Nerium AD, a nighttime treatment product for the skin, is different than anything I’ve ever tried, and dare I say, better. Born from biotech and skin cancer treatment research, Nerium is applied to damp skin after cleansing. This allows the skin to really soak up the product, which penetrates deeply and begins rejuvenating and healing whatever you’ve got going on.
Somehow this one amazing product is changing people’s lives, including my own! I’ve never seen one product be able to successfully help wrinkles, sagging, and brown spots without causing irritation, flaking, or peeling.
I went from being a skeptical medical esthetician to being a Nerium Brand Partner, but it took me about a month to come to that decision. I ended up not wanting to miss out on using Nerium myself AND telling everyone else about it!
Please see my previous blog entry, Nerium – does hope finally come in a bottle?
Also, check out this great video on how to apply Nerium.
I have become a Nerium fan, and I am happy to answer your Nerium and skincare questions.
Which side of the picture do you want to be on? The before or the after?!!
September is a great time for us in the PNW to begin our sun damage control. We have put together a special package for you to get you on your way to starring in your very own after picture!
Sun Damage Control Package:
1 Ultrasonic Facial, 2 IPL Treatments, and 2 Chemical Peels
Your first treatment in the Sun Damage Conrol Package will be the Ultrasonic Facial. During this initial treatment, Angela will get your skin hydrated and prepared, get the proper home care products recommended, and get you going toward your best possible results. This first appointment will be followed in 2 week intervals by IPL, Peel, IPL, Peel – treatments that work hard in different ways to help get your brown spots GONE!
To learn more about the individual treatments in this package, please click on the following links:
Laser Hair & Skin Center of Tacoma
1201 Pacific Ave, Suite 1910
Tacoma, WA 98402
Have you ever noticed how important nicely shaped eyebrows are to overall appearance? Or how a very light or blonde brow seems to visually disappear? Do you appear angry even when you are not? Beautiful, well-groomed, unfurrowed eyebrows frame and showcase what many consider to be the most important feature, the eyes! And, speaking of brows, we have plans for you and yours! Whether you need them waxed, tinted, made up, replaced, or unfurrowed, Northwest Hair Restoration and Laser Hair & Skin Center of Tacoma is the place to be.
For an easy makeup solution to enhancing your brows instantly, Jane Iredale, The Skin Care Makeup, has a travel-size compact called Bitty Brow Kit, that comes in blonde and brunette. The kit is $27.00, and includes a botanical brow wax and pigmented powder for adding definition and staying power.
Laser Hair and Skin Center of Tacoma’s medical esthetician/laser technician, Angela Janssen, in addition to loving skin care, is also a big fan of brow waxing and tinting! Brow wax $17.00, brow tint $17.00.
For those deep furrows or worry lines between the brows, Botox is a terrific option. Botox is a purified protein that, when injected into your expression lines, will cause the muscle to relax and smooth out. This treatment lasts approximately 4 months. To view progressive before and after pictures of Botox results, please visit the Botox website.
At Northwest Hair Restoration, Dr. Robert Niedbalski does more than hair replacement on the scalp, he also does eyebrows, and they turn out beautifully. Our staff has been positively giddy over the results!
Dr Niedbalski is one of the pioneering researchers in the application of ACell with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for both hair multiplication in hair restoration surgery and combating baldness with injection therapy. In September 2011, he began a small clinical trial (10 men and 10 women) to study the effects of ACell + PRP therapy on thinning eyebrows. So far the results have been very promising.
Whether your brows need makeup, waxing, de-furrowing, or replacing, there are great options available to help you get brows that wow.
Esthetician is a funny word. Not everyone knows what it means, but most people want one once they find out what it is! Esthetics is a division of cosmetology, with the focus being on the health and beautification of the skin. Be they known as beauty advisors, skin care experts, makeup artists, or hair removal specialists, estheticians wear many hats.
Beautiful, glowing skin has always been desirable, but aside from dermatology, skin care has not always garnered the attention in the Tacoma area that it receives nowadays. You are likely now to find that many dermatology and plastic surgery clinics employ estheticians, and many salons and spas do as well. An esthetician’s work is a great compliment to that of the doctor and the hair stylist alike, making the skin care profession a wonderful combination of health and beauty.
Each esthetician tends to be good at many of the aspects of their field, but it’s natural that they have certain services in which they really shine. If you reside in the general Tacoma area, check out the following wonderful estheticians:
- Makeup – Karli Stewart at Spa Aneity - 613 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501, 360-357-6953. Karli’s place of business is a little bit of a drive from Tacoma, but she can help you with all your makeup needs, from color matching to bridal makeup.
- Brows and Lashes – Jamie DiStefano at Stella and Rocco’s – 3720 Sixth Avenue Suite D, Tacoma, WA, 98406, 253-686-8054. The best brow waxing/shaping and beautiful lash extensions.
- Day Spa – Sooji’s Day Spa - 3914 6th Avenue, Suite B, Tacoma, WA 98406, 253-404-0024. Sooji is lovely and will make you feel right at home in the facial room.
- Clinical Skin Care – Angela Janssen at Laser Hair and Skin Center of Tacoma - 1201 Pacific Ave, Suite 1910, Tacoma, WA 98402, 253-572-2949. Angela’s specialties are chemical peels, dermaplaning, and laser hair removal.
- Laser Specialist – Lucinda Johnson at Dr. Barbara Levy’s in Federal Way - 34503 Ninth Avenue South Suite 330, Federal Way, WA 98003, 253-927-1286. Just a few minute’s drive on the freeway, but worth it for Lucinda’s experience and conscientiousness with IPL and Pixel.
When it comes to the health and beauty of your face and skin, always have an experienced esthetician on speed dial!
Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup is a pure and beautiful industry favorite because it works and photographs like a dream. Get your wedding groove on all day and night and still look better than your friends that wore some other brand! Staying power is a plus for a busy, special event.
Men, don’t feel left out! While you need not resort to “makeup”, Iredale’s H/E line has a terrific dry sunscreen/bronzer. Applied with a special “manly” brush that looks like a shaving brush, it’s just enough to even out skin tone for a more polished look. Keep lips perfect with H/E Lip Balm SPF 15. It is a lemony gem that keeps lips soft, soothed, and protected.
Find out where Jane Iredale is sold near you at http://janeiredale.com/.
Need easy, effective sun protection? Think Iredale Mineral Cosmetics , they offer more than just makeup!
Powder-Me SPF 30 ($45.50) is a dry, pure SPF offered in translucent and tan. With titanium dioxide and natural clay, the UVA/UVB protection is safe, pure, and soothing. Smooth the sponge end over your skin for immediate sun protection. Reapplication does not have to mess up anyone’s makeup. Powder-Me SPF will not go bad if left in a hot car. Excellent!
Lip Drink SPF 15 ($12.00) is a clear, hydrating lip balm with macadamia oil, green tea and Vitamins E and C. Edible zinc oxide gives it a broad-spectrum SPF of 15. Lemon and orange oils create a flavor reminiscent of lemon meringue pie.
Go to http://www.janeiredale.com and click “Where to Buy”. Input your postal code and the nearest retail locations will appear.
Now that sun protection is easy, follow Mom’s advice and get outside!
As an esthetician, taking care of my own skin is important to me. I use pharmaceutical-quality products at home (because I know they are effective and give the most bang for the buck), such as iS Clinical, SkinCeuticals, and PCA Skin, and I give myself regular chemical peels to keep my skin healthy and glowing. When I can, I love to receive skin care treatments from other estheticians, particularly those treatments that I cannot easily do on myself, such as microdermabrasion.
Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion are professional methods for treating the skin. The goal of these treatments is to create healthier, smoother, clearer skin. As an additional benefit of achieving those aforementioned goals, the skin is more radiant, beautiful, and youthful. Who can argue with that?!!
A true microdermabrasion treatment is typically done in a med spa by a licensed esthetician. A professional microdermabrasion treatment you have done in a medical office is not going to be in the same category as a “microdermabrasion” cream that you might use at home, which is basically just a scrub. A professional device will have a vacuum component, which stimulates the circulation and helps the skin to nourish itself from within; and an exfoliating component, which may blow out fine crystals to abrade the skin, or may have a crystal-free diamond tip to exfoliate. Some machines have a hydrating component from which a treatment serum can be introduced to the skin. These are nice, too, but don’t worry if your favorite place doesn’t have this. A crystal or diamond microdermabrasion treatment can be tailored for each individual based on the serums, masks, or other treatment products your esthetician chooses to use to treat your specific skin care needs.
Recently, I was able to receive a microdermabrasion treatment for the first time in a long time. Like I mentioned, I regularly do my own chemical peels at home, which is wonderful, but sometimes it is nice to mix things up! My skin was smoother and more glowing afterward, and my esthetician was lovely and caring.
What can you expect during a microdermabrasion treatment? It is kind of like an intense facial, less relaxing, but better, quicker results. The protocol I have loved for a long time is iS Clinical’s Microdermabrasion Protocol, which includes cleansing, application of Active Serum to get the exfoliation process started, and to allow the microdermabrasion wand to adhere to the skin better for a more effective treatment. The rest of the treatment is tailored to the individual, but will include treatment serums, a hydrating, soothing mask, and appropriate moisturizer/SPF.
If you are just getting started on professional skin care treatments, or getting back into it after a while, your esthetician will determine what the best plan of action is for your skin’s particular needs. Typically, your esthetician will suggest the appropriate skin care products for you to use at home, and will suggest the appropriate treatments and treatment intervals to whip your skin into shape! Once your skin is “in shape”, you will maintain your results by continuing with your home care products, and typically you will be able to go longer in between treatments. For example, it is not uncommon to be treated every 10 days to 3 weeks at first, and then perhaps every 4 to 8 weeks during maintenance phase.
Most skin care clinics/med spas will do a complimentary skin care consultation with you. This will give the esthetician the opportunity to meet you, look at your skin, and go over a skin care and medical history with you. This will allow your skin care professional to recommend a plan of action specifically for you, taking into account your questions, goals, and concerns regarding your skin.
Even though most people have certain beauty rituals and grooming habits, some folks are just not into makeup… or at least they don’t think they are! Not everyone wants to take the extra time to do their makeup, or they don’t know how, or they don’t want to “feel” anything on their skin. There are solutions to all your makeup objections!
Makeup doesn’t have to take a long time if you don’t want it to. A 5-minute routine (or under) can be developed pretty easily. If you don’t know how to do your makeup, or need some new tips, YouTube is full of instructional videos, and most reputable med spas and salons that carry makeup will be able to help you with your makeup needs and questions. Don’t like the feel of makeup on your skin? I highly recommend looking into a good quality mineral makeup line, such as Iredale Mineral Cosmetics (Jane Iredale). It is possible to have a fast, simple makeup routine using a product line that is healthy for the skin, easy to use, beautiful, and weightless.
Oh, and another thing, for all you guys, or for the guys in your life… don’t let the term “makeup” turn you off! Women are not the only ones who can and should even out their complexions with the stroke of a brush! Iredale Mineral Cosmetics has an H/E line just for men! Included in the line is a dry sunscreen/bronzer that evens out the skin tone and protects the skin from harmful UV rays at the same time. It is applied with a cool, masculine brush that was designed specifically for the application of the H/E Dry Sunscreen.
Curious why I’m a Jane Iredale fan? This line of makeup was developed specifically for dermatology clinics, therefore the products must meet purity and safety standards. You will not find cheap fillers and binders in these products, and nothing bad for you is in them. As an esthetician, this appealed to me right away. As a woman, and as someone who has been in the beauty industry for a lonnnng time, I also love that the products are easy to use and the brushes are high quality – as with many other things, having a high quality product and the right tools makes achieving your task so much easier and the results so much better! With this line, it is very easy to create a simple, natural look, but you still have everything you need to create high fashion looks, or any other look you are wanting to produce.
Don’t be afraid of makeup! In this case, it can be fast, simple, attractive, and good for you!
The news is getting better all the time for those of us who are experiencing thinning hair and sparse brows. Perhaps you have tried products or contemplated surgery? There are quite a few great tools being utilized to battle hair loss. At Northwest Hair Restoration in Tacoma, Dr. Robert Niedbalski has products, treatments, and surgical options for helping you get your hair back.
Did you know that a simple injection could help grow back your brows or hair? ACell + PRP is a service offered at Northwest Hair Restoration, and we are getting some fantastic results. ACell is a stem cell activator. When mixed with the patient’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP) and injected into the treatment site, the patient’s own cells are kick started and begin to act like they used to. Hair that was getting choked off is revived, and hair will begin growing in thicker and more vibrant.
If you are a candidate for this procedure, the only thing standing between you and new hair growth is scheduling, having the injections, and waiting a few months for the new growth to start showing up!