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Q: What is the
big deal with having antioxidants in your skin care products?
A: Antioxidants do a
number of things when they are in topical skin care products. What antioxidants
do in general is to defend you against free radical damage. Free radicals are
basically a group of molecules that are missing an electron. When they enter
your body they try to steal an electron from the proteins in your skin- causing
cell damage. When you use products that contain antioxidants they help keep the
skin from aging caused by these damaging free radicals that are everywhere in
our environment ex. smoke, smog, UV rays, etc… When used with sunscreens
antioxidants increase and prolong the sunscreen’s efficacy. Vitamins A, C, E,
and beta carotene assist in skin repair and the strengthening of blood vessels.
Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables is one way to get antioxidants in
your body but why not go the extra mile and apply them directly to your skin as
Q: I am starting to notice some things with my skin that I have never noticed
in the past. I have 3 kids under the age of 6 and I have no time for
professional facials or even at home facials. I really just need to know what
would be the best thing that I can do at home to take care of my skin without
taking too much time away from my very busy lifestyle.
A: What I would suggest is for you to start with a cleanser followed by a
treatment that would best benefit your specific skin concerns; then a
moisturizer that works well as a day and a night cream. During the day you must
wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Sunscreens are the most important part of
an anti-aging regimen and it will only take another minute to apply every
morning. Typically I would suggest for someone to exfoliate and mask twice a
week, but this can be time consuming. So what I suggest for you is to make sure
that either the cleanser or the treatment you use contains some mild form of
exfoliation. For example, you could use a cleanser that has enzymes or AHA’s in
the formula or your treatment could contain other exfoliants as well. We have
several different cleansers and treatments that contain exfoliants to help you
save time. Also, for your mask you could always do it in the shower while you
shave your legs. Multitasking with skincare is easy to do; you just have to be
creative with it. If you do not have the time for a facial you can stop by our
Beauty Boutique for some advice on the specific products you would need for your
skin type. We have several estheticians that work at the front desk and they
would be more than happy to talk to you about your skin concerns.
Last month in your newsletter you introduced a home laser hair removal device.
Can you tell me how it compares to laser hair removal treatments in a doctor's
The device you are referring to is TRIA and it uses the same technology and
power level as the professional hair removal lasers that physicians use but it
has been modified for safety for use at home. For instance, you will not be able
to unlock the device if your skin tone is not the correct color, which keeps
people that have darker pigmentation from damaging their skin. The laser targets
the dark pigment in the hair follicle and basically heats the follicle to the
point that it disables it, making the hair fall out. That is why darker
pigmented skin will not be able to use this device-the laser would not be able
to target a follicle and could burn the skin.
if you have very blonde, gray, red or white hair TRIA will not work for the same
Just like professional treatments, TRIA does require
several treatments since hair grows in different stages so you will have to go
over the same area several times as the hair grows through its stages. Unlike
professional treatments, you do have to shave the area before you use the Tria.
Also, you can not wax before you use it because there will not be hair in the
follicles to target.
As long as you follow the directions correctly and
be patient, TRIA can be just as good as getting laser hair removal treatments
done in the doctor's office, only much less expensive and much more convenient.
I have wrinkles on my forehead and in between my eyebrows. I have heard that
the only way to get rid of them is to do Botox. I really hate needles first of
all and second I do not like the idea of injecting poison into my muscles. Is
there any alternative or am I just stuck with these awful lines?
You are in luck! There actually are healthier alternatives to reducing
expression lines. One alternative is using micro current. This technology
works on the nerves and muscle cells to increase tonicity by speeding up the
rate at which the body produces its own muscle protein. It is also known to
stimulate collagen and elastin, increase circulation and help products penetrate
deeper into the skin. We have an at home micro current device that can be used
everyday to help prevent and correct problems that develop as we age. The
device is called NuFace and can be purchased in our store for $379.
There is also another safe and affective technology that helps with wrinkles.
LED (light Emitting Diode) sends light energy to the skin cells and then your
body naturally turns the light energy to cell energy; encouraging the skin to
corrects itself. This energy has an effect on the skin that can help with many
different types of skin concerns such as: acne, rosacea, enlarged pores,
wrinkles, discolorations/age spots, and redness in the skin. LED treatments are
cumulative and do require maintenance once skin rejuvenation is complete. We
also sell an at home LED that can be used everyday from the convenience of your
home and is yours to keep for maintenance treatments. The LED device is called
New-U and it sells for $299.
There are also topical products that contain peptides that can
help with expression lines. Peptides are chains of amino acids that basically
act as messengers to cells. These peptides communicate to the cells the way our
bodies own natural peptides would do. As we age and as our bodies become
exposed to the environment and stressors, our cells do not communicate the way
they once did. There are several different types of peptides and each of them
sends a different message to different cells. There are products that contain
peptides that communicate to the cells to create more collagen in certain areas
of the dermis. Some products have more than one peptide and can carry out
several different tasks. Line Ease and Smooth Surface Instant Line Filler are
two great products for expression lines.
Here I have listed three different and safe ways to decrease the look of
expression lines. All of them work well alone, however, when all three are
combined is when you will see the most dramatic results in less time. Each
treatment compliments the others. All of these treatments are totally safe and
have more long term affects on the skin than injections. Also, other areas of
the face are improved instead of just one specific area like with Botox.
Q. I have a lot of blackheads on my
nose/cheek area and my skin feels very rough-almost like sandpaper. Why is that
and can I do anything to fix it?
A. It sounds to me like you might be using a product that is not right for your
skin type. Many people with oily skin like to use cleansers and astringents that
strip the skin of all oil. At first, this may feel like the solution. However,
over time, you skin becomes dry and your skin's response is to produce even more
oil. when the skin overcompensates for the dryness, oil ends up trapped under
all of the dry and dead skin, causing blackheads.
The rough texture that you are feeling is a combination of
many layers of dead skin along with clogged pores. What I would suggest is to
have at least one facial so that your esthetician can make sure to remove all of
the dry, dead skin that is built up over your pores and then clean your pores
out for you. It is not a good idea to try to extract the blackheads on your own
since you can really damage your skin if you are not careful.
During your facial your esthetician can determine what skin
type you are and what types of products would work best for you. After you have
your blackheads removed, the best way to help keep them from returning is to
exfoliate on a regular basis. For some people this may be every other day and
for others it may only be twice a week. That is why it so important to see a
professional, so that the two of you can determine what would be the best
regimen for your skin.
Q. I have a 16 year old daughter that will
be going to prom this year. She is very fair and burns easily in the sun. She is begging me to let
her go to the tanning bed and I am so hesitant because I have heard that they are really bad for
you. I was wondering how your spray tan would look on someone who doesn't tan easily and if it is
safe for young girls?
A. First of all, I want to tell you that if your daughter
burns in the sun she will burn just as bad in the tanning bed, and YES, they are very bad for you.
The sun and the tanning bed have the same harmful rays and are the number one reason for premature
aging. Not to mention that you raise your risk of skin cancer.
Our spray tan is perfectly safe. It contains no alcohol, oils, perfumes, harmful
chemicals or preservatives. The tanning ingredient creates a chemical reaction with the proteins of
the top layer of dead skin cells, similar to what happens to an apple when you cut it and leave it
to turn brown. Your new tan will wear away slowly (usually in 7-10 days) as your skin exfoliates,
but you can prolong the color by moisturizing your skin twice a day.
We have three color options so for someone who doesn't tan naturally, I would
suggest the lightest level. To prep skin for the tan, I suggest using a scrub to exfoliate the night
before without using any moisturizers or oils on the skin. I hope this helps and please keep your daughter out of the tanning bed!
Q. There seems to be so
much hype about organic products. Are they really as effective?
A. You are certainly right. Everywhere we
look there seems to be the word "organic." But, organic products are
not all created equal. It is important to do your research before
choosing your products.
At FACES, we carry Eminence Organics, a
triple certified organic product line. High concentrations of vitamins
and potent healing properties derived from fruits, vegetables and
herbs make for amazing treatments that have proven results.
Q. I am 31 years old and
have large cyst-like acne along my chin and jaw line that lasts for
weeks and even months. I never had acne as a teenager and have tried
every acne line available and even antibiotics. Nothing seems to help
and just dries out my skin. Now I have scars all over my lower face
because of this. Is there anything I can do?
A. Most cystic acne is due to some sort of
hormonal imbalance. I would suggest trying a hormonal skincare line
instead of an over the counter acne line. Acne lines usually contain
some type of retinoid and/or benzoyl peroxide, which exfoliates and
dries out the skin. And, if your acne is hormonal, then these might do
very little to treat it.
Hormonal skincare products contain topical
phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) that balance out the hormone levels
enough to keep these cystic acne spots from forming. My favorite
products are Eminence Organic's 8-Greens Youth Serum, 8-Greens Whipped
Moisturizer and 8-Greens Phtyo Mask. These products are available for
home use and can be used in our CustomCare Organic facial as well.
As far as the scars left behind, Lightwave
Rejuvenation LED treatments can help to reduce this hyper-pigmentation
as well as kill bacteria related to your acne. I would suggest having
a few treatments about a week apart. This will help to knock-out the
acne you have now and keep it at bay with monthly maintenance
treatments. I hope this helps. Good Luck! For more information, check out the
Acne Assasin forum.
Q. I've never tried one of
the new chocolate facials. Do they offer any special benefits?
A. In addition to being a sensory
indulgence, chocolate contains over 300 different compounds, some of
which can have a significant impact on your health and beauty. Some of
these benefits have been shown to reduce stress and thwart free
radicals which are responsible for cell aging.
Q. My New Year's
resolution is to not look another year older in 2010. Any suggestions?
A. We have an entire arsenal of wonderful,
non-invasive anti-aging treatments that really work. Your esthetician
knows your skin best and can help determine a course of treatment for
Q. I've been hearing a lot
about the new eyelash growth products. Do they really work?
A. Yes, they do. Just ask Tanya, one of
our estheticians who has seen her own lashes double in length and
density with Revitalash, the brand we carry. The founder of Revitalash,
who is an ophthalmologist, developed the product for his wife, who was
undergoing chemotherapy and losing her lashes. A portion of all
Revitalash sales go to breast cancer research and education.
Q. Why is there such a difference in
the skin on my face and the skin on my neck? My neck looks twice as old as my
A. I have a question for you. Do you treat this
sensitive area the same way that you treat your face? People often have this
issue because they do not cleanse, treat, moisturize or apply sunscreen like
they do on their face. The skin on your neck is thinner and has fewer oil glands
than the skin on your face so it is very susceptible to early signs of aging.
The same products you use for lines and dark spots on the face will work well on
your neck. I recommend a patch test in this area to avoid irritation.
Q. I have dark circles underneath my
eyes. I feel like I get enough rest, so why are they there and what can I do
A. Contrary to popular belief, sleep habits have
nothing to do with dark under eye circles. They actually may be caused by
allergies and a simple OTC antihistamine may the answer. Another factor is that
under eye skin is thin and there are numerous veins in this area so the color
beneath can give a darker hue. Increased pigmentation caused by sun exposure
could be another cause.
Many people have dark under eye circles and there is
no real cure. Using an eye cream that contains peptides and retinoids will help
build collagen and thicken the skin over time, making the dare circles less
noticeable. Also, using an eye cream that contains an SPF will help prevent
further sun damage to this delicate area. Finally, invest in a good concealer that is a half
shade lighter than your skin tone and use it regularly.