Dissolving lip fillers? An aesthetic doctor explains what you need to know

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Dissolving lip fillers? An aesthetic doctor explains what you need to know

Kylie Jenner’s lips have got everyone talking again - this time because the make-up mogul revealed on Instagram that she “got rid of all” her fillers, in response to a fan mentioning how different she looked in the recent selfie. Cue talk of trout pouts being on the way out.

Jenner’s more natural look could be the result of the hyaluronic acid fillers dissolving in her body naturally, or of reverse injections which grant a quick-fix.

Dr Nick Milojevic, owner of Milo Clinic and one of the UK’s leading aesthetic doctors, explains: “Hyaluronic fillers can take six to 12 months to dissolve on their own, this is down to an enzyme in the body called Hyaluronidases which are a family of enzymes that catalyse the degradation of hyaluronic acid, the main filler ingredient used by many clinics.” He suspects Jenner has skipped a few filler sessions, meaning her pout as gone down naturally as a result.

However, “if a patient wants a quicker way to remove their lip filler they can have Hyaluronidase injected directly into the lips, and they will go down within three – four days,” he notes. But while the fact that hyaluronic acid fillers have the potential to be dissolved this way can make them an appealing temporary option, the procedure isn’t without risk.

“There is a very small risk of an allergic reaction, and this must be considered by the patient and doctor before undoing the procedure,” Dr Milojevic notes, advising his patients to let their lips go down naturally to avoid any risks. “There is also a small chance that if the patient chooses to have these injections, it could mean the lips go even thinner than anticipated, this is due to the breaking down of the hyaluronic acid within the lips, which could lead to the patient being unhappy with the results.”

Whether Jenner opted to halt her cosmetic appointments to allow for a more natural lip look or speed up the process with an additional procedure, it’s worth noting that her lower maintenance aesthetic is enhanced in the pictures in question with ‘no make-up’ make-up and a new messy bob. All feels very summer '18.

Dr Milojevic theorises that the trend for less obviously ‘done’ looks has a lot to do with the Duchess of Sussex. “Ever since Meghan Markle came into the public eye people have been adopting a more natural look, and it seems big lips are no longer as desirable as they once were,” he says. “This is proven by Kylie Jenner’s recent decision to reduce her lip size also.”

He adds that, “2019 will definitely see a more natural lip that aligns with the other features of the face and not over dominate the face.” Here’s hoping.

Ironically, the natural look doesn’t mean without work. Cosmetic surgeon Dr Jonquille Chantrey who performs treatments at the ‘Jonquille Chantrey clinic’ in Alderley Edge, Cheshire and Chelsea, London, confirms there has been a “huge” increase in treatments from 18-25 year olds, mostly booking Botox and fillers.

“Fullness, definition and a flattering shape it is now more commonly requested in my own practice rather than the overinflated lip of recent years,” she says. As for other 'tweakments'? “A strong but gently arched brow and a contoured cheek remain a common request. However there is a real trend towards lower facial filler contouring – jawline definition, facial slimming and chin treatment.”

Reference:Bazar Bridget March 2 hrs ago July 2nd 2020

Corn Starch Uses

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Corn Starch

From the book 10,001 Timesaving ideas

If you only use cornstarch as an occasional cooking staple, you're missing out big time.
Cornstarch, the starch derived from corn, is made from the white endosperms found in the center of a corn kernel. These endosperms are ground into a fine, white powder that is commonly used as a thickening agent.

What Is Starch?
Starch is the most common carbohydrate in the human diet. It’s found in high quantities in wheat, corn, potatoes, and rice. Fad diets from the last few decades have given carbohydrates a bad name, but make no mistake: People need carbs to survive.
Consuming an appropriate amount of carbs gives you energy, and is integral to keeping your central nervous system running smoothly.

Untangle knots
Knots in string or shoelaces can be stubborn to undo, but the solution is easy with these cornstarch uses. Sprinkle the knot with a little cornstarch. It will then be easy to work the segments apart.

Soak up furniture polish residue
You’ve finished polishing your furniture, but there’s still a bit left on the surface. Sprinkle cornstarch lightly on furniture after polishing. Wipe up the oil and cornstarch, then buff the surface.

Remove ink stains from carpet
Oh no, ink on the carpet! In this case, a little spilled milk might save you from crying. Mix the milk with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the ink stain. Allow the concoction to dry on the carpet for a few hours, then brush off the dried residue and vacuum it up. Or experiment with these other homemade carpet stain removers.

Create matte nail polish
Matte nail polish is becoming increasingly popular and if you love the look, you can make it yourself at home with a little cornstarch. All you have to do is mix the cornstarch with a nail polish color of your choosing on a small paper plate and then immediately apply it to your nails.

Lift a scorch mark from clothing
You moved the iron a little too slowly and now you have a scorch mark on your favorite shirt. Wet the scorched area and cover it with cornstarch. Let the cornstarch dry, then brush it away along with the scorch mark.

Make finger paints
This simple recipe will keep the kids happy for hours. Mix together 1/4 cup cornstarch and 2 cups cold water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until the mixture becomes thick. Pour your product into several small containers and add food coloring to each container. You’ve created a collection of homemade finger paints.

Give carpets a fresh scent
Before vacuuming a room, sprinkle a little cornstarch on your carpeting. Wait about half an hour and then vacuum normally.

Get rid of bloodstains
The quicker you act, the better. Whether it’s on clothing or table linens, you can remove or reduce a blood stain with this method. Make a paste of cornstarch mixed with cold water. Cover the spot with the cornstarch paste and rub it gently into the fabric. Now put the cloth in a sunny location to dry. Once dry, brush off the remaining residue. If the stain is not completely gone, repeat the process. Find out other things that remove bloodstains.

Dry shampoo
Fido needs a bath, but you just don’t have time. Rub cornstarch into his coat and brush it out. The dry bath will fluff up his coat until it’s tub time.

Make your own paste
These cornstarch uses are great money savers, and this one is no different. The next time the kids want to go wild with construction paper and paste, save money by making the paste yourself. Mix 3 teaspoons cornstarch for every 4 teaspoons cold water. Stir until you reach a paste consistency. This is especially great for applying with fingers or a wooden tongue depressor or Popsicle stick. If you add food coloring, the paste can be used for painting objects.

DIY deodorant
Cornstarch has an excellent ability to absorb moisture. If you feel your drugstore deodorant isn’t cutting it, try making your own. Mix together 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/8 cup of baking soda and 1/8 cup of cornstarch and done! You have yourself a natural deodorant. Check out more brilliant baking soda uses.

Say good riddance to roaches
There’s no delicate way to manage this problem, but these cornstarch uses might make it a little easier. Make a mixture that is 50 percent plaster of Paris and 50 percent cornstarch. Spread this in the crevices where roaches appear. It’s a killer recipe.

Make windows sparkle
Create your own streak-free window cleaning solution by mixing 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 cup white vinegar in a bucket containing 3-4 quarts (3-4 liters) warm water. Don’t be put off by the milky concoction you create. Mix well and put the solution in a trigger spray bottle. Spray on the windows, then wipe with a warm-water rinse. Now rub with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth. Voilá! Don’t miss these other household uses for vinegar.

Translucent face powder
Translucent powder is the perfect finishing touch after you’ve applied all your makeup. It minimizes pores, absorbs oils, prolongs the wear of your foundation, lip color, and eye color, and compliments all skin tones and types. The only thing is it can be a bit pricey, so if you don’t feel like spending those extra bucks, you can create your own. Simply combine ½ tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of baby powder and put it in a sealable container. Check out these natural face cleansers you can make yourself, too. 

Clean stuffed animals
To clean a stuffed animal toy, rub a little cornstarch onto the toy, wait about five minutes, and then brush it clean. Or place the stuffed animal (or a few small ones) into a bag. Sprinkle cornstarch into the bag, close it tightly, and shake. Now brush the pretend pets clean.

Treat athlete’s foot
This smelly foot fungus grows on the skin of feet due to warm and wet places such as your sweaty shoes. To prevent yourself from developing this condition, sprinkle some cornstarch in your shoes to help absorb any moisture. You can also try these other ways to treat athlete’s foot naturally.

Polish silver
Is the sparkle gone from your good silverware? Make a simple paste by mixing cornstarch with water. Use a damp cloth to apply this to your silverware. Let it dry, then rub it off with cheesecloth or another soft cloth to reveal that old shine. Here are some other DIY cleaning products to use in your home.

Remove grease spatters from walls
Even the most careful cook cannot avoid an occasional spatter. A busy kitchen takes some wear and tear but here’s a handy remedy for that unsightly grease spot. Sprinkle cornstarch onto a soft cloth. Rub the grease spot gently until it disappears.

Separate marshmallows
Ever buy a bag of marshmallows only to find them stuck together? Here’s some cornstarch uses we bet you never thought of: getting marshmallows unstuck. Here’s how to get them apart: Add at least 1 teaspoon cornstarch to the bag and shake. The cornstarch will absorb the extra moisture and force most of the marshmallows apart. Repackage the remaining marshmallows in a container and freeze them to avoid sticking in the future.

Draw a soothing milk bath
Cornstarch can soothe and calm dry skin. Especially during the cold winter months, you can find that your skin is rougher and itchier than usual. In order to help combat irritated skin, treat yourself to a moisturizing milk bath. You will need 2 cups of whole powdered milk, ½ cup of cornstarch, ½ cup of baking soda, and an essential oil of your choice (use about 10 drops depending on how strong you want the scent). Combine all the powders in a sealable container and shake it until well blended.

Then remove the lid and add the essential oil, closing it again and giving it another mix. Let it sit for 24 hours before using and store in a cool, dark place. When you are ready to use it all you have to do is pour 1 to 2 cups of the stuff in a hot running bath. Then sit back and relax! Next, be sure to check out 43 extraordinary uses for household staples you already own.

Originally Published:January 14, 2019: Originally Published in Reader's Digest

Is Your Bath Giving You The Itch? - Toxic Beauty

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Is Your Bath Giving You The Itch? - Toxic Beauty

Soaking in the bath leaves the skin, urogenital and anal areas exposed to the harsh agents (such as SLS) used in shampoos, bubble baths, soaps, and other such products. This can trigger urinary tract infections in sensitive individuals (particularly babies and children) by stripping away the delicate protective mucus that lines the genitourinary tract. 

The FDA has received numerous complaints from consumers about itches, rashes and urinary tract problems following the use of bubble baths and soaps. In the USA children's foaming bath products must bear the following warning: Caution: Use only as directed. Excessive or prolonged exposure may cause irritation to the skin and urinary tract. Discontinue if rash, redness or itching occurs. Consult your physician if irritation persists. keep out of the reach of children.

Reference: Toxic Beauty: Dawn Mellowship

L'Oreal To Remove Words Like 'Whitening' From Its Skincare Products

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L'oreal To Remove Words Like 'Whitening' From Its Skincare Products

L’Oreal has announced it will remove words like “whitening” from its skincare products, a move that comes amid global anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in the United States.

The French cosmetics company - the largest in the world - said in a statement on Saturday that it “has decided to remove the words ‘white/whitening’, ‘fair/fairness’, ‘light/lightening’ from all its skin evening products”.

The move follows a similar one by the Indian and Bangladeshi arms of Unilever on Thursday, who said it would rename its locally marketed “Fair & Lovely” skin-lightening cream.


Earlier in June, L’Oreal faced criticism after tweeting that it “stands in solidarity with the Black community and against injustice of any kind. Speaking out is worth it”.

The social media post drew a negative response from people who claimed the company’s business model and advertising has long focused on white consumers.

Munroe Bergdof - who was L’Oreal UK’s first openly transgender model - accused the company of hypocrisy for having fired her in 2017 for decrying “the racial violence of white people”.


Several companies including L’Oreal and Uniliver have come under recent fire for skin-lightening products in the wake of growing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Last week Johnson & Johnson said it would stop selling two lines of skin whitening products that refer to “Fairness” on its labels. 

Reference: Huffington Post : Léonie Chao-Fong:27th  June 2020

Preservatives - Toxic Beauty

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Preservatives - Toxic Beauty

Along with fragrances, preservatives are one of the primary cosmetic causes of contact dermatitis. Preservatives are used in cosmetic products containing water to protect the product from becoming contaminated with microbes that might otherwise cause infections. 

Parabens are the most commonly used preservatives, followed by Kathon CG, which consists primarily of methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. Kathon CG and many other preservatives have been identified as contact allergens and sensitizers. Research has suggested that most instances of contact allergy bare caused by applying moisturizing creams to slightly damaged skin.

Reference: Toxic Beauty: Dawn Mellowship



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