We humans have millions of hairs covering our bodies. Frankly, we could do with fewer. Shaving helps. Laser hair removal helps even more. And now there’s a new treatment using microwaves to zap hair follicles that could be even better. Called miraSmooth, it is designed to eradicate 70 percent of your armpit hair over the course of about an hour in a physician’s office. And there’s a bonus: it simultaneously reduces around 82 percent of your armpits’ sweat secretions. “It’s total armpit victory,” exclaims Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Sheila Nazarian. “Not only are you getting rid of sweat, you are getting rid of odor and hair. Everything that bothers you about your armpits, you are conquering.”
To makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian, beauty products are tools to uncover individuality, not conceal it. When she was a teenage tomboy, makeup helped her discover her beauty by allowing her to show herself as she wanted to be – “It was my alternative to surgery,” she says – and later it gave her a career that led her to work with celebrities the likes of Yoko Ono, Paula Abdul, Adrien Brody and Michael Caine, and for magazines, including Rolling Stone, Vogue, Essence and Elle, to launch a false eyelash brand called Krē•āt Beauty and to write books that, starting with “Asian Faces” in 2007, smashed stereotypes. “The stereotypes of Asian women were really bad. They had to be really provocative and sexy or nerdy. I put Asians in a different light,” she explains.
Fat-melting lasers? Vampire face-lifts? These days, the menu of anti-aging procedures at any given medical facility probably sounds a little like science fiction. And, as Allure points out, when it comes to plastic surgery, “new” does not necessarily equal “better.” If you’re skeptical as to whether or not the latest fast fixes are anything near what they’re cracked up to be, it seems you’re a step ahead of the game.