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Benefits of Papaya

Papaya

Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but they are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients: the carotenes, vitamin C, and flavonoids; the B vitamins including folate and pantothenic acid; the minerals including potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Papaya is abundant in anti-oxidants due to a huge concentration of Vitamin A.

Papaya is a great bet when it comes to skin care. Papaya contains *papain which is helpful in breaking down inactive proteins and removing dead skin cells; applying papaya on the skin exfoliates it in a gentle and natural way. Use mashed papaya for cracked and sore heels. Mix mashed papaya with honey for a hydrating skin mask. Because papaya is low in sodium, it retains little water. The result is an overall hydrated skin.

Papaya is a great skin-firming and anti-aging mask. Mash uneaten papaya with or without milk and apply on your face. It helps in removing blemishes, dark spots, evens out your skin tone, and brings a glow to your face.

Rub the papaya peel on your face after eating the papaya. The alpha-hydroxy acids—coveted ingredients for their anti-aging properties—are found in abundance in papaya which makes it an acidic fruit. So let it stay for no more than five minutes and wash it off with cold water. If you let the papaya stay on your face for more time, it might cause dryness and even irritate sensitive skins.

Dimensional Color

Hair Highlighting Techniques Compared

One of my favorite hair trends is dimensional color. I absolutely love the lived-in, effortless look of this approach to hair color.

In the student salon here at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I have seen a lot of demand for this type of hair service. The truth is there are many ways to achieve this type of hair.

Everyone has heard of ombre and some have heard of balayage. But what many don’t know is that there are countless more techniques that hair stylists use to achieve beautiful, rich, dimensional color. There is free-hand hair painting, baby lights, sombre, and flamboyage. It is our job as hair stylists to know what our clients want (and need) and then deliver the right results.

To better understand the difference between these techniques, it is important to break down what it is that distinguishes one technique from the other.

  • Ombre was a huge trend a few years back and is still somewhat in demand now. Ombre is characterized by having two distinct colors in the hair that are diffused and blended at the point where they meet in the hair. This point is usually right below the occipital bone, about halfway down the hair.
  • Balayage is very trendy right now as it is universally flattering because its look is so natural and blended. Balayage is a form of freehand highlighting that is not brought up all the way to the scalp in order to give off a lived-in, very natural look. This technique is great for clients that do not desire a style that requires a lot of maintenance.
  • Baby lights is a lesser known method, much like balayage, that produces a very natural effect. Baby lights are characterized by very selective placement of highlights on the hair, so as to give just a little tease of color. Baby lights require fewer foils than a traditional highlight or partial highlight.
  • Sombre is a much softer version of ombre. It is more subtle and its color variation is not quite as drastic.
  • Flamboyage is a combination of ombre and balayage. It gives a client the ultimate marriage of dimension and a pop of color.

As a hair stylist, and as someone who goes to the salon to get my own hair done, I believe being well informed and educated on your options brings you one step closer to getting the perfect outcome at the salon.

Highlight and Contour

How to Contour

Highlight and contour have become the new thing in makeup over the past year. From Kim Kardashian to Nikki Minaj, it is what everyone is trying. The purpose of highlight and contour is to bring out the highs and lows of the face. To broaden the cheekbones and to make the face look skinny. Highlighting and contouring is a great tool for anyone who likes to really define their makeup and facial features.

To contour, a bronzer or darker shade is used under the cheekbone, on the forehead, and along the sides of the nose to shade the parts of the face that is desired.

To highlight, take a much lighter shade and place it on the high points of the face such as the cheeks, above the eyebrows, and on the cupids bow.

You can use a cream or a powder contour. Using cream is better for dry skin, and gives a dewy finish, however, it is a lot thicker and tends to be messier. Powder contour is best for oily skin because it absorbs the excess oil and gives a matte finish to the face. It is also easier to control.

Looking up tutorials on YouTube or taking a class can really help. It is a fun way to do makeup and you always look fierce and flawless.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is derived from the Tea Tree. Its scientific name is Melaleuca alternifolia.

It sometimes comes from Australia. Originally it was used in tea by some, but Australian natives used it in medicine for a long time.

The most relevant uses of tea tree oil to someone in the beauty industry are:

  • acne,
  • after waxing,
  • during extractions,
  • for tinea unguium—also known as onychomycosis, which is a fungal infection of the nail,
  • tinea pedis (athletes foot),
  • scabies, and
  • possibly pediculosis (lice).

It can also be used as a natural antiseptic on things like cuts and abrasions. Some believe it can help with bug bites. It has many other uses and can also be used in the bath as a bath oil. This can be good for the health of the skin by soaking or it can be good for inhaling through the steam of the bath. Some people use it in this way for things like sore throat or a common cold.

Tree oil works by containing chemicals that may kill bacteria and fungal infections. Some people believe it also works to reduce skin reactions from contact irritants or allergic reactions.

When using tea tree oil, it is important to use a carrier oil. It contains eucalyptol which can be a skin irritant if it is not used correctly. This means that if one were to use tea tree oil as a spot treatment then 100% cannot be applied directly to the area. Mixing it into a small amount of lotion or serum is a much better option.

Aveda Joins the No Poo Revolution

Brunette Woman with Curly Hair

Who has time to wash their hair every day? Those of us with curly, wavy, or frizzy hair know that our hair looks better the second or even the third day after shampooing.

Frequent shampooing can dry out the hair and curly hair has a tendency to be dry because the curls make it difficult for the hair’s natural oils to travel down the hair shaft. The solution for many has been to use conditioner only; however, conditioner alone does not remove product build-up and won’t leave your scalp feeling squeaky clean.

Aveda has joined the no poo revolution with their new product Be Curly Co-Wash. Be Curly Co-wash is sulfate free, using babassu oil to gently cleanse the scalp, leaving the hair soft and the curls defined.

Co-wash isn’t just for curly hair, but can be used by anyone with a tendency towards dry or frizzy hair.

Co-wash provides the essential moisture to hair, leaving the hair soft, manageable, and clean.

Stop by an Aveda Experience Center and see if Be Curly’s Co-Wash is right for you!

Facials are for Everyone

Man Getting Facial

Some people think, “Oh, facials are just for girls!” Or maybe, “It’s not for me.” Well think again! When I hear facial, I hear skin care. Well, everyone has skin and everyone should be taking care of their skin. After all, it’s the human body’s largest organ and it’s our first line of defense. Facials literally help us from the outside in, and with proper help from a professional Esthetician, results can be seen, if not immediately, then in just a couple weeks.

Here are just a few of the reasons why everyone should be getting facials:

  1. Facials increase circulation of the blood under the skin which promotes the renewal of skin cells.
  2. By working and properly massaging the lymphatic system that lies just under the skin, facials decrease waste underneath the skin that can cause puffiness, redness, and fluid build up. Facials also aid in detoxification.
  3. A good facial and facial massage can help smooth fine lines and promote collagen production, which is key to preventing premature aging, wrinkles, and sagging.
  4. A facial cleanses the pores on a deep level. Even non-acneic skin can use a good deep cleanse. Extractions and cleaning out the pores can help to maintain clear skin, stop acne from producing, and can help to change the pore’s size. Sometimes, when pores are left unchecked, they can start to stretch and widen with the build-up of oil and dirt. Please do not attempt to extract or pick at your own skin unless you are a professional and know how to do it properly; you could be at risk of scarring and infection.
  5. Facials provide deeper exfoliation than you can achieve at home. Exfoliation smoothes skin, allows for greater penetration of products including moisturizers or serums, unclogs pores, improves the skin’s ability to retain hydration, and evens skin tone.

Now doesn’t that sound like facials benefit everyone?

Benefits of Waxing

Brazilian Wax Bikini Area

From the start of my program, I’ve fallen more and more in love with my career choice. I’ve always been interested in the beauty industry from makeup and skin care to aesthetics and reconstructive surgery. I’ve always been fascinated on how seemingly little changes can make a big difference to a person.

But now, I’ve found a new love for waxing especially Brazilians. I first started with shaving. Big mistake. Thinking about it now makes me cringe. Once I started waxing I noticed how nice, smooth, and silky it leaves my skin, along with the reduction of hair growth. It also exfoliates your skin which can lighten the area you are waxing.

Benefits of waxing:

  1. It gives you smooth, silky skin that lasts
  2. No skin damage, if done by a professional that knows what they’re doing
  3. Finer hair
  4. Double function of both hair removal and exfoliation
  5. Diminishes hair growth
  6. Best of all, it is long-lasting: three to eight weeks depending on the individual’s speed of hair growth.

For first-time waxers, it is going to be a little painful due to the depilation of shaving. From shaving, your root tends to be a deep and thick bulb. As long as you stick to waxing religiously, you will be fine. From the first service, you will notice the difference in your skin texture and the reduction of hair growth.

Aveda Comforting Tea

Aveda Comforting Tea

I thoroughly enjoy Aveda’s comforting tea.

Ever since I started as a student in the Alpha phase, I’ve been drinking a cup at home at least three times a week. It has this sweet root taste that soothes the throat and stomach.

The tea bags are licorice root and peppermint-infused. The licorice gives it that smooth earthy and smoky note, while the peppermint gives it a refreshing and cooler sensation, creating a perfect blend to calm me down.

The peppermint herb is known to be a great way to calm and sooth any stomach discomfort. Peppermint also has many immune system benefits, carrying multiple vital vitamins to the body. Sometimes I rub peppermint oil on my stomach or I’ll just use the herb in a tea bag to make a pure hot peppermint drink.

Licorice root has a long list of benefits. It helps menstrual cramps, gastric issues, and skin problems. Many Aveda skin products have licorice extract which helps with disorders such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Licorice extract is anti-inflammatory, which can be especially helpful for treating skin rashes and swelling.

Anyone who feels stressed, or just needs a soothing drink, should definitely try this tea. It doesn’t just keep you cool, calm, and collected, but it also tastes really good!

Biohazards in Skin Products

Biohazard Symbol

Here is a list of some common, harmful ingredients that can be found in skin care products.

  1. Phthalates
    (pronounced f-THAL-lates)

    These are added to plastics to make them flexible. They are also used as lubricants in products. They can be found in perfume, hair spray, deodorant, almost anything fragranced, nail polish, insect repellent, carpeting, vinyl flooring, the coating on wires and cables, shower curtains, raincoats, plastic toys, and your car’s steering wheel, dashboard, and gearshift. They are responsible for that “new car” smell.

    Why are they bad?

    Phthalates are known to disrupt hormones, especially in men. They have been linked with many sexual developmental and birth defects.

    Recommendation

    In cosmetics, opt for natural perfumes. Look for products that do not contain synthetic fragrance since most all synthetic fragrance contains phthalates. Instead, try products that are scented with essential oils or are specifically labeled “phthalate-free.”

  2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (also called SLS)

    Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant in most products, meaning that it reduces the surface tension between the product and your skin. In many products, it is the foaming agent, which makes it popular for use in toothpaste, shampoos, facial, and body cleansers.

    Why are they bad?

    Although the evidence is controversial, there are many documented links between SLS and cancer.

  3. Parabens

    Parabens are chemical preservatives added to many products to increase shelf life.

    Why are they bad?

    Parabens mimic estrogen in the body, making them endocrine disruptors. While controversy surrounds a 2004 study where parabens were found in breast tumors, many scientists believe that parabens are a known carcinogen, especially when applied directly to the skin. Parabens are easily absorbed and enter our bloodstream intact. This results in a higher probability that they may affect hormonal function.

Coffee Beauty Benefits

Coffee Cup and Beans

I’ve been drinking coffee for more years than I can remember. A good cup of coffee is what most of us prefer to jumpstart the day. Recent studies suggest that we can gloat about the health benefits of that morning cup of joe, too. Coffee can reduce stress and make you smarter!

But did you know that there are coffee beauty benefits worth noting too?. Coffee is packed with antioxidants that can prevent premature aging. And some research suggests coffee can decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here are three beauty benefits of coffee:

  • It gets rid of puffy eyes. Caffeine helps to reduce swelling and irritation. Rather than drinking coffee, applying eye creams that contain caffeine is best, because topical treatments target this skincare problem faster.
  • It temporarily minimizes the appearance of cellulite. Unfortunately, the skin-firming effects will only last for about three hours.
  • It exfoliates dry skin making it silky smooth. While coffee beans may be a bit too harsh to use on your face, using a homemade scrub made out of coffee bean grounds is a safer option for exfoliating the body.