Protecting Yourself From UV Exposure

Now that the warmer weather is here, and you are going to be outside enjoying it, remember that you are being exposed to UV rays. UV exposure can be harmful to your skin and your hair. UVA rays are aging rays that cause wrinkles in the skin. UVB rays are burning rays that cause sun burns and skin cancer. Preventing damage to your skin and hair is much easier than reversing the damage after it has already happened. Here are some ways to help prevent sun damage to your hair and skin.

Body
When you apply sunscreen to your body, be sure to apply it to your entire body. Even the areas that are covered by clothing can get skin cancer. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, the spray kind is the easiest to use. Avoid sun exposure after applying perfume. Some of the chemicals in perfume can remove the sunscreen, which can lead to a sunburn. Re apply sunscreen every 2-4 hours you are outside. Water and sweat can help to remove sunscreen, so it is best to always reapply after being in water or performing a physical activity.

Hair
Many people do not protect there hair when they go in the sun. The suns rays over a period of time can be just as damaging as bleaching your hair. The most common way to protect your hair is to wear a hat. If a hat is not your style, make sure to apply sunscreen to your part and hairline. Before you go in the sun, use a deep conditioning treatment, preferably one that has vitamins a, c, or e in it. They are essential to keep your hair strong and healthy. Do not use hair spray, it sits on your hair and offers no protection. Instead find and use products that soak into your hair. Do not wash your hair everyday, but when you do, if you have spent a lot of time outside use a deep conditioning hair mask to re-hydrate your hair. 

Face
When you do your daily face cleaning routine, include a moisturizer that has an SPF in it. The extra SPF will help stop damaging sun rays from aging your skin. Before applying sunscreen, apply an antioxidant serum. It will add a layer of extra protect onto your face. Apply the sunscreen on your face, but avoid your eyelids. The skin on your eyelids is so thin, that the sunscreen can actually soak right through it and cause damage to your eyes. If you are going to be wearing make-up while outside, use mineral make-up that have ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc in them. The titanium dioxide acts as a sunscreen, and the zinc helps as a healing device for sunburns and other skin irritations. On your lips, add a layer of lip balm with SPF in it. It helps prevent dryness, cracking, and sunburn.

To insure the best protection from the sun, check to make sure your sunscreen has not expired, that you limit your exposure time between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, and that you are constantly reapplying sunscreen while you are outside. Skin cancer is easily treated and prevented. Avoid going outside without sunscreen, and tanning beds to lower your risk of getting skin cancer. Follow these tips to healthier skin and hair.

~aphrodite

Helping your skin receive what it needs and doesn’t need, from N to Z

I hope you all enjoyed the last blog post. To coincide with the last blog I posted, this is a continuation of that same article. The first half of the article was A to M, so now I will finish off with N to Z.

N. Neuromodulators. Neuromodulators, also known as botox, is used to smooth lines in your forehead and eye area by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscle. If done correctly, your face will have a relaxed look, but if done incorrectly your face can become permanently paralyzed. 

O. Ozone. Ozone pollution from the decreasing ozone layer, does not help our bodies inside or out. Twenty minutes of high ozone exposure is a big factor in premature aging. Use a product with alkylguanine transferase in it. It has an enzyme in it that repairs ozone induced damage on the skin. Ozone pollution is only common in large cities, or places that have factories, so many people do not have to worry about this on a daily basis.

P. Pores. As we get older, sun exposure damages the fibers that help keep skin smooth and firm, causing pores to expand. In a shower, allow the water to get as hot as you can handle it, so the stem opens up your pores. Then use an exfoliant to clean your skin. After you get out, use an anti-aging mattifying lotion.  

Q. Q-10. Q-10 is an antioxidant and hydrator that strengthens the top layer of the skin, which helps it seal in moisture. It is also an anti-inflammatory.

R. Retinoids. Retinoids are a vitamin a derivative, that increases cell turnover and stimulates collagen production. The collagen production helps smooth skin, treat discoloration, and acne. Do not use every night at first, because there can be some irritation. Use a few times a week, and to ease into it.

S. Stem cells. Stem cells can regenerate indefinitely, and repair tissue they reside in. By apply stem cells from a plant, it can help you get your skin to act younger, which in return can help it look younger.

T. Tanning beds. Tanning beds are used to get UV rays into your skin, which makes it darker, but they also can accelerate the aging process of your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer. Instead go a more natural route and use a self tanner. You will have healthier skin and look younger, longer.

U. UVA & UVB rays. UVA rays cause aging in the skin and UVB rays cause burning in the skin. Both can cause skin cancer. Keep your skin safe, and use sunscreen everyday.

V. Veins. Veins can come from all sorts of contributions. The best fix is sclerotherapy, a procedure where a dermatologist injects the veins with saline. Injecting it causes the veins to collapse, and the blood to be rerouted. To help prevent spider veins, wear compression stockings or support hose. 

W. Water. Most people do not drink enough water on a daily basis, and water is what keeps your body running smoothly. Drinking to much water can be a bad thing as well. Over hydrating can flush out essential vitamins and electrolytes from your blood system. Drink 6-8 8 oz. glasses of water each day.

X. Extra Credit. Most creams do not combine moisturizing, firming or working all day into one. But now there is an all in one anti-aging cream. This Miracle Cream works for the face, neck, and eyes all day or night to firm skin, smooth wrinkles, and hydrate. 

Y. Yogurt. Yogurt has tones of pro-biotics and immune boosting cells, that when used on skin it hydrates and promotes good bacteria growth, while minimizing bad bacteria growth. You can use any type of yogurt on your skin as well.

Z. Zinc oxide. Sunscreens made from zinc help provide broad spectrum protection. They sit on the surface of your skin, instead of soaking in. This in turn makes them safer, more effective, and great for people with sensitive skin. 

I really hope you enjoyed this article and are learning a lot of great facts. Keep reading our blog for more great articles and tips.

~aphrodite

Shape Magazine: Your Skin, A to Z. January/February 2013. Author: Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig

 

Helping your skin receive what it needs and doesn’t need, from A to M

There are many products that your skin needs, and may not receive because you do not know what they are or because you did not know it effected your skin. I found this article that had some great notes in it and I wanted to share it this week. I have added some of my own input as well. I hope you find it very informative.

A. Antioxidants.  Antioxidants are the 2nd best thing to help fight against anti-aging. They help to fight against the effects of UV light exposure and cigarette smoke. Use products daily that contain vitamin c, green tea, or extract. These ingredients will give you the antioxidants you need to help protect your skin from unwanted exposure.

B. Bio-energy. Bioenergetics, which is a communication between cells, slows down over time. This results in an older appearance, and skin that doesn’t respond to rejuvenating ingredients. Use any anti-aging products that help reduce wrinkles, and have a heavier moisturizer. 

C. CC creams. BB creams (beauty balms) were the big thing in 2012. They have a combination of sheer coverage, moisturizers, and sun protectors.The new thing is CC (color and correct) creams. They offer more hydration and anti-aging ingredients. Look for products that contain vitamin c. It helps to soften fine lines, firm skin, and increase the natural glow of your skin.

D. Vitamin D. Vitamin D is responsible for the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. The best way to get vitamin d in your skin is by taking supplements, or by sunlight. Apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, and enjoy some sun. The sunscreen will not block out any vitamin d absorption. 

E. Exfoliation. Exfoliation is very important, especially during the dry, winter months. Exfoliating removes dead skin cell build-up. If you do not already exfoliate, you need to ease into it because it can cause dehydration and irritation of the skin.For your face, find an exfoliate that is made for sensitive skin, and start out by using it once or twice a week. For the rest of your body, buy a lufa. Use with your normal soap of body wash twice a week at first and increase when you can.

F. Fractionated lasers. Normal lasers used in the skin, burn off the top layer, which can result in a long healing process and possible scaring. These lasers only treat a portion of your skin. The beams of light, trigger the natural healing process and growth of healthy cells. The cost is high, but in 2-3 sessions, it can even out skin tones, shrink pores, and increase collagen production, which reduces wrinkles. 

G. Glycolic acid-peels. If lasers aren’t your thing, try a peel. These peels are used to remove dead skin cells, but it is used for brightening your skin and clearing acne. To receive the best results, you will need about 4-6 sessions. If peels sound to scary, then try a problem skin facial instead. It will help to remove acne, and discoloration of the skin.

H. Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found in the skin and is used in facial creams. It is used as a softener and traps water into the skin. If it is injected, it give youthful volume to the face.

I. Idebenone. Idebenone is an antioxidant found in some anti-aging and intensive repair serums. It is significantly better and more effecting than vitamin c and e.

J. Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is a hydrator used in face and body creams. It is a natural oil, that’s chemical make-up is similar to one found in our skin, so it is easily absorbed.

K. Vitamin k. Vitamin k is used in under eye creams, along with vitamins c and e to reduce dark circles. It does so by stopping leaking blood vessels. 

L. LED devices. LED lights are used to transmit low levels of light onto skin to help treat wrinkles and dark spots. The red light can be sued to help firm and smooth skin. Over time, LED light can help improve the signs of anti-aging. 

M. Melanin. Melanin is a substance that gives skin its color. If you have dark spots or discoloration, this can be from an over exposure to UV rays or light. Do not go in tanning beds, and when you are going to be exposed to UV light, wear sunscreen.

 

I hope you found this article as informative as I did. The rest of the article will be posted some time next week. Thank you for all of your support and kind comments. It really is greatly appreciated. 

~aphrodite

Article from Shape Magazine: Your Skin, A to Z. January/February 2013. Author: Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig.

7 More Bad Habit’s That May Be Giving You Acne!

Bad habit’s can be anything from your not eating the proper things, to smoking. It all depends on the person. Not all bad habit’s cause acne, but there are a lot that do. These habit’s can all be controlled by you, and I will tell you why they may be causing you acne, and what you can do to help fix it.

1) Using dirty make-up applicators. Using the same make-up applicator over and over without washing it, just keeps adding the previous oil and dirt back onto your skin. Certain applicators can not be washed, like make-up sponges, so after one use throw them away. Make-up brushes can be used more than once, so once a week you should clean your brushes with a cleanser or shampoo. It will help your make-up to go on smoother and your skin will be carrying less germs. 

2) Diet. Everyone has a different diet, but not all diet’s are good for you. People tend to have acne breakouts from eating too much daily, chocolate, or wheat. Watch your intake. If you notice any breakouts from eating any of these products, you could have a slight allergy. Just be careful to not consume too much if you notice breakouts, allergies can become worse over time.

3) The wrong clothes. Clothing material and the tightness ways heavily on if you get breakouts. Super tight clothing rubs continuously against your skin, and can cause irritation. Materials like polyester and lycra, hold dead skin cells and sweat in there material. This causes you to be constantly exposed to it. Try wear fabrics that let your skin breathe easier like cotton.Cotton is a material  that is all natural, which makes them looser fitting and allows breathing of the skin.

4) Smoking. Not only is smoking a terrible habit, that can cause cancer and kills millions of people a year. If you have noticed that you break out a lot, it could be caused from smoking. People who have bad acne as teenagers and who smoke, are much more likely to have acne as an adult. Smoking is very addictive, so it can be very hard to quit. Try cutting down on the amount you smoke, then trying quitting all together. Those are extra years you are giving yourself by quitting, and not to mention, it will help your skin look less dull, have less acne, and less aged.

5) Perfume. Perfumes always have great smells, and women love to smell good but adding fragrance onto your skin causes irritation. Spray a small amount on your wrists and rub them together, then lightly dab them onto your neck. Also avoid bath and shower products that have an added fragrance. These products can cause acne in very unwanted place such as your back, butt, and chest.

6) Being lazy with your routine. After along day of work or a fun night out, you just want to put on some pajamas and crawl into bed. Do not do this without taking off your make-up and completing your nightly skin care routine first. By skipping your routine, you are ruining all the progress you have already made with your skin. Be sure to remove all your make-up and use a rinse off cleanser to clean your skin of any excess dirt or oil. Then use a hydrating toner or light moisturizer, and add on an acne treatment. It will have your skin soft and smooth, while fighting off any breakouts. 

7) Tanning. People go to tanning beds to relax and get tan of course. People have been know to say that tanning helps them to get rid of there acne. In all reality tanning produces more skin cells, which means more dead skin cells, which leads to acne. You may notice your skin clearing up at first, but the longer you tan, the more breakouts you will get. Not to mention the higher risk of getting skin cancer. So avoid going to tanning beds, and opt for a spray tan. It is much healthier for your skin, and doesn’t cause acne.

I hope these tips helped you to realizing what you can do to help stop acne, and maybe to help out your body in other ways. We hope you live a long, healthy, happy, and acne free life.

~aphrodite

Bad Habit’s That Are Giving You Acne.

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, male or female, acne is a problem that everyone has. It can pop up at anytime and can be caused by a number of different reasons. It can be hard to figure out what causes acne and how to prevent it. Here are some ways that you may be causing acne upon yourself and how you can stop it.

1) Using make-up with ingredients that can cause irritation. You should avoid products that contain artificial color, artificial fragrance, lanolin, mineral oil, petroleum, and isopropyl myristate. Artificial color is found in products like lipstick and blush, and can cause breakouts around the mouth and on the cheeks. Artificial fragrance can cause breakouts and skin irritation because your skin is sensitive to certain smells. Lanolin, petroleum, and mineral oil are all forms of oil. They can be good if you have overly dry skin, but if your skin is oily, it will cause more oil to form in your pores, which creates zits. Isopropyl myristate is a product used in toners that can make your skin feel less greasy, when in reality it is clogging your pores. If you stay clear of these ingredients, it will help you to have acne free skin.

 2) Over drying your face. If you have oily skin, you tend to dry it out to get rid of the excess oil. Well, your skin will correct itself throughout the day if it is dry, so be drying out your skin you are actually producing more oil on your face. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water, and use a mattifying moisturizer. It will soak up the excess oil on your face, with out drying it out.

3) Pressure. By constantly touching your face, or having something constantly exposed to your face, you are allowing the bacteria on the object to be forced onto your skin and into its pores. This will cause breakouts to form. Clean things you touch often, such as your hands, sheets, and pillow cases. It will help to minimize bacteria growth and keep it from going onto your skin.

4) Stress Pressure. If  you are constantly stressed out, this causes your hormone levels to rise, especially the ones that cause acne. Find ways to relax yourself and minimize the stress in your life. Your skin, body, and mind will all thank you.

5) Laundry. You always wash your clothes after wearing them once or sometimes twice, the same thing applies for your sheets, pillows, and towels. Your pillow especially holds tons of bacteria and dead skin cells, that you are lying on every night. Wash your pillow cases 1-2 times a week. After you shower, be sure to use a new towel every time, if you don’t, you are just putting all the dead skin cells, and germs back onto your body from your previous shower. Also you should wash your sheets once a week as well.

6) Hair Products. Women and men alike both use hair products, and if your hair is long enough to touch your face, it transfers those products onto your face and pillows. Be sure to wash your hair every night before you go to bed. Avoid hair products that contain oil, silicone’s  and plasticize-rs. They will weigh your hair down and clog your pores as well.

 

I hope you follow these tips and check the products you are using. They may be what is causing your acne, and could be the solution. Here is to healthy, acne free skin.

~aphrodite

Face & Skin Care Tips For Men

Men do not always take care of their skin in the way that they should. They usually do not use products because it seems to feminine. Here are some short tips to improve the condition of your skin.

1) Keeping your skin healthy is one of the most important things you can do. If your skin tends to be dry and cracking, use a daily moisturizer. Look in the health and beauty section of your nearest grocery store, and find a daily moisturizer. Most of them do not have scents so you do not have to worry about smelling girly. Apply the moisturizer every morning or night to your face and neck. It will help prevent dryness, and keep you from getting any premature wrinkles. If you are noticing wrinkles around your eyes, apply an eye cream, using your ring finger so you do not make any more wrinkles, and apply on your eye lid, under eye, and around your eye. 

2) Most men wash their face and body with soap or body wash and water. Instead, try using a facial cleanser for your whole  body. You will notice less breakouts, and your skin will be much smoother. The cleanser will also give your skin a healthy appearance. 

3) If you tend to have oily skin, a great way to help reduce the oil is by using a toner. You can by them in a spray form that you gently mist onto your face from 6-8 inches away and let dry. Or you can by the liquid form, which you pour a small amount onto a cotton ball and gently dab on your entire face. It will keep your face clean all day, and the more you use it, the less oily your face will get. 

Try these tips to have nice, smooth, and breakout free skin, that your spouse will love! You can purchase these products at any beauty supply store, general store, or feel free to stop in and visit our salon so we can direct you to the right products. 

~aphrodite

4 Things Men Might Not Know About Shaving

Thank you all for your kind words. They really make me enjoy writing this blog every week. 

I have decided that because I have been getting a lot of male readers, that I will change up my blog topics every week, so that one week is for females, and the other week is for males. So here are 4 things men might not know about shaving.

1) When men shave there face, they tend to get a terrible rash or breakouts afterwards. To prevent this use a daily moisturizer on your face. It will help to reduce the irritation and dryness of your skin. And if possible, by razors that have moisturizing strips on them to add extra moisturizer to your skin while you shave. You will see that your skin is much softer and smoother after.

2) The Ingrown Hairs. Ingrown hairs form from razor irritation against the skin. Ingrown hair s tend to look just like acne but do not pop them. It can cause more irritation to the skin. especially if the hair is not removed. To prevent ingrown hairs, shave in the direction of the hair growth instead of against it. It will help to not irritate your skin as much. Also, avoid using a dull razor blade. When you use a dull razor blade, it can cause irritation and you are more likely to cut yourself and bleed. It is best to use a new razor blade each time you shave and shave slowly.

3) If you rush through shaving, you are much more likely to miss a spot or two, as well as cut your self. Always double check your face after you are finished, to make sure you do not leave hair behind. Keep a razor in your car if you do, that way you can pick up any missed spots. After you have finished shaving, do not apply products that have a lot of alcohol in them. This can cause more irritation then not properly shaving. Your best bet is to use a little bit of baby powder to soothe the irritation, and before you leave wipe the powder off gently with a damp cloth. 

4) Managing your facial hair. If you have problems with your facial hair, like it grows in, in patches, or has weird colors to it, it may be best to just have a clean shaven face. It will be easier for you to maintain, and won’t look weird. If you notice your facial hair starting to become fuller and less patchy, then go for a beard. If you are going to have a beard, mustache, or goatee, before you trim it, apply conditioner to soften the hair, dry it off, then trim the hair. It will make the hair easier to comb through, and result in less pulling.

And men remember to take tweezers your eyebrows. There should be two of them not one. Just remove the hairs from the middle to keep you looking great. Thank you again for all the great comments!

~aphrodite

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!!!

Moisturizing your skin and hair is very important in the cooler months. Your skin and hair tend to become dry and brittle from the cold and dry conditions of winter. Here are some tips to help your skin and hair return to there normal states.

1.The moisturizer you are currently using for your skin, may not be the right one for the cooler months. Switch to a moisturizer that is for dry skin such as Dermologica’s Antioxidant Hydramist. It is a spray on moisturizer that will give your skin all it needs to keep it from drying out.

2.Your skin isn’t the only thing that loses moisture in the colder months. Your hair does as well. You can switch to a shampoo and conditioner that will keep your hair and scalp healthy such as Schwarzkopf Rescue Repair Shampoo, and Schwarzkopf Hair-therapy Moisture Kick Spray on Conditioner. It will help to restore your hair and give it that soft and shiny effect. Or come in once a month for a scalp treatment, guaranteed to improve the health of your hair.

3. To go along with your back to summer feeling hair, you should go back to your back to summer glow. Everyone loves there summer glow, but it tends to fade as fall comes. To keep up a bronzed tan without looking overly tan, try a lighter colored self tanner, but add your moisturizer in to help prevent streaking. It is guaranteed to give you that sun kissed look. You can also try Dermalogica’s Sheer Tint Moisture. It comes in light, medium, and dark so you can use the perfect amount of tint to match your skin tone. It will give you a beautiful glow.

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

~aphrodite

Protecting Your Skin & Hair, While Updating Your Nails For Fall

The sun may not be shinning as much, your polish is beginning to fade, and the humidity may not be as high, but that doesn’t mean your body is safe. The colder weather can effect your hair, skin, and nails just as much, if not more. 

1. In the summer, everyday you are sure to use suntan lotion or tanning lotion to help prevent sunburns, and skin cancer because the UVB rays (burning rays) are very strong. When fall comes around, you usually put the sunscreen in the cabinet and forget all about it. WELL YOU CAN’T! All though the UVB rays are no longer as strong, the UVA rays (aging rays) are still just as strong. You should use an spf of 30 or higher everyday. It will help to prevent premature aging. For your whole body you can use an Epionce: Active Shield Lotion spf30+, and if you are looking for something for just your face, try Dermalogica’s: Dynamic Skin Recovery spf30.

2. As the weather gets colder, your hair becomes dry and less able to hold humidity. Switch to a deeper-conditioning conditioner, or come in once a month and get a deep conditioning treatment. It will have your hair looking healthier and feeling silky smooth, in a matter of minutes!

3. You may love getting manicures and pedicures in bright pinks and oranges, along with fun designs, but those trends are not necessary for the fall. Try dark metallic’s such as red and gray for the fall. They are the in colors for fall. Come in and get a manicure and pedicure to try out these in colors for fall, and if your looking for polish that isn’t going to chip, get a shellac manicure. They are great and can last up to 2 weeks.

 

Use these tips, and you will be sure to have beautiful skin, hair, and nails for the fall season, while having everyone guessing what you have been doing. 

More tips to come!

~aphrodite

Tips For Keeping Your Skin Healthy In The Winter

As the weather is beginning to change, so is the health of your skin. We have found some great tips to help you and your body prepare for the harsher weather ahead.

1.Use exfoliates (chemical and physical) to help unclog pores and remove dead skin. This will help your skin return to its natural soft feel, and even texture. We recommend using a lufa, which can be used over your entire body and a face exfoliant like Dermalogica’s ChromaWhite TRx Power Foliant.  

2.  People with oily skin commonly use an astringent to help reduce the oil. It does reduce the oil on your skin, but also causes a build-up of dead skin cells that can lead to acne. You should try Epionce Purifying Lytic Toner for Combination to Oily/Problem Skin. It will get rid of the excess oil without drying out your skin.

3. Cleansing your face everyday is very important. Foaming cleanser can strip moisture from the skin and cause drying out of the skin, which can lead to acne. Try a cleanser that won’t dry your skin out such as Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, or if your looking for something to help prevent aging try Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser.

If you would like to purchase any of these products, you can just give us a call. 

More tips to come!

 

~aphrodite