Friday, October 25, 2013

Get Clear Skin!

It's time for another weather change! Which, in Ohio, means changes in our skin too. Avoid breakouts this fall/ winter transition by following these tips from Seventeen Magazine below.

  1. Prevent big breakouts- Say goodbye to oil buildup by swiping a clarifying pad over your face three times a week. Pick one with L-carnitine, which prevents the production of oil in your pores, and witch hazel, which is a natural degreaser. 
  2. Gently zap zits. Don't let pimples leave their mark. Treat blemishes with a vitamin A spot treatment to speed up skin cell renewal. You won't scar and your zit will stay gone!
  3. Get rid of blackheads. De-gunk pores and they'll be less noticeable. Apply a sulfuric clay mask once a week to absorb excess oil. The clay has amazing powers that suck out dirt and leave your T-zone less shiny!

Bonus! Cover Zits Like a Pro!

  1. Dab on concealer. Cover a pimple with a light touch so you don't draw more attention to it. Use a makeup brush to tap on concealer until the bump is covered. Then soften the edges by blending with a clean finger.
  2. Even out your whole face. Next, apply a lightweight foundation to the rest of your face. Pick one with color correcting properties. Apply with a clean makeup sponge so the cream blends in with your skin tone.
  3. Set with powder. Make sure your pimple-free look lasts all day! With a finger, tap powder over the zit. The cornstarch in the powder prevents the oils in your skin from melting the makeup underneath!
And if you're looking to get a professional facial, we highly recommend seeing Tiffany at Georgie Salon and Spa! Another bonus? She offers a 20% discount on all services to our models, talent and students! Be sure to check the salon and spa out today!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Avoid Acne and Wrinkles... With Oil!

At Barbizon of Akron, we believe in giving our students tips they need to succeed. Sometimes these are based on confidence, sometimes health, and other times fashion and beauty. Today, we're tying health and beauty together as we all learn about how to use an oil cleanser.

Growing up, many of you probably heard about this oil free cleanser or that. But, did you know that stripping your skin of oils could actually be harmful? By stripping the oils in your skin, your body actually begins to create more oil to try to balance out your skin, so it actually makes skin oilier. Sometimes it will just dry your face out completely causing dry skin and black heads. And for those with the all-too-common combination skin, you'll find yourself with pimples where your skin is too oily and blackheads where it's too dry.

So, what do you do? You begin using an oil cleanser! By cleansing your face with oil, you hydrate the skin and naturally balance it out as the oil combats oil. Counter-intuitive, right? But it works!

Now to get down to business. Buy yourself some Jojoba oil, which can be found at natural food stores, and then follow the steps below! Because this isn't a traditional cleanser, it does have different steps, so pay close attention.

  1.  Wash your hands with soap and water without wetting your face. Clean hands= clean face when cleansing with oil.
  2.  Pour a nickel to quarter-sized amount of oil onto your hand and begin massaging it into your face, concentrating on areas with clogged pores or dry patches. For daily cleansing, massage for one minute. Massage for up to 10 minutes if you’re feeling extra luxurious. You may feel little gritty pieces under your fingers – believe it or not, those are bits of dry skin or hardened sebum.
  3. Dampen a washcloth with very warm water and lay it on your face. This will further open your pores and allow the oils to cleanse and balance your skin. After one to two minutes, use the towel to wipe off the oil gently. Rinse the towel and wipe one more time. (You may also hold your head over a bowl of steaming hot water if you have time. Follow up with a damp washcloth.)
  4.  Moisturize as usual.
While this should work for most skin, it is important to remember that no one's chemical makeup is the same as another's. Acne can also be caused from stress, diet and hormones, in which case the oil may not be a cure-all but it will still cleanse the face. But, if you've tried everything out there and still have not seen results, an oil cleanser may be just what you're looking for, so try it out!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Top Fashion Trends for Fall 2013

As always, one of Barbizon of Akron's goals is to keep our students fashionable and stylish! So we hit the cyber runway to gather the best looks for this fall season. Try them one by one or all together to make a real statement!

Over the Knee Boots- More wearable than strappy shoes, over the knee boots pack a punch of toughness! Think of them as leather leggings or a great staple for when you don't feel like shaving your legs! You can wear them with jeans, your favorite pants, skirts or dresses. Pair them with a loudly patterned dress to make them your own.

Shades of Green- Green is the official color for Fall 2013! And there are so many different shades, you can find one of any hair color, skin tone and taste. Keep the green subtle, or really pack a punch! It's completely up to your style.

Turtlenecks- A plain turtleneck is infinitely wearable. Wear them with a cute cardigan or as the bottom layer to a great layered look. It's perfect for cooler weather because it keeps you toasty without the bulk! Audrey Hepburn is a huge fan!

Slouchy Pants- Their roomy and back with a vengeance! Looser and more subdued, these pants can be paired with just about any look. Wear the high-waisted with your favorite pair of heels and you'll have a style all your own.

Statement Outerwear- You want the rest of your clothes to make a statement, so why not your coat too? With outerwear coming in every size, color, style, volume and shape imaginable, there is absolutely no reason why you can't find a coat to suit your personality! Feel free to splurge as great outwear is guaranteed to take your look to the next level!

So, Barbizon of Akron, there are your fashion trends for Fall 2013. Wear as responsibly (or as irresponsibly as your style dictates) and let us know how it goes on our Facebook page! We can't wait to see some of you sporting these looks the next time you walk into school!

Friday, October 4, 2013

An Inside Look Into the World of Barbizon of Akron

Hey Barbizon of Akron fans, ready for a riddle? Who speaks their own language, has their own way of dressing and has distinct needs and desires? Who follows the newest trends and grows up right before our eyes? Do you give up? The answer is, TEENAGERS.

We’ve all been at that age of confusion, and we’ve all experienced the lack of confidence. We all understand that this is a difficult era to grow up in which is why, at Barbizon of Akron, we want our students to know that we care about each and every one of their well-beings!

Being a teenager can be stressful. Teens are bombarded with challenges they continue to face on a daily basis including, poor self-image, peer pressure, heavy school work loads, problems at home, feeling like they don’t fit in, pressured into making life-altering decisions, bullying- and the list goes on... At Barbizon of Akron, we understand these hardships and want to help. These negative feelings that teens experience can lead to negative outcomes such as low self-esteem, which can lead to even more serious problems such as, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and even, teen suicide.

That is why Barbizon of Akron works with parents to train and educate young people to gain a stronger
sense of identity, self-confidence, increased emotional stability and the ability to make the right decisions.

Barbizon has been helping teenagers mature into young adults since 1939. We believe that feeling confident in one’s self means walking into a room full of people. Confidence means speaking with authority and not being afraid to express a well-educated opinion. It also means walking with pride, and dressing with style. At Barbizon of Akron we are committed and fully concerned with the individuals in our program because we care. Our goal is to help each student blossom into a mature, confident young adult. Keeping our Barbizon class size small is a strong factor that aids in the successful education of each of our students. We are able to give personal attention to each student on an individual level. This also helps our students make strong connections with other students in their class.

Barbizon equips young men and women with the tools to help them sail through life. Our graduates find themselves with careers from modeling to medicine, engineering to
editing, accounting to acting, painting to eventually parents themselves. The sky is the limit for our graduates. We may be training young people in modeling, photomovement, makeup, nail care, haircare, TV and commercial work; but we also stress speech etiquette, health/ nutrition, job interviewing skills, self-esteem, public speaking and business finishing skills. Our graduates have a strong advantage when they interview for jobs because they are learning how to carry themselves in any and every situation.

Think of how much the world has changed and evolved since 1939. Even our phones and computers talk to us now! Through all of the technological advances and changes of life, Barbizon has been right there too, enriching students with the tradition that continues today. Barbizon is, and will always be, here to help!