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Inner Light

By October 14, 2020 Home

Lumens are tiny packets of light, the true substance of your being. Your inner light is this luminous core. Follow your imagination at first to sense this wonder.

Open to your INNER LIGHT, this spacious real you.

(By Miriam Trahan)

Find, Believe, and Trust in YOUR inner light, and you will experience true joy!

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Until next time, stay Beautiful!

Peace.

S.

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Are YOU Using Protection?

By June 28, 2020 Anti-Aging Gracefully, Home, My Beauty Tips

For your Skin!!

I always ask my Sisters this question… The answer is ALWAYS no! or I DON’T NEED SUNSCREEN, I’m Black….  PLEASE, this is NOT TRUE.  We as Black people can get Sun Burns and Sun Damage, that can lead to Skin Cancer.  I’m not saying burning and damages cause cancer, but I am saying it’s important to use SPF, especially if you are consistently out in the Sun. 

Here is some SPF information I would like to share:

SPF is the, Sun Protection Factor that is used for UVB rays. This is the number that is displayed on the bottle, and is the measurement of how much Sun is needed to produce a burn on protected skin.  The higher the number, the increase of protection.  UVA isn’t measured by this.. I’ll explain the difference in a minute… so choosing a sunscreen that protects both, like Broad Spectrum would be ideal.

When deciding on what Sunscreen to choose there are some terms you will need to pay attention to:

  • Broad Spectrum is one term that will be quite important.  This offers UVB and UVA protection.  UVB is what causes skin to burn under the Sun, and UVA causes Sun damage beyond the skin surface.
  • Chemical Sunscreen that is made of octocrylene or avobenzone, protects by absorbing UV rays.
  • Physical Sunscreen Block rays. Made of titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide form a physical barrier between UV rays and skin. These are usually mineral in nature.
  • Sport and Water-Resistant, sunscreens are usually tested by FDA standards, to withstand when you get wet, and when you dry off, several times.  This sunscreen should last after these task, and should still be effective.

Now, there are questions as to if Sunscreen is safe to use…. Well I’m no Doctor, scientist or chemist but NOT using it I feel can be just as UNSAFE.  Until there are definitive answers that say DO NOT USE, using the Physical Sunscreen may be the way to go, just to have some protection.  Of course you can always wear hats and protective clothing as well….

Visit me on Facebook, and Instagram, and let me know what’s working for you. Also at: www.smckoibeauty.com

Until next time, stay Beautiful!

Peace.

S.

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The Importance of Facials

By April 29, 2020 Anti-Aging Gracefully, Facials For Beginners, Home, My Beauty Tips, Pre-Bridal

Why Should I get a Facial?

For as far back as I can remember, I have been curious about the skin.  I would always wonder WHY I would break out on my back, of all places, and not my face, as much.  A good thing, right?  But that wasn’t enough for me.  I had to investigate further and find out why my back was so prone to breakouts. 

It wasn’t long until after a few years and I was in my thirties when the breakouts started to appear on my FACE!  Now, I was really concerned… So, I decided to seek help from a professional.  I went to get a facial.

I didn’t just get a facial, but the whole works.  I went all out… I got a sugar scrub on my body, a deep tissue massage, and finally a nice relaxing facial. 

The Esthetician was so thorough, she examined my skin (skin assessment), told me my Skin Type (Dry), and began to explain why I was breaking out in my Thirties.  She said I was suffering from Adult Acne, but I had a mild case.  This was due to my hormone changes, and from me using the wrong products for my skin type.  Who knew back then!

Now, as an Esthetician and Makeup Artist, I cannot stress enough, about getting a facial.  They can be a little intimidating at first, but once you understand the process, and experience the treatment, you won’t be able to get them enough.

Here are a few reasons I feel it’s important:

  1. When you get a facial you are getting a massage on the face.  This aids in lymphatic drainage and helps with circulation.  It will also help tighten some facial muscles. This is also very relaxing, which can help with stress.
  2. It removes impurities that get embedded in the pores, that can clog and cause inflamed and irritated pimples, or pore congestion.  You know, the blackheads, white heads, and huge pimples, that you DO NOT want on your face.
  3. You get a customized treatment for you, with a Mask that will restore and nourish your skin, giving you that Hollywood glow.
  4. Who doesn’t like to be pampered!  This will be YOUR time to relax.  Some of my clients go to sleep… this is allowed. 😉

So what are you waiting for get that facial ASAP..

For more information, visit me @www.smkoibeauty.com, Facebook, and Instagram.

You may also want to read my post about Facials for beginners. (If you haven’t already.. 😉)

Until next time, Stay Beautiful!

Peace & Love

S.

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COVID-19: A message from Stacey at S.Mckoi, Beauty

By March 20, 2020 Home

Hello,

I wanted to send this out to my Beauty community during this challenging time. We should all take a moment to reflect, be patient, grateful , compassionate and kind.
We Will get through this dark time together. Stay smart and protect yourself and your family by adhering to local government, so we can pull through this stronger than ever..
I look forward to the future to witness our resilience once again, as we overcome another life changing event.
Stay strong and Beautiful.
Be Blessed.

Love,

Stacey.

S.McKoi, Beauty

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3 reasons your Teen could be Breaking Out

By June 2, 2019 Facials For Beginners, Home, My Beauty Tips

 Acne can become a huge issue for your Teen or Preteen, (the puberty stage).  When there’s acne involved self-image and self confidence can be a huge challenge.  There are solutions to some of these issues, but first know that it will take some time depending on the skin condition.    

Here are 3 reasons your Teen could be Breaking Out:

  1. When there is a breakout, do they occur when its that time of the month? (you have your period) for girls, or when your voice changes and you start to get facial hair, for boys?  If so…. Chances are they could be hormonal. 
  2. Are you OILY, or look shiny, All the time even when you have just washed your face? I mean have a constant shine ALL DAY and you notice quite a few break outs come soon after? Chances are you have an over production of oil, which can be your skin type.
  3. Your break outs are very sensitive and red in a lot of clusters, usually on your forehead, cheeks or chin?  You could be suffering from a higher grade of ACNE and may need to see a dermatologist if your face doesn’t get better with store bought products.

Acne also can have different triggers, such as; Foods, your teen may be eating, Bacterial transfers from cell phones, hands on face, hats, and hair.  Stress can also be a cause!  We all stress about something or other, and Teens can have stress as well.

If you are breaking out constantly at any time, then you may have oily skin and may need to switch to a cleanser that contains at least one of these ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Latic Acid, Glycolic Acid, or Sulfur.   These ingredients help to clean out the pore, and help to kill the bacteria that causes the pimples.

A daily routine is key…. You can start by using a Cleanser, Toner, Treatment, and Moisturizer that has been created specifically for Oily and Acne skin.  Please keep in mind, just because you are Oily does not mean you will have acne, you can have a blemish here or there. Acne is in a class all be itself!  (another Blog Post…)   You can however; follow a routine that will clean, balance, treat, and restore your skin, to prevent break outs or at least minimize them.

As always, I recommend getting a facial, by a professional, to know your skin type, because using the wrong products for your skin can be a culprit also. Yes, teens can have facials, too. 🙂

Let me know what’s working for your teen, or if you’re the Teen…

Visit me at Facebook, Instagram, and on my web @ smckoibeauty.com.

Until next time, stay Beautiful.

Peace.

S.

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Let’s SPRING into Action..

By April 17, 2019 Facials For Beginners, Home, My Beauty Tips

with your skincare that is..

It’s that time again, and the Spring season is upon us.  Now we can start to prepare our skin for this Spring time period. 

For some of us, like myself, will have to deal with seasonal allergies, making our eyes, and nose itchy and runny.  You know what comes with this… rubbing or blowing!   This can lead to unsightly redness, and in some cases, darkness, around the eyes, or nose.

So.  What I like to do is pretreat my allergies with drops, and an antihistamine (allergy medicine), and up my dosage of vit C. I start when I feel any itching and by the time the season is underway, I’m good to go.

But if you’re not taking anything or using preventive measures, or if this isn’t working, what to do about the raw skin?

What I do, and have done, is to change up my routine slightly.  I still cleanse, treat, and hydrate, but now I may add something extra:

  1. Refrigerate some brewed teabags.  If your eyes are puffy in the mornings like my eyes get, the cooled teabags with the caffeine will help calm them down and deflate the puffiness.
  2. If your eyes are still itchy, I have used eye wash to flush out any irritations.
  3. You can also get one of those handy roller balls, for puffy eyes, and pop that in the fridge for about 10min.  (some eye creams come with this already attached) Once you roll that under, and in some cases over the eye, you can start to get some nice relief.
  4. For the dark discoloration around the eyes, and nose, it’s best to use products like an eye cream that contains, vitamin C, Retinol (nighttime only), and soothing ingredients, like aloe, and cucumber.  Around the nose I start using my brightening face creams at night like Sunday Riley’s Good Genes all -in -one lactic acid treatment.  Again, I would use a product that contained Retinol, if there isn’t soreness, and redness.  Then you would need soothing products only.

This is just the beginning my luvs, so stay tuned for more of my seasonal tips.

Visit me at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and let me know what routine is working for you. Also my visit me @ smckoibeauty.com

Until next time, stay Beautiful.

Peace.

S.

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To Serum or Not to Serum? Is that the question?

By February 11, 2019 Anti-Aging Gracefully, Home, My Beauty Tips

Facial Serums… What are they? Which one do I get?

Lots of questions, right?  Do you find yourself shopping for skincare and come across the facial serums?  Well I’m here to let you know, if you aren’t using one, you’re missing out.

A serum… in a nut shell.. is a treatment product that is applied after cleansing and before moisturizing, that allows your moisturizer to work in unison to achieve optimal results.  Serums contain properties that will either, aid in Anti-Aging, Correct skin Discoloration, resurface the skin, or ALL of these, and more.  It’s important that you know, what the facial serum’s benefits are, so you can choose the most appropriate type for your skin concern.

I have tried a few facial serums before I found one of my favorites; Lancôme’s Advanced Genifique, Youth Serum.  This product is excellent for me!  I usually use it at nighttime, before bed.  Once I apply a drop, with the dropper, message it into my face, neck and décolleté, apply my nighttime moisturizer, my face instantly feels nourished.  I wake up, and have soft, glowing skin.

 I also like Sunday Riley’s LUNA Sleeping Night Oil….This product is AWESOME!  During the summer this was the only treatment I used at night. ( NO moisturizer)  Technically, this is an OIL, but I use it as a serum in the colder months.  My face has never had a more radiant appearance.  

Just to be clear.. I do not use both products at the same time.  But I do like to switch it up, so my skin doesn’t get too use to one product.

You may notice that your face is a little or very different, once the seasons change.  This may be the time you can do the same, and Switch it Up!

Visit me at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and let me know what routine is working for you. Also my website; www.smckoibeauty.com

Until next time, stay Beautiful!

Peace.

S.

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The Aging Skin Affect

By August 17, 2018 Anti-Aging Gracefully, Home, My Beauty Tips

Is your dry skin becoming drier as you get older?

For those of us whom have had dry skin forever, it’s becoming a big problem. I have noticed that as I get older and my hormones are changing, my face and skin have been getting excessively itchier and tight, especially in the winter months. I mean everything from my forehead to my toe nails!

I’m not going to stress about it.. stressing will only create a different problem, like breakouts.😜 No.. but what I’m going to do is change my skincare routine, and add a few more steps to my repertoire.

Here are few things I’m going  to change and add:

  • Use a cleanser that will not only clean but remove makeup and not strip my oils… Aka a cleanser for anti-aging! I like Mary Kay’s Timewise 3-n-1 cleanser, and Lancome’s Crème Mousse Confort. 
  • Use an age defying Serum… one that would hold in moisture build collagen and even skin appearance.  I love Lancome’s Advance Genifique Youth Activating Serum, and Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.
  • Get a really good exfoliate… maybe even get a microdermabrasion, or a peel. To remove those dead skin cells and lack luster, dull top skin layer, and aid in skin rejuvenation.  I like Fresh Sugar Face Scrub, for my face and body! I also like my Clarisonic, and my Spa’s Cell Renewal enzyme exfoliant. I also like my microdermabrasion treatment at the Spa.
  • Use a moisture rich, firming nighttime moisturizer.. preferably one that is richly creamy… Or a really good facial Oil!  For me now it’s Lancome’s Renergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting and Firming Moisturizer..smells great and amazing richness!  I’m also now loving Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil.

These are a few of my new routine upgrades, to keep my skin at its peak and to stay healthy.  If your skin isn’t feeling the affects yet, you can start  to maintain some moisture levels, by trying a new routine as well.

Visit me at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and let me know what routine is working for you. Also at: www.smckoibeauty.com

Until next time, stay Beautiful!

Peace.

S.

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The 10 Super Foods for Your Skin

By July 30, 2018 Anti-Aging Gracefully, Facials For Beginners, For the Men, Home, My Beauty Tips, Pre-Bridal

10 Super foods for the skin:

I have always wondered about the foods we consume and how they effect the skin.  I have found these 10 to be true:

1-Blueberry-  Blueberries fall into the tightener/re-newer category when it comes to skincare. This healthy and delicious antioxidant-rich fruit is high in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and  sodium. In addition, these tasty berries will help clear acne and blotchy spots on your skin, leaving you with a healthier, happier glow.

2-Spinach–  Leafy green vegetables, particularly spinach, are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. This particular vegetable is packed with lutein which helps to keep your eyes sparkling white. This healthy vegetable is also a great source of vitamin B, C and E as well as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. Swapping your normal lettuce for spinach will work wonders for your skin.

3-Kiwi-  Kiwis fall into the category of firming when it comes to skincare. This sour fruit will help prevent wrinkles while keeping your bones and teeth healthy as well. The antioxidants found in this delicious fruit will also help protect you from cancer – a definite bonus when it comes to a healthy diet.

4-Dark Chocolate–   Indulge in a few pieces of chocolate from every now and again. It may come as a surprise but dark chocolate – specifically chocolate that has high flavonol content and is at least 60 percent cocoa – helps skin stay hydrated. In addition, it also protects your skin from sun damage – one of the biggest culprits of unhealthy looking skin.

5-Salmon–  Salmon has been proven to help moisturize skin and keep it looking healthy and radiant. This fish is so rich in omega-3 fatty acids that it nourishes the skin by reducing the body’s production of inflammatory substances. In short, it helps clear clogged pores and erase fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking clear and refreshed.

6-Watermelon–  Watermelon falls into the sun protector/cancer fighter categories when it comes to skincare. While protecting you from cancer doesn’t necessarily help with maintaining a healthy glow, it’s definitely something you should be looking for when choosing foods for your diet. This mouth-watering fruit will help clear your blemishes, smooth your skin and improve your skin’s elasticity – all important elements of a healthy, fresh looking face.

7-Oranges–  Oranges are considered very effective wrinkle defenders by nutritionists all over the world. This delicious fruit is known for its toning properties. It’s also a great source of vitamin C (as most of you already know) which helps improve the texture and color of your skin. To finish things off, this citrus fruit helps restore collagen, leaving your skin firm and equipped to fight the signs of early aging.  This is why Vitamin C is used as an ingredient in a lot of products today.

8-Berries–  We mentioned blueberries in earlier on in the list, but it’s worth noting that all berries (particularly raspberries, blackberries and strawberries) are great in achieving a healthy glow. Like oranges and grapefruits, these fruits are high in vitamin C – a strong antioxidant which keeps the collagen in your skin healthy. They’re also high in anthocyanin and quercetin, which will help reduce inflammation and keep your skin looking evenly toned and radiant.

9-Avocados–  Avocados are great for preventing blemishes and enhancing the quality of your skin. This popular fruit is high in vitamins A, D and E. These vitamins help prevent the signs of aging. Avocados are also high in minerals like copper and iron. These minerals help the skin fight the signs of aging by defending against free radicals. Furthermore, this delicious fruit will help promote skin elasticity and pigment – leaving your skin (and hair) looking healthy refreshed all day long.

10-Eggs–  Eggs help your skin with tissue repair. The compounds found in eggs also help keep your skin clear of infections and acne. These breakfast items (which are also used in countless recipes everyday) are high in selenium, vitamin A and copper. Selenium wards off skin infections, vitamin A prevents your skin from developing abnormal clumps (which can turn into moles and skin tags) and copper promotes skin elasticity. A triple threat, if you ask us.

These are my favorites and if you are eating your portions correctly, they may work for you as well.  I know some people may have allergies to some of these foods, however; you can substitute the items with other foods that contain similar properties.

Thanks again for reading.

Please visit me on my website; www.smckoibeauty.com, FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Until next time, stay beautiful!

Peace.

S.

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Ready for The Bridal Season?

By June 4, 2018 Home, My Beauty Tips, Pre-Bridal

Are you part of a Bridal Party, or attending a Wedding this season?

I’ve been asked to be a part of this beautiful experience, and boy it isn’t easy!  A bridesmaid can get just as stressed about this occasion as the Bride.  With so much to do, you can tend to neglect yourself, and when the time comes, you feel like you look a mess!  Now what?

Even though you’re NOT the bride, there is no reason you couldn’t be photo ready.  Here are some ideas you may want to use to start your beauty prep.

  • Makeup Trials– When the Bride gets her makeup trial, you should get one too.  Especially, if a Makeup Artist is going to provide service to you on that day.  The investment will be worth it, for you to see how you will look on her Big day.  FYI- very helpful if YOU are getting hitched soon after.
  • Why not get a facial– That’s right, get a facial… recommend to the Bride as well, and maybe you can make it a Gurlz day. When your skin is healthy, your makeup will not only look flawless on the Big Day, but on the days after the nuptials.
  • Bring your own bridal day kit– If you are in the bridal party, sometimes things do not go according to plan. The Bride has a lot to think about, so why not bring somethings along that she may need, and you may need as well, like: Lotion, deodorant, moisturizer, eye-drops, tissues, bobby pins, safety pins, and a small sewing kit.  You may also want to bring some lip balm, blotting paper, and a lip gloss, for your photo touch ups. (the may already have her own) 😉

Just remember a wedding is a blessed occasion, so don’t beat yourself up, enjoy and be happy, this is what it’s ALL truly about.

Until next time, stay Beautiful!

Please visit me at www.smckoibeauty.com, facebook, twitter, and Instagram.

Peace & Love,

S.

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