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The Dermis Sits Below the Epidermis. It Does Everything For the Appearance of the Skin

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Health, Skin Care | 0 comments

The Thin Epidermis (5-layers) Sits On Top Of The Dermis

 

The Dermis is the layer directly beneath the epidermis and is divided into two layers. Papillary and reticular.

The primary functions of the dermis are to sustain and support the epidermis and anchoring it to the lower most layer of skin (subcutaneous tissue)

The dermis is where blood vessels, connections (papillae), hair shafts, oil and sweat glands, some nerve endings, lymph, collagen and elastin fibers sit.

The top layer of dermis is the papillary layer. This layer connects the dermis to the epidermis through finger like projections or papillae.

  • Papillae contain sensory receptors to feel touch.
  • Capillaries in the papillae which bring oxygen and nutrients to the epidermis and remove waste.
  • Blood vessels in the papillae layer help with thermoregulation of the body.

The dermis takes care of the epidermis. Skin care products need to nourish the dermis for beneficial effects.

The bottom layer of the dermis is the reticular layer.

  • The reticular layer of the dermis is made up of crisscrossing collagen, elastin and reticular (connective tissue) fiber that helps give the skin strength and elasticity and helps anchor the dermis to the subcutaneous tissue.
  • The reticular layer holds the epidermis and dermis together .
  • This layer contains sweat glands, lymph vessels, hair follicles and sensory receptors for deep touch.

The dermis contains specialized cells: Fibroblasts, Mast cells, and Ground substances.

  • Fibroblasts control the production of connective tissue, repair wounds, and produce scars.
  • Mast cells release histamine, which produces inflammation to protect the skin from invasion and infection.
  • Ground substance is an integral part of the healing process after an injury because it provides nutrients, removes waste and creates a moister wound that heals more quickly.
So far, I talked about the entire skin (integumentary system), the top layer of skin (epidermis), now the dermis, and soon, I’ll talk about the bottom most layer of skin (subcutaneous layer).
If you’re looking for more than just a facial. If you’re looking for someone who understands the skin. If you looking for a skin care professional who knows how to get results schedule an appointment where we can discuss the possibilities.

Why do Some Lipsticks Irritate the Lips and Mouth?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in General, Health, Makeup, Skin Care | 0 comments

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Normally this is because of a condition called cosmetic dermatitis, which results when an individual develops sensitivity to certain ingredients (such as dyes in lipsticks or flavoring agents). Allergies are unpredictable; they can attack when using well-manufactured products made by reputable companies, they can occur from an ingredient in a product you have used for years, and everything in between. And blackheads around the lips are typically caused by comedogenic ingredients in lip products such as Red D&C coal tar dyes.

Skin Benefits With Red Light Therapy Through LED (Light Emitting Diode)

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Facials, LED, Services, Skin Care | 0 comments

Schedule your LED session and see the amazing results in just 30-minutes

Schedule your LED session and see the amazing results in just 30-minutes

ATP and Microcurrent

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Corrective Treatments, Facials, Microcurrent, Skin Care | 0 comments

Microcurrent imageThe body’s cells contain a natural energy. As we age, that energy depletes (yet another “As We Age” fun fact) leading to a breakdown of collagen (the connective tissue) and elastin (gives skin its elasticity). Along with the loss of cellular energy and breakdown of tissue, the muscles become more contracted and elongated. In the skin and the face these conditions lead to less supple skin, sagging jowls, and wrinkles.

ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the natural energy that makes life in every living organism possible. As we age we want this to increase even though it naturally decreases. Studies indicate that a healthy body will use the equivalent of their body weight in ATP daily. By the time we reach 60, ATP production has decreased to half. A topical application of a serum with a quality grade of ATP and using microcurrent with oxygen can significantly increase the ATP effectiveness to the skin.
Microcurrent can help. Microcurrent uses a gentle electrical stimulation triggering an increase in the body’s natural ATP. In fact, studies have shown that ATP may increase as much as 500%.
Besides the massive increase in ATP, microcurrent encourages better muscle conditioning helping to lift those jowls and minimize those expression lines.
Studies show that microcurrent increases:
  • blood circulation (38%)
  • blood vessels & capillaries (35%)
  • lymphatic drainage (28%)
  • collagen production (14%)
  • elastin production (40%)
  • glucose (40%)
  • dispersion of scars
  • product penetration
With microcurrent ATP levels are stockpiled making results cumulative. The increase in ATP allows muscles to stay in the re-educated positions longer, the increased blood circulation improves function, condition, color, and overall health of the skin, underlying tissues and muscles.
With these impressive results a microcurrent facelift incorporating oxygen may be something for you to investigate. Or, if you’re nearby, book a consultation with me.

It Isn’t Easy Being The Last One Standing

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Helping One Another | 0 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy mother is from a generation where you “sit and visit”. This means that 1. we sit for hours and 2. she has the opportunity to tell me, in detail, the events of her life. There are only 22-years difference in our ages, but in my generation we’re lucky to sit with someone for 1-hour, let alone several and we rarely speak in detail.

For me, at times, this is a painful exercise. However, for my mother, it is the only gift she asks for – please sit with me and listen while I tell you my stories. This gift is very inexpensive; a few days, several hours, occasional acknowledgement or question and no corrections when the stories aren’t quite as I remember.

Until this last visit (she lives a distance away), I never realized that if you live long enough there comes a time where the friends and acquaintances that you make are dying off at a rapid rate. Suddenly the witnesses to your history – spouses, childhood friends, work friends, those acquaintances that you pick up along the way all transition and leave you behind. You’re left with looking at your own mortality, no one who really knows those little things about you, no one who has taken a lifetime to get to know you. Those who have stuck by you despite your quirks. Those who remember you when you were quite the deal. In my mother’s case, I’m the only one left.

So when I go to see her, we sit and visit.

She talks about her history. She talks not as much about longtime friends as a waitress at a restaurant who takes the time to chat with her. The neighbors who stop by to visit when she’s outside. The people at the pharmacy who remember her name and take a moment with her. The mail person who will bring her mail to the door sometimes and take a minute to talk. Her stylist who takes time with her. These people all make her feel that they are genuinely interested and care about her. They may touch her hand or brush her arm to give her the gift of touch.

If we live long enough, it is the kindness of our children and of strangers that will make our days interesting and fulfilling.

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.