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Permanent Cosmetic Brow Styles – What is right for me?

There has been a lot of marketing and promotion about different brow styles which makes it very challenging for the consumer.  How do you know what is right for you?  Find a technician that is also a makeup artist and has studied classical brow shapes and the different facial structures.  Ideally your brows should follow the flowing arch from the top of the nose that curves up onto the brow bone.  This flow point is the ideal starting point.  Brows should then follow the bone structure.  Floating above the bone structure can create a “Mrs. Spock” alien appearance.  The brow should flow up the bone and then back down so that the tip of the tail is no lower than the base of the brow where it starts near the nose.  If it is allowed to drop lower at the tail it will pull the face down resulting in a more aging appearance.

Solid dramatic brows are one brow style.  They have a very “done” makeup look. While some people prefer this look, care must be exercised as it can be a harsher look on a mature face.  This style of brow can last the longest between re-enhancements.

Powder brows are a much softer look.  The appearance is less of a pencil and more like a bit of brow powder was added to fill in the brows.  They last well and can be re-enhanced typically every 2-5 years.

Hair stroke brows incorporate single hair strokes added one at a time with a very fine needle.  To keep the fine hair look less pigment can be implanted or the hair will get thicker giving a heavier look. While this style can look very realistic, this is harder to achieve if there is no existing hair.  Hair stroke brows require annual re-enhancement since much less color can be implanted to maintain the look.

Blended brows incorporate the hair stroke technique with some powder infill.  This style still maintains the individual hair appearance but with a denser look that requires much less maintenance. The brows are filled in more densely where they tend to grow more dense – on the inner half of the brow and the lower 2/3 of the brow. It is a very natural realistic looking brow for those who want a hair stroke look with ease of maintenance.  Like the powder brow this brow will need re-enhancement typically every 2-5 years.

Can Medications Really Affect My Esthetic or Permanent Cosmetic Service?

This is a common question clients often ask and the one word answer is Yes, medications can affect even the most simple skin care services.  Many medications have effects on the body aside from the reason they are being taken.  This is easily demonstrated – just listen to one of the many television commercials for prescription medications.  The list of possible side effects is rather staggering.  Of course not every person has these side effects but they can happen. Be sure to let your esthetician or permanent makeup artist know about all prescription and non-prescription drugs, supplements, topically applied products, eye drops, etcetera.  The more they know about what you use, the better an outcome they can help you achieve.  Do NOT stop taking your medications. Depending on the problem there are often workarounds. If your medication is a contraindication to doing the desired service your technician will probably recommend you talk to your doctor. Or they may request you confirm with your physician that having this procedure is safe for you. Your health and safety is our number one concern.

Cholesterol and blood pressure medications while not blood thinners, work to make the blood platelets not stick together. In permanent cosmetics this often means there may be more chance of a blood droplet coming to the surface. The down side is this molecule is bigger than the tattoo pigment molecule and can wash some of them away.  This leads to more color loss than would experienced on a client not on these medications.

Clients on thyroid medications often need permanent cosmetic procedures re-enhanced a little more frequently.  We have noticed that for whatever reason their color fades a little more quickly.

Blood thinning medications can also cause issues with permanent cosmetic procedures. You may be referred to get clearance from your physician.

Diabetic clients who are insulin dependent often do not heal as well and may be at a heightened risk for infection. They may need clearance from their physician for permanent cosmetic services, waxing or other more aggressive skin care treatments.

Use of retinoids (Vitamin A) or acids like Glycolic, Lactic or blends work to thin the dead skin of the epidermis. This means that a service like waxing, microdermabrasion or other exfoliating therapy increases the risk of skin irritation or even creating a wound.  Be sure to discuss use of any of these products, prescription or over the counter with your technician.

Restasis is a new concern as it has been observed that those who use it have increased sensitivity of the eyelid to the point that a permanent cosmetic eyeliner procedure is not well tolerated. Your technician may want you to discontinue use for 30 days before doing the tattoo procedure.  Do not restart use of the restasis for at least two weeks after your technician has determined it is completed. (Wait until all follow up work is finalized.)

Patients on chemotherapy drugs have a compromised immune system and may not heal well.  All of these drugs need your doctor’s written permission that this procedure is safe for you.

Botox and injectables are extremely popular today.  Any skin care or permanent cosmetic procedure is fine before having botox or injectables.  If you have had either a neurotoxin or filler injectable wait at least 2 weeks before having a facial massage, other skin care treatment, waxing, or permanent cosmetic.  The manipulation of the skin has a small potential for affecting the outcome and lasting of your injection site.  For a lip coloration procedure the best timing is before any fillers are injected. This has been clinically observed to produce the best most predictable outcome.

Herbs and supplements can also have an impact on the skin.  Some can cause blood thinning or skin thinning.  Be sure to provide your technician with a complete list of everything that you take so that we can avoid unexpected complications and make sure you have the safest procedure with the most positive outcome.

Women’s Health Issues Can Be Sneakier…..

Women need to understand how their bodies work differently than men’s to best protect themselves and respond to undiagnosed health issues promptly and appropriately.  The first and foremost signal is “change”  if you notice a change in your body or how it operates, this can be a clue that something needs to be checked.

As women we are trained from youth to take care of those around us.  Unfortunately, this can mean we disregard our own health signals and this can lead to serious consequences.  In the past most of the symptoms for serious health risks we those for men.  It wasn’t noted how women’s bodies were different and that their symptoms were often more obscure.  Now that this information is coming to light, it is important to educate ourselves, and if you are a service professional, be able to respond appropriately if your client has concerns or you note changes in their health.  While we cannot self diagnose, or diagnose medical issues in others, we can learn when to get something checked.One of the tricky parts is that different medical challenges can often have similar symptoms.  This is reinforcement that if we see the symptoms, we need to get them checked.  In this blog we are going to cover 4 important conditions that can lead to serious medical issues if not checked and treated: dehydration, anemia, heart attack and sleep apnea.Dehydration happens when the water levels in the body drop to unsafe levels. When we become dehydrated more water is moving out of our cells and the body than we are taking in.  With the water loss comes salt loss.  Salt loss can cause the body to become out of balance and severe dehydration can even lead to death.  Existing medical health conditions, diseases that cause diarrhea and/or vomiting, no access to water or a severe injury can all lead to dehydration.  Symptoms include:
Increased thirst
Dry mouth and swollen tongue
Weakness
Dizziness
Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
Confusion
Sluggishness fainting
Fainting
Inability to sweat
Decreased urine output
If you note any of these symptoms is is important to seek medical advice.  In the mean time get the person seated and comfortable, try to cool the person down and get moisture in them via water, popsicles, ice chips, sports drinks. If this doesn’t help, get medical assistance.

Anemia is caused by a lack of adequate red blood cells. It is sometimes challenging to address as there are over 400 different types. Medical assistance is important. We know anemia is common in women in child bearing years, but there are women who are genetically predisposed to this condition and fight it their entire life.  Anemia can also be caused by internal bleeding.  This might be triggered by medications being taken for another condition, such as aspirin or ibuprofen for headaches or other aches and pains.  Or it could be caused by other medical conditions.  Anemia can have sneaky symptoms that are often confused with other disorders.  The most common symptoms of anemia include:
Easy fatigue and loss of energy
Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise
Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise
Difficulty concentrating
Dizziness
Pale skin
Leg cramps
Insomnia
Since there are lots of potential causes that need unique treatments, if someone is experiencing potential anemia symptoms it is important that they see a physician. It is not something that can be addressed by self medication and could make the problem worse.

Heart attacks in women can be very different from those in men.  Part of this may stem from the way a woman’s body handles cholesterol build up different from her male counterpart.  When men develop a plaque buildup it occurs in the major arteries.  They tend to carry their excess fat in the belly. We women on the other hand are hiders and smoothers.  We send the excess cholesterol to the tiniest little arterioles where the blood oxygen interchange is supposed to take place.  We smooth it away across all of our body.  We are excellent at hiding the problem.  So when the body does go into a heart attack while the symptoms can be similar as a mans, more frequently they are not. This is because the problem causers are not in the same place. In a CPR First Aid class I recently took, one of the attendees, a woman told of having a heart attack 8 years ago.  She never had any chest pain.  She had indigestion.  Then she had it again.  She did notice some tiredness and a bit of tightness but mostly indigestion.  Her husband finally took her to an emergency room to get checked up.  The technician on duty noticed her pallor and too intervention steps.  She was having a heart attack.
Web MD says there are 6 symptoms for heart attack in women and if you have one or more signs you should call 911 and seek immediate medical care.  Those symptoms include:

  1. Chest pain or discomfort. Chest pain is the most common heart attack symptom, but some women may experience it differently than men. It may feel like a squeezing or fullness, and the pain can be anywhere in the chest, not just on the left side. It’s usually “truly uncomfortable” during a heart attack, says cardiologist Rita Redberg, MD, director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services at the University of California, San Francisco. “It feels like a vise being tightened.”
  2. Pain in your arm(s), back, neck, or jaw. This type of pain is more common in women than in men. It may confuse women who expect their pain to be focused on their chest and left arm, not their back or jaw. The pain can be gradual or sudden, and it may wax and wane before becoming intense. If you’re asleep, it may wake you up. You should report any “not typical or unexplained” symptoms in any part of your body above your waist to your doctor or other health care provider, says cardiologist C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
  3. Stomach pain. Sometimes people mistake stomach pain that signals a heart attack with heartburn, the flu, or a stomach ulcer. Other times, women experience severe abdominal pressure that feels like an elephant sitting on your stomach, says cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.
  4. Shortness of breath, nausea, or lightheadedness. If you’re having trouble breathing for no apparent reason, you could be having a heart attack, especially if you’re also having one or more other symptoms. “It can feel like you have run a marathon, but you didn’t make a move,” Goldberg says.
  5. Sweating. Breaking out in a nervous, cold sweat is common among women who are having a heart attack. It will feel more like stress-related sweating than perspiration from exercising or spending time outside in the heat. “Get it checked out” if you don’t typically sweat like that and there is no other reason for it, such as heat or hot flashes, Bairey Merz says.
  6. Fatigue. Some women who have heart attacks feel extremely tired, even if they’ve been sitting still for a while or haven’t moved much. “Patients often complain of a tiredness in the chest,” Goldberg says. “They say that they can’t do simple activities, like walk to the bathroom.”
  7. So if you experience any of these, or more than one, seek help to save a life.
Sleep Apnea is a really sneaky disorder and can be even sneakier in women.  Typically tied into loud snoring this symptom is very typical in men. With the slightly different structural differences in women this symptom can present, come and go, or be completely absent.  A big part of the symptoms will be dependent on the cause.  In most people one side of the nose and sinuses is slightly larger. If the person sleeps with this larger side up there are less breathing issues. But if they sleep on their back or other side, symptoms may be more pronounced.  If the problem is being caused by a physical structural blockage these symptoms may be absent.
This problem is one I had a rather personal encounter with.  In the past I used to have a problem with sometimes loud breathing that was generally not prolonged but rather interrupted with perhaps gasps. But as a physical blockage in my throat became enlarged the symptoms changed and I quit snoring almost complete.  Problem cured 🙂  Not exactly.  It just morphed.  Instead of snoring I had morphed into the more insidious symptom. I quit breathing.  Thank goodness a friend alerted me.  They had sleep apnea and recognized it for what it was.
 At first I wanted to blow it off, but when I researched it online and saw the health ramifications: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, asthma, acid reflux, and car accidents.
 I made the call and saw a specialist in sleep disorders.  I found out that I was stopping breathing for 30-60 seconds many times an hours.  My blood oxygen levels were dropped from the normal 99-100% (normal is above 90%) to 60%.  In the educational discussion I realized that my falling asleep sitting on the sofa at night was probably sleep deprivation from not sleeping anywhere near normally.  I underwent a sleep study, spending the night at the sleep center wired into a computer via probes all over my head and upper body.   They actually interrupted the study after only about 2 hours and pronounced the problem and hooked me up to a fine trickle of oxygen. When they woke me in the morning it was the first time in a very long time I had gotten up without a headache – another symptom of the oxygen deprivation.  They put me on a fast track and in a week I had a device to help assure good airflow and elimination of the problem.  I fully admit it takes a bit of getting used to but the health benefits are well worth it. By the follow up visit the doctor tested my blood oxygen and it was 99%. He even assured me if I missed a night or didn’t have a full night sleep with the device it was just fine.  I was very concerned how this would impact my personal life but found it has not been an issue.  It has however left me with elevated blood pressure which is now being treated and monitored.
When I visited a new PCP in January I was rather surprised to see the signs in the patient room about the symptoms of sleep apnea. Clearly, this disorder is finally being more aggressively treated by medical professionals as controlling it will control many other medical disorders.

Chemotherapy and your skin

Having to undergo chemotherapy is a challenge in itself but some of the drugs that are necessary to treat the cancer can bring their own set of challenges to the skin. According to Dermatology Times, November 5, 2014 review of a research report from the European Medical Journal Dermatology the new generation of anticancer drugs are more apt to cause skin reactions than their predecessors. In addition to hair loss and drying out of  mucous tissue, skin side effects can range from mild widespread dryness to severe debilitating issues.

Here are 5 key points:

*  Wide spread skin dryness and papulopustular rash (acne like) are known skin side effects of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors.  These inhibitors include cetuximab, erlotinib, gefitinib, lapatinib, panitumumab.  EGFR eruptions do not have comedones, instead they present at a rash and their severity is related to improved tumor response and survival.

 

*A side effect called hand foot syndrome because it most commonly occurs on the palms of the hand and soles of the feet occurs in 30-60% of patients.  If you develop these symptoms be sure to advise your doctors so it can be managed.

In mild to moderate hand-foot syndrome, the following symptoms may occur on the palms of the hands and/or the soles of the feet:

Redness (similar to a sunburn)
Swelling
A sensation of tingling or burning
Tenderness (sensitive to touch)
Tightness of the skin
Thick calluses and blisters on the palms and soles
Symptoms of severe hand-foot syndrome include:

Cracked, flaking, or peeling skin
Blisters, ulcers, or sores on the skin
Severe pain
Difficulty walking or using the hands

*Paronychia, an infection that occurs around the nails, affects 10-30% of those receiving EGRF inhibitor therapy.

*Cranial radiation therapy and neuroleptic drugs, (antipsychotic drugs that are now being used to treat other disorders), can trigger a variety of skin rashes.

*Studies have shown that hydration, antimicrobials, sterile tissue, protective ointment, and specific dermatological therapies can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.   It is important to be aware of and manage skin dryness and see dermatologist if there are signs of peeling, blistering, bleeding or pain. Your dermatologist or  esthetician may be able to provide you with skin care products with ingredients that have been shown to be helpful in research studies.  These ingredients include: calendula, corticosteroids, topical sodium hyaluronate, urea and allantoin. Plain, non-scented, lanolin-free hydrophilic (water based hydrating) creams may help prevent radiation skin reactions.

Menopause and Your Skin

Menopause is a nasty word that no woman enjoys dealing with.  It is the time when the body transitions from having ovulation and the menstrual cycle to the complete cessation of this.  While for most of us loosing the ability to have more children at 50+ is not a big issue, the challenges we must endure as we go through this process are not so great.  Not only do we have to deal with hot flashes, nightsweats, poor sleep, hormonal imbalance triggering diminished sexual desire or discomfort during sex, mood swings, headaches, changes in hair growth patterns, and breakouts, but also what seems like a sudden aging appearance to the skin.

Actually, when you think about it, many of these symptoms are similar to PMS with hotflashes being the main difference. And some of the medical therapies are the same.  Know that if this is an issue you deal with You are NOT ALONE.  Women between 44 and 65 now make up America’s largest demographic group.  By 2015 nearly one half of American women will be either menopausal or post menopause.  That’s a rather staggering figure – sorry guys, not something you want to hear.  But with your help, we can deal with this. Its not just us average gals, its the celebrities and female politicians also.  Fortune Magazine in a recent report ran a cover story on the world’s 100 most powerful women. If we use their ages as a guide, then 90% of them are menopausal.

  Side note:  6000 US women enter menopause every day with an average age of 51!

With menopause comes a loss of estrogen.  Unfortunately, appropriate levels of estrogen is what helps keep the skin young looking, our emotions in balance, and our libido interested in intimacy. With the loss of estrogen the skin tends to be more dry, there is an increase the development of wrinkles and loss of skin tone.  Women often note their skin seemed to suddenly age.  Its common to have hair loss both on the head and of the eyebrows.  While we can’t stop the time clock, there are things we can do to improve the appearance of the skin.

1) Skin Care. Find a good, well trained esthetician who understands the problems and how to address them. A variety of facial treatments can be beneficial including microdermabrasion, chemical exfoliation, hydration and facial toning.  To improve the appearance of the skin it is important to exfoliate the dead skin cells off.  This process tends to slow down with menopause and the skin takes on a dull appearance. Exfoliation counteracts this.  Hydration improves the moisture in the surface layers of the skin. Facial toning helps give the face a subtle lift that just keeps getting better the longer it is done. I know women who have used Facial toning as their go to treatment for over a decade and they look far younger than the calender would indicate. The secret to success is think “series” instead of an occasional treatment, you will see much better results. Home use of mild AHAs or Retinols in skin care products plus incorporation of peptides and topical antioxidants generally give very impressive results. Use your esthetician as your “skin care coach” and get their recommendations to the exact products that will be the best for you.

2) If you want a quick fix, find a well qualified doctor who specializes in neurotoxin and filler therapy.  Botox is the most commonly recognized brand but there are others that are FDA approved.  This type of treatment requires redoing every few months, but many women (and men) find it gives them that mental boost and confidence that makes it well worth the expense.  Extend the life of your injections with the home care products mentioned above (AHA’s or retinols, antioxidants and peptides as ingredients in your cosmetics.)  Facial toning also works to extend the life of your injections.

3) Light therapies do improve skin appearance.  IPL and laser can quickly improve the appearance of sun damage. Radio frequency can help sculpt. LED can help the skin perform better and self correct to appear younger and act healthier.  LEDs are very safe to use and have no contraindications except for those with epilepsy.  For laser and IPL the darker your skin tone, the more cautious you need to be as it can trigger post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

4) Hormone therapies are another way to fight back.  Many women and their doctors have been scared away from hormone therapy for long term use due to the problems with products like Premarin which is derived from processed pregnant mare urine.  This product was chosen due to the high level of hormones in it. But Premarin has many side effects. There seem to be alternative choices now available to physicians that are more specific with the hormones they choose to prescribe.   Lesser known but (at least in my experience) more effective and without side effects are bio-identical hormones. However, if you google this on the web, you will find controversy does exist. Commonly used are plant derived hormones including estradiol,  esterone, progesterone and sometimes testosterone. With these the doctor would test your exact hormonal levels and only prescribe just what you need.  These can be prescribed as topical creams, suppositories or little pellets that implanted under the skin of your butt.  While the creams or suppositories are used on a daily or weekly basis the pellets last for about six months.    The biggest challenge seems to be finding a doctor that really understands these therapies and that will customize the recommendations to suit the specific individual.

5) Reduce stress.  Stress is a huge contributor to the aging process in the body.  It is crucial to find ways to keep it in balance.  Very helpful are yoga, exercise, good rest, avoiding excesses, and a healthy diet. Find something you like to to that helps you relax whether it is a walk with your favorite person or dog or that nice hot bath. Since when we are under a lot of stress, weight management becomes more challenging, finding ways to reduce your stress and/or deal with it can be very beneficial.  Get and give Hugs.  Research has shown that good hugs are extremely beneficial to both your physical and mental health.  A good hug  and/or laugh triggers the body to release soothing, healing chemicals which boost your mood and create happiness.  Try for 8 hugs a day and watch your stress levels decline.

Sleep Issues Affecting Your Skin???

Sleep Issues –  Causing Skin Conditions?

Yes, your sleep problems can be causing skin problems. Sleep is our time to internally refresh, restore and heal.  Anything that interrupts this process can lead to the skin looking less than its best.  All of us have gotten up and looked in the mirror after a bad night’s sleep and noted the dark under-eye circles and the dull cast to the skin.  The bad sleep and the diminished skin appearance are directly related.  Anything that triggers poor sleep can make us look, and feel tired and older.

Inadequate sleep:  whether it is odd working hours, stress, a baby in the house, insomnia, or anything else that prevents us from sleeping, it is going to result in daytime tiredness, under eye circles and a dull cast to the skin.  We can slather on all the lotions and potions we want, but if we don’t address the problem it won’t get any better.

If you do shift work, try to create an environment where you can get maximum rest when you do get to sleep.  Consider a device that will create white noise and blank out the potentially interruptive sounds.  Solicit the support of family and friends that “x” hours you need to be sleeping.  Rotating shifts are even harder as your body’s natural Circadian rhythm is fighting with the schedule you need to keep.  Our body’s natural desire is to sleep when it’s dark and be awake in the light.

Stress: we all know the hazards but often don’t think about them showing up on the skin.  They do.  Each of us needs to find ways to deal with the stresses in our life and there are a lot of them.  Family, babies, marriage, divorce, work, bills, friends, all can be stressful.  Even exercise or a change in routine can be stressful to the body and it will need time to adapt.  Stress affects our hormone levels which affects about everything else.  Be prepared with your little emergency kit if stress triggers skin breakouts. Try some form of meditation or relaxation to reduce stress before you go to bed to sleep better. Yes, that cup of herbal tea is a more restful nightcap than anything else. No caffeine of any form including sodas or chocolate for 4 hours prior to bedtime also is a great help.

Baby:  It’s nothing new that a baby in the house will mess with your sleep. So what is a mom supposed to do?  Go with the flow.  If you have are at home with the child, the best answer is probably napping.  When you put the baby down, take a power nap.  This may help you feel more refreshed and rested in the evening when the rest of your family is home and hoping for a bit of companionship and a meal.  If you are back at work and napping when baby does isn’t an option, try catching a power nap at lunch.  Learn to do a bit of self-hypnosis and you can feel rested and refreshed in 15 minutes.  The slow cooker is your friend.  Not only do slow cookers create very tasty and lower glycation meals, you can start it in the morning and forget it. No time to do it in the morning because of family and baby demands?  Consider making it a family together time and assemble it the night before. Get everyone involved and let them help. In the morning, just put it on the heating base and turn it on.

 

Snoring: Well this was a new one for me. Yes, snoring can mess with your sleep  – and I don’t mean waking your partner and them being grouchy.  Snoring loudly enough to wake yourself or your partner may mean sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea can be a potentially life threatening disorder if untreated.  During the sleep cycle breathing stops and starts multiple times.  The problem is easily recognized in men because they tend to snore loudly. Women though, (my doctor told me) are much sneaker and harder to discover. Women may or may not suffer from loud snoring but still have sleep apnea.  The problem with sleep apnea is the interrupted breathing means that the brain is not getting its routine oxygen supply.  This is what can lead to some pretty nasty health problems. Here is a listing of the symptoms and information from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/basics/symptoms/con-20020286  I don’t have many of the classical symptoms like daytime drowsiness, but I do have sleep apnea. Learning and treating this I can avoid the health problems and wake up refreshed in the morning.

AIRBRUSH MAKEUP FOR A FLAWLESS FINISH

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Airbrushed makeup has been around since the 1980s and since its introduction for film leaped into popularity for stunning bridal makeup and other photography.  With the innovations into high definition photography it has become the gold standard for television and film.  It is also experiencing increased popularity in makeup studios and clinics because it creates a look that cannot be created any other way.  It is like a thin layer that floats over the skin, rather than sinking into it and emphasizing lines, wrinkles and blemishes,  giving a fresh flawless appearance.  (If you ever see airbrushed makeup that looks heavy or chalky, it is not properly applied.)  Today airbrush makeup is popular for all photographic moments including brides, proms, graduations, special occasions and SELFIES.

What makes it special? 
Airbrush makeup creates a polished look that is simply not achievable with traditional application. In order for the makeup to go through the gun, its particle size is much smaller.  Properly applied, it lays down a very thin layer of makeup that seems to disappear on the skin rather than sink into pores or lines.  Unlike traditional makeup it doesn’t absorb into the skin leaving blemishes exposed, rather it diffuses them so they are much less noticeable.  

Airbrush makeup is basically water and mineral pigment.  It comes in three formulas water based, silicone based and water proof.  Water based is made of water and finely ground pigments that allow the skin to breathe, is hypoallergenic and has no sticky feel.  The silicone based formulas are designed to be long wearing with no fading. Silicones can slightly fill in depressions are are popular to hide skin imperfections.  Water proof is just that, designed for long term wear and must be removed with a specialty product.  They are selected to use to camouflage/hide tattoos or other skin discolorations for several days at a time. They are not bothered by moisture or sweat.  Because of the possibility of skin issues with the silicone formulas, we only offer the water based or water proof (alcohol based) products.

Airbrush makeup does not transfer.  Slight rubbing or brushing against someone or something does not remove the makeup.  The only way non-waterproof formulas will transfer is if they get wet.  So it is best to blot, not wipe tears or other moisture.

Airbrush application of makeup also helps reduce cross contamination from client to client or artist to client.  With the use of the airbrush gun, the need to use fingers is eliminated along with the risks of spreading germs.

At Esthetics NW we will be happy to assist you with either airbrush makeup application or training on how to do it at home.  We offer a professional quality device that can be used with any airbrush foundation or select from our wide array of foundations, blushes, contours and skin enhancers – no quantity purchases or automatic resending of things you don’t want.  Mail order is available.   Call Judi for complete details: 541-344-7789.

Why Brow Designing?

Most of us are familiar with brow waxing. It is a tidying up of the brow area removing extraneous hair. Brow designing is this and a lot more.  Well shaped brows frame the eyes in the same way your hairstyle frames your face.  The right style makes the most of your features while the wrong style can make you look out of balance or proportion.  The brows play up your eyes.  There are actually mathematical formulas for creating the best balanced brows and we can thank Leonardo daVinci for creating them.  His formulas used in his paintings and in the sculpture of Michelangelo and others have stood the test of time for ageless beauty. We still use them today.  They help you avoid the rogues gallery of infamous eyebrows that make you look sad, surprised, scowling or older than your years.

In a brow design session we evaluate your brows, your bone structure and personal preferences then we work together to design a brow that will look good today, tomorrow and for years to come.  We can also talk about other brow challenges, skimpy brows, missing brows, graying brows, and directional hair growth problems and the solutions that might be best for you. Whatever your preferences, we can show you how to make the best of your brows.  Whether you need hair removal, trimming, brow makeup or permanent cosmetics,  we can help.  Is it time for you to “spring” into a new look with brow designing?

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UV Rays

There is only one thing more damaging to the skin and aging it than the sun, and that is a tanning bed.  It doesn’t burn the skin because it only uses UVA rays.  UVA rays penetrate more deeply and cause damage to the dermal tissue. UVB rays are more focused on the surface of the skin and cause burns.  Unprotected, both can lead to skin cancer.942700_382198045228391_72124034_n

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