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Dr. Brown’s Spring-Summer 2021 Skincare Tips

RéVive Skincare, Renessence Hair and Bays Beauty Boutique Founder Dr. Gregory Bays Brown – noted scientist/plastic surgeon/Louisville native – shares his top skincare tips for Spring-Summer 2021, as we gently emerge from the past year, one like no other. For further questions about Dr. Brown’s skincare/haircare/beauty regimen, please email us directly at baysbeautyboutique.com.

      •  The best products for puffy eyes? RéVive Skincare Masques des Yeux and Les Yeux. Both have hyaluronic acid which helps with volume loss which can add to the appearance of puffiness. Even though that sounds counterintuitive, bio-renewal protein promotes cell renewal and metalloproteinase inhibitors, which deliver firmness.
      • For men? I recommend our RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Night Cream, which can combat ingrown beard problems and oily skin and, for day ReVive Sensitive Renewal Cream both night and day, plus a cleanser followed by our toner.
      • What is Epidermal Growth Factor? A naturally-occurring hormone/protein which promotes cell renewal. As we age, biological processes naturally slow; by stimulating skin renewal we combat the signs of aging with EGF.
      • Why is sunscreen (SPF) so important? Sun spots are the scourge of UV sun rays…they develop slowly over a number of years. The most important aspect in treating them is sun protection and our ReVive Perfectif line of products which includes Perfectif Day and Night Serums, plus our new Perfectif Night Cream with Retinol, and Perfectif Day Cream SPF 30 will do the trick.

Dr. Brown featured in Australia’s Par Olive digital beauty & wellness magazine

Dr. Gregory Brown is the Founder of the exquisite RéVive skincare line. The curated skincare line was created from studying burn victims, their healing time and skin rejuvenation process as a Plastic Surgeon in New York City. His extensive knowledge in the field of Plastic Surgery, paired with the use of Nobel-Prize winning science produces extraordinary results in his clients around the globe. We recently had the pleasure of chatting with the wonderful Dr. Gregory Brown about all things anti-aging, the right skincare regime for someone in their 20’s and 30’s, the novel that changed his life and how nutrition determines the quality of your skin.

Dr. Gregory Brown, you truly are your own best brand ambassador with the most exquisite skin. Could you share your personal approach to your skincare and wellness regime?
One has to enjoy life, but I think everything in moderation; moderate exercise, a low glycemic index diet with an occasional splurge, abstinence from extremes, and be happy as one can be. Probably the single most important thing anyone can do for their skin is to wear sunscreen – especially in Australia. As a teenager I got a lot of sun and am now paying the price since sun exposure is cumulative over a lifetime. Moisturising is also key, dry flaky skin can also age someone over time.

How have you been spending your time in lockdown during COVID?
I have been on my farm in Kentucky. I have horses, chickens, dogs and cats and a garden so it has kept me busy, plus I’ve ridden my bike a lot on our country roads. I feel very blessed to have this as an option to my apartment in NYC where things were quite dire – I’m pleased that Manhattan is getting better and I plan on returning soon.

What sparked you to create the RéVive range and build your own skincare empire?
I never set out to have a skincare company, it grew out of research I did on burn victims while I was in training to be a Plastic Surgeon. Biotechnology had just come to the forefront in medicine and I was fortunate enough to have access to the newly bioengineered epidermal growth factors.

What are the two products in the RéVive range that everyone needs and why?
I always say if you could only try one RéVive product it would be our Moisturising Renewal Cream. The next would be sunscreen.

What are the essential skincare products someone in their 20’s and 30’s should be using to combat premature signs of ageing and free radical damage to keep skin looking vibrant and refreshed?
I think a skincare routine needs to be simple so that a person will commit to it over the long haul. Individuals in their 20’s and 30’s are experiencing a planet with growing environmental issues that didn’t exist when I was younger, so my recommendation would be; sun protection, moisturizer and a good antioxidant. At RéVive we have a wonderful environmental antioxidant booster, Defensif, that can be added in drop form to any cream – I highly recommend it along with the Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer.

Do you have a favourite book that has shaped your career, brand or life in any way?
Yes, the biography of Peggy Guggenheim, Peggy: The Wayward Guggenheim was pivotal for me with regards to collecting art, which is an important part of my life. Peggy Guggenheim amassed one of the most significant collections of the twentieth century with limited financial means since her father had lost most of her inheritance. She collected many masterpieces with limited dollars and appreciated a great sense of genius when she saw it. That she was able to amass such a collection, which let me know one doesn’t have to be a zillionaire or even wealthy to collect great art, which was a true inspiration.

Do you believe nutrition and wellness has an impact on skin health? If so, are there any foods or supplements you recommend?
I definitely believe diet has a huge impact on overall wellness and is closely linked with skin health. A low glycemic index and a well-balanced diet is so important. Glycation (sugar deposits) on proteins is ageing and contributes to diseases of old age such as; diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and more. Any carbohydrate that causes an insulin spike or is immediately absorbed can do this, for example, white bread, white rice, sugar, potato etc.

Lastly, where is your favourite holiday destination you can’t wait to travel to once restrictions are lifted?
Well, I really love my two homes in NYC and Kentucky. I will be so happy to get back to NYC!

Ask Dr. Brown, Summer Edition

RéVive Skincare, Renessence Haircare and Bays Beauty Boutique founder Dr. Gregory Bays Brown fields your questions and shares his thoughts regarding the state of skincare, haircare and beauty in our ‘Ask Dr. Brown’ blog series. Our latest installment is all about the importance of summer skincare protection.

As a doctor and skincare specialist you’re a huge advocate for using sunscreen products year-round, and particularly in the summer. Tell us more.

I have always said the most important anti-aging product that anyone can use is sunscreen. A sunscreen, and/or products that contain sunscreen, staves off the aging process and most importantly decreases your risk of developing deadly skin cancer. Sunlight is the main source of UV (ultraviolet) rays, which can cause skin cancer, and is strongest in spring and summer, thus the particular importance for sunscreen now. Using sunscreen daily, even when it’s cloudy or raining, simultaneously improves skin quality and dramatically decreases the risk of skin cancer.

Besides sunburn, what are other damaging aspects of exposure to the sun?

A multitude of conditions, which will prematurely age you: dark spots, wrinkling, and sagging skin, to name just a few. Extensive sun exposure reduces elasticity in the skin, which results in the lines and crepiness that are visible everywhere from your face to your hands. Using a sunscreen and products that contain SPFs will help lessen these aging effects.

What is an SPF?

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer. If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer). For the best protection, one should us a minimum SPF sunscreen of 15.

Tell us more about your RéVive products that contain SPFs, and what they do.

  • Soleil Superiéur SPF 50 is ideal for extended sun exposure and is a luxurious, lightweight sunscreen that’s ultra transparent, and provides superb in-sun protection, as it simultaneously repairs visible signs of aging.
  • Moisturizing Renewal Cream SPF 15 is our newest product and is a powerful moisturizer that helps protect skin, while encouraging skin cell renewal to reveal healthier, more luminous skin.
  • Sensitif Cellular Repair Cream SPF 30, is one of our bestselling day creams and increases skin cell renewal to help repair visible signs of aging, while calming and soothing the skin.
  • Sensitif Oil Free Lotion SPF 15 is a gentle oil-free lotion that helps repair visible signs of aging, controls excess oil and balances the troublesome t-zone.
  • Perfectif Even Skin Tone Cream SPF 30 helps erase the appearance of past damage, including dark spots, and brings smooth, even-toned skin to light.
  • Intensité Crème Lustre Day SPF 30 is an intensive firming moisturizer designed to help increase elasticity while reducing the appearance of sagging skin.
  • Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream SPF 15 is a luxurious rose-scented formula designed to give the neck and décolletage – areas that are a dead giveaway to the effects of aging – a smooth, taut, firm appearance.

Have a skincare and/or beauty question for Dr. Brown? Please email specialist@baysboutique.com and we’ll post his answers in an upcoming blog installment.

Ask Dr. Brown, Fall Edition

373640RéVive Skincare, Renessence Haircare and Bays Beauty Boutique founder Dr. Gregory Bays Brown fields your questions and shares his thoughts regarding the state of skincare, hair care and beauty in our quarterly ‘Ask Dr. Brown’ blog series. His latest installment addresses skincare and hair care for the fall season and its cooler temperatures.

Dr. Brown, what is the first thing I should do for my skin now that fall is officially here?
Evaluate its current condition. Are you dry? Oily? Blotchy? When seasons change, typically your skin does as well. If your skin has appeared normal all throughout the summer, a sudden onslaught of cold weather can turn you dry very quickly. If you’re typically oily the new season may make your skin a bit more normal. That stated, don’t be afraid to change up your regimen to meet your skin’s changing needs. For instance those of you who use our RéVive Sensitive Oil Free Lotion may need to switch to the more hydrating formulas found in our Moisturizing Renewal Cream Day SPF 15 or Sensitif Renewal Cream SPF 30And if you’re not sure what you may need/want to change, please come by and consult our Product Specialist Dena Seng at 709 East Market Street in NuLu, or phone 502.413.0256.

You’re a huge advocate for the use of products that contain sunscreen year-round, what are your recommendations for fall?
I’ve said it many times before, but it bears repeating: just because the sun and temperatures outside aren’t scorching as they were this past summer, skincare products that contain sunscreen protection are an absolute must in autumn (and of course winter, spring, summer), even on cool, cloudy days. My RéVive recommendations:

Your hair care line Renessence has been referenced as ‘like skincare for your hair’. How does it work and what are your recommendations for amazing looking autumn hair?
As you assess your skin condition and determine its needs, you should do the same for your hair. First off eliminate months of heavy summer treatments, volumizers, you name it, from your hair and scalp by gently cleansing with a rejuvenating shampoo free of parabens and harsh sulfates. Our Renessence Follicle Forever Strengthening Shampoo is a daily cleanser that removes harmful debris – dead cells, oil, sebum, product buildup – which strangles the follicle and leads to unhealthy hair. Its unique blend of ingredients anchors the follicle for stronger hair with less thinning and shedding, along with a renewed, healthier scalp. And just as It’s essential for your skin to be properly hydrated for a healthy, glowing complexion, your hair requires moisturizing on a regular basis too. With the change in temperatures outside, coupled with heated air inside, hair is vulnerable to these outdoor/indoor environmental variations, often resulting in drier hair and an itchy scalp. To ensure it stays healthy, soft and supple, our Follicle Forever Thickening Conditioner is a volumizing moisturizer that renews dry, dull strands as it delivers sensational shine and manageability. And last but certainly not least, Renessence Follicle Forever Renewal Serum works at the molecular level to stimulate dormant and/or dying follicles for immediate renewal and rejuvenation. The result: resurrection and maintenance of healthy hair growth.

Have a skincare, hair care or beauty question for Dr. Brown? Please email specialist@baysboutique.com and we’ll post his answers in an upcoming blog installment.

Ask Dr. Brown, Spring Edition

GBB Renessence HeadshotPioneer of the first skincare line created by a plastic surgeon, Louisville native Dr. Gregory Bays Brown has now applied his expertise to hair care with Renessence Hair. Dr. Brown’s biotechnology breakthroughs in the beauty industry are what set Renessence indelibly apart from existing hair products and treatments, as he explains in our latest blog Q&A:

Dr. Brown, how does Renessence work?

Renessence employs the latest scientific biotechnology to simultaneously address hair health and hair renewal. Like our skin, hair ages, and in many cases begins to thin, due to a variety of conditions – heredity, hormonal, etc. Developed for women and men of all ages, all ethnicities and hair types, Renessence Follicle Forever Strengthening Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner and Renewal Serum, dramatically improve hair health, density and regrowth. You’ll see instantly fuller, thicker hair from roots to ends, along with a healthy scalp.

How are your Shampoo and Conditioner different from others on the market?

Our Follicle Forever Strengthening Shampoo gently removes harmful debris – dead cells, oil, sebum, & product buildup – all of which strangle the hair follicle and lead to unhealthy hair and in some cases, hair loss. Importantly it opens the plates of keratin – the key structural material of hair – on the hair shaft itself, as if a series of umbrellas are opening simultaneously, instantly volumizing the hair. Once the plates are open after shampooing, our lightweight Follicle Forever Thickening Conditioner, much like a skincare moisturizer, positions itself underneath each open ‘umbrella’, which retains, and further enhances, hair volume.

Tell us about Renessence Follicle Forever Renewal Serum.

Completely unique, it’s the first-ever hair loss product to work at the molecular level, utilizing stem cell technology to kick start hair regrowth within the dormant and/or dying hair follicle (the follicle produces the hair itself). Our Follicle Forever Renewal Serum is formulated with the proprietary peptide Mirroirté™, which results in the resurrection and maintenance of hair growth. And while it’s not a drug, it’s as effective as FDA-approved hair products, but without the risk of harmful side effects as it is not absorbed into the bloodstream. Used on a daily basis you’ll see noticeable results in as little as three months.

Have a beauty, haircare or skincare question for Dr. Brown? Please email specialist@baysboutique.com and we’ll post his answers in an upcoming blog installment.

Ask Dr. Brown, Winter Edition

RéVive Skincare and Bays Beauty Boutique Creator/Founder Dr. Gregory Bays Brown fields your questions and shares his thoughts regarding the state of skincare, and beauty in general, here on our ongoing blog series ‘Ask Dr. Brown’. His latest Q&A:

modigliani-at-tate-modern_jeanne-hbuterne-1919-image-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-new-york_e667e12d721544a9f2f39e2a6aa98eb7You’re an avid art collector and supporter of the arts, especially here in Louisville; how has that influenced how you perceive beauty and the cosmetics industry?
Having been a plastic surgeon for 20 years, visual aesthetics is obviously very important to me. Art, whether it be artist derived (paintings, etc.) or God derived (human beings) is about one’s reaction to the subject. Beauty doesn’t necessarily mean beautiful, it means pleasing, moving, inspiring….there are many emotions of reaction to it.

Plastic Surgery Prep ShotWhat was not atypical for many years as women (& men) age – lasers, fillers, plastic surgery – is quite commonplace today especially with younger women, many of whom haven’t even reached 30. As a plastic surgeon, what are your thoughts on that?
With the advent of social media, reality TV,  instant access to many things, a ‘manipulated’ beauty has become the norm, i.e., an individual that obviously has had botox, injections etc. For me, the best example of aesthetic enhancement is one that is not obvious, that appears natural. I realize I am older but I fear the new norm will be the somewhat grotesque features of an over manipulated and surgerized face, i.e., guppy lips, pillow-sized cheeks, immovable foreheads, wind tunnel facelifts, on and on. I am hoping for the younger generation that is not a desired look.

Have a skincare or beauty question for Dr. Brown? Please email specialist@baysboutique.com and we’ll post his answers in an upcoming blog installment.

About Dr. Gregory Bays Brown

RéVive Skincare and Bays Beauty Boutique founder Dr. Gregory Bays Brown is a Louisville native and noted plastic surgeon. A magna cum laude graduate from the University of Louisville, he served his general surgical internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University and the University of Louisville, and then became a fellow in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University.

Dr. Brown’s understanding of the skin, along with the application of Nobel Prize-winning science, resulted in the creation of his groundbreaking RéVive Skincare right here in Louisville. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this iconic, globally acclaimed brand is sold exclusively in Kentuckiana at Bays Beauty Boutique, as it was when it premiered in 1997. For our new blog series ‘Ask Dr. Brown’ he’ll field a variety of questions and share his thoughts regarding the state of skincare and beauty in general.

How does RéVive differentiate itself from the very competitive field of skincare and the various products now available, especially since its launch 20 years ago?
RéVive is the most natural of skincare products even though it is highly technological, as there are no receptors on human cells for plant molecules. However, there are for the bioengineered ingredients in RéVive; therefore, skin recognizes RéVive products as ‘self’, not foreign, a HUGE difference for the so-called ‘natural’ products.

There are a multitude of RéVive products in the collection from cleansers to serums; which one RéVive product would you recommend for men & women alike, at any age, to add to his/her skincare regimen & why?
I always say, if one only purchases a single RéVive product, it should be Moisturizing Renewal Cream, the very first product we launched 20 years ago. A retexturizing, hydrating night cream, it gently exfoliates, renews and moisturizes facial skin.

Have a skincare and/or beauty question for Dr. Brown? Please email specialist@baysboutique.com and we’ll post his answers in an upcoming blog installment.