Tag Archives: Skin Damage

The way you sleep = Fine lines!

15 Feb

Here’s a quick fact for today for those of you that sleep on your stomach.

It has been jokingly said by many famous Hollywood starlets dating as far back as the early 1900’s, that lying on your stomach to sleep at night is bad for a ladies “beauty sleep.”

They were right!

The average human head weighs  approximate 7 to 8 pounds… That is a lot of pressure to be putting on your face every night, day after day, for an average of 7 hours or more.

So much in fact, many dermatologists say they can actually tell what side of the face people sleep on by the number of wrinkles that are present on the face.

Just something to think about before you head to bed tonight!


Yogurt and Curling irons?

30 Jan

Yes, you read that correctly. This post goes out to all the ladies who have ever burnt themselves with their  curling iron or flat iron while trying to achieve those pristine curls for that night out!

If in case you do accidentally burn your forehead (or other areas) when using a curling iron/flat iron,  next time slather some plain yogurt on the wound!

Studies have shown that the coolness of the yogurt will help with any potential swelling of the area burned and will also help to reduce the redness. It can even speed the healing process by combating any excess bacteria’s present.

Myth Busters: Sunscreen

9 Dec

“Why do I need Sunscreen in the winter time or when it’s cloudy outside?”

Believe it or not UV Rays are actually just as present when it’s cloudy out as they are on a hot summers day!

Though we may not feel the standard “burn,” it does still damage our skin significantly.

According to the Academy of Dermatology, almost one in five is expected to develop some type of skin cancer in his or her lifetime.

Clouds can be quite deceptive in many people’s ideas and perceptions because many feel that they block the infrared rays because they can’t feel that warmth. Depending on the cloud cover, yes, some of the rays are blocked and bounced back, but on just an average cloudy day they still only shut out about 20 percent of the ultraviolet rays that cause you to burn.

Sun exposure can lead to many things from the standard skin burn of course, but also the long term effects such as pre-mature aging and skin problems such as Melanoma.

Personally speaking I have seen many friends now my own age and even in their early 20’s have cancerous spots removed with some “results” of these spots not playing out how most of us would hope for in such a situation.

Many of them avid tanning bed users or sun-fanatics during the summer months. Though what many do not realize is that most of our “damage” from the sun is done when we are younger, but by continuing into our adult years, we openly add to this and break down the skin even further setting ourselves up to possibly develop cancer.

Though I openly admit I too was a “chronic” tanner for most of my teen years, I no longer “tan.”  If I feel the need for a little “glow,” I rely mainly on make-up and self-tanning products instead.

Watching friends of mine deal with skin cancers really does wake you up to the realities of improper skincare, which is now why I’m quite the advocate with my services and the use of skin protection.

No one wants to go through it and they hope it won’t happen to them, but you never know!

So do your skin that little favor and use some sunscreen as part of your daily beauty regime.

With many different options available in your beauty products from SPF Foundations, tinted moisturizers, Primers and more… buying a multi product containing protectors in it is both a smart choice and can actually save your life!

Udder-ly Amazing!

28 Nov

With winter now here and the colder weather upon us I wanted to talk a little about this product and its use for dry and chapped skin.

I’ve had a few of our “winter brides” express concern over their drying skin for their up and coming weddings… as it can show in your photos!!

For this very reason we ALWAYS recommend a full body moisturize just before the big day, paying special attention to your feet…for those lovely “shoe shots” but also areas like the chest, shoulder and elbows.

For those suffering from extreme dryness, I thought I would give a little love to an amazing product called “Udderly smooth” and another product “Bag Balm

Originally developed for use on dairy cows during the harsh winter months it is now used by many people for their dry and chapped skin. It can be used as an everyday multipurpose moisturizing lotion.

These are AMAZING products and I absolutely love them!

Some know about them, others may not, so with my own skin starting to get a little dry in this weather and my constant use of them, I thought I would do a quick post to let others in on these amazing products should they not already know about them…

Other Moisturizing products I love:



Gold Bond


For those needing a little “extra” moisturizing; Place a healthy coat on hands and/or feet before bed. Place hands into cotton gloves to help lock elements out and let your skin absorb what it seeks from the product, same goes for your feet by placing a pair of socks over top while you sleep.

Those with young children suffering from Diaper rash, Udderly Smooth and Bag Balm are often recommended!!!

Other uses of these products are quite vast from treatments for Sunburns, eczema, psoriasis, burns and much more.

Here are the links below to the websites so you can check them out for yourself!

Bag Balm: http://www.bagbalm.ca

Udderly Smooth: http://www.uddercream.com

Do you use these products to?  Would love to hear about it…Post a comment below and share with others! 🙂

Cellulite – The Enemy

27 Nov

Sadly, there is no “cure” for cellulite BUT you can reduce the appearance of it on your body!

Still one of my all time favorite options and cost saving techniques I recommend to clients is the classic use of Coffee Grinds. With so many different uses for the skin, cellulite treatment and more, I thought I’d write a little something about it as cellulite reducing is still one of our highest ranked areas of questions from our beauty clients.

Cellulite is associated with the number and thickness of bands of connective tissue in the deeper layers of the skin. Also influenced by of course our family and genetic make up but also more general things like our foods we eat, our age/hormones and exercise habits.

With so many factors to weigh in on it’s nice to be able to do what we can to provide at least a temporary cellulite remedy for ourselves! The use of coffee grinds for cellulite reduction is as good as any other and its cost effective… even models and celebrities use coffee grinds for cellulite treatments.

The most important thing to realize and understand is that it’s not a cure, cellulite does not just disappear over night and to use any body treatment methods with realistic expectations of its results.

While in the shower, you can rub coffee grounds on troubled cellulite spots for a few minutes every day or just a few times a week. Coffee is a stimulant and helps breaks down fat deposits when rubbed on those areas…

You can also rub fresh un-brewed coffee grounds all over your most apparent areas on the body then wrap in saran wrap. This is an old-school beauty pageant trick that had been used for many years!

Find a warm place to sit for around 30 minutes and try to stay as warm as possible. Put on sweat suit, sit in a sauna, or stay in the bathroom with the door closed to keep the heat in. Run the shower as hot as possible to steam up the bathroom, etc.  This is great for areas like the tummy, legs,  arms and hip areas.

Other helpful wedding day uses of your left over Coffee grinds is that you can use your left over grinds to make Homemade Body Scrub for smoother skin!


Approx.  a cup of fresh coffee grinds – approx. 1/2 cup of  brown sugar, a tablespoon of Vanilla Extract and a little bit of oil (Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil…all work out the same and smell nice too)

Mix together and put into a little container. If the mixture looks a little crumbly and/or dry, add a little more oil to make it  into a more paste/mask style consistency. Using a Body puff or your hand, rub all over the body in shower then rinse away. This mixture will typically keep for a few weeks or even longer since oil is a natural preservative, this will prevent the coffee from molding.

Sounds silly, but people have been using these methods for many years now, even high end salons for beauty treatments combine many of these methods and ingredients!

So give it a try, what do you have to lose right? 🙂

Myth Busters: Make-up and Bedtime

22 Nov

“I heard that sleeping with your make-up on isn’t actually as bad as people tell you it is…I forget all the time!”


One of the best pieces of advice many of us ladies have been told since we started wearing make-up was “wash your face before bed”

Statistics actually show that you can age up to seven times more and at a faster rate if you go to bed each night with makeup on!

During your sleep, the left over particles of makeup not only trap into pores and can cause skin irritation and un-necessary break-outs, It also tugs and tears at the skin, breaking it down faster and leaving you prone to pre-mature aging, especially around the eyes!

Even worse yet is not removing your mascara and eyeliners, as this leaves lash mites and other bacterias, HARDENED onto the areas and can cause both infection and micro damaging to the eyes!

While sleeping particles can break off into small fragments and become logged in the eye while sleeping.  Not removing your mascara can also cause your lashes to become brittle, break off and fall out easier!

By not removing your mascara at night it now leaves your eyes open to possible infections and general irritations. Worse yet, it can lead to slight micro tears to the eye from leftover hardened bits of your mascara that get trapped in and around the area while you sleep, which can have very damaging effects and even lead to blindness!

So do your face the favor and remove ALL Make-up before heading to bed. Your skin will thank you for it later…

Myth Buster: Age and Shimmers

13 Oct

I often hear this comment from some of my mature clientele.

“Ive heard Mature ladies cannot wear shimmery/frosty makeup”

This is false!

Shimmery makeup can be worn at any age, but what’s more important is how you wear it!

True, you may want to wear a little less as you get older, but that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t. It should also be noted that there is a difference between “Shimmer” and “Frosty” make-up products. Shimmer is typically smaller is sizing, similar to a dust and more of a light wash, where as Frost is typically larger particles that can appear more grainy in textures….You’ll usually see this if the make-up flakes or breaks apart easier when you swipe it with your brushes.

The reason behind this comment is:

If a shimmer and/or Frosty make-up is used incorrectly and in the wrong areas, it tends to ‘age’ you more, regardless of how old you may actually be! This is mainly due to the fact that often shimmer/frosty particles will ‘settle’ in fine line areas such as the eyelids, outer eye areas and deep lines around the mouth. The particles then settle and reflect light drawing direct attention to areas that many wish not to exaggerate…basically acting like a direct visual flagging to the areas in contact with the shimmer!

Helpful tip:

If you love the shimmers, try using small hints of it in selected areas rather than an all over wash, or yet, even more distracting when paired with other shimmery products amongst the face such as a shimmery cheek and a frosty pink lip!

Ideas of use could be in areas such as the corner of the eyes to brighten,  lightly dusted across the cheek bones to add a soft and sexy glow, or even placed onto the center of the lips for a little extra alongside your lipstick or gloss.

The key thing to remember at ANY AGE Is that too much shimmer will have you looking like a disco ball and draw direct attention to all the areas in which you are trying to cover and/or hide.   Worse yet it can photograph terribly causing you to look shiny and sweaty as it reflects light, as well as exaggerate acne, dark circles and fine lines.

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