Why Do You Need Balanced Skin?

We frequently talk about balance in our lives. We balance our diets, balance the checkbook and try to balance our time. With all this talk about balance there is one more thing we need to balance and it is CRUCIAL. Our skin needs to be balanced too.  Why do you need balanced skin you ask? I am here to tell you.

If our skin is not balanced, it can trick us into thinking it is one thing when it is not. Although we can discuss balancing the pH of our skin, but that is not the type of balance I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about Basic balance, which I believe to be our water-oil balance.

Healthy skin has a perfect oil and water balance, which allows skin cells to do their job naturally and effectively.

If someone asks, you which skin type you have, what would your answer be? For most people it would probably be “I’m not really sure, it might be oily or dry”. Water-Oil balance is the basis of skin type, and once your Esthetician has determined what your true skin type is, he or she can create a skin care regimen that will work FOR you and not AGAINST you.


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All skin requires moisture from both water and oil in order to function properly and do everything from looking and feeling great to keeping us looking younger longer. Depleted or imbalanced hydration – lacking either oil or water – is the first thing that causes our skin to become dull looking as well as increasing aging and fine lines.

So when our skin doesn’t get enough moisture either due to environmental factors, intrinsic factors or simply the wrong skin care regimen our skin becomes weak and sensitive. If we don’t have proper moisture in our skin, the skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and dehydration. When our skin is out of balance it cannot defend itself from these factors and therefore can’t heal and protect itself from damage. This can lead to common skin concerns such as rough texture, redness, dry patches, flaky skin, and even acne. When these things happen, we panic and may resort to stripping cleansers, over-exfoliation, neglect, the wrong products, or a myriad of other things we think are helping, but in fact are causing more problems. With all that said, here is what you need need to know about water vs. oil in your skin.

There is an important relationship between water and skin. When your skin doesn’t have enough water it is dehydrated. Since our bodies are composed 70% of water it only makes sense that we need it for our skin also. After all, skin is the largest organ of our body. Our skin cannot produce moisture on its own and relies on moisture from the water we drink and moisturizers we apply. Environmental factors can also increase the dehydration of our skin. Things like heaters in the winter, smoking, travel, and dry air can also dehydrate our skin.

When our skin is dehydrated it does the best it can to compensate……it creates oil. So our skin is now dry AND oily. So we feel oily and do what we think is right which usually strips the oil and makes our skin even more dehydrated.


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Now some people do just naturally have dry skin. Dry skin makes the least amount of its own oil. Normal skin produces a normal amount of oil and oily skin produces the most amount of oil. Age, smoking and weather conditions can cause our skin to produce less oil, and using harsh cleansers can also remove our skins natural oil. So when our skin lacks oil, that is when it gets sensitive, red, blotchy and have acne. So your skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and the dry/oily/dehydrated cycle just keep repeating!

So how can you stay balanced?

With a Skin care regimen that is correct for your individual skin!!!

Finding products with the correct ingredients for your skin type, you may need to make changes during different seasons, and use the right amount of products. Too little can keep you dry and too many can be an overload.

Sugar and Skin, a mobile spa in Suffolk Virginia (Hampton Roads), offers a Consultation and Analysis so their Licensed Estheticians can examine your skin closely and create a regimen that will be right for your skin. At a price of $35.00 if you seek treatment in their North Suffolk studio, and $55.00 if they treat you in your home, (YES, they make house calls…..so awesome!!), this is one expenditure you will thank yourself for making! During the C&A your skin is cleansed, analyzed using a magnifying lamp and Woods lamp, and a corrective mask is applied to get your skin on its way to recovery. Then it is moisturized with a product suited for your correct skin type. Make your appointment today!!

Cybersecurity and Your Business

Cybersecurity is a concern for all business owners, no matter how large or small they are. When governments and multinational companies can fall victims to hackers and viruses it could happen to anyone. Cybercriminals often target smaller businesses because they are softer targets, and every business owner should do all they can to protect their networks and devices.

Educate Your Employees

Cyber attacks can happen very easily when links in emails from non-trusted sources are opened. You need to educate your employees never to do this as they are just making it easier for the criminals to enter your network.

All emails that are knot from someone trusted should be deleted without opening them.


Antivirus And Malware Protection

Antivirus and malware protection is vital, and you must always keep them updated. If you are unsure which are the best for your systems the experts at Red Key Solutions may be able to help you. Having your IT managed and secured can go a long way toward the security of your business.

All software should be updated when new versions are released, as often they are to fix potential security problems. You can set your computers to do this automatically so that the updates do not get forgotten.


Two-Factor Authentication

Your systems will be much more secure if users have to confirm their identity in two ways rather than one. This will not only prevent workers from going into areas of your systems that they shouldn’t have access to, but it will also make it harder for hackers to penetrate your data.

Password Complexity

Passwords should never be words that are used every day, dates of birth or anything else simple. They should be as complex as possible to stop programs hackers uses that guess passwords at the rate of hundreds every minute until they hot on the right one.

They should also be changed often so that if one is found by chance, it will not be much use for very long.



Backups are not going to stop anyone getting into your systems but they will help your business to get back on track in the event of you becoming a victim of cybercriminals.

You can use cloud-based backups or in-house ones, but just make sure they are kept totally separate from the rest of the business, in a place that is secure from fire, theft and any other disasters.



Successful Cybersecurity needs collaboration between you as the business owner, your employees and your IT management services. Any weak link in the chain can be disastrous and leave your systems open to being hacked. Then you could find yourself unable to trade for a few days or at least until the matter is dealt with. In that time, some of your customers may think you have ceased and take their business elsewhere.

You need to treat your security as a priority so that the risk of being a victim if cybercriminals is reduced as much as possible. Of course, no one can promise you it will never happen, but at least you will know you have tried your best to keep the hackers out.


Five Food Business Ideas For Professionals in the Industry

Have you carved your career path in the food industry? Perhaps you’ve been working as a cook, a pastry chef, a baker or chocolatier for many years and are skilled in your craft? If so, you’ll probably reach the stage at one time or another where you want to spread your wings. Instead of working for other companies, you might have dreams of setting up by yourself and bringing your own vision to life. If so, here are a few directions you could go in.



Many chefs have dreams of cooking in their very own restaurants. Instead of having to follow the rules of your employers, you get to call the shots. You can choose the menu, create your own recipes and generally have more creative freedom. Opening a restaurant is a massive job, there are lots of positions to fill both front of house and behind the scenes. If you’re the one doing the cooking, you’ll need someone to manage the rest of the restaurant for you, including taking bookings, promoting, and finding the right point of sale for small restaurants. You’ll need waiters, a sous chef, pot washers, porters and more. It can take a lot of funding and planning to get set up, but get it right and it’s any chefs dream job.



Perhaps you’ve worked in the food industry for years, but aren’t necessarily a trained chef. If so, you can still open your own business with some basic training and a food hygiene certificate. If you open a cafe, you can make sandwiches, cooked breakfasts and other tasty lunches that are relatively easy to make without needing to spend years at catering college. Another idea would be to buy a food truck. You can make good money selling things like burgers, hot dogs, hot chocolate and other drinks at festivals, outside nightclubs and at special events.


Do you have a passion for baking? Maybe you’ve worked as a baker or pastry chef, or perhaps you’re self taught but have a real talent for it. If so, you could open your own bakery. You could hire a store and sell from there, or just run things from home. There are some adaptations you’ll need to make to your kitchen, for example, you have to have a separate fridge for home and work. You also can’t have pets in the kitchen (even if it’s just to cut through to the back door) so this is something to consider. But once you’re up and running, you can have a lot of fun creating exciting cakes and bakes.

Catering Company

Caterers are always needed for special events such as weddings, parties and corporate events. As a catering company you can come up with all of your own menus and recipes which is a fun way to use your creativity if you have a passion for food. It’s something you could get into if you’re trained in food, but again could be an idea for those without experience. Take a basic training course and get the right food hygiene certificates. Be sure to do your market research and perfect your recipes.