When Science + Skincare Come Together, It’s a Beautiful Thing

The “one size fits all” approach in the cosmetic industry is almost unheard of because we believe that our skin has specific individual needs, because we are all unique right? Perhaps this is why niche marketing is booming.  The more niche, the more innovative.  There are entire product lines catering to every problem we can imagine – oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, combination skin, aging skin, you get the picture.

NOT!  At a recent beauty breakfast session at Neiman Marcus at The Fashion Show Mall, world-renowned clinical and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Stuart Kaplan, addressed quite the opposite.  He believes that skin is skin and that we all age the exact same way.  A New York transplant, Dr. Kaplan has been treating his patients in his private practice in Beverly Hills for the past 25 years and has celebrity clients including Marisa Tomei, Ginnifer Goodwin, Colin Egglesfield (my fave), Holly Robinson Peete, Emmy Rossum and Maroon 5 members (none of whom are paid spokespersons).

Dr. Kaplan has spent years researching and has pioneered the latest findings on the three causes of skin aging:

1.     Chronologic Aging

2.     Environmental Damage

3.     Natural Hormonal Progression

His new line, KAPLAN MD, which is available at Neiman Marcus, features only the best 100% clinically tested ingredients in a product line that is formulated for men and women of all ethnicities and ages.

If you’re tired of having to change your products every season, when you’re traveling or moving to a new city where the weather is drastically different, perhaps you should consider trying KAPLAN MD.  Added perk: you can also share with your boyfriend or hubby! I will be trying out the Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate and the Lip 20 Ultra Hydrating Balm, stay tuned for a product review.

Looking to Detox Your Skin?

Whether we know it or not, there are chemicals in everything we consume, from apples to microwavable popcorn.  I recently read an article about 7 Foods You Should Never Eat referencing expert commentary from food scientists. Fortunately, I haven’t eaten any of the forbidden foods but that got me thinking how it applies to what I put on my face.
One of my friends in New York put me in touch with Marie Michele, founder of Juvance Cosmetics. Her experience spans many of the beauty industry’s most renowned brands such as Clinique, Chanel and Shisheido.  Now Michele’s mission is to provide natural and therapeutic products and regimens to balance, enhance and renew the skin’s natural beauty. On my journey towards putting an end to my dry skin, I was excited to speak to this leading “skin scientist.”
I tried out the 4-step regimen Michele suggested after I gave her a rundown of my skin routine.  Her overall analysis was that my skin was “eating” but not “drinking”.  Here’s her custom recipe:
Images from JuvanceCosmetics.com
1.      Purifying Gel
  • What It Does: Deeply cleanses, purifies pores and removes impurities.
  • Ingredients: Alpha and Beta-Hydroxy Acid, Aloe Vera Gel, Salicylic Acid, Lactid Acid, Vitamin B, Bromelain Extract and Papain Enzymes.
  • How I used it:  Twice daily using gel cleanser and exfoliant.
2.      Balancing Ginseng Softener
  • What It Does: Preps the skin for hydration while balancing, toning, refreshing and firming the skin.
  • Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Ginseng, Witch Hazel and Horse Chestnut Extracts.
  • How I used it:  Applied with cotton ball after Purifying Gel.
3.      Renewal Bamboo Scrub (Exfoliant)
  • What It Does: Gently removes dead skin cells, refines pores and stimulates cellular regeneration.
  • Ingredients: Ground Bamboo and Jojoba Beads, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Vera, Papaya Extract, Bromelain Extract and Papain Enzymes.
  • How I used it:  Scrubbed gently in circular motion avoiding delicate eye area, twice a week.
4.      Revitalizing Moisturizer
  • What It Does: Helps improve oxygenation, detoxifies and stimulates the skin. Helps refine pores, balance oil, soothes irritation, and slows the creation of new lines and wrinkles.
  • Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Sodium Hyaluronate.
  • How I used it:  Twice a day.
The main ingredient not included in these products? Alcohol! Also the culprit for dry skin. So yes, this is rehab for my face.  Granted, not all alcohol is created equal but after one week of use, I can see a difference in my skin. It’s smoother, my pores are smaller, no break outs and overall my skin just feels cleaner and moisturized.  Michele’s line of Juvance Cosmetics can be found in beauty boutiques in the tri-state area and can also be purchased directly on the Juvance Cosmetics website.  She’s currently working to become available in Whole Foods as well so make sure to look out for that! In the meantime, take a look at your skincare regimen and identify which ingredients you’re currently applying on your skin…you just  might be in need of a skin detox.  Share your thoughts below!

Dull, Dreary Skin? Mario Badescu to the Rescue!

Hautelook recently had Mario Badescu on sale and because I’m such a fan of the Summer Shine Moisturizer or what I like to call “Beyonce in a Bottle,” I decided to buy a cleanser and facial moisturizer.  I also bought product because my skin was in need of some serious rescuing.  I was breaking out and taking antibiotics for bronchitis, I was a mess and my face was paying for it.  After getting a microdermabrasion treatment, the dermatologist recommended exfoliation and hyaluronic acid.  The Mario Badescu sale came a perfect time!  I bought the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and Hyaluronic Moisturizer.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and Hyaluronic Moisturizer

While I’m a loyal user of Philosophy Purity and it’s the only cleanser I’ll use with my Clarisonic, I’m also a true believer is supplementing a regimen that needs a boost once in a while.  I needed the boost and needed it badly.  The glycolic foaming cleanser definitely removed buildup, exfoliated and instantly removed the makeup off my face and left it feeling so clean and refreshed.  I’m going to use it twice a week in between my regular regimen.

I followed it up with the hyaluronic moisturizer, which is non-greasy and has Vitamin A peanut oil as well as SPF 15, which is essential out here in the desert.  It left my skin supple and feeling super soft!  As we get closer to summer, I think I’ll try a more intense moisturizer, but this combo is perfect for spring!