Tag: beauty

What are your exfoliating habits?

Exfoliating is generally a good thing because it removes dead skin cells. Dead skin can make skin look dry and prevents any treatments you use from being fully absorbed. However, if you exfoliate too often, are too abrasive, or combine multiple exfoliators, the natural oils and healthy bacteria that keep your skin balanced can be stripped which can cause irritation.  More intensive exfoliation once a week (blackberry lime, or mint poppy) Preferably in the evenings so the skin has time to regenerate without being exposed to the elements and you can apply a nice barrier to the skin.

We should rethink how your skin needs to be exfoliated this is where I recommend having a monthly HydraFacial.  Every four weeks you can check in with your esthetician and get idea of what you need, as your skin changes on a seasonal basis it can also change on a monthly basis. Upgrade your facial service with a Marine Mermaid, locks in moisture and increases absorption of active ingredients.

This time of year is really dry and cold, cold air equals dry air. (winter)

 Dry air sucks the moisture out of the skin and compromises the condition of the skin. Dry skin is a weak skin and more vulnerable to irritation an aging. Also, this time of year we have heater on in our homes and indoor heating can have a similar drying effect on the skin as well.  To keep your skin barrier strong and functioning properly I recommend some moisturizers with ingredients that help retain moisture I personally use one by Sorella Apothecary, The Balm, that is recommended as a night cream and has a little bit of beeswax in it. Beeswax provides a protective barrier to help keep the skin nourished while still allowing for it to breath. Black Current Extract is high in vitamin C and rich in fatty acids which reduces inflammation and helps bind moisture to the skin. It has anti-aging benefits as well with Argireline (wrinkle reducer) and palmitoyl tripeptide-37 (potent peptide that’s proven to decrease wrinkles by 45% in 28 days).  Hyaluronic acid serums are great for the new year, Sorella’s Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum layers great under any moisturizer. It contains Snow Mushroom Extract which is 3-4x more hydrating than hyaluronic acid. Also contains niacinamide that reduces inflammation and restores the skin’s natural barrier. Cogan grass provides long time moisturizing benefits without clogging pores.

Sensitive skin it might be a clue that you have a skin condition that has not been yet diagnosed.

For example, the tendency to flush or flash along with persistent redness on your cheeks, forehead and chin are commonly signs of rosacea. Eczema also causes irritation and dry flaky skin, both conditions are best treated by an aesthetician or under a dermatologist’s care.  Sensitive and sensitized are two different things. I find a lot of people don’t make this connection. Sensitive skin is genetic and sensitized is often from outside factors like the with weather, harsh ingredients and or over exfoliation.

Tips:

  • Don’t forget to use a toner.
  • Drink water. We tend to consume a lot of sodium heavy foods this time of year.
  • Lip treatment applied every evening before bed to lock in moisture and heal and repair sensitive lip area
  • In addition, I always recommend cleaning your make up brushes and discarding old make up that may have bacteria buildup on it.

What is Sugar Hair Removal, How is Sugaring Different than Waxing

What is Sugar hair removal and how is it different than waxing?  Some people called it “sugar wax” which I think is funny, there is no wax in sugar and there is no sugar in wax.

Shorts, dresses, bathing suits… it’s definitely skin-baring season. For a lot of women (and some men too), it’s also hair-removal season. Hair removal can be stressful, expensive, time consuming, and, if you wax, painful. However, there’s a new, natural, less painful alternative to traditional waxing that delivers just as good, if not better, results than both waxing and shaving.

This seemingly too-good-to-be-true technique is called sugaring, and it’s become the No. 1 choice for hair removal for many people. “Waxing is a popular and easily accessible method for body hair removal,” “But once you try sugaring, we bet you never go back!”

Sugaring is an all-natural hair removal process developed in Ancient Egypt using sugar, lemon and water.

Since sugar is applied warm unlike wax it will never burn the skin and has very little discomfort.  Wax can cling to live skin, tearing it off.  Sugaring will only cling to dead skin giving you soft exfoliated results.

When sugaring, hair is removed in same direction as it grows creating a better chance of removing the follicle to slow the regrowth process.  Wax is removed against the direction of hair growth potentially breaking off at the follicle.  There is less of chance for ingrown hairs when sugaring compared to waxing.

No need for strips or sticks just ball up the sugar paste and spread over the skin.  The sugar paste can easily be cleaned up with warm water once finished so you never leave feeling sticky.

Sugaring can remove a shorter hair length than waxing so there is no need to wait a few extra days for regrowth.

I have found that since I started sugaring it is a little more hygienic and bit more efficient because you only need the one round ball of sugar rather than several strips of wax. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring does not require paper strips, instead we use a special paste made out sugar, lemon juice, and water. Using our hand, the aesthetician smoothes the paste onto the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth and lets it sit for a few seconds, then it’s flicked off in the direction of hair growth to keep the hair intact and prevent breakage. I have gotten a Brazilian down to 10-12 minutes, easy lunch time

I have seen a lot of places double dip into their wax pot which is very unsanitary, you don’t have to worry about that with sugaring.

Another thing to think about when you’re doing hair removal is that it is a shock to your system, I always recommend drinking lots of water after you’ve been sugared and or waxed. The results from sugaring can last up to 4-6 weeks.

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Eyelash Extensions, Yumilash or Lash Serums

Eyelash Options

By Joanna Young, Owner, Joanna Young Skin

 

Today we have so many options to enhance our eyelashes: Lash Extensions, lash growth enhancers (serums), Keratin Lash treatments (or perms), false lashes (strip lashes), and mascara. Today I’d like to go over these options and see what suits you best!

 

Extensions

Let’s start with my favorite, eyelash extensions. I have been doing lashes for over 12 years now and it has come a long way.  You need to be realistic and careful when choosing a lash studio. If the lashes are not applied correctly it could damage your natural lashes and cause irritation to the lash line.  Also, the adhesive is very important.  I always recommend non-formaldehyde adhesive which allows you to wet your lashes after your lash appointment. If the tech tells you to keep your eye dry for a day this is because water will activate the formaldehyde causing a fume that can get into your eye.  Make sure to always do your research when choosing a lash studio and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Novalash is the best brand of adhesive Platinum Bond and Sensitive as well ae the lashes.

 

Now the fun stuff, picking your lashes!  You have options when choosing your lash extensions which come in different lengths, thickness and curls.

  • The classic extension (1 extension on 1 lash) gives you a natural lash line.
  • Volume lashes (3-6 very thin lashes made into a fan and placed on 1 of your lashes) are what I wear. This creates a full fluffy effect; it is triple the amount of lashes added to your lash line. It does not have to be a heavy look, can be very natural or very dramatic.
  • Cashmere lashes are similar to classic though the tips of the lash have been split.
  • Real mink hair (not to be confused with the brand minky lashes) are a natural thin lash. Although they do not hold their curl long they are real, natural and pretty.

 

Every person has a different amount of natural lashes on their lash line with different thickness. The application appointment is made for the general lash line.  This is where I think women need to be realistic with the outcome. If you want the dramatic thick lash line it may take a longer appointment or possibly 2 appointments.  Lash extensions need touch up appointments, as you lose your lashes and or extensions you will want to fill in the gaps.

 

Lash Growth Enhancers

Lash growth serums can be used while you wear lash extensions. There is a lot of different lash growth serums on the market and I believe they all work to some degree. This is a good option for people wanting the growth for long lashes.

We offer Lash Dr. by Novalsh and GrandeLash.

 

Yumilash Keratin Lash Treatment

A great solution for woman that have had a reaction to lash extensions or just don’t have time for the maintenance is the Keratin lash lift. This is a treatment curls your natural lashes up, opens your eye and gives you a nice curl for 2-3 months. You can add a few extensions if you need more or wear mascara. Yumilash is the best brand I have found from Paris for this treatment.

 

Mascara

Lots of options for mascara now a days.  They have primers to thicken up the lash, wands that separate the lash and fibers that add length. I still stay away from mascara due to the raccoon eye, it always makes its way to create a dark circle around my eye

For more information or appointments call 949-355-5482

359 San Miguel Dr. #202, Newport Beach, Ca 92660

Novalash before and after lash extensions

No Curler, No Mascara and No lash extensions