David Colbert, M.D.: Bridging Inner and Outer Beauty

I recently had a the chance to attend an iFabbo event here in NY that was hosted by the New York Dermatology Group and its founder, leading NY dermatologist David Colbert, MD. Dr. Colbert introduced us to his new line of skincare products fittingly called Colbert, M.D. and when I had the opportunity to inquire about NYDG’s services in regards to skin of color, I got my answer and so much more.

“Plants are the new glamour food.”
– Dr. David Colbert
The High School Reunion Diet (Simon & Schuster 2010)

To start with the aesthetics, the Colbert, M.D. line was recently featured in the May 2011 issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine, for it’s Intensify Facial Discs. These microdermabrasion discs are combined with bromelain (A highly concentrated form of pineapple enzyme) and gently exfoliating lactic acid, to increase the skin’s cell turnover rate and prep it for the next stage in your regimen. As with the rest of the skincare from Colbert M.D., the discs harness the power of potent plant nutrients to help do their job. I’ve been using the jar I received in my iFabbo goodie back, and I have to say that I noticed smoother, more…luminous skin after a couple of uses. These conveniently stored discs are used 2 to 3 times a week to keep skin glowing. Great for use on highly pigmented skin since the discs are gentle yet effective in gradually helping with uneven skin tone. Ugandan model, Kiara Kabukuru, a Dr. Colbert fan, tells me that she “Lives” for his Intensify Discs. And whatever she does to keep her skin so flawless, I’m on it! Intensify Facial Discs can be purchased at ColbertMD.com along with the other high quality nutritional skincare from the Colbert M.D. line.

The Triad Facial

Also of great interest to me was Dr. Colbert’s Triad Facial. This three-part facial, which was the basis for Colbert M.D. skincare, features microdermabrasion, laser toning, and chemical peeling to increase cell rejuvenation and collagen stimulation. When women of color hear the word “laser”, we often become concerned about scarring and burning, but Dr. Colbert recommends this treatment for highly pigmented skin and shared that the Triad is loved by women of color such as Naomi Campbell (fierceness incarnate), Peggy Regis Robinson (NYDG Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), and Kacy Duke (Fitness guru to the stars and author of The Show it Love Workout).The Triad Facial has also been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Self, Allure, and The New York Times Science and Style sections.

Here are some quick facts about the Triad Facial from the New York Dermatology Group:

  • The Triad, Step One: Microdermabrasion gently removes old,
    dead skin cells, resulting in immediate skin clarification and tone.
  • The Triad, Step Two: Laser Toning energizes the skin, evens
    pigmentation and texture, and stimulates deep, long-term collagen production.
  • The Triad, Step Three: Gentle Chemical Peeling imparts a fresh,
    young radiance and silkiness to the complexion.

I personally can’t wait to try the Triad for myself. As I’m nearing my 30’s (shhh!) my skin’s health has become increasingly important to me, and I want to make sure I meet the big 3-0 with the healthiest skin possible. Visit http://www.nydermatologygroup.com to discover the array of treatments available to you and the book at Triad appointment of your own.

*Also availabe: Triad for hands and feet

Now on to the unconventional…

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Lippman for the New York Times

We all expect a dermatologist to make us beautiful. That’s what we call on them for. But as I talked more with Dr. Colbert, he became just as excited about the various charity initiatives he’s involved in that exhibit a type of beauty that is much more than skin deep. Coming from a diverse family himself, Dr. Colbert has worked with the people of Haiti to aid earthquake victims and amputees from tragedy. Joined by the likes of Naomi Watts, Kiara Kabukuru and Adriana Lima to name a few, Dr. Colbert and the NYDG foundation have worked to provide relief on an ongoing basis and have raised over $500000 for prosthetics to help Hatian amputees. Visit http://www.nydgfoundation.org/haiti/ to find out more about the their efforts and to make a donation of your own.

Also, domestically, Dr. Colbert works with the Up2Us Organization. Up2Us is a national coalition of Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) organizations that has been leading the movement to use sports to address critical issues facing youth since 2008. They focus on issues such as childhood obesity, diabetes poor health and nutrition, academic failure and antisocial behavior and provide realistic alternatives to their current routines.

Now that’s beautiful. It was an honor meeting someone so devoted to his practice and people in need. It’s one thing to master the art of outer beauty, but another to master inner beauty. I wish him the best in all his continued efforts.

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