You Glow Gal http://www.youglowgal.com beauty & wellness tips from an esthetician Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:36:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 105448167 This Trick is the Secret to Meditating if You Hate Being in Your Head http://www.youglowgal.com/this-trick-secret-meditating-hate-being-your-head/ http://www.youglowgal.com/this-trick-secret-meditating-hate-being-your-head/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8575 This Trick is the Secret to Meditating if You Hate Being in Your Head YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerAnyone else hate the idea of being trapped inside their own head, much less meditating within the depths of their personal black hole??? Sitting still is challenging. Sitting still, focusing on nothing and letting my mind wander into consciousness? Ummm, good luck. It takes everything not to fidget during Shavasana. To be honest with you, I’ve…

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This Trick is the Secret to Meditating if You Hate Being in Your Head YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

Anyone else hate the idea of being trapped inside their own head, much less meditating within the depths of their personal black hole???

Sitting still is challenging. Sitting still, focusing on nothing and letting my mind wander into consciousness? Ummm, good luck. It takes everything not to fidget during Shavasana.

To be honest with you, I’ve gotta give credit to my psychic for this tip. I felt like I was given a secret key to unlocking meditating, making it doable for my lifestyle and ridding whatever mental hangup I had about it.

Yes, I have a psychic… judge all you want, idgaf. She’s amazing.

 

she introduced me to Hemi-Sync & my wellbeing improved dramatically with meditating

 

Don’t knock it just because a psychic lead me to what I’ll call “Meditation for Dummies”, it only has to be as woo-woo and New Agey as you want to make it.

Hemi-Sync utilizes binaural beats, using specific sound waves to safely alter brain waves with layered patterns of sound. The result is a calm mind, bringing you to a meditative state without the fuss. You can read more about how it works here.

The best part? You don’t have to sit all criss-cross-applesauce, eyes closed and concentrating. You can, but it isn’t necessary. I’m actually listening to my fave non-guided meditation, Awakening Consciousness, as I write. Listening while performing monotonous tasks like cleaning or working on my computer helps me concentrate, be more productive, relaxes my mind, and puts me in a killer mood ( like a good mood, not an aggressive want to destroy things mood ).

Sometimes I’ll plug in while falling asleep, napping, or creating a zen environment in the tub. When I actually focus on meditating, I’m able to get incredibly deep into it. The BF is a complete skeptic of most of my crystal, high vibin’ habits but he actually digs listening to Hemi-Sync. He’s a serial entrepreneur type–never turns off, ever–and this is the ONLY thing that can get his mind to wind down.

Occasionally my brain twitches while listening, like a happy twitching dance. It releases any tension I have, particularly my face, scalp, and neck. I was legit obsessed with meditating once I found binaural beats!

You can find binaural beats on YouTube, I haven’t found anything I’ve enjoyed as much as my Hemi-Sync audio though… I own 4 or 5?  They’re offered in a variety of categories ranging from stress reduction, concentration, creativity, and ADD/ADHD to name a few.

I suggest Hemi-Sync to my high-stress clients who have little free time and need an easy way to relax and unwind in between a hectic schedule.

 

need a refresher on the benefits of meditation?

 

Meditation has the ability to boost your health, happiness, and self-control while improving productivity and brain function. If you think about it, it’s just as necessary for overall wellbeing as working out or eating well.

I notice when I’m consistent, my skin glows more. Not to say meditating will lead you to the skin of your dreams, but a happy girl who feels less stressed will always radiate her internal wellbeing outward.

So what’s stopping you from making it ridiculously easy to meditate??? I highly suggest getting on the Hemi-Sync mailing list, they’re always having sales. They’re offering 20% off with “20OFF” at the time of writing this, too!

A handful of their selections are available on Amazon as well.

If you want an easy way to chill out with the benefits of meditation, binaural beats are seriously one of the best ways to get started. I’m a convert.

 

Not sponsored but there are affiliate links in here, I’m just a huge fangirl. xo

 

 

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Forget Cotton Pads, You Need This Intrinsics Facial Wipe http://www.youglowgal.com/forget-cotton-pads-need-intrinsics-facial-wipe/ http://www.youglowgal.com/forget-cotton-pads-need-intrinsics-facial-wipe/#comments Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:45:47 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=1928 I'm not talking about makeup-removing facial wipes some choose to use, that would be counterintuitive. Not that they don't have a place, I try to use them before workouts but they shouldn't be your primary cleansing solution. The facial wipes I'm referring to are typically sold to professionals, thanks to Amazon they're easy to find. Get ready to say good-bye to your cotton pads!I’m not talking about makeup-removing facial wipes some choose to use. Not that they don’t have a place, I try to use them before workouts but they shouldn’t be your primary cleansing solution. The facial wipes I’m referring to are typically sold to professionals, thanks to Amazon they’re easy to find. Get ready to say goodbye…

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Forget Cotton Pads, You Need This Facial Wipe Intrinsics YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

I’m not talking about makeup-removing facial wipes some choose to use. Not that they don’t have a place, I try to use them before workouts but they shouldn’t be your primary cleansing solution. The facial wipes I’m referring to are typically sold to professionals, thanks to Amazon they’re easy to find. Get ready to say goodbye to your cotton pads and hello to some bomb ass esthetics Intrinsics wipes!

If you have products you’re applying with typical cotton, you’re wasting precious elixirs. Think P50 or any other liquid toner. Aside from the fact cotton pads fall apart and pieces get everywhere, they soak up a lot of product you’re using them with. Which means you’re burning through your favorite product a LOT faster than you should be. When I first started using P50 I noticed I was burning through the bottle fast using cotton pads and immediately went searching for my favorite esthetics wipes online, the same Intrinsics wipes I use every day at work.

 

Say hi to your new fave facial wipe from Intrinsics, peace out cotton pads!

 

I'm not talking about makeup-removing facial wipes some choose to use, that would be counterintuitive. Not that they don't have a place, I try to use them before workouts but they shouldn't be your primary cleansing solution. The facial wipes I'm referring to are typically sold to professionals, thanks to Amazon they're easy to find. Get ready to say good-bye to your cotton pads!
Large Intrinsics 4×4 wipes & below cut into smaller 2×2 size (basically cotton pad size)

 

I’ve tried other brands, they may even be slightly cheaper, but Intrinsics is the best. They hold their shape, absorb just enough, and they’re soft for sensitive skin. You won’t have pieces falling apart on your face. Really, they’re a solid product hovering at perfection. The price on Amazon fluctuates, each pack containing 200 wipes. It might seem expensive but when you think about how much product you save, it’s worth it.

I purchase large 4×4’s because I can use them with water and remove face masks, cleanser, etc, or I can cut them into a smaller 2×2 size for toner and eye makeup remover. There are plenty of other uses to get creative with, like using damp wipes over masks to keep them moist or using them for removing product like masks. They’re perfect for those with sensitive skin, they’re super soft and prevent irritation you may experience from a rough washcloth. If you don’t want to be bothered with modifying your wipes go for the 2×2 size, which is totally fine for most people. It’s much like your cotton pad in size.

Check them out on Amazon: Large Intrinsics 4×4 Silken Wipes and Small Instrinsics 2×2 Silken Wipes!

Since originally posting Intrinsics wipes have become popular within the beauty community. Spill the beans & share your fave way to use these below?? We all want in on your beauty secrets! xx

 

 

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Introducing Heliocare: the Supplement Offering Protection from UV Sun Damage http://www.youglowgal.com/introducing-heliocare-supplement-offering-protection-uv-sun-damage/ http://www.youglowgal.com/introducing-heliocare-supplement-offering-protection-uv-sun-damage/#respond Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8236 Introducing the Supplement That Will Protect You from UV Sun Damage YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerUnless we choose to, we never stop learning. I’m forever reading, digging the internet for the latest beauty news, poking around social media for thoughts from professionals more knowledgeable than myself. Every now and again I’ll find an interesting article from beauty mags. Recently, Allure shared a story about the future of beauty, covering the…

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Introducing the Supplement That Will Protect You from UV Sun Damage YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

Unless we choose to, we never stop learning. I’m forever reading, digging the internet for the latest beauty news, poking around social media for thoughts from professionals more knowledgeable than myself.

Every now and again I’ll find an interesting article from beauty mags. Recently, Allure shared a story about the future of beauty, covering the future of antioxidants. Dermatologist Whitney Bowe shares insight on antioxidants being used in treating acne, among other known benefits related to anti-aging and preventing sun damage. She name drops Heliocare as her go-to for patients.

So, naturally… I buy it. 

I’m a big fan of topical antioxidants, finding ways to sneak them into my diet is important to me as well. Clearly, my interest in how diet affects our skin has piqued this year. The interest is growing, I’ve only scratched the surface.

Heliocare excites me.

I know it’s been around a while, for whatever reason I’ve ignored it until now.

 

what can Heliocare do for you?

 

 

In the article, Dr. Bowe mentions benefits for those of us suffering from acne, melasma, rosacea, and pollution-driven aging. The extract from Polypodium Leucotomos Fern boasts exceptional anti-inflammatory properties and has long been used for additional UV-protection.

A quick Google Scholar search provides a number of studies supporting claims of reducing sunburns and symptoms for those with sun-related allergies.

Studies supporting other claims are limited, however promising, and I’m willing enough to guinea pig myself in the name of vanity! haaaa.

I’ve only started taking Heliocare a few days ago and plan on keeping it in my routine for a while to see how things go, although I’m unconvinced it’s a supplement where results are obvious outside of preventing burns.

But I burn easily, so the benefits remain.

As always, I’ll update you guys as I progress! Stay tuned.

 

I’d love to discuss with you! Have you tried Heliocare, did you notice any improvements? Is there another antioxidant supplement you swear by? Drop it below. xo

 

 

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5 Affordable Amazon Self-Care Finds You Need to Buy Stat http://www.youglowgal.com/5-affordable-amazon-self-care-finds-you-need-to-buy-stat/ http://www.youglowgal.com/5-affordable-amazon-self-care-finds-you-need-to-buy-stat/#comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8216 5 Affordable Amazon Self-care Finds You Need to Buy Stat YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerOn this episode of True Life: I’m an Amazon Junkie, I’m sharing my top 5 fave self-care purchases I’ve picked up this year. Some weeks we easily have an obscene number of Amazon boxes arrive at our door. Dallas traffic is so bad I’m at the point where I literally don’t leave my neighborhood bubble, and the…

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5 Affordable Amazon Self-care Finds You Need to Buy Stat YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

On this episode of True Life: I’m an Amazon Junkie, I’m sharing my top 5 fave self-care purchases I’ve picked up this year. Some weeks we easily have an obscene number of Amazon boxes arrive at our door. Dallas traffic is so bad I’m at the point where I literally don’t leave my neighborhood bubble, and the closest Target can be sketchy… so, Amazon saves me the hassle of wasting hours of driving time and keeps me safe.

Honestly, though, this Millenial LOVES the simplicity of online shopping.

I love it.

I stepped foot in a mall for the first time in over a year last week, if that tells you anything.

 

tell Alexa to get ready for a little Amazon shopping, k?

 

UV Protection Sleeves

Obsessive-compulsive about protecting your skin from sun damage? Consider these the modern driving glove. I have my windows tinted specifically for UV protection, but these give me an additional layer of safety. Particularly for long road trips. Embrace your inner psycho, it’s okay.

I run errands with these, no shame running into pilates with pink sleeves on! I know few women who are on top of protecting their hands, let alone arms, from aging. It’s always when we finally start to notice changes do we make adjustments to our habits. The sleeves are comfortable, cooling, and the steering wheel isn’t slippery under my palms. Win, win.

 

Ice Roller

I mentioned ice rollers when I talked about treating sensitive skin, but you don’t need finicky skin to benefit from this awesome tool. Almost everyone can have a puffy face from time to time, whether it’s allergies, poor circulation, or too much sodium. A few swipes with the ice roller will bring down puffiness and inflammation quickly. Bonus? Your pores will shrink in appearance. Plus it just feels good. I love my roller, I grab it from the freezer alllllllll the time for a little icy cool glow.

 

Acupressure Mat & Pillow

When it comes to self-massage tools, or anything to release tension, I’ve gotta have it. Sometimes the foam roller doesn’t cut it, you know? Particularly for my neck, it’s the most difficult area for me to release tension myself! I’ll grab the acupressure pillow, lay in bed with a book, and let the little plastic “needles” slowly release the knots in my neck. Surprisingly, the acupressure points work incredibly well. It can be a little intense, so if you’re sensitive to the intensity you could lay a t-shirt over the prongs.

The mat is great for your back or standing on it to release tension in your feet. Sometimes I’ll place the mat at the edge of my bed, that way I can step onto it in the mornings for an invigorating wake me up!

 

Estroblock DIM

Estroblock has been a lifesaver for naturally balancing my hormones, keeping estrogen levels in check. It’s been a mainstay in my supplement routine to correct my hormonal acne. Whether you have excess estrogen or need to keep your estrogen metabolized, it is a GAME CHANGER for hormonal imbalances. I have a number of friends who have been prescribed it, but you don’t need a prescription for it. I highly suggest doing a little research and deciding if it’s right for you. I’m on bottle #5 and there’s no going back.

 

The Maca Team

I’ve been using maca since the beginning of the year, and The Maca Team has been my go-to staple. The quality is fantastic, the price point is great, it’s finely ground, and the nutty caramel flavor blends well into smoothies and yogurt bowls. Maca has so many benefits! From balancing hormones, increasing energy and mental clarity, reducing anxiety and stress, balancing acne, and growing a maca booty. Yeah, maca booty is a thing.

Not only do I have a nice little maca booty going on, I no longer need a second cup of coffee midday. My mental clarity is on point. Plus it’s high in protein, fiber, amino acids, and a whole slew of vitamins and minerals.

 

What’s your latest beauty & wellness buy you’re head over heels for? You know we want more tricks in our wellness arsenal! Share with us below, xo

 

 

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My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne Pt 2 http://www.youglowgal.com/5-year-battle-with-painful-hormonal-acne-2/ http://www.youglowgal.com/5-year-battle-with-painful-hormonal-acne-2/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8154 My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger  As you can likely assume from foreshadowing, my hormonal acne came back with a vengeance. I was frustrated, emotionally feeling beaten down by my cysts. I have to say, I tried my best not to care. On my days off I would run around the city without makeup, after leaving work I would wipe…

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My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

 

As you can likely assume from foreshadowing, my hormonal acne came back with a vengeance. I was frustrated, emotionally feeling beaten down by my cysts. I have to say, I tried my best not to care. On my days off I would run around the city without makeup, after leaving work I would wipe away my makeup before spin class. We all have moments of weakness where we feel vulnerable, though. I had a lot of those.

 

 

At some point, everything seemed to stop working. My hormonal acne cysts were back.

 

 

Maybe at the end of 2016? I had a huge flare up the week of November 8th, 2016…. that was definitely stress-induced, ha!

 

I’m not one to make New Year resolutions, I wouldn’t even call what happened a resolution. I just happened to decide to make a lifestyle change when the year ended. I had been visiting my therapist for other personal matters, seeing progress and growth, and wanted to take self-care seriously. To be honest… it was necessary for survival. Emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually, I had to make a lifestyle change. Cue seeing lots of crystals on my Instagram.

When January rolled around I decided to address my skin from the inside out, tweaking my diet for what I called a vanity project. I wanted to see what would happen to my skin. Not only would this mark the beginning of my obsession with health food, it would also mark my approach to skin health adjusting. As you may already be aware, I see it as a holistic thing: it should be addressed not only topically but our wellbeing should be taken into consideration as well. Think mental wellbeing, emotional well-being, internal wellbeing, physical wellbeing. Your skin is a direct reflection of your whole being, topical products will only go so far. They’re necessary but only a piece of the puzzle.

 

After implementing my new healthy choices the cycle began, again. Perfect skin for a few months, followed by recurring breakouts.

 

I found myself deep on the Internet, researching every idea I could think of. Digging through archives of niche esthetics Facebook groups, the natural approachers of skincare. Asking estheticians I’ve befriended over the years for advice. I read Clean Skin From Within and purchased Younger Skin Starts in the Gut ( still on my reading list, btw ). I introduced fish oil consistently, a healthy balance of omegas, zinc monomethionine, and Estroblock DIM. I became disciplined in checking labels for soy and dairy, keeping both out of my diet.

This needs to be said: I never prescribe supplements, it’s beyond my scope of practice. I may mention them but only so you can research yourself or ask your doctor about additions to your routine. Stating I use something is not me saying you need to add it to your routine.

 

I specifically added zinc monomethionine due to this type of zinc being organically bound to a sulfur-containing amino acid. In theory, it should address acne optimally compared to other forms. Initially, I used zinc picolinate, however, it caused more breakouts. During my treatment period I used zinc for 12 consistent weeks, now I only use it as needed when I have an active breakout.

Estroblock DIM is like eating 3 pounds of cruciferous vegetables, except you take a single pill instead of force-feeding yourself broccoli and you get exactly what you need from it: diindolylmethane aka DIM. Popular among naturopaths and other natural approach practitioners for its ability to metabolize estrogen. You go through a “detox” period for a week or two while your body flushes out excess estrogen, it’s easy to become dehydrated through the process. Estroblock was the reason I cut spironolactone out. While I could have continued on both, I felt far too dehydrated and spironolactone seemed to have stopped working for me. So, after some research, I cut it cold turkey. I didn’t have the patience to call my dermatologist office after the weekend.

With these changes, I was making major headway! The continuous tweaking, researching, questioning—it was paying off. My breakouts were changing. Hormonal cysts became less and less of an issue, instead smaller papules, pustules, and blackheads appeared. I don’t know about you, but I’d choose to manage those over cysts any day.

 

Next, I decided it was time for some blood work and hormone testing, make sure everything was functioning properly internally.

 

My testosterone came back showing to be crazy high, my estrogen insanely low, all other hormones normal. BONUS: my specific IUD can raise testosterone levels.

FAAAAANTASTIC.

Turned out taking spironolactone medically made sense, but I refused to go back on it.

Around the same time, we were visiting Denver where I had a facial with Stacy, who’s also working towards her naturopathy certification.  She works closely with an onsite doctor and offered to help figure out my internal puzzle. On Stacy’s suggestion, I had blood work done. My test results came back near perfect medically, however, naturopaths look at the numbers slightly different.

I really, really wanted to work with a doctor who treated ailments naturally. I had already gone the modern medicine route and didn’t want to continue down that path. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford it, not with launching a skincare line later this year. I wouldn’t normally DIY my health, but it was the realistic option.

Based on my labs I was told I could have potential blood sugar, digestion, liver and hormonal issues. I went back to researching, finding what I could do myself in the meantime. I read a congested liver can cause hormonal imbalance, so I did a liver detox. I experienced some purging during this time, so I feel it legitimately cleansed my liver. I found a fantastic article outlining how to lower testosterone and used it as a guide, evaluating my test results. In addition to DIM, I added milk thistle and became more disciplined with probiotics and digestive enzymes. I keep my sugar intake below 25g a day because Google says that’s healthy.

 

I’m a HUGE foodie, like I really, really love food. I could care less if the BF checks out a girl walking by, I’m probably checking out her outfit anyway so we just look like a creepy couple hahaha! The moment he enjoys some new delicacy without me, say a new fried chicken joint, I lose it. Fatty doesn’t play.

I’ve always said I would be heartbroken if I acquired a food allergy or sensitivity.

Well, somewhere I read gluten can affect hormonal imbalances.

Vanity wins again.

 

As of the end of August, I’m now soy, dairy and gluten-free. Honestly, it hasn’t been bad. I actually like the way health food tastes, to the dismay of the BF. What I miss most is deep fried foods coated in gluten… I have dreams that one day I’ll be able to sneak in a cheat day here and there, I’ve been able to have dairy once or twice a week without issue. Fingers crossed I can one day enjoy biscuits and gravy for breakfast again.

 

Now I’m keeping a food journal, logging what I eat daily, aches and pains, and keeping an eye on skin changes to rule out other food sensitivities. I no longer wear foundation, only concealer under my eyes to allow my skin to breath.

My skin looks better than ever. I have breakouts, but they heal quickly with minimal scarring. I’m hopeful within a few months not only will my skin be completely clear but my body will feel even better than it already does. That’s another plus, my body feels amazing. It feels cared for, healthy.

Actually, I have a Clear & Brilliant laser treatment this week as a jump start on acne scarring. The breakouts were pretty bad this year, I think my scarring is noticeable, like battle wounds. I’m really looking forward to getting my old face back, feeling as good about myself externally as I do internally. Between personal growth, taking control of my health, and fully reversing my acne I feel like I’m going to be a whole new person by 2018.

 

The moral of the story? Staying positive is challenging. Having clear skin takes work. There are so many variables, our bodies vary from person to person, there is no one size fits all solution. There is light at the end of the tunnel, there is hope, you can reclaim your body. With discipline, homework, and working with professionals ( whether through printed work, digitally, or in person ) you can defeat your acne.

 

I’ll share again later on once I’ve been successful longer than a few months. Thanks for reading, being interested, for caring. This was definitely a vulnerable subject to share. xo

 

 

 

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My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne Pt 1 http://www.youglowgal.com/5-year-battle-with-painful-hormonal-acne/ http://www.youglowgal.com/5-year-battle-with-painful-hormonal-acne/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8073 My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerI’m taking the care of writing this as if it’s a delicate manuscript… I’ve never taken the time to evaluate my time with cystic hormonal acne. The idea of delving in gives me a pit in my stomach, I start feeling anxious—as I’m writing this I’m becoming aware of how I completely ignored the emotional hold…

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My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

I’m taking the care of writing this as if it’s a delicate manuscript… I’ve never taken the time to evaluate my time with cystic hormonal acne. The idea of delving in gives me a pit in my stomach, I start feeling anxious—as I’m writing this I’m becoming aware of how I completely ignored the emotional hold it had over me.

I’ve been putting this off, waiting for the perfect day to dedicate to writing, and now realize I was putting off processing.

Fear and anxiety are such assholes???? Gtfo, right?!

It’s the same old story everyone seems to tell: before acne, I would have breakouts here and there, overall my skin was historically clear with an occasional breakout. Most likely taken for granted.

I found myself looking through my camera roll, dissecting my skin for cysts covered by makeup and looking at dates attempting to pinpoint when it all began. It wouldn’t be hard to see them in photos, I was never a makeup guru, and my cysts would range from a dime to nickel in size. But I didn’t take many selfies, as one would expect.

 

 

If I were to choose a start date for my hormonal acne story, it would be October 2012, making this month my 5 year anniversary.

 

 

I’m letting that sink in.

5. Years.

Here I was thinking I was only pushing 3 years, 4 max.

I would have been on the cusp of my 27th birthday. Maybe it was the 7 year-body-chemistry-changing mark? Or is that a health myth? When exactly does the 7-year mark begin anyway?

Around the same time, I was approaching the end of my second year in Dallas. Beforehand I lived in a small town in South Carolina, sustaining on processed foods, grits, mayo, and whiskey ( I still sustain off mayo, btw ). I didn’t have access to Whole Foods, I hardly knew how to cook. Funny how when I was my least healthy, my skin was clear. After moving to Dallas my diet cleaned up, I ate far healthier than ever before and worked through poor digestion issues. So, maybe my acne was my body screaming at me to heal internally. I wouldn’t see it that way for a long while, though.

 

Compared to others it may not have been that bad, there are definitely people with acne far worse than mine, but it wasn’t MY normal. Something I’ve learned in the treatment room over the years: you may think a small pimple is petty to have anxiety over but it isn’t YOUR experience. It’s the experience of the person dealing with it. It’s unfair to undercut another person’s experience, whether it’s acne or another emotional trigger. When it’s not your normal, a small pimple can be just as emotionally tormenting as dealing with a massive cystic mess. It’s about personal experience, not comparing.

No one seemed to believe me when I would say my acne was bad. Large, painful cysts that seemed so obvious. My fellow estheticians at the spa were aware, I mean it’s our job after all. For the most part, I was able to keep cysts minimized, I knew how to treat them and ensure they weren’t as bad as their potential. So I can understand how someone might think they weren’t that bad, I’m an esthetician with the knowledge to treat acne. I obsessively treated my skin, I kept things manageable. I still do.

 

When my acne first came about I was only a couple years into my career with little experience treating clients with troublesome skin. I would say I specialize in prevention and correction of aging, treating and minimizing inflammatory issues related to sensitive skin and rosacea, and by the end of my acne journey I’ll have a stronger basis for correcting others with acne-prone skin.

See that? I said by the end because I will figure it out. Staying positive and whatnot.

It’s not that I didn’t know how to treat acne skin, I’ve successfully helped many clients control their breakouts and work towards a clear complexion. Every locale varies in what I’ll call “skin culture”. In Dallas, I mostly see dry and dehydrated skin conditions, rosacea and sensitive skin, and by comparison very little acne. Here our culture wants a quick fix, and it doesn’t have to be a natural approach. Most of us run to the dermatologist or med spa, we don’t really go the old school European route of monthly facials. We want fast acting treatments or prescriptions. However, in Austin, the culture is different. The company I work for has a location there, I’ve discussed the difference in clientele at length with another esthetician. She easily sees double the number of acne clients compared to myself.

Anyway, my point is: I had what I now consider a basic understanding of acne. I thought I knew how to treat acne inside and out like I know how to reverse wrinkles and sun damage. Little did I know I had only scratched the surface. I treated my own skin the best way I knew how.

 

For about a year or so I tackled my breakouts with topical products. To a degree, it helped. Once the spa added Hydropeptide and Skinceuticals to our professional arsenal it improved even more so. Hydropeptide’s acne line is designed to control adult hormonal acne, for a while it was my holy grail. Specifically the Redefining Serum, it’s amazing for cystic acne! I used my Nuface for lymphatic drainage, occasionally successful in reducing the size of a painful lump that felt like a golf ball under the skin.

I’m the type who avoids prescription pills until they’re necessary. I remember being at my wit’s end, nearly in tears as I mulled over the decision with the BF. You might say I was dramatic, I was being a snowflake, but I couldn’t get a handle on my cysts. They would come and go every few months. Not only was I a normal human dealing with acne, an emotionally stressful experience, but looking back I’m sure there was a layer of feeling like a failure as an esthetician.

This was when I met my breaking point. October always seemed to be the time of year it would be at its worst.

 

 

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The BF & I, October 2014 in Santa Barbara

 

My skin doesn’t look too bad, right? Dehydrated from the California air, a couple bumps on my chin, a lump on my forehead that hurt but not visible, it blended in. What you can’t see is the massive cyst under my right eye, so swollen I could see it without needing a mirror. It was impossible to cover without being obvious.

I lived in my sunglasses the entire week, I was so embarrassed.

 

Before setting foot in the doctor’s office I knew the options my dermatologist would suggest for treatment: antibiotics, spironolactone, or Accutane. Oh, and retinol. I had been using an over the counter with little success.

In my mind, only one of the three were even on the table. I went into my appointment with my mind made as she listed them off. Antibiotics didn’t make sense to me, I didn’t have an infection—this was textbook hormonal acne. As stressed as I was, Accutane is incredibly harsh and while it’s considered a miracle drug by many, I firmly believe it should be a last resort. I was left with spironolactone, designed to control androgens caused by high testosterone.  No blood work was done to evaluate my hormone levels, only to check potassium levels. I believed it to be a no-brainer and trusted my derm’s knowledge.

I never took more than 25mg per day, even when my dermatologist wanted to bump me up to 50mg. For a short while, I did, but I tend to be sensitive to drugs and couldn’t handle how dehydrated my body felt. Even with such a small dose, I saw major improvement. I still had cysts but it seemed to be contained.

 

When I stumbled upon Skin Authority Vitamin D I saw such improvement with a topical application that I read up on Vitamin D deficiency and immediately added the supplement to my routine. The results blew my mind, it seemed to solve my acne woes so quickly! I was breaking out even less often than when first introducing spironolactone. Side note: I’ve seen those who are deficient add Vitamin D to their daily routine and see amazing changes. Large pores reduced, sensitivities gone, breakouts reduced. It’s seriously worth reading up on to decide if you may be deficient.

I was satisfied, comfortable with a bi-monthly cyst. They were no longer massive, it felt manageable.

 

If only this could have been the end, you know?  I’ll share the second part of my acne story next week. xo

 

 

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The How to Guide for Finding a Good Esthetician http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-guide-finding-a-good-esthetician/ http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-guide-finding-a-good-esthetician/#respond Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8071 How to Find a Good Esthetician YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerFinding a qualified esthetician has the potential to be just as stressful as searching for any other professional. Whether you’re hunting for an OBGYN, hairstylist, tailor, or any other service provider we want the BEST, right? And, like, right now…kthx. We’re not just concerned with quality, value, and experience level, but we want our providers…

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Finding a qualified esthetician has the potential to be just as stressful as searching for any other professional. Whether you’re hunting for an OBGYN, hairstylist, tailor, or any other service provider we want the BEST, right? And, like, right now…kthx.

We’re not just concerned with quality, value, and experience level, but we want our providers to have a good bedside manner. A bangin’ personality is the fluffy icing on top, it’ll seal the deal. I mean we’ve all experienced someone who comes across as a miserable cow, has an air of hating their job, or lacked the care and intent we’re paying for.

You know why regular facials are important and you even have the tools needed to get a budget-friendly facial. Now I’m going to help you find the perfect esthetician!

 

 

spoiler alert: finding a good esthetician isn’t as impossible as it may seem

 

 

One of my fave aspects of YGG is traveling, hunting down the best spas and estheticians in our locale, and bringing that experience back to you.

There is no shortage of amazing estheticians out there, you just need to know how to find them.

Sometimes I communicate with businesses first, which means I end up in the hands of their best skin therapist. Other times I want to relax, if I go to a spa for media coverage I have to be on, you know? Asking questions, not completely turning off, staying as engaged as possible while a skin expert is attempting to do their job of shutting down my brain. I’m sure everyone loves that, ha! Segueing into my first tip:

 

 

Ask for the Lead Esthetician

When in doubt, ask for the Lead Esthetician. Of course, this only applies to a spa setting, not solo skin therapists. The Lead is usually in charge of scheduling training for their team, which can lend to continuing education being a personal priority, keeping everyone’s mind fresh with new ideas and technology. They’re typically in charge of hiring, communicating with brands, and many other factors that bring opportunities to broaden knowledge. If a spa doesn’t have a Lead, ask for the most experienced esthetician. Usually, the staff will be honest. If they don’t know, it’s OKAY to ask the person on the phone to follow up with an answer. You’re investing time and money, be picky, ask questions.

To clarify, by no means am I saying if you find yourself in the hands of a newly licensed esthetician will your experience be poor. I’ve been in a leadership role within a spa, I’ve interviewed a wide spectrum of skin therapists. I’ve meet green estheticians who have blown me away with their knowledge and technique, in addition to seeking top-notch education they were passionate about their career path. 

 

 

Pay the Skin Expert Premium

Don’t want to risk it, don’t have time to do the legwork in finding a skin expert? If you live near a major city, chances are you have access to a renowned celebrity esthetician. With clientele demanding a five-star experience, advanced techniques, high-tech equipment, and a therapist with endless knowledge, you can’t go wrong. These expert estheticians have spent years dedicating time to advancing their careers. In most cases, you won’t be saving dollars BUT it can take the stress out of hunting for you.

In my experience, these experts aren’t more knowledgeable or skilled than your neighborhood esthetician. While they’re experts at their craft, quite frankly you’re paying a premium to be touched by someone who may have given a facial to your favorite celebrity. Other factors that may increase pricing are the location of their spa, luxe product, state of the art technology and equipment, and offering a luxurious experience. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it comes down to where YOU find value. Be your bougie bad self, girl.

 

 

Word of Mouth & the Internet

How original, amirite? Finding reviews on skin experts is TOUGH, people tend to leave feedback on waxing, massage, or some other aspect of a business, which is part of the reason I started reviewing facial experiences.

Utilize Google, Yelp, Trip Advisor, and social media. Keep an eye out for local “Best Of” publications. If you’re Googling don’t neglect the pages past 1, sometimes you can find blogger reviews deep within search results. And maybe the most obvious solution, ask friends! I find people don’t always advertise they visit an esthetician regularly, it’s not uncommon for their peers to shame with an “oh, that must be nice” or “you’re wasting money”.. my biggest pet peeve, don’t be that person, ya’ll. I could literally rant ALL day.

*schedules blog post*

 

 

what if I need an esthetician in the middle of nowhere?

 

 

I promise you, there’s an esthetician waiting for you, but you might need to dig a little deeper.

I did this for a girlfriend living in Podunk, USA:

Get your notes ready, pull up Google maps, and search the terms esthetician, facial, and spa. I say all three because you’ll sometimes have a business pop up that didn’t show for a particular keyword.

In less populated areas you’ll more than likely find less competition, so you’ll need to put your investigatory journalist hat on.

Reach out to each business, whether it’s a spa/salon or skin therapist with her own studio, and ask a few questions to gauge if they’re a good fit for you. Inquire how much experience they have, how often they’re working, how far in advance do you need to book. In some cases, if a nearby therapist appears to stay busy or it’s difficult to book a last minute appointment with them it could be a sign they’re the individual women in your area run to. Experience and skill aren’t only found in major cities. You can bet a great esthetician will have clients flocking if they’re exceptional.

 

Do you have any killer tricks to finding an esthetician? Spill, girl! xx

 

 

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How to Make Tea with Sun Potion Herbs, It’s Super Easy! http://www.youglowgal.com/how-make-tea-sun-potion-herbs/ http://www.youglowgal.com/how-make-tea-sun-potion-herbs/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8067 How to Make Tea with Sun Potion Herbs, It's Easy YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerI know I’m being super trendy here, but I love my Chinese herbs. Label me an obsessed Sun Potion fangirl, I collect these golden wrapped jars like I collect sunscreen. When we travel I go without and by the time we’re heading home I feel unbalanced, sluggish… just off.  Of course, there are other factors…

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I know I’m being super trendy here, but I love my Chinese herbs. Label me an obsessed Sun Potion fangirl, I collect these golden wrapped jars like I collect sunscreen. When we travel I go without and by the time we’re heading home I feel unbalanced, sluggish… just off.  Of course, there are other factors at play but I really do feel these make a difference in my health.

I’ve been incorporating herbs into my daily routine since the beginning of the year, starting out with Moon Juice and gradually switching over to Sun Potion. Moon Juice is good, but Sun Potion is great. Both brands take sourcing seriously, however, Sun Potion is the leader of the pack and their pricing is on par with their quality while Moon Juice is more affordable. If I need to watch my budget I would go with Moon Juice, however I do notice a difference between the two products. In my experience, Sun Potion is a more potent product.

 

so what do Chinese herbs actually do???

 

Sun Potion powdered herbs are known as adaptogens, herbs with the ability to balance stress and normalize processes within our body. If that’s too out there for you, think of them as superfoods. Each herb has its own purpose, rich in vitamins and minerals, to stimulate immunity and restore internal balance. They’re a simple addition to improve your overall well-being

A health foodie’s dream, essentially.

And, I have two suggestions on how to get your Sun Potion fix….

First, join their mailing list for sale alerts. Secondly, many herbs are available through Thrive Market at a discounted price. You can read all about the subscription service here, I’m a biggggggg fan! In case you needed another excuse, you can use my referral link for an additional 25% off your first order, which is exactly what I did to stock up on my potions!

 

lemme show you how I indulge with Sun Potion tonics

 

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When I asked you guys if you were curious about my teas the response was an overwhelming yes! Sun Potion, Moon Juice, and other herbal companies are trending in the wellness world. It doesn’t have to be daunting, it’s actually really easy to add a few herbs into your routine!

I enjoy my herbs two ways: sprinkled into smoothies or brewed into a tea.

One thing to remember when enjoying your herbs, you need a healthy fat to aid in absorption. MCT oil, butter, and ghee are all great options. Even Pearl Butter can be used! Usually, I’ll use MCT oil in my smoothies and ghee in my teas, it’s all personal preference.

You can make your tea without a fancy marshmallow, just know it won’t be sweet, which is how I usually make my teas. I add Smash Mallow when I’m indulgent! The raw cocoa gives it an unsweetened hot chocolate vibe. It’s perfect either way!

Sometimes I like mixing more than a couple herbs in, when that happens I decrease the dose to 1/4 teaspoon per herb.

It’s incredibly easy: grab a saucepan on low-medium heat, toss everything but your marshmallow in, and whisk until ingredients are thoroughly dissolved. Your tea will be ready within 5-7 minutes, time to enjoy!

 

ingredients 

1 cup Califia Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Smash Mallow cinnamon churro marshmallow
1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Sun Potion He Shou Wu
1/2 tsp Sun Potion Astragalus
1/4 tsp 4th & Heart vanilla bean ghee
1/4 tsp cinnamon

 

I can’t wait to hear how you guys like your potions and tonics! Keep me in the loop, k? xx

 

 

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Float Luxury Spa in Santa Barbara http://www.youglowgal.com/float-luxury-spa-in-santa-barbara/ http://www.youglowgal.com/float-luxury-spa-in-santa-barbara/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8009 Float Luxury Spa in Santa Barbara YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerI can’t lie, the struggle getting back into my routine after vacationing in Ojai and Santa Babara has been the realest of real. Add in the fact this is likely our last trip for a while, and well… there’s a little sadness. Excitement for launching Sarah Nicole Skincare is there, too. So it’s bittersweet. We…

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I can’t lie, the struggle getting back into my routine after vacationing in Ojai and Santa Babara has been the realest of real. Add in the fact this is likely our last trip for a while, and well… there’s a little sadness. Excitement for launching Sarah Nicole Skincare is there, too. So it’s bittersweet. We keep joking we can’t visit California anymore because of how significantly our productivity is affected! haha

The Central Coast is magical, breathtakingly gorgeous, it just feels like home to us. We’ve stayed 4x now I think? Santa Barbara is easily the most beautiful place I’ve visited in the States, around every hillside is another jaw-dropping view of the ocean or mountains. In Ojai, you can experience a relaxing, zen escape in hippie country ( and hippie country is legit the best hideaway when you need to decompress, definitely not a dirty word here ). Both are a treat to vacation in, each with a unique experience, and close enough you can visit for the day.

 

before we get into spa’ing, a skin update

 

I’m going to start sharing more details about my hormonal acne journey. I think I’ve shared more on IG, so if you only read the blog you may be missing details?

The short story: I’ve been battling hormonal cystic acne for 3 years and this year decided I’d had enough of prescriptions covering up my symptoms. I’ve had bloodwork done, hormones tested, and now I’m eliminating from my diet. I decided to hold off on working with a naturopath because honestly, I just can’t afford it right now.

My skin has improved overall but it’s not 100% yet.

During vacation, my diet went out the window, naturally. I’m not going to miss out on things just because of acne, and I definitely paid for it. My face was the most congested I’ve ever seen it by the time we arrived home, I’m still trying to rid my face of comedones and papules. No cysts though! That’s a win, IMO.

I’m now hardcore cutting out dairy, soy, gluten, and watching my sugar intake. It hasn’t been that hard to cut everything. Until I saw my boyfriend’s hot wings sitting in the fridge. What an asshole, amirite?!

Kidding.

…..or am I?

 

if I think about Float Luxury Spa I can get over the chicken wings

 

 

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Float Luxury Spa is quintessential Santa Barbara lifestyle: casual, relaxed, and luxe. The outdoor garden is perfect to relax in after your session, taking in the sounds of the water fountain. Even being in the heart of downtown, the outdoor space is tranquil.

I’m really digging their color palette of ocean blue and sea foam green, the styling in spa is on point. Relaxing but uplifting at the same time.

Clearly, I’m going to be biased towards Santa Barbara style…

Of all the spa’s I’ve visited, the decor here was the most comforting, where you feel like you’re hanging out in a zen space in your own home.

I love that feeling.

 

 

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Let me tell you though, the linens were NEXT level.

I’ve been obsessing over this Sferra Celine Herringbone throw ever since touching it, mentioning it nearly daily to the BF. If you’re into luxury linens, splurging on throws is your thing…. purchase and thank me later.

They were scattered throughout the spa, they’re just perfect. Vibrant color, heavy woven cotton, warm and cozy.

I may have just received my shipping notification… #treatyoself

 

 

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Float Luxury Spa is a boutique experience, I think I counted 8 or 10 treatment rooms? Quaint and cozy, with a genuine at-home feel as it appears it could have been someone’s home at one point.

Because of its size, I could see how any large groups could be disruptive to solo spa goers. It was a complaint I read on Yelp, and I think it’s a legitimate concern. I didn’t experience any issues of my quiet time being sabotaged!

In addition to the relaxation room, you can hang out in the garden before or after your service.

Seriously though, how adorable is this spa?

 

 

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When I first booked I was planning on having a body treatment, they’re so underrated. My chocolate body wrap last winter was insane, fyi.  After being in the car 20+ hours and already overdue for a massage I switched it last minute to a Float Signature, combining medium and deep pressure. It was perfect, my massage therapist was fantastic and I’m a terrible person because I’ve forgotten her name!!!!

A variety of facials are offered using Skinceuticals, iS Clinical, and Epicuren. After discussing my skin with my esthetician Hiedi, we decided to go with Epicuren’s Clarifying Facial. I usually stay away from facials designed for acne prone skin, I’m nervous they’ll be too stimulating or drying for me. However, Epicuren’s products are super gentle, a great option for sensitive acne prone skin. I didn’t feel any excess warmth or irritation from any products used!

Thanks to Hiedi’s suggestion and knowledge my skin had the best deep cleanse it’s been needing for a while, as problematic as my skin is I really should getting facials monthly.  Much of my congestion either went away or came to a head that evening. Giving myself a facial just isn’t the same!

I was legit jello by the end, exactly what I was looking for.

Another epic spa day for the books. 10/10, y’all, I’d go back in a heartbeat.

 

Do you guys want to hear more about my acne journey leading up to this point? What I had cut out, vitamins I added, etc? Comment below with your thoughts. xx

 

 

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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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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! When in doubt, find an esthetician to guide you through finding the perfect balancing routine.

 

What’s your go-to when you know you’ve overdone 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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