Allergan has long reigned in the wrinkle-busting arena with Botox, but industry watchers are now predicting a serious contender coming in 2015. Cosmo-pharma giant Johnson & Johnson has been working tirelessy to develop a new drug to work faster, produce longer lasting effects, and be more affordable than Botox. Current competitors include Xeomin and Dysport.
3 Eye Openers
Crow’s feet, under eye circles, and thinning lashes can make you look an average of 6 years older than you actually are. That’s the consensus among 40% of 800 women aged 30 to 60 surveyed in the latest FACE report. Luckily, help comes in many forms these days. The most effective plan is to use a variety of eye-enhancing products, starting with the proven lash-growing solution, coupled with an antioxidant-rich eye cream product that uses brightening micro-pearls to mask lines and provide an instant illuminating effect. Details:
1. Latisse is the first and still the only prescription medication for thin and sparse eyelashes. Approved by the FDA and Health Canada, it was originally produced to treat glaucoma. With regular use, Latisse gradually stimulates the growth of longer, thicker, and even darker eyelashes. In about three months, “It provides a 106% increase in fullness which is remarkable for any drug,” says Toronto cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, our medical advisor, who adds that Latisse is safe and helps grow lashes longer and fuller so you don’t even need mascara.
Speak to your derm about Latisse, $150 per one month supply. For more info on how to use, click here.
2. Kellett Skincare Radiance Eye Treatment, $75 at kellettskincare.com. Developed by our go-to derm, this anti-aging cream uses peptides to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Ideal for night and daytime use.
3. Vichy LIFTACTIV Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes, $45 at drugstores. Hitting store shelves this week, this light hydrating serum can used on the lashes to fortify them, making the most of the lush flutter you’ll surely get from Latisse.
April is Earth Month and Rosacea Awareness Month
So here’s the latest on how you can live more green and less red.
Currently, the City of Toronto’s blue bin recycling program only accepts plastic bottles and jugs with lids tightly screwed on, such as shampoo, moisturizer, and body wash.
So what’s a product packrat to do with the rest of her empties? Well, Mother Nature can breathe a sigh of relief because there is finally an eco solution for all other cosmetic waste. TerraCycle, founded in 2001 by Princeton university student, Tom Szaky, provides free waste recycling programs, called Brigades, for the previously non-recyclable. Thanks to a partnership with Garnier, TerraCycle has created a Personal Care and Beauty Brigade that accepts absolutely all your cosmetic packaging waste. This program is free to join and best of all, you gain points for every piece of trash that you send in which can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts or awarded to the non-profit organization or school of your choice.
For an added dose of green this month, try a Garnier Fructis Pure Clean hair product. This budget-friendly drugstore line – which includes a shampoo, conditioner, and styling aids (all under $8) – is produced in distribution centers committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption. In addition, both the shampoo and conditioner are 92% biodegradable and the entire line is free of potential irritants such as silicone, parabens and dye.
RELIEVE THE RED
Rosacea is more common than you think – there are about two million Canadians living with the face-flushing disorder. It is more prevalent among fair-skinned Caucasians aged 30- 50 years.
“Rosacea cannot be cured but it can be controlled,” says Dr. Kellett.
Topical treatments are recommended as the first port of call. TRY: Prosacea Gel, $15 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart. This non-irritating formula helps diminish symptoms of rosacea, including redness, acne-like bumps and dryness.
If topicals fail to yield satisfying results, visit your dermatologist. Physician-dispensed oral antibiotics like minocycline, tetracycline, and doxycycline may be recommended. Light therapies, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) using the Lumenis One machine can help. “The Lumenis One is the best laser for treating the telangiectasia, erythema, and visible blood vessels that are present in patients with rosacea,” says Dr. Kellett, shown on the left treating a patient.
There’s nothing quite like the bounce, volume and fullness of youthful hair. But just as it does with skin, the aging process takes its toll on hair. According to the National Institutes of Health, the thick, coarse hair of a young adult eventually becomes thin, fine, light-colored hair. It’s unavoidable. Says Dr. Kellett, by the time a woman reaches her 50s, “hair will be noticeably thinner in texture.”
While nothing has yet to live up to the efficacy of minoxidil (Rogaine), the latest crop of hair helpers show promise and celebrity clout – if that’s what you’re into.
At Sephora: Living Proof, the brand co-owned by Jennifer Aniston, has a new volumizing line called Full. The line promises to give thin, limp hair a natural, youthful fullness that remains soft and maintains its volume even when touched. All of the products in the line (a shampoo, $24; conditioner, $24; root lifting spray, $26, thickening cream, $26; and thickening mousse, $26) feature Living Proof’s most recent discovery PBAE, a patented molecule that creates a micro-pattern of thickening dots on each hair strand.
At the drugstore: Viviscal Maximum Strength oral supplements, $60 for 60 tablets (one month supply), at Shoppers Drug Mart. Cynthia Nixon recently told Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly and Michael that Viviscal helped to grow her hair back after she shaved her head for a role. These tablets use a blend of proteins and marine ingredients (shark cartilage, oyster meat) to deliver a specific amino acid profile shown, in a recent small study, to promote hair growth in women with temporary thinning. The 6-month study, (Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2012) was performed on a group of 15 healthy women who consumed two tablets per day. Improvements in hair volume and thickness and scalp coverage were seen after three months, with improvement in hair shine and skin smoothness and moisture retention at the six-month mark.
When blow-drying, curling, or straightening sparse strands, use a low-heat setting. Keep in mind that hair loss can be cause by your genetic code, a medication, or your diet. Working with a dermatologist can help you reverse the damage. Many people forget that hair is part of the skin and often seek the advice of a hair stylist and end up buying expensive hair products.
True or False? Drinking 8 cups of water per day will lead to glowing, healthy, wrinkle-free skin.
Guzzling water won’t guarantee great skin. “It’s a myth,” says Dr. Kellett. “It’s great for your kidneys, but there are no studies that show if you drink 8 to 10 glasses a day, your skin will look any better.” Keep hydrating for your health but don’t count H20 as the elixir of youth – see a dermatologist for that.