Cutest mini saddle bag!

June 7th, 2016

When I saw this gem, I had to post it. Isn’t it the cutest mini saddle bag you’ve ever seen?!

Elizabeth And James Zoe Saddle Bag - Pale Blue Elizabeth And James Zoe Saddle Bag – Pale Blue $395

10 Unexpected Ways You Are Aging Your Skin

June 3rd, 2016

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Summer is lovely but it is also the time that we need to be more vigilant about protecting our skin from aging prematurely. I got this great advice in the email pointing to a list of things that a lot of us do that can cause our skin to age faster.   Have a read and see if you can gain new knowledge or learn a new good habit or two :).

Chances are that you are doing all you can to maintain youthful looking skin. You may be diligent about wearing sunscreen daily, using an anti-aging product, and applying moisturizer. However, there are a few mistakes that people often make, not realizing that they are sabotaging their skin and causing extra wrinkles. Dr. Kally Papantoniou a board certified New York Dermatologist who often sees “skin saboteurs” in her practice, shares 10 skin sins that are easily avoidable. Be honest, are you guilty of any of the following?

1) Not wearing sunglasses

While it is important to protect your eyes against harmful ultra violet rays sunglasses do more than just protect your eyes. They also play a role in protecting the thinner skin of the eye area against aging. Dr. Papantoniou says, “Repetitive squinting in bright light can lead to crow’s feet, which often require dermal fillers to smooth again. Keep sunglasses in your car so you’re less likely to find yourself out and about without them.”

2) Substituting sunscreen for a moisturizer

While it’s great that you have made using sunscreen part of your daily routine, it doesn’t provide the same benefits as your moisturizer. Dr. Papantoniou stresses that, “Not all sunscreens hydrate, and some may even add oil or dry out your skin. Apply both moisturizer and sunscreen for days out in the sun, or use a moisturizer with SPF for daily use.”

3) Skipping the body

Many people skip moisturizing their body after showering. As we age elbows and knees become dryer and skin begins to sag. A body moisturizer applied daily will lock in moisture keeping skin soft, supple and radiant.

4) Bathing in hot water

A steamy shower or soak in the hot tub may be great for sore muscles, but studies show it’s bad for your skin. That’s because hot water breaks down skin elasticity and causes premature wrinkling and sagging. When bathing, keep the water warm rather than piping hot and save the hot tub soaks for special occasions.

5) Sitting in front of a fire

Sun damage isn’t the only light source responsible for aging. New studies show that the heat emitted by fire affects the skin similarly to UV rays, resulting in thinner skin, blotchiness, dryness, and free radical damage. Dr. Papanatoniou cautions to, “Be sure to sit at least 3 feet away from fireplaces and keep your exposure brief.”

6) Eating refined sugar

Here is one more reason to curb your sweet tooth. Sugar damages collagen and elastin, youthful proteins that give the skin its firmness and elasticity. To keep your skin looking its best, swap sugary candy for fruit, skip the soda, and cut back on processed, packaged foods.

7) Sleeping face-down

Pillow creases may be more than a temporary problem. Sleeping on your face for an extended period of time can cause permanent wrinkles to develop. Train yourself to sleep on your back or try a wrinkle-reducing pillow designed to minimize the amount of compression between the fabric and your skin.

8) Sipping through a straw

“The puckering motion you use to drink through a straw is like that of smoking a cigarette, and can result in similar consequences. Using a straw etches vertical lines around your mouth that become more pronounced over time. Drink from a cup when possible to prolong a youthful pout,” says Dr. Papantoniou.

9) Driving without sunscreen

The sun’s harmful rays actually penetrate the windows of your car? Windshield and window glass blocks UVB rays so you won’t get burned, the harmful UVA rays still penetrate. Protect your skin by applying SPF 30 or higher onto your face, arms and especially your hands to prevent wrinkles and spots. Dr. Papantoniou points out that, “UVA rays are the ones that prematurely age the skin and contribute to skin cancer.”

10) Squinting at your computer

Staring, frowning or squinting at a screen for too long can cause an unwanted line between your eyebrows and may lead to crow’s-feet around your eyes. It’s important to regularly visit your optometrist to have your eyes checked and be sure to take a break away from your desk every couple of hours.

About Dr. Kally Papantoniou:  www.drpapantoniou.com

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Dr. Kally Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Papantoniou is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City and can be seen in locations in Queens, NY and on Long Island. She is a New York trained Dermatologist and applies expert techniques and the newest technologies to treat her patients. Dr. Papantoniou focuses on providing her patients with the highest level of care, with special interests in natural and healthy alternatives to treatments and disease prevention.

What Goes Around Comes Around

May 25th, 2016

This is pure vintage candyland!

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Unclog those pores!

May 25th, 2016

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Summer’s here, and for all the girls out there who have oily or combination skin like I do, you know how easily our pores can get clogged when you wear sunscreen everyday, which is totally what you should do, but it is not easy on the skin even if you use the most light-weight and refreshing sunscreen. The hot temperature and sun are just not helpful. So what do you do to make sure that your pores are not clogged? You must keep those pores exfoliated regularly. This is my holy grail exfoliant – Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant ($28) and Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant ($20.80). I only use BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) type of exfoliant. I use to use scrubs, but I don’t anymore because while they can make the skin surface smooth, they don’t penetrate the pores. Only BHA can do that. And there aren’t that many good BHA products out there. Paula’s Choice‘s BHAs are the only ones I trust now. As you can see, I stocked up for the summer. It really makes my skin smooth and keep the pimples at bay. And trust me, it works on sensitive skin too. It does not sting like some other exfoliants or re-surfacing products. If you are looking for a new BHA to try, give Paula’s Choice a shot!