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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

Body Care Kit – March Product Feature

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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
 

 

 

The Great Barrier – Skin

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If you want healthy, beautiful skin it’s really important to understand some of the science behind your skin’s barrier function and how to maintain and protect it.

The Skin Barrier

I like to describe the stratum corneum (the skin’s outer layer) as a brick wall of defense. The study of this barrier is called corneobiology and according to researchers there are 16 separate types of barrier functions operating within this skin layer. They are all interconnected, so if one system is compromised others will also be effected.

The Acid Mantle

This is part of what forms the skin’s barrier. It protects the skin’s “underneath” from germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria while at the same time  keeping lipids and moisture in. The acid/alkaline spectrum is o-14. Water is neutral at 7 and healthy skin is slightly acidic at 5.5.

This valuable mechanism is driven by a sensitive pH balance. We can easily disrupt it but often don’t pay enough attention to restoring it. Those of you who have been to Star Brows have probably heard me use the analogy of  the skin to a child you’re caring for – too much discipline and not enough skin care TLC or vice versa will create trouble! We unwittingly strip and disrupt the pH system during the all-important cleansing and exfoliating phase of our routine, and as a result it can takes hours to restore.

Too acidic when:

  • Your skin feels oily and not thoroughly clean after cleansing
  • You rarely need or apply moisturizer
  • Your skin is reactive and sensitive to products
  • Your skin is oily and prone to breakouts
  • Your skin often looks red and feels irritated
  • You have a greasy look

Too alkaline:

  • Your skin feels tight and dry after cleansing
  • You need to apply moisturizer more than once a day
  • You sometimes experience dry, rough patches
  • Your skin usually looks dull with more lines first thing in the morning
  • Your skin may sting or feel irritated after applying products
  • Your skin rarely appears plump or dewy

Don’t

  • Use products that contain unwanted chemicals like Sodium Laureth Sulfate (a known skin irritant and cheap foaming agent which strips natural skin lipids also found in the ever popular “Dermatologist – recommended” cleanser Cetaphil [yikes!] as well as Scrubbing Bubbles)
  • Use products that contain parabens which have been linked to breast cancer
  • Do too much exfoliation on your own
  • Forget to wash, moisturize, and protect your skin in the AM and PM

Do

  • Get regular facials
  • Use a soap-free cleanser like my current favorite Ocean Cleanser
  • Look at the ingredient deck on your products and choose more nourishing, gentle cleansers that maintain PH acidity
  • Control transepideral water loss (TEWL) with a “water-binder” like HydrateXS 1000
  • Feed your skin with serums like C-Power and essential oil blends formulated for your skin type like Essential Corrective Complex to build its strength
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Unhealthy Barrier

 

To raise hydration levels in the stratum corneum increase the structure and function of the skin barrier. Essential fatty acids, ceramides, emollients and humectants will reverse the negative effects of water-dry skin by restoring elasticity, leaving the skin smooth and velvety soft.

To support you in your journey toward perfect skin, all of our products at Star Brows have been specially chosen to optimize and encourage skin health. We carry and professionally recommend two complete product lines: OSEA and Tu’el to address every skin type and condition.

See you at the spa!

 

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Healthy Barrier

Happy Holiday – Drink Up!

water2Holiday weight gain is, hands down, the most unwanted gift of all! Most of us know that a well-hydrated body works better and looks better. Your skin will be brighter and clearer, your body less sore, and the feeling of stress and tension will be lower when you are drinking the right amount of water for your body. But, did you know drinking water (at the right times) is essential, and can even help you with weight management?

1. Drink water when you first get up.
Like a gently flowing stream that pushes along debris and rocks, your circulatory system needs fluid to get rid of stubborn free radicals and residues from burned calories that were used during the night’s metabolism.

2. Drink water before each meal.
Drink water up to 30 minutes before a meal (so you don’t interfere with the action of digestion). It will help you feel fuller, so you may be less likely to overeat.
“Chugging water during meals severely hampers your stomach’s digestive powers and causes insulin levels to fluctuate significantly.” Macroboitic counselor Shonali Sabherwal
In addition, it is best to drink fluids two hours after meals as this helps in the absorption of nutrients.

3. Drink water as a snack.
“The next time you feel hungry, take a big, long drink of water and you may not need to eat. Because the hormones in our intestines that tell us we’re hungry are very similar to the hormones that let us know we’re thirsty, we’re not very good at distinguishing hunger from thirst, which is why we typically reach for food when we should be drinking.” Dr. Oz

4. Drink water before a workout.
Depending on the temperature, humidity, and your body’s fluid levels, you may need one or several glasses of water, each about eight ounces, to arm yourself against dehydration during an indoor or outdoor workout.

5. Drink water after a workout.
Following your exercise session, drink up to replace fluids lost by sweating and physical labor.

6. Have water with your medications/supplements.
Water helps to dissolve the medication and supplements and spread them throughout your digestive organs for rapid absorption. Water also prepares the tissues to receive the substance and put it to work right away. (Read the label to make sure water can be taken.)

7. Drink more water to prevent illness following exposures.
A well-hydrated body helps to move along any invaders before they settle down and multiply in your system.

8. Drink more water when you’re ill.
When you do become ill, drink plenty of fluids. The old-time recipe still works.

9. Have a glass of water when you’re tired.
Feeling tired? Fatigued? Need a nap but can’t take one? Have a glass of water instead.
Because of its ability to move quickly throughout the body, water can reach your brain and activate it right before a meeting or other situation in which you need to pay attention.

10. Drink plenty of water before and after a massage or facial.
The purpose of professional spa treatments is to relax, detoxify, increase blood and lymph flow, and generally improve skin tone and your sense of wellness and vitality. Water helps facilitate a healthy treatment outcome.

And by the way, are you wondering whether tap or bottled water is better? Check out The Story of Bottled Water.

See you at the spa!
Linda “Brow Boss” Ruberto

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!

 

Brow Boost – New & Improved: June Product Feature 2013

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Kelli JuneHi! It’s Kelli, bringing you this month’s Product Feature.

At Star Brows we’re all about amazing eyebrow shape and design and most of us, including me, are doing what we can to get them.  I’ve been using Billion Dollar Brows’ Brow Boost for the last six months to help re-grow my poor hacked-off brows and with this product’s help (and the brow magic that comes from the Brow Boss, Linda), my eyebrows are becoming what I’ve always wanted. Now a reformulation of this product boosts brow growth three times more than before!

This new and improved formula will help you get thicker, fuller brows and can be applied to your lashes too. Buy two (one for lashes and one for brows) while they’re our Monthly Feature!

The deep-conditioning treatment is designed to help strengthen and condition thin, over-tweezed brows and weak lashes. It contains three times the amount of Laminaria Digitata and Pelvetia Canaliculata Extracts, two types of seaweed found off the coast of Brittany, France that are clinically proven to help strengthen weakened hair follicles.

In honor of this new product release, we are offering Double Reward points which you can redeem for Enhancements! I don’t know about you, but I am very excited to try this out. 🙂

 

See you at the spa!


Conditioning Brow Treatment



 

 

 

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!

Wedding-Countdown to Perfect Skin

Mindseye Photo Shoot 032With over 20 years in the beauty industry, I contend that style begins with gorgeous, healthy skin. Everything else is an accessory.

So, how do you get your skin in shape for the biggest beauty day of your life?

Let’s get started.

1. Body Waxing

Perfectly smooth skin, head-to-toe, takes time but is so worth it. Waxing is fast, inexpensive, and easy but can go seriously wrong if you don’t choose a professional who has an impeccably clean and sanitary facility and experienced practices in caring for sensitive skin.

Do: To get totally smooth, you need to start waxing three months before your wedding day, then wax every three to four weeks. Keep track of how long it takes for irritation to subside after waxing and make your last appointment based on that.

Do: It is essential that you follow post-wax aftercare directions from the performing esthetician.

Don’t: Cave and shave!

2. Brows

Do: Great eyebrow design makes a look. You’ll be close up and personal with lots of folks, and your eyebrows need to help communicate beautifully and effectively. If you are trying a new eyebrow designer, make your first appointment three months before. That allows for some re-growth/reshape time.

Do: Choose a MUA that does great eyebrow makeup using pencil, powder, and gel to guarantee a perfect brow. You don’t want your brows looking fake, but you also don’t want a disappearing act.

Don’t: Do your last wax any closer than three days before the wedding date, and only that close if your skin settles down quickly post-wax, and you’ve worked with the designer before.

3. Facials

Do: If you’ve got a skincare specialist you’re working with, you’re pretty safe to do a  facial or specialty treatment up to one week before. The sooner you start though, the better your skin will look. Starting at least three months early will give the best results, monthly thereafter.

Do: Your skincare specialist will recommend home-care as well. In the end, it’s what you do every day/night that will produce the best results.

Don’t: Try someone (treatment) or something (product) new that last month. The skin is so unpredictable, and the stress of the wedding planning alone will take its own toll on your skin.

4. Makeup

Do: Once you have your skin in beautiful shape, you’ll need to choose a professional MUA whose work you’ve seen. Start working with her at least a couple of weeks before the event to establish rapport and practice the exact look you want. Take pictures yourself of the look beforehand to see how it photographs.

Don’t: DIY.

5. Sun Protection

Every bit of skin that shows will need to be protected: face, neck, decollete, arms, and hands. You’re not going to see tanned skin on the real beauties, it’s damaging and aging. I can’t advise on spray-tan, but this would be my choice if I wanted my skin to look darker. Have it done professionally and try it out a month or so beforehand just in case you don’t like it.

Do: Use an SPF30 to prep the face and decollete months in advance for perfect skin. On the day-of use an oil-free SPF15 before an outdoor ceremony or pictures begin. Stay away from zinc oxide, it photographs blueish.

Don’t: Lie out in the sun less than seven days before your wedding. Newly-tanned skin may look “brown” to the naked eye, but the camera registers pigment colors differently and will likely see the “red” in your skin instead.

6. Changing Medications

Do: If you’re starting or changing ANY medications (like hormone-based birth control methods)  in the last three months before your wedding, be sure to discuss with your doctor how it might impact your skin.

6. Toxic Habits Stress the Skin

Do: Drink water, eat “healthy,” exercise, and get good rest.

Don’t: Try to do everything yourself!


Below are some designers’ collections from bridal market day  to show you how some of the beauties rock perfect skin, or at least the “illusion” of it, thanks to great MUAs!

Maggie Sottero: Glam dresses with a 1920s, Great Gatsby feel.

Amsale: Clean, modern gowns with show-stopping backs, with origami-inspired details.

Kenneth Pool: Luxe, glamorous gowns with sparkle – from beading to amped-up bling.

Christos: Ethereal and romantic dresses with a Shakespearean-maiden feel.

Anne Bowen: Reminiscent of Tim Burton’s dark and dreamy Alice in Wonderland.

Austin Scarlett: Classic bridal gown styles with flattering details

Reem Acra: Feminine and fashion-forward wedding dresses with some  unique accessories

Monique Lhuillier: Check out this designer’s regal and lacey/romantic new collection

CCWP member Linda Hall Ruberto, aka the Brow Boss, esthetician and owner of Star Brows in Grover Beach, is a blogger and nationally published author who recently made the cover of Skin Deep with her article, “The Beauty of Weddings.”