“Au Naturale”

When the summer heat rolls in most women hate the thought of putting daily makeup on to then just sweat it off. We connect this season with breakouts because of the excessive perspiration that is felt in our daily routine. Most women I speak to during their facial consultation say that they don’t like makeup or don’t wear it in the summer because they feel it breaks them out.

In my professional opinion I wouldn’t say it’s the excessive sweating that leads to congested skin, but the proper cleansing at the beginning and the end of the day may have more to do with it. I myself do not like a heavy “made up” face because of the heat, so I take a simpler approach in the summer months and go “au naturale”. First, be sure you are cleansing adequately with a ph balanced cleanser that thoroughly dissolves makeup and oil.  Using a Clarisonic with your cleanser is the best way to ensure the pores are deeply cleansed. Second, use a tinted spf moisturizer. Most tinted moisturizers have just enough sheer coverage to blend the pinks and browns in the skin. Add a light eye and lip color and you are good to go! This is a light, fresh version of skincare that helps you look your best in the heat without the worry of going without makeup entirely.

-Kerri
Head Esthetician


Why Our Skin Needs Vitamin C

The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C are vital for skin health. With its incredibly beneficial effects on skin cells, it can help create firmer-looking and feeling skin, while fighting against uneven skin tone and frustrating dark spots on your face and body. Those of us worried about the harsh sun’s aging effects on our skin can apply lotion daily and combat the visible signs of aging, while nourishing the most dry, dehydrated, even sensitive areas of skin.

With the delicious scent of citrus and oranges, Image has a VITAL C hydrating lotion can help you smell good, feel great and look beautiful this summer. It’s perfect for all skin types, especially those that are immensely dry and dehydrated.

So, don’t hide your skin; show it off this summer! Feel comfortable and confident with VITAL C hydrating hand and body lotion!

Reference. www.imageskincare.com


Our Skin in the Winter Months

As we enter the winter months and the heat is turned on we can instantly feel the difference in our skin. You may notice it feels  dry and tight. With the change of temperature we need to change up our skin care as well. We need to help our skin hold in its water content. Some ways to help with this is when you shower,  lightly pat dry your face or body and immediately apply your moisturizer which helps seal in the water. Also, a richer more hydrating moisturizer may be in order. Using a light serum for hydrating in the summer months may not be enough in the winter months. Upgrading to a richer moisturizer through the winter will help keep your skin looking hydrated and dewy. See you skincare professional for a consultation.


Fall Season: Don’t Skip Your Pedicures!

Why you should continue your regular pedicures outside of sandal season:
When boot season comes back around it’s no secret some skimp on their regular pedicures. Pedicures have long been regarded as a spring and summer staple; but during the cooler months, nails can become brittle and dry which leads to splitting, breaking and often pain or discomfort. It is so important to continue the regimen for just the health benefits of pedicures during this time. Ingrown toenails typically need more attention during fall and winter as more closed toe shoes are worn. Not to mention just the massaging your feet and lower legs loosens your muscles, increases circulation and helps with joint performance – often adversely affected in cold weather.
Enjoy a great fall pedicure with our Perfect Pumpkin Spiced Pedicure
This yummy pumpkin pedicure starts off with a real, organic, pumpkin mask. Pumpkin contains natural antioxidants Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin. It is then followed by a brown sugar and almond oil scrub and finished with an amazing apple pie massage! Enjoy your pedicure while sipping warm apple cider, pumpkin spice coffee, or hot scarlet wine punch. A special treat will also be served.
Feature pedicure for October!

The Benefits of Pumpkin and Your Skin

Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to indulge in everything pumpkin. Good thing this signature fall vegetable is packed with vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene—just to name a few. Among its numerous health benefits, pumpkin also helps promote glowing skin and healthy hair.

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin and hair, then applying pumpkin treatments or adding it to your diet can help.

Vitamin C: Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin C, which helps protect skin from free radical damage, such as wrinkles and even skin cancer. Eating vitamin C rich foods also helps promote collagen production, which over time can improve skin tone and elasticity.

Carotenoids: Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids are the protective antioxidants that help to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture.

Pumpkins are also rich in copper and zinc, which play a big part in healthy skin and hair. Zinc helps protect cell membranes, maintain collagen, fight acne, and promotes skin renewal. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and easy to add into your diet. Try sprinkling them in soups, salads, or adding them to yogurt and oatmeal.

With all the guilty pleasures of indulging in the pumpkin craze this fall you now know you can indulge in a beneficial pumpkin facial or foot treatment guilt free!


So you want to try lash extensions?

Lash extensions are all the craze, who has time for mascara and applying falsies everyday? Individual lash extensions cut out the hassle. They give you either a natural or dramatic look depending on your preference for up to two to three weeks. There are a few different types of lash extensions, synthetic, silk, and mink. All are applied to each individual natural lash depending on what look you are trying to achieve. There are also a few different types of glues depending on your sensitivity. A sensitivity test can be done to rule out any allergies to glue. All hair on our bodies go through three growth stages, which is why it is important to go to a certified lash technician because they know where and which ones to apply, and proper products and procedures; causing no damage to your eyelashes!


“My pores are so huge!”

Have you ever studied your skin in a mirror and notice every pore and wrinkle that are emerging on a weekly basis? We’ve all been there. We over analyzing every line, spot or acne scar. One of my biggest complaints I hear during a facial consultation is how women hate their large pores. Can we shrink pores? No, but we can minimize the appearance of them. The pore opens up wider as our skin loses elastin. Elastin is broken down by free radical damage due to external factors such as sun and chemicals. Internal factors are our diet, genetics and smoking. Some simple ways to reduce the pore size is to exfoliate and add a retinol to your regimen. If you can exfoliate with a glycolic or enzyme mask once a week it keeps the dead skin cell layer sloughing off to reveal smoother, softer skin. The retinol stimulates collagen which help with the tone. The more you are consistent in exfoliation and using cosmeceutical grade products the quicker you renew healthy skin cells. Those healthy cells replace the dead skin cell layer. The quicker the cells turn over the more youthful qualities your skin will begin to reveal. Remember, people are not looking at you through a 10 times magnification mirror. They are looking at you about three feet away. All the details of your aging skin are for your eyes only. Be consistent with your products, slow and steady wins the race. Your best measure is seeing your friends who don’t take care of their skin compared to you who is, you will be thankful you started sooner rather than later.


Waxing… down under FAQ

Bathing suit season is upon us and  you may be wondering if you need to step up your grooming game in your more sensitive areas. Along with underarm and leg waxing, a bikini wax or Brazilian wax will allow you to feel confidently hair free this summer.

So here are some of our most frequently asked questions when it comes to waxing below the belt:

  1. What is the difference between a Bikini Wax, a Full Bikini Wax and a Brazilian Wax?
    Bikini
    Removes the hair just to the pantie line. Imagine you are wearing a classic pair of underwear, a Bikini wax would remove the hair that comes outside of your panty line. This does not include any hair from the inner thigh area.

    Full Bikini
    Removes the hair just inside the panty line and inner thigh area. This would remove the same as a Bikini wax, plus about one inch just inside the pantie line, plus hair coming out from the inner thigh to pantie line.

    Brazilian
    Anything more than a Full Bikini. Can include all hair being removed. A Brazilian wax does not necessarily mean that all the hair is removed, although you can go for it all. This allows the client to customize the amount of hair they want left. 
  2. How long will my wax last? What is the maintenance like?
    There are three stages of hair growth, so each time you get a waxing service you are never removing ALL the hair from that area. Meaning there are some hairs that are under the surface waiting to make their appearance, plus the hair that is already out and ready to be waxed. Once you have received 3-4 waxing services about 3 weeks apart you should, theoretically, have waxed all of the hair. After that, your waxes will last longer, closer to 4-6 weeks.
  3. Will it hurt?
    Pain for waxing services can vary person to person. Again, though, the more often you get waxing done, the less hair that needs to be removed and thus it will hurt less. If you are concerned about pain, or know that these services are painful for you to receive, you can take a pain reliever such as Tylenol before your service.
  4. What do I or don’t I wear to my appointment?
    For a bikini wax or a full bikini wax you can wear your own underwear for the appointment, preferably a thong type, or we can provide a disposable pair of underwear. Some clients like to wear the same pair from home for their waxes since sometimes wax residue can be left on the fabric.
    For a Brazilian wax, your Esthetician will give you a towel to cover up with and will ask you to remove your bottoms completely.

If you have more questions about any of our waxing services you can schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Estheticians.