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MEN'S FACE TIME
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Say goodbye to 'ineffective' or 'ehh' results! - this super manly 60 minutes treatment encompasses modalities (aka:machines) used in conjunction with the latest skin care ingredients and techniques, to deal with men's 
specific skin care concerns.





The therapy begins with a professional double CLEANSE, skin analysis,
 
brush EXFOLIATION followed by warm towel, crazy good EXTRACTIONS 

with bacteria fighting High Frequency*, hydrating MASQUE with - wait
 
for it! - another warm towel and a 10 minutes FOOT REFLEXOLOGY 

massage, toner, eye therapy and sun protection.

9 BEAUTY HABITS THAT GIVE YOU WRINKLES

9 BEAUTY HABITS THAT GIVE YOU WRINKLES 




Women's Health Magazine - Wrinkles are a part of aging—and life. While we know to expect wrinkles as we get older, some of the battle has nothing to do with age. Your beauty routines and habits can impact wrinkling as well. See the bad habits that affect your skin's aging process so you can cut them out ASAP.

Smoking
Smoking is the most common cause of wrinkles. "There have been studies of twins that showed proof of this in stunning detail," says Joel Schlessinger, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon and founder of LovelySkin.com. "So skip cigarettes and lose the wrinkles!"

Your Diet
If you want to keep your skin healthy and young, the old saying that you are what you eat is definitely true. Eating too much sugar and high-glycemic foods doesn't just impact your weight—it could make you look older, too. "Through a damaging process called glycation, sugar molecules attach to the proteins in your skin (including collagen), causing them to become stiff and malformed," says Roshini Rajapaksa, M.D., a gastroenterologist, balanced health advocate, and co-founder of TULA. "This results in a loss of facial elasticity, as well as contours, puffiness, and fine lines. Refined sugar and other simple carbohydrates also trigger inflammation throughout the body by causing insulin levels to skyrocket. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, which leads to sagging and wrinkles." So cut down on refined sugar and simple carbohydrates—your skin will thank you!

Drinking
All alcohol dehydrates the skin, explains James C. Marotta, M.D., a dual-board-certified facial plastic surgeon. This means your skin will appear less plump and fresh the morning after you drink alcohol. Over time, your skin will lose elasticity and form wrinkles due to a lack of hydration. "Additionally, alcohol can have a huge negative impact on your vitamin A level, which is a very important antioxidant for your skin and body, and it is vital in the regeneration of new cells. Vitamin A is also extremely important in the production of collagen. When you have lower amounts of collagen, you lose elasticity in your skin," says Marotta. Collagen and elasticity keep your skin supple, taut, and looking young.

Chewing Gum
"Gum chewing produces a type of wrinkle that I see quite often on the lower mouth," says Schlessinger. Additionally, it causes other issues in the mouth structure. This is an easy habit to give up in the name of preserving your skin.

Not Removing Makeup
When you sleep in your makeup, you're basically asking for wrinkles. The makeup and environmental pollutants you accumulate during the day seep into your pores, breaking down collagen and elastin. This can speed up the aging process and leave you with fine lines and wrinkles. Cleanse and moisturize your skin every night before bed.

Picking 
Stop picking at pesky zits, and let them come out on their own or use natural products to help eliminate them. Any time you pick or pull at your skin, you're causing damage and creating irritation, scars, and yes, even wrinkles.

Stretching Your Skin to Apply Makeup 
This practice creates wrinkles—and is generally frowned upon in the makeup world. "You should do your makeup how everyone else is going to see you, and hopefully it's not with your mouth stretched opened and eyebrows lifted so you can put on your mascara," says makeup artist Donna Kelly. "Don't pull on your eyes and stretch them so you can put on your eyeliner. It's about moving your whole face when you're applying makeup, not stretching it so it's flat."

Skipping Sunscreen
We've all been told to never skip the sunscreen, but it's often tempting when many of us spend our days indoors. Even a few minutes of sun exposure can lead to a breakdown of collagen, though, and that leads to fine lines and wrinkles. "Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine, so that you don't get sun damage. Choose an SPF 30 and one that has zinc oxide or titanium dioxide," says Debra Jaliman, M.D., a New York-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules.

Sleeping
If you sleep on your face, you can get sleep wrinkles from the pillow. "It's best to sleep on a satin pillowcase that slides across your face," says Jaliman. "The other alternative is to sleep on your back."

AS HORMONAL INBALANCES INCREASE, THE LIKELIHOOD OF HYPER PIGMENTATION INCREASES AS WELL.



AS HORMONAL INBALANCES INCREASE, THE LIKELIHOOD OF 
HYPER PIGMENTATION INCREASES AS WELL.


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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.