Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cleaning Makeup Brushes to Keep Your Skin Clear



Ladies, many of us wear makeup.  Some of us use our hands to apply it (which should always be clean to prevent the spread of bacteria to your face from your hands), while others rely on makeup brushes or sponges. One of the most important things to prevent blemished skin that is often overlooked, is regularly cleaning your makeup brushes. Leaving old makeup on them and then reusing them without cleaning creates a breeding ground for bacteria. It also can transfer bacteria back into your makeup.



Washing your makeup brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. You wash your face, your body and your clothing; you should most definitely be adding washing your makeup brushes and sponges into the mix. Luckily, cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy. The first step is picking up a brush cleaner and spritzing after each use, you can find products at Sephora and Target for this. Once a week you should give your brushes a nice deep clean (note that brushes will need a few hours to dry after deep cleaning, so it’s best to clean them after you’ve applied makeup for the day).


Here is what you’ll need to properly clean your brushes and sponges:


  • A shallow bowl
  • Gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo
  • Your sink
  • A lint free cloth




  1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out the residual makeup. Try to focus o the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where the bristles are glued in, excess exposure to water over time can cause the bristles to loosen
  2. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and quirt a tiny amount of shampoo into it. Gentle swirl your brush tip in the water, you can also swirl the brush tip in the palm of your (clean) hand and work up a lather
  3. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the water runs clear from the brush
  4. Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go
  5. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry


And there you have it! A cleaner brush, means a cleaner face! And BONUS! Cleaning your brushes also helps your make-up brushes last longer too!


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Obesity and Varicose Veins- the Hidden Problem



By now, most individuals know that being overweight can lead to many problems such as:  high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. However, you may not know that varicose veins can also result from being overweight and varicose veins can be more difficult to treat in overweigh or obese individuals.


For people of a normal or healthy weight, the problem of varicose veins is very obvious because you see the raised and engorged areas easily. The leaking veins often cause discomfort and heaviness of the legs. These symptoms in overweight patients can be missed because these problems are attributed to the weight problem itself rather than the possibility of a varicose vein.


Overweight and obese individuals may not realize they actually have varicose veins because the swollen veins are not visible on the surface of the skin. Over time, the building pressure in the leaking veins can cause damage to the skin on the lower leg- increasing the risk of developing a leg ulceration due to varicose veins being left untreated.  This harsh reality provides the public with yet another reason to strive for a healthier lifestyle and weight.


If you think you may be suffering from varicose veins, consult a specialist to asses your concerns and develop a tailored treatment that is specific to your needs.


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Product Spotlight: Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion



Looking for a daily antioxidant that offers protection and brightens the skin? Well, look no further! Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, Joelle Greene, RN recommends the Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion. It’s great for all skin types and is a wonderful way to protect your skin from dryness this winter.

These Vitamin C lotions are formulated with the newest, highly stabilized form of Vitamin C for healthy, radiant skin. The 30% formula contains one of the strongest concentrations of Vitamin C available.

  • Contains THD Ascorbate, a very powerful form of Vitamin C
  • Brightens dull skin
  • Provides a full line-up of antioxidants, including Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Includes the latest stabilization and delivery technologies
  • Moisturizes and conditions skin with naturally derived Squalane

Who benefits – All skin types.

To purchase the Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion or to see the entire Revision Skincare Collection, visit Reno Vein Clinic!

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Myths Of Varicose Veins… DEBUNKED

Are you aware that there are many myths surrounding vein disease? Some people think it is something you should treat, while others just assume it is something you live with. We’ve spoke with our expert docs, Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake to clear up some common myths and address what you need to know.


Myth 1: Varicose veins are not a health problem, just a cosmetic problem.


The Facts:  This is a widespread, and yet false concept. Varicose veins can lead to painful skin ulcerations, dangerous infections, and blood clots. If varicose veins are close to the surface, there is even the possibility they may rupture if jarred, which can lead to heavy bleeding.


Myth 2: Varicose veins are of cosmetic concern, and treatment will not be covered by insurance.


The Facts: Varicose veins are a medical condition, the treatment is usually covered by insurance and Medicare. Spider veins are more of a cosmetic issue and may not be covered.


Myth 3: It’s bad to eliminate veins because you need them for circulation.


The Facts: Varicose veins actually do the opposite and contribute to poor circulation. The blood pools in abnormal veins and can cause sever circulation problems. Damage to the skin in these areas as well as skin ulcerations can result for the poor circulation.


Myth 4: Surgery (vein stripping) is the only effective treatment. Vein stripping is no longer required for treatment of varicose veins.


The Facts: Vein stripping is a totally outdated procedure, and with new techniques, including Radiofrequency Closure and laser treatments, patients have more options when it comes to the treatment of their varicose veins.


If you would like to talk to a vein specialist directly, you can call (775) 329-3100 and schedule an appointment with Reno’s leader in vein health, Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake. Or, you can visit our website here.

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