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We have all experienced one of those days in which we come home after a long day and have that clogged, greasy skin or blown your nose to find a disturbing shade of black dirt from being in the dirty city; you’ll know that pollution is a growing skin care concern. We sat down with Dr. G to understand more about the damaging effects that pollution has on our skin and ways in which we can combat and protect our skin from the pollution we endure on a daily basis.


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Why is there such a rise in popularity for anti-pollution skincare right now? “Interest in the detrimental effects of pollution continues to rise given the increasing record-breaking pollution levels across the world and in particular key major cities. Consumers are also becoming more savvy to the environmental effects around them and access to crucial information is so much more accessible today.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

What kind of skin issues can pollution cause? “Pollution can increase skin aging and this may be due to the microscopic specks of smoke, soot, acid and other pollutants that come into contact with your skin in areas with high pollution levels. These tiny particles are up to twenty times smaller than the size of your pores, meaning that they can penetrate the skin and bypass the protective outer layers. This can lead to inflammation in the deeper layers of living skin tissues, where wrinkles and other signs of skin ageing are formed.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

How does pollution lead to free radicals in the skin? “Pollution releases microscopic particles or free radicals that can go deep into the skin and cause damage to otherwise healthy cells. The outcome is loss of elasticity (wrinkles and sagging) and Hyperpigmentation (dark spots).  Luckily, antioxidants have been clinically proven to effectively fight free radical damage, preventing them from reacting with the skin and helps to prevent dullness, fine lines, sagging and other signs of skin aging.”

What is the best cleansing method for ridding pores of pollution? Exfoliation is the best method for ridding pores of pollutants. Physical and Chemical exfoliators are able to deeply penetrate into the pores and clean them while also removing dead skin cells, dirt, oil and bacteria build up and prior damaging the cells.

What are the most important skincare ingredients for tackling pollution? It’s about creating a shield (via Antioxidants) and protecting the skin (via Sun Block) so that the free-radical damage caused by pollution cannot penetrate the skin to break down the healthy cells. Look for Anti-oxidant ingredients as they fight free radicals. A few of the most studied and effective anti-oxidants include Red Tea, Cherry Extract, Ferulic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Retinol and Resveratrol.

Still struggling to find that perfect gift for the father in your life? Did you know that in 2013 men spent more money on men specific toiletries that on shaving products?!? Men want and need skincare. Skin is skin regardless of gender. The most common skin issues for men are dry skin, Acne, irritation(cause by shaving), wrinkles and sun damage. Below is our recommendations of the best products for these common ailments. Men will love our packaging as well. Gone are the days when men have to steal skincare products from the women in their life.

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Big pores and dull skin tone call for exfoliation. Our new at home peel, Fresh A Peel ,won Men’s Health Magazine’s 2014 Grooming award for best exfoliator. This lactic acid peel will smooth even the roughest of skin, giving an overall brighter complexion. Best part about this is that it only takes 2-5 minutes to see results! Men love a quick fix!

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Who doesn’t want to look young? Anti aging is a huge concern for men too. Shaving and over exposure to the sun can prematurely age skin. Radical Difference is a firming and re-texturizing super serum that targets redness and irritation while hydrating with 100% hyaluronic acid. This will help with razor burn (use after shaving) while brightening the skin with Vitamin C. Oil free and fragrance free – a favorite of men.

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If the Dad in your life tends to break out, Doctors Scrub is the perfect product to introduce into his regimen. Not only does Doctors Scrub help to reduce breakouts it also helps to get a closer shave. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in skincare. He will be glowing in no time.

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Sun screen is a must for everyone, even if he claims he won’t use skincare. Sun Visor is a 30 SPF dry mist that utilizes titanium dioxide to shield the skin from harmful UVA & UVB rays. Oil free and fragrance free, Sun Visor is not sticky and has a treatment benefit to it as well! Organic red tea helps to ease redness and irritation while also creating a cooling effect.

This Fathers day give him the gift of looking young the healthy way! Happy Fathers Day!



cukesMost of the country is experiencing an arctic chill right now, which never helps with already dry winter skin. Covering your face if you have to go outdoors is a must, as skin can freeze within 5 minutes of exposure. But what about other ways to keep skin hydrated all thru the winter? This is an ongoing struggle for me because I tend to be naturally dry. This winter I have been very diligent about keeping my skin hydrated, here are a few tips that work for me.

Blow Cool Air

Sleeping with a humidifier on has been a big help. Cold temperatures, low humidity and indoor heat are killers when it comes to sucking skin dry. By using a humidifier you are adding water/cool steam/basically humidity back into the air. If you work from home or spend a lot of time at home, run it as much as possible. Bed Bath and Beyond has the best selection of humidifiers varying in sizes and prices.

Switch Up Your Skincare

As loyal as I am to certain brands (wink wink), I have to switch it up during the winter. Gone are the warm days of Vitamin C serums and retinoids-my skin cannot handle them during the winter months. This season I decided to alter the beginning of my regimen instead of the serum/moisturizer step for hydration. I added a creamy cleanser, kept my serum and moisturizer and added an oil for that extra glow. I’ve also been using a hydrating mask that I’ve noticed a difference from when I wake up in the morning.

Eat Your Water

Drinking more water is a new years resolution of mine. Drinking water and liquids will keep you hydrated internally. During the winter I never crave cold water so I have been drinking a lot of Red Tea (Rooibos) and eating veggies and juices with high water content. Cucumbers and celery are full of water as well as vitamins. Some of my other favorite water filled yummies are radishes, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and green peppers (which are 92% water)!!

The good news is these are easy steps to take and the better news is Spring is only a few months away!

Stay warm and hydrated!