Posts Tagged ‘moisturizer’

Specific Beauty Consumer Study

Between January and March of 2013, a consumer study was conducted to gage the results of the Specific Beauty Skincare line. The study was conducted by a colleague at the University of Miami, board certified dermatologist, Dr. Delilah Alonso.

In this study, 20 participants were asked to use the following Specific Beauty products:

  • Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths
  • Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30
  • Professional Moisture Complex
  • Night Treatment Complex

After using each product, the participant was asked to respond to a few statements meant to summarize their experience with the product. The participants were able to respond; Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree.

Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths

First the 20 participants were asked to use Specific Beauty’s Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths. Then they were asked to what degree they agreed with the following statements:

  • After using the Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths my skin felt clean, refreshed, and toned.
  • The Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths provided gentle and effective exfoliation.
  • The Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths effectively removed makeup.

The results from the questionnaire were that over 98% of participants agreed or strongly agreed with the above statements. For more details on the responses to individual questions, take a look at the graphic below.

Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30

The same 20 participants were next asked to use Specific Beauty’s Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30. They were once again asked to what degree (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree) they felt the following statements were true:

  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 spreads easily and dries with a clear finish.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 did not leave a white residue.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF 30 worked well with makeup.
  • After using the Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30, my skin had a glow.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 is lightweight and non-greasy.

This series of statements resulted in 84% of the participants answering agreed or strongly agreed. Take a look at the graphic below for more details on the questionnaire.

Professional Moisture Complex

The next product to be put to the test was Specific Beauty’s Professional Moisture Complex. Participants were then asked for their responses to the following statements:

  • The Professional Moisture Complex absorbs easily.
  • The Professional Moisture Complex is soothing.
  • After using the Professional Moisture Complex, my skin is hydrated.

In this part of the study, 100% of the participants either agreed or strongly agreed to the statements above. Check out the graphic below for a more in depth look at each statement.

Night Treatment Complex

Specific Beauty’s Night Treatment Complex was the final product tested in this consumer study. The participants were asked how they felt about the following statements:

  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin texture improved.
  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin is brighter.
  • After using the Night treatment Complex, my skin clarity is improved.
  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin hydration is improved.

In this study, 77.5% of the participants either agreed or strongly agreed to the statements above. Take a look at the graphic below to see the results from each statement.

Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd Talks Specific Beauty on HSN

In case you missed it, Specific Beauty was featured on HSN during the Beauty Hour from 8pm until 9pm on June 13, 2013. Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd explained the simplicity and effectiveness of her skincare line, Specific Beauty. Check out the entire Skin Brightening 4-piece Beauty Regimen, a Customer Pick on HSN!

Check out Heather getting ready for her segment on HSN!
Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd backstage at HSN

Dry Cracked Heels-How to get your feet ready for the summer

Dry cracked heels - How to get your feet ready for the summer

Dry cracked heels are a common problem that I see frequently in my practice.  They can occur anytime of the year but are especially common in the summer when we start wearing sandals and our feet are exposed to the elements every day. Living in Miami, this is a year-round problem so I have some great solutions. There are a few steps to soften dry cracked heels.  First of all, especially for more severe cases, daily use of a moisturizer that contains urea or lactic acid will help to exfoliate rough, dry skin.  Amlactin or Lachydrin are two brands that contain lactic acid (up to 12%) and can be bought over the counter.  Eucerin Plus has urea and really works well at softening the skin.  Prescription lotions that contain 6% salicylic acid are also extremely effective.    You can also mechanically exfoliate the dead skin cells with a pumice stone which is especially useful you have a thick or stubborn area.  To maintain, these new smooth heels, I would recommend continued use of a heavy moisturizer to heels daily after showering.  It is important to apply occlusive type moisturizers like Vaseline or Aquaphor to moist skin because this locks in the moisture.  The key is to keep up with this regimen.  Daily exfoliation and hydration with these types of products are essential to maintain results.

Combating Dry Skin

Combating Dry Skin

Dry skin can be a frustrating problem. Many times patients complain that no matter what lotion, cream or ointment they put on their skin, 10 minutes later their skin still feels dry. There are some simple things that you can do to overcome this problem. First, you need to look at the soap you are using. Soaps with harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate can strip the skin of its natural oils and exacerbate dry skin. Choose gentle cleansers like Cerave, Cetaphil, or Vanicream which do not contain these harsh ingredients. Also avoid very long, hot showers because this can also contribute to dry skin. Second, any moisturizer should be applied to skin right after you shower. This locks in the moisture and makes the moisturizer much more effective. If you have very dry skin, you may need an ointment like Aquaphor. This is one of my favorite products, especially in the winter.

Some people also complain of ashy skin. This gray scaly appearance of the skin is most obvious in darker skin types. If this is severe, I sometimes recommend a moisturizer that contains lactic acid (Amlactin) which is over the counter to exfoliate the scale while at the same time hydrating and improving the skin texture. Prescription strength lotions with salicylic acid also work well to smooth dry scaly skin on the body. With these tips you should finally be able to overcome dry skin and achieve what we all want-smooth, soft, and radiant skin.