Ready to start turning back the clock on your facial appearance and using less makeup? Or enhancing your lips or cheeks for a bit of a boost? For many women they don’t feel fully dressed until their makeup is complete. When having cosmetic injectable treatments to enhance your natural beauty, it’s important to know how to manage makeup around these non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Here are a few ideas around the use of makeup to help you get the best results from your treatment.
Arrive Makeup Free
The first part of your consultation appointment always start with a detailed facial assessment and skin analysis. Therefore, it is important to have clean skin prior to your cosmetic injectables treatment. For proper analysis we need to see what your skin really looks like!
Arriving without makeup will make your skin easier to analyze and provide a blank canvas to create your facial aesthetic treatment plan. If you are unable to arrive with a clean face, not to worry we will give you a facial cleanser to prep your skin.
Avoid Wearing Makeup For 12 hours After Your Injectable Treatment
Yes, we know some people want to inject and continue the party! You want to minimize your risk of infection and let your skin heal completely. Therefore we recommend 12 to 24 hours of NO makeup or pool time after injectables. Give your skin a breather and rock the natural YOU!
Apply Light Makeup the Next Day- Preferably Mineral Makeup
Makeup can be useful for concealing your spots and evening tone, but makeup can also suffocate your skin and cause acne, depending on its ingredients. Aim to target just your problems areas. It’s best to use a mineral makeup that blends with your natural skin tone.
We recommend using mineral based products, Revision Intellishade TruPhysical, Skinbetter sunbetter mineral compact, or ISDIN mineral makeup brush. Ideally, treat yourself to some fresh, clean new makeup and be sure to clean your brushes to avoid any chance of bacterial cross-contamination after your injectables treatment.
New Facial Contours Can Change How You Apply Makeup
After your injectable treatment, you can enjoy your new facial contours by highlighting your higher cheeks, outlining more voluptuous lips or use shadowing to emphasize wider eyes. The best thing about getting injectables is that they enhance the natural contours of your face.
Creating high points and using light and shadows to our advantage while injecting, gives the face new balanced proportions and symmetry. This brings the face into harmony like a classical symphony. Injections can bring out your best features, reduce your wrinkles and even improve your skin tone by hydration.
The expert use of makeup such as highlighting, contouring, shading and blending, can really compliment your injection results. You’ll be red carpet ready in no time!
Think About Going Au Naturale – No Makeup
Natural skin if at its best, requires very little to no makeup. Enhancing your natural features with injections corrects many skin issues which cause us to apply makeup for coverage in the first place.
Over time as you continue with your injectable treatment and anti-aging skincare plan, going make up free with confidence may soon become your reality! By improving the skin architecture you can reduce the need for makeup and let the natural, beautiful you shine through!
Always remember that having cosmetic injectables such as anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers is a medical procedure. Sterile injecting conditions, techniques and protocols must be followed for optimum results.
The use of high quality products and the competence of your injector are absolutely critical to a safe and successful outcome. Precautions are a must in order to reduce any potential risk of infections, skin reactions, potential bruising or damage to tissues.
The face of cosmetic procedures is changing from starting later in life to focusing on prevention and starting early. Noninvasive procedures add alternative options to the aesthetics toolbox before jumping into plastic surgery.
Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures are well over 16 million performed annually. The overwhelming success of Botox in treating wrinkles is well-known, but using fillers in conjunction with Botox for facial rejuvenation is a powerhouse combo for anti-aging.
Perhaps the biggest reason behind the explosion of nonsurgical procedures is the way they allow you to create an anti-aging regimen that works proactively. There’s no longer a need to wait until you’ve aged to justify the expense and recovery time necessary with many plastic surgery procedures. The role of dermal fillers is to replace lost volume and they offer a range of preventive care that can help you maintain smooth, glowing skin.
As you age your skin loses moisture, volume, and elasticity. The middle layers of the skin hold collagen and elastin, substances that help us to look youthful. Collagen supports hydration and volume, while elastin contributes to your skin’s ability to bounce back.
The Role of Dermal Fillers
As you lose collagen and elastin, another skin component called hyaluronic acid will also decrease as you age. Its function is to attract and store moisture for your skin. The most common active ingredient in fillers is hyaluronic acid. It’s a substance that’s naturally present in your body , it gives your skin’s moisture a boost, and helps replace volume from collagen loss and skin laxity.
There are a range of dermal filler products, and they can provide a palette of options to treat the signs of aging you may be noticing. Fillers can plump sagging skin, fill in wrinkles, give definition and support to underlying anatomical structures where the aging process has started.
Some dermal fillers not only provide volume, they can also trigger a regenerative collagen response in your body. While microdermabrasion, lasers, micro-needling and chemical peels can stimulate new collagen growth, these treatments can have downtime, where fillers are instant results and you can return to your normal activities immediately. Dermal fillers truly are a lunchtime anti-aging service!
Thoroughly Cleanse, Day & Night
Leaving makeup on your skin, or oil and dirt which builds up during the day, doesn’t allow your skin to breathe at night and can ruin a clear complexion. If you have a day when you wear heavier make up or feel extra oily, double cleansing is a great way to ensure your skin is thoroughly clean. Cleansing removes all makeup, loosens impurities and circulates blood flow.
The Gold Standard is Retinol
Retinol is the gold standard of any anti-aging regimen for youthful looking skin and to stimulate collagen production. You should use retinol at least twice a week, up to every other night if your skin can tolerate it. It decreases fine lines and wrinkles, boosts collagen production, decrease hyper-pigmentation, improves texture and tone and helps give the skin a youthful glow.
Use Vitamin C Daily
A staple in every great skin-care regimen is Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from damaging free radicals due to UV exposure, which can lead to premature skin aging and hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C in your anti-aging regimen is a non-negotiable and those with flawless skin never skip it! The best type of Vitamin C to add in your regimen is a serum, they tend to be the most potent form.
Skin will become more plump and youthful if it is properly hydrated. Moisturizing in the morning and night is an important step in any skincare regime. A lighter moisturizer is great for the day time and if your skin is on the dry side, a heavier moisturizer can be applied at night time. Skin repairs itself while we sleep, so let it happen as naturally as possible. If you’re more oily keep your moisturizer light to prevent breakouts.
Never Skip Sunscreen
The sun is the number one cause of advanced skin aging. Every morning sunscreen should be applied. The beauty is many anti-aging moisturizers or makeup include SPF nowadays, making it a simple step to keep our skin protected from the UV rays. No point in spending all the money on skincare and not protecting your investment. Your skin will thank you!
Eat for Glowing Skin
Incorporating a healthy diet shows on your skin. Drinking water, eating a lean protein diet, fiber, and anti-inflammatory foods that are high in antioxidants, such as blueberries and green leafy vegetables will help to keep the skin clear and glowing.
It’s really important to hydrate by drinking plenty of water during the day and before bed for healthy, glowing skin. Our bodies are 70% water and the skin is over 60% water. We need to keep hydrated to survive, and it only makes sense that our skin needs water too! So drink up to stay hydrated in the sun and heat. You’ll be amazed by the skin improvements good old H2O can provide.
Water slows the aging process, flushes out impurities and toxins, fights oil and acne, and plumps skin cells, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Topically we can apply products that contain hyaluronic acid, which carries a 1,000 times its weight in water.
When applying products give yourself a quick facial massage. This increases blood flow, soothes nerve endings, helps to relax muscles, tones, contours and reduces puffiness. It’s also a great way to relax and take a few deep breaths!
Choosing the right injector with a knowledge of anatomy and an artistic eye is imperative to ensure that you stay safe while avoiding unnecessary pain and frustration. Selecting a provider is the most important decision you will make when it comes to your injectable treatments.
With the cosmetic injection market rapidly growing, it can be difficult to know which aesthetic medical office or provider to choose. Yet, picking the wrong one can be hazardous and lead to complications. With this in mind, here are 4 tips to help you select the right injector:
Personal recommendations are always a great source! If you have a friend or family member that’s been happy with their treatments and their cosmetic injector, whether a doctor or nurse , it’s reasonable to assume that you’ll also have a great outcome.
If you know people that regularly use a cosmetic injector, start the process by simply asking about their experience and gathering information. This can be a reliable way to find a quality injector.
Don’t Select an Injector Based on Price
If it seems too good to be true then it probably is! Neuromodulators, such as Botox, and dermal filler injections vary by price according to injector experience, skillset, location and training. If injectables are priced too low, then you risk compromising the quality of your injections and results. While you want to ensure that you’re being treated fairly, you don’t want to select an injector simply based on price.
Cheaper isn’t better! There is likely a reason for below market pricing – lower quality, less experience, inadequate training or knowledge of anatomy. Don’t price shop your face as there are very serious side effects and complications with fillers and neuromodulators that can happen. Make sure to have a “buyer beware” mindset and research the competitive market before selecting a provider.
With injections becoming less taboo everyday and social media becoming more popular, this can be a great tool and resource to choose an injector. An online portfolio of before and afters will show you the injectors work and you can see if their artistic eye and skillet matches your vision.
It’s important to be on the same page with your injector as results will vary from provider to provider. Injections and approach are not a one size fits all when it comes to aesthetics.
If you are seeing a provider for the first time, don’t be afraid to ask a few questions about their experience and training. These types of questions are necessary and should be part of the process when choosing your injector. After all, you are entrusting this person with your face.
To gain more information about their experience and knowledge, you may want to ask where they were trained, how many years they have been injecting, and how often they attend trainings and continuing education courses. Furthermore, asking for before and after pictures can add credibility and give you a visual into their aesthetic eye.
The bottom line is with the right provider, injectable treatments have very few complications and almost immediate, positive results. With the wrong provider, these treatments can be unsafe with negative results. Do your research! Finding a provider you can develop a long term injection relationship with is key.
Corina, RN, CANS is Board Certified and trained in several types of cosmetic procedures. She is a true artist creating natural looking results!