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Four Fresh Beauty Trends for 2017

Feeling comfortable, confident, and happy is the end goal of beauty, and each year brings new trends to try. Those who want to update their look this year or refresh their skin for spring should consider these cutting-edge medical spa and skin center treatments and products. 1. Superfood Based Skin Care Just as eating healthy food improves physical health, giving skin the right ingredients can make a big difference. Ask a local skin center for recommendations of organic and vegan skin care products that incorporate fresh, natural ingredients like blueberries, kale, spinach, broccoli, and herbs and greenery. 2. Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures While more clients will seek procedures at skin clinics as these treatments become more popular for Millennials, younger clients are likely to seek a big impact without serious recovery time. Botox, laser skin rejuvenation, and similar options continue to gain popularity. 3. Masks of All Kinds A spin-off of the K-Beauty craze, masks are an easy way to look refreshed instantly. Sheet masks will continue to expand since they are so easy to use and clean up. Innovations in this area include infusions of probiotics and sheet masks designed specifically for the eye area. Charcoal masks to draw impurities from the skin are also a hot choice. 4. Pressed Serums These hybrid creams combine the best quality of a serum and moisturizer, allowing busy women to save precious minutes in their beauty routines. Pressed creams provide exfoliation, cleansing, and moisturizing in one potent package. With these four 2017 beauty trends, skin center clients can get on the road to looking their best with radiant... read more

Detailed Guide to Smart Lipo

Laser liposuction is also called “smart lipo.” This procedure utilizes laser energy to reduce areas with excess fat deposits. Overview of the Process This procedure is a potential option for people with light or moderate amounts of excess fat, also having mild to moderate skin elasticity. Potential areas for smart lipo include the hips, abdomen, back, male breasts, thighs, knees, arms, neck, and face. Doctors may use one of two techniques for this procedure. Technique 1 The physician uses the laser to break up deep fat before removal, which can help minimize bruising because there is less bleeding. Next, the laser is moved up into the superficial layer immediately under the skin to heat these cells. This stimulates production of collagen and elastin, which helps the skin recover faster. Finally, the surgeon removes all remaining debris to sculpt and contour the body part. Technique 2 The first steps are the same with this procedure, but the final step omits removal of the debris. Instead, these cells and fluids are left in the body to be reabsorbed. This procedure is usually used on the neck or face where only thin layers of fat are present and basic skin tightening is needed. Benefits of Smart Lipo The innovative nature of this technology makes the procedure more efficient and comfortable. Other benefits include: Immediate results. Over time, the appearance improves even more. Less pain for patients than standard treatments. A mild anesthesia helps eliminate all discomfort. More precise fatty tissue removal, which helps create more natural results. Faster recovery from this precise removal. The minimal invasiveness of laser liposuction, which is safer... read more

The Definition of Med Spas and How They Differ From Traditional Spas

Medical aesthetic procedures are growing in popularity, with many people seeking to have treatments termed “minimally invasive.” Med spas are facilities that offer a variety of services, some of which fall under the heading of medical or surgical. The rise in prevalence and popularity of these treatments has led the American Academy of Dermatology Association to develop a position statement regarding these centers designed to help protect patients and clients. The Practice of Medicine Most states do not recognize med spas as facilities that practice medicine or surgery. Both physicians and non-physicians may perform various services that enhance and/or improve clients’ appearances or wellbeing. These services are termed, “medical aesthetic services,” and they do not constitute the practice of medicine. Definition of Medical Aesthetic Services This term includes the diagnosis, treatment, or correction of various human conditions, infirmities, diseases, or injuries that involve the hair, nails, skin, or mucous membranes. Any treatment method or instrument that would change or alter skin or tissue falls under the definition of a medical aesthetic service. Therefore, scalpels, lasers, electrical impulses, chemicals, microwave energy, injection or insertion of a substance, and sanding meet this criteria. Difference between Med Spas and Traditional Spas A medical spa must have a director who is a licensed health care professional, and this practitioner must oversee all treatments and therapies. A traditional spa delivers simpler beautification services such as massages, non-medical facials, hair and nail care, and hair removal by waxing. While a medical spa may also offer these services, it will also offer more in-depth or enhanced services such as microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, and injectable fillers.... read more

Try These Six Home Remedies for Excessive Sweating

For some people, over-the-counter deodorant and antiperspirant can’t stem the tide of excessive sweating. This potentially embarrassing problem may cause self-consciousness in both professional and social settings. Fortunately, home remedies can be an effective solution for people who sweat too much. 1. Vinegar It might taste pungent, but taking vinegar three times a day about a half hour before a meal can potentially curb excessive sweating. Two teaspoons of natural vinegar combined with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar is an effective dosage for many with perspiration problems. 2. Baking Soda This common kitchen staple can help with sweating in a few different ways. For example, a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of water and consumed each night often results in less sweat. It can also be dusted in the areas you sweat the most to reduce moisture and odor. 3. Lemon The citric acid in lemon juice is a natural deodorant. For best results, a lemon should be sliced in half before bed, and the juice applied to the armpits overnight to limit sweat the next day. 4. Herbal Teas Certain herbs are known to reduce sweat gland activity. Those who want to try this remedy can either brew tea containing sage or opt for a chamomile, black, or green tea if sage is not readily available. 5. Coconut Oil This natural remedy is incredibly popular for skin and hair care and can also be used to reduce excessive sweating and odor. The oil is simply applied to any areas of the body that tend to sweat, including the armpits and feet. 6. Tomato Juice... read more

What is Clenziderm M.D.

Clenziderm M.D. Systems are prescription-strength acne therapies from Obagi medical products. They are the only physician-dispensed acne systems that use a liquified form of Benzoyl Peroxide. And they are clinically proven to provide clearer, healthier skin in as little as two... read more

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