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Peel & Heal Duo – October Product Feature 2011

This month’s Product Feature is the dynamic duo of Glyco-A Gel and Hy-Drate. They are perfectly matched to provide a gentle yet effective glycolic exfoliation and a powerful moisture-retaining healing treatment.

Fall is the best time of year to “peel” the skin because the sun’s rays aren’t as strong, daylight hours are shorter, and we’re outside less. And your skin will be radiant for the Holidays!

The Perfect Peel

Tu’eL Glyco-A Gel is a glycolic acid gel (AHA) for gentle surface exfoliation of all skin types. It smooths the skin’s surface, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, lightens dark spots, and increases product absorption. It is also used for oily and acne-prone skin types.

Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid 10% (a sugar cane-derived alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin), Aloe Vera Extract (soothes and protects), Panthenol (binds surface moisture, reducing skin irritation and increasing elasticity)

How to Use: Apply Glyco-A Gel in the evening 3-5 times per week in a thin layer to the face, neck, and décolleté (avoiding the eye area). Always follow with Hy-Drate.

 

Essential Under-wear!

Tu’eL Hy-Drate is the best moisture gel available and should be the first thing that touches your skin both morning and night. This lightweight liquid gel increases surface moisture retention and provides benefits for all skin types.  The keys to beautiful, healthy skin are water and moisture retention.

Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate (provides superior hydration), Sodium PCA (builds skin moisture content), Dimethicone Copolyol (holds moisture on skin), Green Tea Extract (a soothing, calming antioxidant)

Sodium Hyaluronate is the primary active ingredient. Because of its light molecular weight, it penetrates and is absorbed into the skin easily. This humectant holds more than 1,000 times its own weight in water, which plumps and firms the skin.

How to Use: For daily use, apply a dime-sized amount to face (including eye area), neck, and décolleté. Smooth in with a few drops of water. Use under creams and sun protection. Hy-Drate should be used twice daily.

Rewards

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, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards. This month’s featured products are offered as a Peel & Heal Duo: Glyco-A Gel and Hy-Drate $76 ($15 in Rewards).

See you at the new spa!

 

 

 

What is an Enhancement?

An Enhancement puts the luxury in “Luxurious Spa Services.” Enhancements are “mini services” you add to a regular spa service, like a full body massage, a facial, or an eyebrow design. They are specially priced and aren’t offered as stand-alone services. Spa Enhancements are sort of like a restaurant menu’s ala carte section, you get an entrée and depending on how hungry, or particular you are, you customize your meal by adding your favorite little extra things.

Spa experiences are like that for me. I don’t want “just a massage.” I want to add Deep Muscle Work, Essential Oils, and Hot Towels to my service. I like my guest to customize their spa experience as well. Choices are fun, and they make a service just-right-for-you!

While we are on the subject, when you buy skincare or makeup at Star Brows, you get Rewards that can be used to get free  Enhancements next time you come in.

Some examples of Enhancements:

Waxing Enhancements – Eyebrow or Eyelash Tint, Star Massage, Face Part Wax (chin, lip, cheeks, nostrils, etc.)

Facial Enhancements – Power Pumpkin, Salicylic Acid, Primary Alpha Peptide Resurfacer, and Star Massage

Massage Enhancements – Raindrop Therapy, Deep Muscle-work, Aroma Therapy/Hot Towels

See you at the spa!

Power Peel

Power Peel

Tu’eL Power Peel is not for the faint of heart. It is serious skincare designed to uncover and reveal radiant skin. Perfectly balanced with 10% in a 3.5 PH gel base Alpha Hydroxy Acid to refine skin’s surface and visibly promote cell-turnover, while Aloe Vera soothes and protects.

This alpha hydroxy acid gel will gently increase surface exfoliation, help smooth skin surface and aide in product absorption.

Used by themselves, AHAs are drying, so it is essential to use a deeply penetrating humectant product like Hydrate XS 1000 (rich in hyaluronic acid) in conjunction with this product.

Glycolic acid is also used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions, including actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis.

Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the skin, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the skin to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells.

key ingredients

Glycolic Acid – exfoliant, tones, tightens, brightens, stimulates collagen
Aloe Vera – soothes, heals, moisturizes, antioxidant
Panthenol – conditions, heals, moisturizes, provitamin B5

See you at the spa!

What is a Chemical Peel?

Aestheticians sometimes call their use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) when doing facials – chemical peels; but they are not peeling the skin, they are resurfacing. Whats the difference? There are 3 levels or strengths of AHAs available:

1. Cosmetic-you can get these at the drug or department store.

2. Cosmeceuticals-available to licensed skincare specialists.

3. Pharmaceuticals-doctors use these or write a prescription for them.

AHA’s work mainly as  exfoliants. They cause the cells of the skin in the upper layers to become “unglued,” allowing the dead skin cells to slough off and making room for regrowth of new skin deeper down.

AHA’s also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and improve wrinkling, roughness, and mottled pigmentation or sun damaged skin.

Some examples of AHA’s are: Glycolic – sugarcane, Lactic – sour milk products, Citric – citrus fruits, Malic – apples and pears, Tartaric – grapes.

For home use, I love: Glyco-A Gel by Tu’el

There is also a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) called salicylic. All  the acids have different strengths and purposes. So, what’s the difference between the BHA & AHA’s? Two words: lipid solubility, aka a substance’s ability to dissolve in oil. AHA’s are water soluble, and BHA dissolves in oil. So…oily skin likes BHA and normal to dry skin like AHA’s.

Side Effects of these acids include; irritation, sun sensitivity, redness, and itching.

Rosacea is a skin disease that responds favorably to some forms of resurfacing, but because this condition is often red, irritable and swollen,a patch test on the inside of the arm to check for allergic response or sensitivity is recommended. The capillary walls are near the surface of the skin in this condition (hence the redness and veiny appearance) so the skin needs extra protection. The skin is also thin, so toughening it up and thickening it with AHAs can be helpful.

AHA & BHA products may reverse some of the damage caused by the sun, but at the same time they make the skin more susceptible to sun damage. When using resurfacers use a good sunscreen – see Sunscreen 101 , that contains UVA and UVB protection.

My favorite: Oil Free Essential Protection SPF 30 by Tu’el

See you at the spa!

Skin Discipline

Getting great skin is like raising a child; you need equal doses of discipline and TLC.

For skin, discipline means exfoliation. This is important because your skin is constantly shedding dead layers and building new cells deep in the dermal layer. The older you get, the slower this regenerative process becomes. There are three types of exfoliation that you can do at home, and professionally as well:

1.) Massage – Unless your skin is acne prone or very sensitive, massaging with the products you use to “nurture” your skin (think moisturizers, serums and Cleansing Oils!), is a form of exfoliation.

The proper technique for facial massage is as follows:

Forehead… Begin in the middle of the forehead making small circular movements out towards the temples. Repeat 5 times.

Eyes… From your temples, glide your index fingers over your brow and circle your eye sockets. The pressure should be very light. Repeat twice.

Nose… Slide your fingers down each side of your nose to the tip and up again. Repeat 5 times. End at the top of the mouth.

Mouth… Use your index and middle fingers and start at the chin, gently massage in a circular and upward motion around the mouth and lips. Bring the massage motion to the top of the mouth, under the nostrils. Repeat 5 times.

Cheeks… In a circular motion, massage outward from your chin to your earlobes, from the corners of your mouth to the middle of your ears and from your nostrils to your temples. Repeat twice, covering the whole area of the cheek.

Chin… Begin on your right where the jaw meets your ear. Using your thumb and index finger, gently slide across the jaw to your chin. Massage back to the starting point with circular motions. Repeat on the left side. Repeat 3 times each side.

Neck… Beginning at the back of the neck, massage upwards to the head with small circular motions. Repeat 5 times. Come around to the front of the neck and gently stroke upwards from the collarbone to the base of the chin. Repeat 3 times.

2.) Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) –

AHAs have been used for thousands of years, Cleopatra was said to have bathed in sour milk (lactic acid) to improve her skin tone.

They are typically derived from food products. Don’t let the word acid throw you off.  They are classified scientifically as acids, because of their ability to penetrate the skin. They dissolve the “glue” that holds the superficial layers of the skin together.

You’ll find AHAs in the Isles of Beauty, in skincare clinics or prescribed by doctors in the form of moisturizers, cleansers, serums and masks. You can use them at home or have professional treatments.

I like Tu’els Glyco-A Gel and Crystal C Serum; they have multiple AHA’s to exfoliate, brighten, strengthen, as well as calm the complexion.

3. Scrubs – This family of exfoliants clean up dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. I like Tu’el Peeling Cream a manual microdermabrasion product. Be careful with this family of products though; use sparingly and massage lightly – more is not better.

Exfoliation can be done up to 5 times per week, or until the skin manifests the desired effects. Use different forms of exfoliation, give your skin “time off” and don’t use the same products for prolonged periods – results diminish.

All exfoliants stimulate new cell growth deep in the skin, but they also create free radicals and break the skin down.

A word of caution – don’t use resurfacers or get peels unless you are willing to use an appropriate sunscreen religiously,as well as a nurturing regime to combat the challenges resurfacing presents to the skin.

Most of this post is applicable for “normal skin”. People with clinical grade acne, history of melanoma, extreme sensitivity, any skin disease like rosacea, or those who are under the care of a physician should consult a professional and proceed with caution.

Moisturizers, antioxidant serums, soothing masks, and peptides are a few of the nurturing products that are necessary when you are serious about caring for your skin.

Get a plan for loving the skin your in.

See you at the spa!