We look for anything from vitamins to antioxidants in our skincare, but what we actually put in our bodies is also mirrored on the skin. The skin - gut connection is put increasingly more in focus, especially with regards to inflammation such as eczema and acne. This means not only identifying possible triggers (anything from processed food to sugar), but proactively managing inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods and herbs such as walnuts or turmeric. Probiotics (fermented food such as kefir or sauerkraut) as well as prebiotic foods (for example garlic and leeks) are also helping to restore a healthy gut. Bon Appetit!
Like this 🌸 beautiful comedo 🌸 (aka blackhead) that was extracted. Comedones are clogged hair follicle (pores). Keratin and oil block the pore and the exposure to oxygen turns them black. A comedo may or may not become inflamed and turn in to a papule or pustule. In any case, leave the extraction to the pros. It brings your esthetician joy and is safer for your skin 😝. At home, wash your face with the correct cleanser and exfoliate regularly to keep pores open. Stay away from any comedogenic ingredients that block pores.
Every day, we as estheticians, see clients who live with acne, are unhappy with their sun spots, lines and dull complexion, battle rosacea and hide behind make up. Then they make a small step through our door and they change their life. Be that person. We will help you.
One of the primary function of the skin as an organ is protection. Healthy skin is a protective barrier against outside elements (UV and free radicals) and microorganisms. Sebum (oil) secreted by our pores, lipids (protective oils between epidermal cells), sweat and water together form the acid mantle that effectively protects the skin from water-loss and external factors: it is essential to keep this natural barrier function intact.
How does a compromised skin barrier look and feel? Dry, itchy, irritated, sensitive... To keep your skin radiant, plump and healthy, minimize sun exposure (wear sunscreen and protective gear), avoid overzealous exfoliation and harsh products and chemicals on the skin, keep your skin well hydrated (he...
Lately, a lot of people have been mentioning Witch Hazel to me. They are using it after they wash their face, or at night, or to treat razor burn, … and usually follow up with “So, is it good for you?” Let’s shed some light on this natural remedy:
A longtime staple of the beauty industry, witch hazel has gone in and out of favor over the years and is now hailed again as the hot “new” ingredient of 2019.
The witch hazel plants are flowering shrubs native to North America. Plant extracts can be used as an ointment; leaves, bark and twigs and can be processed into a liquid, commonly known as Witch Hazel.
Witch Hazel is anti-inflammatory, soothing and rich in anti-oxidants. Check, check, check for what we want in skincare.
Willow bark form the White Willow Tree has been used for centuries to treat aches and pains. It contains a natural chemical called salicin that blocks specific hormones that regulate inflammation. Today, an oxidized version known as Salicylic Acid is a staple in acne fighting skincare. Why?
Acne primarily results from an overproduction of sebum (oil secreted from pores) paired with an abnormally high rate of desquamation (shedding of skin cells) in individuals that lack enzymes breaking down the cellular glue. The result are clogged pores, in which acne bacteria can grow.
Salicylic Acid is a lipophilic, or oil-soluble acid. This means it can break down sebum - the skin's own oils. It is also kreatolitic, meaning it can break down...