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Essential oils are great for adding a natural fragrance to cosmetics, however, essential oils can react to our environment in ways that harm our skin. Specifically, citrus oils reacting with sunlight, and some are photosensitive. Photosensitization is the process in which ultraviolet light radiation combines with a particular substance and causes chemical or biological changes. Some essential oils contain furocoumarins, a special class of chemicals that can change the photosensitization of the skin. This can cross-links with the skin cell DNA, in turn making the skin especially susceptible to UV radiation. This can all so damage the cell membrane, organelles, and proteins. If exposed to sunlight after a topical application of photosensitive oil, the skin may become temporarily darkly pigmented, red, or irritated. Symptoms of this can be severe sunburn, darkening of the skin, swelling, and blistering. Often times you will see this occur in areas where perfume is usually applied such as the neck, decollete, wrists and inside of the elbows.
Which oils are photosensitive?
Bitter orange oil
Fig leaf absolute
How to avoid photosensitization
Avoid the sun for 12-18 hours after you applied a photosensitive
essential oil. the easiest way to avoid photosensitization is to not apply a furanocoumarin-containing
essential oil to the skin at all. Covering up any skin to which phototoxic
essential oils have been applied can help prevent a phototoxic reaction however
thin fabrics may not provide adequate protection. Phototoxic essential oils can
still be used topically on the skin even with exposure to UV light as long as
they are safely diluted. Using photosensitive oils at nighttime helps reduce
the risk associated with these oils.
Many people write off all citrus oils as being photosensitive but there are several that are safe to use, including steam distilled version. Although furanocoumarins are present in cold-pressed versions, the molecules are not volatile and remain behind during steam distillation/
Micro-Channeling is a minimally invasive skin treatment that targets and diminishes the appearance of visible wrinkles, unwanted acne scars, and sun-spots. During the treatment, Joanna creates tiny pinholes to the outermost layer of the skin promoting a natural healing response. The pinholes also function as micro-channels for quick absorption when the serum is applied to the skin. The serum activates collagen-producing cells in your body to increase collagen production and create permanent new healthy skin!
Micro-channeling may be used as a separate treatment only or as an additional add-on to other skin treatments to enhance the effectiveness of skin health. To get an idea, Hydrafacial or chemical peels are perfect treatments for Micro-channeling pairing.
I am interested, can you tell me more about the procedure?
I myself, love this procedure. I highly recommended Micro-channeling to all my clients that are looking to improve their skin health, in the least abrasive way.
The treatment requires the usage of a handheld device, lightly grazing across the skin using a stamping motion type of pattern. Unlike micro-needling, this instrument does not cause damage or trauma to the surface of the skin. These microscopic abrasions stimulate and produces new collagen and elastin.
After the stamping phase is complete, we apply a skin serum to target areas to nourish the skin and regenerate new skin cells. There will be some downtime during the recovery stage, but it should be no longer than a few days. You can do your face, arms, neck, and stomach to regenerate tighter healthier skin.
The skin serum that is applied is a well-formulated concoction contains the following ingredients with benefits. (take home an extra vile for $90)
Vitamins A, B5, C, E
Anti Wrinkle & Stimulate Collagen Production
Human Growth Factors
During your recovery stage, it is important to keep up with maintenance in order to maximize the result. I highly recommend applying Sorella’s Quench & Protect Hydrating SPF 30. (purchase this on your next visit $51)
Leaves skin deeply moisturized
Excellent makeup base
Provides both UVA/UVB protection
Provides pure physical sun protection
Be Comfortable & Confident in your skin
No one should feel insecure about their skin, but the reality is that we all are fighting the same battle. Whether it is signs of aging or acne scars, we get self-conscious about our skin. When you are ready to take matters into your own hands, call or book online with Joanna. Together we can redefine age. $360 a treatment or $260 when added to another facial treatment, ie: a Hydrafacial.
WHAT IS THE PLASMA PEN & HOW DOES THE PLASMA PEN WORK?
Plasma pen is today’s raving non-surgical skin treatment that reduces the volume of excess skin. It is a skin lifting, tightening and rejuvenation tool used to target signs of aging. (Wrinkles, Fine lines, Bags, and Dull Skin)
The Plasma Pen is an FDA approved device used to perform fibroblast therapy. This method of technique uses electrical stimulation to stimulate and activate collagen production within the skin.
The pen converts electrical energy into molecular gas nitrogen and transmits the energized gas through a probe to the surface of the skin. WITH NO CONTACT to the skin, the energy creates a little spark and depending on the pattern and how close you place the “dots” will create that Lift and Tightening of the skin, Wrinkle, scar or stretch mark.
You can see the skin tighten right before your eyes, watching the skin tightening immediately during the treatments is one of many attracting features that proves to have instant results. It is the converted energy that is channeled through the probe stimulating fibroblast cells underneath the surface and causing micro-trauma within the epidermal layer where collagen and elastin are rebuilt.
WHAT ABOUT AREAS OF THE BODY?
The process is done on any area of your body, the possibilities are endless. Fibroblast treatment produces visible results for any area of the body.
There are some downtime 8-16 days which may include swelling (around the eye area). I will say its a 2 week of little dots on the area treated, so no sun or make-up for 8-10 days. After about 8-10 days the dots begin to slough off and you can cover up with some make-up if on your face at this time. But while you have the dots on, no Sun, no Sauna, no shaving, no workouts in the beginning and no picking at IT. This is trauma to your body, you need to rest and let it heal itself to get great results and prevent any after treatment complications.
Be Advise The key thing is to keep the area dry (no water on the dots as we don’t want them to soften and slough off too soon). The longer the dot stays the more healing time it has and the better the results.
The Treatment Targets & Improves:
Acne scars – Improvement of post-acne marks and scars
Crow’s feet – Around eyes (smile lines)
Forehead – Lines & Lift
Nasal labial Folds/Smile lines – Folds that run from the sides of your nose
Necklines, Turkey neck
Smoker’s lines – Those vertical wrinkles also known as lipstick lines around the mouth
Upper and Lower Eyelids – Bags and hoods
Lips Lines – Upper and lower
Accordion lines- The lines that form around the mouth when you smile
Marionette lines- Creases that run vertically from the corners of the mouth down to the chin
Post-pregnancy- C-Section scar & stretch marks
Breast augmentation scar
COMPARED TO COSMETIC SURGERY
No cutting or insertion
No thinning of the skin
Speedy recovery time
IS THE PLASMA PEN TREATMENT PAINFUL?
The pain level varies with each individual as well as areas being treated. There will be a level of discomfort during the treatment, numbing cream can be applied to reduce and seduce the discomfort pain prior to the treatment.
have been pairing Perk treatments with my HydraFacial. Perk is a super cool
treatment because you can add it to your facial and then take home the product
that was used on your skin that day. This new express service will visibly
plump, hydrate, and brighten your lip area in 15 minutes with little to no
irritation or downtime.
During this treatment, the same machine as the HydraFacial is used. The product is attached to the wand to exfoliate dull and damaged skin cells from your eye and lip areas while infusing nutrients into the skin. After your treatment, you will take home your Perk pen. The vial contains enough serum for a month and is travel-friendly. It is perfect to refresh your eyes and lips on the go.
The replenishing eye serum will wake up and brighten the delicate skin underneath your eye. The serum contains a blend of green tea extract arnica flow extract, citric acid, and earth minerals. Green tea and arnica extract hydrates, refreshes, and soothes your skin; citric acid brightens and evens out skin tone; and the mineral peptides encourage collagen production to give you a more youthful appearance. The Perk Lip Treatment gently exfoliates, plumps, and hydrates your lips. Peony, peppermint, and aloe leaf extract are key ingredients. Peppermint extract naturally plumps your lips while peony and aloe leaf extract moisturizes your skin.
What is amazing about the Perk™
treatments give you visibility noticeable results in 15 minutes or
less. Best of all, by using the Perk pen as an at-home
treatment, you’ll be able to prolong the benefits of your treatment.
Eyelashes can make a huge difference in the way you look. Both eyelash perms and extensions have lasting effects of up to a few months if taken care of properly. If you are having trouble trying to decide what is best for you, I will go over the procedure, maintenance, and cost.
An eyelash perm is a semi-permanent treatment to curl your natural lashes upward. Dyes can be added too. This will give the illusion that you have larger eyelashes and will create a more doe-eyed look. An eyelash perm can last for 1 to 3 months with the proper care.
How is it done? An eyelash roll is placed on the eyelid and the lashes are fixed to the roll. A gel is dabbed onto the eyelashes. The poll is removed, and your eyelashes will remain that way for 6-8 weeks. A dye can be added if your lashes are light in color.
There is very low maintenance with
an eyelash lift. Unlike lash extensions, rubbing your eyelashes will not cause
them to fall off.
This is for someone who is looking
for maintenance and a more natural look to wear on a daily basis. Here at JYS,
I offer the YUMI lash treatment for $149.
A pad is placed under the eye and you are asked to close your eyes. I go through your lashes applying extensions to every, or every other, lash with a medical-grade adhesive. Extensions vary in length, thickness, and curl.
With lash extensions, you need to try not to rub your eyes. Touch-ups are required every 2-3 weeks.
If you have short or sparse lashes, eyelash extensions are a good investment. I offer classic, volume, and hybrid lashes. Classic lashes are the most natural extensions, volume lashes are dramatic, and hybrid lashes give you the best of both worlds.
A new set of lashes is $230. A 60-minute lash fill is $69 for classic, $86 for hybrid, and $98 for volume/mink.
Hopefully, this has helped you determine what type of lash enhancement is right for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Lash extensions are synthetic fibers that are attached to the natural lashes using medical-grade adhesive. They come in different sizes and curl width options. Lash extensions are great to make your eyes appear wider and more lifted. These are customizable too unlike lash strips. As your natural lashes shed, usually about six weeks for each eyelash, your extensions will come off as well. To keep your lashes healthy and in place, it is important to clean the lashes.
Avoid wearing any eye makeup as best as you can. You can still wear eyeliner but be careful how you remove it. Make sure to take off all your makeup at the end of the day because letting makeup build up around your extensions can cause them to come off early. Avoid glycerin and oil-based makeup products. This can cause the adhesive to break down prematurely and eyelashes to fall out. Mineral-based, or eyelash extension safe makeup is the best bet when it comes to cleansers. Avoid using non-eyelash approved eyeliners or mascaras because they can add too much weight to the hair follicle and cause them to fall out.
Use an oil-free makeup remover. The true first step in effective cleansing is to use formulas that are specifically made for lash extensions. Other products may contain ingredients that can weaken the bond of your lash extensions and cause them to shed prematurely. If you are making an investment in extensions, you don’t want to see them go to waste. To remove lash mascara, use an oil-free remover, use a few pumps of the remover on a spoolie brush or disposable mascara wand and brush through several; times to help break down the mascara and remove any debris.
Do not use cotton pads or swabs. The cotton can snag and rip out the lashes. So, after brushing through with the makeup remover, dab with a tissue to remove the product and repeat this step until all the mascara is gone.
We carry three different lash cleansers at Joanna Young Skin.
The Global Beauty Gentle Cleanse, the Bella Lash Lash Cleanser with Makeup
Remover, and the cleanLash by Novalash which is a 3 in 1 makeup remover,
cleanser, and conditioner. I recommend using one of these three products as
well as a silk pillow to keep the lashes from snagging while you sleep. Conditioning
serums are great if you are caught in between appointments which will keep your
natural lashes in good shape.
Yumi lash is a groundbreaking keratin lash treatment that is designed to boost and lift the natural lash without the need for fake eyelashes. YumiLash Lift is the ideal way to enhance your natural lash in a non-invasive way. False, over the top, lashes are on the decline as there is a demand for a more natural look. This lash enhancement lifts and curls your lashes to perfection making your eyes appear brighter and glamorous. These are not fake lashes. The keratin treatment will lift your natural lashes. You can add a black pigment that will make your natural lashes appear thicker and darker. This treatment will last 2-3 months, which is the natural life cycle of an eyelash. (you can tint every 3-4 weeks)
CoenzymeQ10 gel pads are applied to the under-eye area, helping with anti-aging. No false lashes nor adhesives are used. This treatment tints each lash. This is not a perm for your lashes. This treatment will give your natural lash a remarkable amount of length, thickness, and lift. This process only takes an hour and 15 minutes and you will be left with the most luxurious long lashes.
During this treatment, various serums and tints are coated on. A pair of sticky silicone rods are applied to the top of the closed eyelid. Methodically, each lash is separated with a tool bending them upwards and curling them around the rod to hold the shape. Once each lash is attached a lifting solution is applied. After that sets, a black tint is applied and then a top coat of keratin-based conditioner is applied on top. It is wiped off and you are left with perfectly curled, glossy, dark lashes.
The treatment is $149 and you can add a lash tint for an additional charge.
Trying to find a routine that is perfect for your skin can be tricky, especially because everyone has slightly different skin concerns. Many of you know I love Sorella Apothecary and can’t get enough of their products. I devised a list of products that are perfect for your skin type. Most products listed are found in my spa and were chosen for cleansing and prepping, treating and correcting, moisturizing and protecting, and exfoliating and nourishing that may be implemented into your skin routine.
This is perfect for those who have concerns
about preventative aging, aging skin, and/or sporadic breakouts.
To cleanse your face, I suggest using the Apricot Mango Cleansing Milk followed by a Watermelon Mint Hydrating mist in both the morning and evenings.
After cleansing, I suggest using the Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum as well as the Lemon Lightening Serum to treat and correct the skin in both the morning and evenings.
To moisturize and protect use the Blueberry Milk Moisturizer in the morning and night and The Balm at night only.
Exfoliating and Nourishing the skin is very important. The Papaya & Pumpkin Mask, Cherry Pepper Peel, and Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant are my personal favorites.
Additional products that are good for dry skin are the All Night Elixir and the Facial in a Bottle.
Normal or Combination Skin
This is perfect for those who are
concerned about preventative aging, aging skin, sporadic breakouts, and/or just
To start off your mornings and in the
evenings, I suggest using the Orange You
Jelly Cleanser and the Watermelon
Mint Hydrating Mist, twice a day of course.
Treating and correcting can be done
with the Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum and
the Pomegranate Acai Serum on both
the morning and night.
Blueberry Milk Moisturizers are great for moisturizing and protecting and should be
applied twice a day. I also suggest using the Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 in the morning.
Exfoliate and nourish with the Cherry
Pepper Peel or the Papaya & Pumpkin
In addition to these products I also suggest using The Balm, All Night Elixir, and the Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant.
Oily or Combination Skin
These products are specifically chosen
for those who have sensitive skin, frequent or severe breakouts, and/or are
concerned about preventative aging or aging skin.
I love using the Orange You Jelly Cleanser for cleaning and prepping my face twice a day. This can be paired nicely with the Spiced Wine Toner and the Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist at morning and night, or the Lychee Willow Bark Deep Clean twice a week.
The Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum is great to treat and correct skin concerns twice a day, especially when paired with the Pomegranate Acai Antioxidant Serum or the Facial in a Bottle.
Daily Greens Moisturizer will moisturize and protect your skin if used twice a day. The Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 is a great addition to your morning routine as well.
My top three products for exfoliating and nourishing would have to be the Cherry Pepper Peel, Mint Poppy Seed Polish, and the Papaya & Pumpkin Mask.
The additional product I recommend would have to be the Facial in a Bottle, Lemon Lightening Serum, and The Balm.
When shopping for new skin care products, you may notice there is a long list of acids and ingredients you cannot pronounce and may not recognize. It is important to know what each kind of acid can do to your face and what skin type of skin it is best for.
Glycolic acid is very common in skin care. It exfoliates the skin, reduces fine lines, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and helps with uneven skin tone. This acid is for all skin types and is great for those who have wrinkles and fine lines.
Salicylic is another common acid. This will exfoliate the skin, clear your pores, treat breakouts, and build your elastin and collagen. It is recommended for those who have combination, oily, or acne-prone skin.
Hyaluronic acid will hydrate and plump the skin by drawing in moisture from surrounding environments. This is for all skin types, especially best for dry or acne prone skin that needs an oil-free option.
L-ascorbic acid is also known as pure vitamin C. This is an anti-inflammatory that prevents UV damage, stimulates collagen, and brightens your skin tone. This acid is perfect for all skin types.
Ferulic acid will enhance vitamin A, promote healthy skin, prevent sun damage, fight free radicals, and protect collagen. Like L-ascorbic acid, this is perfect for all skin types.
Citric Acid speeds up cell renewal and balances the pH of your skin. This is best for those with hyperpigmented skin, have dark spots. This will agitate sensitive skin.
Lactic acid exfoliates the skin, speeds up cell turnover, and is naturally occurring. This is great for all skin types, particularly those with acne scarring.
Now that you know a little bit more about the acids that could be found in your face washes, cleansers, and toners, you can choose a product better suited for your skin.
LED light therapy is a painless skin care treatment that has so many benefits, specifically stimulating collagen and treating mild to moderate acne. LED uses an array of bright light-emitting diodes that send low-level light energy into the deepest layers of your skin.
Red light stimulates cellular activity to produce collagen and give your skin a plump look. This helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, stretch marks, and reduce the redness that could be the result of aggressive IPL or laser treatments. These results won’t be as dramatic as plastic surgery, IPL, or last, however, it’s gentler, natural, and less expensive.
Blue light works by killing Propionibacterium acnes, which
is the bacteria that lives below the surface of the skin and is responsible for
Both red and blue light LEDs are effective when used repeatedly. It is important to get this treatment every month or two and can be a part of larger treatments such as a HydraFacial.
Some other interesting points about LED therapy is that it
can help treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in winter months. Also, your eyes
can’t be hurt by LED light, so they do not have to be covered.
These treatments are a good choice for those who want to boost collagen or treat mild to moderate acne. This works best in conjunction with a regular skin care routine that you can develop with me.