Monthly Archives: June 2012

what do you mean “low level light therapy”?

 

last year, we had great success with our livingsocial.com promotion with over 500 people purchasing our deal. (go fb!) that voucher actually expires this coming july 2013 and we have had a bit of a scramble on the phone with people trying to get into the studio before their time is up.

since the voucher was purchased long ago, people sometimes have to be reminded of what they actually signed themselves up for, ha ha, and often the question “what’s that?” is asked when i explain our signature preserve+nurture treatment.

our preserve+nurture treatment consists of crystal microdermabrasion and low level light therapy. many have heard of or have had a friend of a friend who has done crystal microdermabrasion. but the low level light therapy – that’s another story.

i’ve written about the benefits before, but i found this article by Joanna Vargas, that breaks it down into great detail. i’ve cut and pasted below a section from her article that explains it all …

have a read through, and if you are interested in trying out low level light therapy (our be beautiful treatment) – give us a shout and mention this post. we will set you up with your first session at $45 plus HST (regularly $80 plus HST).

HOW DOES IT WORK: Cells in the human body use light and convert it into ATP, this is the fuel that powers life on a cellular level. Plant cells have a similar process called photosynthesis that develops chlorophyll, their fuel for life. When light therapy is used, this triggers cellular activity thus producing ATP and once produced, the tissue uses it to carry out healing and rejuvenation in the treated area, ultimately making your skin younger looking.

IS IT SAFE: Light therapy uses LED, Light Emitting Diode technology with a low level power output which is safe and will not damage the skin. This is a NON-INVASIVE procedure, unlike laser and Intense Pulse Light which can have adverse effect on your skin and be painful.

Dr. Harry Whelan, professor of pediatric neurology and director of hyperbaric medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Say that, “The near-infrared light emitted by these LEDs seems to be perfect for increasing energy inside cells. This means whether you’re on Earth in a hospital, working in a submarine under the sea or on your way to Mars inside a spaceship, the LEDs boost energy to the cells and accelerate healing.”

BENEFITS: There are many benefits and results that can come from light therapy: increased collagen and elastin production, regeneration of the connective tissue, erasure of sunspots, improved lymphatic system and circulation. It improves or erases fine lines and wrinkles, it lifts and tones and improves the overall complexion of the client. In addition, the client suffers no thermal damage, discomfort, down time, scarring or discoloration and most importantly no negative side effects.

REJUVENATE YOUR FACE AND BODY: Light therapy is an effective anti-aging procedure that will restore your youthful appearance with 100% natural looking results. It vastly improves or restores the treated area and can help you improve the appearance of tired, flaccid skin, stretch marks and cellulite. The results will be a younger looking you and a smooth, toned body.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MAY VARY: Results are dependent on the physical condition of the person, age, skin color, skin tone, diet and life style. Noticeable changes are usually achieved in 8-10 treatments although some people report visible changes almost immediately. And best of all results are CUMULATIVE.

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honourable mentions: www.canadianliving.com

 

check it out …

fresh.beautiful: the skin studio had the opportunity to share some suncare tips with CanadianLiving.com.

i can’t stress enough the importance of preparing and protecting your skin when out and about in the sun. damage caused from excessive tanning and sunburns may seem minimal to you and your complexion today … but come a few years down the road after repeat offences, the signs will slowly but surely creep up on.

a very big thank you to Anne Donahue for interviewing me (and choosing me!) for this article.

read it all here!

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the routine: how much time should you spend on your skin?

 

i know women out there who spend a good chunk of their morning routine on their skin. and then another substantial chunk in the evening. is that too much?

i personally think it might be.

the more you poke, prod, and ponder over every pore – the more likely you are to overwork and possibly damage your skin.

it’s like plucking brows.  you get thisclose to the mirror and tweeze tweeze away, and when you take a step back to examine your work – you’ve realized you’ve tweezed too much.

same with your skin. the more you focus on it, the more you start to pop and squeeze pimples that aren’t there and extract pores that aren’t that dirty – only to wind up looking pinched, red, and inflamed.

the truth is, your routine – whether in the morning or in the evening – should not take more than five minutes to complete. that’s enough time to rinse and smear on one hydrating product. maybe two.

you want to cleanse and then move on to your next step(s) while your skin is still damp. (while damp, a toner, serum, or moisturizer will penetrate deeper). and keep your layers thin. you don’t need a layer ‘THISTHICK’ to make the product work.

remember the general rule of skincare: keep it simple. (okay, its not a general rule – but it sounds cooler and much more authoritative if I say that it is.)

 

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