Tinted Moisturizer

I’ve said this a lot but I think it’s important to repeat. I had a client come in the other day and I could tell she wore Tinted Moisturizer. This isn’t something I should be able to guess when the client comes in with “clean” skin. Here is the trick to wearing this…

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Always, Always apply your regular moisturizer first! Yep, it’s that simple! Make sure it dries and then apply the Tinted Moisturizer. Now the tint won’t get stuck in your pores or any dry patches you might have on your face. It will also give you a more even application.

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Referral Contest

Friends Don’t Let Friends Have Bad Skin
Join in on this exciting referral contest* and have a chance to win FREE facials for 6 months!
Starts: December 3rd, 2012

Ends: January 31st, 2013

Two Chances to Win

Grand Prize: Person who refers the most clients will win 6 FREE Customized Basic Facials
1st Place: Every time you refer a client, your name goes in a box and at the end of the contest, a name will be drawn. Winner will get 3 FREE Customized Basic FacialsIt’s so easy! All you have to do is tell your friends and family to come to Skin Care by Devyn for a spa treatment.
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So…Just Keep Talking

*as with any contest, there are some rules
1. Referral must be a new client
2. Referral must spend at least $20
3. 1st service must be during contest period
4. Must refer at least 2 clients to be eligible to win a prize
5. Regular referral program rewards still apply

Hydrating Moisturizer

I LOVE this moisturizer and use it everyday! Well, I love all their moisturizers but since my skin tends to be more dry, this is perfect for me.

Hydrate and protect skin with the healing benefits of shea butter. Seaweed binds moisture within the skin while aloe soothes, calms and provides hydration.

Rose Hip strengthens capillaries and soothes inflamed skin. It promotes deep hydration that protects from environmental damage while relieving the surface signs of aging.

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Hydrating Moisturizer Benefits:

  • Binds moisture to the skin to reduce wrinkle depth
  • Boosts collagen to improve appearance of wrinkles
  • Soothes and heals chapped and irritated skin
  • Provides enhanced UV-B protection

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Why You Should Start Using Grapeseed Oil

It’s been around for a long time but there are so many oils that are beneficial to your skin these days that it’s hard to keep track of what we should and shouldn’t use. Argan, Macadamia Nut, Olive, etc. They are all good for different reasons so I guess it is really about what you are looking for the oil to do for you. The best part is, it’s not expensive. You don’t have to pay a fortune to get the benefits of this amazing oil. Here are some reasons why I am going to incorporate grapeseed oil into my skin care routine…

1. Great for oily skin– It can help regulate the oil production in your skin. Use at night.

2. Great for dry skin– It is a great moisturizer especially in the winter when you find your skin to be more dry or even chapped.

3. Fast Absorption– This is a lightweight oil so it will absorb quickly and not leave the skin feeling greasy. You can use this all over your body too. Mix with your body lotion/cream or alone.

4. Antioxidants– Yes, it contains antioxidants so it will protect you from those nasty free radicals that are determined to destroy your skin.

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5. Collagen– Grapeseed oil protects the collagen in your skin and that is what keeps your skin firm. It also improves the production of elastin and hyaluronic acid (which helps bind moisture to the skin).

6. Skin Tone– Used daily and consistently, it may help your skin become more even and brighter.

7. Eye Makeup Remover– A little goes a long way. Great for removing stubborn mascara and some say it will actually  make your lashes stronger and grow longer.

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UPDATE. 7-21-13

I have been recommending Grape Seed Oil to my clients (and everyone!) and they are all using it and loving it!! I give out a sample so they can try it because I know that most are nervous about using an oil on their skin. By the time I see them again, their skin is in much better condition and most of all, hydrated. (Yes, even oily/acneic skin)

This has become such a hit with my clients that they tell me they are telling all their friends and family. I love it! Such an inexpensive way to improve your skin. Why would you not want to at least give it a try? I’ve seen the changes…sometimes in as little as 1 week!!!

Hyaluronic Acid- My Favorite Ingredient!

This is an amazing ingredient that we naturally produce in our skin so when we use it, our skin doesn’t see it as foreign and easily accepts it and everyone can benefit from it. The fact that it plumps and softens the skin is why all the  skin care and cosmetic companies are putting it in all their products. It’s also a key component in several injectable wrinkle fillers.

When you apply it to the skin, like in a serum or moisturizer, it helps to bind moisture to the skin as well as pull moisture from the air and is said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

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One of my favorite serums! I use this (in combination with TGF and Vitamin C serums) every night.

I’d love to say that this will eliminate fine lines and wrinkles but this blog (and what I do) is about honesty. What it can do for you when applied topically is form a barrier on the skin and give a soft moisturizing effect that makes skin smoother. That’s good enough for me!

I had a 1st time client the other day tell me that she started using a hyaluronic acid serum because her friend recommended it but she wasn’t sure why it was beneficial. I told her what it was doing for her and she said that had noticed her skin was more supple and that she had actually been getting compliments about the appearance of it. She is a woman in her 60’s and has been using it for about a month and already noticed a difference.

I started using Skin Script earlier this year and hyaluronic acid is in 2 of the products I use. Shortly after, I added 3 Le Mieux serums to my routine, 1 of them being just hyaluronic (featured above). My skin has completely changed. I have always suffered with really dry skin and every time I waxed, my face showed it for days. Now, even in the winter, no one knows. I don’t have that tight, dry feeling anymore.

Bottom line…I love it and everyone one should be using it! Dry, oily, acneic, in your 20’s, in your 60’s, it doesn’t matter.

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BB Creams- “Liquid Gold??”

BB Creams. They are everywhere! On television, magazines, Facebook and my clients are even asking me about this “liquid gold”. Since there is so much buzz about this product still, I am blogging about it again.

Originally created by a German Dermatologist in 1960 for patients after surgery, this “Beauty Balm” or “Blemish Balm” was a hot trend in Asia in the 1980’s. Now we are seeing it throughout the United States and it has been nicknamed BB Cream. This so-called miracle in a tube claims to do almost everything, from creating a flawless complexion to reducing pore size, healing breakouts, controlling oil and lightening dark spots. That is A LOT for one product to do!

Despite all the frenzy created by the cosmetics industry and beauty bloggers (not me!), BB creams are not products you “must have”. Essentially, they are no more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. At least the ones sold in Western countries.

This product is about convenience and there is nothing wrong with that but please don’t expect a miracle. The formulas are different from company to company but sun protection and light coverage color are the norms.

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Some have a thicker, creamier texture and some offer a bit more coverage than standard tinted moisturizers. For those of you with oily, combination or breakout-prone skin, you may not care for the creams with a thicker texture.

Bottom Line- BB Creams aren’t anything special and most claims of their extra abilities are marketing fluff, not reality. There are some great BB Creams but even those are not “must-have” products. The best reason to consider one is if you want more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not as much as a standard foundation. You can relax and breathe now if this is a trend you feel compelled to ignore. You are not missing out! If you think this is something you have to have, please don’t get seduced by the does-it-all claims. (If you can get your hands on one from Asia, you might be happier and you will definitely get more results!)

CC Creams- They are coming! In fact, Olay has already come out with one. Or did they?

It’s called Total Effects CC Cream 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer, SPF 15. Holy Moly! That is quite a name and a lot of promises!! I’ve written in other blogs about cosmetic marketing and the key words they use to get your attention and persuade you to buy, knowing that their products won’t deliver. Here is what you need to know about this specific product…

Previously this was called Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizing, SPF 15 (no “CC” in the name) but the formula has NOT changed. Further proof that BB Creams and CC Creams are just a marketing ploy.

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Angel Dusting

Read this article! I have been talking about this for years. The manufacturers mislead us in the cosmetic industry because THEY CAN!! They are not regulated as much as other industries. Consumers are paying a fortune for over-the-counter products because they are told of all the amazing ingredients that will transform their skin. Lies!

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Save Your Skin During the Holidays!

Shopping, parties, family in town, traveling, etc. There are so many things going on this time of year that sometimes we neglect ourselves and that means, our skin. I’ve compiled a short list of things to remember to save your skin so you don’t have to play catch up in January. It’s bad enough the credit card bills come piling in, do we also need the wrinkles and dry skin?

1. Wear Your Sunscreen- Even though the sun is gone, we still need to be aware of the UVA rays that are present year round. These are the rays that can cause skin cancer and premature aging.

2. If you’re stressed out, your skin will show it. I know that being “stress free” isn’t always an option but it’s important to take a time-out every once in a while. Go do some yoga, get a pedicure, a facial (call me!) or just relax by the fire. We all know these things but we need to be reminded.

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3. Manicures- All your running around at the malls and cooking are going to wreak havoc on your hands and nails. Mix any oil (olive, jojoba, grape seed) with a lotion or apply by itself for extra hydration. If you haven’t already, try a Gel manicure. I love them! Lasts about 2-3 weeks and the best part, at least for me, you don’t have to wait for them to dry! Chipping isn’t really an issue either. It happens but it is pretty rare. A little more expensive than a regular manicure but just think what your sanity is worth. 🙂

4. Chapped Lips- This is when you need a Lip BALM, not a chapstick. A balm will heal your lips and a chapstick will protect your lips. Burt’s Bees is my absolute favorite (I’m also working on creating my own that is similar to this).

5. Sore Feet- Peppermint is the answer. You can find it in scrubs and lotions and it will make your feet feel fantastic!

6. Dry Skin- How many times can I talk about this during this time of year? I think it makes it in every blog post! Did you know that people with dry skin tend to age faster than those with oily skin? Yep, there is an advantage to oily skin. 🙂 Keep your skin hydrated and not just your face. I’m obsessed with grape seed oil right now so that is my go-to oil but whatever works for you is good. Just make sure you use it consistently. Those heaters can dry out our skin and make things worse.

7. Makeup- Keep it light and dewy and wash your face every night!

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How to Look Great in Photos…and some fun Camera Apps!

So the holidays are here and New Years is just around the corner. That means lots and lots of pictures! Pictures you will be looking at for a very long time. Wouldn’t be nice to finally love what you see and not feel the need to photoshop? Here are some tips that will be Facebook ready!

1. Makeup- Make sure your foundation (including the powder) is photo friendly. This way when the flash hits your face, you won’t turn white. My favorite is Face & Body by Make Up For Ever.

2. Focus your eyes just slightly above the camera lens.

3. Put your tongue behind your teeth and smile. It will relax your face. Try it!

4. Practice the model pose- Turn your body three quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the photographer. When you face forward, your body tends to look wider.

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5. Standing Photos- Shoulders back, spine straight, suck in stomach.

6. Sitting Photos- Shoulders back, spine straight, suck in stomach. 🙂 Yep, same thing.

7. Angling your body is important and this may take practice. Luckily we have digital cameras now so we can do this over and over again until we figure out our best angle and pose. (find a friend for this one) Keep your arm at your waist but find a way to do it naturally. Sticking one leg out and your hip at an angle is flattering to shape of your body. Point it different ways at the camera. Straight on is the least flattering because it can make you look wide (even if you’re not).

8. The camera adds 10lbs (ugh!)- To make the face appear slimmer, tilt you head up slightly while turning it 3/4 — or angle your camera slightly above your head while tilting your face halfway. Never take a photo from eye’s level it will flatten your face.

9. Know your colors and what looks good on you! You can do all the steps above but if you are wearing the wrong colors or the wrong outfit, none of it may matter. On the flip side, if you LOVE what you wear and are confident, that goes a long way! Black does not look good on everyone…sorry. 😦

10. On a night that I know pictures will be taken, I always take pictures of myself first. That way I know if I will like my hair, makeup, jewelry, etc in pictures. What I see in the mirror is not always what I see in pictures.

Here are some great camera apps too…just in case you still aren’t happy.

Photographer’s Ephemeris App: it uses your phone GPS to tell you the weather around you and how the light will fall that day. It’s perfect if you plan on taking outdoor photos and want to know the right time for lighting.

Snapped App: can make any photo look great – you don’t need to know how to edit a photo; it’s so easy to use the tools.

Photoshop Express: ideal for Photoshop users to make your iPhone snaps look just like you ran the real Photoshop on them.

360panoram: to show where you are or to remember your surroundings.

Mirror App: great for quick self portraits & also a great way to check your face before photos.

Fast Camera: it can take over 800 frames a minute! Perfect for group photos and events – you wont miss a moment.

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Shaving Without Irritation

If you’re not waxing, then here are some tips to make shaving a bit easier and look a lot better. (Call me if you want to start waxing 🙂 )

1. If you have already irritated, red bumps on your skin, don’t shave over them. You will only irritate them further. This is especially important for the underarms where it can get painful.

2. Shave last. Let the water and heat hydrate and moisturize the hair and skin before you shave.

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3. Try to avoid shaving over the same area over and over again. Once should be enough. If it isn’t, check your razor.

4. Shaving creams and gels are great but hair conditioner works great too! Don’t use your expensive stuff; any conditioner will do. You don’t need very much and your legs will be super soft and super moisturized after the shower. Nair is another secret. It is crazy how soft your legs will be…and your hands. 🙂

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5. Don’t pick at ingrown hairs, scabs or bumps. You will only end up scarring yourself and/or irritating the skin. Cortisone cream will calm the skin and the ingrown hair will eventually come out on its’ own. Don’t use cortisone cream any longer than 2 weeks because it can thin the skin.

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