Eyebrow Tattooing

There’s a hot new eyebrow technique in town!

It is a form of permanent makeup called microblading.  It is used to create fuller eyebrows or to give definition to brows that have become sparse or virtually invisible due to loss of pigment and/or hairs.

Microblading has become today’s “must have” cosmetic enhancement procedure.  Even though I had briefly written about this in a previous blog post (All Things Micro), I’d like to discuss it further since it is receiving so much public attention lately on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Is it really new?

No.  In reality, tattooed eyebrows have been around for years.  Yet only a handful of permanent makeup artists were intent on creating a natural-looking eyebrow… most were just applying the pigment in a dense line that looked more like an application of eyebrow pencil or a colored-in stencil.

A newer tool, the microblade, was created to aid in the artistry of eyebrow tattooing.  The microblade refines the process of etching a dark colorant into the skin. When done properly, the technician uses feather-like strokes to create fine rows of lines that mimic the look of hairs, thus defining and thickening their client’s present brows.

The key to successful application is where the pigment is ultimately placed!

Long-term color retention requires that the pigment be implanted in the upper dermal layer of the skin.  No matter what you have heard about microblading, it is a form of advanced tattooing that requires considerable time and practice to perfect.  Results vary according to the experience and expertise of the technician as well as their selection of a matching dye to  blend with the client’s natural eyebrows.

Microblading is sometimes referred to as a “semi-permanent tattoo.” The pigments used for eyebrows are different than body tattoo inks in that they are designed to fade over a much shorter life span since most women change their hair color and eyebrow style.  But make no mistake, microblading is tattooing! 

It is imperative to choose wisely when selecting a professional to perform this service.  Uneven positioning of the eyebrow tattooing or use of a dye that is too dark will create unsatisfactory results.  Do your research and get referrals before having this procedure done.  Microbladed eyebrows look amazing…when done correctly!

Although microblading is a wonderful service when performed correctly, it is not for everyone. An ethical practitioner will determine if you are a good candidate by asking you questions about your health, blood-thinning medications, chronic illness and if your skin has a tendency to form keloids or scar tissue .  This is because the skin is opened during the process in order to implant pigments into the upper layers of the skin.

Each state has its own laws and regulations with regard to the practice of permanent makeup. Additionally, education and training requirements also vary.  If possible, try to determine that the technician has been certified by either the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) or the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP).  It would make sense to contact either the AAM or the SPCP to see if they have a list of qualifying practitioners to refer you to.

The more experience that a permanent makeup practitioner has, the more natural the final outcome.  Equally important is proficiency which means that it will take less time for the process to be completed.  It typically takes between one to two hours to finish a pair of eyebrows from start to finish.

When pigment is properly implanted into the upper level of the skin’s dermis, it should  last about 12 to 18 months.  A color boost will usually be required around the one-year anniversary of the procedure.  For this reason, I would strongly suggest that you hire a professional that rents a physical location so that you will be able to locate them when you need to return for the touch-up treatment.

Keep in mind, that there are several factors that affect the color retention of the microbladed brows.  Such as, your skin type, medications taken, sun exposure and the type of skin care products that you use.

Unfortunately, many new and/or improperly trained practitioners may just “scratch” the surface of the skin…instead of implanting the pigment in the upper dermal layer where it will be retained long-term.  In this case, the pigment will likely fade quickly and pretty much disappear during the healing phase of the skin when the cells are regenerating.

Again, this is a great services…when done safely and properly.  To protect yourself, seek out a licensed, insured and well-trained permanent makeup artist.  Consider having electrolysis performed on any unwanted hairs that grow outside of the eyebrow. Contact me with questions.

(Note: Although I do not offer this service, I am on the “look-out” for an accomplished and experienced artist that I would feel comfortable referring clients to.)


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

January Special Offer

LIMITED TIME OFFER — DON’T MISS OUT!! *

For the month of January, you are invited to experience this warm, relaxing and rejuvenating treatment without cost or obligation.  Simply email or phone the office to schedule a complimentary 30-minute light therapy appointment (a $35 value).

For more information, CLICK on the following link: Your Skin Will Love the Light.  It will answer ALL of your questions and you’ll be able to view some BEFORE and AFTER photos.

NOTE:  Clients must arrive at the office with clean, make-up free skin.  (Surface products will deflect light away from the skin.)  This treatment will take place in the waiting room as a “no frills” service.

*Offer limited to present clientele only!


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

Life as a Pendulum

As the month of December quickly approaches an end, I find myself looking back on this past year and the lessons it has taught me.

Life is like a pendulum.  Depending upon the circumstances, our emotional experience can swing from one extreme to the other.  As most of you know, my year was filled with both joy and sorrow.   I celebrated my beloved mother’s 90th birthday in April, grieved her passing in June and walked my daughter down the aisle at her wedding in August.

wedding-photo
Grandma was in our hearts on the wedding day!

I have learned that the greatest gifts are the ones that come without price tags.  Time spent with loved ones and dear friends.  Sitting on a beach sharing the beauty of the sun sparkling off the ocean while listening to the sound of the waves lapping the shore.  Watching a movie.  Doing a jigsaw puzzle.  Playing a favorite game.  All the while, being present in the moment — without the interruption of a cell phone!

I recently told my daughters that I didn’t want them buying me any more physical gifts in the future.  I already have everything I need.  Time is the most precious commodity.  All I yearn for is a slice of quality time shared with those who mean the most.

I thought this would be a perfect time to share the following.  It’s an especially poignant message which reminds us to appreciate the present moment.

“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today.”

This past year, I received so much love and caring from family, friends and clients alike.  Let me take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of you who have made a difference in my life.  Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.  Learn more here.

Healthy Body Ritual

towel1It’s free!  It’s easy to do!

Most importantly … it’s healthy and beneficial to your body!

What is it??

It’s a home care treatment that will stimulate your lymphatic system while also exfoliating your skin.

There are two ways of doing this.  You can choose to use a natural bristle brush with either a handle or one that fits in the palm of your hand.  The other way would be to use a hot towel.  You will need to sample each method in order to determine the one that works best for you.

THE BENEFITS

  • Promotes circulation
  • Opens pores to release stored toxins
  • Exfoliates the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • Relieves stress as the ritual becomes meditative
  • Activates the lymphatic system
  • An act of deep self-care

THE HOT TOWEL METHOD – The beauty of body scrubbing is that it can be done before or after your shower.  All you need is a medium-sized cotton towel or washcloth.  Begin by saturating the towel with hot water and then wringing it out.  Then start to scrub the skin with soft, gentle strokes.

THE DRY BRUSHING METHOD – When using a brush, it is best to do this on dry skin before bathing.  Using gentle stokes, your skin will respond by turning mildly pink.  If it becomes red or feels irritated, then you are using way too much pressure.

The direction of stroking is very important.  Your movements will help the lympathic system to drain more effectively, so be mindful of moving towards the heart and chest at all times! 

  1. Address your body in sections.
  2. Lower Leg:  Begin with the sole of the right foot. Then gently stroke the leg toward the knee, being mindful of your pressure and direction.  Be sure to treat all sides of the lower leg.  Then begin the process on the left leg.
  3. Upper Leg:  Continue to stroke the leg in an upward fashion, one leg at a time.
  4. Arms: Begin with the hands and move up towards the shoulder.
  5. Torso/Abdomen: Move toward the heart.
  6. Buttocks/Back: This is where a brush with a handle comes in handy!
  7. Upper Chest/Decollete: Gentle downward strokes toward the heart.  If you desire to treat the breast area, choose a towel and use feather-lite movements.

NOTE: This is a body treatment only; it is not designed for delicate facial skin.

This ritual can take as little as five minutes and your body will still receive benefits.  If you have more time, you can turn this into a relaxing experience by spraying some lavender in the air, listening to spa music and lowering the lights.  Apply some body lotion or oil on your skin at the conclusion of the session.  (Here’s a link to a YouTube video showcasing this process: Body Brushing)

Enjoy!


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.

Why Use a Facial Masque?

facial-masking“Masque (noun): A cosmetic cream, gel, paste, or the like, that is applied to the face and allowed to remain on for a short time before being removed and is used for tightening, refreshing, lubricating or cleansing the skin.”

One of the most neglected areas of home skin care is the use of facial masques.  Masking can help to calm, soothe, brighten, hydrate, tighten, etc.  depending upon the desired result.

As part of my own personal skin care regimen, I apply a mask at least once a week.  Sunday evenings work best for me since I’m usually home relaxing after a busy weekend.  Here’s the basic routine that I follow:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Serums
  4. Masque
  5. Moisturizer

I periodically use an anti-aging cream mask that contains lactic acid on my own skin, since it increases hydration and lightens pigmentation. Additionally, I also try to keep up with my LED light sessions and microcurrent treatments.  I must admit that it is a major effort for me to devote extensive time and attention to my own face.   It feels just like work to me … I wonder why, LOL!

Below are examples of a few of the many different types of masques that can be incorporated into your skin care regimen:

  • Clay Masques – These are very effective in drawing out excess oil in the skin as well as aiding in the treatment of acne and reducing pore size.  Clay masques should be applied with a brush (or finger tips) in an upward fashion beginning at the neck.
  • Cream Masques – These are the preferred choices for dry, dehydrated skin types due to their hydrating and soothing properties.  Cream masques should be applied with a brush (or finger tips) in an upward fashion beginning at the neck.
  • Sheet Masques These are individually packaged one-piece masques that have openings for the nose, mouth and eyes.  Choose an appropriate masque that contains ingredients for your specific skin type and condition.

You will love how your skin looks and feels after using a masque! 

I have a variety of wonderful masques available for purchase at the office with prices starting at $22 and up.  As always, I am happy to answer any questions that you may have with regard to your skin.


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

The Toenail

foot-bathStrange topic…but an interesting one that might be of help to some of you!

Many years ago when my younger daughter was in college, she and her girlfriends would go for regular pedicures.

Unbeknownst to me, she had developed a fungal infection on both of her big toes.  I was unaware of this since her nails were never without polish, no matter the season of the year.  Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) not one nail technician ever turned her away after seeing what the nails looked like when the old polish was removed.  (I have plenty to say about that, but I don’t want to deviate from the main focus of this blog article.)

My daughter subsequently realized that her toenails were getting worse and that it was high time that she told me about it.  I was horrified to see that they were yellow, thick and rough in appearance.  I’ve seen this on diabetics and elderly people with poor leg circulation, but never on a young person.

I immediately scheduled an appointment with a local podiatrist.  He diagnosed her with onychomycosis which is a fungal infection that affects toenails.  She was instructed to apply a medicated polish for a period of time.  When that proved unsuccessful, he wanted to write her a prescription for an oral medication that would require regular blood work to be certain that it was not adversely affecting her liver.  As far as I was concerned, this medication was not an option!

Truth be told, my daughter’s entire immune system was a disaster.  Since infancy she was continually getting colds, viruses, and ear infections.  She was a magnet for germs.  At seven years of age, she contracted the mono virus and had to miss several weeks of school.  As a young teen, she was also plagued with sinus infections, yeast infections and urinary tract infections.  She also had pneumonia and bronchitis in college.

I wondered…

Why was she always sick?

Why was her body chemistry so different from her older sister who rarely got sick?

Why did she always need antibiotics to get better?

That was it!

The difference between the immune systems of my two daughters must have something to do with antibiotics!  My younger daughter was given antibiotics at least 4 times a year; whereas, my older daughter had only been on antibiotics once since she was born.

Antibiotics work by killing bacteria  in the intestinal tract.  Unfortunately, the good bacteria which we need for proper digestion and overall good health, are eradicated along with the bad bacteria when we take antibiotics.  When our good bacteria levels are reduced, our immune system becomes compromised and does not work optimally.

The superhero of this story is —-> probiotics!!

My daughter completely turned her immune system around…

She began taking a good quality probiotic on a regular basis.  Probiotics provided her digestive system with the good bacteria which had been destroyed by the antibiotics.  (In the beginning, she also added prebiotics which are food ingredients which help to feed the probiotic bacteria.)  As her immune system strengthened and the good bacteria started to flourish in her intestinal tract, the new toenail growth came in healthy and smooth without a hint of yellow discoloration.

It is truly amazing how the body can heal when given the proper nourishment.  So much of our health is tied in to our digestive system.  My daughter rarely gets sick these days and has probiotics to thank for that!

NOTE:  If you are considering adding a probiotic to your diet, please discuss with your personal physician or health care provider.  I have shared this story for informational purposes only.


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.  Learn more here.