What Does Skin Crave For?

posted by Lissa Logan

We often hear complaints from women who take meticulous care of their skin but still have skin problems.

Some says their skin looks greasy though it feels tight. Others say moisturizers make their dry skin worse. And some with oily skin complain of too much oil.

All of these gripes have one common factor. Each person used over-the-counter products to try and treat their skin condition.

Drugstore products have a fixed formula and dosage. But not everyone has the same skin types or the same problems with their skin.

In order to get the proper treatment for your skin condition, you need to have a professional take a look at it.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s complicated! So having a highly trained aesthetician conduct an analysis will help immensely.

Skin craves ceramides, essential fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, and sodium PCA, (an amino acid derivative). But please, take note:

You have to know which one (or more) works best for your skin type and apply it in the right amounts.

Secondly, even if you do guess correctly about your skin condition, drugstore products simply do not have the potency of our professional line.

There is a secret to unlocking the natural beauty of your skin. Whether you have oily, dry, mature, or combination skin; pay attention to the symptoms. It’s your skin telling you what it needs.

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The Facts Of Cellulite

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The Facts Of Cellulite

The Facts Of Cellulite

There are a lot of information regarding cellulite. Some are myths and some do speak the truth. But how can we tell which is which?

Here are some facts that may help in dealing with this condition.

Women get more cellulite than men
Yes, women do tend to carry more fat around their hips and thighs. And we also have less supportive connective tissue to keep it all in place. It is estimated, however, that about 10% of men suffer from cellulite, as well.

Cellulite gets worse with age
Hormones seem to play a role in the appearance of cellulite: As women age, their bodies produce less estrogen—a hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly. Less estrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.

Cellulite may be in your genes
It’s true that cellulite runs in families; if your mother and grandmother had cellulite, you have a better chance of also developing it. If you’re not one of the lucky ones with smooth-skinned relatives, take heart: Genetics is only one small part of the cellulite puzzle; factors like diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight also play a role.

Exercise can reduce the appearance of cellulite
A regular exercise practice cannot cure cellulite—but in many cases it can help prevent or reduce its appearance. Cellulite occurs when connective fibers underneath the skin become weak or lose their elasticity, but stretching and strengthening those areas (in addition to burning away excess fat overall) can help.

Skin fillers can even out dimply skin
Injectable dermal fillers like Restylane and Radiesse, used primarily to plump up sagging cheekbones and remove facial wrinkles, have also shown to be beneficial—at least temporarily—for cellulite-plagued sections of skin.

Non-invasive procedures for cellulite really do work
Laser, radio-frequency, and massage techniques have been used for several years to reduce the appearance of cellulite—and while their results are not permanent, they are effective.

Certain foods can help fight cellulite
Your diet alone can’t determine whether you will or will not get cellulite, but eating a well-balanced, plant-heavy diet can reduce inflammation throughout your body and help you maintain a healthy weight. Staying hydrated—both by drinking water and by eating plenty of foods with high water content—will also keep your connective tissue strong and supple, and may even help you slim down. Aim to eat more cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, and bell peppers, which (along with many other fruits and veggies) are all more than 90% water.

Smoking can affect the appearance of cellulite
Cigarette smoke has been shown to reduce blood vessel flow and to weaken and disrupt the formation of collagen, allowing for the connective tissue to become stretched and damaged more easily and for underlying fat to show through. Plus, smoking can make you look bad (literally) in lots of other ways, as well: It causes premature wrinkles and aging, leave skin dry and discolored and can contribute to stretch marks, to name a few.

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Signs That Show Stressed Skin

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Signs That Show Stressed Skin

Signs That Show Stressed Skin

Stress is detrimental to your skin. It has been scientifically proven that the hormone cortisol literally gets under your skin and makes you age faster.

Here are 5 signs that you need to watch out for:

1. Dry Skin
Cortisol damages the skin’s ability to hold on to water. Having chronic stress increases this hormone.

2. Lines and Wrinkles
An elevation in blood sugar can be triggered by cortisol. This damages collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that plump skin and keep it smooth. Constant muscle tension also leads to permanent wrinkling.

3. Redness
When you’re under duress, increased blood flow occurs causing your capillaries to expand. Stress can also trigger rosacea, or flushing. And did you know that stress weakens your immune system too?

4. Acne
Of course, we all know that when you’re stressed, breakouts happen.

5. Tired Eyes
Anxiety can absolutely bring about many sleepless nights. And this in turn creates puffiness around the eyes.

Now that you know what to watch out for, you can apply home therapies or get professional services to counter these not-so-pretty effects from stress.

Source: www.prevention.com

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Skin Care Excuse Hall Of Fame

posted by Lissa Logan

Excuse #5: “Your products are too expensive and I have a family to feed!”

This excuse is rooted in family protection, wanting to make sure your kids have what they need to live a good life. That’s completely understandable so let’s add a little balance to the equation.

The kids that come into our spa never look under loved. It’s obvious to all that their needs are more than provided for. We love to see that!

So, just make sure that excuse is not hiding the same mistake women around the world have made for a millennia.

Putting your wants and needs last on the list.

You know we do it! Just remember, kids model what they see. What do you want to teach them?

The very good news about our product line is that a little bit goes a long way. That means you get way more than what you paid for. Unlike drugstore or home party brands, our products have active ingredients that give you results quickly.

And there are no junk fillers to further reduce the potency of the product!

In order to give your kids the best in life show them the importance of balance. Show them the importance of giving and of taking care of themselves.

Ready? We are when you are!

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Winter Skincare Tips

posted by Lissa Logan
Winter Skincare Tips

Winter Skincare Tips

As the cold weather sets in, the air becomes dry, making your skin crack and starved for moisture. So what can you do to protect it? Here are some tips to keep your skin humidified during winter.

1. Extra dry skin can cause keratosis pilaris, a condition that resembles chicken skin. Make sure to use lotions with salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells around your hair follicles and reduce the appearance of bumps.

2. When washing your hands, choose a moisturizing soap-free cleanser or a hydrating antibacterial gel, then slather on lotion right away.

3. Anything that traps moisture on your skin helps lotions and creams soak in. So slip on some cotton gloves over lotion to help moisturize parched hands.

4. To soften stubborn dry patches on rough elbows and knees, a simple mixture of honey and sugar applied topically can serve as a rich, hydrating scrub and increase circulation in your skin.

5. If your arms or legs look scaly, try a 12 percent lactic acid lotion. It will moisturize your skin and exfoliate those scales away.

6. For your arms, legs, and torso, use a rich bath oil or moisturizing body cleanser that leaves a creamy film on your skin.

7. Exfoliate lightly.

8. For roughed-up feet, before bed, gently buff away calluses with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone, and apply a thick, buttery moisturizer while feet are still damp.

9. A long, hot bath or shower might seem tempting when you’ve been out in the cold, but it will strip your skin of moisture. Keep showers to no more than 10 minutes, and not more than once a day.

10. The softer your sheets and sleepwear, the better, but you needn’t invest in silk. Avoid blends of cotton and synthetic fibers, which might be irritating.

Source: www.health.com/beauty

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8,000 Reasons To Get A Pedicure Year Round

8,000 Reasons To Get A Pedicure Year Round

Most people consider getting a newer car when the odometer hits 100,000 miles/160934.4 kilometers. When it comes to your feet you don’t have that option.

Your feet take between 8,000-10,000 steps each day! Over a lifetime that adds up to about 115,000 miles or 185074 kilometers. VROOM!

Just like your car, investing in the health of your feet pays you back. So, think of pedicures as a tune up for your feet.

Constantly under pressure, your feet can develop calluses, corns, and ingrown nails, especially if you wear ill-fitting shoes.

That’s why professional pedicures are so therapeutic. Our licensed pedicurists are highly trained to care for hardworking feet. They know what to look for and the questions to ask to make sure your feet get outstanding care.

And you’ll never have to worry about the cleanliness of our spa/salon. If you have questions, we will gladly answer them and show you exactly how we clean our utensils and our pedicure stations.

Perhaps the most loved part of a pedicure is the foot and leg massage. It’s no wonder. Feet and legs carry a lot of tension. When we massage your lower extremities it releases that tension as well as mental stress, a double benefit.

There are so many reasons to get a pedicure, but the best one is this: You’re worth it!

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The Effects Of Deodorant Soap On Your Face

The Effects Of Deodorant Soap On Your Face

Some women wash their faces with deodorant soap. And unfortunately, these women do not know the dangers of doing such.

Give us a moment while we take a deep breath! It’s true that some women do wash their faces with deodorant soap. We know it’s not you, but would you please pass this information along to your friend?

Facial skin has a lower pH than the rest of your body. That means it’s slightly more acidic. A deodorant soap, however, is more alkaline. When applied to your face, it encourages the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

It’s also drying. That’s why grabbing whatever is in the shower to clean your skin is not a good idea. The stronger the deodorant soap, the more it strips your facial skin of protective lipids and proteins.

And all that dryness? Tell her it really ages her skin.

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Everyone is always busy doing one thing after another. And that’s why we often stick to the easiest and fastest way of getting things done. We just settle for what’s good enough just to get it over with.

That shouldn’t be the case when it comes to skincare. We should ask for better results. But better results mean more time, right? Wrong.

We’ve got some “at home” solutions that will give you the skin you want without costing you more minutes. Listed below are chemical exfoliants that contain enzymes to work a little more deeply.

Retinoids – This is a vitamin A derivative that sloughs off the top layer of skin and generates collagen, the skin’s elastic network. Collagen breaks down as we age causing lines and large pores. Retinoids bolster and revive your skin’s sagging network by reducing fine lines, wrinkles and large pores!

Alpha Hydroxy Acids – These are naturally occurring molecules found in fruit and milk that have been used for centuries. Some of our clients prefer the convenience of an AHA to that of a granular exfoliant, which also helps with fine lines and wrinkles. AHA’s can be alternated with retinols for even better results!

Beta Hydroxy Acid – Generally used for acne, BHA’s help reduce acne without aggravating it. It also decreases redness, inflammation and clogged pores while refining skin texture. BHA’s are also great for mature and sensitive skin.

As you can see, these exfoliants will level up your skincare routine. All you have to do is apply it. Beautiful skin is at your fingertips in seconds!

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Will A Facial Aggravate My Rosacea?

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Will A Facial Aggravate My Rosacea?

Will A Facial Aggravate My Rosacea?

Having rosacea isn’t easy. You have to be careful with the skincare products and treatments you’re getting. And this is why those who suffer from it shies away from facials.

Unfortunately there are professional treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion that are too harsh for this particular skin condition. Except facials!

When done by a trained aesthetician, a facial will not aggravate or worsen the condition. It’s actually the opposite. Once your dermatologist has diagnosed rosacea and prescribed medication to help control symptoms, many recommend professional facials to further soothe irritation and calm redness.

And that’s exactly what a rosacea facial does. Every step is designed to cool, calm, protect and soothe. A direct benefit is a facial’s ability to rid your body of toxins, which helps your skin to function more efficiently, a real plus for calming such an unpredictable skin condition!

A rosacea facial also enhances the effects of the skincare products you are already using. And did we mention how relaxing facials are? You have nothing to lose except irritation, redness, and inflammation.

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Is A Restricted Calorie Diet Healthy And Safe?

Is A Restricted Calorie Diet Healthy And Safe?

Calorie restricted diets do work. However, without proper medical supervision, they can cause more problems than they solve. How? Any time you restrict your diet you run the risk of losing not only fat but muscle, too.

Your body doesn’t like that, and you gain the weight back, plus more. That’s why we don’t advocate traditional calorie-restricted diets. Instead, we use the physician supervised HCG True Diet.

There are three components to it. First, our physician places you on a customized calorie-restricted diet for 40 days. You learn how to choose your proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables for the healthiest restricted diet possible.

Secondly, you receive injections of HCG, a pro-hormone in your body that helps your body make more hormones. However, when used as a weight loss aid, HCG appears to suppress your appetite. And that’s what our clients report. It allows them to comfortably eat much less.

HCG injections burn the fat you already have stored but spares the muscle. That’s critical. When muscle is burned, rebound weight gain is bound to occur. Your body loves the HCG True Diet because it burns only stored fat.

That allows for a stronger metabolism. And that’s the key to keeping the weight off long term.

Lastly, a moderate amount of exercise is essential to the success of this program. Approaching a calorie-restricted diet this way accomplishes two weight loss goals:

• With a physician supervised restricted diet you learn how to eat very healthy.

• It’s a diet program that can be successful for the rest of your life.

The 40 days that you are on the diet is the springboard for a much healthier lifestyle. It allows you to embrace good health and healthy habits you will use for a lifetime.

With the HCG True Diet, the weight loss can be dramatic, as much as a pound a day. And unlike traditional weight loss diets, the weight stays off.

When was the last time a traditional diet could offer those benefits to you? Set up your consult today!

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