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Skin Brightening Serums with Double Rewards

LITTLE TREATMENTS = BIG CHANGES

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SCIENCE MEETS NATURE IN THESE HIGHLY ACTIVE SERUMS AND GELS
DESIGNED TO IMPROVE YOUR SKIN TONE, TEXTURE, AND TOTAL HEALTH

Absorb Mattifying Serum Real deal oil control for a shine-free face all day. Look glowy, not shiny. This lightweight treatment is powered by oil-controlling botanicals like burnet and cinnamon that absorb excess shine and balance sebum production. A concentrated dose of sodium hyaluronate keeps skin moisturized, no oil necessary. Wear under makeup or alone to keep your skin fresh and matte all day.

 

What it does:
• Controls excess oil production
• Gives skin a fresh, matte look
• Hydrates with the oil-free moisturizing properties of hyaluronic acid

Power Peel Refining Glycolic Acid Gel  Brighter skin is just below the surface. Reveal your radiance with this gradual serum peel. This carefully balanced cocktail of glycolic acid and soothing aloe vera dissolves dead cell build-up, uncovering the fresh and glowing skin below. Used regularly, it helps refine uneven skin texture and kick-start cell turnover, bringing dull skin back to life.

What it does:
• Dissolves dead skin and build-up
• Reveals brighter, fresher, more radiant skin
• Smooths, softens, and refines skin texture

U Turn Firming Peptide Serum Turn the age train around. Youthful skin doesn’t have to be a thing of the past with this peptide packed, age-fighting serum. Infused with a combo of firming peptides, age delaying vitamin C, and nourishing flax extract, U Turn Peptide Serum helps soften the appearance of lines while activating cell turnover for a firmer, smoother look.

What it does:
• Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Helps protect skin against aging factors
• Gives skin a firmer, smoother look

C Power Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum This super-powered serum does it all—brightens, fights aging, gently exfoliates, and protects. The key to its multi-tasking power lies in a potent complex of antioxidant vitamin C and lactic acid, which work at the molecular level to give skin a firmer, brighter look. L-tyrosine, an essential amino acid, joins forces with vitamin B5 to soften the look of fine lines.

What it does:
• Brightens the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone
• Delivers age-fighting antioxidants to the skin
• Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Hydrate Super Moisture Serum A cool sip of water for thirsty skin. This lightweight gel serum is enriched with two types of sodium hyaluronate—powerful moisturizers that can hold 5,000 times their weight in water—to quench dryness and give skin a plump and juicy look. Sodium PCA and green tea prevent dehydration and nourish skin with antioxidant protection.

What it does:
• Deeply infuses the skin with quenching moisture
• Supports healthy collagen and elastin
• Softens, smooths, and gives skin a plumper appearance

REVEAL THE NEW YOU – GET REWARDS!

Power Peel Refining Glycolic Acid Gel

DON’T BE CAUGHT WITH DEAD SKIN. 
Power Peel is not for the faint of heart. It is serious skincare designed to uncover and reveal radiant skin. Perfectly balanced with Alpha Hydroxy Acid to refine skin’s surface and promote cell-turnover, while Aloe Vera soothes and protects. Bring your skin to life.

Power Scrub Exfoliating Wash

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW.
Buff your skin to a youthful new glow with Power Scrub. Formulated with Pumice, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Vitamin E and Chamomile to refine your skin’s surface. Go ahead, give your face a fresh start.

C Power Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum

HAVE NO FEAR, FREE RADICAL FIGHTER IS HERE.
C Power is rich in Vitamin C, Lactic and Malic acids and Green Tea. This powerful combo works at a molecular level to deliver antioxidants to the skin, improve firmness and suppress hyperpigmentation. Superoxide Dismutase, L-Tyrosine and Panthenol help reduce fine lines and strengthen skin. Your skin is worth fighting for.

Daily Protect Oil Free SPF 30 Daytime Moisturizer

PROTECT AGAINST SUN AND SHINE.
Protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent premature aging. It’s light weight, fast-absorbing and is designed to effectively balance oil production while delivering broad spectrum protection. Formulated with Green Tea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin E and Cucumber to fight free radicals, condition and hydrate the skin, and neutralize the damage done by sun exposure. Keep your skin oil and burn free!

Skin Serums – October Product Feature 2015

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HYDRATE SUPER SERUM

moisture gel

hydrate. strengthen. heal.

GIVE YOUR SKIN A TALL GLASS OF WATER.
Formulated with professional-grade Sodium Hyaluronate, a superior hydrator that penetrates deep into your skin to support collagen and elastin where wrinkles form. Able to maintain and attract 1000 times its weight in water, its hydrating properties leave skin smoother, more supple and youthful. Hydrate XS 1000 is formulated to be used under your day and night moisturizer.

key ingredients

Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer – humectant, moisturizes between tissues of the skin
Sodium Hyaluronate – humectant, deeply moisturizes
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens

for all skin types

C POWER VITAMIN C SERUM

antioxidant skin brightener

brighten. stimulate. protect.

HAVE NO FEAR, FREE RADICAL FIGHTER IS HERE.
Tu’eL C Power is rich in Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid and Green Tea. This powerful combination works at a molecular
level to deliver antioxidants into the skin, improve firmness and suppress hyper-pigmentation. Superoxide Dismutase, L-Tyrosine and Panthenol help reduce fine lines and strengthen skin.
Up, up and away!

key ingredients

Malic Acid – tones, tightens, brightens, stimulates collagen
Lactic Acid – exfoliant, smoothes, refreshes, brightens
Chelated Vitamin C – stabalized for maximum delivery, antioxidant, stimulates collagen and elastin
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens
Vitamin B5 – conditions, heals, moisturizes, Panthenol

for all skin types

ABSORB MATTIFYING SERUM

all skin types

mattify. control. hydrate.

DEAR SHINEY FACE, PLEASE GO AWAY.
Get real deal oil control and a shine-free face with Tu’eL Absorb. Powered with natural plant extracts of Burnet, Cinnamon, Ginger and Green Tea to control oil, inhibit breakouts, and leave your
skin looking fresh and matte all day. Absorb is designed to be used under your Tu’eL Daily Protect Oil Free. Works perfect under make-up leaving you red carpet ready all day.

key ingredients

Burnet – pore minimizing, astringent, reduces oil
Cinnamon – refreshes, anti-bacterial
Ginger – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, tones, smoothes
Sodium Hyaluronate – humectant, deeply moisturizes
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens

for all skin types

U TURN FIRMING PEPTIDE SERUM

advanced anti aging treatment

strengthen. firm. reverse.

DRIVING 80 IN THE FAST LANE AND HEADING STRAIGHT TOWARD WRINKLETOWN?
Hit the brakes, flip a U TURN and head back to to the City of Youth. Let this powerful combination of peptides, plant extracts and vitamins firm, tighten, and steer your skin in the right direction.
U TURN OK – WRINKLES SLOW DOWN

key ingredients

Tripeptide-3 – wrinkle reducer
Hexapeptide-3 – prevents the formation of lines and wrinkles
Bisobolol – calms, soothes, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin C – antioxidant, stimulates collagen and elastin
Flax – nourishes, soothes
Aloe – stimulates cell growth in damaged skin, soothes

for all skin types

My skin has taken a beating here on the Central Coast this  summer! I’ve chosen skin serums as the Product Feature (with Double Rewards) this month because now that the days are getting cooler I’m in the mood to hydrate, nourish, and renew my skin. I’d love to help you do the same!
See you at the spa
Linda “Brow Boss” Ruberto

Triple Splash & Botanical Blast – Product Feature October 2014

October Product FeatureHEALTHY, YOUTHFUL SKIN DOESN’T STOP AT THE NECKLINE!

Now is a great time to start restoring your skin from fun in the sun, and prepare it for a long, dry, winter.

Your body needs hydration as much as your face does. Triple Splash is a unique liquid that uses Sodium Hyaluronate to provide superior hydration and lock in moisture. Eucalyptus Oil and Hydrolyzed Protein Solution are added to help tone, firm, and strengthen. Increase the effectiveness of any lotion to improve your skin’s overall health and appearance.

Botanical Blast is an ultra-rich body lotion that provides maximum moisture and leaves your skin feeling soft, nourished, and conditioned. A unique infused botanical water with 15 cold-pressed plant extracts, natural emollients, vitamins, and pure essential oils instantly improves, protects, and prevents dryness. Refresh your body and energize your mind with this one-of-a-kind antioxidant-rich lotion.

And look who made an appearance in October’s issue of DERMASCOPE Magazine — our popular Botanical Blast Ultra Rich Body Lotion.

 

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!

See you at the spa!

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
water loss
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

Wedding-Countdown to Perfect Skin

Mindseye Photo Shoot 032With over 20 years in the beauty industry, I contend that style begins with gorgeous, healthy skin. Everything else is an accessory.

So, how do you get your skin in shape for the biggest beauty day of your life?

Let’s get started.

1. Body Waxing

Perfectly smooth skin, head-to-toe, takes time but is so worth it. Waxing is fast, inexpensive, and easy but can go seriously wrong if you don’t choose a professional who has an impeccably clean and sanitary facility and experienced practices in caring for sensitive skin.

Do: To get totally smooth, you need to start waxing three months before your wedding day, then wax every three to four weeks. Keep track of how long it takes for irritation to subside after waxing and make your last appointment based on that.

Do: It is essential that you follow post-wax aftercare directions from the performing esthetician.

Don’t: Cave and shave!

2. Brows

Do: Great eyebrow design makes a look. You’ll be close up and personal with lots of folks, and your eyebrows need to help communicate beautifully and effectively. If you are trying a new eyebrow designer, make your first appointment three months before. That allows for some re-growth/reshape time.

Do: Choose a MUA that does great eyebrow makeup using pencil, powder, and gel to guarantee a perfect brow. You don’t want your brows looking fake, but you also don’t want a disappearing act.

Don’t: Do your last wax any closer than three days before the wedding date, and only that close if your skin settles down quickly post-wax, and you’ve worked with the designer before.

3. Facials

Do: If you’ve got a skincare specialist you’re working with, you’re pretty safe to do a  facial or specialty treatment up to one week before. The sooner you start though, the better your skin will look. Starting at least three months early will give the best results, monthly thereafter.

Do: Your skincare specialist will recommend home-care as well. In the end, it’s what you do every day/night that will produce the best results.

Don’t: Try someone (treatment) or something (product) new that last month. The skin is so unpredictable, and the stress of the wedding planning alone will take its own toll on your skin.

4. Makeup

Do: Once you have your skin in beautiful shape, you’ll need to choose a professional MUA whose work you’ve seen. Start working with her at least a couple of weeks before the event to establish rapport and practice the exact look you want. Take pictures yourself of the look beforehand to see how it photographs.

Don’t: DIY.

5. Sun Protection

Every bit of skin that shows will need to be protected: face, neck, decollete, arms, and hands. You’re not going to see tanned skin on the real beauties, it’s damaging and aging. I can’t advise on spray-tan, but this would be my choice if I wanted my skin to look darker. Have it done professionally and try it out a month or so beforehand just in case you don’t like it.

Do: Use an SPF30 to prep the face and decollete months in advance for perfect skin. On the day-of use an oil-free SPF15 before an outdoor ceremony or pictures begin. Stay away from zinc oxide, it photographs blueish.

Don’t: Lie out in the sun less than seven days before your wedding. Newly-tanned skin may look “brown” to the naked eye, but the camera registers pigment colors differently and will likely see the “red” in your skin instead.

6. Changing Medications

Do: If you’re starting or changing ANY medications (like hormone-based birth control methods)  in the last three months before your wedding, be sure to discuss with your doctor how it might impact your skin.

6. Toxic Habits Stress the Skin

Do: Drink water, eat “healthy,” exercise, and get good rest.

Don’t: Try to do everything yourself!


Below are some designers’ collections from bridal market day  to show you how some of the beauties rock perfect skin, or at least the “illusion” of it, thanks to great MUAs!

Maggie Sottero: Glam dresses with a 1920s, Great Gatsby feel.

Amsale: Clean, modern gowns with show-stopping backs, with origami-inspired details.

Kenneth Pool: Luxe, glamorous gowns with sparkle – from beading to amped-up bling.

Christos: Ethereal and romantic dresses with a Shakespearean-maiden feel.

Anne Bowen: Reminiscent of Tim Burton’s dark and dreamy Alice in Wonderland.

Austin Scarlett: Classic bridal gown styles with flattering details

Reem Acra: Feminine and fashion-forward wedding dresses with some  unique accessories

Monique Lhuillier: Check out this designer’s regal and lacey/romantic new collection

CCWP member Linda Hall Ruberto, aka the Brow Boss, esthetician and owner of Star Brows in Grover Beach, is a blogger and nationally published author who recently made the cover of Skin Deep with her article, “The Beauty of Weddings.”

Skincare Travel Kits: August Product Feature

 

oseaI’ve chosen our Tu’el and OSEA travel kits as our monthly product feature. That means when you purchase one of these kits you get double Rewards points to use toward a treatment Enhancement like lash tinting, a special peel during a facial, or extra attention during a massage.

TravelA compact kit is perfect for the gym or travel and are TSA certified!  Both Tu’el and OSEA  offer skin care packs for each skin type without suffering the repercussions of being away from your usual a.m. and p.m. products.
The best part about having a kit designed specifically for travel is that you won’t have to worry about some guard at the airport throwing away your precious moisturizer, cleanser, mask, or cream, or that your products won’t fit into your already bursting-at-the-seams luggage.
Even if it’s just an overnight getaway, you will most certainly need to take care of your skin.
See you at the spa!

Felicia’s Fabulous Finds – Absorb by Tu’el

Welcome guest blogger Kayla Felicia Gardener!

As a person who has long battled oily, acne-prone skin, oil control has been one of my biggest concerns in skin care. Whether its oil-free face primers, blotting sheets, setting powders, matte (powder and liquid) foundation, or even oil-controlling setting sprays, I have literally tried it all. But as you may imagine, the more I try to control oil, the more my body creates and overcompensates for it once the oil is finally gone with super dry flaky skin. So it’s a balancing act, to moisturize so that my skin healthy and glow-y, but also control the oil without over-drying.

This is where Linda at Star Brows came in with a great suggestion for me (as well as all those who suffer from oily skin) from Tu’el, called Absorb. This amazing facial serum, when applied before moisturizer and sunscreen, finally answers the call! Thanks to the amazing science of Sodium Hyaluronate, which is able to hold 1000 times its weight in water, the skin is kept moisturized without having to produce more oil! It also contains cinnamon extract, which helps clear any breakouts, and green tea extract, which reduces the appearance of redness.

Since I began using Absorb about two weeks ago, I have not once had to use a blotting sheet on my face, or even touch up with powder. Before, my makeup almost always seemed to slide right off my face by the end of the day, but thanks to Absorb I haven’t even had to think about it! This amazing serum works better than any facial primer I’ve ever used, beating out big department store brands, and that’s just one of its perks!

I use Absorb morning and night before my moisturizer (as I usually go to bed with a night cream but wake up super oily) and just let it soak in for a minute. It always leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and of course, oil free! So if you’re looking for a spa-like experience every day, with fewer touch-ups and no more oily shine, Absorb from Tu’el is a no-brainier!

Watch for other fabulous finds by Felicia.

See you at the spa!

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!

 

OSEA – Ocean|Sun|Earth|Atmosphere

 

“Safe cosmetics are a consumer’s right and our earth’s rightful due.” Jenefer Palmer, OSEA

I am proud to introduce 100% vegan OSEA Skincare! I’ve been researching this company for the past six months and chose them for several reasons:

They use glass bottles which are endlessly recyclable and beautiful. They have affordable Travel Sets for first time buyers. The company is local: Malibu. And my #1 favorite reason? Organic, hand-harvested, Patagonian Gigartina algae!

Benefits of Seaweed (Algae)

  • Naturally rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants
  • Ten times richer in trace elements than land plants
  • Stimulates and improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Revitalizes and firms skin
  • Natural skin softener

About the Founder

Natural healing has always been a part of Jenefer Palmer‘s life. She wanted to create an organic skincare line that was safe and effective. Turning to the ocean for key OSEA ingredients, she combined nutrients such as seaweed and other marine extracts with pure essential oils.

Jenefer’s search for these ingredients led her to a breathtaking but desolate beach in Patagonia. Here, the clean coastal waters provide a pristine environment for hand-harvesting the purest natural seaweed to be found anywhere on earth.

At the Sea of Patagonia, Jenefer discovered the Gigartina species, known locally for its extremely high levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and trace elements. It’s also known for what it doesn’t contain—pollutants. Seaweed absorbs the good and bad nutrients, as well as toxins, from its environment, which makes it so important that the source be clean. OSEA worked with a local partner in Argentina to ensure eco-responsible harvesting before she brought it back.

Now you can experience the amazing restorative powers of Gigartina without having to travel any further than Star Brows.

See you at the spa!