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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.

Book online at:  https://squareup.com/appointments/book/14ACFWH4WTKC3/sweet-life-skincare.  See you soon!

 

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Know Your Skin | 0 comments

Battling with Eczema

Battling with Eczema

Eczema can be one of the most frustrating skin conditions out there.  I have watched clients suffer with this treatment for years.  While no true cure for it exists, the more we can be informed of what causes this disease and how it works, the more likely we are to prevent flare-ups.

Hypothesized Causes:

-hereditary factors (a close relative has it)

-environmental factors such as smoke, pollen, and pet dander

-certain foods can trigger eczema such as dairy and nuts

-stress

-sweating (from excessive heat or humidity)

-irritants on contact such as laundry detergents, soaps, shampoos

Long list, right?  The problem for those dealing with eczema is that many things can be a trigger for this skin condition.  So, how can we better manage the systems and avoid skin irritation?  Here are some tips to help prevent the symptoms of eczema:

-avoid contact with known irritants to your skin

-focus on using skincare products that maintain your skin’s lipid barrier (moisturizers, balms)

-receive monthly facial treatments to soothe irritation and boost hydration and moisture in the skin

-get tested at your physician’s office to see if there are any foods you should avoid that may be causing flare-ups

-make an appointment to see your dermatologist for any prescribed topical or oral medications to alleviate eczema symptons

Although exfoliation needs to be handled with the utmost care, I find many clients suffering with eczema have an excessive amount of dead skin buildup.  The dead skin can cause further itching and irritation and also prevent their products from absorbing deeper into the skin. Using gentle exfoliation techniques like removing your facial cleanser with a warm washcloth can help get rid of dry and dead skin.

Since eczema can cause the skin to feel itchy, the urge to scratch can be really strong.  I often advise clients to keep their nails cut short, because bacteria can hide underneath the nail bed.  If they are inclined to scratch their skin (which we want to avoid), shorter nails may discourage the spread of bacteria.

As always, check with your physician for clarity on what is best for your skin condition and needs.  Eczema can be a battle, but the more informed you can be, the better you can be at fighting the symptoms 🙂

 

 

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Partnering for Wellness

Partnering for Wellness

Being in the wellness business, my clients are always asking me for recommendations on how to better care for their body.  Just like healthy skin requires daily attention, our bodies as a whole need to be taken care of.  I am always on the lookout for potential partners that can offer my clients an expanded wellness experience.  It’s important to me to have partners that have the same core beliefs about how health and how best to maintain inner and outer beauty.

Roswell is a small, but tight-knit business community and I love that about it!  It’s inevitable to meet people who knows someone you know too.  That whole concept of 6 degrees of separation is so true.  I first heard about Shine Health & Wellness from a fellow Roswell business associate who raved about its owner, Nicole DeWard.  She told me that she first met Nicole as a personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness who expanded to open her own business 6 years ago.  She said Nicole truly cared for each of her clients and their journey to full body wellness was just as important to her as it was to them.

I had the opportunity to meet Nicole several months ago, and we connected instantly! Her passion for helping people realize their health potential was so obvious.  Plus I could tell that she loved her work, and that is the most important characteristic of any wellness partner to me!  Shine’s mission is to create and implement a unique health plan for each individual.  They offer personal and group fitness classes, nutritional coaching, therapeutic massage and yoga, as well as chiropractic alignment.  I have been able to experience these wellness therapies first hand, and am loving the sense of community and encouragement at Shine.

I’m thrilled to announce that Sweet Life Skincare and Shine Health & Wellness will be hosting a fabulous event on Thursday, May 11th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Come enjoy healthy bites, facial treatments, learn some great yoga poses and more!  Be on the lookout for your invitation, and we can’t wait to see you there 🙂

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Skin Care | 0 comments

Introducing the CosMedix Elite step-up program

Introducing the CosMedix Elite step-up program

It’s a new year and full of exciting new products here at Sweet Life Skincare!  We are thrilled to announce the release of our new CosMedix Elite collection called.   These cosmetics focus on using higher-level ingredients to really maximize results.   This collection from CosMedix is only available to select spa partners, and we are so stoked to be chosen.

It’s important to constantly challenge our skin to be the best it can be, and also introduce new ingredients when and how it makes sense.  Just like doing the same workout over and over can create complacency in your muscles, the same can be true for your skin.  We want to keep challenging our skin to be the very best it can be!

Check out the list of latest and greatest additions with CosMedix Elite:

  • Gentle Clean:  a sulfate-free mild cleanser containing sodium hyaluronate to bind water to the skin and shea butter to moisturize.
  • RX Clean:  a ramped-up version of Purity Clean that contains 10% lactic acid to eliminate oil and exfoliate.
  • Reduce:  a soothing serum in a creamy base that contains totarol – an antioxidant 3 times stronger than Vitamin E.
  • Pepoxide:  the ultimate antioxidant serum that contains 16 different antioxidants and Hexapeptide-1 for conditioning skin.
  • Serum 24:  a step up from Serum 16 that contains 24% encapsulated LG-Retinex to soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Refine RX:  a highly potent 12% Retinol complex that can dramatically renew the skin’s appearance.
  • X-Cell +:  a brightening and tightening serum in 1!  Serum 16 and Simply Brilliant got together and conceived this 2-in-1 formula.
  • X-Age:  an age defying moisturizer containing liquid crystals, spin trap molecules, and encapsulated retinol.
  • Eye Doctor:  think Opti-Crystal plus retinol!

In the same way that we take a graduated approach to advancement in skincare treatments, the same is true for continuing to tackle different skin conditions.  You may first want to focus on sagging skin, but then brightening your skin tone or correcting scarring may be next in line.  We want to continue to expand the methods and ingredients in your skin renewing routine.  Come in to check out these fabulous new products from CosMedix!

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Ingredients | 0 comments

All about Peptides in skin care

All about Peptides in skin care

Peptides in skin care are hot in our industry these days, but what does it really mean?  In this post, we will explore what peptides are and how they can really benefit the health of your skin.

Let’s start with what a peptide is:  it is a short chain of amino acids that link together to form a protein. You may be wondering ‘what’s an amino acid?’  Amino acids are organic compounds comprised of four elements:  carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen.  Our bodies create peptides in large amounts every day.  Certain peptides help regulate vital functions in the body such as hormones.  Well known glycoprotein hormones includes FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).  These hormones are all essential to regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovulation.  The peptides serve to signal certain actions to take place within the body.

What does this all have to do with skin?  Just like peptides work together inside the body to signal production of healthy bodily functions, they can work together in the skin to regulate healthy skin functions.  Cosmetic peptides are not the same as what our body creates, but they can transmit signals to the skin cells to perform certain actions.

A large majority of peptides used in skin care are focused on creating  what we all want:  more collagen!  Some examples of this ingredient are Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (AKA Matrixyl), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.  Do you notice how they all have the word ‘peptide’ in their name?  That is a clear indication that peptides are present in the ingredients, and may likely point towards signaling more collagen production in the skin.  We love collagen when trying to reverse the signs of aging and damage and create new, fresh, beautiful skin.

Hopefully this helps to explain a little bit more about peptides in skin care, and how they can benefit the health and appearance of your skin.  As always, check the ingredients label in your product to understand what is really in there, and how it will serve your skin.

 

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