Pre and Post Treatment Procedure for PLASMA FIBROBLAST


Fibroblast (Plasma Skin Tightening) is not suitable for everyone. If you are considering Plasma Skin Tightening, you should be in good health at the time of the appointment, with no pre-existing health conditions. Ideal candidates for this cosmetic procedure are those with fair to medium skin tones with lax, crepe-like skin around the eyes, neck, tummy, mouth, or targeted area for the treatment. Fibroblast will not affect fat cells. A good candidate must not be prone to keloid scars, have diabetes, a healing disorder, lymphatic draining issues, history of hyperpigmentation, wear a pacemaker, be pregnant, or be breastfeeding.

This treatment is only recommended on light-medium dark skin tones (FitzPatrick Scale 1-3 and sometimes 4/5). If you are a number 3/4/5, you may be more prone to hyperpigmentation, which isn't necessarily permanent. People with numbers 3, 4, and 5 complexions are recommended to get a patch test in the desired treatment area(s) to see how their skin responds. Anyone with a darker complexion (6) is at risk for hyperpigmentation. Regardless of your FitzPatrick Skin Type or if you are not sure if you are prone to hyperpigmentation, a patch test is recommended for everyone as hyperpigmentation and/or texture can be a risk for everyone.


Contact lenses must be removed when performing treatment on the upper eyelids. The skin should not be inflamed in the area we are treating prior to the procedure. If you have a sunburn/suntan, the treatment should be postponed for up to 8 weeks or until tan/burn signs disappear. Eyelash extensions receiving upper or lower eyelid treatment MUST have lashes removed prior to treatment, they can be reapplied after 8 weeks.

Refrain from using topical agents that may increase the sensitivity of the skin 2 -3 days before treatment. These products include Retinoids, Exfoliants and/or exfoliating devices, Salicylic washes and toners, products containing AHA and BHA's, and Hydroquinone.

Depending on laxity and desired results, you may want to have multiple treatments in the same area. Areas may be treated every 3 months to let the collagen heal and turn over.

Plasma Fibroblast Accessories & Products for Face:

  • Mild, unscented, alcohol-free cleanser (ex-ZAQ Organic Purifying Gel *)

  • Wide-brimmed hat(s)*

  • Large Sunglasses

  • Full face visor with UV protection

  • UV protection face masks

  • Ice packs, ice masks & rollers*

Fibroblast Face Aftercare

You are likely to see immediate tightening and lifting especially if you have crepe-like skin.

Please remember it takes a minimum of 12 weeks to see the final result though you may still get improvements to the area for up to 6 months.

Face dots shed approximately 4 - 10 days following treatment (average client begins to shed dots on days 5, 6, or 7). Dots on the body often take longer than the face, potentially around 2 weeks. The fresh new skin that is revealed is often pink for in between a few days to the entire 3 months (rare), fading daily until returning to original coloration.

After the dots are shed, the skin may be temporarily tender and peeling or even slightly textured. This is normal and will get smoother each day, return to its' normal coloration and continue to tighten over the 3 month healing period. As skin returns to its' original texture and color, the skin may appear healed, but that is just the beginning as the skin underneath does its work. It takes 4 weeks for collagen and elastin production to BEGIN.

It will take 8 weeks for the healing process to cycle through completely and for the skin to be refreshed and for healing to complete. Most tightening and lifting happens in weeks 6 -8.

Temporary swelling is normal due to the fact that the area will be recovering from a deliberately controlled wound. Swelling cannot be avoided and will subside in a matter of days. Ice and antihistamine will minimize swelling. You will be following a dry healing method which means you will do your best to keep the treatment area dry until dots are shed.


I PROVIDE ALL POST CARE, I will go over all products that you are to apply for a faster healing time. The healing time listed below is based on the maximal downtime. If you follow my protocol healing can be minimized to less than 7 days.

  • You may resume most activities immediately after any treatment( with the exception of high-intensity cardio), but you may not look your best during the healing process. Clients usually have 4 - 10 days of dots (5 - 7 days of dots on average), usually followed by some redness that will gradually diminish. Depending on where your treatment is and your desired level of privacy, you may want to minimize in-person appointments until your dots fall (approximately a week).

  • Do not pick scabs! Removing the scabs prematurely may result in scarring and discoloration. Allow scabs to come off on their own. This will ensure the best possible result and avoid scarring, hyperpigmentation, and infection. If you feel the scabs are accidentally being rubbed off prematurely, then protect them by covering them with Aquaphor to prevent falling off too early. The longer the scabs stay put the longer the skin has a chance to heal itself with the protection of the scab.

  • Ice the treated area using a clean towel to cover the ice pack each use. Alternate 10 minutes on and off for up to 1 hour for the first 2 days.

  • Keep the treated area clean using a mild, unscented, alcohol-free cleanser. PAT DRY- KEEP DRY!

  • Ice, anti-inflammatory, and antihistamine medicines can also help with swelling in the early healing phases.

  • Do not apply makeup (even mineral makeup) until the scabbing has fallen off completely. This is to avoid infection or disrupting the scabs prematurely.

  • IMPORTANT! Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds to the treated area. Once the scabbing process is complete, always apply broad-spectrum SPF 50 or higher to the area for a minimum of 3 months after your last treatment. This skin is still healing and can easily become damaged by any UV rays and may cause hyperpigmentation and/or premature aging.

  • Dry healing is preferred but if your scabs become unbearably itchy, then you may safely apply the post-treatment balm I provide up to three times per day to help manage itchy sensation. Icing also helps manage itchiness.

  • Taking collagen, vitamin C, and L-lysine supplements over the course of your healing process can give your immune system and collagen production a boost.

  • Avoid smoking.

  • Avoid shaving over any area that has been treated until the skin has fully healed.

  • Exercising right after a treatment is not recommended because any heat, steam, or sweat can add to inflammation. Do not use any pools, hot tubs, or saunas until after the dots have fallen off and your skin returns to a more normal state.

  • After the dots have fallen off on their own, you may use makeup to cover any redness. If your skin is ready and not too tender, using a gentle enzyme exfoliant can help to create a smoother surface from the peeling that is typical at this stage of healing.

  • Do not use anything harsh on your skin (like acids, peels, or physical exfoliants) until you have reached the 8 weeks post-treatment healing point. Use common sense, if it doesn't feel good, then don't do it.


Day 1: Try to lay propped up with pillows. Some discomfort is normal. The swelling will likely be worse in the mornings and lessen towards the evening. If you have had eye treatments, you may find it difficult to open your eyes the following morning, however, it will subside throughout the day. It will feel like a bad sunburn.

Day 2: The swelling typically peaks by day 2. Swelling can also spread to the under-eye area, DON'T PANIC, this is perfectly normal. The upper and lower eye are all connected, therefore the fluids from the upper eye will drain to the lower eye area. This too shall pass.

Day 3: You may notice an improvement in the swelling and the "dots" will start to crust/scab over. The scabs must not be picked, allow them to fall off on their own. Your level of discomfort will have subsided a bit. For those who experienced the under-eye swelling, this will still be present.

Day 4: Some mild residual swelling may still be present on the upper eyelids. Discomfort should diminish.

Day 5: Swelling should be complete and scabs may still be present. Use Aquaphor to protect if scabs are accidentally getting rubbed off prematurely.

Days 6 - 10: You are patiently waiting for the remaining scabs to fall off on their own. It is normal for the new skin under the scabs to be pink or red and peeling as the healing process continues.

Weeks 2 - 8: After scabs fall off, you may have tender, peeling, or textured skin for a few days or weeks. Once your skin is no longer tender, you may safely use a non-physical, gentle, enzyme exfoliant to slough off peeling skin. After scabs fall off, you may also use healing serums, lotions, and makeup. Each day, your skin will progressively return to its' original coloration and texture.

Remember it will take 8 weeks for the healing process to cycle through completely and for the skin to be refreshed and for healing to complete. (You may continue to see results for up to 6 months.)

Depending on laxity and desired results, you may want to have multiple treatments in the same area. Areas may be treated every 2 months to let the collagen heal and turn over.



Is the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA to actually lift the skin. HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. Without puncturing the skin's surface, this treatment can target various depths of the body's tissue for skin tightening, skin lifting and body contouring. HIFU technology boosts new collagen production and collagen regeneration right at the source. Collagen allows plumping of fine lines/wrinkles and tightening of the skin. It is sometimes called the the "Lunchtime Face Lift" as the treatment is quick and very tolerable. 

  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) directly delivers heat energy to targeted layers of the skin that can stimulate and renew the skin's collagen. Consequently, improving the texture and reducing sagging of the skin
  • This technique can be used on the face and body to achieve the results of a face-lift or body lift without any invasive surgery or injections. Does not involve any creams, fillers or toxins. It relies on your body's own collagen-building process for natural, noticeable results
  • HIFU works for people of all skin colors, in contrast to that of lasers and the intense pulse lights
  • HIFU energy penetrates much deeper than laser or RF energy, in an effort to effect superior tissue tightening and longevity of results by selectively targeting the SMAS layer
  • These ultrasound waves penetrate deeper in to the tissues without affecting the epidermis and focus at a single point in the adipose tissue and cause thermal injury, in turn, creating collagen production.


  • Improves overall skin elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, texture and facial contour
  • Lifts and tightens cheeks, jowls, marionette lines and defines jawline
  • Uplifts brows, eyes and upper lip while softening fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces "Turkey Neck/Double Chin"
  • Can tighten skin on the hands, elbows, etc.
  • Breaks down stubborn fatty area's of the body (Buttocks, Abdominal, Arms, Thighs, Knees, etc)

Questions & Answers

How long does one treatment take?

  • The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. The larger the area, the longer it will take. The more layers to target, the longer it will take.
  • A face and neck treatment typically takes 90 minutes while an eye treatment takes approximately 15-30 minutes
  • A body treatment will take longer. Each individual and treatment area varies.

What does the HIFU treatment feel like?

  • Comfort levels vary from person to person. There may be a sensation of tingling and or warmth which only lasts while ultrasound energy is being delivered
  • This discomfort is very brief and a good sign the collagen-building process has begun
  • Treatments around the eyes and forehead and over any bony prominences tend to be more sensitive
  • People with thicker skin or more dense areas will tolerate HIFU well

When will results be seen?

  • You may see some initial effect with an inflammatory response, but the ultimate results will take place over 2-3 months as your body naturally regenerates collagen
  • Since the treatment stimulates your own collagen production, how long the results last varies for each person
  • The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but your natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside
  • As the process of wound healing and collagen remodeling takes 2-3 weeks, the patient will see only 10% result in the 1st month, another 10% in the 2nd month and 80% result in the 3rd month

How many treatments will be needed?

  • Some clients only need one treatment, however, based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and the individual's collagen building process, most patients benefit from additional treatments. Typically, to get get to goal, 2-3 treatments are suggested based on the severity.
  • Since the skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help clients keep pace with the body's natural aging process. Advanced aging/mature skin may need a touch up at the 1 year mark while others may need a touch up at the 2 year mark. Proper skincare and facials in addition to a healthy diet also play a role.

Are there any side effects?

  • The skin might appear flushed at first, but typically disappears within a few hours
  • Some clients may experience slight tempoary swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch
  • Little to NO downtime
  • Other less common post procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin. However, most clients have no physical down time
  • As with any cosmetic procedure, there is a possibility for rare effects. And although uncommon, serious complications can occur. Including the development of palpable subcutaneous nodules and/or motor nerve paresis. Fortunately, these effects are temporary and the areas of risk are blocked off during face mapping and avoided all together. Symptoms would occur within the first 1-12 hours after treatment and would resolve within 2-6 weeks. No permanent nerve injury has been reported to date.

Skin Care Over 50

When you reach your fifties, you can usually tell if you've made sound lifestyle choices. Not smoking, avoiding excessive sun exposure, managing stress and keeping to a healthy diet can have a major impact on how you end up looking. Being beautiful comes from feeling happy and taking good care of yourself and leading a healthy lifestyle can keep your skin looking tight, plump, clear and smooth. An unhealthy lifestyle can result in thinner, sagging dry skin and deep wrinkles and lines can form. Estrogen also plays a big role since it supports healthy skin cell functioning. When the production of estrogen slows down during menopause, the skin weakens and can't product collagen the way it used to. As estrogen falls, the skin's PH starts to go up. The resulting increase in alkaline weakens the moisture barrier and promotes dryness and sensitivity.
It's not too late though. Use these ideas to help get your skin looking younger and smoother.

 1. Wear sunscreen every day. This is something we hear ALL the time, but that only stresses the importance. A good quality sunscreen (choose one that has at least 40SPF and one that blocks UVA and UVB rays) can protect your skin against the damaging exposure to the sun, which is the number one cause of brown spots, wrinkles and skin cancer. Remember to wear your sunscreen throughout the day, rain or shine. UV rays break through the cloud cover and you'll increase your chances of blocking these rays if your wear a protective layer of sunscreen.

2. Serum and moisturizer. The older we get, the drier our skin becomes. As we age, the skin slows down it's natural production of oil and cell regeneration. Start your skin care routine with a serum that contains antioxidants like vitamin C. Over the serum, apply a layer of a good quality moisturizer. Oil based moisturizers are the best. They don't sting delicate and dry skin the way some other serums do. They also glide on smoothly, leaving skin feeling plump and smooth. For night time moisturizing, a cream with peptides can do wonders. For overly sensitive skin, try a moisturizer loaded with calming ingredients such as aloe vera, apple fruit extract and oat oil. These will improve tolerance and the immune system of the skin.

3. Exfoliate. Exfoliation is a must, and to do it properly, you should exfoliate your face and your body on a weekly basis. Use a dry brush to exfoliate before you shower to ensure moisturizer goes on more smoothly. A good facial scrub is important for the face because they deeply cleanse and hydrate skin.

4. Sleeeeep. For the 50 plus group, there a quite a few benefits for getting a long nights sleep. Good quality sleep leaves you feeling more rested in the morning. For the benefits of being wrinkle free, restful sleep helps the body produce more collagen. Collagen refreshes your skin, making it less likely to wrinkle. Sleep on your back if you can. It will keep the collagen in your face from breaking down and creating sleep lines that could turn into permanent wrinkles.
 5. Your diet. Along with the above recommendations, keep in mind that a good, healthy diet also goes a long way in keeping your skin looking younger and wrinkle free. Opt for eating more leafy vegetables and fruits, and keeping your intake of red meat and pork to an absolute minimum. Go for more fish and shellfish.
As always, live a happy lifestyle. Surround yourself with the things that promote a healthy lifestyle and make you happy. It'll give you some years back, for sure.

Blasting Ten Sun Care Myths

When a client asks me, "If I only buy one product, what should it be?" I always say, "The sunscreen moisturizer and use it every morning. The best way to treat aging skin is to inhibit the major cause of aging!"

Sun exposure is the biggest enemy of the skin. Cumulative sun exposure causes premature aging including: deep and crisscross skin wrinkling, severe elastosis, many types of hyperpigmentation, benign seborrheic keratoses, wrinkly and sun damaged cleavage and poikiloderma of civatte (the "horseshoe" pattern of red-brown venous-pigmentation on the neck and upper chest). It can worsen rosacea, telangiectasias and diffuse redness. It can cause the giant comedones of solar acne (Favre-Racouchot syndrome), and it is the major cause of skin cancer. It is actually the major cause of cancer, since there are more cases of skin cancer than any other form of cancer, and is the major cause of melanoma-the deadly form of skin cancer.

Let's examine some common myths and misunderstandings that clients have about sunscreens and sun protection.
1. Client: I use sunscreen whenever I am in the sun, but I really don't get out in the sun much.

Truth: For most people, the majority of sun damage in the skin does not come from direct sun exposure. It comes from casual, ambient exposure to ultraviolet rays over a long period of time. Walking to the car, sitting on the patio, walking the dog and playing with the kids in the yard are all contributors. It is estimated that 80% of skin damage caused by sun comes from ambient day-to-day sun exposure. Everyone should use an SPF 15 or higher, broad-spectrum sunscreen every morning.

2. Client: I know a lot of sun is not good, but we are all going to age, right?

Truth: Yes, we all age. But someone who practices a lifetime of good sun prevention will have a few expression lines and some minor skin sagging with age. Sun worshippers will have deep and crisscross wrinkling, severe skin sagging and elastosis, leathery textured skin, any number of pigment issues including, but not limited to, dark splotches, "liver spots," deep freckling (mottling), hypopigmented areas (white spots), wrinkly leathery cleavage and, of course, skin cancers and other growths. The best way to treat aging skin is to prevent it by using a good broad spectrum sunscreen every single day. It is THE most important step in good skin care.

Heat also affects skin, and can contribute to inflammatory reactions and redness issues such as rosacea and telangiectasias. Even with sunscreen on, the heat from direct sun can cause aging damage.

3. Client: Don't all sunscreens protect me the same?

Truth: There are two major types of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Ultraviolet beta rays (UVB rays) are short rays that cause sunburn and damage to the outer layers of the skin. They cause the majority of skin cancers. Ultraviolet alpha rays (UVA rays) are longer, more deep-penetrating rays that go into the deeper dermis and cause the majority of the damage associated with premature skin aging, and these rays are also believed to be more associated with melanoma. In order for a sunscreen to be labeled "broad spectrum," the FDA requires that the sunscreen must undergo a laboratory test called a critical wavelength test, which measures how much of the UVA and UVB spectrum of light is being filtered. Sunscreens that pass this test are allowed to be labeled broad spectrum, meaning that they filter a significant range of potentially damaging UVA/UVB rays.

4. Client: I don't like sunscreens because they are greasy and smell like a pina colada.

Truth: The old "beach screens" of the 60s and 70s often did smell like coconut and often were oily. Today's advanced science allows the blending of sunscreen ingredients into elegant and lightweight formulations that are wearable and even work well under makeup. Sunscreen ingredients now can be blended in many types of creams, lotions or fluids, and they can vary in weight for various skin types. They can even be blended with good-for-you performance ingredients like hyaluronic acids, antioxidants and ceramides.

The trick in getting your client to use sunscreen every day is to make sure you sell wonderfully wearable sunscreen moisturizers that are both a good broad-spectrum sunscreen and a wonderful moisturizer. You should make sure that the sunscreens that you sell are elegant, wearable and work well under makeup. These are all very frequent concerns of many clients. If a client has a sunscreen moisturizer that she loves and wears well all day, that product will provide valuable defense against the most aging factor we face. Make sure you have several different good sunscreen products in different weights and formulations for aging, oilier and sensitive skin, as well as outdoor water-resistant sport sunscreens.
5. Client: I want a little sun, so when I go to the beach I don't apply sunscreen until I am out for a while. If I start to turn pink, I put on sunscreen.

Truth: By the time you turn pink, damage has already occurred. This damage will show up at age 40 or so as wrinkles, elastosis or maybe even a skin cancer. When the skin becomes inflamed, it produces enzymes called proteases. These enzymes dissolve collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the dermis. Every time you get red from sun or don't protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, your skin produces these self-destruct enzymes, and some of your collagen and elastin proteins are damaged. Over a period of time, this damage accumulates until it shows up as premature skin aging.

You should apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Applying sunscreen after the skin is already red can actually cause additional inflammation or reactivity to the sunscreen product.

6. Client: When I feel like I might be getting sunburned, I go in the water and that immediately relieves the burning feeling.

Truth: Cool water may make sunburned skin less painful, but the damage has already been done. At the point where you feel burned, you should get out of the sun immediately. You would not feel that way if you had put on a sunscreen before you went out!

Also, the sun's UV rays can penetrate right through the water and continue to burn your skin. Being in the water does NOT prevent sun exposure. Also, if you are going in the water, the sunscreen should be water-resistant.
7. Client: I did not use sunscreen today because it was cloudy.

Truth: The powerful ultraviolet waves of the sun cut right through clouds, which only filter about 20% of the rays. Theoretically, you can get sunburned in a rainstorm if you stay out long enough.

8. Client: After I burn at the beginning of the summer, then I can tan easier.

Truth: Burning your skin in the sun not only causes painful sunburn, it causes permanent damage to the dermis of your skin. This damage can eventually cause skin cancer. Just for the record, a tan is an immune function! It is your skin producing melanin attempting to protect the lower layers of your skin from sun damage.

9. Client: That sunscreen you recommended is very concentrated. It only takes a tiny bit to prevent me from burning.

Truth: Don't try to skimp on sunscreen! Apply at least 8 dots of it to your face and neck and massage in. And don't forget the back of your neck and your ears. If you are applying it to your body, it takes a full ounce of sunscreen to adequately protect the average size body, and it should be reapplied every two hours you are in direct sun. By the way, we are not just trying to keep from burning; we are trying to stop long-term serious skin damage that will lead to wrinkles and sagging and "liver spots," as well as potential skin cancers. Put it on EVERY MORNING!

10. Client: Is that sunscreen you sold me last year still good? I just found one in the trunk of my car!

Truth: Sunscreen formulas do fall apart in heat. They also have expiration dates. Throw it out!

Those Mouth Wrinkles!

If you're concerned at all about your appearance, you'll realize the most looked at feature on our body is the face. We look at our face the minute we place ourselves in front of a mirror, and as we age, we find ourselves looking for those tell tale signs such as fine lines on the brow, around the eyes, and especially around the mouth. While everyone eventually gets these - either through age, genetics, sun exposure, smoking or combinations thereof - , women, more so than men, are prone to developing wrinkles around the mouth.
There are three types of skin lines that form around the mouth:

Smile lines (nasolabial lines)
These wrinkles run from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth.

Marionette lines
These are vertical lines that are found at the corners of the mouth. They can give your face a downturned expression, and give you a serious or angry look, even when you're relaxed.

Vertical lip lines
Wrinkles around the lips are mostly caused by regular movements of the lips, and therefore are unavoidable. Also called smoker lines due to the fact that the lips are pressed together when smoking, these lines get worse as smoking progresses.

Treatments for wrinkles around the mouth vary. If you're a smoker, then the most obvious remedy would be to quit! Not only will this help these particular wrinkles from getting worse, it will also improve your overall health and help add years to your life.

Other options are resurfacing the upper lip with lasers, dermabrasion or a chemical peel. All are designed to create a wound in the skin and stimulate the skin to produce new cells. Fillers (Restylane and Juvederm) can help add volume and soften lines, but if you have fine lines, don't expect to see too much of a difference.
Grape seed extract may also help with deep wrinkles. This extract has natural antioxidant properties and can help restore elasticity to your wrinkled skin. Massage the grape seed extract into your deep wrinkles daily to keep your skin looking young. An over the counter anti-wrinkle cream may also help in reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. Face-tightening exercises may also help. suggests standing in front of the mirror and performing facial exercises for 15 minutes every day to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Start by stretching your mouth as wide as you can, as if saying "cheese." Hold the position for two seconds, then pucker your lips together tightly so that your lips almost touch your nose. Hold this pose for two seconds, then stretch your mouth back into the "cheese" position. After two seconds, stretch your lips forward and down, as if saying the word "go." Hold for two seconds, then relax. Repeat the entire routine 20 times.

Cold Weather Creates Wrinkles

So we've been told over and over to stay out of the sun; that it'll bring out wrinkles and dry out our skin. But did you know that you're more likely to have wrinkles in winter than in summer? It's true, and it's because there's less humidity and moisture in the air in the cold months than in the hot months, and along with the dry air and harsh winds of winter, your skin begins to dry out. And remember, skin contains collagen - a key part of your skin's structure - and it needs moisture.
According to Dr. Arthur Perry, MD., when the humidity drops below 30%, your skin starts to really dry out, especially in the lip area and the hands. With the drop in humidity, the skin is not able to retain as much water, and as a result, it becomes dry and is prone to cracks. As we get older, our ability to make more natural protective oils (sebum) declines, and that combined with the chemicals in our soaps and water, it's no wonder that our skin starts to get really dry and rough.

So to combat the dreaded dryness, we need to stop it before it can start. As soon as you get out of the shower and while your skin is still damp, put on moisturizer. This will trap in that extra water and prevent your skin from drying out. Moisturizers that are good to use are those with hydrating properties. These include oils such as olive, coconut, jojoba, vitamin E or aloe vera.

Avoid moisturizers with added fragrance and essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus since these can cause irritation, especially if your skin is already dry and cracked. Check the ingredients, and if you see Hyaluronic acid, stay away! This ingredient is in a lot of beauty products and is counter productive to keeping your skin moist. This is because Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, and relies on moisture to be effective. If there is no moisture in the environment, it will begin to draw moisture away from your skin!

Another thing to avoid are hot showers. Ladies, I know there's nothing better than letting that hot water pour over us like rain, as we soak up as much heat as possible. The bad thing though, is that heat destroys collagen. Which means that it leads to that dreaded dry skin.

What you should do is eat plenty of essential fats. Avocados, fish, flax seed, coconut oil are all great sources of essential fats. Our cells are surrounded by a protective lipid (fat) membrane, and if the body doesn't have enough fat, it loses moisture and it's ability to function properly.

Above all, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! If you really want to step it up, think about getting a humidifier to keep indoors in the winter. A humidifier will keep moisture in the air, and will provide needed moisture to your skin. So take extra care this cold season, and make sure you keep those winter wrinkles away by eating healthy and staying moisturized.


Let's face it. Wrinkles are irritating. And for some absurd reason, you notice them all of a sudden. You never seem to see them when they start forming. You see them when they're fully blown out. Well, all's not lost. There is something you can do about it without shelling over tons of money. Let's take a look at three recipes for home made treatments for wrinkles.
1 egg
Crack open the egg and separate the yolk from the white. You'll be using the white, but don't waste the yolk. Cook it for a quick snack, or feed it to your cat or dog. Now, simply apply the egg white as a thin and even layer all over your face. Allow it to dry. You will definitely feel your skin tighten as it dries. Leave this on for about 25 minutes and wash off. You can use this egg treatment as a primer prior to applying makeup, or you can put it on at night before going to be and rinse it off in the morning. To change up the recipe, add a teaspoon of honey, or 3-4 drops of tea tree oil. (Great for acne prone skin).
1 medium ripe papaya
1/2 glass of milk
Peel the papaya and remove the seeds. Cut the papaya into small cubes, about 1" square and blend in a blender or food processor. Add the milk and process on medium speed for about 30 seconds, until the mixture is smooth. Make sure all the papaya is blended smooth by scraping the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula or spoon. Process again if there are lumps. Spread the mixture over your face, forehead and neck, gently massaging it into your wrinkles. Relax in a comfortable position until the mixture is dry. (About 40 minutes). Rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry and apply a gentle moisturizer. Repeat about 3 times a week. It may take a while for results to appear, however with regular treatment, wrinkles should begin to fade. Papaya contains enzymes that etch away the top layer of skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids that clear away dead skin cells and encourage collagen production.
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp of plain yogurt
Blend the banana with the yogurt until you get a smooth paste. Apply to the wrinkled area and let it stay for about 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat 2 to 3 times a week. Bananas are rich in minerals which can help to reduce wrinkles and smooth skin.

Herbs Everything Nice...for Skin Health

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

An antioxidant, antiseptic and natural preservative, rosemary contains numerous chemicals that make it useful in fighting acne. It contains ursolic acid, which provides anti-inflammatory properties and natural carnosic acid, which inhibits melanoge­nesis. The herb also supports hydration and healthy collagen activity.

Its antiseptic properties make it ideal for use in cleansers, particularly with glycolic acid for acneic skin. It is also great in skin-firming toners with retinol and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and cell regeneration. In a mask, with other herbs like basil along with frankincense and flower extracts, rosemary will calm and soothe skin while reducing inflammation.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

These two fragrant herbs provide digestive and exfoliating benefits, as well as antiviral, antibact­erial, antifungal and immune stimulating support. When combined with ingredients like salicylic acid and ursolic acid, the exfoliating, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are boosted. This makes thyme and oregano ideal for use in peel and enzyme formulas.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

In cosmeceu­ticals, the leaf extract as well as the oil from basil is used to reduce inflammation, stimulate cells, provide antibacterial support, protect against oxidation and restore the skin's health. Depending on the ingredients it is paired with, it may be beneficial to a variety of skin types to promote overall skin health. When combined with other herbs like the essential oil of rosemary in a mask preparation, it is especially beneficial to oily or impure skin, as it provides soothing and balancing support.

Willow herb (Epilobium angustifolium)

This potent herb contains three major groups of polyphenols: tannins, phenolic acid and flavonoids. In studies, it has been shown to increase cell viability and provide photopro­tection.5 Willow herb, which has similar properties to hydrocor­tisone and exhibits similar effects, decreases erythema, inflammation and skin irritation. These properties make it a powerful ingredient for post-care following corrective treatments, particularly when used with shea butter. It's also ideal for brightening serums and retinol complexes, as it provides soothing support.


Many Americans are having difficulties falling asleep at night. Instead of sleeping and dreaming they roll around in their beds trying to fall asleep. The result usually is people not rested enough in the morning and tired all day. This results in stress and less performance on the job or at home. We have developed a list of 6 tips that have helped us to achieve better sleep.
1) Room temperature: Keeping the temperature in your bedroom at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or below is recommended. Too often an overheated bedroom is causing sleep problems. Scientific studies show that the body can better relax with temperatures at 70 degrees or slightly below.
2) Reduce caffeine. A recent study showed that caffeine is not metabolized efficiently and fast enough at night. The effects of caffeine last much longer than most people expect. The result is difficulty falling asleep. Studies have shown better sleeping patterns if no more caffeine is consumed after 6.00 PM.
3) Avoid alcohol. Alcohol will keep the body from reaching the deeper stages of sleep, where the body does most of its healing and resting. The result of drinking can be a very light sleep or difficulty falling asleep in general.
4) Beds are for sleeping. If you are used to watching TV in bed or even work while being in bed, you may find it much harder to relax and to fall asleep. Remove the TV and do not work in bed. Sleep requires your brain to slowly shut down and any distraction will cause sleeping problems.
5) Go to bed around the same time every day. Don't change your bedtime back and forth. Having a certain schedule developed it will be easier to fall asleep pretty much at the same time every day. A recurring schedule will help your body to get into a sleep pattern and make it easier to fall asleep.
6) Remove the alarm clock from your view. Starring at the time will only create the feeling that you have to sleep, but you are not. These worries will make things even worse. Losing the feeling for a time by not seeing the actual and how long you have been awake has shown to improve healthy sleep.

New Treatmemt's on March!

What Is An Oxygen Facial?

This treatment is designed to nourish your skin and promote collagen growth. It involves a machine that is used for spraying highly concentrated molecules of oxygen right into your epidermis (the outer layer of your skin). The oxygen that's applied to your face and neck is infused with vitamins, minerals, essential nutrients, and botanical extracts.

How Does The Oxygen Facial Work? (Oxygen Facial Procedure)

This excellent skin treatment involves three steps:

1. The Light Treatment

A light (emanating from a stick-like machine) is used to infuse oxygen into your skin. This stick-like machine is rotated all over your face. This smoothens and calms your facial skin.

2. The Serum Treatment

This is the most crucial step in the entire process. The serum has hyaluronic acid, minerals, vitamins, and loads of antioxidants. These tighten the skin, make it radiant, and eliminate wrinkles and fine lines.

3. Massage

This is the final step where your skin is massaged with lotions and creams that nourish your skin and seal it so that the effects of the treatment last longer. Special oxygen-infused creams are used to massage, cleanse, scrub, and exfoliate your skin.

The benefits of facial Gua Sha include:

  • Younger looking skin
  • Improves circulation
  • Plumper, smoother skin
  • Reduces appearance of wrinkles
  • Increases hydration

Facial massage stimulates the dermis to support collagen and elastin production, manipulates areas of tension to relax facial muscles, exponentially increases blood and aids lymphatic flow, releases congestion and toxicity, soothes sore eyes and skin and unlocks aching jaws and brow: resulting in a brighter, healthier, more radiant complexion.

Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter Skin Care Tips

Exfoliation and Peels:
This time of year the skin can appear dull, dry, and lifeless. Deep exfoliation removes the dull and dead layer of skin. This can be done with Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, or a Peels. These procedures are quick and effective at removing the superficial dead layer of skin. Exfoliation helps to improve the overall texture of the skin, minimize fine lines, minimize pore size, and even out the skin tone. At home exfoliation will pick up where professional treatments leave off. Use of a gentle scrub no more than twice a week will keep the skin clear and healthy. Just be mindful to not over exfoliate, which can cause irritation or dry the skin out.

Correct Sun Damage:
Winter is the best time of year to correct all those dark spots that haunt our skin from the sun. The best way to treat sun damage is through a combination of exfoliating facials or peels along with lightening products that contain ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, or hexarestorsinol. These product ingredients work by penetrating into the skin to slow the production of pigment deep in the skin. These products usually take a few weeks to work, and often the spots may appear slightly darker before they lighten. This is caused by the pigment lifting out. It is important to remember to use SPF when using a lightening product to ensure its effectiveness.

Change your products:
The cool, dry, winter air offers a great opportunity to switch things up with your products. This is the time of year to really keep things gentle. Look for a cleanser that will be effective but won't strip the natural oils your skin needs. It's also a great time to add a richer, night-time moisturizer. Winter is a great opportunity to use Retinol products to repair the skin along Hyaluronic Acid to keep the skin hydrated.

Facials are recommended every 4-6 weeks. In addition to the relaxation and stress relief benefits, the improvement in your overall skin health is priceless. Facials help to keep the skin clear, properly balanced and hydrated, improves circulation which helps to promote healthy cell growth. The anti aging benefits of regular facials will keep your skin firm, healthy, and glowing.

Your skin is the largest organ of the human body. Take care of your skin and love the skin you're in.

Skin is made up mostly of collagen; it is the foundation that gives your skin its support and thickness. Young people have lots of collagen, taut, & smooth skin. In contrast, older people have less collagen and thin, wrinkled skin.

For all skin types. Vitamins A and B reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Brightens skin, reduces blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Increases skin moisture content and soothes skin irritation.