Under Eye Bags

Very tired eyesBags under the eyes come naturally with age.  Eye bags are such a common problem because the skin under the eyes is among the thinnest and most sensitive layer.  Bags can be due discoloration of the skin or swelling.  Discoloration of the skin are due to pigment changes and can be due to dilated blood vessels which can be caused by allergies, extreme hot/cold changes and rubbing your eyes.  Discoloration is usually due to sun exposure and smoking.

What can you do to prevent or hide them?  Use concealer or foundation.  Try using eye products with Vitamins B, C, E or soy to help reduce signs of sun damage and help reverse signs of aging.  Eye creams with retinol also help minimize sun damage (pigmentation). Cold compresses can help reduce the swelling and caffeinated tea bags constricts blood flow to the area cutting down on swelling.

If the above interventions do not solve your problem, best to see a Dermatologist who can recommend something more invasive such as lasers and fillers.

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If I Had Your Hair, I Wouldn’t Take My Shirt Off!

hairy man

One of my clients was jogging in Oceanside and a woman jogging the opposite direction called out “If I had your hair, I wouldn’t take my shirt off!”  He had been in to get his back waxed about 3 years ago and his wife has been asking in to come in and get his back waxed again.  Needless to say he put it off .  After the woman jogger’s comment, he made an appointment and not only did he get his back and shoulders waxed, he also had his abdomen and chest waxed.

Often I go to the beach and see middle aged men with lots of hair on their back.  In some cultures it is acceptable but Southern California is not kind that way.  It is also my humble opinion that most men look so much better without hair on their back.  They usually have really nice skin underneath the hair (the hair has protected their skin all these years) and after the initial shock they like feeling their clothes next to their skin and from a sanitation view, its is much cleaner because hair retains sweat and therefore bacteria which causes odor.

Anyway, I liked his story and glad he came in and was wondering if I should start handing out business cards at the beach?

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Men Need Facials Too!

Had a call yesterday from a guy who wanted to make an appointment for a facial.  This does not happen that often but it really should.  He was concerned because his girlfriend was visiting from out of town and he was broken out on his forehead and needed help.  A female friend had suggested that he get a facial.

Portrait of happy man and hands giving face massage

I was able to see him that day and he was broken out on his forehead and had scattered blemishes on his face.  What worked in his favor was that his clogged pores were on the surface of his skin and not deep.  I steamed his face, cleansed it twice with a cleanser to attract oil and then did an aggressive exfoliation.  Exfoliation is removing the oldest, dead cells on the skin’s outermost surface thereby allowing fresh skin cells to come up.

As a result of the steam, cleansing and exfoliation his skin was now ready for extractions.  I  deflated the  white heads on his forehead by extracting the white sebum gently.  I then concentrated on his nose and extracted the blackheads.  He tolerated the extractions well; it is annoying having someone pick at your skin but if done in a gentle and sanitary manner, it is well worth it.

I then used High Frequency electrical current on his face which coupled with an acne treatment lotion cleanses the skin of acne-causing bacteria and sanitizes the area just extracted.  As a result of all the extractions, he was a little red so I was careful to gently massage his face but concentrated on his shoulders (the massage is the fun part of the facial).  I then applied a cooling oatmeal masque to bring down any lingering redness.

The masque did its job.  On the way out I counseled him about what product he should use on his face, gave him some product samples and off he went a happy camper!  And who said men should not get facials!

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