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March 20, 2019

Meet the new Skinvigoration Facial! Pepperberry extract, jojoba beads and hyaluronic acid will leave your skin glowing, firmed and plumped. Phyto-endorphins stimulate the skin's well being and defend the skin against the effects of stress - a major contributor to aging. Happy skin for sure! I like to pair it with the Signature Lift Peel for a deeper exfoliation. This light lunchtime peel is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. 

Exfoliation, detoxification, hydration, oxygenation, free-radical fighting anti-oxidants, phyto-endorphins and relaxation - this facial has it all.

March 20, 2019

Peptides are the latest buzzword in anti-aging skincare. Peptides are chains of amino acids and fragments of proteins. Proteins are the fundamental building blocks of skin: they help the skin to remain intact. Adding peptides to your skincare regimen can revitalize those building blocks and help to improve the skin’s firmness, appearance of wrinkles, and texture changes on a cellular level.

There are four types of peptides used in cosmetics: signal peptides, carrier peptides, neurotransmitter inhibitor peptides, and enzyme inhibitor peptides.

Signal peptides can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to make the skin look firmer and fuller. These peptides are short strings of amino acids that are formed when collagen bre...

March 18, 2019

Vitamins A, C and E can put you ahead of the curve in the skin game. Why? Vitamin A - retinoids - reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth the skin. Apply at night and lay off if irritations occur. Vitamin C helps fight free radicals that trigger wrinkling and sagging, smoothes and firms skin and fades brown spots. Apply in the morning as Vitamin C has inherent sun protection. Vitamin E helps retain skin moisture, promotes healing and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Look for a serum or face oil as a boost to the daily skincare routine.

March 13, 2019

Let us introduce you to another skincare superhero: Hyaluronic Acid (HA). 

Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrating substance naturally occurring in the skin that keeps it plump and youthful. It aids in collagen synthesis, retains skin moisture and is a key piece in cell generation. Sounds great, right? Except that 80% of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin is lost between the ages of 40 – 80.

So, let’s do something about it and give our skin what it needs. Hyaluronic Acid is considered a miracle moisturizer as it can hold 1000 times its weight in water and addresses both intrinsic aging as well as extrinsic aging from sun damage, pollution and other stressors. As a humectant, it draws water out of the environment and locks it into the s...

March 11, 2019

This one is definitely a tough one for me.. When you consume sugar or simple carbohydrates your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose. In a process known as glycation, digested sugar permanently attaches to proteins. Especially vulnerable are collagen and elastin: they become stiff, weak and less supple - as in sagging skin and wrinkles. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. 

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars men should consume per day is 9 teaspoons, or 6 for women. So if you see your energy drink has 34 grams of sugar, just divide it by 4 ... and you know what that means. 

Check your ingredie...

March 6, 2019

We have all heard about them: retinoids, retin-A, retinols… The skincare miracle. The hero of the drugstore. Or do I need a prescription product?

Are you confused? Here is the scoop.

Retinoids are compounds derived from the Vitamin A family. They minimize the appearance of wrinkles, bolster skin thickness and elasticity, slow the breakdown of collagen, and lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure. The tiny molecular size is perfect for topical application: it can penetrate deep into the skin to work its magic. 

The difference between Retinoic Acid and Retinol

Retinoic acid (commonly known as Retin-A) and retinol are both in part of the retinoid family. Retinoic acid is found only in prescription creams. Retinol is less potent and...

March 4, 2019

Just like your body, your skin regenerates in your sleep. So you want it to be clean of makeup, sweat, dirt and pollution. Before you go to bed, wash your face with warm water to open pores and loosen debris, then work your cleanser with gentle circular motions of your fingertips into your skin (don't forget the sides of your face and neck). Rinse the cleanser off completely and pat your face gently dry with a towel. Make this your evening ritual and save your face wipes for after gym workouts. Your future self will thank you. 💦☺️💦

February 25, 2019

It is the single best thing you can do for your skin. Look for broad spectrum UV protection to protect from UVB 'burning rays' and UVA 'aging rays'. Chemical filters penetrate your skin where they absorb sun rays, so allow for approximately 20 minutes before sun exposure. Physical sun screen sits on the skin and reflects the rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the ingredients to look for. No worries, these days physical sunscreens go on fabulously sheer. Remember, UVA rays penetrate glass, so whether you are inside or outside, rain or shine, SPF is the way to go. 

February 10, 2019

I am so excited to introduce my new gig: SKINVIGO. Expericence Finest Facials and Skin Invigoration at the Shelburne Athletic Club's Wellness Center. 

January 12, 2019

Skin benefits from regular exfoliation. How? That depends on your skin needs and the goal you are trying to achieve. Regular exfoliation at home will ensure skin health, but to tackle more severe issues, go see a pro. See here which Image Skincare masks I like to combat breakouts, rejuventate or hydrate the skin.

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