Monday, November 30, 2009

WHAT’S NEW: THE NEXT GENERATION IN SKIN HEALTH AND BEAUTY TECHNOLOGY

Sadick Dermatology, Park Avenue NYC

Words, Judith Ecochard

THE NEXT GENERATION


Consumers may be holding back (up) on the seriously pricey stuff…a house, a new car…a facelift (ha ha)…but during an hour long briefing on the innovative future of dermatology--- precisely delivered by Dr. Neil Sadick…we were actually inspired by the latest breakthroughs…cosmetic and medical-wise.

And truly wonder if the facelift is fast becoming relegated to the realms of ancient history…like Windows 5 or (insert your most hated piece of virus/spam laden software here).

A noted practitioner, teacher and top notch researcher/published author, Sadick is always on the cutting edge of dermatological/ medical technology. We rely on him to sort through the science of it all…and to recount for us 'physics for poets' types- what’s truly promising.

Some Highlights (and OF COURSE---do your own research and solicit advice from qualified medical professionals!!!!!!!!)

SKIN DIAGNOSTICS:

Learning that half of Sadick’s practice is for medical conditions, think skin cancer…it is encouraging to hear that the LUCID VivaScope® a non-invasive, supped up imaging device can greatly aid the medical profession, in real time, to make a call on skin cells…thereby preventing unnecessary biopsies…and/or the insane two week wait a pal of ours endured…waiting for the results (negative, yeah!!!) of a suspicious looking mole. And who wants another scar…though with deadly melanoma, that’s the least of it. (ETA 2010).
Images of VivaScope 1500 and VivaScope 3000 from LUCID VivaScope®




















Another breakthrough Sadick mentioned belonged to MelaFind®-a computer assisted handheld “gun” made by Electro-Optical Sciences ---that captures imagesunder the skin’s surface--- of a suspected skin lesion mole ----via 10 different wavelengths of light---thus allowing clinicians to see what lies beneath, so to speak (2.5 millimeters). And again, a diagnosis is made in a timely matter--- without body scarring. (Under FDA Review).
Image from company website












BODY CONTOURING:

Given that the best candidate for body shaping is a person who is in overall good health, fit, with good skin tone and at their ideal weight…that’s right…

IN ADDITION:
There are a few procedures that use the latest technology and deliver results.

First discussed was LipoSonix™ a device that uses high intensity, ultrasound energy to create a thermal effect that destroys fat cells via focused heat…and from what we can see via a web search…the targeted area is the abdominal section. Apparently, “the results are as good as liposuction…” with the slimming effects showing up in 8-12 weeks. AKA-“…a major aesthetic breakthrough.” Available in Europe and under FDA review.

Another body contour/fat reduction modality that Sadick “is really excited about” is the non-invasive UltraShape® that uses similar focused ultrasound wave energy (for belly fat), without any downtime…while “skin, vessels, nerves and connective tissues remain unharmed.” The protocol seems to call for a recommended three treatments, spaced two weeks apart. Before and After Image From ULTRASHAPE®









Dr, Sadick also talked about Zeltiq, ™ a non-invasive cooling of fat cells “based on the patented method of Cryolipolysis,™” that targets and eliminates fat cells. Apparently, the precisely controlled procedure induces lipolysis- a “natural biological inflammatory response” that causes the body to dispose of the damaged fat cells. And as above, all other body parts, including the skin, remain unchanged. (Pending FDA Approval For Non-Invasive Fat Layer Reduction according to company website…as is a Before and After Photo Gallery Link).

For non-invasive tissue tightening, i.e. ---firming up the dreaded cellulite, the presentation focused on how actually understanding what it is…or “a new classification system of cellulite” (brown vs white cells)-should lead to better treatments. Some new approaches that Sadick touched on include the already popular in Europe- Acoustic Wave Therapy “AWT” (yup---like what’s used to bust-up kidney stones) that manipulates the connective tissues= “skin firmness increases and blood circulation in the tissue is significantly enhanced.” A good thing. We did some digging and found that there are two types of AWT out there.

FYI: Sadick’s Research Group is conducting a clinical study on AWT. So, where were we at the sign-up?!

NEW INJECTABLES:

Fillers…are big. No pun intended, but injectables like the FDA approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler Juvéderm® Ultra and Juvéderm® Ultra Plus are already being used to augment cheekbones, facial folds and lips...

What we deem ‘cool’ is the ANTEIS™ Injection system…a pointer pen like, electronic injection device that’s a “technological innovation for optimizing clinical results for filler treatments.” Supposedly this device is a major leap over the plunger pressure or syringe graduations that are employed now…meaning less pain, less bruising and more uniform results. A search on the web turned up the InjectNow Academy™ that makes this patented instrument…

More gain and less pain---in a manner of speaking.

New fillers on the horizon that are aimed at trends including “pan-facial volumizers”…and bio-active fillers that stimulate one’s own cells for lasting facial rejuvenation--- are at various stages of study in the USA--- and at times, already used overseas.

FOR EXAMPLE:

Juvéderm™’s VOLUMA™- “developed to be smoother than other hyaluronic acid (HA) volumizers, making it easier to inject during treatment and resulting in a smooth, natural look and feel…”( Juvéderm™ VOLUMA™).

PLUS: for restoring facial volume.

The hyaluronic acid mixed with tricalcium phosphate, dermal filler Atléan, ® (see Before and After Image from company website) that can last about 12 months…and encourage one's own cells to grow...










…and Hydrelle™, a hyaluronic acid, facial wrinkle filler that is mixed with the ‘lessens the pain’- lidocaine.

We were particularly intrigued with customized fillers for aesthetic purposes via---Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)…a treatment that uses one’s own cells to heal the body. We found a terrific article on how athletes and their doctors use this to heal their own injuries-in the New York Times.

Future applications of Autologous PRP that, according to Sadick, can be applied as an injectable or topical gel to “aid in various metabolic processes…”
include use …as long term fillers---similar to lipotransfer (injecting one’s own fat in the hope that it takes-like a biological scaffold), and “localized injectable rejuvenation.”

SADICK DERMATOLOGY

Saturday, November 28, 2009

REBECCA MINKOFF HANDBAGS & RTW SPRING 2010




























A HIP COLLABORATION WITH ILARIA URBANATI DEBUTS

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK, STYLE360-METROPOLITAN PAVILION NORTH, WEST 19TH STREET NYC


Words, Images Judith Ecochard


FLIRTY DETAILS MASHED UP WITH SEXY ROCKER GIRL ELEMENTS MADE FOR A VERY COOL COLLECTION OF CLOTHING- BY HIPSTER HANDBAG QUEEN REBECCA MINKOFF –IN COHOOTS WITH BFF ILARIA URBINATI.





















CITING FAR FLUNG INSPIRATIONS LIKE THE “DARK QUIRKINESS OF EARLY TIM BURTON FILMS, MIXED WITH THE 90’S BEAUTY AESTHETIC IN THE ICONIC PETER LINDBERGH” PICS OF THE SUPES (MODELS) …THE ENSEMBLES PRESENTED IN A STAGED FORMAT WITH MODELS POSED ABOVE THE CROWD…WERE SPOT/TREND ON!

BONDAGE STYLE, MULTI-STRAP PANTS TOOK US BACK TO CBGBs/G. VERSACE/GEORGE MICHAEL
























MINIS (PLEATED TOO-IN LEATHER), CROPPED JACKETS IN BLACK LEATHER AND BLAZERS WITH SOME SHOULDER ACTION, FITTED BUSTIER DRESSES, CROPPED SHORTS, AND SKY HIGH STRAPPED HEELED SHOES HAD A SEXY GIRL MO GOING. WE THOUGHT PRETTY WOMAN (JULIA ROBERTS) WARDROBE…ESPECIALLY WITH THOSE OVER THE KNEE BOOTS THAT ARE SO HOT FOR FALL 2009.









































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BUT IT’S NOT JUST WORKIN' GIRLS (ahem---meaning MELANIE GRIFFITH'S STATEN ISLAND GAL TOO) THAT CAN WEAR THESE SASSY SEPARATES.



A PRETTY LONG FLORAL CHIFFON FROCK AND A GAMINE SUIT IN THE SAME SPLASH OF FLOWERS ARE PERFECT “PATIO”OR WORK ATTIRE THAT ARE VERSATILE.















AND RUFFLES AND LACE TRIM SOFTENED SOME OF THAT SASSY EDGE.

PRINTS, Both FLORAL AND ANIMAL ...WERE MIXED UP WITH BLACK AND WHITE SOLIDS. AND THE BOLD GREEN FROCK, WITH A GATHERED Neck/Waist WAS OUR TOP PICK.




























INFO: REBECCA MINKOFF

SHINSO® of JAPAN SKIN CARE PRODUCTS














“The Beauty Of Nature. The Miracle of Science”

Living in harmony and embracing natural elements endowed with healing powers is the intrinsic MO of countries steeped in a Buddhist/Shinto tradition.

With this in mind, we made the acquaintance of a ‘healer’ and founder of Shinso® Skin Care Products--- Kawasaki Sensei…at a Park Avenue facility...a few weeks back.

And we use the word “healer” meaningfully---

WHAT IT IS:

First developed by Kawasaki as a natural means to cure himself of a crippling disease, Shinso (means ‘deeper layer’) is now available as a readily absorbable essence and spray mist. Chock full of rare (and costly) ingredients like wild rose, deep seawaters sourced from the Sea of Japan and the Italian mountains –naturally filtered and loaded with rejuvenating minerals, and the protein Human Oliopeptide-1 (EGF, Epidermal Growth Factor), a protein molecule made of amino acids, the serum soothes and regenerates skin cells.

Our experience with the serum was positive. Kawasaki himself, with a translator at the helm, applied/massaged in small pumps of the serum (100% paraben, oil and chemical free) to the bunched up knots in our shoulders (as it releases toxins accumulated wherever)…on parts of our neck, and then on two ‘trigger’ parts on our scalp.












Right off, we felt the tension melt away…we figured it was the winning combo of the serum and absolutely, the gifted healing pressure administered by Kawasaki, himself.

One side of our scalp/face was done first. When we looked in a mirror to “see the difference” --- it was very subtle…as our untreated side- looked like we had kinda side slept on it.

We also tried the Shinso Mist, that can be spritzed over makeup or on bare skin. The spray, good for all skin types---is composed of 30 natural compounds and “salutary botanicals” (hydrolyzed silk, aloe vera, balsam apple and wild rose extracts) that purportedly revitalize skin’s pallor, accelerates production of collagen, and acts as a natural toner.

Both the essence and the mist have two potent ingredients that are more effective at protecting the skin from harmful (aging) free radicals than Vitamin Ester C…we were told: SOD (superoxide dismutase-a natural occurring enzyme) and Fullerene ---a molecule composed of carbon. (FYI: We actually Googled “fullerene”---and the Nobel Prize winning chemistry of the science was beyond us).



We actually like the nutty taste of the powdered dietary supplement, Shinso® kazu---packed individually. We just dumped a serving in our mouth and swallowed. Immediately, we felt a surge of energy, akin to downing a sip of espresso. And right afterwards, we were able to pack in a gym session without feeling exhausted.

Skeptics like us usually think of the placebo effect as the change agent…but we’ve tried the supplement four more times, and felt similarly buzzed. Apparently it’s packed with 90 different natural herbs, vitamins (B2, C, A, K and E), minerals, and SOD…plus atypical goodies like persimmon, yuzu, mushroom, wakame seaweed, black sesame, chrysanthemum, wheat germ, komatsuna and blackberries…


…all fermented to allow for higher absorption.

According to the press release, boatloads of celebs are believers. Kawasaki himself has been summoned to the Vatican to administer to the ailments of high-ranking officials there (we saw the pictures, actually).

BOTTOM LINE: There are several high priced skin treatments on the market. Shinso® of Japan is priced right there…as a one month essence supply costs $350.

Natural holistic therapies that ‘cure’ --- are preferred by many. And Shinso®’s three products ---will probably garner cult status…as the word gets out.

We would love to see more studies (the double blind kind) done ...though we realize FDA seal of approval isn't necessary. Our western MO.

FOR MORE INFORMATION and E-Commerce:

SHINSO®

Words, Judith Ecochard
Images from Shinso®

Friday, November 27, 2009

LORIS DIRAN SPRING 2010


"LONG ELEGANT WALKS" Instructions from Backstage



































ALTMAN BUILDING, New York Fashion Week

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

Big Apple dweller Loris Diran, sourced sunny childhood memories of Coney Island for his colorful Spring 2010 men’s and women’s RTW collection.

























Impeccable tailoring, polished details and luxe fabrics fashioned into flattering AND wearable silhouettes ---are positive attributes a Diran customer counts on.





































The show opened up with warm weather casual daywear separates and a fun poppy print chiffon Nadia Dress...all in bright tones (poppy red, canary yellow)...and often paired with urbane neutrals.


Silk Herringbone Cargo Blazer











































Walking shorts in linen, a deep v neck navy cashmere pullover, and crisp cotton twill pants (for guys) are our idea of versatility… dress up leisure that defines American sportswear at its best.

























Our top pick was a cocktail frock---a stunning Sunflower Satin Bow Dress (Look #16). We can see some celeb walking the red carpet in this.













































Other highlights included Diran’s elegant day and evening ensembles (silk blouses, a pouf skirt)…and his many fans in the crowd applauded accordingly.


























We loved the long gowns…a teal silk jersey draped and silk chiffon petal knockouts--- and the last look, a black silk chiffon and chain Cyclone dress---define Diran’s craftsmanship at its best.





































SPECIAL: The polished hair by CHRISTO FIFTH AVENUE




























and glam make-up by DEX NEW YORK.































INFO: LOUIS DIRAN.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

GIFTS FOR AN "A+" HOLIDAY---





















FOR DEDICATED BEAUTY, SPORTS, and MUSIC TYPES

Words, Show Images Judith Ecochard
Other Images Courtesy of Deisgners

We attended a bunch of Holiday Fairs/tradeshows with small to large companies putting out the merch.

For the music lover, LYRIC CULTURE, a clothing company (see our write-up for the 411) that magically interprets our fav song lyrics ( Disco- Beatles- Jimmy Hendrix etc)---into eye catching graphics---has a new jewelry line to go with the on trend tees, hoodies, scarves and belt buckles.

As with the garments, the licensed lyrics are strikingly re-interpreted---this time on all metal and metal/leather cuffs, charm bracelets, rings and cool guitar pick necklaces for men and women. A terrific way to send out the timely message: “All You Need Is Love,” “Give Peace A Chance,” or “Satisfaction.”




























INFO: Prices Range from $36-$85 LYRIC CULTURE

For the Neptunes and Mermaids in your life, marine botanicals and minerals that work will surely be welcome.
DEPTH (Live Beneath The Surface) is a fairly new skin/hair care line loaded with hydrating sea worthy ingredients, essential oils, and certified organic aloe vera that moisturize and soothe without parabens.

The hand and body lotions (we found online for $9.99)…come in transporting aromas like Bay Coconut and Mangrove Citrus that smell like the exotic tropical paradises we're hoping to visit someday.




























PLUS: Hypo-allergenic, 100% Vegetarian, No Animal Testing. The cool packaging that's in the shape of small air bubbles on kelp…is made from 50% recycled materials. Available at Whole Foods, online at Drugstore.com
INFO: DEPTH BODY

The Dead Sea is a top spot for divers and spa lovers.

For beauty goodies, ONE WITH NATURE captures the therapeutic elements of Dead Sea minerals and combines them with moisturizing shea butter in a bath bar (DEAD SEA SALT SOAP) that cleans AND relaxes muscles ($4.49).

What we also like about this company is its MO--- dedicated to conservation in the Middle East.


























For idiot proof presents…the Gift Basket Sampler is a way to test out the other curative and natural (no artificial anything) products. The $39.99 price gets a full size Dead Sea lotion, body wash and hand wash, as well as 3 full sizes bar soaps and three travel size bars---in a reusable basket.
INFO: ONE WITH NATURE

WEN® ‘s quip “changing the world one head at a time…” is serious. Founded by Chaz Dean, the mission is to make lustrous locks for all with healing, detergent-free (NO sodium laurel/laurel sulfates) hair care products.

WEN® cleanses our locks with natural ingredients and botanicals…without the lather (we don’t miss it) and nasty stripping agents---- and apparently strengthens/hydrates it with one pump enabled product- a Cleansing Conditioner. Available in Sweet Almond for all hair types, including pets….Tea Tree (stimulates and rejuvenates dry scalps), Fig (medium to coarse, wavy to curly, and ethnic hair), Cucumber Aloe (oily scalps/dry hair), and Lavender (our fav---so moisturizing)---

PLUS: Leaves hair smelling really great…as essential oils provide the fragrance.
























YOU TUBE VIDEO: INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO

INFO: on the Cleansing Conditioner ($28 for 16 oz up to $186 for a gallon jug) and other WEN products CHAZ DEAN

During New York Fashion Week, we had a makeover by the team of hair stylists and makeup artists (yes, it ‘took a village’) from the DEX New York Salon. (224 West 30th Street, NYC - T 212 643-3188). Short of a visit to the premises on the edge of the garment district where “the person off the street can go in and get the same kind of treatment as a celebrity,” there's portable help.

Love the line of cleverly packaged mineral cosmetic Beauty Portfolios especially the eyeshadows, blushes, foundation-in the City Hipster ($175). Recreate the glam for you and yours with refillable palettes that are customized specially for the intended.

Additionally, the foundations are SPF 20, and have anti aging pepides, that heal and protect. And the buildable coverage---in the loose and pressed pigmentations…equal= all easy to apply.

PLUS: the saturated, ‘true’ colors allow for a flawless finish…and the goodies are naturally preserved…so no waste/worry either.





















INFO: DEX MINERAL MAKEUP





At a fun Girl’s Night Out put together by KMR Communcations, we were completely taken with a line of tees and tote bags designed by the women of JANE WAYNE…the original company of active duty military wives.

Feminine apparel emblazoned with the branches of the military (Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard) fits our patriotic pride leanings without compromising on our fashionista requirements.





























PLUS: Totes come in handy sizes…in camo print, of course.

INFO: JANE WAYNE GEAR

Remember the elegant ne plus ultra of men’s pajamas…the luxury brand Sulka? A new family run company, BIRDS OF SAUSALITO, recaptures the best fitting and comfortable experience via it’s silky smooth, 100% pima cotton, hand sewn pajamas and boxers.






















Fine details like single stitch sewing, mother-of-pearl buttons, and styles--- makes these undergarments, worthy gifts for that extra special guy.























INFO: Store Locater and E-Commerce BIRDS OF SAUSALITO

Colorful graphics on undergarments for guys and gals come in the huge collection that bears the name of the pop star/tennis star BJORN BORG. We got the sneak peak of the Spring 2010 that came in five lines …

























Fun (prints, hand drawn patterns), Sport (vibrant colors in super comfy styles for an active lifestyle), Original, (classic and clean), Neat (feminine styles, light materials), and Love All (made from breathable microfiber is pop colors).

THINK: Appreciated Stocking Stuffers.

INFO: BJORN BORG

MAIDENFORM, a tried and true undergarment label has given gals a new line of shape wear that’s so fashionable and functionable…we wore the tank top to the gym.
























FLEXEES® Fat Free Dressing™ is a collection that “secretly slims, shapes and smoothes…”
The secret ingredient, and we do mean secret, are the hidden microfiber liners embedded in breathable Supplex fabric basics--- offering comfortable, not constricting support where some ladies need it…
But we think the styles, including tees, boy shorts, body briefers, and camisoles…are nice enough to wear on their own.

INFO: MSRPs $26-$54... MAIDENFORM




We come from a family of pro basketball players…and can think of no presents that’ll be a slam dunk sure thing--- better than an NBA jersey...or anything. According to the reps at the Product n Press Fair we attended, the “Kobe shirt is #1.”






















New for this year is the soccer style, short sleeve shirt…and a series of NBA4Her tees, hoodies, and jerseys for gals’ curvy silhouettes.

For the collector…old banners are recycled into cool, one of a kind, accessories…
























PLUS: Visit the NBA store or website for customized action wear.

For the homebody, a “middle American friendly” book, “FLOWERS FOR THE HOME” by Grayson Handy and Tracey Zabar, is chock full of user friendly ideas. Lavishly illustrated this tome is worthy of coffee table status. But the cultural inspirations that are translated into practical and affordable décor tips ---in color palette suggestions and flowers---make it a handy reference book as well.
INFO: RIZZOLI USA






























We know many people who skip the people…and shop for their pets exclusively. Well for the pampered pooch who has everything we suggest celebrating the season by sending adorable holiday cards from the American Humane Association, a non-proft with a mission—“to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.”


PLUS: personalization, address labels and giving to a great cause.
INFO: AMERICAN HUMANE.org