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Beauty Blunders 0

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You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again… NEVER sleep in your makeup! This isn’t just a myth or something your mother liked to tell you to do. We’ll tell you why sleeping in your makeup is one of the worst things you can do for your skin!

Premature aging: Yes! It’s true. Sleeping with your makeup on can cause premature aging for a number of reasons. If you forgo washing your face before you hit the hay you are essentially sleeping with the enemy. An entire day’s worth of irritants and pollution are being absorbed by your largest organ (your skin) in the form of free radicals. This leads to a breakdown in collagen which results in fine lines, wrinkles, and dull looking skin. Your skin naturally renews itself overnight and leaving your makeup on prevents this natural process from taking place.

Breakouts: This one is fairly self-explanatory. If you don’t allow your skin to breathe your pores will eventually become clogged. Clogged pores = acne and nobody wants that.

Eye irritation: Though sleeping with mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow on may not seem quite as bad as sleeping with a full face of foundation on, it is accompanied by a whole new slew of health issues including styes. When oil glands and hair follicles along your lash line become clogged it can result in a stye. Styes can range from minor irritations to something that may require a doctor’s attention.

All in all, shaving five minutes off of your bedtime routine is not worth it. Next time you are thinking about falling into bed without washing your face think again. You may have sweet dreams, but its effects on your skin could be a total nightmare.

The Not So Sweet Side of Sugar 0

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 MmmmmmSUGAR! It seems to make life so sweet… or does it? We all know that though sugar may taste delicious, it can have a negative impact on our health. Sugar can increase cholesterol, contribute to diabetes, weaken eyesight, cause cardiovascular disease, contribute to osteoporosis, interfere with protein absorption, and fuel the growth of cancer, but did you know that it can also wreak havoc on your skin? When simple sugar molecules such as glucose, or fructose attach to fats and proteins rogue molecules begin to form. This process is known as glycation. Glycation causes the onset of wrinkles, can make your skin brittle and inflamed, and destroys both collagen and elastin.

How can you have your cake and eat it too? There is no need to cut out sugar completely. Sugar naturally occurs in many healthy foods such as fruit. There are also healthy and natural substitutes such as stevia. Honey and agave are other great substitutes as they have a lower glycemic index than sugar. Just remember to steer clear of those nasty chemical substitutes. They don’t come without a price and are accompanied by a whole new slew of health problems.

Another way to fight the glycation process is by upping your intake of antioxidants. Filling up on green tea, berries, and spinach are good ways to keep the nasty side effects of sugar at bay and help protect your skin.

Just remember… 

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The Eyes Have It 0

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If the eyes are the windows to the soul… how old is yours? It’s no secret that the first signs of aging are so often seen around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is extremely thin and delicate. It becomes even thinner and less plump as we age due to a loss of subcutaneous fat tissue and collagen. As it is in so many cases, the best medicine is prevention… proper nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and giving that area a little extra TLC, however, sometimes there is just no fighting the hands of time, or a pesky little thing called gravity.

There are a number of very effective treatments for the eye area, depending on your particular concern and the extent of the problem.

If dryness, dark circles, and thinning of the skin around the eyes is your main concern, regular use of an eye cream may prove beneficial. We love SkinMedica’s TNS Eye Repair. It contains growth factors that help to hydrate the skin and increase firmness. It also helps reduce the appearance of dark cirles. It’s no wonder it was voted the best luxury eye cream by ABC News in 2012.

Are crow’s feet your issue? Botox may be a nice option for you. Botox can minimize the muscle contractions that cause the skin around the eyes to bunch up and thus crow’s feet to form. Botox is a wonderful preventive measure that you can take in the fight against wrinkles and expression lines around the eyes and elsewhere. Want to brush up on your Botox knowledge? Check out our previous post on the benefits of Botox.

If droopiness, puffiness, loose or sagging skin around the eye area is your issue an eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, may be something to consider. An upper blepharoplasty (upper lids only), lower blepharoplasty (lower lids only), or quad blepharoplasty (both upper and lower lids) are wonderful options depending on the area of concern. Visit our website to see incredible pre and post-procedure photos. To learn more abut this procedure please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ website. This contains up to date, accurate, and reliable information.

Benefits of Botox 1

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Botox was once viewed as an extravagant and somewhat controversial procedure undergone only by the rich and famous, but it seems the tides have turned. Over time researchers have discovered that Botox has many more benefits than originally believed. Botox is comprised of a purified form of botulinum toxin A. This toxin works by blocking the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, therefor relaxing and somewhat paralyzing the muscles at the site of injection.

This has proven to be incredibly effective in wrinkle reduction and prevention, especially when it comes to “dynamic” wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear while moving your face or making certain expressions, think frown lines, laugh lines, etc. When these muscles are weakened, so is the ability to make that specific expression and therefor that specific wrinkle. When administered by a seasoned professional Botox can diminish the appearance of wrinkles without making the patient look stiff or frozen which are the most common negative perceptions associated with Botox. Botox is also a popular treatment for the eyebrow area. Botox can help to lift the brows giving the patient a more youthful appearance.

Furthermore, Botox is no longer solely used for anti-aging and cosmetic purposes. It has also proven quite affective for the treatment of migraines. When injected into the forehead, neck, and shoulders Botox can help to release tension, this relieves strain on the nervous system, thus reducing the frequency of migraines. In addition, Botox has become a popular treatment option for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable. Botox reduces the amount of sweat secreted from the glands near the injection site. As more research is conducted we discover more ways that Botox can be used to treat a variety of concerns. Contact us today to find out more about what Botox can do for you.

To learn more about Botox, its safety, and side effects please visit their official site.