Meet Lisa

You know the friends who tell you how good you look in your yoga pants with yesterday’s make-up on? That you still look good as a platinum blonde; that age doesn’t matter and your skin is glowing? Well, that is NOT ME. Hi, I’m Lisa. In my experience as a paramedical aesthetician, I’ve consulted countless women on the health of their skin and on the state of their lives. What I’ve discovered is, I have a lot to say. Since I’m also a mom, a doctor (regular listener of Dr. Radio), an expert yogi (I do yoga) and a trendsetter (everyone is drinking bone broth now), I can speak intelligently on a myriad of topics. When I don’t know what to say, I make something up. Either way, you’ll learn something.

I write down my sage advice in my blog. You’re here and I’m thrilled. Face It…and Other News intends to empower you with the facts, or at least the facts as I see them. Jennifer Aniston’s youthful glow is not a result of using Aveeno and drinking Smartwater, but rather injections and laser. Nerium is not about reversing the signs of aging, but about making someone else a lot of money. The Korean massage fad is awkward, don’t bother. I’ll turn my home, my family, my friends and myself into science experiments, all in the name of learning. I want you to benefit from what I learn. You can thank me later.

Your friends won’t always give you the guidance you need. They mean well, and they make up a community of successful, supportive women you’re lucky to have in your life.  Let them host your baby shower and come to your Stella and Dot parties (I don’t want to do that anyway). I’ll be here to tell it like it is. Face it….at your age you should tone down the blonde and a little make-up doesn’t hurt.   I can be brutally honest and tell you your face is hairy (it is by the way). I believe the truth is an agent of change and of growth.  I am deeply invested in my chosen career path and I think living is like the ultimate joke. If you’re open to hearing me out, I won’t disappoint. Welcome to my world.

XOXO, Lisa

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Nerium Gate…Still?

I can’t believe we are still talking about this product  (yawn)  but I was seriously asked again about this multi-level non-miricle, total crapola, face cream several times again last week.  So, here again are my thoughts on this scam product.  I was actually shocked because I thought it had somewhat died, but apparently a new group of reps made a new batch of kool-aid and are are hitting the streets hard—offering you a glass. So as requested by many of my patients, here are my thoughts.

In a world filled with hype and over-promise, here we go again….. many of us have heard of this multi-level 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 face lift.  It will erase your wrinkles, age-spots and pay your mortgage if you harass, er um…I mean convince all of your family, friends, colleagues and random strangers on the street to join your team.  There are postings all over social media of side-by-side before and after pictures promoting this ‘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.  I will break down what you need to know so that you are educated before you are contacted by your neighbor or someone you haven’t talked to in 13 years that suddenly finds you on Facebook and wants to buy you a cup of kool-aid   I mean coffee.

The fact is that 86% of people use skin care products that are not suited for their skin type.  In my consultations, a vast majority of women tell me they have ‘sensitive skin.’  It usually  turns out, their ‘sensitive’ skin is of  their own doing.  It really is imperative to have a consultation with a skin care professional who is trained in skin care to help you establish a regime and pick the proper products customized to your skin. One product does not work for everyone.  Now, let’s talk about buying skin care products from your multi-level-marketing friends.  Maybe there are a few of them who are trained in skin histology and have real skin care knowledge selling these products. However, the majority are trained only on a business model which employs the direct-sales marketing concept and don’t have a clue about realistic results with a topical or anything else about effective skin care.  In fact, on social media I have seen posts repeatedly that say, “Don’t have any interest in skin?  That’s ok!  You don’t need to. You will love the 6 figure salary pouring in while working from home being your own boss, in your pajamas! (Now the pajamas part does interest me)  Contact me today to see how I’ve done it.”

Besides having no genuine interest in actual skin health, these sales people do not mention that what they are selling are not medical grade products (which you wouldn’t assume by the price).  It’s important to note that even medical grade products could NOT deliver shown results.  These home based products are not controlled by the FDA so they are formulated in a way that does not allow for penetration beneath the surface layer of the skin.  They are OTC (over the counter) products and do not treat skin conditions that results in the obvious signs of aging (loss of collagen, reproduction of damaged skin which reproduces the same damaged skin after every surface skin layer is shed).  OTC products are, by definition, formulated to be used by anyone and everyone; as such, they contain only minute amounts of the active ingredients that actually treat, repair, and correct skin problems.

It is unfortunate because some of these companies have some really great products.  The disconnect is when you have sales people who are more focused on earning their Mercedes and trips to Tahiti than they are in changing your skin.  They become delusional about the results they are advertising.  These days people desperately want to look younger so these reps have a huge audience to capture. And many take advantage of that.  If someone still really believes in a multi level product enough to sell it they need to learn, what can this product realistically do?  What can it not do?  So far, looking at these pictures, I would say you have some really mis-informed or un-educated sales people thinking they are selling surgical procedures instead of skin care.  Or is it possible that one of the side-effects of their product is loss of integrity?

So if you are going to buy something from your neighbors it should be Girl Scout cookies; helping a girl earn her patch….now that’s legit!

Check out below the ridiculous before and after photos they promote;

Mary used her miracle cream for less than 10 days.  She no longer has a double chin!  The product very obviously also tightened muscles and miraculously removed all excess skin. FANTASTIC.

Not only does the hand on the right look 40 years younger, the muscle mass has doubled in size.  I think the person on the left is actually dead.. so she’s come back to life, time traveled four decades into the past and as a bonus it gave her a nice tan.

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 cosmetic surgeon in Denver his thoughts on these 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 were, I would obviously enroll all of my clients, set them up on auto ship and quit my job.  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.  They can earn cars, trips, etc.   These are the same people who will move-on in about a year to the newest, next best thing and then sell you that.

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 it means challenging people I personally know.

As always, call or message me if you have further questions about this topic.  Unless you sell Nerium–then you probably shouldn’t call me.  And step away from the kool-aid stand.

Lisa

 

 

You’re Having What Kind of Party?

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 consumers.  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 un-qualified people to save a few bucks for your injections….you deserve that lazy eye.  Yep, I just said that— and I mean it. XO

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A New Snake Oil Has Hit the Market…

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!

Lisa

Please Take a Second and Watch This Video…

 

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.

You Are Having What Kind of Party?

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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