5 Natural Tips for Tattoo Aftercare

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5 Natural Tips for Tattoo Aftercare

*Guest Post by Delan*

Getting tattoos is a great way to let your creativity shine and show the world a little bit about yourself and what you stand for without having to say a word. However, there is a healing period that follows once the ink is embedded beneath the skin.

From an open wound to itching, scabs, and more, it can feel like months as you wait for these common symptoms to subside and truly enjoy your new body art. There are five natural home remedy options you can employ to aid in the tattoo healing process you won’t want to pass up. [Keep Reading]

60 Second Face Lift

I think it’s pretty darn safe to say that the majority of people take great pride in their appearance. Maybe not alllll the time (seriously, you should see me hungover!), but when it comes to aging and environmental damage that can be done to my face, I take that sh*t seriously.

And like me, other beauty babes around the world really want something that can help with this too. [Keep Reading]

What are Dermal Fillers?

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What are Dermal Fillers

*Guest Post by Kevin*

Since Botox was first approved by the FDA in 2002, there has been a proliferation of facial injection products that help keep us looking young. These products fall broadly into two classes – neurotoxins and dermal fillers.

Neurotoxins include Botox and two competitors, Dysport and Xeomin. These products relax the frown lines between the eyes, the crow’s feet on the sides of the eyes and the horizontal wrinkles above the brow. They smooth away fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them. The results will typically last 3-4 months.

Dermal fillers are a second category of injection products and they work very differently than neurotoxins. Whereas neurotoxins work to smooth wrinkles away by relaxing facial muscles around the eyes, dermal fillers replace fatty tissue and collagen that have been lost to the ageing process.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Dermal Fillers

Not sure which is right for you? Here are some of the top dermal fillers available on the market.

Hyaluronic Acid Based Dermal Fillers

There are several types of dermal fillers, but many of the current products FDA approved in the US are what are called “Hyaluronic Acid” based products. Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating gel-like compound that’s found most commonly in our joints. It is hydrophilic, which means it has the ability to absorb water.

Synthetic Hyaluronic acid can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water. This property means that when it is injected into the skin, it provides volume and a plumping effect.

Calcium Microsphere Based Dermal Filler

Radiesse is a long-lasting dermal filler that is in a class by itself currently. It is not made up of Hyaluronic acid, but rather tiny calcium microspheres. These calcium spheres are so small that they are invisible to the naked eye and also fit easily through the injection syringe.

Compared with Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, Radiesse is thicker and longer lasting.

Poly-L-Lactic Acid Based Dermal Filler

Sculptra is also unique in that no other dermal filler on the market uses the same material or method of action. Sculptra is a long lasting (up to 2 years) injection product that works very differently than other dermal fillers.

Instead of creating immediate volume, Sculptra uses the body’s natural healing response to stimulate the production of your own collagen. Because you stimulate your own collagen after Sculptra injections, the best results will be seen 6-9 months after starting injections.

Which Dermal Filler is Right for Me?

Our patients often want a single answer for which dermal filler is right for them. While this may seem to be a simple question, there are many factors that affect the answer. The choice of dermal filler depends on the area of the face injected.

For example, in thin skin areas such as the lips and under eyes, normally injector’s reach for Hyaluronic acid based fillers. The reason is that this class of gel is quite smooth and the risk of using thicker, longer lasting fillers in these areas is lumpiness.

The patient’s desired duration (how long injections last) also factor into product choice. If a patient wants maximum duration, fillers such as Radiesse, Sculptra or even Bellafill are often used. Longer lasting fillers are typically more expensive and cost is another important factor in the decision.

A patient’s budget also helps us determine which products to use as the Hyaluronic acid based fillers are generally cheaper than Radiesse, Sculptra or Bellafill.

Are There Side Effects for Dermal Fillers?

Each class of dermal filler carries different risks. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers are very safe because they can be easily reversed with an enzyme called Hyaluronidase. If there is a problem or concern, injecting Vitrase or another Hyaluronidase based enzyme will dissolve the filler. These properties make Hyaluronic acid based fillers the safest class.

Radiesse, Sculptra and Bellafill all carry a risk of causing granulomas. Granulomas are a hard nodule under the surface of the skin that result when the body views the dermal filler as a foreign object and surrounds it in an allergic type response. Bruising and swelling are also very common after dermal filler injections.

If Dermal Fillers Aren’t for You, Check out LifeCell for Results in Just 17 Seconds!

About the Author: Kevin DiCerbo is the Director of Celibre Medical. He has been working side by side with Dr. Kaplan since 2004 and has managed Celibre Medical since its inception. He is a certified medical laser safety office (CMLSO) and uses his knowledge of laser physics to help patients understand laser treatments. He also oversees the day to day administrative activities at the two offices. He has a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA.

DIY Microdermabrasion Recipes that Will Blow Your Mind

With winter upon many of us, we must plan ahead for goodness sake.

Actually for  our beauty and skins sake!

Harsh winter elements can really do a number on us. The wind, snow and cold all seem to band together and wage war against your skin. And let me tell you — the outcome is not pretty.

To truly put your best face forward, we’re going to share a few of our fave DIY microdermabrasion recipes that are not only effective, but oh so easy to make at home.

Each one will help rejuvenate your skin so you look hotter than ever, despite the cold. Are you ready? Let’s do this! [Keep Reading]

How to Get Gorgeous Skin by Eating Healthy

*Guest Post by Dr. Crippen*

Our skin is the only outfit we never take off, and it needs to be cared for properly to keep its youthful appearance through the years. There are many habits you can take up that will protect your skin over time. Using sun protection when outdoors is a great first step is, and another one you might consider is eating for your skin. [Keep Reading]

DIY Gluten Free Body Butter

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DIY Gluten Free Body Butter

Winter is here and before you know it your skin may feel dry, itchy and totally parched.

It’s just awful, but as someone with super sensitive skin and a gluten-intolerance I can tell you that not just any old skin lotion will make it better.

As the seasons change, I find my body’s needs change too. Simply put, I rotate my fave skincare products depending on the time of year. Going a little lighter in the summer (because who wants to feel oily) to full, deep moisture in the winter, I give my skin what it needs.

Now, if you’re anything like me and have a gluten sensitivity, you know it’s important to only use g-free products on your skin. And guess what beauties? This DIY gluten free body butter may be just what the doctor order this winter.
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Weird Beauty and Skincare Tricks that Actually Work

*Guest Post by Johny*

It seems like a crazy idea to slather sticky honey on your skin or pour beer on your hair. People will either think you’re into some kind of weird experiment or that you’ve lost your mind.

But you shouldn’t care about what people think as long as you know what you’re doing, right?

These strange, but surprisingly effective beauty fixes will resolve some of the most common beauty issues that you have. [Keep Reading]

How to Brighten Skin with Herbs

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How to Brighten Skin with Herbs

If you long for skin that is brighter and more vibrant looking there is no need to settle for expensive skin solutions that are filled with chemicals and unnatural ingredients.

Who needs a department store with costly skin “brighteners” that have ingredients in them that you cannot even pronounce?  You can be confident with what you are putting on your face with natural ingredients that you can make right at home.  The brightest, healthiest skin can be yours when you turn to nature for help.

Bright Skin is In…the Natural Way

Who knew that a quick pit stop at your local health food and herb store could help you towards a brighter face?

Yep — as it turns out, herbs are a great (and natural!) way to boost your usual beauty routine and give you radiant looking skin. And who doesn’t want that? [Keep Reading]

7 Morning Beauty Habits for Ageless Skin

*Guest Post by Lovella*

Many of us are overwhelmed by countless beauty options we see in our TV ads and shops. It seems that skin care has been getting more complex by the minute.

So let me help you refocus on what’s truly essential – stuff that your skin really needs to stay healthy and vibrant even without makeup.

Remember – how you’re gonna start your day is going to show on your face. So with just a few simple daily habits, you can supercharge your daily skin routine to have noticeably younger and radiant skin for many, many years to come! [Keep Reading]

Gluten-Free Cosmetics — Lipstick Edition

Enough is enough.

That is what many women are saying as more and more face Celiac Disease or necessary dietary changes every day.

This evil protein that is naturally within grains such as rye, barley, or wheat can wreak havoc on anyone that is allergic to it.

Now if you’re like most women, you use cosmetics daily and you probably want to know 100% for sure that what you are choosing is gluten-free. If that’s the case, then read on soul sista, because we’re got a gluten-free cosmetic treat in store for you! [Keep Reading]

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