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Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Know Your Skin | 0 comments

Understanding and Overcoming Acne

Understanding and Overcoming Acne

As beauty practitioners, one of the greatest privileges we have is to help our clients feel and look their very best.   One of the most common complaints I hear from clients in the treatment room is about acne.  This skin condition can be one of the most frustrating issues to battle, and it can affect people of all ages.  As an esthetician, my job is to educate my clients on what acne is, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from becoming an ongoing issue.

We often think of acne as just being a problem for teens, but adult acne has become just as common.  There seems to be many causes for the rise in adult acne such as added stress, pollution, additives to food, and other external factors.  Since the key to any solution is understanding the problem, we have have to look at what the root cause of acne is.

While attending a skincare conference a few years ago, I heard something from an acne expert that has stayed with me ever since.  He explained that we all have what is called ‘p. acne bacteria’ in our pores.  It doesn’t matter if we are 8 years old or 80, we all have this same bacteria.  This bacteria isn’t a problem unless it builds up and has no way of oxygen getting inside the pore.    Typically, we experience a breakout when oxygen cannot flow in and out of our pores.  You see, bacteria cannot survive in the presence of oxygen.  That information made so much sense to me!

I love sharing that explanation with my clients, and I love to see the light bulb go off in their face.  Once they understand the connection between acne and proper exfoliation, the path to clear skin is totally attainable.  I can help them understand how monthly clearing facials and a solid home care routine can truly change the way they look at their skin.

I love being able to share knowledge with others to help them understand how to bring out the very best in themselves and their skin.  It’s one of the best parts of being in this beauty industry.  Stay tuned for helpful tips on ingredients and healthy habits to prevent breakouts and promote healthy and clear skin!

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Methods | 0 comments

Come experience our yummy Blueberry Jessner Peel!

Come experience our yummy Blueberry Jessner Peel!

We are celebrating the arrival of Fall with a special on our Blueberry Jessner peel!  This peel is my absolute favorite for kicking up the peeling process a notch and doing some serious remodeling.

Let’s look at what the key ingredients are in this magical Jessner peel:

  1.  Salicylic acid is my ‘go-to’ ingredient when it comes to fighting blemishes.  This gentle but effective acid is great at sapping up extra oil and killing bacteria.
  2. Lactic acid is unique because it exfoliates and hydrates the skin at the same time.  Those with sensitive skin will love the smoothing effects.
  3. Blueberry extract is part of what makes this peel so yummy!  Blueberries are known for their powerful antioxidant properties, which work to bring life to lackluster skin.

It’s important to understand that undergoing a peel such as this requires some prior skin preparation.  You certainly don’t want to have a Bluebrry Jessner be your very first peel experience!  Since the depth of this peel is light-medium, it can take a few layers of skin off the surface.  In order to minimize shock to the skin, it’s best to have the skin familiar with deeper homecare exfoliation.  I always recommend that my clients be on a resurfacing ingredient such as retinol for at least 30 days prior to experiencing  their first Jessner peel.  Some great products I typically suggest are:

1.  Serum 24 contains a unique blend of LG-Retinex retinol complex, encapsulated retinol, and retinaldehyde.  Is that enough vitamin A for you?

2.  Refine RX dramatically exfoliates the skin with 12% AGP Retinol complex.

3.  X-Cell+ is my favorite tag team combination of brightening extracts and retinol.  This product is great for inhibiting melanin production and discouraging the appearance of skin discoloration.

The aftercare from our Blueberry Jessner peel is just as important as the preparation before the treatment.  SPF is absolutely mandatory in order to keep the fresh new skin protected.  You also want to avoid any excessive heat for the next few days, so that means avoiding hot showers, saunas, or strenuous exercise for the first 7 days post-peel.  Remember that taking off layers makes your skin more susceptible to damage, so it’s important to take extra good care of that baby skin!

Pop in for a consultation or book an appointment online to see how our yummy Blueberry Jessner peel can improve your skin:



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Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Know Your Skin | 0 comments

Why we need skin oil

Why we need skin oil

There is often a misconception that skin oil is a bad thing, especially for oily skin types.  The truth is that our skin needs a proper balance of oil in order to remain healthy, protected, and avoid premature aging.

Our skin oil glands are known as sebaceous glands, which are responsible for creating and spreading oil onto the surface of the skin.  Some areas of our face have a higher concentration of sebaceous glands, such as the nose, chin, and forehead.  This area is often called our ‘T-zone’ or oily zone.

The thing about oil is that we really need it.  It helps to maintain the lipid barrier of our skin, which protects us from bacteria, pollution, and other affects of the environment.  The more moisturized our skin is, the less likely we are to experience premature aging.  I often tell my clients to think of their skin like leather.  The less oil it has, the more likely it is to crack and weather.  If leather is properly oiled, it has a smooth and supple appearance.  Our skin is the same way:  we need oil to maintain its softness and health.

Those of you that experience excessive skin oil may be disagreeing with me about the need for more moisture in your skin.  What I often see happen with those having extra shine is that they try to over-dry the skin.  The problem with doing that is that it makes the body think you are lacking oil, and it will over produce shine.  You are better off seeking to balance oil production with the use of exfoliating products and a hydrating moisturizer.

A great way to give our skin a proper oil balance is through the use of our home care routine.  Regardless of whether your skin is dry, oily, or combination, we all need a solid moisturizer.  I often tell my clients that the job of their moisturizer is to act like a goalie:  protect what is in and keep out what is bad.  A good moisturizer will have both moisturizing and hydrating capabilities.  Skin that is suffering from a lack of oil can also benefit from cleansing and leave-in skin oils.  The oil in our skin is attracted to the oil molecules in cleansers, so they work great to remove makeup and excess oil.  Skin that is extremely dry and irritated from conditions like eczema and psoriasis may also benefit from conditioning oils and balms.

Skin oil is our friend when it comes to keeping things healthy and youthful.  Don’t shy away from a little bit of oil in your routine!

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Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Ingredients | 0 comments

Anti-aging with palmaria palmata

Anti-aging with palmaria palmata

Today we are spotlighting an ingredient known for its anti-aging capabilities:  palmaria palmata.  This plant grows in the Atlantic ocean as well as the northwest Pacific ocean and is often dubbed the ‘red seaweed.’  This botanical actually thrives on the rocks amidst the water.  Its scientific name is “Dulse” (pronounced dullis).

Internal health benefits:

Seaweed is often known for being mineral rich and providing different antioxidants.  It is many times consumed as a healthy snack or topping on prepared foods.  There are a broad range of health benefits from consuming palmaria palmata such as:  improving blood circulation, acting as a digestive aid, boosting your immune system, and lowering blood pressure.

Skincare benefits:

You may be wondering what benefits there are for your skin when it comes to this sea plant.  Just like there are many health benefits for the internal body, palmaria palmata helps turn back the clock on your skin in many ways.  First, it helps to improve blood and lymph circulation to promote brighter skin.  Second, it provides antioxidant support to neutralize damaging free radicals.  Third, palmaria palmata contains a seawater which helps to detoxify and cleanse the skin.  Last but certainly not the least, it contains amino acids and vitamins that help promote collagen production.

The best part about this skincare ingredient is that it contains so many different minerals and vitamins that feed the growth of healthy skin overall.  Not only is it beneficial for anti-aging purposes, but it also aids in the health of your skin.  We love botanicals that feed your internal and external health! Check out this fantastic ingredient in our X-Cell+ brightening serum.

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Methods | 0 comments

Why get a monthly facial?

Why get a monthly facial?

I love when I am asked why people should bother to get a facial.    There are so many benefits to receiving regular skincare treatments that there is probably not enough lines in this post!  Let’s focus in on five key improvements you can witness in your skin after having a facial treatment.

  1.   Brightening: one of the first things I notice while doing a skin analysis is that many of clients have a buildup of dead skin.  Although we shed skin cells everyday, sometimes our skin needs some extra help.  Exfoliation = brightening in a facial because sloughing off dead or damaged cells on the surface forces the body to create fresh new skin.  You can expect an overall brightening affect from a facial as a result of either mechanical or chemical exfoliation.
  2. Softened texture:  run your fingertips over the surface of your skin.  Notice how some areas may feel bumpy or rough?  Peels are a fantastic way to gently and effectively even out your skin texture.  Smooth skin is also an ideal way to have your makeup set beautifully.  The more perfect the canvas, the better your makeup will look!
  3. Increased Hydration:  another key component of our skin analysis is to evaluate how much water is in your skin.  Clients are often shocked when their numbers are low because they drink a lot of water, but your skin’s hydration has more to do with it than that.  As a part of your facial, your esthetician can recommend the best serums and moisturizers to boost your hydration numbers.  These products can be used during your facial so you can realize the glow that increased hydration can bring your skin.
  4. Plumping:  the only plumping we like is the kind that ends up on our face and not our hips!  MicroChanneling is an excellent way to improve collagen production in the skin.  Think of collagen like a pillow top mattress – it is what gives our skin the perfect plump look like a baby.  Essentially, we are all trying to get back to that baby skin, and the more collagen production we have, the better.
  5. Relaxation: this is such an important part of getting a facial.  We often underestimate the stress that accumulates in our bones as a result of just living!  Our lives have so much demand, and sometimes we are so busy taking care of others, that we forget to take care of ourselves.  All of our facials come with massage for the decollete, face, arms, or scalp.  As humans, we really need time to truly relax and be in the moment of self care.

If you find yourself desiring one or more of the above improvements in your skin, come experience a facial!  We believe in truly listening to your skincare concerns and what your goals are.  Together, we can create a treatment plan that will help bring out the very best version of your skin.

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