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April 20 2014

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Rihanna Goes Gray; Introducing the Five-Minute Facial; Kate Bosworth’s Doable Fitness Plan; and More

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riri_resizeSometimes it seems that Rihanna changes her hair more often than she does her outfit, and last night her fans went wild when the songstress posted a series of selfies on Instagram that revealed her new icy-gray tresses. “Bad Gal RiRi” wrote, “Call it #Brrr,” and “Grey is the new black! Blondies, it’s quiet for y’all!” Kristen McMenamy and the other silver foxes out there will surely agree.

With the rise of convenient, in-and-out blow-dry bars and quickie manicure spots, it was only a matter of time before facials moved into the express lane. Southern California company Skin Laundry is offering noninvasive laser treatments that stimulate collagen and rejuvenate skin in five to ten minutes, for on-the-go customers. While the services are still only offered on the West Coast at this point, New York skincare entrepreneurs are sure to take notice.

It’s still high bikini season, and boot camps remain a popular exercise option for men and women looking for a tough workout and quick results. The Guardian broke down the fitness fad, offering pointers on how to choose the right program: “Make an effort to find out what the culture is like—from the level of fitness to how much interaction between members there is, even down to the type of music they play—and make sure that it fits your personality,” they recommend. “Find out if they provide a nutritional framework to up the ante and complement their training programme. If they don’t, think twice. Nutrition is a key part of any exercise programme and if they’re not addressing it they’re not looking after you properly.”

There’s no denying that Kate Bosworth is consistently one of the most beautiful, best-dressed women in any room. The stylish actress, and face of SK-II, spoke with Marie Claire, sharing everything from her favorite Twitter handles to follow (@michelleobama and @lenadunham) to her go-to beauty products (SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and Cellumination Cream EX, naturally) to her workout routine: “A mix of running, boxing, and weights. I think if I can do it four times a week, that is excellent, but it’s more like two times a week.” Reasonable enough, right?

Dr. McDaniel Spells It Out, In Permanent Ink

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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. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

I got a tattoo when I was “young and stupid” and am now considering laser tattoo removal. How effective is this procedure and do I have options? Is there a chance that the tattoo may still be slightly visible? What about the potential for scarring?

Laser removal of tattoos can be highly effective and safe when performed properly by an experienced laser surgeon. In the best cases, no evidence of the tattoo and no scarring will occur; this is particularly true with some of the amateur, India ink tattoos. The technique as well as the type and color of pigment used by the tattoo artist has a big impact on successful removal. Tribal art or the graphic calligraphy type of tattoos take more treatments due to the amount of ink, and certain colors—some greens, yellows, and oranges—can be very difficult to remove completely. Some types of white or brownish red tattoos can actually turn dark black with laser treatment, in which case multiple treatments are required and the time and expense can be substantial—especially for larger pieces. Also, skin of color can be more problematic to treat as some tattoo removal lasers also damage the skin pigment. There is a new ink being developed, however, called Freedom 2 , which could be revolutionary in allowing tattoos to be easily removed later in life.

With over 20 years of clinical experience in cosmetic laser surgery and dermatology research, David H. McDaniel, MD, is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, an assistant professor of clinical dermatology and plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the director of the Institute of Anti-Aging Research. Dr. McDaniel is also a sought-after consultant for cosmetic and drug companies regarding skincare products and cosmeceuticals.

Photo: Steven Torres

Dr. Brandt Says Lasers, Not Chemical Peels

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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. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

I have sun-damaged skin and have always wanted a deep chemical peel, but I’m afraid of the side effects and the cost. Do you think that for removing wrinkles, sun spots, and retexturizing my skin, this is the most efficient way to go?

Laser treatments are increasingly popular and are more effective in repairing sun-damaged skin than chemical peels. Fraxel laser resurfacing removes layers of skin only from targeted areas that require treatment, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected, which significantly shortens recovery time, compared to chemical peels.

A board-certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Fredric Brandt has practices in both Miami and New York City and has established himself in the beauty world not just as a physician but as an artist, known for his innovations in helping patients sculpt a younger appearance with a variety of noninvasive procedures.

Photo: Reg Wilkins / Retna Ltd.