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June 24, 2019

Yup, it's fun getting roped up in YouTube experiments. When it comes to your skin: use common sense, read up on ingredients and when in doubt, ask your esthetician. Because we need a license to be able to touch your skin.

June 24, 2019

How effective would a stain be on this surface? The same is true for our skin. Active ingredients in serums, moisturizers and creams can penetrate deeper and work better if they are applied to a clean surface. Cleansing your face is an important step in any regiment for healthy skin, as it will not only remove dirt, but will also help keep your skin's barrier function in tact. Over the course of the day, our skin accumulates not only sebum (the skin's own protective and lubricating oils), but also dirt, pollution, and don't forget that layer of makeup you put on. It is essential to loosen up this debris with a good cleanser and then wash it off with water before applying penetrating products that will help rejuvenate and regener...

June 17, 2019

As a rule of thumb products should be applied from lightest or thinnest to heaviest or thickest. Always start with a clean slate aka face. If your cleanser is not pH neutral, use a toner to set it back to a neutral pH. Next consider a serum - usually packed with goodness for your skin such as vitamins, antioxidants, hydration. A lotion or cream should add moisture and protection to your skin and seal in hydration. Alternatively, a face oil may do that job (depending on your skin type and needs). Lastly: sun protection. Allow for each product to soak in before you add the next layer. Makeup should be applied last. Happy layering! 

June 10, 2019

For our skin - the body's largest organ - to renew itself, it takes approximately 28 day. (This process slows down as we age) That means to be able to see any changes in our skin from a new skincare routine, we need to be patient. Give products a good three months to determine if they work for your skin (unless there is an adverse reaction). Improvement of acne, rosacea, pigmentation issues, or simply unbalanced skin will take time. One condition that will always be visible and can easily be rectified is the hydration level of your skin. So watch your water intake and use your moisturizers! 💦

May 20, 2019

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. 

May 13, 2019

In a time when human interactions are increasingly being replaced by apps, we often forget that the human touch can be powerful. Gentle stroking as performed in facial massage releases oxytocin which lowers cortisol, the stress hormone. But a facial massage does more: it helps loosen up tense facial muscles that harbor wrinkles. It increases circulation and oxygen flow to the face which increases collagen production for a healthy glow to the complexion. And facial massage helps products absorb better. So do your skin good and feel good with a facial. 😊💆

May 6, 2019

We are not so much worried about your manners, but more about lines manifesting around the lips. Repeated muscle movements are the foundation of lines and wrinkles. Keep on drinking your water, but lay off sucking bottles. Because we wouldn't want anyone to think that these lines are from - gasp - smoking. If you already spot them, hydrating products, special lip masks or even Botox might be your friend.

April 29, 2019

Why? In the process of skin regeneration, skin cells move to the topmost layer of the skin and die off. Their accumulation leads to dull looking skin and clogged pores. Exfoliation helps the natural shedding process, and there are different ways to do that: physical or chemical. Physical exfoliation includes anything from using a wash cloth, brush (manual or electric) to scrubs and microdermabrasion. These physically remove dead skin cells in varying strength. Chemical exfoliation can be done with enzymes (think pineapple, pumpkin, papaya, ...), or Alpha - or Beta-Hydroxy-Acids (think glycolic, lactic, salicylic, ...). These dissolve the glue in between the dead cells, or help dissolve the keratin altogether. These can range fro...

April 22, 2019

Our age shows on our hands - just like anywhere else on our body. Exposure to the elements and sun, harsh products and manual work all manifest themselves especially on our hands. We are not saying, start behaving like a hand model. But whenever you put your serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, night cream, face-oil or other goodies on your face (neck and precious décolletage) simply massage any leftover residue into your hands. And let your hands speak to your age the same as your face. 

April 10, 2019

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...

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