skincare

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!

skincare

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!

skincare · Uncategorized

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!