5 Tips for Glowing Skin

Sometimes it seems like we need to have a long list of things we need to do to keep our skin healthy and glowing. If you are like me, you want to keep your routine to a minimum. My typical morning is me trying to get myself and my kids ready and out the door so that nobody is late. This means that even me, as a licensed esthetician wants to keep my routine to a minimum. Two times daily I cleanse, tone, moisturize, and in the morning I use an SPF (if you missed last week’s blog post on SPF, you can read it here). I understand most of us don’t have the time or want to remember extra steps through our day.  I have decided to compile a list of 5 quick tips for healthy skin to easily add to your day.

1. We have all heard it, we all know it, but I am still going to write it. Drink more water, and stay hydrated. Dehydrated skin is a condition in which the skin lacks water, as opposed to lacking oil as a dry skin type. When we don’t drink enough water, or nourish our skin properly, our skin can become dehydrated. We all know that water is important to keep our bodies hydrated, and that includes your skin. Set a timer, or download an app if you forget to keep filling your glass.

2. Wash your face two times every day. We pick up environmental pollution on our skin through the day and may have worn makeup or other products, it is important to wash these things off at night before going to sleep. If we don’t wash off makeup and pollutants it can disrupt the cell renewal process, and clog pores. Cleansing in the morning is equally as important. While we sleep the oil, sweat, and dead cells shed. These can get trapped in our follicles if we aren’t cleansing in the morning.

3. Are you changing your pillow cases enough? Sweat, dead cells, oil, and hair products woman-2197947_1920all build up on your pillowcase. If you have ever had an issue with acne, your esthetician or dermatologist may have suggested you change your pillow case every 1-2 days. If you are typically break-out free, and not oily it is advised to change your pillow case weekly.

4. Using skincare that is right for your skin type. Many use skincare that is made for the wrong skin type. Depending on your skin type and the product you use, you could be over drying your skin, causing it to overproduce sebum (our skin’s naturally occurring oil). Finding out your real skin type is important when deciding how to treat your skin. If you are truly oily, you would want to use a foaming wash or something with clay to help dry up some of that naturally overproducing oil. If you are dry, you may want to stick to a creamier cleanser that will help keep your barrier intact. We are born with our skin type, and it doesn’t change. But, different skin conditions throughout our lives can change the way our skin feels, looks, and reacts to products.

5. Monthly maintenance facials from a licensed esthetician. During a facial, your woman-girl-beauty-maskesthetician will do a full analysis of your skin under a magnifier. During this analysis, they can determine your skin type. They will then give you a professional exfoliation, perform extractions, mask you, perform a facial massage to stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage (plus, it’s relaxing and something that is not the same when you DIY it!), and finish off with a moisturizer for your skin type and an SPF. After your facial, your esthetician can recommend products that are best suited for your skin type and your concerns. Working together with your esthetician can help you reach your long-term skin goals.

You may already be doing these things. Maybe you are already doing a few of these, which is great too! I challenge you to kick it up a notch by slowly adding the rest of these tips into your day. If you are looking for an esthetician, you have come to the right place. SkinCatering offers skincare services by our skilled licensed estheticians at both locations. You can visit us at Skincatering Springfield in Tower Square and the newly opened D. Hotel Spa by SkinCatering in Holyoke. We look forward to working together with you on all of your skincare goals.

Happy Glowing xo

Practicing Safe Skin Through the Summer Months


blogtitlenosun.pngWith the unofficial start of summer here, it is time to start thinking about how to keep our skin safe when out and about in the sun. Although it is recommended to wear an SPF year round, we start thinking about it now that we are spending more time outside, gardening, cooking out, relaxing, and going on vacation. The best way to protect ourselves from the sun is to cover up, wear a big hat and sunglasses, finding shade, and using a beach tent if you are planning on being in the sun for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, so I have put together some facts and resources on staying sun safe with sunscreen!

You may be wondering which sunscreens are the best. To be honest, I don’t have a perfect answer, but I can help guide you to find a sunscreen that can best fit your needs. As we are becoming more aware of the toxins in mass produced skincare products, I find myself choosing physical sunscreens over chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens are a good option for those of us who may have skin that is sensitive/sensitized, acneic, or is experiencing any other skin conditions. 

There are two types of sunscreen’s, physical and chemical. The packaging may not label your sunscreen as such, so it is always a good idea to know what to look for in the ingredients. These ingredients are also good to know when looking for something like a daily moisturizer with an SPF.father-daughter-beach-sea-38302.jpg

A physical sunscreen’s active ingredients will include titanium dioxide, and/or zinc oxide. These are mineral based ingredients that will reflect or scatter some of the UV rays.

A chemical sunscreen’s active ingredients oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These active ingredients are organic (carbon-based) and will absorb the UV rays, turning them into heat and then releasing from the skin. 

Remember regardless of which type of sunscreen you choose, you always want to make sure to apply at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and to reapply as stated in the FDA’s guidelines. This can be a feat for those of us that wear makeup or find it messy to keep reapplying a lotion through the day. There are alternatives, such as mineral sunscreen that you can brush on throughout the day like a setting powder. They even come with a cover and a built in brush for easy portability.

According to FDA sunscreen guidelines

Reapply at least every two hours. And more often if you’re swimming or sweating. (Remember to read the label for your specific sunscreen. An average-size adult or child needs at least one ounce of sunscreen, about the amount it takes to fill a shot glass, to evenly cover the body.)” 

https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm049090.htm

Shopping for sunscreen can also be a daunting task, as it can be overwhelming standing in that aisle. Lotion, spray on, or stick, different strengths, and brands, how do we know which are tried and  tested? Every year the EWG (Environmental Working Group) publishes a Guide to Sunscreen. They go more in-depth and rate the best and worst pexels-photo-210106.jpegbrands of sunscreens, according to their research. This is a great resource to check the score of your sunscreen or to find one if you don’t already have a preference.

In my personal circle of friends and on social media I have noticed an increased interest in skin health. Using a daily sunscreen can help you maintain healthy skin, and slow down extrinsic aging. Once we are into adulthood, it is never too early to start preventative anti-aging. Using sunscreen daily can be an easy, quick, and vital role to your daily routine.

As stated by The Skin Cancer Foundation, “Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.” http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts

If that sun kissed glow is what you absolutely desire, you can always opt for a sunless spray tan. Plus you can always choose to skip the tan lines when you go sunless! Skincatering offers sunless tanning by appointment in their Springfield location. Although sunless spray tanning does not offer any UV protection, it does give you a healthy natural looking glow without the effects of long term UV exposure.

xoxo Natalya

Licensed Aesthetician

Do you have a ‘Wellness Strategy’?

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Do YOU have a ‘Wellness Strategy’ for 2017?

What is a ‘Wellness Strategy’? A wellness strategy is a plan of action to achieve personal wellness goals. For example; say your goal is to relax more, ask yourself “How could I accomplish that? What does ‘relax’ mean to me?”

A Wellness Strategy’s purpose is strictly to make accomplishing your goals attainable and less intimidating. To create a Wellness Strategy one must first decide what their wellness goal is. The next step would be to break that goal down into separate parts by asking yourself key questions.

  • “What does this goal mean for me or to me? Does this goal immediately affect my every day life or is it long term?”
  • “What could I do to accomplish this goal? What steps can I take to start?”
After asking yourself key questions such as these, one must then determine whether or not the goal is attainable and sustainable in their life. If your current lifestyle doesn’t allow the desired goal to be attained, how can you adjust your goal or your plan of action? How could you adjust your lifestyle to help make your goal attainable?
EXAMPLE: If your goal is to eat healthier
1st Ask yourself “What does that mean for me and my every day life?” Does this mean making more homemade meals with raw ingredients? Drinking shakes? Eating at home 3 nights a week?
2nd Ask yourself are these steps attainable and sustainable with your lifestyle. Does your work schedule allow time to shop for raw ingredients? Do you have time in the morning to prepare your day’s shakes? Are you home 3 nights a week to eat a meal?
3rd If your answer is no, your current lifestyle doesn’t allow for this to be attainable, then you must ask what you can adjust to make it attainable. Can you order your groceries online to be delivered to your home? Can you make your shakes the night before and store them in the fridge for the next day? Can you prep meals to freeze if you won’t have time to prepare them? If you can’t be home 3 nights a week, is there a vegan or all natural local restaurant you can eat at those nights?
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No matter what your wellness goal is, your Wellness Strategy will help keep you on track to attaining and sustaining your goal.
Of course, SkinCatering® is here to support you with any of your wellness goals relating to treating yourself more kindly, reducing stress, and honoring what your body needs in order to maintain it’s healthy balance.
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 Monthly spa memberships are available in three different options to fit your time & financial budget. We’d love to hear what your goals are and how can we help. Share your goals & strategies in the comments!
#CaterToYOU

SkinCatering; an Eco-friendly Spa

According to Mintel beauty research, water is the new luxury.

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An upcoming trend ready to hit the beauty and skin care industry is “water as a precious commodity.” With environmental awareness on the rise, 45 % of millennials are likely to refuse to purchase a product if that company is not involved in environmental issues. Earth’s natural resources are becoming depleted, and it is not going unnoticed.

In an article posted by Cosmetics Design Europe, Mintel is quoted by saying

“The more consumers become aware of this, the more beauty brands will need to change how they manufacture and formulate products to limit their dependence on water.”

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SkinCatering® Spa & Skin Care has been ‘water conscious’ since the very beginning. We use freeze-dried ingredients and super-foods in our skincare and  services to limit the amount of water and preservatives needed. This method allows us more control of water usage during the re-hydration process. Often times we use other liquids to re-hydrate in place of water such as aloe or yogurt- both of which are extremely healthy for your skin! Clients receive the same benefits from these freeze dried ingredients as they would using the fresh ingredient or fruit.

SkinCatering® Spa also incorporates an infrared sauna blanket as well as towels for our wraps and body treatments. The benefit of this is we don’t have to rely on a shower where water could be wasted. Conserving our use of natures most valuable resource, the spa also uses a dry, infrared sauna. This dry infrared sauna does not use water or steam, instead it uses the heat from infrared spectrum lights heating you from your core.

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Eco-friendly, cruelty free, gluten free and vegan certified; SkinCatering® cares about the Earth just as much as we do our clients.

#CaterToTheEarth

 

Interview with Kim Brunton

Kim is SkinCatering®’s resident expert when it comes to skin. A licensed Aesthetician since 2002, she was at one time an Aesthetics Educator for a world renowned skin care company. After traveling all of the North Eastern United States as a leader in the industry, she finally found her home with SkinCatering®.

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Everyone draws inspiration from somewhere, I asked Kim what inspired her to choose the Aesthetician/Skin Care field.

“My inspiration to be an aesthetician came after the birth of my 2nd child.  My face was a mess with cystic acne and I had a series of 6 glycolic treatments which resulted in clean, clear skin without anymore cystic breakouts and, better yet, some education about how to keep my skin clear.”

What is her favorite part of what she does as an Aesthetician?

“My favorite part of  what I do is helping to boost a client’s confidence.”

For every career there is a highlight. For Kim, her highlight is really inspirational.

“The highlight of my career has generally been clearing teen skin. When my teen clients get to come off Proactive and use SkinCatering®’s natural, healthy products is truly what drives me in this business.”

Maybe you didn’t know but Kim hasn’t always been a part of the SkinCatering® Team. I asked her what made her decide to ‘hop on board’ so to speak.

“Hopping on board with SkinCatering® was really a easy decision. Being a formulator and creating my own recipes for an all natural skin care line is a dream come true!!! Aesthetics is my dream job and the fact that I can be part of a growing business has been more than I could ever imagine, or ask for.”

Not only did Kim ‘hop on board’ this amazing train that is SkinCatering®, she is a partner! I asked her how she would describe her role as partner at SkinCatering®.

“I am the Chief Formulator of our product line and I keep Leanne AKA “Shirley” in line. I “dream up” the product in my head or look for an answer to my client’s specific skin care needs. With ingredients and texture in mind, I then give the information to Leanne, and she makes it happen. We work cohesively as a one without leaving out the fun.”
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Laverne & Shirley aka Kim & Leanne

With all the fun Leanne & Kim have together at SkinCatering®, I wanted to know what she enjoys the most.

“What I most enjoy about SkinCatering® is that it’s ours. Leanne and I have built a business that grows every day in many ways. We work hard to make our clients feel and look better, and we know that the clients truly appreciate us.”

And finally, every business grows and expands and so does every individual in his or her career. What are Kim’s hopes or aspirations for the future of SkinCatering®?

“Hopes and dreams ? I hope that we can spread our SkinCatering® word throughout Springfield, and Western Mass. I would really love to be the top spa in Western Mass.”

Think About This; What Sugar does to Your Skin

Glycation is this year’s buzzword according to an article by Nicole Altavilla in American Spa Magazine.

Glycation is the process in which a sugar molecule (fructose or glucose) bonds to a protein or lipid molecule. This bond forms a HARMFUL new molecule called Advanced Glycation End Products or AGEs.

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As AGEs accumulate they cause permanent damage to other surrounding proteins. The more sugar we ingest, the more AGEs develop. AGEs don’t just cause damage to the protein in your blood stream though, they also cause damage and inflammation of collagen and elastin in your skin.

Elliot Milstein, president and CEO of Biopelle, was quoted in the article stating, “Some new skincare products actually now include sugar in the list of ingredients. Nothing could be worse for the skin.”

That is why many skincare brands are jumping on the anti-sugar bandwagon and focusing on ingredients that help to reverse the damage caused by Glycation and AGEs. According to the American Spa Magazine article, some of these reversing ingredients include kombucha black tea ferment, omega-6 essential fatty acids, peptides, and tumeric.

Anti-glycation services are still hard to find on treatment menus as it is a growing area of research. SkinCatering’s esthetics expert, Kimberly, offers an all-natural White Willow Bark Facial treatment which is excellent in combating and reversing the effects of AGEs. You can find more information on this specific service here.

To request an immediate appointment for this service click here.

Stick this Where?!

Last week we introduced you to STORY TELLER™ Sports Gel. This week we present to you a new member of our Sports Line, BODY STICK for Body Sweat and Chafing.

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Sweat builds in places you wouldn’t even think of. Especially if you’re a woman over 30, or a man of any age. This sweating is such a nuisance when you are hitting it hard at the gym, doing any physical activity or even sitting in that intense board meeting for an extended period of time. That is why we created the BODY STICK! SkinCatering’s new BODY STICK for areas that sweat and chaff is seriously so cool it doesn’t even need a name. We just call it like it is -BODY STICK – because you can use it ALL OVER your body.

First hand experience from the formulators

Our amazing Esthetician, Kim, uses the body stick as an all over deodorant.

“I have been using it every day. I used it in the 90 degree heat this past week on my vacation to South Carolina. I love that I can use it as an effective deodorant WITH OUT clogging my sweat glands like regular deodorants do!”

Dori, our Office Goddess, was starting to notice her husband complain of sweating and chafing while working at the lumber yard. She gave him the BODY STICK to help relieve the chafing and rash he experienced between his thighs from standing and walking in a hot warehouse all night. He was elated that the chafing lessened and the rash diminished after just one night using the BODY STICK. She herself uses the BODY STICK to help relieve under-boob sweat through out the day.

Thats right ladies! The BODY STICK can be used for that pesky under-boob sweat that we all hate!

These are just a few examples of the many areas you can use SkinCatering’s BODY STICK. It also comes in a convenient TRAVEL SIZE. Pop it in your purse or your backpack to have it with you whenever you need it.

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Made with only all-natural ingredients, BODY STICK warms to your skin and glides on for a lasting, SOFT finish. Because the BODY STICK isn’t a regular deodorant, it may need a few seconds to warm to your skin before gliding on like butter. With only 7 pronounceable ingredients that will help save your skin from the torture that is sweating and chafing in those odd places!

You can find SkinCatering’s Body Stick and the rest of our Sports Line here.