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Suntegrity Lip Colors- The Most Wearable and Healthiest Lip Color Collection Ever!

Suntegrity is a favorite brand of mine! I was so excited when they came out with an organic, Broad Spectrum, SPF 30 lip color range.  They contain Konjac root, Wrinkle Feeling Spheres, to visibly reduce the look of any fine lines. The formulas are infused with organic shea, jojoba and cocoa butter. The colors are so flattering and they are as wearable and rich looking as they can be!  They use pure pigment- no dyes! They are light reflective and absolutely yummy, with a hint of stevia to sweeten them. I love them so much that I ordered the collection for my skincare studio -Facials By Pearl! If you’re in the SF Bay Area come and take a look! I will post more photos when I have a little more time to play with them, but here is a sneak peak of the gorgeous shades! To add to the beauty of this brand, both inner and outer, Suntegrity also donates a portion of each sale of the lip colors to Lipstick Angels!

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How to hydrate your skin Pre and Post Air Travel with the Right Foods

It’s officially high summer and people are taking to the skies for vacation and business travel. You know the drill. You’re given a bag of salty pretzels or peanuts, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds and before you know it it’s wheels down. You’re regretting not drinking more water during the flight and your skin feels tight and dry. However, drinking water on a longer flight is a double-edged sword, if you don’t your entire epidermis dries up; if you do your lower body can retain the liquid. So how can you fly without the ankle swell or the skin dehydration?

 

Here are some tips from Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging and stem cell expert and long time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team, tells us how to fight the dryness with foods.

 

  1. Watermelon

“Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are,” says Dr. Calapai “Its a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated.” Pack big thick slices in a large plastic baggie and take them in your handbag, they won’t be taken away at TSA and will help you avoid the salty peanuts.

 

  1. Cucumbers

“Cucumbers are about 96 percent water,” says Calapai “They also contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are high in Vitamin B6 which helps in the production of serotonin which is the brain chemical that controls mood.” You can slice them or cube them and also bring them along in a baggie or small container. Try making small cucumber-watermelon bites, they are pretty delicious!

 

  1. Strawberries

When the airplane cookies come around say no thanks and reach for some strawberries instead! “Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry, 92 percent to be exact,” shares Calapai “You can enjoy the tart-sweet flavor without consuming too much sugar.”

 

  1. All in one salad

If you’re the type that needs an actual meal to feel satisfied bring along a salad. Add tomatoes, juicy chicken, plenty of lettuce and goat cheese. Lettuce is 96 percent water and tomatoes are 94 percent water. Go easy on the salt when seasoning your chicken and grill it or steam it instead of frying it to retain moisture. Make up for flavor and texture with some goat cheese! All the ingredients stay good at room temperature most of the day and there’s no heating required when it’s time for lunch/dinner.

 

  1. Coconut Water

Ok so you can’t totally avoid drinking liquids! “Coconut water is low in calories and high in naturally occurring hydration replenishing electrolytes, which regular water does not contain. It’s a better option than sports drinks which have artificial flavors and more calories,” advises Dr. Calapai. After you’re past security grab a bottle of coconut water from any of the airport mini-marts.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham’s, Donal Logue; he was a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net 

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Night-time Is The Right Time To Renew Your Skin – 9 Ways To Get True Beauty Sleep

I attended a fascinating talk recently,  with Sheryl Sandberg and Arianna Huffington, introducing Ms. Huffington’s new book,  “The Sleep Revolution”.  We all know sleep is vital to our general well-being, health, mood and of course beauty sleep is a real thing.  With this being said,  we live in a culture where lack of sleep is still very much the norm, celebrated and even denotes bragging rights.  “You can sleep when your dead” and “You snooze you lose” are cliches for a reason. Ms. Huffington is promoting sleeping on the job, with a “nap room” at The Huffington Post. She says sleep is vital to our success and achieving our goals and I love this quote from FaceBook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, “Sometimes we need to sleep-in to lean-in!” Studies indicate that sleeping well is paramount to living well. Lack of sleep is also being associated with an increase in many diseases. It’s clear that the body needs sleep to function optimally.

One tip I want to share that Ms. Huffington said she does is take a bath every night before she goes to bed. This is so good if you are stressed and can make you sleep so much better. I work for a company that makes a special Oligomer bath, which contains trace minerals and I highly recommend it- it relaxes your body on a cellular level.  Hydrotherapy (soaking in waters) is proven to relax you. You can add Lavender oil too! I also like to sip a bit of Rooibos tea w/ Lavender. It’s a special blend by Zhenas gypsy tea. I avoid caffeine after 10:00 am.  Make your bedroom a zen oasis and limit electronic equipment and do not bring your work into bed…there’s more tips but I will share on a separate post.

I have some tips to optimize your beauty sleep, from Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou, a board certified NYC dermatologist.

The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health.  When we sleep, not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well.

“ During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin.  Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”

The middle two hours of sleep is when melatonin is increased. Melatonin is a hormone that is responsible for regulating your circadian rhythm (sleep/wake patterns) but also acts as an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damaging free radicals.

The final three hours, or during the active REM sleep stage, levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone) decrease. Dr. Papantoniou explains that, “The skin’s temperature also drops to its lowest point allowing muscles to relax and become immobile, giving skin its deepest recovery of the night.”

Dr. Papantoniou Provides 9 Ways To Get True Beauty Sleep

  1. Supplement Your Sleep

As we age, our bodies naturally produce less melatonin, which affect our skin’s ability to repair itself at night. If falling asleep is becoming more difficult, you may benefit from taking a melatonin supplement or using a topical product with melatonin to help combat decreased hormone levels. Melatonin works best if taken at night about 30 minutes before going to bed. This is when it serves its purpose, and helps to increase the depth and duration of restorative sleep. Restorative sleep, in turn helps accelerate and optimize the skin’s repair cycle, says Dr. Papantoniou.

  1. Cleanse Twice

Have you ever washed your makeup off before bed, yet mysteriously woken up with liner smudged under your eyes? Turns out that’s normal, especially if you used long-lasting makeup, which really does live up to its claim. Here’s why: 12 to 24-hour foundations, mascaras, eyeliners, and eye shadows are all made with polymers that don’t easily dissolve with soap and water, or water-based makeup remover.

Dr. Papantoniou says, “To really remove all traces of your makeup, take a cue from Korean skin care and wash your face twice using a method called “double cleansing.” First, use an oil-based cleanser to remove your makeup (the oil breaks down the waxes and polymers way more effectively than soap and water). You can purchase an oil based make-up remover for this or even use coconut oil on a Q-tip to gently remove more stubborn makeup. Then, use a gentle non-soap cleanser to rid your skin of any leftover residue.

  1. Moisturize

While you sleep, your skin naturally repairs and restores itself, and cleaning it before bed maximizes this effect. Dr. Papanatoniou points out that, “During the day, your skin fights off all sorts of assaults, from UV rays to pollution; at night, there’s less damage control to do, so the beauty products that you apply may be more effective. Applying night creams to clean skin in the evening is the best time to soften your face; not to mention, it can feel soothing and relaxing as you prep for sleep.”

  1. Put on a Sleep Mask

Overnight masks are a great way to treat your skin and give it extra attention,” says Dr. Papantoniou. The skin undergoes more cellular repair during sleep and can be more receptive to products at this time.” She recommends using an overnight mask a few times a week in lieu of going through your usual nighttime regimen. Simply cleanse, slather on a layer of the mask, and go to sleep.

  1. Keep Your Hair Off Your Face

Pull your hair back into a loose ponytail or wrap it in a scarf before going to bed. This will prevent the hair’s natural oils from rubbing off on your skin. This is especially important if your hair is unwashed or you are prone toward acne break outs.

  1. Get The Right Pillowcases

It’s worth it to invest in some soft pillowcases, because friction from harsher cotton fibers can accelerate the development of permanent creases. Dr. Papantoniou suggests trying a smooth silk or satin pillowcase, which prevents trauma to the skin and reduces the probability of your skin forming lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Also remember to change and wash your pillowcases at least once a week.

  1. Rejuvenate With a Retinoid

Choose an anti-age cream or serum that packs real power. These vitamin-a derivatives are key to youthful-looking skin. “But because exposure to sunlight can deactivate their potency, it’s best to apply retinoids at night,” says Dr. Papantoniou. Start by using an OTC retinol-containing cream or serum every other night until skin becomes more tolerant to the side effects, which are often dryness and sensitivity.

  1. Apply Eye Cream

If you are having problems with eye bags and puffiness after you wake up, applying eye cream before sleeping will solve this. Gently apply the cream around your eyes especially under it to replenish the skin surrounding your eyes. Make sure you stay hydrated during the day; this can help prevent water retention and will combat your sodium intake during the day.

  1. Mind Your Sleeping Position

Train yourself not to sleep face down. This habit can cause premature wrinkles and creases. It’s better to position yourself properly while sleeping. This will also prevent your face from rubbing against pillowcases and sheets. If you are lucky and can sleep on you back, that is the best way to prevent wrinkles and creases from sleep habits.

About Dr. Papantoniou

Dr. Kally Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Papantoniou is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City. She applies expert techniques and the newest technologies to treat her patients. Dr. Papantoniou focuses on providing her patients with the highest level of care, with special interests in natural and healthy alternatives to treatments and disease prevention. Connect with Dr. Papantoniou  via twitter @DrPderm or her website www.DrPapantoniou.com

 

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The Skin Games Rocked!


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Our lovely Jens – The ultimate Game Changers for beauty industry events!

So, If you attended the Skin Games last weekend, you might be still recovering from all the fun you had. Yes, this event was THAT good. It was really empowering, validating and just magical to gather so many passionate estheticians in one place. The general public also had a great time, getting to try new spa treatments, learn about the latest skincare products and modalities,  and maybe even being on TV! The Ex Wives of Rock  camera crews were all over the event filming us.  Don’t be sad it’s over, just be glad it happened and savor the memories of an adventure in beauty, filled weekend, all within the walls of the Marriott hotel, in San Ramon, CA.

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Taking direction from our amazing event photographer www.brosnanphotos.com Thanks John!

The main event of The Skin Games, was a friendly competition, allowing Estheticians to showcase their knowledge and skills.  The Estheticians completed a video diary, and submitted the results they achieved with their chosen clients in areas of hyper-pigmentation, aging skin, acne, etc. They were also interviewed by a panel of some not so scary, industry experts, and then the answers were evaluated and tabulated.  What I noticed, more than anything, was the coming together of like-minds, the sharing of ideas and a passion for what we do, and what amazing results we get. How we achieve our goals may differ. We even had a spirited debate at the Ingredient Panel discussion, on how to get the best results – yes or no on AHA’s, for instance –  the common denominator is we all have a shared passion and a bigger mission that bridges the gaps. We have the capability, with our work to change lives and how people see themselves one face at a time – and we understand and “get” how passionate we all are.  It’s amazing to spend time together, whether we are celebrating each others success or exploring how to improve. Luckily for us, we got to do it ALL and much more this past weekend at the first ever Skin Games event.

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The glamorous cast of the Ex Wives of Rock

Jennifer Rosenblum and Jennifer Earls, aka “The Jens” had the creative vision, fortitude and pure determination, to put together this hybrid competitive event for Estheticians to shine: a trade show, an educational panel, entertainment extravaganza, networking, and the Academy Awards of Esthetics. From the conversations I’ve had, I think I can speak for everyone who attended, and just state, it surpassed any and all expectations of the attendees, the vendors, the competitors and the judges. I have no doubt the beauty industry will be transformed by this event, and next year it will be really huge- um did I hear someone say International?!?

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Angie Vayda- winner of Best New Esthetician

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Cherie Callahan- Winner of Hyperpigmentation

May we all stay inspired and connected and KNOW that we all have something amazing to offer this wonderful industry.  We all have our strengths, unique skills, and the ability to keep learning and developing new skills. I think the Skin Games reminded us, we have the unlimited capacity to help and inspire each other, when we join together. There will definitely be a ripple effect of an event of this magnitude – a very positive one with all of the energy that was generated this past weekend. I’m excited to see how we all grow from this experience.  I can’t wait to gather with all of you Game Changers again next year!

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Denise Gaston – Esthetics Instructor & Winner of GameChanger Award

 

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Maxine Drake- Winner of GameChanger Award

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Denise Fuller of NASN & winner of GameChanger Award

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Danne Montague-King – Founder of DMK & Winner of GameChanger of The Year Award

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All the way from Belgium! 2 Bio Beauty and Bio Peeling

Thank you to “The Jens”,  and everyone who supported them in their mission (shout out to the Yes, Dears!), the amazing vendors who supported the event and always support the estheticians, my fellow judges- who I personally felt very honored and humbled to be among,  the brave contestants, who embraced this challenge, and put themselves out there, not really knowing what they were getting themselves into – and without whom there would have been no Skin Games.  Everyone who supported the contestants and came to the show was a very important part of this inaugural event. I look forward to seeing all of you Esthetic Rock Stars at the 2017 Skin Games or hopefully sooner!

If I left anything out, I apologize and please feel free to send me your photos so I can add to this write-up!

What was your favorite part of The Skin Games? What do you look forward to next year? Is there anything you would add or you felt was missing? Please comment! #GAMEON

For more info www.theskingames.com

 

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Frank “Yes, Dear” Rosenblum & GameChanger Award

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Kelli Anderson, CSS and The Peoples Choice Presenter!

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Debbie Fink, Finalist in Other category for her work with Oncology client

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Amy Wall Best anti-aging- but we prefer to call it “beautiful aging” and overall Best Esthetician!

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Suzanne Warfield – NCEA GameChanger Award!

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Richard Merrill Rivas GameChanger Award, Industry Leader Award

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The one and only Danne Montague-King is GameChanger of the Year!

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Nondy Llewellyn of Bakersfield Acne Care and Skin Therapy- Game Changer award!

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Jennifer Earls- manning The Skin Games booth

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Gladys Lum Allen – Amazing You Day Spa! Peoples Choice Finalist

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Linda Bertaut, Reiki Master, showing the Ex-Wives of Rock how to align their chakras

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Some of the judges

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Do You Know Your Sheet….Masks?

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Can we all just take a moment to give thanks for facial sheet masks? My motto is “Sheet Masks Do it Better”…. I’ve used them as a professional Esthetician for many years. Here are some of my secrets for getting the most benefit from using them.

  • Exfoliate first! Before applying a sheet mask, do an enzyme peel, light chemical peel like lactic, or a gentle exfoliating physical scrub. This will make the ingredients in your sheet mask penetrate better.
  • Warm them or chill them! You can put the entire pouch in the fridge to cool them- great for constricting capillaries and tightening the skin.  You can also warm entire pouch in a bowl of hot water. A warm sheet mask will “open” the pores a bit – softening the skin and allowing deeper penetration of the active ingredients.
  • Massage the sheet mask while it’s on your skin. You can do a facial massage starting from the midline of your face, down to your neck and chest. As you massage the ingredients, they will penetrate deeper and your skin will absorb more of the beneficial ingredients. Your skin will also have the added benefit of stimulation from the massage.
  • There will probably be a large amount of the “serum” in the package left over- don’t let it go to waste! You can squeeze this out and use this to treat your neck and chest. You could also refrigerate the leftover serum and  you apply it the next day to give your skin a boost.
  • Look for ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, botanicals, plant stem cells, peptides. Read your labels and make sure you’re getting lots of quality, active ingredients.
  • Make sure you leave the sheet mask on at least 20 minutes. It takes a while for all of the ingredients to soak in to your skin, and if you remove it too soon the benefits will be minimized

Holy Sheet! I must say, I’m so glad sheet masks are becoming so popular. There are many different brands and lots of good ones available in retail and professional. I love the masks by France Laure, since they contain stem cells, but they are only available to professionals. Sheet masks are the best way to keep your skin hydrated between facial treatments by your Esthetician, or after a long flight, before a big event, or whenever your skin needs healing and hydration.

 

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