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Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics

How Does Sleep Affect Our Skin

Dr. Michael Breus answered:
Here are a few good facts that people should bear in mind:

• As we age, lack of sleep affects us more deeply and shows up more
prominently on our faces (which explains why dark circles, fine lines,
and pallid complexions aren’t a problem in our twenties despite the
late nights, but can be later on).

• Sleep induces the production of collagen, a key ingredient in firm,
youthful skin.

• The skin’s capacity to hold water is enhanced by sleep, thereby
keeping skin moisturized and supple.

• Sleep deprivation can sting the immune system, leaving one
vulnerable to rashes and skin-related problems.

• Growth hormone peaks during deep sleep, and this hormone plays a
central role in initiating cellular repair.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Esthetics

Eyelash Enhancements FAQ

Everyone loves the look of long curled lashes, but do you really know all the ins and outs of getting them to look that way and maintaining them? Here are some tidbits of information you might not know and answers to questions you might be afraid to ask:

  • Make sure you find out how long your lash specialist has been doing lash extensions and where they were certified. Some people assume that it’s an easy process to apply lash extensions, but if not properly trained it could become a big mess.
  • Ask about the type of lashes they are using, such as individuals, tabs, strips and the type of glue.
  • Individual lashes should be one solid lash and the glue should be surgical grade glue.
    • Tabs are a cluster or bundle of individual lashes grouped together to form a fan and the glue that is used should be an adhesive type liquid like glue.
    • Strips are a long strip of lashes applied to the lash line and the glue that is used should be sticky adhesive glue usually white or clear.
    • You should never allow your lash specialist to use surgical grade glue with the tabs or the strips. This glue is meant to keep the lashes on until they fall off naturally. If you apply this glue to the tabs or strip it will possibly pull out our lashes that aren’t ready to naturally fall out and could leave you with a hole in your lash line.
    • Your lashes fall out naturally just like the hair on your head and new hairs are growing in, so as you loose your lashes naturally you will also loose your extensions.
    • Individual lashes are applied individually to each lash and fall off naturally and will need to be refilled.
    • Refills can only be done on a client that has had a full set. Refills are filling in the holes where you have lost your natural lashes and applied to the new lashes that are growing in.
    • Can you apply individual lash extensions to the bottom lashes? Yes you can, but some lash specialist aren’t comfortable with applying them sine the eye has to stay open during the process. Just make sure your lash specialist has a very steady hand and you are not jittery.
    • How long will the process take? Depending on your lash specialist will depend on the amount of time it will take. Some take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours. Refills normally can take 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours.
    • Will it hurt? You shouldn’t feel any discomfort with this process if done correctly. The only uncomfortable part is the tape that will be applied to the bottom lashes to help keep them from getting caught in the glue. Most people fall asleep.
    • Individual lashes are available in different sizes and different styles. Check with your lash specialist for what size and style will best work for you.
    • What do I use to remove my makeup? Use only oil-free makeup remover and do not pull on the lashes.
    • Can I use mascara? You can wear mascara, but only on the tips and no waterproof mascara.
    • Can I swim? Yes that is fine, but make sure you are careful and do not rub on the lashes.
    • Can I use steam or get facials? Steam isn’t good for the lashes; it can break down the glue. Facials are great, but make sure you inform your Facialist that you are wearing lash extensions. Hot showers need to be avoided, but if you want to continue taking them make sure you keep the door open and avoid the water on your lashes.
Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

You asked–We answered

As skin care professionals, the most common question we all seem to get asked is…What products do you use?  Our skintourage bloggers put together a list of our top favorite “must have” products. Make sure to let us know what your must have products are! We want to hear from you.

Christen Brummett, Esthetics Arts Department Head:

Smashbox Makeup Primer-As someone with oily skin, I tend to shed makeup very quickly so having a makeup primer is a must if I plan to have makeup on my face for more than 2-3 hours.  I love Smashbox’s Primer because it is super lightweight and silky feeling (due to all the silicone); it doesn’t break my face out and keeps my makeup on all day.

Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic Acid-This stuff is amazing!  The combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid provides a power pack punch of antioxidant protection.  This is one of the few products I have used that I really saw results in my skin.

Dermalogica’s PreCleanse– Used before your normal cleanser; it gets all the makeup off and smells amazing.  Not to mention, it is a fabulous brush cleanser!

April Genshaw, Esthetics and Cosmetician Instructor:

NYX Milk Eye Pencil-Perfect color base to make eyeshadow colors pop.  I still use over a regular eye primer.

Coconut Oil-Fabulous for removing makeup before cleansing, hydrating skin treatment and cortex strengthening hair treatment.

Agadir Hair Spritz-Dual Purpose thermal iron enhancing spray, firm hold hair spritz.

Lip Balm-I’ve yet to find a favorite, but I always have to have something.

Lisa Johnson, Esthetics and Cosmetician Instructor:

Temptu Airbrush Foundation-it’s easy to apply, soft natural matte finish and lasts all day long without touching up.

Mirabella Lip Definer in Clear-Gives you the protection from bleeding and feathering lipstick without the worry of the “ring around the lips” look when the lipstick fades off.

Lime Crime Lipstick (any color)-Has amazing color that lasts all day without looking dry or cracked.  The color is vibrant and it comes in many unusual shades.

Circadia Vitamin C Serum-Not heavy and dries quick.  Helps with my aging skin and gives me a nice glow.  It’s my “must have” product.

Moroccan Oil – My only must have for my hair.  It cuts my blow dry time in half and helps repair any damage to my hair and leaves my hair soft and tangle free all day. It doesn’t weight my hair down or make it oily like many other products.

Emmy Downey, Esthetics Instructor:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20-It’s sheer and lightweight with a hint of color.  I get that perfect healthy looking glow.  Plus, I get my daily dose of sunscreen.

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil-Perfect for hiding those dark circles and blemishes.  It’s a creamy formula that dries matte and stays put.

Therametics Lip Balm-“Heaven on a stick!”  An anti-aging lip balm that soothes and repairs dry chapped lips.

Hempz Body Moisturizer-100% pure natural hemp seed oil along with Vitamins A, C and E help to give your body a dramatic dose of hydration.

Mona Green, Esthetics Instructor:

Circadia Honey Cleanser-A micro-exfoliating cleanser that is gentle enough to use every day, without disturbing the protective lipid barrier.

Circadia Vitamin C-Heal and calms the skin while neutralizing free radicals.  It prevents collagen deterioration while restoring firmness, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing uneven texture.

Circadia Night Time Repair-Encourages cell turnover, boosts radiance, increases elasticity and enhances the skin’s natural repair system.

Jennifer Hubbard, Nail Technician Instructor:

Green Stuff-My wonderful makeup remover and I use it to shave with.

Fake Bake-I love the look of a beautiful tan but don’t want to expose myself to the UV rays of a tanning bed.

Circadia Mandiclear Peel with Vitamin A Accelerator-This is my favorite peel.  I love the way my skin looks and feels afterwards.  It glows and feels a lot tighter.

Enjoy Smooth and Shine Serum-This is the only serum that I have found that keeps my hair shiny and smooth without leaving the feeling of heavy oily hair.

Coconut Oil-This is the only product that will penetrate into the hairs cortex.  This doesn’t leave your hair with the heavy oily feeling that other products can.

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Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology

Can You Be Addicted To Lip Balm?

By April Genshaw, Master Instructor

I’ve come across this question several times over the years, and have fully declared that I myself would attest to being addicted. At the age of 18 I lost my lip balm at a friends house one night  and actually asked  a gas station attendant if he could cover what I was short so that I could buy a new one. Now that is desperation!

Symptoms could include:
*applying heavy layers of balm before bed
*buying multiply tubes at a time; i.e. hoarding different types in your purse or car
*applying multiple times a day (something must always be covering the lip)
*having a tube in pretty much every room of your house

If any of these describe you, you aren’t alone.There is even a website www.lipbalmanonymous.com
In all seriousness there is science behind this addiction. Lets make this simple…….

Lips are Skin. Skin is complex and has layers. The top layer (stratum corneum) is mostly dead/dehydrated cells. As they die they should naturally flake away. When the cells flake away they send a signal to a deeper layer that will produce new plump cells (basal layer). This process is referred to as cellular turnover, which also slows down as you age. When you use lip balm or lip products it locks in moisture creating a barrier. The lips stay hydrated, but since not as many cells are sloughing away, the basal cell doesn’t get the signal for new cells.

Now, when the balm isn’t present, and the lips are exposed, they suddenly are dried out. The basal layer then is in overdrive trying to catch up. But then…. your lips are dry, so of course, more lip balm! The basal layers gets the “Never mind we’re fine signal” and it’s a cycle. We have trained our lips to rely on this hydrating protective barrier. Decide for yourself if you’re addicted or wanting to continue with your addiction. I personally will continue. I just love the feeling of lip balm/lipstick or lipgloss.  It just makes me Happy! We all have those double lipgloss days.

Cosmetology

Wanting To Achieve A Flawless Makeup Look? Try Primer.

What Is your Favorite Primer?

What Is your Favorite Primer?

By Emmy Downey

Makeup primer is one of those beauty secrets that can make a big difference in the look and wear of your makeup. It preps your skin for makeup and creates a smooth base that makeup can adhere well to. If you’ve tried a foundation that looks fantastic on a friend or a model in a magazine only to be disappointed with the results, using makeup primers can make a big difference. Even if you are happy with the foundation you are currently using, a layer of cosmetics primer underneath can bring it to a whole new level.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to apply makeup primer:

Step 1: First you will need to use moisturizer. Putting any makeup on top of dry skin usually leads to trouble later in the day. Choose a light moisturizer as heavy creams tend to make primer slide right off your skin. Be sure to let the moisturizer sit for a few minutes to allow it to be absorbed into your skin.

Step 2: Pump or pour a small amount of the primer into your hand. Dip a damp foundation wedge sponge into the primer and dab it gently onto your face, beginning under your eyes and around your nose.

Step 3: Next, add the primer to your forehead, chin, nose, and cheeks.

Step 4: Using the same sponge, blend the primer into your skin. Be sure you cover all areas as evenly as possible, but it’s okay to use a little extra in places where your makeup tends to wear off quickly, such as in the T-zone or over large pores.

Step 5: Wait a few minutes for your primer to dry before applying foundation and concealer.

Step 6: Most foundation primers aren’t suited for the eyelids, but you can purchase a primer specifically designed for the eyelid. Eyeshadow is often the first makeup to fade during the day. A good eye makeup primer can help you get much more mileage out of even the cheapest eyeshadows. Just rub some into your eyelids before applying shadow to help your shadow stick to your lids all day.

Once you know how to use makeup primer, you’ll have an extra secret weapon at your disposal to help you achieve the ultimate in your makeup look for your next special occasion.