Archive for the ‘Epionce’ Category

Periocular Wrinkling

January 11, 2011

If you are concerned about wrinkles around your eyes, then consider the recently-conducted clinical study by Episciences, Inc.  In a blinded, controlled clinical trial, two dual-action cosmeceutical products (Epionce Lite Lytic and Lytic Lotions) produced a statistically significant visible reduction in periocular wrinkles of 48.3% over a period of 8 weeks.  The Epionce products consist of blends of unique botanical extracts that have keratolytic (exfoliating) effects and prevent the release and activation of proinflammatory factors (leading to wrinkles).

Without the addition of soy, alpha hydroxy acids, retinoids, teas, vitamins or traditional antioxidants….ingredients found in many anti-aging products…both the Lite Lytic and Lytic Lotions are a new addition to the anti-aging armamentarium.  Formulated with non-irritating botanicals, these two products are suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Ccontact Peels To The People for more information or samples of these and other fine Epionce products.


Sun Protection Trends

May 18, 2010

There are two growing trends in sun protection formulations.  The first is to include multifunction ingredients that offer additional benefits  to the client, such as antioxidants and anti-aging botanicals.    The second is to improve the aesthetics of the product, making it pleasant enough that the client will use it on a daily basis.

New formulations are lighter weight and more easily absorbed.  Case in point:  Epionce’s Active Shield SPF 30 and Ultimate Shield SPF 50 include higher percentages of cosmetically-elegant zinc oxide (9.2% and 10.1% respectively) as well as antioxidants and botanical acids and extracts.  Both are most appropriate for normal to dry skin types and are rapidly absorbed.

Epionce Update

March 31, 2010

Yes, it’s coming!!!  Epionce has added a new “lightening” agent to their wonderful arsenal of skin care products.  If you are disturbed by brown spots or uneven pigment on your skin, whether it’s on your face, hands, neck, chest or other body areas, then this is the way to go to lighten/fade these spots or patches.   Not available until late spring, this is your heads-up.

Skin Care Predictions 2010

January 3, 2010

I find it interesting to read what the “experts” say about skin care in the coming year.  These predictions are global in nature rather than specific to brands, colors, and so forth.   Sources are noted; most are market research firms either in the U.S. or the U.K.

1.  “Mood Beauty”:  there will be an increasing use of scents to promote well-being and induce sleep, for example.  Source:  Mintel International Group Ltd.

2.  “New Natural”: claims like “free from” and “sustainable” will appear in products that simulatneously contain synthetic actives like peptides, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and collagen.  Source:  Mintel International Group Ltd.

3.  “Waste Not”: consumers are adopting a “waste not, want not” mentality regarding skin care products.  They must be simple to use and make their skin better.  Souce:  S. Shelton, Shelton Group.

4.  “Skin Care: The Next Fast Food”: the consumer push-back that began with tobacco and more recently has focused on fast foods will soon be aimed at leading cosmetic companies and faux organic/natural lines.  Once social networks are mobilized against chemical “baddies”, personal care manufacturers need to be ready for the consumers’ rejections and offer natural and efficacious alternatives.  C. Swanson, Tonique,

Personally I’m pleased that my own skin care line as well as the Epionce brand can back up their efficacy with clinical studies by third parties.  Their “scents” are botanical rather than synthetic, their packaging is minimal, and they have not been tested on animals.   I do believe that the skin care that I offer is already trend-setting.

We Love Our Testimonials!

November 7, 2009

In last month’s newsletter,  I wrote at some length about microcurrent, the “new” device for tightening and toning your skin and the underlying muscles.  I’d like to share a testimonial I received from a client who has experienced this procedure over the past five weeks:

“When I got into my 50’s, I couldn’t deny that gravity was having an effect on my face.  There wasn’t anything huge happening, just a growing laxity of the skin, but I knew it was a trend.   I didn’t really know what to expect when I decided to try microcurrent with Susan.  The procedures were painless and left my skin in fantastic condition.  As for the signs of aging, the effect was quite amazing.  I no longer have any looseness in my face at all.  My skin is smooth and taut everywhere; it’s as if everything as been slightly lifted.  The fullness of my cheeks is higher, probably where it used to be 20 years ago, and the contours of my face are more defined.

One of the things I like most about microcurrent is while it creates this beautiful skin, benearth it is a definite new firmness of the muscles.  I’m very pleased with my outcome and plan to do maintenance sessions from now on.”  (L.N., Nov. 2, 2009)

This client has had a total of 12 sessions over five weeks; she’ll be on maintenance every 3 to 4 weeks for as long as she continues to see the improvement she’s achieved already.   In case you’re wondering what else this client does for her skin, she is using the Epionce Lytic Lotion and Renewal Facial Lotion, and of course SPF 30 on a daily basis.

If you see “creeping laxity” in your mirror, I invite you to inquire about microcurrent to help turn that looseness into toned, taut skin with a firmer underlying structure.  Compared to other skin tightening procedures (such as Thermage), microcurrent is a relaxing and pleasant walk in the park rather than a visit to Saddam’s torture chamber.


September 25, 2009

Last night I hosted the first ever Peels To The People Open House.  It was so fun!  You never know how many people will show up at events so when I looked out at a sea of smiling faces, it was gratifying to see clients (new and established) checking it out.  I see it’s all about connection.  You’ll find an aesthetician on every corner in this town so when they come to you year after year (after year), you know something special is going on.  Thank you, thank you….whatever I give to you, you return in spades.

Football and Bald Heads

September 5, 2009

Today I attended the OSU/PSU football game in Corvallis.  When the rain finally stopped and fans started shedding clothing, I couldn’t help but notice the remarkable bald head in  front of me.  This belonged to an older gentleman who had obviously had a lot of sun damage to his bald scalp.  It had a scaly, blistered appearance and I immediately  thought Epionce Medical Barrier Cream.  It could no doubt help the gentleman heal his blisters a little faster.  That and sunblock of course.  Go Beavs!

Plan Ahead

September 3, 2009

I’m planning an Open House/Client Appreciation Event on Thursday, Sept. 24th from 4:30 to 6:30.  Take a tour of PTTP headquarters, meet my Epionce rep Chad, and see for yourself how the latest equipment for anti-aging/acne/rosacea will help your skin look healthier!  RSVP please!

August 2009 Newsletter: Part Two

August 26, 2009

The People’s Skin Care Newsletter
vol.1, #2                   August 26, 2009

* Summer’s End Skin Care Tips
* Product News
* The Power of Referrals &
   The Greatness of Clients


While fall is still a few weeks away,
our skin will be ready to get rid of its
summer buildup of crud…like the
higher SPF you’ve been wearing (you
have, haven’t you!), the extra self-
tanner or perhaps simply the rather
casual way you’ve been cleansing
your face while rafting on the
Deschutes or sleeping in a hammock
in Sisters. 

OK, we’ll forgive those little trans-
gressions and allow you to gently
settle back into your usual diligent
routine.  This should include:

  * washing face & neck at least
     once daily
  * applying a treatment cream/
     serum at least once daily
  * wearing SPF 20 + daily
  * using an eye cream daily
  * using a treatment-oriented
     night cream

These few steps should not take more
than a few minutes AM and PM.  It’s
simple: clean, treat, repair, protect.
Your own skin care routine accounts
for 90% of how your skin looks now
and in the future!  While peels and
facials and light treatments are, of
course, fabulous…it’s your daily skin
regimen that really counts.  In the
immortal words of Tim Gunn, “Make
it work”.


What a natural segue into products!
Now I’m going to tell you what to use.

Cleansers are important; should you
spend $40 for one?  I don’t think so
either.  But do spring for one that is
specifically for your skin type, i.e.
Epionce Milky Lotion Cleanser for dry,
mature or sensitive skin; Gentle
Foaming Cleanser for almost everyone
except for the oily folks who will want
the Lytic Gel Cleanser.  All Epionce
cleansers are super-concentrated and
will last for months.

Treatments/Exfoliants are important
because they actually do something
visible.  Over time (I measure “time”
as 1 to 3 months), the Epionce Lytic
products will visibly: help to even out
skin tones, reduce redness, clean out
clogged pores, and overall brighten dull
skin.  Lite Lytic is for sensitive skin,
Lytic Lotion Plus is for oily skin (or
those who want faster results) and
Lytic Lotion is for most everyone else.

Sun protection is essential.  The two
Epionce products are physical blocks
with zinc oxide to protect from UVA
and UVB rays.  They both also contain
antioxidants and are extremely well-
priced at $19 (SPF 30) or $24 (50).

Renewal products are moisturizers
as well as treatment creams.  Call
them two-fers!  For sensitive skin, use
the Facial Cream; for oily skin, the Lite
Lotion, and for everyone in between, I
recommend the Renewal Lotion.  The
Epionce Eye Cream is great for all skin
types.  My favorite Renewal product is
the Intensive Nourishing Cream…just
rich and yummy and perfect for aging
(but still fighting!) skin.

What are we missing?  If you have
more serious hyperpigmentation (pesky
brown/age spots), I am now stocking
a non-Epionce cream that is formulated
for me at Portland’s premier compounding
pharmacy.  It is a blend of two profound
bleaching agents called kojic acid (from
Japanese fungi) and hydroquinoine.  If
spots don’t improve quickly enough using
your regular routine, try this stuff.  It will
bring spots to their knees.

I should also mention taking care of arms
and hands as these are visible targets of
sun damage.  The Renewal Enriched Body
Lotion contains potent antioxidants and
(again, over time) should help with the
pinch-factor on thinning skin.  The amazing
Extreme Barrier Cream is also great for
hydrating dry, even scaly skin on feet,
elbows, hands, nails, you get the picture.


I heart my clients big-time.  Since I’ve
been on my own (three months already),
you have been beating a path to my door
(or me to yours) in numbers greater than
I’d ever imagined and I am so very, very
appreciative.  So appreciative, in fact,
that I’m going to lavish you with….well,
if not riches then rewards!

For every friend/family member that you
refer, YOU will get half off of your next
procedure!  (fine print:  your referral
needs to actually have a treatment/buy
a product to qualify).  Say YOU are into
a course of peels/LED treatments.  You will
save 50% on both your peel and your light
treatment at your next appointment.  Nifty!

May I also tempt you with a Travel Size
Epionce cleanser of your choice just for
being such a good and loyal client?  I think
I will!

Finally, may I invite you to an Event (with
a capital E!) I’m planning in September.
Details to follow but it will include BBQ’d
shrimp, Olive Pit olives, many more tasty
goodies, plus a guest appearance or two
AND 10% off all purchases made at the
event (including gift certificates!).   Stay
tuned for the date.
And once again, THANK YOU, wonderful
clients and friends.

EPIONCE: Skin Care Tour

August 11, 2009
The bakery of beauty: Epionce ingredients ready for formulation

The bakery of beauty: Epionce ingredients ready for formulation

Epionce Mask:  From their Vats to our faces
Epionce Mask: From their Vats to our faces

Road trip complete!  Back from two days in Boise where I had the opportunity to tour the headquarters and manufacturing facilities of EPIONCE skin care.  Thanks to Krista and Susan for explaining the process of blending and mixing and packaging and shipping products, not to mention marketing strategies, networking and outreach opportunities available from the company.  I am more impressed than ever with the science behind these wonderful products.

While I was there, the initial mixing of the oil-based ingredients of the Enriched Firming Mask was  happening in a super-giant mixing bowl contraption.  Later this will be added to the water-based ingredients to form the final product, a lovely blue-tinted hydrating mask that’s wonderfully calming to irritated skin.

And did I mention the entire facility was spotless?  Clients can be assured that products are custom-made in small batches for freshness and that orders are processed practically immediately.  For a small, family-owned and operated operation, EPIONCE really has their act together.  Thanks everybody!