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Getting rid of the dirt, grime and dead cells that clog pores and makes skin look and feel dull and drab is the first step to a radiant complexion. But if you can’t pop in for a facial every time you need some help, there are some cool systems that bring advanced technology to you.
Check out our six fave skin devices that bring the clinic experience straight to your bathroom.
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($89.50) Clinique's first foray into the device space, their new cleansing brush is a perfect complement to the brand's signature pore purging products. Great for oily T-zones, and waterproof so take it right into the shower with you. Two types of bristles get skin just as polished as you want.
Foreo LUNA™ MINI ($139) Choose from 5 bright colors and a sleek compact design small enough to carry around, the LUNA Mini channels sonic pulses through soft silicone touch-points for fast, deep cleansing on the go.
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance™ Brightening Solution Kit ($249) A marriage of the classic with Aria and Mia 3 cleansing devices, the newest Clarisonic kit was designed to help fade dark spots for a more even toned complexion. The kit includes a Skin Iluminating Cleanser, Skin Renewing Peel Wash, and Brightening Activator Serum, so you're good to go right out of the box.
PMD® Personal Microderm Pro ($199) This DIY microdermabrasion system comes with four levels of exfoliating discs and two speeds for high level of intensity treatment and a lower level of intensity for sensitive skin. The PMD Pro’s spinning disc has the same Aluminum Oxide crystals used by skin professionals. When the disc starts to spin, vacuum suction extracts the grit and gunk in your pores for clear, bright skin.
SLOUGH & BUFF
Riiviva Microdermabrasion Device ($299) Equipped with diamond tips that can move with the contours of the skin and one that can freely rotate as it passes over the surface, Riiviva's home microdermabrasion device offers a new way to exfoliate. Replaceable diamond tips can be used to rough skin of the face and body, cellulite, keratosis pilaris (little red bumps on your arms and legs), stretch marks and acne scarring, with three levels of suction to select for your skin type. P.S. It's cordless so you can move around while you use it.
Illuminage Skin Smoothing Laser ($595)
FDA-cleared to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, this home system works like the lasers you find at dermatology clinics to smooth facial aging. The energy stimulates your body to create new collagen fibers, which means smoother, firmer skin. Great for targeting those little creases around the lips and lower eyelids too. The best part is that your skin may feel tighter right after a treatment, but keep using it for even better results.
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August is Hairloss Awareness Month which drives home the issues so many people – women included – deal with on a daily basis. Hair naturally thins with age, but there are many other factors that can contribute to excessive shedding, including genetics, medications, hormones, illness, and of course, stress. Over time, the hair follicles shrink and eventually they stop growing altogether.
According to Washington DC dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, hair thinning is a huge concern for both men and women. “A type of stress-related hairloss is called telogen effluvium, which is the second most common hair loss condition seen by Dermatologists. The acutely stressful event (death in the family, job loss, divorce, exams, etc.) ‘shocks’ the hair into the resting phase of the hair growth cycle and those affected can lose up to 20% of their hair. The shedding can occur up to 2-3 months after the stressful event. It typically grows back within 6 to 9 months.”
Hereditary hairloss, called androgenetic alopecia, is another major cause that affects approximately 80 million people in the U.S, according to the AAD.
New England based hair restoration surgeon Robert Leonard weighs in on choosing the right products to restore and maintain a full head of hair. “Clogged hair follicles do not cause hair loss. But it is very important to use hair care products that thoroughly cleanse the scalp of cellular debris and sebum; however, this issue does not cause follicles to become clogged, causing thinning hair.” He also dispelled the common myth that frequent shampooing causes hair to become thin. “Daily shampooing is important to keep both the scalp and the hair clean,” says Leonard.
Check out these six top hairloss solutions recommended by leading physicians.
Redken Cerafill Thinning Hair Solutions- With three systems from Defy for thinning hair, to Retaliate for advanced thinning hair that includes Minoxidil, to two maximize treatment stylers, Cerafill offers a solution for each stage of hair thinning. Dense Fx™ hair diameter thickening treatment is touted as a Hair Diameter thickening treatment for all hair types that plumps up existing hair diameter by 9%. From $18 up to $70 for kits.
ROGAINE® – Available for men in a foam and extra strength solution, and also available for women over the counter as Women’s ROGAINE® Topical Solution. ROGAINE® contains minoxidil, the first FDA-approved ingredient clinically proven to help regrow hair. It penetrates into your scalp to stimulate follicles to grow new hair. Expect to see results within 4-6 months of continued use. The downside of Minoxidil is that you need to keep using it, every day, twice a day, to maintain the effects. Note that it is safe for colored hair. Download the Rogaine app on iTunes to track your progress. $49.99 for a 3 month supply.
Viviscal® Hair Growth and Hair Care Programs – Best known for making supplements to nourish hair (Viviscal Extra Strength), Viviscal also offers haircare products to stimulate the scalp (Viviscal Hair and Scalp Serum, Gentle Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner), and add volume by thickening hairs (Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers come in six hair colors), so they have got your thinning hair concerns covered. According to Marina del Rey, Calif plastic surgeon W. Grant Stevens, “You have to manage thinning hair from the inside out. That’s why drug free products like Viviscal supplements are the right combination of nutrients for women and men.” From $19.99 to $119.99 for a 3 month supply of supplements.
Keranique – Created especially for women, the Keranique haircare system follows a simple three step process: cleanse, condition, and treat. After cleansing with Revitalizing Shampoo and conditioning with the Volumizing Condition, Keranique offers two Step 3 options for Volumizing or Regrowth based on your individual needs. For clients with thinning hair, the Hair Regrowth Kit includes the Minoxidil hair regrowth treatment specially formulated for women. For women who only need help thickening their hair, the Thicker Fuller Hair Kit includes the follicle boosting serum, as well as a volumizing lifting spray. From $19.95 – 159.90.
Capillus272™ – Low level laser light therapy (LLLT) has long been used to stimulate hair growth. Red light has been shown to be effective in stimulating energizing within the cells of the hair follicle, stimulating the oil glands for silkier-looking hair, and increasing melanin production to darken gray or white hairs. It is a clever system that comes with a baseball cap, a portable battery pack, and the light source that can be used at home. Treatment of 30 minutes every other day is recommended to achieve results. Approximately $2,999.95
If these short term solutions don’t do the trick, hair restoration is a great option. Long gone are the days of visible grafts that look like rows or corn and long scars running across the back of the scalp. The newest advanced solution for hair restoration is the ARTAS® Robotic Procedure. With no linear scar required, the results are more natural-looking and the procedure is faster with a shorter recovery. “The ARTAS Robotic System is the most sophisticated device available anywhere in the world to assist me in harvesting grafts. The precision in harvesting follicular units with this state-of-the-art device is achieved by the use of its pair of infrared cameras, its accurate calculation of follicular unit numbers and density, and its advanced specialized software that calculates the exact angle and depth of the follicular units,” said Leonard.
Nothing beats having great tools at your disposal. Brushes make it easy to apply your makeup and get flawless results, but if you’re not cleaning them regularly you can wind up with a lot more than you bargained for.
Jeanine Downie, M.D., board certified dermatologist and director of Image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, NJ, recommends “cleaning your brushes at least once every two weeks—more often if you have oily skin—to prevent dirt and bacteria getting on your face, which can block pores and may cause acne breakouts.” She also says “bacteria around the eyes can lead to stys and eyelash shedding.” Not the look you were going for!
TO CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES PROPERLY
- Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and some baby shampoo.
- Gently swirl your makeup brush(es) in the bowl, avoiding the part of the brush where the handle meets the head.
- Rinse the brush tip under running water. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the water runs clear.
- Gently squeeze out the excess water with a clean towel and reshape the brush head.
- To prevent mildew and misshapen bristles, air-dry by letting the brush hang off the edge of a counter.
ANTI-MICROBIAL BRUSH PICKS
Whether you prefer natural or synthetic brushes keep in mind that cutting-edge antimicrobial technology can minimize the growth of harmful bacteria and keep brushes fresher for longer, plus they're appropriate for even the most sensitive skin. You'll still want to wash them just as often to keep them hygienic but think of it as a little added insurance against acne and less lush lashes.
VMV Hypoallergenics Skintelligent Beauty Brushes ($15-$32 per brush)
Sephora Collection Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set ($60 for 7 piece set)
Clinique The Brush Collection ($17 - $35 per brush)