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Benefits of Microneedling

Posted on: September 10th, 2020

As we get older, our skin changes and it will start to show signs of aging. The texture of your skin becomes rough and the tone of your skin changes as it loses its luster. You will also notice more and more fine lines and crow’s feet. If you do not want your skin to be an indicator of your age, there are treatments that you can consider, including microneedling, that will help you to turn back time.

Microneedling is a procedure in which small needles are used to puncture the skin so your skin will form new tissue that will rejuvenate your skin. This treatment allows for your skin to build collagen and helps your skin to have a thicker and fuller appearance. Having fuller skin will also give you a more youthful appearance.

There are many different reasons that a person might have for considering microneedling, including getting rid of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, brown spots and other pigment issues. If you are considering microneedling, you should first discuss it with your primary physician to make sure that any medications you are on or any health issues you have will allow for you to safely receive this treatment.

Before the treatment begins, your face will first need to be cleansed, and then a topical anesthetic will be applied. Once the numbing has taken effect, a serum will be placed onto your skin that will enhance your skin’s ability to heal itself. Then a microneedling tool will be used all over your face. Another layer of serum will then be placed onto your face, which allows for everything to be sealed.

The thought of needles being placed into your face can sound very scary and painful, but in reality, this is not a painful procedure. The numbing cream allows for patients to experience only minimal discomfort during treatment. After treatment, it is normal for patients to experience some redness and mild skin irritation. The skin irritation should only last for 24 hours after the procedure, but the redness may take a few days before it is completely gone. You will be given after care instructions and it is important that you follow those instructions.

In order to receive optimal results from treatment, it is usually recommended that you receive four treatments total that should be spaced apart by 4 weeks. In order to maintain your results, it is suggested that you do a booster treatment every year.

As with any sort of treatment, you will want to do your research beforehand and make sure that you are going to someone who is a licensed practitioner. You also want to make sure to ask questions about the sanitation process and also make sure that they do apply some sort of numbing cream.

What is Aromatherapy?

Posted on: September 8th, 2020

There are many reasons that someone may want to consider aromatherapy for treatment.  Whether it is because you need to relax more, you are looking to combat sleep issues or if you suffer from anxiety, aromatherapy is very enjoyable and relaxing.  Aromatherapy may help with your physical, mental and emotional well-being.  But before you consider this treatment, you probably would like to know what it is exactly.  

Aromatherapy (also called essential oil treatment) involves the usage of essential oils, and these essential oils are made from flower, herb or plant extracts and these oils are either placed onto your skin, or they are breathed in through your nose.  There are specific cells in the plant that give it a fragrant smell, and these are called its “essence.”  This essence is then extracted from the plant’s stems, flowers, bark, roots or other parts of the plant, and it then becomes an essential oil.

Essential oils require a great deal of flower, herb or plant product.  For example, in order to make a pound of lavender essential oil, over 200 pounds of lavender flowers are required.  In aromatherapy, the most popular essential oils that are used are lavender, lemon, chamomile, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, bergamot and cedarwood.  

Aromatherapy is believed to be a relaxing treatment that might aid in stress relief.  Other uses for aromatherapy include:

  • Depression treatment
  • Insomnia treatment
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Fight infections

There is not scientific evidence that proves that aromatherapy treats these ailments and these ailments should also be discussed with your primary care physician.  Aromatherapy is also not a good treatment option for all people and if you have certain medical conditions, you should discuss aromatherapy with your doctor prior to getting treatment.  

Aromatherapy is often used during a swedish massage and they are either placed under your nose to be inhaled, or they are placed onto your skin to be utilized during the massage.  You can discuss your treatment goals with your aromatherapy technician and they will let you know which essential oils are going to be best for your specific treatment.  

 

Brow and Lash Tinting 101

Posted on: August 26th, 2020

Lash and brow tinting is exactly what it sounds like:  it’s when dye is brushed right onto your eyelashes or eyebrows to give them a new color, shape or thickness.  This is a very fast and easy treatment and it will usually only take about 30 minutes to have both treatments done.  There is also no downtime after receiving this treatment.

Before the treatment begins, the esthetician will go over your various options and discuss what you would like to achieve from the treatment.  They will make recommendations based on your skin, hair and eye color and then will help you choose the dye color that is right for you.  

For brow tinting, dye is directly applied to the eyebrows and the esthetician will let it sit there for  a few minutes, to allow the color to take effect.  The excess dye will then be removed.  

Eyelash tinting involves a few more steps, but is also an easy process.  A protective eye pad will be placed onto your eyes to protect them and during this part of the treatment, you will need to keep your eyes closed.  The dye will be brushed onto your lashes and just like with the brow tinting, the color will need to stay on for a few minutes before it is wiped off.  The eye pad can then be removed.  

For most people who receive this treatment, they will have results that can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks.  There is not a drastic change that will happen when the results are fading.  Instead, the dye will be subtle in its fading until your eyelashes and eyebrows have gone back to their usual color.  Results can last for longer if you make sure you follow the after care instructions that were given by your esthetician.  After care instructions include:

  • Being careful as to what cleansers you use on your face.  You want to find a gentle, oil-free cleanser or eye make remover
  • Wearing sunglasses and a sunhat when going into the sunlight.  UV light causes the fading process to accelerate

Lash and brow tinting is also an appealing treatment because it is generally very affordable.  This is a great treatment option for those who are looking to save time in their makeup routine by already having fuller eyelashes and eyebrows.  Depending on the dye that you use, you can also have a more dramatic look that can normally only be achieved by using makeup.  

Brow and lash tinting has become increasingly popular as a treatment and there are many different places that will offer this service.  You want to make sure that you choose a facility that has certified and qualified brow and lash tinting technicians. 

What is Reflexology?

Posted on: August 20th, 2020

Some people hear the term “reflexology” and think that it is just another name for a foot massage. Reflexology is actually a whole lot more than that. In reflexology, pressure is applied to very specific reflex points and each reflex point corresponds to a certain area in your body. This treatment is supposed to help your body to develop a healing response and reflexology might even help to lesson some ailments.

Reflexology has become increasingly popular in recent years and is now a very common type of massage. During this treatment, the ball of your foot is kneaded, there will be light pulling on your toes, your heel will be traced and pressure will be applied into the arch of your foot and all of these things together are very enjoyable for most people.

You may be asking then, how is reflexology different from a foot massage? Although the treatments do have their similarities, there are also some important differences. During a normal foot massage, the tissue is manipulated in order to relax your muscles, improve circulation and alleviate tension. During reflexology though, there are targeted, pressure-points that work to restore your body’s flow of energy. Although this treatment is most often focused on the feet, it can also be utilized on your ears and hands.

Reflexology also has many benefits. Reflexology might be suggested to you for all different types of ailments, including stomach problems, headaches and sinus issues. If it is noted there is sensitivity in a certain area, it generally is indicative of an imbalance or weakness in your body. Other benefits of reflexology include increasing circulation in your body, cleansing your body of toxins, promoting healing, balancing your body’s energy and providing a boost to your immune system.

Reflexology treatments can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes. You will be clothed and either sitting or lying down during your session and depending on whether or not you have any specific concerns or ailments, the reflexology therapist might work on certain areas more than others. After your treatment, it is important that you drink a lot of water to eliminate any toxins that were released during your treatment.

There are many spas that offer reflexology as a treatment. In order to get the most from your treatment though, you want to go to a reflexology practitioner who is certified and who has experience with the treatment.

Esthetician vs. Medical Aesthetician

Posted on: July 13th, 2020

Most people do not understand what the difference is between an esthetician and a medical aesthetician. Although the two professions do have some similarities, there are also some vast differences as well. It is important to understand the difference if you are considering a career in esthetics or medical aesthetics, and you will want to know the differences in the training, license requirements and job potential.

Estheticians are those who are performing skin care services, which can include massage, hair removal, skin cleansing and skin toning. Medical aestheticians may also perform the same tasks than an esthetician does, however, medical aestheticians have also had further training that allows for them to work in a clinical setting where they can perform more specialized treatments. Therefore, while estheticians can usually be found working in a salon or a spa, medical aestheticians are more likely to be working in a rehabilitation center or a plastic surgeon’s office.

Estheticians generally are working with clients who have minor skin problems, like age spots or dry skin. Medical aestheticians tend to work with clients who are suffering from much more serious skin problems, including burns, trauma or helping people after they have had plastic surgery.

Estheticians usually are required to take at least 600 hours worth of training in order to obtain their license. Their studies will include training on skin conditions, hair removal, massage techniques, facial cleansings and management of salons. Medical aestheticians will usually also be trained in these same areas, but their training might also include pre and post-surgical skincare, permanent makeup, eyelash extensions, advanced hair removal and manual lymphatic drainage.

The career path for estheticians and medical aestheticians will vary as well. Spa estheticians will work in a salon or spa performing the tasks in which they were trained. They might also one day become a beauty educator and that would involve visiting various locations and training estheticians on different beauty products.

Cosmetic medical aestheticians will usually work either in a hospital or a rehabilitation center to help patients after they have suffered a trauma or an illness. Medical spa aestheticians will usually work in a salon or spa and will usually help clients with sun damage, perform chemical peels, do tattoo removal or cauterize varicose veins. A medical aesthetician might also eventually become a medical aesthetician training inspector and that job involves going to rehabilitation centers and medical spas to make sure that all regulations are being followed.

It is important to understand the difference between the two so you can figure out which path you want to follow.

The 411 on Microblading

Posted on: July 8th, 2020

Some people are unfamiliar with the term microblading, but microblading is simply another name for cosmetic tattooing or permanent cosmetics. The process involves taking color and placing it into the skin, which makes it a tattoo process.

Microblading does not utilize a blade, but instead a hand tool is used that has small fine-point needles attached to the handle. The hand tool device needs to be sterilized before it is used and should be disposed of after the treatment.

It is important to note that microblading or eyebrow embroidery is a permanent procedure, although some may advertise it as a semi-permanent process. The pigment may fade over time, but this does not mean that the process is only semi-permanent. Results will differ from person to person and it cannot be predicted how much pigment will fade for each person and how long it will take to do so.

Some people will be an ideal candidate for microblading, but not everyone will be able to receive this treatment. Microblading is not a good treatment for women who are pregnant or nursing, people who have certain skin conditions (including chronic acne, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, keratosis and psoriasis), people with oily skin or acne on their forehead, people who are on medications for certain conditions, or for people with certain skin types. It is important to discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for treatment.

If it has been decided that you are an ideal candidate, you should next do some research to make sure the place you choose to go to has a license or a certificate to practice microblading. The requirements for this vary by state, so you may need to do some research for your particular state. You do not want to go to just any esthetician or cosmetologist, because although they may be licensed in those areas, microblading is a very different procedure and requires knowledge of the skin.

You should inquire as to what the instructor’s education has been and you should look for a technician who has a 100 hour certification in microblading. Obviously, the more hours the instructor has, the more training they have received. In addition to having the appropriate training in microblading, you also want to find a facility that has the appropriate health permits and is maintaining a very clean and sterile environment.

Microblading is a very innovative procedure that offers many people a solution they have been looking for. It is beneficial to have some background knowledge of the procedure and to also understand what to look for in a technician.

Airbrush Makeup 101

Posted on: June 8th, 2020

Airbrush makeup is makeup that is sprayed onto your skin using an airbrush, instead of using the traditional brushes or sponges. Most people are not as familiar with airbrush makeup as they are with traditional makeup, so it is important to know more about it before you give it a try.

Before you start using airbrush makeup, it is a good idea to first practice with water so you can get a feel of the compressor and airbrush gun and you can experiment with the different settings. You need to mix the makeup for the gun beforehand and you want to achieve a consistency that is like milk.

You also need to prepare your skin prior to putting on the makeup and you want to wash your face and neck with a good cleanser so that all the dead skin cells are removed. Afterwards, you will want to thoroughly dry your skin. The makeup will not apply evenly if it is sprayed onto wet skin. Once you have the mixture in the airbrush gun, you should test spray either on your hand or a piece of paper to make sure that it is working properly and that you have the right color for your skin tone.

Before you begin spraying, make sure that you have your hair tied back so you do not accidentally spray your hair. The appropriate technique for applying airbrush makeup is to have a constant and steady motion so that the airbrush foundation will be spread evenly. You also want to make sure that you keep your hand moving and do not stay in one area for too long or else you will apply too much color and it will not dry as quickly.

You want to hold the airbrush gun 6-12 inches away from your face when applying the makeup. You can move it slightly closer for the target areas that you need more coverage for. If you hold the gun too closely to your face, it will cause the color to become too concentrated and it will not be very natural looking.

Another important thing to remember is that when you are applying over your eyelids, you do not want to close your eyes too tightly. If you do, the makeup will concentrate in the wrinkles and it will draw attention to those spots. You also want to make sure that you blend your neck in with the rest of the foundation. It is a very common mistake to forget about blending your neck.

There is an art to applying airbrush makeup and the more you practice, the better you will become. It is important to remember that less is more and you do not want to apply too much makeup. It is very easy to go overboard when applying. If you are looking to have airbrush makeup done for a special occasion, such as a wedding, it is best that you go to a professional to ensure you get the best possible results.

What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Posted on: May 15th, 2020

Laser hair removal is a very popular treatment that allows for both men and women to experience smooth skin without having to shave, wax or tweeze the hair. It is important that you have some background knowledge about laser hair removal before deciding if it is the right treatment for you. The following are some important facts to know beforehand.

Not all of your hair will be removed during a procedure. Laser hair removal gets rid of approximately 85-90% of your hair in the area that is being treated. Most people are happy with the results, but for those who are looking for 100% elimination of hair, the only treatment that can do that successfully is electrolysis. Unfortunately, electrolysis can be expensive if you are looking to do a large portion of your body.

There is some maintenance that you will need to do after a laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal is an excellent treatment for those looking to get rid of hair in a large portion of their body, but in order to maintain results, there will need to be some maintenance treatments. Fortunately, maintenance treatments do not need to be happy very often and will usually only require the laser to be utilized in a few smaller areas.

Some people do not realize that in order to get optimal results, there needs to be more than one treatment. In fact, it generally requires 4-6 treatments of laser hair removal. Many patients do notice an improvement after one treatment, but really noticeable improvements do require 4-6 treatments.

There are some people who will not be a good candidate for laser hair removal. Laser hair removal typically works best for patients who have lighter skin and dark hair. Patients who have dark skin or light hair do not usually get the same results since the laser needs a chromophore in order to respond to it, and light hair does not have this. Technology does continue to improve and evolve though, so there is great hope that this will be an optimal treatment for more patients in the future.

A wonderful benefit of laser hair removal is that it can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Razors and shaving gel are expensive, as is waxing. Although upfront, laser hair removal appears to be more costly, in the long run, it can actually save you money by eliminating the usual expenses associated with shaving. Results are also much better from laser hair removal than with shaving or waxing.

You can talk to your aesthetician and ask any questions you have about laser hair removal and determine if this would be a good treatment option for you. It is important that you have this procedure performed only by accredited and trained professional staff. There are some unfortunate side effects, such as redness, blistering and swelling, that can result from going to someone who is inexperienced.

What are the Different Types of Facials?

Posted on: May 6th, 2020

When you are looking to get a facial, it can be overwhelming at first to figure out which type of facial is best for you.  Each beauty salon brands and markets their facials differently so it can be confusing.  Below is a guide to the different types of facials to help you understand what you can expect.

  1. Classic Facial:  This is the most basic type of facial and the process involves steaming your face, exfoliating, massaging, extracting, and then applying moisturizers or serums.  It is recommended that you routinely get facials to help maintain your skin and give you a radiant complexion
  2. Microdermabrasion:  This is a minimally invasive type of facial during which a device is utilized to brush off the top layer of your skin, while at the same time, vacuuming the skin that comes off.  Once the dead skin cells are removed from your skin, it will help with collagen and elastic growth, which makes your skin look younger and healthier
  3. Microcurrent Facial:  This is a type of facial that utilizes an electric device.  You can get this facial on its own, or you can combine it with another type of facial as well.  This treatment is completely safe and pain-free
  4. Hydrating Facial:  This facial is specifically used in order to provide your skin with moisture and rehydrate any dehydrated skin.  Your results will be skin that is more plump and supple
  5. Chemical Peel:  This type of facial is more invasive since chemicals are used to fix different skin issues.  Chemical peels are very effective for resurfacing your skin, getting rid of wrinkles or fine lines, getting rid of age spots and getting rid of scars.  They also promote collagen growth.  There is a healing period and how long will depend on which type of chemical peel you choose
  6. Aromatherapy Facial:  This facial is generally chosen for those looking to relax.  During this treatment, there will be steaming and cleansing of your skin and then essential oils will be applied to your face and neck.  Your skin will be refreshed and any tension you have will be released
  7. Acupuncture Facial:  This treatment involves tiny needles being gently placed into your skin to stimulate the growth of collagen.  This treatment will help tighten your skin, reduce wrinkles and eliminate facial scars
  8. You can talk to the beauty salon or medical spa therapist prior to getting your facial, so they can review your goals for treatment and help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Makeup Trends for 2020

Posted on: March 9th, 2020

Winter is finally about to end and in addition to the wonderful weather that spring brings, there are also some very fun new makeup trends that spring of 2020 is bringing to us. For those who just love wearing makeup and trying new trends, there is a lot to be excited about as 2020 is looking to be very colorful, fun, artsy and bold. Let’s take a look at these exciting new trends!

We all know and love the smokey eye, but in 2020, the smokey eye is getting an enhancement. The matte smokey eye is out and what is in is a glittery smokey eye. Brandon Maxwell’s spring 2020 show is all about the glittery smokey eye. To get this look, you simply swipe on a primer to make sure the eye shadow stays in place and then put on a shimmery or sparkly shadow on top. You can use any color to achieve this effect, but silver is going to be a very popular choice.

In addition to the glittery eye, body glitter is also making a comeback this year. There are many products available, such as sparkly oils and powdered highlighters that are all designed to use on specific parts of the body. Body glitter can be used on the face, shoulders and decolletage. In order to err on the classy side, it is recommended that you use a product with extra-fine particles.

Pastels are going to be another big hit this year, and this is going to build on the explosion of color that we saw last year. There are many makeup brands that are releasing palettes in colors that remind us of Easter and are a perfect fit for spring. Going along with the theme of color, the Pantone color of the year often seems to have an effect on makeup trends, and the color for 2020 is Classic Blue. You can expect to see a lot of blue eye shadow and eye liner and this might be the perfect time for you to try something new and experiment with different shades of blue.

Neon cat eyes are another trend we can expect to see more of. Cat eyes are a makeup trend that many love, but the new take on it is to use neon colors to accentuate the look. To get this look, you will simply swap out your normal colored eyeliner for a bright neon-colored eyeliner, either liquid or a gel pencil. This look is very fresh and very fun.

If you have already perfected and experimented with neon cat eyes, you can move onto the other eyeliner trend of 2020, which is to use white eyeliner. This look is very fresh and fun and is a wonderful contrast to the classic black eyeliner look.

Red lips are always a classic and daring look and this year is all about it! In order to achieve the perfect red lips, you should first clean your lips with a lip scrub to get rid of any dry or dead skin and then put on a matte lipstick in your favorite shade of red.

There are so many exciting and fun makeup trends to try this year, but remember…makeup is all about individuality. So try the trends, or stick to what you know and love!