On December 14th I celebrated AirestDion Skin Therapy's 1 year anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, I had the opportunity to talk all things skin with MelanGlow.com
If you have ever wanted to know more about the inspiration behind my practice, you’ll definitely want to read this interview. I talked about my experience with acne-prone skin, how I created my own skin care collection and even shared my response to those who may be skeptical about the healing power of natural remedies. Sending a BIG thank you to @melanglow for inviting me to share my story.
Read the full interview here and let me know what you think below.
On July 15, 2017 I turned 31! Since I had never planned anything special for birthday in previous years, I decided now was a good time start a new tradition of self-care.
I decided to curate my own spa retreat, and for 4 days I treated myself to a different spa therapy each day while simultaneously doing a juice fast. I visited some of my favorite spa professionals in the Charlotte area as well as tried some new places.
The power of rest, fruits and veggies is REAL. I felt absolutely AMAZING after these 4 days of self-care. Watch my video to see how my spa retreat unfolded.
Hyperpigmentation or "dark spots" is one of the most common skin concerns amongst women of color. For most women, achieving a clear, even complexion seems like the most difficult task in the world, but it doesn't have to be.
As someone with skin that is hyperpigmentation prone, I have come to know a thing or two about fading and preventing dark spots, and I must admit, there is a trick to it! The good news is it's only a "trick" because it is so easy and simple.
The one thing you can begin to do right now to help clear your skin of hyperpigmentation is....Stop picking your face! That's it. Stop picking and popping your blemishes.
When our skin experiences trauma, melanocytes, which contain dark pigments, rush to the trauma area to assist in the healing process. The skin registers "pimple popping" or "picking" as a trauma and thus the natural healing process begins. Because women of color have a much darker pigment contained in their melanocytes, this excess pigment results in spots that are much darker than their complexion.
Now don't get me wrong, I know that professional exfoliation and spot treating are essential to the scar fading process, but we also have to acknowledge a very important truth. We have to admit that the main reason our skin is riddled with hyperpigmentation in the first place is because we choose to cause damage to our skin in the form of popping and picking blemishes. So if you really want a clear complexion the first step is to resist the very strong urge to pop those pimples!
Plus, the truth is, pimple popping actually causes acne to spread. As I write this, the popular game that you often see at State Fairs comes to mind. You know the one where a little monster pops up out of a hole, you hit it on its head and it goes back down, only to pop up somewhere else? That's very similar to the nature in which acne pustules (pimples) spread, except with every strike of your metaphorical mallet, you're leaving behind dark spots.
Hardened comedones (whiteheads and blackheads) are the only skin lesions that can be safely extracted without the risk of hyperpigmentation. This is mainly because the skin is less sensitive and inflamed surrounding these types of lesions versus active pustules.
So what can you do when you get a breakout? Instead of popping pustules, I recommend my clients target active breakouts with clay treatments.
As part of my natural skin care collection, which will be released later this month, I offer the AirestDion Healing Clay for this exact purpose. My Healing Clay is 100% pure, sun-dried calcium bentonite clay sourced from Death Valley, California.
Because of its powerful detoxifying properties, calcium bentonite clay was considered a sacred healing clay by many indegionous Native American cultures. When applied directly to blemishes as a night treatment, this healing clay dries up active breakouts while working to retexturize bumpy, inflamed skin in as little as 3-4 days. Sure, there may be slight discoloration from the initial inflammation, but these marks will lighten much easier with regular exfoliation compared to hyperpigmantation caused by picking the skin.
Having a clear, even complexion is much easier than you may have originally thought. The first step is to stop causing trauma to skin by picking and popping blemishes. Instead use a nightly clay treatment to assist in the natural healing process. Next, regular exfoliation and professional treatments will help the skin shed the damaged outer tissue, revealing the healthy, clear skin just beneath it's surface.
Professional cleansings, proper home care and proper diet will also keep dermal passages clean and clear resulting in less future acne breakouts.
Are you experiencing acne and hyperpigmentation? Are you ready for a more clear, even complexion but don't know where to start? Reserve your 60 minute AirestDion Signature Treatment today and receive your skin consultation and analysis for FREE! Let's begin our healing journey together! Click here to reserve.
Herbal steams have been used throughout history to purify the skin and renew the spirit. Ancient Greeks and Romans built expansive bath houses dedicated to the practice of self-care, in which facial steaming and steam baths were a popular practice.
Aromatic herbs were either picked fresh or dried and added to steaming water. Adding the plants to the hot water releases their nutrient-rich aromatic oils, which are then absorbed by the skin.
Aside from nourishing and toning the skin, here are my top three reasons why I include herbal steaming in my signature facial treatments.
1. They are cleansing. Warm steam induces perspiration which allows impurities, bacteria and dirt to be purged from the pores. Herbal steaming also softens the upper layers of the epidermis freeing blackhead and whitehead plugs so they can be gently released from the skin.
2. They are hydrating. Steam is great for increasing the permeability, elasticity and suppleness of the skin. The moist heat revives tired skin and plumps skin from the inside out by restoring essential water levels.
3. They will give you a glow. Good circulation is key to a healthy complexion. Increasing your perspiration helps your skin's blood vessels to dilate, improving blood flow. The blood feeds and oxygenates the skin. The boost in circulation and blast of hydration to the surface of your skin will leave you with a beautiful, healthy glow.
Haven't experienced facial steaming before? Would you like to give it a try? Schedule your first treatment with me today and see the difference gentle, herbal steaming makes in your skin's health.