Nightly cleansing.

October 9, 2009

I know this is a dreaded topic for some. Yet, I feel I must address its importance. Doing eyelash extensions for over 4 years now, I have peered over many pores.  I know– the end of a long day, you have crashed on the sofa or somewhere else, maybe the floor??? The last thing you want to do is splash your face with water and get into the complicated regimen that the perfectly complected woman has prescribed you. Women who sell skin care and cosmetics have naturally great skin, right? Not so. If this esthetician did not wash her face morning & night and regularly tend to her rigorous exfoliation techniques, her skin would be riddled with milia, hormonal breakouts and be screaming SUN DAMAGE from miles away. What a good skin care therapist should ask her client who is concerned about breakout is: How often are you cleansing and what are you using? During the day, most women wear some form of makeup, our oil glands have been secreting their substance, and dust in the wind has grasped onto us. Hence forth- makeup, oil and dirt have all accumulated on the surface of our skin. If it is not cleansed away before we drift off, pores will begin to clog, oxidize and form the dreaded black heads. If you are prone to acneic conditions, the bacteria is going to explode in your pores, creating pustules. You wake up wanting to cry. All of this can be greatly reduced by nightly cleansing. Our bodies have been beautifully designed to heal and rejuvenate during our nightly ventures into dreamland. Why not mix in some Vitamin C or glycolic acid action? Some discipline will go far here, ladies. Work with nature, not against it. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but after the early age of 30, it’s a down hill slide. Fight the fight, fight it armed with all you can…proper cleansing habits,vitamins, sunscreen, exfoliation, moisturizers, good oils, water, etc… you will notice the difference when you  do make the effort. I will acknowledge that yes, there are genetic freaks of nature that can get away with doing nothing. Ignore them and wash your face, my friends! 

Peace from the Lash Lady.

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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.