5 Questions to Ask About Your Potential Injector

 

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

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The world of injecting is huge! There are so many products, options, and injectors! But this means you have to be careful when making choices about who's going to be injecting for you. The human face is a fragile and delicate form that should be worked on by someone who appreciates it. An injector should also be knowledgable, experienced, and professional. Here are 5 questions that you should ask before you give someone permission to inject on your face!

1. Are they certified? 

Be sure you're seeing someone who's board certified. If you can find a physician or a surgeon, someone who has their credentials, you're more likely to avoid risks! Board certifications say a lot about the credibility of your injector. 

2. How much do they inject? 

Make sure your injector is a high volume physician! Diamond providers and platinum providers, like myself, do high volumes of treatments! Repetition is the key to good outcomes. Verify with staff how high volume your injector is. 

3. Can they show you great results? 

Look to physicians who can give you examples of their work. Do they seem confident in their photos and videos? Do they love their subject matter? Your injector should also just give you great vibes! They should make the process fun and relaxed for their clients. 

4. What's the office status like? 

Just like the injector, office staff should also be knowledgeable and friendly. They are a reflection of the injector! Find an office where you feel comfortable and welcomed. 

5. Who is the one speaking to you and addressing your concerns? 

Be sure that you speak with the injector themselves. Many places have consultants who are sales people, not medical professionals. Your injector should take the time to sit down with you and explain your treatment from a medical standpoint. 

I hope my tips help you find an injector that you love! Thanks for reading. Check out what I'm sharing on Instagram, @beautybydrkay

 

The KD Skincare Product for your Star Sign

 

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

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It's 2018! Let's vow to branch out this year. Are you interested in trying a new skincare product for this trip around the sun? Are you unsure of what you should try? I've paired your star sign with the KD product that you should buy! Now that I have free shipping, it's the perfect time to try the products that you've always been interested in!

  • Capricon (Dec23-Jan20): Capricorns are practical and disciplined. That's why they should order a product that should be a major staple in every skincare routine, a great moisturizer. My Restorative Biotherapy Moisturizer has ceramides and stem cell growth factors to hydrate and replenish the skin! And lucky you - it's on special this month!
  • Aquarius (Jan21-Feb19): As an Aquarius, you are friendly, honest, and original. You should try one of my newest products - my Ultra Glow Peel Pads! These pads contain glycolic acid and are one of a kind, like you! Use them once or twice before you go to bed to wake up with fresh glowing skin. 
  • Pisces (Feb20-Mar20): Imagination and sensitivity are some highlights of the Pisces personality. Is your skin just as sensitive as you are? Try my Pure Hydration serum - with hyaluronic acid, this serum absorbs 1,000 times its weight in water. And the blue color will probably entice your imaginative mind!
  • Aries (Mar21-Apr20): Aries are adventurous and energetic! Use a product that has as much energy as you do - my Triple Shot Serum has caffeine and green tea extract to tighten pores and provide antioxidants that your skin will love.
  • Taurus (Apr21-May21): As a Taurus, you are patient and reliable. Find a product that's reliable just like you. My KD sunscreens are SPF 50+ and come in both tinted matte and clear options. A patient person like you should have no problem applying sunscreen every day! Protection from the sun is so important to prevent early aging of the skin, so act now to see results later. 
  • Gemini (May22-Jun21): Geminis are youthful and lively! Always the life of the party. Make sure that your skin looks just as youthful as you do by using my Tighten, Tone and Lift body lotion. This lotion helps improve the texture of the skin and reduce signs of aging such as sagging and wrinkles. 
  • Cancer (Jun22-Jul22): Those who are Capricorns are emotional and loving. Make sure that your lips look plump and full when you're kissing all your loved ones! My High Volume Lip Plumping Amplifier has plumping agents as well as hydrators and SPF 30 to protect. Best of all, it gives your lips a nice pink flush so they look perfectly kissable!
  • Leo (Jul23-Aug21): Leos are creative and enthusiastic! Those around you can see the energy radiating from you, so a product to protect the youthfulness of your eyes should be a priority in your skincare routine. My Revital-Eyes regenerative cream contains retinol to help build collagen back for eyes that are starting to look a bit hollow, as well as arnica to reduce puffiness if you've stayed up all night working on your creative projects!
  • Virgo (Aug22-Sep23): Meticulous and reliable. Does that sound like you, Virgos? If so, you probably have no problem sticking to a routine and using products every day. That's why you should try my Brighten and Tighten Vitamin C serum - using it twice every day will show the best results, which are a bright complexion and glowing skin!
  • Libra (Sep24-Oct23): Libras are super sociable and easygoing - which means you should try a product that's as chill and refreshing as you are. My Glycolic Wash is strong enough to cleanse the skin daily, but gentle enough to use on any skin type. Using it in the morning will wake you up so you can start your day, and using it before bed will cleanse you so you can sleep soundly with a fresh face. 
  • Scorpio (Oct24-Nov22): Those lucky enough to be Scorpios are powerful and determined. Take charge of your skin just like you take charge in other aspects of your life - try my Diamond Line Refine. This retinol product will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, firm your skin, tighten pores, and reduce signs of aging. Every woman over 30 should be using retinol!
  • Sagittarius (Nov23-Dec22): Being a Sagittarius means you're intellectual, honest, and optimistic. You probably wake up every day seeing it as a fresh start - so give your skin a refresher with my Perfecting Polish. Use weekly to exfoliate dead skin and stimulate growth of new cells. It also gently cleanses and smells amazing! 

I hope you try my recommendations! Thank you for reading and I'm wishing you a happy and healthy 2018. 

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Update on my Journey with MERZ Faces of America

 

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

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I'm honored to have been chosen as one of the Westโ€™s top three injectors to be a distinguished panelist for Merzโ€™s #REALFaces of America Casting Call! RADIESSEยฎ and BELOTERO BALANCEยฎ are searching for a mix of 5 women and men age 40 or older to be featured in a Faces of America 2018 national advertising campaign. 5 finalists will receive a makeover with RADIESSE and BELOTERO BALANCE, and a trip for 2 to Los Angeles to participate in a professional photoshoot. Check out my Instagram, @BeautyByDrKay, to follow the #REALFaces journey!

I'm in the final stages of this competition. I've treated 3 patients with RADIESSEยฎ and BELOTERO BALANCEยฎ and am so excited to show off my results! Unfortunately I can't share any photos just yet, but I promise these 3 women look AMAZING! Stay tuned!

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5 Beauty Resolutions for the New Year

 

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

2017 has been a great year! I'm so excited to see what 2018 has in store for me, my loved ones, and all my followers! I've had people ask me what I think their beauty resolutions should be for the next year. So here are my top 5 tips to have a successful 2018!

1. Resolve to drink more water

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Being adequately hydrated leads to so many different health benefits. Inside, drinking water helps remove toxins as well as support your joints and other bodily tissues (source). On the outside, hydration helps reduce dry skin and prevent future wrinkles (source). The skin is an organ that needs to be quenched just like other parts of your body! 

2. Resolve to stick to your skin care regimen

The new year is a perfect time to start new habits. That might mean going to the gym more or starting a better diet. It's also the perfect time to begin a better skin care regimen - and stick to it! Using new beauty products for a short period of time will still show you some results, but your skin will really show a difference after a few months of using good skin products and following a strict routine. Vow to stick to your regimen this January!

3. Resolve to protect yourself from the sun

I've said this a thousand times, but I can't stress how important it is to protect your skin from UV rays! In addition to the obvious threat of skin cancer, the sun rays can cause other harm to your skin such as wrinkles and sun damage. Being outside is great - the sun can enhance your mood and it's important to get fresh air daily. But protect your skin with strong sunscreen such as my Ultimatte Sun Shield - SPF 50 with green tea and other vitamins to moisturize and enhance the skin. 

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4. Resolve to balance your budget

We're leaving financial stress in 2017. This new year should be a year of fiscal responsibility, so you can sleep soundly at night and not worry about your bills. However, don't become so frugal that it stresses you out! You shouldn't miss out on the things that make you really happy - whether that be botox from me, a monthly pedicure, or a fancy $8 latte every once in a while. This year, learn to balance your budget between saving and treating yourself. After all, you deserve to have your fun!

5. Resolve to improve one thing you don't like about yourself

I'm leaving this one open ended for you. Whether it's a physical feature or an emotional one, whether it's big or small, take one thing you want to change about yourself and tackle it head on in 2018. Whatever other goals you might have, remember to put your well-being first. Everyone has things that they want to improve, and even if it's a slow process, the only thing that matters is that you don't stop. Whether it's a noticeable difference or an invisible one, improving yourself will make you happy, which will make you even more beautiful!

I'm hoping that 2018 is an amazing year for us all! What are your resolutions? DM them to me on instagram! Thanks for reading!

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Reasons YOU Should Be Using Glycolic Acid

 

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

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Is glowing, fresh skin on your Christmas wishlist? If so, look no further! If you're seeking an easy way to revitalize your skin this holiday season and haven't tried glycolic acid products, you must!

Glycolic acid is naturally occurring substance derived from sugarcane and belongs to a class of chemical compounds called Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). AHAs work to dissolve the bonds that hold together upper skin cells to reveal newer, fresher-looking skin.

Here are some reasons YOU should be using glycolic acid in your beauty routine:

  • It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin
  • It accelerates the skin healing process
  • It repairs damage to skin cells
  • It penetrates the skin and removes the top layer of dead, dull skin
  • It rejuvenates, repairs, and rebuilds new skin
  • It exfoliates and cleanses pores
  • It leads to glowing, more youthful skin
  • It's safe for sensitive skin

Regardless of your age, race, or gender, glycolic acid has SO many benefits and should be a part of every person's skincare routine. My recommendation? My Ultra Glow Peel Pads - with 20% glycolic acid, they're a convenient treatment that can be done at your own home before you go to bed. Apply twice a week for fresh, glowing skin. The perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season!

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4 Answers to Your Questions About Serums

 

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

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You're probably tired of constantly buying new beauty products. Over and over, you try the newest "miracle" products with no results. What if I told you that I could tell you about a highly potent product, packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and you only needed a few drops for your whole face? 

Look no further, because serums are the answer to all of your beauty needs! Serums are becoming super popular in today's beauty world - for a good reason! They're awesome. However, if you're still new to serums, don't worry. I can answer all of your questions!

1. What are serums and who are they best suited for?

A serum is a light weight gel or lotion that contains high potency targeted ingredients, or those that have been curated for a specific purpose. Serums are good for anyone who wants a quick and easy product that has a variety of benefits. 

2. How do we choose the right serums? What ingredients do we need to look for and which to avoid?

Any serum you use should contain targeted ingredients. Choose serums that work on the skin care concerns that you want most to address, such as hydration or complexion perfecting. A great ingredient to look for is Vitamin C, like in my Tighten & Brighten Serum. Vitamin C is great for brightening complexions and giving the skin a glow. Another great product is Hyaluronic Acid, found in my Pure Hydration. Hyaluronic acid absorbs 1,000 times its weight in water and is perfect for hydrating skin!

3. How do we apply serums for best results?

Serums should be the first product you apply after cleansing your skin. Always apply skincare products from thinnest to thickest, ending with your heaviest moisturizer or sunscreen. Make sure you allow time for your serum to dry before applying other products on top. This allows for maximal absorption! 

4. Any tips/advice you can give for anyone looking to add serums into their skin care routine?

Serums are vital steps in your skin care regimen. They can work wonders for targeting specific issues you may have with your skin, or for general improvement. Make sure to spend the extra money for physician-strength products. They will provide much better results than store-brand products, because they have more active ingredients. Treat your skin right! It's worth it. 

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"How Do I Put This Stuff On?": 8 Rules for Layering Your Skincare

 

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

You've just washed your face and now you're staring at a shelf of skincare products. If this is your first time really getting into skincare, you might be confused about the "right way" to put all this stuff on. Let me walk you through the steps of layering your skincare products!
Please note - I highly suggest that you buy physician-strength skincare instead of products from CVS or Sephora. Store-bought brands only have 2% active ingredients. Products like mine have 20-30% active ingredients!

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1. Start Light: Serums, the thinnest and most active products, go on first. They deliver high-potency ingredients into the skin fast and efficiently. You want your most highly potent ingredients to absorb first! Use my KD Triple Shot Serum - with peptides and resveratrol for anti-aging & wrinkles, a green tea for redness and caffeine for tightening! Yes people! Caffeine is an instant facelifting pore tightener!

2. Add An Antioxidant - Add a layer of Vitamin C to brighten, protect against brown spots and sun damage, and promote collagen production. Vitamin C helps promote a more youthful appearance to help you shine!

3. Take a Minute - Don't just pile everything on, give a minute between products for maximum absorption and penetration. We donโ€™t want product to pill - so brush your teeth, apply your Latisse and wait a minute in between steps. 

4. Lock It In! Now you need to lock in those amazing ingredients with moisturizer - it seals in your serums and antioxidants, making them more efficient and long lasting. 

5. Sensitive skin: Reverse the steps - If you are super sensitive to everything, use a gentle moisturizer as your first base layer and then add serums. This thin layer reduces irritation and potency. 

6. Add an Oil for Real Glow! Oils make your skin look radiant in small doses. Put them on after creams for dryness. Oils penetrate moisturizers, but not vice versa. Try my Vitamin C - itโ€™s a delicious facial oil base that brightens! Skip the oil if youโ€™ve got more than 3 layers- it can get greasy.

7. Time for SPF! Donโ€™t forget sunblock! Sunscreen should be your last step, then makeup. It sits on top of your other products, otherwise it prevents other products from penetrating! My KD Ultimatte SPF 50 is the best - itโ€™s tinted, SPF 50, with antioxidants and vitamins. Pure mineral is the best to prevent brown spots - let the light bounce right off of you!

8. Add that Nighttime Step - Skin rejuvenates at night, so donโ€™t forget your Retin A, a pea sized amount mixed with a quarter size bit of moisturizer helps Retin A products to penetrate with less irritation. Retin A products are super important for cell turnover to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. I can't emphasize how important this is for your skin!

And that is how you layer your skin care regimen!  

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Anti-Aging at Every Age

 

My name is Dr. Kay and I'm a physician and facial plastic surgeon based in LA. I love helping people look and feel their best! Check out my instagram @BeautyByDrKay to see some of my work.

Skin Care Tips for Your 30's

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  • Speed up cell turnover: As we move into our 30's, our cell renewal rate tends to slow down. Exfoliating with ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Retinol (like my Diamond Line Refine) help remove dead skin cell layers which helps speed up skin renewal.
  • Show antioxidants some love: Antioxidants help repair and prevent damage to the skin. They also increase collagen production, promote healing and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidants like those found in my Triple Shot Serum repair the skin, remove sun damage, and help you glow.
  • Protect and strengthen the skin: Hopefully at this stage you are wearing sunscreen on a daily basis because unprotected sun exposure will cause wrinkles! You should also be reapplying as needed throughout the day. My Ultimatte Sun Shield provides SPF 50+ coverage and has a nice tint to even skin tone without making you feel greasy. 
  • Prevent future wrinkles: Although you might not be seeing wrinkles yet, a dose of baby botox can help you stop frowning so often. By not using these muscles, you will prevent wrinkles in the future!

Skin Care Tips for Your 40's

  • Combat hyper-pigmentation: Skin pigmentation problems like sunspots and uneven tone become increasingly common in our 40s. Products containing Hydroquinone, like my Brightening Pads, can help cut down on any darkness or blotchiness in the skin. Hydroquinone, Lactic, Kojic, and Azelaic acid aid in reducing pigmentation. Vitamin C also aids in decreasing hyper-pigmentation and is a great anti-inflammatory. It improves elasticity, helps build collagen, and provides extra protection against UV damage. Try my Vitamin C serum, which tightens and brightens.
  • Reconsider your skin type: Teens are not the only ones with acne! Oil production tends to slow down as we go through a number of hormonal changes in our 40's. It's important to note that breakouts may occur during this time of life due to changes in hormones. Keeping products with Salicylic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Retinol on hand are recommended. Dry skin also becomes more common during this stage of life, even if you formerly were someone with oily skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a water binder, it holds and maintains up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Products containing Hyaluronic Acid, like my Pure Hydrate, are great hydrators without being heavy. 
  • Treat texture: Using Retinol to help speed up that cell turnover rate is key. Retinol is an anti-aging ingredient derived from Vitamin A which encourages a younger and radiant complexion by assisting with cell turnover, cell regeneration and growing new collagen. 
  • Take care of your eyes: This is an extremely important time to take care of your eyes. Your windows to the soul are a very delicate part of your body and you may notice fine lines and wrinkles beginning to form in this area. Help treat this part of your body with eye creams containing hyaluronic acid, stem cell growth factors or even Botox. My enriched Revital-Eyes cream hydrates and stimulates collagen growth. Botox can help erase crow's feet and wrinkles!
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  • Smooth away the wrinkles: Natural collagen is what gives skin a smooth, supple, youthful appearance. As you age, natural collagen breaks down, resulting in wrinkles and loss of facial volume. The best way to refresh your appearance is by replenishing the volume your skin has lost. This diminishes wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful look. Juvederm or Radiesse fillers are ideal choices to help with this. In addition to providing immediate volume correction, they also stimulate production of your own natural collagen. The results are immediate and last a year in many patients.

Skin Care Tips for Your 50's

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  • Don't forget the neck: The neck is an area we often forget to treat, but is a vital part of keeping skin looking fresh and youthful. There are less sebaceous glands in the neck and thus less oil production in this area which leads to dehydrated skin. Don't let neck wrinkles creep up on you! Use products that help to treat, firm and hydrate the neck area such as my Lift it Up Cream.
  • Get more advanced: It's time to bring out the big guns. Get the ultimate in anti-aging with SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum. This is formulated from naturally occurring stem cell growth factors, antioxidants, soluble collagen, cytokines and matrix proteins clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish the appearance of age spots and dyspigmentation as well as improve skin texture, tone and elasticity. TNS Essential Serum is an un unprecedented combination of the renowned stem cell growth factor formula TNS Recovery complex in one chamber and a potent mixture of antioxidants, peptides and other innovative anti-aging ingredients in the other. It promotes the skin's natural regeneration process.

Skin Care Tips for Your 60's

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  • Get better beauty sleep: Getting enough rest is an important part of the skin's health and vitality. Sleep not only helps rejuvenate both the body and the spirit but also helps prevent puffiness and dark under eye circles and regulates metabolism. Make sure that you are getting at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night and your body will thank you.
  • Tighten up and get rich: The breakdown of collagen and elastin is more prominent at this age. Focus on rich, emollient moisturizers with extra anti-aging and tightening additives to help repair skin. Use products with Retinol which is found to promote collagen re-growth. Focus on collagen stimulation with Sculptra Aesthetic, a facial injectable that replaces collagen lost during the aging process. Sculptra is the only volumizer scientifically designated to stimulate natural collagen growth and lasts more than 2 years. Sculptra replenishes lost volume by stimulating growth of your own natural collagen to treat the underlying causes of facial aging.

For more suggested anti-aging products, check out my Anti-Aging section in my web store. 

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Top 5 fall face-fixers

 
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My name is Dr. Kay and I'm a physician and facial plastic surgeon based in LA. I love helping people look and feel their best! Check out my instagram @BeautyByDrKay to see some of my work.

Fall is an interesting time for beauty. Yes, we all love the changing leaves, hot chocolate, and cuddle weather, but it's an easy time for our beauty regimen to fall behind. Most of us are bundling up and hiding our faces under scarves and beanies, so sometimes we forget to take care of our skin. In my opinion, however, this is the PERFECT time to show our skin some love and make sure it looks perfect in time for the holidays! Here are my top 5 favorite face fixers to help you FALL back in love with your skin during this time of year. 

1. Chemical Peels

2. Vitamin C and Antioxidants

3. Brightening Pads

4. Body lotion

5. Pure Hydrate and moisturizing products

Keep reading to find out how I use these products!

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Sun Damage: We all had so much fun playing in the sun this summer. Beach trips and hiking adventures are always a great time, but we aren't perfect humans, and I'm sure we all had at least one instance where we forgot to put on sunscreen. Now that you're back indoors, you might be seeing some effects from that on your skin when you're looking in the mirror. Dark spots and sun damage can make us feel self conscious, but don't worry, there's definitely hope!

Peels are a great way to remove a few layers of skin and help lift some sun damage on the top layers of your epidermis. The skin underneath will look fresh, and you should take great care of it! Vitamin C and Antioxidants are great for lightening dark spots on your skin and helping brighten overall. If you're having trouble with a really tough dark spot, my Brightening Pads contain hydroquinone, which is a strong lightening agent and can help equalize your skin tone. 

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Moisture: No matter where you live, your weather is probably starting to get cold! Even in beautiful southern California, my staff and I are feeling chilly in our office. You might be tempted to take a warm bath at the end of a long day outside in the cold, but did you know that you might have been taking a bath wrong all your life? If you soak for hours, you're doing more harm for your body than good. Research has shown that the perfect amount of time to spend in the bath shouldn't exceed 12-15 minutes. After that, your body starts losing important oils that keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. And after you take a bath, you should always use a great body lotion to moisturize!

Cold weather may be drying your face out as well. It's super important to moisturize your skin in the morning after washing your face, to make sure that it's protected before heading outside and being exposed to the elements. After washing your face in the morning, use a serum like my Pure Hydrate, which absorbs moisture and quenches dehydrated skin all day. If you're feeling especially dry, you can lock in extra moisture by using a moisturizer like my Restorative Biotherapy Daily Moisturizer. And although the sun isn't shining as brightly anymore, I still recommend using a great sunscreen every day! My Ultimatte Tinted Sunscreen moisturizes with green tea as well as providing SPF 50+ protection and has a nice tint to help cover up blemishes. 

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A few small changes to your daily routine will go a long way as we head into fall. Treat your sun damage and incorporate more moisture into your regimen and you will be glowing just in time for the holidays. You'll feel great, and your family will be wondering what your secrets are! 

If you want to come see me, call my office at (626)316-7033 for a free consultation! In the meantime, check out what I'm sharing on my instagram, @beautybydrkay

 

How to Refresh Your Face After a Night of No Sleep

 

My name is Dr. Kay and I'm a physician and facial plastic surgeon based in LA. I love helping people look and feel their best! Check out my instagram @BeautyByDrKay to see some of my work.

Thank you Medelita for sponsoring this blog post and for providing me with my favorite scrubs and white coats!

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We've all had those unfortunate nights with no sleep. Maybe it was the night before a big exam and you had to stay up to make sure you really got all the concepts down. Maybe you're in the medical field, like me, and you stayed up until dawn working a shift at the hospital. Whatever the reason may be, all-nighters are terrible. And not only do you feel exhausted the next day, you're constantly reminded that you look exhausted too with all the "You look so tired!" comments (as if you didn't already know that). 

So how can we make it a little more bearable? Giving your face a quick refresher the morning after an all-nighter can help you look better, feel better, and give you that little burst of confidence that you need to face the long day ahead of you. Whether you want to put on a nice outfit and a whole face of makeup to try to hide your tired eyes or just throw on a pair of leggings and rock the "I look exhausted and I know it" look, you should still treat your face right after a night of no sleep. After all, you've been through enough already. 

The first thing you should do to help your face recover is wash it. This may sound obvious, but sometimes after a long night we feel like we don't have the energy to treat our face to this privilege. Washing your face may feel like a huge challenge, but after you do it, you will feel ten times better. If you're up for it, you should even scrub your face with an exfoliator. I use my Perfecting Polish to help scrub off dead skin cells and stimulate skin renewal. After you scrub, make sure to get some moisture back into your skin with a moisturizer or a hydrating serum like my Pure Hydrate, because staying up all night can dry your skin out. 

If you didn't have under eye bags before, you definitely do after staying up all night. A family secret that I've shared with my daughters to help hide bags is to put 2 metal spoons in the freezer and hold them under your eyes after they're nice and cold. This can help with swelling! Additionally, a nice eye cream like my Revital-Eyes Eye Cream will help with puffiness. Continuous use can help lighten dark under eye circles as well. 

Lastly, a layer of concealer will help balance your skin tone and refresh your face. A great product to use under concealer (or even as a replacement to concealer) is my tinted Ultimatte Sun Shield. It has green tea extracts to help moisturize your skin, as well as SPF 50+ to protect from harsh sun rays. And it has a skin-perfecting tint to hide redness! Losing sleep can make you look paler the next day, so a touch of makeup or my tinted sunscreen will help bring some life back to your face. But if you decide to skip this step altogether, I respect your decision!

Hopefully my few pieces of advice will give you the power to get through your day after staying up all night! Make sure you catch up on your sleep when you finally get the chance. In the meantime, grab an iced latte, put on a smile and remember you can accomplish anything with a positive attitude - even with if you've been up all night. 

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Thank you again to Medelita for sponsoring this post!