• Why Moisturize?

    From aging, to the environment, stress, water intake, heating elements, air travel, and exposure to UV rays; all of these affect the rate of water loss from the top layer of the skin.

    By allowing the skin to absorb water through hydrating ingredients, the skin can then function optimally and avoid common problems such as: dehydration, dryness, oiliness, fine lines, enlarged or clogged pores, uneven texture and irritation.

    This is the purpose of a moisturizer.


    Moisturizing the skin following cleansing and toning nourishes, hydrates, and protects the skin. All skin types can benefit whether you need an oil-control formula or a moisturizer that continues to deliver constant hydration all throughout the day.


    Moisturizers are formulated by skin type: more emollient formulas for dry skin; non-comedegenic, oil-free formulas for oily skins.


    These products contain humectants like sodium hyaluronate and glycerin that attract water like a magnet to our skin. Emollients like shea butter and Vitamin E seal and lock in the moisture, giving our skin a protective barrier. Some formulas have anti-aging benefits as well. Another key factor is the climate in which you live or visit. If you are in a drier climate, you will notice that you will need a product completely different than what would be necessary in a humid climate. Pay close attention to your skin - it will tell you what it needs!


    Dry, dehydrated, and aging skin will see and feel a change in the skin immediately after moisturizing. The skin will look plump, fine lines and wrinkles will be softened, and it will feel hydrated and comfortable adding even a youthful look! I have experienced this with clients and myself personally. If your skin is looking parched give it a drink of the right moisturizer and you will see you an instant change in your skin!


    Janae Recommends: Super Firming Creme - Normal to Dry
    Janae Recommends: Continuous Moisture Creme - Extremely Dry


    Combination, Oily, Acne-Prone skin will benefit from an oil free, non comedogenic (won't clog pores) light moisturizing fluid. Because of the products you need to use for your type of skin condition, the surface of the skin can become dry, so to compensate for that dryness and keep your skin barrier intact, even your skin type can benefit from the proper moisturizer.


    Janae Recommends: Oil Free Hydrating Fluid


    If your skin is consistently oily which can lead to blemishes and acne flare ups, look for a formula that absorbs excess oils, controls oily shine and breakouts. A lightweight oil control formula will keep you from having to add powder or having to blot the excess oils from the skin during the day. Your makeup will stay put and not slide off and disappear.


    Janae Recommends: Shine Free Solution (keeps skin shine-free for up to 8 hours)


    Moisturizing is a key component to a balanced, healthy skin. Don't miss this step!

  • Radiant Bride - Makeup Tips for Your Wedding Day

    It's wedding season and your wedding day makeup should look flawless, natural and reveal the most beautiful you! If you are the bride, this is the most photographed day of your life! Let's be sure you look the best for your big day!

    Start with your skin and be sure it looks even and smooth. If you haven't started a basic skin care regimen, now is the time. Preferably at least one month before your wedding day.

    Ensure a picture perfect day - these beautiful memories will last a lifetime!

    Janae's Makeup Tips for the Bride:

    • Prep skin with a moisturizer. Avoid sunscreens as they reflect too much light for photography.
    • Face Primer is ideal to neutralize skin imperfections, diminish the appearance of fine lines and increase makeup wearability. Apply over moisturizer or use alone.
    • Eye Primer neutralizes discoloration from the brow bone down to the lid, thus giving the eye area a perfect canvas for true color as well as hours of long-lasting eye shadow wearabliity without fading or creasing.
    • Foundation should look and feel like a second skin. The more natural looking the better. Oil-free foundations with long wearing properties are best to use.
    • Use two shades of blush. First a neutral shade from the apples of the cheeks to the hairline and then apply a pink to rosy shade just to the apples of the cheeks. This will gives a more natural glow with a pop of color.
    • Illuminating powder can be used. Only apply to the areas that you want to highlight and enhance, like top of cheekbones. If applied all over the face, you will look unnatural and your face will look shiny and oily in pictures.
    • Enhance the eyes with a soft shimmering eyeshadow on the lid and use a sheer matte finish eyeshadow in the crease of the eye and under the brow. If the eyeshadows are too pearlized under the brow, the area will reflect the light creating a bright spot above the eyes in photographs. Eyeliner should be applied close to the lash line for the most natural definition and try and stay away from black eyeliner which can be too harsh for most skins.
    • Brows should be filled in lightly with a brow powder color that matches your hair color. Your brows frame your face, so don't forget them.
    • Mascara will make the eyes look larger and stand out. Curl the lashes with an eye lash curler before mascara application. To avoid mascara buildup and caterpillar lashes, apply thickener before mascara. This will condition and add depth and dimension to your lashes. In most cases, having to use only one coat of mascara will be all that is necessary. The lashes will look fuller and more natural.
    • When using mascara on the bottom lashes, use a soft brown so it will not cast shadows under the eyes. It will look more natural and balanced to the top lashes. Water-proof Mascara "of course".
    • Long lasting lip color, line the lips as well as entire mouth. Apply lipstick (in the same color family). Blot the lips and apply lipstick again. Or try a long-lasting lipstick that's formulated to stay on for hours. Pinks, roses and plums are a great choice.

  • The Truth about Toners

    One of my clients recently submitted a few questions about toners and astringents.

    This post is inspired by her questions!


    What is a toner? What is an astringent? And What's the difference?


    You may know them by a few different names:

    • Toners
    • Clarifying lotions
    • Fresheners
    • Astringents


    A toner or freshener contains humectants (ingredient that attracts water) that helps restore moisture to a dehydrated skin after cleansing. An astringent or clarifying lotion has a tightening effect on the pore appearance and helps remove excess oil from the skin.


    What will using a toner or astringent add to my skincare regimen?


    Using a toner or astringent has many benefits, such as:

    • Compliments the cleansing process
    • Improves clarity in skin tone
    • Hydrates the skin
    • Removes excess oil and impurities from the skin
    • Refreshes a tired complexion
    • Skin will feel fresh and clean
    • Restores your skin's natural pH balance


    How do you use a toner or astringent?
    Apply toner to a cotton pad and sweep gently across the face and neck. There are some toners that are in a spray bottle that can be spritzed on the skin.


    Be careful with spray toners to be sure to relax the face as you are spraying and not scrunching the face which will lead to more wrinkles. In fact, I prefer to put a toner on a cotton pad rather than spraying to avoid the risk of scrunching all together.

    One final note about toners...
    You may be still be wondering - is using a toner or an astringent really necessary? And if it is necessary, then which do I need- a toner or an astringent? Stay tuned! I'll be answering these questions and more in my next post!

  • Traveling and Your Skin

    Traveling is one of life's most rewarding experiences - new adventures await at every destination.


    Skin can be a bit finicky when reacting to a new climate whether it's airplane air, harsh conditions, sun exposure, or pollutants and toxins.


    Let's begin with airplane air. It's dehydrating and irritating resulting in flaky, dull skin. Due to airplanes being so dry and having no moisture in the air, it's important to use a good moisturizer that seals in your own moisture while on the plane or in a similarly dry environment.


    When traveling for an adventurous outdoor vacation harsh conditions like wind, sun and dry air found at high altitudes are unavoidable. The key to combating dehydrated skin is moisture inside and out.  Drink plenty of water before, during and after a trip along with a good moisturizer. If possible use a hydrating mask while on the trip making your skin less vulnerable to damage.


    Although there's nothing like relaxing in the sun to ease stress, the damaging effects cause wrinkles, sunspots and even melanoma. The accumulation of the sun's damage through the years beginning as a child does not show up on the skin as brown pigmentation and wrinkles until after age 30.  While on a beach vacation drink plenty of water and wear your sunscreen. If you do get a burn resist picking off the flakes of peeling skin. This will damage the skin further by preventing it from healing properly.


    Be aware that the sun's strength can be magnified by the surroundings. Elevation increases the intensity to the sun's rays. Significant time spent on concrete or in water will increase sun damage as well because of the reflection off these surfaces.


    If you're heading for a big-city excursion there is risk of pollutants and toxins which can accelerate aging. Products containing antioxidants, such as Vitamin C will rid the complexion of toxins and fight free radicals that dwell in pollution and chemicals. Stay away from cigarette smoke and drink plenty of water which helps flush toxins from the skin.


    Wherever you stay, be sure to pack your skincare and don't be caught needing to use soap in the shower to wash your face because you didn't pack anything else.  Soap strips the skin of it's essential protective oils leaving your skin vulnerable to irritation and dryness.


    One of your main priorities when you return home after all that travel is to relax and restore a sense of normalcy and balance to your life.  Be sure to get back into full swing of your skincare regimen.

  • The True Meaning of Beauty

    What is a woman's true beauty?

    True Beauty comes from within and works its way out.

    True Beauty is self esteem, self respect, a woman that is secure within herself.

    True Beauty is a woman who embraces who she is and does not try to be something different or someone else.

    True Beauty occurs when she recognizes what makes her unique.

    True Beauty does not exist until she embraces it, integrates it and owns it as a part of who she is.

    Treasure your beauty - your beauty within.

  • Sunless Tanning

    Tan the healthier way - with sunless tanning. It gives your skin the glow you desire without the harmful UV ray exposure.


    So what are the choices?

    • Spray Tans
    • Lotions
    • Gels
    • Creams


    How does a sunless tan actually work?


    The main ingredient in a sunless tanning product is DHA (dihydroxyacetone). DHA is an FDA approved, sugar based ingredient, typically derived from beets or sugarcane, which reacts with the top layer of the skin to turn it a brown or tan color. This color takes up to several hours to fully develop. Users are advised to avoid washing, swimming, and if possible, sweating heavily for up to eight hours after a sunless tanning session. The color doesn't wash off, but it gradually fades within a few days as the dead skin cells slough off.


    Spray Tans - DHA spray-tanning booths are not approved by the FDA. Products with DHA may be applied to the skin except in areas of the eyes or mucous membranes, such as the lips. Adverse events have occurred in spray tanning booths and include dizziness, coughing, or fainting. Instead, choose the sunless lotions, gels, or creams that are applied by hand.


    Will sunless tanning products protect me from the sun?


    Most sunless tanning products do not contain UV protection. Still wear your sunscreen!


    How to apply sunless tanning products?


    To get the most natural even-looking tan you need to exfoliate first. Shave your legs before applying product. Apply evenly and use sparingly on elbows, knees and ankles. Let it dry completely before dressing.


    Is Sunless tanning my only option?


    There is no such thing as a safe outdoor tan. In actuality, the skin responds to tanning as an injury inflicted by sun exposure by producing melanin, which creates the bronze glow. Therefore, every time you tan, you do cumulative damage to your skin, accelerating the aging process with pre-mature wrinkles, age spots and of course skin cancer. Childhood sunburns and exposure to UV rays are risks for melanoma.


    Tanning beds are not an option - countries are beginning to ban these devices.
    Indoor tanning is associated with melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, damage to eyes, and premature skin aging, such as wrinkles and sun spots. There are many young people who suffer from melanoma and many of them are women.


    Find the beauty in your natural skin color and not risk your health by tanning. If you want the sun-kissed look - go for the Sunless Tanning - the only safe option!

  • Safe Fun in the Sun! The Guide to Sunscreen

    Janae SunscreenEveryone loves being outside on a beautiful summer day! Not everyone however realizes the sun's affects on our skin. Studies show that 90% of all visible signs of aging can be traced to sun exposure.


    Sunscreens help prevent the sun's (UV) radiation from reaching our skin. Sun damages our skin and increases our risk of skin cancer. It causes wrinkles, laxity, broken blood vessels, pigmentary issues, and rough skin appearance. It is absolutely necessary that we add protective precautions to our daily routine. And it's easy! Sunscreen can be found in daytime moisturizers and even makeup foundations. Ensure that your products have broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.


    There are two types of sunscreen: Chemical that absorbs the UV rays and Physical that blocks and reflects UV rays. You need sun protection that contains both of these plus antioxidants to give you the full-spectrum protection. Chemical filters can sometimes cause irritation, allergic reactions, and burning eyes when perspiring. Physical filters zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are easier for the skin to tolerate.


    The following ingredients protect you from both UVA and UVB rays and are what I recommend to look for in a sunscreen product:

    • Zinc Oxide
    • Titanium Dioxide
    • Benzophenones


    NOTE: Avobenzone only protects you against UVA rays and Octinoxate only protects you against UVB rays.


    Zinc and Titanium are particles that reflect the UV rays, whereas Avobenzone absorbs the UV rays and turns them into heat and then dissipates it. Avobenzone should NOT be worn by anyone who has rosacea, a skin condition that worsens in the presence of heat.


    The problem with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide you might say, is that they make you look pasty and white. This is no longer the case with transparent micronized Zinc and Titanium. The smaller particle size allows them to go on more smoothly without leaving a white cast on the skin.


    I prefer using a broad spectrum sunscreen separate from my moisturizer. If I am outdoors and need to reapply, I'm reapplying sunscreen and not moisturizer. This way I can use the same moisturizer at night as well. For daily protection, apply moisturizer first and then apply sunscreen.


    Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen reduces the risks of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects of the sun. If you'll be outdoors, apply 20-30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours. Take the necessary step and add sunscreen to your skincare regimen. It's quite simply your best anti-aging product!


    Janae Recommends: Advanced Protection SPF 30



    PS! A question I frequently receive is "Does layering several SPF products increase my sun protection?" and the answer is it does not. You are only protected to the extent of the highest rating of one product.


    Do you have any sunscreen questions?  Post a comment below!

  • The Power of Sleep

    Beauty sleep is not a myth! It is absolutely real! Sleep is the ultimate gift we can give to both our bodies and our skin.


    Most of us require seven to eight hours of sleep per night, with very few who can get by with less. There are those who don't think they need to meet this minimum, but as a result, they are actually aging at an accelerated rate.

    What happens to your skin while you are sleeping?
    Sleep is the time when our body is able to heal, repair, and replenish itself. While we sleep our skin is replacing collagen and elastin that has been damaged by sun exposure, stress, and environmental pollutants. Cell turnover is eight to ten times faster during this time! Due to this regeneration period, your skincare products can penetrate deeper and absorb better while you sleep. Right before bed is the perfect time to slather on your stronger, targeted skincare products.

    Lack of sufficient quality sleep can lead to accelerated aging. Pale skin, dark circles, puffy eyes, and non-rosy cheeks are all signs of sleep deprivation. Definitely not the look we're going for! Experts and researchers have proven that sufficient sleep each night has a definite correlation to our skin looking younger, healthier and more radiant.

    Start tonight by giving your skin the ultimate gift - sleep!

  • Skin Type / Skin Condition

    Do you know your Skin Type? Your Skin Type is what you were genetically born with.

    The 5 main Skin Types are: Dry, Normal, Combination, Oily and Sensitive.


    Skin Condition has more to do with how your skin interacts with your environment in the here and now. Sensitivity, redness, irritation, dryness, dehydration, oil production, tendency toward acne - these are all skin conditions. Skin condition can change several times a year in response to stress, hormones and environment.


    Though you might know what your skin type is, more importantly is what the condition of your skin is in today and being sure you are using the proper skincare products to maintain a healthy skin balance.


    If you'd like help in improving the health of your skin, please contact me for a personal skin consultation. I would be happy to help you choose skincare products that will dramatically improve your skin health and appearance.

  • Removing Your Eye Makeup

    The eye area is the first to show signs of aging. In order to maintain a youthful appearance, it is essential that you take special care of the skin around your eyes.


    Have you ever noticed that your eyes become irritated, swollen or itchy from either not removing your eye makeup properly or not removing it at all? If you apply any eye makeup it's important to remove it completely. In fact, taking off your makeup each and every night is an essential part of your new skincare regimen.


    Janae Skincare - Removing Your Eye Makeup

    An eye makeup remover should easily dissolve eye makeup. The skin around your eyes is very delicate and should be treated gently. You should never tug or pull the skin around your eyes, and never use a soap or cleanser in the eye area unless it states specifically that it is gentle enough for the eyes. The makeup remover you use should not burn or sting- if it does burn or sting that means you are doing more harm than good!


    I've heard of some women who use oil based products (such as Vaseline or baby oil) to remove eye makeup. This is not recommended.  Oil based products leave a residue and can eventually block tear ducts, keep eyelashes from growing and cause oily bumps around the eyes.


    Instead, you should use a gentle, oil free eye makeup remover on a cotton pad. Gently press and hold for a moment allowing the remover to break down makeup and then gently swipe.


    My little secret is that I like to then use a clean cotton pad with this same product to remove any makeup on the face before cleansing. By doing this your cleanser can than get deeper into the pores during the cleansing process instead of having to go through layers of dirt, oils and makeup first.


    If you don't already make it a point to take your makeup off every night, then it's time to start- you're already on your way to more beautiful, radiant skin!


    Janae Recommends: Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

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