Category Archives: Healthy Aging

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.

Hello Pismo Beach!

Star Brows in now located in the Pismo Beach Business Center at 330 James Way in the Native Beauty Studio Suite 140. Parking can be challenging at times, I park in the Overflow Parking Lot on the map below. It leads down a woodsy path right to our door!

Star Brows has been in the Five Cities area for over 10 years now and our new Pismo location is the best, customers love our little hideaway spot. I offer the same Luxurious Spa Services and Eyebrow Couture as I always have and there are a few perks too! Native Beauty Studio is comprised of 4 industry professionals doing business so you can bring a friend and each get a Facial, Waxing, or Microblading (semi permanent Eyebrow design). I cant wait to see you at the Spa! xo Linda

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.

Peptides
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.

AHA/BHA
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.

Minerals
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!

Antioxidants
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.

Enzymes
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.

REVEAL THE NEW YOU – GET REWARDS!

Power Peel Refining Glycolic Acid Gel

DON’T BE CAUGHT WITH DEAD SKIN. 
Power Peel is not for the faint of heart. It is serious skincare designed to uncover and reveal radiant skin. Perfectly balanced with Alpha Hydroxy Acid to refine skin’s surface and promote cell-turnover, while Aloe Vera soothes and protects. Bring your skin to life.

Power Scrub Exfoliating Wash

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW.
Buff your skin to a youthful new glow with Power Scrub. Formulated with Pumice, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Vitamin E and Chamomile to refine your skin’s surface. Go ahead, give your face a fresh start.

C Power Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum

HAVE NO FEAR, FREE RADICAL FIGHTER IS HERE.
C Power is rich in Vitamin C, Lactic and Malic acids and Green Tea. This powerful combo works at a molecular level to deliver antioxidants to the skin, improve firmness and suppress hyperpigmentation. Superoxide Dismutase, L-Tyrosine and Panthenol help reduce fine lines and strengthen skin. Your skin is worth fighting for.

Daily Protect Oil Free SPF 30 Daytime Moisturizer

PROTECT AGAINST SUN AND SHINE.
Protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent premature aging. It’s light weight, fast-absorbing and is designed to effectively balance oil production while delivering broad spectrum protection. Formulated with Green Tea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin E and Cucumber to fight free radicals, condition and hydrate the skin, and neutralize the damage done by sun exposure. Keep your skin oil and burn free!

Fabulous Facial Masks – Product Feature

BLACK ALGAE MASK
NORMAL / COMBO / BLEMISH-PRONE
Detoxifying 2-in-1 Mask + Exfoliant for a Brighter Complexion
This dual action mask detoxes and gently exfoliates lackluster skin for a visibly brighter and exceptionally smooth complexion. Fig, Pineapple, and Pumpkin enzymes naturally polish away dead skin, reducing the appearance of surface impurities; eco-friendly Jojoba Beads provide gentle manual exfoliation for an immediate glow. Hematite and Organic Algae replenish moisture, firm and minimize visible signs of aging. Skin is left feeling smooth, softened and revived.

RED ALGAE MASK
NORMAL / COMBO / BLEMISH-PRONE

New! Deep Pore Cleansing System

mature duoNew to Star Brows and on double Rewards now through August 2016!

If you’re like me you want bright, clear, and ageless skin. I have a secret, it’s massage. Simple right?  I’ve been talking about and using Cleansing Oils for about 20 years now and it never gets old! These oils make a great vehicle for the massage and cleansing process at home or during a Facial! Tu’el pairs the Oils by skin-type with Herbal Toners. Here are some questions about the process I’ve had over the years:

 

  • I’ve always been told not to touch my face, and if I do, gently.                                                   “Touch your face and go deep, every night! It stimulates blood flow, relaxes underlying muscles, reduces puffiness, clears sinuses, and exfoliates the skin. (Acne skin is an exception, you’ll want to do more of an acupressure type massage so you don’t over stimulate the skin but still address the underlying systems.) “
  • My skin is acne prone, oil feels icky on my skin, and seems to make me break out.         “There is truth to this, however your skin is steeped in oil so it’s not a bad thing to cleanse with an oil designed for acneic skin. Also, oil is accepted into the pores easily because of the familiarity so a deep cleansing is possible. The pores can lock down when introduced to harsh, sudsy cleansers.”
  • Can’t I use any oil?                                                                                                                                  “Yup! I like Tu’el Deep Pore Cleansing System because it addresses different skin types, uses appropriate essential oils for each type, and has an herbal Toner that breaks the Cleansing Oil down afterward.

See you at the Spa!

Linda Ruberto aka Brow Boss

Cleansing Oils and Herbal Toners – August Product Feature

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The best time to try or buy at Star Brows is when a product is the Product Feature because you’ll get Rewards and save 20%!

Cleansing Oils go deeper than milks or gels. They bond with your skin’s natural oils, drawing out more dirt, make-up and pollutants than your foaming gel or milk cleanser ever could. Combined with their specially designed herbal toners, they become water soluble to ultra cleanse and exfoliate. It’s also ideal for eye makeup removal and conditioning your lashes. This process prepares your skin for maximum absorption of serums, creams and masks. Cleansing Oils and Herbal Toners enable your post-cleanse products to penetrate deeper and deliver active ingredients where they’re most effective.

How to use:

STEP 1: On dry skin with dry hands, massage 3 pumps of the Cleansing Oil for your skin-type onto face, neck and chest. Use small circles to massage the skin thoroughly for added benefit.

STEP 2: Massage 3 pumps of Herbal Toner over Cleansing Oil. Add cool water gradually to emulsify and turn milky white. Rinse until you no longer feel the cleansing solution.

Here is Lori Nestore from Eva’s Esthetics talking about Cleansing Oils and Herbal Toners and demonstrating their use.

More about Cleansing Oils and Herbal Toners.

See you at the spa!

xo Linda Ruberto aka brow boss

Essential Oils – June Product Feature

RewardsThis month’s Product Feature lineup is Tu’el Botanical Boosters. 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. xo Linda

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 heres:

Anti Aging Botanical Booster

Designed for mature skin that has lost its vitality, this exclusive essential oil blend will leave you with a more youthful appearance. Avocado and vetiver oils are deeply hydrating and rejuvenating. Carrot seed combats the appearance of wrinkles and lines, while brightening dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Cypress and rosewood target your pores and skin cells in order to clarify, tone and regenerate tissue for younger looking skin. Essential moisture will be restored, elasticity improved and collagen production boosted.

Reactive Skin Botanical Booster

Designed for reactive and sensitive skin, this formula’s essential oil blend will reduce inflammation, calm, regenerate and improve the overall appearance of your complexion. The efficacious but gentle combination of roman chamomile, lavender and frankincense soothes, balances, conditions and heals. Deliver rejuvenating, toning and conditioning natural botanicals with this deeply replenishing and easy to absorb booster.

Acne Skin Botanical Booster

Designed for acne prone skin, this exclusive essential oil blend heals breakouts, reduces scarring, evens skin tone, clears pore congestion and prevents future blemishes. Tighten pores, refine skin’s texture and mitigate oil production with naturally potent astringents clary sage and lemon oil. Tea tree oil eliminates acne causing bacteria and toxins while soothing inflammation and riding your complexion of pink. Spike lavender and palma rosa keep misbehaving skin in check by balancing, purifying and supporting cell rejuvenation.

Dry Skin Botanical Booster

Designed for dry skin that has lost its youthful suppleness, this formula’s essential oil blend will restore hydration and leave your skin smoother, softer and revitalized. Rosemary, geranium and bergamot mint work together to calm, condition and stimulate your skin’s micro-circulation in order to protect and treat dry skin in the short and long term. The antioxidant complex of lavender, grape seed and rose oils have antibacterial and antiseptic properties to keep skin cleansed, while delivering high doses of anti-aging power.

Combo/Oily Botanical Booster

Designed for combination or oily skin, this formula’s essential oil blend will rein in excess oil production, minimize the appearance of pores and balance out-of-whack complexions. Bergamot, ylang ylang and palma rosa oils are the core of this booster’s balancing power and deliver hydration and control where needed. The synergistic combination of conditioning German chamomile and pore refining cypress meets all of your skin’s needs. Lemon grass rounds out our proprietary formula with potent anti-inflammatory properties that leave your skin refreshed, soothed and toned.

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, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

See you at the spa!

 

Practicing Being Present – An Easter Meditation

Sunrise-MeditationDo you sometimes find yourself suddenly in an unpleasant mood with no idea why? I do. My life is pretty darn amazing and yet right in the midst of it I’ll feel lonely, sad, fearful, angry…and sometimes I’ll swallow it down with something self -destructive like alcohol, junk food, cigarettes, or something else not-helpful. Other times I’ll acknowledge my feelings and make a healthy choice like getting a massage, walking the beach, juicing, or connecting with someone I love and practicing being present.

But despite the fact that my first-born just had her first-born (he is lovely and his name is Dekker) I’ve been oddly out-of-sorts. Well, this morning (Tuesday of Easter week) I listened to a message called Hosting the presence of God. It reminded me of the power of practicing being present, and how I am empowered by His very presence in and around me in every moment! This is my Easter meditation.

See you at the spa!

Hugs, Linda

Body Care Kit – March Product Feature

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travel kit

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