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There is a Solution for Most Every Skin Problem
You Just Need to Find It.

Sally’s Story

I never know from one day to the next how my skin will look. My skin is so reactive, but I am never quite sure what it is reacting to. The clock is ticking and I can see it on my face. I am between a rock and a hard place. I need moisture and anti-aging products, but when I use them my face stings and burns. So if I don’t moisturize, I wrinkle; and if I do, I react. In addition, my skin is so flaky that my make-up cakes into the wrinkles and makes my face and eyelids look like I have baked a cake on them. As if all these issues weren’t enough, the perpetual redness of my cheeks and neck make me look like I am in a constant state of embarrassment.


Sally’s Skin Problems

  • dry, flaky skin, dull looking skin
  • sensitive, itchy
  • makeup cakes into wrinkles
  • reacts poorly to skin care products
  • red, flushed color to cheeks and neck
  • puffy eyelids

At the end of her patience, Sally made an appointment with a dermatologist well known for her ability to treat women with sensitive skin. The doctor explained that a damaged skin barrier (the outer layer of her skin), caused her problem. Sally learned that when you cannot keep important elements like moisture inside the barrier, and you cannot keep problematic things such as irritants, allergen and bacteria outside the barrier, a cycle of inflammation begins. Inflammation leads to itching and a continued deterioration of the barrier. Hence, the skin cannot retain water, and dehydration occurs, which causes more inflammation, itching and dryness.

Problem # 1
Dryness, Crepiness and Wrinkles

Treatment plan for this problem
The main objectives of Sally’s plan were to alleviate skin dryness and minimize both her wrinkles and the stinging and redness caused by skin sensitivities. A gentle hydrating cream cleanser designed for sensitive skin types was recommended for twice daily use.

In the evening after cleansing, Sally was advised to apply an anti-oxidant night cream and to look for products that contained moisturizing ingredients such as Borage seed oil, Ceramides, Pro-Vitamin B-5 or olive oil and anti-oxidant ingredients such as Idebenone, Coenzyme Q-10 and Grape Seed extract. After cleansing in the morning, she was to apply a moisturizer with an SPF-30 or more, but was cautioned to pay close attention to how her skin responded to the moisturizer with sunscreen.

Problem #2
Redness and Stinging

Treatment Plan for this problem
Sally’s dermatologist recommended that she see an allergist, who could perform a patch test to further identify her specific triggers. However her dermatologist gave her a list of some of the most common sensitizing ingredients and advised Sally as a first step, to avoid those items temporarily and see if that helped reduce her skin sensitivity. The dermatologist explained that once the cycle has begun, all products used must soothe and desensitize. (She also advised Sally that while the redness might be annoying, her primary issues were dryness, crepiness and wrinkles.)

Sally’s plan incorporated products rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients to help rebuild the barrier and treat wrinkles. She was advised to use a gentle hydrating cream cleanser, as it also would effectively deep cleanse her skin without irritation. Her dermatologist recommended that in the morning she was to apply an anti-inflammatory serum after cleansing, and follow with a moisturizer and sunscreen with micronized Zinc Oxide (minimum of SPF-30), as it might be better suited to her sensitive skin.

In the evening after cleansing, she was instructed to apply an anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant night cream as well. The doctor recommended products that contained anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Licorice, Evening Primrose oil and Zinc, and wrinkle treatment ingredients such as peptides for collagen and elastin production, Coenzyme Q-10 and Grape Seed extract.

Want to learn the basic Do’s and Dont’s of good skin care habits? Click on Skin Care

For more information on the most effective ingredients in today’s skin care products, Click here to learn all about the cosmeceuticals best suited to the needs of your skin.


Now also available in all e-reader formats with full color pictures.

In chapter four of Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour, Madeleine Arena presents a number of different, typical real life skin problems and how to best resolve them.

Beauty Within

                Beauty Without . . .

                               What’s Your Passion?

Discover the many dimensions of beauty.

Lois W. Stern



As spring approaches, our thoughts are likely to turn toward refreshing our summer wardrobes. We all want figure enhancing clothes, but if you have fat deposits in unwelcome places, it’s sometimes hard to find clothes designed to conceal those bulges. Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. What do you do?

What do you do? From least invasive to surgical options, here are some answers.

Diet and Exercise: The first line of defense should always be diet and exercise. It takes some work, but when effective, is so rewarding. However, when an overall slim body is marred by the appearance of selective fat deposits that just won’t disappear, there are several other solutions.

Cellulite treatments as Endermologie and Velosmooth: mechanical systems that use motorized rollers to break down cellulite, slim the body, and firm the skin over areas of stubborn fatty deposits. These treatments, which are said to feel like deep tissue massage, work best for those who are physically fit and only moderately oveweight. A series of treatments is required to obtain results. Candidates are advised to exercise regularly and drink plenty of water to help eliminate fat through their perspiration and urine. Although effective and non-invasive, these are generally not permanent forms of cellulite reduction, as maintenance sessions normally are required. Most recent annual statistics gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate that 37,916 such procedures were performed in the US last year.

Cooling devices: Some of the newer non-invasive systems for body contouring include:
Ultrasound body contouring: based on a mechanical vibration emitted from specialized ultrasound equipment, Ultrasound is designed to permanently destroy fat cells. The objective is to deliver ultrasound energy precisely focused to destroy fat cells, while leaving neighboring tissue unharmed. Treatment is said to be painless for most patients with no downtime or post-treatment restrictions.

CoolSculpting (AKA Zeltiq): based on a cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Healthy skin cells remain intact. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. To learn more about these fat cooling devices,Click here.

Injection Lipolysis: Initial studies by the ASPS concluded as follows: “All patients showed remarkable reductions of fat deposits treated with injection lipolysis. Using the correct technique, injection lipolysis is a safe and efficacious alternative to lipoplasty on smaller areas for patients objecting to, or unable to undergo, surgery. It is not a replacement for a necessary change of lifestyle, nor is it a method of weight reduction or a treatment for obesity. The ideal patient is one with small to medium fat deposits that cannot be reduced by exercise and diet.” Personally, I would like to see studies comparing fat reduction results obtained through cooling devises as opposed to injection methods.

Smart Lipo, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2006, is a less invasive form of lipoplasty that uses laser technology to sculpt the body. During the Smart Lipo procedure, a tiny tube (a cannula,) about the size of pencil lead is inserted through the skin and into the fat layer. A laser fiber sits inside the cannula, which the doctor moves back and forth in a fanning motion. When inserted under the skin, this laser fiber dissolves fat cells with heat. The melted fat is removed through the cannula, just like during traditional liposuction, but because of the heat, there is less fat to remove and the skin is tighter. Although the laser fiber isn’t hot enough to burn gauze held against it, its heat is sufficient to melt little tunnels through the fat, which can then be drained away. This form of body contouring, best suited to patients within 10 to 15 pounds of their ideal body weight, is ideally used on areas for spot reduction, such as under a chin, upper arms, abdomen, thighs, or knees. Results show loss of inches, though not necessarily a loss of a lot of weight.

Liposuction: Spring is high season for liposuction, a cosmetic procedure described by some as a surgical magic wand. But this magic wand is not recommended for weight loss. It is intended solely to remove excess fat deposits on localized areas of the body, to reshape and to improve body contours and proportion. This surgical procedure removes fat from under the skin with the use of either a cannula, to suctions out the fat, or an ultrasonic probe, to break up the fat into small pieces before removing it.

Advantages of Smart Lipo include its slightly lower cost compared to traditional liposuction and the fact that only a local anesthetic is used and the patient remains awake the entire time. Because Smart Lipo causes less trauma to the body, with less bruising, blood loss, or swelling than in traditional liposuction, there is an overall quicker healing time. However, it is is still a surgical procedure that should be performed only by a surgeon trained and experienced in this technique.

The tumescent or super-wet technique requires an infusion of saline solution with adrenaline and anesthetic prior to removal of excess fat. Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more than 400,000 liposuction procedures were performed on patients in the U.S. in 2007.

For an excellent additional resource for those interested in liposuction procedures, click here.


  • Do not be taken in by media hype.
  • Do not undergo any procedure that has not been FDA approved.
  • Be aware that any licensed physician, regardless of training, legally may perform liposuction.
  • While some physicians’ professional societies may recommend training before performing liposuction surgery, there is no standardized training for physicians performing liposuction.





Did you know that if you’re not flossing every day, you’re leaving 40 percent of your teeth surfaces coated with gummy bacteria, which in turn causes yellow  staining around your teeth as well as gum inflammation and bleeding. And if this cycle continues, it can lead to gum recession and bone loss.

But I never put it all together until working with Marty Zase, who wrote a chapter for my second book which he titled: The Magic Behind Your Smile. His sub-topic of Cosmetic Dentistry and Sexuality wasn’t lost on me. He shared case studies of intimate ways Cosmetic Dentistry had impacted some of his patients’ lives. How wonderful is that! Did you ever think about flossing for better sex?

Here’s another benefit of flossing. It’s an excellent way to reduce or prevent bad breath, because flossing removes the accumulations of food and bacteria that would otherwise leave “leftovers” stuck between your teeth, incubating in a 98.6 degree oven. And in case you haven’t noticed, bad breath is definitely not a turn on to good sex. If you are more into beauty than sex, here’s another incentive. In a recent study reported in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, researchers found that bone loss in the jaw, as well as the eye sockets and cheeks, aged people in ways that cosmetic procedures like facelifts (to tighten the skin) and dermal fillers (to plump it), can’t fix. Why? When gum disease begins to eat away at the bone, there are changes in facial appearance such as caving in of the lips and cheeks and wrinkles around the mouth and jaws. So if you’re turned on by learning another solid anti-aging technique, you might want to add flossing to your list!

Want to read what Marty has to say about the relationship between cosmetic dentistry and sexuality?  Click here.

He can also  teach you a thing or two about many cosmetic dentistry procedures  (i.e. teeth bleaching, porcelain veneers, gum and lip surgery, composite fillings, bonding, and reshaping of teeth). So if you’re looking for cutting edge info on any of those topics,  click here , find your topic of particular interest, and select it to read an easy-to-understand mini article that relates to your interest.

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