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Ask Dr. Brown, Fall 2021

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, 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 a lighter moisturizer 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 consult our Product Specialist Diane Ernst via call or text at 502.413.0256, M-F 10am-5pm.

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.

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 contact our product specialist Diane Ernst via call or text at 502.413.0256, M-F 10am-5pm.

      •  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!