All summer long, we eat blueberries. We even go blueberry picking as one of our favorite family traditions! Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants which fight free radicals to help protect your skin from premature aging! Plus, I have a serious sweet tooth, so fresh blueberries and a dash of toasted coconut really satisfy my sweet tooth without spiking my blood sugar.

Oatmeal, almond milk and coconut milk are all low in glycemic index, so they won’t trigger inflammation in your skin. It’s easy to find a blend of almond and coconut milk, just make sure it’s unsweetened! Some of these brands pack in the sugar, so you have a mistaken belief that you are drinking something very healthy. Check your labels, guys.

Chia seeds are rich in skin-healthy omega-3’s,and fiber to keep you full.  Although chia seeds have some protein, I like to add a scoop of plant-based protein powder to ensure my skin, hair and nails are getting the building blocks they need.

I make a big batch of these on Sunday night and portion them into jars. That way, my family has grab-and-go breakfasts for the week. My daughter and I can’t get enough of them and I hope you love them too!

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup coconut milk (you can also use an almond/coconut milk blend instead of separating them)
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, plus more for serving
1 scoop plant-based protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut, toasted

To make:

Mix all ingredients – except toasted coconut – in a small bowl. Portion into smaller mason jars and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, stir everything together to make nice and creamy. Sprinkle each portion with toasted coconut, a pinch of cinnamon, and a handful of fresh blueberries.

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I had so much fun working with my Good Morning America family this morning and sharing some of my go-to, DIY facial masks for glowing, healthy skin. I’ve had a lot of requests for more information on the masks we featured, so here you go!

DEPUFFING AND EXFOLIATING: Coffee and Yogurt Mask

  • Coffee: The caffeine in coffee grounds helps to reduce swelling and puffiness.
  • Yogurt: Soothing, emollient
  • To make: Combine 3 tablespoons of greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee and mix together (using a fork) until you have a paste. Apply to face using gentle, circular motions. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water and a soft wash cloth. Pat dry!

COMBAT REDNESS: Green Tea and Honey Mask

  • Green Tea: Soothing, removes impurities, reduces inflammation
  • Honey: Antibacterial, soothing
  • To make: Cut open 2 green tea bags and empty contents into mixing bowl. Add a few drops of water and mix with fork just to dampen. Then, mix in 3 tablespoons of honey (I use a fork to mix, which seems to work better than a spoon). Apply mask to face. Rinse off after 15 -20 minutes with warm water and a soft wash cloth. Pat dry!

The harsh and cold winter air can leave your skin feeling so chapped. These easy masks with ingredients you can find right in your kitchen are a quick fix to rehydrate and nourish your skin!

xoxo,

Dr. Whitney

The New Year is the perfect time to try new things! One of my favorite, power-packed antioxidant masks is so simple and easy to make, but will leave your skin feeling refreshed, radiant and renewed! Here’s what you need:

CRANBERRY-APPLE ANTIOXIDANT POWER MASK

Three Simple Ingredients:

1 grated apple

½ cup fresh or frozen (defrosted) cranberries)

1 tbsp. almond oil

To Make:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until you have a paste consistency- should be a bit thick.

Spread on clean skin, leave on for three to five minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Key Ingredients to Nourish your Skin:

Cranberries and apples are rich in wrinkle fighting antioxidants, including Vitamin C which helps collagen production and strengthens your hair and nails.

Almond Oil is packed with Vitamin E and softens and smooths the skin, improves tone and complexion and has been shown to slow down the visible signs of aging.

As you guys know, I LOVE everything fall and everything pumpkin!

After we go pumpkin picking, we carve our pumpkins, toast our pumpkin seeds, and I use the pumpkin pulp to make this mask, which leaves my skin glowing, hydrated and feeling great!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Dr. Whitney

As I discussed today on Good Morning America, nighttime is the perfect time for your skin to heal itself from any damage sustained during the day (including environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution). When we sleep, our stress hormone (cortisol) goes down and our sleep hormone (melatonin) goes up. Our body, and our skin, are in repair mode. In fact, studies show that new skin cells grow faster while you sleep!

I encourage my patients to take advantage of this period of skin renewal and restoration by giving their skin some nighttime pampering! Here are some of my tips and fave products to get the most out of your beauty sleep:

First, try to sleep on your back! If you tend to sleep on your side or plant your face in your pillow, then you are prone to develop what are called sleep lines- they are creases on your face that ultimately form permanent wrinkles. If you just can’t get comfy on your back or want to get fancy, there are more sophisticated pillows that are designed to keep the face off of the pillow, even if you roll onto your side. One of my favorites is the JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow with cover ($160 at Amazon.com),

Second, as I discussed on air, skin is prone to dehydration at night because your skin metabolism rises as it works hard to renew itself and you lose hydration as a result. Drink a glass of water before bed, invest in a cool mist humidifier and layer your skin with a serum first and then, a richer night cream for added moisture. One of my favorite serums for night is dr. brandt’s GLOW Overnight Resurfacing Serum. This serum contains retinol which stimulates skin renewal and works in harmony with your skin’s natural nighttime repair process ($86 at Sephora.com). **SEE DETAILS BELOW TO WIN THIS PRODUCT!!

Third, I use a copper infused eye mask when I sleep. Copper oxide is clinically proven to have anti-wrinkle properties! One of my faves is the sleep mask by Iluminage ($25 at Amazon.com).

**CONTEST DETAILS**

To enter for a chance to WIN dr. brandt’s GLOW Overnight Resurfacing Serum, (1) tell me one thing you do to unwind at night and (2) tag a friend!

BE SURE TO COMMENT UNDER THIS POST on either my IG (@drwhitneybowe) OR on my professional FB page, starting at NOON EST on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. I will announce the winner on WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2016 at 8:30 PM EST.

**This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska). Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be announced on my FB, Instagram, and Twitter pages and notified via FB Message or Instagram Message. The winner will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

I am so excited to share some of my favorite products with you! Several of the products I discuss below will be included in my giveaway to ONE lucky winner! Contest details below!!

At Home Chemical Peels:

As I discussed on Good Morning America, at home chemical peels – although less potent than in-office treatments – can still be very effective.

Two of the at home peels that I often recommend to my patients are NeoStrada’s Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 and Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Petal Peel.

NeoStrada’s Exuviance Performance Peel AP25: this peel is at a 25% professional level and includes glycolic acid, mandelic acid, and gluconolactone which work to exfoliate and resurface the skin while preserving the skin’s elasticity. I find that this peel delivers smooth, healthy skin without causing irritation.

Price: $75

Where to Buy: http://www.neostrata.com

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Petal Peel: I like this peel as a more natural alternative to chemical peels. The first step is an aloe-based gel which cleanses and exfoliates the skin while soothing the skin. The second step is a brightening peel mask which contains natural pomegranate enzymes for additional exfoliation and resurfacing alongside wild rose oil which contains Vitamin C to brighten skin.

Price: $64

Where to Buy: http://www.sephora.com

Diet and the Skin

As I discussed on air this morning, it is scientifically proven that the food you eat has an impact upon your skin. In addition to the skin friendly food swaps that I discussed on Good Morning America, I also regularly recommend dr. brandt’s detoxifying anti-oxidant water booster goji-maqui.

 

Dr. Brandt Detoxifying Anti-Oxidant Water Booster Goji-Maqui: One dropper full of this antioxidant blend of superfoods Goji berry and Maqui berry contains 90% polyphenols equal to 15 cups of green tea but is decaffeinated, calorie free, and sugar free. I use a drop in my water in the morning as one way that I nourish my skin through diet.

Price: $39

Where to buy: http://www.drbrandtskincare.com

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To enter for a chance to WIN the Korres Rose Petal Peel and dr. brandt’s Detoxifying Anti-Oxidant Water Booster Goji-Maqui, (1) tell me your favorite summer food and (2) tag a friend!

BE SURE TO COMMENT UNDER THIS POST on either my IG (@drwhitneybowe) OR on my professional FB page, starting at NOON EST on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. I will announce the winner on THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 at NOON EST.

**This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska). Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be announced on my FB, Instagram, and Twitter pages and notified via FB Message or Instagram Message. The winner will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

I love to be on the pulse of technology both for in-office and at-home use! When a product works well, I want you to know about it. I also look for opportunities to provide cost efficient – but also EFFECTIVE – product recommendations.

My patients and I have been impressed with at-home results from an FDA cleared, hand-held, anti-aging device called the “Truth Vitality Lux Renew.” The device costs $279.

Here’s how it works:

The device combines ultrasound technology with red and blue LED light therapy.

Ultrasound: improves the skin’s elasticity and firmness. There are five settings on this particular device.

Red LED Light: Smooths wrinkles, helps the body to generate new collagen, helps reduce the appearance of rosacea and broken veins.

Blue LED Light: Destroy acne-causing bacteria.

How to use it:

You apply a serum first.

Then, you set the timer for a full 19 minute-session or for a 4 minute per treatment session.

You use it 3-5 times per week on your target area (for example, “angry 11s” on your forehead or “marionette lines” around your mouth).

The clinical trial results for this device are excellent! After twelve weeks of use, 60 participants experienced the following:

100% showed improvement in skin firmness

89.7% showed improvement in overall appearance of the skin

86.2% showed improvement in facial lines and wrinkles

79.3% showed improvement in forehead lines, wrinkles, and radiance.

My recommendation:

If you are needle-phobic or not quite ready to take the plunge for injections, this is a great option! I also recommend it to my patients for use in between our appointments to maximize their results from in-office procedures! It can complement procedures for tightening (Ultherapy, Thermage), redness (V-beam) or acne (Peels and Theraclear), allowing you to get more out of each treatment and extending the results so you can space those treatments farther apart. For a cost-saving option, this is one of the better products I’ve tested!

When you hear the word needle, you might think pain. But, don’t fear, this procedure is not painful and not scary. It also delivers refreshed, smooth, youthful skin. Don’t panic and read on to learn about this hot trend in skincare!

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling (also called “collagen induction therapy”) is a procedure based on the use of tiny needles which create tiny, controlled wounds to the skin. Your body reacts by naturally healing your skin and, in the process, building new collagen and elastin in the dermis. More collagen = younger, firmer skin. It is ideal for tightening and lifting the skin and also, for minimizing acne scars, smoothing out pores, photo-aging, dull skin, poor texture, stretch marks and body scars. It can help with fine lines and wrinkles; in fact, a recent study showed that medical Microneedling can increase epidermal thickness by 140%, while increasing and thickening collagen bundles in the dermis.

Microneedling also allows for serums, topical gels, and creams to penetrate or infuse more deeply into your skin, allowing the products to be more effective. The needle punctures create micro-channels, allowing enhanced penetration of topical products. Serums, for example, are packed with powerful ingredients to benefit your skin. This procedure allows the viscous serums to be absorbed more effectively into your skin, thereby allowing them to achieve accelerated results. Up to 80% of a product can penetrate skin after Microneedling, compared to a mere 7% with normal application on intact skin! Translation: even more beautiful, glowing, and youthful skin. Microneedling also does not involve heat, so you will not have post inflammation pigmentation, which can result from certain laser treatments.

Your Virtual Microneedling Appointment:

In my office, I use what is called a “Percutaneous Induction Therapeutic Microneedling Device” called “Collagen P.I.N.” This innovative device scientifically delivers impeccable results which were previously only attainable through laser treatments or surgery. It is safe for all skin types and skin colors and can be used on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, legs, abdomen, hands, and back.

About thirty minutes before your procedure, I will apply a topical numbing agent to the area we plan to treat. By the time we begin, you will feel practically nothing and absolutely will feel no pain.

I will then remove the topical numbing agent and apply a topical serum to your clean skin. I often use a hyaluronic acid or a vitamin C serum so that your skin will be able to soak up all of the benefits of the serum through the procedure. I use very pure ingredients that are specifically designed to be “needled” or infused into the skin without creating allergies or irritation. The procedure itself takes approximately 20-30 minutes, as most of my patients get multiple areas treated at the same appointment. I tailor the depth of the needle as well as the spacing between the punctures based on each patient’s goals.

Once we are done, your skin will look pinkish to moderately red (like a sunburn), which will diminish within 1-2 hours. You also might experience some tightness or mild sensitivity in the treated area which can last for several hours. Some patients experience subtle flaking of the skin several days after the treatment, but no discomfort. All of my patients return to their usual activities the following day, including work, and you can wear mineral makeup as early as one day after the treatment.

You will see results as soon as 1-2 weeks after the first treatment. I typically recommend between 3 and 6 treatments, depending upon the area we are treating and the type of concern we are addressing. We usually space out these treatments by at least one-month intervals at the beginning, and then continue treatments every 3 months as maintenance.

But can’t I use an at home, inexpensive dermal roller instead?

At this time, I don’t recommend dermal rollers or home devices, as they are much less precise than the device I use in the office and can even create tears in the skin. Additionally, dermal rolling can be very abrasive to your skin and can spread bacteria leading to very serious skin conditions. My advice is: proceed with caution. At-home dermal rolling is not interchangeable with the sophisticated equipment, impeccable results, and high safety standards of the procedure in your dermatologist’s office.

Are gel manicures bad for your health? Dr. Whitney Bowe, leading NYC dermatologist talks about gel manicure safety, starting with the LED manicure light trend and more.

I love attending and presenting at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Beauty Breakthroughs events in NYC because it is like a think tank for cutting edge information in my field. One of the hot topics presented at this year’s event by my esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Chris Adigun, was the safety of gel manicures, especially in view of the LED and UV lamps used to cure gel polish.

I wanted to share some of the latest information available on this topic because it is something so many of us do without giving it a second thought!

Are gel manicures safe when you cure them with LED and UV lamps?

We know why we all love gel polish. It lasts up to three weeks without a single chip and is more glossy and shiny than any other type of polish I’ve seen. But, there is always the question of safety when you place your hands under the lamp to cure the polish. Your salon either uses a UV lamp (if you wait for two minutes for the polish to cure, this is a UV lamp) or an LED lamp (if you wait for between 5 and 45 seconds for your polish to cure, this is an LED lamp) as a necessary step in curing gel polish. BOTH UV and LED lamps emit UV radiation. Many people think the LED lamp is safer, but in reality, it is just a shorter, intense periods of exposure to UVA rays, which are linked to skin aging and skin cancer.

Gel Manicure Safety: Two Tips to Protect Yourself from Radiation

But don’t despair. There are some safety precautions that you can take before placing your hands under the lamps.

  1. Apply Sunscreen Before You Go to Your Manicurist

    Either apply UVA/UVB sunscreen to your hands 20 minutes prior to placing them under the lamps or use anti-UV gloves, which are available online or possibly at your salon.

  2. Opt for a Natural Treatment that’s Similar to a Traditional Gel Manicure

    Another option which doesn’t require a UV or LED Lamp is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, which is a part lacquer and part gel polish. The Color Coat and Top Coat formulas both contain an oligomer (a molecule), and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator (a chemical compound). The photoinitiator activates a bond between the Color and Top Coat, thus curing the formula in natural light without the need of an LED/UV lamp. I’ve tried it and it looks like a gel manicure from the salon and lasted about the same amount of time. Always good to have options!

Enjoy your beautiful manicures and, most importantly, your healthy skin!

@DrWhitneyBowe

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