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Monthly Archives : March 2016

Beauty Benefits of Preventative Care

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Travel Beauty recently interviewed renowned New York City Dermatologist, Dr. Mitchell Kline. When asked what younger women in their 20s and early 30s can do in the way of preventative care, Dr. Kline replied:

Underappreciated is the benefit of rest, diet and supplements that truly affect the way the skin ages and damages. The science is astounding and soon will become part of prevention rather than treating problems that develop.

Old Is New

The movement towards prevention as a mode to protect against illness has been prevalent in this country for some time. As a society, through media coverage and increasingly public policy, we are educating ourselves to eat healthier, exercise more often and even decrease the stress levels in our daily lives. While to many, this notion sounds so basic, it is something that has not yet seeped into the American psyche with relation to skin and personal care.

American Attitudes Towards Personal Care

Typically Americans wait until they see signs of aging, sunspots, blemishes or develop a skin condition, like rosacea to become serious about a skin care routine. Similarly, they wait until they experience hair loss or have serious dandruff issues to establish healthy hair care habits. Even more prevalent - women typically start using body firming lotions and scrubs after they give birth or are presenting with cellulite. Perhaps you’ve heard that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? All I have to say is #TRUTH.

A 360 Degree Approach to Beauty

In Europe the approach to personal care is different. Europeans appreciate skin for what it is – the largest organ of the human body – and an important one at that. It is the only protection our bodies have from the elements. All that stands between our blood, veins, internal organs and tissue and the outside world is skin.

This approach not only includes eating right, getting enough rest, taking supplements and regular facial treatments but using quality skin care products early on. Effective ones that prevent the type of skin damage that results from pollution, climate and aging, before we start to see the effects in the form of wrinkles, fine lines and sunspots.

A Lifelong Obsession With Beauty

I became interested in personal care products at a young age. I traveled with my mother frequently overseas and the most anticipated stop of the trip was the charming, local European pharmacies.

My earliest product memories star Erno Laszlo’s Sea Mud Soap – revolutionary when it first hit the scene - My mother had all sorts of serums and potions in lovely glass jars stored on an elegant, old world sit down vanity. It was so glamorous.

My mother also always used body lotion. This annoyed me as it took her, what seemed like a year, to get dressed. When I asked her why she insisted on this long drawn ritual (we once missed a bus that ultimately crashed because she was running so late – THANK YOU BODY LOTION) – she said the only reason she didn’t look like an old bag is because she’d been using body lotion her entire life and if I didn’t want to look fat and saggy skinned I better think about doing the same. My mother is not one to hold back.

Forming Healthy Habits Early On

I started having regular extraction facials when I was 12. When I think facial, I don’t conjure a picture of lounging in a robe, cucumber water in hand. In fact, many spas of lesser quality play up this piece of the experience to makeup for the mediocre quality of their treatments. Not to say that you should be having a facial in a dingy back alley. It should be a lovely, tranquil place but the most important part is a knowledgeable, experienced aesthetician that works closely with dermatologists and plastic surgeons, understands product and is not a one treatment fits all practitioner. Facials should be akin to clinical treatments – parts of which can be painful – hello extraction! They can be likened to teeth cleanings. You have your teeth cleaned at least every six months to prevent tooth and gum decay. So to, regular facials keep your skin in check. Yasmine Djerradine is the only person that I trust with my skin.

To that end, here are some exceptional products that approach personal care through a preventative lens. They are not only extremely effective but are aimed at keeping skin and hair healthy. If you have healthy skin and hair, they will look great and these products are the proof.

Skin Care That Works At The Cellular Level

Sapelo Skin Care, a revolutionary, all natural line from Savannah, Georgia combines high concentrations of plant extracts, indigenous to the region, with powerful, scientifically proven peptides that nurture the skin at the cellular level turning back the hands of time. These products protect the skin from the elements and are formulated without harsh retinoids and acids. Sapelo is ideal for sensitive, dry and/or mature skin. This is an anti-aging skin care line bar-none. My mother is 67 and since she started using this line 6 months ago, has never looked better. Her skin looks like she has a microcurrent facial daily.

What About Sunspots?

The foundation of protection is applying a product that counteracts the body’s chemical reaction to Ultra Violet radiation or sun exposure. Sapelo Skin Care’s Rejuvenating Cream contains anti-oxidants and platinum peptides, biochemically designed to halt UV injury before sunspots occur. The system was designed to replicate the skin’s healing response to injury. If used twice a day, Sapelo works 24/7, at the cellular level, to stop UV damage – which causes ugly brown spots.

Skin Care With Ayurvedic Roots

Cosmetics 27 by M.E. SkinLab leverages the restorative nature of Centella Asiatica extracts, a plant that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 3,000 years to strengthen the skin’s ability, at the cellular level, to fight the factors that cause it to look old and dull, on its own. Michèle Evrard, the founder of Cosmetics 27, is a pharmacist by training and has worked in product development for years. She approaches beauty in a holistic manner also offering a nutritional supplement, Supplément 27, to be used in conjunction with her skin care line. It contains active anti-oxidant and anti-free radical ingredients, Centella Asiatica, Vitamin A, C and E and Selenium which combat cellular aging, reinforcing the skin’s natural defenses while providing the skin with the elements it needs to regain its beauty and radiance. It visibly reduces the signs of age and helps maintain the skin’s natural equilibrium and beauty from the inside out.

Preventative Hair Care

World renowned hair and scalp Trichologist, Philip Kingsley takes a similar approach. At his clinics in London and New York City, Kingsley’s team runs a full blood work up, examines eating habits and digs into clients’ daily routines to determine the types of stress they might be facing. Believe it or not, all of these factors impact the condition of the hair and scalp. Once you have been examined, Kingsley’s team, or if you are lucky enough to see Kingsley himself, devise a custom treatment of products just for you – that really work.

If you can’t make it to the clinic, Kingsley has formulated a retail line that addresses different hair and scalp concerns from dandruff, to thinning hair, to serious frizz.

Holistic Body Care

Mio Skincare is an all natural body care line designed to work in conjunction with regular exercise and healthy eating habits. Products like the Workout Wonder Invigorating Muscle Motivating Gel contains ingredients like Arnica Montana to sooth and bring down the swelling that overworked muscles may experience due to intense workouts. The A Cream creates a soothing shield to combat dryness and boost elasticity, fighting the damaging effects of sun, pollutants and free radicals. It balances, deeply moisturizes and strengthens skin. These happen to be skin firming products but the truth is, the earlier you start moisturizing your body, the more supple it will be.

So that next time someone asks you if any of your products really work or do you just have great genes, you can confidently say, I am sure my genes do play a part, but I take care of myself and that makes all the difference.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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How Caffeine Can Benefit Skin

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I’ve never been a cigarette smoker, and as a working mom with two school-aged kids, I rarely have time for a drink (though the desire pops up frequently). I workout regularly and eat pretty darn healthfully. So totally vice-free am I, I have *no shame* in my coffee-drinking game. If coffee is my one “addiction” in life, so be it. I truly look forward to my Nespresso every. Single. Morning.

For so long, caffeine was seen as little more than an extremely addictive (yet quite useful) drug to be consumed in controlled quantities–a necessary evil without which the world would grind to a grumpy halt.

Then, a few years ago, numerous studies started to surface that declared coffee a life-extending, brain-benefitting wonder food. It was with great pleasure (not to mention vindication), that I read these studies, knowing I was on to something ALL ALONG. And, really, it all made sense: Coffee is an antioxidant rich plant! As long as you’re not drowning it in cream and sugar ( I would NEVER), it should be good for you, no?

Given the beauty industry’s obsession with all things antioxidant, it wasn’t long before caffeine–in the form of black coffee, white tea, green tea, etc.–started popping up as a featured ingredient in all sorts of beauty products. Color me intrigued. I wondered how, exactly, caffeine benefits skin. The same antioxidants that help fight dementia when you ingest coffee also fight signs of premature aging caused by light, pollution and free radicals when slathered onto skin. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, reducing redness (making it an ideal treatment for rosacea and/or flushed skin) and puffiness (hello under eye area!). And–hold onto your venti no whip double pump caramel macchiato–caffeine can even temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Because caffeine is a diuretic, creams and serums containing it can temporarily minimize the visibility of cellulite by dehydrating fat cells. This shrinks their size, resulting in a tightening  and smoothing effect (less lumps).

Just as drinking a green tea makes you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, using products containing caffeine will leave you *looking* bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, too.

Ready to caffeinate from the outside in? Here are some of my favorite skin and body care picks to give your dermis a rejuvenating java jolt.

Perk Up Your Peepers With These Caffeinated Cosmetics!

Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches – These fast-penetrating (only five minutes!) under eye masks target all eye areas of concern: bags, shadows, wrinkles, swelling and sagging. An intensive eye treatment that deeply restructures and instantly lifts the fragile eye contour area. Dark circles, puffiness, sagging and signs of fatigue are visibly minimized. The caffeine they contain is part of a decongesting complex that activates circulation and breaks down fatty deposits under the eye, whilst hyaluronic acid repairs, hydrates and improves elasticity. The skin around the eye area is instantly moisturized, protected and repaired. Try them at the end of a long flight, or the morning after a long night.

Cosmetics 27 Eyes 27 – This tube’s got coffee and tea! Eyes 27 is incredibly effective at reducing the signs of aging, fatigue and stress that show around the eyes first. Its patented MA2 Complex, a combination of three purified extracts of Centella Asiatica, offers exceptional repairing, regenerating, soothing and antioxidant properties. Black coffee, White Tea Extract and Kombucha cause a draining and detoxifying action. Black Coffee and White Tea Extracts work together to stimulate microcirculation and drain away the toxins and fluids that build-up to create puffiness. Features are relaxed, dark circles and bags significantly reduced and skin’s radiance and youth are restored. Especially soothing after an aesthetic treatment.

Get Your Tummy Taut With…

Mio Skincare Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper. Used every day, this 5-star reviewed caffeine-infused body shaper will whittle your waist and tighten your tummy. Formulated with Rhodofiltrat Delessaria™ and pharmaceutical grade caffeine, Get Waisted’s Oat Protein Complex helps to replenish moisture to improve the look and feel of abdominal skin.

Go Green (Tea) With Our Face/Body Combo Favorite

Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish. This scrub can be used on face and body–it’s gentle on body and powerful on face. Unlike many scrubs, no additional soap is needed with it; just polish, rinse and go. Foaming Skin Polish contains fine grains of rice bran and bamboo to exfoliate dead skin cells, while gentle cleansing agents purify and refresh. The rich, foaming texture thoroughly removes excess oils and buildup, allowing skin to immediately look bright, pure and smooth. Ginger root and ginseng extracts balance and tone skin as green tea, camphor and geranium oil calm, nourish and supply antioxidant protection. Skin is left smooth, soft and radiant…and ready to soak up all your skin care treatment products. There is no other product under $20 that will instantly improve your skin like this scrub.

There’s Tea Time For Men, Too…

Alchimie Forever Antioxidant Skin Repair Gel. Alchimie Forever Antioxidant Defense Gel hydrates, protects and soothes your dude’s face to leave it feeling soft, healthy and refreshed. Its invigorating oil-free formula features an antioxidant-rich complex of green tea and tomato extracts to counter premature aging. Soothing rosemary, menthol and turmeric extracts reduce inflammation, while panthenol softens and conditions. Ideal for use as an aftershave to prevent ingrown hairs and in sticky summer months when a cream could be too much.

What’s your favorite caffeinated cosmetic? Share with us!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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Transitioning Your Winter Skin Care Routine For Spring

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How to help your skin through this warm & sunny one day, cold & snowy the next weather we’re experiencing? Get an expert opinion. Here is what Travel Beauty expert Yasmine Djerradine has to say.

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Transitional weather, like the type that we are experiencing right now, can be difficult on the visage. Skin can change, you may start to experience blemishes, etc. Dryness that you might have experienced over the winter is likely subsiding and you may be finding yourself with a normal or even combination skin tone. The rich moisturizer that you used over the winter to protect yourself from the cold is probably no longer ideal.

Sheer, Luminous Coverage

Now is the perfect time to think about incorporating a BB Cream into your daily routine. B. Kamins Laboratories makes a fabulous anti-aging one that primes, protects and perfects. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and provides sheer, luminous, natural looking coverage. It’s formulated with vitamins, peptides and antioxidants and counteracts damage caused by stress and the sun. It can be used over sunscreen or layered on top of a moisturizer or serum.

Light Serums for Warmer Weather

Cosmetics 27’s Essence 27 by M.E. SkinLab is a superb, all natural, lightweight, anti-aging serum that is perfect for the summer. This ultra-fine fluid allows for maximum penetration of the effective ingredients. After use, skin appears “plumped up” and feels and looks healthier. This is great for using under your sunscreen or moisturizer.

Another lightweight anti-aging serum option is B. Kamins’ Nia-Stem Serum Kx. It will give your skin just the boost it needs to wake up from the winter cold. It consists of a unique combination of ingredients, including niacin, plant stem cells and B. Kamins exclusive Bio-Maple™ Compound, which detoxifies cells to reveal bright, even-toned, younger-looking skin. This serum is ideal for reactive skin, as it reduces redness and irritation. Apply it under your sunscreen or moisturizer.

April In Paris: Insider Beauty Tip

April is one of the most beautiful times of year in Paris. If you happen to find yourself there, make sure to visit Cécile Cotten for a heavenly Cosmetics 27 facial at her grotto-like spa, L’Atelier Cécile Cotten, on 8 Rue du Pont-aux-Choux. Tel: 08 80 08 86 77.

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Red Carpet Hair Trends

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The 2016 awards season has come and gonewhen recognition for stars’ work is nearly overshadowed by how they look. That’s not a criticism; fashion can be entertaining, too.

Hair in Hollywood: Casual Goes Formal

One noteworthy hair trend on the red carpet was loose, natural waves (see Kate Winslet, Emily Blunt, Margot Robbie and best supporting actress winner Alicia Vikander at this year’s Academy Awards). The look, which is often called “beachy waves”, is of course not at all new in the everyday lives of women, but does run counter to the tradition of highly styled, buttoned-up hair we usually see at formal and red carpet events.

Fine Line Between Loose Locks and a Messy Mane

What’s not to love? The soft curls of this look are universally flattering, and the style is easy to achieve. Or is it? If you’ve tried the look before, you may have discovered that there is a fine line between simple, flowing locks that look natural…and an untouched mane that just looks messy.

When going for this fresh, lived-in look, a few styling tips will save you from veering off into sloppiness.

Split Ends Are Not Your Friends

The only solution for split ends is to cut them off. So if it’s been more than six to eight weeks since your last trim, see your stylist. If it’s been eight weeks, for example, your hair has grown about an inch! You can afford to take a little off.

Dryness Is Another Style Saboteur

Make sure you’re using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner right for your hair type. Try Caretrico Type H Shampoo for thick hair or Type S for fine hair, and Caretrico Privy Treatments. Treatment Slim Through for thicker hair and Treatment Moist Sleek for finer hair. Don’t shampoo too often; no more than twice per week. Consider eliminating one of your shampoos altogether and replacing it with just a good rinse and conditioning treatment.

Leave-in Conditioners and Moisturizers

Leave-in conditioners and moisturizers are also an important step to add moisture and smooth the hair. Try one of these two Arimino products to achieve a sleek look while also improving hair health: After Treatment Enrich Milk (with hyaluronic acid) for thicker hair, or Bamboo Moisture Veil for fine hair. Apply the product primarily to the mid-shaft and ends of the hair. You’ll be able to see and feel the difference.

If fighting frizz is a battle for your hair type, consider the additional step of a protectant, or coating product, for extra moisture and hold. A favorite is Arimino’s silky Aqua Moisture. A very small amount is sufficient: squeeze a drop onto your hand, rub palms together to warm the gel, then apply all over, especially where you fight frizz.

After a leave-in conditioner, lightly apply a holding product, such as gel or mousse. You won’t need much, but it helps maintain the finished look.

Styling

After all the prep work you’re ready to think about styling. Here’s the rule: the less handling the better. Touching the hair too much contributes to frizz. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, good for you. Simply rake your fingers through your hair (no brushing or combing which will remove curl) and then take a moment to encourage some curls with your fingers. Air dry or use a blow dryer with a diffuser. If diffusing, touch the hair as little as possible. Very important. If your hair is straight you can still have your waves but you’ll spend a little more time and need the assistance of a curling iron or flat iron. Here’s the rule for you: don’t make the curls too tight. You want more of a bend than an actual curl. And leave the ends out. Practice makes perfect.

Follow these steps and you’ll be able to enjoy the natural, free-flowing look of the stars and command your own red carpet attention. Good luck!

By: Brent Lockhart

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Interview With Dermatologist Dr. Mitchell A. Kline

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Dr. Mitchell A. Kline is a New York board-certified clinical dermatologist. His ongoing focuses include melanoma, neurophysiology and HIV/AIDS, and he has done significant research on non-invasive melanoma detection techniques, particularly reflectance confocal microscopy, which he uses at his office.

Dr. Kline specializes in melanoma treatment and staging, total body dermoscopy, and DermaSpectra total body digital imaging. While Dr. Kline is considered a go-to doctor in New York City for skin cancer concerns, his office also offers an array of cosmetic treatments including injectables, fillers, photo-facials, and chemical peels. He is one of the few doctors in New York to offer PRP facials (Vampire Facials), as well as PRP for hair regeneration.

Dr. Kline studied at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, training in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Hospital following his graduation. He participated in research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurophysiology, receiving a Young Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health. Subsequent training in Dermatology was completed at Cornell, Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. He was Chief Resident in Dermatology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering/Cornell University from 1989-1990. He is also on the Clinical Board of Melanoma Research Alliance and honorary of the year by Melanoma Research Foundation.

His work and research have been the subject of stories on CBS, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and featured on the HBO documentary “Cancer: Urgency to Emergency.” We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Kline about his work.

You Are Well-known For Your Expertise In The Field of Skin Cancer. Was Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment Your Original Focus?

MK: Paths are complicated. Perhaps the best way to describe it is that melanoma detection requires a melding of mathematics, physics of optics and light, an understanding of visual perception, as in art, and an appreciation for humanistic parts of caring for people.

What Is Something You Wish Every Woman Knew About Melanoma and Melanoma Prevention?

MK: That putting sunscreen on face, ears, scalp and hands as a daily habit after showering will make an enormous difference in skin quality and cancer risk. The habit will continue for beach and the great exposures of daily use.

You Are One of the Few Physicians in New York to Offer the “Vampire Facial”. What Happens During this Treatment and What Are Results?

MK: The use of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP, on both hair growth and the effects on facial collagen are well known as variable but often superb for decades to orthopedists who treat athletes and injuries. The vampire facial utilizes the same simple technique whereby platelet-rich plasma is separated from the other components of the patient’s blood and then injected into the skin or scalp. Over 5 successive treatments and in combination with topical agents of proven value can result in collagen and hyaluronidase acid stimulation, texture improvement and reduction of wrinkles. There is typically no or little down time and minimal discomfort.

If Women Want to Start Preventative Cosmetic Treatments in Their Early 30s, or Earlier, What Are the Best Treatments to Start With?

MK: Of course, moisturize photoprotectants and retinol, retinoids and antioxidants dramatically prevent signs of aging and damage that causes skin cancer.

Depending upon the ways in which they use their muscles of facial expression to form creases, have genetic propensity for aging, brown spots or wrinkles, we would tailor such treatments. Treatments can range from specific topical antioxidant creams and gels scientifically backed with known benefits over years, light IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to remove veins, red areas and brown spots, to delicate Botox and fillers that block progression of future lines without creating any change at in the beautiful natural contours and shapes of the face.

Underappreciated is the benefit of rest, diet and supplements that truly affect the way the skin ages and damages. The science is astounding and soon will become part of prevention rather than treating problems that develop.

Any New and Exciting Developments and Products on the Horizon for 2016-2017?

MK: A giant step is the development of a cream that will dissolve brown spots known as keratoses. It is the most common thing we see on people’s skins at every age especially later.

Huge changes are at hand with radio frequency tools, topical anti-aging agents, some that will not require any needles or invasive treatments.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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