Category Archives: Beauty Therapy

Welcome DermaQuest

I’ve been using DermaQuest in my Facials for years and now they are on our shelves just for you! Like many of you I’m becoming increasingly aware of the signs of aging on my skin and they are leaders in advanced results-driven formulations.

” Our Philosophy and Mission is to provide physicians and estheticians globally with innovative, relationship-based products and services of the highest quality to support excellence in skincare practices.” Founder & Chemist Sam Dhatt

Attention Locals!! Mention this post and receive a DermaQuest Enhancement with any Facial.

Some of their proprietary ingredients include:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
An essential hydrator for everyone’s skin! Each molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its molecular weight in moisture. It is known for its hydrating properties along with its natural delivery into the skin. Being one of the most valuable ingredients in skin care DermaQuest has incorporated this active into 90% of its product line to provide increased smoothness for plump, hydrated skin from the inside out.

Skin Brighteners
The SkinBrite Collection is formulated with some of the most advanced skin brighteners to date! Each formula is uniquely created with many different tyrosinase inhibitors to stop the melanogenesis process in multiple steps giving you the most illumining skin tone results. ChromaBright imparts the latest in skin brightening technology to effectively correct pigmentation and un-even skin tone. DermaQuest has incorporated this innovative ingredient into all the SkinBrite products.

Plant Stem Cells
Advancements with stem cell technology have continued to provide more powerful and effective marine derived and botanical plant stem cells in the skin care market. DermaQuest combines the latest generation of plant stem cells to reduce pigmentation, fine lines, and protect the skin from environmental damages. These plant stem cells contain all the active molecules of the plant to effectively address multiple areas of concern. Sea Fennel, Edelweiss, Gardenia, and Lilac plant stem cells are incorporated into some of the most advanced anti-aging products included in the Stem Cell 3D collection.

Peptides
Made up of essential amino acids, these active ingredients are small yet powerful to drastically change the skin! Peptides are key anti-aging ingredients that reduce fine lines and wrinkles, promote collagen, reduce inflammation and brighten skin tone. With new peptides being discovered every year they are considered to be an active ingredient that will continually change and advance with time.

Vitamin C
Is one of the most essential nutrients for the body and is a key component to maintaining healthy glowing skin. Vitamin C is an active ingredient that brightens and tightens the skin. Keeping up with cutting edge technology we have incorporated the latest lipid soluble form of vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, in our superior formulations. The most stable form of vitamin C with three times better penetration than L-Ascorbic acid! Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate can be found throughout the DermaQuest line and is most concentrated in C-Lipoic products.

AHA/BHA
Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids have been around for many years and continue their strong stride in being very effective performance ingredients to treat a wide array of concerns. These key hydroxy acids promote an increased cell turnover to reveal luminous new skin cells at the surface. While providing a quicker cell turnover rate AHA’s/BHA’s impart multi functional qualities to improve skin texture, decrease pore size, reduce congestion, moisturize, and promote collagen.

Minerals
DermaQuest brings you the highest grade micronized minerals in all of our sun protection products. Zinc and Titanium are utilized for their superior UV ray protection and pro-longed broad spectrum coverage. ZinClear SPF 30 offers you clear and tinted versions leaving the skin protected yet covered with a flawless finish. Minerals are safe, effective, reduce inflammation, and are designed to be used on all skin types especially sensitive and acneic!

Antioxidants
Powerful antioxidants generate healthy cell renewal and acts as a cellular bodyguard for our skin. Essential for all skin types they protect our skin from free radical damage that our skin encounters on a daily basis. Co-Enzyme Q10, Idebenone, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Green Tea Extract are widely used in DermaQuest products to give your skin an enhanced safeguard against environmental radicals.

Enzymes
These gentle enzymes act as Pacman on the skin to digest the dead surface skin cells. Papaya-Pineapple and Pumpkin Enzymes provide gentle yet visible results to reveal a more youthful glow. When used in a daily regimen other active ingredients have the ability to penetrate into the skin to provide quicker skin care results.

New! Deep Pore Cleansing System

mature duoNew to Star Brows and on double Rewards now through August 2016!

If you’re like me you want bright, clear, and ageless skin. I have a secret, it’s massage. Simple right?  I’ve been talking about and using Cleansing Oils for about 20 years now and it never gets old! These oils make a great vehicle for the massage and cleansing process at home or during a Facial! Tu’el pairs the Oils by skin-type with Herbal Toners. Here are some questions about the process I’ve had over the years:

 

  • I’ve always been told not to touch my face, and if I do, gently.                                                   “Touch your face and go deep, every night! It stimulates blood flow, relaxes underlying muscles, reduces puffiness, clears sinuses, and exfoliates the skin. (Acne skin is an exception, you’ll want to do more of an acupressure type massage so you don’t over stimulate the skin but still address the underlying systems.) “
  • My skin is acne prone, oil feels icky on my skin, and seems to make me break out.         “There is truth to this, however your skin is steeped in oil so it’s not a bad thing to cleanse with an oil designed for acneic skin. Also, oil is accepted into the pores easily because of the familiarity so a deep cleansing is possible. The pores can lock down when introduced to harsh, sudsy cleansers.”
  • Can’t I use any oil?                                                                                                                                  “Yup! I like Tu’el Deep Pore Cleansing System because it addresses different skin types, uses appropriate essential oils for each type, and has an herbal Toner that breaks the Cleansing Oil down afterward.

See you at the Spa!

Linda Ruberto aka Brow Boss

Holiday Makeup – December Product Feature

glamI can’t wait to help you with the perfect look and makeup for all of those holiday parties you’ll be going to!!

This month’s Product Feature is our Holiday Makeup items.

And remember, when you shop at Star Brows you get Rewards toward Spa Services!

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Check out some of our favorites!

Luxe Luminous Cream Blush, Sunglow Mineral Foundation, Spicey, Cranberry, Envy and Vixen Lipstick, Truley Red and Pinot Lip Pencil, Guava and Siren Lipgloss, our new Cobalt Mascara and any shimmery Mineral Eyeshadow.

Happy Spa-La-Days! xoxo Brow Boss

Billion Dollar Brows – Product Feature – September

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As you know, we love bdb at Star Brows, this “brows only” company was the inspiration for Star Brows when we first moved to Cali!

During September all Billion Dollar Brows’ products will be on double Rewards with 20% back to YOU in service.

Choose from:

Brow Boost: I use this at least 4 times a week, and it really works to keep the brows as thick and full as possible.

Brow Gel: Make-up the perfect brow and then set it so it stays all day! I wouldn’t go without it it – ever.

Universal Brow Pencil: I can use this color for almost all the brows I do. It has a tone that works with almost all hair colors.

These days I also carry Youngblood’s Brow Pencils (they’re new), but before that UBP was it!

Brow Brush: A brow brush is mandatory for applying  Brow Powder and the spoolie on the other end is used for pencil too.

Brow Powder: Great colors, especially Taupe. Also comes in Blond, Brown, and Raven (a nice ashy-dark color).

See you at the spa!

xo Linda “Brow Boss”

7 Rules of Layering Your Skincare Products

skin-care-product-layeringBefore we dive-in to skincare product layering tips remember this: DON’T strip your skin of it’s lipid barrier function and healthy PH when you wash it, that will make everything you do afterward a big.fat.waste of time (check out my favorite cleansers)!

1. Start light. Serums—the thinnest products—go first, because a) that just makes sense and b) they deliver active ingredients into the skin most efficiently. Pick two or three serums that each treat one of your skincare health concerns: wrinkles/fine lines, acneic or oily (Power Peel Glycolic Gel, Clear It), water or oil-dry (Hydrate Super Serum), sensitive/irritable to calm redness (Calm Down ).

2. Add an antioxidant. Vitamin C is one ingredient every skin type needs. It brightens, protects against sun damage, and promotes collagen production (C Power Vitamin C Serum).

3. Take a coffee break. If you give each product a minute to dry, it won’t pill. I flow my skincare in with the rest of my morning routine. For example, I put on a product, have coffee, then put on a second product, then brush my teeth.

4. Lock it down. Moisturizer is key to any layering routine because it seals serums on your skin, which can make them more effective (Atmosphere Protection Cream).

5. Know when to go in reverse. If your sensitive skin reddens at the thought of using even one treatment product, try putting on a simple, fragrance-free moisturizer first and then serums on top. The cream will reduce the potency of the serums but they’ll also be less likely to cause irritation.

6. Add an oil. In small doses, oils make skin radiant. Put them on dry areas after creams—as a rule, oils can penetrate moisturizers, but not vice versa. Skip the oil if you’re wearing more than two serums under your moisturizer (Botanical Booster).

7. Don’t forget protection. Sunscreen is your last step in the morning. It sits on top of your skin, so if it goes on first, it prevents other ingredients from penetrating (Oil-Free Daily Protect).

See you at the spa!

Essential Oils – June Product Feature

RewardsThis month’s Product Feature lineup is Tu’el Botanical Boosters. As anyone who has had a service at Star Brows knows, we use essential oils in every single service we do! They are truly essential to the spa experience, and I believe irreplaceable in a personal-care routine. xo Linda

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aromatic compounds from plants. My favorite application is for the facial skin, and there is one for every skin type and condition.

The oils have many benefits, and each oil has different attributes. Our collection is targeted to skin types, but they are also relaxing, detoxifying, sleep-inducing, and generally tonic for the entire body. Once applied to the facial skin, they actually enter the bloodstream and go to work throughout the body.

The Tu’el lineup of essential oil synergy blends for each skin type are explained in detail heres:

Anti Aging Botanical Booster

Designed for mature skin that has lost its vitality, this exclusive essential oil blend will leave you with a more youthful appearance. Avocado and vetiver oils are deeply hydrating and rejuvenating. Carrot seed combats the appearance of wrinkles and lines, while brightening dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Cypress and rosewood target your pores and skin cells in order to clarify, tone and regenerate tissue for younger looking skin. Essential moisture will be restored, elasticity improved and collagen production boosted.

Reactive Skin Botanical Booster

Designed for reactive and sensitive skin, this formula’s essential oil blend will reduce inflammation, calm, regenerate and improve the overall appearance of your complexion. The efficacious but gentle combination of roman chamomile, lavender and frankincense soothes, balances, conditions and heals. Deliver rejuvenating, toning and conditioning natural botanicals with this deeply replenishing and easy to absorb booster.

Acne Skin Botanical Booster

Designed for acne prone skin, this exclusive essential oil blend heals breakouts, reduces scarring, evens skin tone, clears pore congestion and prevents future blemishes. Tighten pores, refine skin’s texture and mitigate oil production with naturally potent astringents clary sage and lemon oil. Tea tree oil eliminates acne causing bacteria and toxins while soothing inflammation and riding your complexion of pink. Spike lavender and palma rosa keep misbehaving skin in check by balancing, purifying and supporting cell rejuvenation.

Dry Skin Botanical Booster

Designed for dry skin that has lost its youthful suppleness, this formula’s essential oil blend will restore hydration and leave your skin smoother, softer and revitalized. Rosemary, geranium and bergamot mint work together to calm, condition and stimulate your skin’s micro-circulation in order to protect and treat dry skin in the short and long term. The antioxidant complex of lavender, grape seed and rose oils have antibacterial and antiseptic properties to keep skin cleansed, while delivering high doses of anti-aging power.

Combo/Oily Botanical Booster

Designed for combination or oily skin, this formula’s essential oil blend will rein in excess oil production, minimize the appearance of pores and balance out-of-whack complexions. Bergamot, ylang ylang and palma rosa oils are the core of this booster’s balancing power and deliver hydration and control where needed. The synergistic combination of conditioning German chamomile and pore refining cypress meets all of your skin’s needs. Lemon grass rounds out our proprietary formula with potent anti-inflammatory properties that leave your skin refreshed, soothed and toned.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about the Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free service Enhancements, like Raindrop Therapy, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

See you at the spa!

 

Facial Cleansing – May Product Feature

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“The cleansing step is arguably the most important one in skincare. If the correct facial cleanser isn’t used you’ll be playing catch-up-baseball with the rest of your products just to restore the PH, hydration level, and lipid balance. 

For this month’s skincare Product Feature I’ve chosen three of my all-time favorite (and best selling) facial cleansers.

And remember, you’ll get 20% back in service Enhancements!” xo Linda 

Ocean Cleanser

SKIN TYPES: Normal, Dry, Combo.

An OSEA classic, Ocean Cleanser is rich in minerals, algae, dermal proteins, vitamins, and mineral salts with a delightful natural fragrance. This multi-tasking hydrating formula effectively removes dirt and impurities, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and energized. Ocean Cleanser is free of chemical surfactants and great for easy makeup removal. pH balanced.

Red Algae is extremely high in microelements, proteins, vitamins, mineral salts and amino acids to gently cleanse the skin, allowing greater permeability without depleting the protective lipid barrier. Dermal proteins and amino acids stimulate collagen production and reduce effects of photo aging.

 

Ocean Cleansing Mudd

SKIN TYPES: Oily, Acneic, Combo.

Ocean Cleansing Mudd effectively sweeps away impurities, clears blemishes, and controls excess sebum production. The base of this cleanser is a blend of seaweeds that are highly concentrated in minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and vitamins that serve to remove dead cells and and purify clogged pores. With a hint of Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil to brighten and refresh your complexion, this unique cleanser will leave your skin feeling tingling, smooth, and invigorated.

Macrocystis, Laminaria and Fucus are mineral-rich seaweeds with trace elements that smooth and hydrate the skin. Natural fruit acids exfoliate and deliver nutrition to the pores, improving skin tone and brightness. Anti-bacterial Tea Tree Oil deeply purifies, promotes a healthy pH balance, prevents blemishes, and enhances skin’s appearance.

 

Ocean Cleansing Milk

SKIN TYPES: Dry, Sensitive, Rosacea.

Loaded with nature’s best skin soothers like Water Lily extract, this super gentle creamy cleanser calms redness and inflammation on contact. DPHP and organic algae increase elasticity, boost collagen production and ensure long-lasting hydration. Leaves skin looking and feeling rejuvenated with a soft glow. Fragrance-free and pH balanced.

DPHP has been shown to stimulate the synthesis of collagen fibers and inhibit free radicals, improving the appearance of wrinkles and reducing signs of aging. Organic seaweed from Patagonia replaces lost moisture and can heal sun-damaged skin. Water Lilly extract reduces redness and inflammation. Together with other minerals and extracts this cleanser deeply cleanses while hydrating and restoring.

The Great Barrier – Skin

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If you want healthy, beautiful skin it’s really important to understand some of the science behind your skin’s barrier function and how to maintain and protect it.

The Skin Barrier

I like to describe the stratum corneum (the skin’s outer layer) as a brick wall of defense. The study of this barrier is called corneobiology and according to researchers there are 16 separate types of barrier functions operating within this skin layer. They are all interconnected, so if one system is compromised others will also be effected.

The Acid Mantle

This is part of what forms the skin’s barrier. It protects the skin’s “underneath” from germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria while at the same time  keeping lipids and moisture in. The acid/alkaline spectrum is o-14. Water is neutral at 7 and healthy skin is slightly acidic at 5.5.

This valuable mechanism is driven by a sensitive pH balance. We can easily disrupt it but often don’t pay enough attention to restoring it. Those of you who have been to Star Brows have probably heard me use the analogy of  the skin to a child you’re caring for – too much discipline and not enough skin care TLC or vice versa will create trouble! We unwittingly strip and disrupt the pH system during the all-important cleansing and exfoliating phase of our routine, and as a result it can takes hours to restore.

Too acidic when:

  • Your skin feels oily and not thoroughly clean after cleansing
  • You rarely need or apply moisturizer
  • Your skin is reactive and sensitive to products
  • Your skin is oily and prone to breakouts
  • Your skin often looks red and feels irritated
  • You have a greasy look

Too alkaline:

  • Your skin feels tight and dry after cleansing
  • You need to apply moisturizer more than once a day
  • You sometimes experience dry, rough patches
  • Your skin usually looks dull with more lines first thing in the morning
  • Your skin may sting or feel irritated after applying products
  • Your skin rarely appears plump or dewy

Don’t

  • Use products that contain unwanted chemicals like Sodium Laureth Sulfate (a known skin irritant and cheap foaming agent which strips natural skin lipids also found in the ever popular “Dermatologist – recommended” cleanser Cetaphil [yikes!] as well as Scrubbing Bubbles)
  • Use products that contain parabens which have been linked to breast cancer
  • Do too much exfoliation on your own
  • Forget to wash, moisturize, and protect your skin in the AM and PM

Do

  • Get regular facials
  • Use a soap-free cleanser like my current favorite Ocean Cleanser
  • Look at the ingredient deck on your products and choose more nourishing, gentle cleansers that maintain PH acidity
  • Control transepideral water loss (TEWL) with a “water-binder” like HydrateXS 1000
  • Feed your skin with serums like C-Power and essential oil blends formulated for your skin type like Essential Corrective Complex to build its strength

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Unhealthy Barrier

 

To raise hydration levels in the stratum corneum increase the structure and function of the skin barrier. Essential fatty acids, ceramides, emollients and humectants will reverse the negative effects of water-dry skin by restoring elasticity, leaving the skin smooth and velvety soft.

To support you in your journey toward perfect skin, all of our products at Star Brows have been specially chosen to optimize and encourage skin health. We carry and professionally recommend two complete product lines: OSEA and Tu’el to address every skin type and condition.

See you at the spa!

 

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Healthy Barrier

January/February 2014 Product Feature

sodium-hyaluronateHi, it’s Kelli! I’m not usually a New Year’s resolutionist, but as my schedule and life in general get busier and busier I have developed a new appreciation for simplicity and have vowed to make 2014 as easy as possible.

How does this apply to skincare? If you’re like me, you want gorgeous skin but don’t want a million steps, or a big routine. So the Product Feature(s) this month contain  a special ingredient the Brow Boss has relied on for years and recommends to every one of her clients. It’s called sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid (HA). It’s an ingredient that  I have listened to her explain the benefits of many times and have grown very fond of myself, having seen amazing outcomes first-hand.

So keeping it simple – add a product with HA to your AM/PM routine. We can recommend the one that will fit into your current routine seamlessly. And this month you’ll get double Rewards!

The Science Part

Linda explains: “This powerful ingredient (HA) has the ability to hold on to moisture in the skin (over 1,000 times its weight). We know moisturized, hydrated skin looks and feels more youthful. HA is actually found in the skin’s cell wall naturally and functions to repair, protect, and boost elasticity and firmness in the skin. It is actually a part of the skin’s connective tissue.

“Think of Sodium Hyaluronte like those Sham Wow towels you see on late night infomercials – it’s able to soak up tons of excess water and magically trap it inside. By topically adding sodium hyaluronate you are able to transform the dermis layer of your skin into a super-sponge for your face.

“You see, as we age UV radiation and other skin stressors like dis-ease (in body or mind) causes the skin to lose elastin and collagen (the breakdown of HA), which in turn increases interstitial (cell-wall) water loss. Hence the skin ceases to be a good barrier (keeper inner/keeper outer).”

As an added bonus, when HA is paired with OSEA’s Undaria Algae, the enzymes that break down collagen and elastin are blocked and HA becomes even more beneficial.

I’ve already enjoyed how easy and beneficial adding  products with HA to my skincare routine has been, and how successful my new year’s resolution has started off!

Here is a full list of the products we carry in the spa that contain HA:

Tu’el: Hydrate, Absorb, Eye Impact, Triple Splash BodyTonic, C Power, Daily Protect Oil Free SPF

OSEA: White, Red, & Black Algae Masks, Brightening Serum, Gigartina Beauty Bath

See you at the spa!

High Frequency Facials

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Recently we purchased a new skincare-treatment machine that has the capability to perform multiple functions. While we focus primarily on European-style facials (relaxing, hands-on, rather than machine-oriented), we value results too! Below is an explanation of some of the features and benefits you’ll experience during your next facial.

High frequency treatments are a safe, gentle, non-invasive means to achieve acne clarification and skin rejuvenation.  The gentle oscillating, oxygenating power of low level electrical current has been shown to enhance circulation, increase collagen and elastin production, eliminate toxins and acne-causing bacteria, encourage lymphatic drainage, exfoliate dead skin cells, and assist with improved skincare product performance and absorption.

High frequency current stimulation forces an infusion of enriched oxygen molecules into the skin, thus cleansing, massaging, stimulating blood flow, dilating superficial blood vessels, re-texturizing, and increasing lymphatic drainage. This results in an improvement in blood circulation and cell renewal.  Increased production levels of collagen and elastin soften and smooth away wrinkles, reduce pore size, improve overall skin texture,  and promote a pleasant sense of well-being.

The use of low level electrical current also promotes a cleansing, antibacterial action that helps eliminate and prevent the onset of acne.  The skin is left feeling energized, rosy, firm, refreshed, and noticeably softer – even after just one treatment.  The enriched oxygen molecules produced by the high frequency machine are safe and are also effective in treating almost any skin lesion from acne to scars.

Benefits:

  • Gentle, non-invasive resurfacing procedure
  • Effective treatment for acne, enlarged pores, and scarring
  • Consistent treatments can provide a lasting long-term, healthy-aging alternative to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin

The following precautions should be taken:

1. Avoid using AHA or BHA products and unprotected sun exposure at least three days before and after your treatment.

2. Do not schedule a high frequency facial if any of the following are present: pregnancy, cuts and abrasions, diabetes, heart disease or pacemaker, metal pins or plates, dental braces, sunburn, phlebitis or thrombosis, vascular conditions, or any other condition for which you are under a physician’s care.

See you at the spa!