Dos and Don’ts of Laser Hair Removal

Did you know that there are things you should do and things you should avoid before laser hair removal?  This article is here to tell you what those are.  If you have never had laser hair removal done or simply need a refresher of what to avoid in order to keep your skin in good shape, read the tips below.  Your laser tech and your body will thank you.

9 Things You Should Absolutely Avoid Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

Celebrities Get Tattoo Removal Too

Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice of the Spice Girls) has been spotted with faded tattoos in place of what used to be perfect tattoos. This leads to speculation that she is getting the tattoos removed. Tattoos are typically removed using a laser and don’t require much downtime. We know that laser treatments are on the rise and that includes tattoo removal. If you become a certified laser technician through the Clearskin Institute would you want to learn laser tattoo removal?

Victoria Beckham is queen of the style renaissance?the endlessly chic designer has come a long way since her pleather-clad Posh Spice days, cultivating a much more covered up signature look in recent years. Making her grown up aesthetic even clearer, Beckham appears to be having some ? and possibly all ? of her famous ink removed.

In a recent appearance at the 2017 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party, the designer strutted the pink carpet looking perfectly posh (as usual) wearing a backless black jumpsuit, neck-baring updo and megawatt earrings. But one accessory was notably missing: her famous back tattoo.

In her pre-runway days, before launching her eponymous womenswear label in 2008 or bringing her chic style to the masses via Victoria Beckham x Target, VB was known for her collection of sentimental ink dedicated to husband David Beckham, including wrist tattoos commemorating their wedding date and move to America. But her most-photographed tattoo was the one running down her spine ? an elegant Hebrew etching that read, ?I am my beloved?s and my beloved is mine.? To up the aww factor, David has the same ink etched on his arm.


Here she is in 2012 at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, and then in 2016 at the Cannes Film Festival.

According to eagle-eyed photographers, Beckham’s back ink has been slowly fading for some time, presumably due to laser removal treatments, which erase ink over a period of several sessions, reports New Beauty. The whole process can take several months depending on the size of the tat. Here’s a more recent image of her tattoo, almost completely gone:

It looks as though she?s not stopping at the spine ? Victoria Beckham is reportedly removing all of her sentimental ink to fit her more minimalist aesthetic, according to several UK newspapers including The Mirror. Ink or no ink, her latest appearance only confirms the designer is chicer than ever.

For more tattoo news, check out:

  1. The FDA Just Released Some Scary Warnings About Moldy Tattoo
  2. 11 Watercolor Tattoos That Are Actually Works of
  3. The New Helix Tattoo Trend Is All Over

Go Behind the Scenes of Zoe Kravtiz’s Allure Cover Shoot:


Scared of Injectables?

There is a good chance we all know someone or know of someone who has had injectables or fillers. We all most likely know about a filler nightmare, too or can picture someone with too much work done. This might make one anxious or afraid to try fillers for themselves. However, the commonality of these procedures and the advancing of technology really help diminish anxiety or fear. Read the article below from Elle Magazine that explains just how easy injectables are to take away some of the intimidation.

It goes without saying that no one wants to look done. Still, we’ve all seen it, or maybe it’s even happened to us: the brow too high, too low, too frozen; the balloonish lips or Angelina-Jolie-in-Maleficent cheekbones that give the game away. Here is a person, these all-too-obvious needle- assisted interventions say, who hoped to look younger, prettier?someone who strove to arrest aging, à la Blake Lively’s magical imperviousness to time in The Age of Adaline, or even to reverse it, like Benjamin Button?and overshot the mark.

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Thankfully, as dermatologists have grown more sophisticated in their methods and the array of fillers, neurotoxins, and fat dissolvers like Kybella has become more diverse and specialized, patently obvious nonsurgical work is becoming the exception rather than the rule. (And surely, if the 9 million-plus injections done in the United States in 2015 had made us a nation of funny- faced freaks, we’d know it.) The best needle wielders now recognize that the most natural-looking effects are achieved incrementally, with tiny, almost imperceptible adjustments.

“I’m a big believer in ‘You don’t fill up the gas tank in one try,’ ” says Los Angeles-based dermatologist Annie Chiu, MD. “Softly adjusting gives the most beautiful results, and budget-wise it’s more reasonable as well. You can always add, but it’s harder to take away. Hyaluronic acid fillers are reversible, but you obviously don’t want to do that unless absolutely necessary.”

“I call them little tweak-bits,” says New York-based derm Dendy Engelman, MD. “This is the secret behind all the celebrities who the layperson thinks are just genetic phenoms. They are able to age beautifully because they’re not doing major overhauls. They’re not changing their faces, adding tons of volume, or erasing their expressions. They’re just focusing on tiny changes that really fly under the radar. They’re not so perceptible that it’s like, ‘Oh, she went and got her eyes done’ or ‘She’s changed her lips.’ Nobody can tell.”

With injectables, small hits can have a big impact?and not necessarily in the places one might expect. Engelman, for example, sometimes uses “a tiny bit of Botox at the base of the columella, which is that divider between the nostrils,” to lift the tip of the nose. “There are a lot of small physiological changes that people don’t really notice as signs of aging, which we can address,” she says. Another trick: making the eyes look bigger by injecting a baby dose of neurotoxin just underneath the eye. “If you just put one unit of Botox there,” Engelman says, “it drops the lower eyelid about one or two millimeters and opens up the aperture of the eye. So you look a little more awake, a little younger or prettier?but not noticeably different.”

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In more traditionally treated areas, derms tend to stay with standard doses of Botox and fillers?”I believe that if you use too little between the eyebrows, you’re not going to prevent those etched lines from getting deeper over time,”says New York?based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD.

“And I find that I need to put in .1 to .2 ccs?the more traditional doses of filler?along the cheekbone in order to get the lifting effect I’m after.” But for the rest of the face, Bowe says, “I’ve completely changed my injection technique.”

To address crow’s feet, for example, Bowe “wraps” microdoses of neurotoxin?delivered with an ultrathin tuberculin needle?around the eye, starting from the tail of the eyebrow and finishing under the lower eyelid.”Instead of hitting that area with just three injections on each side, which is what was studied during FDA trials, I actually do a series of about six or seven injection sites,” she says. “That way, I get a very gentle, natural, widespread effect that opens up the eye and lightens up heavy lids. It also changes the texture of the skin in a way that traditional deeper injections don’t, because I’m actually affecting only the very superficial muscle fibers. So when people complain that they have crepey or cigarette-paper skin around the eye, it helps to smooth that out.”

Similarly, Bowe uses minuscule doses of hyaluronic acid fillers in marionette lines, smile lines, and nasolabial folds, placing them shallowly into the dermis “to gently hydrate the skin from beneath the surface.” This imparts an immediate dewy glow but also, she says, galvanizes a longer-term benefit: “It triggers your own body to make more collagen. I’m deliberately wounding the skin in tiny points down and along those lines in order to tell your body to start healing itself. I find that by doing this injection technique, I’m able to get a much more powerful preventive effect from the filler, because I’m creating ten- sion on the fibroblast cells, making them create more collagen. Again, it’s very off-label, but if I see people every three months and I use very low doses distributed in a lot of different areas, I’m able to get healthier-looking skin over time. So even after the enzymes in our bodies break down that hyaluronic acid filler, the skin looks tighter and firmer.”


Men and Cosmetic Procedures

Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures like laser treatments and fillers are not just for women. More and more men are dipping their toes in the cosmetic pool these days. So why is this all-of-a-sudden being pointed out and what treatments are men trying? Elle Magazine did the story below answering these questions. Read on and find out for yourself!

Dr. Stafford Broumand, who is based in Manhattan, cites shifting expectations around aging as one of the main motivating factors. “Sixty is the new 40,” he says. “I’m in my fifties and feel like I’m in my thirties.” Like many women, “men don’t feel their age and don’t want to look their age, and now they know what they can do to improve their appearance.”

He said, ‘My wife has been on me for five years.’ So I asked, ‘What motivated you now?’ and he said, ‘My mistress started giving me a hard time.’

“I get men in their forties who have young kids and want to treat the wrinkles between their eyebrows,” says Dr. Doft. “They say, ‘I feel like I look angry when I speak to my children or my wife.” For them, she continues, it’s “not so much the prevention of wrinkles, like, ‘I can see how this will benefit me, and this is what I can get done.'”

Of course, plenty of men come in purely to improve their appearance. Dr. Doft had a French patient who came in for his sagging neck. “‘He said, ‘My wife has been on me for five years.’ So I asked, ‘What motivated you now?’ and he said, ‘My mistress started giving me a hard time.'”

“Look, I never thought I would be that guy,” says Rich, a New York City?based 33-year-old manager for a rental-car company and marathon runner who asked that we not use his last name. He went in for liposuction a year and a half ago for fat on his lower abdomen. “I told my wife and my sister, but I didn’t go broadcasting it to my friends. But I was more embarrassed about that little bulge in my stomach area than anyone finding out. I’m a super competitive person and I don’t want to look like someone who is out of shape.”

“I’ve never had a female patient pass out on me. I have had a handful of men [pass out].”

Though there are the obvious, non-gender-related reasons why men and women pursue these procedures?vanity, competition, some grasping at an ineffable edge in our perpetually measured world?several of the doctors I spoke with noted differences in the way that men and women approach the procedures. “A lot of my female patients almost want me to be a friend, a confidant. Sometimes they want to come in and talk about the decision two or three times,” says Dr. Doft. Men, she says, tend to be more businesslike about it. “I know the gender of a caller in one question: ‘How long do I have to be there?'” Dr. Stevens says.

Male patients, Doft says, “want to hear about the technology, like Vaser-assisted liposuction,” a technique that uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat cells before they’re suctioned out. Doctors also say that male patients need more reassurance about pain. “Men in general have a lower pain threshold than women,” says Dr. Daniel Maman, who practices in New York City. (Science is on the fence about this, fwiw.) “I’ve never had a female patient pass out on me. I have had a handful of men [pass out] and they’re less than 10 percent of my practice.” Another difference: “Men do not bring in pictures,” says Dr. Broumand. Another crucial division: Women face more criticism for this kind of alteration, at least for now. “Men’s faces aren’t as scrutinized for imperfections or modifications,” says Alex, “and so our decision is maybe a little less embattled.”

But if the trend lines continue, will the scales equalize? Will men, too, find themselves subject to the kind of endless dissection of laugh lines and stretch marks that can torment women? Or will we all be just a bit happier to let the doctors do their job? Either way, nothing distracts from the sting of the needle like faux snakeskin walls and an endless loop of the Swimsuit Edition. Says Dr. Stevens: “It’s a palpable, smellable difference.”

Marisa Meltzer is a freelance writer based in New York City and a frequent contributor to ELLE.

*Some names have been changed.


The Rundown on Clay Products for Acne

We all know of facial masks and other skin products containing clay that are supposed to reach the depths of your pores and pull out unwanted dirt and oil. However, Elle Magazine recently explored the question of whether or not products containing clay are helpful in treating acne. Read about the products that were tried and the final verdicts below.

I have cranky skin (sensitive, prone to tantrums), and over the years, I’ve tried all manner of soaps and tonics and leave-ons aimed at calming it down and clearing it up, always favoring the more extreme formulas strong enough, so I thought, to snuff out all the oil and dirt clogging it up. Until two months ago, when I spoke to Manhattan-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, and my skin-care worldview was shattered. “Acne doesn’t mean you’re dirty,” Zeichner told me. “People who wash their skin regularly may break out, and people who don’t may have clear skin.” And then the kicker: “Overwashing may disrupt the skin barrier.” In other words, not only had I not been solving the problem, I may have been causing it.

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And dirt, long considered my foe, might actually be my greatest ally. Specifically, dirt’s electrically charged component?clay?which, as Zeichner explained, combats excess oil and draws out impurities (e.g., inflammation-causing excess sebum) without stripping the skin of moisture completely. Clay as cleanser isn’t anything new?Cleopatra is said to have maintained her poreless complexion with the help of white-clay masks?but it’s new to me: The first standouts in my experiment are Fresh’s Umbrian Clay, a no-nonsense gunk-extractor mask, and Borghese Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Skin, a silky, seafoam-colored concoction fit for a mermaid. While slathering the former on my oily T-zone and the latter on my more delicate décolletage, I’m struck by how natural?and almost spiritual?it feels to cover myself in mud. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that ancient civilizations, from the Incans to the Greeks, theorized that a creator deity fashioned human beings out of glorified dirt. (It’s a claim that a group of scientists at Cornell all but backed up in 2013, when they found that clay can act as an incubator for DNA and the other building blocks of life.) Better yet, the stuff actually worked: My windburned skin was less ruddy and softer to the touch.

Now hooked, I consult Yael Alkalay, founder of skin-care brand Red Flower. A decade ago, Alkalay launched her hammam set, a clay-centric line partially inspired by visits to Turkish and Moroccan bathhouses that left her with a “feeling of lightness and renewal.” I have a similar reaction the first time I sluice myself down with her Moroccan Mint Tea Silt Purifier body wash; paint myself from hairline to pinkie toe in a thin layer of Jasmine Rose Rhassoul Clay combined with a capful of apple cider vinegar (to balance out the clay’s alkaline base); dollop L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask on my scalp; and then soak in the bath for an hour. The next morning, the Rhassoul Clay has significantly reduced a painful cystic breakout on my jawline (brought on, I think, from forgetting to heed Zeichner’s warning about overcleansing), and by the next evening, my oil-prone roots still look as if they’ve been freshly shampooed. As my new favorite saying goes, a little dirt don’t hurt.

1. The Dirt Natural Toothpaste.

2. Borghese Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Skin.

3. Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask.

4. Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque.

5. L’Oréal Paris Red Algae Exfoliate and Refine Mask.

6. Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask.

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of ELLE.


If You’re Curious About Nonsurgical Facial Procedures…

More and more people are trying nonsurgical procedures to improve the appearance of their skin lately.  At the Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics we educate and train people to perform procedures like some listed in the article below every day.  If you want to learn about things like microneedling and laser treatments before trying them, then this article by The Chronicle from Harvard Women’s Health Watch is a great read!

Want to take years off your face? These treatments can rejuvenate your skin

An increasing array of nonsurgical products and procedures aim to reduce the effects of time and sun exposure

PUBLISHED MAR 19, 2017 AT 6:01 AM (UPDATED FEB 27, 2017)

It’s often said that our lives are written on our faces. But if you feel like doing a little editing ? erasing a few fine lines, softening a deep furrow, or evening out some patchy spots ? there’s an increasing array of products and procedures to help rejuvenate skin worn by time and sun exposure.

“When it comes to skin treatments, there’s lots of good news in therapies for medical conditions as well as cosmetic concerns,” says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, adjunct professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

A growing population of healthy, active older women who want to look as young as they feel has spurred the development of skin rejuvenation techniques that are more subtle and have much shorter recovery times than facelifts.

“It’s important to choose your treatments with care and to check and double-check the reputation and accreditation of clinicians performing invasive skin procedures,” Dr. Arndt says.

You may want to consult a dermatologist to weigh the possible risks and likely benefits of various treatments. Cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance, so cost might also be an important factor in choosing a skin rejuvenation procedure.

The most common proceduresThe following are several often-used techniques to remove fine wrinkles, scars, uneven pigmentation, and other imperfections.

Botox. Injections of botulinum toxin ? a category that includes Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin ? are relatively affordable, have very few risks, and require no recovery time. And they’re quite effective at temporarily smoothing a wrinkled face, brow, or neck.

Soft tissue fillers. Injections of soft-tissue fillers under the skin can add height to cheekbones, improve the jaw line, diminish acne or surgical scars, restore fullness to hollow cheeks and eyes, fill fine vertical lines, resculpt lips, and fill in nasolabial folds (the deep lines that run from the outside of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth). Some fillers, such as hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid, are eventually absorbed by the body. Others contain tiny beads of solid materials suspended in gel. The gel is absorbed over time, and the beads form a scaffold for collagen growth.

Chemical peels. Peels are used to treat wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, precancerous skin growths, and superficial scarring. An acid solution?usually glycolic, salicylic, or trichloroacetic acid?is applied to the skin, dissolving skin cells and removing the top layers of the epidermis. The effects vary based on how deeply the peel penetrates, which is determined by the type and strength of the solution used.

Microdermabrasion. In this procedure, the doctor or aesthetician sands an area with tiny aluminum hydroxide crystals to create smoother-looking skin. It’s relatively inexpensive, and no recovery time is needed.

Microneedling. This technique ? in which a doctor repeatedly applies an electric or battery-operated instrument containing multiple small, thin, sharp needles to the skin ? isn’t as painful as it sounds. The needles cause tiny injuries that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Therapeutic substances, such as hyaluronic acid or ascorbic acid, can be applied before or after needling so the substance penetrates deeply. This procedure is relatively risk-free and inexpensive.

Laser therapy. Lasers can remove moderate to deep lines and wrinkles and significantly improve skin tone, texture, and tightness. Lasers’ ability to target specific types of cells in distinct skin layers enables them to treat conditions such as port-wine stains, pigmented birthmarks, and spider veins. They can also erase acne pits and many other scars. Your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can help you determine which type of laser therapy is best for you.

Yes, you can try these at homeHome chemical peels and micro-derm-abrasion kits generally have the same ingredients as medical professionals use, but in lower concentrations. There are also a variety of home microneedling rollers that can be used to deliver retinols, moisturizers, and other compounds into the skin. Home laser, LED light, and ultrasound devices are also less powerful than professional equipment, but they can be effective if you have the patience to perform treatments on a frequent basis for many weeks or months.

These products and devices can remove dead skin and diminish scars and fine lines safely for a fraction of the cost of professional treatment. Because the results are less dramatic, nonprescription options work best for minor skin flaws. Be sure to read and follow directions to use them safely. 

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Skincare Myths Debunked

It is easy to want to try every skincare tip you hear about without doing any research.  Companies are always announcing the latest and greatest methods for keeping great skin with use of their products.  We are here to tell you that there is a lot of false advertising out there!  Alex Hendrickson of Style Blueprint compiled some of the biggest skincare myths juxtaposed with their truths in the article below.  Read the first few and then follow the link to read the rest on their website!

Don’t Fall Victim to These Skincare Myths!

Alex Hendrickson | Style Blueprint

Rumors are flying and misconceptions are being shared about skincare. With all the products available and advice being doled out, it?s easy to get overwhelmed and, frankly, confused about what?s best for our skin. In an effort to mitigate the chaos, we tapped into six of Nashville?s most knowledgeable skincare experts to set the record straight. They shared the most common myths they hear and debunked them with actual truths. Read on to see which mistakes you have been making and what you should be doing instead.

MYTH: The most important thing is to cleanse and moisturize.

TRUTH: Grayson Woods, M.D., of Woods Aesthetics, notes that many of her clients think if they are using a good cleanser and moisturizer then their skincare is covered. In fact, it?s the exact opposite. ?If you?re on a budget and need to skimp on anything in your regimen, let that be your cleanser and moisturizer. Your money is best spent on the products containing medical-grade active ingredients,? she says. ?Vitamins and antioxidants, retinol, pigment-treating products and growth factors are just a few of the products to invest in that produce amazing results. We recommend CE Ferulic by SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica Retinol Complex and SkinMedica Lytera, and a great all-in-one with growth factor is SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. If you invest in your active ingredients and need to save a little, head to your local drugstore and purchase a simple cleanser and moisturizer with limited ingredients such as CeraVe or Cetaphil.?

MYTH: The higher the SPF in sunscreen, the better.

TRUTH: This is actually true to an extent, says Jennifer Lee, M.D., of REN Dermatology. ?Studies have shown that SPF 15 blocks approximately 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. There is no sunscreen that can block 100% of UV rays,? she explains. ?Over SPF 50, the added benefit of a higher SPF is minimal. I recommend using SPF 30 on a daily basis (to help protect from sun damage throughout the day) and SPF 50 for outdoor activities. Again, re-applying sunscreen every two hours while you?re outdoors is very important. Also make sure you are using enough sunscreen to adequately cover your body and get the full SPF effect. If you are applying sunscreen to your entire body, an easy tip is to use 1 ounce, which is equivalent to one shot glass.

?It is also well established that people of all skin colors get skin cancer,? Dr. Lee continues. ?For instance, the skin cancer rates in Hispanics in the United States grew by 43% from 2000 to 2010. More often, their skin cancers, including melanoma, were diagnosed at a later stage and were more advanced. Despite your perceived ability to tan well, it is still important to use sunscreen for skin cancer prevention!?

MYTH: More is better.

TRUTH: ?Why waste time and money on a million steps when you can get fabulous, better results using just a few high-quality professional products recommended by a skincare professional?? asks Tami Sprintz Hall of Escape Day Spa + Salon. ?When you use too many products, you also run the risk of over-sensitizing your skin. Keep it simple and quick ? think quality over quantity.?

Don’t Jump on the Drinkable Sunscreen Bandwagon

A new type of sunscreen is in the works with the idea that you’re supposed to drink it. Sound too good to be true? The Iowa Office of the Attorney General says it is. A lawsuit has been filed claiming it isn’t safe at all. We are all about protecting your skin from the sun, especially here in Arizona. But we think you should stick to your normal sunscreen. To learn more about this sunscreen and the dispute read the article below.

If slurping down a bottle of water to shield the sun’s harmful UV rays sounds too good to be true, well, it probably is. At least, the Iowa Office of the Attorney General thinks so.

On Tuesday, a consumer fraud lawsuit was filed by the Iowa Office of the Attorney General claiming Osmosis Skincare and Harmonized Water?two Colorado-based brands owned by a doctor, Benjamin Taylor Johnson?manufacture “drinkable sunscreen,” that are “seriously flawed” and “flat-out dangerous.” The lawsuit alleges that the products, which were advertised as being formulated with sun-shielding properties to protect users from UV light, “recklessly gave consumers hollow assurances that they were protected from known health hazards.”

The products, dubbed the “world’s first drinkable sunscreen,” are said to be formulated with a form of radio frequencies, called scalar waves, which, when ingested, “vibrate above the skin to neutralize UVA and UVB [rays], creating protection comparable to SPF 30,” according to Osmosis Skincare and Harmonized Water. But Iowa’s Attorney General, Tom Miller, isn’t buying it. “We allege that Johnson and his companies put consumers at considerable risk by claiming that spraying UV Neutralizer into their mouths will provide hours of sun protection,” he said in a statement. “It’s flat-out dangerous to consumers to make them think without any proof that this water protects them from what we know is proven?potentially cancer-causing exposure to the sun.”

If you think that sounds fishy, too, we’re right there with you. Which is why, when we reported on the concept a few years back, dermatologists were hesitant?even then?to jump on board with the idea of ingestible sun protection. “Some supplements have been shown in clinical trials to minimize the harmful effects UV light has on the skin,” Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, previously toldAllure. “They work by helping to boost the skin’s ability to fight off damage and by enhancing antioxidant activity. No supplement, however, should take the place of traditional sun-protection measures, like wearing sunscreen, and exercising sun-protective behaviors, such as seeking shade between peak hours of 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and wearing sun-protective clothing, hats, and glasses.”

More sunscreen facts to know:

  1. A New Sunscreen Study Finds That It Can Reverse Signs of Aging
  2. Many Sunscreens Don’t Meet American Academy of Dermatology Standards
  3. Everything You Need to Know About Sunscreen Serums

To add more to the sunscreen saga, Johnson, the doctor behind both drinkable SPF formulas, has been in trouble with the law years prior. As Buzzfeed reports, Johnson surrendered his Colorado medical license after patient complaints and was caught selling Viagra online?without offering medical exams?in 1999. He continues to hold his medical license in the state of California, and told Buzzfeed he believes in his products, and claims the lawsuit is “full of falsities and misleading statements.”

“I think it is important to note that we have been selling this remarkable product for about five years,” Johnson told Buzzfeed.”We have had thousands of re-orders. Surely people understand that as a successful skin-care company it would make no sense that we would sell people a fake sun protection water?.and if we did, how long does one think those sales would last?”

Suffice to say, there’s a lot happening with this lawsuit. No matter if you believe the drinkable sunscreen products work or not, without having tested the products ourselves, we can’t make a full analysis of the success (or lack thereof) of them. We will say, though, you should always wear your daily SPF?broad spectrum SPF 30, at the minimum?whether you’re guzzling something extra or not.

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Now, here’s a recap on the history of sunscreen:


Better Your Makeup Knowledge

With so many beauty, makeup and skin care trends coming and going it can be hard to know what to focus on and what to avoid. We all feel great when we’re looking great, and that’s why we take care of our skin and try new makeup, for example. This story from Elle Magazine highlights five makeup rules to follow according to Dior Makeup Creative and Image Director Peter Phillips. Check it out!

“People used to be guided by magazines like, ‘this is the trend of the season,'” says Dior Makeup Creative and Image Director Peter Philips. “Nowadays, depending on your mood, and how you want to express yourself, you can go matte, extreme, natural, whatever you want to do.” That’s what inspired Philips to approach lip color in a different way for his latest launch, Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks, a collection of 18 high-shine new lip pigments split into four categories?Pastel, Neon, Classic, and Wild. While some of Philips’ high-impact new shades might look intimidating, they’re designed to wear with the ease of a balm. “You can apply them with your eyes closed almost,” he says. “It’s just a swipe thing.” To celebrate the collection, we talked to Philips about how to make drugstore products look expensive and what he’s learned from working with Bella Hadid.

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1. Contouring is here to stay

I’ve been contouring since day one. It’s our job [as makeup artists] to help sculpt?extreme or subtle?a face, for a photoshoot or a fashion show. I’ve never used one foundation. It’s always a combination of two, three shades just to start sculpting the face. I don’t want that to be dead. But when I see somebody applying it badly?sometimes you see on those makeup tutorials, really extreme ways to apply contouring?that doesn’t serve anybody. But on the other hand, it’s part of the fun of makeup, to play around.

2. Thorough blending is essential

If you have your products, whether they’re cheaper or more expensive products, the moment you blend everything nicely?your foundation is nicely blended, there’s no lines and the brush blends in and seems like it’s part of your skin, your lip is beautifully applied, and if you use two colors, there’s a nice gradient?it looks much more sophisticated.

3. Experiment with lipstick textures

My goal is to make sure in my collections in general [there’s] always some matte, some shine, some sparkle. Even in Dior, there was no matte in the collection. And that was kind of for me like, ‘We need matte. I can push and tease with extreme colors and maybe some extreme formulas like I did for example, [the] launch of Rouge Dior, when I did the extreme shades. I made sure first that the base was guaranteed; that every woman could find her rose, her beige, her matte red, as well as her satin orange. All those classic basic lipstick shades, which are almost essentials, are guaranteed there.

4. Substitute a teaspoon for your lash curler

There’s a very old trick that I always use, it’s like the curling your lashes with a teaspoon. It’s a little spoon, which is kind of hard to do by yourself. They’re always very impressed when I do it for the first time, so that leaves an impression. With Jennifer [Lawrence], she’s kind of open for?she knows her face, she’s not very demanding and she doesn’t have specific things that she wants. She will help choose and she’ll say, ‘I like that color, I like that shade,’ but it’s not that she has specific little tricks which she’s really hooked on. With Bella [Hadid], her skin is flawless and she tells me where she likes to have her contouring and she knows her face better than anyone else, so I follow her in that.

5. Don’t be afraid to experiment

I remember, in the ’80s when I was young, I felt fantastic but five to 10 years later, I was like, ‘I was high in those pictures! What the f*ck was I thinking?’ And now I find them and the only thing I remember is, ‘I know I felt great then, and I don’t care now what I looked like’. And that’s the same with makeup. I’m sure there are girls who will see themselves contour in five years and think, ‘My god, what was I thinking?’ and in 20 years they will say, ‘My god, remember those years?’ It’s the moment. And at the end of the day, you just wipe it off, then next day you do something else.


A New Way to Diagnose Skin Cancer

New methods in testing for and diagnosing skin cancer are emerging. Up until recently, a portion of the skin in question had to typically be cut out and tested for an accurate diagnosis. Now, as this article explains, there is a non-invasive method. Read more about this and what it means for dermatology and skin aesthetics by following the link below the article’s introduction.

A non-invasive imaging technique has been developed that accurately detects skin cancer without surgical biopsy. Multiphoton microscopy of mitochondria accurately identified melanomas and basal cell carcinomas by detecting abnormal clusters of mitochondria in both types of skin cancer.