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Julie’s journey to having her best skin! The perfect skin & color formula

July 31, 2016

I am so excited to get started on a new skin care adventure with Skin Perfect! I’d lost faith in the products I had been using and as a new member of the 40 and over club, I’d pretty much resigned myself to the fact that acne and dull skin were my destiny.

I arrived at Skin Perfect to meet Ashlee on a Saturday afternoon. I completed a more extensive than normal questionnaire for a spa and I was off to start the skin evaluation. Ashlee cleansed my skin and removed the miniscBefore and after Julie Color Analysisule amount of make up I managed to throw on between my workout, shower and race out the door. We then went back up to the front of the spa for “pictures.” Although I was unprepared, this is where the amazing begins at Skin Perfect.

I set my face inside a small white box, right next to a few very powerful appearing light bulbs. She told me to close my eyes and hold still until I saw the flash that looked like a bulb burning out. It was quick and painless, but what followed, not so much. Before I knew it, I was examining two photos of myself, both of which revealed the not so pleasant truth about my skin. Starting with the good news, the collagen and elastin in my face is at a good level. That means fewer lines and wrinkles. There was less bacteria then I expected, considering the regularity of my breakouts. Next, we looked at the red areas that started at the bridge of my nose and finished at the bottom of my chin. She told me that is inflammation and was the result of the products I’d been using. Finally, we looked at the brown spots that littered my t-zone. Undeniably sun damage. It was not as bad as I was expecting, but still very unsettling to see. The most interesting thing the photos revealed was that my skin is completely dehydrated. Ashlee saw this almost immediately. Dehydrated and breaking out? And 40? Yep.

We proceeded back to the treatment room to get started. Step one was dermaplane. If you’ve never had it, text me and I will send you Ashlee’s number. Although it might sound a bit daunting to have an esthetician run a scalpel across your face, it is completely worth it. When she was done, my skin was softer and smoother than it was on the day I was born. If you are a skin care junkie like me, you’ve tried every product on the market in attempts to find that perfectly exfoliated face. It is a delicate balance between soft and smooth and turning into a roma tomato. Dermaplane is, by far, the most amazing exfoliation out there. Ashlee removed the top layer of skin cells, which disproved part of my self diagnosed skin destiny: glowing skin…on my face.

Extractions were next. If you, like me, are 40+ and breakout on a regular basis, you feel my pain. The moment I walked though the doors of Hastings Middle School, my skin started breaking out. And it hasn’t taken a break since. My sixty something mother frequently tries to “make me feel better,” by telling me she still breaks out from time to time (misery loves company, right?) and by reassuring me oily skin means fewer wrinkles (so we can budget less for Botox). Before Ashlee got started, we discussed milia. Those pesky white spots that appear to be a breakout, but are really a collection of yuck under your skin. If you’ve ever tried to remove them yourself you know, its not easy and it doesn’t ever end well. I have quite a few. After two tough extractions by the professional, we decide to wait and see if the others take care of themselves with the combo of dermaplane and new products.

The final step is a quick pumpkin enzyme peel that tingled in a great way and did not cause a house fire on my face! From there, Ashlee took me to the front of the spa where she pulled and explained my new skin care regime (new products!) and sat me down for a quick off with mineral makeup done by the cosmetic manager. Who wants the rest of the world to know they just had a facial? I don’t. And neither does Skin Perfect. So the dust off is included with every treatment. As soon as the dust off was complete, I was off.

Jan’s journey in Image Wellness

Jan before-after color analysisI’m Jan Rodenfels, I’m a health coach and the author of Amazing in the Second Half. I just had my first treatment at Skin Perfect. I had some reservations about trying it as my skin is very sensitive and I wasn’t sure how it would react. I had a client to go to immediately after my treatment. I was worried that I would be red and he would know I had had “something done”! I am 56 years old and I want to take care of my skin but I don’t want anything too invasive.

I met with Ashley in Skin Perfect’s beautiful Polaris spa. First, Ashley did a Skin Evaluation to analyze my skin, explaining that she will decide how to treat my skin based on this analysis. I thought this was very interesting. I had thought I didn’t have much collagen left, but she assured me that I did still have some.

Then, she took me to a treatment room and I passed by their estheticians who ALL have amazing skin. This gave me hope that my skin would improve! After climbing in the most wonderful cocoon-like bed that was heated and covered up with a sheet and a soft blanket, Ashley went to work on me.

She did something called dermaplaning that gently removes dead skin cells. Then she numbed my skin with a lidocaine cream and after I was numb began the collagen induction therapy.

I braced myself for pain, accepting the necessary evil to have beautiful skin. It really didn’t hurt! The little bit of discomfort was on my forehead. I decided the bed was so comfortable and warm that she could do whatever she wanted!! Each pass, Ashley put a serum on my face that will help plump up my skin and build collagen.

Next was the light therapy treatment. Light therapy uses pulses of heat and light to even skin tone, reduce wrinkles and even soothe rosacea! I really liked the idea of this treatment because I have a lot of redness to my skin. I was given small goggles to wear. It was warm on my skin but very tolerable.

The last treatment in my series was the microcurrent facelift. It is very relaxing and I literally fell asleep for a moment while I was having it. It’s really a workout for your facial muscles, but you don’t have to do any of the work!!

I really enjoyed my first treatment at Skin Perfect and I can’t wait to see the results in a few weeks. I’m so excited to finally do something for my skin, something just for me!! On the drive to my client, I couldn’t stop touching my face. It felt so smooth and although a tiny bit pink, my client didn’t notice a thing! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

 

Beauty Trends Men Hate

July 14, 2015

If you are a woman there have many times when you have second guessed putting on certain makeup for a date. We always wonder what men love and hate about beauty, but no one wants to ask. We have got the answers for you! Below you will find the top trends that men hate and some ways you can be sure you do not fall into that category.

Too Much Makeup

too-much-makeupMen love simplicity, especially when it comes to makeup. Men appreciate a natural look versus a full face of makeup. They also love that the natural look doesn’t take as long as a full face of makeup. If you are going for a bright color on your face you want to pick either lips, blush, or eyeshadow. You never want all three to have a bright color. Instead of going for a bright eyeshadow try a color that is more natural and light rather than a bright or dark smokey eye. For your lips choose something that is a nude color or a cool pink. When applying blush you want it to look as natural as you can, stay away from the deep colors and focus on what would look natural on your cheek bones.

Fake Eyelashes
fake-eyelashesEyelashes are a girl’s best friend, but not always the guy’s best friend. When guys see your eyelashes taken off and put into the trash, I guarantee they make some type of remark or make fun of them. If you decide to wear fake eyelashes you want to cut the eyelashes into sections. This way it is easier to apply and you will not leave your entire lash line on their pillow case. A wonderful service clients love is, eyelash extensions. Instead of always having to apply and reapply you will just have to wake up and add mascara. The eyelash extensions are applied to your lashes and will stay on as long as you continue coming in for touch ups. The picture to the right shows fake eyelashes (left) and eyelash extensions (right) done by one of our expert estheticians.

Makeup that is not the right color
wrong-color-makeupEveryone’s skin tone is different, which means certain colors may not look best on you. As we mentioned previously, men hate when a woman wears too much makeup. Now if you have too much makeup on and it doesn’t fit your skin tone, you may not have a chance of a second date. You may not think guys notice, but they do. Color analysis is a service we offer at our spa and it not only helps you find the right colors for clothing, but also for makeup and jewelry choices. Once you find the perfect colors for you, you will be able to rock many colors that you never knew you could. We offer custom blended foundation which matches your skin tone, perfectly. This way your neck and face will match, and you won’t have to worry about that neck makeup line. When you put on your foundation it should never look like your head is floating.

Dramatic Eyebrows
bad-eyebrowEyebrows shape our face and without them we feel naked. If you follow certain makeup sites, you may have seen the infamous concealer brow. For this trick they draw on the brow, then line the brow with concealer making the brow pop. This is nowhere close to being natural, and your man may not like it. Your eyebrows arch should never look pointy and like it is touching your hair line. When you draw on your brow you want to follow your hair line, then when you reach the arch make your line a little higher. The biggest mistake when drawing on eyebrows is the color. If you colored your hair blonde, your eyebrow needs to match the darkest blonde highlight. If you are platinum blonde, your eyebrows should be light/dark blonde depending on your skin tone. If you dye your hair red, your eyebrows should have red tint to them. Lastly we have many services that will help your makeup needs. Whether that be permanent makeup for your eye liner, lips, or brows. Eyebrow tinting so you have a better feel for your shape. Or makeup lessons so you can learn how to rock that natural look.

Not only are these trends just to make the men happy, but they will also help guide you to have a better face for your job, interviews, and evenings out with friends. We hope these tips help you out on your beauty journey.

Wake-Up in Makeup

July 8, 2015

How many times have you been told “never wear makeup to bed.” Every night you wash your face to only wake up and apply the same makeup on. The only way you can avoid breakouts and unhealthy skin is to wash your face every night, for a makeup free face. After countless amounts of applying and reapplying, I’m sure you have found yourself wishing to wake up with a face full of smudge free makeup. Now there is something called, Permanent Makeup, which we offer at our Skin Perfect locations.

Permanent makeup is a process of cosmetic tattooing, it adds pigmentation to the skin to create the look of makeup. We offer lip, brow, and eyeliner at our locations. This perm mprocedure has become very popular for all women. It helps you have a quicker beauty routine every morning and will help you get a few more minutes of sleep.

Many of you know Jaclyn Peresetsky, she is the owner, esthetician, and permanent makeup expert here at Skin Perfect. With her advanced training in color theory, her artistic background creates natural-looking results. “Having the proper color choice and a soft application are the keys to beautiful permanent makeup,” says Jaclyn.

During the procedure, one of our estheticians like Jaclyn or Susana will first numb the targeted area. Then, using a digitalized designed for facial tattooing, she will apply the makeup color using delicate strokes like a painter. The procedure is quick, lasting around 45 minutes. The results of these procedures will last for several years, but natural fading does occur over time. We recommend you coming in overtime to have a touch up done.

The waterproof and smudge-proof permanent makeup saves time and money that is normally spent on morning beauty routines and Eye Linerreapplication throughout the day.  Your eyebrows will be perfectly shaped, lipstick won’t rub off, and your eyeliner won’t need reapplied every time laughter brings tears to your eyes. Permanent makeup also helps men and women who have thinning or uneven eyebrows, receive the brow shape they have always wanted. Women who suffer from hand tremors, arthritis, poor eyesight, and other conditions that make it hard to apply makeup, finally get the makeup they want. “We want men and women to look great, feel confident, and have the defined features they desire, without anyone knowing they had permanent makeup done,” says Jaclyn.

Skin Perfect Skincare Tips

July 6, 2015

  1. Facial fitness routines or otherwise known as Microcurrent, will lift sagging facial muscles and stimulate circulation to instantly give our skin a more tightened and glowing skin.
  2. Don’t go to bed with makeup on. Makeup left on overnight seeps into your pores, clogs them, and congests your skin. Make sure that you wash your face twice at the end of the day. Once to get the makeup off and second to wash the skin itself from traces of lef166473115tover dirt.
  3. Exfoliate daily. After washing your face at night, be sure to exfoliate. Use a delicate scrub or toner designed specifically for your skin type.
  4. Use facial masks regularly. If possible, every day is idea. Make sure the facial mask is something that one of our estheticians would recommend for your skin type and concerns.
  5. Keep a treatment and moisturizer on your face, day or night. Put your skin first. After you wash it at night, put on some kind of skin treatment.
  6. Hydrate your face throughout the day. Mineral makeup is the best makeup to choose. Use our Setting Spray after you apply your makeup. This will not only revive your makeup, but revive your dehydrated complexion.
  7. Treat your face gently. Never pull, tug, or scrub your facial skin. Be very gentle when you clean it, moisturize it or makeup on it. This will lessen the chance that you’ll damage your skin and get wrinkles.
  8. Keep your face covered when you’re in the sun. Make sure to lather on sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, put on sunglasses, and wear a brimmed hat.
  9. Eat fresh foods and drink lots of water. You should stay away from “dead food” food that basically is not fresh. Try to always eat lots of veggies, fruits, nuts, and drink tons of water.
  10. Let go of stress. Stress can show up on your face, no matter how well you take care of your skin. Do something you enjoy every day, whether that’s watching TV or going shopping. Your face reflects what’s going on inside of your mind.

How to Avoid Eye Makeup Mistakes!

June 24, 2015

After we cleanse and moisturize our faces in the morning, we normally apply our makeup. However, many times during this process we accidentally smudge our mascara or cause our makeup to look worse when trying to fix a mistake. We want to give you some tips to help prevent makeup mistakes and avoid those crazy raccoon eyes!

The first thing to take into consideration is the placement of your eye cream. If you find that your mascara or eyeliner smears not long after application, it is normally because your eye cream was placed too close to your eye. The warmth of your eye cavity will pull the cream closer to the eye, and often into your mascara and liner causing them to smear. The best place to apply your eye cream is on your orbital bone, or the bone that surrounds the eye sockets.

The next and very important step to remember is, do your eye makeup before anything else! Any mistake can be easily wiped away without having to start over with your concealer and foundation. smudge

Next, to ensure your eye shadow stays on, always place an eye shadow base on your lids. Without a base, your eye shadow will fade through-out the day requiring multiple applications.

After applying your eye shadow, apply your eyeliner and mascara. If your mascara gets on your eye shadow, let it dry before removing it with a qtip. If you try to remove the mascara while it is still wet, it will smudge.

Set the concealer under your eye with powder by blotting it with a tissue. Before adding powder, you will want to remove any access off of the tissue. Our trick to remove the access powder is to place a cotton ball inside the tissue (making a little ghost!) and blotting it on your hand. This is a great way to avoid putting too much powder around your eyes.

We hope these tips help your morning makeup applications go a little easier with less smudging and mistakes!

Get Flip Flop Ready with Skin Perfect

June 19, 2015

During the summer we expose our feet to water, the sun, and many other things we can’t see. flip flops Going barefoot is tempting, but always wear shoes to protect your feet from sunburn, injury and infection. Always stay hydrated and this will assist with swelling and your overall health. At Skin Perfect we have come up with 4 main steps to keep your feet looking great for the summer.

Step 1 Sunscreen – Always apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet. When you are going in and out of the water the sunscreen will wash off.  With so many different types of sunscreens out there, you will want to buy one with a higher SPF and one that is waterproof. Be sure to reapply after you get out of the water. This way you know your feet will be protected from the harsh summer sun.

Step 2 Soak – A great way to soak your feet at home is to combine 1/2c of vinegar, 1/2c of mouthwash (blue works best!), 2c of hot water, and 1/4 Epson salts and then soak for 10-20 minutes.  This soak will leave your feet feeling fresh and soothing. All of these ingredients combined will help you shed dead skin cells.

Step 3 Buff – Buffing our feet after soaking will help the dead skin slide off. You can purchase a buffer in store or make your own at home by combining brown sugar and olive oil.  For men we recommend using a pumice stone.

Step 4 Hydrate – Lastly you want to hydrate your feet. To do this you can purchase cuticle butter or hydrate at home using coconut oil or petroleum jelly. Just rub on your heels and sleep with socks on a couple times a week to achieve soft feet!

We hope these steps help you to treat your feet this summer!

Foods For Dry Skin

May 26, 2015

It is incredibly important to stay hydrated, especially during this time of year. With our busy summer schedules, it can be very easy to fall behind on fluid intake. In addition to drinking water, you can eat foods that contribute to your fluid intake. Eating foods that keep you hydrated also help keep you satisfied with fewer calories. Here are some of our favorite foods with water.

Summer time is right around the corner which means watermelon is back in season! Watermelon is a rich source of antioxidants like lycopene, Vitamin A and C. These help reduce free radicals which are responsible for signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Not only is this fruit a great antioxidant, it also consists of 93% water which is great during the summer. You can either include this tasteful fruit in your diet or you can apply it to your skin to help keep it hydrated.

Along with watermelon another great summer treat is citrus fruit such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes. These fruits are also great whenIMG_0090 it comes to moisturizing the skin. Diluted lemon juice works great on tough areas like elbows and knees. Dehydration can make your skin look dull, so citrus fruit can refresh your face. Vitamin C gives skin a more natural radiant look. We suggest throwing some lemons and limes in water while you enjoy your sunny day.

While you’re laying out under the hot sun by the pool you need to make sure your skin is protected. Make sure you apply plenty of sun screen with high SPF and also be sure to eat strawberries. They have an antioxidant called ellagic acid which is known to help prevent sun damage that can cause wrinkles. We enjoy eating homemade strawberry ice cream or just eating them plain with a little stevia.

There are so many delicious recipes involving cucumbers, did you know they have 95% water content? By eating a cup of cucumber slices you are nearly drinking a class of water! Cucumbers also provide some fiber and Vitamin C. While you are relaxing outside drinking your cucumber water or eating your cucumber salad, try placing a slice over your eyes to help reduce your dark circles.

Stay cool this summer!

Sunspots

May 16, 2015

Have you looked in the mirror recently and noticed brown spots on your skin? Sunspots are dark portions of the skin that develop after being lesionsbeforeexposed to direct UV rays. All ages can see these spots appear but those of you with fare skin will see it more frequently. They are most commonly seen around your face and hands. Here at Skin Perfect we have skin care treatments that will help improve the discoloration in your hands and face.

Our first step is to evaluate and analyze your skin by doing skin imaging. Skin imaging is a thorough analysis of your skin using photographs. An introductory treatment will be performed to determine the condition of your skin. Following your skin analysis, we will design a treatment and product recommendation to target your optimum goals. You will also receive a complimentary mini mineral makeup application by our experienced makeup artist.

Our sun reverse body treatment is ideal for women and men wanting clearer, smoother skin on their chest, back, arms, legs, hands and feet. This treatment will polish and tone the entire body. While single treatments may help brighten the skin for a special occasion, it is recommended to do a series of treatments to help improve more mature, photo damaged skin for a longer lasting result.  This treatment lasts 30 minutes and can be done with a clinical esthetician for $175 or a master esthetician for $200.

Our age defy platinum treatment is one of our bestselling treatments. Truly defying age with three forms of exfoliation, this treatment can improve discoloration and soften fine lines and wrinkles for sun damaged or aging skin. With one treatment you will see a dramatic difference. This treatment lasts 60 minutes and can be done with one of our clinical estheticians for $125 or a master esthetician for $150.

For those of you who have chosen one of our other unique treatments and would like at home ideas for your sun spots, we suggest trying these How-Do-You-Get-Rid-Of-Sunspots-On-Faceremedies. Always wear moisturizer with high SPF even on those days the sun is not shining, we suggest our oil free moisturizing sunscreen. Lemon has a great deal of citric acid that has great healing properties. Place lemon juice on sunspots and allow it to sit for 10 minutes, but avoid the sun during this time. Lastly, buttermilk has been used for decades to lighten sunspots but tends to be more effective on those that do not appear on the face. Allow the buttermilk to sit on the spots for several minutes and then gently wash it away. We hope this summer you follow these steps so you can enjoy the sun without those sunspots!

Our Skin Perfect Shopping Guide for Busy Moms!

May 9, 2015

After posting our blog on working mothers we wanted to take things a step further. Here are some facial and makeup products we suggest for those mothers on the go! We want to help make your day go smoothly as possible and help you achieve the skin you deserve. All of these products IMG_1505are recommended by our expert estheticians and makeup artists. Take a break from your busy day and stop into Skin Perfect to shop around.

Skin Perfect Facial Products

  1. Glycolic Toner (Cleansing product)
  2. Triple Antioxidant Serum (Daytime control of pigmentation)
  3. Pigment Control (Night-time reverse of pigmentation)
  4. Replenish and Soothe (Facial moisturizer)
  5. Antioxidant Eye Cream (Antioxidant that fights free radicals)
  6. Intensive Eye Lightening Serum (Helps lighten dark eye circles)

Colore Me Perfect Makeup Products

  1. Mascara – Every girl loves long dark lashes, there may be days where you only have time to add one makeup product. Mascara not only makes your eyes pop but it makes you look more awake.
  2. CC Cream – This product is amazing and anyone can use it. CC stands for Color Corrector it is a primer for foundation, it has an SPF of 20, and can be worn alone under powder or foundation.
  3. Powder stroke – After you add your cc cream try our loose powder all in one, comes in matte or shimmer finish.
  4. Concealer – Did you only sleep four hours last night? If so you may need to add some concealer to cover those dark eyes.
  5. Lip Gloss – Maybe you don’t have time to add lip liner and lip stick, if this is the case try one of our amazing lip glosses.
  6. Setting Spray – Finish the look with our newest product, setting spray, your makeup will last and you will feel refreshed.
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