The skincare of the future has arrived! Never has there been a better time to begin caring for your skin! Before I became an esthetician, I held very skeptical beliefs about the possibilities of skincare products. I was disappointed at the standard manufacturing practices which used unnecessary, toxic ingredients, and I thought that genetics and lifestyle determined one’s skin completely. However, during the past six years, observing results through 800+ facials per year, I know differently: Skin care manufacturing practices are changing, products are becoming safer, and ingredients matter more than I ever imagined.
First, there was Epicuren. Formulated by biochemist Bob Heiman for almost 30 years, Epicuren utilizes T-cell communication to allow metabolic improvements at the base level of the dermis. This means that over time, when one cell is improved by a product molecule, it shouts out its new, improved state of being to it’s neighbor, who then improves simply from the communication, not from direct contact with the molecule. The body uses this type of T-cell communication as a natural part of its overall immune function, so Epicuren’s products utilize the naturally occurring mechanisms of the body to create healthier, younger (more beautiful!) skin. After approximately 7-10 months of consistent daily use, the enzyme-activated products work their way to the lower levels of the dermis and results radiate younger, smoothing skin. This is a perfect skin care line for dry, mature skin and for those who enjoy the process of applying products.
Then came Clarisonic – not a product, but a tool, and an amazing addition to a skin care protocol. It is an oscillating, gentle skin brush system for daily cleansing and it accomplishes two very powerful goals: it gets more debris out of the skin than hand washing, and it causes small-molecule serum products to penetrate 61% more deeply into the skin. With regular use, it improves the elasticity of the skin by exercising the walls of the pores, which allows them to narrow, which lends a more refined look to the skin. Clarisonic has become a regular part of our in-salon treatments, and a large percentage of our regular clients use them at home.
The product line that has made me forever change the way I feel about products is the Advanced AHA line from PRIORI Skincare. Joe Lewis, the top formulator of skin care products in North America, studies nature and develops products that mimic nature’s response to rejuvenation and repair. The Advanced AHA line is my first line of defense for clients’ with troubled, congested skin that needs a boost. It’s often where we start when a client has not yet discovered that products and treatments can correct life-long skin care issues. The Advanced AHA line is a unique formulation of alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) which appear in a proprietary blend of several acids, but primarily lactic acid, which is naturally occurring in the dermis. The skin loves lactic acid, and PRIORI utilizes it throughout the entire line (even the cleanser) to gently exfoliate and hydrate the skin. Often clients come to me with extremely dry skin – where all the moisturizer in the world seems to disappear on the skin, but without leaving a feeling a hydration. This is a sign of a broken barrier function. The Advanced AHA products have the ability to quickly return the barrier function to normal, leaving skin soft, hydrated and ready to receive product.
Once the skin is functioning optimally, it’s ready for the Queen Mother of the PRIORI products, the Superceutical (idebenone) line. Using the latest technology to deliver time-released antioxidants to the skin all day long, the powerful anti-oxidant known as idebenone (Edie! Be Known!) protects and repairs the skin. With many skin care lines, a product will to work for a while, and then the body becomes complacent. However, because idebenone is a synthetic form of CoQ10, it works in a cumulative way to continue improving skin year after year. We have seen clients in the 60+ age range use the Superceutical line for two years or more with continued improvement of lines, redness, firmness and lightening of brown spots. This product is revolutionary for skin.
CoffeeBerry is PRIORI’s organic solution. The active ingredient is the oil from the “cherry” of the coffee bean, which is a powerful, organic and highly stable molecule that protects the skin and particularly works on lightening brown spots in the skin. The product is formulated for all skin types, but we particularly use it when a client is pregnant, lactating, or undergoing any type of immune challenges due to illness. The PRIORI CoffeeBerry line has recently introduced Perfecting Minerals, a line of powdered SPF for the skin, that studies have shown to actually improve and heal acne and other inflammatory skin conditions.
PRIORI’s Cellular Recovery Serum with DNA enzyme complex is right up there with idebenone as one of the most progressive products available. It contains a unique DNA enzyme complex that mimics the body’s own repair enzymes, which helps to repair free radical damage to the skin. It can be used as a supplement to boost any skin care line. It has been proven to diminish the effects of harmful UV radiation, diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation, and help reverse cellular DNA damage. It will jumpstart results with your current skincare regimen to provide faster and more visible results.
In September 2010, we incorporated NuFACE, the hand-held microcurrent device that works two ways to tighten the skin, into our skincare line-up. A small electrical current is used to stimulate blood flow, much like acupuncture needles, to deliver increased oxygen and minerals to the skin. A short 3-5 minute session stimulates the lymph, which moves excess fluid out of the body, leaving the skin around the jawline tighter, and reduces puffiness. With consistent daily use, it has the ability to tighten the small muscles in the face in 3-5 months, causing a significant lifted appearance. Not only for anti-aging, the NuFace is the perfect tool to help heal acneic skin. We also recommend a NuFace treatment prior to a make-over, because it further improves the texture of the skin when using foundation or mineral powder.
Welcome to the skin care of the future! I invite you to call for a complimentary skin care consultation, because what we know is that skin, at any age, can continue to improve!
Chemical peels are one of the best values in skin care, and the fastest way to achieve a brighter, smoother complexion. During each of 6-8 weeks, the skin sheds 3-5 layers of dead skin cells, releasing trapped oil and debris. At the end of the series, the skin is softer, more hydrated and products are absorbed more quickly into the skin. To maximize your results, incorporate any or all of these tips:
Cellular Recovery Serum is PRIORI’s latest product in a new line called Target Skin Therapy. In a nutshell, it contains a living microbe that repairs damaged DNA for superior anti-aging results. This technology is unparalleled in the skincare industry today. For a more in-depth description, please read on.
At Abundance, we’ve been singing the praises of hyaluronic acid for years, so we were pleased to see it get some public recognition in the article “Skin care’s new favorite ingredient: hyaluronic acid” by Alene Dawson for the Los Angeles Times.
I want to share with you the buzz that’s happening at Abundance. The feedback we’re receiving on the Advanced AHA peel has been phenomenal! After one treatment, clients see a significant difference in the quality of their skin