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April 8,2018

Essential Oil Skincare DIY Recipes

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I promised I would share some recipes for my favorite Skin/Essential Oil DIYs, so here they are!

Beauty Elixir

This recipe is a dupe for the Caudalie Beauty Elixir.  This spray is meant to be hydrating, refreshing, invigorating, and can be used multiple times a day.  For this recipe, purchase a 2 ounce aluminum or glass spray bottle.  I purchase a lot of my supplies on Amazon.

1 ounce distilled water

.25 ounce rose water

.25 ounce witch hazel

5 drops peppermint EO

10 drops Myrrh EO

10 drops Lavender EO

10 drops Rosemary EO

10 drops Orange EO

5 drops Neroli EO

5 drops Rose EO

1/4 tsp. organic vegetable glycerin

1/4 tsp. organic aloe vera gel

after essential oils are dropped in, fill to the bottom of the neck of the bottle with distilled water.  Put the spray cap on, shake well, and then spritz  on face liberally.

Beauty Oil/Serum

Handmade and blended face oils are my favorite!  For this lightweight serum/oil, I used Organic Rosehip Oil as a base.  I used a 1 ounce glass dropper bottle, dropped in essential oils first, then filled the bottle to the top with the rosehip oil.

*almost* 1 oz. organic rosehip oil

20 drops frankincense EO

20 drops lavender EO

20 drops patchouli EO

10 drops blue tansy EO

I apply just a few drops of this oil to my face or into my moisturizer, AM & PM for an extra luminous glow.

My favorite source for essential oils is Young Living.  Their Seed to Seal promise resonates with my belief system.  They own and co-op with their own farms and farmers, and are passionate about organic and sustainable farming ❤️

The Premium Starter Kit is a great way to get started with essential oils, and we have an awesome wellness community you can join to learn all about how to use oils in your everyday life, and how they can support your health and wellness.

Follow THIS LINK to become a wholesale member.  You’ll get a starter kit with 11 oils and the Desert Mist diffuser. You can create an online account and save 24% on products, and join my members-only Facebook group with all of our tips, resources, education, and recipes.

You can join my team this month and get a deluxe travel size of the Beauty/Oil Serum as a free thank you gift.

xo Allison

April 2,2018

Spring Skin Must-Haves

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I have recently changed up my skin care regimen and wanted to share some of my new spring favorites.  I love the new Mangosteen + Lactic Acid products from Eminence, the Young Living Essential Oils Art Renewal Serum, and some new DIY skincare recipes.  I thought it would be fun to share with you today!

Mangosteen + Lactic Acid

The new cleanser and concentrate from Eminence smell amazing and work even better!  These products work for all skin types, except severe and cystic acne.  The ingredients work to gently exfoliation skin, resurface the texture, and reduce pore size.  Literally, these cover every skin concern I have.  I’ve been using these products consistently for 2+ weeks and have noticed an improvement in skin texture and pore size already.  I use the cleanser just at night to remove my makeup and cleanse, and I use the concentrate twice a day.  In the morning, I use the mangosteen concentrate on clean skin, and add the Young Living Art Renewal Serum over top, and wear that as my moisturizer and makeup primer.  This will work great for me during the spring and summer since I have oily skin and don’t need a heavy moisturizer.

Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream

This is hands down our most popular eye cream.  It has far surpassed any other we’ve ever had in terms of popularity and results.  The first time I tried a sample of it, I literally said, “Oooooooh” out loud.  The product is thick, creamy, and goes on silky smooth, like buttah….literally.  The eye cream soaks in quickly, leaves the undereye area feeling extremely hydrated and plump, while improving fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness.  It’s the perfect eye product!  I use this twice a day – am & pm.

Bright Eyes Serum

This is a DIY product that I make, so I thought I’d share the recipe and the reason I use the ingredients.  First, I use a 5mL rollerball with with a metal rollerball.  I like to use Organic Argan or Jojoba or a combination of both because, in my opinion, these are the best oils for skin.  The lipid molecule is small, and easily absorbable, and these oils mimic natural oils produced by the body.  I also like to add a super generous amount of Frankincense, because it’s THE MOST ANTI-AGING essential oil.  It can be applied NEAT, which is directly to skin without dilution, or diluted.  Then, i add just a few drops of Cypress.  Cypress aids in circulation and lymphatic movement in the body, so it will help with dark circles under the eyes.   I love to use this product as an extra level of hydration and anti-aging protection.  My undereyes get extremely dry and dehydrated, and it’s one of my main tells when I’m tired and dehydrated.  Here’s the rest of the recipe:

5 drops Cypress

40-60 drops Frankincense

Fill with a high-quality carrier oil, like Organic Argan or Jojoba, or a combination of both

ART Renewal Serum

This is a new to me product from Young Living.  I had some Essential Rewards points to spend, and I was intrigued with the ingredients, so I decided to try it.  This serum is both a skin care serum and a great mineral makeup primer.  It is lightweight, yet hydrating, and the exotic ingredients include snow lotus, astragalus, orchid flowers, myrrh, and frankincense – to name a few.  My skin gets oilier at the first sign of spring all the way through summer and into fall.  I always like to lighten up my moisturizer, but I don’t want to sacrifice ingredients or anti-aging benefits, which is why this is a perfect solution.  I like to apply the Mangosteen Concentrate and then one pump of this layered over top.

DIY Beauty Elixir Spray and Beauty Oil Serum

I’ve had an itch to create a custom, aromatherapy skin toner/hydration spray lately.  I’ve been doing a lot of research about what’s on the market.  I didn’t really want this to be astringent, or deep cleansing.  I really wanted a product that could be invigorating, tingly, have skin benefits, and also could set mineral makeup.  I found a product by Caudalie called Beauty Elixir, but it was not organic.  Then I decided to try to recreate it.  So far, I love the results.  I made a large 4 ounce bottle of this because I planned on spraying several times throughout the day.  Look for a future blog post with this recipe.

The other product I wanted to try was a new skin oil/serum recipe that contains Blue Tansy essential oil.  I am gaga over Blue Tansy and its many skin benefits and emotional balancing properties.  I can’t claim this is my own recipe, but I did find a recipe that I wanted to try, and I will share this along with the recipe for the Beauty Elixir spray in an upcoming post.

In the meantime, if you’re curious about essential oils and want to try some DIY recipes, join our Essential Oil Wellness team.  I try to share all my favorite recipes, tips, tricks, and education in our members Facebook group too.  I can’t really live without essential oils anymore.  The new starter kit recently got updated…you’ll receive 11 oils, samples of our antioxidant-rich Ningxia Red, and the new Desert Mist Diffuser – it diffuses up to 10 hours.  Join my team this month and get a deluxe travel size of the Beauty Oil Serum and experience the wonders of Blue Tansy.

You can follow THIS LINK to become a Young Living Whole Sale Member and join our Wellness Community.  You’ll create an online account and be able to purchase products at a 24% discount.

Watch for some more DIY recipes and spring updates COMING SOON!

xo Allison

August 8,2017

Our Newest Eminence Organics Products

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Have you tried the new MicroGreens collection from Eminence?  I haven’t been this excited about a product collection probably since the Strawberry Rhubarb products.  I very rarely bring home an entire new collection of products, but I am such a fan of these!  Let me start out by saying that unless you have extreme cystic acne, you can definitely use the Cleansing Oil.  Some days I like to use it as a first cleanse.  Other days, if my skin feels dry or dehydrated, and I get to take a long, luxurious bath and give myself a facial, I’ll use it as my only cleanser, and go ahead and layer some Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant over top of it and let the steam from the bath steam up my skin and my pores.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Stone Crop Cleansing Oil

Infused with moisturizing sunflower and jojoba oils, brightening stone crop and supercharged microgreens, this light and luxurious formula gently removes makeup and deeply cleanses to deliver dewier, softer looking skin after every use. … Wet face to emulsify oil, if desired, and rinse thoroughly.  I cannot tell you enough how good this feels on the skin and how good it smells.

Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant

This powder-to-foam exfoliant employs microgreens, stone crop and rice flour with adzuki powder to infuse skin with a youthful looking glow. With its light fizzing action, this revitalizing formula gently invigorates the skin and removes impurities to reveal a beautiful, brighter looking complexion.  When you add just a few drops of water to the fizzofoliant powder, it immediately starts to fizz. The gentle grit of this product feels amazing on the skin!  And, it really brings up oxygen to the skin, helps get rid of oil and dirt in pores, and is perfect to use 2-3 times a week!

Lotus Overnight Detoxifying Treatment

Wake up to revitalized and radiant looking skin. Infused with hydrating lotus, potent microgreens and moisturizing melt-in jojoba oil beads, this lightweight gel cream prevents transepidermal water loss, supercharges the skin and defends against drying environmental stressors overnight.  Suitable for all skin types, this luxurious treatment seals in moisture to reveal a perfectly dewy complexion by morning.  This is a light formula and can be worn day and night, and is perfect for dehydrated skin.  Can be used as a treatment under another moisturizer if you are more on the dry side.  I now have the large professional size of this at home and use as my day and night moisturizer.  It absorbs quickly, and helps my skin so much because I sweat a lot during hot yoga, so I feel like I need the perfect light hydrators, and this is amazing!  This is highly recommended for all skin types!

NEW!!  Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream

A night cream for hyperpigmentation is here!!  Brighten skin with this ultra-rich moisturizer formulated to address the look of hyperpigmentation while you sleep. It delivers potent actives that visibly reduce the look of age and dark spots for a luminous complexion. In combination with a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative, these actives create our most powerful skin brightening botanical blend to date.  The Bright Skin Collection is complete!  We now have cleanser, two targeted treatments, day cream, night cream, and masque.  If you are concerned with hyperpigmentation, the Bright Skin Collection is for you!

Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15

My clients have been asking for this for years!  Eminence lip balm in a convenient tube!  And this one has SPF!  Don’t forget about your lips when you’re out in the sun all day.  Toss the oxybenzones and petroleum products, and make sure you’re using organic and all-natural products, and a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide physical sunscreen.  It’s 2017 – time to kick the chemicals to the curb!

This Eminence Organic lip balm draws its moisturizing properties from ingredients like rosehip oil and organic extra virgin olive oil rather than petroleum, wax or lanolin. Formulated to smooth and hydrate dry lips, it’s enriched with rosehip oil packed with EFAs, vitamins C and E and betacarotene, and olive oil containing vitamins A and E for dry skin. These oils mimic the sebum naturally produced by our bodies, resulting in long-term hydration for the lips.

Organic skin care makes me happy!  I’m of the philosophy that less is more.  By less, I mean less clutter in my bathroom.  Not less when it comes to performance and active ingredients.  I do collect  Eminence skincare products, but I budget and plan to purchase 2-3 new products every quarter.  I choose my new products based on what my skin is like for that season.  Then I enjoy my skin care ritual every day, and a full at-home facial on Sundays.
Let us help you with customized organic products just for your skin!  And then enjoy your ritual at home as part of your self-care regiment.
xo Allison

March 6,2017

Seasonal Transition Skin Care

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So, we’re at that time of year, in between seasons, when the weather is confused and so is our skin.  I want to highlight a few products that are sure to keep your skin fresh and clear, and ready to transition into the season.

Pear & Poppyseed Microderm Polisher

This is a pretty amazing, somewhat aggressive exfoliant.  This is Eminence’s answer to microdermabrasion.  In fact, they compare the results of two swipes of a microderm machine with a manual exfoliation (at home) for 5-10 minutes.  Éminence Pear and Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher exfoliates and smoothes while protecting the complexion from damaging free radicals that cause premature aging. Its skin brightening formula polishes dull, dry skin for a rejuvenated appearance. All that’s left is a soft, supple complexion.

Ideal for most skin types, this microdermabrasion scrub is formulated with natural ingredients to polish the complexion. Poppy seeds and fine walnut gently exfoliate, apricot kernel oil softens and soothes skin, alfalfa extract nourishes and green tea, pear and apple extracts offer antioxidant protection from free radicals.

When your skin seems confused, or just blah, this is the product for you.  Slough away dead skin, and brighten things back up.  Ideal use is once a week.

Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment

I am loving Hungarian Herbal Mud right now.  I just feel like my skin needs stimulated, but I also need some mud to help detoxify, and draw out impurities, oil, and toxins from my skin.  This spicy hot treatment is exactly what I need when my skin is confused, dull, and I have some stray blemishes here and there.

World-famous Hungarian thermal mud benefits all skin types by naturally detoxifying the skin, opening pores, eliminating toxins and increasing circulation. Cinnamon gives antibacterial properties, ivy is high in vitamin C, sage tones and heals, and paprika gives stimulation and natural antioxidants. Skin will be left soft, supple and glowing from within.

Lime Stimulating Masque

If blemishes aren’t your problem, but aging and hormonal skin are, this is the treatment for you.  Everyone can benefit from this stimulating, hormone-balancing treatment, but it’s especially beneficial if you want firmer, lifted skin and that rosy glow that comes from a great facial with some heat stimulation.

Revitalize and brighten your complexion with our Lime Stimulating Masque. The natural phytohormones and vitamins will leave your skin appearing rosy with increased circulation. Note that this active masque will leave a normal redness for up to two hours after treatment.

Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

My all-time favorite masque, and a favorite to sleep in as an overnight treatment.  This masque very gently exfoliates the skin with lactic acid, but also will plump up fine lines with hyaluronic acid.  I wake up and my skin is as smooth as a baby’s bottom….seriously.  This masque is beautiful for all skin types, as nearly everyone’s skin is dehydrated.

This rich and moisturizing mask revives the skin for a truly replenishing treatment. Strawberry extract exfoliates and penetrates pores to remove dirt and impurities and reveal new skin cells, while rhubarb tones and heals. The antioxidant-rich mask helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate the skin for a truly fresh face.

Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil

The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is an effective facial treatment comprised of a blend of results-oriented actives and ingredients that provide intense hydration and protection. Designed as a complementary product to the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, this facial oil fights the signs of aging, smooths wrinkles and hydrates deeply. For use with all skin types.

Increase collagen production and soothe skin with Eminence Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil. With its multiple botanical forms of vitamins C and E, including rosehip, jojoba and seabuckthorn oils, this non-greasy facial oil provides intense hydration while protecting skin against environmental stressors. The nourishing formula also helps to fight glycation and improve the appearance of redness and inflammation, making it ideal for sensitive skin. With regular use, you can diminish fine lines and wrinkles and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion.

Enjoy all these seasonal & transitional favorites.  These are all amazing to add to your Eminence collection.  You can request the use of any and all of these products when you come in for a customized Eminence facial at Riversong Spa.

xo Allison

September 8,2016

Age Corrective Ultra // Advanced Instant Lift fX

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Eminence Organic Skin Care has launched a new collection that is formulated to instantly lift, firm, tighten, and dramatically improve the appearance of puffy, tired eyes, sagging skin, and even the deepest expression lines.

Featuring firming and lifting hibiscus, botanical peptides, and a unique ice wine active, these products deliver results in minutes, and show long-lasting improvements over time.

This premium eye treatment has the most immediate and visible results for under-eye bags, dark circles and tired-looking eyes.  Use the cooling stainless steel rollerball applicator to massage elastin-preserving hibiscus into the areas around the eye, and watch  as an ice wine active instantly lifts and tightens.  Designed to visibly smooth wrinkles and reduce swelling, the natural peptides and caffeine combine forces to de-puff and minimize dark under eye circles.  Layer a hydrating eye cream over top to transform tired-looking eyes in a flash.

Instant firming and lifting for the neck an décolletage.  It’s one of the most tell-tale areas to show signs of aging, yet one of the most difficult to treat.  Rejuvenate and tighten the delicate neck and décolletage area with this blend of hibiscus and botanical hyaluronic acid to keep skin firm and rich in moisture.  The all-natural active ingredients in this potent neck cream give sagging skin a stimulating boost from paprika, and the tightening properties of edelweiss ensure the neck is smooth and instantly lifted.

As a natural alternative to lipofilling, Voluformworks on multiple layers of the skin to instantly fill lines from the inside out while stevia extract minimizes the stress-induced muscle reactions that cause wrinkles to form.  The innovative curved tip applicator helps this potent treatment to work like Mother Nature’s line eraser, plumping the skin with botanical peptides and delaying further formation and deepening of fine lines with camel oleacera extract.  Expect both immediate and long-lasting, more youthful results.

And here’s the adorable, limited edition Gift With Purchase…you get deluxe, age corrective travel sizes of Bamboo Firming Fluid AND Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum.

Stop in today, and also schedule one of our customized Anti-Aging Signature Facials, which will feature these products!

xo Allison

July 27,2016

Repair & Protect – a New Collection from Eminence

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Summer is in full swing, and it seems like everyone I know is off to the beach, their favorite theme park, or spending days at the ball field.   However, along with the benefits of fresh air and activity come the sobering negatives of UV exposure, pollution and harsh elements. Daily aggressors in your environment – including sun, wind, water and snow – exacerbate skin conditions, taking their toll on your complexion and drying out your skin.

To defend yourself against the harshness of the elements, we introduce the Repair and Protect Collection. Our latest line-up of products is specifically formulated to combat environmental stressors including UV rays and the drying effects of pollution, wind, and rain. This collection is your secret weapon against the elements and anything else the seasons throw your way.

ROSEHIP & LEMONGRASS REPAIR BALM
This revolutionary super balm uses the power of Natural Repair Complex to fight dry skin caused by elemental exposure. A few dabs of this ultra-rich cream will repair, soothe and reduce redness for dry skin.

ROSEHIP & LEMONGRASS SOOTHING HYDRATOR FOR FACE & BODY
A lightweight moisturizer for both face and body, this hydrator can be used under the Repair Balm to lock in moisture, repair dry skin and reduce redness caused by dryness. Camphor and menthol also generate a cooling sensation, perfect for refreshing the face and body after exposure to the elements.

Repair and protect when you’re on the go or at the beach.REPAIR & PROTECT STARTER SET
Repair and protect when you’re on the go or at the beach. Including the Stone Crop Gel Wash, Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator, Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm and Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32, this collection of products is a perfect introduction and ideal for travel.

COMING SOON: ROSEHIP & LEMONGRASS LIP BALM SPF 15
Look out for the Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15 which will be joining the collection soon. The rosehip oil in this organic treatment soothes weather-ravaged dry lips, rejuvenating lavender helps restore softness, while zinc oxide provides natural SPF 15 protection against the sun’s harmful rays. This balm helps tone, repair and refresh dry lips.

Are you a Winter Warrior, Urban Commuter, Beach Goddess or Outdoor Enthusiast? Let us know in the comments which product you would like to try.

 We can’t wait for you to try out our new facial -

Organic Rosehip & Lemongrass Facial

This summer fresh facial gives the ultimate healing and protection for all skin types. A synergy of organic ingredients including Rosehip and Rosemary will give 2X faster cell regeneration. Revel in healthy skin with this all new organic facial.

Hope to see you soon!

xo Allison

March 18,2016

Beauty Prep Collection

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This Beauty Prep Collection features a trio of high-performance skin care, featuring Face Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer.  It is specifically designed to optimize the wear and longevity of mineral makeup. Each is designed to prepare, protect and pump skin full of hydration so that makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer. Both the cleanser and toner possess the ECOCERT Natural and Organic Cosmetics certification. BeautyPrep Face Cleanser is a no-rinse cleansing micellar water and all-over makeup remover with dual cucumber extracts in liposome form. BeautyPrep Face Toner contains organic lemon grass, apple, pear, carrot and coconut water to balance pH and restore the surface of the skin. BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer features four different organic rose stem cell extracts, each with a different function to cater to all skin types.

We will have this collection to test, sample, and purchase at our Spring Launch Event on March 26th.  We hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

December 18,2015

These are a Few of my Favorite Things!

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Less than 7 days til Christmas, and the panic has set in! I know, I am right there with you! But there are so many great gift options available for everyone, you need not to worry. Here are some of my favorite products I’m lusting over, to add to your Christmas Wish List!

Lash Extensions, are not only a huge timesaver, but also provide you the look of glamour 247. I cannot tell you how great it is to go to the grocery store and no have to put on an ounce of makeup. Lash extensions come in a variety of lengths, fullness, and heaviness. To find the look that best suits your look make an appointment with Riversong Spa…..or ask the hubs for a Gift Certificate to make 2016 a New You in the New Year!

 

This handy little device is your ticket to a more youthful appearance! Change the way your skin looks as little as 60 days! FDA-cleared and clinically-tested for improved facial contour, skin tone, and wrinkle reduction to give you a more radiant, younger looking appearance.
Natural, non-invasive facial-lift using microcurrent technology
Visible results that are long-lasting with continued use
Easy to use in as little as 5-minutes a day
Designed with interchangeable anti-aging treatment attachments
Professional quality results in the comfort of your home. Although this hot ticket item carries a price tag, the long term benefits and avoiding regular trips to your dermatologist are worth it!

*NEW** To Riversong, this little beads will not only compliment your boho style but also are your inner vibes. What do you gravitate towards? Where do your intentions lie? Mala beads go way beyond just jewelry, they also serve a meaning, positive energy, and purpose. The perfect gift for a friend or even yourself!

This Set is a Game Changer! If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Eminence now is your chance! This time of year skin needs all the TLC it can get. Perfect duo will remove and smooth out rough and dry skin, and then moisturize and fight aging.

 

*NEW to Riversong Spa, this little bottle of heaven makes a perfect gift option! 90% Natural – Vegan – Gluten Free
This Shea Butter whip is a jarful of comfort! Our lightest, fluffiest scent will swirl you into a dreamlike state with mint-julep, cream and just a hint of lavender. It’s fresh, but uplifting and delicious at the same time. Try this cream if you’ve gotten too much sun – it swooshes burning sunburn pain into a cool oasis. Just like our other shea butter creams, the supple butters and Vitamin E packed Jojoba and Soybean oils calm even the severest of dry skin, without a hint of a greasy feel. You’ll be 100% silky soft (are dare we say – cuddly!). Arrives in an adorable gift box printed with soy-based inks (FarmHouse Fresh).

Wow Your Brows; with Jane Iredale’s brow kit (available in 3 different colors) this mini brow kit allows you to tame, fill,[gallery order="DESC" columns="2"]

 

 

November 8,2015

Now Offering Microdermabrasion

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It’s exciting to finally be able to announce that we are now offering diamond peel microdermabrasion!  Check out our spa services page for more information on description of services and pricing.  We offer several facials ranging from mini facials to signature anti-aging experiences.  We are also offering microdermabrasion as an add-on to other facial services.

How Does It Work?

Microdermabrasion, also referred to as mechanical exfoliation or micro resurfacing, is a method for facial rejuvenation that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation along with adjustable suction to sweep away the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. It is a non-invasive procedure, which is performed in-office by a trained skin care professional. Candidates include individuals struggling with sun damage, acne prone and blotchy skin, fine scars, slight wrinkles, keratoses, large pores, non-inflamed whiteheads caused by keratin-clogged pores, or unfavorable skin texture.

The exfoliation and suctioning disrupts the skin’s surface causing cell division. As the skin cells divide fibroblast activity is stimulated leading to collagen production, which leads to thicker, firmer skin. Human skin sloughs off at a slower rate with age, so the exfoliation of several layers of the stratum corneum (surface skin layers) leaves skin fresh and radiant. Microdermabrasion can be done to decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, photo-damage, diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars, which helps to even out the texture. Removing the dead skin will aid in the penetration of skin care products by up to 50% and makeup will go on much more smoothly.

Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion vs. Standard Microdermabrasion

Introduced to the US market in 1996, standard microdermabrasion uses a device like a fine sandblaster to spray tiny aluminum oxide crystals across the face, mixing gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead, outer layer of skin. The primary difference between microderm and the diamond peel is that Microdermabrasion involves the skin being “sandblasted” by aluminum oxide crystals to remove the top layer of the skin while the diamond peel’s diamond tipped wands uses a particle-free method that can yield greater results with less down time.

The diamond derm abrasion system, on the other hand, replaces the micro-crystal flow with a disposable or reusable diamond tip wand. Areas closer to the eyes and mouth can be abraded more accurately with diamond abrasion (no risk of stray crystals causing damage or being ingested).

Diamond microderm machines usually come with tipped wands of varied size and coarseness for different skin types and depths of resurfacing. The wand tip is made of natural diamond chips which polish the skin and remove dead cells, which are then vacuumed back into a waste filter. Many professionals prefer natural diamond tips because they are easier to control and don’t irritate the skin (natural minerals are less likely to trigger adverse reactions).

Are There Risks and Side Effects?

There aren’t many risks with microdermabrasion if you are a “healthy” adult and the skin care professional uses the level appropriate for your skin. Striping can occur in clients with very sensitive skin. Avoid the treatment in cases of inflamed acne. Be aware that bleeding can occur on skin with some forms of acne or recently shaved skin, which can indicate that the levels may be too high.

How Many Treatments Should I Do?

A normal course of treatments varies between 6-10 at approximately 2-3 week intervals. It is recommended that you schedule an additional treatment every 1-3 months to maintain your skins condition. Most individuals actually feel and see a difference just after two or three treatments, but schedule additional treatments to increase this improvement. Combining this treatment process with a good SPF 30 sunblock and high-quality skin products will help you maintain your improved skin. Be advised, raised or deeply pitted skin areas (possibly from old severe acne scars) and darker pigmented areas will require multiple treatments over extended amounts of time. While Microdermabrasion helps superficial problems, it is not the cure all for heavily damaged skin; it is a noninvasive technique for those of you who do not need a serious laser or chemical peel treatment.

After Treatment

Deep exfoliation usually leaves the skin tighter and drier afterward. A hydrating serum, moisturizer and sunscreen are essential post-diamond peel/microderm treatments to ensure glowing skin. Some redness can be expected afterwards, however this is not likely to persist more than a few hours. The sensation of having a mild windburn or sunburn will also pass after a few hours. Applying a high quality moisturizer and hydrating serum will help the healing process. Avoid sun exposure for 5-7 days after a treatment and make sure to use SPF 30 sunblock, as exposure to UV radiation is one of the key factors in speeding the skin aging process.

November 1,2015

Got Hormonal Acne?

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I have been an esthetician long enough to have seen my fair share of stubborn, painful, hard-to-treat hormonal acne.  This kind of acne affects women of all ages, from childbearing years to post-menopausal.  The blemishes can range from spotty cystic types to a very inflamed all-over rash type of acne, with several larger cystic places.  Sounds really painful, right?  Not to mention, adult acne can be embarrassing too.  In today’s post, I want to share my tried and true remedies for hormonal acne.

1.  Give up dairy.  No one wants to do this, but it works.  There is a ton of information on the world wide web that can justify this advice, so I suggest you google it.  Bottom line, dairy has hormones (no matter what kind you are ingesting) and is inflammatory.

2. Use 8 Greens Phyto Masque from Eminence Organic Skin Care.  This is a masque that helps with balancing hormonal skin.  You can use to up several times a week.

3. Start taking the Skin Accumax supplement.  Jane Iredale – the skincare makeup has started distributing this product in the US, and it has amazing results.  You take 4 pills a day for 14 weeks, and are guaranteed to see improved results.

4.  Get facials at least every 8 weeks, and more often if you can.  Getting facials and working with an esthetician really helps.  I know that I specialize in all-natural and organic remedies and have years of experience.  Professionals really do have good advice, and getting professional treatments really does help-whether you need a peel, microdermabrasion, extractions, or need another recommendation.

5.  Use spot treatments.  Eminence offers several products to help blemishes.  Herbal Spot Serum and Clear Skin Booster-Serum  dry, heal, and fade scarring.  These serums contain ingredients like willow bark and tea tree oil to treat and heal skin.  Eucalyptus Cleanser and Mineral Cleansing Concentrate can also be used to cleanse skin and spot treat.  These cleansers are very effective as a spot treatment, when applied morning and night.  They will literally dry up a cystic blemish in about three days, which prevents a lot of the damaging scarring from being able to form.

Hope this gives you some hope to improved skin.  There really are helpful solutions out there, and organic ones at that.

xo Allison