You Glow Gal http://www.youglowgal.com beauty & wellness tips from an esthetician Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:15:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 105448167 How to Heal Your Skin After Over Exfoliating http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-heal-your-skin-after-over-exfoliating/ http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-heal-your-skin-after-over-exfoliating/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7984 How to Heal Your Skin From Over Exfoliating YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerPicture this: you’ve been taking REALLY good care of your skin, you’re loving how it looks and feels. You recently purchased an exfoliating serum everyone’s raving about on social media. But within a week or so your skin seems to have turned on you, like it’s ANGRY as hell. Maybe it’s burning, itchy, really dry and…

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How to Heal Your Skin From Over Exfoliating YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

Picture this: you’ve been taking REALLY good care of your skin, you’re loving how it looks and feels. You recently purchased an exfoliating serum everyone’s raving about on social media. But within a week or so your skin seems to have turned on you, like it’s ANGRY as hell.

Maybe it’s burning, itchy, really dry and flaky. Your face feels tight constantly, but not in the good way like you just had a facelift. More like you feel as if your face could crack at any second. You’re Googling away when you stumble upon an article and all the dots connect.

 

you’ve been over exfoliating the whole time

 

We’ve all been there, don’t feel ashamed or guilty about it. Most of us over exfoliate, I see it all the time in the treatment room. Even I make the mistake of over doing it with acids or retinol, I like playing in new products and I have sensitive skin. I mean what’s a girl to do, you know??

Everyone will vary in frequency, our skins are all different and change all the time. Sensitive skin types won’t be able to exfoliate as often as thicker skin, and that is OKAY. It doesn’t mean your skin won’t receive the same benefits, your needs are just different.  If you feel any of the symptoms of over exfoliating, no worries. I have solutions for you, I always have your back here!

 

let’s heal our skin now, k?

 

The problem is that our skin’s barrier has been destroyed by scrubs, acids or retinol. We can bring it back to life though, it just needs time to heal.

First, we step away from our exfoliants and give our skin a break. This can take anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks depending upon on bad we let it get.

Then we help our skin repair. Think juicy, nourishing products. The ones you might have ignored because they didn’t have your favorite exfoliating ingredient. Gentle creamy or oil based cleansers, nourishing moisturizers, and facial oils.

Keep it simple! Cleanse, maybe apply a hydrating serum, a moisturizer and in the evening apply a layer of oil on top. Doing so will act like a sealant, not allowing any moisture to escape your skin and prevent that uncomfortable feeling.

If you feel like you did a number on your skin and the barrier needs some extra TLC, use Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair in place of your moisturizer to soothe and heal your skin. My fave ice roller would probably feel amazing too!

 

sit back relax & let your skin do its thing

 

When you start back on your exfoliation grind follow up with anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients and maintain using nourishing moisturizers and/or oils afterward. Proper exfoliation creates smooth, refreshed, glowing skin. If you continue to have issues re-evaluate your exfoliating products, it’s possible your product just isn’t right for your skin type!

 

What’s your go to when you know you’ve over done it on your skin?? Mine is usually May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon, I love how calming it is! Comment below with any crazy stories you have with over exfoliating… I’ll share mine! xx

 

 

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8 Signs You’re Over Exfoliating Your Skin http://www.youglowgal.com/8-signs-over-exfoliating/ http://www.youglowgal.com/8-signs-over-exfoliating/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=1098 8 Signs You're Over Exfoliating YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Beauty BloggerExfoliating is a crucial beauty regimen step, but what happens if you overdo it? Not enough and your products can’t penetrate rough, dull skin. Too much and you could be dealing with uncomfortable, unhappy skin. Finding a delicate balance between over exfoliating and getting just the right amount is unique to your skin.  If you have an arsenal…

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8 Signs You're Over Exfoliating YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Beauty Blogger

Exfoliating is a crucial beauty regimen step, but what happens if you overdo it? Not enough and your products can’t penetrate rough, dull skin. Too much and you could be dealing with uncomfortable, unhappy skin.

Finding a delicate balance between over exfoliating and getting just the right amount is unique to your skin.  If you have an arsenal of acids, scrubs, and exfoliating tools it’s important to become familiar with reading your skin, so you can avoid over exfoliating and always have that glow.

How often you should exfoliate varies from person to person. Start by adhering to the instructions label on your exfoliant of choice and build up from there. If you feel any of the symptoms mentioned below, cut back on frequency. Thin, sensitive, and reactive skin should build up gradually while thick, oily skin can typically handle more. You may find your skin can tolerate more in warm, humid months and less in the winter when skin is dry and more easily irritated.

If you use multiple exfoliating products be cautious of how many you’re using in your routine. Whether you’re layering exfoliants in your evening routine or splitting them up between morning and night, combining AHA’s, BHA’s, Retinol, or scrubs can be too aggressive. Pay attention to your skin and know when to cut back.

 

Everyone’s symptoms are unique depending upon skin type, products being used, and how aggressive you’ve exfoliated. Kind of like a choose your own adventure, but less fun.

 

 

Inflammation, increased sensitivity, itching, and/or burning

Red, reactive, itchy, burning skin may be the most obvious out of the symptoms. This is a sign your barrier has been compromised, the layer that protects your skin from irritants and allergens. Be careful when using towels and cloths to dry your face as they can be even more irritating to your skin, even a sweaty workout sesh can cause irritation. Skin in this state is prone to contact dermatitis.

 

Your breakouts aren’t getting better or are worsening

When your skin’s barrier has been broken down bacteria is allowed in, turning your face into a breeding ground for pimples.  Excessive exfoliation can also cause hypersensitivity in the skin, triggering acne. This can sometimes be confused with purging. If you’ve been purging for more than two weeks, it’s not a purge. It’s inflammation.

 

Skin appears shiny and artificial

The appearance of shiny, artificial skin is common from over exfoliating with acids or retinol. By artificial, I mean your skin looks waxy or like plastic. Light reflects easily off of over exfoliated skin because its natural texture has been overly smoothed, creating an unnatural appearance. This is super common with Retin-A users!

 

Your skin is dry and tight

Do you feel like you can’t smile without your face cracking? Maybe more so after cleansing? When your skin has been stripped of its natural oils, its lost its natural lubrication. Every skin type can experience a lack of oil, whether you’re dry or oily, and become tight and uncomfortable.

 

Rough skin, flaking, and/or peeling

Yet another sign your barrier has been compromised.  Another side effect is your skin losing the ability to retain water. Any moisture being applied is escaping, because the acid mantle is destroyed. The result is a rough texture, leaving you to believe you need to exfoliate more, and the last thing you should be doing.

 

Dehydrated, crepey skin

Dehydration can manifest as dry or rough skin, but a tall tale sign is the sudden appearance of wrinkles. If you feel your eyes suddenly appear crepey, or your expression lines are more significant, your skin is thirsty. So don’t go running for Botox yet!

 

Your skin is more oily than usual

On the flip side of skin feeling dry and tight, skin can also overcompensate its oil production in an attempt to protect its self due to water loss. You guessed it, it’s that compromised barrier I keep mentioning. Feel like your oil production is excessive? Can’t stop reaching for blotting papers? Your skin is thirsty, again.

 

are you noticing a theme around over exfoliating?

 

A healthy acid mantle, aka your skin’s barrier function, is vital for balanced skin. Next week I’ll share with you how to restore your skin back to a healthy, happy state!

 

Any tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way when you’ve over exfoliated? Comment below and share the beauty secrets with us! xx

 

 

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Do You Know How to Care for Your Sensitive Rosacea Skin? http://www.youglowgal.com/know-care-sensitive-rosacea-skin/ http://www.youglowgal.com/know-care-sensitive-rosacea-skin/#comments Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7952 Do You Know How to Care for Your Sensitive Rosacea Skin YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerI’m pretty proud of myself for getting a post on rosacea up within a ( fairly ) reasonable time, unlike my how to guide on using Nuface. There have been requests for a guide on how to treat rosacea, the nice part is that many of these tips can apply to sensitive skin as well! Both…

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Do You Know How to Care for Your Sensitive Rosacea Skin YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

I’m pretty proud of myself for getting a post on rosacea up within a ( fairly ) reasonable time, unlike my how to guide on using Nuface. There have been requests for a guide on how to treat rosacea, the nice part is that many of these tips can apply to sensitive skin as well! Both skin conditions should be treated delicately, caution always a priority.

Rosacea fam, you have a lot of rules to abide by. It can be high maintenance, just know diligence will keep your flair ups minimized, redness reduced, and skin healthy.

 

the things to avoid

 

Dairy, spicy foods, cleansing with hot water, hot yoga, steam… really anything topically or internally that raises your temperature can be a trigger.

In skincare, fragrance, scrubs, sulfates, alcohol/witch hazel ( or anything drying ) need to be on your radar when checking labels. Rose is a vasodilator and can cause a red flushing to the skin, it isn’t harmful but it may cause unwanted pink tones. When you’re out shopping for products claiming to be for sensitive skin, double check the ingredient deck. I love Darphin but even they use fragrance.

When it comes to professional treatments communicate with your esthetician, let them know what your skin is like. Aggressive treatments need to be avoided. That said every sensitive/rosacea skin is different, so a very, very gentle sweep of microdermabrasion may not be triggering for some while others can hardly tolerate the fibers of a hand towel. Choosing a hydrating or calming facial is your best option but really, almost any treatment can be customized by your esthetician to fit your skin’s needs. I’ll have a post on how to find a good esthetician in the near future to alleviate any stress in searching for someone!

A detailed comprehensive list of triggers can be found here.

 

the things you can do

 

Don’t you hate being told no?! Me too. Let’s talk about what you CAN do, the fun stuff.

 

You can exfoliate.

Again, every rosacea skin is different so listen to it, pay attention to how it reacts, and spot test new products always. Some sensitive skin clients receive enough exfoliation just from using a hand towel while cleansing. If you’re wanting more look for enzyme treatments, low percentage acids, or gentle retinol once a week. No scrubs!

 

You can cleanse.

Duh, right? Gentle cleansers without sulfates or fragrance are your face friends. If you’re oily, look for foam/mousse cleansers, and dry skin types will benefit from cream cleansers. When in doubt, Cerave is always a safe bet. I’m cautious of suggesting oil cleansers for inflammatory conditions, skip on down to “nourish” for the deets.

 

You can nourish. 

Masks and serums are a great way to gently replenish, calm, and hydrate your sensitive skin. I don’t have rosacea but I am sensitive, so I definitely have a few favorites to share with you!

When it comes to masking, Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Mask ($57) or Skinceuticals Biocellulose Mask ($120) are both super effective and can live in your fridge! Phyto Corrective Mask is ideal for weekly ( or more frequently ) treatments while I have Biocellulose for intense flare-ups.

For daily maintenance Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate ($58) is fantastic but my ULTIMATE fave is Hydropeptide Soothing Serum ($130). Yes, it’s expensive… I haven’t had it in my personal rotation for a while because of its price, but nothing else can compare to how effectively it controls rosacea IMO.

Okay, and my secret weapon… ensuring your lipid balance is in check will make a world of difference in how inflamed or pink your skin is. I’ve talked about the importance of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids in your routine before.

Over the last year, I’ve been putting my clients on either Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore or Cerave Gel Renewal Oil. The results? A reduction in inflammation, redness, rosacea pimples, improved texture. It’s like magic for your skin! Or really science I guess, ha!

 

You can play.

Anyone else have Barbie Girl stuck in their head now?  Literally, it’s been stuck in mine for the last 30 min since writing that line.

Anyway…

I have two tools I like for calming. The first one is a jade roller, known for calming as the stones remain cool to the touch whether or not you store it in your fridge. Then we have my new found friend, the ice roller. Not only can you use it when your sensitive skin is triggered, but it’s equally awesome for eczema or contact dermatitis anywhere on the body. Other benefits include de-puffing, shrinking pores, making your face feel alive with ice cold steal. I love mine!

 

I think that pretty much covers it?? If I think of anything else I’ll come back and make additions! Comment below if you have any fave calming products we need to know about, k? And if you have any requests for future posts… let me know? xx

P.S. crystals and candles are optional! hahaha

 

 

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The Most Yummy Pearl Butter for Your Morning Routine http://www.youglowgal.com/yummy-pearl-butter-morning-routine/ http://www.youglowgal.com/yummy-pearl-butter-morning-routine/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7838 The Most Yummy Pearl Butter for Your Morning Routine YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger  I’ve never been one to make new years resolutions, 2017 wasn’t any different. Mid-January I began several lifestyle changes: I ( for the most part ) cut out alcohol,  started obsessing over health food and supplements, made self-care a focus. A complete overhaul in how I live. Now in July my mind and body…

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The Most Yummy Pearl Butter for Your Morning Routine YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

 

I’ve never been one to make new years resolutions, 2017 wasn’t any different. Mid-January I began several lifestyle changes: I ( for the most part ) cut out alcohol,  started obsessing over health food and supplements, made self-care a focus. A complete overhaul in how I live. Now in July my mind and body just feel better, anxiety and feeling sluggish are both gone.

 

my obsession with health food is still going strong

 

It all started with green smoothies every AM, then I was introduced to adaptogensshortly followed by a Thrive Market addiction.

So when I stumbled upon Pearl Butter,  a mixture of coconut meat, herbs, and adaptogens ( everything you want to know about adaptogens explained here ),  it became an instant fave. It’s basically a health foodie’s dream: sugar and dairy free, organic, and freakin’ delicious.

100% not sponsored at all, I can’t get enough of this stuff!

I started with Bliss Butter, a blend to uplift your mood with 13 adaptogens and some fancy berry I’ve never heard of. I loved it so much I grabbed Beauty Butter next, a combo of pearl and pitaya.

They’re super versatile, guilt free, and pretty! You can eat these butters straight out of the jar, mix in coffee and smoothies, put on pancakes and waffles… I mean anything. I’ll pop a jar into the microwave for 30 secs and drizzle away! I swear it can make your smoothie taste like a milkshake.

 

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my FAVORITE way to indulge though?

 

Fancy as af yogurt bowls.

Load them up with all the cocoa nibs, berries, seeds and a heavy drizzle of warm Pearl Butter. The reason it’s so good??? Once Pearl Butter cools down you can break it up into the most delicious chunks of coconut magic. I don’t even know how to explain the texture… kinda like brittle but softer? It totally takes your yogurt bowl to the next level. Easily my favorite snack that’s sweet enough to be dessert and healthy enough to curb guilt.

 

meet Kati Holland, the brain child of Pearl Butter

 

Kati Holland of Pearl Butter YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger
photo: Kati Holland

 

Once I heard Kati’s story, I had to share it with you guys!

Pearl Butter came to be through her own healing journey.

Shortly after being prescribed birth control for acne ( like every other friend we know ) her lymphatic system was under attack, a rare side effect of the contraceptive. Hopping from one doctor to the next, she was told she would have to live with her illness. Not one to take suffering for an answer, she began looking for alternative medicine options where the message was totally different. Eastern therapists told her the problems could be resolved! It would take time but it was 100% possible.

Kati will be the first to tell you not ALL alternative therapies work, skepticism is healthy. The wellness world is still an industry filled with practitioners preying on vulnerability, and it’s up to us as the consumer to do our research and practice caution… as with many aspects of life.

Through Kati’s journey, she found therapies to heal her body, ranging from lymphatic treatments to Chinese Medicine and adaptogens. Each of her Pearl Butters are created with herbs she found helpful throughout her treatment, crushed pearl being one of them! Pearl is loaded with amino acids, a building block of protein. Her purple Bliss Butter can aid in anxiety, something so many of us struggle with. I personally throw Bliss Butter into smoothies on days I feel I need some mood lifting.

 

and Kati’s ultimate wellness tip?

 

“Know what works for you. There will always be a different fad or “superfood” out there, but every body is different and requires different “fuel”, whether that’s food, exercise, or emotional support.”

 

Pearl Butter is undergoing a relaunch in the very near future, so keep your eye out for items being restocked and lots of new goodies being offered! I’m already obsessing over what’s to come, ha!

 

 

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Sesen Skin Body Wellness in Denver http://www.youglowgal.com/sesen-skin-body-wellness-in-denver/ http://www.youglowgal.com/sesen-skin-body-wellness-in-denver/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7836 Sesen Skin Body Wellness in Denver YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerLast month we headed off to Denver for a long weekend of scoping out neighborhoods for our upcoming move. Spoiler alert…. I can’t stop counting down to the end of our lease. Visiting a place with the intent of moving there, exploring the way you would as a local, may leave you obsessed with being…

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Sesen Skin Body Wellness in Denver YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

Last month we headed off to Denver for a long weekend of scoping out neighborhoods for our upcoming move. Spoiler alert…. I can’t stop counting down to the end of our lease. Visiting a place with the intent of moving there, exploring the way you would as a local, may leave you obsessed with being there ASAP. At least that’s what’s going on for me. I’m  reeling it back in so I can be present in the now ( trying to anyway ).

I know there are many of you reading who were hoping I’d return hating Denver, with an announcement that we’ve changed our minds on moving. Know it isn’t easy for me! But let’s enjoy our visits together till the end, k? Because I’m going to miss you and want to enjoy every last minute!

Seriously.

I’m going to get emotional and emotions are awkward so….

 

let’s talk about Sesen Skin Body Wellness instead

 

While researching spas to visit in Denver I wanted something different.

Living in Dallas, wellness centers are minimal. We have like…two, way out in the suburbs. I stay in my little downtown bubble, I’m not fighting traffic to venture far off lands.

Sesen Skin Body Wellness takes a natural approach to skincare. Less is more, internal wellbeing is taken into account, and your treatment is customized and adapted while you’re on the table. Skin goes through changes frequently, so receiving treatments with this in mind just makes sense.

Then there’s Stacy, owner and head esthetician who also happens to nerd out over science and skincare. AND she’s working towards her naturopathy certification. There are a plethora of amazing, knowledgeable estheticians out there, and you can bet Stacy is included on that list.

…and Sesen carries Rhonda Allison, Laurel Canyon, Moon Juice and Sun Potion.

 

how could I not book a facial here!?

 

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A variety of treatments are offered, ranging from a deep cleansing European style to more advanced treatments like dermaplaning. After reading my intake form, Stacy decided a manual lymphatic drainage treatment combined with LED therapy ( my FAVE ) would be the best route for my skin.

ugh, YOU GUYS.

My skin was SO freakin’ clear afterward!

Like the clearest it’s been in what feels like ages.

I’ve been battling with hormonal acne and congestion, the treatment made a huge impact within a short period of time. The next day though? Congestion I couldn’t get rid of was non-existent. Weeks later it’s back, but that’s not any reflection of Stacy’s skilled hands. She gave her opinion on the route I’m taking in figuring out my skin issues, like testing for hormonal imbalances and food sensitivities, it’s more likely the culprit.

 

and you know I had to find out how to treat my skin at high altitude

 

Denver is located at a high altitude if you aren’t familiar with its geography. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t already thinking about the adjustments I’ll need to make to my routine.

Stacy warned not to be surprised if I find I need to revamp my routine due to products no longer working for my skin. Dallas technically has a dry climate, but Denver is far drier. Over the weekend it was impossible to stay hydrated and I wasn’t even consuming alcohol. Well, except for having champagne with dinner in Vail… but that was it.

These tips will work well for anyone living in dry climates, you don’t have to be in the mountains!

Stacy suggests drinking a minimum of 3 liters of water per day, doubling your omega 3 intake, and investing in a quality humidifier. Take it a step further by receiving hydrating IV infusions if your city offers them.

 

If you’ve been keeping up on IG, look at how much better my skin is looking compared to months back!

Progress, y’all. It’s getting better and better.

What seems like immediately after typing the above sentence, my skin blew up 4 days ago. My hormone test results came in, I’ll be working with Stacy and Sesen’s onsite doctor to guide me through a natural treatment plan.  Stay tuned! 

 

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You Need an Amazing Hydrating Mist in Your Summer Routine… Like Yesterday http://www.youglowgal.com/you-need-an-amazing-hydrating-mist-in-your-summer-routine/ http://www.youglowgal.com/you-need-an-amazing-hydrating-mist-in-your-summer-routine/#comments Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:00:25 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7859 You Need an Amazing Hydrating Toner in Your Summr Routine Now YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerToning Mists are a guilty pleasure, I adore them. Some offer unbelievable sensory experiences, others are juicy with active ingredients. They tend to be free of exfoliating properties, instead focusing on nourishing and hydrating. They’re basically a toner. Often I refer to Toning Mists as toners, the term is interchangeable IMO. Toning Mists are a…

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You Need an Amazing Hydrating Toner in Your Summr Routine Now YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

Toning Mists are a guilty pleasure, I adore them. Some offer unbelievable sensory experiences, others are juicy with active ingredients. They tend to be free of exfoliating properties, instead focusing on nourishing and hydrating. They’re basically a toner.

Often I refer to Toning Mists as toners, the term is interchangeable IMO. Toning Mists are a type of toner.

Okay and real quick, can we clear the air?

When I say need I mean….heavily want.  By no means are these “necessary” essential products for your routine, I just think they’re lovely additions.

I think most of us OVER-exfoliate, which adds fuel to my mist loving fire…. more reason to keep one handy!

Instead of adding another product that exfoliates, why not use one that feeds your skin?

Or you could even use an exfoliating toner and spritz with a mist afterward! So many options.

So, last summer I shared my favorite sunscreens for the season.

 

now I’m sharing my fave toning mists

 

 

Board and Batten Calming Lift

A few months ago at Indie Beauty Expo I was shopping around for a nice, lush hydrating toning mist and found Calming Lift. A lovely rose water base mixed with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. Leaves skin feeling hydrated and the niacinamide is a nice addition to see in the ingredient deck. You can find Calming Lift ($30) on Amazon, the seller is a legit store… I checked!

 

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water

On the note about sensory experiences… I freakin’ LOVE neroli. My most recent neroli purchase was Jo Malone’s Basil & Neroli… omg, so good. It’ll be perfect for fall/winter.

When we were in Idaho, I visited the spa and picked up a mini of this Kerstin Florian spray. Rehydrating Neroli Water ($35) is just a simple neroli flower water mist, but y’all it is gorgeousssssss. It kept my skin well hydrated the entire weekend after flying combined with winter air. I was using it heavily, almost finished the travel size over a few days! A full-size neroli water is on my current “to buy” list.

 

Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner

The first professional line I ever worked with was Dermalogica. When their PR company reached out to me it jogged my memory! I had actually forgotten I’d ever worked with the products. It seems like such a distant memory now, it’s kinda crazy.

I’ve always liked Dermalogica, they have several great products and they’re affordable. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve loved being re-acquainted with soothing Multi-Active Toner ($39). Feeling more like a traditional toner, Multi-Active Toner is a wetter, heavier mist loaded with moisture-binding sodium PCA, aloe, lavender, and arnica… very yummy and keeps skin hydrated.

 

Darphin Intral Toner

When I hear the words French Beauty I immediately think Darphin. This is another PR sample I’m loving! The beautiful aromas, the lush formulas, this is your splurge toner for sensitive skin or anyone looking for nourishment. Intral Toner ($42) is a soothing and hydrating, reduces redness, and feeds the skin with calming ingredients like chamomile and B vitamins. Don’t forget your facial wipes! Gotta get every last drop, you know?

 

honorable mentions

 

When it comes to exfoliating toners my two favorites are Biologique Recherche P50 and Hydropeptide Pre-Treatment Toner. Both leave skin bright and glowing, although P50 is far stronger for exfoliating.

Two Toning Mists on my wishlist at the moment? May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden and Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator.

 

Any must have Toning Mist you’ve tried?? Comment below so I can have it on my radar! Always adding to my wishlist, you know? xx

 

 

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My Crowded Nightstand is my Favorite Part of the Bedroom http://www.youglowgal.com/my-crowded-nightstand-is-my-favorite-part-of-the-bedroom/ http://www.youglowgal.com/my-crowded-nightstand-is-my-favorite-part-of-the-bedroom/#comments Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7827 My Crowded Nightstand is my Favorite Part of the Bedroom YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerNot the prettiest photo but it’s one of the realest you’ll find on the blog, as I quite literally grabbed everything as is from my nightstand. The part that isn’t real? The fact this isn’t shot in my bedroom because it’s a dark, unphotogenic room and only showing a handful of crystals… as opposed to…

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Not the prettiest photo but it’s one of the realest you’ll find on the blog, as I quite literally grabbed everything as is from my nightstand. The part that isn’t real? The fact this isn’t shot in my bedroom because it’s a dark, unphotogenic room and only showing a handful of crystals… as opposed to a dish full of them.

My nightstand is definitely overcrowded, each item lives there 7 days a week, minus The Charisma Myth as reading material shifts. TBH I barely got through a chapter before switching to something else. It’s a good book…just not what I was into that week. I’m a self-help book addict but can hardly spare enough time to work through them!

 

my nightstand necessities

 

I’m terrible at remembering to journal but I find writing therapeutic and incredibly helpful in processing life. Keeping a reminder on my calendar helps, in addition to keeping my journal bedside. I love using Bando notebooks for journaling, they’re cute and happy and make the (sometimes) daunting task enjoyable. In the middle is a giant “Your Face is Like Sunshine” note, how can you not love?!

Obv keeping crystals nearby with my favorite Voluspa candle I’ve mentioned over and over again also sets the mood, you know?

 

relaxing mists are musts

 

So simple, and I LOVE them. I’m at a place where I find aromas uplifting, relaxing, and they can really help adjust my mood.

While at Indie Beauty Expo back in May I picked up an Aura Mist in Peaceful Spirit ($16), it’s my go to when I feel anxious/on edge. The BF thinks every essential oil blend smells like rotting wood, so the fact he likes This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29) is a win. I have no trouble falling asleep at the drop of a pin, however, he finds the spray helps him unwind in the evening.

 

there are beauty things too, duh

 

Some of these look familiar, no doubt. I love each but if I don’t leave them next to the bed I will legit forget to use them!

I’m on jar #3 of Shangpree Pearl Hydrogel Eye Mask ($60), I think. I may have lost count. The same could be said of Nuxe Reve de Miel Honey Lip Balm ($12.71), so happy to have been reunited with this good stuff.

A fairly new addition to the nightstand, Parodi Daily Moisturizing Hand Cream ($18) is one of the best hand creams I’ve tried. I received the cream as a PR sample, the brand creates products with professionals in mind and it delivers. You would think my hands would stay soft 24/7 since they’re constantly in oils, but I’m also constantly sanitizing. Dryness isn’t an issue when I remember to use Parodi, which is why it stays bedside!

 

Moral of the story? Memory is key in what ends up on my nightstand haha!

What are your nightstand must haves?! Do you rotate products or are you loyal to the same items? I’m such a loyalist without even intending to be! xx

 

 

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I’m Totally Addicted to Thrive Market and Finally Joined http://www.youglowgal.com/im-totally-addicted-to-thrive-market-and-finally-joined/ http://www.youglowgal.com/im-totally-addicted-to-thrive-market-and-finally-joined/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7803 I'm Totally Addicted to Thrive Market and Finally Joined YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerI’ve been talking about Thrive Market for a while. After much deliberation, I finally pulled the trigger and joined. You guys have been asking me what my favorite foods are, what to buy from Thrive, if it’s worth it, etc. It’s amazing for foodies, whether you’re into healthy finds or clean junk food.   So, is…

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I’ve been talking about Thrive Market for a while. After much deliberation, I finally pulled the trigger and joined. You guys have been asking me what my favorite foods are, what to buy from Thrive, if it’s worth it, etc. It’s amazing for foodies, whether you’re into healthy finds or clean junk food.

 

So, is it worth it? It really depends.

 

If you live somewhere without access to healthy foods, it’s totally worth it. After comparing to shopping at Whole Foods I decided it was worth the annual membership. Some of my pantry items are WAY cheaper and I’m able to find brands my store doesn’t carry. Thrive Market makes it super easy to shop for specific diets, too.

BTW, I totally have my cheat days. I share my health food finds a lot because I’m kinda obsessed with it but I promise I eat like a normal human too! When we eat out all bets are off, so when we’re at home I try to be as healthy as possible. I LOVE to snack! Keeping healthy snacks around that I won’t feel guilty about is important to me. Feeling guilty about food is the worst. What’s funny is I never feel guilty about downing really delicious bad for you food, like fried chicken. Just crappy food, like a late night Domino’s delivery.

I’ll never feel guilty about gravy or mayo.

Never.  #balance

Having foods free of dairy and soy is a priority, particularly while I figure out my hormonal acne situation. I’m having my hormones tested next week, the next step will be a food sensitivity test, so being able to shop for diet restrictions is a huge plus for me.

If you don’t follow me on IG this probably sounds 100% random! I stopped taking my acne medication a month ago since I consistently deal with hormonal cysts, it’s been picking up in frequency and I’m over it. I’m having my hormones tested next week, the next step will be a food sensitivity test, so being able to shop for diet restrictions is a huge plus.

 

moving along, my FAVE Thrive Market snacks!

 

Go Raw’s Sprouted Live Chocolate Granola reminds me of a health food chocolate waffle cone. The flavor is mild, but  I don’t always want something super sweet. Just enough to curve cravings.

Finding protein bars low in sugar is kind of a pain. Primal Kitchen are a staple for me now! I keep them around for when hunger kicks in too early between clients, when I forget to eat running errands, and before workouts. Low sugar, 15g protein, and super clean. They’re super chewy, but I don’t mind. I regularly buy these from Thrive, they’re significantly more affordable than Whole Foods by like 75 cents a bar.

I cannot get enough of Living Intentions Superfood Popcorn! Salsa Verde is my jam. Their turmeric flavor is amazing too, but that one seems to be MIA at the moment.

The let down I’ve purchased?

Nutritional Yeast is the biggest lie I’ve been told by vegans. That shit is nothing like cheese. Stop playing.

 

all the membership details

 

If you sign up for Thrive Market the best way to take full advantage is to sign up under a promotion. If you use my link you’ll receive an additional 25% off your order, plus free shipping.  I took advantage of a sign on bonus and stocked up on Sun Potion because it’s a freakin’ STEAL when you stack the already discounted price! I probably paid something like 50% less than retail on my first order.

You can cancel after 30 days before being charged the annual fee if you decide not to continue using their service, which I did the first time around and then ended up joining anyway.

TBH, I haven’t found a reason to not like Thrive. They run promotions all the time, like free items with purchases. I recently received a 6-pack of those Primal bars I love for spending $49 on items I already needed. Shipping is quick, customer service on point.

 

I buy a LOT more than what was mentioned here. Let me know if you want more details, how I make my smoothies, more about Sun Potion, etc! xx

 

 

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Have You Ever Been Shamelessly Obsessed With Your Brows? http://www.youglowgal.com/have-you-ever-been-shamelessly-obsessed-with-your-brows/ http://www.youglowgal.com/have-you-ever-been-shamelessly-obsessed-with-your-brows/#comments Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:00:41 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7743 Have You Ever Been Shamelessly Obsessed With Your Brows YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger    If there was ever an article that got me at my core it would be A Trajectory of Your Life, as Told by Your Eyebrows. Brow years vary. Some bad, some better, and eventually we hope to strive for perfection. The Internet is obsessed with a bold, strong brow, as am I. Your brows can make…

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Have You Ever Been Shamelessly Obsessed With Your Brows YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

 

If there was ever an article that got me at my core it would be A Trajectory of Your Life, as Told by Your Eyebrows. Brow years vary. Some bad, some better, and eventually we hope to strive for perfection. The Internet is obsessed with a bold, strong brow, as am I. Your brows can make or break you.

During high school, I had the “siren brow” , God knows how long it took them to grow back. I block out bad memories, no need to uncover old wounds, you know?

To this day I wish my mom would have hidden my tweezers. Who lets their daughter maul their own eyebrows? I now vow if I ever have a daughter I’ll have full control over her first brow shaping. No teenage DIY in our future household! ….seriously though. I’ll probably be creating a judgemental brow monster but tbh she’ll be making the world a better place.

 

think I’m crazy? I can defend my case

 

 

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The 2004 Brow

 

Okay, there’s a LOT of wrong going on here. I’m 100% aware, no shame. NC is humid asf in May. I wasn’t properly trained on how to girl during my teenage years, clearly.

Try to focus, y’all. We’re trying to focus on the brows. Or tadpoles.

Like who decided they shouldn’t intervene and tell me I looked INSANE? I mean I don’t think I was a bitch… I was just quiet, you know. I was no Regina George, not cool enough for it to become a trend. Could you imagine??? Probably a good thing I wasn’t! hahaha

For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to tweeze the inner portion of my brows. I tweezed above, below, basically all the way around. Definitely a horrific brow year, everything about them is wrong.

Save your daughters.

 

 

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The 2012 Brow

 

As you can see, the brows have recovered from their high school days. They’ve matured, learned a bit, they’re on their way to adulting.

While there’s major improvement, I was still over tweezing.  The inner portion is finally back to normal! When your inner brow is properly aligned with the inner corner of the eye it creates the illusion everything is properly centered. However, 2004 was an extreme example.

The arch is too high though, giving the appearance of being permanently surprised… without the Botox. The tails are far too thin and knowing my makeup habits, they were filled in with brow powder, so they look slightly thicker than reality.

 

 

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The 2016 Brow

Somewhere between 2012 and 2016, I picked up a new-to-me trick from a Jaclyn Hill, preventing me from over tweezing. Incredibly simple, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it. I still share this tip with clients: don’t tweeze your brows until you’ve filled them in, then tweeze outside of that area ONLY.

I. KNOW.

Duh, right?

It’s the perfect tip if you go in with the tweezers and just can’t stop. Even better if you’re a stress/anxiety tweezer. It’s a dangerous place to be.

The shape is definitely more full. I could never get the tails to grow out though, you want them to reach the outer corner of your eye. I think the arch is a little high, but you guys what an improvement! I was into a defined arch.

 

 

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The 2017 Brow

You guys.

I’m obsessed with my own brows.

The shape frames my eyes to near perfection. The arch falls exactly where it should naturally, the tail finally reaches the outer corner of my eye, and they are SO full. I dyed my brows only a few hours prior to the photo, so there are some shadows where my skin was temporarily stained.

How did I get here? For one I stopped touching them completely. I stopped grooming, no more tweezing until they get out of control. Dying makes them appear more full, coloring the lighter hairs. I use makeup with vitamins and minerals to support healthy hair.

 

What made a HUGE impact is utilizing brow serums in my routine daily. 

 

I’ve used several over the last year. The best though? The only one that got me where I am now? Neubrow ($100). Yes, it’s expensive but it’s seriously the best. You can find coupon codes for Dermstore and get it on sale. Be patient, be consistent, and just when you think it’s not working and you’re about to throw in the towel BAAAMMMM BROWS!

For your best bold brow, dye them. Before purchasing professional grade dye at a trade show I used Godfrey. It’s easy to use, comes in a range of colors, and lasts a decent amount of time. I leave the dye on longer than suggested because I like a strong brow.

If you’re a ride or die Boy Brow fan, you should try GrandeCosmetics Brow Fill ($19.95). It’s my holy grail, fills in sparse areas, helps your hair stay healthy with peptides, perfection for fine brow hair.

The only grooming tool I use anymore is my Rubis tweezers. Gifted by PR, I didn’t expect to be impressed. Swiss made and the most precise tweezers I’ve ever used. They’re pricey but I think they’re worth it, especially if you work with tweezers professionally. I’ve tried tons of brands over the years, Rubis puts Tweezerman to shame.

 

Letting my brows just do their own thing led to finally having adult brows at the adulty age of 31, and I’m shamelessly obsessed.

 

 

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How to Find Your Zen At Home http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-find-your-zen-at-home/ http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-find-your-zen-at-home/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7330 How to Find Your Zen At Home YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger  One way I’ve managed to control my anxiety is by learning how to self-soothe. It might seem like a no-brainer but this was totally foreign to me!  It’s one of the things I’ve learned on healing myself.  Usually, I would fall into some other unhealthy habit… like eating my feelings, a few whiskeys, shopping…

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One way I’ve managed to control my anxiety is by learning how to self-soothe. It might seem like a no-brainer but this was totally foreign to me!  It’s one of the things I’ve learned on healing myself.  Usually, I would fall into some other unhealthy habit… like eating my feelings, a few whiskeys, shopping on Poshmark, or any other number of things.

I still struggle with using shopping as a vice, I use YGG as an excuse to purchase things often. You know, a “business expense”… I can justify anything! haha

What’s really helped me though? Baths. I use to hate them! Now I relish in it, even crave them when my stress levels are insane.

I love my San Francisco Salt Co. products but when I’m having a shitty day luxe products make the experience next level. 

Seriously, think about it. What’s going to make your me time special, literally wash away whatever BS you’re stressing about? Regular bath products aren’t going to cut it… for me anyway. Legit pampering, please.

 

add some lush pampering in the mix

 

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Months back I obsessed over finding indulgent bath products, ended up purchasing everything here, and they’re all lovely. I love mixing and matching, creating a unique experience each time.

I am a sucker for anything neroli. Bathing in it makes me one happy chic, so stumbling upon Red Flower’s Hammam Neroli Cypress High Atlas Mineral Soak ($52) was an immediate add to my shopping cart. Pricy? 100% yes. I stretch it out with my fave Amazon salts. The sensory experience is out of this world though. Insert the drooling emoji here… totally splurge worthy purchase.

If bubble baths are more your thing TokyoMilk Bon Bon Bubble Bath ($22) wide range of aromas will suit your fancy. Formulated with oils to keep skin soft and highly concentrated, each bottle will give you plenty of bubble mounds. Bottles are 16oz, all you need is a capful!

Back in February, I visited a spa in Coeur d’Alene where I formally introduced myself to Kerstin Florian. How does one formally introduce themselves to a brand? Shamelessly purchasing product of course! Their Rehydrating Neroli Water ($35) creates happy space, it’s a guilty pleasure I squirrel away for exceptionally stressful days.  The Kerstin Florian Heublumen Bath ($40) is luxe, earthy, and warming with a blend of essential oils including sage, thyme, and lavender. Combining the two is total bliss.

 

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Don’t forget your candles!!! THEY’RE SO NECESSARY.

 

Let’s not pretend like we don’t want 10,000 candles surrounding the tub. My faves are Capri Blue ($28) (they’re out of Gardenia Fig but this one is just as gorgeous) and Voluspa Vermeil Blond Tabac Corta Maison Candle ($30).

Legit have myself craving a bath after sharing this with you guys! What are your must haves for decompressing??? xx

 

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