Do Anti-Aging Serums Really Work?

When it comes to skin care, simplicity is key. All you really need is a good cleanser, sun block and moisturizer. But, what about aging skin? There are plenty of products on the market that claim to turn back time, but will an anti aging serum really work?

Causes of Premature Aging

Although genetics play a part in our overall health and ability to age gracefully, other factors come into play. The biggest contributors to bad skin are:

– Sun damage
– Poor nutrition
– Lack of hydration
– Inadequate rest
– Smoking and alcohol consumption

What’s the Difference Between a Serum and a Cream?

Serums and creams aren’t the same thing, and having an effective moisturizing cream doesn’t mean you couldn’t benefit from a serum or vice versa. Creams are thicker and designed to provide overall hydration. Serums tends to be lighter in texture, but with a heavier concentration of active ingredients. Often, there’s one main active ingredient that’s meant to solve a specific problem. An anti aging serum isn’t meant to be a replacement for moisturizer; they’re designed to enhance and bolster the benefits of your night cream.

Best Ingredients for Healthy Skin

There are four main ingredients that are clinically proven to minimize the look the lines and wrinkles. Some products contain a combination, but most focus on a single active agent. The biggest one is retinol, which is a form of vitamin A. It’s believed to boost collagen production, which is the main factor in sagging skin and loss of elasticity. Another ingredient you might find in skin serum is hyaluronic acid. This ingredient replaces polysaccharide as our own natural production slows down. It’s an essential moisturizing agent. An ingredient that’s less well-known but just as essential is C16-ceramide. This acts as a barrier that protects the skin below the surface while keeping moisture in. Finally, any good skin care product should contain anti-oxidants. Free radicals are the main cause of aging and disease at a cellular level, and anti-oxidants help prevent the damage they cause. Find them in your food and wear them on your face for protection inside and out.

Why Are There Different Products for Eyes and the Rest of Your Face?

The nature of lines around the eyes and around other areas like the lips or forehead requires a lighter touch. The skin around eyes is thinner and more vulnerable to damage than thicker skin elsewhere.

When Do You Use a Serum?

This isn’t meant to address at what age an anti aging serum is beneficial, but when you apply it to your face. In general, anti aging protection should begin well before an age where fine lines and wrinkles develop. The key to skin care products is consistency. They should be used every day, but not in excessive amounts. When it comes to applying skin products, use the lighter formula first, give it a few minutes to soak into your skin, then apply the heavier cream. Keep in mind that sun damage and the effects of aging aren’t just apparent on faces. Necks and chest need care, too.

Skin Care Basics for Aging Faces

Skin care isn’t just a concern for older people. Research shows that 57 percent of millennials use anti-aging products daily. The sooner you start with a good system, the less effort you’ll have to make reversing problems later. Good skin care begins on the inside with good nutrition. Add to that plenty of rest, hydration and products to protect and soften your skin, and you’ll have a comprehensive system that will work for you at any age.

There are literally thousands of products on the market, so choosing the right one for your face can be confusing. The effectiveness of an anti aging serum depends on the ingredients. When you find one that works, stick with it.

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Facial Treatment and Skin Care

If you’re the kind of person who uses friends, Google or social media for information about skincare, you’ve probably heard many different things about facials. These might have ranged from the mundane (they’re an unnecessary luxury) to the horrifying (you can develop flesh eating disease from a peel). Neither of these things are true, but when it comes to facial treatments and skin care, separating the truth from the urban legends is not an easy feat. 


Let’s take a look at some common myths and see exactly how they stack up:

Myth: You should get facials as frequently as your budget allows you to. 

Facials aren’t necessarily one of those things that are increasingly effective the more often you have them. In fact, some facial treatments, like microdermabrasion or peels can irritate the skin if they’re used too frequently, even if you don’t have sensitive skin to begin with. 

While getting facial treatment on a regular basis can certainly be beneficial for your complexion, the quality of the treatment is much more important than the frequency. In fact, investing in a good quality facial on a semi-regular basis might mean you only have to do touch-ups in the months between. 

That being said, you can’t expect optimal results if you’re not serious about maintenance. A facial once a year isn’t enough to combat 11 months of bad skincare habits and you won’t see the result you’re looking for if you only book a session irregularly.

Myth: Skincare advances mean you can do the same thing yourself at home

On the flip side, many people believe that they don’t need to visit a skincare specialist at all to get professional results. And while it certainly seems like spa-quality products are easier to find than ever – like home laser kits or gel polish – the old adage about getting what you pay for is still true. The ingredients in masks you buy from the drugstore are still significantly lower quality than what a spa or clinic will have access to. 

Many people also believe that if they practice good skincare on a regular basis, there isn’t much point in going for a professional facial treatment. While using quality products and practicing diligent skin maintenance can definitely improve the look and feel of your skin, a specialist will have access to both tools and products that you might not, or that it’s not practical for you to invest in. 

In addition, certain things like extractions are almost impossible to perform on yourself, and are best done by a professional who is adequately trained. Attempting to extract blackheads or milia by yourself can lead to scarring or infection. 

A esthetician is also trained to assess people’s skin type and will use this information to perform a customized facial treatment that addresses your needs. During a consultation, you might find you have skin concerns you didn’t even know about! And while Google can be useful for some things, it’s not ideal for diagnosing anything, whether that’s an illness or a skincare problem. 

Myth: facials can be painful or cause skin irritation

This one is mostly untrue but does depend on the quality of the clinic you go to and the service you end up getting. For example, many people find that some peels or other brightening treatments cause a slight tingling sensation while they take effect. This is perfectly normal but shouldn’t cause a burning or painful sensation.

If you’re receiving extractions, the area might see a small amount of redness for the first few hours, but it shouldn’t be extensive, nor should it be permanent. 

A lot of this goes back to the idea of getting a consultation before your facial. If you have sensitive skin but end up booking a facial that doesn’t address this, it’s possible that the products used might cause some irritation. Likewise, if you struggle with dry skin and request, say a clay mask that draws out excess oil and impurities, you might find yourself with skin that’s even drier than normal.

At the end of the day, if you’re using a facial treatment specialist who knows their stuff and you’re upfront about your concerns and lifestyle, a facial shouldn’t be painful and it shouldn’t leave your skin feeling even worse than it was beforehand.  

Myth: Facials are overpriced and an unnecessary expense

This is only a myth if you look at the cost in a certain way. For some people, a facial can seem like a sizable upfront cost. Many clinics, however, offer packages or incentives for regular customers, which can be a great perk if you’ve found a clinic and a specialist you’re happy with.

When evaluating cost, you also have to look at the money you might be saving elsewhere. Having regular facial treatment might mean spending less on day-to-day products, or even makeup. Many people who have regular sessions find themselves feeling confident enough go totally makeup free, or at least using less product to cover up things like redness or age spots. 

At the end of the day, your skin is your body’s largest organ. Is it really an unnecessary expense to keep it looking and feeling as healthy as possible?

Your skin isn’t something you want to mess around with, but neither is it something worth sacrificing because of an unfounded belief. Though myths about facial treatments abound, when you choose the right clinic and treatment type, they can be an effective way of nourishing your skin, brightening complexion and reducing the signs of aging. Don’t believe the hype unless you’ve spoken to a facial aesthetician!

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Nailing Your Classes

A career in nails can be fun and exciting, especially if you live in NY. You can gather several ideas for the nails that you do based on the buildings and the historical features that the city is known for, such as the shopping district and the Statue of Liberty. If you want to learn how to become a nail tech in NY, the first step would be to contact a local community college or a nail technician service to find out the requirements as well as any special certifications that you need to hold.

After you know how long you have to go to school as well as the other requirements for NY, you can begin the process of comparing programs to find the one that suits your schedule and your budget. Most nail tech courses only last for a few weeks or a few months, so financial aid might not be available. When you begin taking classes, you will learn about the proper ways to manicure nails from your teacher. Once you learn about these techniques, you will begin practicing on each other as well as a few models in the classroom before you begin practicing on other people outside your class.

Some of the things that you will learn about in your classes include overall nail design, the latest trends with art that can be applied to nails and that can be done in the paint while it’s wet on the nails, and how to apply acrylics. You will also learn how to perform a pedicure and how to perform a calf massage as there are many people who enjoy this service while they are getting their pedicure. Part of the class will be about some of the health hazards that you might come across as well as the disorders that are sometimes associated with nails so that you know how to aid in treating them.

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3 Benefits of Permanent Makeup

The beauty industry remains one of the most popular and profitable sectors for a number of reasons. During the Depression, it managed to remain afloat because women continued to purchase lipstick despite the gloomy environment. Forbes, in May 2017, estimated this field was worth $445 billion and a great place for self-made entrepreneurs. The beauty industry is fueled by women and innovation. Digital permanent makeup machine, for example, is among the newest products that helps makeup stay on for an extended period of time.

As permanent makeup picks up steam, here are three benefits it offers.

Avoids Sensitivities

How a person’s skin reacts to makeup depends on their body’s chemistry and the makeup’s ingredients. There are those who cannot wear any because their skin experiences allergies like drying, redness and itchiness. In other cases, makeup causes embarrassing skin breakouts of acne or hives.

It is Permanent

The use of permanent makeup stretches beyond those who experience unwanted effects to traditional cosmetics. Since permanent makeup stays on despite environmental conditions, it has become popular among athletes and women who are constantly on the go. Tattooing eyebrows, for example, has become a trend among women whose eyebrows are not as full or dark as they would like. Plus, it does not require daily application. To keep them looking radiant, a simply touch-up suffices every few weeks. Some makeup wearers enjoy the daily experience of using their face as a canvas to create a beautiful masterpiece. Others, prefer to wake up this way without worrying about removing and re-applying.

Health Impairements

Whether it is due to age, an accident or inherited through the family genes, for some, health impairments hinder the makeup application process. Arthritis, for example, may make it painful to reach certain areas or nearly impossible at certain times of the year. Permanent makeup alleviates this issue.

As the beauty industry remains stable, it continues to innovate. Permanent makeup offers several benefits and technology improvements including the digital permanent makeup machine.

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Shopping for Gift Baskets

Whether you run your own successful business or handle the marketing and management duties for a large company, corporate gifts are an important part of networking and maintaining morale around the office. Executive gifts are also great thank-you presents that you can send to new clients, customers or vendors. If you are looking to drum up new business with a company who may be considering signing a contract with your office, giving a corporate gift may be the perfect way to land the big deal. Here are some great corporate gift ideas for any occasion.

If you are looking to woo potential new clients and customers, executive gift baskets make a thoughtful and handsome presentation. Most executive gift baskets are filled with an assortment of candies, meats and wines wrapped in luxurious colors like: black, tan, gold and silver for added appeal. You can also customize executive gift baskets to include a unique sampling of your products, coupons for discounts on future purchases and branded merchandise.

Sending out branded merchandise is a great way to drum up new business. From t-shirts to calendars, posters, pencils and key chains, these types of promotional gifts are always well received by existing and potential clients, vendors and customers.

A favorite bottle of liquor or wine can do wonders for your business. While some businesses find this gift to be rather personal, many top-level executives appreciate receiving a great-quality bottle of liquor or wine as a promotional or thank-you gift.

If you are hosting a charity or outdoor event, you could garner a ton of new business by handing out reusable water bottles, t-shirts and tank tops or sunglasses imprinted with your business name and contact information. These items are very important to have during outdoor events. When you hand them out to unsuspecting attendees, who may have forgotten to bring water or sunglasses, you leave a positive mark that paints you as dependable, trustworthy and reliable from a business standpoint. Corporate and executive gifts are a great way to drum up new business, woo existing clients and show gratitude to employees and customers who have been with you for the long haul.

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DIY Beauty Care at the Comfort of your Home

These days, beauty-savvy consumers are all about getting salon-quality results at home. You can buy gel nail polish at the drugstore or microdermabrasion kits at the pharmacy and, really, it makes sense. Why bother with all the hassle of juggling appointments and driving back-and-forth when you could just pour a glass of wine at home, turn on Netflix and give yourself a quality facial or pedicure, all while saving money?

Given this trend, it’s not surprising that you can also purchase at-home laser hair removal kits. For a few hundred bucks, these portable gadgets promise you all the perks of professional laser hair removal, including permanent hair loss, smooth skin, plus the convenience of doing it whenever – and wherever – you want to.

So, this obviously begs the question: Is it worth it to outsource your laser hair removal to, well, yourself? Do these at-home tools really do the job? Are they safe? Are professional clinics really just a money grab?


If you’re thinking of skipping the professional treatments and going the DIY route, here are some things you should take into consideration before taking the plunge.


Comfort is key

It’s true that laser technology has come a long way in the past decade and one definite benefit of that is that it’s not nearly as painful as it was when it became a mainstream treatment option.


However, professional clinics have the resources to employ cooling measures before, during or after sessions, which can make a big difference in your comfort and healing. These typically take the form of gels, medical-grade Cyrogen spray or cold air, which can actually be attached directly to the laser itself so your entire treatment is much more comfortable.


At-home setups are not only higher on the “ouch” spectrum, but can be more time-consuming if you’re constantly taking breaks to give your skin – and pain receptors – a bit of a breather. A comfortable treatment chair and medical-grade skin soothers sound like great reasons to visit a professional!


Two hands make everything easier

Another benefit of getting laser hair removal at a certified clinic has to do with accuracy. Just like DIY waxing or self-tanning, it can be quite the undertaking to handle large or awkward parts of your body yourself. Laser in particular requires quite a bit of accuracy to target each follicle and if you’re treating hard-to-reach parts of your body like the back of your legs or your bikini line, it’s going to take quite a bit longer.


In the end, if you aren’t able to consistently laser each part of your skin equally, your DIY kit might not get you the results you’re looking for at all, which means you’re putting in a lot of work for nothing. A professional not only treats hard-to-reach locations on a regular basis, but he or she will have the luxury of two free hands, making your appointments faster, more comfortable and ultimately more effective. 


Not only that, but you don’t have to do anything at all during your treatment. Read a magazine, listen to your favorite podcast, or do whatever you need to distract yourself instead of trying to zap the hairs in a place you can’t even see.


There’s money to be saved … but you get what you pay for

One very obvious plus to the idea of a home-based laser kit is that it can cost less money upfront. The initial purchase price for a DIY version can be as low as a couple hundred dollars, while a full treatment cycle in a New York laser hair removal clinic – which can take up to a year – can be several times that.


If your main concern about hair removal has to do with pricing, and if you’re willing to put in the time it takes to do it on your own terms, well, that’s one thing. However, you also need to take into consideration how much value you’re placing on your time. Seeing a professional laser hair removal specialist is typically quicker, more effective and less painful, which leaves you more time to do the things you love.


After all, if you’re committed to handling it yourself, don’t forget that a full cycle takes several sessions, scheduled weeks or months apart. If you’re the kind of person who has a closet full of half-finished DIY projects (no judgement!) take that time investment into consideration.


Safety and effectiveness … are you willing to compromise?

Store-bought devices tend to use IPL technology, also called Intense Pulse Light. This is an earlier form of laser technology that many reputable clinics believe is on its way out, as its usefulness is quite limited. The problem with IPL is that it comes with a higher risk of tissue damage and is most effective on those with fair skin. If you have darker skin or tan easily, it’s unlikely to work its magic as well on you.


Most high-end clinics today opt to not use IPL, as there are many other forms of laser that are more effective and can be used on patients of any skin tone. A reputable clinic is likely to have a range of sophisticated devices that are significantly more versatile and safer for your skin. IPL can cause you to be even more susceptible to sun damage after a session.



The verdict? Sometimes you really do get what you pay for and laser hair removal tends to fall into that category. The DIY craze is great for some things, but when you’re dealing with something as delicate and precise as zapping individual hair follicles, you’re taking a big risk by handling it yourself. You might save a couple hundred dollars, but you’re putting your skin at risk, limiting your options and setting yourself up for a less effective treatment cycle. Some things are worth the bargain, but your skin? Definitely not something you should be jeopardizing. 

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Helpful Hair Treatment

There’s no question about it. Healthy hair is beautiful hair. It really doesn’t matter if you have long hair if you have dead ends. Many women make the mistake of holding on to dead ends because they want to achieve long hair. It doesn’t matter if your hair is dry and brittle or thin and prone to breakage. Whatever your issue is, it’s important to stay on top of it so that you can achieve healthy hair. Consider these two treatments as you work toward developing the most beautiful head of hair.

1. Hot Oil Treatments
Gather a few carrier oils in a container with a lid and mix them together for a hot oil treatment. Typically, many women like to use oils like extra virgin olive oil, almond oil and castor oil. As you mix these oils together, it’s okay to add in a few drops of an essential oil. Great essential oils to consider include rosemary oil, peppermint oil and bergamot oil. In order to heat the oils up, boil 2 cups of water in a pan. Pour the hot water into a glass bowl. With the lid on, submerge the container with the oil mixture into the glass bowl with the hot water. Allow the hot water to heat up the oil. Once the oil is hot, pour it all over the strands. Put the hair in a plastic cap. Sit under a heated dryer for 30 minutes. Once the treatment is finished, rinse the oil away with cold water. If you have oily residue, it’s okay to use a sulfate-free shampoo afterward. Do this on a regular basis to help add extra moisture to dry hair.

2. Deep Conditioning Treatments
Deep conditioning treatments are also great for the upkeep of hair. Use botanical hair care products because they tend to have the most natural ingredients. In order to put the moisture back into your hair, it’s always wise to use heat. Use a heated bonnet or a hooded dryer. Once you add the deep conditioning treatment to squeaky-clean hair, put the hair in a plastic cap. Sit under the hooded dryer for 30 minutes to an hour. Once you’ve finished the treatment, rinse out the treatment with cold water. Then, style as your heart desires. If you have really dry hair, you’ll want to do a deep conditioning treatment every single time you shampoo.

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