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Today’s blog post is about a new range the salon has taken in. Skin care will always be our main focus in the salon. At present we stock YonKa. YonKa is a fantastic range with a wide selection of products and treatments available. However we were looking to expand our services and retail offering looking for a range which would push the skin further and suit clients looking for quick, results driven treatments without having to turn to plastic surgery. Having researched the market I came across a range called Skin Boosters which are from the brand Juliette Armand.

I had the rep from Juliette Armand come in to do a treatment from me and I was impressed straight away. Three new treatments have been introduced to the salon along with a new product range. These treatments are results driven and have had fantastic reviews since coming into the country last year.

Thavma Therapy AKA The Botox Facial 45 minutes

The word Thavma means miracle in Greek and I would have to agree. This facial is amazing and the one I have had done on me the most. As most people know Botox freezes the muscle, this treatment uses technology that slows the muscle down with an ingredient called EFECTOX. The treatment is aimed at clients that have fine lines, superficial wrinkles and expression lines. As with all skin care there are two products that are recommended with this facial to enhance results. These products are a Lift Anti-Wrinkle Serum and Lift Anti-Wrinkle Cream. The treatment can be done as a course of 6 for 6 weeks or alone. The course would suit any clients that are considering Botox but are not comfortable about making the step. This treatment also works on all the skin so not only will your fines be reduced the overall appearance of your skin will improve.

Opsis therapy 45 minutes

Opsis Therapy is an eye treatment which opens the eyes giving a fresher appearance. This treatment is ideal for clients with dark circles, sagging skin on the eyelid, puffiness. This uses a new technology called EYE ANTITOX which is a strong cocktail of a new generation of anti-oxidants. This treatment also can be done as a course of 10, we recommend twice weekly for 5 weeks for optimum results and there is a choice of two eye creams depending on your concern.

Chronos Therapy 1hr 15 minutes

This is designed for clients that have deep lines which need to be plumped up. This is a treatment that prevents and combats the marks of aging. For clients looking for the best results 2 treatments a week for 5 weeks are recommended, ideal for mother of the brides. This treatment can also be done as a lone treatment. There are three products we recommend to go with this treatment in order to achieve the best results. Hydra Antitox Serum, Wrinkle Correct Cream, Wrinkle Filler.

 

Thavma Facial AKA Botox Facial €90

Course of 6 €540 including serum, cream

Lift Wrinkle Serum €79

Lift Wrinkle Cream €95

SunFilm SPF 50 €29

 

Opsis Therapy €80

Course of 10 €800 including choice of eye cream

Eye Brightening Gel €79

Lift Anti-wrinkle Eye Cream €79

 

Chronos Therapy €100

Course of 10 €1000 including serum, cream and SPF

Hydra Antitox Serum €99

Wrinkle Correct Cream €109

Wrinkle Filler €109

SunFilm SPF 50 €29

 


Chemical Exfoliants

The next instalment of our Exfoliation blog is going to concentrate on Chemical Exfoliants.

Chemical Exfoliants are a step up in the skincare world and can deliver better results for skin concerns such as pigmentation and acne type skins. Chemical exfoliants and peels are similar and use the same ingredients with the peel having a higher concentrate of acid among other ingredients.

Now that you already have the basics of a standard exfoliation you may want to push your skin care to the next level or maybe you are considering trying out a skin peel.

First things first….

What is a chemical peel?

In skin care a Chemical peel is technique used to improve the appearance of the skin.  The product is applied to the skin which causes it to exfoliate and peel off resulting in a fresher appearance.

There are two main types of chemical exfoliants on the market AHA which generally are Glycolic acid and BHA which are mainly Salicylic acid.

What are the differences?

AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) as I said tend to be glycolic, the reason for this is glycolic is the smallest molecule in the AHA family.  This reacts with the upper layer of the skin (epidermis) weakening the binding properties of the lipids which are holding the dead cells, this allows the deeper layers of the skin (stratum corneum) to be exfoliated. These tend to suit skin concerns such as sun-damage, wrinkles and suit a normal, dry skin types as they exfoliate the surface of skin while working to improve its moisture content. They also promote cell regeneration, meaning your skin repairs itself faster and more effectively.

 

BHAs Betta Hydroxy Acids, these tend to be salicylic acid. Salcylic acid performs in a similar way to glycolic however salicylic can penetrate the pores breaking the lipid and fat layer in oily skin. It is also Anti-bacterial and Anti-inflammatory which works to reduce the bacteria in oily skin and reduce redness. Under supervision Salicaylic has had good results in rosacea skin types.

Products with these ingredients come in a wide range of products from cleanser through to serums and moisturisers.  Personally I feel starting with a cleanser to introduce your skin to the stronger products is a good starting point but as it is only on your skin for 2-4 minutes you will not get the same results as a serum or moisturiser which is left on the skin.  With all acid products it is best to build up your tolerance to these products by using them every couple of days and working up to daily or whatever is recommended by the company or your skin care consultant. They can be very effective and give your skin regime better results.

You can also go to a doctor or a trained beauty professional for in salon peels. These will have a higher concentrate of acid giving a stronger peel and treatment than you could do at home. The results can be amazing for all skin concerns mentioned above.

As with all products/ treatments you need to be diligent. Wearing an SPF is essential if you are going to use any AHA, BHA.

If you have been prescribed a topical skin product from your doctor check if your current skin care products will work with and not against the treatment If you are planning on using chemical exfoliants or peels get expert advice to ensure you are using the correct product for your specific skin concern.

 


Exfoliation

We are going to start our first blog off by talking about our greatest love here in Blush: SKIN.

 

Although we do a range of treatments our passion is skin. So we’ve decided that at this time of year a piece on looking after your skin is the best place to start.

There are many skin products on the market these days, each year another ‘must have’ product comes out, but do you really need them? How do we use them? What are you doing with the products sitting on your shelf? Each month we will cover a different topic, this may relate to treatments you can get at your local salon or products that you are interested in or already have but do not use.

Today Exfoliation is the topic of discussion. This is a broad topic and will be covered in different sections over the next few posts.

 

Why use an exfoliant?

After the age of 25 the skins cell turnover reduces by 8 to 10 days. This may not seem too bad but the reality is you have 8 days of extra dead skin sitting on your skin. This can cause the skin to look dull, patches to appear under your fabulously applied make-up and that youthful glow to disappear.

The quickest way to see an improvement in the skin is by adding an exfoliant to your skin care routine. Although it shouldn’t be your first step in skin care, it definitely delivers the quickest results. However, it can be confusing with the different types available.

 

So how do you know what one suits you? Mechanical or Physical exfoliants are products that work on the surface level of the skin. Within the range of mechanical exfoliants there are many options. Today we are going to cover three types; granule exfoliants, soft peels and exfoliating brushes.


Granule Exfoliants: This is the most common of all exfoliants and is loved for leaving a clean feeling, along with being very quick and easy to use. Typically they come in a scrub form with either synthetic or natural beads within a cream. There is a lot of debate on Granule exfoliants because if you are heavy handed with the product you can do more damage than good. Ideally you want to stay clear of granule exfoliants if you have sensitive skin because the granules can damage the capillaries leaving your skin red and tender. Likewise, if you have pustular acne or any bacterial breakouts stay clear of these scrubs, they can burst the spot spreading the bacteria and causing more problems to already stressed skin.

Tips for using Granular Exfoliants:

  • Try pick an exfoliant with small granules, ones containing rice or oatmeal are best as they brighten the skin naturally and tend to be gentler on the skin.
  • Mix the product with some water to loosen the product’s consistency.
  • Avoid the eye area as this is the most sensitive part of your face.
  • Move in small circular movements concentrating on the forehead, nose and chin.
  • Read instructions but 2-3 times weekly should keep skin glowing.

 

Soft Peels: These exfoliants often get overlooked because they are not as quick to use, however if you can take the time these are a fantastic substitute to the granules. Soft peels are usually gel based products that are applied to the skin, allowed to dry and removed by gently brushing the skin with the finger tips or peeling the product off the face. These do take time to use as you need to allow the product to set before removing, however they are really effective and suit nearly all skin types. They give the skin a really clean feeling and you have the added bonus of peeling the product off which gives great satisfaction to those of you that played with PVA glue as children.

Tips for soft peels:

  • Give yourself the time to use this product. Allow it to set before trying to remove.
  • Apply the product, throw a towel around your shoulders, sit and watch television while it’s setting.  No excuses for not using the product!
  • If you find the product is soaking in very quickly you are probably quite dehydrated, apply another layer and continue to do so until you get a tacky layer to work with.
  • If you have acne, the peel that lifts off in one piece is ideal because there is less of a chance of bursting sports and spreading bacteria.
  • Use 2 times a week, these are great before a night out to really boost the skin.

 

 

Brush:  A relatively new craze, these hand held brushes vibrate and tend to have an exfoliating attachment. We have tried a few and you definitely need to be careful as some of the exfoliating applicators are quite hard on the skin. We find using a gel cleanser with the standard head does the trick, double cleanse to ensure you have really given your skin a nice, even exfoliation. If you want to proceed with the exfoliator head be careful with your pressure, move nice and efficiently concentrating on the chin, cheeks and the forehead, which often gets overlooked. These come with a charger or battery operated and the range is wide in price and variety. They are super quick to use and, as long as you are careful with your pressure, suit most skin types.

Tips for Brushes:

  • Keep your brush head clean. Use an anti-bacterial wash after use and leave it out to dry; most have a little stand to hold the brush.
  • Use with a gel based cleanser for daily cleansing.
  • Ideal if you suffer from black heads or dry skin building up, if you use it daily.
  • Use different attachments they have, they can be used on the body to rid you of fake tan or dry elbows.
  • Keep it charged or have extra batteries to ensure you use it daily.

Next time we will be discussing Chemical exfoliants; which types to use for different skin types and if Chemical exfoliants are the way to go for everybody.

If you are eager to get started on an exfoliant now here is some advice for picking out a product:

 

 

If you are on any medication for Acne DO NOT EXFOLIATE, the medication is taking care of all your exfoliating needs.

This also goes for Retinal, Retina A users this is a chemical exfoliant, over exfoliating your skin is worse than not exfoliating at all.

If you have very sensitive skin patch test a small part of your face the day before.

Broken capillaries? Avoid and granular scrubs, likewise with and spots, avoid scrubbing or touching breakouts.