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!

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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.

Quitting Will Make You Prettier

tumblr_mdrl01Lv301r41at2I’m not telling you anything new when I say smoking is horrible for your health—deadly, in fact. But if that isn’t enough to convince you, then how about the fact that smoking is making you ugly? Here’s a headline for you—Quitting Smoking Will Make You Prettier—and here’s how:

You’ll have firmer skin. “Smoking destroys collagen and elastin,” says Dr. Fredric Brandt, “and it decreases levels of estrogen, which is necessary to keep skin firm.”

You’ll have less redness. Smoking increases inflammation of the skin by generating free radicals and causing vascular injury, which the body then attempts to repair. And the same goes for frequent heavy exposure to secondhand smoke. The good news? Quit, and inflammatory damage from smoking may be reversible. The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York, found that weeks after quitting smoking, women showed reductions in several markers of inflammation, especially those linked with heart disease.

You’ll lessen the appearance of dark circles. There’s still no miracle cure for dark undereye circles, but one thing that makes them worse is smoking, among other things. If you don’t have dark circles, you’ll notice fresher-looking eyes in general. The toxins in cigarette smoke damage the delicate tissue around them.

You’ll have a smoother complexion. Cigarettes do absolutely nothing to make you look younger—quite the opposite. The longer a woman smokes, the older she looks, with deeper and more plentiful wrinkles and more uneven skin tone, not to mention an overall lack of radiance. According to research analysis, every ten years of smoking resulted in a perceived extra 2.5 years of age.

You’ll have whiter teeth and nails. We all know smoking yellows your teeth, causes bad breath, and, if you smoke enough, stains your nails as well. All of this can be reversed…if you stop, that is.

You’ll feel more self-confident. Quitting won’t just improve your complexion, hair, and teeth, it will also improve how you feel about yourself on the inside. A 2006 study published in the American Journal of Health Behavior found that female college students who smoked had a more negative body image than those who didn’t—and the more they smoked, the worse they felt about themselves.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes For Clearer Skin

News Flash!Over 50% of you don’t clean your make up brushes. Why is this important? With regular use brushes build up with dirt, skin cells, and more importantly BACTERIA! Avoid bringing on blemishes by following these simple steps.

Step 1: With the brush pointing downward, wet just the hairs under a faucet with warm water with the hairs pointing downwards to prevent water from entering the handle.Step 2: Using a mild shampoo, liquid hand soap, or specially formulated brush soap, massage the soap with your fingers and apply to the hairs from the base to hair tip. With the brush pointing downward, gently squeeze the hairs beginning at the base and moving toward the hair tips over; repeat, adding a little water each time until the water runs clear.

Step 3: After the brush is rinsed, brush it slightly while reshaping the brush on a clean paper towel and lay it to dry.

Step 4: Let brushes dry completely before using. Dry time will depend on size and density of the brush.

Eat Your Way To Healthy Skin – 8 Easy Steps

New research solidifies claims that your diet might be the culprit for your blemishes and break outs. It’s been suggested that we need to become beautiful starting from the inside. While we take great care of the top layers of our skin (products generally penetrate the top 20%) in order to see the amazing results we crave we need to work from the inside out. We’ve compiled this Dermatologist backed diet into 8 easy steps on eating your way to clearer skin.

1) Steer clear of the ‘white food family’ – This would include white bread, cookies, cakes, and crackers.
Why? Processed foods like the ones listed above digest too quickly. This leads to insulin ( a hormone that increases levels of acne-causing androgens like testosterone)spikes and a chemical called IGF-1 to be released. Both lead to clogged pores and excess oil production.

2) Eat more fiber-rich carbs – Up you intake of brown rice, whole-grain pasta, sweet potatoes, and lentils.We’ve all heard this one before, but maybe we didn’t realize it might be causing our break-out burdens.
Why? It takes longer to breakdown these items due to the lower GI (Glycemic Index) which translates into less insulin spikes ( and thus clearer skin!)

3) Cut down on dairy – Try to avoid milk, cheese, and ice cream.
Why? Did you know that almost half of all dairy cows in the US are pregnant? You may be thinking,’Why do I care?’ the answer is simple. Due to this fun little fact it’s known that the milk we drink regularly is full of growth hormones , which experts have linked to acne-causing testosterone levels. Try Almond milk in your cereal, or if you must fix your craving for dairy opt for yogurt. The fermentation process may reduce some of the hormones that can trigger your acne.

4) Avoid processed meats- Think hotdogs.
Why? They contain inflammatory omega-6 fats (not the good omega-3s) linked to inflammation and oil production. This is where a lot of your redness and shininess can come from. Try to stick to organic and free-range meats whenever possible.

5) Eat the rainbow – Beets, carrots, spinach, blueberries and any other deeply hued produce. That’s right, you’ve been hearing it all your life…’Eat your vegetables!’
Why? Eating a wide (and colorful) variety of antioxidant rich fruits and veggies will help your skin and body heal and protect against current and future damage caused by your environment. Eat them raw as often as possible as they are made up of as much as 96% water. As we all know good hydration is the best way to great skin. Eating raw veggies is said to be even better then drinking a glass of water because it is gradually released, unlike a glass of water that goes right through your system.

6) Eat oily fish – Salmon, mackerel, and sardines.
Why? These fish are rich in omega-3 fats, which help stop inflammation, an acne and redness trigger.

7) Switch your cooking oil – Olive oil.
Why? Replace your corn and vegetable oils, heavy in omega 6 fats, and replace with the heart healthy choice of olive oil. Opt for ‘Cold Pressed’ to get the most flavor and health benefits!

8) Cut down on alcohol – Why? Ok, we’re not saying not to have a glass of wine at the end of a long week ( since its actually a stress reliever for most people it’s good for your skin in that way) we’re more talking about the binge drinking. It’s been proven that excessive drinking exacerbates adult acne, eczema, and rosacea.

You’re only 8 easy steps away from more beautiful, clearer, and younger looking skin!

For more information regarding this research and testimonial stories check out Glamour Magazine’s November 2012 issue!

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!