How Important Is Your Facial Appointment Before The Holidays?

Holiday season is just around the corner. This is the time when we get busy with parties, family events, shopping and other things that go along with the holidays. It’s a busy time and along with that comes stress. As you know, stress is not good for the body, and it’s especially not beneficial for the skin.

As the season is approaching I have been noticing that some of my customers are canceling appointments because they feel like they can’t afford a facial since the holidays are approaching.

Well, the truth is…this is the time you should be caring for your skin even more!!

You have parties and family events to attend and you want your skin to glow, since you will see people you haven’t seen in a while. I am pretty sure you don’t want them to think…”Oh gosh, she has aged since the last time I saw her”. Along with the holidays, there comes the fact that our diet doesn’t stay consistent or healthy. We tend to consume more adult beverages than usual, we eating more sweets, and drinking water goes out of the window. All of these factors create problems for the body, and since the skin is the largest organ, it is affected the most.

Please think about those things before you make a decision and cancel your monthly appointment. Skin is not like hair where you can see the roots and you have to have them colored, nor it is like nails!! Skin damage creeps up on us slowly. You can’t tell your skin is unhealthy and that it needs attention until it is really badly damaged and dehydrated with no glow and you feel like you need help. When you get to that point, you’ve gone way too far.

Always remember that prevention is easier and cheaper than correction. For a monthly facial, you spend less than your monthly cost of coffee at Starbucks every morning.

Be smart, be wise, make good choices for your body and your skin!

Should I Change Up My Skincare Routine From Summer To Fall?

A change of season typically means a change in the way skin behaves, often resulting in dryness, breakouts, and a general lackluster appearance. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, breakouts can actually increase during the fall season. The oil flow that takes place in the skin during the summer months is still occurring, yet the cooler air is creating layers of dead skin cell buildup. This traps oil and bacteria beneath the surface of the skin, which leads to an increase in breakout activity. On top of this, skin may start to require more hydration. You don’t need to overhaul your skincare routine entirely, but you do need to make some minor tweaks to your regimen to ensure that skin stays healthy during this seasonal change.

Make the transition from summer to fall flawless with my expert tips:

1. Change Your Cleansing Routine
During the summer months, gel and foaming cleansers are great for deep cleaning morning and night; however, these may be a bit drying once the temperatures cool down and less oil is being produced. A good rule of thumb is to use a non-drying, sulfate-free gel cleanser in the morning and a lightweight, lotion-based cleanser at night. The gel will offer a deep pore cleansing, while a cleansing lotion, which is a bit milder, can do a more effective job of dissolving makeup on the face and within the pores.

2. Boost Hydration
Toners are often an overlooked step in a skin-care regimen. If you aren’t already using one, now’s the time to start. Toners that are alcohol-free are a perfect way to give your skin the water and hydration it so desperately needs in the fall, when the temperatures are cooler. Skin cells are like fish and need water to live. Wipe or spray an alcohol free toner over the skin after cleansing and immediately apply serum or moisturizer while it’s still damp to seal in the hydration and active ingredients.

3. Go With A Heavier Moisturizer And Start Using Hyaluronic Acid Serum
A lightweight moisturizer will be enough for most skin types in the summer, but when the weather begins to cool down, it is important to apply something a little heavier to prevent moisture loss. It is also a great idea to start using your hyaluronic acid serum underneath the moisturizer again.

4. Protect With SPF
This may come as a surprise, but fall (similar to spring) is a season where a tremendous amount of UV damage is incurred. We often think that when the temperatures are cooler outside, the sun isn’t as harmful, but this is false. While the UVB rays (the ones responsible for causing suntans or sunburns) are not as strong in autumn, the UVA rays (the ones that cause skin cancer and premature wrinkles) are just as strong as they are in July and August. Protection is a year-round job, so be sure to apply a sunscreen formulated for your skin type for the face, neck, and any exposed chest area to shield from direct sunlight.

5. Exfoliate
Because certain skin types can be prone to increased sensitivity in summertime from heat, chlorine, and sun, exfoliation should be minimal. But come fall, exfoliation is imperative when it comes to repairing and brightening the complexion. For silky, smooth skin, use a well-formulated facial scrub or an at-home exfoliating peel like Mini Pumpkin Peel.

6. Listen To Your Skin
Regardless of seasons, our skin, like our bodies, is constantly changing and adapting to whatever we throw its way, whether internal or external. It’s important to be attentive and listen to your skin for signs that it’s not getting what it needs. Tightness, dryness, increased breakouts and sensitivity are all signs that your current skincare routine isn’t working for you and a change is in order. Pay attention to what your skin is telling you. You always want to work with Mother Nature, never go against her. When skin problems start to occur, you must make certain that you are using products that specifically address your skin’s needs. It’s also time to schedule your monthly appointment.

Seasonal changes can definitely create change in the skin, so by following these skin tips and changing up your skin-care routine, you can keep it looking and feeling its best.

What’s In The Air?

If you aren’t already aware, we live in a very dirty world and it’s just getting dirtier. Pollution, exhaust fumes, smoke, extreme weather conditions, and free radicals all have a negative effect on our skin. While we normally remember to protect our skin from the sun, we often forget to protect our skin from what’s all around you…the air.

Here are some facts that you should be aware of:

1. Pollution causes your skin to age prematurely.

It becomes dull, dehydrated and more sensitive. It causes your skin to lose it’s natural elasticity and luminous glow.

Recent dermatological studies as reported in Skin, Inc. show:

  • The formation of lentigines increases with levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution-associated gases
  • Study subjects living in more polluted areas have significantly worse skin hydration
  • Study subjects living in more polluted areas show depleted vitamin E and squalene levels in the skin
  • An increase in atmospheric soot is linked with 20 percent more pigment spots on the forehead and cheeks
  • Soot, particles from traffic, and background pollution are associated with a more pronounced nasolabial fold

2. Pollution is always present.

You can’t get away from it. It’s indoors and outdoors and it doesn’t matter which area of the country you live it. That’s why it’s so important to protect your skin with a daily regimen recommended by a professional.

At-home daily skin care is a great way to fight the damage caused by pollution. When coupled with professional treatment, once a month, you have a great plan to keep your skin in tip-top shape. I can customize the perfect solution for you!!

If you need a professional skin evaluation or would like to book an appointment, go to www.spelaskincareandwaxing.com. Booking is available 24/7.

Why Oxygen

I hope this finds all things happy in your life. 🙂

I am writing to you today because I would like to share a few important facts about oxygen, and also to introduce some new products that are coming soon from Image skin care (see below).

Oxygen is vital to the survival of every cell in our body. In fact, the average human can survive weeks without food, days without water, yet only minutes without oxygen. Oxygen has incredible regenerative powers and thats why I use it so much in my treatment room. Physicians have used oxygen for decades to treat burns, gangrene, and other wounds. High concentration of oxygen help to trigger the body`s natural healing functions and viruses, fungal infections, and the bacteria the causes acne can not live in an oxygen rich environment.
Oxygen provides energy to our cells and is essential in cell metabolism. It is essential to maintain your cellular function and repair. Oxygen is needed to promote fibroblast proliferation and collagen production which is essential part of skin`s healing process. The availability of oxygen to skin tissue plays an important and integral role in skin recovery.

Oxygen treatment is the only treatment on my menu that is suitable for any skin types and conditions. It promotes healing on the cellular level, reducing inflammation, tightening of the pores and stimulates collagen production. You can see amazing results after one treatment, and as many of you know it can be added to any facial/microdermabrasion to enhance the results.
Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you soon.
xo
Spela

Feed Your Face

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Having a healthy glowing skin has a lot to do with your diet. Being mindful of what you put on your plate is as important to skin health as cleaning out your closets is for your mental health.

Sure, genetics and lifestyle play a part, but your diet is one of the most controllable of the environmental factors that cause skin damage.

Clean up your diet with five foods you should be incorporating for a more radiant glow-and know the five that need to be permanently purged.

5 BEST FOODS:

-Almonds (they keep your skin supple by keeping cell membranes hydrated)

-Blueberries (Rich in antioxidants to combat oxidative damage)

-Spinach (Rich source of antioxidants, contains folate to help reduce skin cancer risk by repairing DNA in sun-damaged cells)

-Tomatoes (Lycopene, the nutrient that is responsible for tomato`s bright red color, protects skin from within)

-Walnuts (Walnuts lead the pack in the family of nuts when it comes to skin care, omega-3-fatty acids improves skin elasticity and reduces redness)

5 WORST FOODS

-Alcohol (Extremely dehydrating, also can aggravate rosacea and create a dull appearance)

-Caffeine (Excessive consumption is dehydrating and increases oil production)

-Commercial Granola Bars ( Some commercial granola bars contain a lot of sugar per serving)

-French Fries ( Salt causes tissues to swell, making your skin look puffy, especially around your eyes)

-Store-Bought Smoothies (Like granola bars, smoothies are loaded with added sugars, these refined sugars cause insulin level to spike, resulting in inflamed skin and wrinkles)

Occasionally eating the items on the worst list isn`t going to wreak havoc on your appearance, but a lifetime of indulgence can damage skin.

Bacteria Might Be the Answer to all Your Skincare Woes

You’ve probably spent your whole life with bacteria — but mostly getting rid of it. Think washing your hands, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, going through eight million bottles of sanitizer every winter. So it seems pretty counterintuitive that smearing bacteria all over your face could actually help your skin. Sounds crazy (and kind of gross), right?

While there are parts of the body in which bacteria aren’t welcome, others, like your gut, make a good home for the little guys — which, in turn, help digest food and regulate your immune response.
Your skin, too, naturally plays host for a number of good bacteria. But external factors (like pollution) and harsh formulas in your skin care routine can kill off these good bacteria. That’s when you get into trouble…

If you have been my client for a while, you have heard me talking about probiotics at some point…… Probiotics are bacteria — but don’t worry, it’s not like you’re rubbing your face with the bottom of your shoe. Instead, most of the probiotic technology you’ll find in skincare is derived from bacteria cultures common in milk and yogurt. Bifida is the best known, but there are many different strains available. They’re alive during formulation and usually dunzo by the time you get them. But even dead, probiotics offer skin benefits. They keep the skin’s acid mantle intact, which helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss.
Trans-epidermal water loss can cause dehydration, sensitivity, dryness, and irritation.

The whole goal of probiotics is to calm skin. Different parts of the bacteria — the cell walls, their hydration — balance skin by strengthening the protective barrier, maintaining skin’s moisture levels, and boosting its immune defenses. Probiotics are gentle and effective multitaskers, making them the closest thing to a cure-all.

Probiotics benefit every single skin type (sounds too good to be true, I know). They modulate the immune response and they quickly quell inflammation and redness for those with sensitive skin and rosacea. Other studies show that strains of probiotics are effective acne-fighters — the big plus being that probiotics actually hydrate skin, while most acne solutions try to knock out breakouts by turning your face into the Sahara (looking at you, benzoyl peroxide). And, on top of this, they help skin seal in moisture, smoothing out any fine lines and wrinkles.

Certain ingredients found in beauty products sold over the counter can knock your skin off-balance — in either direction.
Sodium laurel sulfate, or SLS, completely strips skin of the natural oils and bacteria. On the other hand, mineral oils and some waxes can leave a greasy film on skin, clogging the pores and creating congestion and dullness, so bacteria can’t do its work.
Even going on topical antibiotics for acne — or oral antibiotics for an infection — can affect your skin flora. That’s why you need probiotics, which restore the good bacteria to skin.
Probiotics are becoming more and more popular item in my clients skin care routine.
My go to probiotic moisturizer is Epicuren`s. Have you tried it yet?

Shine Bright

If you didn’t have time to make some skin resolutions for yourself for 2016, it is not too late to start now. It`s never too late to start!

Let`s create some goals for yourself that will help you achieve the skin you want. We achieve those goals one step at a time, and I am here to help you guide you through the process.

1. We need to get to know your skin!
Skin is constantly changing, and we need to be able to adjust to those changes. What may have been working for you last year may not be working for you now. We need to keep things fresh by tweaking your routine as needed. And let me help with that!

2. Invest in products!
I know buying products can seem like a drag but investing in it will pay off in a long run. You are with your skin for life. Buying the right products is the key and you should let a professional help you with that.

3. Hydrate your skin!
You might be drinking a lot of water but your skin is still feeling dry. Well..you are lacking hydration from the outside. Skin will feel hydrated when you drink enough water and you are using hyaluronic acid serum. It is very important to understand that water itself probably won’t work.

4. Fight inflammation from within.
You know that your diet effects your skin health. Acne and rosacea is a result of something going on internally, typically candida. Candida loves cheese, wine, chocolate,… anything starchy. It is tough to eat healthy at times, but very important for your overall health.

5. Schedule a “date” with me!
What keeps your skin happy and glowing? A date with me. Holidays are over, spring is almost here. Time to splurge on a little “me” time. The more you can regularly get in a “date” with me, the happier your skin will be!

6. The last but not least- Step up the protection!
Sun protection is very, very important. Rain or shine, sunscreen must be on! We live in the desert by the ocean and sun is very strong and shines almost every day. Be vise and don’t cheat yourself. I have an amazing SPF for all skin types that is zink based, light, effective and it smells delicious.

There you have it. 6 small steps towards major success, and I am excited to be with you the whole way. If any of these sparked your interest, don’t wait..book your appointment with me today.

Dry versus dehydrated skin

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Dry skin is the most common complaint I hear in my treatment room. I think it’s important to understand the difference between dry and dehydrated skin.

Dry skin is a skin type that is related to oil production. Skin is genetically predisposed to inadequate oil production, which lead to chronic dryness, or skin becomes dry and oil production decreases with age.

Skin with normal oil production will have a light hydrolipid film composed of oil. The T zone may produce more oil than other areas. Having that light hydrolipid film is very important. Too many times clients try to strip their skin too much. Different types of exfoliation from cleansers to brushes all contribute to stripping the skin. Finding balance is very important because too much exfoliation (removing hydrolipid film) will lead to premature aging, cronic ski inflamation and can cause other skin problems. Everyone needs this film to keep the skin properly protected and hydrated.

Dry skin is lacking hydrolipid film appears tight, dull or many times shows signs of premature aging. This dryness and lack of barrier function is a leading cause of dehydration, because with no protective barrier, skin is susceptible to transepidermal water loss. In this case, even if enough water is being taken in, the skin will be inable to retain the hydration.

Dehydration is a skin condition that is related to the water content of the skin. We can experience epidermal or dermal dehydration, but in many cases we can have both. Each has different causes and treatments and, much like dryness and dehydration, these two conditions often overlap and closely impact one another. Well hydrated skin will appear smooth and dewy on the surface. The epidermis will be plump, supple and bounce back easy, indicating good elasticity. Epidermal dehydration is indicated by crepiness or small lines that form when the skin is manipulated during skin analysis. Scales may form in case of more severe, chronic surface dehydration. Dermal dehydration causes depletion of the dermis and will ultimately result in deeper wrinkles that are visible on the surface of the skin, as well as elastosis and sagging skin.

Treatment options:

Oxygen infusion of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is well known as one of the most effective skin hydrating ingredients. We need to use multiple weights in a formulation in order to address different aspects of hydration.

Red LED light therapy can improve all aspects of dryness and dehydration. The red LED can improve barrier function by increasing oil production and skin perspiration to enhance the hydrolipid film.

Using proper skin care routine will maintain a proper level of hydration on the skin. I suggest to all my clients to use a hyaluronic serum day and night underneath their misturizer to ensure proper hydration and maintain healthy barrier function of their skin.

LED Facial-Does it really work?

Nobody likes the idea of aging. No one wants wrinkles, grey hair, crow`s feet or liver spots. Luckily, we have technology and the demand to always look for new solutions to help us slow down the aging process.

One of the new technologies is LED facial therapy. I have introduced it in my studio about a month ago, and the most common question I get is if its really working and what does it do.

LED therapy is a medical treatment in which beams of light supposedly melt the years away. How does that work? Our body`s own aging process, coupled with exposure to the sun and pollution, destroys collagen. Collagen is the connective tissue in our bodies that keeps skin healing and wrinkle free.

LED therapy uses highly concentrated beams of light energy to tunnel through the skin and jump start the body`s natural collagen production.

The panel that is placed over your face consists of different lights. Amber- to build new collagen and elastin, red- to reduce inflammation and promote circulation, blue-to destroy acne causing bacteria and infra red to accelerate skin recovery. I have the ability to choose appropriate setting for your skin type.

The LED facial can remind you of sunbathing but there is no UV exposure, the panel that I use in my treatment room is FDA approved and it is not damaging to your eyes.

The treatment is very relaxing, effective and you will see immediate improvement and more results in a couple of days. Skin will appear smoother and clearer.

You can choose  between doing a series of quick 20 minutes sessions twice a week for 4-6 weeks, or you can simply add it to any facials of your choice to boost the results and prolong the benefit of a facial. It is one of the few machines that is appropriate for all skin types.

Clarisonic Brush

The reason why I want to talk about the Clarisonic brush is because I have observed changes in mu clients skin that use the brush. Some of the changes that I have seen have not been beneficial to the health of their skin.

My goal is to educate you with helpful skin tips and for you to become smarter skin care consumer. I feel this is important information to share with all of you who currently use it, or are considering purchasing it.

Clarisonic brush is an exfoliating tool that physically lift off dry skin cells and, in the process remove dirt and make up. Exfoliation is the action that the bristles create when rubbed over the skin.

The problem that I see is not the brush itself, but it concerns me how often is recommended to use it. They claim it is gentle enough to use it twice daily, but I belief that this is way to much when combining with other exfoliating products you are probably using.

-Exfoliating too much and too often can cause dryness and disrupt the skin`s barrier. This allows moisture to seep out of the cells more easy, causing them to get dehydrated. Many clients who I see on monthly bases have started complaining of dryness and irritation when their skin had been so hydrated and balanced. After our chat about what had changed, I come to find out that they started using Clarisonic brush. Cutting back or discontinuing the use of Clarisonic returned their skin to a healthy, balanced and hydrated state.

-Too much exfoliation can cause chronic inflammation within the skin, setting off a response to create free radicals. A major cause of aging and prolonged inflammation, associated with tissue destruction, active inflammation and attempts at healing which is why it`s essential to eat foods high in antioxidants and use skin care products with stable antioxidants.

-Skin trauma is good, but only occasionally. We should never exfoliate to the point of destroying healthy cells. When you give the skin trauma, the skin goes into repair mode and stimulates cellular regeneration. This is very beneficial to the skin, but if you create trauma too often by over exfoliating, then its continually setting up a cascade of free radical damage that triggers premature aging. This is the last thing that any skin needs. However, professional chemical peels done a few times a year do cause trauma to  the skin and this is beneficial for the stimulation of collagen.

-Too much exfoliation can also stimulate melanin production resulting in increased skin discoloration. You must use caution with the skin that is extremely reactive  to discoloration. Treat it gently to avoid post -inflammatory hyper pigmentation resulting in increased skin discoloration.

The conclusion is that exfoliating is good, but to the certain point. I do not recommend using Clarisonic brush more than once a week with the combination of other exfoliating products.