Beauty Tips

Simple Tricks To Feel Fabulous About Yourself

cfN8hNzlqHdqQhjqnMT0S6UMQJ6u2xQITl6LnZiM3wwEveryone has those days where they wake up in a funk. It could be feeling blue, or still tired from the previous day. Either way, there are always a few things that could brighten your day, and make you feel fabulous.

1. Get out of bed and stretch: Even when you have no energy or motivation to get up, do it! Reach your hands up above your head, lower them to your feet. Get fresh blood pumping through your body.

2. Wash your face and brush your teeth: Splashing cold water on your face instantly revitalizes you; brushing your teeth gives you extra freshness. Feeling clean makes you more confident about yourself.

3. Put on stylish and/or comfortable clothes: Depending on where you’re headed, dress to impress. Wearing clothes that compliment your body will give you confidence.

4. Accessorize: Add something to your outfit that makes you stand out and feel fabulous, wherever your day takes you.

5. Take twenty minutes for yourself before leaving the house: Before leaving for the day, drink a cup of tea or coffee and eat something healthy. Collect your thoughts. Doing this will allow your body to relax and prepare for your activity filled day.

6. Drink plenty of water: Drinking water replenishes your body for the day

7. Go for a stroll or exercise: On your break from work go outside for a stroll through the neighborhood. If you have enough time, workout for 30 minutes or more.

8. Smile: When the little things that annoy you happen, think about the alternative.

9. Eat well: Eating food that fuels and nourishes your body makes your body happy. It can properly digest it and not slow you down.

10. Laugh: Surround yourself with people and activities that make you happy.

Brows Galore

Y3KUyf0jO8TBDr-zsIkJRoET1ckLetvQ1bJUzptkU-MBrows are probably the most important feature of the face. Brows explain emotion, express style, and are almost always what others are staring at on your face. Brows create the shape to the rest of your face, style, and present your attitude on personal grooming.

The evolution of brows has been drastic, whether it was thick bushy brows, or thin rounded ones, brows always need to be styled. Brow styling, or grooming, dates back to Ancient Egyptians, who used kohl, a dark, pigmented mineral to accentuate their brows. Egyptians would take the pigment and fill in their brows. When silent films began (around 1920s), facial expression was a major factor in explaining the story line. Women would shave their brows off and draw long, rounded brows. This way, whatever emotion they conveyed, the audience could understand it better.

The 1940s and 1950s had a fuller brow. Women still shaved, or blocked away, their brows, but usually only the outer half of the brow. Keeping the center brow allowed for a fuller, more natural brow, and drawing the second half could create a dramatic, high arched, full brow. Today’s popular brow is a combination of a thin and thick brow, where the natural shape is not only kept, but also groomed. The hair outside the natural shape is removed via wax, threaded, or tweezed, then the hair length is trimmed to match the brow shape.

No one wants others staring at your brows because they are unkept, which is why a multitude of brow bars have started. Women can go get their brows tamed for $20-$30, depending on the salon and how much upkeep is necessary. It’s a fun, easy, inexpensive way to feel pampered and leave feeling gorgeous!

6 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Hair

December 16, 2015
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Rd4VivTlZ4b554IM9qy-h4KHaf2ioVoRJqKHrNAkHdoI’m sure you have heard that coconut oil is very beneficial and does amazing things to your hair, but have you ever wondered how or why?

Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals which are good for the human body. The components in the oil keep your hair strong, nourished and protected from the effects of premature aging, like baldness and excessive hair loss.

Some of the main benefits of coconut oil are:

1) It stimulates hair growth by getting deep into the hair follicles.

2) It promotes the scalp health by fighting against problems like insect bites, lice and dandruff

3) It helps moisturize dry hair

4) It adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair

5) It helps prevent hair breakage and split end

6) It helps slow down hair loss

Coconut oil is also very easy to use in the hair. You start by melting the oil in your hands until it becomes a liquid. Massage oil into your scalp, and down the hair until it is fully saturated. Leave in for as long as you desire. Leaving it in for 20 minutes is enough for a healthy and shiny look and feel. However, some people prefer to leave it in overnight with a hair cap for a intense deep treatment.

5 Tips For Shaving Better

YEx8PTeUMteUSD91rc5bBGWHz3RVxFWD6uujYIZpvYMThe majority of men are thrown right into the deep end when it comes to shaving and along the way we, as men, have picked up a number of common, but unhealthy habits for our skin. The resurgence of Barbering has brought to light many of these habits that may be easily corrected with a couple of key elements.

1) First, if you’re going to be taking a razor to your face do yourself a favor and prep your skin as much as time will allow you. With a standard straight razor shave in a shop, there are over 5 preparatory steps taken before the razor touches the face. Doing just a couple will make a difference.

2) Use a pre-shave oil, like an Aveda Composition oil. Many oils will work although oils marketed “pre-shave” are specifically designed for softening the beard and are ideal.

3) Warm the skin to soften those pores and relax the skin. Using a hot towel works great for coverage, a quick tip is to wet a face towel and throw it in the microwave for about one minute and drape it over your face until it cools.

4) Apply your shave cream, or lather immediately afterwards and go with the grain. Do this before you think about shaving against the grain. This is one of those things that causes the most irritation. AFTER you’ve shaved with the grain you can go back against the grain after re-applying lather, but it’s not recommended if you’re not a daily shaver.

5) Use that same towel to wipe residue and apply a non-alcohol after shave. The Aveda After Shave is excellent and has soothing lavender and lemon scents.

4 Benefits of Bergamot Oil

There are a lot of essential oils out there. One of my favorites is bergamot. There are so many benefits from using bergamot oil in your everyday light. Bergamot has a very sweet smell and it is very citrusy. It’s also very refreshing. I love putting it on after I get out of the shower or bathtub. So what can Bergamot oils do for you?

1) Bergamot is a natural anti-depressant and stimulant. Bergamot creates a feeling of freshness and joy and energy. In cases of depression it helps with sadness by improving blood flow and circulation. The stimulations also increases the secretions of digestive juices, biles, and insulin by basically acting as a natural digestion aider.

2) The oil is also known to be an antibiotic and disinfectant. Bergamot inhibits the growth of germs and virus and fungi. The oil also prevents infections including those on the skin. Bergamot also reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Another one of the great qualities of bergamot is that it can reduce nervous tension and it can treat ailments such associated with stress such as sleepiness and high blood pressure.

3) The oil is also a cicatirsant which means it aids in pigmentation issues and leaves your skin tone attractive and even in tone. You can use is on the after effects on long term acne post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

4) Bergamot is also a popular as a natural deodorant. You have to be careful with un-natural deodorants because the lymph nodes in your under arms can easily absorb the toxins and fillers and nasty crud in those drug store brands. Nothing to worry about when bergamot is absorbed by the body! You get all the benefits from the oil flowing around in your body and you will smell great and natural!

A Few Words of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied or rubbed onto the skin, at least until it absorbs into your skin

9 Benefits of Patchouli Oil

TZtIkLag5PsLv2JY2nQSRlObBCaceLfLosQIWZ6pKJcPatchouli oil is my favorite of all the essential oils. The scent is the most relaxing thing in the world to me. I really enjoy rubbing it into my scarf so I can enjoy the scent all day. The best and most common benefit of patchouli oil is that it relieves stress! It is known to help with anxiety and also enhance the senses. Regular use of patchouli oil will keep you peaceful and calm. Here are some of the benefits to this oil:

1) Patchoulis fragrance also appeals to the soul and touches the mind directly. You will often find it used in perfumes and incenses.
2) The oil can also be used for massages and aromatherapy. Patchouli oil massages stimulate and relax the mind and relax the nerves.
3) Patchouli can really help people with depression.
4) Patchouli also has many healing properties.
5) The oil can help prevent infections from getting worse.
6) It is also known to have helped people with dermatitis and eczema and psoriasis.
7) The oil also has anti- aging properties.
8) The oil helps you looking young and healthy!
9) Also patchouli has been known to help acne scarring, dry skin and wrinkles.

Overall, my favorite thing about the oil has to be the way it makes me feel after I have put it on. It takes me to my favorite happy place, somewhere in the hills around my house surrounded by a redwoods. I love that the scent feels somewhat earthy and fresh. There are so many different essential oils and I feel there is one for everyone. There is something extremely spiritual about smelling and choosing an essential oil. The oil you choose will no doubt become a part apart of your life.

Here is a little more history on Patchouli oil:

Patchouli has been around for literally ages. Over the years people have discovered many uses of the oil, ranging from medical uses to cosmetics. The popularity of patchouli reached its peak during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Patchouli originates from southeast Asia and the herb grows wild in Sumatra and Java at an altitude of 3,000 feet. However, the cultivation of the herb is extensive in lower tropical jungles. The plant grows to be three feet tall and has a very strong stem with little hairy leaves. To extract the oil the plant is harvested two times a year, sometimes three. The best oil quality is considered to extracted during the rainy season. The process of the extraction involves hand picking the leaves, bailing the leaves, and then followed by draining in the shade. Afterwards, a few days of fermentation is needed. Then the oil is extraxted through steam disillation process. Patchouli is one of the rare essential oils that actually gets better with age! As the oil ages into a deep amber from a light yellow, the fragrance becomes smoother and richer. Patchouli over the years has been used for insect repellant as well as in cosmetics.

4 Types of Honey Masks to Try at Home

Honey masks are not only amazing for your skin but also all natural! Here are four different types of honey masks to try with different skin types :

1- Honey face mask for acne-prone skin

•3 teaspoons raw honey

•1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix honey and cinnamon together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-30 minutes. The antibacterial properties of both honey and cinnamon are especially beneficial for acne-prone skin.

2- Honey face mask for dry skin

•1 teaspoon mashed avocado

•1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt

•1 teaspoon honey

Mix ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Spread the mixture over your face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before washing it off. The fats in the avocado and whole milk yogurt are deeply moisturizing to the skin, while the lactic acid in the yogurt smooths your skin, refines pores, and stimulates collagen production.

3- Honey mask for sensitive skin

•2 teaspoon of raw honey

•1 teaspoon aloe Vera gel

Stir the aloe and honey together and apply over your face. Leave it on for about 10-20 minutes. Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.

4- Honey mask for scars and dark spots

•2 teaspoon of raw honey

•1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine the lemon juice and honey, and apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Lemon juice exfoliates your skin, brightens dark spots and fades scars. Your skin will feel smooth and soft right away, but it may take a few applications to notice a real difference in scars and spots.

The Wonderful World of Make Up Aveda Style

Even though I am Alpha Esti student, I am not a total beginner to make up application.

I have some previous theatrical experience applying make up for the stage as well as photo shoots. During the intro phase I remember the first time we had partners and ventured into the intimidating task of applying make up on each other. I remember thinking “I got this”, but I found out that in reality, I did not!

After many layers of foundation, contour, blush, and blue eyeshadow, I stepped back and to my horror I realized I had done a convincing job at making my poor partner a characture right out of the Nutcracker Ballet!

When looking at Aveda make up the word that comes to mind is… SUBTLE.

Natural is the theme here. “To enhance and create a freshness, a pleasant face to look at” (Wise words spoken by our incredibly wonderful alpha make up educator Shawn Peltier). In other words, no need to be seen all the way to the back of the theater.

One of my guest came in for a make up service, she wanted a glamourous evening look, but she loved the natural look of Aveda eye shadows. Because it was her wedding anniversary, she wanted to surprise her husband as she does not usually wear make up. I was able to successfully apply my experience of flair and little bit of “drama” to create the exact look she wanted.

How to Find the Right Eyeshadow Color to Accentuate Your Eyes

S6uagQ_9ihQKHl6M1byp3UPNk4bw1N3vYgq9bM6MhNkFinding the right color eyeshadow can seem difficult for some people, but it is really quite simple. First you want to get a color wheel and locate your eye color on the wheel. Directly across from your eye color is your complementary color that will instantly accentuate your iris hue.

Best complimentary color for blue eyes:

•gold

•bronze

•copper

•champagne

•yellow-beige

•peach

Best complimentary color for brown eyes(Brown looks good with mostly every color):

•bronze

•peach

•purple

•navy

•teal

•green

Best complimentary colors for green eyes:

•sepia

•rust

•purple

•pink

Complimentary colors for hazel eyes:

•Browns

•golds

•greens

Hopefully this can help you achieve the right color for your eye and help make your eye color pop!

4 Benefits from Lymphatic Massage

I have recently just learned to do the lymphatic massage. Not only did I learn how to give the massage, but I also learned how it works and how beneficial it is for the body. Lymphatic massage helps to remove the waste and detoxifies the body.

Lymphatic massage also helps with:

1) healing after surgery which regenerates the tissue to reduce scarring at surgical incision sites.

2) breast feeding because the lymph drainage massage can help to reduce the swelling of engorgement and ameliorate plugged ducts. Fixing these two problems can reduce soreness in the breasts and nipples, ultimately leading to better breastfeeding.

3) improved immune system. They state that lymph drainage massages can improve the function of the immune system and increase the production of antibodies that fight off infections. Lymph drainage massages can also reduce inflammation in the body that causes diseases such as arthritis.

4) relaxation- Lymph drainage massages can be especially relaxing because they can reduce pain levels in the body.

So not only our the benefits great for you but it also feels good!

DIY Dry Shampoo

sgnvhRa9IsYXaPhOLrk8scxlZpk-2japkoqgjzkwmAwIngredients you’ll need to make this DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe:

For light hair:

* Corn Starch

* Baking Soda

* Essential Oil (optional, provides scent)

* Empty Salt Shaker

For dark hair:

* Cocoa Powder

* Corn Starch

* Essential Oil (optional, provides scent)

* Empty Salt Shaker

To make dry shampoo for light hair:

Combine 1/2 cup of corn starch with 2 table spoons of baking soda. It’s true that you could just use corn starch on its own, but baking powder absorbs the scent of the corn starch. If you aren’t concerned with the scent of corn starch, you can omit the use of the baking powder. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice. I used peppermint because it’s my favorite, and I wanted to smell fresh. I love it.

To make dry shampoo for dark hair:

Combine 1/2 cup of cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Just as with the last one, you can add essential oil if desired. But this one has a great chocolate-y scent when left alone. I love it!

To use the wonderful dry shampoo you’ve just made, you only have to sprinkle some onto the root of your hair, where you want to freshen it up. After about a day or two, my hair starts to look a little limp as it gets more and more oily. I use dry shampoo in between washes to keep the volume in my hair that I love to see.

Sprinkle it in the desired area, and use the same motions you use when actually shampooing for best results. When used correctly, dry shampoo absorbs oil and gives volume. Give it a try!

How to Create Boho Curls

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First, prep your hair with the products and tools listed above. After drying your hair completely, section your hair and prepare to curl it with your hot tool of choice.

If you’re using a Marcel Iron/Wand:

I would suggest wrapping your hair around the barrel, as you would with a wand. Alternate the directions you curl the hair to add a more natural look.

If you’re using a flat iron:

I would suggest using a wand or a Marcel iron. Flat iron curls take a lot of patience and practice. However, if you insist on using one, use it as follows:

After you’ve curled your entire head, let your curls cool. Set them with some hair spray and then lightly brush through the curls.

Finish your style with a little sea salt spray, if you’ve got some, and off you go! Below are some great tools for prepping your hair:

* Aveda Pure Abundance Style PrepKJDU22cDFW183QQ3WoUMMLQX7Hm15Z1MwNZRpZt6xdM

* Aveda Phomollient

* Blow Dryer

* Round Brush

Tools needed for styling your hair:

* A hot tool used for curl forming, such as:

* Marcel Iron

* Flat Iron

* Curling Wand

* Sea Salt Spray (optional)

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Rushing off to your Salon

Fb305E_UURjZdMjedUDCfd2Dc0V04sF68ltqCEqVGvMIt is easy to look at a picture of the hottest celebrity hair styles and think “huh! I could pull that off!” and run quickly to the nearest salon and have your hair either hacked off, or colored into oblivion. Before you do that, (and you should!), you should ask yourself these five questions:

1.) “Is this something I plan on maintaining?”

Shorter hairstyles require more frequent trims to keep the style fresh, and the same can be said for a more dramatic color. If you have dark hair, is going platinum something you want to maintain when you start to see new growth?

2.) “Is this something I can afford to maintain?”

A color drastically different from that of your natural color is one that is difficult, and often expensive to maintain. That’s why you have to make sure it’s a change you can afford to keep up. Going platinum when your hair is naturally dark brown is going to result in high upkeep, and usually, a fairly high price tag. The same can be said of going darker when you naturally have very light hair.

3.) “What will this look like as it grows out?”

Is this style or color going to be something you’re comfortable with as it grows out, if you choose not to maintain it?

4.) “Will this style work with my natural texture?”

If it does, great! If it doesn’t, are you willing to style it frequently so that it does?

5.) “Does this style require daily styling?”

Some shorter or more dramatic hairstyles have to be heat styled daily. They often require more than just the daily dose of styling products. If you plan on doing that every morning before work, awesome! However, if it is something you don’t think you’ll have time or patience for, perhaps pick something of a lower level of maintenance.

These are the same questions I ask clients who come to me asking for a drastic change. When your stylist asks you these questions, don’t think they’re trying to talk you out of doing something fun! Just know that they want to make sure you’re up to the challenge of having awesome hair.

4 Skin Types and the Products that Fit Them

Treatments for skin ranges due to the different skin types. Knowing your skin type will help determine the correct products and treatments necessary. There are only four different skin types: dry, oily, combination and normal.

Dry skin is characterized by small to no pores, superficial lines and minimal acne. Treatments for dry skin include humectant ingredients, and should include regular exfoliation. Dry skin can also be sensitive to certain products, ingredients and treatments. This means extra care needs to be taken when considering less abrasive products and treatments as to not irritate the skin.

Oily skin is characterized by larger pores, overly active sebaceous ducts, and acne prone. It is best for people with oily skin to use more soluble products such as salicylic acid, and should use gel or foam when choosing cleansers. Those with oily skin generally have lower pH levels, so it is best to find products that balance it. They should also wash regularly because of their higher predisposition to bacteria growth.

Combination skin is characterized by oily skin conditions in the forehead and nose region, and dryer condition on the cheeks and chin. It is the most common skin type, and is best to find products that balance it. Use a cream cleanser if you are going to use a salicylic acid treatment. Those with combination skin should choose between either stronger exfoliants or frequency of use.

Normal skin is neither oily nor dry. They have normal pore size and regular oil production. Product and treatments should be used to maintain the acid mantle because it is typically at ideal levels. Those with normal skin should be more concerned with maintaining, instead of trying to fix different levels through treatments and products. So one of the larger concerns for normal skin is irritating it through more harsh treatments when not needed.

Recalling My First Facial Client Experience

I was transitioning from the Esthetician intro phase to the alpha phase, and it couldn’t be scarier, even though I felt pretty prepared when I left the intro phase.

The first day of being an alpha, I already had a client. What do I do?! Suddenly everything I had learned the last ten weeks went out the window. Elemental Nature? What’s that? To add more worry and stress, I realized that my first booked client was a male client! All I’ve been working on were female faces; I’m not ready for this! I was completing psyching myself out. Nobody noticed I was a nut case. Nope, I was cool as a cucumber on the outside. Internally, I wanted to melt and die.

The time came, and a huge part of me hoped the client canceled for some reason, any reason…please! But of course, Life likes to see you squirm. I saw my client standing at 6 feet 2 inches and the size difference did not play into the intimidating factor at all…Luckily, he was super nice and I performed the facial like I would normally, except massaged downward in the direction of the facial hair growth. I’m pretty sure I may have forgotten a step or two, but you have to be like Dory and “just keep swimming!”

Before I knew it, the facial ended, and I was so relieved! Excitement came over me because I did it! And I didn’t fall flat on my face. It really is not as terrifying as you anticipate it to be. After the facial, I discussed some of the beneficial products for his skin, and he ended up purchasing all of them! I felt such a glee after finishing my first client’s facial.

A few tips I would share would be to follow the facial steps as best as you can. If you don’t remember a step, just keep moving and perform the steps you DO remember. The client doesn’t know if anything went wrong unless you start acting like it is. Secondly, make sure to apply pressure and check the pressure with your client during the massages. Nobody likes to be lightly touched when he/she knows they’re coming in for a facial or massage. Lastly, be warm and friendly to your guest regardless of how you’re feeling. Check your issues at the door and put a smile on your face when you greet your guest. Good luck!

8 Tips You Should Know Before Your Next Brazilian Wax

When I started the Esthetician program, one of the things I was looking forward to was learning how to wax, specifically a Brazilian wax. For those who don’t know, a Brazilian wax is when all the hair is removed in the pubic area, front and back. Here are some tips to ease anyone on having this service performed for the first time.

1) Even though it is possible, avoid having a Brazilian wax before or during your period due to pain sensitivity.

2) Let your hair grow to a ¼ inch in order for the wax to grab better.

3) Before the service, exfoliate the area to release any hairs trapped under a layer of dead skin cells.

4) If you would like to reduce the pain, you can take a pain reliever 45 minutes before your waxing appointment.

5) Remember to breathe and relax during the service, tensing up makes it worse.

6) Do not wear any tight clothing or do anything that will cause any friction or sweat in your waxed area for the next 24 hours.

7) After the first 48 hours, exfoliate your waxed area to avoid ingrown hairs

8) Don’t shave in between your Brazilian waxing services.

Empowering Yourself Through Your Hair

F4ck3UFrvWv7usneGWTrjjr8dUuyTTNRWUxrKd3TjYgAs a stylist, the only thing that breaks my heart into a million pieces, is when someone sits in my chair and is only allowed to do what their significant other decides for them. As someone who cares too little of what other people think of her, I have never understood this kind of mentality. I have never understood giving someone the power to control my physical appearance.

There are so many things about life that you often cannot control, but your hair has to be one of the things you do control. There is something so deeply empowering about realizing that you own yourself, and showing it with the way you carry yourself and stylize yourself through your physical appearance.

I once had a client who came in to have her hair bleach-and-toned. When I asked her why she decided to go so much lighter, she responded with “my fiance wants me to be blonde for our wedding and I just want him to look at me and think I’m beautiful.” I had to stop myself from going on a rant. All I said was “he had better look at you that way even if you show up to your wedding in pajamas!” and we laughed. But it got me thinking. She should have been bleaching her hair because SHE wanted to go lighter. Not because she was afraid someone would find her less attractive on her WEDDING DAY if she wasn’t a perfect blonde. She should wear her hair the way she loves to wear it. And if she loves it blonde, then by all means! But if she doesn’t, well…she should reevaluate why she’s damaging her hair. Is she damaging it because she wants to be blonde, or because she wants someone else to like her more because she’s blonde? These things matter greatly to a person’s psyche.

I have always believed that in order for other people to truly love you, you first have to love yourself. And sometimes that shows through your hairstyle, your makeup, and your clothes. But before you love all of those things, you have GOT to love yourself. Everything else will follow.

So love yourself. Do what you want with your hair. Make yourself happy first, and the rest will follow. Love yourself. LOVE. YOUR. SELF.

The Difference Between UVB and UVA Rays and Their Affects on your Skin

One of the biggest misconceptions about sunscreen is that it is only for the pool or beach. In fact a lot of you adults don’t incorporate it in their beauty regimen at all. The number one reason for again is from sun damage and it’s much easier to prevent now then correct the later.

People think that if they aren’t in direct sunlight then they don’t need to apply sunblock for the day. Unfortunately what they don’t understand is that we are exposed to sun rays directly and indirectly. Sun rays can reach you driving in your car, sitting inside work, or anywhere there can be windows.

Here are some facts about the sun rays:

There are both UVA and UVB that we are exposed to daily. UVA rays are called the “Aging Rays”. They are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather. If you think you can’t get sun damage on a cloudy day then think again. They are so powerful that they also penetrate some clothing and even glass.

Also UVA rays are the rays responsible for the signs of aging because they are able to penetrate much deeper into the surface of the skin, damaging the cells beneath. While people think their skin looks younger when it’s tan, the reality is each tan gives your skin irreversible damage, and you will see its damage later in life. When you think of UVA rays, think sun spots, leather skin and wrinkles!

UVB rays are the rays you can blame when you get a sunburn. Unlike UVA rays, these rays aren’t always the same strength year round. They are more prevalent in the summer months; however they are able to reflect off water or snow so it’s always important to protect yourself. UVB rays are responsible for causing most skin cancers.

Do yourself a favor and start protecting yourself with the proper sunscreen. People always think the higher the sunscreen number, the more protection they have, but that isn’t always the case. It’s good to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF that contains both UVA and UVB protection. UVA radiation is less powerful than UVB, but it penetrates deeper into the skin. Small daily doses of UVA causes long-term skin injury, even without signs of sunburn. UVA light is used in tanning booths.

Choosing to use a protection every day is the single most important thing you can do to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.

Benefits of Using a Toner

Toners seem to be underrated and I’ve noticed that a lot of my clients either don’t use them or understand very little about the benefits of incorporating a toner in their beauty routine. Some people think that creams are enough, but that isn’t always the case. Here are some facts about toners and the reasons why they are so important.

One of the worst things you can do to your skin is upset the PH balance of your Acid Mantle (the top layer of skin). The most common way is by using products that are too alkaline (hint: most soaps). Although these soaps help clean the skin and can feel great, it actually is changing the balance of the PH level of the skin. Disrupting the acid mantle can weaken the skin’s immune system, can cause premature aging, or can cause a host of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne.

The ideal PH for the Acid Mantle is slightly acidic between 4 and 6.5. Using a toner after cleansing helps to balance the Acid Mantle, and soothes the skin.

Aveda’s Botanicals Kinetic Skin Firming Toner

This toner is my favorite. It not only balances the PH level of the acid mantle, but it hydrates your skin as well. It is infused with sodium hyaluronate, echinacea, rosewater for hydration, and it is very soothing. It is also excellent for all skin types. By adding this one small step each day will change the health of your skin. I highly recommend starting to use a toner after each cleanse.

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.