deme’s Little Black Book is going back to school!

Each month we’re here to give our fabulous followers the latest news and insider tips from deme’s team of experts. This month, head back to school with the only book you’ll need for the classroom- deme’s Little Black Book. From student nutrition and beauty tips to skincare to dental advice, deme has all your back-to-school needs covered for an A+ school year!

With every wish for your continued health and fabulousness,

Your devoted team at deme.


Skin Care

One-on-one with tnt Skincare Line

Ever wonder where your skin care products come from? We have the inside information from one of deme’s clinical aestheticians with her own skin care line. We sat down with Jane Marie D’Amato to learn all about her story, what skin care means to her and how her brand became successful.

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Q: How did you start tnt and what does it stand for?
A: tnt stands for “tried and true.” It came about from a combination of what I call The Field of Dreams meets Nike. If you build it they will come and just do it.  A lot of research, a lot of trial and error and a lot of money on a credit card! I just wanted it to be a line for everyone: male, female, young and old.

Q: What sets tnt apart from other skin care brands?
A: tnt is not a one size fits all skin care line.  We have products to treat acne, aging skin, uneven skin tones, and those interested in maintaining the overall general health of their skin.  Each product is evaluated by a focus group, myself and family and friends.  I have tested every product in the line.  I am not interested in products that don’t work or don’t address a specific concern.

Q: What is your skin care philosophy?
A: In the treatment room I preach skin confusion. Age management and acne treatments must be changed every few months.  You don’t eat the  same thing everyday therefore you cannot feed your skin the same way month after month and expect optimal results.

Q: How do you get ideas for new products?
A: Mainly from the patients. And sometimes I think, “Wow, this would be a great product.”  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s trial and error.

Q: How did you become interested in skincare?
A: I have always been interested in skin and products. After many years in the hotel industry, I was burned our and at the age of 32 decided to go back to school for aesthetics. I have never looked back and can say I absolutely love my job every single day.

Q: How have your years in the treatment room influenced your desire to start your own brand?
A: Necessity is the mother of invention. Necessity and Frustration. There are many great products available but when you are addressing age management, acne and pigmentation concerns you really need to zero in on key ingredients that are specifically formulated.  The products I needed were not available so I decided to make them myself.

Q: What advice would you give to someone struggling with their skin concerns?
A: Develop a relationship with a knowledgeable, well-trained aesthetician who listens to your concerns and is familiar with your skin care problems. Be patient. You need to give a product 3, sometimes 5 months before you decide it isn’t working for you.  Don’t aesthetician hop- just because she did not give you the treatment you wanted or the same one your friend had or the one from the magazines does not mean your treatment is not going to work or she doesn’t understand. You and your skin are special and unique. A good aesthetician knows that and should treat you accordingly.

Q: How important is home care routine vs. professional treatments?
A: They go hand in hand.  Your home care is important to maintain the results we achieve in the treatment room.  The professional treatments are necessary because the skin is a living breathing organ that can change from month to month, week to week.  You could come in weekly for a treatment, but if you neglect to incorporate a skin care routine at home you will never achieve or even obtain optimal skin health.

Q: What is the most important skin care advice you can give?
A: Get to know your skin.  Don’t use something just because your friends are using it or because it’s in every magazine – unless of course it works for you.  Listen to your mother and aesthetician, wear your titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreen. Start early. Before 25 you have the skin you were born with, after 25 you end up with the skin you deserve. If you love your skin it will love you back.


 Dental

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Just because you leave home, does not mean you should leave your dental care there. Many college students get so wrapped up in packing for college that they forget the basics when they move. Make sure your student has all of his or her dental needs in that dorm room! Dr. Tom George, deme’s Director of Dentistry, recommends the following for keeping your student’s smile bright and white:

  • Sonicare Toothbrush– electric toothbrushes drive fluid deep in between teeth and along the gums for a deep clean and whiter, healthier smile.
  • Fluoride Toothpaste– flurried toothpaste helps remove plaque, strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.
  • Glide Dental Floss– Glide floss slides easily into tight spaces in your mouth for a more comfortable flossing experience.

Cosmetic Injectables

young_and_olderThe 10 Things That Are Secretly Aging You

There are some things you just won’t learn in the classroom. deme’s Director of Medical Cosmetic Injectables Maria Schafer is hear to give us all a lesson on the secrets to keeping ourselves looking young and healthy:

Aging is a natural process, but we are in no hurry to rush it! Some of it is out of our control, but there are plenty of things that we can do to slow the aging process.

Most of us already know that smoking and unprotected sun exposure are surefire ways to add years to your appearance. However, some of your daily activities could unknowingly make you look much older. Below are 10 seemingly harmless things that may be aging you on the sly.

1. YO-YO DIETING

It might seem unrelated, but extreme dieting and weight loss can cause a decrease in the elasticity of your skin, causing your skin to sag prematurely. Listen to the experts’ recommendations:  If you are going to diet, aim for about one pound a week, and avoid binge eating.

2. SLEEPING ON YOUR SIDE OR FACE DOWN

Your pillow might feel soft and comfortable, but it could be damaging your face. Your pillow can leave lines on your face and (depending on your pillowcase) can dry out your skin. If you sleep on your side or face-down, pressure on the face causes the skin to wrinkle.

This is particularly true of the naso-labial fold, which is the line or fold that runs from the nose to the mouth. Crows feet can also form, as the skin around the eyes is very thin and will wrinkle more easily with constant pressure while sleeping. Make an effort to fall asleep on your back for the sake of your face! If you don’t want to change your sleep style, an alternative is the “Save My Face” pillow to help to save your face from pressure wrinkles and lines.

3. SQUINTING

Are you starting to notice crows feet wrinkles around your eyes?  You may want to get your glasses checked!  These wrinkles are frequently seen in patients that squint often. To reduce squinting, have your vision checked to ensure that you are using the appropriate glasses or contact lenses. Also, it is imperative to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun on bright and sunny days.

4. TOO MUCH POOL TIME

If you spend a lot of time in the pool, you may find that your skin is drying out. The chlorine in pools causes dry skin for swimmers. If you spend a lot of tme in the pool, use a mild or gentle cleanser for your facial skin.  Use only your hands to wash your face and never use anything abrasive to exfoliate.  Always apply a moisturizer to your skin after showering.  If you have extremely dry skin, you should consider applying a stronger emollient such as Aquaphor or Vaseline to your face prior to entering the pool for a swim.

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Sleeping with your makeup on can clog your pores and oil glands.  When makeup becomes impacted in pores, it can make them appear larger.  It stretches the pores, and since our skin collagen levels drop as we age, our pores have a more difficult time bouncing back to their original size. Not washing off makeup can also cause inflammation, which may lead to collagen breakdown and a loss of firmness in the skin. In short, it is important to wash your face before going to bed!  If you don’t have the time to wash, makeup removal wipes at your bedside will at least help to remove any residue.

6. LISTENING TO MUSIC

Music can pump you up or calm you down, which are both good if you are exercising or relaxing. But regular use of headphones can cause serious damage to your ears. The National Institute of Health states that listening to music at a high level for just 15 minutes a day may cause long-term hearing damage. Remember to turn down the volume and limit your headphone use.

7. SIPPING THROUGH A STRAW

Yes, even using a straw can promote premature aging! Repeatedly drinking through a straw causes people to purse their lips, which creates wrinkles from the repetitive muscle motion, similar to how frowning causes wrinkles on the forehead. It’s not only straws – any repetitive movement around the mouth, such as pursing your lips or smoking can contribute to those lines and wrinkles.  Smoking is much worse and causes wrinkles from both the repetitive movement and the free radical damage.

8. EATING TOO MUCH SUGAR

We all know what sugar can do to our waistlines, and now we know that sugar is poison for the skin.  Sugar causes inflammation and also leads to glycation, a process that ages the skin prematurely. Because most of us are unable to end our love affair with sugar, simply limiting your intake to the natural sugars found in fruit can help a great deal. Remember – if a craving strikes, it’s better to eat in moderation than to devour the entire candy jar. Doctors suggest using a sugar alternative such as Stevia, an easily digested herbal sweetener that does not trigger glycation.

9. RIDING IN A CONVERTIBLE

There is nothing like hitting the open road with the top down, but it’s going to come at a price.  It dries out skin and hair, creates a possibility for sunburn, and can also cause harm to our ears.  A study at the St. Louis University School of Medicine and the Ear Institute of Texas found that regularly driving in a convertible at more than 55 mph could expose your ears to unsafe levels of noise.  And it gets worse – the measurements were taken while the climate control system and radio systems were turned off.  So, if you blast the radio while driving with your top down, you could be doing even more damage to your ears.

10. USING A TANNING BEDburn-notice

Tanning beds emit UVA rays, which are responsible for aging and causing skin cancer.  It is imperative to remember that there is no such thing as a “safe tan.”  Skin cancer and premature aging are directly related to sun exposure and the use of tanning beds.  Please consider a spray-on tan or learn to embrace your natural complexion.

It may seem after reading this article that everything under the sun leads to premature aging, but don’t feel discouraged! If you protect your skin from the sun, drink plenty of water, take vitamins, eat a balanced diet, protect your sensitive eyes and ears and get enough sleep (on your back, with your makeup off), you will be doing a world of good for your health and beauty.


 Nutrition

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The only thing scarier than leaving home to start college is the fear of the “freshmen fifteen.” Lucky for your, deme’s resident nutrition expert Tracey McDermott is here to share her secrets to staying healthy on a college student’s budget and busy schedule.

For college students, Tracey recommends a Nutrabullet by Magic Bullet to make smoothies. It is $99 at Target and pulverizes fruits and veggies into a smooth consistency.

Try Tracey’s Favorite Smoothie Recipe:

1 frozen banana or, if not possible to freeze, 1 room temp banana
Freezing just adds a frosty feel and taste that some people like
2 handfuls of baby spinach, between 1-2 cups
One container or bag of pre-washed spinach lasts about a week for one person
1 cup of strawberries, frozen or fresh
Frozen fruit saves busy college students the time of washing and cutting stems
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Tracey buys Almond Breeze Original

Blend until smooth. Add a teaspoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil, which adds anti-bacterial, fungal and viral, and also good fats for satisfaction. It also aids in digestion, brain health, healthy skin and not mention adds a great flavor! Tracey also adds cinnamon. It’s anti-inflammatory and helps to balance blood sugar. You could also add a scoop of raw organic protein powder, such as hemp, if you need more satiation.

Tracey has 3 more quick tips for busy students on-the-go:

  1. Stay away from soda & energy drinks. Drink coconut water and coffee teas for energy and balance
  2. Eat at a salad bar once a day to balance out toxins from processed food
  3. Take a good quality multivitamin everyday

Hair Rejuvenation

10603808_1461945430749062_8575398115570501480_nKids may be going back to school, but they are not alone. There’s a good chance that head lice is following them. 12 million cases are reported in American children each year, yet ABC News recently reported that many school districts are starting the school year with relaxed lice policies. Although some schools are in favor of keeping lice-infected children in the classroom, Dr. Griffin of the Hair Restoration Institute of Philadelphia advises against it.

According to Dr. Griffin, the entire class and family of an infected child should be checked. “I’ve seen families reinfect each other for months,” Dr. Griffin says. “It sometimes turns out that the parents of all people are the carriers.” Dr. Griffin agrees that once treated at least twice to get the unhatched lice, infected children should be fine to return to school. Be sure to check up on your school’s lice policy and stay informed!


Make-Up

Ok ladies, Labor Day has come and gone and you know what that means…school time! Here’s the rundown on all the latest trends for back-to-school make-up so you can look your best in and out of the classroom.

For those who are into a more natural look, good news for you, barely there is in! Dab on some concealer to hide any red spots and make your eyes brighter by putting a touch of shimmery white shadow at the inner corners. This trend is about a really fresh-face that has little to no foundation, minimal eye makeup and possibly a lip tint.  But let’s be clear- just because this look requires minimal time and effort, it is not meant to be sloppy or too laid-back. It is a very polished look that, while minimal, is very purposeful with how it is applied. If you want to take this look from day to night, all you’re missing is a bright red lip!

Fall-Winter-2013-2014-Makeup-Trends-MAC-Fall-Winter-2013-Makeup-Trends-Look13For the woman who likes a little more edge, Fall’s hottest hues are smoky metallics, a look that is incredibly easy to pull off! Try smudging a thin line of purple all the way around your eyes and finishing off with black mascara to subtly ease into this trend. It is all about a splash of color. It is NOT flaming orange eye shadow all over your eyelid with pink liner and purple mascara! It IS a subtle, smoky eye design that has a pop of color incorporated into it. If you want to go a bit bolder, try adding some glam with a little gray shadow with just a hint of sparkle, keeping the look soft enough for daytime. Experiment using anything from gold to silver or something in between. Be careful about going too bold on your lip with this look. Be careful about going too bold on your lip with this look. If you’re rocking the metallic eyes, keep the lip simple. No need to overdo it!

Now, whether you prefer the natural or metallic look, we all love a great liner. This Fall all roads lead to liner and lashes!  For a heavy liner look, you want to focus your eyeliner on upper and lower lash lines as well as your water line. As for lashes, the bigger the better. No matter your look, you can never go wrong with a strong, voluminous lash. Don’t be nervous. Throw on that second coat of mascara, or maybe even a third!