How often should I get a facial????

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Invest in Yourself.

 

I often get asked “how often should I get a facial.” This depends on numerous factors including: skin type, skin condition, skin care goals, budget, age, and where you live. Ideally, you should be getting a professional facial once a month. The skin is a living organ, it takes 28 days for the cells to move up from the dermis to the top where they flatten off and die. A professional facial can stimulate skin cells, keeping it more toned and youthful.

Skin type can affect how often you should get a facial. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, you should get a facial every two weeks until your skin has cleared and calmed down. As the skin improves, the time in between facials can be stretched out longer until you have a routine where you skin stays clean and clear. For those with normal, combination, or dry skin, a once a month facial is fine. Any dryness or dehydration will be observed and a series of treatments like peels or microdermabrasion will help solve these skin issues.

Other factors on when deciding how often to get a facial to consider are your skin care goals, age, budget, and where you live. Ensure that you have the best possible skin for a lifetime early and get on a good skin care regime and stick to it! Age wise, unless you are prone to breakouts and have oily skin, younger people can get facials less frequently than older people. Younger skin generates new cells faster and the biggest priority is to be on a good skin-care regime. With older skin, it needs to be treated more often with other special treatments such as peels or micro dermabrasion.

Budget is also another factor when deciding how often to get a facial. Income and budget affects how much funds are available to use on facials and skin care products. At least one facial every three month should be budgeted and invest in quality products. The environment where you live can play a big factor on how often you need to get a facial. If you live in an urban environment where there is more pollution that makes your skin dirtier, you need to be rigorous about a once a month facial schedule.

As a reward for taking care of your self I would like to offer 10% off any facial package of 3 and 15% off any facial package of 6.

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Easy skin care and makeup tips for our most common problems

We live in a busy world where so much unnecessary and bad information crosses our lives. As an esthetician and spa owner I have seen and discussed many skincare concerns with thousands of clients. These are some of the most common issues I have come across in my practice and some easy tips and hacks to address them.

Dry skin is especially concerning during and coming off the cold winter months. By adding a few drops of jojoba oil in your moisturizer, it will give your skin a little extra hydration and a nice glow. Jojoba oil is completely noncomedogenic. This term isalso sometimes referred to as non-occlusive, meaning that it will not congest your pores like most oils.

Drinking more water is very important for healthy skin. You should be drinking at least 8 cups a day or more based on your body weight and activity level. What a lot of people think are fine lines are actually dehydration. When then skin is hydrated it is more like a grape. Once dehydration begins to set in, it is more like a raisin.

We all know exercise is good for us. What exercise does for the skin is promote blood circulation throughout the skin which gives a more youthful appearance.

Certain areas of the body age more quickly like your neck, decollete, and back of hands because the skin is thinner in these areas. This is why we need to use specialized anti-aging ingredients in these areas to keep skin looking youthful. You should always apply the same products that you use on your face to these delicate areas as well.

If you have any form of rosacea, store your skincare products in the fridge to keep them cool. This helps reduce redness and inflammation of the skin. Eye cream should always be kept in the fridge no matter what your skin type is. Applying the cream at a lower temperature constricts blood vessels and has a depuffing effect around the eyes.

To combat acne in a pinch, use ice directly on the area. Ice will reduce redness and inflammation around the area. Turmeric is also an excellent anti-inflammatory. It is great for acne and rosacea which are both inflammatory disease’s of the skin. Add a little turmeric to your morning smoothie to help reduce redness and inflammation.

A non alcoholic toner can be used as a setting spray for your make up and keep your skin hydrated all day long. The main ingredients are toner, water and glycerin which gives a nice glow. I actually created my own spray that I use personally for all my make up applications on my clients.

You can easily eliminate the need for tinted moisturizer and a separate highlighter by combining products you already own. Mixing a little mineral foundation with your SPF creates the perfect tinted moisturizer in your shade for those days you want to wear something light. Highlighting your face is easily achieved by applying a small amount of your moisturizer on the high points of the face that light reflects off of. Areas like cheekbones, top of the nasal bone and above the center of the upper lip are perfect points of application.

If your mascara brush is getting caked up and your mascara has not reach the 6 month expiration yet, try running the brush under hot water to get any old residue off. If the mascara still seems a little clumpy, try adding a few drops of witch hazel into the tube to extend the life of you mascara.

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Grande LASH MD is HERE!

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Award winning Grande Lash MD Holiday gift bags are in stock now for the holidays. Includes Grande Lash MD pep-tide serum and Grande pep-tide conditioning mascara.

GrandeLASH MD gives you amazing, longer-looking lashes in a matter of weeks. GrandeLash MD enhance’s your NATURAL beauty through pep-tide technology, natural occurring proteins and fortifiers to help promote longer, thicker eyelashes and eyebrows.

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Neem and Psoriasis

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Spotlight Ingredient: Shea Butter

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Shea Butter! Derived from the fruit of the karate tree, shea butter is an ideal treatment for dry and aging skin. Its unique fatty acid gives it the ability to moisturize and retain the elasticity of the skin. It also helps to protect the skin against the damaging effects of the sun (provides enhanced UV-B protection) while repairing cellular degeneration.

Skin Script Products: Peptide Restoration Moisturizer, Hydrating Moisturizer, Raspberry Refining Cleanse

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Spotlight: Pomegranate Antioxidant Creamy Cleanser, with Aloe Vera

For normal to dry skin.  This creamy pomegranate cleanser nourishes and hydrates the skin with aloe vera as the pomegranate antioxidant brings the skin to life giving it a healthy, radiant glow.

Perfect for the cold fall and winter  months ahead that can cause your skin to loose much needed moisture. Also can be used alone as a fantastic, gentle eye make-up remover.

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Bumps under my eye?

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I get asked all the time about small flesh colored or white bumps under the eye. There are different causes and treatments.  Fortunately some can be treated easily in the spa during your facial, however others will have to see their dermatologist.

 

 

CHOLESTEROL DEPOSITS

Cholesterol deposits are called xanthelasmas. Though I always recommend that you have your cholesterol checked, often your cholesterol will be normal. You should have it checked however as it is something that is treatable.

Whether you have a high cholesterol or not, if you are predisposed to getting xanthelasmas, they may recur, though not necessarily in the same location.

The only treatment that will effectively remove cholesterol deposits is surgical excision.  This is a simple procedure that can be done in the dermatologist office with just a numbing injection.

MILIA

In general prevention consists of not using thick greasy ointments and using a retinoid such as Retin-A. 

Milia are commonly found on the skin of people of all ages. They are formed when keratin (a substance produced by the skin) becomes entrapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst. An individual milium (the singular of milia) is formed at the base of a hair follicle or sweat gland.

Milia can be categorized as either primary or secondary. Primary milia are formed directly from entrapped keratin and are usually found on the faces of infants and adults. Secondary milia are also tiny cysts and look similar, but these develop after something clogs the ducts leading to the skin surface, such as after an injury, burn, or blistering of the skin.

Who’s At Risk

Milia can occur in people of all ages, of any ethnicity, and of either sex. Milia are so common in newborn babies (occurring in up to 50% of them) that they are considered normal.

Secondary milia may appear in affected skin of people with the following:

  • Burns
  • Blistering injury to skin, such as poison ivy
  • Following skin resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion or laser resurfacing
  • Following long-term use of steroid creams
  • Chronic sun damage

Milia appear as 1–2 mm white-to-yellow, dome-shaped bumps that are not painful or itchy.

The most common locations for primary milia include:

  • Around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead in adults and infants
  • On the gums and palate inside the mouth of infants; these milia are called Epstein’s pearls, and they occur in up to 85% of infants

The most common locations for secondary milia include:

  • Anywhere on the body where another skin condition exists, particularly on the backs of the hands
  • On the faces of people who have had a lot of damage from sun exposure

Primary milia found in infants tend to heal on their own within several weeks, though the primary milia found in adults tend to be long lasting.

Although milia are found in the outer layers of skin, they are difficult to remove without the proper tools. Do not try to remove them at home, as you may leave a scar.

Primary milia in an infant, no treatment is necessary, as the bumps will go away on their own within a few weeks.

Primary or secondary milia in an adult may disappear on their own, but you may be treated with one of the following:

  • Piercing each milium with a sterile lancet or scalpel followed by removal of the cyst material with a tool called a comedone extractor
  • Topical retinoid cream such as tretinoin, tazarotene, or adapalene 
  • A series of acid peels or microdermabrasion procedures
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Peptides : What you need to know!

Peptides are effective anti-aging ingredients for skin care that can improve the health and appearance of your skin!

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Peptides are proteins made up of long or short chains of amino acids.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Peptides may be natural or synthetic. Most peptides used in cosmetics are created in the lab which allows chemists greater control on their stability and effectiveness in skin-care products.
There absolutly is no “magic peptide” that does it all. If there was we would all be using it. Consumers want a one-size-fits-all skin care and sadly to say, it just does not exist! Also keep in mind that a well-rounded skincare line contains more than just one ingredient system. Skincare lines need to offer consumers ingredients like anti-oxidants, lighteners, exfoliators, hydrators and SPF.

Here is a list of the peptides, the product name and their effect:
ChroNOline: Peptide Restoration Moisturizer (boosts collagen)
Copper Tripeptide-1: Peptide Restoration Moisturizer (promotes healing)
Human Oligopeptide-1 (EGF) Peptide Restoration Moisturizer (divides cells quicker)
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide: Peptide Eye Serum (diminishes dark circle)
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7: Peptide Eye Serum (diminishes dark circles)
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8: aka Argireline; Peptide Eye Serum (lessens pigment)
Palmitoyl Tripeptide –5: Tri-Peptide Eye Cream (stimulates collagen)
Acetyl Octapeptide-3: a.k.a. SNAP 8; Vitamin C/Green Tea Serum (reduces wrinkle depth)
Kollaren: Passionfruit Enzyme (signals the circulatory system to kick in)
Matrixyl Sythe’6: Ageless Skin Hydrating Serum: (softens wrinkles)
Myoxinol: Ageless Skin Hydrating Serum: (reduces contraction of muscles, softens skin)

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What are these bumps??? Keratosis pilaris

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Keratosis pilaris results in small bumps on the skin that feel like rough sandpaper. They are skin-colored bumps the size of a grain of sand, many of which are surrounded by a slight pink color in light skinned people and dark spots in dark skinned people. Most people with keratosis pillars do not have symptoms but the bumps in the skin can occasionally be itchy.

Though people with keratosis pilaris experience the condition year-round, the problem can become exacerbated and the bumps are likely to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture during the colder months, when moisture levels in the air are lower. The symptoms may also worsen during  pregnancy after childbirth.

Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess amounts of the skin protein keratin, resulting in the formation of small, raised bumps in the skin often with surrounding redness. The excess keratin, which is the color of the person’s natural skin tone, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin’s “capping off” the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair grows encapsulated inside the follicle.

Lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, vitamin D, or topical retinoids and steroid creams can also be used as a treatment for KP. Improvement of the skin often takes months and the bumps are likely to return. Taking long, hot baths followed by exfoliating the affected areas with a coarse washcloth or stiff brush may help unplug pores and therefore can also be used as a treatment method.

A series of 4-6 glycolic peels spaced one week apart is what I would recommend as treatment.  Proper home care before, after and during treatments is essential. Recommended home care regimen includes: Green Tea Cleanser, Glycolic Cleanser, 2% Retinol Scrub, Glycolic/Retinol Toner, Acai Berry Moisturizer, and SPF containing Zinc Oxide.  Avoiding any direct sunlight is essential during treatment series.

Mild flaking 3-4 days after each treatment can be expected.

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High Frequency Treatment: Fountain of Youth

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HIGH FREQUENCY TREATMENT

Primarily used to treat aging skin by directing more warmth to the treatment area which promotes blood circulation, creates nourishing oxygen within skin cells, encourages cellular turnover and improves product penetration.  High frequency has been shown to produce an immediate and temporary lifting effect.

Take That! Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Sagging Skin

High frequency’s oscillating effect can increase blood circulation, which nourishes the skin’s surface and renews underlying cells. An enriched form of oxygen is produced leaving the skin with a firm, youthful, vibrant glow. It can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten double chins and improve overall skin texture and tone by promoting increased collagen production. Results are best seen with the addition of with a quality hydrating serum.

So Long Puffiness

Pulsating (also know as oxygenation) which is produced by the high frequency current, disperses excess fluid while increasing blood circulation. The result is a reduction in the appearance of congested, tired, puffy eyes.

Bye Bye Dark Eye Circles

New research indicates that one of the primary causes of severe dark eye circles is caused by broken capillaries that have leaked hemoglobin, leaving behind a red-blue pigment deposit under the eyes. Regular high frequency treatments greatly improve circulation in the area which aids under eye products to be able to absorb deeper into the skin tissue. High frequency can be very effective at fading dark under eye circles resulting in a fresher, brighter, more youthful looking appearance.

Bring On Healthier Hair Growth

High frequency creates rapid oscillation, which provides nourishment, gently exfoliates the skin, promotes blood circulation, stimulates glandular activity, and significantly improves the scalp’s receptiveness to and the overall effectiveness of post-treatment hair serums.  Modern technology is used to revitalize scalp conditions which can aid in promoting healthier hair growth improving texture, shine, and softness.

*Consider adding a High Frequency Treatment to your service at Smooth Reflections Skincare. Treatment includes a highly concentrated serum for your skin type.

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