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Double Cleansing

 

Double Cleansing: You need to do this, twice!

Every relationship goes through it’s chapters and reaches it’s most meaningful milestones. First dates, first kiss, meeting the parents, first true argument about how, “Oh I don’t care,” is actually not a restaurant. But to this day, I remember the first time my beau ventured into the bathroom of my apartment searching for q-tips. {It might have also been dental floss or tissues. I might not remember this as clearly as I thought. But the humor is still here I promise.} I knew the moment he opened up those upper cabinet doors, searching earnestly for his needs and seeing for the first time my arsenal of beauty products and tools I utilize in my efforts to age gracefully. Now for me, I can practically hear a choir of angels sing every time I open those doors. Glycolic Cleansers, Retinol Crèmes, and oh the lipid soluble vitamin C serums. It’s beautiful. For him, bewildered, confusion, questioning life decisions he made in the third grade. In this moment, he let out the most innocent of, “Whoa,” that would have made a circa 1989 Keanu Reaves very proud. And with a giggle he said that he thought washing his face was just soap and water. Oh he was so mistaken, but he was also so very correct in the simplicity of our skins needs.

As a whole, the beauty industry today is in this amazing era where the education about the importance of a good skin care routine is pivotal. We know that our skin is the largest organ our body has, and it works very hard every day to protect us from harmful environmental factors. The better we take care of our skin, this beautiful organ can do its job longer and more efficiently. With this knowledge, our industry has blossomed with an array of products and tools that aide in our skin care routines. Clarisonic brushes, charcoal masks and jade rollers are everyday tools, while our cabinets are lined with toners and serums for every need. But in reality, we often overlook the fact that a good face cleanse, specifically a double cleanse, is the most important step we can take. Double cleansing is a method of washing your face twice. Yep, that simple. But without proper cleansing, every other step in your skin care routine is absolutely pointless.

Double cleansing really started to receive attention when the layered steps of the Korean skincare routines gained popularity. The art of double cleansing is that you first wash your face with an oil based cleanser. For most of us the mental alarms are already going off at the idea of washing our face with an oil, surely this will make me more oily and further my breakouts? But oil attracts oil, and in this case it’s really attracted to the fat deep in your subcutaneous tissue. The oil cleanse will get down deep in those pores to melt sebum and break down makeup, dirt and pollutants that have accumulated. Often times a deep cleansing will leave the skin dry and raw, but because the oil based cleanser doesn’t mess with the lipids and ceramides between the skin cells, your skin will be balanced, clean and hydrated. The second phase of the double cleanse is the use of a water based foaming cleanser. While the oil based products worked to break down all the crud in our skin, one to two pumps out of this foaming bottle of wonderful is going to swoop in to wash away all of that surface residue. You will be clean. You will be purified. And you will be ready for serums.

Now if you know me at all, you know I am a lazy girl at heart. I often joke that if I can’t put on my makeup at two red lights, well then I just don’t need that kind of pressure in my life. I promise you my skin care routine is not anymore taxing. Following the double cleansing method should -maybe- add one to two more minutes in front of your bathroom mirror at night. That’s it. But from acne to ageing, this two step routine may be your skin’s saving grace.

Just Remember:

Step One: Apply an oil based cleanser to neck and face. Moving in upward and outward circles to massage the cleanser in. You’ll look like a raccoon who forgot their umbrella. This is good, this means the oil is melting everything down. Remove with warm water and cloths.

Step Two: One to Two pumps of your water based foaming cleanser. Work into neck, jaw and entire face with your finger tips for about one minute. Rinse thoroughly.

Your skin will be completely ready now for any toners, serums and bottled glow your favorite Esthetician has recommended for you. Try to do this every night, or most nights if were being honest gals. Until next time readers.

Blogger: Katie

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Microcurrent: The Natural Facelift

The day I turned thirty, I woke up excited in my hotel room with the promise of a French 75 and the cajun breakfast that was awaiting me as I was celebrating my most illustrious birthday in the Big Easy. Favorite cleanser in hand I gazed into the fluorescent lit bathroom mirror ready to primp myself for the day’s festivities. And then I saw it, like a sci fi monster creeping out of the depths, it was smile lines. Those starkly defined and painfully dreaded wrinkles that were etched around my nose and mouth.

  1. Was. Devastated.

Had I smiled to much in my thirty years? Surely I drank enough water. Exfoliation? It had to be exfoliation. Time to scrub my face like I never had before.

But the simple fact is, the human face is constructed of 45 muscles, 36 of which are used for expression alone. And unlike anywhere else on the body, those muscles directly relate to the appearance of our skin. Right at the tender age of 30, our muscle function begins to atrophy. As this deterioration begins to occur, we simultaneously lose collagen and elastin in our skin.  Science calls this, “Sarcopenia.” I call it, “Gravity is making my face melt and it’s not fair.” I refused to let my cheeks go down without a fight, so what’s a girl to do? Microcurrent my darling.

Microcurrent is a rejuvenating, low-level electrotherapy facial. Two prongs are used by an Esthetician to strategically strengthen the facial muscles, reeducating them into a sculpted and visibly tighter position. It’s Pilates for your face. During the facial, you’ll experience the tingling sensation of small electrical impulses. These impulses mimic those naturally occurring in our body. Aside from the improvement in muscle tone, microcurrent therapy triggers a boost in the body’s production of collagen and elastin. Those precious youthful proteins.

Immediately after the facial, the results are visible. The face is lifted, firm and beautifully hydrated. Treatment is typically done over several sessions, comparable to our gym routines for the rest of our body. Microcurrent is completely safe and FDA approved, however for some clients it’s not the best option.  I wouldn’t recommend this treatment for any of my pregnant guest, people with heart conditions or epilepsy.

Blogger: Katie Leigh

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A change is in the Air!

It’s a cold day, nearing the end of January in good old San Antonio Texas. I grab my purse and my warm elixir of life, coffee, and jump into my car feeling the cold leather against my thighs and back. Instantly I reach for the seat warmer and adjust my air settings. Those of you living in San Antonio know we experience 39 and 70 degrees in one day and I had my A/C blasting from the ride home from work yesterday.

I feel the warm air hitting my shoulders and face feeling my hairs stand up on end as I shiver with relief. Coming to my first stop light, I look up into my rear-view mirror and see my reflection staring back at me. After the initial shock, of seeing the hair standing up clinging to the roof of my car because of static, I noticed the dry chapped lips, tight crêpey skin, and my hands looked like the crypt keeper grasping my steering wheel.

Time to look at my beauty regime and adjust to the season.

In this cooler season we need to protect, our first layer of defense our skin. We need to intake more water to compensate for the cooler fronts causing dry air outside and forced hot air heating inside causing moisture to evaporate from the surface of the skin. Here are some of my tips that I incorporate to negate the dehydration and dryness in my skin and hair in our cooler months.

Because its cooler I tend to drink more coffee and tea. These come with a price, more dehydration. I generally stick to the rule of thumb to take in two eight-ounce glasses of water to every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage I consume as both are diuretics and will make you dehydrate more quickly.

My routine is all Aveda and so I just adjust accordingly.

First changing out my cleanser. Instead of using the Botanical Kinetics Gel Cleanser, I would use our Botanical Kinetics Crème Cleanser, which is gentler, cleansing the skin with plant derived oils leaving the skin soft and smooth and not stripped.

My usual moisturizer is Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion, which I would change up for the thicker, and more moisturizing Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Rich Crème or Soft Crème if I needed a lighter version. This would add a barrier layer protecting my skin from the elements and helping the water in my skin from evaporating which in turn would leave it dehydrated.

I also change up my shampoo routine. While still using my Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo, I would swap out my conditioner to the Aveda Dry Remedy Conditioner. This helps add and maintain moisture balance in the hair, relieving you of the static with the Buriti Oil and the gentle aroma of organic lavender, bergamot and ginger lily and other pure flower and plant essences

Finally, I will pull from my purse, because I always carry it with me, my Hand Relief Lotion. It is full of anti-oxidants vitamins A and E, lactic acid which exfoliates and licorice root for lightning and brightening, which is a must for aging skin. Our hands and neck show our age first ladies!

Until we get back our regular eight months of 85 to 100 this will be my winter and spring routine.

Join me in changing it up and come visit us at The Day Spa @ Folawns for some pampering. YOU deserve it!

Signing out, till the next time yours in Service

Blogger: Angie Hunt

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Waxing – Get Ready for Summer

Folawn’s #1 Get Ready for Summer Idea

  • Fact 1: Waxing is the longest-lasting temporary hair removal technique available.
  •  Fact 2: When wax is warm, it enters the follicle, allowing the hair to be pulled out from the root.
  • Fact 3: Hair grows back in 3 to 6 weeks.
  • The disadvantage to waxing, For those with sensitive skin, they may experience some  pain. And hair must grow back by ½ inch before waxing again (up to six weeks).

                    What should you expect when waxing for the first time?

  • First,  Warm wax is poured onto the skin and covered with strips of cloth; once the wax hardens around each strand of hair, the cloth is quickly pulled off. Your skin should be pulled taut in the opposite direction that the strip will be removed.
  • The best antidote to the pain of waxing is to try to relax. According to the practitioners at Folawn’s spa , when a spa guest is tense, the follicle closes and the wax doesn’t reach the root of the hair. Immediately after waxing, apply gentle pressure to the area with a cool compress ; icing the area also can help ease any pain. The more often you get a wax treatment, the more accustomed you’ll grow to the experience.

To Schedule Your Appointment call:
210-408-0101 or  to Book On Line

http://www.folawns.com

 

The world has been changing permanently

The world has been changing permanently and today there is a period of fast life rhythm that requires from the modern men and women great pains and power in order to exist in this world. The rhythm of big cities, stresses, hard working hours, all these things take our beauty and affect our health. That is why at The Spa @ Folawn’s we have created “The Oasis Treatment “ taking into account shortage of time of their guest and the need to enjoy their time.

The Oasis Treatment

Oasis Spa Day ( All in only takes 90 mins )

FACIAL (Choose one of the following 90 minute  facial treatments)
A- Elemental Nature Facial ($95)
B- Enbrightenment Treatment ($95)
C- Green Science Facial ($135)

MANICURE (Choose one of the following manicures)
A- Elemental Nature Manicure ($38)
B- Shellac Manicure ($40)
C- Green Science Hand Treatment ($45)

PEDICURE (Choose one of the following pedicures)
A- Elemental Nature Pedicure ($58)
B- Caribbean Thereapy Pedicure ($60)
C- Chakra Pedicure ($65)

To Schedule Your Appointment call:
210-408-0101 or  to Book On Line

http://www.folawns.com

 

Skin-Care Mistakes

I just read this great article on Real beauty, Just wanted to share it with all our followers.

Bl0gger:

Lynda Parsons

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect skin is at the top of just about every woman’s wish list, but despite all the information we get from friends, media, salespeople and even dermatologists, many of us still lack the flawless complexion we crave.

Despite best efforts, even the most well-informed among us make simple mistakes that keep us from clear, dewy skin. Many skin-care errors are a result of misinformation, not lack of commitment to perfection, says Jennifer Fifer, owner of Tru Skin Clinical Spa in Manhattan.

Luckily for us, she pinpoints nine skin-care blunders that can be easily avoided.

What’s in your cleanser? Fifer says women often buy high-end exfoliating products and moisturizers, but don’t pay attention to what’s actually in them. Choose products with few chemicals, she advises. Avoid those containing SD-40, isopropyl alcohol, a common ingredient that can be an irritant for acne-prone and senstive skin types, leading to redness, dryness, and in some cases, brown spots and premature aging.

Speaking of exfoliating, don’t overdo it, says Fifer. Many products today have alpha hydroxy acids to combat wrinkles and fine lines, but if you mix-and-match too often — for example, an acid-based moisturizer in the morning and an exfoliating cream at night — you run the risk of inflaming your skin.

Don’t pick at your blemishes. Hands off, says Fifer. “You’ll end up with a bigger problem because you break down the follicle wall, allowing bacteria to spread.” Use a sulfur mask to bring down the swelling, she says.

Surprisingly, women with dry skin should avoid overmoisturizing, so don’t spackle on cream or heavy moisturizers. “It causes more congestion in the long run,” says Fifer. “Women would do better to invest in a good humidifier instead, especially if they live in a dry climate.”

“Women believe that when they drink water it moisturizes the skin. It does help carry oxygen to the skin, but don’t rely on it for moisture,” says Fifer. Instead, consider what you’re eating — or not eating — and add some good fat to your diet. “Essential fatty acids, like what you’d get from eating an avocado, help skin glow.”

While overexposure to the sun ages skin, many protective products can cause another issue — acne. Fifer suggests looking for sunblock that contains zinc and titanium, which protect without clogging pores.

You fall asleep with your makeup on, what’s the big deal? “Never, never, never!” says Fifer. Even if it’s only a rare occurrence, the problems can cascade into your complexion for a week. To avoid a skin-care nightmare, be sure to wash your face before you head to bed.

Don’t skimp on sleep. “Skin repairs itself at night,” says Fifer. “If you’re routinely sleep-deprived, your complexion will show it.” Get the beauty sleep you deserve and you’ll wake up to better skin.

When was the last time you threw out your make up? Don’t hang on to beauty products if you don’t use them frequently. Since your fingers are usually your applicator, bacteria build up fast in bottles and in makeup sponges, then end up on your face. As a rule of thumb, Fifer suggestions tossing foundation out after six months.

Read more: Skin Care Mistakes – Get Perfect Skin – Real Beauty

Brazilian Waxing Tips

A lot of women and men opt for a Brazilian waxing because they like the feeling of the entire bikini area being totally, or almost hair-free. Because of the specialty nature of this service, it requires extra care. Take note of these Brazilian waxing tips, so you can get and keep great results.

Pre Brazilian Waxing Prep:

Particularly for women.

Your skin is often more sensitive the time near your your period, and waxing can be more painful than normal. So your appointment shouldn’t be any closer than a couple of days before or after your period. Most places understandably won’t perform a Brazilian while you’re on your period.

Cleanliness.

Shower and lightly exfoliate your entire bikini area right before your appointment using warm, not hot water. Make sure you’re extra clean.

Skip this step.

Don’t use any lotions in bikini area.

Hair for now.

You need some hair growth for the wax to hold onto, but not too long which can make the waxing hurt more than it needs to. Let the technician trim hair down to just the right length at your appointment, or follow the salon’s specific instructions for trimming.

Pain preventers.

Take an aspirin or Tylenol 30- 45 minutes before your appointment if you’re worried about pain.

Post Brazilian Waxing Care:

Watch your fashion choices.

Don’t wear tight panties for the next few days.

Hands off.

Keep hands away from touching freshly waxed skin, as this can encourage irritation or small pimples

Opt for a shower.

Don’t take a hot bath for the rest of the day.

Too hot.

No tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms for the next two days.

Short-term abstinence.

Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24 – 48 hours.

Exfoliate.

Two full days later use a mild exfoliator. My pick, an Ayate washcloth which gently exfoliates skin alone wet, or can be used with your favorite body wash, but is more mold-resistant than loofahs.

Fight the bumps.

If you get any ingrown hairs try Tend Skin, a huge favorite for getting rid of pesky ingrowns.

By Naomi Torres, About.com Guide

Blogger: Susan

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How to Fill in Your Brows… IMPORTANT INFO

I am a strong believer in what a full and shapely brow can do for a person! Read on for these great tips!

According to makeup experts, including Bobbi Brown in her book, “Beauty,” almost every woman needs to fill in her brows as part of her normal beauty routine. Bobbi’s claims are backed up by the editors of Allure’s “Confessions of a Beauty Editor,” who state that makeup artist Dick Page once informed them he’d never seen a model who didn’t need her brows filled in. This was news to me because of all the things I do to go out, including highlighter above the brows and mascara primer (good golly, I know), filling in my brows was not something I have done, well much. Guess that’s gonna change.

If like most women, you were born with sparse brows or simply went too far with the tweezers, there is a fix to filling in your eyebrows. All it takes is a pencil, powder, and an angled brush or a clean mascara brush.

Pick a Pencil and Powder Shade
Pencils and powders tend to stick to skin, not to hair, so if you don’t have a lot of hair you’ll want to shade in the skin where hair should grow.
Select a soft pencil (hard pencils tend to be too waxy) which is a shade lighter than your brows and a powder which matches the color of brows. If brows are super fair, choose a pencil that’s a shade darker than brows.

Prep the Brows
First, comb out brows with a clean mascara wand. Examine brows for any sparse spots.
Fill in With Pencil
Use the pencil to fill in the sparse spots with short, feathery strokes. Apply in the direction of hair growth. The key here is not to create a definite line, but to create the appearance of hair. Be careful not to pencil in the entire brow, which will result in an unnatural look.
Your pencil should be super soft so it goes on with little exertion. But if you have a pencil that’s too hard, warm the tip up by rubbing it between your fingers.
Follow With Eyeshadow or Brow Powder
Dip an angled brush or a clean mascara wand in eyeshadow. Brush the powder along the brows. It should stick to the pencil, while also acting to blend in the color perfectly. For more staying powder, dampen the brush slightly before dipping it into color.

Two Colors Instead of One?
You can try two colors when filling in brows: A light powder where brows are thickest and a darker shade for the tail ends.

Set Brows
To keep brows in place, spritz hairspray on your finger and brush onto the brow.

Uh-oh, Overplucked?
If you’ve overplucked, it will take a few months to a couple years for hair to grow back.

Condition Brows
Conditioning your brows with castor oil is a great way to keep brows healthy and looking great, according to Rami Gafni in the September 2005 issue of Instyle Magazine. Gafni uses a clean mascara wand to apply the castor oil.

The Shape of Brows
Fuller brows are preferable to skinny ones. Have eyebrows shaped by a pro every four weeks. Use a good tweezer (Tweezerman is our hands-down favorite), to clean up the hairline in between visits.

Rogaine Can Help
If your brows don’t grow fast enough, consider Women’s Rogaine or men’s extra-strength Rogaine applied to the sparse areas with a Q-Tip. According to the September, 2006, issue of Allure, experts recommend applying twice a day for four months. But do a test patch first on your inner wrist to make sure you don’t get a rash. Check the patch after a day.

Some products we hear great things about:
Revlon Brow Fantasy pencil and gel ($7.50 at any drugstore)
Cover Girl Natural Lash and Brow Mascara (purchase at drugstores)
Sephora eyebrow brush (at any Sephora stores).
MAC brow set (this colored gel is $12 at any MAC counter)
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper (Bobbi Brown counters at department stores).
DiorShow Brow & Liner Brush (www.dior.com).
Cle de Peau Beaute eyebrow palette ($65 at select department stores)

Source: About.com/beauty
Blogger: Jackie Rodriguez