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Are YOU Using Protection?

By June 28, 2020 Anti-Aging Gracefully, 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, For the Men, 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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To Serum or Not to Serum? Is that the question?

By February 11, 2019 Anti-Aging Gracefully, 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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Hey Aging, slow down!!

By May 4, 2018 Anti-Aging Gracefully

Age gracefully with these wonderful tips to help you

Getting older is something that we all hope we will do with style and grace. Aging isn’t the end of the world and if you do it properly, each new year can be the best of your life. Use the tips provided here to keep yourself feeling and looking young and alive:

Aging is a worry for many people, but can be slowed down by remaining healthy.

Daily exercise. No one hates to exercise as much as me, but once you make it part of your daily routine, it doesn’t feel like exercise. A healthy diet can reduce aging effects,  especially by drinking water. There are a lot of ways to make water more tasty, (I have a Soda Stream machine, and of course the favor packs) so drink up and stay hydrated.   Getting plenty of sleep and taking care of your skin is another way to make sure you reduce wrinkles. I love my facials, and rest!  Book your facial today.  Everyone ages, but that doesn’t mean you can’t age well!

One of the best things that you can do, in order to slow down the aging process in your body is to get your omega 3 fatty acids, and eat plenty of green leafy vegetables.

Special note: If you can, make sure you’re including a decent amount of fish in your diet. The omega-3 fatty acids that are most commonly found in fish have been shown to aid in skin development. This can keep your skin looking smooth and young much longer. If you’re allergic to fish, try omega-3 supplements.

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.

Be sure to protect your skin from the sun

Getting a bit of sun each day can be very beneficial but be sure to wear sunscreen while you do it. Overexposure can lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer. Taking care of your skin is vital to living a long and healthy youthful life.

Get enough sleep nightly.

It is said that each person needs an average of eight hours daily. Not getting adequate sleep can cause depression, heart problems, and more.

If you feel tired REST! Get the amount needed that’s right for you.

One of my thoughts on the biggest culprit of aging is the STRESS factor.  If you can, find a way to lessen the amount of things that you stress over, you are sure to feel much better about your life each day. Do not let the little things bring you down which can be detrimental to your health and age you quicker.

So, RELAX and find joy in life!

Join me on my next post, for my Best Beauty tips and more… also visit me at www.smckoibeauty.com; Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Until next time..,,Stay Beautiful!

S.

 

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