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Makeup Dos and Don’ts

October 15, 2013

natural makeupThe biggest mistake women make is not taking care of their skin. You should always wash your face and apply an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type on your face and don’t forget around your eye area. We age first around the eye area because the skin is like tissue paper. The skin repairs at night when you sleep so make sure you wash off your makeup. Your makeup is only going to look as good as your skin does.

Before you apply your foundation you should apply a foundation primer to smooth and give your foundation staying power throughout the day. The primer will also smooth lines like spackle. Be sure to apply concealer under eyes for dark circles and not use your foundation under your eyes. Apply an eye shadow base to your eye lids before applying eye shadow to ensure your eye shadow stays on and doesn’t crease.

When you apply your mascara and get mascara on your eye shadow your should always wait for it to dry and clean it up with a cotton swab. This will prevent a black smudge of mascara on your eye shadow.

Remember to always take care of your skin first and have fun with your makeup. I love to express my artistic skills through color and makeup everyday. A little blush and lipstick go a long way to brighten your face as well. Don’t be afraid to try. Practice makes… SKIN PERFECT!

Lack of Sleep and Your Skin

September 27, 2013

woman-sleepingAs an Esthetician, my face is a direct reflection of my work. Luckily, I have always had pretty good skin, but good skin or not, there are still many factors that can lead even the best looking skin to looking not so great. One of those factors is sleep, or lack thereof. Unfortunately for me, I’m a night owl. I say unfortunately because as a mom of three little boys and the wife of a construction worker (they start their days early!), my little morning birds have me up before the sun is in the sky, which always has me asking myself why I stayed up so late the night before. The mirror is always a harsh reminder of why it was a bad a idea as well.

That’s right, my skin is left to pay the price; rashy complexion, dark circles, puffy eyes, fine lines, etc. A lack of sleep can cut into the crucial restorative process that our skin goes through at night, such as collagen production, cell renewal, and lymph drainage (hence the puffy eyes) just to name a few. If your skin is cut short from this crucial process, it shows. When skin benefits from enough sleep, products & treatments work more effectively to provide better results.

On that note, while it’s extremely important to get a good nights sleep, it’s just as important to NOT SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP. If you fall asleep in your makeup, your skin will skip the restorative process as it is busy trying to cleanse itself of the makeup and debris that was left on its surface, and it can’t rejuvenate itself. That’s why I always say, “If it was a crime to not wash your face, in the morning it would be a little misdemeanor, but at night it would be a felony.” Your esthetician recommends products for you to use specifically during your night routine, such as retinols or peptides, for example. The reason for that is because they work synergistically with your skin’s nightly renewal process, giving you optimal results.

Missing a night here or there won’t effect your skin permanently. That’s a good thing, because trust me, we’ve all been there. However, skipping cleansing and not getting enough sleep at night habitually will effect your skin drastically, aging you prematurely. It is so extremely important, to the cellular level, literally, to cleanse your face, use your nightly products, and get a good night’s rest. After all, it’s not called “beauty sleep” for no reason!

Skin Treatment Doesn’t Stop at Your Face

September 5, 2013

vaidilaFirst of all, I’m so grateful and blessed to be with Skin Perfect now for over 5 years!

My passion, curiosity and knowledge in the skin field keeps increasing, and with that I would like to address a very important subject – neck, chest and décolleté skin.

I have observed that over the years our clients’ skin improves so much with our customized home skin care and individually personalized monthly treatments. Staying consistent is one of the keys toward desirable results, but Anti-Aging skin care and skin treatments shouldn’t stop at your face! I have noticed that there is a big tendency to neglect neck and chest more than the face!

After a few years of improving only your face, your neck, chest and décolleté skin will start showing all the signs of aging. That does a huge disservice in having a healthy looking skin altogether.

The skin on the neck and chest is thin, so sun damage is more apparent and harder to repair. Both the neck and chest require stronger formulations to reverse aging! The cut of your clothing often exposes your neck and chest to the sun, allowing for premature aging. We learned that just like the skin on your face, your neck, chest, and décolleté all require monthly skin cell exfoliation treatments to allow it to look younger and at its healthiest.

Most of the time you’ll be able to treat your aging skin signs below the face with the same facial product, but since we do treat many specific skin concerns here at Skin Perfect we do recommend to ask your esthetician to personalize your neck, chest and décolleté regimen.

At Skin Perfect we take a great pride in our ability to customize treatments to fit any specific needs of the skin, and now we can add your neck, chest and décolleté monthly treatments to your memberships! I am very excited about this addition since the sun-reverse season begins now! Lets erase unwanted aging signs with a progressive approach!

Don’t Forget Your Hands

August 12, 2013

hands-with-sun-spotsLately I have been noticing clients’ hands. Most likely because of the beautiful colors of nail polish I see in the summer while doing hand and arm messages during treatments. We protect our faces, and hopefully my clients also protect their neck and chest, but our poor hands are the afterthought of skin care. They really do show our age and all because no matter where you live they are exposed year round. Driving gloves and white day gloves were a spectacular idea, and how I wish they were still in style! So while you will probably not pull out the pair of white gloves your grandmother or great grandmother wore and try to bring back an old trend there is something you can do.

First, as always in skin care – prevention, prevention, prevention! If you don’t break it we don’t have to fix it. So put your sunscreen on your hands all year and all day. It isn’t as hard as you might think. Place a travel size liquid sunscreen in your purse and use it as moisturizer. If you don’t like the liquid version, Skin Perfect carries brush on minerals in a retractable brush. It is wonderful for face neck chest and back of hands. Keep it in your purse, your golf bag, your tennis bag.

Already have damage? It isn’t too late. The backs of hands can be treated in the treatment room and at home with treatment products. Skin Perfect will customize an easy home care regimen and treatments according to your skin’s needs. Ask your esthetician in your next treatment or schedule an appointment.

Embrace Your Unique Skin Tone

July 15, 2013

masha-before-afterGrowing up, all through high school, you were not cool if you did not go tanning in a tanning bed and have that beautiful vacation glow! My, how times have changed! Did you know the FDA cited an American Academy of Dermatology statistics that document a 75% increase in melanoma risk among tanning bed users, and the risk increases with each use? With the trends turning more to knowing and understanding preventative care, sun damage is one of the top trending discussions. I believe it is important to educate not only anti-aging clients but teenagers and young adults on the harmful effects of sun exposure and how to take appropriate measures on preventing sun damage and decreasing chances of skin cancer.

A large part of the battle is to embrace your heritage and your own unique skin tone. Being as I am a very fair skinned, blue eyed, blonde haired female, I struggled to keep up with the naturally tanned, darker skinned women. At Skin Perfect, we place an emphasis on education and teaching the client how to feel and look their best in a positive way. Personally, color analysis changed my outlook on feeling the need to always be tan. I learned that based on my individual skin tone, there is a specific family of colors that looks best on me. Now when I wear the colors that compliment my skin tone, I feel more beautiful than I ever did simply being tan. Now, if I want to have that beautiful vacation glow, I use St. Tropez sunless tanner to look and feel sun kissed without the harmful effects of UV rays.

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