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Patent for FixMySkin Healing Balms awarded to Joel Schlessinger MD and his son, Daniel

Patent for FixMySkin Healing Balms awarded to Joel Schlessinger MD and his son, Daniel

The development of the FixMySkin Healing Balms began with the curiosity of Daniel Schlessinger, son of dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Joel Schlessinger MD. Years later, the product has become a popular choice of dermatologists for healing dry skin symptoms, chapped lips and other irritating skin issues. Joel Schlessinger MD and Daniel were recently awarded a patent for these versatile products and you can read the story behind their development here.

Daniel was Joel Schlessinger MD’s inspiration to develop the balms.

After trying to use regular lip balm to soothe his chapped fingers, Daniel began to wonder if there was a product that was specifically formulated to heal the skin. Joel Schlessinger MD encouraged Daniel to see what he could discover.

“I initially put the onus on him to see if there was a body balm with 1% hydrocortisone in a tube and what the patent status was,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “We didn’t want a petroleum base as that made for a very poor taste and melting properties, so we worked to develop FixMySkin to fill that niche.”

After years of testing, the two developed a formula with 1% hydrocortisone that heals skin, rather than simply moisturizing it like many generic products.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends the FixMySkin balms for psoriasis, eczema, chapped lips and more.

The FixMySkin balms come in vanilla and unscented options as well as three different applicators for the lips, body and face. The hydrocortisone heals skin to relieve itching, flaking and irritation caused by a number of issues including allergic skin reactions, insect bites, chapped lips, psoriasis and eczema.

This popular product has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Dr. Oz Show and is available in over 100 dermatology offices across the country. To find out more about these versatile balms, visit

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares makeup tricks to look more youthful with

Makeup Tricks to Look Younger

When combined with a great skin care routine, makeup has the power to take years off of your appearance. In a recent post on, “Makeup Tricks to Help You Look Younger,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shared some of his best tips for using makeup to achieve a healthy, young-looking appearance.

It’s important to moisturize, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

The basis for smooth makeup application is having healthy skin underneath. Cleanse twice a day, exfoliate at least once a week and moisturize properly. By moisturizing twice daily, you’ll keep skin plump and hydrated. This is especially important as we age, since our skin tends to lose its natural moisture over time. Applying a good moisturizer before facial makeup will also, “…help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles, which become more pronounced on dry skin,” states Dr. Schlessinger.

For superior moisture, choose products that contain healthy, hydrating ingredients and use two different formulas for morning and evening. EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer creates a smooth, supple complexion when applied before makeup. The oil-free, non-greasy lotion contains nourishing glycerin, plus niacinamide for its anti-aging benefits. For a moisturizer that keeps skin hydrated as you sleep, pick up EltaMD PM Therapy Facial Moisturizer. The lotion strengthens skin and restores lost elasticity with a powerful blend of peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also recommends contouring to give makeup youthful dimension.

Contouring involves using foundation, bronzer, blush and highlighter to enhance facial structure and give shape to different areas of the face. Using the concept of shadow and illumination, says Dr. Schlessinger, “It can create the illusion of a face lift without surgery by drawing attention to your best features.” It can also help detract from features you’d rather play down.

Use a bronzer under the cheekbones and a highlighter on the cheekbones to sculpt them. Then add a fresh, dewy touch with some blush. The jane iredale Quad Bronzer in Moonglow or Sunbeam has everything you need to contour like a pro. Four different hues allow you to customize bronzer, blush and highlighter shades to find a great look for day or night. To see contouring in action at our LovelySkin retail store, watch our video on how to contour here.

Do you have questions for Dr. Joel Schlessinger about how to look younger with makeup? Let us know in the comments below.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger featured on discussing the benefits of spirulina

Dr. Joel Schlessinger featured on about the benefits of spirulina
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently talked with about the skin-savvy benefits of spirulina. This blue-green algae is found in many natural and marine-based skin care products because of its high nutritional content that can help protect and beautify your complexion. Read more to find out how spirulina skin care products can do wonders for your skin.

Spirulina can help you achieve healthier hair and nails, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

When taken as a supplement, this seaweed can help many aspects of your body. Spirulina contains a wide range of minerals that are important to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails. These minerals help keep hair shiny and your nails strong. Not only this, but it also helps fight off inflammation and can help soothe and calm sensitive skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says spirulina is a great source of antioxidants.

Free radicals are a common part of our environment that can cause premature aging. Luckily, spirulina has a high content of antioxidants that help shield the skin from free radical damage. Spirulina is packed with vitamin A, vitamin B-12 and vitamin E, all of which can help improve the appearance of sagging, tired-looking skin.

“These vitamins also prevent wide-spread free radical growth, stopping premature aging in its tracks,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Treat dark circles with spirulina, Dr. Joel Schlessinger advises.

Spirulina can also help strengthen the skin, helping to minimize the appearance of dark circles.

“The detoxifying effects of spirulina can help eliminate dark circles and other shadows. It can also improve general dryness and irritation in the eyes and skin around the eyes,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger incorporates spirulina into the treatment of warts.

In Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s dermatology clinic, he often advises his patients to use a regimen containing spirulina to treat and prevent the growth of warts.

“Most of my wart patients find it an easy way to ward off new warts and heal recalcitrant ones with fewer treatments,” he said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his favorite products that contain spirulina.

Kerstin Florian Rejuvenating Spirulina Masque can be used as a stimulating treatment for a healthier, more youthful appearance. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein and chlorophyll, this mask is the ultimate nutrient boost for dull skin.

Elemis Body Enhancement Capsules are daily supplements that can help strengthen your hair and nails as it boosts your mental alertness and improves stamina. For superior results, use these supplements with a sensible diet and exercise.

Have you ever used a product with spirulina? Tell us about it in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD talks to Daily Makeover about how to recover from jet lag

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses tips to recover from jet lag fast

If you have to fly across time zones when you travel, chances are you’ll experience jet lag. Not only does jet lag leave you feeling exhausted, the drying conditions aboard the plane can zap your tired skin of its natural moisture. Joel Schlessinger, MD recently spoke to Daily Makeover about tips to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy on your next trip.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends getting some sleep to repair the skin.

One of the best things you can do for your skin while flying is to get some sleep. “Skin restores and repairs itself while we sleep, and robbing it of the chance to do so could be another stressor on your complexion,” says Dr. Schlessinger.

A modified skin care routine will help your skin compensate for lost moisture, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Flying can wreak havoc on the skin due to extremely low humidity aboard the aircraft. Air is continuously recycled and recirculated throughout the cabin while humidity is as low as 20 percent. The air is forced to draw moisture from wherever it can, including the skin. If your skin is already prone to dryness, it’ll become even dryer. Oily skin types are especially prone to post-flight breakouts because the skin begins to produce excess oil to compensate for the drying effects of the air.

To start your vacation on the right foot, Dr. Schlessinger recommends adding extra moisturizer into your skin care routine one to two weeks before you leave. He likes to recommend Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer to his patients. It’s free of harsh ingredients and it contains hydromanil, shea butter, avocado oil and mango butter to restore moisture and replenish the complexion. It’s also a good idea to begin to drink extra water about one to two weeks prior to take-off.

Take FixMySkin Healing Body Balm, developed by Joel Schlessinger MD, on your next flight.

While you’re onboard, you’ll need a portable moisturizer, like FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone. This balm comes in a convenient, heat-resistant stick for easy application on dry, rough patches of skin. Shea butter and cocoa butter hydrate while 1% hydrocortisone provides deep, repairing moisture to irritated skin cells. It’s also great for the face and lips. Keep FixMySkin handy on the plane to spot-treat any areas that feel uncomfortably dry.

To get more of your favorite skin care products in a convenient travel size, visit

Do you have questions for Joel Schlessinger MD about jet lag and skin care? Let us know in the comments section.