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Dark & Puffy UnderEyes

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If you suffer from puffy or discoloured undereyes, you’re definitely not alone. This sometimes troublesome and unsightly condition can be caused by many factors, and finding out the main cause of your "raccoon eyes" is the first step to solving it. And yes, there are solutions!

The skin underneath your eye is extremely thin, so the mechanisms going on beneath the surface are very visible. As we age this skin thins even more, and the dark veins and pigment beneath can look like they’re on the surface. Diet, age, and genetics are just some of the factors that can influence the appearance of your undereyes. Finding out what’s causing the problem is the first step to finding the solution.

Anti-Wrinkle Creams

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You’ve probably heard a lot about anti-wrinkle creams, and no doubt you’ve seen them line the shelves of every cosmetic store. Creams that boast they can “rewind the clock”, “fight aging” and “fill in wrinkles”. But do they actually work? And if so, how are they working?

The anti-aging branch of the cosmetic product market grosses millions of dollars a year. With the industry booming, more and more products are being created and marketed towards people trying to slow or prevent the natural aging process. However, the FDA has fairly lax standards when it comes to cosmetic products that boast anti-aging effects. Their concern lies in the safety of a product, not its effectiveness. Therefore there’s no guarantee that the cream labeled “anti-wrinkle” will actually reverse your fine lines and prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Sunscreen & Your Skin

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We all know the importance of sunscreen, but do you know what it’s actually doing to protect you? Do you know what to look for when you shop? Did you know different sunscreens protect against different things?

With the continued evolution of science, we know much more today about the sun and its effects on our skin than ever before. Things we previously thought harmless we now know are extremely dangerous, and the impact the sun has on our skin has (no pun intended) really come to light.

What Is Mineral Makeup?

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One of the newer trends in the cosmetic industry is mineral makeup. This is makeup that opts for natural ingredients rather than synthetic chemicals, which can irritate and damage the skin. However, mineral makeup isn’t a new concept. Since ancient times people have painted their faces and bodies with natural minerals and earthly pigments. Somewhere along the line though we started adding things, like artificial ingredients to bulk up the product and preservatives to give it a longer shelf life.

Mineral makeup has been around since the 1970s, when pressed powders began being made with finely milled minerals. The frontrunners of the mineral makeup industry as we know it today are companies like JaneIredale, BareMinerals, and PurMinerals, all founded in the mid 1990’s. Since its arrival on the scene, mineral makeup has continued to grow in popularity. But be careful what you buy, because many of the products marketed as “mineral makeup” aren’t as true to the name as they may seem.

Acne at Every Age

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Let’s be real -- acne can really suck. It can make you self-conscious to the point of disrupting your life, and it can affect you at any age. We all know that dealing with acne is an essential teenage experience, but what happens when acne follows you into adulthood? Almost every teen battles with acne (around 95%), but did you know about 25% of adults struggle to control their breakouts?

Laser Hair Removal - Worth It?

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Laser hair removal, as it currently stands, is a fairly new and groundbreaking technology. The struggle to rid ourselves of unwanted body hair, however, can be traced back for centuries.

People have long searched for a permanent solution, and have tried everything from scraping the hair from skin with rocks to pulling it out with beeswax. The evolution of modern technology has lead us to some radical new treatments for hair removal, including the use of lasers. With dramatic results that appear to be long-lasting, we may have finally found a permanent solution.

Fillers VS. Botox®

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There are many misconceptions about cosmetic injectables floating around. Some people say they want fillers instead of Botox® because they’re “stronger”, or that they want Botox® in their lips instead of fillers because Botox® has been around longer and is safer. Some people claim that they’re the same thing, and they can be used interchangeably with each other.

So, we're laying it out clear!

Free Radicals & Your Skin

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If you’ve done any skincare research, whether on products or treatments, you’ve probably heard the term “free radical” thrown around. We know they’re bad, that we need to protect ourselves from them, but what exactly are they?

A free radical is an atom or molecule that has an unpaired electron in its outer shell. Every cell produces free radicals when it breaks down calories for energy. These free radicals are highly reactive, meaning they will ‘attack’ stable cells to fill the spot of their missing electron.

When free radicals accumulate, they will cause oxidative damage, and oxidative damage causes cells to age faster. This phenomenon was noted in the 1950’s by Denham Harman, in what he called the Free Radical Theory of Aging (FRTA). It essentially states that an accumulation of free radical damage will cause cells to age faster. By stating this he also said that you can extend cellular lifespan by reducing oxidative damage.

Glossary

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The world of cosmetic laser and aesthetic surgery is ever evolving, with new treatments, products, technologies and terms arising constantly. Being immersed in the industry, we sometimes don’t realize that the terms we use everyday are not household names for most people. This glossary will aim to bring some of the words we use everyday into your vocabulary.

Our website strives to give you straightforward and educative information in a concise manner. This glossary will serve as an ever-evolving list of terms we use on our website and regularly in our office, in hopes that you won’t have to scour the vast world of the web to find out what we’re talking about!

Botox® & Hyperhidrosis

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Do you sweat excessively and uncontrollably? You might suffer from a condition known as Hyperhidrosis, a chronic medical condition characterized by excessive sweating.

The body sweats as a way of regulating its temperature. If the body receives certain triggers, such as exercise, warm temperatures, or fear, it will produce sweat in order to cool itself down. This is a completely normal function and helps keep our internal temperature stable and our bodies running smoothly. However, some people’s bodies will produce sweat without the presence of these triggers. These individuals have a condition known as hyperhidrosis, and can produce up to five times as much sweat than is necessary or normal.

About 2-3% of the population is afflicted by this, yet only about half of them seek medical help. Most try to hide their condition by always having a second set of clothes around, or by avoiding certain situations. This can be a debilitating condition, and can keep people from activities, careers paths, and relationships.

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