Watch Out for Multilevel Marketing Skin Care!

How many of your friends are independent skin care consultants offering you incredible results with their line of skin products? We all have at least a few Facebook friends who are in this business— you’ll know them by their home parties, their recurring posts about the improvements they’ve seen in their/their clients’ skin, and their persistent invitations to do a quick skin consultation with them. However, if you are looking for real results it’s best to stay far away from these products.

At best, these products are priced like professional products but manufactured like drugstore products. Consultants make money on commissions from their sales, and the sales of anyone they have recruited, and the sales of recruits below those people, so these products need to cover a lot of costs for each sale.

At worst, the consultants are not educated enough in skin care to give you the product with the correct ingredients and can cause your skin to worsen or create new conditions. Estheticians have taken classes and passed a state board exam that indicates they can correctly identify skin conditions and treat them. Not all acne can be treated the same, not all dryness in skin can be treated the same, certain allergies do not pair well with certain ingredients, and so on. Only a person who has studied skin care would know about all these – a skin care representative for a multilevel marketing brand is very unlikely to.

It is always best to work with a skincare professional, especially if you have problem skin and want to address issues like dryness, acne, aging, etc. If you’re going to pay professional skincare prices, be sure you are getting professional skincare products and actually benefitting your skin. Skin care should be very personalized, and working with a professional consistently can help you try something new and adjust your course as you see how each new product interacts with your skin.

If you used one of these brands and saw skin problems emerge or worsen as a result, come see us today to start undoing the damage! At Wax Me Boutique, we specialize in providing customized services and products that will work with your skin rather than against it. Book your appointment today and get back on the path to healthy, glowing skin!

Protect Your Skin!

It finally feels like spring is here! It’s warm enough to dig the shorts and sundresses from the back of our closets and spend afternoons basking in the sun. Most San Diegans live for this type of weather, and after the wet winter we’ve had it feels like everyone is dying to feel that sunshine on their skin.

Before you head out the door, though, make sure you’re protecting your skin! Spring sunshine doesn’t feel as intense as summer sunshine, and it’s easy to think you can forego SPF for the afternoon. Don’t forget how much damage that can do! In addition to the obvious discomfort of a burn, sun exposure can also lead to premature aging, discoloration, and a higher risk of skin cancer.

Here are some quick reminders about how to be skin-safe as we head into our favorite time of the year! (While you should definitely be wearing sunscreen year-round, it seems especially important to remind our readers now that we’re likely to spend more time in the sun.)

  1. Higher SPF is not always better! You should be good with SPF 30 as long as you reapply after swimming, sweating, or just being in the sun for a couple of hours.
  2. The SPF in your makeup is not enough to protect your face. It’s a great protection booster, but you should not consider that enough on its own.
  3. Make sure your SPF is broad spectrum and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  4. Don’t neglect your neck and chest. These can also be easily sun damaged and will show signs of aging as quickly as your face.

Talk to your esthetician about which sunscreen you should be using on sensitive skin like your face. At Wax Me Boutique, we have hand-selected our favorite face sunscreens to keep your skin safe without undoing all of the work you do by caring for your skin daily.

Bold, Beautiful Brows

By now, most of us are thinking back to all the time we spent plucking our brows to a thin line in the 90s and early 2000s and mentally kicking our younger selves. After all that tweezing, how will we ever get those beautiful full brows everyone else seems to have?

Well, the answer is certainly not to let them grow wild. Thick brows are in, but no one said anything good about stray and unruly hairs. Full brows will frame your face beautifully, provide structure and balance, and give you a striking look- but only if they are properly groomed. There are three main steps to getting that bold and confident look without looking like a bear.

First, get your eyebrows professionally shaped! Caterpillar eyebrows are not what you’re going for- the secret to pulling off the thick brows is to have angles in the right places, based on your face shape and facial features. You should get an initial shaping followed by regular touch-ups to maintain the brow shape. You might not even get the shape you want right away if you are a recovering pluckaholic, so it’s important to put down the tweezers and talk to your professional about coming back when your eyebrows have grown in a bit.

Second, if you want to have full eyebrows without makeup, there are many products that will promote hair growth and thickness. Grande Brow Serum is our personal favorite – available for sale at Wax Me Boutique. This product will give you those gorgeous brows you’re after! Combine that will regular waxing and your brows will be Instagram-worthy every day.

Finally, eyebrow makeup products are just what you need for getting that gorgeous model look. At the most basic level, an eyebrow powder or pencil applied in short strokes will provide the illusion of fullness wherever you may be lacking, while also allowing you to define and shape your arch. A clear or tinted gel is also great for making sure all of the hard work you did stays put. Billion Dollar Brows has an amazing line of products and is also sold at the salon.

That’s it! Follow these steps to kick your eyebrows up a notch – you will feel confident and gorgeous no matter what the rest of your makeup is doing. Start today with an appointment at Wax Me Boutique – we can guide you (and your eyebrows!) in the right direction to get the look you want.

Home Skincare Remedies

This post may have caught your attention because you think I can give you a tip on a common household ingredient that will make your skin perfect. However, I am here to tell you the exact opposite. Every day I am flooded with the newest trend of what household item to put on your skin –  baking soda, lemon, petroleum jelly, and other skin-destroying, pore-clogging ingredients. I want my readers to know how to tell the good from the bad as they also get news of models who only put coconut oil on their faces, or any other trendy but ultimately destructive fad.

When you read an article toting the supposed benefits of this “all-natural, chemical free, inexpensive!” at-home treatment that will change your skin-  well, be skeptical. First, check to see the source and if any dermatologists or estheticians were cited in the article. Look these people up to make sure they are reliable sources who have actually studied skin and skincare. Is the source a trendy magazine interviewing the biggest actress in Hollywood? Skip that one, or at least do more research to find out what estheticians and derms have to say.

Second, consider that not everyone has the same skin type. If a person already has great skin and never gets acne, they are more likely to be successful with a coconut oil treatment because it is so moisturizing and makes your skin glow. However, if you are acne-prone, your pores will clog and you will break out. If your skin is easily irritated, scrubbing with salt (or any other harsh household item) will leave your skin red, splotchy and inflamed. Maybe the person on the blog you read has incredible looking before and after pictures they are using to prove their success, but without knowing anything about their skin we can’t know if it will have the same effect on you.

If you are drawn to the idea of all-natural, chemical-free products, keep in mind that chemicals are not always bad. Water, salt, and other common ingredients are chemicals. It is best to find a trusted esthetician that uses high-quality organic brands and work with that person to find the best solution for your skin.

Finally, keep in mind that not every household product will destroy your skin. Honey, lavender, certain oils, and more do have real skin benefits. If you are interested in trying something like this, you should talk to your esthetician or derm – especially if you have problem skin. They will be able to advise you on which of these will work well with your skin type and how to use them.

Stop by Wax Me Boutique today to see our carefully selected products, ask all your questions about natural beauty products, and schedule a skin consultation! We would be happy to advise you and figure out the perfect skincare regimen for you.

Winter Skin

WDropping temperatures, whipping winds and cranked-up heaters can lead to dry, dull, irritated or cracking skin. We all know the struggles or keeping skin moisturized but not oily, and fearing those thick moisturizers because we can feel them clogging our pores even as they soothe our skin.
While a richer moisturizer might work great for you, there are other ways we can lock in moisture without risking clogged pores and breakouts. If you do choose to switch up your moisturizer in winter months, be sure to talk to your esthetician so they can help you choose the right one for your skin type!
The first rule of winter skincare is to use a light hand when applying products that may irritate your skin, like acne spot treatments. These work well because they dry out blemishes, but can also dry out your skin. The same goes for vigorous exfoliation treatments that you use regularly. Switch out the head on your cleansing brush to a gentle one and swap your heavy exfoliating scrub for a milder one. Also, avoid using traditional soaps, as these strip the skin of necessary oils, leading to increased moisture loss and dryness. Instead, use pH-balanced, gentle cleansers. You might want to switch to a cream-based cleanser if you are in a particularly cold climate.
Next, make sure that your moisturizer contains two important things: humectant ingredients to draw moisture into your skin, and occlusive ingredients that trap that moisture. Look for topical products that contain urea and glycerin, as these are the two ingredients, in addition to water, that are shown to hydrate cells internally. A Hydrating Hylauronic Serum contains these, as well as other humectant and occlusive ingredients, and is a great addition to any regimen.
In addition, avoid those scalding hot showers. That hot water might feel perfect when you’re shivering from the cold, but the heat will further strip your skin of moisture and leave you feeling dry and itchy. Wash your face in lukewarm water and apply moisturizer while it’s still a little damp to help lock in that moisture.
Another great tip is to use a cool mist humidifier indoors. This will keep your home climate at a more optimal level for your skin and reduce the drying effects of artificial heat and cold winter winds.
Wax Me Boutique can help you winterize your skincare regimen. Make an appointment today for a Holiday Facial Special! This facial is the perfect holiday treatment to promote deep hydration, revive winter weathered skin and brighten the skin. Enjoy the warming and brightening effects of pomegranate enzyme that brightens the skin with a combination of different acids. This facial packs a punch! Receive a complementary product sample bag when you book this facial! (while supplies last) You can also book The Ultimate Red Carpet Facial to get you ready for all those holiday parties, and receive a FREE full size Le Mieux Serum of your choice!
 
While you’re at Wax Me Boutique, purchase a PCA skin moisturizer and receive a FREE 10ml hydrating toner. And if you are still looking for the perfect gift, give the gift of beautiful skin! Buy a $100 GIFT CARD and receive a FREE holiday gift bag!
Join Wax Me Boutique in celebrating the holidays with our great, limited-time deals. Make an appointment today or come by to stock up on moisture-rich products that will keep you glowing all winter!

Peel a little, glow a lot!

Chemical peels sound intimidating, but they don’t have to be! We’ve all seen a chemical peel exaggerated in the media to make the recipient appear like an inflamed, peeling mess who must hide their face for days, Not the case! Peels that require downtime are outdated and unnecessary.  New approaches focus on regular peels that yield results over time, not one aggressive treatment that leaves you unable to face the world.

So, what are some other misconceptions about peels?

Well, you will not necessarily see peeling and flaking after a peel. If your skin is healthy, you may not peel at all, while unhealthy skin may require a few procedures before it visibly exfoliates.

You might hesitate to undergo a peel because your skin is sensitive or dry. You’ll be happy to hear that there are peels formulated especially for sensitive skin! You can get all the great benefits of a peel without worrying about irritating your skin.

You should not expect to see the same results every time you receive a peel. Your skin condition, environmental changes like humidity and temperature, and previous peels will affect the amount of visible exfoliating you see.

Regular chemical peels are the key to getting that jealousy-inducing glow that makes you wonder – does that person do yoga and drink green juice all day? They help your skin regenerate and turn over dead skin cells that are dulling your complexion. They are also great for reducing acne, acne scars, aging, dark spots, and other skin woes!

Still hesitant? We don’t want you to miss out on the clear, bright complexion you can get from a great series of peels. For the month of October, buy a 3 peel or treatment package for $285 ($95 each) and enjoy a complimentary Neck & Décoletté Treatment. Contact Wax Me Boutique to talk to one of our professionals about your specific skin concerns and how different peels would impact you.

What SPF should you be wearing?

The higher the SPF, the more protected you are, right? Well, it’s not quite as simple as that. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. Anything higher than that isn’t going to make a major impact. In fact, wearing a higher SPF may subconsciously make you feel more protected and keep you from reapplying as often as you should.

Estheticians recommend SPF 30 for daily use. This will keep you protected, especially when supplemented with limited sun exposure, protective clothing for your body and face, and reapplying sunscreen every two hours when you are spending time outdoors.

So, what is truly important when buying sunscreen? First, make sure that the label says “broad spectrum”. This will ensure that you are protected from UVA rays, which cause wrinkles, dark spots and premature aging, as well as UVB rays. You can also check the ingredient for the following: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule or oxybenzone. These are UVA-blocking ingredients that will protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Finally, make sure you are using the sunscreen every day! Just because it’s winter or you’re just going to be in an office all day doesn’t mean you don’t need sunscreen. UV rays penetrate clouds and reflect off snow, so even the bleakest day presents a danger. These rays also penetrate windows – all the time spent in your car really adds up on your skin if you’re not protecting it.

Sunscreen isn’t the thick, greasy formula it used to be. If you are reading this thinking that you would wear sunscreen if only you didn’t hate the feeling of it, you need to update your product! Talk to your esthetician to get the right formula for you. The latest sunscreen is light and absorbs easily into the skin without causing clogged pores. Once you’ve found a sunscreen you like, keep in mind that most sunscreen will expire after three years. Make sure you throw it out after that time as its effectiveness will have decreased. Also, keep sunscreen stored in cool places and make sure not to leave it in your car on a hot day. The heat will also change the chemical makeup and make the formula less effective.

All PCA Skin Broad Spectrum sunscreens are approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation for either daily or active use. Each of our sunscreen products also contain antioxidants such as caffeine and silybin, for ultimate protection. Available at Wax Me Boutique!