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!

Sunless Tanning – Glow Safely

We love the look of a summer glow (and we like to keep it year-round!) but it’s not always safe and easy to maintain it. Even in sunny San Diego, our natural tans fade in the winter – and spending too much time in the sun can be time consuming, sweaty, and ultimately risky for your health. Sunless tanning is a quick, safe alternative that will give you that coveted golden look without the negative side effects of too much sun exposure.

The most obvious benefit of sunless tanning is reduced risk of skin cancer from UV radiation. Both natural sunlight and UV tanning beds have been linked to health risks, so using these to chase the tan you’re after can be detrimental to your health. We all want to spend time at the beach, but hours and hours spent roasting in the sun just for the sake of a tan are not advised – it is hot, exhausting and requires a serious time commitment. It also leads to premature wrinkles, unsightly tan lines, pores clogged with sweat and sunscreen or tanning oil, and enhanced skin imperfections.

In contrast, sunless tanning is quick, easy and safe. It is not linked to long-term health risks like skin cancer. It does not affect the aging process of your skin, will not leave tan lines, and will actually help even your skin tone as it provides some coverage for blemishes and other skin imperfections. UV rays will have the opposite effect, darkening blemishes and causing hyper-pigmentation in some cases.

The best way to get a sunless tan is to visit a professional. At-home products may have inconsistent, streaky results, but a professional spray tan will give you the best result every time. Wax Me Boutique estheticians are highly trained in giving you the perfect, natural-looking glow for your skin. Make an appointment today to see what a difference a few minutes in a spray tan booth can make! We offer a Happy Hour Special of $25 sunless tans every Thursday. Everyone feels more confident, slim and toned when their skin has that healthy, sun-kissed glow.

Celluma Light Therapy – Transform your skin

At Wax Me Boutique, we are always looking for the latest skin care technology to bring to our clients. We are so excited to have brought in an amazing new tool that will work wonders for your skin!

Celluma is a non-toxic, non-invasive LED treatment used worldwide by skincare professionals that utilizes energy light to bring healing and radiance to your skin. Low-level light therapy was originally developed by NASA, and its scientific effects on your skin are similar to the effects of the sun on a plant. The wavelength of the light on this device is designed to be absorbed by your skin cells so they can naturally restore themselves.

The treatment itself is simple. You can schedule a light therapy treatment alone, or as an add-on to another facial. Once your skin is clean and prepped, you will sit under the panel for about 30 minutes. The recommended frequency for best results is twice weekly. Those 30 minutes are a great time to doze off as the blue, red and infrared lights work their magic! From one treatment, you will immediately notice improvement in your skin. Mine looked clear and radiant despite the peel and extractions I had just undergone. With continued treatments you will see noticeable reductions in acne, acne scarring, redness, fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin conditions.

Celluma is the best new tool for improving the appearance of your skin. It’s a great addition to any facial and will maximize the benefits of your skin care routine. Schedule an appointment now to give it a try! The talented estheticians at Wax Me Boutique are eager to introduce you to this amazing new treatment.

Teen Facials

The teenage years are the perfect time to establish healthy skin care habits. Teenagers face changes to change the way their skin looks and feels as they begin to go through puberty and often are not educated on how to care for their skin. A session with an esthetician is the perfect time to introduce them to a skin care regimen, learn what the best products for their skin type are, and help them manage any skin concerns before they get out of hand.

Acne is perhaps the most common skin concern for teenagers, and a trained esthetician can help manage breakouts as well as perform extractions skillfully, keeping the teenager from picking at their face and causing scarring. It’s also a great opportunity to educate a teen on how to manage dryness, oiliness, and the importance of maintaining a daily routine. Finally, a teen can learn about environmental protection and the importance of sun care.

Beyond establishing healthy skin care habits, preventing skin problems early, and educating a young person on ambient protection, facials have many benefits. Teens today are more stressed than ever before, and have to deal with heightened pressure at school and in extracurricular activities. They also spend less time engaging in physical activity and more time in front of screens. Facials can be a great stress reliever and do wonders for a complexion that may be sallow or lack color from a modern lifestyle.

At Wax Me Boutique, we offer a Teen Facial that is designed uniquely for teenagers! This facial is gentle and non-intimidating, and is a great introduction to the world of routine skin care. Our estheticians are trained to work with teens to ensure they are comfortable and can learn about skin care as part of the treatment. We tailor the treatment to ensure that we address each individual’s skin concerns in our session. Contact us today to find out more or book an appointment!

The “Fire and Ice” Facial by Eminence

The Fire and Ice Facial by Eminence is the hottest new trend in Hollywood skincare – but does it live up to the hype? I put it to the test under the guidance of my trusted esthetician at Wax Me Boutique.

The facial is exactly what it sounds like, a hot treatment followed by a cold treatment. The fire comes from a face mask blended with spices. It gets very warm on your skin, and while I would not say it is uncomfortable, it is certainly a potent mask. It encourages circulation and cell turnover, so once it was removed, my skin was very warm and red. I felt like I was blushing but had no reason to do so. The fire mask was then replaced with the cooling mask, made with ingredients like peppermint, cucumber and tea tree. The cooling mask is very pleasant and soothing, and immediately calms any redness and inflammation that may have resulted from the fire mask. The whole treatment smells amazing and, despite some squirming under the hot mask, was enjoyable.

The real question, however, is the long-term effect of the treatment. Since the treatment, my skin has been clear and glowing – to the point that I cringe at putting on foundation because it dulls my skin in comparison. Part of this effect must of course be from my strict regimen of monthly facials, as a regular facial schedule is the key to great skin. Still, I can’t remember the last time that my skin was not actually improved with some makeup coverage and I actually wanted to show off my bare skin. My ultimate facial goals have always been to feel comfortable in my own skin, with or without makeup, and it seems that the coveted “Fire and Ice” Facial finally got me to that place.

The Case for Facials

Facials are so misunderstood. Many consider them unnecessary, an expensive luxury, or a rare treat. Not many people know that facials are great skin maintenance, that a one-off facial will have minimal results but a regular facial schedule will reward you with clear, glowing skin.

So, how to reap all the great benefits of regular facials? First, find an esthetician that you feel comfortable with. It doesn’t need to be the most expensive salon in your neighborhood, so make sure you trust the person who is taking your skin into their hands (literally!)  Once you find someone you like, give them a few tries to make sure your skin is reacting well. Keep in mind that your first facial may result in breakouts as your skin adjusts. If you’re not liking the results after 3 or 4 sessions, talk to your esthetician about adjusting the treatments or move on to another.

Finally, don’t expect results overnight. While your skin might see some immediate results or glow a little more after a facial, the real benefits come from repeated treatments. You should be getting a facial every 3-5 weeks, depending on your skin type. Your skin cells respond well to routine, so keeping up with your facial regimen will help you attain the best results. Massage helps improve circulation in your face and is more effective when done by someone else – if your brain doesn’t know it’s coming, it’s taken by surprise at the experience. Extractions, when performed by a trained esthetician, help tighten your pores and prevent buildup. Regular treatments will help you get the clear, glowing complexion you’ve always dreamed of.

The Importance of Waxing Maintenance

Keeping a continuous, long term relationship with waxing will give you the smooth results that we all desire. It’s especially important to keep up with your monthly waxing.

Your body hair grows in three separate stages, so with regular waxing, it encourages the hair growth to continue growing in at the same time giving you the best results of longer lasting smooth skin.

With each waxing, the root weakens so the hair grows back finer and lighter in texture, almost patchy.

Exfoliating the day before your appointment will help give you a better wax because the dry skin is gone so the hair is easier to remove.

If you haven’t been in for a while, we invite you to stop by and continue with your regular waxing again! 🙂

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