The Fix for Dark Circles, Bags and Droopy Lids

The eyes have it — the good stuff (smiling, winking, widening in delight), and also the less-good stuff that goes with the good stuff (crow’s-feet, crinkling, under-eye bags). No one would advise you to give up the good. But is there a way to make the inevitable signs of a life fully lived a little less obvious?

Even those of us who are avid interventionists may shy away from eye procedures. The area is so delicate, its function so integral. As it turns out, though, noninvasive eye treatments use familiar tools of the anti-aging trade — neurotoxins (Botox and Dysport), fillers, lasers and collagen builders — often in interesting ways, to smooth, lift, plump and depuff.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com

The Best Products for Getting Rid of Dark Under-Eye Circles

While there’s plenty of treatments that help diminish fine lines and crows feet, it can be harder to find a good option that targets dark under-eye circles. But once you find the right one for your skin, it can seriously work wonders.

Not only will the right dark circle treatment brighten up your under-eye area, but it can also reverse signs of aging. Some of the best dark circle fighting ingredients to look for when shopping for a new treatment are caffeine, which is used to boost circulation, hyaluronic acid for plumping skin, and chrysin, which helps treat broken capillaries.

You Can Now Get Jewelry Inserted Into Your Eyeball – Any Takers?

The procedure, which only takes five minutes, is apparently pain-free, but we’re not sure that the words “incision” and “eyeball” should ever be used in the same sentence.

This new cosmetic procedure is all thanks to a doctor in New York, who will happily stick a star or a heart into your eye for all to see.

The ‘SafeSight’ jewelry is always platinum, which has less chance of causing an allergic reaction than other metals, and is shaped to fit against the curve of the eye.

Microblading: What To Know Before You Bold Your Brows

Eyebrows might just be the most important facial feature. They frame the face, create balance, and put the attention right where you want it—on your eyes. While pencils and plucking were once our favorite go-to groomers, microblading is taking over as the treatment for choice for more natural-looking, semi- permanent results.

“In the aesthetics industry, there’s a belief that brows are the new lips,” says Alex Thiersch, founder and director of the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa). “Microblading has taken the industry by storm thanks to the reception, the profit margin for spas, and huge patient demand.”

While microblading offers a lasting anecdote to an over-waxed, barely there brow, it also penetrates the skin, which means safety is a concern. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for when booking your brow makeover:

Tattooing certification: Most states treat microblading the same way they treat tattooing or permanent makeup. “The practitioner needs a tattooing certification and the business needs to register as a tattoo parlor,” shares Alex. “Estheticians who have a tattoo license can perform the procedure in most states, but they must be sure to identify themselves as a tattoo artist during the procedure because the practice falls outside their esthetic practice act.”

It should be a two-step process: “One of the most important parts of the process is the consultation and setting proper expectations,” shares AmSpa Member Maegen Kennedy, PA-C and Founder of Fleek Brows Microblading Training. Microblading is done in two steps, the initial consult/appointment and the touch-up session 6 weeks later. A detailed consent form outlining the potential risks is given during the consultation and should be reviewed carefully with the patient.

A trained hand: “Microblading is performed with a handheld pen that holds a sterile ‘blade’ on the tip,” explains Maegen. “After the eyebrow is drawn, the skin is cleaned and the blade is dipped into pigment. The pigmented blade is placed on the epidermis, and a ‘swiping’ or ‘stroking’ motion of the blade penetrates the upper layers of the skin while depositing pigment.” Do your research before you book, and look at examples of your provider’s past work to ensure you like their touch.

Post-procedure support: The excitement of your new brows will be unavoidable, but professionals suggest not touching them for at least 24 hours, due to skin sensitivity. Clients are instructed to avoid gyms, showers, sweating, sun, and makeup for this time frame as well. A form with detailed aftercare instructions should be given to the patient to take home. “Having a point of contact for the client post procedure can help through the healing phase,” Maegen adds.

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Do We Really Need To Use Special Eye Cream, Or Is It A Scam?

When it comes to skin care, the most basic steps anyone can do (aside from washing your face) is moisturize and apply sunscreen. But then, of course, there are a slew of hyper-specific products out there meant to address each of our skin woes. One such product is eye cream.

Are you really doing your eyes a disservice if you use regular moisturizer instead of an eye-specific cream? We spoke to dermatologists to get some answers.

Teen Who Can’t Blink Is Refusing Cosmetic Surgery Because She Likes Being Different

The 13-year-old was born with Blepharophimosis Ptosis Epicanthus Inversus Syndrome, which can result in a narrow eye opening, droopy looking eyes and other appearances.

Holly has already undergone two surgeries to help give her better eyesight and was offered a third procedure that would have been purely cosmetic. But the young girl loves the way she looks and wants to inspire other people to embrace their bodies, even if that means they stand out.