Friday, June 28, 2013

Get a perfect leg shave

get a perfect shave

It's time for smooth hair free legs. If you would rather shave than wax, here are some tips to get that perfect shave.

For a perfect shave you need:

1. warm water in a shower or bath
2. shaving cream (or hair conditioner works well for sensitive skin!)
3. a clean sharp razor. A dirty razor can promote folliculitis (infection in the hair follicles).

Start by letting the skin and hair get warm and softened with warm water.

Then apply shaving cream to one leg. Allow the shaving cream to sit on your leg a couple minutes.

Shave in the opposite direction of hair growth, usually upwards, if your skin is tough and doesn't irritate easily. If your skin is sensitive, shave in the direction of the hair growth, usually downward. The skin will not feel as smooth as shaving upward, but the skin will be less irritated. Use long smooth strokes with the razor using very little pressure. Don't rush!  

Bend your knees to shave the kneecap. Flex the foot when shaving the back of the ankle. Point your toe to shave the ankle at the front of the leg.

Feel for any missed hairs. Rinse. Do the same procedure for the other leg.

Apply moisturizer.

Perfect!
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Illegal Callus Razors and Pedicures


Did you know that razor callus shavers used by some salons during a pedicure to remove calluses are illegal in most states?

Why?

Removal of calluses by cutting is considered to be a medical procedure to be performed by a doctor. The problem with salons using them is the razor, most likely, is not sterilized. A little cut can become a big problem if a germ gets in there. 

Blades are illegal in all states in the US except Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Salons and spas are permitted to use foot files, pumices, foot peels and scrubs to smooth and reduce calluses.




Stay Healthy and Beautiful!
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Makeup Artist, Esthetician
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Stress Relief: Swedish Massage

Swedish back massage


Our lives leave us stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted!  This stress leads to a myriad health problems. Exercise will help chase the stress away.  Another way?  Massage. 

The Swedish massage with it's long strokes and kneading motions is a wonderful, comforting stress reducing massage. This type of massage is popular in spas and salons.  It will lift your mind, body and spirit! 

A Swedish massage is very different from a deep tissue massage but it doesn't have to be a swishy washy light touch massage. A Swedish massage can be done with firm pressure.

Here are some of the benefits of Swedish massage.

The manipulation of the skin and muscles promotes relaxation, well being and stress reduction.

  
The level of the stress hormone cortisol drops during a massage.
  
Endorphins, the brain chemicals that are our natural pain relievers and stress reducers, increase.

Circulation is increased providing increased oxygen to the tissues of the body and better elimination of toxins.

  
Muscle tension is relieved. 
 
A study done at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center showed that a 45 minute Swedish massage significantly boosted levels NK cells and T lymphocytes, which are virus fighters, in the blood.

Have a less stressful day!
xo
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Q&A: Face Primer

face primer


Q. Should I use a primer before I put on my foundation?


A. It depends on your skin. Some people benefit more from primer than others. Some can just use a moisturizer as a primer. A face primer will help hide imperfections in your skin so your foundation goes on smoother. 

Older skin that has more imperfections than young skin benefits most from a face primer. Also, anyone who has acne scarring. A silicone based face primer puts a film over your skin. This film floats on top of of skin helping to hide large pores, shallow scars and small lines. 

There are also tinted primers designed to conceal imperfections such as redness. Some primers provide oil control allowing foundation to look fresher longer. The foundation applied over any face primer gives you that flawless finish. BB & CC creams are great face primers. 
xo
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Q&A: Minimal Foundation Coverage

Q. My skin looks blotchy and uneven. I don't like my whole face covered with foundation especially in the summer! What can I do? 


A. For most people, the center of the face, the T zone (forehead, nose, inner cheek and chin) is the most uneven. Find a foundation that is a perfect match to your skin. A good match will allow you to apply foundation just where you need it so your whole face is not covered. Apply the foundation with a moist sponge to the areas where you need coverage. A moist sponge will help you blend the foundation with your skin. Apply a translucent powder with a brush to the areas with foundation and just beyond. This will give you a nice even look without the whole face being covered!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Do we need to take vitamins?

healthy foods
We love to take our vitamin supplements! Many people think of supplements as magic pills that give us better health and more energy. 

We need vitamins for our health that's for sure. 

But, do we actually need to take vitamin supplements to be healthier or can we get the vitamins we need from the foods we eat?


So many questions! 

What do doctors say about taking vitamin supplements?


ABC News asked doctors if taking vitamin supplements is necessary. The doctors asked agreed that no supplements are needed, with the exception of Folic Acid, Vitamin D and Calcium for some people. 

Dr. Donald Hensrud, an associate professor of preventative medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic said, "For most dietary supplements, there is not a lot of evidence they improve health, including multivitamins."

Not enough evidence. That's interesting.

Doctors recommend eating a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables to get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy.

Can supplements replace food?

I know some people who think they can skip their fruits and veggies because they took their vitamin supplement in the morning. They think that if they take a multi vitamin everyday, they are guaranteed to get everything they need to be healthy. 

The best way to get your vitamins is by eating healthy foods, not by popping a vitamin supplement like the doctors say.

You get so much more than just vitamins by eating healthy foods!

Fruits and veggies not only contain vitamins, they contain beneficial plant chemicals called phytochemicals. Powerful antioxidant phytochemicals not only protect against cancer and other diseases, they help our skin stay younger looking and more beautiful.

Studies show that the phytochemicals in fruits and veggies have amazing anti aging properties, prevent and treat various health conditions and diseases. Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants. There are literally thousands of them. 

Sure, you can get some antioxidants, like resveratrol, by supplement, but you can't get those thousands of unique plant compounds via supplements. 

According to The American Cancer Society, evidence suggests that the supplements are not as beneficial as the the foods they are derived from. 
Some phytochemicals that act as antioxidants are

flavonoids
flavones 
isoflavones
catechins
anthocyanidins
isothiocyanates
carotenoids
allyl sulfides
polyphenols. 

Anti oxidant foods are many times referred to as super foods due to their high anti oxidant content plus their nutritional value.  

5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruits are recommended for each day.

The Super Foods 

The following foods are powerhouse super foods. These foods are packed with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to help calm inflammation, fight aging and add beauty to the skin.  Add as many of them as you can your diet every day.

Acai Berries 
Almonds 
Avocados
Beans
Blueberries
Brazil Nuts
Broccoli
Carrots 
Coffee
Dark Chocolate
Eggs
Kiwi
Oats
Oranges
Peppers- red and orange
Pumpkin
Quinoa
Raspberries
Salmon
Soy 
Spinach
Sunflower Seeds
Sweet Potatoes
Tea- black, green and white
Tomatoes
Spinach
Walnuts 
Yogurt- fat free with no added sugar  


Here is a little more about vitamins, what they do and which foods to eat to get them:



Vitamin A 

Vitamin A helps to strengthen membranes and fight infections. It is also responsible for helping to provide better vision. It is necessary for jawbone and tooth formation. 

Vitamin A is found in egg yolks, liver, yellow vegetables, kale, beet and turnip greens, carrots, bell peppers,sweet potato and spinach.

Vitamin B 
Vitamin B consists of 12 vitamins, including Folic Acid. The B vitamins help in releasing energy from food, detoxify organs and helping to promote proper metabolism. They also aid nervous system functions. 

Vitamin B is found in dairy products, liver, nuts, fish, wheat germ, egg yolks and green, leafy vegetables, bananas and pears, brown rice and fermented soybean products such as tofu, miso and soy sauce.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps heal of wounds, strengthen the blood vessels, build collagen, fights infections and is an antioxidant. 

Vitamin C is found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, sweet green peppers, strawberries and citrus fruits.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is made by the body from sunlight and helps utilize calcium and phosphorous for the formation of strong bones, teeth and healthy skin. Vitamin D is made when unprotected skin is exposed to the sunlight. About 15 minutes twice a week. 

Vitamin is found in fish liver oils, seafood, egg yolks, shitake mushrooms and in fortified foods like cereals, milk, yogurt and orange juice.

Vitamin E 
Vitamin E strengthens capillary walls which provide oxygen rich blood to all organs. Vitamin E helps in the internal and external healing of skin lesions. It is an antioxidant. 

Vitamin E is found in wheat germ, wheat germ oil, whole grain baked goods, nuts, bran, seeds, unrefined cereal, mango, turnip greens and broccoli.

So we need our vitamins for healthy bodies but we don't need to take vitamins. A big salad with a variety of yummy veggies provides a ton of vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants. Need some food inspiration? Visit my recipe page. It's full of recipes good for the body and recipes good for the soul!

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Have a beautiful, healthy day!

xo
Jill