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.

 

Introducing Our In-House Licensed Esthetician

Introducing Our In-House Licensed Esthetician

Chelsea here, Luna’s in-house esthetician. Let’s talk about the benefits of bath bombs today and how each ingredient in them affects the skin!

Luna bath bombs have the following ingredients:
-Citric acid
-Sodium bicarbonate
-Essential oils and fragrance oils
-Food grade color and oxides
-Shea butter

These may be familiar ingredients to you, but how do they benefit the skin? Let’s start with citric acid! Citric acid is a derivative from citrus fruits and is a weak acid. Most commonly it is used as a preservative and to add a tang to food items. For Luna bath bombs, they are used for not only preservation and emulsifying, but it is great for the skin! Citric acid helps slough off dead skin cells, which in turn helps with CRF or cell renewal factor. Citric acid may help with mild acne, clogged pores, pigmentation, dark spots, wrinkles, and sun damage/tanning. Citric acid is also a source of vitamin C, which aids in collagen production!

If you like to bake then you’re familiar with sodium bicarbonate or baking soda as it’s more commonly known. Sodium bicarbonate helps to balance skin pH. It is also antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, helping to sooth redness from irritated skin. Sodium bicarbonate is also alkaline in nature, which can help soothe sunburns and subsequent blistering.

Essential oils and fragrance oils are moisturizing and can be soothing to the skin. Lavender, for example, is a great moisturizing oil and anti-inflammatory, working to help soothe irritated skin from acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Adding essential oils and fragrance oils to bath bombs help to soften the skin and provide a layer of moisture. After enjoying a Luna bath bomb, apply a layer of humectant lotion to your skin to help lock in the moisture to help improve skin health. As an esthetician, I suggest avoiding lotions with strong fragrance concentrations as these usually contain higher amounts of alcohol, which will dry out the skin and can cause irritation. Look for fragrance-free and cruelty-free lotions, there are many great over-the-counter options including Cetaphil.

As for Luna bath bomb colors, we use synthetically prepared iron oxides, which are approved for use in cosmetics in the USA, decreasing the risk of mercury, arsenic, and lead that can be found in iron oxide naturally. FD&C colors are made the same way, to ensure there are no contaminants in food from color. Many of these food grade colors are also water soluble, very important for bath bombs or the color may not rinse away and you risk staining tubs. Food grade colors are the most stable for bath bombs, providing the best shelf life as herbs can interact with oxygen and moisture, deteriorating and looking quite bad. If your bath bomb has glitter in it, it is made from mica, a naturally occurring mineral. Bath bombs with mica may leave a shimmer on the skin after bathing for an extra glow.

And last, but not least, is shea butter. Shea butter is not only moisturizing but is soothing and anti-inflammatory due to its lupeol cinnamate compound. Shea butter may also help prevent wrinkles and to help keep the skin taut as we age. It is also non-comedogenic so it will not clog pores.

Now that you know more about what goes into a Luna bath bomb, draw yourself a bath and enjoy!

Chelsea, licensed esthetician

10 Benefits of Meditation We Need to Practice

10 Benefits of Meditation We Need to Practice

Meditation is a practice with many advantages. Proven to be a compelling method for upgrading personal satisfaction by enhancing physical, mental, and emotional health. Studies give us new knowledge of the impacts of meditation on the psyche/body. It’s not just one strategy that has turned out to be useful either – benefits have been shown through a variety of strategies.
Meditation exercise can give many medical advantages. Read below the fold to add to your understanding of meditation’s affects on the human body and mind.

Improved disposition and working memory – even when stressed

Meditation does not remove us from the issues of life, it helps us confront them with strength. Everyone has stress at some point. Whether from work, school, or family life, our ability to cope is stretched as far as possible. Managing conditions that seem beyond your ability to control increases negativity, tension, and anxiety. Studies demonstrated that meditation enhances your state of mind and memory; even under stress.

Alleviate mental diversions

Preparing the brain to remain focused is a motivating factor for meditation. Research demonstrates that meditation helps to process distractions easily, then rapidly come back to focus. The rewards of meditation don’t take years to develop. Studies have shown major cognitive improvement in less than seven days of meditation practice, including cognitive improvement.
Meditation has beneficially lessened the effects of issues like ADD, anxiety, and depression which are set marked distracting and unwanted thoughts. Meditation practice liberates the mind from disruptive thought patterns.

Increase the size of your brain

Yes! Meditation causes your brain to grow. Age causes thinning of the frontal cortex. Without appropriate mental exercise, the portion of the brain responsible for language, comprehension and emotional processing slowly degrades. This thinning can possibly leave us with decreased cognitive ability. Regular meditation moderates the thinning of brain matter. Meditation can also increase brain areas that are associated with intelligence. The increases in cognitive ability experienced through meditation are very positive indeed.

Strengthen the immune system

Studies have shown not only improved mental health but also improved immune health also. One study showed that meditators who were given an influenza shot had more antibodies in their blood, compared with non-meditators. It also showed increased activity in regions of the brain connected with positive feelings. Some of these positive effects lasted up four months after meditation had concluded.

Alleviate symptoms of illness

We all know that stress has a negative effect on our body’s ability to fight illnesses. Meditation can help improve the symptoms of illnesses such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Allergies

A recent study has demonstrated that meditation can enhance the effectiveness of conventional health care. Meditation should not replace any recommendation by your doctor. Meditation, however, could be worth considering as a supplement to your medical care. Discuss with your healthcare professional the benefits and potential side effects.

Decreased Fatigue

Meditation may be more stimulating that a cup of coffee. If you need to nap or have been lacking sleep it may be time for a meditation break. May studies have shown a link between meditation and mental acuity. Sometimes meditation can be a replacement for sleep with a higher gain in performance.

Meditation can help with the impact of physical and emotional pain

Chronic pain can seriously affect your emotional well-being. The negative feelings that comes with pain creates stress, fueling more problems. Meditation, studies have shown, can reduce the direct experience of pain by up half. Chronic pain has a negative emotional impact also. People have learned how to respond to pain in a positive manner through meditation. Preparing the mind allows you a chance to choose how you will experience the present. Determining you control of your reactions, and preparing yourself to do so, can positively impact how you will deal with physical and emotional pain. Meditation benefits your soul

Getting to the state of flow

Described in a range of ways, the state of flow is generally the same experience. Flow is harmony, a positive state leading to a joyful wellbeing. When one describes the state of flows experience it is clear it is synonymous with meditation. Losing yourself in the movement, instinctively comprehending what will do next, responding suddenly and deliberately to current conditions, being unconscious of the progression of time and trust in your capacity to face challenges; these are all emotions which go with a state of flow. One of the most illustrative terms to describe the experience is being “in the zone”. Have you felt this before? Spontaneously or from preparation, possibly confident in your abilities things seemed to “fall into place.” Despite how you encountered flow, meditation helped you recapture this feeling. The clear focus required to get into the flow can be practiced and carried into other areas of your life. In this state, your can go forward with purpose, confident in your abilities.

Improve your power of compassion

Developing empathy can affect how we manage others. Forgiveness and compassion are essential for building solid relationships while adding to a positive self-image. Loving-kindness concentrates on building empathy for all beings. We must have compassion for ourselves, then passed on to friends, family, and others. Compassion for ourselves is not a selfish act, it is one of the most unselfish things we can do. The compassion of self leads to self-acceptance. To forgive others we must first forgive ourselves. Self-acceptance leads to more positive relationships. Understanding another’s mental and emotional state can help us put their actions in context. When we understand other’s suffering, we can work to mitigate it. Compassion leads to greater happiness for all. Through training, we move from negativity to a joyful state of being.

Attain enlightenment

Enlightenment is the ultimate spiritual goal. We have studied this elusive goal for thousands of years. Accomplishing illumination is said to uncover the fundamental nature of reality. Those who attain it portray it as the greatest paradox imagined, but liberating and far reaching. Do you believe this is possible? Is this your motivation for meditation? Enlightenment reveals some answers while also unveiling deeper mysteries. Some customs portray levels of advancement in the different phases of practice. It’s said that through regular practice in meditation, it’s possible to have profound experiences into one’s own being. Meditation, with all its benefits, is a worthy practice regardless of one’s feeling of spirituality.

6 Benefits of Taking Baths

6 Benefits of Taking Baths

Baths and washing have been a large part of the human experience throughout history. There are many bathing traditions around the world. While some take plunges into cool water after a sauna, others created large bathing structures with under-floor warming. Some of these are still today. Nowadays, baths are usually used for relaxation and for time to one’s self. However, does bathing have additional helpful qualities?
There is a perfect temperature for bathing.  As too much heat can put your body under “heat stress” and your body will have a difficult time recalibrating its temperature. One should take a slightly cooler bath and pour cool water on yourself occasionally. Otherwise, bathing’s benefits are in two areas: mental relaxations and concentrating on specific conditions.

Being Horizontal In Water Helps Your Mood

This is truly surprising but proven by science. In 2002 a University study found that daily bathing, generally at day’s end, improved the mood and optimism of those tested, which was credited to a mix of genuine comfort, warmth, separation, and body arranging. It seems bodies relate horizontal conditions with being relaxed and vulnerable especially when bathing which maybe mirrors the warm, liquid conditions of the womb.

Showers May Help Relieve Skin Conditions

If you have encountered the impacts of psoriasis or another skin conditions, you’ve likely been prescribed medicated or oiled baths as a way to moisturize your skin, sloughing off dead cells, and trying to delete potential sources of infection.

A Bath’s Heat Can Help Muscle Pain

The honest motivator to muscle pain relief in your bath is not the bath salts: dependent upon the sort of bath you take, it’s either heat or lactic acid. In the event that you’re taking a hot bath, it’s believed that the heat of the bath is giving what is known as a “hot pack” that increases the temperature of the sore muscles, blocking pain sensors and creating relief.
However, an athlete will usually dive into a cold bath, which lowers lactic acid in the bloodstream. The cold will restrict vessels and drains lactic acid out of the sore muscles. Once out of a cold bath new blood, free of lactic acid moves in and recovery time improves dramatically.

Hot Baths Before Bed Produce Better Sleep

A good night’s rest is associated with a huge amount health benefits, from immune system health to increased pain recovery, and a warmed bath before bed is clearly a great way to coast off to “Dreamland”. It’s all in temperature alteration and hormones.
Body temperature drop amid the night is one of the signals body to start melatonin production, the hormone that induces sleep. Our body temperature starts to lower two hours before bed and will last until about 4 a.m. By taking a warm bath before bed we can trick our body into feeling sleepy. Exit the bath, cool down for a bit and slid into bed. Do not over heat yourself or your beginning yourself revved up instead!

Steam Helps To Reduce Cold Symptoms

One of the better qualities of a warm bath is as a treatment for winter cold sufferers. While we can’t make a cold vanish, getting into “hot water” will target two segments of cold management: steam treatment and general body temperature. Breathing in the steam of is an extraordinary answer for a cold’s misery. It helps to clear nasal passages while reducing inflammation. Besides, it is recommended that you keep yourself warm when you’re combating a cold: a report showed that elevated body temperature will help certain parts of your immune system to function more efficiently, helping you fight off what ails you. A warm bath enhances your immunes system to work better.

Salt Water Baths Calm Arthritic Pain

Suffering from joint agony, fibromyalgia, or lower back issues? This one may truly be a blessing from paradise-forgotten: using ordinary table salt as a piece of your bath can genuinely lessen the amount of pain you get in your joints. This scientific discovery in 2012, exhibits that a saltwater bath takes an impressive amount of the anguish out of inflammation-based pain.
Why? Salt reduces swelling in cells by dehydrating them and inhibits inflammation that causes pain. Amazingly, salt bathing is one of the most ancient bathing practices by the Greeks and was big business in 18th century Europe. Bath salts for pain management have been around for thousands of years and it is only now we are beginning to understand the science behind the myth.

Don’t hesitate to draw yourself a warm bath tonight and coax yourself into a better state of mind before heading to bed!