The Correct Way To Use Your Skincare Products

One of the questions I get asked on a regular basis by my clients is:  How do I use my products?

For most people the answers to these questions are the same, although there may be some variability based on individual needs. For a definitive answer based on your skin, I would advise you to make an appointment for a Consultation and Analysis, (C&A). During a C&A I cleanse the skin, and then take a detailed look under both a bright magnifying lamp and a black (Woods) lamp. After that is done I discuss in detail with each client what I see and what is the best course of action to address and correct their skin care concerns. We also discuss the products a client is currently using and how they can tweak their home skincare regimen to best suit the needs of their skin. I also always apply a corrective mask that targets clients concerns, and follow with a moisturizer suited to each person’s individual needs.

An appointment for a Consultation and Analysis can be made by clicking on the Facials button and following the link. It is quite affordable at a price of $35.00, and will be very beneficial to getting your skin on the right track.

 So as far as how to use products there are a couple of suggestions I give to clients so they can get the best results from their skin care AND get the most use of their products. Let’s be honest, some products can be costly and I want you to get the most bang for your buck and not waste a drop. Additionally it is important to know how to get your product from the container onto your skin correctly. (Yes, there is a right and wrong way to do this.) In a previous blog, I have provided a picture that shows how much product to use and I love the fact that it is very clear and easy to understand.

With face cleansing, I tell clients to use their fingers and not a cloth or rag. Unless you are using a clean washcloth EVERY time you cleanse you may be doing more harm than good. When a cloth is damp it can start to grow mold and bacteria and I don’t want you putting that on your skin. So wash your hands, and then use your hands to wash your face. To dry use a paper towel or if you have a clean towel, pat (don’t wipe) your face dry. (See, I told you there was a right and wrong way to do things.)

Toner should be used after washing for a couple of reasons. First of all it removes any cleanser that may have been left behind (which can lead to blemishes if left there), and also because it cleans and leftover oils away so your products (especially the targeted ones) can get into your skin and do what they are meant to do.

Targeted products should always be the first products to go onto your skin once it is cleansed and toned. Targeted products are the performance products such as anti-wrinkle treatments, Vitamin C serums, eye Serums and treatments for hyperpigmentation (dark spots). If they are in a pump just use a pea sized amount and if they are in a jar please please use a Q-tip or other disposable item such as a Popsicle stick broken in half (I buy mine at Michaels) or a spatula to remove the product from the container. Fingers should never be used, as they can introduce bacteria and dirt into your products.

Once the targeted products are on, you can finish up your regimen to make your skin ready for the day or for sleeping. These would be things such as eye creams, moisturizers, and SPF. Eye creams should always be applied with your middle or ring finger and gently patted under, on the sides and on the upper eyelids (so you don’t pull the delicate skin around the eyes). Also, please read the instructions on your eye cream to ensure it is safe for use on your upper lid. If you are unsure send me a text or private message via Facebook and I can help.

Moisturizer and SPF should be dotted around the face and rubbed in until it has been absorbed. You usually only need a pea sized amount for your entire face and neck. Yes, please pull your moisturizer done to your neck. And if you are wearing a v neck or scoop neck shirt apply a little to your décolleté also so you don’t have a youthful face and old looking neck and décolleté area.

Please remember these are general guidelines and may be different for each person based on their skin and skincare needs. If you are unsure about your products or need further guidance please schedule an appointment for a C&A so we can get you on the right track to correcting any concerns and having beautiful skin!

Sugaring (Sugar Waxing). What It Is and How It Works.

Many new Sugaring clients have make a comment that makes me think I need to write a blog to tell you all exactly what Sugaring is and what it is not. Quite a few clients have come in for their appointments, and been surprised when I show them the jar of sugar paste. Because they have never heard of Sugaring they think I am going to put sugar on them (granulated sugar) and somehow remove their hair. I wish it were like that. That truly would be sweet and pain free hair removal. However, that isn’t exactly how Sugaring works.

The ingredients of sugar paste truly are ONLY sugar, lemon juice and water, but they are combined and heated so they create a sticky paste that is a phenomenal way to remove unwanted hair.  I purchase my Sugar from a wonderful company called My Gold Sugar that makes an awesome professional sugar paste. The owner Grace Powers has been Sugaring for many, many years and is dedicated to educating and supporting Certified Sugarists.

Sugar Ingredients

Because sugar paste is made from sugar, lemon juice and water it is natural and has NO chemicals or additives in it. This is awesome, because most hair removal waxes (both hard wax and soft wax) have chemicals added in to make them smell a certain way, or be better for sensitive skin, etc. Additionally, both soft and hard wax have ingredients added to them that can be allergenic for some people. Since sugar paste is used at room temperature, there is no possibility of being burned when you are Sugared. Wax is heated and then applied, and anyone who has been burned by hot wax (raising my hand here) can attest to how uncomfortable that is. Also, the sugar paste only adheres to hair and dead skin cells so there is no way for you to have any live skin removed. Anyone ever had their skin taken off with the wax? (Raising my hand for that too). In fact I have permanent light areas above both my eyebrows from damage to my skin caused by pulling my skin off during eyebrow waxing.  Sugaring does not pull your skin; therefore it is safe for use ANYWHERE, which is why it is such a wonderful medium for Brazilians. Sugar can safely get ALL the hairs, even inside the labia.

To prep the skin for sugaring I spray some witch hazel on a gauze pad to clean the skin, and then apply powder to ensure the skin is dry. (Sugar paste doesn’t adhere well to damp skin). Once that is done I put on clean gloves and grab a ball of sugar paste to apply and remove the unwanted hair. One of the great things about sugaring is I use the same ball of sugar on only one client so it is hygienic and not wasteful. No sticks or strips to fill up a landfill. Once I have completed the Sugaring service I simply remove my gloves with the sugar ball inside and throw it away.

Sugar Ball ready to be used

Besides being completely chemical free, and applied at rom temperature, sugar paste is also different from wax in the way it is applied and how it removes the hair. Wax (both soft and hard) is applied in the direction of hair growth and pulled against the direction of growth. As you can imagine this can cause many hairs to break and the Esthetician unable to remove the entire hair from the skin. With Sugaring, the sugar paste is applied against the hair growth and hair is removed in the direction it grows. The benefit of this is that it hurts less (however it is NOT painless) and because you remove the hairs in the direction they grow, you are more likely to remove the entire hair, making it take longer to grow back!! With Sugaring clients can expect the hair to stay gone for 3-4 weeks, and as they get Sugared regularly that can even go to 4-5 weeks of hair being gone. Whaaat???

When you schedule your sugaring appointments monthly you will have the best results from Sugaring. This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, hair grows in stages, and it is possible for some hairs to come back within a few weeks if they were in the final stage of growth (Telogen) when they were removed. During this stage of hair growth there is already a new hair at the root pushing that hair out and a new hair was already on its way to the surface.  When you get Sugared monthly. After a few sessions, all of the hair will be growing in the same cycles, and this won’t happen. Secondly, because Sugaring removes the hair at the root, it is possible some hair follicles will become damaged and those hairs may not grow back at all, or if they do they can be finer and softer. Yes please!!

Underarm Sugaring (Sugar Waxing)

Hopefully, this has answered some questions you may have about Sugaring and how it is done as well as the results you can expect.

If you are now ready to book your Sugaring appointment, simply head to Sugar and Skin Spa website, click the Sugaring Services tab on the website and book your Sugaring (Sugar waxing) appointment now!

Why Sugaring is Better Than Waxing

Here at Glam and Go, LLC we feel it is very important to educate about Why Sugaring is Better  Than Waxing!

Many people, both men and women have facial or body hair they would rather not have. They don’t like it and would like to have it removed. They are many ways to remove unwanted hair: shaving, waxing, laser, tweezing, threading and sugaring. Today I want to focus on the pros and cons of Shaving vs. Sugaring. I want to talk about shaving because it is the most common form of hair removal. Probably because it is usually convenient and easy for most people to simply grab a razor and cut the hair down to the level of the skin. It would be like mowing the grass to the level of the ground. Mowing the grass is very similar to shaving in the way it reduces the length of the hair or grass as the case may be.

However, although it may be more convenient there are definitely some drawbacks to shaving. One statistic I think is interesting is the cost and frequency of shaving for women. Women who shave can spend up to $10,000 dollars in their lifetime on the items needed for shaving! 10K !!! That is a LOT of razors and shaving cream ladies! And most women shave 12 times a month!! That is a LOT of time spent in the shower or bath removing hair. Well, actually the hair isn’t really being removed, it is really just being shortened. So 10k a year, and 12 times a month to shorten the hair. It is still there, in the skin, just waiting to pop through. Which it will..…every time.

Also, shaving is time-consuming and can be rough on skin. Think about it: scraping your skin with a sharp razor. Cutting yourself and wearing down skin cells can occur. Not to mention, exposure to all the chemicals in shaving cream or soap can build up over time.

However, I think the thing I hear the most from my clients is the fact that they have decided to try sugaring because they are just really tired of the razor bumps they get when they shave. Red, itchy, painful……YUCK! I can’t think why anyone would want that!

Enter Sugaring.

 

What exactly IS Sugaring and how is it done?

Sugaring is one of the oldest forms of hair removal around. It dates back to Cleopatra’s time, and is gaining more and more practitioners and clients! The Sugaring technique uses a sugar paste made from sugar, lemon juice and water. This paste has NO sticky resins, chemicals, preservatives and dyes that conventional “strip” or “hard” wax contains. This makes it a lovely natural alternative that works even for clients with very sensitive skin!

The paste is warmed to room temperature, and applied against the direction of hair growth. It is then removed with a “flick” of the Esthetician’s hand. It is removed with the natural direction of the hair growth. Also, the sugar paste never adheres to live skin, but only to dead skin cells. The paste permeates into the hair follicle, effectively removing the hair and the inner root sheath (the white, waxy bulb you find at the end of your hair shaft). This removal is also a gentle, yet effective exfoliating treatment that leaves your skin silky, sweet and smooth after the process.

Where on your body can you get Sugared?

Anywhere, really! Legs, arms, bikini area, lips, even underarms—anywhere you’d like to remove hair as long as the hair is long enough to pull out. So what is the appropriate length? Sugaring requires one-eighth inch of hair, about the length of a grain of rice. This is the length it typically grows just five to seven days after shaving.

However because I like to be COMPLETELY transparent I also want to mention the pros and cons of Sugaring.

Pros:

  • Helps reduce the risk of ingrown hairs
  • Gently exfoliates while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture
  • Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive
  • Sugar paste is all-natural and hypoallergenic
  • Results last up to 4-6 weeks and if performed regularly, can lead to permanency
  • Hair only needs to be 1/8th inch long to be sugared
  • The mixture is water-soluble, so it washes off with water if any residue is left behind
  • Sugaring is eco-friendly and cost efficient. It requires no strips, popsicles sticks for applying or any other waste that is necessary for conventional waxing procedures

Cons:

  • Can take longer than traditional waxing, depending on body area being treated.
  • You need to ensure you are seeing a Certified Sugarist, because if not performed well, hair breakage and irritation to the skin is possible

While there are some cons to Sugaring the Pros greatly outweigh them!

So if you are curious, or convinced that Sugaring might be for you, I suggest you go ahead and book an appointment with Suffolk, Virginia’s sweetest spa, Glam and Go LLC, and gain more confidence with your body as our expert Sugarists rid you of that unwanted hair.