All Roads Lead to Hydration

Updated: October 2017

When I went to Empire Academy of Makeup (best school ever!) many, many years ago, the first thing we learned was that if our skin didn’t look good then our makeup wouldn’t look good. In fact, the first course concentrated on skin so much that I fell in love with it and that is how I got started with skin care.
I’ve learned a lot along the way and things have definitely changed but one thing that always remains consistent is: your skin needs hydration and most people are dehydrated.

If you have dry skin, you most likely need oil and water in your skin. When you wear makeup, powders can age you and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. And, of course, make you drier.

If you have oily skin, you have too much oil and not enough water. When you wear makeup, it feels like you need to re-apply often and you may be flaky in some areas.

Both of these issues can get better by properly hydrating your skin. A Hyaluronic Acid Serum is the best way to do this. It binds moisture to your skin and draws moisture in.

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Sunscreen, Sun and Your Skin Myths

1. I don’t need to wear an SPF during the winter months or when there is no sun. This is simply not true. UVA means Ultra Violet Aging and those are visible 365 days a year. Protect your skin and always wear it. Even if you are indoors. The sun can penetrate through windows and over time, do more damage than you think.

2. SPF in my makeup is enough. Nope, sorry. 😦 You need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the sun protection factor on the label. I really hope you aren’t going to apply that much makeup!

3. Applying once a day is enough. If you are not in the direct sun AT ALL, then this is probably okay for you. Otherwise you need to re-apply every 1-2 hours. More if you are prone to burn. As soon as you are in the sun, the sunscreen starts to breakdown.

4. I put sunscreen on all the obvious areas so I’m good. What about the back of your neck? Ears? Top of your hands? These areas are often neglected but definitely exposed to sun. Skin cancer and skin damage can be anywhere!

5. Lotions, sprays and sticks all work differently. Not really. My advice is to start with a lotion (stick for the face if you want) and get a good base. When you reapply, a spray should be fine once. Then, use a lotion again. I love the convenience of a spray but it is very easy to miss spots.

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6. Expiration dates don’t mean anything. YES THEY DO! If it is expired, STOP using it. No exceptions.

7. A tan is fine as long as I don’t burn. You are still damaging your skin. That is what a tan actually is.

8. My umbrella is enough protection so I don’t need sunscreen. Please don’t believe this! Did you know that sand reflects 17% of UV radiation. That means you are still exposed. It is still important to stay in the shade but wear your sunscreen.

9. The sun always cures my acne (or breakouts). This is a BIG myth. It can be a (very) temporary solution (the sun does kill bacteria) but in reality it causes a buildup of dead skin which leads to clogged pores. And, if you have oily skin, the sun will dry you out, producing even more oil. Viscous cycle.

10. I use SPF100 so I am fully protecting my skin. That isn’t even going to be available anymore because you get 96% protection with SPF30. Anything higher may give you a 4% increase but it will definitely give you more chemicals.

11. The damage is done so it doesn’t matter anymore. It always matters! Wear sunscreen at every age!

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Read this previous blog post on sunscreen…

Be Sun Smart

Read this previous blog post on how to care for sunburned skin…

Sunburn Tips

CC Cream? Look Again.

I don’t like to be negative in anything I post. I want to be able to provide truth and do it in a positive way but sometimes it just isn’t possible. I’ve posted before about BB Creams and how they are just tinted moisturizers. Well, the picture below shows you proof that CC Creams are really just that!

Marketing. It’s what they do.

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The Pierced Nose

One of the biggest skin issues I think I hear about today is large pores. People want to know how to make them smaller, less visible, etc. Well, I have some bad news for you…it is not possible. Your pores are your pores. That is why it is so important to use the right products for your skin, to manually exfoliate and to also exfoliate with a chemical (glycolic, salicylic). These will help keep your pores clean. The bacteria, dead skin and oil is what enlarges them. 

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So if this is a concern of yours, I would avoid getting your nose pierced. It is a large pore that will never go away. It is actually larger than your regular pores too. Makeup will get stuck in it…I’ve seen it! Is this something you want when you’re 40? 

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Where it All Started…

I am often asked where I got my education and how I know what I know and do what I do. Well, it really did start with Donna Mee and Empire Academy of Makeup.

I was 21 and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life until I met a new friend. She loved makeup and would always do mine when we went out. After she moved to New York, it got me thinking. Makeup was fun and interesting and I saw a lot of potential in it as a career. So I did some research and found Empire. It wasn’t the cheapest but it seemed to be the best. I really wanted to learn and I didn’t want to be just another student in a classroom.

I made the phone call and it changed my life. Their tagline… For Those Serious About Makeup. If you’re serious, if you don’t want a lasting and successful career in makeup, do not go here. Don’t waste your time, their time or your money. But if have a passion for makeup and know that you want this to be your career, make that phone call NOW!

Now, obviously I took a different route. I did makeup for a few years but always felt like my passion was more in skin care. I wouldn’t have known that if I didn’t go to Empire though. It was there that I first learned about skin. Not in a superficial way. We really learned about how to care for the skin and fix it!

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In the end, it didn’t matter that I wanted to do skin instead of makeup because Donna teaches business too. We were taught how to market ourselves and how to be professional. That’s invaluable information and has helped me in so many ways.

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Mastering Skin

Acne. How to Improve Your Skin

Million dollar question, right? Sometimes acne can simply be caused by using the wrong products or not washing your skin at all. If this is the case, improving your skin will be much easier. Unfortunately, if your acne is hormonal then it will be much more difficult. We can usually improve the clarity, frequency and intensity though. Here are some tips…

1. Be consistent. Cleanse your skin every night and every morning.

2. Use products that are right for your skin and that will balance out the oil without dehydrating. Most OTC acne products take everything out of your skin and don’t replenish it. This can make things worse and/or cause you to age quicker.

3. Use Grape Seed Oil. This will hydrate your skin and balance the oil. Read here for al the benefits. My clients use and love this! It really does work. Cleanse, tone and apply oil. If you are using serums, apply those first and then the oil. A little goes a long way.

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4. Keep your pillowcase clean. Even though you are washing your face every night, this is still important. If have a more severe case, then you should be changing/washing it at least every week.

5. Use alcohol to clean your phones and sunglasses. Bacteria spreads very easily.

6. Don’t touch or pick at your face.

7. Get regular facials. Having an expert do extractions helps. It’s better than you doing it and healthier for your skin.

8. Dairy can aggravate acne in some people. Give it up for 6-12 weeks to see if there is any significant improvement.

9. Drink lots and lots of water.

10. Make sure you aren’t using any pore clogging makeup. Heavy or thick foundations are not good for the skin. Try not reapply as the day goes on.

11. Wash your makeup brushes. You should washing them with baby shampoo at least twice a month and using a brush cleaner every single day. Of course, this is for people that wear makeup everyday. Adjust if necessary but those are the guidelines. Don’t reuse sponges and don’t use powder puffs.

12. Get a Clarisonic. It’s a great investment! This is a form of exfoliation so use at night only.

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13. Wear SPF because you should anyway but also because sometimes the sun can darken the blemishes and leave your skin with scars and hyper pigmentation.

14. Salicylic Acid should be in your products. This is dehydrating so remember to use other products that will replenish water lost. (see #3)

15. Be gentle. You don’t have to scrub hard or a lot t o get results. Hopefully you are using effective products so that they can do all the work for you.

16. Take your vitamins. Some think that Zinc and Vitamin C are essential and extremely effective to boosting your immune system which can then help acne. You have nothing to lose!

17. Have patience and know that it will not go away in a day or even a week. Avoid buying anything that tells you differently.

18. Book a consultation and/or facial with me. I can help! Book Here!!

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Tomorrow- Products to Avoid and Why

Are You Interested?

I am looking for potential clients that would not mind having their picture taken before and after a facial (no makeup, no photoshop). Some pictures will be used on the website, Facebook, etc and a release form must be signed.  Your name will not be given.

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You will receive $20 off any* facial you choose (facials start at $75)

Must be at least 18

Males and females needed

Limited availability

If you have an ongoing skin care problem, we can work something out so that each facial will be discounted as well as home care products. If you decide to go this route, then we will need to go over your program and a contract will need to be signed.

Please email Devyn if you are interested or have any questions:

devyn@skincarebydevyn.com

*does not include Diamond Resurfacing Facial since it is already at an introductory price

Are You Interested?

I am looking for potential clients that would not mind having their picture taken before and after a facial (no makeup, no photoshop). Some pictures will be used on the website, Facebook, etc and a release form must be signed.  Your name will not be given.

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You will receive $20 off any* facial you choose (facials start at $75)

Must be at least 18

Males and females needed

Limited availability

If you have an ongoing skin care problem, we can work something out so that each facial will be discounted as well as home care products. If you decide to go this route, then we will need to go over your program and a contract will need to be signed.

Please email Devyn if you are interested or have any questions:

devyn@skincarebydevyn.com

*does not include Diamond Resurfacing Facial since it is already at an introductory price