Beauty, Health, Nails, Skin Care

Winter is a magical time of year—who doesn’t want to snuggle up on the couch in some cozy pyjamas with some hot cocoa and Netflix? Unfortunately, winter also tends to wreak havoc on your skin. What can we do about excessive dryness?

General Tips
The first step towards healthy skin is hydration, and that means drinking enough water each day. How much is right for you? That is dependent on your body, but the recommendation of eight 8-oz glasses of water per day is a good start! Being dehydrated not only causes dry skin, but it also depletes energy levels and limits the body’s ability to function internally.

Wearing appropriate clothing for the cold can also help combat dryness. If the winter wind is leaving you dry and cracking, make sure you layer up with gloves, scarves, and thick socks outside, and try wearing slippers or socks in your home. Heated homes are generally dry in the winter, and bare feet can easily dry out.

Hands and Feet
Everyone has experienfarm_house_logoced that moment where you step outside into the cold and every ounce of hand lotion you used earlier is just completely rendered useless, or when you head to bed and your heels snag on the sheets. Dryness can cause painful cracking on knuckles, heels, and around nails, and those cracks can take weeks to heal!

Of course, the first step toward hydration in hands and feet is a manicure and pedicure. Soaking the feet helps loosen dry skin on the heels and other pressure points, which makes removal much easier. A gentle exfoliation with a scrub leaves skin smoother, and finishing with a shea butter balm massage locks in the moisture barrier you need to keep your skin hydrated. You can follow this up with at-home care as well! Farmhouse Fresh carries shea butter lotions and balms, scrubs, and oils in a variety of delectable scents that are sure to keep your skin soft and your wallet happy. All of Farmhouse Fresh products are cruelty-free, and many are gluten-free and vegan as well!L-farmhouse-organics

 

 

Face
Facial moisturizers are a one-size-fits-all kind of product, right? Wrong. It is essential to choose a facial care regimen that works for your skin type.EMINENCE STONE CROP WHIP
Every person’s face is different, and there is a massive range of products out there that may or may not be right for you! Luckily, Eminence Organics skin care products can address a variety of issues without being overwhelming. Is your face extra dry? Try the Stonecrop Whip Moisturizer for lightweight yet effective hydration. Are you worried about wrinkles? Try the Monoi Night Cream for a boost of moisture while your skin regenerates at night. Do you have sensitive skin that reacts to changes in your environment or new products? The Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer may be right for you! The best way to choose a new face product, however, is to speak with an esthetician. Our esthetics team is trained to help work with your skin to balance out the issues you may be experiencing. Our range of facial services can pinpoint the troubles you may be having, and we can recommend the best products to keep your face happy and healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

A winter wonderland does not need to mean torture for your skin. Treat yourself to some essential self-care this winter and see what a difference the right services and products can do for you! Your skin will thank you.

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Beauty, Health, Skin Care, Wellness

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: A Facial Worthy of Fall

Fall is here and that means it is officially pumpkin time! To celebrate autumn we are featuring a Pumpkin Spice Facial that’s sure to get you into the season and looking radiant!

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Our Pumpkin Spice seasonal facial features Farmhouse Fresh’s Splendid Dirt Nutrient Mud Mask with Organic Pumpkin puree. Invigorating for both the skin and the senses, this yogurt based mud mask will improve even the most red and blotchy skin. Enzymes from the pumpkin puree impart instant radiance in the skin and active yogurt cultures help to deep clean pores, making them appear smaller and improving the look of broken capillaries.

Even the oiliest, most congested skin will feel flawless after this facial. And the best part? It just takes 30 minutes, making it perfect for the lunch break pick me-up!

Come in and experience a Pumpkin Spice Seasonal Facial while they last!

Call our Front Desk staff today to book an appointment with one of our talented estheticians.

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Getting the Facts Straight on SPF

It may not feel like it, thanks to cold temperatures and cloudy days, but the Sun’s UV rays are just as damaging in the winter as they are in the summer. This is especially true for those of us that enjoy winter sports and are spending a good chunk of the day outside. Not one of those people? Well, you still need SPF: simply driving in the car, standing by a window, or taking a quick walk down the street exposes you to those harmful rays.

 

The Vitamin D Debate

Many people don’t wear sunscreen because they argue that the average human doesn’t get enough Vitamin D. People from ages 1 to 70 should be getting 600 IU of Vitamin D a day, while those over 70 should step it up to 800 IU a day. While this may differ from many reports you’ve read, the Institute of Medicine found that the majority of Americans are getting the dosage of Vitamin D they need, even while using sunscreen. However, if you are concerned about your vitamin d intake, the skin cancer foundation recommends getting 5-10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure 2-3 times a week. Then, after that allotted time slather on the SPF! If you’re still worried about how much Vitamin D you’re taking in you can always add a Vitamin D supplement into your diet to make-up the difference. There are also plenty of foods that are chock full of Vitamin D such as fatty fish (tuna, mackerel, and salmon,) foods fortified with Vitamin D, cheese, and egg yolks.

 

Why SPF Matters

Today it’s hard to do anything without hearing that scary ‘C’ word: cancer. Skin cancer is a type that doesn’t get quite as much focus, but it should: “there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.” (American Cancer Society, 2015.) While many of these cases are not fatal and can easily be removed, it’s still concerning. Here are just a few more facts regarding skin cancer thanks to the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • “One in five American’s will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.”
  • Basal Cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, though rarely fatal, can becoming disfiguring.
  • Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, with 1 person dying from it every hour
  • “1 in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime”
  • “On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.”
  • “More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the US each year are linked to indoor tanning…”
  • “More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer from smoking”
  • “One indoor tanning session increases users’ risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%”
  • “More than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the Sun.”
  • “People who use sunscreen daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.” (Skin Cancer Facts, 2015.)

 

Types of SPF

The days of greasy, thick white sunscreen are long gone. While there are still many sunscreens that are like this, we now have many other options available for every possible skin type.

  • Chemical Sunscreen: Chemical sunscreens allow the Sun’s rays to enter the skin, which is then converted to heat energy and released from the skin. Chemical sunscreens are great for people who are concerned with their sunscreen giving them a white appearance. Chemical sunscreens are not good for everyone though: because chemical sunscreens generate heat those with extra sensitive skin may find this exacerbates their problems. Chemical sunscreens can also start to create a burning sensation as you sweat. If this type sounds right for you, look for active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.
  • Physical Sunscreen: Physical sunscreens use minerals, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically block the Sun’s rays from ever entering the skin. This is great because there is very little heating of the skin, making physical sunscreens an ideal match for people with sensitive skin. One thing to watch out for with physical sunscreens is, because they form a physical barrier, they can sometimes impart a white sheen to the face. Also, some formulas can feel a little greasy compared to their chemical counterparts. However, this is quickly fixed by powder SPFs, such as Jane Iredale’s Powder Me SPF, which comes in both translucent and tanned. This skin cancer foundation recommended product has a sun protection factor of 30 and is even water resistant for up to 40 minutes!

 

Everyone knows a tan looks beautiful, but healthy skin is so much more beautiful. No tan is worth the damaging effects of the Sun, so take charge of your health and apply some SPF today.

 

 

 

 

 

References

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.       http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/acspc-044552.pdf. Accessed January 9, 2016.

Skin Cancer Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved January 2, 2016, from http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts

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Basics of Good Skin Care

Cleansers, toners, serums, ampoules, exfoliants…the list goes on and on!

Nowadays, the market is saturated with different types of beauty products, all promising to work miracles. While many of these products do just as they claim to, there are many more that leave you let down when you aren’t magically 20 years younger overnight! While this is great for the beauty industry’s revenue, it leads to confusion and mistrust for the consumer!

So, where to go from here?

While there is no possible way to review every skin care product on the market, there are a few tips and tricks to help you figure out what’s what.

First off, what steps are actually necessary for good skin health?

While the exact products you’re going to use are going to vary based on what you’re trying to treat, the following is true for every single skin type.

 

A Good Cleanser

A good cleanser is formulated to remove dirt, excess oil, pollution, and make-up from the skin while still leaving the skin at its proper pH of around 4.7, so that the natural protective acid mantle can remain undisturbed. As a general rule of thumb, if your cleanser leaves your face feeling extremely tight, it may be too stripping. For more dry skins, a creamier cleanser is necessary so less vital oil is removed and for more oily skins a foaming cleanser.

  •   “But my skin is way too sensitive for a cleanser! I can only use water to wash my   face!” I hear this all the time. Unfortunately this is actually only making sensitivity issues even worse! Water pH changes depending on where it comes from and in some places is more alkaline and in others more acidic, a too alkaline or too acidic water is going to have similar effects as a too harsh cleanser!
  • “Humans went ages without washing their faces, it isn’t natural and is bad for you!” -Another statement estheticians face regularly when recommending home care. But what is important to remember is, our ancestors lived under very different conditions than what we currently inhabit. While it is steadily improving thanks to recent environmental efforts, our air is incredibly polluted. Water alone simply cannot remove many of these pollutants that can cause impurities in the skin. Combine that with the use of make-up (which also must be removed with a cleanser) and simply using water can be disastrous for skin health!

Recommended Products: For normal to dry skin, try a cleansing milk like Decléor Cleansing Milk. If you like a cleanser that foams a little, try DM Skin Care Botana-Gel Cleanser. For combination or oily skin try Botana-Gel or Decléor Purifying Gel.

 

An Exfoliant

This is one of the more commonly missed skin care products that are so vital to skin health. The skin naturally sheds dead skin cells constantly, but where do these dead skin cells go? Some skin is shed and enters the air and your environment around you, but much stays on your skin. Overtime, these dead skin cells can begin to pile up resulting in, best-case scenario, dull skin and, worst-case scenario, a breakout. While cleansing the skin removes some, it does not remove all. As long as you don’t exfoliate too often (which will disturb the skin’s protective acid mantle) exfoliating won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. However, there are different types of exfoliants and certain ones are better than others, depending on what you’re treating and what your skin is like. They fall into two categories:

  • Physical Exfoliants: physical exfoliants are the type that most people are familiar with. Using natural or synthetic abrasive ingredients, physical exfoliants remove dead skin cells through friction and then are simply washed away with water. These are good for most skin types, except for sensitive and acenic skin types. These scrubs should not be used more than 1-2 times per week!
  • Chemical exfoliants: probably the most feared exfoliants, chemical exfoliants use either acids or enzymes to dissolve or eat away at the dead skin cells. Some are formulated to go deeper into the skin, past the dead skin cells, to help repair the skin but these are typically stronger peels done with either your esthetician or a dermatologist. Chemical exfoliants are thought of as being harsh on the skin, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth! Because they very gently dissolve the dead skin cells, they’re actually less harsh on the skin than the friction from physical scrubs. Chemical exfoliants can be used by anyone with any skin type, however certain acids are better than others for certain skin types. Depending on the delivery method, some acids are used daily while some, more intense acids should only be used 1-2 times per week.

Recommended: For a physical exfoliant, try Decléor Double Radiance Scrub or Carita Lagoon Scrub. For a chemical exfoliant, try Decléor Prolagene Lift Peeling Gel or DM Skin Care Retinyl Enzyme Treatment.

 

A Good Moisturizer

While most people I encounter are aware they should be using a moisturizer, most are not aware of what constitutes a good moisturizer versus a bad one- oh and there are bad ones! The first step is deciding if you need more oil or water in your moisturizer. Water based moisturizers are ideal for more oily or acenic skins that have plenty of oil, but need to replenish their water balance and oil based moisturizers are lipid rich and better for drier skins. So, yes, even the oiliest person can use a moisturizer and can actually improve their oiliness with the hydration received from one! One ingredient to watch out for is mineral oil a cheap, pore clogging-lubricating agent used in many less expensive moisturizers. Seeing this ingredient should be a red flag that it probably doesn’t contain the highest quality ingredients (although seeing it extremely far down on the list isn’t too problematic for drier skins.)

Another big skin offender to look out for is denatured alcohol, which is extremely drying and irritating to skin. Look for moisturizers high in humectants (which attract water from the dermis to the epidermis) such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin. It’s also worth mentioning that many moisturizers contain exfoliating acids, such as lactic and glycolic acid.

Recommended: All skin types will enjoy the hydration of Decléor Hydrafloral Cream. For combination to oily skin try DM Skin Care Dermal Renewal Gel or Decléor Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid.

Well, there it is! The basics of good skin health, not quite as confusing as you thought, right? Top all of those off with a good daily SPF and you’re on the road to beautiful skin for life. And remember, a good esthetician can advise you in what products are good for your skin in particular by looking at and feeling your skin to use their expertise to discover what your skin is longing for.

 

All recommended products can be purchased at Designer’s Denn Salon and Spa. Check back here soon for a post on the more advanced steps in skin care: serums, masks, and professional treatments!

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