Laser vs Peels

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Facials, Peels, Services, Skin Care | 0 comments

wrinklespostYour face is clearly a journal of your life past – all those suntans and burns, all the smiles, frowns grimaces, the not so great diet mixed with the too strenuous diet, poor sleeping habits and even lack of exercise will show up on the skin in time.

Many of these tattletale marks on the face can be addressed with laser or peels. I’m not an expert in laser since I don’t do it (you need to be a licensed physician). However, I do know that it is expensive, painful and the downtime is significant.

Similar results can be achieved with peels over a longer period of time at a fraction of the cost of laser.  Peels use a variety of naturally occurring acids. While the acid is being applied there is some discomfort which is monitored by the licensed esthetician and does quickly subside. The discomfort indicates that the peel is doing its job. You will leave the office slightly red and glowing and should be able to return to your everyday activities (although strenuous activities may be limited for the first couple of days). You will begin peeling on the third and fourth day and should be able to pursue your regular activities.

Either way pigmentation will lessen and wrinkles will soften. You will still need to stay out of the sun and have healthy habits. The issues are cost, downtime, and pain.

What has been your experience?

Pick A Perfect Facial For Your Skin

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Acne, Corrective Treatments, Facials, Microcurrent, Microdermabrasion, Oxygen Facials, Peels, Services, Skin Care | 0 comments

We’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing the right type of facial for you with thisk5019398, accessible guide. See which facial is right for your skin type—whether you’re a man or woman—with our handy guide!

Have normal skin?

Normal skin types can be treated with a wide range of moisturizers, toners, and facial masks without any need to worry about adverse reactions (besides allergic ones, which you must be sure to ask about before any facial treatment). A typical facial (most commonly, a deep cleansing or European-style facial) for normal skin types includes exfoliation, moisturizing massage, a deep cleansing facial mask (to clean your pores), and the application of a protective serum and under-eye gel to refresh and lift your skin.

Have oily skin?

If you have oily skin that is prone to outbreaks of acne, you need to be careful about the facial treatments you choose. Traditional facials with oils and moisturizers being massaged into the skin will clog pores and increase the oiliness of your skin, which could trigger more acne. A deep cleansing or European facial with extractions can help remove oil and unclog pores, but a more intensive acne facial may be the way to go.

Have combination skin?

Combination skin has areas of both normal and oily skin types, so care must be taken in order to make sure neither skin type is aggravated. Consult with a skin care professional, or treat the individual areas or normal and oily skin as set out above.
For anti-aging properties, you should look to oxygen facials as well as European facials, both of which leave the skin looking refreshed and healthy, and are thought to reduce or slow signs of aging. More intensive treatments to remove lines, wrinkles, or even minor scarring could include dermabrasion or microdermabrasion – or even some type of chemical peel (which can reduce deeper wrinkles or scars).

Have fine lines or wrinkles?

For anti-aging properties, you should look to oxygen facials as well as European facials, both of which leave the skin looking refreshed and healthy, and are thought to reduce or slow signs of aging. More intensive treatments to remove lines, wrinkles, or even minor scarring could include dermabrasion or microdermabrasion – or even some type of chemical peel (which can reduce deeper wrinkles or scars).

You should know that microdermabrasions aren’t only good for reducing wrinkles: if your skin is feeling worn out, dry, or you just want a refreshed look, this exfoliating facial can be very effective. By removing old, dead skin and debris and refreshing your skin with moisturizers afterwards, microdermabrasion facials give you a fresh glow will last for a while!

* article courtesy of My Time

Do I Need to Use a Different Sunscreen for Each Season?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Cancer, Health, Skin Care | 0 comments

article & photo courtesy of SpaFinder

FAN2022346SPF, UVA, UVB…the ABCs of sunscreen sound a lot like alphabet soup, a mush of information that can cause serious confusion when it comes to choosing which product to use and best practices apart from “Yes, I know not to bake in the sun (or tanning bed),” and “Yes, I know to diligently slather on my SPF-infused moisturizer each morning.” This uncertainty led me to contact Heather Rogers, MD, Seattle board-certified dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatology, to answer a few burning questions. Here’s what she had to say, from, well, soup to nuts, starting with: Do I need to use a different sunscreen for each season?

Not exactly, Dr. Rogers says. “It’s not about the season—it’s about what you’re doing.” She recommends patients have two sunscreens on hand: a daily wear one, for going to work and when indoors most of the time; and a water-resistant workout or weekender sunscreen when sweating or in the sun longer. “Both of those need to be at least an SPF 30, which is what’s recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).” And because most of us don’t apply sunscreen as heavily as we should, she also suggests bumping up your sunscreen’s strength so “you’ll get better protection even if you’re not using the full ounce you’re supposed to use to cover your face and body,” according to AAD standards.

When selecting a sunscreen, it’s important for the product to say “broad spectrum,” a term we’ve been hearing more about in the past year as sunscreens are becoming better labeled, Dr. Rogers continues. Broad spectrum protects you from UVA (associated with the development of skin cancers, UVA rays can penetrate through windows and are to blame for the breakdown of collagen and cause of brown spots, aka, prime signs of aging) and UVB (rays that are also linked to the formation of skin cancer and responsible for burning and tanning).

“When people tell me that they can’t find a sunscreen they like, I say let me work with you—there are so many options, you can find one out there,” Dr. Rogers says. So of course I had to ask what products or brands she recommends:



But remember, sunscreens have expiration dates on them, and “it’s usually three years,” Dr. Rogers states. That being said, “you shouldn’t have a bottle of sunscreen for three years—if you do, you’re not using it correctly.”

Chemical Peels and Beautifully Stunning Skin

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Corrective Treatments, Peels | 0 comments

Retinol and Retinoids .jpgChemical peels are essential in maintaining healthy, beautifully stunning skin. Regular chemical peels help to reverse the signs of aging, improve skin tone and color, stimulate collagen production and diminish acne by removing the top layer the dead cells.

Acid or chemical peels don’t necessarily have to peel. Many of today’s exfoliating formulas leave the skin glowing. Gone are the days of dry, peeling, and flaky side effects of the peels of the past. The combination of multiple alpha and beta hydroxy acids at lower strengths can reduce the dramatic effects of the peels of yesteryear and still provide the same glowing results. There are even peels for those with sensitive skin.

A chemical peel treatment is likely to tingle for a few seconds upon application while the acid penetrates the skin. The tingling is an indication of the immediate refreshed result you’ll notice afterwards. A well trained professional esthetician is your best source for chemical peels to refresh your skin addressing the signs of aging as well as acne.

Wipe Away The Years – Chemical Peels

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Corrective Treatments, Facials, Peels | 0 comments


Photo Credit: Brie Leach

Photo Credit: Brie Leach

Chemical peels modify signs of aging, sun damage, and acne.

Chemical peels can also help fade age spots while stimulating collagen production plumping the skin while softening fine lines and wrinkles.

Professional chemical peels are something to add to your arsenal for fighting aging and restoring  youthful skin. In fact, where called for, chemical peels can be done every 21-days.

Marina Inserra is Miss California 2014

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Facials, Miss California 2014, Oxygen Facials, Services, Skin Care | Comments Off


As seen on Twitter “

I’m so excited about my esthetician Tamara Boswell Petrucci

She’ll be helping care for my skin all year!”

Marina Inserra, Miss California 2014

Marina Inserra, Miss California 2014

Miss California, Marina Inserra, stopped by for an oxygen facial today. She’s a lovely and gracious lady. She left radiant.

Chemical Peel Facts

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Corrective Treatments, Facials, Peels, Services | 0 comments

IMG_0806Wondering about chemical peels? Here’s a short list of facts

  1. Chemical Peels help the skin to breathe and regenerate. A peel received from a competent and well trained professional will give your skin  a healthful and youthful glow.
  2. Men and women benefit cosmetically and medically from regular chemical peels.
  3. Since chemical peels can leave the treated skin more sensitive to harmful UVA and UVB rays, the use of a good sun screen with a physical as well as chemical block is necessary every day, rain or shine.

Chemical peel treatments can help prolong or eliminate the need for more invasive treatments later in life.

Chemical peel treatments could be just the thing to treat the signs of dry, damaged, and aging skin to reveal a smoother, brighter surface and a younger, more refreshed you.

Environmental Lips

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in General, Health, Skin Care | 0 comments

MouthIs it Possible to Reduce the Effects of Environmental Damage and Aging on the Lips?
Using a lip care product with effective moisturizers and sunscreen (SPF 15+) can help reduce the effects of two of the main contributors to an aged appearance: sun damage and moisture loss. Since the lips have little or no melanin, they have little or no protection from the damaging effects of UV rays, which is why the lips can prematurely age as well as contract skin cancer.

Protect Your Skin—5 Tips for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Cancer, Health, Helping One Another, Products, Skin Care | 0 comments

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20120608-075920.jpg It will never happen to me. That’s what we all like to think—until one of our loved ones is diagnosed, or the doctor gives us a call.

Skin cancer affects a whopping one in five Americans, but the good news is that it’s highly preventable. A few simple lifestyle changes can mean a world of difference for your health, so take a few minutes to read these tips and pass them on to your loved ones. You just might save a life!

Stick to the shade. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm, so be especially careful about sun exposure during those hours. This cute and clever Melanoma Bracelet will change color in the sun to let you know if you’re in harm’s way.

Cover up. Call it an excuse to buy that cute new hat you saw while window shopping the other day, or an opportunity to try out a fun maxi dress. 20120608-075557.jpg Or, pretty little driving gloves to protect the hands while driving (offered at Tamara’s). Either way, you’ll be stylish and safe.

Lay it on thick. You can work that bikini at the beach, but don’t forget to wear your sunscreen, too! In fact, you should be wearing SPF 30 or higher every day – whether you’re sunbathing or just walking to the office. Wear good sunscreen that contain physical (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) such as Image Skin Care’s Daily Defense line or PCA Skin’s Protection line these lines are carried at Tamara’s. Reapply every few hours.

Know your skin. Your skin is an organ just like your heart or your liver, and you need to take good care of it. Spend a few minutes every month scanning your own moles and freckles to see if any have changed in size, shape or color. Be proactive at the doctor’s office, too; schedule a full body screening with the dermatologist at least once a year.

No tanning beds. Seriously. It’s not worth it. According to, just four visits to the tanning a bed a year can increase your risk of melanoma by 11%!

Summer Skin

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Facials, Health, Products, Skin Care | 0 comments

Header_TestimonialAs temperatures rise and days get longer, many of the most common skin conditions will worsen. Whether suffering from acne, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation, summer is the season for problem skin. Prolonged exposure to sun, heat and humidity not only causes a dehydrated surface area, trapping oil and bacteria, but also causes an increase of salt-containing perspiration which acts as an irritant, exacerbating breakouts. With UV exposure being a major cause of inflammations, all pigmentary conditions may worsen in the summer months, ofter reversing what you’ve accomplished throughout the year. Rosacea flareups are sure to increase as well, with heat and sun being the main culprits in this inflammatory condition. This is no time to give up your professional and home care routine

Here are some ways to take care of your summer skin:

  1. Nourish with vitamin C. During the summer, it can  be easy for the sun to deplete important nutrients like Vitamin C. Replenish, hydrate, and immediately rejuvenate from your skin the visible effects of environmental damage by using a good Vitamin C serum with antioxidants to nourish the skin.
  2. Of course, protect with SPF.
  3. Treat with Aloe Vera. Getting a sunburn is no fun but sometimes it happens even when we use sun protection. Treat a sunburn properly by incorporating Aloe Vera into the healing process.
  4. Exfoliate with fruit enzymes. There are many benefits to exfoliating during the summer. a good hydrating enzyme mask will gently slough off the buildup of dull, dry skin, while nourishing the skin to promote a healthier, more radiant glow. Exfoliation helps to provide a better application of products.