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An esthetician explores skincare issues and concerns

Give Your Hands Some TLC February 15, 2010

I think many of us don’t think about our hands enough.  When it comes to skincare almost everyone concentrates on caring for their face and neglects their hands.  Your face may be wrinkle and line free (and acne free as well), but in the end your hands are covered with sun spots and full of wrinkles.  It is time to treat your hands with as much respect as you would your face.

Basically, whatever products you use on your face you can use on your hands.  Whatever treatments you would do on your face – laser, chemical peels – you can also do on your hands.  And the number of products aimed at treating hands has grown exponentially in the last few years so there are plenty of products to choose from.

First and foremost, use sunscreen on your hands so that you protect your hands from age spots and collagen deterioration.  If your hands are on the dry side use a hand cream with spf.  A few to consider are Neutrogena hand cream, Peter Thomas Roth hand cream,  or Studio Gear hand cream.  Or if your hands don’t need extra moisture then just use sunscreen on your hands every day and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day.  Buy a few hand creams and/or sunscreens and leave one in the car, one by your kitchen sink, one in your bathroom, and one in your purse.

Don’t forget to exfoliate in order to remove dead skin so that your moisturizer and other treatments can work better.  You can safely use any type of scrub on your hands in order to exfoliate.  Additionally, you can even consider an esthetician or doctor administered microdermabrasion treatment on your hands in order to exfoliate and stimulate collagen production.

If you have sun spots on your hands consider using products with brightening agents (like vitamin C) or hydroquinone in them.  (For a in-depth discussion on treating hyperpigmentation see my blog post Help for Hyperpigmentation)  If you want more immediate results get a chemical peel on your hands.  Not only will the chemical peel help to remove hyperpigmentation and smooth your skin considerably it will also stimulate collagen production in the area of the peel.  You can even get laser treatments on your hands in order to remove the age spots.  For both the chemical peels and the laser treatments you might need a series of treatments in order to get the results you desire, but generally you will see a difference faster than when just using a brightening or lightening serum.

Just as you would use Retin-A, Renova, or a OTC retinol product on your face to fight wrinkles and lines and build collagen you can do the same on your hands.  The prescription retinol products can even reduce crepiness and make veins less obvious.  Or consider injections in your hands.  Restylane, Radiesse, or Sculptra can all be injected into the hands to add volume and make veins less visible. 

In the meantime, while you consider your treatment options or wait for the product you applied to work you can use make-up on your hands.

Lets give our hands a little extra thought and TLC today.  You’ll thank yourself in the future.

 

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FYI – Ellen Sirot, who calls herself the world’s “most successful hand model” has a line of hand creams.  I’ve never tried them and interestingly enough the creams do not contain spf.  You might enjoy looking at her website.

 

What Causes Acne? February 14, 2010

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Even with all the research that has been conducted about acne the debate still rages about the causes of acne.  The exact causes of acne are not entirely known and subsequently because of this there is no actual cure for acne.  At the moment experts believe that acne results from several related factors. 

The related factors that trigger acne can be broken down into two general categories:  intrinsic and extrinsic.  Intrinsic factors are genetics and the body’s response and sensitivity to hormones.  We have no control over these issues.    For example hormonal fluctuations around a woman’s period can lead to breakouts.  Hormones both affect oil productions, and the body’s hormonal levels fluctuate both at different points of the month and over a person’s lifetime.  And anything can raise your hormonal level – stress, your period, pregnancy, or nursing.  Genetics can play a significant role in acne formation.  Genetics can be responsible for creating a defective oil gland, a pore lining that does not shed dead cells properly, and even for the production of abnormal sebum.

There are multiple extrinsic factors that cause acne.  Extrinsic factors are a large and diverse category of factors that we have much more control over.  This category can include medications, external stress and emotions, and products used on the skin and hair.  So for example the over use of topical corticosteroids can lead to acne just as using oily make-up can.  Another extrinsic factor that contributes to acne is the misuse of skincare products.  For example the natural balance of the skin can be upset by the misuse of skincare products, especially harsh and strong skincare products, thus destroying the outer layer of the epidermis and kicking into high gear a series of processes that lead to acne.  If the skin is irritated or overly dry because of the use of harsh and drying skincare products then skin starts to produce more oil to make up for the lack of it thus continuing to perpetuate a cycle of breakouts.  I should point out that not all experts agree about that last point.  Over drying or stripping your skin of moisture by over washing it or using too harsh products could perpetuate a cycle of breakouts because dead skin cells (or kerantinocytes) clog your pores instead of being removed.  Or since your skin senses it is damaged or under stress because of the excessive dryness an inflammatory stress reaction kicks in and you end up with more pimples in the end. 

Figuring out exactly what causes you to breakout can be a daunting task especially when there are so many factors to consider.  In his book Healing Adult Acne Richard G. Fried devotes an entire chapter to helping the reader identify their “acne triggers” (chapter 3).  He presents his readers with a 15 point questionnaire that includes such questions as:

  • “I seem to break out more when I am feeling stressed”
  • “I seem to break out more when I am eating more milk products”
  • “I seem to break out more the week before my menstrual period”

Fried makes the important point that there is no one size fits all generalization for finding the cause of one’s acne.  For this reason he made up his acne trigger questionnaire so that acne sufferers would take the time to find the very personal factors that cause their acne.  Though there are many acne causes that are so prevalent that they may even be called universal, each individual needs to determine what triggers their own acne breakouts.  Finding your personal acne triggers helps you find the right treatment for your acne.  As already mentioned above, one person’s acne may clear up by simply changing hair or make-up products while another person might need medication that controls their hormone fluctuations in order to find acne relief.

Stress and Acne

Many acne sufferers and doctors are convinced that stress plays an important role as an acne trigger.  Stress, which is caused by many psychological and physical occurrences, has a deteriorating effect on the body including the skin.  Stress can cause acne in several ways.  Stress can affect the ovaries, testes, and adrenal glands leading to the increased release of androgens throughout the body which causes an increased production of sebum or oil in the body.  Additionally stress can release more inflammatory chemicals into the body leading to more inflamed acne.  Furthermore, stress produces heightened levels of cortisol in the body that can both aggravate existing blemishes and can cause an inflammatory reaction in the hair follicles that lead to microcomedones (blackheads) developing into papules and pustules. If  you are stressed out sleeping and eating habits are adversely affected which leads to a disruption in positive habits such as exercise, healthy eating, and good skincare routines all of which can trigger an acne outbreak.  Feeling that you have no control over your breakouts can lead to more stress and more breakouts creating a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.

If you have tried numerous acne treatments to no avail I would highly recommend trying to figure out what your acne triggers are.  Chapter three of Richard Fried’s book is an excellent guide to helping you discover those triggers and hopefully finally find relief from your acne.

 

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No Mixing Allowed: Skincare Ingredient Combinations to Avoid February 13, 2010

So you’ve researched what skincare products to buy and finally made your purchase.   But did you know that if you use different skincare products at the same time you could actually cancel out the benefits of the very ingredients you purchased the product for?

Don’t mix copper peptides and vitamin C –  using the two together, even if they are in separate products, just cancels out the effects of both.

Don’t mix retinol and benzoyl peroxide - both ingredients are great for fighting acne but if they are used at the same time they simply counteract one another.

Don’t mix retinoids or hydroquinone with glycolic acid – once again if you mix these ingredients they become inactive. 

Hydroquinone and retinoids can only be combined together in specially formulated products like Tri-Luma (which is used to fight hyperpigmentation).

And sometimes too much of certain ingredients is just bad for your skin:

Be alert to signs of redness, irritation, or excessive and prolonged peeling if you use products with AHA (alpha hydroxy acids like lactic, glycolic, malic, etc.), vitamin C, and retinol all at once.  For instance all in one day you may use a cleanser with glycolic acid, a moisturizer with vitamin C, and a retinol cream or serum at night.  You may find that your skin becomes sensitive to the use of so many potent ingredients.  If that is the case cut out one or more of the products with the strong ingredients or stagger the use of the products (skip a day or use a product just once a week).

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Help for Hyperpigmentation February 11, 2010

Hyperpigmentation, dark spots, blotches, or areas on the skin, occurs when the body over produces pigment.  There are three main kinds of hyperpigmentation caused by three different factors .  No matter what type of hyperpigmentation you have there are many solutions to this skincare problem.

The three main types of hyperpigmentation are melasma, sun (sometimes called age) spots, and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  Melasma is caused by hormonal changes in the body; pregnancy and birth control pills can cause melasma.  Sun spots or sun damage is, obviously, caused by sun exposure.  The last type of hyperpigmentation is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  This discoloration of the skin occurs after injury or irritation to the skin or after an acne lesion (pimple) has healed.

As already mentioned there are a number of treatments for hyperpigmentation.  First and foremost you must use a sunscreen, spf 30 or higher, daily and be sure to reapply throughout the day.  Sun exposure will only make your hyperpigmentation worse (i.e. darker) so it is important to protect the skin on a daily basis.  Daily use of sunscreen will also prevent new sun spots from forming.

There is only one FDA approved agent to reduce hyperpigmentation and this is hydroquinone.  Only products with hydroquinone in them can be legally labeled “lightening” products.  All other products that claim to help lighten hyperpigmentation without hydroquinone are usually labeled “brightening”, “bleaching”, and even “illuminating”.  Please remember that there is no legal definition of or oversight over the words “brightening”, “bleaching”, or “illuminating” found on product labels.  Be sure to turn the product you are looking at around and read the ingredients list. 

 Hydroquinone is a chemical lightening agent that comes in strengths of 1 to 2% in OTC products and 3 to 4% in prescription products like TriLuma.  To use a hydroquinone product you apply the cream, gel, or solution just to your dark marks twice a day for no longer than six months.  Hydroquinone works by inhibiting the tyrosinase enzyme which forms pigment in the skin as well as disrupting the synthesis of the melanin protein in the skin.  Because of its impact on the melanocyte it is thought that hydroquinone disrupts basic cellular processes including DNA and RNA synthesis.  Though hydroquinone has shown to be effective in treating hyperpigmentation it is far from a perfect ingredient and is surrounded by controversy.  For example, its use has been banned in the European Union and in Japan, and as recently as 2006 the FDA reported its intention to ban the use of hydroquinone in non-prescription products.  As of April 9, 2009 the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board has listed hydroquinone under “ingredients found safe with qualifications” on its website and writes:  “≤1% in aqueous formulations; but only for brief discontinuous use followed by rinsing from skin and hair; and should not be used in any type of leave-on, non-drug cosmetic product”, but as of yet no ban on hydroquinone has gone into effect in the US.  The reason for all this concern about hydroquinone is that the ingredient has both potential mutagenic and cancer causing properties.  In addition to these upsetting issues some people are allergic to hydroquinone or develop contact dermatitis from using this ingredient.  All of these concerns and issues render hydroquinone an effective but unsatisfactory ingredient for some for treating hyperpigmentation.  Personally I feel that when hydroquinone is used for short periods of time, 3 to 6 months, there is no reason to be concerned over its use.  OTC products contain such a small percentage of hydroquinone, 1 to 2%, that I feel there is no need for alarm when you choose to use such a product.  (I have a list of links at the end of this post if you want to read more in-depth about hydroquinone.)

If you do not want to use hydroquinone, many alternatives exist.  Ingredients that are skin brighteners include: kojic acid, arbutin, licorice root, bearberry, soy, mulberry, vitamin C, niacinamide, and azaleic acid.  The current trend in products to treat hyperpigmentation is to combine several of the above mentioned ingredients in one product for better results.

Non-prescription products containing hydroquinone take a long time to work, as do the non-hydroquinone alternatives.  Prescription products usually work much faster.  The more superficial your hyperpigmentation is the easier it will be to remove.  Please also note that people with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, particularly post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  If you have darker skin you need to be more gentle when treating your hyperpigmentation so that you do not cause more irritation and/or hyperpigmentation to your skin.

There are other ways to treat hyperpigmentation; regular exfoliation can help get rid of hyperpigmentation.  For example you could use products containing glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, which works by exfoliating the uppermost layers of the skin.  More superficial dark marks can be removed with this type of  exfoliation.  Glycolic acid can be found in face washes, creams, gels, lotions, and chemical peels.  The form and concentration of the glycolic acid you should use will be determined by the severity of your dark marks and your skin’s reaction to the acid since glycolic acid can cause irritation to some people. 

Another treatment for hyperpigmentation is a series of chemical peels that include ingredients such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, hydroquinone, kojic acid, licorice root, mulberry extract, bearberry extract, azelaic acid, and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).  The peels will use one or more of the above mentioned ingredients.  A series of chemicals peels can make quite a difference in the appearance of the skin and can definitely improve hyperpigmentation.  Side effects from chemical peels include redness and peeling for a few days after the peel.   To get the best results from your chemical peels it is a good idea to combine the esthetician or doctor administered peels with home products that treat hyperpigmentation.

Another great treatment option for hyperpigmentation are laser treatments.  Lasers such as the Ruby and Q-switched ND:YAG reach the dark spots deep in the skin, converting light to heat, and literally blow up dark spots which then flake off the skin.  Though the procedure only takes a few minutes redness and scabbing can occur; recovery time is about a week.  Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments can also help hyperpigmentation with no downtime.

Just as there are a number of causes and types of hyperpigmentation there are also many different treatments.  Do a little research and give some thought to how your skin reacts to different ingredients before deciding what treatment option is best for you.  Eventually you should have no problem finding the right solution for your hyperpigmentation.

 

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Book Review: Free Gift with Purchase by Jean Godfrey-June February 9, 2010

I love, love glossy magazines.  I particularly love glossy fashion magazines.  If I am reading a magazine I tune the rest of the world out; so please do not disturb me while I am holding a glossy fashion magazine.  I began reading Teen and Seventeen in junior high and by high school I was happily reading Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. These days my two favorite glossy magazines are Allure and Lucky.  I like Allure because of the make-up tips and amke-up looks, the skincare articles, and the other articles they have about beauty (or really our perceptions about beauty).  I like Lucky for the clothes that are featured,  the way the clothes are styled, the fashion tips, the fashion website recommendations, and the fashion trends that are predicted.  The one thing I don’t care for in Lucky is the make-up and skincare advice.  I consider it uninteresting and pedestrian at its worst.  So it is interesting that I would chose to read and review the book featured here since it is by the Lucky beauty editor, the person who is responsible for those features that so annoy me in what is otherwise, in my opinion, a wonderful magazine.  But I have always been very curious about a few things – just how to magazine beauty editors choose the products that are featured in their magazines?  Do these women really know anything at all about skincare?  Why should I listen to their advice?  Once I became an esthetician I was pretty much no longer interested in skincare product advice from magazines.  Of course, I am still interested in articles about new ingredients, formulations, and skincare discoveries, but choosing products?  Thank you very much but I’ll do that on my own.  (I do have to admit that I am still a complete sucker when it comes to hair care products.  My shower currently has a product that Allure raved about a few issues ago.  I believed everything I read and went and bought the product.  Alas it does absolutely nothing for my hair.)  Yet I know many women who take the skincare advice of fashion magazines very, very seriously.  As such I actually see fashion magazines, at times, to be “working against” me.  Not so much that they give people advice that I would wish they would only hear from me but that they give out wrong advise on so many occasions.  For example, last year Jean Godfrey-June, the author of the book being reviewed here, wrote in her monthly Lucky column that she felt that too many women were doing too many unnecessary and harsh treatments to their skin (like chemical peels) and thus thinning their skin.  She then recommended a cream that would be a cure-all for those woes.  I disliked the tone of the piece and the message.  Yet now I have just read an entire book by the same author.

I wanted to read Free Gift with Purchase: My Improbably Career in Magazines and Makeup in order to both confirm my suspicions that beauty editors – a. really know nothing about skincare and b. to find what working at a magazine is really like (and yes, of course I have read The Devil Wears Prada).  I did get lots of inside information about magazines and plenty of gossip as well (if you are a fan of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” you will want to read the parts about Kelly Bensimon).  Of course, I wish that all the people mentioned in the book were named instead of just hinted at.  I want to know which famous actress lives with Godfrey-June in the suburbs of Manhattan.  I want to know which famous European fashion designer has a strange and disgusting obsession.  But nevertheless the book did satisfy on that end.  I do wonder why Godfrey-June felt the need to devote an entire chapter to describing the suburb she lives in and how she is different, yet the same, as everyone there.  And if I hear one more time that nursing makes you super skinny after pregnancy I will scream (page 196). 

This book to me was a quick and easy and enjoyable read, but it was also chockfull of what I consider inane and unhelpful “advice”.  For example please turn to page 53 to learn that you need to take all formal wedding photos the day BEFORE your actual wedding.  Pray tell – how are you logistically supposed to pull that tip off?  And what kind of tip is that anyway?  Or see page 163 in the book to learn that you should only use Creme de la Mar (an extraordinarily expensive face cream) on your radiation burns while undergoing cancer treatments.  Or to buy nail polishes, lipsticks, lotions, and perfumes to hand out to hospital and nursing home staff in order to bribe them into giving you (or your loved one) better care – see page 35 for that tip.  But for all of those ridiculous tips Godfrey-June does make a number of important points in the book:  nothing gets rid of cellulite (page 86), her list of skincare ingredients that actually work is very up to date (pages 228-229), and finally her advice that the best present you could ever give a new mother would be to hold her baby so she can sleep is very, very true (page 196). 

I appreciated Godfrey-June’s honesty in describing her awkward physical stages, her failed beauty experiments, and embarrassing moments while doing her job, but really I read this book to have my curiosity satisfied about how exactly beauty editors go about their jobs.  And indeed my curiosity was satisfied.  According to the book beauty editors receive an enormous amount of free make-up and skincare products (Godfrey-June estimates that she receives between 50 to 200 free products a day), are wined and dined all the time by make-up and skincare companies, and receive on top of all the free products numerous free gifts from these companies.  Doesn’t sound like a bad job, right?   At least Godfrey-June recognizes that she has a job many, many people see as either  frivolous and silly or enviable (it all depends on how you feel about beauty products).  So does Godfrey-June really know all that much about skincare?  Not really – she is a journalist who has always written about the beauty industry so yes, she definitely knows more than your average joe about make-up and face creams but her advice, or that of any other beauty editor, should not be substituted for the knowledge of a trained individual (such as an esthetician or a doctor).  Godfrey-June says that the products that make it into fashion magazines are the best products, as decided by the beauty editor, and no amount of free gifts or meals will bribe them into endorsing something they do not love.  She does point out though that instead of sending beauty editors lots of free gifts if you will really want to get their attention buy lots of ad space in their magazines. 

On a personal note I had to cringe when I read three times in this book variations on the theme that facials are unnecessary, estheticians only try to sell you products, and facials just stress Godfrey-June out (pages 227, 203, and 202 respectively).  Though Godfrey-June does point out that a good esthetician can make a world of difference for a person’s skin (pages 226-227) I was upset, once again, to see my profession derided in print.  I am not the type of person to tell you that every esthetician is a miracle worker, but I can tell you that the vast majority of us take our profession very seriously and are knowledgable and capable people who can greatly help our clients improve the look and health of their skin.  And we certainly don’t receive the freebies that Godfrey-June does in order to recommend products.

Bottom Line: If you are a glossy fashion magazine devotee or simply love creams and make-up you’ll enjoy this book.  If you watch any sort of reality show on Bravo you’ll definitely enjoy this inside look into the world of celebrity make-up artists and hair stylists.

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Amped Up Cleansers: Worth the Price? Do They Work? February 7, 2010

 

Until recently I had always figured that buying a cleanser with strong added ingredients, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid, was a waste of money.  Didn’t all those ingredients just get washed down the drain?  Weren’t you wasting your money?  It seemed better to buy a lotion, moisturizer, or serum with those potent ingredients than a cleanser.

It turns out I was wrong with all of my assumptions.  I did a little research and discovered some interesting facts about cleansers with added ingredients.   First I’ll discuss what some of most popular added ingredients do for your skin.  Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid, is a mild exfoliant and helps to loosen and expel comedones, or blackheads, from the skin.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help with the redness of inflamed lesions.  Additionally, the combination of exfoliation and anti-inflammatory properties helps the skin heal, prevents scarring, and helps to decrease the chance of future breakouts.  Salicylic acid, which is oil soluble, is able to penetrate deeply into the pore helping to keep sebaceous follicles clear of cellular buildup and can help minimize the formation of new comedones.  On the other hand, benzoyl peroxide destroys the acne causing bacteria in the follicles.  Benzoyl peroxide can penetrate into the hair follicle to reach the acne causing bacteria while not causing too much irritation to your skin at the same time.  Glycolic acid is a alpha hydroxy acid with very small particles that penetrate deeply into the skin.  As such glycolic acid is a great exfoliator; it can also reduce fine lines over time and even help the skin stay hydrated.

According to Dr. Marmur in her book Simple Skin Beauty the acids in a cleanser, such as glycolic or salicylic, will begin to work the minute it touches your skin.  And if you use a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide in it that ingredient will actually remain on your skin after you have washed off your cleanser and thus will have the desired effect on your skin.  One thing to remember – cleanser that contain these added ingredients use a strong surfactant, or oil  and debris emulsifying ingredient, to work so they can dry your skin out. 

Dr. Fredric Brandt points out in his book Age-less that cleansers with AHA or BHA help prep the skin to receive their next treatment – whether that is a lotion, serum, or moisturizer.  He also points out that your cleanser doesn’t necessarily need to contain a strong added ingredient.  For instance you could use a cleanser with green tea in it in order to soothe irritated skin.  Dr. Murad in his book The Murad Method seconds a few of the points already brought up here.  He explains that if the cleanser you use is properly formulated than the added ingredients will penetrate the top layers of the skin as you cleanse.  Cleansers with AHA and BHA, according to Dr. Murad, both exfoliate and enhance hydration during use.  But Dr. Murad does point out that if you want to use a cleanser with AHA and BHA in it you should make sure it also has anti-irritant ingredients like allantoin and B vitamin panthenol so that it doesn’t irritate your skin in the process.  Like Dr. Brandt, Dr. Murad likes cleansers with added ingredients that soothe the skin – such as licorice extract, chamomile, and vitamin E.  If your skin is dry Dr. Murad suggests looking for a cleanser with added hydrators such as sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid.

In an article in Allure magazine called “Power Wash” from 2009 the experts interviewed for the article agree that glycolic acid in cleansers is indeed effective but Vitamin C, retinol, and antioxidants are not.  The article does point out that cleanser with spf in them actually do leave sunscreen behind on your skin.  I find cleansers with spf in them to be very intriguing (the article highlights two cleansers – one from St. Ives and one from Freeze 24-7) since so many people refuse or forget to use sunscreen on a daily basis.  It is very important to point out that while these cleansers really do seem to do what they claim, leave a residue of sunscreen behind on the skin, the amount of protection you get isn’t enough.  It is always important to use a moisturizer with sunscreen or just a separate sunscreen as well.

As already noted these cleansers with added ingredients can be harsh on the skin.  Though using one might be a great idea for you be sure to watch out for any irritation once you start using one.  If you do see any new redness, flaking, or irritation on your skin after starting to use such a cleanser back off and use the cleanser less (or even stop entirely).  Though these cleansers might be a great thing for some people, other people may find that getting the benefits of those added ingredients works best for them in the form of a lotion, serum, or moisturizer.  All of us are different so you might need to experiment to find what is best for you.

 

High-Tech Skincare Help February 5, 2010

Back in November The New York Times reported that the Dutch company Philips, who are known for their electronics, appliances, lighting, and healthcare products, introduced a machine that could analyze a person’s skin almost instantly.  Called Crystalize the machine uses high-tech video cameras to take extreme close-up photos of a person’s skin.  Then the machine’s software analyzes the photos while looking for the following skincare issues:  skin type, redness, sun damage, and smoothness.  Once the analysis is complete you are given a list of recommended products for your skin type, in a variety of price ranges.  The service costs $90, and according to The New York Times article it is currently only available at Studio BeautyMix which is located in the Fred Segal department store in Santa Monica, CA.  I looked at the Studio BeautyMix website but didn’t see any mention of the service on there.  Philips  will not be selling skincare products or be receiving money from companies whose products are sold in the same location as Crystalize.  After getting your skin analyzed you can go online and share your thoughts and feelings about skincare and your skin on the Crystalize website.

Of course I went and looked up the Crystalize website which I must say I found confusing.  The website certainly tries to sell you on the machine but doesn’t mention where you can find it.  There are testimonials from people who have used Crystalize, but it isn’t clear to me how wide spread the use of the product is.  It did intrigue me to see that Dr. Doris Day is featured on the website, giving her expert endorsement of the product.  Dr. Day is a prominent New York City dermatologist who is widely quoted in the media.  I’ve read one of her books and found it interesting and informative (though I hated the format of the book).  Dr. Day has one blog entry on the Crystalize website but nothing else.  All in all the website seems very under developed.  I even tried to leave a comment and couldn’t find how to do it.  Do you have to be invited in order to leave comments?  It was really confusing and I am usually not this confounded by websites.

Crystalize is definitely an intriguing product.  If it works as it says it does then it really could eliminate a lot of confusion for consumers.  Plus it would take away the problem of wondering if the person at the skincare product counter really knows what they are talking about or is simply trying to sell you something in order to make their commission.  I just wish the Crystalize website was more complete and provided a lot more useful information like where to find it for starters!  Isn’t that a marketing 101 issue – tell people where they can find your product?

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