Make the Switch to Mineral Sunscreen

By now, you’ve got your sunscreen game down. You put in on your face every morning no matter the weather, to protect you from wrinkles, brown spots, premature aging, as well as more serious issues like skin cancer- right? Good for you! Even cloudy days have damaging sun rays that can wreak serious havoc on your skin- but you already know that.

Let’s talk about the sunscreen you’re using. Any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all, of course, but certain types of sunscreens are better for your skin and your overall health than others. All of the latest data shows that mineral sunscreens are what you want to be using, particularly since you use it every day. The FDA recently discovered that some forms of chemical SPF can be absorbed into your bloodstream, even after one day of using it. These chemicals have the potential to disrupt your hormones, which can really mess with your body. They are also more likely to trigger a negative reaction with your skin, which is the last thing you want after all of the effort you have put in to your skincare routine.

Mineral sunscreen is also more effective at sun protection. These form an actual physical barrier on your skin, preventing UVA and UVB rays from penetrating it at all. Chemical sunscreen is absorbed by your skin, and then absorbs harmful rays for you. This means your skin is more exposed to harmful rays than it would be with mineral sunscreen. At Wax Me Boutique, we now sell TIZO brand sunscreen which is a mineral sunscreen with a silky finish. It is gentle on your skin, plant based, free of chemicals and reef friendly. Stop by today to stock up!

Remember: always wear sunscreen on your face. Bonus point if you’re using mineral sunscreen.

High-Tech Skincare

When you really want to get your skin looking its best, a microcurrent facial is just what you need. The technology was originally used to treat injuries, bone fractures, and even paralysis, and eventually found massive popularity in the aesthetic industry.. These facials use mild electric currents to manipulate the tissues in your face in a gentle and non-invasive way. Microcurrent technology uses less than 1000 microamps, mimicking your body’s own electric current to help train muscles that are drooping and correct skin texture. The time and intensity of the treatment is customized to your individual needs, and works with your body to beautify and rejuvenate the skin. The current itself feels like a gentle buzzing – it is not strong enough to produce a shock or any unpleasant sensation! These currents have many positive effects, including:

  • Boosting the production of collagen and elastin for firmer, younger-looking skin
  • Promote the draining of excess lymphatic fluids, which helps reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Improve the circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the skin, leaving the skin looking bright and refreshed.
  • Reduce discoloration of the skin, leaving a smoother, more even tone.
  • Reduce dark circles and puffiness around the delicate eye area, making your eyes look more alert and your skin look overall more even.
  • Can help relieve acne by clearing toxins in the skin.

A microcurrent facial is a great treatment, particularly as part of a regular facial routine. Microcurrent treatments will lift and define your features in the short term, so it is a great option to try for a special event or a place where you will be photographed. They will also improve your skin’s own healing abilities, so as you get more treatments your skin improves exponentially.

It’s amazing that one technique can have so many amazing benefits for the skin. We often forget that people are made up primarily of water, and so are great conductors of electricity. Because of this, electric currents can have a bigger impact on our well-being than we may realize.

Find out of a microcurrent facial is right for your skin! Talk to a skincare professional at Wax Me Boutique today to learn how this amazing practice can be used as part of your skincare regimen to give you a gorgeous glow!

You Should Be Using Hyaluronic Acid

When hearing the word “acid”, many of us flash back to images of chemical peels gone wrong. Rest assured, this is not that kind of acid. Hyaluronic acid is a moisturizing particle that helps your skin retain water. in fact, it is naturally found in areas like your joints, eye sockets, healing wounds, and more -areas your body needs to keep moisturized.

This little miracle ingredient addresses signs of skin aging caused by time  (including decreased production of hyaluronic acid) and changes in the body as well as signs of aging caused by exposure to elements- sun, harsh winds, and more. Hyaluronic acid addresses both types of skin aging.

When you’re using hyaluronic acid, you’ll see a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as dry and flaky skin. Your skin will be softer, more elastic, and more moisturized. This ingredient is truly a crucial part of caring for your skin and maintaining a youthful glow.

How can you incorporate it this wonder-ingredient into your skincare routine? Talk to your aesthetician about products that contain hyaluronic acid and which ones are right for your skin. Serums and eye creams will work wonders- studies show that you can see results in as little as two weeks, but many users report seeing immediate improvement. You can also add it to your diet. It is a supplement that can be easily added to a smoothie and will have may benefits beyond improving your skin. Find the best approach for you and start to see younger-looking skin emerge.

Winter Skin Care

Winter is coming up fast, and your skin probably knows it. It’s common to start feeling your skin get drier as the weather cools and the air grows brisk. It’s important to change up your routine to keep your skin moisturized and looking great!

First, increase your water intake. Keeping yourself hydrated from the inside out is the first and most important step to keep that skin glowing. Next, take a look at your skin care products. If your cleanser is harsh and strips away oils, now is the time you will really feel the effects of that. Use a moisturizing cleanser twice a day, using lukewarm water to wash your face. Hot water will also dry out your skin. Your moisturizer should also be hydrating. You might want to switch to something more hydrating in the winter months. Always make sure to pair moisturizer with SPF in the morning! Even though that summer sun is gone, your skin still needs protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

A humidifier can help your skin maintain its balance. Between the cold outside air and the dry heater air indoors, your skin will have a tough time maintaining moisture. A humidifier can go a long way in helping your skin retain that moisture.

Finally, some things you should avoid in order to keep your skin looking great and feeling moisturized. Avoid hot showers, as they will sap your skin of moisture and leave you feeling dried out. Do not use bar soap on your face, which is much too harsh for the most delicate part of your skin. Do not rub your face roughly with a towel or washcloth, but gently pat it dry.

If you have winter skin concerns, talk to an experienced aesthetician today! At Wax Me Boutique, we can help you find the right products for your skin. With a personalized skincare routine, you’ll be glowing at all of the holiday parties of the season!

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.

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.