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AP® Monthly Archives: March 2016

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4 Ways to say Goodbye to Dry Skin in Less than 10 Minutes!

03/21/2016

Time.  We always say there is never enough time in the day to accomplish everything we want to.  From taking a long hot bath, to doing the piles of laundry that are filling up the baskets, let’s be real: sleep normally wins.  As skin care falls to the bottom of that to-do list, maybe you are wondering:   ‘What can I do to save time but still keep my skin glowing and healthy?’.  When it comes to cutting corners with your beauty routine, no one ever thinks that skipping exfoliation would have severe consequences, however, it does. Your skin ends up looking dull, itches, and sometimes can even be flaky.  Here are four easy time-saving ways to help bring that summer glow back to your winter skin from head to toe!

  • Do you ever find yourself just staring at someone’s face and think “Wow! I wonder how they achieved such smooth, sparkling skin?”.  Here is your simple answer. Start by using Sweet Cheeks® on your face! Use it about 2 to 3 times per week, incorporating it after your washing routine.  Sweet Cheeks® is a facial exfoliant that will rejuvenate and hydrate your skin in ONE step.  It will help calm and soften the skin too, through its hydrating richness.
  • Have you ever wanted to say goodbye to dry lips in just 30 seconds or less? You can now do just that! Lips are another main area of the body that can become very dry. Whether due to climate or just not being hydrated sufficiently dry lips happen.  During your nightly washing routine, take a small amount of Buff Up® and massage in a circular motion for 30 seconds on your closed lips.  Rinse with warm water and follow up with Balm Up®. Et Voila! Your lips are free of dry skin and kiss-ably soft.
  • Salt Smoothie is an easy go-to for yourself while in the shower.  It will help exfoliate your skin back to its natural beauty. Knowing that time is of the essence, Salt Smoothie was created to help those who don’t have enough of it in their day. From the superhero mom all the way to the wall street worker, Salt Smoothie is a must. Apply in the shower in small circular motions. Rinse away for a refreshing smoothing of your skin. Salt Smoothie has the extreme benefit of nature’s pure and natural oils combined with genuine mineralized Dead Sea Salt. It exfoliates, hydrates, and detoxifies all in one!
  • Dry skin just doesn’t disappear with manual exfoliation. You still need to follow up with more hydration.   Since your body is naturally healing and repairs itself at night, this is a perfect opportunity to add that extra hydration to your skin.  After your evening routine be sure to add a dime size of Phenomen-all™ to your Restore Hydrating™ lotion. It can also be mixed with your nonscented lotion when applying from head to toe.  This will help to replenish the moisture in the skin, calm irritation and eliminate imperfections because of the unique blend of natural essential oils and plant based vitamins.  It only takes a few seconds to give your skin that extra “oomph” that it needs to leave people wondering how you got that glowing skin!

This nightly routine can take up to ten minutes or less, depending if you’re the hare or the tortoise in the shower.  Next time your friend sees you out in the middle of the winter and asks you how you about your “sweet cheeks”, just remember these few tips that you and your friends can use to have vibrant summer skin – year round!  

AP® Monthly Archives: March 2016

Alexandria

Scrub a dub dub…with one lump or two?

03/15/2016

Alexandria Professional Sweet Cheeks Facial Exfoliant

By Lina Kennedy

Don’t be shy; take the whole bowl! I think it’s absolutely amazing that something like sugar can play such havoc on our health when ingested. Yet, when used externally, it can be so wonderful in helping to create order in our outermost skin cells’ appearance.

You might be thinking that “creating order” is somewhat of a peculiar way to describe skin. In reality, the skin’s structure can certainly expose a less than orderly skin care regimen. I get so frustrated and very excited all in the same moment whenever I take a look at someone’s skin and its most notable characteristics are patchy skin cells, sallow appearance, and worst of all ingrown hairs. My frustration comes from knowing that this skin condition is completely preventable. While the excitement comes from sharing that knowledge in hopes that the individual will execute a better skincare regime. I’ve been involved with the beauty industry for nearly 16 years, and to this day I still get dumbfounded whenever I see disorderly kept skin.

Exfoliating the skin: Clients’ home regime

Exfoliating the skin is the process of removing the uppermost layer of the skin. As a living tissue, the skin goes through an aging process known as keratinization: a cycle that forms the stratum corneum- or horny layer. Not all skin types and colors keratinize at the same speed. And, various effects and damages to the skin will also intervene with the skin’s natural keratinizing process. i.e.: sunburns or other types of burns to the skin, medications, even products can affect the end result of this skin-cell replacement cycle.

Be kind and sweet to your skin

Regular exfoliation will help to prevent dead skin cell build-up. What we need to remind our clients is that mistreating the skin with products that cause micro-tears will not only defeat the purpose of exfoliation; is will actually make the process more challenging because the skin cells will keratinize in a “tighter weave pattern” to heal the micro-tear. This in turn make it much more difficult to slough away (remove) the top layer of the skin. Teach your clients to exfoliate with gentleness and they will experience less or no skin trauma.

Raw facts about sugar

Sugar is sugar no matter which form it’s in. Lots of photos think that when they see “raw sugar” written on a package, they are in fact buying “healthier sugar”. Not true! Brown sugar, whether crushed or simply less refined, is sugar juice from the sugarcane that has been heated to create thick molasses containing sugar crystals. The molasses is then spun to release the crystals…creating white sugar. To produce brown sugar, molasses is re-introduced in smaller quantities. I enjoy exfoliating with a granules of white sugar rather than the brown sugar because it exfoliates more effectively.

What’s so special about sugar?

Natural AHA occurrence…

If I mention AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids) and glycolic acid, which is part of that chemical family, you would likely get an image of exfoliation. AHA’s work by stimulating dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and within the pores to facilitate the exfoliation process. But did you know that glycolic acid naturally occurs in sugar canes? That’s right… even if you didn’t scrub with your sugar exfoliant , the sugar would still aid in exfoliation just by sitting on the skin.

Eases psoriasis…

Sugar scrubs are also a safe and effective way to ease discomfort caused by psoriasis and very dry skin.

Sugar is naturally antibacterial and will not sting your skin even if it gets into a cut or scratch.

Natural healing properties…

It’s no secret that sugar was ( and still is in some places) used to speed up incision healing and other skin conditions while preventing infections from occurring. It is also used on burn victims for the very same reasons. Bacteria do not breed in high concentrates of sugar, making it an obvious choice to serve certain medical purposes.

Sugar-scrub it off!

By combining white sugar granules the high quality shea butter, you create a very effective and safe exfoliating method to keep your skin looking its best. Shea carries its own multi-benefits such as:

Healing to the skin- burns and wounds
Moisturizing
Relieve discomfort caused by eczema, severe dry skin, and rashes
Help to retain elasticity in the skin- prevention of premature aging
Aids cellular regeneration
Helps to protect the skin damaging effects of the sun- naturally contains an ingredient used in sunblock; cinnamic acid
Shea butter acts as a natural barrier against damaging elements- pollutants, smog, and even cigarette smoke

The combination of shea and sugar work so well together to exfoliate and to treat many skin conditions. As the client massages the mixture onto the skin, they are not only exfoliating the dead cells, they are also helping to penetrate the shea “into the skin”. The nice thing about the scrub is that all you need to do is rinse away the sugar with warm water, and this shea will remain on the skin so that you receive all of its wonderful benefits!

Exfoliating the skin- for professional use only

Offer professional treatments in conjunction to the clients’ home regimen to achieve maximum results.

Professional sugar scrub treatments

Where clients won’t be able to treat their entire body by themselves at home, assuming no one is there volunteering… This is a perfect opportunity for you to promote a joint effort between you and your client to help them achieve optimum results. You’ll take care of the entire body every 2 months while they take care of the more frequently troubled areas such as legs and bikini every week until the skin has rid itself off existing problems at which time they would reduce home treatments to bi-weekly.
You don’t need a wet bed to perform sugar scrubs at your spa because sugar easily dissolves with warm water. You can either rinse the client with a bowl of warm water and cloths or you can send them to a shower. Great for in-between tanning sessions!

It doesn’t stop here…There’s another sugar exfoliating option

Usually when I write about “professional sugaring”, it relates to extracting “deeper” into the pores for an even more effective exfoliation of dead cell accumulation. When dead skin cells mix with sebum ( oils secreted by the sebaceous glands), the pores become more embedded with this debris mixture. The sugaring technique gently releases dead skin cells on the first flick. By performing a second or third molding process, the sugar seeps deep into the pores and “collects” this accumulation by “sticking” to the debris priming for the “flick action” to help unblock the clogged pores.

You can perform this sugaring exfoliation treatment bi-monthly when your clients are using the home regimen in conjunction to your professional treatments. When the skin reaches optimum condition by ridding itself off dead skin cell accumulation, sallow color, and perhaps even ingrown hairs, you might suggest that your client revert to bi-weekly home treatments.

Special side effect to using the advanced sugaring treatment as an exfoliation option is loss of hair! All kidding aside (albeit true), this technique is positively result oriented. Bottom line, with or without hair, you and your clients will notice the skin change from dry textures and sallow colors to soft, silky, and healthy looking skin…naturally!

*Originally published in the July, 2006 issue of Dermascope
https://alexandriaprofessional.com/sites/default/files/derm_jul_2006.pdf

AP® Monthly Archives: March 2016

Alexandria

Talc: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!

03/10/2016

Talc has been used in beauty products for almost as long as humankind has been manufacturing beauty products. It’s also been used in everything from medical grade disposable gloves to condoms and diaphragms. Historically, though, it hasn’t always been the safest option. Industrial talc can contain asbestos as well as aluminum. But, today’s cosmetic grade talc is a completely different story! 

Talc Safety

The Good

It is a highly stable ingredient that prevents caking, absorbs moisture, improves texture and mattifies. The stability matters for talc safety. Many talc alternatives can trigger allergies, cause skin reactions, or spoil.

Cosmetic talc in the US is also milled in such a way that it is a “non-respirable particle”. Meaning that the inhalation risk is extremely low. The EWG also has it listed as ‘Low’ in terms of its overall hazard.

So what’s all the hubbub then?

The Bad

Well, as mentioned above, cosmetic grade talc is asbestos free and, at least in the US,  milled to be non-respirable. But what about industrial talc?

Industrial talc has a high probability of containing asbestos. As we all know, asbestos is a carcinogen. It is also extremely harmful. Because of this, the FDA finds it “unacceptable for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with asbestos”.

The Ugly

Studies regarding talc safety are still continuously ongoing. There are small studies that have come to an indirect conclusion that talc may have an impact on cancer rates. There are just as many studies that say to the contrary. Cosmetic grade talc is perfectly safe according to those studies. Then there are those that site inconclusive. The American Cancer Society takes all of these into consideration and have, at this point, stated that “there is very little evidence at this time that any other forms of cancer are linked with consumer use of talcum powder”.

Here at Alexandria Professional® we take our consumer’s safety as an utmost concern. We ensure our Vertal 6™ Drying Powder is made from the highest quality powder. It is perfume free, hypoallergenic and 99% aluminum free. Perfectly safe for sugarist and client alike!

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Body Sugaring for all Skin Types
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