New York Dermatologist Eric Schweiger believes that no one should have to deal with acne on his own. Everyone needs a partner for their acne treatment plan to work. So he created the concept of Personal Acne Coaches™— sort of like a Weight Watchers counselor—to guide you through the process. At the new Clear Clinic in the Flatiron district of New York City, he has a team of board-certified physician assistants who specialize in acne treatment to help patients navigate through the maze of treatment options, and to stay on track.
“Fifty million Americans have acne, but only ten million of them see a dermatologist,” says Schweiger. “That leaves forty million who are on their own. A lot of them are buying one size fits all products that aren’t working for them.”
Well, he certainly has a point. Without the benefit of a dermatologist or skincare professional, most people haven’t got a clue as to where to start to cope with chronic acne, and it’s not just teens and millennials who are affected. Acne does not discriminate. There has been a marked rise in cases of adult acne in women, and tweens getting their first pimples as young as age 10.
Schweiger’s Clear Clinic concept blends the best of medical advice with personalized services and products. He has created a line of 19 products that range from traditional acne fighting medicines like benzoyl peroxide to natural botanicals like green tea and a whole lot of other actives.
So how do you get started? Go online, fill out a series of questions about your acne issues, and schedule a video consultation with a personal acne coach who can help you understand how to use the recommended products correctly. On January 7, 2014, Clear Clinic is launching their @Home Division, which will offer personalized treatment from anywhere in the world. Their proprietary Clear Track™ Complexion Monitoring System is a platform designed to enable patients to record their progress along the way from any mobile device. The good news is that this platform is also free for anyone with acne to use.
With three locations already in New York City—midtown, Flatiron, financial district—Clear Clinic expects to have their fourth open soon.
For more info, clearclinic.com
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TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup is credited with bringing airbrushing kits from the pros to your home and making it easy to use. The AIRbrush™ Makeup System and patented AIRpod™ makeup made its debut in 2009, and revolutionized how women apply foundation. The TEMPTU brand of professional-quality, at-home airbrush makeup systems enables a flawless application, even for novices, without leaving a mess.
The TEMPTU Holiday 2013 Pop Glam Campaign is a spirited collaboration with veteran costume designer and Emmy-award winner Patricia Field, who rose to worldwide fame as the designer for the Sex and the City girls’ clothes. Her fashion empire is the stuff of legends. Growing up in Forest Hills, my friends and I would sneak on the subway to hang out in the Village after school sometimes, and invariably, we would end up at peeking into the windows of Patricia Field’s boutique on East Eighth Street. Her shop became a New York City landmark.
The two bold and beautiful TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup Systems inspired by Field are ‘Martine Girl’ and ‘Lips on Fire’. Martine Girl is an edgy hot pink rocker chick. Lips on Fire is covered in bright colored lips that pop on the black device. The collection also features a Patricia Field AIRpod Makeup Duo and a series of Limited Edition Temporary Tattoo images.
“Glamour is personal—it can be dramatic and bold, classic and natural, or theatrical and costume,” says Field. “The do-it-yourself aspect of the TEMPTU system is a visionary concept and takes the individual expression of glamour to a whole new pop level. With this airbrush system every individual can develop into a professional makeup artist, when it comes to self application.”
The stated goal of the Pop Glam campaign is to inspire creativity and empower individuals to express themselves with their personal style and ideas of glamour. The campaign was a true collaboration among Patricia Field’s design team, singer/songwriter Nomi Ruiz (also the face and voice behind Jessica 6), and world-renowned photographer Mike Ruiz.
The TEMPTU Pop Glam Campaign features three dramatic and imaginative looks that bring to life the concept of transformative glamour championed by Patricia Field. Each look is named after one of Nomi’s Jessica 6 songs—Fun Girl, Stars in your Eyes, and See the Light, and were styled by Patricia Field’s team, with the makeup designed by Makeup Artist Dani Fonseca. This creative TEMPTU-Patricia Field collaboration brings together beauty, fashion, and music in a fun and innovative way.
Michael Benjamin, President and CEO of TEMPTU says, “Patricia Field is one of the most influential pop culture icons, and someone who continuously pushes the boundaries of style with her fearless originality and vision. I love her spirit, so we made the partnership happen, and what better time than the holiday season?”
I thought there would be a learning curve to get going, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. My number one concern was getting foundation on my hair and clothes, but Benjamin assured me that it wouldn’t happen and he was spot on. It’s actually pretty cool to use and makes having an even application of color almost a sure thing.
TEMPTU feels feather light on your skin and definitely looks very natural, so it’s a good choice for non-foundation wearers who don’t want to look too made up. We also found that a little TEMPTU foundation goes a long way, and it seems to last really well.
Foundation pods cost $45, and there are also blush pods ($30), as well as highlighter and bronzer pods ($35). The foundation comes in a dozen shades from Porcelain to Espresso, and it is oil-free and non-comedogenic so you don’t have to be concerned about breakouts. To get started, TEMPTU’s Flawless Complexion Kit includes the AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0 in black or white, plus your choice of shade of AIRpod™ Foundation for $149.00. Pssst…Makes a fab gift!
To order, visit TEMPTU.com
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All I want for Christmas is a stocking full of luxe beauty gadgets to primp, polish, and preen my hair, skin, and nails. The at home professional category has been exploding for the past few years and each exciting new launch grabs our interest. As luck would have it, there is so much to choose from this season—perfect for gifting and also for treating yourself. These are some of our best picks.
1- Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase: For the ultimate multitasker on your gift list, we love the idea of fighting wrinkles while you sleep. This novel silky pillowcase is constructed with special fibers that are embedded with Copper Oxide and it’s clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles in as little as 4 weeks of nightly usage. All you have to do is sleep—which for some of us is a challenge at times. It is also machine washable and can go in the dryer, so no special care is needed. $60 at Neimanmarcus.com.
2 – JeNu™: The JeNu Active-Youth System combines the power of gentle ultrasound wave technology with topical treatment products for the eyes and lips. The wand that is included works to drive the products deeper into the skin through ultrasound to increase hydration and reduce fine lines. It is stunningly simple to use, lightweight, comfortable, and takes only three minutes per day. We love this innovative concept that is a big trend in medical aesthetic treatments right now at high end medspas and doctor’s offices. $249 for the kit at jenu.com.
3 – Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System: By now if you haven’t heard of Clarisonic, you must be living under a rock somewhere. This sonic mega brand just keeps getting better and better. They’ve got your skin covered from the face to the body, and now your feet can benefit from the smoothing effects of an intense buffing. This handy kit comes with everything you need to wear sandals or go barefoot beautifully; Smoothing Disc & Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head, and Pedi-Buff, Pedi-Balm, Pedi-Boost. $199 at clarisonic.com.
4 – me smooth Professional At Home Laser Hair Removal System: FDA approved for all skin tones and the widest range of hair types, the me smooth system is easy to use in just a few minutes per treatment. You can treat arms, legs, underarms, and bikini fast, and you whole body in 32 minutes! The best part is there is no pain. $395 at mepower.com.
5 – Amika 4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set: This professional style curling wand comes with four clip-free barrels to make everything from smooth curls to movie star waves for most hair types. It heats up in lightning speed and the barrels are easy to change out. Once you get the hang of this set, you can create your own salon style in minutes. $175 at sephora.com.
6 – Silk’n Blu: What girl doesn’t suffer from breakouts even occasionally? Silk’n Blu offers a home solution for acne eruptions in the form of a blue light device, like the kind you will find in your dermatologist’s office. The device destroys both acne causing bacteria plus it prevents new pimples from forming. It comes with its own Swirl facial cleansing brush. $179 at silkn.com.
7 – Air-O-Swiss 7147 Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier: To combat dry or hot air, this digital ultrasonic humidifier uses high-frequency vibrations to generate a micro-fine mist when blown into a room which immediately evaporates. Choose cool or warm humidification and save your skin from feeling tight and parched every morning. $169 at airoswiss.net.
8- Thairapy 365 Wet/Dry Styling Iron: In a hurry in the morning, no problem with this little wand that works on damp or dry hair. It saves your strands because it needs less heat to get the job done and has 4 temperature settings to choose from so you don’t fry your hair. The 1.5 inch wide plates make the whole process go even faster. It’s light enough for travel or throwing into your work bag for a touch up. $250 at neimanmarcus.com