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Five Nighttime Skin Care Tips You Might Not Have Heard Of That Actually Work!

You might not think of your nighttime skin care routine as being all that important, but it’s actually the most essential part of your daily skin care regimen! While you sleep, your body restores itself and produces new cells, meaning that you should make sure to apply night cream every night before bed in order to make your skin healthy and glowing by morning. Here are five nighttime skin care tips you might not have heard of that will actually help get rid of wrinkles, blemishes and other skin issues—all while you sleep!

1.) Exfoliate Your skin

Perhaps obvious to some, but exfoliating your skin before bed is a crucial step to nighttime skincare and isn’t just part of your morning “wake-me-up” routine. As you sleep, the natural oils and dead skin cells on your face will accumulate and can clog your pores. Exfoliating with a product that contains alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic or lactic acid will help remove dead skin cells, brighten your complexion, and decrease breakouts. Plus, it’s great for removing makeup as well!

2.) Apply a Retinol Serum Before You Sleep

A retinol serum before bed can help your skin regenerate and repair itself…so be sure to apply this type of serum one to two hours before bed, then apply your nighttime moisturizer. Wait at least 15 minutes for the serum to absorb into the skin before applying your night cream, or allow it to absorb on its own overnight. The important thing is that you use this skincare routine while you are sleeping. Your skin repairs itself during sleep. Be sure to wear sunscreen every day: Sunscreen is key in preventing wrinkles, acne and dark spots from developing on your face throughout the years.

3.) Use an Overnight Mask

Overnight masks are great because they can be applied before bed and you don’t have to worry about them wearing off in the middle of the night. If you want your skin to look brighter, opt for a mask with a hydrating ingredient like coconut water or hyaluronic acid. If you need help with acne, try a clay-based mask that will absorb any excess oils on your skin. First, apply a cleanser. Follow up by using an exfoliator such as retinol or chemical peel that removes dead cells and impurities from the skin’s surface. Use a soothing moisturizer if you feel dry.

After applying these products, put on an overnight mask. Be sure to avoid fragrances since these ingredients may react negatively with your other skincare products when it’s time to wash them off in the morning!

To complete your nighttime routine, use lip balm and finally apply eye cream around your eyes area which is often one of the first places where wrinkles show up!

4.) Don’t Forget About Your Neck and Chest

The neck and chest are often neglected when it comes to nighttime skin care. But these areas can also be prone to breakouts, so it’s worth taking a few minutes to cleanse and moisturize them before bed. It’s equally important to make sure that you dry your skin after showering or washing your face; damp skin is more vulnerable to acne-causing bacteria. If you’re looking for something new, try using silk pillowcases in order to prevent irritation on the delicate facial skin.

5.) The Obvious: Remove That Makeup!

Washing your face before bed is a must for nighttime skincare. Makeup can clog pores and cause breakouts, so always take the time to clean your skin when you head to bed. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry. If you use an eye cream, be sure to apply it now before continuing with the rest of your nighttime skincare routine. Lastly, apply moisturizer all over your face, neck and chest area.

It’s here! The Ami’s Salon & Spa “Perfect Tan” Guide!

As we are now unofficially at the unofficial start of summer (particularly in the seemingly more dreary northeast), we here at Ami’s wanted to provide you with a short and definitive guide to tanning properly and avoid the “beached crab” look we all know and desperately wish to avoid! Surely there’s enough of you out there that have mastered this literal dark art but aren’t sharing any of your secrets. There’s still so many clients we wind up treating every year with burned skin that could have easily been avoided with the use of just a little suntan lotion. Not properly treating your skin in the sun may lead to scheduled appointments being that much more expensive since they now require additional time and care…and seriously, who wants that?

For this article we’re going to focus lighter skin tones since these skin types are often the ones most afflicted with perpetual redness, however this method is applicable towards skin types and complexions of any kind…it works great on everyone!

You will need SIX products in total for this process, as well as some aloe:

1.) SPF 60 Sunscreen

2.) SPF 30 Sunscreen

3.) SPF 15 sunscreen

4.) OIL FREE SPF 5 sunscreen (sunscreen + bronzer combo works best…drug store brands will do, Hawaiian Tropics, or something higher-brau like Clarins are some of our favorites). MAKE SURE this bottle and all of the others say “oil free” since we want to use this on the face as well, and we don’t want to clog pores and cause breakouts!)

5.) Aloe (any squeezable, pharmacy-store brand gel form will do)

6.) SPF 45+ Lip Balm

Some info and tips before we delve into the multi-step process on achieving the elusive “base tan”…below we’ll debunk some myths first.

1.) A base tan can be achieved without sunscreen


We’re going to label this a big fat “nope”. We all have that one friend (which being honest, was me at one point) that thought they didn’t need sunscreen to achieve a base tan after a solid 8 or 9 hours in the sun, and spent the ensuing days at home after enjoying some of the finer NJ beaches such as LBI, Avon, and Point Pleasant to name a few, laying around in bed at home next to the AC unit writhing in pain applying aloe all over their body…as their skins response to singing off the top most layer, the epidermis, in the form of increased redness played its own form of damage control. This redness can (often) turn darker as your body naturally repairs itself, however at the expense of major peeling and sometimes more pain, leaving your body only looking burned and uneven in color.

2.) Aloe helps heal and hydrate the skin


At the end of a long day out, if you have only ONE product in your arsenal, let it be aloe…almost any kind will do. We at the shop prefer leaving a bottle in our refrigerators at home so it glides on extra cool after a long day of baking. Applying some the day before going out in the sun for a bit of a skin “pre-soak” does wonders for your tan as well!

3.) High SPF sunscreens don’t allow you to tan at all


As we will explain below, this is the “secret sauce” to our perfect tan! High SPF sunscreens actually allow sun to penetrate your skin contrary to popular belief quite well, but also protect it in the process. If you ever cooked something in the oven “the low and slow” method is usually the way to go – and your skin is no different, which we will talk about below. This allows for that process to happen as it should if you plan on being in direct sunlight for 20 minutes or more. For lighter and more fair skin types, an SPF of 50 is usually good to begin with. The SPF factor is directly related to the percentage of UV rays your skin will be exposed to, which for our example is 50 percent, using a lotion with an SPF factor of 50.

If you are unsure of what kind of SPF to start with, it is always best to consult your physician first.

And now what you’ve been waiting for – the Ami’s Salon & Spa “Perfect Tan” Process. Now imagine you’ve just arrived in on your getaway to an island or someone else sunny and tropical and you’re finally ready to get your glow up.

We’re assuming you have a whole lot of nothing planned for this trip…this “recipe” is based on spending almost a full week out in the sun, increase each day’s activity by another day if you are planning for two weeks of fun in the sun.

For all tanning lotion applications, make sure you focus on full coverage, applying healthy amounts everywhere on the body. For your face, make sure the version you are using is oil-free and that it specifically says this on the bottle/canister somewhere…and as a reminder make sure you are taking notice of times you need to reapply, which can be usually after going in the water, or every 1-2 hours as a guide. When in doubt, reapply!

Day 1: (7:30am – 4-5 hours outside), SPF 60 Sunscreen + SPF 45 Lip Balm + Post care with aloe, before you apply your first layer of sunscreen and after your shower in the evening after laying out in the sun all day…a thin layer of aloe should really go everywhere you either plan to tan, or have recently applied sunscreen.

Day 2: (7:30am –  5-8 hours outside), SPF 60 Sunscreen + SPF 45 Lip Balm + Post care with aloe (see Day 1 for aloe instructions).

Day 3: (7:30am –  5-8 hours outside), SPF 60 Sunscreen + SPF 45 Lip Balm + Post care with aloe (see Day 1 for aloe instructions).

Day 4: Take it easy in the sun and let the previous days do their magic on your body. If you’re going to be outside you can begin to dial down the SPF here and drop it to a 30 or 40. Apply aloe thoroughly after your day is complete, referring to Day 1 for  instructions.

Day 5: You can start a bit later on day 5 but bear in mind 7:30am is always the most ideal time to start, as your body is able to kickstart the “low and slow” baking process as the sun is still rising. But if too many mixed coconut-flavored drinks did you in the night before, starting at 10am is probably your second best option for the ensuing days. On days 5 through 7, right at about the the 2 hour mark and every 30-45 mins through the end of your day outside, graciously apply your SPF 5 with bronzer among coverings using the SPF 15 lotion in tandem, applying the SPF 15 first.

Day 6: (7:30a-10:00am start, 5-8 hours outside), SPF 30 Sunscreen + SPF 45 Lip Balm + SPF 5 bronzer + Post care with aloe (see Day 1 for aloe instructions).

Day 7: (7:30a-10:00am start, 4-5 hours outside), SPF 15 Sunscreen + SPF 45 Lip Balm + SPF 5 bronzer + Post care with aloe (see Day 1 for aloe instructions).

Please note that prolonged exposure to sun can increase your risk for certain types of cancers. None of the information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any questions or concerns involving changes in the look or texture of your skin, it is always best to consult your doctor or physician first!

Stay beautiful!

Have You Ever Wondered About Chemical Peel Treatments? Then You Have to Read This!

Trust us – choosing the best chemical peel treatment isn’t easy. When considering a chemical peel treatment, you must always consider the type of treatment your skin may require first:

  • Acne
  • Discolored skin or hyperpigmentation
  • Prominent fine lines/wrinkles
  • Scarring
  • Restoration of elasticity or rough skin

The methodology is simple, yet it’s not always an easy task and almost always requires a consultation with the spa first. With a chemical peel service, the spa introduces a solution to your skins surface which will in effect remove its top-most epidermis layer causing it “peel” off. This unique effect which happens by design can last anywhere from three to ten days from your initial service – so don’t get scared immediately when it looks like the peeling won’t stop! This is a normal occurrence which will subside on its own. It also depends what type of service you choose which almost always determines how long this process will last. With chemical peels, there can be many types to choose from, but two of the most popular types of peels are superficial peels and medium peels.

Superficial peels will keep your skin the most resilient, involved minimal penetration of the epidermis and will gently exfoliate. These types of peels are generally only designed for minor skin issues such as light acne or minor discoloration. Medium-level peels penetrate the skin a bit further with the use of glycolic acid which can reach the middle and outer layers of skin cells which allowing it to be more effective than superficial peels.

Other types of peels which are offered at our salon are:

  • Anti-aging peels
  • Acne-specific peels
  • Delicate skin peels
  • Brightening peels
  • Environmental peels

Be sure to call the shop for more information, or to book your appointment now for one of our many chemical peel services at (609) 584-1775, or, alternatively you may use the booking form on our site: http://www.amissalonandspa.com/services

There Coudn’t Be a Better Time to See if Microdermabrasion is Right For You, Read to Find Out Why!

There has never been a better time to try out microdermabrasion, which for a long time wasn’t available at spa locations such as as ours. Now as easy as ever to access, our salon offers a crystal free version of the popular treatment which is even gentler on your skin, with a diamond tip which is easier on the skin offering optimal results for those with sensitive skin.

Our crystal-free version of the treatment is similar to using a fine-grained paper in order to keep your skin looking brand new, which in most cases requires more than one treatment to achieve optimal results…however you will notice a difference after your first visit. All of our microdermabrasion tools feature a closed loop system which limit our clients exposure to particles being removed from your skin…so don’t worry about inhaling anything you wouldn’t want to!

The way microdermabrasion works is easy to understand: quite simply, your skin illicit a regenerative response to the treatment, promoting a remodeling process for your skin. Your skin then becomes thicker, has more elasticity, and will look more healthy overall.

After your microdermabrasion treatments, you will also notice an improvement in texture, tone, reduced fine wrinkles, sun damage, a reduction in enlarged pores, and more visibly reduced stretch marks after your treatment plan is complete!

Be sure to call the shop for more information, or to book your appointment now for one of our many microdermabrasion services at (609) 584-1775, or, alternatively you may use the booking form on our site: http://www.amissalonandspa.com/services


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