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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!

Microblading eyebrows and permanent makeup may sound like the same thing, but they really are different in a few ways. Both are forms of cosmetic tattoo, a practice that has been around for many years and uses tattoo or pigmentation of the epidermis to produce makeup like results. This article will help you determine the real difference between microblading and permanent makeup.

There are three main differences between the two procedures:

*Although permanent makeup is not “forever” permanent, it is more permanent than microblading, which can last up to 3 years, depending on the person.

*Permanent makeup can be done on the eyes, lips, and brows. Microblading is only for the eyebrows.

*Permanent makeup is done using an electrically powered machine very similar to those regular tattoo artists use. Microblading uses a tool similar to an exacto knife that does not require batteries or electricity.

Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattoo that uses needles and artistic tattoo machinery to implant dyes or pigments into the skin. It is most common on the eyebrows, lips and eyeliner. Women are by far the most common consumers of permanent makeup, however, men can also do it.

Permanent makeup can be done in many styles and shapes. Some artists will use stencils to determine the shape of the brow, which is not usually done by most experts because its stencils are not customized to the client’s face.

Many people are afraid of permanent makeup because they immediately think of cringe-worthy eyebrows that look like they were drawn on with a sharpie. Of course, no one wants to have that!

But, permanent makeup is meant to look natural, and it is not as permanent as you would think. As always, it will vary from person to person, but it is likely that a client will need a few touch ups a few years after his or her procedure.

Microblading

Microblading has become really popular within the last few years, and for good reason! Like permanent makeup, microblading is a cosmetic procedure meant to enhance your eyebrows.

The reason microblading has been getting so much attention is because it is semi-permanent, not permanent. This means the procedure can last up to three years and then fade away, that’s if you don’t get touch-ups every eight months to a year. The reason it lasts less than permanent makeup is the hand tool that is used.

Where permanent makeup artists use an electrical machine similar to the ones regular tattoo artist use, microblading is just a hand tool with a fancy blade. The hand tool allows the artist to make highly accurate superficial scrapes to the brow that follow the direction of the eyebrow hair.

After getting the initial first “full brow” appointment done, it is important to follow up four weeks later to get a “touch-up”. The touch-up is meant for the color of the hair strokes to last longer and stay in place. Also, it is needed just in case some hair strokes did not take on your eyebrow. After getting that touch-up, depending on your skin, it is best to get touch-ups every eight months to a year to keep the color intact.

Conclusion

A good piece of advice: If it’s your first time getting a cosmetic tattoo, maybe you should start by getting eyebrow microblading. That way, you get a glimpse of what having perfect eyebrows 24/7 is like and you are not making a permanent commitment if it turns out you are not 100% pleased with the results.

Overall, it is your preference if you are looking for semi-permanent or permanent. At Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, we have our very own microblading artist, Diane, who is a perfectionist when it comes to microblading eyebrows. She will consult with you first on what the perfect shape is for your eyebrows and go from there!

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