Flowing facials

When I first started out in the spa industry in 2005 I was a licensed only as a massage therapist. I then later became licensed as a full specialist in the State of Florida. The Full Specialty license covers both Aesthetics and Nails. One of the things that surprised me when I went to school for skin care as how often we take our hands off the client. Coming a from a massage back ground it’s a big faux pas to step away from client and be hands off for longer than a few seconds. So, because of this Facials felt very choppy to me and didn’t like the amount of time I left the client during a facial treatment.

So, through some trial and error I figured out ways to minimize my loss of contact with the client. What I do is scan their face and do an eval when I go to pick up the client. Then I do another quick eval under the Mag lamp just make sure I know what their skin type. This is also when I’m asking what their concerns are and what they want to be addressed during the facial. While they’re getting on the table I will pull products and put them on a little art palette. The art palettes (basically it’s what you would use to put your paint on) you can find at a craft store for cheap. So, the palettes have all these little round divots to put product in and I dish everything out that I’ll need for their service. I always put the products in order of application, so everything is organized and easy to grab. This is also one way to watch your portion control and not use too much product.

This prep allows me to have a nice flow for the service. I’m not pausing to pull out a jar to get an additional product because it’s already out. I have everything within arm’s reach so I’m never really leaving the head of the table when I’m doing the facial. Whenever I can I always leave one hand on the client or near their head on the table. This allows the client to know where I am always.

One thing that is a pet peeve of mine is when Estheticians just put a product on and walk away. If I’m leaving an enzyme treatment on or a mask on for a while I’m not just sitting there I’m doing a massage on their neck, shoulders, arms, hands or feet. I’m not filling out a retail recommendation card or looking at my cell phone. So really the only time that my hands really leave the client as when I’m rinsing my hands or grabbing a towel from the hot towel cabinet. This hands-on approach can improve you flow and give your clients the touch they need.

How do you minimize your loss of client contact with your facial clients? Hear your feedback on how you can keep your facials from being choppy.

Micoblading

What is Micoblading?

Microblading is the art of making realistic hair strokes with pigment to create the illusion of fuller brows. This is a semi-permanent procedure, with results that last about one year depending on your skin type. The benefit of microblading vs permanent makeup is it doesn’t go as deep into your skin. This means Microblading artist has more control over the ink making cleaner, crisper and more natural looking hair strokes for your eyebrows. It also will not fade into an undesirable color that permanent makeup does over time.

My Story

I was a victim of the 90’s and over tweezed my brows. For years I tried to grow out my brows and didn’t have any success. I tried various products to help grow my brows out and had a little success but not much on the new growth.

When I went to school for skin care I was introduced to the Microblading when an artist came into my school and gave us a demonstration. I couldn’t save my money fast enough! I wanted to get my brows done that day. After I finished school I researched a couple different Microblading artist in the Tampa bay area. Which lead me to Brent Weed. I followed his account on Instagram for a month or so. I loved all of his before and after photos he posted of his work. His work looks so natural to me with each individual hair stroke he made it gave a soft but full looking brow. I’m amazed how far semi-permanent make has come. The look of marker filled brows are over!

Before Pictures

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The Process

I booked my appointment for a consultation. At the consultation Brent talked about what I should expect from the treatment and he evaluated my skin to see if I was a good candidate for microblading. Luckily I was and then he took about 30 mins to map out my brows. Some may squawk at him taking this much time, but I loved that he took his time and made sure I was going to be happy with the shape of my brows!

 

Did it hurt?

Yes it did, was it so painful that cried out in pain or cried. Nope. If you have ever had extraction work done during a facial that amount of discomfort is a similar comparison as what Microblading felt like. The pain was not that bad. The bed I lay down on was comfy and Brent played music which help distract me.

I am so happy with my results. I am no longer spending so much time on doing my brows in the morning. My everyday make up routine is now down to 10 minutes!

SO here is the before and after shot . . .

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I have absolutely no regrets. I love how my brows turned out. If you are considering doing Microblading. Do your research and find an artist that takes their time. This is one service I do not recommend going to Groupon for. Save your money and get it done right!

 

If you want to go where I got my brows done here is the information:

Flirt Wax Bar

https://www.waxtampa.com/microblade

4004 S Macdill Ave Unit 2

Tampa, Fl 33611

813.835.4929

Brent did my brows and highly recommend him! If you do go to the Flirt Wax Bar, please let them know I referred you.

 

*** I was not paid to do this review or given any compensation.

xo8 placenta stem cell mask

Earlier this month I was given a mask to try. I always like to try new products and is one of the perks of my job to test products out.
Disclaimer: Rose  Laudisio the CEO and Founder of xo8 Placenta Stem Cell Mask gave me the mask to try for free. I am not being paid to do this review.
The packaging is nice and straight forwards, it talks about the benefits of the mask and the ingredients.

List of the ingredients
The mask, see the tiny gold flakes!

The xo8 website has lots of information about their product,  I have shared some of their information below.

Ingredients

XO8 Placenta Stem Cell Mask uses a cocktail of 14 unique and highly active cosmeceutical-grade ingredients proven extremely effective in rejuvenating the skin. It also includes amino acids, nutrients and antioxidants necessary to fight the signs of aging.

These 14 key natural active ingredients are the driving force behind the XO8 Placenta Stem Cell Mask.

For more information in the ingredients and the mask check out this link

https://xo8mask.com/the-mask/

The Mask

The XO8 Mask Placenta Stem Cell Mask handles your deepest skin concerns with 14 natural ingredients applied directly to the skin. The Mask dramatically brightens, diminishes lines, fades dark spots, hydrates, soothes, nourishes, and tones, giving tired skin a boost and making lovely skin even lovelier.

Our mission is to provide an affordable, high­-end, cosmeceutical-grade product that uses advanced technology to produce incredible skin­-rejuvenating results.

 

Testing out the mask

When I first put the mask on I had a cooling sensation on my face. It has a pleasant fresh scent and not to over powering. The cooling sensation lasted the entire time I left the mask on, which was about 45 mins. 

Not the most flattering photo, but wanted to share what it looks like on

 

The results

Before and After

So I saw a small reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, redness and inflammation was reduced. My skin felt like it drank a full glass of water, nice and hydrated. My lips also felt a little fuller aswell. I’m sorry the before and after photos are not best quality, but if you study the photos you can see the differnece.

Update: This morning (did the mask last night) the lines in my forehead were resuce by almost 50%. Wow!

Comments

  • The mask would be good add-on to a facial, peel or microderm treatment. 
  • Spas and Estheticians could use this for extra revenue for spa services and sell it in retail as take home kits.
  • Downside to the mask is having to lay down. You can’t multi task while wearing the mask at home. 
  • Which is also a benefit because it made me lay down and relax for a bit.
  • I did notice some overall improvements right after using the mask, but not enough to see a huge difference. This maybe because I only did one treatment.
  • The following morning I saw more of difference in my fine lines, so I like that it keeps working after you take it off.
  • Its is not a vegan product since it does have sheep placenta in the mask. So that could be a turn off to some clients.
  • It would be nice if the mask could be used more than once or twice. But most sheet mask like the xo8 are usually one time use. 
  • I would be interested in using a serum with ingredients in the mask as a part of a at home skincare regiment.  At this time I believe xo8 only has the mask to offer clients.



Star Rating

                               *******                                 7 out of 10  (for normal to oily)

      

I would give the mask a 7 out of 10 for myself, I have normal to oily skin and still relatively firm. I would try the mask again and I also would recommend others to try it.

UPDATE:                                                               9 out of 10 ( for dry and mature skin types)

I tried the mask on a client who had very dry and mature skin. It did wonders for her skin a huge reduction in fine lines and the hydration was greatly boosted in her skin.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed the review, I look forward to sharing more products with you in the future.

Clouds Do Not Equal SPF Coverage

 

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Q: What if it’s a cloudy day and there is no sun? Should I still use sunscreen?

A: If your aim is to prevent skin aging, yes. The sun, not time, is our skin’s greatest adversary.

While time causes chronological aging, the sun causes “photo-aging.” The sun’s rays lead to more than 80 percent of the changes that result in wrinkles, age spots, dilated blood vessels, spider veins, red bumps, growths and raised dark spots. And it doesn’t take much sun to do it. A 1997 article in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that only minutes of exposure here and there accumulate over the years and lead to premature skin aging. This is far less than the exposure required to produce visible sunburn or even a tan.

In addition, even when the sun doesn’t appear to be shining brightly, its rays are there, working their damage. The sun produces more than just the visible light we see on a daily basis. The sun also produces three types of ultraviolet rays which are invisible to our eyes: UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVC rays are absorbed by the ozone, which means that they do not reach the Earth. UVA and UVB rays can prematurely age and damage the skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. UVA rays are the most prevalent type of UV radiation, but not as intense as UVB. In other words, there is no such thing as a sunless day.

The first type, Ultraviolet A rays (UVA), penetrates more deeply into the skin. These rays are a product not just of direct sun but of all natural light, capable of reaching the skin through glass, clouds and smog. These rays penetrate deeply into the skin and are typically associated with skin aging and wrinkling. UVA rays are also the predominant ray in tanning booths, as they are the main contributor towards skin tanning, so don’t think that’s a no-risk way to get a tan.

The second type, Ultraviolet B rays (UVB), causes superficial and immediate skin damage by irritating the melanocytes in the bottom layer of the outer skin. Depending on the degree of irritation, we either get a tan or a burn. UVB rays are the primary factor in sunburn and reddening skin. These rays damage the superficial layers of the skin. Unlike UVA, UVB rays are not consistently intense. Their intensity varies depending on hour, location, and season. They also do not penetrate glass as much as UVA rays. However, UVB rays can still damage your skin at any time of year, especially from reflective surfaces or snow and ice.

Sunburns not only creates a cooked-lobster look but damage the skin’s immune system and increases the likelihood of potentially fatal malignant melanoma, which now occurs in 1 out of 90 Americans.

What Does the SPF in Sunscreen Mean?

 

SPF, which stands for ‘sun protection factor’, indicates the amount of protection a product has against harmful UV rays. This protection comes in the form of specific ingredients which prevent the sun’s radiation from reaching the skin. You may be surprised to learn that a higher SPF doesn’t always mean better protection for your skin. SPF 15 blocks 93% of harmful rays while SPF 30 blocks 97%.

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Sunscreen vs. Sunblock: What’s the Difference?

The terms sunscreen and sunblock are often used interchangeably. While both of these products aim to prevent radiation damage to the skin, they work in slightly different ways.

Sunscreen uses chemicals to filter out and/or absorb the sun’s radiation, and appear like a thin film on the skin. Sunblock uses ingredients which physically block ultraviolet rays, and can be thick in texture. Sunblock is generally recommended for people who are very sensitive to UV rays.

Protect Your Skin!

Using sun protective creams are just one part – albeit a very important part – of a complete skin protection plan. Use SPF 15 lotions and creams throughout the year to protect your skin. If you’re going out on the water or for a day at the park, choose a higher SPF to suit your needs.

  •  Choose the right sunscreen! Use sunblock if you are Burn easily? Choose a higher SPF.
  • Many sunscreens only protect against UVB rays. Look for ‘Broad spectrum’ protection for comprehensive coverage.
  • If you’re an athlete or spending time in the water, choose a waterproof sunscreen.
  • Don’t forget your lips! Your lips can burn just as easily as the rest of you. Choose a lip balm with a SPF rating of at least 15 and reapply frequently throughout the day.
  • Be generous with your application. You should generally expect to use about 1oz of sunscreen to cover your entire body.
  • Reapply sunscreen throughout the day if you are going to be outdoors, exercising, or at the pool or beach. Even waterproof sunscreen can wear off over time, especially if you are very active.
  • 10am – 4pm are usually the times of day where the sun’s rays are strongest. As tempting as it may be to lie in the sun, you should seek shaded areas instead to protect your skin.
  • SPF rated clothing is a great option for people who burn easily or have a strong sensitivity to UV rays.
  • Dermatologists strongly recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater year-round for all skin types. If you are fair-skinned and sunburn easily, you may want to select a sunscreen with a higher SPF to provide additional protection. Using a cream, oil or lotion is a matter of personal choice, but keep in mind that most oils do not contain sufficient amounts of sunscreen and usually have an SPF of less than 2. All sunscreens need to be reapplied, so follow the guidelines written on the sunscreen bottle. Gel sunscreens tend to sweat off and, therefore, need to be reapplied more frequently. Remember, expensive sunscreens are not necessarily of better quality.

On Florida’s sunniest, brightest days, it can be easy to develop a sunburn when you’re out on the beach or the water having fun. Even one bad sunburn can dramatically increase your chance of developing skin cancer later, so stay safe and do what you can to protect your skin!

Resources:

www.skincancer.org

https://www.floridamedicalclinic.com/spf

http://www.melanomafoundation.org/prevention/facts.htm