By Jordana Mattioli, LE




Defend Your Skin Against Pollution and Free-Radical Damage

A major way in which our skin and body ages is from free radical damage, also known as oxidative stress. Research has shown that applying antioxidants topically (like vitamin E and coenzyme Q10) can actually slow down this kind of damage. 


Firm Skin and Fight Wrinkles

As we get older, some of the substances that keep our skin elastic and firm start to break down; antioxidants (especially ones rich in omega fatty acids or vitamin A) can help slow down this process.


Some antioxidants (like vitamin C and resveratrol) even have the ability to improve your complexion by brightening uneven skin tone.


For soothing redness, some antioxidants like beta-glucan and green tea polyphenols stand out for their ability to calm the skin.


There's really no "best" antioxidant but we have abundant research on vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, green tea polyphenols and coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone), which is why you will see those used frequently. Combinations of antioxidants prove to be even stronger - so the more, the better! Several of your skin care products should contain an array of antioxidants; if you aren't sure, try adding in an antioxidant serum. Be sure to use them in the morning to give your skin a boost of protection under your sunscreen. 

 You can find these state-of-the-art antioxidant formulas at our office: 

For Brightening
SkinMedica Lytera Pigment Correcting Serum
For Sun Damage
Neova DNA Total Repair
For Dry Skin

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum

SkinMedica C+E


For Anti-Aging

SkinMedica Essential Serum


LifeLine Daily Defense Complex


For Oily Skin

IsdinCeuticals Flavo-C Serum

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF

For All Skin Types

Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum

(call office at (212) 759-4900 for purchasing information)


For Night (all skin types)

Skinceuticals Resveratrol B E

Lifeline Recovery Night Serum

For Body

Skinceuticals Body Retexturing Treatment

Neova Maximum Body Repair


By Hayley Kim, BA, RN

The temperature is nose-diving. The sun is setting earlier (still need that SPF!) and the weather is getting crisper. We depend on our winter gear to protect us with warmth, but our skin is also in need of dire help. Dry skin is inevitable during the winter months. As the humidity level drops and the indoor heat blasts, the water in our skin evaporates more quickly. Luckily for you, CompleteSkinMD provides some of the best moisturizers to fight back against this season of parched, flaking skin. Listed below are my favorite picks!


Lifeline Recovery Night Serum – A regular to our office? Lifeline is most likely sitting on your vanity. As one of Dr. Hale and Dr. Karen’s most recommended products, this anti-aging serum works with the body’s natural healing cycle to rejuvenate the skin at night. Due to its make-up of peptides, and stem cells derived from non-embryonic human stem cells, Lifeline is clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Say hello to younger looking skin!

Initially the serum appears too thick to be a serum. When blended, it becomes a light consistency that easily absorbs into the skin. And because of its significant hydrating ability, Lifeline shortened my own routine to one that is quick and efficient. RetinA, a duo acne and wrinkle fighting medication, which our physicians recommend to many patients, can be quite drying and irritating to the skin. I previously applied two moisturizers over RetinA and achieved minimal hydration. Lifeline not only eliminates this problem, but it acts as a double shot of youthfulness to synergize with RetinA.


SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic  - Unlike moisturizers and sunscreens, antioxidants offer environmental protection by neutralizing free radical damage within the skin. This powerful blend of antioxidants -vitamins C & E and ferulic acid - provides that protection while retaining moisture balance and improving the appearance of dry skin. Ferulic acid also enhances the effectiveness of vitamins C & E to brighten complexion and hydrate the skin, respectively.

The product is travel friendly and comes with a dropper, providing a hygienic application with every use. I apply CE Ferulic and then an SPF as part of my daily morning routine. The combination of the two guarantees a solid shield against the sun's UV rays and its permanent damage.


SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator  - Hyaluronic acid (HA), the body's natural "water loving" substance, retains moisture to the skin. With age, the body's HA decreases, resulting in less hydrated and wrinkled skin. HA cosmetic fillers have been a promising solution. 

Thankfully, SkinMedica has created this wallet-friendly "bottle of filler" as a great complement to in-office fillers. HA5 is made up of five hyaluronic acids that support skin's natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid. Just a pump of this serum on my face creates a smooth, radiant appearance. I truly adore this product because it never fails to solve the dry spots on my face. For that reason, I give HA5 two plump thumbs up.


So if your skin is in need of hydration this winter season, stop by our office or order my favorites via our website!

By Hayley Kim, BA, RN

I love a good skincare regimen, especially one that is evident on a radiant complexion. My bedroom vanity holds a great antioxidant serum, a great facial oil and a great moisturizer. However, what really stands out from the rest of my regimen is simply sunscreen. A quarter size of sunscreen on my face DAILY has truly made the most impact. Remember, it is easier to keep healthy skin than it is to reverse the clock of sun damage. UVA (A for aging) and UVB (B for sunburns) rays are constant and not just present when we are at the beach sunbathing. The longer wavelength UVA rays can penetrate through clouds or even car and office windows. People may think a tan looks appealing, but it is the result of damage by the sun! When skin goes through repeated cycles of suntan and sunburn, it compensates, leading to inflammation, thin skin, wrinkles and genetic DNA mutations, which can lead to the development of skin cancer.


As stronger UV rays are approaching in the next few months, I hope you enjoy the nice weather but also start becoming conscious about your skin.  Whether your skin ranges from fair to dark, or dry to oily, skin is skin and wants to breeze through each day, stress-free. Skin radiates when it is in a healthy state!  It is just as important to apply sunscreen as it is to eat healthy. Sunscreen protects your outside as wholesome food protects your inside. For the past five years, I have never left my house without wearing sunscreen. Results? I have seen dramatic changes in my skin. Fewer sunburns, less discoloration and fewer acne breakouts, but more importantly an undeniable glow. This glow elicits compliments. 

Trust me, no one ever regretted looking good. So pick up that sunscreen and get your glow on!

Side note: I want to express my gratitude to Dr. Hale and Dr. Karen, two competent and caring dermatologists with whom I work at CompleteSkinMD, who are providing a platform for me to express my passion for skincare and beauty. I hope you found my first blog insightful. Let’s hope for many more to come!



In addition to cooler weather, back to school, changing leaves, and football, the Fall means thinking differently about our skin. Read More
Like good manners, good hygiene and other learnable habits that pave the way for success and well-being later in life, the sooner we can imprint sun-safe behavior on our children, the more likely it is that these learned behaviors will persist as our children grow up. Read More

Summer has arrived, and as dermatologists, our thoughts (and those of our patients) have turned to sun protection. In addition to the usual recommendations (sunscreen every day, 365 days a year, rain or shine; UV-blocking sunglasses to avoid eye damage; hats and sun-protective clothing for extra coverage) we want to suggest a “new” form of sun protection that is actually thousands of years old: an umbrella.

Employing an umbrella for rain protection is a relatively new innovation, credited to Jonas Hanway who suffered much ridicule when he adopted the practice in London in the late 1700s. The use of a parasol, on the other hand, to provide shade dates back to ancient Egypt. But somehow, in many parts of the world, using an umbrella for sun protection has fallen out of fashion (we’re looking at you, America!). We want to help bring it back.

Carrying an umbrella enables you to protect your scalp, face, neck, chest, back, and arms from the sun with one accessory. The thick weave of umbrella fabric makes for a high UPF (a rating given to fabric that’s analogous to SPF for sunscreen), and it provides comfortable shade that can be elusive on hot, sunny days. Holding an umbrella is not always convenient, but we do it when it rains, protecting ourselves from something far less dangerous than the sun. It’s time to make opening an umbrella on a hot sunny day the norm rather than the exception.

We love the all-weather UV umbrellas made by PARASUN (full disclosure: the woman who invented it is our cousin!), which offers a compact, stylish design with two layers of fabric in colors that work together to keep you cool and protected (with UV blockage in excess of 98%). PARASUN offers specially designed clamps to attach your umbrella to a chair or stroller, and a UV Index Alert System to remind you when you need it.

There is no question that regular use of an umbrella this summer will help to limit your sun exposure, decreasing the damaging effects over-exposure to UV rays can have on your skin. So throw one in your bag, and when you find yourself in the sun this summer, you’ll have portable, on-demand shade. Be a pioneer! Spread the word. Let’s make sun umbrellas as socially acceptable as they are smart.


PARASUN All-Weather UV Umbrellas can be purchased through CompleteSkinMD or ordered directly from

Exercise and Your Skin

May 06, 2015

Dr. Hale explains the positive effects of exercise on your skin, and how to deal with exercise-related breakouts. Read More

Dr. Hale shares information about how sun exposure can be enjoyed safely and in moderation. Read More

Winter Skincare Secrets

January 15, 2015

Dr. Hale talks to SoulCycle about how to winter-proof your skin. Read More

Stress and Your Skin

December 17, 2014

Dr. Hale discusses how investing in your well-being can have a positive -- and money-saving -- effect on your skin. Read More