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Product review: Instantly Ageless

The video above was posted to my Facebook timeline asking for a review of sorts, from a high school friend. I’m sure she did not expect this review. In the field of aesthetics, the one thing we all can 100% count on is a new “product of the day” with extreme promises, miracle status, insert glory music and all. Is it true, and does it work for all? First, let me give you a little disclaimer. I am clinically trained and holistically balanced. Yes, I have sat in far too many “pharma” presentations. Do some of their drugs deliver? YES. Do I, or any of the Physicians I have ever worked with blindly follow them along like Lemmings? NO. We do not take kick-backs (that’s actually illegal) and they do not get paid for writing prescriptions. I am a believer in eastern medicine. I am also a believer in western medicine and I long for the day they live in perfect harmony. I know the services I deliver are unique. I know that most “professional advisers” will tell me my business model will fail because I refuse to sell ridiculously expensive 6 step skincare lines. To this I say: “watch me”. In business school, I had a mentor who was MIT educated. I mentioned “well rounded” students in a conversation, to which he replied: “MIT didn’t much care if you were “well-rounded” (for the program I entered), as much as our ability to focus on Math”. That has stuck with me. I sell laser. A laser platform that cost more than many homes – and one that I have spent more years training on than I have mothered my son.  Delivering safe, efficacious anti-aging medical laser treatments is my focus. Do I recommend products? Sure. “As needed” and very specific to you. I will always believe that those who take to main stream media and recommend “skincare” lines – whether they be “natural” or “chemical” are delivering a bit of fraud. UNLESS, they have studied skin, have credentials, know how tissue responds (well, or poorly) to any product or service, as well as review any medications & supplements you take (and know what that means, or what the contraindications are) – you should regard them as, perhaps, the same you would a girlfriend. But not your skincare professional. What is the difference? Training. Education. The ability and knowledge to know when to tap out. To a Physician. (Personally, I have a supervising Physician who has been in this field for almost 30 years, and then a medical director to also meet the State of TN guidelines. In my past, I have opened, assisted with the opening, or act as the Practice Administrator for roughly 27 local medical practices. With few exceptions, I highly regard these Physicians and know the blessing that has been afforded to me with the ability to “curbside” text or call them. Of course, this is a two-way street. About Face, (all pun intended) is the best thing I have professionally done so far. If any of my strategist friends are worried, I just counted, I have 16 ninety-minute laser services to deliver by the close of business Monday. It’s going to be okay. (If you’re still worried, look how much fun & handsome my son is!)

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Ready for the review? Let’s break it down!

Water. First and largest ingredient (92%). Water is relatively free and you should be drinking plenty of it! Use COLD water compresses or ICE and the puffiness under your eyes will go away, too. Eyes are very vascular organs and often the puffiness is simply vessels that are swollen. If you ice the skin under your eyes, your makeup will apply flawlessly. Want to take ice to the next level? Buy yourself a jade roller. It looks like the photo below and is very inexpensive. As in $10. If you need one, let me know. Mine is kept in my freezer. Used religiously every morning. Roll down the face (right over your closed eyes) and you have instant lymphatic drainage for your face. 
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Sodium Silicate: Most commonly used in cements, passive fire protection, textile & lumber processing, refractories, and automobiles = and apparently now – for a volatile area of skin under your eyes. Help me, Lord! 
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate: has one of two meanings in skincare products. Either, the presence of a white chalk-like powder that occurs naturally in nature in soil clay, or manufactured industrially for use in products. This form of magnesium aluminum silicate is sometimes referred to as white clay, hectorite or kaolin. It is considered “generally safe”, but the FDA warns that it should be a very limited use. This products version is manufactured industrially.
Acetyl hexapeptide-8 (trade name Argireline and technically known as acetyl hexapeptide-3/Centerchem.  Argireline is a synthetic peptide that is manufactured in Spain. According to their Web site, “Argireline works through a unique mechanism which relaxes facial tension leading to a reduction in superficial facial lines and wrinkles with regular use. Argireline has been shown to moderate excessive catecholamines release.” Whether or not that is true when applied topically comes only from their information, read: there are no published research studies substantiating any use of Argireline topically on skin. So, what are Catecholamines? They are compounds in the body that serve as neurotransmitters such as epinephrine, adrenaline, and dopamine. Epinephrine is a substance that prepares the body to handle emergencies such as cold, fatigue, and shock. A deficiency of dopamine in the brain is responsible for the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. None of that sounds like something you want a cosmetic to inhibit or reduce, correct? If acetyl hexapeptide-8 really worked to relax your facial muscles, it would work all over the face, would it not? So why just pick on the eyes? If all the muscles in your face were relaxed you’d have a sagging mess! You will not have youthful skin, not to mention, following this logic – it would affect your hand if you apply it with your fingers, correct? If this is true and you’re not prepared to glove up each time you apply this product, then please do not apply mascara afterwards. Also, do not pick up a steaming cup of hot coffee near small children or animals – and DO NOT drive your children to school! Paralysis of muscles is no joke.
In regards to working “just like Botox”, regardless of your feelings about injectible Botox – there IS a clinical study that says, basically: NO. I’m surprised my friends at Allergan are not all over this statement.  The clinical study reveals that this ingredient is not even remotely as effective as Botox in reducing wrinkles. If you are a non-believer in clinical studies because of their funding source, simply remember that regardless of who one is paid by, clinical studies must be able to scientifically prove something, or not.  (Source:www.cremedevie.com/clinical_details.htm; International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2002
Phenoxyethanol. A chemical preservative (glycol ether) often used in dermatological products such as skin creams and sunscreen. It is a colorless oily liquid. It is abactericide (usually used in conjunction with quaternary ammonium compounds), often used in place of sodium azide in biological buffers because phenoxyethanol is lesstoxic and non-reactive with copper and lead. It is used in many applications such as cosmetics, vaccines and pharmaceuticals as a preservative.
Last ingredient besides artificial colors: Ethylhexylglycerin. This serves as a surfactant and preservant enhancer and acts as a safe preservative in minute amounts. It is a proven preservative-enhancer and is often used instead of controversial parabens, Synthetically derived from glycerin and works by reducing inter-facial tension on the cellular walls of micro-organisms, promoting their more rapid destruction and a wider spectrum activity. Known and published safety measures and side effects: “Although Ethylhexylglycerin is generally considered safe, it has been found to be an irritant to the skin in two studies, causing allergic contact dermatitis”. Beautiful, tight reactive skin around swollen eyes – just what your dermatologist or ophthalmologist wants to see! 
A quick glance at actual customer reviews shows and average of 3 stars. The most common complaint is that it works to smooth the skin around the eyes – until you apply make-up or any other liquid.
There you have it. My review. If you still think it’s worth a go, I noticed it ranges from $8 – $130 on Amazon.
What would I rather you do? Drink water, use ice or a jade roller, ingest a lot of Phytonutrients (carrots, even!) via juicing – and yes, another product I DO love, Juice Plus. But, that review is for another day.
Now, back to attempting to process the Laser Bikini line hair removal special ($250 for up to 12 treatments!) and 3 Cellulite shrinking body wraps with free laser genesis for the face ($300) – ends today, and I may crash this server. Happy Friday the 13th!
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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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