Honeycomb Soap: Your Full-Body Moisturizing System

Esthetics by P Brown Honeycomb Soap

Spring has arrived and we’re introducing our newest addition to the “hydrating” soap line – our Honeycomb Soap.  This soap is so refreshing, it will change your bathing routine.  After using with this soap all you’ll feel is hydrated, moisturized skin.  

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We cannot narrow down the benefits to just one purpose for this Honeycomb soap.  As I was creating this soap, I thought I needed a product that could benefit the masses without my skincare clients having to come in and see me.  With that being said, I questioned the most common issues our clients deal with, how we could meet those needs in a soap and a recipe that was not just for the yoni area.  I created a solution; this soap is perfectly formulated and pH balanced for the entire body.

Since we have a larger ethnic skincare clientele, I started by reviewing the acids that would aid in exfoliation.  There are 2 types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical.  Mechanical exfoliation requires a tool to remove dead skin cells.  On the other hand, a chemical exfoliation example is your St Ives scrub, and your apricot seeds, which you can find in some of our other soaps.  

Chemical means an enzyme or acid that uses a chemical reaction to break down the skin cells.  This is important whether you’re dealing with darkness under your arms or hyperpigmentation and darkness in the vaginal area, knees, or back of the neck.   There are so many areas, especially with clients who have eczema and rosacea, because the main problem if you have eczema and rosacea is that your cellular turnover has slowed down to a crawl.   My job as your Ethnic Skincare Specialist, is to retrain and reboost your skin and get it working at its optimal level.  

Side Bar: No one is born with a slow/sluggish cellular turnover.  Usually somewhere between childhood (because parents don’t always know) and young adulthood, your behaviors damage the skin cells, to the point where that turnover cycle has slowed down as the body’s way to protect itself.  And now, you have layers upon layers, upon layers of dead skin.  

So, the Honeycomb Soap comes in and uses the Mandelic Acid and use the Ferulic Acid which is great with managing hormones, promoting collagen production, contains anti-aging properties and will slowly dissolve the buildup of dead skin cells.  However, while its doing that if you saw our Instagram Stories you saw the hydration dripping.  Hydration was dripping with an MCT Rose Oil blend that has a little bit of 24k gold inside, so it’s demineralizing the skin as well. The Mct Oil at its base is a metabolizer, as well as an oil, so you’re getting double the exfoliation.  Mct Oil is so strong that if you pour mct oil into a styro-foam cup, it metabolizes to the point that eventually it will eat through the bottom of the cup.  On your skin, Mct Oil has two purposes: it hydrates your skin and it dissolves bacteria breakup on the skin.   

This soap can be used on your entire body.  If you want to receive these benefits, go to our website and order your Honeycomb Soap today!

For more information about our Honeycomb Soap or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to schedule with us on our website: www.estheticsbypbrown.com.  If you have any questions about skincare, please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com

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QUIZ: How Do You Re-use Your Coffee Grounds?

Anyone who knows me, knows my love language is a delicious cup of coffee.  Me and Coffee have a whole relationship, it touches parts of my soul in ways only Jesus knows.   Therefore, I have perfected repurposing coffee.  Let’s talk about coffee and skincare.

There Are So Many Benefits To Coffee 

Coffee contains antioxidants, polyphenols and one of the best ingredients for skin tightening – caffeine.  Studies have found that merely drinking coffee can help protect against aging from sun rays.  

Benefits to Reusing Coffee Grounds:  

Coffee & Honey Facial Scrub Recipe:

½ c moist ground coffee + 3T Raw Local Honey (antibacterial and humectant – keeps skin moist). Apply to face in gentle sweeping circles.

I hope this was helpful and you learned something you didn’t know about the benefits of coffee.  If you have any questions regarding this post or any of our services, please feel free to contact us.  We can be reached by phone at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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3 Popular Acids Used in Chemical Peels

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What is a Chemical Peel?

chemical peel is a controlled burn where people pay a professional (like me) to correct the process and control the healing.  The chemicals are applied to the skin to remove the top layer of the skin and then the skin that grows back is healthier and smoother.  Chemical peels are often used to treat hyperpigmentation scars, sun damage, wrinkles, acne, and other concerns.  

Chemical Peels and Ethnic Skin  

When you schedule a chemical peel with Esthetics by P Brown, you’ll also receive 60 days minimum, skincare which includes the follow up appointment and the follow through appointment, so we can continue to deliver results.  Therefore, if you want the chemical peel, you’ll want to budget for $180, then depending on how deep we have to go – it can go up to $300.  However, I rarely have to go that deep.  A lot of clients come to me thinking they have really bad skin, but rarely do they have skin as bad as they think.

Let’s Talk About Acids and Ethnic Skin.  There are three popular acids used for chemical peels:

Glycolic Acid

Some estheticians favorite for ethnic skin, it’s an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA).   A good place to get a hybrid Glycolic and organic Glycolic acid, is from the Aloe Vera plant.  Aloe Vera is a natural derivative of Glycolic acid.  

Traditionally, Glycolic Acid has always come with strong side effects because it has the smallest molecule.  So, let’s talk about what that looks like:  osmosis, cellular division, cellular wall penetration, and molecules.  Imagine a cellular barrier, and the fact that glycolic is the smallest molecule – it hits that barrier hard and breaks through to the back of the barrier. For us, Glycolic acid is a sledgehammer acid.  And your body is going to do what it is designed to do and it’s designed to put your body back in stasis and heal.   When that happens, your melanocytes

do what they do best: spread and flood the area.

Let’s talk quickly about anatomy:  Contrary to popular belief whether you are darkest of dark skin or fairest of fair skin, (from model Naomi Campbell to Frozen) we all have the same number of melanocytes.  What determines your pigment is not your melanocytes or rather, it’s not the number, it’s the reach.  So, if you’re fair skinned, your melanocytes are basically curled up like a fist, and if you’re dark skinned, they’re basically like a flat hand and in between is a loose claw, so when we’re working with ethnic skin, even Glycolic acid, it has to be able to work with our tyrosinase inhibitors.  What are tyrosinase inhibitors?  For my tribe, we call them melanin suppressants.  

And what are tyrosinase inhibitors going to do?  

They make sure, wherever you have an injury, it’s going to keep your melanocytes from flattening out like a hand and causing post inflammation hyperpigmentation. It’s going to remind your melanocytes to relax and remember that P Brown has everything under control.

For me personally, Glycolic acid is an inflammatory, it’s going to cause inflammation it can cause scarring, burning, itching, peeling, and flacking – it gives an instant false result.  I’ve seen that my clients have gone places or ordered a chemical peel off Amazon (never with me) and tried to do it themselves and they’ll come to me and say, it was beautiful, it was glowing but now I have tear drop and penpoint hyperpigmentation.  

Here’s the thing, estheticians are trained to use a black light to check the evenness of an acid so we know your acid is distributed evenly on your face… and Glycolic acid – is not my favorite acid.  I do use it with buffers, but I also have 4 of my own skincare lines so we can provide custom skincare.  I may at times use Glycolic acid for my clients with Cystic Acne.  

Salicylic Acid 

This acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA).  Salicylic Acid is an anti-bacterial acid and anti-inflammatory acid, it is amazing if you have oily skin and are acne prone.  With this acid, you really want to look at the % of acid, if you are looking at 5% or below – it’s really just like a toner and used as a long-term thing, it will give you the results you want over a prolonged period of time.  If you go above 5% you’re getting into the chemical peel range.  That is when you’ll have 3 days of peeling, 3 days of healing, and depending on how it’s mixed or how deep we go will depend on how deep the peel will be.  This one is definitely one of my favorites.

I cocktail it and use it a lot as Lactic acid.  Lactic acid is another AHA, I try not to use Lactic Acid with Vitamin C, because then it does become a little harsh for ethnic skin, especially if it’s at about a 5-7%, if you’re using a Lactic Acid with over 7 %, you really want to avoid sunlight and only use it at night.  It has a beautiful peeling process especially when it’s cocktailed.  

Side note: An AHA is going to work from the bottom up a BHA is going to work from the top to the bottom.  As above, so below – is how I train my estheticians, so it’s a great way to hit the skin cells from multiple angles.  I like to call it a “buffer” acid, it’s really not one we use for you to peel, it’s one we use for hydration benefits. 

Hyaluronic Acid 

This acid hydrates the skin barrier by 100%.  I apply it with a moisturizer and I use the Hyaluronic Acid powder along with Neomycin in my chemical peel cocktails.  With this method, you get minerals, vitamins and hydration – it feeds your skin.  

These are the three popular acids used for chemical peels.  Here at Esthetics by P Brown, we base our home care on three steps, polish, cleanse, and hydrate.  Exfoliation, then cleanse, then hydrate.  And with those 3 steps your exfoliation can be chemical or mechanical.  

I hope this was helpful and answered some of your questions.  To watch the video regarding Chemical Peels, click here.  If you have additional questions about chemical peels, please feel free to contact us.  We can be reached by phone at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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The Ultimate Facial for Your Skin

People visit day spas for various reasons.  When you visit Esthetics by P Brown, our aim is for you to experience pampering at its’ best.  Our foundation for skincare is based off the Lancer model and we have customized our methods to meet the needs of those with ethnic skin because that’s our specialty.  As you entrust us with your skincare needs, we join you (each step of the way) on your skincare journey.

It’s important for you to know that all of our facials start with the Organic Refresh Facial and then clients can add-on as needed.  The Organic Refresh Facial is designed simply to be a maintenance facial – for the clients without hyperpigmentation, or severe acne, or for clients who may have hormonal acne (one or two breakouts during her cycle), and for clients who are just happy with their skin as it is.  The Organic Refresh Facial will hydrate, treat, nourish, and restore your pH levels, it also allows us to assess your skin and ensure you’re using the best products for your skin.   This service usually runs 30 – 45 minutes.   

WHY GET A FACIAL?    

A facial by an esthetician is one of the best ways to care for your skin.  Here at Esthetics by P Brown, we use a 3 step method that has proven the greatest success for our client’s skin. 

Step 1:  Exfoliate

Exfoliation polishes the skin and removes any debris.  This is an important step because it helps remove dead skin cells thus leaving your skin looking vibrant and hydrated.

Step 2: Cleanse 

Cleansing is the act of gently removing the impurities, so your skin looks and feels healthier.  

Step 3: Hydrate 

One of the biggest threats to the aging process is a lack of hydration to the skin.  Cells can lack the amount of oil they need (dry skin) or the amount of water they need (dehydrated skin), so it causes the cells to struggle to complete the cellular turnover process.  

Now, at Esthetics by P Brown since we focus on ethnic skin care, we take it 3 steps further.  While following those steps we have to ensure that your ingredients nourish and rebuild the skin so that they’re not over-treating or over-stripping, and not rebuilding it back up.  

WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF A FACIAL? 

There are many benefits to a facial, I won’t name them all, but here are a few.  Facials increase circulation, help improve the skins ability to remain hydrated, help fight against free radicals and the aging process and allows for the renewal of skin cells. 

WHAT IS A RESET FACIAL?

A Reset Facial is an Organic Refresh Facial that is designed for our clients who have traveled somewhere with another eco system.  For example, if you’re from Tennessee and you travel to Arizona or Las Vegas, or California, we’ll do a reset facial and it will reset your pH levels after your trip.  We’ve been seeing that facial needed more and more for people who are skincare junkies, and they’re just out there trying stuff from YouTube and it’s throwing off their pH levels and inflaming their skin, then we’ll reset their levels.  This facial is usually 15-20 minutes.  

WHAT IS A MINI FACIAL?

The Mini Facial is for people who are on a time-crunch.  You’ll come in, we’ll exfoliate your skin and then do a quick cleanse and hydrate with a moisturizer.  You won’t receive a mask or extractions.  We’re literally looking at removing any buildup, cleansing the skin thoroughly, and hydrating the skin.  This is a 10 minute facial.  

HOW DO I SCHEDULE A FACIAL?

Let’s say you need corrective skincare, you’ll visit the website and hit the button that says, “Book Today” when the services appear, select Facials, then select the Organic Refresh Facial.  From that screen, you should be able to go into add-ons.  That’s where you let us know what your issues are.  Maybe it’s Hyperpigmentation, Acne Breakouts, Milia, or whatever your skin condition is, you’ll want to select the add-on, so we can customize your facial needs.  From there depending on what you select as an issue is how the professional will determine what needs to be applied during the service.

We understand that sometimes, clients aren’t sure of what they need.  Not to worry, we’ll do a consultation before the service and ask the proper questions to make the process flow more smoothly.  In which case you’ll want to go ahead and schedule the Organic Refresh Facial.   

Our Organic Refresh Facials do more than give you a superficial cleanse, they give your skin a deep cleanse and have you leaving the spa radiantly glowing.  Men, this extravagance is not only for women, men benefit heavily from spending time in the facial room.  

I hope this was helpful.  For more information about our services or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to schedule with us on our website: www.estheticsbypbrown.com.  If you have any questions about skincare, please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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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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Best At-home Face Mask Removal Tips

I was talking to someone today who asked me this question.  I’m sharing the answer in case others have the same question.

QUESTION: When I use masks at home, what’s the best way to clean them off my face?  

ANSWER:

  • If you are using a Clay mask or a Gel mask, they have a slow time-released delivery system.  For those you will clear off your face with a warm wash cloth.
  • If you are using a serum mask or even some cream masks, and you’re using them to deposit nutrients – those you won’t clean off.  For those type of masks, you’ll want to let them sit on your face for up to 20 minutes.  Afterwards, usually, you’ll simply want to layer the next step in your routine (over the mask).  
  •  If you are using a mask for hydration, that mask, is often times not removed. 
  •  If you are using an Enzyme mask or a Vitamin A mask for hyperpigmentation, that is often times not removed.  If it is removed, it’s removed about 24 hours later.  For those types of masks, at the end of the 24 hours, you will want to cleanse your face as you normally would.  

The Vitamin A mask is one I often use on my clients to finish hyperpigmentation treatments; Vitamin A helps promote healthy skin.  Another common mask used here is the Aztec clay mask which we use in the Champagne Facial, just to slow down the delivery system and introduce minerals into the skin. While the Aztec clay helps draw out impurities from your skin, if you put active products or ingredients on the skin too quickly, it can cause as much damage as not having enough ingredients or having the wrong ones. 

At Esthetics by P Brown, we customize all of our masks, so there’s no patent.  Each client gets a custom mask that will give them a combination of hydration, treatment, and nourishment.  

2nd QUESTION: Do you send clients home with any type of mask?  

ANSWER: Not usually.

That’s only because the benefit of the mask is more related to the combination in which you use it.  I will only send a mask home if I know the client is really good with masking (applying it) once a week or twice a week and I know they can follow the routine (instructions) the way they are meant to be applied.  However, if the mask instructions are not carried out correctly, it becomes a waste of time, energy, and product.  

I hope this was helpful and if it was, please leave me a comment below.  Also, please forward this post to anyone you know who would benefit from this information.

Also, if you have any questions about masks or any skincare questions, in general, please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Quick Nighttime Skincare Routine

EBPB Tub

Have you developed a nightly routine for yourself that helps you wake up looking flawless?  If you haven’t, this is for you… this is my personal nightly routine.

Start with washing your hands and then selecting the cleanser.   Then with clean, dry hands, start the process.  

 

Refrain from turning the water back on, because we don’t want to dilute the cleanser. EBPB PB product

  • Put the cleanser in your hands and you want to make sure that for the first minute or so you massage it into your skin—while your skin is dry. Start with your cheeks and chin and work your way in a circular motion around to your forehead.

You want to make sure it has time to break down any oil barriers on your skin and start removing the dirt.  Notice, when you start to feel drag in your skin, then you know you have massaged it good enough.  Just like lotion, once you start to feel it absorb, you know its kind-of getting past that first barrier.  Honestly that’s what I look for when I do facials.  Make sure your skin has absorbed the cleanser,

This is when a gentle scrubber comes in handy.   We sell several versions of these at the Day Spa.  

  • Since I have eczema, my routine is to put a tiny bit of water on the scrubber, then you’ll take the scrubber and rub it on your face to emulsify the cleanser.   Rub it in a circular motion, you don’t have to press in, just go over gently in a circular motion upward; remember to apply it to your nose.  And because of the material, it should literally conform to your skin. 

Then, without re-wetting it, switch hands and start on the opposite side, making sure everything is good and scrubbed.  As you are going over the opposite side (if you need to), add a tiny bit more water to the scrubber just to emulsify the skin,

You will know you have a good cleanser when there’s no dirt on your scrubber when you finish.  Now I believe in sanitizing, so my scrubber will get cleaned with antibacterial soap and dropped in the Barbicide (salon disinfectant), because I am that aesthetician.

EBPB white towels

Now with a regular dry towel, I use white because I don’t like extra dies on my face. 

  • Add water and I will go ahead and remove my cleanser.
  • As you dry off your face, you may notice a slight amount of redness, but don’t be alarmed, that’s a sign of deep clean.
  • Another reason the scrubber is used is to break up any oil buildup on your skin. You’ll want to see all that removed from your skin, and if you don’t remove it – it won’t come off. 

Now the reason you want to do it with a damp towel is because you want your face somewhat damp when you go to the next step. 

EBPB Coconut oil

In my nightly routine, my next step is coconut oil.  One of the misconceptions that we often make is we assume coconut oil will clog our skin.  For this application, you only need a little – about ½ teaspoon. 

Rub it between your hands and apply it to your face while your face is still a little damp – you want it to trap the hydration. 

After you get the oil fully applied, you want another dry towel to gently remove any access oil, and then … look at your face GLO!

At the end of the routine, hopefully what you’ll see is freshness, elasticity, and bounce-back skin.

Once you get used to the routine, it will be really quick and you’ll be able to do it speedily, especially during those times when you feel too tired.

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

ebpb pb 1Again, please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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 Instagram, to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and check out our videos on You Tube and IGTV.

                                As always, we look forward to hearing from you…