Want extremely soft, firm skin, and get rid of any cellulite you might have? Due to this scrub, my boyfriend is obsessed with how soft my skin is! Here’s the recipe for my second attempt at a homemade coffee body scrub. This one is a orange brown sugar coffee scrub that makes you smell absolutely amazing and leaves your skin incredibly smooth. 1/2c coffee grounds, 1/2c brown sugar, 1/4c coconut oil, and 1/2t orange extract. Try it out and be amazed!
”How to we get rid of blackheads and whiteheads”
Maintaining a clear and beautiful skin, takes time, consistency and effort. Dermatologist may recommend lots of products, but some of them can be expensive and may actually take a long time to work. You can, however, incorporate some home remedies for blackheads and whiteheads into your daily beauty regimen and in a few weeks, you will experience a drastic reduction or even total elimination of the problem.
● Toothpaste – Toothpaste is an effective blackhead and whitehead remover. Apply a thin paste to your infected areas and let it sit on your face for at least 25 minutes. You will probably feel a burning sensation when you apply the toothpaste, but this is normal and will pass. Once you remove the toothpaste, the top of your blackheads and whiteheads will disappear, but you still need to thoroughly wash your face to remove the buildup underneath. Repeat this home remedy every other day for two weeks.
● Tomato – Tomatoes have natural antiseptic properties that dry up whiteheads and blackheads. Peel and mash a small tomato. Apply the tomato pulp to your blackheads and whiteheads before going to bed. Leave the tomato pulp on your face while you sleep and then wash your face in warm water in the morning.
● Lemon -Wash your face in warm water. Then, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl. Add in a pinch of salt and stir the mixture. Apply the mixture to your blackheads and whiteheads. Leave the mixture on for approximately 20 minutes and then wash your face with warm water again.
● Lime – You can also use equal parts of lime juice and cinnamon powder and apply this mixture to blackheads. Leave it on overnight and rinse it off in the morning
● Cornstarch – Mix about a three-to-one cornstarch to vinegar ratio into a paste. Apply it to your problem areas and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the paste with warm water and a washcloth.
● Yogurt - Mix three tablespoons of plain yogurt with two tablespoons of oatmeal. Add one teaspoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly and apply it to the effective area of the face. Let the mixture sit for five to seven minutes then rinse off with cold water.
● Almond or oatmeal – Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with just enough rose water to make a spreadable paste. Apply it to your problem areas with your fingertips first and then apply it to the rest of your face. Let it set for about 15 minutes and then rinse your face with cold water.
● Rice – Soak rice in milk for 5 hours and then grind this in a blender until it is paste-like in consistency. Use the paste as a scrub on affected areas of the body.
● Potatoes – Grate raw potatoes and then rub the area with the mixture. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
● Fenugreek leaves – Crush some fenugreek leaves and mix with water to form a paste. Put this on the face for 15 minutes and then remove it. Do this every night to keep your face free of blackheads.
● Coriander leaves – Mix some coriander leaves and a little turmeric powder with water and form a paste. Use this as a mask to eliminate blackheads.
● Oatmeal -Grind oatmeal into a powder in a blender and then add some rose water. Use this on affected areas for 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
● Baking soda – Prepare a mixture of equal parts of baking soda and water and rub it onto your face or other body areas prone to blackheads. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
● Honey is also good for removing blackheads. Spread honey on the affected area and remove it after 15 minutes.
Remember – Be gentle to your skin. Never pinch, scrape, poke, press, or squeeze too hard!
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions (and gave us a bonus bar of soap).
Mistake No. 3: Skipping the at-home recommendation
What would you do if, two weeks after receiving a facial, a client returns to you saying that the facial caused her to breakout? This happened to an esthetician who called me asking for advice.
The first thing I did after hearing this story was to ask the following: Did she perform a SkinReading and professionally recommend the right products for her client to use at home? Her response? “No.”
The fix. Your service doesn’t end when the treatment finishes. In fact, you totally lose control of your treatment results once the client leaves your room if you don’t send her home with the right at-home products. You run the risk of the client assuming the facial is the cause of any future skin problems, which the client did in the example above. When you professionally recommend the appropriate at-home agenda of professional skin care products, you’re completing the “circle of treatment” clients expect. At-home products are your insurance to maximize your facial results, make them last and ensure client satisfaction.
Mistake No. 2: Not knowing contraindications
Do you know all the different generic prescription names for Retin-A? An esthetician named Erica had a client tell her she was not on Retin-A, but when Erica waxed her, the skin lifted right off. It was only then that the client said she was on Atralin. Erica politely explained that Retin-A has many names, in order to prevent this from happening again.
Here’s another situation: Esthetician Kate asked her long-time client if anything had changed since her last visit, and the client said no, so the facial proceeded. However, during exfoliation, Kate saw that the skin was lifting. She immediately sprayed the skin with cool water and applied a cool towel as she began trying to determine what was happening. She asked the client if there may have been something she forgot to share during the assessment. The client explained that she was now taking an antidepressant, but was too embarrassed to tell the esthetician earlier. Kate looked up the drug and, sure enough, a side effect was thinning of the skin. She got through the treatment with a soothing, custom-blended mask, and she’s still Kate’s client today.
The fix. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, almost half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug. There are a lot of prescriptions your client can be taking, so it’s more important than ever to be your own investigator. A SkinReading® is so vital. Pre-read the skin under your lamp, and look for clues—is her skin severely dehydrated, flaking, irritated or thin? It’s important to explain to your clients WHY you are asking the questions you ask; it’s their skin that’s at stake!
Pro tip. Know your contraindications. For example, keep a list in the treatment room of the various names Retin A can be listed under. Post it on the wall or keep it easily accessible.
Mistake No. 1: Stimulating without sedating.
A client receives a facial at her neighborhood spa. When it’s over, she tells her esthetician her skin feels like it’s tingling and is uncomfortable. What happened?
In this case, the client told the esthetician she had sensitive skin. In the treatment room, after exfoliating with a physical scrub, the esthetician used a microdermabrasion machine for additional physical exfoliation. After this “double exfoliation” process, she used nothing to calm or sedate the skin post-treatment.
The fix. Here’s the rule: If you stimulate, you must sedate. Any time you exfoliate, you must immediately follow with a skin-sedating professional-grade mask to prevent negative reactions. It’s a crucial step to instantly take down any redness and calm skin’s nerve endings, as well as any cellular irritation. In this case, it was absolutely necessary, since this esthetician incorrectly performed a double exfoliation on a first-time client with sensitive skin (another mistake that should have been avoided).
At any point in your treatment, if you see excess redness or if the skin feels hot or if, at any point, the client complains of itchiness, discomfort or burning, that’s your clue that the skin needs sedation. Be prepared to create an emergency soothing mask with ingredients, such as soothing colloidal oatmeal and hydrocortisone.
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Skin Care by Charlie Receives 2014 Best of Salt Lake City Award
Salt Lake City Award Program Honors the Achievement
SALT LAKE CITY June 18, 2014 — Skin Care by Charlie has been selected for the 2014 Best of Salt Lake City Award in the Facial Skin Care & Treatments category by the Salt Lake City Award Program.
Each year, the Salt Lake City Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Salt Lake City area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Salt Lake City Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Salt Lake City Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Salt Lake City Award Program
The Salt Lake City Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Salt Lake City Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Oral contraceptives seem to work as well as antibiotics for long-term treatment of acne in women, according to a new meta-analysis.
After six months, both treatments reduced acne by just over 50%, prompting dermatologists to call oral contraceptives a good alternative for some women and a means of avoiding the drawbacks of stronger oral acne medications or long-term antibiotic use.
Past research has shown that both antibiotics and birth control pills can improve acne, but the new review compared the two options side-by-side and found antibiotics worked better after three months, but after six months of use, results were about equal.
"Oral contraceptives (OCPs) take longer to work because they have a different mechanism of action," said Dr. Kelly H. Tyler, who was not involved in the new review.
"Antibiotics have anti-inflammatory properties, and OCPs do not have those same properties, so the reduction in acne is going to be more gradual and less dramatic in the beginning," said Tyler, a dermatologist at Ohio State University in Columbus.
Antibiotics help to reduce inflammation of existing acne, whereas oral contraceptives reduce free or circulating androgens, lowering production of the oily sebum that plugs pores, which lowers the risk of new acne developing, she told Reuters Health by email.
The review included 32 randomized controlled trials of antibiotics or oral contraceptives for treating acne. In general, after three months of treatment, antibiotics had reduced the number of whiteheads or cysts by 48%, compared to 37% with oral contraceptives.
But by six months, oral contraceptives had caught up, reducing acne by 55%, compared to 53% with antibiotics, according to the results published online May 28 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Nonetheless, they write, the findings suggest birth control pills “may have a more important first-line preventive role in chronic acne than previously accepted.”
Dr. Steven R. Feldman, a dermatologist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, agreed. “This confirms that birth control pills are a good solid treatment for acne, and they’re probably underutilized,” he told Reuters Health.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved many birth control medications for treating acne as well as preventing pregnancy, so there should be no barrier to prescribing them, but dermatologists may still be reluctant, said Feldman, who was not involved in the new study.
Dermatologists often recommend low-dose hormonal birth control as an option for female patients, but don’t actually write a prescription for it, he told Reuters Health. Then the patient returns to her primary care doctor, who may write the prescription, and when the acne clears up the patient does not return to the dermatologist.
If the hormonal option does not work, the patient does return to the dermatologist, which gives dermatologists a biased impression of how effective the drugs are, he said.
"Given the desire to minimize antibiotic resistance and exposure, hormonal birth control could be a good alternative," Feldman said.
Both antibiotics and birth control can interfere with other medications, and both options have side effects, said Dr. Robert Dellavalle, chief of the dermatology service at the Denver VA Medical Center.
"Severe allergic reactions are very rare but more common with antibiotics," he told Reuters Health by email. "Blood clots are more common with oral contraceptives."
According to the review, oral contraceptives are more effective than he had previously assumed, said Dellavalle, who was not involved in the study.
Even if a woman’s employer refuses to reimburse for birth control, they would be required to reimburse for the same hormonal medication prescribed for acne rather than for preventing pregnancy, Feldman said.
"They may or may not cover birth control, but they do cover treatment for acne," he said. "There should be no issue."
Even if patients do get a denial from their insurer, “probably a quick appeal letter might well get that corrected,” he said.
For women with severe acne, a combination of hormonal birth control and antibiotics may lessen symptoms and remove the need for isotretinoin, a much stronger oral acne medicine that carries a serious risk of birth defects, Feldman said.
Women using isotretinoin are required to avoid pregnancy because the drug has been shown to be teratogenic.
Feldman said he does not prescribe medications that are so “horribly teratogenic” to women of childbearing age if there is another option that may work. He prescribes hormonal birth control first, to see if it will help clear up the skin and prevent pregnancy in the coming weeks and months. Only if acne is a persistent problem, then he may prescribe the stronger medication as well.
Men do not have to worry about potential birth defects, Feldman noted. “For severe acne in men with scarring, you might even go to isotretinoin first.”
It can illuminate skin and hair. It can boost metabolism. It can even aid in killing bacteria — all while keeping you smelling like the tropics. Coconut oil, that goopy saturated fat, is having its moment in the superfood spotlight. Conventional thought used to consider coconut oil unhealthy; now that research is proving otherwise, people are increasingly interested in reaping its benefits.
Acne is the No. 1 reason in the United States for visits to a dermatologist, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These patients may also complain of accompanying skin irritation. Often dermatologists and their patients become frustrated when the acne will not clear, and both may surrender to the acne in defeat. But there are other successful options. A trained esthetician will often perform extractions of pustules, black heads, closed comedones and sebum clogged pores.
Exposing your skin to the sun can turn it into a vitamin D factory — but is that a good idea? You need normal to high-normal levels of vitamin D for optimal health. A number of diseases have been connected with low vitamin D levels. Here is a list of Mayo Clinic Proceedings articles that address some of these diseases.
Exposure to pollution can cause wrinkles, according to a recent study published in the “Journal of Investigative Dermatology.” And, applying an antioxidant serum and sunscreen before going outside — particularly in heavy polluted areas — is not enough to help prevent them. The study followed 400 women ages 70 to 80 who were either living in polluted urban centers or clean rural towns. It factored in things such as sun exposure and sunscreen use, and concluded that women exposed to significant amounts of pollution had 20 percent more pigment spots and significantly more wrinkles and sagging.
We all get bored with our style every now and then. There’s nothing like a little variety to switch up and take the ordinary to extraordinary. But before you feed into that impulse to reinvent yourself consider these 5 reasons why you might want to hold back. Never make a drastic changes: