• 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

  • Reduce Aging Around Your Eyes

    Janae Skincare - Eye CreamOur eyes are the first thing that others notice and are truly the indicator of our age and health.


    The skin under and around the eye is naturally thin and delicate. It has no oil glands and becomes even thinner with age, needing specific care and attention. Most concerns associated with the eyes are crows feet, puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles. All of these concerns are accentuated through life long facial expressions, natural depletion of collagen and elastin, and sun damage (UV). Let's look at the most common reasons these develop as well as the ideal treatments to maintain a healthy, younger looking skin.


    Crows Feet, Fine Lines, and Wrinkles

    • Causes
      • Sun Damage
      • Smoking
      • Squinting
      • Stress
      • Family history of early wrinkling
      • Dehydration
      • Sleeping on your face
    • Treatment
      • Avoid sun-exposure, wear sunscreen, and sunglasses.
      • Stay clear of cigarette smoke and be aware of stress levels.
      • Use advanced formulas of potent anti-aging peptides which will increase collagen, smooth out and relax lines and wrinkles, as well as Hyaluronic Acid which will bring much needed hydration.


    Under Eye Puffiness or Sagging Eye Skin

    • Causes
      • Poor drainage
      • Allergies
      • Lack of sleep
    • Treatment
      • Get plenty of sleep 7-8 hours.
      • Apply cool compresses to eyes when first up in the morning while sitting up.
      • Treat allergies.
      • Use an eye serum with peptides such as Haloxyl and Eyeliss which will firm, tighten and relieve signs of puffiness and swelling within seconds.


    Dark Circles

    • Causes
      • Heredity
      • Allergies
      • Lifestyle factors
      • Capillary leakage
      • Thinning skin, loss of fat and collagen as we age.
    • Treatment
      • Reduce stress
      • Treat allergies
      • An eye serum with Haloxyl will help reduce dark circles from any of these causes by encouraging proper circulation, reducing fluid buildup, and increasing lymphatic drainage.

    Janae Recommends: Intensive Eye Therapy Creme
    Janae Recommends: Instant Firming Eye Gel

    Don't wait until the skin around your eyes starts showing signs of aging. Prevention is key in treating these conditions. Use topical applications of eye treatments all around your eyes and all the way up to the brow.

  • How Our Sleep Position Affects Our Skin

    We all know how much better we feel when we get a great night sleep! Getting enough sleep has to become a conscious priority. A lesser known fact is that how we sleep can affect our aging!

    Here are three great tips to avoid additional aging to your skin!

    • Avoid sleeping with your face touching your pillow.
      Sleeping with your face touching your pillow is proven to be one of the major causes of permanent deep lines and wrinkles. We have all woken up with these annoying creases on our faces.

      Certain positions night after night leads to sleep lines - wrinkles that become etched onto the surface of our skin. Sleeping on your side can cause wrinkles on cheeks and chin while sleeping face down can give you a furrowed brow.

      The most ideal way to sleep is on your back. It's been proven not only to help prevent wrinkles, but it also provides a number of other great health benefits too!
    • Consider a silk pillow case.
      If you wake up with sleep lines, another cause may be that your skin is being pulled by the pillow case. Movement at night paired with a unforgiving pillow case may cause crease lines in your skin.

      With silk, your skin is able to slide easily and won’t get tugged or pulled against your pillow at night.
    • Sleep slightly elevated to prevent eye puffiness. 
      The skin underneath our eyes is very thin. One of the main causes for eye puffiness is due to water pooling in that area and gravity weighing down while we sleep.

      To prevent this from occurring, sleep with your head slightly elevated.


    Try these tips for yourself! You'll be pleasantly surprised to see some real changes when you look at your beautiful face in the mirror first thing in the morning!

  • Exfoliate for Radiant, Smoother Skin

    Is your skin showing signs of being dull, dry or flaky? Are there clogged pores, blemishes, or an uneven skin tone?


    Exfoliation is the best home treatment to rid these problems for a healthier, more radiant and younger skin. As we age, the process of cell turnover slows down dramatically. The purpose of exfoliating is to remove accumulated excess old dead cells which in turn increases production of vibrant new healthy cells. It also prepares your skin for the specific treatment products you're using. They will be absorbed more easily giving you better results.


    There are two types of Exfoliants - Physical and Chemical


    Physical Exfoliants are scrubs that you apply to moist skin, massage in, and then remove with warm water. This type is for all skin conditions with the exception of blemished/acne-prone skin. It may be used 1-2 times per week for mild resurfacing. If you feel your skin is needing a deeper skin resurfacing such as peels or microdermabrasion, visit a skin professional who will be able to suggest the right treatment for your skin condition.


    Be careful not to over-exfoliate. The goal is to exfoliate with minimal irritation. Be sure to only use facial-type exfoliators, not body scrubs on your face. Don't use any scrub with any rough, coarse, uneven texture that can cause skin damage by tearing into the skin as it abrades away the surface. This could cause tiny tears that damage the skin's barrier. Use creme based or micro-beaded suspensions.


    Chemical Exfoliants such as Glycolic or Salicylic is a leave on exfoliant that is applied after cleansing and is for oily, acne-prone and for sun-damaged skin. This type of exfoliant is best for an acne-prone skin that you don't want to be over-stimulated by massaging in a product. A leave on exfoliant treatment gives you a low concentration of acid on a daily basis. It will keep your pores from getting clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria which is what causes breakouts. Glycolic also helps with lightening discoloration areas and with scarring.


    It's important to note that you should always be diligent with sunscreen while using AHA's like Glycolic Acid or BHA's Salicylic as your skin is much more susceptible to sunburn.


    Aging, Dry, Normal Skin
    Janae Recommends: Crystal Clarity Microdermabrasion Creme


    Normal, Combination, Oily
    Janae Recommends: Foaming Facial Refiner


    Oily, Acne Prone Skin & Sun Damaged Skin
    Janae Recommends: Glycolic Gel Renewal


    Enjoy a healthier skin by getting in a routine of exfoliating.

  • Mascara - Water-Resistant or Waterproof?

    Janae - Apply Mascara
    So what is the difference?


    Water resistant mascara can withstand water and tears.
    Waterproof mascara can be submerged in water.


    Water resistant mascara is much more gentle on the eye area which is crucial for anti-aging. It also has the benefit of being much easier to remove while still providing the resistance to water or tears to prevent running and smudging throughout the day.


    Waterproof mascara however needs to be removed with a Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover which is oil-based, specifically designed for this type of mascara. The chemicals used in Waterproof mascara are harsh and drying, which can make the delicate lashes brittle and cause breakage or fall out. It can also be quite irritating to sensitive eyes and contact wearers. With waterproof mascara being harder to remove, you can end up rubbing and pulling on the eye area way too much. Without gentle care, it can be easy to irritate the skin around your eyes or even develop an eye infection.


    I prefer and recommend to not use an oil-based eye remover on a daily basis.
    Learn more about your eye makeup remover here.


    I also recommend to change out your mascara every 3 months and to never share your mascara with anyone. If you ever do develop an eye infection, discard the tube immediately and start with a fresh tube once your eye has healed.


    How to Remove a Water Resistant or Waterproof Mascara:

    • Apply Eye Remover to cotton pad
    • Press gently on the eye, holding for a few moments
    • Allow the product to dissolve the mascara
    • Swipe in a downward motion
    • Gently wipe the underside of your lashes


    You may need to repeat these steps, but this is the most gentle on the eyes and the lashes.


    Water-Resistant Mascara is best for daily use.
    Save the Water-Proof for swimming and special occasions!


    Janae Recommends: HD Mascara
    Janae Recommends: Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

  • To Tone or Not to Tone? Is a Toner Really Necessary?

    In my 25 years as an aesthetician, I have met many women that have used a toner religiously and others that never toned at all.


    Now that you are on your way to a better skin routine through removing your makeup properly and using the correct cleanser for your skin type, the question remains:
    Is using a toner really a necessary step in a good skin care regimen?


    First, let's look at what a toner does. Toners restore the healthy pH (how acidic or alkaline) of the skin. Healthy skin has a slightly acidic pH in the range of 4 to 5.5. This is called the acid mantle. The acid mantle is a film on the surface of the skin consisting of lipids, sebum and sweat. This slightly acidic environment fights off bacteria and pollutants. Stress and hormonal changes can cause negative effects to the acid mantle, resulting in a more alkaline skin surface. Soap is highly alkaline and can leave your skin stripped of all the natural oils that are necessary for a healthy skin. Toners bring the skin back to it's natural, more acidic state, which is where a healthy skin thrives.


    If you are using a proper facial cleanser for your skin type then a toner is not necessarily an essential component of your skincare regimen. This is because a proper cleanser does not leave a residue on the skin, nor does it disrupt the skin's natural pH balance.


    However, even with the best cleanser for your skin some women find that their skin benefits from the use of a toner or an astringent. Some women will use them simply to refresh the skin and others prefer toning instead of cleansing in the mornings.


    Although a toner is not always necessary, there are many times where it can be a great option for your skin. My next post will focus on which skin types and conditions will benefit from which types of toners and astringents. It may very well be that your skincare regimen is complete without, or you may realize that a toner is just what you need to bring your skin to the next level.


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

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