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Great Gifts for the Women in Your Life

Having a hard time finding the perfect gift?  Here's a few things every female fancies (you can't go wrong)!  Gift Certificates For: a manicure/pedicure ($15-$50) a facial ($45-$150) Her Favorite Hair Salon (be sure not to get just ANY salon) a massage ($60-$100) a day at the Spa A nice robe/winter gloves/hat/scarf.  We all wear them...

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...

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...

Microdermabrasion

We all know I love chemical peels, ('Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!) but my second must do treatment for every woman: Microdermabrasion!!!! What does it do? It mechanically exfoliates the top layer of skin, removing  dead skin and debris (that both greatly contribute to aging/skin cancer). Microderm also: Helps to soften fine lines and scarring, breakup acne and hyperpigmentation, it brightens the skin, and creates an epidermis (outer layer of skin) that allows for better penetration of products during a facial, and also at home.  You will leave with glowing skin! How it works:  The abrasion tool uses aluminum oxide microcrystals in combination with a vacuum attachment.  This process removes the top layer of the epidermis, which is...

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...

'Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!

When the summer is over, and you will not be out in the sun anymore (which you shouldn't be doing ANYWAYS) it's time to have a good chemical peel with your aesthetician.  The reason you don't want to do this in the summer is that depending on the strength of the peel, the top layer of skin will flake off and left your epidermis unprotected from the sun. Chemical peels come in different strengths.  You might not necessarily peel, or you might peel--a lot.  Make sure you tell your aesthetician your desired level of peeling.  I wish I had pictures of the peels I've had.  I've had a...