Why Do Celebrities Look So Strange?

Celebrities set the standard of beauty in magazines, television, and on the runway. The general public expects celebrities to set this standard.
But what happens when we see celebrities look like caricatures of themselves with excessively plumped cheeks and lips. Celebrities can afford the best, but is this what all that money buys you?
My suspicion is that this overdone, unnatural look is created by the mindset of the client and the physician performing the procedure.
The client wants perfection and doesn’t understand that our imperfections are what make our faces unique and interesting. The physician does not want to disappoint the client and does exactly what the client asks for, instead of suggesting that injecting too much filler will actually make them appear less attractive. Unfortunately, this confuses the general public into thinking that all cosmetic procedures look unnatural.

In my medical spa, I take a different approach with my clients. First and foremost, my patients choose me to perform their procedures because they want to look refreshed and rejuvenated.  They do not want to look as if they had a procedure done.
When filler is injected properly, keeping the client’s unique facial balance in mind, no one can tell  a procedure was performed.  Friends and family will assume that you look younger because you went on vacation, or that you did something different with your hair or makeup. You look younger and more vibrant, but they just can’t pinpoint why.
On the contrary, when filler is overdone, it changes your face by changing the unique facial characteristics that make you special.  It looks “fake” or “overdone”.  This phenomenon can be easily avoided by speaking with the Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner performing the procedure.
Make sure their ideas about your final result are congruent with yours.  Also, conduct a thorough visual survey of the person injecting you. Do they appear to practice self care? Do they look older or younger than they are? How well do they take care of their skin? Do they look natural or overdone?
These two things will likely tell you everything you need to know about how your final result will look.

What Does Beige Say About You?

We live in a world of conformity. No one wants to stand out or be different. Fitting in feels like hanging out in your favorite pajamas. Beige is neutral so we wear it, paint our walls with it, cover our floors in it, and even drive in it. No other color makes a more unoriginal statement than beige.
What if we all had beige personalities? Beige means dependable, conservative, and flexible, as well as neutral, calm, and relaxing. But beige is boring as h#$*.
Here is what goes through my mind when I see someone who is beige:

  1. They are afraid to be unique. Being beige is the perfect way to fit in and not get noticed. This works especially well if you are uncomfortable in your own skin and don’t have a sense of who you are.
  2. They are safe and conservative. Beige people will not take risks. If you can’t take a small risk with your wardrobe, how can you possibly be interesting?  This is not the person you want to invite to a party, unless you need furniture for the corner.  
  3. They have no sense of style. If you have a burning desire to wear beige, please coordinate it with a bright accessory or a bright wardrobe piece that has a significant spark of color. Don’t wear beige because it matches everything, and it allows you to be lazy.  
  4. Their house is beige so they can sell it easily.  The walls are varying shades of beige, and so are the carpets and floors. Most likely the residents are wearing beige, so they can adequately morph into their surroundings.

My advice to anyone who just can’t break their beige habit is to move out of their comfort zone and get uncomfortable.   Embrace color with your own individuality so that the world can benefit from your unique contribution.  Remember, beige is boring…are you?

Who needs skin care when you can just get Botox?

The advent of Botox leaves many thinking they no longer have to worry about their everyday skin care.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
In my practice, we start every Botox consult with a Visia skin analysis. This simple analysis uses cross polarized and UV light to give us an analysis of sun damage, texture, brown spots, and wrinkles in the form of a score in each category. The score is obtained by comparing you to peers in your age group. Just like a test, higher numbers are better. It is important to know this information since these are factors in skin aging.
Botox is a neuromodulator that is effective in reducing the appearance of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and those pesky scowl lines between your eyebrows. It can also help turn your frown upside down by elevating the corners of your mouth. So, with all these amazing things that Botox can do, who needs skin care?

Importance of Skin Care
Botox only improves lines and wrinkles, but wrinkles are not the only reason that people look older. Youthful skin has smooth texture and an even skin tone without fine lines or wrinkles. Botox does nothing for the radiance, texture, and brown spots. Nourishing skin care will improve skin elasticity and texture while reducing brown spots. Exfoliating your skin and adding a retinol to your skin care regimen will help increase cell turnover, which greatly decreases as we age. Moisturizing your skin will improve its elasticity and enhance your Botox procedure.
Save Money with Proper Skin Care
Skin care can actually save you money! Botox can cost on average $300 or more every three months, depending on which areas you address and how deep your wrinkles are. In my practice, the patients that are diligent with skin care and sun protection typically spend less on Botox treatments when compared to clients who neglect their skin. Remember that all skin care is not created equal. Look for brands without harsh chemicals that contain plant-based active ingredients. Also, be careful not to base your decision solely on marketing and packaging!

The Makeup Crutch

I love makeup as much as the next girl – the new bold matte lipsticks, cat eyes, and long lush lashes. But I don’t feel like I need a full face of makeup to be seen by the world.
I am comfortable in my skin because I take care of it. At my age, I am proud to note makeup is a choice, not a necessity. My usual routine is minimal, and I can be ready to go in about five minutes.
Most women I know wouldn’t be seen without makeup. They won’t run to the grocery store or even out to the mailbox without it.
My teenage sons report they don’t recognize girls at school without makeup on because they look so different. My single male friends worry that their dates would be unrecognizable without their full face of makeup.
How did women get this way? Makeup should enhance us, not change us or hide us.
If your makeup routine leaves you concealing and contouring too much, it may be time to invest in taking care of your skin. Instead of covering texture irregularities, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, use good skin care to improve these imperfections so that your natural beauty can shine through.
There are a lot of women out there that state they are proud of their dark spots, wrinkles, and poor skin quality. They state it is their “Badge of Honor,” that the “lines tell their story” – a tale of a life well lived. I completely understand this opinion, but if they are being true to themselves, they wouldn’t wear makeup to cover any of those imperfections.
If these women want to show their poor skin off as a “Badge of Honor,” why do they spend hours covering it with makeup?
If you’re ready to transform your skin and restore its natural luster and beauty, check out my Clearly Luminous Kit.

How to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter About Acne

Teenage girls are known for their mood swings that can feel like an emotional rollercoaster for them and their parents. In the midst of this pubescent nightmare, your young daughter has moderate to severe acne which could be dragging her self-confidence down to an all-time low.
She may find comfort online by watching Dr. Pimple Popper and getting acne advice on YouTube. After watching hundreds of makeup videos, her makeup case turns into a suitcase. She won’t leave the house without a full face of makeup and contouring. With all this caked on makeup, she appears as if she is in her twenties and you wonder if she’ll start attracting the wrong kind of attention.
What is a mother to do? How can you help your daughter without making her feel more insecure?
Here are my tips to help ease the conflict.
Have an open line of communication with your daughter
Approach the conversation without judgment and with a willingness to help. Make sure you start the conversation when both of you are calm and willing to talk and listen. Start with open ended questions like:

  • How does your skin make you feel?
  • How do you feel about yourself without makeup on?
  • How can I help you with this?

Discuss what she knows about acne and treatment options
Discuss what she has seen on social media and discuss her online findings.
Does she feel that these methods are reliable and safe? Make sure she understands that you are not there to judge, just to understand and support.
Give your daughter alternative recommendations to consider
Some suggestions you can make to your daughter:

  1. Better skin care without the harsh chemicals that over dry her skin
  2. Facials with extractions performed by a medical esthetician
  3. Salicylic Acid peels performed by a medical esthetician

You can also check out the tips I shared recently on WJXT:

Last but not least, be sure that your daughter knows that she is beautiful with or without acne and with or without makeup.  Make sure she understands that improving her acne is a goal that you can work on together so she can eventually use makeup to enhance her beauty instead of using it to cover her acne.
Looking for new products for your teen? My Avanti Rx products are perfect for both teenage girls and boys. 

Nutritional Supplements — Are They Necessary?

Some of us faithfully suck down our vitamin supplements every morning, while others do not believe supplementation is necessary. These people state that they do not feel a difference or improvement in their health when they do take their supplements. Why do we need to take supplements? Don’t we get all our nutrients from our food?
Declining Nutritional Value in Our Food
A landmark study, conducted by Donald Davis at the University of Texas published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition in December 2004, compared nutritional data from 1950 to 1999 that compared different fruits and vegetables. There were reliable declines in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, riboflavin, and Vitamin C in our produce. This decline can be attributed to pesticides and efforts to breed crops to provide greater yield. There have also been declines in other nutrients, such as magnesium, Vitamin B-6, and E.
Healthier soil undoubtedly leads to healthier produce. But, to keep soil healthy, fields should be alternated between growing seasons because it gives the land time to restore. Pesticides and fertilizers are avoided in organic growing methods, and therefore, vegetables and fruits are more nutritious.
Supplements to Bridge the Gap
As much as this is preferable, it can be difficult to achieve for those of us who live in an urban setting. This is where supplementation can bridge the gap by providing essential nutrients not found in our food.
But, do supplements really work? Are they all created equal? These are the common questions that most of us need to know the answers to prior to making an informed decision.  
In the US, prescription and non-prescription drugs are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supplements are treated more like special foods, not drugs, so they are not put through the same safety and effectiveness requirements that drugs are.  Supplements do not have to be proven effective before being sold.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is the minimal daily allowance of nutrients necessary to prevent disease. It isn’t necessarily the amount of that nutrient that is required for optimum performance, as we have been lead to believe.  
Self-Regulated Supplement Industry
The supplement industry itself is not well regulated.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the supplement company to maintain a standard and be self-regulated. As you can imagine, this is costly, and therefore not a common practice.
There are multiple issues with supplement distributors.  Most supplements do not even contain the actual supplement noted on the label or the amount claimed. Additionally, herbal suppliers may mix or substitute their crops with less expensive or more readily available plants. There is accidental contamination when one plant grows in with others or mistaken identity – when one plant looks like another.  
Now, let’s take a closer look at what really happens.  In 2013, researchers in Toronto sampled and analyzed 44 herbal supplements sold in the US and Canada that contained single herbs. DNA bar coding analysis was used to test the supplements and less than 48% contained any of the herb listed on the label. More than half contained substitutions, fillers, or contaminants.
In 2015, the New York Attorney General sent warning letters to major retailers selling supplements that were mislabeled after performing a DNA analysis. Some herbal supplements have even been found to contain prescription drugs or other compounds not listed on the labels.  
What’s in Your Supplements?
Needless to say, once I found this information, I relocated all my supplements to the trash bin and started searching for effective and safe supplements. After months of research, I found high-quality, effective supplements good enough for my family and patients.
I strongly believe supplementation is vital to those of us who wish to thrive. Obtaining the RDA of some nutrients isn’t enough for some of us who want to live the best and healthiest life possible!  
The company I chose personally sources their raw materials.  Additionally, the supplements are manufactured in an FDA facility which has stricter standards. They have multiple seals from Leaping Bunny, Good Manufacturing Practices, Natural Products Association and many others. The supplements are non-GMO, gluten-free, and do not contain soy, binders, fillers, chemical slurries or artificial sweeteners. Finally, my search has ended!
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