Archives for May 2011

Makeup Tips for Picture Taking

Taking pictures is generally a heart-warming experience as you capture moments you hope to cherish forever. For some women, however, picture-taking could be the very bane of life. These women tend to shy away from the camera, claiming unattractiveness and a lack of confidence. More on Makeup Tips for Picture Taking

IPL PhotoFacial For Facial Rejuvenation

IPL Photorejuvenation: Help for the Baby Oil Tan Generation

IPL PhotoRejuvenation

Do you have fond childhood memories of tanning by the pool slicked in baby oil? If you are a member of the baby oil tan generation, IPL Photorejuvenation may be your new best friend.

Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation removes early signs of aging and sun damage by removing brown spots, fine lines, redness and even restoring an overall brighter and younger looking appearance. More on IPL PhotoFacial

Too Much Botox And Restylane – How To Tell

too much botoxRestoring your own natural beauty was all that you had in mind when you first started using dermal injections. You wanted to turn back the clock by adding a little volume in your cheeks and maybe smoothing out the wrinkles around your mouth and eyes.

So you went for your first procedure and received dermal filler injections around your eyes and in your lips. You liked the results so you made another appointment to Botox the furrow between your eyes… and your forehead, too. Read More about Too Much Botox

Addicted to Botox and Restylane

too much botox
“You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away…”

So goes the famous song, “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. It sounds simple enough but in real life, temperance is one of the hardest virtues to practice.

The advent of Botox, Restylane and other cosmetic injectables has become a boon to patients and cosmetic providers alike. The benefits of instant gratification, affordability and non-invasiveness make cosmetic injections a very attractive option to patients seeking to enhance their physical appearances in a matter of a few minutes. A droplet of Restylane injected here and voila! under eye bags are evened out. A touch of Botox there and ba da bing! the corners of your mouth are lifted. Indeed, cosmetic injections perform little magic tricks that are instantly accessible – sometimes too accessible.

It’s easy to see how adding a little here and lifting a little there can become something of an obsession. In the quest for physical perfection, self-perception can become skewed and before they know it, some patients become addicted to cosmetic injections.

Done judiciously and under the prudent eye of a skillful doctor, the right balance of injections can erase years from your face. Overindulge, and you could easily run into the danger of getting “Poor thing, what did she do to her face?” whispers behind your back.

How do you know if you’ve become too obsessed with getting dermal injections? According to the experts, your spouse and your BFF, you may be addicted to Botox and cosmetic injections if :

• You spend thousands of dollars on new and follow up cosmetic procedures every few months.

• You ask for injections in multiple parts of your face at each appointment.

• You have more than one doctor performing injections in the same areas of your face.

You seek another doctor if your doctor advises you against more treatments.

too much botoxIf one or more of the above applies to you, it’s time to rethink the frequency and quantity of your injection treatments. The following timeline for reinjections is recommended to maintain a young, yet normal appearance:

• For neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport – 3 to 4 months

• For hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane – 6 to 12 months

• For collagen-stimulating fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra – 1+ year

The quest for youth and perfect skin can quickly become an aesthetic addiction but moderation is the key to maintaining a natural look when using dermal fillers and neurotoxins.

Read about:  How to tell if you’ve had too much Botox and Restylane

Also, trust your doctor’s opinion and follow the schedule you set with him for follow-up treatments. If your doctor tells you that you don’t need another Botox injection or more filler, listen to him. If you still feel compulsive about getting more injections, call your BFF for a harsh but much-needed “heart to heart” evaluation from her. Hopefully, you trust her and her judgement.

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Fixing Sagging Eyelids And Bags Under The Eyes

Droopy Eyelids

Droopy. Baggy. Dark.

Those are fine names if you are one of the Seven Dwarfs.  But if you wake up every morning looking more like one of those seven little men and not at all like Snow White, you know that it’s no fairytale.  Lucky for you, modern cosmetic medicine can remove the evil curse of droopy lids, dark circles and bags under your eyes, helping you attain Snow White beauty in your own fairytale. More on Sagging Eyelids

The Downside of Beauty At The Workplace

beauty at work
As human beings, we are predisposed to beauty. It is an inherent part of our natural makeup to be attracted to symmetry and harmony. Even at a young age, our propensity towards beauty is evident – babies tend to stare longer at prettier faces, just as much as we, adults, tend to stare more at prettier babies.

Pretty children get more attention from teachers and parents. And since they get more attention, they become more confident and have higher self-esteem. That is why they’re also considered smarter, when in in all probability, it’s because they just had more support then less attractive children while growing up. More about Beauty at Work

Does Beauty Affect One’s Success?

Physical Beauty
“So, tell me what you don’t like about yourself…”

This is the opening line made famous in the TV series, Nip Tuck, whenever a patient would enter the doctor’s office to get plastic surgery. Through the years, it has been very common to see TV shows, such as Extreme Makeover and Dr. 90210, emphasize the importance of good looks and how to change features we don’t like about ourselves. More about Physical Beauty

Formaldehyde in the Brazilian Blowout – Is It Safe?

Brazilian Blowout is is safe?
It’s no secret that women are willing to go to just about any lengths to achieve that perfect hairstyle. From extensions to heat styling to chemical perms, we sacrifice time and money to get the look we want. But would you be willing to put your health and safety at a risk?

That is the question in mind when it comes to Brazilian hair straightening, the latest craze to hit salons. This treatment, which is sold under brands like Brazilian Blowout and Brazilian Keratin Treatment, seals the hair cuticle with a liquid keratin and preservative solution to temporarily straighten the hair for 10 to 12 weeks. More on Brazilian Blowout

Brazilian ZERO – A Formaldehyde-free Alternative To Brazilian Blowout?

Brazilian Zero
In response to the escalating concerns about the use of formaldehyde in hair straightening procedures, Brazilian Blowout has come out with a new line – Brazilian Blowout ZERO. This treatment promises the same smooth, glossy hair as the original Brazilian Blowout, only with a major change: no formaldehyde. The company advertises a “Plant-Derived KereSafe Bonding System,” with the active ingredient changed to glycolic acid derived from sugar cane. Though the company still insists its original formula never contained formaldehyde in the first place, this new line is meant to set consumers’ minds at ease. More on Brazilian Zero

What If Men Had to Follow Women’s Beauty Standards?

Which is sexier – Kate Moss’ thin figure, or Beyonce’s hips and Kim Kardashian’s butt? Which do men prefer? From Twiggy’s androgynous frame to Elizabeth Taylor’s voluptuous curves, female beauty standards have changed drastically throughout history and women have scrambled to follow them. After all, pale lifeless skin was the standard for elegance and class until Ms. Coco Chanel went on a cruise and tanned, sun-kissed skin became all the rage. For women, the keys to success and love have never relied so heavily on superficiality as they do now. …More on this topic