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Is Bee Venom the New Botox?Is Bee Venom the New Botox?
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
Photo Credit: Getty Images Kate Middleton has it all. Among being a royal Duchess and fashion trendsetter, she also has her gorgeous skin. Of course, this flawless beauty doesn't come cheap. According to Vanity Fair, Kate can’t go without her $250 bee-venom facial by Deborah Mitchell of London’s Hale Clinic and the Heaven salon in Shropsire. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, reportedly turned Kate onto these bee-venom facials shortly after the royal wedding. Kate has been a fan ever since and receives one before all official engagements, including the London 2012 Olympic Games. What exactly is a bee-venom facial? Well, it's not as scary as it seems. Dubbed the organic facelift, bee venom tricks the skin into producing more collagen and elastin, which helps smooth out wrinkles. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory
agents in bee venom also boosts the immune system, temporarily relaxes facial muscles, breaks down cell membranes and
improves circulation. Translation: you can maintain a tighter complexion for a few days after the bee venom facial and look completely refreshed. Both Camilla and Kate use the at home treatment, Heaven Bee Venom Mask as well.
Some compare it to Botox but if you want to try this at home don't go overboard! If bee-venom is used repeatedly, it can actually damage the skin, causing a severe allergy that may ruin cell membranes. Bee-venom is also used to destroy malignant tumors so in this case, you really can have too much of a good thing so watch out!
What do you guys thing of bee-venom facials?? Are they the new Botox or just another facial mask to choose from when you visit the salon?
Elle, the new Elfette on the block
RECENT COMMENT "I agree with you. I am a licensed esthetician and Kate is WAY too young for anything beyond a regula..."
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No More Summer Shine!No More Summer Shine!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 07, 2012
Tired of that summer shine? Or maybe, like me, your skin shines all the time? We've already given you 5 products to survive the summer but with this step-by-step guide, we'll tell you how to keep your skin clear, and in check, year-round.
1. Resist the urge to over-cleanse
When your skin is oily, it's easy to justify washing it multiple times a day, or doing everything you can to dry up the oil spill. While washing your face does slough off dead skin, make sure you don't go overboard with constant cleansing. If you over-dry your skin it could actually make your oil spill even worse! Stay on a normal schedule of washing your face twice a day, and no more than three times in the summer. Make sure you are using an oil free cleanser or one that is water or mineral based.
2. Don't skip out on the moisturizer
While you may think moisturizer will make your skin greasier it will actually be worse than if you use none at all. Your skin will work even harder to produce the natural amount of oil it thinks it needs, thus making your face even more oily. Find an oil-free or water based moisturizer that works well with your skin and airs on the lighter side. Thick, creamy moisturizers will block your pores and may over saturate the skin. These types of moisturizers should be reserved for the depths of winter or those that are prone to dry skin. Lighter moisturizers will let your skin breathe more and cut down on excess oil. For extra hydration throughout the day, try a revitalizing mist to add some extra moisture.
3. Always apply the SPF
Whether you wear it in your foundation or in a tinted moisturizer, make sure you always protect yourself with an SPF of at least 15. Burnt skin is hard to bounce back from, not to mention painful! Your face dries out when it burns and...you guessed it...produces even MORE oil to compensate. So get it right the first time and protect yourself!
4. Blot in Between
I carry blotting sheets around everywhere I go. Whether I'm glammed up, dressed down or rocking the natural nudes, you can always find blotting sheets in my purse. They are amazing! Within a few seconds, my face instantly looks and feels better, it’s less shiny and they don’t even mess up my makeup. Hint: Blot, don't wipe, the sheet across your face. It will help absorb the excess oil better.
What other tricks do you guys use to cut down on the shine?
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RECENT COMMENT "I use a powder foundation as a setting powder and it works great! It has spf and it soaks up a lot o..."
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Aging Like A Movie StarAging Like A Movie Star
TUESDAY, JUNE 07, 2011
Ever notice how well celebs have been aging recently? This slow-aging trend isn’t due to genetics but rather how well celebs take care of themselves. Since they are constantly in the spotlight, celebs need to look their best through the years, and many will do anything to age as slowly as possibly. A few of my celeb clients over 45 recently came to me for the best ways to look young and stay young looking, and this is the advice I gave them: Hyaluronic Acid.
Although neither of these methods last longer than a year, they are excellent ways to help plump up sallow looking areas and provide an instant, natural looking youthfulness, without any downtime. Injectible fillers are a safe alternative to more invasive plastic surgery, and are inexpensive enough for a semi-annual splurge. They are also great for a number of applications around the face. If you are considering injectible fillers, keep in mind that the key areas that will make you look most youthful are:
Your Eye Area
To fill in sunken areas under the eye, and sagging areas above the eye, I recommend an injection of hyalurionic acid. These injections will fill-in and lift sunken areas where skin typically tends to get thin and sags, thus giving you the appearance of looking younger and well-rested. I always recommend using a thick orbital-eye moisturizer over the entire area to help minimize wrinkles and smooth skin out even more as well.
Your Mouth and Chin:
Many of my clients love to laugh (who doesn’t, right?) but are concerned with accentuating their laugh lines. For laugh-lines or marionette lines, I recommend a hyalurionic injection. For lip-lines on the top lip, I also recommend a hyalurionic acid injection. For chin sagging, I recommend either Juvederm or Restylane injections to help firm the area. A thick eye cream can also be used in the laugh and marionette lines to help smooth out the creases.
Your Face and Neck:
To help diminish forehead lines and those nasty “11 lines,” I recommend Hyaluronic or Juvederm injections. For cheeks that are too sunken in, I recommend Hyaluronic injections over the bone and in the hollows to make cheeks appear fuller and younger. For a sagging neck, I recommend Hyaluronic acid and Thermage injections.
For overall skin health, I recommend regular treatments with a good esthetician or a few trips to a good laser facility. Both of these methods can even out skin tone and texture, reduce pores and redness, and help your skin maintain naturally high collagen and resiliency.
For over a decade, Scott-Vincent Borba has been a renowned innovator in the beauty category and has worked on such esteemed brands such as Hard Candy Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson®, P&G/Wella-Sebastian, Shiseido/Joico, and Dr. Murad.
Scott-Vincent has been a high-fashion model, TV personality and became a licensed aesthetician to further his credentials and experiences. He founded BORBA, and continues to use his creative thinking to push the envelopes of skin care as we know it.
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How to Prevent Sun Damage to SkinHow to Prevent Sun Damage to Skin
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
Look for a tri-spectum product that incorporates full spectrum (UVA, UVB) and UVC – for carbon protection from the ozone and environmental factors (Like the Advanced Aging SPF 45 and Hand Cream SPF 25) to help fight against burning and again rays all in one step. Be certain that use a product that has mattifying ingredients to keep skin looking healthy and not greasy (BORBA Clarifying cotton)
For over a decade, Scott-Vincent has been a renowned innovator in the beauty category and has worked on such esteemed brands such as Hard Candy Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson®, P&G/Wella-Sebastian, Shiseido/Joico, and Dr. Murad.
Scott-Vincent helped found E.L.F. Cosmetics with the idea that quality color cosmetics shouldn’t be limited to high-end department stores. Aside from contributing to the monthly blogs, he oversees new product development and leads the brand with head-turning innovation.
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Scott-Vincent received an education in Psychology, Law, Business and Marketing. Since then, he has succeeded as a high-fashion model, TV personality and became a licensed aesthetician to further his credentials and experiences. He founded BORBA, and continues to use his creative thinking to push the envelopes of skin care as we know it.
Beyond creating groundbreaking approaches to skin care, Scott-Vincent Borba’s passion lies in raising awareness for the needs of troubled children. He is an active spokesperson for The Covenant House, a non-profit organization that provides food, shelter, counseling and education for youth in need.
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