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Confessions of a Beauty Product Junkie

Written by Astrid Benitez for NSIDE M.D. Magazine
Image Some may be asking themselves what exactly is a beauty product junkie?

A beauty product junkie is one who consistently purchases and/or overuses various skin, body, makeup and hair products. While taking care of oneself is important, it’s also necessary to take caution so it’s not overdone. This is possible, believe it or not.

With beauty products and their enticing advertisements flooding stores, radios, televisions, and the internet, promising the best results and astonishing satisfaction, it’s hard not to be a beauty product junkie. The next best thing is always going to be out there. Whether it’s for your face, body, hair, or nails it’s imperative you are consistently using the right products and using them wisely.

Most junkies experience the same pitfalls and upset in the satisfaction department. The products are purchased and used for a fraction of the amount of time it would take for them to kick in and actually make a change. Most products, no matter what function they are used for, will take 4 to 8 weeks to see some kind of change or improvement. Aside from possibly having too high of hopes from a product, a junkie cannot resist a sale or a good deal. For those who have been to Bath and Body Works or Victoria’s Secret during one of their sales, the hard-to-resist factor is easy to understand. Are seven shower gels and body lotions really necessary? Probably not but they were on sale.

Here are a few tips to remember when it comes to beauty products:
• Do not over treat skin. Most believe their skin is “sensitive” and it’s because of the acidic products that are used. It happens all the time.
• Keep a daily skin care regimen down to four products. By using more, more harm than good is a big possibility.
• For hair, face, and nails use what’s been bought until it’s finished! If it’s not getting the job done return it and replace it. Too often a product is pushed to the side and then put back into “the rotation” when it’s stumbled upon months later. That’s highly unsanitary and unhygienic. Bacteria will grow in those products.
• Be consistent when using beauty products that address a specific concern or problem area. Be patient and allow the product the necessary time before moving on to something else.
• Our skin changes and so should the products. Adjust a skin care regimen and other treatments to suit your skin right now. That moisturizer that’s worked fantastically since you were 25-years old will not keep you happy when your 50. Talk to your esthetician about better suited products for your face and body and see your hair stylist for special hair concerns. Trust the professionals!
• Makeup does have an expiration date and it does get old. Foundation, concealer, powder, and lipsticks are good for one year. Eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip liner and blush varies from two to three years. Mascara needs to be discarded after three months.
• Always remember: patience is a virtue. Try to resist the sales and over purchasing of unnecessary products. If that’s not possible, give your guilty little pleasures away as gifts.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with loving beauty products and being a beauty product junkie, so long as it’s kept under control. If there are more beauty products than food in the house there may be a problem.

For more information contact Facelogic Spa at 210.248.9415. We are located at 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 209. Services include customized facials, peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, massage, and cosmetic consultation.
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Fighting Against Drought Conditions – NSIDE MD

We are so pleased to be contributing to NSIDE MD Magazine here in San Antonio.

Fighting Against Drought Conditions
Written by Brooke Larue Miceli
In South Texas, the winter season doesn’t move in gracefully. We aren’t given an entire season to modify our wardrobe, cuisine, and lifestyles. Sure, the days are a bit shorter and the air is cooler, but then the first cold front of the season arrives and throws us all for a loop! Before we know it, our skin is dry and chapped and we are missing the very humidity we scorn in summer months.

As the temperature drops, your skin is exposed to the bitter winds of winter and the body’s largest organ can become dull and dry and deepen lines and wrinkles. The dryness is made worse by indoor heating that lacks humidity and may cause extreme discomfort, irritation, itchiness, and inflammation. In order to maintain healthy and hydrated skin throughout these chilly months (or random chilly fronts), here are a few tips to help improve tone and rehydrate.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Water is vital to maintaining healthy skin from the inside out. If you are planning travel, a good rule of thumb is to drink one 8-ounce bottle of water for every hour of travel.

DO NOT TAKE STEAMING HOT SHOWERS JUST BECAUSE IT IS COLD OUTSIDE.
Hot water makes skin dryer by removing the normal protective oils. After a bath or shower, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer on to damp skin to trap in moisture. Look for natural oils like almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil that your body will absorb easily.

DO NOT SMOTHER YOUR SKIN WITH MOISTURIZER.
Excessive moisturizing can lead to clogged pores and even sagging skin. The correct formula is one that balances water and oil levels in your skin. Moisturizer should make your skin feel comfortable — not tight or overly lubricated.

EVEN IN THE WINTER MONTHS CONTINUE TO USE A MOISTURIZER WITH SPF DURING THE DAY.
Although the days are shorter, the sun’s rays can still cause damage. There’s nothing more irritating than dry, sunburned skin!

WASH YOUR FACE TWICE DAILY.
Your morning cleanse removes waste excreted during your skin’s nightly selfcleaning process. An evening cleanse removes dirt, oil, pollution and makeup. It may be necessary to switch to a creamy cleanser during winter months if a gel or foaming cleanser is used in the summer. Do not over cleanse, and always use toner to prevent dehydration from tap water residue.

FEED YOUR SKIN.
If you are on a low-fat diet, make sure you are getting enough essential fatty acids or your skin can become dull and dry. If your skin is acne prone, avoid iodized salt and sodium heavy foods. Red, eruptive skin is exacerbated by spicy foods, and an intolerance of dairy products underlies many acne conditions that appear to be cystic.

TAKE EXTRA CARE OF YOUR HANDS AND FEET.
Use gloves while washing dishes and use a heavy hand cream afterwards. Give yourself a “foot peel” by giving them a wash with inexpensive Stridex pads, coating them with Vaseline, and sleeping in thick socks.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE HARSH WINDBURN, ADD A FEW DROPS OF LEMON BALM LEAF EXTRACT TO YOUR CURRENT SKIN CARE PRODUCT.
The soothing cooling extract contains antiseptic and sedative qualities that will cool irritated skin. Lemon balm leaf extract is also great for easing depression and tension that often accompanies the winter months.

For more info: call Facelogic Spa in Stone Oak at (210) 248-9415.