|Posted on February 12, 2018 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
What is Retinol??
Retinol is a gentler vitamin A derivative that is part of the retinoid family and widely known as one of the most effective ingredients in skin care. It can be used in many forms, both at home and in the treatment room.
Retinoid treatment creates mild occlusion to enhance the absorption of vitamins, antioxidants, and rich active ingredients into the skin for maximum benefits. This treatment is highly effective for: lifting pigmentation, reducing impaction in acne skin, and treating aging skin that has a naturally slow cell turnover cycle.
Revitalize dull, sluggish, stressed, and damaged skin depleted by: sun, air and wind pollutants, allergens, toxins, improper diet, and smoking.
4% Pure Retinol Peel is PCA SKIN®’s newest innovation. For skin in need of rejuvenation, this retinoid peel smooths, brightens, and evens skin tone through increased cell turnover and peeling. This staple, professional retinoid treatment returns the skin to optimal function and its results and peeling are dramatic. Essentially, it is a powerful retinoid peel.
4% Pure Retinol
Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract
Silyburn Marianum Fruit Extract
Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
How does it work?
Retinol encourages the normalization of the cell turnover process. It creates dramatic change in the skin without the irritation common with retinoic acid use. The potent retinol content accelerates cell turnover, bringing healthy cells to the surface more quickly, stimulating collagen production, and acting to increase exfoliation.
Rough skin texture
Everyone’s skin is unique; our licensed skin care professionals will determine the strength and depth of the treatment to yield optimum results and achieve your skin goals.
|Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
What is Sugaring?
Sugar is an all natural form of hair removal. Sugar is made up of sugar, water and lemon juice. Our paste does not contain chemicals or resin. We NEVER double dip with sugar. It is 100% sanitary form of hair removal. Sugaring is ideal for the most sensitive skin and the results last longer than traditional waxing.
The earliest references to hair removal came from the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece. Early writings out of Mesopotamia tell of kings who would have the slave girls serving them be expected to remove their body hair. Hair on the body was considered to be unclean by the upper class. Possibly through a fortuitous accident, the method of using sugar for hair removal treatments was developed. Sugar is an all natural form of hair removal. It is far superior over waxing of any kind.
Just some of the Benefits of Sugar:
100% pure and natural
It’s never hot so it will never burn the skin
Does not adhere to live skin cells so it is less painful and less abrasive
Safe for eczema or psoriasis
Easy clean up, just water! you will never leave sticky
Can extract shorter hairs
Leads to permanency faster since you can extract the hair in the shorter, active stage of growth before it is nourished
Bacteria does not breed or survive in sugar
Great exfoliant for dry skin
|Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
I know, I know…the idea of slathering oil on already oily skin seems frightening, especially when we have the common misconception that all things should be "oil free". Well my friends, not oil is bad. In fact MOST (pure, organic) oils are awesome for the skin when used properly!
In my personal experience I find Maracuja oil better suited for oily/acne prone skin and argan oil for normal, dry, mature skin types.
Maracuja Oil by Tarte
Maracuja oil is made from the seeds of the passionfruit flower. Maracuja oil is full of fatty acids for skin moisture and rich in Vitamin C for skin brightening. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory effects and can help with acne. Maracuja oil helps to regulate the sebum level of the skin. This means it keeps the skin from becoming too oily or too dry. Loaded with antioxidants, the oil combats fine lines and wrinkles. You only need a few drops to moisturize your whole face.
During winter time I like to use it on top of my moisturizer. Also, If you are on a Retin-A, retinal regiment a dry oil feels amazing on the skin.
It may seem counterintuitive to be rubbing oil on oily skin, but argan oil has been credited with drastic improvement of blemishes and acne prone skin. Acne is caused from the excess production of sebum, the natural oil produced by our skin. Argan oil, which has a similar chemical composition to our skin’s natural sebum, helps to slow the production of sebum by tricking our skin into thinking it has enough oil already. After a few weeks of use, your body will reduce its production of sebum, and acne will begin to clear. As with any new skincare product, start off slowly.
Liquid Foundation- Amazonian Clay Foundation by Tarte Cosmetics
Mineral Foundation- Bare Minerals
|Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
To have a great waxing experience, I recommend you follow the tips below. It will get you acquainted with the entire process and, hopefully, put you at ease (somewhat).
The Brazilian bikini wax should always be done using items that are sanitary and disposable. Disposable gloves should be worn by the esthetician and non-reusable waxing paper should be used on the esthetics table. Both should be tossed in the trash after your service. Any metal implements used (i.e. tweezers or scissors) should be sanitized between clients. Most importantly though, waxing spatulas should never be double-dipped in the wax.
Refrain from any type of shaving for at least 3 weeks before your waxing appointment. Shaving can make the hair more resistant to waxing and often times leaves it too short. Most often the esthetician will need a good ¼ inch of outgrowth. If your hair tends to be stubborn or coarse, you many need to grow it out about a week longer or more closely to a ½ inch.
Be aware of the sensitive waxing areas. Most clients think the labia or the backside (buttocks) are the most painful areas to wax. When in fact, it’s the area right on top of the pubic bone that tends to be the most painful. Fortunately, a good waxer will usually wax the front, top area first.
Try to schedule your waxing appointments 3 or 4 days after your period. This time of the month tends to help to reduce sensitivities and anxiety associated with waxing.
Avoid Brazilian bikini waxing if you have a sunburn or have had a laser hair removal treatment in the past week.
Lightly exfoliate the area with a loofah or a gentle scrub 1-2 days before your appointment. Exfoliate the panty line area, as well as the area on the top of the pubic bone. Due to the abrasive nature, DO NOT exfoliate or use exfoliants inside any folds or crevices.
Showering before your appointment is always recommended. If for some reason this isn’t feasible, ask your esthetician for something to freshen up with. This will save you a lot of embarrassment later!
Take two Ibuprofen at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This serves as an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce any discomfort.
Plan on coming to your appointment with something loose to wear. Steer clear of anything that may be too restrictive, tight or binding in the private areas. Cotton panties, loose work-out clothes, skirts, and dresses seem to work really well for clients. I don’t recommend wearing snug pants or jeans!
Any good Brazilian waxing appointment will be conducted in a private room with a door. If you have any questions about the service, this is a good time to have them answered.
You most likely will be asked to remove all clothing from the waist down.
If you are under the direction of a dermatologist or are taking or applying a medication relating to your skin, let your esthetician know. Prescription medication may leave your skin extremely sensitive to waxing services.
Until you know how your body with react, it’s best to avoid caffeinated beverages the day of your appointment.
Proper breathing can make a world of difference in reducing the pain. Try to avoid holding your breath, by just breathing and talking naturally.
The esthetician will be getting into your VERY intimate areas and you may be asked to be put in some precarious positions. Try not to feel anxious or self-conscious. It’s no different than going to the gynecologist. This is part of the job and rather clinical in nature. Furthermore, your esthetician is a total professional and is not there to judge.
Keep the lines of communication open with your esthetician. If you have experiencing extreme discomfort or embarrassment, please be frank and let her know as soon as possible. Getting a Brazilian bikini wax may be somewhat uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be torturous!
Lastly, think positively about the end results. You will be amazed and back in 4-5 weeks!
|Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
Q: Why does the intianl brazilian wax cost more?
A: The first session takes a bit longer than the follow-ups, as there's more hair to remove because of the density and coarseness of the hair.
Q: How do I take care of my bikini after the wax and what should I expect?
A: Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your skin is cared for properly over the next few days. Please note: some slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax. These symptoms should subside over the next 24-48 hours. Some spot bleeding can occur during a waxing service. Because the hair is being pulled from the follicle, it may take some of the follicle with it. This is very normal and only lasts for a second or two. The coarser the hair, the higher the incidence is. If you experience persistent redness or irritation, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24-48 hours. This means:
• No hot baths or showers (cool to lukewarm water only).
• No saunas, hot tubs or steam treatments.
• No tanning (sunbathing, sunbeds or fake tans).
• No sport, gym work or other exercise.
• Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed hands.
• Wear clean, loose fitting clothes.
• Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.
• Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area, other than those recommended by your therapist.
• To soothe and protect the skin, apply an antiseptic cream to the waxed area regularly for 3 days following your treatment. Always wash your hands before applying any product.
Q: How do I prevent in-growns?
A: To prevent ingrown hairs: starting a few days after your appointment, gently scrub the skin 3 times a week in the bath or shower using a loofah or exfoliating mitt. Apply a toner containing salicylic acid on the waxed area every night to prevent bumps and ingrown hair from occurring. Also moisturize the area every day, which will keep the skin supple and help new hairs to grow through normally.
Q: Is it normal to see regrowth after the first week?
A: You may notice a small amount of regrowth after a week or so. It can take up to 6 treatments for your hair to get on a growth cycle that gives best results. Hair needs to be at least 1/2 in long before it can be successfully removed by waxing; please do not shave between your appointments. To maintain your smooth appearance, I recommend regular waxing every 4-6 weeks.
**Feel free to call or contact me with any questions or concerns!
|Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
5 Types of ACNE
1. Whiteheads/Closed Comedones
Little clogged bumps under the skin that aren’t red or sore, just little white-ish, clear or flesh colored bumps under the skin also known as “clogged pores.” Most people get them on the chin, sides of the mouth or hairline, but they certainly can be found elsewhere such as the cheeks. They are also very common in darker skin tones such as in African-American skin.
What to do: hencethese have no infection (meaning, they are not sore) using harsh acne products will only make them worse by causing dry skin cell build up trapping that oil in the skin longer.Exfoliate! By keeping off dead skin cell buildup this will help these purge naturally, however a good deep pore cleansing facial is extremely beneficial and crucial for removing the impurities within the pores.
2. Blackheads These are large pores that contain oil that has oxidized with air causing it to turn black…
What to do:Although there is no way to permanently get rid of blackheads, your best bet is regular monthly deep pore cleansing facials followed by home use of alpha hydroxy serums to keep the pores cleaned. Long term use of Retin-A helps tremendously but you must be diligent and patient to see a difference. Avoid the ingredients Isopropyl Myristate and Isopropyl Palmitate in your skin care products as these can contribute to the formation of blackheads.
3. Pustules These are the red, inflamed blemishes that contain pus. These are your traditional “zits” that are most likely to cause post-breakout red or dark scars IF you don’t properly know how to care for them.
What to do: You MUST NOT touch these until you can see a whitehead. Then you can carefully extract the infected pus and immediately spot treat.
4. Milia Those hard, white, raised bumps that feel like a little ball under the skin; most commonly found around the eyes and the apples of the cheeks, but can appear elsewhere.
What to do:All the acne spot treatments in the world will never get rid of these. They can be caused from heavy pore-clogging oils like Mineral Oil and Petrolatum, but for many people, they are genetic. The only way to remove these is to get them manually extracted by an esthetician or dermatologist. If you try to do it yourself, you’ll probably end up scarring yourself so it’s best to put your skin in the hands of a trusted professional. Once you get them removed, regular exfoliation is really essential to keep them from coming back–or at least as quickly. Our Retinol Intesive Clarity 0.5% works extremely well to keep the skin exfoliated so milia doesn’t form underneath dry skin cells. It’s also important to use gentle, low-foaming cleansing gels to deep clean without drying out the skin.
5. Cysts Hard, painful bumps that develop deep within the skin and can linger for weeks.
What to do:Do not pick! Despite being sore, you’ll never get that infection out and if you attempt to, you’ll most certainly have a scar that will linger for months. The rule is: If a whitehead does not forms (which they never do if it’s a true cyst) then hands off!
1o Causes for Acne and Blemishes
#1… Do you touch your face a lot?
This may come as a surprise, but subconsciously touching your face all day makes it quickly become the dirtiest part of your body. While it’s important to wash your skin every night, it’s much better to try to prevent your hands from touching your face unnecessarily.
Skin Tip: Keep your hands occupied. Get any kind of toy or gadget that you can play with in your hands at times when you are most likely to be touching your skin.
#2... Have you been eating more dairy than normal lately?
When you develop cystic breakouts (those hard, painful, underground blemishes that linger for weeks) on the chin, jaw line and neck area, it might be a sign that you’re getting more dairy in your diet than your body can tolerate. Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of things that your body is not in agreement with, so when you get too much dairy, it is by nature harder to digest and can come out in the form of cystic blemishes in the lower area of the face.
Skin Tip: The best way to determine if your acne cysts are directly related to your intake of dairy is to completely cut dairy out of your diet for two weeks. If you don’t develop any new cysts and you normally would have by now, then this might solve your problem! It doesn’t mean that you cannot eat any dairy at all. Slowly introduce dairy back into your diet, and the point you start breaking out again is your body’s tolerance level.
#3... Have you been under tremendous stress?
I always say "stress can kill you!" Stress not only affects acne flare-up but it worsens the overall skin condition. It induces the adrenal glands into overproduction of cortisol, a steroid, which in turn makes sebaceous glands produce more oil and make skin extra oily. Thus the reason why in stressful periods, people experiencing an increase in acne get more inflamed, puss-filled papules than simple whiteheads or blackheads.
Skin Tip:The easiest solution to reducing stress is to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. You can try Yoga, Mediation, Exercise or doing anything that makes you happy.
#4... Do you not wash your skin at night?
Oil on the skin makes for a breeding ground of bacteria, and bacteria will cause blemishes. Sleeping with not only your makeup on, but also the addition of oil, dirt and debris that has built up on the skin during the day, can absolutely trigger new blemishes.
Skin Tip: The #1 reason why someone won’t wash his or her face at night is out of exhaustion. I certainly understand the discipline and effort it requires to perform your nighttime skin care routine, especially when you’re exhausted. But, you really must do it. Your skin will love you for it. It’s that simple.
#5... Have you started using new skin care products?
When your skin is introduced to new products, sometimes you might get some initial blemish purging, especially if the products are giving your skin more exfoliation than normal. If it continues on more than two weeks, then they may not be a good fit for your skin.
Skin Tip: When introducing new products to your skin, it’s always recommended to use one product for 3-4 days before adding in a second one. If your skin is reacting negatively, you’ll be able to determine which product you should discontinue. Get products recommended for your skin type by choosing one of our nine skin types.
#6... Are you about to start your menstrual cycle?
Many women can experience a surge of blemishes at the start of their monthly cycle. This is completely normal, but can be very frustrating.
Skin Tip: Taking Vitamin B-6 daily one week prior to your cycle will help regulate hormonal imbalances, which can lead to breakout. Calcium-magnesium, manganese supplements can also help when taken during this time. It’s also advisable to use an antibacterial skin care products such as Blemish Bar by PCA or an Acne Clarifying Serum during the time when you know that you’ll get blemishes.
#7... Are you peri-menopausal or going through menopause?
Hormones are chemical messengers, created by our bodies to regulate everything from metabolism to cell growth to reproductive cycles and mood. When they fluctuate, they can trigger weight gain, depression, sleeplessness and fatigue in addition to adult acne and breakouts. A common sign for hormonal imbalances is when your monthly cycle is inconsistent and sporadic, or has recently stopped.
Skin Tip: It’s advised to check with your physician to see if they have any recommendations to treat the imbalance internally.
#8... Have the weather temperatures been fluctuating from day today?
When the season is changing and the weather is warm one day and cold the next, it can wreak havoc on the skin, leaving it confused, unbalanced, and prone to blemishes.
Skin Tip: This is a time to adjust your skin care routine slightly, not go for a major overhaul. Many people feel like they need to switch their entire routine to acne products, but that’s over-compensating and will only leave your skin dried out and irritated. A great way to address the sudden breakouts is to temporarily switch to products using Salicylic Acid.
#9...Have you started taking a new medication?
Every drug will affect the body differently, but generally speaking, medications and drug use can cause stress on the nervous system, which elevates hormones (adrenals). This will contribute to the wear and tear of connective tissue resulting in flaccid, loose, sagging skin as well as increased blemishes.
Skin Tip:Consult with your physician.
#10... Have you recently introduced the use of the Clarisonicbrush?
Electric brushes such as the Clarisonic can be too stimulating on the skin for some people, resulting in breakouts. For many, the exfoliation benefit it provides can actually help lessen breakouts, but in some cases it can cause the skin to get more blemishes.
Skin Tip: If you suspect it may be causing you more blemishes, try discontinuing the brush or use it less often to see if blemishes lessen.
|Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
If you’re seeking healthier, clearer and more beautiful skin, professional facials are a must. Here’s are the reasons why and some common questions.
What are the benefits of facial?
A facial is more than a luxury – it's hygiene for the skin. Just like excerise in order to maintain healthy skin you have to keep it in shape – and the best way to do that is by seeking the help of a skin-care professional who can plan your skin's workouts, exercise it on a regular basis, guide its nutrition and push it to get the results you desire.
A facial can offer many benefits: Facials offer you the opportunity to work with a professional skin care specialist who will analyze your skin, help you improve your complexion and show you how to take proper care of your skin. A facial can give you a deep cleansing, deeper than the cleansing you will get at home.
A facial includes cleansing as well as exfoliation, which can help unclog your pores. Extracting open comedones will also help rid the skin of acne. Your skin care specialist will help soften the skin with steam, hot moist towels, and enzymes or other exfoliants. A skin care specialist (esthetician) will choose the ingredients to help your skin type. The esthetician may choose a mask to detoxify, calm, energize, tone, lift or hydrate your skin. By getting a proper analysis, you will not only learn your skin type and condition, but an esthetician will be able to create a facial experience that addresses your skin’s individual needs.
A facial helps increase circulation and stimulates the skin. It can also help slow down premature aging by custom-targeting your skin care. Facials are a great preventative treatment to help you beat wrinkles before they occur. Keeping your skin hydrated will help keep the skin moist and stop dehydration.
A facial may help you understand the proper skin care products for your skin. Most people are using the wrong products for their skin type; this causes the skin to become sensitized. A good esthetician will work with you to create a home-care regime that will be both easy to use and work with your personal skin type. Skin type is determined by pore size, tone, and texture. It is also determined by oil production, called sebum.
How often should I have a facial?
A facial is recommended optimally every 4-6 weeks. However, if you are experiencing unusual stress or menopause, your skin can be unpredictable and experience breakouts; in that case your esthetician may recommend more frequent visits until the problem is under control.
Is is normal to break out after a facial?
It is NOT normal to experience acne breakouts after a facial!
I’ve had clients through the years who are skeptical about getting facials because they have had them at other places where they have broken out afterwards. If you are getting a professional facial appropriate for your skin type, a facial should not encourage breakouts…
***There is one exception. If someone has a lot of acne/milia and I have done a tremendous amount of manual extractions, sometimes the skin will do a self-cleansing by purging old oil and bacteria resulting in a few post-facial breakouts—and that’s actually a good thing!
Can I receive a facial if my skin has some blemishes?
YES! The purpose of a facial is to help correct and preserve the health of the skin — it isn’t expected that your skin will be perfect or blemish-free. If you are experiencing problems, we suggest you choose a Deep Cleansing Facial. If your esthetician finds evidence of comedones (blackheads) during your facial, she will gently attempt to remove them.
At what age should I start receiving regular facials?
Your early 20’s are ideal, unless you began to experience congestion and breakouts at an earlier age. I believe in early skin-care education – as many teenagers suffer from problem skin that is best addressed early on; having a visit to an esthetician can help treat and correct the problem.
What’s the best way to prolong the results of my facial?
I recommend being diligent with your home-care program, like cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and protecting. This will help your skin function properly and look its absolute best.
What type of facial is best for me?
A facial should be customized to your needs, and that's best decided during the consultation. What works well at one visit may not be appropriate the next time around. For example, skin has a tendency to change every season. Other factors like nutrition, medical conditions and medications, environmental damage, stress, changes in hormonal level (pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, birth control peels, physical activity, and fluid intake) have a large impact on the current skin condition. Skin "type" is an outmoded concept, although it’s still part of our industry’s jargon. Skin type was originally used as a reference to inherited skin characteristics, but skin condition is much more relevant. I try to stop my clients from “stocking up” on their favorite products, regardless of where they buy them from – those favorite products may not be appropriate in six months, because the skin is always in metamorphosis.
What are the benefits of facial massage?
When received regularly, a facial massage can result in noticeable improvements to skin tone, texture and appearance. A proper facial massage can also restore the skin’s normal balance of oil and pH. Additional, temporary results may include: heightened skin softness and pliancy, increased circulation of blood to the face, and an overall soothing of the spirit. As an added bonus, most people find receiving a professional facial to be exceptionally relaxing and enjoyable.
What is an ultrasonic facial?
The Ultrasonic Facial is a clinical treatment developed by physicians, that uses state-of-the-art resurfacing techniques. Water is penetrated into your pores at 28,000 times per second to flush out oil, dirt & dead skin. This process kills bacteria & reduces inflammation. More effective that microdermabrasion, the Ultrasonic facial exfoliates 20-50% of the stratum corneum. Customized ampules are then permeated into the epidermis. A micro-current stimulates collagen and elastin production, incredibly hydrating & age-defying!