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Hi Dr Rita How do you catch the virus??? If someone has it can they pass it on by touch??

From what we know so far, the coronavirus seems to spread like other respiratory illnesses. That鈥檚 through:

1. Someone coughing and you breathing in the particles into your lungs, or

2. Those particles being on a surface (for example someone coughing into their hand and then touching a door handle), and then you touching those particles and transferring them to your mouth.聽

An analysis in the NEJM found that the virus can remain in the air for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel up to 72 hours.

That鈥檚 why the following strategies are so important:聽

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds鈥攖he WHO recommends 6-9 times a day鈥攁nd especially after going out, and before eating.聽
  • Try to limit touching your mouth or face.聽
  • If you cough, cough into your elbow (instead of your hand) or a tissue. Chuck tissues away.
  • Clean surfaces regularly.聽
  • If you have symptoms, follow self-isolation advice.聽

I鈥檇 also generally avoid touching and kissing others, especially on the face, and especially if you don鈥檛 live together. If you do live together, then鈥攗nless you鈥檙e all self-isolating in your rooms鈥攊t鈥檚 likely most household contacts will get infected.聽聽

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.聽

I would recommend regularly cleaning down surfaces that you touch鈥攕uch as door handles. It鈥檚 generally advisable to wash fruit & veg before eating!聽

Also includes the answer to questions from: @ruthlesstormwitch, @thatonesquirrel & @lonefightersworld, @tatsunoko-pioneer, @hilarysemails, @hilarysemails

Check out the full Answer Time here!

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serenitywaxandspaa year agoText

beautymagazine-1695-yahoopartner:

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Photo: Arthur Belebeau

I鈥檝e always wondered how female celebrities master that dewy, airbrushed look on the red carpet, even under the penetrating glare of my giant HD television. It鈥檚 obviously a combination of potential factors: diet, exercise, a barrage of invasive treatments, and the most advanced makeup formulas. But there鈥檚 one more thing all those stars are doing: dermaplaning. The simple beauty ritual might be responsible for Kim Kardashian鈥檚 glow, but it dates back to the days of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.聽

While dermaplaning isn鈥檛 new, surprisingly few New York facilities offer it. The treatment consists of scraping a tiny scalpel around the face to remove the vellus hairs, otherwise known as peach fuzz, which in turns acts as an exfoliant for dead skin cells. It immediately brightens the face, allowing products and cosmetics to penetrate at a deeper level. Contrary to myth, dermaplaning does not cause the vellus hair to grow back any thicker, and the treatment lasts approximately four to six weeks.

Related: Meet Jade Rollers, the Gemstone that De-Puffs Your Face

While some women will book a dermaplane session before a gala event or special occasion, more and more are adding it into their routine. The procedure lasts a pain-free 25 minutes and costs between $85 and $150 per session.

鈥淒ermaplaning has become very popular at our practice, where many patients are adding it to their facials and other services that they do on a monthly basis,鈥 said Dr. Stafford Broumand, a New York-based plastic surgeon who has offered the treatment for a little over one year. 鈥淚f you are looking to have dewy, smoother skin, this is a great exfoliation treatment to add to your monthly regimen.鈥澛

Without the vellus hair, makeup and foundation almost glides onto the face, and the skin feels smoother from the lack of dead skin cells. I tried it and couldn鈥檛 believe how great I looked immediately following the procedure. Unknowingly, my husband mentioned that my face looked 鈥渃leaner鈥 and 鈥渇resh,鈥 but he couldn鈥檛 figure out why.

Related: What Can I Do About Fine Lines?

Dermaplaning isn鈥檛 for everyone. Those who suffer from acne or rosacea may not be good candidates. And not everyone can get over the fact that it鈥檚 scarily similar to the act of shaving. 鈥淒ermaplaning is gaining popularity again more recently, but I don鈥檛 really have people asking for it,鈥 said Joanna Vargas, the New York-based facialist. 鈥淎lthough it鈥檚 an old wives tale, women are afraid that removing the peach fuzz will make the hair grow in coarser.鈥 Consider that myth debunked.

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serenitywaxandspaa year agoText

beautymagazine-1695-yahoopartner:

image

Photo: Arthur Belebeau

I鈥檝e always wondered how female celebrities master that dewy, airbrushed look on the red carpet, even under the penetrating glare of my giant HD television. It鈥檚 obviously a combination of potential factors: diet, exercise, a barrage of invasive treatments, and the most advanced makeup formulas. But there鈥檚 one more thing all those stars are doing: dermaplaning. The simple beauty ritual might be responsible for Kim Kardashian鈥檚 glow, but it dates back to the days of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.聽

While dermaplaning isn鈥檛 new, surprisingly few New York facilities offer it. The treatment consists of scraping a tiny scalpel around the face to remove the vellus hairs, otherwise known as peach fuzz, which in turns acts as an exfoliant for dead skin cells. It immediately brightens the face, allowing products and cosmetics to penetrate at a deeper level. Contrary to myth, dermaplaning does not cause the vellus hair to grow back any thicker, and the treatment lasts approximately four to six weeks.

Related: Meet Jade Rollers, the Gemstone that De-Puffs Your Face

While some women will book a dermaplane session before a gala event or special occasion, more and more are adding it into their routine. The procedure lasts a pain-free 25 minutes and costs between $85 and $150 per session.

鈥淒ermaplaning has become very popular at our practice, where many patients are adding it to their facials and other services that they do on a monthly basis,鈥 said Dr. Stafford Broumand, a New York-based plastic surgeon who has offered the treatment for a little over one year. 鈥淚f you are looking to have dewy, smoother skin, this is a great exfoliation treatment to add to your monthly regimen.鈥澛

Without the vellus hair, makeup and foundation almost glides onto the face, and the skin feels smoother from the lack of dead skin cells. I tried it and couldn鈥檛 believe how great I looked immediately following the procedure. Unknowingly, my husband mentioned that my face looked 鈥渃leaner鈥 and 鈥渇resh,鈥 but he couldn鈥檛 figure out why.

Related: What Can I Do About Fine Lines?

Dermaplaning isn鈥檛 for everyone. Those who suffer from acne or rosacea may not be good candidates. And not everyone can get over the fact that it鈥檚 scarily similar to the act of shaving. 鈥淒ermaplaning is gaining popularity again more recently, but I don鈥檛 really have people asking for it,鈥 said Joanna Vargas, the New York-based facialist. 鈥淎lthough it鈥檚 an old wives tale, women are afraid that removing the peach fuzz will make the hair grow in coarser.鈥 Consider that myth debunked.

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serenitywaxandspa2 years agoText

skinsmart:

聽Microdermabrasion is literally a superficial sanding of the skin that exfoliates thick, dead and dull skin surfaces and results in a smoother more even-toned skin texture and colour. The use of microdermabrasion dates back to the mid 1980鈥檚 where it began in Europe. There are 2 different types of microdermabrasion machines on the market: Ones that utilize Aluminum Oxide crystal particles and others that are performed using diamond-tipped wands.

How is Microdermabrasion performed?

Microdermabrasion requires a series of treatments; it would be unrealistic to expect that a single treatment would result in significant results. When repeated every 3 or 4 weeks for anywhere from 3-10 treatments, the cumulative results can be amazing. Microdermabrasion is easy to undergo. I actually have had a large number of clients who come in on their lunch break to have it done as it is not as time-consuming as some other clinical skin treatments can be. It鈥檚 also non-invasive so it really requires zero downtime. While you will certainly feel the procedure, the good news is that it is basically painless. While I have heard clients describe it as being rubbed with an emery board or piece of sandpaper, I personally think it feels like being licked by a cat. The procedure typically lasts about a half an hour.

After your treatment you can expect your skin to look slightly pink. It may also feel mildly sunburned for a day or so. For deeper microdermabrasion procedures, your skin may be slightly red and swollen for about a day or two.

What it is used for?

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone or texture聽
  • Reducing skin 鈥渄ullness鈥 that accompanies aging skin as well as under-exfoliated skin
  • Keratosis Pilaris can be temporarily smoothed out, allowing topicals to penetrate easier and work more effectively.
  • Opening blackheads and keeping pores clean. Do not think of this as an acne therapy, although I鈥檝e heard of several businesses that make these claims.
  • Softening some saucer like acne scars and some other forms of scarring.
  • Smoothing out fine wrinkle lines. (will not make a huge difference on advanced deep wrinkles)
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽Before & After; several micro treatments combined with appropriate home-care products. 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽image

What it should not be used for:

  • Not appropriate for keloidal scaring, as it can stimulate further scar formation.
  • Not appropriate for jagged ice-pick scars.
  • Skin cancers
  • Precancerous actinic keratoses (AKs)
  • This is not a method for the removal of skin growths.


Selecting Machine/Technician

There are certainly 2 levels of microdermabrasion machines, and most manufacturers produce the 2 different levels for each brand advertised to the consumer. The gentler machines with less power are marketed to aestheticians, while more powerful machines with the ability to give more aggressive results are marketed to physicians and more specifically to their staff, which generally consist of nurses and/or medical skin therapists.

The consumer, however, needs to be aware of a few things that really are not necessarily brand driven.

  • Is the technician adequately trained in the use of the machine?聽There are machines with higher power capabilities that have no business being used by an aesthetician. These more powerful machines are meant to be used under physician supervision and result in the deeper removal of tissue. That also means there鈥檚 a higher potential for wound formation and hyperpigmentation of the skin. This is not necessarily a bad thing as the results can be far better when used in the proper hands.
  • Is the machine being used in a sanitary manner?聽With crystal micro machines, not only should the crystals NEVER be reused (this would be a set-up for passing contagious diseases between clients), but it can also diminish the effectiveness of the procedure. Once those crystals have hit the skin, they are now smoother and those necessary jagged edges are now dulled. With diamond micro machines, the wands must ALWAYS be thoroughly scrubbed, soaked in the appropriate solution and then sanitized after every treatment. Don鈥檛 be afraid the ask your technician about their specific sanitation procedures.
  • Does the use of Aluminum oxide crystals concern you?聽This has been a pretty big controversy, not only in relation to the whole Alzheimer鈥檚 issue, but also to problems associated with any inhaled particles. Remember asbestos? The technician is at a worse disadvantage than the client. This again refers back to the choice of machine purchased; it鈥檚 vacuuming capability, the amount of crystals used by the machine per treatment and how the crystals are disposed of later on. Anyway, this remains a controversial area, however, I think that the inhalation of any partical will be an issue that far outweighs the Aluminum Oxide concern.
  • Do you have realistic goals?聽I think microdermabrasion is a great adjuvant treatment to help expedite resolving some forms of skin discoloration. However, for some areas, the pigment- containing cells (melanocytes) may be located too deeply for this modality to be effective. Also, this is not a machine that is going to abrade your unwanted tattoo away. The deeper the microdermabrasion, the more likely there will be harm to the dermis and resulting increased skin discoloration.

You will always get the most out of your micro treatments 聽when they are combined with corresponding skin treatment products. Home exfoliation is almost always used to expedite the improvement. Generally, the use of a topical vitamin A product for the face like prescription Retin A, or a non-prescription retinol such as聽Dr. Obagi鈥檚 Zo Radical Night Repair聽are used. They鈥檙e usually incorporated into your at-home routine about 2 weeks prior to starting your microdermabrasion series.聽

Who Is A Microdermabrasion Candidate?

Anyone who is looking for a method to help improve their skin without having to hide for long periods of time due to extreme redness, raw skin, etc., and has minor skin issues such as irregular pigmentation, mild scarring, fine lines and overall dullness should be a candidate. Microdermabrasion is fine for any skin type except acneic (in which case chemical peels should be performed first to resolve the breakouts) and rosacea or extensive broken capillaries. Anyone with known keloid formation would want to reconsider this procedure.

Cost

As with any cosmetic procedure, you are going to find a wide variety of charges. In Vancouver, usually anywhere between $80-$150 is common.聽

At-Home Microdermabrasion

I have clients ask me often whether or not 鈥渁t-home鈥 micro kits are the same. Well, no, they鈥檙e certainly not. 聽These kits or systems are typically made up of abrasive scrubs in fancy packaging and sometimes hefty price tags that, while certainly exfoliate the skin, do not compare to an actual in-clinic microdermabrasion treatment. It鈥檚 sort of like believing that just because you use a rotating toothbrush that regular visits to the dentist are not necessary.

Bottom Line: Microdermabrasion is a great and affordable option for anyone wishing to address mild pigmentation issues, textural problems, pore clarity and a thorough clean-up of the skin. For more complicated conditions like rosacea, severe acne, extensive photo-damage or broken capillaries this would not be a suitable treatment until the above issues are addressed first.聽

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serenitywaxandspa2 years agoText

madewithmakeup:

Skincare is the most important thing in my routine both day and night, especially as I get older (28鈥hen did this happen?!). Whilst using a good cleanser helps get rid all the makeup that is on my skin, it鈥檚 important to go beyond that to remove all dead skin and build up.

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I鈥檝e recently been using the Procoal London Activated Charcoal Exfoliating face scrub which I find is perfect for my super sensitive skin. After trying out hundreds of different facial scrubs 鈥 I鈥檝e always found it difficult to get one that doesn鈥檛 irritate my skin and this one is smoothing due to its cruelty free and natural ingredients such as calendula oil, pumice and allantoin. The activated charcoal also works to get into those deep set pores.聽 A little bit goes off this product goes a long way and I just gently rub this into my skin after I鈥檝e cleansed (using my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish). The beads within the product help remove any dead skin and really help get into those areas that a cleanser can鈥檛 reach, working to get rid of the dead and dulling skin cells built up. After rinsing off with warm water, you can instantly feel the difference to your skin. It feels softer, refreshed and gives an all over brighter glow. Most of all, it doesn鈥檛 leave my skin looking red which a lot of exfoliators can on sensitive skin.

After suffering with slight discoloration due to using the birth control pill over the space of 10 years, exfoliators help brighten up my skin and gradually the slight pigmentation I suffered from has become a lot lighter. I use this around 2 鈥 3 times a week which I find is just enough and after use, I give my skin around 15 minutes before using my Kielhs ultra motorizing facial balm.

For a 75ml tube, this is down to 拢8.99 which is a good price for what it does. I used to use the origins charcoal mask which was around 拢25.00 and find the results of the procoal better for my skin so it鈥檚 a win from me. You might have seen these advertised in GC and Vogue to name but a few and it鈥檚 so wonder that it鈥檚 the talk of the skincare gods. It is suitable for all skin types and the charcoal helps just draw out all the dirty that can gather. It鈥檚 a 5/5 from me and I can鈥檛 wait to continue using this on my skin.

You can purchase this little beauty at the procoal website聽here.

What鈥檚 your fav skin care products?聽

Natalie :) xoxox

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serenitywaxandspa2 years agoText

skinsmart:

聽Microdermabrasion is literally a superficial sanding of the skin that exfoliates thick, dead and dull skin surfaces and results in a smoother more even-toned skin texture and colour. The use of microdermabrasion dates back to the mid 1980鈥檚 where it began in Europe. There are 2 different types of microdermabrasion machines on the market: Ones that utilize Aluminum Oxide crystal particles and others that are performed using diamond-tipped wands.

How is Microdermabrasion performed?

Microdermabrasion requires a series of treatments; it would be unrealistic to expect that a single treatment would result in significant results. When repeated every 3 or 4 weeks for anywhere from 3-10 treatments, the cumulative results can be amazing. Microdermabrasion is easy to undergo. I actually have had a large number of clients who come in on their lunch break to have it done as it is not as time-consuming as some other clinical skin treatments can be. It鈥檚 also non-invasive so it really requires zero downtime. While you will certainly feel the procedure, the good news is that it is basically painless. While I have heard clients describe it as being rubbed with an emery board or piece of sandpaper, I personally think it feels like being licked by a cat. The procedure typically lasts about a half an hour.

After your treatment you can expect your skin to look slightly pink. It may also feel mildly sunburned for a day or so. For deeper microdermabrasion procedures, your skin may be slightly red and swollen for about a day or two.

What it is used for?

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone or texture聽
  • Reducing skin 鈥渄ullness鈥 that accompanies aging skin as well as under-exfoliated skin
  • Keratosis Pilaris can be temporarily smoothed out, allowing topicals to penetrate easier and work more effectively.
  • Opening blackheads and keeping pores clean. Do not think of this as an acne therapy, although I鈥檝e heard of several businesses that make these claims.
  • Softening some saucer like acne scars and some other forms of scarring.
  • Smoothing out fine wrinkle lines. (will not make a huge difference on advanced deep wrinkles)
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽Before & After; several micro treatments combined with appropriate home-care products. 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽image

What it should not be used for:

  • Not appropriate for keloidal scaring, as it can stimulate further scar formation.
  • Not appropriate for jagged ice-pick scars.
  • Skin cancers
  • Precancerous actinic keratoses (AKs)
  • This is not a method for the removal of skin growths.


Selecting Machine/Technician

There are certainly 2 levels of microdermabrasion machines, and most manufacturers produce the 2 different levels for each brand advertised to the consumer. The gentler machines with less power are marketed to aestheticians, while more powerful machines with the ability to give more aggressive results are marketed to physicians and more specifically to their staff, which generally consist of nurses and/or medical skin therapists.

The consumer, however, needs to be aware of a few things that really are not necessarily brand driven.

  • Is the technician adequately trained in the use of the machine?聽There are machines with higher power capabilities that have no business being used by an aesthetician. These more powerful machines are meant to be used under physician supervision and result in the deeper removal of tissue. That also means there鈥檚 a higher potential for wound formation and hyperpigmentation of the skin. This is not necessarily a bad thing as the results can be far better when used in the proper hands.
  • Is the machine being used in a sanitary manner?聽With crystal micro machines, not only should the crystals NEVER be reused (this would be a set-up for passing contagious diseases between clients), but it can also diminish the effectiveness of the procedure. Once those crystals have hit the skin, they are now smoother and those necessary jagged edges are now dulled. With diamond micro machines, the wands must ALWAYS be thoroughly scrubbed, soaked in the appropriate solution and then sanitized after every treatment. Don鈥檛 be afraid the ask your technician about their specific sanitation procedures.
  • Does the use of Aluminum oxide crystals concern you?聽This has been a pretty big controversy, not only in relation to the whole Alzheimer鈥檚 issue, but also to problems associated with any inhaled particles. Remember asbestos? The technician is at a worse disadvantage than the client. This again refers back to the choice of machine purchased; it鈥檚 vacuuming capability, the amount of crystals used by the machine per treatment and how the crystals are disposed of later on. Anyway, this remains a controversial area, however, I think that the inhalation of any partical will be an issue that far outweighs the Aluminum Oxide concern.
  • Do you have realistic goals?聽I think microdermabrasion is a great adjuvant treatment to help expedite resolving some forms of skin discoloration. However, for some areas, the pigment- containing cells (melanocytes) may be located too deeply for this modality to be effective. Also, this is not a machine that is going to abrade your unwanted tattoo away. The deeper the microdermabrasion, the more likely there will be harm to the dermis and resulting increased skin discoloration.

You will always get the most out of your micro treatments 聽when they are combined with corresponding skin treatment products. Home exfoliation is almost always used to expedite the improvement. Generally, the use of a topical vitamin A product for the face like prescription Retin A, or a non-prescription retinol such as聽Dr. Obagi鈥檚 Zo Radical Night Repair聽are used. They鈥檙e usually incorporated into your at-home routine about 2 weeks prior to starting your microdermabrasion series.聽

Who Is A Microdermabrasion Candidate?

Anyone who is looking for a method to help improve their skin without having to hide for long periods of time due to extreme redness, raw skin, etc., and has minor skin issues such as irregular pigmentation, mild scarring, fine lines and overall dullness should be a candidate. Microdermabrasion is fine for any skin type except acneic (in which case chemical peels should be performed first to resolve the breakouts) and rosacea or extensive broken capillaries. Anyone with known keloid formation would want to reconsider this procedure.

Cost

As with any cosmetic procedure, you are going to find a wide variety of charges. In Vancouver, usually anywhere between $80-$150 is common.聽

At-Home Microdermabrasion

I have clients ask me often whether or not 鈥渁t-home鈥 micro kits are the same. Well, no, they鈥檙e certainly not. 聽These kits or systems are typically made up of abrasive scrubs in fancy packaging and sometimes hefty price tags that, while certainly exfoliate the skin, do not compare to an actual in-clinic microdermabrasion treatment. It鈥檚 sort of like believing that just because you use a rotating toothbrush that regular visits to the dentist are not necessary.

Bottom Line: Microdermabrasion is a great and affordable option for anyone wishing to address mild pigmentation issues, textural problems, pore clarity and a thorough clean-up of the skin. For more complicated conditions like rosacea, severe acne, extensive photo-damage or broken capillaries this would not be a suitable treatment until the above issues are addressed first.聽

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serenitywaxandspa2 years agoText

skincarejesus:

  • Please don鈥檛 put lemon (or any citrus fruit) juice on your face! 馃崑Lemon juice increases photosensitivity and can lead to chemical burns. There are safer alternatives, such as regulated AHAs for exfoliation or vitamin c serums for brightening.
  • BAKING SODA IS BAD FOR THE SKIN. I鈥檓 sorry, but it鈥檚 a fact. Your skin is acidic at a pH level of about 4.5. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is very alkaline at a pH of 9. Throwing off your skin pH like that is not good for you. Toothpaste has the same problem; plus toothpaste has a bunch of skin irritants in it鈥檚 formula.
  • Don鈥檛 use nose pore strips.聽They鈥檙e a huge gimmick. Those black dots on your nose are sebaceous filaments, not blackheads. Look it up. They鈥檙e natural and can be minimized through proper cleansing and BHAs. Pore strips can make your pores LARGER and also cause broken capillaries. I鈥檇 personally like to tell Biore to fuck off with their shame-based marketing.
  • Avoid hot showers/baths.聽馃泙聽 I know, it feels great! Unfortunately, the hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin dry and unhealthy. Also, if you feel lightheaded after a hot shower/bath, that means you鈥檙e dropping your blood pressure with the heat. Again, not good for you.
  • If a product burns your skin, DON鈥橳 USE IT. The burning does not mean it鈥檚 鈥渨orking鈥. You can have a tingling effect from exfoliating products, but they should never burn.
  • Don鈥檛 over-exfoliate. I want to cry when people say they use scrubs every day! You should exfoliate physically 1-3x a week, depending on your skin. You can chemically exfoliate more frequently, but you still need to be careful. Raw, red, and flaky skin is not cute.聽馃槨
  • Don鈥檛 use a bunch of new products at once. Patch test; it鈥檚 always worth it. It sucks when you wake up in the morning with a bunch of zits and irritation and you don鈥檛 know which one of the 5 new products you tried was the culprit.
  • STOP TANNING!聽鈽锔忥笍 Sun exposure is THE worst thing for your skin. Sun exposure accelerates aging and puts you at risk for skin cancer. Avoid excessive sunlight and wear sunscreen every day.聽
  • Be wary of essential oils. Sensitive skin can be easily irritated by these seemingly natural ingredients. Natural is not always full-proof.
  • Don鈥檛 be aggressive towards your acne! BHAs and tea tree oil are great PREVENTATIVE ingredients. Once you have active acne, time (and AHAs) are the only thing that will make it go away. You can鈥檛 scrub it off, sorry.
  • Don鈥檛 pay a premium on anti-aging skin care.馃挵聽Anti-aging is all in prevention. Stay hydrated, limit stress, don鈥檛 drink (to excess) or smoke, and use sunscreen. No cream will undo years of damage, even if it costs hundreds of dollars.
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serenitywaxandspa3 years agoText

beautymagazine-1695-yahoopartner:

image

Photo: Arthur Belebeau

I鈥檝e always wondered how female celebrities master that dewy, airbrushed look on the red carpet, even under the penetrating glare of my giant HD television. It鈥檚 obviously a combination of potential factors: diet, exercise, a barrage of invasive treatments, and the most advanced makeup formulas. But there鈥檚 one more thing all those stars are doing: dermaplaning. The simple beauty ritual might be responsible for Kim Kardashian鈥檚 glow, but it dates back to the days of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.聽

While dermaplaning isn鈥檛 new, surprisingly few New York facilities offer it. The treatment consists of scraping a tiny scalpel around the face to remove the vellus hairs, otherwise known as peach fuzz, which in turns acts as an exfoliant for dead skin cells. It immediately brightens the face, allowing products and cosmetics to penetrate at a deeper level. Contrary to myth, dermaplaning does not cause the vellus hair to grow back any thicker, and the treatment lasts approximately four to six weeks.

Related: Meet Jade Rollers, the Gemstone that De-Puffs Your Face

While some women will book a dermaplane session before a gala event or special occasion, more and more are adding it into their routine. The procedure lasts a pain-free 25 minutes and costs between $85 and $150 per session.

鈥淒ermaplaning has become very popular at our practice, where many patients are adding it to their facials and other services that they do on a monthly basis,鈥 said Dr. Stafford Broumand, a New York-based plastic surgeon who has offered the treatment for a little over one year. 鈥淚f you are looking to have dewy, smoother skin, this is a great exfoliation treatment to add to your monthly regimen.鈥澛

Without the vellus hair, makeup and foundation almost glides onto the face, and the skin feels smoother from the lack of dead skin cells. I tried it and couldn鈥檛 believe how great I looked immediately following the procedure. Unknowingly, my husband mentioned that my face looked 鈥渃leaner鈥 and 鈥渇resh,鈥 but he couldn鈥檛 figure out why.

Related: What Can I Do About Fine Lines?

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serenitywaxandspa3 years agoText

bruchastudy:

-Don鈥檛 use a product with mint in it, mint is irritable to the skin (esp. to acne prone).

-Try to avoid products with alcohol in them; they can dry out your skin!

-NEVER apply essential oils on your skin if they are not significantly diluted. It will burn and damage your skin!

-Wear sunscreen EVERYDAY and re-apply every 2 hours

-Avoid picking your skin/touching your skin as much as possible!

-Every skin type needs to moisturize!!! Yes, even oily skin! (remember to also moisturize your neck + body)

-Rosehip oil will help heal your acne scars (apply before you go to sleep).

-Drink lots of water!

-Work towards consuming less sugary foods + dairy products (if you can), and instead eat/drink more antioxidants like green tea, dark chocolate, berries, pecans, etc.

-Exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells.

-You do not need to have a 10 step routine, or a million products to have healthier skin. Applying too many on acne prone skin will just cause more inflammation.

-You do not need to use a toner. For some people toners are very beneficial, for others it dries out their skin. Find out what is best for you!

-Don鈥檛 put sugar on your skin; it is too harsh of an exfoliant!

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