What are the benefits of exfoliation or Acne, Dehydration, Aging, and Pigmentation skin types?

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Facial Skin Exfoliation

What are the benefits of exfoliation or Acne, Dehydration, Aging, and Pigmentation skin types?

The concept of stimulating the skin by exfoliation is not a new concept.  It is one of the oldest skin treatments developed and over the years different implements and ingredients have been used to exfoliate.

Hydroxy Acids is one of the popular method for exfoliation.  The era of Hydroxy Acids began in the 1990’s when there was a surge of popularity for their beneficial effects on skin, they were actually discovered in the early 1970’s.  When doctors found that certain naturally-occurring nontoxic substances called Alpha Hydroxy Acids, found in edible fruits and vegetables, had profound beneficial effects on the skin.

For Acne Skin: We know that there is an overproduction of sebum and dead cells that binds together in the follicle causing a blockage.  This is retained further because in acne skin, there is less of the enzyme cholesterol sulfatase due to fewer lamellar granules.  It is the lamellar granules that stimulate the enzyme to dissolve the NMF, allowing the cells to detach.  Creating a condition known as Retention Hyperkeratosis.  Hydroxy Acids mimic the enzymes in lamellar granules, dissolve the NMF and allow the cells to detach therefore clearing the congestion in the follicle.  They will also dissolve the desmosome protein linkages causing a burst in skin exfoliation. Continue reading “What are the benefits of exfoliation or Acne, Dehydration, Aging, and Pigmentation skin types?”

The Power of Touch

Power Touch massageThe Power of Touch

We have always understood the benefits of massage both physiologically and psychologically.  The power of touch has never been more prevalent and there are many schools of thought about this subject from energy fields to moving chi energy.

The Touch Research Institutes has conducted over 100 studies on the positive effects of massage therapy on many functions and medical conditions in varied age groups.  Among the significant research findings are: enhanced growth (i.e. infants); diminished pain (i.e. fibromyalgia); decreased autoimmune problems (e.g., increased pulmonary function in asthma and decreased glucose levels in diabetes); enhanced immune function (i.e. increased natural killer cells in HIV); and enhanced alertness and performance (i.e. EEG pattern of alertness and better performance on math computations).  Many of these effects appear to be mediated by increased relaxation activity and decreased stress hormones.

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Vitamins the ABCs of Good Health

health and nutritionThese chemical substances found in foods provide you the ABCs of good health.  Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will ensure that you have all the letters covered.

Vitamin A: This fat-soluble vitamin helps you resist infection, and possibly cancer, promotes vision, and builds strong tooth enamel.  Vitamin A is found in orange and leafy green vegetables; liver and other organ meats; butter; and whole and fortified milk.  You can’t get too much vitamin a in the food you eat, but excessive supplementation can be dangerous for you and your baby.

Vitamin B: These water-soluble vitamins help you to prevent anemia, aid digestion, and promote a sense of well-being.  Get your B vitamins from whole grains, organ meats, milk, leafy greens, almonds, and peanuts.  One part of the B vitamin, folic acid, or folacin, is particularly important.  Since a deficiency of folic acid has been linked to serious neural tube defects such as spina bifida, the U.S. government began in January 1998 to require folic-acid enrichment of grain products such as white flour, cornmeal, white rice, and commercial breads and breakfast cereals.
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Tips to keep Skin Moisture Hydration

Skin Moisture and hydrationTips to keep Skin Moisture Hydration
1. Drinking two liters of water daily is vital for a healthy body. Many skin conditions can be improved with increased water intake.
2. Consumption of more than eight alcoholic beverages per week can contribute to skin dryness and bodily dehydration.
3. One’s experiencing flakiness, tightness or obvious dryness should increase their water intake, adjust to a richer moisturizer and use a moisturizing masque at least three times a week.
4. One should use an SPF 15 sunscreen over the face daily to prevent incidental sun damage. A sunblock should be applied to the body if sun exposure is anticipated, and the hands should always be protected by an SPF 15 if they are exposed while driving in sunlight.
5. If one uses sun beds or tans regularly, this may be the cause of significant sun damage.

Oil Secretion
1. Oily shine may indicate overuse of exfoliants, dehydration and/or overactive sebaceous glands. Focus on home care products that can regulate oil production without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
2. For one’s experiencing breakouts, check for comedogenic ingredients in their skin and hair care regimens, as well as their make-up.

Skin Diseases and Disorders

Skin problems and diseasesSkin Diseases and Disorders

Herpes Simplex: caused by a rival infection, therefore it is highly contagious. It is characterized by erythema, pustules and vesicles (watery blisters) often grouped in a cluster around the mouth (herpes labialis). It is a recurring disease, and the skin treatment should be postponed until the condition recesses and two weeks after the lesions have disappeared. Can be spread to the fingers (herpes whitlow), eyes (corneal herpes) or genitals.

Impetigo Contagiosa: this is a spreading staphylococcal or streptococcal infection of the skin presenting a thin blister or oozing erosion which grows over several days into a honey colored crust. It is common in children and often spreads from the nostrils, which form a reservoir of bacteria for infection. Scratching and other members of the family are frequently affected. The condition is common during the summer months. In tropical countries sessions may be widespread and severe epidemics occur. It clears rapidly with antibiotic ointment.

Infected Acne: features are seborrhea (giving skin an oily appearance), comedones (blackheads), papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. There are different grades of acne (degrees of severity). A mild acne condition with comedones and one or two papules or pustules can be treated in the skin treatment center. However a more severe acne vulgaris or cystic acne with many comedones, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts may need medical treatment prescribed by a doctor or dermatologist. The Skin Therapist can still treat the inflammation and remove comedones and provide homecare advice.

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The skin has seven functions in the body

Skin functionsThe skin not only gives us our appearance and shape, it also serves other important functions in the body:

Protection: Through the fat cells in the subcutaneous tissue the skin protects the body against blows and falls. The Stratum Corneum acts as a barrier against bacterial invasion. The Stratum Germinativum produces melanin pigment as a natural protection from ultraviolet light.

Regulation: controls our body temperature so that it maintains our internal heat regardless of environmental climate. It does this through the excretion of sweat from the sudoriferous glands, and the dilation of the blood vessels in the dermis.

Sensation: Because the skin contains so many tactile nerve endings, the brain can be made aware of the stimuli of pain, heat, and cold in any part of the body.

Absorption: The skin is able to absorb some oil or fat-based substances on a topical level, but deeper penetration is confined to either medication or application of a water-based substance by means of galvanic current. Penetration of cosmetic preparations is restricted to the epidermal layer only.

Excretion: the eccrine and apocrine glands excrete perspiration and sweat for temperature regulation.
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Methods of Skin Cleansing

Methods of Skin Cleansing

The basis of skin perfection is cleansing.  With the selection of products and equipment available, it is possible to deep cleanse the skin extremely thoroughly without over stimulation, or disturbing the acid mantle.  The usual skin care routines used in many skin treatment centers do not attach enough importance to the cleansing of the skin, often encouraging the overuse of nourishing products, rather than the freeing from the surface of adhesions and waste products.  Use of the correct movements during the manual cleansing routine adds greatly to the effectiveness of this section of the treatment, and avoids over stimulation of the skin.

Electrical methods of skin cleansing are popular, and if well applied provide a fast, professional method of skin cleansing.  They do lack the personal touch of a manual method, but should be considered when an electrically biased skin treatment is to be given and designed to accomplish a result, rather than relax the client.

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Oily Skin and Acne myths

Oily skin and acne myths
Oily skin and acne myths

Happy Holidays

Christmas is around the corner and I love the holiday season.  What I like most is the Christmas lights, spending time with family and friends, the gift wrapping, baking, shopping, and especially the gift giving’s.
Being extremely busy and stressed seems to almost be an ingredient for the source of breakouts and acnes.   For this holiday season let see if we can reduce this a bit with some common home remedies.

Here are some myth buster for oily skin and acne.

Oily Skin and Acne myths
Myth #1: Oil can be controlled by stripping skin with harsh, drying ingredients such as alcohol.

Ironically, stripping the skin of oil can actually cause skin to produce even more oil that before, as the sebaceous glands go into overdrive in order to replace what has been lost! For those who self-treat with these products, skin is often left dehydrated, irritated and sensitized.

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The Dos and Donts of caring for your eyelash extensions

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Beauty Eyelash Extensions

Hi LoveSkinCare.com friends! As you might have noticed, the weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the holidays are just around the corner, so I thought I share the do’s and don’ts of caring for you eyelash extensions.

Follow these simple rules and you should achieve the maximum lasts out of your eyelash extensions.

Don’t rub your eyes.  Don’t is right, rubbing your eyes for any reasons can cause damage to them from foreign objects in your eye or cause diseases.  By rubbing your eyes you can also detached your eyelash extensions or cause the removal of your natural lashes.  Even when you’re tired, don’t rub your eyes because you will stretch the skin around your eye area and this leads to wrinkles.

Do rinse. Rinse your eyes when there are foreign objects in them.  It’s best to refresh your tired eyes by splashing some cool water on your face and then gently pat dry with a towel. You can also use eye drops.

Do use an eyelash brush.  Gently using an eyelash brush can keep them inline and looking natural

Do be careful with other beauty products. It’s ok to use mascara on your eyelash extensions but the mascara should be water based and not anything proof i.e. waterproof, weatherproof.

Do avoid Oil based beauty products.  These products include makeup, makeup remover, or cleansers.  Oil from these products affects the bond between your natural eyelash and eyelash extensions.

Do give me a call. When in doubt give me a call 562-216.2688, if you are not sure or need advice.