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THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANSING AT NIGHT

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

I can’t tell you the number of men and women who have confessed to me that they often skip washing their face at night.  Noooo!  Pleeeease!  Must wash.

Aside from wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, washing your face at night is probably the most important step on the road to healthier skin.

Why:

Not to freak you out but seriously – it’s a dirty, dirty world out there.  Think of all of the bacteria, dirt, grime, environmental pollutants floating around in the air. Guess what – they land on your skin. They get stuck to your skin… embedded in your make-up. This happens to you daily, whether you realize it or not.

How many items do you touch every day: a grocery cart, money, door knobs…?  Again, you just made skin contact with bacteria, dirt, grime, pollutants and probably touched your face as some point. Am I right?  I know, that is not a pretty picture! At the end of the day how can unwashed skin appear pretty covered in all that environmental garb? Not to mention that if you didn’t wash your face before bed, you’ve just transferred all the bacteria, dirt, grime and pollutants to your pillow.  Yes, the very pillow you lay your sweet little head on every night.  Move over microbes! Make room for me!

Now – if the dirty world reality check wasn’t enough to convince you to wash your face every single night, well then… I guess… I’ll try harder…

Let’s talk about large pores:

Larger pores are one of the top concerns patients in our skincare suit want to address. Washing your face every single night is the best way to avoid large pore issues.  If you are not consistent with nighttime cleansing, your pores will get impacted with all the above mentioned grossness and form blackheads, whiteheads, full blown break outs, develop irritations and inflammation and lead to… you guessed it… larger pores.

A Better Canvas:

Like any good and prideful artist, you must start your painting with a pristine canvas! Having clean, smooth, well hydrated skin and protected skin will made applying flawless make up so much easier!

So Why All The Emphasis On Cleansing At Night?

It’s simple really.

Even the most basic at-home skincare regimens require an application of moisturizer and maybe a retinoid or anti-aging product of some kind.  Even if you don’t wear make-up, your skin needs to be cleansed to remove the dead cells of the day so that your skincare products can penetrate effectively and do their intended job.  Your skin is working hard while you sleep.  It is a time of increased rejuvenation and cell renewal.

 

You must be on-board by now with consistent nightly cleansing, so let’s take a look at the proper way to cleanse at night.

I like facial cleansers (notice I did not say a bar of soap) that contain exfoliating enzymes, AHA’s, BHA’s, or certain botanicals to help break down the days build up.  I recommend massaging the cleanser into wet skin with your clean hands and then using a damp facial sponge, thin buff puff or textured facial cloth to clean away all the debris.  Rinse, then pat your skin dry.

Cleansing not only helps remove dead cells, bacteria and grime but it stimulates circulation and improves cells turnover. Yay! This means new fresh, sexy skin cells! Now you are ready for the rest of your skincare routine.

 

 

 

Warmly,

 

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

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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.
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.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Purging Your Make-up

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

How long has it been since you’ve sorted through your make-up bag or make-up drawer or for some of us… maybe an off-site make-up storage unit that your husband knows nothing about…?

Recently, I had a conversation with my oldest daughter who shared with me that in preparation for her upcoming move, she was doing a purge of the things she no longer needed or used. In a very proud voice she said “I just threw away my bag of make-up from high school.” Ummm… high school??! I couldn’t believe she had hung on to that bag for so long. She has moved four times since high school. Surely there was an earlier opportunity, but she said, she “just wasn’t ready to say goodbye” until that day.

So I decided maybe I should check out my own make-up collection.

Now, I as a rule love to purge. Nothing puts me in a state of euphoria faster purging things I don’t need. If I haven’t used something for 6 months – it’s gone! No hoarding here. But I must say…when it comes to make-up, well…I might have found a “few” souveniers from memories past that I was still holding on to as well. In my defense, working at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, I have daily access to lots, and lots and lots of quality, beautifying, stimulating, feel good, hey look at me, pick me up, try me on, take me home make-up. The temptations are endless! 🙁

So this blog is a challenge! Since spring is the perfect time to start fresh, I challenge you to gather up all of your make-up and remove the excessive make-up madness from your life. Now, I recognize that you have both a financial and emotional investment in your cosmetic collection. I’m not asking you to throw everything out – I am not a make-up monster! Remember who is blogging here…I love make-up, and as it turns out… even more than I love purging! Lol.

Just purge the stuff you do not use: the broken stuff, the dirty stuff, the stuff that wasn’t your best color choice, the stuff that smells a little wonky, the stuff that is almost gone, and of course, everything that is past its shelf life; skin health comes first!

This challenge will probably involve a few sentimental trips down memory lane… I came across a green glitter eye shadow trio that my daughter (at about age 7, now 21) was convinced I would look totally amazing in and had to buy during a mother daughter date night. Well, what mom could I say no to that purchase!

I suspect you’re likely holding on to a few mementos of makeup’s past as well. Don’t let them continue to clutter up your make-up collection! Hold on to your memories, not your make-up!

You are on a quest to keep only the pieces that empower you. You know which ones they are! Bobbi Brown once said “I believe all women are pretty without make-up – and all women can be pretty powerful with the right make-up.” For me, on tough days, I know can accomplish anything with a combination of the right pair of power pumps and the perfect shade of lipstick!”

Now I wouldn’t ask you to do something I haven’t already done myself so before writing this blog, I did a little painful purging of my own. This is how I decided which make- up to preserve and which make-up to pitch:

THE HUNT:  I gathered up all of my make-up. ALL OF IT! Wow! What I found is that I have several make up bags broken down into categories and some random make-up stashes as well:

  • Everyday make-up bag
    • One for spring – summer make-up shades
    • One for fall – winter make-up shades
  • Travel make-up bag
  • Work-make-up bag
  • Car make-up bag
  • Bag of extra make-up that doesn’t fit in my everyday bag.
  • And a few scattered touch up pieces I found in my purse, a kitchen drawer, in special occasion hand bags, in the console of my car, my night stand…a drawer in my laundry room (now, I don’t know why I needed Jet Setter red lipstick my laundry room but apparently I feel the need to be prepared for any occasion, even folding socks… lol).

SORT IT ALL OUT:

  • Once it gathered it all,  I spread it across my counter where I could see every single piece. I divided them into piles of eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip colors, blushes, foundations, concealers, etc…

LET THE PURGING BEGIN:

  • First, I tossed everything that was broken, dirty or near empty.
  • Then I tossed out anything I had not worn in the last year.

(About here is when the euphoria of purging began to set in & it got a lot easierJ)

  • Then I tossed anything that was beyond the shelf life.
  • Then I tossed everything I thought I needed at the time of purchase but then found it just wasn’t for me.

RE-ALLOCATE:

  • I selected just 5 touch up pieces to put back in my “work place make-up bag (one foundation, one concealer, a blush, a lipstick and a mini eye shadow compact) and
  • 4 pieces for my purse (a luster brick, a black eye liner, a lip crayon and a lip gloss. Okay… full disclosure…and two new lip glosses from our new spring color collection for my car console.

THE TEST:

  • I put everything else in a box, a big box. I kept the box on my bathroom sink for three days. If I took an item out of the box and applied it, then it earned a spot in my everyday make up bag. After the 72-hour selection period, I placed the items left in the box in my closet for one month. If I was missing something that I really needed, I retrieved it from the box, used it and only then could it gain a place back in my everyday bag. At the end of the month, I purged everything left in the box. Time for a fresh start!

And…All that hard work paid off because now I have space for the fabulous spring colors we just got in!

After a few new spring color purchases, my everyday make-up collection resulted in:

  • 1 Luxe liquid foundation
  • 1 eyeliner in black and navy blue
  • 1 Luxe setting powder
  • •1 luster brick
  • 1 pressed powder foundation
  • 1 concealer
  • 2 blush colors
  • 1 contour kit
  • 1 eye brow kit
  • 3 cream stay eye shadow sticks
  • 3 lip gloss colors
  • 2 lip liner
  • 3 lip stick
  • 1 eye shadow compact
  • 4 lip crayons
  • 1 mascara
  • 1 hydration mist

Through out your purging process, keep an eye out for that ONE item that holds the most sentimental value, and if it really means that much to you, keep it. Laying in bottom of my make up bag was a keepsake I just couldn’t part with.  It is the lipstick I wore the night I was first kissed by the greatest man I’ll even know. It makes me smile every time I see it, so why keep it in the bottom of my bag? I think instead, I’ll showcase it in a lit display in my home. I hope you find the perfect spot to highlight your special memory too.

 

 

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

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How can a professional Skincare Specialist help me?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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As a skincare specialist,  I will closely examine your skin, take a detailed history, discuss any skin conditions, allergies and concerns. Each of these factors along with your goals are compiled to develop the best plan for you. We will discuss in detail why we recommend a specific treatment such as CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Intense Pulse Light or skincare product, as it pertains directly to you.  You will leave with a clear understanding of the benefits and risks and what to expect before and after your treatment.cps social media 009upcloseprint

I think our skincare patients would tell you the most valuable advantage is the wealth of information and advice you will receive. We remove the guess work, the myths, the false hype of the next best fad and simply present you with proven-effective options that will help you reach your goals. A skincare specialist can educate you on the right ingredients for cleansers, moisturizers, sun screens, anti-oxidants, boosters and retinoids to help you see results fast and get the most out of each application not to mention the fun stuff like experimenting with different make up colors and looks.

Once you have established a patient relationship with me as your skincare specialist, I am available to discuss questions or directions you may have forgotten over the phone.  This type of individualized service just isn’t available at a makeup counter or through on-line ordering.  Our goal is to prescribe the right treatments and at-home products so that you never again end up with a drawer full of products that don’t work!

Yours truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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ASK OUR EXPERT: How to choose effective skincare products

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Q: I have a drawer full of lotions and creams that don’t work. There are so many skincare products out there.  How I know which skin care products work and which ones do not?

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. 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 choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.
My first recommendation:
Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, 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. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.
My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the 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.
During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.
My second recommendation:
Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?
I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as 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 tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. 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. The ingredients are listed 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 scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.
This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. 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 choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.

My first recommendation:

Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, 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. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.

My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the 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.

During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.

My second recommendation:

Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?

I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as 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 tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. 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. The ingredients are listed 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 scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.  Dr. Castillo offers free skincare consultations with me. During this consultation you will receive valuable skincare information to help determine the best options for your skin.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer, just all our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana Il.) office 217-359-7508 or our Bloomington office at 309-622-0436 to schedule at appointment.

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436