Eyelash Tattooing


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There are many products on the market to help women have fuller, more natural eyelashes.  Some venture to use a product such as Latisse, while others opt for strip lashes or eyelash enhancement.  The latest craze in permanent eyelash tattooing.

Lash tattooing implants (or tattoos) between each eyelash, filling in gaps to make lashes appear fuller without wearing makeup.  Wait minute!  Isn’t this the same thing as permanent eyeliner with a new name?  It does not lengthen the lashes, just make them appear fuller so you can have the option to apply eyeliner or not.

To create the intensity and longevity, the treatment is repeated six weeks after the initial application.  The cost ranges from $550-$750 (which usually includes the follow-up appointment).  The enhancement lasts for several years.

Training Required

Training for this procedure is a 6-day training program.  Practitioners must complete a bloodborne pathogen course (100 hours).  They must also have an understanding of skin and eye anatomy, color theory, and cross-contamination.

Before running out to get this procedure or embarking on a career, not all practitioners can perform this service.  Regulations vary from state-to-state regarding tattooing.  In many states to perform eye tattooing, makeup artists and estheticians must also need to have a license in permanent makeup or tattooing.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Beauchemin, R. (2017). Lew Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa “Lash Tattoos: Permanent eyelash enhancements”. Retrieved September 6, 2017, from https://www.lneonline.com/lash-tattoos/

Vegan Cosmetics


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For those of you concerned about animal products in your cosmetics, never fear there are vegan cosmetics coming to the U.S.  Luscious Cosmetics, a vegan cruelty-free product line is making its introduction into U.S. stores.  Luscious is the brainchild of Mehrbano Sethi headquartered in Beverly Hills, California.

This indie company began marketing its product in 2007 in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines in Sephora stores.  They marketed in these small niches to allow the company to grow and reach a certain size before bringing the product to the U.S.

Luscious made its introduction on August 10th in select stores nationwide and online and will target women of color.  To date, the only product available is their lipstick marketed under the name Heartbreaker.  This is a matte full coverage lipstick available in 18 shades.

Another skin care line to watch is Sahi Cosmetics.  They too will market their line to capture the Arabic, Hispanic, Mediterranean, Indian and Asian markets.

For more information on this topic, click on the following links:

Pittman, S. (2017). Cosmetic Design USA, “Dubai-vegan cosmetics line hits the US”. Retrieved August 25, 2017, from http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Business-Financial/Dubai-based-vegan-cosmetics-line-hits-the-US?utm_source=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=From%2018-Aug-2017%20to%2025-Aug-2017&c=KyHiBf2DbZhv5XCiKM%2BY5XV0IDTxHwEc&p2=

Utroske, D. (2017). Cosmetic Design USA, “Indi beauty brand Sahi Cosmetics secures six-figure funding”. Retrieved August 25, 2017, from http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Business-Financial/Indie-beauty-brand-Sahi-Cosmetics-secures-six-figure-funding

Is PHMB in your skin care product?


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Photo – Anne Beck Christensen

First of all, what is PHMB if you have not heard of it?  PHMB is polyhexamenthylene biguanide (what!).  This ingredient can be found in many popular products in the U.S. but has been banned in other countries (similar to hydroquinone).

PHMB is a synthetic polymer used as a broad-spectrum preservative and antimicrobial agent.  It can be found in skin care products, cosmetics, eye-care solutions, wound and surgery care products.

Why is it harmful?

PHMB is reported to have carcinogenic properties that may affect the reproductive system (Oh my!).  The Scientific Committee on Safety reported PHMB is unsafe when used in a concentration higher than 0.3% in a product.  The European Union banned this ingredient labeling it as a Category 2 carcinogenic agent as far back as 2015.

If you are concerned about which product has this ingredient, the following is a list of popular products that still have the ingredient in its formulation:

The 36 products found on the shelves are listed below:

  • Sephora Express Cleansing wipes face, eyes, lips pro-vitamin B5
  • Vichy Pureté Thermale soothing eye make-up remover
  • Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1 one step cleansing micellar solution
  • La Roche-Posay Micellar Water sensitive skin
  • La Roche-Posay Physiological micellar solution sensitive eyes
  • La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof eye makeup remover sensitive eyes
  • La Roche-Posay Physiological eye-make up remover sensitive eyes
  • La Roche-Posay Solution Micellaire Physiologique sensitive skin
  • Garnier skin naturals Micellar Cleansing Water normal & sensitive skin
  • Garnier skin naturals New pure active micellar cleansing water
  • Garnier skin naturals Micellar cleansing wipes
  • L´Occitane en Provence Milk veil
  • L´Occitane en Provence  Gentle toner enriched with shea
  • L´Occitane en Provence Ultra rich shower cream
  • L´Occitane en Provence Amande milk concentrate
  • L´Occitane en Provence Delicious hands with almond milk
  • L´Occitane en Provence Dry skin foot cream 15% shea butter
  • L´Occitane en Provence L´Occtitan after-shave balm for men
  • L´Occitane en Provence Cade after-shave balm for men
  • L´Occitane en Provence Bavx after-shave balm for men
  • L´Oreal Paris Eye & lip extress make-up remover
  • L´Oreal Paris Micellar cleansing water
  • Garnier skin naturals Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Garnier skin naturals Eye make-up remover 2in1
  • Embryolisse Lotion Micellaire*
  • Panduro Hobby Junior Face paint crayons*
  • HH Simonsen  Gray / Mud*
  • Plaisir Cleansing facial wipes – all skin types*
  • Dennis Knudsen Skin complex facial cleansing wipes – all skin types*
  • Satessa Fugtige plejeservietter aloe vera*
  • Satessa Fugtige plejeservietter sensitiv*
  • Biocura Fugtgivende renseservietter – til ansigt og øjne – med aloe vera ekstrakt*
  • Biocura Fugtgivende renseservietter – til ansigt og øjne – med provitamin B5*
  • Tromborg Anti cellulite serum*
  • Helosan Original*
  • Helosan Fodsalve*

*The manufacturers of these products have informed The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals that either they no longer using PHMB, that there is a mistake on the label, or they have withdrawn the product from stores.

To read more on this topic, click on the following articles:

Hayes, M. (2017). Bustle, “What is PHMB & Is It Bad?  Why this skin care ingredient isn’t banned in the USA”. Retrieved August 2, 2017, from https://www.bustle.com/p/what-is-phmb-is-it-bad-why-this-skin-care-ingredient-isnt-banned-in-the-usa-70037

Sondergaard, A. (2016). Forgrugerradt Taenk Kemi, “Banned and potentially cancer-causing substance still found in personal care products”. Retrieved August 2, 2017, from http://kemi.taenk.dk/bliv-groennere/banned-and-potentially-cancer-causing-substance-still-found-personal-care-products

Cancer and Hair Removal


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cancer-baldnessFor many, hair removal plays a significant role in their beauty regime.  During cancer treatment or recovery, however, hair removal presents many challenges.  The immune system and skin are severely impacted which leaves the skin in a fragile state.  Many techniques used in hair removal is performed with friction or heat which can cause trauma or tear the skin which can lead to infections.  It is important for a skin care therapist to be informed of any cancer-related treatments before considering hair removal (before, during and after).

Speak with your oncologist before surgery regarding safe methods of hair removal, especially if surgery will be in an area covered with hair.  Waxing may cause irritation, rashes or sores on the skin.

During Chemotherapy

  • Depending on the type and amount of chemotherapy received, not everyone will lose hair. There may be thinning or even partial hair loss.
  • Hair removal treatments are not recommended due to the possibility of upsetting an already compromised immune system.
  • Waxing may be painful at this time. Skin tissue can become dry, thin, bruise, tear easily, and cause inflammation.  Waxing may also disturb melanin production which can lead to hyperpigmentation or loss of pigment.
  • Shaving is a great concern because it can cause irritation or nick the skin. Shaving can also lead to folliculitis (infection of the hair follicle).  During chemotherapy, a client may not be receptive to certain fragrances in shaving cream and this, too, may cause irritation.  Depilatories should not be used.
  • Tweezing is relatively safe but remember to use a sterile instrument and do not break the skin.

During Radiation

  • Hair loss does not usually occur or if it does, it may be localized. The hair loss can be temporary or permanent depending on the amount of radiation received and the number of sessions.  When hair regrows, it may be thinner and of a different texture.
  • Some individuals may develop fibrosis (excess fibrous connective tissue) which may enable hair to grow resulting in the death of the hair follicle.
  • Waxing is ill-advised. A person may experience neuropathic pain and their threshold to pain may be intensified making waxing extremely painful.  Nerve endings on some individuals are more sensitive while others experience a loss of sensation.
  • Shaving may be done using an electric razor in the area of localized hair growth. Depilatories may be used as long as it does not irritate the skin.


Currin, M. (2017, February). Skin Inc., “Removing hair during cancer care”, pp. 44-49.

Looking to erase a tat?


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As popular as tattoos have become, there are many who want to have them removed.  According to a study by IBISWorld, tattoo removal is expected to reach $83.2 million by 2018.  So what are your options?  Here are three ways to remove tattoos which are performed in a medical facility or medi spa.


This procedure is performed with a rapidly rotating wire brush device.  This is an outpatient procedure and a local anesthetic may be applied before the procedure.  A person may experience the following after the procedure:

  • Redness, swelling or bleeding
  • Hyper or hypopigmentation or blotchiness
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Individuals who are prone to keloids or hypertrophic scarring are not good candidates for this procedure.


A high-intensity laser is used to remove tattoos.  This is a low-risk option with minimal side effects.  The laser breaks up the pigment in the tattoo and different lasers or settings may be needed to remove different colors.  The biggest downfall is that it may take several sessions to see results.  Side effects may include:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Infection
  • Removal may be incomplete
  • Scarring may appear after tattoo is removed (3-6 months)

Surgical Excision

Surgical excision is the most invasive, most costly of all of the procedures and is not covered by insurance.  It is great for removal of small tattoos.  A scalpel is used to remove the tattoo and closes the wound with stitches.  Side effects may include:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Infection
  • Removal of ink may not be complete
  • Scarring
  • Individuals who are prone to keloids or hypertrophic scarring are not good candidates

What you need to know before considering tattoo removal

  • Newer inks may be difficult to remove completely
  • Homemade tattoos may be more difficult to remove
  • Deeper blue and black ink presents the most challenge to remove
  • Newer tattoos are more difficult to remove than older ones (which have faded over time)
  • Some tattoos may not be removed completely
  • Skin discoloration and scarring may be a possibility

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Skin, Inc. (2016, February). “Erasing Ink: Options for your Tattooed Clients, retrieved March 6, 2017, from http://www.skininc.com/treatments/medicalesthetics/Erasing-Ink-options-for-your-tattooed-clients-368869711.html?utm_source=newsletter-html&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SI+E-Newsletter+02-16-2017&absrc=hdl


Is Coolsculpting and option for you?


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Coolsculpting is the treatment du jour today for those who do not want to go under the knife for a tummy tuck or liposuction.  What is Coolsculpting?  This is a treatment which uses intense cold to break down fat cells and allows your body to process and discard them.

The treatment is performed using a hand-held device to target specific areas of the body.  A person may see results in 6-12 weeks and may take one session with no downtown.  Depending on the area and the amount of fat to be dissolved, multiple sessions may be required.  Treated fat cells are frozen and then they die.  Once the fat cells die, they are gone for good.  Untreated areas will not change in fat cell distribution.  How cool is that?  A great way to lose fat without dieting or exercise!

What can you expect?

Every person’s body is different and a treatment plan is customized for your individual goals.  You can discuss with your physician the areas you want to target and they can recommend different plans that may cover more than one area.

Will you lose weight as a result of Coolsculpting?  With dieting you retain the number of fat cell, however, they are smaller.  When weight is gained, fat cells get bigger.  With Coolsculpting you can reduce an area 20-25% and the fat cells are gone for good.  Once you have the procedure fat cells in the targeted area collapse and other cells consume the dead fat cells and eliminated from the body by natural means.

What the cost?

Some individuals have reported costs can start at $1,600 an area.  Again, speak with your physician regarding package deals and payment options.

To read more on this topic, click on the following links:

Charlotte’s Book. (2017). “A Painless, Laser-Based Fat Zapper – This is How SculpScure Really Works”, retrieved March 6, 2017, from https://www.charlottesbook.com/011017-sculpsure-body-contouring/

Coolsculpting. (2017). “Fat Reduction vs. Weight Loss”, Retrieved, March 6, 2017, from http://www.coolsculpting.com/what-is-coolsculpting/fat-reduction-vs-weight-loss/


Don’t have freckles? Try tattooing them on!


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frecklesThere was a time when women with freckles would give anything not to have them.  Now the latest trend is to have freckles tattooed on the face.

Rainbow, a cosmetic tattoo artist in Montreal, is seeing a spike in business by women wanting freckles tattooed on the face.  Who knew freckles would make a comeback!

She uses a semi-permanent ink in her sessions which can take about an hour to apply.  Even though she uses semi-permanent ink, the freckles can last up to three years.  After immediate application, the freckling may appear swollen and look similar to a bee sting which subsides after a few hours.  The color may seem intense at the beginning but will soften after a couple of months to look more natural.  Like with any tattoo, it will fade over time and can be touched-up at the desire of the client.

The price of a treatment can start at $250, depending on the tattoo artist and the amount of time spent on the application.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Ritter, L. (2017). New Beauty, “Women are tattooing this all over their faces in the name of beauty”. Retrieved February 24, 2017, from https://www.newbeauty.com/blog/dailybeauty/10555-freckles-tattoos-permanent-makeup/