Friday, September 21, 2018

Pumpkin Face Mask Recipe

What better way to kick off fall then with a Do-It-Yourself Pumpkin Face Mask recipe that will leave  skin radiant, smooth and supple! Yeah, we couldn't think of a more appropriate Sunday skincare session on the first day of fall either. So grab your pumpkin flavored beverage of choice and get ready to pamper your skin with this mask.

Pumpkin Yogurt Face Mask Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree (canned or fresh made)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon 

How to Make & Apply Pumpkin Yogurt Face Mask 
  1. Thoroughly mix together all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Smooth generously over face, neck and decollete. Avoid the eye area as the cinnamon can burn sensitive eye skin and eyes.
  3. Let mask sit for about 20 minutes until almost completely dry. 
  4. Use a damp washcloth to remove the mask then rinse with water.
  5. Gently pat skin dry. Skin may be pink or red afterwards due to the cinnamon, but this should fade within the first half hour after rinsing skin.
  6. Place remaining mixture in an air tight container and refrigerate.
  7. Repeat weekly.

Skin Benefits of Pumpkin, Yogurt and Cinnamon

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acid & Fruit Enzymes - increase cell turnover to brighten and smooth skin
  • Vitamin A & Vitamin C - helps soften and smooth skin while boosting collagen
  • Zinc - helps control the hormone level and oil production as well as heal skin

  • Calcium - helps skin renewal and prevents skin from dryness 
  • B Vitamins - hydrates and protects skin from damage
  • Lactic Acid - exfoliates and help reduce appearance of wrinkles

  • Antiseptic - helps kill bacteria, fight acne and pimples
  • Anti-Aging - plumps skin and promotes increased collagen
  • Anti-Oxidant - exfoliates and helps remove dead skin cells

Have some concerns with these ingredients or don't have them all on hand? Try out some other popular pumpkin based masks and scrubs with the ingredients you have on hand such as honey, sugar, baking soda, oatmeal or almond milk.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Skincare Favorites!

It's that time of year again when the weather starts getting cool, leaves start changing colors, sweaters make their way to the front of the closet and pumpkins are everywhere you turn from decorations to drinks. Yes, this is one of the most popular and favorite seasons, but chillier weather isn’t always great for your skin. As your warm summer glow fades, dryness can start to set in. Not to worry, we've got you covered with everything you need to keep that radiant and soft skin all season!

Even if you don’t normally consider yourself to have dry skin, the change in seasons has a way of evaporating all the moisture in the air...and on your face. Natural Squalane Oil is harvested from olives which means it's environmentally friendly and cruelty-free. This non-comedogenic moisturizing facial oil mimics your natural sebum, improving skin elasticity by increasing moisture retention and nutrients. In addition to it's moisturizing properties squalane oil fights free radicals and bacteria making it a safe option for all skin types and ages.

If you still aren't sure about trying MedPeel Natural Squalane Oil as a daily moisturizer, prefer a cream or like to double up due to dry and dehydrated skin then Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream may be the answer. Hyaluronic acid may sound scary, but it holds the key to smooth, flawless and hydrated skin. Gentle enough for everyday use, Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream is a rich, powerful moisturizer that is the perfect heaviness for cooler weather. You can use it as your daily cream or leave it on overnight for deep penetration--either way, skin will be left plump, softened, and renewed.

Think an exfoliator is too rough on your skin during the colder seasons? Think again. Glycolic Acid 10% Daily Exfoliator is just what you need to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells. Exfoliating maintains your complexion to keep breakouts away, while the glycolic acid minimizes pores. Renewed skin and smaller pores? Sounds like the perfect base for moisturizers that will keep skin hydrated and smooth.

Your skin might do even better with a scrub, like the one found in the Fusion Duo Kit. The microdermabrasion scrub is light enough to use every day, but powerful enough to rejuvenate skin. Paired with the kit’s Pro Collagen Serum, skin is left renewed and strengthened. The serum’s boost of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and natural extracts restores elasticity. Healthy skin can withstand even the toughest of winters.

When you’re coming out of the sunny summer, your skin may look great: there’s no mistaking that healthy glow of a happy vacation. But because most people forget to use their SPF (yeah...we mean you), that glow can come with sun damage that is much more evident when your tan fades. The powerful antioxidants in Vitamin C30X Anti-Aging Serum fights to diminish UV Damage, sun spots, and other visible signs of hyperpigmentation. By promoting healthier skin function, this serum can reduce inflammation, minimize fine lines, and even helps to protect the most delicate areas around the mouth and eyes.

One of the most surprising things to switch up during the winter months is your cleanser. All cleansers are not made equal and what works in summer doesn’t always work the rest of the year. During the summer, it’s important to be able to wash away heavy sunscreens…not to mention the heavy sweat! Swapping out a more gentle cleanser in fall will keep your skin from stripping when it’s at it’s most vulnerable. Pre-Peel Cleanser is perfect for everyday use and will encourage necessary skin cell turnover. Your skin: clean and ready for your heavier moisturizing products. You: radiant and gorgeous.

Use code FALLFAVES from 9/21/2018 - 9/26/2018 to save $10 on each item listed above.

Friday, July 6, 2018

3 Major Beauty Myths DEBUNKED!

Toothpaste on a pimple? Cucumbers for eye bags? When it comes to beauty, folklore and myths abound. How do you know what’s true and what’s not? Well, here are three top beauty myths – DEBUNKED! so you will be in the know!

Number one Myth: it is crucial to clean your face really well with soap and water to help prevent breakouts and acne.

Truth: Actually, overdoing the cleaning and scrubbing with soap can remove the beneficial oils that you want on your skin. These good oils don’t cause acne --and they protect your skin from irritation. Over-cleaning with soap and water can strip your skin so badly of ALL oil that you end up with rashes and increased breakouts! All that scrubbing also can irritate and further inflame acneic skin. Additionally, some soaps have caustic ingredients, such as fragrances or preservatives, that can irritate and even burn sensitive skin causing intense redness and inflammation.

For all these reasons it’s much better to clean oily, acne prone skin with a product designed to dissolve pore-clogging sebum. (It’s the sebum that causes blackheads and pimples.) The best agents for this job aren’t soaps at all! They’re special mild acids such as salicylic, lactic, or glycolic acid (think fruit juice, not chem lab fire!) that work to gently but effectively to unclog pores and remove excess sebum. One of the best around is a 10% Salicylic acid treatment by MEDPEEL. You’ll see and feel the difference right away and see much clearer skin after 2 weeks.

Myth number 2: The more expensive a skin care product is, the better it works.

Truth: The efficacy of a skin care product has much more to do with the ingredient list than the price tag. There are good and bad products at both ends of the price spectrum. The most important thing to know is that you want to look for products with high levels of active ingredients, and these actives should be listed among the top 10 ingredients on ingredient panel. Two great examples are MedPeel Daily Collagen Complex and MedPeel Vitamin C30X Retinol Serum – both really effective products are chock full of retinol and other skin goodies, making them great choices with a minimal price tag.

Myth number 3: lack of sleep causes dark under-eye circles

Lack of sleep can temporarily make these suckers look more pronounced, but the actual cause of dark circles is multi-factorial. This means they can be from a combination of thin skin in the eye area, allergies, excessive eye rubbing, sun damage, blue-tinged veins in the under-eye area, and even deep-set eyes. The best approach is to tackle each one of these factors, sooo, wear sun block and sunglasses outdoors, see an allergist for seasonal eye allergies and try using a powerful under-eye product every day for several weeks to see a difference.

If your problem is a bluish tint from tiny blue vessels showing though the skin, choose a cream with caffeine that can constrict the blood vessels beneath the eyes. If your color is more reddish you may benefit from a serum with high levels of vitamin K, which reduces puffiness and redness.

And if your eye serum contains retinol, vitamin A, vitamin C and peptides it can strengthen the existing fragile skin making dark circles much less visible while ALSO prevent further damage! YAY! 

So there you have it, 3 big beauty myths debunked. Don’t you feel better? And by the way, toothpaste can irritate pimples (the menthol ugh!) and cucumbers cool and sooth mostly because a cucumber from the fridge contains 90% cold water which does most of the work! Ha!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Tips for Flawless Skin this Wedding Season

It’s one of the most emotional days of your life. The day you’ve always dreamed about, since you were a little girl.

It’s the one day out of the year, besides your birthday, that all the attention is on you. It’s your day to shine.

It’s your wedding day.

From your hair, to your face, all the way down to your toenail polish, everyone is focused on you.

The last thing you want to worry about is having bad skin during this exciting time.

Wedding season is here and it starts with healthy skin. Whether you are a bride, mother of the bride, bridesmaid or attending a wedding, we’ve got the tips and tricks that will assure you a smooth foundation for your make-up to blend gracefully and look seamlessly beautiful for the big day!

The essentials: Cleanse, Exfoliate & Hydrate Daily!

  • Always remove makeup (even after the bachelorette party!) 
  • Cleanse twice daily with our Pre-peel Cleanser, which contains 3% Glycolic Acid. It can be used as a daily cleanser and skin prep prior to a peel treatment 

  • Exfoliate with our Brighten AHA Vitamin C Daily Exfoliator to help stimulate the removal of dead skin cells and promote natural rejuvenation 
  • Regular exfoliation prepares the skin to achieve enhanced chemical peel benefits 
  • Helps remove stubborn dead skin cells 

  • Aid skin revival with the hydrating ingredients in our Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream which can be used daily and overnight for dry skin 
  • Add a few drops of our Natural Squalene Oil to your beauty routine to quench your skin’s thirst for beautifully, soft skin

Beauty Sleep...Don’t skip this one!
  • It may be hard to squeeze 7-8 hours of sleep into your busy schedule but your skin will thank you, by being extra gorgeous. 

Drink lots of water!
  • Keeps skin packed with hydration 
  • Plumps skin cells while flushing away impurities and toxins 
  • Supports an acne-free complexion 

If you have time, do a superficial peel

For a quick pick me up

Planning a wedding can be hectic. Shopping for the right dress, choosing a venue, and deciding to go with an up-do or letting your hair flow naturally. It can be enough to turn a bride into a bridezilla. Keep calm and carry on with your beauty routine!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Do's and Don'ts of Applying Chemical Peels

Many of our clients are unaware that how you care for your skin before and after a chemical peel can have major effects on your results.  At, we carry a variety of different peels, and while the aftercare may vary depending on the strength of your peel, the basics are the same.  Here are our top do’s and don’ts for at home chemical peels:

Do exfoliate and prep the skin:  The first thing that I recommend is always prepping your skin for at least 1 week prior to using a chemical peel.   The best way to do this is to use a chemical exfoliator such as our AHA Daily Exfoliator or a physical exfoliator such as our Fusion Dermabrasion Scrub This will help your peel to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin for better results.   

Do a patch test:  I recommend doing a patch test before trying any new chemical peel or a new strength to avoid any adverse reactions.  A patch test can be done behind your ear or under your jawline. 

Do follow post-peel instructions:  Aftercare is very important after a chemical peel because your skin will be sensitized and more prone to sun damage and pigmentation.  I recommend using a gentle cleanser, a serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, like our Hyaluronic Replenish Serum and an SPF of 30 or higher for at least 2 weeks following the peel application. 

Do wait for skin to peel on its own:  Removing the skin prematurely can cause complications such as scarring, hyper pigmentation or even infection.  You will want to keep the skin hydrated when peeling, by applying a moisturizer to the areas 2-3 times a day. 

Do make sure you understand what to expect:  Some peels are superficial with little to no peeling, while others may have some down time.  Also, just because you do not have any physical peeling, does not mean that the peel is not working.  Also, please note that results can vary per client and typically require about 6-8 treatments before seeing desired results. 

Don’t have a chemical peel if...:  You are pregnant, nursing or if you are on any medications such as Accutane, steroids or antibiotics.  Also, if you are prone to cold sores on the mouth or face or have any health condition that affects your immune system you should avoid a chemical peel. 

Don’t expose your skin to heat or sun rays:  You will want to avoid any exercise for at least 3 days after you peel.  It’s also important to avoid any direct sun exposure for at least 2 weeks following the peel.  Your skin will be photosensitive post peel and heat will increase skin inflammation and increase the risk of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. 

Don’t hesitate to ask a professional if you have any questions:  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask on of our Estheticians or your Doctor for advice. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

At Home Spa Day Ideas for Mom

At Home Spa Day for Mother's Day
Skip the high prices and time limitations of the spa and treat mom to an unforgettable at home spa day this Mother's Day! Pamper her with a silky soft mani/pedi, shoulder and back rub, anti-aging skin renewing facial treatment and more!

No matter what stage of skin care concerns your mom is at, we've got you and her covered. From complete daily skin care sets to chemical peels you can customize the kind of spa day perfect for your mom. Plus, as an added bonus she gets to keep the products! Now that's a Mother's Day gift that keeps giving!

Tips to Set the Mood:
  • Set the mood with a few candles, relaxing playlist and bathrobes.
  • Sip your own signature spa water like cucumber, lemon & mint or strawberry & basil.
  • Serve nourishing snacks that are colorful and flavorful such as fruit kabobs, tea sandwiches and mini cupcakes.
  • Take turns pampering each other and take pictures so you can laugh at them later.
  • Spend time talking, after all there's no need to rush when you are at home!
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