Archive for the ‘SKin Care’ Category

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.

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!

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 & July 4th

July 4, 2009

Why are Peels like the 4th of July?  OK, let’s face it…any similarities they may share are a real stretch.  But since my blogging adventure is a stretch to begin with, here goes:

P : is for Principles.  We celebrate the 4th understanding that our country was founded on the principles of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Peels To The People is founded on the principles of a healthy lifestyle, the freedom to grow my own business, and the joy I feel when I can help clients achieve their skin care goals.

E : is for Education.  Whether it’s in the classroom, studying a new language (like the iPhone!), or developing a new skill, Americans value education in its many forms.  Peels To The People has a mission to bring skin care education to the people, one peep at a time.

E :  is for EPIONCE.  This small, family-owned and operated company based in beautiful Boise, Idaho creates unique skin care products using American ingenuity and know-how.   Peels To The People salutes Epionce for going out on a limb and taking me on as a small but loyal account with many enthusiastic customers.

L : is for Liberty.  We so often take our freedoms for granted until events like 9/11 slap us upside the head.  Until we lose them, we’ll always take things for granted.  My goals is to help clients recognize that they can’t continue to take liberties with their skin and then complain about it.  Take action now to ensure that our skin, like our country, will be around in great shape for the long haul.

Peels in Summer

July 1, 2009

Is it safe to have chemical peels in the summer?  Yes, depending  upon the type and depth of the peel.  The deeper the peel (the kind I don’t do), the more severe the wound.  The lighter or  more superficial the peel, the less intentional skin damage and the safer route to go in summer.

Preferred peels for summer are your alpha hydroxy acid blends such as glycolic, lactic or malic, or the beta hydroxy peels such as salicylic acid.  Your skin can be safely be smooth and healthy, even in July and August.