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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.

October 28,2015

NuFace Microcurrent Technology

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What is microcurrent?

Microcurrent is one of the hottest innovations in the anti-aging industry and is used in top spas and medical offices for facial contouring, toning and firming of aging skin. Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative results. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is soothing and most clients feel nothing at all.  It is a safe and effective technology for clients who wish to attain and maintain a healthier, younger looking appearance. The results can be so dramatic that microcurrent treatments are often referred to as the “5 Minute Facial-lift.”

Microcurrent has been used with patients experiencing a form of nerve-paralysis, leading to atrophied, sagging facial muscles. The low-level current retrained their muscles, suggesting a new anti-aging application for the aesthetic industry.

I first became interested in microcurrent when I was in school for esthetics, and always knew it would be my first “machine purchase.”    I am sharing a video from Tracie Martyn, who I first saw on an Oprah show, as she was featured as celebrity facialist to the stars.  She inspired me years ago to incorporate some of these techniques into a more holistic facial to offer someone for everyone.  I’ve finally reached a point in my career where I believe using machines like microdermabrasion and microcurrent can offer unbelievable results with non-invasive procedures.

Luckily, technological advances have made it easier for everyone to have access to microcurrent technology, and now  anyone can purchase a handheld, portable microcurrent device.  I am going to offer some holiday specials on purchasing a device, and I can’t wait for you to book a treatment where I will incorporate microdermabrasion and 20 minutes of microcurrent technology and LED red light therapy into a facial.

Watch this video on the 5-Minute Facial-Lift – this is the original professional Trinity device:

This video shows how to use the Eye & Lip attachment:

And finally, definitely a MUST-HAVE attachment, the Wrinkle Reducer Red LED light therapy attachment:

More to come with before & after photos, package prices, and more!

xo Allison

P.S.  Can you tell I’m excited?  Are you?

September 4,2012

It’s That Time of Year…

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to think about getting the Professional 20% Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel treatment.

Resurface and reclaim younger looking skin with a series of effective peels.  Great at erasing sun damage, pigmentation, and fine lines.  These treatments are antioxidant rich to strengthen and firm skin, while boosting collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin.  Best results are seen over a series of 4-5 weekly treatments.

Functions:

• Exfoliates skin without irritation

• Infuses the skin with active vitamins and bioflavonoids

• Deeply hydrates and plumps the skin

• Stimulates collagen production

• Refines and evens skin tone and assists with hyperpigmentation

• Antioxidant and age-defying benefits

Results:

• Skin is refined and smoothed, hyperpigmentation is reduced

• Collagen formation is boosted and skin is firmed and plumped

• Wrinkle depth is reduced and fine lines faded

This is the time of year when my clients faithfully book their series of appointments to receive these treatments that will leave you with noticeably different skin.  It’s best to do this treatment in the fall or late winter/early spring because it does make your skin more photo-sensitive and susceptible to sun damage.  Call today to make your appointment

304.997.5356