Monthly Archives: December 2015

Aging in a modern world: Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses “tech neck” with Yahoo! Beauty

Aging in a modern world: Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses “tech neck” with Yahoo! Beauty
Is your phone or iPad making your neck look old?  Here’s the story on what these devices do to us and how to avoid problems!

Staring down at your phone could lead to premature signs of aging in the neck area, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Looking down at your cell phone, laptop or tablet can cause a loss of firmness in the neck called “tech neck.” The skin on the neck is much thinner and more prone to wrinkling. Constantly looking down at your phone creates folds in the skin, which eventually become deep wrinkles. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently sat down to discuss this aging concern with Yahoo! Beauty.

“On average, people stare at their cell phones for almost three hours a day,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares. “It adds stress on the muscles and nerves, which can do damage over time.”

You may not notice it at the time, but your neck works hard to support your head, especially when it’s held at an angle.

“The head normally weighs about 10 pounds when the spine is straight,” he explains. “However, when you’re holding your head at a 45-degree angle to look down at your phone, the head weighs about 49 pounds.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests holding your device higher than normal, which can make a big difference in preventing unnecessary signs of aging.

Try to hold your head in a neutral position whenever possible and limit the time you spend on your phone or tablet. If you’re working on a laptop, sit at a desk and place the monitor at eye level to encourage good posture.

If you’re already seeing signs of “tech neck,” the good news is there are treatments that can help. Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests finding a firming cream with active ingredients that help stimulate collagen and elastin production. His favorite treatment for the neck area is NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream, which builds volume, firms sagging skin and creates a more even tone with active ingredients like Pro-Amino Acid, NeoCitriate, NeoGlucosamine and apple stem cell extract. Dr. Schlessinger even acted as principal investigator in an exclusive study on the efficacy of this neck cream and the results were impressive!

For more modern aging concerns and what you can do about them, check out the rest of the article on Yahoo! Beauty.

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

Are Diamonds Really a Girl’s Best Friend? Dr. Joel Schlessinger Weighs in on Gem-Infused Skin Care

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Gemstone-infused products are having a major moment in the beauty world, and we have to admit, the concept is intriguing. Ingredients like diamond dust, gold flake and pearl powder seem to be most common, and we’ve also spotted rubies, opals and everything in between in our skin care and makeup. But are gemstones actually good for your skin? In a recent article on Refinery29.com called “Are Gold- & Gemstone-Infused Products Total BS?,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger gives the real scoop on whether these additions actually shine or if your skin is better off with a new “best friend.”

There is no conclusive evidence on the benefits of gemstones for skin, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Gold and certain other stones were once ingested to promote healing and wellness, but these practices are outdated and all but obsolete. There is some evidence that gold can help alleviate inflammation in the joints, but as far as topical application for wrinkle-free skin, results are inconclusive. While shimmery gemstones help to diffuse light and lend a healthy, youthful glow to the skin’s surface, it turns out that when it comes to actual benefits, there is no definitive scientific data available.

Dr. Schlessinger explains that gemstones are harmless, and they can be a fun addition to beauty items, but they are likely not transformative for skin. “Until there is more conclusive evidence that gemstones lead to youthful skin,” he says, “it’s best not to rely on these ingredients alone.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests choosing gemstone products that are paired with proven actives.

Luckily, gold and gemstones are often paired with anti-aging actives, like growth factors, peptides and vitamin C. Dr. Schlessinger advises that it is the inclusion of these clinically proven ingredients that could be producing any results you might experience, as they are your “best bet” for a healthy, young-looking complexion.

Try popular gemstone formulas recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Still interested in trying gemstone-infused products? We don’t blame you! They might not benefit skin long-term, but they are a great way to achieve a gorgeous luminosity in the moment. Plus, let’s face it: it doesn’t get much more glamorous than wearing diamonds. Check out a few of our LovelySkin favorites:

Your eyeshadow stash is missing stila Jewel Eye Shadow, a perfect blend of intense pigment and high levels of pearl that adds brilliant sparkle to any eye look. Vitamin E offers the bonus asset of antioxidant protection. With eight beautiful shades to choose from, you can stock up on an array of colors for daytime and evening.

Enjoy a flawless, radiant complexion with glo minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation. This silky formula harnesses the light-reflecting powers of diamond powder to create an ageless glow. The ultra-fine minerals and pigments nourish and protect skin, and 5% octinoxate provides an SPF of 15 against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Ruby Crystal Microderm Exfoliator contains powerful ruby crystals to help slough away debris and encourage cell renewal. Hyaluronic acid works to intensely hydrate and prevent over-drying, while potent antioxidants offer protection against daily environmental stressors. This customer favorite will help you achieve visibly smoother, brighter skin in just a few uses.

For a firmer, tighter complexion, pick up ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum. Quartz, our gemstone addition, helps to stimulate healthy collagen production. Padina Pavonica works to bind moisture skin and protect against oxidative stress, and finally, powerful antioxidants ensure that you’re strengthening your skin against future damage and signs of aging.

Do you have a question about gemstone-infused products for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Share with us in the comments section.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers your burning question: Do you really need a neck cream?

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers your burning question: Do you really need a neck cream?

It’s not unusual for women to wonder if they’re doing enough with their skin care routine. The truth is that answer often changes. What worked for you in your 20s and 30s won’t keep your skin looking youthful well into your 40s and 50s. One common question many women have: Do I really need a separate cream for my neck? Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently discussed this topic with Metro Mom Club in an article titled “So, Do You Really Need a Neck Cream?” Read on to learn more about this hard-to-treat area.

The skin on your neck is thinner and more delicate than the skin on your face, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Before you smooth your regular anti-aging cream across your neck and décolletage, consider this: The skin in this area is much thinner than the skin on your face and the rest of your body. Because this skin is thinner, creams and treatments that are meant for use on the face won’t have the same effect on the neck area. This delicate skin is also more likely to be irritated by stronger treatments that might easily work for the face.

But skipping the neck area while you’re applying skin care products won’t do you any favors, either. Regular sun protection, in particular, is essential for the neck area.

“The neck area is often left unprotected from UV rays and other environmental challenges,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

Sun exposure, natural aging and gravity all contribute to signs of aging in the neck area, leading to wrinkles, dark spots, loss of firmness and rough skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares why it’s important to choose a treatment specifically designed for use on the neck.

For best anti-aging results, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says it’s important to choose a different product that’s meant to address the specific skin concerns of the neck. These treatments are specifically formulated for use on the thin skin in this area. They often help to firm and tighten skin, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. These formulas also provide rich hydration to plump and soften the neck area. But how do you know which neck cream is right for your skin care routine?

“Many of the ingredients will be the same actives you can find in your face creams,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “If wrinkles are your main concern, you’ll want to look for ingredients that stimulate collagen production like peptides or growth factors. For dark spots, look for ingredients like arbutin or 4% hydroquinone. Hyaluronic acid is also a good ingredient for hydrating and plumping skin.”

One of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite treatments for the neck is NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream. This targeted treatment uses active ingredients like Pro-Amino Acid, NeoCitriate, NeoGlucosamine and apple stem cell extract to build volume, firm sagging skin and minimize the appearance of dark spots. Dr. Schlessinger acted as the principal investigator when his team performed an exclusive clinical study of this neck cream and the results were impressive.

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

Stubborn stains: Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses discoloration with S.O.S. Mujer

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If you ask someone about their skin concerns, chances are they’ll list discoloration or dark spots as one of them. This issue is one of the most common for both men and women of all ages and skin types. Stubborn discoloration can be frustrating to treat, which is why S.O.S Mujer, an online health and beauty blog for women, reached out to Dr. Joel Schlessinger for answers. In this recent article, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains common causes and treatments of this issue.

Hormone changes, medications and sun exposure all cause dark spots, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Discoloration occurs when melanocytes, which are responsible for producing the pigment in our skin, are stimulated or damaged and produce excess melanin. Often times, the excess melanin accumulates in the outer layer of the epidermis, which results in dark spots.

According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, the biggest cause of discoloration is sun damage. The sun stimulates melanocytes, resulting in an uneven tone and dark spots. Another common cause is hormone changes, which occur during pregnancy. This type of discoloration is called melasma. It usually appears on the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin and can also be caused by certain birth control pills and medications that affect hormones.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends wearing sunscreen daily to prevent discoloration.

Wearing a sunscreen every day, whether it’s sunny or cloudy, is the best way to prevent dark spots. Dr. Joel Schlessinger also recommends taking the sunscreen down the neck and on to the chest area as well as the backs of the hands. These areas are susceptible to discoloration and many people often forget to apply sun protection.

Once dark spots have appeared, you can use hydroquinone to treat them. Hydroquinone is one of the most effective ingredients for fading discoloration. At-home peels and exfoliating treatments are also very effective at fading the appearance of dark spots and creating a more even tone.

Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger questions about discoloration in the comments section.