Acne Facial: Why You Need A Professional Treatment
by: Jen Wynn, September 20, 2018Updated on February 7, 2019
If acne is stressing you out, don’t underestimate the value of an acne facial. The results of professional acne treatments are difficult to replicate at home as they require a level of safety and knowledge only an esthetician should provide. Not only that, but they are the best way to ensure your skin is clear and glowing. To learn more about acne facials, we went straight to esthetician and Lead Eminence Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar who details the many benefits of this treatment, and what you can expect when you visit the spa.
The Benefits Of An Acne Facial
If you feel like your life is controlled by your acne and breakouts, we cannot recommend professional treatments enough. While the urge to pop your pimples at home can be overwhelming, choosing a spot treatment (like our Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque) instead, and seeing an esthetician to perform extractions is a highly superior option. By popping your pimples at home, you run the risk of making your breakouts significantly worse by inadvertently pushing bacteria deeper into the skin. This not only leads to further pimples – but can cause infection as well.
Natalie notes that an acne facial provides a deeper level of cleansing for the skin that is extremely difficult to mimic at home. In addition to extractions, estheticians will use higher grade treatments on the skin that are not available or suitable for home care. For example, our Pro Salicylic Acid Peel provides major results – without irritation. As Natalie describes, the time-released encapsulated salicylic acid in this treatment:
- Targets congestion within pores, rapidly removing blockages
- Addresses the look of acne-related symptoms, such as off-balance skin bacteria that leads to excess sebum and shine
- Improves the look of problem skin over time with a formula suitable for all skin types
Natalie also points out that: “This professional use treatment delivers 15% salicylic acid. This is an oil soluble beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is encapsulated in plant-based lipids for a natural application.” After an acne facial you can expect your skin to look clear and smooth immediately, and you will see a drastic reduction in the appearance of acne blemishes with continued treatment.
What To Expect During An Acne Facial
But what does an esthetician do? How is going in for a facial that different from your home care routine? Natalie says: “Think of your esthetician as your skin care manager, it is their job to ensure that your skin is on the right track. They take a close look at your skin and carefully design a custom treatment for your specific needs.”
Your treatment will start with a skin assessment to not only help your esthetician determine your facial treatment protocol, but to help identify how often you should ideally visit the spa, and what products you should use in your home care routine. After assessment, the esthetician will cleanse the skin, apply treatments such as an exfoliating peel and mask, and perform techniques such as steaming and/or extractions. They will end the treatment with a moisturizer and SPF to ensure your skin is nourished and protected. Natalie adds:
If you are dealing with acne, professional care is very important – especially exfoliation and extractions“If you are dealing with acne, professional care is very important – especially exfoliation and extractions, as they prevent the spread of bacteria, and minimize scarring. Your esthetician will work with you, noting your goals and developing an effective home care routine. It is then up to you to follow the routine that is provided. When you return for the next visit, your esthetician then performs an analysis to assess progress and professional treatment. Together, your home care, esthetician and professional products are the best way to achieve your skin goals.”
How To Book A Professional Treatment
if dealing with severe to moderate acne, a series of treatments may be booked once or twice a week at first.Booking an acne facial is very straightforward. Visit our spa locator to find the Eminence Organics partner spa closest to you, and contact them directly via phone. Let them know that you are interested specifically in an acne facial treatment, and would like to set up an assessment and treatment with an esthetician. When it comes to frequency of treatment, Natalie says: “How often depends on the severity of the breakouts. Your first appointment with an esthetician will determine the facial frequency that is needed. For example; if dealing with severe to moderate acne, a series of treatments may be booked once or twice a week at first. Then, as the skin improves, lessened to once a month.”
We are so thrilled to share this insight from our incredible trainer Natalie, and hope this helps on your journey to clear skin. With these tips, we’re know you’ll feel prepared for an acne facial, but if you have more questions let us know! Leave your questions about treating acne in the comments or join the conversation on social media.
LASH REHAB | A 6-STEP PROGRAM FOR LASH ADDICTS
Have any remaining lashes professionally removed — ASAP. Picking at them will only cause more damage and could possibly cause infection without proper aftercare instructions.
BRUSH ON YOUR VITAMINS.
If you have bald spots or sparse lashes from shedding or removal, nourish your lashes using a lash growth serum loaded with biotin and conditioners such as panthenol. Consistency is key — brush along the lash line once a day. The serum can be worn under makeup – just make sure that you let it absorb before application. On a budget? Castor oil works great for traumatized lashes too. Gently rub along the lash line and let it soak in. This one is best used in the evening for maximum conditioning.
REBUILD FROM WITHIN.
Eat foods high in vitamin B, C and D and look for supplements that are chock full of biotin, collagen, and fatty omegas. Not only will you see your lashes, hair, and nails grow — your skin will begin to glow!
TAKE A MAKEUP VACAY.
The less stress on your lash, the more resilient and strong it will be. But, if you must — use a mascara with nourishing properties. And absolutely, for certain — skip the waterproof mascara, which requires agitation to remove.
Your lash line has suffered a trauma. Try your best not to tug or pull while cleansing. Use micellar water or cleanser for sensitive skin to remove makeup and dirt.
TEMPTED TO GIVE UP REHAB?
Extensions aren’t the only option for lash addicts, try a Curlperfect Lash Lift. This process perms your natural lashes, giving them a lift and curl which lasts for up to 8 weeks. Add a tint for more depth, and squelch your lash extension withdrawal. No relapse here!
The day will come when you’re ready to lash again. Don’t be afraid. Research your area for a Sugarlash PRO certified lash artist, look for reviews on social media, and always look for pictures of their work. A good lash artist will answer your questions efficiently, keep a clean environment, use the right tools and products, and offer the proper aftercare products for lash maintenance at home.
The 5 Benefits Of A Professional Lactic Acid
by: Alisha Whitley, April 19, 2018Updated on February 7, 2019
Mention “face” and “peel” in the same sentence, and many of us conjure images of Samantha’s botched facial on “Sex and the City.” Luckily, not all peels yield such aggressive results – and lactic acid peels are the gentlest of the bunch. A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), lactic acid gently exfoliates the skin and gives even the dullest complexion a megawatt glow. When applied by a licensed esthetician, professional peels like Eminence Organics Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel 10% give even more amplified results. Here are the five benefits of getting a professional lactic acid peel at your favorite Eminence partner spa.
Professional Lactic Acid Peel Benefits
1. More Active Ingredients
While at-home peels contain 1-5% active ingredients, professional peels generally contain anywhere from 10%-20%.While at-home peels contain 1-5% active ingredients, professional peels generally contain anywhere from 10%-20%. What does this mean for your skin? An even greater concentration of the good-for-you ingredients found in your favorite at-home skin care products. This doesn’t mean that it’s time to say goodbye to your homecare routine; using an at-home peel twice a week is an excellent way to extend and enhance the benefits of a professional peel.
2. Faster Cell Turnover
Professional lactic acid peels deliver a high percentage of active ingredients to kickstart your skin’s renewal process. Lactic acid gently breaks down the glue that holds dead skin cells together and dissolves superficial surface buildup. Dermatologist Dr. David Bank tells Allure: “As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger.”
3. Better Product Absorption
Shedding surface cells and revealing new ones have an important benefit for the rest of your skin care routine: Your skin becomes more absorbent and receptive to the skin care products that follow. With no dead skin cells blocking their way, the ingredients in the rest of your routine can penetrate more deeply. The result: an even better performance by your favorite Eminence Organics products.
4. Immediate Results
Due to their potency, professional peels are designed to deliver maximum benefits in a short amount of time. This means you can expect your skin to look softer, smoother and more radiant after your first spa visit. Reader’s Digest recommends getting a series of mild chemical peels every few weeks to keep your skin looking its best.
5. Minimal Downtime
You can put your “Sex and the City” fears to rest. Unlike more extreme chemical peels, professional lactic acid peels require little to no downtime. Eminence Organics Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel 10% is self-neutralizing and non-irritating, meaning you can confidently go straight from the spa to a special occasion (like Carrie Bradshaw’s book launch).
How To Extend Results From A Spa Treatment
by: Jen Okhiria, March 5, 2019
It’s no secret that Eminence Organics Skin Care has results-driven professional treatments but to maximize results, effective home care products are also necessary.
Long Lasting Facials
Professional facial treatments are a must have to supercharge progress and reach skin care goals. An at-home skin care routine is important to extend these treatments and is even more essential if spa visits are irregular.
As the ultra-glowy results from a facial only last for about 30 days, a detailed home care routine will keep the progression moving forward instead of falling back, ensuring that clients at an Eminence Organic partner spa see results. Other tips that help support a professional treatment include:
- Increasing water intake: A facial is like a workout for your skin, and just like any workout, hydration is key. Drinking lots of water pre and post-facial is key to a healthy looking complexion and is especially important if steam or heat is used as part of the treatment.
- Using SPF: It goes without saying that SPF is needed every day, but it is even more important after a facial. It may seem obvious, but SPF is a crucial part of the after-care of a facial and is necessary to protect the skin.
- Skipping immediate exfoliation: Most likely, a facial incorporates some level of exfoliation that is deeper than exfoliating at home. In order to keep the skin healthy, clients shouldn’t exfoliate at home two full days before and after a facial.
- Using gentle products: Not only is it important to skip exfoliation but using strong treatments, masks, cleansers or other actives immediately before or after a facial is not advisable. The day before and after, gentle products should be used to keep the skin balanced and strong.
Organic Body Care: Skin Care Steps From Head To Toe
by: Alisha Whitley, June 3, 2019Updated on June 25, 2019
You always put your best face forward, but your skin care routine should extend from head to toe. From Cleopatra and her milk baths to the historic hot springs and luxurious spas of Hungary, body treatments have been used since ancient times to renew and replenish the body’s largest organ: your skin. Follow these steps to elevate your body ritual with a luxurious organic body care routine featuring our signature stone crop ingredient.
Your skin is in a constant state of regeneration: Old skin cells shed and new cells emerge. But, sometimes your skin needs help shedding its layers. Exfoliation is the best way to slough off dead skin cells and reveal the healthy cells underneath. Gently massaging an exfoliant into the skin also makes skin look revitalized, improves its texture and boosts its natural vibrancy.
Polish your skin to perfection with the new Stone Crop Revitalizing Body Scrub. This unique resurfacing exfoliant lathers into a creamy foam and combines sugar and salt to hydrate and invigorate the skin’s appearance. Infused with comforting stone crop and antioxidant-rich lemon peel, it smooths and brightens skin for a fresh-looking finish. Inhale deeply to experience the full benefits of this subtly fragrant body scrub.
With dead cells buffed away, your skin can better absorb the moisturizing properties of the lotions and oils that follow. While your skin is still slightly damp, apply deeply hydrating body oil to replenish dry skin and lock in moisture. This step also helps fortify your skin’s natural lipid barrier which protects it from drying environmental irritants.
Soothe and smooth dryness with our Stone Crop Body Oil. This hydrating body oil combines arnica, stone crop, rosehip oil and avocado oil to comfort and moisturize dry skin. Warm it in your hands and apply with a gentle massage-like effect for an indulgent spa experience at home. Perfectly lightweight, it leaves a soft, satin finish from head to toe.
If cellulite is a concern, you aren’t alone. According to Scientific American, ninety percent of women have cellulite, which typically appears as dimpled skin around the buttocks and thighs. While cellulite can’t be made to disappear, you can reduce its appearance with topical skin care.
Reduce the appearance of cellulite with our Stone Crop Contouring Body Cream. This naturally potent cream contains active ingredients that smooth and firm the skin. Stone crop, shea butter and jojoba oil add additional moisture, while coffee and microalgae extracts improve the look of cellulite. Use it as an all-over moisturizer or as a targeted treatment to tighten and tone where your body needs it most.
4. Spa Treatment
For a truly indulgent experience, visit an Eminence Organics partner spa for a professional body treatment. In addition to the steps above, this service often includes a toasty body wrap to deeply hydrate and revitalize the skin’s appearance (which in turn, helps improve the look of cellulite).
The Stone Crop Restorative Body Wrap imparts the benefits of Eminence Organics’ signature stone crop ingredient in a relaxing spa treatment. This restorative gel body wrap contains stone crop, aloe and powerful actives to hydrate, rejuvenate and brighten the skin’s appearance. Perfect as a post-sun treatment to soothe redness and dryness, it leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed.
Summer Essentials: Day To Night Sun Care
by: Alisha Whitley, May 1, 2018Updated on May 29, 2019
A sun-kissed glow might rank high on summer beauty lists, but proper sun protection is non-negotiable. Each year, an estimated 192,310 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States, with 86% of cases attributed to sun exposure (Skin Cancer Foundation). At Eminence Organics, we want you to look your best and stay protected. Here are a few of our favorite sun essentials, hand-picked by our experts to protect your skin and extend your glow all season long.
During The Day: Protect Your Skin
Did you know that the risk for melanoma doubles if you have had more than five sunburns in your lifetime? If you’re planning to spend time in the sun, protecting your skin from damage should be priority number one.
Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30
Shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays with Eminence Organics Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30, formulated with zinc oxide. Whether you’re swimming or engaging in outdoor sports, this water-resistant sunscreen protects you from broad spectrum UV rays throughout the summer. Resistant through water activities and perspiration for up to 40 minutes, this sport formulation keeps you covered from head to toe.
Lilikoi Mineral Defense Moisturizer SPF 33
Looking for a moisturizer that doubles as sun protection? Our Lilikoi Mineral Defense Moisturizer SPF 33can multi-task all summer long. Formulated with zinc oxide and titanium oxide, this moisturizer uses these natural minerals to block UV rays. Larch tree adds moisture while lilikoi seed oil helps with the visible signs of aging, so the Lilikoi Mineral Defense Moisturizer not only protects the skin from the elements but also leaves it lightly hydrated and looking fresh and natural.
Vanilla Or Caramel Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25
If you’re looking for another multi-purpose marvel, our tinted moisturizers pull double duty as a skin care and makeup product. For a more natural look this summer, swap out your too-heavy foundation for an Eminence Organics tinted moisturizer. Lightweight Vanilla Latte Tinted Moisturizer and Caramel Latte Tinted Moisturizer deliver sheer, natural coverage plus SPF 25 sun protection from zinc.
Don’t forget to protect your lips; lacking melanin, they are highly susceptible to sunburn.
Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15
Don’t forget to protect your lips; lacking melanin, they are highly susceptible to sunburn. Eminence Organics Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm is infused with rosehip oil, lavender and zinc oxide to keep your pucker perfectly moisturized and protected.
At Night: Repair Damage
Sun damage doesn’t stop once you’ve sought out shade; the effects of UV exposure, including dry and itchy skin, can take from two to four hours to fully develop. Soothe dryness and replenish moisture with these Eminence Organics after-sun essentials.
Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm
Is your skin suffering from sun exposure? Repair, soothe and reduce redness due to dryness with Eminence Organics Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm. Infused with rosehip oil, sunflower oil and a Natural Repair Complex, this ultra-rich balm replenishes moisture and protects skin from the drying effects of element exposure.
In addition to your home care routine, there are several professional-grade treatments that can improve uneven skin texture. If you struggle with acne or skin sensitivity, we recommend consulting with your esthetician before booking a treatment.
You can exfoliate your skin on your own during your cleansing routine once or twice a week depending on the instructions of the skin care product you choose. The first type of exfoliator is a manual exfoliator. Manual exfoliation is when you physically scrub your skin with a product that has exfoliation beads or natural ingredients to rub in a circular motion over your damp skin to lift away dead cells of the top layer of your skin. The second type of exfoliation is a chemical exfoliation. This sheds your skin faster and uses active ingredients to exfoliate and is usually an acid based ingredient.
Professional peels are a more powerful and concentrated version of your at-home exfoliant. They deliver a high percentage of active ingredients to break the bonds that hold dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. These peels typically employ fruit acids which, in addition to exfoliating skin, are rich antioxidants that minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dermaplaning is another professional treatment that can retexture skin. In this procedure, a medical-grade scalpel is scraped across the surface of the skin to remove a superficial layer of dead skin cells and vellus hair also known as peach fuzz. This offers an immediate brightening and smoothing effect for dull, textured skin.
How The Environment Ages Your Skin
by: Alisha Whitley, March 14, 2019
Aging is inevitable. As we get older, our bodies’ natural aging processes kick in, causing the skin to sag and fine lines and wrinkles to set in. It’s a fact of life. But, did you know that time only accounts for 10% of skin changes? The remaining 90% is caused by external influences that accelerate the aging process. Read on to learn about three sources of environmental aging and how you can protect your skin from damage.
Intrinsic Vs. Extrinsic Aging
Skin aging is caused by two distinct processes: intrinsic and extrinsic aging.
Intrinsic aging is the natural and continual aging process by which cellular and biological functions slow. Over time, the skin’s strong, fibrous and elastic matrix begins to weaken, inhibiting skin cell turnover and contributing to hyaluronic acid, elastin and collagen depletion. As these essential materials diminish, the skin loses the strength and resilience associated with a healthy and youthful complexion.
While intrinsic aging is unavoidable, extrinsic aging is more easily preventable. It is caused by a set of external factors that accelerate the aging process, including lifestyle choices like smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise, as well as environmental stressors like pollution, blue light radiation and UV exposure. These sources expose the skin to free radicals and oxidative stress which damage its structural proteins and cause it to age prematurely.
Sources Of Environmental Aging
There are three main environmental factors that contribute to premature skin aging: pollution, blue light and UV exposure. Here is a closer look at each one.
One of the major threats to healthy and youthful skin is air pollution. Urban living puts us in direct contact with particulate matter (PM), a complex mixture of harmful contaminants that wreak havoc on our complexions. Evidence increasingly shows a connection between long-term PM exposure and premature aging; in fact, studies have shown that a greater degree of PM exposure is associated with a larger number of dark spots and more pronounced nasolabial folds (smile lines).
Without a strong and secure structure, skin loses its density and bounce; it begins to loosen and sag and deep lines and wrinkles start to set in.How does this happen? Well, these minute particles expose the skin to free radicals that actively break down hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. When these become weakened, they lose the ability to keep skin hydrated, firm and elastic. Without a strong and secure structure, skin loses its density and bounce; it begins to loosen and sag and deep lines and wrinkles start to set in.
With the increasing adoption of new technology, blue light has become another factor to consider in skin aging. Blue light emits from many sources, including the sun, our cellphones, computers, TVs and even lightbulbs. According to Eminence Organics International Trainer Brian Goodwin, we are typically exposed to blue light for six hours a day; over time, this daily exposure compounds and poses a serious threat to skin health.
Blue light’s short wavelength is associated with higher energy output and a greater potential for damage. In 2010, research by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found more pigment, redness and swelling in skin exposed to blue light from the sun than skin exposed to similar levels of UVA rays. In addition to triggering inflammation and redness, blue light stimulates the production of free radicals (which we know are major culprits of premature skin aging).
Sun exposure plays perhaps the biggest role in aging our complexions. The sun has several different types of rays (including blue light) but those that cause the most concern are UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin’s layers, exposing otherwise healthy skin to damaging free radicals. Eminence Organics President Boldijarre Koronczay tells us:
UVA rays are the #1 cause of aging. They destroy collagen, contribute to a lack of elasticity and tone and cause thicker looking skin – what I call “alligator skin”.
UVB rays, on the other hand, penetrate only the skin’s outermost layer where they interact with melanocytes (the cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation). Melanocytes are your first line of protection against sun damage; when they are exposed to the sun, they release melanin. This protective pigment absorbs UV rays and shields the skin’s deeper layers from damage. However, overexposure can lead to an overproduction of melanin, which presents as sun spots and uneven skin tone.
Defend your skin from environmental stressors with Eminence Organic Skin Care’s new Lilikoi Mineral Defense Collection! Lilikoi is a tropical ‘superfruit’ that is packed with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A,C riboflavin and niacin. This antioxidant rich powerhouse helps to combat free radical damage.