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Fan Question: Summer Skin

By Huda Heidi Kattan

Hello Huda! I have been following your blog and I have to say I find myself on it everyday:) I was wondering.. my skin gets really shiny in the summer and I find it very hard to keep my makeup on…do you have any tips? Continue reading

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Younger Skin with Chocolate?

We’ve all been inundated with recent studies that dark chocolate is in fact, not only good for your taste buds, but also your health. What you may have not heard is the beautifying affects of dark chocolate.

In a study published by the American Medical Association, dark chocolate demonstrated the same cancer fighting polyphenol levels that matched red wine. Furthermore, the antioxidants found in dark chocolate have strong anti-aging qualities that protect your skin from sun damage, improve skin hydration, and skin density ( It has been noted that adding sugar to the equation, could cancel out most of the benefits).

Bubble bath anyone?


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Fan Question: Dealing with Rosacea

What You Need to Know About Rosacea

I had a friend of mine send me a question about Rosacea and I was stunned when I read about this common facial skin disorder and how it can affect the lifestyle of individuals with Rosacea. According to, well over 14 million Americans suffer from Rosecea and have no idea that they have it. If left untreated, Rosecea can worsen with age.

Here are warning signs that you may have Rosecea:

• Redness on cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead

• Small visible blood vessels on face

• Bumpy or rough patches sometimes with pimples

• Watery or irritated eyes

The cause of Rosacea is currently unknown, and while there are no proven cures, it is possible to control the symptons. Prescription antibiotics in the form of pills or topical ointments, may help the signs of Rosacea and usually are effective. However, if medicine does fail, try using sulfer creams for Rosacea. These are usually extremely successful and typically avoid any complications that could occur while taking antibiotics. It is recommended that you consult your dermatologist about what method is right for you.

The following information is taken directly from

RosaceaNet Article

Controlling Flare-Ups Can Boost Self-Esteem

Another study that involved 583 patients with mild to moderate rosacea found that effective treatment significantly improved the patients’ quality of life. The type of treatment did not matter. As long as it was effective, patients’ quality of life improved.

While rosacea is not curable, flare-ups can often be controlled by following the three-prong approach recommended by dermatologists:

· Skin care. Following a rosacea friendly skin care plan is essential. This includes being very gentle with rosacea-prone skin, using mild skin care products, and protecting the skin from the sun.

· Treatment. The treatment prescribed depends on the type and severity of the rosacea. Combination therapy is often most effective. Treatment may include a barrier-repair emollient, topical medications, and/or laser therapy.

· Trigger avoidance. What triggers rosacea in one person may not cause another person to experience a flare-up. Learning personal triggers and finding ways to avoid them can be very effective.


Fleischer A, Suephy C. “The face and mind evaluation study: an examination of the efficacy of rosacea treatment using physician ratings and patients’ self-reported quality of life.” J Drugs Dermatol. 2005; 4:585-90.

Nicholson K, Abramova L, Chren MM, et al. “A pilot quality-of-life instrument for acne rosacea.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007; 57:213-21.

Society of Investigative Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology. “Burden of Skin Disease 2005.” Available at Last accessed January 26, 2009.

Tan SR, Tope WD. “Pulsed dye laser treatment of rosacea improves erythema, symptomatology, and quality of life.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004; 51:592-9.

Rosacea Triggers

Dermatologists’ Tips for Controlling Rosacea in Fall

Fall brings relief for many people with rosacea. Cooler temperatures and reduced humidity in areas across the United States mean less chance of becoming overheated. Even in the fall, it is important to be wary of rosacea triggers and to avoid your own personal triggers. These dermatologists’ tips can help your skin feel better this autumn.

· Continue to practice sun protection. While the days are getting shorter, sun protection is still essential. A survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society found that sun exposure was the most common trigger among those surveyed.

Be sure to limit your exposure to the sun, wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from both the UVA and UVB rays of the sun, apply a broad-spectrum (offers UVA and UVB protection) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, and wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat.

· Heed cool-down strategies. You can still become overheated when the temperature drops. Activities such as raking leaves, baking a pie, and exercising can cause you to overheat. Cool-down strategies that can help keep a flare-up at bay in the fall are listed on this page.

· Moisturize if your skin starts to feel dry. When the humidity drops, skin can feel especially dry. A gentle moisturizer can help your skin feel better.

To avoid irritating your skin, look for a moisturizer that does not contain alcohol, eucalyptus, fragrance, peppermint, or witch hazel. According to a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, these ingredients are more likely to aggravate rosacea. If you use a topical rosacea medication, let this dry before applying the moisturizer. If you cannot find a moisturizer that does not irritate your skin, be sure to ask your dermatologist for recommendations.

· Avoid getting too close to a burning fire or stove. The first fire of the season can be alluring. Remember not to get too close as getting overheated triggers rosacea for many.

· Keep the thermostat low. A bit of heat on a chilly autumn night feels great. To avoid becoming overheated, be sure to keep the thermostat low — just enough to take the chill out of the air.

· Avoid steam, saunas, hot showers, and hot baths. Staying cool helps keep rosacea from flaring. Since steam, saunas, and hot water all increase blood flow, these are best avoided.

· Wear loose, layered clothing. This allows you to stay comfortable because you can remove layers as needed to prevent overheating.

· Limit hot beverages and alcohol. Heated beverages, such as hot cider, coffee, and tea trigger rosacea for many people. Drinking alcohol also can trigger rosacea. If any of these trigger your rosacea, be sure to limit your consumption or avoid the beverages that cause your rosacea to flare.


National Rosacea Society, “Ingredients May Aggravate Rosacea.”
Rosacea Review, spring 2005. Available at: Last accessed: August 23, 2005.

National Rosacea Society, “New Survey Pinpoints Leading Factors that Trigger Symptoms.”

Rosacea Review
, summer 2002. Available at Last accessed: August 23, 2005.

Material for people with Rosacea:

o Rosacea Review

o Coping with Rosacea

o Rosacea Diary

Physician Finder has links to lists of dermatologists, ophthalmologists and dermatologic surgeons by location nationwide.

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Wrinkle Cream that Works!

So I admit, I’ve tanned a few times too many in my lifetime. I love to be bronzed, I can’t help it! Although I may fancy the sun-kissed-goddess look, my skin hates it! So much, that it decided to wrinkle like a prune when I hit my mid-twenties:( Thankfully, I was introduced to Peter Thomas Roth’s (PTR) UnWrinkle–finally, a product that literally does what it says.

The super-smoothing formula is made up six peptides that relax, smooth, and prevent wrinkles. If that doesn’t sound good enough for you, one of the peptides actually boost the production of collagen.

Seems too good to be true? Well, the only draw back is that you have to continuously use this product to maintain results, but trust me, you will want to! I never travel without it!

Available at Sephora ($120) or Sister’s salon in Dubai Mall (395 AED).

photo courtesy of sephora
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Perfect Skin? Ole!!

Ole Henriksen

Boy I thought I was born lucky! I had skin that no matter what, never broke out–well until I hit my late-teens, early-twenties. Who wants to have acne when everyone else is getting over it? I ended up with craters all over my face at the worst of moments, right before my beau would come into town, the day before a photo shoot, the night before my best friend who I hadn’t seen in a year would visit! Yes, I know, acne is evil! After trying every beauty product in Sephora, Aveda, Lush and the like, I thought my only option would be something severe like Acutane. Enter Ole Henriksen.

As a young boy Henrikson studied natural remedies in countries from Indonesia to London to understand their reaction with skin. Some odd years later and he is now the preferred brand of A-listers including Naomi Campbell, Charlize Theron, and Linda Evangelista.

What it did for me, made my skin more even toned, tighter, and brighter. Ever since using this product, I am constantly asked what is my secret to beautiful skin. My secret? Good product! Looks like I may be lucky after all!

Products I use and highly recommend from Ole Henrikson:

THREE LITTLE WONDERS (great value $70)

Blemish Control Roll-On Attack ($22)
My cure-all for breakouts!

Award winning, Mini Peel system ($95)
My life-saver!

Chatelains’s Beauty Top 100 Award (2009)
Best Luxury Brand Skin Care Product, New Woman Beauty Award of Great Britain (2006)
Harpers Bazaar’s Hall of Fame Asia (2005)

photos courtesy of sephora and ole henrikson

H. Kattan

Available at Areej (DXB) or Sephora

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