Archive for November, 2012

Capillaries Need Love Too

You probably don’t think much about your capillaries, do you? Those tiny blood vessels under the skin. With winter weather on its way, did you know that you should be protecting them? It’s especially important during cold weather, as it dries your skin and can contribute to damaged capillaries. Also as you age, your skin will become thinner and more prone to damaged capillaries. Fair skin and even some medical conditions may make you more susceptible to this type of damage. Your face naturally has thinner skin where damaged capillaries are easy to see. Once damaged, the only way to remove the red, blotchy spots are with a diode laser treatment performed by a medical professional. So what can you do?

  • Let your skin adjust itself to temperature changes. Avoid extreme and sudden temperature changes such as taking a warm shower and then heading directly into cold weather. Also avoid blasting high heat on your face when you’re cold.
  • Stay hydrated to help keep your skin from drying out.
  • Use a moisturizer that contains humectants such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sodium pca, squalene, and shea butter.
  • Avoid germs by washing hands often. Frequent nose blowing can lead to damaged capillaries.
  • Avoid abrasive exfoliating products.
  • Use sunscreen daily, even in winter months.
  • Limit those party cocktails. Excessive alcohol consumption can harm the capillaries. Stimulants like coffee can also harm them, so watch your caffeine intake.
  • Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamin P and vitamin C.

These are simple things that all of us can do to protect our capillaries. You can also find some great products at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics store. PCA Silkcoat Balm contains the humectants, antioxidants and botanicals to hydrate and protect skin from harsh climate changes. PCA Anti-Redness Serum contains actives specifically formulated to strengthen capillaries and reduce redness. Studies have shown a 50% reduction in redness over an eight week period of use. Two other great products are the Classics TX Special “O” Anti-Wrinkle Cream and the Classics TX Dry/Dehydrated Moisturizer / Collagen Cream.

Remember, a little bit of love for your capillaries will go a long way and prevent problems later on!

Say No to Chapped Lips!

Ouch! It’s a familiar feeling. That stinging that is felt when you have chapped lips. In the fall and winter months, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll experience it. There are ways to prevent chapped lips and protect this thin, vulnerable layer of skin. Here are some tips:

  • Use a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher and reapply often. This will work as a barrier on the lips.
  • Lubricate with a lip balm made with petrolatum or beeswax to soothe and moisturize.
  • Cover lips with a scarf in cold, windy and dry winter weather.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during the day. Hydrating from within will help your entire body, including your lips.
  • Stop licking your lips and avoid flavored lip balms that will only encourage this habit.
  • Breathe through your nose rather than your mouth. Use a lip balm at night if you tend to sleep with your mouth open.
  • Avoid lip products containing eucalyptus, menthol, camphor which can irritate chapped lips.

Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics offers two wonderful products to aid in preventing and healing chapped lips:

  • PCA SKIN Peptide Lip Therapy Lip Therapy hydrates and exfoliates to get rid of dead skin cells. It stimulates collagen production for anti aging effects.
  • Vitamin E Stick Vitamin E helps to heal and hydrate lips and is a powerful antioxidant.

Take 25% off these two lip products in our Student Clinic online store now through December 31, 2012 by entering coupon code LIP25 during checkout. (Offer cannot be combined with any other discount.)

Prepare yourself this winter by arming yourself with the weapons mentioned above and you’ll have a pretty pucker all season long!

Tuesday Tips and Trends: Get Long, Beautiful Lashes!

Long, flirty lashes. Most of us weren’t born with them, but you can now have gorgeous lashes of your own. Consider the hot trend of lash extensions that even celebrities are using. This is a procedure where individual lashes are applied with a special glue to each natural lash. Depending on the length and thickness you are looking to achieve, anywhere from 45 to over 100 lashes may be applied in total. The procedure can take from 2 to 2½ hours and with proper care, they will last for a month or longer.

How to care for your lash extensions:

  • Use a certified eyelash extension professional for safe application and removal of lash extensions. Never pull lashes out yourself.
  • With your new lashes, mascara is not necessary. In fact it may shorten the length of time they stay on. If you must use mascara, use it sparingly and do not use waterproof mascara, which will break down the glue used for the extensions. You may also find specially formulated mascaras for use with lash extensions.
  • Lash extensions already have a curl to them, so an eyelash curler is also unnecessary.
  • Conditioning your new lashes and using a lash wand daily will help clean and give your lash extensions the best longterm results.
  • Preserve your new look with monthly fills.

Lash extension training is offered at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics to licensed estheticians through professional development. For more information, contact Jacklyn Longo, who can be reached via email or by calling 781-935-3344 x243.

Tuesday Tips and Trends

Welcome to the first installment of our Tuesday Tips & Trends! Each week we will talk about new trends and useful tips seen in todays esthetics industry.

Have you had your dose of caffeine today? No, not your favorite blend of coffee or tea. Caffeine for your skin! Caffeine is quite beneficial to your skin. Here are three reasons why:

      Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation in the skin can cause premature aging. The anti-inflammatory properties from caffeine will help protect collagen and elastin in the skin.
      Antioxidant. Caffeine is a very powerful antioxidant that reduces free radicals formed by UV radiation. Antioxidants work at protecting the skin from free radical damage to skin cells and even DNA.
      Cancer protection. The most exciting benefit of caffeine is that it helps to protect against skin cancer. Caffeine causes cells with UV induced damage to go into “apoptosis,” which is the death of the cell. When UV damaged cells die, the potential risk of getting skin cancer from UV induced damage is diminished. This is why our PCA Skin product line puts caffeine in their sunscreen formulas.

With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder we’re finding more skincare products infused with caffeine today.