Best sunscreen ever!

SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34

This is recommended by my dermatologist and does not disappoint. It has a luxurious feel compared to most sunscreens, absorbs into your skin within a minute of putting it on. It feels light and I have zero issues putting make up over it. Feels more like a light moisturizer than a sunscreen. Love the protection it gives and the great ingredients in it. I use it 365 days a year. Works perfect for summer and winter. I won’t try anything else, there’s no reason to. The bottle Iast a long time too.

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SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 protects skin from sun damage and prevents aging due to chronic exposure to infrared light. Using an advanced antioxidant complex, this restorative formula goes beyond UVA and UVB protection, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving the skins texture and evening skin tone, leaving you with a smooth, polished complexion.


Ideal for these Concerns: Aging Skin, Sunburn, Sun Damage, Free Radical Damage

Ideal for these Skin Types: Mature Skin, Acne-Prone Skin, Sensitive Skin, Normal Skin, Combination Skin, Dry Skin, Oily Skin

Preferences: Paraben-Free, Dermatologist Approved

Key Ingredient(s): Zinc Oxide, Shea Butter

Application Area: Face, Body, Neck

SPF: SPF 30-40

Posted on February 24, 2019 .

Suffering from dry skin? Try this...

DRUNK ELEPHANT- Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry

This was one of the first Drunk Elephant products I tried, and it got me hooked. I love that this oil absorbs into your skin very quickly, and does not appear oily or greasy after it is applied. Because it's so light, it can be combined with other Drunk Elephant  products, without becoming heavy or clogging pores. I've been raving about this product to everybody I know. I love it!

Flood skin with hydrating relief when applying Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, a skincare treatment from the brand’s pH-balancing range. 

Rich in antioxidants, this light oil provides natural anti-ageing benefits without the need for artificial chemicals or fragrance. From wrinkles to fine lines and patches of discolouration, the formula contributes to a more even complexion and a suppler skin tone. The indulgent blend includes vitamin E, flavonoids and omegas 6 and 9 to deliver moisture and support a firmer, more luminous appearance.

Use two or three drops of Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil on the face, hands, chest or arms to help soothe dry, tight skin. This product can also be smoothed under the eyes to soften the appearance of fine lines.


Posted on February 20, 2019 .

10 Tips to Minimize the Risk of Bruising After Wrinkle Reducers & Dermal Fillers

Cosmetic injectable treatments, such as wrinkle reducers and dermal fillers, can work wonders in filling out lines and wrinkles, but they can cause temporary bruising and swelling. Many patients ask us how to minimize or prevent bruising and the good news is that there is a lot you can do before and after your appointment to minimize any unsightly coloring– and in some cases prevent it all together.

No injector can guarantee that you will not bruise from injectable treatments, but to avoid having any serious side effects it is always best to go to the most expert injector in your area. Also, to be on the safe side, please don’t plan any special events for at least 2 weeks after your injectable appointment. Remember, treatments can take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks for results to fully settle in, so unless something is really off, most minor problems will resolve in that time by just being patient.

If you are just having a wrinkle reducer treatment (Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin) these suggestions are still good to follow even though bruising is less common. However, dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra and Bellafill are slightly more invasive and following these instructions will help to prevent bruises or reduce the appearance, quicker.

Here are a few pre and post treatment tips that can help you avoid any unnecessary bruising:

#1 Avoid Aspirin & NSAIDS

Aspirin, NSAIDS (Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, Advil), and NSAID-containing products (Midol, Excedrin, cold medicine) are the most potent of the “bruisers”. All of these medications stun your platelets, which are the cells in your bloodstream that stop bleeding and bruising when your blood vessels and capillaries are damaged. If your platelets can’t do their job in sealing off the tiny capillaries that are disrupted during injectable treatments, your likelihood of getting a bruise is much higher than normal. Avoid all of these medications for at least a week prior to your treatment. If you need pain medication, please consider Tylenol as a substitute.

#2 Avoid Wine & Alcohol

Wine and alcohol also have some anti-platelet effects and increase your chances of bruising in the same way that Aspirin and NSAIDS do. We hate to ruin any fun plans, but avoiding alcohol the night before and the night you have your injectable treatment really helps to prevent bruising.

#3 Avoid Green Tea, Vitamin E, and Herbal Supplements

High doses of Green Tea, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Gingseng, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Ginko Bilboa, Flaxseed Oil, and herbal supplements like St. John’s Wart, Garlic, Red Yeast Extract and many others, act like mild versions of prescription blood thinners and definitely increase your chances of bruising. In particular, Green Tea Extract is known to be one of the most potent “bruisers” on the market, so make sure you curb it well before any injectable treatment. Because there are so many herbal supplements that have unpredictable effects on bleeding and bruising, we recommend stopping ALL supplements at least one week before your treatment.

#4 Skip the Gym

No exercise except for walking for 24-48 hours after your treatment. Keep your heart rate under 100. Do not do any inversions in yoga or do hot yoga. Damaged capillaries need two things to repair themselves after an injection; functional platelets and minimal blood flow. Exercise and physical activity increases your heart rate, blood pressure, and the flow of blood through arteries, veins and capillaries, including the ones that get damaged during injectable treatments. Also, avoid squeezing or massaging the treated areas for several hours after treatment as this could subtly change the results. If you were treated with the injectable Sculptra, please disregard this note and massage as you were instructed.

#5 Choose a Qualified Injector

This seems like a no-brainer, but be careful. There are tons of unqualified injectors out there. Be particularly cautious about getting injected in clinics offering extremely low prices because they tend to rely heavily on counterfeit products.

#6 Icing

Apply a cold pack to the treatment area before and after your injection. Cold applied to the skin constricts blood vessels and constricted blood vessels are smaller and less likely to get in the way of the needle. An added bonus, the cold will desensitize the area so you will feel less pain.

#7 Numbing Cream

If your injector applies numbing cream about 20-30 minutes before starting the injections, it will help prevent bruising and make you more comfortable during the treatment. Some anesthetic creams constricts blood vessels slightly making bruising less likely. When you make your appointment, ask if you should come in early if you want to get numbing cream.

#8 Anti-Bruising Supplements

You can try taking two supplements that have been shown to prevent bruising; Arnica and Bromelain. Take Arnica pills 4 days before and after the procedure to aid in potential bruise reduction. Arnica is an herbal dietary supplement that has been used for centuries to reduce bleeding and inflammation. Place four pills underneath your tongue, twice a day. If you do bruise, you can take it each day until bruising has subsided. Bromelain is helpful in reducing any swelling after the procedure and may be taken three days prior to your treatment and continue for one week after. Bromelain is a pineapple-based enzyme that also helps to reduce inflammation and bruising.

#9 Sun Protection

No excessive sun or heat until any initial swelling and redness have resolved. Proper and frequent use of sunscreen is always important. The sunscreen should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor of SPF 30 or more. Wear a hat when outdoors. I have created a list of some of my favorite sunscreens to help you find a good quality product.

#10 Plan accordingly

Another important part of getting injections is timing. Try to make your appointments at least two weeks prior to a big event just in case you have swelling or bruising. You should also make sure they are within your budget when you do get the treatment. There are times you might need more areas treated and sometimes less, depending on how your body responds. Injectables work differently on everyone, so you may not get the same results in terms of how long the treatments last as your friend.

What happens if you bruise?

If you do bruise, there is help. First of all, continue icing the bruised areas once you get home as long as you can. Next, take your Arnica and Bromelain as directed. A high-level concealer will also come in handy to hide those temporary bruises. If the bruise is on your lip, then lipstick should do the trick. The intensity and duration of your filler or Botox side effects will depend on the treatment aggressiveness and your individual healing characteristics, but normally can last for one to two weeks after the treatment.

  • Individual Results and Patient Experience May Vary


Posted on February 19, 2019 .

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIP FILLERS / LIP INJECTIONS

Why Lip Fillers?

Fuller, plumper lips are popular right now.  However, over time, collagen production slows down and our lips begin to lose their fullness. Lip augmentations can restore volume in the lips, creating younger looking lips that have more shape, structure, and plumpness.

Lip Fillers in The Past

Traditionally, lip implants and fat injections were used to enhance the lips. These procedures were costly and risky. Today, most lip augmentations are achieved through lip fillers – dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid or similar ingredients. Hyaluronic acid increases the volume in the lips naturally.

Many of the dermal fillers available on the market for wrinkle reduction can also be used for lip augmentation.

The most common fillers used for the lips are:

• Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk – Restylane is made specifically for the lips, as it contains smaller particles than other fillers.

• Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra XC – Juvederm is designed for thinner skin, particularly around the nose and mouth, and can be used to enhance the lips.

• Juvederm Voluma XC – This type of Juvederm lasts a little longer and includes lidocaine, which helps with the pain associated with injections.

  • Perlane – Perlance is made by the same manufacturer as Restylane and is the thicker of the two. It is used for more pronounced results. Some people find that it is longer lasting than Restylane.


What Type of Lip Filler Is Right For Me?

The type of filler right for you depends on the amount of plump you are looking for along with your physician’s preferences. Though they’re all very similar, each offers slightly different benefits. Some offer smoother results, some are thicker than others, and some add definition. Differences include their concentrations, gel hardness, and cohesiveness.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Your physician has complete control over the amount of substance injected, so your lips can be as subtle or dramatic as you would like, and you can also gradually build up to your desired results. Any lumps or bumps created by movement will dissolve easily and there is less bruising and swelling associated with hyaluronic acid. And because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, the risk of an allergic reaction is minimal.

Risks With Lip Fillers

Side effects associated with lip fillers are rare, but can include prolonged swelling or bruising, lip asymmetry, lumps or irregularities, infection, ulceration, or stiffening of the lip. Hyaluronic acid poses minimal risks, and results are long lasting but ultimately temporary – so if you are unhappy with your lips, the filler will eventually fade.

Costs of Lip Fillers

The cost of lip fillers depends on the amount of filler you require, and can range from $500-$1,500. Results from lip augmentation last approximately 6 months to one year.

Summed Up

If you’re unhappy with the shape or size of your lips due to age or genetics, lip fillers are a great way to enhance their volume. Many women use lip fillers to achieve a more youthful look.

Posted on February 19, 2019 .

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Q: What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults. 

BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries.* BOTOX® Cosmetic has a record of experience that aesthetic specialists know and trust. And, the safety and efficacy of BOTOX® Cosmetic have been evaluated in both Allergan sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals. 

BOTOX® Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Formulations, potency, and approved doses vary among botulinum toxin products, which means that one product cannot take the place of another. Those are a few reasons why there is no such thing as a “generic” form of BOTOX® Cosmetic. There have been no studies to support that other products are Unit-to-Unit equivalent to BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Approximately 10.9 million vials of BOTOX® Cosmetic have been sold in the United States since 2002, and millions of people have already made BOTOX® Cosmetic a part of what they do for themselves. Today, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the #1 selling product of its kind in the world.

*VISTABEL® outside of North America.
†Data collected through June 2014.

Q: How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.

Q: Will BOTOX® Cosmetic make me look like I’ve had work done?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your specialist about the results you want from treatment.

Q: Does BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment hurt?

Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.

 

Q: How long does the treatment take?

Your specialist will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.

Q: When will I see results?

You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.

Q: How many injections will I receive?

For the crow’s feet area, your specialist will inject 3 areas of the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that frames the side of the eye. This will be repeated on the orbicularis oculi muscle on the other eye.

For the frown lines area, your specialist will administer 5 injections into muscles in your forehead—1 in the procerus muscle and 4 in the corrugator muscles.

Q:How long is the recovery time after treatment?

After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime and your specialist may give you specific aftercare instructions.

Q: Do men receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?

Yes. BOTOX® Cosmetic has also been clinically evaluated in male patients. In clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines, 17.5% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic were men. In the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow's feet, male patients comprised approximately 10% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2014 were on men—that is more than 1 million cosmetic procedures. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased by 273% from 1997 to 2014.

 

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Posted on February 19, 2019 .