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Whether you have chronically dry skin, or just want to prepare for the upcoming cold season, you may be surprised at how effective a hydrating serum can be. Add a pump or two post-cleansing, before your lotion or cream, for an immediate moisture boost. And even oily, acne-prone skin will benefit from them.

Serums are a top pick of many skin care pros.  The beauty of a serum is that most of the fluid is eliminated, so what you’re left with is a high concentration of active ingredients. Serums contain the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients –antioxidants, peptides, and skin brighteners such as kojic acid — you can find in nonprescription products. They’re the true workhorses of any product line.

Costs and Benefits

Because active ingredients are more expensive than thickeners, serums are also the costliest product in many skin care lines. But when applied properly, a 1-ounce container of serum can last months. Many brands come in pump bottles or have medicine-dropper applicators to dispense just the tiny amount you need.

Those few concentrated drops are super-efficient. Serums are made of very small molecules, so the skin absorbs them quickly and deeply.  The thicker, heavier ingredients in creams form a barrier on your skin.  That’s great for locking moisture in. But it can also lock active ingredients out. Without these hindrances, the active ingredients in a serum penetrate your skin faster and more effectively.

They’re great for people with oily skin or those who prefer a weightless feel to their skin care products. Serums have a non-greasy finish and they don’t leave behind a sticky residue.  Still, serums aren’t for everyone.  The liquid or gel-like texture of a serum can be a poor match for people with chronic skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, which weaken the skin barrier.  For these people, serums may penetrate too quickly, causing irritation.

Others need the hydration that a rich day or night cream provides. If you have mature or dry skin, you can’t get away with using only a serum.  Instead, use a serum as an add-on to your skin care regimen, layered under your moisturizer. There’s a lot of benefit to serums, from smoothing fine lines to reducing age spots, that you can’t reproduce in any other formulation.

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How to Apply Serums

Adding a serum to your daily beauty routine? Here’s how to apply these lightweight elixirs for maximum effect.

  1. After cleansing your face, apply a pea-sized amount of serum, patting it evenly over skin with your finger.
  2. If you have sensitive skin, wait 10 to 15 minutes after washing your face before using serum. When your skin is damp, applying a water-based product is more likely to lead to irritation. Allowing your skin to dry completely slows down penetration.
  3. You don’t need to skip the moisturizer you love. Just pat on your serum first, so it isn’t blocked from penetrating your skin.
  4. Is your serum too pricey for twice-a-day use? Borrow this trick: Use the serum as a booster either a.m. or p.m., adding a couple of drops to your moisturizer.

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Health and Style Institute has some great skin care products available; we can help you find what works best for your particular skin.  And remember, no matter what skin care products you use, one of the single best things you can do for your complexion is to get regular facials.  We make that easy and affordable, with our low cost services.  Call today to schedule at either of our two locations, and check out all the very affordable services we provide!

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Just in time for “spring cleaning” for your face, you’ll love our April special, “30-30-30″!  Get our uber-fabulous 30-minute Facial On-The-Go, and a 30 day supply of Dermalogica products ~~ all for an unbelievable $30.00!  This offer is good April 1st through 30th, 2015, while supplies last, and available at both of our locations, Kennesaw, GA and High Point, NC.

 

shutterstock_92629846Many people think of facials as an occasional indulgence, something to be done in preparation for a “special time”, i.e. before a wedding or other special event.  But would you live on junk food and never exercise and expect to be in your best shape?  The same logic applies to your skin:  If you don’t maintain it with regular facials and good skin care, your skin is not going to look it’s very best – period.  Sure, you might prefer spending money on a new pair of shoes, the to-die-for dress you saw online yesterday, or your morning lattes.  But nothing on you is more visible than your face… if your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your complexion is the window to your health and beauty.  Get that window glowing!

Men and women alike benefit from facials and good skincare products; there are few differences between the physiologies of their skins.  Because men have more testosterone stimulated sebaceous (oil) glands, thicker and coarser skin, they wrinkle less and later in life, but are more acne prone.  Women have smaller sebaceous glands and oil production decreases after menopause resulting in dryness and early wrinkling.  Men typically work in harsher environments than women and lack the protective benefits of make-up.  Daily shaves with harsh soap and alcohol-rich aftershaves stresses their skin already in need of nourishing care.

Facials improve the skin’s health, texture and appearance.  They deep cleanse the skin, removing toxins caused by pollution, grease and dirt found in your everyday environment.  Such facials help to reduce an overabundance of sebum, which is a natural substance which moisturizes and lubricates the skin. Overproduction of sebum can cause skin problems, including blackheads and acne.  Cleansing facials open the pores of the skin, remove dead skin and toxins from the face, and clean the surface of the skin through exfoliation that tightens and firms the skin.

Facial treatments help to improve and restore circulation to facial skin layers, increasing the flow of oxygen-enriched blood to skin cells.  This rush of blood to the skin gives your skin a healthy glow and plumps skin cells with vital nutrients and water, which reduce the appearance of wrinkled and dry skin. Nutrients like blood, vitamins and minerals found in the blood, along with adequate hydration, help develop and maintain new skin cells, essential for a youthful, healthy appearance.

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Knowing what products work together, how they benefit your skin, and the order in which to use them will ensure you reap the highest benefits from your product.  Our Dermalogica product line takes the guess work out.  Dermalogica products are free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts, including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances, and thus improve skin health.

And finally, what is NOT to love about any experience that makes you feel pampered and relaxed?  When is the last time you treated yourself to a facial?  A facial is a treat for your skin any time, and especially so now, after a season of winter cold, wind, and other elements of winter that can be tough on beautiful skin.  Call Health and Style Institute today, and get your pampering facial-on-the-go scheduled!

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Calling all those interested in looking great while finding a budget-friendly skin care regimen! Our August special will not only get you looking fabulous for back to school but will also help you keep your skin looking beautiful throughout the school year.

Actual kit in our promo may vary from photo.

Actual kit in our promo may vary from photo.

From August 1st through August 31st, 2014, take advantage of our 30-30-30 Promo. Get a 30-minute facial and our 30-day Dermalogica Home Care Kit for only $30! Our facial will not only help you to put your best face forward each day, but it will also allow you to have the opportunity to create a wonderful beauty regimen in the convenience of your own home.

In between your back to school shopping and enjoying your last days of summer, take some time to pamper yourself. To schedule your facial today, call (336) 885-3452. See our full salon services menu here.

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While many people think about sunscreen when going to the beach or heading outdoors, it’s also vital to protect your skin as part of your everyday routine. Not only will you keep your skin looking young and healthy, but you can also help reduce the risk of skin cancer. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to sunscreen:

DO’s:

Stick to a sunscreen that has SPF 30 for the most effective protection. Sunscreens with SPF 60 and higher don’t always do a more effective job of blocking harmful rays. It’s important to look for a sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays and also has a seal of approval by the Skin Cancer Foundation or the American Academy of Dermatology.

Apply your sunscreen every day. It’s easy to reach for sunscreen on sunny days, but it’s even easier to burn on the cloudiest of days. Since clouds only block 20% of UV rays, it’s important to apply sunscreen when headed out despite the weather. Sunscreen should also be used when spending time driving in the car, as glass windows don’t offer protection against the sun.

Although it’s common to wait until arriving at the beach or outdoor destination, use your sunscreen at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors to allow it to absorb into the skin and offer the best protection.

DON’Ts:

It can be easy to apply sunscreen to the face, arms, and legs, but don’t forget your lips, ears, and even feet. And while spray sunscreens can be applied quickly, you can easily miss spots of your skin. Spray sunscreens can be harmful to breathe in and although the product may be labeled as waterproof, it can still wear off in 30 minutes. You might want to skip this kind of sunscreen and stick to one you apply by hand.

Although sunscreen offers effective protection, don’t forget covering up a bit can help protect you too. Stay safe by sitting in the shade or covering up by wearing sun protective clothing. You can even accessorize with hats and sunglasses that offer UV protection.

Don’t assume sunscreen is just for fair skin. Everyone needs protection from harmful UV rays regardless of your skin type. Preventing sunburns can help reduce your risk of skin cancer, keep your skin looking young and healthy, and prevent future sunspots and unwanted effects of the sun.

If you have questions about recommended skin care, talk to one of our staff on your next visit.

While sun damage prevention is key, besides being almost impossible to avoid any and all UV rays, it’s healthy to get small doses of that Vitamin D. Moderation is key, as are regimens to counteract UV damage, like regular facials, which keep skin nourished, reducing the effects of sun-kissed skin. Take advantage of our July special and get a FREE Facial-on-the-Go, when you come in for our Keratin Express Smoothing Therapy, which includes a color service and blow out. Call today to schedule: (336) 885-3452.

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If you’re faithfully cleansing and moisturizing daily, only to follow up with a sticky, dusty powder brush, you’re painting dirt and grime right back on your face. Don’t sabotage yourself and wash those germ sticks regularly to avoid problems like persistent irritation and sparse eyelashes.

How often is regularly? Depends on where you store your brushes and what kind of products you use. If the bristles of your brush are stuck together with old product, it’s been too long. Use liquid foundation and keep your brushes on the vanity where they get blasted with hairspray? Wash those suckers twice a week. Monthly is the absolute outer limit if you wear makeup daily.

Exactly why should you go to the time and trouble of cleaning innocuous looking brushes?
Dirty Brushes Break You Out and Cause Skin Irritation
Dirty makeup brushes can cause irritation and give you acne. If you think foundation is ruining your skin, it could be your routine and not the product itself. Wipe off the lid after each use and clean those brushes. Even if your skin is “clean,” your brushes are still collecting oil, dust, dead skin, and fallout from greasy hair products you spray around your mirror. Do not save it up in your brushes unless you enjoy wiping a concentrated mess of filth all over your T-zone.

Dirty Brushes = Terrible Color Payoff
To get naturally blended eye shadow or dramatic looks like a cut crease, you need a precise application that you cannot get with a dirty brush. Keep eye shadow brushes clean and dry so you know exactly what colors you’re putting on your face.

Ewwwwww… Pinkeye and Other Unwanted Maladies
Let’s say you don’t wash your brushes, allowing it to accumulate bacteria, dust, and dirt. Then, you swirl it in your expensive face powder or gel eyeliner, transferring all that grime into your beloved products. Gels and creams are wet environments where germs can multiply, just waiting for you to feed them again with a dirty brush.

Share your Netflix password, share your curling iron, but Do NOT share your lip or eye brushes, especially if you live somewhere like a college dorm where pinkeye is living on every surface.

Protect Your Investment
Cleaning your brushes keeps them in good shape and prolongs their life. Decent brushes often cost as much or more than cosmetics, so it’s worth the ten minutes you’ll spend cleaning them to keep them looking nice for years.

Mystery Breakouts and Allergies
You may think you have sensitive skin, when all your skin really objects to is being attacked with leftover cat hair lurking in your makeup brush. Keep them clean, and you’ll know if you’re really allergic to your foundation, synthetic bristles, or that new cleanser you tried.

Round up all your brushes, give them a quick bath with one inexpensive product, and just try not to marvel in horror at the glittery debris left over in your sink. You’ll need a gentle detergent, a clean hand or tea towel, a shallow bowl or cup, and a sink. Your cleanser can be anything skin/food safe meant to remove oil, from an inexpensive clarifying shampoo, baby shampoo or natural dish soap. If you use standard dish soap, add a few drops of olive or coconut oil to your mix to recondition the fibers of your brush. Dish soap is super drying but will work in a pinch.

Pour a half teaspoon or so of detergent into your cup, fill two inches deep with warm water, and dunk in your brushes. Swirl around to loosen up grime.

Try to avoid submerging the ferrule (metal bit where the bristles connect to the handle) in water.

Take the wet, soapy brush out and swirl it against your palm to remove dirt and makeup. If it’s really caked with foundation, you may need to swirl in a little more soap. Rinse under lukewarm water until the bristles feel totally clean.

Spread out a clean hand towel. Blot out excess water from your brushes and reshape their bristles, paying special attention to odd shapes like pointy crease and contour brushes.

Lay brushes flat on a hand towel to dry. You don’t want to stand them up (not even kabukis) because water will run down into the handle, where it can loosen up the glue and shorten your brush’s life.

You’ll be shocked how much better your brushes look and feel when cleaned regularly. A clean face is a happy face.

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Many people think of facials as an occasional indulgence, something to be done in preparation for a “special time”, i.e. before a wedding or other special event. But would you live on junk food and never exercise and expect to be in your best shape? The same logic applies to your skin: If you don’t maintain it with regular facials and good skin care, your skin is not going to look it’s very best –period. Sure, you might prefer spending money on a new pair of shoes, the to-die-for dress you saw online yesterday, or your morning lattes. But nothing on you is more visible than your face… if your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your complexion is the window to your health and beauty. Get that window glowing!

Men and women alike benefit from facials and good skincare products; there are few differences between the physiologies of their skins. Because men have more testosterone stimulated sebaceous (oil) glands, thicker and coarser skin, they wrinkle less and later in life, but are more acne prone. Women have smaller sebaceous glands and oil production decreases after menopause resulting in dryness and early wrinkling. Men typically work in harsher environments than women and lack the protective benefits of make-up. Daily shaves with harsh soap and alcohol-rich aftershaves stresses their skin already in need of nourishing care.

Facials improve the skin’s health, texture and appearance. They deep cleanse the skin, removing toxins caused by pollution, grease and dirt found in your everyday environment. Such facials help to reduce an overabundance of sebum, which is a natural substance which moisturizes and lubricates the skin. Overproduction of sebum can cause skin problems, including blackheads and acne. Cleansing facials open the pores of the skin, remove dead skin and toxins from the face, and clean the surface of the skin through exfoliation that tightens and firms the skin.

Facial treatments help to improve and restore circulation to facial skin layers, increasing the flow of oxygen-enriched blood to skin cells. This rush of blood to the skin gives your skin a healthy glow and plumps skin cells with vital nutrients and water, which reduce the appearance of wrinkled and dry skin. Nutrients like blood, vitamins and minerals found in the blood, along with adequate hydration, help develop and maintain new skin cells, essential for a youthful, healthy appearance.

And finally, what is NOT to love about any experience that makes you feel pampered and relaxed? When is the last time you treated yourself to a facial? A facial is a treat for your skin any time, and especially so now, with our February special: Treat yourself to our Facial on the Go — Buy One, Get Another Free! Only $10 and takes only 15 minutes! Call to schedule! 336.885.3452.

 

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We love winter for the steaming hot cups of cocoa, pumpkin pie, and all the wonderful holiday festivities — but not so much the bracing winds, artificial heaters and cold, dry air. In addition to putting away the summer clothes and pulling out the jackets and sweaters, you may also notice your skin feeling a bit dry and tight, your hair dry and lifeless.

It’s not just wardrobe that should be changed with winter; so too does skincare and hair care, and making slight changes can help you maintain a lovely glow and gorgeous locks through winter.

 

The key to keeping skin healthy during the winter months is to prevent water loss from the skin’s protective barrier (which is called transepidermal water loss). When water is lost from the skin it leads to dry, itchy and irritated skin. The best way to fortify and protect our skin’s moisture barrier is to use a daily lotion or cream that contains key ingredients such as ceramides, hylauronic acid or oatmeal. Apply it liberally morning and night.

During the winter months the ambient humidity drops precipitously. Add large leafy plants indoors. Not only do they brighten up your home, but each time that you water the plants, the water will diffuse through the leaves and into the room, adding much needed moisture.

You can also use a humidifier for added moisture in the air. Not only will your skin feel and look better, but your hair will too.

If you’re a long, hot shower lover, winter is a time to give up that luxury temporarily.  The hot water strips skin and hair of protective natural oils, so turn the temperature down to lukewarm and limit your time in the shower (an egg timer works!) to five minutes.

Many of you are accustomed to hydrating your skin with lotion after washing, but don’t forget that hydration begins in the shower or bath with gentle products that cleanse and moisturize at the same time.

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

 

Hair goes dry, weak and brittle during winter, but if you give it the right treatment you’ll lessen those issues. Health and Style Institute has exceptional shampoos and conditioners which aim to protect and heal your hair, and provide added moisturizing while still being right for your hair type.

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

And you still have time to save big with our November special:   Buy 2 Salon Products & Get the 3rd for Free!! The free product must be of equal or lesser value of the highest priced item. Offer expires 11/30/13.

It’s also a huge help to have a moisturizing hair treatment once a month to help repair the effects of winter. Ours start at only $6.00!

Follow these tips to ensure Old Man Winter doesn’t wreak havoc on your skin and hair; you’ll get through winter looking radiant and healthy!

 

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There is no question most skin cancers are related to sun exposure, yet even with sunscreen sales approaching $1 billion a year, skin cancer rates continue to climb. Melanoma diagnoses have risen nearly 2 percent a year since 2000 and are increasing even more among young white women.

Some experts blame inappropriate use of sunscreen, saying that people do not apply enough lotion (a golfball-size dollop) or do not reapply it every two hours as instructed. But there’s another major concern: Until recently, many sunscreens with a high sun protection factor, or SPF, were designed primarily to protect people from ultraviolet B rays, the main cause of sunburn. These sunscreens may have enabled users to stay out longer but did not necessarily protect them from ultraviolet A rays. These are associated with aging and skin damage, but some experts believe they may also be implicated in skin cancer.

Sunscreen is not a magic bullet; it’s just one of the defenses against the harmful effect of UV radiation, and that message gets lost. Experts are urging people to limit their time in the sun, especially at midday, and protect their skin with hats, shirts and cover-ups instead of relying exclusively on sunscreen.

This summer, most of the sunscreen on store shelves must conform to new Food and Drug Administration labeling rules that may help remedy consumer misperceptions. Still, concerns remain about ingredients in some sunscreens.

“Broad spectrum protection” should not automatically give you a sense of complete protection. That simply now means the sunscreen has been proved to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, however the UVA protection may be comparatively weaker. The additional important thing to pay attention to is the SPF rating; any product with an SPF lower than 15, must carry a label warning that it will not protect against skin cancer. Products cannot claim to be waterproof, only water-resistant, and labels must note a time limit of either 40 or 80 minutes before the sunscreen is ineffective. Manufacturers can still sell sunscreens with SPFs that exceed 50, though F.D.A. officials are evaluating whether they should remain on the market, as it’s not clear that sunscreens with higher SPFs actually are more effective, and consumers may not apply them as frequently.

Tips to keep in mind when selecting sunscreen from a recent NY Times article:

■ Look for products with an SPF of 15 to 50, and that are labeled “broad spectrum protection,” meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Higher SPF values are misleading.

■ Keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun, as their skin is especially sensitive. Sunscreen should not be used on infants. If they are outdoors, keep them completely covered and in the shade.

■ Try to keep older children inside when the sun is harshest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles the risk of melanoma later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

■ Avoid sunscreen sprays. The F.D.A. has banned sunscreen powders (though some products may still be available) and has asked for more data on sprays. The concern is twofold: that not enough sunscreen makes it onto the skin, and that the spray may be inhaled into the lungs.

■ Avoid products with vitamin A, retinol or its derivatives, such as retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate, as they may increase the possibility of a sunburn for up to a week.

■ The Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding products with oxybenzone, a chemical that may disrupt hormones. Though research has found this effect, many scientists say the effect is so weak as to be insignificant. The advocacy group, however, recommends products that use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients. (These products may leave a milky white film on the skin.)

■ Look for fragrance-free products. Scents bring more unnecessary chemicals and potential allergens to the mix.

■ Take endorsements and seals of approval with a grain of salt. The Skin Cancer Foundation gives a “seal of recommendation” to sunscreens, but only if their manufacturer has donated $10,000 to become a member of the organization.

(Adapted from an article in NY Times)

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Take advantage of our June promotion and save big!  Our services are already so affordable, and with our June special, you’ll really get a big bang for your bucks! 

Schedule 3 spa services to be done all at the same visit, and get 1/2 OFF each service! Stop surfing the net, start dialing: (336) 885-3452

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We often spend our attention – and money – on a fabulous new wardrobe piece or an awesome accessory, but we neglect the one thing that everyone notices, and looks directly at in any interaction:  our face, or more specifically, our skin.

No cosmetic will ever do as much for flawless beautiful skin, as good consistent skin care will. And as one’s skin become healthier, you’ll find you rely less and less on cosmetics.  A step towards that stunning skin is to make it a priority in your schedule and budget to get regular facials. It’s one of the best investments you can make for your skin.

Another step towards great skin is to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it is also the last to get any nutrients from the foods you eat.  So make sure the nutrients it does get are healthy ones.

Lastly, we’ve all become accustomed to a higher-stress, faster paced way of life, but we also pay a price for it. It’s important to engage in relaxing activities to reduce the stressor hormones in the body.  When you come to Health and Style Institute for a facial, you get a double benefit: great skin care, and some relaxing “me-time”.

Call us today (336.885.3452) to schedule some time for yourself to relax and take that first step towards naturally beautiful skin!