by sheaboutique on April 10, 2014



by sheaboutique on April 10, 2014


by sheaboutique on May 10, 2013

Pregnancy and beauty matters: which products to try and which to stay away

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful moments in a woman’s life but it has its share of unique challenges. From morning sickness to tiredness, it presents its own set of issues and symptoms that women must contend with for 9 months or even longer. When it comes to women’s beauty during pregnancy, the most common issues women face are:

Melasma (or pregnancy mask): During pregnancy, due to fluctuating hormone levels, some women will experience the appearance of dark spots around their cheekbones and forehead. These dark spots, called melasma, may disappear or reduce after the pregnancy but many times it will become permanent.

Stretching skin: Due to the growing baby, the skin around the tummy area will stretch out sometimes causing stretch marks and/or excess skin. Genetics is the one to blame, but moisturizing the skin the right products can reduce the possibility of them developing.

Acne: Pregnant women may experience an increase in skin oil production, which can result in acne. While this can stabilize after the pregnancy and breastfeeding stage, untreated acne can result in a blemished skin later on.

Skin redness and blood vessels: During pregnancy, blood circulation increases two-fold and hormone levels can also affect skin tone and the appearance of small spider veins. While these can be temporary, the use of products that even out skin tone can diminish the redness. As for spider veins, a simple laser treatment will usually take care of them after the pregnancy.


Great beauty products that are safe for pregnant women:

Not all beauty products in the market right now are fit for use on pregnant women. Many of them have not been tested for safety and carry certain components that might be harmful to the baby. We want you to look even more beautiful and glowing while your bump is growing, so we’ve compiled a “safe list” of products that correct these beauty issues while protecting your little bundle of joy.

Skin pigmentation: Skinceuticals’ Phyto Corrective Gel is hydrating, soothing and healing. Skinmedica’s new line Lytera is a product that offers proven results while still being safe on expecting mothers.

Acne: Skin enzymes are great for exfoliating and balancing the skin’s oil production. On your next facial, ask for a natural enzyme application. You will feel the difference almost instantly.

Skin redness: Neostrata carries options that are fit for uneven skin and antiaging, and since they carry no retynols, they are safe for use.

Antiaging: Antioxidants such as Skinceuticals’ powerful Phloretin CF are a safe bet. Also, Neostrata’s Ultra Smoothing Lotion delivers great results.

Stretching skin/ stretch mark prevention: Skinceuticals came out with a wonderful new product called New Body Contouring. This versatile product is safe for use during pregnancy but you will also see amazing results after the pregnancy, with its skin firming capabilities.


Beauty treatments and products pregnant women should avoid:

In general, products that carry strong lightning agents such as hydroquinone, retinols, chemical peels and laser-based treatments.


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Hyperpigmentation and melasma (pregnancy mask): the most common skin questions answered

What is the skin condition women dislike most? Some might say wrinkles or acne, but the number one contender women find to be the worst skin condition is skin spots, or skin pigmentation.  Hard as it may be to deal with it, there are ways to lighten skin spots for a more even-toned, younger-looking skin.  If you too have questions about skin spots, read on to find out answers to some common questions:



I have pregnancy mask (also known as melasma) on my face, how does it occur?

From hormonal changes, to sun exposure, to acne scarring, pigmentation occurs due to fluctuating levels of melanin. Hyperpigmentation, or high levels of melanin, causes the skin to look blotchy and uneven, with the formation of dark patches. It is most common in women with olive skin tone, especially Latin and Asian descendants. Melasma occurs mainly during the pregnancy, reason for its popular name, ‘pregnancy mask’. However, its actual cause remains unknown.

How can I treat these skin spots? Are these solutions long term or temporary?

Nowadays, treating pigmentation can be much more effective and results show rather early on during treatment. While many women resort to drastic measures, such as laser treatments and peels, it is possible to treat uneven-toned skin with in- home treatments as well. Just beware of companies who sell products (especially invasive ones, such as deep peels) without first consulting your dermatologist or aesthetician. You want to make sure that you will get the right product for your skin type from a trusted brand, to avoid any worsening skin reactions. While no two results are ever the same, they do depend on how severe the pigmentation is. As far as results being short or long- term, you should take into account the fact that Sun exposure damages our skin almost on a daily basis.  Try to think of your skin health as you would your overall health: would you exercise for only a month and expect to keep on reaping benefits up to 3 years later? The same way, maintenance makes a great amount of difference when it comes to long-term skin solutions. You should plan to do treatments that fight pigmentation, but once you achieve your desired results, you should also plan to maintain these achievements on a regular basis.

What are some steps I can take to make sure these spots do not get worse?

First, protection is the best course of action! Wear sunscreen on a daily basis (look for broad-spectrum, SPF30 or higher). Make this a standard routine and reapply it throughout the day if you are going to be outside for extended periods. The greatest disservice you can do to your skin is to allow these damaging UVA rays to penetrate your skin. In addition, the sooner you start treating skin spots, the better.

What products do you recommended for treating skin pigmentation?

For correction: Obagi Nuderm is a skin system that you can implement at home and it is a proven method of effectively lightening skin spots. Some of this line’s products carry hydroquinone, an agent that makes the skin lighter and thinner in texture.  This kit comes with one SPF30 so you are treating damaged skin as well as preventing further damage caused by Sun exposure.   Lytera is another great brand we trust. Their skin brightening system does not carry hydroquinone, but their results in dealing with skin pigmentation are fantastic!

For prevention: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is highly recommend as an additional ally in your fight against skinspots. Long-term use of this powerful product will help the skin fight free radicals and promote a more even tone.  Their Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is a favorite among many women for its light consistency and for not leaving any residue after application. In addition, it is a physical, broad-spectrum sunscreen, which guarantees you superior skin protection.


Finally, remember to consult a professional if you are pregnant and want to correct your melasma or any skin pigmentation. Some of the products recommended above might be unfit for pregnant or nursing women, since they have not been tested on pregnant women. For more product information, please visit www.truebeautyrx.com


Mineral makeup: your best friend in skin protection

by sheaboutique on April 23, 2013

Mineral makeup: your best friend in skin protection

Most of you may already know some of the benefits of mineral make up: it has no talc, it doesn’t carry harmful chemicals as traditional make up carries, and it is a great product for enhancing and evening out skin tone and appearance.

However, as the warmer months are soon approaching, using your mineral make up as an ally in sun protection may be its greatest benefit yet.  Here’s why:


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Minerals are light-reflectors

Mineral make up that is made of real minerals, not synthetic components that look like minerals, are naturally light-reflectors. That is a great advantage in making the skin look more even-toned and for hiding fine lines and wrinkles without the heaviness and pasty effect that some make ups have. This peculiar characteristic to mineral make up also helps the appearance of blemished skin, promoting a more even-toned appearance and hiding scars.

Mineral make up is a quick and easy solution for sun- protection on the go

You wake up in the morning and you finish off your skin routine with a generous application of a good SPF (with a protection of at least 30, please). By doing that, you surely are 10 steps ahead of the general female population who, for the most part, only wash their face with a generic soap and they’re out t


he door! So you’re ready to give yourself that pat on the back for taking good care of your skin, right? Well… think again. Let’s say you applied your sunscreen at 8 a.m. and headed to work. By lunch time, at Sun’s peak, your skin protection will be mostly out the window. By re-applying your mineral make up before heading out the door, you’re creating a new layer of protection on your skin. Hooray to an easy and perfect solution! Your skin will thank you for it.

Mineral make up contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, two excellent skin protectors against sun damage

If you’re questioning whether mineral make up can really hold its weight when it comes to Sun- protection, here’s why we vouch for it: the natural minerals it is loaded with contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, two powerful natural Sun blockers  While your make up will not be labeled as a “SPF 20” due to expensive FDA labeling regulations, you can count on it that it will prevent these harmful UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your delicate cutis.

Consider this your best-friend’s advice and go get yourself some mineral make up, before these fine lines become not so fine a couple summers down the road!

Remember to watch the label for ingredients: look for Talc-free and natural mineral make up that carries titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in its formulation, like 2-Shea Boutique’s mineral make up line: http://www.2sheaboutique.com/cosmetics/



Learning about rosacea and how to control it

by sheaboutique on April 18, 2013

Learning about rosacea and how to control it

Have you noticed any redness on your skin that worsens after eating certain foods? Do you consider your skin to be very sensitive? Do you experience a burning sensation, especially after applying certain skin care products? Have you noticed some capillaries on your face that have worsened with time? If you answered ‘yes’ to a few of these questions, you might have a skin condition called Rosacea.

Rosacea is sometimes overlooked and even misdiagnosed but if left untreated, its symptoms can become more permanent and harder to be controlled. Symptoms include skin redness that can progress from mild to severe, first as a flush or blush, but the redness becomes more permanent with time; you might also see a lot of broken capillaries, sensitivity, burning and itching, and it can sometimes look like adult acne.

While Rosacea can be a problematic skin condition to deal with, you may reduce its unwanted effects with the use of targeted skincare and by avoiding certain situations that may cause it to flare.

Products we recommend that effectively control Rosacea:

It is very important to stick to a skincare line formulated specially for rosacea or rosacea-prone skin. You do not know how your skin would react to certain ingredients found in other products, which may cause your condition to worsen.

Rosacea can be controlled through special treatment and with the use of targeted products like Neostrata’s Restore line. Only sold through physicians, this line carries PHA, or Polyhydroxy Acids, and bionic acids, two powerful antiaging ingredients that do not cause any skin irritation on rosacea-prone skin types. Some products we recommend are their Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream; their Bio-Hydrating Cream; and their Bionic Face Cream. (For more information on these products, you can visit http://truebeautyrx.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=TBRX&Screen=SRCH&Search=neostrata&x=9&y=5).

How to avoid Rosacea flares:

Some triggers can make rosacea worsen, or cause flares. Since April is Rosacea Month, we’ve gathered some tips provided by the American Academy of Dermatology on how to avoid rosacea flares:

  • Avoid spicy foods, hot drinks, caffeine, and red wine
  • Avoid being exposed to extremely hot and cold temperatures
  • Avoid strong winds hitting your face without any protection
  • Avoid being exposed to the Sun without any sunscreen


Quiz: Could I have rosacea? While nothing compares to a face-to-face consultation with an aesthetician or dermatologist, here is a good way to have an idea if you might have Rosacea: