Obagi Nu Derm System

The Obagi Nu Derm system is a collection of products designed to provide skin with the optimum level of cleansing, moisturizing, and protection. The system is comprised of numerous products, including a cleanser, toner, “clearer,” exfoliant, blender, moisturizer, and sun protectant. This wide array of products is considered Obagi’s starter system, and aims to introduce new users to the product line, and provide clearer, brighter skin.

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The system comes equipped with so many different serums, because it seeks to function as your full range of skincare products. The cleanser is used to cleanse skin of impurities to promote brightness and decrease the incidence of acne and irritation. Toner is used to tighten skin and even tone, and will go on clean skin, underneath moisturizer and makeup. The clear works to clear discoloration and dark marks, also evening tone. Exfoderm removes dirt, grime, and dead skin cells, revealing tighter and smoother layers beneath the surface. Blender also works to even tone and brighten, while the moisturizer and sun protectant moisturize and protect your visage.

Why might this system be better than other skincare lines? First, due to its scope; rather than purchasing many different formulas and products from various lines, Obagi Nu Derm provides a complete range of skincare in a single system, offering both convenience and the comfort of knowing that all of your products are designed to work together harmoniously. The system is also known for its strength and high-quality ingredients; Obagi is Obagi Medical, and comes highly recommended by dermatologists and skincare professionals, as it provides results without the guesswork and questionable ingredients found in many drugstore brands.

Most Nu Derm users have seen noticeable differences in their face (particularly lines and dark spots) after only two weeks of consistent use. Although many users are middle aged and older, some younger consumers also saw great results regarding acne improvement and lessened discoloration. This was especially apparent in men and women with chronic or cystic acne; despite having suffered from this form of acne for many years, numerous users found their acne cleared up almost entirely, save a few small breakouts, making this a must-have for anyone suffering from long-term, painful acne.

Overall, the Nu Derm system is extremely effective in clearing up acne, reducing the appearance of aging, and evening skin tone. As a frequently dermatologist recommended product, men and women would do well to use it, as it contains safe, medically-known-and-trusted ingredients, known to work wonders on even the most problematic skin. The Nu Term System can be purchased through Www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Jane Iredale - Review

Where skin care meets makeup is where you’ll find mineral cosmetics brand Jane Iredale. The self-titled brand, founded by Jane Iredale was created just over a decade ago when the entertainment professional saw a need for makeup that was both good for the skin and solved women’s beauty problems. From there, Jane launched Jane Iredale mineral makeup in 1994 and the brand has been growing ever since.

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Popular Jane Iredale Makeup Products All Carried at OC Facial Care Center:

Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder: When talking about mineral makeup companies it usually all starts with their loose mineral foundation. For Jane Iredale, this is no different. The Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder is the heart of the brand and is one of its top rated and best selling products. This Jane Iredale foundation is your typical lightweight mineral foundation that works to conceal minor imperfections and improve the appearance of the skin.  The gentle formulation of the Jane Iredale foundation consists of high-quality minerals and sunscreen to provide a buildable sheer to medium coverage and protection from both UVB and UVA rays of the sun. Within this Jane Iredale foundation, you won’t any chemicals and it’s also oil-free. This makes the Jane Iredale foundation a great option for all skin types including sensitive. You can find the Jane Iredale foundation available in 13 shades that are best suited for those with pale to medium skin tones. 

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream: Next to the popularity of the Jane Iredale loose mineral powder is the top rated and fan favorite Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream. This Jane Iredale BB Cream is designed to work as the ultimate beauty meets skin care product. Once applied the Jane Iredale BB Cream  works to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. Simultaneously, the Jane Iredale BB Cream helps to exfoliate, refine and rejuvenate the skin as well. With the signature high-performing formulations of the Jane Iredale brand, the Jane Iredale BB Cream is infused with a number of fruit extracts that help improve the appearance of the skin. Within the Jane Iredale BB Cream formulation, you’ll find grapefruit, apple, and bitter orange extract. The Jane Iredale BB Cream also contains a mineral sun protectant providing it with SPF 25 that protects skin against both UVB and UVA rays. Once applied, the Jane Iredale BB Cream leaves behind even toned, brighter, and more radiant skin. You can find the Jane Iredale BB Cream available in eight shades with a more diverse shade range than the Jane Iredale Loose Powder. The Jane Iredale BB Cream has shade options for those with pale to medium brown skin tones and complexions.

To purchase any Jane Iredale products visit www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com or stop by OC Facial Care Center in Lake Forest.

BB Cream vs. CC Cream vs. Tinted Moisturizer

When it comes to applying color to our faces, we have tons of different options. From just a hint of color to complete opaque coverage, the choices never end. Picking the right one depends on your skin type and the type of finished look you’re going for—and it’s a lot more complicated than just matte or dewy.

We turned to a few makeup experts for a breakdown of the different types of face makeup: foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB cream and CC cream.

Foundation

What Is It?

Traditional foundation may be the underlying basis of your makeup bag. Developed for the appearance of a naturally flawless complexion, there are now numerous types available: liquid, pressed foundation powder, mineral, cream and stick foundation. 

Pros:

Foundation provides the maximum coverage for when you want to cover up just about anything. 

Cons:

Can appear cake-y if you apply too much. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer or primer under your makeup to prevent foundation from settling into fine lines.

Ideal For:

Because foundation can offer the most coverage out of all the products we’re discussing, it’s the best choice for hiding any imperfections—from redness to tattoos.  

 

Tinted Moisturizer

What Is It?

Tinted moisturizer is the optimal lightweight coverage for women on the go. Minimal coverage but with a sheer radiance and maximum hydration.

Pros:

It’s light and the ultimate product for the “no makeup” makeup look. Great for busy working women and moms who need quick application.

Cons:

If you’re really aiming to cover up blemishes, redness or any imperfections, this may not be the best bet. Tinted moisturizer can also sweat off easily on hot summer days, and may wear off sooner than other thicker options with more coverage.

Ideal For:

Low-key times where you’re not feeling like wearing a lot of makeup. When compared to foundation or BB/CC creams, tinted moisturizer typically has more moisture-binding properties such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, making it a great option for those prone to dryness or dehydration.

 

BB Cream

What Is It?

BB stands for Beauty Balm, and this provides slightly more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. The main difference here is that they prime your skin along with moisturize. Lighter than foundation, but heavier than tinted moisturizers, BB creams appear best when set with a light finishing powder or bronzer.

Pros:

Easy to apply, no possibility of harsh foundation color lines and looks natural and dewy.

Cons:

Don’t count on BB cream as your only method of sun protection. Be sure to apply a daily SPF beneath your makeup to avoid skin damage and harsh UV rays.

Ideal For:

BB Cream is your answer if you want the most in skin care and foundation without buying multiple products. If you want all the benefits of a tinted moisturizer, plus sun protection, antioxidants, makeup primer or additional anti-aging or acne ingredients, the beauty balm is for you.

 

CC Cream

What Is It?

Try this “color corrective” formula if you’re aiming to brighten up your skin and address issues like redness or sallow coloring. If you’re trying to even out your skin tone, you’ll enjoy this creamy, light formula, with a thinner base than foundation.

Pros:

Similarly to BB cream, CC cream can be essential for targeting everyday skin concerns and is light enough for daily use.

Cons:

CC benefits and coverage may vary from brand to brand. You may need to be diligent and try out a few before finding which is right for you.

Ideal For:

Dark under-eye areas, redness or hyperpigmentation. CC cream is corrective and excellent for evening the skin tone, neutralizing redness or concealing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

 

Candles, Candles, Candles!

At OC Facial Care Center we carry an array of luxury candles. From Voluspa, Nest, Tocca and Archipelago. These candles are meant to burn for hours releasing unparalleled, meticulously crafted scents and fragrances. All candles are available in our Lake Forest location or by going on www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com

Candles are awesome – here’s how to use them correctly.

First things first – let’s talk safety.

    •    Never leave a lit candle burning unattended.

    •    Keep burning candles away from children, pets and anything that can catch fire.

    •    To avoid a hazard and to prevent the glass from breaking, always discontinue use and discard your candle when ½” wax remains.

    •    Always use a candle holder or plate specifically designed for candle use.  It should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

    •    Never burn a candle for more than 2 to 3 hours at a time

    •    Never move or handle a burning candle.  The wax and the container get hot when in use.  Extinguish and allow to fully cool after or in between use.

    •    Place the candle and candle holder on a stable, flat surface.

    •    Trim wicks to ¼” or less before each use.  Extinguish immediately, allow to cool, and trim wick further if black smoke appears. 

    •    Do not burn candles where there is a draft, as it may cause sooting (and uneven burning).

    •    Burn candles in well-ventilated rooms.

    •    Never burn a candle when the wick is not in the center of the candle wax.

    •    Keep the melt pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

 

Voluspa

Founded in 1999 by Traci and Troy Arntsen, Voluspa has gone from a homegrown labor of love to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Southern California. Legend has it that the two built the brand from their own ruined pots and kitchen laboratory—even personally walking orders into the first retail stores.

What has grown over the last almost two decades is the result of a remarkable pedigree and relentless innovation. Traci’s cultivated passion for botany and essential oils combined with her fragrance education, allows Voluspa to hand-craft scents using the finest global ingredients.

We’re not all frills, though. Our revolutionary custom wax blend is the result of considerable sourcing, sustainability research, testing and testing again. We stamp each candle with a seal of domestic, sustainable, eco-friendly pride.

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NestCandles 

NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, soft, highly refined, cosmetic-grade wax that was developed over many years to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. The ingredients used are the highest grade of wax materials and the finest fragrance oils available. NEST Fragrances candles are well-known for infusing a room with fragrance.

Tocca

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A hand-crafted collection of exquisite beauty products, designed to bring cherished inspirations from around the world to you.

TOCCA was born out of friendship, wanderlust and a lot of love. We started as a young group of friends, who loved travel, and the discovery of beautiful people, places & things. Our curiosity for textures & embroideries, scents & gardens led us into the world of artisanal fashion & beauty.

Today, TOCCA, which means ‘touch’ in Italian, stands true to its roots. We create with passion and an appreciation for the time it takes to manifest true beauty. We found our sole purpose … to create beauty that combines an appreciation for vintage femininity with a dose of modern confidence woven in.

Ever grateful for the discerning who have discovered us, we invite you to share in the wonder and beauty that is TOCCA.

 

 

Eminence - An OC Facial Care Center Favorite!

One of the lines we are so proud to carry at OC Facial Care Center is Eminence. This high end, luxurious, organic line from Hungary is only carried at select boutiques and retail stores. It is made for all skin types and conditions and it consciously created by using sustainable farming and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic® products.

Eminence believes in providing the best skin care products possible. All of their products are proudly free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals. In a world full of chemicals and toxins isn’t is great knowing that lines like this exist - chemical and toxin free!

They continue to use hand picked ingredients that contain potent healing and beautifying properties. Many of these ingredients are combined with pure waters drawn from a thermal hot spring lake containing minerals and trace elements found nowhere else on earth. 

Their products are handmade without any severe heating or hydrogenating processes that can affect the nutritional content and potency of natural ingredients. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, offering dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce.

Some of our favorites are:

  1. Clear Skin Probiotic Mask - The clear solution to problem skin. Attain the appearance of a radiant and clear complexion thanks to cooling cucumber tones and refining yogurt, which exfoliates and eliminates the appearance of blemishes.
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2. Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck - This night cream is the perfect way to end your day with pure Lavender Essential Oil! Reduce the visible signs of aging as you sleep using stem cell technology from Argan and nutmeg seed oil. This deeply hydrating cream that adds moisture and youthfulness to the delicate skin of the face.

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The entire line is available at OC Facial Care Center in Lake Forest or by visiting www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Joe Malone Now at OC Facial Care Center

Founded in 1994, Jo Malone has created some of the most celebrated perfumes in the fragrance industry and its timeless and elegant scents evoke British charm and humor. Many of the fragrances are inspired by Britain, such as Wood Sage & Sea Salt, which captures the scent of the seaside, and English Pear & Freesia, which conveys the essence of autumn. Synonymous with British style, Jo Malone is an essential part of any discerning fragrance lover’s collection and a bottle of the brand’s perfume would make the perfect souvenir from London. Take a look at the bestselling Jo Malone scents here.

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With Joe Malones colognes you can layer them. They are all complementary with one another and can be mixed and matched to create someone unique and one of a kind. 

Rather than committing to a single scent you can creatively create a scent mirrored to your mood or emotions that day! At OC Facial Care center we have a brand new shipment of some of the most popular Joe Malone fragrances. Stop by today! Each 3.4 oz cologne is $130. 

 

8 Tips For Clearer Skin

We all want clear, glowing skin. But beauty regimes that work for your best friend will not necessarily work for you. Every one of us has different skin types. And although we are all different the underlying way to take care of skin are all the same. 

1. Diet

Carb rich diets, sugar and processed foods take a serious toll on your body, not to mention your skin. Fresh greens like arugula, kale and collards oxygenate the body and skin unlike any topical you can apply. Protein provides skin cells with the building blocks they require to turn over effectively and maintain hydration. By making small tweaks to your diet, you will notice drastic changes to your skin. Remember, your skin is your largest organ, don’t feed it junk.

2. Sleep!

Catch some zzzz’s. Many people don’t realize what a large role sleep plays in the anti-aging realm. Sleep is important for your skin. Physiologically, the skin has a lot to do during the day including metabolism, fending off UV radiation, protecting the body from pathogens and regulating body temperature. But once asleep, the skin does its most significant repair work including production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s connective tissue responsible for firmness, tone and elasticity.

3. Stop picking

Picking pimples is a very common habit that can lead to scarring, enhanced redness, and the spread of bacteria (which can create secondary infections). Although it is very tempting to pick, try using a good spot treatment with salicylic acid to attack the bacteria before it becomes inflamed and see your aesthetician or dermatologist if it worsens. A

4. Keep it clean

Wash your face like you mean it. Sounds simple enough, but too often people are in a rush and don’t take the time to ‘baby’ their skin. Imagine washing a pan full of grease. If you don’t take your time and wash it thoroughly, the grease and oil will still be left in the spots you didn’t pay attention to

5. Pay attention to your eyes

People tend to just put a tiny amount of eye cream under eye area, and they are really missing out on its benefits. SMILE — and look in the mirror. The fine lines start at the eye, but can extend all the way to hairline. Apply your eye cream from the bottom corner of the inner eye all the way out to the cheekbone and hairline, and then up and around the lid. Think of sunglasses: apply to the area a pair of sunglasses would cover.

6. Ice

One amazing (and free) thing I do at home to keep my skin looking great is ‘icing’ There are three main benefits of icing. Similar to a sports injury, when you put ice on a breakout, it reduces redness and inflammation. Ice can also be used as a natural exfoliant. When you put something in the freezer, it preserves it, similar to putting meat in a freezer. Just remember, you have to keep the ice moving. Don’t hold it in one spot, it can burn like heat can. 

7. Skin oil

The quickest way to fake glowing skin is to use good face oil. It will automatically nourish your skin and give it a healthy shine (not greasy or oily). They do not clog pores. In fact, they balance oil production. Apply a facial oil to damp clean skin twice daily. Use it alone or mix it with your tinted moisturizer and your skin will glow in a pinch!

8. Protect it!

In the morning, apply antioxidant serum followed by a broad-spectrum sunblock of SPF 30 or higher. Some UV penetrates through the sunscreen in the antioxidant provides extra protection. While you are outside, make sure you are staying protected — yes with sunblock, but even with your clothing. Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

 

Caudalie Detox Mask is A Must Have!

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask is good for just about anyone! If you have normal, oily, combination, dry or sensitive skin, this is the mask for you. This mask works wonders by detoxifying and removing all of those unwanted impurities from your skin. It’s a face mask that draws out accumulated toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate the complexion. 

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This mask is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates and is often referred to as “true rehabilitation” for your skin. This Instant Detox Mask brings life to a dull, tired complexion. It clears the pores of impurities and toxins, purifies from pollution, and invigorates lackluster skin. Great to use before a night out or after a stressful week, it is enriched with grape marc to detoxify, pink clay and coffee to clarify, and papaya enzymes for a boost of immediate radiance. 

All of Caudalies products do not contain animal ingredients and is not tested on animals. Formulated without phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, and sodium laureth sulfate, it is non-photo sensitizing, noncomedogenic, and for all skin types.

In a clinical test conducted under dermatological control over 21 days with 21 volunteers: 

- 100% saw purified skin 

- 100% saw a detox effect 

- 95% saw tightened pores 

This mask is available at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com for $24 or stop by our boutique in Lake Forest today and try it tonight!

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

With fall here, have you had your pumpkin spice latte yet? Ever since Starbucks debuted its now-iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte drink in 2003, pumpkin spice has started to trend on social media in August and continued to rise throughout the fall. Starbucks’ drink even has its own Twitter handle—@TheRealPSL.

Starbucks has done well with its Pumpkin Spice Latte; the store has sold over 200 million of the drinks in the past decade, with approximately $100 million in revenue just from Pumpkin Spice Lattes in 2015. Starbucks’ success has spurred countless copycats; it’s a rare coffee shop that doesn’t offer a pumpkin spice drink in the fall, and pumpkin spice-flavored coffee drinks and accoutrements are widely available at grocery stores in the fall.

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Of course, the pumpkin spice trend has now spread far beyond coffee. Some pumpkin spice flavors seem like an obvious fit: baked goods, breakfast cereal, and even tea are popular pumpkin-spiced items. According to ratings, pumpkin-flavored items have brought in $414 million in the US between July 2016 and July 2017.

Why does pumpkin spice have such a strong hold on American culture? The answer may lie in the past. Pumpkins are native to North America and were a staple of colonial life. Some historians suggest that the current pumpkin spice craze represents a nostalgic yearning for an earlier, simpler agrarian life. The spices in pumpkin spice—nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves—are the spices of pumpkin pie, the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert.

From candles, drinks, to cakes no matter what, you have plenty of pumpkin spice options to get you through the season!

A Look At Eminence

At OC Facial Care Center we believe in carrying top of the line skin care products for all skin types and all ages. One of our favorite lines is Eminence - A full line of serums, lotions, exfoliants, cleansers, masks, and cosmetics for both the face and body. Eminence was founded over 50 years ago in Budapest, Hungary, focuses on creating organic products to offer their customers a wide variety of items that will not irritate the skin. Several of the company’s hand creams and conditioners are certified USDA organic. All of the products of Eminence Skin Care are handmade in Hungary and are be paraben and fragrance-free. 

Eminence is an exclusive like that can only be sold at boutique skin care shops like OC Facial Care Center. When you come in you will get professional advice about which lotions and serums are best for your skin type and condition. Purchasing Eminence Skincare products at a spa or professional skin care clinic also allows individuals to ask questions about the product line that may affect them personally. A skin care specialist at OC Facial Care Center will be able to answer questions about whether Eminence Skin Care is safe for people with certain skin allergies, if it should be used by women who are pregnant, or address any other questions customers might have.

A spa skin care specialist can also advise users how to apply the products they choose, how often to use treatments, and when they can expect to see any results. There are also samples available to try!

Some of our favorites are:

1. Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum - Eminence Organics Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum diminishes dark spots without irritation using two plant-derived actives, Gigawhite and a natural hydroquinone alternative. Infused with vitamins C and E, this brightening serum smooths the skin while defending against free radicals. With daily use, you'll notice a more even and luminous complexion. Soy- and nut-free.

2. Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Masque - helps to find glowing, youthful skin that enjoys the appearance of fewer fine lines and wrinkles by feeding it with the phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins found in acai, blueberry, raspberry and brambleberries. When combined with the hydrating powers of hyaluronic acid, skin is plumped and regenerated to turn back the hands of time.

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3. Firm Skin Acai Cleanser - Antioxidant-rich acai berries are perfect for revitalizing mature skin. This cream cleanser also blends hyaluronic acid and seabuckthorn oil to restore the appearance of elasticity to the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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The Minimal Make Up Look

There are many reasons why you might want to try wearing less make up. Especially with fall and winter right around the corner. Give your skin a break! There are many advantages to limiting your make up regimen, including less money spent on cosmetics, healthier skin, more confidence, and less time spent on make up in the morning. Despite this, wearing little or no make up can be daunting, and sometimes it can be difficult to decide which parts of your beauty regimen to cut out, so read ahead for tips and advice on how to successfully pull off the no make-up look.

So how do you achieve this look?

 1. Take good care of your skin! Clear, healthy skin will give you more confidence, as well as removing the need for foundation or concealer.

    ◦    Determine your skin type.

    ◦    Develop a good skin care routine which is suitable for your type of skin. 

    ▪    Generally you should include: a gentle day to day cleanser, a twice weekly exfoliating facial scrub, an appropriate daily moisturizer, treatment for when spots pop up, and a face mask to use once a week/whenever needed.

    ◦    If you have any specific problems, such as acne or scars, then it's recommended that you approach a specialist such as a dermatologist or your doctor to help you to develop a treatment that is right for you.

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2. Take care of your lips. A soft, plump pout looks nice and kissable, but dry chapped lips can look scruffy and unhealthy. Moisturize your lips with some balm before bed, (stay away from very cheap brands as they can cause your lips to become even more dry in the long term), and exfoliate your lips every now and again to keep them smooth. Also, avoid smoking, and drink plenty of water to keep your pout looking good.

3. Who doesn’t love a good brow?
A good set of brows can frame and flatter your face. Plucking is the easiest and cheapest way to shape them, just be careful to stand back from the mirror every now and again to make sure that they're even and that you're not over-plucking. This is definitely one of the most important steps to natural beauty as it helps to give your face more definition. 

4. Make the most of your hair. Getting a hair cut is life changing! Try wearing your hair as it naturally dries, or style it to enhance it's natural shape. Experiment with it - making the effort with it will stop you feeling boring!

5. If you want to wear some make up, the following will help to enhance your natural beauty without covering it up.

    ◦    Try a tinted moisturizer if you want some cover up, but want to avoid foundation. It'll help to even out your skin tone and tone down any blemishes which you may be feeling self-conscious about, without looking as if you are wearing a cover up product, and without and caking or streaks.

    ◦    Mascara is a great way of making your eyes look bigger and more awake. Opt for a brown/clear mascara, (preferably a lengthening brand rather than a volumizing one to avoid clumping).

    ◦    Blush should be chosen by using a colour which is similar to the colour your cheeks go when you pinch them lightly .

    ◦    Lipstick or lip gloss shouldn't be necessary if your lips are well looked after, but if you would like a bit more colour or definition on your lips, then you could either go for a nude lip, or a slightly rosy coloured lip stain.    

Zein Obagi 3 Step Peel

The ZO 3-Step Peel is a medical-strength peel that combines 10% TCA (trichloroacetic acid), salicylic acid, lactic acid and high-dose retinol (6%). It is indicated for patients of any skin type and colour, who require a more potent skin peel (medium strength), but with minimal downtime (3-5 days). This peel may be repeated 2-3 times annually or as required.

Benefits:

    •    Dual-action, highly effective peel designed to provide skin renewal and stimulation

    •    Utilizes a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to significantly improve skin health and treat many signs of aging

    •    Supports improvement of skin barrier protection and improves the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself

    •    Provides antioxidant protection as well as anti-irritant benefits

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So how does it work?

Step 1 of the system’s three steps is the peel itself, which is formulated to remove the outermost layer of skin. Composed of salicylic acid (17%), trichloracetic acid (10%) and lactic acid (5%), the peel also contains saponins to minimize inflammation and glycerin for hydration.

Step 2 is application of the Stimulating 6% Retinol Creme. Applied after the peel solution, the cream works to stimulate cellular function at a deep skin level. The results include collagen enhancement as well as firming and wrinkle reduction.

Step 3 refers to the application of the Calming Crème Post Procedure Skin Relief. This cream works to minimize inflammation and irritation that may result from the first two steps, as well as restore the moisture balance of the skin. You can take the cream home to apply twice daily following the in-office treatment to speed the healing process.

Available at OC Facial Care Center!

iS Clinical Youth Intensive Serum

So your skin is looking so tired from a long work week and a jam packed schedule. I am here to tell you that iS Clinical Youth Intensive Serum is here to set the clock back on your skin. Giving it back days and weeks, even years. This amazing cream is formulated to provide your face with immense, 24-hour hydration through a rich, protective cream. Use daily every night to give your face years of its life back.

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This anti-aging cream is unlike any other, this transformative cream scientifically combines the purest and most effective botanically-derived moisturizers, antioxidants, resurfacing acids and growth factors to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through powerful hydration. It is clinically proven to show visible results in smoother skin and a firmer and more radiant, younger complexion. 

The key ingredients are:

Superoxide Dismutase (SOD): safely absorbs harmful free radicals and works to combat photo-aging while protecting the skin from future damage

    •    Vitamin C: provides skin with potent photo-protection, helps alleviate irritated skin and brightens your complexion

    •    Hyaluronic Acid: deeply hydrates skin and seals moisture in, plumping visible lines and wrinkles

    •    Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor: helps diminish the appearance of premature aging and visibly reduces wrinkles over time

    •    Glycerin: helps repair damaged and dry skin

So how do you use it? Simply by applying a small amount to clean skin, smoothing over face and neck. For best results follow complete IS CLINICAL skincare regimen. All iS Clinical products are available at OC Facial Care Center by shopping online at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

 

OC Facial Care Center Now Offers Microblading

There no doubt about, eyebrows are one of the most important features of your face. Thick, skinny, arched, straights - It doesn't matter. If you like me, I spend a few minutes penciling in my eyebrows everyday. Because without them, I feel naked. And don’t forget the eyebrow gel! How convenient would it be to never have to do them in the mornings, just wake up with perfectly shaped eyebrows? At OC Facial Care Center, it exists through a technique called Microblading. A very natural option that delivers semi-permanent results.

Mircroblading is perfect for someone who wants to define, fill in gaps, or fill in over plucked eye brows. Not sure how it works? Here is the low down. 

Microblading uses a special microblading pen to draw on individual strokes one by one. It's an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to three hours to complete. Whats awesome is it last for about 3 years! 

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Before the microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic. The best part about the technique is that there is no down time. Your new set of brows will be ready for a selfie immediately after the process. The best thing about microblading is there is zero upkeep! 

Call OC Facial Care Center for an appointment with on of our amazing skin care professionals!

Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum

This serum by Kypris is amazing. It smells like a hint of citrus and woodsy scents. 

This serum helps put blemished skin into balance with this serum that supports your skin to minimize the appearance of irritations, oiliness and blemishes. The ideal person for this product has oily or once prone skin. 

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It balances oil overproduction while challenging the appearance of blemishes old and new and calming fussy, pollution-irritated or hormonally wonky complexions. It also works to reduce the appearance of redness and in-growns after waxing, shaving or threading. It formulated with Chaparral, one of the oldest living plants native to the desert yields a potent extract wealthy in botanical wisdom and lignans that impart an antioxidant-like effect to irritated skin, and tea tree and lavender, a proprietary blend of balancing, calming essential oils, minimize the appearance of blemishes and oil over-production, and challenge the pesky occurrences of blemishes.

So how does it work? After cleansing and before moisturizing, apply Clearing Serum to affected areas, carefully avoiding eye area. 

The best thing about Kyrpis is all of there products are organic, and sustainably procured ingredients all not tested on animal and made in America. They are all also gluten, filler, paraben, and silicone free and vegan. 

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The entire Kypris line can be found online at ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com or by visiting Facial Care Center in Mission Viejo!

Halloween Candy and Your Skin

Can you believe October is right around the corner? As a child there isn't anything better than dressing up and getting buckets full of candy. As an adult it gets even better because you don't need to dress up but you still get candy! Remember, sugar takes a toll on your skin so if you’re going to indulge in candy make sure it’s the good stuff. 

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Poor nutrition, not just a single type of food or an evening of delighting in sugary snacks, makes you more vulnerable to breakouts. When you consistently ingest carb-rich foods, the body converts the carbohydrates into glucose (sugar), raising your insulin levels. This insulin spike causes inflammation throughout the body.

This inflammation promotes the production of enzymes that destroy the elastin and collagen in the skin, leading to wrinkles and sags. Furthermore, having a poor diet can lead to exacerbating acne and other skin conditions, such as rosacea. When your body produces more insulin, it may also increase its production of skin oil, which could clog hair follicles and form zits. 

The worst offenders are simple carbohydrates, like those found in Halloween candy!

So, you indulged in your favorite sugary delights. You’re human. It happens. Don’t beat yourself up. Instead, get back on track with these tips:

    •    Sleep

    •    Stress less

    •    Hydrate

    •    Eat balanced, lower-carb meals

    •    Wash your face daily

    •    Moisturize

    •    Clean your phone

Oc Facial Care center had a variety of cleaners, toners, masks and moisturizer to help prepare your skin for all the candy October brings. Stop in today to see what best suits your skin type today!

Eye Creams 101

Lets talk eye cream. The skin surrounding the eye area is the thinnest skin of the entire body, which means it has less oil and water glands resulting in it being less hydrated.

Most people think eye creams are only associated with people who already have wrinkles surrounding the eye area. However, people as young as in their early 20s should begin incorporating eye cream in their regimen, even if they have no visible signs of aging around the eyes. It’s an effective tool for slowing the signs of aging, including crows feet and fine lines, around the eye area.

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People who already have wrinkles or dark circles surrounding the eye area benefit from eye cream as well. This is because wrinkles look deeper and more pronounced when the skin around the eyes is dehydrated. By incorporating an eye cream it can help diminish the appearance of aging or dark circles.

So what do eye creams help with? Puffiness, dryness, dark circles and those lovely crows feet.

I am sure people also wonder why they can’t just use their facial moisturizer. While your facial moisturizer may help, it’s not enough. The thickness of the facial moisturizer may prevent penetration of the ingredients needed to help treat the eye area.

Facial moisturizers can also cause stinging, burning, or redness to the eye area because the delicate skin surrounding the eye area is more sensitive to certain ingredients found in facial moisturizers.

Eye creams may seem more expensive compared to the amount of product you get, but they are highly concentrated, making a little go a long way. If eyes are the window to your soul, keep them looking as young as you feel. Your eyes will thank you now or later in life!

At OC Facial Care Center we have a wide selection of eye creams ranging in different prices. Stop in today and find one that works best for your skin type and price range.

 

Best Sellers from OC Facial Care Centers own Skin Care Line

OC Facial Care Center has recently launched it’s very own line of medical grade skincare. Kate Hancock, owner of OC Facial Care Center has work side by side with dermatologist creating this one of a kind skin care line ranging from serums, eye creams to facial scrubs and peels. 

All products can be purchased in store or online at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com. Kits by skin type are also available in store. 

Here are some of the best sellers!

Ultra Hydrating Serum - For the person with dry skin, this serum is for you! This ultra hydrating serum visibly reduces the sign of aging while making your skin feel more hydrated, rested and refreshed. Use nightly. 

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Brightening Antioxidant Serum- This vitamin C cocktail for your face not only smells like oranges but makes your skin radiate. This serum delivers enhancing benefits of vitamins A and E. This is the perfect serum to put on in the morning to get your day started and your skin looking radiant!

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Exfoliating Scrub - This scrub is awesome for a few reasons. It gets warm! Thats right, when you rub it in it begins to warm up on your face! Often time scrubs don't really scrub anything but this scrub really exfoliates that dead skin and any residual oils or impurities. This deep pore exfoliation also contains minerals to be washed away while releasing moisturizing conditioners to soften and smooth your skin. The recommended usage for this scrub is 2-3 times per week followed up by our Night Cream.

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Stop by OC Facial Care Center and get your hands on these amazing products today!

 

The Super Facial

If you had to chose between all the facials offered at OC Facial Care Center, the Super Facial is a must! It helps with hydration, wrinkles, shrinking pores, and more. The Super Facial is a one hour treatment that not only includes the facial itself but a head, neck, arm and shoulder massage. It’s essentially everything you could need and more wrapped up in an hour.

The Super Facial is the most popular treatment at OC Facial Care Center, no surprise here! Here is a breakdown of this awesome treatment only offered at OC Facial Care Center. I also want to mention that all of these products can be purchased at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com or in-store. 

After sipping your tea, you are brought back to your room to settle into one of those comfortable spa beds that you only wish you had at your home. After your settle into your robe and lay in in your bed, the first step is cleansing. Kate used the Caudalie Foaming Cleanser and Caudalie Buffing cream. This simple cleansing process removes make up, oils and any other impurities on my skin. Next, came the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It’s a natural toning mist that provides an instant burst of radiance, and tightens the appearance of pores. Next came the mask. Let me tell you, the smell was intoxicatingly delicious!! I had to stop and ask what product is was because it smelt amazing! It was the Eminence Grapefruit Mask that is made of grapefruit, mandarin and honey. This mask is a vitamin-rich pink grapefruit mask that revitalizes the skin’s appearance and brings life to your complexion not to mention all the hydrating benefits from the grapefruit!

Next came the Eminence Bamboo firming Serum that contains natural retinol alternatives and swiss green stem cells. After that, OC facial Care Center’s very own UltraLite Moisturizer which was created by Kate Hancock was applied. This light weight moisturizer is suitable for day use and coupled with Revision Tinted Moisturizer, I was ready to take on the day make up free!! 

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The amazing massages were done with Caudalie’s Hand cream and Divine Oil. These light weight products left my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized without feeling greasy. 

In between these treatments came the microdermabrasion which is non-chemical skin treatment that typically uses crystals or diamond microparticles for gentle abrasion and exfoliation to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. This makes your skin instantly healthier looking, reduces impurities and unclogs those stubborn pore. After this portion of the Super Facial the oxygenation portion begins! Its a real treat!! This oxygen machine infuses oxygen directly into your pores. It was a series of hot and cold treatments into your skin that gave your skin its life back! My skin literally had a breathe of fresh air!

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A week later and my skin still feels like a million bucks! This is a must have when you visit OC Facial Care Center. You can book your Super Facial at www.OCFacialCareCenter.com or by calling (949) 228-7804. 

 

Skin Care 101

We tend to get lazy with our skin. Washing our face with soap in the shower and if your lucky maybe a little moisturizer before bed. If you want to avoid breakdowns and skin break downs follow these easy steps to taking care of your skin.

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1. Cleanse. Well, this is certainly a no brainier but washing your face every night is important. It will lessen the chance for dirt and all that build up by calming the skin with a cleaner that works for your type of skin. You might even want to use a make up remover towelette first as a pre-wash, followed by a cleaner so removes any excess dirt and make up.  

2. Tone. I am guilty of it myself, I NEVER tone. But toning goes a long way in helping remove deal skin cells. Use a clarifying lotion for oily skin and a hydrating mist for dryer skin. This will help brighten your complexion! 

3. Exfoliate. Nothing beats a good exfoliant. If you want instantly smooth skin, exfoliate. When you rid the skin of the surface dry skin cells, you create a smoother appearance. The skins natural exfoliation process slows as the skin ages, resulting in an accumulation of dead or dry skin cells. 

4. Face Mask. Clarifying masks are good for oily skin while hydrating masks add moisture to dry skin. If you have two tips, combine and use both for a better result. 

5. Moisturize. Finish off with a rich night cream to help lock in all the moisture and to protect that fresh soft skin. 

Tips - 1. I always love to throw in a good eye cream. I feel like it lessens the looks of my crows feet. 2. Don't forget to add a sunscreen during the day!

Enjoy the sleep gorgeous!