Living in the heat of a southern California summer while trying to maintain a fresh face of make-up can be quite difficult. Personally, unless I am indoors with air conditioning, I can feel my skin becoming slick and my powder foundation begins to look muddy. Luckily, there are some easy to follow tips that can help with these issues without having to stop all of the outdoor summer fun.
In this day and age, we commonly purchase almost everything online. I, for one, adore online shopping! It’s so convenient, and things can get shipped right away. However, when something appears too good to be true, it probably is. These days, fraud is everywhere online. So while clothes, electronics, and pet toys, to name a few, are great when purchased online, more important and/or expensive items should only be bought from reputable and known websites. When it comes to skin care, makeup, or beauty products, I become even more wary, because there might be health risks involved. Unless it is from the original manufacturer’s website (Skinmedica.com, iSClinical.com), I would not purchase any skincare or beauty products online.
When it comes to the advancements made in cosmetic surgery, more and more people are having aesthetic procedures with less and less downtime. Plastic surgery is safer, more effective, and more affordable than ever before. But the fact that plastic surgery and cosmetic in-office procedures have become so accessible does not discount the fact that these are still medical procedures being performed, and that there continue to be risks and benefits that must be discussed with you prior to undergoing one of these procedures.
While many patients are accustomed to visiting their facial plastic surgeon to have Botox and fillers (such as Juvederm and Radiesse), many are also having surgery in the office. How is this possible? Is it safe?
With the rise of diabetes, a condition in which blood levels of the sugar glucose run high, more and more people seeking plastic surgery for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes are affected. Scientists and physicians have long known that wound healing is particularly impaired by very high levels of blood sugar. This can result in increased scarring or unattractive results.
A new study published in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery analyzed the rates of specific complications after surgery in patients with diabetes. More specifically, they looked to see if having blood sugar levels above 200 or had blood sugar levels that swung back and forth significantly had more complications than those with more normal levels. They found that those who did not have their blood sugar under tight control were more than three times more likely to have wound dehissence, a condition under which an incision re-opens rather than healing together.
If you are contemplating surgery and have diabetes, be sure that your facial plastic surgeon and internal medicine or diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) doctors work together so that you can receive the safest, most effective care possible. Unfortunately, surgery may not always be a viable option, depending on your health. But there are other options available, and you may not have to forgo aesthetic treatments altogether.
Recently Yahoo! Shine caught up with Lucy Hale – she is one of the stars of ABC Family’s hit show, Pretty Little Liars - to get her tips on how to look awake even when you aren’t feeling so energetic. Living in Los Angeles, we all have fast paced full schedules which usually does not give us much time to rest. I found her tips to be pretty helpful, and decided to share some tips of my own for looking less tired!
Cover up dark circles. Being tired causes your skin to react in ways that it normally doesn’t. For example, the delicate area under your eyes can get drier than normal, causing you to look even more tired. This is because the skin thins as it become more dry, and the dark, purplish muscle underneath shows through. Make sure you moisturize the area before you apply your concealer to get more even coverage. Also, you will have more wrinkles in that area when you are tired, so apply a primer so that your makeup will stay put longer and not cake into the wrinkles.
Put away the tweezers. Thicker brows are in! Not only are fuller brows now the trend, but if you have thicker, softly arched brows, it can make your eyelids look higher so that you seem more alert. Stronger eyebrows also can draw attention away from your tired eyes. Did too much tweezing in your younger years? My trick is to not only just use Latisse for my lashes, but after applying some to my lashes, I use a little to touch up my brows as well! (Latisse is a prescription product; contact your facial plastic surgeon for more details.)
Add some color to your lips! When you are tired, your eyes are usually the most obvious indicator. You want to add a bold color to your lips so that it distracts from your eyes and also wakes up your entire face! Need a little help in the lip department for fuller lips? A commonly used lip filler is Juvederm, and in the hands of a board certified facial plastic surgeon, you will have natural looking fuller lips in less than an hour!
What tips and tricks do you find helpful for looking awake? Share your comments below!
The other day, a cashier asked my age as I was purchasing NyQuil (who knew you had to be over 21 to buy NyQuil?). My mind went blank and I stuttered for a few moments as I stumbled towards an answer. This led to the thought that it would be nice if you could be the age you felt inside. You want to look your best at your age, and to do that, you have to take care of yourself first. With that in mind, try these tips to pamper yourself and start looking younger!
Manage your time and stress level. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep every night and drinking plenty of water. When I look haggard, I usually haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep or am extremely stressed...or both! Stress truly does make you look (and feel) older! Manage your stress levels with exercise, meditation, reading, or any hobby you find enjoyable and diverting. Adequate sleep is also a big factor, so set a bedtime and keep it - you will be more productive if you are well rested.
Enhance what you have. Looking the best that you can does not mean trying to look like someone else. You truly want to augment and highlight the features you already have. Make your lashes stand out with Latisse, brighten up your skin with Lytera, revitalize your lips and regain that plump pout again with fillers such as Juvederm and Belotero. There are so many fast, easy options available to smooth fine lines, reduce wrinkles, and even out your skin tone. Make sure you look your best!
Finally, prevent additional aging. Wear sunscreen daily, as it can reduce as much as 25% of skin aging. Using Botox before brow lines or crow’s feet become too prominent or, worse still, permanent can help delay the tell-tale signs of aging.
Let’s all get “carded” when we stock up on NyQuil. Look like you feel, and feel great!
We all want thicker, darker, and longer lashes, and there are so many ways to get them! The eyes are one of the most important aspects of your face, as they are usually the first feature you notice when looking at someone. So how do you get these luscious lashes? (Besides caking on the mascara, of course.)
One of the key factors for youth and beauty is glowing, even toned-skin. Therefore, as you get older, you must become more vigilant in applying sunscreen. Ultra-violet (UV) radiation from the sun is the most common cause for uneven skin tone (or hyperpigmentation). Also, skin cell turnover slows down as you age, and that can also cause your once radiant skin to appear dull. With the right products and proper care, you can turn back the signs on the clock. Just look at the picture that Jennifer Aniston (44 years old) just posted without makeup! At the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, we recommend that you follow these steps to be on your way to brighter skin.
If you are anything like me, you purchase combination beauty products to make the morning routine faster and easier. Blush that can double as lipstick, for example, or foundation powder with an SPF rating for sun protection so it can double as sun block. I try to buy products that provide such protection, since we all know how important it is to protect yourself from the harmful radiation of the sun. However, even though my tinted moisturizer (which I wear daily) says that it is SPF 15, it does not adequately shield my face from the UV rays of the sun.