Daily Skin Care 101



Your skin is the largest organ in the body and requires attention in order to ensure its continuous health as you age. The skin on the face needs extra care since it is the part of the body that is always exposed to damaging effects such as the weather, sunlight and pollution. For women, daily makeup is another factor that adds to skin damage in the long run. While many men and women know the basics of facial care, not all are discipline to exercise a proper daily regimen. A good home care regimen consists of a few basics steps: cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and protecting with a good sunscreen.
Your regimen should be practiced twice daily…in the morning and before bedtime.  Any specialty items such as anti aging serums, skin correctors, beauty balms or enhances are often applied to the skin during pm cleansing or as instructed.
A facial should be performed every 4 to 6 weeks or as advised by your skin care therapist or physician. When shopping for skin care products always try travel sizes before you make that huge investment in a skin care line, this will allow you time to assess your products properly, make sure they are a match for your skin and to ensure that you are getting the results you are happy with.
I hope you find this information helpful…..
Bye for now,
Debra “The Esty”





Pre- Waxing Tips

  1. One to two days prior to waxing, trim hair in the underarm and/or bikini areas a ½ inch. Not only does this prohibit fresh cut hairs from getting into the wax, but it also prevents pulling long hairs and hair bumps.  Comb and clip the hair with a pocket shaver with a spacer comb or use scissors with extreme caution..
  1. Exfoliate areas of skin that will be waxed routinely such as legs, bikini and underarms.  Using a loofa pad or body brush, lightly brush your skin where you will be waxed.  The benefit of this type of tool is that it eliminates dry skin cells, which in turn promotes a good wax and easy hair removal.
  1. If you are susceptible to hair bumps use a hair growth inhibitor a week or two before waxing such as Tend Skin . This assists in breaking down hair for an easier wax.  Consult your esthetician for where to purchase the growth inhibitor.
  1. Avoid waxing before or after an excessive work out.  This can result in inflammation of the skin especially in the bikini and underarm area.
  1. Make your waxing appointment at least two days prior to attending a special occasion, just in case of redness or puffiness that may occur after waxing.
  1. If you still feel a stinging sensation hours after waxing apply Neosporin or Aloe Vera gel.  This will soothe the area of discomfort. You may have encountered too many layers of skin. This sometimes may occur with dry skin, virgin waxing and those with sensitive skin.
  1. If you are on medication please advise your esthetician before services so she can decide whether or not it is appropriate to wax or use another form of hair removal.
  1. Take a Tylenol or some sort of pain reliever an hour before waxing.  This relieves some of the waxing discomfort.

Chemical Skin Peels During the Summer


Professional strength chemical peels assist in removing dead layers of damaged skin cells, improving texture revealing a healthier, glowing, fresh skin. It’s great for all ages and all skin types and conditions. There are a large array of chemical peels solutions available today that can address different conditions of the skin and deliver beautiful results.

Chemical peels can be performed in the summer…with proper precautions of course! I would recommend a glycolic acid peel, or salicylic acid peel for the summer. These peels are lighter in concentration and there’s pretty much NO downtime. It will freshen up the skin and unclog pores without any physical peeling. The lighter peels have great anti-aging benefits, however the results are not as effective as a stronger chemical peel, which I suggest be performed during the seasons when the weather is cooler such as fall, winter or spring.

It would make no sense to perform a chemical peel on a patient that’s going to be severely exposed to the sun and not protected with sunscreen. So the best approach would be to get a Glycolic or Salicylic acid peel on a Monday or Tuesday – By the time the weekend approached the skin would be back to normal and not so sensitive to the sun. Regardless of what type of chemical peels you receive, SPF is a must to prevent photo-sensitivity or sun damage. Wouldn’t you hate for your skin to look like this?