Just in time for Valentine’s Day & some deep of winter skin rescue; we’re offering you 20% OFF of Colbert MD’s Heal & Soothe cream! Just enter promo code NIGHT at checkout. http://www.colbertmd.com/heal-soothe-night-p-31.html Heal & Soothe is a powerful anti-aging, rich moisturizer with potent anti-inflammatory properties to promote renewal & natural healing. While formulated as a night cream, Heal & Soothe is perfect for use on drier skin during the daytime & promises to keep your skin deeply hydrated this winter.
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How did Colbert MD begin. Why? Colbert MD skincare is a combination of my scientific research with luxurious scents and textures. It fills a niche for a simplified system that delivers results. It is a daily system that compliments the skin’s natural biorhythm. Instead of a vast skincare line with a la carte products, I wanted a cohesive system.
What is the one product from your line that you recommend women try out? Why? There are 3 core products. Nutrify and Protect Day Lotion, Stimulate The Serum and Heal and Soothe Night Cream. Stimulate The Serum is a big favorite, because my research uncovered a unique delivery system, Qusomes, that trick the skin into accepting active ingredients. It’s like a Trojan horse that releases the actives deep within the skin. Stimulate The Serum promotes collagen and elastin production via Gotu Kola and glycolic acid while improving pigmentation. The hallmarks of youthful skin!
3. Should our skincare routine change each season? What shall we do to get ready for Fall? Skincare regimes naturally must change with the seasons. As fall approaches we must first repair the summer sun skin damage. For some this requires Fraxel or Intensed pulsed light (IPL) or a series of TRIADS. Get back on Retin A if you are over 40 & add a bleaching agent for brown spot. Autumn is also good time for a skin cancer screening. As for products we shift to heavier moisturizers and more gentle cleansers. We should probably exfoliate less often and more gently as winter approaches. Sunblock should be used year round and my favorites are Laroche Posay Anthelios and Skinceuticals 30. From my own line, I suggest using the Intensify Discs two times a week during the colder months. They contain glucosamine and a superfine microdermabrasion sheath to softly exfoliate. Use gylcolic cleansers only a few times a week and learn to mix it up a bit. Your skin can sometimes be like your moods and sometimes requires minor adjustments to get it right. I think having a variety of seasonal changes in skincare is important. Add a lip balm in the fall. I love Rodin Lip Balm, because it seals in moisture 24-7.
What are the top 3 mistakes women make when it comes to skincare?
- Believing that sun damage and aging skin cannot be treated.
I’m always surprised when people believe they can’t achieve beautiful even-toned dewy skin. With all the new dermatologic technology it is possible to have flawless skin into your later years. It does take some education and work, but the rewards are worth it.
- Overworking the skin: Status Cosmeticus.
Often, women will try, or use so many different products that the skin will revolt. The immune system part of our skin sends warrior cells to fight off the “invaders”. This means we get red, irritated and whatever we use just makes it worse. That’s why it is crucial to intelligently choose a limited number of products that work together with the skin’s natural processes. Haphazard skincare without a plan won’t give you the results you want. Using a simplified, but effective, skincare system will.
- Not really understanding what it is their skin needs.
It’s a bit like psychoanalysis. Sometimes we need to delve deeper to find out what will make our skin look better. This means seeing your dermatologist (not your shrink) and getting educated. For example- you have tanned all throughout your 20s and 30s. Likely now you need RetinA, a few light peels… as well as a serum and richer night cream because your skin is more damaged and needs extra TLC. Skincare is a science with thousands of choices. Get some guidance from a board-certified dermatologist. Lastly, women have mistakenly shied away from facial oils until recently. Once you hit your mid 30s or early 40s its essential to use a weightless oil to replenish our waning internal supply. That’s what will assure supple vibrant skin.
What ingredients should we look for in skincare?
- In your 20s: Sunblock! SPF 30 daily.
- In your 30s. Hyaluronic acid, retinol and gylcolic acid
- In your 40s. Light facial oils to seal in moisture. Look for essential oils like yangu
- In your 50s. Retinoids and oils
In general Qusome – containing products will deliver molecules like vitamin C, retinol and hyaluronic acid deeper into the skin. This means a more potent product. Look for Silk Peptides, Gotu Kola, antioxidants, glucosamine, horse chestnut, shea butter and angelica sinensis, vitamin C and vitamin E.
What’s next for Colbert MD?
This month we are launching ILLUMINO- the first ever Qusome transdermal anti-aging luxury facial oil. It contains a unique blend of 8 essential “weightless” oils and topical actives. Make-up goes on flawlessly and tiny lines are effaced instantly. We are excited to expand our distribution into the Asian market and to continue working on our product offerings for 2013. For now we are sold at Colette in Paris, Liberty of London, Barneys NY, Fred Seagal and Beauty Cube in Madrid.
David A. Colbert, MD is the founder and head physician of New York Dermatology Group. He is board certified by the American Academy of Dermatology and board eligible in Internal Medicine. Established in private practice in New York City since 1995, Dr. Colbert began his medical studies at La Faculty Libre de Medicine de Lille in France, earned his degree from New York Medical College and completed his dermatology residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. In addition to being a highly skilled and experienced physician specializing in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Colbert has a degree in Internal Medicine, and a Fellowship in Acne and Wound Healing from Boston University. Before establishing himself in private practice in Manhattan, Dr. Colbert studied and lived in Paris, where he was a dermatological research consultant for Chanel.
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Skincare from Colbert MD
Intensify Facial Discs, $52; Stimulate Serum, $135; Heal and Soothe Night Cream, $145; Nourish Eye Cream $110.
If you are not yet familiar with the actress Hannah Ware, I highly suggest you read on. Hailing from England, where she modeled for a while, she recently discovered her true calling — acting. I met up with her at her Brooklyn apartment while she was on hiatus from shooting “Boss,” a dark drama on the Starz network in which she plays Emma, the estranged daughter of Chicago’s mayor (Kelsey Grammer). The show is up for a Golden Globe this weekend, and Ware is looking forward to joining her castmates on the red carpet. She will no doubt be sporting a stylish ensemble, and her makeup will be fresh and modern, because, as you will see, this lady has great taste!
T.T.: It seems you are fond of a less-is-more approach to makeup. Do you think good skincare is essential to achieving that natural look?
H.W.: Most definitely. The less concealer and foundation the better, so your skin shows through. I have gradually changed my skincare regime. I’m using products that are more natural now. My skin was getting irritated from products with perfumes and chemicals. Now I’m hooked on natural, because I can see the results.
T.T.: What products are you using now?
H.W.: To cleanse, I use Jurlique Gentle Foaming Cleanser, as it doesn’t strip my skin of moisture. I really like Eve Lom products, especially the Day Cream. I’ve been using a gentle exfoliator by Kate Somerville called ExfoliKate — my skin glows afterwards. At night I use Colbert M.D. Heal and Soothe Night; my skin drinks it up. To condition my lips, I really like Karite Lips Shea Butter Lip Balm.
T.T.: You prefer tinted moisturizer rather than heavy foundation. Do you then spot-conceal where needed?
H.W.: Yes, exactly. I like Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer when needed. Then I use her under-eye concealer. For blemishes or spots I use her Camouflage Concealer. It’s a little drier and stays put.
T.T.: What do you use to give your features just the right amount of definition?
H.W.: I sometimes go for an orange-y lip, because it goes with my warm complexion. I use a bit of lip balm first, then I line and fill in with Make Up For Ever lip pencil in 17C, a bright orange. Nars Heat Wave lipstick is another favorite of mine. Then I just curl my lashes with a Nars lash curler, and add a touch of my favorite mascara, Hypnose by Lancôme. If I want to put emphasis on the eye, I’ll use either Chanel’s Le Crayon Yeux in Coffee Bean, or I’ll dot Laura Mercier’s Bleu Marine Wet Eyeliner at the base of my lashes. With this I like a more matte, nude lip. My lips have a lot of natural pigment, so I need something with good coverage. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle Du Jour works well. I also lightly fill in my brows with Anastasia’s brow pencil in medium brown.
T.T.: Now that you’re not modeling, do you enjoy having more say in what kind of makeup you’ll wear?
H.W.: Yes! When you’re modeling you don’t have much choice in how you look. You sit back and let the team do their thing. As an actress, I am more free to choose how I want to present myself.
T.T.: Do you see yourself having any fillers or Botox down the road?
H.W.: I feel this is the face and body I was given, and it doesn’t seem right to me to mess with the natural aging process. I would like to age gracefully, making sure to take care of my skin as best I can. I was raised to appreciate my looks, but not focus on them. I try to put energy into what’s going on inside, and what kind of person I am. My priorities would have to be skewed if I were to have any of those treatments done.
T.T.: As far as your body, are you pretty particular with what you put into it?
H.W.: That is another thing. I try not to be too weight-obsessed. I just try to always eat fresh foods — nothing packaged, canned or frozen. I eat just about everything. I buy produce and meat locally. Also, I like dining out. New York is full of great restaurants! I really like Lupa for Italian, and Omai, in Chelsea, for Vietnamese. I have my daily piece of chocolate and my nightly cup of hot chocolate. I drink plenty of water and coconut water. But I also enjoy an occasional dirty martini or spicy bloody mary.
T.T.: We must not forget your lovely mane. Where do you go for cut and color?
H.W.: I go to Serge Normant at John Frieda, right across the street from the Carlyle. I’ve always been so happy with what they do.
T.T.: How about fragrance? Do you have ones you like for day and night?
H.W.: I was really obsessed with this oil I found at a boutique in my neighborhood, but I didn’t want to spend the money. My boyfriend recently bought it for me (yep, he’s a keeper!). It’s by MCMC, and the name of the scent is Noble. It’s amazing. That’s my usual daytime fragrance. At night, I usually go with any fragrance by Chanel. I love them all. I also enjoy For Her Eau de Parfum by Narciso Rodriguez.
T.T.: How about that pretty coral red nail color you have on — what is that?
H.W.: This is my favorite. It’s by Essie and it’s called Geranium.
T.T.: Who are some of your favorite designers?
H.W.: I adore the Ruffian boys — and their clothes, too! I also really like the designs of Thakoon and Matthew Williamson. I don’t go out shopping for anything in particular. I see something and it just sucks me in. I’m more of an accumulator than anything. My range in style goes from secondhand to high end.
T.T.: How do you stay in shape?
H.W.: Mainly it’s yoga. I enjoy that the most. I try to get to Equinox a few times a week. I also run quite a bit. I live in Carroll Gardens, which is good because there aren’t a lot people to knock into while running. I can be a bit of a klutz!
T.T.: Finally, a not-so-perfect quality! Any others you’d like to share?
H.W.: Well, I’m completely technologically challenged. Look at my phone [she pulls out a rather bulky mobile phone]. It’s not even a flip phone. But I’m O.K. with it. It has all become a bit of a techno-competition out there. People can spend up to three hours a day tweeting, texting, Skyping or on Facebook. That time could be used doing so many other more valuable, beneficial things. No one meets in person anymore. It’s depressing. There is no real interaction or engagement. It’s not nearly as romantic as sharing time with a person, which is a much richer sensory experience. In the long run, what people are doing with all this technology will be have a damaging effect on maintaining any real relationships.
T.T.: What is it you like most about acting?
H.W.: Getting into the nuances of a character, her psychology. Letting myself go and becoming another person, basically. I’m fascinated by people, and I can use that to grow as an actress. It’s challenging, but I’m up for it and looking forward to the experiences ahead.
T.T.: Are you looking forward to moving back to Chicago to shoot the next season of “Boss”?
H.W.: Chicago is great. The people are wonderful. I am looking forward to getting back to doing what I love. But I always end up missing New York so much. I pine away for its incredible energy.
As a dermatologist and an internist, I know that while it may be the season to be jolly, it’s also the season to be sick. When we’re ill, our entire body takes a full hit & our skin advertises it by leaving us with sallow skin, sunken eyes, dark circles, dry skin, and frizzy, electrified hair.
Here are a few tips for the next time you find yourself sick with just enough energy to do a little self-care.:
- Add a few drops of essential eucalyptus oil (a natural expectorant) into a full sink, bath, shower, or humidifier. Close the door, turn off the fan & turn your bathroom into a steam room! The steam & eucalyptus combo will help to break up the mucous, and the heat will help you to sweat out the toxins. Drop some Epsom salts into a warm water foot tub and take a relaxing soak while you breathe in the steam.
- Warm up a few soft towels in the dryer, or a home hot towel cabbie. Brew up some Theraflu, or a cup of chamomile tea & make a tray of holistic home goodies like oscillococcinum, some sugar-free eucalyptus drops, and a bottle of spring water.
- Rub on some Vicks VapoRub, swath yourself in the warm towels, breathe in the warm air slowly, and deeply while visualizing yourself being healthy again. Rehydrate with plenty of spring water & sip on your tea (or your preferred Theraflu flavor) while your feet are soaking in the Epsom salts.
- Do this for 20 minutes & when you’re finished, massage your skin down with a good amount of Sarna lotion, or with your favorite body cream. Dab on your Colbert MD Heal and Soothe facial cream, or a drop of Illumino Face Oil & really massage it in firmly with your fingers. If your nose is chapped from tissue use, give an extra dab of Heal and Soothe attention. Take your warm towel & wrap your face with it while the moisture sets.
- Go back to bed. Get plenty of rest. Keep the liquids hydrating your body. After the self-care routine, you’ll feel like a million bucks, or at the very least, you’ll feel better than you did before!
Feel better & take care of yourself,
Dr. David Colbert
Molly Ringwald was in attendance at the Barneys New York (Beverly Hills location) Nourish Eye Cream launch. Nourish Eye Cream is the latest addition to the Colbert, M.D. “Daily Nutrition for Skin” product line.
Molly Ringwald is pictured here with Dr. David Colbert.
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Nourish Eye Cream launch at Barneys New York (Beverly Hills location). Nourish Eye Cream is the newest in the Colbert M.D., skincare line.
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