Refine Announces Video Series
In an effort to better educate clients and dismiss myths, legends and otherwise falsehoods, Refine will be bringing you educational videos on all the procedures that we perform.
Refine Medical Aesthetics is proud to announce the addition of Jenny Smith, RN to the staff as a lead injector.
Jenny has been a RN since 1996, obtained through Henderson State University, Baptist Health School of Nursing and followed by Excelsior College. She began working for pediatricians, then a period of school nursing to be with her twin daughters who are now 16.
Jenny has worked the past 6 years multitasking at Saline Memorial Hospital between the Pediatrics, Neonatal Nursery and Postpartum units. "Women's Health, Happiness and Empowerment are very important to me. I Love my patients!"
* Received top 20 finalists in 2010 for Most Compassionate Nurse in the state of AR.
* Pursuing Krav Maga Self Defense instructor training to train women, teens and kids to empower and protect themselves.
* 3 beautiful daughters
* Married 25 yrs
Founded in 2015, Refine has in less than three years managed to become the premier aesthetic clinic in Saline County. For more information about Refine Medical Aesthetics and Jenny Smith, RN, visit our webpage at https://www.refineinbryant.com or book an appointment with Jenny by clicking HERE.
So… Botox Comes From Ireland, Plus 5 Other Fascinating Irish Beauty Facts
by LINDSEY METRUS Original Story HERE
We all have our sweeping generalizations surrounding the beauty ideals of different countries: Brazilians all have bronzed, hairless skin, French girls are all makeup-free and effortlessly cool. When you think of an Irish woman, what do you picture? Red hair and fair, freckled skin? Quite the contrary: You'll find more red-headed Brits than Irishmen/women (40% compared to the latter's 10%). In the same vein, Irish women consume the most sunless tanner per capita than any other European country (more on that later). After chatting with Sonia Deasy, Irish inhabitant and founder of skincare brand Pestle & Mortar, we picked up on even more fascinating facts that made us want to dive into the Emerald Isle's beauty space even deeper.
Ahead, take a look at the country's most popular industry treatments and products, native beauty secrets, and much more.
BOTOX WAS FOUNDED IN IRELAND
No, it wasn't created in Beverly Hills (again, forgive the stereotype). Instead, it was created and is solely produced in Westport, Ireland. Surprisingly, you can't purchase Botox in Westport, but in Northern Ireland specifically, the number of users is increasing 20% year over year: About 50% seek the treatment for cosmetic reasons, while the rest employ Botox as a medical treatment for issues like incontinence and teeth-grinding. When we asked Deasy about the Botox phenomenon, she says that dentists hold "clinics" (that book up fast) where women in town will come with their friends to get a treatment. However, the identities of the injected are to remain close-mouthed among clinic-goers. Mervyn Patterson, MD, of Belfast says women don't want others to know they're doing it: "People here do not like to discuss their Botox openly," he says. "They want an extremely subtle look, which is the best Botox look anyway, but in general, they'd be mortified if anyone thought they'd had it done."
Italiana in fondo al cuore means "Italian at heart," and since I was a kid, that's how I've always felt. We Americans tend to value work over play, so I've always been fascinated by the passion for leisure that's pervaded Italian culture for so many centuries. From the stunning architecture of their ancient duomi to their colorful gelato flavors to their exuberant flair with fashion, Italians' passion for beautiful things and experiences seems to be in their DNA. That and a love for carbs. No wonder I've always wanted to be Italian.
But as far as international skincare, makeup, and haircare habits go, France and South Korea often steal the show. As a full-fledged Italophile, I thought it was high time we looked into the secret wonders of Italians' beauty routines. To do this, I got in touch with Italian model Mitzi Peirone of MSA Models, who moved to the U.S. from Italy five years ago, as well as Claudia Graziano of popular fashion blog, Human Hanger. They both gladly revealed their best beauty secrets from back home, all of which are utterly fascinating.
"I think that overall the greatest difference between American and Italian beauty is that American women might go for what makes them look good, but Italian women go for what makes them feel good," says Peirone.
Want the feel-good beauty routine of an Italian girl? Keep scrolling for eight skin, makeup, and hair secrets straight from Italy.
1. OLIVE OIL IS A SECRET BEAUTY WEAPON
It's not just a delicious topping for your pizza… Olive oil is truly at the center of Italian life and packs a ton of beauty benefts, like aniti-aging vitamin E and hydrating squalene. Sophia Loren was known for slathering olive oil all over her skin. Peirone says she remembers her mother putting olive oil on the ends of her hair after a long, hot bath to maintain a healthy shine. ("I learned pretty much everything I know about beauty from my mom, Maria," she tells me.) Olive oil also has incredible curative properties. Peirone says she even uses it to cure pink eye.
We admit it--Facetune is addicting. A little too addicting, perhaps. Anyone who’s tried it (ahem, guilty) can attest to the rabbit hole that is the refining, smoothing, and patch features. One quick zoom and a swipe (okay, a lot of swipes) later, and suddenly our eyes are brighter, lashes longer, and cheekbones protruding like a Delevingne’s. It’s enough to make any woman shell out four whole dollars for an app that basically lets you Photoshop your whole face. There is one downside, however (other than going way, way overboard and looking like a Sailor Moon character). While Facetune might give you the airbrushed skin and eye bag–free visage of your dreams on a phone screen, there’s still the real-life thing. And since we’re, you know, humans, and live our lives interacting with other humans, this proves to be a problem. Enter makeup: the Facetune alternative and the OG face enhancer. Sculpting, brightening, and smoothing can be achieved IRL—and we’ll show you how. #NoFacetune, indeed.
Keep scrolling to seven makeup tricks that rival the magic powers of Facetune.
There are certain things accepted as hard truths within the beauty industry. Vitamin C can brighten dark spots, for example, and hyaluronic acid moisturizes—or does it? As it turns out, there’s a lot about hyaluronic acid we weren’t aware of—like the difference between it and sodium hyaluronate (which is actually a salt rock). Or how that “99% hyaluronic acid” serum you’ve been slathering on really isn’t 99% hyaluronic acid at all, but rather a mixture of hyaluronic acid and water. We know--what?!
To help us decipher the skin wonders that are hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate, we enlisted esthetician and Stacked Skincare founder Kerry Benjamin, who recently created her own hyaluronic acid serum and had plenty to share and debunk. Ahead, you’ll find out the surprising truth about this highly touted ingredient—you might want to sit down first, though. Keep scrolling to see Benjamin’s take!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded its approval of Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) as a treatment for spasticity in adults from not just the upper limbs but to the lower limbs as well, according to its maker, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals. Spasticity can affect those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
The FDA approved Dysport in July 2015 as a treatment for upper-limb spasticity in adults. In July 2016 it approved it for treating lower-limb spasticity in children aged 2 and older. That made it the first botulinum toxin approved for that situation. Now the FDA has expanded the lower-limb approval to adults.
Benefits of peels include:
Reduction of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, stimulation of collagen and elastin production, color and hyperpigmentation correction, reduction in blemish prone conditions, reduction in redness and rosacea-prone skin and overall health of the skin, which essentially produces the cosmetic result.
Now don’t be tempted to confuse our topic with your favorite drugstore-sourced facial mask that you do at home on “beauty night.” In this article we’re going to explore the world of chemical facial peels. From pore cleansing, to skin lightening, and anti-aging, there is an extensive menu of peels that are truly beyond skin deep.
The primary ingredients in peels are acids, including some types that may sound familiar like salicylic, and others that don’t, like phytic acid. Additional ingredients found in peels include resorcinol, a peeling agent with anti-inflammatory properties, and retinol solution, which aids in exfoliation.
While you can find some of the above-mentioned ingredients in do-it-yourself level doses and formulations at beauty retailers, for the purposes of this story we are discussing only the types of peels administered by a qualified clinician or physician.
Shannon Braslavsky is licensed as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in the state of Arkansas. In addition, she is also the owner of Refine Medical Aesthetics which specializes in Botox, Fillers, Peels and most non-surgical injectables.
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