AP® Monthly Archives: September 2016
If you saw this month’s Sweet Talk, you’d know how much we ALL LOVE makeup (and some of us like the fetal position hehe). With Halloween just around the corner, this time of year is an MUA’s dream! But, after all the hauntings stop and the costumes come off, we are still left with our skin. Our glorious skin that is about to be in every family photo from now until January! If you remember from Lina’s ‘5-minute makeup challenge’ from the webisode, there were 3 main products sitting off to the side from the ‘I Love My Skin Kit‘. These powerhouse products will not only return your skin to its glorious pre-costume vigor, it will keep you glowing for years to come!
The Skin Kit
This gentle cleanser is safe for ALL skin types. Presept thoroughly cleanses your skin while maintaining your Ph balance. But it does so much more than that as well. With its star ingredient, Acai, you can expect results. Acai, as we all know, is a powerhouse antioxidant that can help repair sun damage. In addition to this, though, Acai is loaded with B vitamins -which is great for eczema; Vitamin E-which aides with collagen reproduction and strengthens elasticity; as well as all 3 fatty acids detrimental to skin strength. The simple act of cleansing your skin literally helps you to battle environmental stressors and prevent accelerated skin aging.
This toner is the key to getting your products to work in unison! Essential™ Tonic is simply that: essential. Myrrh calms and soothes the skin. So, if you are experiencing any breakouts or irritation, this tonic will provide relief. Myrrh also has antifungal and skin healing properties as well. The real magic of this tonic, though, is Lactic Acid: Essential™ Tonic has 7% Lactic Acid. Lactic Acid is one of the most gentle AHAs on the market. It’s safe for daily exfoliation and aids in lessening the appearance of scarring from acne. In addition to exfoliation, it helps promote collagen growth.
Hydration at its purest! Restore™ Hydrating Lotion is perfect for sensitive, oily and dry skin types alike. It is safe to use from head to toe, fragrance-free, paraben-free, petro-free, formaldehyde-free, and non-comedongenic. Glycerin works towards locking moisture into the skin without leaving a residue or clogging pores. The proprietary blend of 5 essential oils and extracts work towards healing skin and reducing acne without sacrificing moisture. It’s the perfect way to finish off any skincare regime!
While this kit is perfect for at-home use post hair-removal, it is also a perfect kit for your client’s daily skincare needs. While doing your pre-treatment routine, chat about the skincare benefits that the cleanser and tonic have. Discuss daily cleansing rituals and see if this is a good fit for your client’s lifestyle. During post-treatment, discuss the benefits of hydration vs moisturization (even for oily and acneic skin!). Point out that Restore is a HYDRATING lotion. Also, keep a kit in your treatment room, as well as in the retail area. Being able to touch, feel, smell and experience a product really peaks interest.
Whether in a gym bag, carry-on luggage or on your bathroom sink, the I Love My Skin kit is a must have for any costume-wearing ghoul! Keep your skin glorious in ALL your family photos for months and years to come!
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AP® Monthly Archives: September 2016
Last week we talked about caring for a sunburn, which made me think of the nostalgia of youth. I, like many young people, was never concerned with sun damage. I’d spend my summers frolicking in the sun with ne’er a care in the world. Not until attending aesthetics school did I even contemplate the effects (besides cancer) that the sun, or my lifestyle, could have on my skin. Now, 20 years later, the effects of lifestyle on my aging skin are evident.
What exactly is aging skin?
To start off, there are basically two types of aging skin: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic skin goes through the basic process of aging regardless of skin care regimen or prevention. It is your genetic rate of aging. The collagen in your skin decreases naturally at about 1% per year after age 20 and melanocytes decrease about 10% per decade. Estrogen starts declining in your 30’s, as well as elastin and hyaluronic acid. Cell turnover begins to slow as well. All of these combined means that your skin starts to lose some its color, some of its regenerative properties and some of its fullness.
Extrinsic aging is the contribution of behavior and environment to the aging process. UV damage, stress, skin care, diet, and smoking all drastically enhance the effects of aging. UV damage causes connective tissues and elastin fibers to weaken and fray in all three layers of skin, as well as causes sun spots, lesions, and plaques. Stress, particularly cortisol, contributes to skin dryness and speeds up the breakdown of elastic fibers within your skin. Poor skin care can create an environment ripe for toxins. It is possible to strip the skin of needed natural barrier oils, as well as physically damage your skin with harsh, jagged exfoliants. Pollution and cigarettes restrict blood vessels, leading to your skin not getting oxygen and vital nutrients to the surface.
Short of cosmetic surgery, there is nothing you can do to completely stop aging at the cellular level. But, by combatting the extrinsic factors that make aging so evident, it is possible to meet your golden age with impeccable skin.
How can I manage the effects of aging skin?
Of course, there are the golden three: prevent UV damage, drink tons of water, and sleep. Besides those, though, there are a few other tips to help combat the existing damage as well as preventing more damage.
UV damage greatly impacts the elastic fibers in the skin. To combat this, keep a diet rich in Vitamin C and Protein as well as eating a rainbow of vegetables daily. Also, use a mask high in silicon dioxide. Most creams that contain collagen are too large at the cellular level to penetrate to where it is needed. Silica is a building block of collagen and penetrates effectively in order to help repair the breakdown of fibers that UV exposure causes.
In your skincare regimen, ensure to use only chemical exfoliants or manual exfoliants with “rounded’ structure vs “jagged” structure. The jagged structure exfoliants (read shell powders) leave micro tears in the skin leading to increased texture issues. Incorporate Hyaluronic Acid into your moisture regimen. This will combat the natural HA loss your skin goes through as it ages.
There’s a lot to be said about preventative measures. Limiting UV exposure is obviously #1. There are many skin friendly sunscreens on the market. But, you can also simply cover up. Clothing creates a UVA and UVB barrier and is generally an amazing non-chemical way to protect against sun damage.
Use a gentle skin care regimen. Check the labels for potentially harmful ingredients. Stay away from ingredients that strip the natural barrier of oils and don’t forget to look at your cosmetic ingredients as well. When in doubt, ask your aesthetician or skin care professional for guidance and recommendations.
Limit toxins and pollutants to the skin as well. Change air filters in your home and car regularly, and limit exposure to smog, cigarette smoke, and other environmental pollutants. Besides being irritating to your respiratory system, these pollutants can irritate or dry out your skin as well.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
These minor changes in lifestyle can make a huge difference in the rate at which your skin ages.
Do you have a tried and true anti-aging trick? Please share with our community of skincare enthusiast! We’d love to hear from you.