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.

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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.

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!

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.