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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.