Caring For The Skin During Menopause

Menopause is a natural process that occurs in a woman’s body, typically in her 40s to early 50s, marking the end of menstruation and her reproductive years. During this transition, there is a significant decrease in estrogen levels, which can trigger various concerns on the skin. Lets delve deeper into this topic!


Common Skin Changes During Menopause

During Menopause a woman can experiences changes on their skin such as dryness, sensitivity, acne breakouts, loss of elasticity, skin thinning, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. These changes can be unsettling, but with the right skincare regimen and advice, their symptoms can be managed more effectively.

Ingredients for Menopausal Skin

Knowing what ingredients to use, and when to use them can be overwhelming for the skin during menopause. The most important thing to remember is to use products that are nourishing, and that aren’t going to strip your skin. Consider using ingredients such as:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Restores moisture and improves elasticity.
  • Azelaic Acid: Helps soothe the skin and reduce redness.
  • Vitamin B5 (Panthenol): Restores the skins barrier, improves hydration, and soothes sensitive, menopausal skin.

Acne-Fighting Ingredients

For menopausal skin prone to acne or congestion, products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help clean out pores and regulate oil secretion.

Pigmentation-Fighting Ingredients

Ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and arbutin are effective in combating pigmentation by inhibiting the production of pigment-producing cells. Start with lower strengths and gradually increase as needed.

Nutrition and Stress Management

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and antioxidants supports skin health during menopause. Additionally, managing stress is essential, as it can worsen skin conditions. Incorporate calming activities such as yoga or light exercise to release “feel-good” hormones like endorphins, which positively impact menopausal skin.

Consulting a Dermatologist or Doctor

If you’ve tried the above tips and are still experiencing persistent or severe concerns, don’t hesitate to seek advice from a professional. They may recommend prescription-strength medication that cannot be purchased over the counter.


As you enter Menopausal territory, remember that you are not alone. With the right knowledge, tools, and support, you can embrace this new chapter in your life with confidence and understanding.

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The Different Types Of Wax: unveiling the varieties, and choosing the best option for your skin.


What is waxing?

To start off, let me briefly explain what waxing is and how it really works.

Waxing is a hair removal method that involves applying a warm or cold wax to the skin, which adheres to the hair. When pulling off the wax, it actively removes the hair from the root, leaving the hair follicle empty, resulting in smooth hair and skin free from visible hair for a certain amount of time until it regrows.


Types of wax in the industry

Not all wax types are the same, nor are they all equipped to work on the same skin type and hair type. Understanding the wax options in the industry and who they are most suited to, is key to achieving optimal results.

  1. Cold Wax: also known “strip wax”, is an ‘all-rounder’ wax, suitable or large and small areas on the body. It involves applying wax onto the area with a spatula, and then removing it with a fabric strip or paper strip. This versatile wax is commonly used on larger areas of the body, such as the legs, arms, or back. It has a strong adherence to the hair, making it suitable for fine or course hair alike.
  2. Hard Wax, also referred to as “hot wax,” differs from cold wax in that it hardens as it cools and requires manual removal by hand, using the patch of wax itself to peel off the skin, rather than being removed with strips. Hard wax is gentler on the skin and less likely to cause irritation, making it ideal for sensitive areas like the face, bikini line, and underarms.
  3. Sugaring: Sugaring is a natural alternative to traditional waxing, and believe it or not, all it involves is sugar, lemon juice and waxing to make. Sugaring, similar to hot wax, doesn’t require a wax strip for its removal from the skin. Sugaring is gentle on the skin and less painful than traditional waxing, making it suitable for sensitive skin types.
  4. Cartridge Wax: This is essentially the same as cold wax, with the key distinction being its utilization of pre-loaded wax cartridges for convenient application. It’s specifically designed to fit into a handheld device, streamlining the process and reducing messiness for the therapist. Like cold wax, it’s ideal for larger body areas such as the legs, arms, and back.

Conclusion

Understanding the different types of wax that are available is important, because it can help you better know which one suits your skin, and how you can reap the best results from it. If you are somebody that has very sensitive skin, you would probably do well with hard or hot wax, whereas, if your skin is resilient and your hairs are tough, strip wax would remove the hair from your body effectively. Don’t be afraid to request a certain type of wax that you know will suit your skin type best!

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Top 5 habits for people with great skin

Having radiant, healthy-looking skin isn’t just about genetics; it’s about the repetitive habits that we cultivate in our lives and whether we choose to stick to them. Every task and every challenge is overcome by taking that first, initial step. And the same can be said for you – whether your concern is acne, pigmentation, or wrinkles, a lot can be achieved through habits. If you’ve ever wondered how some people effortlessly maintain healthy skin, it’s likely because they incorporated these 5 steps into their routine. Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to achieve and maintain great skin:


1. Prioritize sun protection

This is, and forever will be, my number one tip. One of the most crucial habits for maintaining healthy skin is to protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sun exposure can lead to premature aging, dark spots, and skin cancer. Make sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your daily skincare routine, regardless of the weather or time of year. Opt for an SPF of 30 or higher and remember to reapply it every two hours.

2. Stay hydrated

Hydration is crucial for maintaining skin health and elasticity. Think of a sponge left on the side of the sink – the longer it’s left, the drier and more cracked it becomes. Once the sponge is wet, it regains its shape, elasticity, and plumpness. Well, the same happens to the skin. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day and consider incorporating hydrating foods like fruits and vegetables into your diet. Additionally, using a moisturizer that suits your skin type can help lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and supple throughout the day.

3. Follow a consistent skincare routine

Follow a consistent skincare routine: Consistency is key when it comes to skin care. This means creating a routine that incorporates cleansing, toning, and moisturizing regularly. The products you use should be tailored to your skin type, and exfoliation should be done gently to resurface and renew the outer layer of the skin.

4. Get adequate sleep

Get adequate sleep: During sleep, our body repairs and regenerates its cells, including the skin cells. Not getting enough sleep (7-9 hours each night) can mean that the skin is not able to repair, leaving the skin dull, pale, and with dark undereye circles. If you struggle to sleep, practice breathing or meditation exercises before bed.

5. Manage stress

Chronic stress can lead to concerns such as dullness and oiliness, which can result in breakouts on the skin. Prioritizing stress-reducing activities such as yoga, walking, and socializing can help maintain a healthy complexion and reduce any skincare concerns from developing.


In conclusion, achieving great skin is within reach for anyone willing to adopt healthy habits and prioritize skincare. Remember, consistency is key, so stick to your skincare regimen and be patient; your skin will thank you in the long run.

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The Skin Barrier: Why It’s Essential For Healthy Skin

What, do you think, is the largest organ in the body? The heart, the lungs…

Wrong. The skin is the largest organ in the body! Just as we prioritize caring for vital internal organs, we should also give the utmost care and respect to our biggest organ – the skin.


What is the skin barrier?

Well, to start with, the skin is made up of three main layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. The epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, houses the skin barrier. This barrier acts as the first line of defense against external stimuli such as pollution, UV rays, and harsh weather. It also works to prevent unnecessary water loss from the skin. External stimuli can include harsh chemicals, strong ingredients, infections, and bacteria. The skin barrier functions like a knight in shining armor, ready to defend and protect the underlying layers of the skin

How do you know if your skin barrier is damaged?

Physically, a damaged skin barrier can present itself as flaking, redness, stinging, sensitivity, or acne breakouts. The causes of damage can vary. For instance, I have acne-prone skin, and it wasn’t until three years ago that I learned the importance of the skin barrier. Previously, I would aggressively treat my acne flare-ups with topical acids and retinols, which would excessively dry out my skin, leaving my skin barrier impaired and ruined for the following week.

Now that I understand the importance of the skin barrier, I have adopted a different approach to skincare. Instead of immediately resorting to acids and exfoliators, I now treat my acne with mild cleansers, hydrating and repairing moisturizers, and protect my skin from additional external irritants by applying SPF regularly. While my acne may not heal as quickly, I have noticed significant improvements in scarring, redness, and stinging…which in effect, makes the whole healing process shorter.

How do you keep your skin barrier healthy?

* Maintain moisture levels in the skin: Drink enough water and always apply a hydrating moisturizer.

* Don’t overuse active ingredients: Listen to your skin and only use what is necessary. Follow instructions regarding usage frequency and amount.

* Use barrier repairing ingredients: Incorporate ingredients such as Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, and squalene into your skincare routine.

* Choose mild cleansers: Alternate between foaming/exfoliating cleansers with gentler, milky/creamy cleansers.

* Apply SPF: Always apply sunscreen before leaving the house, regardless of the weather.


The takeaway from this blog is that without the skin barrier, our skin would be extremely vulnerable and susceptible to many serious concerns and disorders. Understanding its importance and adopting a routine that maximizes its duties, will ensure a healthy functioning skin barrier.

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Demystifying the Skin Cell Cycle: Understanding the Journey of Renewal

In the realm of skincare, the term “cell turnover” is frequently thrown around, but what exactly does it entail? At the core of healthy, radiant skin lies the fascinating process known as the skin cell cycle. This intricate journey of renewal is orchestrated by our body’s own biological mechanisms, continuously replenishing and rejuvenating the outermost layer of our skin. Join us as we delve into the depths of the skin cell cycle, demystifying its phases and uncovering the secrets to maintaining a vibrant complexion.

The Basics of Skin Cell Renewal:

Before we embark on our exploration of the skin cell cycle, let’s first grasp the fundamentals. Our skin is comprised of several layers, with the outermost layer, known as the epidermis, serving as our body’s frontline defense against external aggressors. Within the epidermis reside various types of cells, each playing a unique role in the skin’s function and renewal.

Phase 1: Birth and Differentiation (Basal Layer):

The journey of a skin cell begins in the basal layer of the epidermis, where stem cells reside. These remarkable cells possess the remarkable ability to divide and differentiate, giving rise to the diverse array of cells that populate the epidermis. As new cells are born, they undergo a process of specialization, transforming into keratinocytes, melanocytes, and other specialized cells essential for skin health.

Phase 2: Migration (Spinous Layer):

Once born, newly formed keratinocytes embark on a journey towards the skin’s surface. This migration occurs as cells move upwards through the layers of the epidermis, facilitated by intricate cellular signaling mechanisms. Along the way, keratinocytes undergo structural changes, acquiring the necessary components to fulfill their role in maintaining skin integrity and barrier function.

Phase 3: Maturation and Transformation (Granular Layer):

As keratinocytes continue their ascent, they enter the granular layer of the epidermis, where they undergo further maturation. During this phase, cells accumulate keratin proteins and lipids, essential for strengthening the skin barrier and preventing moisture loss. Additionally, specialized structures called lamellar bodies form within keratinocytes, aiding in the secretion of lipid-rich substances that contribute to skin hydration and protection.

Phase 4: Exfoliation and Shedding (Stratum Corneum):

At the culmination of their journey, keratinocytes reach the outermost layer of the epidermis, known as the stratum corneum. Here, they undergo a remarkable transformation, flattening and losing their nuclei to form a cohesive barrier of dead skin cells. Over time, these cells are shed from the skin’s surface in a process known as desquamation, making way for newly generated cells to take their place.

Maintaining Skin Cell Vitality:

While the skin cell cycle is a natural and continuous process, several factors can influence its efficiency and efficacy. Environmental stressors, hormonal fluctuations, and aging can all impact the rate of cell turnover, leading to concerns such as dullness, uneven texture, and signs of aging. Fortunately, a variety of skincare ingredients and practices can help support and optimize the skin cell cycle, promoting a healthy and vibrant complexion.

Conclusion:

In the intricate tapestry of skincare, the skin cell cycle stands as a cornerstone of cellular renewal and rejuvenation. By understanding the phases of this remarkable journey, we gain insight into the mechanisms that underpin skin health and vitality.


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The “What”, “When” and “How” of Retinoids.

Ahh, the ingredient that stole my heart, and can confidently say is the Holy Grail of all skincare ingredients. There seems to be much discussion of retinoids over the last few years, but is that enough for you to fully understand it? Don’t worry, that’s why I’m here!

THE WHAT

“What is Retinol?”

Retinol is derived from Vitamin A – an essential vitamin that plays a role in immune function, cellular growth, and more. This ingredient is a powerhouse and my personal favorite because it doesn’t just target one skincare concern, it targets an array of them. From wrinkles to pigmentation to acne, it addresses various issues. It also has a direct impact on the formation of collagen, resulting in healthy, firm, and youthful-looking skin.


When you hear people talking about retinol, you’ve probably also heard about Retin-A, Adapalene, Tretinoin, etc., but in reality, they are all a subcategory of Retinoids. Retinoids is the collective name, and the latter are all types of Retinoids. Great! Now that you know how to classify them, let’s take a closer look at each and their differences, in order of lowest concentration to highest.

  1. Retinol Palmitate: think ‘calm‘ and ‘palm.‘ This over-the-counter (OTC) retinoid is the least potent/calmest. This would be great for someone who has sensitive skin or doesn’t have many lines/wrinkles but wants to prevent aging in the future.
  2. Retinol: this is your standard type of Retinol, commonly found in skincare products, in concentrations of 0.1% to 1%. All skin types can use Retinol and it is still safe enough to use on sensitive skin types, but at the lowest concentration.
  3. Retinaldehyde: this is an OTC retinoid that is slightly stronger than Retinol. It is still safe enough to use on all skin types.
  4. Adapalene: this can be bought OTC or via prescription. Adapalene is stronger than retinol, but again, well tolerated by most skin types. This is commonly prescribed for the treatment of acne.
  5. Tretinoin: this is available via prescription only. This is suitable for someone who has tried Retinol but wants to move up to something stronger. It’s advisable to begin Tretinoin at a low dose initially.
  6. Tazarotene: this is the most powerful, prescription-strength retinoid. his retinoid delivers faster results, but it also carries a higher risk of irritation compared to other retinoids.

THE WHEN

“When can I start using retinoids?”

If used in the right concentration and alongside the right concerns, retinoids are a great addition to skincare routines for individuals in their 20s all the way to their 60s. However, since it has numerous strengths, it’s advisable to consult a professional before using it. That can be anyone from a skincare therapist, a pharmacist, or your doctor.

THE HOW

“How can I start using retinoids in my skincare routine?”

Now that you know there are many different types of retinoids on the market, when to apply them in your routine will depend on the strength and type of Retinoid that you are using. As a general rule, you’ll want to use it after cleansing and before moisturizing. After moisturizing, SPF is absolutely crucial. The Retinol that I swear by and use in my own routine is by The Purest Solutions and is in a 1% formulation.

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CONCLUSION

Retinol is easily the most important ingredient in my skincare routine. It has kept my acne at bay and largely reduced the pigmentation on my skin.
Don’t let the variety of options scare you away – remember, the more, the merrier! Reach out to a professional in the industry to assist you, or alternatively, engage in a chat with one of the trainers here at Beautique Academy. We’d be delighted to discuss it with you!

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The Importance of Education in the Beauty Industry.

When we consider education in its entirety, it can sometimes feel like a tedious chore. Why invest our hard-earned money in a mundane course where we’re unlikely to learn anything new?

Allow me to offer a fresh perspective through some thought-provoking Q&A, drawing from my over 10 years of experience in the beauty industry in New Zealand.

Why do I need a course to teach me how to perform a beauty service?

The beauty industry operates on skills, which complicates the educational approach. Beauty services can pose significant risks if not executed properly, potentially causing long-term harm to clients, even leading to serious health issues like cancer. Beauty courses provide essential knowledge about contraindications, product usage, and troubleshooting, ensuring not only effective results but also minimizing potential harm.

Why can’t I learn from YouTube or TikTok?

In this digital age, we’re inundated with various educational platforms, which is undoubtedly advantageous. However, it’s crucial to recognize the business dynamics behind YouTube and TikTok educators, where monetization and credentials often take precedence. Many social media educators lack industry knowledge or proper credentials to serve as trainers. Even if credentials are present, their content is typically heavily edited for engagement, sacrificing depth for entertainment. While engaging content might be enjoyable to watch, it often lacks the comprehensive insight needed to excel in your beauty business journey.

What are the regulations in New Zealand for running a beauty business?

In New Zealand, it’s imperative to hold a Health Protection license, attainable only through training from a recognized New Zealand academy. Our beauty courses provide a certificate of completion, a prerequisite for obtaining a Health Protection License. Additionally, we offer personalized consultations to guide clients through establishing and growing their beauty businesses.

I find studying so tedious. Beauty courses are lengthy, and I still struggle to perform the service afterward. What’s the point?

In an age where attention spans dwindle amidst a sea of distractions, traditional lengthy courses can be daunting. Recognizing this, we founded Beautique Academy, dedicated to offering innovative, engaging, and concise courses that captivate from beginning to end. We prioritize both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, striving to be at the forefront of beauty education worldwide.

In conclusion, education is a priceless gift. While it may remain tucked away in the closet for some time, its value becomes apparent when needed. Investing in education not only ensures the safety of yourself as a beauty business owner but also instills confidence and trust in your clientele.

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