Saturday, June 8, 2019

Wasp Sting: Reaction, Treatment, Remedy and Black Dot from a Wasp Sting

wasp in garden
Have you ever been stung by a wasp? I never have been until just the other day! Let me tell you about my experience. It may help you if you ever get stung.

The Sting
I was minding my own business on the Friday morning of Memorial Day Weekend getting ready for work in my bathroom when I felt a burning sensation on my hand. I looked down to see a black wasp stinging my hand! I swatted it to the floor and covered it with the trash can so that I could tend to my wound. I can't believe I got stung in my own house! Who knows how it got in. You can bet I'm on the lookout all the time now!

First, I washed the area with soap and cold water the remove as much wasp venom as possible. Then, I got my powdered kaolin clay mask out, mixed with water and plastered it on the stung area. Kaolin is a white clay that has strong drawing power. It's a great mask to use on acne breakouts and mosquito bites because of it's drawing properties.

powdered clay mask
By this time, that nasty wasp had crawled out from under the trash can. I used my favorite bug weapon, hairspray, to disable her. I love a good multi purpose beauty product, don't you?! A quick flush of the toilet removed any further threat. I refer to the wasp as her because apparently, only female wasps have stingers.

I went about my routine of getting dressed and doing my hair and makeup all the while worrying that my hand would be swollen and sore. I read about how bad a wasp sting can be. I had a full day scheduled at the salon with manicures, pedicures, waxings and facials and I didn't want to have to cancel anyone. My clients would be very unhappy to not look polished and hairless for the Memorial Day Weekend!

My husband asked if I was allergic to wasps. I said I didn't know, I was never stung by a wasp before. Great, another thing to worry about!

I rinsed the mask off which revealed a black dot where the wasp had stung me. Now I was worried that the stinger was still in there. I scrapped it with a plastic gift card to remove a stinger like you would do with a bee sting but the dot remained. You know you should never grab the stinger that is stuck in your skin from a bee with your fingers to remove it because squeezing it will force more venom into the skin. 

black dot from wasp sting
A quick consult with google informed me the wasps don't loose their stingers and can sting repeatedly!!! I'm really glad that hairspray was right at my fingertips! So what was that black dot? Was it a blood spot? Was it a bruise? Was it some kind a stain from the sting? I couldn't find any answers on the internet.
clay mask on wasp sting
I reapplied my clay mask to continue absorbing the toxin from the skin. I think it worked beautifully at absorbing the wasp venom from my hand because the sting pinched and burned but not very much. Plus, the swelling was very localized. A cold gel pack we keep in the freezer helped to cool the sting down.
cold gel pack
I headed to work. We use a wonderful clay mask called Yon-Ka Masque 103 during our facials.
yonka masque 103
It contains three types of clay, montmorillonite, bentonite and kaolin along with castor oil, lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme. It's just perfect for drawing out toxins and soothing wounded skin. Masque 105 is the dry skin formula. Masque 103 is the oily skin formula.

I find the Masque 103 to be more soothing than my straight kaolin mask due to the oils it contains. I do think my powdered kaolin mask was perfect for drawing out the venom when the sting first happened, though. 

I used the Yon-Ka all day long while I worked. When it would dry, I would spray it with another magic skin care product, Lotion Yon-Ka, to re-moisten the mask and soothe the skin. The mask was on the sting consistently for about 10 hours.

Yon-Ka Masque 103 ingredients: water, montmorillonite, bentonite, kaolin, glycerin, PEG-35 castor oil, lavender oil, geranium leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, cypress oil, thyme flower/leaf oil, orange oil, lemon peel oil, lime oil, sage oil, wild thyme extract, borneol, chlorphenesin, citric acid, limonene, linalool.

Yon-Ka Masque 105 ingredients: water, montmorillonite, bentonite, kaolin, glycerin,   lavender oil, geranium leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, cypress oil, thyme flower/leaf oil, PEG-35 castor oil, lemon peel oil, savory extract, borneol, chlorphenesin, citric acid, limonene, linalool.

lotion yonka
Lotion Yon-Ka is called a lotion but it's a toner with antiseptic properties that comes in two formulas, one for normal to oily skin types and one for dry skin types. The norm/oily skin formula is a bit more concentrated so it is my choice for treating a skin issue such as sun burn, an insect bite or a sting.

Lotion Yon-Ka normal to oily skin toner ingredients: water, PEG-35 caster oil, lavender oil, geranium leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, cypress oil, thyme flower/leaf oil, chlorohexidine digluconate, sodium benzoate, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, limolene, coumarin, citral.

Lotion Yon-Ka dry skin ingredients: water, glycerin, PEG-35 caster oil, lavender oil, geranium leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, cypress oil, thyme flower/leaf oil, red 40 Cl16035, chlorohexidine digluconate, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, limolene, coumarin.

As for the black dot, my clients and co workers didn't know what it was either since wasps don't lose their stingers.
black mark from wasp sting
I made it through the day just fine without having to cancel anyone. Everyone was beautified for the weekend. My hand barely hurt and the swelling stayed minimal. Thank goodness! I read that the redness and swelling can get worse 2-3 days after the sting.

The Black Dot
All was going pretty well the next day. The black dot was still there. It looked like maybe it could be a bit of blood under the skin. Up close, it actually looked like a squiggly line. The black dot felt like a little hard, like a scab or a splinter. 
black dot from wasp sting
I decided that black dot had to go, so I used my trusty pointed tweezers to pull it out like a splinter. It came out easily but in pieces with no issue. So what was it?
pointed tweezers
Here's what I think the black spot was. After reading a bit more about wasp stings and wasp anatomy, I have concluded that the black dot was a broken piece of the stinger. The wasp was in the act of stinging me when I swatted it to the floor. Part of the stinger broke off in the swatting process. I'm very confident in this is in fact what the black dot was. Mystery solved!

There are no worries about pulling the broken piece of wasp stinger out and forcing more venom into the skin because it's just a piece of the stinger and it doesn't have a venom sac attached to it like a bee stinger left in the skin has.

Here's what the sting looked like after I pulled the broken piece of stinger out.
wasp sting

The Allergic Reaction 
About 42 hours after the sting, it got itchy and started to get a little more swollen than it had been. Still not awful, though. The cold gel pack took away some of the itch and swelling while feeling more comfortable on sore skin than a hard ice pack.

Then, the hivey rash started!!! 

reaction to wasp sting
The rash was on the top side of my hand, not at the actual sting site. The rash was itchy and red. There were hives. I was having a localized allergic reaction. Hydrocortisone cream and the cold pack reduced the inflammation. I applied the hydrocortisone 3 times a day until the rash subsided.
hydrocortisone cream
Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to a wasp sting include tongue and throat swelling, wheezing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, extreme redness and swelling at  the site. An emergency call to 911 is in order for that type of reaction! 

The itching, hives and rash lasted about a week and stayed very localized. I was lucky! Just one itchy spot remained longer than a week. 

Over all, I think my reaction was very minimal. I attribute it to my speedy application of clay mask. It absorbed a lot of the venom out of my skin. You can see more on how my skin reaction looked in my wasp sting video.

Watch my Wasp Sting: Black Dot, Reaction and How to Treat the Sting Video!

Jill's Wasp Sting Remedy

Clean it!
Wash the sting thoroughly with soap and cold water to remove as much venom as possible from the skin.

Tweeze it!

Remove any broken piece of stinger with tweezers.

Mask it!

Cover the sting with a clay mask to absorb the venom asap. I recommend a powdered kaolin mask for it's strong drawing power for the first hour or two after the sting. Rinse it off. Then, do an application of Yon-Ka Masque 103 or 105 for it's drawing, soothing and healing power for up to 10 hours. Keep the mask on continuously for the first day.

Spray it!

Spray the stung area with Lotion Yon-Ka to keep the mask moist and aid in the healing process. Continue to use Lotion Yon-Ka as needed for the days following the initial sting.

Ice it!

Apply a cold gel pack to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain and itching as needed.

Calm it!

Use hydrocortisone cream three times a day to calm any mild allergic reaction. Use it until the rash begins to subside.

Flush it!

Drink lots of water to help the body flush out the venom.

Always call 911 immediately for a severe allergic reaction.

Contact you doctor if the sting becomes infected or continues to be a problem after 2 weeks.

It's a good idea to have all the supplies on hand in case of a sting or other insect bite. You will be able to use the toner and masks as an important part of your skin care routine while you have them in case of a sting. The powdered kaolin clay, the Yon-Ka Masque 105 and the Lotion Yon-Ka are available on Amazon.

Shop for YonKa Skin Care Products

For you who are local to Media, Pa., The Styling Point Salon carries Yon-Ka products.

It's easy to find an over the counter hydrocortisone cream and a cold comfort gel pack at your local drug store. Those items are also available from Amazon for convenient delivery right to your front door!

I have learned quite a bit about wasps and their stings from my experience. They say you learn something new every day. I hope my newly acquired knowledge helps you too!

Have a Beautiful Skin Day! 

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Best, Safest Sunscreen 2019

sunflower bikini

It's the unofficial start of summer and it's going to be a gorgeous Memorial Day Weekend! That means it's time for your reminder about taking care of your skin in the sun. I call sunscreen a magic cream. It's amazing really. All you have to do is apply the cream and it keeps your skin from burning. It's also the most effective anti aging skin product available!

Watch my sun and skin care video

There is a vast array of physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) and chemical sunscreens to choose from. 

Read about chemical vs mineral sunscreens

Plus, a wide variety of SPFs from 15 to 100! If you are someone who is concerned about the chemicals you apply to your kid's skin  and your own skin as well, go to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for answers on product safety. They have a super list of sunscreens they have rated and have great articles on sun safety. They even list each ingredient in a product, rate the ingredient and tell you concerns about the ingredient. It's a great resource!

10 Great little sunscreen tips you may not know

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen, which is good for all of us. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens because they are not as effective as creamy formulas. A cream provides a better layer of protection. 

They don't like high SPF sunscreens (over an SPF of 50) because they are misleading in the amount of protection they provide. Plus, they can cause skin irritation. 

Another important fact about chemical sunscreens is that chemical sunscreens are absorbed by the skin and can be detected in the blood, urine and breast milk. Expecting and nursing moms, this is really important for you to know! Choose a mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens containing oxybenzone, which is a hormone disrupting chemical, is absorbed by the skin.

Retinyl palmitate, a Vitamin A derivative, commonly found in sunscreen, is a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin.

The sun protection products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. The sunscreens are rated individually. One brand name may have different products with different scores. I always prefer to use cruelty free brands and I prefer a mineral sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen.

Here are a few cruelty free brands with good scores:

Alba Botanica has 4 sunscreens scoring twos. I like this brand and it is easy to find at drug stores and super stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target.

All Good 9 of their zinc based sunscreens scored a ones. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.

Babo Botanicals 5 of their sunscreens scored ones. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger 13 of their sunscreens scored a ones. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizard 2 of these Australian sunscreens scored ones and 3 scored a twos. They have a cool bottle that turns blue when UV rays are present to remind you to apply your sunscreen! Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Sol  3 of these are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system scored a ones. Available on their online store.

Deter Outdoor Skin Protection makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural anti oxidants. Buy online and at select stores. check their store locator.

Goddess Garden 7 of these organic sunscreens scored ones. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores and on their site. I bought it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond. 

Read the Goddess Garden Review

Kabana Organic Skincare 8 of these organic sunscreens scores ones. The products are available on their site. They have tinted sunscreen in four colors peach, bronze, nude and neutral. Great idea!

JuiceBeauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a one. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Coconut SPF 50 and the Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Pineapple Flower SPF 50 scored a two. Their Mineral Face Stick SPF 50 also scored a two. This is a vegan skin care and makeup line. Find it at Ulta and on their site.

Sun Bum 2 of their SPF 50 sunscreens scored twos. Find Sun Bum at salons, specialty shops, on amazon and on their site.

shop on amazon for cruelty free sunscreen

There are many other brands to check out. Visit the EWG site to see more. You can search your favorite sunscreen and see it's rating easily by using their handy search box. 

The EWG's 2019 Guide to Sunscreens

Some good brands are not on the list this year that were on last year's list. I'm not sure why. They are good products.

AllTerrain  3 of their sunscreens scored ones in the past but I don't see them on the list this year They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

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Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!


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Monday, May 13, 2019

Blue Makeup: Blue Eye Shadow, Blue Eye Liner, Blue Lipstick and Blue Nail Polish Recommendations

Blue is one of my favorite colors. The shades of indigo, royal blue, prussian blue, cerulean, sky blue and turquoise are particularly pleasing to me. You can imagine how ecstatic I am about the trending blue eye shadow. 

It's not that old fashioned, intense blue the goes from the lash line to the brows that Mimi used to wear on the Drew Carey Show. It's now a soft mix of well blended shades of blue and other colors including gold, silver, white, black and peach.

If you missed it, here is a pic of Katy Perry's blue shadow on an episode of American Idol.
katy perry blue eye makeup
Now, her shadow is quite dramatic, not necessarily a style you would choose to wear for work or even for a night out. It's makeup for television and it's intense and amazing under the lights. It certainly can be modified to be more wearable in everyday life.

I use blue eye shadow quite frequently for prom and wedding makeup. It's nice to accent the eyes with a little blue when wearing a blue dress.

You can create a dramatic full on blue shadow look like Katy's with eye shadow or use a blue eyeliner to add just a touch of blue. You can get the blues with a blue lipstick as well.

Let's start with eye shadow.

Eye Shadow
There are lots of great eye shadow palettes available that include blues to create some beautiful blue eye shadow looks.
blue eye shadow l
I like to incorporate a bit of peach shadow to my blue eye shadow look to create a softer, easy to wear look. Orange and blue are complimentary colors so they work very well together. 

Apply a peachy shadow to the inner third of the eyelid. Add a light blue to the center of the eyelid. Apply a deeper blue to the outer third of the eyelid. Use an eye shadow brush to blend the colors together. Blending is the key to perfect eye shadow.

The Morphe Cosmetics James Charles Palette provides you with some gorgeous blue and peach options along with other vibrant color choices. It's a really popular, fun palette even James Charles has gotten himself into a bit of a pickle.
James Charles palette

The Statement Velvet Eye Shadow Palette from Beauty Counter also has gorgeous less intense Denim and Peacock shades along with the peachy Cider. This eye shadow is very pigmented and has a smooth velvety texture. Visit my friend Michele, a Beauty Counter Consultant, to purchase.
beauty counter velvet eyeshadow palette Statement

The Sleek I-Divine Makeup Bad Girl Palette has beautiful shades of blue along with other beautiful shades including purple and green. This palette costs under $15 so you can get a blue look without breaking the bank.
sleek makeup eye shadow
For some blue sparkle, I recommend The Urban Decay Moondust Palette. I always love Urban Decay products! This palette has Vega, a beautiful bright blue, and Galaxy, a smoky blue gray. Element and Specter pair well with the blues. I'm loving the green, Lightyear, too! It would create a sparkling Caribbean sea look when paired with the Vega!  

urban decay moondust eye shadow
Eye Liner
blue eyeliner
A pencil eyeliner in blue is a super easy way to add a touch of blue to your eyes. It looks especially pretty paired with eye shadow in shades of nude and gold. Also, deep blue eyeliner applied over black eyeliner intensifies the black creating dramatic color.

NYX Slide on pencil in Sunrise Blue is a lovely medium shade of blue.

Blinc Long Wearing Eyeliner Pencil in Blue is a smoky denim blue

Bare Minerals Long Lasting Eyeliner in Nonstop Navy is a nice alternative to black liner. I frequently use navy liner when applying wedding makeup instead of black liner. 
zoya tommy
Blue lipstick is not for me even though I love blue. Maybe if it was around when I was younger, I would have worn it. A Blurple (bluish purple) is as far as I'll go! Here are a few pretty blue lipsticks to try.

Zoya Tommy is a beautiful bold blurple. It is pictured above. 

NYX Macaron Pastel Lippies in Velvet Blue is a light electric blue.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Cobalt is a beautiful deep cobalt blue.

Manic Panic After Midnight Lethal Lipstick is a metallic deep blue. Absolutely gorgeous! 
Blue Nail Polish
zoya aire
Now this is one of my very favorite blue things! Blue nail polish, especially blue polish on my toes. My clients will tell you. I almost always have blue toes! There are so many beautiful blues to try. I'll share a few shades from my favorite nail polish brand, Zoya.

Zoya Aire is a rich dusty blue cream. It's what I'm wearing in the pic above.

Zoya Blu is a pale baby blue cream. The perfect bridal something blue.

Zoya Breezi is a medium cerulean blue cream.
Zoya River is a metallic colbalt blue.

Zoya Song is a deep glitzy blue.

Zoya Rebel is a metallic sky blue with a silver shimmer.

I hope you enjoy wearing all these gorgeous shades of blue as much as I do. Maybe you are more into purple. Click here to see some great purple cosmetics!

Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 

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blue eye shadow

Monday, May 6, 2019

Summer Nail Polish Colors: The Zoya Barefoot Collection Summer 2019 Swatches

The name of Zoya's summer nail polish collection is just perfect for me. Barefoot. 
zoya barefoot
I love to be barefoot with pretty polished toes! Especially when I'm barefoot on the beach with my pretty polished toes in the sand!
zoya barefoot
The 12 colors in the Barefoot collection are beachy and happy. It's a rainbow of colors that perfectly represent the sun, sea, sand and sea shells in cream, shimmer and a glitter finishes. There is a color to please everyone in this collection! The color getting the most attention so far at the salon is Keira, a soft metallic color that reminds of sand.

Maybe Kiera is the favorite so far because it's a soft neutral color that works well for the springtime. We'll see which color becomes the favorite when we get into summertime.

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My sweet feral kitty friend joined me on the deck for my cloudy day photo shoot. Isn't he adorable? He's the fattest feral cat I've ever seen! He obviously knows which houses in the neighborhood provide cat food. 
fat cat

Let's start the rainbow of polish colors in the Zoya Barefoot collection with the soft peachy Joey. 

zoya joey
Zoya Joey is a soft pinky peach cream seashell color. It's opaque finish is bright and bold yet has a softness about it. So beautiful!

zoya tessa
Zoya Tessa is a metallic warm peach with a gold and coral micro shimmer. Another beautiful seashell color!

zoya keira
Zoya Keira is a taupey sand color with a beautiful copper shimmer. Not a color that I would usually wear, but I think it looks fabulous on my toes! The cloudy day did not do this color justice. The copper shimmer really glimmers in the sunshine. 

zoya marcy
Zoya Marcy is a sunny orange coral metallic. I'm not usually an orange girl, but this looks color bright and happy on my toes! The cloudy day also did not do this color justice. It shimmers beautifully in the sun.

zoya liza
Zoya Liza is raspberry cream that will look amazing on many different skin tones. 

zoya robbie
Zoya Robbie is a warm raspberry with a fine gold glitter that shimmers in the sun. I think I need to add some sunny day pics to really some these shimmery colors off!

zoya darcy
Dacey is a fabulous hot pink cream. I call it the perfect bikini pink since it matches my favorite bikini perfectly!!!

zoya rie
Zoya Rie is a lovely medium to deep purple cream. Another color that reminds me of the colors in a seashell.

zoya walker
Zoya Walker is a rich nautical blue cream. You all know how I feel about blue. It's my favorite! I can't stop looking at my beautiful blue toes!!! (I'm still looking for this on on amazon for you. It seems some of the polish names are spelled wrong on amazon.)

zoya eleni
Zoya Eleni is a light bright pale blue cream. Zoya describes it as a seafoam blue. It sort of has a minty look to it. It's another color that is light, bright and bold yet has softness about it.

zoya bee
Zoya Bee is a pale bright yellow cream. Not the best color for my skin tone but it looks pretty fun on my toes! Be warned. It's a bugger to work with due to streaking. Be patient and apply many thin coats to achieve a nice solid finish.  

This color makes me happier when it's topped with Nahla from the Zoya Sunshine collection. Scroll to the the pairings section to see the Bee and Nahla combination.

zoya dallas
Zoya Dallas is a clear with white and silver metallic glitter pieces. It looks gorgeous over all the colors! 

There they are. The beautiful colors in the Zoya Barefoot Collection. Just perfect for summer. My clients and I will enjoy wearing them all one by one! 

zoya walker zoya dallas
Walker and Dallas

zoya bee and zoya nahla
Zoya Bee and Zoya Nahla

Nahla is from last summer's Zoya collection called Sunshine. It's a great collection that remains a favorite at the salon.
zoya sunshine collection

As always, Zoya professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails and is free of the harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. 

You can find Zoya products at salons, spas, and on Amazon.  We carry Zoya nail polish at Styling Point in Media, Pa.

Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 

 I am available to help you with your special occasion or everyday makeup if you live in the Philadelphia, Pa. area.

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