Waxing 101 “No Double Dipping!”
Just recently came across this article highlighting the importance of practicing sanitary precautions at a salon/spa that provides waxing services.
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I am sure a lot of us have been to a salon or spa for a quick eyebrow or leg waxing, but have you ever paid attention to what is actually going on besides hair being ripped from its root (mind you, I am a huge fan of waxing, but only the results, I would love to avoid the entire process if I could). This article is not to scare you away from getting these services done but only to broaden your knowledge about the importance of sanitation and to keep yourself safe.
I will copy and paste a few points from the article posted by realbeauty101.typepad.com/
along with the link to the actual article if you want to read more.
Here’s the deal, everyone has bacteria that lives on their skin and in most instances, that bacteria is not harmful. However, in some cases, the bacteria (like staph for instance) can be harmful to those people with weak immune systems like those with the flu or pregnant women. In addition, some waxing clients may bleed slightly during their treatments and double dipping will certainly contaminate the wax. Hot wax pots are perfect breeding grounds for germs and bacteria.
If an esthetician or waxing technician will tell you “Oh, the heat kills off all the bacteria” Don’t fall for it, the pot does not nearly get hot enough to kill off anything that may be residing in it, in fact, it’s the perfect temperature for bacteria to thrive in.
Here’s more from the article
‘7 Ways You’re Aging Your Skin’
Time to practice some healthy habits in order for great skin!
Don’t use sunscreen? Use too many products at once? Skipping on sleep? Or even sleeping with make-up on?
The link below will take you to the article for some awesome tips :)
7 Ways You’re Aging Your Skin
Cheers to beautiful and healthy skin!
Salicylic Acid Peel
Ever had a chemical or acid peel done on your face? How did you like the results? Would you do it again?
I just had my first salicylic acid peel done today and I’m here to tell you about my experience! My reason for doing this is because of the few acne scarring on my cheeks. Since I’m only into Day 1 of this, I can only write about the application process (I will write my feedback about the results in a week or so).
I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this, except I was told that some tingling and activity will occur on my face. Boy, did I underestimate this! Don’t let me scare you, but was it a burning sensation or what! It literally felt as if my face was an inch close to a bonfire. But the sensation lasted for only about 3 minutes at the most, notice I didn’t say pain, because it wasn’t a painful experience, just a strong tingling/burning sensation but definitely bearable. If I could do it, then so can you! The promising results are pretty convincing as well. :) I posted a few links below so you can read some more about the peel.
The salicylic acid peel I had done was considerably mild compared to the other peels that are offered in spas/salons and the exact one I had is self-neutralizing, which means you can leave it on for hours! (24 hours is the most recommended). My esthetician did recommend that I avoid washing my face before sleeping (since if mixed with water, it can irritate a bit) I should also expect my skin to start flaking and peeling off in the next few days, fun stuff! Thus revealing a “younger”, softer, and even toned skin underneath! Yay! But I will have to get this done once every two weeks, but only 3 times.
Very excited for the results!
Good luck if you decide to have this done!
Salicylic Acid Peel
“22 Things Happy People Do Differently”
Just a little something to help you get through your day.
Click and read away!
22 Things Happy People Do Differently
This was very inspirational to me, and it makes perfect sense!
If you ever fall down, get up, brush it off, and walk on. :) Don’t let little things turn your attitude negative, don’t let other people control your mood, and always keep a smile on your face!
Take each day one step at a time. It helps, trust me.
Stay happy. Stay successful.
5 Steps For Lasting Lipstick
Michelle Phan recently posted a how-to for making your lipstick last through out the day. It’s a really easy step by step that I believe any girl would find beneficial.
- Scrub – the key to an even and lasting lipstick application is a good base. Lipstick won’t stick to dry, flakey lips. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub to remove any dry skin. Keep reading for an easy DIY lip scrub!
- Prep – now that your lips are smooth and soft, seal it in with lip balm. Allow the lip balm to sink in for a few minutes before moving on to the next step. I usually do this first, apply my makeup, and then finish with lipcolor.
- Fill – line and fill in your lips with a lip liner that matches your natural lipcolor. This creates a base for the lipstick to cling to and using lip liner close to your natural color prevents visible contrast between your liner shade and your lipstick shade.
- Apply – apply, blot, repeat. In a pinch, just doing this step will help extend the life of your lipstick. Apply a coat of lipstick, blot with a tissue and apply once more.
- Seal – set the color in place with a light dusting a translucent powder and you’re out the door (feel free to leave the lipstick behind)!
Click the link below for the lip scrub’s simple recipe!
Beauty School: Make Your Lipcolor Last
Always have a pair of girly floral pants and studded heels. You never know when you’ll need them
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
How often do you exfoliate? Everyday? Once a week? Few times a month? Can’t even remember?
Exfoliation is necessary and extremely beneficial to your skin. It helps get rid of dead skin cells much faster to reveal a fresher and softer skin underneath. However, what methods you use and how often you need to exfoliate changes from person to person. Talk to your esthetician about which are best for you.
One of the best exfoliants out there, is Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant. It is soft and smooth enough to be used daily (hence the name) and by anyone (except those with certain allergies, always read ingredient list beforehand). Half of a teaspoon amount of this, mixed with water is enough to get smooth and perfect results. Keep it by the sink or even the shower to remind yourself to take care of your skin.
Remember to always moisturize appropriately after!
Here’s to beautiful skin!
(not my photos)
Love to tan? Well then I hate to break the bad news, but tanning is doing more harm than good.
When your skin tans, it literally means that your skin cells have been damaged and are in the process of protecting itself, hence the darkness or extra color. Tanning can seriously damage cell DNA. UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays) changes the melanin in the skin. Exposure to these rays will lead to wrinkles and premature aging, and may even cause skin cancer.
Some damages are:
Tanning Dangers: What You Need to Know
- Increases moles on the body.
- Damages blood vessels in the skin.
- Damages skin’s connective tissues.
- Suppresses the immune system, making it harder to fight infection.
- Damages the various delicate tissues of the eye.
- Damages the outermost layer of skin cells (keratinocytes).
Always use sun protection. I cannot stress enough the importance of SPF. Make sure your SPF has full protection against UVA and UVB (broad spectrum protection). I personally recommend SPF that is free of harmful chemicals and preservatives and SPF 30-35 (more than that will not make a difference) and make sure to reapply every now and then for full protection!
Remember, UVA is prevalent all year, winter and summer!