Does sleeping with makeup on really matter?

Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician

beautysleepWe’ve all heard it before……you shouldn’t sleep with your makeup on.  But does it really matter?

Look, I know you’re tired.  To be totally honest, I’m tired too.  Sometimes SOOOOO tired.  We work hard and we all have busy lives.  Jobs, spouses, volunteer commitments, kids, pets, working out, we’re constantly on the go.  It makes sense, then, that we’re tired.  By the time the day is over, the kitchen is cleaned up, the laundry is folded, and everything else on the list is done, it seems like such an effort to start dealing with your skin, right?  I get it.  I swear I do.  We all feel like that sometimes.  You don’t need to feel bad or beat yourself up about a lack of nighttime face washing.  For starters, you don’t even think it matters, right?  Well my friend, it does.

Here’s the thing, while we sleep our skin is regenerating.  Skin actually performs its most impressive renewal during deep REM sleep.  When we sleep, stress hormones decrease and cell renewal and the fight against free radical damage increases.  Sleep actually increases the efficiency of naturally produced growth hormones that help regenerate collagen producing cells. Remember collagen?  It helps keep your skin plump and youthful looking.  Collagen is your friend.  Sleep also increases melatonin levels in the body and melatonin acts like an antioxidant for skin, fighting fine lines and age spots.

So where does our makeup come into all of this?  When you sleep with makeup on, all of the amazing processes that our skin performs are slightly suffocated.  Sleeping in makeup reduces moisture levels in your skin, increasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  We don’t want that!  Not washing off your makeup before bed inhibits the natural cell renewal process, and that process helps keep your skin looking bright and fresh.  Sleeping in makeup also means that all of the beneficial ingredients in your skincare aren’t on your skin during the time they could do their best work.  If you’re sleeping in makeup, you’re helping the aging process along.  Not the goal, right?

So what’s the bottom line?  Beauty sleep is real.  Sleep is like a magic antiaging potion, so let it work for you!  I know, I know, you’re TIRED.  So here’s my genius suggestion.  Don’t wait until bedtime to wash off that makeup!  Finished with dinner and in for the night?  Time to whip out your facewash!  What rulebook says we have to “get ready for bed” when we’re going to bed?  I say, as soon as you know you’re in for the night, off comes the makeup.  All of it.  And you want to know something?  It’s kind of liberating.  There’s a beautifully relaxed feeling when you’re in your comfies with a fresh clean face.  Try it.  Your face will thank you.

Questions? Comments? Let me know!

LED Therapy – my new obsession!!

ls-lights-wrinkles After recently adding LED to our treatment menu, I’ve had lots of questions about what it is and what it does. The end note is that it’s so good I’m fairly obsessed! Ok, now for the actual info. What is LED therapy? LED stands for light emitting diode (because you were dying to know, right?). Essentially, we’re using light to trigger different responses in the skin. Depending upon the wavelength of light, we get different results.

Red light is known to reduce inflammation and promote circulation. Amber light stimulates collagen and elastin production. Infrared light speeds healing, reduces inflammation, increases circulation, and encourages product penetration. Blue light can kill the bacteria found in acne. Now, not all light is created equally. High quality LED with just the right combination of wavelengths is what you need to get results. When we have that perfect balance, we have an amazing tool!

We’ve been using the antiaging LED by LightStim and loving it! LED is a perfect add-on to almost any treatment but it can also be done all be itself. Adding LED boosts results immediately, and in the long run. With the antiaging LED treatment you get improved circulation, a boost to collagen and elastin production, a softening of fine lines, a reduction of inflammation, faster healing times, and a radiant glow to the skin. Sounds good, right?!? It is! The best part…..it’s easy. No pain, no downtime, and no downside. Just a nice warm feeling on the skin and results you will love!

Curious? Book a treatment! In July you can get FREE LED at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of North Shore with any other aesthetic treatment…..now that’s what I call opportunity!

Want more info? Get in touch and I’ll answer all of your questions!

Summer Essentials

Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician

Summer Essentials It’s almost here……summer. I love summer. In New England it’s all too short a season, but I treasure every last moment. Food fresh off the grill, late sunsets, flowers in bloom, that smoky smell in my hair after sitting around our fire pit in the evening, and so much more. I love it all.

With summer, however, comes heat and stronger sun. While I adore the feeling of the warm sunshine, and I would gladly take a 100 degree day over one that’s 15 degrees, summer does require a level of preparedness if you want to protect that beautiful skin you’re working to maintain. Now it doesn’t have to be all-consuming, and you absolutely can enjoy every minute of the season. Being prepared is the magic key. Do you spend a lot of time in your car, or always have a certain bag with you? Pick a place to keep your “Sun Fun Essentials” that is readily accessible. You don’t want to be caught unprepared when your friend asks you to go for an impromptu paddle board or long leisurely walk one afternoon!

So what do you need? Here are the must haves: A hat, preferably with a wider brim than a baseball hat. Sunglasses. They don’t have to be your regular daily pair, and they don’t have to be designer. These are your “in a pinch” sunglasses. Sunscreen. This should NOT be a spray, but a good old-fashioned lotion. SPF 50 is preferable and I beg you not to go below SPF 30. A lip product with SPF. A light weight cotton shirt. A towel.

Now do you want to know why you need all of these things at the ready? Because we don’t always know what life has in store for us, we want the ability to protect our skin from sun damage, but we also want to live our lives and not think so much. Who wants their skin to look older than it is? Not me! And remember, even though we may be impeccably prepared for summer sun exposure, our scattered best friend isn’t, and we care about her skin too….I’m a good friend, aren’t you? We have our “Sun Fun Essentials” at hand because you just never know, and when you take care of your skin and want it to look its best, you need to protect your investment.

So what purpose does each of these items serve? Let’s lay it all out! A hat. Ok, this is shielding our face from the sun. While baseball hats will suffice now and then, a hat used for true sun protection needs a brim wide enough to shield the entire face. Baseball hats, while adorable, ignore the sides of the face. It is, however, possible to look totally cute AND protect your whole face. Bucket hats……super cute! Over sized, wide brim, tightly woven floppy hats…..so L.A.! I have faith in you….I know that you’ll find the perfect hat that also meets your fashion requirements. Next up are the sunglasses. I’ll be honest, I am not a lover of sunglasses. I really just don’t like how they feel on my face. I will, however, put them on for the sake of my vision and my crow’s feet! Prolonged, repeated exposure to strong sun can impact your sight over time and also significantly contributes to those pesky lines around our eyes. Simply putting the sunglasses on will check off this category of protection for you, and the glasses will look fab with your amazing new hat! Moving right along to sunscreen. Naturally you know that you need to wear sunscreen. Gone are the days of baby oil and reflectors…now we’re trying to fix some of that damage and prevent more! As far as sunscreen is concerned, you need at least an SPF 30. That’s right, not an SPF 15, but an SPF 30. Ideally you’ll wear an SPF 50, but at a minimum we’re looking for SPF 30. Note that applying once before you go to a cookout and not again all day is not sufficient. Sunscreen is meant to be applied about every 2 hours. You may have noticed, in years past, that your sunscreen seemed to work great at the beach in the morning, but you burned in the afternoon? That’s because it wasn’t really doing anything for you by the afternoon! Don’t forget the SPF for your lips too. We need to keep that pucker looking good! The last two items are a light weight cotton shirt and a towel. Why do you need these? Cover up, wipe down, you just never know! My experience has shown me that you need them, so just put them in the bag and thank me later. 😉

Alright, you’ve got it all in your bag! Now what? Have fun! Relax and enjoy the beautiful weather, toes in the sand, time spent making memories with people you love, and your beautiful skin!

Spring has sprung!

Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician
Happy SpringAhhh, the sun is shining and the air is FINALLY warm and dry (at least for the moment). Days like this make me feel energized. I want to get outside for a walk, eat a crisp salad, and take good care of myself. Over the course of the winter, and New England’s poor excuse for spring, I find I start to feel tired. Shorter days and less time spent enjoying the outdoors puts me in a bit of a rut. But I can feel a change in the air. The days are getting longer, my dog is getting walked more often, and I’m ready to bust out and plant a mountain of flowers in my yard.

For most of us, our skin also feels a little tired by the real end of winter. The snow only gave way to rainy raw days and our skin could use a little TLC……a rebirth much like spring. I know that many of you have treatment plans in place to address your skincare goals, but what about everyone else? What about my friends that aren’t so much about grand gestures when it comes to skin treatments…..or forget about grand gestures…..what about you hesitant guys and gals that don’t do any? I have a solution for you! Get a facial!

I know what a lot of you are thinking…..facials don’t do anything. Wrong amigos! Here’s the thing, facials sometimes get a bad rap. Sure, you can go for a facial that ends up as what I call a “fluff and buff”. By that I mean that the massage felt great but nothing really “happened”. That type of facial, while relaxing, isn’t necessarily getting real work done. What I’m suggesting is a custom facial. A facial that is designed, as your skin is being looked at, to address your skin’s specific needs on that day. A working facial. Need to brighten up? Feeling dry? Pores clogged? Oily? Something else? We can work on it! Will one facial fix every skin concern you may have? Sadly, no. It will however act as a jumpstart, a reawakening, just like spring. You will see a difference and feel a difference. Want more result? Let’s talk about it. Just want to feel like spring has sprung when you look in the mirror? Book your custom facial today!

Questions, comments? Let us know! Message or call us at 978-927-1500

Happy SPRING!

Have you gone too far?

Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician
BratzdollWhen it comes to makeup, skin care and skin treatments…… is it possible to do too much? To go too far? ABSOLUTELY! Friends, we need to have a chat. You know the saying, “sometimes less is more”? Well that applies to your face too. Allow me to explain.

Let’s start with makeup. I’m a fan. A huge fan. I think makeup is unique in that it allows us to enhance our natural beauty and flash a little self-expression at the same time. We all like a slightly different look when it comes to makeup, and that, to some degree, has to do with our unique anatomy. Large eyes, hooded eye lids, thin lips, full cheeks…….all of these factors and more impact what we want out of our makeup. The problem, as I see it, is when we think that going “all in” with makeup will make us look even better. Or when we assume that all looks are for all people at all times. I know, you want examples. Here ya go.

A smokey eye with a bright lip and shimmer every which way but loose……..no. It’s distracting and doesn’t make you look any younger, I promise. Want another example? Contouring and highlighting. We must address contouring and highlighting. We were not meant to look like chiseled plastic. Fact. We also really don’t look amazing when, in a picture, you can clearly see white patches and dark swatches on our face. I’ve seen it happen friends, it’s not good. Sure you can still employ contouring and highlighting techniques, but please, I’m begging, go easy. I swear it’s prettier in real life.

Speaking of real life, let’s talk about skin care treatments. I give them for a living so I obviously believe in what I do. That said, every once in a while we need a reality shot. Here it is. Your skin didn’t age overnight, right? Ok, so if it didn’t age overnight, why would it seem to make sense that if we do 4 different types of treatments in a week that you will look instantly ten years younger? Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It’s a living breathing thing. Being extra aggressive in an effort to speed up a result is generally not in the best interest of your skin’s long term health. I always want to get amazing results for my patients. That’s the goal…..beautiful, healthy, more youthful skin. Sacrificing the long term goal for the short term, however, is never the right road.

Anyone who knows me knows that I feel strongly that a great at home skin care routine is the cornerstone to amazing skin. Home care is what supports the results you get from treatments, and it’s what often readies your skin for treatments or helps it heal from them. So if using a scrub twice a week is good, isn’t daily better? If the recommended strength of a product is good…..isn’t double that better? No and no. Our skin doesn’t get happier when we overstimulate it. The opposite actually happens. And ingredient strength? Products and product strength are carefully suggested for you based on your skin’s needs. Your skin will stay in better balance and looking healthier when it gradually acclimates to new ingredients, and when strength of ingredients, when appropriate, climbs slowly.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I see you trying. I see that you want great looking skin. I know that you are willing to stay committed to your skin and that you want to look your best. I’m with you on all of that. Sometimes, though, when we step back and get a little real, we can get a better result than we imagined possible. I want that for you.

What’s the deal with Microneedling?

Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician
It seems that suddenly everyone is buzzing about microneedling. Magazines are writing about it, E is reporting on it, and all of Hollywood seems to be doing it. So what the heck is it? Microneedling, which you may also hear called CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy), is a method of skin rejuvenation that triggers the skin to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen helps to smooth the skin and gives it strength. Elastin provides the ability for the skin to “snap back” and is essential, along with collagen, for youthful looking, well-toned skin. Microneedling is a chemical free treatment that is minimally invasive, involves little to no downtime, and gives really amazing results.

How does it work? A pen like device with a tip of tiny, incredibly fine needles, glides over the skin and gently punctures it creating minute micro channels. Each small puncture that is created is actually a controlled injury to the skin. The formation of each microchannel triggers the body to produce collagen and elastin to heal itself. I know, I know, you’re thinking…… that sounds painful! Great news, it isn’t. Before any microneedling treatment a numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. We want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your treatment.

And what about after your treatment? The full recovery period for most people is about three days*. During the recovery period you can expect some redness, mild swelling, and some mild flaking*. Most people are able to go right back to their lives after a microneedling treatment. At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery North Shore we actually go a step further and provide you with post procedure cover makeup and products to take home too! The last time I had a treatment I went straight from the chair to the field hockey field to watch my daughters!

The results of microneedling are what you’re really wondering about now, right? What is all of this going to do? Microneedling will help to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, break up surface pigmentation, and improve skin texture and firmness. In addition, microneedling can reduce the appearance of scars (including those from acne), stretch marks, and pores, and it provides an overall rejuvenated appearance to the skin. Sounds good, right? Well THAT’S why everyone is talking about it!

Have questions? Want to book your microneedling and start your journey to more beautiful skin? Call us at 978-927-1500 or email contactus@plasticsurgerynorth.com. We’re here to help!

*This provides general information about the healing process. Individuals may experience slight differences in anticipated reactions and recovery timeline. All related information is discussed in depth before treatment is performed.

Time for a little boost?

Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician
makeup When it comes to makeup most of us fall into the same habit…….we use the same colors over and over. I get it, I do it too sometimes. Routine isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes to makeup! Every once in a while, though, doesn’t it feel SO good to freshen things up? Especially during a New England winter with the short days and cold weather…… we need a boost!

I’m not gonna lie, I just LOVE productive and successful makeup shopping. And really, when I think about it, it’s not so much the actual shopping as it is the finding. It’s that feeling of looking good in something fresh, knowing that you have a new tool in your arsenal, the perfectly new and flawless packaging…..I adore it all.

I recently hit the store in search of a winter boost. I’ll confess that I own what some would consider an obscene amount of lipstick and lip gloss. Sometimes I like a light nude look, and sometimes I rock a bright bold lip. It depends on my mood really. The nude lip, though, is a staple. It’s also a look that so many women have trouble getting right. Too pink, too beige, too peach, too chalky……..the struggle is real my friends! We all miss the mark sometimes. When get it right though, it’s SO right. That feeling of, “Where has this color been all my life?!?” is what we’re all searching for. I was lucky enough to have that magical moment on my winter boost shopping trip.

There are countless brands to choose from and there’s no right or wrong, just personal preferences. I’ve heard lipstick and lip gloss commentary a million times….too creamy, too dry, too sticky, not tacky enough, not long lasting…… and on and on. I like color that lasts well and gives a hydrated feeling on my lips when I’m wearing it. One of my go to lip gloss brands is Buxom. The Buxom gloss is supposed to plump your lips up, and in reality, I don’t actually think it does. Not even a little. However, it does have a fresh tingling feeling; almost minty, and that’s a feeling I love. My number one Buxom color is White Russian. It’s a sheer pale pink with a touch of creaminess to the color…..like the milk in a White Russian! This color works over literally any lipstick!

So what’s my newest addition? The lip love that I found on my winter boost shopping trip? Bow and Arrow. What is it? It’s a Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Color. Kat Von D lip colors stay beautifully (they’re super pigmented and long wearing) and I LOVE the wand application. This formula dries to a matte finish so you can go matte or add a gloss on top. The range of colors is crazy. There are 43. They have everything from bright orange to beautiful soft shades, and everything in between. Backstage Bambi, a bright pink, has long been a fave of mine, and my newest love is Bow and Arrow. Bow and Arrow is a perfect beige nude, but not too beige, with just enough peach to balance the beige. With White Russian as a topper and it’s pure magic. Nude lip heaven. The perfect mid-winter boost! Mission accomplished!

Winter in New England is long (or at least it always feels that way!). Freshen up your look in the absolute easiest way possible…..a winter boost color change! Maybe for you it’s a new eyeshadow? Maybe a new lipstick? It makes no difference as long as it makes you happy. Be happy!

Questions? Comments? We’re here to help! Message, email, or call us at 978-927-1500.