Well the time has come. We have decided to Blog. Possibly Vlog. Our goal with this will be to introduce our brand, our products and ourselves! We will give you tips and tricks for proper skincare. Highlight new techniques and devices. Offer awareness on what ingredients to look for in your products and what to stay away from. There may be some recipes in here for good skin. Or some that just sound delicious. We want to expose our clients to our lives and our knowledge (don’t worry, there won’t be any politics here!) We love to travel so there is always a chance we will throw in a post about an amazing destination that we recommend!
But first, I want to introduce everyone to our gorgeous, kind and extremely smart owner. Facialworks is her first baby (she has a beautiful 1 year old and one on the way!) Her name is Meghan. She is the brains (and the beauty) behind all things Facialworks. Although not to take any credit away from her business partner/husband/man behind the woman Jason. These two make the perfect team! With Meghan’s knowledge of skincare, she has been a licensed esthetician for 8 years, and Jason’s a Business graduate from USC, they are uniquely qualified for the job. They pour their time and lives into keeping up with all things within the skincare industry.
As for our writers? We have decided to do this “family” style. All of our estheticians are excited to contribute! We will be introducing you to everyone over the course of the next few weeks!
So welcome and enjoy! If there’s anything anyone wants to know about, just leave a comment and we will gladly take the article request! Were here to help (and entertain :))
There are so many foods now a days and its always hard to tell what we are really eating, its great and so crucial to know what is in what and to check how much sugar is really in the ingredients and also what that sugar does to the body, when things are icky internally we can even have those external icky results in our image, skin, and etc. !
What is sugar?
Sugar is a carbohydrate. If it ends in a “ose” on the label, its going to be a sugar!
There are different kinds of sugars two main categories of sugars are:
monosaccarides like glucose, fructose, and galactose.
then are more complex forms like
dissaccharides like sucrose, maltose, and lactose.
lets break these down a bit and see where hess sugars come from with a cheat sheet..
Cheat sheet to naturally occurring sugars:
Glucose: Occurs naturally in plants and fruits, and is a byproduct of photosynthesis. In our bodies glucose can be burned as energy or converted into liver and muscle fuel(glycogen). Our bodies can actually produce glucose when needed.
Fructose: Is a fruit sugar, which of course occurs naturally in FRUIT. It is major sweet and also occurs naturally in cane sugar and honey!
These next sugars are more complex.. we have:
Sucrose: Found in the stems of sugar cane, roots of sugar beet, and also can be found naturally alongside glucose mainly in certain fruits and other plants.
Lactose: Lastly we have this sugar which is mainly a milk sugar. This is something created as a rest of a process happening in our bodies. Children carry the enzyme necessary to break down the molecule into lactose to be used by the body, while most of adults don’t. We would call that being lactose in tolerant!
These are a few key types of sugars but where do they actually originate from?!
Sugar is usually created as a result of the processing of or mixing of one of two types of plants: sugar beets and sugar cane. These plants are then harvested, processed, and refined and then eventually resembles the white sugar we have come to know, LOVE, and CRAVE! With absolutely no nutritional vale whatsoever, its just pure, refined, sugar.
So the question we have all been waiting for… What happens in our bodies when we eat this sugar?!
Firstly sugar is the living source of tooth decay, and cavities! Shocker? I hope not.
Going further than the food entering the mouth, when it enters the body, it begins to process the sugar in a very specified way..
When consumed your body has two options on how to deal with it:
we can burn it for energy, speaking of fitness being a HUGE plus
we can allow it to convert to fat and store in our fat cells.. of course a huge BOO!
So now we have this sugar in our blood stream and body, so we ask.. What happens next?
When our pancreas detects a great amount of sugar entering in, it then releases a hormone called insulin to help deal with all that sugar rush.
Insulin then helps regulate that level of sugar in our blood stream. Insulin helps store all of this glucose in the liver and muscles as glycogen and in fat cells. Now, often our body struggles to get that balance right, when we consume to much sugar quickly. at this point way to much insulin is released and then results in our blood sugar dropping way below normal levels.
This is what we call A SUGAR CRASH or if you want to get smart in terms (hypoglycemia) and then our bodies respond by telling us GIVE US MORE SUGAR.
This usually happens often and then we consume more sugar and of course the more sugar you consume, the more blood sugar sky rockets up and then our body needs more insulin. Biggest result from this process is fat storage, those pesky fatty areas we all dread and are disgusted of.
Knowing about sugar and how it affects the body is so crucial to being able to know how much we are consuming, be more aware of checking the sugar amounts in all you eat. Of course we can’t completely cut out sugar forever, and if you can then power to you non-sugar goers! But just having a awareness of what amounts of sugars are in what as we grocery shop, eat those bags of chips we always love to eat, and/or just go out regularly for meals!
Carry on with your life but have an awareness and love your body thats been given to you!
So this recipe makes 2 Pies! One for you and one for…ok fine, you can have both 🙂 Or in my case…62 mini pies. My darling daughter requested these for her 4th grade holiday party. I happily obliged and not only did i have enough for her class, there was plenty left over to give out to friends and family (and then for me to steal a couple as well). I did them in foil cupcake liners as these seemed like the strongest material. Give yourself plenty of time (and some wine) especially if you have little bakers in the kitchen helping. Enjoy!
Ingredients & Layers
Layer 1: Oreo Crust
About 50 chocolate creme sandwich cookies (makes about 2 cups crumbs)
1 cup butter, melted
- Place cookies in a food processor and process until they’re fine crumbs.
2. Add melted butter to food processor and process again, just until combined.
3. Pour butter and crumbs into a 9-inch baking dish and spread evenly.
4. Pack down with a flat bottomed glass. Refrigerate crust for an hour before filling.
Layer 2: Chocolate Filling
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
4 ounces baking semi-sweet chocolate
12 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1. With an electric mixer using a whisk attachment, beat heavy cream until soft peaks appear. Place in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Melt baking chocolate in a microwave-safe container for one minute on high. Stir and heat the chocolate again for 30 seconds. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Set aside to cool.
3. With an electric mixer, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Whisk for 5 minutes. Place egg mixture in a heatproof glass bowl. Over low heat, place bowl over a medium saucepan filled with 1/2 inch of barely simmering water.
4. Stir the eggs occasionally until they reach 160 degrees F with an instant read thermometer.
5. Place eggs back in the electric mixer and whisk for 8 minutes. Set aside.
6. In the same electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
7. Slowly pour in the cooled semi-sweet chocolate and the eggs. Beat until well combined.
8. Carefully fold in the chilled heavy whipping cream until well blended.
9. Pour the filling into a 6 inch ready made oreo crust. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate.
Layer 3: Peppermint Vanilla Ice Cream Pudding
1 Package Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
5-10 Drops Peppermint Syrup
Vanilla Pudding (using the directions on box for amount of milk). I subtract about 1/4 cup of milk and use a cup of (good, creamy, yum) vanilla ice cream in the pudding mix. Once I have my pudding mixed I put in peppermint drops. You’d be surprised how little you need. I usually do about 5-10 drops, but to taste. If too much, put in a little more ice cream. If too little, plop a few more drops in. Once tasty, it’s done. Add in layer and refrigerate.
Layer 4: Whipped Cream
1. 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2. 1-3 tbs Confectioners Sugar
3. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract (more to taste)
In a mixer, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.
Layer 5: Candycane Sprinkles
5 Candycanes-Smashed to sprinkle size 🙂
Freeze or refrigerate till ready to serve!
Water is an in-flight essential: And the small cups they bring around during the food service are not enough. Plane air is very dry. Every passenger on the plane breathes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. In order to bring in more oxygen, fresh air is pumped into the cabin. However, the air at such high altitudes has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated.
Downsize your beauty items: There are plenty of reasons to minimize your favorite skin care items before a vacation (and we’re not just talking about the TSA’s 3-ounce rule). If you can’t go a day without your luxe cleanser, have special formulas for acne or sensitive skin, or just hate tiny hotel freebies, fill up miniature bottles. Some brands come in travel-size options, but flight attendants rely on the empty jars at places like The Container Store. You can also head to your local drugstore and pick up the travel-safe containers that won’t leak.
You can never have enough moisturizer: To combat the dry air in the plane, you’ll need to pack a face lotion, a lip balm, and an eye cream. Here are some favorites from Facialworks : Hydra revitalizing cream , cucumber peptide eye cream, and a good hydrating lip balm.
SPF is the most important thing to pack: While flying at high altitudes, you are closer to the sun’s harmful rays especially if you’re in the window seat. In fact, pilots count a higher risk of skin cancer as an occupational hazard (now airlines use sun shields in the cockpit to protect the pilots from sun exposure). You should consider sunscreen a requirement for flying. We recommend either facialworks power protect spf 40 (tinted), or clear protect spf 40 (matte finish). Don’t forget to reapply if your flight is longer than two hours.
Losing your luggage isn’t the only thing you have to think about: “I worry about the higher levels of radiation that I’m exposed to at high altitudes, “The higher the altitude and the higher the latitude, the more radiation.” OK, don’t freak out. Pilots are exposed to more radiation than even nuclear-plant workers, but they spend hours on end in the cockpit. As an occasional traveler, you can temper the radiation in the plane by stocking up on antioxidant-rich snacks. Sip green tea during the flight, and opt for a kale salad and fruit over the in-flight pretzels. You can also find skin care products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. But the best option? Fly at night.
Nuts– Nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which help protect the skin from UV ray damage. They’re also loaded with Vitamin E which helps protect the skin from oxidative cell damage.
Bell Peppers– Bell peppers (especially yellow) are one of the best foods to eat to obtain Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to keep your skin looking bright, even, and firm. It helps rebuff the skin from external environmental stressors and plays a role in collagen and elastin production.
Soybeans– Soybeans contain a phytoestrogen known as isoflavinoids that mimic the estrogen that we lose as we age. Estrogen is an important hormone for promoting collagen and elastin production and preventing them from breaking down.
Fish– Fish, especially salmon and tuna, are also filled with omega-3 fatty acids that keep the skin cells healthy and able to support the structure of the skin.
Broccoli– Broccoli is rich in B complex vitamins which also contribute to collagen formation. Eating more of this veggie will help keep your skin looking supple and youthful.
Carrots– Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.
Tomatoes– Tomatoes contain an antioxidant known as lycopene, which acts as a natural sunblock and protects the skin from sun damage. Lycopene is also great for eye health which will help keep your eyes looking white and bright this holiday season.
1.) Always cleanse your face at night
Throughout the day our skin is exposed to numerous toxins and pollution (yuck!) not to mention the build up of oil and and makeup that can clog our pores. It’s important to wash all that off in order to keep our skin clean. If you’re exhausted at the end of the day and climbing into bed beats washing your face every time, try washing it right when you get home to avoid waiting until you are less likely to do it.
2.) Apply your powerhouse products at night
My motto is protect and correct! Protect your skin throughout the day and correct at night. Our skin repairs itself while we sleep, so to see the best results from your products sleeping in them will help treat your biggest skincare concern. For example, if your main concern is aging, use your most anti-aging products (retinol, glycol, or peptides) at night. If you need to work on hydrating your skin using a night cream with hyaluronic or squalane will be your best bet. For acne-prone skin using products with salicylic will be beneficial.
3.) Get Enough Zzz’s
Sleep can help reduce stress which can reflect on our skin’s appearance. Stress can induce acne flare-ups and darken under eye circles. Getting enough sleep every night can help assure that you look and feel your best. Your skin will thank you!
4.) Clean your Pillowcases Regularly
I don’t think I need to go into detail with this one- Just a friendly reminder!
5.) Use an eye cream every night
Eye creams are imperative for reducing fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, and dehydration. I like to use a hydrating eye cream during the day (which also helps my concealer look better without creasing) and an anti-aging eye cream at night. Look for an eye cream with ingredients that target whatever your main concern is. Cucumber is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help with puffiness. Vitamin C and peptides are also great eye cream ingredients.
My Favorite? Facialworks pure cucumber eye. It’s organic and super hydrating!
Over-indulging at Thanksgiving is common, but it can cause a whole host of issues inside and out. To combat the excesses of the holiday season, all you need is a simple detoxifying and reinvigorating regimen that combines exfoliation, inflammation reduction and brightening to support the skin‘s natural ability to restore itself. Here are a few great treatments to help you recover from those over-indulgences.
Choose products that include sugar and fruit enzymes–these ingredients clean deep down into the skin, decongest pores and remove dead skin cells to reveal skin’s inner radiance.
To reduce inflammation or congestion, choose powerful, effective active ingredients such as salicylic acid from white willow bark and chamomile.
Look for brightening, tone-evening actives like licorice root, lemon peel and arbutin, which significantly reduce discoloration and spots for a brighter, more even complexion.
There’s nothing more important than keeping your skin and body protected from the stress the holidays can bring. Antioxidants work to reduce that oxidation process and speed cellular repair. There are many trendy antioxidants out there, but my favorites come from the vitamin world. Green tea & resveratrol (potent grape seed extract)–both of which contain phyto-nutrients, flavonoids and polyphenols–are proven antioxidants that restore balance and youth to both your body and skin. polyphenols–are proven antioxidants that restore balance
Thanksgiving break also brings about the onset of a colder, dryer, harsher climate. A dry epidermis can become annoyingly itchy and painful, not to mention the fact that we all want to look dewy and youthful, not dry and brittle! Keeping hydrated from the inside out is crucial. Drink lots of water and take good fats like flax, fish oils and quality olive oil. In addition, use moisturizers full of high quality, absorbable oils and humectants (like vegetable glycerin or honey) that help your skin absorb and retain water efficiently. For the body, organic apricot kernel oil and shea and cocoa butters will prepare your skin for the harsh weather to come.
When it comes to skin care, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the products on the market. Typically when people start using the most products is when they feel self conscious about their skin- trying to fix the problem. However, when it comes to fighting acne, I feel that less is more, and that it’s always best to simplify your routine…
When one of my clients has acne, I put them in the category of having sensitive skin. Their skin is sensitive to breakouts, therefor, I would like them to treat it accordingly. If you’re piling on one harsh salicylic based product after another hoping to “dry out” your blemishes, you’re only compromising the health of your skin and its only a temporary fix- if it even works at all! Plus when you’re using a plethora of products, how do you know that its not one or a combination of them thats causing the breakouts.
To keep your skin sensitivity under control, I feel that its best to use 3-4 products, and only have one thats “clearing” or exfoliating- and be religious about your routine!
Start with a gentle cleanser, one you can use morning and night and that doesn’t have harsh ingredients in it like alcohol. This type of cleanser will remove dirt, makeup and excess oil but wont dry you out.
Then, get a hyaluronic acid serum to keep you from becoming dehydrated. Its oil free and completely absorbs into the skin. Its a very important ingredient to have in your products, and is undetectable once applied.
Your next step should be a light weight moisturizer with an spf. I know its hard to find a sunscreen you want to wear if your feeling oily or have acne, but its imperative to your skin health and for scarring from breakouts- and i promise light weight sunscreens do exist, so find one you like and stick with it.
At night, cleanse your skin again with your gentle cleanser and then use your clearing product. Whether its an overnight treatment, or something you put on for a few minutes and then remove- make sure its exfoliating and has active ingredients designed to fight breakouts.
Talk to your esthetician to find out which products they suggest for you. Just remember to keep it simple and clean, that way you can rule out your routine as the cause and start adjusting other potential causes such as your diet or hormones.
They say anything you did before 25 was a free pass. Ok that may be an exaggeration. But up until your mid twenties, your skin is in its prime! Under 25? Live it up! Over 25? Time to listen up! As we age, the collagen and elastin decrease. Causes? Damage from the sun, pollutants, poor diet, smoking (please quit now!!!) and alcohol consumption (no champagne…how will we survive!?!). These all cause wrinkles and an uneven texture. Also starting in your early thirties, collagen production slows down and the type of collagen you produce is far less effective. The enzymes in your skin that are in charge of cleaning up damaged collagen fibers continue to breakdown old collagen. But the problems is that the new collagen fiber production can’t quite keep up. The result? Aging skin, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of tone (say it isn’t so!!!)
But were not just here to give you all bad news. We have some tips for you!
Protein! Lack of protein ages the skin more visibly. We recommend eating an adequate amount of protein rich foods for getting the nutrients you need to produce new collagen fibers. The amino acids that make up proteins are what the fibers are made up of! So time to load up on fish, poultry, lean meats and eggs!
Vitamin C! Next step? Converting the amino acids into a usable form of protein to make the collagen fibers. This is the job of a diet rich in vitamin C!
Antioxidants! Fruits and veggies are important to protect your cells from free radical damage that leads to aging.
Stimulating Collagen! How do we do that??? Vitamin C applied topically not only has a positive effect on collagen production, it also helps fade brown spots and pigmentation.
Chemical Peels! A spotless, lineless, flawless complexion is lying just beneath the surface of your skin. During a peel, the acids lift away dead skin cells and trigger a reaction. Once the top layer begins to shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move on up and begin increasing collagen production! A thorough sloughing also offers one very immediate upshot: smoother skin that’s both more radiant and more receptive. As for all the benefits of a peel, and the many different kinds, check back soon as we will go more in depth in another blog!
Lets start off. For those of you who are new to the skincare game, or who have been living under a beauty rock, the Clarisonic is a tool sold at specialty beauty stores, spas (including Facialworks) and online. It oscillates back and forth over the skin. Its claim: ‘to remove six times more makeup than cleansing by hand” However, I like to think of it as an exfoliating tool to lift off dry skin cells and remove makeup.
At Facialworks, we love the Clarisonic! We use this tool in our facials and see all the benefits it has, when used the right way!
If you’re considering purchasing one, here are some facts to help you decide!
Fact 1: Skin Trauma: Sometimes a good thing!
You never want to exfoliate to the point of destroying healthy, living cells. However, when you give the skin trauma, it then goes into repair mode and stimulates cellular regeneration. This is extremely beneficial to the skin! But doing so too often by over-exfoliating can trigger premature aging and cause radical damage. So use with care, caution and by the direction of your esthetician by the recommendation for your specific skin type!
Fact 2: Clean Skin is good…But not too clean!
I know, this sounds a little crazy. But here is the deal. Although you do want your skin hygienically clean, it doesn’t need to be eat off the kitchen floor spotless! There is a certain amount of good bacteria that your skin needs to continue functioning in a healthy way. So we recommend using non-drying, sulfate free cleansers with your Clarisonic!
Fact 3: Dryness…and how keep it from happening!
Being too aggressive in your exfoliating can cause extreme dryness and disrupt the skins lipid barrier. This is what allows the moisture to seep out of the cells easily. We recommend our new Barrier Repair in our Hydra Works line…if you’re over exfoliating. For added moisture, the Organic Super Serum and the Clear Moisture are also great options!
Do not forget that in order to get best results from your Clarisonic and avoid over-exfoliating, over-cleaning, inflammation and the spread of bacteria, be sure to only use you Clarisonic a 2-3 times a week and to wash it with anti-bacterial soap BEFORE each use.
From our wonderful friend Alex at Motherhood Together, she has come up with an amazing recipe (and story) for homemade deodorant!
I have had a love/hate relationship with deodorant for years now. I love that it makes me not smell like I just got home from three days at Coachella, but I hate that I have to rub all kinds of chemicals and artificial fragrance all up on my skin. After deciding to part ways with my regular deodorant, I decided (much to my husband’s horror) to start testing out different natural and non-toxic deodorants. Over the course of several months, I tried every freaking variety of natural deodorant I could get my grubby little hands on. The outcome? Not only did nothing really work, but some of it made me smell bad. Real bad. (Insert photo of husband’s once again horrified face here.) Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not typically a smelly person. Even on days when I skipped the deo altogether, I wouldn’t get offensively smelly, but some yet-to-be-determined ingredient that is apparently common in the natural deodorant world DOESN’T agree with me. I finally gave up and stopped wearing it at all, which also is just not a great option.
Something had to give! I knew there had to be an option that wasn’t loaded with chemicals, but that also didn’t make me smell like the crunchy hippy that I secretly truly am on the inside. I had heard about diy deodorants, but couldn’t believe that they really worked after all my trial and error with the store-bought crap. But here I was, with way too many partially used deodorant sticks/pastes/creams in my bathroom, and still no perfect match. So I gave it a go (commence extreme husband eye roll), and you guys, it WORKS!! AND, it is the freaking easiest thing ever! Here are the details:
First of all, it is possible that you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already! The only one I didn’t have was arrowroot powder, but it can be found with the spices at any health food store (and lots of regular grocery stores). It is a white starchy powder that serves similar purposes to corn starch. It is light, flavorless, odorless and natural. The other ingredients are virgin coconut oil and baking soda! Easy as pie, right? I mean, it almost is pie.
First, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder, and get those all friendly and mingled in with each other. It’ll look like this (very exciting):
Next, add 5 tablespoons of coconut oil to the mix, and it will look like this (only slightly more exciting):
Then give ‘er a good stir:
And, voila! You have earned your non-b.o. patch and are well on your way to Birkenstocks and tie dye t-shirts! If you really want to get fancy, you can add a drop your favorite essential oil for fragrance. I was a little weary of that because I’m still not sure which ingredient in the store-bought ones was my undoing, so I stuck to the basic recipe.
Next, fill all those empty cosmetic containers you’ve been hoarding and force your new-found crunchiness on all your friends! They’ll roll their eyes, but their inner hippy is doing that awkward closed-eyes arm flailing dance of joy😉
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
5 tbsp coconut oil
For more from Alex, visit her blog at Motherhood Together