DERMATOLOGIST ADVISES WHICH SKIN CARE PRODUCTS TO TRY AND WHAT YOU SHOULD TOSS‏

When shopping for skin care products, many beauty consumers can be confused about which products to try and which to toss. With so many choices, it’s easy to fall for clever packaging and marketing terminology. According to Houston, TX Dermatologist Dr. Paul Friedman, “the skin care market is full of products that can help improve challenged skin, but many of my patients experience frustration with an oversaturated beauty market.”

Below Dr. Friedman notes some of the most common “beauty blunders” when it comes to buying and using consumer skin care products:

· If you have acne-prone skin, avoid buying lotions that come in a jar or pot, says Dr. Friedman. Dipping your fingers into lotions every day introduces bacteria to the entire jar, and that can translate onto your skin, causing breakouts or infections.

· If you are buying environmentally friendly products, watch out for those that are “paraben free.” Parabens have been singled out as potentially dangerous chemicals, but what most consumers don’t know is they are included in skincare items for a reason – to help them last longer. Most paraben-free products will spoil after a certain timeframe, which is usually listed on the package. Pay attention to this date and treat it almost like a food item, says Dr. Friedman.

· You don’t need an “arsenal” of products to look your best. Many skin care companies sell their products in a series or grouping. According to Dr. Friedman, most women only need a gentle cleanser, daily moisturizer with SPF of 15 or higher, and a moisture-rich night cream to maintain a healthy complexion.

· Read the (back of the) labels. Many products contain irritants like added fragrances or alcohols that can dry the skin. No matter what a package promises on the front, read the back carefully to ensure you are getting what’s advertised. If you have skin sensitivities towards certain foods, it is also important to look for essential oils, which are often derived from foods that can cause allergies in some people.

· Don’t be fooled by clever marketing terminology. Product packaging is usually designed to do one thing: sell the product. Dr. Friedman says the last thing you should look for in a product is an appealing design. Be wary of claims like “dermatologist tested” or “allergy tested.” These phrases often carry little meaning.

· Watch where you store your skin care. Different types of products, such as gels, may have temperature requirements in order to stay effective, notes Dr. Friedman. Leaving products in direct sunlight, in extreme heat or cold could also affect their performance. If there are no directions, Dr. Friedman notes products should be kept in cool, dry areas.

According to Dr. Friedman, the more you educate yourself, the better your chances are of finding a skin care routine that works for you.

About Dr. Paul Friedman
Paul M. Friedman, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, specializing in dermatologic laser surgery and Mohs micrographic surgery. He completed his residency in dermatology at the New York School of Medicine, one of the nation’s top dermatology residency programs.

Dr. Friedman is the director of the DermSurgery Laser Center in Houston, Texas and also practices at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York in Manhattan. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical School, Department of Dermatology, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Friedman is on staff at Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial-Hermann Hospital in Houston. For more information, please visit www.friedmanmd.net


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Leighton Meester for Vera Wang’s LOVESTRUCK commercial!

Vera Wang first remembers meeting Leighton Meester at Fashion’s Night Out, where she already decided that she wanted the fresh-faced Gossip Girl to be the face of her newest fragrance, Lovestruck.

Casting is especially important for Wang, who said she takes great pride in the fact that her runway models — not to mention her fragrance ads, which have featured Zoë Kravitz and Camilla Belle, among others — “don’t look model-y.” This is Leighton’s first perfume campaign and Vera’s third: her two scents, Vera Wang Signature (2002) and Princess (2006) have been popular among audiences. “I think this is the hardest we’ve ever worked on an overall fragrance concept,” said Wang of the Murano-inspired floral cap, the enameled script on the bottle, and the scent itself.

The scent was concocted by Givaudan’s Stephen Nilsen in collaboration with Doreen Bollhofer. The top notes of pink guava and angelica flower transition to a heart of tuberose and lotus blossom and a drydown of precious woods and sheer musk. Eau de parfum in three sizes — 1 oz. for $48, 1.7 oz. for $68 and 3.4 oz. for $78 — will be sold, as will a body lotion, $45 for 5 oz., and a shower gel, $40 for 5 oz. (REMEMBER TO GET EVERYTHING)

Shot on a chilly November day, the gorgeous ad campaign has Meester dress in a maroon couture Vera Wang gown. “Everyone else was in three parkas, and Leighton is standing there in a strapless evening gown,” said Wang. “I was above it all — literally,” said Meester, referring to her fourth-floor perch on the Mercer Street building’s fire escape.

The scent is out June 5 at Harrods in the U.K. and will be launched in the U.S. in August in about 2,200 department and specialty store doors.

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Fashion & Beauty’s new “It Girl” Blake Lively opens up in the new Glamour Magazine!

One celeb you’re not going to find on Twitter these days is Blake Lively. “People ask me why I don’t tweet,” the July cover girl told Glamour magazine. “Honestly, I’m so sick of myself.”

She does seem to be everywhere these days, doesn’t she? Aside from dating one of Hollywood’s hottest bachelors, Leonardo DiCaprio, she’s also the new face of Chanel’s perfume and Karl Lagerfeld’s muse. She’s also still on ‘Gossip Girl’ and this summer will star in the blockbuster ‘Green Lantern’ opposite Ryan Reynolds.

Blake talks to Florence Welch about becoming the new face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag:
“It’s such an honor. When I found out I got [the job], you and I went to dinner and concocted this plan, like two little girls at a tea party, saying, ‘Oh, it would be the best if we had a party. And you’ll perform, and we’ll do it in Paris.’ Like you and I were in charge of Chanel!”

Blake Lively on being her own stylist:
“I think I became my own stylist by not knowing any better. And once I was told it was time to get one, I thought: This is one of my favorite hobbies! And I’m going to pay someone to steal my hobby from me? That’s a terrible idea!”

Blake on getting ready for an event:
“I like it to be easy. I don’t feel like I have to do so much with hair and makeup, because I’m the mannequin for these beautiful clothes, so I never want to do anything too distracting. Most of the time, I put my hair in a ballerina bun, and I take it down and it’s wavy, and then I leave. I feel shy when people are fussing on me. And my diet of choice before events is a chicken potpie from Tea & Sympathy, because they never have enough food at these things.”

Blake on breakups:
“Every relationship you have, you’re learning and growing and taking something from that. So for me, it’s never been too dramatic of a thing when something ends.”


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Jessica Biel for Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara Commercial

Revlon’s brand ambassador Jessica Biel is starring in “Hypnoteyzed,” Revlon’s new commercial for their new Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara.

Biel and musician Pharrell Williams star in the 60 second film noir-inspired commercial, which was shot entirely on black and white film.

In “Hypnoteyzed,” Biel draws Williams in with her plumped eyelashes and with each bat of her lashes, nearly knocks Williams off his feet. Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara conditions and plumps eyelashes by 200% with every use!

As of today, Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping mascara is available in drugstores and mass retailers nationwide, and “Hypnoteyzed” will begin running in US movie theaters on June 13.


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