Change it up!

January 27, 2010

Sometimes I need to remember to follow my own advice as an esthetician. Realizing that I had kept my regimen of products pretty much the same for the last 5 months, I decided that I was due for a “makeover” in my a.m and p.m routine! I added in Brightening Pigment Lotion, a potent toner from Rhonda Allison, and I can’t tell you what a difference it has made in giving my skin that freshly exfoliated shine! With lactic acid and daisy flower extract to suppress pigment and encourage cell turnover, I use it every morning and night. Next, I pat in a little Antioxidant Complex Serum for firming and anti-free radical protection. A quick buzz around my eyes with the new Clarisonic Opal and a layer of moisturizing sun protection, I am set for the day!
I keep the night routine simple too. After cleansing and toning, I do 4 drops of Active Serum from PhytoCeuticals. If you haven’t tried this product you should incorporate it into your routine. A cooling and tingling blend of lactic, glycolic, kojic and salicylic all work synergistically to smooth, hydrate, lighten and diminish and control occasional breakouts. I do the Clarisonic Opal once more, move on to my moisturizing and done! I like a little richer moisturizer at nighttime, one with growth factors to boost my cells repairability and regeneration. If your routine is in need of a little “tweaking” consider revamping your routine. Your skin will get acclimated to the same products after 6 months, so it’s important to do this quarterly.

New! Raindrop Treatment

December 13, 2009

Inspired by a Native American legend, the Raindrop Treatment is a highly effective method for balancing and rejuvenating the mind and body using therapeutic essential oils! When applied to the neck, back and feet, these essential oils can bring about electrical alignment, invigorate the body and spirit, and create profound feelings of calmness and strength!
Having had Raindrop Treatment done personally for 3 years, I am excited to offer this profoundly relaxing and invaluable service. Ideal in times of stress, or incorporated into your healthy aging routine, I encourage you to try Raindrop Treatment!

Introductory Price $75.00 (reg $85) expires 1.31.10

Winter Skin Survival

December 2, 2009

As the weather turns chilly, I have just begun to see the first signs of chapped cheeks and parched skin showing up my clients. Now is the best time to share some great tips on keeping your skin soothed and supple. I’ve chosen 3 great products that work wonders quickly and have a great price point as well.
First skin saver recommendation: Gentle Milk Cleanser, slows water loss in the skin as its main ingredient is an oil from coconut and glycerin. It is wonderfully gentle around the eyes and is great to mix with any other cleanser your have. $11 and up
Second skin saver is our Rosecea Serum: This sensitive skin complex contains Seabuckthorn Oil. Rich in phytosterols, Rosecea serum protects and restores the skin. Its high in Vitamin A & E for antioxidant protection, and it encourages skin strengthening from Asiatic Acid (Heart of Centella Asiatica). $14 and up
Thirdly, this skin saver is for truly chapped skins! Post Balm Lubricating Ointment provides a protective barrier and keeps skin lubricated to promote healing, however, it will not congest the skin! Shea Butter, natural vitamin E, borage oil and willow herb extract all work together to reduce inflammation and promote tissue respiration and repair. $12 and up.

These great product suggestions are really just a few in my selection of “Winter Skin Survival” go-to’s. I look forward to helping guide YOU through the winter with radiant, glowing skin. Send me your skin questions and I’ll help pair your skin with products that will match beautifully for your concern.

Retinol reverses normal skin aging

November 19, 2009

I recently found an article from Harvard Women’s Health Watch Magazine that I had found buried under many papers during our move into our new space last year. It’s a great article siting findings from the Archives of Dermatology on how retinol helps counter the signs of skin aging that is unrelated to the sun. It was a lengthy study done on men and women ages 80-96. For 24 weeks the study went on and as early as 4 weeks fine lines began to fade! The punch biopsy results found increased production of GAG’s, which help retain water, and procollagen, the precursor to collagen, our skins main support structure. The increase in procollagen suggests that retinol use strengthens the underlying tissue and counteracts the age-related thinning of the skin!
With Rhonda Allison, our corrective cosmeceutical strength line, we have 3 formulas of retinol designed to work with any skin type. Starting with our mildest, Organic A, to Therapy A and our strongest, Retinol Supreme. I often like using retinols better than prescription strength Retin-A because it is more tolerated and gives a remarkably healthy sheen characteristic of vitamin A. If retinol isn’t in your routine yet, I urge you to give it a chance! With three elegant formulas, I promise we’ll find one that is right for you!

Sonic Skin Cleansing

November 11, 2009

GirlCleansing so thorough, so remarkably clean, it must be sonic! If you’ve been in to see us for a facial, you’ve had the chance to experience Clarisonic. From the makers of the Sonicare toothbrush, Clarisonic uses a gentle brush that oscillates back and forth 300x per second. It cleanses so well that your products will absorb better, your skin will be softer, and your PORES WILL APPEAR SMALLER! Research results are equally impressive. Clarisonic will get your skin healthier and more radiant by removing 6x more makeup and 2x more dirt and oil than hand cleansing. Now, with 3 options to choose from I’ll help you decide which is best for you!
Clarisonic Mia-all the benefits of the Classic, but with a smaller size, has one speed and is rechargeable. $149.00
Clarisonic Classic Pro-original design, sits in a docking station to recharge and has 2 speeds. $195.00
Clarisonic Spot Therapy-this deluxe model features 3 speed for the face and 1 body mode to work the entire body! Perfect for smoothing the chest and fantastic for dramatically reducing KP-those stubborn bumps on the backs of the upper arms. With a universal charging cradle you can take this one overseas! $225.00
Amaze yourself with what a great addition Clarisonic can be to your skin care regime. With 60 days to more beautiful skin guarantee you have nothing to lose!


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!