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Best of Both Worlds Az’s Stephanie and Kristy: by local artist Josh Keating

Josh Keating is a local Arizona artist that has been drawing since he could pick up a pencil to draw. He’s been professionally drawing caricatures for parties and events since 2003 and is still going strong today. He is currently featured in North Scottsdale Times as the artist of the month on page 35. He has three of his Napa Valley murals in the new wine bar at Fry’s Food on the corner of Shea and Tatum blvd. If you want to book Josh Keating to draw caricatures for your next party or event you can contact him at www.personalcartoonist.com or call him at 602.510.3689. Josh can also paint custom murals for your business, office, and childrens’ room.

custom mural

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Read MoreNovember 17, 2010 1:36 pm - Posted by Stephanie

girl with freckles

There are many people that have embraced their freckles and love them, while others would prefer spotless skin.

Freckles are clusters of concentrated melanin, ranging in color from red, tan and brown. Some people have a genetic tendency to develop freckles, however sun exposure is the main cause of freckles. Freckles generally appear on sun-exposed areas, and will appear darker or more prominent after sun exposure. Ephelides is a freckle which is flat, light brown or red, and fades when protected from UV light. Ephelides are more common in those with light complexions. Liver spots (also known as sun spots and Lentigines) are freckles that develop after years of sun exposure, and are more prominent with age.

If You Want To Remove Freckles

The best way to remove freckles is to have a series of photofacial treatments, combined with bleaching creams containing 4% hydroquinone and tretinoin (Retin-A). A good UVA/UVB sunblock is also recommended, because UV exposure will make freckles more prominent.

Photafacial (Fotofacial) uses IPL (Intense Pulse Light) to treat skin discoloration, redness and broken capillaries. There generally isn’t any down time associated with IPL treatments, however pigmented spots will appear darker temporarily. After a photofacial any freckles or pigmented lesions will darken up and flake off. It can take up to two weeks for spots to flake off. The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the skin condition.

photofacial, freckles
Photofacial / IPL Treatments

If You Like Your Freckles

If you are not concerned with removing freckles you can use lightening and brightening products. These products brighten the skin without removing freckles. Freckles will fade slightly, but will not go away.

Obagi C rx
OBAGI C-RX System
If you love your freckles, you may want to skip the Therapy Night Cream from this system. The Therapy Night cream has a 4% hydroquinone, which will further fade freckles and pigmentation. The Clarifying Serum also has a 4% hydroquinone, however this C- serum is only used in the morning and is not enough to eliminate freckles. The Clarifying Serum is great for anyone that wants brighten their skin tone, and still keep their freckles.
is clinical white lightening

iS Clinical White Lightening Complex
Brightens and lightens skin with beneficial moisturizing properties. Utilizing an innovative blend of proprietary lightening ingredients and pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, this high performance formula exfoliates, reduces inflammation, and provides strong antioxidant protection.
White Lightening Complex will brighten the skin, and freckles will fade, but not go away completely.

Prevent Freckles

To prevent freckles, you need to use a good sunblock. I recommend a UVA/ UVB sunblock with an SPF 30 or higher. I also recommend sunblocks with Zinc, because it is a broad band physical block. SPF only measure UVB protection, and even if a product is labeled to have UVA protection, it may not protect from the full UVA spectrum. Topical Vitamin C ( L- ascorbic acid) can also help prevent sun damage because it neutralizes UV radiation.

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Read MoreNovember 16, 2010 11:25 am - Posted by Kristy

My teenage son actually asked me to buy him Proactive to treat his breakouts. I almost, fell over. I reminded him of my profession and pointed out that I have access to the best skin care products available. Why did he want Proactive? Marketing: with endorsements like P-Diddy and Jessica Simpson, it’s no surprise that people would be influenced to try it. So, I asked him if he would rather use a medical product that was dispensed by a physician or something sold in a vending machine in the mall. For a teenager that is better reasoning than any scientific explanation.

Obagi Clenziderm M.D. is a 3- step physician dispensed acne treatment. Step #1 is a Foaming cleanser with 2% salicylic acid, to remove excess sebum and cleans skin. Step #2 is Pore Therapy with 2% salicylic acid to help unclog pores, and menthol to remove surface bacteria. Step #3 Serum gel is a 5% solubilized benzoyl peroxide to reduce P. acne bacteria.

Obagi Clenziderm M.D. is unique because it is the only prescription strength acne treatment that contains a patented solubilized form of 5% benzoyl peroxide BPO, to penetrate deep into follicle and treat acne deep where it start. The BPO in the Clenziderm M.D. system is in a liquid form with macro-sized BPO crystals size that is one tenth the size of other BPO products. Average size of BPO crystals are larger than the size of the skin follicle, so they sit on skins surface.

Clenziderm M.D. Before and After 4 weeks

It is important to see a physician or medical esthetician to set up a treatment protocol. For some patients additional products and treatments may be recommended to enhance results. There are also skin care products,medications and treatments that can be contraindicated with this acne therapy. As with any skin treatment, compliance is key. You can schedule a free consultation at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, Shapiro Plastic
Surgery.

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers a wide variety acne treatments and carries Obagi Products .
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation. 480 421-1701
www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com

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Read MoreJuly 12, 2010 11:26 am - Posted by Kristy

best of both worlds blog - fashion, beauty, family, friends, and more

We are proud to announce the launch of our new blog, www.bestofbothworldsAZ.com.

We are excited to launch our new blog!

Who has more fun: blondes or brunettes? The world may never know, but we do know that when you put them together you get the Best of Both Worlds. After all, two minds are better than one.

Thank you, for visiting Best of Both Worlds AZ.

Best of Both Worlds” is having the best aspects of two choices. It is having a career you love and a family you love more. It represents beauty inside and out. It is having something you love and sharing it, so it can be loved by someone else.

Celebrity Estheticians Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis are both busy working mothers, that have been working together for over seven years. Working for one of the most prestigious plastic surgeons in Arizona, you can bet they meet some pretty amazing people and usually have the inside “scoop” on almost everything from events and promotions, to who’s – who in AZ. These ladies can chat it up with the best of them, especially when it relates to the beauty industry, but when people talk, they listen. They listen when someone raves about a new restaurant, boutique or a great youth camp.

Both are Arizona Natives with many friends and large extended family’s. These protective mothers not only look to set an example for their family’s, they also subscribe to the theory of positive attraction. So, don’t expect to hear any sort of negative “gossip” from these ladies. Both strong Leo women enjoy the finer things in life, and with their generous nature they are inclined to share their secrets and treasures.

Get ready for a big first year here at Best Of Both Worlds AZ — Comment and get involved!

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Read MoreJuly 2, 2010 7:08 pm - Posted by Kristy