Archive for October, 2009

Face Saving Foods

October 21, 2009

My first suggestion when coping with various skin challenges is to start healing from the inside out. Diet plays a tremendous role in the health of beautiful skin. Incorporating these simple changes will impact not only how you look, but how you feel each day too.

8-10 glasses of purified water is a must, but make sure you are trading that coffee for green tea! Green tea contains theanine, a substance that acts as a natural mood elevator, and also contains an abundance of antioxidants. Consuming high levels of antioxidants daily prevents the breakdown and weakening of collagen and the formation of acne.

Dry Skin: Consume EFA’s (essential fatty acids) found in wild salmon, fresh tuna, and flaxseed. Try freshly grinding flax seed and sprinkling it on yogurt, in smoothies and salads.

Acne Skin: Consume foods high in vitamin A and beta-carotene like broccoli, spinach and melons. AVOID processed foods.

Roseacea Skin: Consume lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, like broccoli, brussel sprouts and cantaloupe.

What changes you have made that positively impacted your skin? We would love to share your tips.

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You love Tallulah!

October 19, 2009

We love finding new products that make our clients raving fans! Our newest one came in late this summer and we love it for so many reasons! Perfect for the gal who demands mega moisture, smashing colors AND lip enhancing fullness! What more could you want! Not to be confused with lip plumpers, Tallulah Mineral Glosses actually give the “illusion” that your lips are fuller. We have a feeling these are going to garner even more attention this holiday season. Adorably packaged, colors to flatter any skin and a price that can’t be beat! 7 color selections at $16 means you can spoil all your girlfriends and not break the bank. Hillary-Duff-Tallulah

What to expect with a Mid-Depth Peel

October 19, 2009

Peels are my favorite way to quickly improve the look and health of the skin. Many people cringe when they think of a peel. Their mind quickly goes to Samantha on Sex and the City who happily agreed to a “freshening peel” by her doctor, and leaves scaring children on the streets of Manhattan! Esthetician performed peels are much more lifestyle friendly, as compared to a physician strength peel. One or two mid-depth peels are perfect each year, with some skins tolerating them monthly. If you are considering one, fall and spring are perfect times of the year because of the low heat and less intense sun exposure. After a test patch, I suggest an evening appointment for your peel. The peel solution remains on the skin overnight, so it is best to “wear” your peel home and relax the rest of the evening. Now, there are 3 phases that the skin goes through when healing from the wound of a peel.
1) Inflammation. This happen as soon as the peel solution is applied to your skin. Mild swelling, erythema (reddening), an increased feeling of heat in the skin, and pain. The pain is tolerable and with the help of a fan most people do great!
2)Re-epithilialization. This happens in the first 24 hours. Keratin begins to form and new cells migrate to the base of the wound. On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th day the skin visibly starts to peel, much like it would from a sunburn. At this time the skin is forming new blood vessels and new tissue.
3)Remodeling Phase. This is the COLLAGEN BUILDING PHASE! This process can go on for weeks after a peel! 7-10 days following your peel though, you must return for a follow-up Post-Peel Treatment. This allows us to assess the changes in the skin condition, texture and tone. Slough off any dead skin cells that may still be remaining. Hydrate and nourish the skin and observe the overall benefit of the peel.
From start to finish, the whole process leaves the skin looking radiant, smooth and plump. I find peels to be great for so many reasons, share with us why you love peels too!

A Thoughful Approach to Your Skin’s Health

October 7, 2009

I recently saw a new client who had gone without having facials for years because she thought they were too painful. She came in on the recommendation of her good friend and loved her treatment so much she sent her mom in the very next week. It got me thinking of what I do and how it is different from other businesses.  First, I’d say it’s gratefullness.  I am priviledged to love what I do and when someone spends their time and hard-earned money to come to me, I have an obligation to do everything I can to meet their expectations. I belive that comes through in my touch!  Secondly, I love to take all the issues that I see under my magnifying lamp and whip up a treatment or series of treatments that is just for them. A super customized blend of enzymes and peels infused with the best technology like Microdermabrasion (for retexturizing and smoothing), Micro-Current (for muscle re-education), LED (for repairing tissue and promoting healing) and my all-time favorite Oxygen (for revitalizing, healing and hydrating)!  I can’t imagine doing it any other way!