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SculpSure®: The Latest In Cutting-edge Body Contouring Technology

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Earlier this year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that as new minimally invasive and cosmetic procedures have emerged, the demand for innovative ways to shape the body has exploded. In fact, body contouring is one of the fastest growing aesthetic treatments in the US. Fat freezing technologies like CoolSculpting®, non-surgical cellulite treatments like Cellfina® and laser skin tightening procedures like Thermage® and Ulthera® are the most sought after treatments. In contrast, liposuction, the once synonymous surgical treatment for liquidating fat, has seen a steep decline.

Non-invasive fat reduction methods not only require significantly less down time, but also carry a substantially lower price tag, making body shaping much more accessible.

We wanted to learn more about the latest in innovative aesthetic procedures and turned to Mitchell A. Kline, MD, one of the top dermatologists in New York City, and a trusted Travel Beauty expert. Dr. Kline recently introduced a non-invasive fat-busting treatment at his practice called SculpSure®.

TB: What is SculpSure® and how does it work?

DK: SculpSure® is an FDA-approved, non-invasive body contouring treatment that reduces stubborn fat cells around the abdomen and surrounding area. It is ideal for the treatment of love handles. Using heat-based laser technology it permanently eliminates fat cells. Up to 24% of lipid deposits can be destroyed in a single treatment and most sessions last only 25 minutes. Most patients undergo several sessions during the course of treatment.

TB: Why is SculpSure® your contouring treatment of choice?

As of late, there has been a major cultural shift relating to the way in which we incorporate wellness into our daily lives. Many of my patients have made a serious commitment to maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle including eating healthier foods, incorporating more exercise into their daily routine as well as getting more sleep. In many cases, despite their best efforts, some areas of the body show no signs of improvement. Often this is a result of genetic programming and age. When your DNA refuses to get with the program, SculpSure® can effectively eradicate that last stubborn area of seemingly untouchable body fat. Patients report that their clothes fit better, and more importantly, they feel more comfortable in their own skin.

Time efficiency is also extremely attractive to patients who are busy and on the go – which is pretty much everyone. Additionally, compared to the alternatives, patients experience much less discomfort.

TB: What results are you seeing with SculpSure®?

On average SculpSure® can eliminate up to almost a quarter of fat cells that reside directly under the skin. Many patients start to see results in just six weeks. These are phenomenal results, particularly for individuals that have painstakingly tried everything to no avail.

That said, everyone is different. During the consultation, I discuss the procedure at length, with my patients. We agree upon realistic goals that are achievable. Generally, by the third or fourth treatment we see the most impressive outcomes. Some patients have dropped a full dress size (for the first time in decades!). One patient trimmed 1.5” off her waist in two months with only two treatments.

TB: Who is a good candidate for SculpSure®?

DK: Candidates considering this procedure must undergo a consultation in order for us to asses if SculpSure® is right for them. A common misconception with regard to body contouring devices is that they can be utilized to assist individuals seeking significant weight loss. This is not the case. The best candidates for SculpSure® are those who have isolated areas of excess fat that they wish to address.

TB: With so many innovative technologies, what will the future of body contouring will look like?

DK: I expect that technologies like SculpSure® will be combined with other treatments like non-invasive tightening and Radiofrequency Microneedling to achieve total body rejuvenation.

Dr. Mitchell Kline is a board-certified clinical dermatologist with a private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that specializes in medical dermatology including melanoma surgery and staging, non-invasive melanoma detection as well as cutting-edge aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kline is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Cornell University – Weill New York Presbyterian Medical Center.  To learn more, please visit us online at: Kline Dermatology

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Best Beauty Products For Spring

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We are emerging from an exceptionally wacky winter. The weather has been so unpredictable. We’ve had exceedingly cold weeks with snow storms in, what is officially, Spring sprinkled with the odd 60 degree day here and there. These conditions not only drive us out of our minds but also leave our skin in a tizzy, stripping the hydrolipidic film from the surface. (This is a thin barrier that sits on top of the skin, ensuring suppleness and protection from bacteria.) This can leave skin sensitive, dry, dull, reactive and even a little spotty. Here are some of the Travel Beauty team’s favorite transitioning into Spring beauty boosters.

Put your best face forward

If your skin is feeling out of sorts, it probably needs a little extra tender loving care. Sapelo Skin Care Rejuvenating Cream is an all-natural, botanical moisturizer containing gardenia plant stem cells and a high concentration of colloidal platinum peptides (which have undergone phase III clinical testing – the gold standard of trials). Sapelo Skincare Rejuvenating CreamThese ingredients hydrate, reduce wrinkles and boost collagen production. In short, this light, airy, anti-aging moisturizer delivers on its promise. It truly turns back the hands of time — at least as far as your skin is concerned.

Body booster

Just because temperatures are cold and crisp doesn’t mean you should ignore your body. Keep your eyes on the prize. The time you invest today will pay off in spades come swimsuit season. Now is the optimal time to indulge in a skin tightening, cellulite fighting body lotion, especially one that activates collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production in deep skin structures. Typically anti-aging ingredient can only be found in facial skin care – not in body products. EVENSWISS Refining Body Complex is a body wrap in a jar. It leverages a patented peptide complex, Dermatopoietin®, that increases skin’s elasticity and firmness, smooths the appearance of cellulite and helps slim down thighs and arms. This body-tightening booster has undergone clinical trials, is dermatologically proven and backed by 30 years of scientific research. In other words, it works!

The master multi-tasking mask

Seasonal transition periods are also a great time to treat yourself to a weekly mask. Deborah Mitchell, British aesthetician to stars and royalty alike (we’re talking Camilla Parker Bowles, Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry and the list goes on….) has formulated Heaven Skincare’s world-renowned Bee Venom Mask as a natural alternative to Botox injections. The active ingredient, ABEETOXIN™ (or “Beetox”), is based on bioactive bee venom compounds, with venom derived from inducing bees to sting (with no harm to the bee, of course). Skin is naturally stimulated to produce collagen and elastin as a defense. This reaction works to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening and firming. It also contains Manuka Honey, renowned for its soothing and healing properties.

Heaven Skincare Silver Bee Venom MasksIt can be used as a moisturizer for those that live in humid climates or have oily or combination skin, applied over moisturizer and left on all day for those with dry and/or mature skin, or as a 15 minute mask. Heaven Skincare Silver Bee Venom Mask can also be applied over eye cream for a little extra added wrinkle ironing action.

Eye opener

Whether you are stressed, tired, traveling or just had too much for dinner last night, banish under eye imperfections with Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches. This treatment contains caffeine, sodium hyaluronate (the same active ingredient found in injectables) and algae extract to wake up your eyes. Think of it as a mini microcurrent facial in a patch. You won’t believe the difference ten minutes makes. Under eye masks are the ally of choice for many celebrities during award season, and more importantly, for me!

Have seasonal beauty secrets of your own? Share them with us at info@travelbeauty.com

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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5 Ways to Combat Winter Weather: Body, Hair & Scalp Edition

5 Ways to Combat Winter Weather: Body, Hair & Scalp Edition

It’s getting cold and with the drop in temperature our body, hair and scalp can become dehydrated and more sensitive and unruly than usual. Recently we focussed on winter skin care tips for the visage. It is also important to modify our body care routine to protect ourselves from the cold, crisp elements that we suddenly find ourselves in the midst of.

Proper Shower Protocol

Let’s discuss a proper winter shower regimen. It is necessary to exfoliate the body at least twice a week during the colder months. The cold weather dries out our skin and leaves loads of dry, dead skin cells that need to be sloughed away. I use Mio Skincare Natural Dry Brush. Use it while skin is dry right before hopping into the shower or bath. Start with the bottoms of your feet and brush all the way up your body in clockwise circles. Focus time on your wobbly bits like the thighs, bum and side of the waist. Brush your stomach clockwise and then up your bust. Start at you hands and brush up your arms – make sure to get under your armpits. You want to brush towards your heart, in the direction of lymphatic drainage. Not only does this help with skin cell turnover but it helps your body expel any excess bloat or toxins that it might be holding onto.

Body Scrubs

Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish and Mio Skincare Double Buff Dual Action Enzyme Exfoliator are two great choices for all natural exfoliating body washes. Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish can be used daily and contains fine grains of rice bran and bamboo to gently cleanse and turn over dry, dead skin cells. It also contains ginger root and ginseng extracts to balance the skin. Double Buff can be used 2 – 3 times per week. Massage it into dry skin and then rinse. Both will even out skin tone.

Hair And Scalp

Despite the dozens of articles you’ve read claiming that you should only wash your hair three times a week, it’s just not true. Just like you wash your face (and hopefully your body) each day, you also need to wash the skin on your scalp. You can keep the shampooing concentrated on scrubbing the scalp area but the skin on your scalp gets dry just like the rest of the skin on your body and needs to be exfoliated and cleansed. I have dry, thick, curly hair that I bleach blond, so I use a leave in conditioner all year round, but during the winter all hair types can benefit from using a light leave in treatment. Caretrico After Treatment Enrich Milk contains hyaluronic acid that gives your hair the extra added moisturizing protection it needs to ward off the wind and cold. Apply it after showering just before your styling product. Wait – one extra layer: Make sure to use a moisturizing hair mask at least once a week. Philip Kingsley’s award winning Elasticizer was formulated expressly for Audrey Hepburn. This intensive moisturizing pre-shampoo treatment (hair mask) delivers elasticity, bounce and shine for everyone from fine to thick curly hair – Elasticizer is nothing short of a miracle worker and much needed during the cold winter months.

Aprés Shower

Mio Skincare A Cream Firming Active Body Cream is the Mr. T treatment of body care. I’m embarrassed to say that until I was introduced to Mio Skincare I was not a body care person at all and was extremely skeptical about body firming products. This moisturizer is the perfect texture – not too thick, not too liquidy. It’s powerful combination of moisturizing omegas, powerful antioxidant and vitamins create a soothing shield to combat dryness and the elements as well as boost elasticity. When used in conjunction with regular exercise and mindful eating – it makes a difference.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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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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Layering Body Care Products

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We’ve been told how to layer our clothes, our skin care…even our hair care. I ask you: What about our body care? Given the amount of square footage you have to cover compared to your face or hair, body care is probably the most important product-layering lesson to learn.

I spend the bulk of my “getting ready time” applying body care products – longer than I spend on my face & hair combined. This has been the case since the beginning of my beauty product obsession, so I’ve learned some best practices along the way…usually through making mistakes. (For instance, if you’re going on a beach vacation and want to do Baby Foot for super-soft feet and a spray tan for super-tan skin, make sure to do Baby Foot far enough in advance that the bulk of your peeling is complete BEFORE getting your spray tan! Otherwise your feet will look like a map. Or a cheetah. Either one is not so cute.)

Before We Begin: Are You Exfoliating?

Don’t get me started; I’ve talked about body scrubs for years now! From there, here’s a step-by-step game plan for getting the best body out of your body products.

Step 1: Self-Tanner

The first step of this first step is to cream up the palms of your hands before even looking at self-tanner. You don’t want to get caught tan-handed. Especially in summer when I am applying self-tanner over most of my body regularly, I like to use self-tanning towels for this step. As you’ll see with the number of products I apply to my body, listed below, having one more cream/oil/gel to apply is a bit of a pain. The towels can be used first thing after getting out of the shower, so they don’t interfere with all the other creams/oils/gels. In fact, if you use exfoliating tan towels, they will actually help all subsequent body products absorb deeper into your skin.

Step 2: Treatment Products

If you’re not using self-tanning towels, these should be applied first to the appropriate areas. They are full of active ingredients that you want to apply directly to bare skin. You may have different products for cellulite, bloating, etc. It’s the same idea as spot treating on your face or hair. If you have one pimple, you only apply a pimple cream to that area. Try Mio Skincare’s award-winning range of targeted treatment products!

Step 3: Body Oil

Should go next; all over body or to treat a specific area. (I will say, though, that a high-quality body oil, even one designed to firm or treat specific conditions can be used everywhere else on the body, so don’t be shy!) Mix up a cocktail with….

Step 4: Body Cream

Also apply cream to targeted areas. In small doses, oils make skin radiant. Put them on dry areas after creams—as a rule, oils can penetrate moisturizers, but not vice versa. The A Cream from Mio Skincare or Emma Hardie Super Rich Body Butter are superb.

Step 5: SPF

Last but not least, I always apply SPF later than I do all other body products; closer to when I’m actually leaving the house and usually when I’m almost fully dressed. This should be old news, but if you’re baring your arms and shoulders, make sure to protect them! And don’t forget the backs of your hands and your décolletage, which are usually exposed until it gets very cold out. Institut Esthederm Adaptasun for Body is the gold standard against which all other body SPF should be measured!

Overwhelmed? Too many steps? Take it slow…add new layers to your routine at your own pace. And ask any questions in the comments, below!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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