Ada Polla and Dr. Polla

Thank you Dad! And Happy Father's Day

I have written about my father, Dr. Luigi L. Polla, for Father’s Day over the last few years, mostly about what he has taught me and his skin care wisdom. This year, I want to honor my father for a Happy Father’s Day by saying thank you.

  • Thank you for raising me like a boy (your words, not mine).
  • Thank you for telling me I could achieve anything I decided to.
  • Thank you for teaching me how to ski and showing me the beauty of the sunrise over the Cervin at 7 am.
  • Thank you for trusting me to work the front desk at your dermatology office when I was 10 years old – and letting me work there throughout high school.
  • Thank you for taking me on the Concorde.
  • Thank you for teaching me the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.
  • Thank you for bringing me to Sharm El Sheik for my high school graduation trip.
  • Thank you for letting me cross the ocean to go to college.
  • Thank you for never making me feel obligated to work in the family business.
  • Thank you for always supporting my work in the family business.
  • Thank you for always believing in me and my goals, sometimes despite what common sense would suggest.
  • Thank you for teaching me by example the meaning of focus, determination, and hard work.
  • Thank you for showing me that it is worth taking the longer road, if that road is the more beautiful way.
  • Thank you for pushing me to be my best self, always.
  • Thank you for always being my number 1 fan and supporter.

Thank you, Dad. I love you, Dad. I don’t say these words often enough…

Dad's top skin care tips

I love my Dad for many reasons, not least of all because he is a dermatologist (one of the best dermatologists in the world if you ask me). Having a dermatologist father is one of the reasons I think I still get carded when I order cocktails (the other reason being my religious use of Alchimie Forever products for 10+ years). It’s not only about the treatments he offers (he is the only one I will go to for my Botox injections), it’s also about everything he taught me about skin. In honor of Father’s Day, here are the best skin care tips from my Dad, Dr. Luigi Leonardo Polla:

  1. Avoid the sun. If you must be go to the pool or the beach, avoid the sun between 11 am and 3 pm, and wear sunscreen religiously (50+). You will get a tan by being in the shade with sunscreen on (I have to admit this is true…).
  2. Don’t ever go to a tanning salon.
  3. Once you have a sunburn, you have done irreparable damage to your skin that you can never undo. Don’t put sunscreen on a sunburn (sunburnt skin is raw and open and sunscreen ingredients will penetrate too deeply). Don’t ever pick at peeling skin.
  4. Leave your pimples alone. Don’t ever pick at them, don’t do your own extractions. All that will accomplish is scarring.
  5. Sleep on your back. Dad always told me he could tell by looking at a woman’s face how she slept; if you are a side sleeper, you will have deeper wrinkles on the side you sleep on.
  6. Don’t wear “skin” makeup (ie foundation, powder, concealer, etc.). Take care of your skin and let your natural beauty show through.
  7. Drink water. Your skin is as much a reflection of what you put on it as what you put in your body.
  8. Exercise. It’s great for your body, but also great for your skin.
  9. Embrace Botox – the earlier the better, use it as prevention. Don’t wait to see the deep wrinkles to treat them.
  10. Choose to be happy. It shows on your skin.

Thanks Dad for everything you have taught me. About life, about love, and about skin.

Men and what makes them beautiful

In three days, it is Father’s day. I think about men’s grooming habits and skin care regimens a lot, but Father’s Day as well as two events last week have put male beauty top of mind. I have been training various clients as to why the need for men’s skin care (men have oilier skin, prefer lighter, oil-free textures; men like “manly” aromas as opposed to girlie sweet scents; men like to feel like their skin care products have been created just for them), and two of our products just arrived in the office repackaged in sleek and sexy tubes (apparently men are not fond of jars).