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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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Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Methods | 0 comments

Peel season is here!

Peel season is here!

Ah fall – the absolute best time of year!  I love the cooling temperatures, seeing leaves on the ground, and knowing that peel season has arrived. The reason it’s a better idea to have a brightening treatment or peel in the fall is because your skin is less likely to be exposed to heat and direct sunlight.  Fall is also a great time to reverse any surface sun damage (i.e. dark spots, congestion, buildup) that was caused during the summer.

I like to take a graduated approach to brightening treatments and peels because we never want to be too aggressive too fast.  Our skin is a delicate flower, and as such, it needs to build up strength to handle more advanced treatments.  Think of it like lifting weights at the gym – if you went too heavy too fast, your muscles would just be weak and you may even hurt yourself.  Rather, if you take a graduated approach and build strength, your results are lasting and evident.

Here is a breakdown of our peel levels and what each treatment can accomplish.

Level 1:  Brightening Enzyme treatment – a great introductory treatment that gently clarifies and corrects blemishes and gives the skin a youthful glow.

Level 2:  Benefit Treatment – this is like injecting vitamin C into your skin!  With high doses of ascorbic acid and vitamin A, this treatment is great for correcting pigmentation and sloughing off dead skin.

Level 3:  Purity Treatment – this is excellent for resurfacing congested pores, excess oil, and correcting blemish-prone skin.

Level 4:  Blueberry Jessner – this treatment dramatically resurfaces blemishes and lines for a smooth complexion.

Level 5:  Timeless -this age-defying peel boasts the highest concentrations of vitamin A and lactic acid so its fantastic for correcting lines/wrinkles and pigmentation.

Level 6:  Deep Sea  – this stimulating herbal peel uses mineral-rich marine actives to penetrate medium-depth and correct aged and damaged skin.

As you can see, each treatment takes a bolder step towards correcting the affects of acne, aging, and pigmentation.  Taking this graduated approach to skin care correction is a safe and effective way to get lasting results with peel treatments.

 

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Methods | 0 comments

More info on MicroChanneling

More info on MicroChanneling

There has been such an overwhelming interest in our new MicroChanneling treatment, we decided it would be helpful to explain even more about the process.  This is definitely a more advanced aesthetic treatment, but is non-invasive all at the same time.  It has the ability to transform damage resulting from acne, scarring, sun damage, pigmentation, and stretch marks.  In order to break things down in a simpler fashion, check out these frequently asked questions regarding MicroChanneling:

 

  1. How does it work?-Our MicroChanneling stamping device creates micro perforations in the skin to stimulate the body’s wound healing response. We use a proprietary Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) serum to speed up the collagen production in the skin.
  2. Does it hurt? -This treatment is not painful, but may be uncomfortable for some. Some say MicroChanneling feels like a tiny hammer on your skin, and others compare it to microdermabrasion.
  3. How often do I have to do it? -Most clients only need to do a MicroChanneling series once and may choose to have maintenance down the road. This treatment is not intended to be done on a continual basis, but rather as needed.
  4. Do I have to use the aftercare products? -Use of our EGF serums is recommended, but not mandatory. These serums are the same as what is used during a MicroChanneling treatment, and have shown to accelerate results.
  5. What kind of results can I expect?-Results vary by individual, but you may experience redness/tightness immediately post-treatment. Irritation usually fades within hours-days, and you will start to notice a smoothing, brightening, and tightening effect on your skin in the days after treatment. Your body will be working on building collagen in response to the MicroChanneling treatment, so sometimes the most notable difference is 2-3 weeks after treatment.

 

If you can handle the feeling of tight skin and a mild sunburn for a few hours, MicroChanneling can really help to remodel skin damage that has been hanging around for years.  This YouTube video helps provide a visual of how the treatment works as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SLzk9-LctA.  Check out this awesome treatment!

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Methods | 0 comments

What is microneedling about?

What is microneedling about?

Sounds kinda scary, doesn’t it?  At least that’s what I thought when I first heard about this treatment.  The reality is, however, that microneedling is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after esthetic treatments.  It is rivaling what more expensive treatments like fraxel laser can do at a fraction of the cost.  Microneedling is also considered non-invasive and has next to no downtime.  The key is to understand how it really works.

When microneedling first came out several years back, they created a roller.  This device employs several tiny needles that create little channels in the skin.  By creating these channels, it tricks your brain into thinking that the skin has been injured and that new skin needs to be produced.   You typically don’t feel the needles (think of acupuncture if you have ever experienced that), but you may feel the pressure of the device.  The trouble with the roller, however, is that it’s hard to keep consistent pressure so that the needles don’t go deeper than they should.  You also roll the same pattern over the skin, so it can be difficult to create more channels.

The next version of the device that came out is the microneedling pen. Then pen also employs several tiny needles (they can come at different lengths depending on the work being done) that are dragged across the skin.  The pen also creates tiny channels in the skin.  The trouble with the pen, however, is that it can also create tears in the skin because of how it is dragged across the surface.

The latest version (and best, in my opinion) of the microneedling device is the gun.  This device also employs very fine and very small needles, but they are at a fixed depth and area administered via a stamping method.  This prevents any tearing in the skin and also allows many more channels to be created by overlapping the treated areas.  So you can get the double the results with less risk and irritation.  This new treatment also employs the homecare use of 2 serums that contain Epidermal Growth Factors (EGFs) like stem cells which help to create and grow new collagen.  Creating collagen is how we get that perfect, plump, baby-like skin.

I experienced the stamping gun method last month at the International Esthetics & Cosmetics show in Las Vegas.  My philosophy is that I must experience a treatment first before administering to my lovely clients so that I can truly articulate what they can expect.  I have to admit I was a little nervous and started to sweat before we started!  I was surprised at how it did not hurt, but instead just felt like pressure being applied to my face.  Almost like a tiny vibrating hammer that stamps along your skin.  I have always had acne scarring on my cheeks from when I was a teenager that I have struggled to correct, so I was excited to see the results.  Immediately following the treatment, my skin was pink for about 5-10 minutes and then went away.  I have very sensitive and very reactive skin, so I was shocked and how quickly the redness disappeared.  Over the next several days, I could definitely see a lessening of my scarring thanks to the miconeedling treatment.  That was just one session, so I can only imagine what a few more would do.

I’m so excited to begin offering this awesome new treatment at Sweet Life!  The cool thing about microneedling is that it can treat a variety of skin conditions:  wrinkles, acne scarring, pigmentation, crow’s feet, and even stretch marks.  We will be offering these treatments in either single sessions, 3 sessions, or 5 sessions inclusive of the homecare serums.  Results are lasting and semi-permanent after just a handful of treatments, so you can enjoy a positive change in your skin in less time.  Come check it out!

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