The Correct Way To Use Your Skincare Products

One of the questions I get asked on a regular basis by my clients is:  How do I use my products?

 For most people the answers to these questions are the same, although there may be some variability based on individual needs. For a definitive answer based on your skin, I would advise you to make an appointment for a Consultation and Analysis, (C&A). During a C&A I cleanse the skin, and then take a detailed look under both a bright magnifying lamp and a black (Woods) lamp. After that is done I discuss in detail with each client what I see and what is the best course of action to address and correct their skin care concerns. We also discuss the products a client is currently using and how they can tweak their home skincare regimen to best suit the needs of their skin. I also always apply a corrective mask that targets clients concerns, and follow with a moisturizer suited to each person’s individual needs.

 An appointment for a Consultation and Analysis can be made by clicking on the Facials button and following the link. It is quite affordable at a price of $35.00, and will be very beneficial to getting your skin on the right track.

We provide a deep personalized analysis for YOUR skin, so you can find the best products to use.

We provide a deep personalized analysis for YOUR skin, so you can find the best products to use.

 So as far as how to use products there are a couple of suggestions I give to clients so they can get the best results from their skin care AND get the most use of their products. Let’s be honest, some products can be costly and I want you to get the most bang for your buck and not waste a drop. Additionally it is important to know how to get your product from the container onto your skin correctly. (Yes, there is a right and wrong way to do this.) In a previous blog, I have provided a picture that shows how much product to use and I love the fact that it is very clear and easy to understand.

 With face cleansing, I tell clients to use their fingers and not a cloth or rag. Unless you are using a clean washcloth EVERY time you cleanse you may be doing more harm than good. When a cloth is damp it can start to grow mold and bacteria and I don’t want you putting that on your skin. So wash your hands, and then use your hands to wash your face. To dry use a paper towel or if you have a clean towel, pat (don’t wipe) your face dry. (See, I told you there was a right and wrong way to do things.)


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Toner should be used after washing for a couple of reasons. First of all it removes any cleanser that may have been left behind (which can lead to blemishes if left there), and also because it cleans and leftover oils away so your products (especially the targeted ones) can get into your skin and do what they are meant to do.

 Targeted products should always be the first products to go onto your skin once it is cleansed and toned. Targeted products are the performance products such as anti-wrinkle treatments, Vitamin C serums, eye Serums and treatments for hyperpigmentation (dark spots). If they are in a pump just use a pea sized amount and if they are in a jar please please use a Q-tip or other disposable item such as a popsicle stick broken in half (I buy mine at Michaels) or a spatula to remove the product from the container. Fingers should never be used, as they can introduce bacteria and dirt into your products.

 Once the targeted products are on, you can finish up your regimen to make your skin ready for the day or for sleeping. These would be things such as eye creams, moisturizers, and SPF. Eye creams should always be applied with your middle or ring finger and gently patted under, on the sides and on the upper eyelids (so you don’t pull the delicate skin around the eyes). Also, please read the instructions on your eye cream to ensure it is safe for use on your upper lid. If you are unsure send me a text or private message via Facebook and I can help.

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Moisturizer and SPF should be dotted around the face and rubbed in until it has been absorbed. You usually only need a pea sized amount for your entire face and neck. Yes, please pull your moisturizer done to your neck. And if you are wearing a v neck or scoop neck shirt apply a little to your décolleté also so you don’t have a youthful face and old looking neck and décolleté area.

Please remember these are general guidelines and may be different for each person based on their skin and skincare needs. If you are unsure about your products or need further guidance please schedule an appointment for a C&A so we can get you on the right track to correcting any concerns and having beautiful skin!

 

Sugaring (Sugar Waxing). What It Is and How It Works.

Many new Sugaring clients have made a comment that makes me think I need to write a blog to tell you all exactly what Sugaring is and what it is not. Quite a few clients have come in for their appointments, and been surprised when I show them the jar of sugar paste. Because they have never heard of Sugaring they think I am going to put sugar on them (granulated sugar) and somehow remove their hair. I wish it were like that. That truly would be sweet and pain free hair removal. However, that isn’t exactly how Sugaring works.

The ingredients of sugar paste truly are ONLY sugar, lemon juice and water, but they are combined and heated so they create a sticky paste that is a phenomenal way to remove unwanted hair.  I purchase my Sugar from a wonderful company called My Gold Sugar that makes an awesome professional sugar paste. The owner Grace Powers has been Sugaring for many, many years and is dedicated to educating and supporting Certified Sugarists.

Sugar Paste ingredients

Sugar Paste ingredients

Because sugar paste is made from sugar, lemon juice and water it is natural and has NO chemicals or additives in it. This is awesome, because most hair removal waxes (both hard wax and soft wax) have chemicals added in to make them smell a certain way, or be better for sensitive skin, etc. Additionally, both soft and hard wax have ingredients added to them that can be allergenic for some people. Since sugar paste is used at room temperature, there is no possibility of being burned when you are Sugared. Wax is heated and then applied, and anyone who has been burned by hot wax (raising my hand here) can attest to how uncomfortable that is. Also, the sugar paste only adheres to hair and dead skin cells so there is no way for you to have any live skin removed. Anyone ever had their skin taken off with the wax? (Raising my hand for that too). In fact I have permanent light areas above both my eyebrows from damage to my skin caused by pulling my skin off during eyebrow waxing.  Sugaring does not pull your skin; therefore it is safe for use ANYWHERE, which is why it is such a wonderful medium for Brazilians. Sugar can safely get ALL the hairs, even inside the labia.

To prep the skin for sugaring I spray some witch hazel on a gauze pad to clean the skin, and then apply powder to ensure the skin is dry. (Sugar paste doesn’t adhere well to damp skin). Once that is done I put on clean gloves and grab a ball of sugar paste to apply and remove the unwanted hair. One of the great things about sugaring is I use the same ball of sugar on only one client so it is hygienic and not wasteful. No sticks or strips to fill up a landfill. Once I have completed the Sugaring service I simply remove my gloves with the sugar ball inside and throw it away.

Sugar Ball ready to use

Sugar Ball ready to use

Besides being completely chemical free, and applied at room temperature, sugar paste is also different from wax in the way it is applied and how it removes the hair. Wax (both soft and hard) is applied in the direction of hair growth and pulled against the direction of growth. As you can imagine this can cause many hairs to break and the Esthetician unable to remove the entire hair from the skin. With Sugaring, the sugar paste is applied against the hair growth and hair is removed in the direction it grows. The benefit of this is that it hurts less (however it is NOT painless) and because you remove the hairs in the direction they grow, you are more likely to remove the entire hair, making it take longer to grow back!! With Sugaring clients can expect the hair to stay gone for 3-4 weeks, and as they get Sugared regularly that can even go to 4-5 weeks of hair being gone. Whaaat???

When you schedule your sugaring appointments monthly you will have the best results from Sugaring. This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, hair grows in stages, and it is possible for some hairs to come back within a few weeks if they were in the final stage of growth (Telogen) when they were removed. During this stage of hair growth there is already a new hair at the root pushing that hair out and a new hair was already on its way to the surface.  When you get Sugared monthly. After a few sessions, all of the hair will be growing in the same cycles, and this won’t happen. Secondly, because Sugaring removes the hair at the root, it is possible some hair follicles will become damaged and those hairs may not grow back at all, or if they do they can be finer and softer. Yes please!!

Underarm Sugaring (Sugar Waxing)

Underarm Sugaring (Sugar Waxing)

Hopefully, this has answered some questions you may have about Sugaring and how it is done as well as the results you can expect. Please feel free to reach out and text me, call me or private message me on Facebook if you have any other questions.

If you are now ready to book your Sugaring appointment, simply click the Sugaring Services tab on the website and book your Sugaring (Sugar waxing) appointment now!

 

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.