26
Jan

Original Article By Elizabeth Siegel

You're looking very (a+b)/a = a/b = 1.618... = Φ today. That's a compliment...and an actual, if ancient, equation for calculating beauty—in art, in architecture, in human faces. And you can thank the Greek mathematician Euclid for the formula, often called the Golden Ratio. Recently, Amber Heard and Kim Kardashian were deemed the most beautiful—sorry, the most Φ—women in the world by a London-based plastic surgeon who funneled the size of their lips, cheeks, and eyebrows into that exact equation.

Of course, it's odd when beauty becomes that reductive. It's unsettling. It's disconcerting. And it's for sale. Provided you don't have a fear of needles, it's never been more possible—or popular—to inject your way to Euclid's ideal proportions. Arched eyebrows, pronounced cheekbones, Instagrammable lips...“Patients ask me for more symmetrical features all the time,” says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston, who points out that a little asymmetry usually looks more natural. “The problem is you can't take ‘textbook pretty’ features and put them on everyone's face.”  ..


20
Jan

Original Article By Liz Ritter

Vitamin C: You know it’s—spoiler alert—a vitamin, you probably reach for it when you’re starting to feel a cold coming on, and chances are, you may have dabbled with a drop or two of it in your skin care at some point. So why is this standard ingredient that’s kind of always around not always applauded for all the many things it does? “It’s definitely an underrated and unsung ingredient that people think is passé,” says New York dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD, who is launching a new line devoted completely to the ingredient this week. “But it’s been reengineered and advanced and it’s more important than ever for anyone who wants to have beautiful, younger-looking skin. It’s part of the magic potion—it is such a powerful anti-ager with a broad spectrum of benefits.”

Benefit #1: It’s an Antioxidant A-Lister
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, an often-thrown-around term that sounds good, but not always totally straightforward to understand in relation to aging and the skin. To break it down, New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, says to look at antioxidants as “skin protectors.” They fight against free-radical assaults (things like UV rays, sun exposure, pollution and cigarette smoke) by neutralizing oxidative stress that causes cell damage, which, in excess and over time, results in signs of aging. “Free-radical scavengers are in search of a missing electron. Antioxidants like vitamin C neutralize the damage by donating their electron, thus minimizing the damage a free radical can do on skin proteins such as collagen or elastin,” she says, adding that the more antioxidants present in skin, the less damage free radicals can inflict, which is directly tied to better skin health and a more youthful appearance.  ..


03
Jan

Original Article by Lisa DeSantis

Dermatologists love lasers. Not only do laser treatments yield immediate, dramatic results in most cases, but they’re also highly targeted. "No other technology is so consistently precise in addressing an issue, whether it’s a brown spot or an acne scar," says dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, CEO of Miami Skin Institute.

Interested in trying out a laser treatment for yourself? Although you've probably already heard of laser hair removal procedures and laser facials, the latest laser technology can be used to combat some of your biggest skincare concerns, from treating acne scars to finally fading those pesky sun spots. But since there are so many different options out there, it can be a little overwhelming to determine which new treatments you should consider. Read on to match your complexion concern with the best light, and then consult your dermatologist to learn more about whether or not these new treatments are right for you.  ..