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Life Made Easier with These Beauty Apps


Being beautiful just got a whole lot smarter with these pocket-sized tips for bettering your beauty routine. Whether you want to schedule a hair appointment instantly or need to figure out the right shade of makeup for your skin tone, these apps provide solutions and quick.

BeautyNow
This app will become your new bestfriend! Through geolocation, BeautyNow can digitally assist your maintenance needs by instantly booking blowouts, nail appointments and even Botox based on where you are!

ShadeScout
Feel like being daring and trying out a new lip color but don’t want to go through the hassle of trying on a million different shades of red at the makeup counter only to keep wiping it off? ShadeScout is an app that matches any color, anywhere to your face by using your phone camera and an extensive library of cosmetic products.

Sephora Pocket Contour
In the last year, contouring has become a beauty routine necessity, and through Sephora’s app you can now be given full instruction on how to properly contour based on your individual face shape. Just upload a photo of yourself, and you’re bronzing and highlighting questions will all be answered!

Bellashoot
If you find yourself spending countless hours watching YouTube beauty tutorials, then this free app is ideal for you. Bellashoot is a one-stop shop for product reviews, tutorials and tips straight from your favorite beauty bloggers.

Nail Snob
Polish up your beauty techniques with Nail Snob, where you can scan your favorite nail polish bottles and save the hues along with a photo of the color on your nails for future reference. This app is perfect for those with an extensive list of polish preferences.

Think Dirty

This app’s name is just as funny as it is effective! We don’t always know what goes into the beauty products we apply to ourselves every day, but with this app you can scan a product’s barcode to determine how toxic it really is. The app ranks the ingredients based on a “Dirty Meter,” as well as offers better alternatives.
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Frame Your Face With Beautiful Brows

In recent years eyebrows have become the face’s most important feature and one of the main focal points. They make the front page in celebrity news and dozens of different makeup lines have released products centralizing around the beauty of brows. Now if you have bad eyebrows there’s just simply no excuse for it. Find your favorite frame and pluck for perfection with these grooming go-tos.

Tame Time
Plucking your eyebrows in an effort to achieve the ideal shape can be challenging and at times even painful. However, the recent brow trends encourage a much fuller and thicker shape, which allows you to spend substantially less time tweezing.

We recommend choosing to tweeze after your shower since warm water tends to open the hair follicles and soften them, which in turn can help them to be extracted more easily.

Once you’ve determined your ideal shape, outline your arch using a brow pencil and remove only the hairs that fall above or below this outline. Avoid using a magnifying mirror to avoid over plucking. It’s the bigger picture that matters after all.

Fake It Till You Make It
After you’ve obtained that awesome natural arch, consider enhancing your brows further by filling them in with a color that complements your hair color. Use Benefit’s Brows-A-Go-Go or Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz to add definition, color and shape. Filling in those sparse areas will make the world of difference. Always have the most pigment intensity in the arch of the brow. This will help to create a more youthful look.

Finally, set your hairs with some brow wax or gel to ensure that that shape you’ve been working towards doesn’t loose its appeal throughout the day. You can even add a brow bone highlighter to further emphasize the look of your arch.


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Makeup Ingredients To Be Mindful Of

They say a little lipstick never hurt anyone, except in this case it might actually. In Europe, there are 1,373 chemicals that are banned from cosmetics. While in the United States, there are only 8. That’s not to say you need to completely pause the pout, but knowing what ingredients exactly are present in your powder is a good start to preventing harmful side effects. Let’s be honest, skimming that long list of ingredients of hard to pronounce words isn’t always our first instinct when shopping for new shadow, but at least knowing what to avoid is essential.

Formaldehyde  has been known to cause cancer, and it can be found in nail polish, hair gel, shampoos and lotions.

Triclosan, yet another harmful ingredient, can be found in soaps, deodorants and toothpastes and can disrupt the body’s natural hormone system.

Parabens, which are used as preservatives, are found in breast cancer tumors, as well as have been linked to reproductive toxicity. These are present and can be found in many lotions and ointments.

Ethylene oxide is a recognized carcinogen and can be found in fragrances and shampoos.

Talc, which can be found in eye shadow, blush and deodorant, has been linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Lead  is a neurotoxin linked to learning and behavioral problems and can be found in lipstick, foundation and over 650 other cosmetics. This is also usually not listed as an ingredient because it’s technically a contaminant.


In the United States, there are no laws that require cosmetic companies to demonstrate the safety of their products, and that’s why learning to read your makeup ingredients, as well as more generally just being aware of what you’re putting on your face is crucial. Beauty may sometimes be pain, but it doesn’t have to be in this case!


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Real Reviews From Real Patients: Revision Intellishade Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

The Shaw Spa offers up a variety of different skincare lines and products, but when asking around the office, Revision Skincare’s Intellishade anti-aging tinted moisturizer seemed to be a fan favorite of our fabulous Shaw Center women. This miracle moisturizer not only helps to conceal blemishes, but it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, as well as protects your skin with its UVA and UVB broad-spectrum coverage.

One of our former patients, Deborah, 61, recently started using Intellishade and was able to provide honest feedback to us. We asked, and she answered. Here is what she had to say about Intellishade’s formula.

Q:
What skincare products were you using prior and what objections did you have with them?
A:
I’ve used everything under the sun from drug store products like Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, which I found only made my face appear oily and was far too greasy going on. Everything else I have experimented with has shown little to no results and does nothing for the complexion of my skin as far as color correction goes.
Q:
What do you look for in anti-aging skincare?
A:
To appear twenty years younger. Kidding. However, I do expect to see results after consistent use, at least with my finer lines and wrinkles. I want to be able to have a glow without appearing shiny, and ideally, I would like to know that it’s not just correcting, but also preventing further damage from occurring.
Q:
What was your first impression of Revision’s Intellishade moisturizer upon application?
A:
I was extremely impressed with how evenly and easily it went on. The “one shade fits all” promise really rang true. I noticed my redness disappear almost instantly, and it felt incredibly silky smooth on my skin. I couldn’t feel that I had anything on my face, but there was a noticeable difference in the evenness of my skin tone afterwards.
Q:
What was most ideal about this product and would you considering continuing to use it?
A:
I am always on the go, and I especially loved how fast and simple using Intellishade was. Because I am constantly out and about, it’s difficult for me to touch up, but I noticed with this product that the subtle color remained on my face evenly throughout my days without getting blotchy hours later.  My skin is also more sensitive, and a lot of other products have tended to cause minor breakouts, whereas this minimized my pores without seeming to clog them. I would absolutely plan on continuing to use this and am excited to see what it does for my lines and wrinkles once I’ve applied it more long term.

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Foods That Will Restore Your Youth

We’re all familiar with the age-old expression, “you are what you eat.” In most cases this is true, and especially when it comes to reviving your skin and achieving a more youthful appearance. Your diet can have a huge impact on how you look and how you feel, and certain foods can affect that much more greatly than others based on their nutrients and antioxidants.  Your face and hair crave certain foods, so do your body a favor and begin the road to beauty by starting with the basics.

Coffee
Many of us already rely on our morning latte to kick start our day, but what if we told you that coffee actually has many more benefits than just keeping you awake at work? Your daily cup of Joe has actually been proven to both tighten and brighten your skin. Caffeine is a known diuretic and can eliminate cellulite when applied topically. Coffee grinds can help to illuminate your skin by acting as an exfoliate. Additionally, it’s been proven that java has compounds that can actually help protect your skin against melanoma.

Watermelon
This summertime snack is full of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that can help skin fight off UV damage. Researchers believe that it contains enough of this phytochemical to equate to an SPF 3, so it’s not a replacement to sunscreen but a supplement.

Pomegranate
The seeds from this power fruit are loaded with antioxidants, like vitamin C, that help in preventing wrinkles, lines and dryness by neutralizing the free radicals that weather skin. This fruit also contains anthocyanins, which helps to increase collagen production and gives skin a firmer look.

Lobster
Shellfish is rich in zinc, which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to treat a range of skin issues, such as acne. Because zinc accelerates the renewal of skin cells, your skin will actually regenerate after eating this scorpion mermaid.

Walnuts 
This tasty nut is bursting with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which can both help to keep your hair hydrated, as well as to repair damaged follicles. A handful of these a day, and your locks will be lustrous and rich in color in no time!


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Sweat Proof Beauty Routine

You’ve been advised against wearing makeup while working out as long as you’ve had your gym membership. This being that it can clog your pores, which will ultimately lead to break outs and irritated skin. And forget the mascara, unless you have super human qualities that prevent it from running during a sweat sesh.  After all, the goal is to lose weight, not appeal.
However, there are exceptions when you’ve made plans to grab a glass of wine after spin class or have to head to work post workout. There are solutions to maintaining your face in both a simplistic and effective way for these occasions.
Tinted Moisturizer
Opt for an oil-free formula with light to medium coverage. A tinted moisturizer accomplishes a more even complexion than your natural state, but it’s still not as heavy as a regular concealer or foundation.
Waterproof Mascara
Regular mascara might be overly ambitious and even unrealistic, but waterproof makes the world of difference. Try curling them to avoid having them hit the underneath part of your eye during circuits.
Tinted Lip Balm
Just because you’re saving the statement lip for the club doesn’t mean you have to entirely forego flirting with color. Try a tinted balm that will help to not only keep your pout hydrated but accentuated.  Go for a light shade with a shear base to achieve an effortless look.
Brows 
Having well-groomed eyebrows can really perk up your appearance. Brush them out and use minimal shadow if you tend to fill them in. Setting them with an eyebrow gel is recommended to avoid having them rebel during cardio.


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Achieve Long, Bold Lashes

Summer is here and our beauty routines should now be as effortless as ever.  They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Well then, your eyelashes are the curtains and just as essential to perfect. Sure, there’s hundreds of over the counter makeup products, mascaras and even false eyelashes you can settle for when wanting to achieve a bold lash look, but all of those are just temporary and even sometimes detrimental to your natural lashes. What if we told you that you could render your lashes luscious and long without all that and using Latisse and other natural home remedies? Well, you can!
A Healthy Diet
When do you not hear that a healthy diet can benefit you? It’s true! Lashes are made from keratin which is a type of protein, so ensuring your meals are high in protein can actually help your eyelashes to grow fuller and longer.
Vitamin E
This can actually be a DIY solution by combining one tablespoon of sweet almond oil, one tablespoon olive oil and one capsule of liquid vitamin E. Once you have this mixture, you can apply the serum to your lash line with a Q-tip every night before bed. This will also help to make your lashes healthy and strong.
Grooming
Yes, you can actually groom your eyelashes just as you would comb your hair every day.! We suggest brushing them once a day with an eyelash brush, which will help to distribute the natural oils  through this gentle massage, as well as improve the blood supply.
Latisse
Above all else, Latisse has been proven to be extremely effective in the growth and renewal of eyelashes.  Full, flirty lashes are one of the most feminine qualities in a woman, so why not obtain long-lasting results with Latisse? This FDA  approved treatment not only improves length and fullness but also the darkness of the lashes. You can apply Latisse directly to the lash line nightly for best results.

This month, when you receive Juvederm at the Shaw Center you will be entered to win a free Latisse!
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Suit Up: Finding The Right Swimwear For Your Body Type


Summer is quickly approaching, which means peeking in that dreaded swimsuit drawer to see what you have to work with for the coming months. However, trying on swimsuits shouldn’t be a negative experience if you know what looks best on your figure. Everyone has a different body type and therefore should capitalize on your unique physique! Feeling sexy poolside just became a whole lot easier. Now, let’s talk fruit!
Pear Shape
J-Lo and Beyoncé adhere to this body shape when they’re trying on their beachwear! The key to figuring out which style suits you best is making sure that you’re able to balance your proportions, while ensuring your bottom half has the coverage it needs. Opt for a plunging neckline or a patterned or colorful top that shifts the eye upward, focusing less on your lower half. If possible, veto any thick-banded bottoms that will just call attention to the area you’re trying to avoid showcasing. A shear sarong draped at your hips will not only add to the look, but also flatter your figure.
Apple Shape
If you’re an apple shape, then you carry most of your weight in your mid-section. Detracting from this area of your body is an easy fix with the right approach. Shirred or gathered fabric helps to eliminate any unwanted clinging to your hips or stomach, while also creating definition in the waist. Luckily for you, high-waisted bottoms are extremely in trend right now and make for the perfect solution to concealing that lower pooch. Whether it’s a retro-inspired swimsuit bottom or pair of high-waisted denim shorts, you’ll instantly feel more confident!
Large Bust
Katy Perry and Brooklyn Decker are examples of women with a bigger bust, and they most definitely rock it. It’s all about finding a way to balance your figure without completely ignoring your womanly assets. Support is crucial with this body type and finding a bikini top with an under wire or molded cups will ensure that your girls stay lifted. You will want to avoid overly embellished tops or ruffles since this will only draw more attention to your chest, taking away from the rest of your gorgeous figure.
Athletic
Alright, this is for all the Cameron Diaz’s out there. This figure is a bit more narrow and straight up and down. Fortunately, creating curves is much easier than hiding them. You have permission to play around with more embellishments and patterns on both the top and bottom. This will create the illusion of dimension. One-piece suits with strategic cutouts are great for creating curves, as well as tie-side bikini bottoms. Less is more with this body type!
The SHAW Center offers a variety of different procedures than can assist in perfecting the swimsuit-ready body you desire. Embrace your figure, but know that there’s always potential to love it even more!
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Restore And Revive Your Locks


Hair thinning can be attributed to many different things, genetics being one of them. Aging is also a common factor that contributes to hair loss, and you may have been subject to some noticeable changes more recently due to this. Don’t stress, not only is this problem solvable but unfortunately stressing can also lead to thinning hair.  There are a few different routes you can take to get to the root of the problem in beginning to repair your own. Males and females, listen up! This goes for both of you.
Healthy Diet, Healthy Hair
First things first, you’re going to need to watch your diet. While diet alone is not enough to save your hair, it will most definitely help. You are what you eat, and your locks are directly affected by your choice of entrée. Eating lots of protein-rich foods and the healthy kind of fats will nourish your hair and help it to appear both thicker and more lustrous. Opting for foods high in Vitamin B, such as chicken, fish, eggs and spinach will aid in the formation of hair cells.
No Ifs, Ands, Just Oils!
Believe it or not, essential oils used for scalp massages can also prevent hair loss. Coconut oil in particular acts as a sealant by preventing your hair follicles from losing their moisture. Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants and is great in nourishing hair. Because olive oil is rich in vitamin E it will actually promote hair growth. Additionally, almond oil is also beneficial to your hair because it’s so rich in vitamins E, D, iron, magnesium, calcium and fats.  Lavender, cedarwood, thyme and rosemary have also been known to prevent hair loss.
“Brush” It Off
Stress is a leading factor in hair loss, and while stress is also inevitable, it can be controlled. As the wise Taylor Swift once said, “Shake it off!” and look at her-she’s got great hair. Some methods you can adopt in order to prevent the everyday added anxieties include:  meditating, exercise and simply learning how to express yourself.  Meditation allows you to refocus your attention and eliminate any negative thoughts that can crowd your mind. Allowing yourself to vent is crucial in managing stress. Even if you’re not communicating your feelings to someone else, start maintaining a journal as a means to decompress.

These are hopefully all remedies that won’t make you want to pull your hair out, and if all else fails, The SHAW Center has a fully comprehensive hair restoration treatment program for both women and men.

The SHAW Center’s low-level laser therapy is a noninvasive laser treatment administered to the scalp, which helps to stimulate new hair growth. In addition to the laser therapy treatment, The SHAW Center also offers at-home laser hair loss devices. These hand-held “laser combs” provide phototherapy to the scalp to enhance the results from the in-office laser.
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Gym Bag Beauty Essentials


We’ve all been asked that age-old question, “If you were stranded on a desert island what would you bring?” Now imagine that this desert island is full of Epicor fitness equipment and requires a membership, then what?  It’s not easy deciding what to bring along with you to the gym, but there are a few essential items that should be considered next time you’re packing your gym bag. Squats are hard, but this is easy!
Dry Shampoo
Unless you’re workout Barbie, chances are you need to take the time to freshen up post workout in order to continue taking on your day. In regards to reality, sometimes showering just isn’t an option due to time constraints. That’s why dry shampoo is, or should be, your new best friend. A few sprits of this and a somewhat dramatic, but super fabulous hair flip should do the trick! You’ll keep your coworkers guessing how you can manage such a fit body and still have time to primp.
Nike+ Fuel Band
This little black (or pink depending on how fashion forward you’re trying to be for the gym) bracelet will be your constant reminder and main means of motivation. It not only tracks your every step, but shows you just how many calories you burn throughout the day. It’s so subtle that you’ll forget you’re even wearing it until you look down at the stats and see just how awesome you are!
Oil Absorbing Pads
Your lean body should show off your efforts at the gym, not your shiny skin. Try using a fragrance-free blotting pad to remove perspiration and to avoid potential breakouts from using your hands or towel. The SHAW Center also offers a variety of different exfoliating treatments, including microdermabrasion, that can aid in skin restoration if the gym is in fact taking a toll on your complexion.
SmartShake
The SmartShake takes on the form of a regular water bottle, but it is much, much more! Its compartments allow for you to store several different servings of nutritional supplements, such as protein, vitamins and capsules that you can keep to consume throughout the day.  Looking good after the gym is important, but feeling good is the key!
BB Cream and Moisturizer
This essential is the perfect no-makeup makeup and will help to keep skin moisturized long after your workout. This lightweight alternative will help to reduce any redness and/or blemishes that can be enhanced during cardio. Before application, for the perfect moisturizing cocktail, you can apply a regular moisturizer. The SHAW Center’s SkinCeuticals  line is both ultra-hydrating and rejuvenating.
All of these necessities will help to lift any weight off your shoulders, both literally and figuratively!
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Our Lips Are Sealed


Let’s face it - this has been the year for lips! If you’ve been on social media you’ve probably seen celebrities like Kylie Jenner showing off their puckered pout in a big way. You have to sometimes wonder if its surgery or just an intense makeup regime that renders these women so kissable.
Well…It’s probably both!
Plump it up
An easy way to temporarily plump is to use a lip plumping gloss. There’s scores of different types of over-the-counter products that promise to produce enhanced lips but do they actually work? Some do because they contain ingredients like cinnamon, ginger mint or other compounds that are found in hot peppers, which work to create mild redness and swell the lip, however these are temporary solutions.
Crossing the line
Lining your lip is both temporary and non-invasive. Creating the illusion that your pout is more dramatic as it is can be achieved through this method, but it’s also important that you do it right so you don’t end up looking like you just failed your first stage makeup tutorial. Don’t over line, and make sure you follow the natural raised creases that are there but just may not have full, natural color.
Make it effortless
If you’re really trying to attain your desired lip shape and size, then Restylane Silk may be the answer. It is the first and only FDA-approved treatment to specifically address lips and is both a natural and subtle means for lip enhancement. Lips can be one of the first signs of aging due to the lines that are created around the mouth. These lines can lead to lip thinning and loss of shape. Restylane Silk is designed to provide natural-looking results through the use of injecting a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar that is already naturally present in your skin. The SHAW Center offers this service and would be happy to schedule a consultation in order to figure out the best approach for you!
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Simple Beauty Routine For a Beach Vacay



It’s that time of year where there are warmer days fewer than cool, and we’re sure you’ve been planning or at least dreaming of your next beach side vacation. While being outdoors can make it a little more difficult to perfect your look, we have some tips and tricks that’ll have you glowing long after the sunsets.
Less is more
Leave the foundation at home in order to cut down your beauty routine for a leisurely getaway. We recommend using a tinted moisturizer with SPF built in. These usually provide a sheer to medium coverage and will leave your skin feeling light and fresh. It’s also essential to find a tinted moisturizer that’s oil-free in order to avoid clogging pores. Another bonus is that it’s much easier to blend than foundation so it will leave your skin with a natural looking appearance.
My lip balm is poppin’
Using a lip balm is essential for the beach because of its sun protective properties. Most balms will include a SPF and stay on much longer than a standard lipstick. We’re not saying you need to completely rid your face of color, and in fact it’s more common now to find a tinted lip balm. Opt for a shade just a few shades pinker than your natural pout, and avoid red at all costs. It’s better suited for nighttime anyway!
Dive in!
Waterproof mascara is a must! You may decide to pass up playing in the waves, but the added perspiration from just laying out in the sun will enable your lashes to flake and smudge. The raccoon look is never welcome, but especially not in paradise! Because waterproof mascara can prove to be a bit more difficult to get off, make sure you use a hypoallergenic makeup remover, and take your time when removing.
Fake it ‘till you bake it
The first couple of days at the beach are usually dedicated to working on a tan, however it’s always a must to think of your skin in the long run.  Apply SPF during the day and if you’re not achieving the color you desire, try dusting a bronzer along your cheekbones and collarbones to get the glow you desire. Finding a bronzer with a bit of shimmer is ideal since this will act as a two-in-one without having to use a highlighter. You can also use bronzer to add bit of definition to the crease of your eyelids at night.
Bye, Bye oils
 If you have really oily skin, try using blotting films instead of powders to reduce the sheen. They will suck up all the extra oil created from basking in the sun and will keep your complexion looking matte and revived.  A major plus is that they take up hardly any extra space in your beach bag!

The SHAW Center also offers many services to help you prepare for a laid back look by offering services that result in a natural appearance. Latisse is one of them and is ideal for women who crave effortless beauty. This prescription treatment helps to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker! For more information on whether or not Latisse is right for you, contact The SHAW Center at (480) 767- 1900 to schedule a consultation.
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Speed Up Your Standard Beauty Routine


Let’s set the scene.
 It’s 7 a.m., you’ve just hit the snooze button for the second time and you’re lying in bed wondering how much closer you’re getting to leaving the house completely ungroomed for the sake of five extra minutes of sleep.
We get it. Waking up early and still pulling yourself together isn’t so easy, no matter how effortless Jennifer Aniston makes it look in movies.
However, there are some key beauty hacks that will help cut down your routine and allow you to squeeze in some additional beauty sleep. So hit the snooze button one more time. We dare you!
Maintain your mane
Alright, let’s start with that tousled mane of yours. Unless you’ve perfected the art of sleeping like a corpse throughout the entire night, it could probably use a good rinse, lather and repeat.
If you don’t have time for a full shampoo, then cheat. Yes, cheat. It’s called the “bang wash” and it only requires quickly wetting the hairs that frame your face. Pull your hair back into a quick pony, leaving just the front pieces out. Add a small dime size of conditioner and run it through the strands, allowing for the sink water to rinse through it thoroughly. The hair around your face air-dries the quickest, but if you can afford an extra minute or two, just quickly run a blow dryer over the damp hair.
Conceal and highlight
Even if your morning isn’t, these products will brighten up your face almost instantaneously. Use a concealer almost three shades lighter than your natural skin tone, and apply it underneath the eye area. You can even get a little adventurous and add some to the inner creases of your eyes. This will give it the illusion that your eyes are larger, wider and definitely more awake. Always apply a luminescent highlighter to the uppermost cheekbone area of the face. You can also add some to the crease of your top lip line and above your brow as well.  When the highlighted areas of your face catch the light it draws a natural glow, improving the look of your complexion.
Just do it in your sleep
If you don’t have time for your normal remedies in the morning, you can prep throughout the night.
Moisturizing is imperative, and nothing says “Carpe Diem” like hydrated skin. ZO Skin Health, available at The SHAW Center, is a line of skin products that caters to the wellness of your skin.  These ultra-nourishing products will give your skin a healthy and radiant appearance for the morning and also fights against aging.  If all else fails, throw on a red lip. It’s sort of the answer to everything anyway.
The SHAW Center offers a variety of alternative options to looking youthful and rested, without having to deal with all these added extra morning tasks. Whether it’s Juvederm, Sculptra or Latisse, our center ensures every possible option for staying and looking effortlessly beautiful.
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Ready, Set, GLOW!



Spring is quickly approaching but for those who have not seen the sun, may not be ready to put their best bronze forward. It may seem logical to resort to tanning beds as a means of instant gratification, but it’s essential to stop and think before exposing yourself to those unhealthy and unnatural rays.
Sure it’s easy, convenient, and for the most part actually works. However, the long-term damage caused from “fake baking” is just not worth it. There are quite a few alternative options that are far better for your health and won’t make you look like you just got done rolling in a pile of Doritos.
Bronzing Sprays
This bronzing process is both effortless and effective! There are quite a few different bronzing sprays out there, but QuickTan spray, available at The SHAW Center, is foolproof. It encompasses agents like flower extract and Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Juice and when applied will build a subtle, believable color.
You Are What You Eat
You can also achieve a sun kissed complexion by eating your way there. Obviously we don’t suggest using this as your only means to mahogany, but it will definitely aid in the process. Vegetables such as carrots, apricots and sweet potatoes all contain beta-carotene, which produce a ton of vitamin A. This will help increase the production of melanin, which is responsible for changing the color of your skin.
Carrot cake anyone?
Highlighting Other Features
When all else fails, focus on other features that when contrasted against your fair skin makes you appear bronzed. This can be as simple as whitening your grin. Crest’s 3D whitening strips will make your mouth sparkle within just a matter of days.
You can also always utilize a good matte bronzer for a quick fix. You don’t have to limit your makeup application to just your cheek bones either. Give your collar bone and shoulders a good dusting as well. We recommend utilizing a setting spray in case you’re planning on giving any hugs to men in white button downs later. 
Always wear light colors. The only need to wear black now is if we’re mourning the death of our tragic winter skin. Otherwise, donning muted tones, pastels and creams are a surefire way to deliver the perfect contrast.
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You'll Go Coconuts For This Skin, Health And Hair Enhancer


Coconut oil has countless health benefits and can be used as a remedy for even some of the trickiest fixes. The Shaw Center is a huge advocate of maintaining a healthy image, and this supplemental method will only help to ensure that your complexion keeps its pristine glow.
More than 99% of coconut oil is made up of fats…don’t freak out yet. They’re the good kind of fat and work as agents to fight off potential attacks on your body.
One way to take advantage of some of the benefits of coconut oil is to use it on your locks. Being that coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for hair follicles, it aids in nourishment through shine and revival through growth. It also helps with protein loss, which would otherwise contribute to some other unwanted qualities for your mane.
You can apply coconut oil to your damp hair after you shower and let it act as a leave-in conditioner for an ample amount of time until you wash it out. This will help to heal damaged hair and moisturize your scalp.
Another beneficial use of coconut oil is on your skin. It acts as a powerful moisturizer without clogging your pores. It can also be used as a preventative measure in avoiding aging and wrinkling of the skin. Although the Shaw Center offers many different options for skin rejuvenation, adding coconut oil into your daily regimen can only help to amplify your skincare method.
Additionally, coconut oil can help with digestion, improve bone health, treat damaged skin, lower cholesterol and improve your overall immune system!
Coconut oil has become the holy grail of all-natural products and might need to be considered the next time you’re wondering what more you can do to enhance both your health and beauty routine.
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Bras: Find Your Fit, Don't Throw One

From demis to push-ups, finding the right bra for you can be a tedious process.  Having the proper knowledge of exactly what to look for in an undergarment can make a worlds difference and feel less overwhelming.  Knowing your bra size is critical, but there’s more to it than just numbers and letters.  Wearing a bra shouldn’t be like donning some dated, Victorian contraption. It should be effortless!
Not only is it important to determine which type of underwear you feel best in, it’s also instrumental in guaranteeing a flattering figure. Whether it’s the constant struggle of trying to reduce your bustiness or attempting to make your girls look even, there’s a solution for even the most frustrating fixes. Plus, at times wearing the right bra can even make you look as though you’ve dropped 10 lbs!
HerRoom has comprised a chart that both simplifies and personalizes your bust and its corresponding bra style. Obviously, you can’t define your breasts based entirely off of a structured list of categories, but it will aid in helping to give you that extra needed support and shape. 
For example, a demi cup will allow for you to showcase some cleavage due to its shorter underwire and wide-set straps. If you’ve recently come to terms with the fact that no matter how much you try your top is a stage one clinger and won’t settle without first exposing your bra’s silhouette, then the t-shirt bra might be the best bet. Lift your spirits and your bust with these considerations next time you’re in the market for some new lingerie. Do not forget to embrace your shape!
            Contact The SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900 for more information about a breast reduction or augmentation procedure or to schedule a consultation! 

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Our Five Favorite Products


            From lashes to skin treatments, The SHAW Center carries a wide variety of powerful, pharmaceutical strength products that can promote healthy skin and enhance your appearance.  Although we love all of the products we carry, like Oprah, we have compiled a list of our top five favorite products of 2014. 
Be on the lookout starting Monday, December 15 for each of our favorite products to be featured on our Facebook (The SHAW Center – Plastic Surgery – Skin – Laser) and Instagram (@TheSHAWCenter).  One product will be featured each day next week and when it makes the list, you will have the opportunity to take 10% off that product.  We will also be featuring a giveaway of 2 Latisse and 2 Nectifirm.  The following are our favorite products and why we love them!
Clarisonic Brush: Smooth, clean skin creates the perfect canvas and that’s why we love the numerous benefits of the Clarisonic.  This product helps remove 6x more makeup than manual cleansing, leaves skin feeling and looking smoother, cleanses so well that products absorb better, helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes, and also helps reduce the appearance of visible pores.
GlamGlow Glamtastick Masks: Since hitting the market in 2011, GlamGlow has been one of the most sought after beauty brands.  Their products help combat common skin concerns and are targeted for men and women of all ages and skin types.    
Latisse: Forgo the falsies and get the real thing with Latisse.  Latisse is the first eyelash treatment that has been approved and proven effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 
Nectifirm made by Revision Skincare: Take charge and transform a turkey neck with Nectifirm.  This amazing product helps tone and enhances the firmness and texture of your neck.
ZO Daily Power Defense: This powerful product contains time-released retinol, antioxidants and specialized DNA-repairing enzymes to consistently aid in reducing UV oxidative damage and uneven pigmentation while simultaneously repairing skin function and elasticity. 
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Five Favorite Beauty Instagrams During New York Fashion Week


            New York Fashion week officially kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 4.  Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City said it best, “Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future…this is known as Fashion Week.”  Although the majority of us are unable to attend, Instagram is a great way to live vicariously through those that are behind the scenes and in the front row of shows.  The following are our favorite Instagram users we came across for a glance at the best beauty shots during New York Fashion week.
Gucci Westman (@gucciwestman): “Make up artist / global artistic director Revlon.”
MAC (@maccosmetics): Follow the legendary beauty brand for a peek at backstage looks
Essie (@essiepolish): Find all the fabulous nail trends and runway looks from the iconic nail brand
Hannah Murray (@Hannah_Murray1): “Make Up Artist.  Topshop Make Up Consultant.  Globetrotter.”
Rebecca Minkoff (@RebeccaMinkoff): The lifestyle brand covers an array of behind the scenes and runway shots throughout fashion week
            Have you heard?  The SHAW Center is now on Instagram as well!  Follow us @THESHAWCENTER.  Be one of our first 250 followers for a chance to WIN CoolSmooth treatments.  Two lucky followers will be chosen at random once we reach 250 followers, good luck! 
(Photo courtesy of The Coveteur)
           
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Common Beauty Myths Debunked


            We’re sure you’ve heard of at least one beauty myth out there and wondered if it really worked: utilizing toothpaste on zits will make them go away, it’s possible to diminish your pores or sleeping on your back prevents wrinkles.  Are all of these really true?  We’ve debunked some of the typical beauty myths so you can finally get the truth.
            Putting mayonnaise on your hair will make it shinier:  Although mayo contains an oil base and it will make your hair glossier, this process can get messy.  In order to steer clear of a major clean up, try the following: “Apply a cup of mayonnaise mixed with a teaspoon of vanilla extract (to cut the mayonnaise scent) to dry, unwashed hair.  Cover your head with a warm towel to help the mayonnaise penetrate, and leave it on for 20 minutes.  Before you step into the shower, apply a heaping handful of shampoo to your hair.  Don’t add any water yet; just massage it in thoroughly for several minutes,” according to www.realsimple.com.  
            You can diminish your pores: Although it’s unfeasible to actually alter the size of your pores, it’s possible to make them appear smaller.  Applying egg whites to your face tightens the skin, making your pores look smaller, however, this is a short-term effect.
            Crossing your legs can create varicose veins: Although sitting down and crossing your legs will not cause varicose or spider veins, standing might.  Standing makes the vascular network work more strenuously to pump blood from the legs up to the heart.  The valves duty is to continue to flow blood in one direction within your vessels.  If the valves aren’t working correctly, the result may be a pooling of blood, which then produces unattractive veins.
            Applying toothpaste can help get rid of pimples: Toothpaste typically is comprised of methanol, which has the ability to help dry out a pimple.  However, the other ingredients within toothpaste can aggravate your skin. 
            Sleeping on your back help prevents wrinkles: There may be slight truth behind this one.  As you grow older, the collagen and elastin fibers within your skin begin to break down.  When you lay with your face buried in a pillow and place pressure on the fibers for several hours from time to time, your skin becomes less probable to pop back.  However if you typically favor one side of your face to the other when sleeping, the side you sleep on will usually have more wrinkles. 
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Save Your Skin From the Sun


            Research indicates that there are two specific kinds of aging: aging created by genes we inherit (intrinsic) and aging caused due to environmental factors, such as exposure to the sun’s rays (extrinsic).  Our patients as well as our staff have been raving about EltaMD Sun Care in order to protect their skin from the brutal sun, especially in Arizona.
            Ultraviolet (UV) rays are components of the invisible energy that comes from the sun.  UVA (aging) rays account for 95% of our sun exposure.  These rays create skin aging and contribute to skin cancer.  UVA rays sneak into the skin layers, harming collagen and cells, which leads to wrinkling, hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity.  UVB (burning) rays typically affect the outer layer of the skin. 
            EltaMD Sun Care products provide a variety of sunscreens that prevent sun damage safely and supply true broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  All of the products are composed of microfine transparent zinc oxide and are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free.  The products range from facial and body sunscreens from SPF 30 to 50 and each product is tailored to certain skin types such as those prone to acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation.
            Dermatologists have discovered that the most powerful cosmeceutical that can prevent and reverse the signs of aging is sunscreen.  All of the EltaMD Sun Care products can help put a stop to signs of premature aging and protect against sun-related skin diseases when used daily.
            Contact the SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900 to find out more about the EltaMD Sun Care products that we carry!   
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The Best Ways to Bronze

         Now that summer’s here we’re sure you’ll find yourself exposing more skin than usual and if you can’t tone it, tan it!  There are so many bronzing products available now that are much safer than traditional tanning or going to a tanning salon.  One of our favorite sunless products is Quick Tan self tanner by Body Drench. 
            Quick Tan helps give you a desired instant summer glow with salon quality sunless tanning at home.  The Bronzing Spray has a 360-degree nozzle to ensure simple application and the tinted formulas make it easy to see where to put the product on.  Once applied, a natural tan will progress within 3-5 hours.  The SHAW Center carries Quick Tan bronzing spray in medium/dark.  For the best results, consider the following:
·      Use on clean, exfoliated skin
·      Shake well before use
·      Spray evenly over body holding the spray 10” away
·      Wash hands after application
·      Let your skin dry before putting on clothes
·      For a darker tan, use once a day until you attain desired color
·      To maintain your tan, apply once or twice a week

Another sunless tanning alternative are spray tans.  The FDA has backed DHA, the principal component in sunless tanning products, for over 40 years.  Although DHA is considered safe, if you are receiving a spray tan avoid spraying your face for various reasons.  Since the skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body, spraying your face can clog your pores, which will most likely lead to blemishes and breakouts. DHA is recommended for external use only so you should avoid inhaling the product.  If you already have dark spots on your face, spraying your face will make them appear darker.  Once your spray tan begins to fade, it may fade unevenly on your face.  The best option to make your face tanner is to utilize bronzer.  Some of our favorite bronzers are Laguna by NARS and Smashbox Bronze Lights.
          If you have additional questions about Quick Tan or would like to purchase, contact the SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900.   
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Say Sayanara to Shaving

            Now that summer is in swing, are your legs prepared for their debut?  From bathing suits to dresses and shorts, we’re sure you’re legs will have their fair share of exposure during the hot months.  Forget the hassle of shaving and opt for LightSheerâ DUET, permanent hair reduction.
            In order to temporarily eliminate unwanted hair people used to turn to messy, painful solutions such as waxing, shaving, plucking, electrolysis or chemical depilatories.  Laser hair removal is more beneficial than these alternative treatments and provides permanent results.  The High Speed LightSheer DUET uses state-of-the-art diode lasers with vacuum-assist technology to remove unwanted hair.  The method is more efficient than other treatments due to greater speed and comfort.  
            The High Speed LightSheer DUET is a laser that creates a bigger beam of extremely concentrated light.  The light released is well absorbed by the pigment within the hair follicles.  Throughout the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, enabling the hair to absorb the light and warm up.  As the light warms up, the hair shaft and bulb are damaged which remarkably hinders the hairs potential to re-grow.  Since the light has a large beam, the treatment tackles a copious amount of hair follicles concurrently, creating a much faster alternative to other traditional laser hair removal options.
            The LightSheer DUET provides two handpiece options, depending on your needs.  The innovative vacuum assisted technology within the handpiece combined with diode laser light enables quick and comfortable treatment to large areas.  A back or legs can be treated within 15 to 20 minutes sans numbing cream.  It is necessary to have multiple laser hair removal treatments because the laser is ideal when hairs are in an early growth stage and all of the hairs are not in this phase at the same time. 
            If you are interested in the High Speed LightSheer Duet for permanent hair reduction, contact the Shaw Center at (480) 767-1900 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.      
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Diminish Dark Circles with Teamine


            Tired of being told you look tired?  Dark circles are very common and have a number of causes such as allergies, lack of sleep, stress, and genetics to name a few.  Teamine Eye Complex is the number one eye cream recommended for dark circles by physicians. 
            Teamine is constructed to be effective through several pathways.  The cream provides three main benefits such as visibly diminishing the look of dark under eye circles, reducing the appearance of puffiness and smoothing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 
Teamine is formulated from several key ingredients: Teamine Complex, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Mica, Silica & Titanium Dioxide, 1 and 3 Beta-Glucan, and Peptide Complex.  These ingredients work together in order to remove dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, brighten, calm and soothe the skin.  The powerful antioxidants in the cream help create optimal anti-aging benefits as well. 
Once you begin to use Teamine, you will be able to see and feel long-term results within four to eight weeks.   Teamine’s formula has been constructed from years of rigorous research and is considered to be the most complete topical cream offered to tackle dark circles, puffiness, lack of elasticity and fine lines and wrinkles in the fragile eye area. 
Contact the Shaw Center today at (480) 767-1900 for additional information or to begin your Teamine treatment!
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Shift Your Makeup For Spring

            Spring-cleaning doesn’t have to be confined to household chores.  This is the perfect opportunity to go through your makeup drawer and do away with old products in order to make room for new trends. 

Dare To Go Bare:  The majority of models throughout the spring runways opted for an au naturale look.  Makeup artists utilized primer and moisturizer with minimal concealer and capped off the look with a swoop of neutral blush among the apples of the cheeks. 

Cat Eyes:  Keep practicing this look because it is here to stay!  If you want to try something new, black inky eyeliner was spotted on numerous runways.  In order to achieve this look, put on a glossy black eye pencil around your whole eye and gently smear it out to achieve a sensual look. 

Bold Lipstick Hues: Vivid orange seems to be the “it” shade of the season with other bold shades incorporated as well.  If you are looking for a more subtle tone, pale berry lips were spotted along the runways as well.  If you decide to go for a bold lip, keep the rest of your makeup minimal.

Pastel Eye Palette: Forgo mixing several shades on your lids.  Try just one basic pastel tone over your eyes! The most popular pastel has been chartreuse. 

Shining Skin:  Give your skin a healthy glow by applying a tinted moisturizer mixed with a liquid illuminator.  If you would like a dewy finish, work a moisture gel into your skin.  The Shaw Center Spa offers a variety of skin products and facials that will help you achieve this look as well!

Penciled Shapes:  Although all of the other trends are suitable for everyday wear, if you are seeking something a little more daring, this is the perfect look.  Drawn on graphic triangles above the eyes and winged shapes on the inner and outer corner of the eyes were seen on various runways.  “At Roksanda Illincic and Missoni, keeping a steady hand with rich black pencil took simple liner to new heights,” according to www.harpersbazaar.com
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Sultry, Smooth Legs!

            It’s beginning to heat up in Arizona and you will start showing more skin before you know it!  Use these last couple of winter weeks to fully prepare your skin for the sun.  We have a few ways that will guarantee sexy, smooth legs and have everyone asking what your secret is.
            The Spa at the Shaw Center offers a few methods of laser hair removal such as the LightSheer Duet, Alma Laser hair removal and Syneron Elos.  These treatments do not require any downtime, can be used anywhere on the body and do not use any messy gels.  Regardless of which laser hair removal you opt to use, we suggest a few sessions depending on your hair so it is best to begin your treatment now to prepare for the summer. 
            If you decide to stick with traditional shaving, we have a few tips to receive optimal results.  Prior to shaving, exfoliate and then apply baby oil to your legs to soften your skin and the hair.  Utilize a men’s razor and men’s moisturizing shaving cream because they are extra gentle on your skin since they are meant for faces.  Apply rubbing alcohol on your legs after shaving to close your pores and kill bacteria.  Then put on an unscented deodorant in order to avoid razor bumps and chafing.    
When you have razor burn, dab apple cider vinegar straight on your skin allowing it to absorb.  Wash the area after 10 minutes.  Apple cider vinegar is utilized to terminate skin bacteria and yeast infections. 
If you are interested in laser hair removal, contact the Shaw Center at (480) 767-1900 for more information!

             
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Latisse vs. Other Long Lash Solutions

            Fuller, thicker eyelashes can help enhance a woman’s appearance and is becoming a sought after look.  Although there are positive beauty benefits to popular products on the market such as eyelash extensions and false eyelashes, these types of cosmetics can have harmful affects on your eyes.  Latisse is a great alternative to the common products and is the first and only eyelash treatment that has been approved and proven effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 
            Utilizing products such as false eyelashes and eyelashes extensions can cause various issues such as allergic reactions and ailments.  “False eyelashes can trap dirt and bacteria, creating irritation and infection.  And they can be difficult to remove.  The risks of eyelash extensions are not only an allergic reaction to the glue but erosion of the inner surface of the eyelids.  And they can cause permanent damage to your natural lashes,” according to Consumer Reports’ medical adviser Dr. Orly Avitzur.
            Having eyelash extensions for a long period of time can eventually harm your natural eyelashes, potentially developing traction alopecia, a kind of hair loss if there is too much follicle pressure on your actual eyelash.  In cases where a woman already has weak hair follicles prior to eyelash extensions, the damage could be permanent and cause irreparable hair loss.
            Latisse is applied to your actual lashes to help produce longer, fuller, darker lashes.  The growth process of Latisse is gradual and the majority of patients see notable enhancements within 2 months of use.  Once you stop using the product, your eyelashes will return to their normal appearance over several weeks to months.  The Shaw Center carries Latisse, however, it is only available by prescription.  Call us today for any questions and information regarding the product at (480) 767-1900.
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Makeup Remover, Causing More Harm Than Good?


            Regardless of how much makeup you wear during the day, it is imperative to remove it every night.  Sleeping in your makeup can cause your pores to clog and can eventually draw acne-causing bacteria to your pores.  Overtime, sleeping in your makeup can lead to undesired subjection to free radicals in the air that makeup clasps to.  Fine lines are then developed on the skin because free radicals breakdown healthy collagen. 
            Even though it is essential to take off your makeup every night, using the wrong makeup remover for your skin type can have the same affect as not taking off your makeup.  No matter your skin type, it is best to go with a remover that does not contain preservatives, fragrances or alcohol.  “If you have rosacea or eczema, use a hypoallergenic fragrance-free makeup remover.  Cream or liquid cleansers work well for individuals with sensitive skin.  And if your skin is more tolerant, you will be better able to handle makeup remover cleansing cloths,” according to the Huffington Post.    
            Using alternative products such as baby oil as a makeup remover can lead to clogged pores, eventually causing breakouts in patients susceptible to acne.  An array of makeup removers incorporate active cleansing ingredients that can stay on the skin until it is washed off.  “If they remain, the residue from them may expose the skin to excess amounts of various chemicals including emulsifiers and surfactants,” according to Dr. Susan Stuart, founder and medical director of La Jolla Dermatology.    
            Once your makeup is fully removed, always wash your face afterwards.  Washing your face once all of your makeup is off helps avoid clogged pores, pimples and breakouts.  The Shaw Center carries the ZO Skin Health line that contains ideal products for any skin type ranging from cleansers to exfoliating polishes.  Contact the Shaw Center at (480) 767-1900 to develop a skincare program tailored to your skin needs! 
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Save Your Skin From the Holidays!


            Now that the holidays are officially over and the New Year has just begun, we’re sure your skin has taken a toll from a neglected skincare routine and excess intake of food and alcohol.  Here are some tips to get your skin back to where it should be and glowing again for the New Year!
            Significantly enhancing the amount of water you consume will help aid in noticeably decreasing puffiness.  “Staying hydrated helps to prevent excess fluids from building up around the eyes as well as de-puffing the face from over-imbibing at the holiday parties,” according to www.refinery29.com
An excess amount of alcohol intake can seriously dehydrate skin, making your skin feel dry and tight the morning after drinking.  Add a couple of drops of a serum that contains hyaluronic acid, such as the Retexturing Activator by SkinCeuticals to your usual skincare routine.  After, utilize a moisturizer containing vitamins A and E to help restore collagen such as the Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repaire Crème by Zo Meidcal. 
            Make sure that you are getting enough sleep and always washing your face prior to going to bed.  Lack of sleep can cause several issues such as breakouts and dark circles under your eyes.  Going to bed with make-up and/or or not washing your face can cause clogged pores and your skin to become irritated as well.
            If you feel as though your skin needs a little extra TLC, the Spa at the Shaw Center offers chemical peels in various strengths and combinations of chemical agents based on your condition.  Chemical peels aid in repairing skin damage caused by years of sun exposure, minimize fine facial lines on your face and improve skin tone and texture among many other benefits.  If you are interested in a chemical peel or other spa services available at the Shaw Center, call (480) 767-1900 for more information!
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The Downside of Detoxing



          
 I’m sure we’ve all tried at least one fad diet before, it seems as if the latest trend are juice cleanses.  Juice cleanses can range anywhere from a day to detox or up to a week, sometimes longer.  The main issue with juice cleanses is that they lack necessary nutrients your body needs and do not consist of any protein or fat that are essential to keep your body going.

            “Cleanses purport benefits such as improvements with immune system function, fatigue and depression, weight loss, and an overall detoxification of your system.  In reality, however, there is no scientific evidence in support that cleansing does any of these.  In fact, such diets may not actually remove toxins from your body,” according to Fox News.

            Regardless if you are doing a pure fruit juice cleanse or veggie cleanse, both have very similar affects on your body.  “After two days, with each shot of juice, your insulin levels skyrocket, then crash.  Your glycogen stores are pretty much gone, leaving your tank on empty-and you feeling weak and listless.  Since you’re getting only about half the calories you need, your body draws on two long-term power sources: triglycerides, a type of energy stored in fat cells and protein, taken straight from your muscles.  You begin to lose muscle mass, even if you’re still exercising every day,” according to Women’s Health Mag.

            Generally you do lose weight throughout the duration of a cleanse because of the dramatic reduction in your daily caloric intake.  By the time you end your cleanse and begin to eat solid food, you have lost muscle.  Once you begin eating normal, the calories you consume are likely to turn into fat since you have less muscle mass to burn the calories you are consuming, resulting in weight gain.

            Cleanses and detoxes can fall into the category of fad diets, which in the long run are not a feasible solution for a healthy lifestyle.  Remember to eat everything in moderation and try to focus on having a balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains! 

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Heat Proof Your Beauty Routine


Let’s face it – This may be the last few days we have to enjoy cooler temperatures before those triple digits become a mainstay until October. In preparation for a long, hot summer, we invite you to check out our top tips for heat-proofing your summer beauty routine.

Prime your skin
Start your summer beauty routine with an oil-free primer and set your look with a powder. This will keep your make-up from wearing out long before you do!


Keep it light
Forget heavy matte or liquid foundation during the hot summer months. The heavier the make-up, the more likely it is to melt off when put to the test. And our summer temperatures are the toughest test! Try a light tinted SPF moisturizer or BB cream with SPF built in.

Pack oil blotters
Tuck a to-go pack of oil blotters in your bag so you can stop oil build up (which results in shiny skin) in its tracks when you’re out and about.

Step away from the hot tools
Give your hair a break from the heat-driven tools like the blow dryer and flat iron. Instead, give a natural wavy look a try. After washing your hair, run some argan oil through damp strands and then twist your hair into a bun (or trendy topknot). Once your hair dries, unfurl the bun, run your fingers through your hair and rock some natural waves fit for summer!

For mermaid waves, ditch the bun and put your hair in several mini braids (which are super-popular and will also keep your hair out of your face and off your neck). Once dried, gently undo the braids for sexy mermaid waves.


Stay soft… and cool
To help you cool down after the shower, keep your body lotion in the refrigerator. This exhilarating little treat is a sure way to beat the heat!

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