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Christine Chin Products August 8, 2008

Christine Chin is INCREDIBLE!

Her facials are the BEST in the business. She’s a cosmetologist – but I would (and I have) replaced every dermatologist I ever had in exchange for Christine’s services, i.e., facials, and now her products. She flaunts the longest list of celebrity clients I have ever seen – such as Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Rachel Weisz, Mariska Hargitay,  Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Helena Christensen, Kimora Lee Simons, Carmen Kass, and – if you can believe it -even more!

Christine is located in New York City (the lower east side – Orchard bw Grand and Broome) so unfortunately if you live outside the NY area she won’t be unclogging your pores anytime soon. And even if you’re in the city – the outrageous prices she charges ($250 per facial plus $250 per microdermabrasion – although well worth it – and she has packag plans for savings) and her months in advance overbooked schedule might stop you from making an appointment with her.

Here’s the good news:she recently launched her own product line, named after herself, so everyone can benefit from her skin expertise. There is a wide range for all skin types, and it’s priced fairly- compared to her in-office service costs and in comparison with other Sephora-worthy products).  I have exchanged every single fancy, brand name, high end, designer product I used to use – from Lancome to DDF to Murad to Chanel to La Mer to La Prairie, and so on – in exchange for a mirror vanity filled with Christine Chin! Why, you ask? Because THEY WORK!!!

Christine even says that the combination of the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum and the Retinol Smoothing Fluid, when used daily, has a similar effect on your skin as her micro treatments. Try it! It works for me – I’ve never had more clear, radiant skin than since I’ve started using her products.

Here are my personal favorites from Christine:

These are just some of my favorite products for my skin type (I have oily/combination skin that’s acne prone) – but she carries products for all skin types so click here to check out her website for her full product line. The clearest way to judge is by looking at her client roster above! Check it out – and tell me what you think!

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Glucosamine Supplements

Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage

Glucosamine studies were originally conducted for the benefits of patients suffering with arthritis. However, once the studies found that glucosamine can help increase hyaluronic acid (“HA”) in joints, dermatologists and rest of the beauty industry started to listen.

Since hyaluronic acid is one of the components of your dermis (one of the deeper layers of your skin beneath your epidermis), then increasing hyaluronic acid in your dermis with glucosamine supplements could improve absorption of moisture in the skin and body, resulting in smoother, more radiant skin.

In 2003, the FDA approved hyaluronan injections (made from hyaluronic acid) for filling soft tissue defects such as facial wrinkles – and Restylane and Juvederm were born (both are dermal filler injected into wrinkles to plump [or fill] the soft tissue thereby erasing the wrinkle).

A recommended dosage of 1500 mg of glucosamine in the form of a supplement may potentially give you results in the form of decreased wrinkles or increased fullness in your skin.

Products lines like Murad are marketing their glucosamine supplements claiming that the supplements will “reduce lines and wrinkles by 34% in five weeks while increasing elasticity with this clinically proven complex. Glucosamine, amino acid complex and Vitamin A work to boost collagen production and stimulate healthy cell function while promoting skin clarity and tone.”

Do you believe it? Will you try it? Have you tried it??? I haven’t tried it. But I’d love to hear about your experiences with it! Please share your thoughts…

 

The New Face Lift

I LOVE this quote: “Plastic surgery should whisper, not scream. Today, instead of tightening the neck, there is a re-suspending of the muscles in the face,” said Dr. Darrick Antell, a New York City plastic surgeon.

The face lift trends of today are more about re-filling and re-surfacing – and much less about tightening, pulling and tucking the skin. “The result is a much more natural look that’s fresher and younger, rather than lifts of days gone by that scream tight, frozen, and emotionless (think Joan Rivers!). Although personally, while I think the naturalization of face lifts is great; the overabundance of Botox is filling in for the tight, taut, frozen look.

So smaller, more frequent, nips and fills are being replaced by the grand face lifts of yesterday. The other benefit of this is the recovery time, since there are less bruising and lower complication rates.

The “midface” is the focus – the midface starts at the corners of your mouth, up diagonally towards the corners of your eyes. Think *cheekbones.*

When your face ages, fat is loosening and descending to sit lower in your face, resulting in facial features that look longer and squarer in shape. Younger faces tend to look angular or tapered. That’s why the most important aspect of a facelift is to improve facial shape while limiting signs that a surgical procedure has been performed. How do you do this? By manipulating both fat and muscle – the focus has significantly moved away from skin tension (although of course it is still important – no one wants a sagging face plumped with fat) and concentrates on contouring the face.

The best plastic surgeons are the ones that have mastered manipulating both the muscle and the fat in the face. The muscle in the face (musculoaponeurotic system [SMAS]) is addressed by repositioning underlying facial muscles as well as reducing excess skin. Fat and tissue contribute almost equally to your facial appearance as does the underlying muscle and the overlying skin. So depending on your face, fat will have to be added (via a fat transfer), reduced, or redistributed.

On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dr. David Rosenberg, a plastic surgeon, has a goal for the face lifts he performs – to give his patients “an age appropriate rejuvenation where they look absolutely fabulous for their age.” Dr Rosenberg continues, “It’s not as much a pulling back of the skin as it is a muscle correction. In the cheek, I go under the fat pad and re-support it to a place where it was earlier in time to recreate a younger looking cheek. I go under the muscles along the jaw line and neck, and re-support them back to a more youthful position.”

Current reports are saying face lifts are up 14% this year. What do you think? Are you one of the people that will inflate these statistics in the years to come?

 

PLASTIC SURGERY August 7, 2008

Hot topic of the (and every) moment – I know. All the Hollywood stars (and starlets) are sporting the new “face” – and body. Madonna’s face is on the cover of New York with pencil sketches all over it identifying what work she’s allegedly had done. Articles everywhere are revealing the similar “work” of Naomi Cambell, Elizabeth Hurley, Demi Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer. What have they done? Face Lifts? Liposuction? Injections? How did they get it? What are the options?

Soon, I’ll be discussing all the latest techniques – both surgical and not, along with other tricks, options, treatments, fillers (such as Restaylane and Juvaderm), creams, and products so that the secrets are revealed to putting YOUR best face forward.

I’ll have information direct from the hottest NYC plastic surgeons – in their own words. The new techniques they are using today – how they are different from the ones of the past, new options ranging from the most expensive to the most affordable – and everything in between – for face, skin, body – everything.

Stay Tuned!

 

Antioxidants

Filed under: BODY,FACE,SKIN — Alina Kaganovsky @ 5:43 pm
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I know, I said the magic word!

There’s so much buzz about antioxidants everywhere – and lots of claims as to what they do for your skin, wrinkles, fat, and so on. I have examined these miracle workers – and I give you the scientific scoop – different types of antioxidants and how they function – and the real deal – how to get antioxidants functioning for your body and your skin (and your wrinkles and your fat – the elimination of it!).

Antioxidants are substances that neutralize potentially harmful chemicals called “free radicals.” Some of these free radicals arise normally during metabolic processes in your body. Sometimes your body’s immune system cells purposefully create free radicals to neutralize viruses and bacteria. Environmental factors, too, such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can spawn free radicals.
Usually, your body is able to handle free radicals. However, if antioxidants are not available in your system, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age. This damage manifests itself in your skin – as in the wrinkles on your skin.

Antioxidants are believed to help protect the body from free-radical damage. But before you stock your vitamin drawer with mega-doses of these vitamins, be warned: more is not always better. The long-term effect of large doses of these nutrients has not been proven. Other chemicals and substances found in natural sources of antioxidants may also be responsible for the beneficial effects. The best way to ensure adequate intake of antioxidant nutrients is through a balanced diet consisting of 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (as I discuss each of the antioxidant nutrients, I’ll list the best, most potent naturally occurring food sources that contain them). However, if your diet is lacking in these foods, supplements are available (and I’ll discuss your options under each of the following antioxidant nutrients:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (“ALA”)
  • Vitamin A and Carotenoids
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium
 

Alpha Lipoic Acid (“ALA”) August 5, 2008

Filed under: BODY,FACE,SKIN — Alina Kaganovsky @ 8:29 pm
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Alpha lipoic acid is a fatty acid naturally manufactured by your body; it is also an antioxidant.

Here’s the scientific scoop on ALA:

ALA is a unique antioxidant because it functions in both water and fat (unlike antioxidants vitamin C – only water-soluble; and vitamin E – only fat-soluble).

It also seems to recycle antioxidants such as vitamin C and glutathione (an antioxidant that helps the body eliminate potentially harmful substances after they have been used up), as well as increasing the formation of glutathione.

Here’s the real deal:

ALA also occurs in very small amounts in foods such as:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Rice bran
  • Organ meats such as

– liver (finally a reason to order foie gras)

– kidney

– heart

ALA is also available in capsule form in supplements. Take the supplements on an empty stomach for maximum absorption.