OTC retinoids and prescription retinoids: what’s the difference?

In a word: purity. A concentrated form of vitamin A, retinoids increase cell turnover and boost collagen production, leaving skin radiant and smooth. Products you can find in beauty stores like Sephora or Space NK are over-the-counter (OTC), and will contain formulations like retinol and retinyl palmitate. These are not pure forms of retinoic acid—rather, they convert to retinoic acid once they’ve been absorbed by your skin. Read More >


Décolletage: Prevention and maintenance

Previously we talked about décolletage discoloration issues, and how to firm and tighten the skin on your chest. Here, we’ll focus on preventing damage, and how to maintain younger-looking skin. The thinner the skin is, the more susceptible it could be aging and sun damage. While there are procedures to help with sun-related pigmentation and firming skin, the best strategy is one of prevention. Cover up the skin on your chest when you can.Read More >


Ask Dr. Wexler: When should I have my first cosmetic procedure?

A: Interestingly, the answer to this question isn't a matter of age, but of aging. To be more specific, a mix of aging, genetics, and habits. Two patients of the same age may have completely different skin appearance, all because one is more genetically predisposed to skin aging than the other. Someone who is 30 may have skin which has aged more rapidly than someone who is 40, because the 30-year old smokes and has never used sunscreen.Read More >



A: One of the reasons our skin ages is that collagen production begins to slow, and our collagen starts to deteriorate. That’s in part because of enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Some MMPs can degrade collagen and elastin, decreasing skin’s firmness; others can exacerbate inflammation, leading to acne. MMPs are usually kept at manageable levels by Tissue Inhibitors (TMPs). But genetic factors and sun exposure causes TMPs to decrease as we age, leading to more MMPs.Read More >


Don’t be defeatist! It’s not too late to save your skin

Rumor was by age 18, most of you skin damage was already, well, fully baked. But a study from the American Society for Photobiology discovered that less than a quarter of the damage we do to our skin is done before we’re 18—and we add another 10% every year after. It’s never too late to protect your skin! A few tips: quit smoking, get a full 8 hours of sleep each night, find time to exercise, drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen... But most of all, stay chic, fabulous, and fabulously you.Read More >