The Low Down on Botox

There's no doubt Botox is a great way to turn back the hands of time. It's so effective, millions of people trust Botox to help them look younger and fresher. Here are five benefits of Botox that will help you understand its appeal.

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1. Botox lifts the brow without surgery.

Botox is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead. The product works to weaken the muscles in your face that cause wrinkles to appear over time. When the muscles are weakened, they won't be able to move your skin into a "wrinkled" position. The result is a smoother, more youthful appearance that erases years from your complexion.

2. Botox is a preventative treatment.

While Botox is effective at reducing the appearance of forehead wrinkles, it's a great way to stop them from occurring in the first place. It's highly effective on dynamic wrinkles or those that only appear when you frown, squint or smile. Since it stops the muscle from moving, wrinkles won't form if you start using it before lines begin to appear. Botox is considered safe for anyone over the age of 18 to use.

3. Botox is completely safe.

Contrary to what many believe, Botox is safe to use in your body. When used correctly and in the right dosage, Botox will cause no serious side effects. To diminish wrinkles, a very small amount of the toxin is used to relax the facial muscles.

Side effects that may occur include temporary pain at the injection site, headaches and bruising. In less than one percent of cases, patients might experience drooping eyelids or brows, but they will return to their pre-Botox state within a few weeks or so. While it's safe for most people, women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a Doctor before getting a Botox treatment.

4. Botox is cost effective.

When compared to the price tag associated with cosmetic surgery, Botox is a great deal! While prices per unit vary from provider to provider, the price of Botox is extremely affordable for many people. Botox is priced by the unit, so the total cost of your treatment will depend on the number of units you need to get the right result. An experienced Doctor that frequently injects Botox can give you an estimate on how many units will be needed to get the results you are looking for.

5. Botox is reversible.

Botox is not permanent, and the treatment may need to be repeated 2 or more times per year. So if you don't like the way you look with Botox or you decide it's not right for you, you can easily stop having treatments.There's no long-term commitment (unless you want one!). However, many people who get Botox are so pleased with the results that they continue having treatments for years.

If Botox isn’t for you, come in to OC Facial Care Center to try an extensive variety of amazing products.

Pregnancy-Safe Skin Care

If you are pregnant, recently had a baby, or thinking about having a baby – this post is for you!

When it comes to pregnancy, you’re already making so many adjustments in your life to make yourself healthier and stronger for your baby. Your skin care for pregnancy routine is one of those adjustments, but it’s so confusing to know which ingredients are safe and which ones aren’t. Thats where OC Facial Care Center comes in.  We know from experience what ingredients are beneficial for your skin, which ones are a big NO, and the different products and brands to help make your pregnancy a little less stressful!

The Expecting Mother’s Beauty Checklist:

  • Make a list of your beauty and skin care products and review them with your OB-GYN and dermatologist.
  • Read ALL of the ingredients labels for all of your products. If you aren’t sure about a certain ingredient, ask your doctor, myself, or do some research!
  • If you’re doubtful about a product or ingredient, it is best not to use it. There are many alternative pregnancy safe skin care products that are 100% fine to use while pregnant. It’s not worth the risk!

Pampering Yourself Safely:

  • Getting a facial or microdermabrasion treatment can be safe during pregnancy, as long as the ingredients being used are safe. For example, a facial with Vitamin C is safe, nourishing, and relaxing!
  • Facials are 100% safe during pregnancy but you must inform your esthetician, ask what products they are going to use, and when in doubt, bring your own pregnancy-safe products and ask your esthetician to use those instead.

Keep Things Simple:

Doctors recommend keeping your pregnancy skin care routine simple. I know can be a struggle, especially if you are experiencing breakouts, oily skin, melasma, or more. Remember it’s temporary and there are a lot of natural choices to get your skin back in balance.

Red Flag to Avoid:

Retinoids: Anti-aging & Acne – commonly found in moisturizers to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pimples, and improve the skin tone. Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division and prevent collagen from breaking down. Creams that contain a high percentage have the potential to cause birth defects, so it’s best to avoid all together!

  • On the label they are commonly named:
    • Differin (adapelene)
    • Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
    • Retinoic acid
    • Retinol
    • Retinyl linoleate
    • Retinyl palmitate
    • Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene)
  • Salicylic acid: Acne – commonly found in cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. Its primary action is to penetrate and dry out facial oil, but it also does some mild exfoliation of the skin. Beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) is a form of salicylic. It’s best to avoid this ingredient because it can cause pregnancy complications.
    • On the label they are commonly named:
      • Salicylic acid
      • Beta hydroxy acid
      • BHA
  • Retinoids, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, betahydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, and kojic acid have been known to be harmful during pregnancy.
  • Product descriptions that say “anti-aging”, “skin lightening”, “wrinkle creams”, and “acne creams” often contain these ingredients and should be avoided.
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While many ingredients have controversial results, it’s better to be safe and always consult with your doctors when you are unsure. But do not worry, there are many pregnancy safe skin care brands more now than ever!

Pregnancy-Safe Ingredients:

  • For acne-prone skin, use rosehip seed, lactic acid, or azelaic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids. Eminence Organics Cornflower Recovery Serum is wonderful for combatting acne during pregnancy.
  • For melasma and hyperpigmentation of the skin, use azelaic acid or topical vitamin C. Eminence Citrus and Kale Potent C +E Serum is great, and safe, for getting rid of these issues.
  • For fine lines and wrinkles, use hyaluronic acid or vitamin C. Eminence Organics Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck is a great choice.

All of these amazing, safe products are available at OC Facial Care Center. Stop in today and we can get your skin care routine that is safe for you and that sweet babe.

How Often Do You REALLY Need A Facial?

Often times many estheticians will tell you to get a facial every 4 weeks. The reason for this is that it takes that amount of time for the skin cells to move through a full life cycle of cell growth and make their way from the dermis to the surface of the skin where they are naturally sloughed off. But if you get down to it, it really depends on your skin type.

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But, is getting a facial really necessary every four weeks? Does it vary by skin type? Is it just a nicety or really a necessity? What does a facial actually do and why is one needed so often?

For starters, here are the main steps included in a basic facial.

  • Skin analysis followed by a cleansing
  • Exfoliation (A gentle acid or enzyme peel, ultrasonic exfoliation, microdermabrasion or bio brasion are the most common)
  • Steam
  • Massage of the face, neck and shoulders (Sometimes this is omitted for those with severe acne so there is less stimulation to the skin and the esthetician can spend more time on extractions.)
  • Manual extractions to clear out blackheads and clogged pores 
  • Mask

Of course, there are a lot more modalities that can be added to a basic facial to enhance the results. Micro current, LED light, ultrasound and high frequency are just a few examples.

So, on to the answer. While it’s true that the full life cycle of cell growth is about 30 days (give or take), this thought process was established way back in the day when exfoliating at home was rarely done, and if it was occurring, it was a gommage or facial scrub used only once every few weeks which simply didn’t give an adequate amount of cellular turnover. Today, exfoliation products are used almost daily, by way of sonic cleansing brushes, facial scrubs, retinol and exfoliating cleansers, peels, toners and serums with ingredients like lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids.

So if the sole purpose of a facial is for catching the cells at the end of their life cycle like what has always been told, you do not have to get a once-a-month facial from a professional if you’re using exfoliants regularly at home. (Now of course, if you’re barely doing any exfoliation at home, then that’s a different story.)

With that being said, facials offer many skin benefits, and some are in need of it more than others.

Benefits of a facial include:

  • Expert skin analysis from someone who truly understands your unique skin type and how to best care for it.
  • Professional strength exfoliation to smooth the skin, lighten discoloration from sun and breakouts.
  • Manual extraction of blackheads and clogged pores to create smoother and less-bumpy skin.
  • Intensive hydration to repair the skin’s moisture barrier to keep skin looking plump and moist.
  • Facial massage to increase circulation to encourage brighter, glowing skin.
  • A scope for skin cancer (An experienced esthetician can call out changing moles that you may be overlooking and encourage you to get regular skin cancer screenings.)
  • Help for maintaining youthful and healthy-looking skin. (If you want to have younger-looking skin, there are many additional treatments that can be added on to a facial to encourage this.)
  • Professional guidance for your home care routine. (This includes seasonal, environmental, hormonal and age-related changes occurring with the skin.)
  • Stress release.
  • Time for you and only you.

You really NEED a facial once a month (if not more), if your skin has…

  • Little clogged bumps or whiteheads (known as closed comedones) that are under the skin, are not painful and don’t go away no matter what you do at home. (No laser or exfoliating peel can take the place of professional extractions to remove the blockage in the pores. Once the pores are cleaned out, exfoliating products with salicylic acid will help to keep them clean so eventually less extractions are needed.)
  • Acne that needs to be dried up and post-breakout marks that need to be faded.
  • Brown spots and discoloration that you’re looking to lighten (Chemical peels are usually required to get this done.)

For those with acne, clogged pores and brown spots, this type of skin requires consistent care to get on top of the condition to get the skin looking clear. So in these instances, I consider facials a true necessity and often times will recommend clients to come in weekly for additional treatments above and beyond a facial.

At OC Facial Care Center our facials are more personalized and results-oriented than ever and if your goal is to care for your skin in the best way possible (even if no acne or brown spots are present), then be sure to make a facial treatment a regular part of your skin care maintenance. Simply put, putting your face in the hands of a skin care professional can do wonders, along with using a good home care routine for your unique skin type. Schedule an appointment today to get a facial customized to your skin type.

15 Life Changing Beauty Hacks

Let's be honest, some days you are just feeling lazy. Not wanting to wash your hair, do a complete face of makeup. It happens to the best of us. Here are 15 beauty hacks for those lazy days!

1. Have you ever fallen asleep with your make up on? Yeah, me too. Try keeping makeup remover next to your bed so you have zero excuses not to take off your makeup before you go to sleep. Sleeping with your makeup on can cause breakouts and infections. So on nights when you're exhausted and can't imagine standing at the sink for longer than 30 seconds, you'll be thankful to have this stuff stashed next to your bed.

2. Don’t have time to get a mani? Hide a manicure that's growing out by creating a glitter ombré effect starting at the base of your nails. The best way to distract from a chipped or overgrown manicure is, well, glitter. It's pretty and will last for what feels like for-ev-er.

3. If you're too impatient to wait for your moisturizer, toner, and self-tanner to dry, or for your makeup to set, then blast your skin with a blow-dryer on the cool setting. Certain products (toner, tanner) need to dry completely before you move on to your next step when getting ready, and a blow-dryer can really help speed up that process.

4. Lipstick has multiple purposes. On days when you don't want to mess with your whole makeup regimen, use lipstick to add a little color to your lips, cheeks, and eyes. Swipe your one-product wonder stick along your cheekbone, brow bone, and lips, then blend it out with your fingers for a subtle glow. There, now you look like a real human.

5. Make highlighting and contouring easy. To highlight your face, quickly make a "3" with a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone. Draw the top line above your brow, middle line above your cheekbone, and bottom line right above your jawbone.

To contour your face, draw a backwards "3" (like the shape of an "E") in a concealer two shades darker than your skin tone. Start the top line on your temple, put the middle line right below your cheekbone, and draw the bottom line underneath your jawbone. Then buff out the two shades, blending the lines completely for a seamless finish.

6. If you love winged liner but don't have the hand-eye coordination to do it perfectly, no big deal: You can clean messy edges with a cotton swab coated with petroleum jelly. Making the perfect freehanded flick on the first try is hard. Erasing your mistakes is easy.

7. If you're out of liquid or gel eyeliner, borrow some mascara instead of going to the store. Use a small liner brush to grab the formula on your mascara brush.

8. Instantly make your eyes look more awake by lining the inner rim of your lower eyelid with a nude eye pencil. Not only will this trick brighten your eyes, but it'll also make you look wide-eyed, like any Disney princess ever created.

9. Take your eye makeup from a sleek daytime look to something sexier by smudging your liner with a cotton swab to diffuse it into a smoky eye look. No need to get out the whole makeup bag. You're welcome.

10. If you need a root touch-up but haven't gotten around to getting one, tease your hair at the roots and create a messy side part to help camouflage the overgrowth. A straight part down the middle will only highlight the fact that you look like Pepé Le Pew.

11. If you have dark hair that's dyed blonde but you don't have Kim Kardashian's glam squad, disguise your roots by using dry shampoo to cover up noticeable regrowth. Spray your roots with dry shampoo, let it sit for a few minutes, then finger-comb it through your hair to evenly distribute the product.

12. If the front pieces of your hair are greasy but the rest of your strands aren't, pull the back section of your hair out of the way and wash only the front section in the sink. Washing your hair every (or every other) day is a pain in the ass and actually makes your hair produce more oil in the long run. So only wash the sections that need it. Finally your laziness is justified.

13. If your hair's too dirty for words but there's absolutely no chance you're waking up early enough for a wash, apply baby powder liberally to your roots before bed. The power will soak up the excess oil that makes your hair look greasy. If you have dark hair, baby powder is too noticeable for you to apply it right before you leave the house. So, if you sprinkle it on your roots at night, the white residue will have time to fade and soak up the extra oil on your hair and scalp by morning.

14. If you've washed your hair but don't have the energy to blow it dry, loosely twist your hair into a low bun, secure with a clip, and go about your life. When it's dry, untwist the hair and separate the tendrils with your fingers for effortless waves.

15. If curling your hair takes too much time, tie your hair in a loose, low braid before bed for mermaid waves in the morning. If you have thin hair, don't tie the braid too tight. A loose braid will give you softer, less obvious waves.

 

 

10 Reasons to Get a Facial

At OC Facial Care Center we offer a variety of facials for all skin types. And let’e be honest, everyone can benefit some getting a facial in some way shape or form. What are the benefits of getting a professional facial from an esthetician? If you’re seeking healthier, clearer and more beautiful skin, a facial can make a dramatic difference, if even for an hour of relaxation! 

Here are ten reasons why.

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1. Expert Skin Analysis

A benefit of getting your skin analyzed during a professional facial is that the esthetician will see you without makeup. This reveals your true skin type, allowing the esthetician to cater to your unique needs with professional treatments and product suggestions for your home care routine. In addition to his or her ability to identify and treat your needs, your esthetician also works with your skin for over an hour. This further ensures that he or she can properly analyze your skin type. This is exposure to which a beauty store consultant is likely not privy.

2. Professional Strength Exfoliation

Most facials include a form of exfoliation using ultrasound, bio brasion (a more effective form of microdermabrasion), enzymes, or acids. Some of these exfoliating ingredients can be found in your skin care products, but during a facial, you will receive them at a professional strength. Whichever exfoliation your facialist uses should be specifically catered towards your skin type. This will leave you with results that smooth the skin, increase cellular turnover, soften lines, and break up skin discoloration to promote more even-toned skin.

3. Clean Out Blackheads and Clogged Pores

With proper preparation and skin softening techniques, your esthetician will use a skilled method to gently extract clogged pores, blackheads, and impurities without causing harm to your skin. People usually have a difficult time eliminating blackheads at home because home care products typically only reduce clogged pores. It takes a professional esthetician to properly prepare and soften the skin before manual extractions can take place safely and most effectively. 

4. Intensive Hydration

Every skin type needs hydration. It does not matter if you have oily, acne-prone skin, or dry and flaky skin. Your skin cells are like fish and need water to survive. Thus, in order to maintain healthy skin, it is imperative to keep it topically hydrated. With oilier skin types, the face tends to produce more oil when moisture is lacking which is the opposite of your intention and need. Oily skin needs moisture, too, but the moisture it’s seeking is water, not oil. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and a facial will help to regulate your skin’s proper moisture level. 

5. Increase Circulation to Encourage a Glow

There is no doubt that the skin’s health is impaired when blood circulation slows. Aging leads to slowed circulation, which inevitably results in dull, tired looking skin. One important benefit of a facial is the massage. Along with warm steam, both processes help to increase blood flow bringing new nutrients to the skin. This encourages a youthful radiance and brings a glow to the skin’s surface. 

6. A Scope for Skin Cancer

Unfortunately, skin cancer is on the rise. Therefore, it’s increasingly important to regularly check your skin for mole changes and abnormal skin growths. Usually, these changes are subtle and develop at such a slow pace so over time you may not notice them at first. A benefit of working with a professional esthetician is that she will analyze your skin carefully. She should note any potential skin abnormalities that should be further reviewed by a medical doctor. An esthetician can be viewed as a new set of eyes that may notice skin imperfections that you may have been blinded to over time.

7. Stress Release

Aside from the various skin benefits facials offer, they are also extremely relaxing and immediately de-stress you both physically and psychologically. Imagine a room with dim lighting, soft music, and a warm, comfy bed. Then add on a face, neck, and shoulder massage. This is the ideal environment in which to completely relax and unwind. Studies show that stress can lead to unhealthy skin, so what’s a better way to eliminate stress and promote healthy skin than a facial? Take my advice—schedule some “me time” and treat yourself.

8. Problem Solve

Whether it’s dry skin, brown spots, redness, irritation, or inflamed acne, a good facial is always customized to focus on your specific skin issues. For example, if your skin is prone to brown spots and discoloration, your esthetician will use skin brightening or lightening treatments. If your skin is dry, she will use lipid increasing ingredients to repair your skin’s protective barrier to reduce dryness. The level of your facial’s intensity is contingent on the severity of your skin’s problems. By using the right combination of ingredients, estheticians can really create change in the skin to improve your skin’s appearance to achieve your greatest complexion.

9. Professional Advice

During a facial, you are with an esthetician for over an hour. This opens up an opportunity for the esthetician to give you her professional advice and skin tips and tricks. Perhaps the biggest benefit of getting a facial is receiving an expert lesson on how to care for your skin properly. After all, this is knowledge you can take home that will last well beyond the duration of your appointment. The lesson will include product recommendations for your skin type and how to care for your skin at home so you can best maintain the results of your facial.

10. Because You Deserve It!

Humans tend to spend an exceptional amount of time caring for the other people in their lives. While this can be rewarding, at times it’s just mentally exhausting. Take just a couple of hours to yourself to do something that you’re not required share with anyone else. A facial is just for you and will give you time to re-energize and clear your mind. Nourish your soul and pamper your skin in just a few blissful hours at the spa. To book an appointment with one of our amazing estheticians call today!

The Dreaded Adult Acne

There are some things we may miss about our teenage years—say, the ability to stay up till all hours and then sleep till noon. One thing that's not on our nostalgia lists? A sprinkling of pimples on our faces. But it turns out that many of us are noticing blemishes at the same time we're encountering wrinkles.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Women's Health found that acne affects nearly half of all women ages 21 to 30, a quarter of women ages 31 to 40, and 12% of women ages 41 to 50. No matter how old we are, pimples usually form in the same time-honored way: Pores—which contain oil glands—become blocked, letting dirt, bacteria, and cells build up and form a plug.

Why it happens

For most women, hormonal changes, either around the monthly cycle or during a menopausal shift, are the culprit. But dietary imbalances and stress also cause flare-ups. "Acne in adults is like a whistle blow. Often it's a sign that something else not quite right is going on," says Michael Murray, ND, a naturopath and coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Here, a range of solutions for sufferers

Eat fewer refined carbs.

Eating chocolate or a lot of junk food doesn't by itself seem to cause acne, but not having a balanced diet and eating too many refined carbs can cause problems. Scientists suspect that raised insulin levels from the carbs may trigger a release of hormones that inflame follicles and increase oil production.

And less dairy, too.

A 2006 Harvard study found that girls who drank two or more glasses of milk daily had about a 20% higher risk of acne than those who had less than a glass a week. Studies published last year and in 2008 suggested that fat-free milk in particular, which is higher in sugar than whole milk, might be a culprit. (Another hypothesis is that hormones in dairy products play a role.) If you regularly drink fat-free, consider switching to 1% milk or a nondairy alternative. Look for something that has fewer than 10 g of sugar per serving.

Try blue light therapy.

These powerful rays penetrate follicles to kill off acne-causing bacteria. For severe cases, photodynamic therapy adds a topical solution called Levulan to blue light therapy. Note that these treatments can cause temporary redness and may not be covered by insurance.

Pick up tea tree oil.

Less irritating than its chemical cousin benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil has a long history of fighting mild to moderate acne outbreaks. The oil, which comes from the leaves of a tree native to Australia, has antiseptic properties that help reduce acne-causing bacteria on the skin and quell inflammation in skin cells. You can find tea tree oil in a wide variety of soaps, skin washes, and topical solutions. Look for a minimum concentration of 5% of the oil (up to 15% for more severe acne).

Cut back on salt.

Some doctors suspect that sodium has consequences for skin, because the iodine frequently found in table salt and some seafood may worsen acne breakouts. Stick to low-sodium versions of packaged foods, try to keep your overall salt consumption below 1,500 mg a day

Manage your stress.

Researchers haven't established just why stomach-churning anxiety creates skin blemishes, but they point the finger at stress hormones such as cortisol for increasing inflammation levels in the body and stimulating oil glands. In any case, managing stress through exercise, meditation, or whatever method helps calm your nerves may also calm your skin.

Look for salicylic acid.

Among the most popular OTC remedies is salicylic acid, which is incorporated into gels, wipes, creams, and sprays. The acid reduces swelling and redness and unplugs pores. To keep skin from becoming too dry, look for formulas geared to adult women, not teens (aim for 2% salicylic acid to start). Some skin care lines offer salicylic acid products that address acne and wrinkles alike.

Oc Facial Care Center offers a variety geared towards acne. Here are a few of our favorite acne products!

1. OC FACIAL CARE CENTER ACNE CLEARING CLEANSER 5-2

2. DERMAQUEST DERMACLEAR PURITY CLEANSER LEVEL II 6 OZ

3. Obagi CLENZIderm M.D.™ System Pore Therapy

Body Wraps

At OC Facial Care Center we’re all about taking care of the all different types of needs of our clients, including body wraps. Even experienced spa-goers don't understand body wraps.  Different body wraps serve different purposes, and it's important to understand the difference between detox, hydrating and slimming wraps so you get the experience you want. First, body wraps always start with some kind of exfoliation.  At the very least, there will be a dry body brushing.  However, a dry body brushing is not nearly so effective as a body scrub.

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Because you want the product they put on your skin to be able to penetrate the skin as deeply as possible, make sure the body wrap includes a body scrub first.   A body brushing just isn't enough.  There are three kinds of body wraps:

1. Detoxing and remineralizing body wraps. 

Detox wraps use a variety of products such as algae, seaweed, mud, clay or gel to help rid the body of toxins. When the product is applied to the body, it's called a body mask.  Then you are wrapped in plastic and covered with a blanket for about 20 minutes, which is the body wrap. 

These products work by stimulating your circulation, drawing out impurities, and giving your body minerals it might be missing.  Afterwards, the body mask is washed off and you may get an "application of lotion," which means it's not a massage, and can be performed by an esthetician.

Who should get a detox body wrap:  Save this for when you really are making changes in your diet and trying to reduce your toxic load.

These clays, muds and seaweeds may be natural, but they are effective.  Don't have a detox wrap and then go eat a T-bone and four martinis.  It will make you feel worse rather than better, and you've wasted your money.

2. Hydrating body wraps

 Hydrating body wraps use creams and gels to soften, soothe and hydrate the skin. Again, it's important to get a body scrub beforehand so the rich cream doesn't sit on the outermost dead skin cells.  

Generally with a hydrating wrap, the therapist just massages in the body cream.  You don't want to wash it off.

Who should get a hydrating body wrap:  You're out on the ski slopes.  It's the middle of winter.  You take off your jeans and watch the white flakes fly.  It's time to exfoliate and hydrate!  Aloe vera wraps (popular in the Caribbean) can also help your skin recover from too much time in the sun.  

3. Slimming wraps

Slimming wraps are a labor-intensive specialty that aren't found everywhere.   Suddenly Slimmer in Phoenix is one spa that specializes in them, hence the name.  For a slimming wrap, each limb is tightly wrapped in Ace bandages that have been soaked in a high-concentration mineral solution to detox and remineralize the body.  You look a little bit like the mummy once you're wrapped.  You can walk around, exercise (Suddenly Slimmer recommends this) or spend some time in an infra-red spa.   You are measured before and after so you can tell how many inches you lost.

Who should get a detox body wrap:  The effect is temporary, but it's good if you want to look fantastic for a wedding.  And if you get them once or twice a week, the effect is longer lasting! 

What Happens During A Body Wrap?

A body wrap should begin with exfoliation, and a salt scrub or body polish is much superior to dry brushing.  You lie down on whatever you will eventually be wrapped in – often plastic or mylar, but sometimes towels or sheets.

My personal preference is for a massage therapist to do the body wrap, because they naturally incorporate massage techniques as they apply the product.  But most spas give the stand-alone body treatments to esthetician, to keep them busy.  You might have to get a signature treatment to be able to get a massage therapist.  

Once the product is on, you’re wrapped to stay warm, usually for 20 minutes.

When the time is up, you’re unwrapped and the body mask has to come off. This is why they often take place in wet rooms, equipped with a shower, wet table. Then you dry off, and there’s usually an application of lotion to moisturize your skin.

Things To Watch Out For With a Body Wrap:

* Don’t expect a body wrap to be a massage. You can get both treatments – body wrap and massage -- or look for signature treatments that include scrub, body wrap and massage.

* If you have claustrophobia, this may not be the right treatment for you.

  • You might be left alone during the treatment. If that bothers you, ask before you book the service.

Book your appointment today at OC Facial Care Center today! Body wraps start at $150.

Now Trending: V Steaming

OC Facial Care Center is all about offering its clients the latest and greatest in health and beauty. And taking care of “down there” is no exception. Vagina Steaming or as some may call it, V Steaming is an age-old natural remedy said to cleanse the vagina and uterus, regulate menstruation, and ease period cramps and bloating. After receiving high praise on Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop, the practice has surged in popularity.

What is vaginal steaming?

Let’s face it — between menstruation, sexual intercourse, and childbirth, the vagina withstands a lot. When you add changing hormones and pelvic floor issues to the mix, sometimes the vaginal area is anything but comfortable.

But other than offering a soothing warmth down below, does it work? And is it even safe? Keep reading to find out.

How it's done:

Vaginal steaming directs herb-infused steam into your vagina. The process is pretty simple — you just sit or squat over a container of herbal-infused steam.

Herbs often used alone or in combination include:

    •    mugwort

    •    wormwood

    •    chamomile

    •    calendula

    •    basil

    •    oregano

You have a special seat (Paltrow called it a “throne”) with a hole for the steam to come through. 

Yet the effectiveness of vaginal steams isn't limited to just eliminating cramps. Yoni steaming has been known by women throughout history to:

        1. Significantly reduce discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with monthly cycles

        2. Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses

        3. Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles

        4. Increase fertility, especially when combined with Mayan abdominal massage

        5. Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth

        6. Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse

        7.Assist with the healing of hemorrhoids

        8. Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odor

        9. Relieve symptoms of menopause

 

How does it work? The tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.

The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.

Of course, there are always those who will have their doubts. Some will say it's impossible, while others will say it makes no sense. I say, ask the countless women who have seen the results first hand before you write it off as impossible. 

To these women, this ancient remedy isn't just smoke and mirrors. To them, it makes a real difference.

Vaginal steaming is an age-old remedy that has been tested and approved by generations before us, and its time has come in our modern culture. This ancient treatment for women has stood the test of time, and today it has the incredible potential to significantly improve every woman's experience of her beautiful body. Just as it always has.

OC Facial Care Center offers V Steaming $99 for an hour or $50 for 30 minutes.

OC Facial Care’s Holy Grail of Products

At OC Facial Care Center we have some MUST have products that we just cant live without. Whether you have dry skin, aging skin or acne, we have the right products for you. Here are just a few all available at OC Facial Care Center. 

1. iS Clinical Youth Serum

iS Clinical Youth Serum weightlessly absorbs tightening skin and pores to give you a smoother clearer appearance. Blended with peptides and vitamins A C and E this antioxidant-packed oil promotes cellular turnover to diminish the depth of lines and wrinkles while repelling free radicals and keeping signs of premature aging at bay. Wheat and soy proteins replenish moisture loss to comfort your complexion and improve the tone and texture of your skin.

2. Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Which skin type is it good for?

✔ Normal

✔ Oily

✔ Combination

✔ Sensitive

What it is:

A natural innovative toning mist that sets makeup provides an instant burst of radiance and tightens the appearance of pores featuring the same bestselling formula with a new improved pump to finely and evenly distribute the lightweight mist.

Solutions for:

- Dullness and uneven texture

- Pores

  • Dryness

3. OC Facial Care Center Ultra Hydrating Serum

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Pure, nourishing serum quenches dehydrated skin to impart a supple, smooth complexion and instant correction.

This universal booster provides all day moisture retention and visibly reduces the signs of aging with a nourishing blend of antioxidants and humectants.  With each drop skin appears brighter, firmer and rejuvenated

Formulated with various molecular forms of hyaluronic acid (fractionated and high molecular weight) to ensure continuous and optimal hydration.

• Powerful humectants – Sodium PCA and Glycerin

• Palmitoyl tripeptide-28 to support healthy collagen production

• Essential Mineral Complex (Zinc PCA and Copper PCA) conditions skin, helps to reduce excess oil

• Nourishing blend of antioxidants help guard against free radical damage

Avoiding eye area, apply to clean face and neck once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor. May also be applied to other dry skin areas including hands, elbows and feet. For topical use only.

This universal booster may be added to your favorite cream or serum for enhanced hydration.

Hyaluronic acid, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-28, Camellia Sinensis (white tea) Extract, Ergothioneine, Glutathione, Zinc PCA, Copper PCA

Available in a 1 fl. oz. dropper bottle

Gluten, Oil, Fragrance and Paraben-free

Free or artificial dyes

Non-comedegenic (will not clog pores)

Hypoallergenic

4. Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Cream

Obagi's ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream is a firming formula that strengthens skin by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. The advanced blend of ingredients makes use of the body's natural skin renewal processes to achieve results in less time than traditional eye creams. Ideal for mature or damaged skin, this anti-aging eye cream helps restore a youthful glow and healthy appearance to the entire eye area. 

OMP's Nu-Derm System. Designed to restore and maintain skin health.

Ideal for these Concerns: Aging Skin, Crow's Feet, Crepey Skin, Free Radical Damage

Ideal for these Skin Types: Oily Skin, Dry Skin, Combination Skin, Normal Skin, Sensitive Skin, Acne-Prone Skin, Mature Skin

Aging Skin: Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Ingredient: Vitamin E, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Antioxidants

 

Spring Clean Your Skin Care Regimen

Happy first day of spring!! Tis the season for spring cleaning. It’s a season where we toss out the old to make room for the new. We shake off the symbolic layers of winter and get ready to bloom.

You don’t have to stop with dusting and purging your house to reap the full benefits of spring cleaning. Your skin care regimen needs a boost, too. Here’s how to transition from winter to spring with fresh, fabulous skin.

Purge

Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to purge old cosmetics and skin care products. These products do have a shelf life. Old, outdated products can harbor bacteria and lose their effectiveness. Think old mascara, foundation and sunscreen.

Check the dates on your products. You may want to toss the following:

    ◦    Anything past the expiration date

    ◦    Products that appear dry or crusty

    ◦    Anything that has changed consistency, color, or smell

    ◦    Anything with an SPF older than one year (SPF loses its effectiveness over time and it’s just not worth the risk.)

    ◦    Mascara older than three months. (Always toss it after three months, regardless of how much there is remaining.)

    ◦    Old, dirty make-up brushes and sponges

Exfoliate

The cold, dry days of winter may be over, but your dry, flaky skin remains. Spring is a good time for deep exfoliation and cleansing. During winter, much of our skin is “out of sight, out of mind.” Long pants, long sleeves, and warm socks may have prevented you from seeing the rough, dry skin building up on your feet, knees, and elbows. Slough off that old layer of dry skin and make room for spring.

It’s a great time for a facial! Stop in to get our most popular facial, the Super Facial! It will prep your skin for spring in less than an hour.

 

Transition

Adjust your skin care routine to reflect the seasonal changes that come with spring. A few changes necessitated by spring:

    ◦    Switch to a lighter moisturizer. Higher temperatures result in oilier skin for everyone, not just those with a tendency to oily skin. It’s important to use a lighter moisturizer during spring. If you prefer not to switch to a new moisturizer, you can try mixing some rosewater into your thick, winter moisturizer.

    ◦    Exfoliate more often. Depending on the climate and your skin type, you may need to exfoliate more often in the spring and summer.

    ◦    Lighten up. For spring and summer, use a lighter foundation and lighter, brighter make-up colors. The dull, drab days of winter are behind you—freshen up!

    ◦    Sunscreen. Sunscreen is important all year, but imperative in the spring and summer when more of your skin is exposed for longer periods of time. Stay vigilant with sunscreen.

Here’s to spring skin that is as fresh and bright as the blooming flowers.

If you’re not sure what products are best for your skin type, stop in OC Facial Care Center and talk to one of our amazing estheticians who will customize a skincare regime specially designed for you.

4 Myths About Wrinkles Debunked

Here are some common myths about wrinkles debunked!

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1. If Your Parents Have Wrinkles, You Will Too -  While you may have inherited your mother’s nose, you won’t necessarily develop the same wrinkles she has. That’s because 90 percent of the way you age is determined by environmental factors, and only 10 percent is controlled by genetics. Thus, lifestyle habits like wearing sunscreen, eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and using the right skin care products all have a much greater effect on the aging process of your skin than your DNA.

2. You Only Need Sunscreen on Sunny Days - Even though we know that wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways we can keep our skin protected from sun damage and premature wrinkles, many people still only apply it when they go to the beach or on particularly sunny days. The truth is that the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate clouds and even glass, so you should always wear sunscreen, no matter the weather. Sunscreen isn’t just for the summer months, either. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, bright white snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays, which can make winter sunshine just as detrimental to your skin as the warm summer sun.

3. Facial Exercises Prevent Wrinkles - Facial exercises have become a popular topic in anti-aging strategies. The idea behind them is that by strengthening your facial muscles through exercise, you can “tone” your facial contour and reduce sagging skin. In reality, the exact opposite may be true. Lines and wrinkles gradually form in areas of your face that are frequently involved in making certain expressions and movements. This is why smile lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles eventually form. So when you’re performing face exercises regularly by moving certain areas of your face, you could be contributing to lines and wrinkles rather than preventing them.

4. Injectables Are the Only Way to Get Rid of Wrinkles - Injectable wrinkle treatments have become popular cosmetic procedures to temporarily smooth away lines and wrinkles. While these treatments can yield great results, their effects will gradually wear off over the next several weeks and months following your appointment. Because of this, you will need to schedule regular injectable treatments in order to maintain the same smooth, youthful look. For many people, this is not only a time-consuming process, but it’s also an expensive one. However, contrary to popular belief, you can get amazing anti-aging results without having to get regular injections. The key is to know which skin care ingredients to look for to help improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, no injections needed.

While it might seem that wrinkles are impossible to get rid of, the truth is that you have much more control over the way your skin ages than you might think. By adopting a few healthy lifestyle habits and making amino acid skin care products a part of your daily routine, you can have a profound effect on the smoothness, brightness, and evenness of your complexion.

 

Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream

Caudalie Premier Cru is a high-end anti-wrinkle formula made of plant oils, water, slip agent, and thickeners. This wonder product rejuvenates the skin, get rids of wrinkles and fine lines.

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This luxurious and effective cream delivers the ultimate anti-ageing action for the skin, revealing a beautifully youthful complexion. The creamy texture melts into the skin to leave it feeling velvety soft, smoothed and hydrated. The powerful formula regenerates the skin, restores its density and smoothes wrinkles to reveal a firmer, more radiant complexion and redefined facial contours. 

Wha you need to know about  Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream?

Caudalie’s Premier Cru features 3 main patents: Viniferine from the grapevines Chateau Smith, titrated Resveratrol, and polyphenols from grape-seed. When mixed together these 3 wonder substances have an unparalleled age-defying power. The formula claims to be so exclusive that it will leave the skin velvet-soft. Furthermore, the cream re-densifies the skin, makes it firmer and more lifting.

To come up with the pioneering formula, Caudalie states that they performed over 300 trials spread over a period of 7 years. Most of the results were overwhelmingly positive. A test conducted on 42 women throughout a period of 56 days had the following results: 97% of the candidates reported filled wrinkles, and 98% said their complexion look more even.

Ingredients

    •    OPCs (Grape Seed Polyphenols) – Have the power to protect the complexion from pre-mature aging triggered by environmental aggressors, UV rays, and pollution by creating a shield that protects against damaging free radicals; the ingredient claims to reinforce the capillaries, help maintain a favourable level of Hyaluronic acid into the skin, and boost* coetaneous micro-circulation.

    •    Resveratrol-Oleyl – Stimulates the longevity of proteins that boosts* the lifespan of most skin cells by 160%. The ingredient activates cellular renewal, de-densifies the dermis thus smoothing wrinkles and increasing* firmness.

    •    Viniferine – Controls the melanin production and protects melanocytes from damaging free radicals. The ingredient restores radiance thus stimulating the coetaneous micro-circulation of the skin.

Vinolevure – the ingredient is an excellent moisturiser that protects the skin and reinforces the immune system

How Does Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream Work?

The series of active ingredients contained in the Premier Cru Cream claim to correct visible signs of aging in one sole step. After using the cream on a daily basis, you’ll see it’s transforming your face. Dark spots are slowly diminished*, the texture of the skin is redefined, and the complexion becomes increasingly more radiant. The texture of the cream blends smoothly into the skin, and the end result is a luminous, softer skin. The 3 power ingredients that claim to work miracles for your fine lines are Viniferine, grape-seed polyphenols, and Resveratrol.

What to Expect from Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream?

The Premier Cru from Caudalie is a luxurious anti-aging cream that hydrates and smoothes the skin. They claim the product eradicates dark circles and skin puffiness, at the same time brightening the skin and making it more radiant than ever. 

Benefits of Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream

    •    Soothes and hydrates the skin

    •    Light texture, blends fast into the skin

    •    Contains revolutionary ingredients

    •    The cream is not oily or greasy

    •    Claims to work for all skin types

    •    Claims your wrinkles will vanish in 2-3 weeks

    •    Doesn’t contain phthalates, parabens, or sulphates

Available at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Caudalie Premier Cru is a high-end anti-wrinkle formula made of plant oils, water, slip agent, and thickeners. This wonder product rejuvenates the skin, get rids of wrinkles and fine lines.

This luxurious and effective cream delivers the ultimate anti-ageing action for the skin, revealing a beautifully youthful complexion. The creamy texture melts into the skin to leave it feeling velvety soft, smoothed and hydrated. The powerful formula regenerates the skin, restores its density and smoothes wrinkles to reveal a firmer, more radiant complexion and redefined facial contours. 

Wha you need to know about  Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream?

Caudalie’s Premier Cru features 3 main patents: Viniferine from the grapevines Chateau Smith, titrated Resveratrol, and polyphenols from grape-seed. When mixed together these 3 wonder substances have an unparalleled age-defying power. The formula claims to be so exclusive that it will leave the skin velvet-soft. Furthermore, the cream re-densifies the skin, makes it firmer and more lifting.

To come up with the pioneering formula, Caudalie states that they performed over 300 trials spread over a period of 7 years. Most of the results were overwhelmingly positive. A test conducted on 42 women throughout a period of 56 days had the following results: 97% of the candidates reported filled wrinkles, and 98% said their complexion look more even.

Ingredients

    •    OPCs (Grape Seed Polyphenols) – Have the power to protect the complexion from pre-mature aging triggered by environmental aggressors, UV rays, and pollution by creating a shield that protects against damaging free radicals; the ingredient claims to reinforce the capillaries, help maintain a favourable level of Hyaluronic acid into the skin, and boost* coetaneous micro-circulation.

    •    Resveratrol-Oleyl – Stimulates the longevity of proteins that boosts* the lifespan of most skin cells by 160%. The ingredient activates cellular renewal, de-densifies the dermis thus smoothing wrinkles and increasing* firmness.

    •    Viniferine – Controls the melanin production and protects melanocytes from damaging free radicals. The ingredient restores radiance thus stimulating the coetaneous micro-circulation of the skin.

Vinolevure – the ingredient is an excellent moisturiser that protects the skin and reinforces the immune system

How Does Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream Work?

The series of active ingredients contained in the Premier Cru Cream claim to correct visible signs of aging in one sole step. After using the cream on a daily basis, you’ll see it’s transforming your face. Dark spots are slowly diminished*, the texture of the skin is redefined, and the complexion becomes increasingly more radiant. The texture of the cream blends smoothly into the skin, and the end result is a luminous, softer skin. The 3 power ingredients that claim to work miracles for your fine lines are Viniferine, grape-seed polyphenols, and Resveratrol.

What to Expect from Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream?

The Premier Cru from Caudalie is a luxurious anti-aging cream that hydrates and smoothes the skin. They claim the product eradicates dark circles and skin puffiness, at the same time brightening the skin and making it more radiant than ever. 

Benefits of Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream

    •    Soothes and hydrates the skin

    •    Light texture, blends fast into the skin

    •    Contains revolutionary ingredients

    •    The cream is not oily or greasy

    •    Claims to work for all skin types

    •    Claims your wrinkles will vanish in 2-3 weeks

    •    Doesn’t contain phthalates, parabens, or sulphates

Available at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

New Spring Care Regime

Our motto? New season, new skin-care regimen. And since spring skin is probably on your mind, given that the official start to the season is just around the corner, there's no better time than the present to start prepping your complexion for the impending rising temps and sticky, heavy humidity that lies ahead. Here are the five top tips from dermatologists to help stave off vernal skin-related freak-outs.

1. Start scrubbing.

Snow, sludge, and rain can cause season-long buildup on the skin—of dead skin cells, leftover product, and environmental toxins—which is why dermatologists recommend exfoliating in the new season. To keep skin smooth and hydrated, using a mask up to three times a week. 

2. Lighten your load.

Gone are the days of duck boots, fur-lined hoods, and loading up your visage with thick creams and serums to help fight off the wicked winter wind. Come spring, it's time to swap out your heavy formulas for lighter lotions. While ingredients like petrolatum help protect the skin, certain products can weigh you down especially in humid weather.

3. Apply (and re-apply) sunscreen.

After a months spent bundled up in beanies and parkas, slathering on sun protection is a must once temps start to rise. Springtime is actually a high risk time for sunburns and sun damage. Although the weather is warmer, it's still so mild you might not feel how strong the sun is. Apply sunscreen every morning and reapply it again before any outdoor activity during the day. Our SPF recommendation? EltaMD Skincare UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

It's clear zinc oxide sunscreen that also contains niacinamide to help give the skin a glow. (As a reminder, niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that strengthens the skin's outer layers, improves elasticity, and curbs redness and irritation.)

4. Add an eye cream.

Because the sun's more prominent in the spring, people are more prone to squinting. To combat the fine lines and wrinkles that can form around the eyes, find an eye cream with a high concentration of antioxidants and peptides. 

Of course, a pair of big sunglasses is never a bad idea, either.

5. Go shopping.

Since you'll be spending more time in the sun, look for makeup that offers even coverage and protection. Hit up the local OC Facial Care Center in Lake Forest or online and shop tip you drop!

Your skin is worth investing in, come see one of our many skin care specialists who can recommend the best regime just for you!

 

Somme Institute Skin Care

OC Facial Care Center take pride in the product lines we make available to our customers. Somme Institute spent over 10 years testing, developing and "tracking" more than 5,000 participants, Somme Institute discovered and developed a Patented technology called Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5™).

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Here is a break down of the best 5 Somme Institute products available at OC Facial Care Center. 

Step 1: Nourishing Cleanser 

Step 2: Transport

Step 3: Serum

Step 4: A-Bomb

Step 5: Double Defense SPF 30

Step 1: Nourishing Cleanser 8oz ($40)

What is it? A non-foaming, non-comedogenic, non-drying gel cleanser containing Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5™), a patented technology of highly engineered vitamins A B3 B5 C & E designed to deep clean the skin while leaving it feeling soft and refreshed.

Who is it for? All skin types & most skin conditions.

Benefits:

A non-foaming gel to cleanse and treat the skin without drying.

Step 2: Transport 50 pads ($58)

What is it? Saturated soft cotton pads with Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5™), and AHA to gently exfoliate dead cells on the skin's surface.

Benefits:

Saturated cotton pads:

- Gently exfoliates with AHA and treats with MDT5™

- Promotes resiliency, hydration and cell renewal

Positive Side Effects:

Some dryness, excess oilyness or blemsihes might occur. It is a good sign. DO NOT STOP treatment. The skin detoxifies and purges itself by unclogging the pores. A slight tingling sensation is normal. For sensitive skin, squeeze excess liquid from the Transport pad for the first few days to see how skin reacts.

Step 3: Serum 1 oz ($82)

What is it? The advanced technology in Somme Institute®'s Serum combines Vitamin C along with a high concentration of Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5™). Serum helps reduce the visible signs of premature aging, smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone.

 

Benefits:

A highly concentrated and stabilized Vitamin C gel:

- Improves skin elasticity

- Evens skin tone

- Softens skin and builds collagen

- Eliminates redness associated with acne

Step 4: A-Bomb 1.5 oz ($70)

What is it? A-Bomb is a lightweight cream containing Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5™) and a high concentration of Vitamins A & E. A-Bomb helps soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while targeting poor skin texture and dry skin. It calms and soothes the skin while promoting its vitality and firmness.

Benefits:

A light-weight moisturizing cream:

- High concentration of advanced forms of Vitamins A & E

- Quickly and easily absorbed

- Speeds cell renewal to reveal flawless skin

- Visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles

- Helps to treat and prevent acne

Step 5: Double Defense SPF 30 3.8 fl oz ($48)

What is it? Double Defense with SPF 30+ and Parsol 1789 is a light-weight moisturizing lotion. Double Defense protects the skin from premature aging while locking in vital moisture.

Benefits:

Moisturizing sun protection:

- Protects from the sun with SPF 30+

- Perfect for the whole body

The packaging is very basic with a simple design, and each product is marked with a large colored dot on the front of the bottle/jar. With the exception of A-Bomb (which has a sweet, maple syrup type smell), these products have little to no smell, which is nice if you are sensitive to fragrances in products.

All of these products are available at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

The hairy truth about waxing vs sugaring

It may not be getting warm outside yet, but listen ladies, it’s time to get your business in order. When you’re taken care of, you feel prettier and sexier… When you feel sexier, you feel better about yourself… This leads to a happier relationship with your partner and/or yourself! So start shaving those legs, and get in there for some grooming. OC Facial Care Center offers sugaring hair removal services. We prefer sugaring over waxing for many reasons. Here is a breakdown of why sugaring is better than waxing. 

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Waxing vs. Sugaring:

Waxing:

Ingredients - There are a lot of different waxes out there, with ingredients that include resins and chemical ingredients like dyes, fragrances, and preservatives. Depending on the quality of the wax, there may also be some harmful additives like BHT and parabens, bad guys you definitely don’t want anywhere near your special lady parts.

Method:

There are a few different types of wax. Hard wax goes on hot and hardens, it can then be pulled off without the use of cloth strips. The extreme heat and hardness of the wax can be especially painful for sensitive skin. Soft wax also goes on hot, and then is removed with a cotton or muslin cloth. It can be slightly less painful, and is often not quite as scorching hot. There is also soft wax that goes on with a roller, which typically has more harmful ingredients and is less effective. Lastly, there are cold wax strips. They typically come pre-applied and do not need to be heated. They often have more chemical ingredients and are not as effective as hot wax.

Waxing Pros

    ▪    Really effective at removing hair

    ▪    Different types to choose from to suit different kinds of hair (from course to fine)

Waxing Cons

    ▪    Can burn skin

    ▪    Lower quality and chemical ingredients

    ▪    Bacteria can grow in wax and cause infection

    ▪    Can remove a layer of skin, in addition to hair

Sugaring

Ingredients - Sugaring is made from natural ingredients — sugar, lemon juice, and water. Sometimes essential oils or glycerin are added.

Method - Sugaring is performed in the same way as wax. Typically, the sugaring mixture isn’t quite as hot as hot wax, which can be less painful.

Sugaring Pros -

    ▪    Natural, skin-healthy ingredients

    ▪    Effective at removing hair

    ▪    Bacteria is not as apt to live in sugaring mixture

    ▪    Less hot, so won’t burn skin

    ▪    Won’t remove skin

Sugaring Cons -

    ▪    Often times slightly more expensive

Clearly, sugaring wins out with way more pros than waxing. Call in today to make an appointment with one of our amazing estheticians! 

 

 

Revision Skincare is now available at OC Facial Skin Care Center

For over 25 years, Revision Skincare has provided physicians with clinically proven, high-performing skincare products. Using only the purest, most efficacious ingredients, the Revision Skincare collection was formulated to provide targeted solutions for enhancing skin’s appearance and reducing signs of aging.

Revision Skincare products represent the furthest advancements in scientific skincare. Our formulations are rooted in rigorous research and testing, and manufactured by us using the highest ethical standards. Revision Skincare products are never tested on animals.

While Revision Skincare is first and foremost about serious skincare, we are inspired every day by the positive effects our products have on people's lives.

Here are OC Facial Care Center’s top 2 favorite products. Both available online or instore.

1. Nectifirm 

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Nectifirm is the #1 age-defying neck product recommended by medical professionals. This award-wining neck cream contains plant extracts, antioxidants and unique biotechnological blends that work cohesively to create a smoother, younger-looking neck. Nectifirm has been formulated to address the changes that occur as the skin on your neck ages. It contains powerful ingredients designed to rejuvenate your neck area by treating it differently than your face. Backed by years of scientific research, Nectifirm was specifically created to provide dramatic visual results in the overall appearance of the neck. You will see and feel immediate and long-term results with Nectifirm. Helps the skin appear more firm and lifted; Reduces the appearance of rough, crepey skin; Lessens the look of fine lines and wrinkles. All skin types benefit. According to a study by Kline & Company. 

How to use: How to use: Using upward strokes, gently apply a dime-sized amount onto décolletage, working your way up the neck to the jawline. Use twice daily, morning and evening. Follow with Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50, or Intellishade.

2. Intellishade

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Have you ever needed a tinted moisturizer that protects, moisturizers and gives your skin the perfect glow? Look no further.

Intellishade  is a best-selling tinted moisturizer that provides broad spectrum protection, outsmarts the signs of aging and gives skin a touch of sheer, healthy color. Formulated with a blend of three peptides and broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection Intellishade protects and prevents further sun damage.

Intellishade Original or Matte Highlights:

    •    Formulated with advanced peptide and broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection

    •    Moisturizes and blends naturally with the color of your skin

    •    Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

    •    Matte Formula contains the latest pore-minimizing technology

    •    Fights photodamage which causes premature aging

Ingredient Highlights:

    •    Octinoxate & Octisalate. Provides UVB protection.

    •    Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide. Physical sunscreens that provide UVA and UVB protection.

    •    Lecithin (Matte formula). Reduces the appearance of pore size.

    •    Blend of three peptides. Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    •    Vitamin C (THD Ascorbate). Brightens and provides antioxidant benefits.

    •    Blend of White Birch Extract, Yeast Extract, Plankton Extract and Coenzyme Q10. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What is the difference between the Original and Matte finish?

Intellishade® Original has a more moisturizing feel.

The Matte formula provides a lightweight matte finish and contains ingredients that have been shown to reduce the appearance of pore size and absorb excess oil. You could mix them or use Intellishade® Original in drier, colder months, and Intellishade® Matte in warmer, humid months.

How is Intellishade® different from other daily anti-aging moisturizers on the market? Intellishade® comes in one shade that matches every skin tone. Key ingredients protect the skin from further damage. It conceals with a sheer mineral tint and UVA and UVB protection.

Available in Original and Matte formula

OC Facial Care Centers Top 4 SkinBetter Science Products

Physician-grade skin care lines provide faster, better results than over-the-counter products, as they contain stronger concentrations of active ingredients. Plus, their formulations are designed to target the deeper layers of skin, which is a must for noticeable results.

Developed by the experts behind Restylane® and Dysport®, SkinBetter products range from innovative creams, serums and treatments. SkinBetter Science helps you reclaim youthful, rejuvenated skin.

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Four of OC Facial Care Center's top picks are: 

No. 1: SkinBetter Science Daily Treatment Cream FACE

Created with a revolutionary InterFuse™ patented technology — a proprietary delivery system that quickly delivers active ingredients deep into the skin with targeted precision — Daily Treatment Cream FACE works to give a radiant, healthy glow that seems to defy the effects of time.

This physician-grade skin care product features a super-potent blend of nourishing and calming peptides, along with powerful polyphenols from Mediterranean olive trees and other exclusive hydrating ingredients. Formulated to be lightweight, the face cream goes on smoothly and provides a breathable layer of moisture.

No. 2: SkinBetter Science Daily Treatment Cream EYE

The physician-grade Daily Treatment Cream EYE is a delicate formulation that glides on easily and is effective at reducing the appearance of crow’s feet as well as under-eye bags and puffiness. The cream also works to diminish dryness and dark circles under the eyes.

The InterFuse™ transport system is the star of this skin care product. With a cutting-edge blend of peptides, concentrated vitamin C from the Australian kakadu plum, humectants, caffeine and a highly specialized yeast derivative, Daily Treatment Cream EYE is an ingenious, comprehensive eye cream.

3: SkinBetter Science AlphaRet® Overnight Cream FACE

AlphaRet® Overnight Cream FACE is a powerful physician-grade product, one that can provide visible rejuvenation in as little as four weeks. This night cream reduces the depth and size of facial wrinkles and evens the skin tone to provide a balanced, youthful appearance.

Formulated with the proprietary AlphaRet® rejuvenating technology, this overnight cream combines two well-known powerhouse ingredients — an alphahydroxy acid (AHA) and a retinoid — with glycolic acid, potent peptides and a blend of antioxidants. Exclusive smoothing and hydrating ingredients provide balance and prevent the irritation and dryness associated with retinoid-based skin care products.

4: Smoothing Intensive Treatment:  The main active ingredient in this Skinbetter Science anti aging cream is hyaluronic acid, which is valued for its ability to attract moisture to the application site. Other ingredients include chemicals like glycerin, to help lock moisture in the skin; soybean seed extract, to improve texture; pea extract, to fortify collagen fibers; and hydrolyzed collagen, to improve the skin’s natural collagen support network.

All of these products are available at OC Facial Care Center. Come in today for your free skin consultation and samples.

Miracle Product - Retinol

At OC Facial Care Center, we offer a variety of Retinol products. Obagi’s retinol When the goal is preventing aging as well as correcting existing damage virtually all dermatologists agree daily retinoid use is the answer. The term "retinoids" refers to vitamin A and the various molecules derived from vitamin A, which itself is also known as retinol.  

The Benefits

Vitamin A is essential for normal skin cell development and differentiation:

    •    Inhibits collagen breakdown

    •    Increases collagen synthesis

    •    Increases elasticity

    •    Improves water barrier function

    •    Anti-inflammatory

    •    Regulates sebum production, excellent for treating acne as well as aging.

    •    It is the only ingredient we know of that actually reverses the signs of photo aging.

Tips for Successful Use

While every skin has its own idiosyncrasies, almost every skin can benefit from retinoids. Here are some tips to make your retinoid journey successful, even if you’ve had trouble in the past.

    1    Use the right form. The retinoids that are effective; retinol, retinaldehyde and retinoic acid, come in either OTC or prescription form. If you have sensitive skin you might want to start with an OTC retinol serum, which is slower-acting and less irritating than prescription retinoic acid. Since retinol must convert to retinoic acid the trade-off, slower to emerge visible improvements offset by less irritation, can benefit those who have experienced prior problems with prescription retinoids. Retinaldehyde is another OTC retinoid that is very effective.

    2    In the prescription category Refissa and Renova are the least irritating, then Differin, then Retin A, and finally Tazorac is the most irritating. You can start with the least irritating retinoid and move up to the more irritating product if it is appropriate to your condition. For example, while Tazorac is the most irritating it also gives the most improvement in terms of pore size and acne scars.

    3    Set up a routine. You can start off every other or every third night and work up to every night, but be consistent.

    4    Prepare your skin before starting. A study, Facilitating facial retinization through barrier improvement, showed the following: “The results show that improving stratum corneum barrier function before beginning topical tretinoin therapy and continuing use of a barrier-enhancing cosmetic moisturizer during therapy facilitates the early phase of facial retinization and augments the treatment response.” The barrier cream the researchers used contained a mixture of vitamins. They advised continuing with the barrier cream while using the retinoid.

    5    Retinoids during the day? Contrary to popular belief, retinoids do not contribute to photosensitivity, though retinoic acid can thin the outer layers of the skin by about a third, making skin more susceptible to sunburn. But there are a couple of reasons to confine usage to night time. 1) Economics—retinoids degrade in the light, so you’re not getting your money’s worth if you use them during the day. 2) Heat from the sun can contribute to erythema, or redness, and if you are already experiencing redness on account of facial retinization heat might exacerbate your discomfort. The answer—use retinoids at night only, use sunscreen daily, and try to avoid excessive heat, either from sun or sauna.

    6   Be patient. It’s not an overnight process for anyone, and depending on the type of retinoid you use, the condition you are treating and the condition of your skin, you should be prepared to wait at least six to eight weeks before you start to see significant changes.

To sum it all up: order of application is not important, what matters is that you find the type of retinoid that best suits you, make it a part of your skin care routine, and be consistent in its use. You’ll be very happy you made the effort. OTC products available at

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Hot Trend Alert - Microneedling

What is microneedling?

Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. Sound appealing? Not so much. But this minimally invasive treatment—whether it's done in-office by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon, or at home using a dermaroller (a small, handheld paint roller coated in tiny needles)—is virtually painless and incredibly effective. It works the same way lasers do, only you're injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light. Believe it or not, microneedling has become hugely popular among skincare fanatics.

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Microneedling reduces fine and deep wrinkles

The primary appeal of microneedling is its ability to stimulate growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to new, youthful-looking skin. Some doctors would even go so far as to say that the procedure is the most powerful way to stop aging in its tracks and prevent new fine lines and wrinkles from forming. With its ability to trigger the generation of new skin cells, just a few sessions of microneedling will noticeably reduce fine lines, crow's feet, and deep wrinkles on the forehead.

Microneedling repairs visible scars

Professional grade microneedling devices can be as long as 3 mm, which is twice as effective and will treat deep acne scars that occur beneath the surface of the skin. In case you're wondering how microneedling compares to fractional laser treatments when it comes to resolving acne scars, a head-to-head comparison published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery in 2016, found both treatments to be comparable and effective, but gave credit to microneedling for being better tolerated, with fewer side effects and less downtime.

Microneedling reverses sun damage and pigmentation

Once again, collagen is arguably the most vital way to improve the look of skin, and this goes far beyond reducing wrinkles. By stimulating collagen growth with microneedling, you can also reverse sun damage and discoloration, including the hyperpigmentation that comes with melasma. To improve extra pigmentation from sun-damaged skin, your dermaroller needles should range between 1.0 mm an 1.5 mm in length.

Just like with any procedure, do your research to find a licensed practitioner, and ask your fair share of questions. 

The Lunch Time Chemical Peel

The lunch time chemical peel in other words known as the ZO Ossential Stimulator Peel and it works wonders in minutes. It’s a quick and easy treatment that can be done in your lunch hour to miraculously smooth away fine to moderate lines and wrinkles, acne, age spots, uneven pigmentation and rough skin texture.

The Ossential Stimulator Peel is designed to exfoliate the skin by stimulating cellular turnover to improve skin tone, texture and clarity. And the best part is that there is no downtime, peeling or redness afterwards; just glowing, healthy skin. It literally take 10 minutes!

This peel is affectionately known as the “Red Carpet Peel” owing to the number of celebrities that avail of it before they have to look picture perfect for red carpet events, and can’t afford to hide away with the redness of flaking that some strong peels cause.

This lunch time peel l is gentle on the skin but strong enough to make a visible difference, brightening and refreshing the face for a youthful, dewy look.

This peel contains 3 different acids to exfoliate your skin and promote cell turnover; with 10% Salicylic Acid, 10% Lactic Acid and 10% Citric Acid. These are known as AHA or Alpha Hydroxy acids – they dissolve dead skin cells and give a great exfoliation to the upper layers of the skin. The salicylic acid works on oily, acne prone skin, and the citric acid gives the skin a healthy glow.

Just one peel will see results, but maximum benefits can be achieved with a series of three to four peels carried out at two week intervals.

Make an appointment at OC Facial Care Center and get on your way to red carpet skin!