How to Get Great Skin Before the Ball Drops on 2019

Most women seem to experience skin care problems just when they want to look their best. Every woman can relate to waking up with a huge zit right at the tip of her nose, or huge dark circles under the eyes, and the list goes on. There are pre-emptive measure one can take with less than two weeks until the New Year to ward off these skin care evils. We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver board certified plastic surgeon for guidance on what to do without breaking the bank or having invasive surgery.

Facial Extractions by a licensed aesthetician- Dr. Manish Shah says, “When done correctly extraction facials can clear closed comedones (AKA those tiny, flesh-colored bumps that never come to a head, yet never really go away), remove whiteheads and blackheads, and give your skin a newer, fresher foundation for your skincare products to penetrate. Basically, extractions can be the kiss of life for your lifeless broken out skin.”

Drink Alcohol in Moderation – If you plan on ringing into 2019 with a few glasses of bubbly, Dr. Shah recommends moderating your alcohol consumption leading up to the big day. He explains, “Alcohol can dehydrate the skin and cause it to appear less fresh and vibrant, which can certainly hinder your skin care efforts.” 

Cleanse your Face Every Night - You have just arrived home at 2 am from a holiday Party. It may be tempting to flop into bed without washing your face. Don’t do it! Dr. Shah says that, “Sun damage isn’t the only environmental factor you have to worry about. Small micro particles from air pollutants might just hurt your skin, too. Play it safe by remembering to take a minute to cleanse your face to remove debris that could be weakening your skin. In addition, that foundation and pressed powder you have been wearing all night can clog your pores and cause breakouts.”

Start Exfoliating – Want brighter, younger-looking skin? It starts with a great at home exfoliator! Dr. Shah explains that, “As your skin replenishes itself, dead skin cells start to build up on the top layer, leaving you looking dull. Exfoliating regularly removes this layer, revealing fresh, healthy skin. Regular exfoliation also allows your moisturizer and other topical products to penetrate more deeply, making them more effective.” 

Clean Your Makeup Brushes – You would not eat food on dirty dishes, would you? Applying makeup with dirty brushes is not so different. Not only will dirty brushes give you a spotty application, but they can harbor bacteria, dirt and oil, leading to acne and breakouts which necessitates piling on even more makeup to cover it up. 

Don’t Squeeze Your Pimples! – Here’s a secret that many a supermodel or actress use: Steroid shots. Dr. Shah explains that, “when we discuss treating acne with cortisone or “steroid” shots, we are referring to the process of gently placing a very dilute quantity of a “glucocorticoid” steroid into the cyst. Glucocorticoids are a class of steroid molecules that are naturally produced by our bodies and have numerous functions including the regulation of human metabolism, immunity, and inflammation. They have very potent anti-inflammatory effects, so they are often used to treat inflammatory diseases in medicine. They can be formulated as creams to treat skin rashes or as pills to treat systemic disease. They can also be injected directly into local areas of inflammation such as in arthritic joints and inflamed acne cysts. Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement.”

Peels – Look for AHA/BHA/PHA peels that will exfoliate the skin and help release the top layers of dead skin cells allowing for a more radiant underlay to come through.

Microdermabrasion – This professional treatment exfoliates at a deeper level (like a peel), with a mechanical handheld device that buffs away the upper layers of the skin. 

Add vitamin C to your routine. – Dr. Shah suggests applying several drops of vitamin C serum underneath SPF each morning to target free radical damage, help lighten brown spots, and even out your skin tone. 

Moisturizer – It may seem obvious, but when it comes to dewy, glowing skin, moisturizing is essential. “When your skin is dry, it looks dull, so hydrating ingredients can help bring back that glow,” says Dr.  Shah. For skin types already prone to shine, adding moisture may seem like the last thing you need, but an oil-free hydrator with ingredients like hyaluronic acid could actually help reduce your sebum production and even out slickness into a sleek glow.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he 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. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind 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!

Dr. Shah is a past Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center based at Denver Health Medical Center, the Rocky Mountain region’s only academic Level I trauma center. He is a past Chief of Plastic Surgery at Denver Health Medical Center. He also maintains a private practice in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery on the Dry Creek Medical Center campus (DTC/Denver) and up in the Aspen Valley (Basalt – in the office of MD Aesthetics – Tim Kruse, M.D.).

Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Don’t Let Winter Turn Your Skin Into a Parched Desert

For many people, it’s like clockwork: the weather cools and within a few weeks their skin is itchy, red, cracked, and bone dry. Falling humidity levels kickoff annual dry skin season—skin tends to have the same moisture level as the environment it’s in, so as the weather gets dryer, we do too. Dips in temperature can exacerbate the problem further and mature, sensitive, or acneic skin types are particularly affected by the changing weather. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through the season. There are ways to keep dryness at bay and maintain smooth and irritation-free skin, year-round. Here’s how:

  1. Avoid Harsh Exfoliants: If your skin has dried out during the winter months, take a step back from your harsh chemical or physical exfoliants. This doesn’t mean you need to stop using them completely—exfoliation is important for cell turnover—but pumping the brakes for a few days while your skin resets could prove useful. And if you’re still feeling dry, opt for a natural cleansing oil instead of your usual face wash, which can often strip the skin of natural oils.
  2. Use a Low-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid: A low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid (HA) is recommended for its ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water. HA helps your skin retain moisture and assists in keeping its surface smooth and soft. It even helps calm redness or irritation from particularly harsh climates.
  3. Layer Up: In the winter, it’s all about layering—both clothes and skincare. Start with a serum equipped to handle your toughest skin concerns. For maximum TLC, use FACTORFIVE’s regenerative serum—the only growth factor serum that lists human stem cell media as its first ingredient. FACTORFIVE’s stem cells are ethically derived and maintained in their own lab, meaning a group of highly trained scientists control the quality from start to finish. As a bonus, FACTORFIVE’s regenerative serum is high in hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and wrinkle-fighting peptides.

Next up, opt for a cream that’s light enough to layer and calming enough to soothe your winter redness. FACTORFIVE’s anti-aging cream boasts the same powerful human stem cell media as its serum. Plus, it has the added soothing benefits of Aloe Vera and green tea extract. To form a protective seal over the skin and lock in the growth factors, apply the cream after the serum.

  1. Apply Morning & Night: Don’t forget to use the serum and cream combo in the morning, after washing your face and before makeup, and in the evening, when your face is clean and ready for bed.
  2. Don’t Forget Your Eyes: Our eyes are sensitive to the cold and dry climate of wintertime. Make sure to replenish your delicate eye area with a natural, non-irritating, fast-absorbing product like FACTORFIVE’s eye/lash cream. FACTORFIVE growth factor technology helps to smooth and tighten the under-eye skin and assists in the growth of your eyelashes and brows. It’s also prostaglandin free, which means it won’t alter the color of your eyes or leave them irritated and red.
  3. Don’t Forget SPF: Even though it’s cold outside, the sun’s rays are still powerful. A physical sunscreen, applied in the morning—after your serums and creams should be part of your daily routine. Use an SPF of at least 30 and if you are out in the sun for long periods of time, apply every two hours.
  4. Stay Hydrated: A simple, but effective tip. Drinking enough water helps your skin look dewy, plump, and gives you that just-walked-off-the-beach summer glow.
  5. Check Your Diet: Our skin is often a great indicator of what’s going on inside. Monitor what you eat and take notice if your skin flares up or feels extra dry after particular meals or food groups. Always consult a physician before changing anything about your diet.

It’s impossible to control the weather, but it is possible to control how you treat your skin during low humidity and low temperatures. And, if your skin cannot take it anymore, you can always plan a trip to a tropical destination where the humidity is high and your skin can recuperate— just remember to pack the sunscreen.

Tips for Summer Hair that Beats the Heat

Styles that Never let them See you Sweat

Whether you’re vacationing at the beach, playing sports, dining al fresco, or just enjoying time outside this summer, fun in the sun can put stress on your hair and damage those lovely tresses. So, if you’re struggling with dryness, brassy color, or a case of the frizzies, it’s time to change up your beauty routine.

“Summer is a carefree time when we spend as much time as possible out in the sun. While time in nature is great for our mental and physical health, the sun can really do a number on our hair. It can alter the color, bleach out strands, and cause hair to look (and feel) dry and damaged. It’s important to protect and nourish your hair, so it looks beachy but beautiful — not dry and damaged,” said Nadine Mullings, Brand & Product Development Director at Barely Xtensions.

Mullings offers the following tips to avoid looking like a hot mess this summer:

Minimize damage. We all know that the sun’s rays can damage your skin, but did you know it can also can damage your hair? Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can significantly damage the hair strand. Signs that your hair is sun damaged include discoloration, dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, thinning, and fizziness. Light-colored and fine hair is particularly vulnerable to sun damage, according to the Cleveland Clinic. To minimize damage, avoid spending prolonged time in the sun. If you are in the sun, make sure you use hair products with UVA and UVB protection.

Get a trim. Hair grows 10 to 15 percent faster during the summer months. Getting a trim is an effective way to revive dry, sun damaged hair and stimulate new growth. Regular trims minimize damage from split ends, a common issue in the summer. Being proactive and getting a trim at the first signs of split ends or dryness can prevent further damage.

Protect before a swim. Chlorinate can leave newly colored hair damaged and blonde hair even worse with a greenish hue. Products like Swimmers Leave-in Conditioner from Sally Beauty Supplyprotects hair while conditioning it.

Embrace the gloss. Beach days are fun, but they are rough on your hair. Sun exposure and sea salt damage hair, making its color less vivid and your locks brassy. If this happens to you, try an in-salon hair gloss, a semi-permanent color that counteracts sun damage, adds moisture, seals the ends, and increases smoothness and shine. A gloss, which lasts for approximately four weeks, will leave your hair looking rich, shiny and healthy.

Hydrate and rehydrate. Sun-damaged hair needs hydration! Moisturizing shampoos, conditioners and styling products keep your locks sleek and manageable. Hot oil treatments, nutrient-rich masks, or balms are great for deep conditioning. Look for products with nourishing ingredients, such as coconut, jojoba, and argan oil, as well as protective butters, and extracts. These replenish and moisturize sun-damaged hair. Avoid sulfates, parabens and other toxic ingredients, which are drying and could only worsen your summer woes.

Switch up your products. Bottom line — summer hair needs more attention and different products than you use during other seasons. This is why you need to use hair care products designed to moisturize and reduce (or reverse) sun damage. When out in the summer sun, we recommend that you use products (such as leave in conditioners) that contain UV protection to help protect your hair and scalp.

Also, try a mild, lightweight shampoo, and wash your hair less frequently to avoid stripping it of protective oils. Use dry shampoos to keep your locks looking fresh and not oily, especially on days you don’t wash it. Finally, once a week, use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any buildup from sunscreen and hair products, etc.

Look neat without the heat. If your hair is already fried from the sun and surf, don’t make matters worse by heat styling. Ditch your blow dryer, curling iron, hot rollers, and straightener and embrace no-heat styles instead. Let your hair air dry. Put your hair in a ponytail. Rock cute braids. As an added bonus, put leave-in conditioner in your hair and then braid it. You can sleep in the braids to moisturize overnight, and when you take the braids out in the morning, you’ll have easy, breezy, summery, healthy-looking waves.

Embrace accessories. Always in style: wear a big, wide brimmed hat to the pool or the beach to protect your scalp and hair. Accessorize by adding a fashionable scarf to cover your hair and scalp as you lounge in the sun. Before you work up a sweat, avoid tangles during outdoor workouts like hikes, bike rides, and beach runs by braiding your hair. Make sure you secure your braids or ponytails with a metal-free hair ties. Rock a cute headband to keep strands in place during active summer days (or lazy Sunday brunches.) Get a sizzling, sexy summer look for a hot date (or girls’ night out) with long, natural-looking extensions or add a pop of color if you don’t want to make a permanent color commitment with Barely Xtensions with colors like teal, pink, purple and unicorn you can have all kinds of fun and blend with your natural hair.  with colors like teal, pink, purple and unicorn you can have all kinds of fun and blend with your natural hair.

Eat healthy. The products you use on your hair are important, but what you eat, and drink also have a direct impact on hair health. Be sure to eat a healthy, nutritious diet full of dark leafy greens, juicy fruits, and lean proteins, and drink tons of water to stay hydrated and looking your best.

For more information visit the website at barelyxtensions.com or connect with Barely Xtensions at Instagram/barelyxtensionsFacebook/barelyxtensionsTwitter/barelyxtensions, and Pinterest/barelyxtensions.

Arsen Gurgov: The Keratin Whisperer

The Celebrated Hair Stylist is the Hot, Hot, Hot Guy for The Popular Hair-Straightening Treatment

But Women, Take Note:  Arsen Knows the Not-Not-Not’s for the Complex, Multi-Layered Process

Arsen Gurgov

Arsen Gurgov

Keratin. It’s one of the most popular treatments for women looking for smoother, silkier hair. The protein-based formula is known to eliminate frizz and gives your mane softness and shine. But it’s not a simple treatment, despite what product literature might promise, and the glut of major brands offering straightening-for-all effects might easily confuse many consumers.

Though a common salon service that might require two to three hours and cost an average of $500, keratin treatments are often misunderstood.

Enter Arsen Gurgov, one of the nation’s top stylists and its most pronounced “kera-toligist.”

“Keratin is a protein that hair misses when it turns frizzy,” says Gurgov, who shot to fame for his role in the Today show’s “Ambush Makeover” series. “The Keratin treatment restores the needed protein. It’s the perfect solution for everyone’s biggest hair problem—unmanageable hair. Itmakes curly strands soft and sleek so you can style your hair the way you want without a salon blowout. But it’s not just the product you use, it’s actually how it’s applied.”

“One size does not fit all hair types it’s a discretionary thing. A keratin treatment requires the stylist to study your hair to assess what you reallyneed,” says Gurgov, a top talent with two decades of experience. He works out of an eponymous Upper East Side studio—a loftlike penthouse on 60th Street between Madison and Park — where he regularly counsels his customers on the do’s and don’ts of getting a new ‘do.

Gurgov’s technique, mastered by performing thousands of treatments, is to combine a range of brands and products. Not all follicles are created equal, and blind loyalty to one particular label can get Arsen simmering as hot as his iron.

“Hair has unique qualities and requires different products,” says the stylist, matter-of-factly. “There are millions of brands, and each approaches hair uniquely. For example, if you had a great treatment and told your friend which product was used, they might want to have the same thing. But what works on you might not work on your friend. You have to look at the condition of the hair, is it healthy, or perhaps a bit brittle? Maybe they have had a previous keratin treatment that really burned their hair Everyone’s hair is so unique—a stylist must use discretion on how to create a custom treatment.”

Gurgov has researched and identified the best brands and products and is continually studying the latest industry developments.

But in addition to using top-quality products, the application process is key. After the product is combed through the strands, a flat iron is used to smooth the hair. As the temperature of some irons can reach as high as 450 degrees, this can be a dangerous part of the process.

“It’s very, very important to have a flatiron with an adjustable temperature gauge, so you have the ability to control it,” Gurgov says, noting that different parts of a head of hair often need a range of temperatures, from a simmering 350 degrees, an intense 450 degrees or a still-simmering 350.

The composition of keratin is another consideration. “Some are silicone based, some are water based,” Gurgov says. “A stylist must decide what will work best in each situation. If someone has an oily hair or scalp, a silicone-based product would be a mistake. is Also, keep in mind that all of these products contain some form of formaldehyde, and a well-ventilated application space is essential for the client and the stylist team.”

The most important no-no? Washing your hair too often.

“The less you shampoo your hair, the longer your keratin will last,” says Gurgov, who suggests washing once a week because a treatment might lose effectiveness after 24 shampoos. “Shampoo is only meant for your scalp not so much for the hair,” he adds. “Since it’s a film, the more you shampoo, the more film your remove.”

Finally, look closely at the ingredients: The best keratin treatments use paraben-free, sulfate-free formulas.

Countdown to New Year’s Eve: How to Get Great Skin Before the Ball Drops on 2018

As occurrences would have it, most women seem to experience skin care problems just when they want to look their best. Every woman can relate to waking up with a huge zit right at the tip of her nose, or huge dark circles under the eyes, and the list goes on. There are pre-emptive measure one can take with less than two weeks until the New Year to ward off these skin care evils. We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver board certified plastic surgeon for guidance on what to do without breaking the bank or having invasive surgery.

Facial Extractions by a licensed aesthetician - Dr. Manish Shah says, “When done correctly extraction facials can clear closed comedones (AKA those tiny, flesh-colored bumps that never come to a head, yet never really go away), remove whiteheads and blackheads, and give your skin a newer, fresher foundation for your skincare products to penetrate. Basically, extractions can be the kiss of life for your lifeless broken out skin.”

Drink Alcohol in Moderation

If you plan on ringing into 2019 with a few glasses of bubbly, Dr. Shah recommends moderating your alcohol consumption leading up to the big day. He explains, “Alcohol can dehydrate the skin and cause it to appear less fresh and vibrant, which can certainly hinder your skin care efforts.” 

Cleanse your Face Every Night- You have just arrived home at 2 am from a holiday Party. It may be tempting to flop into bed without washing your face. Don’t do it! Dr. Shah says that, “Sun damage isn’t the only environmental factor you have to worry about. Small micro particles from air pollutants might just hurt your skin, too. Play it safe by remembering to take a minute to cleanse your face to remove debris that could be weakening your skin. In addition, that foundation and pressed powder you have been wearing all night can clog your pores and cause breakouts.”

Start Exfoliating

Want brighter, younger-looking skin? It starts with a great at home exfoliator! Dr. Shah explains that, “As your skin replenishes itself, dead skin cells start to build up on the top layer, leaving you looking dull. Exfoliating regularly removes this layer, revealing fresh, healthy skin. Regular exfoliation also allows your moisturizer and other topical products to penetrate more deeply, making them more effective.”

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

You would not eat food on dirty dishes, would you? Applying makeup with dirty brushes is not so different. Not only will dirty brushes give you a spotty application, but they can harbor bacteria, dirt and oil, leading to acne and breakouts which necessitates piling on even more makeup to cover it up.

Don’t Squeeze Your Pimples!

Here’s a secret that many a supermodel or actress use: Steroid shots. Dr. Shah explains that, “when we discuss treating acne with cortisone or “steroid” shots, we are referring to the process of gently placing a very dilute quantity of a “glucocorticoid” steroid into the cyst. Glucocorticoids are a class of steroid molecules that are naturally produced by our bodies and have numerous functions including the regulation of human metabolism, immunity, and inflammation. They have very potent anti-inflammatory effects, so they are often used to treat inflammatory diseases in medicine. They can be formulated as creams to treat skin rashes or as pills to treat systemic disease. They can also be injected directly into local areas of inflammation such as in arthritic joints and inflamed acne cysts. Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement.”

Peels

Look for AHA/BHA/PHA peels that will exfoliate the skin and help release the top layers of dead skin cells allowing for a more radiant underlay to come through.

Microdermabrasion

This professional treatment exfoliates at a deeper level (similar to a peel), with a mechanical handheld device that buffs away the upper layers of the skin. 

Add vitamin C to your routine.

Dr. Shah suggests applying several drops of vitamin C serum underneath SPF each morning to target free radical damage, help lighten brown spots, and even out your skin tone.

Moisturizer

It may seem obvious, but when it comes to dewy, glowing skin, moisturizing is essential. “When your skin is dry, it looks dull, so hydrating ingredients can help bring back that glow,” says Dr.  Shah. For skin types already prone to shine, adding moisture may seem like the last thing you need, but an oil-free hydrator with ingredients like hyaluronic acid could actually help reduce your sebum production and even out slickness into a sleek glow.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he 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. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind 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!

Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.

Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Top Festive Season Gift Guide Picks from NYC / Miami Hairstylist

The festive season is here, and people are starting to make their wish lists. Before we check them twice, it’s time to start thinking about what to get for the beauty obsessed person on your list.

Below are some favorite products and things on the wish list from Miami / NYC Hair Stylist, Lucy Garcia Planck, from Salon Bergdorf Goodman, who gives some of her top beauty recommendations for a great gift:

  • Iron BaByliss Nano Titanium Ulta-Thin Straightening Flat Iron: super lightweight and smooth, which allows you to straighten more hair faster. It features ultra-smooth titanium plates to conduct ultra-high heat and resist corrosion. Five-inch extended plates allow for quicker straightening, and it has such a slim design.

  • Shu Uemura Small Round Hair Brush: made of 100% natural bristles that enhances definition and adds movement to strands. With the handle made of soft, lacquered Kotibe wood, the round brush provides a comfortable grip and is perfect for a blowout.

  • Ghd Curve Curling Iron: perfect hair curlers to help you achieve a variety of hairstyles, whether you’re looking for soft summer waves or sultry glamour curls for long or short hair. This brand is perfect because it locks in your curls from day to night and creates sunning, healthy looking curls that really last.

  • vitafusion Gorgeous Hair Skin & Nails Gummies: biotin is a natural supplement that many people don’t get enough of and that could be a contributing factor to dry, brittle hair and split ends. vitafusion Gorgeous Hair, Skin and Nails is a great-tasting gummy multivitamin containing 12 key nutrients, including Biotin and Vitamins C and E to help nourish beautiful hair, skin, and nails from the inside out.

 

  • Shu Ermana: Ample Angora Volumizing Light Foam: enriched with Japanese cedar bud, a giant sacred tree known for its fortifying properities, Shu Ermana offers maximum volume as ample and silky as angora. This product brings softness to the hair with no crunchy effect.

  • Milbon Repair Professional Treatment: powered by innovative dual-repair technology, this professional 4-step deep conditioning treatment is designed specially to strengthen and rebuild severely damaged, over-processed hair. These results last up to five weeks.

 

Chocolate Lovers Can Indulge in a Rejuvenating New Vitamin-Rich Facial Serum from FarmHouse Fresh

FarmHouse Fresh® Debuts A Luxe Dessert Course That Serves Up A Radiant Complexion Chocolate Lovers Can Now Indulge in a Rejuvenating Vitamin-Rich Facial Serum Featuring Organic California Figs, Organic Oregon Raspberries and Texas Wildflower Honey

FarmHouse Fresh® has introduced a luxe dessert course for enhancing complexions with a new Chocolate Fig Vitamin Recovery Serum, which allows you to indulge in chocolate- and berry-enriched hydration.

“This exquisite serum captures the delicious aroma of chocolate mixed with raspberry and fig, and its luscious texture will appeal to olfactory and visual senses,” says Shannon McLinden, CEO of FarmHouse Fresh. “Most importantly, it’s instantly hydrating with such a plethora of additional vitamins, that the overall improvement in skin texture and wrinkles makes you realize — dessert can be good for you! We recommend those with normal to dry skin use this rejuvenating serum day and night under a favorite moisturizer.”

Paraben- and sulfate-free, Chocolate Fig Vitamin Recovery Serum is made with 97%-natural ingredients, including: cocoa, which contains antioxidants to improve skin texture; organic California figs, which contain vitamins A, E and K, each strong antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage while smoothing and firming skin; vitamin B5, a powerful humectant that attracts and holds moisture; antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E which contribute to healthy, luminous skin; organic Oregon raspberries; Texas wildflower honey, a natural humectant which helps skin absorb and retain moisture to soften outer layers and improve elasticity; live papaya and pineapple cells, which are suspended in the glaze and deliver nutrients on contact with skin for maximum vitamin potency; rice bran oil; and aloe vera which reduces inflammation and redness.

Chocolate Fig Vitamin Recovery Serum is sold in a 2 oz. jar which comes with a decorative box.

Members of the InFluential Magazine family have enjoyed products from FarmHouse Fresh.  They are light, bring refreshment to the skin, and is non-greasy, a definitely plus for nightly use.  Results are noticeable within a few days of use.  The packaging is adorable as well.

About FarmHouse Fresh®:

FarmHouse Fresh® is an award-winning line of professional bath, body and facial care products voted by Spa Professionals as the country’s Favorite Body Care line.

For more information about this or any other FarmHouse Fresh® retail or professional spa product, please contact FarmHouse Fresh® at 888-773-9626 or visit online at www.farmhousefreshgoods.com.

Their products can be purchased at thousands of top destination spas, resorts, and finer retailers across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, including Four Seasons, Ritz-Carltons, Westin-Dubai, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, Marriotts, Hyatts, Waldorf Astorias, Omni Hotels, as well as Burke Williams Spas, Woodhouse Day Spas, and more.

Top Hair Color Trends For The Season

Barely Xtensions reveals hair color trends for Fall and Winter 

When seasons change we tend to want to change up our look. . In fact, research indicates that a woman will change her hairstyle 150 times in her lifetime.*  So if your winter beauty game includes switching up your hair color, we’ve got you covered! We turned to Barely Xtensions to get all the info you need to have the hottest hair color this fall and winter!

“This season hair color is all about having a natural color placement with hints of warm and spicy or cool and icy. It’s all about warm blondes, smoky browns, natural reds and icy platinum. You can even add Barely Xtensions for added dimension if you want to give your hair a break from processing it,” says Jennifer Hutchens, Brand & Product Development Director at Barely Xtensions.

Here are the top five hair colors worth trying for fall and winter:

Ice Blonde:  Ice, Ice Baby! If you want to make a statement this winter, this is the way to go! Take it cooler with a striking blend of ice blonde with hues of silver to match the icy weather! Go even more icy by adding Barely Xtensions in Platinum Ice and Metallic Silver! You can also make a toning shampoo part of your beauty routine to keep it cool all winter long! 

Smoky Tones:  This perfectly blended earth tone is a cool-toned ashy gray approach to hair color. It’s monochromatic finish just might be our favorite yet! Keep it on the lighter side by adding lowlights or take it all the way dark by taking fully brown. Just be sure to stick to only cool to neutral brown and blonde shades to get the earthy tint. Barely Xtensions in the color Chestnut is the perfect complement to extend the length of your smoky tones for longer more voluminous hair.

Spiced Brunette:  For some of us, brunette can be, well, boring. But adding a variety of warm highlights gives it radiance and dimension. To keep it spicy, stay away from blonde and choose subtle caramel, copper and red hues. You can even use hair extensions to do this by clipping in the Barely Xtensions Balayage Collection in Espresso/Medium Dark Brown for effortless pops of spice on dark hair. 

Flannel Warmth:  Just like a flannel shirt on a cool day, we are inspired by deep, rich shades of copper, auburn, and red to mimic a warm flannel shirt. It’s all about mixing the colors together adding pops of brighter red and copper to a deep red base. Barely Xtensions offers extensions in Red and Copper that both incorporate multiple tones of red and copper In one that would be a great addition to this style for added dimension and warmth. 

Deep Espresso:  Take a shot with espresso! Brunettes are starting to lean towards ultra-dark espresso tones that can look striking on a variety of complexions. You can take it new generation with ashy and cool-toned colors or stay traditional with warm chocolate hues that will never go out of style. You can even add Barely Xtensions for added length, dimension and volume! There are a wide variety of deep brown colors offered like Dark Brown and Espresso.   

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A Plastic Surgeon Unveils Beauty Hacks That Cost Less Than a Starbuck’s Coffee

We all know that cosmetic-plastic surgeons and dermatologists earn their living by operating or non- invasive procedures. Most of these endeavors are costly for patients.  It’s rare that any aesthetic surgeon will let us in on things we can do daily that don’t require us to visit them!  We are fortunate to have Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver board -certified plastic surgeon share secrets with us, that in many cases cost nothing or less than a gourmet cup of coffee.     

Dr. Manish Shah’s Top Beauty Hacks

Cleaning your phone screens.  Dr. Shah offers that, “A great way to avoid blemishes is to routinely clean the makeup and bacteria off of your phone screens. It is easy to spread harmful skin bacteria from the surface of your phone. Washing your hands goes a long way to avoid skin contamination as well.”

Make your own exfoliating scrub at home – Dr. Shah shares that, “A woman I consider my second mother taught me how to create my own organic exfoliating scrub. She would dry peeled skins of oranges, lemons, and limes in the sun. She would then finely grate the white inside rind of the peel and then mix it with any facial cleanser or even add it to fine facial oils. Using the scrub would exfoliate the skin, treat it with Vitamin C, and prevent over-drying of the skin because of the fruit oils.”

I recommend treating the enlarged pores of the T-zone with over the counter hydrogen peroxide. The bacteria in the pores create inflammation that increases pore size, and this leads to blackheads and whiteheads. Dr. Shah explains that, “These bacteria can’t survive in high oxygen environments. 3% hydrogen peroxide is available over the counter quite inexpensively. Treating only the T-zone at night kills the bacteria, reduces pore size and blemishes. Because it can be quite drying, takes breaks from its use every now and then.”

Avoid fake nails. They harbor tons of bacteria that are easily transferred to the face when you touch your face. Instead, focus on growing your own nails with the help of oral vitamin C and any good quality hair, skin, and nails vitamin like Nature’s Bounty Extra Strength Hair, Skin, and Nails.

For teens, especially, it is so important to wash their pillow cases routinely. Dr. Shah is the father of three teens. From his first-hand knowledge he says that, “Teens aren’t very compliant when it comes to skincare and they suffer from hormones in a bad way. This 1-2 punch makes acne and blemishes the bane of most teens’ existences. Going to sleep at night on clean pillow cases after washing your face goes a long way to reducing bacterial burden and allows blemishes to heal.”

If you suffer from puffiness around the eyes, a quick trick is to use black tea bags. Wet them in ice water and lay them onto the eyes to soothe. The caffeine in the black tea causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing edema or swelling in the delicate, thin eyelid tissues.

Add baking soda to your toothpaste to easily polish away stains to keep your teeth white. Instead of bleaching your teeth, baking soda actually breaks the molecules that stain the teeth. It is less irritating to your gums as well, and way cheaper than teeth whitening strips.

Eat the rainbow.  A white bread-based diet does not for clear skin make. That’s why Dr. Shah makes sure his diet is packed with brightly-colored fruits and vegetables.  He says, “Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants which give glow to the skin.” Specifically, research suggests that pigments called carotenoids—found in foods like carrots, spinach and other leafy greens, and tomatoes have been linked to good complexions.” Adding fish oil to your diet also improves skin compliance and radiance.

Avoid Hot Showers.  Disappointing as it may beDr. Shah says, “Hot showers remove too much of your natural oils and brings blood circulation to your skin, creating inflammatory reactions that result in rashes and aggravate those with eczema or dry patches.”

You may just need a brow wax instead of a lift.  “I had a patient who wanted a brow lift because she thought she looked angry all the time. I sent her for a brow wax instead. It took 15 minutes, she looked great, and she saved herself thousands.” Other brow techniques like brow tinting can change how your eyebrows frame the eyes, improving on your looks. 

About Dr. Manish Shah

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, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial 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!

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.” 

THE HEROES

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 ZEROES

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 https://drmanishshah.com/

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!