Are you Tired of looking Tired?

Are you tired of looking TIRED? Feel like when you look in the mirror and your skin lacks that luster it used to have?

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Well, you are not alone! This is completely normal, but, that doesn’t mean you cant do anything about it!!

First, what could be causing your skin to look dull:

-As we grow older, our cells become weaker and signs of damage are more noticeable, we are also constantly exposed to the UV rays of the sun, so our skin starts to appear dry and dull. This is the result of the outside layer of the skin getting excessive build up and is not exfoliated on a regular basis.  Your skincare products aren’t working as well as they should because they aren’t getting anywhere past all of those dead skin  cells laying on the surface.  Then when you try to put makeup on, you are making the problem even worse because the makeup is emphasizing every nook and cranny!

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Here are the main factors causing your skin to loose its natural glow…

-Stress – exhaustion, lack of sleep
-Sun Damage
-Smoking
-Build up of Dead Skin cells (our skin cells don’t naturally exfoliate as fast as they used to)
-Poor nutrition
-Glycation- When proteins in our skin, mainly collagen, become glycated, skin becomes very vulnerable to the attack of aging free radicals. This naturally occurring phenomenon increases as we age. Glycation is a process that occurs throughout our bodies, including in skin tissues, when a sugar molecule bonds with a protein molecule. When this happens, the protein becomes a “glycated protein,” and it becomes weak, brittle or even fractured, making it extremely vulnerable to a free-radical attack.

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BEST things to do about tired or dull skin:
1. Proper daily skincare regimen with:
     -Energizing ingredients to bring new energy and radiance to the skin.
     -Exfoliants (glycolic acid, salicylic acid) to do clear away dead skin cells.
     -Antioxidants

2. Environmental protection from the outside

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3. Proper diet and good nutrition, supplement may be needed for protection from the inside.

4. Drink plenty of water.

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5. Sleep and stress management.  Skin that is dull and lifeless needs to be emotionally treated as well as physically.  Find out what is causing the biggest stress in your life and manage how you deal with stress; whether it be with meditation, therapy, prayer, or hobbies!

6. Exercise

7. Seek Professional help

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August is a great time to brighten and tighten your skin! Contact me if you are ready to give your skin that end of summer boost it needs!

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Can Light Chemical Peels help me?

Yes. 

I could end this blog post with that simple of an answer, but because I want to educate you with the facts; I will go on into more detail. 😉

I still cant believe how many people fear the term chemical peel.  Well, maybe because the word chemical has a negative connotation or the word peel gives you visions of peeling red skin.  So lets first clear that up. 

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A chemical peel is a body treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off.  The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Thus the term chemical peel is derived. Some types of chemical peels can be purchased and administered without a medical license, however people are advised to seek professional help from a dermatologist, esthetician, plastic surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or otolaryngologist on a specific type of chemical peel before a procedure is performed.”

Today, I will discuss light chemical peels, being that is what I am most familiar with and the most common. 

Here is a list of what light peels can do for your skin.

-Improve the texture of your skin

-Increase product efficiency

-Soften pore size

-Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin

-Improve your skin’s ability to hold moisture

-Help your skin produce more collagen

-Reduce fine lines

-Decrease hyper-pigmentation

-Unclog pores and help clear up acne

-Leave your skin smooth

-Make your skin softer

-Make your skin look more even-toned

-Give your skin a “glow” and “dewy” complexion

-Improve minor scarring

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However…A light chemical peel cannot make dramatic improvements to deep wrinkles or very sagging skin. Conditions like that need to be treated with lasers, deep chemical peels or cosmetic surgery.  And also keep in mind that while you will see instant results after the first treatment; it is highly recommended to get a series of peels to experience the full and continued improvements.

Also keep in mind that not all peels solutions are the same. Depending on your skin type and concerns, the right peel must be used. 

Sensitive Skin…You will get the benefits from a Lactic Acid peel, because they are milder and gentler than other peel solutions.  Lactic Acid is derived from milk and whilst it is excellent at resurfacing the skin it also increases skin’s moisture levels. As the uppermost layers are sloughed away, a smoother textured and healthier skin is revealed.  Another great option for sensitive skin is Mandelic Acid peel.

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Oily/Acne Prone skin…Salicylic Peel…It causes shedding of the outer layer of skin leaving you with a smoother, more refined look.  A salicylic acid peel can eliminate the dirt buildup and bacteria that forms on your skin without being too harsh. This is particularly important if you have very sensitive skin. Salicylic acid peels are also a very good option for people with acne prone skin. Salicylic acid treatments are often used to combat the excessive shine associated with excessively oily skin – especially when the oil build up is in the “T-zone”.

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Aging, and/or overall skin improvements: Glycolic Acid peel.   Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid naturally occurring in sugar cane that helps loosens the thickened surface layers that appear as dry, rough, scaly skin. As the uppermost layers are sloughed away, a smoother textured and healthier skin is revealed. Glycolic peels are used to treat mild sun damage, pigmentation and loss of elasticity.

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How to care for your skin after your treatments:
Cleanse with mild cleansers. 
Stay away from harsh ingredients
Moisturize
Don’t pick or peel off skin
Use an SPF and Stay out of sun/tanning beds

What you may experience after your treatment:
Mild peeling/flakey skin
Slight redness and sensitivity

Also keep in mind that there are also several new blends and peels that are available.  Your esthetician/skincare specialist will advise you on the best peel option for your skin type and goals.

If you live in the Cincinnati or Dayton, OH areas, you can visit me at Comprehensive Dermatology Skincare Salon. We have these plus many other options that work great on all skin types! Contact me for more information.

 

 

What to expect at your Bridal Makeup Trial!

The purpose of your makeup trial is for you to see what you envision. It will put you at ease and give you the confidence to look like your most beautiful self on your wedding day!

 

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Beautiful bride to be Ashley wants her makeup to look natural and glowing; with slight pops of color for her wedding day! Here is the look we came up with at her trial.  As you can see, she is already gorgeous in her before, so I wanted to keep her natural beauty to shine through, while enhancing her features and making her skin have a soft glow!

-Ill start out by asking you a lot of questions about your expectations and vision, your usual makeup routine, special occasion makeup routine, your skincare routine, and all the details about your day. Its also very helpful to have an itinerary set up for wedding day so we can get everyone ready on time.

-Come with an open mind and also have some ideas of what you like. Keep in mind that what you see in pictures is not going to look exactly like that on you; but having some ideas will help me know what your style is. While it is important to stay true to your style, also be open to trying some new things! Maybe a bit more highlight on your skin or some slight pops of color on your lips may be something you’ve never thought of! If you don’t like it…we will wash it right off!

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-Be honest. I want you to love what we create and if there is anything you do not love about your look; tell me! That is why you hired me! Sometimes it takes a few different colors to get the perfect look for you. Makeup isn’t permanent, so if you want something different, we can easily change it around.

-Take care of your skin! Now is a critical time to be gentle on skin, moisturize and exfoliate so that your skin can remain flawless for your wedding day. If you plan on spray tanning for your wedding, don’t book a tanning session and makeup application on the same day. It will be hard to match your true complexion and you may not get an accurate picture of the final outcome. This is a great time to discuss some in office skincare treatments with me; consider facials, microdermabrasion, light chemical peels, etc… I always say that no amount of makeup will look good without healthy looking skin!

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-Bring a friend or family member, but not someone that’s going to take control of the session. This is YOUR wedding, and while it is nice to have the support of your loved ones, this should be all about you.

Last but not least, this should be a fun time and a chance to pamper yourself. Have an open mind and relax! Lets have some fun and do some makeup! -Christine 😉

Check out my website http://www.makeupdesignsbychristine.com for my portfolio and follow me on facebook for even more tips, tricks and pictures!  http://www.facebook.com/makeupdesignsbychristine

 

Don’t just suffer with Rosacea…treat it!

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on the impact of this chronic and widespread facial disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million.

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Among survey respondents who suffer from the facial redness of rosacea alone, 82% said the condition had a negative impact on their general outlook on life—and for those with moderate to severe redness, the figure rose to 90%. The earliest signs of rosacea are often overlooked because people assume they are temporary and will go away,

Although rosacea varies from one patient to another, the primary signs may include flushing (redness), persistent or nontransient erythema, papules (bumps) and pustules (pimples), or telangiectasia (visible blood vessels). Secondary features may include burning or stinging, plaques (raised patches on the skin), a dry appearance, edema (swelling), ocular manifestations and phymatous changes, in which the skin thickens.

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Since rosacea may be more easily treated when diagnosed early, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist as soon as you first start noticing changes in your skin.

So what can you do to help treat your symptoms?

  • Don’t overheat. Extremely hot temperatures often aggravate rosacea.
  • Protect your face from wind and cold. Covering your face with a scarf helps protect your skin. Just make sure that the material touching your face is not made of wool or a fabric that feels rough to the touch. These fabrics can irritate the skin.
  • Apply a sunscreen before going outside. Since sun exposure can cause rosacea to flare look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as these ingredients are the least irritating; have broad-spectrum protection; have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30; and contains silicone, aka dimethicone or cyclomethicone, which can help protect the skin and minimize stinging and redness.
  • Take good care of your skin. Avoid rubbing, scrubbing or massaging the face.
  • Be careful when using hair spray. Make sure the spray does not get on your face.
  • Keep your skin care routine simple. Using too many products may irritate the skin.

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    Cleansing 101: Gentle, gentle, gentle
    When it comes to cleansing the skin, go for gentle and non irritating cleansers.Roscacea makes your skin more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skin care products. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and improve the barrier that is often compromised in patients with this condition. In addition to ceramides, the humectants glycerin and hyaluronic acid are often added to moisturizers to hold moisture in the skin and hydrate it.
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    For additional rosacea control, look for calming products after you cleanse that contain high concentrations of antioxidants. Applying a barrier-repair emollient that contains lipids and humectants can soften the skin and prevent water loss from the skin. Avoid products that contain ingredients known to irritate skin with rosacea, including alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, salicylic acid, camphor, and sodium lauryl sulfate

    Another common question I get from my clients and friends is what kind of exfoliator can I use on my sensitive skin?
    That can be kind of tricky because if you have sensitive or suffer from Rosacea, you know how harsh most products can be. After a while, you give up, but still need to find a gentle exfoliator.  Here is a great at home treatment you can do!!

  • -Mash up the inside of an Avocado
    -Mix in some raw sugar
    -Blend in an essential oil that is best for sensitive skin: There are a number of essential oils that are helpful for as treatments for sensitive skin, including Lavender, Geranium, Neroli, Chamomile, Rosewood, and Rose.
    -Mix together and gently exfoliate over your face and rinse with warm water.
    -Finish off with a hydrating moisturizer.
    -Its best to limit the amount of times you exfoliate each week. Once or twice is more than enough.
  • So here are the key points- seek help asap, look for gentle non irritating products, hydrate and treat with calming ingredients, gently exfoliate, be careful in extreme temps and wear your SPF!keep-calm-and-love-your-skin-5

Take the fear out of foundation!

When Max Factor first developed foundation for film, he was swamped by an overwhelming demand from Hollywood actresses. Foundation became a way to instantly improve the beauty of a woman’s skin. When applied correctly, foundation is meant to even your skin tone and be the base to the rest of your makeup.

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But for one reason or another, alot of women are afraid to use foundation. But once you learn the basics of foundation, (ie selection and proper application) you will no longer fear this essential makeup tool!

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Basic tips…
1. Determine skin type-
(dryer and/or mature skin- look for creamier consistencies)
(oily skin types- powder foundation or water-based liquid with matting ingredients)
(normal skin types- you can pretty much try anything!)

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2. Select the coverage you desire – full, medium, sheer, tint, BB creams, etc… You decide. But I always say its easier to chose a full – medium coverage and you can chose how much to build upon)

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3. Application technique- my favorite application is using a disposable sponge or beauty blender so I can control the amount of product and can build up the coverage. But you can also use stippling brushes, or foundation brushes, or you can even use your fingertips.

Additional foundation tips:

-Dont match it based on your hands for wrists. Foundation must match your neck and, if exposed, your chest.

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-Dont use your foundation to make you look tan. Fundation is not meant to be used to darken your skin; its meant to even out your skintone and prep for additional makeup. Instead, go for a bronzer.

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-Dont get tricked into buying “mineral makeup” because you think its safer. -All cosmetics contain minerals, but mineral make-up is not always 100 percent natural. Mineral pigments are used in almost every type of make-up, giving products most of their color. Mineral make-up manufacturers sometimes claim that their products are purer and safer than standard cosmetics because they omit many man-made ingredients, but that’s not the case across the board. You may actually have adverse reactions to all natural ingredients so just be careful you don’t get caught in all the hype and educate yourself!

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I highly recommend doing research on what foundations are going to work best for your skin type and needs before walking into a store.   Once you are in the store, (I recommend going to Ulta or a makeup counter to purchase your foundation) don’t be afraid to ask the sales associate for help and sample out a variety of foundations until you find the best for you.  If there is one makeup splurge you want to spend, spend it on foundation!

I hope I took the fear out of foundation and remember you can always contact me if you have more questions!
-Christine 😉

Teens: There IS help for your acne!

 

Acne is the most common skin disease.
People of all races and ages get acne.
But it is most common in teenagers and young adults.

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An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point.  Acne can be found on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders because these areas have the largest number of oil glands.

I personally know how difficult and frustrating it can be to find the best products and treatments to help clear up acne. Here is some basic information to set you on the right path towards clearing up your acne.

How Salicylic Acid Peels Can help your acne…

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Chemical peels don’t really peel the skin, despite what the name implies. They rapidly exfoliate the skin, allowing dead skin cells to shed more effectively. By keeping dead skin cells and excess oil from clogging the hair follicle, pore blockages (comedones) and pimples can be drastically reduced.  While you will notice immediate improvement after your first peel, it is highly recommended to receive a series of the peels to get the most benefits and continue healing your skin.

  • Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Hormones, bacteria, certain medications and heredity can be contributing factors. Teenage girls are more likely to have acne outbreaks two to seven days before their menstrual cycles. Cosmetics or other substances applied to the skin can contribute to acne. Pressure on the skin, such as cell phones, helmets and backpacks, may also be contributors.

What acne fighting ingredients to look for:
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Benzoyl Peroxide-This super popular ingredient is a bacteria killer. It can come in many different strengths- start out with a lower concentration to see how your skin responds. It can be drying, so make sure you follow with an oil free moisturizer.

Salicylic Acid- This is a form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA), and is commonly used as an acne treatment because it helps your skin shed dead cells and penetrate your oil glands.

Sulfur- Like benzoyl peroxide, sulfur can kill bacteria, but because it’s often very thick and slightly tinted, it’s best worn as a spot treatment.

Tea Tree Oil- This has anti-bacterial properties, but unlike a chemical, it’s not as fast-acting. So if you’re looking for quick results, this may not be your first pick. It is, however, a great alternative if you prefer natural products.

Kojic Acid-While this may not necessarily be a breakout fighter, it should be your go-to for fading dark marks and spots that are left behind after a breakout has gone away.

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Teen Acne Tips

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  • Don’t Overwash or Overscrub Your Face
  • Do Go Oil-Free When You Wash
  • Do Use an Oil-Free Foundation
  • Don’t Sunbathe or Tan
  • Do Use Oil-Free Sunscreen
  • Don’t Touch Your Face
  • Do Use Oil-Free Moisturizer
  • Don’t Pop  or Squeeze Your Pimples
  • Do Use Acne Medicine as Directed and Look Into All Acne Treatments

Don’t just live with acne, blackheads, and blemishes. If your current treatments don’t seem to be working, see your doctor or dermatologist to discuss other treatments. There are many types of medicines to help clear your skin. Some are available with a doctor’s prescription.

It may take a few tries to find the right treatment that is most effective for your skin. This can be frustrating, but try not to let it discourage you. Just remember that each medication you try will ultimately bring you closer to clear skin.

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Also, don’t get disappointed if you’re still noticing new breakouts forming even after you’ve begun treatment. Pimples won’t immediately stop appearing and your acne may get a little bit worse before the medicine starts to take full effect. What you’ll most likely find is that over time your breakouts will become smaller, less red, and will heal more quickly. It is a gradual process, not overnight clearing. Although it doesn’t seem fair, some acne treatments actually make breakouts worse before getting better.

Above all else, be patient! No matter what product or medication you use, it takes time to work. You won’t get clear skin overnight, but with consistent treatment and a little time, you will get the results you’re looking for.

 

 

Where are my Cheekbones?

 We all have them, some may have bigger ones, while others need a little help highlighting them! What am I talking about?

Cheekbones, of course!

Eyes may be the window to your soul and lips do all the talking, but don’t forget the power of chiseled cheekbones!!

Here’s how you can find yours and how you can show them off!

1. Smile

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2. Place your index finger at the center of the apple of your cheek.
3. Place your thumb at the top of your ear where it connects to your head.
4. Now take your thumb and bring it toward your index finger.

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That bone you feel is your cheekbone!!
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5. Next, apply your blush directly onto the cheekbone. Avoid too much color directly on the apple. Rather sweep up and away.

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6. Go a step further and apply your highlight directly above your blush

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7.  And then your bronzer/contour directly below your blush.
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8.  BLEND BLEND BLEND in for a flawless look!

9. SMILE some more because you found your cheekbones!!

Chisel your cheekbones for a natural look or go more daring with a more defined look! Here are some beautiful examples to follow…

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