Young and Brighter Skin with Ultrasonic Facials

What is an Ultrasonic Facial?

ultrasonic facial, antiage facial, revive skinHave you heard of an Ultrasonic Facial but not sure what it is?  Looking to get your skin to return to its vibrant, youthful past?  Here is just one of the great treatments we have at The Skin and Body Spa to get your skin glowing!

 This state of the art treatment uses a simple yet powerful device to renew your skin.  Ultrasounds are used in many medical treatments for multiple reasons and applications and now are being used for the treatment of the skin.  Ultrasonic facials are a cutting edge skincare technology using very high speeds of low-frequency sound waves.  These micro vibrations help to simulate your skin’s natural repairing system.  This treatment cleans deep into your pores and exfoliates while it lifts and firms your skin.  This is all done without using chemicals, dangerous acids or harsh abrasives that can do long-term damage to the skin.

Benefits of using an Ultrasonic Facial Treatment:

  • Penetrates deep into skin sell to loosen and release oil, dirt and cellular debris for cleaner, healthier skin
  • Encourages cell regeneration
  • Firms you skin
  • Increases hydration and moisture
  • Reduces pore size
  • Works deep within your skin cells
  • Pain free, gentle and completely non-invasive
  • Gently treats sensitive skin
  • Removes oxidized waste material from skin
  • Improves your blood circulation and skin elasticity
  • Reduces puffiness and soothes inflammation
  • Improves acne and scaring condition on the skin and speeds up wounds healing time
  • With regular treatments – restores skin to a smooth and youthful glow
  • Exfoliates your top of layer of skin allowing a healthier completion without redness and irritation
  • Does not cause redness or irritation like microdermabrasion.

Ultrasonic facials give the opportunity for those of us who suffer from Rosacea, acne, sensitive skin and mature skin to not worry about any side effects during a treatment.

Ultrasonic Facials Help Difficult Skin Conditions:

Wrinkles & Fine Lines:  Ultrasonic facials help to hydrate the skin while stimulating and promoting the production of collagen and elastin.  The Result: Your skin looks plumper and fine lines and wrinkles disappear! Acne:  Ultrasonic facials go deep into the skin cells and break up deposits of dirt, oil and dead skin that are the breeding grounds for bacteria.  Cavitation, the first step in the treatment, uses water exfoliation to kill bacteria while unclogging pores.  The Result: Cleaner and healthier skin with less acne! Rosacea & Sensitive Skin:  Finally a treatment for sensitive skin and Rosacea that will help promote healing.  This facial helps to reduce inflammation and intensely hydrate.  People with Rosacea suffer from dehydration and inflammation. Products that help strengthen and reduce capillaries are penetrated deep into the epidermis.  The Result:  Calmer, clearer, hydrated skin!

This All Sounds Amazing!  What are the Phases of an Ultrasonic Facial?

1)  Exfoliation – This phase removes the outer layer of the skin or the stratum corneum – this is the skin that we constantly shed.  This phase will remove 20-50% of this layer with water and a hand instrument on the skin.  This instrument that looks much like a spatula and strokes the skin.  The ultrasonic vibrations will spin the molecules of the water causing a brief change in the water molecule called cavitation.  This phase gently removes the stratum corneum, surface skin, and cleans your skin follicles without irritating or inflaming your pores.

2)  Infusion – One of the hardest parts of maintaining good health in your skin is getting the medication to penetrate deep into your skin.  One of the greatest features of this treatment is the ultrasonic facial allows this to happen.  The process is actually called sonophoresis and with the combination skincare products, the treatments can create a powerful combination for your skin’s health and renewal.  The molecules will enter your skin through products that our skincare specialist will discuss with you based on your skin type and your goals.  The ultrasonic treatment actually opens tiny pathways that will allow your specialized product to move deeply into your skin.  This will create amazing long-lasting results!

3)  Micro Massage Therapy – The last stage of the Ultrasonic treatment called “micro-current”, re-educates your skin to act like younger skin.  Through this process, a very mild electrical current restores you cells’ natural electrical change.  What is this like?  A paddle is lightly waved over your face and throat that creates slight pulses while warming the face. This stage is very important for damaged cells that are not healing themselves effectively.   If one of your cells was damaged due to an environmental cause, overexposure to light/aging, your current is negatively affected.  This causes waste build up that restricts the flow of nutrients to maintain the health of the cell.  The cell has a hard time regenerating and regaining its health.  This micro massage phase helps to get your cells to become normal again.  The electrical current promotes healing, cell regeneration and resiliency in the future.  This treatment gives the cell new life and will help to promote beautiful skin!

The Ultrasonic facial is an opportunity to turn back the hands of time for your face and promote healing for the future.  When done regularly, your skin will look younger, smoother & healthier!  We offer the Ultrasonic facial at The Skin and Body Spa and would love to talk to you about which one is right for you.  Feel free to send us an email with any questions, check out our website or call us at 603.888.7900.  You can also make an appointment onlineLove your skin and let it repair itself!


Help Your Body Release Sadness

sadness and grief, release sadness, release grief, massage makes you happyThe toll the body takes when sadness occurs can throw off your whole system.  Sadness does not just leave your body after a traumatic event, but instead can store inside your body.  Sadness occurs for so many different reasons – Death, break-ups, job loss, financial strain and many other life challenges that occur.  The problem about sadness is it is stored within our bodies even after we have moved on from the cause.  The fact is, addressing issues within your body and in your tissues can help you move on more quickly through grieving and find yourself back in the life you knew with stability and happiness.

Heartache is real?

The term heartache is something that many of us have felt or heard of from a loved one.  The term relates to a feeling of pain insides our bodies.  This feeling can actually be real and is usually associated with the grief of a long-standing physical imbalance from a traumatic event.  This feeling of grief, thought as usually a mental and emotional feeling, does not just leave the body, it stays and resonates making our body actually feel this heartache.

curing sadness, help grieving, massage releasing griefSo how do we release this sadness and grief?

The first step is recognizing that this is actually what is happening to your body.  Knowing that this grief is affecting your internal pain can help you to fight and alleviate this feeling.  Treating this grief with a combination of therapies will unlock and remove the grief from your body in a physical sense as well as emotionally and mentally.

Conventional therapies can work for the mental and emotional state of your grieving process; but it does not always release the physical imbalances that come with a traumatic loss and/or great sorrow.

This grief can sometimes pass through our body quickly when the loss is somewhat expected due to your age, for example.  Your body and mind will accept the loss, go through the states of grieving and your body and mind will release the sadness.

In today’s society, the expectation of grief and experience with loss and sorrow are not dealt with in a successful manner.  From childhood into adulthood, experiences in traumatic events can leave scars that are permanent, physical or imbalances within the body; this is unresolved grief.  This grief lives in muscles, fascia, and tissues the body.  Using massage to release this grief can actually cause memories to resurface that were thought to be forgotten or repressed.

Western medicine is finally coming to understand that there is a correlation between memories, intuition and emotions that can cause physical ailments.  Though most people do not know how these mental ailments are recorded into the body, they are starting to recognize that they are real.   So in the end, when grief happens to an individual, it is imprinted into our body and does not leave unless degriefing happens through touch and communication.

massage helps to combat grieving, stop grieving, help with sadnessMassage can play a key factor in this process – Degriefing with Bodywork

When we have individuals come into The Skin & Body Spa looking for bodywork after a traumatic experience, we find they respond very well.  We use a variety of massage techniques including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Reiki and Reflexology.  These treatments work to open your energy fields and chakras to create an effective treatment to release these negative feelings.

Massage is best known and primarily used to induce relaxation in our clients.  The stress reduction qualities are amazingly beneficial for the maintenance of well-being.  Degriefing bodywork’s goal is to unclog the blockages that have developed in our bodies due to events and to turn the body back to a happier state.  This is one of the reasons to be open and honest with your body therapist and tell them everything you have been experiencing.  In doing this, they can develop and integrate a plan for your body and bring these intentions into your healing.

Emotion is part of the body’s self-preservation and it is very necessary for the body to hold emotions.  In some circumstances, carrying the pain and sadness through massage and bodywork can help you to move on and live your life to the fullest and in a happy state.  We would love to help you through this grief and sadness.  Call us today 603.888.7900 and make an appointment.  Please let your therapist know about any emotional healing to add as intentions for your bodywork.  You can also email us with any questions.  In the end, just know that what you are feeling is part of the process of grieving and with a combination of therapy, you can be healed and feel happy again.

The Link Between Acne & Diet

The link between acne and dietThe topic of diet and acne has been debated and well researched by many people over the years.  The link between our complexion and our diet is not a new topic and scientific research dates back to the 1900’s.  Fighting acne and having healthy skin has initiated many theories.  What has been found most recently coincides with maintaining a healthy living diet.  Research has found eating food with a high glycemic index (GI) or foods that quickly release glucose into the blood stream can aggravate and sometimes actually trigger acne.  Milk has been found to be another major factor in increasing blemishes and spots on the body.  The consumption of milk as well as sodas and sugary treats probably is a major reason why teenagers and an increasing population of adults are affected by the painful and self-conscious condition of acne, including spots and blemishes on the face, neck, back and chest.

What exactly is Acne?

Acne is caused by a combination of your skin producing too much sebum and a buildup of dead skin that clogs your pores and leads to a spot or infection of the pore.  During adolescence, especially the teenage years, sebum is produced by hormonal inflictions.  This can explain 80% of teenagers’ acne bouts.  This acne does not have any real danger; but it can cause anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.

How long has Acne been researched?

Research linked a relationship between acne and diet since the 19th century.  During that time, chocolate, sugar and fat were thought to be the main culprits of acne.  From the 1960s until recently, researchers believed there was no link between food and acne.

What has been found through research in recent years is eating foods that are high in GI – foods that the bloodstream absorbs quickly – are actually thought to directly affect the amount and severity of acne, triggering hormonal fluctuations.  These foods are thought to activate your hormonal levels that spike insulin, which is conceived to increase sebum production.  A recent study in Australia looked at two young males who tried a low GI diet and saw great improvement in the intensity of their acne.

Milk and AcneWhy Milk?  Milk contains hormones that increase the production of acne.  A study at Harvard in 2007 by the Harvard School of Public health found a link between acne and milk and even found that skimmed milk increases the development of acne.  The thought is that processing milk increases the hormones in the beverage.   After drinking skim milk, your likelihood to develop acne increases 44%!

How do you fight acne through food?  Through the research of recent years, we suggest combating acne should start with your diet.  Here are some starting points when choosing the right foods:

Choose Low GI goods (What are GI Foods?)Foods with low GI

  • For starters, only carbohydrates have a GI rating.
  • Foods that are low in GI make you feel fuller because it takes longer for your body to break down these foods and allow glucose to enter blood stream.
  • Low GI foods include fruits and vegetable, wholegrain foods – including Quinoa, Buckwheat, wild Rice, Barley, Rye, Bulgur and spelt.
  • High GI foods include sugary sodas, baked goods including cakes and pastries, chocolate, white bread and potatoes.

Having a diet of low GI foods is so important to keeping a healthy body and having skin without blemishes and spots.  These foods combined with a complete cleansing system to remove dead skin and replenish with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals will not only give you clear skin, but skin that radiates and shines.  Make an appointment with your esthetician to find out more about acne solutions.  Email or call us at 603.888.7900 to find out more information.

Save Your Skin With Retinol!

Rebuild Your Skin from the Inside Out

 Suffering from the effects of acne or aging and looking for a skin savior?  Retinol can be just what you are looking for!  Retinol is considered the most active form of vitamin A that will safely benefit the skin and has been included in The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) substances.

retinol formulaWhat exactly is Retinol and where do naturally you find it?

Retinol is a natural derivative of Vitamin A that is sourced through enzymatic processing.  The most common natural form that you will find is beta-carotene.  Within your skin, retinol is converted to other metabolites showing different levels of activity for example retinol is converted into retinoic acid within the skin.

How does retinol work?

Retinol is the organizer of your skin cells or in other words, the very heart of why you have skin conditions.  This antioxidant’s knowledge of the difference in skin cells, the small molecular size, and liposoluable nature allows it to move deeper into your epidermal layers.  This stimulates the production of your skin cells and helps to maintain the skins structure by inhibiting the DNA damage that breaks down collagen.  Once the retinol hits your skin’s lower layers and regulates the cell growth, the retinol enzyme turns into retinoic acid and binds with DNA to promote healthy skin growth. After proper retinol use, you will see your skin emerge healthier, finer, smoother texture and more toned.

Not all Products containing Retinol are created Equal!

Common retinol skin care products usually will produce results.  Unfortunately, as an antioxidant, retinol quickly oxidizes when it is added into these skin care products.  Many of these manufacturers opt to only add a small amount of retinol to their products.  This very popular ingredient has seen many different formulations to protect and enhance the delivery and performance of the retinol.  These key challenges for delivery include poor stability, prone to chemical breakdown, and quick oxidation.

GM Collin Night Cream: Retinol Advanced + Matrixyl + Q10What is most effective way to add retinol to your skincare?

There are some forms of retinol skincare that we would suggest to you.  A great night cream to help with anti-age and anti-wrinkle is GM Collin Night Cream: Retinol Advanced + Matrixyl + Q10.  This cream uses retinol-advanced formula that works through the night with your natural repair cycles to delay the signs of aging.  It also hydrates, revitalizes the skin and helps to diminish and prevent the signs of aging while smoothing your skins texture.

This product is clinically proven at 28 days:

  • Up to 98% reduction of total surface of lines and wrinkles
  • Up to 93% reduction of number of lines and wrinkles
  • Up to 98% improvement in hydration level
  • Up to 55% increase in firmness.

Retinol Advanced is the most technologically advanced night cream on the market.  It is quickly absorbed and leaves your skin feeling light and silky.  Nicely scented with pleasant fruit extracts, bamboo leaf, rose petal, white jasmine, sandalwood and white musk notes.

Retinol Vital A CreamAnother cream we like Vital A Cream that is enriched with retinyl palmitate, retinol and palmitic acid, to increase skin elasticity.  This cream improves cellular renewal and hydration levels while it reduces lines and wrinkles.

This cream boasts as a favorite of plastic surgeons for its quick acting wrinkle reducing power.  It comes as the highest concentration of retinol on the market without having a prescription.  This shea butter based formula contains immune boosting echinacea, nourishing olive leaf extract, green tea, chamomile and cellular boosting hyaluronic acid.

A very effective delivery of retinol is called Tegoshere.  It is a spongy microcapsule that swells to trigger the release of actives that are discharged when the Tefosphere senses the pH, warm and moisture of the skin.  This delivery helps to reinforce the stability, activity, and efficiency of the retinol.  Studies even show that this product delivers more than 70% of the encapsulated retinol. 

Talk to your Esthetician before you use Retinol Products

Retinol products can be used with most skin types, but it is NOT recommended for sensitive skin, rosacea and active acne.  Direct sunlight exposure should be avoided since retinol is photo-sensible and can be easily degraded by UV rays in addition to producing erythema or irritation.  You should always used sunscreen day and night to maintain effective results without potential risks.

For more information about retinol products, call the Spa directly 603.888.7900 or Contact us to make an appointment with an esthetician.  Improve your skin from the inside out.

What to Know About Threading…

Heard about Threading, but still have some questions? Here are some benefits to the hair removal process that has actually been around for over seven centuries!

-Threading does not use chemicals, lasers, or any other foreign material on the skin.

-Threading only removes hair. This means that unlike waxing, which can sometimes remove skin, threading is much less irritating and can be less painful.

-Threading removes thin hairs and hairs that are as little as 1/16 of an inch long.

-Threading does not cause ingrown hairs.

-Threading is quick and very precise, removing hairs in a straight line (perfect for shaping eyebrows).

-Results for threading for hair removal last between 2-6 weeks.

Whether you decide to stick with waxing or try this new approach, we hope you choose our experts for all of your skin and body needs!

Fall Trends & Free Treats

Say hello to Autumn Ladies! No more are the long, hot days of summer. Along with the change of seasons come lighter foundations, deeper lips, and luxurious lids. Fall 2012 is full of unexpected colors in luminous shades! Here at the Skin and Body Spa Jane Iredale has just what we need to make it through the upcoming months in style.
Here’s our take on the Fall’s trendiest looks!

The word on the street is BOLD. No more are the barely there colors of summer. It’s time to introduce exciting shades like Tangerine! Although it seems intimidating there is a trick to wearing this color without it wearing you. Play down the rest of your face and let your lips do the talking..

Tangerine a little too far outside your comfort zone? Fall’s other hot ticket this season is Cherry Red. Forget matte finishes and opt instead for a shiny and bright version of this classic. Tips for those of us searching for the perfect shade; blue-based reds look great on fair skin while orange-y tones flatter medium to dark skin tones best. Also, soften the lip line with a cotton swab to make this bold shade more wearable.

Neutrals are the name of the game when it comes to eyes this autumn, and it’s no wonder with all those sassy shades dressing up our lips. Stick to glossy and luminous versions of whites, silver-grays, and browns.
Brown is a make-up must have for any fashion forward gal. Vamp up your current selection by sweeping a layer of moisturizer over the shadow for a satin finish!

White shadow makes eyes appear larger, so toss it on lids and the inner corners of your eyes for an iridescent, luminous glow that really opens brightens up your face.

While gold stole the show last year silver is the new metallic in season. A bit more understated, silver-gray is sophisticated and demure which works on just about everyone.

Want that healthy, naturally flushed look all year round? Ditch the self tanner and opt for a layered look. Apply a pink blush over apricot to mimic the skin’s natural glow when flushed. This trick works for powdered or crème blushes, but the key is to apply the peachy shade first followed by the pink on just the apples of your cheeks!

Want to learn more?
The Skin and Body Spa is offering Free Make – Up Applications from September 29, 2012 through October 6,2012! Get you skin tone matched by the experts, try out some new shades, and on top of it all receive 15% off your Jane Iredale purchase that day! What are you waiting for? Book today!

What Your Acne Number Tells You

We’ve all experienced the occasional break out, or even a full blown attack on our face, but have you ever wondered what might be the reason behind it? Here is some insight to the why, when, and what you can do to manage your skin issues.

Follow the diagram to see where your most frequent breakouts happen. Then use the information below to help kiss blemishes good-bye!

1 & 2: Digestive System — This is typically caused by excessive amounts of fat in your diet, binging on processed or ‘junk’ food, and lack of water in your diet. Cut back on the packaged stuff and reach for more water and water dense foods like cucumbers.

3: Liver —This is the zone where allergies show up first, so check your ingredient lists. Avoid alcohol, dairy, and fried foods and make sure to get in that thirty minutes of exercise everyday. The most important thing to do is to let your liver take a break by getting adequate sleep.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Sometimes this can mean your blood pressure and cholesterol are  high. So don’t hesitate to check your levels with your doctor. Not to mention your Vitamin B could be low. Decrease your intake of spicy foods, red meat, and try to get outside for some fresh air. Increase your Omegas 3 and 6 with more nuts, avocados, and flax seed. Don’t forget this area of your face is full of dilated pores so check the dates on your makeup to be sure it hasn’t expired and that it isn’t skin-clogging.

*Come by the Skin and Body Spa and check out Jane Iredale’s line of Mineral Make-up for healthy skin!

7 & 8: Kidneys — Cut down on your coffee and alcohol intake. You need to hydrate! Drink up!

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Smoking and allergies can be the cause of these breakouts. If neither of these are the cause for you your body maybe too acidic. Decrease your intake of meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar and try to increase your snacking on green veggies and wheatgrass juice.

*Dirty cell phones and pillow cases are also popular culprits!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is a classic zone for stress and hormone changes. You can help decrease their effect by getting enough sleep, keeping hydrated, eating leafy veggies, and keeping you skin clean.

*Breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: StomachUp your fiber intake and decrease toxins. Try an herbal tea to help aid in digestion.

14: Illness — Break outs that occur in this zone can mean your body is trying to fight off bacteria to avoid getting sick. Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a break, relax, and drink plenty of water!

So next time you’re surprised with a unexpected visitor, look to your map for answers. Your body could be trying to communicate with  you! However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermatologist for a proper prognosis. You can always visit the Skin and Body Spa for a specialized facial and skin consultation. We would love to help you with all of your beauty needs!