In 2016 Michael Phelps introduced me to cupping. Not personally like via television. Seeing him dominate in the water was amazing. However, my eyes focused more on the circular hickeys on his back. Like most I hit the internet and learned he had been using cupping as thereapy for his back. The swimmer used this ancient Chinese treatment to recover and heal affected muscles by drawing blood to the affected area, reducing soreness and expediting the healing time.
WHAT IS CUPPING?
Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction may facilitate healing with blood flow.
Proponents also claim the suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force. A famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong, reportedly first practiced cupping. He lived from A.D. 281 to 341.
Fast fwd 3 years , in 2019 we have become more familiar with this treatment. Cupping isn’t limited to just athletes, this technique is being used on “Everyday people” Nurses, construction workers, teacher etc. It was only a matter of time until the beauty industry got her greedy little hands on it. Yes greedy. We’re always looking for a way to slow down the aging process or simply preserve our sexy. Ladies and gents I give you FACIAL CUPPING! I love it. As you know I’m a licensed Esthetician and my job is to know about skincare advancements and this is definitely one of them.
WHAT IS FACIAL CUPPING?
Facial cupping works to increase blood flow and circulation to leave you with glowing, radiant, decongested skin. Facial cupping uses small, specially designed suction cups to lift and massage facial tissue. During cupping, fascia is stretched while restoring fresh-skin tissues." Other benefits of cupping include lymphatic drainage, sinus relief, anxiety, fatigue and migraines .
You may also experience sweating or nausea. After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and bruised in a circular pattern. You may also have pain at incision sites or feel lightheaded or dizzy shortly after your session. Infection is always a risk after undergoing cupping therapy.
Like most Esthetician’s I’m my own model or test dummy ( the stories I could tell ya) . In this case it was a success, no one was injured during this process. After cleansing my skin with Image Skincare’s Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser I proceeded to pat my skin dry. I applied Farsali Volcanic Elixir to my face via dropper and began using my cupping apparatus to maneuver around my jawline. Word of advice keep the silicone or glass cupping device moving do not stay in a static postion allowing bruising to occur. By gently squeezing facial cups it applies a suction that feels great, almost like a facial massage . The product glided around my skin and was absorbed evenly and left me feeling refreshed. My skin was supple and glowing. Smaller cups are available for the undereye area.
May I have your attention please! Haven’t we all had moments we’d like to erase? Eterno Skincare has launched a product that will erase time from your face. If you or someone you know is dealing with fine lines and wrinkles , puffiness and loose skin, I highly recommend purchasing The Time Eraser.
Eterno was kind enough to send over this product for review and what I found was I honestly loved it. Products that are inclusive to everyone will always have my full support. Ingredients are always a factor and the overall presentation was great.
Before we get into the breakdown of ingredients and what they target this magical eyecream that’s in a gel like consistency comes in what appears to be an injectable vile. My take... Eliminate the middle man (Dermatologist,cosmetic surgeons) here’s a non-invasive healer that works and won’t cost you an arm in a leg. I used the word HEALER because not only will your trouble spots be healed but the ingredients continue to work thereafter.
Peptides and Stem Cells ! Are you reading more intent now? Those are exciting words to an Esthetician like myself, almost spellbinding. I mean they are serving magic in a vile .
Apply product on freshly cleansed skin. When deciding the amount think of yourself as dotting a lowercase i . Allow to completely dry. You may feel tightening under or around the orbital bone after application ( have no fear) in 60 seconds your miracle will appear!
•Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
This is a naturally occurring mineral created from purified and refined clay. It tightensand smooths the appearance of puffiness, sagging, and fine lines.
This Peptide Complex works to smooth away the look of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
•The Chinese Basil Stem Cells
The Chinese Basil Plant is rich in Omega-3 and Rosmarinic Acid, which is known for its ability to plump up tired skin.
•Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract
Also known as Irish Sea Moss, Chondrus Crispus contains a hydrating, nutrient-rich blend of vitamins and trace minerals such as sulfur, iodine, calcium, magnesium, and selenium.
In addition to The Time Eraser you’ll find a jade roller, facial massager and a dermaroller. A few tools of the trade.
Jade rollers can increase in circulation can also help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Most well-known benefit of using a jade roller is that it helps to reduce puffiness and inflammation in the face due to stagnation of the lymphatic system.
Facial massagers can increase collagen, stimulate face muscles, brings oxygen to the area.
Dermarollers are AWESOME! Remember that song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke? That’s what this little gadget can due. Using a dermaroller can help soften fine lines, diminish stretchmarks and hyperpigmentation.
Supporting women is something that comes natural to me. When it came down to reviewing Chanla Chau Cosmetics a plant based natural skincare line it was a no brainer. Chanla is what I’d called a naturalist. Holding the title “ Esthetician”, is a big deal. You are entrusted to care for the skin of your clients and provide results. As times have developed we’ve learned what we once thought was safe for our skin can actually be harmful. Using plant based products can reduce irritation and harmful affects later. A common misconception is not receiving the benefits and results of chemical product lines. Chanla is changing that perspective.
Items sent for review are as follows.
• Coconut Cleansing Milk
•Rose Water Toner
•Camu Camu Moisturizer
• Reusable Bamboo Cotton Rounds
Can I start by saying I looooovvve the reusable bamboo cotton rounds. They are so soft and get the job done. These are machine washable. The idea of me not contributing more waste is awesome too.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INGREDIENTS 👇🏾
Camu Camu Moisturizer is really light weight but it can leave your hands / fingertips feeling a little greasy. The smell isn’t overwhelming, it’s packaged in glass . Some of the ingredients in this moisturizer are...
Matcha Tea- Matcha powder has remarkable properties to keep your complexion fresh and healthy. Not only does it reduce inflammation, it offers a one-two punch for the skin to exfoliate and eliminate dead skin cells, then rejuvenate the underlying skin to improve your complexion.
Camu Camu- Camu camu fruits are brimming with nutrients and amino acids such as flavonols, the star-studded nutrient group that provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits as well as the vibrant color in the foods we eat. It shields skin from harmful free radicals to quickly reduce the signs of aging.
Ginger Root- Ginger Root contains around 40 antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage and protect against aging. It also evens skin tone and improves elasticity.
Coconut Cleansing Milk- My FAVORITE
coconut milk powder:known for its soothing, skin softening and nourishing properties.
banana fruit enzyme: provides mild and gentle exfoliation
pineapple fruit enzyme: contains bromelain, an enzyme which is effective in removing dead surface skin cells
goji berry powder: considered a super food, this powerhouse ingredient adds essential vitamins and minerals
mango powder: extremely high in vitamins A,C, and Beta Carotine. Also prevents dry skin and has shown to slow down formation of wrinkles.
Do yourself a favor checkout Chanla Chau Cosmetics 👇🏾www.chanlachaucosmetics.com.
Beauty should be good for you .
This past weekend I ventured to Downtown Sacramento for a peace of mind and quiet. Have you ever had a moment of clarity and felt like you needed to be cleansed? This is what Asha provided me.In silent surroundings all I could do was think. I was calm, and at ease . My mind was uncluttered and ready to receive stimulation.
With all my senses tingling and brain neurons firing I came to acceptance. Accepting things I cannot change and enjoying what has and had been placed before me. On this day I enjoyed myself.
Let’s take a dip.........
Asha from the exterior looks like a quaint home but when you open the doors you’re greeted by a smiling staff in a warm lobby . Might I add they are very effective in the checking in process. Keeping it digital ( which I love ) tablets are given where your information is stored. In exchange for your identification a locker key is given, then you are escorted to the changing area ( currently under construction 🚧 due to expansion.) Your escort then goes over policies and procedures for the bathhouse.
What you’ll find
•1 plunging pool
•1 dry sauna
•1 wet steam room
•Showers are in 2 locations in the bathhouse
•Water station is provided.
•Towels can be provided
•Water shoes can be provided
•Seating is also provided
•Massage is available
The skin benefits of the sauna show sweating has a cleansing effect. The heavy sweating induced in a sauna has a cleansing effect on pores and glands, flushing out toxins and impurities. The result is a healthier skin, less prone to acne, blackheads and pimples. However if you are currently experiencing inflammation I’d reduce the time spent in the heat.
Taking time for yourself is key! If you don’t make time for yourself you lose sight of focus. I’m a mother, wife and a business owner losing focus happens daily when you hold many titles. Asha reminded me of who I was and what I needed. I needed to get back to me, the individual. Gia and Gia alone.
Next up on my list......Asha Yoga Studio which is located right behind the bathhouse. Asha is offering up mental, physical and spiritual healing.
Checkout their Instagram/website
On Instagram @ashaurbanbaths
Northern California has suffered a loss in the town of Paradise. “Campfire” has taken the lives of many and cast thousands from their homes. These are the times where people comes together. Unity in the community.
Rain assisted the brave firefighters and Campfire is now contained. However, with Containment comes questions.
How do the elements affect my skin? This may seem minor in the grand scheme of things but it’s an actual concern. People work hard to preserve themselves . This fire has left its mark in more ways then one. What I offer is knowledge on the matter. People have been affected from hundreds of miles away, dark clouds, smoke filled air, and while the rain has helped it to can be damaging.
FIRE- In wildfires particulate matter is released. Particulate matter (PM), also known as particle pollution, is defined by the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) as the term for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air.It is reported that particulate matter is able to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin.
What does this mean? PM can cause wrinkles, hyperpigmentation,irritation to inflamed skin such as acne or topical skin conditions (various forms of dermatitis.) When dealing with sensitivities adding products filled with chemicals and harmful paraben’s are the last thing you should reach for.
Clear indications of smoke damage can be Collagen! What is collagen? Collagen keeps your skin firm. When collagen is damaged that’s when we see those deep wrinkles appear.
What can help? Microdermabrasion,microneedling, Some of these items can be purchased for individual use but I highly recommend seeing an Esthetician .
You may also notice drying of the skin. No matter how much you hydrate, or replenish you still feel desert dry.
What can help?
Hydration mask- GlamGlow Thirsty Mud. Safe for all skin types. Paraben, Sulfate, Phthalate free.Www.sephora.com $59.00
Serums- Vital C hydrating anti-aging serum. Effective for all skin types . Reduces wrinkles, supports collagen and protects against oxidative damage. Www.imageskincare.com $64.00
Exfoliants- Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfector. Gently unclogs pores ,filled with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA). Acids are your friend.
Hydrafacials - Hydrafacials automatically extract pores by gentle vortex suction, leaving your skin fresh and decongested. ... A HydraFacial treatment nourishes, protects and hydrates the skin with antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides. It works immediately and there's no downtime ( Book with your local Esthetician/Dermatologist. Treatments range from $150.00 and up.
My contribution to those affected by the fire is a hydrating express facial treatment . If you know someone affected by the fires please send them my way. This service will be complementary. I’m offering this to the first 5 people to book .
Waking up with a pimple isn’t the end of the world. Although, it may seem like it . Is it just me or on your biggest days these bacteria filled guys appear.
What causes pimples to arise? How can spot treatments be effective in their removal. Are you using the correct ingredients to combat your beastly breakouts
Pimples come about by way of clogged pores, oil, dead skin and bacteria.
Sebaceous glands- Also know as oil glands, that produce sebum (oil).Sebum sticks to the skin, it’s pore clogging and often makes it difficult to shed.
Lets shine the light on Glossier .
Products being reviewed are as followed; Zit Stick and Exfoliating Skin Perfector.
The zit stick contains 5% benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide kills the germs that cause acne. Please keep in mind continual usage of this ingredient can cause peeling and dryness. The zit stick can be used on those pesky pop ups or you can apply everyday to an area in need of reducing acne. It doesn’t have to be limited to a spot treatment.
The Exfoliating Skin Perfector contains Salicylic Acid, Aloe, Niacinamide. Unlike benzoyl peroxide,Salicylic acid doesnt kill the acne bacteria . However, it does unclog the pores that contribute to breakouts.
Niacinaminde, also known as vitamin B3 is water soluble, helps reduce visibility of enlarged pores and improves skin tone. These are all great things. When dealing with acne, scarring can occur in some and the severity for others can be alarming.
My treatment room is a safe haven for my clients. I can recommend products that I carry but I can also educate them on items I don’t.
Overall these items for me are a win. The Zit Stick is sleek and discrete. It’s not overwhelming in smell and it’s powerful as hell! The exfoliator is awesome !
Let me first say I love the packaging ! It’s a liquid exfoliator. It’s pump design makes it easy to obtain the correct amount of solution for your cotton round, making the application simple and effective.
These products are universal and safe for all Fitzpatrick types.
Fighting acne just got easier!
The culture of beauty has evolved in many ways. The more things change, the more they stay the same. People want to look their best. Skincare has remained the most prevalent in the culture of beauty.
No one wants to get older, let me rephrase that no one wants to look old. Let’s embark on a journey to Egypt. Egyptian men and women were equally concerned with beauty and skincare in their present life, as well as the after life. Mud mask, clay mask, rose oils ,donkey and goats milk are a few of the items Cleopatra used. The milk’s contained essential anti-oxidants and was great for Cell Renewal . The recipe below can help you get your Cleopatra Glow.
Cleopatra’s Milk Bath
•1 liter of milk
•4 table spoons of honey
Allow honey to dissolve in warm bath water then add milk.
Knock! Knock! Who’s there? An Ancient North African tip that helps soothes damaged brittle hair. Argan Oil.Yes you heard me right! Fast forward to today and we are still in love and using Argan oil in abundance. Apply at root and work your way down .
Excuse me? What did you Shea? I’m having way to much fun with this. Shea butter! This lavish, luxurious butter can be found in lotions, soaps and of course body butters/whips. Shea butter has also been proven to reduce inflammation. Milk isn’t the only way to get VITAMIN D . While laying out is something to be cautious of a lot of African women do just that. (Fair complexions beware, melanin reduces the chance of skin cancer in darker complexions. )The benefits from sunlight can combat bacteria like eczema, acne . Remember always wear sunscreen when being exposed to sunlight ,even when it’s not that sunny out . Another way to receive benefits from light therapy is to contact your local Esthetician and see if they offer a service where using a blue light that treats acne by shrinking oil glands. FYI, several colors can be used and each have different purposes. Red is great for Anti-aging . Below you’ll find a link to your home-care treatment .
A woman without paint is like food without salt."- Roman philosopher, Plautus.
The women of India stand beautifully at the altar or special events with henna down to their feet. Henna was not only used to mark special occasions , it was also used to dye hair. Welcome to 2018, where henna can satisfy all your eyebrow dreams. No brows, no problem. Skin sensitivities are a real thing. All semi-permanent and permanent dyes aren’t created equal. Henna is plant based which reduces chances of irritation. In fact California has dubbed eyebrow and lash tinting illegal. Henna however can be applied. Henna brows last 4 to 6 weeks. It’s a noninvasive procedure that’s sure to please.
Lavender oils were used by ancient romans for bathing . Bathing in Rome was a communal activity . Bath houses can still be found throughout Europe, http://m.gellertbath.hu/Those who could afford a private bath in their homes were able to experience their alone time like we do today. Lavender is the MUST have essential oil of them all. According to Dr.Axe , Lavender is the most used plant/flower in the world today. The benefits of lavender were actually discovered over 2,500 years ago. Because of its powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming and antidepressive properties, lavender oil benefits in large numbers and it’s been used both cosmetically and therapeutically for centuries. It’s a no brainer why Belli Skincare added this superstar to their Pure & Pampered Body wash. With added ingredients such as CHAMOMILE & Cucumber its a bonus. Chamomile helps to soothe aching muscles and promotes relaxation. Cucumber contains antioxidants and promotes hydration. I know you’ve seen spa day advertisements where someone is laying down in a vegetative state with cucumbers placed on their eyes ( now you know why) , the skin tissue under the eyes is very thin and can dehydrate rapidly. Dehydration can also cause darkening under the eyes . Belli offers a wonderful eye brightening cream that contains VITAMIN k, guess what also contains vitamin k? Cucumbers!
Stay tuned as we travel in time to see the evolution of the culture of beauty!
It’s the 80’s baby! Not really, but continuing with our blast from the past and the ever growing culture of beauty what’s old is new .
Neon nails, side ponytails, bright eyeshadow and heavy foundation are some of the things we are currently seeing in 2018. Can you imagine if Instagram would have been around in the 80’s? Would some of the makeup inspiration be far fetched from today’s looks?
The first thing to remember when applying foundation is having a clean canvas. Having great skincare is the proper foundation for a smooth application. This goes out to my full coverage girls.
Supplies Needed : Headband. Classic 80’s staple. Purpose keeps hair out of your face while going through your skincare/makeup routine .
Sponge: We love Beauty Blenders. This compact buoyant sponge gives the illusion of airbrushed makeup. Simply add water or your favorite setting spray and apply your foundation . For those suffering from acne we are going to suggest you buy yourself a pack of beauty wedges . These too can be used like a beauty blender but tossed away at the end of use. The reason being, we often don’t clean our tools the way we should, which allows bacteria to breed in our brushes. When you suffer from acne they must be cleaned EVERYDAY!
Cleanse- Belli Skincare Anti-Blemish Facial Cleanser. Wake up! Cleanse before makeup. Golden rule here . You need a clean slate before makeup application. Remove any oil, dirt and debris from your skin. This is also a great time to locate any breakouts, skin changes. Don’t be afraid to touch your face (incomes the soap) feel for any changes, dry patches, under-grounders (those evil guys who wait like a villain around the corner waiting to pop up and ruin your day).
*Helpful Hint* Vanilla Ice was on to something with his hit Ice, Ice baby! Feeling inflamed? Grab an ice cube. Apply on freshly cleansed skin and maneuver ice over you face. After 3 to 5 mins pat dry.
Treat - Using the Acne Control Spot Treatment add a dab to existing pustules (DO NOT apply to broken, open pustules.)
Hydrate - Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator . This lightweight rich moisturizer aids in great makeup application and can be applied in conjunction with your primer.
Are you ready to slay the day away? Go big or go home! Grab your favorite full coverage foundation and Picasso your way to a great day.
Remember the removal of makeup is just as important as the application. Sleeping with makeup can cause irritation. Before you drift off, remove makeup with our Anti-Blemish Facial Cleanser. Double your fun with this dual product . After cleansing apply two quarter sized amounts of cleanser in the palm of your hand, or a small mixing bowl . Apply cleanser to your entire face with a fan brush, ( max time for masking 10 mins.) Rinse with Luke warm water, pat your face dry and apply serums, creams and mixing potions . This concludes your skincare devotion.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma:
More than 3 million US cases per year.
Treatable by a medical professional.
Requires a medical diagnosis.
Lab tests or imaging often required.
Basal cells produce new skin cells as old ones die. Limiting sun exposure can help prevent these cells from becoming cancerous. This cancer typically appears as a white waxy lump or a brown scaly patch on sun-exposed areas, such as the face and neck.
Treatments include prescription creams or surgery to remove the cancer.
0-2 - Very rare 19-40 Rare
3-5 - Extremely rare . 41-60 - Common
6-13 - Extremely rare . 60+ Very Common
14-18 - Very rare (Data above provided by the Mayo Clinic)
Imagine being 38 years old hearing you have basal cell carcinoma. As the data shows that’s rare. Sean developed an odd shaped raised mole under his eye. Being an esthetician I was aware that there could be something wrong. During his first visit a biopsy was taken and within 3 days we were informed that it was in fact BASAL CELL CARCINOMA. Immediately we began thinking about the sun and all the damage it can do, did he wear enough sunblock, could he have prevented this? The answer is yes and no. BCC (Basal Cell Carcinoma) isn’t hereditary but is often found in those of fair complexions .
Below are guidelines that will assist in reducing the risk:
Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Don’t get sunburned.
Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
The way BCC was removed was through a procedure called MOHS surgery. Mohs Micrographic surgery is considered the most effective technique for treating many basal cell carcinomas. What they do is inject area with a numbing agent and proceed to dig the tissue out. The surgeon cuts the tissue into sections, color codes them with dyes and draws a map of the surgical site. In the lab, a technician freezes the divided tissue, then cuts very thin horizontal slices like a layer cake. The slices are placed on microscope slides, stained and covered. This meticulous process takes time. Luckily for Sean he was one and done. His recovery was easy. Mild tenderness and an exterior scar that would heal over time.
BCC has left its imprint on Sean, he’s overly cautious about skin protection and realized that some of the damage could have occurred when he was younger. As youths we don’t really prioritize skincare protection. It’s imperative we educate EVERYONE about proper skincare and the importance of the use of sunscreen and how to correctly apply it.
Listed below are my top rated sunscreens:
Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector; Broad spectrum. Water resistance (80 mins)
Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport; (great for protecting skin from sunburn)
Equate Sunscreen; This SPF 50 sunscreen lotion gives your skin the UVA/UVB protection you need to help prevent sunburn. Equate's sunscreen is paraben-free so it's safe for the whole family to use.
Posh- Adjective; Elegant or stylishly luxurious.
Pasha creator of this elegant luxurious line of products has definitely lived up to the definition of posh.
Pasha is not only the creator she is the graphic/web designer and the artisan behind the products and formulas.
I had the privilege of speaking with Pasha and found out that Poshology started as a beauty and fashion blog, which for me explains the sleekness of the packaging.
In its simplicity, it’s sexy (yes packaging is sexy) when you see something on the shelves what catches your eye first? For me, it’s packaging, color, size. I then do like everyone else open it and smell.
Delivery for Gia O’Neal for Trend Prive Magazine. Before the box was given to me I could SMELL an amazing aroma coming from it, which made me excited. Couldn’t wait to totally tear into the package and I did.
First thing I saw was black lids, clear jars that are recyclable by the way which allows you to see the product.
When creating a line what are you striving for what are you looking to put out there? Pasha refers to her sensitivity to smell as hyperosmia and took that into consideration while creating this line. Have you ever had a friend with allergies? When one bathes in perfume it can be overkill, she intern created tolerable fragrant products that were cruelty-free, minimalistic packaging (still sleek) affordable and simply luxurious. We all deserve the finer things in life.
Skincare is also available.
Three is a bentonite and oatmeal clay mask with salicylic acid in it, great for oily, acne-prone skin types.
Rose Clay is a lovely shade of pink organic face mask for all skin types.
Coconut + Rose Water Hydrating Face Toner this my fav.
This can be used to set your makeup or just refresh the skin. I literally use it all day. I apply before makeup and after my makeup is complete. Hold about 12 inches from your face because when this product comes out its full throttle 4oz of hydrating pleasure.
Thank you to all the ladies who allowed scrub, rub, spritz these amazing products on you. Products reviewed by women 18 – 50 years of age. They all loved it.
100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free! Fragranced items contain safe synthetics and perfumes, alcohol but also rich in essential and nourishing oils.
Salon owners, Retail stores listen up! Poshology is available for wholesale.
It’s that time of year where dryness runs rampant. Don’t fall victim to dull, dry skin.
Knowing is half the battle. Listed below you will find some amazing products that will leave your skin feeling refreshed.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask- Sensory experiences mean something to me, so with that being said, the smell is amazing.
Watermelon is known for being very hydrating; its 95% water so there should be no hesitation on purchasing this mask. Available at www.sephora.com at a price point of $45.00.
Ingredients include – Watermelon extract: Soothes irritated skin, hydrates and delivers essential vitamins.
Hyaluronic Acid ( love this stuff) Hydrates and visibly plumps skin.
AHA- Exfoliates, hydrates to reveal smoother skin. Refines pores.
Peony Root- Brightens and soothes.
How to use- This can be used as a sleeping mask or a 10-minute wear and rinse mask. Mix mask with the spoon that comes with the product, the application should be patting not rubbing the skin. If worn overnight it will absorb into the skin rinse with Luke warm water in the a.m.
Fresh Rose Face Mask- Take time to appreciate the rose petals in this glorious mask. Available at www.sephora.com at a price point of $62.00.
I personally enjoy the cooling feeling and love that it’s a gel-like texture. Oily skin types will enjoy the fact that the product is not heavy.
Ingredients- Cucumber extract and Aloe Vera are calming agents.
Antioxidant- Green Tea helps brighten and protect the skin.
How to use- Apply the mask and rinse for 5 to 10 minutes.
100% Pure Purity Facial Cleanser + Mask– Oh it’s 2 in 1? Add to cart! Available at www.100percentpure.com at a price point of $36.00.
For all my acne ridden people, this is the product for you. Clear your complexion, kill bacteria, and detoxify and purify your skin from future breakouts.
Walk away feeling refreshed, hydrated and most importantly not feeling oily.
Ingredients- Peppermint essential oil, Tea tree oil, Calendula officinalis flower extracts, Hemp seed is a few listed.
How to use- Apply on wet face manipulate product with fingertips and wash off.
I could go on forever about amazing masks, but I’ll leave you with more options you can GOOGLE later.
Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask
Pacifica Hot Vegan Probiotic & Spice Rehab Mask
The Body Shop At Home Facial Mask Experience
The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Mask
Herbivore Brighten Mask
Knock knock! Who’s there? 24 karat. 24 karat who? 24 karat gold facial that’s who.
Nothing says expensive like 24 karat gold on your face. The price of gold doesn’t go down but aging signs can be found all around.
This treatment is believed to improve skin texture, tone, appearance, redness, elasticity, wrinkles, dark spots, and hydration. Several companies market some sort of gold type treatment for home care use purchases. Look into your local high end spa’s , it’s definitely viewed as a luxurious treatment.
Price tag for this for treatment ranges from $300.00 to $1200.00. Models, actresses and even some of your favorite social media bloggers love this treatment.
How can you at home achieve this 24k magic? No fear here’s a list of products available for purchase.
1. 24 karat gold mask by Peter Thomas Roth
With a promise of firming, lifting and brightening it sounds like a plan I can stand behind .
Who doesn’t need a pick me up and shine. Available at sephora at a price point of $80.00 for 5oz.
2. 24 Karat Gold & Manuka Honey Face Oil.
Huge trend I’m seeing is oil based face treatments.
Formulated with plant based oils this will leave your skin feeling soft, glowing and hydrated . This oil seals in moisture while nurturing the skin.
Available for purchase at www.manukadoctor.com . Price point is $24.99 for .40 oz.
I’m a serum/ gel based product kinda gal myself and this baby does the trick. I always apply serums/gels with nitrile gloves on so my hands aren’t absorbing all of my product .
I’m a greedy little monster that needs all my nutrients (yum,yum,yum,yum,yum.)
Take a small amount of gel on the back of your hand and gently apply to your face, working outwards to even out creases and smooth lines. Wait a few seconds before applying foundation. The secret of absolute radiance: mix a few drops of fluid foundation and L’Or in the palm of your hand for an incredibly light texture.
Available for purchase at Neiman Marcus for $74.00 for 1 oz.
4. Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Cream. $420.00 for 1.7 oz .
5. La Prairie Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold. $675.00 for 1.0 oz.
Splurge items available at www.neimanmarcus.com.
The road to skin envy can a windy one with ups, downs, twist and turns but be persistent, seek treatment for skin concerns.
Contact your local Esthetician for a skin consultation. Create a plan that suits you and be diligent with your home care.
What’s your skintiment secrets?
Please share with your friends so you all can put your best face forward.
Aging. We all do it. We are looking for solutions to turn back the hands of time or at least slow it down.
I give you the Silk’n Titan.
What is it?
The Silk’n Titan is an anti-aging device that works with harmonized energy technology to reduce wrinkles and lift facial contours. Designed to be used on all areas of the face and neck, this revolutionary technology repairs collagen and elastin fibers from the inside out.*
Titan technology delivers energy to precise areas beneath the skin to activate your body’s natural restoration process. Titan tightens skin.*
What will it do?
• Tightens skin
• Reduces wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes
• Reduces superficial sun and age spots
• Improves the structure and elasticity of the skin
• Rejuvenates collagen and elastin fibers
• No recovery time needed
*Results may vary based on skin type and degree of laxity in skin
The beauty of evolution is now having the accessibility to these gadgets.
Homecare is vital to any skin care regiment.
Items that are a must:
All These things play a part in skincare never rely on just one thing.
When you exercise your body gets used to the workout and eventually you plateau, and have to add something NEW. The same can be said for your skin.
Cleansers strip the skin of all oil, dirt, and debris, allowing your serums or creams to do their job.
Let’s add this little gadget to the mix here.
Always consult with your Dr. if you’re dealing with serious skincare issues before adding devices.
How to use:
Start with clean skin. Make sure Skin is dry before applying the gel that comes with the Titan. This gel is required to carry out your treatments. It is important that you apply a thin layer of gel to your skin before you start treatment.
Silk’n: Slider Gel
Without the gel, the device will not work. The water-based product not only moisturizes but also helps to guide the device. It ensures that Silk’n Titan moves easily over your skin and prevents it from overheating and reddening. (Per product instructions.)
Treatment areas include:
•Forehead (including in between brows)
•Right Cheek (including around eyes)
•Left Cheek (including around the eyes)
•Right Lower Cheek (including nasolabial fold, or, laugh lines around the mouth, and jawline)
•Left Lower Cheek (including nasolabial fold and jawline)
Often people make the mistake of not including the neck and the décolleté when cleansing the skin (always include.) Young face/aged neck doesn’t flow well.
When treating the areas mentioned above give yourself 10/15 minutes in each zone. Hold the apparatus against the skin.
Wash your face as remove any residual gel, then apply facial lotion or a mask.
As the days become weeks your skin will THANK YOU!
Titan is available for purchase at www.macys.com or www.silkn.com at a price point of $269.00