- 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.
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.
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.
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.
My favorite gifts are Spa Services and jewels from Heather Gardner Malibu so that’s what I’m offering you for Valentines thru 2/17/2018!
You’ll enjoy a 90 min. treatment which includes an Exfoliating Facial with a Light Acid Peel, Massage with Aroma Therapy & Hot Towels and $25 toward the Jewelry of your choice for $150 ($39 savings)!
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Fully customized facial with special masks, extractions, hand and arm plus foot and leg massage.
90 minutes – $105 (now $99 – plus a back massage!)
Beauty begins with perfect skin, and regular facials – as well as scrupulous home care – are a must. We provide effective treatments and education for home-care using the botanical Tu’el, by Eva’s Esthetics and the 100% vegan product line, OSEA – Skincare from the Sea. Every Star Brows facial includes a deep-pore cleansing, manual and chemical exfoliation, extractions, customized treatment masks, steam and aroma-towels, soothing massage, and a mineral makeup finish.
Facial services at the spa feature the bodyCushion™ by Body Support System, which cradles curves, supporting your body and allowing complete relaxation. Ambient lighting, radiant heat, essential oils and massage, add a luxurious feel to every treatment.
See you at the spa!
New at Star Brows!
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.
- 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.
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We would love to treat you or someone you love to this special collection of some of our clients’ favorite spa services!
Mother’s Day Spa Special
Arrive a couple of minutes early so you can get settled and relax for a few minutes in the quiet environment of the spa, and plan on staying for about an-hour-and-a-half.
When you enter the treatment room, you will feel the warm air provided by state-of-the-art radiant heat in the treatment rooms. You’ll smell calming essential oils and be enveloped by the soft candlelight and music.
As you climb under crisp, clean, warmed sheets your body’s curves will be cradled by special contoured bodyCushions.
We’ll coax your body into a state of bliss and calm with our signature back treatment which combines massage with a deep cleansing skin treatment.
Next, detoxifying and de-stressing drops of essential oils will be applied along your spine (Raindrop Therapy).
Turn over and the Star Massage begins with Tu’el’s Cleansing Oils and Herbalizers chosen for your skin type. Puffiness, sinus pressure, jaw tension and all signs of stress dissipate from your face, neck, and shoulders – mmm, who knew it could feel this good?
Now the facial begins with warmed towels, gentle steam, and special masks and scrubs designed to alleviate your skin’s concerns.
And don’t forget those hard working hands and feet. They will be meticulously worked out, every finger and every toe rubbed until they are eased and your feet will be wrapped in warm towels.
Later, plan on relaxing and drinking plenty of water with slices of organic lemons to complete a perfect experience.
Who knew Star Brows was about more than eyebrow couture? Now’s your chance to see! Limited spaces are available for this special offer, so call now – 805-722-8222 – and mention the Mother’s Day Spa Special.
It’s not on the menu and is specially priced at $110 (save $75!). Offer expires on May 31, 2013
See you at the spa!
Cleansing the skin correctly is so important!
I have gone back to a cleansing system from Tu’el I had at my spa in MN 15 years ago.
It is the foundation of the launch of a new service called Star Massage utilizing the Tu’el Cleansing Oil System:
The service when combined with an eyebrow design is the Ultimate Brow Experience! It is a 20 minute face, neck and scalp treatment using aesthetic and massage techniques. The treatment clears sinuses, reduces puffiness and brightens skin-tone. It is customised to each individual skin-type and also relieves swelling, waste in the tissues and holding patterns that create tension and lines in the face.
Let me introduce you to hydrophilic cleansing oils which are water loving and water soluble. I know – it seems counter intuitive (especially if you have oily or acne prone skin). You may be imagining a pore clogging, grease slick, that you are smearing on your face – am I right?
So, trust me, would I lead you astray? Instead I’d like you to imagine a Zen-like spa experience at home. Think fresh smelling mandarin oil, calming chamomile extract, healing extracts of arnica and purifying grapefruit extract. Imagine sitting in a comfortable, cozy spot and giving yourself a soothing facial massage.
Nothing cleans the skin like a hydrophilic oil. Let Lori Nestore, Eva’s CEO and founder of Tu’el tell you!
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 the hydrophilic Cleansing 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, decongestion and a more refined skin appearance.
Adding the correct Herbal Toner, 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.
Let’s talk about the do’s & dont’s of good basic facial cleansing:
- Use soap. It strips the skin’s PH balance and leaves a film. Note: Suds = stripping.
- Over exfoliate. The facial tissue is delicate and easily inflamed.
- Skip morning cleanse. The skin has been repairing and working all night – debris needs to be washed away.
- Skip nighttime cleanse. The skin should be sent to bed in a clean relaxed state in order to optimize the healing that it does while you rest.
- Use the Cleansing Oil and Herbal Toner designed for your skin type. Did you know that oil dissolves oil?
- Spend time massaging the skin 2-3 times per week, to exfoliate, relieve swelling and waste in the tissues, and relax holding patterns that create tension and lines on the face
- Have a gel based or treatment strength alternative cleanser available. The skin sometimes needs an AHA for aging or an acne treatment cleanse. I always have 2 or 3 cleansers available for myself at home.
- Always follow with moisturizer, & sunscreen for day use. Why? Cleansing is only the first part of the all important two-part system for great skin, “cleanse and protect”.
There are 4 different Oils and Herbal Toners, each for different skin types:
Hydrates the skin, stimulates sebaceous oil production and seals in moisture. This skin type is primarily characterized by small pores, is not product sensitive, lacks the ability to produce sebaceous oil and easily becomes dehydrated. It may have underlying congestion and may also be flaky.
Balances sebaceous oil production, hydrates and calms. This skin type shows two different textures covering 1/3 to 1/2 of the face, and appears to have medium to large pores. It may be congested and dehydrated due to improper home care. It needs balancing of oil production without dehydration.
The Purifying Line acts as a germicide to target impurities while keeping skin feeling and looking great. Impure skin can be dry, combination or oily, and any age with visible and constant breakouts.
4. CALM DOWN
This line calms while gently improving, maintaining and enhancing the skin. This skin has some of the same properties as dry skin – small pores, possibly congested, easily dehydrated and irritated – and also reacts to products.
5. RESCUE ME
Rescue Me stimulates cell production, hydrates, nourishes and firms. Mature skin is dry, combination, oily or dry-reactive that has aged. Tanned skin at any age is considered mature.
See you at the spa!
Your face is the front of the cranium. It protects the brain, drains the head, receives nerve impulses and much, much more – it is amazingly complex!
I usually talk about the skin itself, and in the end the skin quality is of utmost importance in my profession as a skincare professional. But I am also a massage therapist who deals with muscles and soft tissue tone as well. My practice is holistic in nature, so I am always addressing the “whole” when considering “the part”.
I want to announce a new service I’ve developed, that is unique and highly effective: It’s called Star Massage!
Star Massage is a 20 minute facial treatment that can be added to any facial or eyebrow service. Using aesthetic and massage techniques, it is customized to each individual skin type to relieve swelling, waste in the tissues and holding patterns that create tension and lines on the face. First time brow clients should try the Ultimate Brow Experience — Star Brows plus Star Massage.
Star Massage is great if you suffer from:
- Puffy eyes
- Dark circles
- Sinus Congestion
- Ear Aches
- Teeth grinding or tight jaw
- Sluggish skin-tone
- Aging skin
- Congested skin (bumps and whiteheads)
The techniques used for the Star Massage come from my training in aesthetics as well as massage and bodywork. My studies of the bodywork modalities, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy and Zen Shiatsu contribute to this new approach to facial massage.
The results you can expect are:
- Improved circulation
- Release of toxins trapped in the tissues
- Enhanced lymph flow affecting the immune system
- Smoother skin
- Relaxed facial nerves, resulting in a softer looking face
- Tissue oxygenation
- Physiological and psychological benefits
- Aids in extractions (removal of blackheads etc.)
I also use special products during the Star Massage that are amazingly soothing!
Call or email me to set up an appointment for a Star Massage–or any other type of treatment.
See you at the spa!
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!