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In the age of rampant Google searches and WebMD, everyone solves their own skin care issues. You type in a list of symptoms or concerns and…Voila! It spits out a list of possible solutions.

The internet is genius, but it has its limitations.

For instance, imagine that you are a person of color who has sensitive skin, but also wants some anti-aging benefits. How do you address all the unique needs of your skin without using a million different products (and possibly having irritation and other undesirable reactions)? Guessing or trial and error are both options.

Luckily, you can accomplish this more easily by seeing a professional esthetician for personalized skin care advice.

What is an Esthetician?

An esthetician (or aesthetician) is a licensed health and wellness professional who has advanced knowledge in beauty and skin care. This person is specially trained in performing a variety of treatments and procedures that not only address troublesome skin care problems, but also promotes healthier, more radiant skin in the process. These professionals work with clients to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, alleviate acne breakouts, and even out and smooth complexion issues.

Estheticians may do the following treatments:

  • acne treatments
  • body scrubs
  • chemical peels
  • facial massages
  • facials
  • hair removal (waxing, threading, and chemical treatments)
  • laser resurfacing
  • makeup applications
  • microdermabrasion

Reasons to See an Esthetician for Personalized Skin Care Advice

In addition to providing a variety of skin care treatment and procedures, estheticians also offer personalized skin care consultations. Here are just a few advantages of getting a personalized consultation:

Say “goodbye” to product overwhelm. You can’t figure out which products are best for your skin. Perhaps they work okay for a while and then lose their effectiveness. An esthetician can do the work for you in selecting the products that best suit your skin.

Figure out crazy skin issues. If you have a mixture of skin types or a variety of skin issues, an esthetician can design an individualized plan using custom skin care products that address your skin’s every need.

Wear less makeup. Many people with troublesome skin use makeup to cover problems they can’t seem to resolve. When you have your skin evaluated by an esthetician, this professional will recommend the best products and regimens to help you get clearer more youthful-looking skin. With clearer skin, you can wear less makeup!

Everyone’s skin is different. That’s why everyone deserves a one-on-one skin care consultation with a professional who understands how to keep skin looking healthy and gorgeous.

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There’s plenty of evidence out there that shows good relationships make us healthier in a variety of ways, but did you know they can also be good for your skin? Skin is our largest organ and there’s a lot going on under the surface. Quite often, when something is amiss in your body it will show up in your skin. Likewise, your skin will also reflect good health. Interestingly, healthy relationships have been linked to good health and longevity – and your skin will reflect it. Here’s three cool ways that a healthy relationship will make your skin glow.

Your risk of cardiovascular disease is lowered

The INTERHEART study found that marital or relationship quality and loneliness play a significant role in heart health. When the heart is not healthy, the skin often has a grayish or bluish tint and appears dull. By contrast, the skin of a person with a healthy heart has color in their cheeks and their overall skin has good color and vibrancy.


A little smooching can help you feel less stressed

We all know that stress can wreak havoc on our skin, making it dull, dry, and lifeless and contributing to acne. When you’re stressed, your skin will often be one of the first areas in your body to start giving you clues. A study led by Wendy Hill, dean of the faculty and professor of neuroscience at Lafayette College found that when two people kiss, there is a release of certain, stress relieving hormones – and, well, in healthy relationships there’s usually a good bit of kissing going on! This results in less stress and healthier skin to show for it.


You’ll get sick less and heal faster

Studies show that people in healthy relationships have stronger immune systems. They get sick less and heal faster. When you have a strong immune system, your body is better able to ward off illness and diseases which means a healthier you. Good health in and of itself will make your skin glow, but should you get a pimple it will heal faster. On the other hand, unhealthy relationships cause slower healing.


So, carve out some quality time with your significant other and enjoy a little healthy skin freebie. Sure you should still eat right for your skin and continue with your skincare routines, but try not to let the daily grind keep you from the best natural skincare boosts you have: the people you love.

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Fingernails play an important role in the overall beauty of the hand. If you want gorgeous nails, strong fingernails are vital. Therefore, if you have brittle nails, you need to strengthen them.

1. Avoid Over hydrating Your Fingernails

Dr. Samer Jaber is a dermatologist at Washington Square Dermatology. Dr. Jaber states that excessive water exposure can cause your nails to soften. It also causes their beds to expand. Then, as this excess moisture evaporates, the nail beds contract. This leaves them flimsy, increasing the likelihood that they will peel. He suggests minimizing the amount of time you spend in swimming pools and hot showers as well as wearing rubber gloves while washing dishes.

2. Remember to Keep Your Nails Trimmed

Dr. Jaber states that keeping your fingernails shorter as you work towards strengthening them reduces the likelihood of them becoming damaged. Keep in mind that the longer your nails are, the more likely they are to become damaged or break.

3. Always Wear a Base Coat

Even in the event that you do not have time for a full manicure, you should always apply a base coat to prevent your fingernails from becoming weak.

4. Consider Taking Supplements to Strengthen Brittle Fingernails

According to the study, Vitamins and minerals: their role in nail health and disease, Biotin and Silicon both help with brittle nail syndrome. You should consider taking vitamin supplements to strengthen your fingernails. Choose a multivitamin that contains Biotin, which fortifies and strengthens the nails. In addition, you may consider taking the mineral silicon.

It is important to note that you should always speak with your physician before beginning any new vitamin and/or mineral regimen.

5. Schedule Regular Manicures

Chanel celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson recommends regular manicures. She states that manicures remove the hangnails, rough edges and dry cuticles that we are inclined to pick at, and tend to catch on things.

6. Maintain Your Cuticles

Dr. Chris G. Adigun is a nail specialist at the Dermatology and Laser Center of Chapel Hill. Dr. Adigun suggests maintaining healthy cuticles. She warns that picking, trimming or manipulating your cuticle breaks down the nail’s defense: The cuticle acts as a barrier and a seal, therefore, the cuticle keeps hydration in and potential infections out. When you get your manicure, your manicurist should gently push your cuticles back.

7. Do Not Use Products Designed to Harden Fingernails

Dr. Adigun advises against using nail hardeners, although these products promise stronger nails, they may do more harm than good. Using nail hardeners frequently causes the nails to harden to the point that they crack and break easier.

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Your lifestyle, the amount of time you spend in the sun and even your genetics can impact the way your skin looks and feels. If you are worried about the signs of aging – or you want to prevent fines lines, wrinkles and discoloration, a product that contains retinol can help. Retinol is made from Vitamin A and can help reduce or eliminate the signs of aging when used over time. Learning more about retinol can help you discover how this anti-aging powerhouse can improve the texture, look and feel of your skin.

What is Retinol?

Made from Vitamin A, retinol improves the amount of collagen your skin produces and increases the turnover rate of your skin cells. Used over time, products containing Retinol freshen and improve the uneven spots and fine lines that can add years to your appearance. Products made with retinol have been used for years to combat acne, but recent research shows that retinoids are a powerful weapon in the fight against signs of aging.

What does Retinol do?

When you apply a product containing retinol to your skin, your natural enzymes convert the Vitamin A into a form of retinoic acid. One applied, this powerful compound encourages collagen and elastin production, resulting in smoother, more youthful looking skin. Most users see results over time, in about 3 months.

Using Retinol

Since retinol products become a mild acid when applied, some people are more sensitive to them than others. Starting slow by using a retinol product every other day, then gradually increasing the frequency of use to twice a day allows you to get the benefits of retinol without having any irritation.

Retinol should be part of your skincare routine each day; use either a serum or moisturizer that contains the product after washing and drying your face for best results. A little goes a long way, which is a good thing, since retinol products can be expensive. Use a small amount each day and be sure to use sunscreen after applying for best results.

If you are concerned about the signs of aging and want to preserve your natural, youthful look, ask your esthetician about products containing retinol. Used regularly, this powerful anti-aging ingredient improve the look and feel of your skin over time.

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Microneedling is the latest skincare trend which pricks the skin resulting in reviving collagen and elastin production. While it’s just making its way into the mainstream for home use, skincare professionals have been practicing microneedling for years. This ensures that it’s an established procedure with effective and noticeable results. In fact, microneedling is so effective for collagen renewal that another term for this procedure is collagen induction therapy.

Can Microneedling Be Done at Home?

The biggest concern over microneedling isn’t whether or not it works, but at-home users must use caution. Since the tool lightly punctures the outer layers of the skin, there is real chance of infection if not done properly. In addition, those with autoimmune conditions or diabetes are advised not to attempt  microneedling at home.

Does Microneedling Hurt?

The procedure itself is painless, although sensitive skin will find the experience less pleasant. The sensation has been described as “prickly.” Those who are afraid of needles may not enjoy the experience of microneedling.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling works by puncturing tiny holes on the surface of skin. The skin reaction to punctured skin it to increase collagen and elastin production to heal. This reaction disappears fine lines and leaves behind a fuller, plumper-looking skin. This procedure also works on skin with acne scars and sunken areas. It’s also fine for use on other areas of the body besides the face, such as the décolletage. As always, you should seek advice and consult with a professional before attempting microneedling.


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HiMirror is a new smart mirror that is taking the skincare industry by storm! Essentially, this invention is a smart mirror that gives detailed information about the condition of the skin. Perfect tool for every skincare provider to have on the shelf.

How Does the HiMirror Work?

This 14-inch screen mirror has a built-in high-resolution camera that captures an image of your face which then analyzes the condition of your skin. When the analysis is complete, the device offers suggestions to treat the issues that were found. How cool is that?

How is the Information Presented? 

After the device captures the image, it presents the information in a slideshow format, with close ups of areas that needs correction. These results are rated on a severity scale that take only seconds to complete.

What Issues Are Pointed Out?

The HiMirror brings attention to areas that need immediate attention to areas that areas that need improvement over time. Results include blackheads, whiteheads, broken capillaries, wrinkles, age spots, enlarged pores, under-eye circles, and areas of skin discoloration.

How Can Skincare Professionals Benefit from HiMirror?

Professional estheticians will love having the new HiMirror in their arsenal of skin treatment tools. This high tech invention enables professionals to provide clients a thorough explanation of their skin condition. Instead of trying to convince clients on specific treatments that are needed, the client can see for themselves. Another benefit to skincare professionals is the ability to demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment from one appointment to another. Clients will be able to see improvements firsthand.