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On the fifth day of Christmas… We are giving away a Candessa Ultra Brightening Peel! Give your complexion some love, and sit back while the compliments roll in after you’ve had this treatment! To win, head over to our Instagram or Facebook: like, share, and comment on this post for your chance to win!
On the 4th day of Christmas… Take $150 OFF each Venus Viva treatment! A great treatment to brighten your skin for the holidays, or purchase a package for a more aggressive result after the holidays.
On the first day of Christmas… Take $10 OFF our newest facial, The Gift of Radiance. This facial is perfect for this time of year! Enticing aromas with the sensations of hot and cold therapy leaving the skin radiant and ready for those holiday parties. Call in today to schedule your appointment and take advantage of the discount!
Come and join us for our Semi-Annual Fall Open House, Wednesday, November 8th. It will be a day full of fun, education and giveaways! We will have our Jane Iredale Makeup Artist joining us from 4-7 to introduce Jane Iredale’s new Fall colors, and answering any and all makeup questions you may have. Then at 6 our aesthetician’s will be teaching a skincare class and answering your questions about products and treatments! We will have refreshments, the best discounts of the year and some HUGE giveaways going on, so stop in and join us!
Exfoliation is often considered an “added” step when it comes to homecare, beyond the basics like cleansing, toning, moisturizing and SPF. It can often be overlooked or forgotten, since it does require (at least a minimal) time commitment and especially if you do not understand its importance.
Ask any skincare professional and more than likely they will say it’s a critical step not just within a facial treatment but also at home! So, let’s review some of the top reasons why you should exfoliate.
Cell regeneration, often referred to as cell turnover and renewal, refers to the cell’s life cycle, a continuous, natural process that occurs within our skin and body that’s imperative for skin health.
Skin cells are “born” (cell division occurs), in the deepest layer of the epidermis (the base layer) called the Stratum Basale or Stratum Germinativum. The young skin cell, called a keratinocyte, is filled with approximately 80% moisture. It begins its journey upward and travels through the layers of the epidermis until it reaches the uppermost (top) layer, called the Stratum Corneum.
During the transition from the layers below into the Stratum Corneum, the skin cell loses its nucleus and becomes a corneocyte. As a corneocyte, the structure of the skin cell changes. Its moisture content is diminished and it is filled with keratin, making it thicker and harder.
This is a good thing because the skin’s number one job is protection and corneocytes provide the strong barrier and protection we need to help keep the “good” things in- like moisture, which helps prevent water loss, and the “bad” things out- like microorganisms and irritants.
At the end of the skin cell’s journey (life cycle), it is shed in the natural exfoliation process, called desquamation. As older surface cells shed, fresh cells rise to the surface to replace them.
In a perfect world, if this process continued in a timely fashion, there would not necessarily be a major need for us to help it along. But, as we age, this process decelerates.
You may wonder, how long does it take my skin cells to complete this process? Do I really need to use an exfoliant if my skin cells naturally exfoliate on their own? Here’s an average timeline of cell turnover/renewal rates:
A general way to approximate how long it takes your skin cells to complete this process, is to take your age (in years) and add about a week to that.
Slower cell turnover and renewal rates can lead to dull, lackluster skin with an uneven surface in addition to other skin conditions like breakouts, which we will mention later on. Incorporating exfoliation helps to speed this process along, encouraging new, fresh cells to the surface which leads to a smoother, more radiant complexion.
Melanin, created by melanocyte cells, is the natural pigment responsible for the color of our eyes, hair and skin. Melanocyte cells can overproduce melanin in response to stimulation from a number of factors including sun exposure, skin trauma or injury, hormones and medications.
This melanin-producing response creates darkening of the skin due to the over-accumulation or uneven distribution of melanin, often referred to as hyperpigmentation. For instance, the shadow mark left behind after a breakout, called Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, is an example of skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation) that occurs in response to skin trauma/irritation.
Regardless of the cause of hyperpigmentation, sun exposure can exacerbate it. That’s why the top product for anyone with hyperpigmentation concerns is sunscreen. Daily sunscreen will help with a major part of the concern: not stimulating the production of additional melanin.
But, what about the existing areas of hyperpigmentation? That’s where exfoliation comes in. Exfoliation will help to break up areas of discoloration, helping slough away hyperpigmented cells, resulting in brightened skin and a more even complexion.
And, if you use products with brightening ingredients, like a serum, exfoliation will help aid in that product being more effective, see below for more info at reason #4.
As discussed in reason #1 above, skin cells have a life cycle. Upon completion, they shed in order to allow fresh cells to rise to the surface. In addition to aging slowing this process, other factors can hinder the release (shedding) of skin cells.
Some contributors occur naturally, like our own oil production, and others we play a role in, like improper removal of skincare and makeup products. When oil and debris mix with dead skin cells, they can work their way into follicles and become trapped. This can lead to congested skin and acne, including non-inflamed breakouts, called comedones or blackheads, and inflamed breakouts.
If you experience regular breakouts, you should consider giving exfoliation a try. By helping clear debris, excess oil and dead skin cells from follicles and skin’s surface, you may have found the key that unlocks the door to clearer skin.
Dull surface cells are thick and can be more dry. Once they shed, products applied will have an easier time penetrating and absorbing. In addition, they will absorb more evenly.
Exfoliation helps you get more out of your products in two ways: first, since products have an easier time penetrating, that helps to increase their effectiveness and since they absorb more evenly, you may end up using less of your products, so you get more uses out of them!
Once dull surface cells shed, the resulting fresh cells that replace them create a smoother, softer, more uniform surface to the skin. Anything you apply on top, like makeup products, will lay more seamlessly and create a more natural-looking finish.
We offer a handful of different exfoliants for each skin type and a variety of skin issues. Ask your aesthetician to go over the best option for you at your next appointment!
What is the Venus Viva?
The Venus Viva™ is a safe, non-invasive treatment that is suitable for all skin types. The Venus Viva™ operates with the revolutionary NanoFractional Radio Frequency™(RF) and SmartScan™ technology that delivers superior results through selectional dermal heating process, creating only minimal discomfort for enhanced patient comfort. The use of NanoFractional RF™ delivers energy deep in to the dermis generating heat and initiating skin changes, remodeling collagen and causing the tissue to regenerate, thus producing a fresher younger looking skin. Treatments take less than 15 minutes, patients can expect to see smoother, clearer and younger looking skin after one treatment, but full results are seen after a series of three treatments are performed. The shortest downtime is less than 24 hours, but typically no longer than 72 hours. No topical anesthesia is required, but it is offered to all of our patients. We like to keep our patients as comfortable as possible.
What are the treatment benefits?
-Tightens lax skin
-Diminishes visible pores
-Evens out skin tone and texture
-Controls pigmentation lesions
-Diminishes appearance of rosacea
-Reduces fines lines and deep wrinkles
-Decreases visible signs of acne scarring
-Corrects necklace lines on neck and chest for younger looking skin
-Elevates and resurfaces the delicate skin around the eyes
-Long-term collagen stimulation and regeneration for lasting results with minimal maintenance
This month our special is for Buy 2 Venus Viva treatments get one FREE! That is a $550 value! Call in to schedule your appointment today!
Our office will be opening again beginning Tuesday, May 5th. This will be a considered a “soft opening” as our state experiences this unprecedented trial period the next two weeks.