Kacie Mapp is a licensed Esthetician operating out of Black Sheep Boutique’s lash salon. In addition to being known for being a great lash artist Kacie is passionate about skincare and we wanted to talk summer skincare with her as we prep for those days at the pool.
MOT: Let’s talk SPF. We know it’s important to use it every day. What do you recommend for the best protection?
KM: There’s 3 common mistakes that people make when applying sunscreens.
- The higher the SPF the better, not true, according to the Environmental working group, EWG.org, a minimum of SPF 15 and a maximum of SPF 50 is recommended. Also make sure you buy broad spectrum or 4 star sunscreens. They protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before going out in the sun or water. They need time to absorb into the skin to be effective.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours regardless if you’ve been swimming or not.
Now let’s talk about what I feel is important to understand about the sun. We all know that the sun produces UVA and UVB rays, even though UVA’s are considered non-burning rays, they are responsible for speeding up the aging process. UVA’s also can penetrate through glass, that’s why it’s important to apply sunscreen even if you are just going to be in the car. Did you know that 80% of sun damage is caused from incidental sun exposure? i.e. walking to your car or walking into the grocery store.
UVB rays are considered burning rays but are non glass penetrating. We need to make sure we are protected from both. Now the downfall to making sure we protect ourselves from skin damage is that we don’t get enough Vitamin D from the sun. Make sure to add a Vitamin D supplement into your daily routine. If you have sensitive skin try using sunscreens made for babies and toddlers, if you can buy European sunscreen do that, they have higher quality products that help better protect us from the sun that has yet to be FDA approved.
MOT: Lash extensions are a luxury that I enjoy year round but especially in the summer. Can you tell us a little about the process of those?
KM: Let me just say that Eyelash Extensions are definitely addictive. Once you get them you’ll never want to be without them, they wake up the eyes and give you a finished look even if you just rolled out of bed.
The process is an intricate one, a synthetic mink lash is applied to a single natural lash by using a medical surgical grade glue that is formaldehyde and latex free. The length and thickness of the extensions depend on the condition of your lashes so everyones will vary. The glues have a quick dry time but the key is the curing process, this takes 24-36 hours so no getting your lashes wet for a day and a half. After they have cured you should be washing them gently every other day with baby shampoo or a cleanser thats suitable for use on the eyes. Avoid anything oil based, it will break down the glue and cause faster shedding of the extensions. Now with that being said your lashes will shed thus the reason you need to fill them every 2-3 weeks. Lash extensions are definitely an investment but the benefits are totally worth it, you wake up feeling like Beyonce, saying “I woke up like this.”
MOT: And waxing is also a specialty of yours. I know that it is often a subject that is taboo and one that is typically associated with pain. What are some of your tips on that?
KM: The association of horrific pain with waxing is definitely a pet peeve of mine. I hate the way movies and TV shows depict the service as traumatizing and just not pretty. The truth is yes waxing hurts, you are removing the hair from the root and if you’ve never waxed before that root has never been disrupted. I advise my clients to take some Ibuprofen before their appointment to help with the discomfort, another thing is the consider to schedule your waxing appointments after your period since the increase in hormones around that time of the month can add to your sensitivity. The benefit to waxing is the more you do it the better the results, waxing monthly is ideal. For those ladies who have never done body waxing I always suggest starting with the underarms, its less invasive as a brazilian but will give you a good idea of what to expect when waxing larger body parts.
It’s tough, as moms, for us to take time for ourselves without guilt. But over the last couple of years I have learned the importance of self care and taking the time to allow myself to look and feel good. Kacie is someone that I definitely rely on as part of my beauty routine. I have gotten eyelash extensions and eyebrow waxing year round from her (although we didn’t touch on this in her interview she is known for her brow waxing…I can attest that my brows have never looked better). The lash extensions I love as I hardly put on any makeup and still look pulled together. This is especially great in the summer when most of our days are spent at the pool.
Before our trip to Mexico in June I went to Kacie for a bikini wax. My last experience with this was years ago and I will admit I was nervous to try again. I was shocked at how quick and thorough she was and that it wasn’t as bad as I remembered it to be. The results of not having to shave were so worth it! So much so that I have continued to make it a regular part of my appointments with her.
Kacie can be reached at:
Kacie Mapp | Black Sheep Boutique
5111 S Sheridan, Tulsa, OK
To book an appointment: http://styleseat.com/kaciemapp