Jul 072011

In Part 1 of Skincare Advice from Dr. Colbert, we received answers to some of Café Makeup’s questions.  As background, my questions focused on anti-aging, skin protection and repair.

Of course, before anyone proceeds with their own treatment options, they should take into account their own circumstances and, if appropriate, consult a treating physician.

Also, one’s individual appearance is such a personal choice.  One should always pursue one’s own individual health first and foremost.

Here are the answers to my remaining questions:

5.  Let’s assume that a woman budgets $200-300 per month for her annual skincare regime for her at-home treatmetns.  Which are the products that she should seek out?  

The A-list Products:

    • RODIN olio lusso Lip Balm
    • One Full set of Daily Nutrition for Skin by Colbertmd:
      • Stimulate Serum
      • Nourish Eye Cream
      • Heal and Soothe Night Cream
      • Nutrify & Protect Day Cream
      • Intensify Discs for home microdermabrasion
    • The Line Rewind by Zeno to massage the skin and stimulate elastin production.
    • La Roche Possay Toleriane Dermocleanser
    • Lipikar Body Baume
    • Clarisonic Brush
    • Biomedic Foaming Cleanser
    • RODIN olio lusso Face Oil
    • Physicians UV Defense SPF 30
    • Ted Gibson Hair products
    • Line and Grow Eyelash

This set of products will last 4-5 months and figures out to less than 200 per month. It covers all your bases from dry to oily days and includes something for all seasons.

6.  What is the best way to cleanse skin?  Some advise that cleanser ingredients do not really matter, so a less expensive cleanser is fine.  They reason that because the product is on the skin for a very short time–usually less than a few minutes–that paying more for cleansers is not worth the investment. Is this true?

In cosmetics, you get what you pay for. That means that pricier cleansers often have higher grade ingrediants with better emollients and surfactants. Cetaphil or La Roche Possay Toleriane Dermocleanser are both great and not too pricey.  Soap is too drying.

Our skin changes day to day, so sometimes we do need a stronger cleanser. At New York Dermatology Group we recommend an arsenal of washes.

    • One for dry days
    • One for acne days
    • One for stress-oily days.

Reach for the one you need, depending on how your skin is feeling.

7.  What the best ways to protect skin from environmental damage?

    • Physicians UV defense sunscreen every day all year long is the most important.
    • An antioxidant skin cream (Nutrify & Protect) to fight off free radical which eat away at our collagen.
    • 4-5 glasses of water a day. Start your day of with one glass right out of bed.
    • Wear a hat whenever possible if out in the sun.
    • Take a a fish oil capsule daily.
    • Green tea one cup daily.
    • Walk whenever you can or use the stairs to promote blood flow and moderate exercise to keep cortisol levels even.
    • Never eat processed foods or high fructose corn syrup.
8. What is the best way to delay under eye wrinkles?
    • Always wear sunblock (broad spectrum).
    • Vit C cream under your block
    • Wear sunglasses that wrap around.
    • Get tiny doses of botox AKA” mini-crowtox” to stop lines from forming.
    • Nourish eye cream every night to keep puffiness down.
    • Gently use the Intensify Discs 2 times per week to exfoliate.
    • Laser toning every 3 months.
    • If over 35, then three fraxels per year and a TRIAD in office every 2-3 months.

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  8 Responses to “Dr. David Colbert – Skincare Advice Part 2”

  1. Thank you for posting this Amy. I’m going to make my 20 y/o daughter read it. She has seen what prevention in your early 20’s has done for my skin and is starting to do the same.

  2. Earlier today I contacted Amy with my worries about this post, after a quick exchange she invited me to repost it here:

    After I read this morning’s post I went back to read the other before I contacted you, because in general I found plenty of good information for the laymen in those posts. However, there were moments when my heart stopped at some of the advice. Full disclosure: I am an esthetician, not a doctor, and I have often find doctors tend to go right to the aggressive (because they’re legally allowed to and often people create casual associations with higher numbers = faster results) when there are many far less aggressive options that have a much lower (read: next to zero) chance of irreparable side affects. I will always suggest to people to go to a well recommended esthetician first before a dermatologist for non infectious/non cancerous problems.

    While I don’t want to barge in where I’m not invited and I don’t have the huge reputation Dr. Colbert has, I feel it would be irresponsible if I didn’t at least offer you what I feel are the safer, and sometimes more effective, alternatives and my perspective on the same topics.

    • I also find his positions extreme. As someone with very sensitive but otherwise healthy skin, invasive skincare makes my skin so much worse. In general, I think dermatologists, in spite of their degrees and years of experience, tend to see a small sample of the population. Their practices reflect that: their reliance on potent ingredients and a lifestyle that revolves around the skin. It’s not a bad thing—certainly it works for some people—but it’s just one way of looking at it. It would be interesting, Amy, if you interviewed someone like Evan Healy, who comes from the opposite perspective.

  3. Must chime in and say that I agree with Rachel and Dain…my father´s a derm here in Sweden-and most skin doctors here would frown upon his advice enough to need 10 vials of Botox!

    Even though fillers,lasers and peels are popular here,the main focus of most dermatologists is on sleep(mapping up stress factors and making sure patient gets enough rest),diet(detecting any allergys or sensitivities+healthy diet advices) and laughing as many times as possible!:)
    All this *before* any recommendations of products or starting to zap/inject the patient…some of Dr. Colberts skincare advice I agree 100% with,like diet,sunscreen etc-but such early starts of botoxing and fraxeling so frequently?I´m apalled.

    (I think Leslie Baumann and Paula Begoun are more informative and give more impartial product recommendations btw)

    • I know that many of you are up in arms about botox but it has been proven that the early use of botox considerably slows down the formation of some expression lines such as the dreaded “11’s.”
      That being said, I’m afraid to have fillers injected into my face so try to maintain my youthful glow by using good skincare and wearing my sunscreen.

      • Well… I’d be curious to read that study, because I have a feeling it leaves out a few pertinent facts, like do these people ever stop using botox? What happens if they do? Etc. Botox doesn’t stop those lines from forming, it eventually atrophies the muscles that can form ‘notorious’ wrinkles like those (actually, they’re not wrinkles in the traditional sense, they’re muscular aging.)

        I’m not sure I would draw the conclusion that someone using small amounts of botox regularly and later shows a lack of formation of expression lines means that it PREVENTS it perse, so much as it definitely does something to the muscles. Whether that is a positive or negative depends on a lot of things. People who use botox for a prolonged period of time cannot stop, ever, what happens when you stop is *not* what would have happened if you had let yourself age gradually, it’s what would happen when you regularly inject an area with a poison than can cause up to 60% muscle death with each shot.

  4. Sorry that I am posting so late. I really enjoyed reading this and I do have concerns that Physicians UV Defense SPF30 does not indicate the level of protection on UVA. You would think doctors would make sure that the brands they suggest have excellent protection on UVA.
    I like some of the other products suggested and I may give them a try.

  5. I loved this interview (both parts), but not because I agree with Dr. Colbert. If someone devotes so much time to their skin care, imagine this… You’re stuck somewhere in Tibet, with no water around you to cleanse with, no sunscreen to wear… What would you do? How would your skin react to natural conditions (even if they’re extreme), if you’re covering it with creams, cleansers and serums to prevent every little mark, spot or wrinkle… ? For me, less is more.

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