Every year I’m shocked at how quickly time passes. It seems like yesterday I was putting the decorations away in preparation for 2012 and yet, here we are again; rushing to finish last minute shopping, planning holiday parties with family and friends, all while scheduling clients for treatments to help them look their best. We find ourselves pulled in too many directions, with little time to enjoy the real meaning of this time of year. Whatever your faith, the holidays are a time to appreciate all of our blessings. Many people have suffered great losses this year with devastating destruction and loss of life. Each day as we rush from one task to the next, let’s take a moment to pray for those who have less, those who have lost and those who are mourning loved ones who have passed. May 2013 bring them the blessings of peace of mind and hope and may we all remember to offer a little kindness to everyone we encounter on each day of the year. Hope you have a blessed holiday. Ann
You slather your face with sunscreen and never forget a hat, but how well are you taking care of the skin on your chest, hands and arms? These areas can show your age more quickly than your face. What can you do to banish the age spots and crinkly cleavage? Now Rhonda Allison Clinical Enterprise has the answer. The Rhonda Allison Nude Therapy Body Products offer the same age fighting ingredients you use for your face. A combination of cell rejuvenating peels along with Rhonda’s age-defying home care helps reverse the signs of aging.
The Wine Luster Body Peel, uses the tightening and toning duo of Malic (from apples) and Tartaric (from wine) to rejuvenate these areas. Once the peel is complete, homecare heals hydrates, firms and tones.
Nurture Balm: Cocoa Seed Butter, Willow Herb and Epidermal Growth Factors heal dry, irritated skin.
Peptide Spritz: Firming and wrinkle reducing peptides combine with energizing actives to smooth bumpy, uneven tissue. Skin appears lifted, plumped and youthful.
Ultra Exfole’: Lactic, Salicylic and Retinol with Omega 6 lipids exfoliates sun-damaged skin revealing smoother, healthier tissue.
Phyto-Endorphin Hand Cream: Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate and Vitamin E powerful antioxidants slow down the aging process. Daisy Flower lighten and brightens. Monk’s Pepper the special phyto-endorphin complex provides a radiant glow, reduces inflammation and supports healing of dry, damaged skin.
When you seek to turn back the hands of time, don’t forget to include the skin of your chest, hands and arms. If you start now, you can confidently wear the latest spring and summer fashions knowing the skin you reveal will be smooth, soft, glowing and youthful.
Superficial peeling of the skin helps maintain the skin’s health while slowing the aging process. Many skin conditions like acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation improve dramatically with regular peels especially when coupled with home care that helps control these conditions. A peel removes epidermal layers of the skin with an acid solution that is selected to address specific needs. This type of peeling helps “dry out” active acne, reduce redness, soften shallow wrinkling and scarring and lighten hyper-pigmented (dark area) patches. Depending on the strength of the peel used the skin can superficially flake for 2-3 days or in deeper treatments large patches of skin can lift in sheets. Proper home care and strict adherence to post care instructions are critical for optimum results. Sun exposure needs to be limited and sunscreen and hats are required when going outside. Although, while going through the process you may feel like a molting snake, the results are amazing. A series of progressive to mid-depth peels can clear acne and remove years from your appearance. It’s important to schedule a peel with a trained professional who has experience with your skin type and color. Peels are another tool in the growing arsenal of surgery free alternatives to youthful looking, clear, beautiful skin.
Holidays are a time fraught with exaggerated expectations of a Norman Rockwell picture postcard experience. If your family is anything like mine, we fall far short of this lofty goal. Someone drinks a bit too much or complains about the new cranberry sauce while the kids run around screaming from too much sugar and not enough rest. In the midst of the chaos, I find it helpful to focus on all the things for which I’m grateful. Although my family isn’t perfect, I know they love me. I’m blessed with wonderful clients, work I love, a husband who tolerates my idiosyncrasies with amused affection. While your standing in line to buy the latest gadget your teenager must have, tearing through your recipe book at midnight before the big day or grinding your teeth in slow, holiday traffic remember; there’s always someone who has it worse; someone who has lost a loved one, someone in poor health, someone without a job, someone living in a war torn country with no food or clean water to drink, someone who would cry tears of joy to have the life you have. The holidays are about gratitude and giving and as we enter the season, consider how you can bring joy to someone else while feeling gratitude at the abundance of your own life. It will make the season brighter and although none of us will have perfection we all can find contentment in giving to those less fortunate while expressing gratitude for the small blessings we find everyday. May you have a great holiday season.
We are a society that looks for instant results, we want to lose 20 lbs. in 20 days, have six-pack abs. in 60 minutes, and younger looking skin overnight. If something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is not true. Changes in our skin don’t happen overnight whether they are for the bad or the good. The best results I’ve seen in my own practice is when a client commits to a series of treatments and home care. Typically sun damage and acne require several peels with post treatment facials to clarify and renew the skin. By strategically scheduling appointments that resurface and regenerate newer healthier cells, you will see a gradual transformation. I have seen remarkable changes with this approach. Monthly facials are great for maintenance, but real changes require a more intense and focused approach. Like any change whether it’s fitness, diet or the skin; time and commitment are required. Do you have what it takes to make the change?
Skin care like exercise works better when you switch things up. If you still use the cleanser, toner and moisturizer you started with in your twenties, it’s time to rethink your program. In fact, seasonally you should consider the types of products you use. During summer you want products that hydrate without leaving a heavy residue. In winter you want protection from the cold outside and drying heat inside. Changes in hormones, age, and lifestyle may also affect which products work best with your skin. The next time you visit Serenity Skincare consider changes to your old regimen. New products, make positive results.
The search for the fountain of youth continues every day, but instead of combing the swamps of Florida like Ponce de Leon, we scan ads for IPL/Laser, injectables like Botox and Juvaderm, liposuction and facelifts. All these techniques remove years from our appearance, but they also create downtime in order to heal from the procedure. Follow-up post care can reduce the time it takes to heal and extend the benefits of the procedure. Rhonda Allison Skin Care products offer several options.
After an injection:
- Post Balm and Growth Factor
- Calming Skin Gel and ice if the injection site swells or itches
- Hyaluronic Serum/ Peptide Formulas/Super C/Growth Factor increase longevity of the filler
- Growth Factor and Peptide Formulas help increase longevity of Botox as will any other rejuvenating topical. Botox does not require as much healing support. Wait to do any skin peels 24-48 hours after a fresh injection.
- Pro Salve mixed with Sea Gems and Daytime Defense for day. (If skin is open and raw, wait 24 hours before adding Sea Gems) If Sea Gems is too active, some clients prefer Drop of Essence.
- Calming Skin Gel for itching
- Growth Factor 1-2 weeks after procedure depending on the depth of the laser
After surgical procedures:
- Drop of Essence swabbed over areas of skin avoiding sutures
- Ice with peas
- All-Purpose Cleansing Pads, one pad, gentle cleanse avoid sutures follow with Pro-Salve mixed with Calming Skin Gel if there is itching (NOT FOR USE AFTER LASER, PEEL, PHOTO FACIAL
- Therapy E Serum on incision sites (after removed) followed by Drop of Essence then add Growth Factor one week later
All Purpose Cleansing Pads remove surface residue from skin gently while providing antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant support
Calming Skin Gel is a hydrocortisone balm that helps reduce itching and irritation
Daily Defense SPF 30 is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that uses zinc oxide as a natural sun barrier
Drop of Essence Hydration Drops is an Omega 6 essential fatty acid that calms burning sensations and hydrates and heals
Growth Factors are Epidermal Growth Factors that increases cell renewal after any exfoliations and assists in wound healing
Post Balm Lubricating Ointment is a lighter post peel occlusive that reduces tightness and discomfort of a peel
Pro Salve is an occlusive healing balm that accelerates cell renewal and prevents trans-epidermal water loss
Sea Gems is a complex that inspires healthy DNA mechanisms and enhances mitochondrial ability
Super C Serum provides free radical scavenging L-Ascorbic Acid with an active blend of collagen boosting peptide to enhance healing and reduce affects of environmental damage
Therapy E Serum is a potent healing serum, which aids in the repair of scar tissue with antioxidant, hydrating and humectant properties.
So enjoy today’s versions of the Fountain of Youth and use Rhonda Allison Skin Care advanced, therapeutic formulas to enhance the healing process
How many times have I heard someone say, “I love facials, they are such a treat!”, or “I always get a facial when I’m on vacation”. I agree facials can be a luxurious way to escape from our day-to-day stress. However, facials are also a way to maintain healthy skin. Now, I don’t know about you, but my face is the first thing people notice and if my skin looks dull, lifeless with uneven pigment and blemishes am I creating the best impression possible? I don’t think so. Taking care of our skin is as important as taking care of our teeth or getting a regular check-up. If you don’t skimp on those areas of your health, why would you skimp on the feature you present to the world everyday?
So, since maintaining the health of your skin is a priority: how do you decide what to invest in and whom to trust with this important job? There are literally millions of products available in stores, on the internet, on television, through mail order that claim to make your wrinkles disappear, your acne heal, your pigment disappear. Magazine ads display pictures of 30-year-old models airbrushed, with perfect skin claiming you can have the same results. As with most claims if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Products widely available for purchase are limited in how much active ingredient they can offer. The purpose of these products is to appeal to the masses and if the ingredients are too active then the product is difficult to offer to a wide audience. If your goal is to use products that provide the best results then you also need to think about how much of the price of the product goes into the jar vs. into the marketing machine that gets you to buy the product in the first place.
The benefit of choosing products that are offered through trained estheticians are that these products are recommended based on you skin type and goals. As you achieve various goals, the program can be adapted to address new concerns. Skin care like exercise should be adapted to keep improving and a professional can help you make the right choices.
So the next time you’re on vacation, go ahead indulge in a facial. But don’t forget to schedule a regular visit when you get home. Beautiful skin isn’t a luxury it’s a necessity.
The end of the year is a time to tie up loose ends and think about plans for the New Year. It is a time to re-evaluate what’s working and what needs to be adapted and changed for further growth. I find the end of the year is my time for clearing out the old and bringing in the new. I empty my junk drawers, throw out old make-up and rethink my skin care choices. The skin as a living organism requires change and stimulation. Like exercise, you need to change your program occasionally to continue to see progress and results. One easy way to change up your skin care is to try a new cleanser or add a new serum to your current regime.
If you normally use a milky cleanser, try a mild gel in the evenings a couple of times a week to clear out deep-seated debris. If you prefer a squeaky-clean feel, incorporate a glycolic cleanser. Vitamin serums add nutrients and anti-oxidants to your skin regime. At Serenity Skincare, we offer a wide range of protective and nourishing serums that add an extra boost to your normal moisturizer.
At your next salon visit check out the array of cleansers and serums that can give your skin the extra boost it needs.
Yonka’s Crème 52 provides results for a variety of skin conditions. This product has the highest percentage of rosemary of any of the 50 series and provides powerful firming and oxygenating properties. Crème 52 helps
- Tone the skin
- Shape the facial and neck contours
- Refine the complexion leaving it more luminous
- Reduce puffiness and minimize fluid retention
For optimum results use the recipes listed below.
For firming and hydration
Combine one pea size drop of Crème 52 with an equal portion of Masque Hydratant 60 apply to face, neck, and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and apply your favorite Yonka moisturizer.
For clarifying dull, acne prone skin
Combine one pea size drop of Crème 52 with one pump of Yonka Juvenile and one pea size drop of Masque 103 apply to the face, neck and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and apply Crème 15 with another pump of Yonka Juvenile.
For nighttime firming
After nighttime cleanse apply to clean face and neck a combination of one pea size drop of Crème 52 and one pump of Galbol 90.