Full, perfectly arched eyebrows are always in style, but sometimes it may feel like they are impossible to achieve. That’s why we went straight the the pros – the Global Makeup Educators at Jane Iredale – to get tips on how to fill in your eyebrows to perfection.
How to Fill in Your Eyebrows in 3 Steps
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Is it just us, or do all-natural and organic claims seem to be everywhere?! They are marketed on many products and are a continuously growing trend. These products range from food and beverages to all kinds of toiletries to makeup and skin care products. We can't argue that some of these products may be better, but some are simply just marketing trends.
A very common misconception is that all-natural or organic skin care products are better for a patient's skin. However, there isn't sufficient or reliable support to back this up.1 Keep in mind that there are synthetic ingredientsand natural/organic ingredients that can be beneficial or unfavorable. In fact, some natural/organic ingredients, including several essential oils, were shown to be irritants, causing adverse or negative reactions in some people.1
All-natural certainly does not mean safer, and should not be viewed as proof of health benefits or of efficacy.2 Natural/organic ingredients may actually be more challenging to preserve against microbial contamination and growth.3
Interestingly, the term organic is defined by the United States Agriculture Department (USDA), not FDA. However, cosmetics labeled with organic claims must comply with BOTH the USDA regulations for the organic claim, as well as FDA regulations for labeling and safety requirements for cosmetics.2 Another interesting note - some products labeled all-natural or organic may actually include synthetic ingredients.3 For example, the USDA definition allows organic products to contain up to 5% of certain synthetic substances.
Key Takeaway: Skin care products that contain a mix of beneficial natural and synthetic ingredients can provide a good balance and work coherently when properly formulated.
Are you wanting to look younger and have healthier looking skin without having to go under the knife or spend days or weeks recovering while missing personal, work, and family obligations? Now, you can!
Rejuvapen, our newest skin care treatment at Charleston Medical Spa, stimulates the skin's natural healing process to increase elasticity, reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles, minimize pores, and more. A versatile treatment that corrects a variety of skin concerns, Rejuvapen is an attractive option for those looking for skin rejuvenation without invasive surgery.
1. No surgery
Rejuvapen is non-surgical, which means that it comes with less risk and no scarring, unlike procedures that require an incision. Rejuvapen treatments are non-invasive and treatments are performed at our clinic under the supervision of one of our licensed estheticians.
2. No anesthesia
Because no anesthesia is necessary, the chance of complications is minimized, and surgical risks, such as infection, are also greatly reduced. You can be fully awake when receiving treatment for Rejuvapen.
3. No overnights
When you receive a facelift at a medical facility, patients are typically kept overnight for supervision. Since Rejuvapen is non-invasive, you will be on with you day within an hour.
4. No down time
Rejuvapen™ does not require an at-home recovery period.
5. No missing out on personal, professional, or family events and obligations
A facelift can derail your personal, work and family obligations by keeping you at home and out of sight while you recover and heal from surgery. A treatment with Rejuvapen will not keep you from your day to day responsibilities and activities.
6. No embarrassing bruising or scarring
While a facelift will have moderate to severe bruising for days and sometimes, weeks, you will not experience either with a treatment from Rejuvapen. Those receiving treatment from Rejuvapen recover in 24 hours or less and only experience the feeling of a "mild sunburn."
7. Little to no pain
When you use Rejuvapen, a topical numbing cream is applied prior to treatment so there is little to no pain involved during and after treatment.
8. Reduced risk of infection
Because Rejuvapen is non-surgical, you dramatically reduce the risk of infection.
9. Get results quicker
It can take up to 6-9 months to see the full benefits of a facelift. The results of Rejuvapen typically take between 6 and 8 weeks to become visible.
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As a leading skin care expert in the 90210, Beverly Hills dermatologist Rhonda Rand, MD, is relied upon by Hollywood’s A-list clientele to help get them camera and red-carpet ready. Below, the celebrity dermatologist reveals her skin care must-haves, the latest procedures and treatments that actually work and celebrity secrets for healthy, glowing skin.
NewBeauty: What are the latest procedures that your well-known celebrity clients are requesting?
Dr. Rand: The procedure they’re coming in for now is a radio-frequency procedure called Exilis, which tightens and lifts the face and neck. They like it because they get a lot of benefit out of it and there’s basically no downtime. They can go right back to work afterward. Another popular procedure that we’re doing is a very light resurfacing laser called Clear + Brilliant. It’s actually being written into their contracts that they should be getting Clear + Brilliant during filming because their skin gets such a glow. It’s nonablative so they look OK the next day, but their skin looks amazing over the next week. Celebrities also love HydraFacials because they plump up their skin and leave them red-carpet ready. (Check out our similar laser treatment: ForeverYoung BBL!)
NB: What products or procedures should a woman incorporate into her routine as she transitions from her 30s to her 40s?
Dr. Rand: People are more into prejuvenation now or preventing lines. I don’t want to treat a 35-year-old differently than I would a 45-year-old. It’s all about preventing the lines from forming early on. If you’re a little more proactive about how you take care of yourself in your 30s, you’re going to have better skin in your 40s. I recommend the same procedures to my patients at both ages, whether it’s laser resurfacing, putting them on a good regimen or using some fillers and Botox. You should start using Botox in your 30s if you can, so the lines never get creased in, like a pair of pants. Once those lines are super creased in, you cannot get rid of them.
NB: What is the one anti-aging myth you wish everyone would stop believing?
Dr. Rand: There are a few of them. One is that using moisturizer will help prevent wrinkles. Moisturizer might help you look better that day, but for prevention, you need sunscreen. If you used moisturizer on just one side of your face, both sides will age the same way. You need to use a lot more than just moisturizer; you need the right moisturizer that contains either peptides, ceramides, antioxidants or Retin-A. Another anti-aging myth is that if you drink more water, your skin will look better. This only helps you if you’re dehydrated to begin with. The biggest myth out there is that you don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day. This is absolutely not true.
NB: What is the secret to healthy, glowing skin?
Dr. Rand: Sleep right, eat right and go to the dermatologist. Going to the dermatologist is key because they’re going to get you on a good regimen of products. I still really love Retin-A products at night, sunscreen in the morning and certain necessary procedures to maintain your skin. Maybe it’s some laser resurfacing, fruit acid peels or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light); it really depends on the individual problems or issues you have. But, you should check in with your dermatologist several times a year and have some treatments done to help maintain your skin.
Tatiana Bido via New Beauty
We’ve all been there – our favorite skin-care products that we’ve been using for months seem to suddenly stop working. Is it time to toss them out? And should we switch up our beauty routine entirely?
“It's a common assumption that skin-care products stop working over time,” explains New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. “What happens most often is that the results noticed upon initial application aren't as dramatic with continuous usage.” So it’s not that the product isn’t working, but rather that it’s working so well in the long-run that it gets harder to see visible results. The lightening of dark spots may be less noticeable after a few months of using the same serum, and skin can even get used to the effects of retinols. “This doesn't mean that the treatment is no longer working, but the results may not be as appreciable,” adds Dr. Engelman.
So, how often should we change up our products?
“If you feel your results have reached a plateau, or in order to make results seem more appreciable, product changes are reasonable once every three to four months,” says Dr. Engelman. “However, if you love a product, stick with it. Don't change just for the sake of changing."
Margaret McGriff via New Beauty
Whether you’re a skin-care newbie or giving your current routine a much-needed overhaul, shopping for a new arsenal of beauty products can be a lot of fun. But before you run home and tear open the packaging, it’s important to have realistic expectations of when you’ll start seeing results.
As a general rule, it takes up to 2 weeks to see results if you’re starting a brand new beauty program. How well you've taken care of your skin in the past plays an important role in how quickly you’ll see the beauty benefits of your new products. “If someone has been using good skin care products for a long time and has taken good care of their skin, their results will be not be as noticeable or as quick as someone who hasn’t done much at all,” explains Dr. Carl R. Thornfeldt, CEO and Founder of Epionce Skin Care. Different products also have their own timetable for visible results (for example, it takes to 6 weeks to see the anti-aging benefits of products that cause skin irritation)
Another thing to keep in mind? Getting the beautiful skin we want is a process. “I tell my patients that this is a process where you have to deal with the damage first,” Dr. Thornfedlt says. “We have to turn off the damaging process that is happening in the skin first, and this takes a period of time. Once the damaging process is halted, then the skin can start the rejuvenation process. The skin then needs to be in the rejuvenating process for a while before you can visibly see results.”
Via New Beauty by Margaret McGriff
College is calling your name – and unfortunately, so are stress, sleepless nights, partying, and forgetting about your good skin habits. What comes next? Acne breakouts, pimples, blackheads and more, of course.
Stay calm and carry on. ZO Skin Health has solutions that are easy and simple enough even for an over scheduled student to stick with.
Acne may be caused by genetics or hormones, and usually it’s a combination of multiple factors. Contributing factors may include diet, sleep patterns, hygiene, lifestyle, exercise, and did we mention stress? If you are not exfoliating regularly because crashing for exams take precedence, dead skin cells will build up on your skin’s surface and inside the pores. These dead cells and debris mix with trapped oil and the end result is pores that get clogged, along with blackheads and whiteheads or pustules can’t be far behind. To keep breakouts under control requires a 24/7, 365 days/year regimen. Even when you are not breaking out, but have a history of acne, don’t get lax. Stick with a program to achieve and maintain clear skin. ZO Skin Health makes it easy – even for sleep deprived, stressed out college and grad students. Try the ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Treatment Program that includes:
Strawberries. They might have antioxidant properties, but unfortunately, strawberries are also highly acidic. In order to limit the acidification they cause, combine them with other alkalizing fruits, such as bananas, pears, melons, peaches, etc.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes also play a significant acidifying role in the body, so it's advisable to eat them with raw vegetable oils and greens, such as lettuce, green beans, cucumbers, etc.
Gummy Candy Foods. with a gelatin base like gummy bears or other chewy candies are extremely aggressive toward body cells, so it's best to limit them as much as possible. Plus, it's all empty calories (no vitamin or mineral content), so they're ultimately useless in your diet.
Sour Cream. Sour cream is part of the acidifying foods club, which is why it's better to use it simply as a complement to potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, etc.
Ketchup. This beloved condiment is a double-edged sword in disguise due to its rich tomato and high sugar content. Fortunately, your fries can do without.
Pasteurized Milk. Pasteurization involves heating milk to high temperatures in order to destroy harmful bacteria and make it last longer. But in doing so, the milk becomes more acidifying. It's better to alternate between different kinds or turn to plant-based milks instead.
Pork. Pork is one of the most acidifying meats out there, in addition to bison. Just be careful not to overdo it, so you can limit the oxidative stress on your body.
Tuna. Tuna might be a good source of protein, but it's more acidic than most fish. It's also high in mercury, so you have two good reasons right there to limit your consumption of it.
Red Currants. Don't point to its sour taste—because that's not why this fruit is considered an acidifying food. It's simply less alkalizing than its fellow fruit companions (grapes, blueberries, cherries, pineapples, etc.).
Syrups. Sure they taste good and add a pretty spot of color to your water or other beverages, but as luck would have it, syrups are also extremely high in sugar. This one is pretty far up on the list of acidifiers, so opt for plain water if you can or add some non-acidic fruits for subtle flavor.
White Rice. All grains that carry the label "refined" are ones to be avoided. You can have some, but don't go overboard. And always try to favor whole grains, such as brown rice or wild rice.
Lemonade. Not surprisingly, lemonade falls into the same category as syrups, as it contains a lot of sugar and therefore has the same acidifying effect. Switch up your beverages to beat boredom, such as swapping mineral water for sparkling water. Or only allow yourself to sip on the sweet stuff once in a great while.
Black Tea. Black tea is considered the most acidifying. So you might want to turn that English Breakfast tea you enjoy every morning into green tea or jasmine tea, etc.
White Sugar. Sugar is harsh on the body and plays the role of prooxidant on its cells, which increases oxidative stress aka induces wrinkles. So learn to tame your sweet tooth, and avoid artificial sweeteners, which aren't any better! Stick to honey or maple syrup, if possible.
Rum. As you probably already know, alcohol is not the best spokesman for maintaining healthy body cells. It is indeed a harmful agent that accelerates cell destruction, leaving you with a ragged, dull look. Even if you're on vacation, try to take it easy so you don't end up with your nose in the sand.
Brown Sugar. Brown sugar isn't your friend—it also has an acidifying effect on the body. As mentioned before, you can use honey or maple syrup in your drinks in order to sweeten the taste.
Mayonnaise. Here's another condiment that won't help you escape those little wrinkles. Its proteins and fats favor acidification of body cells. You don't have to eliminate it completely—instead, try replacing it with mustard from time to time.
Black Coffee. You might think you're doing yourself a favor by excluding milk and sugar in your morning cup of Joe, but it's still not the best option. Super-strong black coffee is more aggressive on your body cells, which will accelerate the aging process in the long run.
Cooked Butter. It's better to consume butter in its uncooked state for one simple reason. When the butter starts to melt while cooking, it undergoes chemical changes and releases volatile toxic substances. They're harmful to your body cells because they, too, contribute to their destruction. If you can't do without it, add it at the end of the cooking process.
Carbonated Soft Drinks. Soda is well known for being a sugar bomb, full of artificial sweeteners. So it does nothing good for the body. Moderation is (again) key.
Parmesan. Sad but true: Parmesan gets better with age, but it doesn't help you to do the same.
Lamb and Mutton. Mutton, like pork, has a strong acidifying effect that triggers the deterioration of your body cells. This in turn impacts your skin, leaving lines you'd rather leave behind.
Gin. Is your go-to happy hour drink a gin and tonic? If so, sorry to tell you, but it's one of the alcohols you should cut back on if you want to reduce face wrinkles.
Shellfish. Are you on an oceanside escape and want to indulge in some quality seafood? Go ahead, but you're better off going for the cod in creamy sorrel sauce rather than digging into the lobster plate. It's not a question of taste but rather the fact that shellfish have a higher degree of acidification.
Pistachios. Pistachios are part of the oleaginous family and a happy-hour snack to avoid because they boost acidification in the body. Opt instead for almonds or Brazilian walnuts.
Deli Meats. This is a lunch fave you're going to have to cut down on. Those that are smoked or salted are especially acidic.
Margarine. Hydrogenated margarine is considered harmful for body cells because it accelerates the skin's aging process due to a metabolic shift in fatty acids. So if you're going to spread something on your morning toast, make it butter (just don't cook it beforehand).
Pasta. Refined grains, such as white pasta are more acidic than whole-grain pasta, so try to alternate between the two in order to minimize the impact of acidification on your body cells.
By Danielle Fontana
Eye shadow creasing is the fastest way to take your look from glam to grunge (not in a good way). To get to the bottom of what causes it, we asked Edgar Dominquez, global educator for jane iredale, for some insight on how to avoid the most common application faux pas that cause unwanted creasing.
Applying eye shadow directly on oily eyelids:
“What most people don’t know is that there’s no such thing as an oily eyelid,” says Dominquez. “You don't have oil glands around the eye area—what’s really causing your eye shadow to crease is the shape of your eye and the fact that you blink thousands of times a day. If you have a hooded lid, there are ways to keep your shadow from creasing. The key here is an eye primer, or blotting eyelids gently with facial blotting papers to help absorb the excess moisture." We recommend jane iredale Lid Primer ($18.50) and jane iredale Facial Blotting Papers ($11).
Using a liquid foundation/concealer on your eyelids as an eyeshadow base:
“Using a liquid foundation or concealer as an eye base is not your best option,” says Dominquez, who explains that most foundations and concealers usually create too much moisture on your eyelids. “Moist eyelids are not capable of absorbing excess oil, and due to their consistencies, they will begin to crease and product will settle into fine lines. Foundations or concealers with oil-controlling properties can be very drying to the eye." If you need a quick fix, Dominquez recommends dusting a translucent powder like jane iredale Amazing Matte ($35) with a brush on your entire eyelid to help absorb any unwanted moisture.
Applying eyeshadow with your fingers or disposable eye sponge applicators
vs. using proper brushes:
“Fingers and eye sponge applicators don’t apply eye shadow evenly and it’s very difficult to achieve a polished finish,” Dominquez explains, adding that most makeup brands have a variety of makeup brushes with different textures, bristles and shapes for a reason. "The denser an eye shadow brush is, the more pigment you will pick up. When you apply eye shadow, you want to press and gently tap it on your eyelid and then blend it out. The more you blend, the less likely it is that your shadows will crease.”
Applying eye cream directly on the eyelids:
“Eye creams can work wonders under our eyes, but just like some foundations and concealers, they can destroy our eye shadow,” Dominquez warns. “Applying an eye cream onto your eyelids will create too much moisture, making it impossible for your eye shadow to stay put and not crease. If you need to apply eye cream to the top portion of your eye, you should only apply it at night and just on the brow bone. The skin is so thin around the eye area, so a little bit of product will go a long way.”
Applying too much eye shadow and not pressing it into your skin:
Dominquez says that applying too many layers of eye shadow leads to creasing. “The reason why many women apply layers on top of layers of their eye shadow is due to the lack of pigment found in the shadows. Doing this will not only make your lids appear heavy, but it will also cause the shadow to crease,” he adds. "I suggest investing in high-quality eye shadows and pigments so you end up using less on your eyes, leaving less room for creasing simultaneously."