Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How to choose the right chemical peel

Chemical Peels benefit the skin by super exfoliating the dead skin and revealing the new skin underneath.  Checmical Peels do not, however,  only affect on the dead skin cells;  they also take some of the healthy skin along with it.  This is a good thing because it is through this "controlled damage" to the healthy skin that causes the injury/repair reaction desired.  This process results in stronger healthier skin after the peel.  It is essential that you receive the right type of peel for your specific needs.  There are many types of peels and all have their place.  Knowing which peel is best for you should always be determined by a professional.  I have seen many clients coming to me who have tried to do a chemical peel at home which resulted in hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) or worse, scarring.  Just because you CAN order peels over the internet does not mean you SHOULD.  It is acid you are putting on your face!

So what is important to know before receiving a peel?  Knowing a bit about the most widely used types of peels will give you a leg up when discussing your options with your skin care professional.  Knowledge is power.  Following are some short descriptions of the most common types of peels.

Salicylic Peel - Best suited for oily or blemish prone skin types.  Helps to unclog pores and is a type of beta-hydroxy acid which delivers deeper than the alpha-hydroxy type.  Considered a light peel, expect minimal down time.  WARNING:  MUST AVOID IF ALLERGIC TO ASPIRIN.

Glycolic Peel - Best suited for light scarring from earlier acne or other dark pigmentation issues.  This is a alpha-hydroxy peel that helps greatly with blackheads, evens skin color, improves fine lines and wrinkles and smooths rough textured skin.  Considered a light peel with minimal down time.

Lactic Peel - Best suited for first time peel users.  Will give a healthy glow and is fine for those with dry skin types.    Helps fade dark spots and smooths fine lines and wrinkles.  Several applications done in a series is usually needed with type of peel.  There is little to no down time.  Considered a light peel.

TCA Peel - Good for scarring from previous acne, lightens dark spots, smooths fine lines and wrinkles.  This is a medium depth peel, going deeper than the others listed above,  but can be controlled by your esthetician to meet your specific needs.  Can go very deep if necessary by layering the product.  There are several days of down time with this peel.  Expect browning of the skin, and heavy peeling for most.  

Jessner Peel - Personally not my favorite, but you will see it a lot.   I do not offer Jessner peels because......well......I don't want to.  Other peels are better options because they allow more control of the product.  Jessner Peels can go dreadfully wrong very quickly.  Jessner are best suited for oily skin types, they can be very drying and irritating if your skin is normal to dry.  This peel is an alcohol based peel, stronger than Glycolic or Salicylic.  Down time about one week.

Enzyme Peel - Enzyme peels are usually fruit acid based peels.  They exfoliate the surface of the skin and are very gentle compared to the other peels above.  Good for all skin types, no down time, and you may or may not see physical peeling of your skin.

Phenol Peel -  Short of Laser Peels this is the deepest peel available.  The risk with this peel is uneven skin tone if the peel is not applied evenly, or is left on for different amounts of time in different areas.  Darkening of the skin following this type of peel is likely if extra special care to stay 100% out of sun is not followed.  It is great for deeper wrinkles and scarring, but because of the side effects mentioned above it is not one that I favor.  Down time is significant and anesthesia is usually required due to the degree of burning.  It takes at least a month to recover from this type of peel.

TCA Peel 13% that can be layered up to 5 layers is my favorite 

This TCA I use contains:
Chain Phenol
Lactic Acid
Fruit Derived Stem Cells
Kojic Acid

This peel will not only resurface the skin but will also provide a lift to the skin due to the collagen stimulation which is greatly increased in this type of peel, compared to others.  The healing time is about the same as with other peels, 7 days, with the most severe peeling on days 4, 5, & 6.  The skin peels in layers, just as it was applied in layers.  This peel also lightens the skin addressing hyper-pigmentation with great results.

First time peelers  should be advised to start off with the lowest penetrating peels and graduate slowly to the deeper peels.  Skin does need to build a tolerance to peels.  If you jump directly to the deeper peels you risk injury to the skin resulting in scarring, blistering and dark pigmentation.

Overall the use of peels is a standard in my practice, they give wonderful results over time.

Juicing for Beautiful Radiant Skin

Juicing For Radiant Skin
​Juice fasting using raw vegetables and fresh fruits is a healthy choice to provide your body with the nutrition it needs. Juicing allows your body to rest and heal during the duration of the fast.  Your body expends an enormous amount of energy simply breaking down and digesting the food you consume.  Fasting allows this energy to be redirected to areas of the body that need it most.  A tremendous amount of healing occurs during a juice fast.  Juicing supplies your body with substantial amount of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which help maintain the pH level of our body, and helps rid our bodies of  dangerous carcinogens.  Maintaining the acid to alkaline balance in our bodies is thought to be the key to many diseases, including cancer. The anti-aging properties of fresh fruits and vegetables help improve our skin, hair, and nails.

Always check with your doctor before starting any  new nutritional program.  This information is to share and respond to questions I've been asked based on my research.  Juicing and juice fasting is not healthy for everybody, people with certain conditions should not do a juice fast.



6 Complexion Brightening Recipes

Apple (granny smith) - 1 medium
Blueberry - 1 cup
Broccoli - 1 stalk
Carrots - 6 large
Tomato - 1 medium whole

Carrots - 2 large
Celery - 3 stalk, large
Cucumber - 1/2 cucumber
Parsley - 2 handful
Pepper (sweet green) - 1/2 medium
Spinach - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 3 medium whole

Cucumber - 1 cucumber
Lemon - 1 fruit
Onion (spring/scallion) - 1 medium
Parsley - 1 handful
Pepper (sweet red) - 1/2 medium
Tomatoes - 3 small whole

 Apple (golden delicious) - 1 medium
Cilantro - 4 handful
Cucumbers - 2 cucumber
Lime (with rind) - 1 fruit
Pepper (green hot chili) (ribs/seeds removed) - 1 pepper

Apple - 1 medium
Cabbage (red) - 2 leaf
Carrots - 2 large
Cucumber - 1 cucumber
Mango (peeled) -
Parsley - 1 handful
Strawberry - 1 cup, whole

Liver Cleanse
Beet Roots - 3 beet
Carrots - 2 medium
Celery - 2 stalk, large
Parsley - 4 handful
Pepper (jalapeno) (seeds/ribs removed) - 1 pepper
Radishes - 12 medium
Tomatoes - 4 plum tomato

Water Retention
Carrots - 6 medium
Garlic - 2 clove
Parsley - 1 handful

Lower Blood Pressure
Beet Root (golden) - 1 beet
Carrots - 3 large
Celery - 4 stalk, large
Cucumber - 1/2 cucumber
Ginger - 1/2 thumb
Pear (bosc) - 1 medium

Weight Loss
Apples - 2 medium
Cucumber - 1 cucumber
Kale - 4 leaf
Lemon - 1 fruit
Spinach - 2 cup

Green Juice
Apples (granny smith) - 2 medium
Celery - 4 stalk, large
Cucumber - 1 cucumber
Ginger - 1 thumb
Kale - 6 leafs
Lemon - 1/2 fruit

Apples (granny smith) - 2 medium
Celery - 2 stalk, large
Cucumber - 1/2 cucumber
Lettuce (romaine) - 2 cup
Orange - 1 fruit

Kidney Cleanse
 Lemon - 1/2 fruit
Tomato - 1 large whole
Watermelon - 1 large wedge (approx 1/8 of melon)

Boost Immune System
Apple - 1 medium
Carrots - 8 medium
Ginger - 1 thumb
Lemon - 1 fruit

Increased Libido
Apples - 2 medium
Celery - 3 stalk, large
Cucumber - 1 cucumber
Ginger - 1/2 thumb
Lemon (with rind) - 1/2 fruit
Lime (with rind) - 1 fruit
Parsley - 1 bunch
Spinach - 2 cup

Diamond Microdermabrasion a must for anti-aging

I consider Diamond Microdermabrasion skin care 101.  Along with a good at home treatment program one of the best treatments you should receive at least once a month is a good Diamond Microdermabrasion.  Especially the older we get, the more important it is to keep our skin exfoliated.  As we age our cellular turnover rates slows down, resulting in a build up of dry skin cells on the surface resulting in a dull sallow look to the skin.  In order to keep the fresh skin beneath showing and glowing you must exfoliate deeply at least once a month.   This is best achieved by rotating your treatment program so you are always addressing one of the 4 most important areas of anti-aging skin care. 

1.  Exfoliation
2.  Color & Tone
3.  Hydration
4.  Elasticity 

Diamond Microdermabrasion is just one way you can address all of these issues at once.

Beautiful Radiant Skin & BRS facial spa

We'd love to meet you and help you with your skin care needs, if you're local please call us at 909-436-4364.  We are in the Southern California area, for full address and location visit our website at   If you are someone who has questions about skin care, feel free to ask here, or SKYPE us at 'Beautiful Radiant Skin'  you may also visit us on our Facebook Page

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Hi, I am Cathy Hille, founder of Beautiful Radiant Skin Products (BRS).  I am the proud owner of Beautiful Radiant Skin Treatment Center where I specialize in anti-aging skin care. 

Licensed for over 30 years, it is tough to find someone who has done as much research as I have done, and continue to do.  I have specialized in Anti-Aging  Skin Care, exclusively, since 2001 when I stepped away from a salon I owned to give 100% of my attention to the research of Anti-Aging skin care and  treatments.  I work with clients daily to help them achieve their skin care goals.  I use exclusively BRS products on my own skin, in the treatment room, as well as recommend them to my clients for their at home skin care routines.

BRS products are made with the highest quality::

Essential Oils

Natural Oils

Cold Pressed Botanical Extracts

Marine Extracts

Vitamins C, A, B5, B6, C, D3, E, F, H, K,

Natural Exfoliants

Hyaluronic Acid

Deanol - Muscle Toning & Firming Agent

DMAE (Deanol)

Retinol (Vitamin A)

Hexapeptide 3 - Firming Agent

Alpha & Beta-Hydroxy Acids

Natural Enzymes

Sodium PCA

Hyaluronic Complex

Amino Acids

Hydroplex, Panthenol



Bio-Active substances found in plant placental

Live Cell Complex

These products were founded, in part, because of my own selfish need and desire to have the best for my own skin.  I do a ridiculous amount of research and share that knowledge through my blog, web magazine articles, and serving as the featured Esthetician on one of the largest aesthetic websites on the internet where clients write in with questions.

The Laboratory for Beautiful Radiant Skin Products is located in Southern California  A. uniquely self contained, state of the art, cosmetic production facility, where BRS is created and manufactures some of the finest and most effective skin care products available today; at some of the most competitive prices. 

BRS is renowned for the consistent high quality and efficacy of its products which are created from the best of both newly discovered as well as traditional natural ingredients.  You can rest assured that BRS is always on the cutting edge of what works, and  better yet, what does not. 

BRS skin care formulas are composed of the most effective and purest ingredients.  BRS products are sold in a retail setting as well as being the product of choice for Estheticians in a professional setting, and now they are available to you.  To read product user testimonials click here.

Carboxy C02 Facial Treatment

I love, love, love this treatment.  Originally discovered by doctors using it to help heal the skin of burn victims.  It has since been realized to have benefits to healthy skin as well.  Oxygen, as we all know, is good for the body.  As applied to the skin the benefits are as amazing as when you breathe clean fresh air.  The C02 Carboxy speeds the skin metabolism, increases blood circulation which helps rid the skin of waste.  This alone gives the skin a glow, but it does more.  This treatment will balance the skin by allowing moisture to be delivered deeper into the skin, it will dramatically and over time improves scars left behind from blemishes and other causes, it will brighten and lighten the skin and improve skin elasticity.  It's a fun treatment to receive too, super bubbly and intense, in a good way :-)  Check out more at

Oxygen Facial Treatments

Oxygen Facial Treatments are one of the best ways to deeply hydrate your skin, noticeably getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles, leaves you skin with a dewy moist, and radiant look.  Recommended for all skin types, but especially dry or over exposed skin.  The treatment lasts for as long as it takes for your skin to be 100% hydrated.  For more information on this and other treatments call Cathy at 909-436-4364  or visit the main website at

Best Anti-Aging Treatments for the face

How to Cycle Your Treatments
Clients often ask me, "What is the best anti-aging facial regimen?"  It is different for everyone, however, there are also many things that everybody can do to assist in aging more gracefully and beautifully.  Here is what I recommend, and it is what I do for myself as well.

After age 30 is when most of us begin to notice our skin looking older.  It starts off slowly and then picks up speed.  Obviously our skin, as with the rest of our bodies, begins aging the day we are born.  We don't notice the unwanted changes until much later.  To a large degree it is how we live those years that determines how we will age, and of course genetics play a role as well.

As we age our cell turnover rate slows dramatically, when this happens our skin does not exfoliate itself (shed) as it used to.  As a result you will eventually notice more fine lines and wrinkles, color and tone changes, texture changes, less radiancy and a more dull sallow appearance to your skin.  Don't worry, all of these things can be helped.  I prefer to take the skin from a trauma state to a recovery state and back and forth again.  This process known as "cycling" is very important.  It is similar to what happens when we exercise any part of our body.  For example, when we lift weights the sore muscles you feel afterwards is from the damage caused while exercising.   This is known as the trauma phase.  Then as the sore muscles heal your body becomes stronger, firmer and tighter.  This is known as the recovery phase.  This back and forthing, if you will, is what builds a stronger healthier body.  Same is true for the muscles and skin on your face.

First Step: (Trauma Phase):  The first step, and one of the most important things you can do as you age is to make sure your skin continues to exfoliate, revealing the younger fresher skin beneath.  In addition to good at home skin care, this process is best achieved with professional treatments, especially if you are over age 35.  If your skin is not sufficiently exfoliated then the products you use on your skin will not penetrate as deeply as needed to work as well as they should.  This step can be best achieved with a series of Peels​​​ and/or Microdermabraisions.

Second Step: (Recovery Phase):  After sufficient exfoliation has been achieved your skin will be ready to accept and benefit from the next step, which at this point is to push product down deeply into your skin so it can rebuild from the inside out.  This is best achieved with a series of Ultrasonic Rejuvenation Treatments which will penetrate high concentrations of Copper Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, and other quality ingredients designed to build stronger bonds in the skin.  The Ultrasonic Rejuvenation increases blood flow and increasing fibroblast activity, resulting in collagen production.  Fibroblast is a cell that contributes to the formation of connective tissue.

Third Step (Trauma Phase):  Now that you have exfoliated in step 1 and recovered in step 2 it is now time for step 3, the  Non-Invasive Facelift. In this step we are addressing the sagging tissue more than anything else.  This treatment tightens sagging, aging and wrinkled skin, it tightens superficial muscles and relaxes hyper-contracted muscles resulting in firmer, tighter, smoother more radiant skin by engaging the body's' organic skin enhancement compounds on a cellular level.  Another-words, it calls your body's' own healing mechanisms to duty creating stronger firmer skin.  This treatment is combined with the LED Photo Rejuvenation at no extra cost for added benefit.

The Non-Invasive Face Lift works by quickly reorganizing the collagen strands in the skin tissue and causing them to lift and firm.  As we age, our skin products less collagen and the skin quality lessens.  Often times, the collagen strands are disorganized due to free radical damage.  This process delivers energy to the tissue beneath, resulting in significant lift from the collagen reorganization.

Forth Step (Recovery Phase):  Now it is time to recover  again to continue the process of trauma/recovery cycling so your skin can grow stronger and more radiant.  The 4th step is the Oxygen Facial. This process feeds your skin at the cellular level the nutrients it craves to heal and thrive.  The elixirs used during the Oxygen Treatment eliminate free radicals that cause premature aging, as well as promote the production of collagen and elastin.  100% Pure Hyaluronic Acid is used along with high concentrations of Vitamin-C and other vitamins to reach your skin deep down where it must in order to affect change.  It is a pleasant treatment and results in an awesome airbrushed look.

The best way to achieve your best skin is to rotate these treatments regularly.  It's important to keep the skin both guessing and engaged.  Once you complete rotating these phases you would return to your regular monthly facials for a while and then back again. I know what you are thinking how much would this cost?  I personally guarantee our prices are the absolute best you will find anywhere.  We use only the best top of the line equipment and as most you already know, we care so much about your results that we always go the extra mile for each and every one of you.  Everybody has different needs so a course of action is decided together at your appointment consultation.  A program is designed that will get you the results you want,  it is all covered here.  From the best in services to the most relaxing facials, and the at home skin care products to maintain your results.  Remember, your face is not any different than the rest of your body, as exercise is to you body, facial treatments are to your face.  Consider this place the gym for your face....only we do the hard work here, you relax and enjoy.

This is our passion, we work hard for you, we truly do care.  We feel great satisfaction when our clients see and feel the difference in their skin!  How important is it to you to put you best face forward?  Call today to get started 909-626-0222

Skin Care Questions & Answers

Question:  fulloffun  Anaheim, CA

I have acne. What is the best treatment for me?

My Answer: 

I wish I could give you a generic answer, I can’t.  Acne may “look” the same on everybody, but the causes and it’s treatments are different for everybody.  It’s best to have your skin evaluated first, along with that will come a series of questions to help your Esthetician better asses what may be causing your specific issues.  For example, some people are allergic to dairy and this is the cause of their acne, with others it may be genetic or some other allergy they may not be aware they have.  Acne can be caused by hormonal upset, stress, and other illness as well.  What you put on your face is very important.  Most try to cover it up with heavy make-up, making the problem worse.  Some will respond to lasers while others will not.  Treating acne is a trial and error situation.  It’s something that needs to be figured out.  I’ll be honest, there is no one right answer and there is no “cure” it can only be treated so the breakouts are less often and less severe.  ALL clients with acne REQUIRE an ongoing treatment cycle.  If, for example, you get a series of treatments and your acne gets a lot better, or even  goes away, this does not mean you are done.  You MUST follow the recommendations given to you by your skin care professional to keep it that way. A good at home skin care routine is very important.  I can’t tell you how many people I see, and whose acne improves greatly, only to never see them again until the acne comes back.  And it will come back if you don’t follow through.  Again, an analogy that always works is the exercise and weight loss analogy.  If you stop exercising and eating healthy after you lose weight, the weight will come back.  It's the way it is.

Question:  babydestructo los Angeles, CA

I am considering doing the Titan with the following specifications: 35 fluences. Looking at other posts on the titan, it seems like people think this laser emits radio frequency (rf), but it actually advertises itself not as a RF laser, but rather a tightening laser that emits infrared light (1100?1800 nm). Should I be concerned with any long-term negative effects from this laser such as loss of collagen/dimpling? Is it safe? It?s been out since 2005. Is that enough time for any possible long-term negative effects to surface? I now that infrared light is supposed to be safe at lower frequencies (under1100), but what about frequencies up to 1800? Any response would be greatly appreciated!

My Answer:

It's Infrared. The reviews on the Titan are mixed. I would make sure the doctor doing the treatment has a good track record, check references from his/her clients if possible. I prefer RF Radio Frequency Treatments, same results much less risk.  Some of the issues I've researched with the Titan is a rippling affect of the skin after the treatment, especially in the forehead area.  There are also risks with the RF Radio Frequency, but it's a bit less.  With the RF Radio Frequency the most common adverse side affect is caused simply by an inexperienced user.  If the setting is too high, for example, it can cause fat loss, which is the last thing you want when using on the face.  The RF Radio Frequency can be used on face or body.  On the body it is most commonly used for fat depletion.  So you see, the person administering the treatment needs to be well educated on it's use to know when the settings are correct for the part of the body it is being used.

Question:  billie_77  Manchester, United Kingdom

Would you please enlighten as to the difference between Microdermabrasion & Dermabrasion. I'm confused as to the methods & benefits of each of these treatments.

My Answer:

Basically Dermabrasion goes deeper. Like the name suggests.."micro" dermabrasion is a less invasive exfoliation. Both exfoliate.  There is little to no down time with the Micro-Dermabrasion, but with the Dermabrasion there could be some down time depending how deep the treatment.  Hope this helps.

Question:  Tina From Front Royal VA

I had aggressive treatments of IPL and Fraxel on my upper lip to help supposedly correct my pigmentation problem I had from medicine and sun tanning. Now the problem is worse (I think because I had to many treatments and also she used the strongest setting). It is worse then what it was and she then said to strat tri-luma. Nothing is helping the damage that the laser did and I am now looking for other solutions (I can't see looking like this for the rest of my life). Please help me. Should I try microdermabrasion or a peel? I want something that will not make the problem worse. I wish I never listened to the doctor and used laser. Please help!

My Answer:

Get your doctor to prescribe a 6% Hydroquinone Cream combined with Retin-A. Do not do another laser treatment. It will take a couple of skin cycles to lighten, but it will as long as you use sunscreen and stay out of the sun. Typically I do not like the use of Retin-A because of the drying caused, but in this situation it is more important to attack the hyper-pigmentation and you can deal with correcting the pH Balance after.

Question:     Neets From Phoenix AZ


 ​I've been reading a lot lately about topical stable vitamin C to improve collagen production, tighten skin, lessen wrinkles etc.  is there truth to this?  Can you use it while also doing glycolic peels?  How soon before you see results from Vitamin-C?  And is there a brand you would recommend?

My Answer:      

 Yes!  Vitamin-C is one of the best vitamins to use topically, as well as internally.  Vitamin-C used topically helps fight free radicals, especially those caused by the sun.  Vitamin-C, by itself, will not cause collagen production, however, because of the degree in which it helps fight free radicals it will result in the collagen you do have staying in tact, thus helping your skin to age slower.  There are other products better suited to collagen production.  Vitamin-C can be used after glycolic peel, just wait 48 hours after the peel to use it.  The Vitamin-C I recommend is from Beautiful Radiant Skin, it's made from organic citrus fruits, with amino acids and are clinical grade and professional strength.  Apply after cleansing and softening to face, neck and chest.  Allow to penetrate, and follow with moisturize

Question:   From  AZDesertGal

 I had collagen replacement therapy with roller needles 6 weeks ago and was told I will not see any difference for 3 months.  A friend told me I should get a roller and use it a few times a week to speed this up and to maintain it.  Should I buy a 1.5 mm roller with 540 titanium needles as someone suggested?  What ingredients should be in the product I apply when using roller to face for my lines and wrinkles?  I am not sure which collagen booster I should buy and want to find out what ingredients I should look for.  Also I have a very low pain tolerance and need to know what I need to use before rolling.

 My Answer:

 The improvement you will see from the roller is caused from slightly damaging the skin in a controlled manner causing it to heal the skin where the damaged was inflicted.  The skin in the damaged area grow stronger as a result.  That being said, it is not unlike exercise, for example.  when we exercise we cause controlled damage to the muscle and tissue resulting in the soreness experienced after a workout.  The body sends energy tot he damaged tissue to heal it resulting in stronger tighter muscles.  As we all know, when we stop exercising the results go away.  Same is true for this type of facial rejuvenation, it requires constant attention.  Once you stop using the roller the results will diminish   For this reason I prefer peels as a means of controlled damage to the skin.  Peels only need to be done a few times a year at most.  The ingredients to look for in your skin care line are ingredients that will both help the damaged skin to heal and also promote collagen development.  Ingredients to look for are:   Peptides,  Penapeptides, Marine Collagen, Hyalouronice Acid, Vitamins A, B5, B6, C,E,F,K  and RNA, DNA, Bio Active Properties, Live Cell Complex, and Hydroplex.  All of these ingredients are in Beautiful Radiant Skin line of skin care products.  Also make sure to check that the "active" ingredients are high on the list so you know there is enough in there to actually work.  

​ Question:  From  alison1298

 Does Microdermabrasion stretch skin leading to wrinkles, and does it provoke the capillaries to become viable over a period of time?

My Answer: 

 If Microdermabrasion is not done correctly it could cause all of the things you mention.  If done correctly it is a very very good treatment for most.  The most important setting on all microdermabrasion machines is the suction setting.  This setting should be set only high enough to vacuum the dry skin cells being removed without pulling too much on the skin.  Also the technique the Esthetician uses is very important.  The skin needs to be held taunt, but not stretched tight.  Again, it comes down to going to someone who is experienced and has a lot of practical applications under his/her belt.

​ Question:  From  Rom Rom               

I had received a RF treatment, but after my face became very hollow, it looks like it lost a lot of fat and collagen.  How long does it take to recover?

 My Answer:

 The RF Treatment works through heat which is generated by Radio Frequency.  The higher setting are for the body only and NOT the face.  When used on the body it is supposed to have this response because it's main purpose on the body is to lessen the fat.  This is NOT what we want when applied to the face, for obvious reasons.  Higher is not always better, sounds to me like the machine was set too high.  The results of the RF Treatment when used on the face is a lifted fuller look.  It is possible to be overly aggressive and end up with the result you are describing.  The person administering the treatment should know how high to set the machine!  The good news is as long as you stop the treatment your skin will return to it's previously treated state over time.  RF Radio Frequency is one of the treatments I do all of the time, several times each day, and always with great results.  It is a wonderful treatment when done with proper protocol.  In the mean time make sure you are using good products to help build the collagen to help fill in the hallow areas.


 Question:  From SpeedyGonzo


  Do I need to change my skin care products because they stop working after a while? 

My Answer:

This is a question I hear often.  The short answer is no.  People have told me they are concerned that their skin has "gotten too used their current products and they think they need to change it up. This is simply not true.  Do not believe this myth.  It is equally untrue for your hair care products.  Here's the deal, your skin care does not stop working and your skin does not get used to it requiring a change.  It is your skin that changes, not the products you use on them.  This is why it is so important to have your skin analyzed a few times a year, especially if you are over the age of 35.  many factors affect the condition of your skin.  After all your skin is the larges organ in your body, to expect it remain the same year after year is not realistic   Things like stress, hormone fluctuations, lifestyle choices, diet, alcohol consumption medication all affect your skin.  When you think your skin care has stopped working it is time for a skin "check-up" to make sure the changes your skin is going through do not require to change how you care for it.  

My clients are the perfect example.  During the summer months I move many of them to a different cleanser and moisturizer  maybe add or take a way and elixir depending on need, because their skin has changed in response to the seasons and all that goes along with how they live their lives during that season.   The holidays are another great example, often times it is necessary to boost the topical vitamins and increase the moisture during the cold winter months and the stressful months of the holiday season.

So there it is.....your products do not stop is your skin that changes. Make sense?  

​Question:  From Cindy C.

How well does the Clarisonic Skin Brush work?  It costs a lot more than many others I see and want to know if it is worth it.

My Answer:

I actually get asked this a lot, so here's my opinion.  Just remember, you  The sonic action, when asked professionally is used primarily to deposit product deeper into the skin.  The exfoliation portion of the ultrasonic application is secondary, sort of a bonus if you will.  The Clarisonic vibrates at about 300 Mhz times per second, as compared to the professional machines that work at 1 million Mhz times per second.  Clarisonic claims it only needs to be used for 1 minute a day, twice a day.  the professional machine doesn't even work that fast, so how can Clarisonic?  

The theory behind the Clarisonic is accurate....that we must exfoliate the skin first before product can penetrate deeper.  I preach this on a daily basis.  But that's the kicker for me.....sonic or ultrasonic action's main purpose, as mentioned above, is to deposit product deeper not to exfoliate......exfoliation is secondary.  This is why I prefer to exfoliate with a product or machine designed specifically for exfoliation which will allow product to deposit deeper into the layers of the skin.  

I do not believe that any at home ultrasonic or micro-current machine is strong enough to affect change.  They have to be manufactured with safeguards in place so people do not harm themselves, thus, making them not very effective.  For example, the professional ultrasonic machine used in my office can actually burn to the bone if not used correctly.  So for obvious reasons the over the counter types cannot perform at the same level.

What I recommend to my clients is that they use a good rotating facial brush that thoroughly exfoliates the skin by removing the dead skin cells,  thus allowing the products applied after cleansing to deposit deeper. That being said, I do not believe the Clarisonic is worth the money.

Question:  From Aimee M.

I love your products!  You sent me some last month and I can honestly say I see a difference in my skin already!  I got the basic kit to try, I like it so much I want to add the other products now.  Which product do you recommend for lift?  I Hope you remember me, we Skyped before I ordered?  

My Answer:

Yes Aimee, I remember you! It's nice to hear from you again, I'm very happy you are enjoying the products, I thought you would.  FYI, I keep a file on all SKYPE clients and any client that orders from me, that way I have a history and can look back to help them.

Well we just DOUBLED the amount of the active ingredient "Hexapeptide-3" in the Firm & Lift Elixir.  With continued use you will see a big difference, especially around the eyes and mouth.  Here's some product info for you.  

Firm & Lift Elixir is a unique skin firming, and lifting treatment combines advanced anti aging Hexapeptide-3,  multi-peptides with lifting seaweed and moisture binding Hyaluronic Acid in a silky fluid suspension. Multi-peptides and Hexapeptide-3  help to reduce the intensity and frequency of muscle contractions. This assists in preventing and improving the appearance and depth of fine lines caused by facial expression. Contains Pentapeptides for improved Collagen and Elastin production to further reduce and slow the formation of new lines and wrinkles. Apply a small amount to targeted areas. Especially effective around eyes, forehead and upper lips. May be used on the entire face and neck. Use twice daily. Follow with moisturizer. Recommended for all non-problem skin types.

Whoops, after thought, lol.  I forgot I am writing this on the website dedicated to services...if you would like to order products you can do that from the products website which you can access from the top of the page where you will find the link to the products page.  Or simply click here.