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Anatomy of a Facial

A facial is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments, including: steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage.  Facials can last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour and range in price depending on the types of products used for the treatments.  They are professionally recommended every 4 weeks for maximum results. Step 1: See a Professional. All facials follow the same basic structure and order. They will begin with makeup removal and cleansing.  Then comes some method of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and smooth the surface of the skin. A massage is then performed that can include all or some of...

New Year, New You: Plan Accordingly!

Looking to enter the New Year looking younger and more refreshed?  It's important to plan your beauty needs around a hectic holiday schedule, so if you're thinking of amping up your look for the New Year (or any Holiday Parties) here's some helpful hints/guidelines: Non-Invasive Spray Tan Spray tans typically last 7-14 days.  If your thinking of spraying (which I highly recommend), do it as close to your event as possible!  You can't shower for 6 hours after a spray, and you can smell a little bit sugary post-spray, so keep this in mind.  For the best results, spray the day before.   Facial A plain old facial can be done anywhere from...

A Wrinkle In Time–My Botox Lines

While I'm waiting for a few experts to help edit some skin-care specific entries, I thought it's about time to introduce my favorite pharmaceutical--Botox Cosmetic.  One in four women over the age of 30 is interested in learning more about Botox, so you are not alone!!!  Not only am I user of Botox, but I am also the President (of it's fan club), and a provider of this fountain of youth!  I consider myself an expert of injection techniques, the product's history and safety information. Isn't it Botulism: No!  Botox, or onobotulonium toxin, is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is considered a powerful neurotoxin.  When...

Hydrating Ingredients in Skin Care Products

It's getting cold out and like I said 'Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!  Both of these things necessitate hydrating products for your skin.  Here's a list of ingredients your cosmeceutical/pharmaceutical skin care products should have in them! Alpha Lipoic Acid - a powerful antioxidant that destroys free-radicals before they can destroy cells.  Alpha Lipoic Acid also enhances the potency of Vitamin C and E.  It occurs naturally in green, leafy vegetables. Lactic Acid - A multi-purpose ingredient used as a preservative, exfoliant, and moisturizer, and to provide acidity to a formulation.  In the body, lactic acid is found in the blood and muscle tissue as a product of the metabolism of...

A Youthful Appearance

This being my area of expertise, it's hard to know where to start, but first and foremost, I consider myself a bio-dork, so I'll start there! Biology of Youth-Universal The biological purpose of reproduction creates attraction to a youthful appearance by both men and women. Researches have found the female perception of beauty changes throughout the month (just like us woman to change our minds!).  Women typically prefer a mature, masculine looking man.  These characteristics include a heart-shaped face and small chin with full lips. During menstruation, however, woman are typically more attracted to softer, more youthful features.  These include a small nose, large eyes, and defined cheekbones (which males find...

Clear, Smooth, Even Skin

The conditions involving skin clarity can be broken into the following physiological categories: Environmentally Damaged Skin Environmentally damaged skin results from a history of overexposure to environmental elements.  The sun is responsible for 80% of aging!  Fibers that maintain the skin’s structure and elasticity (collagen and elastin) break down and slowly diminish, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin.  UV light can damage the DNA in the skin cells which can lead to different forms of skin cancer. Other environmental factors include: Harsh weather conditions which destroy the skins moisture barrier resulting in rough, dry, uneven skin tone and texture). Cigarette smoke results in free radicals which break down collagen...

Step 1: See a Professional

It’s easy to think you know how to take care of your skin, the media bombards women with “product knowledge.”  Healthcare is never cut in dry (fact for all you medline readers).  Without education and experience in a subject, we have no business self-diagnosing and dictating a plan of action.  It's finding the right man for the right job. Like in most aspects of healthcare, preventative care is not usually the route we choose.  Ever notice how European women have beautiful skin?  Part of the reason is because they see aestheticians.  Often. Your skin is an organ; in fact, it’s the largest organ of your body.  It provides your...