Homemade masks are fun and can be beneficial - and there a myriad of recipes out there. Keep in mind that ingredients such as lemon juice, cinnamon, or tea tree, while prominent in many skincare products, can be irritating or dangerous to the skin if used incorrectly. Cooking oils can be comedogenic. Another issue is contamination and growth of bacteria. So if you make a mask, use it and toss any leftovers. Retail and professional skincare products are carefully formulated to address specific skin concerns. So if you make your own, be sure to know what the ingredients are good for and use them in a safe way.
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...
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. 😊💆
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.
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.
Botanicals in skin care have been around as long as anyone can remember. Today, we can enhance their benefits through amazing technology such as stem cell extraction. Here we look at plants that have inherent characteristics that would be beneficial in skincare. One example is the beautiful Edelweiss flower. It growth in the harsh climatic conditions of the European Alps in high altitudes. It is such equipped with inherent protection from high-intensity UV rays. Edelweiss extract has a high concentration of flavonoids and phenolic acid that aid in fighting UV damage. Edelweiss stem cells have a high concentration of antioxidant properties, stimulate our own stem cells, and help in the production of hyaluronic acid and prevent co...
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...
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is an essential nutrient for the body. It stimulates production of immune system cells, and increases levels of circulating antibodies within the blood. It further helps to maintain blood vessel walls and thus prevents cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C also helps the body deal with stress. Ascorbic Acid aids the production of collagen, a protein that supports cell growth and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C helps the skin repair itself and thus aids the creation of scar tissue, as well as the diminishment of acne scars, and the treatment of hyper-pigmentation by slowing down the production of melanin.
A Powerful Antioxidant
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant: it slows the rat...
While we sleep our body regenerates - and so does our skin. That's why it makes sense to use richer products at night time, or even overnight masks. Try sleeping on your back to avoid pillow wrinkles ... and shoot for sweet dreams ⭐️🌝⭐️