Get Ready for Summer with a Safe & Sunless Spray Tan

Get Ready for Summer with a Safe & Sunless Spray Tan

Has a long winter indoors left you looking pale and ghostlike? As summer approaches, it’s time to prepare for shorts, tank tops, and swimwear by getting a gorgeous, glowing tan. But we all know that laying out in the sun is bad for you, and some self-tanners can leave you looking a little orange. For a safe, sunless, and natural-looking solution, you may want to get a spray tan. Here are some tips for a fabulous faux tan.

How to Prep Your Skin

Before you go get your spray tan, it’s important to exfoliate your entire body the day before with a mild scrub or loofah. Also, you should shave before the spray tan,  not right after, but again, shave a day or several hours before so the tanner doesn’t settle in your pores. On the day of your spray tan, avoid wearing makeup, perfumes, creams, lotions, oils, or deodorants. Anything on your skin can cause uneven results.

What to Expect

Most spray tanning services will provide you with disposable underwear that you can wear when spray tanning, or you can go fully natural if you aren’t shy. Be sure to remove any jewelry or accessories and tuck your hair into a hair net or cap (also usually provided). Your tanning specialist will talk to you about how dark you’d like your tan to be, and then will spray your entire body, usually starting with your face and working down. Follow instructions so your application is even.

Finishing Touches

Once finished, your tanning specialist will ensure that your palms and nails are clean of tanning solution. They may buff certain areas that they feel are uneven, and some may dry you with an air hose.

After the Spray Tan

When you are fully dry, you can get dressed. Wear dark, loose clothing so your tan doesn’t rub off (and if some does, it isn’t noticeable). Follow your tanning specialist’s instructions as in most cases you’ll have to avoid getting wet for 8 -12 hours as your tan develops. Be warned that your tan may appear darker than you anticipated at first, but after you rinse off the bronzer, you should have the natural look you desire. If you are tanning for a specific event, most people recommend you get your spray tan 2 – 3 days before so it is fully developed before you go.

Your spray tan will typically last 5 – 12 days, but will fade faster on your hands and face. Follow instructions on making your tan last as long as possible, and use lotions specifically designed for spray- tanned skin, as some ingredients in regular lotions can actually strip your tan off faster.

Get Your Spray Tan Today!

If you’d like to get a gorgeous glow to get ready for summer, book an appointment or show up (walk-ins welcome) at Shore Beauty School’s REDKEN Premier School Clinic. We offer the Norvell spray tan, an immediate beautiful bronze tan that not only looks good but is formulated with a skin-firming blend that builds and restores the skin’s matrix.

And hey, if you’d like to pursue a career in skincare or beauty, Shore Beauty School offers Cosmetology and Skincare programs that can put you on the path for a beautiful future. Schedule a virtual tour today, contact us to learn more or give us a call at (609) 645-3635.

How to Take Care of Your Skin During the Colder Seasons

How to Take Care of Your Skin During the Colder Seasons

Cold, winter weather can wreak havoc with your skin. Icy temperatures, strong winds, and low humidity can rob your skin of much-needed moisture, and dry, indoor heat does the same. The result is dry, flakey, itchy skin, that can even crack and become irritating. That’s why you should consider the following tips to keep your skin smooth, soft, and radiant all winter long.

Don’t strip your skin of moisture

Your skin produces natural oils to protect itself, so you don’t want to remove those oils. Avoid frequently washing too much using hot water, taking long showers or baths, or using harsh cleansers or ones with drying ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acids. When you do shower or bathe, gently pat your skin dry and use a body oil or lotion to keep that moisture in.

Adjust your home climate

Although it’s tempting to crank up the heat on cold days, try to keep your thermostat at the lowest temperature that still feels comfortable to you. Also, add moisture to the air by using a humidifier, as that moisture will be absorbed by your thirsty skin.

Drink up

Speaking of thirst, you can moisturize your skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water every day. Try to avoid alcohol, coffee or soda in excess as those beverages actually have dehydrating effects on the body.

Protect yourself from the sun

Some people think that sunscreen is only necessary during the summer months, but that’s not true. In fact, the sun can reflect off snow and ice and hit you from different angles than usual. Sun exposure is a year-round risk when you are outdoors, so make wearing sunscreen a habit.

Find a favorite moisturizer

Switch to a heavier, oil-based moisturizer during the colder months, and consider overnight deep moisturizing treatments for problem areas like lips, hands, and feet. Putting socks or gloves on over lotion can keep it from wearing off and let it sink into skin. Paraffin wax treatments on hands and feet can also help hydrate and leave your skin feeling smooth and soft.

If you love learning about skincare, maybe you should turn that passion into a career! Shore Beauty School offers Cosmetology and Skincare programs that can put you on the path for a future in the beauty and wellness industry. Schedule a virtual tour today, contact us to learn more, or give us a call at (609) 645-3635.

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

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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

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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.