The Best Hand Lotion

and A Static Cling Life Hack

April 15, 2017

aerin rose hand and body lotion

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Jennifer Hagler Photography

By Buffy York

You would think since I haven’t posted anything in about six months I would come out with something a little more exciting than hand lotion.  But, I promise it is the BEST hand lotion I have found.

Last week I was cruising through the halls at church to drop off my daughter at Sunday School and my dress was building up some serious static cling with every step.  Per usual, we were running late and no one was around except the Sunday School Director, so as soon as I checked Alice in I reached into my purse to grab some lotion to put on my legs.  By the way, putting lotion on your legs will totally get rid of static cling if you are bare legged and your clothes are sticking to you. You’re welcome.

The director, who is always stylish and wants to be in the know asked me what product I was pulling out of my bag.  I know she reads this blog and I had mentioned Aerin’s Rose Hand and Body Lotion somewhere in a Gift Guide over a year ago, but I thought it was time to give this product its well-deserved moment in the sun.  It is my absolute favorite hand lotion to have in my purse.  The scent is perfect.  It isn’t overpowering (Jo Malone’s Red Roses almost gags me). It isn’t greasy, but even after you wash your hands it stays on so you aren’t constantly reapplying.  You can find Aerin products at select Estee Lauder counters (Aerin is Estee’s granddaughter), and in Birmingham, I get mine at Saks.

So I say while you are out today getting ready for Easter and consuming yourself with everyone else’s Easter Basket.  Pick a little something up for yourself.  Aerin does not disappoint with any of her products, but this one is at the top of my list!

Fraxel Restore Dual: The Gold Standard of Non-ablative Skin Resurfacing

By Warren B. Seiler III, M.D., Medical Director at Seiler Skin

November 21, 2016

By Buffy York

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to perform one of my favorite procedures on Buffy – Fraxel. There are myriad reasons why I absolutely love this procedure, including the fact that, as opposed to other devices, it can safely treat areas other than the face – but, more on that later. Buffy has been a patient of mine for a number of years, and was the perfect candidate for Fraxel.

I have been performing Fraxel for a number of years now, and Fraxel Restore Dual is the newest and most advanced model. This device uses two wavelengths (hence, “dual”) to reach different depths of the skin. The first is a deep wavelength (1550nm) that stimulates collagen production and treats visible signs of aging, like deep lines and wrinkles, scar tissue and even stretch marks. The second wavelength (1927nm) addresses more superficial issues, including hyperpigmentation, enlarged and overactive pores, fine lines and texture concerns. Unlike older models, Fraxel Restore Dual has a new laser wavelength to better and more quickly address abnormal pigmentation issues and fine lines. The built-in cooling element makes it very easy for even the most sensitive patients!

So, how does it work? To put it simply, Fraxel produces laser energy, which penetrates the skin deeply and creates tiny “microthermal” zones. The treated skin tissue then repairs itself by expunging old and damaged cells and replacing them with new healthy ones. I often refer to this treatment as the gold standard of non-ablative (non-skin removing) skin resurfacing because it produces remarkable results and requires minimal downtime.

A few weeks prior to her procedure, Buffy began using a brand new and truly remarkable product to prepare her skin for the procedure – ALASTIN Skin Nectar™ with TriHex Technology™.  ALASTIN’s revolutionary formulation is designed to support the skin’s natural regenerative processes before, during and after a cosmetic procedure – promoting faster recovery times and improved outcomes. After all my years practicing cosmetic medicine, I can say confidently that ALASTIN is backed by the most impressive science I’ve ever seen in a skincare product.

We begin the procedure by applying a medical-grade topical numbing cream to the areas of focus, which makes the entire experience virtually painless. Once the numbing cream has taken effect (about an hour later), I am able to quickly and comfortably lay down laser energy on the face, neck and chest using the two different wavelengths. Again – Fraxel is wonderful because it can be used to safely treat areas other than the face. It works especially well treating “necklace lines,” the thin lines that form horizontally on the neck, and sun-damaged skin that is commonly found on the upper chest and cleavage areas. Once I begin, the entire treatment typically takes no more than 10-15 minutes.

As you’ll note in the video, Buffy clearly tolerated the entire experience very well and, like most patients, experienced a warm sensation that she equated to a “light sunburn.” As soon as the treatment was over, we immediately applied ALASTIN Skin Nectar™ on all treated areas to stimulate collagen and elastin production, calm her skin and reduce the appearance of redness. Interestingly, Buffy reported that as soon as the ALASTIN touched her skin, the warm sensation she was experiencing quickly subsided!


Check out her one-week-later results:

Seiler Skin
2700 Rogers Drive #101
Birmingham, AL 35205

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