Category Archives: Resurfacing

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

Skin Serums – October Product Feature 2015

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HYDRATE SUPER SERUM

moisture gel

hydrate. strengthen. heal.

GIVE YOUR SKIN A TALL GLASS OF WATER.
Formulated with professional-grade Sodium Hyaluronate, a superior hydrator that penetrates deep into your skin to support collagen and elastin where wrinkles form. Able to maintain and attract 1000 times its weight in water, its hydrating properties leave skin smoother, more supple and youthful. Hydrate XS 1000 is formulated to be used under your day and night moisturizer.

key ingredients

Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer – humectant, moisturizes between tissues of the skin
Sodium Hyaluronate – humectant, deeply moisturizes
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens

for all skin types

C POWER VITAMIN C SERUM

antioxidant skin brightener

brighten. stimulate. protect.

HAVE NO FEAR, FREE RADICAL FIGHTER IS HERE.
Tu’eL C Power is rich in Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid and Green Tea. This powerful combination works at a molecular
level to deliver antioxidants into the skin, improve firmness and suppress hyper-pigmentation. Superoxide Dismutase, L-Tyrosine and Panthenol help reduce fine lines and strengthen skin.
Up, up and away!

key ingredients

Malic Acid – tones, tightens, brightens, stimulates collagen
Lactic Acid – exfoliant, smoothes, refreshes, brightens
Chelated Vitamin C – stabalized for maximum delivery, antioxidant, stimulates collagen and elastin
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens
Vitamin B5 – conditions, heals, moisturizes, Panthenol

for all skin types

ABSORB MATTIFYING SERUM

all skin types

mattify. control. hydrate.

DEAR SHINEY FACE, PLEASE GO AWAY.
Get real deal oil control and a shine-free face with Tu’eL Absorb. Powered with natural plant extracts of Burnet, Cinnamon, Ginger and Green Tea to control oil, inhibit breakouts, and leave your
skin looking fresh and matte all day. Absorb is designed to be used under your Tu’eL Daily Protect Oil Free. Works perfect under make-up leaving you red carpet ready all day.

key ingredients

Burnet – pore minimizing, astringent, reduces oil
Cinnamon – refreshes, anti-bacterial
Ginger – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, tones, smoothes
Sodium Hyaluronate – humectant, deeply moisturizes
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens

for all skin types

U TURN FIRMING PEPTIDE SERUM

advanced anti aging treatment

strengthen. firm. reverse.

DRIVING 80 IN THE FAST LANE AND HEADING STRAIGHT TOWARD WRINKLETOWN?
Hit the brakes, flip a U TURN and head back to to the City of Youth. Let this powerful combination of peptides, plant extracts and vitamins firm, tighten, and steer your skin in the right direction.
U TURN OK – WRINKLES SLOW DOWN

key ingredients

Tripeptide-3 – wrinkle reducer
Hexapeptide-3 – prevents the formation of lines and wrinkles
Bisobolol – calms, soothes, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin C – antioxidant, stimulates collagen and elastin
Flax – nourishes, soothes
Aloe – stimulates cell growth in damaged skin, soothes

for all skin types

My skin has taken a beating here on the Central Coast this  summer! I’ve chosen skin serums as the Product Feature (with Double Rewards) this month because now that the days are getting cooler I’m in the mood to hydrate, nourish, and renew my skin. I’d love to help you do the same!
See you at the spa
Linda “Brow Boss” Ruberto

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

Deluxe Facial – February Service Special

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Deluxe Facial

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!

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!

 

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!

 

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!

Clear-it and Peeling Cream

Valentine’s Day and Brazilian waxing inspired February’s Monthly Product Features: Peeling Cream and Clear-It.

If you’ve never tried Brazilian, or Bikini Waxing, now is a great time. The Product Features this month are great after-care for these services to help avoid those pesky bumps and ingrown hairs.

I use the same Berodin French Depilatory Wax for sensitive body parts that I use for brows. If you’ve had a bad experience using strip wax, you’ll be amazed at the difference. Check out the YouTube testimonial a client did for body waxing at Star Brows.

The special this month, Peeling Cream by Tu’el, is a great exfoliant for the face, as well.  It contains Lactic Acid (an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA), so it doesn’t just clear surface debris but goes gently and deeply into the cell wall to exfoliate.

It also contains Tea Tree and Lemon Grass Oils to disinfect naturally, as well as Chamomile Extract to calm and sooth.

Clear-it by Tu’el is a non-drying blemish control cream that helps keep hair follicles healthy after shaving or waxing. The active ingredient is Colloidal Sulphur. It also contains Allantoin for calming and soothing and Lemon Oil for disinfecting.

See you at the spa!

Peel & Heal Duo – October Product Feature 2011

This month’s Product Feature is the dynamic duo of Glyco-A Gel and Hy-Drate. They are perfectly matched to provide a gentle yet effective glycolic exfoliation and a powerful moisture-retaining healing treatment.

Fall is the best time of year to “peel” the skin because the sun’s rays aren’t as strong, daylight hours are shorter, and we’re outside less. And your skin will be radiant for the Holidays!

The Perfect Peel

Tu’eL Glyco-A Gel is a glycolic acid gel (AHA) for gentle surface exfoliation of all skin types. It smooths the skin’s surface, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, lightens dark spots, and increases product absorption. It is also used for oily and acne-prone skin types.

Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid 10% (a sugar cane-derived alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin), Aloe Vera Extract (soothes and protects), Panthenol (binds surface moisture, reducing skin irritation and increasing elasticity)

How to Use: Apply Glyco-A Gel in the evening 3-5 times per week in a thin layer to the face, neck, and décolleté (avoiding the eye area). Always follow with Hy-Drate.

 

Essential Under-wear!

Tu’eL Hy-Drate is the best moisture gel available and should be the first thing that touches your skin both morning and night. This lightweight liquid gel increases surface moisture retention and provides benefits for all skin types.  The keys to beautiful, healthy skin are water and moisture retention.

Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate (provides superior hydration), Sodium PCA (builds skin moisture content), Dimethicone Copolyol (holds moisture on skin), Green Tea Extract (a soothing, calming antioxidant)

Sodium Hyaluronate is the primary active ingredient. Because of its light molecular weight, it penetrates and is absorbed into the skin easily. This humectant holds more than 1,000 times its own weight in water, which plumps and firms the skin.

How to Use: For daily use, apply a dime-sized amount to face (including eye area), neck, and décolleté. Smooth in with a few drops of water. Use under creams and sun protection. Hy-Drate should be used twice daily.

Rewards

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Monthly 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. This month’s featured products are offered as a Peel & Heal Duo: Glyco-A Gel and Hy-Drate $76 ($15 in Rewards).

See you at the new spa!

 

 

 

New Years Eve Makeup 2011!

Unfortunately my “pre-bash massage” was just cancelled – dang 🙁 – so I’m writing an NYE makeup post instead!

Happy New Year’s party preparations to all of you! I’m getting ready for The Golden Era event at my father’s winery. I want to look my best, and I want you to look your best too – even if you’re not planning to go out for NYE! Here are eight steps to a flawless look:

1. Exfoliate – Perfect makeup requires well-tended skin. A week to a couple of days before the big night start doing masks, peels, and scrubs. The Cleansing Oil is also an excellent way to polish, exfoliate, and brighten your skin: Do a 20-minute massage with it instead of the normal quick cleanse. (Did you know the Cleansing Oil takes off makeup really well? Buh-bye makeup dissolver.)

Of course, hopefully you have consulted a skincare professional about what products are best for your skin. If you trust your exfoliant not to cause a breakout or irritate your skin, using one even the night before will help your skin look radiant.

My picks: Gyco-A Gel, Crystal C Serum and Peeling Cream. Just so happens two of these are January’s Product Feature with Double Rewards!

2. Moisturize – Those of you who read my blog regularly know that when you discipline the skin, you also need to use plenty of TLC. Moisturize the entire face, neck, and décolleté, as well as the eye area. Even oily and acne-prone skin types need moisturizer. Your makeup will look so much better if your skin is well hydrated.

My picks: Hy-Drate, Vitamin Cream, Chamomile, Eye Plus Cream, Lipo-Gen.

3. Prime – Every great artist knows that preparing the canvas is key. Getting the skin ready for the application of cosmetics makes the finished product look so much better. Absorb Oil Control is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin: It is an oil controller and hydrator in one. Mineral Primer will fill in the fine lines and imperfections and make your foundation last. Use Concealer around the eye area.

4. Apply FoundationMineral Makeup is my favorite for your base. Use a small brush for extra coverage in the areas that need it. Use a darker color to contour, like the hollows of your cheeks or the sides of your nose. Contour the eyes with shades of brown, especially if you have droopy lids. (Remember: dark recedes, light brings forward.) Highlighter under the brow bone accentuates the arch. I carry BDB Duo Concealer: it’s a pencil with concealer on one end and highlighter on the other – another “twofer”!

5. Add Color – Glitter (small particles, used sparingly) is a hot look for NYE. Aging skin doesn’t do well with glitter though. I personally like the Youngblood Mineral Makeup in the color Sunglow for sparkle and pop. Blush should be applied to the apple of the cheek only if you have a very thin and long face, so you can create width. If your face is round, apply blush on the cheek starting at the edge of the iris and swooping up to the temples and into the hairline.

Shadow color can be added next. Remember: if you are playing up the eyes, go easy on the lips, and vice versa.

6. Lashes – Blackout Mineral Mascara by Youngblood. I always use two mascaras. I find I get the best lashes that way. Lash Primer is also excellent for extra volume and conditioning. For those of us who need to curl our lashes, I like the MAC curler best.

7. Lips Bright and bold is on trend for both NYE and spring 2011. I like recommending a lip pencil and plumping colored gloss – both by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

8. Eyebrows – Getting the right shape requires professional help – at least to get you started, at best for maintenance. You’re not stuck with the eyebrows you have: You can create the perfect brows at home.  How? If you have thinning brows, start using Brow Boost right away. All the Billion Dollar Brows products rock! Cosmetics for creating the perfect eyebrows – like pencils, powders, and brow-setting gel – will transform blah brows to bomb brows!

See you at the spa!