• Meet Your Match: Choosing a Toner that's Right for You

    We've already talked about the benefits of using a toner or an astringent (improves clarity in skin tone, hydrates the skin, restores your skin's natural pH balance). I've already revealed that using a toner is not necessarily an essential component of a good skincare regimen.

     

    However, if you are looking for a way to bring your skin to the next level, you may be one of the many women I have met who can truly benefit from the addition of a good toner or astringent to their daily routine. Of course, everybody's skin is different and a toner that is right for your friend may not be ideal for you. This is why it's important to match the type of toner or astringent you use to your skin's specific needs.

     

    If you have Dry, Sensitive or Normal skin, your skin may feel a bit taut even after using a proper cleanser. This is especially true in the dry, winter months. I recommend trying a Hydrating Toner. A hydrating toner brings instant hydration and makes your skin feel more comfortable immediately. You may even choose to skip the cleanser in the morning and simply use a hydrating toner - that's all you need for morning skin to feel clean, refreshed, hydrated and prepared for moisturizer and sunscreen.

     

    If you have Combination or Oily skin, I recommend an Astringent with Witch Hazel (which is a natural astringent). You can use this astringent following cleansing or after exercising to immediately remove excess oil and sweat from your face. Or if you want to refresh your makeup later in the day and don't have time to go through the cleansing process, you can use this astringent to revive and clarify your skin, before reapplying makeup. So it's a great product to carry with you in your gym bag or purse.

     

    If you have Acne-Prone skin, you can use an Astringent with Salicylic to help dissolve the excess oil and dead skin cells within the pores, dry blemishes and keep skin clearer. The type of bacteria that causes acne cannot live in an acidic environment. Using an astringent with salicylic will adjust the pH of your skin so that your face will not have the environment for these bacteria to live. You should also use this astringent after a blemish has been extracted to clean out the pore, rid it of any bacteria, and help the skin heal more quickly.

     

    For a Hydrating Toner, Janae recommends:

    Janae Recommends: Visibly Moist Toner

     

    For a Natural Astringent, Janae recommends:

    Janae Recommends: Herbal Blend Astringent

     

    For an Astringent with Salicylic, Janae recommends:

    Janae Recommends:  Pore Purifying Astringent.

     

    If you're unsure which type of toner or astringent is right for you - please contact me! You can visit my contact page or leave a comment!


  • What is Janae Time?

    A time to spend a few moments to inspire the beauty in you still waiting to be revealed.

     

    With this being my first ever blog post I thought it would be good to share with you a bit about myself. I am a licensed esthetician with over 25 years experience in skincare and cosmetics. I am passionate about beauty and helping women be their absolute best inside and out at every stage of life. Visit my About page to learn more.

     

    The reason for my blog is to give you insight to good skincare and makeup techniques so that you will feel comfortable in your own skin and confident that you're putting your best face forward everyday.

     

    I will be blogging about a variety of skincare, makeup, beauty concerns and anything that I feel could be helpful not only in guiding you through maintaining your best, most healthy, beautiful skin, but also to encourage you to take time for you!

     

    I encourage comments and participation!

    Welcome to Janae Time!


  • Choosing the Right Cleanser

    Janae - Choosing the Right Cleanser

    Please don't tell me you go to bed without washing your face! Your body is designed to repair and rejuvenate itself while you are sleeping. In order to allow your skin to do this, it's crucial for it to be clean first.

     

    After removing your eye and face makeup with a gentle, oil-free makeup remover, the next step of your skincare regimen is to cleanse the skin. You've got to remove that makeup, dirt and pollution from the day. In fact, if you're not happy with the current condition of your skin, it may be because you're not using a cleanser with the right ingredients.

     

    In order to choose the right cleanser for your skin, it's important that you always read the active ingredients present in the product before purchasing it.  Steer clear of products containing harsh ingredients such as:  sodium laurel sulfate, petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil or propylene glycol, synthetic color, synthetic fragrance and comedogenic ingredients.

     

    Cleansers are not "one-size fits all." You need to pick the right cleanser for you!

     

    If you have aging skin, are experiencing dryness or are sensitive to a lot of skincare products, try a cream-based cleanser.  If you have normal, combination or oily skin you should use a gel based cleanser. If your skin requires an anti-acne cleanser then be sure to look for products that contain salicylic or benzoyl peroxide.

     

    After thoroughly cleansing your face, you can apply your serum, moisturizer, night cream, etc. (I'll be blogging on the uses of these products in the days to come). Now that your skin is clean you can be assured that whatever treatment you apply will absorb and penetrate deeper into the skin to do exactly what it is designed to do - correct your skin!

     

    Women often ask me how many times a day they should cleanse their skin- the answer is, it depends on your skin type! (Remember, skin care is not "one size fits all") If you have a Combination, Oily or Acne skin you should cleanse twice daily. If you have a Normal, Dry or Sensitive skin you should always cleanse in the evening. In the morning you could either use cleanser or you could just use a toner instead to refresh the skin before applying moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup.

     

    There are times when Janae recommends two different cleansers. One for evening and one for morning. If you are using a stronger cleanser like an Acne Cleanser at night your skin might not need or be able to tolerate twice a day, so you'd want to use a more gentle cleanser in the morning, keeping your skin from becoming too dry or irritated.

     

    If you are wanting to see healthier more radiant skin and don't already use a cleanser that is suited to your specific needs, try Janae's recommendations for your unique skin type and condition and see what a difference using the right cleanser can make for your complexion!

     

    If you experience dryness, have an aging skin and have sensitivity to skincare products:

    Janae Recommends: Ultra Gentle Cleansing Lotion

     

    If you experience an oily t-zone or oily skin and have sensitivity to skincare products:

    Janae Recommends: Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel

     

    If you are experiencing dryness, aging skin or sun damage:

    Janae Recommends: AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

     

    If you experience a normal/comb/slightly oily as well as hyper-pigmentation or sun damage:

    Janae Recommends: Glycolic Cleanser (AHA)

     

    If you are experiencing oily t-zone, oily skin, acne-prone or rosacea symptoms:

    Janae Recommends: Pore Clearing Cleanser (Salicylic)

     

    If you are experiencing moderate to severe acne:

    Janae Recommends:  Acne Cleanser (Benzoyl Peroxide)

     

    If you would like more personalized recommendations for your specific skin needs please utilize my contact page or simply leave a comment below!


  • Consistency is the Key to Results!

    Throughout my 25 years as an aesthetician, I've seen a lot of people disappointed with not obtaining the results they were hoping for from their skincare regimen. There are two key reasons this happens. One is that the products they use do not contain effective active ingredients. The second is that they lack consistency in using quality products on a daily basis.

     

    When it comes down to it, you are the one who plays the largest role in seeing the results you are hoping to achieve with your skin. It's the time you spend and the products you use that make the difference.

     

    Just by spending a few minutes everyday using skincare products with effective ingredients, you will greatly improve the health of your skin. That is my goal for you!

     

    I assure you, this will be time well spent! Beautiful skin is noticeable, and I want you to begin receiving compliments on the healthy, glowing skin you can have!

     

    In the next few posts I will be sharing with you the purpose and the order of a good skincare routine, starting with the basics. I will also share about the importance of using products with effective active ingredients - what ingredients to look for and which ones to avoid when purchasing products.

     

    After covering the basics, I'll share targeted treatments that give specific results for different skin issues. Whether it's aging, menopausal, tired, sun damaged, hyper-pigmentation, acne, rosacea or sensitive skin problems you might be having, you can have a clearer, healthier complexion with innovative formulas that repair, rebuild and transform the skin and give you the results you want.

     

    But first, consistency! It's the most important first step. It's the key needed for success. No other person but you is responsible for the condition of your skin. So take a moment right now and commit to yourself to set aside a few extra minutes each morning and each evening to maintain a skin regimen that fits your needs - and don't worry, I'll be with you every step of the way.

     

    If you want you to have that beautiful, radiant skin, make the commitment and stay committed. I promise that your consistency will pay off.


  • Winter Skin Care

    Janae - Winter - SkincareDuring the winter, people bundle up to protect themselves from the harsh elements. However, the most sensitive area of the skin is often left exposed: the face.

     

    This delicate area is the perfect target for cold winds, dry indoor air, and icy temperatures that draw moisture from the skin. As a result, the skin is often left dull, dry, and dehydrated; resulting in the deepening of lines and wrinkles on the face. Low humidity affects the skin on the body as well. Extreme dryness and cracking on hands and feet can result in irritation and itchiness. This can lead to inflammation and conditions such as eczema.

     

    Here are a few skincare tips for your face and body during the winter months:

    • Use more topical moisturizing skin care products. Use a moisturizing, cream-based cleanser as opposed to a water-based one. Even clients with oily skin might experience tightness and dehydration, especially if an alcohol-based product was used during the summer. Use a good, hydrating cream on both the face and body to combat the harsh, cold winds and protect against moisture loss from the dry winter air. Avoid alcohol-based products for the skin and hair since they cause extreme dryness.
    • Hand sanitizers can dry out your skin, so be sure to use hand cream after washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.
    • Use softeners in laundry to prevent your clothing from becoming too dry, which can cause itchiness against the skin.
    • Over bathing can lead to extreme dryness and itchiness. Avoid taking hot baths, sitting in saunas and using hot water to wash your face and body. Shower using warm water instead. Use a moisturizing body wash instead of soap. After a bath, pat skin dry and apply an emollient moisturizer onto slightly damp skin to trap in moisture.
    • Don't forget sun protection even in the winter months. UV rays are stronger at higher altitudes and they reflect off snow, so an even higher SPF should be used
    • Use a lip balm that leaves a protective layer to keep lips from cracking. Avoid licking the lips, since this habit tends to dry them.

     

    Add these tips into your daily regimen and skin care routine to combat the challenges of cold winter months so you and your skin can be sure to enjoy the season!


  • Men's Skincare 101

    Do you have husbands, fathers, brothers, sons or guy friends that could use a little help in their skincare routine? Here are some tips on how we can be sure that the men in our lives are taking care of the health of their skin.

     

    Men's skin is quite different from a woman's skin. It's thick, it can be oily, most of the time it's dehydrated and oh, the facial hair!

     

    The two main reasons are testosterone and shaving. Testosterone makes men's skin 20-30% thicker than a woman's with more collagen and elastin overall. Men's skin also tends to be more oily. The bonus? Men show signs of aging more slowly than women.

     

    One of the biggest differences between men and women is the beard. Everyday while shaving he is stripping away protective layers leaving the skin more susceptible to irritation and sensitivity.

     

    Ingrown hairs are a common problem. To reduce the risk, shower first before shaving allowing hair follicles to be softened from the steam. Also use a facial scrub 2-3 times per week before shaving which also preps the skin. Don't forget that men need anti-aging products as well. Look for ones that can multi-task. Men want solutions to their skin problems, but it can't be complicated.

     

    Skin cancer and men: Men over 50 are more than twice as likely as women to develop and die from skin cancer. A recent study showed that men spend an average of 36 hours in the sun per week (10 more than women). They are less likely to wear sunscreen and have fewer visits to the doctor. Men often develop skin cancer on the scalp, ears, back, shoulders and chest - areas that are exposed more than women.

     

    Janae Recommends:
    Foaming Facial Refiner
    Cell Youth Actif
    Advanced Protection SPF30

     

    Men need to take those few extra moments in their day to be sure their skin is exfoliated, nourished and protected, so they too can have a better overall skin health for life.


  • 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.

  • 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!


  • 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 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!


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