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Keep Your Skin Hydrated In Dry Weather

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

It’s red flag warning weather here in sunny San Diego which we all know can be dangerous for or city but what about our skin? I have heard so many people complain about the feeling of tight and dry skin, from clients coming into the salon, co-workers, and even my own family and friends. Stop the dry and windy weather from damaging your skin with some quick and easy changes in your skin care routine.

  • Use a hydrating toner or mister through out the day to replenish your skin from any water loss from being out and about. An amazing option is our Yon-ka Lotions with there amazing blend of 5 essential oils, they help rebalance and hydrate the skin with a few quick and easy sprays from the mister. We currently carry for the holidays a limited amount or travel size Yon-ka lotions perfect to keep in your purse or for travel!
  • Also changing your night time moisturizer to a slightly heavier formula to help lock in moisture and prevent any transepidermal water loss (TWEL) from your skin through out  the night. This will help keep your skin hydrated and healthy and not have that dry tight feeling when waking up.
  • Adding a hydrating mask to your skin care routine, this is a quick and easy step to add into your weekly routine. Depending on recommendation from your esthetician and how dry your skin feels you can do this anywhere from once  a week to every few days.
  • Keep up on your regular treatments with your estheticians, consult with your esthetician too if you are having changes in your skin so they can change up your treatment accordingly we have several different facials and treatments to help with your skin including our amazing Hydralessence facial specifically created for hydration.

A The Basic Guide to Retinols

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

One of the most popular trends in the skin care industry right now is retinols. As wonderful as retinol products can be many people either over use them too quickly or are too afraid to use them at all. Here is a quick and simple guide to the basic need to knows before starting to use retinols in your skin care routine.

 

First off Retinol is a chemical compound of vitamin A, that through independent research was proven to visibly reduce the signs of aging and acne.

When it comes to aging, retinol stimulates new skin cell production and strengthen the fibers that help skin stay firm. By improving these aspects of skin, retinols are able reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. As far as Acne, retinol helps slow down oil production and fade scars and pigmentation that can be left behind from acne break outs.

When you first start using retinol products you want to slowly introduce the products to your regular routine. On many occasions we recommend starting off with the product once a week for a month,  then slowly add it in to twice or three times a week for a month, then every other day for a month. If your skin starts to get irritated or over stimulated at any of these phases go back to the previous step and contact your esthetician.

Like always you should consult with your esthetician first before you introduce any active products, like retinol to your skin care regimen.

Here at Bella Gia we have two amazing products that contain .05% pure retinol, intensive age refine and intensive clarity from PCA (physician’s care alliance), as well as retinal boosters that are a great way to enhance your facials.

 

 

Still Getting Break Outs and Don’t Know Why?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Are you following your home care regimen and faithfully following your product routine and still getting break outs? In addition to getting regular facials at our day spa here are a few little tips to help you out!

 

Wash your make-up brushes! 

 

 

In brushes that have not been cleaned it’s an easy place for bacteria to grow and multiply when this happens you are spreading the growing bacteria all over your skin every time you use the brush. In return you will continue to have break outs and blemishes despite your skin care routine.  Depending on how often you apply make up and the manufacturer of your brushes you would clean them either weekly or monthly. (if you apply a full face of make up daily clean your brushes every week, but if you only apply make up every few days you can wait longer to clean them)

There are many types of brush cleaning sprays you can purchase and use or if you are looking for items around the house, shampoo or using a gentle dish soap with a drop of olive oil is a great option as well. After washing them reshape the bristles and allow to sit over night to dry!

 

Skip fabric-softener with pillow cases!

 

 

Try washing your sheets and pillow cases more often first, but if that doesn’t work try skipping the fabric-softener. Fabric-softener basically adds a coding over the fabric which can be irritating your skin while sleeping! Try out this tip especially if you are having break outs specifically on the side of your face you tend to have against the sheets.

Wipe down your phones screen!

 

Especially now that cell phones never leave our sides they collect all types of dirt, debris, oils from our finger tips, and bacteria. Make sure you clean your phone frequently so none of that will spread to your skin.

 

It’s not just about making sure your skin is clean but making sure everything that touches your skin is clean too! Especially if you have break-out prone skin take the extra precautions simple smile Still Getting Break Outs and Dont Know Why?

Tip & Tricks For Before Waxing

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Here are some tips for before your waxing services!

 

1. Hair should at least be a 1/4 of an inch long before waxing.

2. Exfoliate before your appointment to loosen up the dead skin cells and any “trapped” hairs. If you have time it’s always to do it the day of the appointment, if not the day before is good as well.

3. Consider Taking Tylenol or Advil 45 mins before your appointment. Especially if it’s in a particularly sensitive area or you know that you have a lower pain tolerance. Be careful not to take medications like Motrin before your appointment, because those are blood thinners.

4. Stop Using products like Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, or Highly concentrated AHA’s a week before your appoint. (If on Accutane or similar products stay clear of waxing for at least a year)

5. Try not to shave between waxes! If there are some stray hairs that bother you then tweeze the area before using a razor.

6. Do not apply any moisturizers, oils, or lotions after showering and immediately heading to your appointment. The oils in the product will prevent the wax from adhering to the hairs.

7. For Female Clients: During the menstral cycle the feeling of pain is more intense so make sure to time your appointments around your cycle.

 

Bonus Tips:

Avoid the sun for 48 hours after waxing, the skin of that area will be extra sensitive and more likely to sun burn.

To prevent ingrown hairs exfoliate regularly between waxing appointments to prevent any dead skin build up to block in the hairs when growing out.

 

Changing Your Skin Care with The Seasons

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

 

 

 

Just as the weather and leafs change while we transition into the fall months, so should our skin care routine. The weather has a huge influences on the way our skin reacts. In the hot summer months most will be on the more oily side needing gel based cleansers and lighter moisturizers and serums to keep them balanced. However as we head into fall weather can be more dry and cool, influencing the skin in the opposite direction than summer. Also recovering the skin from any damage from the summer’s extreme conditions like over sun exposure.

 

1. Don’t Forget About Sunscreen

Many people put sunscreen on the back burner during the Autumn and Winter months.or Without the heat of the sun being a constant remainder to re-apply and also spending more time in doors it can slip our minds. The Sun is the number one reason for aging in the skin. Specifically the UVA rays which penetrate past glass and cloudy gloomy days. So always remember to stay protected!

 

2. More “Emollient” Moisturizers 

The cooler weather and lack of moisture in the air can be very drying on skin. Definitely for dry and combination skin it’s time to purchase a heavier moisturizer and not be afraid of products that are not completely “oil-free”. If you tend to be on the oily side or acne prone you may need to change up your moisturizer as well depending on the level of oil produced by your skin this is something that should be consulted with your esthetician before changing.

*Now is also good time to invest in a good hand cream and body cream

3. Recover From Any Sun Damage

After all the Summer out door activities there’s a chance you may have some minor sun damage that can now be fixed with the help of your esthetician. By adding pigment suppressing and antioxidant rich serums into your routine along with exfoliation will make a major difference in sun damaged skin especially when combined with professional treatments.

 

Even in California where the weather is known for being sunny it’s always a good idea to transition your skin to even the most subtle climate changes.

Like always when concerned about your skin consult with a licensed esthetician.

 

The Importance in Daily Facial Cleansing

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The one sentence that will make any esthetician cringe is “Well, I don’t really wash my face

Nothing will give us a little baby heart attack quicker than those few simple words and here’s why. Cleansing your skin is the foundation for the over all health of your skin. Not washing it allows the dirt, debris, and over all pollution of the day to sink into your pores making them appear larger, weigh down the skin making fine lines and wrinkles more apparent, allows dead skin to build up and become compact blocking in sebum causing breakouts and inflammation, in return inflammation causes pigmentation. When washing your skin you are sweeping away all the dirt, debris, and pollution loosening up the dead skin cells to be exfoliated away and in return giving your skin a nice textural and visual appearance.

 

 

Adding a cleanser to your daily routine takes only a few minutes but makes a huge difference! Here’s a general rule for choosing the correct cleanser for you, when your skin is on the dry side look at milky and creamy cleansers, they will clean the skin without stripping it of the natural oils. For skin on the more oily side look at gel cleansers, the gel base will pick up extra oils the skin produces through out the day. Here at Bella Gia Salon and Day  Spa we carry two amazing different product lines Yon-ka Paris and PCA (physicians care alliance) both have amazing options for cleansers for all skin types. Like all home regimen products it’s always a good idea to consult with your esthetician before purchasing an item.

Relieve your stress!

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Hello Bella Gia Friends! I am out in Indiana visiting my family and I am reminded of the benefits of stress relief!  My poor mother doesnt take great care of herself and her body suffers for it. Plus she is a natural worrier. When she is in San Diego, it is easier to get her to relax with a nice massage and hair color treatment – basically a little time to herself to unwind and forgot about all the stresses of everyday life. Away from my home it is a little more difficult, but nothing a little planning can’t solve :).  We put in a big hot tub with some Epsom salts and lavender oil, then one of the grand-kids does a nice shoulder and foot massage – she loves it!

If you don’t have the time for that, then we recommend the Mother and Daughter package – you and mom (or your sister or best friend) come in for lovely one hour side by side massages with hand and foot massage followed by a spa lunch with complimentary champagne and fabulous facials.  You enjoy some quality time together and leave fully rejuvinated!!  Check out all our day spa packages at www.mysalonbellagio.com.  Every package can be adjusted to make the services side by side, book yours today!

Professional Facial versus Home Regimine

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Something that is a common mind set for people is viewing coming in for professional treatments and using products at home as an “either/or” situation rather than viewing them as a team! When striving for healthy skin you need to come in for regular professional treatments and keep up your skin in between.

Regular treatments is one of the most beneficial choices you can make for your skin. By having regular treatments it re-stimulates the skin to react the way it once did in your youth and turnover every 28 days, which is why most estheticians will recommend coming in every 4-6 weeks or once a month. Your skin slows down every day as time goes on and taking it’s biggest drop after the age of 25 its a sad truth everyone must face. However when coming in for professional treatments you can trigger your skin to act younger than it is and not slow down but maintain a healthy rhythm.

Just like treatments can be customized so can a home regime not just the products that are used but how many needed to be used. If you are a simple person or super busy and have trouble finding time in the day, let your esthetician know they can create a simple to follow and quick home plan for you. If you are the type of person who wants to get results fast and are willing to take all the steps necessary to get there let them know that too! For every different personality and lifestyle there is we have a solution to help you have the healthy skin you want and deserve!

One example that has always stuck with me was one that was used while I was in school. Think of it as going to the dentist, you go in for regular cleanings but you still need to brush and floss at home. When coming in for a facial, peel, microdermabrasion, or any other skin treatment you are visiting a knowledgeable, licensed, and certified professional to check the health of your skin  and to use they’re expertise and techniques to rejuvenate overall appearance as well as reverse any conditions your skin may have. Between services your home regimen is there to help preserve the work of the esthetician did in the treatment room and protect it from further damage.  Ultimately you get more bang for your buck by accelerating and enhancing the results in from your treatments when using a home regimen plan.

 

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What is a Facial?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Through the constant interaction with clients there’s many frequently asked questions one of the most common ones with skin care is “What is a facial exactly?”

I decided to put myself in the clients shoes and google search the question. After looking at the  very first answer, which is usually as far as all of  us get on google search I found that all they had was a simple definition, a facial is: 1. of or affecting the face. and 2. a beauty treatment for the face. I then realized if you are not someone who works in the industry, or an avid salon/spa goer it’s the exactly in the question that they’re looking for.

A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin! In most “classic” facials the treatment consists of deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, nourishing and replenishing of the skin. The purpose of a facial is to promote even and clear complexion  and texture as well as hydration and promoting the skins cellular turn over. Since skin is the largest organ in the human body and second most complicated, serving as the first barrier for ourselves to the outside world, an estheticians number one goal is to preserve and protect the skin

There are several different variations of facials that can be customized based on your skin type and skin conditions. One of the best things to do when you are having trouble choosing which type of facial would work for you is to have a consultation with the esthetician whose going to do your service. With their knowledge in skin care and certifications in the lines they use they will be able to help guide you in the right direction of the steps you should take towards radiant, beautiful, healthy skin!

Check out the many different types of facials we have to offer in the menu tab above!

We won San Diego’s A List

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Hello Bella Gia Friends!

We are so excited to report that we won San Diego’s Best of A List – Best Day Spa, Best Hair Salon and took 3rd place in Best Massage!  This was our 2nd year in a row to WIN BEST DAY SPA (2013 and 2014). In 2013, we placed 3rd for both Hair Salon and Massage and in 2014 we WON BEST HAIR SALON. These are very high honors and we are truly appreciative!!

Our salon and day spa were recently renovated and we think that helped drive our winning results! Our hair salon is bright and beautiful with all the latest equipment. Our hairstylists are highly trained professionals who specialize in hair cutting and color, highlights, specialty color like balayage and ombre, corrective color and brazilian blowouts. Our salon often hosts training sessions for new techniques and products. The Day Spa is serene and tranquil. Clients visibly relax as they pass thru the door from the hair salon to the day spa. We use panels to create privacy for our guests. Our estheticians and massage therapists provide top of the line treatments like anti aging facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, body wraps and massages. We choose our service providers not only based on their training and touch but on their knowledge and ability to work well with others. We have created a TEAM at Bella Gia and everyone is committed to excellence in both service and customer experience.

We sincerely thank everyone who voted for us and promise to continue to work hard to be San Diego’s BEST DAY SPA and HAIR SALON! Come visit us!

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