5 Steps To Go Bare This Summer

Does the idea of being make up free this summer scare you ? Here are some easy breezy tips to be carefree .

1. Schedule a summer facial. A deep cleaning to remove build up will help your skin absorb moisture from your products and help you have a natural glow. Our coconut seaweed facial is the perfect combo to brighten and soften.

2. Consider an eyebrow and eyelash tinting. Ditch the mascara and brow pencils . Waterproof and sweat proof, this will make your eyes pop for several weeks.

3. A brightening eye and lip serum will add sparkle, smooth fine lines and add hydration. When your eyes look good, everything looks good.

4. SPF . You already know this. Sun damage will not only risk your chances of cancer but you will also cause premature aging and discoloration. Consider a tinted SPF if you typically wear foundation. Hats also offer protection as well as large sunglasses to protect under the eyes.

5. Drink Drink Drink. Water that is. Sweat, humidity and increased outdoor activities can make your skin look sallow and dull. Extra H2O will go a long way in preventing fine lines and keeping a smooth, clear complexion.

Visit us in June for some great summer facials to get your glow on or to schedule your lash/brow tinting. www.citrusskinstudio.com

I Finally Found My Brain. I Think.

I’m an old nurse. A time before computerized charting. A summary of important patient info was kept on a kardex, a handy card at the desk for quick reference about diagnosis , diet and activities. We also carried in our pockets our “brains” . A sheet of paper organized by the nurse with a section for each patient with their diagnosis,  meds, iv’s, lab results..a mini chart that was filled out as you got a report from the off going nurse. You carried it in your pocket and took it out over and over to update it thru out the day and it was critical to have it handy for just about everything especially when your shift was over so you could give a complete accurate report to the off going nurse. If you misplaced your brain during the day it was awful. Unless you could remember all those details about every pt  you would struggle to report off. And if your brain was found by another pt or family it would be horrible too as you had details on that paper that no one else should see.

When I left nursing 2 years ago I still used a brain. Mostly everyone did, I believe. Although the same info was in the computer, your brain had more personal notes that you wrote to help you keep organized thru your shift. As I write this I texted my nurse friend Tara. ” Do you still use a brain when you get report?” Her reply ” You mean a computer?” “No, the paper you carry around” Tara – “absolutely”. But Tara is my age. Maybe the younger girls are more savvy and use a pocket device or memorize things.

As business grows and evolves and in my personal life I have added in a training program for running, I struggle to keep organized. I see people every day as I check them out at the desk and watch how the keep organized. Some clients carry a calendar. My friend Melissa has a beautiful full size binder/calendar book. Cheryl has the tiniest calendar I have ever seen. And she can see it! A majority put in their phones. I love the client though that hands me several credit cards from the bottom of their purse ” try this one” then “no, try that one” and definitely needs the appt written for her on a card . I fall between her and Melissa. I have purchased day timers, used apps, carried my ipad around. All in an attempt to remember appts, reorder inventory, call someone back..and I fail all the time. Last week my cable was shut off. Ooops. I remember seeing the bill and knew it was in a pile somewhere in the kitchen but that made me realize nothing was working. I went back to the brain. My system of organization for keeping 5-6 patients at a time organized and keeping tasks in one place. Except my brain is now projected on a wall. I just got this desk and am in the process of making files and bins and reminder calendars for work and bills. It’s got to be on a white board RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. I plan to spend 30 mins every AM and PM looking at my brain. I also need to utilize technology better so inventory is automated and client info is computerized since we are now swimming in charts behind the front desk.

I keep the original blue prints of the shop in front of me. I want to remember the terror I felt everyday as I took the plunge and signed the lease for Citrus. Terrified and also very adult having hired an engineer. I keep my race medals to my left to remind me that pain has a reward. And it makes me feel bad-ass.

My task today before I start work is to look at new scheduling software that allows me to attach client records and pictures to completely go paperless. I also want to bring in a men’s line. And launch ” Manly Monday’s “. And order equipment to finish the treatment room upstairs. And finally register for a fall marathon and pick a training plan. And And And.

If you are the girl with 6 credit cards in the bottom of your purse, keep trying. Unless you just don’t care. But when your cable shuts off it’s time to plan better. If a tiny calendar works for you great. Cheryl has never forgotten an appt and travels a lot and is very social so that is working for her. Me – I hope this is it. My final and successful attempt to organize my personal and professional life.

I appreciate how gracious my clients are and ask that you continue to be as we switch scheduling programs and do away with files. It may mean that we ask you to fill out paperwork again if it has been a year or more since your last visit. I am very worried that an appt could get lost in the switch over of programs. BUT, inventory will be on a schedule so no more waiting for products, and with the addition of a men’s lines and gentlemen’s facials maybe you can get your husband to visit. We are also looking to be open Monday’s . The more organized and efficient I am, the better Citrus is.

Needs change in all areas of our lives. As humans we are always growing, evolving, learning. This business is in its 5th


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year and having a growth spurt. I am overwhelmed with happiness and hope that if it has been a while to please come in. Your skin is changing as you age and we want to help you adjust your home care to meet the needs of your skin. We have new products and treatments to serve you better. We have more staff to make scheduling easier . We have a zen garden in our coffee table now. Ok, that may not be a compelling reason to bring you back in but I thought for a few days that I was suddenly a pinterest wizard and could build a coffee/zen garden table. But like me, you are changing too and need to find ways to keep on top of life. A brain that works for you , some serums, some peptides and you are good to go to roll with the changes that life brings you 😉

Meet Doubtful Diminutive Dr D

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Dr D is a small guy with a big heart. He came to us early in his residency program for help with his acne. Dr D was starting on a tough and rewarding journey. He was becoming a DR but being young, small, and brand new at his job he was doubtful that patients would take him seriously. A face full of acne didn’t help either. Dr D wanted to appear confident, knowledgeable and skilled. While those things would come over time with his education and experience, we could definitely help D with his skin and feeling confident with his appearance. We started him on our 12 week acne program and he cleared well. We worked with him as challenges arose – working long nights, poor sleep and diet and stress. After D cleared he stayed in touch as his skin faced these challenges so we could change up his products, do a peel or LED session to stay on top of things. D is about to graduate. We cannot take credit for his confident swagger as he walks into a room to care for his patients, he has grown in knowledge and skill form school, but we are thrilled to be part of his overall self confidence in his looks. D will leave us soon for his next job but we will get him in touch with an acne specialist near him to take over. Bye Dr D and thanks for letting us be part of such a wonderful time in your life .
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5 Tips For Flawless Wedding Skin

We get to help a lot of brides prepare for the big day with both waxing and achieving healthy, glowing skin . Visiting us a few months ahead of your wedding can help us map out a treatment plan to maximize results and minimize stress related break outs or blotchiness. Check out these tips :


  1. Ice Ice Baby. Ice can be a perfect way to tighten pores, perk up the skin , diminsh puffy eyes and fight a dreaded surprise zit. Icing before you have your makeup applied will help it go on smoothly. Icing a pimple will quickly reduce redness and size. Have a bridesmaid carry an ice pack that you squeeze to activate if you need it and it will be no mess.
  2. Hydrate . Days before the wedding. Water will plump up your skin and carry toxins away. It will be hard to think about getting enough ounces in the day before or the day of, so prehydrating will help keep sluggish skin away. If your pee is clear you have more than enough in your system. Aim for light straw-colored. Water is a critical element in skin health and for proper function.
  3. Exfoliate. See a professional for a deep facial cleansing, pore extractions if needed, or a microderm. Plan this a couple of weeks before the wedding, your skin will still be healthy and fresh. At Citrus Skin Studio we often plan a strategy to include a deep cleanse or peel 4 weeks before then a hydrating or oxygen facial 10 days before and then a LED session one day before.
  4. Make an emergency kit. Carry an ice pack as we mentioned in number one. A redness reducing powder like relief bio powder will help with any sudden breakouts, rashes , even a bruise. Acne spot treatment to dry up a blemish and a hydrating gel. Our favorites are a soothie Q and a pesky pimple emergency kit. We also recommend a home spa eye treatment to do the morning of and a lip treatment  – you have a lot of talking and kissing to do !
  5. Do not try anything new. Please – no DIY home masks or new products. Unless it is several weeks before . You don’t want to battle rashes and breakouts . If you do, call us or find a spa that has LED therapy. It is a quick, noninvasive way to help heal the skin.

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Starting My Business . I can’t believe you got out of your car !

This was a proud moment 

I was a nurse for so long, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. However, I was getting older and the 12 hr shifts, weekends and holidays at work were getting old too. I had an idea for a side business in waxing. As a labor and delivery nurse, and as a woman, I knew that bikini waxing and brazillians were popular and at the time, no one in this area was doing them. I enrolled in esthetics school and skin care was part of the course. At the time, I had no interest in skin care. I hated my large pores and oily skin but had no interest in beauty products, cleansers, serums.. it overwhelmed me. I just wanted a waxing boutique. After attending classes all day I would go into work for an evening shift and my coworkers would approach me with questions about wrinkles, skin damage and acne. I wanted to help them so I stated taking that part of my courses more seriously. I studied more and started to really appreciate the anatomy and physiology of the skin. I started understanding products and treatments and wished that I had learned this years ago instead of wasting so much money on store products and carrying blotting papers around  with me – oily skin people, you know what they are. I began to really enjoy the learning and helping process.

After I graduated I continued my education at the International Dermal Institute. But I still felt I was lacking in treating acne. Fortunately I found Face Reality and loved what I read about them on their Yelp reviews. I wanted people to say that about me and help change their lives ! I became certified and before long I was proficient in waxing, skin treatments and acne.

My fellow nurses really helped me move forward. So many allowed me to try new products, peels and waxing on them so I would feel confident in the treatments and outcomes. I practiced on them for some time before taking a huge step in opening up my shop.

unSPA was in Palmyra behind a gas station. To all of you who came to see me in that location – why ?? I would have been a little creeped out going behind that gas station and into a new business underground. But thank you !! My place was clean and cute inside, but you didn’t know it when you parked outside. Because of you I grew in skill and knowledge and fell more in love with what I get to do every day now.

When this sign went up in my waiting area all I could think was wow , I actually have a business. And now wow, I have a business, employees and a blog. Thank you for being here. I am always so excited to share what I know and help and for anyone starting out in their own business – it is terrifying but awesome. Keep following me and I will share what I know 😉


The Journey Continues

Thanks for joining me!

I am so happy and grateful for your encouragement and support. I love what I do and I can talk for hours about skin science, treatments and ingredients.  I spend hours researching products, new modalities and services so that I can continue to serve you and meet your needs. As business grows and evolves, I decided to start this blog as a way to provide you helpful information and keep you updated in a way that is easier to navigate for information relevant to you.

If you are new to Citrus Skin Studio please check out the about page to see how we started , where we are going and how fortunate I am to have found a good staff and amazing clients !

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton