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Skincare for those with acne prone skin. March 24, 2011

Filed under: Facials — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 9:44 pm

AcneEveryone has had an unwanted blemish on their face at one point in their life but there are some people who are plagued on a regular basis with nuisances such as pimples, blackheads, milia, cysts and the like. While some of these acne conditions are hormonally based, there are some things that you can do that will help to keep the condition under control. I have listed some acne control tips and a home care routine to follow in order to keep your symptoms at bay.

-Change your pillow case every night. This may seem a tad much but the oils and debris from your skin and hair can be trapped in pillowcase fibers and get into your skin causing clogged pores and infection. If your skin is particularly sensitive then you may want to switch to a satin pillowcase. Satin fibers are more gentle to the skin than the fibers in cotton or other blends.

-Go to bed with clean hair, the oils and dirt in your hair can be transferred to your skin while you sleep. If you prefer to shower in the morning, pull long hair up into a ponytail so that you are less likely to lay on it while you sleep.

-Always wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap and be sure to scrub under your fingernails where bacteria can hide before touching your face for any reason. Do not rest your head on your hands.

-Be sure not to let the telephone touch your face. The telephone is a breeding ground for the germs and bacteria that cause acne. Clean your phone often with alcohol or anti-bacterial wipes in case your face rests on it accidentally.

-Do not wash your face too often, this can strip your skin of needed oils, spread infection and make acne worse. Wash your face in the morning before applying moisturizer/make-up and also at night before going to bed. Sleeping with a clean face is important because this is the time when your skin is healing and repairing. If you do something strenuous such as exercise which causes you to excessively perspire you can wash after.

-Do not pick at your skin especially with dirty hands and fingernails, this can spread infection. If you absolutely must extract on your own please ask your acne girlAesthetician the safe proper way to do it. It is better to just wait and receive extraction during you facial services.

-Water and hydration are very important to the health of your skin. Make sure to drink at least eight 80z glasses of water every day. The best way to figure out the proper water consumption for you is to divide your total body weight in half, this is the number of ounces you should have daily. For every drink that contains caffeine or alcohol you should add an extra 12oz 0f water to your daily total. Example: A woman who weighs 100lbs and drinks two cups of coffee a day should drink 74oz of water. 100/2=50+12+12=74oz

-Reduce your salt intake, excess salt in your diet can flare up breakouts. Foods that contain large amounts of salt are cheese, diet soda, processed food and prepackaged meals.

-Ladies, keep all make-up applicators and sponges clean by washing them at least once a week with anti-bacterial soap. If possible, use a new disposable applicator every application. Do not apply make-up to skin that is not clean and do not perform strenuous tasks such as exercise with make-up on your skin.

I also recommend that you follow a good home skin care regimen. This is very important in keeping acne under control  and can stop the spread of bacteria and infection.

  • Wash your face with the appropriate, gentle, non-foaming cleanser. The use of harsh cleansers such as “deep pore cleansing acne cleansers” will strip the wash facedelicate acid mantle of your skin leaving it vulnerable to infection and dehydration. The purpose of cleansing is to remove excess oil, dirt and make-up, there are some oils and healthy bacteria that live on and protect the skin that would be disturbed by harsh cleansing. The use of a bar of soap of any kind is not recommended either not only because detergents can strip the skin, but also because the bar often sits in a pool of bacteria filled water.
  • Tone the skin with an alcohol free toner to bring the pH back to the correct level, remove any debris left over from the cleansing process and tighten the pores. Damp skin also accepts products better. Use clean cotton pads to apply toner to the entire face and neck.
  • Moisturize your skin with the appropriate non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) moisturizer every time you wash your face. A lot of acne sufferers don’t like this important step because they feel that their skin already has enough oil, but dehydration can be the reason for some of the overproduction of oil. Your skin needs this protective barrier.
  • Apply sun protection in the morning. There are many non-comedogenic verities to choose from.
  • Gently exfoliate once to twice a week. Exfoliation helps to remove unwanted dead skin from the surface of the face. When the skin is not exfoliated properly Pretty skinthe dead skin can cause an unwanted dingy barrier on the face which can lead to more clogging of the pores. Clean exfoliated skin accepts moisturizers and treatment creams much more easily. Be sure that the exfoliant you use is very gentle and if it contains manual pieces, that they are perfectly round. Jagged pieces such as those from nuts and ground up pits can be very irritating and cause microscopic tears in the skin.
  • Apply a mask after exfoliation, the appropriate mask will help to boost the effectiveness of treatments to your skin.
  • Specific treatment creams, oils and serums can be applied to the skin every day to boost acne control. Sebum reducing serums can be applied under moisturizer to help balance the skin. Essential oils known for their anti-bacterial properties such as Tea Tree and Lavender can also be used under moisturizer or as a spot treatment.

Following these suggestions and receiving professional facials on a regular basis can help to keep the symptoms of acne at bay but if you have tried all of these and still suffer, there are some cases that will need to be treated by a Dermatologist who can prescribe oral and topical antibiotics although I feel that this should be a last resort.

Call today for a skin analysis and treatment. – Kristin MaloneKristin Malone Spa Therapy

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Tips to keep your skin from drying out during the cold winter months. November 1, 2010

Filed under: Facials,General Health — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 11:45 pm

Winter is just around the corner! When it gets cold outside we turn up the thermostat and curl up in front of the fire in our favorite blanket but all of this heat can reap havoc on our skin. While turning up the heat can give you a warm and cozy feeling, it can also dehydrate the skin leaving it dry, itchy, flaky, red and in some instances even crack. Indoor heating is necessary to prevent us from feeling like we live in an igloo but it acts like a gigantic blow-dryer throughout the entire home. (Think about the purpose of a blow-dryer for your hair.) Since you can’t totally forgo Kristin Malone Spa Therapyheated comfort, there are some things you can do to make your skin healthy, hydrated and looking great.

1. Heal from the inside. You should start by making sure you are healthy from the inside since organs like the kidneys and liver can have more to do with the health of your skin than anything you put on it. The most important thing you can do is drink plenty of water. If you are not a huge fan of H2O, flavor enhanced waters and juices are good ways to hydrate. Soup is another good source of water (and oh, so good on a cold winter night) but just make sure that the sodium content is not too high. Remember that drinks containing caffeine and alcohol do not count toward water consumption since they are diuretics and actually leech water from the body. You may want to up your consumption on days when you will be consuming these beverages. Also make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy pizza and wings while watching the game, just make sure you get plenty of the foods that contribute to a healthy body and skin. Fruits and vegetables contain an array of vitamins and minerals and also have a high moisture content. Foods containing EFA’s are also important to the health of your skin, essential fatty acids can not be manufactured by the body so we must eat foods containing them to keep our cells healthy and functioning properly. Statistically 99% of Americans do not get enough omega 3 fatty acids so here is a list of good sources: Fish especially Salmon, flaxseed, walnuts, soy and canola oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and leafy green vegetables.

2. Turn down the heat. As I stated in the beginning, the heat in your home can be treacherous for your skin but that’s not where it stops. Your car is another place where heat can be very hard on the skin. Many people like to aim the hot air vents directly onto their face especially on a very cold day. Fight the urge to do this since the prolonged exposure to heat (or cold) can cause capillaries to break down and if the exposure is repeated enough it can lead to skin conditions like Rosacea. Use your floor vents, heat rises anyway and it wont take long to heat the whole car. Another place to keep the heat down is in your shower or bath. Staying in the concentrated water of a shower or bath that is too hot and too long can rupture the lipid barrier and severely reduce the moisture in your skin. Instead, use warm water and limit the amount of time you stay in.

3. Bring in the humidity. A humidifier will restore moisture to the dry air that your heating system leaves you with. Several placed around Kristin Malone Spa Therapyyour home will have the best effect but placing one in the areas you spend the most time, like next to your bed, will make a difference too. If you can stand how funny it looks, placing bowls of water around the house can produce a little moisture in the air as the water evaporates.

4. Increase moisturization. People with all skin types, even oily, may find that they need to increase the amount and type of moisturizer they use. A thicker, oil-based moisturizer especially at night will help to combat dry winter skin, just make sure that the product is non-comedogenic meaning that it will not clog pores. Also, in certain climates you need to watch out for products containing humectants which pull water out of one side and give it to the other. If there is no moisture in the air they will pull it out of the skin and it will evaporate off. Humectants work better in a humid climate. If you need an extra kick, a moisturizing mask can intensify hydration and help your skin perform better.

Following even a few of these tips will leave you with healthy and hydrated skin all season long. Consult your Aesthetician or Dermatologist for any persistent problems and remember that even though the days are shorter, the suns rays are just as dangerous so don’t forget to wear SPF every day.

Happy WInter – Kristin Malone

 

Why is a professional facial so important? October 11, 2010

Filed under: Facials — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 5:36 am

A professional facial consists of 6 basic steps; cleansing, steam/exfoliation, extraction/high frequency, massage, mask and hydration. While it is true that there are certain aspects of a facial that are just as easily performed at home in your bathroom sink, the main reason a professional facial treatment is so important is the 3 middle steps; exfoliation, extraction and massage.

There are exfoliation creams and scrubs that can be used at home (and should be on a regular basis), but your Aesthetician has access to exfoliant products that can get much more effective results and in some cases drastically speed up the rate of cell turn over. Enzymes, acids of varying levels and micro-dermabrasion are just a few forms of exfoliation available from your Aesthetician during a professional facial.

For those with any kind of blockage in the pores, professional extraction is extremely important to keep the pores clean and functioning properly. A skilled Aesthetician will remove pore blockages such as comodones (black heads), milia (hard white bumps) and pimples (white heads) without causing harm to the surrounding tissue. High Frequency which is a very low electric current can then be used to kill bacteria in the recently extracted pore and also kill bacteria under the skin that can cause new pimples, cysts and boils. High frequency also stimulates circulation and promotes growth of collagen and elastin.

Facial massage is also a very important step as it stimulates circulation and helps to improve elasticity. Lymphatic massage can also help with detoxification and ease sinus pressure. Skin tone can also be improved with facial massage while relaxing facial tension that can cause wrinkles.

With proper home maintenance, a monthly professional facial treatment will keep your skin looking youthful, healthy and bright. Call your Aesthetician today.

Here’s to healthy skin – Kristin Malone

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Could bacteria be lurking in your makeup bag?

Filed under: Facials — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 4:02 am

When you apply your makeup, you probably don’t expect to be applying bacteria too. Cosmetics such as foundation, eye shadow, blush and mascara can easily become contaminated with bacteria transferred to the containers through contact with your skin. While it can be impossible to keep all bacteria out,  there are things you can do to keep these products in good condition.

Always wash your hands before applying makeup, this is good to preserve the lifespan of the products as well as prevent contamination of the skin. Never apply makeup to dirty skin and wash brushes and sponges often, at least once a week. Don’t share your makeup with anyone, another persons germs can be harmful to you. Never add water or saliva to dried out products, this will definitely cause bacterial contamination. Replace your makeup products often. As a general rule, products should be replaced after the following amount of time.

Mascara 2-4 months

Eye Shadow 1 year

Liquid Foundation and Blush 18 months

Lipstick, Gloss, Powders and Powdered Blush 2 years

Lip and Eye Pencils 2 years as long as you regularly sharpen them to create a new tip.

Here’s to beautiful skin – Kristin Malone

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How often should you have a facial? October 1, 2010

Filed under: Facials — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 5:46 pm

I would recommend for most people to have a facial once a month. Skin cells are continuously turning over creating dead skin cell build up on the surface and this build up can cause the skin to look dull and possibly flaky. Without proper professional exfoliation those skin cells will also form a barrier on the surface of the skin that will not allow for proper detoxification leading to congestion in the pores. A monthly facial treatment is like a deep cleaning to keep the skin and its pores functioning properly leaving you with smooth, healthy looking skin.

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Those who have a specific issue such as active congested skin in need of a lot of extractions or mature sluggish skin with wrinkles, will benefit from a weekly or bi-weekly facial treatments for up to six weeks. Some conditions require a more aggressive approach and this will allow the Aesthetician to monitor the skin and keep it on the right track toward monthly facial maintenance.

It’s important to use the proper products when you are at home. Your Aesthetician will recommend good products to make part of your home care routine. A facial will only go so far without proper home maintenance.

Here’s to healthy skin-Kristin Malone

 

WELCOME TO MY BLOG! September 16, 2010

Filed under: Facials,General Health,Massage,Waxing — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 4:44 am

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The purpose of this blog is to educate people in spa therapy.  Massage, Facials, General Health, Body Treatments and Waxing.  I am very excited to cover all these topics with helpful hints, suggestions, tips and more!  Please feel free to comment and send any suggestions for topics or discussions.   This is just the beginning!

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