Category Archives: Skin care for men

The Secret to a Perfect Brow Shape

Grooming your Brows to Perfection


How many out there have perfect brows? Look around, pay attention, then answer ….. are you happy with your own shape? Do you suffer from “The parting of the Red Seas” syndrome? Maybe your brows are non-existent? Perhaps you have the permanent surprised, or shocked look?

Brow shape dilemma is a problem affecting males and females across the globe. Yes, I did include males as well. Have you ever encountered a man with ridiculously arched brows? One of the many thoughts that come to mind is : “Bad, bad, bad aesthetician!, what on earth were you thinking????”.

My passion for skin care goes beyond products, treatments, and advice, I truly love eyebrows, and to see individuals walking around with butchered brows is heart breaking.

Are you aware that eyebrows are the frame of the face? Do you know they alter your look? Also, do you realize that poorly groomed brows diminish your best facial features? Just find out for yourself, observe by taking a good look at everyone’s brows, I would like for you to return to my web-page and leave a feedback about this topic.

I will post a few images of poor looking shapes, please understand that ruining your shape takes A LOT of effort, unlike grooming, to over tweeze, wax, or thread, one must go out of his or her way in order to accomplish these sacrilegious, horrific, beauty faux-pas!

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Intense Pulsed Light Treatment (IPL)

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a non-invasive procedure that uses pulse of visible light to improve the appearance of the aging skin. It is most often performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands to erase the signs of aging.

Among these signs of aging are fine lines, red blemishes, mottled coloration, broken blood vessels, pigment discoloration such as freckles and age spots, enlarged pores, coarse or rough skin, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and general sun damage. A series of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments bring a more youthful, smooth and revitalized skin appearance, with no downtime.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is clinically shown to reduce wrinkles and improve the tone of the skin by non-invasively stimulating new collagen production.

The type of response heard from patients after having Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is that they feel like their skin is lifted. There is a decrease in pore size, their skin feels tighter, and there is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

Afterglow Cosmetics, Inc

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Simple Sun Solutions

A quick guide in protecting our skin from the sun! A must read for everyone!

Fillers

Beauty  ….

What is beauty? Allure, physical attractiveness, good looks, grace, or style? You tell me, enlighten me with your definition of such term. Beauty is perceived differently by all of us, making it easy for us to like different types of people. Every age has its own beauty, we need to embrace and cherish our inner and outer elegance, unfortunately we don’t. We are our own worse critic, we pick, hide, and complain about imperfections, very much unknown to the outside world; in front of the mirror we pull, tuck, and stretch our skin, hoping it will appear tighter, smoother, and perhaps plumper. Society has made coming of aging unacceptable, we look for quick fixes, from facials, peels, and fillers, we are thriving for perfection, which doesn’t exist.

Fillers

Q: Do fillers really remove years?

A: Yes, but the results are temporary.

1. Which are the most common areas fillers are used on?

  • Chin Creases
  • Uneven Brows
  • Dropping corners of the mouth
  • Muscle bands of the neck
  • Crow’s feet (outside eye-corners)
  • Marionette lines
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Lines on the bridge of the nose
  • Deep expression lines

2. Possible side effects?

Always check with your doctor prior any procedure, safety and well-being are more important than beauty.

The crow’s-feet area is a bit pesky, the skin is thinner and the muscle causing the wrinkles is quiet strong, which may cause the treatment to go wrong, by pushing the solution in different parts of the face resulting in deeper wrinkles and a possibility of uneven skin around the injected area.

3. What kind of fillers are available?

There are more than 70 different types of fillers on the market, consult with your doctor by asking questions in ensuring the best choice for you.

The most common fillers are :

  • Botox
  • Juvederm
  • Hylaform
  • Captique
  • Radiesse
  • Restylene
  • Collagen
  • Fat Fascia Dermis (your own fat, which is the best option and less expensive)
  • Liquid Silicone
  • Poly-L-Acid known as Sculptra (currently only available for HIV – patients)

Beauty is beauty, but if a treatment or two makes a person feel better about themselves, I say go for it, why not? Keep it in moderation, be healthy and happy!

DERMAdoctor.com, Inc.

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Lacking Radiance?

The Truth of Fruit Acid/Enzyme Treatments

Fruit Acid/Enzyme treatments may be the answer to a fresher more vibrant complexion. An acid or enzyme compound can help purify follicles from debris by removing dead skin from the surface of the epidermis.

Beautiful, radiant complexion stems from healthy cells; clogged pores impede skin renewal, therefore, fruit acids/enzyme treatments may improve skin tone by reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmented areas, dark spots, skin care products penetration, and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • When using products containing fruit or enzyme acids use caution, it may thin the surface of the skin and some individuals may experience excessive irritation, and/or peeling of treated area when waxing.
  • Sunscreen use is imperative, fruit or enzyme acids make the skin more sensitive and prone to sunburns, use a SPF-30 for protection.
  • A series of treatments may be beneficial depending on skin type, someone with sensitive skin may need less than a person who has nonsensitive skin, always consult with a professional before choosing.
  • Check with your dermatologist and skin care specialist before using any products containing alpha-hydroxy acids or enzymes.

Don’t waste another minute! Achieving a luminous complexion has never been easier! Book a treatment today!

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Choices …

Racing for Youth

Is a youthful appearance worth time, money and effort? Many people ask themselves this question, first let’s thank the media, movie stars, and entertainment industry for the answer, which is a big fat “YES”. I would love to argue, and validate “our natural perfection”, unfortunately I am unable to do so. Considering I reside in Southern California, the land of the beauty, where stars are abundant and top plastic surgeons right beside them?

With many different options available, how does anyone know where, how much, or which treatment to pick? The choice is essentially yours, however a great dermatologist will guide you to a better and natural you, without gouging your bank account.

How to choose a doctor or surgeon?

As the quest for eternal youth begins, look around! From my professional opinion, anything cosmetic is aesthetically pleasing, natural, and subtle. Recommendations from another doctor or a close friend, are the best when selecting a doctor or surgeon; don’t settle with one, but gather a few numbers, make a few appointments, and find someone who you can relate to and feel comfortable with.

Don’t be shy! Ask if they have a patient portfolio you can look at! Before and after pictures are priceless in choosing the right doctor for you, flip through the pages, ask questions, i.e. success rates in procedure or complications due to surgery, and recovery time (may vary depending on age, health, or other conditions).

Is your doctor Board Certified? Ask him/her, knowing the field your doctor is certified in is imperative to the results you want; also, do your own research! You may find information regarding your doctor online Doctorfinder

Are you racing for youth? If so, please be safe, choose carefully, don’t forget to ask questions and be comfortable doing it!

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Shoulders and Back

Exquisite Skin

Pampering our faces is relaxing and provided by many salons, spas, and medi-spas; treatments vary depending on individual needs. If you are prone to shoulders and back breakouts, stop hiding under your clothes, book a wonderful Back-Facial today!

Before you run to the doctor, have a back facial, it cleanses, tones, exfoliates, massages (please don’t expect a deep tissue or a swedish one), masks, and moisturizes your back and shoulders. A series of back facials may help your skin circulation by banishing blemishes.

Extraction may be beneficial if properly performed, combined with a great home-care regimen, skin improvements can be seen within a few weeks. If you work out, have a back up shirt to change into, this will prevent further breakouts or irritation of an existing one. Depending on the skin condition, back massages may be avoided for some time, because it stimulates oil glands and can clog pores all over again, always consult with a professional first and if the problem is persistent, seek medical advice.

Many reasons contribute to shoulders and back acne, one of them being the constant scratching of pimples, which bacteria may spread to clear pores, resulting in more breakouts and irritation. Using calming agents such as lavender mixed with eucalyptus can sooth the skin, leaving you refreshed and clean.

Gender, ethnicity, nor age make a difference, treat yourself to a delightful back facial, and improve your all over body complexion as well! With Father’s Day fast approaching, go ahead and purchase your loved one a certificate for this heavenly service, what a great gift idea!!!

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Favorite Products

My number 1 picks of the week

The skin care industry is saturated with product lines, not knowing what works and doesn’t can become costly and aggravating, not only to your wallet, but your face as well. Have you ever wondered if your current products are as effective as they claim to be? If this is your question, then the natural answer is “NO” they don’t work, and by piling up more, they will work less. Out with the old and on to the new!!! Keep your cabinet simple and clear, the way your skin should look, less is more!

First, inspect the expiration dates, then check the products, if separated, toss it! Stat fresh, part from old habits, begin your new regimen to a more radiant you! Have fun doing it.

This week, I would like to feature some of my favorite products, hopefully this will help your next purchase.

Todays picks for sensitive/reactive skin

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Awesome skin care lines! Guinot is French, Babor and Biodroga are German. I hope this was helpful to you! As always thank you for reading and Pass the Blog!


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Helpful information

Free and simple ideas for a happier life


No matter what age or mood you are, practical advice is always welcomed. We read books, magazines, and online articles seeking quick and gratifying results, not to mention deals, we all love a good bargain!

Skin care for men – Part I

Did you know most men wash their face with soap? Leaving their skin feeling dry and tight? How about replacing it with a gentle cleanser? The bottle doesn’t have to be pink nor the product need to smell flowery. There are many affordable skin care lines catering to women as well as men.  If you are pressed for time, the list below suggests products and where you may be able to find them.

Market or drugstore

  1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  2. Nivea For Men Face Wash
  3. Phisoderm Deep Cleaning Cream Cleanser
  4. Neutrogena Men Skin Clearing Face Wash

Department Store (Check your local Sephora or visit www.sephora.com)

  1. Lancome “Men Ultimate” Cleansing Gel
  2. Clinique “Skin Supplies for Men” Face Wash
  3. Shiseido Men Cleansing Foam
  4. Elemis  “Time for Men” Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
  5. Billy Jealousy “White Knight” Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser

Spa or Resort (Check your local Sephora or visit www.sephora.com)

  1. Guinot “Tres Homme” Facial Cleansing Foam
  2. Babor for Men “Refreshing Facial Wash”
  3. Biodroga Men “Sensation Face Wash Gel”
  4. MD Men Skincare “All-In-One Facial Cleanser with Toner”
  5. Anthony Logistics For Men “Algae Facial Cleanser”
  6. Dr. Brandt “Pores No More” Cleanser
  7. Murad Men “Refreshing Skin Cleanser”
  8. Matte for Men “Antioxidant Daily Facial Cleanser”

Foot Remedy

Buying the right type of shoes is important for our entire well-being. Most people are not aware why their backs ache, or have headaches, and/or the footsie are in pain, advice: check your shoes! Do they fit? Do they offer good support? Do you need new ones? Etc…

When you decide to make a new purchase, pick several styles, try them before you buy them, if they don’t feel right, do not buy them! Don’t believe the sales person because they cannot stretch the shoes out!!! How can they possibly know what feels or doesn’t feel right to your feet? They can’t …. so do yourself and feet a favor, move on to the next pair.

Achy Feet

This is a common problem, especially due to job requirements of standing for long periods of time. How about your own private Stone Foot Massage? Find a flat stone, place it in the microwave for a minute, make sure is not too hot, then massage the bottom of your feet and between the toes, until the aches subside. Try it, let me know what you think!

Tired Feet

Epsom salt and a few drops of eucalyptus oil work wonders on tired feet, simply soak them and relax your mind! Essential oils stimulate blood flow and salts aid your body release lactic acid.

Bruised Toe

This is common in kids, their toes hit the top of the tennis shoe, resulting in a bruise beneath the nail. Keep toenails trimmed and groomed, if the problem continues, get a pair of shoes with a bigger toe area.

Ingrown toenails

Pesky ingrown toenails are prevalent in our society, if frequent and bothersome medical advice is recommended, however you can begin at home by cutting nails straight across. Soak your foot in warm water, once the nail is soft, slip a tiny piece of cotton under the area, if becomes infected, please see your doctor.

Bargains

How many times have you walked by these big bargain tables in departments stores, drugstores, or grocery stores? Do you ever check out these items? Well … you should! Sometimes we say to ourselves “I’ll do it on the way out!” but most of the times we forget, so from now on, stop, dig and find! The skin care industry is growing each day, there are many small european companies entering the market, look for Scandinavian, French, German, or Italian products; you can look amazing at the fraction of the cost!

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