How (and Why) Tea Tree Oil Can Help Cleanse and Control Acne

There aren’t many people who haven’t had at least one battle with the ill-timed pimple or breakout. Tea tree oil, derived from a tree native to Australia, contains natural acne-fighting and preventing properties. What is it about this native from the land Down Under th...

Hyaluronic Acid: What Is It and Why Your Wrinkles Need It

Hyaluronic acid—you may have heard of it or seen it on a moisturizer or skincare product’s ingredient list. This naturally occurring substance deserves extra attention as “nature’s moisturizer.” Your skin naturally loses hydration, elasticity, and vibrancy over time. Hyaluro...

Baobab: Meet the African Tree That Breathes New Life Into Your Skin

Skincare products that moisturize, lift, and lighten your skin are an essential tool in your daily routine. They’re packed with all kinds of ingredients you may not recognize, Baobab or Adansonia. Pronounced bay-o-bab, this tree family is native to Africa and actually includes nine different spec...

Exfoliation and Retinoid 101

When you exfoliate, you create a rapid turnover of your skin, by sloughing off those outer layers of skin. The chemical exfoliants do the same thing, where you are using chemicals vs. the abrasiveness of a physical exfoliant. Using a chemical exfoliant like a retinoid, actually causes the skin to...

Mystery Bruising

A bruise is an injury, and is basically a little bit of bleeding under the skin. A lot of things can cause it. An injury of course can cause it, but sometimes you get bruising with no apparent injury. This tends to happen as you age for a number of reasons. Your skin is thinner and the blood vess...

Antioxidants: The Kryptonite of Free Radicals

Free radicals are oxygen molecules that haven’t connected to anything; as a result of that, they bind onto the cell membrane of your cells and help destroy it. So when you add an antioxidant, it helps remove that free radical oxygen molecule from your system either on your skin or blood stream an...

Hyaluronic Acid—the Great Air Sponge

The latest greatest product is hyaluronic acid. It absorbs its weight in water probably by 300 times; some even say 1000 times. When you apply to your skin, it takes environmental moisture, (not moisture from your skin), grabs it, and applies it to your skin. Use this before you use anything else...

Men and Moisturizer…and Evolution

The one thing that most of my male patients don’t do from ages teenage to 95 years old is moisturize.  I used to be in the same boat. I don’t know why, but men don’t like their hands to feel greasy. Perhaps because we had to grasp a club in case a bear is coming up and we don’t want it to slip ou...