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Four Steps For Overnight Skincare

posted by Lissa Logan

After a long day, you’re totally exhausted, you want nothing more than to crawl under the covers of your soft, comfy bed and just sleep.

But before you nod off, please do these four quick and simple steps to take care of your skin.

First, wash your face using the correct cleanser for your skin type. This will get rid of the day’s make-up, pollution, and dirt, preventing breakouts, aging and stretched pores.

Next, add a Vitamin A product. Collagen production in your skin decreases as you age. Apply the product to help stimulate collagen.

Then, dot on an anti-aging eye crème. The eye area has the thinnest skin so you must protect it. Eye cremes have vitamins that repair skin and lighten dark circles.

And lastly, apply moisturizer and hit the hay! All done in under 5 minutes.

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Do Depilatories Really Work?

posted by Lissa Logan
Do Depilatories Really Work?

Do Depilatories Really Work?

A cheap and quick fix, depilatories can get rid of unwanted hair. However, unlike waxing, depilatory crèmes only work well on finer hair, but not on coarse hair.

And you have to be wary when using this because removing hair may not be the only thing you get from them.

Depilatory crèmes are loaded with chemicals and melt keratin, which causes hair to dissolve.

But those chemicals don’t really remove hair as cleanly, so they grow back just as fast as you remove them. Normally, it takes three to four days, but sometimes it can come back in a day.

Plus, the chemicals you inhale can cause redness, rash, allergy or even burn your skin.

I know it sounds as if we don’t like depilatories. And yes, we admit, we really don’t. Not only can depilatories severely dry your skin, regular use can cause skin discoloration. And if you have sensitive skin, please think twice before using them as it could trigger an allergic reaction and give you more problems than just having unwanted hair.

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Winter Skincare Tips

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Winter Skincare Tips

Winter Skincare Tips

As the cold weather sets in, the air becomes dry, making your skin crack and starved for moisture. So what can you do to protect it? Here are some tips to keep your skin humidified during winter.

1. Extra dry skin can cause keratosis pilaris, a condition that resembles chicken skin. Make sure to use lotions with salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells around your hair follicles and reduce the appearance of bumps.

2. When washing your hands, choose a moisturizing soap-free cleanser or a hydrating antibacterial gel, then slather on lotion right away.

3. Anything that traps moisture on your skin helps lotions and creams soak in. So slip on some cotton gloves over lotion to help moisturize parched hands.

4. To soften stubborn dry patches on rough elbows and knees, a simple mixture of honey and sugar applied topically can serve as a rich, hydrating scrub and increase circulation in your skin.

5. If your arms or legs look scaly, try a 12 percent lactic acid lotion. It will moisturize your skin and exfoliate those scales away.

6. For your arms, legs, and torso, use a rich bath oil or moisturizing body cleanser that leaves a creamy film on your skin.

7. Exfoliate lightly.

8. For roughed-up feet, before bed, gently buff away calluses with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone, and apply a thick, buttery moisturizer while feet are still damp.

9. A long, hot bath or shower might seem tempting when you’ve been out in the cold, but it will strip your skin of moisture. Keep showers to no more than 10 minutes, and not more than once a day.

10. The softer your sheets and sleepwear, the better, but you needn’t invest in silk. Avoid blends of cotton and synthetic fibers, which might be irritating.


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How To Take Care Of Mature Skin

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How To Take Care Of Mature Skin

How To Take Care Of Mature Skin

Great looking skin can be achieved no matter how old you are.

But in order to get that healthy, glowing skin, you have to do away with poor skin care habits.

Skin in your forties turns over more slowly and is more prone to dryness and fine wrinkles, so avoid overexposure to the sun.

The good news is there are a lot of treatments and products that can reverse the effects of aging.

One is chemical peel. This treatment literally peels away the rougher outer layers of your skin keeping it smooth.
Another is microdermabrasion. The crystals used will wear away dead skin.

Also consider IPL and laser for longer-lasting effects.

Retinol is your friend. Choose products with this ingredient. They can be used at home to build collagen, fade sun spots and improve the over all texture of your skin.

Splurge on a good eye cream. The eye area is the thinnest skin on your body and often the first place to show wrinkles. No skimping here!

Don’t be rough on your skin. Baby it instead! Avoid over exfoliation. Once or twice weekly is plenty. Avoid using two potentially irritating ingredients at the same time like retinol and Vitamin C. Alternate; use one in the A.M. and one in the P.M.

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Do You Have These Skin Problems Too

posted by Lissa Logan

We hear these complaints a lot:

• “My skin looks dull and has lost its glow. I guess I have to live with it since I’m getting older, right?”
• “What can I do for blotchy skin?”
• “My skin is so clogged. UGH! I hate it!”

The answer to these pesky problems is not only simple, but it’s THE most overlooked problem solver in skin care. What is it? Exfoliation.

When you exfoliate just once or twice a week, more often for oily skin, it gets rid of old, dead skin cells. Why is that important? Those dead skin cells cause your skin to look dull, your blush to “grab,” and your pores to clog.

Exfoliation revs up your blood circulation so you get back that youthful glow! And blotchy skin? Be gone. This vital step to beautiful skin helps even out skin tone.

Have you noticed how make-up settles more readily into lines and creases? By exfoliating, you will dramatically reduce this problem. Your blush won’t look blotchy, and your skin tone will improve!

Exfoliation helps to unclog pores, which reduces nasty blackheads and breakouts. What’s more you’ll see the benefit almost immediately. It’s a simple easy step that saves you money and aggravation!

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How To Get The Perfect Manicure

posted by Lissa Logan
How To Get The Perfect Manicure

How To Get The Perfect Manicure

How do you get perfect looking nails? What’s the right manicure for you? Here are our tips to have the perfect manicure:

1. French Manicures—Always a classic look, French manicures make your nails look longer. Wear paler shades for serious moments like a job interview.

2. Gel or Shellac nails—If you have a busy lifestyle, or you just want long lasting colour without the upkeep, this is just right for you.

3. Your Skin Tone And Colour—Make sure the colour of your polish compliments your skin tone. For blue undertones, choose pinkish nudes, deep violet, fuchsia or cherry red. For olive and yellow undertones, opt for beige or white nudes, chocolates and corals. One trick when testing a new shade, use a piece of clear tape stuck to your nail.

4. Choose A Flattering Nail Shape—An oval shape flatters most hands, but if you want to soften your look, go for a round shape. Square and “squoval” look best on long fingers. A pointed nail is more daring and makes nails look longer.

5. For Smudge Or Chip—Dab a little acetone on the trouble spot and smooth it out. Once it dries, fill in the area with matching nail polish and a topcoat.

6. First Aid For A Cracked Nail—It happens, so try this quick fix at home. Cut a strip from a tea bag to cover the nail. Apply a base coat then wet the tea bag strip with polish, and wrap it around the nail. Smooth it out and seal with another layer of polish.

7. Prevent an “Oops!” moment—Get out your keys and wallet out before your manicure starts. This will help lessen the chances of an “Oops!” moment happening.


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The Effects of Soaps On Your Skin

posted by Lissa Logan

The skin is a masterpiece.

Mother Nature designed it with several different acids to ensure that bacteria do not get in.

Which is why it’s very important to have the right kind of cleanser for your skin type.

Soap manufacturers often label their products as “pH balanced.” But what does that mean?

Too much acidity or alkalinity can disrupt the acid mantle, (your skin’s barrier) causing it to be much more susceptible to damage and dryness.

Mild skin care soaps are more alkaline and can really dry out your skin, compromising its ability to effectively do its job.

This is also true with hand soaps. That’s why your hands dry out after use.

Your cleanser needs to be alkaline enough to remove dirt and make-up, but not cause dryness.

The skin is always changing. That means that as you grow older, the pH changes, too. There are some skin conditions that raise the level of alkalinity, like eczema and dermatitis. That’s where we come in!

If you feel your skin care just isn’t performing the way it used to, it’s time to get a professional skin analysis.

Our highly trained aestheticians will match the right cleanser for your skin type. And that means balanced and glowing skin!

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Why You Should Get Your Feet Tuned Up

Why You Should Get Your Feet Tuned Up

When your car’s odometer hits 100,000 miles, you start considering if it’s time to get a new car. Unfortunately, we don’t have that option for our feet.

On average, we take about 8000-10000 steps each day, which could add up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime.

Just like we spend a lot to make sure our cars are in perfect running order, we should also invest in the health of our feet. So, think of pedicures as a tune up for your feet.

Constantly under pressure, your feet can develop calluses, corns, and ingrown nails. That’s why professional pedicures are so therapeutic.

Our licensed pedicurists are highly trained to care for hardworking feet. They know what to look for and the questions to ask to make sure your feet get outstanding care.

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Do You Really Have Dry Skin

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Do You Really Have Dry Skin

Do You Really Have Dry Skin

We always hear this complaint: “My skin is so dry.”

But believe it or not, people who suffer from real dry skin is actually not common.

What most are experiencing actually dehydrated skin with itchiness, tightness and flakes.

Of course, nobody likes having flaky skin. Once they see flakes, people immediately gravitate toward exfoliating aggressively. However, this only causes irritation and inflammation, and your skin still flaky.

People also tend to buy crèmes that are extremely rich and heavy. The molecules of these products are large and hard to penetrate. The product just sits on your skin, not doing any good at all.

The key is to first know exactly what you’re dealing with. Then you must approach this skin type with this motto: Everything in moderation.

Limit your exposure to the sun and use sunscreen. Make sure all your products do not strip away much needed moisture. You want your skin care to replace the water you’ve lost overnight.

This is a common, yet tricky skin condition. It requires understanding and proper care to effectively balance its demanding needs. Over the counter products rarely address it.

If you’re frustrated with your skin, come in for a consultation. We can get you on the right track in no time!

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Make Your Skin Glow All Year Round

posted by Lissa Logan

Our skin is affected by the seasons, so we have to cater its different needs throughout the year.

This means your skincare regimen will change as the seasons do.

There are several things you can do to get glowing skin.

– Regularly get facials.
– Use retinoids to keep pores clear and skin smooth.
– Mild chemical peels exfoliate dull, dry summer skin, accelerating new skin growth.
– Brown spots will fade with IPL treatments
– Laser will tighten skin that was over exposed to the sun.

Turn up your skin’s glow regardless of the season—and get rid of dull, damaged skin with luscious skin care treatments.

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