Are scars f-o-r-e-v-e-r…..?!!?

 

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They don’t always have to be and, I’m going to let you in on 3 tips to prevent yourself from ever having scars to begin with! Stay tuned ….

What is scarring anyways? Scarring is a natural and healthy outcome in the process of wound healing: collagen in the deeper layers of your skin becomes exposed and rises to the surface to “close” the wound and in the process, forms a scar.  The good news is we can influence the way the scar tissue will mature and in many ways appear, during the process.

I can’t say I’m completely innocent of not touching, poking or prodding at my own skin but, guess what?! In doing so, I’ve had to learn the hard way a time or TWO!! I’m done going down that road! So please join me in helping you, help yourself, NO MORE PICKING!!! This way you’re guaranteed to not have that ugly mark left on your skin that could have gone away by doing a couple preventive things in the first place.

First and foremost eating correctly is going to be the biggest PREVENTIVE to having acne, with that being said we won’t have a concern of getting acne scars. Do yourself a favor and eat your GREENS, and take away those dairy products and sugary goods that lead to acne. Lets be honest, those foods that taste good for those few minutes, aren’t worth the acne that lasts days, weeks, months, and years!

Second, lets face the facts, some of us lucky ducks out there can’t avoid acne at one time or another in our life, especially if hormones play a part before we can catch what it is we need to do to fix this issue.  For the unavoidable issues, when you see something creeping under your skin that may be sore, a tip from an extraction expert, there’s a lot greater of a chance YOU will NOT be able to excavate whatever it is lingering under the skin, and the more you try to the worse it will become.  Icing is always a huge help for taking down any inflammation that may be bothering the area.  If the area is still an issue that’s when you call TSecret to come to your rescue!!

Now for those of us that are reading this a little too late, meaning you may have already attempted some of the things listed that are NOT recommended, what do we do in that instance?!

3 tips to help prevent/heal scarring! 

  • #1 Massage the newly formed skin with lotion in a circular motion for at least 30 seconds to a minute, a few times a day. Once the cut or wound is closed, massaging it will help to break down the dense bonds of collagen.  Our homemade product named Blue Lotion or what I like to call it, our “miracle” product would be highly recommended to use to massage these areas of concern.  It’s benefits are specifically for calming and healing the skin, repairing the skin, preventing scaring as well as helping old scars.  It also helps reduce redness and soothes burns & irritated, sensitive skin.  One of the main ingredients is Aloe Vera Gel which is a “wound hormone” that accelerates the rates of healing of injured surfaces.  This product also has Vitamin E in it which is another amazing healing agent.
  • #2 When you’re seeing that spot on your face that’s bothering you before putting your hands to it THINK of the things above and how you’ll increase the chances of making the area of concern worse way before it will get better, most likely leaving something that can possibly turn into a scar.  The more an open cut, scrape, or any size lesion is touched the longer it will take to heal most likely resulting in some sort of scar. “With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound (e.g., after accident, disease, or surgery) results in some degree of scarring.”
  • #3 Keep it covered. Covering the area helps it heal by barring bacteria, dirt, and other irritants. It also helps keep the wound moist for the first few days, which speeds healing. By covering it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have a bandaid in order to do this, especially if it’s something on your face we’re focusing on.  You can use an antibiotic cream or ointment, I suggest Neosporin, to help keep your wound clean and moist. Keeping the wound covered and moist helps reduce the appearance of scars.

 

 

 

Are those pesky breakouts starting to “get under your skin”?

uh oh zit!

It’s happened to all of us…..you’re looking good, feeling pretty good….then right before that big (insert important event here!) there is a huge, I mean enormous, painful, ugly red pimple (or 10!) right smack dab in the the most obvious place!! Well, I am going to talk to you about how to do some emergency care for those pesky zits….but let’s also talk about WHY the heck they are there in the first place.

According to the March 2014 issue of Les Nouvelles Esthetique, currently 650 million people worldwide (10%) suffer with acne. In the US it affects 40-50 million people, just over 16% of our population!! While there there is equally as much mis-information, as there is seriously researched information floating around out there on the internet about what is at the root of acne-there is NO EXACT PROOF (researched or not) of what is the exact cause of acne. Is it heredity, hormones, stress, poor diet or hygiene? While any or all could contribute, the initial cause most likely starts deep beneath the surface of our skin.

Our skin both protects our internal organs but also aids in the detoxification process along with our liver and kidneys. Anyone who has done a cleanse of the body knows that clear bright skin, skin that seems to glow from within, can be one of the major benefits! Acne, not just a pimple or two, but constant breakouts-including the cystic variety- is commonly a sign that some part of you internally is in distress.

If you really want to get the core of what’s your issue, do some honest evaluation of yourself (and partner with a skincare specialist or physician if necessary). As estheticians it’s our job to take the time to really get to know our clients and the skin. Using thorough client intake forms as well as additional interviewing, asking pertinent questions about their diet, digestion, evacuation habits, menstruation cycles, stress levels, etc can lead us to a better evaluation of what may be the issue(s) at hand. Beauty really IS more than skin deep!!

Okay! So while now you are well on your way to your own personal journey to clearing up that face of yours…..what to do about that unsightly beast on your face RIGHT NOW?!?

Here are just a couple of basic tips from the  TSecret team…….

-DON’T PICK!!
This is one of, if not the most important tip ;) It will not only anger the beast, it typically will make a much more drastic mark, and it will also take longer to heal!
-ICE!
Wrap a small ice cube in soft clean cotton, and apply to the area(s) for 20-30 seconds at a time…moving the ice from area to area or just an off/on process until the ice cube becomes too messy to control any longer.
-MASK!
Spot treat affected area, preferably overnight for best results.
-CONCEAL!
The area should be clean and moisturized (it’s almost impossible to cover up flaky/scabbed skin) Using a creamy mineral-based concealer lightly pat on and around blemish, feathering out around the edges to blend with the rest of your skin.

Peptides in Skin Care Products: How It Works

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If you pay attention to anti-aging skin care ingredients, then you’ve probably heard of peptides.  Science has proven that peptides can reduce wrinkles in your skin.  But what are they and how exactly do they work?  I’d like to explain in a way that’s easy to understand.

Human skin is made up mostly of collagen.  Collagen is a protein that provides a foundation and thickness for skin.  Generally speaking, people under 30 have plenty of collagen – which results in smooth, tight skin.  People over 30 have less collagen – which makes the skin thinner and shows more wrinkles.

Collagen is reduced over time with age and the environment (like sunlight).  Your body naturally produces peptides when collagen deteriorates – just not enough to keep a youthful appearance.  Peptides send a message to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to create more.  When peptides in skin care products are applied, your skin receives that same message – that collagen has been broken down and your body needs to manufacture new collagen.  Initially, the research on peptides was done in connection with wound healing.   Published studies showed peptides to be helpful in causing cells in the skin to produce more collagen as part of the body’s natural response to help skin heal.

Some of the peptide names you may run across in skin care products include Argirelene, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, and Matrixyl to name a few.  Argirelene works by causing facial muscles to relax.  When facial tension and movement is not permitted, fibers are protected from the strain forced on them by the hundreds of expressions made everyday.  With less strain, the collagen and elastin fibers are able to keep the skin smooth and line free.  Octapeptide is a version of Argirelene which does the same thing with reducing muscle contractions.  Oligopeptide not only increases collagen production, but also hyaluronic acid production – which means increased hydration for your skin.

I personally like using peptides over other anti-aging ingredients such as Retin-A or retinoids.  Retin-A is known for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, but it comes with a price of the following side effects:  thinning skin, redness, flaking, peeling, dry skin and sun sensitivity.

How to get more GREENS in your daily diet. Start with a healthy morning shake!

Not big on eating your veggies?!

Nutribullet Healthy ShakeMake them taste delicious with turning vegetables into a delicious morning shake to start your day off!

There’s many out there that suffer from problem skin and with knowing that a healthy green diet can significantly change this isn’t always the answer people want to hear.  There’s now a fantastic way to get all the nutrients that are so key and important to our daily diets and you will love knowing (or not in this case) that you’re getting your daily vegetable intake!!

Greens are essential for a healthy, glowing complexion and who doesn’t want fantastic looking skin?  Dark leafy greens like kale and Swiss chard are one of the top sources of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps repair and renew your skin to give it a youthful glow.” Spinach is packed with folate which is a vital nutrient for DNA repair so it helps to keep your skin looking its best !! Avocados, which are ranked by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most nutritious fruit, not only rich in vitamins A, C, E and K but also boast “healthy” fats that make them both heart healthy and wonderful for hair and skin. (Research has even shown that avocados can help with serious skin issues like eczema.) “Berries like blueberries and acai,” says Simpson are “rich in proanthocyanidins (a kind of condensed tannin — like the ones found in red wine that are purported to pack many health benefits) and have been shown to help reduce oxidative stress in the body.” What that means in language we can easily understand is that research has shown that these proanthocyanidins may act as “free radical scavengers” that “gobble up” some of the “bad” things that get into our bodies like pollution and cigarette smoke.  In addition to heart-healthy fats, almonds have loads of vitamin E, which is great for beauty because, it “is a nutrient that protects skin cell membranes from damage to keep your complexion radiant and youthful.” “Almonds are an excellent source of biotin” (AKA vitamin B-7) which is instrumental in keeping hair and nails (and skin and muscles) healthy.

Now that we’ve been informed on some foods that are great for us I wanted to share with you all how I go about taking this information and putting it into action!  I use the nutri-bullet which I have found to be the best machine out of the ones I have tried, it makes a great morning shake without losing any nutriton from the foods used – it is an extractor as well as a blender and it works amazing !!

Here is my favorite morning shake recipe that always gets me feeling my best to start the day off on the right foot

4 leaves Kale, stems removed

  • 1/2 c spinach
  • 1 small handful of almonds
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 c of raspberries   (you can get a large bag of frozen organic dark berries at BJ’s or Costco’s)
  • 1/2 c of blueberries
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • Fill the rest with water – extract & there you have a DELICIOUS morning shake !!

I hope you enjoy as much as I do – there’s several different ways to go about making the perfect shake that meets your taste buds, you can experiment by adding or subtracting different greens as well as fruits each morning and find that PERFECT match that will have you actually looking FORWARD to getting your greens in each day!! Here’s to a happy green filled diet to make your skin glow!

Fine, Audrey “Healthy & Beauty Report: The Beauty Benefits of 8 Heart Healthy Foods”

http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/health-beauty-foods/p78912/page9

La Belle Skin – French Skin Care Revealed

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2013 was the year my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  Spending 20 years with someone definitely has its up and downs, but that’s a topic for another time!  For our anniversary, we took a trip to Paris.  There are so many things I love about the French culture:  the language, the rich foods, the cutting edge of fashion, the artwork, the time they take to make lovely landscapes and buildings.  I could go on and on.  But one thing I noticed as an Aesthetician, was how little make-up  the women wore and how beautiful their skin was.  There are definitely some things we can learn from the French women.  In France, make-up is viewed as something for enhancement, not to hide under.  French women value having beautiful skin and they take the time to have regular monthly facials (as early as age 15).   And  they learn how to really care for their skin, which includes cleansing every night and then using anti-aging creams and masks — even as a teenager!  Prevention is key.  The French skin care products they use are very gentle and made naturally with botanicals and essential oils.  Moisturizers are made with oils.  Water is used for hydrating the inside of their bodies, which is another secret weapon for healthy skin and hair.  Facials in France often involve face massages and facial exercises are done at home to tone the face.  Cosmetic surgery in France is not nearly as popular as in the U.S.  They see beauty in all ages and are not so scared of aging, maybe because they age so gracefully.  The emphasis on skin and using the best skin care products is obvious by how many facial salons there are — not only in Paris, but also in the small villages around the country.  The way the French truly love food and take their time to enjoy it with their lunches and dinners often lasting 2 – 4 hours, is also the way they view skin care:  it’s an integral part of every day and you can never be too busy for a facial.  After all, who wouldn’t love to walk out of the house with minimal make-up and beautiful glowing skin!