Anti-Aging Products and Ingredients: Don’t Get Creamed by False Hope in a Jar

Separating the skincare heroes from the Zeroes

Here’s what is certain: There are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what you derive from in-office procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. Board-Certified Denver plastic surgeon Manish Shah says, “There are anti- aging products or ingredients that do perform significantly better than others and can make a profound difference in the skin’s appearance while others are simply “false hope in a jar.” 

Why don’t most products work the way they claim? Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents. Just like the name states, film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and that can make the skin “feel” tighter. The effect is temporary and you won’t see noticeable lifting of sagging skin, but the sensation is often enough to convince women that the product is working. Dr. Shah stresses that, “Skin “feeling” tighter is not the same as making a real change for the better in the tone or laxity of your skin. Using what really works will get you closer to the results you want.” 


Dr. Shah says, “Sunscreen SPF 30 or above is the best antiaging cream you can use.  It prevents skin cancer as well as UVA rays that cause loss of collagen and wrinkles in the skin.  Reapply every 2 hours, use a powder sun block and carry in your pocketbook for quick and easy sunscreen touchups.  My favorite powder sunblock is Colorescience, and my favorite base sunscreens have titanium or zinc oxide in them as active ingredients.”

Retinoids work great to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help boost collagen production,” says Dr. Shah.”  He adds, “Over the counter retinols are good, Neutrogena makes a good one, or prescriptions such as Retin- A.”

Glycolic acid also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade pigmentary damage from the sun.  “I often have patients alternate nights with retinoid and glycolic,” says Dr. Shah.

Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which reduces free radical damage and is great for anti-aging and helps brighten the skin.  Dr. Shah often recommends it in the morning, underneath sunblock, or at night if patients are too sensitive to tolerate retinoids and glycolic acid. 

Ceramides are a type of lipid found in the membrane of cells. Dr. Shah states that, “They help hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. Ceramide levels decrease as we age which leads to loss of hydration, less skin turnover and dryer, more damaged skin. Replenishing the skin’s ceramide levels will help restore moisture and fortify the skin’s natural barrier, helping skin look and feel younger.” So use a ceramide containing moisturizer for your whole body daily.

Hydroquinone works to even out sun spots, blotches, and mottled skin. A little hydroquinone goes a long way. “It’s the most effective ingredient for bleaching skin,” says Dr. Shah.  Hydroquinone fades hyperpigmentation by blocking the enzyme that triggers melanin production in the skin.

Green Tea Extract is loaded with nutrients called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals. It is an amazing antioxidant. Studies have found that ingredients in green tea can reduce sun damage and may protect against skin cancer when applied topically. Dr. Shah offers that, “Using green tea extract under sunscreen can provide an extra dose of protection. Polyphenols in creams and lotions may help slow signs of aging, reduce sagging skin and decrease wrinkles.”


The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil.  Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but it’s only temporary and doesn’t address the root cause of the wrinkles such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage and environmental factors.  Don’t be fooled by the anti-aging labels.  Unless there is an actual “active ingredient” such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture but nothing else.

B Vitamins Many forms of vitamin B (like B12) can only be absorbed in the small intestine, so no matter how much is loaded into your moisturizer or serum, it’s not going to make a difference. “Vitamins like niacin can have an effect on the skin’s texture and color, but your skin can’t absorb them,” Dr. Shah explains. If you really want to tap into the power of vitamin B to improve your skin’s glow and appearance, stick to eating leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, beans, and peas.

  1.   Much like a Starbucks Latte for your brain, caffeine in skin creams can give a boost to your skin, too. Until it wears off.  “Caffeine can temporarily reduce puffiness, especially around your eyes,” explains Dr. Shah.  “But don’t expect permanent results.”

Botanical extracts are ingredients extracted from plants (flowers, roots, stems, trees, etc.) for use in skin care for everything from healing blemishes to reducing fine wrinkles. They have been used for centuries and have anecdotal purposes in many cultures. The issue: Botanical extracts need to remain on your skin in order to work. Dr. Shah explains that, “In cleansers, there is simply not enough contact time on your skin for any true anti-aging benefit to take place. Another issue is that most botanical extracts are water soluble, which means that the moment you wet your skin and begin to wash your face, they’re watered down and rendered useless.”

Collagen and elastin in anti-wrinkle products. Collagen and elastin in skin-care products can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin’s natural supply of these supportive elements. In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin. But even when it is made small enough to be absorbed it cannot bind with the collagen existing in skin, and there isn’t any research indicating otherwise.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

Which Cosmetic Treatments Would Today’s Women Say Yesterday’s Beauty Icons Needed?

Plastic Surgeon Predicts a Future Shift in the Beauty Ideal

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Every decade there is a celebrity who sets the bar for beauty. Dr. Manish Shah, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon based in Denver, takes nostalgic look at these classic beauties through the decades and points out what today’s women would critique about them given today’s beauty standards. We also have an interesting look at predictions for what the beauty ideal will be as we approach 2020. We already see a shift taking place to a strong body, smaller breasts and a more natural facial aesthetic. Let’s look forward by first looking back.

1950’s Marilyn Monroe the Ultimate Icon

Marilyn Monroe is still a beauty icon and despite transforming from brunette to the ultimate blonde bombshell, she is still the embodiment of sex appeal. “Marilyn Monroe was infamous for her hourglass physique, sexy lips and dreamy eyes. Today’s women would consider her “curvy” and would suggest Marilyn get inner thigh liposuction to achieve “thigh gap,” which became a thing over the past few years. I say Marilyn was gorgeous, feminine plus she knew how to dress for her frame. At 5’5” 120-130 pounds she was proportioned and looked lovely,” says Dr. Shah. 

1960’s Raquel Welch, the Glamazon

Raquel Welch embodied the exotic bombshell. With a Bolivian father and an Irish mother, Raquel’s features were unique and stunningly beautiful. “What’s interesting about Raquel Welch is that she was all natural and women of today would want her body. She wasn’t skinny at all with beautiful full breasts, athletic legs and beautifully symmetrical facial features. She’s also aged gracefully over time, and still looks elegant well into her 70’s,” Dr.  Shah points out.

1970’s Farrah Fawcett the Girl Next Door

In this decade we see a shift from the voluptuous to the slender with a more girl-next-door approachable look. “Farrah’s lips are actually quite thin by today’s standards yet, they work perfectly with her other delicate facial features. Her megawatt bright smile was what supercharged her look. In the 70’s, plastic surgery wasn’t as mainstream as it is today. Women simply went to the hair salon for the Farrah Fawcett feathered hairstyle. At 5’7” Farrah had a 34B breast size which we are seeing a return to,” explains Dr. Shah.

1980’s, Brooke Shields, Endless Beauty

Time magazine put her on its cover with “The Face of the 80’s.” During that decade Brooke was known for her natural bushy eyebrows. According to Dr. Shah, “Brooke’s facial symmetry was and still is exceptional, her nose is perfect for her face and everything just worked together. One thing I can see today’s women suggesting for the 80’s version of Brooke, would be breast enhancement, something she never had nor wanted. Brooke now 53, looks radiant and relies on diet and exercise to maintain an age appropriate, classy look minus the need to overdo it with fillers and unrecognizable facelifts. Brooke looks like an older, gorgeous version of herself.”

1990’s Kate Moss & Pam Anderson, The Waifs vs. The Beach Bunny

The early 90’s beauty aesthetic was highly driven by the Grunge Rock music scene. The “waif” which was embodied quite controversially by Calvin Klein model Kate Moss and actress Calista Flockhardt, known for her popular TV character Ally McBeal. Both were scrutinized and shamed for being “too thin” pressuring other Hollywood celebrities to keep up. On the other extreme was bombshell, Pamela Anderson of the iconic Baywatch TV Show of the same era. A favorite of Hugh Heffner, who considered her to be the ultimate bombshell, put her on the cover of Playboy a total of 13 times in the 90’s and first decade of the 2000’s. “Pamela Anderson absolutely boosted demand of breast implants in the 90’s and made it much more mainstream to look more like an exotic dancer than a fashion model. I’m glad to see that Pamela, now in her late 40’s, didn’t overdo it with any facial plastic surgery and opts now for a more elegant look,” offers Dr. Shah.

2000’s, Livin’ LaVida Lopez

In February of 2000, Jennifer Lopez and her ample derriere got massive global attention for the infamous green Versace dress she wore as Grammy presenter. She was already turning heads on the red carpet as an actress and singer. “Jennifer Lopez was the first woman to bring attention to a curvy fuller butt. The Brazilian Butt Lift came into popularity to meet the demand of more women wanting a curvier, fuller, yet lifted bottom. What’s great about Jennifer Lopez is that she’s now in her late 40’s, with a packed schedule which demands that she is in excellent physical shape. Her physique is very athletic and muscular yet, feminine at the same time. This is a woman who did a triathlon months after giving birth to twins. Jennifer has maintained herself exceptionally well through the years with facials and lasers which can help women ward off any need for a face lift,” says Dr. Shah.

2010 – Present… Keeping Up with the Kardashians

“The Kardashians were the tipping point to both surgical and non-surgical treatments going to another level and they built an empire out of all of it,” says Dr. Shah. If you watch old episodes of the show you see Kim, sisters Khloe and Kylie and momager Kris radically changed their appearance. Plus, they are always touting procedures such as Kim did with the “Vampire Facial.” Kylie Jenner looks like a totally different person than she did as a teen just 4 years ago. Her admitted lip injections gave her a new facial appearance that now has her at the top of the family income chain.

2018 and Beyond… All Eyes on Kendall Jenner

Kendal Jenner is the hottest model right now and face of Estee Lauder. While part of the Kardashian clan, she’s an actual model with extraordinary bone structure, long legs, and a body for high fashion. “I predict we will see a new crop of beauties like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Kia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford, set a new more fashionable aesthetic. I’m hopeful that the over-done lips and over-filled faces and over-sized breasts will fall away with more favoring of preserving ethnic features and body type for a more interesting, less generic “done look, says Dr. Shah who prides himself on delivering a more natural look.

About Dr. Manish Shah, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

Are you Physically and Mentally a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery?

In 2009, then Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Donda West Plastic Surgery Law, requiring health checks be conducted prior to all major plastic surgery procedures in the state. This was following the death of rapper Kanye West’s mother. It was later determined that her heart attack was spawned by a combination of numerous postoperative complications and pre-existing coronary artery disease.  Today, women especially peruse Instagram and covet a perfect pout, perky derriere and firm breasts seen on Insta models. Just because you may desire cosmetic surgery does not mean you are physically or mentally fit for it NOW.  Dr. Stanley Poulos is a board certified San Francisco area plastic surgeon who takes steps to ensure the health and safety of his patients during surgery and post- operatively.  Here are some indicators Dr. Poulos looks for to assess patients for surgery.

Dr. Poulos stresses that it is essential for a surgeon to take a good medical history and exam of the patient.  Current and past illnesses, especially cardiac or pulmonary problems, surgeries, and medications should all be discussed.   Lab tests may be required on a case by case basis depending on patient history and planned procedures. 


When it comes to preparation for a plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure, a urinalysis can inform the doctor if you have certain types of infections, like a urinary tract (UTI), bladder, or kidney infection. Urine tests are also effective in detecting high blood pressure and diabetes.

Blood Count Test

Also known as a complete blood count (CBC), this blood test literally counts your blood. It takes note of the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This tells physicians if you’re anemic (red blood cell deficiency) or have a blood clotting disorder like hemophilia. CBC tests also detect infectious bloodborne diseases like HIV or hepatitis.

Heart function

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

Essentially, the ECG is a medical test that tells if your heart is in good condition through detecting any heart abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity of the heart when it contracts. Cosmetic surgery basically causes tremendous stress on the body, with the heart being one of the most important organs when it comes to stress response. That is why it is crucial for the doctor to assess whether your heart can endure the trauma during the operation.

Chest X-Ray

The Chest X-Ray is also one of the tests that may be required for your procedure. This is usually carried out to check the condition of your lungs and see whether you have breathing difficulties when you are put in anesthesia. This test is especially requested if you are a smoker or have a history of smoking. Signs of pneumonia or any breathing disorder may result to the postponement or cancellation of your surgery.

Smoking Use and History

Mixing nicotine with plastic surgery can result in problems:

Loss of cheek skin, nipples or tummy skin after a facelift, breast lift, breast reduction, or tummy tuck surgery


Death of fat cells (fat necrosis), causing hard lumps

Delayed wound healing

Thick, wide scars

Blood clots, which can be fatal

Increased pain

Permanent small vessel damage adding risk even if you quit

Loss of breast implants

Life-threatening complications like stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and pneumonia.


The mammogram is typically required for women who want to get breast augmentation or breast lift done. This is to help detect signs of breast cancer. 

Psychological Screening

Although there is no formal psych test to assess a patient’s readiness and motives for cosmetic surgery, Dr. Poulos takes time with his patients to learn their reasons for desiring cosmetic change. Immediate red flags include, having surgery to try to keep a wayward spouse, an exaggerated concern over a minor problem, someone who seems addicted to cosmetic surgery, or a patient with body dysmorphic disorder. This syndrome is most appropriately treated by psychological treatment not surgical intervention.

Alcohol Habits

It is important not to drink alcohol before undergoing plastic surgery – or any type of surgery for that matter – as it can cause unforeseen complications and seriously impact final results and the way you heal. Alcohol, especially when consumed to excess, can dry out your skin, which can then result in cracks appearing. If you’re having a plastic surgery procedure where skin is stretched (facelift, breast augmentation or abdominoplasty for example) then dry, cracked skin will make it harder for the surgeon to staple or stich the skin together, resulting in a less than optimum result and possibly scar.

Body Weight

Sometimes patients will enter a plastic surgeon’s office excited about a decision to finally move forward with breast or body contouring surgery, but then afterwards emerge having found out they are not currently a candidate because of excess body fat. This scenario is not only disappointing, but it can be an emotionally deflating and potentially embarrassing experience for patients. Dr. Poulos sympathizes with the emotional pain that such patients feel, and he wants to help them realize their goals. However, there are several specific reasons that your plastic surgeon might recommend weight loss prior to undergoing a procedure.  In addition, the results that you can achieve are likely to be much better if your weight is in a better range. Consider an overweight woman who wants breast reduction surgery.  Even when the breasts become smaller and more uplifted, it is extremely difficult for us to deal with the fullness lateral to the breasts (the “bra roll”), which significantly compromises the aesthetic result. In addition, it is much harder to get a beautiful transition between the breast and the abdomen due to the excess weight. On the other hand, let’s consider the patient that is overweight and wants a tummy tuck or liposuction. In this instance, the surgeon will not be able to remove all the excess fat in these areas, as it is technically challenging and can look odd as it is out of proportion to the surrounding fatty deposits. Even large volume liposuction cannot fully solve this problem. Body contouring surgery is great for shaping your body, but it is not a method or substitute for weight loss or weight control.  At Dr. Poulos’ clinic there is a full-time wellness/weight loss coordinator who helps patients achieve a healthy body composition (body fat percentage and lean muscle mass balance) prior to undergoing body contour procedures.

What is an option for those who need to lose weight to be a better candidate for cosmetic surgery?

There is an FDA approved “Gastric Balloon” procedure that Dr. Poulos performs. It is appropriate for patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 that have not had previous weight loss surgery. Patients diagnosed with bulimia, binge eating, compulsive overeating, high liquid calorie intake habits or similar eating related psychological disorders are not good candidates. Dr. Poulos has now treated numerous patients who have successfully lost up to 20% of their body weight with the balloon procedures and have gone on to aesthetic body contouring with much improved results.

How does the balloon method work?

This non-surgical outpatient procedure begins with a diagnostic endoscopy to ensure that there are no contraindications and that it is safe to perform. Once the patient is mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin. The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into the stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution. Once the weight loss balloon has been filled with saline, it expands to approximately the size of a grapefruit. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes. Patients can usually return home after the placement or removal procedures within 30 minutes. Over the last 20 years this procedure has helped over 277,000 people. The gastric balloon encourages portion control while patients make healthy changes to diet and lifestyle.

How long does the balloon stay in place?

The balloon remains in the stomach for the first six months after the procedure. With the stomach balloon and Dr. Poulos’ support team, patients usually see the most drastic results in the first six months. It is very important to use this time to develop healthy habits that will continue for not only the 12-month weight loss program, but for the rest of one’s life.

What to expect after the balloon placement.

Over the first 14 days after placement, patients may experience nausea or vomiting. Dr. Poulos recommends a liquid diet for his patients during the first week to help manage these symptoms.  Also prescribed are effective anti-nausea drugs to help the patient through the initial stage.

How is the balloon removed?

Once the stomach balloon has been in place for six months the balloon is removed. The simple and non-surgical procedure is very similar to the placement process. Once the gastric balloon has been removed, it is very important to continue working closely with Dr. Poulos’ team and coaches to follow the personal diet and exercise plan provided. This will help to keep you in a positive and healthy mindset while achieving your weight loss goals.

Dr. Stanley Poulos

Dr. Stanley Poulos

About Dr. Stanley Poulos

Dr. Poulos specializes in cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring procedures. He helped pioneer the quick lift facial rejuvenation surgery in California and is recognized as one of the leading plastic surgeons in Marin County and the entire San Francisco Bay area.  Dr. Poulos and Plastic Surgery Specialists have extensive experience in body contour procedures. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Poulos completed his internship and residency at UC San Francisco. He completed a plastic surgery fellowship at St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

It’s Our 7th Anniversary!

William Jackson, Found & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

On the one hand, it feels like I’ve been doing this for a lifetime, while on the other, I find myself wondering “Where did the years go?” It’s been a year of excitement, highs and lows, long work days and restless nights, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

This past year has taught me so many useful lessons, and one that really stands out is just how important it is for individuals to be patient, long-suffering, and kind toward others; without judgement.  In a culture where freedom of speech is widely encouraged, many seem to have lost sight on the importance of having something of positive and encouraging to say, tempered with applying the “Golden Rule”.  As a reminder, the “Golden Rule” admonishes us to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Of course, the lack of applying the “Golden Rule” is almost always to our detriment.

In previous Publisher’s Notes, I shared my own struggle with trying to ensure I live a well-balanced life and making such a priority. Although, I still have room for improvement, I’ve been making slow but steady progress. I recently began adding the practice of yoga to my regular health & wellness routine, something I never would have imagined in a thousand years. But thankfully, it’s doing wonders for me. I feel calmer, am resting better, and my days are less hectic.

It’s with this newfound sense of balance and calm I wish to collaborate with you as we begin our seventh year. On that note, I’m thrilled to welcome you to our Seventh Anniversary Edition!  One of our Exclusive Interviews is with Hanna Jaffe Bosdet.  The well-known Philanthropist, human rights activist, speaker, and author opens up about her new acting role in NETFLIX’s first Mexican reality series Made in Mexico, and what’s she’s doing to raise awareness of important topics such as human rights, immigrants, refugees, peace, and the importance of education.  Being that this also our Style Edition, of course we had to bring you many topics related to style and its impact as we strive to live well.

I invite you to feast your eyes on this stunning Seventh Anniversary Edition and enjoy reading the rest of the amazing features we have for you in this Edition.  May this Edition inform and inspire you to continue living your best life.

From my very being, I thank you for being a dedicated reader. Seven thrilling years would not be possible without you.  I’m so grateful to and inspired by the entire InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, andTeen InFluential teams, who work tirelessly to bring you our award-winning publications. I’m truly excited about the future of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, and I believe the best is yet to come.

Fondly and with Great Enthusiasm,

William Jackson

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

NYFW Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial by Tony Odisho

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) showcased a lot of gorgeous hairstyles, but we noticed one common trend among them: sleek middle parts. So we decided to try out this gorgeous trend for ourselves and show you exactly how to achieve the look.

So without further ado, here’s our NYFW inspired hairstyle tutorial.

First, gather your tools. For this tutorial, we used Smoothing SerumFlexible Hold Hairspray, a Tony Odisho Infrared Curling Iron, and 3-in-1 Mist.

Part the hair right down the middle.

Then, use a small pump of Smoothing Serum to add a sleek shine.

Clip up all the hair except for the front pieces.

Then, secure those pieces at the base of the neck with a rubber band.

Coat the hair in a light layer of Flexible Hold Hairspray and curl it with the Infrared Curling Iron. Brush out curls to break them up a bit.

And, that’s it! A gorgeous sleek NYFW Inspired Hairstyle!

You can leave this as is or add a little pizzazz with a side braid.

Secure the end of the braid with a rubber band and wrap it with a piece of hair to hide it.

Gently pull on this sides of the braid to widen it.

Finish with 3-in-1 Mist for added shine and UV ray protection.

And, voila! Another gorgeous NYFW inspired hairstyle! Try it yourself and let us know how it works for you.

Swoon-Worthy Skin in a Matter of Minutes

Whether you swipe to the right or to the left, Comodynes Easy Peeling Exfoliating Action will leave you looking selfie-worthy in a matter of minutes.
Easy Peeling is ready-to-go exfoliating towelettes that eliminate dead skin cells and cleanse pores, leaving skin soft, smooth and renewed.  Using a double exfoliating action that uses detoxifying microspheres – which provide deep exfoliation to remove impurities – and active biological ingredients to stimulate the regeneration of cells, after one week of use, skin is noticeably smoother and more vibrant. The use of the towelette maximizes the results of treatments applied afterwards, such as moisturizers or self-tanners, because impurities are eliminated and this allows for deeper penetration of active ingredients. The practical pop-up format is ideal to leave at home and use frequently. 
Towelettes are paraben-free, allergen free and suitable for all skin types.  Key ingredients include: prickly pear extract, witch hazel water and glycerine.
To use: massage on dry skin paying special attention to the forehead, nose and chin.  No need to rinse.  Use once or twice a week.  Each towelette includes a refreshing, light citrus scent.
Easy Peeling Exfoliating Action has a suggested retail price of $16.99 for a package of 20 towelettes or 2 packs of 20 towelettes for $29.99.  Free shipping on all orders over $49.
For more information on Comodynes: Urban Cosmetics or to make a purchase, please visit  Comodynes: Urban Cosmetics are also available at select retailers nationwide.

Quick & Cute Labor Day Hairstyle: 2 Ways by Tony Odisho!

This gorgeous Labor Day hairstyle is super easy to achieve and requires just three things: the Ostia Collection Flexible Hold Hairspray, a Tony Odisho Curling Iron, and a cute bandana. Better still, it can be styled two different ways for two adorable BBQ ready looks!

Step 1 – Prep the Hair

Spray some Flexible Hold Hairspray on dry hair before beginning to style it. This will give hair a workable hold while protecting it against heat.

Step 2 – Curl it

Add some loose curls using the Tony Odisho Infrared Curling Iron. This will give the hair some extra volume and texture.

Step 3 – Rake Through

Using your fingers or a wide tooth comb, rake through the curls to break them up and make them more piecy.

Step 4 – Tease It

If you still feel like it could use some more volume, tease the hair on the crown with a rat tail comb.

Step 5 – Braid It

Starting with two small pieces of hair on the crown, begin to create a fishtail braid. All you have to do is keep the pieces small, and gather one piece from each side of the head crossing them over one another and making your way down to the nape of the neck. Hold in place with rubber band.

Step 6 – Pull Out Some Pieces

Use the end of a rat tail comb, pull some small, face-framing pieces out of the braid.

Step 7 – Accessorize!

You can accessorize this braided low pony with a cute, patriotic red bandana (or bandana of your choice) in two different ways.

Option 1 – Tie it on the bottom of the fishtail, above the pony.

Option 2 – Tie it into a headband

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VIALE Beauty Appoints Taek Kim as Chief Design Officer

Taek Kim

Taek Kim

VIALE Beauty, a Los Angeles based skincare company focused on developing caviar-infused, cruelty free beauty products, announced today that it would hire Taek Kim as their new Chief Design Officer. The prominent startup attracted the top executive from a well-known technology and healthcare company known for its groundbreaking innovations in the heath and design spaces. The Korean design and marketing expert will contribute more than a decade’s worth of experience in shaping some of the most recognizable brands in the world.

The Korean beauty regimen has been dictating the direction of the global beauty industry over the last few years. With the appointment of Taek Kim, the Los Angeles based startup aims to increase the popularity of the new premium focusing on the North American and Asian markets, and become a globally recognized beauty brand. As a Chief Design Officer, Taek Kim will be responsible for overseeing all design and innovation aspects of VIALE’s products and services, including product design, graphic design, user experience design, industrial design, and package design. The new member of the VIALE team will also be overseeing some aspects of advertising, marketing, and engineering. Other areas of the business sometimes overshadow design but multiple success stories prove that design is as important as every other aspect of the company. Having on board one of the most knowledgeable design professionals in the world is what will help VIALE elevate over the competition in the next few years.

“I spent the last month thinking about everything I’ve accomplished with my previous employer over the last eight years. So many employees, vendors, media representatives told me how much they enjoyed our products. Such kind words always warmed my heart and made me push forward”, said Taek Kim. “However, I am an entrepreneur by nature! I see potential in the new premium skincare and I feel now is the right time to turn the page and accept the offer from VIALE Beauty. I’ve always been in love with the startup culture, I am an explorer, and I enjoy the voyage of discovery. The journey is the reward!”

Back in 2009, Taek Kim joined a then start-up local massage chair manufacturer. He has been leading the growth of the company ever since turning it into an entity valued at more than $2 billion. Almost all departments in the company were developed by him. When Taek joined the company they only had 20 employees and a net worth of less than $9,000,000 annually. Less than ten years later the result is one of the best performing healthcare brands in the world grossing annual sales of $500 million per year and having more than 1300 employees.


Founded in 2017, VIALE Beauty is a US based skincare company focused on clean beauty. The cruelty free skincare startup develops beauty products infused with caviar, horse placenta, and eight other exclusive ingredients, crafted in the heart of one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites – Jeju Island. The team consists of health specialists, designers, and beauty experts from all over the world including Korea, Italy, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. The organization relies on implementing their diverse cultures, tastes, and skills in developing high-quality skincare products. VIALE is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

9 Causes of Hair Loss That Can Be Avoided

If you suffer from hair loss, you might think you just have bad genes and that there is nothing you can do about it. You might be able to avoid the issue by changing your behavior. The right changes could lead to a full head of hair in no time.

Without further ado, let’s look at some causes of hair loss that can be avoided.

1.    Pulling Your Hair Tightly

If you wear a lot of ponytails, braids, or buns, you could be causing your hair to fall out. These hairstyles pull the hair out from the root. If you’re doing this, you need to stop it immediately, as it can lead to permanent damage.

2.    Over-Brushing Your Hair

If you’re living like Marsha Brady and brushing your hair 100 times before bed, you are making a big mistake. This strains your scalp and can cause your hair to fall out. Once your hair is tangle-free and styled, you can put the brush down.

3.    Using Too Much Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo comes in handy at times (like when you’re in the hospital), but overuse can lead to hair loss. This shampoo is made up of alcohol, talc, and cornstarch, and those ingredients build up in your hair. Over time, that leads to breakage, which will eventually cause your hair to fall out. Skip the dry shampoo if possible. Your hair won’t just be fuller. It will also look so much better.

4.    Failing to Use a Protective Product

Your hair can’t stand up to blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons on its own. It needs a protective product to protect it from the heat, or it will start falling out in batches. Pick up a product and use it every time you apply heat to your hair. You’ll notice the difference right away.

5.    Towel Drying Your Hair Too Aggressively

Do you towel dry your hair when you get out of the shower? That could be causing an issue with your hair. Your hair’s cuticles swell when wet, making it easier to damage wet hair. Add in some vigorous towel drying, and it’s easy to do some damage.

6.    Getting Hair Treatments Too Frequently

It’s okay to get your hair colored or straightened from time to time, but if you do it too often, your hair will become dry and rough. That actually doubles your chances of losing your hair, so lay off those treatments. The natural look is making a comeback anyway.

7.    Blow Drying Dripping-Wet Hair

There’s nothing wrong with drying wet hair, right? You’ve been doing it your entire life. Well, in reality, if your hair is dripping wet when you use a blow dryer, you could cause some serious damage. Wring your hair out to get rid of excess water. Then, let it dry on its own until it’s about 70 percent dry. At that point, you can safely blow dry your hair.

8.    Using Weaves or Extensions

Weaves and extensions are a fun way to change up your look. Unfortunately, though, if you use them too much, you might lose your hair, so limit your use. Also, only use a professional stylist when using weaves and extensions and follow all the instructions. Failure to do so could lead to significant hair loss.

9.    Styling Your Hair with Too Much Heat

It’s normal to use some heat when styling your hair, but if you use too much, you will end up with a problem on your hands… or your head. You should use the minimum temperature setting when using a flat iron and other styling tools. Also, limit your flat iron use to three times a week at most.

Take the Road to Luscious Locks

Now you know what you need to do. It’s time to take care of your hair so you can regain those full, luscious locks of the past. Just change your habits, and your hair will look better in no time.

Hair 2.0 is the creator of a line of hair care products formulated to enhance the look of hair. Using the highest quality Keratin Fiber technology, the same building blocks as natural hair, Hair 2.0 delivers instant, natural-looking results to keep hair looking fabulous all day.

The Lash Lounge West Lake Hills Announces Grand Opening of First Austin Location

Guests Are Invited for an Opening Celebration on June 21 

The Lash Lounge is excited to announce the opening of their newest location in West Lake Hills. The upscale salon offers eyelash and eyebrow extensions, tinting, threading, microblading and permanent makeup, all delivered by expert hands passionate about making clients feel their best.

To celebrate, The Lash Lounge will be hosting a grand opening party on Thursday, June 21 at  5:30 p.m. Austinites are invited to visit the new space and learn all about lash extensions and the services the salon offers. The first 50 guests will receive carefully curated swag bags with goodies from Lash Lounge, surprises from neighboring businesses, and more. Attendees will enjoy an evening of photo booth fun and tasty treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Daily Juice and Maggie Louise Confections, accompanied by refreshing beverages from Independence Brewing Co. and Austin Eastciders.

Guests will also have the opportunity to win complimentary services from The Lash Lounge and neighboring businesses through a fun prize wheel. Additionally, there will be opportunities to take advantage of exclusive Grand Opening specials and discounted VIP membership. The following specials will be available starting on June 21 through September 30:

  • $99 full set of classic lashes or $129 volume full set of lashes
  • $99 VIP membership to include:
  • - 2 refills per month
  • - 20% off first microblading or permanent makeup service
  • - 10% off all additional services and products
  •  -$25 credit for additional services
  •  -Locked-in monthly rate for as long as membership remains active
  •  -Month-to-month, contract-free membership that can be cancelled at any time with 30-day notice
  • Double loyalty points for referrals through September 30th!

The newest Lash Lounge is located in the Westbank Market Shopping Center at 3300 Bee Caves Road, Suite 630. They will be open seven days a week to accommodate their clients’ busy schedules. For additional information about Lash Lounge, or to take advantage of the introductory offers, call the salon at 512-361-LASH or visit the website here.

June 21, 2018

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Lash Lounge West Lake Hills

Westbank Market Shopping Center

3300 Bee Caves Road, Suite 630.


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About The Lash Lounge:

Anna Phillips founded The Lash Lounge® in 2006 because she recognized a need for a service that gives the everyday woman a simplified and effortless beauty routine while still looking and feeling beautiful and empowered. Our passion for lashes drives who we are and what we do. What makes us unique is our commitment to providing safe, sanitary, and truly customized lash applications with our proprietary face-mapping system and innovative training program. We seek to provide exceptional customer service by building personal connections with each person, treating every customer like a special guest and creating a relaxing escape from daily life!