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Choosing Colors for You

With so many shades of shadows, blushes, and lipsticks, it can be overwhelming when trying to decide what color suits us best. Sometimes, when I walk into a store like Sephora, I get goggly-eyed like a four year old in a candy shop, with the pretty colors and perfect packaging. I want to try on every color and have someone tell me if it looks good or not, but that is not realistic. Then how am I supposed to know which colors work with my skin tone?

An easy way to solve that question is to know a little about your face and its characteristics. Blue eyes can usually pull off golds and silvers, neutrals, and earthy tones like blue or green. Blues, purples, and pinks, as well as all neutrals look very good with brown eyes. Green eyes really pop with pinks or browns. The color wheel is a great tool for helping to determine which direction you should go in. If you want a bolder look, then choose a color opposite your eyes. But if you want to achieve a more subtle look, use colors closer to your own eye color on the wheel.

When it comes down to it, if you like the way it looks and feels on your skin, then own it! Nothing is more beautiful than being confident in what you’re wearing.

Cream vs. Powder

Powder products have been around for a long time: powder foundation, powder eye shadow, powder blush. Until recently, they seem to have dominated the industry. But then companies started introducing new creations and formulations.

In the past, a cream would be thick and rich and not easily blendable. Today, however, they are available in every consistency we can think of, from cream to liquid to whips.

So the question remains, which formula is better? Personally I feel that, if you want to go for a more natural look for your blush or eye shadow, a cream will be your best bet. If you want something bold, then I would chose a powder because they are very buildable as well as blendable. You could also put a powder over a cream, to make sure that it sticks.

When it comes to foundations, a lot of that choice comes down to personal preferences. I find that people with oily skin prefer full coverage to hide the oil, but I think that a nice powder will help absorb some of the excess oil that may be present. On the other end, I feel like those with dry skin would not only benefit, but also enjoy, wearing something a little heavier, such as a liquid or a bb cream. They offer even, buildable coverage as well as protection from the dirty elements.

It’s not always easy finding a product that you love, but once you do, don’t let it go!

The Galvanic Machine

The beauty industry has many machines that can be used to achieve multiple desired effects. Machines are great because they give immediate improvement. Microdermabrasion helps exfoliate the skin. High frequency helps minimize the population of bacteria. Faradic helps improve muscle tone. Vacuum helps move lymph.

One of my favorite machines is the galvanic, even though it isn’t used as much anymore. It helps penetrate water-soluble products deep into the dermis. It does this by creating a chemical reaction within the pores, allowing them to dilate and be receptive to products. This is achieved by using the negative electrode with a sodium chloride solution on the surface, which creates an alkaline reaction in the skin which, in turn, dilates the pore. Then you continue to move the electrode around for about six minutes until we’ve achieved the process of saponification, which turns sebum into soap.

Once you are done with this process, you switch the polarity from negative to positive and begin to close the pores back up. This is when you would apply a water-soluble product, like a mask or serum, to push into the follicles of the skin. This process brings the skin back to its natural acidic state, and the client should see a significant increase in hydration levels of their skin.

In order to successfully complete a galvanic treatment, you also need to apply a damp electrode to the client, under their shoulder or on their arm but not on their face, in order to complete the circuit and achieve the desired results. This can be done weekly, but caution needs to be taken to constantly move the active electrode. Otherwise a burn can be caused on the skin, which will not make the client happy.

“Acne” Skin

As an esthetician, I come across many different skin types and problems, the most common one being “acne.” I put acne in quotes because I see very few clients who I would classify as actually having acne, even if they think they do.

People with oily skin tend to have larger pores. They are therefore more prone to blackheads and breakouts. Because there isn’t any way to physically reduce pore size, they really need to exfoliate and regulate their oil. I recommend they use something with at least 2% salicylic acid, either in pads or as an astringent. This helps eliminate the bad bacteria, as well as clean the skin and strip the oil. Another product I recommend is a clay mask at least once a week, depending on oil production. Clay helps to absorb excess oil.

Another skin type I see commonly is classic combination skin. These clients have active oil in all or some of the T-zone, and are usually dry or dehydrated on their cheeks and neck. For these clients, I still recommend a mild exfoliation daily on the oily areas as needed. This doesn’t need to be as strong as 2% salicylic acid, but that depends on how your skin handles the exfoliation. Then I suggest they do a hydrating mask once a week to help with their lack of moisture.

The key to controlling acne breakouts is to exfoliate followed by some kind of moisture. Even though you want to strip the oil from your skin, you don’t want to over strip, as the oil we produce is a natural protectant. I also recommend getting facials once a month because they offer the deep pore cleanse and hydration that you can’t get at home.

High Frequency

High frequency is a very useful, effective, and simple machine that is very beneficial to the client. When used properly, it can be used every day.

The machine consists of a glass electrode that can be used for different purposes. Within the electrode, there is neon or argon gas, and when turned on you can see the color of the gas and hear it. It has an oscillating current that is at a high frequency of over 10,000 Hz. — hence the name.

There are two ways the machine can be used: the direct or indirect method.

The direct method benefits the skin of acne prone clients by minimizing the population of the bacteria on the skin. The electrode is applied directly to the face using talcum powder or gauze to help with slip over the skin. It is most effective against papules — not whiteheads — because there is no chance of the possible spread of bacteria. This is done for about 5 minutes.

The indirect method is much more relaxing, and is more suitable for the mature or dehydrated client. The client holds the electrode while the therapist massages them. It is important to ensure that contact is not lost or else you could shock the client, which is the opposite of relaxing. This method is very stimulating to the skin without drying out or causing overstimulation.

Both of these methods can be done every day, as long as you don’t over stimulate the follicle which could be damaging rather than beneficial.

These machines are sold by themselves or as part of a multi-functional machine.