Seems like we were just discussing the BB cream trend and all of a sudden there are CC creams! Just what is this new addition to the alphabet soup of skin care products? We have the answers, so read on!
The “CC” stands for Color Correcting or Color Control. They are the next generation of BB creams and have been quite popular in Asia. CC creams were introduced to the US market this past October. These creams are similar to BB creams in that they combine coverage, skin nourishment and sun protection in one product. However, CC creams don’t stop there. They are not oily and have a much lighter texture, similar to that of a mousse. This makes it a great choice for those with oily or acne prone skin. CC creams work for more skin tones than BB creams. The coverage is also greater than that of BB creams, so it works more like a foundation. Another huge advantage over BB creams is its anti-aging features. CC creams promote collagen growth which reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It brightens the skin tone and reduces the appearance of skin discoloration over time. That’s some serious multitasking for one product! So how do you choose? If you’re looking for a basic tinted cream, then stick with the BB cream. If you have oily skin, want better coverage or are interested in anti-aging benefits, then you will probably like a CC cream.
So have you tried a CC cream?Let us know what you think!
It’s time to pack those long pants away and break out the cute sundresses, skirts and shorts. Are you ready to show off those legs? Have you considered having your legs waxed to prepare them for summer? Maybe you’re on the fence and keep resorting to your razor, day after day. If you’re tired of the daily chore of shaving, then consider waxing. You’ve already got a busy schedule. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few extra minutes in the morning?
Waxing has many benefits over shaving. For one, the results are long lasting. Hair is removed at the root, so it takes much longer to grow back. You can have smooth, hair free legs for up to a month or even longer! When the hair does grow back, it will be finer and softer. Shaving cuts hair at the skin’s surface, which is the cause of that stubbly feeling. Waxing eliminates those prickly legs! You will also avoid razor burn and the corresponding red bumps. Lastly, the more frequently you wax, the less regrowth there is overall. This is due to damage of the hair follicle, which is similar to what happens during laser hair removal.
Is fear of the pain holding you back? It’s actually not as bad as you think. Taking ibuprofen or similar pain reliever approximately an hour before your wax will help quite a bit. Having the procedure done by a professional esthetician will also be quicker and much less painful than trying to wax at home. If you have sensitive skin, then hot or “hard” waxing will be better for you than strip waxing. Also, waxing trends are changing and spas are moving toward more soy-based waxes. These waxes are healthier for the skin since it bonds to the hair instead of the skin. This results in less pain and clients experience less irritation.
You don’t have to stop at your legs! Waxing gives so much flexibility and is beneficial for both men and women. You can wax almost any area of the body including the bikini line, eyebrows and even the back and chest.
If you’re ready to experience long lasting smooth skin, then go get your wax on! We are offering a 10% discount off all waxing procedures from now until July 31, 2013. Call 781-935-3344 ext. 229 to schedule an appointment.
A hot trend in facials right now is the vitamin C facial. You are most likely aware that vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. In fact, a few years back, a study was conducted at Tulane University School of Medicine by Patricia K. Farris, MD. Her study found that vitamin C, when topically applied, effectively promotes “collagen synthesis, photoprotection from ultraviolet A and B and lightening hyperpigmentation.”
So what does all of that mean? Vitamin C brightens and evens out skin tone by fading sun spots or other skin discolorations and reduces redness and irritation. The anti-aging features of vitamin C help to diminish fine lines and reduce wrinkles while repairing damaged cells and promoting collagen production. After a vitamin C treatment, the skin is more firm and glowing. An added bonus of vitamin C is that it helps to actually prevent future skin damage.
If you have mature or sun damaged skin, a vitamin C facial is a great option, but this treatment is beneficial for all skin types. We offer vitamin C facials at our clinic are currently offering a 20% discount off all facial and spa treatments from now until July 31. It’s a great time to experience a vitamin C facial for yourself! Call 781-935-3344 ext. 229 to book an appointment.
Have you heard about the parabens controversy? What are parabens and what’s the big deal? Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in skin care and cosmetic products. They are also used in shampoos, deodorants and other personal care products. Their role is to prevent bacteria and fungus from forming within the products. Parabens have been used for many years and are found in about 90% of skin care products. They are effective and very inexpensive for manufacturers to use.
However, there have been concerns over whether parabens impact estrogen levels which can in turn be associated with some forms of breast cancer. Studies have been done on laboratory rats where it was found that parabens entered the body through the skin and estrogen-like activity was found in the animals. For comparison, it is important to note that the estrogen found from parabens was much weaker than estrogen levels found in products like those used for hormone replacement therapy. Also important is that the studies that have been done so far have been too small not entirely thorough to prove anything for certain. This is still being researched and any new data will be reviewed by the US Food & Drug Administration. For now, there is no definitive answer on whether parabens cause cancer.
It is understandable that some consumers still want to avoid any potential risk of cancer. Paraben-free products can be difficult to find, but are becoming more available. If you are concerned, simply look for parabens on the ingredients list before you buy. Some common parabens you may find are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Be prepared to spend more since paraben-free products can be expensive. They also have a lower shelf life due to the absence of preservatives, and will need to be replaced more frequently than products containing preservatives.
So what are your thoughts? Do you plan to ban parabens from your skin care routine? Are you waiting for more substantial data confirming there’s a link to cancer? Comment below or on our Facebook page.
In just a month it will officially be the first day of summer. School will be finishing up for some and we will be enjoying beaches and other outdoor activities. Let’s face it, we had a long winter and want to enjoy the beautiful summer weather! But slow down now. Are you forgetting something? It’s time to be even more diligent about wearing sunscreen. Sure, we’ve all had those moments where we thought “Oh, it’s a little cloudy. I will be fine for just an hour.” Then you return indoors and see the red glow on your skin. Wearing sunscreen is crucial in protecting our skin from sun damage, premature aging and even skin cancer. The time to start thinking about sun protection is now. Sunscreen should actually be applied all year long to exposed skin. We expose much more skin in the spring and summer months, so it is especially important to make sunscreen a part of your daily routine.
Here are some helpful tips to help you understand how sunscreen works and to find the best one:
- SPF. SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor.” It is a measure of the sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB damage, which is the redness from a sunburn. You should choose a minimum of SPF 15, which will block approximately 93% of the sun’s rays. The higher SPFs will block more, but it is important to note that no sunscreen will block 100% of the sun’s rays. SPF 30 will block 97% and SPF 50 will block 98%. While very fair skinned individuals or those with a history of skin cancer will get the most benefit from these higher SPFs, most of us can get by with just an SPF 15 or SPF 30.
- Broad-Spectrum. It is important to choose a sunscreen that is labeled as “broad-spectrum,” as it will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Even though UVB rays are what causes sunburn, both types of rays can cause skin cancers and skin damage.
- Apply. Sunscreen should be first applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. This will allow enough time for the sunscreen to sink into the skin. This isn’t the time to skimp. It will take 1 oz of sunscreen to provide the proper amount of coverage.
- Reapply! Sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every two hours to be effective, or more often if you sweat, get wet, or towel off. Even water-resistant sunscreens need frequent reapplication.
So be smart this summer and all year long. Find an effective sunscreen and commit to using it daily. Your skin will thank you by looking healthy and youthful for many years!
Last month we discussed spray tans. Did you know that the same airbrush method can be used to apply makeup as well? It is a popular method in the film and theater industry and was even the official makeup used for the 55th Emmy awards. In fact, the technique dates back as far as 1925, when it was used on actors for the film, Ben Hur. This is a perfect method to use if you have closeup planned in front of a high definition camera! However, airbrush makeup is no longer just for film and television personalities. It is a hot trend for the general public as well. In fact, you can even find kits to purchase for home use.
So exactly what is airbrush makeup and how does it work? A diluted foundation formula is custom blended for your skin. This formula can be water or silicone-based. (Note that alcohol-based formulas are meant for body painting and not the face.) The makeup is then applied with a small spray gun tool, which sprays tiny dots of foundation onto the skin. The makeup lays on top of the skin in a very thin layer, which helps to fill in flaws and cover up skin imperfections without looking heavy or caked on. Airbrushing allows for a smooth and even application of makeup without cracks or streaks. It is also very quick to apply and feels surprisingly lightweight. The overall result is excellent coverage, flawless and natural looking skin. Since the makeup can last anywhere from 12 to 18 hours and won’t rub off, it’s an obvious choice for many brides to be.
Are you interested in learning more about airbrush makeup and how to apply it? For more information on when our next workshop will be offered, please call 781-935-3344 ext. 243.
When you think of copper, the penny may come to mind. Who knew that this common metal would become another growing trend in skin care products. Copper peptides, such as the GHK copper peptide, might just be the key to improving your skin’s elasticity. The benefits of copper peptides was discovered in the 1970s by Dr. Loren Pickart. He found that copper peptides helped to heal wounds and skin lesions by regenerating the skin. Today, these same copper peptides are found in lotions, creams and serums, which help to protect and rejuvenate the skin. The main benefit is that it helps to stimulate collagen production and make the skin more elastic. The ingredient breaks down large collagen deposits to help smooth the skin and reduce fine lines. When used with antioxidants, they work together to remove free radicals from the skin and slow the aging process. The result is younger looking skin overall. Suddenly, those old copper pennies look to be a little more valuable, don’t they?
An important side note: It is possible to get too much of a good thing! Over use of products containing copper peptides can have the reverse effect on skin by causing increased aging. These products should always be used in moderation to ensure you are getting the best possible effects.
Have you tried lotions containing copper peptides? We’d love to know how you liked them. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page!
Chemical peels are great treatments to help improve your skin’s appearance and can treat various skin conditions. They can reduce fine lines and age spots, lessen the appearance of sun damage and mild scars, and can treat some types of acne. The process involves applying an acid based solution to areas such as the face, neck, chest, hands and even arms and legs. which helps to remove the outer layers of the skin. After the procedure, you are left with smooth and glowing skin. There are different types of chemical peels available. Superficial peels use the least amount of acid and improve the overall texture of the skin and help even out skin tones. Medium peels treat fine lines and blemishes. Deep peels are the strongest type of peel and are used to treat deeper wrinkles and sun damage. These stronger peels are typically applied by a physician. The length of time also defines just how “deep” the peel is.
Will it hurt or burn? Will my skin be bright red or damaged? Will I have blistering? There are common fears that are typically associated with chemical peels, but clients should realize that they are probably thinking about the deeper chemical peels. Some clients may experience mild symptoms, but it depends on your skin and the type of peel. Typical cosmetic chemical peels, such as the PCA SKIN blended peels aren’t as strong and should leave the skin looking smooth and bright. However, you should have a consultation with a specialist beforehand to ensure that a chemical peel is right for your skin type and complexion. They will also help determine what type of peel will give you the desired result you are looking for. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have skin allergies or certain medial conditions, then you should avoid chemical peels. Regardless of what type of chemical peel you have, it is very important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen after a chemical peel, since the skin will be more sensitive to the sun.
Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics offers chemical peels to clients and uses the PCA SKIN products. Check out these videos from PCA SKIN that show real clients and their before and after thoughts of the procedure.
To schedule a consultation for a chemical peel, call 781-935-3344 ext. 229.
After hibernating all winter, you may be longing for that golden glowing skin. We all know the dangers of sunbathing, but spray tanning (also known as sunless airbrush tanning) is a great option for those wanting a safe and natural looking tan. If you carefully prepare ahead of time, your spray tan can last from 7-12 days. Follow these tips to make sure you get the most natural and long lasting results.
- Do exfoliate! Removing dead skin cells helps the tan last longer and create an even color.
- Do shave legs (or wax, etc.) prior to the spray tan. Ensure that all wax remnants have been removed.
- Do use a very small amount of lotion to dry areas such as knees and elbows so that the area doesn’t get too dark. You can also add lotion to blond eyebrows and blond highlighted hair for added protection.
- Do wear loose clothing so that the tan can properly set afterwards. It will take approximately one hour before the spray is fully dry and you don’t want tight fitting clothes (including bras) to rub the color off.
- Do plan to avoid water, lotions, and sweating for 8-10 hours after your spray tan to avoid the color coming off too soon. The longer you wait, the better your tan will have time to fully develop and set!
- Do test out various spray tans well in advance of a special event to ensure you are achieving the color you want. Different spas use different formulas and techniques. Once you’ve decided what works for you, have the procedure done a day or two before the event itself.
- Don’t use any products containing oils since it prevents the spray from being absorbed thoroughly.
- Don’t wear deodorant, lotions or makeup prior to the procedure. Some products will act as a barrier and deodorants can sometimes cause a discoloration when it comes into contact with the tanning solution.
- Don’t shave too soon after your spray tan. Shaving acts as an exfoliant and will remove some of the tan.
- Don’t shave/wax right before your spray tan IF your spray tan will be including a bronzer. Instead, shave a day or two in advance to avoid having the bronzer give a spotty look due to the open pores that shaving/waxing reveals.
The clinic at Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics uses a natural and moisturizing formula for our airbrush tans. To schedule an appointment, call 781-935-3344 ext. 229.
Are you considering a career in esthetics? Not sure whether to take the plunge? There isn’t a better time than right now to get started. Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there will be an increase in jobs for licensed estheticians. The data predicts an increase of as much as 25 percent more jobs from 2010 to 2020! That is an incredible growth rate for just one industry. Right now there is a high demand for skin care specialists all over the country, which is great news for individuals working toward their esthetics license.
OK, so exactly what type of jobs are out there? Once you are licensed, there is a wide variety of career choices to consider. From a traditional esthetician working at a spa or luxury cruise line to a makeup artist working with bridal parties or even celebrities! Several of our very own Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics graduates have gone on to own successful spa businesses. Perhaps you’re more interested in the business side of skin care, such as an assistant buyer, inspector or salesperson. There are also instructor jobs and beauty editor jobs to consider. The possibilities beyond an education in esthetics are almost endless!
The best part of choosing an esthetics career is how quickly and easily you can train, obtain your license and then move on to working. At Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, the basic esthetics program is only 300 hours of training. That’s just ten weeks if you attend full-time. There are part-time day and evening options available too, which are great for those looking for a career switch or also high school students that aren’t interested in a four year degree.
Are you a Catherine Hinds Graduate? Take a look at some of your available career choices in more detail and see for yourself. Your dream job could be just around the corner!