Fabulous skin now!

Even a glam mask is  no substitute for a glowing complexion!Women always ask me the secret to great skin. It’s a good question, because today there is no reason not to have fabulous skin. A woman can improve her skin and get a healthy glow many ways, no matter her age or budget. 

Good products at every price

The good news is that there are wonderful products available at every price. If you think you need a big beauty budget to have beautiful skin, forget it. Some of the best cutting-edge research in skin care is done by the makers of Olay, Neutrogena, and other fabulously-effective products you may never have heard of.
Here is a guide to fabulous skin throughout your life with all the latest products:
In your 20s
This is the time to form good skin habits
·        Hydrate your skin by washing it morning and night.
·        Remove make up thoroughly by washing your face with good cleanser for your skin type.
·        Change any towel or face cloth that touches your face daily.
·        Use sun protection daily to stop signs of ageing in their tracts. You need a sun screen with minimum SPF 30 broad spectrum against UVA/UVB everyday.
·        Fight dry circles with eye creams containing caffeine and vitamin K. And get panty of sleep.
·        Apply anti-oxidants to skin in the morning to combat free radical damage done to skin by the environment.
·        We love Youth Corridor with Vitamin C, and E, and melatonin. Dr. Gerald Imber, the renowned plastic surgeon and creator of Youth Corridor says: “Anti-aging products like the antioxidant Youth Corridor Skin Boost should be used by women in their early 20s to prevent damage. Young women will benefit the most by staying youthful. It is never too early to protect your skin,” he explains. “The importance of antioxidants in maintaining a youthful complexion cannot be overstated. Antioxidants counteract free radicals in the tissues. These free radicals are responsible for collagen breakdown, sun damage, and wrinkling.”
In your 30s
This is the time actively fight the signs of aging. You will want to maintain your skin’s radiance as well as minimize the beginning signs of aging.
Keep up your good habits and begin using anti-aging products. Do not go overboard. Add new products to your regime one by one. Using too many product or products that are too strong can irritate skin.
Retinols are a form of Vitamin A. Dr. Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist and recognized expert, explains why they’re so vital: “Retinoids are extremely important for the health and beauty of the skin. They are an essential part of any skin care regimen and should be included, whether you are in your 20s or your 90s. Retinoids convert into their active form of all-trans retinoic acid after they penetrate
the skin. All-trans retinoic acid interacts with retinoic acid receptors found in the skin and form compounds with DNA which helps skin regulate and repair itself on a molecular level.  That is why retinoids are an essential part of any skin care regimen.”
“There is a major difference between using a retinoid such as retinal or retin-A vs. a glycolic or polyglycolic acid.  First and foremost, glycolic acid is not essential for healthy skin and it is not an ingredient that is necessary for normal healthy skin development and repair, whereas retinoids are.  Glycolic acid simply exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin which hangs on and makes skin look dull and tired.”
Many women get frustrated trying to use retinol. Their skin becomes red and irritated. Start slowly, if your skin is sensitive. Apply retinols every third day and work up to a full week. Never skip sun protection. And use a non-irritating formula.
“I would first say that prescription retinoids are highly concentrated forms of retinoic acid and they can be irritating,” Dr. Graf explains. “Gentler options are retinols and Retinaldehyde, which are found in OTC products. Both are actually precursors in the pathway resulting in the formation of active all-trans retinoic acid. Retinol can be found in products such as SkinCeuticals Retinol 1, RoC Retinol Correxion products and Olay Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Night Cream, and Retinaldehyde is available in Avène Rétrinal+ 0.05 and 0.1 formulas. Retinaldehyde is gentler than retinol, but also proven to be a highly effective non-prescription choice, with little to no irritation, is a good choice for sensitive skin.  The OTC formulations are made so that the active retinol or Retinaldehyde penetrate effectively without irritating the skin.  These forms are quite effective, but it is all in the formulation.  Not all are the same — not all of them can be used on sensitive skin.”
My sensitive skin has reacted very well to Avène Rétrinal+ 0.05 and 0.1.
Exfoliate with PHAs. PHP’s are a powerful anti-aging tool. They are alpha Hydroxy acids such as lactobionic acid and gluconolactone. They increase cell turnover, moisturize by attracting water to skin, fight free radical damage, and help increase collagen and elastin for firmer skin. We love PHAs; they make skin look soft and pretty. Some of our favourite PHA products are from Neostrata and Glytone. Both companies offer a wide choice of lines and products for all skin types. They have been recommended by dermatologists for many years because they work. And they are good value.
I also really like Lierac’s Crème Mesolift, a “cocktail of vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid, fruit acids, and skin illuminators.”
40s, 50s, and up
This is when many women notice real skin changes, as hormones begin to shift and they move into perimenopause. Skin may become dry and also break out at the same time. Lines and wrinkle appear overnight. Skin begins to lose firmness. These changes can come any time between the ages of 40 and 50. All women are different, so do what works for you and be ready to adjust your regime as the seasons change.
Pentpeptides are amino acids that help the skin repair and regenerate. Many Olay products contain them, as do more expensive formulations such as the Dr. Perricone line. All pentapetides are not created equal and you will need to try a few to see what works best for your skin. You will find them listed under ingredients in many popular anti-aging products today.
DMAE is short for dimethylaminoethanol. It is naturally-occurring. Research shows it can help to firm and rejuvenate skin. I love what it does for mine. Many of the well respected Dr. Perricone products contain it.
I use Source Naturals Skin Eternal DMAE Cream. It smells divine and is full of anti-oxidants, rich moisturizers, and it costs under $30.
Dry skin can be an issue at any age, and after 40 most women suffer from it to some degree. Pure squalene oil or argan oil can renew and nourish dry skin. Apply oils sparingly to damp skin over serums and treatments. Do not slather oil on or you will look oily and may clog your pores.
I use Kaé Pure Argan oil from France and Mayumi Squalene Oil from Japan. Both are under $30 and available online. I also like Josie Maran argan oil. Oils work very quickly to calm irritated dry skin.
Developing blemishes as you notice lines and wrinkles can be maddening. Try Olay’s Pro X Clear Acne Protocol. It is designed for adults and has effective ingredients to clear skin, but won’t dry and irritate it. Or, get yourself to a good acne doctor; they can do wonders. Ask around as not all dermatologists are good at treating acne.
Remember good products are only part of the good skin equation. Good nutrition and exercise are equally vital to getting a glow on. Dr. Imber cautions: “Steps to control the aging process include sun protection, no smoking, sensible exercise, weight control, and proper skin care.”
Eating a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants is as important as applying them to your skin. A diet rich in Omega 3 oil, protein, and citrus will also help you have great skin and hair, too. Did you know that Omega 3 oil can help to moisturize skin from the inside out, as well as help to minimize break outs? And don’t forget your citrus. Vitamin C is essential for building collagen, the stuff that holds your face up.  
And get moving. Exercise does more than bring a pretty blush to your cheeks! Regular vigorous exercise actually changes the way your blood flows, and that helps make your skin younger and more vital-looking. You will look younger for many reasons when you work out regularly. If you exercise outside, use a good sun screen and reapply.
Remember darlings, it is never too soon to start good beauty habits and never too late to look younger and more radiant.

What are your hands saying about you?

Lady Gaga Hands speak volumes about a woman. They can give away her age or make her look sloppy, or even cheap and unprofessional. What are yours saying about you?  Luckily, it’s easy to make your hands look beautiful. If you don’t have the time or budget for a regular manicure, learn to do it yourself. Wear polish in a clear or light neutral colour. Polish on natural nails will chip in less than a week no matter who applies it. When it chips repair it immediately. I like to have a bottle of any colour I wear on hand for repairs or quick redo. Or, remove the polish and replace it with a quick coat of clear to protect your nails. Chipping happens when you use your nails as a tool, so don’t. It also occurs when you get your nails wet; they can swell up, causing small cracks in the polish. This happens when you wash, do chores, or shampoo – so it is sometimes inevitable. Learning to polish your own nails or repair a chip is easy. It will save you time, energy, and money too. At the very least, get a bottle of remover and some clear nail lacquer to keep things neat between appointments.

Age spots, wrinkles and old-looking hands are a bit harder to fix, but easy to prevent. Like your face, hands respond to care.
Hands respond to the same care as your face.Tips from a top plastic surgeon
Dr. Gerald Imber is a leading plastic surgeon in New York, and one our most valued anti-aging experts (www.drimber.com). He shares his tips to keep hands looking beautiful and ageless:
·        A manicure with a rich, creamy fast-absorbing moisturizer containing SPF 30 to moisten, soften and protect;
·        A gentle hand massage using a rich anti-oxidant serum preceded by a scrub and a warm towel to exfoliate dry hand skin;
·        The gift of a good night’s sleep is priceless.
Everyday tasks such as changing diapers, washing dishes, preparing meals, and gardening outdoors can accelerate the appearance of aging on a woman’s hands – bringing about tired, dry-looking skin and brown spots. 
Costly procedures are not the best route to pretty hands
Dr. Imber believes that cosmetic procedures performed on the hands don’t always lead to the fountain of youth. He tells patients that peels, laser resurfacing, and fat injections sometimes work very well, but not always, and not for everyone. The best
policy is prevention. The three steps important for the preventative treatment of aging hands are:
·        Sun block
·        Antioxidant serum
·        Exfoliation
When all three steps are applied regularly, hands will look younger and feel beautiful. “We guide our patients to use Youth Corridor (www.youthcorridor.com) Antioxidant Boost along with Soothe and Defend moisture/sun block, both of which deliver great results,” Dr. Imber says.
He believes that diligent daily care can help retain the firmness, radiance, and overall beauty of the skin. In addition, self-help and small procedures done earlier can stop the clock and have proven successful for decades. 
Dolce Dolce Tip
We love the Youth Corridor line. After applying them to our face daily we automatically apply them to our hands and décolleté too. Then we top up the sun screen all day long.
Manicure dos and don’ts
Whether you do your nails at home or go to a nail shop, here is a check list for healthy and gorgeous nails:
·        Do always use base coat or a coat of clear on nails to protect them from the elements or polish pigments;
·        Do Choose polishes that are free of the harmful chemicals.  I use OPI, Nicole, London Butter, Essie, and Chanel polish. And then be sure to use a top coat with a sunscreen to prevent yellowing;
·        Do make sure anyone who works on your nails uses only fresh clean disinfected tools or new ones, or bring your own tools with you. Keep your own tools spotless;
·        Do always have nail polish remover at home to get rid of any chipped polish;
·        Don’t let anyone cut you your cuticles. Cuticles are there to protect your nail bed from infection and damage. You can trim hang nails, but cutting and rough treatment can lead to nail damage and fungus. Be gentle. Instead rely on cuticle remover and oil to keep hands looking good;
·        Don’t leave dark polish or acrylic nails on for weeks without proper upkeep that is how nail problems begin. Change all polish weekly. Have all types of nail services such acrylics or gels maintained regularly or refrain from using them at all. Clean short shiny nails look better than any toe of glam nail that’s neglected;
·        Don’t put your hands under UV nail dryers. They may cause skin cancer, just like tanning beds. Cancer on nails has been seen in frequent users. Ask to dry your nails with a fan.
Summer nail trends
·        Graphic nails – These fun patterned nails from Minx, OPI, or Sally Hansen, feature easy at-home application. The look is fun, but best for vacation or weekend, unless you work in a very creative environment. These trendy nail covers are also not too durable.
·        Metallic – This look is hot for summer. Check out hot metallic finishes added to pretty shades of coral and pink. Gunmetal and steel shades are trendy too – we love the gunmetal shade from Chanel.
·        Mix and Match – Try wearing a soft peach on your fingers and hot coral on toes, or a burnished copper on your hands and a sunny yellow on your toes. If you like blue and green, try light aqua on your fingertips and a metallic blue for your feet. Colour combos, as well as the retro matchy look, are all the rage, so play it is only nail polish after all! ????
·        Soft neutrals — Soft pastels are pretty for summer and look great with a tan. Ask to see the bridal collection. Or try a cafe au lait, pale mauve, or coral, if you are tanned. Even the much maligned French manicure is making a comeback thanks to Lady Gaga, but keep it soft and natural looking.
So darlings, be sure your hands look stunning this summer.

Expert tips for younger looking skin

Super penetrating anti-aging serumDr. Gerald Imber is one of the world’s leading plastic surgeons. He has decades of experience in plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation.  Dr. Imber has also several books about the care and maintenance of a youthful appearance, including the best-selling, anti-aging manual, The New Youth Corridor.   

Dr. Imber doesn’t believe that surgery alone is the answer to younger-looking skin. Here are his simple and effective tips for women all of ages, to have younger looking skin.
If you want younger looking skin:
Don’t smoke. The result is loss of elasticity, sagging and wrinkles.
Don’t gain or lose weight repeatedly.  Skin that does not respond to weight loss by shrinking looks loose, empty and haggard. The older you are or the more weight you need to lose, the more likely this problem will arise. Avoid significant weight gain, lose slowly and, above all, find your optimal weight and maintain it.
Don’t get too thin. Hollow cheeks and thin skin makes an adult look frail, weak, and old.
Don’t run.  At least don’t be a long-term, long-distance jogger.  The loss of fat padding in the cheeks as well as the constant rising and pounding down, which lifts and pulls the facial skin away from the underlying muscles and bones, causes the skin to sag.  These things have a negative effect on one’s appearance. 
Don’t do facial exercises. They cause wrinkles.
Avoid the sun It’s the primary accelerator of loosening and wrinkling of the skin.  It causes pigment changes, sunspots, and other unsightly eruptions.  
Don’t passively stretch skin.  When you prop your hand on your cheek or wash and apply products in a downward motion, you are passively stretching your skin.
To have younger skin:
Cleanse, use anti-oxidants and moisturizers.
Towel off briskly for exfoliation.  It helps remove heaped-up dead skin cells and allows healthy young cells to reach the surface. Always go from the down to the up direction, to avoid stretching the skin downward. Work with gravity not against it to prevent drooping.  Be gentle and do not apply much pressure.
Apply skin treatments and serums to clean, dry skin.
Make sure anti-oxidants penetrate the skin. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are among the most potent antioxidants for treating the skin, but if they can’t get into the skin, they can’t work their magic.  
Dr. Imber created Youth Corridor (www.youthcorridor.com) Antioxidant Boost Skin Serum with 10% Vitamin C, E and Melatonin to allow a larger dose of antioxidants to penetrate through the keratinized (tough waterproof outer layer) layer of the skin, due to melatonin’s lipophillic nature or ability to dissolve more quickly in fat.
Moisturizers with a sunscreen are a must to protect from the sun.  If a sunscreen is used separately, it should be applied before the moisturizer so it can penetrate.

A top plastic surgeon says surgery alone is not the answer

Dr. Gerald Imber www.dolcedolce.com

“After performing thousands of facelifts I am convinced that surgery alone is not the answer to maintaining one’s youthful good looks”, says renowned plastic surgeon Gerald Imber. He has put his knowledge of skin care and plastic surgery in a new easy-to-read book, The New Youth Corridor. I enjoyed it because of its straight-forward and informative approach to skin care and anti-aging. Dr. Imber also clearly defines most common cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery fixes. He details the use of these procedures, their advantages, and their limitations. Reading this book is the next best thing to a private consultation with a top plastic surgeon. Dr. Imber also answers questions about anti-oxidants, skin care, and nutrition.

If you want to learn more about how to have beautiful skin — at any age — don’t miss a word our exclusive and informative interview with Dr. Imber.
New Youth Corridor www.dolcedolce.comDr. Imber is an international renowned plastic surgeon. He is on the staff of Weill-Cornell Medical Center and heads a private clinic in Manhattan.
DD:  How important are anti-oxidants to maintaining a youthful complexion?
Dr. I : The importance of antioxidants in maintaining a youthful complexion cannot be overstated. Antioxidants counteract free radicals in the tissues. These free radicals are responsible for collagen breakdown, sun damage, and wrinkling.

DD: Your Youth Corridor serum contains Vitamins C and E with the addition of melatonin. What is the significance of adding melatonin –why did you include it?
Dr. I: Vitamins C and E are well known antioxidants. Unfortunately, because of their chemical nature they do not readily penetrate the skin. Melatonin penetrates well and brings the combined C and E into the skin with it, making the combination far more effective than C and E alone. When C and E are applied before sun exposure some of the redness and damage is prevented. When melatonin is added there is a far more effective protection. The skin is protected from photo damage caused by free radicals set in motion by the sun.

DD: Do you recommend the use of glycolic, retin A, or retinol on daily basis?
Dr. I: Retinols and Retin A are required for specific problems and not as a long-term strategy. AHA should be used daily in low concentration for exfoliation.

DD: What steps can women take to slow the aging process?
Dr. I: Steps to control the aging process include sun protection, no smoking, sensible exercise, weight control, and proper skin care.

DD: At what age should women begin to use “anti-aging “products?
Dr. I: Anti-aging products like antioxidant Boost should be used by women in their early 20s to PREVENT damage. Young women will benefit the most by staying youthful. It is never too early for protecting your skin.

DD: Are supplements necessary or helpful to maintain a youthful complexion – or can a healthful diet work too? What vitamins or mineral should women be mindful of including in their diets?
Dr I: Supplements: Vitamin D is probably necessary for everyone. Vitamin C is questionable. Others seem to have no use at all other than heart specific supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids.

DD: What’s your opinion of facial exercises or exercisers?
Dr. I: Facial exercises cause wrinkles.

DD: What inspired you, a busy surgeon, to take the time to write The New Youth Corridor?
Dr. I: I wrote the New Youth Corridor to answer the questions always asked of me, and to give a larger population the benefit of my study and expertise.
For more information: www.youthcorridor.com. The New Youth Corridor is available at Costco or from www.amazon.com or www.amazon.ca.