Thursday, December 16, 2010

LED Light Therapy - Insider Tips from Dr. David Goldberg

Considering LED light therapy to get rid of your wrinkles? Well, Dermatologist Dr. Goldberg (who gets it done himself!) explains that LEDs won't get rid of anything - what they do is stimulate the growth of new collagen, which promotes hydration and more youthful-looking skin! The collagen continues to multiply for months after the treatment with long-lasting results, and the procedure is completely painless. Just beware of take-home LED devices - the strength of the LED light is rarely strong enough to have any effect!

Check out Dr. Goldberg's site for more details, and watch the video below!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DIY ornaments, accessories, cooking & home remedies with Lierac Paris

With the craziness of the holidays and the cold creeping up on us, we’re all in need of a luxury “me” day – at least I know I am! And what better way to relax and get into the holiday spirit than with an at-home spa and DIY day? I spent this past weekend pampering myself and creating a Christmassy wonderland in my apartment – almost all from scratch!

There’s nothing like a few wintery touches around your home to set the tone for the holidays. These are my two favorite (and easy!) DIY decoration tips:

I’ve made dried orange slices for the holidays with my mom ever since I can remember – they are great to hang on a tree or in a window – and as an added bonus, they make the house smell delicious while baking! Here’s what you need to do:

1. Slice the orange(s) into very thin slices, horizontally.
2. Bake in the oven at low heat for 1-2 hours
3. When they have dried and cooled, make a hole near the outer edge and thread onto a pretty ribbon – I usually go for thin gold and glittery ribbon (like this one), but different colors look great too! You can also use wire or fishing

Take a look at this website I found for more tips on drying orange slices!
Photo credit: Diane Rixon.

This is another favorite of mine. Go for a walk in the park and pick up some pine cones and leaves – I like picking out all different sizes. Then buy a can or two of spray paint – gold and silver are my favorites, red also looks great! Et voilà! Easy peazy tree ornament, centerpiece, side table decoration – anything you want!

Photo credit: Style Estate

As I was in a crafty mood, I decided to check out this great DIY website, P.S. - I made this… – she makes the greatest accessories and clothes from scratch, and I found some great ideas for holiday accessories! Here were my two favorite:

Revive a pair of old pumps with a bow – all you need is fabric or ribbon, a glue gun, scissors, and Velcro!
Click here for the step-by-step.

A pair of rhinestone earrings! All you need is earring wire, rope, a glue gun, and rhinestones!
Click here for instructions!

With these 2 accessories, you’re ready for all the holiday parties you’re invited to! And the best part? You’ll be asked where you bought your shoes :)

For those of you who prefer to exercise your creativity in the kitchen, here is one of my favorite Christmas traditions: La Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) is a staple for French families during the holidays. The symbolism of the Bûche de Noël dates back to the Middle Ages when families would find a thick log that would be burned on Christmas Eve, and was meant to burn until the new year. The burning of the log on Christmas Eve was accompanied a small ceremony, and the log was decorated with ribbons.

Nowadays, la Bûche de Noël is a spongecake generally filled with chocolate buttercream, and decorated to look like a real log with meringue mushrooms, powdered sugar to look like snow, and sometimes little figurines like Santa, elves, or an axe. I found 2 recipes that I liked the look of, but you can customize your Yule Log according to taste!
Good Housekeeping recipe
Martha Stewart recipe

Photo from Betty Crocker

Finally, the best way to end a day that included a walk in the cold, arts & crafts, and baking, is with an at-home spa night using my favorite Lierac products!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Large Pores: Can You Blame the City?

One of the issues brought up at the LIERAC/NewBeauty panel event a few months ago was that of enlarged pores...and what to do about them! An attendee wanted to know if she could attribute the increase in her pore size to the polluted air of NYC. The bottom line? Dr. Goldberg says it's not the case. So, what can we do to shrink the size of our pores?

The experts weighed in, and the concensus was that a proper skincare routine, including, regular exfoliation, is key. Catherine Raubiet explained that there are two main types of exfoliation that can help the complexion - mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation includes small beads or crystals and the actual rubbing of the skin with our fingers. Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, uses acids (such as glycolic acid) to peel away the layers of dead skin cells. Dr. Goldberg added, as well, that there are now lasers available that directly act to shrink the oil glands, thereby making pores appear smaller.

Watch the discussion below!

Weigh in: do you exfoliate regularly?
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