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August 22 2014

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3 posts tagged "Cetaphil"

The Ins And Outs of Winter Skin Hydration

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

My skin has been super-dry since the weather got colder, but every ultra-rich moisturizer and oil I try makes me break out. Why is this happening and what’s the best way to hydrate my skin without clogging my pores?


You should be able to find moisturizers that won’t break you out. A lot of oils have a lot of fragrance in them, which can cause irritation, but there are some creams that have these heavier oils in them and are non-comedogenic so they won’t clog your pores. I recommend so many moisturizers from Cetaphil lotion to Chanel Sublimage (the cream may be too heavy but the lotion is awesome). You just have to find an emollient option and do everything else so gently—wash your face with your hands, not a washcloth; moisturize twice a day; cut back on toner; don’t use an exfoliator at all; get a humidifier for your bedroom…

Many women also scrub their face until it’s squeaky clean and remove all the natural oils, so maybe switch to a mild cleanser and only wash your face at the end of the day. You really don’t have to wash in the morning—especially if you’re dry. It’s important to look at everything you’re using as well—you don’t want to use anything with glycolic acid or alphahydroxy acid. You don’t want anything to sting. And something like glycerin will break you out. If you’re really worried and you try a new product, I always try to have patients do a test spot. Do one test spot, three nights in a row, and if you’re fine, you can use it all over your face.

One of only two physicians in the U.S. board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, Dr. Amy Wechsler understands not only patients’ emotional states, but also the impact they can have on the outer surface. A specialist in the fundamental connection between the mind and body, Dr. Wechsler literally wrote the book on the subject. A frequent contributor to nationally recognized television programs and magazines, she has a private practice in New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

“Skincare Hysteria:” When Enough Is Enough

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ ellenberg@condenast.com.

I recently read a study that said that skin sensitivity is on the rise from excessive and unnecessary product usage. Is there any truth to that? Is a Dove Beauty Bar all you really need to keep your complexion at its best?

There is definitely truth in that. There is skincare hysteria these days; it’s a multibillion-dollar industry so it’s no surprise that people are launching products that aren’t that great and that you don’t really need. You have to think simple: You don’t need to overstimulate your skin if it’s young and beautiful because if you use any one thing, there’s always a possibility of side effects. If you use something to get rid of wrinkles you might get red and flaky; then you need to use something else to counteract that. Overuse of products can wreak temporary havoc on your skin. Generally, though, if you’re in your twenties, wear sunblock, wear a hat, and stop complaining. In your thirties, because you need to protect and treat your skin, start using a retinol, and so on. At the bare minimum, I’d say use Cetaphil as a wash to take makeup off; if you have acne, you should use some kind of acne wash, like Neutrogena. Then you need some sort of light antiaging product—a glycolic acid once in a while to stimulate your skin, and, of course, an SPF product. I like Physicians UV Defense and Eucerin SPF Daily Facial Lotion. It’s also important to give yourself a break: You don’t need to do everything every day. And never scrub your skin. Scrubbing is for floors, not your face.

Most of all, use common sense: A skin cream cannot reverse gravity. If someone says something that is clearly against Newtonian physics don’t believe it. No cream is going to physically lift your skin. But that being said, we do have technology that can help skin look younger—and it doesn’t happen with just a bar of Dove. There’s nothing wrong with trying to learn as much as possible.

David A. Colbert, M.D., is the founder of New York Dermatology Group and its Head Physician. A board-certified member of the American Academy of Dermatology, he has served as a consultant for Chanel skincare and has published numerous articles on medical and cosmetic dermatology.

Photo: Courtesy of Drugstore.com

The 411: Ji Baek

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The 411 is a new feature on Beauty Counter, in which we ask some of our favorite experts to reveal their go-to gurus for everything from manicures and highlights to perfumers and holistic healers. Because when it comes to being the best in beauty, it takes one to know one.
Ji Baek doles out lots of pampering touches at Rescue Beauty Lounge—the chic downtown nail spa she opened more than a decade ago, where La Mer manicures and oxygen-therapy pedicures are par for the course. In her own life, though, she’s decidedly more low-maintenance. The stylish nail expert would much rather touch up her roots at home than spend two hours with her hair in foils at the salon. Her idea of relaxation is wandering around the farmers’ market in Union Square for fresh strawberries or flipping through old books, which is usually when inspiration strikes to create new shades for her hit polish collection. Baek isn’t totally bare-bones in her beauty routine; she does splurge on a few well-chosen items when it counts (two words: skin creams). Here, she shares her edited list of essentials.

The Pro: Ji Baek

Founder of Rescue Beauty Lounge.

The Lacquer: Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Color in Bangin’ and Plié

“I’m obsessed with Bangin’, a hot red coral, and if I want to tone down the brightness, I love wearing Plié, a nude-pinky that’s the same color as the chiffon skirt of a ballerina. I wear the same color on my hands and toes—always matching, that’s my rule. For next season, I was really inspired by flipping through this book of brocade prints, so I’m playing with that concept for the fall collection.”

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Color, $18 each, www.rescuebeauty.com.

The Hair: Serge Normant at John Frieda

“But only for cuts. Going to the salon for anything else takes waaaay too much time.”

Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon, 825 Washington St., NYC, (212) 675-0001.

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