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Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance

This blog post is dedicated to all my fellow estheticians and business owners! Creating and maintaining a healthy work-life balance is something that we often hear about.  While we all want to strive to be the very best we can be professionally, we still want to...

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Understanding and Overcoming Acne – Part 2

Understanding and Overcoming Acne – Part 2

Welcome back!  In our last post, we looked at what causes acne.  In the following post, we are going to look at ways to combat acne. Overcoming acne really does take a two-pronged approach.  It's important to daily deposit blemish-fighting ingredients...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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All about Peptides in skin care

All about Peptides in skin care

Peptides are essential chains of amino acids that occur naturally in our bodies to regulate healthy functions. In the same way, peptides in skin care products and treatments can help to regulate optimal health functioning in the skin.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Buying Skincare from Amazon

Buying Skincare from Amazon

Don’t get me wrong:  I love Amazon!  The convenience of being able to order something and have it delivered to your door in less than 2 days and not pay shipping?! Genius!  The thing is, that’s all well and good for items that are non-perishable and...

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Treating and preventing pigmentation

Treating and preventing pigmentation

Ahh summer time!  The warm breeze, bright sunshine, and smell of honeysuckle makes us want to stay outside all day long.  Even the sun hates to go down and stays out past 8 pm - we all enjoy this time of year.  The danger is, of course, being out in the sun without...

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The stages of a facial peel

The stages of a facial peel

As a professional in the skin care industry, I have always felt that I need to understand and experience my treatments and products in order to articulate them to my clients.  How can you tell someone what to expect when you yourself haven't been in their shoes?  A...

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Know your skincare ingredients:  Spin Trap

Know your skincare ingredients: Spin Trap

Sounds fancy, doesn't it?  This skincare ingredient is one of the most powerful and intelligent antioxidants out there.  To understand how spin trap molecules benefits your skin, you first have to understand what they do. Free radicals are...

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Skincare ingredients: mineral oil

Skincare ingredients: mineral oil

Chances are, if you have any widely available skin care products in your bathroom, mineral oil is one of the top 3 ingredients.  I say this without any judgment - it's just the facts!  Many skin care manufacturers use this substance for at least 2 reasons:  it helps...

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Know your skincare ingredients:  Edelweiss

Know your skincare ingredients: Edelweiss

Am I the only one that thinks of 'Sound of Music' when I think of this word?  Such a classic movie set in Switzerland... just like the edelweiss flower.  This resilient flower grows in the Swiss Alps and is a protected botanical in its region.  It can endure extreme...

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Know your skincare ingredients

Know your skincare ingredients

Hello darlings!  Spring is here in the beautiful South, which means blooming flowers, warmer weather, and cleaning!  In the spirit of cleaning, I will be posting information about key skincare ingredients to look for in your product as well ones to avoid.  Clean up...

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High School Skin

High School Skin

Ah, high school.  The time of our lives that our bodies start changing with or without our permission.  The hormones start raging and the oil in our skin starts pumping.  Now I don't know about the rest of you, but I was blessed with some lovely cystic acne.  I...

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Have you heard the news?

Have you heard the news?

Big news: we are growing into a new space this month!  As some of you may know, I have been looking for an expanded facility.  While it has been a wonderful experience having our home in Mela Michael's Salon, I knew we needed more space in order to grow and be able to...

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A little extra love with ‘Restore’

A little extra love with ‘Restore’

Love is a perfect feeling, isn't it?  It's hard to put into words, but we know love when we see it and feel it.  We all need love in our lives, and sometimes our skin needs a little extra love. This Valentine's Day, Sweet Life Skincare is launching a very special...

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

I looked up, and it's already December!  Wow, the year really has flown by.  So much has happened in a short period of time.  A few months ago, Jerry and I decide to start looking for a new house.  No real reason, we just thought, 'why not?'  We ended up selling our...

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Oncology Esthetics – Part 1

Oncology Esthetics – Part 1

'What is oncology esthetics?' you might be wondering.  It's not a 'technical' term, but it is a skill to address the side effects the skin often experiences when undergoing treatment for cancer.  I recently attended classes on the growing need for skin care...

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Microcurrent:  A Beautiful Thing!

Microcurrent: A Beautiful Thing!

Hi folks!  I know you have heard me talk about microcurrent before, but it's one of those little miracles that never gets old to talk about.  If you are concerned about any of the following, I want you to SERIOUSLY think about trying microcurrent out: -fine lines and...

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Advanced Skincare

Advanced Skincare

I'm a big believer in continuing education - it's a great way to learn new things, see old things in a new way, and interact with people.  I love going to classes and networking with people that enjoy this industry just as much as I do!  So today I want to...

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Why It Matters to LOVE What We Do

Why It Matters to LOVE What We Do

Every month has a holiday or tradition that is familiar to all of us.  December is all about Christmas, January is New Years, and February is undeniably about Valentines Day.  This tradition evokes thoughts of love, roses, and chocolates.  In the spa world,  it's...

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Happy Valentines Day… all month long!

Happy Valentines Day… all month long!

Hi guys and gals!  Don't forget to treat your honey or yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating facial treatment.  Book online for your 20% off treatment and a discounted rate on your first purchase of CosMedix professional skin care!  Gift certificates...

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What you need to know about Microdermabrasion

What you need to know about Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion (or 'microderm' as people in the business like to say) is one of the more popular methods of exfoliation in a spa or medical setting.  Typically, when you look at exfoliating the skin, there are 2 methods of making that happen:  chemical or...

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Skin Series:  Oily and Sensitive?

Skin Series: Oily and Sensitive?

There may be several of you out there that have the blessing/curse of having oily skin. Oily skin often has a bad rep because it's associated with being shiny, feeling greasy, or being prone to breakouts.  Don't get me wrong, all of those things are still true, but...

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Hyaluronic acid – the thirst quencher

Hyaluronic acid – the thirst quencher

Hyaluronic acid is one of my favorite ingredients in skin care.  Not only does it have the ability to significantly hydrate the skin, but it is also a polysaccharide (protein and sugar complex) that already exists in our bodies.  Not too many skin care...

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The power of touch

The power of touch

If someone were to ask me what one of the best feelings in the world is, I would say the massage portion of a really good facial.  There is something inexplicably relaxing about it.  It's one of those things where you start out thinking 'hey, this feels really good'...

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Spotlight on:  Microcurrent therapy

Spotlight on: Microcurrent therapy

If you are like me, the term 'microcurrent' isn't something that you have heard of very often, but you can definitely expect to start hearing about it more.  In a society that is fascinated with non invasive procedures requiring little to no downtime, microcurrent...

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Licorice root extract

Licorice root extract

Licorice root extract is a fantastic skin brightener, and I can tell you this first hand!  This extract is able to lighten uneven skin tone or dark spots (hyperpigmentation) because it contains liquiritin and glabridin.  These compounds are found...

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To peel or not to peel?

To peel or not to peel?

It's always interesting to see the different reactions I get when asking people what they think about chemical peels.  Oftentimes, someone get this horrified look on their face recalling what a friend's face looked like while healing from a peel.  I have to admit that...

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Skin confessions: healing through food

Skin confessions: healing through food

So the other night I was waiting for Jerry to come home from work, and I was scrolling through the list of options on Netflix.  For those of you that have Netflix, you know this program is both a blessing and a curse.  So many options!  By the time you get done...

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The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

I've heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child, and I am sure that is true.  It also takes a village to find and keep a client successfully.  It takes a group of people understanding and believing in that common goal, and being willing to help each other...

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Resveratrol

Resveratrol

Wine lovers rejoice!  Not only is a glass a day good for your heart, but an ingredient in that glass just may benefit your skin.  Resveratrol is a  flavonoid found in grape skins and red wines in particular.  This powerful...

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What’s your type?

What’s your type?

If life was a game (and in a lot of ways it is), my screen would be flashing 'Level One: Completed!'. Last week, I underwent my first level of assessment in which instructors evaluate your written and practical skills thus far in the program.  So along with many...

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Calendula

Calendula

This extract or oil comes from marigold flowers – the potted ones that you see everywhere. It helps to soothe inflammation of skin and mucous membranes making it a great ingredient for inflamed, dry, itchy skin. Calendula creams are especially helpful for sufferers of...

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Everything is Connected

Everything is Connected

It’s true, folks. What’s that theory about 6 degrees of separation? That we are all connected/related somehow through 6 different people? Well, it’s more like 1 degree of separation when it comes to your health. Not that I am an expert by any stretch, but taking care...

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Starting Fresh!

Starting Fresh!

They say that there is no time like the present.  My friends, all I can say to that is: can I get an Amen?! This is the thought going through my head as I go into my 3rd month of schooling to become a licensed esthetician.  For the past 12 years, I have worked in...

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