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THE HOTTEST TRENDS IN SKINCARE FOR 2019
SHOULD YOU USE THEM OR LOSE THEM?
Each year brings with it fashion trends, decorating trends, and beauty trends.
The latter covers everything from nails, haircare, makeup and skincare. With the ubiquity of social media, beauty users now can pick up popular trends from anywhere across the world and follow them. Skincare is the biggest segment in the beauty industry with global sales that hover around $130 billion in 2019. There is so much for consumers to digest and decide on. We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and skin care expert. He takes a microscope to some of the hottest trends in 2019 to give you insight into what’s worth your hard- earned dollars.
CBD In Skincare
Much like it did in 2018, CBD is taking off in the new year. In fact, CBD (short for cannabidiol) has no plans of easing up its reign on the skin-care world in 2019. As a case in point, there are at least two MAJOR skin care brands that now include CBD in their skincare, not to mention the indie companies who have created CBD skincare. Dr. Shah’s take: “As far as it being good for skin, it acts as both an anti-inflammatory agent and an oil reduction agent. Theoretically, its addition to skin care products, especially those tasked to fight acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, is probably legitimate. It is also a good antioxidant that can help protect against free radical damage to skin cells. CBD can be made from hemp which helps skincare companies get around the federal ban on marijuana. Side effects of unregulated use include: Nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.”
Some beauty editors and bloggers swear by pimple patches. According to experts, those patches are about to get even more advanced by way of a ton of tiny microneedles (or "microstructures").The logic is that you can out put a smaller amount of acne-fighting ingredients into these tiny little cones and apply it to the skin, it's a better, more effective delivery system.
Here's how they are purported to work: The small band-aid-like sticker hasspikes coated with hyaluronic acid thatare thinner than a hair follicle. Through these teeny painless pricks in the skin, the patch drives the active ingredients deep in to the skin. Dr. Shah’s take:
“There is plenty of good medical literature on the validity of these small patches that are impregnated with various chemicals. The patch gets worn and the needles (either metallic or made out of absorbable polymer) penetrate the skin delivering the chemical treatment. Their design takes advantage of the concept of transcutaneous delivery of drugs. Patches can be custom made to fit various areas of the face and deliver anti-aging or other chemicals while a patient sleeps. The efficiency of delivery is better through the tiny skin punctures than if you only put the chemical directly on the intact skin. In theory, aesthetic practitioners can make custom topical treatments and place them on the patches to deliver customized at home skin treatments for their patients.”
Is a Cryotherapy Facial Is the Best Way to Brighter, Tighter Skin?
Cryotherapy has gained popularity in recent years with spa treatments exposing clients to subzero temperatures to help relieve pain and improve their health. This wellness treatment has recently undergone another adaptation with the cryotherapy facial treatment. The Cryo Facial is a cryogenic treatment that is performed by what is considered a "cryo probe," which beams vaporized liquid nitrogen across the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Different from the cryotherapy chambers that can be used for pain relief, the facial targets helping the face look younger. Dr. Shah’s take: “This may be more suspect. There isn't a great deal of study-based evidence that cryotherapy facials actually do what they claim. Typically, cryotherapy uses extremely cold liquid nitrogen to freeze exposed skin cells to kill them, like a wart. The facials use the same liquid nitrogen as a spray, but the aesthetician doesn't stay in one area too long to avoid frostbite to the skin. Some level of cold injury occurs, probably to a very superficial level of the skin, so there may be some exfoliation. But there are safer ways to get exfoliation without risking frostbite or hyperpigmentation.”
ANTI-POLLUTION SKIN CARE
Your skin is exposed to environmental aggressors on a regular basis. Although unseen, these pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin by breaking down collagen and elastin, the fibers that give skin its bounce. To help reduce these unwanted side effects, anti-pollution skin care products are continuing to gain favorability among consumers. Just as SPF is now de rigor in skin care, this seems to be the case with anti-pollution ingredient. Dr. Shah’s take: “I think that this is a new name for old tech. In brief, our skin is exposed to environmental contaminants that create inflammatory conditions. These conditions lead to build up of free radicals in the skin. The ingredients in antipollution skin care are basically strong antioxidants that protect against the free radicals. But the skin is assaulted by more than chemicals. It experiences dehydration, UV exposure, temperature changes, etc. True antipollution skincare should guard against all this. Typical protective and reparative ingredients include vitamin E, vitamin C, retinoids, hyaluronic acid, zinc oxide, vitamin B3, and bisabolol.”
Dr. Shah’s final verdict: Just as one can become a slave to fashion, the same can happen with skin care trends. My best advice is to consult with your skincare physician. Discuss what you are exposed to during the day. Is it sun, pollution, humid air, wind, etc.? Talk to your doctor about what type of skin you have. Skin type changes as you age, and as hormonal factors come into play. Someone who had oily skin in their 20’s and 30’s can have combination skin in their 40’s and 50’s. Speak with your aesthetic provider about what your specific goals are for your skin. Is it reduced acne? Fewer wrinkles? Reduced brown spots? Broken capillaries? Just because something is a trend, does not mean it’s right for your skin care type or your goals. If you have a regimen that works for you, stick with it. Don’t be tempted by designer brands if drugstore brands are effective for you. There is nothing wrong with giving your skin care routine a modern “kick,” but good skincare does not mean one must try everything available on the market or in a med/spa or doctor’s office.
About Dr. Manish Shah
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.
Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Winter is almost over, but the temperatures are still pretty frigid. My skin is still suffering from dryness due to the cold weather. One of the best skin care lines that I have been able to try out recently, that has really helped to protect and moisturize my skin is Sulwhasoo skincare.
Sulwhasoo is an interesting name for skin care, but I love the products!
Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Cream, ($90.00)
Mask and relax with the multi-purposeful Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Cream! A moisturizing and soothing cream that provides relaxation to tired skin, creating a layer of hydration with the cooling Birch sap extract. Birch sap helps soothe distressed skin, while Liriope Platyphylla and Ginseng Sprouts help the skin maintain long-lasting moisture perfect for below freezing weather!
How To Use: The Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Cream can be utilized in 3 unique ways creating a well-rounded, multi-purposeful cream
1.For cooling: Put the Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Cream in the refrigerator to enhance the soothing effect when applying.
2.For glowing makeup: Mix a little bit of the Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Cream into your foundation or makeup product for a moisture glow.
3.Overnight sleeping mask: Apply a thick layer of the Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Cream at the end of your night time skincare routine as an overnight sleeping mask.
Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Mist, ($45.00)
The Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Mist is an easy on-the-go spray for all those brisk morning walks to work! The hydrating and soothing facial mist contains gentle birch sap which helps relieve tired skin and maintain moisture. The mist sprays evenly and finely, giving the skin a sense of comfort. The refreshing scent will provide a sense of peace and serenity as if walking through a beautiful forest.
How To Use: When your skin feels dry, close your eyes and spray the mist at a 7-8 inch distance. You may use this mist instead of toner after cleansing or after applying makeup as well.
I apply this moisturizing mist all over my face after cleansing, to help seal in the moisture. It feels amazing! I can't wait to try it out in the summer time, perhaps right after a workout, or after a day in the sun.
Radiance Energy Mask, ($85.00)
Radiate good energy on these cold winter days! The Radiance Energy Mask is a sleeping mask that helps promote a clear and smooth complexion overnight with precious jade for immaculate radiance. Jade provides intensive overnight skincare and helps remove skin impurities, leaving your skin looking smooth and immaculate when cleansing in the morning. The light, creamy texture helps create a protective layer on the skin to keep it moisturized and feel relaxed as you sleep.
How To Use: Use as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine. Apply a moderate amount evenly across your face and allow it to absorb overnight. Wash off the next morning. Use 2-3 times a week.
For my dry skin, I leave this mask on overnight, and I do not rinse it off in the morning. It really adds an extra layer of moisture that my skin needs during these colder winter months.
Available at us.sulwhasoo.com
Just when I think spring might be on the horizon, the temperature seems to drop! It is actually freezing outside today. My skin really suffers during the winter and definitely needs a little extra TLC. Thankfully, I have found a few new products that give my skin the extra boost of hydration it needs.
C.O. Bigelow Iconic Collection - Body Cream
Introducing the newest collection from C.O. Bigelow - The Iconic Collection. Available in West Village Rose, Aqua Mellia, Musk and Bergamot - these light, iconic scents leave your skin soft delicately fragranced.
Made with shea butter and coconut oil, this body cream will bring extreme moisture to your skin. I have the Bergamont fragrance, and it makes me smell beautiful and feminine. I apply it from head to toe after my evening shower, and my skin feels luxuriously soft and smooth.
Higher Education Skincare - Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion
Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects your skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices. I also use their lip balm to keep my lips soft and protected from the elements.
Mamonde - Hydro Eye Gel Cream
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive - but needs A LOT of love. This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. I have been using this amazing eye gel for a couple of days now, and it has really firmed up my eye area and makes my eyes look refreshed.
Available: Ulta Stores
Treat your skin from head to toe with the help of Curél and Jergens! As we ride out these cold months of winter, no part of the body can go un-moisturized. Here are my current favorites to ensure my skin stays moisturized, youthful, and radiant. I love these products.They are definitely a must-have for winter.
Curél Daily Healing Original Lotion for Dry Skin ($7.99): This long-lasting formula is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisture to hydrate and relieve dry, irritated skin all day long. This cult classic is soon to be your favorite body moisturizer. I apply it all over my body right after my shower, when my skin is still a bit damp. It works to keep my skin feeling soft and supple. there is honestly nothing I have tried that works better. Plus, it is very inexpensive for something that works this well.
Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest: ($9.99): Extend your moisturizing routine all the way to your neck and chest, with the added benefits of improved elasticity and firming! Give your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin in as little as two weeks. This product is my favorite newest discovery! I apply it to my neck and chest every evening right after my shower. I also apply it to my breasts, because who couldn't use a little firming there? After two weeks of using Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest, my skin is noticeable firmer in these areas. This products is also very affordable. I love it!
Treat your skin from head to toe with the help of Curél and Jergens! As we enter the coldest months of winter, no part of the body can go un-moisturized. Here are a couple of my current favorites to ensure your skin stays moisturized, youthful, and radiant all winter long.
- Curél Daily Healing Original Lotion for Dry Skin ($7.99): This long-lasting formula is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisture to hydrate and relieve dry, irritated skin all day long. This cult classic is soon to be your favorite body moisturizer.
- Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest: ($9.99): Extend your moisturizing routine all the way to your neck and chest, with the added benefits of improved elasticity and firming! Give your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin in as little as two weeks.
Available at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide
Dandelion Sun Launches "be free", a 4 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF
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Dandelion Sun, a new leading anti-aging moisturizer brand made in California, has launched its first product in a vegan line to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun's be free: 4 in 1 Face Moisturizer is an instant essential to be included in your daily skincare regimen. This multi-tasking moisturizer helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate and brighten uneven skin tones, as well as provide Broad Spectrum SPF 30. be free is available now for $29.99 at dandelionsun.com and Amazon.
"90% of skin aging is caused by daily sun exposure," says Co-Founder and Head of Product, Marlena Chang, "incorporating a daily SPF can combat this." Combined with clean and effective ingredients like Vitamin C & E, Squalane from Avocado Oil, Japanese Green Tea Leaf extract (and more), makes this clinically proven formulation very powerful. be free is cruelty-free and contains no Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.
"Dandelion Sun was created with women like ourselves in mind," says Co-Founder and CEO, Stephanie Marks. "We have fast-paced, active lifestyles but are also mindful about our health and the products we use. If you remember to use only one skin care product in the morning, make it be free."
I have been getting facial peels recently, and my facial specialist could not stress enough the importance of sunscreen. I used to think that the sunscreen in my foundation was enough, but she told me that I was wrong! I need a stronger sunscreen, a broad spectrum SPF. Thankfully, Dandelion Sun provides that. The first thing I thought when I applied this product to my skin was that it smells very fresh and uplifting! It has a much lighter feel than sunscreen products usually do, and it completely absorbs into my skin. I apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area first thing in the morning. The formula feels extremely hydrating without leaving behind any shine or greasiness, which I love. Dandelion Sun keeps my skin feeling supple all day long.
ABOUT DANDELION SUN
Founded in Sonoma County, California, Dandelion Sun is an anti-aging moisturizer brand made to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun is about an experience. Everything from the product to the packaging and fragrance are designed to evoke feelings of confidence, knowing your skin is nourished and protected. Delivering on the promise of healthy, beautiful skin using clean and effective ingredients is what drives Dandelion Sun. As innovators in antioxidant and sun protection technology,the clinically proven formulation has been shown to dramatically improve skin health by protecting against environmental damage and visibly improving skin's tone, brightness, and the appearance of wrinkles.
For additional information, please visit www.dandelionsun.com.
Combating a winter climate and seasonal changes can do damage to skin, leaving it dry, rough, and with a visually aged appearance. There is a proven solution where in clinical studies, 100 percent of users realized an improvement in skin texture/roughness; improvement in skin firmness/elasticity; and overall moisturization of the skin. Discover the ultimate skin health and wellness with BREVENA Skin care with Macro βComplex®.
This power duo of BREVENA’s Daily Hydration Moisturizer and Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream rescues overall skin health by improving the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles; improving skin texture, tone and firmness; improving skin hydration; and improving skin luminosity.
BREVENA is a clinical grade skin care line designed to address the needs of normal to sensitive skin types with the utmost care and concern for improved skin health. Macro βComplex® is a powerful, proprietary ingredient effortlessly restores dry, rough, aging and environmentally damaged skin leaving your skin soft, healthy and luminous.
Daily Hydration Moisturizer: Featuring the Macro β Complex®, this formula locks in moisture while visibly plumping and softening skin, boosting luminosity and bounce.
Products are dermatologist tested. Fragrance-free, dye-free, and steroid-free.
In a clinical study, users of the Daily Hydration Moisturizer realized:
- 100% showed improvement in skin texture/roughness
- 100% showed improvement in skin firmness/elasticity
- 100% showed improvement in moisturization of the skin
- 90% showed improvement in skin luminosity
- 97% showed improvement in crow’s feet wrinkle texture
The Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream : This formula, with Macro βComplex®, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and potent antioxidants works to replenish and infuse the skin with moisture for a visibly softer, smoother complexion by morning.
In a clinical study, users of The Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream realized:
- 100% showed improvement in skin texture/roughness
- 100% showed improvement in skin firmness/elasticity
- 100% showed improvement in moisturization of the skin
- 97% showed improvement in skin luminosity
- 100% showed improvement in crow’s feet wrinkle texture
My skin gets so very dry during these cold winter months! I definitely require both a day AND a night cream that are extra rich and hydrating. I use BREVENA’s Daily Hydration Moisturizer every morning after cleansing and applying my sunscreen. It is rich and hydrating, yet does not cause shine or greasiness. My skin looks and feels firmer and beautifully supple. I use the Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream each night. I awaken to skin that looks and feels refreshed and youthful.
These products seem to be so much more hydrating than most other skin care products I have been using, and that is perfect for winter. No more flaky, dry, chaffed skin on my face! Thank you, Brevena for giving me the confidence to take selfies!
Try them both, packaged together as “The Perfect Pair” and value priced at $159, a $9 savings! Order at:
Although we tend to think of it as a summertime problem, dropping temperatures and drier conditions during the cold winter months leave our skin dull and dehydrated. This means changing up a few things in your skincare regime, Jergens and Curel offer ultra-nourishing and intensely hydrating options to keep your skin feeling smooth and looking healthy all season long:
1. Exfoliate This season, exfoliating is a crucial, non-negotiable step in your morning shower routine. Using a delicate but effective sugar scrub like the Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, allowing moisturizers to be more effective as they penetrate deeper into the skin. Plus, this soothing scrub is formulated with shea butter, argan and coconut oil so it nourishes the skin while it exfoliates!
PRODUCT RECO: Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub
When it comes to hydration, a high-quality moisturizer is a must-have. Jergens Shea Butter Wet Skin Moisturizer is applied to wet skin right after showering, maximizing hydration when skin is most receptive to moisture. The water activated formula absorbs right away as vitamin-rich shea oil leaves you feeling smooth and soft - and without the heaviness and greasy residue of a traditional lotion. Have you ever tried an in-shower moisturizer? There is seriously nothing like it! My skin has never retained moisture as well as it does after using this product! I love it!
PRODUCT RECO: Jergens® Shea Butter Wet Skin™ Moisturizer
Sometimes, slathering on moisturizer once a day simply isn't enough, and that especially applies for people who deal with dry, flaky skin. Think of Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion as your go-to hydration boost, and apply as needed throughout the day. Made with skin-soothing ingredients like olive oil, this hard-working formula aids in your skin's natural exfoliating process, and then delivers much-needed hydration, restoring the moisture barrier to prevent dry skin in the future.
PRODUCT RECO: Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion
Curél is my FAVORITE Winter skin moisturizer!
Everyone knows that dry, itchy skin is especially unbearable during the winter months - and dealing with thick and greasy residues from traditional lotion is almost worse. Now with the Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer you can get a boost of hydration in half the time.
Designed to be applied in the shower, during your skin's peak moisture moment, this water-activated formula penetrates deep into the skin, providing all-day moisture. It has zero drying time, absorbing right into the skin and leaving it feeling soft, smooth, and seriously hydrated.
Here are some other moisturizing must-haves to keep in your beauty arsenal for your out-of-shower needs:
Think of Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion as your go-to hydration boost, and apply as needed throughout the day. Made with skin-soothing ingredients like olive oil, this hard-working formula aids in your skin's natural exfoliating process, and then delivers much-needed hydration, restoring the moisture barrier to prevent dry skin in the future.
Combat serious skin conditions - like eczema - as this calming lotion relieves and soothes, restoring the skin's natural ceramide levels with Advanced Ceramide Complex. This unique formula re-balances cellular turnover, moisture levels, and pH levels, making dry, itchy skin a thing of the past.
Where to Buy: Select food, drug and mass merchant stores nation-wide
One of my favorite places on earth is Hawaii! I was blessed to be able to visit Oahu last July for my oldest son's beach wedding, and then again in February where my daughter also got married. I am going back to Oahu for a vacation next month! I am very excited! I cannot get enough of Hawaii, or just about anything tropical. Hawaii is a part of my soul!
Meanwhile, I am using Ola bath and body products to keep my skin healthy and beautiful. Ola Hawaiian Body Care specializes in giving you completely natural and organic spa and body products with intoxicating Hawaiian scents direct from Hilo, Hawaii.
Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Hibiscus Volcanic Mask is made with Bentonite Clay and Noni is packed with naturally active ingredients providing a highly extracting mask.
This mask is suitable for all skin types including very sensitive skin.
- Noni is high in nutrients and antioxidants
- Passion Fruit oil is anti- inflammatory, high in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids.
- Clay draws out impurities
- Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Banana and Tropical Flower extracts cleanse, soothe and soften the skin.
I use this fabulous mask twice each week. It leave my skin feeling perfectly clean and smooth. I usually use it in the evening, and apply it right after cleansing. I gently spread it all over my face and neck and leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing.
Ola’s Plumeria Body Butter is a luxuriously rich harmonizing blend of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and OrganicMango Seed Butters. Infused with Ola's unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create this creamy, luxurious formula that will repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin.
I use this luxurious plumeria body butter every evening after my shower. I prefer to apply it when my skin is still damp, to seal in the moisture. The intoxicating fragrance of plumeria is pure heaven and brings me right back to the tropics. I love how it contains all natural ingredients, too!
I just had to add in this photo of my family on our last trip to Hawaii
For more information, or to place an order, go to: http://hawaiianbodyproducts.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.