Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses cuticle care with Beauty High


When it comes to having healthy, beautiful nails, protecting the cuticle is essential. Recently, Dr. Joel Schlessinger spoke with Beauty High about the dangers of cuticle cutting in the article, “Cutting Your Cuticles : What Salons Don’t Want You to Know.”

Cutting the cuticle leads to damage to the nail, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

When it comes to getting a manicure, we may be tempted to have our cuticles trimmed for aesthetic purposes. But the cuticle actually serves a very important purpose. Dr. Joel Schlessinger reminds us that “the small area of skin is there to protect [our] nails from infection.” When this skin is removed, we run the risk of exposing the entire nail to fungus and bacteria.

This is something that seems to be impossible to get across to the nail technicians, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Did you know that cuticle cutting is illegal in several states? It is! And yet, the practice is still common everywhere, whether it’s against the law or not. In addition, nail salons often use the same tools from customer to customer without proper sterilization. Dr. Schlessinger says, “Many nail salons clean their tools by placing the utensils in a special solution where they need to be submerged for 12 hours in order to be fully sterilized. Nail technicians often leave them in for only 20 minutes or less, so the tools are never cleaned properly.”

This is dangerous and could lead to the spread of infection.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his thoughts on nail salon safety.

Next time you head to the salon for a manicure, arrive early and take a look around. You’ll want to check that your technician’s license is prominently displayed and that the premises are neat and clean. You’ll also want to observe clean-up and sanitation procedures to ensure that the salon’s hygienic standards are up to snuff.

And of course be sure to communicate to your technician that you don’t want your cuticles trimmed or cut. Ask for them to be pushed instead with a clean, quality cuticle remover.

For healthy cuticles, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Qtica.

For cuticle repair, Dr. Schlessinger suggests Qtica, an intensive therapy treatment for cuticles that are prone to dryness, damage and hangnails.

Have you received your first manicure or pedicure of the spring season yet? Tell us how it went in the comments below.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares tricks for your routine when you are without your skin care products

Joel Schlessinger MD shares tricks for your routine when you are without your skin care products

More than likely, you’ve found yourself caught somewhere without your arsenal of skin care and beauty products and are in need of ways to freshen up your look. If you find yourself in this situation, there are several common products you can use to deal with your second-day skin and hair. The article “Morning After Beauty Fixes (Using HIS Products!)” features expert Joel Schlessinger MD and his tips for refreshing your appearance.

There are some products that you can share, reveals Joel Schlessinger MD.

If there is a face wash available, use it. Cleansing with any type of facial cleanser is better than using regular soap. A fresh, clean face will help you look more awake and well-rested. To remove stuck-on makeup such as eyeliner and mascara, use a dab of lotion on your finger or a Q-tip and gently massage the area.

You can also use a man’s hair care product for a quick way to style your strands. A pomade or wax will help tame hair but be sure to only use a small amount to avoid a greasy or weighed-down look.

Common household items can also refresh your look, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

“You can create a makeshift toothbrush by wrapping a damp paper towel around your finger and squeezing some toothpaste on top,” says Joel Schlessinger MD. Mouthwash also goes a long way in refreshing your breath.

Baby powder can be sprinkled on your scalp to absorb oil or lightly brushed onto your complexion to reduce shine. Raid his kitchen and look for olive oil. This product can tame frizzy hair and brows to create a more polished look. Vaseline can also be used to hydrate dry strands or darken lashes if you’re without your mascara.

Do you have questions or comments for Joel Schlessinger MD? Let him know in the comments!

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his tips for healthy summer skin

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his tips for healthy summer skin
Summer means long days spent outside in the sunshine. It also means exposing your skin to some unpleasant warm weather realities. In a recent article called, “Tricks to Preventing (and Curing) Warm Weather Skin Disasters,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger spoke with about how to keep your skin healthy during the summer months.

“Shave with the hair growth,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

In the summer, you tend to show more skin, so naturally you’ll be shaving more often. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends shaving with the hair growth rather than against it since “this can [also] cause the blunt edges to grow back into the skin rather than up and out of the follicle.” He also suggests to stop shaving for a few days if you notice razor burn or an ingrown hair.

Sunshine and pool chemicals can extract moisture quickly, leaving you with dry, flakey skin that looks dull and feels rough. Shaving can irritate dry skin and leave it worse off than ever. Even when the humidity is on the rise, take the extra time to hydrate and moisturize. Experts recommend that you try shaving with coconut oil to get a close shave and an extra dose of hydration.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other experts agree that sunscreen is essential.

Forgetting your sunscreen is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Even when it’s cloudy outside, UV rays can still cause damage. Make sunscreen a part of your everyday routine, whether you’ll be outside for long periods of time or not.

If you’ve already been sunburned, try healing it with 100% unrefined shea butter. With its anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter reduces redness and irritation and protects your burn during the healing process.


Do you have a question about summer skin care for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Let us know in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses beauty habits that actually age your skin

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses beauty habits that actually age your skin Wrinkles are a part of life. While this aspect of aging is unavoidable, there are a few beauty habits you can kick in favor of youthful skin. In a recent article on titled “Bad Beauty Habits That Are Giving You Wrinkles,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on a few of these habits that actually age your skin.

Smoking and chewing gum both cause premature wrinkles, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger sees many patients with premature signs of aging. The most common cause, he says, is smoking.

“Smoking is the most common cause of wrinkles that we see,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “There have been studies of twins that showed proof of this in stunning detail. So skip cigarettes and lose the wrinkles!”

Chewing gum is another culprit behind fine lines and wrinkles.

“Gum chewing produces a type of wrinkle that I see quite often on the lower mouth,” he says. “Additionally, it causes other issues in the mouth structure. This is an easy bad habit to give up and look better.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also warns against other bad beauty habits.

Not taking the time to wash your face before going to bed is another habit you should kick.

“When you sleep in your makeup, you are basically inviting wrinkles to your skin,”Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “The makeup and environmental pollutants you accumulate during the day seep into your pores, breaking down collagen and elastin. This can speed up the aging process, leaving you with fine lines and wrinkles.”

For healthy, youthful skin, Dr. Schlessinger recommends cleansing and moisturizing every night before bed. He also suggests applying sunscreen every morning, even if you will be spending your day indoors.

“Exposure to the sun for even a few minutes can lead to a breakdown of collagen, leading to fine lines and wrinkles.”

Do you have a question for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Share with us in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the secrets to restoring dry hair

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the secrets to restoring dry hair

To replenish dry hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends targeting both the scalp and the strands.

No matter what hair type you have, curly, straight, thick, or thin, you are susceptible to dry, brittle strands that look frizzy and frayed. Heat styling, chemical processes, color treatments and day-to-day weather all take their toll on your locks. There is relief from this issue, however, so you don’t have to live with straw-like strands. In a recent article on, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his recommendations for dry hair.

It is important to treat not only your strands, but also the scalp if you want to repair dry hair. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends PHYTO Phytopolléine Universal Scalp Elixir. This serum purifies the scalp to increase microcirculation and nourishes skin to encourage healthy hair growth.

The right products, reveals Dr. Joel Schlessinger, can be the answer to dry, damaged hair.

“To nourish dry hair back to health, turn to nourishing products that will replenish the natural moisture your tresses are missing,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

He recommends beginning your routine with products such as Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo and Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Conditioner. These two products contain ingredients that repair damage and hydrate strands. He also recommends using a treatment mask at least once a week to infuse hair with much-needed moisture.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger stresses the importance of protecting against further damage.

If you don’t take the time to shield your hair from damage, the dry and brittle texture will return. Before you do any heat styling, always apply a heat protectant spray such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray. The formula protects hair against up to 450 degrees of heat from blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons.

What are your go-to products for treating dry hair? Let us know in the comment section.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and the FixMySkin Balms featured on Beauty High

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and the FixMySkin Balms featured on Beauty High

Dermatologists are the source for the best and most effective skin care brands. A recent article on, “8 Amazing Dermatologist-Developed Skin Care Products,” spotlights products and brands that have been perfected by doctors. FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone, invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his son, Daniel, are highlighted as top-notch products that address a variety of skin concerns.

FixMySkin Balms were formulated by Dr. Joel Schlessinger to treat dry, irritating skin conditions.

The active ingredient in FixMySkin Healing Balm is 1% hydrocortisone, a topical steroid that heals skin to relieve irritation, itching and inflammation. Hydrating ingredients like cocoa and shea butter also moisturize skin to create a softer and more even texture. The convenient stick is easy to carry in your pocket, purse or bag.

You can use this versatile balm to treat a number of issues including psoriasis, eczema, allergic reactions and insect bites. It can be applied up to three times a day on the face, arms, legs, knees and elbows. The replenishing formula sinks deeply into skin to quickly deal with cracked heels, dry cuticles or psoriasis and eczema flare-ups.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a fan of other dermatologist-developed products as well.

When you use a skin care product that has been formulated by a dermatologist, you know you are receiving a product that is backed by research and studies. The Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare brand was started by Dr. Dennis Gross, a dermatologist who is dedicated to the science of skin care and offers powerful formulas that produce results. Dr. Murad, the creator of Murad products, is another dermatologist with years of experience and first-hand knowledge that goes into his skin care line.

What’s your favorite dermatologist-developed brand? Let us know in the comments.