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Back in college, for a period of a few months I wore colored contact lenses to enhance my already green eyes and make them look a brighter green. If you peered closely into my eyes you could actually see the crosshatch design sitting on the lens, and it took me a bit of time to realize they sucked the life and natural beauty right out of my eyes. After that experience I swore I’d only wear clear contact lenses forevermore, but after sitting in on a recent beauty launch I might have to amend that decision.
I recently attended Johnson & Johnson’s U.S. launch of their 1-DAY ACUVUE DEFINE contact lenses (approximately $75 for a 30 day supply). These groundbreaking lenses go beyond vision correction and take a giant step into the world of beauty by enhancing your own natural eye. This daily disposable lens is nothing like the lenses I wore back in college — instead, it’s similar to 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST contact lenses (an extra comfortable, high UV protection lens that uses Lacreon Technology which allows the lens to retain moisture so your eyes feel fresh all day long) but with the added beauty aspect that enhances what mother nature gave you, without changing your eye color. What it does do is add contrast, definition, and depth so your eyes look more sparkly and radiant. Following the findings of a recent study that showed that people are more attracted to women and men with limbal rings (a dark ring around the iris of the eye), Johnson & Johnson created this lens to do just that. Besides limbal rings it also adds flecks, another eye trait viewed as very attractive.
At the event, I tried on a pair and found them very, very comfortable. When I got home that evening, I decided to do a ”blind” test (pun definitely intended) with each member of my family. I kept the DEFINE lens in my right eye and switched out the left with my regular clear lens. I instructed my husband, daughter, and son to each look at me (without the others present) and tell me which eye looked better. They wanted me to tell them what I did because they couldn’t see much of a difference but when pressed, all three chose the right eye as their favorite. They couldn’t tell specifically what was different but they each found it to look brighter, whiter, and more lively looking.
Optometrist Dr. Meredith Jansen says “When you look at someone, 80% of your focus is on their eyes. Since a more defined eye is considered attractive, healthy and youthful, there’s no reason not to enhance yours.” Available in prescription and non-correction lenses, DEFINE comes in Natural Sparkle (ideal for light eyes), Natural Shimmer (best for those with medium tones), and Natural Shine (perfect for dark eyes) . The limbal ring amps up contrast for more depth and visual interest while the flecks add additional radiance and intensify what mother nature gave you. It’s you only better — like Photoshop come to life!
After running around a bit more than usual, staying up later than my 10:00pm lights-out, and the fact that I hadn’t been as diligent with my skincare routine lately, my complexion looked as tired as I felt. The timing could not have been better when the invite from American Laser Skincare on NYC’s Upper West Side arrived. I scheduled some time to road test SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ that I have heard such rave reviews about.
SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ is a treatment that simultaneously incorporates a form of microdermabrasion and supplies the patented Dermalinfusion™ (the insertion of specific serums into the skin) to treat lackluster or photo damaged skin, melanoma, hyperpigmentation, acne, sun damage, pustules from rosacea, stretch marks or body acne — depending on what your needs are. SilkPeel™ is a gentle, painless, no downtime treatment that’s safe for all skin types and the results are immediate!
I was warmly greeted and handed a client survey that asked everything about my skincare history, to my health history (things like medications, autoimmune disorders or past procedures) and my skin type assessment (ethnicity, tanning habits, and more) before I was led to a room with my aesthetician. She thoroughly cleansed my skin before using the diamond tip hand piece that removed 7-10 layers of dead skin cells as it infused a bottle of an anti-aging serum directly into my skin. Controlled vacuum pressure gently pulls the skin into the chamber, allowing the diamond abrasive tip to remove the stratum corneum. While this is happening, a therapeutic solution is being delivered deep into the skin where it’s needed most. I was given the Vitamin C for detoxification and brightening, but there’s also Lumixyl for hyperpigmentation, ClarityMD for acne, and Hydrating for dry skin.
The treatment took about 30 minutes. Immediately afterwards my skin felt softer and smoother and it had a lit-from-within glow that had been missing for years. I had no redness or sensitivity. Fine lines and wrinkles seemed to vanish. My skin was so radiant and youthful looking that I wished I had made special plans that night to show off my younger-looking complexion. Though I saw an immediate improvement, a series of 4-6 treatments is recommended for optimal results and maintenance, and I would definitely go back for more.
There are 135 American Laser Skincare centers nationwide where you can purchase 1 SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ treatment for $150 or discounted packages of 4 or 6. Click here for more information on SilkPeel™.
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Stop shaving and get smooth skin and stubble-free 365/year. Enter Beam Laser Spa, the chic boutique laser hair removal spa in Columbus Circle. Founded by the lovely Brazilian sister duo Andréa and Liza Young, Beam Laser Spa is the ultimate laser hair removal destination for cutting edge technology, laser expertise, and superb friendly service.
Admittedly a few minutes late (Thank you NYC gridlock traffic), I walked into the serene Beam Laser Spa waiting room with ambient lighting and views of Central Park. I was cheerfully greeted and offered a cold beverage as I filled in my paperwork and mentally prepared myself for the bikini line-laser session I fretted about all day.
Feeling quite vulnerable in my knickers with a seemingly 1000-wattage light shining on my lady bits, my aesthetician Amanda prepped for my treatment by thoroughly cleaning the area with witch hazel. She carefully outlined — yes, literally outlined with a white pencil — exactly where she was going to laser by using the edge of an index card to make precise measurements and straight edges. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Kim K. would be jealous at how up close and personal Amanda got down there.
The prep for the procedure was actually much longer than the procedure itself. Within a few minutes, the entire area had been painlessly lasered and was minimally pink. There was no need for aloe or a cooling gel, which meant I could go shopping after my appointment without cold goop slathered all over my undies (#winning!).
You can expect to feel a hot sensation immediately followed by a very cool sensation. Most people tend to describe laser hair removal as feeling like a rubber band being snapped against the skin. However, Beam exclusively uses only the top of the line Syneron Candela’s Gentle Max Lasers, which are known as state-of-the-art devices that reduce pain, increase efficacy, and are safe for your skin. The Gentle Max Laser shoots a cold blast of cryogen gas that immediately cools the laser site — so it’s a less painful and virtually mess-free experience compared to other hair removal lasers that require gel to cool the skin first.
A few things to remember:
- Permanent results take time. After just one treatment, I’ve already noticed a difference in the rate that my hair grows back. However, permanent results require at least 4-6 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart. You may need touch up sessions every year or so, too. I would trade the inconvenience of shaving, ingrown hairs, razor burn, and lifelong purchases of razors and shaving cream for permanent results any day!
- Stop using self tanner for at least 2-3 weeks in advance. My aesthetician needed to clean (and by clean, I mean scrub) the to-be-lasered area multiple times to remove all traces of self tanner. The laser targets melanin in the hair shaft and then damages the follicle — the laser could mistakenly target the pigment from self tanner and potentially cause damage to the surrounding skin.
- Most importantly, relax! No one is judging you for what you have or what you want down there, and no one is going to critique you after you leave (Come on, I’m not the only one who swears that my dentist made fun of my bad breath, or that my dermatologist made a crack about my monster zit). Your Beam aesthetician has zapped hair follicles in places you didn’t even know hair could grow! And, as Amanda put it, “It’s just hair!”
So ladies, book yourself into Beam Laser Spa for your Gentle Laser treatments, and look forward to smooth, stubble-free underarms, legs, bikini line, and anywhere else you don’t want hair.