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!


Top 9 Reasons You Suffer from Oily Skin

Oily Skin reasonsOily Skin has been a battle for women and men for many years.   As those who suffer from oily skin know, the excess oil on your face can feel thick and greasy.  This can increase the size of your pores and make acne more intense, making you feel more self- conscious.  Understanding what causes oily skin is the first steps to making your skin look amazing and balanced.

The top reasons your skin becomes oily:

1)   Your Genes– a great indicator of genetic oily skin is looking at your family.   This usually indicates you and your family have larger sebaceous glands which produce more oil.  Genetically, oily skin will make you more likely to have clogged pores and more blemishes and breakouts.

2)   Sun Tanning – tanning is so bad for reducing oil.  It dries out your skin as a temporary reaction and it actually triggers an injury response that will cause your sebaceous glands to create more oil to protect your skin’s surface.

3)   Your Medication – hormonal birth control and hormonal replacement medication will also increase your oil production.  Also, medications having a side effect of causing dehydration can also create excess oil production.

4)   Women having hormonal changes – including pregnancy, peri & pre-menopause can cause your sebaceous gland to overproduce to the max.

5)   Washing too many times per day – it’s true, we all use products to cleanse, moisturize, scrub and exfoliate.  But when we  cleanse too much or apply too much pressure when scrubbing and exfoliating, it will cause our skin to get more oily.

6)   Use of unnecessary skin care tools – For example, scrubbing with a rotating cleansing brush (NOT the Clarisonic.  The Clarisonic Brush oscillates making it a safe tool for your skin), strips and buff puffs can irritate the skin and also dry it out.

7)   Change of the seasons – as you might have already realized, in the spring and summer humidity increases, which can cause oil production in your skin to increase.  Also, in the winter months when the air becomes dry, your skin will get dehydrated.  Your skin produces more oil to overcompensate!

8)   Stress – A huge culprit for the overproduction of oil due to increase of more androgen hormones.

9)   Using the wrong skincare products. – for example, if you are using an oily skin cleanser but actually have combination skin, it can over strip your skin of the oil you need and as a result, your skin will overproduce oil.

Products We Suggest!oil1

GM Collin-

  • Puractive or Purace Cleanser
  • Deep Cleansing Solution
  • Puractive Treating Mist
  • Puractive Cream
  • Puracne Gel
  • Derm Renewal Gel
  • Acne Complex

We offer complimentary Skin Consultations.  Make one today or call 603.888.7900 so we can help you with your oily skin!

Want to get rid of your Sun and Age Spots? Tips to a brighter You!

Get Brighter Skin as you ageAs you get older, are you noticing more sun and age spots?  Are you looking for brighter skin this spring and summer?  As we age, sun and age spots start to appear.  These spots make us feel unattractive and self-conscience and can sometimes be very hard to cover up.

As you know, too much sun exposure can be a culprit.  Your eyeglasses can also cause brown spots on your face.  They can act as a heat conductor and cause brown discoloration below the eyes.  These brown spots appear over time and finding the right product to fade these spots is very difficult.  So, what should you do?!

Have no fear, sun and age spots as well as other discoloration can be treated!  As you know, not all products are created equal in removing these pesky imperfections.  With the help of your esthetician and solutions on the market, you can have brighter skin just in time for the new season!

One of our favorite skincare lines, G.M. Collin, makes amazing products and has created a system to help you take hold of your skin again!  The PhotoWhite Brightening 3 step system works wonders on these sunspots, age spots and other imperfections.

 Here is the simple 3 step system:

G.M. Collin PhotoWhite Brightening System:

  1. Gently apply PhotoWhite Dark Spot Serum on your spots and not all over your face.  This concentrated serum is a triple action spot treatment that brightens, exfoliates and defends the skin from signs of aging.  It’s powerful mixture of natural antioxidants, botanical extracts and amino acids has proven to be as effective as 4% hydroquinone.
  2. Apply PhotoWhite Cream all over your face.  This is an anti-aging cream that evens out your skin tone.  It will prevent future dark spots and is incredibly hydrating.   Bonus- your skin will look brighter and soft to the touch.
  3. The Last step is applying The Mineral Sun Cream 25. Simply apply this all over your daily skincare products.  This cream is fragrance free, non-greasy and does not streak white like other sun blocks.   The cream contains natural zinc oxide and titanium Dioxide which protect your face from both UVA and UVB rays.  Mineral Sun Cream 25 is very easy to apply before you head out the door for great protection against the sun.

*You can purchase these 3 products at The Skin & Body Spa in a kit called “The Phyto White Kit”.  When you purchase them in the kit, the sunscreen is FREE!

If you have any questions about these products or would like to have a consultation with one of our estheticians to create a skin plan – call us at 603.888.7900 or Make an appointment now! 

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.

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!

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!

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!