* Please see below for more information on MICROBLADING and RED LIGHT THERAPY*
Why should I see an esthetician?
Esthetics is the application of various treatments to the skin, to maintain its health and vitality. Estheticians are trained in skin wellness, helping their clients balance oil and moisture content and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion. As well as various facial treatments (described in more detail below), they commonly also perform body treatments such as salt or sugar scrubs, moisturizing or slenderizing body wraps, hair removal techniques such as waxing or threading, and hand/foot treatments to rejuvenate the skin.
A variety of treatments and products are used to protect skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull, uneven skin tone. Estheticians are also skilled in managing conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and dry skin, to name just a few. And finally, skin care treatments are wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. If smooth, healthy skin is your goal, visiting a skin care professional can benefit you.
What’s the difference between dermatology, cosmetology, and esthetics?
Dermatology is a branch of the medical profession, practiced by licensed physicians who specialize in disorders of the skin. Esthetic practice specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, or any other service, procedure, or therapy that requires a medical license. If you’re being treated by a dermatologist, your esthetician can provide complementary and support therapies. In addition, estheticians are trained to recognize early signs of many medical conditions affecting the skin, and will refer you to a dermatologist in such a case.
Cosmetology is the study of beauty treatments including nail care, hair care and styling, makeup application, skin care and more. Esthetics is one branch of cosmetology; some estheticians work in other branches of cosmetology in addition to their skin care practice.
Techniques and products
Techniques used by estheticians include facial steaming, wrapping, exfoliation, waxing, pore cleansing, extraction, and peels. Creams, lotions, wraps, clay or gel masks, and salt scrubs are used. Machines may also be used to help deliver high-tech services.
Some common therapies:
- Exfoliation: The removal of dead skin cells manually (scrubbing, brushing, or using a system such as microdermabrasion), with a peel (a product that causes dead skin cells to shed) or with an enzymatic product that digests dead skin cells.
- Extraction: This is the process of deep cleansing the pores, either manually (using gloved hands and cotton or tissue around the fingers, with gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction).
- Facial: A facial is the most popular treatment performed by estheticians. It is a good way for your therapist to get a good understanding of your skin prior to suggesting more aggressive treatments. A facial generally includes makeup removal and skin cleansing, exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or natural acidic means, steaming, extractions, facial massage, a treatment mask, serum/moisturizer and sunblock. For most people, facials can be scheduled every four weeks, although your therapist may recommend a different schedule based on your individual needs.
- Microdermabrasion: The process of resurfacing the skin using a machine that sands the skin’s epidermal (outer) layer, using either a wand tipped with crushed diamonds, or a spray of special crystals which are then suctioned back up along with the dead skin cells. It can be very helpful in improving skin texture, fine lines and the effectiveness of home care product penetration.
- Waxing: Waxing removes unwanted hair at the root. There are two different types of waxes: hard and soft. Soft wax is applied warm to the skin in a thin layer in the direction of hair growth. Cloth strips are then applied to the warm wax, rubbed in the direction of hair growth, and quickly pulled off in the opposite direction. This method is best used on larger areas of the body such as the legs, back or chest. Hard wax is used without cloth strips. It is applied warm, in a layer about the thickness of a nickel, allowed to dry and then removed quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth. Hard wax is less irritating to sensitive skin and is excellent for the bikini, underarm and facial areas.
Microblading can be intimidating, but we will keep you reassured and at ease. At The Pore House~ Organic Skincare & Wellness, we like to make sure you are fully comfortable mentally and physically. We will discuss the entire procedure and healing process before we begin. Our artist uses numbing agents that keep the procedure painless, only slight discomfort may be experienced in the beginning of the procedure. Once the skin is broken the numbing agents take into full effect and most clients feel no sensation at all. The client is given a handheld mirror and is encouraged to look at the eyebrows halfway through the procedure. A measuring stencil is placed on the client's forehead so that both the artist and the client can be reassured that every part of the brow is symmetrical. Brows display expression and frame our face. A person's entire face can be changed with improvements to the eyebrows.
Reasons for Microblading
* you have never grown much hair in the eyebrow area
* you are losing brow hair as you age
* you over tweezed (because who didn't in the 90s?) and hair no longer grows
* you have a condition that has caused you to lose hair such as alopecia, thyroid condition, or chemotherapy (Doctors O.K. is needed)
* you would just like to fill in any gaps or sparse areas so that you do not have to spend hours with eyebrow cosmetics
* you would like to darken the eyebrows because your natural hair color is too light
* you would like to have an arch that visually lifts the eye area
* your eyesight is no longer strong enough to apply cosmetics on yourself
* you aren't satisfied with your current brow shape and desire restructuring
How long do Microbladed brows last?
Microblading results last up to three years. Pigment retention depends on a couple different factors. Most importantly, fading can be prolonged by how well the client takes care of their brows in both immediate aftercare of the procedure and continually over time. The client should follow aftercare instructions exactly for prime color retention during the healing process. Once fully healed, client is recommended to wear a hat or sunscreen over the microbladed area when outdoors, since sun exposure can significantly fade the tattoo. Lastly, exfoliating services such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion should be avoided directly around the brow area.
How is the brow shape determined?
The Microblading Artist and client discuss the desires that the client has for their eyebrows. What is most important is creating the most beautiful eyebrows that meet the client's satisfaction. This is achieved by utilizing the client's facial anatomy and measurements that geometrically place the arch, beginning and ending points of the brow. Nearly every face is unsymmetrical and small adjustments are made to each eyebrow to create symmetry between the two. In certain cases where the client has eyebrows structure that they are pleased with, the artist will only enhance the shape that already exists upon the client's request.
RED LIGHT THERAPY:
What is Red Light Collagen Therapy?
Red Light Treatments are photo bio stimulation in which one is exposed to red and infrared lights. This happens to be a special type of light with a more powerful wavelength when compared to other types of light, which makes it possible to permeate much deeper into the skin to offer various restorative health benefits. For example, enhancing the physical appearance of skin as well as skin revitalization in addition to alleviating ache.
Red light therapy is a particular skincare treatment method available in preference to the administered laser light treatments. Several researches associated with red light therapy have been based on the treatments for acne removal, rosacea as well as the potential to eliminate wrinkles and signs of aging. Studies show that concentrated red light can be utilized by mitochondria in the body cells which trigger the production of collagen in the body. Moreover, collagen is the constituent of skin appearance.
Red Light was first introduced by NASA to enhance the healing of wound and also tissue improvement in space- in addition to benefiting fatigued, worn out astronauts on return back to earth. However, this has also been employed in the management of some psychiatric problems together with sleeping conditions. Red light treatments in dermatology have been researched since medical professionals discovered that a growing number of patients were becoming resistant to the regular antibiotic therapies utilized to clear away acne. Also, researches have been broadened to study the possibility of using red light treatment to eliminate facial lines and wrinkles.
Nevertheless, it is essential you be aware that there are two different kinds of red light treatments. The first type of therapy is known as light box therapy. This is a general therapy which does not focus on any particular region of the body. The second type is Targeted phototherapy intended to direct light rays to certain parts of the skin by means of an excimer laser light.
How Does It Work?
Utilizing red light at a wavelength of 633nm, it will penetrate the skin up to 8 – 10mm. This penetration stimulates the body to produce elastin and collagen as well as developing new capillaries. The consequence of having extra elastin and collagen produces a softer , firm skin appearance while the effect of the new capillaries promotes better blood circulation which in turn boosts healing of wound in addition to the benefits of reducing scar tissue. Red Light Therapy is rapidly becoming the most effective, safe, easy, pain-free and thus the least expensive method to obtain younger and exciting skin look.
Red light treatment exposure involves a twenty minute period in a Red Light Collagen bed. Generally, it’s just as simple as, lying down and enjoying restorative and relaxation experience. During the process, you will have to shut the eyes and then let your skin experience that distribution of light for radiance and youthful glow. The procedure is absolutely relatively simple, noninvasive and also the majority of folks delight in the soothing warmth from red light unit as well as the calming and relaxing feeling on their skin. Really, Red light treatment does not have any unwanted side effects.
Benefits of RED LIGHT THERAPY
Red Light Therapy offers a safe treatment for severe and sharp ache as well as muscle soreness, arthritis, hypertension, and nerve problems. It equally helps to lessen injury recovery time. Red Light Therapy is currently popular among professional sports athletes to boost restorative healing with benefits. Infrared light is directed to penetrate under the skin surface to hasten recovery time. The Red light can quickly trigger the release of ATP, which is an essential supply of energy to the human body cells. It permits ATP to contribute to speedy activity by the body defensive mechanism. The ATP really assists to raise blood flow in the body, which in turn decreases inflammation and also soreness. People with high blood pressure really benefit from increased blood flow since sufficient circulation of blood helps your heart to perform less work. When ATP is activated by Red light it helps to energize white blood cells which function to restore weakened cells and also collagen production is stimulated to increase skin elasticity as well as help in wound recovery. ATP in addition stimulates endorphins production, which offers calming relief from persistent and severe body ache.
For the reason that Red light therapies activate the body defenses, it definitely lessens the causes of pain rather than merely covering the symptoms. Moreover, Red Light therapies alleviate pain and irritation without the unwanted side effects of prescription medication or even surgical procedure.
Who Is Red Light Treatment Suitable For?
For wrinkle reduction benefits and also full skin revitalization, Red Light Therapy is perfect for anyone, including; men, women and children. Red light exposure is certainly valuable in the treatment of aging related issues by supplying deep skin improvement. For anti-aging benefits as well as deep skin regeneration, red light exposure would work fine for every individual. However, it can be notably helpful for men and women over 25 years of age. Because, from this age the body steadily begins to lose the capacity to produce collagen for youthful looks, thus our physical appearance will begin to get older, faster.
It’s important to consult with your medical professional about all prescriptions you have taken, or non-prescription drugs you might be using. A number of prescription drugs frequently cause photosensitivity and could noticeably harm the skin.
Is Red Light Exposure Therapy Safe?
Red light exposure is generally regarded as being totally safe and with absolutely no identified undesirable effects.
Safety measures prior to starting Red Light Exposure
The most usual risk involved with red light therapies is directing the light into one’s eyes. Although, red light or even infrared light on its own is not destructive to the eyes, however the gadgets in use could deliver excessive brightness that can affect the eyes. Eye protection can be worn in the course of each facial therapy. In the event you are using light for non-facial purposes for instance; wound care or perhaps for pain relief, one should be absolutely careful never to direct the light in one’s eyes. Never ever look straight into the red light treatment equipment.
How Long Will It Take To Get Good Results?
Obtaining good result may differ subject to the skin type and also based upon ones age, nevertheless, the table below is a general information for the rate of exposure together with the appropriate anticipated results
Age Frequency Best Results At Maintenance
25 – 35 2-3 times per week 3-6 weeks 1 per 10 days-2 weeks
35 – 45 2-3 times per week 4-8 weeks 1 per 1-2 weeks
45 – 55 3 times per week 6-10 weeks 1 per week
55 + 2-3 times per week 8 weeks + 1-2 times per week
Red Light Therapy is extremely effective for:
Anti Ageing: stimulation of collagen and elastin fibers in the deeper layers of the dermis gives a visible smoothing effect on wrinkles, plumps the skin and improves skin elasticity, suppleness and firmness
Acne (reducing inflammation)
Eczema & psorisas
Great after surgery – quicker healing time
Cosmetic Benefits of Using Red Light Therapy:
Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
Reduces crows feet
Improve your skin tone
Regeneration/stimulation of collagen
Restores skins natural cellular collagen activity
Activated fibroblast cells which create collagen and elastin
Helps sun damaged skin
Creates more skin moisture which will fill out skin
Increases circulation, providing a healthier skin tone
Reduces melanin production, which causes brown age spots
Promotes nutritional element existing within the skin
Helps irregular pigmentation
Lessens skin coarseness
Lessens pore size
Stimulates and activated metabolic function in skin cells
Reduces skin degradation
Reduces overall redness, flushing, dilated capillaries
These amazing research studies reveal red light therapy to be an amazing method to fight the adverse effects of ageing. Age defying results will enable them to continually turn back the clock on the aged appearance that accompanies passing time.
Want to know more? The list below contains a number of important scientific publications that prove the effects of collagen light.
Karu TI, Pyatibrat LV, Kolyakov SF, Afanasyeva NI: Absorption measurements of a cell monolayer relevant to phototherapy: reduction of cytochrome c oxidase under near IR radiation. J Photochem Photobiol, 81: 98-106, 2005.
Visiting an esthetician
It is always a good idea to schedule a consultation appointment prior to your first treatment, especially if you are new to esthetic treatments. This gives you and your therapist a chance to discuss your goals and expectations for the first visit, and long term goals for the future. During a consultation, your therapist will go over an extensive intake form, and most likely do a cleansing of the skin followed by a detailed skin analysis. This will give your therapist the information she/he needs to create an individualized treatment plan, both for a series of professional treatments and recommendations for products you can use at home.
What about home care?
Much of the success of maintaining a visible improvement after treatment depends on consistent, correct home care. Your esthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin, and to advise you on how to maintain your professional results between visits. Like medical or dental care, following the right daily regimen at home is essential if you are to get the most out of your visits to a professional.
Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask your skin care therapist about her background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. Your therapist is a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals. Our members have been validated as meeting their state’s licensing credentials and/or core training requirements, and agree to follow a code of ethics which ensures you’ll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. ASCP also provides its members with comprehensive resources that allow them to keep up with changing trends, making certain you’ll receive the most up-to-date therapies available.