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As the weather starts to cool down and eventually become chilling, it can take a toll on your feet, making them dry and feeling uncomfortable. Even if you are trying your best to enclose your feet in layers of socks or boots, the chilling winds of the winter season can really make your feet dry. So, it becomes extremely important to care for your feet during the winter season. By reading this article, you can pick up some helpful tips on maintaining the dry skin and keeping your feet looking good!

Scrub those feet!

Your feet tend to become dry and rough as winter draws in, which is normal! But, it is important to take care of them. To remove the dead skin cells, impurities and roughness from your feet, scrub it good. The coarse particles of the scrub ensure to remove the grime and leave you with soft and supple feet. It is recommended that you at least exfoliate your feet once a week.

Get the pumice stone!

Using a pumice stone on your feet is definitely one of the essentials. And it becomes even more important during the winter time. Use a pumice stone to scrub off the hard surface of your heels and wash your feet thoroughly afterwards. To keep your feet soft and stunning during the winter, use the pumice stone at least twice a week.

Always keep your feet moisturized!

Keeping your feet moisturized with foot cream or certain lotions designed for the feet is key. Dry feet during the winter can lead to various skin troubles. Keeping your feet moisturized is important. So, apply a generous amount of moisturizer on your feet every day to get soft and smooth feet.

Start wearing socks more often!

Socks definitely come in handy during the winter time. One pro about socks during the winter time is they keep the moisture locked in your feet. One tip is to apply lotion at bedtime and put socks over the lotion all night for soft, supple feet. As your feet will be covered a lot, choose the socks that make your feet happy. Go for natural material like cotton and avoid synthetic socks.

Soak your feet in hot water often!

Soaking your feet in hot water often provides relief for any possible pains in you feet and helps moisten the roughness of the feet for easy scrubbing. Soak your feet in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Pull out your feet afterwards, use the pumice stone to scrub away the dead skin, apply some moisturizer and you will have soft and supple feet in no time.

Choose the right footwear!

We all know that wearing flip flops in the winter can cause dry, cracked feet. So, it is a good tip to stay away from the flip flops for winter and stick the the close toed shoes. Do not stuff your feet in extremely tight shoes to keep it warm. It is important to choose the right type of shoes in which you can wiggle your toes comfortably and your feet are relaxed. You can also opt for the sandals that are open at the front to give your feet space to breathe.

Massage the feet!

When massaging the feet, you boost the blood circulation and that improves skin texture and enhance the softness of your feet. So, once a week, massage your feet with coconut oil for about 10-15 minutes. You can also opt for a professional foot massage. Just a 30 minute foot massage by a therapist will give your feet the relief they need.

Always go for the pedicure!

There can be no better way of pampering your feet than a relaxing pedicure. A pedicure involves massaging, soaking, exfoliation, foot masks and relaxing your feet. Pedicures remove all the dirt, dead skin cells and roughened skin to leave you with nourished and soft feet. Granted, it can be a little expensive but it is worth it. At Elements, you can sign up for the VIP membership that discounts you off pedicures. With this membership, you can schedule pedicures any time you want. It is the perfect membership for keeping those feet looking beautiful!

Are your eyebrows suffering from hair loss? Or are you possibly wanting your eyebrows to be thicker? Or, maybe, you just want your eyebrows to have that filled in makeup look? Look no further because microblading is the service for you! In this article, we will discuss the difference between microblading and a more current technique, microshading.

Microblading

Microblading is a semi permanent technique to deposit pigment into the skin with the help of super fine pen. The tips are so fine and sharp that it can create hair strokes. No matter what eyebrow shape you are looking for, the real looking hair strokes of the microblading pen create the illusion of real life looking hairs!

The needle reaches into the second layer of skin which makes the method as semi permanent. Compared to other techniques, microblading gives a very natural look and simulates the hair.

How long does microblading last? After getting your first initial full brow done, it is good to wait 4-6 weeks for a touch-up. The touch-up is needed in order for the color of the strokes to stay and appear more vibrant. After the touch-up, depending on your skin, the color can last up to 1-3 years.

Tip: It is good to stay out of the sun as much as possible as it can fade the color much faster.

The Combination of Microblading with Microshading

Even though it’s very similar in nature, microshaded eyebrows look a bit more different than the microbladed ones. The microshading procedure is applied with the help of an electric hand tool or a manual tool which creates a soft and powder effect, which is similar to powder eyebrow. This type of shading helps to fill in the areas that microblading could not touch base on. It also helps your brows to have that fuller look. This method uses repetitive doses of pigment and thus make the whole look less harsh than the one during microblading. An advantage of microshading is that it averages about 2 years before you need another touch-up.

When it comes to the procedure, the technician will start out with microblading first, just to get a base going. Then, the technician will add microshading to fill in any of the missed spots from microblading. There is no need to worry if microshading will look “too filled in” or “too dark for your eyebrows”. Consult with the technician about how much microshading he/she should do, they can go as natural as you’d like or give you that makeup look.

Does microshading hurt more than microblading? The technician will put on numbing cream before they start the procedure. But, it is normal to feel a little discomfort, more than tweezing and waxing, but a lot less than a tattoo. Your eyebrows might be sore after the procedure is done, but nothing too painful.

Microblading vs. Microshading

Eyebrows are in high demand today. The thin, 90s-early 2000’s eyebrow look is out and the thick, Brooke Shield eyebrows are back in. In order to obtain the perfect eyebrows, there are variety of treatments available. There are so many options that you may be confused to select the correct and best treatment that suits you.

A microblade is similar to a tiny blade where a number of sharp needles have joined at a point to make a tiny blade. The microblade is dipped into the selected pigment color in order to have fine cuts and hair like strokes looking natural. So to say, microblading is similar to a form of tattooing.

The difference between these brow techniques is achieved due to the fact that microshading uses a different tool which is known as rotary tool. This allows the artist to add fuller and more frequent strokes to your brow. Microblading leaves tiny, natural-looking hair strokes, while microshading leaves small, pinpoint dots that create the whole look. At the end, your eyebrows will look fuller and thicker.

To Sum It Up

No matter which procedure you choose, or if you choose to have both, our microblading technician at Elements will take great care of you! Once you you come in for the service, discuss all the possibilities, and come together to a decision on what procedure is right for your brows, then your brows are ready to look fabulous!

The fall time is a great time of year. It is a nice transition from the blazing summer heat of Vegas to nice, cool weather. For many people, with the sudden changes of heat to cooler weather, it can cause dryness and sensitivity to the skin.  Even if your skin is generally on the oilier side, it’s common to experience abrupt changes when the seasons shift — particularly from warmer months to cooler ones.

You might not know it, but sometimes, dry skin can be a bad thing for acne. If you have an abundance of dryness on your face, it can clog your pores and cause unwanted pimples, just like oil and dirt. Everyone strives for clear, glowing skin at any time of the year, but it’s essential to pay attention to your face as the weather gets colder and dry.

To prepare for the upcoming cold season and to make your skin healthy, glowing, and beautiful, take a look at the essential skincare tips for this fall season.

1. Switch To A Soap-free Cleanser

Instead of standard soap, choose a specified gel or foaming cleanser designated for people with acne-prone or dry skin, depending on your skin type. Both of these cleansers are loaded with moisturizing properties that won’t damage the skin’s surface. Regular soap can harm your skin’s outer protective layer, leading to accentuated wrinkles and pores, and can trigger acne and inflammation, making breakouts worse and harder to manage.

Find a cleanser that works best for you, and use it twice daily for the best results. If you’re concerned about constant acne breakouts, look for one that contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid increases the amount of moisture in the skin and then dissolves the substance that causes the cells to stick together, making it easier to shed skin skills and acne spots.

2. Apply Natural, Topical Treatments

If you have a breakout that is difficult to maintain, even when you wash your face twice a day, consider applying natural topical treatments directly to the affected spots. The right kind of topical treatment can take a few days to start working, but they’ll help reduce inflammation and control the spread. There are many topical treatments that you can find at the drugstore, and most of them contain an ingredient called benzoyl peroxide. This chemical treatment works by killing bacteria underneath the skin that can cause acne. It’s a well-known ingredient in the skincare community and has shown positive results on many individuals who experience regular breakouts.

However, if you prefer a more natural topical treatment, there are many other products that serve more of an organic, natural ingredient. Check out your nearest health food store or wellness website and look for ointments, including:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Turmeric

Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial agent that can go directly on the surface of any spots you have. Instead of the standard toner used after cleansing your face — splash some witch hazel as an additional exfoliate and pore cleanser. Honey and turmeric are excellent anti-inflammatory agents used in skincare routines for centuries worldwide. The critical thing to remember is to maintain moisture while you use these methods. Never go to bed without a nourishing moisturizer lotion or oil.

3. Try A Thicker Moisturizer

As summer time ends and the heat goes away, it is time to say goodbye to that light weight moisturizer and hello to a thicker moisturizer.

Finding a thicker moisturizer may not be the easiest, but once you do find one, you’ll never look back. It is worth consulting with an aesthetician about what the best, thicker moisturizer will work best on your skin. Sometimes, a skincare routine isn’t as simple as looking for products marketed to oily, dry, or combination skin types. Your skin will dictate the type of moisturizer you need to stay hydrated without becoming too oily. While you should find the right moisturizer for you, remember to also look for one that protects your skin from the cold, dry, and transitional autumn climate.

4. A Professional Chemical Peel

One of the best and most convenient ways to get your face ready for the colder months, treat acne scars, and bring out your natural beauty is to have a professional chemical peel. Here at Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, we provide a chemical peel service that is done by the hands of our aestheticians. There are so many benefits to a chemical peel. A chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and areas of your skin’s upper and middle layers. It’s used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. But, make sure to consult with the aesthetician first to make sure this service is best for your skin type.

Following a skincare routine is an act of self-care. Dedicating a few minutes each morning and night to your beauty and skin ritual is vital because you’re demonstrating that you matter and love yourself! It’s too easy to forget the importance of being kind to yourself when life gets busy and chaotic. This fall, bring out your natural beauty and give yourself some love with these tips.

When you schedule a service that is beneficial towards your health, typically, a pedicure is not on the mind. You may think of it as a treat yourself type of service that you get here and there. But a pedicure is so much more! You only get one set of feet in your lifetime, right? Then you must give them the proper care and yes, that means a spa appointment.

If you’re very physically active, or if you work in a physically demanding job, your feet absorb a lot of stress. They are probably your most strained, overworked body parts. All of that stress takes a toll on your overall health. During your pedicure service, your technician will massage your feet. Those massages reduce soreness, improve circulation, and release tension in your foot muscles. Your feet will thank you for the extra attention.

Exfoliation is not just for your face! Your pedicure technician will exfoliate your feet as part of your service. You can say goodbye to dead skin and calluses. Aside from leaving you with smooth feet, your pedicure doubles as a preventative service. Things like fungal infections are much less likely if you take good care of your feet.

Pedicures Prevent Infections

If you don’t moisturize your feet daily, a pedicure is an important source of moisture. Moisturizing your feet prevents cracks from forming, which can lead to infections. To get much needed hydration for your feet, continuing moisturizing your feet in-between appointments with foot lotion is important.

Pedicures Stops Calluses Right Away

The extra moisture also helps to remove and prevent calluses. A callus is the body’s way of protecting itself. Areas of friction will protect itself from forming calluses, but with repeated friction like walking or working out, inattention to those areas of the skin can break down and lead to sores or ulcerations.

Encourages A Healthier Lifestyle

When getting a pedicure, a mini foot massage is included. Foot massages improve blood circulation, which leads to healthier feet!

Pedicures=Healthier Joints!

When soaking your feet in warm water during a pedicure can help with joint health. With a foot massage, you are putting all of your joints through a full range of motion to help decrease stiffness. Soaking feet in warm water can also help relieve stress on joints and temporarily subside side pain.

Overall

Pedicures are obviously great for your feet, but did you know they help your mind too? When you get a pedicure, you release tension and feel relaxed. This kind of de-stressing releases a brain chemical called endorphins. Endorphins make you feel calm and happy, They also lower blood pressure, improve circulation and even relieve pain. So you shouldn’t feel bad about splurging. You’re actually doing your body a favor and giving your mind a rest.

Washing your face may seem simple, but there actually is a proper way of doing so. The most important thing about washing your face is making sure it is cleaned, toned, and moisturized before you put on makeup or go to bed, since your skin rejuvenates naturally while you sleep. It may seem like a lot of work, but it is worth it in the end for healthy, glowing skin.

The Five Steps to Cleansing Your Face

Step #1: Wash your face with lukewarm water and a cleanser. Warm water helps lift the dirt out of your skin, but hot water can be too drying. Cleansers are hydrating, but if you wear a lot of makeup, you might also want to use a makeup remover.  After washing, dab your face with a toweldon’t rub. It will stretch your skin and lead to wrinkles.

Step #2: Take a cotton ball and dip it in toner and swipe it around your face, focusing on problem areas. For example, if you have an oily t-zone, toner is a huge help. You don’t need a lot! Just one soaked cotton ball is perfect.

Step #3: Serum is like vitamins for your skin. There are some amazing high-end ones, but you don’t need to spend to over due itwe have some amazing ones that you can get at our on line store. Use one or two pumps for your entire face. This is also a great way to address any specific issues you have with your skin, because they make serums for everything: anti-aging, moisturizing, redness, etc.

Step #4: You can also mix your serum in with your moisturizer, which cuts down on a step. For night, pick a heavier moisturizer, but for day, make sure you choose one with SPF if you’re not going to apply sunscreen on your own.

Step #5: The last stepdon’t forget your eye cream! The under eye area is the thinnest part of your skin, so it’s desperate for moisture. Massage or pat a pea-sized amount of eye cream under your eyes about half an inch under your brow bone. If you’re putting on makeup afterwards, wait a few minutes so the cream can sink in.

A face mask is a type of skincare product that you apply on your face. It is considered one of the easiest ways to get healthy and supple skin within minutes. There are many face masks that are designed for your skin type and that work best to clear up any imperfections your skin may have. It is recommended to apply face masks at least twice a week to get the best results.

There are a variety of face masks available on the market. At Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, there are different types of face masks that are best suitable for your skin type. These face masks can be worn twice a week, as recommended by your aesthetician, for about 10-20 minutes, depending on the face mask.

Top 5 Benefits of Using Face Masks:

  1. Refines skin pores: Face mask can help you to get clearer skin and more refined pores. It deep cleanses the pores and clears the pores of dead skin cells, metabolic wastes and the oily substances that can clog them.
  2. Increases hydration: Face mask can also bring moisture and hydration to dry and dehydrated skin types. The water from the mask penetrates deep into the skin epidermis to soften the skin and enhance its elasticity. When the skin is hydrated and well moisturized, it becomes easy to apply proper makeup. Also it gives a more plump and youthful appearance to the skin.
  3. Diminishes fine lines: Regular use of face masks can reduce the signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots and so on. Also you will get to enjoy a softer and smoother skin texture.
  4. Gives even skin tone: Face masks are also designed to diminish hyper-pigmentation and give you more even skin tone and texture. It also promotes the sweat gland secretion so as to increase the oxygen content of the skin.
  5. Firmer skin: Loose skin can make your look older than your age. The problem of loose skin can be easily solved with regular use of face masks. There are certain types of face masks that help to enhance collagen production and fight off free radical damage which will gradually result in firmer, tighter, fresher looking skin.

Apart from the above mentioned skin benefits, applying a face mask also helps you to relax. You get the time to relax, while your face mask is working. This will help you to de-stress and that alone can make you look and feel better! Whether you use a cream or a sheet based face mask, you’ll feel great during the process.

The Top 5 Face Masks at Elements:

  • Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: The pumpkin puree in this mask is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes that are known for their anti-oxidant and exfoliating properties. This mask gently exfoliates the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines, age spots, freckles, and rough skin. It minimizes pore size and other skin imperfections while stimulating the production of new and healthy skin cells.
  • Soft Papaya and Pumpkin Mask: A special active papaya enzyme is incorporated in this crème mask. The active papaya enzymes will remove dead skin cells and reveal a smooth texture to the skin without irritation. Beeswax and avocado oil moisturize and hydrate to soften parched skin. Tapioca starch and kaolin clay tighten the surface of the skin.
  • Clarifying Camphor Mask: This extremely effective mask will manage and help clarify severe acne or problematic skin conditions. For combination skin types, it is most effective to use two to three times a week to control excessive oiliness or occasional blemishes. This mask can also be applied directly to a blemish at night and leave on overnight to reduce the blemish.
  • Skin Recovery Mask: This creamy, emollient rich, antioxidant and multi-vitamin treatment mask is designed to enhance micro-circulation, improve epidermal regeneration, and naturally brighten the skin. Nutrient rich carrot oil, mango butter, and natural plant extracts help to increase the skin moisture level, oxygen uptake , and prevent early appearance of wrinkles.
  • Aloe and Azulene Gel Mask: Aloe and azulene soothe and reduce flare-ups and redness. Sodium hyaluronate is added to hydrate and lubricate delicate skin. Green tea extract is an antioxidant, added to reduce redness. Lavender oil cools and refreshes the senses. This mask is perfect for soothing skin damaged by sunburn, waxing, extractions, peels and laser treatments.

Takeaway

As you can see, face masks are very beneficial for your skin weekly. Aside from the face masks, it is also important to include professional facials about once a month in your skincare routine. To know what products are best for your skin, consult with your aesthetician.

In the skincare world, beneficial ingredients are a dime a dozen. But, the hyaluronic acid ingredient is here to stay. It is a great hydrator for the skin that is safe for all skin types. Hyaluronic acid can be founds in serums, moisturizers, and eye cream.

What really is hyaluronic acid? Naturally produced in the human body, hyaluronic acid is a type of a sugar molecule that keeps our tissues cushioned and lubricated. It is found in skin, joints, and connective tissues.

Now, don’t be afraid of the word “acid” in its name: HA is a gentle hydrator for anyone’s skin. In fact, when it’s formulated for skincare, hyaluronic acid is like a sponge that finds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. HA is what gives your skin that plumpness!

What is Hyaluronic Acid Good For?

Skincare products with HA work hard to bring moisture to your skin all day by consistently drawing hydration from the air into your skin. In beauty lab tests, it shows that products with hyaluronic acid can hydrate the skin efficiently, sometimes 400% better than creams 18 times the price.

Here is what HA is best at:

  • Hydrating. HA is a skin plumper by its way to obtain moisture. It helps to hydrate dry skin, providing a smoother, softer skin appearance.
  • Anti-aging. As we age our skin produces less HA, contributing to the appearance of wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Joint pain. Yes, it can help joint pain! Hyaluronic acid injections are also given to joints of people suffering from arthritis. HA supplements are also popular for those suffering from joint pain and osteopenia.

Are There Any Side Effects to Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is something your body naturally makes, so it is generally considered safe for all skin types. Allergic reactions to HA are rare, so that means whether you have oily, dry, sensitive, or combination skin, you have the green light to use hyaluronic acid products. HA is particularly helpful for parched skin in need of deep hydration.

What Hyaluronic Acid Products Are Best For The Skin?

Because it works by retaining skin moisture, HA is most often found in products that are left on the skin. It can be found in face creams, serums, eye creams, and body lotions. Here at Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, we have our very own Hyaluronic Acid Serum that is 100% pure. This serum is best used to put under your moisturizer, which will give you the best results.

Consult With Your Aesthetician

As always, it is best to consult with your aesthetician about what product is best for your skin type. However, the hyaluronic acid serum works on any skin type, given that it is water for your skin! Hopefully by reading this article, you are now an expert on HA and that it is really beneficial for your skin.

A good daily skincare routine is essential for maintaining that healthy, fresh looking skin. But, every once in a while, it is best to leave it to the aesthetician to really take care of your skin and give you the professional help your skin may need. More precisely, you should get a facial once a month or every 6 weeks.

What Does a Facial Consist Of?

A facial is a multi-step skin care treatment that includes steam, face masks, exfoliation, extractions if needed, cleansing, a face massage, and a variety of face lotions and creams. There are many types of facial treatments, and choosing the one you need depends on your skin type and skin issues. Some are highly moisturizing, others are firming and restoring, while some focus on problem areas and certain skin conditions.

Deep Cleansing Facial

A cleansing facial will help your skin get rid of oil buildup, toxins and dirt from your everyday environment, thoroughly removing all the bacteria that could cause skin issues.

A good deep cleansing facial would be a microdermabrasion facial. This facial will remove your dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and unclog the pores, allowing the absorption of other products. This will also make your skin look and feel softer and smoother, making your makeup blend easier and look better. 

Extractions, if needed, is great for removing blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and preventing breakouts. This is a must – do step for everyone struggling with acne because it clears out the skin and gives it a purifying effect.

Anti-Aging

Facial treatments can help slow down the aging process and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Massaging your face with an anti-aging cream will immediately increase the blood circulation and oxygen flow, which promotes collagen production and enhances the elasticity of your skin. This leads to a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and preventing their appearance. Remember, It’s never too early to take good care of your skin! 

Facials are Relaxing

Massages are great for relaxing, relieving stress and balancing your mind. Just like your body, your face muscles need a massage. The boost in circulation you’ll get will stimulate the lymphatic vessels and detoxify your skin, making it look healthy and youthful. The nice smell of face masks is an incredible addition to a soothing, relaxing experience. 

Promotes Skin Rejuvenation

The exfoliation, extraction, massage, steam and mask application during a facial treatment lead to skin rejuvenation, or in other words – a fresh, renewed skin. This will improve the look of your skin, giving your skin a healthy looking glow.

You might not see the results instantly, but in the long run, your skin is going to get restored! So keep in mind that being regular and consistent with your facials is key. 

Improved Skin Care Routine

An aesthetician will analyze your skin and help you choose the best facial treatment for your skin type. When talking to your aesthetician, you can pick up some good skin care advice and decide which products are best for at home use. This is important because you can use these tips to prevent further issues and keep your skin in good condition.

Treating a Variety of Skin Issues

Getting regular facials monthly will help treat any skin concerns you may have. Issues like blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, sunspots and sun damage, acne, inflammation and redness, rosacea, dehydration, wrinkles, acne scarring, loss of firmness and elasticity can be minimized or completely treated with the right facial treatment.

Treat Yourself!

Lastly, it is important to treat yourself to a relaxing facial. Not only is the facial relaxing, but your skin will look it’s best after getting regular treatments.

Having a little time for pampering yourself in a peaceful environment will definitely uplift your spirit and clear your mind. So once a month, take some time off and treat yourself!

Did you know that you need to wear sunscreen on your face year round? Even in the cold winter? Yes, it’s true! Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to put on the same old sunscreen that your spray on your body when you go swimming. There are many moisturizers that have SPF in them to give your skin that moisture and glow while your protect your skin from the everyday sun rays.

Finding the right moisturizer for your skin that contains SPF is key. Everyone has a specific skin type and it’s important that you choose the facial moisturizer that’s best for you. Whether you have dry, oily, normal or a combination-type skin tone, using a facial moisturizer that contains SPF has become simpler and a popular skin care routine to achieve beautiful, healthy skin.

The Benefits of a Facial Moisturizer with SPF

There are many benefits that can be seen from choosing to integrate SPF into your daily facial moisturizing routine. This can take as little as a quick application of your daily facial moisturizing product, in the morning, before your skin is exposed to the sun through the course of your day.

  • Skin protected from the sun through a facial moisturizer with SPF can help to retain the ability of collagen production. Without SPF within your moisturizer, the moisture within your skin is depleted from sun exposure. Skin creates collagen. With the ability of the skin to create collagen, the skin not only can appear moisturized but also be less prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
  • A good facial moisturizer with SPF can reduce the instance of developing carcinoma of the skin.
  • Using a facial moisturizer with SPF can reduce the chance in which laser or cosmetic procedures are required to correct damage that has already been caused by the skin.
  • As part of the natural aging process of the skin, many people experience discoloration through certain areas of the skin. These discolored areas of the skin can be reduced through proper protection from the sun through the use of facial moisturizing products that contain SPF.

What We Have Learned

Studies have shown that using SPF 30 in your moisturizers are much more effective than using SPF 15. Using a good facial moisturizer with SPF is also an effective way to reduce the amount of products used in your daily skin care routine. Rather than using a facial moisturizer and applying a sun protection product over it, it’s much simpler to combine the two and use one product on the skin that will fully protect the skin.

Before deciding whether a good facial moisturizer is right for you, consider your specific skin tone needs. This is the most important part of selecting any good product; a facial moisturizer with SPF or not.

Choosing a good facial moisturizer with SPF keeps the skin protected from the sun, keeps skin moisturized, prevents wrinkles and fine lines, can help prevent the development of cancer, lessen the need for cosmetic surgery in the future and reduce the chance of discoloration of the skin.

A Good Tip About SPF

Your lips are a prime spot for skin cancer to develop because they are exposed to the sun rays year round and we often forget to apply the sunscreen on the lips.

Lipstick or lip balm that contains SPF 30 or above will really protect your lips from getting burnt and help prevent skin cancer. To be effective, you must reapply your lipstick or lip balm throughout the day.

But beware of products that contain no SPF, especially those that are glossy. Lip gloss without SPF can actually be worse than putting nothing on your lips. It is basically like spreading baby oil on your lips, which intensifies the amount of sun rays on your lips and can cause severe burning.

Do you ever wonder if waxing is ultimately the best for your skin? Are you tired of shaving every week just to find razor bumps and burns on your skin? Well, waxing may just be the answer for you.

Waxing swiftly pulls hair from the root through repetitive tugs. Shaving is more of a trim, only removing hair from the surface of the skin and leaving the root intact.

When going to a professional, they will either use hard or soft wax and cloth or paper strips to gently remove the hair. The purpose of the wax is to remove the hair from the root, making the hair appear thinner over time. Waxing can be done anywhere on your body and the pain is only moderate, depending on the area. The results of waxing last up to 3-4 weeks, while shaving can last up to 3 days.

Process of Wax

Waxing involves a warm mixture that’s applied to the skin and removed quickly once it cools. There are two different types of wax: soft and hard wax.

Soft wax requires strips to remove and is made with rosin, oils, and other additives. The wax is applied, and the strip is placed on top to remove the hair against the direction of growth.

Hard waxes firm up on their own and are made from beeswax, resin, and oils. Unlike soft waxes, hard waxes remove hair without strips.

Which Area Does Wax Work Best On?

This depends on your preference, but some find shaving easier to perform on a day to day basis for the underarms, legs and bikini area.

However, if you are looking for long term effects, waxing is best for the underarms, legs and bikini area.

For the bikini area, waxing is more precise and can result in less razor bumps because of the delicate skin area.

Benefits of Waxing

One of the main benefits of waxing is that it lightly exfoliates your skin. Because the wax adheres to the top layer of skin, it can remove dead skin cells to reveal a softer underlying layer.

Your skin will be less prone to inflammation. With this, you will have less of that annoying itch and prickliness that comes with shaving.

A big benefit of waxing is that you don’t have to worry about the knicks and cuts! A professional will gently remove your unwanted hair with wax, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. Waxing will also give you less of a chance of those stubborn ingrown hairs.

How Often to Wax?

Waxing can only be done when the hair is between 1/4- to 1/2-inch long. This means you should usually wax once every 3 to 4 weeks. Shaving can be done as often as necessary, but keep in mind that more frequent shaving may cause irritation in sensitive skin.

What To Do Before Your Waxing Appointment

Before a waxing appointment, grow your hair out to at least 1/4-inch long. If it’s longer than 1/2 inch, you might have to trim it.

The day before, make sure you don’t exfoliate, tan, or dry out your skin with swimming. The day of, avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol and wearing lotions or creams.

To decrease pain, take an over-the-counter pain medication 30 minutes before your appointment.

The Bottom Line

After your waxing appointment, you can return to exfoliating 24 hours after waxing. Keep the area moisturized in order to prevent itching and irritation.

If you are still uncertain if waxing is the best choice for your skin, consult your aesthetician. It is important to know what choice is best for your skin and will not cause irritation.

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