Archive for March, 2013

What is Retinol?

Posted in blog with tags , , , , , , , on March 23, 2013 by kaysarazin

I’m sure you’ve heard of Retinol before. Or, perhaps not “Retinol” but “Retin-A”. But do you really know what it is?

Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative. Vitamin A is one of the chief leaders in chemical exfoliants. Retin-A is a play on words, combining “Retinol” and “Vitamin-A”. 

In terms of “Anti-aging” products, Vitamin A is an important component of any serum, masque, etc, as it more harshly exfoliates that top layer of skin off, without the aid of a “mechanical” exfoliant, which can sometimes damage delicate mature skin.

Retinol is also often prescribed to acne patients via dermatologist. The chemical aspect of Retinol doesn’t aggravate the lesions of the acne, but removes the top layers of skin, making it easier to release oil and debris from the skin that often gets trapped. 

Any Vitamin A product should be approached with caution. If tingling, stinging, or uncomfortable sensations occur on the skin, the product should be removed immediately with water and a gentle cleanser. Retinol can be incredibly beneficial, but it can also be a tough transition in terms of daily routine.

Clients using Retin-A or Retinol must avoid direct sunlight as often as possible, and apply sunscreen much more often than us not taking Retinol (Although we should be applying too). Retinol clients cannot receive exfoliation during a facial, and most certainly cannot get a Glycolic Peel or Microdermabrasion. Most estheticians will advise against the usage of straight Retinol, as it’s aggressiveness can sometimes have adverse effects if these precautions aren’t taken.




Beauty Tip~

Posted in blog with tags , , , , , , on March 9, 2013 by kaysarazin

Hello everyone, Anise here!

Kay had an excellent beauty tip, based on what she does in her own life. Due to artificial fragrances being too harsh on her sensitive skin, she explained to me that she often will mix her Lubiderm or Cetaphil with Essential Oils!

I think this is a great idea, especially for those whose skin can’t take the chemically enhanced scents. This is an industrial world we live in, and you really can’t go wrong with natural essential oils.

Feel free to try this and if you do, please message us your results!


HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN”S DAY…… we celebrate the outstanding advancement of women.their valor and courageous spirit

Posted in blog on March 8, 2013 by kaysarazin

Happy March!

Posted in blog with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2013 by kaysarazin

Good day everyone!

Hope you’re all enjoying this sunshine, and I hope you’re all using your sunblock! 

If you find your sunblock is leading you to clogged pores and even breakouts, I urge you to either switch your sunblock, (Dermalogica has an extensive line called “Daylight Defense” that features a multitude of different sunblocks ranging to what your skin needs; sensitive->oily) OR be exfoliating. Of course, I am going to recommend a precleanse-cleanser-daily microfoliant regiment, as that will guarantee the removal of all traces of oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. For those who either cannot afford to invest in all three products, a good cleanser and an exfoliant (2-3 times a week) can do the trick as well.


And of course, don’t forget to moisturize! Forgetting to moisturize is basically telling your skin to make more oil to moisturize itself which means… Possible breakouts! And we all want to avoid that, now don’t we? (;


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