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Change up your Skin Care Regime for Spring

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Winter still may feel like it is here, but it will soon pass with a new season to embrace, spring! With the new spring season, it becomes necessary to go through a bit of a beauty overhaul. With the season change includes switching to lighter makeup, hair, and nail colors, but we sometimes neglect our skin. After months of harsh weather, our skin is in dire need of a beauty revamp. The question is: Which products should we be using and which should we be avoiding? Below are a few guidelines on how to change up your skin care for Spring.

Moisturizer: After some very drying weather, we need to rebuild our skin and replenish the moisture that was lost. What exactly do you need to look for in a moisturizer? Keep an eye out for products that double as a moisturizer and a skin protectant. Sunflower oil and vitamin E work as emollients that trapsmoisture inside skin cells, plus they keep the skin hydrated. Look out for alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, which help replenish dry skin. Another moisturizer must-have is glycolic acid, which works to gently to remove dead skin cells and leave you with glowing skin.

Exfoliate vs. Cleanse: Sometimes we feel like we have to give up one for the other as the season changes, but luckily, that’s not the case. Exfoliating works to help rid your skin of any dry, rough layers left over from the winter. When you’re looking for the best scrub, avoid walnut shells or apricot pits, which are rougher exfoliants and can therefore irritate or tear the skin. Instead look for ingredients like brown sugar, or scrubs that contain beta hydroxy acids. Where exfoliating should really only happen once or twice a week, cleansing should ideally happen twice a day (morning and night). Using a mild, unscented cleanser will help to ensure your skin won’t be irritated.

Don’t Forger The SPF: SPF is a must-have year-round, but now that the weather is warmer, we’ll all likely be outside more and therefore, there’s more of an emphasis on sunscreen. Make sure you know which works for your face and which for the rest of your body, because sometimes the formula for your body can cause the skin on your face to break out. Always keep an eye out for non-chemical sunscreens with ingredients like titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, as these do not react with skin the way more harsh chemicals do.

Skin Care Tips for Valentine’s

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One doesn’t ask for much, maybe a nice dinner at our favorite restaurant, a lovely love letter, roses or a nice gift makes one feel good on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating it with a loved one, or just feel like pampering yourself, it’s always nice to look good. Click here for skin care tips to looking beautiful on this special day.

Get Smooth Lips

Exfoliate this kissers! Apply a bit of lip balm or Vasoline to a separate toothbrush and brush your lips. It’ll remove the dead skin from you lips.

Get Sexy-looking Lips

Use a lip plumper and add some colour. Try a tinted balm or try a sexy colour that will make them stand out.

Get Smooth Skin

For nice smooth skin, you will want to moisturize, so apply a creamy balm containing petrolatum, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, or ceramides. Avoid waxy formulas because their ingredient may not penetrate, as well as anything heavily flavored or fragranced, which can make the chapping even worse.

Get on the fragrance

You want to smell great and an easy way to do it is by picking your favorite fragrance and apply it to your pulse points, which give off heat and release the scent: your wrists, inner elbows, temples, neck hollow, behind the ears, and behind the knees. Apply no more than two drops of perfume, three sprays of eau de parfum, and four hits of eau de toilette. And since, over time, you become desensitized to the smell of a fragrance, resist the urge to pile it on, and stick to the amount you used when you first wore the fragrance.

Get smooth skin

You want that touch to be smooth for your partner, so to get the smoothest shave every, you will want to choose a razor with at least five blades. Once you’re in the shower or bath, wait three minutes for warm water to soften hair. Instead of soap (it clogs your razor), use a shaving cream or gel (it creates a smooth barrier between your skin and the blades). In a pinch, hair conditioner or a creamy body wash can work.
For legs: Start above the ankle and work upward in six-inch sections. Rinse the razor between each stroke. To get your knees and ankles, pull the skin taut with one hand and glide the razor with the other.
For underarms: Shave at different angles, since the hair grows every which way. Move the blade upward, then down, then across, rinsing it clean and re-lathering between strokes.
For the bikini line: Avoid irritation by angling the blade in the direction of hair growth and gently shaving with the grain.

Get a Great Wax

For those areas where shaving isn’t always the best, then there is nothing romantic about getting a bikini wax. When booking though, make sure your hair has to be long enough—about a quarter-inch—for wax to work. Book your appointment accordingly, about every two to four weeks.
Prep your skin: For the closest wax, exfoliate with a body wash containing salicylic acid before your appointment, but don’t apply any lotion.

Get that sexy look

Don’t Forget Your Cleavage! A stunning face has a lesser effect if the skin on your chest, or rather your cleavage, is riddled with acne and brown spots. If you’re looking to wear a low neck top and show off all of your beauty, then make sure your using your favorite anti-aging cream here and use it just twice a week. Also, on the special night, sweep an illuminating body powder, and make yourself even sexier.

Why is January Important to Skin Care?

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Why is January Important to Skin Care?

The month of January is the beginning of the New Year where everyone makes new resolutions, which include skin care resolutions. Your New Year can be a start of great expectations with either wins or broken promises, it all depends on you and your resolutions.

You should remember that it takes commitment and time because beauty isn’t something that happens overnight. For instance, you shouldn’t constantly switch products, because results are never instantaneous. You might need to wait six weeks or more to notice any changes in your skin, so resolve to give new products time to work before moving on (The only exception is if you try something and it gives you an allergic or cosmetic reaction).

Here are 5 tips that show why “January Important to Skin Care”. These tips will help and improve your skin care giving great results, such as smooth, glowing and young-looking skin.

  1. Design and commit to a skin care regiment that gets you the results you want. Like we said, it doesn’t happen overnight. Read our blog post, “Making a smart New Year’s Resolution” to help you with the design that will, in turn, help with commitment.
  2. Keep it Simple S….The term “KISS” applies to a great skin care regiment because a simple design will help you understand your skin’s basic biology. A simple design could include the following:
    • Keep it clean with a gentle cleanser
    • Pump up your skin hydration with a serum
    • Protect your skin with a moisturizer for your skin type.
    • Use an SPF to avoid overexposure to sunlight and prevent premature skin aging or worse, skin cancer.
  3. Connect with yourself. Don’t panic when you find unexpected spots or lines on your skin. Instead of focusing on symptoms, look for the root of the problem.
  4. Keep it pure. Your lifestyle can majorly affect your skin. Avoid ingredients that disrupt your hormone receptors, such as phthalates, parabens and triclosan, as well as known carcinogens like propylene, glycol and fragrances.
  5. Get help from our doctor or aesthetician that may help you with guidance in developing a customized routine catered to your personal beliefs, budget and preferences that will solve your most annoying beauty peeves. Whether it is chronic acne or wrinkles, getting to the matter now and acting on it will make your life easier.

Resolutions can be hard to commit to, but your body is a priority. Your skin is a reflection of your body, so let’s make 2018 the year you commit to taking care of your skin!

6 Winter Skin Care Tips

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Winter weather is not fun for your skin. The winter brings cold weather and low humidity resulting in dry air that steals the moisture away from your skin. The winter also brings cold dry winds, which can make it worse. Without care, your skin can lead to cracks and, in some cases, bleeding can occur. Learn how to give your winter skin care a boost while reduce chapping, redness, itching, and dry skin with the following tips.

5 TREATMENTS FOR END OF SUMMER SKIN CARE

After reading every Summer skin care tip and applying your best sun protection regiment, you may have gotten more ultraviolet (UV) exposure than you would have liked. Even with your best sun protection efforts and intentions, you may have gotten more exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays this summer than you’d like resulting in the appearance of sunspots. Read these 5 cosmetic treatments that will help reduce the appearance of existing sunspots and remove the damage.

1) Retinoids are compounds derived from vitamin A that encourage skin cells to slough off and renew themselves, improving skin cell turnover cycles and lighten brown spots. Milder forms of retinoids, called retinols, are available in OTC creams; they may be less effective than their prescription counterparts, but can still have some benefit.

2) Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants reduce UV damage to your skin. They also slow down your skin’s degeneration from the production of rogue chemicals (free radicals) that cause visible signs of damage.

3) Exfoliants, such as AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids), stimulate faster skin cell turnover. This is the process by which your skin cells replace themselves. Since sun damage slows the rate at which your skin cells turn over, exfoliants may be effective treatment.

4) Laser resurfacing can peel away sun damage, such as brown spots and blotchiness. There are several types of laser treatment, including: broadband light (BBL), fractionated lasers, and ablative lasers (the most aggressive). Always see a doctor to properly discuss your options.

5) Chemical peels encourage the dead top layer of skin to slough off, which in many cases will take with it areas of uneven pigmentation and precancerous lesions and fine lines. Peels can either be performed in a series or as a one-time treatment, depending on the peel depth. Again, we always say to see a doctor first to discuss your options.

Remember that signs of sun damage are always important and we always recommend seeing a doctor first before trying cosmetic treatments.

How to Cover Sunburns and Tan Lines

I’m sorry to say, but it’s inevitable and you will get some type of sunburn or unwanted sun tan line during the summer season. Even the best of us, that use SPF and follow the every tip known to mankind will eventually have a 911 emergency night. You will need to cover it up because you have a prior engagement that doesn’t call for you looking like a lobster.

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Before you we start and talk about covering up a sunburn or a tan line, please do damage control. Just like your face, you want to make sure the area is smooth and clean. Wash and use a gentle exfoliator to the area.

Choose something that’s waterproof and long-wearing. If you’re planning to have a fun night dancing or having a night out in the town, remember the humidity and heat, which means you will sweat!

Also, color match your makeup and choose a color that is the same color or slightly darker than your tan. This way, it won’t stand out or look dramatically darker, but it’ll be much more pigmented than your non-tan patches. You should test a few shades on an area of the body that showcases your summer skin tone. The shade that blends seamlessly or appears slightly darker is your best bet. Finally, layer it up in the areas where you’re transitioning between fairer and tanned skin. Apply one thin layer across the whole area, let dry, and then apply more layers to the untanned area to build on the color.

Now, here are tips to cover up those sun created blemishes.

How to Cover Up a Sunburn

Covering up a sunburn can be tricky because your skin is irritated and you don’t want to aggravate it. Before you start, make sure your skin is hydrated and clean. First, prep the area by lightly covering it with a green toned primer that will help counter the redness. You want to smooth it out and not rub the product on your skin. Second, use a foundation that will provide good coverage without a lot of blending. Depending on how badly you are sunburned using the softest Kabuki brush could be painful, instead use a mist airbrush foundation. This type of foundation uses an ultrafine mist that gives flawless makeup results providing a full coverage finish without any blending. It’s easy to use, just spray and let it set. Talking about sprays, some may ask, “Can’t I just use a spray tan to cover it up?” We don’t suggest using it because spray tans will darken all over. If you have darker or lighter spots on your body, then these will show up as different tones.

No matter what you do though, there will be some discomfort when covering a sunburn. You want to let your skin to heal, so using a foundation shouldn’t be used unless it’s absolutely necessary.

How to Cover up those Unwanted Tan Lines

If your skin isn’t damaged, just tanned, then covering up those unwanted tan lines can be tricky. However, in these cases, you have a lot more application options since you don’t have to worry about irritating your skin or the pain. The place people go wrong during this process is people try and cover the entire area. Don’t try to use spray tan or self-tanning lotion to even out the area as you’ll only make the dark areas appear darker. Find a foundation that suits your tanned skin tone and concentrate on the uneven parts. By using a small kabuki brush, our clinic has “Youngblood Small Kabuki Brush” as shown below, you can carefully apply the product where it’s needed and save yourself from looking covered in makeup. If the difference in tone is very noticeable, try a concealer, just along the lighter skin. After you apply your foundation over the whole area with your brush, you’ll want to soften the line giving your skin a more natural finish. Set the area with powder or a setting spray, which will keep your skin moisturized and give a more skin-like finish.
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10 Tips to Avoid Acne in the Summer

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In summer months, is the season that we tend to show more skin than the others. Naturally, we all want that healthy, glowing and blemish free complexion. But, if you are like most of us then you might be finding yourself breaking out more often in summers than in the rest of the months. So this guide is all about understanding summer acne and also ways of preventing it.

Natural Summer Beauty

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Natural Summer Beauty

With the summer months upon us, our beauty needs begin to change.  It’s important that we choose a versatile beauty brigade that makes our daily routine simple and seamless, allowing us to look and feel our best so we can reap the benefits of fun in the sun, sandy beaches and time away with friends and family.

Switching to products that provide exactly what you need this summer is as easy as looking in your kitchen cabinet! There are plenty of simple but amazing products you can use to protect your looks this summer and make your routine an effortless task. Nature provides us with a bounty of products that can be just as good for us inside as they are out.  Read about the next few products that can be easily acquired and added to your summer beauty must-haves.

8 Summer Skin Care Tips

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During the summer, having that nice tan can make us feel good or relaxing in the sun with a nice beverage can also do the trick too. But, we have to be diligent when it comes to the sun and our skin during this season. Read our eight summer skin care tips that will help you look and feel your best all summer long, while protecting it from the sun and preventing problems that can occur from the heat.