Vitamin C…a necessity

September 27, 2009

My addiction…Vitamin C. Applied topically or taken internally, I crave it. I was enlightened with its miraculous skin care properties back in my 20’s. I have a gorgeous Italian friend who has regularly visited her awesomely talented esthetician for the last 12 years. Yes, my friend has great genes working for her, but I have known her since the age of 12 and her skin has not changed much. She has preserved her skin with Vitamin C.

Vitamin C is necessary for our bodies to produce collagen.  As we age, collagen begins to break down and cross link creating what looks like lasagna noodles under the skin. Free radicals and time are the culprit here. Every stressful encounter, every sun ray you are exposed to, every alcoholic beverage you consume, every cigarette you smoke or inhale second hand, is going to knock your skin cells out of balance. Our bodies can do amazing things when nourished properly. When the naughty, negatively charged free radical comes knocking at your door, you need to be armed with a positively charged antioxidant. Vitamin C is my choice. Not only will it neutralize the negative energies attacking your cells, it’s also going to assist your body to produce collagen. Double bam!

How much is enough? Here’s the controversy. The good news–your body consumes what it needs, then eliminates the rest. Unlike minerals, which can be stored and cause damage to some organs, you can’t OD on Vitamin C. Great news for the addict, huh??? Back to the question of what’s enough. What makes sense to me is that it’s an individualized amount. The stress junkie’s body is probably going to consume more than the Zen girl’s. Internally, I consume 1000 mg’s at different times of the day. If I am tired, I will kick it up that day. We don’t know when we encounter the latest germ-monkey virus, they are invisible. I want to be armed, big time.

Topically applied, is another story. As an esthetician, I insist this is a necessary part of anyones regimen. When taken orally, over 70% is consumed by our internal organs.  Recall Scurvy??? That happened when those poor souls sailing the High Seas did not have access to fresh fruit and vegetables, which are packed with this vital nutrient. Our heart, lung, kidney, liver, etc… tissue is comprised of collagen. That’s not leaving much for our largest, most exposed organ–the SKIN.

The most important factor in Vitamin C skin care products…stability. If it’s not a stabilized form, then it’s efficacy will not be so great. At The Lash Spa we sell Jan Marini Skin Research. Jan has amazingly effective skin care products. No, they are not organic or all natural, but you will experience awesome changes in your skin. I LOVEEE her C-ESTA line. Tightens, brightens and tones the skin. The 2 C-ESTA eye creams are the BOMB, combined or used individually. The gel cleanser is a hands down favorite, too. Jan worked with Dr. Pericone, he is a Master in this field, as well.

Poor man’s concoction??? I get my Te Karanga Organic Coconut Oil and Vitamin C crystals, mix them together in the palm of my hands and massage it into my facial skin. How much you ask??? The best consistency I found was when I put 1/4 tsp. crystals into an ounce of coconut oil. Loved the consistency, but this experiment created an awful odor when left in my cabinet. Which led my mind to the stability of it. Probably not great. Fresh is best any ways, right? So now I usually do about a tablespoon of oil with about  1/16 tsp. of crystals. You will come up with a scrub type mixture. Massage it in, including your neck.  Feel the burn, but not too much. If it feels too grainy, add some more oil.  How excercised your skin is, in the areas of exfoliation, will dictate how long you leave it on. I prefer to sleep with it on.  Beginner’s: wash it off after about 20 minutes. Then massage on more pure coconut oil. Your skin will glow when powered with this immunity booster, my love: Vitamin C.

Peace from the Lash Lady.

Eyes: the window to your soul.

September 20, 2009

They say your eyes are the window to your soul. What if your eyes look tired and you are not? Thank the heavens for concealer. Eyelash extensions do wonders, mascara comes in at a close second. But sometimes all of today’s modern cosmetic miracles just can not cover what time and genetics bring about. What’s a lady to do??? I have seen an amazing cosmetic procedure called an Eye Pinch. I say amazing and I mean amazzzzzzzzing. The incision is made right along the lash line of the bottom lid. The loose skin, which creates the saggy bags, is snipped and sewn up just right. The scar fades right into the lash line and can NOT be noticed. Best part…the procedure can be done under local anesthesia. The recovery time is rapido, too. No one will know what you have been up to, just that you look marvelously rested:)

Peace from the Lash Lady.

Organics…to go or not to go.

September 18, 2009

Hot topic in the skin care industry: Organic skin care, does it matter??? Many people are still thinking…”Well I am not ingesting it, how can it matter?” Back to a post I made earlier–your skin is your largest organ. Whatever you apply topically is going to end up in your cells, where digestion does occur, creating cellullar debris, thus being eliminated through your excretory system. Whatever you apply, goes into your system.

I have heard both sides, the verdict has yet to be delivered on whether it has makes a difference in your skin. Some say no, some say yes. I don’t think there could be a way to sway the opinion of a woman who has cancer, has done her research, and has determined what she feels may have caused her illness. I don’t think there is a way to sway the mind of a CEO whose corporation has a skin care line that formulates their lotions and potions with chemicals only a chemist can pronounce. My opinion, keep your product ingredients to a minimum. If your favorite whatever is all natural and organic, way to go. No worries, lather up and smooth it on.

I do believe the time to go Green and clean is here. The tide is turning. Big companies will eventually cave and ride the wave all the way in.  If we all begin to incorporate organics into our regimens, in due time, the big CEO will have to bow his head. That’s just the way it goes. All the power to the the little lady called Consumer. Isn’t she lovely?

Peace from the Lash Lady.

Eyelash Extensions.

September 15, 2009

Eyelash Extensions. When I first learned how to do them, everyone was saying, “Huh???” Back then we wondered if the trend would last, and now I must say…I feel they are here to stay. I receive the same questions regularly, “Will they damage my lashes? Do they hurt? How long will they last?” The answers I give to all of my clients is this, “What people experience is highly individualized.” What one woman feels, the other does not. How long they will last is greatly up to how well you baby your beautiful lashes. General rule of thumb…NO rubbing, touching, pulling. Avoid any activity which involves rubbing, touching, pulling. Any rubbing, touching, pulling will diminish the length of your lash life cycle. Lashes have a life cycle??? Your body has 3 phases of hair growth and your lashes are no different. If you pull out a lash, then you will have to wait for the follicle to produce the next lash, which may be way down there. So again, no rubbing, touching, pulling. This is where the damage could come in, partly. If you land in the lap of a lash extensionist who uses way too much glue–you are in trouble. Yes, there will be damage. Yes, they will hurt. And they will not last long because they most likely will be falling out in huge clumps. If you have heard these rumors, they are true.  At The Lash Spa we have seem some doozy lash jobs walking through the door in search of someone to fix the mess. My business runs off of personal referrals. If you are wanting to try lash extensions, my advice is ask around. Get a referral from a happy client, ask your hair stylist, ask your nail girl.

Let’s talk positives… Waking up in the morning with gorgeous lashes, not having to remove mascara at the end of a long day, someone commenting on how rested you look or asking if you have had some work done. Or maybe someone may look at you knowing something is different, but just can’t say what. My favorite: shaving down my morning routine. I am notorious for taking way too long to get ready. Eyelash extensions take it way down. I have had clients tell me that their husbands love me for what I have done to make their wives get ready so fast. I have even heard a few times that women are actually WAITING for their hubby’s to finish grooming. Historically, I think that may have been unheard of.

Yes, they do require new habits to be formed. But isn’t changing things up good for the soul? I can’t explain the difference I see in a woman’s face after she has received her first new set. I love lash virgins. They are always filled with anxiety, then when everything is said and done, and they look in the mirror, I almost always see a look of amazement. Those are the moments I think, “I love my job.”

Peace from the Lash Lady.

A MUST in the hair care regime…clarifying shampoo. My fav…Redkin. Grab it in the white bottle. Use it once a week and the difference will be noticable. Weightless, shiny hair. What girl can ask for more? Implement it in your hair care regime and you will most definitely notice a difference.

 Peace from the Lash Lady.

Cellulite. Controversial topic, I must agree. Some say there is no solution, some say they have the solution. Who to believe, I can not say. What I do believe is there must be something to reduce the appearance of those dimples. Through the years, I have heard many stories…women spending thousands, women buying creams, women seeing dancers with it. My opinion is that cellulite is definitely not prejudice. My educated guess? Genetics. If an almost perfect 10 can be sporting it and a full-figured goddess escapes it, then it boils down to genetics.

What to do if  you do not like what the mirror is imaging back? Keep trying! What have I heard at The Lash Spa??? Edermology has been a hot topic. Clients have reported results. It makes sense to me. Stimulation of circulation most certainly will help break down toxins, which are reported to be the culprit. My beautiful, raven redhead, long time client noticed my bottle of Te Karanga Organic Coconut Oil at the desk. (Although I promise to deliver my product  suggestions without  nepotism, I must give a shout out for my brand of Coconut Oil.) Her response was that her Edermologist suggests this for helping with cellulite. NO, I do not want the FDA on my tail, so I will say that nothing has been proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite. But, what I must agree to is  that, theoretically, it makes sense to my informed mind. When applied topically, coconut oil , due to its small molecular structure, rapidly penetrates the skin. Coconut oil is a medium chained saturated fatty acid. Being that it is medium chained, rather than a long chain, the body can easily digest it. The skin cells, which form the largest organ of your body, are not immune to this function.  The oil is recognized by the cells, therefore digesting it,  bringing on the inevitable secretion of toxins, aka cellular debris into the blood stream, then on its way to the excretory system, which takes it to the sewer. Following me? Raven redhead also added the use of raw, pure cane sugar. Which brings me to another subject, calories. Calories are needed for the body to expend energy. Seems to me that the process of eliminating toxins trapped in cellulite seems like a mighty heroic task. Wouldn’t some extra calories seem in order??? I think so.  My opinion? Give it a try. Brew up your own concoction, preferably formulated with Te Karanga Organic Coconut Oil with added essential oils. Get your raw sugar and massage away. If all else fails, your thighs will be silky  smooth:)

Peace from the Lash Lady.

Purple shampoo???

September 11, 2009

Purple shampoo? I think the idea of using a purple shampoo would cause any girl’s heart to pound. I have been a blonde, I am a brunette–common irritation factor, Brassiness. Any time brown is being pulled to a lighter shade, it will end up with reddish tones. Solution??? A color depositing shampoo. I have been using L’Oreal’s Colorist Collection. LOVEEE it. Looks like purple chocolate, but it neutralizes the warmth that occurs as my hair color begins to fade. My stylist’s assistant is a platinum blonde, she uses straight up purple. Again, neutralizes warmth, cooling it down. Advice I received from the professionals–It’s not a deep cleansing shampoo. Do an initial cleanse with your usual shampoo, then do a double cleanse and condition with the purple potion. Also, to avoid build up, use it every other shampoo.

Still skeptical??? Give it a try…it washes out:)

Peace from the Lash Lady.

At The Lash Spa in Dana Point, CA we hear beauty secrets from some of Southern California’s most beautiful women. As an Orange County native, I have been blessed with some gorgeous friends and I must say, mother.  One might think I am prejudiced. You have to be pretty to be in her circle??? Not so, so I guess this blog was just meant to be– Beauty Confessions of Cali’s Finest. I promise to share what I hear on any given day…the newest long lasting lip gloss, the perfect polish, the latest laser, the best in nip/tucks, an amazing hair spray or shine, an unreal shampoo or the best in body shimmers.  I hear it all and now it’s time to share. Feel free to fill us in on your new faves, as well. We would love to know what makes you look soo fine:)