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Inspirational quote, believe in yourself


“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” Christian D. Larson


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.

Get Ready for the Sunshine!

Jane Iredale Tantasia self tannerHow amazing is this weather?  The glimpse of spring is shining all around us and our skin needs to be ready for the bright and stronger sun.  Here’s a great way to get your skin looking golden and tan without the direct sunlight.  Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer is unlike any other self tanner on the market!

Why do we love Jane Iredale’s Tantasia?  This product takes a new approach to self-tanning, using your skin’s own tanning process- production of melanin- to develop a safer, long lasting and natural tan.  This proprietary formula is so unique and promotes your natural beauty!

Tantasia allows you to control the depth of your natural color because it is a gradual self tanner.  If you apply every day, your tan will be richer and more golden.  The formula is a lightweight gel that can be used on both your face and your body.  The subtle tint ensures you cannot miss a spot!

Powder-Me SPF Dry SunscreenWe highly recommend you use an SPF with the self-tanner.  Tantasia itself does not have an SPF in its formula.  Applying Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen will do just the trick before you get sun exposure.  Powder-Me SPF offers SPF30 in three different shades.  We have found “Golden” or “Tanned” help to enhance the Tantasia results.  For your face, Jane Iredale’s Amazing Base SPF 20 or Pure Pressed Base SPF 20 will work wonders.  They both are water resistant for up to 80 minutes in moving water and are available in an array of different shades.

Jane Iredale Lip Drink SPF 15Remember to not forget your lips! Lip Drink SPF 15 is the perfect colorless, moisturizing and protective lip balm with hints of lemon and orange to make you lips feel fresh!

Let Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer get your skin prepared, looking golden and you will be radiating beauty!  Contact us or stop into the spa to purchase these products and any other sun protecting products!


Save your Man’s Face with Great Skincare

Men's skincareEven though we do not discuss men’s skincare as much as women’s skincare, there are amazing products out there to keep your guy’s youthful glow.  As you know, men’s skin is thicker and rougher than women’s skin and since men usually shave about once a day, their skin tends to be more dry and irritated.   The products that men use on their skin can be culprits for over drying.   Foamy shaving creams that contain drying ingredients and stinging after-shaves are not helping their skin.  Why don’t you tell that man in your life how to keep his skin looking younger, brighter and wonderful to the touch!

The products we suggest to our male clients is The G.M. Collin “MENS” line.  This product line was created and developed to ease the skincare process with less necessary products in the regime.  In this line, your man will get all the must have products that are high quality, good for all skin types and paraben-free.  Added bonus: all the products have essential oils that give a light, fresh, masculine scent – Mostly citrus and fresh herbs.  As in all the products created by G.M. Collin, the formulas are made from natural plant and marine extracts and are never tested on animals.

MensskincarelineHere are the specific products that G.M. Collin has to offer! 

G.M. Collin Detoxifying Gel Cleansermen's skincare and face wash

This cleanser is much gentler on the skin than a bar of soap. Bar soaps can be over drying and clog the skin.  This gel is alcohol, paraben and soap-free.  While it cleans away dirt and excess oil, it leaves the skin fresh, clean and nurtured with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, probiotics and multivitamins – Vitamin A, B, C, & E.

G.M. Collin Shaving Gel Best mens shaving gel, best mens shaving cream

This product is not just a shaving gel!  It’s a foaming gel with some serious skincare benefits for any man.  This gel foams into a rich, soothing, moisturizing lather that helps calm razor burn.  The gel is made of aloe, allantoin and cucumber extract – good for any skin type.  It’s hard to detach from the soapy shaving creams your man is using, but this one will change       his mind.

GM Collin After shave Midst, best aftershave, best aftershave midstG.M. Collin After Shave Cooling Mist

This soothing aftershave mist comes in a white plastic pump bottle that dispenses refreshing liquid lotion that does not contain any greasy side effects.  This pleasantly scented after-Shave soothes irritation without the stinging (alcohol free).  This product is also full of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, probiotics, multivitamins: A, B, C, & E for Hydration – Even if his skin is sensitive, he will like this After-Shave

Mens facial moisturizer, mens face cream, hydrating creamG.M Collin Intense Hydrating Cream 

Best mens cream, hydrating mens creamHaving a hard time getting your guy to apply a daily moisturizer?  This intense hydrating cream might just be the product to make his face feel so good and change his mind on moisturizers.  This flip top white tube moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, probiotics, and Vitamins A, B, C, & E.  This moisturizer does not have the greasy film that is a complaint of many men about moisturizers.  Also this cream is light, absorbs quickly and is enhanced by a light, masculine, fresh scent.  Ingredients include aquaxyl (hydrator) hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.  This cream is made with avocado oil, dextophane and rice peptides. Your guy’s face will feel less tight and dry within a couple of days and his skin will feel softer and more comfortable.  This is a great cream for men who are results oriented because he will immediately see and feel the results of this cream.  If you can get him to use it for a few days – he will never go without it!

mens antiaging cream, antiage lotion, antiage face lotionG.M. Collin Men Anti-Aging Revitalizing Cream

This anti-aging cream is specially formulated for a man’s skin with peptides, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, probiotics, multivitamins – A, B, C & E and natural ingredients.  This cream is especially formulated for the man who has not taken care of his skin and is starting to notice that his skin is aging quicker than he would like.  This cream wages battle against the signs of aging by improving elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles

Check out our fine selection of men’s skincare items at The Skin & Body Spa.  Call us at 603.888.7900 or Contact Us to make an appointment for your guy to find out the best combination for his skin. We are happy to give him a 15 minute complimentary skin care consultation!