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When shopping pricey skincare products, its best to be savvy about claims and have realistic expectations.  There are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what one receives from in-office medical procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery.  Yet, some products can garner desired  results for a finite amount of time. Harriet Ploeger, Executive Director of Swiss results-driven skincare brand, Instytutum, asserts, “While some cream promise to freeze lines and wrinkles or plump and lift the skin, the effects are simply temporary.”

That is not to say that one will not receive an immediate tightening effect; however, Ploeger warns of the condition of the skin after application.  Typically, the gel-textured product contracts, dehydrating the skin and often causing pilling, like a facial mask.  Denver Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, concurs.  “Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents. Just like the name states, film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and that can make the skin ‘feel’ tighter.” Read more of this story »


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As more and more cosmetic procedures become readily available and mainstream, easy access to treatments and procedures come with serious concerns. As captured on the popular TV show “Botched,” things can go wrong, causing deformities and even life-threatening consequences. Anyone can call himself a cosmetic surgeon; however, to be considered a plastic surgeon one must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Stanley Poulos, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in the San Francisco area, offers the following red flags not to ignore when considering a cosmetic procedure.

DISCOUNT COUPONS  — Discount coupons make sense if you’re looking for a haircut or a massage, not for plastic surgery. “Don’t bargain shop when it comes to something serious like surgery,” Dr. Poulos warns. “You want to make sure you research the average prices and if something seems too steep of a discount, beware!”

THE SURGEON IS NOT BOARD-CERTIFIED — Look for credentials: someone who is Board-Certified in plastic surgery is accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If they are, they usually have this credential prominently visible in their office and on their website. This means the surgeon has had at least six years of surgical training with two or three years devoted specifically to plastic surgery, has passed rigorous oral and written examinations and has demonstrated safe and ethical surgical practice.

LOFTY PROMISES  — “Any surgeon that promises to make you look like a celebrity or says he can make you look 30 years younger, is over-promising,” emphasizes Dr. Poulous.  “A skilled surgeon knows the potential and limitations of surgery and will be clear about this from the start. A good surgeon will want you to look like an improved version of you, not someone else.”

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Each year, QVC customers have an opportunity to vote for their favorite beauty products across multiple categories.  From skincare, hair care, and body care to cosmetics and tools of the trade, all of QVC’s beauty buys are eligible for inclusion.  The 2018 Customer Choice Beauty Awards go to:


  • Best Skin-Care Cleanser: philosophy purity made simple cleanser
  • Best Exfoliator: TATCHA Polishing Rice Enzyme Powder, 2.1 oz
  • Best Peel: philosophy 2-step microdelivery vitamin-c peel
  • Best Face Moisturizer: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • Best Eye Cream: philosophy hope in a tube
  • Best Neck Treatment/Cream: bareMinerals Ageless Genius Supersize Neck Cream
  • Best Antiaging Treatment: Josie Maran Argan Milk
  • Best Retinol: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Serum
  • Best Night Treatment: Josie Maran Argan Reserve Healthy Skin Concentrate
  • Best Beauty Device: Clarisonic Mia 2, 2-Speed Facial Sonic Cleansing
  • Best Facial Treatment Mask: philosophy purity pore extractor exfoliating clay mask
  • Best Serum: philosophy when hope is not enough serum
  • QVC Icon—products that have won 5+ years: philosophy purity made simple cleanser
  • Best Acne Product: Proactiv Super-Size 8-piece Acne System with Brush
  • Best Men’s Product: philosophy amen & skin care 4-piece men’s care collection

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