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Head-to-Toe Makeover

Posted on November 16th, by staff in Uncategorized. 9 comments


A cream that camouflages areas of the scalp where hair is sparse.
HOW IT WORKS Chose a shade – the range includes red and blonde – and massage the cream into the scalp with your fingertips.
BEST FOR Those looking for alternatives to pricy topical treatments or hair transplants.
RESULTS It lasts all day but washes out with shampoo.

This prescription lash-growing serum was recently approved for use in Canada.
HOW IT WORKS “It prolongs the growth phase of the follicle,” explains Dr. Kucy Pon, Toronto based Dermatologist. “When this phase is extended, the result is longer, fuller lashes.”
BEST FOR Anyone tired of relying on mascara to lengthen and plump.
PRICE $150 for a 30 day supply.
COMMITMENT Brush it near the upper lash line, like liquid eyeliner, before bed.
RESULTS Significantly longer lash after eight weeks. If you stop using it, lashes will gradually return to there original length.

Collagen plumps our skin, but it also plays an important role if reflecting light – the key to a brighter complexion. As we age, new collagen production slows and old collagen oxidizes and turns brown (much like when you cut an apple and … Read More »

Latisse FAQs

Posted on November 10th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 10 comments

These Frequently Asked Questions and Answers are provided by Allergan, makers of Latisse. 

What is LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%?
LATISSE® solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough eyelashes) used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.

How is LATISSE™ different from other lash products?
LATISSE™ solution is an actual growth treatment. In fact, it’s the only treatment clinically proven to grow lashes. And it’s the only lash growth product of its kind available by prescription. So you’ll need to talk to your dermatologist to see if it’s right for you.

Where do I purchase LATISSE™ and what type of treatment is it?
LATISSE™ solution is a once-a-day treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes, as instructed by your dermatologist. Then, gradually, the results come in. You may start to see more length in as little as 4 weeks and you should achieve full growth in 16 weeks. It’s not an illusion of growth. It’s your own eyelashes—only better.

How does LATISSE™ work?
LATISSE™ makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost. Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, LATISSE® is believed to affect the growth (anagen) phase of the eyelash hair cycle in two ways: … Read More »

Latisse hits Canada

Posted on November 9th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

If you missed last week’s announcement, here’s the news: Latisse, the lash lengthening product that Brooke Shields uses and advertises is now available in Canada. Earlier this week, I spoke with dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett about the specifics: side effects, what to expect and how you can get it.

Dr. Kellett started by saying that she’s using Latisse and is really impressed with the results so far. “Okay, it’s not going to save someone’s life,” she laughed, “but it works really well.” In studies Latisse showed a 110 per cent increase in eyelash thickness and 78 per cent increase in overall eyelash prominence.

So far, the main side effect reported is irritation around the eye — but that’s only in 4 per cent of users. Commercials in the US for Latisse warn about the possibility of pigment change of the iris but that side effect was only found in 1.5 per cent of users of the drug that Latisse was based on, a glaucoma treatment that was put directly into the eye.

One other downside? The results aren’t necessarily permanent. You have to keep using Latisse to keep your new long lashes. Just like the hair on your head, you lose lashes. Each … Read More »

How the skin repairs itself at night

Posted on November 1st, by staff in Uncategorized. 5 comments

Cosmetics Magazine: To start, what happens within our skin at night while we sleep? What processes take place?

Dr. Lisa Kellett: Sweating and blood flow in the skin are regulated by certain nerves in the skin at night and these factors differ depending on what stage of sleep you are in. Scientists have identified five stages of sleep that you through which they call a sleep cycle. A complete sleep cycle lasts an average of 90 to 110 minutes and the stages are called 1, 2, 3, 4 and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. It’s important to understand that sleep is a naturally recurring altered state of consciousness with relatively suspended sensory and motor activity, characterized by the inactivity of nearly all voluntary muscles. It is, in fact, a heightened anabolic state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, skeletal and muscular systems. It is incredibly important for allowing the body to heal, recover and grow. Not getting enough sleep has been proven to cause mental, emotional and physical fatigue.

Cosmetics: Are there any particular ingredients that work better at night?

Dr. Lisa Kellett: There is a paucity of evidence-based medicine that specifically examines this issue as of yet. However, in general, … Read More »

Antioxidants 101

Posted on October 31st, by staff in Uncategorized. 4 comments

They’re marketed as cancer-fighting agents, capable of reducing the effects of aging and other ailments. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing?

These days, it seems everything from blueberries and dark chocolate to leafy greens and red wine is being touted for antioxidant properties that battle cancer and heart disease and stymie the effects of aging.

But are the benefits of loading up on antioxidants overblown?

“Honestly, yes,” says Dr. Belinda Heyne, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Calgary. She is leading a research project into the role of free radicals — cell-damaging molecules that are produced by smoking, sunlight and other triggers and blamed for various diseases — in the development of cancer.

Antioxidants, which include vitamins C and E, are said to “mop up” free radicals.

“There is so much stuff on antioxidants, and people are trying to find a quick fix. It’s become a marketing fix,” says Heyne.

Likening the human body to a factory capable of building everything it needs to sustain itself, Heyne says a healthy person produces all the antioxidants needed to battle free radicals.

The National Cancer Institute in the United States largely agrees, saying our bodies “are quite effective at neutralizing free … Read More »

How to treat lips

Posted on October 5th, by staff in Uncategorized. 7 comments

I’m not sure who missed the “aging gracefully” memo in Hollywood, but the number of celebrities in the tabloid sporting inflatable life rafts for lips seems to be growing daily.

Thin isn’t in when it come to lips, but the irony is that an overly done “trout pout” ends up advertising your age– and insecurities–rather than looking youthful.

Women may notice signs of aging around the mouth as early as their thirties (especially if they smoke or worship the sun), but the real changes occur a decade later, largely due to a loss of collagen and elastin.

“The lip border becomes blurred and less distinct, then fine lines begin to form at the lip margin,” says Toronto Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett. “Fine, vertical lines extend from the mouth, causing lipstick to bleed, and lips decrease in size and can droop or sag.”

What can you do to counteract these changes? Kellett says a hyaluronic acid injectable filler can increase lip volume, smooth our lines and redefine the lip margin. But remember, less is more! Botox can improve the downturned corners of the mouth, and a course of ProFractional laser treatments can boost skin tone and texture. (If you opt for any of these techniques, … Read More »

Thermage on Doctor Oz

Posted on September 15th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 4 comments

The innovative new Thermage CPT System appeared in the “Ultimate Anti-Aging Show by the Decade.” It was mentioned with aging solutions for women in their 40s. Thermage CPT is a great no downtime solution for skin tightening, both on the face and the body.

To view the video please click here or the image below.

Find the right doctor in Toronto

Posted on September 4th, by staff in Uncategorized. No Comments

All I wanted was microdermabrasion. Or so I thought. I was over 35 and unhappy with my fine lines and a new-found dullness to my complexion that seemed to appear overnight. So I booked a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon.

“We could do some microdermabrasion…post-op,” the surgeon told me after examining my face for approximately 30 seconds. “But I’d like to suggest a thread-lift.”

Excuse me? Talk about overkill. I ran, not walked, to the nearest exit. How could I have been so wrong? But what if he was right and I did need surgery to look my best?

It made me wonder: When does a woman need to hear the cold, hard truth, and how does she decide it’s the right thing to do at the right time? As I started doing my research into the various procedures that
the surgeon had recommended, I realized finding the appropriate treatment and the best doctor to dispense it was a bit of a minefield.

Here’s what I learned.

Non-invasive alternatives to surgery have exploded in popularity in recent years, including Botox, injectable fillers, radio-frequency and lasers. Even liposuction has seen nonsurgical alternatives emerge. Dr. Lisa Kellett, a Toronto-based dermatologist, sees the nonsurgical realm as the wave of the future. This coincides with women moving away from the pulled, too tight, … Read More »

5 Face-Saving Spas

Posted on September 1st, by Helen in Uncategorized. 7 comments

The Toronto International Film Festival is ramping up for its 35th excellent year, with more than 300 movies showing between September 9 and 19. Follow this space in the days leading up to TIFF 2010 for features on much-anticipated premieres, the Bell Lightbox —the festival’s exciting new headquarters — and scads of sites at which to spot visiting celebrities. During the festival itself, we’ll bring you details on each day’s film offerings plus what to do before or after your screening.


Get ready for your close-up with treatments from these spas and wellness centres.

1. Bring your eleventh-hour flare-ups, botox woes and all that ails your skin to highly rated clinic DLK on Avenue, where Dr. Lisa Kellett has treated top talents including basketball star Chris Bosh.

2. Nicole Kidman, Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman have stopped in at chi-chi Jeanet Spa & Salon for its full range of red carpet-worthy beauty services.

3. Confidentiality is paramount at serene Satori Urban Wellness. For that reason it attracts locals and celebrities seeking discretion with their spa services, which include massage therapy, reflexology, homeopathy and more.

4. Shooting stars like Naomi Watts, Lady Gaga and Toronto-born rapper Drake have been spotted at the Spa at the Hazelton (118 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6300). This hotel haven offers every luxe treatment under … Read More »

Adult Acne Solutions from a Dermatologist

Posted on September 1st, by staff in Uncategorized. 4 comments

For years, acne was thought of as a teenage condition – the result of surging hormones and bad diet. Over-the-counter remedies featured smiling teens on the packaging and formulas were aggressively strong in
fighting over oily skin conditions. Then, something began to change. Adults began having breakouts into their twenties and thirties in increasing numbers. Scientists hypothesized that stress, pollution and diet had something to do with it. But the trend continues. Today, doctors estimate that 70 percent of North American will suffer some type of acne throughout their life. Here, Dr. Lisa Kellett, one of Canada’s foremost experts on adult acne, explains the condition.

Cosmetics Magazine: How many people suffer from acne?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: According to the Academy of Dermatology, 70 million adult Americans will suffer from acne—more than 50% of women and 25% of men.

Cosmetics: What causes adult acne and where does it mostly appear?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: The cause of adult acne is thought to be multi-factorial including stress, environment toxins, genetics, hormonal changes and the use of anti-aging products. Whatever the reason, it is a painful and frustrating experience. Adult acne often occurs on different parts of the face such as the chin, jaw, and temples. Teenage acne, in the comparison, is found in the oily facial T-zone.

Cosmetics: What adult acne treatments are available?
Dr. … Read More »

Hollywood Beauty Secrets

Posted on August 12th, by Helen in Uncategorized. No Comments

Get the skiny on Hollywood Beauty Secrets from today’s leading skincare professionals. An inside peek at the makeover techniques favoured by today’s stars:

It may sound too good to be true, but there are several new body shaping machines designed to remove unsightly lumps and bumps without the pain and recovery time that comes with surgery.

The UltraShape can trim as much as 10cm from your frame after three 45 – to 60-minute treatments, says Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, medical director of Toronto’s Bay Dermatology Centre. Using a combination of a vacuum-like device (to gently  stimulate blood flow to the targeted area) and focused ultrasound, the UltraShape Contour/Ver3 works to permanently destroy fat cells and tighten lax skin at the same time. There is a little maintenance work. “Patients are encouraged to follow a low fat, low carbohydrate diet during the treatment to maximize the results,” says Dr. Skotnicki. “Just as with liposuction, the procedure does not give patients the license to eat more, as the remaining fat cells can get larger.”

While UltraShape works on a concentrated area, the Zerona used laser technology for an all-over slimming effect. The low-level light laser (or cold laser) covers about 70 per cent of your body … Read More »

Photodynamic therapy for precancerous spots

Posted on July 20th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 2 comments

Dr Kellett speaks to Zoomer magazine about Photodynamic therapy for precancerous spots plus sun protection tips.

Exfoliate your way to better skin

Posted on July 20th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 4 comments

Nothing beats a glowing, polished complexion – and according to Toronto dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, exfoliating twice a day is the key to achieving it. “It’s one of the cheapest and fastest ways to better-looking skin,” she says. No wonder Catherine Zeta-Jones reportedly sloughs off skin cells with a mix of honey and salt, and Eva Longoria Parker uses coffee to obtain a fresher face.

“Ideally, look for rice bran or small beads in a gel base that is non-foaming,” suggests Dr. Kellett. Sensitive skin types should avoid over-exfoliating with rough grains, as it can irritate pre-existing skin conditions. Consider chemical
ingredients like fruit enzymes instead, which work like mini Pac-Mans to eat up dead, complexion-dulling skin cells.

–From HELLO! Canada Magazine “Fact or Friction” by Malena Harbers, July 2010. 

Where to go for a surgery-free facelift

Posted on July 12th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 2 comments

DLK on Avenue was featured in Toronto Life’s BEST OF THE CITY issue.

NANO-SIZE IT – Nanotech beauty products can better penetrate the skin and deliver real results – but can it harm you down the road?

Posted on July 11th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 8 comments

When it comes to standards you look for in beauty product, every woman
wants the same things: anti-aging creams that work, streak-free
sunscreens and makeup that can go on smooth and sheer. One way of doing
this is with nanotechnology, the science of reducing active ingredients
into ultra-tiny bits of matter known as nanoparticles, which can
measure 10,000 time narrower that a human hair.

Though it sounds like something out of a science fiction novel,
nanoparticles occur naturally in nature (the smell of toast is made up
of nanoparticles, for example) but the cosmetics industry – which leads
all other industries in nanoparticle patents – has found that when these
miniscule molecules are engineered into skin care, they enhance the
benefits of active ingredients.

Toronto-based dermatologist Dr. Lisa
Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C) of DLK
on Avenue Inc. explains, “In most skin care, the active
ingredients are too large to actually penetrate into the skin so they
often remain on the surface where they are not effective. Many
companies are now using nanotechnology to make molecules much smaller so
as they can penetrate deeper into the skin and make the active
ingredients more effective.”

The most common use of nanotechnology is in sunscreens. Zinc oxide and
titanium oxide, the mineral-based ingredients commonly found in physical
sunscreen, don’t … Read More »

Working with skin discolourations

Posted on July 10th, by staff in Uncategorized. 5 comments

Few people understand the psychological impact skin discolouration can have – especially during the turbulent teen years. Dark spots or mottled skin tone can cause men and women to feel insecure about their looks and subsequently avoid social situations. There are even stories
about people who felt so embarrassed by their skin that they refused to leave their apartments. This skin disorders can leave big psychological scars.

Thankfully, beauty experts often play a critical role in helping those suffering with skin discoloration feel better about themselves through camouflage makeup techniques. A compassionate staff associate can demonstrate quick solutions in a very sensitive manner.  Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett gives us some up-to-date information regarding skin discolorations.

Cosmetics: What is the medical term for skin discoloration of the skin around the face?

Dr. Lisa Kellett: The two more common causes of discoloration on the face are post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and melasma. PIH is caused by trauma to the skin which results in the stimulation of the release of pigment and subsequent darkening of the skin. Melasma is pigmentation of the skin related to hormones and sunlight.

Cosmetics: How common is this condition?

Dr. Lisa Kellett: Both disorders are quite common, with melasma more common in women using oral contraception or those who are pregnant.

Cosmetics: How do clients react when they come and see you with this disorder?

Dr. … Read More »


Posted on July 7th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 4 comments

Men are living evidence that Darwin was right.

Our hair-suits, hand-me downs from our prehistoric ancestors,
have evolved into unsightly personal grooming liabilities in the eyes of
many modern men — and their female mates.

And so, they engage in the self-loathing exercise of shaving,
waxing and tweezing in a futile attempt to deny genetic predispositions
and attain the contemporary form of enlightenment called hairlessness.

After thousands of years of scant, weep-inducing options,
de-tufting technology is finally getting an upgrade to faster, less
painful fur-coat shedding.

Call it the purple nurple of hair removal!

LightSheer Duet Laser Hair Reduction Treatment machine combines
laser hair removal technology with a vacuum that sucks hair from
follicle with little or no pain.

Swaths of body hair that took afternoons of anguished tugging
over repeated visits to transform into baby bottom smoothness can be
Hoovered in less than an hour with little more than the sensation of a

“More and more men are aware of the advancements in technology
and becoming more comfortable discussing their hair removal needs,” says
Dr. Lisa Kellett, whose DLK on Avenue clinic in Toronto has
invested in a $150,000 LightSheer
machine that stands the size of an automated teller.

“For men, ridding yourself of unwanted hair has become much more
mainstream and socially acceptable, in … Read More »

Fact or Fiction? – Industry experts weigh in to help us debunk some common beauty myths

Posted on May 28th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 3 comments

Of course water is good for us, but can it really give dry skin a
refreshed, hydrated appearance? Not on its own, says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist in
Toronto at DLK on Avenue. “If this were true, then the simplest cure for dry skin would
be to drink more water.” What keeps skin hydrated is oil, in conjunction
with other factors. “Dry skin is caused by changes in the top layers of
the skin called the epidermis and the stratum corneum,” she adds. Dr. Kellett treats patient’s dry skin
with high-performance Diamond
and SilkPeels,
which remove dead skin cells and leave complexions looking fresh.

If your ends are looking frizzy and dull, chances are that you’re
plagued with split ends. Some products on the market claim to salvage
your split ends, but truthfully, nothing beats a regular trim. “The only
way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. A haircut every six
to eight weeks is best, especially for people with long hair”, says Nhi
Tran, Sassoon Salon’s creative director. The best defense is a good
offence: Tran suggested using heat-activated protective products, which
can help prevent damage caused by styling tools.

YOU … Read More »

MAXIMUM EXPOSURE – Five high-performance ways to prepare to bare all for summer

Posted on May 28th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 7 comments


While it’s tough to top Gwyneth
Paltrow’s “you changed my life” enthusiasm for the Brazilian
wax, we can admit that less is more south of the border. Permanently.
The latest machine on the market is the LightSheer
Duet Laser, which has two treatment heads (hence the name). The
high-speed, vacuum-assist head stretches the skin and expands the hair
follicle, and is used to treat larger areas quickly; the chilled-tip
head – which is similar to the lasers you’re accustomed to seeing –
transmits energy to the base of the follicle, and targets specific small
areas. For the bikini, both heads get a workout. “For years, laser hair
removal was seen as a painful and embarrassing procedure, says Dr. Lisa Kellett of Toronto’s DLK on Avenue. “Who wants to admit
they have excess body hair? As technology evolves and people become more
comfortable discussing their treatments, the taboo of ridding yourself
of unwanted hair has become much more mainstream and socially

Cost: about $200 per treatment;
three to six treatments recommended. Pain/Gain Quotient: Minimal discomfort. You’ll feel a
slight pull and pinch with the vacuum-assist head, but it’s easier to
take then a wax. The chilled-tip head gives a slight burning sensation
when the laser hits your skin, but it’s tolerable.

From FASHION … Read More »

Everything you need to know about sunscreens

Posted on May 7th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 4 comments

In 1938, Chemist Will Baltzer invented what is believed to be the first effective sunscreen called Glacier Cream. Historians believe it had about a factor of SPF 2. And while he was technically they first to
develop sunscreen, the first widely used sunscreen was the brainchild of pharmacist Benjamin Greene. He created a physical block made of red veterinary petroleum in 1941 during World War II to protect soldiers
fighting in the South Pacific from sun overexposure. Coppertone bought the patent in the early 1950s and soon marketed to North Americans under Bain de Soleil and Coppertone brands.

Today, dozens of companies produce and market sunscreens and blocks. This is carefully regulated by Health Canada with a handful of approved chemical sunscreen ingredients that have been carefully tested. As
summer weather approaches, Dr. Lisa Kellett assists Cosmetics in explaining the most common sun protection terms with some interesting facts you might not know.