Don’t Skimp on your Skincare

Your face is the only one you’re going to get, make sure you are taking good care of it with quality skincare products.  The skincare industry can be very confusing.  To help make sense of it, you should be talking with a licensed esthetician who can steer you in the right direction based on the condition of your skin. This professional can help develop a regime for you based on your skincare goals .

A licensed esthetician will likely suggest that you stay away from drugstore and cosmetic products and encourage you to try a professional line of skincare.  Products found at your local drugstore are mass-marketed to entice the buyer with impressive claims, however these products are generally made with high chemical, high fat synthetic ingredients that have no real clinical value to them.  The ingredients do not penetrate and often strip your skin of vital oils.  Cosmetic grade skincare offers a small improvement for a hefty price tag.  In many cases, the cosmetic grade product have a single corrective ingredient in a small concentration, such as fruit acid to renew the skin.  The professional skincare counterpart includes a variety of  plant derived ingredients that are balanced to provide results to soften hydrate and smooth your skin.

Skincare from a professional line does not have to be expensive.  In many cases it is more affordable than the less effective cosmetic grade products.  wendycityfaces carries three lines of product that are at varying price points to suit your skincare needs.

My most corrective line is Glo Skin Beauty with plant extracts with anti-aging properties.  I use these products in all my treatments, and my clients have seen awesome results in their skin balance and firmness when using the products at home. I recommend a daily three-step program plus an exfoliate  and eye cream.  This line can accommodate  any skin condition with a large variety of options.

I also have brought in Image Skin care, a new pro line that clients are loving.  The Vitamin C product line has great anti-aging ingredients.  Additionally, the sunblocks are wonderful.  The regimen is simple, and the price point is a little lower than Glo.

Third, I have Réjuvasea, which is an amazing product line of very basic products.  These products have sea plankton that hydrates and cools.  This line is great for very dry red sensitive skin that struggles to find balance. The star product here is the night cream but I use it day and night as well .

During your consult at your first facial, we will sample and find the right blend for you. I guarantee you will see your skin improve and maintain a great balance.

 

Chemical Peels: Debunking the Myth

When the words “chemical peel” are mentioned, many people immediately imagine the horrors displayed in movies, but the myth of painful raw, red skin needs to be debunked.

The truth is that chemical grade peels are varying strength of fruit acids applied with expert care.  Slight tingling is managed during the treatment, and followed up with calming agents.  The result is a smoother, brighter, lighter complexion with no bleeding.

There are several purposes to peels, which is dependent on your specific needs and skin goals.  A single layer peel can be applied during a facial to help loosen dead cells and clean out clogged pores.  To address deep wrinkles, large pores, pigmentation, sun damage, or acne, a monthly series of three to six peels is usually recommended.  The stronger peels are applied in customized layers.   This process results in one day of tight feeling, slightly flushed skin, followed by the skin shredding dead cells for the next several days.  There is no excessive downtime involved.

Prior to jumping into peels, it is important to have an established treatment and skincare routine for optimum skin health.  Peels are typically part of a part of a 2 to 6 month plan of action, based on individual client needs.

During your consultation, Wendy will help determine the best course of treatment for you to achieve the healthiest skin possible.  Give Wendy a call at 630-404-4779 to get started today!

Problem Skin Transformed

The quest for good skin, or repairing problem skin, comes from a combination of good services and product.

Angie is a great example.  Angie is getting married in August and was very upset about the state of her skin.  She suffered from extremely oily but dehydrated, raw, breakout ridden skin.  She tried to combat this by washing her face numerous times a day, which did little for her already stripped complexion.  Her self-confidence wasn’t helped when she was told by a local plastic surgeon, that in order to improve her look she would need to spend $26,000 on procedures.  I was thrilled to meet with Angie and assure her we could improve her overall skin and look, by her wedding date, for a more reasonable cost!

I devised a customized series of treatments, which consisted of facials, chemical peels, and light therapy, with the goal of improving her texture, calming her breakouts and balancing her oil production.

Twice a week for the first four weeks, Angie was treated to an acne repair treatment including an ultrasound pore cleaning and green light therapy to calm the redness.  In addition to the treatments, we overhauled Angie’s basic home regime with quality products and a manageable treatment schedule.  She also visited Dr. Honore Woodside for some Botox and facial fillers which helped to even out her forehead and bring out her cheekbones, all for a fraction of the cost of unnecessary plastic surgery.

Angie is thrilled to be receiving complements on her new and improved look, and has made it a priority to maintain her balanced, calm skin with a monthly visit to wendycityfaces.  She is overjoyed with the results and cannot wait to meet her groom at the altar in August.

Below are Angie’s before and after photos:
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Left: Closeup of very congested, oily skin
Right: Clear, balanced skin with reduced pore size PicStitch2
Left: Prior to treatment with Dr. Honore Woodside
Right: After Botox and fillers to address cheekbones and foreheadPicStitch3

Call Wendy at 630-404-4779 today to start your skin transformation story!

Winter Must-Haves: Foundation

Your goal is to always have luminous, glowing skin without feeling like you are wearing heavy makeup that is caked on.  The days of old, cakey, orange makeup are gone.  If you are afraid, fear not!   The new foundations that are available will brighten up your look!  Foundations have improved over the years to provide a flawless airbrush quality without the airbrush price.  Current foundations have a very fine milled texture, which allows the foundation to lay very close to the skin.  This gives you a fresh, smooth canvas without emphasizing lines and wrinkles.  Most foundations are translucent in nature, allowing your natural skin color to glow through.  This avoids the “mask affect” of thick and caked on makeup.

Besides the smooth canvas that foundation creates for your face, the added benefit of wearing it daily is that it provides an extra barrier between your skin and the elements.  I previously wrote about the need for that barrier here.  Check it out for a refresher.

Don’t Skip the Sunscreen!

Foundation should always be worn over a sunscreen.  While it is true that a lot of products on the market have SPF in them, you definitely shouldn’t rely on the SPF in the foundation alone to give you the protection you need.  The percentage of sunscreen that makes up the foundation is not adequate for reliable coverage.  Furthermore, most foundations have a Sun Protection Factor of 15 or 20.  You should be wearing an SPF 30 or above every day to protect against skin damaging rays.  For individuals who have rosacia or extremely sensitive skin, you should use sun block as opposed to sunscreen.  The physical block made from titanium dioxide truly blocks all harmful rays and will keep your skin protected from damaging rays and looking younger.

Foundation Choices… You Have Options!

The right foundation will create an even tone and brighten your face making you look radiant and alive.  Foundations can be formulated to correct any yellow or blue tones in your skin, and minimize occasional or chronic redness.  How do you pick your color?  Come on in to wendycityfaces and let me color match you and make sure you’re getting the best color that will neutralize all the red and blue tones on your face for the best possible luminous you.

One foundation that is excellent for all skin types is wendycityfaces Superior HD Foundation.  It comes in 18 colors, and is lightweight, oil free, and loaded with great antioxidants.  Another favorite is Luxe from Glo Minerals.  It is also a HD product that provides lightweight smooth coverage.  One benefit of this foundation is that it has diamond powder, which will give a nice reflective luminous quality to your skin.  Both of these foundations will give you a smooth, light finish without the risk of looking overdone.

Another option to ensure your color is exactly matched for you is to have your foundation custom blended for you.  wendycityfaces offers custom blend foundation which is perfectly formulated to your specific needs at a reasonable price!

For those with chronic redness, Illuminaré is a good option for you.  It is a liquid foundation with sun block.  Spread thinly over the face, it provides great coverage from the elements but still covers up rosacia and breakouts.  It is non-oily and is a very potent protection that stays all day.

As the weather warms up, you may want to consider using wendycityfaces baked mineral foundation or Glo Minerals pressed powder base in place of your liquid foundation.  It is excellent over a sun block for nice, light even coverage.  They are both excellent over a pure sun block, or on top of the Glo Minerals Tinted Moisturizing SPF 30.

Application

Your liquid foundations can be applied with a foundation brush or with your fingers.  Applied Start by applying under your eyes and moving across the cheek and down the face.  I encourage you to next use your concealer over your foundation (despite popular belief that it should go on in the opposite order).  Follow this by setting the whole look with high definition powder for all day staying power.

A Final Note

Whether you’ve worn foundation all your life, or you are just exploring its uses now, don’t go it alone!  I’d love to help you find your best fit foundation in my Aurora studio.  Contact me today to set up your appointment!