Oh my, ladies…. Why do your minds have to go THERE? We are not bringing up Fifty Shades of Greyagain, are we? We are talking about anti – “O” and I am not talking about things like Prozac that will steal your mojo.
Enter Estee Lauder DayWear BB Cream SPF 35. The “O” we are referring to is anti-oxidants. Oxidation and free radicals should be on every gals naughty list. Free radicals are pesky little scavengers that smack your collagen like Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest. SO, ladies we need anti oxidants to protect that coveted collagen.
Lauder’s “Super Anti-Oxidant Complex” is quite impressive to this seasoned clinician. It has gone head-to-head against some of the most powerful anti-”O’s” out there and won the collagen battle (imagine your collagen as a princess in a tower – we have to mobilize all the troops possible to save her).
Botox in your 20′s is the biggest buzz in the media these days. It was on ABC’s The View, And Nightline both this week. And I say YES! Don’t recoil in horror ladies as if you have just seen Freddy Kruger. Tune in to my Good Morning Texas episode where I address this very issue. Many models come to me in their mid to late 20′s for prevention. EEEK, EGAD, are you kidding me? No, it’s the industry’s dirty little secret…..SHHHHHHHHHHH….. I won’t tell, ooops, I just did…! I brought April as my model who is already sporting “Brow Biceps” as I call them. If left alone, in 10 years she will be quite furrowed. And the glabella area is quite unforgiving to correct once you get the deep furrows.
Not everyone needs it, and by all means, it is a personal choice. But in some instances, I say YES, YES! Just like Meg Ryan a la When Harry Met Sally.
Imagine bouncing a quarter off of Tony Romo’s tushie. TIGHT is the word of the day, and ladies your face can be as tight as a tight-end’s tush. (We know Romo is a quarterback, but we can still admire his derriere) Enter Ultherapy. This is the BUZZ among Plastic surgeons and Dermatologists alike. In fact, this ultrasonic therapy was just featured on 20/20 with Barbara Walters. Sign me up! Docs are touting this as the non surgical alternative to a face lift. It uses ultrasound to gently heat that precocious collagen that we all fear loosing. And better yet? No downtime, ladies! You wont miss a single latte.
Geeeeeeeeez ladies! Where did your minds go? This is not a chapter from the racy novel Fifty Shades of Grey – this is Obagi we are talking about. The powerhouse of skin care. Imagine down shifting a Buggati Veron Super Sport which goes 0-60 in 2.4 seconds – feel the POWER…..Kind of exciting, eh? Hey there……..Don’t go back to the naughty novel – stay with me ladies…. This is how Obagi drives Retin-A into your skin. Retin-A alone kicks boot-Y …. BUT add Obagi with it and you have a race car. Wrinkles, sun spots, melasma – POOOF! Left in the dust. You’ve got glow girl.
Trying to perfect the perfect pout? How, oh how do I get those amazing “party lips” seen on the pages of fashion magazines? Party lips, you ask? This is the trademark of pure seduction ladies. These hot lips (and I am not referring to a M*A*S*H re-run) look amazingly sexy while sipping on a mojito, or kissing your date goodnight. Enter Juvederm. This will take your lips to the next kissable level. This gel is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume (it can also work for filling wrinkles) and ensures a precocious pout. Pain you ask? Oh, very little! Technique depends on the injector of course, but I use what is called a dental block. This ensures a next to painless pucker session.
A syringe of Juvederm will set you back around 500 “smackers.” This is soooooo well worth it for that velvety vixen pout. Grab a big stick ladies, because men will be beating down your door.
HEALTH & BEAUTY: Is it modelesque cheek bones that you desire? Do you want to have zygomatic arches worthy of the catwalk? Well, ladies, look no further – Radiesse is here, and no surgery required!
Radiesse is an injectable gel that is made of calcium hydroxyapatite, the same substance found in our bones. It can also be used in the smile lines (also known as parentheses) around the mouth, BUT the real oh-my-gosh-drop-your-drink WOW factor of this product is the cheekbones. Yes, it is a little known secret kept hush hush… until now! You too can have cheekbones even Pocahontas would envy. Do we want even better news? Oh yes we do! This amazing sculpting product can last a year or more! Radiesse for cheekbones is an “off label” use, so you must find a very skilled injector. See you ferocious felines on the catwalk!
If you hear a tiny voice in your ear screaming “I’m meeeeeelting!” it is not a throwback to the wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West or WWW for short (and I don’t mean the world wide web). This is your skin’s collagen – screaming – and “melting” in the sun.
Ladies, I know it’s not glamorous ( it’s kinda like shopping for underwear – the granny kind) but let’s talk sunscreen. Yes – it is a very serious chat if you want to preserve that oh so precocious collagen. “Sunscreen is like brushing your teeth for your skin.” This is my MANTRA. You can invest in Mila Kunis’s 7K diamond and ruby facial, but if you don’t have judicious use of Vitamin “S” in the morning you just watched your green go down the drain. Catch my CW33 TV episode on beauty basics for more inside tips.
I am over the moon (or should I say sun?) for Laura Mercier’s illuminating tinted moisturizer. She has transformed shopping for granny panties into a trip to La Perla. This product makes sunscreen sexy. Coverage, luminosity, and protection (and we don’t mean the saturday night kind of protection), what more could a diva want?
Interested in getting the latest beauty buzz? Join me, Sandra Witten as your personal guide every week as I navigate you through the twists and turns of the latest beauty trends – it’s a jungle out there ladies; so let me be your guide. Sandra’s number one must have beauty product? Journée by Neocutis. Ever heard of peptides? This product is the Hummer of peptides – actual growth factors that turn on collagen like a Maserati. What’s the best thing about driving this cutting edge beauty Bugatti? It is four products in one: you get your daily dose of sunscreen, peptides, moisturizer, and anti-oxidants in a single step!
That saves you some time around the track… Tune in next week for more of the latest beauty buzz.
Ciao for now,