Posts by Lora Levin

Great Skin Care in the Hamptons

Attending Social Life Magazine’s summer cocktail party felt like the set of a movie—glamorous, beautiful and chic. Social Life Magazine hosted the event with cover girl Sonja Morgan at the exquisite Social Life Estate in the Hamptons, capturing the ambiance of the area’s most prestigious socialite parties. SkinMedica’s clinically tested products were the perfect match for this discerning crowd. As an event sponsor, SkinMedica created quite a bit of buzz among the very fashionable attendees...

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What are the Benefits of Mineral Makeup

NewBeauty magazine has called mineral makeup “makeup with meaning,” and I couldn’t describe it any better. With its numerous skin benefits, I consider mineral makeup to be an extension of skin care.

As a devoted mineral makeup user for nearly 20 years, I have seen its benefits not only in my own skin, but in hundreds of my patients. Working in a dermatology practice, I treat patients with various skin issues, from excessive sensitivity and acne to problems with uneven pigmentation. Many of these patients have experienced challenges with traditional makeup.…

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Not All Peels are Created Equal

Chemical peeling is not a new concept. Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have looked to chemical substances to rejuvenate the skin. The original chemical exfoliants were natural acids: During ancient spa days, nobles created beauty treatments from lactic acid (found in sour milk) or tartaric acid in red wine. According to legend, Cleopatra even bathed in sour milk to brighten her complexion.

Modern-day chemical peels utilize a variety of peeling agents—acids derived from natural sources, such as salicylic, glycolic or other alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) along with…

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Behind the Scenes at Fashion Week

SkinMedica® was on-hand at the VIP Styling Lounge to educate and provide treatments

New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is all about looking good, and skin is no exception. SkinMedica’s very own Senior Clinical Aesthetician Lora Colvan set up shop at the exclusive VIP Styling Lounge at Manhattan’s Empire Hotel, where she provided celebrities and the fashion world’s bold-faced names with skin care consultations and performed SkinMedica’s most popular treatments. So we had to…

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Clinically tested :: The truth behind the buzzword

What products should I use and what will this product do for ME?

These are the most common questions I hear from patients. Simply recommending a skin care regimen to a patient is never enough. Any recommendation should come with an explanation of how the product works, the expected benefits, and finally, any clinically supported scientific evidence.

A lot of products are advertised as "clinically-tested."

Is this just the latest buzzword to sell products, or does it actually mean something?

The definition of…

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What can I do to rejuvenate my neck and chest?

I have heard this question so many times. Women complain about wrinkles and discoloration on the neck more than on their faces. At least you can put make-up on the face and concealer under the eyes, but the neck is a big give-away. According to the author of popular book “I Feel Bad About My Neck” Nora Ephron – "Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth." The neck and décolleté areas are highly visible parts of our body, and the most evident indicators of aging skin. Most of us take special care of the skin on the face but often forget the…

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My New Year resolution is to take better care of my skin. What can I do?

Year after year, everyone wants to kick off the New Year with a fresh start. The most common resolutions include hitting the gym at least 3 times a week, losing weight and eating healthy. In addition to these healthy resolutions, you might also decide that this is the year to start taking better care of your skin.

Here are a few New Year skin resolutions you should consider as 2011 gets underway:

  • Develop a daily skin care regimen that addresses your particular skin concerns and leads to meaningful improvement.
    Choose skin care…

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What should I look for in an Aesthetician?

Aestheticians can play an essential role in maintaining and improving the health of the skin. Since each patient is unique, I often stress the importance of cultivating a long term relationship in order to maximize the effectiveness of treatments. The first step is finding one you love. Here are five qualities everyone should look for:

  • Knowledge - She should have a thorough understanding of conditions, procedures, medications, products, ingredients and all things dermatological.
  • Communication Skills - She should be able to understand …

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What's the biggest skin care misconception?

There are two categories of skin care issues, those affected by genetics and those affected by the environment. Patients often don't understand the difference between these two categories which leads to incorrect product choices which only further exacerbate whatever issue it is they're dealing with.

Take for example dry skin vs. dehydrated skin. Dry skin is genetically predetermined and is characterized by insufficient oil gland activity. Dehydrated skin is characterized by lack of moisture due to such factors as climate and over cleansing. So even oily skin types can …

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