Sunday, November 26, 2017

Best Beauty Tools that really work! High Tech Beauty Gadgets Gifts

We love our electronic beauty gadgets, especially when we get one as a gift, but we only want the ones that are really effective. Who wants to waste time and money on a beauty devices that don't do much for the skin? Let's talk about four great beauty tools that really make your skin cleaner, clearer, smoother and younger looking, the NuFACE Trinity, the Tria SmoothBeauty Laser, the Emjoi Micro Pedi Callous Remover and the Foreo Luna Anti-aging and Skin Cleansing Brushes. These devices don't go on sale often but this is the time of year to maybe find a deal on Amazon.
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NuFACE Trinity
nuface trinity
NuFACE Trinity is a device that uses a low level electrical current called microcurrent to stimulate facial muscles and stimulate production of collagen and elastin in the skin.  It has three attachments the Facial Trainer which is the ball attachment included with the toning device, the ELE attachment for the lips and eyes and the Wrinkle Reducer attachment are sold separately.

It's safe, comfortable and FDA approved. Microcurrent passively stimulates the muscles. You do not feel a shock or muscle contraction, but you may feel a tingling feeling. Some people say that they experience a metal taste in their mouth during use. You can adjust the intensity level for your comfort. My clients who have used this device have seen a nice improvement in the firmness of their skin. 


Read more about NuFace

It's a bit pricey, but most people who use it see an improvement in their skin. The NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device is $325.00. The ELE Attachment and the Wrinkle Reducer sell for $149.00 each. The Mini sells for $199.00. 

Where to Buy It
You can purchase the NuFACE Trinity or Mini on their site, at Ulta,  Sephora, Macy's or on Amazon.


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Tria SmoothBeauty Laser

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser
The Tria SmoothBeauty Laser is a laser you can use on yourself at home. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production with beams of light. The light causes injury to the skin below the surface without disturbing the surface of the skin. The skin heals the damaged tissue increasing collagen production. 

The Tria uses the same technology as professional fractional non ablative laser treatments done in doctor's offices and Med Spas. It's a pricey device but is tremendously less expensive than laser treatments done in a doctors office or med spa.

It is FDA approved for use on the face and on all skin colors. It has three safety features built into it making it very safe to use at home. It beeps to let you know it's time to move to a different area, it has an automatic shut off when the process is complete and it will shut off if improper contact is being made with the skin. There is also a locking feature that can be enabled when the device is not in use.

Use the laser 5 days a week for a 12 week treatment period all over your face including the under eye area.  Start another 12 week treatment when you feel your skin needs it. The Tria gives the option of 3 strengths. Start on the lowest level 1 training level strength and let your skin adjust to it, try level 2 then level 3 according to your comfort level. Use your Tria at night so any redness fades away by morning. Use a sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher during the day to protect the skin from sun damage.

Check with your doctor if you get other cosmetic treatments on your skin including peels, injectable fillers or laser resurfacing. Do not use if you are pregnant, under 18, have any significant skin conditions or medical conditions. Do not use the laser on tattoos or permanent makeup or on skin that is burned, cut or infected.

How to use
Cleanse your face well removing all makeup and sunscreen then pat dry.

Apply the laser flat on your skin and glide over your face section by section as directed. The face is divided into 4 zones. Each zone is treated until the device beeps.

Apply a nourishing serum.

The Review
A fellow esthetician friend of mine, who actually has been trained to use lasers in a dermatologist's office, uses this Tria home laser on herself and has had nice skin firming results. Her skin really looks amazing! 

She found she needs to use the laser on the lowest setting on her sensitive skin most of the time. She started on the lowest setting and worked her way up to the highest setting during the 12 week treatment but had too much stinging, sensitivity and lingering redness. She sticks to the lowest and middle setting and still has great results. 

I find her skin is noticeable firmer and the expression lines on her face are barely visible after her treatments. Many people say this laser has help their pigmentation spots fade away. My friend doesn't have pigmentation spots so I can't attest to that. 

The SmoothBeauty Laser sells for $495.00

Where to buy it
You can purchase the Tria SmoothBeauty Laser on the Triabeauty.com, ulta.com and Amazon.

Shop for the Tria SmoothBeauty Laser on Amazon


Emjoi Micro Pedi Callous Remover
emjoi micro pedi nano pro callous remover manicure kit
The Emjoi Micro-Pedi Callous Removers use special  rollers that are made with micro mineral particles to remove foot callous by"pulverizing" hard calloused skin. The rollers come in extra course, super coarse, Xtreme course and extra gentle to accommodate your callous removing needs and your foot sensitivity. The rollers wear out and need to be replaced after a few uses. The rollers cost $9.95 for set of 2 rollers.

These clever devices spin to remove callouses and leave your feet feeling amazingly smooth without the time and effort of a traditional foot file. Plus, they are just plain fun to use! Use it once or twice a week as needed.

The Emjoi in the above picture is the Nano and it came with 2 blue extra course rollers and a purple extreme coarse flex roller, 2 cone rollers, a manicure kit, a cleaning brush and a travel pouch. 

Read my Emjoi review

Emjoi makes a variety of models, Nano, Corded Nano, Classic, Power, Tornado, Man and Pro. The manicure kit is sold separately and includes a buffing tool, a shaping tool, an emery tool, a fine shaping tool and a cuticle pusher. It fits all Emjoi models and is $19.95.

Nano
2 AA Batteries
Roller spins 360 degrees, 30 times per second
Small, compact, portable
$14.95

Nano Corded
Plug in
Roller spins 360 degrees, 30 times per second
2 speeds
Small, compact
Rubberized grip
$29.95

Classic
2 AA Batteries
Roller spins 360 degrees, 30 times per second
Rubberized handle grip
$19.95

Power
Plug in
Roller spins 360 degrees, 47 times per
Rubberized handle grip
$34.95

Tornado 
Rechargeable
Roller spins 360 degrees, 2 speeds
3 colors
$49.95

Man
2 AA Batteries
Roller spins 360 degrees, 30 times per second
small, compact
$19.95

Pro
Rechargeable
Roller spins 360 degrees, 47 times per
Rubberized handle grip
$34.95

Where to buy it
You can purchase Emjoi Callous Removers on emjoi.com, QVC, Target and Amazon.

Shop for Emjoi Micro Pedi Callus Removers on Amazon

Foreo Luna Anti-aging and Skin Cleansing Brushes
Foreo Luna Cleansing Brushes
Foreo Luna is a Swedish designed sonic facial cleansing brush designed to gently exfoliate the skin, unclogged the pores and reduce the signs of aging. The cleansing brush is silicone and does not require replacement brushes like the Clarisonic. That saves lots of money! The silicone bristles are non abrasive and effective at cleansing the skin. Plus, silicone resists bacteria growth making a healthier choice than the classic facial brushes.

The Luna T-Sonic technology gives you transdermal sonic pulsations to gently deep clean your skin. Some models offer anti-aging lower frequency pulsations help to stimulate and smooth lined and wrinkled area of the skin. They are all waterproof and rechargeable with the exception of the Play & Play Plus which are not rechargeable. They uses AAA batteries.

There are variety of Luna styles to choose from. Let's talk about The Luna, The Luna Mini, The Luna 2, The Luna 2 Mini and The Luna Go.

The Luna
This brush offers cleansing and anti-aging. 

There are 3 different Lunas for different skin types: 
Luna for Combination Skin (it's blue), 
Luna for Sensitive/Normal Skin (it's pink)
Luna for Ultra Sensitive Skin (it's white). 

The Luna provides 8,000 T-sonic, transdermal sonic, pulsations per minute to clean and exfoliate your skin plus it has 8 speeds. 

A full charge lasts up to 450 uses.  

It has the lower frequency anti-aging mode. One side of the device has the cleansing bristles. The other anti aging side has ridges.

Each one sells for $169.00.

The Luna Mini
Foreo Luna Mini
This brush offers cleansing only.

The Luna Mini is a ergonomic palm sized 3 zoned cleansing brush for all skin types.

It comes in 5 colors cool grey, magenta, petal pink, purple and turquoise blue for all skin types.

The mini provides 8,000 T-sonic, transdermal sonic, pulsations per minute to clean and exfoliate your skin.  

It has two speeds and full charge lasts up to 300 uses. 

Each mini sells for $99.00.

The Luna 2
Foreo Luna 2
This brush offers cleansing and anti aging.

The Luna 2 provides a more powerful cleansing with 4 brushes for different skin types:
Luna 2 for Combination Skin (it's blue)
Luna 2 for Normal Skin (it's pink)
Luna 2 for Oily Skin (it's green)
Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin (it's purple) 

The Luna 2 provides 8,000 T-sonic, transdermal sonic, pulsations per minute at twice the power to give you deeper cleaning of the skin and has 12 intensities. 

The brush head is bigger with longer bristles and that feel softer than the Luna's bristles.

It has the lower frequency anti-aging mode. One side of the device has the cleansing bristles. The other anti aging side has ridges.

full charge lasts up to 450 uses. 

Each one sells for $199.00.

The Luna 2 Mini
This brush offers cleansing only.

It comes in 6 colors for any skin type, aquamarine, fuchsia, midnight, pink pearl, sunflower yellow and mint. 

It has brush has 3 different bristles and 8 intensities.  

full charge lasts up to 300 uses. 

Each one sells for $139.00

The Luna Go
This brush offers cleansing and anti aging.

It comes in 4 brushes for different skin types:
Luna go for Combination Skin (it's blue)
Luna go for Normal Skin (it's pink)
Luna go for Oily Skin (it's green) 
Luna go for Sensitive Skin (it's purple).

The Luna Go is the perfect travel size cleansing brush. It's tiny. No bigger than cotton pad and still provides 8,000 T-sonic, transdermal sonic, pulsations per minute

It has both the cleansing mode and the lower frequency anti-aging mode. One side of the device has the cleansing bristles. The other anti aging side has ridges. 

You get up to 30 uses per charge. 

Each one sells for $99.00.

How to use a Luna cleansing brush 
morning & evening
Remove all makeup.
Apply your facial cleanser.
Wet the luna.
Activate the cleansing mode.
Use the bristle side in circular motions over the surface of your face for 1 minute. Use the Minis for 2 minutes.
Rinse your skin & pat dry.
Apply toner, an anti-aging serum if desired & moisturizer.

For the Luna's with anti-aging mode
Activate the Anti-Aging Mode and press the anti-aging side into wrinkle prone areas for 1 minute.

Wash the Luna with soap and water then pat it dry.

Cleansers

Foreo has 2 facial cleansers designed to use with the brush, one for day and one for night.
  
The morning cleanser contains probiotic yogurt, bergamot, mandarin and apricot seed extract.

The night cleanser contains meteorite powder, moringa seed extract and almond  extract.

They are sold together for $49.50 on the Foreo site.

The brush is gentle and gets the skin super clean. Choose your brush according to your skin type. Those with sensitive skin should choose models specifically for sensitive skin. I recommend The Luna for Ultra Sensitive Skin (it's white), The Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin (it's purple) or the Luna Go for Sensitive Skin (it's purple).

Where to buy it
You can purchase Foreo Luna Cleansing Brushes on the foreo.com, Ulta and Amazon.

Shop for Foreo Cleansing Brushes on Amazon


Happy Shopping & Gift Giving!
xo
Jill

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blackhead, Whitehead, Pimple and Blind Pimple Differences and Removal

freeman dead sea mineral mask
We all have our bouts with breakouts. Some of us more than others. There are differences between the different types of acne blemishes. It helps to know the differences so they can be treated and healed as quickly as possible. I mention many of my favorite acne fighting products in this post with Amazon links to the brands so you can easily find them, read reviews and purchase products at your convenience with great Amazon prices.

Pimples, blind pimples, whiteheads and blackheads are all forms of clogged pores that are associated with acne and oily skin. The clogged pore problems begin with the oil glands in the skin producing an excess amount of oil. A buildup of dead cells clogs the pores trapping the oil. Then, bacteria numbers grow within the pores resulting in pimples. 

Acne skin blemishes, including pimples, blind pimples, whiteheads and blackheads, are referred to as comedones. The oil glands keep producing sebum whether the pore is clogged or not and the comedone will keep getting bigger until it is resolved through extraction or internal healing. A pore is also called a hair follicle. The oil that is produced by the oil glands within the hair follicles is called sebum.

Good skin care is important to help heal the skin, reduce inflammation, kill bacteria and prevent dehydration. Use products that are listed as non comedogenic which contain ingredients that will not clogged the pores. Also, look for products that contain ingredients, such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, that kill bacteria and remove dead skin cells. Take good care of oily acne prone skin with cleansers, toners, spot treatments, moisturizers and masks that are specifically formulated specifically for oily acne prone skin. 

Whiteheads
A whitehead is a clogged pore that is covered by a thin layer of dead cells. This makes it a closed comedone, it has no opening. It's a whitish looking bump that doesn't feel hard or pearly. A whitehead has no inflammation. There is no redness or swelling but it can become infected with bacteria and become a pimple. A whitehead is different than milia. 

Read about milia

Whiteheads are difficult to remove due to the fact that they have no opening. An opening must be made by lancing the skin in order to extract it out. Any hole made in the skin can result in a scar. Lancing is best left to the dermatologists. 

I feel the best way to remove whiteheads is through exfoliation done on a regular basis with salon/spa treatments and good home care. Gentle scrubs, peels and other exfoliating products remove dead skin cell build up helping to open up the whiteheads and slough them way. 

Professional Peels
Professional salon and spa peels have a higher acid content than retail peels you can use at home giving quicker results.

Home Peels 
A non abrasive soft peel or liquid peel done at home in between facials is an excellent way to continue the exfoliation process. Do a peel once a week.
Try: YonKa Gommage 303, it's a gentle soft gel peel

Buy for Yonka Gommage 303 on Amazon

Gentle Scrubs
Many scrubs are too abrasive. They actually cause microscopic scratches in the skin. Use a gentle scrub only once or twice a week. My daughters adore Formula 10.0.06 products!
Try Formula 10.0.06 Be Berry Sassy Exfoliating Face Scrub

Alpha Hydroxy & Salicylic Acid Products 
Many acne fighting and anti aging products contain these acids derived from fruits, milk, sugar cane and willow bark. They are very gentle and effective at removing dead cells and brightening the skin. These acids can be in face washes, treatment products, masks and creams.

Read more about Alpha Hydroxy Acids 
Read more about Salicylic Acid and Allergies

Moisturize
Believe it or not, oily skin needs moisturizer just like any other skin type to help prevent dehydration and keep the surface of the skin soft and pliable. Hydrated skin heals quicker that dehydrated skin. Use a moisturizer formulated for oily, acne prone skin.
Try: Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer

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Blackheads
A blackhead is a mix of hardened clogged sebum and dead skin cells in the pore. The black appearance blackheads have isn't dirt, it's oxidized melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment we have in our skin. The body protects itself against the UV radiation from the sun by having the skin produce more melanin creating a tan. The blackhead oxidizes because it is exposed to air making an open comedone meaning there is no skin layer covering it. A blackhead has no inflammation.

Extraction
Blackheads can usually be easily extracted out after the skin is properly prepped. The prepping lessen the trauma to the skin during the extraction process. They can be removed using covered fingertips or with a comedone extractor. A comedone extractor is a metal tool with a loop the pressed the blackhead out.

Professional Facials
Salon and spa professional facials include many effective skin softening techniques and products to prepare the skin for extraction. Estheticians have been trained to do blackhead extraction the proper way minimizing discomfort and irritation to the skin.

Alpha Hydroxy & Salicylic Acid Products 
Alpha Hydroxy & Salicylic Acid products are also great preventing blackheads. Many acne fighting and anti aging products contain these acids derived from fruits, milk, sugar cane and willow bark. They are very gentle and effective at removing dead cells and brightening the skin. These acids can be in face washes, treatment products, masks and creams.
Try Dermalogica Daily Micro Exfoliant, a gentle rice based product with salicylic acid and enzymes

Shop for Dermalogica on Amazon

Clay Masks
I find clay masks to be very beneficial for a variety of skin problems including blackheads. Clay is soothing, healing and drawing. The drawing property of clay is especially good for helping to loosen blackheads. Use a mask once a week to help reduce blackheads.
Try: Formula 10.0.06 Three Times Sublime 3 in 1 Blackhead wash+scrub+mask, it leaves your skin feeling super clean!

Shop for Formula 10 0 06 on Amazon 

Moisturize
Again, it may sound crazy, but oily skin needs moisturizer just like any other skin type to help prevent dehydration and keep the surface of the skin soft and pliable. Use a moisturizer formulated for oily, acne prone skin.
Try: Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion, it's a lightweight, calming moisturizer.

Shop for Burt's Bees Acne Solutions on Amazon

Pimples
A pimple is an clogged pore that has become infected. Acne bacteria feeds on the excess amount of oil and grows out of control. There is inflammation, redness pain and swelling. There can also be a pustule, a yellowish white dot, on top of the pimple. The body is creating inflammation to fight the infection. Use acne fighting skin care products. Avoid abrasive scrubs. Use a liquid or gel peel instead.

Extraction
Pimples can be extracted but carefully. Improper pimple popping can force the infection deeper into the skin and cause scarring. The skin must be softened and prepared before extraction and you must be careful not to spread bacteria. Pimples can be popped using covered fingertips or with a comedone extractor. 

Professional Facials
Get a facial instead of doing your own pimple popping. Salon and spa professional facials include many skin softening techniques and products to prepare the skin for extraction. Estheticians have been trained to do pimple extraction the proper way to prevent the spread of infection and they have all the lotions and potions to promote healing.

Read Do Facials help Acne

Professional Peels
Professional salon and spa peels have a higher acid content than retail peels you can use at home giving quicker results.

Home Peels 
A non abrasive peel done at home in between facial is an excellent way to continue the exfoliation process. Do a peel once a week.

Spot Treatment
Use a spot treatment on the pimple that will help kill bacteria and speed up the healing process
Try: Formula 10.0.06 On your Mark, it heals with bilberry, lemon and salicylic acid.
Try: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, it heals with salicylic acid, sulfur and calamine

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Natural Remedy: You can also apply a layer of Manuka honey to the pimple like a mask. Leave it on 10 or 15 minutes and rinse. Honey, particularly Manuka honey is highly anti microbial, nutritional and healing.

Benzoyl Peroxide & Salicylic Acid
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are very effective blemish fighting ingredients used in acne products. Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and salicylic acid removes dead cell build up. Many people can be sensitive to benzoyl peroxide and experience excessive redness, tightness and itching. It has a bleaching action that can discolor your clothes and sheets. It's a great acne treatment if you aren't sensitive to it.
Try: Pro Active Products

Moisturize
Even skin broken out with pimples needs moisturizer just like any other skin type to help prevent dehydration, flaking and keep the surface of the skin soft and pliable. Use a moisturizer formulated for oily, acne prone skin.
Try: Pro Active Oil Free Moisturizer, it helps reduce shine and calms the skin.

Shop for Proactive on Amazon

Blind Pimples
Blind pimples are infected clogged pores deep in the skin. They frequently occur due to hormone fluctuations and imbalances. They have no opening and become hard, painful, inflamed cysts. They hurt so much you just want to squeeze them out to get rid of them but, they should never be squeezed. Squeezing a blind pimple can rupture the hair follicle spilling the infection into the surrounding tissue spreading the infection under the skin resulting is a much larger lump, even longer healing time and possible scarring.

The blind pimple can resolve itself by working it's way to the surface of the skin or the immune system can break it down so that it can be absorbed internally.

Ice
Apply ice to a blind pimple that is just starting to reduce the inflammation.

Hot Compresses and Anti microbials
Apply a thin layer of a topical antibiotic then apply a hot compress to encourage the infection to come to the surface so it can drain or drain internally. Hot compresses also help to relieve pain.

Natural Remedy: You can also apply a layer of Manuka honey to the blind pimple followed by the hot compress. Honey, particularly Manuka honey is highly anti microbial, nutritional and healing.

Shop for Manuka Honey on Amazon


Clay Masks
I find clay masks very beneficial for a variety of skin problems including blind pimples. Clay is soothing, healing and drawing. Apply the mask to the blind pimple twice a day. YonKa Masque 103 is extra healing because it contains clay along with healing botanicals and essential oils.

Shop for YonKa Masque 103 on Amazon

Moisturize
Skin with blind pimples also needs moisturizer to help prevent dehydration and keep the surface of the skin soft and pliable. Use a moisturizer formulated for oily, acne prone skin.
Try: The Organic Pharmacy Face Cream Manuka, an amazing light weight healing, calming cream with Manuka, cedarwood and lavender. 

Shop The Organic Pharmacy on Amazon

When all else fails!
A dermatologist can inject a blind pimple with cortisone to help it heal faster. 

See me for an acne treatment facial

So there it is. The comedone differences and some tips to treat them at the salon or spa and at home. There is no need for you to walk around feeling uncomfortable and self conscious about your skin. I have worked with many clients with acne issues who experienced significantly less breakouts with a regimen of facials and good home care.

There are great skin care products and natural remedies you can try. If one brand doesn't work for you, try another. Different brands use different combinations of acne fighting ingredients. One combination could be more effective for your skin than another. Also, many times but no always, it's best to stick products from one brand. A brand designs it's products to all work together to correct and balance your skin. 

Please go to a dermatologist is your acne condition gets too out of hand. There are many medical treatments available to help clear your skin that will work in conjunction with the more natural facial and skin care product approach.

As Always, Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill