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 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.

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.

I Don’t Need Sunscreen, Its In My Foundation

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Health, Skin Care | 0 comments

20120608-075920.jpgThis is directly from Oprah’s magazine (June 2008, p109) -

“To measure SPF in a lab, the chemist puts two milligrams of the product on every square centimeter of skin. . . . . . . . . . . That’s the equivalent of about half a teaspoon spread over your face! You probably don’t wear that much foundation (if you do, please stop that, too). Instead, apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, wait a few minutes for it to soak in and then follow with foundation.”

See, what did I tell you? You need to listen to the goddess.

This month’s Oprah magazine is all about aging. Pretty much, we’re not getting out of it so we need to make the best of it by taking better care of ourselves.

LED (light-emitting diode) and Aging Skin – NASA Research

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Corrective Treatments, Facials, LED, Skin Care | Comments Off

IMG_0532Skin changes are among the most visible signs of aging – the skin sags and there are fine lines, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. The skin loses its ability to retain moisture, produces less collagen and elastin fibers. In other words, the skin breaks down much as if it was damaged.

With aging the skin thins and becomes more pale and translucent. Large pigmented or “age” spots appear in areas that were exposed to the sun. Blood vessels just below the skin’s surface become more fragile, leading to bruising, bleeding under the skin and cherry angiomas (red spots). Aging skin repairs itself more slowly. LEDS stimulate the basic energy processes causing the skin to repair itself more quickly.

Skin changes are related to environmental factors, genetic makeup, nutrition, sun exposure/tanning beds, smoking and other factors.

According the NASA research, LED (light-emitting diodes) delivers enough energy to stimulate a response from the body to heal itself without any thermal damage. LEDs stimulate the energy processes of cells and create a reaction that speeds the recovery of the skin. LED has been proven to increase and enhance the action of fibroblasts (connective tissue cells) and skin cells increasing collagen and tissue healing.

LEDs deliver enough energy to stimulate a response from the body to reduce the visible effects of aging by stimulating structures of the skin and suppressing further breakdown.


Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Corrective Treatments, Microdermabrasion | Comments Off

microdermabrasionI am so excited to let you know that I now offer diamond microdermabrasion services. I waited a long time to include this modality always looking for the right equipment that would give the best results. Waiting has paid off – I’m offering state-of-art microdermabrasion with phenomenal results. You should the fabulous faces leaving my studio!

Not only does this equipment polish the skin, it also offers aspiration which increases the circulation in the skin plumping it and along with the microdermabrasion encouraging collagen and elastin formation. 
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure that can repair, restore and refine the skin by gentle exfoliation and polishing. This FDA approved procedure is a progressive method of refining the skin’s texture while tightening the layers below the surface. Blood flow is increased for collagen and elastin reformation. All with minimal discomfort and no recovery time.
This technology can be performed on all areas of the body and can be used on all skin types.