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When your ready to throw in the mascara…save time with lash extensions and wake up beautiful.

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4 Benefits of Lash Extensions

There are so many reasons to try lash extensions…

Add Length and Volume

Mascara is a must in many women’s beauty routines. Adding length and volume is the main reason that most of us use mascara each day, and makeup companies have created some truly amazing formulas to help us achieve that goal. Some women even apply false eyelashes each day to get the long and full look.

Eyelash extensions are the next level of making eyelashes beautiful, making your lashes thick, dark, and full. You can choose a dramatic look or opt for something more natural, but whatever you choose, they are like your lashes, but better! Eyelash extensions last for about 4 weeks and require only a short time in the chair at the salon for upkeep.

Look Youthful and Awake

Nothing opens up your eyes like long and thick eyelashes. Lengthening your lashes can act as an instant eye lift, without any of the side effects of a procedure. Long and gorgeous eyelashes can make you appear more youthful and awake, giving your eyes an extra brightness.

Save Time

As we already mentioned, many women use mascara as part of their daily routine to make their lashes thicker and their eyes brighter. When you get eyelash extensions, you can eliminate mascara from your beauty regimen altogether! Eyelash extensions are attached to your existing eyelashes, so you will not need to take the time to darken or lengthen your lashes with mascara. In addition, because eyelash extensions are already curled, you will not need to struggle with your eyelash curler.

Many women with eyelash extensions do not wear any eye makeup at all, preferring to let their gorgeous eyelashes stand on their own. The extensions are already long and thick enough that they eliminate the need for eyeliner on the top lid to add the illusion of thicker lashes.

Do you want to know the best part about eyelash extensions? No clumps or flakes! Since you won’t be dealing with mascara, you won’t have to wrestle with clumping eyelashes as you apply or flakes of mascara running down your face throughout the day.

Live Your Life!

As if saving on time each morning weren’t enough—and who doesn’t love fifteen extra minutes of sleep?—the biggest benefit of eyelash extensions is the way they allow you to live your life. You can do everything you normally do while you have eyelash extensions, including swimming, exercising, sitting in a sauna or hot tub (avoiding prolonged exposure), and more. You are still free to live your life as usual, looking fabulous while you do it.

Eyelash extensions are a veritable revolution in the beauty industry, saving women time and effort each day, and helping them look and feel their best. The benefits of eyelash extensions go beyond opening your eyes and saving you the trouble of mascara; they can give you a feeling of glamour and confidence as you go about your day.

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How to Recognize a Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

What is non-melanoma skin cancer?

Non-melanoma skin cancer starts in the cells of the skin. A cancerous (malignant) growth is a group of cancer cells that can grow into and destroy nearby tissue. It can also spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body, but this is rare with non-melanoma skin cancer.

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It covers your entire body and protects you against harmful factors from the environment such as the sun, hot temperatures and germs. The skin controls body temperature, removes waste products from the body through sweat and provides the sense of touch. It also helps make vitamin D.

Cells in the skin sometimes change and no longer grow or behave normally. These changes may lead to non-cancerous (benign) growths such as dermatofibromas, moles, skin tags and warts.

Changes to cells of the skin can also cause precancerous conditions. This means that the abnormal cells are not yet cancer, but there is a chance that they may become cancer if they aren’t treated. A precancerous condition of the skin is actinic keratosis.

But in some cases, changes to skin cells can cause non-melanoma skin cancer. Most often, non-melanoma skin cancer starts in round cells called basal cells found in the top layer of the skin (epidermis). This type of cancer is called basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and makes up about 75%–80% of all skin cancers. Non-melanoma skin cancer can also start in squamous cells of the skin, which are flat cells found in the outer part of the epidermis. This type of cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and makes up about 20% of all skin cancers. BCC and SCC tend to grow slowly and are often found early.

Rare types of non-melanoma skin cancer can also develop. These include Merkel cell carcinoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

Say goodbye to those days of bad brows!!! Microblading is the life!

What is microblading: Microblading is a technique using a super-fine pen (technically, a bundle of 12 to 15 needles) to deposit pigment into skin. The tip is so fine, in fact, that it can create hair strokes that look legit. And the needles reach only into the superficial layers of the skin, which is what makes the method semi-permanent (versus permanent, like traditional cosmetic tattoos). Think of each stroke as a little paper-cut. (We know what you’re wondering: Yes, it hurts, but your brow artist can numb the area first.) Compared to other techniques, “microblading gives a very natural look and better simulates hair,” says Betsy Shuki, makeup artist and brow expert who offers microblading services at the office of NYC plastic surgeon Scott Wells, MD.

What you should know: Prices vary based on location and artist expertise, but expect a quality job to run somewhere between $700 to $1,500. In the first few days, you might want to plan around your brows. “On the first day after microblading, clean your eyebrows with distilled water on cotton pad gently and apply aftercare cream every four hours,” says Shuki. On the second day, repeat that three times. For the next five days, do this morning and night. Your brow area might be red and scabby, so try not to schedule big things (e.g., a huge job interview or engagement photos) for the first week or two. “Also, avoid going to the gym, any excess sweating around eyebrows will prevent pigment retention and can cause infection,” adds Shuki.
How long microblading lasts: You’ll need a touch-up in about a month (the cost of this is typically budgeted into the fee of the initial service). Then, microblading can last anywhere from 12 months to three years, depending on your lifestyle. A few ways to extend it: Stay out of the sun, since it can fade the pigment, and avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near your brows, because they’ll lift the top layers of your skin with continued use—and the color with it.30C04595-05EA-47A8-9BFD-AEDE9F724067

Your lashes are more than just beautiful to look at…they actually serve a purpose.

979390AD-6995-48F9-961F-50F50FBB44C0“”Eyelashes evolved to keep debris out of our delicate eyes, and long ones do suggest femininity and youth.”

But what exactly is it about mini-hair halos around our eyeballs that evoke femininity and youth?

Not surprisingly, evolutionary biology has a theory about it that — again, not surprisingly — has a lot to do with babies. See, when we’re born, our big ol’ baby eyes are relatively huge in proportion to the rest of our face, and as we age, our faces grow larger but our eyes remain relatively the same size, which explains the youthful association of long lashes. And from there, youth denotes fertility, which circles us back around to babies. Also on the fertility front, David Givens, director of the Center for Nonverbal Studies, thinks the contrasting effect of dark mascara that brightens the whites of our eyes also signals good reproductive health.

On top of nature, there’s plenty of nurture at work, too. Interwoven within these furry fertility signifiers are our cultural constructs of feminine sexuality, complete with batting eyelashes that suggest a coy submissiveness and currying male favor sexual or otherwise. Think about it: have you ever heard of a guy described as batting his lashes or straight women batting their lashes toward other women? Aside from Mr. Snuffleupagus, probably not.

Fall in love with your face!!!

Your morning routine is always the same, wash, hydrate, moisturize but something is feeling a little bit different because within an hour or two your skin feels tight.

You wonder if you forgot something. Did you hydrate? Honestly, you probably did your summertime routine perfectly. Remember that your skin is the barrier between the internal and external world of you and we hate to break it you but it’s not summertime anymore. The weather is changing and that means your skin care routine needs to change too.

why does skin change in the fall months?

Why is it important to change your skin care routine as the season’s change?

The skin is always exposed to the environment, which means it’s much more vulnerable to changes in that environment than other organs in the body.

The water in the air affects the balance of water (hydration) in your skin. A humid climate can soften skin and make it easy to maintain fullness, but a dryer climate can dehydrate the skin, making more likely to show fine lines and wrinkles.

As far as the affects of climate on skin goes, there are advantages and disadvantages to every season. In the summer, skin can be easier to manage because the air is more humid than it is in the winter (even in dryer climates). The summer lifestyle can also help skin thrive, as we’re more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, and stay active, which increases circulation and helps skin stay healthy.

Summer months aren’t so great in other ways, though. We tend to get too much exposure to the sun, which can accelerate the appearance of aging, and if we spend time in the pool the exposure to chlorine or salt can cause drying and temporary irritation. Increased air conditioning dries out skin while excess heat means more sweating, which can lead to clogged pores.

Fall brings colder, more turbulent weather. Winds blow more fiercely and the temperature may vary greatly from one day to the next with hot, humid days and cool, dryer nights. With this shift in weather our skin has to adapt, so our skin care routine has to change along with it.

three keys to your best skin

Keep in mind the three keys to your best skin this fall:

  • Notice how your skin reacts to the change in weather
  • Notice how your skin looks throughout the day
  • Adjust your skin care routine to match what you’re needing

Remember that anytime you add a product or change your routine, your skin will need time to adapt. Use your new routine for at least a couple weeks before determining that it’s not working.

Make product changes gradually. Start with just changing your cleanser and give that a week or so then change your toner and watch how your skin responds with each change. Give it the time it needs to level out before you make your next change.

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A schedule for my Skin? Is it really that important?

I didn’t start an AM and PM routine until my early-30’s. I didn’t know the importance of consistent skincare other than to remove makeup and attempt to prevent acne breakouts. Bottom line: the earlier one starts this the better, but it’s never too late to take care of your skin. Quality over quantity. You can’t put a price on great skin, rather it’s an investment into your future.

Why is Exfoliation Important?
As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.
Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.

TONERS: I personally didn’t really see the importance of using one until I started school for esthetics! Is it necessary?

Unquestionably YES! Toner may be the one thing missing from your skin care routine that could make all the difference.

Here’s how:
-Toner balances the skin’s PH, which may be disrupted during the cleansing process.
-It also works to prep the skin for moisturizers, serum, & other treatments.
-Toner helps remove residual dirt, makeup, oil, & other impurities.
-Specific toners address certain skin concerns, including sensitivity, acne, & anti-aging

Beauty in the pot? Rice water and skincare.

Don’t throw out the water you use to clean/rinse your rice. Rice water has gotten so many functions from brightening of skin,conditioning hair,as a skin toner for closing pores,taking rice water bath and even drinking to cure certain disease. 92354EB7-C270-4385-8F5D-3F43CEF0DE26Remove the layer of froth that forms at the top of the water & apply it to your face! It helps to smooth & brighten complexion. Great for oily skin & helping to heal acne (same effect as using rice paper to absorb oil, but better). Keep cooking!

HOW TO MAKE RICE WATER FOR GLOWING SKIN AND SHINING HAIR

To make rice water,You will need:

1/2 cup uncooked rice
2 cups water
Method 1: No-boil quick method

To make rice water, first rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities. Place the rice in a bowl and cover with water. Let the rice soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Now strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. Your rice water is ready to use.

Method 2: Boiled rice water

To make a concentrate of rice water to use as a facial wash or hair rinse, prepare rice as you normally would. After the rice has cooked, strain it out. The leftover water will be a vivid white color, and will contain a high concentration of nutrients..