Your Weekly Beauty Recap | October 28, 2019
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Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Botox (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Allure, 10/21)

  • Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States.
  • It is a neurotoxin injectable that helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • It can be used to prevent them from forming in the first place.
  • Although Botox paralyzes the muscles wherever it is injected, it does not affect the nerves and will not cause any permanent sensation or numbness.
  • Botox can be slightly painful depending on your pain tolerance, but doctors typically offer topical anesthesia prior to the injections.
  • Side effects are rare and temporary.
  • Results can be seen within just 4 days and can last up to 6 months.
  • To get the best results, it is important to be treated by an experienced provider!

Exfoliating Scrubs: The Good, the Bad, and the Totally OK (Spotlyte, 10/22)

  • Exfoliating scrubs are a controversial topic among dermatologists.
  • Scrubs quickly remove dead skin and any other impurities that could prevent your skincare products from properly absorbing.
  • They also reduce pore size, brighten the skin, and increase blood flow for a fresh and healthy look.
  • Some dermatologists argue that exfoliating scrubs are too harsh for the skin and can cause micro-tears, irritation, and an entrance for bacteria.
  • Alternatives for these scrubs are chemical exfoliants and chemical peels.
  • Chemical exfoliants deliver a more even and reliable level of exfoliation through in-office treatments and at-home products.
  • If you strongly prefer exfoliating scrubs, opt for a natural exfoliator such as rice grain extract and a light hand in order to prevent micro-tears.

4 Ways to transition your seasonal skincare routine like a pro (Harpers Bazaar, 10/22)

  • During the summer months, the skin is prone to extra sun exposure, while fending off pollution and experiencing an increased in oil (AKA sebum) production.
  • As the weather cools down, it is essential to restructure one's skincare routine to include products that will improve discoloration, skin tone, and hydration levels.
  • Look for products with peptides, vitamin C, and vitamin E to reverse the signs of damage while keeping the skin looking fresh year-round.
  • No matter the season, always protect your skin by using SPF.
  • Don't neglect the basics -- always use a cleansing routine that doesn't strip your skin's moisture barrier or alter its pH level.
  • To beat winter dullness, use chemical exfoliators like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or lactic acid.
  • Implement retinol products into your routine to promote an even smoother tone and texture, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores.