Thursday, June 14, 2018

A guide to the summer skin according to an expert

If I’m indulging in some much needed self-care, there’s a good chance you’ll find me at the little brick house in downtown Whitefish Bay. Located near the corner of Lake Drive and Silver Spring, High Brow Waxing Boutique is group of talented estheticians offering everything from lash lifts to facials to waxing, of course. Stefanie Corbett is the fierce lady and skin authority behind this local, woman-owned business.

When she’s not bestowing radiant skin facials and pain-free waxes on clients, you can find her whipping up scrubs and bath salts as part of her second business, Haven & Blythe. Yes, this woman is a powerhouse! And today she is discussing everything we need to know to achieve a summer glow.

You’ve been in the beauty industry for nearly 20 years. What drew you to this profession? How have things changed?

I was drawn to esthetics because of my love for makeup. Once I began my course work at the Institute of Beauty and Wellness, I fell in love with all things skin care! Having the ability to improve a someone's confidence through a wax or working through skin care challenges is incredibly rewarding.

In my opinion, things have changed quite a bit. Clients want to see more technology included in their treatments, while maintaining natural and pure ingredients. We’re seeing more lasers, microneedling, and machines offering non-surgical solutions. I think it's great!

You’re a long-time fan of Yon-Ka Paris Skin Care at High Brow. What do you love about this product line?

Yon-Ka has been a pioneer in skincare for 6o years! They are by far the most customized line I have come across in all my years as an esthetician. For example, they have over 30 moisturizers alone; each one providing the exact treatment promised. I find that so rare; a line that is so tailored to every unique skin type, and truly works!

You’re quickly approaching your first wedding anniversary. Congratulations! Do you have any tips for brides, or guests, who want to look natural and luminious for the event?

It's all about the facial. Don’t wait until the month of your wedding to treat yourself. Let your esthetician work their magic for at least 6 months prior and the glow will show.

Speaking of facials, tell us about your proprietary derma-renew facial?

It's the ultimate facial! It starts with dermaplanning exfoliation, followed by a Yon-Ka brightening peel, and finished with a hydrating Yon-Ka Excellence Code Sheet Masque. Because the results are immediate and long-lasting, it has quickly become our most popular facial.

Let's say you’re going on a summer getaway, what 1-2 products do you pack?

That’s tough! SPF is a must in the sun. Our time in the sun now will be reflected on our skin over the next 20 years, so layer on the SPF! I’d also grab my Yon-Ka Excellence Code Masque. I love this mask because it's simple but action-packed. It's applied at night, in place of a moisturizer and when you wake, your skin is radiant, hydrated, and firm.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen brand?

Well, my love for Yon-Ka runs deep! In additional to being paraben-free, their sunscreen also loaded with vitamins A, E, and B5 so you're getting the benefits of a treatment cream in each application. I love that! In terms of a body SPF, I love La Roche Posay Anthelios because it's super lightweight and great for all skin types.

I’ve asked you many times, but let’s settle this once and for all. What is the correct order to apply skin care products?

There's a little wiggle room to this one, as everyone has their preference, but I apply in this order:
cleanse, tone, eye/lip cream, serum, moisturize, and finally, SPF.

And don’t forget, your exfoliants and masks should be applied 1-2 times per week to maintain healthy skin!

What is the one thing everyone can do to maintain healthy summer skin?

Drink your water! The majority of skincare challenges are a reflection of what you’re putting in your body. If you’re not staying hydrated, your skin will show it by looking dull, dry, and even more aged – GASP! So drink up, generally speaking 8-10 glasses of water per day is best to maintain the summer glow we're looking for!

Thank you so much, Stefanie!

High Brow Waxing Boutique is generously offering readers 10% off a single service this summer when you mention this site! Yesss! I recommend the derma-renew facial (or really, any of their facials), or a lash tint/lift (perfect for those summer months when you'd like to forgo eye makeup, but you still want to look alive). Go get your glow on!

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