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Get Your Skin Spring Ready With These Tips

Posted on: February 21st, 2017

transition winter skin to springSpring is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start transitioning your winter skincare routine!  Throughout the winter months our skin goes through different types of stresses such as strong winds and low moisture levels. This results in dry, dull skin. Luckily, spring is the perfect time to start to peel away the winter blues and brighten up your complexion. Below are some tips to prep your skin for spring.

  1. Ditch the foundation. Grab a tinted moisturizer with SPF instead of a heavy foundation.
  2. Add a serum to your skincare routine. A serum helps to repair skin, brighten and moisturize the skin.
  3. Switch to a light moisturizer. Winter calls for a heavier moisturizer to combat dry skin. Spring time however calls for a lighter moisturizer.
  4. Spritz toners. It is important to incorporate a toner into your skincare routine. A spritz toner can be used throughout the day to keep skin feeling clean and fresh.
  5. Exfoliate the skin. Erase dry, dull skin with the right exfoliator for spring. Find a product that contains a glycolic or lactic acid which will boost the skin’s cell turnover resulting in visibility brighter skin.
  6. Use a gentle cleanser. Harsh cleansers can irritate or dry out the skin. Instead, grab a gentle cleanser that will help balance the pH of the skin.
  7. Mask it up! Choosing a mask that keeps your skin feeling fresh is a great way to help keep a bright complexion. Here is a great DIY fresh face mask: Mix two tablespoons of honey, and two tablespoons of orange juice. Put on cleansed skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water then moisturize.

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5 Healthy Juice Recipes For Healthy, Glowing Skin

Posted on: September 15th, 2016

juice nutritionAt USTA, we offer juice nutrition as a part of all of our spa training programs. Our juicing course provides the knowledge of what you put inside your body is just as important as the products we topically on our skin! Just like other organs of the body, our skin also needs essential nutrients and vitamins. Putting the right foods in our body shows in the skin. Want glowing skin? Here are 5 juice recipes for healthy, glowing skin.

  1. Mango, Cucumber & Spinach. This smoothie is rich in Vitamin A that promotes a healthy glow. Mangos are rich in antioxidants that reduce pigmentation, age spots, the signs of skin aging. Now who wants to run home and eat a mango? Cucumbers help reduce skin spots and provide moisture for the skin. Spinach helps to detoxify the blood and prevents breakouts. Just add 1/2 cup mango, 1 cucumber and handful of spinach.
  2. Apple, Strawberry & Kale. Strawberries are rich in elegiac acid, folate and Vitamin C. Each one has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight free radical damage. Apples are rich with vitamins and help the skin feel soft and subtle. Kale is a power house vegetable that contains Vitamin A & K which are proven to help reduce wrinkles. Just add 1 apple, 2 cups of strawberries and 7 kale leaves.
  3. Beets, Cucumber & Red Apple. Red beets are high in immune booting Vitamin C. They are also a great source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory support and help to detoxify. We can just simply say that beets are nature’s super vegetable. Don’t forget to add the beet roots as well. Just add 2 beets, 1 red apple and 1 cucumber.
  4. Pineapple, Cucumber & Parsley. Pineapples are one of the best fruits to eat for glowing skin. Packed with Vitamin C, pineapples help to prevent breakouts and acne. It protects the skin from free radical damage and oxidative stress. Parsley is rich in Vitamin C and K which is vital for collagen production and maintenance of skin elasticity. Just add 1 cup pineapple, 1 handful parsley and 1 cucumber.
  5. Cantaloupe, Carrot & Celery. Cantaloupe provides incredible hydration to skin and is packed full of Vitamins. Celery is beneficial for removing toxins from the body. Carrots are high in Vitamin A & C which help fight wrinkles and fine lines. Just add 4-5 cantaloupe slices, 3 carrots and 2 celery stalks.

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Transition Your Skin From Summer To Fall

Posted on: August 14th, 2016

fall skinAs the summer months are quickly coming to a close, transitioning your skin from summer to fall is crucial in keeping your skin looking and feeling its best! A change in season can drastically change how the skin behaves. When it turns cooler in temperature, less oil is produced by the skin creating a change in your skincare routine. Below are some tips on how to transition your skin from summer to fall.

  • Change your cleansing routine. Choosing a cleanser that is more mild yet offers incredible hydration is the best choice for fall. A good rule is to choose a cleanser that is non-drying and sulfate-free.
  • Choose a heavier day time moisturizer. During the summer months using a light daytime moisturizer is ok because the skin produces more oil. When it is cooler outside, our skin tends to dry out. Choosing a heavier day time moisturizer will help prevent moisture loss.
  • Continue using SPF. During the fall months the UVA rays (the ones that cause skin cancer and premature wrinkles) are just as strong. Choosing a moisturizer that has an SPF is key to help protect your skin!
  • Exfoliate. To brighten and repair the skin during the fall months, exfoliation is imperative. This removes dead skin cells that trap oil. In return, exfoliating helps with acne and the overall appearance of skin.
  • Return to Retinol. Use a serum retinol or retinol moisturizer in your skincare routine. This helps reduce the appearance of brown spots and wrinkles caused by the summer sun.
  • Use an alcohol free toner. This step is usually overlooked when it comes to a skincare routine. After cleansing, use a toner to wipe the skin clean and immediately follow with a serum and moisturizer. This will help keep the skin moisturized and well cleansed!

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5 Must Have Foods For Beautiful Skin

Posted on: July 27th, 2016

Did you know that certain foods can work wonders on your skin? The products that you use on your skin make a difference but also the food that you eat! In our USTA aesthetic and massage therapy courses we teach the benefits of nutrition and how it relates to skincare health. We want to share these wonderful foods on the blog so that you can start to incorporate them into your everyday diet to create a radiant, glowing complexion.

5 Must have foods for beautiful skin

  1. kale for glowing skinKale. You have heard the saying “eat your dark leafy greens” right? Kale is one of the best dark greens that you can incorporate into your diet. It’s one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light. Just one cup of kale gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value for skin-firming vitamin C and A!
  2. Walnuts. Walnuts are the only type of nut that contains a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which is especially important for vegetarians who are skipping fish. A deficiency in this fatty acid can result in eczema and dry skin.
  3. Kiwi. This tiny, power packed fruit has incredible amounts of Vitamin C. Nearly 120% of your daily Vitamin C intake is in 1 kiwi! This vitamin helps your skin create collagen. Those who have their daily intake of Vitamin C have noticeably less wrinkles.
  4. Carrots. Eating carrots can give you a natural glow. Carrots are loaded with carotenoid which helps fight against aging.
  5. Tomatoes. Tomatoes help keep skin incredible healthy! Packed with lycopene and vitamins A, C and K, tomatoes help shrink pores, treat acne and heal sunburns.

We all know that eating healthy helps us fight diseases but we forget that we should eat healthy to take care of our largest organ!

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