Thursday, July 21, 2011

Get Emma Watson's Movie Premiere Look With Jane Iredale

Emma Watson was recently spotted in London attending the premiere for her latest film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II." Dressing up her day-to-day look with shimmery eyes and ladylike lips, Emma looked absolutely magical!

Here's how to capture her premiere look with Jane Iredale products:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Get Kate Middleton's Look With Jane Iredale


It's official - the Royals are coming to America! Prince William and his new bride will be visiting the United States this July. Inspired by Kate's gorgeous daytime look, we compiled a list of all-natural Jane Iredale products that can give you the same royal glow. Now all you have to do is meet a prince!

Click through to see our picks...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Self Tanner Tips and Tricks


We're loving Jane Iredale's new Tantasia self-tanner! It gives a healthy summer glow, with none of the risks of the sun or tanning bed. Here are some of our tried and true tips for getting a great fake bake this summer:

  • Exfoliate - The most important step in the self-tanning process is exfoliation. Getting rid of dead skin cells allows your tanning product to go on evenly which helps avoid splotches and streaks. Use a coarse body scrub in the shower before you apply your tanner for best results. And don't forget your hands and feet!
  • Follow the directions - This product was formulated by experts, so make sure read the directions carefully and follow them! If you're new to the self-tan game, we like Tantasia because it has a tint that allows you to see if you've missed any spots while applying. 
  • Be detail-oriented - When using tanner on delicate areas - your face, the back of your hands - we recommend applying with a lighter touch. Use a cotton round to blend the product into your skin.
  • Let it dry - Plan in advance and give yourself some time after you apply your self-tanner. Getting dressed before your tan has dried can lead to a blotches later. So grab a magazine and hang out in your birthday suit!

See the Jane Iredale Tantasia Video Tutorial after the jump...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How to Select the Right Laser Professional for You

"Do you know anything about  “X” procedure?"

Every day we get calls from patients wanting to know about cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, face lifts, skin tightening, cosmetic eye surgery, hair removal, tattoo removal, and more. We do not perform some of these procedures but we do our best to refer our clients to outside resources. We are encouraged when clients want to be informed consumers.

There are just so many procedures, devices and cosmetics out there in the world of aesthetic skin care. How does a person become informed?

When it comes to selecting a laser treatment and laser technician, here is what we know:

1. Take your time.  Do not be pressured by Groupon or other time-limited 2-day deals.  If you have a bad result, you have not only wasted your money, but the correction of that bad result can be very time consuming and costly. Buy a coupon, once you know the procedure and professional you want.
2. Do your homework. Research reputable sites for information on the skin problem you want to correct and learn what alternatives are available. Start with the American Academy of Dermatology (http://www.aad.org/).
3. Research the device before you buy. All lasers are not the same. Each laser is designed to produce a specific wavelength(s) of light. Each laser will thus have a different depth of penetration into the skin and thus a different treatment effect. On our website, we link directly to our laser manufacturers. Their patient information webpages, photos and videos are designed to help patients understand what conditions the laser was designed (and approved by the FDA) to treat.
4. Research your skin care professional before you buy.  Word of mouth recommendations from friends, family, and trusted professionals is a great way to learn about skin care professionals.
Look for patient reviews on http://www.realself.com/. This website was started by a couple because they could not find reviews of cosmetic procedures by patients, only positive patient testimonials on websites that sell the product or service. Cosmetic websites can be subject to the posting of false reviews or “astroturfing”. So do take patient reviews or testimonials with a grain of salt. But "realself.com"  can give you some sense of what other patients have experienced.
When you book a consultation, get the name of the actual skin care professional who will be doing your procedure as well as what is their expertise (MD, RN, medical tech, esthetician), how long have they been in practice, and how many procedures have they done on your  device of choice.  You may also want go to the internet, and “google” the name.

During your consultation:

1. Give a complete history of your skin concerns, medical history, current medications, and current skin care products.
2. Ask the skin care professional what procedure(s) he/she would recommend, how much pain is involved, how long is the recovery time, what are the possible complications, and what are costs.
3. Have a laser test spot done.  This allows the patient and the skin care professional to see how your skin reacts to laser light, as well as to assess the pain level from the device, if any.  You must allow a few days to assess the healing of the test spot, but the result will tell you conclusively if this treatment will be safe for you. This is especially important for clients with darker skin tones, 5 or 6 on the Fitzpatrick Scale. Darker skin toned patients have a greater chance of hyperpigmentation with laser or IPL procedures as their skin has so much melanin present already
4. Ask to speak with a few patients who have had the recommended procedure. Privacy laws must be observed, so this may take some time for the office to facilitate.

Selecting the right cosmetic procedure and the right professional for you takes some investment of your time.  So, take your time, do your homework, and you will increase the chances of a positive and safe cosmetic result.  Got questions? Feel free to call us at Albuquerque Laser Center.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beauty Tip #3: Don't leave home without your Jane Iredale D2O Mist

When the weather gets warm OR steamy after a light rain, nothing cools you down like a spritz of
my D2O spray.  I set my mineral powder in the morning and refresh both my minerals and my entire psyche with a spritz whenever the need arises.  The summer season is not in full swing yet at Lake Como, but I can tell that I would need 2 bottles of Jane's D2O in June, July or August!  Happy Travels! Elaine

What is better the traditional roll-aboard bag or the new 4-wheeled bags?

As we prepare to head home, I am packing my traditional 2-wheeled roll-aboard carry-on bag. Over the last 2 weeks, I have watched with envy as travelers roll with ease their 4 wheeled carry-on bags through terminals.  For cobble stones, one must roll on 2 wheels and pull your bag along.  This is possible with a 4 wheel bag too.  So I am wondering if the newer 4-wheeled carry-on bags (which are also lighter weight) are the way to go? Are the wheels as strong as the 2-wheeled models?  Do the 4-wheeled bags survive baggage claim if you check you bag? I think I am ready to make the switch. What's your experience?  Elaine

Monday, June 6, 2011

How Far Can a Travel Size SkinCeuticals Serum go?

I have been traveling for 10 days now and both my travel size CE Ferulic and Hydrating B5 have at least enough for 4 more days.  Truly a little can go a long way to keeping your face protected from the sun and moisturized too.  Happy Travels!  Elaine