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Anti-Aging Skin Care: What you need to know

September 29, 2014
Anti-Aging skincare is all over the market and it can be tough to tell what works, what doesn't, and what is just a bunch of hype. We are big believers that you should consult with a licensed esthetician before taking on any skincare regimen in order to get the most out of the experience. There is such much to consider when choosing skin care products and a licensed esthetician can make things easy to understand. So we'd like to share some key ingredients we believe you should look for and consider when choosing your Anti-aging skin care.

9 Key Ingredients to look for when considering  AntiAging Skincare 

  1. Alphahydroxy Acids- Organic compounds that smooth the skin, thicken the underlying tissues by boosting collagen which intern creates firmness and  reduce wrinkles or the signs of aging, and improve the overall look and feel of the skin. 
  2. RetinolA- Chemical compound derived from vitamin A. Its primary function in skincare products are to increase the skins cell turnover and intern will reveal new healthy skin.Retinol also stimulates an increase of collagen production, creating firmness. 
  3. Vitamin C- Is an antioxidant for the skin. Increases collagen production, a skin brightener, strengthens the skins barrier response when skin is faced with outside damaging pollutants,  enhances the skins repair process, reduces inflammation and increases sunscreen performance. One important key to remember is that unstable vitamin C can have adverse results to the skin so be sure your vitamin c is stable.Vitamin C much like when taken internally boost skins immune response to keep it healthy. 
  4. Vitamin E- Are lipid soluable compounds which Protect cell membranes from oxidative damage from daily wear and pollutants. Vitamin E prevents collagen from being destroyed and brokendown and acts as a healing agent to  prevent scarring. Vitamin E works beautifully when paired with Vitamin C . These two are the power house of antioxidants that act as a shield to protect the skin. 
  5. Omega 3 Fatty Acids- Also known as Linoleic, Linolenoc acids or phospholipids. These fatty acids replenish and preserve the skins intercellular matrix. Omega 3 fatty acids are cell communicators which tell damaged cells how to behave in a healthy manner. 
  6. Hyaluronic Acid- Acts as a drink for your skin by drawing water moisture towards it. Hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates dehydrated skin. A high percentage of us have dehydrated skin and do to this your skin needs the extra help. Much as a raisin is wrinkled and has loss of its natural juices if reinjected with liquid it will appear healthy and plump again so is the same with our skin. 
  7. HydroquinoneIs- A skin brightener and lightener. Hydroquinone evens out the skins tone by lightening discoloration due to sun exposure, aging, and hormone fluctuations. Hydroquinone supresses and lightens thus eliminate the concentration of melanin in the skin. 
  8. Peptides- Are anti-aging proteins that produce collagen,restores elasticity, promotes cell metabolism,  heals post acne areas and scars, reduces fine lines and wrinkles.Peptides signal the skins cells to let them know how to function the most optimal way also teaching our skin to perform at its best. 
  9. Stem Cells- Phyto (plant) derived stem cells repair damage cells. Aging skin is damaged skin so by applying stem cells that can correct the skin giving back skins dewy finish and improves skin elasticity. Studies have shown that plant stem cells may be stronger than our own human stem cells.

The skin is complex and functions in many different ways. These ingredients in the correct form can improve the skins functions and protect the skin from aging. As always proper internal health and care is a must in conjunction with proper use of topical ingredients as well. Sun protection is a must in any Anti Aging skincare regiment and it is imperative I cannot stress this enough.

Here are a few of my favorites products from Eminence organic skincare that are packed with the ingredients listed above... 

  • Monoi Age corrective Cleanser 
  • Firm Acai Booster serum 
  • Bamboo Firming Fluid 
  • C&E serum 
  • Monoi Face & Neck moisturizer 
  • Neroli Eye Serum 
  • Bright skin Moisturizer with Spf 30 
  • Bamboo Age Corrective masque 
  • Arctic Berry Peptide Cream

This month, Solutions is offering our special Age Corrective Facial for just $69!  PLUS....get 20% off the NEW Age Corrective starter set!

Thanks to Heather Hunt for sharing this great information with us!

You Are Beautiful! Style show and fundraiser in celebration and support of Hello Gorgeous!

September 9, 2014

So maybe you have heard about Hello Gorgeous! of Hope Inc. and maybe you haven't. If you have, don't mind the revisit and stay tuned for information about our upcoming event. If you haven't, we are so excited to share with you and know you will be equally as excited as we are.

From the Hello Gorgeous! website:
Hello Gorgeous! is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education to all women battling all cancers. We create an experience for these women beginning with a nomination by family and friends that if chosen, includes surprising her with flowers, chocolates and a big “Hello Gorgeous!” She is pampered with spa services such as manicure, pedicure, facial and seated massage, as well as instruction in new makeup application and hair care (or hair substitution) methods advantageous to her individual issues, helping many times to:
•Appear much less affected by her treatments
•Strengthen her confidence
•Empower her to feel more acceptable to the public eye
•And, more importantly, more acceptable to herself
Before departing, we make certain the Gorgeous Woman understands how to reproduce her new look on her own. She is given a supply of the cosmetics, skincare and nail products used to complete her services that day. And all this is done for the Gorgeous Woman at no cost. She pays for nothing.
In order to help more women battling cancer in Michiana and other communities, we have begun the Salon Affiliate program, enlisting existing spa salons in different cities to be certified and perform (12) Gorgeous Visits in a 12-month period in their salon. Our goal is to certify 2 salons in each city of the United States in order to help 500,000 women each year.
Hello Gorgeous! is supported by public donation and by its fundraising efforts. Please visit our “Make A Difference” page to see how you can help us to continue bringing these service to those wives, mothers, sisters and daughters battling cancer.
God Bless.
Kim and Michael Becker

Solutions Day Spa is a Salon Affiliate of Hello Gorgeous!

We have been so very blessed at Solutions to be a salon affiliate for Hello Gorgeous! As an affiliate, Solutions has committed to performing 12 Gorgeous Visits each year. Our staff gets so excited each time we have the pleasure of hosting and serving a woman from our own community. Let's face it--cancer touches us all at one point or another. We are grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community in this way. Our staff provides their time and education to these women and the salon and other local businesses provide many of the products and gifts that each Gorgeous Woman receives during her visit.

As an affiliate, Solutions is also committed to supporting Hello Gorgeous! through fundraising. In past years we have raised funds through selling donated purses and handbags in our Purse Parade. This year, we are excited to host a style show and silent auction in support of Hello Gorgeous! and in honor of the women we have served over the last 3 years and those we will continue to serve going forward.

So we invite you to join us in celebrating all of our Gorgeous Women and enjoy a night of fashion, fun, and fundraising.

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October 12, 2014
2-5:30 pm
3014 S. Webster St.
Kokomo, IN

Tickets available for purchase at Solutions Salon and Spa for $25 each.

We hope to see you there!

Pastel hair: what you need to know before trying this trend.

June 25, 2014

Pastel hair: what you need to know before trying this trend.  

Crazy hair colors are nothing new. It seems like every year there is some celebrity defying the logic of hair color. This year the trend that has been seen round the world is pastel hair color. From beautiful lavender to cool blue, most anyone under the age of 30 has probably thought about jumping on the bandwagon.  Previously we’ve seen these colors used as accents or in an ombre effect. This year celebs have gone full throttle, opting for a full head of these soft lovely colors. So what should you know before going pastel? Here is the scoop.  

Call ahead to check for availability of the color you want.

  • These colors often require special pigment based hair color. While we carry many of these dyes, we recommend making sure we have what you want just in case we would need to order something prior to your appointment.    

It is rarely a one-step process.

  • To achieve these soft colors, your hair needs to be very light. Unless you are naturally super blonde, you will likely need to have your hair lightened before your pastel hue can be applied. This can sometimes be done in one visit but not always. You should consult with your stylist to see what the process will be for your desired result.    

The color will often fade within a few short weeks.

  • This means there is a lot of maintenance involved with pastel hues. In order to maintain the color you want you will have to make regular visits to the salon for color touch ups.    

You will need to be cautious of the products you use as well as how often you wash your hair.

  • There may also be special products your stylist will recommend to maintain and prolong the color. When they make these recommendations it really is to keep your color beautiful—not to make you spend money. Your stylist will likely also recommend you spread out washing your hair in order to help your pastel hue last longer. Again here, products may be necessary such as a dry shampoo.    

A consultation with your stylist is really necessary prior to your appointment.

  • During a pre-appointment consultation, you stylist can check the condition of your hair and determine if it is in good health to work with a dramatic color choice. They can also check the color on a few strands of your hair during a consultation.    

There is a fair amount of necessary maintenance required.

  • Since your hair has to be lightened before the pastel color is applied, you will need to be lightened each time you come in for a touch up. This will just be on your new growth, so if you keep regular appointments there won’t be as much time involved in follow up visits. You should also keep in mind that lightening the hair can be damaging so regular trims and conditioning treatments will help keep your hair looking healthy and your color looking vibrant.    

We hope this helps when you are considering going pastel…or bold!  
Special thanks to Christina Bainbridge for helping with this post!