Archive | December 2012

The Warmest Wishes from ME to you…


Wishing everyone the happiest of Christmases and New Year yet!

My idea of creating this blog was started by a very dear person in my life.  He helped me see my strengths and pushed me to see the confidence within myself to believe I could be and do what needed done to accomplish my goals I had for myself.  🙂 I am forever grateful for this man and his words of encouragement and selfless attitude he always showed me, even when at times I certainly didn’t deserve it.  I have learned a grate deal about myself, the encouragements and acts of kindness and love I was showed helped me along my path.  I am forever grateful, and amazed I met this man and he saw things within me that I wasn’t, for so many years able to recognize and believe.  I now sit typing this knowing a lot more about ME, my skills, my abilities and what I can do within my profession.  I started this year fearful and scared and full of anxieties for what could come.  Instead of seeing things with a child-like perspective… which is something I think we all are missing from our lives.  We need to see things as we once did as a child.  Open our eyes to everything around us, appreciate what is literally in front of us right now… because within a blink of an eye it can be gone.

So many lessons and so many trials I can say I have learned through this year.  I know this year has a lot of low, and down right sad moments, yet, I am encouraged by my attitude, my confidence and my self esteem that is still new to me… I am happy to say I am able to love myself, love my profession and know who I am as a woman.

I go into 2013 with my head up, proud of my accomplishments… this blog being one of them!  I started this blog on the very last day of February of this year…. I have just recently gotten 11,000+ views and with the new statistics I know that many are staying and utilizing my blog and I cannot even begin to find words to how that makes me feel.  I am ecstatic beyond measure and I am excited to see what next year will bring my “little blog that could” (I liken it to the Little Engine that Could…LOL) I recently suffered from some writers block… and finally found something to write about and manage to finish… posting two in the same day! I felt pleased with myself… just a little. 🙂

I started this blog with the mindset that I wanted to help gather details about skin care, hair removal processes and other Esthetic related things within the beauty world/industry but also allow it to adapt and change or make it what it needs to be.  I see how it’s being used and I am thrilled… beyond!  I am always hopeful that one day I will get more feedback… I LOVE hearing what you… my readers think!  If you would like more details or information about something I don’t have or if my facts don’t seem or appear right… I am very open to a challenge even.  I want it to be right.  I want it to be a tool for both professionals and the average person that is curious about a skincare/spa treatment and it appears it’s being used in just that manner!

Thank you for coming along on this adventure with me!  I truly hope you and your loved ones have the most amazing Christmas or Holiday celebration!!  AND May your New Year bring you happiness, great health, prosperity and back to my blog! 🙂

Thanks Again! – Jamie

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The “Old Wives Tale” regarding hair growth…


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I am sure you have heard it… said it… or believed it at some point in your life:

“If you shave, pluck, wax, or thread, dermaplane, (or any other form of hair removal process) it will only come back THICKER and darker! So you should NEVER EVER have your facial hair removed!”

This my readers is false.  I am not here to argue the age old hair growth myth.  Just give you the facts and I hope it will help you shed some light on the potential hair removal process you are considering having done or afraid to even consider having done because you are afraid of being Bigfoot when you are finished… and when your hair finally does grow back in.

First off… there are two types of hair on our bodies:

Vellus hair:

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Short, fine, light-colored, and barely noticeable hair that develops on most of a person’s body from his/her childhood.   Exceptions include the lips, the back of the ear, the palm of the hand, the sole of the foot, some external genital areas, the neval and scar tissue. The density of hair – the number of hair follicles per area of skin – varies from person to person. Each strand of vellus hair is usually less than 2 mm (1/13 inch) long and the follicle is not connected to a sebaceous gland.

Terminal hair:

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Thick, long, and dark, as compared with vellus hair; thicker hair that grows under the arms, pubic area, eye brows, legs and mustache and beard for men. 

Vellus hair when cut or removed will grow back the same.  The structure of the hair does not become damaged, therefore it is impossible to alter.  

Terminal hair is physiologically coarse.  When Terminal hair is cut, it grows back the same way – coarse.

Sometimes, waxing can make the hair appear to be “thinner” but it is really not thinner at all.  Because waxing pulls the hair from it’s roots, the new hair grows in with a smooth tip, making it feel softer.  But it is actually the same type of hair it was before.  It’s only when we cut hair (any type of hair) that the hair grows back with a blunt cut at the tip.  

The question has been given often times:
“why did my daughter (whom just began puberty) shave her legs, it was soft and more liken to “vellus” and then when it grew back, it became thick and darker?!”

The answer to this is due to it was actually Terminal hair to begin with.  The structure of the hair on her legs was different from the assumed vellus hair.  Leg hair is mean to be thicker, so when someone shaves the hair on their legs, the tip of the hair is blunt, therefore, making an already coarse piece of hair feel thicker.  Of course, add puberty into the mix and you will see plenty of changes within your daughters physical structure.

If you want to assist with lessening the “course” feel of the above scenario, one should consider waxing or threading the leg or other region that you are concerned with being course in texture.  Often times the hair will be softer and will grow a bit slower, because your esthetician or professional is removing the hair from the root and not just cutting the hair at the skin line the hair is re-growing a brand new strand.  Therefore the hair will come back a bit softer initially because it is a new “baby” hair.
If you choose the hair removal process you should keep up on this process with having a maintenance hair removal process every 3-4 weeks, most places will even offer discounts for coming back within a set time frame and it will offer a less discomforting process when you do go more often to have your hair removed professionally.

If you choose the laser hair removal choice, please note you cannot and should not be having any laser process near your eyes, so permanently having your eyebrows arched with next to no hair growth coming back isn’t something that will work for laser.  The darker the hair the better when using laser hair removal process and even after several visits you are explained and advised that you should revisit the laser process every few years for a maintenance process to stop any hairs that will eventually regrow even after most of the follicles were destroyed by said laser, some will still live and eventually re-sprout with new growth cycles.  Nothing is permanent (yet) with regards to hair removal.  The lighter, vellus hair growth as of 2012 is not something a laser procedure can assist with.  With many changes being made everyday in the esthetic and hair removal industry… anything is possible!

If you still have the voices of women of years gone by reminding you still not to remove that hair above your lip… (for example) what I can tell my clients is that after a threading process the hair is removed for a longer period of time, then say for example waxing or shaving.  This gives you the advantage and happiness to see a clean upper lip for a longer time frame.  This also can create an issue when you realize in about a months time your lip appears “harrier”!  You panic and start to think your grandmother was right!  What I do see in my practice is that the clients I work with month after month that come to me and I thread their entire face or just a lip… the hair never changes.  We have several cycles of hair growth, yes, you might have one growth cycle a bit thicker then another, however, the hair that is growing back isn’t any thicker then the first time when you sat in my chair the month prior.  I believe we see such results that are beneficial to our outer appearance and we forget just how much hair we did in fact start with and when the hair comes back… we are a little surprised sometimes with the growth that is coming back.

We have two choices… we have it removed… or we let it be.  What I do say to my client that is considering any hair removal is this:

“Does it bother you? Is this something you want removed?”

If you can answer the questions above yes/no… then you know your answer… if you are being talked into something… chances are you will not be happy with the process, results or the grow back later on, IF on the other hand you are wanting that hair removed… then you will deal with the discomfort that comes with hair removal and you will be happy with the results.

This is a personal preference and I do not recommend it unless YOU WANT IT! 🙂

I hope the above has helped shed some light on the old wives tales about hair growth/removal and maybe convinces you to try out threading, waxing or let your daughter that’s been nagging you to shave her legs to go ahead with it!

If this is a first time… for ANY hair removal process… EDUCATE YOURSELF!!

Thanks for reading!!
Have a great one! 🙂

What is Dermaplaning?



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How is Dermaplaning performed? 
It is safely performed by using a #10 blade (yes, a sterile surgical blade).  The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving.  However, the practitioner is doing the stroking while holding the area of skin taut. 

This treatment, when professionally trained/performed, is extremely safe.  There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face.  As long as the practitioner has adequate training, the treatment should be very easy and quick.

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Dermaplaning is performed only on the facial areas only.
With exceptions to the nostrils, eyelids, neck and chest areas.

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This procedure is similar to microdermabrasions or chemical peels; during said procedure there is typically 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells removed and you can safely have this procedure repeated every 3-4 weeks, it is recommended to wait this long between services to allow the skin to complete its normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days.

Dermaplaning can also be performed in conjunction with a chemical peel.  It is recommended using a Non-Traumatic Chirally-Correct peels (each ingredient contains only those molecules that will produce positive side effects to the skin).  They are made without harsh chemicals that might induce a burn effect on the skin.  Being loaded with antioxidants and nutrients as well as chirally-correct acids, such as L-lactic, L-malic and L-tartaric.

Still with the above precautions you still may still see some superficial peeling after a chemical peel and dermaplaning service. If you are seeing skin peeling after a regular dermaplaning procedure without the act of a chemical peel, the procedure may be too soon for your skins normal cycle to be complete.  Take note when you are having it done and try to lesson the procedures so you are lessening the skin peeling process that could occur.  This will not help with the health of your skin if you are not allowing your skins normal cycle to be completed.

The idea is to not over-exfoliate the skin.  We are just assisting with your skin’s natural exfoliation process.

Skin types/conditions that can be benefited or treated by this procedure:
Nearly all skin types can truly benefit from dermaplaning, however, it is not recommended that this treatment be used for those suffering from severe acne and an over production of the sebaceous gland (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum).  The oils from the sebaceous glad need to travel up and connect with the vellus hair (short, fine, light-colored, and barely noticeable hair that develops on most of a person’s body from his/her childhood. Typically referred to as “Peach Fuzz”).  If the hair is removed, then the oils tend to stay below where they are prone to mix with bacterial colonies, ultimately stimulating more acne.

This procedure is often a great alternative to someone that cannot have a chemical peel or microdermabrasion procedure due to contraindications that will prevent them from having said services.  Someone pregnant for example, would benefit from this process if they were concerned with the skin texture or were routinely having peels or dermabrasion services.

The only Contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.

Procedures for having Dermaplaning:

  • You should be explained the procedure and informed that although unlikely, there is a chance that you could obtain a superficial scrape or nick to the skin.
  • You should sign a consent form that states possibilities of complications.
  • Your skin should be cleaned thoroughly, using a cleanser with mild keratolytic properties, (such as beta or apha hydroxy acids) this will help loosen dead skin and allow for a deeper exfoliation with the scalpel.
  • The scalpel being used should have a #10 blade in the handle.  Blade may need changed during the process due to dulling that will occur.
  • Your skin should be completely dry.  If the skin has any moisture on it at all, there is an increased chance of nicking the skin, and the treatment will not be as effective.
  • Because the scalpel is being used on your skin, it is very important that you, the client remain still during the procedure.
  • The blade will be scraped across your skin at an approx. 45 degree angle.  The abrading of the surface with precise movements in the opposite direction of the hair growth, there is a pattern that should develop, such as starting at one side of the face and finishing at the other, to ensure that all of the areas are covered properly.
  • After the entire face has been treated, a hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied to the skin to finish the procedure.
  • If another peeling process will be used (such as a chemical peel), it is important that extra precautions are taken.  The peel will penetrate more deeply after the removal of the superficial layers of skin.

There is no downtime typically associated with this procedure.  You should be educated about the importance of using sunscreen (EVEN during the winter months) to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin).

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Below video is a little bit silly, the commentator is a regular person, he is going for his first dermaplaning and has a very basic detailed process showed before and during and the after effects.  I chose this one because he did make me laugh, some of the videos… they get a wee bit too serious! (hope you enjoy!)

 

The below video is a bit more serious, it has a good amount of details without a LOT of medical jargon.  I wanted to find videos that are “client” perspective and client friendly… I hope these gave you some great detail!

 

Special thanks to two web sites that assisted me with details on my above blog:

http://www.skininc.com/treatments/medicalesthetics/129825918.html
Skin Inc.
Dermaplaning for Skin Rejuvenation
by Edie Pastis

http://www.pureskinjunkie.com/id17.html
Pure Skin Solutions

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I must be crazy…


I must be crazy….

or perhaps a little insane? but… I am a good person.

My apologies for not doing much with my Esthetics of late… I have had some bumps in my path and I promise… you will see some new posts that have more to do with my professional side then my personal… but thank you for reading and being a fan of my Esthetics page nonetheless! 🙂