There are TONS of factors that require you to need a touchup: oily skin, dry skin, medication, products used, use of sunblock or lack of, lifestyle and the list goes on! BUT the main nitty gritty is skin depth...so lets talk depth and why permanent makeup nowadays requires more touch ups versus the old school brows that are on peoples faces forever (like mine 😕) and why potentially needing more touchup's down the road is actually a good thing!
Normal body tattoos and old school style permanent makeup enters 7-8 layers of the skin, basically the skin is blasted with ink/pigment. Permanent makeup, if done correctly, enters 3-4 layers of the skin meaning the pigment is in a much more shallow area.
Permanent Makeup 7-8 layers deep:
👉Pros: the tattoo is never going away...not necessarily good...keep reading
👉Cons: with time, we lose our collagen and fatty tissue resulting in our skin becoming thinner. If the skin is blasted with ink/pigment and the skin is thinning, the ink/pigment can start to spread.
I ask my clients if they have ever seen an older person, maybe an older veteran, with tattoos on their arms, if so, what is the first thing you notice? Typically the tattoo is greenish/bluish and it is blurred and/or migrated under the skin. It is unfortunately what happens as we get older and our skin thins. It's literally inevitable and the reason you do not want your permanent makeup done this way! Who wants blown out eyebrows when they are 80?!
Permanent Makeup 3-4 layers deep:
👉Pros: you won't have blown out eyebrows when your skin starts to thin!
👉Cons: you do have to maintain your new brows when they start to fade.
Is it annoying to think that you might have to repeat the same process annually or every couple of years? Maybe, but I think you will ultimately be thankful when you're a little older and you don't have eyebrows that are half an inch thick blown out under your skin!
1. Avoid alcohol 2 days prior to your appointment! A glass of wine or 1 drink won’t kill you, but alcohol thins the blood, if your blood is thinned to much, you will push 90% of the pigment we implant out! AKA you’re wasting your money! Plan to party it up AFTER your appointment!
2. Brow Hair: first and foremost, DO NOT shave your brows! Salina tries to keep every hair possible that fits within your new brow shape! At your appointment, Salina will be cleaning up your brows if needed! If you prefer to come in with your brows already cleaned up, you can!
3. Avoid heavy sun or tanning bed exposure! If you come in with skin that is burnt or recovering from a burn, we will not be able to work on you until it’s healed!
4. Aftercare: Salina provides you with thorough instructions and everything you need EXCEPT antibacterial soap and recommended lotion (brow clients only) link below has a few examples of recommended soaps and lotions! If you need to buy a lotion, buy a very small bottle, a travel size bottle is perfect! You will need to have it on you throughout the first week!
5. Medications: you will be providing Salina with a list of medications that you currently take, this includes skin products from an esthetician, dermatologist and/or products you can access from other countries.
6. Rest and Stress: come in well rested and as de-stressed as possible! Lack of sleep and stress can lower your pain receptors meaning numbing may not work as well as you would like!
7. Paperwork: you will have paperwork to fill out. You can arrive a few minutes early if you would like or you can print out the paperwork and fill it out in advance! The link is below!
8. Any additional questions, reach out to Salina! She’s had her brows done multiple times over an 18 year span and she can provide you with more insight and info if needed! 520-437-2944!
After you visit the esthetician or wax body hair yourself, you may notice red bumps where the hair was removed. This is a common reaction to waxing, but it can be embarrassing if the bumps are located in visible areas. The bumps might be uncomfortable or itch as well. Post-waxing bumps are usually due to a short-term reaction of the hair follicles, but may be due to other causes.
Short-Term IrritationEach hair is attached to living tissue within the hair follicle beneath the skin surface. When you remove hair with waxing, the tissue within the follicle is traumatized when the hair is pulled out. As with any type of skin injury, the body respond with an inflammatory reaction. So the pinkish bumps you see after waxing are simply your hair follicles responding to the minor trauma of having the hairs pulled out. This short-term irritation typically appears almost immediately after waxing and usually goes away within a day or two.
FolliculitisFolliculitis refers to a pimple-like rash involving the hair follicles. Each tender pink bump has a small fluid-filled head at the skin surface with folliculitis. If the waxing was done on the face or chest, folliculitis can be easily confused with an acne breakout. In most cases, folliculitis after waxing represents a minor infection of the hair follicles that have been left open to bacteria on the skin surface due to pulling out the hair. In some people, there is no infection of the hair follicles and folliculitis develops due to the irritation alone. Friction caused by wearing tighten clothes can contribute to the development of folliculitis after body or bikini waxing.
Late BumpsBumps that develop a week or more after waxing are likely due to ingrown hairs. This condition, known medically as pseudofolliculitis, is most likely when the waxing treatment involves removal of coarse, curly hairs. Therefore, ingrown hairs are more likely to develop with pubic or chest waxing than with brow or upper lip waxing. As the name implies, an ingrown hair occurs when the removed hair regrows but curls back into the skin as it emerges at the skin surface. This causes bumps that are often tender, inflamed and pimple-like. In contrast to the irritant bumps that appear immediately after waxing, late bumps due to ingrown hairs are usually less numerous.
Preventive MeasuresThe likelihood of developing skin bumps after waxing differs depending on how sensitive your skin is, the area being waxed, the product being used and the waxing technique. Although there is no guarantee that you'll be able to completely avoid this common problem, there are some steps you can take to reduce the likelihood or severity of post-waxing skin bumps. -- Clean the skin before waxing. -- Be sure the wax and spatula are clean and new. -- If your waxing is done professionally, check to be sure the salon and esthetician are using proper techniques to avoid possible infection.
Post-Wax Care and Precautions
A cool compress or shower after waxing may help reduce immediate, post-waxing irritation. Using an over-the-counter cortisone cream on the involved area for a day or two might also reduce inflammation and any itching that may be present. A soothing, moisturizing lotion can also be helpful. It's best to avoid swimming in unchlorinated water or using a hot tub for 24 to 48 hours after body or bikini waxing to avoid folliculitis.
Superficial folliculitis typically doesn't require topical or oral antibiotics, and will go away on its own. You'll need to keep the area clean, and avoid sharing towels or clothing with others until the infection clears. See your doctor if you develop large or growing bumps, especially if you experience a fever, the redness appears to be spreading or you experience other symptoms.
5 Reasons For Dry Skin In Summer
Dry skin has always been associated with the dry winter weather but it’s not rare to notice dry skin in summer as well. The summer heat can cause your skin to dehydrate from the inside leading to dry skin on your face and body. In order to treat this condition properly one must know the exact reason for dry skin in summer.
Not drinking enough water
Even though you think you drink sufficient amount of water during summer, it may not be enough to replenish the fluids you lose out on while you sweat. Increase your water intake subsequently for better skin during summer.
People tend to spend a lot of time around air conditioners during summer. While this helps you skip the heat, it also soaks up the skin’s natural oils, thereby causing dryness.
Clogged pores are another reason for dry skin. Clogged pores block sweat glands and cause dryness.
Taking a hot shower
Some of us are habituated to taking a hot shower and don’t change our ways in summer either. But a hot shower in summer will lead to dehydration of the skin and lead to dryness.
Even though exfoliation is a good idea in summer to scrub away the dead and dry skin, if you over-exfoliate your skin, it can trigger dryness. This happen because the exfoliated skin reacts to the heat exposure during summer and causes dryness.
Home Remedies to Help Re-hydrate your Skin:
The link below has some pretty awesome DIY homemade face/body masks for dry summer skin!!
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