Skincare Charlie

Oct 20

Are You Calling Yourself a Medical Esthetician?

Many estheticians who work in a medical spa setting claim they are actually “medical estheticians,” in order to denote that they work in a “medical” setting. They often hand out business cards that say “medical esthetician” or connect on LinkedIn using the same title.

You may be breaking the law. Although the term has become commonplace and seems to show up everywhere, “medical esthetician” is, according to many state laws, misrepresentative, misleading and, therefore, illegal.

By calling yourself a medical esthetician, you are incorrectly advertising that you are licensed to perform medical services. Many states explicitly prohibit estheticians from providing medical services, so advertising that you do so may be considered misleading and, therefore, in violation of state law.

In Illinois, for example, estheticians are prohibited from “… rendering advice on what is appropriate medical treatment for diseases of the skin (225 ILCS 410/3A-1).” They are also prohibited from performing any treatments that affect the living layers of the skin.

Laws vary widely in each state. Thus, it is vital that you consult with your state board or a qualified health care attorney before you give out your next business card or introduce yourself to a new client. And remember that using the term “medical esthetician” is often not appropriate and, in some states, may even be illegal. (Editor’s note: For complete state board contact information, log on to www.SkinInc.com/education/statelicensing.)

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

By: Alex R. Thiersch and Renee E. Coover
Posted: May 1, 2014, from the May 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Oct 13

Skin-lightening products contained high amounts of mercury

Six percent of cosmetic skin-lightening products tested contained well above the FDA-approved limit of mercury, including one that was 45,000 times beyond FDA standards, according to recent study results. “Clinicians should be cognizant of the frequent use of mercury in lightening creams, the availability of mercury-containing products to consumers in the United States, the use of lightening products with US communities, and the potential neurologic, renal and dermatologic sequelae,” the researchers concluded. “Patients with suspected mercury exposure should undergo further evaluation, including blood and urine mercury levels and a complete blood cell count to assess for renal function.” READ MORE

Oct 06

Happiness is not to be pursued. Happiness is to be lived!

To be happy means to notice and engage in the positive when it occurs! Be present enough to notice and then savor the positive through full attention and engagement. Practices like keeping a gratitude journal, a “have done” list (instead of just a “to do” list), or starting the dinner conversation with what went well today help us recognize and savor the positive. That is how we “pause…and just be happy”.

Because of an inherent negativity bias, the brain will always notice and remember the negative first unless we balance the equation with our willingness to notice, attend to, and fully experience the positive. Positive emotions have many healthy effects on the body and brain if we are willing to savor the positive in all of its forms.

Happiness is not to be pursued. Happiness is to be lived!

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Sep 29

Tips to keep you hydrated:
Check to see if you are hydrated: see urine color chart above. If your urine matches #1, #2, or #3, you are hydrated and maintain your consumption of water. If your urine matches #4, #5, or #6, you are dehydrated and need to consume more water. If your urine matches #7, you are very dehydrated and need hydration immediately. And #8, you need to speak to a healthcare provider immediately.
Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, and in your gym bag or purse.
Choose beverages you enjoy and meet your calorie needs (if you need flavor, try fresh lemon, lime, mint leaves, or cucumbers).

Tips to keep you hydrated:

Sep 22

The Benefits of Daydreaming

“The most successful people in any endeavor – whether business, science, athletics, or the arts- are visionaries. And what is a ‘vision?’ At the end of the day a vision is just an upscale word for ‘daydream,’ and ‘visionary’ an upscale word for ‘daydreamer.’” -Amy Fries

Daydreaming helps you:

Manage conflict. Psychotherapist Tina Tessina calls it “rewinding the tape.” As you review in your mind an argument you had with someone, you go back and imagine responding differently than you did. Try this a few times, responding differently each time, and you’ll begin to figure out better ways of dealing with the person in the future. “This exercise really helps you avoid your standard knee-jerk reactions,” Tessina says.

Maintain relationships. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, especially among daydreamers. Happy couples tend to think about one another when they’re apart, which has the effect of psychologically maintaining the relationship, says James Honeycutt, PhD, author of Imagined Interactions: Daydreaming about Communication. “We daydream about the people we love,” Honeycutt says. “We imagine sharing good news with them, along with our successes and failures. Unhappy couples daydream about arguments and ruminate about conflict while happy individuals think positively ahead.”

Boost productivity. “Often I find that allowing myself a few minutes for daydreaming can help me to be more productive in the long run,” says Cari Noga, a freelance writer in Traverse City, Mich. “For example, just the other day I had a lot to do around the house: laundry, dishes, cleaning, bathroom scrubbing. I tried throwing myself into the work, but I found myself getting distracted. So I sat on the couch and allowed myself 15 minutes of daydream time. I let my mind wander, and instead of thinking about things I had to do, I imagined things, places, people. When my 15 minutes were up, I was in a much better mood, my mind was clearer, and I really had the urge to get things done. And my house got cleaned!”

Relax. Daydreaming allows your mind to take a break, which releases tension and anxiety.  READ MORE

Sep 15

8 Traits of Happy People: What Kind of Happiness Are You Nurturing?

Happy people:

  1. nurture and enjoy relationships with family and friends
  2. are comfortable expressing gratitude and acknowledging the positive
  3. easily offer help and assistance to others; practice compassion
  4. practice optimism; see positive potential in uncertainty instead of just fearing it
  5. savor pleasures and engage in the present
  6. are physically active
  7. are committed to personal goals and values
  8. resiliently ride the waves of the inevitable stressors, crises, and tragedies.

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Sep 11

Skin habits to unlearn: Picking at your skin. Whether it is out of nerves or simply trying to make a blemish go away faster, in the end picking at a blemish will make it worse. A blemish only lasts five to seven days, but the red, dark scar from messing with it can make it linger for months. Leave the blemish alone and conceal the bump with makeup until it heals naturally.

Skin habits to unlearn: Picking at your skin. Whether it is out of nerves or simply trying to make a blemish go away faster, in the end picking at a blemish will make it worse. A blemish only lasts five to seven days, but the red, dark scar from messing with it can make it linger for months. Leave the blemish alone and conceal the bump with makeup until it heals naturally.

Sep 08

“All really interesting girls invent themselves.” — Anna Godbersen (via bornreadygeneration)

(Source: bornready.co, via bornreadygeneration)

Sep 04

Skin habits to unlearn: Using the same products year-round. Without a doubt, skin has different needs in different seasons. In the spring, think spring cleaning with deep pore cleansing and exfoliating products to revive the skin from the winter dryness. In the summer, the focus should be on protecting skin from the sun with sunscreen and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Products should be lighter-weight in the spring and summer since there is more humidity in the air, and a summer skin care routine should have less exfoliation since more time is spent outdoors. During the fall, increase exfoliation to repair the skin from the summer sun damage. With the dry air in winter, the focus should be on increasing moisturisation and using hydrating products.

Skin habits to unlearn: Using the same products year-round. Without a doubt, skin has different needs in different seasons. In the spring, think spring cleaning with deep pore cleansing and exfoliating products to revive the skin from the winter dryness. In the summer, the focus should be on protecting skin from the sun with sunscreen and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Products should be lighter-weight in the spring and summer since there is more humidity in the air, and a summer skin care routine should have less exfoliation since more time is spent outdoors. During the fall, increase exfoliation to repair the skin from the summer sun damage. With the dry air in winter, the focus should be on increasing moisturisation and using hydrating products.

Aug 28

Skin habits to unlearn: Not washing your face in the morning. When sleeping, skin is in repair mode and it secretes sebum, which can prevent your morning products from working optimally. Additionally, you’ll be layering your morning products on top of your night-time products like masks or retinols, so they won’t penetrate the skin as easily. Cleansing in the shower will give the skin a clean slate to allow your daytime serum and sunscreen to better protect and absorb into the skin. Be sure to always wash with a mild, sulfate-free cleansing gel in the morning.

Skin habits to unlearn: Not washing your face in the morning. When sleeping, skin is in repair mode and it secretes sebum, which can prevent your morning products from working optimally. Additionally, you’ll be layering your morning products on top of your night-time products like masks or retinols, so they won’t penetrate the skin as easily. Cleansing in the shower will give the skin a clean slate to allow your daytime serum and sunscreen to better protect and absorb into the skin. Be sure to always wash with a mild, sulfate-free cleansing gel in the morning.

Aug 25

Tips for Starting Your Weekly Meal Plan
Print out a weekly calendar or create a word document for your meal planning template.
Write down WHEN you plan on eating your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Plug in your breakfast ideas.
Have one day that involves meal preparation.
Cross-utilize ingredients whenever possible.
If going out to eat, write in your intended meal and stick to it.

Tips for Starting Your Weekly Meal Plan

Aug 22

Nathan Fielder

"I’m endlessly fascinated by how if you just talk to someone long enough, how almost anyone — probably everyone — has something that’s shockingly interesting, it’s just about trying to see if they’ll talk about it or seeing whether or not it’ll come out. I mean, everyone is really fascinating — every person on the earth, probably. There might be a few not so fascinating people."

Nathan Fielder

"I’m endlessly fascinated by how if you just talk to someone long enough, how almost anyone — probably everyone — has something that’s shockingly interesting, it’s just about trying to see if they’ll talk about it or seeing whether or not it’ll come out. I mean, everyone is really fascinating — every person on the earth, probably. There might be a few not so fascinating people."

(Source: splitsider, via consciousburning)

Aug 21

Adorable Two Legged Chihuahua Gets Wheelchair

This makes me smile!

Turbo Roo is an adorable 6 month old chihuahua from Indianapolis, Indiana who just wants to play and run around like any other puppy. But Roo was born without his two front legs, and even a trained breeder found his needs to much too handle, so at just a month old he was adopted by a tech at a veterinarian’s office in the city. Eager to give the little dog wheels, the tech Ashley Looper, set up a fundraising campaign hoping for even the smallest donations. And the response she got was nothing short of remarkable.

Word reached Mark Deadrick, president of 3d printing company 3dyn, who designed this specialized 3d printed wheelchair just for Roo. The small cart is outfitted with a custom harness and can switch between two to four skateboard wheels which allow him to explore to his little heart’s content. But the story gets even better! Now that he’s able to move around freely, Ashley is training TurboRoo to be a service/educator dog so that he can inspire children with similar disabilities. He’ll surely be putting a much needed smile on many children’s faces from here on out. And if you’d like to see just how far he’s come, watch the video of TurboRoo before he got his wheelchair.

 Source: Ashley Looper via Design Boom

3d printed wheelchair

two legged chihuahua

dog wheelchair

Skin habits to unlearn: Rubbing skin too aggressively with a washcloth. Use a washcloth or facial sponge during evening cleansing to fully remove make-up and residue from the day.  However, rubbing the skin too aggressively with a washcloth may encourage irritation, stimulate melanin cells in those prone to brown spots, and create extra wear and tear on skin’s elasticity. Use a baby washcloth with softer fibers or a facial sponge.

Skin habits to unlearn: Rubbing skin too aggressively with a washcloth. Use a washcloth or facial sponge during evening cleansing to fully remove make-up and residue from the day.  However, rubbing the skin too aggressively with a washcloth may encourage irritation, stimulate melanin cells in those prone to brown spots, and create extra wear and tear on skin’s elasticity. Use a baby washcloth with softer fibers or a facial sponge.

Aug 18

The Mind-Body-Soul Benefits of 10 Minutes of Daily Meditation
Lower blood pressure
Enhanced memory
Enhanced immunity system
Stress resilience
Decreases in muscle tension
Strengthened impulse control
Anti-inflammatory effects
Image: SPA FINDER

The Mind-Body-Soul Benefits of 10 Minutes of Daily Meditation

Image: SPA FINDER