Sorella Apothecary Skin Care Regime

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.

Dry skin

         This is perfect for those who have concerns about preventative aging, aging skin, and/or sporadic breakouts.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To moisturize and protect use the Blueberry Milk Moisturizer in the morning and night and The Balm at night only.
  4. Exfoliating and Nourishing the skin is very important. The Papaya & Pumpkin Mask, Cherry Pepper Peel, and Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant are my personal favorites.
  5. 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 sensitive.

  1. 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.
  2. Treating and correcting can be done with the Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum and the Pomegranate Acai Serum on both the morning and night.
  3. 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.
  4. Exfoliate and nourish with the Cherry Pepper Peel or the Papaya & Pumpkin Mask.
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The additional product I recommend would have to be the Facial in a Bottle, Lemon Lightening Serum, and The Balm.

Which lash type is right for you?

We offer different types of lashes here at Joanna Young Skin; today I’ll help you determine which lash type is right for you; classic, hybrid, or volume lashes.

 

Classic lashes are applied to one natural lash and have a more uniform look about them. These lashes will enhance your look but will still appear natural.

Volume lashes are multiple extensions are made into a fan and applied to one natural lash. Volume lashes are very thin, and light so multiple lashes can be put onto one singular natural lash and create a glamorous, fluffy effect.

Hybrid lashes are a mix of classic and volume lashes. These lashes are sometimes called the Kim K lashes and give you the best of both worlds.

 

How should you determine which style is best for you?

Classic lashes are good for those who have a good number of natural lashes, have few gaps in the lash line, and are trying to achieve a more natural look.

Volume lashes are good for those who are looking for a fuller, darker, bolder look. All sets are custom to your liking and eye shape. I work attentively to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for.

Hybrid lashes are good for those who have fine natural lashes, slight gaps in the lash line, and wanting a fuller look that still appears natural.

 

Some things to know before your lash appointment:

·     Do not use waterproof mascara 3 days prior to your appointment

·     Arrive with a freshly clean face and lashes

·     Avoid using oil-based products around and on the eyes prior to arriving

Ditch the Dark Spots

Dark spots are very common. Older adults, people with fair skin, and those who have spent a lot of time in the sun are most prone to dark spots. They appear most often on sun exposed areas, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Age spots are harmless and don’t need treatment however in some cases, prescription creams and procedures can make them less noticeable. People with darker skin, a spot that is a few shades darker than the skin usually fades within 6 to 12 months.

There are several causes for dark spots. Sun Damage is the most common after exposing skin to the sun or tanning beds. Hormones can play a factor as well. Melasma is a skin condition that causes small patches of skin to have discoloration. This is common in women during pregnancy. Medications can also lead to increased skin pigmentation and dark spots. The most common medications that cause this are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, tetracyclines, and psychotropic drugs. Dark spots can also develop after inflammation of this skin. Inflammation of the skin can be caused by eczema, psoriasis, injury to the skin, or acne. Diabetes can cause areas of the skin to become dark. Conditions associated with diabetes include acanthosis nigricans which causes darkened, velvety skin, and shine spots which people may confuse with age spots.

Here are some ways to treat dark spots:

To prevent dark spots, I suggest using SPF every day, cover up the skin when it is sunny out, and avoid peak sun hours as UV exposure is the main culprit of sun spots.

Misconceptions About Acne

  • You need to dry out your skin
    • Drying out your skin to get rid of your pimples will do nothing but scar. There is a balance that must be met. When trying to dry out your acne, you need to moisturize after to prevent scabbing and scaring.
  • Your skin will clear up if you stop stressing
    • Though stress can cause the body to produce more hormones that stimulate oil production, there are plenty of other causes of breakouts including genetics and hormone fluctuations.
  • Your diet doesn’t affect your acne
    • Foods that are high in glycemic loads, a measure of the amount of carbohydrate a food contains and how it impacts blood sugar, are associated with more pimple problems, especially when it comes to moderate or severe acne. Foods that are low on the glycemic index may help reduce inflammation. Try eating a diet that’s full of whole grains, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and lean protein, ad avoid highly processed and fast foods.
  • Tanning dries up pimples
    • The only good tanning is going to do for your is increase your risk of skin cancer. Tanning and overexposure to harmful UV radiation is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. If you are taking medication for your skin, keep in mind some acne drugs can cause your skin to be even more sensitive to the sun.
  • There is a right way to pop a pimple
    • Popping pimples can leave scars and spread bacteria. Popping pimples can make them more inflamed, linger on your face longer, or cause more to pop up in the surrounding area.
  • You only need one acne medication in your skin care regimen
    • There isn’t going to be a one solves all medication. For example, you may want to pair a prescription topical cream with an over the count benzoyl peroxide product. It may take one or two months to find a formula that addresses your skin’s need.
  • Washing your face more often prevents acne
    • Just because you have acne does not meet your face isn’t clean when you are washing it and washing it more might not be helpful. Washing your face excessively can cause the skin to become more sensitive and more susceptible depending on how strong your facial wash is. Once in the morning and once before you go to bed may be enough but if your skin is super sensitive or you are using a strong face wash, use your best judgement.
  • Sunscreen clogs pores
    • There are actually two types of sunscreen; chemical and psychical. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV light and psychical sunscreens reflect UV rays. Some chemical sunscreens may irritate the skin, causing breakouts, physical sunscreens may actually help kill acne causing bacteria. Look for zinc oxide on the sunscreen label. No more SPF excuses!
  • Stronger products are better
    • The stronger the product the more irrated your skin may become. Be mindful when choosing over the counter products. Depending on your skin type, sensitive products may be a better fit for you.
  • Treat your body acne as you would your face acne
    • Topical products aren’t absorbed as well by your body as they are by your face. This is because the follicles on your body are futher apart from each other than they are on your face. Even the best bacteria blasting products may not do the trick so talk to your dermatologist and watch your diet.

Non-Invasive & Non-Surgical Skin Treatment, Hellooo!

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.

Aftercare

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
  • Stretchmarks
  • 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
  • Cheeks
  • Jawline lift
  • Belly
  • Keloids

COMPARED TO COSMETIC SURGERY

  • No cutting or insertion
  • No scars
  • No stitches
  • Low-risk treatment
  • No thinning of the skin
  • No injections
  • Cost-effective
  • No suction
  • 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.

Let’s Perk You Right Up

Recently I 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.

Which Lash Enhancement is Right for You?

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.

Eyelash Lift

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.

Eyelash Extensions

            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 Cleansers

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

What is Yumi Lash?

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.

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How to Pick the Best Acid for Your Skin

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.

Light Therapy

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 acne.

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.

Gut-Skin Axis

What is gut health and how can it affect your skin?
A lot of the time we treat skin concerns from the outside, but your gut health could be the true key to having flawless skin. When your gut is unhealthy, it can have a huge impact on your skin, this connection is known as the gut-skin axis. There is scientific evidence that suggests a close bidirectional connection between your gut and your skin. This is linked to three common skin disorders: acne, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis.

The Gut-Skin Axis
Many skin conditions are caused by gut issues and vice versa. A study found that a higher number of patients with rosacea also tested positive for a gut condition called small intestine bacterial overgrowth. When treating small intestine bacterial overgrowth, 70% of the patients was an improvement in their rosacea, demonstrating a strong association between the two: treating small intestine bacterial overgrowth alone improved the skin. Inflammatory bowel disease is also associated with a greater risk of inflaming the skin in conditions such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or rosacea. This relationship is likely due to the fact that both inflammatory bowel disease and skin conditions like psoriasis have similar inflammatory pathways that may begin in the gut. Research has also found that there is a strong association between gut health and acne with several studies linking an imbalance in gut bacteria with a high prevalence of acne. Therefore, healing the gut is one of the best ways to treat chronic inflammatory skin issues.

Diet and Gut Health
The imbalance of the gut microbiome is known as dysbiosis and can cause the immune system to suffer while also increasing skin inflammation. Gut bacteria regulate many functions in the body including fat metabolism, intracellular signaling, and cell growth. When bad bacteria outweigh the good, it can disrupt these pathways and cause inflammation. Diet is the major culprit in a poor microbiome, processed foods, sugar, alcohol artificial sweeteners, and low fiber can all negatively impact the gut. Stress, poor sleep, and environmental toxins also play a role in disturbing the gut-skin axis.

Improving the Gut
For improving skin health, focus on a fiber-rich diet. Research shows that a wide variety of plant-based foods, like whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds can improve the diversity of your gut bacteria. For additional support, probiotics can be used to help balance the gut-skin connection, 80% of participants showed clinical improvement after using probiotics as they help boost the immune system and reduce oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. In addition to probiotics, prebiotics is also key for a healthy gut. Prebiotics are foods for the probiotics in your guy; for healthy skin, both are key. Prebiotic foods are rich in fibers your gut bacteria ferments. Bananas, onion, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, apple skins, and beans are all great prebiotics.

To treat chronic inflammatory skin issues, healing the gut is one of the best ways to do that. Follow these simple guidelines and you should see an improvement in your skin, however, this is subjective to each person depending on the severity of their skin concern.

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