The Right Amount of Skincare Product

Some people are taught how to take care of their skin properly. Some are not. And even people who were taught about proper skin care can learn new things. I spent 12 years working as a Medical assistant and Skin Care Specialist in a Dermatology practice, yet when I went to Esthetician school I learned so much! Even when we think we know a lot there are always things we can learn

I recently wrote about the Balance of oil and water in the skin and how it can affect acne, dryness, aging and more. Balance is so important and many things can throw it off. Weather, hormones, age, and the amount of product you are using.

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Over the years I have had many people explain to me the proper amount of product I should be using on my skin, only to find that for me it was either way too much or not quite enough. I remember my instructor in Esthetician school advising us to use ½ the amount of product we thought we would need. Even though we were told that I still saw so much waste of product as  many students didn’t listen and ended up throwing away the excess product.

I am not a fan of wasting anything, especially not something that can be expensive (which some products are). Also, too much product can be harmful to your skin.

So, with all that being said, today I am going to tell you my thoughts on how much of each product is the appropriate amount to use, as well as giving you an easy to follow guide. It is a picture that I love because it shows exactly how much is the right amount! (and honestly I also probably love it because I think it is very easy for anyone to visualize proper amounts of products using their own hand).


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So what I would advise you all to do is actually do this to your own hand so you can see how much the amount in the picture equates to your products. For example is the correct amount of product one pump or two (if you have a pump on your product). Or is it ½ a pump (the daytime serum I use). If my product pours, is it fast or slow?

 And if your product comes in a jar, please don’t use your fingers to get it out. Use Q-tips, or another thing you can throw away after use. I buy popsicle sticks (aka craft sticks) from the store and break them in ½ to scoop product out of a jar. I do this because fingers have bacteria on them, and you don’t want to introduce any bacteria to your products!

 This picture has saved me lots of money, especially with masks. I often grab too much mask and end up throwing away what I don’t use. I hate that! So, being mindful of how much product to use will:

 1)    Save you money, since you won’t be wasteful.

2)    Save you time, since you will have less product to remove or rub in.

3)    Save your skin, since you won’t be overdoing it.

 And if you aren’t sure which products are the best for your skin, please feel free to make an appointment for a Consultation and Analysis so we can evaluate your skin and help you find the right products for you, as well as get your homecare regimen on track.

Why Sugaring is Better Than Shaving

Many people, both men and women have facial or body hair they would rather not have. They don’t like it and would like to have it removed. They are many ways to remove unwanted hair: shaving, waxing, laser, tweezing, threading and sugaring. Today I want to focus on the pros and cons of Shaving vs. Sugaring. I want to talk about shaving because it is the most common form of hair removal. Probably because it is usually convenient and easy for most people to simply grab a razor and cut the hair down to the level of the skin. It would be like mowing the grass to the level of the ground. Mowing the grass is very similar to shaving in the way it reduces the length of the hair or grass as the case may be.

However, although it may be more convenient there are definitely some drawbacks to shaving. One statistic I think is interesting is the cost and frequency of shaving for women. Women who shave can spend up to $10,000 dollars in their lifetime on the items needed for shaving! 10K !!! That is a LOT of razors and shaving cream ladies! And most women shave 12 times a month!! That is a LOT of time spent in the shower or bath removing hair. Well, actually the hair isn’t really being removed, it is really just being shortened. So 10k a year, and 12 times a month to shorten the hair. It is still there, in the skin, just waiting to pop through. Which it will..…every time.

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Also, shaving is time-consuming and can be rough on skin. Think about it: scraping your skin with a sharp razor. Cutting yourself and wearing down skin cells can occur. Not to mention, exposure to all the chemicals in shaving cream or soap can build up over time.

However, I think the thing I hear the most from my clients is the fact that they have decided to try sugaring because they are just really tired of the razor bumps they get when they shave. Red, itchy, painful……YUCK! I can’t think why anyone would want that!

Enter Sugaring.

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What exactly IS Sugaring and how is it done?

Sugaring is one of the oldest forms of hair removal around. It dates back to Cleopatra’s time, and is gaining more and more practitioners and clients! The Sugaring technique uses a sugar paste made from sugar, lemon juice and water. This paste has NO sticky resins, chemicals, preservatives and dyes that conventional “strip” or “hard” wax contains. This makes it a lovely natural alternative that works even for clients with very sensitive skin!

The paste is warmed to room temperature, and applied against the direction of hair growth. It is then removed with a “flick” of the Esthetician’s hand. It is removed with the natural direction of the hair growth. Also, the sugar paste never adheres to live skin, but only to dead skin cells. The paste permeates into the hair follicle, effectively removing the hair and the inner root sheath (the white, waxy bulb you find at the end of your hair shaft). This removal is also a gentle, yet effective exfoliating treatment that leaves your skin silky, sweet and smooth after the process.

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Where on your body can you get Sugared?

Anywhere, really! Legs, arms, bikini area, lips, even underarms—anywhere you'd like to remove hair as long as the hair is long enough to pull out. So what is the appropriate length? Sugaring requires one-eighth inch of hair, about the length of a grain of rice. This is the length it typically grows just five to seven days after shaving.

However because I like to be COMPLETELY transparent I also want to mention the pros and cons of Sugaring.

Pros:

  • Helps reduce the risk of ingrown hairs

  • Gently exfoliates while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture

  • Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive

  • Sugar paste is all-natural and hypoallergenic

  • Results last up to 4-6 weeks and if performed regularly, can lead to permanency

  • Hair only needs to be 1/8th inch long to be sugared

  • The mixture is water-soluble, so it washes off with water if any residue is left behind

  • Sugaring is eco-friendly and cost efficient. It requires no strips, popsicles sticks for applying or any other waste that is necessary for conventional waxing procedures

Cons:

  • Can take longer than traditional waxing, depending on body area being treated.

  • You need to ensure you are seeing a Certified Sugarist, because if not performed well, hair breakage and irritation to the skin is possible

While there are some cons to Sugaring the Pros greatly outweigh them!

So if you are curious, or convinced that Sugaring might be for you, I suggest you go ahead and book an appointment with Suffolk’s sweetest spa, Glam and Go, and gain more confidence with your body as our expert Sugarists rid you of that unwanted hair.







Balanced Skin Is Important!

We frequently talk about balance in our lives. We balance our diets, balance the checkbook and try to balance our time. With all this talk about balance there is one more thing we need to balance and it is CRUCIAL. We need to balance our skin!

If our skin is not balanced, it can trick us into thinking it is one thing when it is not. Although we can discuss balancing the pH of our skin, but that is not the type of balance I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about Basic balance, which I believe to be our water-oil balance.

Healthy skin has a perfect oil and water balance, which allows skin cells to do their job naturally and effectively.

If someone asks, you which skin type you have, what would your answer be? For most people it would probably be “I’m not really sure, it might be oily or dry”. Water-Oil balance is the basis of skin type, and once your Esthetician has determined what your true skin type is, he or she can create a skin care regimen that will work FOR you and not AGAINST you.

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All skin requires moisture from both water and oil in order to function properly and do everything from looking and feeling great to keeping us looking younger longer. Depleted or imbalanced hydration – lacking either oil or water – is the first thing that causes our skin to become dull looking as well as increasing aging and fine lines.

So when our skin doesn’t get enough moisture either due to environmental factors, intrinsic factors or simply the wrong skin care regimen our skin becomes weak and sensitive. If we don’t have proper moisture in our skin, the skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and dehydration. When our skin is out of balance it cannot defend itself from these factors and therefore can’t heal and protect itself from damage. This can lead to common skin concerns such as rough texture, redness, dry patches, flaky skin, and even acne. When these things happen, we panic and may resort to stripping cleansers, over-exfoliation, neglect, the wrong products, or a myriad of other things we think are helping, but in fact are causing more problems. With all that said, here is what you need need to know about water vs. oil in your skin.

There is an important relationship between water and skin. When your skin doesn’t have enough water it is dehydrated. Since our bodies are composed 70% of water it only makes sense that we need it for our skin also. After all, skin is the largest organ of our body. Our skin cannot produce moisture on its own and relies on moisture from the water we drink and moisturizers we apply. Environmental factors can also increase the dehydration of our skin. Things like heaters in the winter, smoking, travel, and dry air can also dehydrate our skin.

When our skin is dehydrated it does the best it can to compensate……it creates oil. So our skin is now dry AND oily. So we feel oily and do what we think is right which usually strips the oil and makes our skin even more dehydrated.

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Now some people do just naturally have dry skin. Dry skin makes the least amount of its own oil. Normal skin produces a normal amount of oil and oily skin produces the most amount of oil. Age, smoking and weather conditions can cause our skin to produce less oil, and using harsh cleansers can also remove our skins natural oil. So when our skin lacks oil, that is when it gets sensitive, red, blotchy and have acne. So your skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and the dry/oily/dehydrated cycle just keep repeating!

So how can you stay balanced?

With a Skin care regimen that is correct for your individual skin!!!

Finding products with the correct ingredients for your skin type, you may need to make changes during different seasons, and use the right amount of products. Too little can keep you dry and too many can be an overload.

Here at Glam and Go, LLC we offer a Consultation and Analysis so our Licensed Estheticians can examine your skin closely and create a regimen that will be right for your skin. At a price of $35.00 if you come to us and $55.00 if we come to you, this is one expenditure you will thank yourself for making! During the C&A we cleanse your skin, do a detailed and thorough analysis using a magnifying lamp and Woods lamp, cleanse again, apply a corrective mask to get your skin on its way to recovery and moisturize with a product suited for your correct skin type. Make your appointment today!!