Home care tips for radiant skin

August 25, 2014

GrowthFactors_72dpiDid you know that professional skincare products will help you achieve better and faster results than over-the-counter products? Let me enlighten you! When investing in a professional line your dollars are going towards the the research, development and testing of the ingredients in that product. Compare that to OTC and department stores brands which spend HUGE amounts of money on packaging, mass marketing and branding. By law, professional lines are more concentrated and have a higher percentage of active ingredients too. Therefore, you get to use less product to achieve better and faster results! Makes sense, doesn’t it? There is an overwhelming amount of products on the market and I remember being in your shoes as I meandered through the aisles of skincare at my local drug store growing up. It’s helpful to have an expert advising and directing what EXACTLY can work for you and your skin type. Now that we are wrapping up the summer, I love revisiting my clients home care programs and tweaking them to deal with the change in temperature. Not to mention the hyper pigmentation and dead cell buildup that comes with tanning and general outdoor activity. When clients pair my professional skin care treatments and follow home care advice the improvement in their skin can be DRAMATIC. It doesn’t happen overnight. We are dealing with stimulating the cell layer, so give it time and soon your girlfriends will be asking “why does your skin look so great?”


Home use technologies

March 21, 2014

At home technologies are becoming ever so popular with consumers as they are demanding spa quality treatments to do in the comfort of their own homes. Clarisonic made a huge impact on the market and the NUFACE Trinity is following suit. This last November I brought in the NUFACE Trinity device and it has been one of the most popular retail products I now sell. One of the most comment complaints I hear from women is in regards to skin looseness. NUFACE Trinity does an exceptional job at lifting the brows and defining the cheek and jawline. As it stimulates the underlying lymphatic fluid the contouring and “de-puffing” effect instantly makes the face appear younger and more well rested. I truly can’t describe just how happy I have been with this addition to the studio. Clients consistently remark how happy they are with their purchase too. Experience Trinity NUFACE before you buy it at your next facial appointment!


February 6, 2013

I often get asked about what are the most powerful topicals to use for wrinkles and overall aging. Sometimes my answer is less than desirable for many clients. Why is that you ask? Because when I say retinoids or retin-A, many clients groan as they explain the considerable dryness, flaking and sensitivity that forced them to give it up. I remember my course on retin-a starting my second year of college. I ended up ripping up any photo of myself because all I could see was red, inflamed skin. I ended up giving up about 2 months in. Many times it’s about finding the correct strength to use and that will make a world of difference. Fast-forward to senior year and my skin looked great with Differin!
With the cost of prescription retin-A’s nearing $200 a tube I find clients get a better value and result with a milder formula available through estheticians. Chronopeptide A is becoming my favorite vitamin-A based serum to introduce clients into the arena of retinoids. This unique formula has little or no-downtime, but potent regenerating and anti-inflammatory benefits! Clients have been consistently remarking how they notice a difference in 1-2 nights. I like the changes I am seeing in their skin too! Fine lines are filling in and becoming more shallow, the skin is more even-toned and it is retaining moisture better too. All of these changes I am seeing in 8 weeks time. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the many changes I will see as clients continue on Chronopeptide A.chronopeptidea_prod_landingpage

2013 Signature Facial

January 14, 2013

Give Skin a Workout – Experience it for Yourself!

EX-foliate for a brilliant luster while ANTIOX-idants in-FUSE skin with essential moisture, nourishment and protection.  Skin will sparkle and feel instantly firmer as important peptides and antioxidants tone skin, providing a facial workout and soothing relief from free radical damage.  Bask in pleasant aromas while cooling and heating applications and relaxing massages ease stress and soothe muscles.  The perfect facial for anyone wanting to unwind with glowing results!


I’m obsessed with White Lightning!

April 10, 2011

Remember my story of how I wore my gold-rimmed sunglasses through the summer and ended up with HUGE brown spots on my cheekbones from the sun’s reflection off the gold? Ugh, major disappointment….that is until NOW! I am officially obsessed with IS CLINICAL’S newest tag-team cream and serum combo WHITE LIGHTNING! I am loving my skin again. Having a baby, hormone changes, and little sleep had been leaving my skin less than stellar looking. So far, I’ve been using the White Lightning Complex daytime and the White Lightning Serum at nighttime and literally after one week I noticed a very distinct evening and brightening to my complexion. I’m now at one month, wearing less makeup and watching these large spots shrink smaller and smaller.
Now, wanting to make sure I loved this product before recommending to my clients, I wanted to test it first and then sample to those “pigment-challenged” like myself! I was psyched when my beautiful pilates instructor at Alota Pilates sent me a text saying “this IS lightening gives my skin a really nice glow”. And does it ever! If you see Caryn at Alota you’ll notice how her skin is truly glowing-she looks radiant!
I’ll share more about the Lightning line in my latest e-newsletter…..stay tuned and be sure to register at saraskin.com so you can receive April’s issue! Happy Spring too!

What an honor!

March 1, 2011

Winter Skin Survival Tips

December 20, 2010

December weather has been brutal on the skin this year!  I have seen more sensitive, nearly chapped cheeks this month than I can ever remember!  Since dry skin has an impaired ability to heal itself I’d like to share some simple tips that can repair and revitalize your skin simply and quickly!

1) Invest in a good humidifier. Run it throughout the night and you’ll quickly notice a difference in your skin. (Remember to lower your thermostat overnight too)

2) I may sound like a broken record, but drink half your body weight in ounces per day. Not only will your skin thank you, but you’ll be see your energy levels rising too.

3) Exfoliate with enzymes!  Try Derma Peel by Rhonda Allison. Massage this silky gel into the skin and feel it liquify as it binds to surface dead skin cells.  It transforms from a gel to a gentle scrub and leaves the skin smoothed and polished!

4) Replenish with Oils! Don’t be afraid of the wonderful skin nourishing benefits of oils! One of our favorites is Twelve Element Facial Serum by Galen Labs. I rely on this serum especially for  2 of it’s 12 oils, evening primrose and borage.  These oils prevent trans-epidermal water loss, meaning more moisture stay INSIDE the skin instead of evaporating OUT.

5)  Nourish from the inside-out!  Increase your healthy fats with Omega-3 fatty acids!  Studies have shown that a diet low in essential fatty acids can lead to dry skin and premature wrinkles.  These supplements work like magic for the skin!  They help maintain the structure of the cell membrane and do wonders for the smoothness and radiance of your skin.

Here’s hoping you incorporate these simple tips into your winter routine! Now, off to fill up my humidifier, grab a large glass of water to wash down my fish oils and pat a little oil into my skin before bed!  Good night everyone!

Red Indulgence Holiday Facial

December 20, 2010


’tis the season to experience RED….
relax in the luxury of a RED Indulgence Facial for radiant holiday skin!  treat yourself or a loved one to our stress relief experience empowered with all the delicious elements of super RED antioxidants.  Skin is bathed in the essence of pomegranate, cranberry, red apple, and cherry for an infusion of delightful sensations.
purchase our limited-edition RED Indulgence Facial this
holiday season and receive a FREE gift.  continue to indulge yourself
at home with your choice of a Grapeseed Hydrating Mask or
Chocolate Antioxidant Mask!
$120 value for only $105 while supplies last.
75-minute treatment
sparkle : glow : shimmer :: indulge yourself today!

Dark Circle Remedy

November 7, 2010

While on maternity leave, my little guy developed a persistent case of thrush. If you are unfamiliar, thrush is a yeast overgrowth that shows itself on the tongue and gums of newborns. Knowing foods like sugar, wheat and dairy can feed yeast, I eliminated these foods for 3 weeks. Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with skincare? For years I have been telling clients that dark circles can be vastly improved by eliminating wheat from their diet.  I experienced this dramatic improvement after just one week of eliminating wheat.  Wow, is all I can say! Once I started to return wheat back in, I quickly noticed after just 2 days the inside corners of my under eyes were returning to their subtle purple hue.  If you’re plagged by stubborn dark circles I highly recommend trying this. It may be hard for the first week, but anything done for 21 days quickly becomes a new habit.  Try it and let me know what you think!

P.S. Not only did the dark circles disappear, but I felt more energized, happier and more peaceful! The power of food never ceases to amaze me!

Galen Labs Hydrosols

August 6, 2010

Coming off a wonderful vacation, I quickly realized how much sun (too much really) I had gotten while enjoying the outdoors!  My skin looked thirsty and parched and despite my attempts at exfoliating, I still felt like it was looking a little lackluster.  I reached for a bottle of Galen Labs Rose Hydrosol and began spritzing my skin repeatedly throughout the day.  It immediately rebalanced my thirsty skin! If you are unfamiliar with Hydrosols, they are the steam that gets captured when distilling an essential oil.  So, you get all of the wonderful properties of the pure essential oil without the side effects of directly applying an essential oil to your skin.  The Rose Hydrosol, taken from Bulgarian roses, are a wonderful humectant and aid in balancing the skin’s pH leaving it moisturized and soothed.  I’ve begun to rely on Hydrosols much more during my facials, especially after extractions and at the end of a facial.  They are so refreshing when kept in the fridge, especially when our Minnesota weather has been so hot and humid. It’s a great refresher for the skin throughout the day and at $12/piece they are too affordable to pass up!