Q&A with Esthetique: Paula Answers Your Beauty Questions

by Paula Jackson of Esthétique Salon

Q. I love the look of a healthy tan but I’m concerned about sun exposure. I’ve tried tanning booths in the past but don’t feel comfortable about their safety. Any suggestions?

A. I highly recommend using self tanners! There are many brands on the market to choose from. They may come in the form of a lotion, tint or spray. I recommend that you read the directions thoroughly and use gloves for the application. This way, you’ll avoid staining of your hands and fingernails. Self tanners have come a long way over the years. Gone are the days of “orange”. Tanners provide a beautiful healthy glow without the risk.

Q. My eyebrows are very fair without adding color to them. I’ve found that using a pencil looks too harsh & brush-on powder doesn’t stay on. What other choices do I have?

A. I actually prefer wetting my eyebrow brush before dipping it into my brow powder. Surprisingly, this method not only works beautifully but provides great wearability as well.

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Q. Are there any skin care products that truly yield results?

A. Retin A (retinoic acid) & Retinol products DO yield results if used on a regular basis. Retin A is a prescription which may be obtained from a physician. Many skin care products on the market now contain retinol in varying strengths. Though both are related they are distinctly different. Retinol, once applied, must wait until it gets converted to retinoic acid. The conversion rate is low and varies greatly among individuals. In addition, when exposed to air either during storage or use, much retinol may get oxidized or degraded even before it can become available for conversion to retinoic acid in the skin. Personally speaking, Retin A works best and provides a better shot at eliminating fine lines and reducing wrinkles than even the best retinol formulations.

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Q. I have long legs that are in great shape. However, I’m plagued with broken capillaries and veins. Is there any help for me? I’d love to wear a mini skirt or dress.

A. First of all there are many cover creams on the market specifically designed for legs.

Should you decide a more permanent solution, laser or sclerotherapy may be just what you’re looking for. I know many people who’ve had great success with these treatments. Many plastic surgeons now offer this exciting service as part of their menu.

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Q. I’m interested in a quality mascara. Which would you recommend?

A. Honestly speaking, to spend a great deal of money on mascara is a complete waste. I’ve tried every mascara ever manufactured and found the cheapest works just as well. Maybelline, Great Lash is my mascara of choice right now ~ cheap yet effective!

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Q. I hear so much about the medication that grows lashes. Is it worth the investment?

A. At present, I’ve heard more bad than good about Latisse. The most common complaint is eye redness and itching. I don’t feel as though the product has been on the market long enough. I’m not willing to take any chances. However, you must make those decisions for yoursel

Thanks so much for the questions. Please keep them coming!  Wishing everyone a wonderful Spring!

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