In a world filled with hype and over-promise, here we go again….. many of us have seen by now the newest MLM company that has developed a patent pending miracle cream that is “better than Botox – Botox in a bottle.” In fact, using this cream for only 30 days will give you the same results as a facelift! It will erase your wrinkles, age-spots and pay your mortgage if you get your nearest and dearest friends to partake in the kool-aid . There are postings all over the internet of side-by-side before and after pictures accompanying this new miracle product, and the results depicted are nothing less than amazing. If you were to believe your eyes, you would think that this magical elixir will erase twenty years in a matter of minutes. But don’t be fooled. It sounds to good to be true and is nothing more than that. Here are the exact pictures that are being posted:
The next problem is that you have people not trained in skin care/ skin histology, selling non-medical grade skin care products to consumers promising these results. They are promising results only a Doctor could achieve. Not them, not their product, not an esthetician. I had a colleague ask some straight forward intelligent product efficiency questions on their Facebook site today and instead of being able to intelligently discuss their product, they simply deleted his questions.
Now let’s break this down from the consumer side. Do you look at those ads and really believe those pictures? Really? I asked a well-respected surgeon in Denver his thoughts on this picture and on a cream achieving these results and this was his response, “I can get the exact same results using butterscotch pudding for her skin care regimen, if I alter the camera angle in the after pic, apply some make up, and take the before when she happens to look her worst and the after on a day that she is a bit swollen (or I could just use Photoshop and eat the pudding). I couldn’t have said it better.
Please don’t fall for these bogus ‘non-miracle’ creams. There are NO miracle creams on the market, if there was, I would obviously be forced into another industry. Lastly, please remember that not everyone is in the skin care industry because they are educated or passionate about skin. They are simply selling a product that has promised to make them a lot of money if they work the pyramid correctly. These are the same people who next year will sell you vitamins promising to make you look like a body builder without even working out. (Now those I might buy…..)
I am in a tight spot posting this blog because I personally know people selling this product and promoting it on their Facebook. Pretty sure I will quickly be deleted from their social media after this post. However, my commitment is to you, my client. You have trusted me with your skin, and I take that very seriously. My job is to keep you educated and informed, and I will never compromise that, even if that means challenging people I personally know.
As always, call or message me if you have further questions about this topic!
The unofficial beginning of Summer is this weekend and WOW — it is already super HOT out! I posted a video below that I really hope you will watch. A common misconception is that you cannot die from skin cancer. Unfortunately, about 8,000 people will die of melanoma in the U.S. this year. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin. Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Sunscreens should also be reapplied immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating a great deal.
I tell my clients – If you don’t need your flashlight, you need your sunscreen. —- No excuses.
We are all familiar with the unpleasant effects of sleep-deprivation: fatigue, lack of energy, inattention, and irritability. Most of us should really get more sleep — it would make us feel and perform much better and can even help us lose weight. But did you know that it’s also possible to get too much sleep?
It turns out sleep is sort of like Goldilocks — you don’t want too little, and you don’t want too much.
What number is just right? The answer is really a range: somewhere between 6-8 hours. Any more or less than that may do more than just make you sleepy — it may cause your brain to age prematurely.
According to this study, both men and women who averaged seven hours of sleep performed better on reasoning tests than both people who slept fewer than six hours, as well as people who slept more than eight hours. Most interesting, the researchers involved think that the findings show that consistent sleep routines that include sleeping for around seven hours a night every night can help reduce the regular cognitive decline that happens to all of us as we get older:
- The study tracked men and women over five years and consistently asked them to perform memory, vocabulary, and logic tests.
- The study showed that people who got too little or too much sleep showed a loss in brain function that was like aging 4 to 7 years!
- People tend to sleep less when they age, so maintaining between 6-8 hours of sleep a night may be a great natural way to prevent some of that natural memory loss that occurs with aging.
You might be surprised by the fact that too much sleep could be bad for you, and you wouldn’t be alone — the researchers in the study were surprised as well. They think it may be that these people aren’t actually sleeping more than 8 hours — they may be lying in bed battling insomnia, or they may be getting poor quality sleep. Being in bed doesn’t count — you need around seven hours of quality sleep in order to function at your best and keep your brain young..
Remember when home parties were Tupperware and make-up? Now there are parties for everything from jewelry, candles, work-out clothes, nutritional supplements….and even ones for ‘intimate’ toys. Some of these parties we avoid like the plague, maybe we host one to help a girlfriend out , or if we’re lucky we may actually find a product we love and plan a girls night out and introduce it . We drink, talk, drink shop, drink and relax. At these parties the most harm you could possibly do would be having those last few glasses of wine and becoming the proud new owner of an ‘intimate toy’ or the neighborhoods newest Mary Kay distributor…..and you don’t wear make-up.
Now fast forward to the past several years and chances are you have been invited to a Botox party. We went from candles and make-up to surgical procedures in our homes? If you haven’t been invited to one, chances are you will be. So in the event that the person hosting the Botox party leaves the following information off their invitation let me plug it in for them:
Botox should be handled with the utmost care. That starts with the person administering the injection. Are they licensed to handle these types of cosmetic procedures? Or have they simply watched enough injections to think they know what they’re doing? Botox was designed to paralyze the muscles that cause fine lines and deeper wrinkles. Think about that for a moment. It might take minutes to perform, but it’s a serious procedure. If you think the mishaps start and stop with Frozen Face, you’re mistaken. A more serious complication is blepharoptosis, more commonly referred to as Droopy Eyelid. Sure, they’ve developed drugs to treat it, but why risk an embarrassing side effect that can last up to six months?
I’m also curious what on-line training class these injectors failed or were absent on the day they were taught that you do not let people drinking alcohol sign consent forms. Ever.
I used to get so aggravated at people in the esthetic industry (Doctor’s, Estheticians, Nurses, etc) doing procedures that are legally within their license boundaries….but not technically what they should be doing–well —-except according to them. Would you let your ENT give you your yearly female exam or deliver your baby? Legally he can. Isn’t it shady when a Dentist offers lipo (I know of 2 here in Denver.) As much as you love your Esthetician:-)–she has no business injecting you. All of these things happen all of the time. How about a recent story in the news of the lady injecting people with a mixture of fix-a-flat, super glue and cement. There have been several plastic surgery deaths on the news in the past few years. Doctors practicing bad medicine to make money and people signing up to save money….even at the risk of dying. Yes, I know I went from Botox to surgery but it’s the same concept. At what level do we need to blame ourselves? The patients. The people not doing their homework, for treating all of these procedures casually, for not seeing a red flag when a person claims they can give you the procedure you want for thousands of dollars less. I know of people who have gotten face-lifts with a coupon. Recently I have become less aggravated at the un-ethical people offering services that they shouldn’t be performing and more irritated at the people signing up for the services. Do your homework, get trusted referrals, quit trying to save a few bucks and only hire professionals that do it safely, correctly and have the ethics to know which procedures they should and should not perform.
And at the end of the day… if you still decide to see shady people for your services….you deserve that lazy eye. Yep, I said it— and I mean it. XO
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