What’s Trending: CICA BALM

The trend of skincare in 2019 seems to be all about repair. From restoring night gels, new brands of face masks, to hydrating mists, scalp treatments, and at-home facial oils – folks are looking to grace the years to come with a very well-managed look!

One of my favorite trends out of the batch is cica balm! Although I often write about how important it is for your skin (and overall self) to stay hydrated, it never hurts to re-visit what could be the most important part of your skincare routine. However, this balm is packed with TONS of benefits also worth mentioning!


Cica balm is very similar to moisturizer. What sets it apart, is that it contains the herb centella asiatica. This antioxidant-rich herb has been known for thousands of years to help reduce the redness and inflammation of burns, aiding in the healing process of such injuries. It’s also useful for repairing dry skin. Your dry hands in the winter are irritating enough, but could this also be a solution for those with acne issues? (More on that thought to come!)

Cosmetic chemist, Joseph Cincotta, explains it best, “Centella asiatica boosts the microcirculation of your skin, which allows for more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and oxygen to be delivered to the area. It also stimulates cell metabolism, which helps generate more youthful-looking skin.”


Acne fighting:  If your acne issues root from dry skin (your skin produces more oils to stay naturally moisturized) then this product could contain double the benefits! Not only will it assist in maintaining the moisture in your skin, but it will help decrease the inflammation around your breakouts.

Anti-aging:  The more nutrients in your products…the better! The cica plant contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B1 and B2, niacin, and carotene – combined brighten skin and fight premature aging.

Collagen production:  Collagen is a protein that maintains the health of our body’s connective tissue, skin, hair, and nails. As we age, our collagen production declines which is why you see those wonderful fine lines. However, because this is a collagen producing product, it can improve the firmness and elasticity – giving you a youthful glow.

Moisturizing:  Stay moisturized! The DR. JART+ Cicapair ™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment also includes SPF 30, which is yet another benefit!

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Skin Care and…..Mental Health?

Post inspired by Marie Claire’sCan Skincare Keep You Sane? written by Gina Way.

Mental health issues are on the rise. With everyone moving at hyperspeed these days, it’s easy to let your brain and day-to-day existence spin out of control.

Technology and social media have given an outlet to worlds, people, and ideas you otherwise may of never seen or thought of. It can be discouraging seeing the Instagram model apply makeup perfectly for every post, or the bodybuilder with muscles you didn’t know the human anatomy possessed. But hey, it’s 2019 and time to stop living vicariously through other people’s lives!  

Have a Routine

Having a routine has been noted as a way to help people stay focused, combat depression, recover from drug use/alcohol. It’s a tool that allows an opportunity each day to set small goals for yourself – which brings on a feeling of accomplishment! The same idea can be applied to having a set skin care routine.

Take Back Control

Our skin has a mind of its own. It takes time, practice, and dedication to find the right skincare products and routine that work. However, you have the power and ability to treat your skin and put in the work it takes to clear up your acne, brighten your skin tone, relieve dry skin, etc.

If you have time to scroll through Instagram, you have time to seek out a local esthetician or dermatologist! At your appointment, ask questions about your skin! Let them give you advice on how to create a routine specific to your skin type. If you’re not comfortable buying the products they sell – ask them what they would suggest instead.

Take Time Out of Your Day for YOU

Taking time each day to be present, look at yourself in the mirror and focus on doing something that’s beneficial for YOU is important. Not your co-workers – not your friends – not your dog – not your followers – YOU. Remember, it’s nearly impossible to give your best to everyone else on a daily basis if you’re not first taking care of yourself.

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Fellas And Facials

Men need facials…and pedicures too! But we’ll get to that in another post.

Maybe you don’t have acne or skin issues in general, but here’s a few reasons why getting a professional facial would benefit your skin’s look and overall health.

For Beginners: The basic steps of a facial include: cleansing and analyzing your skin, exfoliating away dead skin cells, performing extractions to clear out clogged pores, and moisturizing to add a healthy, hydrated glow.

Problem Solve

You’ve been washing your face twice a day, eating well, getting enough sleep – but can’t figure out why you’re breaking out or have major blackheads? Unfortunately, there could be a million reasons. Letting an esthetician examine your skin and work with you on a new skincare routine would be a step in the right direction.

Remember, skincare is a trial and error journey. A product that works for your brother or best friend may not work for you!

Smoother Skin = Better Shaves

Consistently shaving over sensitive skin can cause razor burn, redness and severe irritation. The gentle exfoliating process during a facial helps remove dead skin cells and deep-cleans your skin – leading to a smoother surface.

Also, throw out your old razor. It’s not helping!

Increase Circulation

When your blood’s circulation slows down, your skin’s ability to repair itself weakens. What’s the big deal? AGING. Aging is the big deal. Skin needs oxygen and nutrients to restore itself! The good newsbetween the exfoliating process and massage included with your facial, blood flow will increase and flow to the skin cells. This will give you a clean, healthy glow.  

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