What is Oil Cleansing?
The basic idea of oil cleansing is to use natural oils in specific combinations to cleanse the skin and naturally balance the skin’s natural oils. Think of it this way.... Like dissolves Like....Oil dissolves Oil. We are using natural oils that are filled with essentials that feed and nourish the skin, replacing old dirt filled oil on the surface.
What Are The Benefits Of Oil Cleansing?
The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. You can add steam to open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. The smallest drop of the right oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.
By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the oil cleansing method can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.
Which Oils Should You Use?
The most common oils used are Castor Oil and Olive Oil, though any natural oil can be used. Castor Oil is a natural astringent, so it helps to pull impurities from the skin, making it ideal for oily or combination skin (and even dry skin in lesser amounts.) Olive Oil boosts skin tone and complexion while moisturizering and calming the skin.
Castor Oil/Hazelnut Oil and Sunflower seed Oil
Oily or Combination Skin
2/3 tsp Castor Oil/Hazelnut Oil, and 1/3 tsp Sunflower Seed/Olive Oil
Add 2-3 drops of Oil Tea Tree Oil
1/3 tsp Castor Oil/Hazelnut Oil, and 2/3 tsp Sunflower Seed Oil/Olive Oil
Add 2-3 drops of Jojoba Oil
1/3 tsp Castor Oil/Hazelnut Oil, and 2/3 tsp Sunflower Seed Oil/Olive Oil
Add 2-3 drops of Oil Rosehip Oil
All skin types can benefit from oil cleansing. It's a natural alternative to harsher skincare products on the market. Oil cleansing is fully customizable. So give it a try and you will be amazed by the results! If you are interested in trying this cleansing method and are in need of these oils, contact email@example.com for more information.
*****Disclaimer: Allow an adjustment period of a week for skin to adjust to oils. After that time period, make adustments to oils and measurements as needed. To make more oil, double measurements.
Large pores can easily seem like a curse of nature. But in actuality, large pores have their benefits and can be improved. But it always feels like people are looking at your pores instead of looking at you. This was a concern of mine, too! I'm not going to lie, it was annoying. So what's the deal with large pores? What are their purposes? Why do some people have large pores and others don't? These are common questions I get in the spa, so you are not the only one! The good news is that I'm going to tell you the best treatments that target large pores and some things you can do while at home to help you reach your #skingoals.
Why Large pores?
What's the deal with pores anyway? They do have a purpose, hence their exsistence. The body uses pores as an avenue or a tunnel to eliminate oil, sweat, and toxins that are in the body. What goes in, must find a way out. This is one of many benefits of pores. The size of your pores are based mainly on genetics. Unfornately you were chosen to carry this so called "burden." But looking on the bright side, those who have large pores tend to age more gracefully and at a slower pace due to amount of natural oils on the skin.
Aging skin plays a role in the appearance of large pores, too. As you age, the rate your body produces newer cells and collagen slows down, gravity steps in which pulls the skin downward making the pores seems much larger and more prominate. The great news is that we now have things like technology to help reverse the signs of aging and reduce the size and appearance of large pores.
Micro-needling is a wonderful option for providing an overall healthier and more radiant appearance to the skin. It is also a safe, quick, and comfortable choice for all skin types.
Designed for all skin types. Unveil supple, brighter, smoother skin with a Dermaplaning Treatment. Dermaplaning uses a medical grade scalpel to shave off and targets unwanted facial hair, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, and dark spots. Immediate results, no down time, and back to work same day!
Ideal for dehydrated, dry or mature skin, this facial delivers visible results with cutting edge ingredients and microcurrent technology. Fight the signs of visible aging and reduce those well-earned fine lines and wrinkles with this natural face lift. You will leave with a natural face lift and firm skin. This procedure uses eletronic currents to strengthen the muscles in the face to lift, tighten and tone for a nautral facelift result.
4. Radio Frequency
This advanced treatment lifts, tightens and tones aging sagging skin, and large pores. Provides a natural face lift to those you are not a fan of surgical procedures. This add-on is commplimentary w/ the AntiAging Facial.
5. High Frequency
Painless service that detoxifies the skin. It targets acne casuing bacteria and blemishes. This service is complimentary w/ the Acne Facial.
What you can do at home
Say you have an event to attend, but you don't want your pores out shining you. The good news is that there's always things you can do at home to improve the appearance of large pores. Using a toner or a clay mask after you've cleansed your face will tighten the pores and minimize their size. You can also use ice cubes, massage them on the face, and use a poreless primer prior to appying your makeup. All of these methods will draw your pores in and tighten them to reduce their size. Try it out!
What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that consists of clogged, inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin. It’s characterized as red pus-filled pustules (pimples), blackheads, whiteheads, or tender small bumps (papules). It is not retained to one specific area of the face.
Four Stages of Acne:
Common Locations of Acne
What Causes Acne?
Why more than one product...
-To exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and oils
-To reduce inflammation and irritation
-To hydrate the skin and keep it healthy
-To moisturize and keep the skin protected and intact
Understanding what type of acne you have and how to treat it will hopefully give you hope that you don't have to live with it. Acne can be tough to treat but it is not impossible.
Listed below are the top five treatments proven to treat hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common concerns that we want addressed right away.
In order to choose the ideal treatment, there are some things to consider. First, your lifestyle should be taken into thought. Are you actively outdoors?Do you have time set aside away from work to heal? Have you considered the after care, are you will do deal with that? And most importantly what is your preference? Chemical peels may not be ideal for those who don't have the patience and time to let skin heal. If you have a goal of three months, then the lesser aggressive treatments that promise results over time may not be for you.
After you have narrowed down to three options of interest, I always recommended doing your homework (research). Look at before/after pictures, testimonals, and videos documenting the process to truly understand which is ideal for you. Once you've decided the treatment that is ideal for you, your preference, and lifestyle, then lock it in to get started right away!
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin, and scarring can be improved. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin. To accomplish this task, the chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin.
Benefits: Pigmentation, Signs of Aging, Texture and Skin Tone, Acne Scarring, Melasma, Clearer Complexion, Stubborn Blemishes
-This treatment is not ideal for sensitive skin and pregnant women.
-7-14 days downtime which includes peeling or falking skin.
-Can be performed every 4-6 weeks depending on the peel strength.
-2-3 series may be needed to reach maximum results
Micro-needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a one-of-a-kind, minimally invasive treatment that triggers your body's natural healing response. Micro-needling is a wonderful option for providing an overall healthier and more radiant appearance to the skin. It is also a safe, quick, and comfortable choice for all skin types.
Benefits: Pigmentation, Large Pores, Signs of Aging, Acne Scarring, Melasma, Improved Skin Tone and Texture, Skin Firmness, Stubborn Blemishes
-This treatment is ideal for all skin types and shades. But not ideal for pregnant women.
-3 days healing period which includes redness, sunburn characterisitcs, tightness of the face.
-Combined with Dermaplaning to maximize results.
-Can be performed every 4 weeks.
-2-3 series may be needed to reach maximum results.
A non-chemical, non-invasive treatment that uses a surgical scalpel to slough off "shave" dead and damaged skin cells. Removes 3-4 weeks of dead skin.
Benefits: Pigmentation, Large Pores, Signs of Aging, Brighter and Smoother skin, Improves skin texture and tone, removes vellus hairs (peach fuzz)
-Dermaplaning is ideal and gentle enough for all skin types including sensitive skin and pregnant women.
-Downtime, painless procedure, mild redness
-Can be performed every 3-4 weeks
-Can be combined with other facial treatments for maximum benefits.
-2-4 series may be needed to reach maximum results.
A non-chemical, non-invasive treatment that uses a diamond head-piece to scrap off and remove outer layers of dead skin cells to reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.
Benefits: Superficial Pigmentation, Signs of Aging, Improves texture of skin, Decongests the skin (blackheads, whiteheads)
-This treatment is ideal all skin types including sensitive skin. But not a treatment recommended for Pregnant women.
-No downtime, mild redness and flaking
-Can be performed weekly depending on skin type.
-Can be combined with other treatments to maximize results.
-4 series treatments recommended
5. L.E.D Light Therapy
LED Light Therapy is a pain-free, non-invasive, soothing and rejuvenating skin treatment. This treatment will help treat acne breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, post inflammatory scarring and rosacea. It will not only help minimise acne, but also soothe your skin and reduce both redness and inflammation.
Benefits: Treats Pigmentation, Aging concerns, Collagen and Elastin Loss, Acne/Blemishes, Sun spots, and Inflammation
-Do down time
-Ideal for all skin types, Not ideal for pregnant women
-Weekly basis can be paired with other treatments as an added benefit
-Results over time, recommend to pair with other treatments
What Is Your Skin Type?
1. When I wake up in the morning my skin usually feels like...
a. Like I slept in grease
d. Oily on my nose and chin
2. By lunch time my skin is usually....
a. Shiny all over
b. Tight and thirsty
c. It's fine until I touch it
d. Shiny in my T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin)
3. Which of these products would you most likely use throughout the day?
a. Powder, to keep my shiny face in order
b. Moisturizer, to keep my skin looking supple and smooth
c. I can't put too much on my face of it'll get irritated
d. Nothing, I don't need anything on my face
4. How would you describe the appearance of your pores?
a. Huge and distracting
b. So small I barely notice they are there
c. Basically invisible
d. They are larger on my nose and chin compared to the other areas
5. When does your skin look red?
a. Only when I have blemishes
b. My face rarely gets red
c. More often than I care to admit
d. Whenever I use a new product
6. How does your skin ususally feel?
a. Slick and greasy
b. Dull and dry
c. Not too dry, not too oily
d. Dry in my cheeks and oily in my T-zone
7. How does your skin feel after you wash it?
a. Clean for nor, but the oil is coming
b. Stripped and tight
c. Itchy and a little dry
d. Mainly dry on my cheeks
Stress itself doesn't directly cause breakouts, but the effects stress has on our bodies does! Think about it. Our bodies have a multitude of responsibilities related to keeping us safe and protected. When the body gets an alert that something is wrong, it goes into panic mode working hard to fix the problem. So on the exterior we only see the characteristics of stress (baggy eyes due to lack of sleep or low energy or even agitation) and how it makes us feel as a result. However, think of a "stressed body" as a functioning machine over producing, steam piping, shaking and trembling. (a little dramatic but you get the point) The overproduction results in exhaustion, and a lack of efficiency. As a result, these are some of many reactions...
1. A Spike in Hormones
2. Increase Sebum Production
3. Less Efficient Immune System
4. Poor Assimilation of Nutrients
So let's take a look at stress as it relates to the skin. A spike in our adrenal glands causes the body to increase it's production in sebum faster than it can be eliminated. Sebum is the oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles, leading to a pimple or acne cyst.
How To Treat Them?
Knowing the cause and effects stress has on your body and how it shows up on your skin should help put things into perspective! So how do we get rid of the pimples? Now since there's no cure for stress we can’t guarantee the complete elimination of stress and pimples once and for all, but we can treat them! Here are some:
1. Adaquate Skincare Products
3. Regular Exercise
4. Cutting back Sugar and Caffeine
A daily, weekly, and monthly skin care regimen can help keep fluctuations in check — even touch-ups throughout the day. Using the right skincare products for your specific skin type and lifestyle is number one. To attack breakouts head-on get the Clean & Clear Bundle that deep cleans bacteria trapped in pores with the PureGlow Cleanser and hydrates the skin to prevent scarring. You can also treat blemishes with masks such as a Calming Clay Mask or Charcoal Mud Mask to control excess oil that leads to build up. Also, schedule a professional skincare treatment/facial like the Clean & Clear Facial to detox the pores of toxins and build-up.
Dietary supplements that assists bodily functions such as the liver and the digestive system are great! Omega-3 is another supplement I recommend for my clients who either have hormonal breakouts or hormonal acne. It regulates hormones and control excessive oil production. Exercising regularly increases the metabolism as well as the elimination of toxins and acne causing bacteria that builds up in the pores. Limiting the intake of foods that cause inflammation such as sugar and caffeine will assist our bodies regulate hormones and breakouts. Knowing better helps us do better.
Clean & Clear Bundle
Description: Finally clear acne and stubborn blemishes with this multi-step skincare kit.
How to Use:
Karuna CleanMud Face Mask
Description: The CleanMud Mask features charcoal and hyaluronic acid to deeply cleanse pores and help restore hydration. Activated charcoal draws out dirt and oil deep within the skin. After 1 use, skin should feel refined and refreshed. Suited for all skin types.
How To Use: Gently unfold mask and place cloth on side of face. Remove white backing and adjust slits to custom fit. Relax and enjoy the treatment for 10-20 minutes. Toss and glow! Wear mask longer for intense treatment. Keep out of reach of children. If skin sensitivity occurs while using the sheet mask, stop using and immediately rinse skin with water.
Ingredients:Water/ Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin, Willow Herb Flower / Leaf / Stem Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi), Green Tea Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Charcoal Powder
Calming Clay Mask
Description: Spot treat breakouts or calm acne and inflamed with this sulfur clay mask. It absorbs excess oils, removes dirt and impurities, helps reduce enlarged pores, and offers cool relief for tender, hurting, irritated skin. Ideal for all skin types.
How To Use: After cleansing apply to affected areas or entire face. Let sit for 5-10 mintues. Mask will dry and tighten. Rinse with completely with warm water, tone and then moisturize.
Ingredients: Sulfur 10%, Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silcate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Chamomilla Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil
Medicated Pumice Wash
Out of stock
Description: Deep Cleanser Medicated Pumice Wash works deeply eliminate acne-triggering impurities and breakouts while prepping skin to be more responsive to treatment products. Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne causing bacteria. Ideal for Acne-Prone Skin
How To Use: Apply to wet face. Cleanse thoroughly starting out once daily and then twice daily a week later. May be drying so count down on use and couple with a gentle cleanser if needed.
Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5 %), Water, Jojoba Esters, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Lauryl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Dimethicone
Acne Spot Treatment (Back Order)
Special Order Item*****May take up to Two weeks delivery*******
Description: For all skin types with a single or a small patch of breakouts that need extra help. Antiseptic witch hazel, calming aloe vera, glycolic and salicylic acids team up to break up the intracellular cement that can clog the pores. Not suitable for sensitive skin.
How To Use: Apply to breakout activity and blemished. Let dry
Ingredients: Key Ingredients:Salicylic Acid (2%), Glycolic Acid (3%), Other Ingredients: Water, SD Alcohol 40-A, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Lactate and Sodium PCA and Gycine and Fructose and Urea and Niacinamide and Inositol and Sodium Benzoate and Lactic Acid Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Glucosamine Sulfate, Methylisothiazolinone.
Acne Treatment Cream (Back Order)
Special Order Item *****May take up to Two weeks delivery*******
Description: Acne Treatment Cream is the medicated moisturizer of choice, delivering precisely the right kind of clearing hydration along with potent blemish-busting actives. Ideal for Oily and Acne-prone skin.
How to Use: Apply as a moisturizer to clean skin twice daily.
Ingredients:Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (3%), Lactic Acid (2%), Other Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Glycerin, Albumin, Witch Hazel (Hammamelis Virginiana) Extract, Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum.
Clear Med 10% (Back Order)
Special Order Item *****May take up Two weeks delivery*****
Description: Clear Med 10% is an acne medication that is designed to kill acne bacteria below the surface of the skin, reduce inflammation and peel the pore lining, thus loosening the follicular debris and sebum. Because the medication is a water-based gel consistency, penetration of the active ingredient is superior to over-the-counter medication. Not for Sensitive Skin and can be drying to the skin.
How to Use: A topical medical cream. Apply to clean face let dry and then follow with the Acne Treatment Cream.
Ingredients:Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Sulfur 3%. Other Ingredients: Deionized Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide.
We all may have heard the saying, "Vitamin D is good for the skin". And majority of us may also associate Vitamin D with sunlight. We all want nice glowing skin, and a good tan. And we also look forward to spending our vacay with bae laying out by the beach. However, too much sun is not a good thing, especially if the skin is unprotected. But we know this right? Right! So we head to the store and down the aisle of sunscreen only to find a variety of brands labeled with either SPF 15, 30, 50 and even 100?! We then ask, "Which one do I choose?". Everyone has their own opinion for what is the right or wrong choice. Some think SPF 100 is better than SPF 30. Some say SPF 75 is the right choice because of this or that. Well, let's block out all of the noise and take a real look at SPF…
Let's get Technical…
Sunscreen, sunblock, sun cream, and sun tan lotion are among the many names we use for SPF. But what does it really mean? SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is the measure of the amount of sunburn producing UV rays that actually reaches the skin. That's where the levels of 15, 30, and 50 comes into play. For example, if used as recommended, SPF 15 simply means that 1/15 of all burning rays will make contact with the skin. It also means that SPF 30 = 1/30 and SPF 50 = 1/50. If we go by this theory then the higher the number the better because it blocks more rays, right? Well let's take another look at the numbers. Let's let you be the judge….
So based off of these facts, again one would be lead to believe the higher the number the better. If this is the case, we should all wear SPF 100!?! Well, not necessarily. Because it is not possible to block 100% of UV rays. So there's really no need to wear a SPF level higher than 50. Since there is only a 1% difference between 30 and 50, there is no right or wrong with either one. Now let's talk about the amount of time spent in the sun. I personally wear SPF 30 and I also recommend it to my clients for use on a day to day basis. However, if you do plan to spend longer periods of time in the sun, then SPF 50 is more beneficial than 30, any extra protection certainly doesn't hurt. Got it? Good!
So then why all the levels? In MY OPINION any level higher than 50 is simply a marketing strategy. These levels are on the shelves, especially during peak seasons, to lead you to believe a higher level will lead to more protection. We are then more likely to buy the higher levels thinking more is better. And as we've just seen, that’s not entirely the case.
Is there a proper way to layer skincare products when caring for your skin at home? The answer is YES, there is a correct way to do it. Now raise your hand if for many moons you have tried figuring out the "skincare" mystery. Wanting flawless, glowing skin without knowing how it really works, when to use what, and why. Well, worry no more, your Esty (Esthetician) has your back. It may seem like a lot of fuss, but there's beauty in these steps and you will see it in your skin. Now, it's not going to be as good as when I or a professional therapist does it, but you'll see results (No false expectations here) LOL. So, if you don't have a skincare regimen or routine, get ready, after reading this you will!! YAY!
Finding the right products for YOUR skin is another journey. Skip the Trial-and-Error and see an Esthetician near you… The right products increases amazing results, it's worth it the time and effort. Now back to the topic at hand. The following steps for At-Home-Care is what your esthetician is pertaining to. These steps will help you maintain those jaw dropping results. Yaaaassssss!!!!
Before we get started here's a little disclaimer: A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY. When using professional skincare products, very little product is needed for the entire skin to see a difference. Got it, good...
Use this as a general guideline to proper layering of products:
Now that you have a skin regimen, I challenge you to 21 days of committing to a skincare routine. Complete the challenge and you'll fall in love with what you see. I know we all have busy lives with a million of things to do. So to simplify your routine, use these steps for both Morning and Night Care "skip sunscreen at night". Soon you'll be able to complete these steps in five minutes or less. Yeah, it seems like a lot, but it's worth it. If you don’t have all these products, it's okay. Just start with what you do have now and build from there. Happy Cleansing!!!
How do you layer your products? What has been working for you? Don't hold out, share in the comments below!