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Marisol’s Six-Month Journey to Clear Skin

Did you know that Acne affects over 60 million Americans? If you have any form of acne, from an occasional break out to being completely plagued with acne, please know that you are NOT alone. In fact, not many are immune to this condition, including our very own Guest Relations Manager, Marisol Rivera.

Marisol bravely documented her 6-month journey to clear skin and is sharing her step-by-step regimen with us!

 

First, lets take a look at the type of acne Marisol was suffering from:

                                                                                                  

As you can see, Marisol suffered from a combination of active acne as well as scarring from previous breakouts. As those of us with moderate to severe acne know, it is a vicious cycle. As soon as we get a breakout under control, the next break out is around the corner and ready to strike, before our skin has a chance to completely heal. This creates complex layers of scarring and discoloration in the skin.  Six years ago, when Marisol began her career with Beautique Medical Spa, she didn’t have the extensive skincare knowledge that she has today, but under Veronica’s guidance, she was able to start her path to clear skin.

 

First Steps

Assessing her skin and choosing the right products. Knowing the difference between high and low-quality skin care products is an important factor. Generally, drug store face washes and treatments are not very effective and contain many unneeded chemicals and fillers which can lead to worse skin. Rhonda Allison skin care products (proudly offered by Beautique Medical Spa) are result-driven solutions to many skin issues including acne. Rhonda Allison is known for her advanced research with acids for peels and cutting-edge technology.

Marisol started off with:

Rhonda Allison Beta Green Tea Cleanser– this cleanser is ideal for sensitive skin. It is a great combo of antioxidant rich green tea and pore cleansing salicylic acid.

Rhonda Allison Beta Green Tea Lotion – great for problematic skin, this toner balances the skin and keeps excess oil in check

Rhonda Allison Blemish Serum – reduce the appearance of blemishes and support pure skin. Can be used for spot treatments or as an all over treatment.

 

Light Therapy, Peels, and Lasers

Once she was receiving the right formulas for her skin, Marisol started light therapy treatments, laser treatments, and facial peels. These methods have various benefits for acne prone skin such and removing dead/scarred layers of skin, brightening hyper-pigmentation, and inhibiting acne causing bacteria.

Here is her treatment regimen:

Peels – We started her off with some gentle peels which is the ideal starting point for clients who have never had a peel before. These treatments remove dead skin cells gently and stimulate cell regeneration.

LED Facial –  Marisol had LED Therapy at least twice a week. This is a colored light therapy used for different types of skin issues. Namely, blue-light therapy kills acne-causing bacteria without further damaging the skin.

Laser Hair Removal – we don’t always think of acne when it comes to hair removal, but did you know plucking and waxing can cause some deep-rooted breakouts? With Laser Hair Removal many see improvements in their acne because it eliminate hair and ingrown hairs without irritation and helps to reduce oil and inflammation.

Intense Pulsed Light – Intense Pulsed Light is one of THE best ways to even out skin discoloration and erase acne scars. IPL targets pigment cells and treats hyperpigmentation.  We also used the acne settings to make sure that we were killing the pAcne bacteria that is such a havoc wreaker in our skin.

Dermalinfusion Facials – Silk Peel Dermalinfusions are similar to Microdermabrasion but are targeted to more specific issues like acne. Dermalinfusion Facials are step up from regular Micros because it infuses your skin with nutrients which aid in the cell turnover and healing process.

 

Marked Improvement

Marisol’s skin began to improve shortly after she began her treatments and drastic improvements at about 2 months into her journey. With her skin clearer than ever, but still some problem areas, Marisol began using the premier skin care line Nelly Du Vuyst – a gentle approach, which is recommended while using light, laser, and peel therapies. Nelly Du Vuyst products boast natural and plant derived ingredients combining the best of science and nature while being good to the environment.

Marisol’s Nelly Du Vuyst Regimen:

Nelly Foaming Cleanser – light, gentle, and airy yet deep cleansing for sensitive skin acne prone skin.

Nelly Sensitive Skin Toner – maintain pH balance with this mild and soothing toner which focuses on the hydrating upper layers of the dermis.

Nelly Radiance Cream – specifically designed for those who are prone to brown spots and hyper-pigmentation. Lighten the skin while maintaining optimal hydration.

 

Now, with gorgeous glowing skin, Marisol’s current regimen includes:

Physiodermie Hydrating Milk Cleanser – a gentle cleanser that moisturizes and rebalances your skins pH balance which is an important preventative measure.

Nelly Sensitive Skin Toner – continued daily use as seen above.

Nelly Hygia Oil – this amazingly versatile blend of essential oils that is antiseptic and antibacterial promoting clean fresh skin.

Skinesque Washing Powder – a wonderful exfoliant that uses enzymes and vitamins to remove impurities and slough away dead skin. Marisol currently uses this 2-3 times a week to maintain radiant skin.

 

Today Marisol has her regimen down to a science and as you can see from the after picture below, she is doing it well. She no longer needs heavy foundation or concealer. In her after pic below all she is wearing is:

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer – Jane Iredale is an amazing cosmetic line that focuses on clients looking great with good-for-skin products. Smooth Affair Primer is great for oily skin and creates an even skin tone while minimizing the appearance of pores.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder in Latte – weightless sheer matte powder

Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Blush in Mystique

RevitaLash Primer & Mascara – RevitaLash is known for great lashes and their motto is “Yes, they’re real!” Marisol uses lash primer to smooth unruly hairs and create a lengthening foundation for volumizing mascara.

 

Congratulations to our beautiful Marisol and her stunningly beautiful complexion!

 

As an added treat, you can watch Marisol talk about her journey and answer questions LIVE on our Facebook page here: Marisol LIVE on Facebook!

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Lymphatic Facial Massage

Facials can subtract years from our skin and give us a bright glow. What if you could get a facial massage that ALSO benefits your entire body? Facial + massage? Count us in!  The Lymphatic Facial Massage focuses on stimulating your body’s natural lymphatic drainage system to remove toxins, perk up your immune system, and increase the circulation of white blood cells.

 

How does your lymphatic system work?


Toxins, viruses, bacteria etc. are filtered through your lymph nodes. Then, your white blood cells do their job by destroying these harmful unwanted toxins. After, your body drains it all out into the blood stream to be disposed of with all of your other bodily waste. This system of filtering and drainage is vital to our health and well-being. Unfortunately, our lymphatic system doesn’t just work on its own. It depends on things like exercise, breathing, and MASSAGE to aid in the lymph fluids travel. When areas become stagnant or blocked, then symptoms like acne, excess sebum, and blocked pores occur. This results in dull skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. Whats worse is this also effects our immune system and the body’s ability to fight off illness including cancer.

 

How can the lymphatic facial help?


Most of the lymph nodes in your body are located above your waist, behind your ears and around your neck area. The Lymphatic Facial Massage uses precise circular motions and pressure to help drain and move the lymph while eliminating blockages. The massaging and pressure applied to specific areas helps not only with draining, but also with the flow of lymph fluid throughout the entire body. Increased flow and the removal of toxins benefits your skin in texture and contour by flushing excess fluids and removing those toxins we keep talking about!

 

Additional Benefits?


Yes! On top of detoxing, immune boosting, and better skin, there is more! Increased circulation, toning facial muscles, more oxygen to the cells, and improvement in the body’s ability to hand stress. Best of all? ENDORPHIN RELEASE! Let go of all that stress mucking up your beautiful face. Get a Lymphatic Facial Massage and leave feeling and looking amazing.

We are always researching the very best products and services here at Beautique Medical Spa which is why we are so excited to offer this amazing treatment. To request a consultation and find out what services can be combined with a Lymphatic Facial Massage to maximize results, call our office at (956) 664-1234.

Or if you are super excited to feel and look great, BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT now. We cant wait to help!

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Summer Skin Recovery

We had an amazing Summer. Beaches, festivals, family BBQ’s, and spending long days outdoors. The sun provides us with benefits like vitamin D, but it also wreaks havoc on our skin.  Excessive sunlight exposure causes the skin to produce more melanin which in turn causes us to darken and tan. Melanin is like the body’s own natural defense against damaging rays from the sun.  Negative effects from overexposure include acne, a breakdown in the elastin of the skin, leading to wrinkles and sagging, and hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) – especially in already dark skin.

We are heading into fall, the air is cooler, but our skin is still sun kissed and looking good. For now…

We haven’t seen the damage caused yet. Have you seen this video? It shows what our skin really looks like – what we can’t see, the sun sees!

How The Sun Sees You

Summer is most definitely here and we are feeling it this week aren't we? How is the sun seeing you? Even when it's partly cloudy like today, the UV rays still get through! Stop into Beautique and receive a FREE microdermabrasion with the purchase of an SPF this month. Book Online Now: https://goo.gl/rgr3Lx Video Credit: @thomasleveritt

Posted by Beautique Medical Spa on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Crazy, right?! Even if you have seen this video going around, it’s still shocking to see it again. So, what do we do now, how do we combat what has already occurred? Here, at Beautique, we have the answer.

Recover and Build Your Better Skin Services we offer and recommend include:

  • IPL Photo Facial – in just half an hour, increase blood flow and collagen deep beneath the skin to reduce redness and fine lines
  • Vi Peel – gentle chemical peel to treat acne scarring, fine lines, sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, and enlarged pores
  • TLI Facial Infusion – topical light therapy to boost reduction of acne scarring and skin rejuvenation
  • PRP Therapy – Use your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth, greatly improving sun damage
  • Fraxel – Resurface your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.
  • LED Therapy – color light therapy which is non-invasive and aids in collagen production and even skin tone
  • Post Recovery Facials – polish your skin with a relaxing and invigorating facial

 

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ARE YOU CAUSING YOUR SKIN MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

Do’s & Don’t of Exfoliation.  Let’s Find out the Facts.

The other day, while on vacation, I decided to treat myself to a facial at a high end resort.  I was actually feeling a little smug because I knew that my skin would be better than most since I own a medical spa. Well, before I keep tooting my own horn, I need to make a confession. Prior to my vacation, I was so busy getting ready to “Relax” that I neglected my skin care routine at home.  I was basically just washing my face and falling into bed at night. I stopped exfoliating, and really caring for my skin.

Fast forward to my relaxing Facial treat and I was appalled as the esthetician told me I needed to exfoliate and that I had a bunch of blackheads on my nose! Let me just tell you, that brought my “relaxation” to a screeching halt! It made me think, are we making sure that our clients know the importance of exfoliation?

What exactly is EXFOLIATION?

EXFOLIATION helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, keeping it fresh and healthy looking. Radiant skin requires exfoliation. The body naturally exfoliates through the process of desquamation or cell turn over. A new skin cell is born in the deepest layer of the epidermis and during its lifespan, migrates to the upper most layer of the skin. By the time it arrives at the top, the skin cell is basically dead and when the younger, perkier cells come up from below, the older cells are given the boot. The entire cycle, from birth to slough, takes about 28 days, depending on your age.

This brings another important factor. The rate of cell turn over slows as we age. This is a factor causing our skin to look flaky and dull.  Dead skin cells that tend to linger are trouble makers that cause pigmentation, inconsistencies, dull completion, block and irritated pores that can become unsightly blemishes, It is especially a problem for acne skin. Acne and oily skin are already dealing with a skin turnover process that is a little slower than ideal, disproportional shedding; meaning the skin has even more dead skin cells to fend off.

To regain the same shine and youthful appearance, exfoliation is a mandatory regime. If it is done on regular basis, it will improve the skin renewal process and minimize the bad effects of sun rays, dirt and dead cells on the skin.

 

3 TYPES OF EXFOLIATION

  • MANUAL EXFOLIATION– This method depends on scrubbing and rubbing to remove dead skin cells. Scrubbing granules can cause irritation, redness or slight wounds on the face.
  • Ingredients such as, crushed irregular shaped oyster shells, seeds, apricot pits, or any inexpensive or exotic “natural” or “unnatural” material suiting a product line. In extreme over use with abrasive scrubs the jagged granules can cause microscopic lacerations on the surface, sometimes leading to a tough feel as your body forms microscopic calluses against the constant abrasion. Manual exfoliators are not for severe acne, fragile skin, broken capillaries called telangiectasis (tel-an-gi-ec-ta-sis), or any skin type and condition that can’t tolerate pressure or friction.
  • CHEMICAL- This type of exfoliation loosens  the bonds that hold dead skin cells on the skins surface with AHA, Retinoids. There are many types that vary from progressive to deep working within the epidermis, these chemical peels fall within the aesthetic range.  Proper protocol and guidelines are required. An professional understanding of each skin type and knowledge of the potential of each ingredient is a must.  Therefore, it is crucial to follow your skin care professional’s advice. ONLY allow an experienced professional to perform chemical peels in a trusted environment.
  • ENZYMES are proteins that are vegetable, fruit, dairy or plant-derived to digest dead cells, giving skin a smoother, more polished appearance. Think of them like little “Pacmans” chomping up dead skin. Enzymes are designed to be used weekly as part of your at home care routine. They provide a light exfoliation and good maintenance between professional visits.

So now that you know exactly what Exfoliation is, and the top 3 ways to properly and gently exfoliate your skin you can show off beautiful skin.

I am happy to report that after the esthetican performed extractions, I was able to relax for the remainder of the facial. And, like a child reprimanded by a teacher, I have made sure to be extra vigiliant about using my enzymes at home for weekly exfoliation and then work with my regular esthetician to schedule chemical peels as needed, and other services to make sure that I keep breakouts at a minimum and will only receive rave compliments whenever I go back to a resort for a facial.

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