Lash Expectations!

There’s no denying that Instagram is the lash mecca. If your feed is anything like mine, there are always so many lash pictures popping up. As a client, it can be exciting to view all of the photos out there in anticipation for your first lash visit. I’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind when hunting for lash inspiration:

The length and density of your lash extensions will rely solely on your natural lashes. Lash extensions are intended to add 2-3 mm of length to your natural lashes. Anything longer, can eventually lead to lash damage.

The fullness of your lash extensions is directly correlated to your natural lash density. Someone with a sparse lash line will not have the same results of someone with a very dense lash line.

Keep in mind, that length and density are not the only ways to achieve impactful lashes. With a lash artist who specializes in lash styling, a set of lashes that enhances your natural eye shape can be applied. I often find that clients are drawn towards longer and denser eyelash extensions, but shorter and fluffier sets when done right are just as impactful.

Let’s continue this discussion in person. Be sure to schedule a free lash consultation at Legare Beauty today!

We're Moving!

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Change is good! I'm excited to announce my new location. Legare Beauty will now be inside The Schoolhouse in Avondale. I am excited to embark on this new journey and to be surrounded by other wellness practitioners inside of Charleston Wellness Studios.
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Sidenote: I'm a signs and wonders kind of girl. I believe that the universe sends us signs when we're headed in the right direction. The Schoolhouse is a renovated elementary school turned venue + office space. Life is funny, this was my mom's elementary school! I brought her into the space and she was overwhelmed by nostalgia. She roamed the same hallways as a child that will now be the home of my new business. I'm a firm believer that life comes full circle. I'm so looking forward to taking my business to the next level in this new space!
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Come check out the new studio for yourself! 

Policies & Procedures

1. A vaild credit card is required to secure an appointment. 

2. You must notify Legare Beauty of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance to avoid additional charges. (Clients who excessively cancel/reschedule will not be able to pre-book without a non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit).

3. No young children or pets allowed in the studio. All appointments are time-sensitive, and you will be unable to attend to them during your service. 

4. Arrive to your appointment on time. Your appointment will end at the scheduled time regardless of when you arrive. Clients who are more than 10 minutes late will be rescheduled. 

5.  Please arrive to your appointment free of makeup. An additional charge may apply if Legare Beauty has to remove makeup.

6. 50% of the service cost will be charged to the card on file for 'no call, no show' appointments. 

 

For any questions please contact Legare Beauty: 843.437.4328 or legarebeauty@gmail.com

How To Get The Most Out of Your Fills

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Here a few tips to help you get the most out of your lash fill ins:

 

1. Arrive to your appointment on time. Every minute counts, being even 5 minutes late can result in less than full lashes. 

2. Cleanse your lashes right before your appointment. Using a lash cleanser minutes before your appointment will allow for a better bond between your lashes and the lash extensions.

3. Communicate any lash concerns. If you are not happy with the shape, length, or retention, please let your lash stylist know. 

4. Eliminate distractions during your appointment. Please do not use your phone or move excessively during your appointment. Time is essential to a great lash fill. Distractions will only slow your lash stylist down and result in lashes that are not full.

5. Schedule the time that you need. If you've lost a significant amount of lashes between your last fill, schedule more time. 

SPF 101

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My number one skincare tip is: wear sunscreen! This is a non-negotiable for all of my clients who wish to improve the appearance of their skin. Yes, sunscreen is just that important!

UV Rays

Sunlight is broken down into three categories: Visible Light, Ultraviolet Light, and Infrared Light. Ultraviolet Radiation aka "UV rays" are  the culprit responsible for skin aging and skin cancer. Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVA B) damage skin in their own unique waysUVA rays have a longer depth of penetration. reaching the skin's deepest layer (dermis). They are responsible for wrinkling, skin cancer, and unwanted pigment. UVB rays are shorter in length and affect the uppermost layer of skin. These are the rays that cause sunburn. To help you remember think: UVA (Aging rays) and UVB (Burning rays).

**Did you know?: "Ray" is short for radiation? Yikes! When you put it that way, it sounds a lot more serious!!

Skin Cancer

You may be wondering why the heck this is so important. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer. It ranks among some of the most common forms of cancer. No sunscreen can protect you from 100% of the sun's rays, but a good quality sunscreen can get pretty darn close. 

Slight caveat here: A major misconception in the African American community is that due to the high concentration of melanin in the skin, sunscreen is not necessary. Granted it does prolong the time it takes darker skin to burn, but it does not prevent it from happening. African Americans are the largest and fastest demographic dying from skin cancer. As an African American woman who grew up believing the same, it is my responsibility to educate and debunk this myth. 

Finding the right SPF

SPF stands for sun protection factor. This number measures the sunscreen's ability to protect from UVB rays. (Note: this does not measure the impact of UVA rays.) When looking for a sunscreen you should always find a broad spectrum version. this will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers give a false sense of security as the percentage of protection only increases by 1% per increase in number. Example a SPF 45 is only 1 % more effective than an SPF 30. 

Bonus Tip:  When applied, you should allow your sunscreen to set for 3-5 minutes before moving onto the next step in your beauty or makeup regimen.

Here's the formula to determine how long your spf will protect you. (Usual Time To Burn * SPF = Protection Time). If it takes you 15 minutes to burn and SPF 30 keeps your protected for 465 minutes. (15 minutes * SPF 30 = 465 minutes).

If you aren't wearing sunscreen daily, now is the time to start. Damage caused by the Sun's UV rays can not be reversed. If you are not wearing sunscreen daily, now is the time to start.  If you would like to know more about protecting your skin contact Legare Beauty for a FREE skincare consultation.

Resources:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LarP17NzoL8&t=2364s

[2] Milady Standard Esthetics: Fundamentals, 11th Edition 

[3] https://blog.bulletproof.com/the-bulletproof-guide-to-sunscreen-and-sun-protection/

[4] https://www.thinkheyday.com/blog/all-sunscreen-basics-you-need-know-summer-kicks/

 

Superfoods for Glowing Skin

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The old adage “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, measuring at about 20 square feet. So it’s safe to say that what you eat will eventually show on your skin. I believe that beauty is so much more than what meets the eye. Beauty starts from within.

My goal as an esthetician is to not only provide skincare treatments in studio, but to take a holistic approach to skincare wellness. Skincare treatments and products are a small fraction of what it takes to produce substantial change in the skin. Lifestyle changes such as exercise and a diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants and good fats could be the answer to a fresh, glowing complexion.

So before we jump in let’s start by defining a few key terms.

Antioxidant: Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals (damaging molecules).

Fatty Acids:  Omega-3s and Omega-6s are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. Healthy cell membranes = healthy cells that keep good things in (water and nutrients) and release bad things (toxins) out.

Protein: Proteins are broken down into amino acids. Your body uses amino acids for various functions. In the case of skincare the construction of new tissues, hormones, enzymes, etc...

Collagen: One of the most valuable proteins in the body. It works as “cement” to keep cells together. It's what gives skin its firmness.

Elastin: Another protein that allows tissues to return to their original shape after being stretched.

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Chia Seeds: This seed is packed full of fiber, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. It provides anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It’s been said that a single serving is more powerful than a single serving of salmon. Which translates to firmer skin and a radiant appearance. 

Tip: Sprinkle chia seeds in smoothies.

Salmon: Salmon is a great source of Astaxanthin, which gives it it’s color. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that keeps harmful free radicals at bay. That means an increase in moisture, elasticity, and the potential to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of over twenty vitamins and minerals. These include Vitamins A, B, C, and E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. The healthy fats help to improve skin’s barrier function as well as boost hydration in the skin. Avocado is the ultimate superfood to dry, dehydrated skin.

Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants, blueberries are the best way to protect your healthy skin cells against free radical damage. Free radicals can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and unpleasant appearance in skin. One cup of blueberries can contain several thousand antioxidants. 

If you would like more information on how diet can improve your skin health, schedule a FREE skincare consultation with Legare Beauty!

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From Winter to Spring: Transitioning Your Skin for the New Season

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From Winter to Spring: Transitioning Your Skin for the New Season

Winter is finally over!!! *does happy dance* I’ve compiled a list of my favorite tips to help you transition your skin from winter to spring:

Tip 1: Spring Clean.

Your home isn’t the only thing in need of spring cleaning. Now is a great time to go through your medicine cabinet and makeup bag. Toss out any expired product.


Tip 2: Reach for light formulas

Winter wrecks havoc on the skin, but Spring is a little more forgiving. Ditch the heavy moisturizers and foundations. Opt for water-based moisturizers and bb creams. Your skin isn’t as desperate for moisture like it was during the winter months. Plus these formulas are a lot more forgiving as the weather warms up.

Tip 3: Amp up your SPF

No matter what season it is, you should never skip your SPF. Prolonged sun exposure without protection can lead to premature aging, dark spots, and wrinkles! “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Tip 4: Exfoliate

Skin can appear dull after a long and cold winter. Amp up the exfoliation to slough away the dead skin cells that are hiding your glowing complexion underneath.

Tip 5: Schedule a FREE skincare consultation with Legare Beauty for skin analysis, treatment, and in-depth instructions on how to care for your skin!!

Top 4 Tips for Flawless Foundation

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1️⃣ Purchase foundation formulated for your skin type. Are you normal, dry, oily? When purchasing pay attention to “buzzwords”. Matte if you are oily and dewy if you are dry. 


2️⃣ Ensure that your foundation and primer have the same base. If your foundation is silicone based your primer should be silicone based as well. Incompatible formulas significantly reduce the longevity of your foundation.


3️⃣ Lightly dust translucent powder over primer for added protection. Translucent powder locks in your primer and acts a shield to block oil production.


4️⃣ Love the skin you’re in! Taking care of the skin underneath yields the BEST results when it comes to flawless foundation.

I hope you find these top 4 tips helpful. Find more tips by visiting the Legare Beauty Youtube.