LONG ISLAND ACNE EXPERTS, VOLUME 2
Throughout the New Year, Blue Water Spa’s blog focus is an educational series on acne. Join us each week for valuable information that can help you, a loved one or a friend.
Millions of Americans suffer with acne of some severity at some point in their lives. It’s stressful, it’s frustrating, but it CAN be managed. Volume 2 in this four-part series addresses how acne forms, acne grades and how we begin to address it.
HOW ACNE DEVELOPS
We all have hair follicles. Most of us have hair growing from our hair follicles somewhere on our bodies, including our faces, although the hair is fine. The hair in the follicle wicks oil and dead skin up and out of the sebaceous gland. This process works great in people whose follicle (aka, sebaceous gland) works perfectly. In acneic individuals this healthy process has been impeded, allowing extra oil and extra dead skin cells to create a traffic jam. When these two mediums build up, a fantastic environment for bacteria is created. As the follicles function gets more and more backlogged, inflammation sets in. Imagine this happening constantly, to different degrees of severity and you have a face (or back, or shoulder) covered in acne breakouts.
Congestion > micro-comedone > closed comedone > open comedone > papule > pustule > cyst
ADDITIONAL TRIGGERS FOR ACNE BREAKOUTS
In Volume 1 we briefly reviewed 4 physiological acne triggers. Here are three more influences that affect your acne.
1. Friction: telephones, sports gear, tight synthetic clothing, excessive exfoliation
2. Cosmetics: comedogenic ingredients in skincare and makeup is huge – dyes, fragrance, heavy sticky oils, insoluble plant oils, polymers. These ingredients cause microcomedomes to form in certain individuals, resulting in various lesions ranging from clogged pores and blackheads to in ammatory pustules. Pore-clogging ingredients include isopropyl myristate, sodium lauryl sulfate, laureth-4, natural Vitamin E, most natural oils and cocoa butter.
3. Environment: excessive UV exposure opens the door to cellular damage. Cellular damage triggers excessive cellular production inside the follicle, which feeds the backlog.
4. Hormone disruptors: Avoid low-estrogen birth control pills, Norplant, Provera, Depo-Provera, and the progesterone hormone replacement Premarin. If you have polycystic ovaries, they will cause hormonal changes and breakouts. Also, birth control pills may delay the onset of acne. Once you stop taking the Pill, you may experience acne that it has thus far prevented
5. Some prescription medications
6. Foods, such as soy, iodines, kelp. Avoid foods containing androgen hormones. Androgens exacerbate acne and are present in peanuts, peanut oil, peanut butter, corn oil, wheat germ, shell sh, organ meats, sweetbreads, beef and liver. Note that other nuts do not contain androgen hormones. Chocolate does not aggravate acne. Greasy foods aggravate acne only because they contain high levels of salt.
There are 4 grades of severity in acne skin. Some individuals have very minor run ins with congested skin, others have to fight their acne tooth and nail without relief.
Grade 1: some mild blackheads, whiteheads, maybe a tiny pustule or two
Grade 2: lots of closed whiteheads and underlying congestion you can feel
Grade 3: whiteheads, underlying congestion you can feel, larger papules and pustules
Grade 4: papules, pustules and cysts have surpassed all other blemishes
HOW BLUE WATER SPA ACNE CLINIC ADDRESSES YOUR SKIN HEALTH
Everything we do to address your acne starts with a thorough consultation to assess the severity of your acne. Once we have established a plan of action, we share a goal with you – clear skin. On our end, we’ll continuously change up your product and treatment to stay on top of breakouts and continually strengthen skin. On your end, it’s critical that you stick to a strict home care regimen and keep regular in office appointments which may be as frequent as once per week. Successful acne management requires a commitment and a partnership.
Through the professional application and recommendation of the most powerful combination of products available to you without a prescription, we can help you start over. Bring a family member, refer a friend, or finally take a personal step towards clear skin. 516.584.6800
THE HOLY GRAIL.
Every esthetician has her holy grail product. The one that she would be lost without, the one that makes clients rave, the one that truly works for everyone. Mine is iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum+, aka the Everygirl serum.
I love all things iS Clinical but this amber bottle of magic truly delivers.
Highly concentrated and fast penetrating, all you need to do is smooth on a few drop in between cleansing and moisturizing. Here’s how each of this healing, nourishing products concentrated ingredients work to transform your skin, day by day -
This antioxidant-rich serum combines time released vitamin C with a blend of botanicals to treat acne, rosacea, contact dermatitis and even insect bites. Olive leaf extract works with the vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) to provide maximum antioxidant protection and health-promoting benefits. Zinc sulfate reduces inflammation, kojic acid prevents blemishes and vitamins E and A condition, nourish and neutralize free radicals. Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ offers iS Clinical's highest levels of antioxidant protection, making it ideal for sensitive, compromised and sickly skin types.
Retinol (Vitamin A) regenerates cells and helps unclog pores (retexturizing)
Vitamin E antioxidant that helps fight free radicals (slows aging)
L-Ascorbic Acid builds collagen (fights lines and wrinkles)
Arbutin powerful skin brightener that slows melanin production (brightens)
Polyporus Umbellatus (Mushroom Extract) powerful brightener and anti-inflammatory
Maybe you weren’t planning to purchase another product for your routine - ever. Make an exception - buy this, and be prepared to fall in love.
EVERYBODY’S DOING IT.
Sometimes peer pressure is a bad thing. You end up lost in the woods, mending a broken arm, or erasing embarrassing social media posts. But sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a really good thing. Like finally deciding that a peel with the staff at Blue Water Spa in Oyster Bay is actually a great idea.
We know, your sister told you that her co worker’s cousin got a peel one time and she couldn’t leave the house for a month. It’s not like that, I promise. You can leave Blue Water Spa and go on a blind date if that’s your Saturday night plan, we know exactly what we’re doing here. Whether it’s our tried and true classic glycolic acid peel to freshen, brighten and tighten or a mid depth peel to address the more serious beach sins of your teens and 20’s, you can be confident that behind every advanced exfoliation treatment we deliver, sits a commitment to skin health.
It’s easy to walk into any random ‘skincare’ chain and say ‘hey, is a peel a good idea?’ Odds are very good that they will say ‘sure, come right this way, what’s your name again?’ No paperwork, no questions, no post care. That’s a professional fail. When you come to us for chemical exfoliation, we start at ground zero. We want to know what you’re using on your skin currently, if you’re leaving for a sun packed vacation in 2 days and if you have allergies or sensitivities. We don’t let you leave before telling you what to use, what to avoid and how to maintain your results at home. Professional consultation is critical to safe treatment and determining exactly what type and strength of exfoliant is ideal for you as an individual.
You’re almost convinced? Peels keep on delivering results, which is why I love to recommend a series of treatments. Here’s exactly what chemical exfoliation does and you can expect:
HOW A PEEL WORKS (the short version)
1. Our skin naturally renews itself by continuously turning over old flattened dead cells in exchange for fresh plump, new cells. This process slows down considerably as we age, resulting in skin that looks dull, ashy, lined and even flaky. Exfoliation (whether its physical or chemical), hastens this process, leaving you softer, smoother, brighter. (sometimes Mother Nature appreciates a little nudge).
2. Once the peel solution is applied, you may feel a tingle, a slight itchy sensation or vague warmth. You may feel nothing, both experiences are normal. The solution gently begins to invisibly dissolve the excess sticky ‘glue’ that binds slow moving cells together. Not only are results immediate, the cells continue to loosen post treatment, so you look better on day 3 than you will on day 1!
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM A COOL PEEL?
- Anyone looking to target signs of ageing while enhancing the benefits of their skincare and treatments.
- Acne sufferers.
- Thickened, rough or sun damaged skin.
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles.
HOW DOES THE ENVIRON COOL PEEL TREATMENT WORK?
A cream solution is applied to the skin in a way to give varying strengths of peel, designed to leave the Epidermis of the skin intact. The Cool Peel treatment removes the build-up of dead skin cells and helps to decongest the outer skin layers and smooth its texture, whilst boosting hydration, stimulating collagen production creating tighter and glowing skin.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
1. Exfoliation treatments trigger skin repair - - think of it as a tap on your collagens shoulder to work a little faster. Sooner than later you’ll notice that your skin looks firmer and plumper.
2. Your concentrated skincare products will penetrate more deeply and work faster, as they don’t have to fight through excess layers of dead skin.
3. Fewer breakouts, a smooth even makeup application, far fewer fine lines and more even tone.
Give us a call, we have the perfect peel for everyone.
Immediate gratification – available at Blue Water Spa, Long Island. 516.584.6800
Heres what Cosmopolitan has to say about Environ Cool Peel
Beauty Lab Review: Environ Cool Peel
Beauty Editor Kate tries a next generation, non-scary face peel
By Kate Turner
8 January 2014
What is it: The Environ Cool Peel is described as a new, modern facial peel. Instead of the aggressive acid peels of old, which can strip away vital layers of the fragile epidermis, this uses a lower concentration of lactic acid over light, repetitive treatments. The aim is a more gentle but effective way to achieve healthier skin, with less redness and downtime too - bonus. The 1-hour Cool Peel Treatment is recommended as a course of six.
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We say: I first tried a face peel way back in 2009. I swore it was my first and LAST peel. Think Samantha in Sex and the City. Think Aliens. Think every kind of reason why you wouldn't want acid poured on your face. It hurt, A LOT. And felt overly-aggressive, just wrong. So when Environ, a brand I really trust, first told me about their new peel I needed a lot of persuading.
I was delighted to learn that it's because of bad experiences such as mine that this new method has been developed. It works just at the surface of the skin, causing mild exfoliation which helps stimulate growth factors in the skin. A course of treatments should help with fine lines, sun damage, pore size and general texture issues – pretty much all my main concerns right now. A bit scared, I signed up.
I tried the course with the brilliant Faye at the Skin 3 Clinic in London. The session starts with one of those mortifying skin analysis machines. It's not fun seeing your crow's feet on screen but it's definitely motivating to compare your stats before and after the course.
The treatment itself is pretty functional and NOT AT ALL SCARY. The lactic acid actually comes as a cream mask which is painted on to my face and left for about 20 minutes. It tingles a fair bit but Faye keeps moving the brush over my face to distract me! No pain, no burning whatsoever. Once it's off, a vitamin A serum is applied and a thick, plasticizing masque sets over the top through which a galvanic current is pulsed (little electrodes are attached to the edges). Apparently this helps push the serum deeper into my skin. Again, this doesn't hurt one bit although I can see funny spots behind my eyes – weird. To finish, some eye gel, sunscreen and – marvellous – a mini makeover with Jane Iredale mineral makeup so I don't leave the salon looking ridic.
In summary: My skin analysis at the end of the course showed some pretty good figures: 8% reduction of pore size and redness, 9% improvement in texture and, most impressively, a huge 20% reduction in UV spots and sun damage. But the best thing is: I didn't need a machine to tell me. I could see a difference. Nothing specific, just an overall upgrade – my skin looked clearer and more even-toned and felt ridiculously smooth. My Dad, who never notices anything, said: 'Have you done something to your face? You look amazing.' Thanks Dad. And thanks Environ!
LONG ISLAND ACNE EXPERTS, VOLUME 1
Throughout the Spring Blue Water Spa’s blog focus is an educational series on acne. Join us each week for valuable information that can help you, a loved one or a friend.
Millions of Americans suffer with acne of some severity at some point in their lives. It’s stressful, it’s frustrating, but it CAN be managed. Volume 1 in this four-part series is an acne primer.
WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is a genetic disease causing the malfunction of the sebaceous gland (hair follicle). Open and closed comedones, pustules and cysts characterize it.
WHO GETS ACNE?
Unfortunately, almost everyone experiences some level of acne in life. Men, middle aged women, teens of course, and even babies.
WHAT CAUSES ACNE?
The physiological triggers of acne vary, but these 4 triggers are mainstays.
1. Excess, uncontrolled sebum
2. Excess dead skin cells that clog the follicle faster than they can be shed
3. Excess bacteria
4. Uncontrolled inflammation
Excess iodine, diets extremely high in sugar (which leads to overall systemic inflammation) and lack of key nutrients may trigger acne flares.
5 COMMON ACNE MISCONCEPTIONS - TRUE AND FALSE
1. Acne is caused by poor hygiene. False.
Dirt and surface oils do not cause acne. Vigorous washing and use of products that strip skin will only worsen the condition.
2. Acne is caused by diet. False. (However a high sugar diet will worsen inflammation).
3. Sunlight dries out acne lesions. False.
Too often, exposure to summer sun and frequently chlorine, leads to a temporary drying of lesions. This drying by UV rays and pool chemicals tricks the skin into thinking the epidermis is starved for oil and goes into OVERDRIVE, making more than the surface skin can cope with. The result is more acne breakouts than ever.
4. Acne is caused by stress. True.
Excess androgen production stimulate oil glands, which are thrown into overdrive.
5. Sweat can lead to acne breakouts: True.
Excess perspiration mixes with dead skin cells and excess oil, leading to follicular congestion.
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF EXTREMELY OILY and ACNE PRONE SKIN
- may feel thick
- larger pores
- may be agitated due to excess sebum production
- prone to constant breakouts
- may be dehydrated due to use of drying topical treatments
Blackhead: tiny, non inflamed, congested follicle whose top is open – because the sebum inside is exposed to air, it oxidizes and turns black.
Whitehead: congested follicle whose top is closed, trapping the excess sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells inside and keeping oxygen out. Sometimes these can be soft, or hard.
Papule/Pustule: The follicle breaks underneath what you see on the surface, spilling the congestion inside and spreading infection, hence the discomfort and redness.
Cyst: A membrane forms around the acne lesion deep in the dermis and traps the infection – topical medication is often not helpful.
Check in next week for Volume 2 of our four-part acne series. . . .
Through the professional application and recommendation of the most powerful combination of products available to you without a prescription, we can help you start over. Bring a family member, refer a friend, or finally take a personal step towards clear skin. 516.584.6800
I’M IN LOVE.
Don’t worry, John is still in the picture, but my newest magic wand runs a very close second. You all know me pretty well by now – I’m a huge fan of the highly effective, the products that deliver, the best of the best for my incredible clients.
Incredible clients, meet my magic microcurrent gloves, the newest lifting, tightening, smoothing, contouring family members at Blue Water Spa.
What is microcurrent?
Microcurrent is energy, plain and simple. Naturally generated by our bodies, this energy current slows, right along with all of our other physiological processes. The good news is that I can easily jumpstart the energy already present in your body to trigger natural healing capabilities at a cellular level. Used preemptively or as a powerful alternative to the knife, you’ll feel a significant increase in elasticity, see a big glow and experience extreme relaxation.
How does microcurrent work?
Microcurrent re educates your neck and facial muscles via immediate tightening and lengthening of muscles and acceleration of healing. During your treatment, ATP production is radically increased. What’s ATP? ATP is adenosine triphosphate, the bus that transports energy from cell to cell to get things done – in this case, the task is my reprogramming your sagging muscle fiber. The stimulating energy passes from my gloved hands to your facial muscles, inducing a toning action that smooths fine lines, lifts jowls, improves circulation and contours jawlines softened by time. Because your body has a large capacity to store ATP, the results you reap are cumulative, meaning you continue to look better and better, treatment after treatment.
I understand that talk of cellular function and ATP production may bore you, and that’s ok. At this point maybe you’re just thinking………
Sign me up.
A treatment series is critical for optimum results. I recommend 6 for amazing results. Post series, we’ll schedule a maintenance appointment every 6 weeks to keep you looking 10 years younger. Let’s get you hooked up……
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Fifteen times a week on average, Robert Schwarcz, MD, a New York City–based cosmetic surgeon, injects patients with Botox. For certain individuals he also writes down a phone number on a piece of paper and tells them to make an appointment. It's not for a dermatologist or a colorist with a flair for youthful-looking highlights. The number is for Angela Kulangi, a facialist at Total Skin, a day spa that specializes in electric facials that deliver, via small wet sponges, low levels of microcurrent—1/1,000,000 of an amp (a light bulb runs on less than one ampere)—to stimulate the muscles of the face and neck. "If the patient has been using neurotoxins for more than three years, and if she has genetically thin skin and slim facial musculature, I'll make a gentle suggestion for her to see Angela," says Schwarcz. "I like the idea of providing a plumpness to a nonactive muscle and generating controlled muscular activity."
This same youthful fullness is what everyone who opens a jar of hyaluronic acid cream or books a filler session is attempting to retain or replicate. And it's not that the botulinum toxins—Botox, Dysport, and the recently FDA-approved Xeomin—are in direct opposition to that end. In fact, the toxins do not act directly on muscles—they bind to neurotransmitters, preventing them from signaling muscles to contract. Initial medical use for the toxins wasn't even related to wrinkles or anti-aging. In 1980, doctors began using it to quiet uncontrollable blinking and relax muscles that cause eyes to cross. The cosmetic neurotoxin revolution began in 1987, when two Vancouver-based doctors discovered the neurotoxin's smoothing effect on "the elevens," the frown lines between the eyebrows. Derms and nonderms alike promptly took it one better, using injections to create lift. When a neurotoxin is shot into a muscle that pulls downward, say, in the brow area, the antagonist muscle that pulls upward is left unopposed to dominate. Add to that carefully placed injections to relax the frontalis muscle, which creates the "worry lines," those horizontal ones across the forehead, and doctors could mimic the effect of a brow lift without picking up a scalpel.
If a muscle is immobilized, even temporarily, "it will use less energy and have a tendency to atrophy," says skin physiologist Peter Pugliese, MD, author of the textbook Physiology of the Skin, who notes that researchers soon figured out how to make this atrophy yield short-term aesthetic benefits. Dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, whose New York and Florida–based practice is the largest user of Botox in the world, explains that one can, like a sculptor, dramatically slim the jawline by injecting a large amount of a neurotoxin into the masseter, the primary "chewing muscle" that runs along the side of the face. "It is reversible," Brandt says. "But one treatment will last for a year."
However, atrophy can have a downside—which is where, for some doctors, electric facials come in. These doctors believe that, in the wrong hands over time, neurotoxins could cause the face to lose desired fullness, and so they are prescribing microcurrent as a noninvasive companion to neurotoxin injections to diminish any loss in muscle tone. In fact, dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, steers his patients away from using neurotoxins at all, believing microcurrent, plus the right diet and topicals, to be the best antiwrinkle strategy. Electric facials, whether done at home or in a spa, he argues, help build "convexities" in the face. "Convexities are what make you youthful," he says. "That is critical. If you look at the cheekbones, the forehead, the temples, the jawline of someone young, they come out in an arc away from the face. They bulge out. Around the age of 40 to the midfifties, the convexities go flat. From 60 up, they can go concave. Electrostim keeps the muscles plump and active, preventing or correcting loss of the convexities."
The idea of using electric current to stimulate muscles sounds both high-tech and barbaric, but in truth it has been in practice for hundreds of years. For that we can thank Jean Jallabert, a professor in Geneva, Switzerland, for credibly reporting in 1748 that he alleviated paralysis in a locksmith's right arm by using a 90-minute series of electric shock sessions over the course of several months. In 1982, researcher Ngok Cheng, MD, at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, led a study that provided hard evidence of microcurrent's role in cellular vitality by proving that microcurrent increased levels of ATP—the fuel a cell needs to function—in lab-rat skin cells by 500 percent. Orthopedic surgeon Robert Becker, MD, compiled multiple studies in his 1985 tome The Body Electric, citing the role of electricity in cell regeneration. For decades, microcurrent has been used in different frequencies and waveforms to treat everything from wounds to migraines to chronic pain. Professional athletes and anyone who has had physical therapy have often experienced an electrostim machine, as orthopedists routinely prescribe microcurrent to aid in the repair of ligaments and muscles.
On a muscular level, the microcurrent acts like a personal trainer to tone and shorten muscle fibers. On a dermal level, as Pugliese, the skin physiologist, notes, there is serious anti-aging action going on. Pugliese has spent more than five years analyzing microcurrent's effect on fibroblasts by biopsying skin before and in between microcurrent treatments, and has found a statistically significant increase not only in the production of collagen and elastin, the skin's main structural proteins, which degrade with age, but in that of glycosaminoglycans, or "GAGs," the viscous material in which the proteins are embedded. "When you see a nice plump cheek like a baby's and you pinch it and it feels very good and snappy," he says, "that's GAGs." And, according to Perricone, the long-term benefits are more than skin-deep: If you have a microstimulation machine, "you don't have to have perfect genes," Perricone says. "When I first started working with celebrities, I assumed they were genetically gifted and had perfect symmetry." But now he knows that symmetry can be made: "Not only can we use electrostim to increase our muscle mass, we can accentuate one side of the face by working it harder than the other to give a more symmetrical appearance."
Electric facials are on the menu everywhere from Perricone's New York flagship spa to Four Seasons hotels to Elizabeth Arden's Red Door salons. Professional-grade microcurrent machines emit a positive and a negative current via two wands, probes, or sponges. When the probes are placed a few inches apart on the face, a circuit of current travels from one point to the other and "stimulates" the tissue in between, Perricone says. The current is subsensory, which means all one feels is the gliding of the rods and perhaps a slight tingle. Customers often fall asleep midfacial. The other option is to DIY with an at-home device. Suzanne Somers teamed up with engineer Rodger Mohme, who previously led the team at Apple to shrink a desktop computer down to laptop size, to create the FaceMaster, a vanity-table version of a large in-spa machine. The only handheld microcurrent device with FDA approval is the NuFACE, created by Carol Cole, a SoCal facialist who got tired of lugging her gigantic machine up into the Hollywood Hills. It emits the same level of current as a pro machine (you can get a 30-minute poolside NuFACE treatment at the Four Seasons Maui for $125), but the micro-amps deliver via two fixed metal probes.
ELLE editors tested both the FaceMaster and NuFACE in our offices and found they instantly increased circulation for that glowy, plump-but-not-puffy look that lasted for a few hours. But, in our untrained hands, the DIY could not provide microcurrents' more sophisticated, bespoke effects. With the right expertise, microcurrent can be used to dramatically, if temporarily, shape the face. It's no wonder celebrities have become insatiable consumers of electric facials, especially during awards season. "The pop lasts for about five hours," says facialist Melanie Simon, whose skin-care company, Circ-Cell, is partially backed by Lynn Harless, aka Justin Timberlake's mom. Madonna and Kate Winslet are outspoken fans of Tracie Martyn's trademarked Red Carpet Facial, a proprietary treatment that incorporates mild electrical current. Regular microcurrent sessions were rumored to be Princess Di's beauty secret. And according to an industry source, J.Lo just spent $22,900 on her own professional-grade CACI Ultra (no word on whether she's administering them herself).
Depending on where the probes are placed, either above the origin or insertion point of a muscle, and how many seconds they're held there, users can smooth a furrowed area by stretching the muscle or add lift by shortening the muscle. "If you lift from the cheekbones toward the hairline, it will make your eyes more almond shaped," says makeup artist Kristin Hilton, who travels between New York and L.A. to work on clients including Uma Thurman and Milla Jovovich. "You can even create an arch in the eyebrows." Hilton keeps NuFACE in her makeup kit so she can "sculpt and lift" before she applies a client's makeup. "I'm a skeptical person," Hilton says. "For me to like something like this is unusual. But I use it for five minutes on each side, pulling upward. Everything's tighter. You look more awake. People know something's different, but they don't know what. Usually they say, `Did you get your hair cut?'"
The exact protocol for combining Botox and microcurrent has yet to be written, but most proponents agree to wait a few weeks post-injection before getting a facial. According to Charles Boyd, MD, a plastic surgeon with practices in Michigan and New York, "In the first 24 hours after an injection, you could potentially move the Botox from a muscle where you injected it into a muscle you did not intend," he says. "That doesn't mean it's going to move from your forehead to your neck, but maybe from your eyebrow to your upper eyelid." Simon's clients wait two weeks post-Botox for an electric facial, then return for monthly follow-ups (per skin's renewal cycle, which is 28 days). "Botox and electric facials are great companions. I could spend hours smoothing lines out and then my clients will walk out the door and make the expression that caused the wrinkle 1,000 times that night," Simon says. "Botox is very efficient at knocking out expression wrinkles. Electric current fixes everything else—it's the cherry on top."
Microcurrent Facial Non-Surgical Facelift: Experience the Blue Water Spa Microcurrent Facial
Non-Surgical Facelift Microcurrent is known to be the most effective non-surgical method to take years off the face. Our treatments take the efficacy of microcurrent to a new level by pairing it with gentle, Myofascial Release points used on the face to lengthen and relax facial muscles. Along with award winning Osmosis skin care products, this combination provides dramatic results and is incredibly relaxing. Since microcurrent is sub-sensory, and since our gentle Myofascial is so stress releasing, most patients fall asleep during treatments.
Non-Surgical Facial Bio-Ultimate microcurrent treatment was performed during a feature on Oprah titled “Look 10 years younger in 10 days”. The Bio-Ultimate Platinum has been touted to be “the single most powerful tool for skin therapists.” Not all microcurrent equipment is created equally. The ability of microcurrent to positively affect the tissue and the results that are achieved are completely dependent on not only the sophistication and engineering of the machine, but also on expert application by a trained practitioner. This is why at Blue Water Spa we use the Bio-Ultimate Platinum along with other machines, and are fully trained to share these revolutionary and personalized treatments with you.
Microcurrent is a low level of electricity that mirrors the body's own natural electrical currents, triggering chemical reactions at a cellular level to enhance the production of natural collagen and elastin, provide circulatory benefits, and re-educate the muscles of the face. The result is immediate firming, smoothing, and re-hydration of the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Microcurrent lifts, sculpts and tightens, provides immediate results, and has no downtime.
How does microcurrent work?
Non-Surgical Facelift We first need to understand what causes our facial skin to wrinkle and sag. As we age, our muscles become accustomed to certain expressions and tend to get stuck in these positions. A great example of this is the furrow between the eyebrows that many people get. At the same time, other muscles in our face are hardly ever used, and they begin to atrophy, which leads to sagging. An example of this can often be seen around our jaw lines, chins and necks where we tend to develop sagging or loss of definition as we get older. As we age, skin cells become less active, which leads to a breakdown of collagen and elastin. By the age of 45, the upper cheek muscles may elongate by as much as half an inch, dragging the skin over the cheeks downward to form plump little pouches at the corners of the mouth. The muscles under the chin become loose and the jaw line loses its firm contour.
There are 32 different muscles of the face that are manipulated during the microcurrent facial treatment. The treatment lifts, smoothes, tightens and tones. Probes are used to physically move the muscle into the desired position to perform muscle re-education – the process of lengthening or shortening muscles. Having muscle re-education movements performed in a series re-trains the muscles to maintain this new contour. Microcurrent treatment allows the muscles the necessary energy to keep their tension in this new contour.
Non-Surgical Facelift Since you are re-educating the muscle tissue, it is crucial that you receive a series of treatments for results to reach their maximum potential. Once a series is completed, the results can be maintained by by coming in every 4-8 weeks for maintenance treatments. Additionally, a series can be repeated every few years. If the full series of treatments is completed and maintenance sessions are continued on a monthly basis, results should last 3-4 years.
The Bio-Ultimate Age Defying Facial™ is one of the fastest growing services in the esthetic anti-aging industry today. Microcurrent has been proven to provide the following:
500% increase in cellular energy (ATP) to muscle cells leading to increased muscular tone 12% increase in 20 days in natural collagen production to increase hydration and fullness 48% increase in 20 days in natural elastin production 39% increase in 20 days in blood circulation What are the benefits of Microcurrent treatments?
Diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Improved muscle tone in face and neck Improved circulation Cleared up or reduced acne Lift of jowls and eyebrows Lymphatic drainage Sun damage treatment Skin pigment improvement Product penetration Smoother, firmer skin Hydrated and revitalized skin Improved elasticity Recommended Treatments
The number of sessions depends on the client age and skin condition. The effects of microcurrent are immediate and cumulative. Clients go through a series of treatments followed by regular maintenance to keep a more youthful appearance. Each time a treatment is performed the new contour maintains its position better and longer. Typically clients will notice about 5 year reduction in facial aging.
The following are general and approximate guidelines for frequency of treatment:
20 – 30 years old: Preventative, to slow down the aging process 30 – 35 years old: Initial series of 6, once per week Maintenance every 6-8 weeks 35 – 40 years old: Initial series of 8-10, once to twice per week Maintenance every 6-8 weeks 40 – 50 years old: Initial series of 10-12, once to twice per week Maintenance every 4-6 weeks 50 – 60 years old: Initial series of 12-15, once to twice per week Maintenance every 4-6 weeks 60 plus years old: Initial series of 15-18, ideally twice per week Maintenance every 4 weeks Perfect for special occasions or a quick pick-me-up for an instant lift lasting up to two days. Excellent for post surgical facelift to maintain the lift and treat blood stasis, scarring, and numbness. Individuals with the following should not receive microcurrent:
Pacemaker Pregnancy Thrombosis Phlebitis Epilepsy Cancer Éminence Organics Skin Care: Function plus purity
As part of our 90 minute microcurrent facial, you will experience the luxury of Osmosis Skin Care, which was voted favorite skin care line for 4 consecutive years by Spa Professionals and #1 for skin care results in the holistic skin care industry. Osmosis uses only the purest ingredients without any harmful chemicals or additives, chosen to give premium results to all skin types.
Celluma LED Biophotonic Therapy, $20 per 15 minutes.
One of the most acclaimed and documented treatments for aging, healing wounds, improving skin diseases such as eczema and treating brain tumors and compromised skin cells (such as in the mouths of cancer patients), LED light therapy is fast becoming a revolution in health care.
LED light therapy is a non-invasive procedure done with panels of red and/or infrared lights that deliver low-level pulses of light up to three times brighter than the sun to activate skin cells. It works like photosynthesis for the skin – it converts light energy already found in skin cells to promote healing and anti-aging effects.
Vitality is a universal desire, across cultures and across the ages. People want to retain and regain their vitality, they want to feel young, act young and look young. And they want to do that in an affordable, reliable, effective and convenient manner. Americans spend in excess of $1 trillion annually in the pursuit of vitality and a healthy lifestyle through combinations of pharmaceuticals, over the counter medicines, energy devices, injectables and alternative medicine options. Modern medicine addresses vitality by focusing on the symptoms or effects of aging, disease and trauma, compensating for less than optimal life choices, genetics and environmental conditions. The underlying cause of vitality loss is compromised cellular function and is often considered less important than a quick fix to the resulting undesirable effects. This approach to health and wellness has proven expensive, unpredictable, ineffective, inconvenient, unsustainable, and, in some cases limited by unpleasant side effects and safety concerns. Central to the retention of vitality is proper cellular function. The human body is a remarkable machine, capable of sustaining and repairing itself. Unfortunately, this capability is interrupted by aging, as well as the stress, strain and behavioral choices of modern life. Re-regulating less than optimal cellular function is the first step to retaining and regaining vitality.
Scientific Background of Phototherapeutic LED devices
At the end of the last century, research scientists and physicians at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center began investigating the impact of microgravity and hypergravity on human and plant cell growth. Concerned for astronauts who might be injured or become ill in long term space flight, NASA studies determined that Earth’s gravity is necessary for normal human cell growth, noting that “wounds heal less effectively in space than here on earth”.
In response to this significant health risk, NASA developed LED (light emitting diodes) technology that shows great promise for delivering light deep into tissues of the body to promote wound healing and human tissue growth. “NASA’s LED device stimulates the basic energy processes in the mitochondria (energy compartments) of each cell, particularly when near-infrared light is used to activate color sensitive chemicals (chromophores, cytochrome systems) inside the cell”. In addition, NASA reported that DNA synthesis in fibroblasts and muscle cells quadrupled when exposed to LED light. Based on these findings, NASA 8 observed that this type of improved wound healing may have multiple applications which benefit civilian medical care, military situations and long term space flight. During the first decade of this century, numerous companies have commercially introduced products claiming to be based on NASA’s LED technology and capable of delivering efficacious therapeutic benefits for conditions ranging from “Alzheimer’s to Zits”. In fact, during the same period of time, the FDA has cleared the use of a number of LED devices for treating dermatological and muscular/skeletal conditions, including:
- mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris
- superficial, benign vascular & pigment lesions
- periorbital wrinkles & rhytides
- sub-optimal local blood flow & circulation
- minor muscle & joint aches
- minor muscle & joint pain relaxation of muscles
- pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
- minor arthritis or muscle spasm
- minor chronic neck & shoulder pain of a musculoskeletal origin
LED light therapy has been scientifically proven by over 300 clinical trials to re-regulate cellular function in the treatment of many common conditions, restoring the body's natural ability to heal itself. Contrasted to many widely accepted therapies where vital tissue is intentionally damaged to illicit a healing response in the affected area of the body, using LED light to "reenergize" cellular function in a non-invasive manner allows the body to maintain vitality as nature intended. "LED reacts with cytochromes in the body," explains Dr. Harry Whelan, professor of pediatric neurology and director of hyperbaric medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "Cytochromes are the parts of cells that respond to light and color. When cytochromes are activated, their energy levels go up, and that stimulates tissue growth and regeneration."
NOTE: When making changes to your health and wellness routine, it may be advisable to consult with your physician before proceeding
Phototherapy Programs While all programs utilize all of the LEDs, the intensity and the duration of use varies with each program. When should I use “Acne”?Use the Celluma Acne program at the first signs of acne breakout. The treatment consists of 8 treatment sessions spread over 4 weeks, allowing 2 treatments per week, once every three days.
When should I use “Anti-Aging”? Use the anti-aging mode for management of wrinkles and sagging skin. Use as often as desired. Outcomes may vary.
When should I use “Aches & Pains”?Use the Aches & Pains mode for management and temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, stiffness, minor arthritis pain or muscle spasms and to provide a temporary increase in local blood circulation. Do this once every three days per area.
Useful Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is biophotonic therapy? A: Biophotonic therapy is based on LED technology and is the application of light energy to the body for therapeutic benefits. It promotes a natural photobiochemical reaction similar to the process of plant photosynthesis. NASA's Space Program has proven that LED light therapy (near-infrared) promotes wound healing and human tissue growth. The energy delivered by the Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) has been shown to enhance cellular metabolism, accelerate the repair and replenishment of damaged skin cells, as well as stimulate the production of collagen - the foundation of a healthy and smooth skin. Research has shown that LED Light Therapy may help to smooth skin texture, improve skin firmness and resilience, increase the lymphatic system activity, restore skin's natural cellular activity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and superficial hyperpigmentation. The treatment is for all skin types and it is nonablative, non-invasive, painless with absolutely no downtime. Patients or clients can return to their normal activity immediately after the treatment.
Q: For what purpose is biophotonic therapy used? A: Based on extensive research biophotonic devices have been cleared by the FDA and shown to manage: •Mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris •Superficial, benign vascular & pigment lesions •Periorbital wrinkles & rhytides •Sub-optimal local blood flow & circulation •Minor muscle & joint aches •Minor muscle & joint pain relaxation of muscles •Pain and stiffness associated with arthritis •Minor arthritis or muscle spasm •Minor chronic neck & shoulder pain of a musculoskeletal origin
Q: Are there any harmful side effects to biophotonic therapy? A: Biophotonic technology generates negligible amounts of heat, is clinically proven to be safe, and has achieved non-significant risk status for human trials by the FDA.
Q: Does biophotonic therapy hurt? A: No. Biophotonic therapy is non-invasive, and is painless when used as intended.
Q: How safe is biophotonic therapy? A: Biophotonic therapy is based on light-emitting diode (LED) arrays developed for NASA manned space flight experiments. In comparison to lasers, the patented LED 14 technology generates negligible amounts of heat, is clinically proven to be safe, and has achieved no significant risk status for human trials by the FDA. Phototherapy has been studied extensively in Europe and the US for over thirty years and has been the subject of over 2,500 scientific papers, published worldwide. There are no reported negative side effects to the therapy, which is painless, non-toxic and compliments many traditional therapies. In 1991, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development along with the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, declared phototherapy to be safe.
Q: Does biophotonic therapy utilize UV light? A: No. Biophotonic devices utilize a combination of blue, red, and infrared (not visible to the naked eye) light emitting diodes (LEDs) only.
Q: How long does a Celluma session last? A: 30 minutes.
Q: Are there any special preparations required before using Celluma? Celluma should be in close proximity with the skin which should be free of clothing, make-up, or anything else which may deflect the light away from the skin.
Q: Why do I need to remove my make-up? A: Many make-up formulas contain minerals that may deflect the light. Clean, freshly washed skin is recommended for best results.
Q: Is it necessary to lie down to use the Celluma? A: No. You can use the Celluma when sitting or lying down. For example, there are two ways to use the Celluma for the lower back region. The user may either sit comfortably in a chair with the Celluma curved around the lower back area, or alternatively, the user can lie face down and place the Celluma over the lower back region. The key benefit of the Celluma is its unique ability to mold its shape to conform to the profile of the body.
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Alpha hydroxy acids orAHAs come in many forms, but we are probably most familiar with the glycolic (this lovely molecule), lactic, and citric acid versions of this water soluble carboxylic acid.
I'm sure you've read a million times how fantastic AHAs are for our skin, but how do they work? The official statement is they induce epidermal effects through corneoctye disadhesion, operating by disrupting the ionic bonds between the cells so they can slough off and expose newer and lovelier cells underneath the stratum corneum, or top layer of cells. They also work as an anti-oxidant and can relieve post sun redness. All of these things make fine lines and wrinkles appear less obvious, reduce redness and inflammation, and expose new, shiny skin to the world.
AHAs work by penetrating our skin through the stratum corneum to the stratum granulosum. It acts as an exfoliant on the top layer of our skin by disrupting the bonding between the cells and allowing them to slough off, revealing those new and lovely cells I spoke of earlier.
AHA is considered stronger than BHA as it works from the lower to the upper levels of our skin, but this can work against us if too much of the stratum corneum is exposed. This can increase transepidermal water loss, so you will want to add extra humectants and occlusion ingredients to any lotions including AHA. This can also lead to thinning of the stratum corneum, so you will want to make sure if you are using AHA products, you're keeping your skin well protected. Always use a sunscreen if you are using AHAs in your products because AHAs can make you sun sensitive (even if you're using it in night cream, as taking the moisturizer off won't necessarily make you less sun sensitive!). And note that because AHAs actually penetrate our skin, they will bring other active ingredients with them, which means some extracts and other wonderful things will be more effective as they penetrate the skin
In one study, a lotion with 12% lactic acid increased the appearance of rough skin, increased exfoliation, and increased skin hydration by 33%. In another study, a 10% glycolic acid cream showed the exposed skin had a pinkish colouration with a shiny smooth surface.
Laser Hair Removal
laser Hair Removal can be one of the most satisfying, salon treatments one can have. At Blue water Spa we have numerous patients who swear that this was the best thing they have ever done, making their lives easier, saving them from embarrassment, making them feel better about themselves.
Advice to clients wanting to go the hair removal route: Always do your research properly, see different clinics, therapists and maybe even have a test area done. Always make an informed decision and never be bullied by clever sales consultants and advertising.
What is laser hair removal? Laser is used damage the hair follicle, preventing further hair growth. Lasers target dark, thick hairs best, and the hairs need to be in the anagen phase of growth. As hairs pass through three different stages of growth, some may not be in the anagen phase at the time of treatment, which is why multiple treatments are needed.
The laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. Upon absorption, the laser energy is transformed into heat, which disables the follicle.
What is the difference between laser and IPL? A Laser has an exact wavelength. An IPL (Intense pulsed light) does not have an exact target (wavelength) it uses a broad band of light somewhere between x and y; it is therefore ‘hit and miss’ as it is not predictable IPLs produce a wide bandwidth of light that can heat up all of the surrounding tissue, making it less effective in disabling hair and putting the patient at a higher risk for burns, especially on darker skin).
Blue Water Spa does not recommend the use of IPL systems!
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for laser hair removal? Anyone looking to permanently remove/reduce hair in an area is a candidate. Generally speaking, white, brown, black, male, female – if you are concerned about unwanted dark hairs, you are probably a candidate for laser hair removal. Other factors can influence the treatment process, but these are generally best evaluated and discussed in person.
What body areas can be treated? Because of the safe cooling features of our lasers, just about any area on the body can be treated. This includes such sensitive areas as the lip, ears, nose, and groin area. The only areas that cannot be treated are those covered with a tattoo or permanent makeup, and the eyelid, due to sensitivity of the eyes to laser light.
How long does it take? Each laser pulse treats about a half inch area, which can contain ten or more hairs. The amount of time needed depends on the size of the area to be treated. The lip usually takes less than one minute; other areas, such as the leg, may take significantly longer. We normally advise that 6-10 treatments are needed for a 75-90% reduction in hair growth.
How effective is it? Most people are thrilled with the result (often even after only one treatment) and remaining hairs tend to be much lighter, softer, and finer.
What should I expect? Your laser therapist will first cool the area to be treated. She will give you a pair of goggles to protect your eyes. Then she will move the laser slowly over the area. It will be a bit painful, but manageable, and it’s over quickly. Initially, you will need to return every 6 weeks until the hair growth slows down, then every 8 weeks. You may be red and sensitive over the area for a day or two, and may have small raised bumps that usually settle quickly.
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Laser Hair Removal Vs. Electrolysis: Which Is The Most Effective Hair Removal Method?
In order to get rid of facial hair permanently you must choose your treatment plan carefully. Whilst you are likely to come across a host of options, which includes some of the best quality of hair removing creams and topical agents, the best choice does not go beyond lasers or the most effective electrolysis treatment. However, the choice between laser and electrolysis is a matter of concern.
Annoying and unwanted facial hair should be removed with a lot of care and precision. Because you cannot hide these hairs under your clothing and you would have to struggle in choosing the best process for getting the job done effectively.
So, which is a better choice, laser or electrolysis?
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Can everyone use it?
The mainstream lasers are only meant for people with light skin tone having dark hair. It can burn the dark skin, which will hinder best results. There are some Lasers that aren safe on darker skin, but you must make sure the practicioner is well seasoned and comfrtable using that particular wavelength Advanced laser techniques are being created to ensure that people with combination of light and dark skin can use them effectively.
Electrolysis can be done on anyone, irrespective of the skin color or type. The process attacks hair follicle at its roots, without causing pigmentation.
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Sessions and Time Required
Laser hair removal takes very little time. Because the facial area is smaller, it will not be a time-consuming endeavor. It takes approximately 15 minutes for a complete session, but a series of treatment is needed. Spaced about one month apart, it might take four to six comprehensive treatments to achieve the best result.
Electrolysis treats each hair follicle individually, which takes more time. It will take 15 to 30 sessions, and each session will take approximately 20 to 30mminutes to complete.
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Cost
Laser is an some what a pricey procedure. Each visit may cost you anywhere around USD $40 to USD $300 depending on the size of the entire area that needs to be treated and facilities given.
Electrolysis, on the other hand, costs USD 45 per session.
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Pain
Laser causes mild sensation of pain, usually like that of a band snapping against the skin, with the sensation of heat. Pain is felt according to the tolerance power of an individual. Dark and coarse hair feels more pain and a burning sensation.
Electrolysis causes pricking and stinging sensation; each hair follicle is passed through the sensation.
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Side Effects
Laser can have dangerous side effects if it is not used efficiently. Scarring is another rare possibility with lasers BUt usally is a side effect of the technician not having proper training.
If electrolysis is not done properly, it can lead to skin discoloration.
If your skin color is dark and you have a light hair, you cannot rely on the standard laser treatment for hair removal due to the safety issues. Therefore, electrolysis will be the only solution. Also, electrolysis is cost-effective and works on all skin colors and types. But it is very tedious and takes a long time.