Portrait-artist-turned-dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD, possesses a unique skill set and background that has helped her achieve the soft, natural looking results that today’s women and men crave. A New York City dermatologist with a thriving Park Avenue practice, Alexiades-Armenakas is also an assistant clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. and Director at Yale’s Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, as well as the mastermind behind the anti-aging luxury line 37 Extreme Actives.
She talked to Beauty in the Bag about her beauty philospophy, background, and how both helped her develop her exclusive skincare line.
The first signs of aging usually show on our eyes—dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness—and can make us look more fatigued and older than we really are.
Once we hit our late 20s, the delicate skin around the eyes gets thinner and looser due to the loss of collagen and elastin. Combined with years of repeated muscle movements such as squinting and laughing, as well as UV exposure, lines begin to form and over time get deeper.
Dr. Lisa M. Donofrio, a dermatologist in New Haven, CT, says her patients’ biggest complaint about their eyes “are dark circles and crepey skin.” Dark circles become more prevalent as the skin becomes thinner and capillaries under the eyes show through.