The Aveda institutes are internationally acclaimed centers of learning for future professionals in cosmetology and esthiology. The Aveda Institute New Mexico will provide you with cutting-edge techniques taught by world-class instructors who help to develop and hone your skills according to Aveda’s top-notch education standards.
A new season has begun and spring is upon us. But what does that mean for you skin? Season change can affect the health of your skin, especially here in New Mexico where we can experience fall, winter, spring, and summer in a single day! “Spring cleaning” your skincare routine will better prep your skin for the warmer days (and occasionally windy and rainy days) to come.
5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Skincare
1. Use an exfoliating cleanser a few times a week. Colder weather from winter may have dried out your skin so an exfoliating creme cleanser will buff off any built up dead skin cells while conditioning the skin. You don’t need to go overboard with it (unless you’re very dry) so using it only a few times a week is enough to get the job done. My favorite is the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliating Creme Cleanser.
2. Use a toner. Whether your skin is dry, oily, or combo a toner is an essential part of any skincare routine. It helps to pH balance and infuse the skin with important nutrients.
3. Exfoliate in the evening. Our cells do their best repair work at night while we sleep, so using a gentle liquid exfoliant like Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant will gently exfoliate, removing dull surface cells and leaving your complexion more refined. For best practices, use this at night instead of toner to better prep the skin to receive serums and moisturizers.
4. Moisturize. As the weather warms up you may need to transition to a lighter weight moisturizer in the morning to help reduce oil production and a thicker creme consistency in the evening to combat dryness.
5. SPF. The most crucial step in any skincare routine, especially in the desert! Stick with SPF 30 sunscreen for the face to help block 97% of UVB rays. You may be tempted to mix your SPF and moisturizer together but don’t! Doing so decreases the efficacy of both products, especially your sunscreen. Best practice is to layer your products (moisturizer first then SPF) for proper absorption into the skin.
Bonus tip! Allergies can cause irritation and puffiness in the eyes so using a chilled gemstone roller will help soothe inflammation and push your eye creme deeper into the skin.
Following a good skincare routine at home helps to create and maintain balance in the skin. Booking a facial during season change is a great way to make sure your skincare is addressing your skin’s needs. I recommend adding a professional exfoliating treatment, like the Perfecting Plant Peel, to your next facial to exfoliate dry skin and restore radiance. Adding an eye treatment will also help reduce the appearance of under-eye circles and puffiness and energize the look of skin around the eyes.
Making small changes to your skincare routine and receiving a professional facial treatment will get your skin glowing for spring and better prep the skin for summer.
“A global celebration in honor of the craft of hairdressing and the Aveda network, Aveda Congress is a four-day event that recognizes top talent, inspires and educates with technical and creative presentations, and fosters a deep sense of connection to Aveda’s heritage of distinctive artistry and social responsibility.” AVEDA
After being with Aveda for 14 years behind the chair and teaching at multiple institutes, I’ve always wanted to attend Congress. This was my year! I wasn’t sure if anyone was going to come with me at first and I just bought the tickets the day they became available. I wasn’t sure what to be prepared for when October rolled around. Was it going to be a hair show like all the rest I’ve been to with a big stage and everyone sitting around? Was it going to be everyone walking around watching artists work on models? I had no clue what to expect.
Saturday: I arrived in MN with 2 of my fellow cosmetology instructors, Rosanna and Johnny, and we got all settled into our hotel. Things started the first day we were there so we changed our clothes and headed out to the convention center where we were all greeted with name tags to wear around our necks. We got there right when the Aveda swag store opened and anyone who has worked for Aveda knows how precious all the bags/shirts/bottles/pins are with the Aveda A on them. Turns out there was already a longggggg line of colorful haired people wearing all black. We waited for a couple of hours in that line and ran into some people we knew. Once we got to the end of the line we grabbed as many goodies as we could! We ventured around for something to eat and wound up at a place called Sushi Train. Soooo good! Later that night, Johnny stayed behind and Rosanna and I met up with the director of our institute Roxanne back at the convention center for the Hair Jam. Lots of loud music and hair stylists doing creative things on stage. It was really cool to see a few of my previous employers on stage from Aveda South when I worked in New Orleans. After the Jam they had a dance after party but we were pooped and needed to wake up early.
Sunday: We got to the convention center super early and everyone was lined up by the doors waiting for them to open to get a good seat. Thankfully Rosanna had been to Congress before so we knew it was first come first for seating and we had to arrive early. When they opened the doors everyone rushed in and we went straight to the middle and saved a whole row of seats for our team to sit together. The show started with some wellness activities, because Aveda! Some of the leads in the beauty industry spoke about the hair world and got us inspired for the day’s presenters. There were salons from all over the world that came to showcase their talent through very inspiring demonstrations, model walks, ect. We went to eat at Hell’s Kitchen that night where Johnny had been dying to check out. Later, we went back to the convention center to watch a few more performances. One of the best being from Antoinette Beenders. She had circus acts and all sorts of wild things happening. She has always been a huge inspiration for me so I would be impressed no matter what she did but she wound up cutting a model with fine hair on stage by teasing her hair in horizontal sections and slide cutting some layers into her hair. Loved it!
Monday: Woke up early and got even better seats! I ran into a hair stylist I have been following on Instagram for years and she recognized me so that was super cool to finally meet her. This was the last day and we saw Lupe Voss who is always so inspiring with her creative color placement and she shared some of her formulas. We got to see Ian Michael Black, Jon Reyman, Ricardo Dinis, Bea Watson and Janell Geason to name a few of my favorites!
I am so fortunate to have been able to attend Aveda Congress 2018 for their 40th anniversary! I know it would have made the late founder Horst Rechelbacher so proud! To many more. I love being a part of the Aveda community and getting to come home inspired to teach the students everything we learned!
In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to let all the moms out there know that finding a career
that balances home life and work life is possible!
We all know that being a mom is a full-time job in itself and adding school or a career to that seems impossible, but Beauty School is actually perfect for moms who want a flexible career that also allows for time with your family. Here are just some of the reasons Cosmetology is a great career for moms:
You can start and finish school in about 1 year! – This means less time away from your kids and you will be working sooner to support them.
You’re only in class 3 days a week – At Aveda Institute New Mexico we have an Eco-schedule so you can choose the days that work best for you and your family. Plus, once you are working as a Cosmetologist you have the opportunity to keep a flexible schedule.
You’re with other Moms just like you – Many of our students and staff are mothers themselves, so they understand your journey and share the same passion as you. This industry is full of working moms, so you have a support network to help you through!
You become a Role Model for your Kids – As a Licensed Cosmetologist, you have a skilled trade for life. You are an Artist, Saleswoman, Entrepreneur, and Trendsetter; definitely someone your kids can look up to!
Financial Aid is available – An Aveda Education is an investment for you and your family, so don’t let the cost keep you from achieving your goals. Our Financial Aid Advisor can meet with you to help you explore a variety of options to help fund your education.
It’s Never Too Late to Start! – Many moms tend to put their personal goals on hold to prioritize the needs of their family, and you might feel like it may be too late to get started, but there is no timeline and no age limits as to when you can become a cosmetologist. The time is now!
We know that starting something new can be intimidating, but don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. If you want a way to express your creativity and still have time for family, then check out our cosmetology program and see if a career in beauty is the right path for you.