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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...

That's NOT Botox.

Another strong misunderstanding a lot of people have around the Boston Area is what products go where Botox does not.   If it's caused by gravity:  THAT'S NOT BOTOX! HYALURONIC ACID (HA) FILLERS (TEMPORARY) Hyaluronic acid fillers are synthetic sugars that attract water molecules.  They are placed in actual wrinkles or other areas that need volume and offer instant results. They fill in marionette lines, lift up jowls or plump up volume along the jaw line where definition has been lost. Restylane, Perlane and Juvéderm (www.juvederm.com) are the most commonly used hyaluronic acid fillers, with Juvéderm being the leading product (I refer to Restylane as 'old school').  There is no need...

Product Review: Skin Cancer Preventing Ingredients

I hope I officially warned you about the dangers of tanning with my previous post.  I hope if you are regular tanner, you have considered switching to Spray tanning. Thank you for the great responses to that post!  I'm so proud of your efforts.  Did you see an Aesthetician yet?????  Because that's Step 1: See a Professional. Vitamin A The "Skin Vitamin."  An disposable  factor in the maintenance of youthful, healthy skin.  Helps prevent and reverse photo-aging and helps improve hydration.  The unique thing about the line Environ, is the Vitamin A is in graduated concentrations.  It is formulated in the form of Retinyl Palmitate and Acetate.  This allows you to treat your skin, while...

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...

Physical Facial Changes That Occur As We Age

Women often ask me to look at their face and tell them what I see as signs of aging.  I love loaded questions!  Many women don't know what exactly it is that makes them look older, they just know they see age on their faces in the mirror.  Almost 90% of aging is due to sun damage.  So please start wearing sunblock everyday! (It makes a great base for mineral make-up, or if you like make-up free, get a tinted moisturizer with SPF).  Coming blogs will explain what to do about these factors! These changes are sequential and predictable! Starting at 25...

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...

Beauty Defined

What makes a person beautiful? It is a combination of inner beauty (psychological factors) and outer beauty (physical attractiveness).  Beauty is defined with individual, cultural and universal standards which every single person desires to achieve. Universally Beautiful Throughout time and across cultures, there are several characteristics of physical attractiveness.  Boston or not, beauty is: Symmetry proportion and layout among facial features (Proportion: The Rule of Thirds and Fifths) well aligned appearance on profile Clear, Smooth, Even Skin A Youthful Appearance. Boston Culture Although we are ranked as one of the countries most intelligent cities, we don't fare so well in the areas of physical attractiveness (or friendliness for that matter!).  It's 2011 Boston!  You can be both...