Category Archives Skin Care

organic skin care

Many beauty products claim to be “natural” or “organic,” but lack the appropriate certification. Here’s what you should look out for. When you see the claim “organic skincare brand” on beauty packaging, do you ever question what it really means? After all, even the most savvy beauty product consumer can still be misled. For example, do all listed ingredients have…

facial wrinkles

Even with the best possible genes and a healthy skin care regimen, facial wrinkles are inevitable. These are the main types of wrinkles and procedures to reverse their appearance.  Good skin produces a protein called collagen, which makes the skin firm and elastic. Skin cells also produce a second protein known as elastin, which enables skin to “snap back” into shape. A…

Acne Woman

If you are one of the 50 million men and women who have acne, you’ve probably gone through a staggering array of products searching for that elusive unicorn—beautiful skin.   Adult acne affects 12 to 22 percent of women and 3 percent of men at some time in their adult lives. Clearly (or unfortunately not so clearly), acne is not just…

Skin Care Products

Top dermatologists discuss the nine best natural skincare products with ingredients that we come across on a daily basis.  In these health-conscious times where green smoothies have replaced black coffee as the go-to drink and many of us religiously research the provenance of our food, it’s only natural that such an interest would also extend to what we apply to…

laser vs IPL treatments

The beauty world has embraced lasers, and many other refractive light treatments, to repair and tighten skin in lieu of surgery.  Recently, several of my friends underwent what they determined to be unsuccessful light and laser treatments. After hearing their stories and speaking with plastic surgeons, I decided to go for my own Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) session, and found that the most…

skin treatments

Sure, gravity is important… in physics. But when it comes to how it affects aging, it’s literally a drag. From around age 35 and up, the inevitable pull of gravity can cause the face and jowls to sag, sag, and sag some more. Making matters worse, there was little that we could do about this phenomenon without plastic surgery until quite…

makeup show creator james vincent and katvond

Age-defying skin treatments, extravagant makeovers, and a slew of celebrity appearances - Chicago’s trendy, urban-chic West Loop area became home to some of the most well-known artists in the beauty industry last month during The 2016 Makeup Show's weekend-long event.  The event was mc'ed by superstar make up artist James Vincent, whose clients include Marilyn Manson, Amy Winehouse and Barack Obama.…

beauty gift box

Did you leave your holidays shopping until the very last minute? Not to worry - with this list of 16 beauty products, you're sure to find gift ideas that will impress even the most discerning med spa devotee. 1. Dermaflash Exfoliating Device The Dermaflash is a noninvasive, professional-quality exfoliation device that uses a subtle sonic vibration to remove dull, dead surface cells, built up…

winter skincare tips

The signs for Pumpkin Spice Lattes in Starbuck’s windows are in full swing, shop windows are loaded with Santas and twinkling trees, and Black Friday deals are kicking into overload. These are some of the cues for dropping temperatures too, which means your skin needs some extra TLC to get through the onslaught of the winter season. Face and Hand…

rosacea-treatments

Do you suffer from redness, flushing, a persistent rash or visible blood vessels on your face? It could be rosacea. Pronounced "roh-ZAY-sha," the condition affects more than 16 million Americans, generally beginning after the age of 30 and worsening over time. Because rosacea affects the face, it isn’t exactly pretty. As a result, it can have a very strong psychological, social…

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