Elizabeth Arden’s words to live by are “to be beautiful and natural is the birthright of every woman.”  I love that quote, but not everyone has that natural, flawless glow when they wake up in the morning, some of us have to work for it. Last week we discussed Elizabeth Arden’s new professional skincare line, Read More →

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Time and time again we’ve all been clued-up on how tanning and extended sun exposure can wreak havoc on our skin. Not only does over exposure to the sun’s rays promote early signs of aging but it also works to break down our skin’s DNA over time, which can result in a cancer. Despite constant warnings, most of us are still attracted to the look of sun-kissed skin like moths to a light.

Too often we see people steering away from safer alternatives such as spray tans and tanning lotions because misapplication of these products results in a streaky and less than desired appearance. So we’ve decided to give you tips on how to make your faux tan look as natural as possible.

  1. Moisturize– It is important to keep your skin in good condition and well moisturized at all times but especially when you self tan. Moisturize skin well for several days before but not immediately prior to application.
  1. Exfoliate– Slough away dead skin cells and revitalize your skin using an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) lotion and cleanser or a good scrub. Dry, flaky skin will result in blotchy uneven tanning results and just won’t look good.
  1. Apply – When applying tanning lotion use latex gloves or wash hands thoroughly after application to prevent orange palms and discolored nails. You can use a small cotton ball or pad to apply tanning lotion to the back of each hand when done.Work in sections – apply a light layer evenly and rub in well. Use only small amounts on areas of thick skin such as elbows, ankles, knees, or keratoses (thickened skin growths).For spray tans it is important not to inhale the sprayed material so wear a mask during your session or hold your breath while spray is activated. Higher end places will normally have well ventilated, air drawing backdrops.
  1. Set– Let skin dry for at least 10 minutes after application before attempting to get dressed. You can use a hair dryer on cool setting to speed up the drying process.
  1. Protect – Use a broad spectrum sunscreen! Self tans do not provide UV protection. Keep your skin healthy with daily sunscreen use and remember to reapply!


Watch Dr. Rostan’s interview on Fox46 Charlotte as she talks about the dangers of sunburn and sunburn art, the dangerous new tanning trend.


April is Rosacea Awareness Month. Early treatment is essential to prevent long term worsening of rosacea. Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic disorder of facial skin that can consist of redness, flushing, bumps and pimples, sensitive skin, increased oil and other symptoms. Rosacea is very common affecting an estimated 16 million Americans. It is a Read More →

A New Dimension in Beauty

We are starting 2015 with the introduction of 2 new radiofrequency procedures that tighten skin without surgery – Infini and ThermiTight.

Radiofrequency devices deliver energy, in the form of heat, into different levels of the skin. This heat tightens collagen and stimulates collagen renewal. If you heat the skin consistently to a specific level – referred to as controlled bulk tissue heating – your skin’s collagen will respond in several ways.  The first is a temperature induced immediate collagen contraction often giving some visible results right at the time of treatment. Read More →

Easy Tips for Treating Acne With kids heading back to school, it is a great time to talk about acne. Acne affects so many people, of all ages too.  Acne occurs when pores are blocked by oils, skin cells, and normal bacteria, causing inflammation. It may be a skin issue, but it can affect someone’s Read More →

Don’t love your neck? Find yourself happy that turtleneck season has arrived?? There are many options for improvement… All the talk about turkeys in November has led us to think about, well – the neck. Cosmetically there are many options for enhancement of this very visible area.  I will try to be delicate here, but Read More →

Transform a dull, lifeless complexion into more youthful skin with a pumpkin peel. A favorite among patients, the pumpkin peel is quite the treat.  No tricks here, just a gift from mother nature that is full of antioxidants and enzymes that mimic Alpha Hydroxy acids without the harshness. The acid in the pumpkin peel helps Read More →

 In the past, if you wanted to dramatically improve the appearance of sun damage and wrinkles, or improve acne scars, it meant hiding from the world for several weeks while recovering from ablative resurfacing procedures. Non-invasive lasers, while very safe and convenient, require numerous treatments and often do not yield as dramatic results in skin Read More →

You can smell it in the air, it’s cool & crisp.  It is our season of change from bright and green to a plethora of brown, yellow and red hues.  Yes, fall is here.  It is here bringing with it beauty of the turning leaves, but it wreaks havoc on the beauty of our skin. Read More →

Let me count the times that I have put on my skinny jeans to only be disappointed by the spillage of fat over the waistline. Now understand, I am a dieter and exercise aficionado from way back, practically my whole life or at least it seems like it has been my whole life. Unfortunately, diet and Read More →