DESPITE QUARANTINES, FACE masks and inclement weather, aesthetic medical services are perhaps more popular than ever. In fact, according to reports, the pandemic has caused a boom in demand for plastic surgery, injectables and the like; dermatologists are seeing a record number of patients and mounting waitlists.
Green juice was at one time the crowd-favorite way to hit the proverbial reset button. Now, lymphatic drainage body massages are celebrities' go-to for detox and body contouring. "Lymphatic drainage is a type of massage technique that stimulates the natural drainage of the lymph — fluid composed of white blood cells, proteins and fats — which helps to eliminate waste from the body," says Deidre Kirksey, licensed massage therapist at West University Wellness. "This massage helps to move this fluid out of the tissues and into the lymph nodes, where bacteria and viruses are destroyed." These lymph nodes are located in the axillary area, inguinal area, and the neck area.
As soon as the temperatures drop below 60 degrees, our skin starts to look dry, red and flaky — hello, winter skin! Since skin is primarily composed of water, these low temps give way to a stark decrease in humidity, which literally sucks the water out of our skin cells, leading to that dehydrating effect. That's why when it comes to winter time — even in Houston! — it's a good idea to schedule a few hydrating facial treatments, and take care of any remnants of sun-damaged skin from the summer. That way, come spring, your skin is back to radiant.