How to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Hydrated Over the Summer

How to keep your skin healthy and hydrated over the summer

It’s summer! Are you ready to show off your healthy, shiny, radiant skin? If you paused and had to think about the answer to that question, then read on! Sometimes too much sun, heat, chemicals and other factors can make your skin dry, flakey and irritated. Here are some great tips to ensure that your skin is healthy, hydrated and ready to show off this summer!

Keep Your Cool

Did you know that those long hot showers can actually make your dry skin worse? Hot water and steam can damage the moisture barrier in your skin, making it harder to retain the hydration you need. Keep your showers short and as cool as you can.

Lock in Hydration

After that shower, be sure to moisturize to lock hydration into your skin. Whether you want to use a body oil, slather on a rich lotion, or go for something lighter, applying moisturizer to damp skin is the key to a healthy look. For your facial moisturizer, choose one that contains hyaluronic acid or other ingredients that keep moisture in the skin. If you can get a high SPF sunscreen in there too, you’ll save yourself a step.

Check for Potential Irritants

Whenever you buy skincare products, read the label. Avoid getting soaps, cleansers or other products that contain alcohol, heavy fragrances, antibacterial detergents, etc. which may irritate skin. Go for gentle, moisturizing cleansers. Also, don’t vigorously rub your skin dry with a towel. This can also cause irritation. Instead, gently pat your skin dry.

Drink Lots of Water

People don’t often think about treating their skin from the inside out, but staying well hydrated, especially over the summer, is good for your whole body. Drink plenty of water frequently during the day, and cut back on coffee, alcohol, or sodas which can dehydrate you and make your skin look dull.

Just Mist It

Want a quick pick-me-up? Get yourself a refreshing facial mist to carry with you over the summer. When your make-up starts to melt down, or you’re starting to feel a little wilted, a couple spritzes of cool, treated water will revitalize your makeup and perk you up.

Be Sun Smart

The best thing you can do for your skin over the summer is use sunscreen often when taking in the sun’s rays, reapplying frequently. Get a broad spectrum, high SPF product, and consider mineral sunscreens if chemical sunscreens cause irritation. Find something you love, so you’ll use it. While the sunshine may feel like your friend, it can be your biggest enemy, causing pre-mature aging, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and even skin cancer.  If you do get a little too much sun, use an after-sun product containing aloe vera to soothe that burn.

If you love learning about skin care, maybe it’s time you considered turning your passion into a career. Shore Beauty School offers an amazing Skin Care Specialty Program which can prepare you for a variety of careers where you can help people look and feel beautiful. Book a virtual tour today, or contact us to learn more.

DIY Facial You Can Do at Home

DIY facials you can do at home

Are you looking for a DIY facial you can do at home? Spoiling yourself with a luxurious facial at the spa is always a treat. The price tag for that spa facial – not always such a treat. Good news fans of self-care everywhere! You can enjoy a fabulous, skin-loving facial for a fraction of the cost! And the best part? You can get the royal treatment without ever leaving the house with a DIY facial you can do at home with ingredients from your own kitchen! 

Start your day off right

This facial is made up of a soothing mixture of oatmeal, egg yolks, honey, and olive oil and is just the ticket! Stir together an egg yolk with ½ a cup of oatmeal and 1 tablespoon each of honey and olive oil. Apply evenly to your face and let it set for 15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Oatmeal soothes the skin as egg yolks tighten it. The antibacterial properties in honey are perfect for fighting acne.

Lighten up

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, this is the DIY mask for you. Combine ½ cup of mashed papaya with 2 tablespoons of honey and apply to your face for 20 minutes. Rinse off and apply moisturizer.

Butter me up

The acidic properties in buttermilk and yogurt are perfect for exfoliating your skin and leave it glowingly smooth. Just mix ½ cup of buttermilk with a couple dollops of plain yogurt and smooth over your face for a few hours before rinsing off.

Nature’s nurture

If taco night left you with some leftover avocado, you’ve got the makings of a hydrating facial that will leave your skin soft and supple. A really ripe avocado works best for this facial. Mash it together with a little honey and apply to your face for 20-30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Sugar, no spice

Brown sugar is perfect for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells. Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil, blend it into a paste and gently massage into your face. Wash off and apply moisturizer and a good SPF to protect your newly exfoliated skin.

Finding ways to keep your skin looking and feeling great without leaving the house is the perfect way to indulge in a little self-care. Especially now, when we’re all spending more time at home. So, make the most of your at-home time and give a DIY facial a try. If you’re interested in exploring a future in skincare, it’s a great time to check out the Skin Care Specialty Program at Shore Beauty School. Schedule your virtual tour today or contact us for more information here.

Should You Get a Facial Cleansing Brush?

should you get a facial cleaning brush?

You’ve probably wondered if you should get a facial cleansing brush before. Are they really all that?Let’s just say that, when it comes to achieving healthy, radiant skin, you are a product of, well, your products! Choosing the right skincare products can be the difference between dull skin and dazzling skin! If you’re looking for dazzling skin, you’ll definitely want to add a facial cleansing brush to your skincare regimen. Here are five reasons why you should:

Get deep with your skin

Whoever said beauty is skin deep wasn’t kidding. Going deeper than the surface of your skin when you’re cleansing eliminates even more oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. A cleansing brush penetrates below the surface better and maximizes the cleansing of your pores.

Speeds up cell turnover

Did you know that your skin renews itself every 28 days? The exfoliation from a cleansing brush speeds that process up by stimulating collagen production.

Minimizes pores

Facial brushes exfoliate the skin, tightening it and minimizing pores over time.

User-friendly

You don’t have to go to a spa or do an expensive peel to improve your skin. Facial brushes are totally simple to use and even better, you can do it in the comfort of your own home!

 Preps your skin for maximum product penetration

You’ll see even better results from your serum or facial cream when you start with a facial brush. It preps your skin to absorb your skincare products more easily, so you’ll likely see better results!

 

Adding a facial brush to your skincare routine can really help give your skin that beautiful, radiant boost you’ve been looking for. Just be sure to include applying SPF after using a cleansing brush to protect your newly exfoliated skin. If you get excited about skincare, maybe you should consider a career in skincare! Estheticians and skincare specialists are important roles in the evolving beauty industry.Ready to learn more about a career helping others improve the skin they’re in? Contact Shore Beauty School today to set up your virtual admissions tour!

5 Back to School Beauty Trends

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With summer winding down and a whole new school year ahead, you may be considering what look you’re going to rock, not only on the first day back to school, but all year long. Nailing it early on can set the stage for an epic year! You’re going to want to get this right. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than these five back to school beauty trends.

1. What goes with everything?

That would be nude makeup. You’re already rocking fabulous hair, the perfect outfit and nails to die for. Accentuating your natural glow with an oh so neutral color palette is the perfect accessory!

2. Get to browsing

Meaning accent those brows like a boss! It’s easy with a little colored eye shadow above your eyes and brushed over your brows. If you’re complexion is medium to dark, try using rich magenta shades for a look that packs a punch. Those with paler skin can try earthy reds or peach tones.

3. Get primed

It’s not just for super models, actresses or your older sister. Primer rules! Why wouldn’t you want your makeup to look as fresh at 4 pm as it did when you left the house? Start your day and your makeup routine with a good primer as your base. You’ll be especially glad you did when you still look on point after a log day.

4. Let your eyes do the talking

Ridiculously long eyelashes are always trending. So, don’t forget to sweep those lovely lashes with a good, smudge-proof mascara. If you’re feeling really glam, throw on some fake eyelashes!

5. Highlight your best features

It seems like the world is obsessed with highlighter and with good reason! Rock this trend with a shimmery dusting of highlighter on your cheeks and the outside corners of your brows. You’ll be radiating a glow that says I brought summer with me!

Make this year unforgettable by having a little fun with your look! After all, this – is your time. And if creating fun and fabulous looks is more than just a first day of school thing, you may want to consider a career in cosmetology! If you’d like to learn more about a career that puts the power of transformation in your own two hands, contact your local state licensing board for a list of beauty schools near you.

Top 5 Summer Makeup Tips

Summer makeup tips with two ladies on the beach

Is there anything worse than a great tan accompanied by makeup melting off your face on a hot summer day? Yes, summer brings out the cute sandals, sundresses, and beach hair we love, but the heat and humidity is not so great for your makeup. You can beat summer at its own game with a few simple tips and turn your summer face from a hot mess to cool and fresh! 

 1  Make moisturizer do some multi-tasking

Moisturizing is important no matter what season it is. But in the steamy summer months, choose a lighter, oil-free moisturizer and mix it with a good primer to keep your makeup fresher longer.

 2  Build a lighter foundation

 Instead of using a heavy foundation, opt for a lighter version and choose one with UV protection of at least SPF 30 to avoid having to apply yet another layer on your face.

3  Water proof it

Combat raccoon eyes without giving up that dip in the pool by using waterproof mascara in the summer. Be sure to use a cotton swab to clean up any smudges during application since it’s harder to get off than regular mascara. 

 4  Bronzer over blush

For a summery glow, trade out your blush for bronzer applying it to the areas on your face where the sun lands.

 5  Set it and forget it

Primer isn’t your only weapon for keeping your look fresh for the long haul. Finish your makeup off with a spritz of setting spray and you’ll have the ultimate staying power.

 

Get the most out of your summer with a face that’s fresh and ready for anything! If you’re a fan of all things beauty and skincare, maybe a future in the beauty industry is right for you! For more information on careers in the world of beauty, contact your local state licensing board for a list of beauty schools and programs in your area.  

Top Summer Nail Styles

Classic red nails, sunshine yellow nails, metallic nails hot girl summer

What is it about rising temperatures that seems to inspire a desire to change up our look? Whether it’s the long sunny days, pool parties, or just a love of all things hot – summer is the perfect time to try out a hot new look for your nails. Check out the fun and funky styles heating things up this summer.

Classic red

Bold, classic red never seems to go out of style, not for lips and certainly not for nails.

Sunshine yellow

 In a nod to the golden orb making summer, well – summer; bright and sunny yellow is this summer’s go-to color.

Shape-shifting

This summer’s nails are taking on new, but not so new shapes. There’s a style for every length with the classic almond, pointy stiletto, and square-oval.

Clear press-ons

We can see right through this style literally! Following on the heels of the jelly or PVC nails of last summer, these clear press-on nails are super user-friendly when it comes to application.

Put it in a frame

We love this versatile, two-tone style that is literally created by painting a thin frame around the perimeter of your nail and filling it in with no color or a different color.

Metallic magic

Metallic shades in silver, rose gold, and metallic blue have been popular for a while and show no signs of going anywhere any time soon.

 

With so many great looks to choose from, don’t choose! Try them all and make this summer one where your hands do the talking. And if you have a passion for creating nail styles that make a statement, you should turn that passion into a career! For more information about careers in the exciting world of beauty, contact your local state licensing board for a list of schools in your area.  

Skin Care Tips for Warm Weather

warmer wather dresses
Let’s face it – we all want gorgeous, radiant skin. In the summer, we want it even more. Summer heat and humidity creates challenges that can make it harder to get healthy, glowing summer skin. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to keep your skin looking and feeling great whether it’s 9 degrees or 90!
  1. Protection for your reflection
  2. Let’s start with the most important skincare tip that applies in any weather. Sunscreen is your #1 priority. Use a SPF 30 sunscreen every day, no matter what the temperature is. If you’re in the direct sun for extended periods, reapply it often. Harmful UV rays are harmful regardless of the weather.

  3. It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity
  4. How many times have you heard someone say that? When it comes to your skin, humid weather requires a different response, especially if your skin is oily. Cleanse your face regularly with a gentle cleanser and toner to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. You can also use a glycolic pad to eliminate excess oil and keep your face looking fresh.

  5. Hydrate inside and out
  6. Dry heat can cause your skin to get red, flaky and dull. Trade your normal moisturizer for a richer, heavier moisturizing cream to give your skin that boost of hydration it’s missing. Since our bodies are mostly water and skin is our largest organ, hydrate it from the inside too! Drinking tons of water will not only help you keep your skin radiant-looking, it will keep your whole body healthier.

  7. Just scraping the surface
  8. Exfoliating your skin regularly helps remove dead, dull skin cells and can help prevent breakouts by unclogging your pores. Make sure you apply a good moisturizer and be diligent about sunscreen after exfoliating. Your skin will be more sensitive will need extra protection.

    Get the most out of your summer and do it with healthy, glowing skin. If you’ve got a passion skincare, you might want to consider turning that passion into a career! If you’d like to learn more about a career helping people look and feel their best, contact your local state licensing board for a list of schools in your area.

5 Tips for Healthier Hair

A woman with her hair in a pony tail

5 Tips for Healthier Hair

 

It’s a real contradiction that getting the gorgeous hair we want can require tools that wreak havoc on our hair. But what’s a girl to do? It’s not like we’re parting with our flat irons, fresh color or blow dryers any time soon. Don’t toss those hair taming tools yet because you can keep your hair shiny and healthy-looking with 5 simple tips.

Less is more

When it comes to shampooing your hair, even oily hair doesn’t always need washing every day. Over-shampooing your hair can remove the moisture your hair needs, making it prone to damage and frizz.

Treat your hair like fine china

Especially wet hair which is fragile and breaks easier. So, be gentle and avoid brushing your hair when it’s super wet. And trade in your cotton bath towel for soft microfiber or an old t-shirt and blot hair dry.

Keep it loose

Putting your hair into a ponytail with an elastic hair tie is great for getting quick control over unruly hair. Skip the tight elastic bands, which can damage your cuticles, causing breakage. Try the well-loved cloth scrunchie to help keep your hair friction-free and fabulous.

Stay on the cutting edge

The cutting edge of your stylist’s shears! Regular trims are a must! Having your ends trimmed on a regular basis will take care of any split ends and help keep hair looking healthy.

Cool things down

We all know heat is a blessing and a curse when it comes to your hair. We couldn’t imagine facing the day without our super-hot flat irons and blow dryers. Give your hair a cool rinse after shampooing to close those cuticles and prevent frizz. For the same reason, blast your hair with the cool setting on the blow dryer during a blowout.

 

Give your hair the treatment it deserves and make every day a good hair day! If you’re passionate about rocking beautiful hair and creating signature styles, a career in cosmetology may be right for you! The beauty industry is growing and the demand for talented cosmetologists is on the rise. To learn more about the world of cosmetology, contact your local state licensing board to find programs and schools in your area. 

Travel Beauty Essentials

A woman in suitcase and sunhat travel essentials

Let’s face it, whether you travel for business or pleasure, the very act of traveling can take a toll on us for a number of reasons. Stress, dry airplane cabin air, dehydration and even blood flow inhibiting, high altitudes during flights all contribute to less than beautiful skin and can have you feeling less than glowing. Combine that with the unfortunate 3 oz rule for your liquid-based beauty products and it can be an all-out beauty battle to look and feel your best as you roam about the country. What’s a skin-conscious traveler to do? Don’t sweat it! We’ve got the must have beauty essentials you need to help you look and feel goodwhile you take your show on the road!

 

Heed the warnings –The 3 oz warnings. Cramming your favorite beauty products in a 3 oz container may seem like a royal pain. What’s worse is having your full-size faves tossed in the trash because they don’t meet the TSA requirements?! First must-have beauty essential for travel? Reusable 3 oz containers, (available at just about any drug store or major retailer) that allows you to bring the best of your collection on board with no problem! PS – Don’t forget the clear quart-size bags!

 

A quick cleanse is better than no cleanse at all –If you’re traveling light and can’t bring the full toner, cleanser, moisturizer kit in a carry-on bag, a great alternative is a good-quality travel size pack of makeup wipes. They don’t count as a liquid and can give you a much-needed freshening up without the hassle of lugging your entire skincare kit. Choose wipes with aloe or moisturizer to help combat that airplane cabin air.

 

Good things come in small packages –This is one time when less is definitely more! Most eye creams come in smaller than 3 oz sizes, making them a must have for keeping your eyes looking rested and without the larger-than-life size container.

 

We all scream for sunscreen –It’s the one thing that you should never, ever leave home, much less travel without. After all, if you get stuck in Miami on an extended layover, why hide inside from all that fabulous sun! A tinted sunscreen can be a multi-purpose essential so grab a full-size bottle of your favorite 30+ SPF or look for a just right travel size!

 

 

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, one thing remains the same – neither is going to go well without the beauty essentials that keep you looking and feeling good!If you’ve got a soft spot for beautiful things and things that make other things beautiful – maybe you should consider a career in the world of beauty! Talented cosmetologists and estheticians are out there right now blazing their own trail with style in the beauty industry. For more information about careers in the beauty industry, contact your local state licensing board for a list of schools and programs offered in your area!

Holiday Skin Routines

festively dressed woman

The holiday season brings with it a multitude of parties, cocktails, cooler temperatures and decadent holiday goodies that can take a toll on your skin. So, as you prep to enjoy another season of indulgence, it might be a good idea to give your skin extra care by adding some essential steps to your holiday skincare regimen.

Cleanse the skin you’re in – You probably already have cleansing as part of your skincare routine, but during the holiday season, it’s a good idea to beef up your cleansing routine. Cleanse your skin twice a day to get rid of dirt, excess oil, and of course, leftover makeup. Removing all traces of makeup at the end of each day is critical to a good skincare regimen no matter what season.

The sun is still shining – Which is not an attempt at positive thinking. It’s a reminder that the sun is still shining, even when you are in a sub-zero climate. So, don’t forego the sunscreen – ever!

A soft place to land – Make sure you apply a good moisturizer before you apply your makeup for a softer, more radiant look. Opting for a good primer/moisturizer combo is a great way to maximize the benefits of both products in one application.

Paying lip service – Cold, dry air from holiday travel or weather can lead to chapped and dry lips. Keep a moisturizing lip balm with UV protection on hand at all times to keep your lips smooth and kiss-worthy!

Ice-ice baby – For those mornings after the annual holiday party when your eyes tell the story of a late night or early wake-up call – apply ice or the back of a chilled spoon under your eyes for a quick fix for puffy, tired eyes.

Drink it all in – Water that is. Enjoying all the fun and festive holiday cocktails are great. But hydrating your body and your skin with plenty of H2O is an easy way to keep your skin and body looking and feeling good!

Enjoy decking the halls and all the other holiday happenings this season with skin that shows off your holiday spirit glow! A great skincare routine is important no matter what season it is and the talented estheticians working in the beauty industry are helping to keep that glow on faces everywhere! If you’ve always been intrigued by the world of skincare and love helping people look and feel their best, an esthetics career in the beauty industry might be just right for you! The beauty industry is growing at a rapid pace and licensed estheticians are in high demand. For more information on a career in the exciting world of esthetics and skincare, contact your local state licensing board for a list of schools and programs near you.