Thursday, June 01, 2006


There is a saying that doctors have about dermatologists that claims there are only three ways to treat their patients' ailments.

If it's wet, dry it.

If it's dry, wet it.

And if all else fails, inject it with cortisone.

Now, this is mostly just doctors teasing other doctors. They also call the urologists the "stream team."

Lately, I've noticed a proliferation of skin care lines developed by dermatologists. Not just skin care, mind you! No...they want to dictate how you eat too (I mean, I'm really supposed to eat that much salmon? Then what do I do about the mercury poisoning, even though my skin is glowing?) One of the most prominent lately is the Patricia Wexler, M.D. line.

Particia Wexler is an extremely visible dermatologist who is regularly featured in Allure, Vogue, etc. talking about everything under the sun having to do with your skin. And liposuction, but I won't go into how wrong that is of her.

One sometimes wonders how she finds the time to have a practice injecting things into people and buying the Manolo Blahniks she wears while she does it. Do they make special surgical booties for stilettos?

Anyways, I picked up a sample of her De-Puff Eye Gel on my big excursion to Bath and Body Works. I have horribly puffy eyes with big big dark circles.

Concealer is my best friend.

It's probably genetic, a result of never sleeping during law school, the fact that I eat a lot of salt and sugar and wash it down with coffee and alcohol, whatever, they are not budging.

So I tried the eye gel.

Mmmm, I thought. Clear, kind of cooling.

A little goopy.

Hmmm, my eyes feel a little warm.

Okay, that's uncomfortable.

Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow!

Get this goop off of me!!!

Washes eyes.


My verdict? Puffy eyes are better than being blind. But maybe that's just me.

Has anyone else tried any of her products?

Also, (to show I make fun of all doctors equally) what's the difference between God and a doctor??

God knows he's not a doctor.

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Anonymous said...

Bummer about the eyes. I've used the Overnight Cream/Lotion (which is, apparently, just the day cream/lotion without SPF) and wasn't impressed. No ill effects, but no "glow" or "velvet" or "radiance" etc. etc. and so forth. My sister likes the line, particularly the Skin Brightening cream, but she and I have very different skin types (she's oily, I'm dry as the Sahara).

greeneyes said...

I am right there with you! I bought both The Perricone Perscription (the "eat salmon three times a day and also as snacks" regimen) and The Skin Type Solution. What a sucker! They're just cashing in on the M.D.

bitingblondewit said...

I totally inderstand about the puffy eyes-am studying for the GRE and the LSAT now, have a real job, an internship, and am planning my wedding-sleep is an alien concept. I usually just go with a smokey eye and pretend like the puffiness is intentional.
Re. Wexler, I found a picture of her in the August 2002 Allure (not sure why I still have it) and in it, she looks to be mid-fifties, as opposed to the current Allure in which she looks to be in her late-thirties. I'd like to know who treats her...

caphillbarbie said...

Ugh! The LSAT was awful. I wish you the best of luck!

Interesting what you say about our esteemed Dr. Wexler. She does look rather inflated (cough! restylane! cough! facelift!) My best guess would be Dr. Matarasso in NYC. He is the only MD as overexposed as she is.

bitingblondewit said...

Thank you! Since I no longer have a wedding to plan, I will have plenty of extra time to study for the LSAT and GRE. I've done pretty well (mid 160's) on the practice LSATs, so I think I'll be fine.
Re. Summer viewing, Treasure Hunt is looking good. Reality TV for the literate, ala The Amazing Race.