Category Archives: ANTI-AGING

What’s all the rage about #Kbeauty?! SMD Cosmetics has the answer

May 9, 2017

We got wind of an amazing skin care line and had to look into this #Kbeauty trend ASAP!  What’s all the hype about? Why is it such a topic of conversation?

The trend is referred to as K-beauty, and it’s all about the ingredients. Celebrity make up artists are using it more and more too. We got to speak with 2 notable celebrity MUAs that shared with me their favorite #Kbeauty product and also gave us some tips on trends to watch for this summer!

Here is Elizabeth Hoel-Chang Celebrity Make Up Artist for the hit TV show This Is Us, on her summer skin care tips and tricks:

“I spritz a spray of rose water on my clean face before I put on my favorite natural Korean skin care products from SMD Cosmetics. I use Khiel’s SPF 50 facial sunscreen everyday under my makeup. I’ve been using SMD Cosmetics religiously since November, and now I’ve completely stopped wearing any foundation, because I don’t need it. The SMD Cleansing Oil is the perfect cleanser because it doesn’t strip my face of all the oil and disrupt my PH balance. It has been a life-saver for breakouts. Usually I’d have 4X the hormonal or summer breakouts using a stripping cleanser. I then apply a dusting of mineral powder on my face, concentrating mainly on my cheek area to correct my rocesa. Simple eyeliner and mascara, and fill in my brows. I apply a bit of bronzer or light pink blush on my cheeks and am on my way. I will sometimes blot my face with a light blotting powder, otherwise just let my face be as it is. Even if my mineral powder wears off over a long day at work, it doesn’t bother me now because my skin has repaired, plumped and become so hydrated from the help of SMD Saromae Snail Serum I also make sure I drink plenty of water and implicate more organic avocadoes in my diet since they are in season and are SO GOOD for your skin!! Along with strawberries, grapes and kale.”

So we did a little bit of digging and found out, SMD Cosmetics produces one of the most popular prestigious skin care lines in South Korea, formulated on over 2,000 years of herbal medicine wisdom! It’s a natural (which I LOVE) premium herbal medicinal-based line that is fairly new to the US.

We heard that SMD products are being used by top celebrity make-up artists, and are also now being sold at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Hollywood.

We also interviewed celebrity make-up artist and photographer, Troy Jensen, to give us this summers hottest skin care and make-up tips and this is what he had to say:

“I like my “muses” to come to me with radiant glowing clear skin…I love SMD Cosmetics, a K-beauty brand new to the US…some of my clients and I use the Saromae Snail Serum on the skin under make-up for radiance. I ease my clients (Jordan Sparks, Giuliana Rancic, and Mariah Carey to mention a few) into summer make up by first warming up their complexion. I choose a sheer foundation that will give them a warm wash of color. At the moment I’m obsessed with Dior Skin Nude Air Serum foundation. It’s so sheer, it literally looks invisible on the skin. Next I will add a peachy glow to the skin with Two Faced Cosmetics “sweet peach glow” pallet… it has a bronzer, a highlighter and a beautiful peach blush, to give you that instant beach babe look! I even dust a little highlighter and bronzer on the eyes and top of with this seasons IT beauty trend: tinted mascara (I love Benefit Cosmetics “there real mascara” in Beyond Blue. On the lips this summer, shimmer is a big trend and rose gold is really hot. Jouer Cosmetics has created a beautiful rose gold collection for the lips: I love “the long wear lip cream liquid lipstick in rose gold” and I go over it with Jouer’s lip topper in rose gold, focusing on the center of the lip and upper bow of the lip.”

After speaking to Elizabeth and Troy Groomed LA wants in!

I can’t wait to get my INHYUNJIN anti-aging set for myself! #Kbeauty !!! WOOT!!

PROFOUND: The Most Cutting Edge Treatment to Hit the Industry

April 17, 2017

I am in the tender place at my age (over 45!) where I am in no way ready to go under the knife (physically, emotionally, technically, financially) for my face but HOLY SHIT IF GRAVITY ISN’T BULLYING THE CRAP OUT OF ME RIGHT NOW!

I’ve waited months to post about PROFOUND. I wanted to give it the close to 6 months that it takes to fully take effect so I could honestly evaluate it.

When I first caught wind of this procedure, I immediately perked up. It sounded like the perfect pre-face-lift type of procedure for me. But I needed to find the right doctor.

Enter:  Dr. Ben Talei, Board Certified. Dual Fellowship Trained. Facial Plastic Surgeon.

In other words, The Man. Dr. Talei is taking this town by storm and it’s clear why – he’s a prodigy. His accomplishments at such a young age, will make you feel like a major loser. Then there’s his skill. If there is such a thing as an It Facelift Doctor, he’s the one.

Back toProfound, by Syneron-Candela, The latest skin tightening technology.

We all know I am not a fan of Ulthera and there is only so much that lasers and peels can do. I needed to address the deep DEEP layers and it’s either surgery or….this.

Ok, below is lot of tech stuff I pulled from the interwebs – but let me fill you in on my experience.

The shit is no joke. There is no pain but there is a recovery to deal with. Many doctors will downplay the bruising and recovery – but let me tell you, there’s some downtime. For me it was a good two weeks of major bruising. If you are mentally prepared for this – then great. But doctor’s will often shuck this off very casually.  Dr. Talei was cool – and said you’re going to bruise. Still, I was not prepared. Suffice to say, you’ll look like you went sky diving and your shoot did not open.  Your face will swell, then go down, then puff up like a blow fish. In my case, you might have little round bumps on your face, like an ostrich, for a few months (rare – but it happened to me). And still – it was worth it.

Yup. My face was a wreck for a good while. But five months out – the overall results are in. I am tighter, lifted and glowing. And I thrilled I held off on this write up until now – because I really gave it the time to do its magic. Ok, take a read of this jargon below.

It’s in the thousands – but way less than surgery, that’s for sure.

You will LOVE – as in fall in love so watch out – the adorable and divine Dr. Talei. And his new office is apparently insanely stunning.

WHAT: Profound uses RF Microneedling to deliver RF energy at regulated temperatures to precise points under the skin:

  • 1st device to create all 3 skin fundamentals: Elastin. Collagen. Hyaluronic Acid.
  • Yields 100% response* for total patient satisfaction
  • Heats the adipose tissue and remodels the septae
  • Both Dermal & Adipose Tissues
  • Profound Contour
  • Profound Lift
  • Profound Smooth
  • Wrinkles
  • Single treatment procedure with a 100% response* rate
  • Treats jawline, jowls, wrinkles and other textural considerations
  • A comprehensive treatment for Dermal & SubQ layers
  • Yields predictable results with complete control over depth, temperature and time of treatment

The Science of Profound

Unlike other RF devices, Profound  is unique is it’s ability to control the exact temperature of the skin as the RF energy is being applied.

WHY HEAT? In simplest terms, controlled damage to the under layers of the skin promotes the growth of collagen. Profound uses heat to do this. When the under layers of the skin are heated to 65°C (149°F), neocollagenisis begins which is when collagen comes in contact with the heat and begins to denature or constrict.

When this happens we have less sagging skin and our wrinkles begin to smooth out. Keep in mind that the miracle of collagen growth takes time and you won’t see the initial change for 4 to 10 weeks and the ultimate results for anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

Studies have found that the sweet spot to partially denature collagen is by heating the area to 67°C (152.6°F) and to maintain that heat for 4 seconds at a time between 2 to 4mm under the skin – with no variation.

the sweet spot for skin tightening

Seems easy enough but there was nothing out there that could pinpoint the heat and control the temperature in order to produce the ideal conditions for partially denaturing collagen. Instead, they heat a general area of the skin with wavering temperatures in order to protect the outer layers of skin.

But regardless, most don’t even reach the optimal 67°C (152.6°F). The temperature varies up and down and that’s not the ideal for partially denaturing collagen. Until Profound.

Profound is the only unit that uses RF Energy to heat the area, microneedles to pinpoint the exact depth, protecting the outer layer of skin, and a patented Real Time Temperature Control algorithm to meet the ideal temperature.

Recent studies have found that a single treatment produced a profound increase in elastin and collagen 4 to 10 weeks after the treatment with a 95% response rate for laxity at 6 months after treatment:

Before and After Profound Skin Tightening Treatment

Before and 3 Months After Profound Skin Tightening Treatment

profound before and after 2-compressed

Before and 6 months after One Profound Skin Tightening Treatment

profound rf microneedle

Profound for skin tightening treatment takes 45 minutes or less. Your doctor will slather on a local anesthetic and once your numb she will use a handheld unit to apply teeny little pore sized needles into your skin, pulsing heat 4 seconds at a time.

Profound is delivered in a single treatment, typically lasting 45 minutes duration for one treatment area. The patient is given local anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure. Once the anesthesia is effective and the skin is numb, the Profound treatment begins. Twelve (six pairs) high-tech silicone-coated needles are inserted into the skin. Each pair of needles has an uncoated tip, sending radiofrequency current between the tips of the needles.

The radiofrequency current travels between the needles, creating heat over the targeted dermal tissues. The heat tightens lax skin by stimulating production of collagen and elastin fibers. The silicone coating over the remainder of the needle protects the overlying skin from any damage, so only the targeted area is treated.

Because the procedure is done under local anesthesia, there is no pain. The needles are so small that there is no bleeding. The computer controlled needles heat the dermis layer of skin to the exact right temperature and time duration to stimulate collagen and elastin production. This production leads to the lifting and tightening of the skin. Each are of laxity is treated as a zone, with 30-40 minutes necessary for each region. For a full facial rejuvenation, many patients opt to have the procedure performed over the skin of the neck, cheeks and around the eyes and eyebrows.

Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery –
465 N Roxbury Dr, #750
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 288-0641

DR. BEN TALEI

Academic Path

A native of California, Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Talei graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Physiological Sciences receiving both College and Departmental Honors. While studying at the University of Menedez Pelayo in Spain, Dr. Talei worked for the Sisterhood of Blood Donors and the Red Cross promoting blood donations in Andalucia, Spain.

He then received his Medical Degree at one of the nation’s top medical schools –University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD). Dr. Talei was nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society after having donated immense amounts of time and energy to the free clinic in San Diego along with other charitable foundations.

Dr. Talei then completed his residency training in Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University and Cornell University Medical Centers, New York Presbyterian Hospital. There he worked with the Greats of Facial Plastic Surgery included his primary mentor Dr. Steven Pearlman. He then served as Chief in his residency at Columbia and Cornell and served as a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also in New York City.

Following his residency training, Dr. Talei became one of the only surgeons in the country to complete two separate fellowships in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. First he completed one of the most revered and prestigious fellowships in the country at the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. Simultaneously he offered his skills and training while serving as voluntary staff and teacher for the Resident Head & Neck Surgeons of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Talei then furthered his training with Dr. Milton Waner at the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, a part of Lenox Hill and Manhattan Ear, Eyes and Throat Hospitals. There he treated the most rare and devastating Vascular Birthmarks & Congenital Anomalies while refining his techniques in Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery.

Integrated fully into the Beverly Hills community, Dr. Talei is a member of the Beverly Hills Health & Wellness Committee.  He is also on staff at UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  Outside of the hospital, Dr. Talei is the Advisory Chair for the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA).

Dr. Talei is also an avid author and speaker. He has been invited to speak at national meetings and has contributed significantly to medical literature with his research and publications in medical journals and textbooks. His publications on Advanced Face and Neck Lifting Techniques and Revision Rhinoplasty are used to teach doctors nationwide.  As a sub-specialist in Deep Plane Facial Rejuvenation & Facelifting and Minimally Invasive Rhinoplasty, Dr. Talei frequently accommodates visiting surgeons in order to teach them more advanced surgical techniques. The Modified Upper Lip Lift is also a procedure pioneered and perfected by Dr. Talei as he performs more than any surgeon in the world.  He is most well known for his rapid healing times, very natural, long-lasting results and impeccable facial aesthetic. Dr. Talei has a dedicated expertise to the Face and has been featured on E! News, Fox, NBC, and Inside Edition amongst a host of other editorials.

SCHIQUE Skincare Unlocks the Anti-Aging Power of Dandelion Extract

April 1, 2017

Schique

We are excited about a new doctor-branded anti-aging skincare line called Schique. The products utilize the unique power of Dandelion Extract to nourish skin back to vitality. Schique was created by Beverly Hills-based Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer, who was motivated to create a healthy, nutrient-rich product line after witnessing her mother’s two-time battle with skin cancer. 

Usually we test a product for at least 4 weeks to see how it works with us…Truth, we just started with the line this week, but we are so excited about – we couldn’t wait to get it up on the blog. So far, so amazing!  More soon!!

Schique Skincare is devoted to making natural anti-aging products with intelligent ingredients derived from powerful peptides and anti-oxidants, Vitamins C and E, as well as rich fruit, and plant extracts – especially the natural pollution shield from dandelions. The company believes that understanding the high-quality, effective ingredients of the product line helps customers expand their “Skin IQ” while appreciating and falling in love with the way it feels on their skin.

All Schique Skincare is Paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, silicon-free. They include 100% natural fragrances and essential oils and are proudly made in the USA. To learn more about Schique, please visit http://www.schique.com.

FYI…their Intuitive Restoration Renewing Mask is sheer heaven in a jar (it contains exfoliating unispheres from Switzerland that burst and turn the mask blue when you apply it onto your skin, leaving your face smooth, hydrated and lifted). Celebrity fans include Olivia Culpo and Jeannie Mai.

 

HYDRA GLISTEN REVITALIZING MIST

Hydra Glisten revitalizing mist refreshes and brightens the skin. This heavenly mist hydrates and soothes the skin in one simple step wherever you are.

Benefits

  • Increases collagen activity, leading to firmer and tighter skin for a more youthful appearance.
  • Creates a fresh and hydrated skin tone that suggests youthfulness and health.
  • Assists in cellular turnover, aiding the skin in showing its true radiance.

Direction for Use: This revitalizing mist may be used as a post-cleansing ritual, a quick pick-me-up, or whenever you desire – invigoration with one spritz.

 

INSIGHTFUL CONTOUR EYE CREAM

Description: Our Insightful Contour eye cream brings the most delicate skin back to a youthful state by proven age-reducing actives to restructure the delicate eye contour. Lids are tightened, fine lines are diminished and puffiness is reduced with this lush, hydrating eye cream.

Benefits: 

  • Brightens, softens, and restructures the eye area
  • Diminishes fine lines while reducing puffiness and discoloration
  • Provides a youthful and tight surface around the delicate eyes
  • Hydrates, plumps, and nourishes eye contours, restoring them to a youthful state

Directions: Use tube applicator to place the cream and gently massage under the eye and across the eyelid – instant refreshment and transformation. Use mornings and evenings.

Intuitive Restoration Renewing Mask

$80

Experience Intuitive Restoration Mask’s remarkably revitalizing results as it renews your dedication to a weekly treatment renewal. Designed to soften, soothe, hydrate, and protect your skin, this mask leaves your gorgeous complexion both nourished and glowing.

Lumistone Hydration Face Moisturizer

$110

Feel the love as you lavish your skin with Schique’s sumptuous Lumistone Face Moisturizer. As it hydrates and seals bountiful nourishment into your skin, your face lights up, giving your complexion a glowing finish to match your vibrant aura.

The The Beauty Chef Nutrient-Dense Supplements, Serums, Balms

March 27, 2017

I cannot wait to try the The The Beauty Chef ‘s newly re-launched  best-selling GLOW Inner Beauty Powder. It boasts a  new and improved formula – GLOW ADVANCED! 

GLOW ADVANCED helps synthesize collagen in the skin, helps contribute to normal skin function as well as support digestive health.  In a recent clinical trial of GLOW ADVANCED, 95% of participants saw an improvement in pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and congestion, and 82% found a noticeable increase in skim luminosity.

GLOW was the first ever marketed inner beauty supplement, and the new formulation has even more antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and probiotics, to promote a healthy glow from the inside out!

I am totally new to this game and while I just got it, I’m already in love with my first taste!

The Beauty Chef’s line of nutrient-dense supplements, serums, balms and boosts are organic, naturopathic and sustainably handcrafted in the founder’s hometown of Bondi Beach, Australia. Each formula is packed with collagen- stimulating proteins, detoxifying cruciferous veggies, antioxidant-rich berries and other garden-grown wonders.

Combining a carefully selected range of natural and organic ingredients, The Beauty Chef‘s Glow Inner Beauty Powder is formulated to nourish and enhance the skin from the inside, giving your skin a healthy glow.

A radiant complexion begins with true nourishment for your skin, which is precisely what this ingeniously curated blend of 23 superfoods provides. A scoop of the berry-flavored powder is rich in the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids found in vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes – uniquely fermented to increase bioavailability and naturally enhanced with pre- and probiotics. The recipe’s wealth of digestive and skincare benefits will leave you happier and healthier, inside and out.

  • Contains 30 servings
  • Key ingredients: prebiotics, macqui berry, bunaliella salina, chickpeas, lentils, mung beans, rice, grape skin, plum, linseeds, buckwheat, millet, alfalfa seeds, quinoa, chia, pepitas, sunflower seeds, green tea, stevia, ginger, turmeric, agave, lemon juice, molasses.

When taken as a daily shot of extra nutritional support, each bio-fermented, certified organic, probiotic elixir promotes a radiant complexion and protects your skin and body from free-radical damage, dryness and signs of aging.

Hydration Boost: organic coconut water, aloe vera and lemon myrtle combat dullness, and improve digestive health and overall circulation

Collagen Boost: an antioxidant-rich berry blend increases the skin’s production of plumping collagen, combats cellular damage and supports the growth of hair and nails

Antioxidant Boost: an enzyme-packed formula of papaya, pomegranate, green tea and vitamin E combats fatigue and boosts overall skin radiance and firmness

  • Hydration key ingredients: coconut water, aloe vera, lemon myrtle
  • Antioxidant key ingredients: papaya, pomegranate, green tea, vitamin E
  • Collagen key ingredients: macqui berries, acai berries, blueberries, grapeseed extract, papaya.