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Working Mother Quick Guide

May 8, 2015

Growing up I never understood the term “working mother”. I remember always hearing my mom say she had no time for herself because she katie and kathyalways had things to do. At that time she was a stay at home mom and I was confused as to how she never had time. Now that I am an adult I understand just how it feels to not cross off all of those “to-dos” on my schedule. She never had time to pamper herself because she was unaware of any quick makeup and skincare tips for mothers on the go. I am here to help you makeover your beauty routine with a couple of quick steps.

If you want to have a quick makeup look you need to have skin that is taken care of. If you have children especially newborns it probably feels like you haven’t slept in months.  After you move the bottles and baby clothes to the side, place a cleansing product on your night stand, we suggest our glycolic toner. All you need is a cotton ball to apply it to your face, that way your hands do not get messy. When it is in your sight before going to bed you will be more likely to use it.

Many new moms experience hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin. Since you cannot use retinol while breast feeding, apply some of our triple antioxidant serum during the day to help control the dark spots. At night after you have cleansed, add our pigment control to help reverse dark spots and follow up with a moisturizer.

Lips might be the only thing you have time for in the morning. First you need to apply either our bb or cc cream, which doubles as an SPF and light weight foundation, then use our Colore Me Perfect concealer to cover any dark spots. Line your lips and fill them in with the color of your choice. If you have extra time try adding some mascara to brighten your eyes. If you are on the go try wearing our juicy lip gloss can instantly make you look polished and it goes well with all skin tones.

Now let’s talk about hair, there are so many styles to choose from. Many moms tend to shower at night before bed because this time is usually less hectic. This is the best time for you to get your hair ready for the morning. After you get out of the shower apply some mousse or thickening spray to your hair. While your hair is still damp, part your hair and braid it to the side. In the morning when you wake up all you need to do is take the braid out, add some hairspray and you will be ready to go! I promise with these few steps you will start to feel relaxed and more polished for your busy day!

New Mom Stress Relief Guide

May 5, 2015

Are you a new mom and feel like you get no sleep? Are you awake all night taking care of crying children? Do you have a headache within the first five minutes of waking up? If you said yes to any of these questions, you might need a little stress relief! Being a new mom has turned you into wonder woman, but many times you feel like sleepy from the seven dwarfs. The staff at Skin Perfect is here to help you feel like wonder woman all day. We love seeing the same clients come in every month, but we know sometimes it is hard to find time especially as a new mom. We want to give you some tips on how to stay relaxed at home.

Let’s start with the most important step, breathing. There are many times your baby won’t fall asleep when you need them to, or they just won’t stop crying. During this time try to focus on your breathing, notice how the air feels as it moves in and out of your lungs. Silently repeat a calming phrase like “peace” with each exhale for 1 minute, or until you feel more relaxed. Repeatinga mantra allows you to focus on something, so you won’t waste energy by feeling annoyed. This will give you more patience so you can concentrate on calming your baby.

Another popular option for relaxing is essential oils. At Skin Perfect we use and sell Doterra Essential Oils, the scents smell great and the clients love them! There are so many scents that will help you stay calm, sleep better, and help you focus. Bergamot is a calming and soothing aroma, it promotes healthy and clear skin as well. Lavender is used for its calming and relaxing qualities, it also eases muscle tension in the head and neck. Breathe is an oil blend that is perfect for nighttime diffusion allowing a restful sleep. Essential oils are the smart way to go if scent is a way to help you relax.

Nighttime is probably the time when you can spare 15 minutes for yourself. During this time we suggest you take a bath and meditate. The best part about taking a bath is the warm water and the scent of the room around you. Add a couple drops of essential oils in your bath and this will help smooth your skin and relax you. Try to focus on your breathing and the warmth of the water against your skin. Let go of all of your thoughts, maybe even incorporate a little bit of music so you can drift away. Try these steps every day or every other day and you will find yourself more relaxed.

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What Type of Eye Makeup Should you Doing?

April 13, 2015

Life would be pretty sweet if one makeup how-to worked for everyone, but we know that we’re all unique in so many ways.While there’s no hard and fast rules when it comes to liner, like any other cosmetic, certain types can suit different people better than others. Ever envied your friends black rimmed eyes but wonder why it doesn’t quite hit the mark when you try to replicate it? You might not be choosing the most flattering way to apply. Check out our guide and find out how to do eye makeup that suits you.

Almond Eyes
If you have almond eyes they will look like the humble almond nut. When you look straight ahead, your iris disappears into your upper and lower eyelids. Considering you have “perfect” proportions, any eye technique will work for you. You can go nuts with winged liner to complement the wonderful curves of your eyes. If you want to use a regular pencil liner, draw a thin line for small eyes, but go a bit thicker for bigger eyes. almond eyes

 

 

 

Close Set Eyes
If you look at the gap between your eyes, could you fit another eye there? If not you have close set eyes. Use light colors on the inner corners, and extend the outer corners using dark colors. When applying liner only do the outer corners, try not to go all the way to your tear duct. Also try using mascara on the outer part of your lash line. close set eyes

 

 

Deep Set Eyes
Your eyes are set deep into your skull, so when you open your eyes, the space between the lashes and brown bone recedes. Apply light colors on the mobile lid, with a deeper color on and just above the socket line, blending up and out. Avoid drawing a thick line on your top lash line as this may cause your eyes to look more sunken. deep set eyes

 

 

Hooded Eyes
If you notice that your eyelid droops down over the crease when your eyes are open, you’re the proud owner of hooded lids. Use matte colors in medium to dark and keep eye makeup simple. When using liner start by thickening your lash base by applying liner between the roots of your lashes and be sure to apply your liner thicker at the outer corner of your eye. hooded eyes

 

 

Downturned Eyes
If your eyes have a slight drop at the outer corner of the eye, then you have down turned eyes. The focus for this eye shape, is to shade “up and out.” Apply liner to the upper lash line and blend shadow along the socket line in the outer 2/3 of the eyes. Curling lashes and applying mascara can also help to “lift” the eyes. downturned eyes

What Exactly is Collagen and Elastin?

April 9, 2015

Collagen and elastin are protein-based fibers that are found within the skin. These fibers are primarily responsible for that youthful skin that we all long to have. Collagen is accountable for skin’s firmness and youthful texture; while elastin is responsible for the turgor and elasticity or “snap-back” ability. Skin that has been repeatedly damaged and unprotected, also has damaged collagen and elastin, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and poor texture.

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Collagen makes up a large portion of the skin, so much so that if you were to take out all of the water from your skin, collagen would make up about 70% of what is left. While elastin makes up a smaller portion, it is just as important to take care of and maintain. There are many anti-aging creams and lotions that claim to contain collagen and/or elastin, but a little unknown fact is that those products cannot replace the collagen and elastin that have been damaged in the skin. The protein molecules in those products containing the collagen and elastin are too large to actually penetrate the skin, and therefore only helps to bind water to the skin surface, giving off a temporary anti-aging effect. This will not actually put more collagen/ elastin into the skin, nor will it stimulate the skin to produce more.

So, is there any hope? Of course there is! Your Skin Perfect esthetician will recommend the best treatment for you, as we know that not two clients have the same skin, so there is no “perfect” or universal product or treatment that works on everyone. One option is to introduce your skin to topical retinols, peptides, and/or other active ingredients that will actually stimulate the production of more collagen and elastin. Another option to stimulate more collagen would be microneedling, or collagen-induction therapy. By microneedling, your esthetician creates controlled damage to the skin, and actually produces microscopic punctures in the skin. Your skin, by nature, actually produces more collagen to repair itself, and the collagen will then create a “scaffolding” affect and will fill in the separated area/ puncture. Cell Reactivate is another treatment series that will assist the skin in creating more collagen. While collagen is fairly easy to stimulate (by a professional), elastin is much harder to stimulate and produce. Microcurrent, however, is one of the only treatments that has actually been proven to stimulate to the reproduction of elastin.

Is there anything you can do to protect your collagen and elastin from becoming damaged? As always, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Broad spectrum sunscreen is the most effective treatment for protecting collagen and elastin. Antioxidants, in conjunction with sunscreen, will also help to maintain the quality of your collagen and elastin, as it protects the skin from oxidative stress that can be just as damaging as the sun.

 

Spring Lip Color 2015

March 30, 2015

spring lip colorsHow many of you love buying a brand new tube of lipstick? From nudes to playful pinks, these trending shades will be love at first swipe. This year a soft lip is a refreshing change for spring, when bright fuchsias seem too heavy. Luckily, many rosy nudes and berries flatter all skin tones and ages. Go sheer for a natural daytime look and matte for nighttime impact.
When applying these colors try applying directly from the tube, you’ll get more drama that way. It also helps deposit the color right on the lips instead of having to apply multiple layers with a brush. If you make any mistakes, clean around the edges with a lip brush to create the perfect shape, or take a small Q-Tip and dab along the edges to blur the color out slightly. Last but certainly not least make sure you pick the right lip color for you. You may need to try a couple shades until you love your lip, you can always refer back to your color palette, or ask one of our makeup experts. Check out the colors below for the seven best lips for spring 2015.

 

Spring Fashion Colors 2015

March 26, 2015

Spring has officially begun! I know it is hard to fathom, many of us drove home from work at the beginning of this week in a snowy white out. Let’s try to smile and look at what’s around the fashion corner once we put away those snow boots and life gets a little prettier.

According to the experts, expect some power shoulders from the 80s and tie-dye, flowing dresses, and big florals from the 70s. These styles are suited for anyone, whether you like tight clothes or you prefer loose and comfortable. Another look that seems to be popular is the safari chick, greens and tans.

All of these fashion choices seem fun and great but how do you know you will rock the 80s and/or 70s look? Once you know your color palette choosing the right summer look will become a lot easier. Many of us know what color we look good in and some of us could use a little help. The best way to tell what colors look best on you is by comparing them to your skin tone.

Something Skin Perfect offers is a service called Color Analysis. This service not only helps you find the right clothing to choose based on color, but it also helps with makeup choices, and home décor choices. Color is all around us, especially this time of year. Here at Skin Perfect we want everyone to feel confident in their skin and in their colors. No more hiding behind the black clothes, try standing out with the bright colors that are in your palette.

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Love My Brows!

March 13, 2015

Makeup has always been a huge interest of mine. I really started getting into it in middle school. As my skills developed logan before and afterthrough the years
I look back on pictures of myself, from that awkward time thinking, “what in the world was I trying to accomplish with that much eyeliner?” As a natural redhead, my eyelashes and eyebrows are blonde. I’m constantly trying to play them up because I love making a bold statement. Around 5 years ago, I started wearing strip eyelashes every single day and I have been in love with them ever since. Even though my eye makeup was how I liked it, my eyebrows were too light to really frame my face like they should. I started filling them in and it became part of my daily ritual, which was very annoying and time-consuming.

I started working at Skin Perfect nearly two months ago and was introduced to the wonderful world of permanent makeup. I expressed my interest in getting my eyebrows done, and a couple weeks later I had the procedure done by the wonderfully talented Susana Benson in training, accompanied by Jaclyn Peresetsky. I absolutely love my new eyebrows and I love the extra 15 minutes of sleep I get every morning by not having to wake up and fill them in, while making sure they’re even when I’m still half asleep. It honestly has been the ultimate confidence booster for me and I cannot wait to swim this summer without worrying about whether or not I’ll still have eyebrows after I leave the swimming pool. It was well worth the time and investment. I’m a very happy customer.

March is National Nutrition Month

March 10, 2015

How many of you love food? I know I do! This month is national nutrition month. I’m sure most of you know that good nutrition can help with your skin care problems. Let’s start with a food that people either love it or hate it, and that is Salmon. It is one of the best foods for sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure; thereby minimizing your chances of sun damage. The Vitamin D in salmon keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy. For those of you who do not like salmon, try it grilled, baked, or in your pasta, salad, sushi, or grilled with a side of asparagus. NNMLogo2015

Another food superstar for your skin is blueberries. They have been ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and veggies. The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature aging. So consider adding half a cup to your yogurt or cereal every day and you are good to go!

Additional healthy foods for your skin are Walnuts. They are one of the best snacks to keep your skin glowing. The nutrition of walnuts have many benefits: smoother skin, healthy hair, brighter eyes, and strong bones! Get your daily dose of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E by eating a handful of walnuts or throwing them in your salad, pasta, or dessert.

Lastly, dark chocolate, one treat every girl has hidden somewhere, is our favorite superfood for the skin! It helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. Now before you make a mad dash to that hiding spot, keep in mind the best kind of dark chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least 60 percent cocoa. I hope I have inspired you to use these nutrient packed goodies in your meals and snack and have the skin you have always wanted!

Over the Counter Truth

March 6, 2014

Prior to becoming an esthetician, I was probably what you would consider a “product junkie.”  Trying a never-ending assortment of over the counter skincare products, hoping for results that were promised by the company.  Not only did I end up disappointed, but often times these products came with a hefty price tag.  After going through Esthetics school I felt almost jipped by these companies. They were lying to me and YOU, selling an unachievable outcome from their gunk in a tube. You see, what they have neglected to tell you, is the difference between OTC’s and Cosmeceuticals. OTC’s do NOT have the same amount of active ingredients that cosmeceuticals have, they are not ALLOWED to.  Cosmeceuticals are Pharmaceutical grade products that are only available through doctors and licensed estheticians. They contain higher amounts of active ingredients and penetrate deeper into the skin which is the dermis to be exact.  Why are active ingredients important? They are ingredients that make changes in the skin.

OTC vs COSCorrecting different skin concerns such as:

  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Hydration
  • Sun Spots
  • Rough Texture

OTC products only work with the outer most layer of the skin, the skin you see when looking in the mirror, most of what you are looking at is DEAD SKIN. It will not penetrate any deeper. OTC products have so many fillers, parabens, dyes, fragrances, etc., and they are very watered down. Medical grade products work with the LIVE tissue in the dermis. The products at Skin perfect actually penetrate through the epidermis all the way to the dermis, where your collagen, elastin, and new skin cells reside. Our products work to rid unhealthy skin cells that cause pigmentation and uneven texture. They boost collagen and elastin production, and help speed up cell turnover.  That is what makes HEALTHY SKIN.  Please do not waste your money on OTC products as I have. Take this knowledge of skincare and ingredients with you. It will benefit not only your face, but your pocket too!  With this knowledge it has become my mission to render Skin Perfect.

Skin Perfect = A Better Me

November 7, 2013

sidney-before-afterAs a part of Generation Y of course I thought that I knew everything. With the power of social networking and the unlimited access to the Internet I thought that I had all the information that I needed to look my best. Celebrities on my social networks told me what I was supposed to look like from makeup to wardrobe to accessorizing. Then YouTube gave me the “how to” on anything and everything I needed to do to achieve these looks from home. Naturally, on a college budget I was never able to completely achieve the full “celebrity” look. Soon after graduating college I moved back to Columbus and began working at Skin Perfect. That’s when everything changed!

Over the last 10 months I have been able to create my own “celebrity” look. In the beginning of my journey I had my Color Analysis done. As a True Spring I no longer wear colors such as black, white or even silver jewelry, which I wore a lot of over the years, because those colors don’t compliment my undertones. During my service the makeup artist customized my foundation, lip gloss and lip sticks. They picked out some great eyeshadow and blush colors. As I began to embrace my color palette and wear it more, the compliments poured in. Now that I know that I look good in my color it allows me to be more confident even on my worse day. A few months later I built up the courage to get my first “tattoo” through permanent makeup on my eyebrows. Jaclyn is an absolute magician! It has reframed my face, and saved me time and money. The last part of my journey thus far has been changing my hair. With this newfound confidence I was able to take it one step further and embrace my natural hair texture and change my hair color.

I give a lot of credit to the women at Skin Perfect. I love this spa and everything that they have brought to my life and the lives of our clients. I hope that everyone gets the same experience that I have had at this amazing place! Thank you ladies for making our clients and I your very own “celebrity” beauties!!

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