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By September 7, 2021 My Beauty Tips
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3 Steps To Rejuvenate Summer Skin

It’s hard to believe that Summer is coming to an end!  It’s still warm and still daylight after 6PM, but we know this is all starting to wind down, and Fall/ Winter will be here before we know it. ☹

There is no time like now to recovery your skin from the heat, and Sun.  I know it’s been so HOT that you may have skipped your moisturizers, and the much needed sunscreen, but that’s exactly why you have to implement the recovery steps TODAY!!

Here are 3 steps to add to YOUR skincare routine… (if you aren’t already doing them)😊

  1. EXFOLIATION– This process can be  physical, granular, or acid base.  Depending on your skin type I would recommend the following for the different skin types:

Physical exfoliation is the use of a machine to remove the dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin.  Great for Dry Skin, Combination,  Normal, and some oily skin. (not oily acne)

Granular exfoliation is the use of a water-soluble product that is grainy in texture that when wet will remove the dead skin from the surface of the skin. Great for Dry, Combo, and Normal skin.

Acid Base exfoliation is the use of a natural acid that can be derived from fruits, and plants.  There are some that are chemical grade as well.  This process penetrates a little deeper than the other 2.  Dead skin is more dissolved than removed, which gives a longer smoothing affect.  Great for ALL skin types, Dry, Oily, Combination, and Normal. Also, can be used on Sensitive skin, and Acne prone if the legions are healed.

2. TREATMENT– Treatments are what I like to call; some kind of repairing agent, like a Serum or Acne treatments.  SERUMs are my favorite!!!  They come in different forms and can do multiple things when applied correctly.  I am using a SERUM to repair my dehydrated, and discolored complexion.  I want to even out and get my glow back! 😊  Acne and blotchiness can be an issue as well.  You may want to look for a treatment that will dry up your breakouts, and soothe the skin.  Treatments are usually applied to the skin right after the exfoliation process, to help your skin soothe and refresh so that your moisturizer can do its thing…

3. MOISTURIZE!!!!!!   This step is SOOOOOOO important!   No matter what your skin type is, you should be using a moisturizer that is designed for YOUR skin type.  If you are DRY-use a moisturizer that will put moisture back into your skin or retain the moisture you have.  Oily-use a moisturizer that will give you just enough moisture and minimize oil, so you are hydrated but NOT overly oily.  Combination- use a moisturizer that is designed for combo skin, moisturizing the dry areas, and minimizing oil in oily areas.  Normal- can use moisturizers designed for a balance moisture.  I like creams at night, they are a bit more emollient and a pump moisturizer in the day.  I usually add an SPF separately in the mornings.

A great skincare routine is key! On a daily basis you should be using a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. With the added Exfoliation, and Treatments, your skin will feel and look brighter, younger, healthier and more restored.

For more information about how to care for your skin, you can download my free eBook, “5 Steps to Glowing Skin”. https://smckoi-beauty.aweb.page/smckoibeauty-5step-thank-you

Until next time stay Beautiful.



PS: Also, you may go to my website; www.smckoibeauty.com

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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


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3 reasons your Teen could be Breaking Out

By June 2, 2019 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.



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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!



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The Aging Skin Affect

By August 17, 2018 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!



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Ready for The Bridal Season?

By June 4, 2018 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,


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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!



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