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Do you live on planet earth? Then you need Vogue’s #1 SPF (ahem…DNA-Repairing SPF)

Vogue recently rated the Best Dermatologist-approved sunscreens of this year, and I was excited to see that my new fave mineral spf came out on top:

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica® Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+, $50

“I always prefer lightweight physical blockers to chemical sunscreens, plus this one contains DNA Repairsomes that help to reverse harmful effects caused by UV rays while also protecting skin from future damage.”
Dendy Engelman, M.D., New York

Why it’s fabulous:

1) Technology: DNA Repairsomes! These are enzymes that actually work to repair damaged DNA. Wow wow wow!!

2) It’s a lightweight, mineral SPF fluid- not goopy, and doesn’t smell like coconuts.

3) The bottle is really a pretty generous size, I would consider it a great value for the technology feature.

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica® Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+: hard to say, easy to use!What will it do for you?

What will it do for me?

1) DNA is damaged by well, generally bring alive and living on planet earth. Aging, pollution, chemicals, and of course sunlight (not just from that one time on vacay, even just on a daily basis).

This causes age spots, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, crepe-like changes to the skin, and of course: skin cancer.

The DNA Repairing enzymes in ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion are activated by daylight. So, instead of establishing lots more damage while driving to work or walking the kiddos to school every day, you’re potentially reversing damage while protecting your skin with mineral spf.

That’s right: treat and prevent skin damage at the same time.

Features

  • Anti-Aging: Prevents brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.
  • Skin Cancer and AK prevention/treatment: Used as an adjunct therapy to treat Actinic Keratosis, this product is perfect for everyone, but especially if you’ve ever had an AK or previous bout with a skin cancer.
  • It’s Gentle: Mineral, titanium dioxide SPF (non- chemical) makes it great for All Skin Types, even sensitive and acne-prone
  • Fluid formulation: easy-to-use and apply
  • Cosmetically Elegant: Very subtle, fresh scent, won’t affect makeup, doesn’t feel greasy
  • Matte finish -but not powdery or dry- won’t run into your eyes while you’re working out

How To Get It:

Dermatologists and physicians all over are now recommending and carrying this at their offices. Chances are, your Derm, physician’s office, or local med spa carries it.

Check it out here on the ISDIN site to find a location near you.

If you’re local to the Chicago area, you can call our office (with no charge for shipping) DuPage Medical Group – DMG Aesthetics, The Office of Dr. Danahey: 630-545-7840 

We’d love to hear from you.

And in the meantime, stay fabulous my friends!

 

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Mohs Surgery… Nose Surgery??? Moe’s Surgery??

What is Mohs surgery?

Lately, I’ve been working like crazy to help launch a brand new cosmetic dermatology office on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The highly credentialed and super smart dermatologist (Dr. Quenby Erickson, who is my boss, the owner, and the medical director all-in-one) is board certified and fellowship trained in Mohs Surgery. Sometimes, when I’m bragging about how talented Dr. Erickson is, people will say: “NOSE surgery??” No, actually: MOHS Surgery. Here’s what it is:

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Here’s Dr Erickson performing a Mohs surgery.
To the patient: Don’t worry, Dr E trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center. You’re in good hands!

Named for Frederic Mohs (1910-2002), this specialty surgical procedure allows the physician to remove the cancer while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.

With more than 2 Million Americans estimated to be affected by skin cancer this year, Mohs Micrographic surgical technique is more in-demand than ever. In addition to Mohs, Dr. Erickson also really enjoys the reconstruction aspect, which has saved patients from disfigurement. It’s a pretty great process.

Step 1: A conservative amount of tissue is removed. Step 2: While the patient waits, the tissue will be examined under a microscope to see if the margins are clear Step 3: If the margins are clear, the patient is good to go. Slightly more tissue will be removed and the steps will be repeated only if the margins aren’t clear.

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Here’s Dr E checking to see if the margins are clear.

Imagine if you had a cancerous lesion on your cheek (yikes). You’d want the cancer to be gone, but with the smallest amount tissue removed as possible. Beyond that, you’d want to be reconstructed beautifully. That’s what a Mohs surgeon can do for you. (Sometimes, closures can be sent out to a plastic surgeon).  As Dr. Erickson says: “Removing tissue from a person’s back is one thing; it becomes a bigger deal on the lip, eyelid or nose.” Glad to have you, Mohs surgeons!!

Click here for what sets fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons apart from the rest, and click here for patient information on Mohs surgery.

Until next time: Stay Fabulous, (and wear your sunscreen!!) My Friends!

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New (super cute) Device Monitors Sun Exposure: We’re now OFFICIALLY out of Excuses

Has anyone seen the June device yet?

It’s existence was just announced by Netatmo at the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s a an electronic device that looks like a wrap bracelet… a somehow good-looking wrap bracelet! Amazingly, its actually a REALLY PRETTY bracelet, unlike my Fit Bit Force or my clunky and my obvious and chunky Body Bugg Arm Band!! Obviously I’m impressed with the styling here, but Ok- I’ll get on with it:  This wearable device-in-disguise actually monitors your sun exposure.

With the June device, you can check in to see how you’re doing on your UV exposure-levels from your smart phone. This way, you know what peak-times to stay in, when to re-apply SPF, and when to ‘call it a day’ after a daytime jaunt involving plenty of daylight exposure. With more than 2 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the US each year, I hope this little guy takes off! It’s not released yet, but I’ll be watching closely for its launch- can’t wait to try it out!

**WAIT** Do you know why it's more fabulous than these other wearable devices?? I just read that it was designed by a designer/collaborator from Louis Vuitton. Ok, now we understand why it's good-looking.  (image courtesy of TomsGuide.com)

**WAIT** Do you know why it’s more fabulous than these other wearable devices?? I just read that it was designed by a designer/collaborator from Louis Vuitton. Ok, now we understand why it’s good-looking.
(image courtesy of TomsGuide.com)

Here is a video to watch on the topic:

Will you be wearing a June?? I think I will be!

Until next time, stay fabulous, my friends!

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Drug-Store Shout-Out: L’Oreal Sublime Sun Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Oil

So, I’m completely paranoid about bathing suit season. Let’s face it… when you’re just as nervous about skin cancer and premature aging as you are how your thighs look in a bikini, it’s not a recipe for a care-free day. But that’s where this little product entered into the story, and made my day at the beach much easier!

Bikini-Friendly, cellulite blurring formula, I love you!

Bikini-Friendly, cellulite-blurring formula, I love you!

This innovative, sheer-oil formulation claims broad-spectrum SPF 30 or 50 (depending on which one you choose) AND makes your bikini-clad bod look less frightening with it’s subtle glisten! (think: body builders… they must slather oil all over for a reason, right???) But this oil isn’t super sticky or gross, like I would imagine hugging a body-builder to feel like- haha!

This product lacks offensive/overwhelming scents, and has a super fabulous price point of around $10. I plan to continue using this dewey, imperfection-blurring product on my neck and chest beyond summer season…

….and maybe even for competitions when I finally pursue my dream of bodybuilding.

(kidding!)

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“I LOVE re-applying Suncreen!” …Said no one. Ever.

So, even as an anti-aging obsessed skin-cancer prevention advocate, I have to be honest: reapplying sunscreen is the pits. Maybe you have makeup on… maybe your hands aren’t clean and there isn’t a sink nearby… maybe you just don’t feel like slathering goop all over the place!

Here’s a nice solution to the re-application challenge: Sunscreen powder. If you haven’t tried one of these, it’s worth a go. Mostly all of them are appropriate for anyone 6 months of age and over, and they are NOT MAKEUP. This means you can put it over your existing makeup, or apply it to an unsuspecting husband, boyfriend, or son.

Here’s a link to my favorite one so far, Colorescince Sunforgettable: http://jxeqr.jklky.servertrust.com/product_p/brush50.htm

Now you have NO excuses! Ahahahahaha!!! (Evil Laugh)

Now you have NO excuses! Ahahahahaha!!! (Evil Laugh)

I would personally get the medium, (I am a somewhat fair caucasian) because the light is pretty darn light and the darkest one can start to look really dark and almost muddy on light or medium skin if you reapply more than once (the whole reason we are using sunscreen powder, right? …to re-apply!!!)

If you don’t already own a spray brush cleaner, I would probably get one so you can clean the brush in between uses.  GloMinerals is my favorite, who’s brush cleaner actually smells AMAZING (almost like strawberries, but better!) and dries a little faster than some: http://www.gloprofessional.com/brush-cleaner

Now get out there and re-apply!! :)

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