Skincare is always on my radar. I get a lot of questions from women of all ages and even men who want to look better! Skincare to me is something that requires some research. One needs to learn about ingredients as well as talking to an MD (Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon) or even their aesthetician about the proper products they should use. Skincare is a situation of YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary. What works for your sister or mom or bestie might -or might not- work for your skin. My suggestion is that you should get samples whenever possible to test out on the inside of your arm to check for allergic responses. Start off using the product in question slowly; first every other day and see how the product works on your skin and then slowly progress to daily usage.
The article I am sharing below is written by a skin and beauty expert: Dr. Manish Shah, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Denver, Colorado. His essay is about what you can do in the very short term to give your skin a healthy glow so that you look your best for New Year’s Eve. The products and/or treatments he recommends would make great holiday gifts because they will help you -or anyone who receives any of the products or treatments listed in this piece-) look fabulous not only for one evening but will help you look great every day.
PS: Not only does Dr. Shah recommend things you should do, but he also suggests products and specific treatments too!
Countdown to NYE (+ Xmas): How to Get Great Skin BEFORE the Ball Drops on 2018!
by Dr. Manish Shah,
As luck would have it, most women seem to experience skin care problems just when they want to look their best. Every woman can relate to waking up with a huge zit right at the tip of her nose, or huge dark circles under the eyes, and the list goes on. There are pre-emptive measures one can take with less than two weeks until the New Year to ward off these skin care evils. We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver board certified plastic surgeon for guidance on what to do without breaking the bank or having invasive surgery.
Facial Extractions by a licensed aesthetician
Dr. Manish Shah says, “When done correctly extraction facials can clear closed comedones (AKA those tiny, flesh-colored bumps that never come to a head, yet never really go away), remove whiteheads and blackheads, and give your skin a newer, fresher foundation for your skincare products to penetrate. Basically, extractions can be the kiss of life for your lifeless broken out skin.”
Drink Alcohol in Moderation
If you plan on ringing into 2019 with a few glasses of bubbly, Dr. Shah recommends moderating your alcohol consumption leading up to the big day.
He explains, “Alcohol can dehydrate the skin and cause it to appear less fresh and vibrant, which can certainly hinder your skin care efforts.”
Cleanse your Face Every Night
You have just arrived home at 2 am from a holiday party. It may be tempting to flop into bed without washing your face. Don’t do it!
Dr. Shah says that, “Sun damage isn’t the only environmental factor you have to worry about. Small micro-particles from air pollutants might just hurt your skin, too. Play it safe by remembering to take a minute to cleanse your face to remove debris that could be weakening your skin. In addition, that foundation and pressed powder you have been wearing all night can clog your pores and cause breakouts.”
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a mild, non-irritating formulation that soothes skin as it cleans. In fact, it’s gentle enough for a baby’s delicate skin. Designed specifically to work for all skin types, it is a simple, yet highly effective way to care for your skin.
Want brighter, younger-looking skin? It starts with a great at home exfoliator!
Dr. Shah explains that, “As your skin replenishes itself, dead skin cells start to build up on the top layer, leaving you looking dull. Exfoliating regularly removes this layer, revealing fresh, healthy skin. Regular exfoliation also allows your moisturizer and other topical products to penetrate more deeply, making them more effective.”
Product: St. Ives FRESH SKIN APRICOT SCRUB
The icon. The cult classic. The beauty editor favorite. Our deep cleaning apricot scrub with 100% natural walnut shell powder works to give you soft, smooth, positively glowing skin.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
You would not eat food on dirty dishes, would you? Applying makeup with dirty brushes is not so different. Not only will dirty brushes give you a spotty application, but they can harbor bacteria, dirt, and oil, leading to acne and breakouts which necessitates piling on even more makeup to cover it up.
Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner is the most requested makeup brush cleaner on the market. The professional liquid cleaner is a cult classic and commonly chosen by top professionals in the makeup industry. It can be found backstage on runways, photo shoots, and television sets. It has a soft vanilla scent and dries almost instantly. It can clean, sanitize, condition, and deodorize brushes after every use. It leaves no oily residue, is environmentally safe, and can remove 99.9% of all bacteria.
Don’t Squeeze Your Pimples!
Here’s a secret that many a supermodel or actress use: Steroid shots.
Dr. Shah explains that, “when we discuss treating acne with cortisone or “steroid” shots, we are referring to the process of gently placing a very dilute quantity of a “glucocorticoid” steroid into the cyst. Glucocorticoids are a class of steroid molecules that are naturally produced by our bodies and have numerous functions including the regulation of human metabolism, immunity, and inflammation. They have very potent anti-inflammatory effects, so they are often used to treat inflammatory diseases in medicine. They can be formulated as creams to treat skin rashes or as pills to treat systemic disease. They can also be injected directly into local areas of inflammation such as in arthritic joints and inflamed acne cysts. Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement.”
Look for AHA/BHA/PHA peels that will exfoliate the skin and help release the top layers of dead skin cells allowing for a more radiant underlay to come through.
Product: The Magic Pads
The Magic Pads – 2% Glycolic Acid Pads with USDA Certified Organic Extracts, 60 Count. Available on www.amazon.com
2% Glycolic Acid
Organic Willow Bark Extract
Organic Aloe Vera Juice
This professional treatment exfoliates at a deeper level (similar to a peel), with a mechanical handheld device that buffs away the upper layers of the skin.
Add vitamin C to your routine.
Dr. Shah suggests applying several drops of vitamin C serum underneath SPF each morning to target free radical damage, help lighten brown spots, and even out your skin tone.
Product: Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster (Vitamin C Serum)
This product, formulated specifically to combat signs of aging as well as brightening skin tone, contains a highly concentrated form of vitamin C, plus some antioxidants and other skin-replenishing ingredients for good measure. Available at dermstore.com and Amazon.com
It may seem obvious, but when it comes to dewy, glowing skin, moisturizing is essential.
“When your skin is dry, it looks dull, so hydrating ingredients can help bring back that glow,” says Dr. Shah.
For skin types already prone to shine, adding moisture may seem like the last thing you need, but an oil-free hydrator with ingredients like hyaluronic acid could actually help reduce your sebum production and even out slickness into a sleek glow.
Available at most drugstores and online at https://www.neutrogena.com
Contains alpha-hydroxy acid which eases away the appearance of fine lines, blotches and discolorations for a more vibrant, even-toned complexion. This multi-vitamin formula softens and smoothes skin while SPF helps prevent further signs of aging.
Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
Alcohol-free (contains no drying alcohol)
About Dr. Manish Shah
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver. Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
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Thank you to Dr. Manish Shaw for this insightful way to get your skin into New Year’s Eve Party shape – fast! The tips on prodcts and treatments are very smart.
You can start using these tips today!!
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