Sunday, November 17, 2013

Amazing Results with Permanent Makeup

After 2 1/2 hours of cosmetically tattooing my darling Greek client the other day (except to sit her up for symmetry checks) she said,” That was a great nap.” See, I told you it doesn’t hurt that much! And by the way, her brows are awesome and she is coming back for eyeliner…
Permanent Makeup by Dale Hall.

The Long Road to Simple (well, my version of simple)…

Okay, okay although I often tout the “Long Road to Simple,” the other day, my client/friend and I were cracking up talking about all the things we do to seem like we DON’T do anything to look this good! Alright ladies, so it’s finally time to get honest…for the most part, I’d say the majority of us want to look “natural” – right? But do you know what natural actually takes as we age?  Here you go: Monthly brow shaping, regular skin treatments,  derma-planing, peels and arm waxing (by the way, I am convinced it makes my arms look more toned …I am from the ‘big arm’ family), not to mention Botox (not the ‘frozen face’ look, but the natural ‘Wow I am 48 and have no lines on my forehead’ look) and fillers (so I look fresh and rested).
Though my skincare regime will always be simple (according to me) I do use AHA’s, AM and PM eye cream, AM and PM hydroquinone and Retin-A (when I remember of course), sunscreen in the AM and Li Lash in the PM (for long, long lashes that look like I was born with long, long lashes). If I forget PM regimen on anything, I simply whisk it on AM after I brush my teeth. Even a 15% AHA body lotion in the AM and Nectifirm on my stomach, d├ęcolletage and knees in the AM works like a charm! (but maintenance and regimen on THOSE regions is a whole other Blog entry – so stay tuned ladies).

Looking Out for Botox Signs

Beware the “Botox Sign”. A common place to have Botox is the glaballa or lines between your eyes. Watch when someone who insists they never have had Botox smiles (ya right) ,check out the “bunny lines” on their nose. Solution: have your doc treat that spot as well. All in check with all the things we do to look like we don’t do anything.
Even Kicole needs to look out for the "Botox Sign"

To Wax or Not to Wax

Alright ladies I am going to dispel the urban legend that waxing or dermaplaning increases growth, thickness, amount or darkness of hair. Hair removal does not stimulate the hair follicle. Believe me if it did a lot of men out there would be waxing their heads. I have been waxing Nancy’s lip for over 10 years and the hair is almost gone. Continually waxing will eventually kill the hair follicle. I bet Dear Abby started this rumor. Cheers,

The Price We Pay

As my client is in for her eyeliner touch-up, derma planing , brow wax and brow tint , we were cracking up on all the time, energy and money we spend to look like we do not spend any time, energy and money on looking naturally great. Let’s see, brow wax, bikini wax, derma planing, peels, permanent makeup, Botox , fillers, now peels and AHA products on my arms, not to mention I wax them too, oh ya Nectifirm on my knees, stomach and obviously my neck and Li Lash ( lash growth ). And let’s not even breach the 4-5 times a week workout and deciding daily whether to have carbs or a white French Burgundy.

Eye Creams and too much Baggage!

Too Much Baggage!

Tis the Season for Baggy Eyes and Late Nights with Relatives

Resting well seems to be a thing of the past, waking up to see baggy, puffy eyes with dark circles can be frustrating.  shopspaViolet has the best products on the market for transforming your eyes into clear, glowing, and radiant:
Revision Teamine Eye Complex - $16 dollars off!
Buy Revision Teamine and Nectifirm, get an Intellishade for FREE - a $52 value!
Exuviance Eye Treatment Pads - 10% off
NeoStrata Bionic Eye Treatment - 20% off
PCA Skin EyeXcellence - 20% off
PCA Skin Holiday Essentials 2013 - $33.50 off sampler which includes EyeXcellence!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dermatoligist Skincare is Different than Drugstore Lotion

 
What is the Best Skincare, Don't Play Roulette

 

Taking Chances With Drugstore Products?


Dermatologist grade skincare has quality ingredients for antioxidant, anti aging and hydrating, exfoliating and renewal.  Drugstore brands and popular Mall brands are stuffed with fragrances, colors and preservatives but offer little real benefit and can cause breakouts from all the fluff.  Quality skincare is fragrance and dye free to treat your skin to the best it has to offer.

Place your bets on something better! shopspaViolet offers Dermatologist recommended skincare at competitive prices. Get eltaMD sunscreen for rosacea, sensitive and allergy prone skin,  SkinCeuticals, which is rich in antioxidants and packed with anti aging properties, Revision, which minimizes wrinkle, firms skin and is a superb sunscreen, and NeoStrata and Exuviance for signature exfoliation and cell renewal.

Let's face it, great skincare is an investment.  Make your bucks go further with Clarisonic, which prepares your skin to penetrate 61% better than regular hand washing.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Niacinamide as a Skin Care Ingredient

Niacinamide ( HUH?! ), also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, is an effective anti aging ingredient for skin care. Niacinamide acts as a barrier to retain moisture in skin, even skin pigmentation, improve skin clarity and smoothness and improve skin elasticity.  Niacinamide is an important anti inflammitory ingredient in skin care for treatment in acne, rosacea, and diseases such as pellagra, leprosy, bullous pemphigoid and granuloma annulare.  Acting as a cell communicator, niacinamide increases ceramid and fatty acid levels in skin, helping to retain moisture in skin and promoting circulation in the skins dermis to aid in reducing wrinkles.  Being an ingredient that has effectiveness during day or night it can treat hyper-pigmentation and can reduce acne and breakouts.

Niacinamide is a Treatment for Acne and Rosacea

Niacinamide main function in treatment for acne and rosacea is an anti inflammitory agent for the skin.  Other benefits are reducing oil production, shedding skin as an exfoliation to help blocked pores and used as a brightener agent to remove acne scars.

Niacinamide Increases Ceramides 

Ceramides are fatty acids that are natural lipids thats main function is to maintain moisture in the skin.  Ceramides play an important role in creating a strong cellular structure.  The moisture barrier ceramides create treat dry and itch skin and maintain the moisture for a long time after the cream has absorbed.

Niacinamide is a Natural Ingredient

A form of Niacin, niacinamide is found in eggs, milk, yeast, fish, green vegetables, meat and cereal grains.  Niacin is a main component for reducing cholesterol and treatment for circulation problems.  Using Niacinamide topically as a skin cream helps to improve the skin circulation to help cellular function which aids in treatment for rosacea and acne.

Great Skin Care that Contain Niacinamide

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 - Lightweight facial sunscreen that is fragrance and dye free
PCA Skin ClearSkin - 4% Niacinamide Cream






"Niacinamide research has been documented and shows that it provides various benefits," says Dr. Torok, who is also clinical professor of dermatology, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rootstown, Ohio. "It has been shown to increase biosynthesis of ceramides and other stratum corneum lipids to improve the epidermal permeability barrier, and niacinamide has also demonstrated in studies a broad array of improvements in the appearance of aging facial skin."
Another study concluded that there were multiple benefits of niacinamide, such as increased synthesis of ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol; a more rapid keratinocyte differentiation; stimulatory effect on collagen synthesis; and improved dermal and epidermal cell growth, effective in smoothing the surface structure of the skin and reduction of wrinkles.
- See more at: http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/clinical/clinical-pharmacology/niacinamide-eases-rosacea-inflammation#sthash.RkRG3Rgf.dpuf

"Niacinamide research has been documented and shows that it provides various benefits," says Dr. Torok, who is also clinical professor of dermatology, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rootstown, Ohio. "It has been shown to increase biosynthesis of ceramides and other stratum corneum lipids to improve the epidermal permeability barrier, and niacinamide has also demonstrated in studies a broad array of improvements in the appearance of aging facial skin."
Another study concluded that there were multiple benefits of niacinamide, such as increased synthesis of ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol; a more rapid keratinocyte differentiation; stimulatory effect on collagen synthesis; and improved dermal and epidermal cell growth, effective in smoothing the surface structure of the skin and reduction of wrinkles.
- See more at: http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/clinical/clinical-pharmacology/niacinamide-eases-rosacea-inflammation#sthash.RkRG3Rgf.dpuf
"Niacinamide research has been documented and shows that it provides various benefits," says Dr. Torok, who is also clinical professor of dermatology, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rootstown, Ohio. "It has been shown to increase biosynthesis of ceramides and other stratum corneum lipids to improve the epidermal permeability barrier, and niacinamide has also demonstrated in studies a broad array of improvements in the appearance of aging facial skin."
Another study concluded that there were multiple benefits of niacinamide, such as increased synthesis of ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol; a more rapid keratinocyte differentiation; stimulatory effect on collagen synthesis; and improved dermal and epidermal cell growth, effective in smoothing the surface structure of the skin and reduction of wrinkles.
- See more at: http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/clinical/clinical-pharmacology/niacinamide-eases-rosacea-inflammation#sthash.RkRG3Rgf.dpuf

"Niacinamide research has been documented and shows that it provides various benefits," says Dr. Torok, who is also clinical professor of dermatology, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rootstown, Ohio. "It has been shown to increase biosynthesis of ceramides and other stratum corneum lipids to improve the epidermal permeability barrier, and niacinamide has also demonstrated in studies a broad array of improvements in the appearance of aging facial skin."
Another study concluded that there were multiple benefits of niacinamide, such as increased synthesis of ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol; a more rapid keratinocyte differentiation; stimulatory effect on collagen synthesis; and improved dermal and epidermal cell growth, effective in smoothing the surface structure of the skin and reduction of wrinkles.
- See more at: http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/clinical/clinical-pharmacology/niacinamide-eases-rosacea-inflammation#sthash.RkRG3Rgf.dpuf




Rashes From Watches, Rings, Cosmetics, Soaps....

Watch Creates Contact Dermatitis or Rash

The Perils of A Teenage Watch Rash

A rash, also known as Contact Dermatitis is different than psoriasis or eczema , which is an inflammatory condition of the skin. A rash may be caused by an allergy or by an irritation to the skin , where as an allergy is almost immediate . Contact Dermatitis does not happen the first time one's skin comes in contact with the irritant.

The body reacts to the irritant ( sorry in this case it is not his little brother ) by producing histamines and the skin becomes inflamed, red, itchy, dry, scaly and possibly blisters may form. Treatment will include removing the irritant ( DUH ) , washing with a benign soap, applying hydrocortisone and possibly taking an oral anti-histamine. Especially if the rash is on your face an oral histamine would be quite beneficial.

In my friend's son's case he probably incurred the rash not only from the nickel in his watch , but also from the moisture trapped between his watch and his skin. It would also be beneficial to not only let the area dry out and to not wear his watch, but to also clean the bottom of his watch with benzoyl peroxide.


Cheers, Miss Violet


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Beauty Bundles and Fabulous Finds!





Revision Live Radiantly Holiday Set
Revision Fans have discovered how great Intellishade and Nectifirm is!  Limited Edition Revision Bags will give the best of Revision with a Travel bag, Nectifirm, Intellishade Original, Limited Edition Refining Mineral Mask and Hydrating Serum at an amazing price, with 10% off to shopspaViolet customers!



The Gold Standard CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF Gift Set

SkinCeuticals takes the most popular products CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF and ads a bonus Retexturing Activator. Skincare like this will make any policeman rip up a ticket with such a glow!





Clarisonic Holiday Bonus Brush and Full Size Cleanser with Every System
Want your Revision and SkinCeuticals products to maximize their benefit?  Using a Clarisonic system allows 61% better penetration of products, and we have a holiday special to get your system now with a full size cleanser and one extra brush good for an extra 3 months!


PCA Skin The Essentials Holiday Set 2013
PCA Skin has a Bundle of joy for the season with the best of their line in a sampler pack to try out at your pleasure!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Our Holiday Clarisonic System Gift Sets are Here!

 
Skincare for the Holidays

The New Limited Edition Clarisonic Sets are Here!

Knock some names off your shopping list, but don't forget to treat yourself too. Our Limited Edition Clarisonic sets include a large size cleanser and an extra brush with new color choices to last three months longer!

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Clarisonic Holiday Gift Sets

Friday, November 1, 2013

Top 5 Places to keep your Tweezers

Nasty Chin Hair

5. Beach Bag - one never knows when a pesky hair is missed at the morning grooming or mysteriously appears outside one's bikini line.

4. Nana's House- even the Grand Dames can benefit from a quick tweeze here or there.

3. The Boyfriend's Bathroom - put your tweezers in a hide a key. He will never even question your hairless wonderment.

2. Your Own Bathroom - especially within arm's distance of one's mag mirror ( should those be banned by the US Government, want to make sure it's a fair game for everyone ).

1. Your Car Console - the most important location. How many times have you spied a Charlie Chan Hair in your rear view mirror and cannot get a finger grip on it ? Oh the Horror.

I am always amused when the question is posed as to what 3 things you would want if stranded on a deserted island. Easy:

 1. My Tweezerman tweezers
 2. Matches
 3. And I cannot decide between water and sunscreen.

I am still grappling with # 3, hopefully deserted islands have water.

That's all for now. Cheers, Miss Violet