Microneedling – worth the hype?

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!

What’s with this micro needling everyone is raving about? Is it as effective as everyone says it is?

In a word, yes. YES it is. This is by far my favorite skin treatment!

Microneedling is a non-ablative skin treatment, which means that there is no removal of the epidermis in order to stimulate new skin cell growth. To facilitate the development of a new layer of skin, a handheld, automatic needle filled ‘pen’, is glided across topically numbed skin to activate the production of new collagen and improve texture and skin tone.

Benefits of microneedling include increased blood circulation, a significant improvement of lines and wrinkles, brightened pigmentation, scar reduction, and an increase in epidermal density. It may be used on the neck, chest, hands and forearms if needed. Really anywhere you’re seeking a refinement in texture.

In search of a new level of refinement? Microneedling is the gift to self that keeps giving as epidermal abnormalities you may have given up on begin to fade or improve.

Nasolabial folds are plumped, chicken pox and acne scars recede, and the elasticity of enlarged pores tightens. Who doesn’t want a huge upswing in glow time thanks to increased blood flow?

WE’RE SENSING THAT YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. NO PROBLEM, THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE

What will my skin feel like during and post treatment?

During treatment, the sensation ranges from painless to a ‘prickling’ sensation. Topical numbing will keep you very comfortable. Post treatment, your skin might feel tight and dry. It is imperative that you keep your skin hydrated post treatment. You will be sent home with a clean hyaluronic acid serum to saturate your skin with during the hours and first couple of days immediately following your treatment.

You may experience light peeling or temporary rough texture
Post treatment, skin will rapidly begin regenerating, a little peeling is nothing to worry about. Keep your skin well moisturized while it’s healing.

You will be photosensitive
A physical sunblock should be applied after 24 hrs.and reapplied regularly when outdoors, but particularly following any treatment that temporarily displaces the skins barrier. At the very least, avoid direct sun exposure for 3-4 days, and get in the habit of wearing a hat to protect your skin when outdoors if possible. You’ve committed to skin rejuvenation, it’s wise to protect your new investment.


Super sensitive types may react with redness, or a light rash from the topical anesthesia

Redness, a mild sunburn feel, or mild swelling may follow your treatment if you have reactive skin. Redness and swelling should subside within 24 hours. Taking an antihistamine prior to your treatment may be an option.

There may be evidence

Because micro needling creates controlled microinjuries on the surface of the skin, it’s not unusual to see tiny marks on the skin and they should resolve within a few hours.

Pinpoint bleeding is not abnormal

Depending on the needle depth, you may experience very mild pinpoint bleeding. Your esthetics nurse and licensed esthetician practices OSHA mandated universal precautions and adheres to the strictest sanitation protocols.

MAY I PAIR MICRONEEDLING TREATMENT WITH ANOTHER SERVICE?

A basic facial treatment or hair removal in non-treated areas is fine. Please ask about the suitability of scheduling additional services when you call to book.  Products and follow ups are included in your treatment price.

PRO TIP: Try not to unnecessarily touch your skin except to apply hydration with clean hands. Use of a broad spectrum sunblock is imperative.

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Vitamin C – a magic bullet for your skin and your body!

Is there anything Vitamin C isn’t good for? Maybe not a papercut, but other than that, it’s pretty stellar stuff in all of its forms. Naturally, as both a nurse and an esthetician, one of my favorite Vitamin C forms is a skin strengthening serum. Here’s why:

VITAMIN C PLAYS DEFENSE

  1. Protects Against Free Radicals Extrinsic (environmental) pollutants cause our skin cells damage. Fortunately, the benefits of vitamin C in skin care help protect against free radical damage which slows visible signs of aging. Free radicals are chemically unstable, unpaired electrons that hunt down other electrons in an effort to stabilize themselves. All bodily cells are vulnerable, but skin cells take the brunt, which eventually shows up in the mirror.

VITAMIN C CREATES GLOW

  1. Brightens Your Complexion Vitamin C inhibits an enzyme called tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is responsible for converting tyrosine into melanin, thus preventing hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C, which requires routine use to maintain results, visibly brightens by evening skin tone and strengthening skin. Strong skin is better able to retain moisture and regulate melanogenesis, which in turn becomes balanced. Balanced melanogenesis means clear, even toned skin as mottled discoloration fades. Pretty cool series of events, right?

THERE’S A C FOR EVERYONE

  1. Types of Vitamin C you want in your topical skincare. A potent antioxidant, and key player in collagen formation, Vitamin C comes in multiple forms whose benefits work for every skin.

L-Ascorbic acid is the purest form of vitamin C and provides superior antioxidant defense compared to any of its acid derivatives.

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), has been used for many years to control melanin synthesis.

Newer stabilized derivatives of vitamin C, including magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl glucoside, and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate are used to control melanogenesis (our skin’s melanin production factory). All of these derivatives have been shown to inhibit tyrosinase synthesis and activity.

VITAMIN C FAQ

IS ANYTHING BETTER THAN VITAMIN C? Over time, preventative Vitamin C, originally introduced in skincare as a power preventative, visibly improves skin clarity, skin texture, and the appearance of fine lines. It is a mainstay of an age fighting home skin care regimen.

I’M A DIY GIRL, CAN I CRUSH VITAMIN C TABLETS AND RUB THE PASTE ON MY FACE? No. No, you can’t. Manufactured products are scientifically engineered with formula stability, skin structure, skin pH and safety in mind. It is highly likely that not only will you burn your skin, you’ll reap zero benefit and face months of barrier repair.

I’M A MULTI-TASKER, CAN I APPLY MY AHA AND RETINOID PRODUCTS WITH MY VITAMIN C? With an alpha-hydroxy acid, cautiously, yes, but the product manufacturer guidelines prevail. Some manufacturers have special balanced formulas that mesh retinol with C but that is a proprietary balance of chemistry that should not be assumed for 2 separate products. When in doubt, ask or stick to Vitamin C in the morning and your retinoid at night. During the day, commit to a broadband sunblock to prevent photodamage.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I APPLY MY VITAMIN C SERUM?

Decide whether you want to apply your Vitamin C am or pm and stick with it. During the day, commit to a broadband sunblock to prevent photodamage.

HOW QUICKLY SHOULD I REALIZE VISIBLE RESULTS Everyone’s routine and skin condition are different, but you may see visible improvement in skin texture, color and tone within a few days. Lines and wrinkles will take several months to improve significantly if your home routine is cohesive. During the day, commit to a broadband sunblock to prevent photodamage.

Now that you know your Vitamin C, check out our top selling Vitamin C rich product for optimal skin health:

H&H Rare C Serum features a highly bio-available form of Vitamin C, which strengthens collagen, brightens the complexion and, as an added bonus, reduces the appearance of pore size by 20% in 4 weeks as tested! Regular use of Rare C Serum will promote supremely radiant, strong and youthful looking skin.
BENEFITS: • Balances, evens, and brightens skin tone. • Reduces appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. • Strengthens collagen and enhances collagen synthesis. • Soothes and hydrates skin.

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If you buy C serum in the store please look for a dark colored bottle. C is very light sensitive and goes bad in the light.

VITAMIN C PRO TIP: SPF and antioxidants are bffs. UV light attacks collagen and elastin, but an extra dose of antioxidants can help head oxidative by-products off at the pass.

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Welcome To Citrus!

Your First Visit To Citrus

 We love helping you transform your skin! Our clients come to us for many reasons, including :

  •  Dull and tired skin
  • Sensitive, reactive skin
  • Rosacea
  • Fine lines and aging management
  • Acne
  • Loss of collagen and skin firmness

Some of our clients are looking for help with building a good home care routine and want to maintain healthy skin. Whatever your reason, we are ready to guide you to healthy happy skin!

Your first meeting with us will include the following :

  • Overall assessment of your skin health, hydration, sensitivity and balance
  • A review of your current home care program and what is working and what is not 
  • Identifying  areas that need to be strengthened or modified in your home care program
  • A holistic approach  – reviewing diet and lifestyle choices that may be impacting your skin health
  • A customized treatment to restore and balance your skin – this includes extractions if needed, corrective serums and masque
  • Samples of products to help you meet your skin’s needs that we have identified together
  • A treatment plan to help you achieve  healthy radiant skin with recommended follow-ups or more advanced corrective treatments
  • Follow up emails, texts or calls from your skin coach along the way to check in with your progress

Please allow 90 mins for this appt. 

 $150 includes treatment and samples               

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What Does Your Baby Like?

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Hey ladies! I’m sure a lot of you already know by now, but just in case you didn’t, I am 28 weeks pregnant with my first baby boy! While this season of life is super exciting for my husband and me, it also raises some questions about what skincare products and ingredients are safe for my skin while pregnant. I have a history of acne prone skin so I find myself frequently asking myself these questions; “Can I use this?’, “Is the percentage of this okay?” “Will these ingredients be detrimental to my babies health?”

Even as a professional Esthetician, I still need to check products to make sure they are safe for me and for the baby, there is A LOT of skincare products and ingredients out there so it’s impossible for anyone to know everything about safe products. I know a few pregnant ladies that are curious about this same topic so I thought I’d share some helpful info that I’ve figured out. Here are some products and skin care treatments that you want to avoid while pregnant.

Retinoid

It is recommended that products such as Avage, Differin, Renova, Retin-A, retinol, vitamin A and Tazorac be avoided. Studies have suggested a possible link to birth defects no matter what the percentage is. This is both orally and topical.

Salicylic Acid
Studies show that while local and limited use of topical acne-fighting products containing up to 2 percent of salicylic acid is at low risk for your baby. I’ve found some mixed studies and opinions about salicylic acid in pregnancy.  Salicylic acid is typically used to treat inflamed acne. A lot of studies say very low percentages are okay, but for me personally, I just decided to not take any chances and just avoid using it because there are other options to treat acne that are proven 100% to be safe.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Again Studies and research have shown that using benzoyl peroxide to treat pregnancy acne is on the fence. According to Face Reality Specialist, acne med (an acne product containing benzoyl peroxide) is safe to use in the lower percentages of 2.5% or 5%. I have this product at home and I still continue to use it just as a spot treatment to dry up any inflamed acne that pops up here and there.

Mandelic Acid

Here is some good news! Mandelic acid is usually used to treat inflamed acne and help with hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). This news makes me excited because I normally use a mandelic acid serum to help with some acne scars and sunspots. For those few women who are experiencing pregnancy mask( dark splotchy spots that appear on the face during pregnancy then after birth go away) mandelic acid is a good option to help with the temporary darkening of the skin. I am currently using an 8% mandelic serum every day to help with my scaring and breakouts.

Facial Treatments

Some facial treatments to avoid during pregnancy would be chemical peels of any percentage and any acid and high frequency or galvanic current. SAFE treatments during pregnancy at Citrus would be a custom facial, Rezenerate facial, CBD facial and  LED facial. I’ve had to adjust my skincare routine and treatments because I normally get a chemical peel twice a month and used strictly acne products. Since being pregnant, I’ve switched over to facials, oxygen treatments with extractions and only certain acne products and my skin is doing really well!  I’ve had a few breakouts here and there but overall, my skin has been doing great!

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope you found it useful and informative. If you think of any other skin care pregnancy questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 717-534-1100 and ask to speak to Lauren.

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Sources  Used:

Face Reality Professional Acne Clinic

Skin Script  Professional Skin Care

Mayo Clinic

 

 

Help For Ingrown Hairs

With the summer weather we are shaving and waxing more frequently. Unfortunately for a lot of us, that means those unsightly ingrown hairs. Ingrowns can appear anywhere we remove hair: underarms, bikini area, legs and/or face. Today we will look at what exactly is an ingrown hair and how they can be prevented.

Ingrown hairs can happen two ways:

1. A build up of dead skin can block the hair from growing out through the skin, trapping it underneath.

2. Curly hair curls back on itself and grows back down into your skin.

You can often see the hair just underneath the skin running parallel, or it can appear as a red raised bump. Ingrowns can become infected and collect pus under the raised bump. If you have had a lot of ingrowns in the past you may have dark marks from post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, especially if you picked at them or tried to remove them yourself.

How do you prevent ingrown hairs?

If you shave, make sure you moisturize the skin before you shave. Use warm water and a lubricating gel. Shave in the direction of hair growth. Shaving against the grain is a sure way to increase the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

If you are waxing at home, consider going to a professional for this service. Applying and removing wax improperly can break hairs just below the surface greatly increasing the likelihood of ingrowns.

Even with using the best methods of shaving and waxing, some of us are more prone to ingrowns than others. Exfoliation is the key to prevention. Using a loofah to manually remove dead skin build up and/or acne medication to chemically exfoliate will keep the skin from becoming impacted and allow the growing hair to poke through on its own. Quality moisturizers will soften the skin also making it easier for the hair to break through the skin.

If despite your best efforts you continue to suffer from ingrown hairs, Citrus Skin Studio offers a professional treatment for ingrown hairs. An in-office exfoliation using powerful enzymes, a lightening treatment and a calming mask can be applied anywhere that you have ingrown hairs, breakouts or scarring from ingrowns. It is always a good idea to schedule your appointment one week after a waxing (especially a Brazilian) to keep the area looking its best.

Donna Eicherly RN,LE

The Real Deal of a Face Peel

Corrective peels, also known as chemical peels, dermapeels or chemexfoliation, is a treatment applied by a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist and is a safe, effective alternative to laser resurfacing. Peels work on the premise that your skin has the ability to regenerate itself. The peel solution sloughs off dead, damaged skin and allows new, healthy skin to take its place.

In the past, all peels required a large amount of down time after the treatment. However, a new generation of peels are now available to aestheticians. These peels contain ingredients in bases, such as aloe vera, which are designed to be gentler to the skin, but still as effective. Peels have blends of ingredients to address multiple concerns simultaneously. They can treat acne scarring, sun damage, fine lines, active acne, rosacea and other conditions, as well as giving normal skin a healthy, glowing boost.

Peels are a cost-effective and timely way to achieve your skin care goals. While in-office facial treatments can help you achieve optimal skin health, peels can expedite the process and give you fabulous results. All skin colors and types can benefit from peels, though it’s necessary to check with your skin care professional about which peel might be right for you. If you’re taking acne medication, such as Retin A or Accutane, talk to your clinician about stopping the medication before and during treatment to avoid side effects or complications.

Here at Citrus Skin Studio we offer multiple types and levels of peels customized for your skin type and condition. Prior to receiving a peel you will have a skin analysis and a sensitivity test. You will also be instructed as to how to prepare your skin at home for the peel, which optimizes the treatment’s results.

Some peels are done as a one time treatment, while other conditions may require a series of peels. As I mentioned earlier, with the new generation of peels available, not all peels will require down time. Down time is the amount of time after a peel where your skin may appear pink and/or flaky. This will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.

Peels are oftentimes a great solution to old skin problems, providing a fresher, younger-looking complexion free of lines and blemishes you may have considered permanent. Discuss the option with your skin care professional. It may be just the rejuvenating treatment you’re seeking