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A Review of Make-up Brushes for Eyes

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Selecting the right eye make-up brushes to achieve the look you want, shouldn’t strain your brain but sometimes it can feel like it! There are so many options for such a tiny space (eyelids), it’s hard to know which ones you really need. Choosing the right brushes to complete your look can really make a different in whether your eyes look tired and aged or bright and uplifted.

 

Dual-Fiber Eye Brush:

This is my FAVORITE eye brush! Super versatile! It makes applying and blending light layers of shadow a cinch. As we get older, the words light layers and blending could not become more important to maintaining a youthful looking eye. So I think this brush is must have. It can also really decrease the frustrations of trying to discreetly conceal any under-eye area flaws. It’s easy to lay down very thin layers of concealer with its wispy, feather like bristles. Very lightly dampen the ends of the bristles and lightly whisk the brush across your problem areas for thin, flawless coverage. The trick to using this brush successfully is to relinquish all control. Instead of holding it near the Ferrule (metal part), move as far back on the handle as you can. This will make a huge difference in your application.

 

Eye Base Brush:

This is a pretty basic, user-friendly brush. In fact, it is my go to brush for all-over applications, but works just as well for specific placement of color before moving on to a blender brush.

 

Eye Blender Brush:

You guessed it! This brush is for blending, the most important part of your eye shadow application. This is a versatile, fluffier, long-bristle, domed brush. It can be used to apply a light color wash or to soften the edges of multiple colors, blending them into a seamless transition. Swirl in a circulation motion to blend shadow into the crease of your eye. Just like the Dual Fiber eye brush, hold this brush near the end of handle. The less control you have the better.

 

Mini Eye Crease Shader:

If you are beginning to feel like its time to stop wearing eye shadow because it makes your eyes look older rather than younger… go get this brush! Crease shaders in general are meant to contour the eye to give dimension. The “mini” crease shader has a smaller end with a bit of a point. Use it like a stylus or pencil to draw on color to create shape and definition. This brush will become your best friend if the outside portion of your upper lid is turning downward which happens to most of us as we age. Rather than following the crease line of your upper lid when applying shadow, try defining your upper lid shape by drawing on a medium dark shade of shadow from the lateral end of your lower lid up to your brow bone, creating a bit of sideways “v” to lift the eye shape back up to a more youthful shape. Then shade and blend, blend, blend as you normally would, adding lighter and dark colors; medium -dark on the edges, lighter inside.

 

Angled Eye Contour Brush:

Create contour of your eyelid by applying and blending shadows into the crease of your eye until they become seamless.

 

Smudge Brush:

Looking for a little drama? This brush can be used to apply eyeliner or eye shadow near the lash line. Then blend to soften the line to create the sultry, smoky eye.

 

Brow Brush: Thinly shaped, angled bristles used to re-shape or fill in sparse eyebrows.

 

Best Regards,

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Make-up Brush Review

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Since cosmetic brushes are 25% off this month at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, I thought it was good time to review some of the more common make-up brushes used for the face.

FOUNDATION:

Flat Top Kabuki:

The design of this brush allows for applications of both pressed mineral powder foundation or liquid foundations (though you should have one dedicated to each product rather than one brush for both products so that you do not transfer unwanted ingredients into your powder). It’s expertly designed “flat-top” as apposed to a rounded top, is perfect for buffing (in circular motion) mineral powder into a smooth, radiant finish. It provides light to medium coverage, depending on your layering preferences.

When using this the Flat Top Kabuki to apply liquid foundation, you can expect a soft, flawless, airbrushed finish with medium to full coverage. This brush also comes in a travel-friendly version for quick touch-up and on-the-go applications. Perfect purse size!

Pro Kabuki:

This is a tightly packed, round top, mineral powder foundation brush. Choose this brush when you are looking for the full coverage of a pro! Its brush head is packed with very dense, soft bristles for a full, radiant coverage.

 

CAMOUFLAGE / CONCEALER:

 Dual Foundation / Camouflage Brush:

This is a dual-ended, double duty brush. It is suitable for both liquid and cream concealers and foundations. One end offers the precision needed when applying camouflage and other end provides the ease an expert liquid foundation application.

Full Coverage Camouflage Brush:

This is a flat-domed shape brush with a somewhat pointed tip. This brush is commonly used to cover blemishes, facial redness, brown spot etc. It is intended for cream camouflage formulations. It is easy to blend and perfect. For a more fluid application, try misting the end of the brush with setting mist or water. Blot the fibers between paper towels to remove access. Then you are ready to begin applying your camouflage.

Precision Camouflage Brush:

This is a smaller version of the full coverage camouflage brush. It works well with cream camouflage, concealers or primers for smaller, detailed areas.

 

HIGHLIGHT / CONTOUR / BLUSH / POWDERS:

Contour / Highlighter Brush:

Make no mistake about it, when it comes to make-up brushes, the right contour brush is a girl’s best power tool! It is the key to changing your look from everyday to runway!! It is a dual-head brush. One end contours while the other end highlights. The contour end is tapered with a nice apex for more precise placement. I like to pinch the bristles together to accentuate the apex ,which give me more control when shading. It’s ideal for both highlighting and shading to create dimension, chiseled jawlines, nasal narrowing and prominent cheek bones.

Powder Brush:

Typically an extra full, soft, rounded brush designed for translucent powders, bronzers, finishing powders. Distributes sheer to medium coverage. Tap off any access powder before using a circular motion to buff the product on the skin.

Tapered Powder Brush:

A tapered powder brush is typically a soft brush with a pointed end for delicate placement of setting or finishing powders.

Powder Blush Brush:

These brushes can be rounded or angled and intended to apply blush, bronzers or highlight powders.

Dual-Fiber Blush Brush (a.k.a – Texture Brush):

I must own 4-5 of this brush. They are made from a blend of synthetic, soft, flowing fibers, which makes for a luxurious experience. The feathery, flat-top head delivers a light-weight applications of powders, shimmers, and cream blush. Perfect for layering and building.

 

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Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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When Should I Purge And Replace My Make-up?

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

They say “all good things must come to an end,” and unfortunately, the shelf-life of your make-up is no exception. At some point, they expire either from age or contamination and it’s time to purge and replace. So how is one supposed to know how long to expect their make up to last?

Look on the product box or label for the POA (“period after opening”) symbol on your cosmetic. This symbol will tell you how long the product will last once you have opened it. The symbol is a cosmetic jar with an open lid. You will see a number and letter inside (6M, 12M, 24M) indicating whether it is good for 6 months, 12 months, 24 months etc.

If you don’t know the POA of a product, here are a few signs that it’s time to pitch a cosmetic:

 

  • It smells wonky
  • If it looks bumpy or chunky instead of smooth after you apply it.
  • If small, shiny or shimmery areas appear on the top of your powders (pressed powers, blush, eye shadows); this means oils from your skin, fingers, make-up brushes etc. have been transferred onto the surface of your powder. You can try to gently scrape it off but if it has penetrated very deep, it’s time to pitch it. It will be difficult to get a good application, as your makeup brushes will have a hard time picking up the makeup from its compact and distributing it evenly.
  • If you an eye infection or a cold sore

There are a few keys to preserving most cosmetic items:

  1. Do not share your make up – with ANYONE. Seriously. No really, don’t do it. Sharing your makeup means sharing the millions of microbes present on your skin! Ewe! Someone else’s micro-bacterial bits transferred to your skin (or vice versa) isn’t exactly a beauty booster and take it from someone who spent the last few days of her freshman year in an eye patch trying to pass her final exams half blind, an eye infection is no joke!
  2. Keep your finger out of them. Oils, debris and bacteria from your fingers can contaminate your makeup and shorten its shelf-life.
  3. Always use a clean brush. Avoid double-dipping your makeup brush once it has touched your skin. Cross-contamination from your make up brush into your makeup compact or container can cause you to have to pitch your product.
  • When applying liquid foundations, concealers or cream makeup, use spatula to remove the amount your will need and dab it on the back of your hand like a palette. You can double-dip your brush or use your finger as often as you like at that point.
  • I also recommend an anti-bacterial brush spritzer after each use. Then once a week, soak them in a glass of water with Shampoo (for brushes made of real hair) or gentle anti-bacterial soap for synthetic brushes. Then rub them with a little hair conditioner, rinse and let them dry.

The typical shelf-life times for most cosmetics:

3-4 months range-

  • Mascara / liquid eyeliner:

These are first on my list for good reason. You want to stick pretty close to the shelf-life dates these ones. They will go bad and are easily contaminated. When oxygen gets in the tubes, it dries out the product so try not to “pump” the wand, instead just rotate it. This will help you make it to the 3-4 month mark. In the event that you have any type of eye irritation or infection, conjunctivitis / sty, then boom! It goes straight in the trash! It’s contaminated and could re-infect you.

6 – 12 month range-

  • Cream blush, cream eye shadows:

Expect them to last 6-12 month unless you are dipping into these creams with your fingers, which can transplant the oils, debris and bacteria living on your skin into your makeup and shorten their shelf life.

12 -18 Month range-

  • Liquid Foundations & Concealers:
  • Pressed Powder
  • Lipsticks, Lip Liner,  Lip Gloss
  • Eye Liner Pencil

12 -24 Month range-

  • Powder Blush
  • Powder Eye Shadow

Sincerely,

Your Skincare Specialist

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN RECOVERING FROM A RHINOPLASTY:

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

How will I look and feel after surgery?

Let’s get right too it shall we!

Pain: I’m being absolutely genuine when I say our patient’s don’t really experience pain with this procedure, just some mild discomfort (it is surgery after all so you must expect that). I find this quite remarkable really since the nasal bones are re-set and the nose gets a bit of a work over. The majority of our patient’s just use Extra-Strength Tylenol for the first couple day to control their discomfort.

Appearance: Well…for the first 4-5 days you might look like you just stepped out of a boxing ring. You are likely to have two black eyes and some swelling. If you are following directions and sleep elevated, the swelling will dissipate pretty quickly. You will have a cast on your nose for 6-7 days so I recommend taking a week off from social activities – just until we remove your cast. I think most people feel a bit conspicuous in public with a nasal cast and it’s best to protect your nose from crowds during this time of healing. I think in the end you will agree that is a small price to pay for the euphoric confidence boost that is coming your way!

Recovery – Days 1-7:

I hope you are a patient person because you will have to wait 6-7 days to find out what magic has occurred underneath that cast!! I have seen hundreds of Dr. Castillo’s Rhinoplasties. I can tell you, it will be worth the wait!

  • Expect to feel stuffy. Swollen tissue will make it difficult to breath out of your nose for 5-7 days. Focus on breathing out of your mouth. The majority of our patients worry about this pre-operatively, but adjust more quickly than they imagined.
  • You will need to reduce your activity level. No running, jogging, strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, bending over…until Dr. Castillo releases you to do so.
  • Please avoid pets and small children. They are notorious for bumping into newly operated noses! You should also stay away from sporting events, bars, crowds of people in general during your initial healing period to avoid any nasal injury incidences.
  • Do not get your cast wet. It will fall off (your cast, not your noseJ).
  • Gently apply Bacitracin ointment inside your nose, using a Q-tip applicator as demonstrated during your discharge by our recovery nurse. This is important for 2 reasons:
    • It allows you to gently clean and hydrate in the inside of your nose to avoid dry, crusty build up.
    • It allows secretions to drain.
  • DO NOT blow your nose for the first week after surgery. If you have to sneeze, open your mouth and sneeze out of your mouth, not your nose.

Recovery Days 7-20

Welcome to the Reveal!

Seven days after surgery, we will remove your cast. The cast removal can sometimes be a little uncomfortable so I recommend taking a shower to get your cast wet just before you come to our office. Let the water run over your cast for 5-7 minutes to loosen up the adhesive so it will come off with ease.

  • Expect your nose to look a little pinched when we take off your cast. This is because the cast has been “pinching” it for the last week. This appearance will resolve in about 24 hours.
  • You will be given Saline nasal gel spray. This is used to keep the inside of your nose hydrated and free of crusting. You will squirt and sniff simultaneously three times daily.
  • Remove any secretions or crusty build up with a Bacitracin covered Q-tip.

Recovery 3 Weeks Post Surgery:

You will return for a post-operative visit 3 weeks after surgery.

  • Swelling inside nose should be much reduced at this point, though some minimal swelling can last for several weeks.
  • It is likely that Dr. Castillo will ask you to begin massaging your nose at this point. This is an important step. Its purpose is to help the nasal skin re-drape itself in a natural looking way. It will stop the skin from abnormally adhering to the underlying tissue, which will allow it to move freely and naturally.
  • You may notice some temporary numbness or tingling. This will continue to improve over the next several weeks.
  • All exercise restrictions are typically lifted at 3 weeks.

Recovery Weeks 4 And Beyond:

Rhinoplasty is a surgery that keeps on giving! Your nose is going to change for the next 12-18 months! You will see more tip definition, more detailed structural changes and even smaller pore size!

  • You can still have some very minimal swelling that can last for a few months; others will not notice it, but it will be there and your nose will continue to change as the swelling subsides.
  • We will see you back 3 months after your surgery to access your improvements and take your after photos.

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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What To Expect On The Day Of Your Rhinoplasty Surgery:

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Emotions:

It’s common to be a little nervous when you arrive for surgery. We WILL take good care of you. Each member of our staff is devoted to providing you with the highest quality of care in a safe environment.

If you are like most of our patients, you are likely to be entirely excited too! You have good reason to be! Dr. Castillo is such a true artist when it comes to giving you the nose you should have been born with. I get so excited each time we have Rhinoplasty on the surgical schedule. It’s a little bit like Christmas, many, many times per year. 🙂   Watching Dr. Castillo perform such intricately detailed work in such a small space to such precision and perfection never gets old. Each Rhinoplasty is new and different and so natural looking. No cookie cutter business here! It’s equally as fun to watch a Rhinoplasty patient’s confidence change and soar over the first several months after surgery. It is amazing to see how such small changes can evoke such big changes!

What to wear:

On the day of surgery, you should arrive free of lotion, skincare products, make up, jewelry and perfume with your hair pulled away from your face.

It is best to wear a zip up or button up shirt. You will want to avoid wearing pull over shirts for a couple of weeks to prevent nasal injuries. Wear comfy, easy to slip on pants and shoes as you may still be a bit foggy when you get dressed to go home.

Arrival:

Dr. Castillo’s state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility.

When you arrive at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, you will be asked to read and sign a surgical authorization form. For applicable female patients, you will be asked to leave a urine specimen for a pregnancy test. Then you will be escorted back to pre-anesthesia room where you will be asked to change. Dr. Castillo will speak with you briefly then you will meet with our anesthetist. You will undergo general anesthesia (completely asleep) for this procedure. The anesthetist will take great care to avoid any post-surgical nausea if that is a concern for you.

For Driver / Family members:

Your driver / family members are welcome to wait in our waiting room or return when you are ready for pick up if they prefer.  It is best to have a responsible adult accompany you when we are reviewing your discharge instructions as in can be difficult to remember everything immediately post-surgery. We will notify your driver 30 minutes before they are needed to review post-op care instructions and take you home.

Recovery Room:

  • You will awaken from surgery in the most comfortable recliner ever! We use a Bair Hugger system that releases warm air under your blanket to keep you toasty warm and peaceful! You will be much more comfortable than you thought you would be.
  • Rhinoplasty is not typically a painful surgery. The average patient reports a pain scale of 0-2 out of a 0-10 pain scale after surgery. Most of our patients just use Extra-Strength Tylenol to control any mild discomfort.
  • You will have a cast on your nose and you will hear Dr. Castillo asking you to breath out of your mouth. Once the tissue inside your nose begins to swell,  it will become difficult to breath out of your nose for about 5-7 days.
  • Secretions and bloody discharge are a normal part of recovery for the first 24-48 hours. We will place a mustache bandage just below your nostrils if you have any post-surgical nasal drainage. You will likely change this bandage 10-12 times before it resolves.
  • When it is time for you to go home, you will receive a full set of detailed at home care instructions. Our recovery nurse will review with you and your caregiver at the time of discharge.

The Evening Of Surgery:

When you arrive home you will begin with some ice chips followed by your drink of choice (water, coffee, tea, juice…).  Wait a half hour then move on to some food.  Do push the fluid over the next few days. Expect to feel a bit drowsy for a few hours after you get home. It is best to rest but you can certainly get up and walk around as soon as you feel you can. It is best to sit or sleep in a reclined position to reduce swelling.  Dr. will call you the night of surgery and of course we are only a phone call away if you have questions or concerns. You can reach Dr. Castillo after office hours through our answering service. We will see you back at one week to remove your cast and reveal your new look!

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR RHINOPLASTY

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Congratulations! You have just made a decision that is going to change the way you see yourself! Now that you have decided to move forward with nasal surgery, there are a few things to consider.

To Tell or Not To Tell…

  • One of the biggest concerns patients typically have is what to tell their family and friends. You are not obligated to tell anyone anything, unless you want to. It is a very personal choice and one only you can make. I will stress however, the idea that it is a VERY rare occasion when a patient tells us that someone was even suspicious that they had a Rhinoplasty. I know it’s hard to imagine that you could have a surgery that creates such a wonderful facial balance and your closest friends won’t notice, but it’s true! I have heard it over and over again from patients that while they receive so many “wow, you look great!” comments, no one suspects a rhinoplasty, just a new hair cut or color, weight loss, a refreshing vacation or better sleep. Since Dr. Castillo performs a closed Rhinoplasty for nearly all his patients, there are no outside incisions which makes it very difficult for anyone to determine that you have had a Rhinoplasty.

Personal Arrangements To Consider:

  • You will need to make arrangements for a family member or friend to drive you home after your surgery.
  • Make arrangements for a responsible adult to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • If you have children or pets, you will need someone to help care for them for the first few days. It is best to avoid any situation where pets or small children could bump into your nose unexpectedly and cause displacement.
  • Because many of our patients travel a distance to see us, Dr. Castillo has made special arrangements with a local hotel favorite; The I-Hotel in Champaign, IL to offer our patients a discounted “CASTILLO STAYCATION” package. This special package includes transportation from our office to the hotel the day of surgery, dinner and breakfast for two, and your hotel accommodations. Our staff will be happy to assist in those arrangements.

 10 Days Before Surgery:

Discontinue all NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) along with the supplements listed below as they are all blood thinners:

  • Aspirin      •Ibuprophen      •Motrin       •Advil       •Aleve     •Fish Oil       •Vitamin E

If you are unsure if a medication or vitamin supplements contains any of these ingredients, please call our office or your pharmacist for clarification.

  • SMOKERS: We suggest that you stop smoking 10-14 days prior to surgery as it can reduce your chances of complications.

Your Pre-Op Visit:

You will be scheduled for a pre-operative visit about 7-10 days prior to your surgery. During this appointment, Dr. Castillo will review your surgical plan and expectations for recovery. You will have an opportunity to ask any final questions of Dr. Castillo. He will listen you’re your heart and lungs, draw lab work, and take your before photos. You may also be given a prescription for pain at this time though most of your patients just use OTC Tylenol as there is typically very little discomfort associated with a Rhinoplasty.

 

 

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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What To Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Consult:

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Think of your Rhinoplasty consultation as a fact-finding mission. This is the time to ask as many questions as you need to be able to decide whether Rhinoplasty is right for you. It is also important to determine whether or not the cosmetic plastic surgeon is a good match for you as well.

Questions to ask during your consultation:

  1. Is your Dr. board-certified? Which board-certifications does he/she hold? Is he or she certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery?
  2. What is his surgical training background? Did he train in head and neck surgery?
  3. How many Rhinoplasties has the surgeon performed?
  4. What is his/her revision rate?
  5. Does the surgeon believe you are a good candidate for nasal surgery?
  6. Will Rhinoplasty accomplish the changes you desire?
  7. What changes can you expect from this surgery?
  8. Will the surgeon be performing an open or closed technique?
  9. What will your recovery process be like?
  10. Are there risks you should be aware?
  11. Is there anything you should do to prepare for your surgery?

If you are having a Rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Castillo, you will be asked to fill out a brief registration form. Then one of clinical/surgical staff members will ask a few questions and review your list of your current prescribed medications, allergies, past surgeries and dates. You will then meet with Dr. Castillo. This is your chance to convey the changes you would like to see.

During your consultation, Dr. Castillo will consider all of your facial features; the shape of your face, the width of your cheek and position of your eyes. He will evaluate the internal and external structures of your nose; the bones, cartilage, and your breathing function. All of these factors come together along with your ethnic background to help Dr. Castillo determine which shape and size will bring the most balance to your face. He will show you some before and after photos of similar noses and outcomes and will discuss your surgical options in detail. You will leave your consultation with a full understanding of what you should expect from your surgery and recovery process.

There is no pressure to make decision during your consultation. We encourage you to take some time to think about all the information you collected. Think about your experience with Dr. Castillo, our facility, and our staff. Is our team a good match for you? Was it easy to communicate with Dr. Castillo? Did he help you establish realistic expectations?

Before                 After

Once you have thought it over, if you decide we are the right choice for you, we will be here to help in any way we can. Now of course we often have patients who choose to schedule their surgery before they leave their consultation so if you know that we are right facility and rhinoplasty is the right procedure for you, then we happy to set up appointments for your pre-op, surgery and post-operative appointments for you before our leave our office.

Once you have scheduled surgery, you will receive a packet in the mail with instructions on how to prepare for your surgery so be sure to be on the look out for it.   If you have any questions, we are only a phone call away.

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Maintaining Healthy Looking Skin

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin does require an effective home-care routine. With the abundance of the over-the-counter and infomercial skin care products available today, I understand how confusing and frustrating it can be to chooseeffective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.

My first recommendation:

Consult a reputable doctor in your area who specializes in facial aging such as a Board Certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Just because “M.D.” appears behind their name, it does not make them an expert in every field of medicine. Technology is always changing, so it’s important to consult with someone who is up to date on those changes. Cosmetic or facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons will have a specially trained Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself, that work under that physician to help guide patients in their skincare needs.

My job is to take the guesswork out of the equation. Most often, patients come to consultation very frustrated. They just want to look their best. But they feel like they have wasted a lot of time and money experimenting with different products, just trying to narrow down what works and what doesn’t for them.

During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we listen to your concerns and goals. Then we talk about the options you may have.  During this time, you get lots of useful information to help you understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for your particular skin issues.

Then an at-home, medical-grade skincare product regimen is customized just for you! You can expect a detailed explanation of what each product does, in which order they should be applied, and how to best maintain your results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions you may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or info-mercials as much of that information can be misleading.

 

My second recommendation:

Choose only products that have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer white papers from non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDIES for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, probably never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work as promised by your late night TV host, right?

I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels at a similar or even better price than you would pay at the mall. The main differences between over–the-counter-skincare and medical-grade skincare are strength and effectiveness.  Medical-grade skincare is typically formulated at a much higher strength, as it is used under the care of a physician. Medical-grade skincare is generally tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness, most over-the-counter skincare is not. Therefore, you do not know if you are really getting what you are paying for. Unlike over-the-counter skincare, medical-grade skincare must be FDA-approved and each ingredient are listed and in order of quantity as well.

I guess what I am saying is that you do not need a drawer full of skincare products to get the results you want. You just need the right products and the science-based knowledge to know the difference.

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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