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Hyaluronic Acid

The phrase sounds alarming. But it isn’t as scary as it sounds. Actually, it’s far from it. And it’s Korea’s most used beauty ingredient (in my opinion). It is also my top absolute favorite. But what is this two word phrase? And how is it beneficial to the skin? Let me start you off with a little background history on this ingredient.

Hyaluronic Acid is a safe Acid that is used for wound healing and protection of the skin and connective tissue. This is because it is produced naturally in the body to help lubricate Joints. It was first discovered and taken from the Comb of a Rooster & the eyes of Cows. However, it is now synthetically made to prevent a mass killing of Roosters and cows. So it’s pretty much Vegan Safe! *Always check your product safety anyway*

Hyaluronic Acid in Skin Care is used for intensive hydration especially during the winter season. The best and authentic kind is as thick as lubricant or gel.

I first learned about Hyaluronic Acid when I started using Korean Skincare! This stuff was in everything! From Sheet Masks to Moisturizers to Makeup Removers & etc. And it didn’t really start becoming popular in the USA, over the counter, until recently. Don’t get me wrong, this stuff was always around but only accessible to professionals in the skincare industry and retailed at spas. So if you aren’t a spa goer, you probably hadn’t heard of it until now or they never took the time to talk to you about the importance of a good skincare (that includes what they are using on your face). *Steer clear of money hungry estheticians and dermatologists who aren’t there for the passion but for the business.*

When I learned about it in Esthetics school, I learned that Hyaluronic Acid is a water binding which helps promote hydration into skin that is lacking moisture. This is where the term “Dewy” comes into play. Everyone wants dewy skin! Plump skin! Glowing skin! Whatever you may call it, you can be sure to expect a healthier looking complexion from this ingredient. After all, hydrated skin prevents pre-mature aging and wrinkles.

So next time your skin is feeling dull, dry, cracked and/or dehydrated, try a bottle of Hyaluronic Acid every Morning and Night!

You won’t regret it and you can thank me later! 😉

Here’s my favorite:

Image Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler

Hydrated Skin Always Looks Younger!

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Skin Types:What Are They?

In the skincare industry, there are different “skin types”. But to many estheticians, including myself, there are only 5 main skin types. Most people know the basic ones but very few know what they are and why it’s important to understand their skin type.

Here it is:

  1. Normal skin
  2. Oily skin
  3. Dry skin
  4. Combination skin
  5. Sensitive skin

Normal Skin Types:

Normal skin types are the rarest skin types. They are people who’s skin produces a balanced amount of oil. In order for this to happen their follicles “pores” are always small in size. However, Normal Skin can have conditions to it! When I say conditions I mean; acne, wrinkles, sun damage, dehydration etc. The reason for these kinds of skin conditions is due to environmental factors, poor diet, and/or hormones. A woman can have normal skin w/ minimal oil production & still break out due to hormonal changes like Puberty, Monthly Menstrual, Birth, Underlying Medical Conditions, & Etc. So in reality, no one has perfectly normal skin. We must all take great measures to keep our skin healthy no matter the type.

Can use any kind of skin care that won’t completely strip the natural oil from your skin. Settle for a more natural skincare.

Try: Image Ormedic Balancing Cleanser (VEGAN) & Image Hydrating Sun-protection

Oily Skin

Probably the most problematic skin. Oily skin is an overproduction of sebum “oil”. Follicles “pores” can be seen with the naked eye because the size is larger than normal. This skin type usually occurs in ages 10-30, when puberty is at its peak & during early adult-hood, and can change with age. Not only does oily skin cause makeup to run down your face, produce a shiny film, causes reptile like skin, and allows your pores to become easily clogged; it can also cause teenage & adult acne. There are 5 types of acne caused by oily skin. Type I. Blackheads, Whitehead’s, & milias. Type II. Mild Acne such as Papules. Type III. Papules and Pustules. Type IV. Nodules & V. Cystic (The worst kind). *Will keep you updated about a separate post w/ more information on acne types.

On the upside, it prevents premature aging & wrinkles but will not protect you from the sun.

Look for Water Based Cleansers/Products & Makeup and Always use toner after cleansing the skin. Use a clay mask to clean out debris from pores.

Try: Image Clear Cell Cleanser or Ormedic Balancing Cleanser & Image Sun-protection Matte

Dry Skin

Dry skin is very different from Dehydrated skin. The both are often confused. Dehydration is a condition of the skin due to a lack of water consumption. Dry skin is caused by a lack of sebum “oil” and follicles “pores” are visually invisible. Often times Dry skin is associated with environmental damage and aging. But there are many factors that can cause Dry skin such as, cold weather, hot showers, lack of vitamins, poor diet, bad skincare like washing your face with a bar of soap, medical conditions & etc. However, it is most often seen in adults ages 30+. Dry skin can cause flaking which is why it is very important to exfoliate 2-3x daily and hydrate often. Using a hydrating sun-protectant is also extremely important with Dry Skin types because wrinkles can occur earlier than other skin types. *Stay away from Clay Masks!*

Use an oil cleanser and hydrating products such as Hyaluronic Acid & Sheet Masks. Moisturize with hydrating facial cremes & keep skin protected at all times.

Try: Image Vital C Cleanser, Image Bio-peptide Creme, Image Hyaluronic Acid, & Sun-Protection Hyrdating

Combination Skin:

The most common skin type. It is also my skin type.

There is a misconception that combination skin means you have oily and dry skin. This is true only to a certain extent. Combination skin means being oily only in your T Zone (Forehead, Nose, Chin, & possibly the cheek area near the sides of the nose). All other areas of the face are either normal or dry. This skin type is more costly. Usually, more than one kind of Cleanser is used for combination skin. This helps balance the PH in the skin. *Conditions can be associated with combination skin types!*

Useboth an oil cleanser and a water cleanser. Tone your T-Zone. Can mix Masks; clay mask on T-Zone & Hydrating Mask on other areas of the face.

Try: Image Vital C Cleanser, Bio-Peptide Creme & Hydrating or Matte Sun-protection.

Sensitive Skin:

Also a common skin type, but often considered a skin condition by many estheticians. Sensitive skin types are skins that can be easily stimulated by products and can cause redness of the face, stinging, itch, inflammation etc. It is important that you check with your client on this because more times than often, sensitive skin is due to and underlying medical condition, genetics, and/or allergies.

Use products that provide a cooling sensation. Stray away from heat & harsh chemicals (like peels or retinol) and settle for a more natural skincare. Sun-Protection is extremely important for this skin type. Wear it daily.

Try: Image Ormedic or Vital C Cleanser, Bio-Peptide Creme, & Sun-Protection Hydrating.

Your skin is made to protect you. LEARN to protect it too!

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Astringent vs Toner: What’s the difference?

Ever wonder why they say to use Witch Hazel as a toner? Or what’s the difference between an Astringent and a Toner? How does one vary from the other? Is there really a difference? Depending on your skin type, Yes! There is a difference.

Familiar to many, an Astringent, known as Witch Hazel, has been used in skincare regimens for many years as an ancient beauty hack. This is because Astringents heal wounds and can reduce inflammation in the skin. The real meaning of an Astringent is – the contraction of skin tissue. When skin tissue is contracting it is stimulating blood flow.

Increased blood flow helps produce collagen; The reformation of collagen helps strengthen elasticity in the skin. But most of all, Astringents are used to constrict the pores and prevent bacterial growth that can lead to infection and/or breakouts. However, there are some downfalls to using Astringents like Witch Hazel.

Unlike Toners, Witch Hazel is potent in Alcohol which can be extremely drying to the skin while skin toners provide moisture and hydration. That’s why it should only be used on certain skin types and conditions.

For instance, people with Rosacea, sensitive skin, or Dry skin, can not and/or should not use Astringents. But people with Combination, Oily, Eczema, and Acne prone skin can benefit from the use of Astringents.

Some professionals will disagree with using an Astringent like Witch Hazel because they believe it can cause more harm to the skin. While, in some cases, it can cause an overproduction of oil leading to thicker layers of dead skin on the face; in other cases, it can also exfoliate dead skin cells; Again, only when used on certain skin types!!!

But if your still not satisfied with it, try settling for Toners. Most are Alcohol Free, can be used on all skin types, are also anti-inflammatory, and promote hydration & oxygen into the skin. It’s a better alternative but also more costly than Astringents.

Here are a couple of Toners I’ve used & Love:

Elemis – Apricot Toner

Care Zone Toner (A K-Beauty Product)

*PS. I use Witch Hazel in my daily routine both Morning & Night. I haven’t had any problems with it & I definitely think it has helped heal my hormonal acne. (I have Combination Skin).

Prevent debris from entering your pores. Use a Toner!

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Putting on your best Game Face: Men’s Facial

This one is for the fellas!

For many this is the most loved season for sports like Football &/or Hockey. And sometimes that’s as far as it goes. But what if I tell you there is a skincare treatment specifically centered around Men. Well luckily there is; I call it the, “Game Changer” or “Game Face”.

And gaining a mans trust is the first step to giving him a facial.

Here’s why:

  1. Men need a little more convincing than women.
  2. They expect you to know your stuff.
  3. RESULTS! RESULTS! RESULTS!

As you may know, most men don’t like to spend more than a few minutes shopping which means they probably won’t want to spend more than 30 minutes when receiving a facial. However, here’s why they should routinely keep up with their appearance & skincare on a daily basis:

Due to Testosterone levels, Men have 25% thicker skin than women. Which means they are more protected from harmful environmental damage and age more gracefully than woman; usually appearing 15 years younger. However, they are also more susceptible to skin cancer because some lack knowledge and use of daily sun-protection.

Thicker skin also means a tougher texture & rougher appearance resulting in an overproduction of Sebum (oil) & a longer time of wound healing; like a pimple that doesn’t seem to go away after a couple of weeks of having it popped. This is why exfoliating is necessary; And although shaving is considered a form of exfoliation, it can also be very irritating, often causing ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and hyper-pigmentation. Trying a less abrasive form of exfoliation such as micro-beads, before shaving, can be a huge game changer and is often the best outcome. Here’s a couple of great options:

  1. Image Skincare – Clear Cell Facial Scrub (Great for Acne prone skin)

This gentle scrub gets tough on acne without irritating sensitive skin or aggravating existing breakouts. Benzoyl peroxide kills acne bacteria while gentle micro-beads slough away dead skin cells to keep pores clear. Use on both face and body for deep cleaning and blemish control.

Physician formulated for:

Oily or acne-prone skin, Acne grades III and IV, & Aging skin.

*Taken from imageskincare.com

2. Limelight By Alcone – Game Face Collection

…Which contains the following ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera – Hydrates and protects skin while increasing cell turnover.
  • Perlite – A completely natural and gentle exfoliator derived from volcanic glass. When water within the glass is vaporized, the material expands to form a spherical bubble structure that combines the natural hardness of volcanic rock with the softness of spherical particles.
  • Eucalyptus – Refreshes and invigorates skin while deeply cleansing pores.
  • Bulgarian Lavender essential oil – Soothes and calms skin while providing antibacterial protection to prevent breakouts and infection.
  • Hexapeptide 11 – Firms and tones skin with notable improvement in elasticity and collagen depth.
  • Agave Extract – Reduces discomfort from sunburn, razor burn, or any heat related rash. Restores moisture loss and increases water retention while combating sun damage and aging.

*taken from limelightbyalcone.com

And most importantly.. Please Please Please DO NOT FORGET TO USE DAILY SUN PROTECTION!! Preferably SPF 50!

Image Skincare – Sport sunscreen spray. (For all skin types) *rub into skin & use all year round!

P.S. Stay away from Soap! It strips the natural oils from your skin which does more harm than help.

I hope this article was helpful and as interesting to read as it was for me to write. Please like and/or comment!

How do you Tackle wrinkles? Come up with a Game Plan!

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Falling in love w/ a Pumpkin Facial

It’s here! Pumpkin facials this time of the year!

Your fall season isn’t complete if you haven’t tried a Pumpkin Facial! And you won’t regret the results! Here’s why:

Pumpkins are not only for eating & carving. They are also very beneficial to the health of your skin. Pumpkins contain Vitamin A, powerful antioxidant that helps prevent your skin from premature aging by protecting your skin from harmful Ultra Violate Rays. It is often used as a peel because of its Enzymes. Enzyme peels are used to gently exfoliate dead skin cells helping your skin with “cellular turnover”. This means it helps restore your skin to its natural youthful glow. But that’s all these pumpkins can do! The antioxidants in it also help prevent reoccurring acne! This mask/peel is great for, but not limited to, Combination/Oily skin types. In fact it’s gentle enough for all skin types and can even prevent inflammation in the skin caused by free radicals.

Autumn is the season that teaches us that change can be beautiful.

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Current Favorites In Skin Care. Day/Night Routine

As you may know, or may not know, I am a licensed professional in both Aesthetics & Cosmetology. I have been very passionate about the skincare industry at a very young age, mostly when I experienced puberty and had difficulty taking care of my skin & hair. But I’ll save my personal experience and struggles for another time. Today, it’s all about my routine and how well its been working for my particular skin type & conditions.

For years, I’ve been struggling with problematic skin which includes type 3 acne and sometimes type 4. But today, my skin is in its best condition, for 6 months now, since the birth of my daughter. About 3 years ago, I had consistent cystic acne that were painful to the touch. And in all my years I’ve tried every kind of acne medication and/or over the counter acne treatments which either never did much help or made the problem worse. This is where my obsession for makeup and Korean/Japanese Skincare began. I took the bold move of going into the skincare industry because there was nothing more I wanted to do than to help others who suffer from the same problems I had been struggling with for half my life. Some of the products above are only accessible to professionals. Clearly, I’ve been missing out this whole time. I always thought that only dermatologists had their hands on these products but I was way wrong. Yes, they have access to all the great skin stuff but so do Estheticians. The only difference is that I am not allowed to work within the Dermis Layer of the skin (unless it include mild-moderate peels) and I am not allowed to prescribe medication.

In the photo you will see a professional line called Image Skin Care. One of the best skincare lines I have tried thus far. And I have yet to try many others. My everyday morning routine includes the Image Stem Cell Facial Cleanser, Witch Hazel as a Toner (not pictured), Image Hyaluronic Acid, Klair’s Pure Vitamin C (from Soko Glam), B Natural Organics Elderberry Balancing Mist, Pure Jojoba Oil, & SPF 50 (VERY IMPORTANT)! My evening routine includes the same with an addition of Image Balancing Bio-Peptide Creme and Image Ageless Total Eye Lift Creme. This routine might seem like a bit much for the average person. But if you’re anything like me, you spend great deal of time investing in your skin especially when you see results! For me, it’s all about preventing premature aging, free radical damage, & healing my acne.

Be good to your skin; you’ll wear it everyday for the rest of your life.

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Why a Peach?

Well, for starters, I love peaches. Not only are they yummy & beautifully colored; they are also very symbolic in Asian cultures. And in my opinion, Peaches are often overlooked in Skincare. In China, Korea, & Japan, peaches are the fruit of life and thought to bring immortality; very much like the forbidden apple in the story of Adam & Eve, taken from the Bible. Except peaches are praised & eaten for good health and longevity. It is also a symbol of womanhood. I mean.. let’s be honest, the inside of this fruit looks very similar to a woman’s vagina! Therefore, it’s used as a symbol of fertility & spring blossoms much like a “Virgin touch for the very first time.” But that’s aside the fact that this fruit also has a super power! It’s jam packed with Enzymes & Vitamin C. They are great for your skin & overall health. Peaches are known to decrease the risk of Cancer, especially Breast Cancer, killing off cancerous cells without harming the good ones. They also help improve blood sugar levels in diabetics & promotes good heart heath. What fruit is sexier than a peach?!

Fun Fact: Peaches are closely related to Roses! 🌹

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