The weather is slowly changing, in Cincinnati it seems its still Winter time, but we are officially in Spring. Now is the best time to start transitioning your skincare. I’ve asked Lexi, Aesthetic manager & esthetician at HerMD for her best advice on transitioning your skincare.
5 Tips to Transitioning Skincare:
- A good skincare regimen is a little bit of a lifestyle change. Cleaning your skin twice a day is a great place to start. When you brush your teeth, you should cleanse your skin.
- Lighten up your skincare routine. With the warmer months, let your skin breathe. The heavy moisturizers, deep hydrating masks may not be what your skin needs in the summertime. If you aren't wearing a coat neither should your skin.
-Using a moisturizer that can be used AM and PM is a simple but effective way to lighten your skincare routine and allow the skin to shine
-Protecting your skin is the #1 anti-aging treatment on the market. This means using a quality SPF and Vitamin C every day is non-negotiable. Vitamin C helps protect your skin against sun damage. This can help prevent hyperpigmentation in ALL skin types. SPF 30+ should be applied directly after your skincare products and before your makeup. Re-Applying with a powder sunscreen is an easy way to stay on top of it throughout the day.
-Why is sunscreen important, especially for darker skin types?
Darker skin types can hyperpigmented (dark spots) or hypopigmented (white spots) very easily due to the melanocytes being so prominent in the skin. Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to prevent uneven skin tone and wrinkles.
For more information about HerMD or to schedule a consultation visit, https://hermdhealth.com/
4 years ago today, I bet on me
It’s my Boss-aversary! I stepped out on faith and left my corporate job. I decided to bet on me, despite it all it’s been one of the best decisions I could ever make.
Being a full time entrepreneur has not been easy, its been hard - really hard but the rewards have been abundant. My name has entered rooms I never imagined, I’ve met so many people that have helped me along the way, I’ve been supported and uplifted by amazing people including many of you reading this now. God has blessed me in many ways. I’m just a girl who decided to love herself and share her sparkle.
Thank you for letting me⭐️
I tried Cool-sculpting and here’s what happened...
Let’s rewind. So, what exactly is Cool-sculpting? Cool sculpting is an FDA approved fat freezing body procedure kills up to 25% unwanted fat cells. I wanted to tackle this stubborn chin fat that just won’t go away. I had to hit up my favorite places HerMD to see if this was a good option for me.
The procedure was not painful at all, you feel a slight tingling sensation then cold. Results can be seen in a couple weeks or more, so stay tuned. I chose to try this procedure because its less invasive, only takes 45 mins for each treated area and I was told I was a great candidate for it.
HerMD has reached the Preferred Crystal Status for CoolSculpting providers. This means you can trust us to treat you with the utmost education, training, experience, and care. Not all practices offering CoolSculpt has reached this status, so as ethical medically trained physicians, nurses and staff, we warn you to choose your provider for this life-changing procedure carefully.
No Surgery. No Downtime. This FDA approved fat freezing body procedure kills up to 25% unwanted fat cells (and not the cells that surround them) by freezing them. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and gets rid of these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
Once your treatment is through, you can go about your day as normal. The frozen fat cells will be naturally eliminated from your body in the coming weeks or months. Once they are gone – they are gone for good. The new technology offered by CoolSculpting also means that you can say goodbye to stubborn cellulite and skin laxity issues.
If this is something, you’d be interested in trying, head over to www.hermdhealth.com and schedule a consultation – make sure you tell them Morgan sent you!
Is it Safe? CoolSculpting is FDA approved and has been used by more than 2 million men and women worldwide.
Does it hurt? During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain.
Are there any side effects? Rare side effects may occur. Immediately after treatment, there may be redness and firmness; transient blanching and/or mild bruising around the edges of the treatment area; tingling and stinging. Typically, these side effects are temporary and resolve completely. Many patients do experience redness in the treated areas for up to a few hours after the applicator is removed. In rare cases, this redness may persist up to 2 weeks, but it will completely resolve itself. Talk to your doctor if these side effects persist past 2 weeks or worsen over time.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for CoolSculpting? The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or cold agglutinin disease.
The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
Curvy Cardio premiered in 2014 as a tool to aid women within the inner-city community with facing the challenges of a healthier lifestyle. Participants are given access to an online portal that features meal preparation and healthy tips, at home workouts, and resources to achieve their wellness goals at an affordable rate. Additionally, participants are invited to participate in a private Facebook support group, fitness classes, and variety tools to aid with success. The core goal to terminate dangerous diets and increase daily healthy choices/physical activity has spread to women within the city of Cincinnati and across the country.
Curvy Cardio seeks to partner with organizations that helps us accomplish those goals such as the Black Women’s Health Movement (BWHM). The BWHM is designed to engage and empower African American women across the socioeconomic spectrum of our community to live healthier lives — body and mind.
Over the course of the next few months, Herald Beauty will be giving some healthy lifestyle tips so you can stay beautiful from the inside out. Beauty comes in many forms and taking care of your physical and mental is just as important. There is still time to join Curvy Cardio this year for FREE and have access to many great tools and resources from the Black Women’s Health Moment and more. For more information visit www.morganaowens.com, follow @curvycardio and @bwhmovement on Instagram.
Smells Like Spring
Spring is here, now is the time to change up your fragrance routine. Some may be asking, what is a fragrance routine? Do you typically find one scent that you love and wear it continuously? There are so many wonderful perfumes/fragrances out there - and life is too short to only smell one way. Now is the perfect time to switch it up daily, weekly or monthly. Here are a few of my favorite Spring scents I think you should try:
Private Blend Roses 3-Piece Fragrance Set & Atomizer
This 3-piece set has a new floral and musky scents from designer Tom Ford. This 3-piece set is great because they are travel size and allows you to mix and match scents to your liking. “Tom Ford invites the senses to experience Private Rose Garden, a provocative scent trilogy evoking three incomparably transportive destinations, each inspired by the exquisite, rare blooms in his own garden.”
You can buy this at Saks Fifth Avenue
NEST New York
Turkish Rose Perfume Oil Rollerball
I’m loving this new scent from NEST New York; you may be familiar with their candle line. This smells just as amazing. Its oil based which I think tends to stay on your skin longer for a full scent all day long. This is also great for traveling or popping in your handbag. “Wander through Turkey's legendary rose fields with this nourishing perfume oil featuring notes of rose, black plum, and hints of saffron warmed by blonde woods. The Turkish rose extract is blended with baobab oil for a formula that melts into your skin while leaving behind a long-lasting fragrance.”
You can buy this at Sephora.
Gucci Flora Emerald Gardenia Eau de Toilette
This is a limited-edition spray so move quickly. The scent is very light, floral and clean. “Green, a color emblematic of spring, conveying the freshness and vivacity of the change of season, is the inspiration for this new limited-edition fragrance. The perfume is inspired by a snapshot of an early summer’s morning, where orchards ripe with fruit are covered with dew. Refreshing, bright fruit notes open the scent: pear, lemon, and watermelon mix with the heart notes of beguiling aqueous flowers: gardenia, frangipani, and lotus. The radiant fruit-and-floral blend is set softly on a base of luminous woods notes—including sandalwood and cedarwood—together with velvety musks.”
You can buy this at Sephora, online.
It’s the glowing skin for meeee. Let me introduce you to my glow squad from Palmers. Hydrate Replenish Body Oil, Moisturizes Softens Body Oil and my new favorite Hemp Oil Calming Relief Body Oil. Winter months may soon be behind us, but that doesn’t mean we slack on the moisture for our skin. What I love about these products is the convenience of stepping out of a bath/shower and applying the oils, even on damp skin. After applying the body oil my skin immediately soaks it in and I can see an immediate glowing difference without any greasy residue. This dream team is packed with 48-hour moisture that instantly helps dry skin, gives a youthful radiance, improves texture and soothes irritation. What else does a girl need?
Which Palmer’s body oil is best for you? Let’s see:
Hydrate Replenish Body Oil Benefits:
• Hydrates & Replenishes skin with natural Coconut Oil and Green Coffee for visibly healthy-looking, radiant skin
• 48 Hour moisture
• Vegan Friendly - No animal ingredients or testing
• Free of Parabens, Phathalates, Mineral Oil, Dyes
• Ethically & sustainably sourced ingredients
• America's #1 Coconut Oil Body Care Brand and #1 Body Oil Brand
• Fair Trade Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
• Works well layering with Palmer's Coconut Body Lotion and Balm
• Non-greasy formula can be used in shower, bath or on dry skin
• Dermatologist Approved
Moisturizes and Softens Body Oil Benefits:
• Hydrates & Softens rough, dry skin with natural Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E for healthier-looking, radiant skin
• 48-hour moisture
• Vegan-friendly - no animal ingredients or testing
• Free of Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Dyes
• America's #1 Cocoa Butter Brand
• Works well layering with Palmer's Cocoa Butter Daily Skin Therapy Body Lotion and Original Solid Jar
• Non-greasy formula can be used in shower, bath or on dry skin
Hemp Oil Calming Relief Benefits:
• Soothes irritation
• Increases hydration
• Improves texture and radiance
• Clinically Proven Results*: 96% agreed skin texture improved, 100% agreed skin was more moisturized and felt smoother
• 48 Hour Moisture
• Dermatologist Approved, Hypoallergenic, For Sensitive Skin
Whichever body oil you chose, you really can’t go wrong! Make sure you add this to your startling line up right after a shower/bath. Pick these up at Walgreens, Target and Walmart.
As I get older, I notice that I have these “fat bags” that sit halfway down my nose positioned under both of my eyes. I’ve seen these “bags” on other women as well – slender women, not so slender women, women of different sizes. What do I need to do to get rid of these bubbles on my face? A younger woman in my office once had the same issue and had surgery to remove them. Is that my only option? And if so, where would you recommend, I go?
Lexi, HerMD Aesthetics Manager and Aesthetician
Based off your description this seems to be due to the aging process. Our anatomy in the face has these upside-down triangles that lay on our cheek bones which give us the youthful appearance. As we age, these start to droop which in turn causes the jouling and laxity in the skin to occur. When we lose the volume in the cheeks, the fat pads that we have under our eyes start to come forward. Resulting in "under eye bags", dark circles, and texture.
When addressing this concern based on the severity, the patient's expectations, and budgets. It's recommended to start with a great medical grade eye cream. One with caffeine and a whisper of retinol is ideal. The second option may be to add volume back to the areas. This is where its best to have your concerns addressed by a skilled injector. Injecting a dermal filler onto the cheekbones and temples will create a more youthful look and lessen the appearance of the undereye bags. Tear trough filler may be an option as well. The last option that is recommended could be to remove them surgically. I would encourage you to visit HerMD health for a complimentary consultation to discuss the best treatment option for you.
Featured guest: Candace M. Bates
Continuing our series with Candace M. Bates, we’ve been realigning our goals but also making sure you have all the tools at hand to be successful. As an entrepreneur myself, I know the importance of making sure your business foundation is strong, first and foremost. Herald Beauty has been fortunate enough to highlight so many beauty businesses in 2021, we also want to help these businesses succeed. We will be doing a serious of Beauty & Business pieces to do just that.
I had the great opportunity to sit down with Candace M. Bates who has an insurance agency (Black Woman Owned) The Candace Bates State Farm Agency -that helps with this initiative.
Please check out these helpful life insurance tips Candace shared. For more information, please visit the Chocolate News podcast on thecincinnatiherald.com and also https://www.candacebatesinsurance.com/
March is Women’s History Month, here are some facts you may not know:
Spring Break is approaching quickly, make sure you are prepared. Here are a few of my travel products/essentials that I take no matter if I’m going into cold or warm weather cities.
Mini Travel Makeup Sets
Travel Beauty Products
Travel Lifestyle Essentials
Let’s spotlight some green beauty products in this issue. We hope you’ll try some and perhaps they will bring you some good luck. A few products that I wanted to try can all be found at Target. Who doesn’t love beauty shopping at Target right? Let’s get into these green products below:
Vaseline, Soothing Hydration Body Lotion
Formerly known as Aloe Soothe, this Soothing Hydration Body Lotion is clinically proven to deeply moisturize and soothe dry skin with the first application. Heals and refreshes dry skin without feeling greasy.
Que Bella Bath & Beauty Energizing Whipped Mint Cream Mask
This mask was EVERYTHING and super affordable that you can’t beat. A few highlights of this mask are:
Yesto Soothing Depuffing Under Eye Masks
YES to this. After a long day or week let's indulge in self-care with these single eye masks that help calm and smooth sensitive under-eye skin. This is 95% natural with key ingredients such as cucumber, caffeine and evodia fruit.
Hollywood Beauty Products Avocado Oil
It’s no surprise that I am a fan of Hollywood Beauty Products. This avocado hair oil, locks in moisture with key ingredients like: Vitamin A, B, D, E. Amonia acid, folic acid, nourishes hair.
Milani Green Goddess Lip Balm
This is an amazing product that is not only great for your lips, but it changes color! This lip balm is infused with ultra-hydrating Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, and Aloe Leaf Extract, the nourishing formula goes on green and shifts to create your perfect pink shade. You can wear this lightweight balm alone or layer with your favorite lip shade to soften, condition and soothe lips.
Elf Green Eyeshadow Palette
Who doesn’t like a fun eyeshadow palette!? Just in time for spring, spice up your eye game with a hint of green. I like using on the inside of my tear duct – a little pop of green.
Which green product would you try?
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC.
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