Why do I get acne? What can cause my acne? Red Lotus in Portland, Oregon talks about acne and why it may be affecting you.Read Now
Two reasons for acne are often overlooked: menopause and stress. Both are unavoidable unfortunately but stress can be managed. Apart from the loss of monthly menstruation, a woman at menopause can also experience changes which are mainly due to hormonal imbalances. Progesterone and estrogen hormones are vital for the development of women and therefore a loss of these hormones can mean a gradual change in the body which include menopausal acne or adult female acne. Acne can be caused by hormone swings, which occur extensively in menopause. It is hard for women to regress back to their teenage years of worrying about pimples whilst also struggling to deal with the other symptoms of menopause.
Stress and Acne
Stress is a major cause of the spot epidemic. "Acne is caused by hormonal changes normally onset by puberty," says Prof Chu, "but it's now seen in adults who lead more stressful lives.'' Pharmacist Shabir Daya from online pharmacy Victoria Health agrees. ''Stress stimulates the production of male hormones. The major culprit is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which increases the production of the skin's natural oil, sebum, clogging the pores.'' The bacteria associated causes acne to thrive in these conditions, feeding on the sebum and irritating the glands, which leads to spots.
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How do I decide which type of eyelash extensions are right for me? With two different types, it can be hard to choose. Red Lotus in Beaverton, Oregon describes the two different types of eyelash extensions: Volume and Classic.Read Now
Classic Lash Extensions are one to one. Meaning one false eyelash to one natural eyelash. This creates more of a mascara look.
Volume Lashes are 2-6, made into a fan and applied to one eyelash. With this technique you can double or triple the amount of eyelashes you would get with a classic set.
Both types are done with synthetic mink eyelashes because they hold their curl, are dark in color, and feel natural.
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I'm wanting to try eyelash extensions for the first time. What are eyelash extensions and why are they for me? Red Lotus in Portland, Oregon is offering a special for first time eyelash extension clients!Read Now
Eyelash extensions are a great way to simplify your getting ready routine! Mornings become less hectic with less to do to feel fabulous. Eyelash extensions are great for any woman's lifestyle including the busy mom, the business woman, a personal trainer and anyone in between. Eyelash extensions are easy to maintain with regular fill/maintenance appointments and are only around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Many clients come in on their lunch hour! Initial application is about 2 hours and Red Lotus in Portland, Oregon has Saturday appointment times available. We also soon hope to offer Sunday and Monday hours as well.
For a limited time, Red Lotus is offering a $125 special for new clients to have a classic set of lashes done. Call, text, or email to set up your appointment!
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Why are my lash extensions falling out!? Red Lotus in Beaverton, OR gives you reasons that your extensions may not be staying on.Read Now
.NATURAL LASH SHEDDINGNaturally, your lashes shed and are replaced with a new younger lash. You will lose up to one or more of your natural lashes every single day. This is totally normal and natural.WEARING MASCARA/WATERPROOF MAKEUPOne of the many benefits of extensions is not having to wear mascara. Mascara can break down the bonds in the adhesive of the extensions. If you insist on still wearing mascara, make sure to apply it only to the middle of the lash and down to the tip. Waterproof mascara is even harder to remove. You can end up tugging the extension out of place when trying to remove it.
OILY SKIN OR OVERLY ACTIVE OIL GLANDS
Having oily skin can be an annoying problem to deal with. It also can cause problems for lash exten-sions. Overly oily skin can break down the glue adhesive, causing the extensions to have difficulty sticking. In extreme cases of oily skin, lash extensions might not even stick at all.
We like to think that the technician applying our lashes is experienced and knows that she is doing. However, there is still the possibility for error. The technician might not have properly glued the lash or did not use enough glue. She also could have neglected to prep the lash before applying the extensions.
PICKING OR RUBBING THE EXTENSION
Sometimes, you just can’t prevent yourself from rubbing your eyes, but excessive rubbing or picking at the extension can loosen the adhesive and cause the extension to fall out. This can also lead to the loss of your natural lashes too. If your own lashes are falling out, there won’t be enough natural lashes to apply the extension to – so do not rub!
All of us have different sleeping positions that make us the most comfortable at night, but those who sleep on their stomachs or in a weird position might have issues with their lash extensions falling out. Smashing your face into a pillow every night can cause your extensions to bend or rub against the adhesive.
NOT CARING FOR THE LASH PROPERLY
While you may be hesitant to touch your extension, if you don’t remove dirt, oil, or debris, you might end up losing the extension. Not cleaning your extensions can invite infection or inflammation in the hair follicle. Brushing your extension is also important. You should brush your lashes with a spoolie, or lash brush, in the morning or after your shower. Make sure to use gentle strokes when brushing. Also, clean your spoolie when you’re done!
USING THE WRONG SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Using oily skincare products is a big no-no! Like oily skin, oily products can break down the adhesive of your extension.
What’s a lash stimulator? Products like Latisse and Revitalash are considered lash stimulators. They are fantastic products, but do cause your lashes to fall out more quickly because they speed up the growth cycle of your natural lashes. These products may require you to need a fill sooner than you normally would if you didn’t use a lash stimulator. HOWEVER, more lashes will come and they do benefit your overall lash look. We highly recommended using lash stimulators.
Thyroid medications can change the environment of the lash area, making natural lashes oilier, dryer, or more brittle. Please be aware that if you are taking this medication, your lashes may respond differently. If you take vitamins that encourage or stimulate hair growth, your lashes may shed faster. There also may be other medications that change your body’s chemistry and make lash extensions not stick so great.
GETTING THEM WET TOO SOON
It is recommended that you do not get your new lash extensions wet for at least 24-48 hours after they are applied because the glue is still curing. If you do get your new extensions wet, they can crystalize and cause irritation, which leads to harmful eye rubbing. After they have fully dried, you are free to swim and workout as usual.
NOT USING AT-HOME CARE
To extend the life of your lashes, we recommend using sealants to coat the lash and glue to help repel oil, dirt, and other things that may break down the glue of your extension. You want to make sure you maintain your lashes; after all, you just invested money for those extensions!
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How to really change the texture of aging, pigmented dry and sensitive skin with a gentle retinol and no irritant side effects, from Patricia at Red lotus in Beaverton, ORRead Now
Bringing you leading-edge science and forward innovation, Rhonda Allison is so excited to announce our newest formulations. Ever a pioneer in providing our clients the most progressive, revolutionary skin products, Rhonda Allison's Synergy A and Revise offer skin the most avant-garde ingredients for beautiful, younger-looking skin.
Reconstructing Retinaldehyde Complex
SynErgy A is a specialized vitamin A formula for building and supporting collagen and elastin, but gentle enough for the most sensitive skin! A comprehensive reconstructing retinal encapsulation combined with cutting-edge stem cell and peptide technology, Rhonda Allison's SynErgy A strengthens skin while reducing redness and inflammation.
With cutting-edge technology and innovative natural ingredients, SynErgy A offers 24 hour rejuvenating support for buoyant, healthier-looking skin. Great for all skin types, particularly rosacea, sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Retinal (Retinaldehyde or Vitamin A Aldehyde) - Strengthens, rejuvenates and generates stellar pro-youth benefits
Mandelic Acid (L) (Alpha-Hydroxybenzeneacetic Acid) - Addresses photo-aging, irregular pigmentation and acne
Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract - Soothes skin, reduces redness, improves evenness and detoxifies cells
Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract - Protects cells, reduces inflammation and protects against UV damage
Acetyl Tetrapeptide-40 (Telangyn) - Decreases redness, inhibits collagenase activity, decreases hyperpigmentation and provides photo-protection
Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole - Optimizes skin physiological activities of defense and cell regeneration for anti-aging benefits
Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willow Herb) Extract - A natural alternative to hydrocortisone; a naturally soothing anti-anti-inflammatory
Rosmarinyl Glucoside, Caffeyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside Complex - Prevents skin redness, reduces neovascularization mechanisms and brightens skin tone
Butylene Glycol/Mirabilis Jalapa/Propanediol - Strengthens, hydrates alleviates cutaneous discomfort and fades redness of sensitive and reactive skin
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride/Teprenone - Hydrates, reduces age spots, wrinkles and large pores and improves ptosis (drooping eye lids)
Withania Somnifera (Indian Ginseng) Root Extract - Regenerates, revitalizes stressed cells and restores
Target Acne with organic products, organic peel and Facials at Red Lotus skin peel and lash salon in Portland, ORRead Now
The best way to fight acne is to implement a daily skin care regimen that includes deep cleansing, highly effective serum, mattifying hydration and anti-inflammatory spot treatment.
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Sagging or crepe neck skin, what to do with Patricia at Red Lotus skin peel and lash salon in Beaverton, ORRead Now
Whether we’re in the waiting room, on the subway, between meetings at work or relaxing on the couch, we’re always looking at our phones. Technology has a much more prominent presence in our lives than it did even 10 years ago. We’re also starting to see how staring down at our phones is taking a toll on our skin. It’s a new sign of aging called “tech neck” and it’s sweeping our generation.
Technology is a Pain in the Neck
On average, we stare at our cell phones for almost three hours a day. Looking down at your cell phone, laptop or tablet can cause a loss of firmness in the neck area called “tech neck.” This sign of aging is characterized by sagging skin, drooping jowls and deeper creases above the clavicle.
The skin on the neck is much thinner and more prone to wrinkling. Constantly looking down at your phone creates folds in the skin, which eventually become deep wrinkles. Prolonged periods of looking down also put additional stress on the muscles and nerves in your neck, which can do damage over time.
Your Head is Heavier Than You Think
You may not notice it at the time, but your neck works hard to support your head, especially when it’s held at an angle. The head normally weighs about 10 pounds when the spine is straight. But when you’re holding your head at a 45-degree angle to look down at your phone, the head weighs about 49 pounds. That’s a lot of extra weight to put on your neck.
Take a Stand Against “Tech Neck”
Luckily, there are ways to prevent technology from taking a toll on your neck. First things first, consider your posture when you’re checking email, sending texts or perusing social media. Hold your device higher than normal—ideally at eye level or in a neutral position where you don’t have to tilt your head. This can make a big difference in preventing unnecessary signs of aging, as well as bad posture over time. It also helps to limit the time you spend on your phone or tablet. If you’re working on a laptop, always sit at a desk and place the monitor at eye level to encourage good posture.
"The best and richest cream for neck ever, I love this neck cream it stays moist and keeps the crepe down all day.. " Patricia.
Phytolift Neck & Décolleté Cream is formulated to render skin dewy and help keep fragile skin on the neck and décolleté hydrated. For deep hydration, the cream is formulated with a blend of:
Can I get chemical peels in the summertime? Red Lotus in Portland, Oregon talks about chemical peels.Read Now
Not only are chemical peels safe in the summer, they are recommended as long as you are faithful with sun protection when you are outside. No one expects you to be a hermit this summer, we just expect you to be smart! With summer comes class reunions, family picnics and parties that you want to look your best for and have healthy, tighter, glowing skin. However, with summer also comes increased oil production, sun damage, brown spots and increased environmental pollutants clogging up your skin which makes chemical peels as much of a summer staple as strawberry shortcake!
One benefit of having chemical peels in the summer is that it will help keep your brown spots under control. If you stop having chemical peels during the middle of the summer, your pigment will get a lot worse and there will be more work in the fall to undo the damage. For the summer months, I recommend having a superficial peel instead of a medium-depth peel if you are going to be outside a lot. These peels use alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic, lactic and salicylic. These lighter chemical peels will help improve the texture of your skin, lighten brown spots, help with oil production and remove the dead, dull skin giving you a healthy glow with minimal to no peeling.If you are planning a summer vacation to the beach, you will want to not have a chemical peel two weeks before or after your trip.
Don’t let summer scare you away from chemical peels. As long as you are careful and conscientious about your sun protection, as you should already be, your skin will benefit from chemical peels all summer long. If you have any questions about your summer skin care, be sure to talk with your medical skin care professional.
Can I be allergic to eyelash extensions? Red Lotus in Beaverton, Oregon talks about eyelash extensions allergies.Read Now
We use a medical grade adhesive. Some people can be allergic...if you are prone to eye allergies or have sensitive eyes we can use a sensitive version of this adhesive. Otherwise the regular version will be just fine. Only about 5% of people seem to be allergic to one or both of these adhesives. If you have symptoms like red, itchy, peeling or swallow eyelids....red, itchy, burning irritated eyes after getting lashes, this is an allergic reaction that can last for 3 to 5 days. You may want to contact your doctors office to let them know what is happening and seek their advice as well. In the meantime, take Benadryl and wait it out. It will go away and you will still have beautiful lashes but, it will happen again if you have another application. We can change the adhesive to the sensitive version and do a patch test, applying just a couple of lashes on each eye to see if you still react. It will lessen the reaction by doing it this way if you do.
How do I care for my eyelash extensions? Red Lotus in Portland, Oregon tells you the best techniques.Read Now
It is important to take care of your new eyelash extensions. With proper care your natural lashes will remain healthy and strong. Some important points to remember on how to care for your eyelash extensions:
* Keep your lashes dry for the first 8-10 or 24hours depending on the adhesive used after a full set and every fill. No water, No sweat, No rain and No tears!
*Avoid hot steam or sauna immediately afterwards. Allow enough time for the glue to bond to the lashes
* Must use oil free products on eye area. This includes eyeliner. Pencils contain oil so a powder, gel or liquid is best. Oil of any kind including your own natural oils will break the glue down and the lashes won't stay on as long as they should.
* Never pick, pull or curl your lashes as this could pull out your natural lash prematurely. This can leave a hole and it will take up to 60 days for a new lash to grow back in.
*Do not rub your eyes/lashes.
*Sleep on your back! Not only good for the lashes but keeps wrinkles away.
* Clean your lashes daily and after a heavy workout with our Lashfresh clean wash foam. When lashes are wet, pump the foam onto fingers and press into lashes with your fingers and rinse. Never use washcloths, towelettes, cotton pads or swabs. These will pull out and or get caught in your lashes and cause discomfort. Cleaning your lashes daily is a must! You need to remove natural oils that can break down the adhesive causing your extensions to come off prematurely. You may need to do this a couple of times if you are removing makeup. Dry lashes by pressing a towel gently onto the lashes, do not rub. Feel free to fluff the lashes with a blow dryer on low and cool for a few seconds. The disposable mascara wand you receive at your appointment is very handy when used vertically in a windshield wiper motion to fluff and separate the lashes. Keep a wand in your purse for those moments on the go to help maneuver your extensions into place when they are unruly.
* Water based mascara can be used on your lashes. We recommend this be used sparingly. The removal process is very hard on the extensions and can cause them to come off faster then they should. Never use waterproof mascara as this will not come off the lashes without an oil based remover. Gently, remove mascara with an oil free makeup remover and then wash with cleanser. Mascara is not needed but for those special occasions it will take your lashes to a whole new level of awesome!
* Fills are very important if you want to maintain your lash extensions. We recommend coming for a fill every 2-3 weeks for a 1 hour appointment to keep them looking lush and full. A 1.5 hour fill is recommended every so often if you go through a shed or want your lash extension to look extra amazing! If you go 4 weeks or more without a fill we recommend a new full set.
How do i prepare for my eyelash extensions appointment? Red Lotus in Beaverton, Oregon tells you how to get the best results.Read Now
If you are getting a full set of lash extensions please plan for 2 hours. Please come with clean eyes free of all makeup and makeup residue, we ask that you wash your eye area and lashes with an Oil Free cleanser. If you don't have one we will have you wash with our product when you get here. If you use an eye makeup remover please wash after use. Having clean Oil Free lashes is extremely important in order for the adhesive to bond correctly. Secure your investment and don't skimp on this! We can't guaranty your extensions will stay on correctly if you don't. Depending on your service you will have your eyes closed for up to 2 hours so please wear your glasses if you don't think you will be comfortable for that length of time. We want you to get as many lashes as possible during your service. So, please do not fill up on fluids before your appointment, if you have to use the restroom during your service it will cause a lot of re preparation and time to get you ready for the service again thus, less lashes will be applied. Please be advised, your lash extensions will need to stay dry for the first 24 hours from the time your appointment ends, so please take into consideration your bathing, workout and hair washing schedule. That's it! You are all set to get beautiful lashes.
My eye's are showing fine lines, dark circles and sagging skin. What can I do for aging around my eyes? Red Lotus in Portland, ORRead Now
Hooray for oversized summer sunglasses, which hide evidence of aging around the eyes.
However, considering the majority of the population averages only six-and-a-half hours of beauty sleep per night, we could all use some help looking more rested permanently – and without having to take cover. Here’s how to fake an awake look when you’re high on stress and low on rest, plus a handful of hints for treating persistent undereye concerns at the doctor’s office.
Puffy under eyes are often caused by water retention or stress, which can also cause tissues to swell and fluid to pool. Try stopping meals past 6pm and turn to a more raw diet with increased water intake to cleanse the lymph build up.
Paper-thin skin under the eyes makes darkness more noticeable, worsened by broken capillaries and blood vessels, lack of sleep, a cold, allergies or sun damage. Placing a couple of cold potato slices over both eyes will relieve dark shadows almost instantly because of the natural bleaching agents contained in them. Additionally, your nighttime eye cream should contain ingredients like retinol, vitamin K and vitamin C. Try under-eye brightening power product Marini Luminate Eye Gel.
Forgo heavy concealer, which can draw attention to problem eyes, and choose a yellow-based shade that's slightly lighter than your skin. Apply a sheer, shimmering white eye shadow to the inner corners of the eye at the tear ducts and hollows of the nose, and use a white eyeliner pencil to rim inside the waterline (where exposed tissue tends to look red). With a bit of blending, you’ll be amazed at the results.
Genetics, sudden weight loss or a loss of soft tissue or around the eyes all contribute to a hollowed look. Look for eye creams with retinol Rhonda Allison synergy A, an ingredient that will help fragile skin become stronger. Humectants like topical hyaluronic acid can also lend a plumping effect under the eyes. Applying cold cucumber slices and products with vitamin C can also help to reduce the dark circles that often accompany eye hollowing.
Hyaluronic acid, injected deep into the skin, can fill in deficient, hollow-looking areas under the eyes. The next step may be Blepharoplasty to remove loose skin that makes hollowing look more pronounced. Fat can be repositioned or even added to the area to smooth out the sunken skin.
A gentle exfoliator will help skin turnover faster (try retinol rather than granule scrubs), and sunscreen will help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastic. Intensive topical hydrators, like hyaluronic acid spheres, can help temporarily soften, plump and smooth thin skin around the eyes. Last but certainly not least, make like the Olsen twins and never leave the house without a pair of large sunglasses to block the sun’s rays and prevent against repeated squinting.