Category Archives: OSEA Skincare

Fabulous Facial Masks – Product Feature

BLACK ALGAE MASK
NORMAL / COMBO / BLEMISH-PRONE
Detoxifying 2-in-1 Mask + Exfoliant for a Brighter Complexion
This dual action mask detoxes and gently exfoliates lackluster skin for a visibly brighter and exceptionally smooth complexion. Fig, Pineapple, and Pumpkin enzymes naturally polish away dead skin, reducing the appearance of surface impurities; eco-friendly Jojoba Beads provide gentle manual exfoliation for an immediate glow. Hematite and Organic Algae replenish moisture, firm and minimize visible signs of aging. Skin is left feeling smooth, softened and revived.

RED ALGAE MASK
NORMAL / COMBO / BLEMISH-PRONE

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!

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.

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!

OSEA Masks

Black Algae Mask

Introducing OSEA’s Black, Red, & White Algae Facial Masks!

Benefits/Features:

This potent exfoliating mask leaves skin looking fresh and rejuvenated after overexposure to sun and pollution. The Black Algae Mask brightens the complexion by exfoliating surface dead skin cells, stimulates circulation and may leave skin temporarily pink. Black marine silt and pure fig extract, a rich source of malic acid, work together to soften and exfoliate skin. Leave mask on for 10-minute application and then gently massage off finger tips to activate the micro black jojoba spheres for deeper exfoliation. The powerful combination of antioxidant and anti-aging agents contained in Black Algae Mask gives the skin instant glow!

USAGE: Twice weekly
100% Naturally Derived Ingredients:

Agua, Hematite, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ficus Carica (Fig) Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate ((from Vegetable Fatty Acids), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Jojoba (Jojoba Beads) Esters, Ulva Lactuca (Algae) Extract, Porphyra Ternera (Algae) Extract, Malic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Ferulic Acid, *Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, *Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahydro Curcuminoids, Di-Potassium Glycyrrhizinate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japanica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Maltodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate

*CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT

Red Algae MaskBenefits/ Features:

Unlike traditional clay-based “purifying” masks that have a drying effect on skin, Red Algae Mask maximizes the rich minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and trace elements of Red Algae fortified with a variety of antioxidants to help heal breakouts and purify pores. Simultaneously, Red Algae Mask implements the properties of Red Wine polyphenols, herbal extracts and a phosphoric diester of Vitamins E and C to hydrate, nourish and condition skin during treatment.

USAGE: Use 2-3x weekly or as an overnight spot treatment for blemishes.

99% Naturally Derived Ingredients:

Aqua, *Gigartina Skottsbergi Extract, Glycerin, Corrective Oil Complex, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acid, French Red Clay, French Pink Clay, Cocoglucoside and Coconut Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Natural Smectite Clay), Sodium Palmitoyl and Water Lilly Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acid and Sarcosine and Potassium Aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract (Canadian Willow Bark Extract), Multi-fruit Extract, Lactic Acid (derived from fermented beet), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Wine Polyphenols Proline (Red Wine Extract), *Matricaria Extract (Chamomile Extract), Marigold Extract (Calendula Extract), *Camellia Sinensis Extract (Green Tea Extract), *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol
*CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT

White Algae MaskBenefits/ Features:

Developed for dry or sensitive skin, including rosacea. This high tech all natural treatment mask delivers multiple benefits: deep hydration while visibly tightening and lifting, calms and soothes irritated skin, and evens out skin tones. Calcium rich White Algae, Copper, Manganese and Zinc Peptides, White Wine Extract and White Tea deliver potent treatment benefits to the skin.

USAGE: Use 2-3x weekly or apply mask overnight for added brightening.

100% Naturally Derived Ingredients:
Aqua, *Algae Extract (White Lichen Powder), Saccharmoyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Manganese Ferment, Saccharomyes/Zinc Ferment, *Glycerin, White Wine Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, *Macrocystis Pyrifera Kelp, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Hespiridin Methyl Chalcone & Dipeptide-2 & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 (Amino Acids), Plant Extract Complex of Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rubus Coreanus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinensis Fruit Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Uuron-Cha Ekisu (Oolong Tea) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Pyrus Commuis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, *Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Glycine, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid
*CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT

See you at the spa!

Organic Gigartina Algae & Beauty Bath Kit: Product Feature August 2013

Hi! It’s Kelli, bringing you this month’s Product Feature: Gigartina Beauty Bath (large size pictured here) Kelli June, Skincare Specialistis a soothing therapeutic soak to soften the skin, relax the body, and ease the mind. It is paired with certified USDA organic and hand harvested seaweed to make this month’s special offer!

gigartinaWhy do we love OSEA’s Gigartina Algae and Beauty Bath Kit?

  • OSEA’s algae is cultivated in one of the purest parts of our ocean: the waters off the coast of Patagonia. The current that moves the sea water through this area helps create some of the most nutrient-rich algae on our planet. The outcome is an extremely hydrating and healing organic seaweed that stimulates cell regeneration.
  • The second reason is because OSEA’s ultra soothing and therapeutic Beauty Bath mixture helps soften the skin, relax the body, and ease the mind. When combined with the Gigartina Algae, the mix serves up a little slice of heavenly bliss.
  • For those lucky enough to have a bath, I highly recommend setting aside some time for yourself to enjoy a long soak. If you’re like me and don’t have a bath, create a steamy foot soak or a sea foam envelopment! Take a capful of the powder and mix it in a jar with hot water and then rub on your body with the Gigartina Seaweed.
  • You can also do a hair and scalp treatment overnight with the sea foam and/or seaweed gel.
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Give back to your skin while racking up double Rewards this August. Your skin will look and feel better than it did at the beginning of summer! Available now at Star Brows.
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!

 

Lotions and Potions: April Product Feature 2013

OSEA-Skin-CareGet glowing skin!

With the arrival of spring , you’ll be showing more skin and exposing more of it to the elements. Get a head start on maintaining beautiful, healthy skin with a little TLC and a few of our best-selling favorites.

TU’EL

  • Hydrate XS 1000 Super Serum Moisture Gel $48
  • Botanical Booster Essential Oil Synergy Blends $32
  • Crystal C  Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum $34

OSEA

  • Atmosphere Protection Cream – a lightweight moisturizer that fights dehydration, pollution, and the elements $38
  • Brightening Serum – reduces hyper-pigmentation and revives sun-damaged skin $56
  • Eyes and Lips – restores damaged skin and fights free radicals $56

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Monthly 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, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, like selected OSEA and Tu’el Products this month, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards.

See you at the spa!

*Prices quoted are not guaranteed after this offer expires.

Essential Oils – September Product Feature 2012

This month’s Product Features are OSEA and Tu’el essential oils. 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.

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 here. New to our family of essential oils are the OSEA blends:

Essential Corrective Complex is a pure blend of essential oils that create a disinfecting, absorbent treatment to rapidly heal blemishes.

Essential Hydrating Oil is a 30% blend of pure essential oils that provides deep hydration, working to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

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, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards! Oils range in price from $28-$31, with Rewards points totaling $6. Prices quoted may not be valid after September 2012.

See you at the spa!

 

Star Brows at 2012 Bridal Show – Madonna Inn

Announcing our first bridal show in CA! We are so excited to have a booth at the 2012 Central Coast Bride’s Fall Bridal Show.

Do you know a bride-to-be, are you in a wedding, or do you just love fun events? We’d like to meet you, stop by our booth! Here’s what we’ll have going on:

  • Heather Gardner Jewelry Trunk Show – Heather will be there with her new collection! Have you seen her Bridal Collection? She will create and customize a look just for you.
  • We are offering a Heather Gardner Show Special: Custom orders with 50% deposit at the show – 10% off!
  • Product samples from OSEA – 100% Vegan Skincare
  • Lavender essential oil  samples so you can experience a little spa at home!
  • Raffle prize at our booth: Beautiful Skin Package – OSEA Skincare Travel Set, 20 oz. Gigartina Beauty Bath, and a Deluxe Facial service at Star Brows – $220 value
  • The Big Draw Raffle prizes at the door of the event:

“Get Smooth” 3 months of Brazilian or Bikini Waxing – $222 value

“Transform your Eyebrows” with The Ultimate Brow Experience – $70 value

 

See you at Madonna Inn!