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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!

 

OSEA Skincare from the Sea – July Product Feature 2012

I’ve discovered an amazing skincare company in Malibu! Always on the lookout to bring you new products that will enrich your life (and mine!) and that are in keeping with the Star Brows brand of holistic, natural  skincare.

OSEA is filled with the benefits of our rich and abundant natural resource: the Ocean. How fitting to offer its vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants in our treatments and products, as we are located just blocks from the Pacific.

This month is your opportunity to try OSEA and get a great deal!

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!

FDA and Sunscreen Report – International Dermal Institute

Update: New FDA Rules Regarding Sunscreen

Article from the International Dermal Institute

“Twenty years ago, the concept of sun protection was to prevent sunburn from UVB rays. There was no international SPF test, sun products had virtually no protection against UVA -there were only two sunscreens classed as UVA filters- and there was no concept of photo stability applied to sun care products. The goal was to get a golden tan and enhance it as much as possible (ahem baby oil users!) instead of protecting from future damage.

Today is a vastly different environment when it comes to sun protection. We know a lot more today about UVA rays than we ever did, and sun protection products are much more sophisticated. Regulations have finally caught up with the science, backing sunscreens as effective methods to prevent early skin aging. Last year’s FDA statement covered some ground on testing and labeling of sunscreens- and this goes into effect June 2012.

I’ve summarized the key points below:

• If the product passes FDA’s tests for both UVB and UVA, it can be labeled as ‘broad spectrum’. Previously, only UVB protection was tested, which is where the SPF value comes from. Look for ‘broad spectrum’ on the label for maximum protection.

• If a ‘broad-spectrum’ product has a minimum of SPF15 and is used regularly along with other sun-protection measures (clothing, shade), then these products can state on the label that they not only help prevent sunburn, but also reduce the risk of cancer and reduce signs of early skin aging.

• No more ‘sunblock,’ ‘sweatproof’ or ‘waterproof’ claims. Instead FDA will allow “water resistant (40minutes)” or “extra water resistant (80minutes)” as relevant.

• Remember to apply at least every two hours, especially if swimming or sweating.

• From now on, all sunscreen products must include standard ‘drug facts’ information, on the back and/or side of the container. Look for this panel on the package for detailed information.

Of course change doesn’t occur suddenly so these are things to look forward this year, with additional changes in the future. Some issues that FDA will look at in the coming years include investigating whether some delivery methods are valid ways of delivering UV protection. These forms are eligible for inclusion in the future OTC sunscreen monograph: oils, lotions, creams, gels, butters, pastes, ointments, sticks and sprays. We should point out that sprays may be delisted pending FDA requested safety and efficacy testing. While spray sunscreens are easy to use, most people don’t use enough (you need at least a shot glass of the cream kind so imagine how much you really need to spray!). For now, the FDA will require an extra safety warning for sprays to ensure proper application. Other popular forms of sunscreen delivery, such as powders and wipes, are currently considered ineligible for inclusion in the sunscreen monograph. Since there is no hard evidence showing that really high SPF numbers are significantly better, FDA is proposing to cap SPF values at 50 – that means no more SPF 100! This is all still a work in progress, but it shows that government agencies are putting work into regulating the fast-paced world of over-the-counter drugs in cosmetics.

So what’s the difference between a drug-store sunscreen and a professional skin care product with sunscreen? It all lies in the formulation. Both will legally have the same sun protection, since they must adhere to US FDA (or other regulatory body’s) rules. But the world of skin care is also based on research and sometimes makes changes faster than governmental rules ie: broad spectrum protection has been around for many years before it became a labeling possibility. We know that protecting against UVA and UVB rays is only part of the problem when it comes to photoaging. Free radical formation is also a major culprit- professional skin care products with sunscreens are more likely to have higher levels of antioxidants along with broad-spectrum UV protection for maximum skin health benefits. Formulators of professional products can also enhance products to provide more benefits around specific skin conditions. They will also take into account the feel and texture of the product, so you are sure to get sheer, non-greasy formulas that deliver the same amount of sun protection as any basic sunscreen but formulated with ingredients that maximize skin health and prevent future damage.

The main point of this is to remember that sunscreen is not fool-proof. Be sun aware, especially when outside for long periods of time, either in summer or hitting the slopes in winter. And remember, in order to get the actual SPF designated on the package you must apply a full teaspoon of product to your face or a shot glass to your body… So enjoy the summer – but be sun aware!”

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!

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!


	

Beauty and Balance from Within

“Outward beauty is a reflection of inner health. Radiant glowing skin is a sign of vibrant inner health.”
From a professional perspective, I am very interested in the health and beauty of the skin. I also want to provide you with resources that can accomplish this goal.
On a personal note, I am post – menopausal and am always looking for ways to ramp up my skin’s health–and beauty.
So, from the Isles of Beauty, I bring you: Barlean’s Essential Woman. I got mine locally at Grande Foods on Grand Avenue in AG (right next door to me!).
This formulation contains: seeds of botanical flowers such as evening primrose and flax, as well as special plant phytonutirents and essential fatty acids, including alpha linoleic acid (Omega-3) and linolenic acid (Omega-6). These ingredients are  all recognized for their beautifying and balancing qualities.
The company states that the Essential Woman is the first product of it’s kind to combine a full complement of therapeutically beneficial nutrients targeted for the special and changing needs of a woman. If you decide to purchase the Essential Woman, be sure to let me know what you think!
See you at the spa!

5 Prime Time Makeup Musts

I’ve found some excellent priming products over the years that I love and use both at home and at work.
After all, great makeup is no accident, is not for the faint of heart, and requires attention to detail.
Still reading? Good! 😉 Let’s get started!
1.) Mineral Rice Setting Powder by Youngblood
Youngblood Mineral Rice Powder at Star Brows: This ultra-silky, translucent powder absorbs oil to control shine and diminish the appearance of pores, but doesn’t dry your skin. It prepares the skin for my favorite makeup, Natural Mineral Foundation (which comes pressed or loose). The rice powder (which also comes pressed or loose) sets a flawless, long-lasting matte finish. This unique formulation uses rice starch, corn starch and minerals, is 100% talc-free and calms and soothes the skin.
What’s in it?
Mica (CI 77019), Corn Starch Modified, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Hydrated Silica, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract. .35 oz. $22.
2.) Mineral Primer by Youngblood
Give your makeup real staying power with Mineral Primer, a lightweight, translucent blend that works with Youngblood Mineral Foundation. You will love its silk-to-powder touch within seconds of application, and be amazed at how fine lines and pores disappear effortlessly. Formulated with minerals and vitamins, the Primer also protects skin from environmental damage. Skin protection, a flawless complexion, and makeup that last all day.
What’s in it?
Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate. 1 oz. $37.50
3.) Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood
This milky white lash “cream” works under mascara to create visibly fuller and thicker lashes after the first coat of mascara. The nourishing formula moisturizes and softens lashes with protein, vitamins and natural oils to help prevent lash breakage.
What’s in it?
Water (Aqua) , Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polybutene, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oleic Acid, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil , Simethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water. .13 oz. $22

Tip: For a fake eyelash effect, apply primer to bear lashes, wiggling at the base and sweeping out. Immediately apply multiple coats of your favorite mascara while it is still wet.

4.) Ultimate Concealer

Who doesn’t need help with the skin under the eyes? Youngblood Ultimate Concealer at Star Brows is a rich & creamy, 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. vitamin 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.

What’s in it?

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil. .10 oz $27

5.) Concealer Brush

Now for my very favorite priming tip: Japonesque Foundation Brush at Star Brows – This is hot! The soft little brush dipped into a fabulous Mineral Makeup nestles into the labial folds of the nose, (new name please) and eye area. Use it any place where there are sunspots, blemishes, broken capillaries or redness, because: smaller brush = better coverage. This also helps protect vulnerable areas from UV rays, because minerals in a concentrated  area can give up to 30 SPF.

The tips I’ve given you are not just for aesthetic value, but holistic in nature – and therefore worth the time, I think, since they keep your skin and lashes radiantly healthy, as well as beautiful.

See you at the spa!


Ladies:10 Reasons Why Brazilian Waxing Is Worth It

Brazilian Waxing

As I write my very first blog post, you may be thinking about getting your very first “Brazilian” wax. There are other methods of hair removal, but nothing takes the place of waxing.

Here’s why:

1. It is fast. (The first time, allow up to an hour or so, but it normally takes 20-50 minutes.)

2. Maintenance can be done monthly (as opposed to shaving, which needs to be done almost daily).

3. For the results you get, it is well worth the cost. I charge according to how long it takes. (There is a maintenance price offered if you come on a regular basis.)

4. The hair follicle is pulled by the root, so over time (barring hormonal and other unforeseen variables) it is discouraged from re-growing, and the hair can become softer and less dense.

5. The discomfort involved with this procedure is mainly associated with a sudden sensation as the hair is removed, but quickly diminishes.

6. It is a professional service and feels like pampering. I use essential oils, light candles, play music and use clean, fresh sheets.

7. Women prefer the “clean” feeling they get.

8. Skimpy swimwear requires grooming.

9.  Ingrown hairs mostly associated with shaving are painful.

10. Body hair is not considered fashionable.

Exactly what is Brazilian waxing?

It is a type of waxing  involving the bikini area. This procedure normally involves the complete removal of all hair in the bikini area, front to back. Some types of Brazilian waxing leave a small line of hair. It is named after Brazil, the country with which it is most often associated and from which the modern practice originated. In Brazil itself, it is not called Brazilian waxing, but simply depilar (to wax, to pluck hairs). In Middle Eastern societies, removal of the body hair is considered a proper form of hygiene, necessitated by ancient local customs. Contemporary sources indicate that the French nobility also practiced waxing during the 17th century.

And what is the process, you ask?

The client begins by completing a Wax Questionnaire. If this is not done where you go – run! The lack of a proper intake shows the level of care the salon takes in general.

You will remove your clothing from the waist down, use a disinfectant wipe and apply Lidocaine – a topical anesthetic. The procedure starts with the professional trimming the hair to about 1/8 of an inch, if needed. (Some service providers like to have you come already trimmed, but don’t overdo it or the wax won’t be able to grab the hair.) Then, a light application of oil is spread over the area to be waxed. This prevents the wax from sticking to the sensitive skin. Next, wax is applied in sections over the area from which hair is to be removed. The wax is allowed to harden briefly, then one edge of each wax strip is pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. The waxer then works  her way around the body. This procedure removes the wax, hair, and any dead skin cells lying on the skin surface. Finally, a soothing and healing post-wax essential oil  is applied, as well as an antibiotic ointment.

The skill and experience of the service provider is key. The first time you do it, you may need “breaks” and a slower pace to acclimate to the new experience. Most say they have less discomfort during subsequent treatments. There are over-the-counter products available if you are very sensitive. I don’t recommend any waxing immediately before (or during) your period when you are generally most sensitive. About a week after your period, if you can time it that way, is the ideal time.

I recommend working with a licensed  Esthetician (skincare professional) to perform this procedure. There can be complications, side effects, or contraindications to the treatment, and a skincare professional can address these best.

As a professional, I need to include a few words of caution:

  • There is a risk of infection if done on a person with a weakened immune system.
  • Folliculitis can occur with sensitive skin. It usually appears as small, white-headed pimples around one or more hair follicles — the tiny pockets from which each hair grows. These may itch, but on occasion they’re painful. While most cases are superficial and short lived, often clearing up spontaneously within a few days, deep or recurring folliculitis may need medical treatment.
  • On rare occasions tearing may occur and an MD will need to do a stitch or two. If a thorough health questionnaire is not given, contraindications may be missed.
  • It may flair a Herpes outbreak if you are prone. (You can take a medication from the MD to prevent this.)
  • Waxing during a “healthy” pregnancy is fine.

Here are my tips for a successful experience:

  • Use a licensed professional (an esthetic or cosmetology state license is required to be posted for public view).
  • Check to see if they carry professional insurance in case something goes wrong. (You can ask to see a certificate, but even so, some insurance companies that cover all other waxing won’t cover this procedure).
  • Make sure the working conditions of the waxing salon, as well as the  supplies, are clean and sanitary.
  • Get all your questions answered up front before you start (preferably on the phone when making the appointment), and be sure to discuss medications you take, medical history, contraindications, and other concerns.
  • Think about taking an anti-inflammatory  before your appointment to help reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Discuss post waxing care before you leave the salon. I use a special essential oil to help calm and soothe the area after the treatment. At home you may need to use a product that helps prevent “acne.” Again, ask your professional what she recommends for YOU.
  • Hard (strip-less) wax is best, it is designed for sensitive areas – I use Berins.

See you at the spa!

Star Brows by Linda Ruberto Press Release

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Entrepreneurialism runs in the family

Paso vintner’s daughter moves to area and launches local beauty business.

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif.  – November 12, 2007.   Linda Ruberto, daughter of Robert Hall, owner of the well-known Paso Robles winery of the same name, has decided to follow in her father’s footsteps by opening a business of her own in Arroyo Grande.  And though her business and her dad’s are very different, both cater to the same class of clientele:  people who enjoy the finer things in life.

Star Brows by Linda Ruberto will offer eyebrow design, body waxing, massage, and skincare and will officially open its doors Nov 12th.  The new business will be located at 1148 E. Grand Ave. in Arroyo Grande.

Ruberto, a licensed esthetician and certified massage therapist, is a recent transplant from St. Paul, Minnesota.  Back home, she ran a day spa and salon, which she owned for 13 years before selling and moving to the Central Coast.

Ruberto is pleased to report that she’s been welcomed to the area with open arms—an area she is fast growing to love.  Says Ruberto, “I feel like a local already. Everywhere I go someone knows me or my family.” She describes Arroyo Grande, where she’s decided to both live and set up shop as “the perfect blend of small town friendly with a big city feel.”

According to Ruberto, she and her husband Paul have been planning this move for 6 years.  “We’ve visited the area many times over the years, for our daughter Valery’s graduation from Cal Poly and her wedding to Jonathan Hoekman, for our second daughter Angela’s move to the area to attend Cuesta College, and for visits to my dad in Paso Robles.”

Ruberto finds it “fun to be reunited with family, have a new business, and wear flip flops every day.”  She adds, “I thank this community for all the love and support I have received.”

Regarding her chosen profession, Ruberto candidly admits, “I’m obsessed with eyebrow design and am known for stopping people on the street (men too) to offer a consultation.”  About her new enterprise, she adds, “I also do body waxing, massage and shiatsu as well as skincare and chemical peels.”

Ruberto looks forward to helping her clients fulfill the Star Brows motto:  “Look for the beauty in others and recognize it in yourself.”

For additional information about Star Brows or to schedule an interview with Linda Ruberto, please call 805-722-8222 or send an e-mail to lindaruberto@gmail.com.