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Make a Point to Stand Out!!!

Coming up on my 18th year of being a skin therapist, I reflect back on all my tools that I use in my arson for anti-aging, relaxation, result orientation skin care and acne problems. One of the most tried and true treatments that I incorporate with every facial that I perform are pressure points. I first learned about pressure points at the Aveda Institute during my education for getting my aesthetics license. I remember sitting with my class outside (being that it was Minneapolis we didn’t get outside much). I had a fellow students head in my lap while she laid in the grass and I learned the technique. 90% of my new clients say, “I have never had a facial like that before!” I believe I stand out because I give them a pressure point massage. I want you as a therapist to have a technique that stands out from the rest. For me, I stand out because of my  pressure point massage and the use of high frequency, I’ll explain the importance of High Frequency in a future blog and featured article for Les Nouvelles Esthetique and Spa magazine.
You can incorporate pressure points at any time, with any facial. For example, if I cannot perform a massage due to red and irritated skin (roseacea, acne or post exfoliation treatment), I simply perform the main 15 points on the face. This relaxes the client, their muscles, increases blood flow, all the while not rubbing their face and increasing the irritation. I like to perform pressure points while they have a hydrating mask on; I perform right through the mask. You can also perform pressure points during the facial massage. I believe as Aestheticians, we are all our own chefs in the kitchen. We have our own flow, use different ingredients and liken our facial to our menu. There are no right or wrongs to when we perform pressure points on our clients.
There are fifteen points on the face that represent areas and systems within the body.
Facial Pressure Point Massage Chart

Facial Pressure Point Massage Chart

There are several types of pressure points – each is applied differently and each creates a different effect. Most pressure points are located on pathways on the nervous system. Some pressure points produce pain when struck, pressed, or rubbed, depending on the point itself. These points are also referred to as nerve centers. In acupressure, you compress key energy points on the skin’s surface with your fingers to stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities. Different kinds of pressure on the pressure points achieves different results, but the most common type of acupressure application is firm, prolonged pressure, from 1 to 3 minutes. You locate a point; sink in gradually with your finger, thumb, heel, or side of your hand; and hold it for at least 1 minute to calm and relax the nervous system. The depth to which you sink into a point should be enough to cause your partner to perceive it as a “good hurt”—a bit tender but so it feels as if it’s doing some good. Also remember to never break contact, rotate back and forth with your hands.
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It’s important that both you and your partner breathe fully and deeply during the application of acupressure. Your partner’s deep breathing allows the points to release pain and tension and promote the flow of healing energy throughout the body. Your partner will feel her ability to regulate the steady amount of pressure you’re exerting with your finger, as the pressure increases on her inhalations and decreases with her exhalations, regardless of where on the body you are pressing. Your deep and steady breath will not only help keep you focused and centered on what you’re doing, but will also remind your partner to maintain a steady breathing pattern.
  • Never apply any finger pressure in a jarring or abrupt way.
  • Never loose contact
  • Remeber to breathe with your clients
  • Avoid areas of broken skin or recent scars.
I find the following pressure points to be the best during a facial pressure point massage:
The Third Eye Pressure Point
The Third Eye point is in the indentation at the bridge of the nose between the eyebrows. This is a useful point for relieving anxiety, stress, chronic fatigue, and headaches. I like to start with this pressure point.
The Gallbladder 2- headache pain
The Gallbladder 2 is a fingertip-size point where the top of the ear joins side of the face and is useful for alleviating headache pain, especially vascular headaches and migraines.
Shoulder Well
The Shoulder Well point is on the highest part of the shoulder, slightly closer to the neck than midway between the base of the neck and the outer point of the shoulder. It relieves anxiety, fatigue, shoulder tension, and headaches.
Drilling Bamboo pressure points

The Drilling Bamboo points are in the indentation of the inner eye socket just below the middle point of the eyebrows. They relieve sinus pain and congestion and eyestrain.

The Welcoming Perfume pressure points

The Welcoming Perfume points are just to the sides of the nostrils, by the nasal crease. These points are good for sinus congestion and pain.
The Facial Beauty pressure points

The Facial Beauty points lie directly below the pupils of the eyes as your partner is looking straight ahead, just under the edge of the cheekbone. These points help sinus pain and congestion, as well as eye fatigue.

Water is important because an increase in blood circulation means the body will get rid of waste quicker, it will make your reflexology treatment so much more successful if you follow these last two steps.1 Get the person receiving face reflexology a big glass of water. 2 Tell them to take it easy for the rest of the day and keep up the water

Relaxation is important. It allows people to stop and take time out from the stresses and obligations of life, relaxing is the same as hitting a reset button and these buttons are pressure points! And often can make us more efficient and happy just for having done it. Helping someone relax is helping them stay healthy. I encourage you to try, practice and stand out!

Look for this article in Les Nouvelles Esthetique & Spa magazine, Feb 2013 www.LNEONLINE.com

Wash-On Sunscreen?

Wear your sunscreen… everyday!

There are many misnomers about sunscreen, sun block and all of the rays out there. I would like to try and shed some light on the subject.

On my ‘About FACE’ show this morning (www.rhinoonair.com) I had an exceptional guest by the name of Allyn Armstrong who is a chemical engineer with the skincare/SPF line, Solise.  There are so many misnomers about sun care, ultraviolet rays, product ingredients and chemicals and today’s show struck a particular chord with me. And by writing this I also wanted to share this wonderful new invention with you, use it personally and then report on my findings.
Firstly here are some facts…
Experts say that consumers should not purchase sunscreens with an SPF that is greater than 50. SPF (sun protection factor) works by absorbing, reflecting or scattering the sun’s rays on the skin. It is in fact very misleading to put high SPF numbers on labels because it gives consumers a false sense of security and my research proved just that, there is very little difference between SPF 85 and SPF 30. The higher the number doesn’t always guarantee a greater protection.
Studies show that a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 can block about 93% of all incoming UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks out 97% and  SPF 50 blocks 98%.
The protective factors plateau from there and a product with a SPF of 100 plus blocks about 99.1 percent of all UVB rays. You don’t really need a high number SPF’s, it can end up being very expensive and you’re not guaranteed that much more protection than with a SPF 50. Also keep in mind that SPF protects only against UVB rays.

Cannot get enough sunscreen!!!

It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with the sunscreen options on offer on store shelves so here’s a quick guide to try and help find the best products to protect your family from the sun:

1.    Use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 and a maximum of SPF 50.
2.    Make sure that labels list UVA and UVB (or broad spectrum protection)
3     Choose lotions versus spray sunscreens for a more evenly distributed protection.
4     Remember to apply at least 2 ounces of lotion (about a shot glass full) and reapply often. The sun breaks down the ingredients in sunscreen that protect your skin and experts always recommend reapplying every two hours or after swimming or heavy sweating.
I would like to thank Allyn Armstrong for sending me this information: In 2012 the FDA made final a number of standards while proposing a cap of the SPF number at 50 plus and reviewing the efficiency of sunscreen sprays. The large body of data does not demonstrate that an SPF number higher than 50 provides any more benefit than an actual SPF 50 provides. An SPF 50 only provides 1% more protection than an SPF 30 and many experts question whether or not that extra 1% can truly be demonstrated outside of the testing environment. We err on the side of scientific research and not from the voices of an independent, un-biased, third party validation from an accredited testing source.
“If you are interested in learning or purchasing this new and innovative product visit www.solise.com , and use code SAE76729 for a discount””
I am looking forward to getting my product in the mail! I want to wash on my sun care!Wear Your sunscreen!!!

Bridal Must Haves!!!

I’m about to be a bride in the fall and I was thinking about bridal beauty. We brides need to be prepared for anything. Make sure you have your maid/matron of honor has these simple yet handy items ready and waiting for you!

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1. Tissues, cotton balls, cotton swabs. Smudges happen!

2. Bobby pins for your updo!

3. Concealer/cover up.

4. Eye drops…for those red eyes!

5. Hand cream – for photographs of your soft, beautiful hands.

6. Hand sanitizer – you’re gonna be shaking a lot of them…need I say more?

7. Lip gloss, liner, stick AND balm.

8. Double-sided tape – you may have slippage you didn’t notice before!

9. Nail polish – in case of any chips or smudges.

10.Your perfume – you want to smell like your normal beautiful self, all day long…

11. Toothbrush and toothpaste – to freshen up after dinner if need be, garlic or onions in the salad maybe? And how about those little picks for in between teeth…essential!

12. Folding hairbrush with mirror – this tiny compact can be a lifesaver.

13. Deodorant wipes-you may never hug as many people as you do on this day, so smell fresh without fear of white residue!

14. Breath Freshener-you may never kiss/hug as many people as you do on this day!

15. Waterproof mascara.

16. Earing backs!

17. 1 or 2 pair of hose. Runs happen! You heard it here first.

18. Clear nail polish. See 17.

19. Needle and thread sewing kit.

20. Travel size can of hairspray.

21. Headache medicine.  Of the stress!

22. A small pair of scissors.

23. Safety pins in different sizes.

24. Small first aid kit.

25. Tampons or napkins.

25. A Detergent pen- like the Tide pen. This does work if the brides or bridal party’s dresses gets anything on it.

These are the essentials that are needed if there is an “Oh My God!” moment.

Also, if you have any questions about your makeup please refer to my latest article in Les Nouvelles Esthetique & Spa named “The Foundation of Bridal Makeup” http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/ec47d1b9#/ec47d1b9/110

If you are interested in makeup application, please visit my website www.skinchicinc.com and contact me personally!

Cheers!

The Beauty Blueprint Project #2

I mentioned in my last blog that  “I want to embrace change. It might appear scary at first but I know that with that change I will grow as a person. I WILL embrace it. I have felt for a while now that I have been in a rut and I am looking forward to this change.” I guess I’m still in this rut. I have been so preoccupied with starting a new employment position at Nucci Medical Clinic, my About FACE radio show, Directing About BEAUTY networking group, getting my new Web site up and running, and everything else in between. My point is that the reason I am in a rut is because I am preoccupied with life. We all have time to do what we would like to do, we just have to make the time!
If I am to do this project, I don’t want to half a$$ it. I really want to do a realy great job; not only for me, but for you my reader.
 
Okay, I’m diving in… but before I do…
“Using This Book” there are a few things I am going to need: A Journal, Index Cards, My Favorite Pen, Old Magazines, Colored Pencils, a Poster Board, Scissors, Thumbtacks, the Website www.michellephillips.com and lastly a special storage spot like a basket or a drawer. All check!
I realize this book is an eight-step process. For every step there will be written exercises. This will create a plan for your life, looks, and teach me how to find ongoing support to turn this plan into reality. Every chapter Michelle has thrown in some facts and exercises, as well as some powerful affirmations to recite. By step 8, Michelle says that I will have a wonderfully new, vibrant perspective on my real beauty.
I start this project with anticipation and excitement! I hope you join me in this new plan!!!