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What Beauty Sheet Mask Is Best For You?

What Beauty Sheet Mask Is Best For You?

Beauty sheet masks are the latest craze in facial regimes.  Instead of applying a paste type mask, sheet masks are mess-free and chalk full of ingredients that aid the skin in hydration, brightening, tightening and healing.  They can be used during a facial or on their own after finishing your cleansing regime.

Individually packaged, the one time use of this cloth-like mask, rich in beneficial serums, can help to eliminate toxins, reduce wrinkles and even heal wounds caused by acne.  The following are examples of sheet masks introduced into the world of skin care.  Have a read and see which one would suit your skin best.

Pearl Powder

Pearl powder is easily absorbed into the skin and is a natural source of calcium.  It also contains multiple nutrients to tighten and brighten the skin.  These nutrients contain wrinkle diminishing properties as well as help to reduce various pigmentation problems such as dark spots or acne scars.  This beauty sheet mask smoothes the texture of the skin, making you feel and appear more youthful.

Snail

The skin stress buster! Snail mucin enriched sheet masks contain skin softening emollients which regenerate hydration in dry, flaky skin.  Since snail mucin contains glycolic acid, it soothes the face as it hydrates.  Glycolic acid smoothes and evens out skin tone while promoting elastin and collagen reproduction.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate seed oil is not only beneficial to consume, but also invigorating for our skin.  Since the oil is loaded with multiple minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin B1 and B2, the fruit creates a firm and supple skin texture.  The pomegranate sheet mask, therefore, aids in slowing down the aging process and reducing the appearance of skin damage from years of sun exposure.

Calming Aloe

A calming sheet mask infused with aloe and/or green tea leaf extract can leave your skin calm and comforted in just 15 minutes.  Applied chilled, this mask is beneficial to inflamed skin caused by several types of irritants such as detergents, or harsh environmental conditions.  Aloe Vera also contains wound healing hormones effective in helping to eliminate skin conditions such as acne or eczema.  A mask with so many benefits!

Charcoal

A mask for oily skin, charcoal products are great for those who are prone to break outs.  Charcoal pulls excess oil from the skin, drawing with it bacteria and other toxins.  After receiving a thorough deep cleansing facial, a charcoal sheet mask will detoxify the skin and help promote a flawless complexion.  A great mask for teens!

After using any mask, apply a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type and that contains an SPF. This will help to seal in all the benefits of the nutrients within each mask.  Your skin will feel rejuvenated and refreshed!

If you’d like to take your skin care to the next level, we offer a variety of facial services to have your skin looking and feeling its best.

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Til next time,

Phyllis

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5 Signs of Dehydration: Are You Drinking Enough Water?

signs of dehydration - are you drinking enough water

For many of us, it can be quite the challenge to remember to drink our daily quota of water.  The human body needs to consume a certain amount of water by means of survival.  The amount of water we lose during the day is significant, therefore replenishing it is extremely important.  For most of us, eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day is the proper amount to consume.  Not only is drinking water fantastic for our skin, but also for our mind, muscles and all our bodily systems. But how do we know if we are drinking as much as we should?  Are we hydrating ourselves appropriately?  The following are some possible signs of dehydration and why drinking enough water is essential to our overall health.

5 Possible Signs of Dehydration

Dry Skin

Before you spend your money on super expensive creams and potions, increase your water intake.  Dehydration can in fact cause sensitivities to your skin.   Your skin may become inflamed or irritated causing itching or, in extreme cases, cracking.  Your skin is your largest organ and it needs lubrication so drink up!

Elimination Issues 

Dark urine and constipation can both be caused by insufficient water intake.  Your urine should ideally be a light yellow colour.  Any darker than that generally means it has more waste within it being excreted from the kidneys.  Constipation can also be a sign of dehydration.  The colon needs significant lubrication to eliminate what it needs to and drinking more water is the first solution to consider.

Headaches

When dehydrated, our brain tissue loses water resulting in pain and swelling.  Since our brains are 80% water, it is essential to drink the appropriate amount of water to promote proper blood flow and oxygen to the brain, thus preventing the dreaded headache.

Muscle Cramps

When we exercise, our bodies sweat, resulting in a lower sodium level.  Our muscles become very sensitive if they don’t receive an adequate amount of water, which can result in cramps or spasms.  Drinking water aids in replenishing sodium levels, helping to reduce and/or eliminate the cramps.

Low Energy

Feeling tired? Guess what?  It may be because you aren’t drinking enough water! Our energy levels lessen when our blood circulation is sluggish.  Proper blood circulation delivers oxygen to all our organs and muscles, therefore giving us energy to go about our day. And water is the key!

Make sure you are getting enough water throughout the day.  Eating more water rich foods such as fruits and vegetables can also be extremely beneficial in consuming the appropriate amount of water.  Most importantly, don’t wait to experience any of these signs.  Just grab, drink and refill your water bottle every day!

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Til next time,

Phyllis

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Treating & Preventing Ingrown Toenails

preventing ingrown toenails

Our feet have been hibernating in boots and socks all winter long.  It’s time for them to emerge! Spring and summer mean it’s time for a pedicure to get your feet looking and feeling their best.  And with our feet cooped up for so long, some of us may have acquired the dreaded and painful ingrown toenail.

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a problem usually occurring in the big toe, where the toenail grows into the skin instead of over it.  It can become painful and swollen.  An infection can occur if left untreated and the nail continues to grow like this.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails is Easy

Let’s discuss a few ways to do so. Here are a few tips to prevent this painful condition:

Shape and Length of Toenails:

Be sure to cut toenails straight across, as well as not too short.  Toenails that are trimmed too short can create pressure from your shoe to direct the nail to grow downward into the skin.  Trimming them straight across and even with the tips of your toes is the best when preventing ingrown toenails

Buy Properly Fitted Footwear:

Shoes that are too narrow or too tight can create pressure on your toes and cause ingrown toenails. The best solution is to shop for shoes later in the day when your feet are at their largest.  This is when you will get a shoe that fits you properly.

Foot Hygiene:

Keep your feet clean and dry to prevent ingrown toenails.  Moist, sweaty feet are a breeding ground for this and other foot conditions.  Keep footwear and socks dry as much as possible to prevent a dirty environment for your feet.

Know Your Feet:

Check your feet daily. This may sound silly but people with conditions such as diabetes or poor blood flow to their feet are more vulnerable in acquiring ingrown toenails. The more you know, the better you can take care of yourself and your feet.

Easing the Pain of Ingrown Toenails

If you think you may have an ingrown toenail here are a few things you can try to help ease the pain.

  • Soak your foot in warm water for about 15 minutes a few times a day with either some Epsom salts or just plain table salt. Salt water aids in the reduction of bacteria growth.
  • If able, dry your foot and gently lift the corner of the nail after soaking and apply an antibiotic cream.  Ask a pharmacist which cream would be best.
  • Bandage your toe to protect it and wear open toed or loose fitting shoes so your toe can have some extra room to heal.

If the pain and pressure lasts longer than 2 or 3 days, it’s probably best to see your doctor.

Our feet carry us everywhere we go – we cannot take them for granted! Taking good care of our feet is of the utmost importance in our overall health.

Hopefully these tips to prevent and treat ingrown toenails will be beneficial to you!

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Here’s to summer ready lips!

Jana