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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.
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.
Book NOW and try your first Brazilian Sugaring. New Client Special: 2 treatments for $69
Today we have so many options to enhance our eyelashes: Lash Extensions, lash growth enhancers (serums), Keratin Lash treatments (or perms), false lashes (strip lashes), and mascara. Today I’d like to go over these options and see what suits you best!
Let’s start with my favorite, eyelash extensions. I have been doing lashes for over 12 years now and it has come a long way. You need to be realistic and careful when choosing a lash studio. If the lashes are not applied correctly it could damage your natural lashes and cause irritation to the lash line. Also, the adhesive is very important. I always recommend non-formaldehyde adhesive which allows you to wet your lashes after your lash appointment. If the tech tells you to keep your eye dry for a day this is because water will activate the formaldehyde causing a fume that can get into your eye. Make sure to always do your research when choosing a lash studio and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Novalash is the best brand of adhesive Platinum Bond and Sensitive as well ae the lashes.
Now the fun stuff, picking your lashes! You have options when choosing your lash extensions which come in different lengths, thickness and curls.
The classic extension (1 extension on 1 lash) gives you a natural lash line.
Volume lashes (3-6 very thin lashes made into a fan and placed on 1 of your lashes) are what I wear. This creates a full fluffy effect; it is triple the amount of lashes added to your lash line. It does not have to be a heavy look, can be very natural or very dramatic.
Cashmere lashes are similar to classic though the tips of the lash have been split.
Real mink hair (not to be confused with the brand minky lashes) are a natural thin lash. Although they do not hold their curl long they are real, natural and pretty.
Every person has a different amount of natural lashes on their lash line with different thickness. The application appointment is made for the general lash line. This is where I think women need to be realistic with the outcome. If you want the dramatic thick lash line it may take a longer appointment or possibly 2 appointments. Lash extensions need touch up appointments, as you lose your lashes and or extensions you will want to fill in the gaps.
Lash Growth Enhancers
Lash growth serums can be used while you wear lash extensions. There is a lot of different lash growth serums on the market and I believe they all work to some degree. This is a good option for people wanting the growth for long lashes.
We offer Lash Dr. by Novalsh and GrandeLash.
Yumilash Keratin Lash Treatment
A great solution for woman that have had a reaction to lash extensions or just don’t have time for the maintenance is the Keratin lash lift. This is a treatment curls your natural lashes up, opens your eye and gives you a nice curl for 2-3 months. You can add a few extensions if you need more or wear mascara. Yumilash is the best brand I have found from Paris for this treatment.
Lots of options for mascara now a days. They have primers to thicken up the lash, wands that separate the lash and fibers that add length. I still stay away from mascara due to the raccoon eye, it always makes its way to create a dark circle around my eye
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