Flyers
The re-circulated air on planes is five times drier than the desert and the lack of humidity causes loss of moisturizer. The air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of 10 to 20 percent — much lower than a comfortable typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent. All of which combines to equal skin desperately in need of moisture.
“Most people realize that flying can cause skin to dry out and breakout, but they may not know why,” says Dr. Baxt. “Whenever the environment is moisture-free such as with recirculated air in a plane cabin – the air actually draws moisture from wherever it can, including the skin. Dry skin will tend to get drier and oily skin will get even oilier to compensate for dehydration.”
Dr. Baxt recommends the following travel itinerary for your skin whether you’re taking a quick weekend getaway or going for the long haul.
Un-Happy Hour: Don’t Drink Alcohol on the Plane. “Alcohol is very dehydrating. While it may help to relax you if you’re nervous about flying, the effect of alcohol will be dry skin,” says Dr. Baxt. “Drink water, and read a magazine or book or bring along your iPod. Having something to distract you will help you as much, if not more than a glass of wine. If you just can’t pass it up, drink lots of water afterward.”
Bring a Hydrating Mist for In-Flight Treatment. A hydrating mist is perfect for in flight application. Dr. Baxt recommends spraying a couple of pumps onto your face for instant hydration. It also feels great and helps cool you down if you’re on a warm airplane.
Skip the Salty Snacks. Airport food is not very skin-friendly. “While peanuts and pretzels may look delicious, salt can cause swelling,” warns Dr. Baxt. “Instead, snack on fruits and vegetables like carrots and apples, which are filled with water.”
It’s Time to Takeoff…Your Makeup! If you wear makeup, keep it to a minimum on the flight. “Airplane air is dry and can exacerbate your makeup’s drying-out effects on your skin can which can lead to breakouts and your pores becoming clogged on the flight,” says Dr. Baxt. “Opt for tinted moisturizer if you cannot bear not having any make-up on; and use lip balm in lieu of lipstick as the cabin air is dry lips tends to feel a little dryer while on the flight.”
Puffy Eyes. Jet lag always shows through your skin but mostly in the eyes. Lack of sleep due to possible time changes can have you looking sleepy and puffy. Don’t forget to stash an eye cream that contains caffeine for that quick “pick-me-up” if needed. Another option? “Carry green tea bags with you on the plane,” says Dr. Baxt. “A half hour before landing, ask the flight attendant for hot water and soak a few minutes. Add ice to cool down the bags, and apply cool green tea bags to your eyelids before landing. The green tea has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to decrease puffiness so you’ll look your best when you land.”
Your Travel Beauty Bag: What to Pack
With the ever-changing airline baggage regulations and costly baggage fees, it’s important to have a checklist of the essential skincare products you need when traveling. “If you’re headed on a trip, you can’t bring every makeup, skincare and hair care product from your bathroom,” says Dr. Baxt. “Plan ahead and pack smart when traveling.”
Weather-Proof Your Skincare Products. Pick and pack skin products based on the climate of your destination. “For snowbirds, when going to a warm, humid destination, pay extra attention to exfoliation in order to reduce the dead skin cells trapped by excess moisture, and pack a cleanser with salicylic acid,” suggests Dr. Baxt. If Aspen or Vail is your destination, it’s all about deep moisture when it comes to locations that have low temperatures and high altitudes. “To function properly, the epidermis needs to maintain a certain moisture level; in the winter, low temperatures, low humidity, and strong wind deplete skin of its natural protective barrier, allowing that level to drop,” says Dr. Baxt. And wherever you’re going, remember one last tip: sunscreen should be the first thing you throw in your bag.
Hotel Beauty Products: Checking In or Out? People often breakout when they’re on vacation, because hotel products are typically made for people with normal to dry skin. In lieu of using hotel toiletries while traveling, consider packing a few key essentials in your travel beauty bag. “Hotel soaps can be very drying and overly scented,” warns Dr. Baxt. “Beware if you have sensitive skin and remember to bring your own toiletries.”
About Rebecca Baxt, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.D.
Rebecca Baxt, MD, MBA, FAAD is a Board Certified Dermatologist specializing in both cosmetic and general dermatology for adults and children. Attending Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Baxt graduated Summa Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English Literature. She continued her studies at the University of Pennsylvania for medical school and completed an internship in Internal Medicine. She also obtained an MBA from the Wharton School of Management in Health Care administration.
Upon graduation, she moved to New York to train in Dermatology at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, where she was a chief resident and the recipient of the Morris Leider award for excellence in patient care. She continues to teach Dermatology at NYU where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology. She joined her parents at Baxt Cosmedical in 2000 in Paramus, New Jersey and most recently opened an office on Madison Avenue in New York in 2012. She is a nationally recognized certified Allergan Botox, Juvederm and Voluma trainer, and was part of the Voluma launch faculty in 2013. Dr. Baxt is on staff at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood NJ, as well as Bellevue Hospital in NY. She also volunteers at Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative in Hackensack in the Dermatology clinic.
Dr. Rebecca Baxt has been voted a Top Doctor for Dermatology in Bergen County, New Jersey for 2012, 2013, 2014 by her peers. She lectures throughout the country on treatment of acne and acne scars and has been on faculty for the ASDS and ASLMS meetings. Dr. Rebecca Baxt maintains many society affiliations. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, New Jersey State Medical Society, Bergen County Medical Society, and the Dermatological Society of Greater New York, as well as the American Medical Association. She is a member of the Skin Cancer Foundation, and always volunteers free skin cancer screenings yearly.
Dr. Rebecca Baxt treats both adults and children, and specializes in cosmetic consultations and procedures. She also has a particular interest in acne and rosacea. She performs Botox injections, Chemical peels, Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation/Photofacial procedures, Isolaz Acne Treatments, Laser Hair Removal, Facial Filler injectables (Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra, etc.), Leg Vein injections, Smooth beam Laser, Photodynamic Therapy, Vbeam Laser, Fraxel Laser resurfacing and Ultherapy. She treats all skin conditions and she performs Skin Cancer screenings and treatments.
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Get the Look: Color Me Weighs in on the Fresh-Faced Style at the Oscars
At Sunday’s Academy Awards elegant gowns were perfectly offset by naturally beautiful and radiant complexions proving that sometimes, even in Hollywood, less is more. Spotted on A-listers such as Chloe Moretz, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwyneth Paltrow, the look was effortlessly elegant and timeless. “The best thing about a dewy and flawless complexion,” says Eric Jimenez, Global Makeup Artist and Co-Founder of sonic makeup application device, Color Me, “is that it really allows your true beauty to shine. Not to mention it doesn’t take away from your show-stopping outfit!”
Here, he shares tips on recreating the look at home.
• First, be sure the skin is prepped and ready to go. Exfoliate the night before, moisturize and apply an anti-aging serum as needed. In the morning, wash your face and moisturize as needed.
• Next, use your sonic makeup applicator, Color Me, to apply your favorite (color matched) foundation. The device, which pulsates at a rate of 15,000 pulses per minute, helps to smoothly and evenly apply your foundations and creams ensuring you have an airbrushed and flawless look. The tapping motion sets foundation in place ensuring it’s long-lasting and melt-proof under even the most aggressive photographer’s flash! Remember to season your sponge if it is brand new, before applying the foundation to your skin.
• To truly achieve a dewy glow, opt for a serum foundation, which is lighter and provides a luminous quality to the skin. Up the ante by adding a highlighting crème on your cheekbones, browbones, and just above your cupids bow to catch the light and create a youthful complexion.
• Finish the look with a crème blush in a natural peach, pink or apricot shade, applied with your Color Me to soften the edges and blend perfectly.
• Finish the look with ultra-curled and long lashes, a swipe of eyeliner in either the classic gray or a more modern metallic and a natural lip.
THE LOOK: A modern take on classic, 40s waves
INSPIRATION: Inspired by the sleek and beautiful lines of Reese Witherspoon’s dress, celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel gave the Best Actress Nominee a deep middle part that transitioned into soft cascading waves for the red carpet tonight. “I wanted to play up the duality of texture and create a look that had strength and softness at the same time,” said Adir.
Here is his step-by-step breakdown:
• Adir started by creating a severe middle part and then applied John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse from roots to mid shaft to towel-dried hair.
•To continue building the perfect foundation, Adir applied John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Primer from roots to ends before blow-drying hair away from the face with a medium-sized round brush.
•Once dry, Adir tucked hair behind both ears and pinned into place. “A great tip to avoid dents in the hair is to use a business card and hair clip to hold the style in place,” said Adir.
•To create the soft waves in the back, Adir used a 1″ curling iron and curled the hair in a barrel curl from ends to mid shaft, pinning them in place to cool down. He continued that motion throughout the entire back section of the hair that was down.
•Before removing the cooled curls from their pin set, Adir sprayed John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Flexible Hold Hairspray. He then removed all the pins and let the hair drop, applying more hairspray on a paddle brush and brushing out the curls into a smooth 1940’s wave.
•Adir then removed the business cards that were holding the front structure of the hair in place and applied John Frieda Frizz Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum with a coloring brush to create duality in texture.
•To finish, Adir spritzed John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Flexible Hold Hairspray to lock in style all night.
Today I presented a selection of products that stars will receive in Lisa Gal’s Hollywood Swag Bags (HSB) in celebration of the upcoming (Oscars) Academy Awards & past Award shows this season.
Here is a sampling of the gifts that the stars loved!
•AdoptedNYC I-phone cases
•Park Avenue Accents NeckLinx
•Dr Vesna’s book Stop Sabotaging Your Confidence
•Urban Market Bags