The Portland Girl Guide to Pre-Wedding Skin Care

The Portland Girl Guide to Pre-Wedding Skin Care

The big day is coming up! You’re probably in a flurry of wedding plans—picking out the cake, tailoring the dress, shopping for caterers and photographers. You’re probably taking good care of your body so you’ll look amazing in your dress, but are you giving the same care and attention to your skin? While your wedding is one of the most exciting days of your life, planning for it can be super stressful! We all know what stress can do to our complexions (hello breakouts!), so your skin needs plenty of extra TLC during this crazy (and amazing!) time. We created this blog post to highlight a few adjustments in your skincare routine that you’ll want to make 4-6 months prior to your wedding to make sure that your skin is glowing and beautiful on your big day!   Here Are Our Top Wedding Skin Care Tips:   See a professional to get a lineup of stellar products suited to your skin. The ladies at the mall and Target don’t REALLY know what you and your skin need. Make sure to seek out professional advice before you splurge on products. Talk to a licensed esthetician at a reputable spa (Portland peeps, we’ve got you covered!) who can take a good look at your skin and make knowledgeable recommendations. A good esthetician can hook you up with products that work for your unique skin type, climate, and body chemistry. Why buy crappy over-the-counter stuff when you could buy products perfectly tailored to your skin?   Cleanse your face daily. No shortcuts here! Stay away from those over-the-counter cleansing wipes. Clean your face...
The Great Product Dilemma!

The Great Product Dilemma!

When I first became an esthetician I struggled majorly with sales. I would give a facial and have clients straight up ask me what they should use for their particular skin strengths and struggles. At the time, I didn’t want to seem pushy, so I would send them to others to buy products that I liked and recommended. Not only was this a silly business move, it was a pretty silly professional move. Clients came to me to (as a professional) to make their skin better. Part of that was a regular facial routine, but an EVEN BIGGER part of it was a regular at-home care routine. Now that I’ve been “doing skin” for almost a decade, I relish the opportunity to help match clients with products that will help them get the results they are looking for. After all, who else takes at least an hour to touch and look at your skin with the sole purpose of helping to improve your skin? Even your dermatologist doesn’t put that kind of time in with you! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: I would say that the number one thing that makes me giggle is when a client tells me about all their skin woes, how committed they are to see a change, but that “they need to use up their old stuff first” (you know…before buying the stuff that will ACTUALLY improve their condition).   Here’s the thing: if you LIKE what you use and it’s working, then “it ain’t broke”. Keep using it! But if you are using something that isn’t working for your skin, then...
How would I benefit from using a facial toner?

How would I benefit from using a facial toner?

My staff and I at The Portland Girl are experts in the art of skincare. We can melt your tensions, extract your blackheads and leave your skin feeling smooth like a baby’s bottom. But being experts in skincare means that we also spend a good deal of time, thought and effort deciding what products we think would be best for your particular skin.   Because what you use at home EVERY day…is even more important than getting regular facials. It’s extremely frustrating to try to help clients improve their skin when they only come in once a month for a facial and then don’t take care of their skin the other 29 days of the month. It’s like someone going to personal training once a month and then ignoring their eating and working out for the rest of the month, but then expecting to see miraculous results. It’s silly!   Which brings me back to toner…   I’ve worked in skincare for over 8 years and I must say that selling toner has been the biggest uphill battle. Moisture cream and serum fly off the shelf, but toner…well, not so much! That is, until I learned to explain it in terms that my clients understood.   Yes- toner can help to reset the PH balance of your skin (which is slightly acidic at 5.5) post cleansing, but what does that REALLY mean for you?   PH Wha?? Well let’s start with a basic explanation of PH levels. PH actually means “potential hydrogen” and it describes the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance that ranges from 0 (most acidic) to 14...
Portland Girl #Self-Love Lowdown

Portland Girl #Self-Love Lowdown

Portland Girl #Self-Love Lowdown February is full of propaganda about lovers and partners, but we want to promote the very act of caring for oneself (regardless of your relationship status!) For this weeks post, we’ve gathered a number of Portland-based businesses to curate a fun selection of events, experiences and things to spice up your Valentines Day and engage in some #Self-Love!   1.#Self-Love ‘Booty Care’ BOOTYLUV FITNESS CLASS Booty Luv® Fitness was created to help people, especially women, develop a POSITIVE relationship with their hips, booty, core, and thighs. The fusion of FUN-ctional training, barre, Pilates, yoga, kick-boxing and “booty breakdowns™” increases strength, flexibility, and balance-and it’s all set to dirty bass music with no misogynistic lyrics! Booty Luv® inspires you to love your body and booty for what it can DO, to feel sexy and strong. 2.#Self-Love ‘Story-Style!’ THE MYSTERY BOX SHOW A sex-centric storytelling show where people from all spectrums tell their true, unscripted and unmemorized stories about sex and sexuality on stage in front of a live audience. Many of their stories promote self-love, and self-acceptance as well as allowing audience members to connect and relate to the stories being told that often result in the same self-love realizations. 3. #Self-Love ‘Paint your heart out!’ Ready to get artsy? Mimosa Studios is a paint-your-own-pottery studio located on NE Alberta Street that has been open since 2001. Painters of all ages and abilities are welcomed by their friendly team. Stop in to add a bit of brightness to your Valentines Day!         RED HOT DEAL:  20% off purchase. Not valid with other discounts or offers. Maximum discount...
5 Gifts You Actually WANT this Christmas

5 Gifts You Actually WANT this Christmas

Christmas is upon us again (how did that happen so fast?) and your loved ones want to know what to get you. Or, you are looking for something new and refreshing to gift this year! If you’re looking to upgrade your beauty routine and avoid getting another outfit you’ll never wear, perfume you’ll never spritz or candle you’ll never burn; then send this to your loved ones!   These are our top pick gifts for 2015: Schmidt’s Deodorant ($9) This all natural deodorant has been around since 2010 shaking up the deodorant world. As a health-conscious beauty buyer I’ve struggled for years to find an aluminum-free natural deodorant that WORKS. I quit looking when I found out about Schmidt’s 2 years ago. This deodorant has been keeping me “stink-free” since. Thank you Schmidt’s! Oh and to top it off, these bad boys are made right here in PDX! Pick yours up at our studio in their new stick formulation in the following scents:  Lavender, Cedarwood/Juniper, and Ylang Ylang/Calendula Beauty Archaeology ‘Boost Balm’ ($28) Want to be on the cutting edge of beauty while also hydrating your skin on a whole new level? Check out my friend Stephanie’s new Argan-based ‘Boost Balm’. As they say on their website: “Think of me as a hydrating vitamin bomb. I’m packed with A & E, full of antioxidants and loaded with fatty acids that your skin will love!”. And from personal experience I can say that YES, your skin WILL love this balm. I’ve been mixing a little bit in with my regular moisture cream morning and night to help seal the moisture...
The Benefits of Dry Brushing

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

“I ALWAYS get ingrown hairs” “I HATE my cellulite!” “What’s the BEST form of exfoliation?” Lucky for our clients and for you, all of the problems above can be helped by one super affordable and natural solution (and it doesn’t even involve surgery or a sketchy multi-level marketing element!) DRY BRUSHING! If you’re like most people you have likely heard of this and you have probably even purchased one and then left it sitting in your bathroom closet because you had no idea what to do with it. Dry brushes come in various sizes and frequently have wood handles and either natural hair bristles or faux hair bristles.   4 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING: Dry brushing helps to shed dead skin cells which then increases the speed at which new ones make their way to the surface! This simple exfoliation process helps to shed the dead skin which can trap bacteria and debris as well as work loose lazy hairs that want to fall behind under the skin’s’ surface causing painful and unsightly ingrowns! Dry brushing stimulates our lymphatic system which is in charge for of storing much of our cellular waste. Unlike our circulatory system, our lymph system does not have a pump to move the waste through…it actually relies on lymph stimulation to detox itself. Dry brushing does this for us! Dry brushing increases circulation which will help us eliminate our metabolic waste! Dry brushing decreases the look and feel of cellulite by plumping the skin’s surface and softening hard fat deposits (that cause cellulite to look more visible). On a deeper level, we all know that...