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.

The Nutrient Your Skin is Probably Missing

We have spent so much time purging our diets of “bad” food that we may actually be depriving our body of the nutrients it needs to flourish. There are certainly foods that have no benefit, like sugary drinks or donuts, or deep-fried Twinkies. However, one food group that we have unfairly banished from our lives is fat. Fat has certainly earned its bad reputation as the artery-clogging, heart stopping food group that it is, but we should step back and examine which types of fat are actually at fault.

Fat, in moderation and from healthy sources, can actually be the secret to maintaining a healthy glow. So what are the right sources? Fish, avocado, olive oil, nuts, and plant-based sources are great places to find the right kind of fat. These contain high concentrations of essential fatty acids that you’ve probably heard of- omega-3 and omega-6. You can also take daily supplements if you are unable to intake enough of these fats though your diet.

Of course, fats like butter, fried foods, chicken skin, etc. are not in this category. They are bad for your skin and your overall health, and should be consumed sparingly if at all. Even good fats should be consumed in moderation— they are still calorie-dense and should make up about 35% of your diet, or slightly less.

When your diet lacks these fats, your skin becomes dry, dull, and can exhibit other unhealthy appearances. You may also notice dull, brittle hair and fingernails that break easily. There are tons of health benefits to be derived from omega fatty acids, beyond improving your appearance. They help your brain, your eyes, your joints, your immune system, and so much more. How can you add these healthy fats to your diet? Snack on almonds, top off your sandwich with avocado, cook with coconut oil, munch on walnuts and brazil nuts, scoop chia seeds into your morning yogurt, or nibble on sunflower seeds. There are so many delicious ways to up your healthy fat intake!

The good news is that you should go eat a salmon and avocado roll, or get the avocado toast at brunch with a drizzle of olive oil. All of these recommended foods are delicious and easy to eat, and now we know that they are also healthy and will make your skin glow!

Acne-Safe Makeup

So you’re using all the right skin care products and getting regular facials, but still experiencing breakouts? It sounds like you’re on the right path, but you might be overlooking one critical piece. Your makeup, particularly your foundation, needs to be specially formulated for acne-prone skin!

Keep in mind that everything that touches your face can cause flare-ups, especially for those of us that battle acne. From hands touching your face throughout the day, to loose hair depositing oil and products on your forehead and cheeks, to the foundation and makeup brushes we pat onto our skin, everything has the potential to disrupt or improve your skin.

Foundation should include calming, anti-inflammatory properties to keep your skin soothed. It should also contain anti-bacterial properties that inhibit the bacteria P. acnes, which contributes to acne. Stay away from skincare fads like coconut oil, unless your esthetician directs you otherwise. Labels like “Organic” and “Natural” do not mean that a product is good for your skin, so don’t be fooled without looking closely at the ingredients.

Finally, keep your brushes clean by washing them in soapy water once a week. Bacteria will build up on them no matter how great your skincare routine, so this step is crucial to keeping your skin clear.

Clear skin starts with a great skin care routine, but is affected by everything else you put on your skin throughout the day. Make sure you are conscious of all these things to make sure all the time and effort used to care for your skin are not going to waste!

Try Eyebrow Microblading and You’ll Never Look Back

You’ve been hearing more and more people talk about microblading, and some of your friends are probably talking about doing it. What exactly is it?

Microblading is a semi-permanent form of tattoo, and everyone right now is talking about microblading their eyebrows. We all want those full brows but not everyone is blessed with the perfect arch and thick eyebrow hair to work with! Microblading is the perfect solution for anyone who wants gorgeous, hassle-free brows.

Why choose microblading? Microblading looks more natural than a traditional tattoo, since the process is intended to replicate the look of real individual hairs. It also lasts about 12-18 months, which is less of a commitment than a tattoo. Eyebrow extensions are high maintenance and require you to take special care of them and avoid rubbing them. Microblading also beats having to fill your brows in every moment and gets you one step closer to truly being able to say “I woke up like this”.

The microblading process begins with a topical numbing cream and a liquid anesthetic. Microblading is still a form of tattooing, so it is important to make sure the client is as comfortable as possible. Some clients worry about experiencing pain during the procedure, but it’s very rare to experience more than slight discomfort. The specialist will spend the first hour drawing your brows in using a removable pen, to make sure the final look is planned before anything permanent begins.

There are so many pros to choosing microblading to get the brows you dream of! There is no downtime, so you are free to post your amazing results as soon as your brows are done. You don’t have to worry about treating your new brows with extra care either. You can rub them, you can go swimming, all without worry!

Make you appointment with Wax Me Boutique today and get ready to flaunt those gorgeous brows! We’re having a special for the first 10 clients who book an appointment. Email us for more information.

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!