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Body Care Kit – March Product Feature

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BODY CARE KIT

exfoliate. tone. soften.

This month’s product feature was just launched at Eva’s Esthetics, and we ordered it right away so we could double your Rewards and make it a great time to give it a try!

Includes: 2 oz Green Clean Body Wash, 2 oz Triple Splash Body Tonic, and 2 oz Botanical Blast Body Lotion.

“The Green Clean  has been my favorite body wash for years! With pine, to heal, hydrate, and energize; bladderwrack, (sea minerals) to firm, balance, and detoxify; and glycolic acid, to exfoliate, tone, tighten, and brighten.
Triple Splash always goes on my body after I shower or bathe. It’s like a drink of water for your skin. “The Hydrate” for the body. It contains sodium hyaluronate which deeply moisturizes, eucalyptus for congestion, with an antiseptic action, as well as hydrolyzed proteins to firm, nourish, and tone.
Botanical Blast is new to Star Brows. It boasts 15 cold-pressed plant extracts, is essential oil – rich and packed with vitamins to heal and nourish the skin. It gets 5 stars from me!”
See you at the spa!
xo Linda “Brow Boss” Ruberto
 

 

 

Motorized Facial Brushes: Harmful or Helpful?

facial brushI usually like to focus on doing product reviews based on what we love and use at the spa, leaving the rest to all of the great beauty bloggers out there. But the motorized brush (the most popular being the Clarisonic) has become so popular that I ask you to consider the following  information if you’re currently using or considering purchasing one. 

These are the effects and changes in the skin I have observed in clients who have used a motorized brush as directed by the manufacturer:

What are the motorized brush company claims?

1. Removes makeup six times better than manual cleansing

The electric brush is really just one exfoliating tool to physically lift off dry, dead skin cells and, in the process, remove dirt and makeup. But the truth is that you can only remove so much dead skin without affecting live skin. You do not want to exfoliate to the point of destroying healthy cells.

2. Gentle enough to use twice a day

My problem is not with the brush itself, because exfoliating is very important. However, I do have a concern with how often they recommend using it. It is my belief that this is way too much of this kind of exfoliation, I generally recommend using it no more than 2-3 times per week.

You have to understand how exfoliation affects the skin. An electric (or hand-held manual brush for that matter), facial scrub, acid, enzyme, wash cloth, or whatever form of cell-turn method you use can cause skin damage and may accelerate aging if used too frequently.

3. Minimizes the appearance of visible pores

Exfoliating too aggressively and too often can create inflammation (even if not visible), setting off a response that creates free radicals.

4. Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches, and blemishes

Exfoliating too aggressively and too often can cause dryness and disrupt the skin’s lipid barrier. This allows moisture to seep out of the cells more easily, causing them to become dehydrated. Your skin will produce more oil to compensate for the fluid loss.

5. Safe for cleansing all skin types

This just isn’t true. Excessive (or the wrong kind) of stimulation to the skin can be damaging, especially for clients with a skin disorder like rosacea.

6. Recommended for use with any non-abrasive cleanser

Definitely don’t use an abrasive or even a sudsing (pH modifying surfactant) cleanser. But this device seems to be used primarily by the “more is better” crowd, and I’ll bet some users are adding a grainy scrub.

Here are a few skin facts:

A major cause of aging is chronic and prolonged inflammation, which is associated with tissue destruction.

When you give the skin trauma, it goes into repair mode and stimulates cellular regeneration. This can be very beneficial to the skin, but if you create trauma too often by over-exfoliating, then it’s continually setting up a cascade of free radical damage that triggers premature aging. This is the last thing the skin needs to stay looking young.

For skin that is extremely reactive to stimulation (skin of color and for those prone to severe discoloration) you need to treat your skin gently to avoid post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation resulting in increased skin discoloration.

You do want your skin hygienically clean, but not clean like you want your kitchen floor. There is a certain amount of good bacteria that the skin needs to keep it healthy and functioning well, so you don’t want to strip it by over-using any product or tool.

What’s the right amount of exfoliation?

These are my favorite forms of exfoliation but they must be tailored to the individual’s skin type and condition, as well as personal skincare habits:

  • Use an alcohol-free Glycolic (AHA or BHA serum 1-3 times a week ) as recommended by a skincare specialist for your individual skin type and condition: Power Peel.
  • A gentle facial scrub like  Power Scrub OR your brush 2-3 times a week—and that’s it. The idea here is that using a fruit/food acid serum will dissolve the dry skin cells while a physical exfoliant like a scrub or brush will lift off the dry skin cells. They both work differently.
  • Cleansing Oil exfoliates (by the gentle massage action you use to apply it), and deeply cleanses because the skin doesn’t “resist” or tighten to the medium of oil as it is symbiotic with the oil found naturally in the skin. If red-flags go up when I use the phrase “cleansing oil”  know that we use individual  formulas designed for oily, acne-prone, sensitive and dry skin types.
  • A professional Resurfacing Treatment should be performed regularly. Recommendations for frequency vary, but the most effective is ten days to two weeks apart..

See you at the spa!

 

Power Scrub

power scrubOUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW
Buff your skin to a youthful new glow with Tu’eL Power Scrub. Finely granulated Pumice and Diatomaceous Earth exfoliate dead skin, unclog pores and speed up skin’s renewal process. Tea Tree and Lemongrass tone and heal while Vitamin E and Chamomile condition and calm. Give your face a fresh start.

Tu’eL Power Scrub is  for all skin types. It refines skin surface, removes flaky, dry skin and helps increase product absorption. Peeling Cream can be used at home by itself or with Glyco-A Gel. Peeling Cream should not be used with active acne. See below for home treatment instructions.

Key Ingredients
  • Diatomaceous Earth: Smoothes away dead skin cells
  • Pumice: Buffs the skin
  •  Tea Tree Oil: Natural antiseptic, conditions skin
  •  Lactic Acid: Exfoliates

Complete Ingredients

Purified Water, Diatomaceous Earth, Pumice, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylamide (and) C13-14 Isoparaffin (and) Laureth-7, Tea Tree Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Chamomile Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Caramel

Power Scrub Home Applications

1. Apply Power Scrub to moist skin, massage briefly adding water. Then rinse thoroughly.

2. Combine Power Scrub with bath salts for an exfoliating body treatment.

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!

 

Cleansing Oil and Herbalizer – May Product Feature 2012


Tu’el Cleansing Oil and Herbalizer by Eva’s Esthetics  is my favorite way to cleanse the skin. It is like having an at-home  spa experience every night. This innovative two-step cleansing system features natural elements like fresh smelling mandarin oil, calming chamomile extract, healing extracts of arnica, and purifying grapefruit extract. You can experience it all in the Mother’s Day Special Offer this month!

Nothing cleans the skin like hydrophilic oil. Oil cleansers balance your skin and prepare it for exfoliation, hydration, absorption of nutrients, and protection.

As skin cells die, they lose moisture, flatten, and migrate to the skin’s surface. The face excretes a very sticky substance known as sebum that bonds to dead skin cells. In order for these cells to be released, this oily sebum must be dissolved.

When hydrophilic oil is massaged into the skin, it bonds with the sebum and releases the dead cells. This release of the dead layer of skin achieves exceptional pore cleansing and decongestion and a more refined skin appearance. Adding the correct Herbalizer, a sugar-based extract with essential oils, creates a custom cleansing system. This unique method balances the skin and eliminates the need for astringents or toners.

There are four custom formulations of Cleansers and five Herbalizers based on this cleansing system to ensure that, regardless of your skin type – dry, combination, oily, impure, or reactive – your skin will feel the profound difference of cleansing with Tu’eL.

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! The Cleansing Oil ($28) and Herbalizer ($23) duo are  $51 with $10 in Rewards.

See you at the spa!

Flawless Foundation Kit – March Product Feature 2012

Featured this month is a perfect, flawless-looking foundation system that naturally reflects UV Radiation, locks in moisture, protects your skin from the elements, and lasts all day. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

 

1. Mineral Primer

Give your makeup real staying power with Mineral Primer, a lightweight, translucent blend that works with Youngblood Foundation. You will love its silk-to-powder touch, within seconds of application, and be amazed at how effortlessly fine lines and pores disappear . Formulated with minerals and vitamins, the Primer also protects skin from environmental damage. Skin protection, a flawless complexion, and makeup that last all day. 1 oz. $41

 

2. Ultimate Concealer

Youngblood Concealer is a rich mineral formula that gives sheer to heavy coverage, while still looking silky and natural. This perfect blend of light-reflecting minerals makes the skin look smoother, draws attention away from dark circles, and diffuses tiny lines. Vitamins C and E help minimize lines and dark circles, Allantoin Extract stimulates the growth of healthy tissue, and Jojoba esters prevent dryness throughout the day. $30

 

3. Pressed Mineral Foundation

Youngblood’s  oil-controlling Pressed Mineral Foundation provides exceptional concealing properties, while remaining lightweight and healthy for your skin. This special formulation includes rice starch to offer a smooth, matte look with a healthy, natural glow. The elegant, sleek black compact fits easily in your purse for a quick touch-up any time. $42

 

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! The Foundation Kit is $113 with $23 in Rewards. What a deal. 🙂

See you at the spa!

Cleansing Milks by Tu’el

 

Eva’s Esthetics Skincare by Tu’el brings us gentle morning cleansers that soothe and clean without disturbing the pH mantle. They are formulated for dry, combination, and dry-reactive skin types. The Cleansing Milks are wonderfully scented with essential oils and may be used with our silky-smooth Herbalizers. 4oz. $24

Watch a How to Cleanse the Skin demo.

CHAMOMILE CLEANSING MILK –  DRY-REACTIVE SKIN

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Chamomile Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Oil, Cypress Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Sorbic Acid, Triethanolamine.

VITAMIN CLEANSING MILK – DRY SKIN

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Chamomile Extract, Mandarin Oil, Green Tea Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Vitamin E, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

AZULENE CLEANSING MILK –  COMBINATION SKIN

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Chamomile Extract, Grapefruit Oil, Green Tea Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

See you at the Spa!

 

Tu’eL Cleansing Gels

Cleansing Gels are mildly astringent, foaming cleansers which are formulated for Oily and Impure skin. They smell wonderful, are highly effective and can be used both as a morning cleanser and a pre-wash makeup removal.  4oz. $24

What’s In It?

AZULENE CLEANSING GEL

Purified Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Lauramide MEA, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Peel Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Rosemary Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

PURIFYING CLEANSING GEL

Purified Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Menthol, Camphor, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Rosemary Extract, PEG-120, Methyl Glucose Dioleate,

Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

See you at the spa!