Gentri Lee: Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 4

2.17.2012

Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 4

Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you all have a great weekend lined up. This week FLEW by! I seriously don't know where it went. I've been so busy. I feel like I have so much to do that I just haven't done anything! Even though I really have... does that make ANY sense? haha!

This week at school we did a BUNCH of stuff. I learned how to do Microdermabrasions, Fantasy Makeup (more on that later, oh you're going to love it!!), chemical peels, body wraps, and more! My brain is on overload from all I've learned. I have to test out of freshman on Wednesday and don't feel ready! I do, but I've just taken in so much info lately that I need this weekend to sort it all out.

My mom requested that I post about Microderms, which I think is good. They're very popular and people don't really understand them. They just hear about them and assume that it's what they need. So hopefully this will give you a little more info and you can see if it's really for you or not. :)

Microdermabrasion is an abrasive exfoliant. It's not a miracle worker. It helps REDUCE the appearance of early aging fine lines, small, non-keloid (raised) scars. And can help with hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and freckles when used with other products. So don't go in thinking you're going to get rid of all your wrinkles, cause it won't. I'm sorry. :/

Microdermabrasion system is a sandblaster. It uses micro crystals delivered under pressure to exfoliate your skin. It removes the top few layers of dead skin cells making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It felt like I had "face planted on the beach" as my classmate put it. haha! It doesn't hurt (it can if it's turned up too high) and my skin does feel really nice! There are some contraindications for microderm, so be sure to talk to your doctor/ esthetician before choosing this treatment.

Remember that exfoliation helps reduce the appearance of pores (since oil expands the pores and makes them more noticable, exfoliation cleans them out.) but you can not actually shrink your pores! Your born with them and they are what they are.

Since we had to give and receive the treatment in a limited amount of time, we had to let our masks sit while giving the treatment to someone else. Hence why my face is white in both pictures. haha!

Ok. Moving on.

Here are a few interesting facts that I learned this week...

Did you know you can get ring worm from tanning beds?? Skin Cancer, Ring Worm, smelly tanning lotion VS. Pretty, Healthy, nice smelling Skin? Which will you choose??

Did you know you can get skin cancer on your lips?? Yup. WEAR SUNSCREEN!

Did you know you're not supposed to use cortizone cream over long periods of time? It's hormones and can be harmful. I still haven't learned a lot about this, so that's all I can share.

If you're looking for a relaxing day at the spa and not really looking to treat anything, a hot stone facial would be a great choice for you!

Dark Circles are usually caused by dehydration or they're hereditary. So if no one else in your family has them, try drinking more water. Actually- try eating more water. I know that sounds weird. But drinking water really just goes through you. When you eat your water (watermelon, celery, etc) you'll stay more hydrated.

When you are going to get something waxed- don't shower, swim, or sweat beforehand. Wet skin is softer than dry skin and it can tear!

and last but not least,

Over exfoliation and over massage can cause breakouts. You shouldn't be exfoliating daily. Twice a week is good if you're using a non-abrasive exfoliant. Once a week for more abrasive. If you're doing serious chemical peels, twice per month. haha!

Well, did you learn anything new??

(once again, I am new to esthetics. I may not have gotten everything right. If I have something wrong, please kindly tell me in the comments.)

18 comments:

Lauren said...

Love these posts! Always interesting :)
Thanks lady!!

Teaka said...

Cool! I love these post!
I've never heard of the "eating water" like watermelons and stuff before. I guess that makes sense though. I should give it a try now!
:D

Alyx said...

These posts are pretty much the best things ever.
I always learn so much!

GingerPeachT said...

Wow I love learning this stuff thru you!
So is microdermabrasion good for acne? Or is a chemical peel better for acne?
I do have some dark circles, and I never drink enough water or eat enough of it lol will deff try too now.
My dermatologist told me to not use scrubs on my face, it will irritate it more, but that could just be my case.
Did you see rolled up pretty last post on the microdermabrasion stick thingy? Lol I wonder if that would be worth buying...
Have a good weekend!!

Lena said...

I love watermelon. Thanks for the fabulous excuse for eating ridiculous amounts of it:))

Nicole Hedden said...

love these posts.

I always love learning about new things, especially better ways to take care of my skin...

Thanks for sharing!

Nicole @ Me, Myself, and Everyone Else

Janette said...

I'm soooo clueless about this sort of thing Gentri.. I used to wash my face with antibacterial hand soap.. Yeah.. like.. DIAL! What the!?? I guess when I was younger I took my skin for granted and I shouldn't have.. Boo!

Thanks for sharing!

Janette, the Jongleur

Bree said...

I think these are my favorite posts of the week! In ready to quit my job and come join you! ;)

Rad Rag Designs said...

Thank you for sharing!! I love it when you do these posts. :)

The Vox said...

Wow! I've actually never heard Microdermabrasions until now, but I do know some about exfoliating. Smooth skin, yay!

memory said...

this stuff is WAY interesting. i have never thought about "eating" more water.

SoUtHeRnPiNkY.bLoGsPoT.cOm

Alexis Kaye said...

Hey Gentri! I love these! I definitely learned a lot! I just want to add to the water! Hydration is all about a balance of water and electrolytes. The reason if you drink straight water it'll just go straight through you, is because you don't have the electrolytes to get the water in your cells. But if you're eating a fairly normal healthy diet and have even marginal amounts of salts and potassium, a good amount of the water that you drink should get getting into your cells! Unless it's been a really long time since you've eaten. I know that's a little more on the nutritional side but it's related so I thought you might be interested! There's a lot about nutrition that's related to your skin and hair! I wonder if you guys will learn about lycopene and vitamin a and e and all that! it's so interesting!

stephanie said...

these are becoming my favorite posts you do! love it!

richelle jean said...

haha i love how you write! and that photo of you is so cute and funny

Melu103 said...

oh my !
i love you and your tips
always makes my day ..
and i share it with my sis all
the time lol :)


thanks for the waxing tip
i didnt know ... i just knew
that i had to avoid hot water
on the waxed area but i didn't
know that if your skin was soft
could tear ..



you rock love!



xoxo
Melina
www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

ah girl, every week seems to be flying by lately...i know that feeling well but holy schmolls - seems like you got a lot of goodness into a 5 day time slot!!! mmmm, i adore micros and this reminds me it's def in need of soon. my face feels like it hasn't self exfoliated in an eon : ( yipes!!

i like the way your classmate described the feeling, i always likened it to being licked by a cats tongue baha. chemabrasions are my fave though, people do have the wrong idea about these treatments, thanks to SATC and other shows that make it look as though you'll end up red as a lobster for months. good for you on educating more about its benefits!!!

loved the pics too! you're such a cutie. xo ♥

Megan said...

i love this series! it's really really helpful. and seriously, only YOU would still be cute with a mask on your face!

Sarah@AlpinePoppy said...

Love these tips! Thanks for the info!