Organic Passion Peptide Resurfacing Treatment – 10 steps to closer to peeling!

Well… Summer’s just about over and your skin has taken a lot of abuse. UV rays have broken down collagen and weakened elastin.. Your skin may have a healthy tan, but deep down, your dehydrated, pigmented skin is yelling for help.

Here’s a great treatment I had done a few weeks ago by Alexis Robertson, Image Skincare Massachusetts Territory Manager and Educator (click here to visit & LIKE her Facebook Page).

This fabulous treatment will help your skin get back to optimal health and ready for peel season!
(Only to be done by your aesthetic professional)

Organic Passion Peptide Resurfacing Treatment step by step:

1. Double cleanse. First cleanse is done with Vital C hydrating cleanser.  A creamy, hydrating cleanser that removes all makeup and impurities. With its famous orange peel smell and a luxurious creamy feel, your skin will soak up all the goodness resulting in nothing but a soft glow.

2. Second cleanser: Ormedic Balancing Gel Cleanser. This gentle cleanser leaves your skin squeaky clean without any build-up or residue. Organic green tea, chamomile, and a harmonizing blend of comfrey, calendula and rich botanicals, deliver essential nutrients to restore your skin’s natural balance. Leaves skin soft, hydrated, and naturally clean.

Step 3. The Organic Passion Fruit/Peptide Resurfacing Solution is applied and made from a blend of passion fruit, pineapple, papaya, & pumpkin extracts to exfoliate dead & dry skin. Organic licorice to lighten skin. Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate. Antioxidants to protect and restore, such as Organic Japanese Green Tea & finally mango extract for that unforgettable summer aroma!
 

This layer stays on for a good 5 minutes, then rinsed off.  Your skin will already look & feel fantastic!

4. Next, comes a layer of the Ormedic Balancing Soothing Gel Masque..

An ultra-gentle, organic cooling gel masque formulated for compromised, inflamed or irritated skin. Organic Aloe Vera, Arnica Montana and licorice quickly help reduce redness and other signs of irritation while bringing sensitive skin into healthy balance. (Also may used at home 3 times a week for highly reactive, rosacea or acneic skin types).  Check out the list of key ingredients below… What an incredible masque!

5. After removing the Gel Masque, a 25% hyaluronic acid (HA) facial enhancer is applied. HA is a super hydrator and is well known for its plumping & filling effect, which is what Juvederm and other injectable fillers are made of.

It’s also a major component of skin, where it is involved in tissue repair. When skin is exposed to excessive UVB rays, it becomes inflamed (sunburn) and the cells in the dermis stop producing as much HA, and increase the rate of its deterioration. HA deterioration products then accumulate in the skin after UV exposure. (This is one of the reasons why this treatment is great after a summer of sun!)

6. Then, a layer of the Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum. This unbelievable serum is “A silky, ultra hydrating botanical serum infused with organic Japanese green tea, Aloe Vera and a copper-complex peptide. Perfectly absorbed, it continuously balances your skin from within and lastingly restores its ideal moisture level. Leaves your skin intensely hydrated with a healthy glow.”
(www.imageskincare.com)… My description wasn’t as “on-point” as theirs.. 🙂

7. Next… (oh yes.. there’s more!) we apply 25% Antioxidant Facial Enhancer.  (which, BTW was added to the first layer as well):

Step 8. Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel..
Smoothes and diminishes fine lines
Instantly hydrates Eyes
Diminishes dark circles
Relaxes crows feet

9. Daily Defense Tinted Moisturizer… My fav SPF!!
This pure physical broad spectrum UVA/UVB moisturizer provides an even skin tone and healthy glow while protecting against the damaging effects of the sun. Enriched with essential vitamins and potent anti-oxidants as free radical scavengers.

10. Lastly, the Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Treatment.. I love this!
A super hydrating anti-aging polypeptide lip complex, which dramatically enhances the appearance of lip contours. Adding up to 40% more moisture, volume and reducing fine lines with repeat usage. (I also love using this lip treat after lip augmentations… lips look and feel amazing!)

And that’s it!

Oh, and just in case any of you fell in love with any of these product, Some (not all) can be purchased and used at home. Here’s a list of them and a link to my online store:

Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser

Ormedic Balancing Soothing Gel Masque

Ormedic Balancing Anti-Oxidant Serum

Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel

Daily Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Treatment

Fiona’s Skincare Shop

Now that pool season is over, let peel season begin!

Hugs,

Fiona

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Laser Hair Removal… All Questions Answered

There’s something about 7 women in a closet sized room, lasering each other’s hair off (Brazilian being one) that brings a sense of closeness.

After a fun-filled week with these amazing women, I feel compelled to write all I have learned about laser hair removal.

First and foremost, What does “LASER” mean?

Did you know the word “LASER” is an acronym which means…
Light
Amplification by
Stimulated
Emission of
Radiation

The term “radiation” is often misinterpreted because the term is also used to describe radioactive materials or ionizing radiation. The use of the word in this context, however, refers to an energy transfer. Energy moves from one location to another by conduction, convection, and radiation and cannot alter DNA structure.

How does it work?

Basically, lasers cause localized damage to the hair by selectively heating dark target matter, melanin, in the area that causes hair growth, the follicle, while not heating the rest of the skin.

 

Is every laser created equal?

No.  Different companies have different names for their lasers, but the two main lasers out there today are: Alexandrite (755) or the “Alex” & YAG (1064).  This one in particular is what I was trained on and is the latest.    It actually has both Alex and Yag in one machine!  Don’t quote me on this, but I don’t think there’s another two-in-one out there right now.  Very convenient since both are significantly different from each other.  Why?…

 Alex vs YAG… What’s the difference?

Alex (755)-

  • Attracted to melanin (treats hair and pigmented lesions)
  • Great on fair skin (skin types I – III).
  • Not recommended for skin types IV – VI.
  • No sun exposure for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Better on thin hair.
  • Most report less discomfort than “YAG”.
  • More effective laser (usually less treatments are needed).

Here’s a perfect example of a skin type II ideal for the “Alex” laser…

YAG (1064) – 

  • Attracted to melanin and hemoglobin (treats hair, pigmented lesions, loose skin, veins, wrinkles, enlarged pores, tattoos, pseudofolliculitis barbae commonly called “ingrown hairs” or “shaving bumps”, and toe nail fungus… Yes. Fungus!)
  • Safe for every skin type (I – VI).
  • Can be used on sun exposed skin (3-4 days post).
  • Effective on thick, coarse hair.
  • Not ideal for thin textured hair.
  • Many report more discomfort during treatment than “Alex”

Definitely a “YAG” candidate in the pic below…

How many treatments are needed? 

Hair grows in several phases (anagen, telogen, catagen) and a laser can only affect the currently active growing hair follicles (anagen). This is why several sessions are needed to kill hair in all phases of growth.

The actual number of sessions depends on various parameters, including the area of the body being treated, skin color, coarseness of hair, reason for hirsutism, and gender.

Average number of treatments:
Face: 6-10 treatments every 4-6 weeks.
Body: 4-6 treatments every 8-12 weeks.

Can all hair colors be treated?

No.  Laser does not work well on light-colored hair, red hair (sorry Carrot Top), grey hair, white hair, as well as fine hair of any color, such as vellus.
Coarse dark hair on light skin is easiest to treat (ideal candidate: Snow White… or the guy below will do).

What are the most common side-effects and risks?

During treatment: discomfort.

Post treatment (most common): itching, redness, and swelling (perifollicular edema) around the treatment area. These side effects rarely last more than three days.

Unwanted side effects and risks:  hypo- or hyper-pigmentation, blistering, scarring, skin texture changes, flare of acne, swelling around the hair follicle, scab formation, purpura, infection and burning of the skin.

What areas can be treated?
If it grows hair.. Then, yes it can be treated (as long as there isn’t any underlying contraindications).

What are the contraindications?

In other words, if you have any of these conditions or are taking any of the meds listed, you CANNOT be treated?

  • Pregnant
  • Gold Therapy (If you don’t know what this is, then you have never had it)
  • Light induced seizures
  • Anyone taking photo-sensitive meds (if you are, then you need to wait 3 weeks)
  • Accutane (need to be off for 6 months)
  • Anticoagulants
  • History of skin cancer
  • Suspicious pigmented lesions
  • Lupus
  • Herpes (pre-treat with an antiviral drug such as Valtrex… But, if active, cannot be treated until dormant again)

How do I prepare for laser hair removal?

  • No waxing, tweezing, or electrolysis for 4 weeks prior.
  • If you have fair skin (skin types I -III), no sun exposure for at least 4 weeks.
  • If you have darker skin (types IV – VI), no sun for 3-5 days.
  • No threading for 10 days
  • No self-tanner for 14 days
  • Shave the area being treated the same day or the night before
  • No make-up, lotion or deodorant should be worn on the day of your treatment
  • No topical Retin-A for 3-5 days
  • No oral Retin-A for 3 weeks
  • No Accutane for 6 months

How much does it cost?

Clearly, prices are going to vary from country to state to city to town…
Prices can range anywhere from $100 per area per treatment to $900 per area per treatment (all depends on the size of the area and amount of hair).  Yes, it can be costly, but let’s take into consideration the amount of money we all spend on razors, waxing, threading, plucking.

Are there any post-treatment instructions?

Yes!.. And please follow strictly.

  • No sun exposure for 1 week (if blistered or burned, then stay out of the sun until healed… unless you want to scar)
  • Apply cool compresses to red or swollen area.
  • No Retin A for 24 hours
  • No direct heat for 24 hours (ie: hot showers.. This is a tough one for me, since I truly love mine… but I do follow this religiously as I have learned the hard way.. hehehe)
  • It will look and feel like a sunburn… treat it like one!
  • Lastly, enjoy being HAIR-FREE!

Hugs, 

Fiona 

Medicine Cabinet Beauty Essentials

Which beauty products are in your medicine cabinet?

Between that year old Oil of Olay face cream (yucky).. and the tube of Preparation H your mom once told you was good for puffy eyes (eeewwww), sits a jar of radiant skin waiting to be unveiled.

Why not do a little spring cleaning?

Oh and BTW ladies (and gents)… That over-the-counter skincare stuff you’re using, only treats the dead layer of skin on the surface.. Instead, think cosmeceutical!  Image Skincare is my fav (as clearly seen below!) …and YES.. it really works!! Its formulated to penetrate deep into the dermis layer where collagen, elastin, and pigmentation lay. But, we’ll leave the OTC vs Cosmeceutical debate for another post.

Here’s my top 10 anti-aging products…

1. Retinol A
Why: Stimulates collagen production, which targets fine lines and can result in a tighter, younger-looking complexion.
When: At night only!! I use mine twice a week, but that all depends on your skin type and age.
My Fav: Image MD Reconstructive Repair Crème

2. Vitamin C Serum
Why: Increases collagen synthesis and reduces skin damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C is an essential anti-oxidant which helps create healthy, youthful, glowing skin.
When: Every Morning.. Religiously! And anytime my skin looks dull or ashy.
My Fav: Image Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum

3. AHA or BHA Cleanser
Why: AHA (glycolic/lactic acid) & BHA (salicylic acid) are both great exfoliants and reveal smoother skin!
When: I like to use it at night… Gets my skin squeaky clean and prepped for my yummy night cream.
My Fav: Image MD Reconstructive Facial Cleanser

4. Gentle Cleanser
Why: Because your skin needs a break from acids, sulfates, and parabens to heal and for optimal skin health.
When: I use mine in the morning and after peels, lasers, Ulthera or any intense treatment done to my face.
My Fav: Image The Max Facial Cleanser

5. Daily Moisturizer with Sunblock 
Why: Do I have to explain this one??? Surprisingly, so many of us DO NOT use this daily. People.. This is your fountain of youth! A proper sunscreen helps protect your skin from sunburn, early aging, and skin cancer. Need I say more…
When: Every day! (even if it’s cloudy). Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours if out in the sun. According to American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen needs to be at least SPF 30, UVA and UVB protectant, and water resistant.
My Fav: Image Daily Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

6. Self-Tanner
Why: Perfect for a healthy glow without the damaging effects of UV rays.
When: I like to apply mine once a week at night.. I love waking up to a glowing face and body.
My Fav: Image Body Spa Face & Body Bronzer Crème

7. A Powerful yet Gentle Antioxidant Rich Night Cream
Why: Your skin needs essential peptides, vitamins and nutrients to look its best and prevent free radical damage.
When: Every night.
My Fav: Image The Max Crème

8. Retinyl Eye Cream 
Why: Gets rid of fine lines, dark circles (yes, I have.. uhm.. had dark circles) and stimulates collagen production
When: Morning & night.
My Fav: Image Ageless Total Eye Lift Crème

9. Lip Moisturizer
Why: Why not? Your lips need a little loving hydration too! My fav also gives an added plumpness too… What girl doesn’t want that?
When: All day…every day!
My Fav: Image Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex

10. Eyelash Growth Enhancer
Why: As we get older, lashes become more sparse and lose length. Lash enhancers contain ingredients that promote length and fullness.
When: Apply once a day morning or night… Tip: If redness or irritation occurs, apply only in the morning.
My Fav: I actually have two.. Latisse for pm use and Image Ageless Lashes for am use.. Best of both worlds!

Take charge of your beauty cabinet,  get rid all the junk and stock up on the essentials needed for healthy, glowing skin…  I promise you WILL love your skin again!

Hugs,

Fiona