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Skincare is a Form of Self-Care

“Self-care” has been a hot buzzword for a few years now, and for good reason. Taking the time to treat yourself prevents burning out in the high-stress society we live in today. Whether you’re a self-care pro or are just starting out, what better time to focus on becoming the best version of yourself than at the beginning of a new year (especially after the chaos of the past year)? Sure, there are the standard devices—go for a walk, take a bubble bath, make a cup of tea—but if you want to dive a little deeper, it may be time to see an esthetician. 

I pride myself as an advanced esthetician here in this Newport Beach Bubble. With over 15 years of experience and training in both five-star luxury company’s, building my practices and with continuous trainings I know skin care, and I know exactly how to make you feel your best inside and out.

As estheticians, we are trained in a wide variety of practices related to skin care, including facials, chemical peels, body wraps, and even hair removal. Some are experts in the cucumbers-over-the-eyes spa facial that most people think of when they hear the word “esthetician,” but others, like myself, specialize in fields such as anti-aging and use medically advanced equipment in their work, like micro-current or radio frequency, a “muscle toning and lifting machine.”

While looking younger on the outside is appealing to many, the true beauty in seeing an esthetician is how it can make you feel, both physically and emotionally. One of the major emotional benefits comes from what we call “touch therapy,” which is a great stress reducer in times like this. It’s what makes you feel so relaxed after getting a massage or a pedicure. A reduction in stress levels not only increases feelings of relaxation and happiness in general, but it can also diminish inner anxiety you may be feeling, loosen any tenseness you’re holding in your muscles, and help you feel more prepared to conquer the day ahead of you. 

Let me point out that the root word of esthetician is “aesthetic,” which suggests ideas of beauty. I have loved the efficacy of medical procedures with plastic surgeons, but I really feel like people get a deeper, more balancing impact from typical spa facials with a lot of pressure points, massage techniques, and therapeutic touch. I believe that if you have the right fusion of having that touch therapy, it’s very emotional. A lot of people will come to me and ask, ‘When can I come again?’ And it’s not necessarily because they need to come see me again two weeks later for a treatment but because they want that therapeutic touch. Seeing an esthetician can also eliminate that panicky feeling of standing in the aisle at the drug store or beauty retailer trying to figure out which of the hundreds of products on the shelf will work best for you. A good esthetician can recommend products that are potent with active ingredients as opposed to the overwhelming number of over-the-counter products that may only have small amounts of active ingredients and, therefore, don’t have much efficacy. 

In a world where the average person’s daily schedule involves waking up, going to school/work, running errands, running your home, and going to bed just to get up and do it all over again the next day, it’s difficult to be your best self. Seeing an esthetician can help you take a step back and reevaluate your priorities in the coming year. You’re slowing your breath down and getting into your body and out of your head…. People get so caught up in their head about what’s next or what’s on their to-do list, and it’s a reminder of how good you can feel if you just take the time to slow down.

If fear of seeing an esthetician is holding you back from looking and feeling your best in this new year, I have seen it all and there is no need to be fearful when you’re in the treatment room. We often have clients who are wary of getting a facial treatment because of previous break outs or experiences they’ve seen on social media or TV. Let’s look back on the scene in Sex and the City when Samantha gets a chemical peel that turns her face bright red. They say, ‘Peels are going to make me look horrible.’ That’s absolutely not true. There’s all kinds of different peels. My team and I also stress that our office we practice services that are within our scope of practice. We will not perform services that we have no training on. Additionally, that to COVID we can assure you that we are sanitized and HEPA-filtered, lowering the risk of spreading illness.

As we continue through this new year, it’s time to focus on being our best physically, emotionally, and mentally. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already broken your resolution or if you didn’t set any to begin with; it’s never too late for a fresh start, and that can begin with calling up a local esthetician for a consult.

5 Ways to Reduce Cellulite Naturally

Cellulite is known to be one of the top beauty problems among not only adult but younger women as well.

We’ve created a list of the best natural ways to reduce it and make it less visible. Combine or choose those that best suit your needs.

1. Keep Active

As we lead mostly a sedentary life, those who aren’t moving most of the day, have no chance of escaping a cellulite problem. To fix this, include long-distance walks, fitness, and physical activities into your daily routine.

2. Wear comfortable natural fabric

Restrictive and tight clothing or underwear can reduce your blood circulation. As a result, you’ve a high chance of cellulite appearing. Instead, get into the habit of choosing relaxed, fitted clothing and natural fabric materials.

3. Eat a healthy food

Staying hydrated, eating a well balanced, plant-based diet won’t get rid of the cellulite problem, but will reduce the risk of getting even more by keeping your weight at a healthy level.

4. Drink more green tea

Green tea is known to have antioxidant properties that promote fat burning in our body. To get this amazing effect, try choosing a cup of green tea over a cup of coffee.

5. Get a massage

Actually, this point is the most enjoyable because you can combine the useful with the pleasant. While promoting deep relaxation and muscle tension reduction, it increases circulation and helps to break. You can also do Lymphatic Drainage to remove the toxins in your body.

The True Meaning Behind Your Pimples

Your acne and pimples can give you a lot of precious clues about your health. Sometimes it signals serious changes your organism is undergoing right now. To discover the true meaning of your pimples, you need to know how to read them.

Forehead
If you spot pimples on your forehead, be sure that your digestive system is trying to tell you something. In most cases, this indicates that you are definitely not okay with certain products.

Reconsider your diet and foods that may cause hard times for your health. Drink more water, eat green veggies, and get a quality night’s sleep.

Chin
Your hormones are awake! In other words, your period is coming. To make them a little bit less obvious (or even to avoid a pimple attack), try to pay extra attention to skincare routine during those pre-period days. (We have a great solution for you to spot treat by Environ skincare) 

Between Eyebrows
If you consumed too much alcohol or ate a juicy burger, brace yourself for unpleasant guests between eyebrows.

You just need a little detox. Get your diet in order and avoid unhealthy fast foods like fries, nuggets, etc.

Cheeks
Pimples located on your cheeks tell you to cut down on sugars. If you can’t do without the sweets, do it step by step or try to replace them with fresh or dried fruits. Sugars are bad not only for your skin. They affect almost every system in your body. Increased amounts of sugars can lead to heart disease and diabetes too.

Here our top recommendations for Acne Related Skincare

Anti-Aging Skincare Tips

Use More Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Over the years, skin tends to lose its natural oils. It becomes drier and more sensitive so tell me why you are still using that aggressive anti-acne wash you saw from TikTok? If you are over 30, pick something gentle for cleansing and avoid ingredients that could be drying! Try our Sorella Milk Cleanser for a more hydrating experience.

Pay Attention to Your Diet
This rule applies to any age, actually. Still, things get more serious as the years pass by. Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates your skin. Foods high in sugars can do even worse: they make you look older. Instead, choose more protein, eat products rich in vitamin C, and consume more fatty acids like oils and avocado. Read our blog on our top foods!

Don’t Forget About SPF
SPF should always be applied at any age! The younger the better and its never too late to start wearing it. If you were using alcohol-containing SPF creams, switch to more moisturizing sunscreen products that contain antioxidants. And keep in mind, that good sun protection should be SPF 30 and above. The Sorella Quench & Protect is hydrating and contains SPF 30 if thats not a perfect match show me a better one!

Exfoliate
We all have dead cells on our faces! They are not replaced by new skin as quickly as you may think. To speed up this process, it’s necessary to exfoliate. Still, keep in mind that harsh methods are no good here. Focus on chemical quality exfoliants and use cosmetics with AHA/BHA.

Moisturize
The years make our skin dry out and living in California does not help…one day its pouring rain and the next day we are in a heat wave! This is when wrinkles step in. To ensure they appear as late as possible, you should fall in love with hydration. Avoid anything that can cause water-loss and choose moisturizers rich in hyaluronic acid as it is great at preventing water from evaporating. Call us for recommendations but check out what we have available and draw questions from there.

Get Facials
Getting monthly or bi-monthly facials help to get a deep clean and really treat concerns but your skincare professional cant do it alone! you should follow the tips above and follow the home care they have assigned for you to do! Book your next facial with Joanna Young Skin!

How to Soothe Sensitive Skin DIY

First of all, let’s define – what is sensitive skin?

If you regularly suffer from acne, rosacea, allergies, eczema, stinging and burning, then you have sensitive skin. Occasional redness, tightening after using beauty products, and rashes as a reaction to stress, can also be indicators that your skin needs extra treatment.

Here are some natural ways to help your skin suffer less.

Forget About Soap

  • Yes, you better do this one.
  • Most soaps are super drying and are able to turn your skin into a desert with no sign of hydration to be found.
  • Choose soap-free products and cleansers that contain oils and other nourishing components.

Beware Hot Water

  • Lukewarm water is your friend.
  • Hot water causes dryness, dehydration and deprives your skin of its natural oils.
  • Long and hot showers are extremely pleasant, but they are hardly better than smooth healthy skin, right?

Take Care Properly

  • Avoid aggressive scrubs and choose tender exfoliation.
  • Also, forget about brushes in your everyday skin cleansing routine.

Increase Protection

  • Sun is the ultimate enemy for sensitive skin.
  • It severely aggravates  any inflammation you may have.
  • Use mineral sunscreens, choose at least SPF 30 and remember to take care of your hands and neck during sunny weather as well.

Reduce the Number of Products You Use

  • Give your skin a bit of fresh air.
  • Forget about adding more and more layers (foundation, powder, etc.).
  • Instead, cut back on heavy makeup and your skin will be grateful.
  • If this sounds crazy to you now, just try to do it step by step and remove products gradually.

Pro-Oxidant? What is it?

Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants in skincare and is essential in any skincare routine. It is especially good when used in combination with sunscreens. Vitamin C can boost the sunscreen’s UV protection levels by neutralizing any free radicals caused by UV damage.

Vitamin C is need to produce collagen and is integral in helping proline and lysine to convert into hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine. It will help in transporting the fresh collagen molecule out of the fibroblast cell and into the extracellular matrix.

Vitamin C can act as an antioxidant as we mentioned earlier, but the blocking of free radicals may prevent the transfer of the melanin cells to the surface that cause hyperpigmentation.

Which types of vitamin C products will help your skin

Any good product (serum or cream) should give the vitamin C an environment that preserves its structure. Otherwise, an oxidized vitamin C will work against your skin! How? Oxidized ascorbic acid is a pro-oxidant.  Just as ascorbic acid can donate electrons to your skin, oxidized ascorbic acid will be hungry for its missing electrons.

Some people use ascorbic acid  as an acid, more precisely, as an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)  because an acid will work as an exfoliant to brighten. In this case, you need a concentrated and acidic ascorbic acid solution. And this exfoliant should not be neutralized. So if you are looking for an exfoliant, make sure there is no base (alkali) like (potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide, because you would be cheated and instead of using a AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) you are using a salt solution! For this, you can use the Vitamin C serum from Sorella Apothecary. This is not the type of product that you should use if you have sensitive skin or if you are using retinoids, because retinoids promote skin renewal by themselves. And remember: exfoliation removes the skin barrier and makes it easier for the skin to be damaged by oxidants or by UV. If you exfoliate, don’t forget your sunscreen!

How Vitamin C works

Every human needs Vitamin C. Our body needs it and we can’t make it ourselves, that’s why it is a vitamin!  We need to ingest it as food. Why does the skin, in particular, need vitamin C? Because ascorbic acid is essential for the “finishing touches” on collagen. If collagen does not get those biochemical finishing touches, it can’t work.  Many organs in the body need vitamin C, this is why we make sure we get it in our food in oranges or any food that contains it.

Why use vitamin C topically? As we age, our skin may not get enough vitamin C even if we ingest it. I like to have some vitamin C in my skin care. However, please note that vitamins are required in very small amounts, and this is true for the role that ascorbic acid plays in collagen synthesis.

Vitamin C has another function, as antioxidant, so it does not hurt to use higher concentrations because, especially in a polluted city, we need more antioxidants on our skin.

Commonly Used Forms of Vitamin C

L-Ascorbic Acid

Structure: Pure vitamin C in the form in which your body receives it.

Function: Exfoliation + stimulation of Collagen, suppresses mutated hyperpigmented cells.

Solubility: Ascorbic acid is water-soluble, so is usually delivered in water-based serums.

Stability: Highly unstable and subjective to oxidative change + potency loss.

Ascorbyl Glucoside

Structure: Ascorbic acid with a glucose molecule attached onto the C2-OH group. This blocks a reactive part of the molecule and allows ascorbyl glucoside to be very stable.

Mechanism: The enzyme alpha-glucosidase breaks ascorbyl glucoside into glucose and ascorbic acid, where it can then work as ascorbic acid does.

Solubility: Water-soluble, usually delivered in water-based serums or creams. 

Penetration into skin: Able to penetrate skin.

Evidence level: Low-Medium.

Collagen: It has been found in vitro to stimulate synthesis, but to a lesser extent than ascorbic acid.

Warning! Oxidized (brownish) vitamin C will not work as an antioxidant BUT as a PRO-oxidant! Don’t put oxidized ascorbic acid on your skin.

Vitamin C as a Pro-Oxidant

Because ascorbic acid is such a great antioxidant, it can reduce free metal ions which it can find around the skin. Here, iron is reduced from its +3-oxidation state to its +2-oxidation state. Iron in its +2-oxidation state can react with hydrogen peroxide which is present in skin cells, producing highly reactive hydroxyl free radicals.

This is exactly the reactive molecules which we were trying to protect the skin from when we applied vitamin C as an antioxidant. In this way, unstabilized vitamin C can act as a prooxidant – it can cause the free radical damage which it initially sought to protect the skin from. Hence the importance of only using “stabilized” forms of Vitamin c.

Irritation Factor of C

Whether your ascorbic acid serum irritates your skin or not is very often down to its pH level. Your skin sits at a happy, slightly-acidic pH of 4.5-5.5. Applying anything on your skin which is significantly more acidic (much lower in pH), or significantly more alkaline (much higher in pH), will usually cause irritation and may impair the skin’s natural barrier and functions. 

Ascorbic acid is best delivered in a formula which is a pH of less than 3.5. This acidic pH, which is quite a bit lower than the skin’s natural pH, can often irritate more sensitive skins. This is trial and error and will affect different skins in different ways. 

While an ascorbic acid formula of less than pH 3.5 is the most powerful way to get vitamin C into the skin, for those who are struggling with irritation or the annoyance of stability issues, we turn to the next best thing; vitamin C derivatives in stabilized forms.

What to look for in a vitamin C skin care product?

Rather than talking about brands I would like to comment on which ingredients to look for.

For vitamin C as a vitamin, look for a serum or cream that contains a stable form of the vitamin, like Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THD Ascorbate). This way you don’t have to worry about stability. This vitamin C derivative is stable as has vitamin C (it will form ascorbic acid once it is in your skin). It will also work as antioxidant and you don’t have to worry about it working against you as a pro-oxidant. A cream or serum with ascorbic acid will start oxidizing as soon as it is mixed, unless you find a good chemist to make it.

Both highly stable and oil-soluble, THD Ascorbate rapidly absorbs into the skin for visible anti-aging benefits, including visual improvement in loss of firmness, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and dark spots and dullness.

What Skincare Products Have THD?

Both of these Sorella Products have THD as the second ingredient in a 20% blend of vitamin A, C (BV-OSC) and E. Fight daily pollution and complexion-dulling irritants with a dose of antioxidants and vitamins that’s ideal for all skin types. This hydrating serum rejuvenates dry and tired skin while minimizing visible effects of stress and fatigue.

Shop yours today!

References:

Fitzpatrick, R. E., & Rostan, E. F. (2002). Double-blind, half-face study comparing topical vitamin C and vehicle for rejuvenation of photodamage. Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]28(3), 231–236. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1524-4725.2002.01129.x

Telang P. S. (2013). Vitamin C in dermatology. Indian dermatology online journal4(2), 143–146. https://doi.org/10.4103/2229-5178.110593

Tone, Tone, Tone!

Does your skin really need a toner?

Most of us are well aware of the “cleansing, toning, moisturizing” formula. But is the second step really necessary? What is it for, anyway?

First of all, toner is designed to remove what’s left on your skin after cleansing, be it makeup leftovers, dirt, etc. Aside from that, toner has lots of other advantages and benefits, making it too important to exclude toning from your daily skincare routine. Let’s take a closer look at what they are. 

Balancing pH level
In other words, toner prepares your skin for absorbing moisturizing cream, serum or fluid. It helps the substance get inside those pores and do its job. If you skip toner, you probably have to wait a little time till your cream is fully absorbed.

Exfoliating
Toners that contain exfoliating components (glycolic acids, etc) are great at helping your skin renew itself faster and wipe off the dead skin cells.

Rejuvenating
Some toners contribute to your skin’s elasticity and slow the aging process. If this is your case, choose toners with hyaluronic acid along with moisturizing and anti-aging creams.Refreshing When you feel that your skin is dirty or oily, just use toner to refresh it. If you are on the go on a hot day and your face needs immediate hydration, toner is there to help.

The bottom line?
It’s hard to say that toner works alone as an autonomous beauty product. It’s more like a supportive weapon. Using a toner won’t change your skin, far from it. What it will do is to strengthen the effect of the other beauty products you apply.

Shop today or book your next skincare consultation!

How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dehydrated

If your skin is looking lackluster, dull, or looking less than great, you might be wondering, am I dehydrated?

  • Here are some signs of dehydration that you should look for on your skin:
    • Your skin may be dull, may look paler than usual.
    • You’ll see dark circles under your eyes like you’re tired.
    • Your face will have more contours than usual and not in a good way.
    • You may see sunken eyes and cheeks.
    • Fine lines or wrinkles may appear or increase.

You may also experience other symptoms in the rest of your body. These can include tiredness, weakness, dry mouth, and your pee will be darker in color than usual. If you have any of these, you may be dehydrated.

Aside from that, there is one very simple test you can carry out at home to check your hydration.

  • Here’s how:
    1. On the back of your hand, pinch your skin between your finger and your thumb.
    2. Now let go and watch how long it takes for the skin to return to its usual shape.
      • If it takes more than 1-2 seconds, you may be dehydrated.

If you are dehydrated, it’s time to make sure you increase your water intake. Aim to drink around eight glasses of water today to maintain a healthy water balance for your body.

Maskne (Mask Acne)

            Since the enforcement of masks has started, “maskne” mask acne, has been a huge problem in the skincare industry. Rubbing can cause irritation or chafing which creates a type of rug burn as found especially on the bridge of the nose and behind ears where elastic bands may be. Sometimes the material of the mask can absorb natural oils, his will leave the skin dry and sensitive. Residue from laundry detergent can get stuck in the fabric and cause irritation. If you have rosacea or psoriasis, this can cause a flare up. Occlusion from a mask can also cause acne. Your breath gets trapped beneath the mask, creating a warm and moist environment. Besides regular acne, occlusion can also lead to folliculitis which is when bacteria or yeast infect hair follicles.

            It can be tricky trying to find the right mask that allows you to breath without triggering maskne. The best choice for homemade is tightly woven 100% cotton. It is effective and gentle on the skin. Before putting on your mask, wash your face and apply a good moisturizer. Skip makeup. You don’t need it; your mask will be covering. Of course, only wear clean masks and stay away from fragranced detergents. If you are using surgical masks, do not reuse them. This is a good time to avoid harsh medicated products like retinol or benzoyl peroxide.

            The bottom line is, because of the coronavirus pandemic, we might be wearing masks for a long time. The right skin care routine can help lessen the mask related skin concerns and breakouts.

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.

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