Star Brows is Getting a Makeover!

Happy Labor Day! To celebrate and commemorate ALL your labors, I’m offering you 10% off makeup, skin, and body care products thru Sat. Sept.13th. In-store or curbside product pickup is available.
As you know, we’re not sure when CA will re-open our industry, but I’ll keep you posted. Since January I’ve been working on a Makeover for Star Brows! The new name is
Ritual Skin & Body Care and will be located in the AG Village at 522 Paulding Circle Suite A. If you’d like a sneak peak, it’s 1/2 block east of the Agrarian Hotel on the right side of Branch St. 
This new venture represents my professional vision for providing a special place for you to receive the personal care services you love.
I’m hoping for an October move-in, but construction schedules are unpredictable. Fingers crossed!
As always, feel free to contact me with any skin or body care questions you have. Follow Star Brows’ makeover on our new Instagram and Facebook pages @ritualskin&bodycare
If you have a moment,check out my feature article in Associated Skincare Professionals’ publication, Skin Deep Magazine 4 rituals to reignite passion, self-heal, and move past COVID-19 See you at the Spa! Linda

What’s On Our Shelves?

We proudly offer: Billion Dollar Brows (BDB), Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics (Yb), Tu’el Skincare (Tu’el) and DermaQuest Skin Therapy (DQ) This list represents only what is in our current inventory, it is updated regularly. Since we are currently closed due to State Mandate many products not listed are only available by Special Order. Please contact us for prices and availability.

Brows: (BDB) Brows On Point – Waterproof Micro Pencil (Raven, Light Brown, Blond, Taupe) Brow Powder ( (Raven, Light Brown, Blond, Taupe), Brow Butter – Pomade (Blond, Taupe), Nordic Brow Pencil, Tweezers, Universal Brow Pencil – Mini, Big Bold – Brow Crayon (Taupe), Tinted Brow Gel – Color & Control (Taupe, Blond), Brow Duo Pencil (1 side Concealer, 1 side Highlighter), Duo Sharpener, Boost Your Brows – Primer & Conditioner , (Yb) On Point – Brow Defining Pencil (Blond, Dark Brunette)

Cleansers: (DQ) Glyco Gel Cleanser, Essential Daily Cleanser (Tu’el) Deep Pore Cleansing Duo 2×2.5oz.(Moisture, Calm), Mini Deep Pore Cleansing Duo 2x.5oz. (Moisture, Balance, Calm, Detox, Rescue), (Yb) Micellar Water – With Colloidal Silver

Serums: (DQ) Skinbrite Serum, B3 Youth Serum, Delicate Soothing Serum, (Tu’el) Clear It – Blemish Control Gel, C Power Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum

Actives/Exfoliants: (DQ) Retinol Peptide Youth Serum, Algae Polishing Scrub, Retinaldehyde Renewal Cream (out of stock), (Tu’el) Power Peel – Refining Glycolic Acid Gel, Power Scrub – Ultra Fine Polishing Paste

Moisturizers: (Tu’el) Rescue Ultra Rich Moisture Cream, Balance Refining Moisture Cream, Hydrate Super Moisture Serum, (DQ) Nourishing Peptide Rich, Advance B5 Hydrating Serum

Sun Protection SPF 30: (DQ) Stem Cell 3D – Tinted Moisturizer, Sheer Zinc Tinted 2oz. (Sunkissed, Nude), Sheer Zinc 4oz. (Clear), (Celazome) Active/Sport – Moisturizing Sunscreen

Eye Care: (DQ) Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift, (Yb) Eye Impact – Quick Recovery Cream

Essential Oils: (Tu’el) Nourishing Essential Oil Blends (Moisture, Balance, Calm, Detox, Rescue)

Mask: (Tu’el) Super Soothe – 2 in 1 Calming Mask

Bodycare: (DQ) GlycoBrite Hand and Body – SkinBrite, Stem Cell 3D Body Cream, (Tu’el) Triple Splash – Hydrating Body Serum

Brushes: (Yb) Liquid Foundation, Luxurious Blush, Fine Liner, Shadow, Crease, Eyebrow, Large Kabuki (BDB) Eye Liner, Eyebrow, Eyebrow Mini, Spoolie Mini, Smudge, Concealer

Kits/Gift Sets: (BDB) Eye Brush Trio (Shadow, Liner, Brow), The Brow Buddy Kit (Brow Buddy Tool & White Pencil) (Yb) Weekender (9 Shadows, 4 Blush & Highlighters in a 2- mirror compact)

Lips: (Yb) Lip Liner (Malt, Plum, Truly Red, Brique, Rose), Color-Crays – Lip Crayon Matte (Angelino, Santa Cruz, Hollywood Nights, Mesmerize Gloss

Blush & Corrective Makeup: (Yb) (Primer out of stock),Ultimate Concealer (Fair, Medium), Stay Put – Eye Prime, Ultimate Corrector, Luminous Creme Blush (Champagne Life, Plum Satin, Luxe)

Eye Makeup: (Yb) Outrageous Lashes – Mineral Lengthening Mascara

Foundation: (Yb) Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Compact (Tawnee), Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Refill (Neutral, (Honey out of stock)), Pressed Mineral Compact ( Honey, Tawnee, Neutral, Toffee), Natural Mineral Loose ( Honey, Tawnee, Neutral, Toffee), Hi Definition – Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder (Translucent), Mineral Rice Setting Powder (Light)

Coming Soon CST

I have been casually studying and incorporating CranioSacral Therapy, the work of Dr. Upledger, into my Massage Practice for 20 years. CranioSacral Therapy belongs to a unique family of massage modalities. After my episode with a “frozen shoulder” recently I retired from deep muscle-work and have actively pursued my education in CST.

 Most manual modalities are very technique-oriented. The therapist assesses the situation, and then applies a technique to help address it. This was true for me as well but I have always been interested in the healing arts and the spirit-soul-body connection. I’d say historically speaking I’ve infused western-style massage with a more esoteric, God-centered healing ministry.

While CST can be done as technique, at its core it is much more of a process-oriented modality. The work is about following and supporting the healing process of the client and their inner wisdom.

What I uniquely bring to the treatment session is a faith-based sense of our Creator’s wisdom and how that flows through my hands. How it is received is the work and intention of the client/recipient.

The therapist does this not by doing anything, but by being a witness and being present in the moment with what is happening in the tissue. The therapist acts as a resource to the client’s inner wisdom, and the body heals itself, it was created to do so. CST is much more about being with than it is about doing to.

Dr. Upledger described the ideal therapist as:

​Impartial: They do not take sides, especially between the part of the client that wants to heal and the part that is reluctant to make a change.

​Nonjudgmental: Have no judgment of the client no matter what issues are brought up.

Ego-subordinated: The session is about the client, not the therapist.

​Unconditionally present: Paying attention in the moment, as best one is able.

​Infinitely patient: Release will occur when it is ready, not before.

While I don’t claim to be an “ideal therapist” my intention is to be in the moment, respecting the clients process, and bring who I am gifted to be as an individual to each session with the intention of creating a safe place and of seeing the client receive healing.

Location Change and COVID Parameters

Welcome! We are now located in Essence Beauty Supply & Salon retail store in the Oak Park Plaza, Pismo Beach (Ross and Big 5 are in this center). ​Our reopening date is June​ 22, 2020. Since the mandatory statewide closure due to COVID-19, we want to assure you that we are taking the health and safety of our clients very seriously as we reopen the spa. There are new safety precautions and sanitation measures that we are implementing. Below is an overview of what you can expect when you return to Star Brows.

There is an Intake Form Addendum that every client new and existing here that is required. Also, this information will be reviewed verbally every time you come in.

Before your appointment: There is a form online for all clients (new and existing) regarding COVID specific requirements. Please wear a mask while at the spa, I will be, and may also be wearing eye protection for further safety precautions. At this time we are asking that you don’t bring additional friends or family (unless the client is a minor) to your appointment. If you have an underlying health condition we ask that you wait at least 14 days to return to the spa.  In addition, if you have been ill or around someone who has been ill, please wait 14 days to reschedule your appointment. Please allow an additional 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment for check-in.

During your appointment: In addition to wearing a mask while at the spa you will be asked to wash/sanitize your hands before your appointment. I will be following strict sanitation and disinfecting procedures all day long. These procedures include but are not limited to frequent hand washing, disinfecting chairs, workstations, and tools, disinfecting door handles and knobs, restrooms, and all high touch areas. All linens and coverings are one-time use only, per client. Please keep your personal items to a minimum and may be asked to disinfect your phone (or any other items sitting out) with a wipe I’ll provide. Hugging and handshaking and anything other than the required contact to provide your service should be avoided at this time.

Thank you so very much for your kindness and support during this difficult time in history.  We look forward to seeing you at Star Brows soon!

Intrinsic Aging

What is your genetic inheritance?

What is Intrinsic Aging?

When you look at your family genetics, what do you see? Freckles? Dark circles around the eyes? That deep crease where the brow furrows? Do you have lines across your forehead? This is Intrinsic Aging. Aging that is passed down through family DNA and through genetics from our mothers and their mothers and so on.

This kind of aging is inevitable but we can slow the process and take proactive strides toward holding off your genetic inheritance. With the guidance of a trusted and well educated skincare professional and using advanced skincare that precisely targets your specific concerns. By incorporating cutting edge technology and the highest quality ingredients like peptides, retinols, highly effective hydrators and using sun protection daily without exception, will greatly decrease signs of genetic aging.

Peptides can be an integral part of an anti-aging routine. They can help to build collagen and boost elastin levels in the skin, they can help to lighten pigmentation (freckles or age spots) or they can act as neurotransmitter inhibitors, interrupting the nerve signals between the brain and facial muscles. This is beneficial in the blocking the genetically predisposed muscle movements that cause and increase the depth of lines and wrinkles.

Hydrators, specifically hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000 times its weight in water. It has the ability to bond that moisture to the skin, keeping it hydrated, plump and flexible which keeps wrinkles from forming and allowing the skin to maintain its youthful appearance.

Daily Sun Protection is the most effective and greatest anti-aging preventative measure you can take. UV exposure and our genetic sensitivity to it, has the biggest impact the integrity of our skin from the breakdown of collagen and elastin to the over production of pigment (hyper-pigmentation/freckles) to our genetic susceptibility to skin cancer. Protecting the skin daily is our first and best line of defense against aging.

Intrinsic Aging is unavoidable but when we incorporate the simple steps listed here – we can be proactive and decelerate the visible signs of aging. Knowledge is power – so, thank your genetics for the advanced warning on your skincare objectives!

Tools to Tame Anxiety

Right now we are closed, and with the current Social Distancing policy we are required to abide by, are unable to do any touching outside of those we are sheltering with. So I’m going to be exploring some ways that you can continue to down-regulate the Central Nervous System and learn to bounce back better for yourself.

Philippians 4:6-7 tells us: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that passes understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Some of you may be getting ready to stop reading or exploring with me. As I discovered many years ago, some Christians will tune out if something sounds “New-Agey” and likewise someone who doesn’t identify as Christian may disregard the message as “Religious”. But I believe a truth is a truth, no matter how it’s dressed.

The first technique to try is Self Havening (that’s a link to a video walking you through the process). Self Havening helps to psychologically and emotionally reduce anxiety and move away from panic.

Here’s the back story of what’s going on the the brain. (a video that explains the science of how the brain deals with trauma.)

See you at the Spa soon! xo Linda

Chemical Peel & Resurfacing Aftercare

  • Keep skin DRY for 6-24 hours post Peel. Cool water rinse OK, Mineral Powder OK for light sun protection
  • Don’t pick. Peeling and itching will begin after about 48 hours and last 5-7 days
  • Moisturize once peeling begins using recommended product with no active ingredients or exfoliants.
  • No workouts/sweating for 1 week (24-48 hours for Resurfacing.) Use a cool compress if skin heats up.
  •  Waxing OK 1 week AFTER skin has healed with no more peeling/flaking
  • No hot baths/showers for 1 week ( 24-48 hours for Resurfacing ) 
  • Hair color OK 1 week after skin has healed. Chemicals may migrate and heat is often used/produced. (24-48 hours for Resurfacing )
  • Stay out of direct sun for 2 weeks. UVA penetrates glass so driving or a sunny window exposes you to radiation. Use an umbrella, hat, glasses, Mineral Powder, SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen (Zinc Oxide preferred)
  • Apply Post Treatment Balm to calm irritation during peeling process only. Hydrocortisone will cause skin-thinning with prolonged use.
  • Peels may be repeated every 4 weeks in a series of 3 twice yearly, best in fall/winter.
  • Avoid oral antibiotics AHA/BHAs, Retinoids until peeling has ceased
  • Injectables and Fillers may be done afterward but wait 2 weeks AFTER a doing them to peel or resurface.

Welcome DermaQuest

I’ve been using DermaQuest in my Facials for years and now they are on our shelves just for you! Like many of you I’m becoming increasingly aware of the signs of aging on my skin and they are leaders in advanced results-driven formulations.

” Our Philosophy and Mission is to provide physicians and estheticians globally with innovative, relationship-based products and services of the highest quality to support excellence in skincare practices.” Founder & Chemist Sam Dhatt

Attention Locals!! Mention this post and receive a DermaQuest Enhancement with any Facial.

Some of their proprietary ingredients include:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
An essential hydrator for everyone’s skin! Each molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its molecular weight in moisture. It is known for its hydrating properties along with its natural delivery into the skin. Being one of the most valuable ingredients in skin care DermaQuest has incorporated this active into 90% of its product line to provide increased smoothness for plump, hydrated skin from the inside out.

Skin Brighteners
The SkinBrite Collection is formulated with some of the most advanced skin brighteners to date! Each formula is uniquely created with many different tyrosinase inhibitors to stop the melanogenesis process in multiple steps giving you the most illumining skin tone results. ChromaBright imparts the latest in skin brightening technology to effectively correct pigmentation and un-even skin tone. DermaQuest has incorporated this innovative ingredient into all the SkinBrite products.

Plant Stem Cells
Advancements with stem cell technology have continued to provide more powerful and effective marine derived and botanical plant stem cells in the skin care market. DermaQuest combines the latest generation of plant stem cells to reduce pigmentation, fine lines, and protect the skin from environmental damages. These plant stem cells contain all the active molecules of the plant to effectively address multiple areas of concern. Sea Fennel, Edelweiss, Gardenia, and Lilac plant stem cells are incorporated into some of the most advanced anti-aging products included in the Stem Cell 3D collection.

Made up of essential amino acids, these active ingredients are small yet powerful to drastically change the skin! Peptides are key anti-aging ingredients that reduce fine lines and wrinkles, promote collagen, reduce inflammation and brighten skin tone. With new peptides being discovered every year they are considered to be an active ingredient that will continually change and advance with time.

Vitamin C
Is one of the most essential nutrients for the body and is a key component to maintaining healthy glowing skin. Vitamin C is an active ingredient that brightens and tightens the skin. Keeping up with cutting edge technology we have incorporated the latest lipid soluble form of vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, in our superior formulations. The most stable form of vitamin C with three times better penetration than L-Ascorbic acid! Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate can be found throughout the DermaQuest line and is most concentrated in C-Lipoic products.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids have been around for many years and continue their strong stride in being very effective performance ingredients to treat a wide array of concerns. These key hydroxy acids promote an increased cell turnover to reveal luminous new skin cells at the surface. While providing a quicker cell turnover rate AHA’s/BHA’s impart multi functional qualities to improve skin texture, decrease pore size, reduce congestion, moisturize, and promote collagen.

DermaQuest brings you the highest grade micronized minerals in all of our sun protection products. Zinc and Titanium are utilized for their superior UV ray protection and pro-longed broad spectrum coverage. ZinClear SPF 30 offers you clear and tinted versions leaving the skin protected yet covered with a flawless finish. Minerals are safe, effective, reduce inflammation, and are designed to be used on all skin types especially sensitive and acneic!

Powerful antioxidants generate healthy cell renewal and acts as a cellular bodyguard for our skin. Essential for all skin types they protect our skin from free radical damage that our skin encounters on a daily basis. Co-Enzyme Q10, Idebenone, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Green Tea Extract are widely used in DermaQuest products to give your skin an enhanced safeguard against environmental radicals.

These gentle enzymes act as Pacman on the skin to digest the dead surface skin cells. Papaya-Pineapple and Pumpkin Enzymes provide gentle yet visible results to reveal a more youthful glow. When used in a daily regimen other active ingredients have the ability to penetrate into the skin to provide quicker skin care results.