There are some myths about skincare that you could swear were passed down from your Mom’s mom and probably her mom before her. You just accept them as reality. Some have sprung up over time and have been driven home by beauty magazines. There’s no reason to believe a beauty ‘truth’ just because everyone else does, though. Here are a few I’ve picked out that deserve special attention.
Beauty Myth #1 - Drinking water helps prevent dry skin
Nope. Of course, drinking water does benefit your skin in the same way that it benefits the rest of your body, but if you have dry skin it’s going to take more than an expensive mineral water habit to moisturize your skin.
The main causes of dry skin are heat, hot and chilly air, and the number of oil producing glands you have (and how much oil they produce). If your skin feels dry, moisturize and protect it with the correct products and exfoliate regularly so that they can penetrate better.
Beauty Myth #2 – you must spend more on cleanser and moisturizer
This isn’t necessarily the case. If you must skimp on your skincare products, economize on your cleanser, and buy a basic moisturizer, but don’t ignore other specifically tailored skincare products with effective, proven medical-grade active ingredients.
Look for serums and other products containing retinol, antioxidants, and pigment-treating ingredients, as these are clinically proven to get you results.
Beauty Myth #3 - Don’t use moisturizer on oily skin
By denting oily skin hydration from a good moisturizer, you’re making the problem worse. Washing your face, and cleansing your skin strips it of natural oils. You need to add that moisture back in so that skin doesn’t overcompensate and start producing even more oil. Even if you are using prescription medicated products for acne, you should still moisturize every day. They can be harsh and can cause your skin to peel, so look for a light, oil-free moisturizer and use it every night. This helps avoid irritation and it won’t make your acne worse, I promise.
Beauty Myth #4 – wrinkles can be ‘erased’
Oh, if only that were true, women would be lining up around the block to buy it. Although a good anti-aging product can help hide and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, they will still be there. If your wrinkles worry you unduly, the best products to look for are those containing a topical retinoid. Studies have found retinoids to be fairly effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, photo-aging and sun damage.
Beauty Myth #5 – if you work indoors, there’s no need for sun screen
You might not think so, but even if you’re indoors, you’re still being exposed to sunlight. Maybe you forgot about that quick trip to the store where you had to walk from the parking lot? Or did you not notice the sunlight coming in through the window next to you?
Even on a cloudy day, up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate and damage your skin. Just get into the habit of using moisturizer with a decent SPF – SPF30 or above should work – and it won’t matter if you must go out in the sunshine, you’ll be covered.
Beauty Myth #6 – with sunscreen, the higher the SPF the better
Although there’s some truth to this one, it’s not entirely the case. Research has shown that an SPF 15 blocks around 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks around 97%, and an SPF 50 blocks up to 98%. Nothing will block 100% of UV rays at the moment.
Experts recommend SPF 50 for outdoor activities and SPF 30 for every day.
Beauty Myth #7 – I don’t need topical vitamin C, I get enough in my diet
If only it worked that way, we’d all be eating oranges and sweet potatoes every day! The truth is that the skin on our face, neck, chest, and hands is exposed to a lot of pollutants on a daily basis. If you use a topical vitamin C product, you can protect your skin from some of this damage. It also helps to brighten and exfoliate your skin. Applying a vitamin C enriched product topically gives you a much stronger dose than a vitamin pill or your diet can.
Beauty Myth #8 – waxing, shaving, or dermaplaning, makes hair grow back thicker
Thankfully this one isn’t true either. Waxing can thin out hair growth over time because constantly pulling hairs out of the roots weakens them. If you shave, it causes your hair to grow back with a tapered end, making it feel softer. Shaving or dermaplaning is no different to cutting the hair on your head. It’s also a myth that waxing your upper lip causes lip lines; these are more likely to be down to smoking, pursing your lips, sipping from straws, chewing and sun damage.
LED skin treatments are becoming more and more popular in spas and skin clinics, even at home, but what do you know about how they work and what they are most effective for? In simple terms, an LED is a light source that emits (gives out) light. LED light therapy uses light sources to direct light of different wavelengths onto the skin from a few inches away, using single light units or formations of panels. This light has a beneficial effect on the skin and can help improve some conditions. It’s also an effective anti-aging treatment.
LED light therapy was originally developed to fast-track wound healing and scars following surgery, but its effects on healthy skin were soon noticed and a new beauty treatment was born.
These days, LED facials are evolving all the time along with the technology behind them, and you’ll see different types of LED facial on most esthetician’s treatment lists. Some of these advanced skincare treatments use blue light, and some only use red light. The idea behind LED skin treatments is that using different color light therapy stimulates different reactions in your skin and penetrates to different depths in your epidermis. So, for example, blue light is often recommended for acne treatment, as it helps kill the bacteria that causes it, while red light is known to be effective for healing and boosting collagen production, so is the top choice for anti-aging treatments.
Do LED Light Facials Really Work?
It sounds simple, but can a burst of targeted light therapy really make that much difference to your skin? Well, the experts seem to think so. Although the treatments only last a few minutes, there’s evidence to show that they really are effective. There have been studies looking at how well LED light therapies work for both acne and anti-aging and the great news is that both showed significant improvement. A study published in 2016 stated that: “low level light therapy (LLLT) with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is emerging from the mists of black magic as a solid medico-scientific modality, with a substantial build-up of corroborative bodies of evidence for its efficacy and elucidation of the modes of action.
Reports are appearing from many different specialties; however, of particular interest to plastic surgeons treating the aging face is the proven action of LED-LLLT on skin cells in both the epidermis and dermis and enhanced blood flow. Thus, LED-LLLT is a safe and effective stand-alone therapy for patients who are prepared to wait until the final effect is perceived.”
How Does LED Light Therapy Actually Work? The cells in your skin convert the energy produced by red LED light into a substance called ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – the fuel your cells need to do their job. Cells in the dermis layer of your skin then use ATP to produce more collagen and elastin, which plumps up the skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Blue LED light works slightly differently – it kills Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria that lives below the surface of the skin and causes acne breakouts.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
It’s likely that you’ll need at least four treatments before you see results, but the benefits are cumulative, and once you’re happy with the effects, you can scale your treatments right down to maintain them. Ask your esthetician for more information if you want to see the effects for yourself.
Pregnancy is an exciting and exhilarating time for most women…but it can also be exhausting, and you can see changes in your skin and body that you might not be particularly happy about. With all of these changes, it’s hardly surprising that many women feel hormonal, stressed out and emotional. This is where some good quality spa and at-home pampering should make all the difference.
There are lots of dos and don’ts while pregnant, spa and skincare treatments are no exception. Depending on what stage you’re at in the pregnancy, we’ve put together a few lovely things that you might want to treat yourself to when the mom-to-be blues strike…
Spa and Facial Massage:
When you’re achy and hormonal, a massage can really hit the spot. Make sure to tell your massage therapist that you’re expecting and how far along you are when you book though, so that he or she can adapt the techniques and any oils used to suit you. Your massage therapist will know to avoid certain areas during a massage, for example massaging some points on the wrists and ankles in pregnancy can cause cramping. They’ll also position you properly so that you don’t lie on your back after a certain point as this can make your blood pressure drop and leave you feeling a bit dizzy or faint. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra pillows or suggest lying on your side if that’s how you feel most comfortable. All in all, massage is a great pregnancy treatment, so go for it.
Beauty and The Bump Skin Care:
Some women find that their skin is more sensitive than usual during pregnancy, but skin care and spa treatments can still be a real treat. If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask for a patch test, pre-treatment. Perk yourself up with a nourishing facial – some women boast of their pregnancy glow but others, especially if they’ve been dealing with morning sickness or tiredness, feel a bit flat and a facial is a relaxing, boosting treatment. Tell your therapist so that she can avoid any facial treatments that include retinoids – they can harm your baby and are best avoided. Many spas and skin clinics offer facial treatments that are specifically designed for pregnancy so opt for one of those if you want to spoil yourself. Gentle is always best in pregnancy although if you want to keep up a specific skincare routine you should still be able to carry on with some treatments, like microdermabrasion, which is perfectly safe in pregnancy. Leave chemical peels and Botox/fillers for post-pregnancy if you’re a fan. At home – avoid retinol-based treatments and anything containing salicylic acid and opt for skincare ranges that are designed for pregnancy if possible. Glycolic acid, which is found in a lot of anti-aging products (and is helpful for evening out skin tone) is a safe alternative for pregnant women in the skin clinic or at home. Remember that your skin can be extra sensitive. Find a good body nourishing oil to massage your bump with (your beauty therapist may be able to recommend one for you) and treat yourself every day to minimise stretch marks as baby grows…
Baby Safe Beauty Treatments:
If you’re a fan of luxuriant lashes you’ll be pleased to hear that you might not need them extended while you’re pregnant; most women have the best lashes of their lives while they are pregnant because when you’re expecting, your hair stays in a permanent growth cycle. Although, if you do fancy lash extensions, they are perfectly safe in pregnancy.
If it’s getting difficult to see your feet, a pedicure might be the perfect antidote for swollen ankles and aching feet. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a manicure or pedicure while you’re pregnant, in fact many mom-to-be spa and beauty packages include them as standard. Some women like to avoid chemical beauty treatments completely during pregnancy, including nail polish. There’s no evidence that occasional use of nail products will cause any harm but if you prefer a ‘naked’ mani-pedi it’s something most spas and beauty clinics will be able to accommodate. You can also ask your nail technician to avoid products that contain formaldehyde and toluene.
As the temperatures start to rise, our thoughts turn to vacations, and the idea of a long cold swim. As any professional or recreational swimmer will tell you, swimming is great for your body, but can wreak havoc on your skin. So, if you intend to get in the pool this summer season, you’ll need to take some skincare precautions first.
A beach holiday can cause your skin some serious trauma if you don’t prep first. Even being a regular visitor to the hotel pool can dry out your skin– you know that weird chemical smell you get on your skin after a dip in a swimming pool? Imagine what it’s doing to your skin if it smells that bad….
It’s not just the salt, chlorine and other chemicals that can mess with your skin’s comfort zone. Sitting around in the sunshine getting a tan, (please don’t– the shade is so much better for you), won’t help your skin’s condition. Not using enough sun screen with a high enough SPF, forgetting to reapply sunscreen after a swim and letting skin get too dry in the heat can all cause skin huge amounts of stress.
If your skin is dry and itchy, it’s probably due to chemicals in the pool. They have to be there to kill bugs, but in some countries, they can be a little over-zealous and the result is itchy, dry skin that doesn’t look great uncovered for your Instagram pool shots. Even ozone pools can irritate some people’s skin, so just be aware before you take a dip. Sea water can be harsh on your skin too; although in some places the mineral content is beneficial and can soothe skin conditions, salt water can be an irritant.
Keep yourself hydrated– if your skin is thirsty it’s more prone to chlorine and other damage. Chlorine breaks down your skin’s natural defenses to other irritants too, so make sure that you drink plenty of water to help skin resist chlorine’s effects. Staying hydrated also prevents sun stroke and general dehydration which can creep up on you quickly in a hot climate. Always carry a bottle of water with you and sip from it regularly– your skin will thank you and you don’t always realize how much extra water you’ll need.
Always shower after you’ve been in the water– don’t just get straight onto the sun loungers. This washes off any salt, chlorine or other nasties that might have been in the water, and gives you a better base on which to apply your moisturizing sun screen.
It’s more effective to use a normal sun screen and reapply it after you’ve been swimming than rely on waterproof. If you wash the chlorine off in the shower after your swim, you’ll be taking some of the waterproof sun screen with you and you never really know how much will be left. Opt for a decent SPF (50 if the sun is strong) and keep slapping it on.
Wash your swim wear thoroughly after you’ve been in the water– this prevents rashes and irritation under your costume or bikini.
When you’re indoors again, apply a good moisturizing body lotion all over to replenish the moisture you’ve lost through sun, sea and chlorine.
Did you know it takes about 4 weeks for your face to move through the full life cycle of skin cells exfoliating and rejuvenating? So effectively every 4 weeks you practically have a new face:)
However in those 30 days you probably choke your cells with creams, make up, chemicals, oils and dirt from your hands, environmental pollution and more.
All of these toxic layers build up and suffocate your pores and cells that are trying to rejuvenate. This all makes your body work harder to try and come back to a healthy status as we are adding more pressure to its natural role. This is why those ladies that invest in a facial minimum of once a month always have a certain glow over those that don’t. They seem to look fresher, younger and healthier.
Well the reason why is the aesthetician they are visiting has all the skills and tools to support your skin, and help it heal from breakouts, sun damage, heat and humidity, AND dry and flakiness from cold wintery air.
A visit approximately every 4 weeks will ensure your skin stays hydrated, toned and bright looking.
Regardless of whether you go once a month, or once a season – there are some things you can do at home to prolong the benefits of your facial, support your skin and make sure that you’re getting the best return on your skin investment.
Cleanse daily with a PH balance product that your aesthetician recommends as they will select one that suits your skin type and works in conjunction with the type of facial you have received.
Be gentle on your face and don’t be too vigorous – your aesthetician has already given you a deep clean, there is no need for you to rough your face up. They have given you an amazing glow so lets just support it rather than strip it away.
Understand that if you have had a chemical treatment on your face, then the skin can be more sensitive to sunlight, so check with your practitioner as to what products to use and what to avoid as you transition through this period. For example some sunscreens can irritate your skin post chemical treatments.
Finally, sometimes we are lead to believe (with phrases such as “if its too good to be true, then it probably is”) that the pampering bliss you get from a fantastic facial isn’t something you should do all the time.
It’s a treat and we were always told to limit our treats, no?
Well hold on to your hats ladies – this treat is one that you can indulge in every month and not only feel fabulous about, but invest in it knowing that you are taking the right steps into ensuring your gorgeous face remains glowing and thankful for you taking the time to look after it.
Remember to love the skin you’re in. Treat it well and you will look and feel amazing for years to come.
Galvanic treatments use gentle, safe electrical currents to intensify the effects of professional skincare products and give your skin a thorough cleanse. Don’t be put off by the fact they use electrical currents; galvanic facials are safe and effective and booking a set of treatments can work wonders for your skin.
What is a galvanic skincare treatment?
A galvanic facial is a type of professional skincare treatment only carried out by a trained esthetician. There are different types of treatments but they are all designed to remove the build-up of dirt and impurities using negatively charged ions which help to capture toxins and then use a positive charge to draw them out. The currents give the skincare products used during the facial a charge that helps them to penetrate your skin right down to the deeper layers.
Who are galvanic facials suitable for?
They are suitable for all types of skin. A galvanic facial gives more mature clean a deep cleanse and helps to improve skin texture. The currents help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Younger skin can benefit from the illuminating effects and a deeper
penetration of skincare products, which have a protective effect keeping skin looking radiant for longer.
You’ll have a consultation before your treatment where you’ll be asked questions about your medical history. There are some conditions you must be sure to tell your therapist about, including; diabetes, circulatory issues, or having metal plates/pins in your body. None of these mean you can’t have a galvanic treatment, but it might have to be adapted to suit you.
If you’re pregnant, please also tell your esthetician in advance and if you’re in doubt ask your healthcare provider’s advice. If you’ve had fillers or Botox, it’s also advisable to wait at least 24 hours before booking in for a galvanic facial.
What happens in a galvanic treatment?
A galvanic facial usually lasts about an hour. There are usually two steps involved, using both positive and negative currents.
The first part of the treatment is a deep cleanse called Desincrustation, where a special negatively-charged pre-treatment is applied to clean, dry skin. This is great for rebalancing oily skin especially but your esthetician will choose the best products to suit your skin type.
The second part of the treatment, sometimes called Iontophoresis involves having the pre-treatment gel removed with a damp washcloth, and a second gel applied onto your skin. The ingredients in the gel are pushed deeply into your skin using the device which safely conducts the positive and negative electrical currents.
Galvanic facials are very effective
The good news is that you’ll start so see effect soon after your first galvanic treatment. Clinical trials on home galvanic facials showed that just one session made a difference to the look and feel of the participants’ skin, so a regular session from an esthetician will amplify those effects.
Everyone knows that a full body massage has amazing effects on your mind and body – but what about a facial massage? Is it just a relaxing part of every facial treatment, or does a facial massage have benefits all of its own?
Massage gives your facial muscles a workout
You know that your body needs to be regularly exercised to keep the muscles supple, but what about your facial muscles? Yes, they also need a fitness regime, and no, opening your mouth to add
food doesn’t count as a workout. Regular exercise in the form of a facial massage will help tone those muscles and keep your face looking younger for longer.
Any kind of massage helps to relieve tension
If you’re feeling stressed, the muscles on your face can tense up in the same way as your shoulders hunch and your neck aches. On top of the stress, this can also lead to wrinkles, so you need to counteract it before the tension takes hold and starts to show on your face. Regular massage relieves the build-up of tension in facial muscles. If your skin is oily and prone to acne, a ten minute facial massage will be perfect (you don’t want to stimulate too much oil production) but for normal to dry skin up to 20 minutes is ideal. It’s very relaxing, too, which is just what you need when you’re stressed out.
It increases circulation
When you’ve hurt your back or shoulder, a massage is an ideal way to get the blood circulation going, and it promotes healing too. The same applies to a facial massage. Your face muscles need
looking after and will appreciate a decent massage even if you haven’t overdone it in the same way you might do with your sore calf muscles or shoulders. Having a good massage on your face will help to increase the blood and oxygen flow to skin and muscles, plumping everything up and giving you a younger, more radiant glow.
It gives you a natural facelift
Massage increases the blood flow and oxygen to the area, rejuvenating your whole face. It follows that having regular facial massages can naturally (and very pleasurably) give you a younger looking face. Oxygen is known to be a natural form of anti-aging skin care, and better blood flow has the effect of also increasing collagen production, giving you a naturally healthy glow.
It will help your skincare products sink into your skin
When you spend money on good quality skincare treatments, it’s always good to know that they are having an effect. You can increase the effects of your home skincare preparations too, with a little help from a good massage.
The increase blood flow improves skin texture, so carry on the good work at home whenever you carry out your daily cleansing routines. Just cleanse your skin as normal, and then apply a serum and moisturizer with a gentle tapping motion. The massaging action really does help skincare products absorb more easily into your skin.
What more reason do you need to invest in a relaxing, anti-aging facial massage?
You’ll look younger!
Depending on the condition of your skin, your age, skin care goals and budget, regular facial treatments—that incorporate some form of muscle stimulation through massage—work in combination with daily skin care to improve the overall appearance of your skin: anywhere from once a month (for normal to dry skin) to every two weeks (for combination or acne-prone skin) is recommended.
If you’re new to waxing, going straight for a Brazilian bikini wax is quite a step; most people dip their toes in with a basic bikini wax first and then try a Brazilian.
According to one study from a few years ago, most women between 18 and 49 remove some or all of their pubic hair. A 2013 study from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas found that only 8.6 per cent of women from the ages of between 16 to 40 had never groomed their pubic hair at all, although most women said they shaved with a razor, trimmed with scissors, or used hair removal cream, 16 per cent of people said they waxed.
Why women remove their hair
Most women just like the way it looks – we groom everywhere else so why not our pubic hair? Most women say they prefer a neater, cleaner look.
Many women love their Brazilian waxes, and although yes, they hurt a bit and yes, if you’re not used to having your most intimate areas out for inspection it can feel awkward, once you’ve seen the results you’ll be hooked.
Top tips for breezing a Brazilian
You might feel a little apprehensive at first but don’t worry, your esthetician will put you at ease and answer any questions you might have. Before you start, tell the therapist if you are worried, have any sensitivities or are especially ticklish – they can keep that in mind once you’re being waxed.
It’s always going to feel awkward at first; you’re showing your nether regions to a stranger (or you might know the esthetician which could be even more awkward depending on your perspective) but you can't get around that. Try to relax.
Before your appointment
Wear Comfy Clothes
Wear something that’s loose-fitting for a waxing appointment as your skin will probably feel more sensitive than usual afterwards, which could be irritating if you’re wearing tight clothes. Underwear wise – avoid thongs because of wax residue, and opt for loose, comfy and not your favourites.
Do you need painkillers?
Some people swear by taking a pain killer about an hour or so before a waxing – something like Tylenol might help. Some people don’t bother with any pain relief – it’s your choice. See how you go, you might want to try it the first time and then realise it really wasn’t so bad.
What if you get your period?
It’s not a great idea to get a wax on your period – not just because it makes things more awkward for the esthetician, but also because it tends to hurt more. You're more sensitive when you're on your period and with the best intentions it can still get a bit messy sometimes.
Take it easy after you’ve had a wax and try to avoid doing any workouts or activity that might get you sweaty. It’s not a good idea to sweat too much after a wax, so for a day or so afterwards you have an excuse for missing the gym.
Avoid in-grown hairs by exfoliating after the wax as well as before. You can try using a body scrub from the drugstore that has beads in it, just anything that has a bit of an exfoliating effect.
If you don’t already (we’re sure you do) make sure that you keep the area clean and fresh after the wax, to avoid a build-up of dead skin, and get rid of any waxy residue from the treatment.
The Lowdown on Spray Tanning
Spray tanning is often called ‘sunless tanning’ or ‘UV-free tanning’ – sometimes even ‘airbrush tanning’, but all of these terms mean the same thing; you get a lovely looking tan effect that comes from spray applied to your skin rather than a sun bed or sitting in the sunshine.
Spray tan is applied directly to your skin in a salon or spa by an esthetician. Spray tans are widely available in salons and there’s a wide range of different tanning products available to choose from, so you can opt for a subtle glow or a darker, deeper tan depending on your preference.
How does a spray tan work?
The active ingredient in most spray tans is a chemical called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which is a chemical that reacts with the amino acids on the outer layer of your skin to change its color. The DHA usually starts to work within about two hours of the spray tanning solution being applied, and it carries on developing for around twelve hours.
Therapists are trained to be careful while applying a spray tan but it shouldn’t cause any harm if you accidentally breathe in any of the spray tanning mist. It’s a good idea to keep your eyes closed as well, although if you do get any solution in your eyes it’s not thought to be dangerous.
If you haven’t had a spray tan before, you should have a patch test before tanning.
How long does it last?
Depending on your skin type, a spray tan can last for ten days or more, and if you treat your skin well in between treatments you’ll get better results from the tanning treatment.
Keeping your skin properly moisturized will help it to last longer.
The color will start to fade naturally along with he upper layers of your skin, which naturally wear away and are replaced over time. If you need to remove the color faster, you can try scrubbing gently at it with a wash cloth but the changes to your outer skin cells are permanent – it will still take a week or so for the spray tan to disappear completely.
Before your session
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