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DIY facial cleansing pads with how to instructions

Honestly I wasn’t even sure if they still made Oxy pads, but a quick google search, and I discovered they still do make them. They were all the rage when I was a teen. I used one ONCE. I thought it would erase the one huge pimple I had on my forehead and I would look flawless like this….d122e560fad8b100664dc355501f5bed (3)Instead, due to the high content of alcohol and my sensitive skin, I’m sure I looked a little more like this:

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and for continuity sake, this is the real me as a teen (and one of my brothers). Look at all that acne!

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Flash forward about 27 years – my kids needed (and I needed them to use) facial cleansing pads of some sort. Teen girls tend to get some cyclical acne in the T-zone while teen boys seem to get it everywhere. Even teens without acne will experience a large increase in blackheads specifically around the nose. So I took a jelly jar into the treatment room to see what I could whip up. Of course, I still clean my face (exclusively) with grape seed oil, but I knew I wouldn’t mind a anti-aging treatment pad to use after I cleansed my skin at night. After making two recipes and trying them in our own bathrooms, as well as the treatment room for several months, we decided to share the recipe and how-to’s with all of you.

1. Gather needed supplies

Teen acne cleansing pads: witch hazel, Lavender & Melaleuca Essential Oil, 2 aspirin tablets,14 cotton rounds, 1 jelly jar

Anti-aging or adult acne scar reduction cleansing pads: witch hazel, Lavender, Frankincense & Lemon Essential oil, 14 cotton rounds, 1 jelly jar.

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2. Mixing instructions:

Teen acne pads: first, place your two aspirin tablets (the non coated/inexpensive kind) into a plastic bag and pound them with a small hammer or rolling pin to crush them up. Pour the crushed aspirin into your jelly jar. (remember aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid – which is exactly how they make salicylic acid in most acne products on the market.

Place 3 ounces of witch hazel in a separate small container. Add 3 drops of melaleuca and 3 drops of Lavender into the witch hazel. Pour into the jelly jar with the crushed aspirin and place the lid on. Shake it up to mix/dissolve the aspirin. After it has dissolved, open the jelly jar and pour the mixture back into the other container.
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jelly jar solutionVoila! Done. Parental unit hint: if you use 14 pads(which fit perfectly) into the jelly jar sized (4 ounce) container, it’s easy to see if your teen is using at least two pads each day! I make a new solution every Sunday and get everyone’s refilled for the week. Simple, fast – and effective. OH – and inexpensive! Here’s the breakdown:

Jelly jar – .87 each

Witch hazel  -.60 for 3 ounces

Melaleuca – .21 for 3 drops

Lavender – .24 for 3 drops

Cotton rounds – .28 for 14

Total cost for first time making container: $2.20. Cost for making each refill – just $1.33 per week! (Reuse same jelly jar).

Adult anti-aging/scar reducing cleansing pads: Use the same method as above. If you are an adult that does not have acne, skip the aspirin step. The power house here for anti-aging is the Frankincense Essential oil (EO). It is proven to soften fine-lined wrinkles, smooth out the skin and reduce the appearance of scars.

Recipe: 3 ounces of witch hazel – add 4 drops of Frankincense EO, 3 drops of Lavender EO and 2 drops of Lemon EO – especially if you have some brown spots or discoloration on your face.

* You’ll notice in the photo above that shows the supplies needed for adult cleansing pads, I have an asterisk beside Lemon EO. This is important! If you are planning to use these pads in the morning – and DO NOT wear a daily facial sunscreen, please do not use Lemon EO. Lemon is a known photosensitizing oil – therefore it’s use can make your skin especially sensitive to sun/light exposure. The same goes for lemonade, water with lemon or any other photosensitizing EO (such as grapefruit and lime). If you are living south of the mason dixon line, or on vacation during the summer and you apply or ingest these oils – you are much more sun-sensitive!

If you are wearing a daily sunscreen, then no worries. Personally, I never use a corrective or anti-aging product in the morning, I use them only at night. I do this because, first – when you are out and about and exposed to environmental factors, I doubt they have the ability to be that effective. I feel it’s a waste of money. Second, since the pH of the skin tends to even out during sleep (and no environmental assault it taking place) – I believe the skin is better capable of absorbing the peptides in these power house products.

Cost breakdown for adult cleansing pad solution:

Jelly jar – .87 each

Witch hazel  -.60 for 3 ounces

Frankincense EO – .1.12 for 4 drops

Lavender EO – .24 for 3 drops

Lemon EO – .08 for 2 drops

Cotton rounds – .28 for 14

Total cost for first time making container: $3.19. Cost for making each refill – just $2.32 per week! (Reuse same jelly jar).

As always – if you are not currently an Essential Oil fan, nor have them on hand, we would be glad to make them for you. In most cases, we have them available in the treatment room. However, since Essential Oils oxidize quickly – we do not leave them on the shelf for long amounts of time. (No more than one week). If you know you need or want something – please contact us ahead of time so we can be sure they are ready for you. Our in-spa cost for the teen acne cleansing pads is $4 and the adult anti-aging version is $5.00. About Face also extends wholesale pricing to it’s treatment clients for Essential Oils. If you want to save on shipping, and on retail prices – let us know which you’d like and we’ll be sure to have them for you. The EO’s mentioned above are common skincare EO’s and we do our best to always have at least one full bottle in stock. Example: Lemon Essential Oil retails for $13.33, however – current clients (have had at least one treatment in the last 12 months) will pay $10 wholesale for Lemon EO. Other’s mentioned here are: Lavender – $28 retail; $21 for About Face clients. Melaleuca – $25.33 retail; $19 About Face clients. Frankincense – $93.00 retail; $69.75 for About Face clients.

Sample sizes: About Face also has sample sizes available of any oil you’d like to try. Sample sizes are 1.5 ml (approximately 25 drops of EO per sample).

Here are the most common skin oils:

Lavender – 1.5ml sample – $2.25

Melaleuca – 1.5ml sample – $2.00

Lemon – 1.5ml sample – $1.25

Frankincense – 1.5ml sample – $4.50

teens back to school

Our annual back to school Teen skin “free and clear” program is back. If you have or know a teen that would benefit from this treatment plan – sign them up.

4 Weekly visits between 7/13/15 & 8/17/15. Each appointment will last approximately 45 minutes – with the exception of the first session, which will last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to allow time for consultation. Teen can pick any day or time for their appointments.  What’s included:

before and after acneConsultation with review of current product use, activity level, diet/nutrition, sleep patterns and current condition of skin. At the end of the this consultation, the teen will receive for no additional charge – 1 regular sized bottle of facial cleanser (approximately 3 months of use); their first week of facial cleansing pads & a bottle of grapeseed oil with tea tree added. They will also have written instructions (personalized) for them as well as skincare journals with instructions for use. The will bring this journal each week to their appointments. They will have their first treatment immediately following their consultation. *Parents are not required to stay for the visit, but they are required to sign a release/permission to treat for any teen under 18 years old.

During each 45 minute treatment – a teen facial with extractions as needed will be performed. If the teen would like, their brows can be shaped and/or groomed at this time (no extra cost). All treatments are customized for each teen.

Value of package:

Facial cleanser – $20

Cleansing pads – $20

Treatments – $200

Consultation – $50

Grapeseed oil – $6.00

Journal’s – $3.00

Total value of package: $299.00. Mention this blog post and enroll your teen for $150. 

the fine print: Spaces are limited to 20, and last year they did sell out. Use the contact us page to request this package. Slots are guaranteed with payment.  Refund policy: if illness or other special circumstances prevents the teen from finishing the package, the discounted price paid can be credited for future use or the value transferred to another friend or family member of any age/any treatment. Credits will be issued at sale price, not regular retail price. For example: if your teen enrolls and receives product, but does not finish all treatments, a credit of $25 per treatment will be issued to their account. They may use this at anytime toward any regularly priced service, or transfer to someone else. Another words – the dollars paid will never be lost. Credits will be issued for the sale amount paid, not the full retail value of the service. (Seems simple, right? Trust us – we’ve had clients request refunds on a buy one get one free special. They bought a treatment and received it. They decided they wanted a refund on the second treatment – which was free. If anyone figures out how to refund free- let me know -I am still puzzled!)

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Do you know a teen that would benefit from this package, but would not be able to afford it? Last year, we were able to gift two teens with free back-to-school skincare packages, and it made our hearts sing! We’re offering this again. If 10 of our slots fill up, we’ll be gifting one and if all 20 fill up – we’ll again, gift two teens. If you know a teen, please nominate them by emailing Lori at (thatwoodardgirl12@gmail.com). Be sure the teen would be able to have transportation to the weekly appointments, as well as able to get a parent/guardian signature for treatment if under 18.

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Derma what? Annual one day special!

Dermaplaning
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If you’ve been through an elementary school level health class, you know that your skin’s job is to keep foreign substances out, your internal organs in – and to protect those vital organs from burn. The good news for us is that it does a fabulous job at keeping foreign substances out and that includes any pricey skincare product. Read that line again. Even a pricey skincare product. So what can help your skin better absorb any corrective product? Dermaplane.

First, let’s explore dermaplaning. If you’ve never experienced this service before, it is a very simple physical or mechanical method of exfoliation, which helps to remove dead skin cells and give your face a brighter complexion. I have seen it marketed for “hair removal”, and of coarse – it does remove vellus hairs [the baby-fine hairs on your face] as well as thicker hair, but it is not a permanent hair removal solution. It simply removes those baby-fine hairs because they are in my way! Although a perk, my goal is to provide a deep exfoliation sloughing off dead skin cells and old scarring. This will make your skin feel baby smooth.

Dermaplaning process (45 minutes):

1. The face will be thoroughly cleansed with a gentle cleanser, suitable for all skin types.

2. Any oil (even the good oils that your skin naturally possesses) will be gently wiped off using a sterile alcohol solution.

3. Your face will dry very quickly and the dermaplaning will begin. You will feel a slight scraping sensation, but the skin remains intact (and unbroken) throughout the procedure. If you have a rough patch on your skin, there is a chance of a slight nick [but much like shaving, these heal very quickly, most of the time before the end of the treatment]. Dermaplaning will normally take approximately 30 minutes for a full face and neck.

4. Immediately following dermaplaning a natural organic face mask with vitamin C will be applied to the skin. After approximately 10 mins, the mask is removed with warm towels.

5. A blend of organic oils with spf is then applied to the skin.

Second, let’s discuss absorption. Simply because you purchase a product that costs $60-$180 – does not make that product more easily absorbed by your skin. Remember, the skin is fearfully and wonderfully made to keep foreign substances out. Why would it just let that expensive product in? In short – it won’t. Dermaplaning sort of forces the skin to let it’s guard down a little in a controlled environment. I prefer to allow organic – easily recognizable by the body – products in. It is not different than transdermal medication, right? We’ve seen these medications come a long way since their inception. Now, there are pain medications, birth control and hormones delivered transdermally (through the skin). Often a small patch is placed and the drug is absorbed through the skin. It doesn’t just work on the spot the patch is placed, right? Right! It is absorbed systemically. Therefore, what we put on our skin matters. To recap – we know transdermal works – but for some reason we still aren’t looking at ingredients in these pricey skincare products. Would you eat plastic? Would you eat chemicals similar to those used to make asphalt and pavement? Go check out the ingredients in the items you are putting on your skin every day. Expensive does not mean better.

Tip: When applying any product to the skin, try to remember the temperature of your skin (roughly 98 degrees?). Now, think of the temperature of your skincare product. Most are stored in cool bathrooms, say – 70 degrees? Will a colder product have an easy time absorbing into the skin? Probably not. Since you can’t “heat” product up without destroying some of the useful stuff – make sure you are taking the few minutes it takes to “work” your product in. The heat caused by the slight friction and time alone on the skin will help warm the product u. (Mom’s will kids, I’m thinking of us here!) – We have a habit of throwing our own stuff on quickly to get everyone out the door. Take just a moment to work in your product. Otherwise, just squeeze it directly into the sink.

Although admittedly, I am not into pricey skincare products, I do have new clients every week who explain which product they bought over this or that high-priced-counter and I ask them to bring it with them. I will be glad to complete your full dermaplane service and apply my inexpensive organic product on one side of your face, and your product on the other side. We’ll compare immediate results with long-term results using the same method.

Here it is – the once a year special. If you are already a dermaplane fan, I challenge you to kick it up a notch and try it every two weeks over the summer! Lighter, brighter, flawless skin by Fall! If you are new to dermaplane – this price is guaranteed to be the best time to try it. This flash sale is for today only. You may purchase 3 for yourself and 1 as a gift.

Dermaplane treatment plus full aesthetic service. Today only – $35 each.

Regular price – $50 for dermaplane, or $70 for full aesthetic service hour with dermaplane as an add on.

To take advantage, email your request to thatwoodardgirl12@gmail.com.

or text request to 615.796.1915

or PM via facebook

You will then receive an email with an online payable invoice (please include a working email address that you will see today). It must be paid today for the special pricing to apply. If paying after midnight 6/2/14, regular prices will be charged.

 

 

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Gearing skin up for weather changes with DIY moisturizer

In Tennessee the weather changes fast, sometimes even in the same day.  One minute, we’re in flip flops, the next minute we’re covering ourselves in blankets or pulling out hoodies. In addition to changes in wardrobe (yay for Fall boots!), skin can take a hit too. If you are already a client, you know I believe in seasonal skin care.

For example: during the summer months if you were used to a shiny forehead and breakouts, you may have been using a salicylic or glycolic cleanser, but once the heat is turned on in the house (and the office), your once shiny forehead is replaced with dry, patchy spots. Initially, cut your cleansing with that cleanser – down to once a day (preferably mornings) and then simply use grapeseed oil to cleanse your face at night. Trust me on this one! Even oily skin likes grapeseed oil. It is a fantastic make up remover and adds moisture as well.

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Going right along with my seasonal skincare recommendations, in middle tennessee, most of us do not need a heavy moisturizer during spring and summer, but Fall and winter is a great time to add extra moisture (again, at night). If you are already using grapeseed oil, but really feel like you could use a boost, here are a few DIY moisturizers that I make for a fraction of the cost of any store or spa bought product.

First, select your oil (here is a list of my most commonly used oils):

  • Argan oil (excellent for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Jojoba oil (excellent for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Grapeseed oil (my personal favorite, excellent for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
  • Avocado oil (great for dry and aging skin)

Select a container (preferably a dark glass container) and fill it 2/3 of the way up with your “base” or “carrier” oil.

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Next, for an added boost, select one of the oils listed below.  These oils are a little more expensive than grapeseed oil, but they will add a beautiful kick to your troubled skin’s pants. It is also okay to not use one of these oils, it will still work to use a carrier oil above plus any of the essential oils below.

  • Borage oil.  High in oleic acids, this oil is great for most skin types, but especially oily and acneic skin.
  • Carrot seed oil. You only need a small amount of this oil, but it’s fantastic for any skin type – there is not anything it will not heal)!
  • Emu oil (emollient like you wouldn’t believe, emu oil is protective and nourishing for dry or aging skin)
  • Evening primrose oil.  Acne, aging, normal skin, you name it – evening primrose oil is fantastic! (This oil  can even be taken internally to help with acne)
  • Neem oil. Neem oil is extremely antimicrobial and healing and is a stellar choice for acne and oily skin.
  • Rosehip seed oil. This is a great regenerating oil (especially if you have scars and or imperfections to resurface) and is great for firming and other anti-aging tricks – a good choice for dry, aging, and normal skin.

Fill your container up to nearly the top with the oils above (except carrot seed oil, you only need a little of that), leaving just enough room for your selected essential oils. If using just one essential oil, you’ll only need enough space for 4-7 drops.

  • Chamomile -Chamomile is wonderfully healing and soothing, so it’s great for ALL skin types.
  • Lavender – great for acne, oily, or even dry skin – lavender is healing, but a little bit goes a long way.
  • Lemongrass – this is great for brightening, lightening and toning the skin (think brown spots or actinic bronzing). Excellent for normal, oily, or acneic skin.
  • Palmarosa – although Palmarosa is great for any skin type, it does seem to work very well for breakouts.   addition to being softening and soothing for aging skin, which, yes, I have)
  • Peppermint – like lavender essential oil, peppermint is great for oily and acneic skin, and just like lavender don’t use very much. It’s very astringent, and it might give a tingle – hang on a few seconds, it will stop.
  • Rose – a wonderful oil for aging, dry and normal skin.
  • Rose geranium = another great, all-around healing essential oil – this is especially good for dry, sensitive, aging, and normal skin.
  • Rosemary. If you have acne and oily skin? You might just want to grab a bottle.

I normally pick 2 or 3 essential oils from the list above to add to my moisturizer. 4-7 drops of any oil is enough. I use a 1 ounce glass bottle and follow the instructions above. I find that many of us are heavy handed when it comes to using products. Keep in mind essential oils are concentrated and do not require very much – a little bit goes a long way. As always, essential oils can be a little “top heavy” meaning, you spend a little money in the beginning (but they last a long time), therefore if you are interested in one of the above, I would be glad to make one for you. If you make one, be sure to let me know how it works for you.

For the readers that read the entire post, your bonus is learning about this once a year special where you can purchase a laser package that will last all year (or half a year – and at a discount!). It doesn’t matter what laser treatment you have each month -you can mix and match (leg veins one time, laser genesis the next, etc)- it doesn’t matter to me,  we do them all! (They do not have to be in 6 or 12 consecutive months and they do not expire -all laser services include facials, so no need to purchase those). This offer expires Friday, November 7th. If you are interested in this offer and do not have an appointment before 11/7/14, please shoot an email to: thatwoodardgirl12@hotmail.com.

See you in the treatment room!

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION

To clarify the special (there have been a lot of questions – I apologize, I assume everyone lives in my head and I should have been more specific. As most of you know, my laser services are already discounted and able to be combined (ie, I treat using any laser in my tool box for the time you have scheduled). Because of this, About Face does not offer traditional “packages” that you might normally be accustomed too. In many aesthetic centers, clients pick from long (and sometimes confusing) “menu’s” – for example: a package of 3 IPL (brown spot removal) for x amount and a package of 6 laser hair removal for upper lip, chin, underarm..you get the picture. In my journey to simplify life (and to please my long time scheduler who claimed clients would call to schedule and when she asked what they would like to schedule, they’d say “whatever Lori says” with the result of that being a long list of clarifications that made me giggle, but not the scheduler! Therefore, clients at About Face, simply schedule time. My fees are flat – $100 per hour for any laser treatment. What does this mean? It means if you have a few stubborn hairs on your chin that need to be removed, and a brown spot or two that have emerged from your last trip to the beach, and you just noticed a little red spot (hemangioma) – I can take care of all of that in one session.  Most clients pay on a “as they go” plan, $100 for any laser and $50 for any aesthetic service.

For clients who are on a “maintenance” type schedule such as myself – and whose best friend is laser genesis for smooth skin with no sign of acne, pores, redness or aging – we schedule monthly (or every 6-8 week) appointments for laser genesis. Laser Genesis always includes a facial, too – so there is no need to schedule and pay for a facial in addition to that. This is best for clients who want to look their best – and stay that way.

The special above – takes into account the already discounted $100 laser discount and then discounts it further for loyal clients. The one year package (they never expire, just a set of 12 laser services) is $900. This makes each hourly laser service $75 versus $100.

The package of 6 works out to be $85 versus $100.

If everyone is still with me, I have had several calls and emails asking questions like these:

1. Can these specials can be “split up”? Meaning, if they bought one years worth (12 sessions) and wanted to do leg veins for one or two of those and maybe another area of the body treated for brown spots, could they do that, and get the rest in laser genesis? The answer is YES. 12 sessions = 12 hours of services.

2. I knew this one was coming…could the package be “split up” meaning can two or more people share one package? The answer is YES.  By yes, I mean, you will have to work out the money part and one person will pay – but you may split the sessions with a written agreement between you and your bff and a copy given to About Face. We will not, however – keep up with who has used how many – we will simply have 12 to use. We will notify both bff’s as each one is used.

3. What if I really want to purchase the 1 year package, but I go out of the area for an extended time during the summer, etc? The answer is no problem. The package is for 12 sessions. It is safe to treat with most lasers every two weeks. If you want to use one session for your face, and the other for a laser bacial (thats a facial for your back) – we can do that, too. Flexibility, it’s what this is all about.

Laser Specials
Laser One year $900.00 USD
Laser 6 months $510.00 USD
Essential Oil Moisturizer with 2 oils $20.00 USD
Essential Oil Moisturizer with 3 oils $25.00 USD

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Free skin care educational events

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 After much planning, About Face is excited to announce that Free skin care educational events are now available. Isn’t that great? Yes, but, what exactly are they?

 

These events are intended for groups of friends, family, co-workers, church groups or other nonprofit organizations that have a group of people who would like to learn more about skin care do’s and most especially, the don’ts!

During this estimated 90 minute round table discussion, attendees will receive the real story about skincare, including (but never limited to):

Sensitive or reactive skin (Rosacea)

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Aging (or signs of aging prevention)

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Dehydrated skin

dry skin

Hyperpigmented skin

age spots

Acne

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 As well as Essential oils and other non-chemical products for skincare and DIY skincare.

 In addition to the topics listed above, there will also be some time for Questions and Answers (with a recommendation to always send the more complex questions ahead of time, so they are sure to be covered) as well as some basic skin care recommendations.  This is not a sales event. The coordinator of the event would only benefit as an individual by 

 A note about MLM (multi-level marketing) OR commercially sold skin care. I do not endorse nor sell any of these skincare lines, nor will I. Personally, I have never been able to wrap my brain around spending a lot of time selling someone else’s brand. In no way does this mean do I think you should not sell MLM products. If the business model fits you, your family and all other points then it’s right for you. I chose to sell my work and my (over 14) years of training by delivering above average services and making product recommendations that contain the most natural ingredients without costing a small mortgage. In general, I do not believe in “kits” of products where a one size fits all with this problem sort of mentality. It simply does not work, ever. Even if it causes no harm, it is generally very expensive and can not address the real signs of aging on it’s own.  If you’d like to ask me more specifically about a MLM, please schedule a consultation with me. 

 Very often, I get asked about specific products. I have seen some good products out there, and some not so good, and some that are down-right scary.  Inspired by my vision of a culture of care, I’ve created a company powered by principle and integrity of service. Everything I do is in the interest of fostering well-being. I believe skin care is individualized and affordable by all. I believe in seasonal skin care and am trained to identify which product ingredients work for each problem within each individual’s own unique self. 

So what do you have to do to attend an event? Find someone to coordinate a skin care educational event, pick the time, date and location and schedule your class by clicking here. Click “schedule now” and scroll to the bottom of the list where “Educational Event” is listed. If you do not see a time slot available on the scheduler that works, please email or call to get these worked in.  These events are great for girls night out, Mom’s groups – anyone really. Schedule your work space conference room as a thank-you to co-workers or employees – just remember, this is not a sales event and no participant will be asked to purchase anything. If you are a non-profit organization and would like to host a fundraiser, all attendees at your event will be tracked and your organization will receive a quarterly check for $10 for every aesthetic and $20 for every regularly priced laser service they purchase for one year. (I am not allowed to tell each organization who came and what they treatment they received, they will simply receive $10 or $20 for each service bought and tallied to that organization as the referrer. My services are priced simply. All aesthetic services are $50 and all laser services are $100. There are no packages.  

 

See you soon!

~ Lori

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Back to school and some new fitness in town!

It’s hard to believe that it is back to school time already. Around my house that means JROTC has already started up (today my cadet got to stuff bags for teachers as they return tomorrow). Of course it means shopping for school supplies and re-working schedules.

  At About Face Time, it means the end of an extremely successful (& popular!) Summer Skin Camp. As many of you know, we believe in seasonal skin care and as the summer fades away, we hope any signs of too much fun in the sun does as well. All of the Summer Skin Camp participants have asked for the next round of “camps” as they really don’t want this one to end.

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 Since we normally have exciting things and great specials around the holidays, we decided we could sneak another 12 weeks in before that time – so here they are:

Put your best face forward: This package is designed for the student. This 6 week package will include a weekly visit to About Face Time for deep cleansing, extractions, chemical peels, laser if necessary for scarring, skincare 101 tips and more. This package is great for students who would benefit from clearer skin during their first few weeks of school and beyond.  $200 (Savings of $100). 

Fade away 1: This package consists of 3 chemical peels and 3 IPL treatments (for the removal of brown spots). Can be used for any area of the body. $300 (Savings of $150).

Fade away 2: This package combines 3 IPL for any brown spot removal and 3 spider vein removal treatments. $400 (Savings of $200).

Maintain: This package consists of 3 laser genesis treatments and 3 aesthetic services for the face (chemical peel or facial). $300 (Savings of $150).

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Uplifted: This package consists of 3 laser genesis treatments for the face, 2 body skin-tightening services for abs, thighs, love handles or knees, 2 dermaplane treatments and 2 spider vein removal treatments. $500  (Savings of $250) – This package also includes 1 bottle of choice Essential Oil & one travel sized grape seed oil (4 ounces). 

* The above special packages must be purchased no later than Friday, August 1st at 4pm to be used between 8/2/31-11/30/14. If you can not stop in to purchase, send us a note and we’ll be glad to email you an invoice that you can pay online. 

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  Have you heard? There’s a new fitness studio opening in Murfreesboro! Pure Barre, Murfreesboro’s newest fitness center will help clients focus on the areas that we all struggle with the most – Pure Barre lifts the seat, tones the thighs and upper body, and creates long and lean muscles without bulk through small isometric movements centered around a ballet barre. Clients are attracted to Pure Barre because of the results it produces and how it makes them feel- strong, healthy and confident. Pure Barre has exploded in popularity due to its extremely effective technique, which transforms the shape of clients’ bodies in record-breaking time. 

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Pure Barre Murfreesboro Class schedule – beginning 8/18/14!

  I had a brief introduction to this fitness technique when I was out of town visiting a friend. As a physician, she felt this would be a great choice for me as I have had difficulty with heavy impact, high cardio type fitness since my lengthy hospitalization in 1996. It appears my “compromised” pancreas doesn’t play well with others and reacts to high/heavy impact rather violently. It has been advised for years that yoga and pilates is a better choice for my compromised self. The problem for me was that I thought I’d be bored. I had taken yoga before. My head was all over the place as I was creating lists, wondering about all things possible instead of embracing yoga.  I admit, I was hesitant about Barre too. I spent years in dance class, but never ballet. Tap and Baton for me- because, you guessed it – they were fast! I was only able to take a couple of classes during my visit, but did leave wishing we had one locally. Being clinically trained, I liked their technique. You may not think you’re working hard, but you’ll be lifting and toning parts of you that you forgot existed! I loved that the class was made up of all shapes, sizes and capabilities. Sure, there were others who were far more graceful looking, but it was great fun! I love the fact that in Murfreesboro, everyone will be new to it, so we’ll all be starting together! Keep me accountable, ladies! 

 Essentially, barre classes mix elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training, and the moves are choreographed to motivating music! 

  Pure Barre opens in Murfreesboro on August 18th! They have a great special going on if you purchase before the opening – 6 weeks of unlimited classes for just $100.

barre goals  Since we believe in fitness and in personal goal-setting, of course we’ll sweeten the deal! If you purchase their grand opening package (and bring a copy of your receipt), we’ll pay it forward and give you a complimentary laser treatment! Now, there’s just NO excuse – 6 weeks of unlimited fun fitness & improve your skin? Nothing to lose – including money!

laser facialFor those of you who’d like to try out individual classes, we’re offering the following discounts: 

Show a receipt for one individual Pure Barre Murfreesboro class – receive 20% off any service

Show a receipt for 5 classes and receive a free facial or chemical peel.

I think you’ll like it, and I think you’ll see changes to your body quickly! 

Check them out on facebook by clicking here. 

Read their blog posts filled with great workout tips, nutrition advice and other news and details by clicking here.

  We’ll see you there.

Cheers!

~ Lori

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Skin essentials with DIY face scrub and masks

Over the last 30 years, we have seen a huge implosion of skin care products that everyone simply “must have”. In fact, you would be hard pressed to walk through any drug store and find a product that does not have “dermatologist recommended” (etc) printed on each label. The truth is – in almost every situation, if you give your skin everything it needs, it will play nicely. Overuse of  too many products is the biggest mistake people make in their skincare regimens. Too many steps will most likely just cost you more money than you need to spend. All of this plus the simpler your skincare regimen, the more likely you are to stick with it.

Here are the things that your skin needs:

1. Daily cleansing. Because skin cells accumulate things such as pollutants, dirt, and residue, daily cleansing is absolutely a must. The top two layers of your skin – the outer layer of thin cells (Epidermis) and the deeper layer (Dermis) made up of blood vessels, nerves and oil glands both need cleansing. If the dermis isn’t cleansed and allowed to breath, it will create sebum (excess oil) that will clog pores. In almost every skin type, Grape Seed Oil is the only cleanser you will need. In addition to cleansing, here is what grape seed oil can do for your skin:

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  • Treat Acne. Grapeseed oil contains antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are great for preventing and/stopping acne. The oil also contains linoleic acid, which is great for promoting skin health.
  • Tighten Skin – Grapeseed oil has astringent qualities that help tighten skin and close up oversized pores, thus helping to avoid clogging that leads to pimples. Oily skin can especially benefit from this.
  • Relieve & Reduce Dark Circles under Eyes. Dark circles are a problem for many, and sometimes children have the issue as well. Most retail products that claim to help this problem actually have harsh chemicals that many report adverse reactions too. Grapeseed oil, applied daily for a few weeks, can relieve the dark circles naturally. Just dab a few drops under each eye at bedtime.
  • Moisturizer. Grape seed is a very light oil that can be used by people with even the most sensitive skin. It goes to work as an excellent moisturizer that won’t clog pores. The oil can also help hasten healing of problems, such as minor abrasions or pimples and rosacea.
  • Fight the visible signs of Aging. Fine lines and wrinkles can be greatly diminished with a daily dose of grapeseed oil on the skin. The elasticity of the skin can be improved, which will make the lines of an aging face much less pronounced. The entire presentation of the face is much smoother, with less fine lines and wrinkles.

Must you wash your face even if you do not wear make-up each day? Yes – cleansing twice per day is recommended, but if you can only fit it in once – chose to cleanse at night.

2.  Hydration. Easily put, this means WATER. I can assure you that if you have a wrinkly face and your water intake is non-existent, your skin is doing exactly what it should do -protecting vital organs from dehydration. If you have a deficit of water intake, you can be sure that your skin will come last. Before you invest any money in good skincare, be sure to drink plenty of water each day. Otherwise, simply open your product and squeeze right down the drain!

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3. Moisturizer – if you need it. If you are cleansing with Grape Seed Oil, chances are you will not need extra moisturizer, but if your skin is extra dry and you need to add a moisturizer and have sensitive skin, look for fragrance-free and oil-free options. For oilier skin, keep your eyes peeled for non comedogenic (non-clogging) formulas. In warmer weather, you’ll need less moisturizer. In colder, drier seasons – you may need a thicker moisturizer with an emollient.

4. Sunscreen – 365 days per year. Yes, this means every single day. SPF isn’t just needed when you are outside during the summer.  Skiing can be just as high risk for over absorption of UVB rays as a day at the beach. Lights inside the home or sun through car windows can also be over-absorbed.

 5. Sleep – is equally important for beautiful, healthy, flawless skin. “Beauty” sleep is not just an old wives’ tale after-all. Sufficient sleep allows the skin to restore its natural balance and increases the effectiveness of certain skin care ingredients.  When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin will show it: your eyes look dark and puffy after just one single night of poor sleep, but chronic sleep deprivation will take it’s toll. Sleep deprivation leads to dull dehydrated complexion and will wreak havoc on skin prone to acne.  What does sleep deprivation do to the skin exactly? 

  • Lack of sleep leads to increased levels of stress hormones in the body. Chronic high levels of stress hormones in the body cause increased inflammation of the skin and leads to the acceleration of aging (wrinkles!).
  • Sleep deprivation reduces the skin’s ability to stay hydrated, leading to a dull, dehydrated appearance.
  • People with poor sleep habits can have trouble with skin sensitivity and irritation due to a reduction in the skin’s ability to protect itself from chemicals and pollutants in the environment.

 6. Nutrition. Everyone knows that to perform to it’s optimal level, every body needs well balanced nutrition. But did you also know that too much sugar breaks down collagen and elastin? Collagen is the main protein that allows the skin to remain firm with less wrinkles.   Reducing sugar is not just to watch your figure! Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to your diet whenever using oils. EVOO contain oleic acid which keeps the skin supple and super healthy. Antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins A, C, and E can curb the damage caused by free radicals. These molecules can harm skin cells and cause premature signs of aging. If your diet is rich in all of these things and you absorb nutrients properly, you should not need to take supplements. However, if you feel that your diet is insufficient, taking an over-the-counter daily multivitamin with minerals to boost your nutrient could be a great idea. It’s also a good idea if you spend a lot of time outdoors or are exposed to high levels of air pollution or secondhand smoke. Scientists have concluded that people who eat more vegetables, fish, and olive oil have fewer wrinkles than those who have a high intake of red meat, butter, and dairy.

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Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil) 

Tea Tree oil is one of the most powerful immune stimulant essential oils, and can be used to fight infections of all kinds.   It is also helpful in clearing the skin of acne. Tea Tree Oil has long been revered for its phenomenal antiseptic properties.  The leaves of the melaleuca tree have been used by the aborigines for centuries, to heal cuts, wounds and skin infections.

Before we get to some great DIY recipes for the skin, here are some uses for this amazing essential oil from doTERRA:

  1. Melaleuca oil is very important in the health of the immune system, as it acts as a immuno-stimulant and increases the body’s ability to fight off any infections.  It can be applied topically or ingested, but is also very effective when diffused.
  2. Melaleuca oil is used all around the world, for its great effectiveness at warding off infections of any kind.  It is active in all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses.
  3. Melaleuca can help with influenza, cold sores and gingivitis.
  4. Besides its superb anti-infectious properties, tea tree oil is also very effective at clearing bronchial congestion, asthma, coughs, sinusitis, whooping cough and tuberculosis.
  5. For the genito-urinary system, tea tree oil can be used to help clear vaginal thrush, cystitis and genital infections, in general. (Lori’s note: when I worked in gynecology, a few drops of Tea Tree oil did the trick quite nicely for women who were also prescribed antibiotics when they experienced an excess yeast growth. Applying 3-5 drops to a panti-liner or tampon can resolve this problem with no additional medication).
  6. On the skin, tea tree oil clears abscesses, acne, burns, herpes, oily skin, athlete’s foot, cold sores, blemishes, diaper rash, warts, sunburn and infected wounds.  It is also effective at fighting dandruff.
  7. Diffusing Melaleuca alternifolia oil may assist with colds, sinusitis and bronchitis, or any other respiratory ailment.
  8. When added to water, for washing or bathing, melaleuca has great value in treating abscesses, bed sores, acne, boils, lice, dandruff and wounds, and can also be applied neat on problem areas, with a cotton swab.  These same remedies can be used safely on pets.
  9. For lice, apply tea tree oil neat onto the scalp, let sit for 40 minutes and wash the hair.  Repeat every second day, for twelve days.
  10. Melaleuca oil can be used as a mouthwash, for gum infections, mouth ulcers, throat infections and tonsillitis.  Dilute to 5% before using.

DIY FACE SCRUBS & MASK RECIPES

DIY FACE SCRUB #1: Use once every week. Mix 5 drops of Tea Tree oil with a 1 tsp of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.  This makes a great scrub since tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial agent and coconut is an awesome natural remedy to keep skin soft and free of wrinkles.

DIY FACE SCRUB #2:  For an effective, acne-fighting face scrub, try mixing tea tree oil with some other natural ingredients from your kitchen. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of sesame or olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and approximately 10 drops of tea tree oil. Gently massage onto damp face, using circular motions, for 2-5 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat your face dry. This scrub may be a little rough for people suffering from cystic acne, or who may have open sores on their face – but is perfect for mild to medium breakouts.

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DIY MASK: Blend three drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of jojoba oil, then stir in half of a mashed up tomato. Mix together to make a purée. Apply this refreshing face mask directly to clean skin and leave on for ten minutes, before rinsing off with warm water and patting your skin dry. Do this once or twice a month.

To purchase Tea Tree Oil, click here. Then click on “shop” towards the top right of the site.

Remain beautiful,

~ Lori

 

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Sensational Summer Skin (camps!)

 

 

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 Hooray! Summer is finally (almost) here! School is ending, backpacks are being emptied for the last time as parents of school-aged children breath a sigh of…relief? melancholy? It happens every year – we’re all happy for less rigid routines and schedules, but sad that another school year is ending. For parents of high-schooler’s (now that I have been there, too) – the shock of having a graduate under your roof can take some adjusting to. Having a graduate and a teen who no longer goes to summer camps is even more strange! But here we are- headed towards the dog days of summer. For the first year ever – we are kicking off our version of Sensational Summer Skin camps, where we hope you’ll learn a little about our philosophy of “seasonal” skin care, as well as be ahead of the curve and ready to tackle a new school year come August 11th or so. We have worked very hard to create mini camps that should meet everyone’s needs!

  First, let’s talk about Summer and skin (care!). The best advice any professional can give you for surviving summers with higher temps and more outdoor activities is simple. 

1. Sunscreen. It’s that simple. Yes, it’s a must. Every.single.day. Find one you like and apply it 20-30 minutes before heading out the door. Then re-apply it based on the spf strength. So how do you know how long before you need to reapply? 

SPF numbers start as low as 2 and have just recently reached 70. To figure out how long you can stay in the sun with a given SPF, use this equation:

Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time

For example, if you are like me and burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 15 will allow you to be in the sun for up to 150 minutes without burning. But before you launch your calculator app and head for the beach, you should know that this equation is not always 100% accurate. People usually use far less sunscreen than the amount used in testing. In the real world, the average sun worshiper uses half the amount of sunscreen used in a testing lab, which could result in a sunburn in half the time. Personally, I use SPF 40 and have approximately 5 hours of coverage in the Tennessee sun before I need re-application. If I am at a beach, I normally re-apply after coming out of the water and no longer than 3 hour intervals during the peak of the day. So that’s the good news. There is a way to protect ourselves from harmful UVB rays (think b for burn). SPF only protects the skin against UVB rays, it does not protect the skin from harmful UVA rays. (Think a for aging!) Therefore, unless you plan to spend some time in corrective treatments, expect accumulated effects of long term sun exposure to show up on your face. For those who love visuals – check out these two photos.

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This first image is a photo that shows This image shows the hidden damage being inflicted on skin as a result of overexposure to UVA rays. She can’t see them now, but they are there, just waiting to surface as the skin thins with the natural aging process.


The second photo that recently spoke volumes to me is the photo above of a 69 year old truck driver with markedly worse damage on the left side from repeated exposure to UVA rays through the driver’s side window. The dermatologist who saw him believed the age of his skin on the left was that similar to an 86 year old. 

Source: New England Journal of Medicine

 

For a short informative video on why we get sunburns, click here!

2. Hydration. Yes, your skin needs it (as does the rest of you!). Water is cheap and yet, I am still amazed at the number of clients who resort to expensive skin creams and treatments versus just adding water! Yes it’s true- 50% of your weight in ounces is what you should take in (minimally). If you weigh 140lbs, that’s 70 ounces of water each day. For more activity in higher temps or sun bathing, increase the number of ounces. Your skin’s appearance will reward you!

 There you have it – my best summer time skin care advice.  More than likely what you’ve been waiting for is this years much anticipated Sensational Summer Skin Specials (think of them as mini-summer camps for skin).

All camps are available for implementation now (5/27/14 and will end on 8/9/14). 

Sensational Summer Skin Camp #1. This camp is designed for teens and college-aged students with problematic skin. This 10 week camp includes 5 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart. During each treatment the skin will be double cleansed, pH balanced, exfoliated, any necessary extractions performed and a customized to skin condition chemical peel treatment completed. Average visit length 45 minutes. First visit, expect slightly longer for intake (approximately 1 hour).

Two payment options: 1. Pay in full at the beginning of camp. $200. This includes a full-size at home cleanser ( average retail value $30) that is at the discretion of the technician’s choice and based upon the condition of skin and goals of treatment. Total savings $80

                                      2.  Pay as you go. $50 each for visits 1-4, 5th visit FREE. Total savings $50, does not include take-home cleanser.

Sensational Summer Skin Camp #2. This camp is designed for more mature skin or problematic skin in adults. This 10 week skin camp will consist of 5 bi-weekly treatments, starting with an express facial and chemical peel, followed by 3 laser genesis treatments for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size and excess oil AND 3 IPL treatments to remove any age spots or redness from scarring and ending with a facial and chemical peel the last week of camp. This is an excellent package for those who would like to put their best face forward by Fall!

Two payment options: 1. Pay in full at the beginning of camp. $325. This includes a full-size at home cleanser (average retail value $30) that is at the discretion of the technician’s choice and based upon the condition of skin and goals of treatment. Total savings $105 + value of babysitting if needed.

                                   2.  Pay as you go. $115 each for visits 1-3. 4th and 5th visit FREE. Total savings $55 + value of babysitting if needed, does not include take-home cleanser.

I know what you’re thinking…this can’t get any better, right? Oh – we listened all through the school-year and we heard all about your babysitting woes! SO, if you have children ages 6 weeks – 12 years at home and you have a need for babysitting, we will provide that during your treatment, too FREE. Our babysitters are over the age of 18, CPR and first aid trained and have certified background checks. All babysitting is provided on site in a rec room adjacent to your treatment room (but we promise to drown out any kid silliness noise with spa music). Babysitting will take place for your children only (I mean, you can’t bring the neighborhood gang!), and is only available to those who book on Monday’s or Tuesday’s. (Please add a comment to your online appointment as to first names and ages of children coming for free activities/babysitting). 

Sensational Summer Skin Camp #3. We know the last offer is hard to beat! However, we believe we have accomplished this with our third and final summer skin camp! This camp is designed for adults over age 21 who not only need, but truly deserve the extra attention and pampering. Not only have we worked out a fantastic treatment schedule – we have thought of extra’s and are including them for FREE. Husbands and significant others – pay attention to this “camp”.

Here’s the summer camp 3 schedule:

1. Schedule this 1.00 hour visit anytime between 5/28-6/14/14. Deep pore cleansing facial with a customized chemical peel. This treatment also includes a complimentary neck lift/collagen mask. (Retail value of service $65) Pick up your camp goodie-bag, filled with extra’s and FREEBIE’s, detailed below.

2. Schedule this 1.50 hour visit anytime between 6/15-6/28/14. Cellulite treatment. This spot treatment includes your choice of problem area (abdomen, thighs, arms). This treatment starts with exfoliation of the area and “skin brushing” to get the lymphatic system moving! Treatment will be applied and the area wrapped and warmed for the next hour. Treatment will be removed at the end of the hour and a cellulite firming cream applied to the area. You’ll also leave this appointment with a take home cellulite cream to apply until it is gone. Of course, there’s no sense in wasting the hour just being wrapped! Might as well treat your skin to a “day at the beach, minus the UVA/UVB rays” laser service – laser genesis. You’ll be wrapped toasty and regenerating skill cells all at the same time!  (Retail value of service $175, cellulite cream – $48, total retail value – $223).

3. Schedule this 1.25 hour visit anytime between 6/29 – 7/5/14. The knees, legs and feet have this one. Have loose skin around your knees? We’ll tighten it. Have any problems with toenail discoloration or fungus? We’ll treat that too. If you do not have any toenail issues to treat, we’ll be pampering your feet with an aromatherapy foot treatment. Almost forgot the legs – spider veins? We’ll treat them this visit too!  (Retail value of service $150).

4. Schedule this 1.00 hour visit anytime between 7/6 – 7/19/14.  The brown spots and/or any redness – either diffuse or rosacea take the stage for this visit. During this visit we’ll treat any brown spot or red spot was can find with both laser genesis and IPL! (Retail value of service $100). OR Full body exfoliation service. Yes, that’s right – we’ll start at your head and end at your toes with our full body exfoliation service. All body parts are modestly draped as we keep you warm on the table. At the conclusion of this service, you’ll be slathered in our body butter that everyone raves about (and then take home your own supply of body butter!).  (Retail value of service $100, retail value of body butter – $27).  

5. Schedule this 1.25 hour visit anytime between 7/20-8/9/14. We’re making it all about the face again! We’ll start with double cleansing, pH balancing & exfoliation. We’ll then treat with laser genesis and IPL if needed to fine tune the skin before we end the treatment with a customized facial mask.  (Retail value of service $100).

Now that’s a summer camp, I’d like to attend! No mosquito bites, no being shipped off to a working “farm church camp” by your mother with your cousin, surely to die at the castle? (oh, that may have just been MY experience in upstate NY). What pampering skin care camp would be complete without some goodie bag FREEBIES? Here they are:

With the purchase of this complete package, each happy camper will receive the following FREEBIE’S (complete retail value of freebie’s = $168.00)

1. A gift certificate for a 90-minute introductory float at Float Nashville!

Float Nashville

I was introduced to the concept of “floating” by a beautiful soul who this world lost way too soon, at the age of 31. An amazing person and avid surfer, “Dr. Gage” talked about floating all the time. At the time, the closest float tanks to Nashville were located in NC. We never got the chance to go. Shortly after Dr. Gage’s passing, Float Nashville opened. Of course, I was going. Admittedly, I alternated between crying and laughing during my first 90 minute float and good talk with Dr. Gage. To learn more about floating, visit their website: http://www.floatnashville.com/. Be sure to check out the “float” tab that has great info and video’s too! You’ll find the owners not only extremely knowledgeable, but amazing people as well! I’ll let the professionals explain about the amazing healing abilities of float tanks/sensory deprivation – but suffice it to say – I’ve not only done my research, I’ve floated a few times too. Each visit brings more improved results. I strongly recommend this for runners, cross-fit enthusiasts, body builders, for those with chronic pain, or medical conditions such as arthritis, scoliosis and fibromyalgia. I like to equate the benefits with a whole weeks worth of sleep for myself personally, as a chronic insomniac. Value of this free gift – $69. Must be used no later than 8/9/14.

2. Sample/trial sizes of:

Revision Skincare’s Intellishade – sunscreen, moisturizer and tinted base make-up all in one. One of my favorite products! 

Physiodermie’s Bio-gommage. My go to, gotta have it exfoliator.

Travel size Redken Shampoo and Conditioner.

2 ounces of Epicurean’s grape seed oil (the only cleanser and moisturizer you’ll ever need!

3. $10 gift certificate to Staples

4. $20 gift certificate to a local hair salon of your choice. We intended this as a scalp-massage, blow dry and style add-on!

5. One bottle of your favorite color nail polish (that also happens to support our favorite childhood cancer non-profit.

6. Gift certificate for two movies at a local movie theater.

7. Gift certificate valued at $25 at our local new favorite place to lunch: Peter D’s. Visit their website (www.thepeterds.com) and download their menu. There are no bad choices! Now all you have to do is figure out who to take!

Two payment options:

1. One payment due before first service is scheduled: $550 (retail value of all services $665, retail value of all freebies = $168, total retail value = $833). Total savings of $283, plus the value of free babysitting if needed/used!

2. Three payments each of $215. Payments due dates: before first service is scheduled, then 6/15 & 6/29. Freebie goodie bag will be given on date of final payment. Total savings of $188, plus the value of free babysitting if needed/used!

 

Of course, we ran this by our panel of long time clients and we knew they’d have questions. So, before you ask – here’s the answers:

Q: Can any of the Summer camps be shared between friends?

A: Yes. Summer camp 1 and 2 may be shared with no problems and no price changes. The only caveat is one payment method only and the details of how the services are divided up remains between the purchaser and sharee’s. (we will ask for a signed sharing agreement). Summer camp 3 may ALSO BE SHARED, however only one FREEBIE bag will be given and shared as you see fit amongst your group. If the others you share with would also like a FREEBIE bag, there is an up-charge of $50 per additional person as the items have to be purchased.

Q: Do both Summer camps 2 and 3 include free babysitting?

A: Yes, as long as services are scheduled on Monday or Tuesday.

*None of the above specials/offers can be combined with other discounts or pre-purchased services. 

Have a great healthy and safe Summer ~ Lori

 

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Hey chicken skin. I have what? Keratosis Pilaris.

Most likely you, or someone you know has Keratosis Pilaris (KP). In fact, it is estimated that 50% of all adults have KP, while the percentage skyrockets for children and teens (80%). Here are a few photos of my own patients that I have taken over the years. All of these are KP – none of them are acne.

kp3 KP – right side of face (female)

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KP – elbow (male)

 

kp2 KP, dark skin tone, back of arm (male)

kp4 KP, back of arm (female)

 What is keratosis pilaris (KP)?  The bumps you see are excess protein (called keratin)—that have filled the hair follicle because the skin cannot properly shed the dead skin cells covering the follicle.  (This process also occurs in acne, which is why both conditions are so common in adolescence.)  The bumps can become inflamed, itchy, and irritated when dry or dehydrated. KP is identified by the accumulation of little bumps on your skin induced by the accretion of keratin inside the trapped hair follicles creating a plug. Often, when I use this explanation, clients will exclaim “but I don’t have hair on the back of my arms!” Yes, you do. It’s normally very fine and blonde or white – but if KP is present, the hair can’t break through the follicle (hence some of the problem). Before we begin with how to tame KP skin – understand that KP is a very common skin condition that is almost always problematic aesthetically, but poses no threat clinically and is not contagious. Often, KP does not require medical treatment, but it can be embarrassing – and is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions.   The most common sites for KP are the backs of the arms and upper thighs, however – I have seen adolescents with KP on their forehead and on their cheeks, and on a toddlers trunk. It can look like fleshy bumps, bumps that appear to be whiteheads that never surface, when exfoliated often what comes out of the skin is described as “little seeds”, or the bumps can be in red/purple patches that are dry and somewhat irritated. Keratosis pilaris is often misdiagnosed as a rash, dermatitis, acne, rosacea, or eczema. While most people with KP will not need to see a dermatologist for a medical treatment for KP, I think it is a good idea to have a professional diagnosis, especially when a bothersome skin condition does not respond to suggested home remedies or persists longer that two weeks. There are many offices that have products that come in kits for KP that can be pricey and often do not work. Before attempting over-priced harsh, “one size fits all” kits, let’s go over what to do – and , more importantly – what not to do. Here are some facts, tips and tricks to deal with KP:

  • Keratosis pilaris is hereditary (inherited as an autosomal dominant gene.) This is similar to the brown versus blue eye color phenomenon. All it takes is one single gene from either parent to find oneself with less than perfectly smooth skin. But not everyone can point a finger at who’s to blame since on average, only 40% of KP patients have a positive family history. Therefore, if no one in your family has ever had KP, my next question would be related to your diet. Not every case, but in many cases, I have found that if clients eliminate wheat and dairy from their diet, their KP will disappear. You do not have to be diagnosed as having Celiac disease in order to suffer with side-effects from these food choices. It’s worth a try, right? It also will most definitely make you feel better. You’re skin will glow!Even if you don’t have obvious digestive problems, if you suffer from skin conditions, allergies, weakened immune system, or even psychological imbalance – it is very likely linked to a digestive weakness and/or gut flora imbalance. This can be due to a chronically poor diet, a period of high stress, or even as little as a single course of antibiotics at some point in your life. “Healing your gut” is usually not a quick and easy process, but something that you cultivate over time. I know there are some of you reading this blog and the very second you see “eat better, stop eating junk food” the sound of the teacher talking on the Peanuts plays in your head (the trombony “whaa-whaa-whaa”). Well, it’s the truth. If you have to hear it – it might as well be from me. Anyone who knows my story, knows that I was hospitalized in 1996 for 42 days, and darn-near died as a result. I had gut issues (misdiagnosed, like, forever) and as a result of the exploratory surgical procedures – ended up with chronic pancreatitis complicated with pancreatic pseudocysts (those buggers can and will try to kill you!)  It wasn’t until many years later I discovered I was one of the 3 patients who survived the clinical study I didn’t know I was in. That’s right, 7 of my clinical study participants died. Let me tell you how horrible my skin looked, then!  I know many of my clients see me regularly because I am one of the few (perhaps the only?) skincare professional in the area who will not try to sell you a skincare product line that costs as much as your mortgage. Yes, I do use some products (when needed), but there are few. (See products on right side bar of this blog). In addition, I have been told, I am the only professional that will also let you know that I will not take your money under the guise of making you feel better about yourself if your skin would just clear up – when, you are a smoker with no intentions of quitting, someone who will never eat a balanced whole food diet, or who will never exercise. My laser is a laser. It targets chromophores in your skin. It is not a magic wand. It will not make you look better than you ever have. If someone is selling you that, run. Don’t walk. (see, you can get moving!). Will I work with you? Yes. Baby steps are okay. Sometimes it’s a mysterious puzzle, but with honesty and teamwork – it can be done.

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  • While we’re on the subject of diet – eat vitamin-C rich foods every day. Yes, you could take a supplement, but it seems much more logical to me to eat several servings of Vitamin – C rich in season fruits each day.  In general, Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation, helps  maintain the integrity of skin tissue, and counteracts free radicals which produces inflammation throughout the body. Specifically with KP, adequate Vitamin C can reduce redness and inflammation and prevent common ingrown hairs. Let us eat oranges! For other ideas and easy to follow recipes (and for juice loving clients), visit Rachel Holder’s blog by clicking here. The recipe that I juice at least twice a week for great looking skin can be found on her blog here.

 

  • If you have KP, it is quite possible that you are not getting enough Vitamin A. Without adequate amounts of this fat-soluble vitamin, skin cells begin to excrete an excess of keratin creating dry, rough, scaly bumps. Many clients think that they can get vitamin A from eating foods like carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes. Although it is quite helpful,  it’s equally important to understand that carotene in plant foods will probably not provide adequate daily vitamin A alone. It’s true that beta carotenes can be converted to vitamin A in your body once they make it into your blood, but beta carotenes are not always absorbed efficiently.  Taking true vitamin A as a supplement can also be dangerous since vitamin A toxicity is also a risk. That brings us to liver. The kind you eat. Liver is the best source of naturally occuring vitamin A. If you are in the minority of those who like liver – that is awesome! Eat it twice a week.This brings us to liver. Liver is far and away the best source of naturally occurring vitamin A. If you are in the small minority that like liver, great!  Eat it at least 1-2 times per week. If not, find some local farm ground beef/liver blend and sneak it into your spaghetti meat sauce or burgers. Baby steps.  If you simply can’t fathom the taste you can try cod liver oil capsules or dessicated liver capsules.
  • Coconut Oil. Just buy it. Then, use it. While It seems like the cycle of trying really hard to convince others that coconut oil is a wonder food (and it is) is cycling back around, some clients hear this and immediately say “I hate the way oil feels on my skin!” or “I have acne, there is no way I am adding OIL to my skin”. While I admit, it can feel a little strange to be carrying around a product that promotes itself as DELICIOUS IN COCONUT CAJUN SHRIMP recipes into the shower, and on an airplane – it works. Plain and simple. Personally, I do not like fragrance that makes me smell like food – coconut oil doesn’t smell overly coconut-ty, but it doesn’t smell bad either. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, but liquefies almost immediately with the warmth of your hands. It absorbs really fast, so for oily feeling haters – there will be minimal “EW EW EW GET IT OFF ME” feelings to deal with. Simply take a shower and immediately after wrapping your wet hair up, apply to your skin. Allowing your skin to air dry is best, but if you are in a time crunch, lightly pat dry with a clean towel and apply coconut oil. In minutes your skin will absorb the oil. It will not leave any residue or stain clothing. Although this is not a clinical treatment – there is REAL science to this. Coconut oil (unlike all other oils) can actually penetrate tiny hair shafts and deliver it’s protein rich goodness to your congested hair follicle. This alone creates a natural inside-out exfoliation process. You should see amazing results within one week of daily use. I have used this product for years. It’s cheap. It comes in enormous jars – and it works. Not only does it work, but in a pinch, I can eat it too? This is skin-care product perfection in my eyes.

 

  • Use a cool-mist humidifier in your bedroom each night. KP is a chronic dry skin problem and the extra hydration in the air from the humidifier will provide extra insurance that your skin needs. Less moisturizing product will be needed too.  Be sure to clean your humidifier daily to avoid the buildup of molds and bacteria.  It sounds like a lot of work, but your skin will thank you.
  • For teens and adults: schedule a glycolic peel with a professional. Let’s talk about this for a minute. There are many, MANY wonderful day spas in my town that do a fantastic job. They will pamper you until your heart is complete. What they can’t do is use clinical grade peels. Often, my clients will text and tell me where they are and want to know what service they can have. I not only welcome this – I love it! It would be a better choice to have a glyocolic peel if you have KP, but the percentage non-medical spas are allowed will not be high enough to treat KP. Again, not harming is the best choice when you can’t treat.  Next, there are many MANY med-spa’s or dermatology clinics that have sold out, or given in to “insert popular name skin care line here” and only sell those lines. Often, they are full of many chemicals, fillers and preservatives that are not good for all skin (or any skin) – and man, are they expensive! Personally, I use peels with one ingredient. Glycolic acid. If I want a compound, (for example – treating KP AND Acne) – I’ll call a professional. I am fortunate that I have excellent compounding Pharmacists here in my community at Reeves-Sain that will create individualized products as requested. (note: these are prescribed products that require a Physician’s request. All of my peels are cleared through my MD/Medical director). It is always a bonus if I have to pick up the compound because very close to the pharmacy is the (insert glory music) – homemade milkshake counter. Coffee milkshake from Reeves-Sain, yes, please!

 

  • Ages 15 and over: Often, if KP is resistant to treatment and there are no “seeds” inside the bumps, and you want a faster route to clear skin – laser hair removal works extremely well. Even if the hair isn’t visible, there is still keratin (or color) in the stem cell of the hair follicle. Laser targets this and most often with one treatment the signs of KP are largely reduced. Since our goal is not hair removal itself, a series of treatments is not necessary. KP is not “curable” therefore, flare-ups can be treated as needed.

 

  • If you have had KP for a very long time and the skin is greatly discolored (red/purple) where the bumps were – one treatment of            combined laser genesis and IPL will take the awful reminder away.  This pain-free laser treatment is fantastic for reducing the signs of lingering KP.

 

Have KP? What not to do:

  • Do not give in to the temptation of using your foaming body wash or harsh scrubs to sandblast the problem with loofahs.  It won’t do anything but make it worse. Any foaming scrub will dry out the skin. Drying out the skin is counter-productive for KP taming. If you simply can’t give them up, look for one that contains rounded beads instead of seeds or nut shells.  Jojoba beads will be your best choice if you like physical exfoliants.  (However, don’t be confused – these washes and scrubs are not treatments suggested for KP, they just won’t aggravate KP and make it worse.)

 

  • Do not use your acne medication on areas with KP: this build up of keratin appears very similar to acne, but it’s important to understand that they are not the same animal and must be tamed differently. Overproduction of sebum (oil) is what complicates the treatment of acne, and most of the products available are very drying.  Using acne treatments that include benzoyl peroxide or sulfur on KP skin that is aggravated by any sort of dehydration or dryness is just a bad idea.  Moisturizing acneic skin commonly causes issues, while it is the first step in treating keratosis pilaris. Efforts to treat KP at home are often futile and can bring about unwanted complications when incorrectly using the wrong products.

 

  • Avoid hot water and bar soaps, as these are drying to the skin. Perfumed body products can also cause trouble, so if you love them, try to only use them on special occasions. If you simply love the perfumed lotion you use, try diluting it with an unscented lotion (mix 50% your lotion to 50% unscented lotion). I like CeraVe. It is available at Target, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart and online on Amazon. In my area, Walgreen’s often has a special on CeraVe products and this moisturizer is one of the products in my must have arsenal at all times. Because I work in the medical field, excessive hand-washing during the dry/cold months can cause chapped hands. This lotion is the one I have found works the best. It also plays well with others – so, if I have a liquid foundation or tinted sunscreen that is slightly too dark for my skin tone, I can add CeraVe to it for added moisture and to tone down the color.

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  • Avoid tight clothing.  This is especially important during sleep.  For the guys, if KP is a problem – try boxers versus briefs.

 

  • If you are a soaking bath lover, try adding powdered milk and a few drops of a non comedogenic oil (like safflower!) to your bath water instead of foaming bubble bath that will dry out your skin. (FINALLY, a good use for that awful powdered milk my Aunt used to buy).

In summary, although KP rarely requires medical treatment, I have found that many cases are often misdiagnosed as acne – especially in the teenage population. Often, teens or parents of teens will seek treatment due to embarrassment surrounding acne eruptions, and the fear of scarring. KP is most commonly misdiagnosed as body acne that will not respond to treatment.  In many cases, acne treatments that are designed to dry out the skin, make KP considerably worse. Sometimes KP also appears on the lower part of the forehead—near and in between the eyebrows.  When found on the face, it is often confused with acne because the bumps resemble whiteheads.  Many of my clients have complained that there are no products available for “their” acne accompanied by dry skin—only to find out that they had KP all along, not acne.  This is why I always recommend that you be on the lookout when “your acne” doesn’t act like typical acne.   Once you have a KP diagnosis – there you have it! Ditch the junk, heal your gut/metabolism, eat oranges and liver…so long chicken skin!

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