4 Weird Beauty Trends

4 Weird Beauty Trends

Let’s talk weird beauty today!

Right now, microblading for eyebrows is all the rage. If you aren’t familiar with microblading, the process is this: first, the eyebrow technician marks and measures the eyebrow area to custom fit eyebrows to best suit your face. A numbing solution is then applied after the eyebrows are mapped out and then it’s time to wait while the numbing product does its magic! The technician will then begin the tedious process of making each individual stroke with the microblade. Essentially, it’s a well-crafted eyebrow tattoo and is much more natural looking than the eyebrow tattoos traditionally offered. Many find this to be a great solution for thin, over-tweezed eyebrows and those with alopecia have also found a benefit to this procedure. Just as with any service where the skin must be opened, take your time to find a professional who is well reviewed and seek out an initial consult.  

Lip Hickeys

One of the weirdest products I’ve seen is definitely the lip suction devices that many beauty gurus and online personalities are using for fuller, more luscious lips. In theory, they do work. Why? The suction helps to focus blood to the lips, causing them to plump up and add a more flushed color. I hesitate to even try one for myself due to the possibility of causing damage to the lips when the product is left on too long or if the suction is too intense. I’ve seen plenty of images floating around of ladies who have tried this item and caused some serious bruising and damage to their lips afterward. Be kind to your lips! For fuller, healthier looking lips exfoliate with a gentle sugar scrub daily, apply barrier moisturizer (Aquaphor is fantastic,) and maintain good hydration.

Sewing Your Face

Speaking of damage, microneedling is a hot item in the esthetics and skin care world. You can buy a microneedler online or go to a skin care spa for a treatment. What this medieval looking item is supposed to do is to cause micro holes into the skin, allowing the product to penetrate deeper. Some also claim that it helps heal scarring, boost elasticity, and reducing wrinkling. As an esthetician, I don’t doubt that microneedling potentially has benefits. In fact, a small amount of damage can be beneficial in regards to healing and rejuvenating skin. However, what makes me pause to perform or receive this service is that in a controlled environment (professional setting) it can be safe and sterile, but what happens when you walk out the door with those open micro wounds? Any number of bacteria and outside matter can now enter these wounds. I know I’m guilty of touching my face without even thinking of it! As an esthetician, I am begging you not to use this item at home. If this is a service you are interested in, get an in-depth consult with a good plastic surgeon or master aesthetician to address any concerns you may have before proceeding. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Tire Peel Therapy

Last but not least…one of the most hilarious looking items I’ve seen while walking around my local Sephora is the Dr. Jart+ rubber masks. My brother first spotted these and couldn’t help but to laugh hysterically. The packaging is rather entertaining (you have to see it!) I decided to look up this item and read more on it. According to the product manufacturer, the rubber mask prevents the serum ampule from evaporating and allows it to penetrate the skin better. While I haven’t tried this item specifically, I have tried other Korean sheet masks and I do feel like with the addition of the fibrous mask does help to allow the serum to take its time to absorb into the skin. As with any skin care item, read the ingredients carefully if you have any sensitivities, but I’d suggest trying one out—if not at least for the laughs!

Why Bother with Stress Relief?

Why Bother with Stress Relief?

Stress that motivates, and the stress that causes anxiety.Can you make the distinction? Furthermore, how are you managing yours? It’s imperative to know about what worries you, so you can construct an association with your greatest stressors and deal with the way you respond to them.

Some stress can be productive … it kicks in when help is desperately needed and gives you a feeling of center when you’re going to take a test or give a presentation. It persuades you to meet the challenge at hand. Furthermore, in times of crisis, stress can really spare your life.

At that point, there is the kind of stress that is destructive. It can bring about physical, mental, and passionate a throbbing painfulness. It can bring about your body and psyche to blow up to circumstances, bringing about stomach related issues, weight variance, coronary illness, despondency, and a large group of different issues that nobody covets or merits.

It’s an ideal opportunity to deal with the great, the awful, and the monstrous countenances of worry in your life. Here are 3 well practiced and genuine approaches to deal with your anxiety, so you can be well on your way with a sound and healthy lifestyle.

Be honest about what is triggering the stress

Being aware of what thoughts cause a reaction of stress is the absolute first step to overcoming the negative effects of stress.  So what is it specifically that is stressing you out?  What type of reaction do you have to think about the subject?  Write it out, put your thoughts on paper so your mind stops cycling through the emotions.  

Often completing this first step takes the edge off your stress, but it’s important to follow through.  Once you have your stress trigger identified, create a plan and act on it with determination.  If you find it difficult to start on your plan, move to step 2.  A rush of oxygen to your body and muscles will give you the push you need.

Exercise

Getting on two feet and engaging in physical activity is a proven method of overcoming stress.  Your level of fitness should not stop you from participating in social events such as fun runs, most communities hold get-togethers to help their members participate at their own level.  Seek out opportunities to engage with others while you increase your body’s strength.  Nothing tells stress to go find someone else to bug like an exercise routine.

Many sources online allow for you to have a great work-out without the need for a gym.  Gyms are terribly expensive, so I highly recommend startbodyweight.com as a way to regain control of your physical strength while utilizing what you always have available.  You!

For those who find cardio difficult to start, body weight training a great answer.  After you have started developing your muscles at an easy but balanced pace, cardio will become much easier to perform.  Consult with your physician before you begin any change to your diet or exercise regimen. They can help give you an idea of a routine that will work best for you.

Meditate and Quiet your Environment

While starting meditation can be a true challenge, once you have practiced a few times it becomes substantially easier.  Don’t try to key into an overly romantic idea of meditation.  Instead turn your attention to your feelings and emotions while you take a soak in a bath, or spend time with the lights dimmed while listening to soothing music.  This can be your time to clear your mind.  Don’t try to solve your challenges in this state.  This moment spent meditating is to focus on the process of breathing, or trying to feel the muscles in your core one by one.  A blank canvas is a goal worth striving for. As you ease out of meditation try to bring in your challenges slowly, feeling refreshed and ready to look at them from a new angle.

All of us have relative stress in our lives, whether we feel deep worry about our loved ones, or are up against the crunch of a work-related deadline.  The important point here is to develop a series of strategies designed to tackle your stress and regain control of a peaceful mindset.