How Dehydration Affects Your Hair & Skin

Staying hydrated is important for optimal health for your entire body including your hair and skin.

The average adult human body is about 60 percent water. Skin alone contains 63 percent water. Water is required for our cells to transport nutrients and minerals throughout our bodies.

When you don’t drink enough water, you become dehydrated. Dehydration prevents your body from eliminating toxins through your skin, which in turn makes your skin more susceptible to skin problems and disorders, such as dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, discoloration, and even premature wrinkling. Assuming these issues were caused by dehydration, they can be improved over time with proper hydration, according to WebMD.

According to Dr. Julian Seifter, a kidney specialist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, healthy people should get 30 to 50 ounces of water per day (about 1 to 1.5 liters), but not all at once.

Tips to stay hydrated:

  • Drink a lot of water (30-50 ounces per day)
  • Eat water dense foods such as fruit
  • Drink coconut water to replace lost electrolytes when you sweat
  • Stay away from salt

Recommended Products to Hydrate Hair & Skin:

“My favorite in the summer is the Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Mist. Spray a mist on a hot summer day to feel instantly refreshed,” said Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s Campus Director, Jill Hocking. “I would also recommend the Skin Hydrating Masque, a refreshing, moisturizing masque to remedy dry stressed skin. Acid traps moisture to deliver time-released hydration for lasting suppleness.”

Take advantage of our Hydration Package for only $25. Valid until Friday, June 30, 2017.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Offers Day of Pampering to Those in Recovery

Plymouth, Minn. (Dec. 11, 2016) – The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) is offering those in recovery complimentary services at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 and 19, at our Plymouth location.

About 14 residents from the Adult and Teen Challenge programs are scheduled to receive services from our students each day.

“Not only is this a good way to give back to the community, it’s also a great opportunity for our students to give their talents and make a positive different in the life of someone else,” said Jill Hocking, MSC campus director.

MSC has recently hosted four groups of women from the program with wonderful results.

 What: Complimentary Services being offered

When: 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 and 19.

Where: Plymouth campus: Plymouth Plaza, 1425 County Road 101 North Plymouth, MN 55447

Weird Things That Can Give You Amazing Skin

Honey
This sweet, sticky substance is so good for your skin, it’s kind of crazy. It’s extremely soothing to all skin types and its natural antibacterial properties make it the perfect non-drying spot treatment for breakouts. (Just make sure not to get your hair caught in it.) For best results, go for raw or unpasteurized honey rather than the stuff that comes in a container shaped like a bear.Beautiful young latin woman on white background. Closeup portrai

Eggs
We don’t recommend that you eat raw eggs (salmonella!), but you should definitely put them on your face. They’re gross to deal with, but an egg white mask is totally worth the effort thanks to the nourishing, toning protein content. Allowing the egg white to “harden” on your face forms a film that tightens and firms the skin and diminishes the appearance of large pores. You can then use the yolk in this DIY hair treatment.

Bananas
Rich in assorted vitamins and minerals, bananas function as a great, if unexpected, natural moisturizer. They contain vitamin A, which fades dark spots and smooths skin texture, and a mashed banana combined with brown sugar creates a nourishing all-natural scrub suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Pumpkin
It’s a good thing pumpkins are ubiquitous as the weather cools, because that’s exactly when your skin needs their moisturizing properties and gentle chemical exfoliation the most. Like carrots, pumpkins gets their orange coloration from super-antoxidant carotenoids, which use enzymes to smooth and soften even the most sensitive and damaged skin. Next time you carve a festive jack o’lantern (you’re never too old), set the pulp aside and use it as a mask later on.

Cinnamon
There’s a reason why so many lip plumping formulas contain cinnamon: It’s one of the best ingredients for stimulating blood vessels, which results in a visibly plumper, smoother appearance. Because of its coarse but non-abrasive texture, it also makes a great face and body scrub. We like to mix 1:3 parts cinnamon with honey and use it as a face mask for a pore cleansing, circulation-boosting treat that tastes as good as it works.

Vodka
Not only can enough vodka trick you into thinking you’re better-looking than you actually are—sometimes all you need is a good buzz to make you feel like a million bucks—but it can also prove to be a valuable asset to your beauty routine. It’s an astringent that works wonderfully as a non-irritating (who would have guessed?) toner to tighten up pores and refresh the skin, and it actually makes a great antiseptic treatment for wounds (yes, including that zit you just picked.)

Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the most popular ingredients in South Asian beauty recipes—in fact, it’s kind of the best-kept beauty secret of Indian women, who use it to address just about every skin concern you can think of. Its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and sebum-regulating properties are indispensable in fighting acne, but just one thing: It’ll stain your skin a slightly yellowish tone, which gives a great glowing effect on the medium to dark-complected and a less desirable look to fairer skin tones. Fortunately, the issue is easily solved with a bit of toner on a cotton pad.

Sandalwood
Sandalwood is another natural antiseptic that works beautifully to relieve and disinfect cuts, wounds and blemishes. It’s excellent for soothing rashes and irritation, and its essential oil can be used as a moisturizer for all skin types. A paste of sandalwood and turmeric powders and water is super-effective in eradicating pimples, and unlike some of the other natural antibacterials on this list, you’ll actually want to go around smelling like the stuff.

Mint
Mint has a whole host of health and body benefits, but what you probably didn’t know is that it’s a great source of salicylic acid—yes, the same stuff that’s in that zip-zapping cream we love so much. The juice of mint leaves are wildly effective in soothing inflammation in acne-prone skin, as well as brightening thanks to its natural inclusion of vitamin B.
Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/diy-beauty-ingredients/#ixzz4RX2N2IxY

Your Poor Pores! Skincare Tips for After Halloween

It’s Nov. 1, and you won the prize “Best Costume” as a sexy zombie at the hottest Halloween party last night! Your makeup was on point with piles of paint, fake blood and the longest and lushest falsies at the party! Since a lot of costume makeup is formulated differently than everyday cosmetics, your skin is likely going to need a detox. Your poor pores!

Here are some tips for your skin when it comes to Halloween. Vampire Halloween Woman portrait. Beauty Sexy Vampire Girl with

  1. Again, don’t forget to use a moisturizer. You had a million products on your face and you did a deep clean to remove it. Time to give your skin a hydrating drink!
  2. Get every last drop of makeup off your face once the night is over. No going to sleep with those false lashes either! Use a cold cream or oil-based formula first, rinse and repeat until every trace is gone. Then wash your face with your usual face wash and end with a light-weight moisturizer.
  3. Don’t have a facial or exfoliate your skin the morning of Halloween or the day before. You don’t want your fresh, open pores to get clogged with face paint.
  4. Exfoliate your skin the next day. You may also want to do a purifying clay mask to avoid breakouts.
  5. Makeup, cleansers and adult beverages are dehydrating so be sure to drink plenty of water to flush away toxins and battle inflammation.
  6. Give your face a break from makeup the day after Halloween. It needs time to breathe after all of that fun!

 

Anti-Aging Tips and Tricks

As each year passes, you work hard to maintain a youthful perspective on life. Unfortunately, sun exposure, diet, and the natural aging process all conspire to make you look a lot older than you feel. Thankfully, it’s never too late to turn the clock back a few years. These helpful hints will allow you to maintain a more youthful visage:

Daily Sunscreen

Sunlight exposure is one of the chief causes of premature skin aging. Most people are smart enough to apply ample sunscreen while hanging out at the beach, but daily application is not a common phenomenon. Daily use of a high-SPF sunscreen is imperative, however, as sun exposure can prove harmful even in small doses, on cloudy days, and through windows. Look for broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, as this will protect you from the ill effects of both UVA and UVB rays. In addition to wearing sunscreen, invest in a big floppy hat and a pair of good sunglasses. These accessories prevent squinting, another top culprit behind premature wrinkles.

Hydration and a Healthy Diet

What you put in your body can be every bit as important as the products you apply to your skin. A good diet is paramount to wrinkle prevention, as is sufficient water consumption. To keep your skin line-free, load your diet with fruits and vegetables — and avoid refined sugars. Add a cup or two of green tea to your daily routine; multiple studies indicate that those who regularly consume green tea are able to keep fine lines and other signs of aging at bay.

Anti-Aging Tips and Tricks

Retinoid Creams

Long a go-to solution for skincare-conscious individuals of all ages, retinol was originally marketed as an acne solution. Although it remains a popular acne and psoriasis treatment to this day, it has developed an even closer connection with the anti-aging community.

Retinoid products prompt faster turnover of skin cells, thereby promoting growth among the cells that lie underneath that top layer of skin. A variety of over-the-counter retinol products are available, but many patients favor stronger products prescribed by dermatologists, including Renova and Retin-A.

Visiting an Esthetician

A variety of at-home solutions can enhance the look and feel of your skin, but if your regimen could use a boost, consider visiting an esthetician. Often confused with dermatologists, estheticians focus on improving overall skin appearance and quality, as opposed to treating medically-classified skin conditions. Many people visit dermatologists for medical treatment and estheticians in hopes of further improving the results achieved at the dermatologist. Treatment from an esthetician can take many forms; common services include facials, microdermabrasian, chemical peels, and collagen induction.

From preventative care to regular esthetician visits, a wide variety of simple solutions can give your skin the youthful appearance you desire. Whether you wish to improve your own youthful glow or help others achieve a younger look, you can reach your beauty goals by attending the Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/aging/retinoids-for-aging-skin

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/green-tea-benefits-aging-7528.html

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

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.”

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Partners with Dermalogica to Promote Skin Health

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Naomi McDonald, Dir. of Communications
Email: nmcdonald@globeuniversity.edu
Phone: 651-332-8269
Mobile: 651-785-4171

 

MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY PARTNERS WITH DERMALOGICA TO PROMOTE SKIN HEALTH
Community members are invited to learn about skincare from experts at Face Mapping® event

MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 14, 2014) – The Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus will hold a fun and interactive Dermalogica Face Mapping® event for the community on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 1 – 3 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. This event includes free make-up applications, product knowledge, skin analysis and Halloween face painting for children. Face Mapping® is a zone-by-zone analysis that helps people answer skin care concerns. Dermalogica Skincare experts will be on-call to examine clients’ skin, address concerns one-on-one and outline an efficient, daily-use regimen of products.

What: Minnesota School of Cosmetology Dermalogica Face Mapping® event

Where: Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus
1425 County Road 101 North
Plymouth, MN 55447

 When: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
1 – 3 p.m.
6 – 8 p.m.

Please contact Naomi McDonald, Director of Communications at nmcdonald@globeuniversity.edu or 651-332-8269.

ABOUT MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY

The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) or Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to www.msccollege.edu.