Category Archives: Oily skin

Real Before-and-After Photos – E Experiments: SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

It’s no secret around the office that I am totally obsessed with SkinMedica’s blend of five different forms of HA.

Why The obsession, you ask?
1. While other hyaluronic acid serums will deliver a superficial plumping effect by binding water in the skin, they are short lived. Typical HA’s only have a lifespan of 2 to 4 hours. SkinMedica’s R+D geniuses took care to stabilize these HA’s, which means all-day and long-term hydration for you.

2. Key Words: “Rejuvenating Hydrator”: yes, applying this magical photoshop-in-a-bottle will create a visible, instant gratification perfection-increase. But aside from the right-now smoothing/plumping effect, this powerhouse serum features a brand new antioxidant, peptides, and polysaccharides which will actually stimulate your skin to produce its own HA after continued use.

3. These photos: the below photos are the result of simply tapping HA5 on top of existing makeup, in the office.

Elapsed time: 40 minutes for one set, 4 hours for the other (whoops, we had a pretty crazy clinic day). Anyway, I’ll think you’ll agree that these results are remarkable!

*no retouching was performed and no filters were used in any way.


Here’s what happens almost instantly when we restore the hydration with HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator: 

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

Elapsed time: 4 hours

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

Elapsed time: 4 hours

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

^ Check out the upper lip here^! – Yes, slather this on ALL OVER your face and neck, AM and PM. Elapsed time: 40 minutes.

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

Elapsed time: 40 minutes

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

^Am I crazy, or is that under-eye crease, like, actually gone?! We’re officially bathing in this at the office. Elapsed time: 40 minutes.

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

Elapsed time: 40 minutes

Here’s the background on HA: Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is our skin’s natural moisture. We started out making tons of it, but as damage accumulates with age and our cellular turnover process slows down, we make less and less of it. In fact, it’s said that between the ages of 40-50, your skin has lost 50% of the HA it had at age 20!

Known as a “Fountain Of Youth” molecule, HA is super important in the skin to bind water, holding moisture in. HA is also naturally present in our joints for lubrication, and found in many injectable fillers, too. Thanks to the awesome new antioxidants and 5 different kinds of HA in HA5, short-lived temporary gratification from basic/other Hydrating serums is becoming obsolete. …WELCOME TO THIS!


If you add my fave HA5 to your regimen, you’ll get awesome instant gratification with the added benefit of long-term improvement… and I think you’ll be obsessed with it, too!

Click here for more on the long-and-short of the results from HA5 and the technology that sets this product-hero apart from other HA serums.

And until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

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If you need to look REALLY good for something, you need to put THIS on 15 minutes before… 

Ok, I’ll admit it: I have a smidge of an obsession going on with my favorite product for hydrating: SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. This photoshop-in-a-bottle might just be your new best friend, too.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA): The Fountain Of Youth Molecule

HA is a naturally-occurring, water-loving, water-binding element. The presence of HA, and the ability to create our skin’s own HA, is depleted over time with age and skin damage. When we have more HA, fine lines are smoothed, dryness is relieved, and loss of moisture is prevented. The right HA is not only essential to your skin looking fabulous, it’s also essential to long-term skin health.

Imagine there’s a sponge underneath the top layer of your skin. Imagine that it shrinks as we get older, reducing our ability to hold water in the skin. No matter what moisturizer you use, the amount of water your skin can hold on to is not what it was. We need to restore and replenish that sponge, it’s been getting dry and crispy over time.

HA5: What will it do for me?


When you add a concentrated, stabilized HA Serum to your routine, it will amplify skin’s water content and prevent loss of hydration, reducing the look of crow’s feet, folds, laugh lines, marionette lines, and other ‘textures of life’. The result? You have smoother, firmer skin, and you look Ah-mazing. Check out some before and after pictures on real people here.

…But when that HA Serum is SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, the improvement is not just temporary. Remember that above-referenced ‘sponge’ (above)? After several weeks of use, you will notice a change in your skin each day: your ‘sponge’ is healthier, holding onto more water than before, and making its own HA! Because, while instant gratification is awesome, who doesn’t want to look really good every day??

SkinMedica’s HA5 Serum: Don’t just give someone water, give them the well!

This amazing product boasts five different forms of HA, all with different tasks:

Time Release HA: A SkinMedica® proprietary, sustained release of HA (HA all day!)

Sodium Hyaluronate: For immediate hydration (instant gratification)

Uncross-linked HA: For smoothness and hydration

Nano HA: Soothes skin (great for those with sensitive skin)

Cross-Linked HA: Provides long-lasting hydration for up to 8 hours (most HA serums zonk out at 2-4 hours)

^Translation:

Soothing, calming, smoothing, an instant smoothing effect AND long-lasting hydration.

Instant Gratification

Really: if you put this on at least 15-20 minutes before you have to look really fabulous, you will notice a visible improvement in fine lines and textures. When we demonstrate it in the office, I’ll apply it to one side of a patient’s face. By the time they leave the office, there is a very noticeable difference between the two sides. 

HA5 demonstrated in the office: I tapped it on over her existing makeup, photos are not enhanced or retouched. (Elapsed time: approximately 40 min) theproductpro.wordpress.com

HA5 demonstrated in the office: I tapped it on over her existing makeup, photos are not enhanced or retouched. (Elapsed time: approximately 40 min)

HA All Day (and beyond!) 

Here’s the best part: HA5 features VITISCENCE™ antioxidant technology, (this is exclusive to SkinMedica). These new and potent antioxidants will actually support long-term skin health and your skin’s ability to replenish its own HA.‬

Who Is It Good For?


All skin types: including normal, dry, mature, oily, acne-prone, sensitive and fragile.

How Do I Use It?


Apply 2 pumps of SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator as the last step of your skin care regimen before a moisturizer both AM and PM.

  • If you use a moisturizer/sunscreen combo: it would go on just under that.
  • If you are a serum-user, apply your serum first, then your HA5, followed by your moisturizer and/or sunscreen.

Real Patient Comments from our office:


“You feel like you’re doing your skin a favor… and as time goes on, the more favors you can do for it, the better!”

“It’s a treat for myself every day”
…”it feels ‘soft’, ‘smooth’ and feels so light, while still ‘feeling moisturized”.

After using it for a while, many patients remark that they don’t have that tight-feeling after cleansing, and don’t feel that immediate need to throw something on fast to alleviate tightness.


Looking to join the #nofilter-selfie-HA5-fanclub (<get one for yourself)?

Authentic HA5 is only available through authorized physician’s offices:  you can find a physician near you by clicking here.

And if you’re around the Chicagoland area, give us a call at our office! Skincare consultations and Shipping on products are both complimentary… we would love to help you get started on HA5:

DMG Aesthetics – Dr. Daniel G. Danahey
GLEN ELLYN, IL
630-545-7840


Learn more about HA5 on SkinMedica’s site by clicking here. 

…And in the meantime: stay fabulous (and hydrated!) my friends!

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Drug Store Shout Out: A BB Cushion by a luxury brand …without the luxury price

Well, I’ve been pretty busy (who isn’t?!) and it’s been a tad since I’ve posted – but I have some fabulosity to share that may make up for my blogging inconsistency lately:

This luxury gem hails from Target!

Laniege BB cushion (Target) is my fave new drug store find. I had an opportunity to try this Budget-friendly-find a couple months back, and have been searching for it in-store since! Not all Target locations carry this line, but it is available online if you can’t find it at a store near you.

Laniege is a brand made and distributed by Amore Pacific,  one of the more expensive skin care lines out of Nieman Marcus
, one of the factors that piqued my interest right off the bat. 

Pop this beauty open to reveal a comfy cushion of gloriousness


This super-light, sheer BB cream provides a barely-there coverage that evens the complexion just enough. Much lighter than my all time much-more-emollient fave, Intellishade, it’s a great alternative to add to your BB-cream/SPF wardrobe for when you want something with a bit less creaminess. 

It also cools the skin, perfect after a workout or when you’re in a warm climate, thanks to its ionized mineral water ingredients. The best part is it’s SPF 50 feature (but keep in mind that you must apply it evenly and with enough coverage to realize this benefit, as with all SPF makeup products).
Easy to apply, it comes with an antimicrobial puff (and also goes on beautifully with a texture brush, as I have found). It goes on evenly and dries enough to quickly follow with powder if more coverage is desired. 

Every girl needs a complete SPF wardrobe!


This cooling, light and quick-to-apply product lasts all day, doesn’t get muddy in oily areas, and gives the skin a soft airbrush-like glow. It’s fantastic quality for a drug store find, and at $34 (which includes a refill and extra puff!) it’s worth a try if you’re looking for a new BB cream.

Enjoy, and until next time, stay fabulous my friends! 

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The Skincare Ingredient You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

Neocutis has long been known as a skin care leader for their innovations in growth factor technology. (Read more about that here) 

The newest NEOCUTIS skin care line, MICRO•ESSENTIALS, is now available – and after weeks of experimentation, I can confidently say: I’m nuts about it. This brand new class of anti-aging brings a new addition ingredient to skin care – So what IS the newest thing, you ask?

The short answer: A brand new blend of peptides.

The short answer, explained: Inspired by matrikine technology, MPC™ (Micro Protein Complex) uses a new blend of peptides to help defend against and correct the visible signs of skin aging.

What will these fancy peptides actually do for me, you ask?

  • They stimulate Collagen 1, 3, and 7 (7 is the kind way deep down there, helping with “foundational” support of the skin. Think firm!)
  •  They stimulate your own production of Hylauronic Acid (HA). HA might sound familiar, it’s a popular ingredient in moisturizers, hydrating serums, and fillers like Juvederm and Restylane. It’ll keep your skin plump and hydrated.
  • They stimulate elastin synthesis. This is exciting, there’s not many products/ingredients out there that’ll do this.

The NEOCUTIS MICRO•ESSENTIALS line includes five products to help you kick butt in the anti-aging department:

MICRO•DAY™ Rejuvenating Cream:

  • Broad-spectrum Sunscreen with SPF 30
  • An all-in-one for the girl on the go, this moisturizing product also delivers anti-oxidant protection
  • Tinted and creamy, yet sheer and satiny consistency is lovely to apply and great for most all skin types

MICRO•NIGHT™ Rejuvenating Cream 

  • Finally… A great anti-aging product that isn’t too heavy, but still restores moisture. It’s about time we had a new product in this category.
  • Smooths skin and improves firmness while you sleep.

MICRO•EYES™ Rejuvenating Cream 

  • If you like Lumiere, you’ll LOVE this
  • alleviates the signs of fatigue
  • Light consistency, noticeable results
  • helps make the delicate skin around the eyes resistant to the signs of aging.
  • Safe to use on upper lids too! Woot!

MICRO•SERUM Intensive Treatment 

  • The Cadillac of the line, this glorious serum is the highest concentration of our new found peptide friends.
  • Absolutely lovely upon application, not sticky or goopy… Just elegant and enjoyable as it smoothed over skin.
  • goes beyond fine lines and wrinkles to address additional signs of aging, including elasticity, tone and texture.

The mack-daddy of MPC, Micro Serum

MICRO•FIRM: Check out my post about this 5-star product here. I am head-over-heels for this awesome serum-meets-cream rejuvenating and firming intensive treatment!!

If you’re interested in adding this new cutting-edge peptide to your regimen, find it at a doctors office near you! And in the meantime, stay fabulous, my friends!

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Life Savers: The Best Products To Use After A Peel – for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

If you’ve ever had a chemical peel (maybe you’re recovering from one now) you know that the days after the treatment can be interesting… From trying to apply makeup over dry, flaky skin to explaining to co-workers or significant others that no, you don’t have dried milk on your chin, and yes, this is supposed to be happening.

 

how to het through a chemical peel at theproductpro.wordpress.com

“No, I didn’t just have a chemical peel, did YOU?”

Besides trying to look as normal as possible, it’s very important to use gentle products that won’t irritate the skin -or worse for social scenarios- cause additional dryness. 

I thought I’d share my favorite moisturizer and recovery products to use post-procedure, but as always: be sure to follow the instructions given to you by your skin care professional or doctor, and always use plenty of SPF!


The Best Post-Peel Products for Oily or Acne-Prone Skin Types

LaRoche Posay Thermal Spring Water This versatile product is much more than a can of spray water. Rich in restoring elements like selenium, The water from the thermal springs in LaRoche Posay France has been used historically to treat burn victims, wounds, and critical skin disorders.. It’s neutral pH and delicate mister makes it a gentle refresher, toner, and a great way to set mineral make up, even on a daily basis.

Skinmedica TNS Recovery Complex This potent mixture of Human Growth Factors layers under moisturizers and makeup to accelerate the healing process. A light gel formula, it absorbs quickly for a clean finish. This product is also great to use daily for anti-aging, whether you are post procedure or not!

Skinmedica UltraSheer Moisturizer This oil-free, sheer moisturizer won’t cause breakouts, nor will it leave you feeling ‘eh’ in the moisturizing-department, as some lightweight moisturizers will. This potent formula absorbs quickly and boosts the skin’s ability to protect itself with multiple forms of Vitamin C and oil-soluble E (antioxidants).

No Break Out Zone: Ultra Sheer and Hydrate are perfect moisture for anyone who wants a matte, clean finish

No Break Out Zone: Ultra Sheer and Hydrate are perfect moisture for anyone who wants a matte, clean finish

Obagi Hydrate This go-to for clean-finish, medium-weight matte moisturizer is perf’ for all of you acne-prone beauties. In my many experiences over the years with Hydrate, I feel confident claiming that it will NOT break you out. I repeat: It will not make you break out.

It’s a great medium-weight, middle-of-the-road consistency moisturizer for oilier types that still need hydration. The unique time release formula actually releases moisture to the dermis -yep, way down there- consistently over the course of 8 hours! Read my old-school post on it here. 


May the Force be With You! And be sure to watch for my next editions of Life Savers: The best post-peel products for All Skin Types, Dry and Mature, and “Trouble Spots”. And until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

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Life Savers: The Best Products To Use After A Peel – For All Skin Types

If you’ve ever had a chemical peel (maybe you’re recovering from one now) you know that the days after the treatment can be interesting… From trying to apply makeup over dry, flaky skin to explaining to co-workers or significant others that no, you don’t have dried milk on your chin, and yes, this is supposed to be happening.

 

how to het through a chemical peel at theproductpro.wordpress.com

“No, I didn’t just have a chemical peel, did YOU?”

Besides trying to look as normal as possible, it’s very important to use gentle products that won’t irritate the skin -or worse for social scenarios- cause additional dryness. 

I thought I’d share my favorite moisturizer and recovery products to use post-procedure, but as always: be sure to follow the instructions given to you by your skin care professional or doctor, and always use plenty of SPF!


Best for All Skin Types:

Dermalogica Barrier Repair This anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer has just about saved my life in the days after exfoliation. It smoothes over any skin type to disguise and moisturize dry skin, and feels like satin! It also delivers a powerful punch of lasting comfort and healing thanks to it’s UltraCalming™ Complex formulation.  A great product to include in your skin care ‘wardrobe’, this lipid-barrier-reinforcer is a marvelous makeup primer as well!

Dermalogica Barrier Repair at theproductpro.wordpress.com

Just had a peel? Meet your new best friend.

Skinmedica TNS Recovery Complex This potent mixture of Human Growth Factors layers under moisturizers and makeup to accelerate the healing process. A light gel formula, it absorbs quickly for a clean finish. This product is also great to use daily for anti-aging, whether you are post procedure or not!

I *heart* TNS Recovery Complex!

LaRoche Posay Thermal Spring Water This versatile product is much more than a can of spray water. Rich in restoring elements like selenium, The water from the thermal springs in LaRoche Posay France has been used historically to treat burn victims, wounds, and critical skin disorders.. It’s neutral pH and delicate mist application make it a gentle refresher, toner, and a great way to set mineral make up, even on a daily basis.

Neocutis BioSerum Neocutis’ most potent blend of growth factors, this serum comforts and calms while speeding up the recovery process. With a slightly more milky consistency than TNS recovery complex, this serum might be a good choice if you normally lean towards the dryer side. I recommend using a growth factor as part of a daily regimen for anti-aging (also see TNS Recovery, above).

Obagi Hydrate This go-to for clean-finish, matte moisturizer is perf’ for all skin types. Easy to layer over serums or under SPF, Obagi Hydrate is a great one-size-fits-all and easy to incorporate into existing regimens. The unique time release formula actually releases moisture to the dermis -yep, way down there- consistently over the course of 8 hours! Read my old-school post on it here. 


 

May the Force be With You! And be sure to watch for my next editions of Life Savers: The best post-peel products for Dry and Mature, Oily and Acne-Prone, and “Trouble Spots”. And until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

 


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Hot off the press! You’ll love this New Obagi Sunscreen

BEHOLD: The NEW Obagi physical SPF ingredients

BEHOLD: The NEW Obagi physical SPF ingredients

Sun Shield Mineral isn’t just an ordinary sunscreen

So excited: this a cosmetically-elegant ALL PHYSICAL BLOCK (This means NO chemical sunscreen) complete with a unique dry, clear, and invisible finish!

Fun Features:

  • Paraben FREE
  • SPF 50
  • Water resistant (40min)
  • Appropriate for ALL skin types, even sensitive skin!
  • Non-irritating and non-sensitizing
  • Light-weight
  • Oil-free

Undoing Summer Fun-Damage

This is a perfect product to use all year long, but especially now if you plan to do any procedures this Fall. Tis’ the season for undoing Summer Fun-Damage, so you’ll want a smooth, easy-to-use, gentle SPF!! (Click here to read more about one of my favorite ways to un-do that Fun-Damage, Halo Laser)

Enjoy, and Until Next Time, Stay Fabulous My Friends!

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Yay! A New Clarisonic 

  
Ok- I’m so excited! This Mia 3 ‘Sonic Romance’ (available at Nordstrom) is super cute! My mom gave it to me! It’s totally trumping my old and boring white Clarisonic Pro – I can’t wait to use this bad boy! 

A Clarisonic is a great tool to increase the efficacy of your topicals by prepping the skin effectively. It cleanses 6 x better than manual cleansing. This means your expensive and amazing products can penetrate much more effectively. 

Clarisonics are fun and unique because you can customize/choose the ‘strength’ of the brush for more or less exfoliation. Most models also feature timers so you don’t overdo it. My mom and I both love how clean we feel after using these awesome tools – we’ve both been Clarisonic-users since about 2008… And neither one of us is willing to go without them anymore!

If you do try a cleansing device, I would recommend this one. It’s patented sonic technology is much more effective and gentle than a spinning brush, which can (in theory) stress out the capillaries, maybe upset elastin fibers and irritate the skin.

If you try one, enjoy! And until next time, Stay Fabulous my Friends! 

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3 Fast Facts: Obagi C Clarifying Serum

I started 3 fast facts because I could go on forever about some of these products… which can make writing about them a little daunting.  Instead of overthinking (and therefore procrastinating), I’ll just use this category to finally touch on some of my favorite products & three reasons you might love them too! 


Obagi C-Clarifying Serum

Obagi C-Clarifying Serum

What can I say except: WOW. This little powerhouse is amazing, and the only of its kind on the market.

Obagi C-Clarifying Serum: With Marketing like this, how could it NOT be fabulous?? at theProductPro.wordpress.com

Obagi C-Clarifying Serum: With Marketing like this, how could it NOT be fabulous??

➢ Fact 1:

The first and only:

Its unique formula features 10% Vitamin C combined with prescription strength 4% Hydroquinone, the Gold standard treatment for dark spots and discoloration. Prescription strength means that the product is able to penetrate the dermal layers to reduce the over-activity of melanosomes.

Translation: Not only will the Vitamin C work to lighten and brighten, but the power of RX lighteners are in your corner too. It’s really under-rated, in my opinion: This product is not only neutralizing free radicals and protecting the skin, improving the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation! What more could you want??

➢ Fact 2:

It works. And Fast:

In studies, this product was mostly observed effective at about 4 weeks. In reality, I observe patients (and on my own skin!) notice changes much faster than that. Some people swear up-and-down that they see significant lightening and brightening as soon as a few days! Expect results to continue to get better for up to 4 months. The prevention benefit will continue beyond that, as long as you’re still using it.

➢ Fact 3:

Two sizes fit most:

Originally (way back) only available in one formula, this serum is now-a-days available in two ‘flavors’: Normal to Dry and Normal to Oily, they’ve thought of everyone here! It will help treat multiple kinds of darkened skin:

  •  Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (the ‘stain’ that’s left over after a blemish for example)
  • Melasma

 

Until Next Time, Stay Fabulous, My Friends!

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3 Fast Facts: Skinmedica TNS Recovery Complex

I started 3 fast facts because I could go on forever about some of these products… which can make writing about them a little daunting.  Instead of overthinking (and therefore procrastinating), I’ll just use this category to finally touch on some of my favorite products & three reasons you might love them too! 


 

 

Three Fast Facts About: SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex

This anti-aging product moonlights as a post-procedure super hero!

This anti-aging product moonlights as a post-procedure super hero!

➢ Fact 1

Growth factors are not something that come naturally to aging skin. Thankfully, SkinMedica has provided us with the #1 growth factor on the market, NouriCel-MD, which is a naturally secreted , physiologically-balanced combo of over 110 human growth factors that are both active and stable. TNS Recovery complex is made up of 93.6% NouriCel-MD (this means it’s potent).

Growth Factors like TNS Recovery complex basically play a game of telephone with the skin to unlock it’s ability to heal and repair itself. Since age and inflammation basically wound the skin, TNS helps ‘heal’, improving skin texture, smoothing fine lines, and reducing photo damage.

➢ Fact 2

This nifty red gel is quickly absorbed by the skin. In fact, you’ve got to be pretty quick about it! This has been a patient favorite for years. I would say that there’s almost a cult-like following of TNS among many clients/patients. Many of our patients insist that it almost instantly tightens upon application and won’t go without it. Great for all skin types, use AM/PM before all of your other serums and moisturizers.

➢ Fact 3

Since procedures like chemical peels and laser treatments are also a sort of wound, TNS Recovery complex is often times appropriate to use after your peel or laser treatment to help the skin heal quickly and predictably. That’s one reason it was called Recovery Complex! (Always check with your doctors office to see what their specific post care instructions are for your procedure). We love it after HALO laser, MicrolaserPeel, pro-fractional laser, chemical peels, after the incisions seal up post-surgical procedures, and all the time!

Here’s a link to learn more about it:

 

http://www.skinmedica.com/skin-care-products/tns-recovery-complex

 

 

Until Next time, Stay Fabulous, My Friends!

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