What is MD Facial at OC Facial Center

Performed in a physician’s office, medical facials cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and hydrate skin using a combination of medical-grade products and tools. Suitable for a variety of skin types, these highly-customizable treatments improve the appearance of several skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, skin firmness, skin texture, pore congestion, and acne.

A medical facial follows the same general steps as a classic spa facial, including cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration. The primary difference between these two treatments is that medical facials are performed in a medspa using medical-grade products and tools. The overall results are therefore appear more effective.

Since medical facials are performed within a medspa, the aethetician administering the treatment is able to affect the skin at a deeper level. For example, a low concentration chemical peel may be used during a classic spa facial, whereas high-concentration, unbuffered acids can be used during a medical facial. 

Medical facials are highly customizable and can be tailored to your specific skin needs and concerns. Additional treatment add-ons such a dermaplaning may be incorporated to physically exfoliate the top layer of the skin and enhance the absorption of the chemical peel solution

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A MEDICAL FACIAL?

Since medical facials are highly customizable, they can effectively address a wide spectrum of skin concerns, making them appropriate for nearly everyone. Your skincare professional will work with you to understand your specific skin needs and will recommend a customized medical facial treatment plan. 

Although medical facials can easily be customized using a variety of tools and products, there are some conditions that may preclude treatment including use of medications that render skin very sensitive. As with any form of facial treatment, certain active ingredients and modalities such as laser resurfacing should be avoided if you are pregnant or have a heart condition. It is important that you discuss with your skincare professional any allergies, skin sensitivity, underlying conditions, or medications being taken prior to receiving a medical facial.

 

 During the treatment, your skincare professional will cleanse, steam, exfoliate, and replenish your skin using a combination of modalities such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning. Additional treatments including microcurrent, LED light therapy, ultrasound, radio frequency, or microneedling may also be incorporated. 

Depending on the treatments performed, the facial may last 30 minutes to 1 hour. You may also experience some mild discomfort and downtime. This is contingent upon the concentration of ingredients used and what procedures were performed. After the procedure is completed, it is important that you follow the post-procedure protocol outlined by your  skincare professional. This is especially important if your medical facial incorporates treatments that increase your skin’s sensitivity to UV light.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET A MEDICAL FACIAL?

When and how often to get a medical facial depends on a variety of factors including skin concerns, desired outcome, and the type of treatment performed. If you are looking to improve chronic acne, you may benefit from a series of medical facials spaced 4-6 weeks apart. If you are seeking quick skin rejuvenation to improve radiance prior to a big event, you may benefit from a single medical facial. However, the results are generally more pronounced after a series of treatments. 

Since these facial treatments leverage medical-grade products and tools, it is recommended that they are performed during periods when sun exposure will be limited. This does not necessarily eliminate the summer months, but it is important to be very diligent about sun protection.

WHERE SHOULD I GET A MEDICAL FACIAL?

Medical facials should be performed by a physician or a licensed aesthetician who practices under the supervision of a physician. As these treatments employ medical-grade tools, they are not entirely risk-free. To avoid any unnecessary side effects, look for a licensed skincare professional with extensive knowledge and a proven track record in delivering safe, effective results. 

 

Try our MD  Facial at OC Facial Center in Lake Forest or Mission Viejo

Skin Care Ingredients Dictionary by Skinceuticals

A skin care formulation is only as good as its ingredients. Explore an skin care ingredients dictionary featuring key ingredients, their source, and their benefits on skin. For a skincare junkie like myself. I am so excited to learn more about it.

AERATED SILICA

Why add Aerated Silica to your skin care routine?

Known as airlicium, this synthetically-derived ingredient can absorb up to 15x its weight in oil to help mattify skin complexion.

Featured in: Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50

ALGAE EXTRACTS

Why add Algae Extracts to your skin care routine?

Algae refer to a simple group of aquatic organisms capable of conducting photosynthesis. In skincare, some algae extracts have been shown to act as emollients and soothing agents capable of delivering a variety of nutrients to skin.

Featured in: Daily Moisture

ARTEMIA SALINA

Why add Artemia Salina to your skin care routine?

This plankton extract helps boost skin’s natural defenses and resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress.

Featured in: Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 , Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 , Physical UV Defense SPF 30 , Sport UV Defense SPF 50

AVOBENZONE

Why add Avobenzone to your skin care routine?

This oil-soluble organic compound is primarily used in sunscreen formulations to absorb the full spectrum of UVA rays. Avobenzone is often used in conjunction with other sunscreen ingredients such as octocrylene.

Featured in: Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50 , Sport UV Defense SPF 50

BAICALIN

Why add Baicalin to your skin care routine?

A flavonoid antioxidant derived from the roots of the baical skullcap plant, baicalin is a potent antioxidant with skin calming properties, shown to help protect skin from environmental aggressors.

Featured in: Resveratrol B E

BLUEBERRY EXTRACT

Why add Blueberry Extract to your skin care routine?

A naturally derived antioxidant, blueberry extract helps fortify skin’s matrix and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and laxity.

Featured in: A.G.E. Interrupter , A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles

CERAMIDES

Why add Ceramides to your skin care routine?

Ceramides are waxy lipid molecules naturally present in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin, that play a key role in skin lipid barrier function. Ceramides work synergistically to help increase skin hydration and promote optimal barrier function. SkinCeuticals ceramides are formulated synthetically to be bioidentical to skin's natural ceramides.

Featured in: Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 , Replenishing Cleanser , Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50

CITRIC ACID

Why add Citric Acid to your skin care routine?

Found naturally in citrus fruits, this alpha-hydroxy acid helps promote cell turnover to exfoliate and smooth skin. It can also act as a preservative in formulations to protect stability.

Featured in: Blemish + Age Defense

CUCUMBER EXTRACT

Why add Cucumber Extract to your skin care routine?

Naturally found in cucumbers, this non-sensitizing extract has high quantities of vitamin C and amino acids which are known to help nourish, hydrate, and soothe skin. 

Featured in: Phyto Corrective Gel , Phyto Corrective Mask

DIOIC ACID

Why add Dioic Acid to your skin care routine?

Naturally found in various animals and vegetable fats and oils, dioic acid helps reduce excess sebum while diminishing P.acnes bacteria. This ingredient has also been shown to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. SkinCeuticals only uses vegetable-derived dioic acid in its formulations.

Featured in: Blemish + Age Defense

DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE

Why add Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate to your skin care routine?

Dipotassium glycyrrhizate (licorice root extract) is the principal component of licorice root. This potent ingredient is recognized for its ability to help even out skin tone and it has been shown to help preserve hyaluronic acid content in skin.

Featured in: Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier (H.A.)

ELLAGIC ACID

Why add Ellagic Acid to your skin care routine?

A naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidant found in fruits and berries that has been shown to help improve the look of skin discoloration.

Featured in: Advanced Pigment Corrector

FATTY ACID

Why add Fatty Acid to your skin care routine?

Naturally found in a variety of animal and vegetable sources including fish, seeds, and nuts, fatty acids aid in the structural integrity of skin lipids to optimize its overall lipid balance. SkinCeuticals only uses vegetable sources of fatty acids in its formulations. 

Featured in: Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

FERULIC ACID

Why add Ferulic Acid to your skin care routine?

Ferulic acid neutralizes free radicals and complements the antioxidant benefits of vitamins C and E for visible aging benefits. This powerful antioxidant can be found in the cell walls of plants such as wheat, rice, peanuts, oranges and apples.

Featured in: C E Ferulic® with 15% L-ascorbic acid , Phloretin CF® with Ferulic Acid , Phloretin CF Gel , AOX+ Eye Gel , Serum 10 AOX+ , Serum 15 AOX+ , Serum 20 AOX+

GLYCERIN

Why add Glycerin to your skin care routine?

Synthetically derived or found naturally in the lipids of animals and vegetables, this powerful humectant possesses water-binding properties that help deliver intense hydration. SkinCeuticals only uses vegetable-derived sources of glycerin in its formulations. 

Featured in: Metacell Renewal B3 , Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50

GLYCOLIC ACID

Why add Glycolic Acid to your skin care routine?

Glycolic acid helps facilitate skin's natural exfoliation and minimizes the build-up of dead skin cells to improve the appearance of skin's tone and texture. This alpha-hydroxy acid can be derived synthetically or found naturally in sugar cane, beetroot, grapes, and other fruit.

Featured in: Blemish + Age Defense , LHA Cleansing Gel: Our Best Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin , Purifying Cleanser with Glycolic Acid , Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser , Acne Skin System , C + AHA , Clarifying Clay Mask for Acne Prone Skin , Conditioning Toner , LHA Toner , Renew Overnight Dry , Renew Overnight Oily

HOMOSALATE

Why add Homosalate to your skin care routine?

Also known as homomenthyl salicylate, this non-sensitizing, organic compound is commonly found in sunscreen formulations. It works by absorbing burning UVB rays.

Featured in: Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50 , Sport UV Defense SPF 50

HYALURONIC ACID

Why add Hyaluronic Acid to your skin care routine?

Hyaluronic acid is the body's natural hydrator, making it an excellent moisturizer when applied topically. A natural humectant, hyaluronic acid is capable of holding 1,000 times its own weight in water.

Featured in: Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier (H.A.) , Hydrating B5 Gel , Retexturing Activator , Phyto Corrective Gel ,Hydrating B5 Mask , Phyto Corrective Mask , Antioxidant Lip Repair , Body Retexturing Treatment

HYDROXYETHYL UREA

Why add Hydroxyethyl Urea to your skin care routine?

Derived synthetically, this humectant helps replenish and maintain skin’s moisture levels. In addition to its powerful hydrating ability, it also helps promote cell turnover. 

Featured in: Retexturing Activator

HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID

Why add Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid to your skin care routine?

Recognized for its exfoliating properties, this aminosulfonic acid derivative works enzymatically to help break the bonds that bind dead cells to the skin’s surface for even exfoliation. 

Featured in: Retexturing Activator

HYDROXYPHENOXY PROPIONIC ACID

Why add Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid to your skin care routine?

A non-toxic derivative of hydroquinone that helps fade the appearance of discoloration and improve uneven skin tone. 

Featured in: Advanced Pigment Corrector

IMPREGNATED BIOCELLULOSE FIBERS

Why add Impregnated Biocellulose Fibers to your skin care routine?

A fine network of highly absorbent biofibers are impregnated with water to provide immediate cooling relief to skin.

Featured in: Biocellulose Restorative Mask

KOMBUCHA

Why add Kombucha to your skin care routine?

A byproduct of the tea fermentation process, this naturally derived ingredient is known to help promote smooth, radiant skin. 

Featured in: Retexturing Activator

KOJIC ACID

Why add Kojic Acid to your skin care routine?

Naturally produced by certain fungi, kojic acid helps improve the appearance of discoloration and skin brightness.

Featured in: Discoloration Defense , Phyto +

L-ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)

Why add L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to your skin care routine?

Synthetically derived or found naturally in citrus fruits, l-ascorbic acid is lauded for its superior antioxidant benefits. This highly potent form of pure vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals and helps protect against oxidative stress while providing visible anti-aging benefits. 

Featured in: C E Ferulic® with 15% L-ascorbic acid , Phloretin CF® with Ferulic Acid , AOX+ Eye Gel , Serum 10 AOX+ , Phloretin CF Gel , Serum 15 AOX+ , Serum 20 AOX+ , C + AHA

LHA (CAPROLOYL SALICYLIC ACID)

Why add Lha (Caproloyl Salicylic Acid) to your skin care routine?

A derivative of salicylic acid, this lipo-hydroxy acid helps promote cell turnover via targeted exfoliation. It has also been shown to decongest pores and refine the skin’s surface. 

Featured in: Blemish + Age Defense , LHA Cleansing Gel: Our Best Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin , LHA Toner

NATURAL CHOLESTEROL

Why add Natural Cholesterol to your skin care routine?

Cholesterol is naturally found in the body and one of the predominant lipids found in skin. In topical skincare formulations, this ingredient is known to accelerate barrier recovery in aging skin. SkinCeuticals natural cholesterol is derived from a purified isolation of wool wax. 

Featured in: Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3)

Why add Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to your skin care routine?

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin found naturally in yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains. Topical application of niacinamide has been shown to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and reduce the appearance of discoloration and blotchiness. 

Featured in: Metacell Renewal B3 , Discoloration Defense

OCTISALATE

Why add Octisalate to your skin care routine?

Also known as octyl salicylate, this oil-soluble, organic sunscreen ingredient protects skin from the full spectrum of burning UVB rays

Featured in: Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50 , Sport UV Defense SPF 50

OCTOCRYLENE

Why add Octocrylene to your skin care routine?

Widely used in sunscreen formulations, this organic compound delivers effective UV protection by absorbing burning UVB rays. It possesses emollient properties and can be used as an additive to help preserve the nature of photosensitive ingredients.

Featured in: Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50 , Sport UV Defense SPF 50

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

Why add Olive Leaf Extract to your skin care routine?

Derived from olive leaves, this emollient plant extract is rich in antioxidants including oleuropeine and hydroxytyrosol. Its moisturizing properties make it beneficial for dry skin types. 

Featured in: Phyto Corrective Gel , Phyto Corrective Mask

OPTICAL DIFFUSERS

Why add Optical Diffusers to your skin care routine?

Designed to reflect and redirect light, optical diffusers help spread light evenly across a surface. In skincare, optical diffusers disperse light to help minimize the appearance of skin imperfections or uneven tone around the eyes. 

Featured in: A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles

PURPLE RICE EXTRACT

Why add Purple Rice Extract to your skin care routine?

Derived from the seed of oryza sativa linne, a type of rice originating in China, this extract helps preserve hyaluronic acid content in skin.

Featured in: Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier (H.A.)

RESVERATROL

Why add Resveratrol to your skin care routine?

Known as the longevity molecule, resveratrol is sourced from grape skin, blueberries, raspberries, and various plants including knotweed. It has been recognized for its powerful antioxidant and anti-aging properties which include strengthening skin’s natural antioxidant defense system to help neutralize free radicals. 

Featured in: Resveratrol B E

RETINOL

Why add Retinol to your skin care routine?

Retinol is a form of vitamin A (retinoic acid) that is clinically proven to help improve the appearance of aging skin. Retinol is shown to help improve uneven skin tone, promote cell turnover, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Featured in: Retinol 0.3 , Retinol 0.5 , Retinol 1.0

SALICYLIC ACID

Why add Salicylic Acid to your skin care routine?

Often used as a key ingredient in topical acne products, this beta-hydroxy acid is extracted from the bark of willow trees. Salicylic acid exfoliates skin, refines pores, and reduces the formation of acne when used at an appropriate concentration. 

Featured in: Blemish + Age Defense , Advanced Pigment Corrector , LHA Cleansing Gel: Our Best Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin , LHA Toner , Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser

SULFONIC ACID (HEPES)

Why add Sulfonic Acid (HEPES) to your skin care routine?

This synthetically derived acid activates natural enzymes in skin to help break the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface for even exfoliation.

Featured in: Simply Clean: Our Best Cleanser for Oily Skin , Retexturing Activator , Discoloration Defense

THYME EXTRACT

Why add Thyme Extract to your skin care routine?

Found naturally in the leaves and flower of the thyme plant, this botanical extract is high in thymol, known for its anti-septic and skin soothing benefits.

Featured in: Phyto Corrective Gel , Phyto Corrective Mask , Phyto +

TITANIUM DIOXIDE

Why add Titanium Dioxide to your skin care routine?

Titanium dioxide is a natural mineral used as a mineral UV filter. This key sunscreen ingredient forms a barrier on skin to reflect and help protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Featured in: Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 , Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 , Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 , Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50

TRANEXAMIC ACID

The key to targeting stubborn discoloration

Widely used in dermatology to address skin discoloration, tranexamic acid is a powerful ingredient recognized for its ability to brighten skin complexion and improve the appearance of discoloration.

Featured in: Discoloration Defense

TRANSLUCENT COLOR SPHERES

Why add Translucent Color Spheres to your skin care routine?

Comprised of iron oxide spheres, this color-infused technology enhances natural skin tone and boosts radiance while providing a universal tint for most skin tones.

Featured in: Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 , Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50

TRI-PEPTIDE

Why add Tri-Peptide to your skin care routine?

Peptides are compounds consisting of two or more linked amino acids (natural proteins). The number of amino acids that make up a peptide determine whether it is a di-peptide (2 peptides), tri-peptide (3 peptides), or more. In topical skincare formulations, some peptides are shown to help provide anti-aging benefits. 

Featured in: Metacell Renewal B3

VITAMIN B5

Why add Vitamin B5 to your skin care routine?

Also known as pantothenic acid and found naturally in salmon, avocados, sunflower seeds, broccoli, and more, this essential nutrient helps promote the skin barrier’s natural repair process. SkinCeuticals only uses vegetable-derived sources of vitamin B5 in its formulations. 

Featured in: Hydrating B5 Gel , Hydrating B5 Mask

VITAMIN E (ALPHA TOCOPHEROL)

Why add Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) to your skin care routine?

The most abundant, pure form of vitamin E, this powerful antioxidant can be derived synthetically or sourced naturally from a variety of foods including vegetable oils. Alpha tocopheral plays an important role in neutralizing free radicals, moisturizing skin, and improving the appearance of visible skin aging.

Featured in: C E Ferulic® with 15% L-ascorbic acid , Resveratrol B E , Daily Moisture , Face Cream

ZINC OXIDE (Z-COTE®)

Why add Zinc Oxide (Z-Cote®) to your skin care routine?

Zinc oxide is a natural mineral used as a UV filter. This key sunscreen ingredient forms a barrier on skin to reflect and help protect against UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide demonstrates strong protection across the UVA spectrum and its distribution characteristics help provide an even spread without a whitening effect. 

What is Hydrafacial ?

HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion or a ( wet microdermanbrasion ) procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating.

It's a "medical-grade hydradermabrasion device that carries out a patented three-part regimen — cleansing, exfoliating, and then infusing skin with intensive serums,

The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. We don't believe in quick fixes, so one treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin.

The Hydrafacial treatment not only resurfaces your skin to provide cleansing, exfoliation and extraction, but it also simultaneously bathes the newly revealed skin with serums of antioxidants, peptides and Hyaluronic acid like the ZO Brightening Serum or OC Facial Center Vitamin C Serum. The HydrafacialTreatment is great for any skin type and is not just a quick-fix-it procedure.

I love the results every time I do it to my client. They feel super refreshed, super clean and rejuvenated.

Here are some of the benefits when doing the Hydrafacial

HydraFacial serums are designed to target certain skin problems to help the skin to be healthier in the long run.

  • Blackheads & whiteheads

  • Wrinkles, fine lines, and dehydrated (very dry) skin

  • Uneven skin tone, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, and brown spots

  • Enlarged pores, congested pores, acne or oily-prone skin

What is the Science Behind it?

The Hydrafacial treatment is a different kind of skin-enhancing treatment because of how it thoroughly exfoliates, hydrates and rejuvenates to instantly improve the overall appearance of the skin. The vortex, multi-step science behind the Hydrafacial treatment the latest breakthrough in aesthetic technology. Because of this, the Hydrafacial treatment is as soothing, refreshing, moisturizing and non-irritating as a combination of 3 different popular facial and treatment types of skin rejuvenation. Experience the benefits of the best in facial treatments such as the exfoliation and skin resurfacing from a microdermabrasion, new younger skin from a chemical peel and extractions and hydration similar to a deep-cleansing skin facial treatment, but all-in-one convenient treatment that delivers instant results. In fact, the hydrafacial treatment is so instant and non-irritating that it is even safe enough to have done on your wedding day! The treatment accomplishes all of this via a breakthrough simultaneous multi-step approach:

  • Vortex Extraction – The “vortex” is simply a strongly circulating liquid that when applied to the skin, easily extricates and eliminates a variety of blemishes including blackheads, sebum, and whiteheads for painless and instantaneous extractions.

  • Vortex Cleaning – The unique HydroPeel tip works to hydrate the skin effectively using a nutrient-rich, special solution that deeply penetrates the pores of the skin to dissolve away impurities gently while simultaneously softening the skin.

  • LED Light Therapy – LED light therapy offers even more benefits following a Hydrafacial treatment. It utilizes certain kinds of light that emit energy to encourage cell growth while increasing the production of the skin’s elastin and collagen. From this, skin becomes less wrinkled, firmer and more younger-looking overall. Light therapy also helps to improve the resilience and firmness of the skin, while greatly diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other visible signs of aging.

  • Antioxidant Vortex Fusion – The special spiral “vortex” tip uses a patented approach for hydrating the skin by simultaneously infusing strong antioxidants into the skin as it exfoliates, which diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and oiliness.

  • Exfoliation – Exfoliating the skin is essential in maintaining its health. The HydroPeel innovative tip utilizes abrasive, multiple edges in order to exfoliate the skin thoroughly many times over to achieve better skin resurfacing minus the irritation, discomfort or redness of other leading dermabrasion procedures such as peels, dermaplaning, skin resurfacing and microdermabrasions.

Please message us here at OC Facial Center how we can help your skin.

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure induces chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation is a destructive process that leads to abnormal cellular function and weakens skin’s immunity, specifically the immunity that helps skin repair itself (reduced Langerhans cells). Sun exposure will weaken skin’s ability to repair damaged DNA. With repeated sun exposure, more damaged DNA-mutated cells appear (pre-cancerous cells that will eventually cause skin cancer). Sun exposure will also disturb many cellular functions and normal skin texture, resulting in: • Discoloration due to abnormally functioning melanocytes or their mutations (melanoma or lentigo maligna) • Dryness and roughness due to increased transepidermal water loss and the appearance of hard keratin due to the abnormal functioning of keratinocytes • Sensitivity and redness as skin becomes photosensitive due to inflammation induced by sun and disruption of skin barrier function, initiating a negative body response, creating abnormal blood vessels (telangiectasia) and redness • Damaged skin collagen and elastin from repeated sun exposure, which will be apparent later in life as leathery skin texture and accelerated skin aging (earlier and deeper wrinkles and folds)

Factors Impacting Skin Damage Sun Exposure Before Age 20 Before age 20, the skin is rich with vitality due to proper and active cellular function and repair. The earliest sun-damaging effect seen in this group is the appearance of freckles in light-skinned individuals. This freckling is an indicator of early photosensivity and susceptibility to severe sun damage later in life (due to unstable and false melanin, known as pheomelanin) that can affect skin texture and lead to a high possibility of skin cancer. Individuals who tan well may have less chance of skin cancer in the future as tanning represents the presence of strong natural resistance (due to stable, real melanin, also known as eumelanin). However, they will suffer from severe textural damage, resulting in skin with a leathery feel and solar elastosis. It should be clear that no one escapes sun damage if their skin is not protected at an early age. This is true even in individuals who tan well, as tanned skin is essentially skin that is screaming “help.”

Sun Exposure After Age 20 After age 20, sun damage is manifested by skin dullness, discoloration and roughness. In the 30s and 40s, it is characterized by the appearance of actinic keratosis and lentigines. During the 50s, full-blown textural damage and precancerous lesions are evident, as is the appearance of skin cancer in some. Skin Type Fair skin will have more damage than darker skin; thin skin will show earlier sun damage signs compared to thick skin. Presence of Disease Skin diseases that cause inflammation (acne, rosacea) can increase susceptibility to sun damage.

Immunological Diseases and Certain Genetic Disorders Certain diseases and genetic disorders (lupus, xeroderma pigmentosum) can increase photosensitivity, accelerate the appearance of sun damage and result in skin cancer. Location Sun-damaging effects are stronger near water, snow or at high altitudes. Medications Some blood pressure medications, antidepressants, Isotretinoin and Tetracycline are among the many medications that can induce photosensitivity.

I would recommend the Zo Skinhealth Sunscreen or the OC Facial Center Daily Moisture with SPF50

Using Active Retinol

What is Retinol? Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and belongs to the family of retinoids that include Retinoic acid and retinaldehyde. Vitamin A is needed for a broad array of biological functions including embryonic development, tissue maintenance, reproduction, vision, growth, inflammation, differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis. Retinol is obtained naturally in our diet from foods such as fish and liver as well as from beta-Carotene. Natural enzymes convert these food materials into Retinol for membrane transport. Retinol can then be further converted to Retinoic acid for cellular delivery. Research has proven that Retinol is less irritating than Retinoic acid, making it more suitable for repetitive topical applications.

How Retinol Functions in Skin Topical Vitamin A treatments in the form of Retinol are highly effective for promoting cellular turnover and epidermal renewal to even skin tone and diminish the signs of both intrinsic and extrinsic skin aging. Retinol is sometimes preferred for use versus Retinoic acid as it is less irritating and tolerance is established quicker. Usage compliance is also typically better with Retinol, as Retinol converts to Retinoic acid. Retinol’s Effect on the Epidermis • Helps restore the water, lipid and protein balance, restoring barrier function and reversing sensitivity • Enhances the proliferation of epidermal cells, resulting in a thickened epidermal layer, improving the protective capacity of skin • Improves a healthy keratinocyte cycle by stimulating basal cell mitosis • Has the ability to induce superficial exfoliation by desquamation to promote cell turnover and improve overall skin texture • Use results in a more compacted Stratum Corneum, while keratin composition becomes more gelatinous, lending to a softer, smoother outward appearance • Breaks up existing pigmentation to improve skin tone and complexion • Inhibits melanin synthesis in cells stimulated by alpha- melanocyte stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) or by inhibiting the expression of tyrosinase • Creates a blending effect when mixed with hydroquinone, decreasing melanin and distributing it more evenly to keratinocytes Retinol’s effect on the Dermis • Stimulates fibroblasts, resulting in healthier collagen,

Retinol’s effect on the Dermis • Stimulates fibroblasts, resulting in healthier collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans production • Improves skin firmness and elasticity due to its ability to increase collagen and elastin; also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles • Regulates glycosaminoglycans, leading to improved natural hydration • Stimulates the skin’s natural rebuilding process by supporting the expression of glycosaminoglycans, chemicals that bind with water molecules. This binding of water results in desirable, visible changes such as firmer skin with more even texture as well as fewer lines and wrinkles • Improves angiogenesis, maximizing the delivery of nutrients and the removal of waste material • Inhibits the induction of matrix metalloproteinases by exposure to ultraviolet light, thus providing a cellular protective effect to prevent photoaging of skin

I would recommend to use the Zo Medical Retinol or our OC Facial Center Super Facial Serum for less irritating retinol with green tea.You can shop it at www.ocfacialcenter.com

Zo Skinhealth Radical Night Repair

Here are the benefits of the Zo Retinol Radical Night Repair

• Greater ease in creating the most effective treatment plan for each patient • A quicker treatment response that can increase patient satisfaction • The most effective approach to normalizing skin function for treatments and daily skin health (the “GSR™ Getting Skin Ready” principle) • The most effective way to enhance skin health, prevent complications and manage skin after procedures to reduce complications • An ideal program for patients desiring non-medical skincare and prevention • An ideal medical program that can be followed by an effective maintenance program • A way to increase referral rates and patient retention for use of continued services (ZO® Skin Health Circle™) • Rapid skin improvement observable within 2-3 weeks, which can improve regimen compliance • The ability to tailor the regimen to suit individual preferences by making improvements fast, moderate, slow or gradual • Fast and easy product applications • The ability to continue wearing makeup and not restrict daily activities • Programs that can fit any lifestyle as daily prevention or maintenance skincare • Regimens that can be directed to prevent sun damage, discoloration, acne or skin aging

Zo 3 Step Peel

Not just a ordinary peel, The Zo 3 step peel is the only multifunctional epidermal peel designed to provide-longer lasting treatment benefits. Utilizing a blend of exfoliants, a 6 % concentration of Retinol and multi action agents that stimulate collagen and restore moisture balance, it even skin texture or softer, smoother,tighter looking skin.

Infrared Sauna Protocol

Recommended Infrared Sauna Therapy Protocol

For all sauna protocols, water intake should increase prior to your session to help you sweat and not dehydrate too quickly and after your session to help remove toxins that are broken up, as well as to rehydrate tissue. It is also important to rinse off after sauna sessions to ensure that your body does not reabsorb the toxins that are on the surface of your skin.

Performance-care / cellular health protocol: The sauna should be used three times per week for four to six weeks.

This is the recovery and performance enhancing protocol to aid those patients who are attempting to increase their metabolism, strength, post-workout recovery, energy levels, and muscular endurance.

IR therapy has demonstrated the ability to excite the mitochondria of the cell, thus producing an increase in ATP (energy), which aids in increased metabolic function. As the body’s core temperature elevates, the heat elicits the release of growth hormone, which in turn increases muscle hypertrophy, lipolysis, and calcium retention.  Additionally, cellular oxygenation occurs cleansing the circulatory system.

Increases have also been seen in integrins, gap junction proteins, and other regenerating genes with exposure to IR therapy, suggesting that it accelerates tissue recovery. In studies, white blood cell production and collagen growth have been stimulated with near infrared. 

Blood-pressure protocol: The sauna should be used two to three times per week for four weeks.

When attempting to promote a healthier circulatory system, it is important to understand that the deep heat of IR therapy causes a hypothalamic-induced elevation in both heart rate and cardiac output. It is believed that this additional stress placed on the heart leads to conditioning of the myocardium, which eventually lowers blood pressure. Also, the release of nitric oxide promotes vasodilation of the circulatory system and enhances blood flow to the periphery.

Clinical research shows infrared sauna therapy to provide a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both are key factors in maintaining a healthy heart.

As part of a blood pressure therapy program, regular use of an infrared sauna is good for your heart! In the U.S. alone, one in three adults suffers from heart disease, stroke or some other form of cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. High blood pressure increases your risk of getting heart disease, kidney disease or serious stroke.

Our sauna has been clinically determined to provide one of the best, natural ways to lower blood pressure. In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, blood pressure was lowered through a program of 30 minute infrared sauna session 3 times per week. The study concluded that infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.

Additionally, a Japanese study published in the October 2008 issue of The Journal of Cardiology examined the clinical effectiveness and safety of infrared blood pressure therapy, as compared to standard therapies for patients with chronic heart failure. The report concluded that far-infrared sauna therapy is both safe and effective at improving clinical symptoms and cardiac function as well as decreasing cardiac size in chronic heart failure patients. Repeated infrared sauna treatments improved impaired blood vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. This suggests a preventive role for infrared sauna use for arteriosclerosis.

Weight-loss protocol: In this instance, the sauna should be used three times per week for eight to twelve weeks.

In the mood to lose weight? Our sauna promotes weight loss by detoxifying the body and burning calories while you relax in total comfort.

The secret is out on sauna weight loss.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall quality of life. That’s no secret. In fact, a 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine discovered that the circumference of your waist alone is a critical factor for assessing the risk of premature death. In other words, by maintaining a healthy weight, you may be able to live a longer, healthier life.

That’s where we come in with our brand of weight training: sauna weight loss. Using infrared heat technology to burn calories, our sauna is clinically shown to aid weight loss. In a 2009 study, our infrared sauna was shown to help lower weight and waist circumference in just a three-month period. The common theme among subjects in the study was that far infrared sauna use was similar to moderate exercise but “much more relaxing”.  Therefore, infrared saunas can be an effective lifestyle adjuvant for those who cannot participate in traditional exercise programs due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems.

In addition, according to information published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, infrared sauna weight loss sessions were shown to burn up to 600 calories. During a sauna weight loss session, core temperatures increase. The body has to work hard to cool itself, causing a healthy sweat. Using an infrared sauna increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, burning more calories, leading to more weight loss. And blood flow rises, increasing from 5-7 quarts up to 13 quarts a minute.

Plus, regular use of a sauna may provide many of the same benefits as regular exercise, such as cardiovascular conditioning. That’s right, using infrared weight loss therapy is like giving yourself a passive cardio workout – wherever and whenever you need it!

Proper dietary changes, exercise, and supplementation can lead to long term weight management.

Pain-and-inflammation protocol: For this, use the sauna two times per week for six weeks.

IR therapy provides a deep penetrating heat that helps reduce pain and promotes increased circulation to areas of discomfort. IR therapy may also reduce and prevent the formation of scar tissue and myofascial adhesions.

Full spectrum infrared sauna heat works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, our infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally.

For years, doctors have recommended infrared saunas because of proven relief from sports injury, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions.”

A recent Japanese study published in the journal, Internal Medicine, showed that chronic pain patients experienced a significant reduction in pain levels (nearly 70%) after the first session of infrared sauna therapy. Pain scores also decreased significantly and remained low throughout the observation period. Researchers concluded that infrared heat therapy is effective for chronic pain treatment.

Additionally, in a NASA study done by Dr. Whelan with near-infrared heat, it was determined that LED technology allows for deep penetration of tissue and increased cell growth from the inside. Our sauna offers LED-based near infrared heat at this proven level.

Finally, a 2003 study conducted by the Department of Dermatology and Institute of Medical Research showed that use of near-infrared heat therapy helped the production of white blood cells to alleviate inflammation and reduce swelling, two key factors in easing bodily pain. Our sauna is scientifically proven to deliver these types and levels of therapeutic near-infrared wavelengths.

Detoxification protocol:  Utilize the sauna two to three times per week.

Sauna detox helps you sweat the small stuff.
Did you know that sauna detox has been widely embraced as a healthy treatment in alternative medicine? In fact, as the world moves toward more natural and self-directed treatments, sauna detoxification is getting more and more attention.

Why? Well, the leading principle of sauna detoxification states that the build-up of toxic substances can lead to a host of common illnesses. Ridding the body of these toxins through a natural sauna detox may help relieve symptoms, prevent future illness and increase overall health and vitality.

The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that the root causes of more than 80% of all illnesses are found in personal environments or lifestyles. In other words, the world around you can make you sick. It’s in the air we breathe, and in the food we eat. There’s very little we can do to reduce exposure. We can, however, use sauna detox as a treatment. Sweat the small stuff in a full spectrum infrared sauna, and sweat yourself to better health and wellness.

Detoxification isn’t new. Just better.
Researchers have long told us how the body sweats out toxic substances, including heavy metals. As long as you maintain proper hydration, the more you safely sweat, the more toxins you’ll expel from your body. And what is one of the safest and most effective methods for inducing a detoxifying sweat? A sauna, of course. In sauna detox, your body sweats out numerous toxins through pores. But not all sweats are the same; and neither are all saunas.

In fact, our sauna is seven times more effective than a traditional sauna. Our detox sauna uses far infrared heat to generate sweats with a toxin ratio of nearly 20%. In traditional saunas, you might get a 3% ratio. We’re able to offer this incredible rate of detoxification because of highly-efficient and proprietary infrared heating technology – the only technology proven to raise core body temperature by two-to-three degrees. Rather than simply heating the ambient air to draw out toxins, our sauna detox will heat your core to expel them. As a result, regular usage of a sauna detox will provide a truly deep, productive sweat where toxins reside, at the cellular level.

Skin Rejuvenation Protocol: Utilize the sauna 3 times per week for 12 weeks

As part of a sauna skin therapy program, Full spectrum infrared saunas help restore skin to a youthful appearance.

Forgo expensive cosmetic treatments that may have limited effects or questionable long-term safety. Instead, rejuvenate your skin while also receiving all of the other health benefits associated with our full spectrum infrared sauna therapy.

A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of sauna skin therapy using near-infrared technology. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness. Additionally clients have experienced complexion getting better, a healthy glow and the fine lines on their faces lessened too. Skin is reported much suppler without having to add moisturizers.

Sauna skin therapy is essential to well-toned, healthy, great-looking skin.

ZO Daily Power Defense Product of the Month

Powerful antioxidant serum designed to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and to address future damage.

Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Promote a more even-looking skin tone and finer pore appearance

  • Preserve and maintain a more youthful-looking complexion

Ultrasomes (UV-endonuclease) and roxisomes (glycosylase): Introduces enzymes to help speed up the skin’s natural repair process

  • Vitamin E: Provides antioxidant properties

  • Retinol (vitaine): Firms and helps even skin tone

  • Ceramide 6: Helps restore barrier function

  • Matrixyl 3000 (palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7): Firms and re-densifies

His Skincare - A Man’s Guide To A Simple Skincare Regime

OC Facial Care Center is all about offering the best medical grade skincare for women and men. We are proud to now carry His Skincare just for men. 

Skin care shouldn’t be (and doesn’t need to be) an extensive procedure that takes up half of your morning. It should be simple. With the right men’s skin care products, you’re ready to go.

If you are new to the skincare game, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!

Ready for the easiest skin care routine of your life? Buckle your seatbelts—get ready to learn something new.

STEP 1: CLEANSE

First and foremost, we need to get your face sparkling clean. We want to remove the days sweat and hard work . And a gentle everyday cleanser will do the trick.

Wet your face with warm water first. This will open up your pores so the cleanser can do its job.

After your face is nice and wet, take a few pumps of your cleanser and rub it into your skin in a circular motion. Continue this for just a minute or two to really get your pores clean.

Rinse off the cleanser with some warm water and dab your face dry with a clean towel
TA DA! Your face is nice and clean.

Step 2: Exfoliate

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Exfoliating your skin will help remove build-up of dead skin, dirt, and grease that settles in your pores and causes breakouts. In a typical exfoliant, there might be small beads or fine sugar that work to gently remove impurities from the surface of your skin without hurting or damaging it.

Exfoliating your skin should be done once a week, not every day. Choose a day in your schedule that you want to exfoliate and replace your cleansing routine with this.

Open up your pores with some warm water and apply a dime-sized amount to your skin. Gently rub your exfoliating scrub into your face in the circular motions.

Move the scrub around the full surface of your face until you feel the scrub start to disintegrate.

Rinse off the scrub with warm water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Step 3: Moisturize

Last, but certainly not least, it’s time to moisturize.

There are many different kinds of moisturizers out there and it’s important that you find one that best fits your skin type. If you’re unsure of your skin type, try something safe like a lite daily moisturizer. This type of cream won’t clog your pores or add any additional grease or sheen. It will easily soak into the skin and leave you with plump, refreshed skin all day long.

We highly recommend adding a moisturizer with SPF in it to your daily routine. We know what you’re thinking and the answer is, “no”—SPF isn’t just for the beach.

We are constantly faced with harsh UV rays and the only way to ensure you’re fully protected is with a layer of SPF. Try a moisturizer with SPF 20 or more for daily wear.

That’s it! Just these three simple steps will result in happy, healthy skin. Best part? It takes no more than five minutes of your morning.

Once you’ve got this down we can talk about adding an eye cream and anti-wrinkle cream to the mix. But to make it easy, start here, and when you are ready come by OC Facial Skincare to take your regime up a notch. 

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.