A New Era in High-Tech Skincare

This story appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Eidé Magazine. Read it here, or click to read it in the issue below!

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We all know we need to take care of our skin if we want to stay looking our best long after our glory days. If you’re wise, you already have an at-home skincare regimen that you follow religiously. This should include, at the minimum, a daily cleanser, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen and weekly exfoliator. Then, of course, you have your serums, eye creams and spot treatments all to be used at your discretion. If you haven’t explored an at-home skincare regimen, well, then I say this (and I say it with love), what on earth are you waiting for? Listen up peeps, prevention is key! To avoid all things unpleasant — from unsightly blemishes and wrinkles to more serious troubles such as skin cancer — step up to the plate and start making that gorgeous skin of yours a top priority. Along with your daily regimen, there are a number of highly effective and seriously cool treatments available on the market to really amp up your skin’s glow and overall health. I caught up with New York City go-to esthetician Kim Laudati, founder of Kim Laudati Skincare, and the highly sought after dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, from Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, to get the scoop on the latest advancements in super technology skin care treatments. Here are the ones to know.

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VISIA Skincare Analysis: Someone once said you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been, or in this case, where your skin has been. It’s important to identify the current condition of your skin and its contributing factors in order to determine the best skincare routine moving forward. Dr. Levine uses the VISIA skin care analysis system to measure her patient’s individual skin characteristics. The system uses multi-spectral imaging to evaluate patients' skin and presents a comprehensive view of the key characteristics that affect skin’s health and appearance — including wrinkle mea- surement, pigmentation problems, pore measurement, color variation in skin tone, porphyrins (evidence of bacteria in the pores) and sun-damaged UV spots. Dr. Levine says, “When discussing a good skincare regimen with my patients I often use VISIA to measure porphyrins, which are chemicals that are put out by bacteria on the skin. Someone who has a lot of bac- teria on their face will show higher levels of porphyrins on the VISIA picture we take. This allows me to gauge the cleansing routine we need to put in place for them.” Another cool element of this super high- tech skin analysis system is that VISIA analyzes how your skin measures up for your age group and shows you on screen what your skin will look like in 10 years if you continue making the same lifestyle and skincare choices you are making now.

Ultrasonic Resurfacing: This facial treatment utilizes the same sonic technology your dentist uses to clean your teeth. The gentle combination of water and ultrasonic frequency produces flat edged waves that are non-invasive and benefit the skin in several ways. Firstly, this treatment deeply cleanses the skin by removing oil and im- purities and then gently exfoliates dead skin cells for healthier, more radiant skin. Another great benefit is it aids in penetrating topical skin care products beyond the epidermis through the process of Sonophoresis (sound waves) for maximum benefit. Because of this, it is recommended that ultrasonic resurfacing be incorporated into your full comprehensive facial for maximum skincare benefit. Finally, this treatment stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to diminish and prevent wrinkles and fine lines. It is non-invasive, painless and suitable for all skin types, but especially for sensitive skin that does not tolerate micro- dermabrasion or chemical peels.

Radiofrequency:No matter how much sunscreen we wear or how wonderful our at- home skin care regimen is, mother nature still finds a way to dull, wrinkle and loosen our skin over time. An easy non-invasive way to handle this is a series of radiofrequency treatments. These treatments directly deliver heat energy to skin and the corresponding dermis tissue. What does this mean for you? It means stimulation and renewing of the skin’s collagen fibers which results in improved texture and tightening of skin. It can be performed on the face or body and is a nice alternative to invasive surgery such as facelifts, body lifts or injections. Bonus: there’s no down time with this treatment. Innovation lies in the fact that it works equally well for people of all skin colors, in contrast to that of its predecessor treatments such as lasers and intense pulse lights. Laudati says her clients see best results over a treatment period of 6 to 8 weeks.

Organic Enzyme Peel:An organic peel has all of the benefits of a traditional chemical peel and uses organic fruit and vegetable enzymes to smooth and improve the texture of the skin. Laudati’s clients love coming to see her to receive the Éminence Blueberry Firming Peel which requires no down time. This peel is certified organic which ensures the highest level of ingredient purity. Key ingredients include blueberry juice (an astringent which deep cleans pores and tightens and tones skin), raspberry juice (high in vitamins and antioxidants to fight the visible signs of aging), blackberry juice (high in vitamins and Omega-3 to tighten pores), paprika (to invigorate and revitalize skin), pineapple extract (which purifies the skin by removing dirt and proteins) and grape extract (to hydrate and provide the appearance of youthful skin). The organic peel also contains lactic acid to slough off dead skin cells to improve texture. Another great organic peel Laudati uses on her clients is the Éminence Yam & Pumpkin blend.

With each of these great treatments, Laudati performs a comprehensive skin analysis to recommend the duration of treatment and also check your skin for any abnormalities that may require a check-up with your dermatologist or general physician. This is something you’ll want to make sure your trusted skincare professional does for you as well.

For more information on Kim Laudati Skincare please visit: www.kimlaudatiskincare.com For more information on Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC please visit: www.plasticsandderm.com