Introducing: YON-KA PARIS! FAQs About “THE QUINTESSENCE OF PHYTO-AROMATIC CARE”

Once upon a time, there was aromatherapy… Once upon a time, there was wellness…

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Now, there’s YON-KA Paris. The same skin care product line being awarded by some of the top magazines in the country, such as:  Elle, InStyle, Wall Street Journal, Lucky, Allure, Vanity Fair & Much more!

Longevity is proud to now offer this exclusive skin care line to our clientele. To find out if  YON-KA Paris is right for you, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the line! Of course, if you’d rather skip straight to speaking with one of our skin care specialists,  you can always give us a call at 405-703-4990! Or sign up here for a free consultation!

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YON-KA PARIS FAQs

What does Quintessence mean? 

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Quintessence is an exclusive and treasured formula combining 5 essential oils with extraordinary synergetic properties. Yon-Ka Quintessence is the DNA of our brand:

  • Fine lavender from Haute Provence (lavandula angustifolia) with calming, healing and anti-inflammatory properties,
  • Rosemary from Morocco (rosmarinus officinalis) with antiseptic, regenerating and toning properties,
  • Geranium  from Egypt (pélargonium graveolens) with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and healing properties,
  • Thyme from Spain (thymus officinalis), excellent stimulant with powerful antiseptic properties,
  • Cypress from Provence (cupressus sempervirens) decongestant and powerful nervous system regulator.

Used in various concentrations in 70% of our ranges, always pre-measured to ensure absolute safety and optimum results, Quintessence increases the effectiveness of the ingredients it is combined with and provides an olfactory experience that can be relaxing or energizing depending on what is needed.

What does YON-KA Treat? 

YOUR NEEDS

ARE YON-KA PRODUCTS  ALL NATURAL?

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Yes, Yon-Ka Paris products are natural based. Please refer to the side of the retail box for the percentage of ingredients of natural origin. 70% of the line has 90% or higher ingredients of natural origin. Yon-Ka holds itself to strict standards and has been self-regulating our usage of natural ingredients for years.

ARE YON-KA PRODUCTS VEGAN AND/OR VEGETARIAN?

  • No. Yon-Ka Paris sometimes supports the botanical extracts and essential oils in our formulas with proteins. For example: milk peptides, marine collagen, etc.

ARE YON-KA PRODUCTS PARABEN FREE?

With the new face of Yon-Ka, Yon-Ka Paris is moving to becoming paraben free. The goal is to be 100% paraben free by the end of 2014. Relatedly, 21 of the Yon-Ka products are preservative free due to their concentrate of essential oils and their fragments and naturally self-preserve.

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ARE YON-KA PRODUCTS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

Yes. Yon-Ka products are safe and effective during pregnancy. We recommend following the obstetricians advice regarding any contraindications.

ARE YON-KA PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS ?

Yon-Ka products are not tested on animals, the safety tests are carried out according to alternative methods. In vivo tests were carried out on human volunteers under medical supervision:

  • clinically tested means that tolerance tests and / or efficacy were performed on humans under the supervision of a Medical Investigator;
  • dermatologically tested means that these tests were performed on humans under the supervision of a Physician Dermatologist

So how do you know YON-KA works? 

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Here are the efficacy tests faced by Yon-Ka products

  1. The tests are conducted on selected groups and with objective & measurable techniques
    The selection of candidates, size of the panel and duration of the test depend on the product claim and recommendation of use.
    A few examples:

    • appraisal and measurement of the non comedogenic impact of the cream (measure of the potential triggering and appearance of comedons (aka: black heads): the test is done with a minimum of 20 volunteers presenting combination to oily skin, acne prone, evaluated day 1 and after 4 weeks of using the product in standard conditions.
    • Measure of hydration levels
    • Measure of the exfoliating and clarifying effectiveness
    • Measure of the firming effect
    • Measure of the wrinkle depth
  2. Tests on cellular cultures in order to validate actives performance
  3. Tests on epidermis models, reconstructed pigmented epidermis from different ethnic origins
  4. Tests on human transcutaneous explants taken during surgery and maintained alive – (ex. : test done for the Advanced Optimizer Cream and proving the anti MMP1 effectiveness)
  5. Consumer tests
    Conducted on 10 to 150 consumers theses tests allow a better understanding and appraisal of the assets or weak points of a product, and the actual relevance of the product to the consumer’s needs and expectations. The products are then developed accordingly.

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Vampire Facials: Not as Scary as They Sound.

Longevity’s Vampire Facial AKA Skin Pen (Microneedling) with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy

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From Twilight to True Blood, popular culture is still obsessed with vampires, so it should come as no surprise that this fascination has made its way into the skin-care world in the form of the Vampire Facial! You may remember when Kim Kardashian opted to get the innovative procedure almost two years ago.

As intimidating as the name sounds, this nonsurgical rejuvenation treatment is actually quite straightforward: Your own blood, in the form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), is used to rejuvenate the appearance of facial tissue. By applying PRP to the skin during and after the skin pen treatment, the platelets release their growth factors which trigger surrounding cells to proliferate, in turn stimulating repair, increasing volume and rejuvenating the skin.

WHAT’S WHAT: 

Skin Pen AKA Microneedling, is composed of multiple sterile micro-needles that create thousands of microscopic channels (called a ‘cascade’) through the skin.

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What does it feel like?
Micro-Needling feels similar to a deep exfoliant being moved across the skin. Topical numbing may be applied prior to your procedure, but no anesthesia or medications are necessary.

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 These microscopic injuries trigger a healing and repair cascade.   The body quickly rushes to repair these infinitely small channels– by depositing collagen and elastin, by increasing blood flow to the area– and in the process restoring skin to its taut, youthful
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In order to help speed and intensify the repair and rejuvenation of your skin during and after microneedling, we apply your own processed serum “PRP” (Platelet Rich Plasma) to the skin.  PRP provides nourishment to the skin in order to repair and build new skin in the areas where microneedling has been performed.

Vials of a client’s blood are placed in a machine called a centrifuge and spun at high speed. The centrifuge separates red blood cells from plasma — a golden yellow liquid known as PRP.  PRP, platelet rich plasma, is the part of your blood that helps stop bleeding and heals wounds.

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Platelets contain a high content of “growth factors” –These growth factors then activate stem cells already in the skin (tricking them into “thinking” there’s been an injury and new younger tissue should generated). One great benefit of PRP is that it is a completely natural procedure, since it uses your own blood. No injecting of foreign materials required!

The stem cells then develop into new collagen, new blood vessels, and new fatty tissue! The effects of the procedure improve for 2 to 3 months and last for at least 1 to 2 years!

What can be improved using microneedling with PRP?

Many skin issues can be improved with microneedling with PRP, including;

  • Skin texture, color and tone inconsistencies
  • Broken capillaries and large pores
  • Scars, such as acne, burn or surgical scars
  • Aging and skin discoloration resulting from sun damage
  • Fine wrinkles and skin thinning.

Can the procedure be repeated for a better result?

Yes. In fact, we recommend repeating the treatment three times over the course of several months. We will instruct you regarding how to continue nourishing your skin in-between treatments so that you can achieve optimal final results. Since people are constantly exposed to skin-damaging agents and are subjected to the effects of aging, patients may choose to repeat this type of skin rejuvenation from time to time in order to maintain ideal skin health.

To  set up a free consultation or to learn more and hear first hand from one of our experts, give us a call at 405-703-4990

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As with any type of medical procedure, there are risks involved — although no significant side effects or long-term complications have been reported. Always speak to your doctor to get the full picture before you make any decisions.

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Are You a Candidate for a BBL PhotoFacial? Common Questions Answered.

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Skin issues like acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation start below the skin’s surface, which is why topical products alone are often ineffective. Reaching the source of the problem requires an advanced treatment like the Sciton Forever Young BBL (broadband light). Longevity’s certified laser specialists and Registered Nurses use BBL to minimize sun damage, brown spots, age spots, discoloration and fine lines. In addition, the treatments work to stimulate collagen to produce a more youthful look.

To learn more about how Forever Young BBL treatment in South OKC can benefit you, request a free in-depth skin analysis by calling our office at (405) 703-4990 to schedule your appointment.

Before & After Sciton BBL Broadband Light

WHO SHOULD RECEIVE BBL TREATMENTS?

BBL is a highly versatile treatment that can correct many of the same conditions treated by lasers. BBL treatment may be an appropriate solution for the following:

  • Acne or acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Unwanted spider veins or moles
  • Broken capillaries or redness
  • Rosacea

And much more!

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HOW DOES BBL WORK?

BBL uses low-frequency photothermal energy to safely and gently heat deep layers of skin. Damaged cells absorb this energy and are stimulated to generate new collagen – an important building block of healthy-looking skin. BBL uses a broad range of energy wavelengths to allow for more complete improvements and evenly-treated skin. A thermoelectric monitoring system adjusts the temperature of your procedure, eliminating the need for pain medication and ensuring that you remain comfortable during treatment.

The machine is equipped with advanced cooling features, allowing the use of high-powered energy with minimal discomfort. Numbing cream can be administered on individuals who find the treatment uncomfortable, but it’s typically unnecessary. BBL™ is a safe, effective approach to younger looking skin. It is recommended that individuals undergo treatment two to four times per year for optimal results.

Before & After Sciton BBL Broadband Light

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

During your consultation, we will thoroughly assess your skin. Based on this information, your skin care specialist will develop a step-by-step plan to help you achieve the results you are looking for.

The treatment is very gentle and requires minimal downtime. No anesthesia is needed, but you will be provided with eyewear for protection during the procedure. Treatments are typically performed by one of our RNs or LPNs.

Your treatment provider will apply the BBL hand piece to your skin and deliver precise pulses of light energy to the treatment areas. This can produce a light stinging sensation that is usually well-tolerated by most people. The entire procedure should take under 1 hour.

WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?

Any area of your body can be treated. Due to being most often exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight, the most popular treatments are on the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

You will be asked to wear sunscreen for several weeks after treatment in order to protect your skin as it heals. Immediately following treatment, you can expect to see mild redness, and it may feel like a slight sunburn in the treated area. This should dissipate after a few hours but in some cases could last a day or two. You can start to see healthier looking skin just several days after treatment. Sun spots, age spots and or broken blood vessels, should begin to clear up in one to two weeks. Within a few weeks, your skin will look brighter, clearer, and more youthful. Your skin can be further improved with subsequent BBL sessions, usually between 3 and 5, or other treatments like Chemical Peels, Microneedling and/or Botox & Fillers! 

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?!

Right here! Or call 405-703-4990 to Schedule your FREE in-depth skin analysis!

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Nutritionists Separate Real Nutrition From Fiction

Healthy Eating Advice Straight From the Pros
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From food bloggers to television shows to Pinterest boards, there’s an overwhelming amount of nutrition information, everywhere you turn. How’s a normal person supposed to identify the difference between trendy diet news and legitimate science-based advice?

Registered dietitians are setting the record straight—because they’re the ones required to stay informed on current nutrition research and trends (or else they lose their credentials!).

Below is a list of the most common diet mistakes committed by clients who are just hoping to be healthier. Are you guilty of any of these?

  • Not Eating Enough Calories

“I have many clients who try to continually eat less and less calories. They think, ‘If I lost weight eating 1,500 calories, then I will lose even more if I only eat 900.’ But it won’t work—because at some point the calorie intake for the day is too low. It’s different for each person, but typically the body then becomes more efficient at using the lower calories because your body is just trying to survive. This is the starvation mode.” —Jennifer Pullman, MA, RDN, LDN

  • You Starve in the Morning, & Binge in the Evening

“I see it all the time: people not eating enough in the first half of the day, then spending the second half of the day gorging themselves. Then they come to me and complain that they don’t know why they eat so much at night! The solution is to eat adequate, protein-rich meals and snacks—and to stop skipping breakfast.” —Abby Langer RD, Abby Langer Nutrition

  • Assuming All Smoothies Are Healthy

“There is a health halo surrounding smoothies and juices. They are not all created equal and many do more harm than good. Some have impressive names or claims but can be loaded with sugar and calories. It’s important to read labels to be sure you’re not getting duped.” —Sara Haas, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Not Eating Protein for Breakfast

“Many of my clients come to see me for weight management. They often either skip breakfast or have a high-sugar granola or cereal bar. Unfortunately, they miss out on the satiating benefits of protein at breakfast and end up hungry, hitting the coffee shop or vending machine by 10 a.m. I encourage them to instead have a boiled egg, Greek yogurt or, if in a hurry, grab a handful of nuts with a piece of fruit.” —Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, owner of Marisa Moore Nutrition

  • Obsessing Over Fad Diets

“People tend to jump from one fad diet to another without understanding the pros and cons and whether it is a lifestyle that suits their needs.  I wish people would stop worrying so much about what diet their neighbor is on and, instead, spend that time and energy getting to know their own body and how it reacts to certain foods and dietary patterns.  The more nutrition science uncovers, the more we understand that we are all individuals with unique dietary needs.” —Rachel Begun, MS, RDN, nutritionist and natural chef

  •  OD’ing on Low-Cal Snacks (Especially at Night)

“Many individuals trying to lose weight will stock their pantries and freezer with ‘skinny’ snacks, such as bags of 100 calorie popcorn and frozen dessert bars to snack on at night. Unfortunately, they spend a lot of money for these specialty foods and then often exceed the serving sizes. They think that these are ‘halo’ foods and are ‘calorie free,’ which they aren’t. They need to save their hard-earned money and get out of habit of snacking at night. This is the best strategy for getting the weight off and keeping it off.” —Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, author of Nutrition & You

  • Opting for Processed Diet Food

“I wish people would stop relying on unhealthy ‘health foods.’ Fat and calories are not the enemy! There’s nothing better than seeing a client choose real peanut butter on real whole grain bread rather than fat-free peanut ‘spread’ full of chemicals on a low-carb wrap made with processed fiber. Eat real food!” —Alexis Joseph, MS, RD, LD, blogger at Hummusapien.com

  • Cutting Out Nutritious Carbs

“I’m still seeing my clients go too low with eating the right kinds of carbohydrates—whole grains, starchy vegetables and fruits. They try to eliminate or significantly reduce these high fiber, nutrient-dense foods, but these are the foods that can help them with their goals!” —Suzanne Farrell, MS, RD, owner of Cherry Creek Nutrition, Inc.

  • Only Eating Healthy When It’s Convenient

“Many people only watch what they eat when they’re [on a diet]. Eating healthfully should be an everyday thing—not just when you’re trying to lose weight.” —Toby Amidor, RD, author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen

  • Snacking With False Confidence

“Planned healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, and Greek yogurt can be a good way to avoid hitting the vending machine, but we still need to be conscious of how many calories they have. Even ‘healthy’ snacks have calories that add to our total calorie intake.” —Leah McGrath , RDN, LDN, Corporate Dietitian Ingles Markets

  • Relying on Supplements

“A common mistake I see is clients relying solely on supplements rather than real foods, such as replacing your meals with weight-loss shakes.” —Angie Asche, MS, RD, LMNT, owner of Eleat Sports Nutrition, LLC

  • Eating While Distracted

“The one bad habit that I would like to see people break is to cut out multi-tasking while eating. Multi-tasking is a prized skill in today’s society—but when it comes to eating, our bodies haven’t caught on to this phenomenon. Our stomachs send us subtle cues to tell our brain to stop feeding it, but these can be easily missed if we’re distracted! When people turn off the TV, put down their devices, and focus on their food, they are better able to listen to their bodies’ needs. This helps them to enjoy their food more, and be much more satisfied with it, despite the fact that they will likely end up eating less overall.” – Jessica Penner, RD, Smart Nutrition

  • Being Too Hard On Yourself

“The habit I want people to break is going all or nothing. This attitude sets them up for failure when they inevitably have a bad day or give in to temptation. Instead of just starting again at the next meal, this attitude sets them up for longer stretches of unhealthy thinking and eating.” —Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD, Southern Fried Nutrition Services

  • Being a Die Hard Member of the Clean Plate Club

“I wish my clients would stop feeling like they have to eat food that is on their plate to keep it from going to ‘waste.’ They should realize it’ll go to waste either way; it’ll just do damage to your body first.” —Sherryl Hanna, M.Ed, RD, LD, Consultant Dietitian

  • Assuming Gluten-Free Means Healthy

“A mistake I see many people making is eating only specialty gluten-free products because they think gluten will make them fat. Often times, these specialty products are loaded with more preservatives, additives, sugar, salt, fat or calories than their regular gluten-filled counterparts and are therefore not necessarily the best choices for weight management. Aim for more whole grains that are high in fiber and protein and worry less about whether they contain gluten.” —Abbey Sharp, RD, owner of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.

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16 Tips for Gorgeous, Glowing Skin!

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    1. Assess Early

    If you really want to get your skin in top form, you’ll need to start a smart skincare routine. Adopt these good skincare habits as soon as possible!

    2. Schedule Professional Facials

    Stressing over work or anything else for that matter is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. You’ll want to book monthly facials (LIKE THESE) to really refresh your skin. Longevity’s experienced aesthetician-Ashley, will massage your skin, scalp and decolletage to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking pink, not sallow. You can also have extractions performed during the facial. This is when your facialist removes relentless congestion such as blackheads and/or dirt from your pores. The process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring.

    3. Manage Oil 

    If you’re on the go, blotting papers will help keep your face shine-free. If you need a more advanced grease solution, streamline your routine by speaking with one of our skin experts about what routine works best for you! A customized regime will ensure faster & long lasting results. Remember: Excessive face washing will kick oil production into overdrive.

  2. 4. Eat More Watermelon

    No matter what your skin type is — oily, dry, normal or combo — it craves water. Sure, drinking water helps, but snacking on watermelon works too. Other super foods for your face: grapefruit, broccoli and lettuce.

    5. “Shrink” Your Pores: Microdermabrasion, Skin Pen & Chemical Peels

    We want to give it to you straight, so first, the bad news: You can’t actually change the size of your pores. “The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin’s surface,” says Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer and renowned facialist for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. Here’s how: microdermabrasion, Skin Pen &  chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface.

    6. Use Salt Scrubs to Soften Elbows

    This is the one thing most brides forget about. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate. “The sodium bicarbonate will break down dry patches and make your skin a sponge for moisture,” says Zicu. For really tough patches, ask an aesthetician to put a glycolic peel on your elbows when you go in for a facial.

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    7. Wear SPF 30…on Your Lips

    It’s easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them if they’re already dry and cracked. If you spend lots of time outdoors, especially in windy, sunny or cold weather, a thick balm with SPF 30 will keep your lips hydrated.

    8. Reduce Sunspots With a Chemical Peel or PhotoFacial

    Chemical Peels (LIKE THESE) are designed to slough off dead skin and bring new, fresh skin to the surface. To make the most of these spa treatments, you’ll want to book a series of peels. PhotoFacials (LIKE THIS ONE) deliverbroadband light (BBL) filtered to a wavelength that is selectively absorbed by the targeted tissues with minimal effect on surrounding skin. A series of BBL treatments can minimize sun damage, brown spots, red spots, discoloration and fine lines. In addition, the treatments work to stimulate collagen to produce a more youthful look. You’ll notice a more radiant, healthier complexion as imperfections fade away.  Photo Rejuvenations are commonly used on the face, décolleté and hands.

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    10. Deep Clean With a Mask

    A mask isn’t meant to replace your daily face-washing routine; it’s only mean to enhance it. “Since it stays on longer, a mask will help melt the hard sebum (or oily substance) in your pores, something washing alone won’t do,” says Zicu. If your skin is oily, use a mask every other day. If you have dry skin, once or twice per month should keep oil and dirt from building up.

    11. Wash With Your Hands

    Here’s a secret most dermatologists will tell you: Don’t use a washcloth on your face. According to Amy Wechsler, MD, a psychiatrist, dermatologist and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin and a Whole New You, washcloths can harbor bacteria. Instead, use just your hands. But first, use a separate makeup remover to tackle waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick.

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    12. Use Concealer (the Right Way)

    Unlike with foundation, your final layer of concealer isn’t meant to be totally blended. Dab it right where you need it with a pointed brush. Then, use your finger to pat the perimeter until it’s smooth.  A great product is Jane Iredale, a makeup line known for it’s long lasting concealer & foundation.

    13. Blend Foundation With Your Fingers

    Whether you apply your foundation with a brush, a stick or a sponge, you should blend it in using your fingers. Put a dime-size dollop of moisturizer on your fingers, rub them together and start blending. The extra moisture will keep your foundation and skin from drying out and will make your complexion look soft and dewy.

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    14. Eliminate Zits With Benzoyl Peroxide

    If you’ve got a problem pimple (you know, one of the big suckers that really hurt), there are only two ways to take care of it. And no, popping it isn’t one of them. The first is to dab benzoyl peroxide gel directly on the blemish. This will help dry it out (sometimes overnight). If that doesn’t work, contact your local acne expert, Ashley, for an even  quicker, fix! 405-703-4990

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    15. Shampoo Your Makeup Brushes

    Every time you swipe on your blush with a dirty brush, you add a layer of acne-causing bacteria to your skin. Cleaning your brushes is easy: Just suds them with shampoo, rinse them and hang them to air-dry with the bristles facing down. It will make your makeup colors truer too.

    16. Use an Eye Cream With Light Diffusers

    In many cases, dark under-eye circles are hereditary. So the only way to reduce their appearance is with makeup. Start with an eye cream that has light diffusers, which reflect light to make the eye look brighter. Then, use concealer only on the dark spots. Look for one that matches your skin tone exactly, not one that’s a shade lighter– that can make your attempt to conceal even more noticeable. Remember to dab lightly to avoid tugging on delicate eye areas.

    To schedule a free consultation with one of Longevity’s skin experts, give us a call at 405-703-4990 or email us at contact@longevityok.com!

    Original Article HERE

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12 Common Wedding Beauty Emergencies (and How to Solve Them)

Unexpected beauty crisis on your wedding day? Don’t panic! Here’s what to do in case you get a giant pimple, you hate your hair and makeup, or some other catastrophe. Plus, beauty experts share how to prevent these issues from happening at all.

Let Longevity know how we can help!

Give us a call to schedule a FREE consultation. 405-703-4990

Nightmare scenario #1: You wake up with a monstrous zit.

Crisis control: Picking and prodding will only make the pimple more irritated and harder to conceal; so will over-scrubbing the area. If you don’t have a skin pro on dial, decrease redness with a dab of either white toothpaste or Visine.

According to Jennifer Trotter from Lip Service Makeup, “If your wedding is hours away, zit medicine isn’t going to work that quickly, so you want to focus on keeping the skin texture smooth.” Longeviy’s medical grade skin care products and Jane Iredale makeup are available for quick relief!

Prevention pointers: Start a skin regimen at least 3-4 months before the big day. Longevity’s Face Reality Acne Expert, Ashley, will have your face smoother than your father-in-law’s dance moves. She will help you put an individualized game plan in place. Avoid doing any unfamiliar procedures or using new products the month before your wedding. You don’t know how your skin will react, and it’s not worth the risk!

Nightmare scenario #2: You break out in hives during your wedding week.

Crisis control: Stress is a common culprit for hives, but a myriad of other factors can also cause them, including foods, medications, allergens from the environment or underlying medical conditions. Symptoms may vary from extreme itching to swelling and anaphylaxis (a severe, whole-body allergic reaction). “Contact your physician ASAP immediately to assess the cause. Treatments may include antihistamines, corticosteroids, or — in severe cases — an emergency injection of epinephrine,” says Nussbaum-Brown.

Prevention pointers: Don’t try any new products, fragrances or lotions, or eat any new foods two weeks prior to your event.

Nightmare scenario #3: Your eyes are puffy from being overly tired or — even worse — you look sickly.

Crisis control: Longevity has several fast acting medical grade eye creams available for purchase! Also, the frozen spoon approach that you may have seen your mom or grandmother using for decades actually works. Pop two teaspoons in the freezer for 15 minutes; once they’re chilled, place them on your eyelids facing up (with the rounded part in contact with the lid).

Just a few weeks ago, Trotter had a bride who showed up to the venue in her pajamas having just arrived from the emergency room with the flu! She covered dark circles with concealer, used brightening cream on the upper eyelids to camouflage redness, applied moisturizer to her chapped nose and used a sugar scrub on her chapped lips. “Then I did a very dramatic eye but I used neutral shades to create a glamorous look that wasn’t too over-the-top. It made her illness look less obvious,” she says. Bronzer and blush faked a healthy look.

Prevention pointers: Starting two weeks prior to the wedding, try and get eight hours of sleep each night. Drink plenty of water — it’s important to stay hydrated.

Nightmare scenario #4: You got sunburned from staying outside too long or forgetting to put on sunscreen.

Crisis control: Take ibuprofen immediately to help relieve the pain. Make some cold milk compresses by combining equal parts milk, ice cubes, and water. Hold them on the affected area for five minutes and repeat this three times. “The pH content of the milk has an anti-inflammatory effect while the coldness constricts blood vessels and decreases redness and swelling,” Nussbaum-Brown explains. Swap out your usual soap bar for a soap-free cleanser, which is less drying. Lastly, apply a refrigerated aloe gel to the affected areas.

When it comes to makeup, you can’t make the sunburn disappear, but you or your makeup artist can make it look less obvious by adding color to the white areas. Blend them in with the sunburned areas by using a custom mix of cream foundations to achieve the correct shade.

Prevention pointers: Always use at least SPF 30; apply 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours. “No sunscreen is waterproof nor sweat-proof (even if it claims to be), so always reapply. I tend to favor mineral-based sunscreens like titanium or zinc since they are less irritating to the skin and very effective,” Nussbaum-Brown says. Avoid indoor tanning, which increases the risk of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) by 75%. Love the skin that you’re in!

Nightmare scenario #5: Your self-tanner application looks less glow-y and more Oompa Loompa circa the 1990s.

Crisis control: Shower and exfoliate to remove some of the color — you may have to repeat the process several times. Trotter suggests using a subtle-toned tanning body lotion to blend any streaks.

Prevention pointer: “Don’t DIY self-tanner prior to the wedding day unless you’ve done it many times before and truly know how your skin will react and how to problem solve. Getting self-tanner all over your white dress isn’t worth a bit of glow!”

Longevity’s all natural,  South Sea Spray Tans are the official spray tan of Dancing with the Stars. If Julianne Hough loves it. So do we. Call  405-703-4990 to schedule a practice run before your big day.

Nightmare scenario #6: Your skin is incredibly irritated after hair removal.

Crisis control: “Hair removal doesn’t need to result in ingrown hair and breakouts. Breakouts can occur when you use wax or depilatory with artificial ingredients, or you shave with a dull blade,” says Noemi Grupenmager, the founder and CEO of Uni K Wax Centers.  Avoid aggravating the area by wearing loose-fitting clothing. Believe it or not, Nussbaum-Brown tells us that Desitin Diaper Rash Cream can also provide relief to an inflamed bikini area (assuming you don’t have any allergies to the cream). If the pain doesn’t subside, your dermatologist can call in a hydrocortisone cream.

Prevention pointers:

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Wax with an all-natural elastic wax formulated for sensitive skin. “At Uni K, technicians apply a cold pack on the waxed area, which closes the pores to prevent any bacteria from entering. Then they apply a soothing all-natural gel to reduce any redness,” Grupenmager says. If you’ve never waxed the area before, she recommends scheduling an appointment one month prior to the big day to allow the hair to get into the rhythm of waxing. If you’ve waxed before, then scheduling your session four to five days prior to the wedding is ideal.

Nightmare scenario #7: You hate the way your makeup looks on the big day.

Crisis control: “The most important thing is to keep calm. Any pro artist should be happy to tweak your look to make it perfect…Freaking out will just rattle everyone and waste precious time,” Trotter advises. Don’t just say, “I don’t like it” — determine what the issue is and communicate that so that your makeup artist can solve the problem. For example: “My eyebrows look too dark, can you lighten them?” “I don’t care for this lip color…can we go with a more nude shade?” or “I feel that I look pale, can we try more blush and bronzer?”

Prevention pointers: Even if you trust your makeup artist 100%, it’s crucial to schedule a preview to ensure that you love your makeup for the big day. You might think that you want a smoky eye or a brighter lip, but once you see it with your dress and veil, it might not work. During the makeup trial, be sure to speak up and be very clear with your artist about what you do (and don’t) like.

Longevity’s Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics are known for their ability to last all day. As any respectable bride knows, this is crucial when it comes to taking agazillion pictures from 8am-12pm.

Nightmare scenario #8: Your mom, bridesmaid or another close loved one gets their makeup done elsewhere (or does it themselves) and isn’t happy with the result.

Crisis control: “I’ve had this happen multiple times. Often, there’s no time for a total redo,” Trotter says. Her foolproof method: Take a dampened beauty blender to blend out harsh contour/blush lines or blend in unblended foundation. Remove too much brow product with a Q-tip, clean up line with a bit of concealer and brush brows into place. Blend unblended shadow, add gel liner if more is needed, and change the lip color to a more flattering shade.

Nightmare scenario #9: Your hair gets frizzy and pouf-y on the big day.

Crisis control: “Even if you start the day with perfectly coiled hair, there’s a good chance that it won’t stand up against humidity. Your locks need to be in prime condition for a long day, usually at least eight hours,” says Naté Bova, a senior celebrity stylist at Warren Tricomi NYC. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, she recommends avoiding sleek blowouts since they can easily frizz up with weather changes. Natural ‘dos like beach-y waves or a chignon can actually work better with a little frizz, rather than leaving you looking messy. To tame any hairstyle, apply a hair serum or mousse formulated with keratin, such as Aviva Keratin Renewal Anti-Frizz Serum, which leaves hair noticeably more hydrated and healthy-looking. It’s also important to shield the hair with a serum that provides protection against the drying effects of UV rays and hairstyling tools.

Prevention pointer: If you have thicker, wavier hair, minimize frizz by getting a blowout the day before so that your hair and scalp has time to release their natural oils. However, if your hair is fine, you should wash it and get it styled the morning of the wedding.

Nightmare scenario #10: You hate the highlights or hair color that you just had done.

Crisis control: Did your color fall short of what you were expecting? Take it from drab to fab using the following remedies:

  • If your hair is too dark: Shampoo the darkest area several times with shampoo NOT intended for use on color-treated hair. Follow with a very rich conditioner or treatment formulated for color-treated hair.
  • If your hair is too light: Apply a darker shade of the same brand to your hair but keep it on for about half of the recommended time. Check your color every five minutes. Rinse when you feel your hair is dark enough.
  • If your hair is too red: To tone down the red, you can try coloring your hair with a shade of brown that’s the same color level as the red shade you used. Apply the color first to the area that’s most red and keep it on for five to 10 minutes at most. Check your color every five minutes. Rinse it out when your hair is dark enough.
  • If your blond locks turn green: When this disaster happens, wash your hair with ketchup. Believe it or not, the red in the tomatoes counteracts the green tint!
  • If your hair has too much color: Lifting up unwanted color can be done with a simple DIY recipe. Crush a few vitamin C tablets, mix with shampoo using a 1:2 ratio, apply and let it sit on your head for at least an hour. Shampoo off, condition and repeated in a few days if necessary.

Prevention pointer: Have your hair colored a week or two before the wedding so that there’s ample time to fix any mistakes or make changes if you just don’t like the way it turns out.

Nightmare scenario #11: Your hair comes out differently on the big day than it did during your practice trial.

Crisis control: “Refer to pictures that you took on the day of your trial since you can explain much better with a visual. Always try to stay calm — the less tension between you and your stylist, the better,” Bova says. Explain what it is about the style that isn’t working for you, and how you envision the final look. A good stylist will be able to make adjustments and make it work.

Prevention pointer: You should always take pictures of your hairstyle from different angles during your trial, so that you can reference on the big day.

Nightmare scenario #12: Your nails chip or, in the case of gel, break off.

Crisis control: For a severe chipping situation, try trimming your nails down a bit, then buffing them with a buffing block to smooth them out. Apply regular polish to help cover for a short-term solution.

Prevention pointer: Do a manicure in a light color, so breaks are less obvious to begin with and have your maid of honor keep a bottle of a similar color handy in case of emergency.

Source: HERE  & Longevity

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7 Tips to Help Clear Acne at Home from Longevity’s Face Reality Expert

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Longevity came across this powerful video.  We just had to share. “It not only highlights the issue of acne and self-esteem, but beauty standards that women face in the world today: go makeup-less, and you could be called “disgusting”; put on makeup, and you could be told that you wear too much.”

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“You are beautiful,” Em writes in the video. “Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Not even yourself.”

As you can see, having acne is never easy. Now imagine having to go back to school.

Longevity’s Acne Specialist is here to help.

Here are 7 ways to get your skin clear for your first day.

First things First: How Does Acne Develop?

Acne starts developing when the pores in the skin (sebaceous follicles) become overstuffed with dead skin cells and excess sebum. Sebum is a thick oily substance, produced by the sebaceous glands, that moistens and protects the skin. Sebum production is stimulated, indirectly or directly, by certain hormones such as insulin and androgens. Androgens are male hormones that also women produce, usually in small quantities, in the ovaries. When the overstuffed pore becomes infected with bacteria, inflammation occurs, resulting in an acne breakout.

Ashley Hough, Longevity Face Reality Acne Treatment Specialist Says:

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  1. Ice is your best friend! For anyone suffering from inflamed acne or newly developed acneic lesions, apply ice for 2-3 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Ice helps calm the skin & reduce inflammation. Outbreaks will decrease and heal faster.
  2. Choose snacks wisely! Avoid peanuts, peanut butter & items loaded with salt. Remember, Salt is not your friend!

Here’s Why: Iodine is an essential trace mineral, but the body needs it only in small quantities. Therefore, it is not uncommon for people to consume too much iodine. For example, just two to three cups of milk contain the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of iodine for adults (approximately 150 mcg). The iodine content of some fast foods exceeds the recommended daily intake by as much as ten times.

Alternatives: Change to sea salt or uniodized salt as a much safer alternative.

  1. Decrease or avoid dairy products as they are typically high in iodides as well as androgen hormones which are passed on to you and cause an increase in breakouts.

Alternatives: Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Rice Milk

  1. Be careful with protein shakes or bars. Most of these are high in iodides. Avoid Whey & Soy Protein.

Alternatives: Pea protein, egg white protein or hemp products are much better for body builders’ skin.

  1. Choose vitamins & supplements wisely as many of these contain iodides, iodine kelp, potassium iodide and/or biotin-all which aggravate and excel acne. DO choose a Zinc supplement if you have inflamed acne as this has been shown to reduce inflamed lesions as well as the severity of cysts. Make sure and check labels for iodides or biotin & avoid these.

Here’s Why:  Biotin not only thickens your hair & nails, but also your skin! Thickened skin traps dead skin cells which promote congested pores that lead to acne breakouts.

Omega III fish oils are great for those suffering from any type of acne as well as women whose outbreaks are linked to PMS.

  1. Sunscreen is mandatory! Choose a physical broad spectrum SPF to stop the sun’s rays from getting to the skin. Physical sunscreens also help keep the skin cooler. Additionally, the zinc in sunscreen is also an anti-inflammatory ingredient.
  2. Be sure to wash off sweat ASAP from all areas of the body where breakouts occur.

Here’s a tip: Keep baby wipes in your gym bag for a quick fix!

Think Sweat=Salt=Bad for Skin!

For further questions, contact your local acne expert, Ashley Hough at ahough@okss.com or call 405-703-4990 to set up a free consultation!

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Renew Your Man’s Vitality with Sildenafil!

Renewed Vitality is now available at Longevity! Read below to learn more!

Call 405-703-4990 to learn more!

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Common Facts & Questions  about Sildenafil AKA Generic Viagra:

First things first: What is Sildenafil?

Sildenafil. AKA generic Viagra. Sildenafil is a drug which is commonly used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and it is also very successful in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

How Much Does Sildenafil Citrate Cost?

You are going to find the cost of Sildenafil Citrate and Viagra can vary greatly. Sildenafil being much less. You should only purchase either of these two drugs from an approved retailer as there are many sites selling fake products online.

Side effects of Sildenafil

There are several common side effects of taking Sildenafil Citrate. These include such things as flushing, headache, impaired vision and nasal congestion. It is also found in many people suffering from side effects that they experience a visual experience in which everything appears to have a blue tint around it.

As with any drug, if you are considering taking Viagra or Sildenafil Citrate then you will be best advised to seek a medical opinion as to whether taking either of these two drugs will be suitable for you.

What Should I do if I Suffer Side Effects?

As with any type of side effects you should always seek medical attention, it is always preferable that you read the literature that comes with Sildenafil Citrate and pay careful attention to any drug interactions that may occur also.

Invention of Sildenafil

This popular ED remedy was tested to become a medication to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and angina pectoris. During the testing period interesting side effect was discovered. The participants asserted that this medication induced erection. This is how Viagra appeared. Viagra, Revatio are the trade names of Sildenafil citrate but there are many more brands that use this component to manufacture generic Viagra. It has also become a trade name already that is manufactured by pharmaceutical companies in India.

Why buy generic Sildenafil

Other than the price difference, when patients buy Sildenafil they don’t have to have a prescription. Which is convenient. Although,  it is hard to predict all negative consequences without being seen by a doctor. The patient should make a decision with all awareness to determine if it is worth it to buy Sildenafil without a prescription.

Original articles Here, Here & Here

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Hormone Replacement for Men!

Longevity is proud to offer BioTe: The Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy for Men.

Call 405-703-4990 to schedule your free consultation!

Hormone Pellet Therapy for Men

Powered by BioTE … Fueled for Life!

Men begin losing testosterone at the rate of 1-3% per year beginning at age 30. Current medical research now defines a male equivalent to menopause as Andropause. Because the testosterone used is totally natural, it is ideal for men wanting the benefits of a bio-identical hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic.

Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men include fatigue, lack of mental acuity, loss of libido, and difficulty achieving, or sustaining erection.

Why Bio-identical Hormone pellet therapy for men? Hormonal needs for men have received national attention, but with marginal treatment options available. Hormonal treatments for mencan be expensive, require daily consumption, and in many cases, need to be carefully timed with their partner’s needs for normal sexual activities and pleasure.

Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is the only method of testosterone therapy that givessustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day, for 4 to 6 months, without any “roller coaster” blood levels of testosterone, which can result in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient.

BioTE Medical has had excellent results treating men with Bio-identical Hormone therapy. There have been only a few reported side effects.

Men find themselves lacking in sexual desire, gaining weight, losing muscle mass and feeling sluggish, depressed and irritable. Yet, they believe they must endure these body and hormonal changes as part of aging, but that is no longer the case! Thanks to, BioTe!

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Don’t Sweat It… Try Botox!

In 2004, the FDA approved the use of Botox for Hyperhidrosis or severe underarm sweating & anyone else who just wants to stay dry this Summer! 

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition caused by over stimulated sweat glands. People with this condition often produce four to five times more sweat than people who do not suffer from hyperhidrosis. Want even better news? Because it is a medical condition, some insurances will cover your anti-sweat treatments!

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Hyperhidrosis triggers:

  • exercise
  • heat or cold
  • alcohol, coffee, tea, smoking , hot or spicy food
  • stress , anxiety, strong emotions

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How to diagnose Hyperhydrosis?

If there is excessive sweating of at least 6 months duration with at least two of the following characteristics then primary Hyperhydrosis is present and this can be treated with Botox.

  • Bilateral and relatively symmetrical sweating
  • Impairs daily activity
  • At least one episode per week
  • Onset before the age of 25 years
  • Positive family history
  • Cessation of sweating during sleep

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What can be done:

BOTOX®  has proven to be an effective hyperhidrosis treatment. When injected into the underarm area, BOTOX® helps to control hyperhidrosis.

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How does it work?

A small volume of BOTOX® solution is injected through a very fine gauge needle into the underarm area.  BOTOX® works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When these glands no longer receive the chemical signals, the excessive underarm sweating stops. The procedure takes about 5-10 minutes, is relatively painless, and the effects of the treatment have been reported to last 6-9 months (Results vary from person to person and eventually will wear off).  Depending on the severity of the hyperhidrosis, multiple injections may be needed.

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Within 1-2 weeks of the initial treatment there will be significant reduction in underarm sweating. There is a possibility that some sweat glands may be missed during BOTOX® hyperhidrosis treatment. If this occurs, underarm sweating may continue from the untreated areas and a touch-up treatment may be needed.

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How much does it cost?

For optimal results, 100 units of BOTOX® (50 units under each arm) is needed, which can run anywhere between $1000-$1500.

Pre Treatment Instructions:

  • Shave underarms 24 hours prior to procedure.
  • 2 hours before procedure avoid hot beverages or going to gym (if doing “The Starch Test”).
  • Abstain from use of over-the-counter deodorants or antiperspirants for 24 hours (if doing “The Starch Test”).
  • Do not consume a alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Avoid taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen 24 hours prior to the procedure (please check with your Primary Care Physician if you take either medication on a daily basis for an existing condition)

The Starch Test:

The “Starch Test” is sometimes performed to view where the affected areas of perspiration are located.  Not all providers perform this test, as it has been said to be  unnecessary.  Most providers inject into the area of hair growth, since sweat glands lie just next to each hair follicle.

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Starch Test Info:

Patients should shave underarms and abstain from use of over-the-counter deodorants or antiperspirants for 24 hours prior to the test. Patient should be resting comfortably without exercise, hot drinks, etc for approximately 30 minutes prior to the test.

Here’s what to expect:

Iodine solution will be painted on.

Starch powder will then be sprinkled and allow to settle for 10 minutes.
A blue-black mark will identify affected area of persperation.
The area will then be circled and marked.
 BOTOX® is then injected just beside each pen mark.

Post Treatment Instructions:

  • No deodorant for 12 hours
  • No heavy exercise for 24 hours
  • After Botox injections gently clean and dry your underarm using a mild soap/cleanser.
  • You may begin to experience results within 7 days, full effectiveness is achieved at 14 days.
  • Until the maximum effectiveness of the BOTOX® injection is achieved you can continue to use over the counter antiperspirants.
  • Contact your injector, if you are still experiencing sweating in the treated area after 14 days.

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