In the News: Swiftie Gem Hair, Martha’s Cover Moment, and Black Market Fillers

Taylor Swift holding diamond microphone and singing

Sparkling hair, shimmering skin—the Internet doyens are all about the glow-up these days. From facials to face-taping to hair jewels, these are the topics we’re texting about over our morning coffee.

#MarthaGoals… Proving that there is absolutely nothing Martha Stewart can’t do, the 81-year-old multi-hyphenate landed a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover this year, becoming the oldest SI cover model ever. Because of course she did. Take note: She says the secret to her preternaturally perfect skin is regular facials.

Stronger than a 90s trend… Raise your hand if you had “hair gems” on your bingo card for early Aughts beauty that would take over the world this year. Fans have been bedazzling their hair for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, and the look is dominating social media. Truly, they can still make the whole place shimmer.

Dragnet: Filler edition… Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati have seized dozens of shipments of unapproved injectable cosmetic treatments—including Juvéderm and Botox. The shipments would have been valued at nearly $175,400 had they been genuine and approved. Check your distributors, friends, and keep it real.

You glow, girl… The Internet was abuzz with Met Gala fashion recaps this month, but the most crucial takeaway for the mere mortals among us was that model Anok Yai’s otherworldly sheen came courtesy of Lancome’s Lancôme Nutrix Royal Body Nourishing & Restoring Body Butter. The supermodel genes don’t hurt either.

When zits attack… Celebrity facialist Joanna Czech recently spilled her secrets for helping clients get red-carpet ready, and what she did when Carey Mulligan showed up with a giant pimple days before a big event. See? Award-winning actresses ARE just like us.

To infinity and beyond… A recent market research study found that medspa revenue was valued at around $16.51 billion in 2022 and is estimated to grow about $49.1 billion by 2030—an annual growth rate of 14.61%. All that time you’ve spent learning the latest treatments and techniques is looking like a pretty smart investment right now, isn’t it?

Money falling from sky

What would you do… Here’s a fun thought exercise: If you had $1000 to spend on treatments, what would you get? Check out these recs, and then create your own $1000 workup. (Pro-tip: Design a combo treatment plan for your practice and promote it on your socials. You don’t have to tell anyone it was our idea.)

Treat yourself… Racecar driver Danica Patrick says she’s been getting facials since she was 20 to keep her skin looking fresh, and it shows. In April, the retired IndyCar champion announced a partnership with Cartessa Aesthetics. Wanna go full-throttle on Danica’s preferred treatments?  Start with VirtueRF Microneedling and follow it up with CoolPeel.

Headshot of Danica Patrick smiling

Danica Patrick

A wrinkle in time… In this week’s installment of, “Someone on TikTok suggested it,” we’ve got the trend toward face-taping to ward off wrinkles. Devotees swear they see results in a matter of days. Experts counter that there’s  no clinical evidence to suggest it works. (Temporary fix, maybe. Permanent, not so much.) Inquiring minds want to know: Is 3M behind this latest DIY treatment?

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