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Heal dry winter hands!


Cold winter weather and dry home heating can take its toll on skin and nails, but there a few simple tips that can keep you hands and nails looking and feeling healthy and hydrated! Check out the insider secrets to keep your hands and nails looking and feeling healthy and hydrated!

Gatsby Salon Expert Nail Technician Krista Battipaglia says “I love to suggest to my clients to invest in a great Shea Butter to rub into their hands before they go to bed- this will allow the product to stay on your hands for about 5-8 hours without being washed off and allowing the product to really work to its fullest. Keep this product on your nightstand and you’ll always remember to moisturize before bed!”

A drugstore favorite, like Palmers Shea Butter Formula is a cost effective choice to keep hands silky smooth.

“Another tip I tell my customers is to apply petroleum jelly on your cuticles at night and massage it in, working down to your knuckles,” says Krista. “This will allow the product to get stuck under the cuticle and work it’s hydrating magic overnight.”

Vaseline works as a great moisturizer- just make sure you sleep with gloves on as it can get a little messy!

Gatsby Salon ( is located in Green Brook, NJ.

Daily Beauty tip from Instyle Magazine


I think this is a super cute look!

Black and White Nail Polish

Wearing a pink and purple ensemble and sporting black and white nails, Katie Cassidy was all about the contrasts at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party in Los Angeles. If you’re wearing colorful clothing, try graphic, monochromatic nails that alternate between black and white on each finger.






Your Skin’s New Best Friend


Jenny Bailly from O Magazine wrote a great article on why retinoid skin cream is so effective.

Five reasons you probably don’t use a retinoid (and why you should consider it)

1. You have no idea what a retinoid is. The term describes vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved (under the brand name Retin-A) almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on Retin-A experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin. Today there are three prescription-strength retinoids: tretinoin (brands include Atralin, Avita, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Renova), tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac), and adapalene (Differin). Many dermatologists find tazarotene stronger (and potentially more irritating) than tretinoin; adapalene is the gentlest but may be less effective.

2. You don’t want to go to the dermatologist. While prescription formulas yield the most impressive results, an over-the-counter retinoid, called retinol, can also improve lines and discoloration. Because retinol is gradually converted into retinoic acid (the active ingredient in the prescription creams) it is less potent. Count on 12 weeks before seeing results.


3. You think a retinoid will make your skin sun-sensitive. “This is one of the biggest retinoid myths,” says Doris Day, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center (and a Tazorac user herself). “The ingredient itself is sensitive to sunlight, which is why you should apply it before bed at night.” A retinoid shouldn’t make your skin any more vulnerable to UV rays than it would be after buffing away dead skin with a face scrub. Summer is actually a good time to start a retinoid: Humidity makes your skin less likely to dry out as it adjusts. Of course, apply sunscreen (SPF 30, at least) as diligently as you always do.

4. You’re afraid your skin will look worse before it gets better. Retinoids can cause dryness, redness, and flaking—but if you ease in, you can avoid a rough transition. For the first two weeks, apply a retinoid every third night, says Leslie Baumann, MD, director of the Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute at the University of Miami (who uses Atralin). If your skin isn’t irritated, ramp up to every other night for two weeks. Not dry or flaky? Go for it every night. A few other irritation-mitigating guidelines: Wait 15 minutes after washing your face before you apply a retinoid, and use one pea-size dab to cover your whole face. After a few minutes, apply a basic moisturizer to prevent dryness.

5. You think you can’t afford it. Insurance coverage of a prescription retinoid, like Retin-A, varies by plan, and a 20-gram tube will cost about $75. But generic tretinoin costs about $40—not bad for a product guaranteed (by decades of science) to work. (For now, only tretinoin is available in a generic version.) Some drugstore retinol products are even less expensive. Look for ones with 0.1 percent retinol packaged in aluminum tubes (to protect the formula from air and light); we like RoC Retinol Correxion Deep WrinkleNight Cream ($22).

Caveat Emptor

* Don’t use a retinoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
* Benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acids may deactivate retinoids, so don’t layer them.
* Waxing can cause excess redness on retinoid-treated skin; don’t use a retinoid for several days before a treatment.
* A small percentage of people with ultrasensitive skin can never tolerate a retinoid; if you’re one of them, use a gentle physical exfoliator twice a week to soften your skin, and be extra-conscientious about sunscreen to prevent collagen loss in the first place.


Is it safe to dye your hair while you’re pregnant?


It’s been years since I’ve been pregnant (two boys, ages 8 & 6) but I remember lots of controversy swirling around over whether or not it’s safe to dye your hair while your pregnant.  My OBGYN told me it was perfectly fine, so I went ahead and did it.  When you’re pregnant – you already feel pretty down about your looks, so you should at least be able to make yourself look better, right? 

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz recently opened up about dyeing her hair during her pregnancy:

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz has been blond and brunette, but she got great reviews when she started rocking red back in January — so she isn’t letting her pregnancy extinguish her fiery locks. “She didn’t want to stop dyeing her hair, so she uses herbal hair color that’s safe for pregnant women,” an insider tells In Touch. “She loves her hair red, and so does [her husband] Pete [Wentz]!” Pete confirms, “I had a Jessica Rabbit crush when I was little.” Ashlee, 24, and Pete are expecting their first child, a son, in late November.

I went and looked up dyeing your hair during pregnancy, because things change so quickly!  One day it’s fine to dye your hair – the next day it will cause brain damage or something. :)  I turned to BabyCenter – my go-to for absolutely everything when I was pregnant with my boys.  Here is what the “experts” say about dyeing your hair during pregnancy.

Ann Linden, certified nurse-midwife

The limited evidence that’s available suggests that it’s probably safe to dye your hair during pregnancy. The Organization of Teratology Information Services (OTIS), which provides information on potential reproductive risks, says that animal studies are reassuring and that there are no reports of hair dye causing changes in human pregnancies, despite the fact that many women have colored their hair during pregnancy. What’s more, OTIS points out that very little of the chemicals in hair dye are actually absorbed into your system.

That said, if you’re still concerned, consider waiting to color your hair until the second trimester, when your developing baby is less vulnerable. Also, rather than using an all-over hair color, consider a process like streaking, highlighting, painting, or frosting, in which the chemicals have little or no contact with your scalp. (Any hair-coloring agents absorbed into your system would come through your skin, not through your hair shaft.)

You may have heard that vegetable dyes are a good alternative if you want to avoid using synthetic chemical agents during pregnancy. But buyer beware: I looked at all of the so-called natural and herbal preparations at my local health food store. In addition to the various “natural” substances listed as ingredients, all of the dyes I saw had one or more of the very same synthetic chemical compounds (such as p-phenylenediamine, dihydroxybenzene, and aminophenol) that the major cosmetic companies put in their permanent and semipermanent dyes.

Pure henna (Lawsonia inermis) — a semipermanent vegetable dye that’s been used for thousands of years — is considered safe, but it’s quite messy to use, needs to be left on for a relatively long time, and imparts a red-orange hue that you may not like. (Note that henna products that come in other colors or are fast-acting are not pure henna and may contain synthetic chemicals or potentially risky metallic compounds.)

I certainly think it’s important for women to feel good about themselves during pregnancy. Whether coloring your hair will make you feel good or cause you to worry needlessly for nine months is something to think about. If you do choose to color your own hair, wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated space to minimize your exposure to the chemicals used in the coloring process. Don’t leave the dye on any longer than necessary, and thoroughly rinse your scalp at the end of the process.

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