Injectables, Fillers, Botox, Oh My!

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As the new craze of facial injections takes over, one has to ask... what is Botox? How do lip injections work? Why so pricey and is it really worth it? Evolution has your answers! First and foremost, fillers and Botox should not leave you looking “fake” or unnatural in any way!

Dr. Robert Guida, a leading facial plastic surgeon in Manhattan who does these procedures daily, says "If people start looking the same, the surgeon is doing it wrong," he says. "Fillers should enhance one's facial expressions, natural appearance, and individuality." Dr. Guida continues with, "An inexperienced surgeon will inject in areas that deflect the natural movement of the face. For instance, fillers placed on the top of cheeks cause the eyes to move upwards, which gives the appearance of unnatural tightness. When fillers are placed on the fullest part of the cheeks, they give a natural supple look, which also lifts other features, such as the jaw line and corners of the mouth."

Botulinum toxin – aka Botox - is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox is the original and best-known brand name and the most tested product on the market. It is the safest product, and it is certified in the medical and cosmetic field.

Botox is the top facial injection. An interest in lip injections (we can thank Kylie Jenner!) has increased over the past few years. There are very few side effects to lip injections and are almost entirely painless. Some bruising on or around the lips can occur, especially in patients who have indulged in alcohol or taken aspirin or other blood thinners prior to the procedure. As for the rest of the recovery process, it's hassle-free. Patients can expect to debut their new puckers within just a few hours. If swelling occurs it goes down the next day. The effects of lip injections can last months and sometimes even years depending on how quickly each individual's body breaks down the injectable solution.

Come join us January 20th and meet Dr. Patel for a free consultation from 6-9PM at Evolution Lash Studio & Spa for our second Injectable Party!

 

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How to Overcome Frustration During A Hectic Day

Frustration, it winds you up and can take so much out of you.

Not only can it suck your energy, but it also distracts you and can steal quite a bit of time.

So what can you do?

Well, sometimes that frustration can actually be a positive and can give you a new idea or perspective on things. Or, it can give you the power to keep going just a little bit more until you reach your goal.

But when you start going in circles, when the frustration just makes you mad or your mind foggy and the day is starting to slip through your fingers, then there are steps you can take.

 

There are ways to turn such a state of mind or day around into something better. Into something more helpful. And into something that will make you feel better again.

Step 1: Be here now.

When you are frustrated you can often be somewhere in the future in your mind. Somewhere you wish you would be. Or you are reliving a stumble or failure from your past.

Snap out of those head spaces and calm down by focusing your mind and attention on what is now, right here at this moment.

You can do so by:

  • Focusing on your breathing. Sit down, close your eyes and just focus on the air going in and out of your nose for 1-2 minutes. Take calm and slightly deeper breaths than usual and breathe with your belly and not your chest.

  • Focus on what is around you at this time. The sun shining in through your window. The kids playing out in the street and the cars and people going by. The smells and feeling of the clothes and warmth of the sun on your skin. Do this for 1-2 minutes to get your attention back to the present moment.

Step 2: Appreciate what you do have.

After you have pulled your attention back to where it can be most helpful, focus it on what is still positive in your life.

The quickest and easiest way to do so is to focus it on appreciating what you do have.

A favorite of mine during this step is the important things we may sometimes take for granted.  Like for instance:

  • A warm home and a roof over your head.

  • Plenty of drinkable water.

  • Not having to go hungry.

  • Your friends and family.

Spend a few minutes on this and you’ll find much to be grateful for.

Step 3: Focus on what you can do right now.

With your attention in the present moment and your mood a more grateful and positive one it is now time to get constructive about what frustrates you.

You can do that by asking yourself:

What is one small step I can take right now to improve this situation?

It may be to see what you can learn from what frustrates you and to try another path towards your goal.

Or, it could be to try one more time and to keep going (because not all things in life will come to you the first, second or even third time you try).

Or, it could be you simply realizing that you may have taken on a bit too much lately. Maybe things have been tough and you need to take this evening or a few days to just relax, take care of yourself and perhaps simplify a bit. That way you can recharge and then get back into moving towards what you want out of your life in a more focused way.

 

What are some things that you do to overcome frustration?

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Skin Care Myths Clients Should Stop Believing

Despite what some social media sites or beauty blogs share, most skin woes don’t have a magical fix. So how can anyone tell good advice from bad?

 

The following lists the truths regarding some online remedies for skin care.

 

1. You don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day. 

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth's surface. So make sure you use sunscreen everyday and reapply it every two hours as well after swimming or sweating.

2. Natural does not mean safe.

Most natural products are made WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Synthetic emulsifiers, Alcohol, Artificial Colors, Mineral Oil and Artificial fragrances. They are also Non-toxic and Chemical Free, you cant go wrong with that! 

3. Lemon juice is a great treatment for blackheads.

Lemon juice is more irritating than it is helpful, and it can seriously burn skin when exposed to sunlight.

4. Washing your face multiple times a day may cause dryness.

Ideally you should wash your face twice a day and any additional times as necessary. DON'T FORGET TO MOISTURIZE!

5. Everyone needs a toner.

Toners can only help select people. Over-drying and irritation is a concern for those with dry skin.

6. Cellulite creams firm skin.

The results are inconsistent, minor and temporary, if experienced.

7. The SPF in makeup or moisturizer is enough.

You should look for products that provide broad spectrum coverage with at least 30 SPF. Most tinted moisturizers contain an SPF of 15 or 20. After moisturizing, you should apply a thin layer of SPF before applying your makeup.

8. There are rules about when to start anti-aging products.

The facial aging process is influenced by a combination of genetics, environment and behaviors, as well as how well, in general, someone takes care of her body. To take care of your skin and prevent signs of aging, it’s recommended to use a daily facial sunscreen and maintain a healthy diet.

9. Hand sanitizer can be used to tone down oily skin.

Hand sanitizers contain alcohol as an antiseptic, which doesn’t work against acne. For most people, it also dries out their skin. 

10. Chocolate does not cause acne.

While there might be a relationship between diet and acne, it is primarily dairy products and low-quality carbohydrates (simple sugars) that are most responsible.

11. Neosporin is a magical zit treatment.

Since the driving force behind acne is inflammation, a topical antibiotic, such as Neosporin, is not an effective means to eliminate acne.

12. Toothpaste can't irritate a pimple.

Toothpaste can actually be very irritating to the skin, causing redness and peeling when applied to a pimple.

13. Calamine can't dry a pimple.

It’s sulfur-based and drying! Calamine lotion soothes redness and reduces the outbreak of acne by absorbing the excess oil produced by over-stimulated sebaceous glands.

14. You should be open to using at-home products laying around your house for skin care.

Examples include rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and breaking open liquid gel pain relievers. The best solution is to use a product that’s actually designed for your skin and acne.

15. Egg whites shrink pores.

Egg whites might make your skin feel tighter just by drying and sitting on your skin, but they won’t do much else. 

16. Coconut oil will make wrinkles disappear.

 While it might be an effective moisturizer, it cannot relieve pre-existing age spots or wrinkles.

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11 Keys to Self Love

1.      Give Yourself Permission to Let Go

2.      Follow Your Intuition

3.      Express Yourself Fearlessly

4.      Don’t Participate in Drama or Negativity

5.      Believe in Yourself and Your Dreams

6.      Accept What You Cannot Change

7.      Don’t Worry About What Others Think About You

8.      Stand Firmly on Your Boundaries

9.      If It Doesn’t Feel Good for You, Don’t Do It

10.  Speak Highly of Yourself

11.  Be Grateful for Who You Are & What You Have

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How To: Clean Your Beauty Brushes!

One of the secrets to keeping skin honestly beautiful and clear? Wash your makeup brushes every week with these 4 super-simple steps. Trust me, it’s a habit worth making!

It’s officially Summer and tis the season to tidy our closets and declutter our homes. And yes, our beauty tools deserve some attention, too. Most of us, however, skimp on keeping brushes squeaky clean. A recent poll study showed that 39% of makeup users cleanse them less than once a month and 22% never wash them at all. Yikes!

But seriously, do blush brushes and blenders need all that TLC? Um, absolutely. Bristles (and sponges, too) pick up oils and bacteria from our faces, products and the surrounding environment. They can quickly gather bad bacteria that could lead to breakouts and rashes. Sound gross? Because it is!

Washing doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, just 4 simple steps and a few extra minutes every week or two. Your fresh-faced glow will thank you. Cue up your fave playlist and grab your tools:

Dampen. Run warm water over your brushes. Always angle them downward to avoid damaging the bristles.

Swirl. In the palm of your hand, combine several drops of water with a little baby shampoo or hand soap. Gently glide each brush in a circular motion over the mixture to break up and remove makeup and grime.

Rinse. Wash under warm water until the H2O turns clear.

Dry. Carefully dab your brushes into the desired shape with a paper towel or cloth then lay them on a towel to dry.

Do you clean  your brushes after every application? Do you have any tips or tricks to cleaning your brushes/sponges? 

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