May 6, 2013 - Give Aways    No Comments

Mother’s Day Contest!!!


MY SKINCARE DAY SPA is doing another giveaway!!!
Enter your mother, sister, girlfriend or the mother of your children in our Mother’s Day Contest.
Simply write in 500 words or less why she is the best mom and deserves to be pampered.
She will be treated to a 30 minute facial in the comfort of her home (within a 20 mile radius of Rockville, MD) on the morning of Sunday May 12th!
Email your entry to info@myskincarediary.com. Also in your entry, please include the following information:
Your mothers, sisters, girlfriends’ name or your mother’s email address and telephone number, your name, your age, your email address and your telephone number.
Entries must be received via email by May 8th at info@myskincarediary.com
Winner will be notified via email and phone on May 9th

Black Skin Conditions

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

No skin type or ethnic group is exempt from skin problems or conditions. If not treated early, skin conditions can become permanent and more severe. Here are some conditions most common with black skin and how to treat them:

1) ASHY SKIN: “Ashy” is one term no one wants to be addressed by no matter their skin color. However, black skin and people of African descent are more prone to suffer from the “Ashy” skin condition. When black skin is dry, chalky, or when dead skin cells come up to the surface; it can be noticed easily. You can eliminate dry skin aka Ashy skin by exfoliating often, and using products that will hydrate the skin. Click here to read more on products that can help keep the skin hydrated. Also you might want to start a regular skin care regimen to help with this condition if you suffer from it. Click here to read and familiarize yourself with a daily skin care routine.

2) POST- INFLAMMATORY HYPERPIGMENTATION: Hyperpigmentation is the overproduction of pigment, and hypopigmentation is the lack of pigmentation. But when it comes to Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation this is when the skin is scarred from a cut, burn or lesion from acne or eczema. This is one condition why people with ethnic skin start to bleach in order lighten the scarring/dark spot. However, if the treatment is started early there is no need to bleach excessively. The use of sunscreen can help eliminate these dark spots. Click here to read more about sunscreen and the right type for your skin.

3) ACNE: Acne doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care how old you are, your skin type or ethnicity. However, according to acne.org acne is prevalent in black adolescents and adult of African descent. And the reason for most dermatologist or esthetician visits. Most black people tend to have inflammatory acne, which is the most common type of acne. There are several ways to treat acne, from medications as strong as Accutane to topicals such as Benzoyl Peroxide & Salicylic Acid. Read here to find out more on how to treat acne.

4) VITILIGO(Vih-til-EYE-goh): A pigmentation disease characterized by white irregular patches of skin that are totally lacking pigment. The condition can worsen with time and sunlight. The disease can occur at any age and is believed to be an autoimmune disorder causing an absence of melanocytes. Vitiligo usually appears on the face, hands, or chest, but can also appear on any parts of the body. *see a dermatologist if you suffer from this condition*

5) Folliculities(Fah-lik-yuh-LY-tis): This is a common problem for black men because the shape of the hair shaft is curved not straight hence the problem with ingrown hair, causing bacterial infection. PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS(SOO-doe-fah-lik-yuh-LY-tis), also known as razor bumps, resembles folliculitus without the pus or infection. My very first blog post was on this topic. Click here to read an more on how to treat this condition.

6) KELOIDS(KEE-loyd): A thick scar resulting from excessive growth of fibrous tissue(collagen). People of African descent are predisposed to Keloids, usually following an injury. It occurs on the earlobes, chest, back, arms, and can be itchy and painful Treatment for Keloids are include, radiation therapy, silicone gel, cortisone injection, or removed traditionally through laser or surgery, but can always re-occur.

7) MELASMA(Muh-LAZ-muh): This is also known as “pregnancy mask”. Often triggered by pregnancy, Melasma is a condition where brown pigmentation appears on the face during pregnancy. It usually fades with time, but is worsened by sun exposure. So be sure to use your sunscreen religiously if you have pregnancy mask. Other natural products to treat this is are, black soap, tea tree oil, shea butter, green tea cream.

8) PITYRIASIS ALBA: Mostly affects black children and appears on the face and arms causing scaly patches. It can easily be cured with steroid creams. *see dermatologist*

9) ECZEMA(EG-zuh-muh): According to the Milady Standard Fundamentals of Esthetics, Eczema is an Inflammatory, painful, itching disease of the skin; acute or chronic in nature, with dry or moist lesions. This should be referred to a physician. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common form of eczema as well as a sebaceous gland disorder; characterized by scaling around the nose, ears, scalp, eyebrows, and mid-chest areas. This flaking mainly affects oilier areas.

SOURCES:

http://www.acne.org/ethnic-skin.html

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/black-skin-conditions

http://www.afrikanrepublic.com/top_10_black_skin_care_issues.cfm

Milady Standard Fundamentals of Esthetics, 11th Edition

Apr 6, 2013 - Uncategorized    19 Comments

Skin Habits II: Reasons You Might be Aging to Fast

There is no beauty store, beauty magazine, drug store… etc that doesn’t have a ton of items on Anti Aging. You can’t really blame the manufactures of “all things anti-aging” because taking necessary precaution early to avoid Aging waaaaayyyy to soon has been tossed out the window.

Avoid these and Aging to soon will flea:

1) CIGARETTE SMOKING: Since 1965 the U.S. Congress adopted the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965 mandating that health warnings should be on cigarette packages, but that had no baring on stopping some people from smoking. According to the CDC, “more than 45 million American adults still smoke, more than 8 million are living with a serious illness caused by smoking, and about 438,000 Americans die prematurely each year as a result of tobacco use”. Now that’s a statistic! Plain and simple, cigarette, tobacco and second hand smoke lead not only to premature death, but to aging. Wrinkles, reduction of moisture, skin cancer psoriasis are just a few effects of smoking on the skin.

2) SUN EXPOSURE: We have to go about our daily lives, which involves leaving the house and getting exposed to the sun. However, we can reduce the amount of sun exposure we get by using the proper sun screen for our skin type. Click here to read more on “Sun Exposure”

3) ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION:

The French will probably agree with me that a little bit of alcohol won’t hurt. But when abused, that’s when it becomes a problem. Alcohol is dehydrating and will definitely show on your skin because the blood vessels are constricted, lessening blood flow to the surface of the skin. Ouch! Not good.

4) LACK OF EXERCISE: Time to move your tush off that couch. Exercise does wonders for your skin, namely, blood flow, elasticity and firmness, stress reduction….Read more here

5) STOP STRESSING: Being stressed out is a sure way to invite wrinkles to your lovely face early. Yes. Life does pull us on different directions, but no matter what happens try to keep smiling through it all. Click here for a few tips on how to relieve stress.

6) NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER: Senator Marco Rubio of Florida can help testify that drinking water is essential..I digress. But, water is important to your skin’s health. It helps keep your skin the largest organ of your body hydrated, and flushes your skin of toxins.

7) LACK OF SLEEP:

Not getting enough sleep is another sure way of premature aging. The bags under your eyes, being tired, and just lackluster and dull skin can be a result of not getting enough sleep.

Above all, make sure you get regular facials, and think positive; it’s believed to decrease premature aging. Let’s stay knowledgeably beautiful!!

Sources:

http://seniorliving.about.com/od/healthnutrition/a/7agingskincause.htm

How to Pick the right SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

ALERT: Using Sunscreen/SPF everyday is a must! Ok. Read On.

It’s getting closer to that time of the year when people invest a little bit more in Sunscreen. So let’s go through how to pick the right sunscreen for your skin type. But first, let’s talk about the importance of Sun to the skin. Although Sun Exposure gets a bad rap, there are still a few benefits only when not OVER exposed to it.

1) Sun Exposure helps with seasonal and non seasonal depression(SAD)

2) Germs and viruses don’t stand a chance when exposed to sunlight.

3) UV Light can help skin conditions like Psoriasis.

4) The sun is a source of free vitamin D

5) The eyes contain photosensitive retina which connects to the brain. The stimulation of these important cells is from sunlight, which the entire body benefits from.

SKIN TYPES & SUN SCREEN

Before you go out purchasing sunscreens, click here to find out your skin type.

Normal Skin: This type of skin requires a daily moisturizer with sunscreen that will help retain the oil-water balance it already has. So pick products that are not to oily but enough to combat dryness. A suggestion is the Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30 as pictured below.

Dry Skin: This type of skin as the name indicates needs hydration. So be sure to pick a sunscreen that contains Hyaluronic acid which is a natural moisturizer with excellent water binding capabilities. Another good one is Glycerin which has been studied extensively for its hydrating abilities. I did a review on the CerVe product line. See picture below.

Oily Skin: Characteristics of Oily Skin are 1) Excessive Sweating(having to much hair oil in your hair that drips to your face is not considered oily skin) 2) large pores 3)Shiny forehead, and frequent breakouts… So with this skin type it is clear to use oil free moisturizers. The Oily Skin Blog has a list of 10 affordable best moisturizers for oily skin.

Sensitive Skin: This skin type can be a challenge to handle, and most likely will go through trying a few products before arriving at one that really works. However, it is important to pick products that are non- irritating, protecting and soothing. People with this skin type are better off with sunblock as opposed to sunscreen(sunblock stays on the surface of the skin and protects while sunscreen penetrates). Products labeled Titanium dioxide( a non chemical SPF contributor and FDA approved) and Zinc( offers protection against UV radiation) as active ingredients are best

Read more about Sun Exposure and various times when the UVA rays are at it’s peak.

SOURCES:

http://thebeautystop.com

Mar 6, 2013 - Give Aways    2 Comments

Because you deserve a TREAT!!!

Hello! Hello!! to all “My Skin Care Diary” followers. Thanks to all of you, we now have over 100 followers on Facebook & Twitter, and over 4000 hits since January when I started the blog. So you all deserve a treat, but with a little, tiny bit of work. But first, below is a photo of what the winner will get…A Professional Skin Care System that Exfoliates, Cleanses, and Softens.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO WIN

1) Share a link to “My Skin Care Diary” on your FB or Twitter page.

2) Based on one of my very first posts titled, “At Home Skin Care Daily Routine” list in ORDER (doesn’t need to be exact but close. The order is pretty standard across the board) right here at the bottom the 6 steps to taking care of your skin daily.

Voila!!! That’s all it takes for you to win this fabulous gift pictured above. I don’t own one of these, but want you to have one BECAUSE YOU DESERVE A TREAT!!!

Let’s stay knowledgeably beautiful!!!

Disclaimer: If you are one of my Spa sisters, you do not qualify to enter, sorry (:

Give your skin a glow with ROSE WATER toner

While in esthetics school, one of my educators had amazing, always glowing skin. I asked her if there is anything extra she uses, she said “Rose Water”. I bet you threw out the bouquet of roses you got after valentine’s day..not good. Rose is the gift that keeps giving. Besides it’s pleasant aroma, rose water benefits DRY SKIN as a moisturizer and SENSITIVE SKIN as an anti-inflammatory and soothing agent. More especially, Rose Water works well as an antioxidant that helps keeps “free radicals” at bay. So let’s make our own Rose Water toner.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Fresh roses(preferably not sprayed with pesticides). Go to an organic store), a pot, distilled water, a brick, a stainless steel or ceramic bowl and some ice. If you can’t make it to an organic store, be sure to wash the roses after plucking it from the stem to get rid of any chemicals. The goal is to keep this as pure and natural as possible.

You can actually find rose water toner in the store, but most are not pure rose water. They either have witch hazel or glycerine or something else to help preserve it. But for the purposes of keeping this pure, we’ll use only the items listed above.

Next, place the brick in the pot and the rose petals around it. Pour in enough(not to much) distilled water to slightly cover the petals. Place the bowl on the brick, cover the pot with the lid inverted, and let boil for a few minutes. Then place some ice in the center of the up side down lid.

The water collected in the bowl is your Rose Water. At this point, the smell of your house and the water will be all “rosy”.

Let it cool off, and pour into a labeled bottle. As you can see, I have a small spray bottle as well that will make it easier for me to use everyday after I cleanse my face morning and night.

You can store this in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. If you don’t want to keep this all natural, you can add witch hazel and six drops of glycerin.

Now go give your skin a glow you never knew it had!

Feb 28, 2013 - Daily Routine, Random Tips    No Comments

Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin- There is a difference

Since I published the post on “Is your skin dehydrated?” a few people have asked how to tell whether their skin is dry or dehydrated. First of all, no matter how much water you drink, most people have dehydrated skin which is normal because the skin being the largest organ of the body is the last to get the piece of the pie(water). On the hand, dry skin is due to lack of oil production.

THE DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES:

1) Dry and Dehydrated skin are both aggravated by sun exposure, and atmospheric conditions.

2) Dehydrated skin looks dry, scaly, and flaky. It also feels tight.

3) Dry skin tends to be dehydrated. it can feel scaly, rough and itchy.

4) The lack of oil in the skin reduces its ability to retain moisture.

5) Dry skin is usually thin and overly delicate.

HOW TO CARE:

To care for Dry skin it is important to use products that will activate oil production and to provide hydration. Click here to read the post “Is your moisturizer working for you” to find out important ingredients to look out for when purchasing hydrating products.

To care for Dehydrated skin, drinking water is a no brainier. But using products that will protect the skin from moisture loss is definitely key. For example, Aloe is a great botanical(herb) for dehydrated skin.

Please leave a comment on what has worked for you, Or ask a question so we can tackle it together. As always, Let’s stay knowledgeably beautiful!

Sources:

Milady’s Skin Care 3rd edition

Feb 23, 2013 - Daily Routine    1 Comment

Is your moisturizer working for you?

I’ve received a lot of questions about how to deal with and what products to use for dry skin, oily skin and acne prone skin. First and foremost, knowing essential ingredients and how it works with the skin is key to dealing with your skin type and combating some of the most common skin conditions. The only way to deal with oiliness or dryness of the skin is to use ingredients that replenishes or reduces that which the skin is over producing or lacks.
For instance, if you have dry skin this only means that your skin lacks oil, reducing it’s ability to retain moisture(decrease of ceramide production), possibly due to aging, and/or the environment(sometimes seasonal changes). Another important substance the body produces is Hyaluronic acid. It is a natural moisturizer with excellent water binding capabilities.

CERAMIDES: These are naturally occurring lipids that act primarily in the skin’s uppermost layer, forming a protective barrier and reducing natural water loss. Ceramide production decreases with age, leading to dry,rough, sun-damaged & sensitive skin.

HYALURONIC ACID: This one plays a critical role in healthy skin by regulating general skin activity, such as water content, elasticity and distribution of nutrients.

NIACINAMIDE: This is used as a skin stimulant and skin smoother, it is a derivative of naicin, and part of the vitamin B family

A new hobby I’ve picked up is going to the drug store and spending an hour or two reading the ingredient labels of different products. One day while I was reading, I came across CeraVe moisturizing lotion. I’ve seen it before, heard about it, and I”m sure some of you have to0. Still standing in the cosmetics aisle, I googled its main ingredients, ceremides & hyaluronic acid.


The CeraVe line has moisturizers and cleansers developed by dermatologist, and pretty affordable(ranging from $5.00 to $20.00). The facial moisturizer has a morning(AM) and one for the evening(PM). The AM moisturizer has SPF 30, which is definitely a plus. It includes ceramides to help restore, repair and maintain the skin barrier by allowing the moisturizing ingredients to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and be more effective. It also includes antioxidants and Vitamin B which helps to help keep skin looking smooth and touchable. Most importantly, it is noncomedogenic(does not block pores) and non-irritating. This product is a life saver for most if not all that have used it. I’ll definitely give this one a try.

Stay knowledgeably beautiful!

SOURCES:

Milady’s skin care and cosmetic ingredients dictionary

So you had Oatmeal for breakfast

I know, I know… you already know about the oatmeal face mask, sooooo why don’t you use it regularly? In case you need a refresher course let’s go over the benefits of a oatmeal face mask, and how to make one.

Kristan Nolan, a eHow Style contributor has a perfect and detailed list of all the awesome benefits of using a Oatmeal face mask.

The key ingredient of a Oatmeal face mask is… wait for it, wait for it….. OATMEAL. There are various ingredients/items that can be used in addition to the Oatmeal, such as raw eggs, lemon, yogurt etc. However, I use Oatmeal, tea-tree oil, honey and yogurt.

Directions

A) Be sure to use 1/4 of a cup rolled oats, not instant oats.
B) 1 teaspoon of honey
C) 1 tablespoon yogurt
D) 2 drops of Tea-tree oil(this helps with blemishes, ingrown hair, and acne).

Use a blender or food processor to get a smooth texture oatmeal. Then cook with 1/2 cup water till it forms a paste(1- 1/2 mins).

Let it cool off for a few minutes, then add honey, yogurt and tea-tree oil. Mix together and apply to face and neck. Leave it on for about 5 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water, and follow up with a moisturizer.

The use of an Oatmeal face mask weekly can help with dry skin, and reduction of blemishes. Also, you can have fun with it by switching up the ingredients by adding lemon, which because of it’s citric acid and vitamin C helps with exfoliation and uneven skin tone. Now go get OatmealfIED!!

Feb 15, 2013 - Daily Routine    61 Comments

I’ll take an *Eye* for $200, Alex

OOKKKKK. Now that I’ve got your attention with the title, thank goodness you have the eyes to read this. So how much do you really take care of your eyes? Do you pay attention to your eyes as much as you do the rest of
your body? Well, after age 30, crow’s feet, fine lines, mature lines, and all kinds of lines could tell your age ; don’t let it. This article will give you a few tips on how to get rid of wrinkles and if you are still
wrinkle free, what to do to keep them at bay a little longer.

Fine lines and Wrinkles are part of the skin’s aging process. But, with the beauty industry constantly evolving, there are numerous ways to slow it down a tad bit. Sun exposure, environment, smoking, tanning beds, repeated facial expressions, and free radicals are all contributors to wrinkles/fine lines. But first, let’s get a better understanding of these lines.

CROW’S FEET: Studies have shown that most people(men and women) begin to get crow’s feet in their mid-thirties and sometimes late twenties. This is usually caused by smiling(for those that use the muscles next to their eyes to smile, but by all means PLEASE KEEP SMILING), squinting, and sleep patterns(sleeping on the side of your face instead of your back. Click here to read my blog on sleep patterns.

FINE LINES/WRINKLES: Wrinkles and fine lines also known as “Rhytydes” occur due to loss of elasticity in the skin, and damage of the collagen. These lines are not just around the eye area, but on the forehead, nose and on other parts of the face.

So, how and what is the “miracle in a jar” that can help get ride of these lines? Sorry. there really isn’t anything that can dramatically reverse severe damage, but there are daily practices that can help reduce and slow
down this aging process; investing in EYE CREAMS. The daily moisturizer that you use for the most part is not totally
suited to tackle wrinkles around the eyes. The importance of using an eye cream day and night is that it specifically has the right ingredients to tackle the problem areas.

Key Ingredients to look for when buying Eye creams

Vitamin A: This vitamin is used in most moisturizers, but especially in eye creams. It exfoliates dead skin cells, used for sun-damaged skin and wrinkles. If you’ve ever heard of Retin A, Retinol, or Tretinoin, these are all by-products of Vitamin A.

Vitamin C: Just like vitamin A, vitamin C is also an antioxidant. It helps in fighting free radicals, strengthens the immune system and builds collagen.

Vitamin K: Most topical creams have this as an ingredient because it also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, and spider veins.

When purchasing eye creams, you certainly don’t have to break-the-bank. Yes, there are high end creams, but there are also over the counter creams that are effective. As long as they have one or more of the ingredients listed above, then you are good to go. When applying, please do so carefully in front of a mirror, and make sure it is inches away from your eyes. A little bit goes a long way. But, the most essential thing to remember when slowing down the aging
process is to use sunscreen, DAILY. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and up is ideal. Most moisturizers and your make-up do have SPF, but the SPF in your make-up is not enough to do the job. So be the force of beauty you truly are, and Stay Knowledgeably Beautiful with My Skin Care Diary (:

Sources:

http://www.fitsugar.com/Doctor-Answers-Question-Wrinkle-Cream-Eyes-7673488

http://skincare.about.com/od/Dermatologists/a/How-To-Get-Rid-Of-Crows-Feet.htm

Milady Standard Fundamentals of Esthetics, Edition 11

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