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Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance

This blog post is dedicated to all my fellow estheticians and business owners!

Creating and maintaining a healthy work-life balance is something that we often hear about.  While we all want to strive to be the very best we can be professionally, we still want to dedicate time and attention to the other things in life that make us happy.  This balance can be especially tricky to maintain when you not only work in the beauty industry, but you are a business owner as well.

In the spa and wellness industry, self care is monumental.  In fact, it is pretty much the basis for what we do! Clients come to us to help them relax, disconnect from their busy lives, and just enjoy some pampering.  The irony is that sometimes we as the technicians/owners forget to do that for ourselves. The truth is that in order to take care of others, we have to first understand how to take care of ourselves.  When time isn’t in abundance, (especially if you have other responsibilities as a spouse and/or parent) strategizing on how to make your work-life balance is key.

Get Organized

I thought I knew what stress was in my life, but it took on a whole other meaning when I had our son!  Never before had every single minute in every single day had a purpose. If it wasn’t working, it was feeding, bathing, and putting our son to sleep.  If it wasn’t taking care of him, it was working on marketing, accounting, and planning for a busy day of appointments. Stack this all on top of a lot of sleepless nights with a baby, and it was a recipe for mental, emotional, and physical overload.  I work best when I have a plan mapped out, so it was helpful to start planning for the week ahead. Sit down with your calendar and write out the major goals you have for the month, and break them down by week and by day. Set yourself reminders a couple days before each activity needs to be done, so that you won’t be stressing about getting it done at the last minute.  

Accept Help

When you are a one-man or one-woman show, asking and accepting help is huge!  If you are like me and have a tendency to want to do everything yourself, it’s time to get over it.  Don’t be shy about asking a friend or a family member to help you organize some clutter in the office or help you answer phones a couple days a week.  If you can find a way to barter time, maybe a colleague would be willing to come in and help you get your inventory organized and back on track. Work in some efficiencies to your current process, and once it becomes a well-oiled machine, you may even be able to add staff to help you as well.

Make Time

Just like we advise our clients to practice self-care, we need to that ourselves.  Take time out a few times a week to get outside for a walk and enjoy some fresh air.  If you love going to the gym, make opportunities for yourself to slap on those headphones and just make it you and the treadmill for 45 minutes.  If you give facials all day long at the spa, how about bartering with a colleague and enjoying a relaxing facial yourself? These precious moments of self-care are so important, and it may even help remind you why you love what you do.

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Confessions of an esty: why I love giving a facial!

Confessions of an esty: why I love giving a facial!

I am so excited to get back in the swing of things again!   Learning about motherhood these past several weeks has been so humbling and so rewarding at the same time.  While it’s been time well spent loving on our sweet boy, I’m so stoked to get back to doing what I love.   Facials are my passion for so many reasons, and I can’t wait to get back in my esthetician stool.  I want to share what I love about giving a facial in this post, so you can understand why I chose this profession.

Bringing Happiness

The first thing I love about giving a facial is the opportunity to make my client feel happy.  There is so much in life that demands of our time and energy, and we often forget to take care of ourselves.  Seeing a client take a deep relaxing breath and settle into their facial is the best feeling for an esthetician!  The facial massage is one of the most relaxing experiences ever, because there are so many nerves in the face, neck, and scalp.  I can visibly see the person lying on the table relax and slip into their happy place.

Real Results

The next best thing about performing a skincare treatment is seeing actual, bonafide improvement in my client’s skin.  Not only should the experience bring relaxation, but it should also yield results.  Whether someone is coming to soften lines and wrinkles, lift sagging skin, clear up acne, or brighten dark spots, it’s so awesome to see them excited to see real change in their skin.  Creating significant change in your skin takes commitment and consistency, and it’s the only method that will help someone maintain their results.

Education

The other fun part of my job is the chance to educate my clients about how to best take care of their skin.  There is so much marketing out there that bombards the average consumer  with information that may or may not be accurate.  TV ads make Dove look like the best thing since sliced bread.  They don’t talk about how drying it actually is to the skin.  It’s so important to become educated about how your skin works, and what ingredients and treatments will actually benefit your skin.  I feel like the more I can teach my clients about how to take care of their skin, the more likely they are to maintain those healthy habits.

Not everyone has the privilege of doing a job that they genuinely love, and I feel so blessed to be in those shoes.  Thank you to all my amazingly loyal clients that continue to be a part of the Sweet Life experience.  I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful faces again!

 

 

 

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Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Know Your Skin | 0 comments

Understanding and Overcoming Acne – Part 2

Understanding and Overcoming Acne – Part 2

Welcome back!  In our last post, we looked at what causes acne.  In the following post, we are going to look at ways to combat acne.

Overcoming acne really does take a two-pronged approach.  It’s important to daily deposit blemish-fighting ingredients into the skin and having monthly professional skin care treatments.  I find that using gentle exfoliating acids like salicylic and lactic are great because they aren’t too aggressive or harsh on the skin.  Another common acid used to fight acne is retinol, which can be especially helpful to sap up extra oil on the skin and resurface skin texture.

Homecare routine

It’s super important to apply anti-acne products to the skin daily, because anyone who has a predisposition to acne will unfortunately always have to fight it.  It’s not as if you can have one facial and that will solve all your problems!  Clear skin takes a daily commitment in order to keep it in the best state possible.  I like to recommend the following for a daily homecare routine to most of my acne clients:  an exfoliating cleanser, blemish fighting serum, a concentrated mask to be used a few times a week, and a lightweight moisturizer.  Those with excessive oil production may also find it helpful to use an exfoliating astringent to cut down on shine and bacteria.  

It’s a common thought for oily skin types to think that they need to get every single trace of oil off their face, but having a good oil/water balance on the skin is essential to keeping acne at bay.  The problem with stripping too much oil off the skin is that it can cause the body to actually over-produce oil (AKA sebum) and cause more bacteria to grow.  A lightweight moisturizer (preferably one that already has a solid SPF in it) is the best way to keep the skin protected in the midst of all the exfoliation occurring in your skincare routine.  The job of any moisturizer is to also lock in everything else you have applied to the skin prior.  A good moisturizer should also be sealing in hydration into the skin to help prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss).   No matter what, never skip your moisturizer!  

Professional skincare treatments

Your esthetician will be able to tailor professional skin care treatments that make the most sense for you, as well.  For example, many clients that experience acne also notice a rise in dark spots on their skin known as hyper-pigmentation.  After we put a stop to the cycle of acne, we can then focus on brightening treatments to help lift that pigment so the skin can have an even tone.  Some clients may also experience pitted skin or acne scars that can be left behind if their grade of acne is more severe.  We can also help to build collagen in the skin and smooth out the texture and appearance of acne scars.  You see, your professional treatments with your skin care therapist can work to fix a multitude of issues simultaneously.  Acne can be a tough nut to crack, but the right formula and regimen can produce lasting and happy results.

I love being able to share knowledge with others to help them understand how to bring out the very best in themselves and their skin.  It’s one of the best parts of being in this beauty industry.  Stay tuned for helpful tips on ingredients and healthy habits to prevent breakouts and promote healthy and clear skin!

Check out our blog for more information at http://sweetlifeskincare.com/spa-blog/.  Happy reading!

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Know Your Skin | 0 comments

Understanding and Overcoming Acne

Understanding and Overcoming Acne

As beauty practitioners, one of the greatest privileges we have is to help our clients feel and look their very best.   One of the most common complaints I hear from clients in the treatment room is about acne.  This skin condition can be one of the most frustrating issues to battle, and it can affect people of all ages.  As an esthetician, my job is to educate my clients on what acne is, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from becoming an ongoing issue.

We often think of acne as just being a problem for teens, but adult acne has become just as common.  There seems to be many causes for the rise in adult acne such as added stress, pollution, additives to food, and other external factors.  Since the key to any solution is understanding the problem, we have have to look at what the root cause of acne is.

While attending a skincare conference a few years ago, I heard something from an acne expert that has stayed with me ever since.  He explained that we all have what is called ‘p. acne bacteria’ in our pores.  It doesn’t matter if we are 8 years old or 80, we all have this same bacteria.  This bacteria isn’t a problem unless it builds up and has no way of oxygen getting inside the pore.    Typically, we experience a breakout when oxygen cannot flow in and out of our pores.  You see, bacteria cannot survive in the presence of oxygen.  That information made so much sense to me!

I love sharing that explanation with my clients, and I love to see the light bulb go off in their face.  Once they understand the connection between acne and proper exfoliation, the path to clear skin is totally attainable.  I can help them understand how monthly clearing facials and a solid home care routine can truly change the way they look at their skin.

I love being able to share knowledge with others to help them understand how to bring out the very best in themselves and their skin.  It’s one of the best parts of being in this beauty industry.  Stay tuned for helpful tips on ingredients and healthy habits to prevent breakouts and promote healthy and clear skin!

Check out our blog for more information at http://sweetlifeskincare.com/spa-blog/.  Happy reading!

 

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Methods | 0 comments

Come experience our yummy Blueberry Jessner Peel!

Come experience our yummy Blueberry Jessner Peel!

We are celebrating the arrival of Fall with a special on our Blueberry Jessner peel!  This peel is my absolute favorite for kicking up the peeling process a notch and doing some serious remodeling.

Let’s look at what the key ingredients are in this magical Jessner peel:

  1.  Salicylic acid is my ‘go-to’ ingredient when it comes to fighting blemishes.  This gentle but effective acid is great at sapping up extra oil and killing bacteria.
  2. Lactic acid is unique because it exfoliates and hydrates the skin at the same time.  Those with sensitive skin will love the smoothing effects.
  3. Blueberry extract is part of what makes this peel so yummy!  Blueberries are known for their powerful antioxidant properties, which work to bring life to lackluster skin.

It’s important to understand that undergoing a peel such as this requires some prior skin preparation.  You certainly don’t want to have a Bluebrry Jessner be your very first peel experience!  Since the depth of this peel is light-medium, it can take a few layers of skin off the surface.  In order to minimize shock to the skin, it’s best to have the skin familiar with deeper homecare exfoliation.  I always recommend that my clients be on a resurfacing ingredient such as retinol for at least 30 days prior to experiencing  their first Jessner peel.  Some great products I typically suggest are:

1.  Serum 24 contains a unique blend of LG-Retinex retinol complex, encapsulated retinol, and retinaldehyde.  Is that enough vitamin A for you?

2.  Refine RX dramatically exfoliates the skin with 12% AGP Retinol complex.

3.  X-Cell+ is my favorite tag team combination of brightening extracts and retinol.  This product is great for inhibiting melanin production and discouraging the appearance of skin discoloration.

The aftercare from our Blueberry Jessner peel is just as important as the preparation before the treatment.  SPF is absolutely mandatory in order to keep the fresh new skin protected.  You also want to avoid any excessive heat for the next few days, so that means avoiding hot showers, saunas, or strenuous exercise for the first 7 days post-peel.  Remember that taking off layers makes your skin more susceptible to damage, so it’s important to take extra good care of that baby skin!

Pop in for a consultation or book an appointment online to see how our yummy Blueberry Jessner peel can improve your skin:  https://squareup.com/appointments/book/14ACFWH4WTKC3/sweet-life-skincare-roswell-ga

 

 

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