Saturday, November 30, 2013

5 Tips to Radiant Skin

We at Barbizon of Akron love SheKnows.com. They came up with some fabulous ways to get your skin to look amazing! The best part is they are really simple changes that do not seem to take too much time. Here are some great tips that you can start using asap!

Exfoliate- Sure, you've heard that exfoliating your skin is important, but to achieve glowing skin, it is a must. Try exfoliators that contain alphy hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid. At-home peels are another effective path to smoother, more even-toned skin and generally contain up to 30 percent glycolic acid, whereas a dermatologist can use up to 70 percent concentrations for more dramatic results.

Detox your body- It is true: the outside of your body reflects what’s going on on the inside. Skin conditions develop when the skin can’t do its job of eliminating toxins efficiently, which happens because the other eliminative organs are overloaded as well. Talk to a natural health care professional to find a detox program that works for you, or take a load off your system – and benefit your skin by doing the following:
  • Drink warm lemon water each day to help flush toxins from the body
  • Up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables to boost the amount of skin-saving nutrients you’re getting.
  • Limit salty snacks which can cause swelling and water retention.


Eat and apply antioxidants- Antioxidants help fight free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage. Some popular topical antioxidants include vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10 and green tea, and there are many more. They can counter the damaging effects of the sun, reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. Eat fruits and vegetables that contain these vitamins, as well, so you get them internally and externally. Fill your grocery cart with the following:
  • Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
  • Dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards)
  • Orange fruits and vegetables (mangoes, squash, sweet potatoes)


Try coconut oil- Virgin coconut oil has the ability to restore and rejuvenate damaged skin. It heals, repairs and leaves your skin radiant. Coconut oil has excellent antioxidant properties and helps to destroy free radicals. It can also even out your skin tone, giving it a more healthy-looking texture and a subtle glow.

Use radiance-boosting makeup-Try the celebrities’ secret to glowing skin and that “lit from within” look: Apply an illuminating cream under your makeup. Bronzers are also excellent for creating a healthy glow. Choose an illuminating rather than matte shade and apply everywhere the sun hits your face: forehead, nose and cheeks.

Be radiant and shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Five Makeup Essentials for your Makeup Bag

There is so much makeup out there, and for some of us, so much we wear day in and day out. So, how do you find out what pieces are essentially to take with you throughout the day? Have no fear, our list of essentials is here!

Tinted Sunscreen- Tinted sunscreen, or a BB cream, is a definite must have! It should be applied throughout the day to keep the UV rays at bay, even in the winter time. Because it's a moisturizer, it will also help to keep skin conditioned and provide a light foundation to keep skin looking fresh!

Tinted Lip Gloss- This should go without saying. Throughout the day, lip gloss needs applied over and over again as it wears off from eating, drinking, and sometimes just talking a lot. Get a nourishing lip gloss to keep lips healthy during the winter months as it will help you avoid chapping.

Concealer- Ever have a pimple pop up in the middle of the day? It's happened to us all! Don't get caught! Keep concealer on your for those pimple emergencies and no one will notice that you even have them.

Face Powder- Did you have to run to class this morning? Or maybe you're just a little stressed for an upcoming test? Stress can cause your body to create more oils and exerting yourself can cause sweat! No one wants oily or overly shiny skin! Keep powdered and no one will see the stress on your face.

Mascara- Whether it be sweat or tears, mascara loves to melt down cheeks! But it doesn't mean you have
to have a meltdown! Keep mascara on you to keep lashes looking lush and to make those eyes pop!

Keep these three items in your back pocket (ok, your purse) and you'll be looking beautiful all day long, no matter what the day has to throw your way! Keep your look fresh and shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, November 8, 2013

5 Reason to Drink Water in the Morning (and all day)

Water. It's easy for many of us to take it for granted. Especially with things like soda, juice and energy drinks so readily available. At Barbizon of Akron, we aren't all about beauty and fashion, but mental and physical health as well. This is why we found it important to highlight the benefits of drinking water in the mornings (and all day long)!

Balances your Lymph System- Your lymph nodes help to perform your daily functions, fight infections, and balance your bodily fluids. By hydrating them, you are helping your body balance itself out and fight infections. This means you are sick less and your body works more efficiently!

Makes Skin Glow- Water helps to purge toxins from the blood which helps your skin glow and stay clear. Proper hydration can also help to reduce wrinkles and maintain overall skin health.

Helps Weight Loss- Drinking 16 ounces of chilled water in the mornings can boost your metabolism up to 24%! Water also helps to suppress hunger from boredom or emotional eating. Sometimes, dehydration can also mask itself as hunger, so by drinking water, you help reduce the chances of a false hunger occurring.
And it has zero calories and no artificial ingredients, as opposed to other beverages.

Blood and Muscle Production- Water increases the production of blood and muscle cells.

Nutrient Absorption- Drinking water on an empty stomach helps to purify the colon, this makes it easier to absorb nutrients from your diet.

So the next time you're thirsty, get something that does more than quench your thirst! Help boost your immune system, make your skin glow, lose or maintain weight, produce more blood and muscle, and absorb more nutrients... All with the help of simple water. Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Our Photographer Wins Huge Award!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! You already know that we love celebrating our students, but we also love to celebrate those that we work with. Jim Metrisin has worked with Barbizon of Akron for years shooting their Barbizon of Akron photo shoots!

Jim was awarded, October 19th, with a great award from his city council and church parish! It was for his dedication as a Eucharistic minister, parish photographer and minister to those who are incarcerated. They applauded his dedication and service to the community and the way that Jim goes above and beyond in his service to St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish. This award is a BIG deal!

Also given an award was Sr. Pat Burke CSJ. Jim has been humbled by this experience and said that it was a great honor. We also would like to thank him for his service and hope that you will join us in celebrating this huge honor!

Jim will be the first one to tell you that he is no different from you or I. The secret to making your dreams come true is to begin following them! Also, when you give to your community, you also give back to yourself. Always be true to yourself, your dreams, and those around you, and life will bring you greatness!

From left to right; Councilperson Jay Westbrook, Jim Metrisin, Councilperson Dona Brady, and the other honoree Sr. Pat Burke CSJ.