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

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month… Let’s Talk Sunscreen

Yup.. It’s that time of the year again! Beach, pool, lake… you name it, we’re there.

I have to say, this weekend was the perfect start to the beach season here in NE. Grab your trunks, towels, sunglasses, and…. don’t forget your SUNSCREEN!

In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month (May.. with 2 days left to go..lol), I thought it would be fitting to write a post about sunscreen. Here’s some helpful info I got from the The American Academy of Dermatology…

Q.What sunscreen should I use?

  • The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following:
    • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays).
    • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or greater.
    • Water resistance.
  • A sunscreen that offers the above helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer. However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you. Dermatologists also recommend that you seek shade when your shadow is shorter than you are and protect your skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses whenever possible.

Q. Who needs sunscreen?

  • Everyone. People of all skin colors get skin cancer. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually.
  • Many of these skin cancers could have been prevented with protection from the sun’s rays.

Q. When should I use sunscreen?

  • Every day. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round.
  • Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.
    • On a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds.
  • Snow and sand increase the need for sunscreen.
    • Snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays, and sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays.

Q. How much sunscreen should I use, and how often should I apply it?

  • Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms, or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen.
  • To be sure you use enough, follow this guideline:
    • One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size.
    • Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.
  • Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors.
  • Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle.

Q. What type of sunscreen should I use?

  • The best type of sunscreen is the one you will use again and again. Just make sure it offers UVA and UVB protection, an SPF of 30 or greater and is water resistant.
  • The kind of sunscreen you choose is a matter of personal choice, and may vary depending on the area of the body to be protected. Available sunscreen options include lotions, creams, gels, ointments, wax sticks and sprays.
    • Creams are best for dry skin and the face.
    • Gels are good for hairy areas, such as the scalp or male chest.
    • Sticks are good to use around the eyes.
    • Sprays are sometimes preferred by parents since they are easy to apply to children. Make sure to use enough of these products to cover the entire surface area thoroughly, and do not inhale these products.
    • There also are sunscreens made for specific purposes, such as for sensitive skin and babies.
  • Regardless of which sunscreen you choose, be sure to apply it generously to achieve the UV protection indicated on the product label.

My fav: Image Skincare Tinted Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

Q. Can I use the sunscreen I bought last summer, or do I need to purchase a new bottle each year? Does it lose its strength?

  • Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen every day, not just during the summer. If you are using sunscreen every day and in the correct amount, a bottle should not last long. If you find a bottle of sunscreen that you have not used for some time, here are some guidelines you can follow:
    • The FDA requires that all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years.
    • Some sunscreens include an expiration date. If the expiration date has passed, throw out the sunscreen.
    • If you buy a sunscreen that does not have an expiration date, write the date you bought the sunscreen on the bottle. That way you’ll know when to throw it out.
    • You also can look for visible signs that the sunscreen may no longer be good. Any obvious changes in the color or consistency of the product mean it’s time to purchase a new bottle.

Q. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. What is the difference between the rays?

  • Sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays that reach the earth – ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Overexposure to either can lead to skin cancer. In addition to causing skin cancer, here’s what each of these rays do:
    • UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass.
    • UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn and are blocked by window glass.
  • The United States Department of Health & Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer have declared ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps, as a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).
  • There is no safe way to tan. Every time you tan, you damage your skin. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin cancer.

Q. Is sunscreen all I need to protect myself from the sun?

  • Sunscreen plays an important role in protecting your skin from the sun, but it does not offer complete protection. To protect your skin and find skin cancer early, dermatologists recommend the following:
    • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
    • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.
    • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
    • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
    • Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun.
    • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, consider using a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
    • Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

And one more tip.. If you like to be tan, self-tanners work wonders!

My fav: Image Skincare Body Spa Face and Body Bronzer Creme (no orange color.. I swear!)

Now, which do you prefer?

Leather?

Or Silk?

Trust me, living in Miami, I’ve seen women with that leathery look.. You don’t want to look like that.. And I will openly admit to you, I am guilty. I have gone many years without wearing sunscreen and getting burnt, but I truly have learned. And I truly want to look young forever… without skin cancer, I might add. So people… PLEASE, wear your sunscreen! The reasons are all crystal clear.

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