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Lift and sculpt with ancient beauty secrets
What is Guasha? Gua sha practised for centuries as a form of traditional Chinese medicine, also known as 'scrapping’ the skin. However, modern-day Gua sha is performed quite differently in an everyday beauty routine. For those who have looked up traditional scrapping with Gua sha, you can see why. The benefits of traditional scrapping with Gua sha are great but, it leads to strong bruising, and many like me are not down with a bruised face, we can keep the scrapping technique to the body. I use Gua sha for deep muscle tension release, lifting and sculpting alongside promoting lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. The technique is slow and steady, ranging from light to medium pressure. While I still love hands-on facial massage, the Gua sha is easy and convenient for those who have no facial massage training, and with my guidance, you will be a pro in no time. Check out my instagram for more videos @kimberly_dematos#Kdm - Kdm guasha[products]#[FiveStars]
Cleanse your skin like a pro
Cleansing is the first step of any skin regime, and it's essential to your skin's health that it is done correctly. Cleansing the skin removes makeup, sunscreen, and impurities/pollution built up from the day. Always use a Ph balanced cleanser to avoid compromising your skin's barrier. I generally switch out my gel cleanser for milk or balm in the winter months as my skin becomes drier. I find milk or balms more hydrating and soothing for the skin. My go-to right now is BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - Lait Vip O2 Oxygenating Milk Cleanser paired with either the mini glove Biologique Recherche or the Luna Cleaning tool FOREO - LUNA Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush Fuchsia to aid deeper cleaning and increase blood circulation while massaging the skin. Try not to skip cleansing at night no matter how sleepy you are, sleeping with your makeup on goes far beyond clogged pores. Sleeping with your makeup on in the long term will prematurely age your skin due to the breakdown of collagen from environmental pollutants left on the skin. Always cleanse your skin twice at night. Double cleansing is key in removing makeup and sunscreen effectively. Makeup and sunscreen are designed to stick to the skin, and one cleanse just not going to cut it. Use colder water, never hot water to cleanse your skin. Heat is not your skin's friend; it can cause tewl (transepidermal water loss), lead to irritation, dehydration and sensitivity. Avoid cleansing the skin in the shower, the water is generally too hot, and the shower's pressure can lead to burst vessels. Pat dry, do not aggressively rub your skin with a towel - I hear too many times people rub their skin aggressively with a dry face cloth to exfoliate the skin - stop it. Be gentle with your skin; there are better ways to exfoliate your skin - trust me. Which moves me on to P50 lotions BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - LOTION P50 PIGM 400 Follow your cleansing routine with the correct P50 lotion for your skin type. P50 lotion is a gentle but effective way to exfoliate, hydrate the skin while maintaining the skin's Ph and respecting its barrier function. My go-to P50 right now is Pig400 which also targets hyperpigmentation concerns. More tips and tricks on cleansing the skin below https://www.kimberlydematos.com/post/the-art-of-cleansing Dm for p50 recommendations.
BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE-LOTION P50 PIGM 400
What’s your acid?
Glycolic vs salicylic acid What's the difference?! Glycolic acid is part of the alpha hydroxy acid family (AHAs) derived from sugar cane. Glycolic acid used successfully for years in treating various skin concerns. Glycolic is water-soluble and has the smallest molecular size compared to its AHA sister Lactic acid. It is common to feel a strong tingle sensation with glycolic acid. The smaller molecular size allows glycolic acid to travel deeper into the skin, supporting and improving signs of ageing, fine lines, wrinkles and textural concerns on the skin supporting cell turnover and cell renewal. Glycolic acid is not ideal for overly sensitive or reactive skins, as glycolic acid may be too aggressive, my go-to for sensitive skins is Lactic acid. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) and derived from the willow bark tree. It is the best acid to cut through oil making it ideal for oil, acne and congestion prone skins. Bye-bye, blackheads - cleaning out the pore working like a little tornado, removing excess oil/sebum build-up. Salicylic acid regulates sebaceous gland activity, preventing future blackheads, breakouts and overly oily skin. Salicylic acid reduces inflammation in the skin, making it an excellent choice for inflammatory acne. In very low doses, it can help with rosacea but should be under the guidance of skin specialist. What’s your experience with acids?⬇️
Defying gravity with microcurrent
Skin laxity (sagging) is one of the biggest concerns and struggles with ageing skin. Micro-current is an excellent treatment that can be used at home to prevent and treat sagging skin. What is microcurrent? Microcurrent is FDA approved as a muscle stimulator to treat bell palsy and muscle paralysis and used medically since the 1980s so we know it works. After noticing improvements in sagging skin and muscles that atrophied micro-current made its way as an anti-ageing hero, nicknamed the non-invasive facelift. Microcurrent sends soft waves down through the skin to the muscles, providing muscle stimulation, retraining and lifting muscles back to where they should be. Facial muscles are directly attached to the skin on the face, with muscles stimulation we can also lift the skin treating sagging jouls, redefining jawline and facial contours. Microcurrent stimulates ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production. ATP promotes vital proteins, collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin proteins decline as we age and break down through overexposure to UV rays and free radical exposure. To keep skin healthy and avoid premature ageing of the skin, we want to bank as much collagen and elastin proteins. Microcurrent -lifts and tones -reduces fine lines and wrinkles -preventative skincare -treats skin laxity Nuface vs Bear Bear by FoeroFOREO - Bear Facial Toning Device A new take on microcurrent technology using a combination of microcurrent and t-sonic pulsations to add a vibrational massage boosting blood circulation, and driving oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Foreo uses anti-shock technology to prevent discomfort associated with traditional micro-current devices. Nuface Pro NuFACE - Trinity Facial Toning Device Nuface pro was my first at the home micro-current device, and it is a great device. I recommend to only invest in the pro if the Nuface stands out to you. Nuface devices need a conductor gel as it does not have the same anti-shock or smart technology as the Bear. The Nuface and the Bear give a comparable lift to the face. But... I now prefer the Bear as I find it more comfortable and convenient due to the anti-shock technology and not having to use a gel. I use Bear alongside a water-based serum (no oils).
FOREO-Bear Facial Toning Device
Do you need water or oil?Dry vs dehydrated skin⬇
People often become confused about what their skin needs. Today I'm going to breakdown the difference between dehydrated and dry skin and what you should be using to combat these issues. Dehydrated skin Dehydrated skin is a skin condition which lacks water, due to the environment we live in, incorrect product usage and internal factors like diet. Dry skin Dry skin is a skin type and has a lack of oil, and this can be due to genetics, diet and lifestyle. ✨Dehydrated skins need water-based products and humectants like hyaluronic acid. Avoid harsh exfoliates and the overuse of active, stimulating products that may be stripping your skin's barrier. Top hydrating serums SkinMedica - Ha5 Hydrating Complex #Forget beauty - Awakened hydrating serum[products]#[FiveStars] #Dermaquest - Essential b5 serum[products]#[FiveStars] Always apply hyaluronic acid to damp skin to prevent moisture being pulled from your skin, especially if you live in a dry climate. ✨If your skin is dry, try adding oil/lipids to your skin regimen as your moisturiser alone will not cut it. Favourite oils #Forget Beauty - Nurtured replenishing oil[products]#[FiveStars] #Rhonda Alison - Omega 6 EFA[products]#[FiveStars] #Indie lee - Squalane Facial oil[products]#[FiveStars] Everyone should be using a Ph balanced cleanser to prevent dehydration and skin dryness, plus many other skin issues. Invest in a Ph balanced cleanser.
SkinMedica-Ha5 Hydrating Complex
The facial from outta space 🪐
Let's look at the benefits of the facial from outer space. 🪐 LED (light-emitting diode therapy) Led therapy initially developed by NASA for plant growth experiments, later realizing the healing benefits for the skin, welcoming LED to the world of aesthetics - Thank you NASA (I know a super cool fact). 🤓 LED uses different wavelengths of light, including red, yellow and blue, containing no UV rays, so it is safe for regular use. Red light primarily used for concerns of ageing on the skin. The red light penetrates the deepest, reaching the dermal layer of the skin. Wavelengths of red light are absorbed by the skin cells stimulating fibroblasts leading to the production of collagen and elastin proteins. Red led light reduces inflammation and promotes healing in the skin. Blue light is the most superficial light and targets acne-causing bacteria, Cutibacterium (C.acnes), formerly known as Propionibacterium (P.acnes). Blue light also regulates the sebaceous gland for those suffering from overly oily skin. I recommend combining red and blue light for those suffering from acne, as the red will promote healing and reduce inflammation in the acne. Amber Light penetrates where your cells renew and targets hyper-pigmentation in the form of sun damage and post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. #Skingear - LED Face Shield[products]#[FiveStars] Skin gear has taken LED yo a whole new level! It's revolutionary as you to receive your daily dose of led while in the comfort of your own home, whether you are relaxing or doing dishes. This mask will enable you to multi-task, so there is no excuse not to commit! Consistency is key Commit to using led light for 15-20 minutes a day - 4-5 times a week for the first eight weeks to see a change in the skin. Maintenance I recommend 2-3x a week for skin maintenance. Always use on clean skin, remove all traces of makeup and sunscreen and apply a water-based serum or use on naked skin.