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The Plights of Shaving...What are the Alternatives?

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Threading. What are the benefits?

 
Threading. What are the benefits?
 
 
Threading is a form of epilation (hair removal) that has been practiced for hundreds of years. Primarily done in Arab, Indian and Persian cultures. It is known as Bande Abru ("Abru" means eyebrow, and "Band" is the thread).
 
Practitioners use a pure, thin, twisted cotton thread which is rolled over untidy hairlines, moustaches and other areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line and more defined.
 
It is now gaining more popularity in the West as more people are becoming aware of this practice, however, threading has been always available in the west. If you've ever visited the Indian salons/spas that is where you would find this type of hair removal system. Until now....SKIN GEEKS now offers this great service.
 
The benefits of considering hair threading are the following:
 
1) sanitaryt and hygenic procedure, each thread is thrown away after it’s used
2) only the thread touches the skin, so there’s no danger of passing on bacteria or dirt that can cause breakouts
3) it does not use chemicals, medicines, or any ingredients that could irritate skin.
 
It is a great alternative for those who do not like waxing, are sensitive with reactive skins and great for all skin types.

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Investing in Your Skin. OTC vs Professional Skincare Products


Investing in your skin
OTC vs. Professional Skincare Products 

 
 
Over-the-counter (OTC) skin care products are generally less expensive and sometimes more convenient to purchase than professional products from your skin care therapist.
          
However, with many OTC products out on the market, you have to be a savvy consumer and know before you buy. Sometimes paying for a skin care product that is less effective does not necessarily mean that it will give you results and often times you will need to buy that product many times over before seeing those desired results.
 
Consequently, dissatisfaction in OTC purchases often results in buying other OTC lines - so in the end that inexpensive product line came out more expensive than if you were to invest in the correct professional products from the beginning. Also, important to consider is that cheaper products are generally of lesser value and not as effective as their professional counterparts.
 
Ultimately, it is way beneficial to rely on expertise, because labeling in the United States is subject only to Food & Drug Administration regulation, labels can be misleading, as well as hard to interpret.  Your skin care professional knows how to read a label and can explain the benefits, drawbacks, and purpose of the ingredients listed on the label. In addition, your therapist is equipped and licensed to work on your skin and is best suited to recommend the appropriate products for YOUR specific skincare concerns more so than a clerk or an infomercial selling products.
 
So when purchasing your next products, remember, your skin is an investment and well worth the cost to care for. So what may sound convenient and cheap may not always be the case. You and your skin are both unique, so why compromise it by looking for a 'One size fits all' approach to caring for it?
 
I am here to help you get you your best skin ever! Please click on the link below to get you started. See what we have to offer for the Month of March. YOUR SKIN WILL THANK YOU! 
 

Microdermabrasion vs Microcurrent...What to Choose and What is the Difference?

 
Microdermabrasion vs Microcurrent...
What to Choose and What is the Difference?
 
 
It's 2012. Time to kick off the New Year in High Gear and perhaps part of your New Year's resolution is to kick YOUR SKIN HEALTH into High Gear!
 
So that may mean many things...eating better, excercising more, or simply drinking plenty of H20. But many of us in addition to the aforementioned are looking for something else, or rather, reflexing on something else - our lackluster and/or problematic skin.

 
Now more than ever, there has been an increased awareness of advanced eletrical modalities and their benefits and clients want in on it. We've all heard these names before, 'Microdermabrasion' and 'Microcurrent' - but what do they really mean? More importantly, which one should you consider getting?

 
These two modalities though similar in name (by their first four letters) and in premise, work on a finer scale, they are quite different and perform different functions. Below is a mini at-a-glance at what they do.  
 
 
                                   Microdermabrasion:
Also referred to as mechanical exfoliation or micro-resurfacing, is a cosmetic technique that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation along with adjustable suction to remove the outermostlayer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. It is a non-invasive procedure, which is performed in-office by a trained skincare professional.   
 
Benefits:
Microdermabrasion may be performed to decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, photo-damage, diminish fine lines, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and shallow acne scars. Removing the dead skin will aid in the penetration of skin care products by up to 50% and make-up will go on much more smoothly.
 
 
 
 
Microcurrent:
This non-surgical, non-invasive treatment focuses on physically firming, lifting, toning, stimulating collagen and enhancing hydration to the skin through muscle re-education.  An accessory such as probes or electric gloves are used to physically move the muscle into the desired position to perform what is known as muscle re-education; the process of lengthening or shortening muscles. Muscle re-education is most related to the term “facial toning”. 

There are 32 different muscles of the face that are manipulated during the average microcurrent facial treatment.  
Microcurrent works on small  amounts of electricity that mirrors the body's own natural current by stimulating facial muscles to bring more definition on areas that need it the most such as eyes, forehead, cheeks, neck and frown lines.
 
Benefits:
Microcurrent can help with the following conditions: Increased circulatory benefits: blood and lymph, Muscle re-education, Iontophoresis: allows for better product penetration of active ingredients, Increased natural production of collagen and elastin, Increase in mitochondria activity, ATP (adenosine tri phosphate - energy for cell growth), Dispersion of hardened collagen.

Hopefully this mini at-a-glance will help you to decide which modality is best suited for your current needs and concerns, Also, please note, as with any electrical modalities, there are people who may contraindicted to receiving these types of treatment. If you are interested in receiving this treatment, please contact your skin geeks professional who will have you fill out a complete, in-depth consultation card and go over the options as well as pre & post care instructions for your treatment.

The Plights of Shaving...What are the Alternatives?

 
Shaving has been around for a long time and has been seen as a "quick", but extremely temporary way of removing hair - since early times, women have struggled to address unsightly hair growths and as such companies have  been coming up with new ways for us gals to remove hair (see cutting edge 1920's ad above). Now fast forward into the 21st century...why are we still using archaic methods to just "temporarily" remove hair?
 
Before you pick up another razor check out these interesting statistics about shaving:
 
* On an average women spend $15.87 per month on shaving implements, the lifetime investment for females who shave adds up to $10,207.  
 
* 52% of women surveyed reported shaving with the water running the entire time. With the average shower using five gallons of water per minute, this means the average woman will use 7,848 gallons each year and a total of 420,652 gallons of water shaving throughout their lifetime, nearly enough water to fill an Olympic-size pool.
 
*Average shaving time for women is usually 10.9 minutes and an average of shaving 12 times per month. 
 
* With shaving, hair is only removed from the top of the skin, not below from the follicle. Which means hair will regrow in a few days or even sooner depending on your particular hair growth.
 
 
So what are the alternatives? In order to remove hair from the follicles shaving & depilatory creams simply won't do. These are very short terms solutions to long term problems. Our answer to removing hair from the root is WAXING. Although there are other methods, waxing is still one of the most popular methods of hair removal. 
 
So instead of picking up another razor come see what we have to offer here at skin geeks. Your legs and other body parts will thank you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Body Treatments and it's Benefits

Body Treatments and it's Benefits
 
Whether it is to treat a particular concern or an underlying one, body treatments help to aid in addressing them. As the largest organ in the body, we tend to sometimes occupy ourselves in caring and treating only from the neck up, but what about the rest of the body? Does it not age as well? Does it not experience the same effects as the face? Sure it does!
 
Yet we still only concern ourselves with a certain area of the skin. Ever seen people with great faces but from the neck down is all saggy and leathery? The key to great skin is consistency! Using active ingredients that deliver results and having a daily regimen that INCLUDES caring the rest of your body. Also as important is introducing Professional Body Therapy Treatments within your maintenance care.
 
Professional treatments are often given a bad rap and are viewed as something to do when you want to "feel good", "as a treat", or to "pamper" yourself, and it is really quite the opposite. Professional treatments help to actively treat concerns such as: photo/sun damaged skin, aging, dehydration/dry skin, uneven skin tone, acne, elasticity and lackluster skin. Body treatments can also aid in dimishing visible signs of cellulite. Whatever your concern is, professional body treatments are a great option to consider and have.

Essential Oils & It's Benefits in Skin Care



 

Essential Oils & it's benefits in Skin Care
 
 
Egyptians were one of the first civilizations to extensively make use of aromatherapy and aromatic herbs and included their use in religion, cosmetics as well as medicinal purposes. The Chinese also made use of herbs and aromatic plants and are an integral part of the Indian Ayurvedic medicinal system. Greeks and the Romans too have used essential oils for grooming, health and massage practices.

 
Oils have been an integral part of the many societies and cultures since the beginning, and still today we are practicing this ancient method of Holistic healing. Essential Oils have properties of being anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. They can also soothing, calming, healing, nourishing aspects depending on which oils are being used. In skin care, there are various types of oils that are used.
 
LAVENDAR - A stress-reliever, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & decongestant, EUCALYPTUS -  it is used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic & stimulant, YLANG YLANG - Calming properties, is also used to soothe headaches, nausea, & skin conditions (oily skin), GERANIUM - Calms irritated skin, clears acne, boost slow circulation, improves elasticity, TEA TREE - natural immune booster, heals skin conditions, burns and cuts.

 

PAPAYA...The Delectable Superfruit!

 
Great as a summer time treat, but did you know that this low in calories fruit is jam packed with fiber, carotene and Vitamins C, E and A? Not only does this wonder fruit benefit you from the inside, but by applying it topically can also help to provide great exfoliation by sloughing off dead skin cells and offer anti-oxidant protection to get rid of those scavenging critters known as Free Radicals.
 
Check out Skin Geeks Facial and Body Therapies that include this wonder fruit below:
 
The Ultimate Skin Fix 3.0                
Star Lite, Skin Bright!                        
Acne Rescue & Oil Control    
Brighten Up! Back Treatment