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.

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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!

Peel a little, glow a lot!

Chemical peels sound intimidating, but they don’t have to be! We’ve all seen a chemical peel exaggerated in the media to make the recipient appear like an inflamed, peeling mess who must hide their face for days, Not the case! Peels that require downtime are outdated and unnecessary.  New approaches focus on regular peels that yield results over time, not one aggressive treatment that leaves you unable to face the world.

So, what are some other misconceptions about peels?

Well, you will not necessarily see peeling and flaking after a peel. If your skin is healthy, you may not peel at all, while unhealthy skin may require a few procedures before it visibly exfoliates.

You might hesitate to undergo a peel because your skin is sensitive or dry. You’ll be happy to hear that there are peels formulated especially for sensitive skin! You can get all the great benefits of a peel without worrying about irritating your skin.

You should not expect to see the same results every time you receive a peel. Your skin condition, environmental changes like humidity and temperature, and previous peels will affect the amount of visible exfoliating you see.

Regular chemical peels are the key to getting that jealousy-inducing glow that makes you wonder – does that person do yoga and drink green juice all day? They help your skin regenerate and turn over dead skin cells that are dulling your complexion. They are also great for reducing acne, acne scars, aging, dark spots, and other skin woes!

Still hesitant? We don’t want you to miss out on the clear, bright complexion you can get from a great series of peels. For the month of October, buy a 3 peel or treatment package for $285 ($95 each) and enjoy a complimentary Neck & Décoletté Treatment. Contact Wax Me Boutique to talk to one of our professionals about your specific skin concerns and how different peels would impact you.

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!