What is Beauty and Wellness?

Nail technician providing services in beauty and wellness

Interested in a career in cosmetology? Helping others with beauty also helps with their overall wellness. But what is beauty and wellness?

Beauty and Wellness: Two Sides of The Same Coin

To begin, the realms of beauty and wellness have a lot of overlap. Being well can help you look beautiful and feeling beautiful can increase your overall wellness. So, it can be kind of difficult to draw a firm line between what is classified as a ‘beauty treatment’ and what is classified as a ‘wellness treatment’.

However, a good general rule to remember is that beauty has more to do with how you visually present yourself and wellness has more to do with how you feel or aspects of your health. Beauty services will usually be more cosmetic in nature where wellness services usually have more to do with your health. Let’s take a look at how both sides of this coin affect various areas of the beauty industry.

The Beauty and Wellness of Manicures

Your hands are both a useful and expressive part of your body. They can be both fierce and functional.

Expression Through Nail Art

Getting your nails done can be an exciting part of your personal expression. A manicure can help give your hands a personal touch. The shape of the cut and length of your client’s nails can give them very different looks. Hundreds of techniques, designs and color combinations give them seemingly endless possibilities to choose from when it comes to crafting a signature look for their nails. How they choose to wear their nails can say as much or as little about they as they want it to.

Manual Care and Hand Health

The way your client’s hands look can be a great way to boost their mood and confidence. However, taking care of their hands goes far beyond making sure their nails look the way they want them to.

Your client’s hands come in contact with a lot of different things throughout the course of a day. They touch different people, different objects and different substances all the time. Your client also washes or sanitizes their hands on a regular basis.

Activities and environmental exposures can make their hands vulnerable to tears, blemishes and even infections. Even over sterilizing can compromise the healthy balance of their dermal layers. Balancing the moisture and exfoliation of their hands is just as important as making sure they look fantastic. Make sure you are as concerned with their health as with their appearance.

Head to Toe

Don’t forget the pedicure. Your client’s feet may not get as much time in the visual spotlight, but that doesn’t mean they need to be neglected. Getting a pedicure along with a manicure can help amplify the confidence of your client’s nail art while also helping take care of their feet at the same time.

Beauty, Wellness and Hair Care

The presentation and health of your client’s hair says something. It can offer insights into their health while also offering insights into their personality.

Getting the World Out of Your Hair So That You Can Do You

Hairstyle inspiration is all around your client but that doesn’t mean they need to follow the pack. Their hairstyle is a significant part of their outer presentation.

The color, cut and style of your client’s hair says something visually to those around them. The style of your client’s hair can also help them say something to themselves. They should say what they want to say. Pick a color that feels good. Give a cut that makes them happy when they look in the mirror. Style it to reflect their attitude. How they choose to wear their hair should be about their confidence and personal style, not anyone else’s.

Be Happier with Healthy Hair

The foundation of any hairstyle is healthy hair and a healthy scalp. Maintaining a proper moisture balance and repairing damage are crucial if your client wants to keep their hair looking and feeling its best. The impact of the environment around your client along with styling damage can really take a toll on the health of their hair.

Furthermore, chemical treatments and damage done by styling with heat are among the greatest dangers to the strength and growth capacity of your client’s hair. Combating this damage with restorative and conditioning treatments can also help your client look their best no matter what cut or style they end up choosing. Your client should also be aware that their nutritional balance and vitamin intake can have a tremendous effect on hair growth and hair health along with external factors that contribute to hair damage.

Skin That Feels and Looks Fantastic

The way your client chooses to present their skin is entirely personal. Exposing or revealing their body can be both vulnerable and intimate.

Silky, Smooth and Soft to the Touch

Loving the skin you live in is undeniably important. Feeling good about the way you look has a lot to do with your skin, for obvious reasons. This means your client needs to feel good about how their skin looks and feels. They are the ones who should make the decisions about what skin treatments are right for them and which ones they would rather not try.

Most importantly, your client should be the one to make the choice about their body hair. Your client should decide if they want to even out their skin tone or leave it beautifully asymmetrical. If they like their freckles, their beauty mark or their leg hair they shouldn’t let anyone talk them out of showing them off.

Likewise, if they want smooth, hairless legs or a spray tan they shouldn’t let anyone tell them not to look how they want to look. So long as your client is being safe, they should present their body however they want to.

Your Client’s First Line of Defense

Getting rid of blemishes might seem purely cosmetic at first, but it is also connected to the health of your skin. The impact of your hygiene and cosmetic habits can also have enormous effects on your dermatological health. Your skin’s moisture balance is a very significant part of keeping you healthy. Keeping skin moisturized keeps it soft, but it also keeps it strong.

Your client can also do this by minimizing their skin’s exposure to harsh chemicals and avoiding things that may cut or perforate the skin. If your client lets their skin dry out, small cracks can form that break down their dermal barrier. Because of this, the skin is compromised by tears and cracks from exposure or dryness. As a result, it leaves your client open to all kinds of infections, and potentially diseases. 

Skin is the first line of defense against germs and various other contaminants. Make sure the health of your client’s skin is a priority when you are making cosmetic choices for them.

The Beautiful Healing Potential of Makeup

Makeup should be the mask that reveals you instead of the mask that conceals you. Your face, your mood and your individual style should be the foundation.

Fabulous First Impressions

Makeup can be transformative and bold. It can also be understated and subtle. Unlike hair, skin, and nails, the way your client does your makeup can change drastically from day to day. One day your client might want to pick colors that make them stand out. Another day they may feel like highlighting and accentuating their natural facial features.

You may also find an occasion to do their makeup in completely extravagant and totally outrageous ways. Makeup should be used as a way to make them feel good, not a way to make other people feel good. Be daring, but whatever you do, make sure your client wears their makeup in a way that helps them show the world what they want them to see.

Saving Face with A Healthy Face

It is important that you carefully consider each of your makeup related products that are offered to clients. That also means the kind of facial cleansers and moisturizers they use, the brand of makeup you recommend, the beauty application tools they use and the kind of makeup removal method your client uses to take their makeup off.

All of these things can affect the health, as well as the beauty and wellness and appearance of your client’s skin in different ways. Be sure that you have considered any sensitivities their skin might have, as well as the ingredients in your products. No one likes breakouts and blemishes.

Getting Assistance with Your Beauty and Wellness Goals

When your client books an appointment with you, it can make a very big difference. There is certainly a lot you can do at home to keep yourself looking and feeling your best. However, there is a lot that is offered in a professional setting that can be dangerous to try and replicate at home on their own. Cosmetic treatments such as waxing can be unsafe when your client tries them as an amateur. There are also certain things that are incredibly challenging to accomplish without someone to help. Massage therapy, complicated nail art, and intricate hair coloration are just a few examples.

Cosmetic treatments such as waxing can be unsafe when your client tries them as an amateur. There are also certain things that are incredibly challenging to accomplish without someone to help. Massage therapy, complicated nail art, and intricate hair coloration are just a few examples.

How you feel and how you look can have a lot to do with one another. Taking care of one area can often lead to benefits in the other. Beauty and wellness may not have clearly defined lines that divide them, but they both have pretty clearly defined benefits that connect them.

Want to Learn More?

Did learning about what beauty and wellness are interest you? Need to get your undergraduate certificate in cosmetology? At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our Cosmetology program students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques.

You will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure you get the individualized instruction you need and attention you deserve. You will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology diploma from a respected college.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a cosmetologist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

Beach Chic 101: Everything You Need to Create Effortless, Summer Beauty Styles

Written By: Meesa OShanka

Cosmetology Instructor MSC Woodbury

We’ve finally arrived!  It’s time for fun in the sun and ice-cold beverages while we lather up with sunscreen for the next few months of summer.  While we crave the sun during our long Minnesotan winters, we also must refine our summer beauty routine to meet our busy schedules.  Here are some tips and tricks If you’re looking for a fun beachy look without spending hours getting ready.

Summer Beauty Must-Haves: Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizer is your BFF for the easiest summer beauty looks!  Tinted moisturizer gives you all the benefits of a sheer coverage foundation.  It’s lightweight and easy to apply with either a blender sponge or your fingertips.  The best part about tinted moisturizers is that they have your skin protection built right in.  Most tinted moisturizers will come with broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher to keep your skin protected while you’re out and about.

Summer Beauty Eye Makeup

To give yourself the effortless summer-ready eye look go for lighter neutral colors like coppers and browns like the ones found in the Urban Decay Naked Palettes.  Top it off with some dark brown liner to define your lash line and lastly let’s not forget a glossing mascara to complete your eye look. 

If you have oily skin or sweat-prone, you will want to make sure you are using a face and eye primer to lock in your looks. Don’t be afraid to add a little shimmer to your eyeshadow either because if the sun is shining, so are you!

Beachy Waves: The Summer Style Essential

For a quick and easy tousled beachy look grab yourself a salt spray for your hair.  Big Sexy Surfrider, Wella’s EIMI Ocean Spritz or Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray are some popular options for getting beach waves.  Professional styling products will give you the look of having just come out of the ocean without all that actual ocean salt on your colorful locks.  

Salt spray is easy to use.  After shampooing and conditioning your hair, towel dry and spritz a generous amount of your texture spray on to your hair.  Scrunch it up a bit in your hands and let air dry.

Pool-Ready Summer Beauty Picks

Spending extra time at the pool this summer? If you’re loving your time in pools treated with chlorine, you’ll want to take extra steps to ensure your hair is cared for. Here are a few tips that you can use to care both colored and natural hair to make sure your hair is in tip-top shape:

  • Use a leave-in conditioner: Leave-in conditioner provides a barrier that can help to protect your hair from the chlorine exposure in pools. There are leave-in conditioners designed specifically for swimmers and chlorine-exposed strands, like the Ion Swimmer’s Leave-in Conditioner.
  • Keep your blonde hair shining: Noticing your fair hair is taking on a greenish tint? Light haired colors may turn green when you’re in chlorine because copper is oxidized in the chlorine. Keep your hair bright and pure by using special swimmer shampoo, conditioners and purifying treatments like the Malibu Swimmers line.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

The last thing you’ll need for your beach look is sunscreen.  With the weather getting hotter and all of us craving that Vitamin D time make sure that you take time out of the day to put on some sunscreen to protect your beautiful skin. Sun protection is important to protect our skin from signs of premature aging and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

What Kind of Protection Do You Need?

So what should you be looking for in a sunscreen? First of all, when choosing a sunscreen always look for the words “broad spectrum”. Broad Spectrum sunscreens protect from both UVA and UVB rays while you’re out being a social butterfly.  Go for a minimum of SPF 30 and remember to reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours for best results.

Want to learn how to create easy and effortless beauty styles? Contact us today to learn about our Cosmetology and Esthiology programs.

Want To Look Perfect For Prom? Check Out These Prom Trends!

With prom season coming up, it’s time to start planning your perfect hairstyle and makeup look! Prom is all about creative updos, hair accessories and glamorous eye makeup.

MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.
MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.

Here are some of the most current trends:

1. Braids/twists in updos are by far the biggest trend for prom. Creative braids can be incorporated into an updo or twisted into a crown. To wear your braid down, opt for a fishtail braid or braid in a colored ribbon for a unique twist!

2. Sleek hair always looks polished and glamorous. Try a sleek bump with straight hair or a slicked back super-polished pony.

3. Loose updos are effortless and stylish. Loose buns, pinned curls, and knotted updos will look modern but romantic.

4. Wavy hair left down will highlight a low-back or backless dress. Beachy waves are a classic look or try side-swept curls for a more dramatic look.

5. Hair accessories are the perfect way to add style and personality to your overall look. Add jewels in a loose updo or add sparkly pins to a sleek, pin-straight style.

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MSC-Plymouth student Alexis shows off a braided updo and bold, winged eyeliner.

6. Makeup is all about the eyes! Highlight your eyes this prom season by playing up your eye makeup and toning down your other features. For a dramatic look, choose a winged eyeliner. For a unique look, opt for a pastel winged eyeliner. If you want to look super glam, metallics are the way to go. For a fresh, bright-eyed effect, go for a peachy eyeshadow and white eyeliner.

Remember that your hair and makeup should reflect your personal style, but keep in mind your face shape and hair type. Also, think about your dress and accessories, and what hair and makeup will best complete your overall look. Then you’ll be ready to dance the night away!

Students at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology would love to help you look perfect for your prom! Call today and schedule your appointment.

MSC Staff Selected for State Board Committee

 After submitting applications to be a part of the Minnesota Theory/State Exam Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committee, both school manager Josh Luhmann-Woodbury and instructor Irene Grossklaus from our Woodbury Campus were selected to participate in the committee. 

Josh will be reviewing the school manager, salon manager, and instructor exams and Irene will be reviewing the general cosmetology exam. The focus of the committee will be to review the state board exam content outline, and define the acceptable level of competence required by a new licensee to correctly practice in the field. The team will be especially 
focusing on skills and abilities that a competent Cosmetologist, Esthetician, and Nail Technician must demonstrate. 

Having our instructors be a part of this integral process will give us a better understanding as to what is all encompassed in the state board testing, how it will be changing and overall how we can prepare our current students to pass their general exam and graduates to help them continue on their journey to become managers in the future.

Congratulations to Josh and Irene for going above and beyond to setting the bar high for MSC!

 

Top 10 Beauty Gurus on YouTube

I am not a beauty expert, but as the front desk manager at our MSC-Woodbury campus, I have a passion for this industry and am excited to share my suggestions for Top 10 beauty videos on YouTube.

I have be honest. I used to color my own hair and never did my makeup. Then I started working for MSC and it really drew my attention to how I presented myself. I still don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I’ve made it my goal for this next year to learn how to do my own makeup by watching YouTube videos.

I wanted to see what these vlogs were all about. Could these ridiculously popular vloggers really teach me about beauty in the way that enhanced the education that I’ve gotten by watching and learning from our students? You’d be surprised! Most of these vloggers have little to no previous makeup, hair, or beauty experience, but they’re ruling the internet with these videos! Why? Because they are regular people, just like you and me, and they have a passion for this industry.

I set out by searching “beauty blogs” and proceeded to watch dozens and dozens of videos by countless numbers of people. Did you know there are even videos about who to watch? There are, and I watched those too. Then I realized that it’s really up to each individual person and how they relate to who they are watching. Some were crazy annoying. Some covered way more than just beauty tips. There are specific vlogs for whatever you are looking to do. There’s an amazing amount of videos to go through.  It was almost overwhelming.

After all that research, I was able to narrow down a list of my ten favorite beauty and lifestyle gurus on YouTube. Check them out and then make your own decision on who you connect with and follow:

Zoella

  • Has 220 videos on literally everything related to makeup, hair, relationships, product reviews, collaboration videos, fashion, beauty & homeware hauls, and life in general
  • You can follow her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as her own
  • She’s funny. She’s real. She’s real funny. There’s a reason she’s at the top. If you follow one person from this list – follow Zoe.
  • One to watch: Boyfriend Does My Makeup
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390

 

 

 

Carli Bybel aka “The Beauty Bybel”

  • Has over 3.3 million subscriber
  • Has over 370 videos on everything from makeup, hair, and fashion
  • She has a couple of blogs, a couple of Instagram accounts, Facebook, her own website, Google+, and Twitter so you can truly keep up to date with everything she is doing
  • One to watch: Makeup Mistakes to Avoid
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/CarliBel55

 

 

 

Michelle Phan

    • Has over 8 million subscribers
    • as over 370 videos mostly about makeup but has some very funny and interesting videos about Pet DIYs, room ideas for Unicorns (yes she really did), to real advice, and hair
  • Has over 8 million subscribers
  • She also has a blog, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can keep up to date on all of her advice
  • One to watch: The Smolder
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/MichellePhan

 

 

Whit aka “Naptural85”

Whit

  • Has over 650,000 subscribers
  • Has over 200 videos on everything for natural hair, makeup, storage ideas, hairstyles, product reviews, hair accessories, etc.
  • You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook
  • One to watch: The Perfect Curl Bun

https://www.youtube.com/user/Naptural85

 

 

Bethany Mota

        Probably the most actually well-known YouTube beauty guru in the United States
      • Has over 9.4 million subscribers
      • Has over 420 videos on everything about hair, makeup, fashion, DIY & lifestyle informational videos
      • You can also find her on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as another YouTube channel geared just towards her life (it’s gotten that big!)
      • One to watch: New Years Eve Makeup
      • https://www.youtube.com/user/Macbarbie07

 

Lauren Curtis

 

 

 

 

Andrea Brooks aka “AndreasChoice”
Whit

  • Has 3.4 million subscribers
  • Andrea’s on Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter so you can follow her pretty much everywhere
  • Has 186 videos on easy DIY, beauty, fashion, and makeup – super cool Halloween makeup and celebrity looks
  • One to watch: Lion Hair & Makeup
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/AndreasChoice

 

 Kandee Johnson
Whit

  • Has over 3.2 million followers
  • Over 530 videos on everything on how to do makeup, hairstyles, as well as lifestyle videos on cooking and fun.
  • She does a lot of “celebrity looks”
  • Follow her on Google+, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – she has some really amazing transformations that she does
  • One to watch: Kylie Jenner Transformation
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/kandeejohnson

 

 

Tanya Burr
Whit

 

  • Over 430 videos of everything from Hauls, to makeup tutorials, to how to bake!
  • She’s on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook
  • One to watch: Eye Makeup for Glasses Wearers
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/pixi2woo

 

 

Ingrid Nilsen

Whit

    Has over 3.8 million subscribers

 

I hope that you enjoy looking through these videos as much as I did and stay tuned to a future blog when I describe my experience in trying to follow a makeup tutorial given by one of these gals!

Until next time…

Cori

Makeup in Minutes

As a mother of a young child, I have very little time for makeup application in the morning, so I’ve pared down my routine to just minutes. For those of you who have hectic schedules and need to maximize your time in front of the mirror, here are several simple steps to a faster beauty regimen.

Step 1: Skin preparation

Skin should be prepped before makeup is applied, so I start with a three-in-one cleanser that also tones and exfoliates. This multiuse product not only saves time, it’s easier on your pocketbook. To receive the most benefit, particularly if you use a cleanser with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) like salicylic acid, you can leave it on your skin as a mask for a few minutes while in the shower before washing it off. After cleansing, I gently apply an eye cream and facial moisturizer.

To streamline your makeup process, make sure your application tools and makeup and cleansing products are organized and accessible. I recommend an eye shadow brush and a blush brush, one to two eye shadows or an eye shadow trio, a brown eyeliner, black mascara, color correcting (CC cream), a light blush and a lip gloss.

QuickMakeUpRoutinesStep 2: Foundation and moisturizer

For my base, I use a CC cream, which serves as both a light foundation and moisturizer. For those with oily skin, CC cream might be enough of a moisturizer so you can skip Step 1. The CC cream also provides color correction and sun protection, and it looks natural as it is designed to blend right into the skin and does not need to be an exact match like a foundation.

Step 3: Eyeliner

Next I apply a brown eyeliner to define my eyes. The brown hue accentuates my eyes, making them seem larger. I use it at the corners, then smudge color lightly on my lower lash line to the halfway point. Finally, I apply the eyeliner on the upper lash line about three-quarters of the way across this arc.

Step 4: Eye shadow

Continuing with a brown color theme, I use a brown eye shadow, sweeping the color across the lid next to where I applied the liner. Next, I “pat” eye shadow on the outside corner of my eye before smoothing and blending it evenly across the remaining lid surface. The color should be applied from the lash line to just above the eyelid crease.

To contrast the brown shadow and further enhance my eyes, I apply a cream or light pink eye shadow, blending it with the darker hue and sweeping right under my eyebrow to highlight my brow bone.

Step 5: Blush

My finishing touch is a small amount of blush. I apply it along the contour of the cheek and blend in a circular motion over the apples of the cheeks. A coat or two of mascara, some gloss on the lips, and I’m ready for the day!

Sonya Stelmachuk

Esthetician

Where are they now? 9 Questions for MSC Graduate Ashleigh Carberry

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field! We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumni Ashleigh Carberry who graduated in 2015. We love hearing graduate success stories!

What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology? My career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology was working 12 years in the fast food industry at Arby’s.Ashleigh C

Why did you choose to attend MSC? I choose to attend MSC because I loved the atmosphere. When I walked in, all the faculty and students made me feel welcome and a part of the family.

How did your education enhance or change your current career path? I landed a job at JCPenny’s Salon where I have continued to learn and enhance my skills.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology? Take your schooling very seriously and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take a lot of notes.

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry? Every day is different. This industry is always changing and you are constantly learning new things. I love building relationships with my clients and making them feel good.

Where has your job taken you? I have started my career and have already learned so much from my mentor, he plans to retire within the next five years and would love to see me replace him. I can just see my career going very far.

How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life? MSC helped me learn how to communicate with clients over the phone, at the front desk, and how to talk to clients professionally during a consultation.

What is your favorite memory of MSC? I have two favorite memories from MSC. My first is I have Turners Syndrome and MSC allowed me to invite the TS girls from my chapter to get mini makeovers. It made them all feel special and gave them a boost of confidence it really meant a lot to all of us. My second favorite memory is when the school did my wedding party’s hair, nails and makeup.  The students did an amazing job and I was asked all night where we had gone.  Everything turned out better than I had ever dreamed and we all looked amazing.

What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school? Client consultations are very important, and you should be doing them for every client. It is also very important to follow manufacturer’ instructions.

 

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

Breanna and Bailey

Minnesota School of Cosmetology hosted their first annual Spring Fashion Show recently.  The theme this year was Classic Hollywood Decades.

We set this year’s fashion show up as a reverse career fair.  Allowing for our students to create inspiration boards with their before and after photos.  We encouraged our students to have copies of their resumes available to hand out to the salons and industry professionals that would be attending the show.

After the show we give the Salons and Industry Professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations.

Our students were able to choose if they would like to participate individually or in a group.  As well as choosing the decade they would like to portray through their looks.  We encouraged students to have a few different looks for each decade, but to keep in mind time to get the looks together on the day of the show is limited. The students had been preparing for the show for weeks in advance and all their time and hard work really showed through their looks.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to come out to the shows and for the continued support you give our students daily. They wouldn’t be where they are at today without you!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the Salons and Industry Professionals that attended our Spring Fashion Show!   Thank you for supporting our students!

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Check out all the glamourous Hollywood looks on our facebook page!

Cancer Survivor Day

Minnesota School of Cosmetology will be hosting a Cancer Survivor Day June 2, 2015

Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day™ (CSBSD™) is a nationwide event that takes place every year on the first Tuesday in June. It is a day when those in the beauty and related industries in all fifty states offer complimentary services to all men, women and children that are cancer survivors, regardless of their type of cancer or when they were diagnosed. All cancer survivors are invited to participate and, for many, CSBSD™ is the only time during the year that they receive a little personal kindness, warm support and tender pampering.

MSC Plymouth and Woodbury will be offering complimentary facials and manicures  CSD

Please call ahead to make an appointment.  Walk- ins are welcome based on availability.

MSC Plymouth

1425 County Road 101 N

Plymouth, MN 55447

763-404-4800

 

MSC Woodbury

1750 Weir Drive

Woodbury, MN 55125

651-287-2180

Please help us spread the word by passing along to friends and family!

5 Skin Care Mistakes That Are Aging You

As much as we love the perks of getting older — maturity, wisdom and being comfortable in our own skin — we don’t want our skin to become dull and wrinkly. And while none of us can reverse the one-way ride that is the aging process, we can definitely slow it down.

But how much of aging is in the hands of fate and genetics? According to dermatologist Doris Day, “Only about 10 percent of how your skin ages is genetic, so you have a lot of control.”

For the 90 percent of aging we can control, here are five skin care mistakes that are aging you.
 

1.  NOT WEARING SUNSCREEN

It’s a beauty tip that is so over-emphasized we almost take it for granted. But the proof is in the pudding — or, shall we say, in the protection.

“90 percent of wrinkles are from the sun, so SPF is the best anti-ager,” Day says.

Even if we’re only outdoors for a short amount of time each day, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the sun. At over 27 million degrees and a size that’s approximately 109 times larger than the earth, it’s understandable that the sun plays a major role in aging.

This is good news for those of us who can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on special anti-aging treatments. A simple SPF can keep us looking younger without putting a hole in our wallets.
 

2.  BEING TOO ROUGH ON YOUR SKIN

Our facial skin is fragile, particularly the area around our eyes. Repeated pulling and tugging during makeup application or cleansing routines can take a toll and cause fine lines.

“Try not to pull on your eyes when applying liner, as this can cause premature wrinkles and sagging of skin,” says Lori Leib, Creative Director of Bodyography Professional Cosmetics. “Instead, train yourself to apply liner with a steady hand, or switch from pencil to gel liner as it applies a lot smoother. A rough hand can cause redness and premature wrinkles.”

Over-exfoliating (more than three times per week) is also damaging to the skin. “You’re actually removing the protective barrier that your skin has,” says Dr. Ben Johnson, founder of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. “Once removed, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging.”
 

3.  POOR EXERCISE AND SLEEP HABITS

It goes without saying that smoking is a serious no-no when it comes to wrinkle prevention, but you might be surprised to learn that a sedentary lifestyle can add years to your face, too.

“Exercising is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin,” says Ellen Marmur, MD. “When exercise turns you pink, you’re dilating all the blood vessels in your skin and washing the area with nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood.”

Another way we unintentionally accelerate the aging process is by not getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that sleep quality has a direct effect on skin quality, and that not getting enough sleep increases the signs of aging.
 

4.  POOR DIET

We can’t escape it: We are what we eat. If we’re constantly filling out bodies with junk food, our skin just isn’t going to be as lovely as it would be if we were eating a diet rich in essential nutrients.

But can a healthy diet actually delay aging? Nutritionist and dietician, Nicolette Pace, believes it can. “Some studies indicate that it is indeed possible to delay aging and get an improvement in skin condition by improving your diet.”

Ingredients that most benefit our skin include antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. This translates to foods such as berries, tomatoes, fish, yogurt, nuts, avocados and honey. Be sure to add these items to your next grocery list!
 

5.  NOT REMOVING MAKEUP AT NIGHT

We’ve all come home from a long, busy day and heard our bed calling to us so loudly that the most we could do was change our clothes and collapse into bed… but wait, not so fast!

Going to bed with makeup on doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, causing pores to become clogged and larger over time. To put it more scientifically: “During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress,” says dermatologist Dr. Gilbert. “When you sleep in your makeup, you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging.”

Or take it from another expert, Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of the Clear Clinic: “Free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night. Free radicals cause collagen breakdown over time, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin.”