Ouch! How Far Would You Go for Beauty?

4 Painful Beauty Treatments Explained

Even if you say “no way!” to the knife, there are nonsurgical cosmetic therapies that are every bit as painful. Do they work? Are they worth the agony? Let’s take a look at four ouch-inducing options:  
 

BEE-VENOM TREATMENTS

How much bee-venom treatments hurt depends out how you get your toxins delivered. For what’s called apitherapy, some practitioners apply live, stinging bees; others inject bee venom with a needle. More likely, though, you or an esthetician will simply spread bee venom on your face via a cream or lotion.
 
Bee-venom beauty treatments leapt into the news when Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton used one before her 2011 wedding. The radiant royal chose a bee-venom mask, which plumps the skin and increases circulation and may help to build underlying collagen due to the mild irritation it causes. Bee venom also contains several kinds of peptides, which are amino-acid chains the skin uses to renjuvenate itself.
 
More recently, Gwyneth Paltrow told The New York Times she’s a fan of bee-sting apitherapy, exclaiming, “But, man, it’s painful!”
 
Does it work? Hard to say: Bee-venom facials combine multiple products and methods and the creams contain a variety of ingredients, so it’s impossible to say for certain that benefits are due to bee venom alone.
Pain factor: If you are allergic to bee stings—something you need to know before trying apitherapy—you could die from an injection of bee venom. But the creams and other products are unlikely to cause any pain beyond inflammation and redness in some people.
Doctor required? No.
Painless alternative: Get the bee beauty benefits without the sting with any of the JAFRA Royal Jelly products. For example, JAFRA Global Longevity Balm contains RoyalActive peptide to help skin rebuild itself—and all products contain nutrient-rich royal jelly from bees.
 

FOCUSED COLD THERAPY

Imagine being stabbed in the face with icy needles. Wielded by a doctor, the Iovera device’s frozen probes penetrate the skin to deliver a blast of liquid nitrous oxide. That’s why this treatment is nicknamed Frotox: The super-cooled liquid works like Botox to disrupt nerve transmission in the facial muscles and thus smooth existing wrinkles while discouraging the formation of new ones. The bad news (or good, depending on your pain tolerance) is that Iovera Focused Cold Therapy is currently available only in Europe and Canada as a cosmetic treatment.
 
What is available in the U.S. is a much milder form of facial cryotherapy—the CryoFacial—in which the skin surface is chilled with liquid nitrogen. This anti-inflammatory facial promises to stimulate collagen growth.
 
Does it work?  Yes. Focused Cold Therapy is not a permanent fix, but the anti-aging effects reportedly last 6 months or so, just like Botox.
Pain factor: You’re given local anesthetic at the time of the injections, but you’ll probably need to take a pain reliever later, too. Bruises may appear.
Doctor required? Yes. And you want an M.D. who has experience with this procedure.
Painless alternative: Be your own Botox and relax your face. Make an effort not to habitually frown, grimace or bite your lips. Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting. And always apply sunscreen, of course!
 

SKIN RESURFACING

To a get a fresh, new face, free of superficial wrinkles, creases, brown spots and even small scars, you can opt to shed facial skin via laser, chemicals, or abrasion. The catch is that for the procedure to make a dramatic difference in your appearance, the doctor needs to burn or sand off many layers of skin—and that hurts. A lot.
 
If your whole face is being resurfaced, you may need general anesthetic. At the very least, you will be sedated and have a local anesthetic applied to the skin.
 
Does it work? Absolutely, after your skin heals completely in three weeks or so. It won’t stop you from aging forever, but it does turn back the clock.
Pain factor: Intense, if the resurfacing is extensive and deep. Prescription steroids and painkillers help with swelling and pain. Your face will be swollen and raw and you will need to hide from the sun for several months.
Doctor required? Yes. And choose a specialist. You can have a mild facial peel with fruit acids in a salon, but that’s not the same thing as resurfacing.
Painless alternative: Make it a consistent ritual to exfoliate gently a couple of times a week.
 

VAMPIRE FACIAL

The Vampire Facial got a lot of attention recently when Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her face slathered in her own fresh blood. However, unless you’re really squeamish, it’s not having your blood drawn for the facial that hurts—it’s the accompanying lasering and microneedling.
 
For the procedure, the top layer of the skin is burned off with a laser and your blood, which has been collected and separated to remove the nutrient-rich platelet-rich plasma, is applied to your face. The doctor then rolls over the skin with a device covered with fine needles that puncture the skin surface to encourage penetration of the plasma.
 
Does it work? Yes, but it’s probably the laser treatment and microneedling that improve the skin’s firmness and texture, not the application of the blood.
Pain factor: Burning, stabbing and a face covered in blood? Ow! The doctor may apply a numbing cream or local anesthetic, but your face is going to be inflamed and sore later.
Doctor required? Yes, although there are salons and home versions of the microneedling roller that have shorter, less painful needles.
Painless alternative: Be consistent about cleansing and exfoliating and follow up with products that contain peptides and other nutrients the skin needs to rejuvenate itself.
 
 

The Beauty Benefits of a Good Snooze

Wake Up to Dreamy Skin

It’s fact - not fiction -  that while we are sleeping, beauty benefits are adding up.  Scientific research assures us that getting seven to nine hours of quality time between the sheets is at the top of the list of “things to do” to help skin look its best and stay younger looking longer. And the psychological benefits of restful nights help us appear more beautiful, too.
 
We all know from experience that pulling all-nighters, partying into the wee hours and all types of sleep disturbances can leave us looking tired, puffy, inflamed and grumpy the next day. Slumber-less nights do not allow the skin to reap the natural healing and revitalization benefits that come with quality sleep. Stress, inflammation, decreased immune function and more, end up causing havoc with your skin. Multiply those effects by days or weeks of restless nights and your looks and wellbeing take a greater toll.
 
Scientifically, here’s what a good snooze gets you in skin benefits:
 
- You’ll wake up with glowing skin, which is clear and hydrated, because as you sleep the body replenishes water loss.
- Fewer wrinkles. The skin makes collagen as you rest, which slows down the aging process.
- Breakouts and skin conditions get a chance to heal, as your body repairs and recovers.
- Puffy eyes and dark circles are avoided or become less noticeable.
 
Take extra advantage of the healing, moisturizing and protective benefits of sleep by using skincare products especially formulated to get things done while you’re asleep. Night creams for the eyes and face that repair, hydrate and revitalize promote even more gains as you get your beauty sleep. Sweet dreams!

 

Are You Beautiful?

What the Sages Say about the True Essence of Beauty

Poets and philosophers have tried for eons to define what makes a woman beautiful. More recently, doctors and scientists have weighed in. One California plastic surgeon, Stephen Marquardt, M.D., even produced a mathematical formula to describe the perfect female face, calculating its proportions as a series of consistent ratios.
 
But beauty is more complicated than a set of numbers. We have all met women who by conventional standards (and Dr. Marquardt’s formula) shouldn’t be beautiful, but undeniably are. Some cultures recognize this with a term like jolie laide, which translates literally from French as “pretty-ugly” and is used to describe a woman who is not predictably pretty, but still irresistible.
 
Let’s see what the wise women (and men) of history have to say on the subject:
 
Francis Bacon, scientist, philosopher, politician, writer and all-around brilliant 17th century British gentleman
“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”
 
Marie Stopes, early 20th century British scientist, sex-manual author, and early feminist
“You can take no credit for beauty at 16. But if you are beautiful at 60, it will be your soul’s own doing.”
 
Coco Chanel, 20th century French designer, founder of Chanel
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
 
Salma Hayek, contemporary Mexican-American actress and producer
“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”
 
Lady Gaga, contemporary American singer, songwriter, actress
“You define beauty for yourself, society doesn’t define your beauty. Your spirit and your faith define your beauty.”
 
Steve Maraboli, contemporary American behavioral scientist, author
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
 
Can any woman be beautiful? The answer is, of course, yes, but it takes that uncommon mix of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-confidence. Perhaps that is why beauty is a quality more often associated with grown-up women, rather than pretty young girls. 

 

Correction!

Everything You Need to Know about Color Correcting Makeup

Blemishes, dark spots, under eye circles… Imperfections happen to the best of us. Luckily, color-correcting concealer means a girl can hide anything if she knows the tricks of the trade. Simply swath the appropriate color over whatever ails your complexion, then apply foundation, and voilà – the flaw is instantly invisible. That said, if the thought of putting green, purple or orange under your makeup scares you, you’re not alone. Fortunately, however, there’s nothing to fear. Here’s your primer, on using color correction concealer.
 
When it comes to coverage, opposites attract
Color correcting works specifically by counteracting the tone of your imperfection with its opposite cover. So green concealers neutralize the red spots that come with acne, sunburn or rosacea while yellow concealers will hide bruises, veins or under eye circles that fall in the purple family.
 
Your own skin tone matters
Likewise, certain colors just don’t work together. Orange or salmon colored concealers, for instance, works best with complexions that are olive or darker. Someone with lighter skin would use orange hues to achieve a bronzing effect, as opposed to coverage. Likewise, purple/lavender concealers are useless unless you have yellow undertones. You’ll also want to consider the depth of your color choices. A good guideline: the darker your skin, the deeper the hue.
 
The tools of the trade
Next up, comes application. In order to prevent the product from looking too thick – or being visible at all – you’ll want to apply and blend using a brush (as opposed to your fingers). Which brings us to your color palette. 
 
Don’t be afraid to mix it up
Different problems come with different tones, so you can use multiple colors as concealers. It’s not uncommon to use green for your chin or nose (common breakout spots), salmon under the eyes and a liberal application of yellow for an overall brightening effect. Bottom line: you may look like a tribal warrior before you blend the colors and apply your foundation, but that’s just the price of doing beauty battle. Your final result will be flawless!
 
To find out what JAFRA products would work best for your color correction, check out our Imperfection Corrector as well as our Perfecting Eyeshadow Primers.
 

 
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