Monthly Archives: December 2015

Skincare Resolution Inspiration + Personal Skincare Resoltuions

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2016 is literally upon us. Being pagan, my new year was on Samhain; however, I still celebrate on December 31st with everyone else. It’s a good time to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by (I got married, graduated esthetics school, learned to embroider, started lyra and pole lessons, and moved three times) while looking forward to what’s ahead. It’s also the time of year when people make resolutions.

I hate new year’s resolutions, don’t you? It’s like the ultimate humblebrag. People get so caught up in them, resolving to do things that are generally unrealistic, putting it out there for everyone to see and comment on, winding up frustrated and unsuccessful. I feel like these things just lead to self defeat, FOMO (fear of missing out), and comparison. Fuck that.

Something I CAN get behind is goal setting, conveniently at this time of year (yes I know it’s all the same…shhhh…). Goals differ from resolutions in the sense that goals usually have a more realistic timeframe than their “New Year, New Me!” counterparts. Also, goals are generally set to establish a habit, whereas a resolutions tends to be a one-time accomplishment. If you’d like to set some skincare goals for 2016, I’ve got some ideas for you. It takes about 21 days to establish a new habit, so track your progress! It also takes your skin about 28 days to turnover, therefore showing results, so keep that in mind and don’t give up when you don’t see immediate results. These ideas were inspired by a Pin by PCA Skin, which you can find on my Pinterest board, Esthiology.

  • Add an eye product to your regimen.

I could do an entire post on why you should add an eye cream to your skin care regimen (and I will! Look for it in January). For the sake of this post, I’ll summarize. You need to add an eye cream because hydration and stimulation are absolutely necessary, especially in the winter. Fine lines and wrinkles are a product of dehydration, and puffiness/dark circles stem from a lack of stimulation. When shopping for a cream, look for hyaluronic acid, arnica, vitamin K, and SPF. Avoid petroleum and synthetic fragrances.

  • Wash your face twice a day, every day.

I’m so bad about this. But, it’s necessary. A morning cleanse is going to introduce hydration to your skin, provide a fresh surface for your other products and makeup, and will clear your skin of any nasty bacteria you may have picked up from your pillowcase. It’s pretty obvious why you need a nightly cleanse (removing the day’s dirt, grime, and pollutants; allowing your skin to fully repair itself while you sleep; replenishing what it lost throughout the day, etc).

  • Protect your skin with an antioxidant serum.

Oxidants and free radicals cause premature aging and just overall blah looking skin. An antioxidant serum will not only protect your skin, it will brighten your complexion. Look for a serum containing vitamins C and E.

  • Moisturize daily.

This is another one that will have its own post in January. For now, we’ll leave it at face value. Find one that’s right for your skin type, and use it daily. Even oily skin needs a daily moisturizer! Bonus points if you utilize one that contains SPF. Lack of moisture leads to premature aging.

  • See an (a)esthetician.

Good skin is an investment that will always have a tremendous return. An esthetician is a critical component of that investment. They’ll be able to analyze your skin and assess your needs in a way that you might not be able to. See a knowledgeable, reputable esthetician as soon as possible!

  • Sleep well! 6-8 hours per night.

It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Your skin repairs itself while you sleep.

  • Wash your makeup brushes weekly.

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  • Get regular treatments (see the notes about visiting an esthetician).
  • Stop smoking.
  • Stop tanning.

My target audience is probably snickering right now like “yeah no problem there”.

  • Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.

I am HORRIBLE about staying hydrated. If you are too, start small: swap out one of your non-water beverages with a 16-ounce water (add lemon, lime, or another fruit to up the hydration factor and make it more palatable ).

  • Eat your fruits and veggies.

Great skin starts on the inside, and is directly related to your diet. Eat your colors and watch your skin transform.

  • Avoid the sun between 10-4.

My fellow vamps have this one down pat!

  • Stop squinting. Wear sunglasses.
  • Wear sunscreen every day (yes, even in the winter, even on rainy days).

This year, I’m going to work on washing my face as I should, washing my brushes weekly, drinking enough water, and wearing sunscreen daily. Let me know what skin care goals you’ll be accomplishing in 2016!

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The f**k is The Punk Rock Esthetician?

At the start of my 2015, I had no idea I would be blogging my way into 2016, after completing Aveda’s esthiology program. I actually had no idea of what I’d be doing at all. As a little girl, “esthetician” was not on my list of what I wanted to be when I grew up. Halfway through the program, I found myself madly in love with esthetics and scheming ways to make the industry work for me.

My quest for creating my own place in this world came about when I was 22 years old. I was entering my third year of professional cheerleading and modeling; I was beautiful, in shape, and relatively popular; I was in a relationship with someone I thought was as perfect for me as I was for him. I thought I knew who I was and what my life would look like. The field of esthetics and the goth aesthetic were NOT a part of that. Something was wrong, though, very wrong. And it was soon discovered that that “something” was fibromyalgia. Almost overnight, everything was snatched away from me: I lost my job and realized that I couldn’t ever work in that specific field again; I couldn’t dance anymore; my weight fluctuated wildly and my skin dried out and my hair went dull; my “friends” disappeared, and my love left me, claiming he couldn’t be with someone who was going to be sick and lazy and unemployed for the rest of her life.

All of this caused me to rediscover myself, which led to finding natural alternatives to manufactured fibro treatments. I then became interested in esthetics and making people feel beautiful and healthy, both inside and out.

But what about the “punk rock” part of The Punk Rock Esthetician? Why does the alternative culture need a skin care blog of their own? More often than not, good skin is marketed as a tool to limit the amount of makeup you need. This means little to the alternative community, as we use makeup as an art form. This also polarizes men, who need a great skincare routine just as much as women do, but why would they invest in something meant to replace makeup if they don’t wear makeup to begin with? I want to present good skin as a canvas for your art. Most spas have a stuffy or clinical, corporate feel that a lot of us are trying like hell to avoid. Estheticians are skin therapists who also know a good deal about providing total relaxation; why is it that I’m being overlooked in the field simply because I have piercings and wear black lipstick? If I don’t “look” relaxing and professional, maybe we should change our idea of what relaxing and professional look like. Part of discovering myself has been defining my personal style. I fall somewhere between the stereotypes of punk rock and goth. I love dark elegance. I love that perfect blend of mystery and transparency. The goth aesthetic has this air of sumptuous, luxurious exclusivity, which I adore. I feel as though esthiology and the alternative culture would mesh beautifully; and yet, they rarely do.

The punk rock attitude is all about making your own way when you don’t fit in. And that’s what I’m doing with this blog. I’m taking two of my loves and putting them together in a way that will (eventually) let me work for myself. One day I’ll own my own spa with hours and working conditions conducive to my disability, in addition to catering to my target audience.

I want to use this blog to speak about skincare and esthetics in a way that will appeal to people like me. I’ll be focusing on anti-aging and avoiding sun damage as well. Makeup for men, bold and alternative makeup, and a nice variety of product reviews will be included as well. Most importantly, I’m going to teach my readers how to educate themselves to make the best skincare choices possible.

But this blog isn’t just for me! Please feel free to ask questions, suggest posts, etc. Introduce yourself now that you know a little bit about me!

XOXO,

The Punk Rock Esthetician

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