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Dermalogica Training

       
Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!

Post-exercise skincare tips

       
Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Post-exercise skincare tips

There’s nothing like a little exercise to give you a natural glow. As your heart rate rises, you sweat out impurities in your system and your blood circulation accelerates, making your skin radiant. However, a grueling session can lead to redness, blemishes and full-on breakouts if you don’t take proper care of your skin – especially if you’re wearing makeup.

Here are some post-workout tips to make sure your cardio doesn’t compromise your complexion:

Hands first
Before you even touch your face, you must clean your hands. In an interview with Teen Vogue magazine, Jessica Clark, lead aesthetician at Equinox in New York City, advised using an anti-bacterial soap and vigorously lathering your palms for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Banish bacteria
Removing bacteria and grime from your face is a key step for avoiding clogged pores. Beautylish explained that cleansing pads are helpful for preventing breakouts. If you’re in a rush, some products don’t even require water to swipe away dirt and oil. The ultra-convenient B. Kamins Chemist Anti-Blemish Pads are powerful enough to get rid of germs and bust both blemishes and blackheads, but gentle enough on irritable skin since they’re oil- and fragrance-free.

If you’re prone to breakouts on your back or chest, Clark recommended spraying witch hazel on those areas right after stepping out of the shower.

Get steamy
Steam rooms and saunas do more than just soothe sore muscles. Self magazine’s assistant beauty editor Runa Bhattacharya explained that steam naturally removes impurities from your skin and unclogs your pores while giving you a healthy flush. Steam rooms are better than saunas if you have especially dry skin, as they have far more humidity in the air than saunas. Additionally, steam can help to regulate the oil glands, which is helpful if you suffer from acne. Bhattacharya recommended drinking plenty of water afterward to rehydrate your body, which will translate to a dewy complexion. You should also use a proper moisturizer to keep your skin looking supple and feeling soft.

Cool down
Just as you need to bring your body temperature down after a workout, you may need to cool down your skin. Frugivore suggested making your own solution by putting cold green tea in a spray bottle. A quick spritz post-exercise will not only alleviate any redness, but will also infuse your skin with antioxidants for cell protection. GloMoist Hydration Mist by GloMinerals is formulated with calming chamomile extract, and can instantly boost your skin’s hydration.

Have blackheads got you down?

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Have blackheads got you down?They’re there, lurking right on the surface of your skin for the whole world to see. Blackheads, also known as the bane of your beauty ritual, are one of the most annoying things you’ll have to contend with as you prep your face for the day.

Blackheads, which happen when too much oil gets trapped in pores, may seem like a tough foe to conquer, but with a clarifying and astringent cream you can dissolve set-in dirt and remove impurities from your skin, leading to a smoother, blackhead-free complexion!

Oily skin can lead to other problems, too, which can make it difficult to find the right foundation or balancing powder to even out your skin and give your face a more alluring mystique.

However, by dabbing a light, oil-free matte gel to your complexion, you can get the radiant appearance you crave. This gel will leave a flawless matte finish over your face and help minimize pores, which is key if you’ve got a problem with blackheads. Best of all, an antioxidant-laden gel can enrich your skin with the nutrients it needs to shine!

What tomatoes can do for your skin

       
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Tomatoes are great for your skin!Tomatoes are great in salads and pasta sauces, but did you know they're also awesome for your skin? According to DailyGlow.com, tomatoes are a great treatment if you're concerned about large pores, acne, rashes and more. The best part is that they're easy to use at home.

To shrink pores, just mix up a tablespoon on fresh tomato juice with a couple drops of fresh lime juice. Use a cotton ball to wipe it all over your clean face, using circular motions to massage it in. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

You can cure acne by mashing up a fresh tomato and applying it to your face. Leave it on for about an hour, then rinse. If you do this for several days you should notice your acne disappearing.

If you're not really into the whole "sit around with tomato on your face" thing, you could lather up with L`Occitane – Organic Olive & Tomato Organic Garden Shower Gel, then moisturize with L`Occitane – Organic Olive & Tomato Organic Garden Hand Cream. Your skin will look radiant and smell super fresh.

Skincare routine for oily skin

       
Friday, September 16th, 2011

You don't have to worry about oily skin anymore!Oil is good for your skin, as it keeps your skin cells healthy and moisturized. However, sometimes your body may produce more than you need, which can cause your face to look greasy and shiny. Your pores may also become enlarged and blackheads and other blemished may become a problem.

If you have oily skin, don't worry – there are plenty of ways to take care of your specific needs. In the morning and at night, use a cleanser designed to soak up oil and prevent acne, like Phytomer – Oligopur Purifying Cleansing Gel. You should also gently exfoliate your face on a regular basis to keep your skin from looking dull and accumulating excess layers of dead cells and oil.

After cleansing, use a toner like Baxter of California – Herbal Mint Toner, which will help keep oil and shine at bay. Also, be sure to apply an oil-free water-based moisturizer, which your skin will absorb quickly. Choose makeup that's matte and meant for oily skin, which can help you avoid breakouts and stop grease in its tracks.

Where Did That Blemish Come From?

       
Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

It’s happened to the best of us, we’ve gone to sleep with clear skin and woken up with a horrible blemish. Ever wonder where those pesky pimples come from?

A pimple forms when a type of oil called sebum, that lubricates the hair and skin, clogs the pores. As a result an infection occurs and red irritations form. Acne is most common in teenagers, especially during puberty (during this time the hormones become overactive and the skin creates excessive amounts of sebum). However, it can and will affect people of all ages.

Before investing in acne care, identify your problem areas. The most common problem area is called the T-zone and it consists of the chin, nose, and forehead. These areas contain the most oil-producing glands and therefore are prone to breakouts. Every person’s skin is different and trouble spots will vary.

Once you have identified yours, invest in some quality skin care products.