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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
generally a good thing because it removes dead skin cells. Dead skin can make skin look dry and prevents any treatments you use
from being fully absorbed. However, if you exfoliate too often, are too
abrasive, or combine multiple exfoliators, the natural oils and healthy
bacteria that keep your skin balanced can be stripped which can cause
irritation. More intensive exfoliation
once a week (blackberry lime, or mint poppy) Preferably in the evenings so the
skin has time to regenerate without being exposed to the elements and you can
apply a nice barrier to the skin.
rethink how your skin needs to be exfoliated this is where I recommend having a
monthly HydraFacial. Every four weeks
you can check in with your esthetician and get idea of what you need, as your
skin changes on a seasonal basis it can also change on a monthly basis. Upgrade
your facial service with a Marine Mermaid, locks in moisture and increases
absorption of active ingredients.
This time of year is really dry and cold, cold air equals dry air. (winter)
Dry air sucks the moisture out of the skin and
compromises the condition of the skin. Dry skin is a weak skin and more vulnerable
to irritation an aging. Also, this time of year we have heater on in our homes
and indoor heating can have a similar drying effect on the skin as well. To keep your skin barrier strong and
functioning properly I recommend some moisturizers with ingredients that help
retain moisture I personally use one by Sorella Apothecary, The Balm, that is
recommended as a night cream and has a little bit of beeswax in it. Beeswax
provides a protective barrier to help keep the skin nourished while still
allowing for it to breath. Black Current Extract is high in vitamin C and rich
in fatty acids which reduces inflammation and helps bind moisture to the skin.
It has anti-aging benefits as well with Argireline (wrinkle reducer) and
palmitoyl tripeptide-37 (potent peptide that’s proven to decrease wrinkles by
45% in 28 days). Hyaluronic acid serums
are great for the new year, Sorella’s Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum layers great
under any moisturizer. It contains Snow Mushroom Extract which is 3-4x more
hydrating than hyaluronic acid. Also contains niacinamide that reduces
inflammation and restores the skin’s natural barrier. Cogan grass provides long
time moisturizing benefits without clogging pores.
it might be a clue that you have a skin condition that has not been yet
For example, the
tendency to flush or flash along with persistent redness on your cheeks, forehead
and chin are commonly signs of rosacea. Eczema also causes irritation and dry
flaky skin, both conditions are best treated by an aesthetician or under a
dermatologist’s care. Sensitive and
sensitized are two different things. I find a lot of people don’t make this
connection. Sensitive skin is genetic and sensitized is often from outside
factors like the with weather, harsh ingredients and or over exfoliation.
Don’t forget to
use a toner.
Drink water. We
tend to consume a lot of sodium heavy foods this time of year.
applied every evening before bed to lock in moisture and heal and repair
sensitive lip area
In addition, I
always recommend cleaning your make up brushes and discarding old make up that
may have bacteria buildup on it.
What is Sugar hair removal and how is it different than waxing? Some people called it “sugar wax” which I think is funny, there is no wax in sugar and there is no sugar in wax.
Shorts, dresses, bathing suits… it’s definitely skin-baring season. For a lot of women (and some men too), it’s also hair-removal season. Hair removal can be stressful, expensive, time consuming, and, if you wax, painful. However, there’s a new, natural, less painful alternative to traditional waxing that delivers just as good, if not better, results than both waxing and shaving.
This seemingly too-good-to-be-true technique is called sugaring, and it’s become the No. 1 choice for hair removal for many people. “Waxing is a popular and easily accessible method for body hair removal,” “But once you try sugaring, we bet you never go back!”
Sugaring is an all-natural hair removal process developed in Ancient Egypt using sugar, lemon and water.
Since sugar is applied warm unlike wax it will never burn the skin and has very little discomfort. Wax can cling to live skin, tearing it off. Sugaring will only cling to dead skin giving you soft exfoliated results.
When sugaring, hair is removed in same direction as it grows creating a better chance of removing the follicle to slow the regrowth process. Wax is removed against the direction of hair growth potentially breaking off at the follicle. There is less of chance for ingrown hairs when sugaring compared to waxing.
No need for strips or sticks just ball up the sugar paste and spread over the skin. The sugar paste can easily be cleaned up with warm water once finished so you never leave feeling sticky.
Sugaring can remove a shorter hair length than waxing so there is no need to wait a few extra days for regrowth.
I have found that since I started sugaring it is a little more hygienic and bit more efficient because you only need the one round ball of sugar rather than several strips of wax. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring does not require paper strips, instead we use a special paste made out sugar, lemon juice, and water. Using our hand, the aesthetician smoothes the paste onto the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth and lets it sit for a few seconds, then it’s flicked off in the direction of hair growth to keep the hair intact and prevent breakage. I have gotten a Brazilian down to 10-12 minutes, easy lunch time
I have seen a lot of places double dip into their wax pot which is very unsanitary, you don’t have to worry about that with sugaring.
Another thing to think about when you’re doing hair removal is that it is a shock to your system, I always recommend drinking lots of water after you’ve been sugared and or waxed. The results from sugaring can last up to 4-6 weeks.
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With the holiday season upon us, I thought this would be a good reminder of the high sugar food and drink that are available for us to consume. Here are some tips to choose the right foods that will benefit your skin. Whether you don’t have skin care concerns, or you see a dermatologist regularly, it is important to know how the things we eat, and drink affect our skin. A healthy diet which includes antioxidant-rich foods along with proper hydration will provide you with clearer, heathier looking skin. Also treat yourself to a hydrating facial.
Antioxidants in foods, including vitamins A, C and E, and certain minerals, such as selenium boost immune function by quenching free radicals, highly-reactive compounds that are formed as byproducts of normal processes in the body or enter the body from the environment.
Vitamin C – The sun can be tough on your skin. Vitamin C can help protect you. It also helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firm up your skin. Get vitamin C from cranberries, red bell peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, greens, brussels sprouts and Blueberries!
Vitamin E – Another antioxidant that may help save your skin from sun damage and inflammation is vitamin E. Get it from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, asparagus, leafy greens and carrots.
Selenium – This mineral may help protect your skin from cells that gather free radicals. You can get it from Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, and fish like snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, and salmon. Cooked beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta also have selenium.
Water, Water, Water!
Drinking water is one of the healthiest habits you can have for your skin and your entire body. It keeps your skin moist and that makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It also helps your cells get rid of toxins. Dehydrated skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and so it becomes irritated, inflamed, and congested. This can cause itching, blackheads, redness, acne, and general blotchiness. We’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many as the water in fruits, veggies, juice, and milk counts toward your total, and will help with your hang over!
Or better yet why not get your antioxidants and hydrate at the same time?
Green tea may be the closest thing to a magic potion that you can find for your skin, maybe make a cup of tea on your way to a holiday event. It helps stop inflammation and helps slow DNA damage and can even help prevent the sun from burning your skin. You can find green tea in lots of cosmetics, but why not go straight to the source: Drink it! Go for the veggie plate at your next holiday party.
Our skin is constantly changing due to climate (changing seasons or vacationing) hormones or stress. Facial treatments can help slow down the aging process and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. These treatments can be as simple as a sound home care routine to professional exfoliant treatments, lymphatic drainage and hydrating treatments
If you are dedicated and committed to helping your skin health, home care is a big part of maintaining your skin. Any professional treatments will have less effect unless
you follow a good at home care routine. It can be as basic as a cleanser (cleansing twice on occasion), eye cream, a good hydrating serum or moisturizer (no matter if your dry or oily) and broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you want to help your skin cell turn over you can add in an exfoliate 1-2 times a week, this really helps bring blood to the surface, circulation and give you a nice glow.
Massaging your face with an anti-aging cream will immediately increase the blood circulation and oxygen flow, which promotes collagen production and enhances the elasticity of your skin. However, applying product to the outer layer of dead skin and peach fuzz is just a place for your product to hang out, inhibiting it from penetrating into your skin. Having your skin professionally exfoliated removes the grey layer of dry skin off your face so products can penetrate much better. Dermaplaning is a great way to exfoliate the first layer of dead skin plus the vellus hair (peach fuzz).
Peels and the Hydrafacial
I recommend monthly treatments to address areas of concern your skin. Fall is a really good time of year to start a peel series. I usually have my clients do a series of 3, every 4 weeks. Then maintain with a Hydrafacial membership, once a month to enhance your skin’s health. Hydrafacial is 3 steps and only 30 minutes, cleanse + peel (uncover a new layer of skin with a gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing), extract + hydrate (remove debris from pores with painless suction, nourish with intense moisturizers that quench the skin) and fuse + protect (saturate the skin with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow).
If you really want healthy, glowing skin and to fight the signs of aging I also recommend a Lymphatic Drainage facial which works to improve circulation, as well as detoxify, tone, and firm skin. We can work on the entire body, face, arms, back, legs.
And always always always don’t forget Sunscreen. SPF 30 is a must every morning. If you maintain your skin with a solid home care routine, professional treatments to maintain, address concerns and wear sunscreen daily you can reverse signs of aging. I am committed. Are you?