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Anatomy of a Facial

A facial is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments, including: steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage.  Facials can last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour and range in price depending on the types of products used for the treatments.  They are professionally recommended every 4 weeks for maximum results. Step 1: See a Professional. All facials follow the same basic structure and order. They will begin with makeup removal and cleansing.  Then comes some method of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and smooth the surface of the skin. A massage is then performed that can include all or some of...

New Year, New You: Plan Accordingly!

Looking to enter the New Year looking younger and more refreshed?  It's important to plan your beauty needs around a hectic holiday schedule, so if you're thinking of amping up your look for the New Year (or any Holiday Parties) here's some helpful hints/guidelines: Non-Invasive Spray Tan Spray tans typically last 7-14 days.  If your thinking of spraying (which I highly recommend), do it as close to your event as possible!  You can't shower for 6 hours after a spray, and you can smell a little bit sugary post-spray, so keep this in mind.  For the best results, spray the day before.   Facial A plain old facial can be done anywhere from...

Product Review: Skin Cancer Preventing Ingredients

I hope I officially warned you about the dangers of tanning with my previous post.  I hope if you are regular tanner, you have considered switching to Spray tanning. Thank you for the great responses to that post!  I'm so proud of your efforts.  Did you see an Aesthetician yet?????  Because that's Step 1: See a Professional. Vitamin A The "Skin Vitamin."  An disposable  factor in the maintenance of youthful, healthy skin.  Helps prevent and reverse photo-aging and helps improve hydration.  The unique thing about the line Environ, is the Vitamin A is in graduated concentrations.  It is formulated in the form of Retinyl Palmitate and Acetate.  This allows you to treat your skin, while...

Microdermabrasion

We all know I love chemical peels, ('Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!) but my second must do treatment for every woman: Microdermabrasion!!!! What does it do? It mechanically exfoliates the top layer of skin, removing  dead skin and debris (that both greatly contribute to aging/skin cancer). Microderm also: Helps to soften fine lines and scarring, breakup acne and hyperpigmentation, it brightens the skin, and creates an epidermis (outer layer of skin) that allows for better penetration of products during a facial, and also at home.  You will leave with glowing skin! How it works:  The abrasion tool uses aluminum oxide microcrystals in combination with a vacuum attachment.  This process removes the top layer of the epidermis, which is...

Hydrating Ingredients in Skin Care Products

It's getting cold out and like I said 'Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!  Both of these things necessitate hydrating products for your skin.  Here's a list of ingredients your cosmeceutical/pharmaceutical skin care products should have in them! Alpha Lipoic Acid - a powerful antioxidant that destroys free-radicals before they can destroy cells.  Alpha Lipoic Acid also enhances the potency of Vitamin C and E.  It occurs naturally in green, leafy vegetables. Lactic Acid - A multi-purpose ingredient used as a preservative, exfoliant, and moisturizer, and to provide acidity to a formulation.  In the body, lactic acid is found in the blood and muscle tissue as a product of the metabolism of...

'Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!

When the summer is over, and you will not be out in the sun anymore (which you shouldn't be doing ANYWAYS) it's time to have a good chemical peel with your aesthetician.  The reason you don't want to do this in the summer is that depending on the strength of the peel, the top layer of skin will flake off and left your epidermis unprotected from the sun. Chemical peels come in different strengths.  You might not necessarily peel, or you might peel--a lot.  Make sure you tell your aesthetician your desired level of peeling.  I wish I had pictures of the peels I've had.  I've had a...

Clear, Smooth, Even Skin

The conditions involving skin clarity can be broken into the following physiological categories: Environmentally Damaged Skin Environmentally damaged skin results from a history of overexposure to environmental elements.  The sun is responsible for 80% of aging!  Fibers that maintain the skin’s structure and elasticity (collagen and elastin) break down and slowly diminish, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin.  UV light can damage the DNA in the skin cells which can lead to different forms of skin cancer. Other environmental factors include: Harsh weather conditions which destroy the skins moisture barrier resulting in rough, dry, uneven skin tone and texture). Cigarette smoke results in free radicals which break down collagen...

Step 1: See a Professional

It’s easy to think you know how to take care of your skin, the media bombards women with “product knowledge.”  Healthcare is never cut in dry (fact for all you medline readers).  Without education and experience in a subject, we have no business self-diagnosing and dictating a plan of action.  It's finding the right man for the right job. Like in most aspects of healthcare, preventative care is not usually the route we choose.  Ever notice how European women have beautiful skin?  Part of the reason is because they see aestheticians.  Often. Your skin is an organ; in fact, it’s the largest organ of your body.  It provides your...