The Use of Masques in a Skin Treatment

International skin treatments ALWAYS feature a masque preparation at some stage of the treatment, usually as one of the concluding applications. Masques are blended to have a concentrated and specific effect on the skin, and different ingredients and formulations give the Skin Therapist hundreds of alternatives. Masques are also recommended to the client to use at home on a twice-weekly basis, and are an important step in everyone’s skin care regime. Depending on their different formulations, masques have very different effects, and if the skin is varied in its needs, we often use more than one masque on each client. This would mean applying a different masque to various areas of the face and throat, depending on the different skin conditions across the face.

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Dry, dehydrated skin?

Dry, dehydrated skin?

What can I do about my dry, dehydrated skin?

Dry, dehydrated skin can be a temporary problem ? one you experience only in winter, for example ? or a lifelong concern.

Dry skin, also called xerosis, is a very common problem in modern life, affecting people off all ages, even infants. And scientists agree ? because of a sharp decline in the Stratum corneum lipids (lipids are fats that are essential for the structure and function of living cells), especially the significant drop in ceramides (one of the more important structural components of the lipid barrier), by the time we reach age 40, our skin will almost certainly be dry and/or dehydrated. Continue reading “Dry, dehydrated skin?”

Ten Superfoods for Age-Defying Beauty

Ten Superfoods for Age-Defying Beauty

Ten foods for age-defying beauty The benefits from eating healthy are endless. And, according to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, some foods can be eaten to help you look and age better!

Health Benefits Although many of these foods have reported medical benefits, remember at all times that if you have any type of health problem or physical symptom, do not self-diagnose or self-medicate-even if with a food or herb. Trust your medical professional first and foremost in this department. However, the 10 foods included here do have incredible health benefits. Continue reading “Ten Superfoods for Age-Defying Beauty”

Facial 101

Facial 101

Steaming the Skin by the Vaporizer Method
Steaming the skin should be regarded as part of the cleansing process and is a natural way of activating the circulation, thus softening the skin, relaxing and dilating the follicles. It may also induce slight perspiration by stimulating soporiferous glands, which has a cleansing action on the skin and assists in the elimination of waste. The warmth and moisture facilitates the use of the water-soluble cleansing products and leaves the skin hydrated.

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Excess Exfoliation

Facial Skin Care

Excess Exfoliation:

The down side to too much exfoliation

Over-exfoliation is the drawback and downside to having such great ingredients at our disposal. We know this has head to more environmentally sensitized skin and possibly aging. We may tell our clients to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, but they don’t listen to us because they like the way their skin feels after exfoliation. As a consumer we love how our skin looks after exfoliation – “I don’t care if my therapist says only 2X a week, I want to do it everyday, even if you tell me not to!” Continue reading “Excess Exfoliation”

How to care for your skin with Dermalogica.com products…

Skin Care

For most of us who knows how to take care of our skins by eating right, exercising, wearing sun screen, etc.. We sometimes need help extra care for our skin. Here’s a short list of products that you can use to take care of your skin from Dermalogica.com. Dermalogica is the skin care system developed by The International Dermal Institute. Continue reading “How to care for your skin with Dermalogica.com products…”

Do it yourself nail designs – Purple Nail Slush

Do it yourself nail designs are a breeze and with a little of practice and techniques you can  achieve gorgeous looking nails.  This is the first set of designs call Purple Slush.  The design is simple and elegant.   Choosing the color and design of your nails are important, so choose colors that you like.

It’s important to use a brush with very thin tip to paint the outline of your nails.

Try painting one nail at a time, once you get the technique down move on to the next.

See below for a few photos of the Purple Slush.

Purple nail set 3

Nail Set Purple

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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