Posts tagged ‘facials’

February 11, 2013

Why your Skin Needs a Workout.


At my skincare practice, The Skin Studio, one of the lines I carry is Rhonda Allison. Their professional products offer the purest, quality skin nutrition for daily home use and the most effective, safe, result oriented professional treatments available. Always looking to nature for inspiration, Rhonda blends the best of active natural ingredients with highly beneficial, scientifically developed compound to create a synergy of superior professional treatments and customized home care products that will transform the condition of your skin. “No Animal Testing only Human Testing.” The Rhonda Allison Company and its affiliates are environmentally aware of the planet and endeavor to GO GREEN whenever possible.
I’m so excited to announce the new 2013 Signature Facial!
Here’s all,the juicy details as explained by Rhonda Allison herself.

For 2013 we’re focusing on exfoliation and infusion – exfoliating dead layers and infusing the skin with the antioxidants – with our signature facial aptly named Antiox Ex-Fusion. This treatment begins with the Liquid Enzyme Peel, a very unique exfoliant that combines an enzyme (papain) with low-strength acids in a liquid delivery. This is a fast-acting formula that works to dissolve and exfoliate keratin, yet does not require heat to do so. Upon removal skin is stimulated, and much smoother and polished.
Exfoliation is taken a step further with the Derma Peel, which when applied goes through changes with the skin as it works. Initially it starts as a gel, becomes liquefied, then forms a bond with the keratin to create a mild granular exfoliation.
To nourish the skin, L-ascrobic acid in the C-Peptide Complex strengthens, rebuilds and protects the skin. Antioxidants from grape seed extract, resveratrol, vitamin E, and omega-6 EFAs further support the regeneration process.
Skin will glow and feel instantly firmer with the potent dose of peptides and antioxidants that work to tone the skin and provide relief from free-radical damage. The blend of exfoliating, peptide and antioxidant ingredients along with the heating (warm compress) and cooling (Ice Globe facial massage) create the perfect facial workout.
Continuing the care at home
To keep clients on track with their new skin fitness program, send them home with a good cleanser, antioxidant and nutrient-rich serums, and a good protection formula. This might include:
Pumpkin Cleanser – antioxidant nutrition boosted with L-lactic acid
C-Peptide Complex – a powerful blend of L-ascorbic and collagen-building peptides
Antioxidant Complex Serum – firming, toning, moisture-binding, and antioxidant support
Growth Factor Serum Plus – enhances regeneration, healing and hydration
Eye Revitalizer – brightens, tightens and hydrates the eyes with beneficial peptides and nourishing ingredients
eZinc Protection Cream – zinc oxide, red algae, white ginger and green tea provide antioxidant support, hydration, UV protection and healing benefits
Grape Seed Parfait Mask – this can be used once per week with the Grape Seed Hydrating Serum to infuse the skin with resveratrol and vitamin E to tone and soothe the skin.

Experience all this and more. Visit for details and to book your appointment online.
Shelly Mac Klein

January 7, 2013

Get ready to flaunt your tush with a FANNY FACIAL


The latest beauty craze to sweep the US is butt facials. Yep, you heard me right. Butt facials are the latest way spas are looking to earn money. Spa owners are claiming that a butt facial offers a great looking pair of buns after a relaxing facial down there. So, what does a butt facial involve and is it really worth it?
If you’ve ever had a facial facial then you’ll pretty much know what to expect. Cleansing, exfoliating, maybe some microdermabrasion or a chemical peel along with an appropriate mask and massaging in of nutrients. Some places offer a spray tan for a totally new you.
The entire facial lasts for about an hour and range in price from $65 to a whopping $650 in the Beverly Hills area. image

If you’re spa doesn’t offer a butt facial, or if you’re like most of us and the price tag makes you cringe, why not consider an at-home butt facial instead?

· To Begin, Have your partner wash your bottom with a warm washcloth.
· Next, cleanse the area with a facial cleanser that is suitable for your skin type.
· Rinse the cleanser from your skin and dry the area with a soft cloth.
· Have your partner apply an exfoliating facial cleanser that is suitable for your skin type to the area and rub vigorously to remove dead skin cells.
· Rinse the exfoliating cleanser with warm water and pat skin dry with a soft cloth.
· Apply a facial mask meant for your skin type and leave on for the allotted time provided by the manufacturer’s instructions.
· Have your partner rinse the mask thoroughly from your bottom and pat skin dry.
· Your partner can then apply a moisturizer to your bottom or for a real treat, have him or her apply massage oil and give you a relaxing massage to finish the butt facial.

Now, exchange places with your partner and repeat the above steps.


In the Dallas area check out Spa D’Luna for butt facials starting at $120.


November 12, 2012

The Secret to getting rid of Blackheads

Everyone has blackheads.  Yes, everyone!   If you have dry, oily, combo, acne, or a normal skin type chances are you are haunted by your blackheads.  Blackheads are one of the more stubborn and persistent skin problems, and there’s a bunch of bad blackhead products out there that will just make matters worse. Here’s the truth about what they are, where they come from and how to deal with them.

  • Hormones cause excess oil to be produced inside the pore, which prevents it from flowing naturally to the surface.
  • The excess flow means that oil gets backed up, and then it mixes with built-up dead skin cells that cannot be shed normally.
  • When this combination of too much oil and dead skin cells is exposed to air, it oxidizes and turns black.

To start getting rid of blackheads, you need products that can do all of the following:

  • Restore a normal flow of oil out of your pore by improving the shape of the pore lining
  • Reduce and absorb excess oil
  • Remove dead, built-up surface skin cells

It is extremely tempting to squeeze your blackheads, but if done improperly you can actually cause quite a bit of damage to your skin.  Ideally if you want to get rid of blackheads go get a facial. During a facial the esthetician properly prepares your skin for extractions and then knows how much to squeeze and for how long.  For instance, don’t go squeezing your skin for more than 10 minutes since that will just end up causing trauma to the skin in the end.

Despite how they look,blackheads have nothing to do with your skin being dirty.   All the cleansing in the world won’t stop blackheads from forming, but over-cleansing can make matters worse. Unlike acne, blackheads are not caused by bacteria.  Therefore, topical disinfectants such as benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil have no effect on them.

The #1 solution to relieving skin of unsightly blackheads is to use a well-formulated exfoliant whose active ingredient is salicylic acid. Also known as beta hydroxy acid (BHA for short), salicylic acid not only exfoliates the skin’s surface, but  also penetrates into the pore to dissolve the plug.

Here are the top 5 worst products for blackheads as listed by Dr Paula Begoun.

The Worst Products for Blackheads

Here is our list of the 5 worst products for treating blackheads. Because of the irritation they cause or because they are so poorly formulated, each can actually make matters worse for your skin—and you’ll still be struggling with blackheads.

1. Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Cleansing Pads ($5.49 for 70 pads). These pads are steeped in a solution of skin-damaging alcohol and a form of menthol. Plus, the 2% salicylic acid won’t exfoliate because the pH of the solution is too high.

2. DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Intensive Medicated Blackhead Treatment ($42 for 1 ounce). This product contains alcohol in an amount that’s high enough to cause irritation, which can stimulate oil production. In addition, it contains several irritating citrus extracts and its  pH is too high exfoliate.
3. Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub ($6.99 for 4.2 ounces). You can’t scrub away blackheads because a scrub only has an effect on the surface of the skin, and blackheads form beneath the surface. This scrub contains menthol, but don’t mistake its tingle to mean it’s helping your skin—it’s only causing irritation. Plus, it’s a scrub, so you rinse it off, which means the salicylic acid is rinsed down the drain before it can penetrate your pores.
4. Biore Ultra Deep Cleaning Pore Strips ($7.99 for 6 strips). These pore strips, and most others, contain a strong adhesive (think tape) ingredient along with hairspray-like film-forming agents. Although they can remove the top portion of blackheads, they cannot reach the root of the problem, so your blackheads are back almost overnight. Also, because pore strips adhere so strongly to your skin, removing them can cause needless irritation along with dry, flaky skin.
5. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin ($21 for 3.4 ounces). This absorbent mask claims to “pull the plug” on blackheads, but it cannot do that. Oddly, this mask contains a high amount of occlusive zinc oxide, so it potentially can make clogged pores worse, not better. Its biggest offense, however, is the inclusion of the irritants camphor and sulfur. Neither will do a thing to improve blackheads, but they will cause dryness and irritation that makes all types of breakouts worse.

What Else to Avoid

In addition to avoiding the products listed above, you should avoid bar soaps or bar cleansers because the ingredients that keep these in their bar form can clog pores. Also avoid thick, creamy moisturizers because the ingredients that make them thick can clog pores.

My top picks for blackhead treatments:

Clean & Clear Advantange Oil absorbing treatment oil-free $6.99

Neutrogena Oil  Free Acne Stress Control 3n1 Hydrating Acne Treatment $6.99

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Oil Free Salicylic Acne Treatment and Moisturizer $39

Rhonda Allison Skin Refine Gel with Salicylic acid   $38