The Majestic Microblader

Other than lash extensions, eyebrow maintenance has become the biggest deal to help cut down daily make-up time and micro-blading is the newest solution to thin, sparse eye brows. Yes, micro-blading is a tattoo but there is a difference between that ankle butterfly you got on your 18th birthday and the facial tattoo sweeping the beauty industry. With micro-blading, hair-like strokes are made with a handheld tool instead of a machine.   The strokes mimic the natural hairs in your own eyebrows. It can help fill in gaps, define or add drama to your natural eyebrows. Although the ink is still implanted under the skin, it’s not as deep as that ankle tattoo, making it more semi-permanent, but still saving you from the time it takes to draw your joker brows on in the morning.

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For the most part, a topical numbing crème is used to help numb the area, but the pain is still relative to the person. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours as the strokes are done one by one. There is no down time but some patients may experience redness and itching the first week. Vaseline usually helps with that.

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Sherri at Sherri Permanent Makeup in Koreatown is probably the best in Los Angeles when it comes to micro-blading. She is also half the price of people with a lot less experience than she has. As a lash technician, I have sent multiple clients to her over the past couple of years and have seen her work close up. So, last week, I had the service done myself. My left brow was thinner than my right and both had gaps that needed to be filled in. While I failed to take my “before” picture, my brows after the one hour service (including numbing) were remarkably perfect.

“I follow the natural lash line and try not to change that,” she says. “Otherwise it doesn’t blend with the natural hairs and you can tell it is a tattoo.” Though she does other permanent make-up in her studio as well, Sherri’s eyebrows are a must try if you have considered doing something professionally about your brow line. The initial cost includes a two-week check-in where she can add or adjust anything client’s aren’t stoked about.

Touch-ups are done every six months as the color fades, like any tattoo, depending on your skin type. Some clients can go much longer. Though the procedure, for me, was painful enough to make my eyes water, it was nothing that couldn’t be handled and since most of our hour was spent numbing, the actual pain was only about 15 minutes. I consider it well worth it since I have been able to throw out my brow pencils and even worked out the same day.

 

by Bylle Breaux

 

 

War with Cellulite?

While 90% of women over the age of 30 battle with cellulite, this magic little machine has made things much smoother for those of us who already practice a disciplined lifestyle with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Cellulite affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men at some point in their life. Something so common seems like it should be more acceptable but until that happens in a land and time far, far away, there is a little soldier to help us in our battle, know as the Venus Legacy®.

Decreased circulation happens as estrogen leaves us and as a result, women start to see cellulite anywhere from ages 25 to 35, especially in industrialized nations where we have much lower vitamin C and magnesium intakes. When the fat cells in those areas start to become larger, the bumpy appearance on the skin known as cellulite takes shape as it protrudes through the collagen, which we also produce less of as we age, making the fight even harder.

Radio Frequency machines have been safely used for decades in medical spas for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles but the Venus Legacy® takes this concept to a new level on the war with cellulite. Because our bodies produce less collagen as we age and we start to store more fat, it shows up in unsightly forms. The machine uses heat to help break down fat cells, boost collagen and tighten skin.

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Diana Podeanu, owner of Ma Maison de Beaute in West Hollywood, has been working with the machine for a few years. Last year, she was featured in the Academy Award edition of Vanity Fair magazine for the skin tightening results the machine provides on the face and neck, but there is another great reason to be in love with the Venus Legacy®. It is a superhero against that villain known as cellulite! She says the difference in Venus Legacy® and other cellulite treatment machines is the Varipulse™ technology. “It is a pulsating suction feature that can be adjusted by the technician and works to pull the skin upward, allowing for the radio frequency to move deeper. It stimulates the bodies own healing response when there is a thermal reaction in the tissue,” she says. According to her and Jessi Collins, another Venus Legacy® technician at Ma Maison, the result is increased collagen and tighter, firmer skin. It also helps stimulate ongoing, healthy circulation and new elastin fibers are also formed, which helps with the look of the aging skin.

The Venus Legacy® can be used on anyone who wants to get offensive ground on their battle with cellulite, and it can be used on all colors of skin since there are no lasers involved. Most patients take 6-8 treatments but this depends on the area being treated and how long the cellulite has been in that place. The treatment can be comfortable to mildly painful for some, but it takes under an hour with no down time. For those who already work hard to care for their bodies, meaning they exercise and try to limit cellulite-inducing foods, the treatment works wonders. The difference from week to week is noticeable and the youthfulness of the skin is noticeable after only a few treatments. Clients should drink plenty of water every day after the treatment and between weekly sessions to maximize the effect.

 

by Bylle Breaux

 

 

 

Down to Dermaplane?

Anyone interested in self-care, anti-aging and dewy skin will eventually come across Dermaplaning, the procedure that Los Angelenos swear by.

Dermaplaning is a procedure that uses a fine surgical blade (scalpel) to exfoliate the top layer (epidermis) and rid the skin of peach fuzz. But, how is it different than just shaving your face? According to skin professionals in Los Angeles, there is a big difference. Shaving your face with a store bought razor will only cause the hairs to grow back stubbly, especially if the hair is already dark or course. With dermaplaning, the skin is prepped and the hairs are softened. Because a surgical scalpel is used, the blade is much finer and it is used at a 45-degree angle, leaving the hairs with a softer edge when they grow back.

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Dermaplaning is best for clients who with unwanted facial hair and whom are interested in fierce anti-aging benefits. Women over 40 have collagen depletion of up to 20% that naturally occurs with hormonal aging. 80% of that loss happens in the dermis (top layer) of the skin, so a procedure that stimulates collagen production on a regular basis can have gorgeous results. Women under 40 may find the treatment too much for them and can have a negative reaction because they still have a high level of collagen production.

Because dermaplaning is considered an invasive procedure in California, it needs to be done in a medical spa or physician’s office for the practitioner to be properly licensed and for you to be protected. At Ma Maison de Beaute, a medical spa in Los Angeles operating under the direction of Dr. David Rosenberg, clients can be treated with a custom facial, which includes dermaplaning. The skin is cleansed, exfoliated and massaged under steam for 20 minutes, and then extractions are done as needed. After the dermaplaning, a peel of lactic acid and green tea is applied for 3 minutes, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Following this is a hydrating, nourishing mask applied for 15 minutes. Customized serums are then massaged into the skin according to the client’s needs and the face is hydrated and moisturized. Practitioners have recommended four to six weeks between treatments for best results.

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Personally, I’ve been getting this treatment done at Ma Maison for over six months and I couldn’t be more pleased with how great my skin looks and feels. To book an appointment, call 310-385-0643.

by Bylle Breaux