Tips To Keep Your Skin Healthy And Smooth In The Winter

Winter months in cold climates can be a recipe for dry, itchy angry skin. But figuring out how to keep skin moisturized in the Winter can be confusing. Should you change your diet? Drink more water? What about supplements and expensive oils? It’a confusing when people are trying to sell you stuff.

It’s simple, dry Winter skin is from the cold air. The uppermost layers of your skin are your shield protecting whats inside, while keeping out bad elements from the environment. These layers play an important part to keep natural moisture inside the skin. The cold makes us itchy. The most important thing you can do for your skin is moisturize it. But not all moisturizers are created equal.

The one simple ingredient that you should look for is lactic acid in your cream. It will help the skin retain moisture. It binds and smooths the skin. It’s rumored that Cleopatra bathed in milk for amazing skin so it’s the same concept. Lactic acid is also used in chemical peels.

As soon as you step out of the shower make sure you apply your moisturizer water evaporates quickly taking some of the moisture with it. Keep the showers quick it makes a big difference. Thicker creams are better than think lotions and avoid alcohol in products it drys out the skin.

Please Don't Pick Your Pimple

Everyone does it although we shouldn’t do it! Popping a pimple as we like to call it. Acne is telling you that there is something quite not right with your body, could be food allergy, sensitivity to a product, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep or even stress and depression. You really should go to a professional and get a facial and have them extracted so you don’t damage your skin. But if you have to squeeze your self at least listen to the experts how to do it. Skin picking can spread bacteria and scar your face. You don’t want to damage your skin plus you will most likely cause inflammation.

Make sure you at least start off with clean skin and clean hands. Steam your face over a pot of water to draw everything out or take a warm shower or even use a hot wash cloth as a compress. You can use a clarifying mask with clay to help dry it out and kill the bacteria before you do the extractions. Purchase some professional extractors or use 2 q-tips squeezed together, and use latex gloves if possible. Press firmly but not too hard nor using finger nails to damage the skin and squeeze until everything is out but stop once blood flows. Wipe clean with hydrogen peroxide after and let the skin air dry. Don’t apply makeup till your skin clears up.

And not all pimples can be popped, some are cystic and may need a trip to the dermatologist. So please pop wisely.

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Dry Brushing Really Helps Cellulite

Probably the least talked about method and it’s quick and inexpensive. I’ve done it a couple weeks and have already noticed a 20% improvement. Dry brushing also exfoliates, stimulating new fresh skin cells. Skin looks healthier and will glow and appear taunt. It will also give you better product penetration with your creams and lotions.

Dry brushing is beneficial in increasing circulation and blood flow and helps with your lymphatic system which removes waste and toxins. This helps cells function better and get the nutrients they need to help reduce cellulite. Buy your special brush and stsrt a daily routine before showering. You don’t need an expensive brush you can buy one online or at your local drug store, natural brushes work best.

Start with just 5 minutes and increase your brushing as needed. Make sure to go in an upwards motion toward the heart. Brush In a long sweeping motion starting at the bottom of your leg. Be firm but not too aggressive. After showering apply lotion and make sure to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. Working out will also help with cellulite by firming your skin. Don’t forget to eat a nutritious meal and get a good nights sleep.

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Dermalogica Clay Cleanser

clWe love Dermalogica and the Dermalogica Clay Cleanser is great for skin with excess oil production. Massage the cleanser to dampened face concentrating on areas of congestion and impurities. Rinse with warm water and follow with the prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer. You can also apply to your wet face and leave it on for 5 minutes as a mini masque. 

It's skin-perfecting formula provides deep cleansing for oily, congested skin. The unique clay formula thoroughly removes dead cell debris while absorbing excess oil and preventing future breakouts. 

The key ingredients are bentonite and kaolin clay that help absorb excess oil, refine pores and clear congestion. Sambucus flower and citrus lemon are natural astringents that remove excess oils and refine the skin's texture. Cucumber and Sage soothe and calm the skin. Menthol soothes and helps cool the skin. 

Dermalogicas' skin health borders on obsession. They deliver results. Every Dermalogica product is researched by the International Dermal Institute and available for purchase from qualified skin care experts worldwide. Experience Dermalogica today!

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Summer's End Time To Get Rid Of Dead Skin

PCA Skin is a corrective chemical peel that can help eliminate sun damage, hyper pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles. PCA Skin is formulated with unique ingredient blends that work with your skin to allow for comfortable treatments without sacrificing efficacy. The result is increased cell turnover and fresh, healthy skin is revealed. It can improve and prevent most skin concerns, including discoloration, aging, fine lines and wrinkles and even rosacea and acne. It will leave you with a healthy glow not bright red and you will have minimal downtime and no peel only flake. 

Some clients even schedule treatments on their lunch break. As we age our nature exfoliation  slows down resulting in a dull complexion. We need to shred dead skin to prevent acne plus it helps with better product penetration. The peeling is so slight it's mostly flake and only lasts a couple days.

The ingredients in the peel solution are working to create new cells that function properly, not only visible improving the skin but correcting from within. They are recommended once a month paralleling with the skin's natural 28-day turnover process for the best results. PCA Skin chemical peels have little to no downtime, allowing for treatments that won't disrupt your schedule. Book your appointment today for a smoother more youthful appearance in your skin. 

Summer Flare Up SOS

It's hot and your face is breaking out. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (glycol, lactic and citric) and beta hydroxy acid (namely salicylic) should be your skin care staples. BHA (beta hydroxy acid) salicylic acid is an exfoliant that penetrates deep into the skin's layers encouraging the pores to unclog. It's able to break down the things that clog your pores like dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil. It's also a great anti-inflammatory which is why you find it in acne treatments.

Citric acid is in the AHA group but unlike BHA they are only able to penetrate the top layer of the skin. AHA make a good choice for sloughing off the dead cells from the skin's surface. Glycolic Acid is one of the two most popular chemical exfoliant used in peelers and toners. It's a much smaller molecule size so it can penetrate a lot deeper. Sensitive skin types might find it harsh and irritating so it's best to introduce it in a small concentration first. 

Lactic Acid another AHA is substance naturally found in milk. It is more moisturizing than glycol acid making it a better choice for sensitive skin. With all acid products make sure you use sunscreen and apply it every hour if in water and limit sun exposure. 

Crepey Skin

Crepey Skin can be cured. Fat, loose, wrinkled skin is usually from sun damage but also a natural result from aging and lack of moisture, excessive weight loss or a combination of all. Sun's rays break down the collagen and elastin in the skin that keeps it tight and wrinkle free. As we age our skin produces less oil that protects your skin that is why it's important to use sunscreen and also a moisturizer. 

The moisturizer can include glycerin and hyaluronic acid but also either lactic or salicylic acid. It's important to also exfoliate to remove the dead skin to improve the over all texture of the skin and keep up the skin's barrier. Your products will also penetrate easier. Some good moisturizer could include coconut or olive oil and cocoa butter. Plus will leave your skin soft. 

Eating a balanced diet that's high in antioxidants to help support the health of your skin is important plus drinking a minimum of six 8 oz glasses of water a day. Working out with weights will firm your skin too. Lastly Fraxel laser and Radio Frequency will help tighten and smooth your skin. We recommend 4-6 20-30 minute sessions 2 weeks apart for maximum results.  

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Beware Of The Counterfeit

Only accept the original HydraFacial MD from an established spa. There is the counterfeit Hydrofacial which could give you bad results and doesn't have regulated products. The Hydrafacial has special ingredients formulated for all skin types and cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and treats in all one treatment with no down time in less than 30 minutes. 

It's procedure is regulated by a disposable vortex tip. You can also receive lymphatic drainage to help detox your toxins and also add on red and blue LED light treatment for acne and fine lines. It's an exhilarating treatment and after your skin will glow. A 7.5 or 15% glysol is also part of all treatment so it's like getting a mini chemical peel. 

I especially like the Beta HD solution which is the 2nd step of the treatment which gets out the blackheads and leaves your complexion clear and radiant. It's the magic solution which includes willow bark and honey which is hydrating, salicylic acid which is a great exfoliator, Tasmanian pepper which is anti-inflammatory and spirea ulmaria extract which calms and soothes. 

Book your Hydrafacial treatment today you won't regret it!

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Don't Worry Be Happy!

One or two pimples is not acne. We all get them and we all wish we didn't. But a few spots once in a while doesn't mean you should reach straight for the clarifying cleansers, drying spot treatments or resurfacing toners. Over treating can lead to more problems than you had to begin with.  Don't destroy the acid mantel of your skin, it's the barrier that exists to make sure your skin retains moisture. 

Over exfoliations and over scrubbing can even cause more breakouts. A little sebum in your pores is totally healthy and not bad at all, it keeps bacteria out and hydration in. Be patient you will not see magic from your creams, serums and medications over night. Our skin regenerates every 28-30 days, some people more some less. If you are using new products wait, it may not seem like it's working but give it some time. Let your skin renew. 

If your new products break you out stop using it. Talk to an expert. Estheticians are more than happy to guide you through the in's and out's of skin care basics and if necessary you can see a medical professional. Good skin can be work but once you have the formula it's easy as A-B-C. 

Female Belly Fat Causes & Metabolic Effect

If you are a female that stores fat primarily in your belly, an apple instead of a pear than this is for you! Most woman's issue is belly fat. Calories matter but there is a hormonal situation that determines where fat is stored and belly fat is no different. To lose belly fat your need both caloric deficit and hormonal balance to loose stubborn fat. 

In women those hormones are insulin, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. And of course the major fat burning hormones, the catecholamines. They all work together and must be balanced to loose weight. You can see a specialist about checking your hormone levels. 

The greatest impact on the hormones is excess calories with starch/sugar contest. Foods that combine fat and sugar have the greatest negative impact, eat a balance of fat and protein, try to avoid the sugar and limit your carbs. If you are a woman and doing everything right to loose weight and nothing is working it might actually be from dieting. Over exercising, chronic dieting, sleep deprivation, constant worrying all hinder weight loss. 

So whats the solution? Don't eat less and exercise more, eat well and exercise a normal amount. Eat well and try to relax and not have such a bad body image. Stress wrecks havoc on your diet! Eat a healthy meal and get a good nights sleep! 

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Healthy Hair

We all want healthy full volume hair but how do you get it? Genetics plays a big part in it but you can also contribute to it with a good healthy diet plus taking biotin daily. It's also important to see a specialist for color and get regular trims. Take it easy on the blowdrying and heat such as flat iron and curling irons. Also pay attention to your hand bag and how it rubs against your hair and how you tie your hair back, every little thing can cause breakage. It's vey important to use the right products for your hair type, I especially like Living Proof. When you do shampoo use a soft towel turban after don't rough up your hair with a towel plus use a wide tooth comb to detangle wet hair don't use a brush. Even when you sleep you can protect your hair by using a silk pillow case. I know it sounds like a lot of work but it will be worth it in the long run when you have gorgeous hair. Hair and skin are your best accessories and you will feel like a million bucks when both are in top shape. 

Do You Need To Use Eye Cream ?

Yes!!!!!! Absolutely! 100%! The skin around the eyes is more fragile than the rest of the face. It is more prone to dryness, irritation, and is much more sensitive. Using your facial products too close to the eyes can cause irritation so invest in a proper eye cream. 

Eye creams are especially formulated for the delicate eye area and can help with dryness, fine lines, puffiness, dark circles and to tighten the skin around the upper eye lid. Make sure you apply sparingly and gently and tab it on your upper and lower lids when ever you cleanse your face. 

My personal favorite eye cream is Dermalogica's multivitamin power firm. You can also dab it on your lips to keep them moist. The ingredients include Antioxidant vitamins C and E to help improve elasticity and scavenge free radicals while shielding vulnerable skin by acting as a barrier against further assault.  It makes my eyes look so bright!

Eye Crean also makes a great make up prep prior to concealer application. Make sure to get a product formulated without artificial fragrances, colors and parapets. 

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Laser treatments are very popular and offer a unique method to rejuvenate your looks with minimal to no down time. Laser procedures cold be used to address skin problems such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dull skin, acne scars, sun damage and many more. 

Skin rejuvenation can be done by laser skin resurfacing which is quick and takes about 20-30 minutes with little discomfort. The laser uses a focused beam of light to stimulate biological changes in the tissues and helps form new collagen and elastin fibers. After a few treatments the skin tightens and heals itself revealing smother and healthier skin. 

Age and sun spots on your face can be targeted to zap certain dark areas of your skin. New untrained skin grows back. The lasers and IPL go deep into the dermis to remove all shades of unwanted melanin spots 

Laser for acne spots is quickly growing in popularity and it's very effective. Fractional lasers used provide a non-invasive way to penetrate deep in your skin plus promote the growth of new collagen. 

IPL also targets Rosacea from inside and out by effectively decreasing the appearance of redness and broken capillaries. 

Using advanced light and laser technology can help you diminish and eliminate your skin concerns and give your ages and uneven skin a more vibrant appearance. 

After Your Facial Your Home Care Regime

Your home care regime will greatly effect the results of your facial. It's important to use the right products at home to get maximum results from your professional facial. Everyone has a different type of skin, dry, oily, or combination and you need to use products for your skin type. Sometimes it takes trying different skin care brands to find out what works. You should cleanse, treat and moisturize your skin twice a day, the morning and at night. 

A good cleanser is the foundation of your skin care regime, they come in different consistency and can be gel or creamy. After your cleanser you can use a daily microfoliant to get off the dead skin so that you can keep your pores clean. You can use a stronger microfoliant once a week and what ever treatments your skin requires, clay for clarifying or something for moisture. Make sure you thoroughly rinse off your products. 

Most people can also benefit from a heavier moisturizer at night, that is when your skin heals and it uses the vitamins and nutrients you feed it to repair. Also a toner used with the moisturizer helps balance the ph level of the skin plus helps your skin prepare for the moisturizer, it's best to use the moisturizer right away after you spritz. Lastly dab on an eye cream to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay and help minimize dark circles. 

Get a professional facial once a month, the products are stronger than what you have at home plus your professional can do thorough extractions you can't do at home. It's good to have your skin evaluated as well to find out about better products and methods of achieving healthy glowing skin. 

Radio Frequency Cellulite & Fat Treatment

Summer time is approaching and we all have the one problem area we can't get rid of. Radio Frequency Laser treatment can help smooth cellulite dimpling and tighten fat for a taunter younger looking appearance. Some people see immediate results others need 3-5 treatments spaced 2-4 weeks apart for best results. It is a non-invasive procedure that takes 20-45 minutes depending on the area and has virtually no discomfort plus no downtime. Smoother firmer skin in only one treatment who doesn't want it and it cost a fraction of surgery. A single session can cost only $99 up to $300 and most spas discount packages. 

Radio Frequency works by using energy to heat up the tissue to stimulate the subdermal collagen in order to reduce the appearance of loose skin. It can be used on stomach, thighs, arms, neck, even face. The technique induces tissue remodeling and production of new collagen and elastin. 

It is still recommended to exercise and eat healthy plus drink 6-8 8 oz glasses of water a day and get 6-8 hours of sleep a day for ultimate health. Your body heals when you sleep and also digest so the more you sleep the better you look. Also remember to love the skin your in! 

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We Proudly Introduce Le Mieux

Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum is an acid-based complex featuring hyaluronic acid at a low molecule weight that allows for deeper absorption. Intensely hydrates without clogging pores, while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Features Vitamin E and botanical extracts to balance the skin and give you a healthy glow with no greasy feel. Ideal for acne prone skin. 

Le Mieux founded in 2004 by an elite team of scientists, biologists, physicians and chemists committed to creating this pivotal breakthrough cosmetic technology to formulate the best anti-aging skin care solutions on the skincare market. 

Le Mieux precision serum of hyaluronic acid instead of water base, saturates the skin with hydration for optimum delivery of anti-aging results. Their products contain no filers sulfates or parabens and are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. 

We use their serum for micro needling for maximum results and also DNA Epidermal Growth Factor during dermaplaning to restore texture and help skin become healthy again. 

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The Hydrafacial MD

Is it really as great as everyone says? YES!!!!! The Red Carpet ready facial that A List Celebrities love is amazing because it's so exhilarating and thorough plus you get precise results with no downtime. In 30 minutes you cleanse, extract, treat with Glysol which is a miniature chemical peel and protect with peptides and hyaluronic acid. Who doesn't love their black heads zipped away and squeaky clean skin! After the Hydra Facial you will have a beachy glow!

It's all regulated by a vortex tip and customized by computer to match your skin type. It's great for fine lines, wrinkles, acne, hyper pigmentation. Also an LED light treatment for collagen boost and acne. You can also add derma builder which works like botox but without the needles to help eliminate wrinkles. And add on a lymphatic massage to eliminate toxins and promote relaxation and health. 

You get the best results by a series of 3 Hydrafacials 30 days a part. You can also do derma planing before your treatment to get even better penetration of products. It uses a razor to shave the dead skin and vellus baby hairs to leave your skin baby soft. Spring is right around the corner so now is the time to get your skin in the best shape after the long Winter. It's also time to start thinking about switching to your Spring products, as the weather gets warmer you don't need as heavy moisturizer. 

SPA WEEK

This is an amazing special only $50 for Spa Week April 16-22 but you can prebook now for your choice of 3 services and use it when you are ready. Microneedling which is Collagen Induction Therapy to promote cell turnover and collagen and elastic boost. It's what you see in the news Kim K doing. It's done with a state of the art technical  pen with small needles that penetrates the skin. It will get your skin where it needs to be and will be more youthful after a single treatment. Recommended 5 treatments a month apart. Priced before the special at $300. 

Dermalplaning to get rid of dead skin and vellus hairs. A razor actually shaves your face at a 45 degree angle, no it doesn't hurt! It's great for a on the go treatment that is non invasive to make your skin look fresh and clean. Also helps your products penetrate better. Also the hairs won't grow back faster, thicker or longer, its not true I promise!!!!!! Usually $200!

Also our PCA Peel rated tops by Forbes. The no Peel only flake. Good for all skin types, including rosacea, makes your skin feel tight and taut and can eliminate up to 4 layers of the epidermis skin. Good to start a new Season with, gets rid of fine lines and hyper pigmentation. Not the traditional Peel where you have to hide for weeks, you can do this treatment on your lunch hour. Will help your skin be healthier to fight against the free radicals. Usually costs $120. 

Then there is the Murad Facial for anti aging or acne. You start off with a deep cleanse and steaming and than a lymphatic massage to relax you and promote skin health by getting rid of the toxins. After a fruit enzyme enzymatic to get rid of the dead skin and clean out the pores to help combat future break outs. You will receive a customized mask either clarifying which is marine based mud to heal and dry out your acne and or moisturizing to dehydrate and protect. Lastly an eye treatment to reduce swelling and minimize fine lines. You will leave with silky smooth skin that glows! Usual price $120. 

Wow how can you pass on this deal! which one do you choose? come in for a complimentary skin analysis to help determine the best treatment for your skin type. And just $50 for Spa week, regular services up to $300! 

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Easy Fixes for Winter Hair

Chances are Winter has already wreaked havoc on your hair. Harsh conditions like cold and wind strip the cuticle making it rough and susceptible to dryness and static. When properly hydrated the cuticle lies flat sealing in moisture and giving hair shine. But theres no need to hibernate until Spring. 

Keep your hair from breaking by being gentle with wet locks, it is more likely to break if brushed when wet so spray some leave on conditioner on after shampooing and comb gently with a wide tooth comb. Also shampoo as little as possible, use dry shampoo in-between shampooing. Use a mild  moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and a hair treatment once a week. Eat the right foods to nourish your locks, veggies and fruits will help keep your hair healthy. 

Home heaters dehydrate and hats rough up the hair so drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and add a silk pillow case to the mix to baby your tresses while you sleep. Lastly get your beauty sleep, it makes your hair beautiful too! And before you know it you will be Spring ready!

Difference between Laser and IPL for hair reduction treatment

Both treatments are available and involve producing light energy which is then absorbed into the dark pigment of the hair to ultimately cause damage to the hair follicle. Hair growth is then reduced without damaging the surrounding tissue. 

The main advantage of using Laser Hair Removal over IPL is that Laser technology is much more effective and achieves better results. Most patients experience permanent hair reduction after 6-12 sessions. 

IPL is simply cheaper while Lasers are far more precise and can target more selectively coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding areas of skin undamaged. It can target larger areas faster as well in a fraction of a second. Plus it can be adjusted to suit your specific skin tone and hair color. IPL can burn darker skin tones while Laser is safe for all types. 

The main difference between the two is Laser works on a single wave length of light which has a very concentrated beam and specific target. The color of your skin and hair color will determine the settings. 

Lasers create more heat directed at the hair follicle hence better results because the heat is absorbed by the hair follicle and not the skin and there is a decreased risk of burning.