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Make Up Tip From Liz Correct Foundation Color

Finding Your Correct Foundation Color:

When looking for a new makeup color I always recommend matching the neck and décolletage.

A lot of times our skin color varies between our face and the rest of our body. This is because our face receives the most sun (SPF!). So if you match your face and don’t check to make sure the color matches everything else it is very easy to end up with the dreaded “line” along the jawline.

When applying makeup, make sure to always blend your makeup down your neck as well. This will also help to ensure nice even coverage.

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Argh I woke up with 3 zits! What do I do?

Ok this is true, this morning I awoke to three lovely pimples on my chin. I went to dinner with some girlfriends, had some salad, pizza and wine. Not sure if it is related as I assume it’s the crazy level of stress I am under.

Try following these steps and see if this helps expedite you healing process.


2. Grab a cup of coffee..this makes everything better in my world.

3. Grab an ice cube or frozen bag of peas or whatever you have  in the freezer and hold it on the pimple(s) for a few minutes to reduce the swelling and pain. Don’t pick!

4. Grab a topical that has anti-inflammatory properties, I use the Platinum Soothing Mask from Tu-el as my pimple cream. If you don’t have anything at home, wet a tea bag and apply it to the area and hold for a few minutes. I don’t like pimple creams with Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide, but if you respond well to those ingredients knock yourself out. Again don’t pick.

5. Repeat with the ice, tea and topical. Don’t pick.

6. Dab some concealer on it, I use the Susan Posnik colorflo powder trick. Don’t pick.

7. Do this again at your lunch break or whenever you can through out the day and again before you go to bed. Don’t pick, don’t pick and lastly….don’t pick!

My breakout tends to go away in 2 days. Treat your skin with gentle loving care, lots of anti-oxidants and clean food and water and it will heal much faster.

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Do I need to use a separate Neck Cream?

This is  a great question. In a word the answer is yes.

Many of us who  take care of our face tend to neglect our decollete and neck. Often when giving a facial I can feel a line of demarcation on the jawline, where the cleansing and exfoliation stop. Our skin shows signs of aging starting in our 30′s, one obvious sign is a wrinkled chest. I call it the tree, you know the one big wrinkle with several little shoots coming off in many directions.

The skin on our chest and neck have less sebaceous glands than our face, so already we have less oil. Even if we do put sunscreen on our face many of us, (including myself) didn’t extend it down as far as we needed to. Most neck neck creams are formulated a bit richer than face creams and tend to have better results in that delicate area. Consistent use will give you the best results long term.

When I wash my face at night with my Tu-el cleansing oil and herbalizer I make sure to wash my decollete and  follow with my Valmont DNA repair serum and finish with the Valmont Neck Cream. We also carry a beautiful neck cream from Guinot that many of our clients are quite happy with as well.

During the day you must use your SPF all the way down, anywhere that is showing skin is where you should be applying your potions. Happy necking!

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Make up tip from Liz: Blush Application:

When applying blush it is very easy to end up with a line of color across your cheek bone. It may look nice from the front but from the side there is a very distinct line of makeup.

To avoid this I recommend only applying blush on the apple of the cheek and then blending with your fingers up and along the cheek bone.   This way you still get the color and definition without the heaviness that using a blush brush would cause.

If you would like some help with application or color selection of blush, I would love to help.

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Vicki’s rant of the day

I have made a point lately of telling my clients to just stay out of the beauty aisles.  Whether it’s a grocery store, box store or big name department store, just stay away!  My training as a professional esthetician allows me to advise you on what is best for your skin type as well as any conditions that you are experiencing.  Trust me I will save you SOOOOO much money.  I too used to be an impulse buyer, which is what the beauty industry is banking on. They spend millions of dollars every year on catchy phrases, lovely packaging and promises of the ever so sought after “fountain of youth” serum, cream or potion.

Go to your bathroom and count how many bottles, jars, etc. that you have purchased either online or in the stores that you tried once and never used again.  Add up how much you have spent on wasted products that did nothing for you either because you did not use them or they gave you some strange reaction.  I would bet you will find at least a hundred dollars’ worth of products sitting on your shelves without including makeup.  How many of us have purchased make up, only to realize that they were the wrong color for us once we left the store.

If you are feeling like you need a little “something” for your skin just give me a call. I am happy to recommend a little something something for you to try.  As for Make up, we will personally color match you and apply whatever you would like to try.  We even recommend wearing it for the day before you commit.  No pressure here, we just want you and your skin to be happy!

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UVA (ages) UVB (burns)

It’s officially fall today, 46 when I got up this morning and sunny and crisp right now. I had a new client this morning and when I asked if she is wearing sunscreen everyday said I only wear it when it is sunny!

I want to clarify a few misconceptions regarding UVA.

  • It is approximately the same strength year round
  • Is full strength year round
  • Penetrates glass
  • Is in fluorescent light bulbs
  • Strong at any altitude
  • Damages deeper in the skin than UVB

If you can change your mindset about sunscreen and think of it as anti-aging perhaps you won’t hesitate to use it daily!

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Fun Skin Facts

Here are some crazy skin facts you can amaze your friends with at your next dinner party.

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body?  That it weighs approximately 7 lbs and is approximately 20 square feet? It contains approximately 25% of blood and 50% of your primary immune cells?  That it takes in 2.5% if the body’s oxygen and releases 3% of carbon dioxide and produces hormones and enzymes? That it is alive up to the stratum corneum?

Now how cool is that? Just a few reasons you should treat it with care, it’s working really hard for you.

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5 Vain Reasons to Quit Smoking

Ok I admit it, as a young woman in my early 20′s I smoked. I started on the weekends in high school rebelling against my parents who were ardent non-smokers. It continued until I was 25 when I finally quit.   There are endless reasons to quit, mainly it can give you cancer and kill you.

Oddly that wasn’t enough of a reason for me. What resonated with me strongest was that I wasn’t a rebel after all but a corporate dupe, even with my organic cigarettes. In additon I saw a documentary on the aging effects of smoking on the skin.  That it would age my skin and age me faster really struck me. I might not die for a while but I would look like crap pretty quickly. So with lots of help from my ex-husband I changed my routine and quit. Best thing I have ever done for myself.

For those of you thinking of quitting, here are some great reasons that are pure vanity. Maybe this will be the trigger for you or someone close to you who smokes, second hand smoking is just as bad for you if not worse.

1. ACNE!Smokers have a higher incidence of acne, some studies have shown up to 43%  of smokers have acne. Smoking introduces toxic chemicals to the body which slow down blood circulation to the cells. 

When smoking you  increase the production of free radicals. These have a direct bearing on the blood circulation to skin cells. The skin’s ability to heal and regenerate is blocked. The toxins released in cigarette smoke results in pores getting clogged, and this promotes bacterial growth in the pores. All of which contribute to growth of skin eruptions in the form of acne, zits and pimples.

2. Wrinkles! Smoking speeds up aging, studies have shown smokers to look 1.4 years older than non-smokers. Again, cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.

Smoking also increases production of an enzyme which breaks down the supply of collagen to the skin’s structure. Collagen supply is vital to the skin’s elasticity. It decreases with age but smoking accelerates the process.

3. Skin Cancer! Most of you are aware that UV contributes to skin cancer, but it turns out that smoking triples your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma. Enough said.

4. Psoriasis! Psoriasis is an auto-immune disorder, so many non-smokers are affected smoking or not. However if you do smoke the chances go higher with each additional year you smoke. Up to 10 years your risk is 20%, 11-20 years up to 60%.  

5. Stained Teeth! Yellow teeth that fall out sooner rather than later. Sexy for sure.

Filed under: acne,anti-aging,education,life — MaryWynn

What can Vitamin C do for your skin?

Many people tend to think of Vitamin C only when cold and flu season rolls around. But did you know that Vitamin C is truly one of the unsung heroes in the skin care ingredient world?

Vitamin C improves skin appearance and visually lessens wrinkles by :

  • Increasing dermal thickness by stimulating collagen synthesis
  • Protecting Natural Killer (NK) cells of immune system
  • Lightening the appearance of age-spots
  • Strengthens capillary walls

Vitamin C serum is a must if you are a smoker, even if you are an occasional smoker. Of course you should quit, but until then use it twice a day. One drag of cigarette smoke (yours or second hand) kills 50,000 NK Cells. NK Cells are at the front line in the protection against cancer. Many of my clients that smoke notice a reduction in the overall redness of their skin when using it consistently.

An important tip to label reading if you currently use any Vitamin C skin care products, look for the key word “Ascorb” as in Ascorbic, Ascorbyl, Ascorbate. All forms are enzymatically transformed into bio-available L-ascorbic acid after absorption into the skin.

I’m not crazy about using L-Ascorbic Acid directly on the skin, it can be very irritating and unstable. Unstable Vitamin C can oxidize lipids, which in plain English means it can contribute to black heads.  A few of my favorite forms of Vitamin C you will see on labels are Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ascorbyl Palmitate.  A simple way to determine if your Vitamin C serum or cream is stable is that when you apply it there is no tingle or burning.

A few of our favorite Vitamin C products are Tu’el’s Crystal C Serum, Valmont’s Infinite Radiance Essence and Cream as well as the DNA Repair Serum and our Moisture Replenishing Cream.

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Watch this video on Melanoma, please.

This is an amazing video a friend sent me in response to my last newsletter. 

I will say it again, wear sunscreen everyday, rain or shine. If you are outdoors, wear hats, sunglasses and reapply.

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