Skin Cancer Awareness

I'm going to be honest with you here and say that yes, I have used a tanning bed before. Unfortunately the majority of us probably share this same experience. Whether it be in preparation for an event or before vacation its likely that you or someone you know have used a tanning bed at one point or another in your lifetime. 

“The Food and Drug Administration estimates that about 30 million Americans use indoor tanning beds each year, including 2.3 million teens.”1   Which is surprising to me since we now know that this is a known carcinogen. Meaning that indoor tanning beds are a known cancer causing threat. Could indoor tanning be the missing link and answer as to why skin cancer “rates have been rising for decades, especially among young women?”2

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Top 5 Skin Questions Answered

1. Are these blackheads on my nose?

Maybe. Blackheads can appear really anywhere, but most commonly are confused with Sebaceous filaments. Filaments are when your pores get congested with excess sebum. It doesn't necessarily mean that your skin is over active in sebum production, or that your pores are abnormally large. However if you find that you are prone to filaments- regular facials and extractions are very important. Congestion may stretch your pores making their appearance larger and damaged which can then lead to a decrease in elasticity. 

Now depending on lifestyle, career and environment, filaments can also take on a ‘blackhead’ look as the oil catches and attracts debris. (Think carbon dust or automotive grease)

Blackheads are when a sebaceous plug darkens from oxidation. (Whiteheads or pustules is an infected sebaceous plug that is closed and not oxidized). 

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Meet your Aesthetician

Kim ParentWith advanced knowledge ranging from holistic skin care to brow design, Kimberly brings a unique perspective and skill set to Mint Salon Block. In addition to owning Nourish Skin Care Studio, Kimberly is a certified professional of the National Coalition of Estheticians & Associations, the highest level of certification for skin care therapists in the United States. Kimberly is passionate about serving her spa guests with outstanding care and providing an unforgettable experience with each and every service. In addition to owning and running Nourish Skin Care Studio, Kimberly and her husband Zack live in southern Maine where they love making beautiful memories with their 2 year old daughter, Ava. When they aren't spending time outside you can probably find them traveling or shopping at a local farmer’s market.

Hormones & Acne

When talking about hormones in relation to acne, there are three types that stand out as major culprits. 

  1. Androgens/Testosterone 
  2. Cortisol
  3. Insulin/ Carbohydrates/ Glucose

How Androgens Affect Skin-

One of the most well know androgen hormone is Testosterone. It might be surprising to know that androgens are “male hormones” and are “present in both men and women.” (1) Persistent androgen hormones tell sebaceous glands to overproduce sebum, and control the development of skin cells that line the pore itself. 

In other words not only do we have to worry about our sebum levels, we also have to keep in mind cellar proliferation (shedding), since androgens depict the amount of skin cells per follicle, hormonal acne sufferers need to be diligent about exfoliating to insist on healthy turnover. 

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Skin Sin - I buy skin care products on Amazon.

Today's #SkinSin is cringe worthy and is something that really needs to be addressed. Unfortunately you aren't alone in this either, skin care products have become a commodity on sites like Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist and are now overflowing onto social media platforms and discount stores like Tj Maxx.

I get it, we all love a good deal. Especially now when skin care is becoming more mainstream and is in high demand. But when it comes to you'r health, is it really worth it? Buying from unauthorized online retailers or third party sites selling old, expired products, or even dangerous fakes to make a buck, is something that professionals are seeing A LOT of. The cost might be greater than the amount of money you saved.

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Seasonal Changes and Skin

When we hear about skin fluctuations between seasons many just think about the change in environment. Humid to dry, cold to warm but is that really all that is taking a toll on our skin? Have you ever taken into account central heating or taking a hotter than usual shower in the winter months. All of these variables and many more affect the way our skin reacts. Please sit back and read all that happens when our skin withstands a climate change. 

When the leaves start changing and the humidity dissipates we can expect crisp autumn air to follow, but is that really the only change we notice? Maybe you’ve noticed a change in your skin type. Often times when fall approaches oily skin starts to act and feel more normal balanced as where normal skin starts feeling dry and flaky. Why is this? Aren’t we born with one skin type that is pertinent and never changing? That way of thinking couldn’t be farther from the truth and here's why- 

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Skin Consultations

Have I told you how important skin consultations are? They can mean the difference between a quality service with proper treatments and products to a lacking service which not only waste your time but also your money.

In order to set every spa guest up with success it is imperative that we start with a quality skin analysis. To do that I love incorporating the ancient practice of face mapping when possible.

"The history of face mapping dates back several thousands of years to the days of ancient Chinese medicine. And, although the concept has evolved over time, the core ideal remains the same: where you're breaking out is a reflection of what's going on in your body." -Refinery29

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Lash Conditioners

How do lash conditioners work and what are the benefits of using lash conditioning products?
Lash conditioners are usually applied to the base of the eyelashes at night, and contain a molecule which prolongs the hair growth cycle, and extends the life of essential cells, so that your lashes don’t fall out as often. These products also strengthen lashes by moisturizing them with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. An added benefit is, unlike with using eyelash extensions applied with glue, conditioners don’t cause damage, and can be used in conjunction with mascara and eyeliner.
What are typical ingredients used in these products and how do they encourage lash growth and benefit the lashes? Typical ingredients for these types of products are peptides, hyaluronic acid, and stem cells. These ingredients prolong the hair growth cycle, and extend the life of essential cells, so that your lashes don’t fall out as often.

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Skin Myth #9 - You don't need to use under eye creams until you're in your 30s.

Today's #SkinMythMonday is about when you should introduce a corrective eye serum. The truth its never to early to start using an eye serum or cream. You can start in your 20's to help combat the signs of aging or you can wait until your 30's to help correct fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.

Although as with anything, it is always easier to help prevent than to correct.

I will have two amazing eye serums at Nourish that I couldn't be more excited about. Depending on your specific area(s) of concern and what you want to correct, you are sure to fall in love your customized skin care plan.

SAIAN's Under eye serum focuses on the problems of under-eye puffiness, dark circles, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and poor skin circulation! A reduction of dark circles by 35% after 8 weeks, a reduction of eye puffiness of 31% in 8 weeks, and improvement of skin texture of 42% in 8 weeks!

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Kim Parent
Nourish Skin Care Studio
Mint Salon Block at Tidewater
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite #108
Falmouth, ME 04105

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