Four Great Beauty Tips to Get Ready for Spring!

great beauty tips1-Exfoliate – Exfoliate, Exfoliate!  Spring is right around the corner, and before we bare it all, we must exfoliate to get rid of all the dead skin cells, and get that radiant glow!

2- Hydrate –  Hydrating is so important, not only drinking a ton of water but also using the right moisturizer! Prasad Medical Skincare line has the perfect intense hydrating lotion for everyone!

3- Protect –  With the spring right around the corner, the Sun’s rays are getting stronger every day! We must use an SPF of at least 30, and make sure to reapply! For great protection try Dr. Prasad’s Moist silk defense SPF 30. Not only will it protect you from the harmful rays, it also has a sheer tint that really evens out the skin tone and gives a nice flawless finish to your skin!

4-Glow –  Spring time is coming we all want to get rid of that winter pastiness, forget about the sun! Try our Airbrush body bronzing, you will get that flawless tan without the harmful rays of the sun!

Patient Reviews of HydraFacial™

More HydraFacial™ Testimonials

The last time I had a facial, all my friends asked “What happened to your face?” (since it was so irritated) and I explained I that had a facial. Being a guy, a lot of my guy friends made fun of me for having a facial done! However, I just had the HydraFacial™ and instead of looking worse for a few days until the skin on my face settles back down – the HydraFacial™ was instant positive results. It only took 20 minutes and after I can feel my skin breathing and I feel refreshed. I’ve been happy with the results of other types of facials, however the HydraFacial™ allowed me to get on with my day without feeling self-conscious about the appearance of my skin just after. I definitely would recommend HydraFacial™ if you have an event to go to or a busy week or weekend planned – or if you are just a guy in general because you don’t have to lie there a very long time.

The process was really cool and quick. The esthetician at Prasad Medi-Spa started off the HydraFacial™ by putting a hydrating gel on my face to hydrate my very dry skin – this is good because I have to shave every 2 days, so my beard area gets extremely dry and sensitive from shaving so often. After she then infused the glycolic acid onto my my face, and using the special HydraFacial™ wand, began the extractions. There is no discomfort or pain, it is like a little suction – like a mini-vacuum that you can feel cleaning your facial pores and skin. I’ve noticed the most difference after HydraFacial™ on my nose – which gets very congested, dirty pores. My nose now looks very smooth with healthy skin. After the extractions, she re-hydrated my skin with the product. Then, she applied a green tea eye cream and also hydraluronic acid all over for extra rejuvenating.

Study: Makeup makes women look competent, trustworthy

The article below reports the benefits of wearing makeup and the impact on how others perceive you misses the big picture entirely. It’s not makeup alone tha that has this effect. The photos shown in the article are of women who have youthful features which the artful application of makeup enhanced. The key elements to looking competent and trustworthy overlap with the elements of being attractive (what we see biologically as “strong”). Each of the faces shown have nice eyes, cheek bones and well defined youthful jawline. Artistically applied makeup accentuates these features making them look even better.

The key is that good foundation (facial structure) can be enhanced with makeup. In my practice, I’ve observed that as many people experience aging changes, they compensate by trying to cover the puffy bags under the eyes and the area of the cheek and jowls with makeup which makes these areas look worse. Just like fine clothes look great on a fit and healthy body, beautifully applied makeup looks great on a balanced face.
Amiya Prasad, MD

Models without makeup and with natural, professional and glamorous makeup, as shown in a recent study.

By Rina Raphael

models with and without makeupIn beauty, less is often more.

It turns out a little makeup goes a long way in how the public perceives you, but piling on the products does you no favors. Researchers found that makeup makes women more attractive, competent and trustworthy as opposed to their bare-faced peers, according to a new study, funded by cosmetics giant Procter & Gamble and carried out by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The study’s participants were given just 250 milliseconds to look at several photos of women in various degrees of makeup – no makeup, “natural”, “professional”, and “glamorous” – with the ratings increasing with the amount of beauty product used. “We found that when faces were shown very quickly, all ratings went up with cosmetics in all different looks,” lead author Nancy Etcoff, associate researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, told ABC News.

That should be no surprise, as many a study has confirmed that attractive people are often deemed more likeable and are “expected to do better on the job, in school and in life,” the study says. “This phenomenon is present from birth,” Tiffany Field, a research professor at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine told ABC. “Even newborns and young infants have a preference for attractive faces.”

But before you get carried away at vanity table, there’s a limit: Positive perception declines as makeup gets heavier.

When those same participants were given time to study the images for a lengthier amount of time, the ratings changed. Instead, for the dramatic makeup looks, “people saw them as equally likable and much more attractive and competent, but less trustworthy,” Etcoff told ABC.

Is the “Housewives” look less desirable? “Too much makeup can appear as a shield, something you’re trying to either hide behind, or use to change who you are,” TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas said.

While the findings seem plausible, some are a tad wary the study, in part because it was funded by Procter &  Gamble, which owns CoverGirl cosmetics. “Any time a study is funded by a corporation with an interest in its outcome, you have to take the results with a grain of salt,” Jamie Peck,  contributing editor at The Gloss, told TODAY.com. “However, I do not find it that hard to believe that people would subconsciously penalize women for failing to conform to a normative concept of gender (of which makeup is a part).”

Of course, makeup can help empower and express a sense of self-worth, said Thomas, but it’s not the guiding factor in a woman’s image. “It comes down to a fine line between confidence and fear or insecurity.”

Dr. Amiya Prasad on the "Pretty Pill"

CBS 2 Has What You Need To Know About Nutri-Cosmetics

by Chris Wragge

April 21, 2010, New York (CBS)- It seems like there’s a pill for every problem. Ache, pain or ailment, just head to the drug store. But would you buy a pill to make you pretty?

Now, it’s an option available right in the vitamin aisle.

CBS 2 HD recently was shown two photos – of women who were said to be identical twins. But for one of the sisters doctors said years of bad habits made her look considerably older.

“The skin in many ways reflects our health,” Dr. Amiya Prasad said.

Smoking and sun exposure are the biggest culprits in making you look older, but there is another contributing factor you may not realize — a poor diet lacking in certain vitamins and minerals.

“Because what you do on the inside does affect your skin,” Dr. Prasad said.

With many people saying they’re too busy to cook and get the proper nutrition, a new product has been developed spawning an industry called nutri-cosmetics. They’re vitamins and other supplements designed specifically to help the skin, hair and nails. They promise to not only keep you looking young, but help reverse some of the damage you may have already done.

“It’s something that we have always known in the spa industry to be beneficial — that nutrition really affects the skin. It is definitely a growing category,” esthetician Caitlin Conn said.

Nutri-cosmetics can contain a whole variety of ingredients that have been proven to help the skin — like lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes than can protect against sun damage. Green tea complex is used for treating acne. Vitamins A and C are essential for the health of collagen, and Omega 3 fatty acids are proven to improve skin texture and softness.

“You can tell people to eat healthy and do the right things, but now you put a product together that bridges that connection. It will probably be easier for people to understand and certainly very convenient,” Dr. Prasad said.

However, Dr. Prasad pointed out multi-vitamins can be equally as beneficial.

“It’s been a way of life, you are what you eat,” Barbara Smith-Hawkins said.

“I’m not going to say how old I am but no one believes how old I am,” added Gail Douglas of Valley Stream, N.Y.

Smith-Hawkins and Douglas are both in their 50s. They said supplements have been a big part of their daily beauty routines for years.

“Vitamin C, green tea, fish oil, vitamin E,” Smith-Hawkins said.

But both women also said they exercise and eat healthy diets, which doctors said are the key to looking your best.

“The pills can’t make you prettier in isolation. Your diet has to be right. You have to exercise. You have to maintain. It’s all about habits,” Dr. Prasad said.

Other good skin habits include managing your stress levels and handling your skin gently when washing or removing makeup.