7 Habits for Your Best Skin

Want great skin? We all want it, but to get glowing, no-foundation-needed skin, you’ve got to put in the work. Your skin is going to be a reflection of your internal and external environment, so always keep in mind that all of your choices will show up on your skin.

  1. Eat Right

Your skin’s structures require protein in order to build up healthy looking skin. Lean proteins like fish or chicken are great, as are nuts and limited dairy like Greek yogurt. Fish is a great source of protein because it also has those omega-3 fatty acids that your skin loves.

Fruits and vegetables are also crucial for great skin, in particular those high in antioxidants as well as vitamins A, C and E. A balanced diet of mostly unprocessed foods and should keep you on the right track.

2. Hydrate

Hydration is necessary for all parts of your body, not just your skin. When you’re not properly hydrated, your body is unable to perform all of its tasks like detoxification. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink up- sip on water throughout the day so your body has a steady supply, and so that you are drinking enough water. The right amount will vary by person, so find the right balance for you by drinking water anytime your body doesn’t feel like it’s working properly and increasing the amount you drink when the weather is warm or dry.

3. Sun Protection

The best protection from the sun is avoiding it altogether, particularly during peak hours 10am to 4pm. If you are in a situation where you can’t avoid the sun, be sure to slather on sunscreen with SPF 30+, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and seek shade whenever possible. The sun will greatly increase the rate of aging for your skin, and lead to sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines.

4. Protect Your Skin

None of us can fully avoid pollution in the air getting to our skin, but there are steps we can take to reduce its effect on the skin. First, cleansing the skin every morning and night using a professional cleanser recommended by your esthetician is a necessary part of your skincare routine. This helps wash off any pollution you’ve accumulated and prep you to create a barrier for the day. In the morning, you should use an antioxidant serum to help battle pollution throughout the day as well as a protective barrier. At night, use a nourishing moisturizer to repair any damage done during the day.

5. Get a Full Night’s Sleep

Your skin does all its best work while you snooze. It repairs, rebuilds, turns over new cells. If you skimp on sleep, you’re cheating your skin out of valuable recovery time. Look in the mirror in the morning after a late night, you’ll already see signs of this – puffy eyes, dry skin, the works. A few nights of full sleep will show the opposite- bright, glowing skin. Stay on a sleep schedule that allows you to be fully rested in order to keep your skin looking its best.

6. Reduce Stress

Feelings of stress release the hormone cortisol, which is destructive to skin. Your skin will lose elasticity, appear saggy and dull, and lose moisture. We can’t avoid stress but it is important to find a routine that helps you manage your stress, like meditation, a cup of tea, watching a comedic show, etc.

7. Exercise

Physical movement is crucial for skin health. Increasing your blood flow will drive more nutrients and oxygen to your skin, in turn making it healthier. Some studies have even suggested that exercise can slow, if not reverse, signs of aging.

All of these habits will lead not just to great skin but overall health! That’s because your skin is just part of the larger system of your body, and it will reflect the state that your body is in based on the choices you make. Be sure to make the best choices for yourself and your body, and your skin will develop a healthy glow.

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Using Retinol in the Summer

So you’ve picked out a retinol product, you splurged on it a little because you know it’s worth it, but how can you maximize the benefits to see the best results?

Here’s a quick breakdown on retinol. It’s a form of Vitamin A, and it’s recommended to use it in your skincare routine along with daily SPF. It promotes cell turnover, stimulates collages production, and promotes elasticity in your skin. Retinol will thin your skin’s barrier, so wearing sunscreen every day is a must, even if you don’t use retinol as often. Incorporating this product into your skincare routine in your 20s will go a long way in keeping your skin youthful in later years.

You are probably also wondering how you should use your new product. Retinol is best applied at night, and doesn’t have to be used every night. If goes on just before your moisturizer, and can even be applied mixed with moisturizer if your skin is sensitive. At the start, apply it twice a week, and from there you can increase or decrease the frequency based on your skin’s reaction. Of course, it is best to visit with a skin care professional to get a personalized recommendation on how to use retinol and which formulation is best for you.

Once you start using retinol, use other exfoliants with caution. Since retinol is helping with cell turnover, adding other forms of exfoliation might be too much for your skin. Both chemical and physical exfoliants, when used in addition to retinol, can lead to dryness, breakouts, or other negative skin reactions. If you are considering another form of exfoliation, start by using retinol and the new exfoliant on different nights and keep an eye on how your skin reacts.

It’s important to remember that retinol makes your skin sensitive to the sun, so SPF is non-negotiable! In the summer months, you will be exposed to longer days and more sun rays, so reapplying sunscreen and keeping a hat handy is critical. There’s no need to avoid outdoor fun in the summer as long as you keep your face covered – both with sunscreen and shade, particularly between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are at their peak. Finally, consider skipping retinol use before going on a vacation where you know you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun. The good news is that your skin will be less dry in the summer, you are less likely to see any flakiness as a result of retinol use.

You can buy retinol products from a drugstore or from a skincare professional. It is always recommended to get one from a professional – the formulations are more stable and potent, so you will see results more quickly than with an over-the-counter formulation. Whatever form of retinol you end up with, maintaining a solid skin-care routine that incorporates retinol and sun protection is your best bet for gorgeous skin.

Wash Your Face Before Bed!

We’re all guilty of doing it a few times. You come home late, and tell yourself you can skip a face wash just this once. Hopefully, this is a habit you have already kicked! If you haven’t yet, here are some good reasons to do so:

Clogged Pores and More

Sleeping in your makeup will clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Imagine, not only do you have a day’s worth of dirt on your face, but below that you have a layer of day-old makeup. Now, you are grinding all of that between your skin and a pillow into a sweaty mess that is filled with bacteria and ingredients that keep your skin from breathing properly. Your skin will get increasingly duller, and you can even cause premature aging by trapping all these gross pollutants in your skin cells.

You Interfere With Natural Skin Repair

Think about all of the skin products and treatments you have invested in. Your main goal with many of them has been to encourage your skin to repair itself, your cells to turn over and shed so that the newer cells can shine through. Your skin naturally wants to do all of this while you sleep, but if you keep your makeup on you are smothering it and keeping it from completing this process. Just one night with makeup on can set you back a whole week! To make matters worse, all of the products you normally use to even your skin tone, moisturize, and renew skin are now fighting against your bad habits in order to be effective.

Your Eyes Are at Risk

Your eyes are particularly vulnerable to infections from makeup. Sleeping in makeup will at least make your eyes red and puffy, since they will be irritated from all of the products and debris from the day. You can also get styes due to clogged lash follicles, or experience lash breakage.

Is it really worth skipping a five-minute face wash to face all of these consequences? This is habit that definitely needs to be stopped. Be sure to remove your makeup thoroughly before bed and incorporate a routine that includes moisturizer, serums for your skin type, and retinoids to keep working towards healthy, glowing skin! Come to Wax Me Boutique today for help designing the perfect skin care routine for you.

Supplements for Great Skin

Your skin is a reflection of the skincare products you put on it and the  things you put in your body! Eating well is essential, but you can also add supplements that are great for your skin and your body! Interested in finding supplements that support gorgeous skin? Consider integrating these four to your daily routine.

Zinc

Zinc is an antioxidant that cleanses harmful free radicals from your skin. It can also help the skin healing process, regulate oil production and minimize pore clogging. This is a great supplement if you are battling acne, or even occasional breakouts. It is also great just to help battle the daily wear and tear your skin sees from everything you encounter throughout the day.

Vitamin C

This vitamin acts as an antioxidant for your skin, fighting skin damage from the sun and from age. It can improve the appearance of wrinkles and sun spots, and help even your skin tone. You should even see skin brightening from regular use. You can take this as a supplement as well as apply it directly to your skin, if you look for products that contain it!

Vitamin A

This powerful vitamin is great for repairing damaged skin tissue, It helps the skin maintain its normal turnover process, which improves conditions such as acne and dry skin. Skin cells needs to turn over regularly, shedding to make room for new skin cells. We use products on our skin to help promote this process, and Vitamin A will support your hard-working skincare products. It also boosts your UV protection (but that doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen!), helps minimize wrinkles, and maintains an even skin tone.

Fish Oil

Fish Oil supplements provide your skin with omega-3 fatty acids, which have all of the same great benefits of eating foods like fish, avocado, olive oil, and more. These help maintain moisture and elasticity, as well as fighting the signs of aging in skin. Keeping your skin moisturized and supple is key in fighting signs of aging.

All of these supplements have benefits far beyond the gorgeous skin you’ll get! They are great for your eyes, your immune system, your joints, and more. Be sure to follow dosage instructions on the package, because taking extra will cost more and will not have added benefits – in some cases, it could be damaging. Stick to your daily supplements and you’ll see amazing skin results!

Brow Grooming is for Men, Too!

Gentlemen- eyebrow grooming isn’t just for the ladies! Cleaning up your brows can make you look more youthful and polished with minimal effort. Neglecting your brows can give you a furrowed look, age your face, and make your entire look sloppy. Whether you have often struggled with your brows, or have never given them a second thought, getting them under control is easy and can be a game changer! Men’s brow grooming is very different from women’s, so keep in mind a few essential rules:

  • Full brows are best and help frame your face. Be careful not to thin them out too much!
  • Arching your brows or overemphasizing your existing arch will lead to a feminine look, so if that’s not what you’re going for then keep your tweezers far away from the arch.
  • Men often need to trim their long brow hairs more than they need to tweeze. Use an eyebrow comb to comb your hairs straight down, then use eyebrow scissors to trim the ends. Use a light hand when doing this!
  • If you absolutely need to tweeze, focus on keeping your natural brow shape and just tweezing the stray hairs in between your brows and around the brows.
  • Your brows don’t have to match exactly – that will make them look overdone.
While we always encourage groomed brows, be sure to trim and tweeze lightly – you can always groom more but if you overpluck or cut too short, you just have to wait for them to grow. The best option is to see a professional who can tell you what shape works best and perform routine maintenance. Come see us at Wax Me Boutique for expert advice on how to keep your brows looking clean without looking overdone!

Coffee for Your Skin

Nothing gets you out of bed faster than the smell of fresh coffee, but did you know that your skin also benefits from caffeine? Caffeine in your skincare can do wonders for your skin – just like that cup of morning joe does wonders for your day! It has amazing short and long term benefits, so keep an eye out for caffeine when you’re looking for new skincare products.

Some of the effects you can expect from caffeine in your products are:

A boost in your sun protection! Caffeine will work to enhance the SPF you wear, so look for SPF that contains caffeine or layer your sun protection with a moisturizer that has caffeine.
Caffeine is an antioxidant which fights free radicals that lead to aging. It helps prevent skin discoloration and wrinkles.
Caffeine will stimulate energy and blood flow in your skin. You will see brighter skin and decreased puffiness when you apply products containing caffeine.
Caffeine will constrict blood vessels and reduce inflammation, quickly reducing the appearance of dark circles and sagging skin.
Ready to wash your face with that freshly made coffee? Well, it’s best to stick to professionally made products that are formulated for your skin type. Caffeine is certainly a superstar ingredient in skin care, but if you’ve got a routine that works you should introduce products with caffeine slowly to make sure you don’t disrupt the balance you have.

Come visit us today to learn more about including caffeine in your skin care, and we can help you find the right product for your routine!

Dairy Could Be Sabotaging Your Skin

In our last post, we talked about some foods you may have eliminated from your diet that your skin really needs. Now we want to talk about one food group that could be the cause of your acne, inflammation, and other skin problems.

Most of us enjoy dairy in one form or another- milk in our cereal, a cheese snack before dinner, a scoop of ice cream on a summer outing. However, if your skin is struggling no matter what products you invest in, you should consider ditching the dairy.

Dairy is not inherently bad, but dairy cows naturally have hormones like progesterone and insulin growth factor. They are then given hormones so that they continuously lactate and produce milk, which then results in increased hormone levels in the dairy products they produce. These hormones hide in our fancy cheese plates and glasses of milk, and make their way into your body. Your skin reacts to these hormones with breakouts, inflammation, and increased signs of aging.

If you think dairy is affecting the state of your skin, try removing dairy from your diet for 12 full weeks. If you see your skin improve in this time period, we’ve found a culprit! From that point, consider making changes that make sense for your lifestyle. Switch to a non-dairy milk like soy or almond, limit cheese intake, save ice cream only for special treats. At the very least, buy organic dairy products wherever possible to limit the amount of hormones and antibiotics you ingest.

Dairy products tend to be delicious, and cutting them out forever seems like a huge task! Your goals should be to cut out all of the dairy products you can. If that doesn’t make sense for your lifestyle because you need milk in your morning coffee, or you don’t function well without buttered toast, experiment with alternatives like vegan butter or almond milk. Finally, if you can’t find a successful substitute, buy organic and limit your dairy to a small amount. Gorgeous, glowing skin feels better than any specialty goat cheese ever could.