What is it?
A chronic congestion primarily on the cheeks and nose. Characterized by redness, dilation of blood vessels, and in severe cases, the formation of pimples. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it seems to be attributed to circulation, genetic predisposition, digestive disorders, bacteria and mites. Certain factors are known to aggravate the condition. Spicy food, alcohol, caffeine, exposure to temperature extremes, heat, sun and stress aggravate rosacea. Soothing and calming ingredients and treatments will help calm the skin and decrease the inflammation.
It’s important to know that just because you have redness in your skin and maybe even irritation, that does not mean you have rosacea.
Pay attention to your skin. It’s pretty smart and will tell you when you might be using something harmful. When you apply a product and it stings or causes redness, this is usually not a good thing. Sometimes Glycolic acid will sting but you should be able to tell a clear difference between “I can feel it when I apply it" vs “it stings and I can feel it irritating my skin.” If you don’t know the difference, stop using the products and see a professional.
Here are some ingredients to avoid.
(Avobenzone)—a common sunscreen agent which may cause skin sensitivity and inflammation.
High doses of Ascorbic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid or Alpha Lipoic Acid—these acid forms of vitamin C can increase skin sensitivity. Instead, choose Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
Essential Oils—those with rosacea could disagree with oils containing cinnamon, clove, geranium or peppermint so they should be avoided.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate— surfactants used as cleansing agents that cut oil from the skin, but are too harsh and will also strip water from the layers of the skin.
Good ingredients to help with rosacea are green tea and chamomile. Everyone is different for what will help the skin.
It’s important to avoid overexfoliating the skin. Too much can break down the skins protective barrier causing it to become inflamed. It’s best to talk to an esthetician to get a recommended exfoliation routine.
Your skin has a moisture barrier made of natural lipids and when it is damaged, tiny and invisible cracks are created, allowing moisture to escape and irritants to enter the skin more easily. This all causes dry, flaky skin and can make even products created for sensitive skin cause stinging and irritation. This is when you want to use specific products that will repair this barrier. Derma Relief is my favorite serum for helping to repair the barrier. It feels so good on the skin and you can immediately feel a difference.
Avoid using hot water and storing products in the fridge is also a good idea but not always easy if your fridge isn’t close to where you apply your products.
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This machine is a game-changer in skin care. It's absolutely amazing to watch my clients skin change in seconds. Imperfections that have bothered them for years, are gone! Each time I treat a client, I am still surprised at the results. I shouldn't be but it has that "it's too good to be true" feeling. The best part...it
s not too good to be true. It doesn't get rid of everything but it gets rid of a lot of imperfections.
What are you waiting for? It's cheaper than any visit to a Dermatologist and probably quicker!
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Using electricity, this machine will zap your imperfections away instantly! In most cases, in just 1 treatment!
What happens after each treatment?
You may experience some mild irritation, redness and scabbing on the treated areas. While skin is healing, makeup can be applied to camouflage. You will need to avoid direct sunlight immedately after the treatment- but it’s smart to be sun-safe all the time! Otherwise, you can resume normal activities right away.
One session* $150
(this will treat about 10 spots, depending on size/issue)
Double session* $199
(this will treat about 20 spots, depending on size/issue)
*if any spots need to be retreated, the 2nd time will be FREE.
Removal of skin tags, milia, spider veins/broken capillaries, cherry angiomas, sebaceous hyperplasia and more!
For face and body!
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Results are seen after one treatment often but some require more than one.
Yes, you can get a facial same day. Facial is done first and then ThermoClear.
This can be done on face and body.
Sun spots take longer to heal, which is why I stop treating them in May (resume again in the fall). Everything else has a shorter healing time but you must still stay sun safe.
You care for the treated area just like you would any wound. Don’t pick, wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun.
No downtime. You can wear makeup.
We all want to fight the signs of aging and so we go to the malls, our Estheticians and Dermatologists, hoping they will have the answer, maybe even the cure for our wrinkles. From fighting free radicals to stimulating skin's natural collagen production, anti-aging products make enticing promises.
Do they work? That's what we want to know, right? Below I have listed 4 commonly listed ingredients and some evidence on whether they actually play an effect on your skin.
As we age our skin gets thinner, loses fat and starts to sag and develop fine lines and wrinkles. We produce less collagen and elastin to keep our skin firm and plump. Oh my gosh!
Peptides are small proteins that help stimulate new cells to grow and to help skin cells to heal.
Scientists are still not sure how beneficial these actually are because of the size of the molecule. They are rather large and that makes it more difficult to deeply penetrate the skin. They can, however, do some good in a moisturizer and serum. This way they can hydrate the skin and make lines less noticeable. Whether they reduce wrinkles, the jury is still out.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA's)
Examples are glycolic, lactic and citric acids which are natural ingredients that come from fruits and milk sugars. They are great for exfoliation because they get rid of dead skin cells, allowing new cells to grow.
Each acid does something different for the skin. Lactic Acid (comes from sour milk) removes the dead skin cells so this will have a brightening effect. Glycolic Acid (comes from sugar cane) helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles which can make skin look smoother and tighter.
A natural form of Vitamin A, this boosts the thickness and elasticity of the skin therefore reducing the signs of wrinkles.
There is an abundant amount of evidence to support that retinol works! Finding it in the right products is the tricky part because you need to have enough to get results. Most over-the-counter products cannot put enough retinol in them to give you the benefits you need. This Retinol Serum is amazing and when used correctly, can do great things for the skin.
Help fight cell damage from free radicals, which are molecules that could injure cells and increase inflammation.
There are many antioxidants that are effective, however, the formulation is the most critical. Vitamins C and E are the most commonly used and time-tested. This is my favorite Vitamin C serum. It's my #1 seller and has helped my clients skin so much. Mine too!
Did you know that it takes about 10 years for your skin to show damage? That is why in your 30's you will all of sudden start to feel like you are getting older. You will start seeing more sun spots, freckles, wrinkles and dry skin. What we do NOW is important to how we look later. It's easy to live in the moment and think, "oh, I'll worry about that tomorrow" but I promise you, you will regret it. I hear it everyday from my clients. Protect your skin!
Here is a breakdown of what smoking can do to your skin:
Teenager: Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals that dehydrate your skin. Quit now and it’ll stay smooth and bright.
20 plus: Smoking can age you by ten years or more. Lines appear on the cheeks and lower jaw.
30 plus: Signs of wrinkles, lines and crow’s feet. Dull, sallow skin due to cigarette heat.
40 plus: Definite facial wrinkling and hollow cheeks through repeated sucking on cigarettes. Skin lined around lips and eyes.
50 plus: Wrinkles are deep and pronounced. Skin sags and is grey in colour. Teeth are brown with nicotine stains.
Exposure to the sun causes:
Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions - caused by loss of the skin's immune function
Fine and coarse wrinkles
Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation
Sallowness -- a yellow discoloration of the skin
Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin
Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (causing lines and wrinkles)
I get this question a lot! Men have always been known for aging gracefully (and they don't even appreciate it). Their secret? Shaving. Here are some myths and facts regarding shaving your face. You might find that you will want to do it...
Myth:Shaving your face makes your hair grow back darker and thicker. Just as with the rest of your body, hairs on your face will not grow back darker, thicker, or more numerous if you shave them.
Fact:Shaving coarse hair will create stubble. If you have a few coarser hairs sprinkled among the peach fuzz, pluck or wax them first to avoid any chance of (horrors) facial stubble. Female face shaving is a skin treatment, not a hair removal method.
Myth:Shaving roughens the skin. If you're like most women, you'll find your legs feel smoother than parts of your body that you don't shave. Smooth, fine-textured skin is just a side effect for legs, but for your face, it's a prime benefit of shaving.
Fact:Men look so young for their age in part because they shave their faces. Exfoliation speeds up skin cell turnover and reveals chubby young skin cells underneath the old gray ones. Women exfoliate with scrubs or cloths and men shave. As far as skin is concerned, it's all exfoliation; skin doesn't care if it's taboo to shave.
Myth:Shaving gives you ingrown hairs. Fine hairs don't have the tensile strength to grow into skin like coarser hair on the legs and at the bikini line, so shaving can't cause ingrown facial hair. This is another reason to remove coarse hairs before shaving.
Fact:Makeup goes on more smoothly with a shaved face. If you want immaculate foundation coverage, shave your skin smooth. While female face shaving improves skin texture, taking off any fine hair down near your jawline is a nice fringe benefit. Powder that used to cling to facial fuzz now lies flat and smooth on your skin.
If you're convinced, here's a quick rundown on how to shave your face.
Always use a razor dedicated to face shaving alone. Hair elsewhere is too coarse, and using the same razor everywhere leads to shaving cuts. Take care around your hairline and eyebrows. You want people to notice your glow, not your half an eyebrow. As long as you remove coarse hairs first, you can shave as often as you like (about every 3 weeks). It's one of the kindest and least irritating skin treatments.
There are a lot of medications on the market to "cure" acne. Some are not as bad as others but some, like Accutane (Isotretinoin), should not be taken. The side effects are scary!
The drug works for severe (cystic) acne, providing long-lasting and sometimes complete reduction of acne for 80 percent of patients. However, clear skin may be accompanied by serious side effects like Crohn’s disease (this has also been reported to cause problems long after the person has stopped taking the drug), birth defects and suicide. And, once you stop taking it, the acne may come back because you have not fixed the problem.
These are some common side effects associated with taking this medication:
Diminished night vision
Increased bone injuries due to thickened or weakened bones
Increased reaction to UV exposure
Red, cracked or sore lips
Changes in nails
Unusual hair growth or loss
Bleeding or swollen gums
Slow healing of cuts or sores
Dry skin and eyes
So many myths and remedies that have been around for years and a lot of people don't know if they work or of they should try it. Here is a list of some popular "tips" I read and hear about all the time that you should AVOID!
1. Toothpaste- It can dry out your skin and actually darken the areas that you apply it.
2. Benzoyl Peroxide- This is an effective spot treatment and can be used EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE but this is why I don't think it should be used all the time...
a. Drying to the skin
b. Can thin the skin
c. Makes your skin photo-sensitive
d. Can make your skin sensitive
e. Can make your Langerhan Cells go dormant- these are responsible for killing foreign viruses/molds/bacterias.
3. Biore Strips- These don't work even though they appear that they do. The black stuff you are seeing is the top of the blackheads but the strip is not actually removing anything under the skin, where the the build-up is trapped.
4. ProActiv- I'm sorry but I'm not a fan. And while this may work temporarily, it is not fixing the problem. It usually dries out the skin and after awhile, it stops working altogether.
5. Tanning (the sun or in a bed)- I know that people love this "remedy" but it just isn't true. Tanning causes your skin to increase cell production which, in turn, creates more dead skin cells. That is what we are trying to avoid, right?
6. Dry Out Your Skin- I know people with oily skin want less oil. This is possible without drying out your skin. You need oil so it's about finding a way to balance it. When you strip all the oil from your skin (most OTC products do this) then your skin produces more oil because it needs the moisture. It cannot produce water so you are left with oily skin. If you only use products that treat and replenish your skin, then you will find the balance.
Acne. So common and so frustrating. For some, it lasts a few months or maybe a year but for others, they suffer for a very long time. Even using the right skin care products doesn't completely rid the skin of this issue because oftentimes, it is hormonal. This is where medications come in and why doctors are so quick to prescribe. They can clear the skin and make the patient feel so much better. Unfortunately, there are side effects to that. Becoming well informed is the best option. Find out what works for you and your skin. Everyone is different.
What is It?
Acne is a skin condition that causes pimples or "zits." This includes whiteheads, blackheads, and red, inflammed patches of skin (such as cysts).
Who Gets It?
Acne commonly starts during puberty between the ages of 10 and 13 and tends to be worse in people with oily skin. Teenage acne usually lasts for five to 10 years (I highlight this because so many expect it to go away as soon as they start on a regular skin care regimen), normally going away during the early 20s. It occurs in both sexes, although teenage boys tend to have the most severe cases (I am convinced that this is because they are less likely to take care of their skin properly). Just when you think you are safe from acne... Women are more likely than men to have mild to moderate forms into their 30s and beyond.
The simple truth is that heredity (blame your parents!) and hormones are behind most forms of acne.
Hormones- It is common in teenagers because of their increase in hormones. It is also why some women get it when they are pregnant or on birth control. When this is the cause, it makes it much more difficult to control. As an Esthetician, I can't fix this but the skin can improve and we can get to a point where the breakouts are manageable.
Bacteria- Excess oil clogs the pores and it is here where the bacteria grows. This makes blackheads or whiteheads form on the skin's surface. Sometimes, this clogging causes the follicle wall to break under the pressure of this buildup. When this happens, sebum leaks into nearby tissues and forms a pustule or a papule -- this is called inflammatory acne. Larger, tender pustules are called nodules.
What is the best Tinted Moisturizer? That is one of the most common questions I get and I don't have a good answer. I have never been able to find a brand that I really like and that I would feel comfortable recommending to my clients, friends and family. So, I've stopped looking. For years I have been making my own so from now on, this is what I will be recommending to everyone. What is so great about doing this is that it allows you to choose what you want in the product. This is now fully customizable to YOU! And this is how you do it...
1. Mix equal parts moisturizer and foundation. Blend thoroughly.
2. Apply and you're done!
Extra Tips1. If you want a more natural look, add a little less foundation.
2. If you want a little darker color, add a little more foundation.
3. Apply your regular moisturizer first so the color doesn't seep into dry patches and/or blemishes. It will give you a more even finish.
4. You can make enough to last you awhile or do this daily. If you are making a bigger batch, just make sure you put it in an airtight bottle. Care for it as you normally would your regular foundation.
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I've never been a big fan of Clinique. It started in high school when I used their products and they didn't work for my skin, at all. Then, when I fell in love with skin and began reading about ingredients and different product lines, I finally understood why I didn't like them. So when I heard about their Acne Solutions Foundation w/ salicylic acid, I had to check it out. I try to keep up with as much stuff regarding to skin as I can but it is impossible to do it, unfortunately. This one got away from me because when I started my research, I found that it has been around since 2010! Yikes!
My first thought about have an ingredient like salicylic acid in a product like foundation, that sits on your skin all day, was that there was no way this was healthy. Now that I have done more reading, I don't disagree with myself. :)
My client, who told me about it, said that she stopped using it because her skin became too dry. That is because that acid dries up all the oil in the skin. Of course you see it in a lot of products these days but not often will you find it in a daytime product that is a leave-on.
My biggest problem with this is that people don't know the long-term damage they are doing to their skin. I can pretty much bet that Clinique is not educating their customers on salicylic acid.
When I read reviews online, people were saying how dry it made their skin, the foundation turned orange mid-day and made their acne worse. I would love to try this out on my skin but I'm on the dry side anyway and don't suffer from acne or breakouts so I am not a good tester.
Bottom Line: Please avoid this foundation and any other foundation with this ingredient (yes, there are others!). Acne needs to be taken care of with proper skin care products NOT makeup. Come see me if you need guidance. I want to help! :)
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