3 Secrets to Flawless Skin This Fall

As you’ve probably noticed, Fall has officially arrived.  If you look outside, you’ll see the leaves are starting to change colors and in some places, leaves are already falling off the trees.  I love fall, it’s during this season that I get to exchange my summer clothes for boots and cardigans.

Another transition I make during the change of seasons is with my skincare products.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I’ve got some new bars of soap that we can’t seem to keep on the shelves.  I’ll add the link below for you to learn more about our new soaps.  

Since the season has changed, there’s no reason for your skin to lose its luster and glow.  Below are 3 secrets to keep your skin looking moisturized and healthy this Fall.

These 3 Tips Will Keep Your Skin Looking Flawless During Seasonal Change

  1. INVEST IN THE PROPER CLEANSER

Cleansers don’t come in One Size Fits All (Seasons).  People like to tell you they do, especially if you are purchasing over the counter (OTC) products because that’s how those companies make their money.  However, when you purchase professional skincare products, they have smaller molecules so they’re better able to penetrate the skin and give you the best results.

The reason you come to a skincare specialist like me, is so I can examine your skin during a facial, determine your skin type, and suggest the proper products for you based on your skin type.   If you are not one of my clients, then, you will want to start seeing an aesthetician and you’ll want to see one at least every season.  You’ll need a facial for all four seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Your skin more than likely will change with the weather.  However, if you invest in the wrong products for your skin type, it will throw off your pH levels and it will take a professional longer to get them back in balance.

2. EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE

We’re in Fall, but headed into Winter, so your skin will get dryer and the skin cells will build-up.  This is when you’ll want to exfoliate.  It’s okay to exfoliate daily as long as you vary your exfoliants.  You may do so by using a light enzyme, a light acid, and a light manual scrub.  If you don’t know what I am talking about or you’re not familiar with these terms, please either leave comments or contact us directly.

*Side note: For those who are pregnant – since the skin is sensitive and even more-so with a little one inside you – you will want to exfoliate with brown sugar.

3. MOISTURIZE

You’ll want to apply the proper moisturizer.  If you have oily skin – please avoid using an oil-based moisturizer and make sure you get a water-based moisturizer.  If you have dry skin, use a more emollient moisturizer.  However, if you don’t know your skin type, please contact us and we will help you schedule a consultation to get the answers to your questions and take care of your needs.

I hope this was helpful.  For more information about our new soaps, check out our previous blogs: Anti-aging Pumpkin Spice Latte Soap,  Sleepy Thyme Soap Soothes Slumber, and Our “Yoni Love” Soap is Drawing His Attention

For help with determining your skin type, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer, please feel free to contact us. You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com. 

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As Always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Season Changes Affect pH Levels

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The season is soon to change again, so I’m not surprised by the questions that have been flooding my social media.  Here is another question from one of my followers; I think the answer may help several people – including my male followers.

Question:  I thought I had combination skin, but my t-zone no longer seems oily and my skin frequently seems dry, what is going on with my skin?

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Answer:  Your skin care needs often change with the seasons.  When that happens, you may want to adjust your pH levels to keep up with the changing conditions.  The pH level is simply the acid verses alkaline balance in your skin.   The measurement of the pH levels vary between 1 and 14. 

One way to balance the pH level of your skin care routine is to choose a lower alkaline cleanser.  You may want to select a cleanser that has a pH level between 2.5 and 4.3.

 

Below is some cleanser suggestions based on your skin type:

  • Normal skin – find a mild cleanser.
  • Oily skin – find a cleanser that contains Salicylic Acid.
  • Dry skin – find a cleanser that contains a moisturizer or find a cream based cleanser that includes Lactic Acid
  • Combination skin – look for a mild cleanser that contains Glycolic Acid.
  • Melanated skin – find a cleanser containing Hybrid Glycolic Acid.
  • Sensitive skin – look for a cream based cleanser so it moisturizes your skin but does not contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids

For more skin care tips regarding pH balance check out my blog post “Resetting pH Balance for Flawless Skin.” 

Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions or to schedule a virtual consultation.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Snapchat and Instagram to see our upcoming classes and seminars.  Check us out on You Tube and IGTV for our latest videos.

                   As always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Best Home Skin Care Tips by Skin Type

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Often times, what bothers women about their skin are issues that easily cost less than $100 to fix.  Most skin conditions stem from the need of a deep cleansing or a good exfoliation of the first the second layer of the dermis (skin).  That then allows a professional to thin out the stratum corneum.  Afterwards, all that is needed is a great home care routine to balance out the pH levels of her skin.

THE HOME CARE ROUTINE

You’ll want to get a cleanser that has a pH of between 2.5 and 4.3.  Below are my recommendations based on your skin type:

  • Normal skin – you’ll need a mild cleanser.
  • Oily skin– look for a cleanser that contains Salicylic acid. 
  • Dry skin– look for a cleanser that contains a moisturizer or cream base as well as Lactic acid.
  • Combination skin – seek out a mild cleanser with Glycolic acid.
  • Sensitive skin – you need a cream-based cleanser so that it moisturizers your skin but contains no AHA’s.
  • Myelinated skin – you’ll need a cleanser that contains Hybrid Glycolic acid.

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Now let’s address moisturizers for your skin type.  If your skin type is…

  • Normal – you’ll want to look for a creamy moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic acid and Lactic acid.
  • Oily – your moisturizer should be water-based and more of a gel.
  • Dry – look for a cream based moisturizer (shea butter or jojoba oil) with either/and Urea, Lactic acid, Hyaluronic acid.
  • Sensitive + Combination – use a lightweight moisturizer with no acids in it.

Now, if you have acne prone or problematic skin, I would recommend using a toner such as Apple Cider Vinegar.  If you do not have problematic skin I recommend you using a Freshener such as Witch Hazel.  

You also will want to get a facial at least once a month by your aesthetician and that will allow her/him to type your skin and give you the best product recommendations for your skin.  Lastly, if you have more problematic skin your aesthetician can usually correct the problems by using mild to deep acids.

If you need help determining your skin type please feel free to schedule a virtual consultation with me and I will gladly assist you.

Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions or to schedule a virtual consultation.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Snap Chat, and Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

             As always, we look forward to hearing from you…

 

 


Skin Cleansing 101: Face Washing Basics

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A lot of people think they already know how to wash their faces.  So… these are just simple suggestions to enhance your face cleansing routine.

The first step in cleansing your face is to start with a dry face.  A lot of people tend to splash water over their faces before the cleansing process, but that is not what I am suggesting.  I am one of the few aestheticians trained by Ronda Allison, and she taught me to start with a dry face to prevent diluting the product.  I always use this technique, even when using my own product line Semblance.
EBPB t zone wh personFirst, Place the product on dry hands and then apply to your face.   Then, you want to apply the product up and around the cheek and down through your t-zone and then up the side of the nose and then down the side of the face.

You will want to continue this in gentle motions.  It tends to be one fluid motion for us (aestheticians), and it’s just a large circular motion.  Try to avoid scrubbing or tapping/patting your face.  It still baffles me as to why people do that.  You will want to continue with that gentle fluid motion at least one minute so you can get a good deep cleanse.

If you are wearing make-up, you may want to cleanse twice.  However, either way, you will want to continue with the motion for one or two minutes.

The next step is to use a scrub, but only use your scrub twice a week so you don’t over exfoliate.  There are 2 types of exfoliation methods that you can use:

  1. Gommage – a chemical method that goes on like a serum which is soft and smooth and the more you use the circular motion and manipulate it, the grainier it feels.  The grainy feeling is actually your dead skins cells rolling up.  That’s my preferred method, because I can feel and see that it’s working.  Again, be careful because it is a chemical exfoliator and can cause damage or burning if you don’t know what you’re doing.
  2. Granule – it should be active – active means it has acid in it or something in it that is meant to change the skin itself.  For example, if you have acne, my Semblance active scrub has cyclic acid in it, as well as jojoba beads.

There are other types of scrub options like Sugar scrubs and Himalayan salt scrubs.           My only caution with those is depending on how large the granule, it can cause                   microscopic cuts on the skin.  That type of damage can later lead to Melasma or                   Hyper-pigmentation.  So, please, please be careful.

The next step is to use a toner.  Select a gentle toner; witch hazel is great.   I have eczema and grade 2 acne, so I use distilled water.  It’s perfect and just something to balance my pH levels.  Please try to avoid alcohol.  Alcohol tends to dry out the skin and causes further damage.

Finally, moisturize really well.  There are 3 types of moisturizers:

  1. Water based – if you have oily skin-always go with the water based. It will not benefit you to put oil on top of oily skin. Instead, it clogs the pores and leads to black heads.
  2. Oil based – which is more like a serum, growth factor, and has stem cells in it.
  3. Cream based – products that contain shea butter, jojoba butter, cocoa butter (these types tend to come from a plant or nut base).

*If you have dehydrated or dry skin, you can use a normal, a shea butter, or an oil based moisturizer – just be careful with how much you use, so you don’t clog your pores.

*If you have normal skin, any one of the 3 will work.

Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions. You may leave a comment below or reach out to us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.