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Don’t skip the morning cleanse!! Why??

 

Clinets like to follow celebrity trends; however, the celebrity trend of skipping the A.M. cleanse is one they should not follow. Celebrities like Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung and Kristen Bell have said they don’t wash their face in the morning, according to a report by a Observer. I have to tell you that this is a terrible idea.

Why It’s Bad
We sweat when we sleep. Also, skin picks up detritus from pillows. Retinoids and pm products should be washed off before the application of am products. In addition, it is important for skin to be clean for better product absorption.

How To A.M. Cleanse
Although we must cleanse in the morning, we do not need the double cleanse as we may have to do an night. However, most skin care professionals recommend having two cleansers on hand depending on skin condition.
The client needs an emollient cleanser if the client is dehydrated, a non-drying gel cleansers if the client’s skin is feeling normal to oily and something mild if the skin is feeling irritated.

Why is cleanser important?

Cleanser creates a clean canvas for the applications that are following. If skin isn’t properly cleansed, the products will not be able to penetrate properly into the skin. They will seat on top of the surface and you will not get the benefits that you should get from the.
Invest in a good cleanser, its usually the cheapest item in the routine, but many people think they can get away with a over the counter drying, toxic cleanser.

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“How Do I Get Rid Of A Blemish Fast?”

“How do I get rid of a blemish fast?” is a very common question I get from my clients.

Here are my five expert tips for getting a zit to go away quickly, while minimizing a stubborn red scar and post inflammatory pigmentation.

1. Your body will do everything it can to heal a blemish fast. The human body is truly amazing. The expression “time heals all wounds” is true when it comes to our minds, bodies and skin. For example, when a smoker finally decides to quit smoking, the lungs can actually start to heal themselves from the damage associated with nicotine. When you accidentally cut yourself, the skin quickly stimulates repair processes to help close and heal the wound. When it comes to blemishes, when one appears, your skin will do everything it can to get it to heal and make it go away fast—even if you do not treat it with a topical acne spot treatment. (Note: The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.) …

2. When you get a red, painful blemish, ONE of two things will happen:
The infection inside the blemish will work its way up to the surface of the skin resulting in a whitehead. If your skin could talk, it would say, “There is an infection and I want it out. The way I’ll take care of this is to excrete the infection through the skin’s surface.” This type of blemish is called a pustule.

OR

The infection will NOT come up to the surface. It will stay deep within the skin until the body eventually re-absorbs it. If your skin could talk, it would say, “I’m just going to hang out down here for a bit. Don’t worry, I’ll go away on my own but I’m going to be kind of an annoying bump for a while.” This type of blemish is called a cyst.

3. To get it to go away quickly, choose and use your spot treatments wisely.
FOR PUSTULAR BLEMISHES: The best course of action is to NOT act the minute you feel it coming on by using a overly drying spot treatment, instead, apply an anti-inflammatory acne treatment like Dermaclear Serum or simply leave it alone and wait a day or two for the infection to appear on the surface. Waiting will allow you to effectively control the blemish without damaging and drying out the skin. Once the whitehead is truly visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your fingers wrapped in tissue and then once it’s removed, apply a spot-drying treatment, which will work its way into the opening of the skin and dry things up from within. If you apply a drying treatment before the whitehead is on the surface, it will simply dry out the surface of the skin keeping the infection trapped underneath for longer which ultimately will make the blemish last longer and cause more damage to the skin. However, at any stage of the breakout, it’s a good idea to try to keep the blemish calm and bacteria minimized.

FOR CYSTIC BLEMISHES: Mostly occurring in the chin and jaw areas, it is important to remember that cysts are like submarines; they are meant to stay under the skin. No matter what method you employ, cysts will never rise to the surface of the skin. This means no picking!

4. Picking at a blemish only makes things worse.
When a blemish appears, it is embarrassing. The whole point of picking it is that you don’t want anyone to see it, so you are trying to get rid of it. However, you must ask yourself this: What is more noticeable, a closed bump or an oozing, bleeding scab? A bump is smooth, can be camouflaged with makeup and is only glaring in certain lights. A scab, on the other hand, is a rough surface that doesn’t take well to makeup and becomes impossible to hide during the healing process and for a long time after. What I thought was helping me was actually detrimental for my looks. Not only that, but picking is rough on the skin. Need more reasons to sit on your hands?

-It is Unsanitary: An open wound is open to infection
-It is Unattractive: Scabbing is a drawn-out process filled with dried flakes.
-It is Damaging: Take it as a sign that pitting sounds suspiciously close to picking.
If you must squeeze, only do so when the whitehead is truly visible.

5. After a blemish is healed, wearing sunscreen will help the scar fade more rapidly.
A post-breakout scar is dark in color because the inflammation from the blemish triggers the skin to produce pigment cells. The solution to get it to fade as quickly as possible is to use a skin lightening, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory product. Did you know wearing sunscreen helps expedite the healing and fading process? If the affected skin is exposed to daylight, the UV rays stimulate the melanin cells – even if it’s cloudy outside – making the scar darker and redder in color and visible longer. For acne-prone skin, it’s very important to find a sunscreen formula that doesn’t clog the pores or encourage acne and breakouts. Check out our best-selling Image Oil-Free Prevention SPF 32.

Bottom line: Be smart when it comes to caring for your blemishes. Think before you treat and your blemish will be gone in no time. The choice is yours.

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How important is your facial appointment before the holidays?

 

Holiday season is just around the corner. This is the time where we get busy with parties, family events, shopping and other things that go along with the holidays.
This is a busy time, time of stress and as you know stress is not good for the body, especially not beneficial for the skin….

As the season is approaching I have been noticing that some of my customers are canceling appointments because they fill like they can’t afford a facial because holidays are approaching.
Well… the truth is- this is the time you should be caring for the skin even more!!
You have parties to attend to, family events where you want your skin to glow, since you will see people you haven’t seen in a while.
I am pretty sure you don’t want them to think…”Oh gosh she has aged since the last time i saw her”… With the holidays, there comes the fact that our diet doesn’t stay consistent and the healthiest. We tend to consume more adult beverages than usual, eating more sweets and drinking water goes out of the window….
All this factors are creating problems in the body, and since the skin is the largest organ, it gets effected the most.

Please think about those things before you make a decision and cancel your monthly appointment. Skin is not like hair where you can see the roots and you have to have them color, nor it is like nails!! Skin damage creeps on us slowly, you can’t tell its unhealthy and that it needs attention until its really badly damages, dehydrated, not glowing looking and you feel like you need help. When you get to that point, you went way too far.

Always remember that prevention is easier and therefore cheaper than it is correction. For a monthly facial you spend less than your monthly cost of coffee at the Sturbacks every morning.

Be smart, be wise, make good choices for your body and your skin!

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Don’t Skip The Morning Cleanse!

Clients like to follow celebrity trends; however, the celebrity trend of skipping the A.M. cleanse is one they should not follow. Celebrities like Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung and Kristen Bell have said they don’t wash their face in the morning, according to a report by an Observer. I have to tell you that this is a terrible idea.

Why It’s Bad
We sweat when we sleep. Also, skin picks up detritus from pillows. Retinoids and pm products should be washed off before the application of am products. In addition, it is important for skin to be clean for better product absorption.

How To A.M. Cleanse
Although we must cleanse in the morning, we do not need the double cleanse as we may have to do at night. However, most skin care professionals recommend having two cleansers on hand depending on skin condition. The client needs an emollient cleanser if the client is dehydrated, a non-drying gel cleanser if the client’s skin is feeling normal to oily and something mild if the skin is feeling irritated.

Why Is Cleanser Important?
Cleanser creates a clean canvas for the applications that are following. If skin isn’t properly cleansed, the products will not be able to penetrate properly into the skin. They will sit on top of the surface and you will not get the benefits that you should get from them.

Invest in a good cleanser, it is usually the cheapest item in the routine, but many people think they can get away with an over-the-counter drying, toxic cleanser.

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How Important Is Your Facial Appointment Before The Holidays?

Holiday season is just around the corner. This is the time when we get busy with parties, family events, shopping and other things that go along with the holidays. It’s a busy time and along with that comes stress. As you know, stress is not good for the body, and it’s especially not beneficial for the skin.

As the season is approaching I have been noticing that some of my customers are canceling appointments because they feel like they can’t afford a facial since the holidays are approaching.

Well, the truth is…this is the time you should be caring for your skin even more!!

You have parties and family events to attend and you want your skin to glow, since you will see people you haven’t seen in a while. I am pretty sure you don’t want them to think…”Oh gosh, she has aged since the last time I saw her”. Along with the holidays, there comes the fact that our diet doesn’t stay consistent or healthy. We tend to consume more adult beverages than usual, we eating more sweets, and drinking water goes out of the window. All of these factors create problems for the body, and since the skin is the largest organ, it is affected the most.

Please think about those things before you make a decision and cancel your monthly appointment. Skin is not like hair where you can see the roots and you have to have them colored, nor it is like nails!! Skin damage creeps up on us slowly. You can’t tell your skin is unhealthy and that it needs attention until it is really badly damaged and dehydrated with no glow and you feel like you need help. When you get to that point, you’ve gone way too far.

Always remember that prevention is easier and cheaper than correction. For a monthly facial, you spend less than your monthly cost of coffee at Starbucks every morning.

Be smart, be wise, make good choices for your body and your skin!

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Should I Change Up My Skincare Routine From Summer To Fall?

A change of season typically means a change in the way skin behaves, often resulting in dryness, breakouts, and a general lackluster appearance. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, breakouts can actually increase during the fall season. The oil flow that takes place in the skin during the summer months is still occurring, yet the cooler air is creating layers of dead skin cell buildup. This traps oil and bacteria beneath the surface of the skin, which leads to an increase in breakout activity. On top of this, skin may start to require more hydration. You don’t need to overhaul your skincare routine entirely, but you do need to make some minor tweaks to your regimen to ensure that skin stays healthy during this seasonal change.

Make the transition from summer to fall flawless with my expert tips:

1. Change Your Cleansing Routine
During the summer months, gel and foaming cleansers are great for deep cleaning morning and night; however, these may be a bit drying once the temperatures cool down and less oil is being produced. A good rule of thumb is to use a non-drying, sulfate-free gel cleanser in the morning and a lightweight, lotion-based cleanser at night. The gel will offer a deep pore cleansing, while a cleansing lotion, which is a bit milder, can do a more effective job of dissolving makeup on the face and within the pores.

2. Boost Hydration
Toners are often an overlooked step in a skin-care regimen. If you aren’t already using one, now’s the time to start. Toners that are alcohol-free are a perfect way to give your skin the water and hydration it so desperately needs in the fall, when the temperatures are cooler. Skin cells are like fish and need water to live. Wipe or spray an alcohol free toner over the skin after cleansing and immediately apply serum or moisturizer while it’s still damp to seal in the hydration and active ingredients.

3. Go With A Heavier Moisturizer And Start Using Hyaluronic Acid Serum
A lightweight moisturizer will be enough for most skin types in the summer, but when the weather begins to cool down, it is important to apply something a little heavier to prevent moisture loss. It is also a great idea to start using your hyaluronic acid serum underneath the moisturizer again.

4. Protect With SPF
This may come as a surprise, but fall (similar to spring) is a season where a tremendous amount of UV damage is incurred. We often think that when the temperatures are cooler outside, the sun isn’t as harmful, but this is false. While the UVB rays (the ones responsible for causing suntans or sunburns) are not as strong in autumn, the UVA rays (the ones that cause skin cancer and premature wrinkles) are just as strong as they are in July and August. Protection is a year-round job, so be sure to apply a sunscreen formulated for your skin type for the face, neck, and any exposed chest area to shield from direct sunlight.

5. Exfoliate
Because certain skin types can be prone to increased sensitivity in summertime from heat, chlorine, and sun, exfoliation should be minimal. But come fall, exfoliation is imperative when it comes to repairing and brightening the complexion. For silky, smooth skin, use a well-formulated facial scrub or an at-home exfoliating peel like Mini Pumpkin Peel.

6. Listen To Your Skin
Regardless of seasons, our skin, like our bodies, is constantly changing and adapting to whatever we throw its way, whether internal or external. It’s important to be attentive and listen to your skin for signs that it’s not getting what it needs. Tightness, dryness, increased breakouts and sensitivity are all signs that your current skincare routine isn’t working for you and a change is in order. Pay attention to what your skin is telling you. You always want to work with Mother Nature, never go against her. When skin problems start to occur, you must make certain that you are using products that specifically address your skin’s needs. It’s also time to schedule your monthly appointment.

Seasonal changes can definitely create change in the skin, so by following these skin tips and changing up your skin-care routine, you can keep it looking and feeling its best.

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What’s In The Air?

If you aren’t already aware, we live in a very dirty world and it’s just getting dirtier. Pollution, exhaust fumes, smoke, extreme weather conditions, and free radicals all have a negative effect on our skin. While we normally remember to protect our skin from the sun, we often forget to protect our skin from what’s all around you…the air.

Here are some facts that you should be aware of:

1. Pollution causes your skin to age prematurely.

It becomes dull, dehydrated and more sensitive. It causes your skin to lose it’s natural elasticity and luminous glow.

Recent dermatological studies as reported in Skin, Inc. show:

  • The formation of lentigines increases with levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution-associated gases
  • Study subjects living in more polluted areas have significantly worse skin hydration
  • Study subjects living in more polluted areas show depleted vitamin E and squalene levels in the skin
  • An increase in atmospheric soot is linked with 20 percent more pigment spots on the forehead and cheeks
  • Soot, particles from traffic, and background pollution are associated with a more pronounced nasolabial fold

2. Pollution is always present.

You can’t get away from it. It’s indoors and outdoors and it doesn’t matter which area of the country you live it. That’s why it’s so important to protect your skin with a daily regimen recommended by a professional.

At-home daily skin care is a great way to fight the damage caused by pollution. When coupled with professional treatment, once a month, you have a great plan to keep your skin in tip-top shape. I can customize the perfect solution for you!!

If you need a professional skin evaluation or would like to book an appointment, go to www.spelaskincareandwaxing.com. Booking is available 24/7.

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Why Oxygen

I hope this finds all things happy in your life. 🙂

I am writing to you today because I would like to share a few important facts about oxygen, and also to introduce some new products that are coming soon from Image skin care (see below).

Oxygen is vital to the survival of every cell in our body. In fact, the average human can survive weeks without food, days without water, yet only minutes without oxygen. Oxygen has incredible regenerative powers and thats why I use it so much in my treatment room. Physicians have used oxygen for decades to treat burns, gangrene, and other wounds. High concentration of oxygen help to trigger the body`s natural healing functions and viruses, fungal infections, and the bacteria the causes acne can not live in an oxygen rich environment.
Oxygen provides energy to our cells and is essential in cell metabolism. It is essential to maintain your cellular function and repair. Oxygen is needed to promote fibroblast proliferation and collagen production which is essential part of skin`s healing process. The availability of oxygen to skin tissue plays an important and integral role in skin recovery.

Oxygen treatment is the only treatment on my menu that is suitable for any skin types and conditions. It promotes healing on the cellular level, reducing inflammation, tightening of the pores and stimulates collagen production. You can see amazing results after one treatment, and as many of you know it can be added to any facial/microdermabrasion to enhance the results.
Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you soon.
xo
Spela

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Feed Your Face

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Having a healthy glowing skin has a lot to do with your diet. Being mindful of what you put on your plate is as important to skin health as cleaning out your closets is for your mental health.

Sure, genetics and lifestyle play a part, but your diet is one of the most controllable of the environmental factors that cause skin damage.

Clean up your diet with five foods you should be incorporating for a more radiant glow-and know the five that need to be permanently purged.

5 BEST FOODS:

-Almonds (they keep your skin supple by keeping cell membranes hydrated)

-Blueberries (Rich in antioxidants to combat oxidative damage)

-Spinach (Rich source of antioxidants, contains folate to help reduce skin cancer risk by repairing DNA in sun-damaged cells)

-Tomatoes (Lycopene, the nutrient that is responsible for tomato`s bright red color, protects skin from within)

-Walnuts (Walnuts lead the pack in the family of nuts when it comes to skin care, omega-3-fatty acids improves skin elasticity and reduces redness)

5 WORST FOODS

-Alcohol (Extremely dehydrating, also can aggravate rosacea and create a dull appearance)

-Caffeine (Excessive consumption is dehydrating and increases oil production)

-Commercial Granola Bars ( Some commercial granola bars contain a lot of sugar per serving)

-French Fries ( Salt causes tissues to swell, making your skin look puffy, especially around your eyes)

-Store-Bought Smoothies (Like granola bars, smoothies are loaded with added sugars, these refined sugars cause insulin level to spike, resulting in inflamed skin and wrinkles)

Occasionally eating the items on the worst list isn`t going to wreak havoc on your appearance, but a lifetime of indulgence can damage skin.

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Bacteria Might Be the Answer to all Your Skincare Woes

You’ve probably spent your whole life with bacteria — but mostly getting rid of it. Think washing your hands, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, going through eight million bottles of sanitizer every winter. So it seems pretty counterintuitive that smearing bacteria all over your face could actually help your skin. Sounds crazy (and kind of gross), right?

While there are parts of the body in which bacteria aren’t welcome, others, like your gut, make a good home for the little guys — which, in turn, help digest food and regulate your immune response.
Your skin, too, naturally plays host for a number of good bacteria. But external factors (like pollution) and harsh formulas in your skin care routine can kill off these good bacteria. That’s when you get into trouble…

If you have been my client for a while, you have heard me talking about probiotics at some point…… Probiotics are bacteria — but don’t worry, it’s not like you’re rubbing your face with the bottom of your shoe. Instead, most of the probiotic technology you’ll find in skincare is derived from bacteria cultures common in milk and yogurt. Bifida is the best known, but there are many different strains available. They’re alive during formulation and usually dunzo by the time you get them. But even dead, probiotics offer skin benefits. They keep the skin’s acid mantle intact, which helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss.
Trans-epidermal water loss can cause dehydration, sensitivity, dryness, and irritation.

The whole goal of probiotics is to calm skin. Different parts of the bacteria — the cell walls, their hydration — balance skin by strengthening the protective barrier, maintaining skin’s moisture levels, and boosting its immune defenses. Probiotics are gentle and effective multitaskers, making them the closest thing to a cure-all.

Probiotics benefit every single skin type (sounds too good to be true, I know). They modulate the immune response and they quickly quell inflammation and redness for those with sensitive skin and rosacea. Other studies show that strains of probiotics are effective acne-fighters — the big plus being that probiotics actually hydrate skin, while most acne solutions try to knock out breakouts by turning your face into the Sahara (looking at you, benzoyl peroxide). And, on top of this, they help skin seal in moisture, smoothing out any fine lines and wrinkles.

Certain ingredients found in beauty products sold over the counter can knock your skin off-balance — in either direction.
Sodium laurel sulfate, or SLS, completely strips skin of the natural oils and bacteria. On the other hand, mineral oils and some waxes can leave a greasy film on skin, clogging the pores and creating congestion and dullness, so bacteria can’t do its work.
Even going on topical antibiotics for acne — or oral antibiotics for an infection — can affect your skin flora. That’s why you need probiotics, which restore the good bacteria to skin.
Probiotics are becoming more and more popular item in my clients skin care routine.
My go to probiotic moisturizer is Epicuren`s. Have you tried it yet?