Skin Tip: Halloween Edition!

Happy Friday everyone!

Since it’s Halloween weekend, I have a special skin saving tip to share with those that are planning to dress up. ūüôā

Applying a silicone-based primer or moisturizer will not only help your makeup apply smoother but it will also act as a barrier between the makeup and your skin, protecting you from any irritation that can stem from artificial colors.

Have a safe weekend everyone! 

Stephanie 

Skin Tip: DIY Pumpkin Body Scrub!

Happy Friday!

I have a quick DIY pumpkin scrub that you can use to exfoliate dead skin from your body this holiday season.

2 cups of fresh cooked pumpkin (pureed)

4 tbsp. honey

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/8 tsp. of olive oil

1 tsp. pumpkin spice

Combine 2 cups pureed pumpkin, 4 tbsp. honey, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/8 tsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice in a bowl to make the scrub.  Spread onto body, concentrating on rough patches like knees and elbows. Rinse off with water.

*Always conduct a patch test to avoid adverse effects.*

See you next week, 

Stephanie 

Skin Tip: Satin Pillowcases for Wrinkles!

Happy Friday readers!

If you notice you wake up with sleep wrinkles in the morning, it can be caused by the friction between you and your pillow. Unless you sleep on your back, satin or silk pillowcases may be worth looking into as they slide rather than pull against your skin.  Bonus tip: they can also help reduce frizzy hair!

Do you use a silk or satin pillowcase?

Have a great weekend! 

Stephanie 

Skin 411: A Word About Ingredient Names You Can’t Pronounce!

Happy Friday everyone!

When it comes to reading ingredient labels, I’m sure you’ve heard that if you can’t pronounce an ingredient or the name is too long, it’s automatically bad for you. ¬†Well, that’s actually a myth as many skincare companies adhere to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) system, which is an internationally recognized way of standardizing labels on cosmetic products.

For example tocopherol acetate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and butyrospermum parkii sound scary but they are actually alternative names for vitamin E, vitamin C, and shea butter.  Remember that whether you can pronounce an ingredient name or not tells you nothing about the safety of it.

See you next week! 

Stephanie 

Skin Tip: Sensitized Skin!

Happy Friday readers!

If you’ve never really had sensitive skin but all of a sudden you’re experiencing irritation, you may have sensitized skin. ¬†Sensitized skin can be a result of ¬†stress, hormonal fluctuations, smoking, alcohol, poor diet, medical procedures, over-exfoliated skin and fragrance. ¬†Eliminating or controlling these factors should¬†help you get your skin back to normal.

Have a great weekend!

Stephanie 

Skin Tip: Listen to What Your Skin is Trying to Say!

It’s finally Friday and time for another skin tip!

Our skin is a very unique organ and if you pay close attention, you’ll start to see what it’s trying to tell you. ¬†If you’re using a product that suddenly leaves your skin red, blotchy and itchy, chances are it’s too strong for you or you’re having an allergic reaction. ¬†Likewise, if your skin has a slight burning feeling every time you apply a product, something is causing it to behave that way. ¬†Don’t ignore these signs and try to figure out what the product it is by process of elimination or asking advice from your trusted esthetician/medical professional.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Stephanie 

Skin Tip: Pre-Dip Tip!

Happy Friday everyone!

If you’re headed to the pool this weekend, make sure to rinse your skin with non-chlorinated water before you enter the pool as this can lessen the amount of irritation chlorine can cause the skin.

Have a safe weekend everyone and don’t forget to check out my article on sunburns here!

Stephanie 

What You Need to Know About Sunburns!

Days spent at the beach or by the pool is one reason we love summer but sometimes this enjoyment renders one caveat: leaving us lobster hued.  Sunburns can be painful and in some cases be accompanied by blisters.  Note:  If you have blisters and severe swelling, seek medical attention immediately.

But once your sunburn heals and the peeling has stopped, all is good right?  Not really.  Sunburns can double your chance of developing melanoma later in life but it may take several years for the damage to show up.

What is a Sunburn? 

Simply put, your skin turning red is an indication that your skin has been severely damaged due to extreme UV exposure causing blood vessels to dilate.  The skin starts to lose moisture and hydration causing a feeling of tightness. Although our body can cope with minimal amounts of sun damage, the danger happens when our DNA becomes damaged and its repair process is compromised, which can lead to skin cancer.

Tips for Sunburn Relief 

Application

Application and reapplication of sunscreen is crucial.  Ensure you are applying enough- a teaspoon for the face and one ounce shot-glass size for the body- and reapply about every two hours.

Hydration

Your body is overheated so it’s important to drink a lot of water.

Skim Milk Cold Compress

A cold compress or cloths soaked in skim milk can relieve pain-skim milk is the preferred choice because it does not have any fat content. The protein found in milk binds to the burned skin to soothe the pain.

OTC Remedies

Aspirin or ibuprofen can slow down the inflammatory reaction.

Application of a 1% hydrocortisone cream may help with sunburn pain and swelling.

Simple DIY Remedy

Plain cold yogurt can be used on sunburned areas.  Leave on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse off.

Final Say

Until your skin heals, stay away from the sun, heat, friction and excessive exercise and do not pick at loose skin-it can scar!  Avoid exfoliating and keep your skincare regimen simple.  The key is to soothe and calm inflammation.

How do you treat a sunburn? 

Stephanie 

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Skin Tip: 4th of July Edition!

Happy Friday everyone!

We have a long weekend ahead thanks to the 4th of July. Celebrate by adding some red, white and blue summer fruits packed with antioxidants that will keep you and your skin healthy and glowing!

Red: Strawberries are high in vitamin C and folate; watermelon (my fave) is high in vitamin A and C.

White: Lychee is a great source of vitamin C; jicama (aka yam bean) contains vitamin C and small levels of B-complex-tastes great with chile and lime!

Blue: Blueberries are an excellent source of fiber and high in vitamin C.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Stephanie