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!

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.

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!