Let’s face it – with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it can be easy to forget to give yourself a break. Just like a machine needs all of its parts to work, we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves fully from the outside in. With the sunny city of Orlando at our disposal, it’s easy to do just that. Here are some ways to give yourself “me-time.”

Salons

Nothing beats the feel of a great haircut, but it can be hard to find a stylist or salon that understands your hair. Educe Salon in the Mills District of Orlando knows that not two heads of hair are the same. From personalized consultations to the hottest hair trends, this salon offers plenty of options to take your hair to the next level. Their salon also stocks the highest quality of hair care products, such as Bumble & Bumble and Kerastase.

Looking for a bigger change? Jacq & Jack in Lake Nona not only offers hair services, but they also have a barbershop, nail salon, and a coffee shop. Services also include body waxing and eyelash extensions. Why settle for one type of service when you can get multiple all in the same afternoon? And while you’re pampering yourself in their shop, get some puppy therapy as well – the coffee shop portion of the salon is pet friendly.

Exercise Studios and Gyms

It’s been scientifically proven that exercise boosts your mood and Barre3 in Winter Park knows how to get your heart pumping. Combining cardio with the gracefulness of ballet, these full-body workouts not only build your muscles, they help build your inner peace. The studio specializes in finding your balance through your workouts and in life, and aims to create a positive experience that lasts past your session.

CKO Kickboxing in the Thornton Park area of downtown offers a workout for those who are looking for more of a challenge. These high-energy workouts burn calories fast by mixing short-interval cardio with heavyweight punching bags for maximum impact. Don’t worry – you don’t need to be kickboxing pro to join as they offer classes for all experience levels.

Cafes and Bistros

 

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It’s simple, if you want to feel good, you’ll need to eat good and, in Orlando, it’s as easy as it sounds. With plenty of rain and sunshine here, it’s not hard to find restaurants that serve fresh and local-sourced food on a daily basis. Clean Juice, with locations all over the city, offers visitors healthy and organic options, from acai bowls to smoothies to cold-pressed juices. Every menu item is certified USDA Organic and certain ingredients are rotated seasonally.

If you want to give yourself extra me-time instead of being on the go, find solace in Proper & Wild, a new vegan bistro located in historic downtown Winter Park. Locally owned and chef-driven, the menu is 100% vegan – no meat or animal byproducts found here. Instead, creative dishes featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables play center stage. The café also offers a happy hour and brunch menu, so you can enjoy a healthy meal no matter the time of day.

Facials and Skin Rejuvenation

If you feel great on the inside, wouldn’t you want the outside to reflect it? Rebuilding Life Esthetics in Lake Mary provides a variety of services, including facials, peels, micro needling, and LED treatments. Have stubborn skin or simply want to refresh before a big event? The spa’s very own licensed aestheticians are trained to give personalized treatments for every patient and can guide you step by step on how to achieve your perfect glow.

With crazy schedules and being pulled in all directions, it’s important to take a step back every once in a while, and treat yourself to something special. Orlando is a perfect location to take a moment for yourself – from salons to spas and everything in between, you won’t have any trouble finding your moment of Zen.

Why Skin Type Matters

Knowing your skin type can help you make the best decisions for your skin. You may be familiar with the three most common skin types (oily, dry and combination), but aren’t sure which is most like your own. Luckily, there are easy tests you can do to determine your skin type in the comfort of your own home.

Determining Your Skin Type

Bare Face Method

The bare face method is one of the easiest ways to determine your skin type. Wash your face before bed with a light cleanser. Don’t apply extra products like toners or moisturizers, then pat your skin dry. Be careful not to rub your face when drying, as this could leave fine scratches that cause your skin to overcompensate with oil and may not give you the most accurate results. After about an hour, see how your skin reacts.

Oily Skin: You have noticeably shiny, oily spots covering most of your face. Your skin may also feel slick and leave residue on your fingers.

Dry Skin: Your skin is rough to the touch and feels tight. You may also have dead skin flakes that you can see after washing your face.

Combination Skin: Some areas are dry and scaly, while others are extremely oily.

Blotting Paper Method

Blotting papers are often used by people with oily skin throughout the day to absorb unwanted moisture and shine. They can also be used to figure out your skin type. Perform this test at the end of the day and see how much oil is left on the sheet. You can hold the blotting paper to the light to help see what was left behind.

Oily Skin: This test has you going through blotting papers left and right. They’re saturated and heavy.

Dry Skin: The paper doesn’t glide over the skin, and there is little to no residue left on the blotting paper. 

Combination Skin: The blotting papers used on your T-zone picked up a lot of oil, while other areas barely have any at all. In fact, these areas are dry and flaky.

More About Oily Skin

Oily skin is caused by the sebaceous glands producing an excessive amount of oil. Too much oil can lead to breakouts, which is why oily skin and pimples usually go hand in hand. Overdoing your skin routine could cause excess oil as well. Washing your face too often strips your skin of its natural moisture, making the sebaceous glands go into emergency mode and produce extra, unwanted oils.

Quick Tips:

  • Wash your face in the morning and before bed
  • Use deep cleaning products and scrubs
  • Reduce oil in your diet
  • Introduce a weekly face mask to your skin care regimen

More About Dry Skin

Genetics, climate, hormones and lifestyle can all contribute to dry skin. When your skin is unable to retain appropriate moisture levels there are visible fine lines and cracks, itching, peeling, and general skin irritation.

Quick Tips:

  • Drink more water and eat foods with a high water content
  • Use soothing, unscented products
  • Moisturize immediately after cleansing
  • Try ointment or cream rather than an average lotion or moisturizer

More About Combination Skin

If your T-zone and forehead are often oily and moist, but your cheeks and lips tend to be dry, then it’s very likely you have the combination skin type. Managing skin that’s both oily and dry can take trial and error, but is totally doable.

Quick Tips:

Skin care isn’t one size fits all and understanding what works best for you can take time. If you notice your skin is red, blotchy and stings or burns after applying products, you may have sensitive skin. If issues with your skin persist, consult a dermatologist or esthetician about chemical peels, medication or natural remedies that could improve your skin.

Your skincare routine should adjust accordingly to each season, just as your wardrobe does. As the temperatures drop, your skin goes into a drying spiral and suddenly your glowing summer skin is flaking and begging for moisture to survive the bitter cold months.

Cold air and harsh winds can take a toll on your bare skin and its texture. But it takes more than just your average daily moisturizer to keep the skin radiating through the chilly temperatures. Consider these tips to healthy, hydrated skin this winter season.

Gentle Exfoliator Wins the Race

Be mindful of the sensitivity your skin gains in the winter. The lack of moisture makes your skin more prone to redness, irritation and inflammation. An exfoliator can be used scarcely in the summer, but once winter rolls around it’s not a bad idea to exfoliate at least once a week to keep the skin soft, hydrated and flake-free.

Choose a mild, neutral pH daily exfoliator that will help wipe off the dead skin cells on the surface, without the use of strong acids. Steer clear of exfoliators with microbeads, as those can have a reverse effect and cause more irritation to the skin by creating microscopic tears and increase inflammation.

Hydrating to the Mask 

Pamper yourself as you sit back, relax, and let the mask do the work. Hydrating masks are one of the latest moisturizing trends that boasts serious restorative properties, leaving your skin glowing and ready to embrace frigid temperatures. Hydrating masks work as a barrier on your skin as it rests and allows the skin to trap water and absorb the moisture instead of evaporating into thin air.

Make it a mini spa treatment with these masks and enjoy the added benefits like refined pores, diminished fine lines and reduction in itchy and irritated skin. Purchase from the many options available in stores or make your own.

The Richer the Moisturizer, the Better

The use of moisturizer is beneficial year-round, but the type of moisturizer you choose will ultimately decide how effective it will be on your skin. Set aside your lightweight summer moisturizer and invest in a deeper hydrating face cream to maintain that glow you worked hard to earn this summer. A rich cream will provide you with lasting moisture while reaching deeper layers and restoring dry patches.

Moisturizer should be incorporated into your daily routine twice a day, but if the weight is overbearing for daytime use, then apply once before bed for overnight hydration.

Take Care of Your Skin, and It Will Take Care of You

The skin is the most exposed organ on our body, and it’s our job to keep it healthy, so it can fulfill its duty to shield us from harmful environments. Practice a proper skincare routine and your skin will reflect it in the long run. The maintenance you put into your skin will reward you with the confidence it brings with it. After all, when you look good, you feel good.

A Brief Intro to Low Level Light Therapy

Can colorful lighting have a real impact on your skin? It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but the future really is here. Low level light therapy (LLLT) or LED therapy is a popular procedure that might sound a little too good to be true—but you can feel and see its benefits right away.

You’ve seen the hype but might still be a bit lost on what LLLT is (and what all of those Ls even mean). Here’s an introduction into this growing procedure, its rich history and what it can do for you.

The History Behind LLLT

Low level light therapy is the name you’ll hear thrown around the beauty and esthetics industry, but if you want to get technical, you can also call LLLT photobiomodulation. But who has time for that?

In 1967, just seven years after the invention of the ruby laser, Hungarian scientist, Endre Mester, started playing around with the effects of light on skin and hair. Mester found that when he shined certain laser light on the backs of shaven mice, their hair would grow back quicker than their unshaven friends. That made Mester think—what would happen if this light was applied to humans?

Mester’s human trials showed immense promise for LLLT as a healing tool. Patients with non-healing skin ulcers finally saw skin regrowth. From there, LLLT has seen a lot of development with research and improvement from NASA. Fast forward to today, where LLLT is used on a lot more humans than shaved mice. It’s also been FDA approved for more than a decade, and it’s only getting more popular from here.

What LLLT Is

Today’s LLL therapy consists of applying red, blue, yellow or green light energy to the skin. It’s a painless, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that can be done in just 30 minutes.

If you have skin problem areas, chances are, you’re a candidate for LLLT. It can treat fine lines and wrinkles (red light), acne (blue light), rosacea, skin redness, flushing (yellow light), hyperpigmentation (green light) and various joint, muscle and pain conditions.

 

Where to Get LLLT

Since LED therapy can be used to treat such a wide range of conditions, many professionals practice using this valuable tool in their treatments. For those looking to target their fine lines, acne, and more (or those just looking to pamper their skin), seek out an esthetician who will know your skin needs.

Schedule your LLLT session with us today to shine a light on what light therapy can do for your skin.

A Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Treatment

Anything with “needle” in the name can sound a little scary, but trust us, microneedling is anything but. Microneedling, scientifically known as collagen induction therapy, is one of the hottest treatments in today’s skincare and anti-aging market.

So what’s all the hype about? What’s this treatment that seems to be taking the beauty world by storm? Let’s get to the point on microneedling and everything it can do for your skin. (And trust us, it can do wonders.)

The Treatment

It’s all in the name: yes, there are needles involved, but they’re pretty tiny. Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment where a licensed esthetician runs small—seriously small, ranging from 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters—needles over the skin to produce hundreds of tiny openings.

The treatment is painless, and as a minimally invasive esthetic procedure, it doesn’t require the downtime of more invasive treatments or the temporary visual impact of peels.

The Hype

Chances are, if you’re an avid beauty fan or even just an avid social media user, you’ve heard of microneedling before. Beauty magazines and bloggers are raving about microneedling—and for good reason.

The simple procedure stimulates collagen and elastin in the skin, both of which are huge factors in retaining a healthy, youthful look. Our bodies produce less and less collagen, a protein in the dermis section of the skin, as we age. As our collagen production declines, our skin begins to wrinkle and sag over time. It works hand in hand with elastin, the protein responsible for skin elasticity, to help our faces looking their best through the years.

Together, collagen and elastin make up about a quarter of your body’s total protein count. Microneedling encourages your skin to increase its production of these crucial proteins that you may be missing as you’ve aged. As a result, microneedling reduces the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

The Point

Microneedling pretty much sells itself. A minimally invasive, relatively painless procedure with no downtime? It’s no wonder everyone on your newsfeed is raving about it. Schedule your appointment and experience all the hype for yourself.

Hormones and Your Skin: What You Need to Know

The main job of most hormones is to signal to cells to perform certain actions and reactions, from digestion, sleep and physical attraction to autoimmune defense, human development and more. Although there are different kinds of hormones, certain fluctuations between multiple hormones can cause your skin to go haywire.

Gaining a better understanding of some of the most frequently asked questions about skin care and how hormones affect your skin and body can put you at an advantage when it comes time to schedule your skin care consultation.

Understanding Male Hormones

Boys tend to reach puberty anywhere between 10 and 17 years of age, which also means they start to experience massive internal and external changes for nearly a decade. Testosterone production increases exponentially, which can also cause an increase in certain oils (sebum) that can cause acne and other skin-related irritations.

As men age, a combination of poor hygiene, physical inactivity, and a steady decrease in testosterone production can all lead to poor skin. Although the levels of testosterone decline varies from person to person, there’s still a chance you can suffer from complications including:

  • Lack of sexual desire and function
  • Changes in body composition
  • Mood swings
  • Increased food cravings
  • Decreased quality of sleep

Instances like these are when hormone replacement therapy become the best plan of action to help taper off testosterone levels, therefore reducing overall symptoms.

Skin Care Questions to Consider

Before setting foot in a specialist’s office, there are a few topics and questions that you’ll want to get familiar with regarding proper skin care and hormone treatments:

  • What are some symptoms a man may experience with a hormone imbalance?
  • Why doesn’t my primary care doctor treat me for hormone deficiencies?
  • How does testosterone (and estrogen) affect my body?
  • Are there any kinds of foods that could affect my hormones?
  • What are other ways in which my hormones can become imbalanced?
  • Are my hormone issues genetic? Did I inherit them and can I pass them down to my children?
  • Could any of my current skin products be interfering with my hormone balances? If so, are there any hormone-safe options?
  • Is hormone therapy safe?

The more research you do before seeking professional assistance, the clearer your path will be toward getting the exact help you need for your skin and the hormones that can affect it.

Still Have Questions About Your Skin?

Maintaining optimal hormone levels can be a balancing act, so having licensed professionals from Orlando Esthetics on your side can help you gain the skin complexion you want. Learn more about our hormone treatment and replacement options and how Rebuilding Life can help, by visiting our contact page or call 407-878-7889 to schedule an appointment.