Archive for July, 2009

End of Month Checklist

July 31, 2009

1.  Check your sunscreen supplies.  If you’re running low, don’t forget to buy more.

2.  Review products.  If you haven’t used it in 6 to 12 months, throw it away!  Yes, it is painful.

3.  Think peels to clean up your skin after all the sunblock you’ve been putting on.   Extra exfoliation is a good thing.

Sun Protection: neck & chest

July 30, 2009

Let’s not forget to apply SPF to the neck and the chest.  Often we forget that these areas are, from an aesthetics point of view, part of the whole facial unit.  You want your facial unit protected, don’t you?!

The best, most effect sunscreens contain physical-blocking ingredients such as micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  The blocks are considered non-chemical in nature, apply easily and look very natural.

LED & High Temperatures

July 28, 2009

LED treatments are perfectly safe to be conducted during hot weather.  Unlike laser technology that relies on high-powered coherent light to create heat energy, LED “photo pulsation” triggers the body to convert light energy into cell energy without thermal injury to the tissue.

There are no harmful UV rays in LED treatments.  They do not generate heat and will not burn your skin.

Great for hot-weather facial procedures.

Peels and High Temperatures

July 25, 2009

Should you decide to have a peel when the outside temperatures are over 85 degrees, consider the following precautions:

1.  Severely restrict your exposure to outside temperatures; if you must run an errand, make it quick.

2.  Wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and wear a broad-brimmed hat if you will be outside even for a few moments.

3.  Keep ice packs handy, say in a car cooler, to keep your skin as cool as possible when outside.

You want to avoid overheating the top layers of skin following a peel.  Melanocyte stimulation through inflammation will cause more melanin production and the result: more brown spots.  Best bet:  avoid doing peels during heatwaves.

Peels and Oxytocin: peel parties can release destressing hormones

July 24, 2009

Peel parties join women (and men) together for a common goal:  healthy-appearing skin through the application of appropriately selected peels.  But did you also know that a powerful “tend and befriend” destressing hormone called Oxytocin is also released during gatherings, particularly of females.  Well, neither did I until I attended a lecture on stress and skin by Rebecca James Gadberry.  I told you this gal was sharp.

After searching Oxytocin on Google, I located the following study:

Evolutionary and Biochemical Explanations for a Unique Female Stress Response: Tend-and-Befriend


Lauren A. McCarthyRochester Institute of Technology 



Taylor et al. (2000) first proposed the idea of a unique female stress response which they termed “tend-and-befriend.” The tend-and-befriend response is characterized as an oxytocin mediated stress response cascade. There are numerous biochemical and evolutionary explanations for this unique female stress response that would have increased the survival of females and their offspring under conditions of stress and hence increased the chances of subsequent reproduction. Estrogen has been found to increase the effects of oxytocin already in excess in females as compared with males. Testosterone and vasopressin, the counterparts of estrogen and oxytocin, present during the male stress response, “fight-or-flight,” have been found to exhibit the opposite effects of oxytocin. 


 OK, so what does this mean to you?  Get some friends together, hold a party–for peels, for an informal talk about skin and skin care, whatever gets your group together, and you’ve created a de-stressing atmosphere where people can relax, enjoy and let go a little.   Clinically proven even!  Power to the Peels!  Peels To The People!

LED & Peels

July 23, 2009

Heard of LED?  In esthetic parlance, that’s LED as in light emitting diode therapy for skin rejuvenation and acne therapy.  Yes, fans, this FDA approved (we like that!) treatment stimulates collagen regeneration, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and help tighten pores.  It also treats acne by  destroying bacteria on the skin and prevents bacterial from forming.  In a word…it’s a miracle! 

Well, actually, it isn’t a miracle but it does deliver.  Whether acne or aging, LED provides a protocol for improving many skin conditions and it’s extremely affordable.  Coupled with peels, it’s a no-brainer.  Peels first to exfoliate, LED to stimulate collagen.  Duh.  It works.

Busy Peeling

July 22, 2009

Summer is not necessarily a busy time for chemical peels, yet they are perfectly safe this time of year.  Provided the peel client follows pre- and post-peel instructions, results should be as satisfactory and beneficial as if they were conducted in deepest winter.  Use post-peel skincare, apply sunscreen liberally and often, wear a hat if you’re going to be outside…you’re good to go.

Skin Care in Seattle

July 18, 2009

Off on a train trip to Seattle to hear from 4 skin care experts, including Rebecca Gadberry of YG Labs in L.A.   I have taken both her beginning and advanced skin care ingredient courses at UCLA .  One smart cookie!

Peels & Skin Care Ingredients

July 17, 2009

 Peels intentionally strip the dead, outermost layer(s) of skin to allow new, healthier skin cells to come to the surface.  Stripping dead skin cells is NOT a bad thing!  You’re hurrying nature by a few days (or weeks, depending upon the depth of the peel) and your skin will respond positively.  Particularly when you nourish it with active skin care ingredients designed to promote healing and repair. 

Epionce skin care products make a wonderful post-peel kit containing a Milky Cleanser, Medical Barrier Cream and Active Shield SPF 30.  Let’s focus on the Medical Barrier Cream, shall we?   This super-hydrating emollient cream actually blocks the inflammatory factors brought on by the peel.  It contains calming ingredients such as date, apple, and flax extracts to block inflammation as well as meadowfoam extract and phytosterols (all plant derived) to strenthens the skin’s natural barrier.  It’s all good!

Peels and proper skin care are one handsome couple.

Peels and Safety

July 16, 2009

Chemical peels, when performed properly, are safe and effective procedures for exfoliating dead  cells on the skin’s surface, resulting in a healthier-looking complexion.  This morning I met a nice lady who pointed to a red area on her forehead and said that it was the result of a peel.  Evidentally her esthetician had applied a peel and then occluded it with plastic wrap for some reason.  The result was a warm environment where the peel (whatever its ingredients were) acted much faster than it ordinarily would if applied properly.   The client suffered a burn on her forehead and the esthetician probably lost a client.  “Peels” were unfairly perceived as unsafe in this case.

In trained hands, peels are beneficial in many ways.  As a client, you should know the training and experience of the person applying your peel.  You should read and sign a consent form indicating that you know the potential risks as well as the benefits of your treatment.  You should be pleased with the outcome and want to return for future treatments.

It drives me nuts when I hear stories of incompetence!