Friday, September 15, 2017

Microneedling- “All Bark, No Bite”


 

For most cosmetic connoisseurs, the notion that “beauty is pain” is widely accepted as a harsh truth. After all, most effective treatments/procedures with lasting results, invasive or non-invasive alike come with their fair share of sting, Body by Shae specializes in corrective skincare and can help make even the most uncomfortable treatments bearable. In my personal experience, the short-lived pain has always been worth the desired result when working with the right cosmetologists or doctor. That said…the word needle alone is enough to shake many consumers and send them running to the nearest cosmetic counter for an over-priced night cream. Unfortunately, no amount of La Mar or rare melon extract from the south of France (sorry Cindy- you’re a freaking super model) is going to replace the natural cell regeneration your body creates in youth. Beauty may be guided by symmetry, but it is also largely defined by the fullness and lift bestowed on those too young to appreciate it. 

Body by Shae uses targeted ingredients to boost collagen and elastin production in all their skincare treatments. 


If you’re needle phobic, the name of this treatment method may have already scared you off, but I would encourage our readers to also focus on the prefix. These needles are micro in proportion. I promise this is nothing like the dirty dirty conspiracy your pediatrician and mother hatched to divert your attention during vaccination season. In fact, it’s likely you will hardly feel the procedure as it happens. Body by Shae can use numbing cream on clients prior to beginning the process, so most facial sensation is dulled. The tool used by professionals is typically known as Dermapen or Rejuvapen. The device contains around a dozen miniscule needles designed for adjustment between .5 and 2.5mm to penetrate only the superficial layer of skin. 

The term superficial typically denotes triviality to most people. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to your skin. This is where scarring, melasma, sun-damage and loss of definition rear its ugly head. There are many philosophies on how to treat these conditions. You can burn it off with lasers or peels. You can scrape it off with aggressive dermabrasion treatments. You can fill it up with foreign injectables. These are all valid methods, but the aforementioned practices do not provide the same multi-faceted result as microneedling. This form of induction therapy has a three-pronged effect: retexturing, adding fullness and allowing topical serums and creams to penetrate deeper for better resultsAdditionally, it is one of the best options out there for ethnic skin types that should avoid certain forms of laser/peel treatments. The effect is achieved through your body’s natural healing process. By creating trauma on a miniature scale, skin will react by generating collagen and new cell growth. In this way, it is a holistic option for individuals who prefer a natural approach to beauty, but also want lasting results.

The “natural approach” is exactly how I would describe my dear friend Sarah’s beauty regime. Nevertheless, after a brief battle with adult hormonal acne and an unfortunate horseback riding accident, she was left with lingering scars that left her feeling trapped in a makeup routine she desperately wanted to shake. The acne was gone, the scrapes and cuts from pavement healed, but everyday there was a constant reminder of these unpleasanttimes in the reflection looking back at her. All the lavender oil and colloidal silver in the world were not going to be the solution to this predicament. After doing her fair share of research, my friend took the route of microneedling and  never looked back. I can personally attest to the fact that homegirl never wears makeup anymore and has never looked better. 

My first memory of this treatment being discussed in the pop culture sphere harkens back to Kim Kardashiancirca 2013. Back then, people were referring to this as a “vampire facial” and the images released were pretty gnarly. I remember seeing the footage on KUWTK and thinking to myself how drastic and gory it seemed. But that was then and this is now. I just hit 30 and the KardashianKlan has since experimented with some form of dark magic rendering them all unrecognizable head-to-toe. Microneedling now seems like child’s play in a post-social media world plagued by extreme beauty trends. 

My personal take on beauty has always been similar to my take on life- “be the best version of yourself without losing yourself.” If it makes you happy and you are working within a safe framework, little changes can make a world of difference. Microneedling embodies this effect by allowing your skin to rejuvenate itself from the inside out. At the end of the day, you don’t need to be a Kardashian or even wear make up to want to look your best and there is no shame in that!   






 


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Once You Go Sugar, You'll Never Go Wax

SugaringThe Ws for the sweetest option on the market


 

Sugaring is a natural process of hair removal and it’s A LOT sweeter than waxingHaven’t heard of it?  Although Sugaring has gained a lot of recent attention with the organic movement, sugaring is the most ancient and gentle technique in the hair removal game.  

How ancient?    

Hair removal is a tale as old as time.  Did you know that in the 16th century, Turkish women often went into special rooms at public baths to get rid of unwanted hair?  These special rooms still exist at the public baths and hammams.   

In ancient Egypt, having smooth (and hair free) skin was a measure of beauty. Kings wanted and requested women clean and smooth.  The British Museum’s Department of Egyptology displays copper and bronze razors and tweezers from as far back as 1900 BC.  Sugaring to remove unwanted hair was used throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Greece as well. History tells us that honey was the base of the formula.  

WHO? Anyone who has unwanted hair. 

WHAT? Sugaring is a natural form of hair removal – an alternative to waxing or lasers. During this natural and organic method of hair removal, a sugaring substance adheres to the follicl and removes the hair without attaching to the skin—making sugaring less painful than waxing! The sugaring substance is a paste made from sugar, lemon, and water. 

The sugar paste is spread over the area and lifts the unwanted hair from the follicle as it is flicked/rolled off the skin. Using one’s hands, an aesthetician smooths the paste onto the skin in the opposite direction of a client’s hair growth.  By applying it to the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth, we're allowing the sugar to absorb in the follicle and coat the hair—making extraction of the hair more efficient and less painful.  Additionally, by molding the sugar into the hair follicle, it also helps improve the tone and texture of the skin. Then, the paste is flicked off in the direction of the hair growth (which prevents breakage—allowing the hair to pull out, rather than break at the surface as is the case with wax). No paper strips or any “utensils” are used. 



WHERE?  Any part of your body with unwanted hair.  How much hair must one have? Body By Shae recommends an 1/8 inch of unwanted hair—roughly the size of a grain of rice. (Shorter than what is recommended for waxing.)

WHEN? How often should you sugar?  Body By Shaerecommends every four weeks for optimum lasting results.  Since the human body has three cycles of hair growth, we have seen more permanency of stunted growth in clients who sugar every four weeks. 

The main stages of hair growth are anagencatagen, and telogen.  (Was that English?!)  The anagen phase is the active growth phase. Removing hair during this stage removes the ‘food source’ and helps collapse the follicle wall--leading to permanency.  Sugaring every four weeks will ensure that you are removing hair in the anagen phase. 

What happens if you remove hair during later phases of hair growth?  When hair is removed during the catagen or telogenphase, there is usually another hair already forming within the follicle.  This results in regrowth more quickly than had the hair been removed during the anagen phase and is less likely to lead to permanency. 

Body By Shae finds that most clients see a reduction in hair regrowth and finer hair after just 3-4 treatments! 



WHYPut on your body, what you would put into it!  Although our inner culinary minds wouldn’t recommend it, the sugaring paste is safe enough to eat!  Sugaring is organic and natural.  WHY is this better for you than waxing?  
More sanitary.  The aesthetician uses a single ball of paste.  No dipping!
Better for your skin
Less aggressive and painful because it doesn’t stick to the skin. 
Waxing sticks to the skin, causing a higher risk of ripping, burning, and hyperpigmentation.  
The paste never hardens.
Less likely to cause redness and irritation.
Hair grows back slower and softer.
No chemicals.
No coloring.
No fragrance.
Hypoallergenic- great for sensitive skin.
Price is similar to that of waxing. 
You won’t leave the spa feeling sticky.
Sugaring takes less time. Large amounts of hair can be removed at once—no use of strips. 

Now lastly, let’s address the elephant in the room--- the ouch factor.  Pain tolerance is personal, but most clients’ experience is less painful than waxing.   So say goodbye to your shaving, depilatory creams, and waxing,—and welcome something sweet






















References:
"Sugaring: An Ancient Method of Hair Removal". Dermatologic Surgery27 (3): 309–311
"Sugaring vs waxing"thegloss.com. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
“What The Heck Is Sugaring, And Is The Hair Removal Treatment Better Than Waxing?” huffingtonpost.com 1 July 2015. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Don't Believe the Hype in Skincare Infomercials



Take Comfort in Your Own Skin

In a world driven by social media, endless commercials and 24-hour marketing, finding the right facial products to work for you can be overbearing and confusing.  Many of us ask friends for their advice; we watch the red carpet to see what the stars are doing; we spend money on products that promise results that we know we will never actually see… only to be disappointed and confused when they don’t work.

Everyone has unique skin care needs so how are we supposed to find the right product for us?

The first thing to remember is that just because an actor or actress is a “spokesperson” for a product line, it doesn’t mean that the results they claim are the results you will see.  These folks are paid to embellish the desired results and many times imperfections are airbrushed out.

The concept of “Cosmacuetical” products (the combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals) is growing in popularity.  Consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of purposeful skincare and the lack of these benefits in the products purchased over the counter. 

These cosmacuetical offerings can be found on infomercials, on Groupon, on Living Social, etc. and can be very effective… for the right skin type.  However, just because a product claims to be anti-aging, or an acne treatment, or promises a youthful glow- even if these products work for your neighbor- it doesn’t mean they will necessarily work for your individual skin type.

This is why it is very important to have a professional consultation with a knowledgeable skin care professional.

At Body by Shae, we specialize in finding the right skincare prescription to meet your individual needs.  Every person has a different skincare requirement and each of us is looking for very individual results; therefore each recommendation is different and unique based on those needs and desires.

There is no such thing as a “one-stop shop” when it comes to maximizing effective facial products or believing there is one mega product that will give you maximum results.  Body by Shae completes a professional and thorough evaluation of your skin composition, your lifestyle influences and your diet before composing a script that will work best for you. 

Leave behind the hottest trends and gimmicks….Take Comfort in Your Own Skin and contact Body by Shae today for a licensed and professional skin care analysis.







Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hard Wax vs. Soft Wax



Using hard wax to get rid of unsightly and unwanted hair seems to be the new craze across day spas and waxing centers lately.  Many clients think that hard wax is the better option because it is the most popular form of waxing today.

I’ll say it out loud though… I LOVE SOFT WAX.  I do not follow the trend of hard wax hair pulling and here is why.

Both hard wax and soft wax have the same basic end result- hair removal.  Many clients tell me that they prefer hard wax because they believe that it hurts less- and it may actually hurt less- but the process is longer and less effective.
                            

Hard Wax is typically applied to the skin and needs to dry before peeling the wax off.  It tends to work very well on thick, coarse hair that doesn’t come out easily because it can be reapplied several times.  This wax however, is not effective in removing the finer, vellus hair (soft, fine baby hair that grows over the body).  This is the reason why it hurts less.






Soft Wax is applied and removed using a cloth strip such as muslin or pellon.  This method is usually applied once or twice and tends to be extremely effective in removing both vellus and terminal hair, allowing for a sleeker and smoother finish.




My personal preference is to get the job done quickly, effectively, and all at once.  I would rather use a soft wax and endure the slight pain for 20 minutes than wait for the hard wax to dry and then suffer through interminable tweezing to ensure all the stray hairs were removed; a process that can take more than double the time. 

The other issue with hard wax is that if it is not applied correctly, there is a high potential that the hair can just be broken off at the skin surface instead of removing if from the root -increasing the frequency at which you have to go through this process.

As an esthetician using soft wax may cost a few more pennies, but Body by Shae strives for excellence and efficiency in all the services we offer and we recommend the soft wax above all else.   We understand that waxing is a personal decision and ultimately boils down to preference, so go with what works best for you.

If you haven’t taken the Brazilian Wax Challenge (using Hard Wax or Soft Wax) bite the bullet and DARE TO GO BARE.  Find out why everyone is taking part in the waxing frenzy.  For an entire listing of our services, visit www.bodybyshae.com today!



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why choose cosmeceutical (pharmaceutical) skincare products over OTC


Cosmeceutical (Pharmaceutical) Grade skincare vs Over the Counter skincare products


Do you ever wonder why the skin care products that you buy over the counter (OTC) are just not as effective and seem to stop working after a short while?

Cosmeceutical :  
The term "cosmeceutical" was created in the 1990's from cosm(etic) + (pharma)ceutic.  It's a cosmetic product claimed to have medicinal or dug like benefits.  Cosmeceutical products are marketed as cosmetics, but reputedly contain biologically active ingredients and contains ingredients that have activity in the skin.

Most people think the reason this happens is due to the difference between active and non-active ingredients, but this is not the entire story.  The OTC products that you purchase at the local drug store generally do not have a low enough pH or a high enough percentage of active ingredients to adequately penetrate the epidermal layer (upper layer) of the skin. 

This is not to say that general OTC skincare products don’t work, they are simply not as efficient as pharmaceutical grade products.  These cosmeceutical grade products are formulated to penetrate deep down into the dermal layer (lower layer) of the skin where the living cells are.  This layer is also where your collagen and elastin are produced. 

Products that penetrate to the dermal layer, should be used wisely.  Cosmeceutical grade products do not mean “chemical and paraben free”, it means formulated to penetrate deeply.  If you are using cosmeceutical grade products that are not free from these harmful substances, you are really just more effectively delivering these toxins into your body.

For long lasting, safe & effective results- always use cosmeceutical grade skin care products which you can purchase from a licensed skincare technician; and remember to keep it pure… the more pure the product, the more benefits you will reap.  

Body by Shae uses and organic and  natural cosmeceutical skincare line that has helped many clients to reach and maintain their skincare goals.  For more information on cosmeceuticals, skincare goals and skincare nutrition, contact Body by Shae.



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Lobelia- The “Intelligent Herb” 




Lobelia- The “Intelligent Herb”

Some call Lobelia the “Intelligent Herb” because it seems to do whatever is necessary to promote healing in the body.
This flowering perennial garden plant has a long history of use as an herbal remedy for respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and cough. Native Americans smoked Lobelia as a treatment for asthma.
When applied to the skin Lobeliahas been found useful in the treatment of muscle pain, joint lumps associated with rheumatoid arthritis, bruises, sprains, insect bites, ringworm and even poison ivy.
Many holistic practitioners utilize this amazing herb as an alternative to costly pharmaceutical solutions because of the decreased risk of long term damage and side effects that accompany non-natural remedies.
For several years Body by Shae has been committed to providing all natural solutions to pain management by utilizing flowers and herbs that grow in the garden.
Body by Shae Pain Relief Salve utilizes Lobelia and other healing herbs such and ComfreySt. Johns WortPeppermint Leaf and Arnicajust to name a few to effectively treat ailments such as tendonitis, bursitis, muscle spasm, restless leg syndrome, itchy skin, minor burns, cuts & scrapes, bruises, nerve pain, disk pain , TMJ, congested breathing and more.
Lobelia’s healing effects seem endless… because it truly is the “Intelligent Herb”.
Fun facts about Lobelia:
There are about 400 different species, but the most popular are the cardinal flower, indian tobacco and the brook lobelia.
Colors range from shades of red and pink to blue, purple, yellow and white.
Several species of Lobelia are used for medicinal purposes.
The flowers of L. inflata were smoked by Native Americans to help ease symptoms of asthma, which is the origin of the name Indian tobacco.
Here are some other beneficial herbs.
Comfrey helps to stimulate cell growth and repair while simultaneously depressing inflammation.
St. Johns Wort helps to alleviate nerve pain, sciatica, muscle pain, skin conditions and migraine headaches.
Peppermint Leaf aids in the healing of mild respiratory conditions, nerve pain, joint conditions and rash.
Arnica helps to increase circulation which aids in healing of bruises, reduces pain and inflammation.
Visit www.bodybyshae.com for additional information on how Lobelia can help you.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Are the products we use really ALL natural?

Are the products we use really ALL natural?

I started out in beauty/healthcare industry in 2000 in massage therapy.  I just felt like I really found my thing. Nothing made me happier, so I ventured into skincare and the universe just blessed me with so many opportunities.

I really got into the industry and natural products before it was so popular.  I always questioned every product ingredient that I was using on my body. When I went back to school for my skin technician license I really enjoyed learning about all the different ingredients and all the benefits they provided, in their natural state.  It really got me thinking about all these "organic" and "natural" products that we all swear by.  Did you know that there's quite a difference between "organic" and "organic ingredients"? The companies still have a margin for filler and preservatives!  One day I took my favorite skin care wash that claimed to be organic, I started looking up all the ingredients and discovered that only a small percentage of them were organic.  There are a number of parabens in there! Wow! So, here I am.... paying an arm and a leg to ensure the health of my skin for a product that doesn't live up to it's name.  That's when I got the idea to start making my own products with my company name, Body by Shae... but how do I get the word out there, how do I sell them to people?

I started working day and night and played the mad scientist with all the ingredients I had purchased from a reputable company that sold organic ingredients.
The difference in using products that really are unrefined and natural to the products we buy over the counter is really amazing.  You can really feel the difference.  I started out just making body creme; how hard can that be? It took me FOREVER to find the desired consistency until I could come out with my Body by Shae Body Cream.

When I started using my body cream, I noticed that I didn't even have to use it every day because it actually penetrated to my living skin, it retained the moisture! I was amazed.

When I started picking which friends would make the greatest guinea pigs I was able to discover even more healing benefits than just retaining moisture! My body creme was helping psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, even sunburns! Why would I go back and use the store bought stuff that did none of the above?

Naturally, after seeing all the great results I started making an entire line of products.  One of the products Body by Shae makes  is an all natural Pain Relief and Healing Salve that has worked better for me and many others than anything we've all tried before.  It's become the biggest seller and people are buying it by the tin! Handcrafted products are the way to go!

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