Skin Care: Splurge or Save?

April 29, 2012 10:00:00 PM PDT
Getting younger looking skin is something many people pay big money to obtain, but you don't have to spend a lot for pricey procedures at the dermatologist's office.

Dr. Amy Taub from Advanced Dermatology in Lincolnshire shows some options to help you decide whether to splurge or save.



    SPLURGE: Evolastin is the first-of-its-kind minimally invasive radiofrequency-based energy device that employs microneedling directly into the dermis to deliver a natural facelift-like result, without surgery. The treatment boosts the skin's natural production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. It takes less than an hour and is performed under local anesthesia. Your result: skin that looks decades younger, without the downtime or costs associated with facelift. Cost: $3000.
      SAVE: Skinfo C Synergy Serum and Cream contains high-potency combinations of antioxidants, vitamins, & salicylic acid -- which protect from sun damage, stimulate collagen production, and provide skin clarifying and skin brightening results. All in one jar! Cost: $97

      Sun Damage

        Splurge: The three-part Elure Advanced Skin Lightening products break down melanin in approx. 28 days. Elure has been proven to reduce uneven discoloration caused by aging and sun damage by gently reducing melanin in the skin, resulting in a lighter and brighter, more radiant complexion. Price: $150 for the elure lotion and evening cream, and $35 for the facial wash.
          Steal: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging UV Defense Lotion SPF 50, sold at drugstores, helps not only protect skin from the sun, but also regenerates skin's texture and appearance. Cost: $29.99


            Splurge: The Isolaz Deep Pore Laser...This therapy helps clear acne. It cleanses pores with a gentle vacuum and with therapeutic broadband light to help rid skin of acne causing impurities and bacteria. Cost: $200 per treatment and takes 30 minutes
              Steal: Skinfo's Clear Skin 10 Percent gel is a great benzyl peroxide product that kills the bacteria which cause acne. It is a potent acne diffuser, and packs a lot of punch for the price. Cost: $12.00


                Splurge: The Apollo TriPollar System. This is a non-invasive, pain-free treatment for body contouring, cellulite reduction, and skin tightening. This radio frequency technology heats skin to a precise temperature to stimulate collagen growth and firming. It can be used to tighten and firm the abs, thighs, buttocks, flanks, and even arms! Cost: $400 for one 30 min. treatment
                  Steal: Dermafirm: This skin therapy lotion helps reduce and prevent fat storage deposits and is an excellent treatment to control cellulite. Cost: $97

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