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My Top Three Favorite Skin Care Products from Aveda

Everyone who has ever used Aveda knows that every ingredient in their products are natural, safe, and leaves you feeling beautiful.

Aveda oils smell delicious and also serve to improve your skin. After being enrolled in the Esthiology Program at the Cinta Aveda Institute and having months of practice on myself and others, these are some of my choices for their top products and why.

Botanicals Kinetics Exfoliant:

This is a non-abrasive liquid that helps exfoliate the surface cells for a smooth and clear complexion. I love how this product keeps my skin smooth without stripping it! To keep your skin looking fresh we all need to exfoliate more, so this is a great step to add to your beauty regimen.

Your skin will look softer, smoother, and more supple. BK Exfoliant is great for all skin types, and can be used one to two times a week after cleansing.

Intensive Hydrating Masque:

This is my favorite Masque with Aveda! Everyone needs to moisturize and sometimes just using creams are not enough. It’s a great way to pamper yourself in between facial visits, using it after traveling on a plane, or giving your skin more of an intensive boost of moisture. It contains Hyaluronic Acid in it that will smooth and plump your skin. It is more than 1,000 times more moisturizing then your regular moisturizer! Remember, when you hydrate your skin, you keep it looking young! This masque is also great for all skin types.

Beautifying Composition Oil:

Most people think that if you put oil on your skin you will break out. NOT true! Our skin is actually lipid-loving and if you properly moisturize with the proper oil, it can keep your skin balanced. Sometimes your skin can be too oily because the sebaceous glands are working overtime to send moisture to the acid mantle to balance out the PH level.

I like to apply it before I use my moisturizer as a chap stick all over my body. The Beautifying oil has a lovely aroma of rosemary and bergamot that I can smell all throughout my day.

How to Make a Papaya Refinement, Avocado Honey, and Lemon Mask

avocado_papaya (2)You never know what produce may be lying around your kitchen that can bring wonders to your skin. One of my Instructors informed me of the amazing benefits that Papaya has when you combine the seeds with apple cider vinegar. It can make an amazing refinement for the skin. I just happened to have a papaya in my kitchen and added it to my juice because it has great internal benefits. I tried the papaya refinement and followed with an avocado and honey mask and it left my skin feeling very soft and glowing.

Papaya is a great source of Vitamin A and helps in the removal of dead skin cells along with breaking down the inactive proteins. Papaya seeds like the fruit itself are high in proteolytic enzymes, which have wonderful medicinal values. Apple cider vinegar has innumerable healing and curative powers and is also antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here’s how to make the refinement and mask:

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 papaya

2) Papaya Seeds

3) 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

4) 5 tbsp of water

Slice the papaya in half, scoop out pulp and seeds, add a couple of table spoons of apple cider vinegar and grind the refinement in a blender of your choice until it reaches a pasty or cream like consistency or a consistency that allows you to apply the refinement all over the skin (You can also include the peel of the papaya as it has some amazing benefits to the skin such as it is also rich in Alpha-Hydroxy Acid that offers great anti-aging benefits)

Apply for 25 minutes on your face and then rinse off. This will help with reducing all those unwanted pimples and inflammation. Follow with the Avocado and honey mask for hydration. Avocado is loaded with vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants to help keep the skin smooth; the lemon juice contains citric acid, which may help “brighten” the skin, and the honey helps brighten the skin and also thoroughly cleanse with natural antibacterial/antimicrobial properties to it.

Avocado and Honey Mask:

Ingredients

1) ½ Avocado

2) 2 tbsp honey

3) 1 tbsp lemon

Simply mash and combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to your face. Be careful around your eyes (as with all products). Let the mask sit on your face for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer. (I Recommend the Aveda All sensitive moisturizer or Tourmaline Serum)

Try adding papaya to your juice or eating it, it makes an even bigger impact on your skin because you are treating the internal parts of your body. One step at a time while taking care of the external parts of our skin and incorporating a healthy diet will achieve greater results.

10 Veggies and Fruits to Juice for your Skin

juice (2)When you take a sip of a delicious glass of juice it can make you feel as if the world has stood still for a moment. At least that is how it feels for me. My father introduced me to juicing when I was kid and it was something I became fond of, until he started mixing greens into my juice. I sometimes couldn’t stand all the concoctions of strong fruits and veggies (example: ginger, beet, kale, grapefruit mixed in with apples, berries and bananas) because all I wanted was apple or orange juice. As I got older I started to realize how important all of those nutrients were and how beneficial those fruits and vegetables are for the body.

What we put into our bodies is just as important if not more than what we put topically onto our bodies. In my opinion juicing is a great way to get the nutrients not only your body needs but your skin needs too. I recently invested in a Ninja Bullet not too long ago and I am having a blast making different recipes for masks to treat my skin and for juicing and I must say I have noticed a significant difference. I have also been eating a much healthier diet and what I have learned is in order to achieve amazing skin you have to take into account the internal and external factors to get the results you want.

Listed Below are 10 of the best veggies and fruits to juice for your skin

1. Carrots are a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

2. Beets are one of the most effective cleansing vegetables available for your liver, and beet juice is even said to help regenerate damaged liver cells. In the long run, anyone looking for how to get perfect skin cannot ignore the importance of the liver. Drinking fresh beet juice mixed with other vegetable juices regularly is one of the simplest ways to heal this vital organ.

3. Celery juice is highly cleansing, alkalizing and detoxifying to your body. It is especially rich in silica, a trace mineral needed for beautiful skin and healthy hair and nails.

4. Kale is one of the most powerful vegetables around and definitely benefits your skin with its high levels of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

5. Cucumber is an extremely hydrating, cooling and alkalizing vegetable for eliminating toxins. It is high in silica and other beneficial trace minerals for reducing inflammation and improving the softness of your skin and the strength of your hair and nails.

6. Pineapples are a sweet and delicious source of antioxidants like vitamin C for better skin. It’s important to juice pineapples with their cores as this part contains the enzyme bromelain which helps breakdown undigested proteins – a potential source of liver stress and skin problems.

7. Tomatoes are classed as a fruit and their juice is rich in the skin protecting antioxidant lycopene. Also highly beneficial for your heart, tomato juice is especially good to have before going out in the sun for long periods as it helps protect your skin from UV damage.

8. Papaya juice ( as I mentioned in my last blog ) is a tropical tasting shot of vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene, beta-carotene and various minerals and micronutrients. Papayas also contain a similar digestive enzyme to pineapples called papain that assists in breaking down inflammatory foreign proteins. Highly recommended for soft and beautiful skin.

9. Lemon juice has many health benefits, including assisting digestion, detoxification and elimination, providing alkalizing minerals and antioxidant vitamin C and helping your liver to produce more bile to digest fats.

10. Apple is actually an extremely healthjuice (2)y fruit, high in antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin.

These fruits and vegetables are not only beneficial for your skin’s appearance, but they also reduce the risk of skin cancer.

How CIDESCO Made Me a Better Esthetician

cidescologo (2)When I first enrolled in the Esthiology program here at CAI, I never thought I would one day be near my completion of CIDESCO. I had never considered this career path until a small introduction to the program piqued my interest. It goes to say, CIDESCO has given me far more than what I thought I was ever capable of learning.

Although I believed that the health of skin was important, I didn’t quite realize how all of your body’s cells–and not just your skin cells–individually function and work together to create one big functioning unit. Turns out, that your skin is actually a giant billboard advertising the overall health of a person, not just the external damage that may be done to the skin. Basically, instead of looking only at the body’s outward appearance, I have been able to explore my clients’ lifestyles and pinpoint why their skin shows signs of distress, and how to correct conditions through choosing the correct ingredients and suggesting small changes.

I also never thought that I would want to specialize in the field of skin care. I first wanted to have a hand in everything-mMakeup, facials, and waxing- however I simply could not choose. I thought I wanted to be a ‘well-rounded’ esthetician who knew something about everything. This, as my educator Maria has put it, is being ‘a jack of all trades, and a master of none.’ I have certainly gone through a process and change of direction with my initial career goals, but I realized that I have learned exactly what I needed to in order to get me there.

Looking back at this roller coaster ride, that is CIDESCO, I have zero regrets. I doubt I would have gone as far as I have without the education, experience, and knowledge that CIDESCO has given me. The choice I made to enroll at Cinta Aveda has certainly been rewarding, and also career-wise, life changing.

4 Things to Look for When Shopping for the Perfect Flat Iron

June 19, 2015
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Buying a flat iron is not as easy as it may sound-especially when they come in all shapes and sizes and price ranges. So how do you know what to look for when shopping for one? I have listed some of the things you want to look for when shopping for a flat iron:

1) First check if the the plates are ceramic. Ceramic irons are less damaging to the hair and will help control frizz.

2) If you hair is really curly, you want look for narrow plates. The narrow plates will help you reach the difficult spots like around the hair lines, and closer to the scalp. The most common size is a 1-inch, which will get you as close as possible.

3) You also want to look for a flat iron with temperature control. Since not all the hair is the same, not all hair needs the highest temperature of heat to straighten. For fine hair, you want to start with a lower temperature, and for thicker and coarse hair you can go to a higher temp. But you need to find a flat iron that will allow you to control the temperature.

4) One more perk I like in a flat iron, is a turn-off timer. If you are the type of person that is always rushing out the door, make sure you find a flat iron that will automatically turn off when it is not in use for a certain amount of time.

Finding a good flat iron is tough and usually an investment, so make sure you research the ones available on the market to find your perfect flat iron.

What You Don’t Know About Salicylic Acid

220pxfountainspringswintergreen (2)The other day I decided to find out more information about salicylic acid. I was curious about what this popular ingredient actually does. As Esti students we learned that salicylic acid is contra indicated for pregnant women and those with sensitive skin issues. Salicylic acid is mostly found as a featured ingredient in acne care as in the Aveda Outer Peace line and in one of my favorites, the Aveda Liquid Exfolient.

So what is Salicylic acid? Salicylic acid is a peeling agent that causes exfoliation or shedding of the outer layer of skin. Salicylic acid is also used topically in the treatment of acne, dandruff, corns, and warts.

As a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it has the ability to penetrate into the pore (AHAs do not), so it can exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin, making it effective for reducing blemishes, including blackheads and whiteheads. Salicylic acid has shown an ability to improve skin thickness, barrier functions, and collagen production, it also functions as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.

Most salicylic acid on the market today is synthesized from petroleum derivatives, traditionally salicylic acid has been derived from white willow bark or wintergreen. Aveda’s salicylic acid is naturally derived from wintergreen (methyl salicylate). The partridge berry, or Teaberry, was used by the American Indians for pain and fever. In the nineteenth century wintergreen was considered a cure-all.

Guest Blogger, A Beautiful Whim: How to Get your Makeup to Last Longer with Aveda Botanical Kinetics

June 15, 2015
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botanicalKinetics_600x500One of the most common questions I get asked about wearing makeup is how to get the makeup to last longer and how to achieve a flawless finish.  The answer is not to seal your face with a finishing spray or apply heavy base products.  The key to long lasting and flawless makeup lies within how you care for your skin and prepare it for the application of makeup.  Usually, makeup gets applied during the morning rush and sometimes there’s simply not enough time to incorporate steps into the morning routine that set the stage for a day where makeup still looks good by the lunch hour.  Aveda’s botanical kinetics skim firming and toning agent will consolidate more timely steps in the preparation process and also address common skin concerns including dry and oily skin.  The toning mist is a versatile, natural product that can be used regardless of skin type.

Let’s focus on the morning routine for a moment.  The necessary steps to produce the best cosmetic result are to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Typically, when using moisturizers you need to wait 10-15 minutes before proceeding with your makeup application so the skin can fully absorb the product.  Otherwise, your makeup doesn’t blend well or adhere to your skin.  This prevents you from achieving a flawless finish.  Also, do you know what’s in the moisturizers and other products you are using?   Often, they can produce superficial and temporary results from chemicals additives.  What’s the result?  Eventually, your skin produces more oil and pores becomes clogged leading to break outs.

I hear a lot of complaints from people indicating within four to five hours of applying their makeup, it appears to have worn off or it breaks up as the skin produces oil.  It’s especially problematic during warm and humid weather.  We’ve all been there!  You start applying powder to improve the coverage and reduce shine but the next thing you know, the powder is caked on and the makeup looks patchy.  What was intended to beautify has resulted in an obvious mess. Personally, I have gone as far as removing and reapplying products midday (secretly in a bathroom stall) but this an unrealistic solution.  It’s simply a matter of having the right balance of time and products and understanding what your skin really needs.

skin tonerTo achieve a flawless finish and get longer lasting wear from your makeup, adequate hydration and a good toner can be applied to cleanse the skin, minimizing the production of oil and keeping your skin healthy.  The quality of your cosmetics and the techniques used to apply them also factor in but regardless of the quality of your cosmetics, if you aren’t caring for your skin properly, you’ve set yourself up for disappointment. The Aveda botanical kinetics toning agent is a regular part of my morning and evening regimen, instead of applying a separate toner and moisturizer. You can see in these photos from one of my makeup tutorials that I achieved a flawless makeup application using the Aveda product to prepare my skin and this makeup lasted all day.  I often spray the Aveda mist on my face and neck to prepare my skin and I use a moisturizer at night.  A good toner and moisturizer are certainly beneficial and highly recommended but it’s important to know what is in those products that you are applying to your skin.  Look closely at the products you are using today.  The ingredients appearing first on the list is what the makes up a majority of the product.  Do you know what they are?  You may be using products that contain harmful additives causing you to chase cycles of dryness, breakouts, and effects of product build up on your skin.

I love the clean and refreshing feel I’m left with after using the Aveda product.  Witch hazel, white oak, and peppermint leave my skin feeling awake and revitalized and the mist contains natural moisturizing agents.  This simple spray creates the perfect canvas for makeup. Skin is hydrated, ph-balanced, and absent of unnecessary products with mystery ingredients.  While the Aveda mist is ideal for all skin types, those with oily skin will notice a reduction in oil build up with regular use.  Before applying your makeup, cleanse your face and spray your neck and face with the mist.  Gentry pat it into your skin with clean fingers and begin your normal makeup routine.  It’s as simple as that.  For best results, also apply the product after your nightly cleanse.  I’d like to know if you can resist applying it only twice daily; I keep a bottle on my nightstand and use it more frequently because I love the herbal scent and the refreshing feeling after I spray it on my skin.  By the way, you don’t have to limit the use of the product to your face.  I like to spray the mist on my chest and occasionally the back of my neck as well.  Have you used the Aveda botanical toning mist and if so, what do you love about it?

The Benefits to Hard and Soft Wax

Hard waxes are available in blocks, disks, pellets, or beads. They are considered a no-strip wax. They must be liquefied before they can be used. Hard waxes are available at different melting points to address the needs of normal and sensitive skin. The harder the wax, the more heat it requires to melt it. Small, individual wax heaters are available and can be placed in each treatment room. The used wax is discarded after each service.

Some estheticians prefer hard waxes. They are gentle enough for the face area, yet strong enough to be used on hard to remove, coarse hairs. Some like to use it on th bikini and underarm area. Estheticians generally use soft wax in larger areas, such as the back and legs, and hard wax in smaller areas, such s the eyebrow.

Hard wax is thicker than soft wax. It is first applied against the hair growth, then back in the opposite direction in a figure eight pattern. The hair is gripped as the wax dries and tightens and lifts off without sticking to the skin. The follicle is not distorted when pulled in the same direction as the hair growth pattern. Hard wax is especially effective in areas where hair grows in multiple directions or skin is thin or fragile. Some estheticians apply and remove the hard wax in the same ddirection as the soft wax. Application depends on the area to be waxed and how coarse the hair is. The direction for pulling the hard wax off is more forgiving than soft wax. Hard wax is the only wax recommended for Brazilian waxing, although I personally prefer soft wax to avoid tweezing.

Soft Wax

One of the most common methods of hair removal is soft, or strip, waxing. The main detractor to using soft wax is that it can be irritating to the skin because the ingredients, such as rosins, can adhere to the skin. Soft waxes have a lower melting point and come in tins or plastic containers. If they come in plastic containers, they can be melted slightly in the microwave to make it easier to pour the wax into a wax heater or warming pot. With this method, a thin coat of wax is applied on the skin and removed immediately with a muslin, pellon, or cotton strip before it cools.

One of the benefits of soft wax is that it feels warm on the skin and the heat dilates the follicle for easier removal. The quick application of soft wax is known as speed waxing and is more comfortable for the guest. Faster procedures save time, lead to more revenue, and more satisfied clients.

My Aveda Appreciation

My experience here at aveda has be like a roller coaster! Ups and downs. Stop and go, well maybe that last part was just the commute here. I have been so blessed to have met so many ambitious, talented and hard working young women in my Estiology class! We come from all over the Bay Area and we all make it here everyday to chase the same dream.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it some days, but the girls in my class helped and supported me through my journey. My everday commute is about an hour and a half but it was totally worth it. Cinta Aveda Institute is extremely top of the line and I’m so very glad I didn’t chose any other school.

My educators have been such an inspiration to me and so supportive, not only with my education but with my life outside of the classroom! Karen was my first educator when I came to Cinta Aveda! She is such a sweet and genuine soul I couldn’t imagine anyone else to welcome in nervous intro students! She’s such an inspiration! Christy, Jen and Shayna all have been amazing as well! They all genuinely care about what’s going to happen to all of us after we graduate!

This school is full to the brim with good hearted people. I’ll never forget how much fun I had in beauty school because I chose to go here!

3 Treatments for Your Puffy Eyes

water (2)If you’re tired of looking sleepy or under the weather, there are plenty of things you can try to give your eyes a lift. Here are some quick fixes:

1) Drink several glasses of water. Eyes tend to get puffy due to water retention, which is caused by a high concentration of salt in the area around the eyes. If you ate a very salty dinner or cried before bed you might notice increased puffiness in the morning. Drinking plenty of water flushes the area and causes the swelling to go down.

•On particularly puffy days, keep drinking water all day long to keep yourself hydrated.

•Avoid substances that tend to dehydrate you, like caffeine and alcohol.

2) Apply something cold to your eyes. Eye puffiness is a buildup of fluids in the tissues around your eyes, and like other types of swelling, it can be reduced with the application of a cool compress of some kind like cucumber slices or cooled tea bags. Both work well to temporarily reduce puffiness. All you have to do is lie back and place them over your closed eyelids for 15 minutes or until they grow warm. Or you can go old school by putting 2 metal tablespoons in the fridge and apply them daily by placing the backs against your eyes.

3) Put potatoes over the puffiness. Potatoes are said to have natural astringent properties.

•Peel raw potatoes. Cut in half. Place the halves over your eyes for 10 minutes. The potato will cool your eyes and any swelling will decrease.

•Try grated potato.

Simply grate a fresh potato and apply it to your eyes for 15 minutes, then rinse.

Other possible causes of puffy eyes include:

Lying down for several hours in a horizontal position and then standing up can lead the fluid that was resting under your eyes to suddenly be pulled down by gravity. Try using an extra pillow while sleeping so that the fluid is not as drastically drawn down when you get up to reduce the puffiness. If you don’t sleep horizontally, and instead sleep on your stomach, try to move toward sleeping on your back instead. Stomach sleepers tend to have the puffiest eyes, since this position allows fluid to collect there. Determine if you have a condition associated with puffy eyes. Sometimes the swelling is a side effect of another condition. Getting treated for the condition may help cure your puffy eyes. Here are a few conditions that commonly lead to eye puffiness: pregnancy, hormonal variation in the menstrual cycle, dermatitis (sensitive skin is more likely to swell in response to irritants), allergies, mononucleosis (puffy eyes may be an early symptom of infection, medication (puffiness or water retention could be a side effect), or other more serious medical conditions.