Thursday, November 27, 2014

Zoya India

zoya india on toenails
I am wearing the perfect color for Autumn on my toes. India from Zoya. It's a color from the Fall 2014 Ignite Collection.
zoya india on toenails closeup
The gold metallic shimmer warms up this deep rich red. It's just beautiful. Perfect for the holiday season. Get it at salons, Ulta and
What's on your toes?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Waxing Burn or Raw Skin after Waxing: Skin Abrasion

I have had clients say sometimes when they have their eyebrows waxed, they get a sore strip of skin that feels like a burn. It's raw, shiny and weepy. 

Why does this happen sometimes? Was the wax too hot? 

What causes a raw, burn like skin abrasion from waxing?

It may feel like a burn but what actually happening is too many skin cells are being lifted during the waxing process.

It is unlikely that the wax was too hot because the wax pot is controlled by a thermostat and shouldn't get too hot.  Experienced waxing technicians keep their wax pots set at a comfortable temperature. 

The skin abrasion is usually due to a topical treatment you are using on your skin or from a medication you are taking and usually occurs on the eyebrows of upper lip.

It's normal for some dead skin cells to be exfoliated during waxing. The problem only occurs when too many cells are removed leaving a wound. 

Soft wax will remove more skin cells than hard wax.

Consult with your waxing technician about all skin care products you are using on your skin and any medication that you are taking. 

Those using Accutane, Tetracycline, Retin A, Glycolic 
acid, steroids, immune suppressive therapies, over the counter acne treatments, anti aging products containing salicylic acid or retinol or other skin sensitizing medications may experience skin abrasions. 

These medications and skin care product ingredients thin and sensitize the skin, and as a result, can cause an excessive amount of skin removal during waxing.

Waxing should be done cautiously or not at all if you are 
using any of those medications and treatment products. 

I have had clients with sensitive skin get a slight abrasion just because they use eye cream with some retinol it.  

Stop using your anti-aging skin care products at least 3 days before your waxing. Be sure to mention that you have been using them to your waxing technician. 

Occasionally, an inexperienced waxing technician will apply a layer of soft wax that is too thick. This can possibly cause a skin abrasion as well.

Sometimes it's a better choice to have your brows professionally tweezed or threaded instead of being waxed for sensitive skin to avoid skin abrasion issue all together.

You can also have your waxing technician use hard wax instead of soft wax if your sensitive skin is prone to skin abrasions. Hard wax does not adhere to the skin as much as soft wax so it is less likely to cause an abrasion.

If you have gotten a skin abrasion, apply an antibiotic ointment several times a day and use cold compresses. It will get a scab that's not so pretty. It will heal quickly but that area of skin remain sensitive for a while. 

Once the scab is gone, apply aloe, Vitamin E and lavender products to help the sensitive skin continue to heal. 

My favorite remedy to heal sensitive skin is YonKa Lotion followed by aloe vera gel or Vitamin E oil. Yonka Lotion is a botanical skin toner containing lavender, geranium, cypress, rosemary and thyme. It's an amazing product!  

Avoid waxing that area for a couple months. It is okay to tweeze that sensitive area. just be careful not to pinch the skin.

See me for gentle waxing or tweezing at Styling Point in Media, Pa.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zoya Pixie Dust Nori

Zoya Nori  with silver shoe
Look at this gorgeous sparkling blue! I just love it! It's Nori part of Zoya's 2014 winter/holiday collection. An amazing sapphire blue.
Zoya's 2014 winter/holiday collection.
If you are not familiar, Pixie Dust is Zoya's glittery, textured, matte finish polish. Nori has glitter and holographic hexagon shaped glitter in it giving it fabulous sparkle. The finish has a gritty feeling to it, but doesn't feel jagged like some glitter polishes feel.
zoya Nori closeup on toe nail
I wore it on my toes to Jamaica. It was a hit. It glistened in the sun and in the beautiful clear water of the Caribbean Sea. I was afraid it would not hold up well since no top coat is applied to Pixie Dust. Not to worry! It stayed perfect all through my vacation. A top coat can be applied to shine up the matte effect and increase durability if you want. 

Look at my sparkling toes in the sand!

feet in the sand
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Monday, November 17, 2014

How to keep your tan longer

negril, jamaica
I am back from another fabulous Jamaica vacation and my skin feels soft and wonderful. We always stay in Negril. The Seven Mile Beach is gorgeous, the water is calm, clear and turquoise and the sunsets are full of exquisite color. 

I don't know why my skin always feels so good after my Jamaica vacations. It's probably from all the sunscreen I apply. High humidity is also great for keeping the skin hydrated. It could also be that the skin sweats in the warm and sunny 86 degrees bringing moisture to the surface of the skin. Then, there is the healing salt water of the Caribbean Sea. All I know is, I feel refreshed and my skin feels fantastic!
aqua turquoise water
I come home with just a nice light golden tan from wearing my SPF 30. Next comes the challenge of keeping the skin glowing, moist and soft in the chilly Philadelphia Autumn weather. Holiday party time is right around the corner and it's always nice to have a little golden color when wearing a cute little party dress.

Let me give you a few tips to help keep your tan a little longer and hydrate the skin:
negril, jamaica
No Exfoliation
To keep a beautiful golden tan a little longer,
avoid exfoliating the skin.  Using a body scrub, body puff or loofah to exfoliate will speed up the removal skin cells quickly fading a tan. 

Be diligent with moisturizer and apply it in the morning and in the evening every day to keep the skin moist. After a warm shower is the best time to apply moisturizer. Pat the skin dry then slather on the lotion. Avoid moisturizers that contains Alpha Hydrox or Beta Hydrox Acids. Those ingredients will speed up dead skin cell removal and cause your tan to fade quicker.

A Warm Shower
Avoid a long hot shower and a long tub soaking to keep the skin looking hydrated and glowy. Hot water and the long exposure to water during a bath can actually be dehydrating for the skin. Take a short warm shower. That's not so easy on these cold days.  Hot showers feel so good when you're chilled to the bone. 

Eat your Veggies
Eat more orange colored veggies. Eating orange colored foods high in Beta carotene can actually give the skin a warm glow. Have you ever seen a baby who has eaten a lot of sweet potato, butternut squash and carrot baby foods? The baby's little nose can look orange! You worry, you won't turn orange if you are eating a varied diet that includes orange foods!

Self Tanner
You can always fake it. Apply some self tanner or a moisturizer that contains some self tanner to keep the skin looking golden.

You may also like my post on How to apply Self Tanner

These little steps can help keep your skin looking and feeling pretty until the next trip to beautiful Jamaica!
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Ginger Sugar Scrub Recipe

Removing dead dry skin and applying oil helps make our skin look and feel better. That makes this Ginger Sugar Scrub a perfect cold weather skin treatment. Ginger not only is tasty with sushi, it is great for skin too.

Ginger contains the anti oxidants that fight damaging free radicals

It is anti inflammatory and kills bacteria acne causing bacteria

It increases circulation

It has a warming effect on the skin

It can lighten age spots and give skin a more even tone

ginger sugar scrub

Ginger Sugar Scrub

This scrub is easy to make with simple ingredients you can easily find at your grocery store.

1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of grated ginger

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Transfer the scrub in to a small jar or tube. 

How to use your scrub:

Wet your skin in a warm shower.

Apply sugar scrub to your body massaging in circular motions.

Shower off, wrap yourself in a big fluffy towel to dry, then apply a body lotion.

Your skin will feel wonderful.

Tip on using oil in the shower:
Your tub or shower can become slippery when you use oil while showering. 
Put a towel on the floor of your shower or in the tub to stand on to keep from slipping.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

How to make your nail polish last longer

chipped polish
Regular nail polish can chip so easily sometimes. You spend time and money on your manicure only to have it to start chipping in a few days. Gel polish stays on beautifully without chipping but taking it off is a hassle and the acetone soak off can be dehydrating and damaging to your nails. Proper nail prep, proper polish application and quality products will improve nail polish wear and reduce polish chipping. Then, you must take care of your nails.

Go Professional
You can get a professional manicure. Nail technicians have all kinds of techniques and products to increase nail polish durability. If you want to DIY, here are some tips to help your polish wear better.

Squeaky Clean 
Be sure your nails are dry, clean and free of any oils before polish application. Wipe them with acetone and a lint free wipe.

Make it Sticky
Start with an adhesive base coat. An adhesive base coat has a sticky finish. It anchors the polish to your nails. I like Zoya Anchor.
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Apply two or three thin coats of nail color. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.

Apply a long wearing top coat such as Zoya Armor. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.

Double up
Apply a second top coat. This time a fast dryer. Seche Vite is my very favorite. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.
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Now it's care time!

Use tools
Do not use your nails as tools. Use a key to open a soda, not your nail.  Use an orangewood stick to scratch off a price tag. not your nail. Use pencils to open a window screen, not your nails. Etc. You get the idea, right?

Keep them dry
Keep your hands out of water as much as possible. Nails absorb water and become more flexible. Nail polish does not absorb water. Wet nails will bend. The polish will not bend resulting in chipping. Wear waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes.

You can also use cleaning tools with handles on them like this nifty one for doing dishes.
Get dish washing tools with handles

scrubber with handle
Add Extra Protection 
Add more clear polish. You can add a thin coat everyday or every other day. Use the Seche Vite. It dries so incredibly fast!

These tips help my clients keep their nails shiny and chip free from week to week. Hope they help you too:)

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