Showing posts with label Dr. Jody Levine. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentines Day Beauty Tips From The Experts



We at TME are freaking out because we’ve got Valentine’s Day beauty tips from our favorite top celebrity beauty experts -- from Celebrity Stylist Charles Baker Strahan to Celebrity Stylist Sarah Potempa and our beloved Clairol Color Director James Corbett to Dr. Jody Levine! We have everything that you will need to look, and feel, amazing no matter what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day… or night… whether you’re doing a romantic night in, a big night out or prowling with the girls!
        


               
Romantic Night In:

“You don’t need to go crazy with styling your hair, but it should definitely look and feel soft, nourished and hydrated. Try using a treatment such as the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Intensive Treatment to give your hair an extra bit of love to make your strands touchable for [the love of your life]!” -Celebrity Stylist and Herbal Essences Brand Ambassador, Charles Baker Strahan 




Big Night Out: 

Charles Baker Strahan says it’s all about the curls! “There’s nothing more fun than voluminous curls for a big night out”. Whether you’re enhancing your natural curls or giving your straight hair a twist, here’s how to get sexy 'ringlets'".

  • After stepping out of the shower, use a mousse like Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Souffl√©. Mousse has a function, which allows hair to dry in a somewhat stationary position. When hair isn't jostled around in the drying process it is less likely to produce frizz
  • Use a diffuser! People with straight hair that doesn't “hold a curl” often blow their hair out with a brush and a blow dryer, making the hair straight and less likely to curl... stop doing this! Allowing the hair to dry in a basket diffuser with the high heat setting and low wind speed allows your mousse to force out the excess moisture and maintain any and all natural body or movement in the hair
  • If you have hair that is hard to curl you should do a set. You can use your curling iron to heat the hair and place the curl wherever you'd like but then use a roller clip to hold the curl in position while it cools

Celebrity Stylist and Aussie Brand Ambassador, Sarah Potempa also suggests curls for a night out, but Sarah’s take is all about that sexy polished wave look! “Polished Waves with a red lip combo is probably my favorite look for a big night out,” shared Sarah.

Polished Waves How-To:

  • To achieve this classically beautiful look, start off by curling your hair in the same direction
  • For a more retro look, curl your hair in towards your face. After you curl, spray a nylon/boar bristle brush with a flexible hairspray, like Aussie Sprunch Hairspray and fully brush out the curls. Doing so will bring all of your waves together and create a smooth, long-lasting style
  • To give the ultimate frizz-free finish, apply Aussie Miraculously Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream starting from the ends and working up into the roots



Girls Night Out:

Clairol Color Director (and TME <3) James Corbett offers these top-notch color tips for GNO!
  • This winter, special occasion hair is all about textured looks! On top of styling and cut, hair color can make a big difference when creating texture.
  • Use Nice ‘n Easy’s Hair painting Kit to paint in some lighter strands around your face; this will give hair a multi-dimensional look. Nice ‘n Easy’s Hairpainting Kit is easy to use at home, and works on all hair colors.
  • After coloring, ditch the blow dryer, and style hair in natural looking waves. Your new look will be effortlessly chic. (Perfect for a romantic date or Girls Night Out!)

Sarah Potempa offers: “For a girls night out, a dry shampoo such as the new Aussie Total Miracle 7N1 Dry Shampoo, is great to keep in your bag or desk at work for an instant touchup from day to night. Not only does it help to absorb excess oil and refresh your style, but also gives your hair a bit of texture if you want to pull your hair into a high ponytail or fun braid.”

We love the suggestions from our favorite celeb experts and you can find more beauty tips in TME’s CoverGirl section! Since we’re smack in the middle of winter, we thought it’d be a good time to check in again with Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine and get the best skincare tips for Valentine’s Day … and the rest of the winter season!

Winter Skin Care and Prep – Courtesy of Venus Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine:

Hair removal in the winter:

  • Many women skip shaving during the winter months. The trick to removing an abundance of hair is making sure you follow the right steps.
  • First, I recommend hydrating your hair with warm water and waiting two to three minutes from when you step into the shower before shaving. This will make the hair softer and easier to [remove].
  • Next, be sure to apply ample amounts of moisture rich-shave gel like the new Venus & Olay Shave Gel. Incorporating a shave gel is an important step in getting a great shave. Not only does it allow your razor to glide better and easier over the skin, but it also helps lubricate the hairs – so they’re soft and stand up at attention, making them easier to cut.
  • The type of razor you use is also crucial when it comes to removing a lot of hair. Make sure you use a high quality razor, with five sharp blades – so you’re getting a smooth, ultra-close shave.
  • Finally, shave with light, gentle strokes and exert as little pressure as possible – this will help reduce your chances of skin irritation.


Ensuring the closest shave:

  • To get the closest shave use a 5-bladed razor like the new Venus Swirl, which moves like no other to cover every unique curve and contour, helping to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss.
  • Lather up with a shave gel like new Venus with a Touch of Olay shave gel before shaving to ensure the razor glides easily over skin. Shave gel also helps you keep track of where you’ve shaved to avoid missing any spots.

Stay hydrated: While moisturization is great, you should be properly moisturizing at the right times with the right amounts. The best way to keep your skin beautiful is by keeping it adequately hydrated. Having dry dead skin is the foundation for irritation. When skin is dry, it is compromised and compromised skin is more prone to experiencing symptoms of irritation.

  • Moisturizer is much more effective on properly exfoliated skin and shaving is actually a good gentle way to exfoliate your legs. Shaving everyday with the right razor can help exfoliate dead skin. Try using the Venus Swirl for best results.
  • Put on a light moisturizer right after you shower. This helps to rehydrate your skin with moisture that was lost from showering. Using a moisturizer that has shimmer in it can also give your legs subtle shine to highlight its natural contours.

Avoid lengthy hot showers: Lengthy hot showers can actually dry your skin. The heat from the shower makes the skin's oils soften, much as butter softens when heated. Granted, this isn't an altogether bad thing; that same oil barrier traps dirt and sweat, which leads to body odor. Still, without those oils, the moisture in your skin easily escapes, leading to dry and itchy skin. The longer and hotter the shower, the faster this process takes place and the more moisture you're likely to lose. Try to keep your showers lukewarm or shorter.

TME’s Tip: Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and relax while doing so!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Get Ready For Summer With Skin Care Tips from Dr. Jody Levine

Dr. Jody Levine

On Monday, March 31, The Makeup Examiner caught up with Celebrity Dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine to get the full 411 on Summer Skincare 101 and although it may feel as though winter is never going to go away … rest assured it will! Despite that all of us are longing for the balmy days of summer, many of us don’t have our skin in summer-ready shape. Furthermore, some of us may not know the ins and outs of maintaining our skin throughout the warmer months. Fortunately, Dr. Levine has all the answers!

Dr. Jody Levine is an internationally renowned physician, who is board certified by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Levine has a private practice on the Upper East Side, Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC. And she’s is also the “resident” Venus Dermatologist and the go-to source for everyone from The Rachael Ray Show to W magazine and Elle to The New York Times. Read on to find out how to prep for summer and maintain gorgeous summer skin!

The Makeup Examiner: We’re all coming out of the polar vortex, some of us with polar bear hair on our legs. For those women who skip shaving during the winter months, how should they approach removing an abundance of hair? 

Dr. Jody Levine: I feel like we’ve been living in winter all year! The trick to removing an abundance of hair is making sure you follow the right steps. First, I recommend hydrating your hair with warm water and waiting two to three minutes from when you step into the shower before shaving. This will make the hair softer and easier to cut. Next, be sure to apply ample amounts of moisture rich-shave gel like the Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel. Incorporating a shave gel is an important step in getting a great shave. Not only does it allow your razor to glide better and easier over the skin, but it also helps lubricate the hairs – so they’re soft and stand up at attention, making them easier to cut. The type of razor you use is also crucial when it comes to removing a lot of hair. Make sure you use a high quality razor, with five sharp blades – so you’re getting a smooth, ultra-close shave. Finally, shave with light, gentle strokes and exert as little pressure as possible – this will help reduce your chances of skin irritation. 

What causes razor burn and how can we avoid it?

Razor burn is caused by using a low quality or dull razor with inadequate lubrication. Using this type of razor will cause you to shave the same area several times with added pressure, causing irritation to the skin. But, this can be avoided by using a high quality razor, like the new Venus Embrace Sensitive razor. The new Embrace Sensitive features a Ribbon of Moisture with a touch of aloe and increased protective lubricants to ensure a smooth shave before and after each stroke. It also has five thin-spring mounted blades that are spaced closely together, which allows for reduced and uniform pressure when gliding across the skin. This ensures there are fewer skin bulges between each blade while shaving, which helps to minimize the chances of nicks and cuts and prevents the need to shave areas multiple times. The less interaction there is with the razor and skin, the less chance you’ll have in getting skin irritation and razor burn!

I’ve read that we should exfoliate more often during the warmer months. What are your thoughts about the frequency of exfoliation?

If you’re exfoliating on a daily basis, I recommend using a tool that will gently exfoliate your skin. For example, using skin care products that contain glycolic or lactic acid can provide you with a gentle exfoliation that’s safe for daily use. Shaving is also actually a gentle form of exfoliation and will help remove dead cells from your skin’s surface. If you’re looking to do more of a hard manual exfoliation with a scrub or a loofah, I’d recommend incorporating this into your beauty routine no more than twice a week. Too much exfoliation actually promotes dead skin cell creation, so in the warmer months keep it to what your skin needs.


NEW Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor and Satin Care Gel

There are products on that market that claim to hamper hair growth. Do they really work?

The only product that I am aware of that is proven to hamper hair growth is a prescription cream. However, results are only seen as long as you continue using the product. 

Some women use soap to shave. What are your thoughts on this? What products would you recommend for shaving?

I don’t typically recommend using soap while shaving. In fact, ordinary bar soap can actually clog your razor and leave your skin feeling dry and flakey. Instead, I recommend shaving with the Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel (as I mentioned above). This shave gel has lubricating agents and is fragrance and dye free – so your razor glides better over your skin for a smooth, irritation free shave. 

For readers who want to use self-tanners, how should they approach shaving before and after tanning?

Self tanners tend to stick to your dead skin cells and since some areas of your body might have more dead skin cells than others, this can result in an overall uneven tan. Before applying any self tanner, I recommend a gentle form of exfoliation, so your skin’s surface is smooth and even. If applying self-tanner to your legs, you should shave before applying. This will allow the self tanner to smooth on evenly. Once you’ve applied the self tanner, be sure to let it dry for about 20 minutes before applying any other moisturizers on top.

The bikini area can be super sensitive. What’s the best way to remove hair from this area?

You are correct – the bikini area can be super sensitive, this is actually a frequently asked question from my patients. Given that the hair on your bikini line can be more coarse and curved and the area has many contours, the best way to remove hair from this area is by using a sharp, fresh razor that is designed to adjust to the contours of your body. While shaving, be sure to pull the skin taut and shave in the direction that feels most comfortable in this area. This will allow for a smooth, irritation free shave. Also, if you tend to get ingrown hairs in this area, it’s a good idea to exfoliate prior to your shave. This will help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface and allow for the hair follicles to open up – allowing for the hair to grow out!

Sun and saltwater can be irritating, but impossible to avoid at the beach. How can we stay hair free during our beach-bound vacations?

First, always be sure to apply sunblock, as sunburnt skin can be very sensitive when it comes to hair removal. Being in the sun can also really dry your skin out, so be sure to use a fresh, sharp razor so it glides over your skin smoothly and easily, reducing your chances of nicks and cuts. The fewer nicks and cuts you have, the less irritation you’ll get from saltwater!  

Summer usually brings impromptu weekend getaways.  What advice can you offer for shaving on-the-go?

Venus now has the first truly portable razor – the Venus Snap with Embrace – which you can pop into your bag, so that you can easily shave on-the-go. The Snap features a mini-handle and a full Venus Embrace head – all put together in a friendly travel compact case – so you can have smooth skin anytime.


Venus Snap with Embrace 

Summer simply calls for skin-baring clothes, so underarm hair has to go. What’s the best way to avoid getting those unattractive bumps from shaving?

Razor bumps or ingrown hairs are often formed from dead skin cells that grow over the hair. This occurs when the razor is not sharp enough and is not exfoliating the skin properly and evenly in the underarm area. Using a sharp razor that contours to your underarms and remembering to change your razor blades at the first sign of dullness is crucial to avoiding unattractive bumps from shaving. Most people tend to forget this step and will notice that they start to get bumps because they’re still shaving with a dull razor. If you’re still noticing that you’re getting razor bumps, consider changing your deodorant to one that is less irritating – this could help improve the health of the skin in this area.

Note: A special thank you to Dr. Jodi Levine for taking time from her extremely busy schedule to share tips with readers! 

You can find the newly launched Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor, Venus Snap with Embrace (TME Must-Have), and Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel online at Gillette Venus and retailers nationwide.