Acne At Any Age & How to Control it!

Long before a blemish appears on your skin, it has been forming deep below the surface.
When we look to treat acne-prone skin, from puberty through menopause, there are five areas of concern that must be addressed in order to experience actual improvement in the skin.

1.   Sebaceous (oil) Glands sit deep within your skin.  These glands are always affected when acne is present and are usually over-producing oil, even if your skin does not feel oily.

2.   Inflammation. The more profound the acne the more inflammation is present within the skin.  Inflammation is a major driving force behind acne and must be addressed both topically and internally.

3.  Slowed skin cell turnover rate. As new cells grow beneath the skin the dead cells on the surface do not shed adequately enough to allow the oil from below to escape out of the skin’s pores, causing it to become trapped.

4. Bacteria found on and in the skin multiplies at a rapid rate due to a perfect environment of dead skin cell build-up and excess oil.

5. Enzymes located in the skin are triggered by an acneic skin condition.  5-alpha reductase is an enzyme that binds with testosterone, causing sebum to become sticky.  Lipase is secreted by bacteria and contributes to inflammation (oftentimes causing scarring).

The best way to treat an acne type skin condition is by the use of proper skin care products and clinical facial treatments.  Spa 10 Estheticians will set you up on a protocol that contains all the necessary ingredients to exfoliate, calm inflammation, reduce oil production, address bacteria, and target the 5-alpha reductase and lipase enzymes.

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Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit www.thespa10.com.

© Skin Care by Lori, Inc.

Reference:  Societe Skin Care, Denise Byrnes  http://societeskincare.org/

Why you should fall in love with Sunless Airbrush Tanning

The following 5 facts about skin cancer will provide you with knowledge on how to keep your skin healthy, beautiful and youthful looking!

1.  Skin cancer affects more men than women.  Despite the higher rates in men, melanoma is the most frequent cancer of all cancers in women aged 25-29, probably because of ultraviolet tanning!

2.  Geography and race play a role in rates of skin cancer.  Melanoma is less common in African-Americans, Asians and Latinos, yet these populations experience more deaths because their skin cancers are detected far later in the disease process.

3.  Australians develop more cancers on the right side of the body, while Americans develop more on the left side of the body.  It all has to do with added sun exposure from driving!

4.  Temperatures do not increase sun exposure.  A light coverage is recommended no matter what the temp outside is and it is most important to remember to reapply frequently!

5.  Self-tanning and airbrush spray tanning do not provide protection from the sun.   If you haven’t tried airbrush tanning in a while give it a shot as formulations have improved and the funky odor and fabric staining has been virtually eliminated.

Remember to protect your skin with sunblock, get yearly full-body skin care checks, and invest in an airbrush spray tan whenever  you want that bronzed glow!

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Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit www.thespa10.com.

© Skin Care by Lori Inc. 2011

Reference:  Kevin Schewe, MD, FACRO  www.elitetherapeutics.com

Dermascope, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics August 2011

Invest in a facial or body treatment that WILL change your skin!

Healthy Cells = Healthy younger looking skin….it’s a fact!

Microcurrent Facial Toning

This is great information on Spa 10’s #1 anti-aging facial and body toning treatment! A lot of you have had these amazing treatments and here is clinical information on all the benefits you receive during your hour-long appointment.

Muscle re–education is most related to the term “facial toning”. There are 32 different muscles of the face that are manipulated during the average microcurrent treatment.

Aside from muscle re-education and massive increases in ATP levels, microcurrent has other proven benefits for esthetic applications. Emil Y Chi, PhD, director of the University Of Washington‘s department of pathology, performed clinical studies using microcurrent equipment. He notes,” The fact that technology works in harmony with the body is evident. Examination of the skin tissue treated with microcurrent showed a 45% increase in the number of elastin fibres in the dermis, and the length if the fibres on average doubled. The collagen thickness in the connective tissues increased 10%, and the numbers of blood vessels increased by 35%. The application of microcurrent to skin and tissue produced a firmer and tighter feeling on the skin surface.

Many of the studies detailing the massive increase in speed regarding wound healing refer to ATP as one of the attributing factors. The other attributing factor is an increase in blood circulation. Blood circulation has everything to do with the function, condition, color, and overall health of the skin, as underlying tissue.

Chi’s 2003 study performed at the University of Washington further notes a 35% increase In blood circulation Limphatic drainge is a very overlooked treatment in esthetics, although it has been gaining momentum in recent years. Clinical studies performed using microcurrent at Hong Kong’s Tuen Muen Hospital in 1988 indicated that Limphatic by 28% on post-cancer patients suffering from lymphodema.

Limphatic drainge is a very overlooked treatment in esthetics, although it has been gaining momentum in recent years. Clinical studies performed using microcurrent at Hong Kong’s Tuen Muen Hospital in 1988 indicated that Limphatic by 28% on post-cancer patients suffering from lymphodema.

Chi’s 1999 study also proved that the redness, irritation, and inflammation of surgically traumatized tissue could be decreased significantly when treated with microcurrent. Related to this, the buildup of hardened collagen that makes up scar tissue was noted to be 3 to 5 times less in tissue treated with microcurrent. Further studies also indicated an amazing dispersion of existing scar tissue when treated with microcurrent. This indicates that in the realm of plastic surgery, you can see the obvious place for microcurrent technology. By administering a series of treatments before surgery, muscle and tissue condition is maximized, inclusive of an excessive storage of ATP. Microcurrent treatment of sutures and trauma post-op decreases the down time by reducing inflammation, redness and irritation, while enhancing the healing ability and minimizing scar tissue. Post-surgery treatments also are vital to maintain the results of the surgical work.

In terms of product penetration, microcurrent offers specific Iontophoresis that allows superior penetration of water based products into the skin. The idea that the electrical current emits from one probe and returns to the other allows specific focus on products penetration, Chi’s 1999 study also proved that the redness, irritation and inflammation of surgically traumatized tissue could be decreased significantly when treated with microcurrent.

Related to this, the buildup of hardened collagen that makes up scar tissue was noted to be three times less in tissue treated with microcurrent. Further studies also indicated an amazing dispersion of existing scars when treated with microcurrent. This indicates that in the realm of plastic surgery you can see the obvious place for microcurrent technology. By administering a series of treatments before surgery, muscle and tissue condition is maximized, inclusive of an excessive storage of ATP. Microcurrent treatment of sutures and trauma post-op decreases the down time by reducing inflammation, redness and irritation, while enhancing the healing ability and minimizing scar tissue. Post- surgery treatments also are vital to maintain the results of the surgical work.

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Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or a member of her team please visit www.thespa10.com.

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Reference:   http://www.microcurrent.net/

Physical vs Chemical Sunblocks

There has been a lot of concern about ingredients in sunblock and whether we should  be protecting our skin with it.  My clients are very smart and always looking for the correct way to protect their skin…as they know this will not only provide them with a great looking complexion, but will help them age gracefully.

As a professional skin care therapist I believe that we need to protect our skin from the sun for a few different reasons:

1.  Environmental damage DOES cause premature aging!

2. Skin cancer is on the rise and NOBODY should have to deal with what is involved in the treatment of this type of cancer.

3. Most women suffer from sun spots on their face starting in their 20’s and once you have them…they are hard to get rid of….so why not prevent them?  I wish I would have known about sunblock when I was a kid.

There are different types of sunblock – Physical and Chemical.  Physical sunblock sits on the skin, reflects the harmful rays and works immediately after application to the skin.  This is the type of sunblock I recommend to all my clients.

Chemical sunblock has to absorb into the blood stream and takes about 1/2 hour after applying to start protecting your skin.  This is the type of sunblock I try to avoid.

No Matter which sunblock you decide to use the important thing to remember is to REAPPLY!

Physical Sunblock                                                   Chemical Sunblock
How it Works How it works
Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays. Some chemical filters can scatter sun rays, but still mostly just absorb them.
Active Ingredients Active Ingredients
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate,
Zinc oxide (ZnO) Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Homosalate,
4-MBC, Mexoryl SX & XL, Tinosorb S, M
Uvinul T 150, Uvinul A Plus
Safety
Pretty safe, FDA approved. Generally safe, however some chemical filters generate free radicals which can make your skin age.
Don’t cause free radicals Many chemical UV filters have not been FDA approved in the States, but are in sunscreens sold in Europe and Asia.

If you would like to book a skin care consultation visit www.thespa10.com and just click on the schedule now button and I will be happy to help you find the right sunblock for you and your family!

© Skin Care by Lori Inc. 2011

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit www.thespa10.com.

References:http://www.skinacea.com/sunscreen/physical-vs-chemical-sunscreen.html

12 Hidden Beauty Robbers

I found this list of “Beauty Robbers” written by Jennifer Devlin in one of my trade magazines, and thought the information was valuable and well worth sharing!

The following ingredients, which are found in most personal care products, should be avoided at all costs.  Clients with skin sensitivity issues often see a significant improvement in their condition when they stop using these ingredients.

  1. Benzoyl peroxide
  2. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (Triethanolamine)
  3. Dioxin
  4. DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl)

    Ingredients to Avoid!
  5. FD&C Color & Pigments
  6. Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl)
  7. PEG (Polyethylene glycol)
  8. Phthalates
  9. Propylene Glycon (PG) and Butylene Glycol
  10. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  11. Sunscreen chemicals
  12. Triclosan

Although there have been few clinical studies on what these ingredients actually do to the skin, I have personally seen incredible healing when clients at Spa 10 start using  product lines we offer that DO NOT contain these ingredients.   Our licensed estheticans have watched acne heal, sun spots diminish and redness and skin sensitivity simply just disappear!

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit www.thespa10.com.

©Skin Care by Lori Inc. 2011

References: les nouvelless, July 2011, Jennifer Devlin

The Perfect Product to Help Clear Your Ance!

BLEMISH Clarifying Complex

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Whether you’re suffering from an occasional breakout or a problematic skin condition Spa 10 knows that can make you feel!  We have have amazing facials and products to help you look and feel beautiful.


A unique blend of ingredients designed specifically for problematic skin, this complex targets the key factors that contribute to a variety of challenging skin conditions. Bacteria, oil production, inflammation and cellular build-up are all components that increase negative skin responses, causing impure, inflamed and problematic skin.

Used daily, this complex will aid in reducing these triggers, improving the skin’s condition and overall appearance.

• This complex is excellent for anyone with oily skin.

• Addresses bacteria, sebum production, inflammation, retention hyperkeratosis, 5-alpha reductase (the enzyme that can cause acne scaring), hyaloronidase and lipase enzymes.

Spa 10 is PROUD to offer amazing Societe Corrective Facials and the entire Societe Skin Care Line to our clients.

Fun Fact: Men also love this post shaving after Clarifying Prep Solution!

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit www.thespa10.com.

©Skin Care by Lori Inc. 2011

Reference:  http://www.societeskincare.com/blemish.html

What do Michelle Obama and Katy Perry have in Common?

Party Lashes at Spa 10!

FALSE EYELASHES!

I have been getting a ton of emails about quick and easy ways to look younger and my advice is to try adding some glam to your eyes with party lashes!

Falsies are an inexpensive and easy way to make your eyes and your whole face appear brighter and younger.  As long as you don’t have sensitive eyes they work on every woman no matter what age, facial shape or ancestry.

The lashes are bonded to your own using non-toxic black or clear glue (black glue is best because it gives a really good mascara-effect finish). Provided you are gentle with them, don’t get any oil on them (so no waterproof eye make-up remover), and groom them regularly (with a small mascara spoolie), they will last 1-5 days.  Spa 10 carries Blinc Mascara, and our Estheticans have found that applying this daily will extend the life of your Party Lashes!

We are excited to offer Party Lashes as a service at Spa 10 for $40.  We can’t wait to help you look and feel beautiful whether it’s for your next special event or if you just need a little pick-me-up!

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What Are Eyelash Extensions?

True eyelash extensions are single fiber artificial eyelashes with a  tapered  tip and a blunt base.  They are designed this way to mimic a real lash and  if applied correctly they are very “real” looking and enhance your natural lashes in a beautiful way. The initial appointment will take just under 2 hours. The proper application technique is to apply one artificial lash to one single natural eyelash hair.

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It is important to find a trained and experienced technician because if the lashes are not applied  properly they can and will cause damage to the natural lash.  When the eyelash extensions are applied properly they will grow, rest and shed right along with the natural eyelash to which they are attached so there is no damage to neighboring eyelashes.

One of the most important questions to ask before booking an eyelash extension appointment is what kind of glue will be used during your appointment.   Be sure it is a non-latex based glue – latex is not waterproof and is not designed for long term use or even overnight wear.  The best type of glue  should have the main ingredient Cyanoacrylate which is used for medical purposes to bond skin in wound closure.  You should also find out if the glue is FDA approved.   If my clients have not had eyelash extension before I always make them come in 24 hours before the appointment for an allergy test, where I will apply a small amount of glue to wrist area.

Eyelashes grow just like normal hair, but the hair cycles out every 30-60 days.  Which means you will need a “fill or touch up” every 3-4 weeks. The length of time for a fill will be 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how well you take care of the lashes between appointments.   The maintenance involved with eyelash extensions is very similar to the care  and attention you have to give to artificial nails (fills are required to keep them looking natural and fresh).

If you would like more information on Eyelash Extensions please visit Spa 10’s website or give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions for you.

© 2010 Skin Care by Lori Inc.

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of  Licensed Estheticians please visit www.thespa10.com.


LOOKING FOR SMOOTHER SKIN?

Add a primer to your makeup kit!

1. Primer will reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, soften the look of fine lines & wrinkles.
2. Primer will prevent your makeup from creasing & shifting throughout the day and keep the color true to form.
3. Primer will reduce clogged pores by preventing the makeup from traveling into the pores and clogging them.

Spa 10 recommends and carries Jane Iredale’s Absence Oil Control Primer.  This is one product that ALL of our clients love as it has many wonderful benefits to help you look and feel beautiful!

1.  Controls oil & conceals large pores while priming the skin for makeup application
2.  Non-drying and pH balancing
3.  Suitable for oil, acneic and aging skin
4.  Absence provides a sheer, color-free finish

Call Spa 10 today for your FREE skin care consultation and see how amazing your skin will look with the perfect coverage!

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© 2010 Skin Care by Lori Inc.

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit www.thespa10.com.

Amazing primer for every day use!

Have you thought about what your skin will look like in 10-20 Years?

By the time you reach 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, the way you look will definitely depend on how you have taken care of yourself.

1.  Avoid The Sun!

It is true that you need a little sunshine to get vitamin D. But, spending too much time in the sun, without protection, will prematurely age you. Age spots, wrinkles, and other skin discolorations are results of sun damage and make you look older. Non-Chemical sun block is a must!  Spa 10 supplies our clients with endless amounts of Jane Iredale Powder Me Dry Sunscreen, SPF 30 and Pressed Power Mineral Makeup SPF 20.

2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

We need all the help we can get to maintain a healthy and glowing skin as we age. So even if you eat tons of anti-oxidant rich foods and drink lots of water, these are still not enough to promote supple and youthful looking skin. You must use moisturizers and other skin care products to help maintain healthy young looking skin.  Contact any one of Spa 10’s Estheticians and we will be happy to provide you with a complimentary product consultation to be sure you have an anti-aging home regime that’s appropriate for your skin type.

3.  Avoid Stress!

Emotional upheavals can make your skin look 5 years older than your chronological age, says New York City dermatologist and psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, MD, author of The Mind-Beauty Connection. Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen. It also triggers a chain of responses that can lead to facial redness and acne flare-ups.   I have been taking a supplement called Holy Basil that has really helped to regulate my stress levels.

*Note – I am not a Dr. so please consult with your health care provider before taking any supplement.

© 2010 Skin Care by Lori Inc.

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit www.thespa10.com.

Click here to see yourself in 20 years!