/> The Juicy Beauty Word: November 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Zoya India

zoya india on toenails
I am wearing the perfect color for Autumn on my toes. 

Zoya India 

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. Find it on Amazon for $10.00.

What's on your toes?

Have a Beautiful Day!
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Waxing Burn or Raw Skin after Waxing: Skin Abrasion

gigi hard wax
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? 

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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 causing a skin abrasion.

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 skin treatment you are using on your skin or from a medication you are taking and commonly occurs on the eyebrows or upper lip. Acne treatment products and anti-aging skin care products are examples of topical skin treatment products that may cause a skin abrasion during waxing.

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 before you have any waxing service. 

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 in 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 on sensitive skin 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.

How to Treat a Skin Abrasion from Waxing

If you have gotten a skin abrasion from waxing, apply an antibiotic ointment several times a day and use cold compresses. It will get a scab that's not very pretty. It will heal quickly but that area of skin will 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. There are two formulas. One is for normal to oily skin (it's white) and the other is for dry or sensitive skin (it's pink). It's an amazing product and smells divine!  

YonKA Lotion PS for Dry or Sensitive Skin
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.

Have a Beautiful Day!
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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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

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. Needless 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
Find Zoya Polish at salons, Ulta, zoya.com and on Amazon for $10.00.

Have a Beautiful Day!
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Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Keep a Tan Longer Skin Care Tips

negril, jamaica
I am back from another fabulous Jamaica vacation and my skin feels soft and wonderful! 

We always like to stay in Negril. A long walk beautiful Seven Mile Beach is good for the soul. The sea is calm and crystal clear with infinite shades of turquoise. Plus, there is nothing better than sipping a Dirty Banana while watching the famous Negril sunsets burst with exquisite color. 

My skin always feels so good after my Jamaica vacations even after spending lots of time in the sun. You may think it would feel dry from all that sun exposure, but the moisturizing properties and UV protection of sunscreen help keep the skin in beautiful condition while playing in the sun.

The high humidity in Jamaica is also great for keeping the skin hydrated and soft feeling. 

The simple fact that the skin sweats in the warm and sunny 86 degree weather brings moisture to the surface of the skin providing hydration. 

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 due to the daily slathering an SPF 30 sunscreen. 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. Now I need to make that tan last.

Let me share with you a few skin care tips to help you keep a tan longer and hydrate the skin to make it look smooth and glowy!
negril, jamaica

How to Keep A Tan Longer

1. No Exfoliation

To keep a beautiful golden tan a little longer,
avoid any exfoliation of the skin. Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells. Those dead cells contain the color that is your tan. Using a body scrub, body puff or loofah to exfoliate will speed up the natural shedding of dead skin cells quickly fading your tan. Even using a washcloth will exfoliate the skin.

2. Use the Right Moisturizer 
Be diligent with body oil and moisturizer. 
Tan skin will have a richer color when it is moisturized. Apply moisturizer in the morning and in the evening every day to keep the skin hydrated.  The most beneficial time to apply body oil and body lotion is immediately after a warm shower. I like to apply a thin layer of oil, after patting the skin dry with a towel. Then, slather on the lotion, cream or body butter over the oil.

Avoid moisturizers that contains Alpha Hydrox or Beta Hydrox Acids. Those exfoliating ingredients will speed up dead skin cell removal and cause your tan to fade quicker.

Here are a few effective cruelty free products that do not contain Alpha Hydrox or Beta Hydrox Acids. My Amazon Affiliate links are included with the products to help you with your shopping. 

Try Tree to Tub Shea Cocoa Body Butter. It's rich moisturizing ingredients provide deep moisture for sensitive skin or any skin type. Plus, it is loaded with anti-aging Vitamin C!

Tree to Tub Body Butter


Want something with a thinner consistency than a body butter? Alba Botanica makes an unscented body lotion in convenient pump bottle that is perfect for normal, dry and sensitive skin types.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil(1), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract(1), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract(1), Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol(1), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol. (1)Certified organic ingredient.

Looking for a nice body oil? Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil has deep moisturizing kukui nut oil along with sunflower seed oil, macadamia seed oil and sweet almond oil. 

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil*, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil [kukui nut oil], Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil)*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzy Benzoate, Coumarin, Fragrance. *Certified Organic Ingredient.

3. No Hot Water
Avoid a long hot shower or a long tub soaking. Hot water and the long exposure to water during a bath can actually be dehydrating for the skin. Take a short warm shower instead. That's not always easy on chilly autumn days.  Hot showers feel so good when you're chilled to the bone. 

4. Eat Orange Veggies
Eat more orange colored veggies. Eating orange colored foods high in Beta carotene can 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! Don't worry, you won't turn orange if you are eating a varied diet along with orange foods.

5. Self Tanner
You can always fake it. Self tanner is a sure fire way to boost your tan. Apply 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

6. Drink More Water
Water is necessary to prevent dehydrated and keep the skin looking it's best. How much should we drink per day? The experts from The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommendations are:

Women: 91 ounces (2.7 liters) per day, which equals about 11 8-ounce water bottles.

Men: 125 ounces (3.7 liters) per day, which equals about 15 
8-ounce water bottles.

It sounds like a lot!!!  Do your best. Remember coffee, tea and juice contain water so they count! Space out your fluid consumption throughout the day. 

Let's Recap the skin care tips!
1. Avoid exfoliating the skin.
2. Use a body oil and moisturizer that does not contain Alpha Hydrox or Beta Hydrox Acids twice daily.
3. Take warm, not hot, baths and showers.
4. Eat foods high in beta carotene.
5. Add more color to your tan with self tanner.
6. Keep your body hydrated.

These simple skin care tips are sure to help you keep your tan a little longer plus, help your skin look pretty and feel good.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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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.

Click here for my peppermint sugar scrub

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
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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.
Shop for Zoya Anchor and Armor

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.
Shop for Seche Vite

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:)

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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