Avoiding Sunburn and Keeping Your Skin Fresh

What kind of summer would it be if we weren’t here to tell you how to keep your skin fresh, youthful, and free of sunburns? Everyone knows to wear sunblock during prolonged sun exposure, but we’ll detail how to determine the exact sunscreen you should wear. We’ll also teach you how to look more tan without exposing yourself to any sort of harmful rays.

Which sunscreen is best for you

Generally, you’ll want your sunscreen to be at least SPF 30. For any sort of outdoor activity that involves sweating or water exposure, a water-resistant sunblock will suit you best. However, many waterproof sunblocks feel the greasiest and heaviest; if this is your main concern with sunblock, search for a non-greasy, oil-free sunblock or one containing micronized zinc.

How much sunscreen to apply

Even if you buy the strongest sunscreen around, using too little of it will render it ineffective. Your face alone will need enough sunblock to cover a quarter, and the rest of your body will require enough sunblock to fill a golf ball. Applying sunblock 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplying it every two hours will ensure your skin absorbs tons of replenishing vitamin D without taking in harmful UV rays.

 

How to tan without any sun

A self-tan can be achieved with a granule-containing scrub. Make sure your scrub contains no oil, as oil will form streaks that uneven the tan. An important note is to not forget your ears: rub in your scrub here and blend it with your neck and hairline for a natural look that won’t give away your secret method.

A deep sunburn can leave permanent scarring that, in some cases, The Whitney Center may be able to camouflage. If enough time has passed that your scar is now white, we can work to blend it in with the rest of your skin. Contact us today to learn what our decade-plus of experience can do for you.

Tattoo Your Scars Away with Permanent Cosmetics

Did you know that the same technology behind permanent makeup can also hide your scars? Permanent cosmetics can camouflage hypopigmented (lacking color) scars, regardless of how you got them. Burns, surgery, or otherwise, if it’s a hypopigmented scar, it can be blended in.

General tips

The majority, if not all, of scars that can be camouflaged are white. Rarely, a scar on mottled or unevenly colored skin can be camouflaged, although vitiligo is never treatable with this technique. It’s best to consult a permanent cosmetics professional about whether your scar can be worked on before scheduling an appointment or putting down any money.

How it works

Camouflaging a scar is like any other permanent cosmetic technique. Pigment customized to match your skin tone is inserted painlessly deep enough into the skin that it remains forever. One difference with scar camouflage is that the tattoos will often appear red for the first week or two, but they will absolutely fade into your natural skin color after this period.

Paramedical applications

Scar camouflage is often involved in breast augmentation following a mastectomy. In addition to nipple/areola restoration via permanent cosmetics, camouflaging the scars left over from the procedure can restore a natural, beautiful breast. Surgeons often refer their patients to permanent cosmetic technicians for this paramedical work.

The Whitney Center has led the field of scar camouflage via permanent cosmetics for nearly two decades. We have worked with burns and surgical scars to immense customer satisfaction. Contact us today to find out whether we can blend in your scars.

PATIENTS EXPRESS LONG-TERM SATISFACTION WITH NIPPLE-AREOLA TATTOOING

In good news for breast cancer survivors, treatment a new survey of women who underwent paramedical tattooing to create nipple-areolas as part of breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy found a high rate of long-term patient satisfaction. Published in theAnnals of Plastic Surgery, the report demonstrates acceptance by both the medical community and breast cancer patients of nipple-areola tattooing as a viable alternative to additional surgery in breast reconstruction.

Six years following paramedical tattooing, fully 84% of the women surveyed continued to rate their nipple-areola tattoo as satisfactorily pleasing in appearance; and 86% of patients agreed they would again choose a nipple-areola tattoo over other possible breast reconstruction options. Two to six years post surgery, more than half of the women (57%) surveyed reported that their nipple-areola tattoo still looked like a normal areola. Fewer than 3% reported problems with rash or infection post-procedure.

While 60% of tattoos in the study were marginally lighter in coloration than the natural areola, only 10% required any touching up to correct for excessive fading. The Whitney Center has developed a procedure that minimizes potential fading of nipple-areola tattoos. By implanting a second layer of pigments six weeks after the initial implantation of permanent cosmetics, we are able to increase color retention and tattoo longevity. We have received no complaints about premature fading from her nipple-areola patients. In fact, our clients have been amazed by the realism and illusion of nipple protrusion achieved by our unique artistry and expert tattooing technique.

PARAMEDICAL TATTOOING OFTEN COVERED BY INSURANCE

Many people who could benefit from paramedical tattooing, salve do not realize that, help in many cases, it is covered under their medical insurance plan. Paramedical tattooing is often performed to complete breast restoration after mastectomy or hide scar damage from accidents or surgery. In 1998 Congress passed the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act that forced traditional health insurance companies to cover reconstructive surgery and related services associated with breast cancer reconstruction when those services are recommended by the patient’s attending physician. Elected medical ancillary services, including paramedical tattooing to complete breast restoration after mastectomy, provided by qualified providers, such as the nationally-recognized Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics, are covered by most insurance plans.

Patients with out-of-network insurance benefits that allow them to choose practitioners who are not listed network providers will find that, in most cases, out-of-network services are paid at the same percentage rate as in-network services. This gives breast cancer survivors the freedom to select a paramedical tattoo professional based not on cost but on the quality of the services provided. Too often recovering breast cancer patients are unaware of their legal rights and believe their only option is to return to the hospital to have the final step in the reconstruction of their breast performed by a physician or nurse without the practiced experience and artistic eye of a paramedical tattoo artist like the ones you’ll find here at The Whitney Center. We have the technique, skill and artistry to create a three-dimensional nipple/areola complex that looks completely natural.

Makeup to Make You Look Younger

Of course, makeup exists to make your face look as beautiful as possible. Another way to look beautiful is to appear young. But what if, in your attempts to look beautiful, you could make yourself look significantly younger? Well, you can, and here’s how.

Use liquid where possible

The first step in any makeup routine is to apply moisturizer, as you likely well know. Keep things moist by using liquid concealer, opting for a damp sponge when applying foundation, avoiding tinted face powder, and choosing products that don’t require a brush to apply as frequently as possible. Since liquid sinks into your skin more easily than solids and powders do, it brings out the skin’s naturally bright and vivid shades better than solids.

Make your cheekbones stand out

If you’re using a blush, you can apply it along the peaks of your cheekbones for a refreshingly young look. Find a highlighter that matches your skin and apply a small amount to your cheekbones, but not your brow bones. You’ll be amazed how strongly cheekbones hold the key to a youthful face.

Take care of your eyes

Aside from cheekbones, eyes are the real center of youth. A light brow pencil combined with a brown eyeliner and eye shadow base does wonders in this regard. To top it off, explore the much overlooked technique of lash curling and emphasize them with a lengthening mascara. When you look in the mirror after all this, you might just forget your age.

The Whitney Center offers permanent solutions to youthful eyes. Contact us today to learn why we’ve spent nearly 20 years dominating the world of permanent eyebrows and eyeliner.

The Big New Thing: “Non-touring”

“Non-touring” is a clever pun, one that’s also entirely on point. This big new thing in the makeup world has risen in response to the overly contoured, too-perfect faces seen all around. Despite the prominence of, and high regard for, contouring, non-touring is really catching on right now.

What is it?

Non-touring begins with simply not contouring your face, as you might be tempted to. It’s a very minimal technique that doesn’t require or result in many changes to your natural face. Really, it’s bringing out the best in what’s already there.

How do I do it?

Forget the excessive foundation, blush, and bronzer you’re used to. Find primer, tinted moisturizer, and your favorite highlighter to get started. Let the primer sink into your skin before rubbing in the tinted moisturizer, and then highlight your cheekbones, nose, and brow bones.

The Whitney Center has long-lasting solutions that offer the glowing beauty of non-touring. We have nearly two decades of leadership in procedures for permanent eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips. Contact us today to find out how we can make your makeup pop so strongly you won’t even need to non-tour.

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