By now it is safe to say we are all pretty tired of wearing our masks right? Of course we are! Since we know this will have to continue until who knows when, we’ve been learning to accept it. Although the masks protects us, they can really irritate our skin and in turn cause acne. This is why a new term has evolved in the name of “maskne” (mask-related acne).
Lets Get Technical
When you breathe or talk, your mask tends to trap in a lot of hot air. Besides being annoying, this air creates a warm, humid environment — and an ideal setting for yeast, bacteria and other flora, such as demodex (types of skin mites that naturally live on our skin), to grow. These bacterial imbalances and friction from your mask can promote acne and rosacea flare-ups as well as something called perioral dermatitis. This is when fine pimples and pustules appear around the nose and mouth.
Makeup or Facial Hair?
As long as you are not heavy handed with your application, applying makeup is fine. Topical treatments and sunscreen can help calm and balance the normal skin flora. A layer of moisturizer (lighter if you are oily or acne prone and thicker if you have sensitive or eczema-prone skin) or even a sunblock that contains zinc or titanium can help your skin by serving as a barrier against any friction or irritation that develops. For the guys with beards or moustaches it can be quite difficult to prevent the warmth from creating moisture under the mask. Thats why we recommend using a toner with alpha hydroxy acid to freshen your skin and prevent problems. Make sure to let your skin and facial hair dry off before putting your mask back on.
Book-In Your Maskne Facial
We are now providing a treatment facial specifically designed to take care of maskne! If this is something that is getting out of control for you or if you simply want to be proactive to prevent maskne, call (5195788898) or email us (email@example.com) to book an appointment with one of our professionals.
Are you having trouble putting together an outfit for your holiday parties? Are you stressing yourself out trying to put your look together while keeping up with the trends of the season? Well look no further; here are some holiday makeup tips to get you through the season!
Tinsel to Glow
The first tip to send your way has to do with the use of shimmer. Shine yourself up to make it look like your glistening alongside the snow; much like tinsel it makes everything look that much more beautiful and glowing. Make sure you are hitting the three main areas when you swipe your powder: over your cheekbones, below your brow bone and on the inner corner of your eyes. Stay within the pnk-based highlighters if you have lighter skin and progress to golden tones if your skin is more medium to dark.
Secondly, blush is non-negotiable for every holiday party. This will add some much needed colour to your cheeks, which tend to dull with the paleness of winter. When picking a colour, make sure that you are mixing complementary blush colours; one darker and one lighter, to create the perfect shade that is all your own.
Thirdly, match your lips to your snacks this holiday season; chocolate is the go-to shade for creating a striking lip look. Avoid the guilt by wearing it on your lips and impress all of the guests with the darker hue- be bold, beautiful and classy, all at the same time. To take it one step further with your lips, pair your lipstick with a clear gloss to achieve another layer of shimmer.
Jazz it UP
Manicures are being shown in two different styles this year, allowing for a quick change in overall look. The first option is an atypical French manicure; instead of being barely there, jazz it up by doing greens, reds, silvers and golds. If you feel like getting really festive, use silver glitter to make the tip which offers an extra twinkle for the holidays. The second nail trend popping up for the holidays is burgundy nails. Although not a low-maintenance look, this dark hue offers a spark of instant drama.
Our last tip focuses on what you should do with your eyes this holiday season. Stylists are suggesting the infusion of flecks of gold, purple and green with a basic grey shadow. Not only will this tie your lips together with your eyes but it will also add some colour into your look. Contain the multi-textured part between the lid and the crease; you don’t want to add too much colour and end up looking like you belong in the 80s. If you find dark eyes to be too much, make sure to use your brush or a makeup sponge to soften the look. If you aren’t into wearing much eyeshadow and prefer to finish off your look with eyeliner, get rid of your pencil and sweep a black gel liner over the entirety of the top lid to create a bold yet elegant look. Finish off the look by sweeping a neutral tone over the rest of the lid.
Take these tips with you and embrace stunning all of the guests at every holiday party you attend this year.
With summer coming to an end, our trends are changing as fast as the leaves on the trees. Pastels are out in terms of day time shadow and are being replaced with orange hues; neon, apricot, mandarin, bronze and peach! In keeping with that color scheme, blush is the go to product this fall. Make sure you use a blush with enough warm peach and rose pigments to make it look like you just got back from a brisk run. Everyone will ask you how you manage to keep your glow looking so fresh. Since orange is going to be your base color for the lids, everything else this fall tends to be a bit more intense in order to add some definition to your face.
Lips this fall are going to counter your eyes which will bring the entire look together! Fashion magazine describes the new lipstick trend as ‘goth’ or ‘gothic’. The colors they suggest are; intense reds, burgundies, plums and blacks. Make sure to use a lip liner close in color to your lipstick shade. Follow with thick black lash extensions to create further definition moving into the eye area. To achieve a dramatic eye this fall encompass the eye with a thick, black liner and smudge along the water line to create a worn look. Using a gel liner for this look will bring added intensity allowing for your eyes to become the key feature of your ensemble.
Gotta Have The Hair
Now that we have the makeup taken care of, we will move right into hairstyles. If you’d like to avoid the fall wind that tends to ruin hair, you will be on the right track going with a low ponytail. Regardless of how you choose to complete the style, whether it is sleek or messy, as long as it is low you are golden. There are many options for your hair! The first being an intense red; this will pair nicely with a red lip and a dark eye. You can also opt for a warmer brown with a slight transition into blonde. If you are more of a short hair worshipper, the following styles are quick and easy to achieve.
Short Hair Styles
Short hair styles or “chic bobs” are excellent for the muggy year we‘re having. They are easy to maintain and are very low maintenance. You can always change up your long hair with messy French twists, loose waves or pin straight hair. Do you tend to be rushing around with the new school year starting? Place your usual bun with a knot which will allow you to achieve a look that is both messy and kept out of your face. The last hair fashion trend that we can see emerging this fall has to do with the initial way you do your hair; the part!!! Slick and deep side parts are all the rage for this season. Not only does it allow for a little artistic flare but it also allows for that ‘grown out’ look that is becoming ever so popular.
We’re Going Back!
Clothing fashion is turning back the clock…to the 70’s!! High waist pants, short skirts, headbands, medium wedges, faux fur, flounce hems, and carwash pleats are great! Pair these with some feminine, sparkly jewellery, a grey suit and chic black boots and you have a found a fall fashion that is perfect for you! Complete your entire look with a pair of leather gloves and everyone will think you are back in the 70s and “out of sight”.