Are you looking for more advanced forms of skincare but you are not sure what most of it really means and how each form works? There are so many different things that you can have done to your skin; superficial chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microcurrent treatments and LED treatments are some of the many ways that you can transform your skin in a spa setting. You can even go to more advanced in a medical spa or plastic surgery setting, with the use of Lasers, IPL treatments and deep peels. But, what does what? We here all these buzz words and then see dramatic before and after pictures of people, but, what is that going to do for us? Today I would like to talk to you about assessing your own skin care goals. First, don’t do it alone. Talk with your esthetician or dermatologist about what is bothering you with your skin. When we analyze your skin, we start by reviewing the texture, temperature, tone and hydration levels within the skin. We will determine your skin type and identify any issues that we can visibly see. This is a great place for you to voice your personal concerns because what we see may not be what you’re concerned about. I may see dehydration and hyperpigmentation and you may see fine lines around your mouth and puffiness underneath your eyes. The next part is to be honest about what you are currently using on your face. If you can’t remember, bring in your products. What we will use on your skin is affected by your current homecare and if we don’t know, we have to err on the side of caution. This alters the overall course of the treatment plan. Conversely, if you withhold the use of certain products, we may inadvertently use something that could damage your skin. Either way, just be honest so we can best serve your skincare needs. From that point, your skin care professional should be able to steer you in the right direction. Sometimes you will have to use a combination of techniques to meet all your goals and that will require an additional time and financial commitment. Please remember that the health of your skin is worth it. It may require that you upgrade your home skincare routine, or more advanced in room treatments, but, you are worth it.
Microdermabrasion is a technique used for resurfacing the skin by removing the surface cells. It stimulates cell regeneration in the dermis and epidermis.
Microdermabrasion can be used to treat conditions such as:
Aging and sun damage
Fine Lines and wrinkles
Acne Scarring/ pigmentation
Results of microdermabrasion include: improvements of skin tone, improved luster of skin, more elasticity in skin, more refined pores and diminished scarring. Microdermabrasion cannot be used if the skin has been treated with Retin A, renova, any product with Vitamin A or any products containing glycolic acid within 24 hours of the treatment. For best results, Microdermabrasion is done in a sequence and can be combined with other treatments such as chemical peels, enzyme peels, galvanic current or LED treatments. Post treatment care involves keeping the skin hydrated and daily use of sunscreen is required. Sun exposure for the following 3-5 days should be avoided. Used of make-up following the procedure is ok. Though microdermabrasion is an effective method of resurfacing, it is necessary to use appropriate home care is very important to achieve skin care goals. I would love to speak with you more about customizing a skin care regimen to suit your treatment and home care needs.
I received my first professional massage over 12 years ago. Countless massages later, I still remember it. My therapists name was Elkie and the room was small, slightly cluttered in a cozy way and there was a large tie-dye blanket over the window to block out the sun. The thing that sticks out in my brain the most was that she had a mixed cd and it had an instrumental cover of "Stairway to Heaven". I really do not recall much about her massage, just the contentment I felt because she made me feel warm welcome and most of all safe. Massage, it can be a little odd for someone at first. The expectation of getting undressed in an unfamiliar space, and having a person you just met touch you is very intimidating. Please, discuss this with your Massage practitioner. If you aren't feeling comfortable about something, let them know. We, as practitioners, have several obligations to our clients. The first and most important is to respect your boundaries. So, if you don't feel comfortable, let us help you. We can usually modify or change most things in a massage to give you a customized and pleasant experience. Never be afraid to communicate your needs to your massage or skincare therapist. you, at the end of the day know your body better than we do. That being said, I will use my professional judgment to ensure that I am offering you safe and effective bodywork and skincare. If for some reason I need to amend your treatment plan I will do my best to offer you reasons why the alternative may be a better choice than what we had previously discussed. Massage shouldn't be painful and can actually be harmful when administered incorrectly. This is why effective communication is so important, we don't want to hurt you and we want you to reach your intended goal of the massage.
Hello and welcome! My name is Sara and I am a massage therapist and newly licensed esthetician. I am excited to have my own blog where I can discuss holistic treatments, massage and skin care. September brings in the grand opening special of the Spa at Aristocrat Styling Salon. This spa offers skincare body treatments as well as various styles of massage. Within the next couple months I will be back to share the benefits of each service, as well as the benefits of additional types of holistic care!
Excited to share with all of you!!!