The Science of Botox: Your Questions Answered

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that in 2012, 6.1 million cosmetic procedures using Botox injections were performed across the United States. As Botox procedures become more affordable, their popularity as a cosmetic treatment continues to grow.

Yet despite their great popularity and the impressive results Botox injections deliver, there are still a lot of questions regarding this course of treatment. Following are a few of the most common questions we encounter, and some realistic, scientifically informed answers:

Is Botox poisonous, and therefore unsafe?

Botox is made from an extremely diluted form of the botulinum toxin. In its pure form, botulinum […]

By |October 25th, 2013|Skin Care|0 Comments|

Understanding and Treating Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is an impressive term for a very common skin problem: discolored or dark patches of skin, most often on the face, chest, and hands. Hyperpigmentation happens when the body overproduces melanin, and it affects people of all races and skin tones.

Melanin Explained

Simply put, melanin is the substance that gives color to your skin. It’s produced in the lowest layer of skin, called the basal layer. Melanin is your natural protection against the UV rays of the sun. Your body’s usual production of melanin can be disrupted by a number of different factors, including overexposure to sunlight, some medications, […]

By |August 29th, 2013|Skin Care|0 Comments|

For Youthful Skin, Use Sunscreen

The concept of ideal beauty, like most other things in life, is constantly evolving. In the Victorian era, upper class women shielded themselves from the sun, and their pale, translucent skin was considered to be the ultimate in beauty and desirability.

When Coco Chanel got sunburned in the 1920s, tanned skin suddenly became fashionable. Today, though, this idea comes into direct conflict with our desire to retain youthful health and beauty well into our middle years — because the light of the sun is making us look old.

How Sunlight Ages the Skin

The sun’s rays contain three types of ultraviolet light. […]