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  • what is my skin type?

    FAQ: What is My Skin Type?

    Ask an Expert: This is the first post in our weekly Ask an Expert segment. We will be answering your most commonly asked questions, one question at a time. In addition, we’ll be answering all the skincare questions that you send in via social media (with the hashtag #askaskderm). So please, send in your critical beauty questions and we’ll get them answered for you! (more…)

  • fake no no device

    How to Tell its a Fake no!no! Device

    What is a no!no! device?

    The no!no! is an at-home professional hair removal device that uses heat, not light to remove and treat hair on your face and body. The no!no! comes in a MICRO, PRO, and ULTRA versions as well as in a few color choices. (more…)

  • WHICH FOREO DEVICE IS RIGHT FOR YOU

    What are the differences between the Foreo Luna, Luna Pro, and Luna Mini?

    The Foreo LUNA Mini is a travel-sized deep-cleansing facial cleansing device, made from soft rounded silicone, that has two speeds and provides up to 300 uses per full charge. The LUNA Mini is available in five bright colors and is suitable for all skin types.  In addition to the benefits of the LUNA Mini, the Foreo LUNA offers an anti-aging mode that uses low-frequency pulsations to reduce the visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles. The LUNA has eight different speeds, provides up to 450 uses per full charge, and is available in three models depending on your skin type. The Foreo Luna Pro has a dual-motor to achieve clinical results at home. The LUNA Pro is suitable for all skin types since it adapts to your skin as it grows and changes.

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  • no shave november

    No Shave November

    You’ve seen it on celebrities and on friends, heard about it from various companies and stores doing the contest with all of their employees and you’ve probably have heard about it on the news. No Shave November is a fun and easy way to raise money for a great cause while enjoying yourself. Many companies tweak the rules a bit to work with their dress codes. (more…)

  • what are parabens and should I avoid them?

    What are Parabens in Skincare?

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard from one place or another whether it be the radio, television, newspaper or even from your local esthetician the topic of parabens. In regards to skincare, O’m here to help inform you and let you decide for yourself where you stand on the subject. (more…)

  • PMD Review Does it Really Work

    PMD Review – Does it Really Work?

    What is Microdermabrasion?

    Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation method in which aluminum oxide or Sodium bicarbonate crystals are sprayed over the skin from a wand that simultaneously suctions the skin and vacuums up the loose crystals. This exfoliation removes the topmost layer of the stratum corneum, encouraging new healthy cells to emerge. (more…)

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    the NEW askderm.com

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  • rejuvel new brand at askderm.com

    askderm Introduces Rejuvel 3D

    Rejuvel 3D is an innovative skincare product, newly released to the market. NASA originally created the technology used to develop this anti-aging crème, for the growth of tissue in space. NASA’s bioreactors create a suspended microgravity environment for cell cultures to grow. This 3D technology allows for healthier cell growth without deformation due to restriction.
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  • “Combating Cosmetic Fatigue” by Dr. Annette Tobia, CEO & President of MEG 21

    Many women these days suffer from cosmetic fatigue: so many products, so many promises, and so much fuss and feathers following complex “protocols” to apply them. Let’s not even mention the break-the-bank investment. The skin-care market has become a bottomless money pit which soaks up money faster than you can say, “voila, beautiful, healthy skin.”

    We thought about all this 10 years ago as we worked at the renowned Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia with a team of scientists searching for a treatment for the accelerated aging diseases associated with diabetes. To our scientific surprise, we developed Supplamine™, which in seven clinical trials has been proven to reduce the visible signs of skin aging in 14 days. Shortly, thereafter we launched the MEG 21 with Supplamine product line.


    MEG 21 targets prevention and correction of Glycation, a natural and unavoidable process which occurs in everyone, and refers to the attachment of simple sugars to protein. This starts a chain of events ending in the formation of Advanced Glycation End products, or AGE’s – aptly named! AGE’s eventually interfere with normal function of proteins. This process can occur in most proteins but is especially noticeable in those not replaced often such as collagen and elastin. AGE’s can lead to decreased elasticity, increased signs of aging, and increased inflammation. Prevention of AGE’s by targeting glycation will prevent these alterations to the skin.

    The women on the scientific team, like women today, are busy people, with careers to build, children to tend to, domestic chores to run and, oh yes, an occasional fun party to attend.   I guess the women on the scientific team were determined to develop a product which was not only effective and enhanced skin health but was easy and quick to use.  So we developed a formula which reduces glycation, oxidative stress, and inflammation, while increasing moisturization and smoothing skin to give it a youthful wow! We wanted MEG 21 to be the do-it-all, do-it-well product line.

    So, unless you have unlimited patience, time and money, check out MEG 21 products.  You’ll avoid cosmetic fatigue and look younger faster.

    Annette M. Tobia, Ph. D.
    Founder, CEO and President
    Dynamis Skin Science
  • Introducing MDSolarSciences

    We all know the importance of proper sun protection and it will remain a constant subject within my posts and videos for askderm.com. What I am continually impressed by is the advances within sunscreen technologies. Micro particlization has allowed for improvements in absorption and the feel of sun products, MDSolarSciences is no exception.

    I was first introduced to the three Mineral Cremes; 30, 50 and tinted. Immediately I fell in love. The texture of these physical sunscreens is dreamy! All three containing Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, physical sun blockers that are far less likely to irritate sensitive skin, unlike some ingredients in chemical sun screens. They have a mousse like texture that is comparable to many BB creams. Yet they immediately absorb, there is no sticky feel and they are matte. My other favorite sun protection product offered is the Quick Dry Body Spray, SPF 40. There are many sunscreen sprays that claim to be quick drying, yet they still leave a greasy feel after the propellant has evaporated. I quickly set out to convert sunscreen non-believers and those who may just not have been previously exposed to a product with this great of a texture. From a general contractor, to a zookeeper, I have forced people to try this sunscreen. Everyone agrees the texture is fantastic! 

    MDSolarSciences is not only concerned with the health of your skin, but also the health of our environment. MDSolarSciences has worked to eliminate chemicals within their sunscreen brand to not contribute to the destruction of coral reefs. They consulted with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) so that they can scientifically be as safe as possible.

    I would order this sunscreen by the case!  Anyone in my personal life, who receives MDSolarSciences sunscreen from me this summer, should consider it a sign of love!

    Blog Written by askderm’s in house Esthetician Chantal Monique
    Chantal Monique is a NYS licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist. She has 7 years experience in skin care and makeup artistry. Her specialties include makeup application and facial treatments, her work has included upscale clientele, a private investigator undercover and independent film work. Chantal also has a background in the Fine Arts. With the unique combination of her education as well as the desire to help people feel beautiful, Chantal provides expert skin care knowledge for our customers as well as the must have ingredients and trending looks. With an ever growing portfolio and clientele askderm is excited to be teamed up with Chantal for future blogs, informational videos and skin care tips! 

  • Product Review: DS Laboratories Revita

    One of the most common beauty complaints I hear from clients has to do with sparse lashes or of thinning lashes as one ages. I was sent the eyelash stimulator for review purposes. My lashes and brows were photographed prior to my first application and then again on the completion of the product pen.

    I applied the product twice daily to my upper lash line and to my eyebrows. I did not choose to apply any product to my bottom lashes as they are quite long naturally and I am more concerned with my sparse brows. The pen applicator allows for an easy eyeliner like application. 

    I noticed that my eyelashes became thicker after about three weeks of use. My eyelashes are naturally very light at the tips, so to my naked eye I could not really see a difference at first. It was when my mascara was applied that I was impressed and could see a significant difference in length and density. I do enjoy wearing false lashes for special occasions or nights out, but since using Revita EPS I have not felt the need to apply a strip lash at all.

    I do see a small difference in my brows, especially in the front of the brow between my eyes and in the middle of the brow. I feel like it is important to have realistic expectations when it comes to the brow area, as this area is one of the easiest to damage the hair follicles permanently and I am a guilty participant of the 90s thin brow trend. Between last decades’ over-tweezing, the fact that I wear my bangs to the right and I tend to sleep on my right side (constant friction) is why the end of my right brow had not filled in how I hoped, and not due to failure of the product.

    If you are interested in a lash-enhancing product that does not require a prescription, nor does it come with some of the side effect of a prescription drug, I would recommend the DS Laboratories Revita EPS.

    Blog Written by askderm’s in house Esthetician Chantal Monique
    Chantal Monique is a NYS licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist. She has 7 years experience in skin care and makeup artistry. Her specialties include makeup application and facial treatments, her work has included upscale clientele, a private investigator undercover and independent film work. Chantal also has a background in the Fine Arts. With the unique combination of her education as well as the desire to help people feel beautiful, Chantal provides expert skin care knowledge for our customers as well as the must have ingredients and trending looks. With an ever growing portfolio and clientele askderm is excited to be teamed up with Chantal for future blogs, informational videos and skin care tips! 

  • Introducing ACURE

    I am not sure if in my professional career, I have ever been this excited about a skincare company, EVER! I have been a vegetarian for over half of my life. 90% of the groceries I bring into my home are organic. Lastly, I am a stickler about recycling- I even recycle the little paper tags off clothing I purchase! It makes me feel good when my work life can coincide with my personal morals that I practice at home. ACURE is a company with ethics. This natural and organic company has chosen a sustainable, eco-friendly and cruelty-free approach. Best of all, all of these good-for-the-people and good-for-the-earth products are completely affordable! Not one item is over 30 dollars.
     
     
    ACURE is free from:
    Animal Testing
    Parabens
    Sulfates
    Phtalates
    Synthetic Fragrances
    Harmful Preservatives
    Artificial Color
    Gluten
    Sodium Chloride
     
    Benefits to Choosing Organic
    Agriculture grown in this manor is free from toxic synthetic pesticides and other chemicals that could potentially enter our soil, water and our bodies. Aside from limiting your exposure to toxins, supporting organic practices may mean not contributing to the frightening bee population crisis. Choosing ACURE means supporting smaller family farms with strong personal connections to the land they are farming and love.
     
    Other “Green” Benefits of ACURE
    -ACURE is a Green-e certified company with a neutral carbon footprint
    -100% of their office and manufacturing practices are produced using wind and solar power
    -All the products are 100% biodegradable and break down safely as to not pollute our water
    -The packaging is made from recycled materials and certified sustainable wood
     
    If the “tree hugger” inside of you is not impressed, then maybe the science behind ACURE will entice you. There are two key ingredients in this line:
     
    Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF): Chlorella is a single-cell algae rich in nucleic acids. CGF is clinically proven to protect collagen and elastin fibers, making it a key anti-aging ingredient. Clinical studies have shown that CGF increases collagen expression by 333% in a 1% concentration.
     
    Curoxidant Blend: This blend is a combination of five organic fruits and herbs (Acai, pomegranate, black berry, rosehip and roobis) that are potent in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.
     
     
    My Favorites
    While I have not tried every single product within the line (Trust me, I will get there!), these are some of my favorites so far:
    Sensitive Facial Cleanser– Normally when I think about a fragrance free, mild cleanser, I think about something that is lack luster. This cleanser is anything but! It is so rich and creamy. I love this paired with a cleansing device like my FOREO Luna mini. I have oily skin but have issues using cleansers with salicylic acid, as they over sensitize my skin. This cleanser leaves your skin feeling clean yet hydrated with argan oil, probiotics and pumpkin seed oil.
     
    Brightening Facial Scrub– Just like the cleanser changed my mind about fragrance free cream cleansers, this scrub has me changing my position on a physical exfoliant. I do not like scrubs, normally they are too gritty and they over-sensitize the skin. Nothing gives an esthetician an unpleasant twitch like an apricot scrub, ugh.  This scrub does not leave your skin feeling like you just put hundreds of tiny tears into its surface. It is loaded in sea kelp and contains French green clay. Because it contains clay, after I massage it into my skin I like to leave it on in the shower for five minutes. It acts as a mini-mask and pulls out impurities. I use this scrub two times a week so my face feels extra smooth and clean!
     
    Oil Control Facial Moisturizer– This moisturizer has gotten me through this way-too-long winter. My oily skin easily becomes dehydrated, and while most moisturizers for my skin-type feel watery and pointless, this one is rich yet soaks in nicely. Lilac stem cells control oil production and help heal blemishes.
     
    Cell Stimulating Facial Mask– This is a mask for everyone. It contains French green clay to draw out impurities, while adding moisture to the skin from Moroccan argan oil, CoQ10 and Sea buckthorn oil. Unlike other clay masks, this one does not require a lot of friction to remove. Add water to your fingertips and it actually begins to foam. Use circular motions as if you were washing your face prior to splashing with water.
    Eye Cream– This eye product performs better than some 200-dollar creams I have tried! You get a lot of product in this tube. Even better, you can use it around the entire eye area, unlike some eye creams, which are not recommended for the lid. This has definitely improved the crepiness underneath my eyes and my concealer is not settling into creases any longer.
     
    A lot of people make comments about wanting to “Go green”, but then proclaim  “I don’t have the space or time for a compost bin”, as if that is their only way to not negatively contribute to environmental problems. There are FAR more ways to limit your carbon footprint. Something as easy as choosing a specific product line can help! That is a simple choice that can add up if you think about how many bottles of lotions and creams are sitting in your medicine cabinet. For me, the money I am saving because ACURE is so affordable, makes it easier for me to purchase and prepare that organic/ vegan kale and quinoa salad I love so much!
     
    Blog Written by askderm’s in house Esthetician Chantal Monique
    Chantal Monique is a NYS licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist. She has 7 years experience in skin care and makeup artistry. Her specialties include makeup application and facial treatments, her work has included upscale clientele, a private investigator undercover and independent film work. Chantal also has a background in the Fine Arts. With the unique combination of her education as well as the desire to help people feel beautiful, Chantal provides expert skin care knowledge for our customers as well as the must have ingredients and trending looks. With an ever growing portfolio and clientele askderm is excited to be teamed up with Chantal for future blogs, informational videos and skin care tips!