.Shop: Skin Care Must Haves.

Hi DermDivas!

Today I will be comparing my favorite must have skin care products.  These products can be purchased by clicking the links below or just click here to shop my Instagram looks!

You don’t need to leave the house and they will be sent directly to you! Can you say score?


Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash • Cetaphil • $13.99  SIMPLE. NON-DRYING. OIL CONTROL. I recommend this facial cleanser to ALL of my acne patients! I can’t lie – I LOVE this product and use during the week.  It makes my skin feel SO CLEAN! Thanks #galderma for an awesome product!

SkinMedica Facial Cleanser • Skinmedica • $38  SAFE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES. Oily skin? Dry skin? No problem! Works to rid dirt, oils and makeup. Perfect to use twice a day as part of your daily regimen.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel • Neutrogena • $17.99  LIGHTWEIGHT. HYDRATING. NON-GREASY. Awesome moisturizer to use daily before you put your makeup on or before going to sleep. Does not make your skin feel sticky. Perfect OTC product if you are new to the skin care world, and looking for something easy to use everyday. Won’t break the bank (WBTB) either!

HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator • Skinmedica • $178  A TRUE HYALURONIC ACID. Did you know #hyaluronicacid is naturally found in our skin? By 50 we can lose up to 40% of natural HA. This product leaves you skin feeling supple, plump and rejuvinated. Perfect for that #dermdiva who is looking for an anti-aging product to help stimulate new HA production.


SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic • Skinceuticals • $163  VITAMINS C, E AND FERULIC ACID. Trifecta of antioxidants which prevent anti-aging. Helps reduct pigmentation from sun damage. Comes in a cute bottle with a fancy dropper. Rich, hydrating and perfect for nighttime use.

Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum • Skinmedica • $154  THE “NO HYDROQUINONE” PRODUCT. I have used Lytera in the past , but SkinMedica has recently launched Lytera 2.0. This pigment corrector is safe to use on all skin types.  I noticed results in as little as 2 weeks! Perfect for any #dermdiva who is not into serums. Use twice a day (before makeup in the AM, after washing face in the PM) for best results.


Clinique Limited-Edition Jumbo All About Eyes Rich • Clinique • $53  PERFECT NON-MEDICAL GRADE EYE CREAM. Moisturizing, super rich product. Great for first time eye cream users. May not be for that #dermdiva with extra puffiness after a long night out. Overall a great first step in the anti-aging eye cream world. Another WBTB score!

SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair® • Skinmedica • $102  ANTI-AGING. HA. VITAMINS A, C AND E. Anti-aging eye cream in ONE bottle. Best of the best. Fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles be gone! A must have for any #dermdiva who wants to increase collagen, elasticity and reduce signs of aging. #tgfskinmedica


These last four products are ones that patients have tried and loved or skincare tools for everyday use. No comparison to other products; just ones that are needed in your medicine cabinet!

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum® • Skinmedica • $281  PRICEY – BUT WORTH IT. For that #dermdiva who has already tried OTC products that just aren’t cutting it. Eye cream, day cream and night time in one bottle. The fine line and wrinkle fighter. Another #tgfskinmedica product.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion • Mario Badescu • $17  BLEMISH BE GONE! Salicylic Acid + calming calamine creates the perfect combination to get rid of that pimple fast. Many of my patients swear by this product! Personally, I like our SDG Clear Clinic “Vanished” because I can throw it in my bag, there is an easy to use applicator, and I know it works!

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 • Skinceuticals • $125 WINTER DRY SKIN CURE. Omg – have you ever put your foundation on (shop my favorite foundation here) and your face looks super dry and flaky? I have been experiencing that all winter until I started using this amazing product. Rich and EXTRA moisturizing, but does not clog pores! A winter must have!

Clarisonic Smart Profile(TM) Set • clarisonic • $199 ON SALE! 33% OFF! BUY NOW! Have you been wanting to try a #clarisonicproduct but not sure which one? Look no further. This Smart Profile set by Clarisonic is perfect! It will remove dirt, oils and your makeup without stripping your skin of natural oils. Even better this product is ON SALE! CLICK FAST — you don’t want to wait too long and miss out!

Thanks for checking out my favorite skin care products! Throughout the year I change my regimens because my skin becomes more dry or more oily from the weather. I will be sure to share those tips throughout the next few months with you all!

xoxo,

TheDermDiva

PS. If you are interested in chatting more about skin care or how to fight anti-aging comment below! If you live in the NY-Long Island area you can always make an appointment with me in my Smithtown office! I’d love to meet you and chat about all things beauty+dermatology!

.Shop: My Makeup Must-Haves.

I am so excited to share with all my #dermdivas my makeup MUST HAVES! I use these products every day before heading out to the office.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Santa Fe. I LOVE this foundation because it makes my skin feel like I have NOTHING on!

Beautyblender is a total must have. Just wet the sponge, squeeze out excess water,and apply makeup. It’s that easy. I have tried others, but there is no comparison. Spend the $20 because it is so worth it!

Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly is my go to eye shadow primer. I have been using this primer for over ten years. The perfect shade of nude that can be used with any eye shadow color. #macloverforever

All That Glitters eye shadow is another oldie but goodie. This is the best eye shadow that can be paired with a day or night time look. Such a perfect shade with just the right amount of shimmer!

Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraClick here to find out why I love this mascara!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown for the perfect brows. Pick your shade according to your hair color for the best match.

Tarte PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette comes with a cream and a powder bronzer for the perfect chiseled cheek. There are also four different highlight options to pick from to achieve glowing skin. Can we say #contouredcheeksplease

Nars Blush in Orgasm creates the perfect combination for a soft daytime look or a more dramatic night on the town. A subtle pink with a touch of shimmer makes this my absolute favorite blush.

 

.Get rid of Acne FAST: All about Acne Light Therapy Treatments.

Today’s post will be featuring the latest acne treatment options that can help reduce breakouts STAT! Who has time for a stubborn pimple anyway? From a work event to a first date I can get rid of that blemish ASAP!

Acne light therapy treatment AKA “red/blue light” is used in my practice to speed up the acne treatment process. There is barely any down time and it’s virtually painless! I will take you step by step through what this treatment is, why we use it, and how it can benefit your skin!

Red/Blue light is a LED therapy that benefits patients who have acne prone skin (think: oily skin, inflamed pimples, etc.) The treatment is broken down into two – 15 minute sessions. The first 15 minutes is a blue light that helps kill the Propioni­bacterium acnes, (P. acnes) bacteria found in our oil glands that cause pimples. The last 15 minutes is a bright red light (infrared) that minimally heats the skin, decreases the size of our oil glands, and eliminates inflammation (bye bye redness!) For best results the treatment should be performed at least twice a week.   This acne light therapy is safe to use with any topical or oral acne treatment regimen.  In fact, I even recommend this to my isotretinoin (accutane) patients! I love this treatment because it can be done during a lunch break or before/after school.

Our Red/Blue light machine

Prior to starting the area being treated is cleansed with alcohol. The patient is then given goggles to wear during the half hour procedure for eye protection.  The LED panel is then placed approximately 1-2 centimeters over the body treatment area (such as face, back and chest.)  The settings are set and the patient is ready to go! So easy, right?

LED panel


We can also use the blue light by itself for a procedure called Photodynatic Therapy.  PDT is used with a medication called levulan ( 5-aminolevulinic Acid.) This is a very effective treatment for patients who have moderate to severe acne.  Typically patients will need a series of treatments for optimal results.

First, the area is cleansed with acetone at least 2 times to remove any dirt or oils. Next, the photosensitive agent levulan is applied to the area affected with acne for an incubation period.  The incubation period ranges from as little as 15 minutes to as long as 45 minutes depending on skin type and number of treatment sessions.  After the incubation period patients are given goggles to wear, and are then placed under the blue light for 15 minutes. Post procedure it is VERY important to stay out of the sun for at least three days.  It is also important to wear SPF (I love EltaMD UV Clear) stop all topical acne treatments, and wash your skin with gentle cleansers twice a day. Patients should expect redness, dryness, and peeling of the skin post procedure.

Companies such as Neutrogena have come out with #athome light therapy treatments.  The question is always asked – what’s the difference? Naturally in-office treatments have stronger LED capabilities and depth. What’s the cost of #redbluelight treatment you might ask? It will vary from office to office as it is not covered by insurance. In my Smithtown office I charge my patients $150.00 per session.

If you are someone who has a lot of redness on the face, cysts that are painful and won’t go away or even just one or two white heads THIS TREATMENT IS FOR YOU!

Wishing all of my #dermdivas a great Monday!

xoxo,

TheDermDiva

PS. Acne light therapy is in People Magazine ! Take a look at this article that features Dr. Schweiger!

.BETTER THAN SEX; THE ULTIMATE MASCARA.

In honor of Valentine’s Day yesterday I am posting about every girls desire. Better Than Sex Mascara.

If you are like me and have been searching for the perfect mascara keep reading this post. I have finally found it.  Made by Too Faced this product is EVERYTHING.  I am sure you heard of this mascara before because the rave is already out there.  I asked myself WHY I’ve waited this long to try it.  After just two coats this #dermdiva had thick, dramatic lashes and was ready for a night on the town. Finally the search is over!

As I was leaving the store this weekend after buying new nail polish Ulta had a display of different types of mascara.  As females we don’t need any more beauty confusion by trying to figure out which is the *best*mascara to buy.  More definition. More fullness. Thicker lashes. Ahhh – aren’t they supposed to do the same thing? I glanced to the right and saw the #betterthansexmascara next to another mascara I recently purchased.  Priced at only $23 I figured I would try it out. I have spend hundreds of dollars on other eyelash products so what’s another $23?

Fast forward to that night.  I could not wait to get ready for dinner with the hubby.  I sat at my chic vanity and started applying my makeup.  WELL….this #dermdiva was blown away by the results. One coat had me intrigued…two coats had me hooked…three coats and I was obsessed!

Not only does it promise on the results but the mascara packaging itself is so cute!  It comes in a pink tube, and the applicator has a sleek “hour glass” shape. The shape of the wand is important because it allows the mascara to get closer to the eyelid margin for increased volume! Va Va VOOM!

I took a few before and after photos to share with you all. Look below!

Before mascara. Eyeshadow and eyeliner only.

Comparing with/without mascara. No clumping was noticed upon applying the first coat (I hate clumpy mascara!) The second coat added more fullness to the lashes.

After two coats of #betterthansexmascara – crazy length!

I was an eyelash extension lover at one point. The problem with the eyelash extensions is that I couldn’t wear any eyeshadow or eyeliner.  The price tag didn’t help either as I was spending $100 every month on fill ins!


TheDermDiva verdict: A+ 

If you can get to #ulta or #sephora today go buy it.  Believe me – you want this mascara!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!

xoxo,

TheDermDiva

.JLO. One word – flawless.

Everyone is talking about last night’s Grammy Awards; from Beyoncé to Adele and everything in between. My focus is always on the pre-show because I love to see the gowns! This year my favorite dress was worn by the ONE and ONLY J.Lo

Who can forget the dress she wore (think back to the Bennifer days) when she was nominated for her first Grammy. The (in) famous dress was talked about for months! I had the pleasure of seeing that dress up close this summer when I saw her in concert in Las Vegas.  The Versace gown was perfectly displayed in a glass case for all to see. #girlcrushmoment

Fast forward to 2017.  Once again J.Lo has stunned us all over by wearing beautiful fuscia pink gown by Ralph&Russo. BTW – this gown just hit the couture runway two weeks ago!

(Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

The one thing that amazes me about “Jenny from the Block” is how she has not aged. Personally I think she looks better NOW then she did 10 years ago! Mix good genes+ a killer workout routine+amazing anti-aging skin care regimen and we have the 2017 Jennifer Lopez.

I read a great article this morning about Jennifer Lopez and her Grammy makeup look. Her makeup artist @1maryphillips posted all the makeup that was used on J.Lo last night on her IG account.  After work today I am running – not walking – to purchase the $12.00 foundation and every L’Oréal Paris product used last night. Obviously a future blog post will follow!

Wishing all of you #dermdivas out there a fabulous Monday!

Be sure to keep checking back for the latest tips on all things beauty+dermatology!

xoxo,

TheDermDiva