Do monthly facials really help your skin?

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Why is a once-a-month  facial good for you? 

Coming in monthly allows you to set aside some much-needed time for self-care, refresh your environmentally-ravaged skin and use your aesthetician as a sounding board for any concerns or questions you might have. Seriously. You should feel very comfortable asking your aesthetician for skin care advice. After all, he or she is there to help you! 

 Skincare by Pevonia, with its no-frills treatment rooms, busy women-approved options (you can be in and out in 60 minutes, sometimes less), and facials starting at $70, makes it even easier to justify turning what we commonly think of as a luxury into something a bit more routine.

In between facials, it’s important to maintain your glow by stocking up on healthy herbs, avoiding these skin-sabotaging foods , and trying your best to chill—stress is a serious complexion bummer. Oh, and if you insist on doing extractions at home, just don’t. 

Enjoy Running Outdoors? Read this first!

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We love getting out to run and exercise in the sun; outdoor workouts are one of the best parts of summer! That said, it’s important to keep an eye on the weather and make sure you’re staying safe and healthy.

Here’s the rule: Don’t run if it’s over 90 degrees or if the humidity is high. Why? Because running with humidity affects your heart rate. In a bad way.

Put it this way: A woman running — in her 30s — during a 60 degree day with 30 percent humidity . . . her heart beat will be around 145 beats per minute.” That’s a healthy and safe rate. However, once things get hotter and more humid, that changes. “If the temperature is 90 degrees with a humidity of 70 percent, then her heart rate will increase and will become 165 beats per minute. The problem is that a heart rate of 165 can increase dangerous side effects.

Besides, running in cooler weather is so much easier — and more comfortable — for more than just your muscles. So either run very early in the morning or later in the day (we  suggest after the sun has set).

Another reason not to run outdoors when it’s so hard out?

Your skin! Stop for a second and think about everything you do (and purchase) in order to make your skin appear like the inner glowing goddess you truly are. Now imagine dumping all those healthy skin care products in the trash. That’s basically what you should do if you decide to step outside (especially without sunscreen). Take care of your skin – it’s the only layer of protection you have!

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No Makeup? No Problem! Here’s how to Look Great this Summer without it!

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Imagine a world where your summer beauty routine actually requires no makeup. Don’t think it’s possible? Well, it is!

The secret? Eyelash extensions. If an eyelash curler and a swipe of mascara are known for opening your eyes and making you look more awake, lash extensions give the appearance of eight hours of sleep, a balanced diet and an imperceptible face lift. Lasting up to three weeks, they’re a great alternative to mascara in the hot summer months—one less thing you have to worry about. Better yet, you can wear them in the ocean without accidentally emerging with a black stream of makeup running down your cheeks.

If you’re thinking about trying lash extensions, our advice is to start small and apply medium or short eyelashes.  These can totally reshape your eyes, by widening them, and also giving you the “bright-eyed” look. Something totally impossible to achieve without mascara or eyeliner.

So what are you waiting for?

Book your appointment now at Skincare by Pevonia! Call us on 305-662-2083 today!

4 Things Models do to Achieve Perfect Skin

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Models have a way of keeping their glow even after they’ve walked off the runway. The truth is, when your face is a walking advertisement for a big-time luxury designer, you tend to really take care of your skin. So what do models do differently? Keep reading… 

  1. They keep skin moisturized and hydrated. You’ve heard it countless times, but drinking half your bodyweight in fluid ounces in water is as good for your complexion as it is for your body. Drinking water plus applying moisturizer regularly will keep your skin radiant, clear, and wrinkle free.
  2. They reduce their sugar intake and keep their weight consistent. Besides being excellent for your health, cutting back on sugar benefits your skin. Did you know? The sugar in your bloodstream forms molecules that destroy collagen and elastin (which keeps skin firm). Avoiding sweet treats can actually help you avoid aging. Yo-yo dieting can also wreak havoc on your complexion. When your weight fluctuates, you are constantly stretching out your skin, which will affect its appearance. This is true for your face as well as your body — though stretch marks may be an especially obvious side effect.
  3. They make regular facial appointments.You can heal your skin and prevent a lot of damage receiving monthly facials. Most people wait until they have the problem to treat it, but they should just take the basic steps in caring for it to prevent it.
  4. They exercise. As if you needed another reason to drag yourself to Zumba class! According to experts, that flushed glow you get post-workout is actually good for you. When you exercise, blood and nutrients rush to the surface of your skin, stimulating it and keeping your appearance young and healthy! Learn more about the beauty benefits of exercise, here.

Don’t Skimp on Sunscreen – The Skinny on the Importance of SPF

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Let’s face it: we all love getting a tan; but there are precautions that you need to consider when headed outdoors. 

Did you know that any change in skin color is actually a sign of sun damage from UV radiation?  And repeated exposure to UV radiation can cause premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. The sun causes up to 90% of aging, so make sunblock your best friend! When choosing a sunblock, opt for one that provides coverage against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Those products that contain zinc oxide and titanium work best and last longest. It’s also a good idea to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which means that when you apply it and step outside, the sun’s rays are reflected and are not absorbed by the skin. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every two hours, even if the bottle tells you it is “extended wear.”  And remember to always reapply after swimming and exercise.

Other Forms of Sun Protection

To boost your defenses, wear a hat or seek cover with an umbrella or heavy shade. Look for sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB light.  Exposure to the sun without sunglasses can cause eye damage.

Don’t forget about protecting your children with sun shirts, pants and hats. Skincare education at a young age is a great way to get your children accustomed to living a healthy life.

Signs of Sun Damage

There are many signs of sun damage that can worsen without real notice.  Wrinkles, hyper pigmentation (also known as uneven skin tone) and an increase in freckles or “beauty marks” may be signs that your skin is soaking up too much sun. Skin cancer or melanoma is often a result of severe sun damage and extended sun exposure over time.

Interested in learning more about protecting your skin against sun damage? We’d love to have you in for a consultation. Call us now: 305-662-2083

The Beauty Benefits of Exercise

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Would you exercise more if you knew what it  could do for your skin? We all crave  dewey and glowing complexion so keep reading!

At Skincare by Pevonia, we endorse a healthy lifestyle. Working out, along with good eating habits and a solid skin care routine, can contribute to increased self-confidence and an all-around positive outlook on life. So what can exercise do for your complexion? Keep reading.

Exercise is a natural stress reliever

Putting the body in motion releases endorphins: natural painkillers that give you a feeling of euphoria; hence, the phrase ‘runners high’. Exercise is associated with improved mood and increased learning, while also reducing depression, relieving stress and contributing to better sleep patterns. When you sleep well, your body produces collagen and releases growth hormones, which facilitate the rejuvenation of cells, muscles, tissues and bones throughout the night. See…there’s a reason it’s called “beauty sleep”!

Exercise makes you sweat

Working up a good sweat is like getting a mini-facial. Seriously. Think about it: when your pores dilate – sweat is expelled – along with all the dirt trapped inside. These excretions can help clear skin. Just make sure you wash your face immediately after your workout to prevent the dirt and oil from being trapped inside again. And remember the sunscreen if you’re training outdoors!

Exercise boosts oxygen and improves blood flow

Because it increases blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keeps your complexion vibrant and radiant. When we exercise and our heart rates increase, the increased blood flow pushes vitamins, minerals and oxygen into those capillaries. Blood and oxygen are essential for all healing, so the best way to achieve that youthful glow is to get that heart rate up and blood flow going. Blood flow also helps the body carry away waste products like free radicals from working cells. Free radicals are harmful to the skin and the body in general; when the body is overwhelmed by free radicals, they overcome the antioxidants available, which can lead to wrinkles.  YIKES!

So whether you engage in a yoga class, a dance/aerobic exercise routine, or a weight-training session, working out will benefit your skin and your body in countless ways.

Your Summer Skincare Regimen

What to do for beautiful skin…

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Do you feel it yet? You know… the warm, sizzling summer heat. Now is the time to amp up your skincare regimen! Protect the skin you’re in and take our advice when it comes to summer skin care. Below we offer tips on caring for skin during these hot and humid months.

Wear sunscreen

Although a nice bronze can make you feel tight and toned, all that time roasting in the sun can have terrible, and sometimes deadly, side effects. The sun causes up to 80% of aging, so make sunblock your best friend! When choosing a sunscreen, opt for one that provides coverage against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.

Protect the Face, Décolleté and Hands

Beauty Fact: Your hands are the second place to show signs of aging. (Number one? Your eyes! See #3). Each morning, apply a layer of sunscreen with broad-spectrum UV protection to the back of your hands.

Wear sunglasses

They’re not only fashionable, they’re functional because they are good for your health! Exposing your eyes to the sun could trigger a host of serious health problems, including painful sunburns and cataracts. In addition, sunglasses shield the delicate eye area from direct sunlight and protect against sunburn.  This article offers some great tips for purchasing a pair of shades.

Exfoliate + Moisturize

By exfoliating, you remove dead skin. Why exfoliate? It helps to prevent congestion (outbreaks) and improves hydration from toners and moisturizers. Always remember to follow with a hydrating body cream to lock in moisture.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a gentle approach to resolving hyperpigmentation. Microdermabrasion is used to lessen fine lines and discoloration, and to treat an uneven complexion caused by sun damage, light scarring and stretch marks. After just one microdermabrasion treatment, you’ll see a major improvement in skin tone, skin brightness, clarity and radiance.  If you exceeded your time toasting in the Florida sun, stop by Skincare by Pevonia for a microdermabrasion facial. You’ll thank us later.

Rid Your Life of Cellulite + Tighten and Tone

Cavitation and Radiofrequency are both a perfect way to reduce sagging skin and get the beachbody you’ve been craving. Combined with exercise, both of these treatments offer a non-invasive way to rid cellulite, by literally melting the fat away!

Snack on Citrus

Need a little detox? Lemons support your liver and kidneys, and there’s a clear connection between healthy organs and healthy skin. Vitamin C-rich foods – such as oranges and grapefruits – contain antioxidants, which help eliminate skin-aging free-radicals (caused by UV rays) and may help prevent wrinkles, too!

At Skincare by Pevonia we have everything you need to address all your skincare concerns. For more tips like these, like us on Facebook!

The Beauty Diet – Foods for Healthy Skin

 

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Eating healthy not only contributes to weight loss, it also does wonders for your hair and skin. A diet rich in nutrients will help you stay healthy, ageless, and all-around fabulous. So why not give yourself a beauty boost with enhancing nourishments? Below, we’ve outlined some positive nutrition practices to keep in mind for a healthier complexion.

Water

No, it’s not technically a food, but it’s an important part of your diet. Drinking more water will help to flush more toxins out of your body, reduce bloating, increase your skin’s moisture level (and suppleness), while also increasing your metabolism.

Meat, Poultry, Fish and Eggs

Protein is one of the building blocks of life, promoting cell growth and repair—and it boosts your hair and skin too! Proteins are necessary for tissue repair and for the construction of new tissue. Every cell needs protein to maintain its life. The complete proteins that contain the eight essential amino acids come from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk — all dairy, cheese and soy.

Leafy greens

In addition to fueling your body in a fantastic way, leafy greens boost the health of your skin too. This “true beauty food” contains a variety of B vitamins, needed to promote long, strong, shiny hair and beautiful, glowing skin.

For the greatest nutritional benefits, leafy greens, like broccoli, kale and spinach, should be consumed raw or lightly steamed.

Avocado and other healthy fats

Omega-3 fatty acids nourish skin cells for healthier-looking skin. Eat fatty fish like wild-caught salmon and albacore tuna. Incorporating avocados into your meals will also help skin appear healthier and more plump. So go ahead – order that extra serving of guacamole.

Nuts

You don’t need to eat tons of nuts (walnuts, specifically) to enjoy their many beauty benefits: smoother skin, healthy hair, brighter eyes and strong bones. Get your daily dose of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E by eating a handful by themselves or throwing some in your salad, pasta or dessert.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain carotenoids which fight free radicals. Free radicals speed up the aging process.

Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries contains flavonoids which also fight free radicals.

Vitamin C

Lemon, oranges, and other sources of vitamin C maintains healthy skin by creating and promoting the expansion of collagen, as well as the creation of ligaments and scar tissue. lowing the rate of free radicals, it also appears to slow the aging process by keeping wrinkles, dryness and fine lines at bay.

Spring Skin Care Tips: How to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Younger-Looking

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Spring is here and warmer weather means a change in your skincare routine. Below, we reveal what to do to prevent sun damage, uneven skin, redness, and more.

Exfoliate + moisturize

By exfoliating, you remove dead skin. Why exfoliate? It helps to prevent congestion (outbreaks) and improves hydration from toners and moisturizers. Always remember to follow with a hydrating body cream to lock in moisture.

Wear sunscreen

Although a nice bronze can make you feel tight and toned, all that time roasting in the sun can have terrible, and sometimes deadly, side effects. The sun causes up to 80% of aging, so make sunblock your best friend! When choosing a sunscreen, opt for one that provides coverage against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.

Protect your lips

Lips are susceptible to sunburn since they lack melanin, the pigment that helps shield skin from the sun. Apply a layer of a sun-protective product daily for the best protection against sunburn. And don’t like your lips too much. Licking your lips damages the protective barrier, which can dry out the lips. Instead opt for Pevonia’s new Lip Renew Plump & De-age treatment.  

Sunglasses

They’re not only fashionable, they’re good for your health! Exposing your eyes to the sun could trigger a host of serious health problems, including painful sunburns and cataracts. In addition, sunglasses shield the delicate eye area from direct sunlight and protect against sunburn.  This article offers some great tips for purchasing a pair of shades.

Snack on citrus

Need a little detox? Lemons support your liver and kidneys, and there’s a clear connection between healthy organs and healthy skin. Vitamin C-rich foods – such as oranges and grapefruits – contain antioxidants, which help eliminate skin-aging free-radicals (caused by UV rays) and may help prevent wrinkles, too!

4 Quick & Worth-it Skin Care Resolutions for the New Year

Aim to make the right skin care decisions in 2016. Below we’ve outlined some positive skin care practices to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant all year long.

Moisturize after the shower. Dermatologists say that the best time to apply moisturizer is right after the shower. Try to pat dry your skin as much as possible before applying. Remember not to vigorously rub skin dry as this can irritate it.

Wipe down your phone. That glass phone screen has touched a lot of surfaces, and probably has rarely (or never) been properly rid of the breakout-causing oils and bacteria it collected along the way. Wipe down your phone with disinfecting wipes often.

Eat greens. It’s been scientifically proven that eating plant-based nutrients contribute to healthy and glowing skin. Make greens part of each meal.

Stop Smoking Unless you’ve been living under a rock your entire life and have yet to learn of the negative effects of smoking, then we’ll go ahead and assume you all know how terrible it is for you. If you want healthy, ageless skin, put down the the cigarette.