Are You Ready to SPARKLE?

That’s Right! It’s that time of year. Mark your calendars for  
November 13th and join us for our Annual Sparkle Party!
*Reservations are highly encouraged.
Please call today to reserve your spot 843-881-4440

411 on Heat Rash

The summer sun is out in full force, and while we caution you against the harmful effects of UV rays there is another culprit this time of year… heat rash. Severe outbreaks can look scary and cause intense itching, as well as a prickly sensation on the skin. However, very rarely do these annoying rashes need medical attention, and, no matter how frightening they look, they are rather common and simple in nature if you know what you are dealing with.
Many patients assume heat rash comes from sunburn, but this is not the case. A heat rash occurs when your sweat glands become clogged, thus not allowing the moisture to dry from your skin and causing a blister like rash. There are times when prolonged exposure to the sun causes both heat rash and sunburn, but the two are not interconnected.
Creases in the skin like the neck, armpit, or groin have skin touching adjacent skin, which makes it difficult for air to circulate- in result these areas more prone to the rash. While this is commonly seen in hot, humid areas there is no known remedy to prevent your glands from clogging; but we do offer the following tips:
– Avoid tight clothing that prevents sweat evaporation
– Avoid heavy creams or lotions when sweating may be involved (ie: before a run)
– When exercising wear moisture wicking/dri-fit clothing, and change out of your workout clothes promptly
– Shower soon after excessive sweating in luke-warm or cool water
– Keep hydrated
– Make sure skin stays dry and doesn’t sit moist or sweaty
The rash itself can vary in appearance from person to person, depending on health, routines, etc. The location of the rash can also affect the appearance. Ranging from tiny ‘sweat bubbles’ with no other symptoms to larger, harder, bumps deeper in the skin which involve itching and a prickly sensation. Rarely, reoccurring and severe heat rash may be potentially dangerous if enough skin is involved, since the lack of sweating can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion.

‘Sweat Bubbles’ resulting from Heat Rash.

Heat rash often resolves on its own when the skin cools and air circulates to affected skin. If the prickly sensation persists, calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams may be helpful.
Note for New Moms: Babies have immature sweat glands that aren’t able to remove the sweat they produce. They can develop heat rash if they are exposed to warm weather, are overdressed, excessively bundled, or have a fever.

Put Your Best Face Forward

Looking for some ways to up your make-up game? See some celebrity tips below, it’s easier than you think. 
Applying Primer:
Primer fills in fine lines and smoothes pores, it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. Consider it the key to making your skin makeup-ready.
  • Apply Moisturizer First.
  • Remember that a little goes a long way.
  • Avoid the eye area (you want to use concealer and highlighting here).
  • Let primer set for a few minutes before applying foundation.

The Perfect Eyeliner:
Pencil, gel or liquid; winged, smudged or clean ­– the options are plentiful.
When using a pencil
  •  Make sure it is always sharpened to a point.
  •  Line as close to your lash line as you can (most suggest lining your ‘waterline’).
  •  Warm tip of pencil in your fingers for smoother application.
  •  Apply in short strokes.

When using cream or gel
  • Always choose a long wear formula.
  • Set the line by pressing eye shadow on top.
  • Use and angled brush for creative cat lines and more.
  • Use a precision brush for ultra thin lines.

When using Liquid
  • Great for hooded eyelids or oily skin.
  • Clean up mistakes with pointed q-tips.
  • Use a thin applicator for easiest use.

*Extra Tip: want to widen your eyes? Skip the black liner and go for a color. Black, like in clothing, narrows your shape.
Not so False Lashes
Not everyone has time to apply false lashes before stepping out the door, nor does everyone have the money for eyelash extensions, so here are some ways to create unbelievable lashes without the hassle or the money.
  • Use an eyelash curler. Heat your curler for a few seconds with a blow dryer. Then apply curler to the base of your lash line and hold tightly while rotating your hand upwards- pinch again.
  • Apply a THIN layer of powder to the base of your lashes using a small blending brush. This will create a full base for your mascara.
  • Apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom of your lashes (not your lower lashes). Wait a few minutes then apply another coat.
  • Make any touchups with the brush tip or liquid eyeliner for gaps. 

The Art of Lipstick
Whether you wear it all the time, or just use it to glam up a night on the town there is a definite RIGHT way to apply lip color.
  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush (baby brushes are great).
  • Apply a lip cream or concealer to fill in ridges (Chapstick will make the color wear off much quicker).
  • Apply a THIN layer of your foundation over entire lip area- yes you read that right. This acts as a blender for color and a primer.
  • Always use a lip liner. Choose a neutral shade or a shade that matches your lipstick.
  • Use a Lipbrush to paint your color on, inside the lines.

For more tips visit www.makeup.com 

Botox Parties: Behind the Fun

With the social acceptance and popularity of Botox there has been an increased number of ‘Botox Parties’ circulating around town and in the media. Before attending one of these events we want you to know all the facts.
What is a Botox party?
A Botox Party is a social event where Botox injections are given. The idea is that it’s secluded, comfortable and most often more reasonably priced. These parties began via the major Spas and have trickled down to in home private parties. Hollywood A-listers and the Who’s-Who’s began enlisting their private doctors for weekend getaways and spa weekends where groups received Botox Injections at reduced costs. Doctors were eager to participate due to the short shelf life of Botox and the bulk inventory many had- it seemed a win-win. However, those not able to enlist private doctors or rent medically equipped facilities need to be cautious of these parties.

The first thing you should consider is who is giving the injections. Make sure that a medically licensed and trained physician is the one injecting the Botox. Physicians train specifically in the use and application of Botox Cosmetic, and are the only ones who should be giving you treatments. It may appear (due much to the media) that Botox is easy to use and safe, but that is only the case when dealing with trained professionals.
The second thing to consider is safety precautions. While when done by a professional, Botox injections are relatively safe, there is always a chance of complications. Having Botox injections done in a home or non-medical facility increases the severity if a medical emergency were to occur.  For instance, if there is an allergic reaction a doctor is better equipped in office to quickly and safely treat that patient.
Also advice to keep in mind via the Mayo Clinic: Drinking alcohol before getting Botox injections — a likely possibility at a Botox party — can increase your tendency to bruise afterward. It could also prevent you from fully understanding the risks and benefits of Botox treatment.
In result, our best advice is to stick to a regular appointment with a doctor you trust for any injections or fillers. We promise you we will do our best to make you just as comfortable with us as you are at home, and you can always go have cocktails with the gang after treatment- wrinkle free!