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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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Beauty fun facts;

You can amaze your friends with this one …

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  • Did you know that water is the best beauty treatment of all time for both men and woman??
  • You can tell which side of a person’s face they sleep on?  Just look closely at their eyelashes.  The outer corner portion of the eyelashes will be bent and sort of smashed looking (if you will).  Whichever eye’s lashes display this is the side of the face in which they sleep on.  Just don’t tell them that’s how you know
  • Sugar breaks down collagen and elastin which can cause wrinkles. So too much chocolate doesn’t give you pimples, it can give you wrinkles!
  • When your hair is wet it is as strong as aluminum. It can hold one third of its weight in absorbed moisture, and can be stretched as much as one and a half times its original length.
  • A human can shed 10 billion dead skin cells. This is approx. 2 kilos per year. Dust is made up mostly of dead skin. This is more than enough reason to exfoliate everyday!
  • A human body has a square inch of 19 million skin cells! We must feed these cells with vital nutrients, hydration and goodness everyday.
  • The skin is our largest organ and has a major role in our body such as protecting the skin from infections. Most of the things we apply to our skin go directly into our bloodstream. Lavender essential oil has been show in our kidneys only hours after applied to the skin.
  • Damage to our skin is 90% made up from ultraviolet rays. Half of this damage occurs before the age of 20. Sun damage can lead to premature aging, wrinkling, rough, saggy skin, and discolored skin and skin cancer.
  • Going to bed with your makeup on can age your skin up to 7 times faster. You must remove makeup before going to sleep and let your skin breath and repair while you sleep!
  • The skin starts aging when the cells die off faster than the body can replace them. Sickness, stress, anxiety and depression also add to the aging of the skin. Keep your skin young by feeding your cells nutrients, minerals, water, and goodness every single day!
  • Exercise can combat wrinkles. The boost in blood circulation to the skin strengthens blood vessels and increases the renewal of cells.
  • Toothpastes that contain menthol can work to reduce redness and extract impurities from your skin such as pimples. But it can also dry your skin slightly so don’t go overboard with your application! Next time you have  a dark red pimple apply toothpaste. I have heard of celebrities doing this…
  •  Did you know to help make any lipstick last longer. You can separate a tissue by making it one ply and placing it over your lips (once you’ve applied your application of lipstick) and dip your powder brush into loose powder, it can be face powder or even baby powder and dab it over the tissue making sure to cover entire lip area.  This will “set” your lipstick.

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

 

Love is in The Air!

 

 

Aveda Love Absolute Pure-fume

 Aveda Love that is….this Pure-fume Absolute Rollerball is a Best Seller and a fun addition to any Valentine’s gift.  Its a perfect size to keep in your purse for quick refreshers throughout the day and the rollerball applicator makes it so easy to apply.  With calming keynotes like Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose, and Ylang ylang you’ll be sure to stay smelling sweet, fresh, and soft all day.  Check out some other great scents at our online store, www.folawns.com, and treat yourself too!

Author: Jackie Rodriguez