Archive for January, 2013

Foundation – The Pollutant Protectant!

We are exposed to dust, dirt and even other less visible environmental pollutants on a daily basis. Pollutants in the air are attacking our skinand preventing skin cells from getting enough oxygen. Oxygen is vital in preventing overall dullness and sagging of the skin. Invisible pollutants are most harmful, since they contribute to free radical damage. What does all this mean? Premature aging. The irritation caused by pollutants eventually turn into the fine lines we get as we age.

Have no fear! Your daily foundation application is ready to help. You may already be using foundation to even out your skin tone and cover up flaws. However, foundation has other benefits as well. Wearing foundation on a daily basis will protect your skin from pollution and the rays of the sun. It creates a barrier that protects your skin from the elements of the outside world. Also, if you choose a foundation containing a sunblock, your skin will be further protected against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. At the end of the day, cleanse your face as usual and you will also be washing the day’s pollutants away rather than absorbing them. Job well done, foundation!

So be sure to arm yourself with your foundation and feel confident knowing that you will be protected against environmental aging factors throughout the day!

From Client to Successful Business Owner! Donna Flynn got her start at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics

Donna Flynn is the successful owner of Inside and Out Face and Body Spa. She worked hard to get where she is today and her success began with her training at Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics. However, her interest in skin care started even earlier. When Donna’s mother was in her forties, she discovered facials. She and Donna’s brother both suffered from severe acne and she was seeing the benefits and improvements that facials offered. Donna was a high school student at the time and her mother brought her for facials four times a year and purchased her products that worked for her skin type.

After high school, Donna went to school to become a court stenographer. She realized early on that it wasn’t something she was passionate about.  So she decided to work full time in retail until she could figure out what she wanted to do with her career. One day, during one of her regular facials, her esthetician suggested esthetics school. The esthetician also insisted that her school of choice should be Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics. Donna took her advice and enrolled.

“I can’t tell you how much I loved school.” She had discovered her new passion. Looking back, she feels like she was one of the lucky students who had An Hinds as her instructor. After graduating in 1985, she was then hired as an esthetician at the Catherine Hinds Salon, where she worked for about three years. An also worked at the salon at times and she and Donna worked really well together and became friends.

After some time, Catherine Hinds decided she wanted to move on from the retail business and wanted to focus on her institute and manufacturing company. She approached Donna and asked if she was interested in purchasing the salon. Her one request was that she keep the Catherine Hinds name and concept moving forward. In 1989, Donna took the leap and jointly purchased the salon with An.

They already had a good customer base and it continued to grow through years. “We had fun, made mistakes and lived there.” After being in the retail side of the business for so long, An decided she wanted a break. She went back to the Institute to help Catherine. After some time there, An realized she wasn’t going to stay in retail. That’s when Donna took her next leap. She bought An’s percentage of the salon in 1998. She also changed the name to it’s current name: Inside and Out Face and Body Spa.

Looking back, she always remembers the simple things she learned in the early years of working with Catherine and An. They put their work first. They were also great at schmoozing. Yes, schmoozing is “important if you want to develop relationships with people.” Donna’s advice to those just starting out in an esthetics career is to just be “on” every day. “Focus on the client.” This is great advice from someone who’s been in the business for 27 years. She still loves her business to this day. She enjoys skin care the most, everything from facials to microdermabrasion to chemical peels. She attends esthetics shows every few years to keep up to date with trends in the industry. She attends the shows with An, who is one of her closest friends now and they discuss business regularly.

Just as An had inspired Donna in those initial courses, one can certainly say that Donna’s hard work and passion for what she does is an inspiration to any student starting out at Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics.

Inside and Out Face and Body Spa
878 Walnut Street
Newton Ma 02459

Retinols – The Gentle Vitamin A Product

Are you looking for an anti-aging product that isn’t too harsh? Why not try a retinol product. Retinols are pure vitamin A derivatives that are available without a prescription. They are much milder than Retin-A and Renova, which are prescription strength products, however retinols are just as effective. Retinols naturally convert into retinoic acid over time. They convert slowly, therefore they are much less irritating to the skin. Also, the skin will store any retinol that is not needed, which provides a time release mechanism. There are multiple benefits to using retinols. For one, they are great exfoliaters. They also minimize fine lines and wrinkles by helping to produce collagen, which slows down as you age. Lastly, retinols help prevent acne through exfoliation and by unclogging pores. The end result is improved skin tone and texture, while being more gentle to sensitive skin types.

Not all retinols are the same! They can be purchased as either pure retinol or blended formulas (aka: complexes). Although both versions contain supportive ingredients that increase the effectiveness of retinol, pure retinols will achieve quicker results since more retinol is delivered to the skin cells. They offer the retinol benefits but they tend to cause even less irritation overall. They work more slowly than pure retinol. Blended retinols are beneficial for maintaining your skin’s look and youthful complexion. They also help to minimize your skin’s oil production and they are perfect for more sensitive skin types. Pure retinols are geared toward those with visible age lines, acne or other similar skin conditions.

A couple things to note: although you should already be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, it is even more important to apply when using retinol products. Retinols can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun’s rays, so it’s important to protect yourself. Also, don’t go overboard! A little bit of product will go a long way, so do not overuse your retinol product or you could potentially burn your skin. Retinols should also not be used if you’re using other products that contain alpha hydroxy acid or benzoyl peroxide. Combining these products with retinols will dry your skin and reduce the effectiveness of the retinol product.

PCA SKIN products have patented technology to deliver very effective retinols to the skin. PCA SKIN Retinol Renewal with restorAtive complex (pHaze 26) has been known to be one of the top retinol formulas on the market. It is a blended formula for sensitive skin types. The PCA Skin Intensive Age Refining Treatment is a pure retinol formula that provides quicker anti-aging results. The PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment is also available for oily and acne prone skin types.

Why not give retinols a try to see the beautiful results for yourself!

Back to Basics: Facial Cleansing

Washing your face is a simple task, right? Believe it or not, many people overlook cleansing and don’t do it properly. However, proper cleansing is essential to the health of your skin and is the first step of any good skin care regimen. This is true for both men and women. Everyone benefits from proper cleansing.

Let’s go over the basics of proper cleansing. The first rule is that plain soap is a big no-no! It is important to find the right cleanser for your skin type. Do you know your skin type? You can easily find out by wiping your face with a clean facial tissue or paper as soon as you wake up. Your skin type is defined by the results below:

  • Normal No oil is present on the paper and you typically have an overall healthy complexion.
  • Dry No oil is present on the paper, but you tend to have flaky skin.
  • Oily You will see spots of oil present on the paper from any part of your face.
  • Combination You will see spots of oil present from your forehead, nose and chin areas, but your cheeks will have no traces of oil.
  • Sensitive You tend to have reddish, dry and tight skin.

Another important factor is using a pH balanced cleanser. These cleansers were created to avoid disrupting the pH balance of your skin. Some cleansers are highly alkaline which lessens the necessary acidic environment of the skin. When this happens, the skin is no longer protected from bacteria and breakouts can occur. A pH cleanser will have a neutral pH of 7 and won’t disrupt this acidic environment. Read the labels of your skin care products to ensure you are using a pH balanced cleanser, such as our Classics TX Cleanser or our PCA SKIN Facial Wash (pHaze 1).

Now that you have found the right pH balanced cleanser for your skin type, you need to start off with clean hands. You certainly don’t want to transfer dirt and oils directly to your face. Next, check your water temperature. It should be warm, not hot. Splash water on your face then apply cleanser to your fingertips or a clean facial sponge/washcloth. Using an upward, circular motion, massage the cleanser into the skin. Many people do not cleanse long enough, so be sure to cleanse for at least 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water. Then be sure to blot your skin dry with a towel. Blotting will be much more gentle on your skin than rubbing with a towel. You’re not done yet! Don’t forget to moisturize and apply sunscreen if you are heading outside during the day.

Washing your face really is a simple task. Just make sure to keep these basic tips in mind and your skin will thank you for it!

Trend Alert: BB Creams

BB Cream. This new skin care product is showing up all over the place lately. What in the world is a BB cream and where did it come from? Depending on the formula, BB stands for either Beauty Balm, Blemish Balm or Blemish Base. However, you certainly don’t need a blemish to use this product. They are tinted moisturizers that also contain SPF and skin care ingredients such as anti-aging and anti-acne ingredients. It is an all-in-one product that can be worn alone or under powder if desired.

BB cream actually isn’t new. In fact, it was created over 50 years ago by a German doctor who wanted to help the skin heal, hide blemishes and cover up redness after skin peels and laser treatments. The product was later introduced in South Korea where it was highly promoted by Korean celebrities. The trend took off from there. BB cream has been a hot product in Asia and has now made its way to the United States.

Just like any skin care product, you should look for a BB cream that is specifically formulated for your skin type and matches your skin tone. It works best for medium to light skin tones, but it can also be mixed with foundation to match darker skin tones. If the product works well for you, it can be a great time saver in your skin care routine!