Friday, October 26, 2012
Halloween is our biggest excuse to play dress-up and be as silly, horrifying, and over-the-top as we want. While some wear pre-made, out of the package costumes, others carefully craft their garments, and take accessories very seriously. From bullet wounds to zombie makeup and colored contact lenses, the devil is in the details for some of us. While decorative and colored contact lenses are primarily non-corrective, they are still considered medical devices by the FDA. They are not, as some might advertise, a “cosmetic,” which can freely be sold in stores or over the internet. But just like you need to be vigilant about using non-toxic body paint, you should also beware of non-prescription decorative or colored contact lenses. These lenses can transform your eyes into that of a cat, a werewolf, or a vampire, or make your brown eyes blue. But these lenses can do major harm if not fitted and used properly, even for a few short hours. Decorative contact lenses should be fitted and prescribed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. They are not, as the FDA describes them, “one size fits all.” For someone not used to wearing contacts, buying a pair that are a poor fit can cause eye damage; some of which could even be long-lasting or permanent. Damage can include, scratches to the cornea, corneal infection, conjunctivitis, decreased vision, and even blindness. Also, there are care procedures for these decorative lenses, just as there are for regular ones. Cleaning and disinfecting are among them, but also making sure they are removed daily is of utmost importance. Late-night Halloween parties mean you may roll into bed without removing the lenses, and you could wake up with them adhered to your eyeball and difficult to remove without causing harm-and pain! The FDA is aware that many places illegally sell decorative contact lenses to consumers without valid prescriptions for as little as $20. You should never buy lenses from street vendors, salons or beauty supply, stores, boutiques, flea markets, novelty stores, Halloween stores, convenience stores or the internet (unless the site requires a prescription). These are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which are prescription devices by federal law. So if your costume calls for color contacts, there are a few simple steps that you can take in order to keep your eyes healthy. First, get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist), even if you feel your vision is perfect. Get a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and an expiration date. Whether you go in person or shop online, buy the lenses from a seller that requires you to provide a prescription. Follow these simple steps and have spooky (yet safe) eyes this Halloween!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Acne at any age can be embarrassing as well as troublesome. No one likes to go out in public with one facial blemish, let alone a lingering acne flare-up that just won't seem to go away. You've tried washing, exfoliating, moisturizing and creams. Over the counter products don't work and as much appeal as shelling out a small fortune on "as seen on tv" acne products...those teenagers on the ad's don't instill much confidence. After you've determined your unique skin type, it's time to begin the skin care treatment to get rid of that lingering acne once and for all. We have several products that you can try to hopefully balance out your breakouts. Try our AHA facial wash. It contains 10% glycolic acid to aid in fighting off those blemishes.
Monday, October 8, 2012
We all know the skin on your face is different then any other part on your body. Did you know the skin around your eyes is especially sensitive and delicate? The skin around your eyes is particularly vulnerable to stress, harmful environmental factors as well as time and aging (the sun doesn't help much either!) The skin around the eyes displays expression and emotions that are an important part of our individuality. Proper care of this area can provide long term benefits. Changes to the skin around the eyes, also known as the periocular area, can have functional, cosmetic and psychological ramifications. Since the eyes are the focal point of the face, having bags, bulges and wrinkles can not only interfere with vision, they can give an individual a tired, sad appearance. Luckily, it's never too late to take control of your health and overall appearance. With products like our CoQ10 Eye Protection Creme, you can take control of premature aging, damage and begin to rehydrate you tired skin. CoQ10 Eye Protection Creme protects the skin from photoaging, while tea, avacado and wheat germ provide a great source of vitamins A, E, and D.