Lip Masks for a Plump, Hydrated Pout

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Lip masks are beneficial to smooth, soothe and plump delicate lip skin, which tends to dry out and is thinner and more sensitive to ingredients we may apply elsewhere on the face. This becomes more apparent in dry conditions like on plane rides, or even seasons like dry winter months when cold, windy weather can increase transepidermal water loss and thus, dehydration of the lips. Lip masks can be used throughout the day, but are most commonly used on long plane rides, in dry high altitudes, or nightly to seal in moisture overnight. When we sleep, our core body temperature actually rises causing an increase in transepidermal water loss, especially through mucosal surfaces like the lips, so a nightly lip mask is a great way to combat that dehydration. Everyone can benefit from a lip mask because even low-grade dryness can lead to chronic inflammation, which can irritate or cause the lips to have a crinkly, aged appearance.

Almost everyone uses lip balms, which are typically formulated a bit lighter for multiple applications throughout the day and can often be layered with lipsticks. A lip mask is more for when your lips feel particularly dry, or for nightly use as it is typically characterized by more occlusive ingredients, with actives that are more concentrated for specific benefits like exfoliating or anti-aging. Lip masks are generally a more intense version of regular lip balms and are meant to sit on the lips for hours without the messiness of eating or talking a lot.

Ingredients to look out for:

  • Look for deeply moisturizing ingredients such as sunflower oil, sesame oil, vitamin E, omega fatty acids, linoleum acids, and coconut oil to moisturize, soften, and soothe dry lips.
  • Occlusive ingredients like petrolatum and shea butter seal in moisture to help even deeper penetration of other ingredients.
  • Exfoliating ingredients like pumpkin extract and sugar molecules rid the dry dead cells so other ingredients can better penetrate the lip skin and the lips look smooth and plumped.
  • Hyaluronic acid and honey are humectants with slight anti-inflammatory activity to help hydrate and maintain moisture.
  • A good lip mask typically will have antioxidants to reverse the oxidative damage lips can encounter during the day from UV light, pollution, or smoke and help against premature aging.

Dr. Chiu’s Lip Mask Recommendations

1. Ilia Lip Wrap Treatment Mask: this product pretty much hits all the ingredient categories you look for in a lip mask. Exfoliating papaya enzymes are formulated elegantly with hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidants like Vitamin E, along with deep moisturizing skin occlusives like Shea Butter and other plant oils without feeling too sticky or heavy.
Price $26

2. Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask: One of the most lightweight masks on the market, this gel texture mask is great for sensitive lips as it is formulated without any fragrance. This mask contains primary ingredients like squalene which is a natural occlusive and a precursor to the skin’s naturally made fatty acids in the lip.  Peach extracts soften and heal the lips without any stickiness.
Price $28

3. Burt’s Bee’s Moisturizing Lip Mask: These single-use, ultra sanitary (think no re-dipping into a jar) lip masks are perfect for plane travel or your winter ski trip. Simple natural ingredients including sweet almond oil and sunflower seed oil deeply moisturize and penetrate the lip quickly.
Price $5.03 

The Complete Guide to Thread Lifts for the Face and Neck

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Living in a world obsessed with youth and attractiveness – especially in the current era of Instagram, FaceTime, and Zoom – you may find yourself wishing your face was a little more lifted and younger-looking each time you glance in the mirror. While there’s nothing wrong with experiencing the natural aging process or your inherited facial characteristics, you might also realize you want to do something about it. That’s why facial cosmetic treatments like our no-downtime, non-surgical absorbable thread lift using injectable threads are becoming increasingly popular.

What Is a Thread Lift?

Dr. Annie Chiu at The Derm Institute at North Redondo Beach, California, proudly offers a cosmetic procedure designed to lift and sculpt the shape of your face, neck or other areas of your body. Using temporary, medical-grade barbed suture material, thread lifts are a completely nonsurgical way to give the skin a lift without adding extra volume, lifting loose skin via sutures injected under the skin.  Common areas to use threadlifts address lower facial laxity, jowling, heaviness of the lower face and jawline area, and neck laxity.  But that’s not all — inserting threads triggers your body’s healing response and induces new collagen production. Results of the lift can be seen immediately, although continued collagen production makes for even more peak results around 1 month post treatment. New collagen stimulated by threads can help continue to tighten your sagging skin and restore youthful elasticity and lift.  

What Are Injectable Threads?

The injectable threads technology employed by Dr. Chiu are absorbable PDO flexible sutures that have molded tiny “barbs” or hooks (almost invisible to the human eye) that grabs onto the under surface of the skin to produce an instant lift in areas with laxity or to address loose skin or heavy skin on the lower face. Dr. Chiu delivers the treatment during a quick, zero-downtime 30 minute procedure.

Benefits of a Thread Lift

While you might be wondering about choosing a thread lift, it’s helpful to remember that injectable thread lifts provide an immediate improvement and a regenerative effect for progressive and natural results. Some of the typical outcomes include:

  • Instant lifted results
  • A boost to the body’s natural collagen production
  • Typically no downtime

Patients who can’t or are not ready to have a surgical facelift due to medical conditions may consider a thread lift as a safer alternative. Thread lifts are low risk, mainly due to how non-invasive they are. There is virtually no risk of bruising, bleeding, scarring, or other complications after having a thread lift.

While no procedure can halt the natural aging process, facelift surgery will usually produce longer-lasting results than a thread lift, typically up to a decade. In contrast, a thread lift will generally last about a year. However, because thread lift procedures are low-risk, patients can opt to have a fresh set of threads placed once the body absorbs the previous set.

What Are the Most Common Areas Treated With a Thread Face Lift?

Patients typically choose thread lifts for facial areas that sag or droop, looking lax over time. These areas include:

  • Jowls and jawline
  • Brow line and forehead
  • Droopy or heavy cheeks
  • Lax or crepey neck

Thread lifts can also present excellent results in other areas of the body, including the knees, buttocks, abdomen, and legs.

Who Is the Best Candidate for a Thread Face Lift?

Ideal candidates for a thread face lift are patients who are just starting to notice some collagen loss in the mid- or lower third of their faces, would like to boost their skin’s structure, and are:

  • In their late 30s to early 50s
  • Have moderately loose skin

Already have volume and do not want to lift with fillers

What Are the Risks and Side Effects From a Thread Face Lift?

A thread lift procedure is generally low-risk, but patients may experience side effects such as:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Slight discomfort at the injection site

There’s also a 15 to 20% chance of complications such as dimpling, but these are generally minor and easily correctable.

Ready to Schedule a Consultation?

To find out more about your thread face lift, call us at (310) 939-9800 or contact us online to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Annie Chiu.

Is Caviar the Secret Missing Ingredient from Your Skincare Routine? The Story Behind Restorasea Pro 10x Treatment Restorsea Pro 10x

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There are plenty of products that promise to make your skin better and the gold standard in wrinkle-fighting ingredients had been retinol.  Although retinol has multiple studies showing its power in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, some people struggle to tolerate certain side effects such as sun sensitivity, peeling, redness and irritation.  Alterative ingredients that are easier on sensitive skin or easier to tolerate daily do exist.  So, are fish eggs like salmon roe more hype or science?  Recent studies show salmon roe is an antioxidant, exfoliant, and collagen booster.  The omega oils in these fish eggs also strengthen the natural skin health barrier.  So, what’s our favorite caviar for the skin?   RESTORSEA PRO INTENSIVE 10X.

Restorsea Pro Intensive 10X is part of the Restorsea Pro line that was developed and formulated by founder Patti Pao.  The incredible story of how this skincare line was discovered began in Western Norway.  While touring a salmon hatchery in Western Norway, Patti noticed that the workers’ hands were much more youthful looking than their faces.  Intrigued, Patti and other researchers discovered a magical hatching enzyme, Aquabeautine XL, found in the waters the workers’ hands were immersed in daily.  This enzyme is released when baby salmon are hatched to gently get out of their shells! Restorsea found that when Aquabeautine XL is applied to human skin, it gently exfoliates and dissolves away dead dull skin cells revealing healthy new glowing skin.

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Restorsea Pro Intensive 10x Treatment is a great anti-aging alternative to retinol.  Studies show Restorsea Pro Intensive 10X can treat hyperpigmentation as well as glycolic acids without causing irritation or disruption of the skin barrier.  Since it’s formulated to prevent moisture loss while soothing and calming the skin, it’s an ideal anti-aging treatment product for those with sensitive skin and skin conditions like rosacea and eczema.  In fact, Restorsea Pro Intensive 10X contains no PEGs, parabens, phthalates, silicone or mineral oil–making it safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Apply one pump to clean skin in the am and/or pm under moisturizer and watch your skin texture, quality, and clarity improve.

Why Choose a Threadlift?

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Drooping skin can easily be lifted with a thread lift! Not only does a threadlift result in a youthful and glowing appearance, but it also works with your skin to continue to boost collagen and elastin levels. Learn more in our infographic below.

Ready to schedule a consultation? Call us at (310) 939-9888 or click here.


Skin Health

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Your skin is the largest organ on your body. It is important to keep your skin healthy and ensure it is effective in protecting you. Read our infographic below for a few simple tips on how to maintain your healthy skin.