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    Are You Multi-Masking?

    If not, you should.

    Let’s face it: different parts of your face have different concerns! And with summer basically over, now more than ever you should be using a face mask regularly! The question is, what type of mask? While there’s always your favorite face mask to have on hand, we break down common problems that can happen on select areas of our face and a mask that can be used to help treat them.

    T-Zone

    The Problem: Oiliness. Sensitive or dry cheeks, but an oily t-zone (nose, forehead and chin)? This is more common than you think, as this area tends to be oilier than other parts of the face.

    The Solution: To control oil in the T-Zone area, look for a mask with oil-controlling ingredients, such as oatmeal, Saccharina latissima, lemongrass oil (yes, an oil that helps control oil production!) and lily of the valley. 

     

    Cheeks & Chin

    The Problem: Anything goes in this area, including sensitivity, dryness, breakouts, uneven skin tone and oiliness!

    The Solution (Sensitivity): Cheeks, for some, is one area that tends to be sensitive, reactive and turn red easily. To treat this, incorporate a mask with olive oil and olive leaf extracts, along with seaweed - all natural ingredients that have a calming effect on the skin and provide essential vitamins and proteins revitalize stressed out skin.

    The Solution (Dryness): Cheeks that are super-dry? Give them a deep conditioning treatment with natural hydrating ingredients: Codium fragile subsp. Attanticum seaweed, a type of seaweed that is known to help increase moisture by 50% long term; Shea Butter, rich in Vitamins A and E to nourish the skin; Mango Seed butter, rich emollient high in various nutrients such as beta carotene, B1, B2, B3, B6, calcium, and magnesium.

    The Solution (Breakouts): If random breakouts happen, give your skin a deep pore cleanse and don’t be afraid to spot treat! A sea-mud mask based on Ichthammol, used to absorb excess sebum and help cleanse the skin from bacteria, and Kaolin Clay, used for its oil absorbing properties can help clear breakouts.

    The Solution (Uneven skin tone): If you’ve had too much fun in the sun during the summer, you may be seeing dark spots on your face. If this is the case,, give your skin a spot treatment with a face mask for brightening that incorporates natural skin brightening ingredients. Ingredients like glycolic acid, kojic acid, and pelvetia seaweed extract are natural ingredients that help target skin discoloration.

     

    Eyes

    The Problem: Puffiness, bags, dark circles.

    The Solution: An eye mask or eye pads with seaweed, natural tea extracts, and cucumber, all of which have high anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and soothing properties, is going to help de-puff and soothe this area.

    Common Skin Changes During Pregnancy

    Pregnant and seeing changes in your skin? Lauren Streeter is a licensed aesthetician for over 10 years and mom-to-be! Here she discusses the most common skin changes that happen during pregnancy: pimples and breakouts, dryness and flakiness and hyperpigmentation/dark spots. Hear from Lauren on how you can effectively treat these skin issues with safe skin care for you and your baby!

     

    Pregnancy-friendly skin care pimples and breakouts: Hydra Medic Clear Complexion Drying Lotion

    Pregnancy-friendly skin care for dryness and flakiness: Honey and Almond Scrub

    Pregnancy-friendly skin care for dark spots: Biolight Brightening Skin Correct Serum

     

    AND, don't forget to tune into the next few weeks, as Lauren will share more pregnancy skin care tips!

     

    **Pregnant and have questions about your skin care or beauty routine? Leave them in the comments below!**


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    Why to Get a Facial

    The difference between paying thousands and thousands of dollars for injections or plastic surgery starts right now! Getting regular facials will fend off the need to resort to these options later on in life. If you’re taking care of your skin and performing a proper facial routine day and night, we applaud you tremendously, but this is only half of what your skin needs to stay healthy and young! Facials are the second half – here’s why!

    You’re Getting Treated by a Licensed Skin Care Professional

    Before we discuss exactly what happens during a facial and how it differs from how you treat your skin at home, let us point out one of the biggest advantages of receiving facials: they are performed by a licensed skincare professional! A licensed professional must pass a state exam before they perform esthetic treatments, and he or she is mandated to conform to state regulations (Note: Always ask for a licensed professional when visiting a salon or spa for a treatment.) A licensed professional performing the treatment understands the skin and how it functions. He or she has been trained and licensed to analyze your skin, and understand what’s going on below the surface – not just what’s apparent to the eye.

    Customization

    Another huge advantage in receiving a facial and working with a licensed professional is customization. A licensed skin care professional is going to help customize a proper at-home routine for you and eliminate a guessing game of finding the right products. This is because during a facial the professional is able to perform a thorough skin analysis. He/she will also listen and hear what your personal concerns are, and use this combined information and expertise to recommend the right regimen. You can stop visiting your drug stores and department stores in hoping of finding products that will work – the professional will make recommendations customized specifically for your skin!

    The Professional Treatment Difference:

    1. Cleansing - Cleansing under the care of a licensed professional will be at a deeper level than at home. We encourage you to give your skin a deep cleanse at home, in between treatments, but you will not be able to get to the same depth as an aesthetician who has steamers, brushes, and other electric equipment to aid them in this process.

    2. ExfoliationExfoliation should be done 2-3 times a week at home with a gentle granular exfoliator, such as one-based with honey and almonds, or rice bran wax for oily complexions. As we age, however, skin cell turn over slows down, making professional help needed. Your skin may be in need of a mild exfoliation or more intense exfoliation – this is to be determined by the licensed professional who has the expertise to evaluate your skin and make that decision based on your skin type. A licensed professional will select a proper peeling agent – either one that is based from an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), such as lactic acid, fruit acid, or glycolic acid, BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) such as salicylic acid, or an enzyme-based peel.

    3. Massage Not only is massage relaxing and an instant form of stress relief, but massage actually has anti-aging benefits. Facial massage movements help with skin firming. Massage also helps oxygenate the skin and increase circulation – a healthy blood flow helps prevent dark circles and eliminate a dull, dehydrated look.

    4. Extractions – What happens when you try to pop a pimple? Pain, bleeding, and the pimple coming back the next day – sound about right? This is because your fingers can’t compete with the skills a professional has and will utilize during a facial. A licensed professional is able to look at your skin under a magnified lens and perform extractions in a sanitary environment, eliminating the risk of infections. If pimples or blackheads have been a long battle for you, getting a series of treatments from a licensed professional is going to help you get on track to clear skin. 

    5. Professional Tools – One of the tools a licensed professional has to help with extractions is desincrustation. This can be a product alone, or used in conjunction with a machine. This is what helps to really break down the oil that is hardened in your pores, so when an aesthetician does perform extractions, they are less painful and built up dead skin cells and oil is completely removed. Galvanic is another tool used by professionals that helps infuse products and ingredients deeper into the skin – this allows for a more in-depth hydration.

    Click here to find a licensed professional near you!

    Have you been regularly getting facials? Is your skin seeing a difference? Share your experience in the comments below!

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