It’s Time to Get Your Summer Glō On!

If you aren’t already using glō minerals, there is no better time than right now to discover why so many women swear by these great products! We are all looking for products that are not only safe, but actually deliver what they promise – great looking skin.

glō minerals offers a mineral makeup system uniquely designed to do just that. Their award winning formulations truly do deliver great coverage, UV and environmental protection and a fantastic spectrum of mineral pigments. Since their products are talc-free and non-comedogenic (no pore blockage here!) glō minerals is the perfect choice for all skin types – even the most sensitive.

Looking for something that covers, corrects and protects? Look no further …

Premium-Grade Ingredients Matter

glō minerals works diligently to create the smartest and safest formulations possible using only superior pharmaceutical-grade vitamins and minerals:

  • These high ingredients and ultra-fine minerals undergo a triple milling process to ensure that each application provides even, continuous coverage guaranteed to last.
  • Their base formulations contain no perfumes or chemical dyes and are 100% talc free, which as we mentioned, makes them ideal for the most sensitive skin types and conditions.
  • glō minerals products allow your skin to breathe, which helps inhibit bacterial growth in your pores to prevent blackheads and breakouts.

There is nothing better than the basics

glō minerals provides several choices when it comes to your foundation. Their glōPressed base provides a semi-matte finish for all skin types and is versatile enough to allow for sheer to full coverage.

For those of you who prefer a liquid foundation, their glōProtective liquid foundation provides two options. You can choose the satin finish which is great for all but oily skin types, or the matte finish for oilier skins. Both provide sheer to full coverage.

Looking for a dewy glow for normal to dry skin types? The glōLoose base is just the ticket for medium to full coverage. When you come in for your glō minerals consultation, I’ll be happy to share information with you about the glōSheer tint base, glōCamouflage or glōConcealer.

And no summer glow is complete without a bit of cheek color. You will love glōBlush for its natural high pigment color, ideal for expert shading and highlighting. The glōBlush duo gives you compatible colors so you can contour and highlight your cheeks. This duo is created to apply together or individually for a radiant glō.

We can also talk about glōCream blush, glōTint for cheeks and lips, the glōShimmer brick, glōBronze (to get your summer on!) or the glōDust 24k that provides a color and shine enhancer delivering a range of effects from a subtle sparkle to a gilded skin tone. glōDust 24k can be used on your face, body – even in your hair to create shimmer.

glō minerals also has eye shadows, liners, mascara, lipsticks and glosses. Give me a call today to set up a consultation and I will be happy to show you how these great products will work for you.

So what are you waiting for?

You glō girl!

Life Extension® Products Provide a Healthy Way to a New You!

When you think of Skin Essentials you may feel that our services are confined to external body care like peels, facials, waxing and tinting. While each of those are among the many services we provide, your skin is a fingerprint to what’s going on inside your body, so it makes perfect sense to work from the inside out. If you provide your body with the essential nutritional building blocks it needs, your skin will thank you by looking more radiant, and your overall health will benefit as well.

My personal vitamin and mineral regime includes products I’ve come to know and trust that are created by a company called Life Extension®. For more than 33 years, Life Extension® has been a pioneer in funding and reporting the latest anti-aging research and integrative health therapies, in addition to offering superior-quality dietary supplements to the general public.

Life Extension® has a long history of offering health guidance to American consumers, in many cases years ahead of the mainstream medical establishment. Just a few examples include their recognition in 1983 that a daily low-dose aspirin had value in reducing vascular disease risk, years before the practice enjoyed widespread acceptance. They were the first company to offer Melatonin, a popular sleep aid, in 1992, and SAMe, a compound that may alleviate depression, arthritis, and certain liver disorders, in 1997.

So what do I do as a part of my daily health quest when it comes to vitamins and minerals? For starters, my personal regime includes the trace mineral Selenium which is believed to support normal thyroid and immune function.

I also make sure I take an iodine supplement. Iodine is a health-promoting trace element essential for life. Its primary biological role is in the production of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). In addition to thyroid function inadequate iodine intake may cause weight gain, low energy, depression, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and a variety of cancers. Iodine is vital to breast health in older women, with low intake correlated to increased risks for breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.

Life Extension’s Bio-Curcumin is another crucial part of my quest for health. Curcumin is an active compound derived from the Indian spice turmeric. It has been widely acclaimed for its diverse health-promoting effects on nearly every organ system in the body, which includes its support for the body’s natural inflammatory response system. Since recent evidence links chronic inflammation to a variety of diseases, I feel this is an important part of staying healthy.

The aging process and certain health issues can also cause a reduction in the body’s production of digestive enzymes. You may have noticed one effect of this reduction if you’ve ever experience a bloated feeling soon after eating a large meal. Digestive enzymes are essential to the body’s absorption and full use of food. The primary digestive enzymes are protease (to digest protein), amylase (to digest carbohydrates), and lipase (to digest fat). These enzymes function as biological catalysts to speed the reactions that break down food. Raw foods also provide enzymes that naturally break down food for proper absorption. The capacity of our bodies to make enzymes diminishes with age, so it is believed that supplementing with enzymes can help promote optimal digestion and better absorption of nutrients.

My body, just like yours, needs fatty acids to survive and is able to make all but two of them: linoleic acid (LA), found in the omega-6 family, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) a part of the omega-3 family. These two fatty acids must be supplied by the diet and are therefore considered what is known as essential fatty acids (EFAs).

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in coldwater fish (and fish oil), perilla and flaxseed oils, are essential elements of a healthy diet. Omega-3 oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are usually lacking in the typical Western diet, which is filled with foods containing high amounts of omega-6 fats. EPA and DHA can be synthesized in the body from ALA, but EPA and DHA synthesis may be insufficient under certain conditions and for most people that consume Western diets. According to Life Extension their premium omegas are scientifically-validated fish oil concentrates, derived from sustainable sources, that contain a proprietary, full-spectrum blend of synergistic nutrients to provide scientifically validated cardioprotective health benefits.

I also make sure I’m taking a CoQ10 supplement. Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance found throughout the body, but especially in the heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas. It is found in small amounts in meats and seafood. CoQ10 helps provide energy to cells, and also seems to have antioxidant activity. People with certain diseases, such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, periodontal disease, Parkinson’s disease, certain muscular diseases, and AIDS, are often found to have lower levels of CoQ10.

Life Extension’s Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 with Enhanced Mitochondrial Support™ is believed to provide a powerful synergy that supports more youthful cellular energy production than CoQ10 alone.

Another “must” for me is Melatonin. Melatonin is believed to keep our circadian cycle in tune. Not only does this hormone work to maintain cell health, it appears to regulate a system of self-repair and regeneration. As we age melatonin diminishes which can than impair our biological functions. Depending upon your preference, Life Extension® provides a choice between two types of Melatonin – a six our time release or a liquid variety.

I’m also in love with their Skin Restoring Phytoceramides with Lipowheat® which provides skin-nourishing oils to complement topical products you may already be using. Which brings me to my last little tidbit …

Okay, I’ve touched on just a few vital supplements to provide you with a broad overview of what you may need and why. I firmly believe that Life Extension® provides the best products currently available, which is why we carry them at Skin Essentials. Many commercially sold dietary supplements fail to deliver optimal results to the consumer, which is why I feel so committed to Life Extension®. My personal experience tells me they help keep my body healthy.

The next time you are here for one of our skincare services, be sure to ask about this great product line. I’ll be happy to talk to you in further detail about your specific needs. Obviously, before you embark on any new health regime, it’s important to check with your doctor or healthcare provider to make sure anything you are considering is appropriate for you.

Oh, and before I forget completely – Life Extension is not limited to just vitamin and mineral supplements. You may be interested in one of their products called Ultra Rejuvenex®.

Ultra Rejuvenex® is a youth-promoting face cream that contains green and white tea extracts, together with lots of other beneficial nutrients for the skin. Look at it this way – it’s a tea party for your skin!

I have lots of other exciting news to share with you in the coming months … so stay tuned!

Here’s Looking at a Beautiful New You!

Younger, healthy skin starts now!

Because I’m in the business of helping women keep their skin as young, healthy and lovely as possible, I am often asked what my personal skincare regime is. So in this blog entry, I thought it might be fun to share some of my “trade” secrets with all of you.

According to my mom I have always been a product junkie. She says that when I was around 10 her friends would come over and I would put them on the couch and slather stuff I had concocted on their faces. Although I’m no longer lining up family friends to experiment on, I do spend a tremendous amount of time searching for and experimenting with new products, ones that have a significant power to change the skin.

So what is my daily routine?

I can’t stress enough just how important it is to keep your skin clean. I wash my face two times a day. In the morning I use a Clarisonic brush in the shower to deep clean my pores. In the evening, my number one go-to cleanser for makeup removal is iS Clinical Cleansing Complex. Granted I have been blessed with good skin genes, and I have pretty normal skin, so I’ve never really had to deal with acne, but this may be in part because I have always taken good care of my skin. My mom says that if I got one blemish I became quite dramatic about not showing my face. Something along the lines of look away, I’m hideous (or so she says!)

It doesn’t end with just cleaning …

After I cleanse in the morning I use either Pro-heal or Superserum which are high powered antioxidants. These are also IS Clinical products. For those with sun damage and/or scarring, these products work to help reverse the damage and minimize scars. What I use next is another great Is Clinical product called Poly Vitamin Serum, which is vitamin B. This product promotes cellular regeneration and elasticity . I routinely use this on cancer patients because it helps to treat radiation dermatitis.

The next thing on my daily to do list is some type of hydration. Again, iS Clinical has a fantastic product I usually use called Hydra-cool. It is a serum and very light not greasy. It is comprised of Hyaluronic acid, which Is the most hydrating substance we have available.

Protect your skin when you’re in the sun and it will thank you by looking younger …

Now I am ready for SPF which I use every single day whether I think I am going out or not. I have many different types of sunblocks in my skin care center. There is basically one for every skin type. Personally, I usually go to Hydropeptide SPF 30. This provides a cosmetically elegant product and a great base for my mineral makeup. If I do not intend to wear makeup, I would probably choose Image 30 plus tinted SPF. This provides a really nice tint and very natural look. When I’m going to be out playing golf or other outdoor sports, I would use the Celezome 50 SPF. This is the perfect waterproof sunscreen for those times when you know you are going to be outside for long periods of time.

Exfoliation gets rid of dull, dead cells and leaves your face refreshed and glowing …

Remember those old buff puffs they made years ago? Yikes, you could scrub a floor with one! Exfoliation is not meant to grind away layers of skin, but rather to lift off dead cells so new ones can shine through. When I am going to exfoliate I use a variety of different methods. I could choose to use an Exfolia cloth, (one of the amazing wonders of skin care tools!) It is simply a cloth that is not at all rough or coarse (actually it comes from the car industry for buffing scratches out of cars). The brilliant gentleman who introduced me to this product several years ago at a skin care conference has designed these in either a reusable form or a toss away for travel. It does a spectacular job on wiping away all the dead skin cells on your face.

Another type of exfoliation I like is Glo Therapeutic’s Daily Polishing Cleanser. It is unique in that it starts out as a powder to which you add water, then use in a circular motion. It not only exfoliates but brightens.

When I want a quick pick-me-up glow and don’t have time to get a facial, I use the Celezome Enzyme Mask. I use it on my back bar when doing facials and the results are immediate. You notice plump hydrated skin and it digests dead skin cells.

Another fairly new find is from a company called Le Mieux. I love their Vital-C Clear Skin pads. These are toss away pads that give you a little exfoliation and they deep clean too. They are great for travel when you are trying to pare down your skin routine.

Oops, I nearly forgot to mention that I use Hydropeptide Eye Cream in the morning under my eyes. This amazing product lightens, brightens, tightens and hydrates delicate under eye tissues. And because it’s so good, I use it again at bedtime.

And speaking of bedtime …

Don’t forget night time is just as important for your skin care. One of my major rules is that I never, never, never (did I mention never?) go to bed with makeup on my face. Even though I use mineral makeup, which is pretty pure, I know how important it is to have a clean face when my head hits the pillow. Why? Because based on the circadian rhythm theory, which says that your body heals itself best at night, it just makes sense to clean it and give it the treatment that is best suited for your skin type.

After cleansing at bedtime I usually alternate products depending on what I want to achieve. If my pores seem large to me I use Benev Retinol Cream. Most people are familiar with Retin A, but many women complain that it makes their skin too dry and irritated. This company has devised a way to deliver vitamin A into the skin without the irritation.

My other must do at night is the Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement. It is ultra-hydrating and adds volume while smoothing out fine lines. It’s great for dry, dehydrated lips and also a must-have for post fillers.

So there you have it. I think you will agree that most of what makes my skin look great is the fact that I truly take care of it each and every day. Obviously, skin types vary, and the skin’s needs also vary depending upon age, genetics, how well you’ve protected and cared for your skin in the past, etc. What I do know is if you are willing to make taking care of your skin a priority, you are guaranteed to see improvement. No ifs, ands, or buts about it!

Great looking skin can start right now!

Just take advantage of my Skin Essentials iS Clinical special. As an incentive to get you started on your own personal skincare regime, we are going to offer an amazing 20% off our iS Skin Essentials products for the week of December 2, 2013. And while you are shopping, be sure to enter our drawing. One lucky customer will receive a free full size iS Clinical product!

It’s so simple! My beauty routine AND a great way to look your very best for the upcoming holidays!

Brow-zing for a New Look

Want a quick fix in terms of a beauty makeover? A great starting place is your
eyebrows. Why? Because your brows frame your face, and whether you realize it or
not, people react every day to what they think your brows are “saying” about you.
Some fascinating brow facts:

One of the most compelling reasons for having your brows professionally done has
much to do with the “character” of the eyebrow.

Your eyebrow hair grows in dramatically different directions depending on where it is
located. Did you know the hairs closest to the nose point upward? Before you furrow
your brow in disbelief, you should also know the hair across the top of the brow points
outward and downward, and the hair in the lower part of the brow grows outward and

The average person has about 250 hairs per eyebrow, which means you have 500
opportunities to either get it right – or want to put a bag over your head.

Unlike scalp hair, your eyebrow hairs grow as individual strands for about four months
before it falls out, while the hair on your head can grow from between three and seven
years before its growth phase is complete. This explains why you can have long,
luxurious hair on your head (and thankfully, not hanging from your brow area!)

Doubt that your eyebrows are useful? Have you ever imagined a frown without an eyebrow?
How would you look surprised, puzzled, amused? It’s pretty amazing just how much
that little arch can convey.

And when it’s not expressing itself, the eyebrow is helping to protect your eyes from
unwanted moisture like sweat or rain. So it’s not only a frame – it’s a sort of built-in

Don’t feel brow beaten!

Nearly every woman has some issue with her brows. They’re too bushy or too sparse.
They’re too dark or too light. They’re not symmetrical or they’re not the shape you want.
The list goes on and on.

Fortunately, with today’s technology, anyone can have beautiful brows – and brow
shaping, waxing, tinting or tattooing is an affordable way not only to enhance your face,
but to make you feel better about your overall appearance. Here at Skin Essentials we
charge $20 for shaping and $20 for tinting, so when we say affordable, we mean it!

Is a brow tattoo for you?

If your eyebrows are very light, thin or sparse, you may want to consider permanent
eyebrows. Permanent eyebrows, also known as eyebrow tattoos, utilizes permanent
pigments on the dermis to produce the effect of darker, thicker brows.

Unlike normal makeup, which can be done in most salons, the permanent eyebrow
procedure requires you to get a qualified permanent makeup artist to ensure you get
excellent results.

There are many benefits associated with eyebrow tattooing.

 No more struggling every day applying brow makeup!
 If you have thin, sparse or light colored brows, eyebrow tattooing will make them
    appear fuller.
 Permanent eyebrows are one of the best solutions for people who have lost their
    eyebrows due to aggressive tweezing or waxing, medications (such as
    chemotherapy), scars or alopecia.
 Eyebrow tattoos are cost effective since they eliminate the use of makeup such
    as brow powders, pencils, tints, dyes etc.
 You can create the desired eyebrow shape, color, density, symmetry and
 Permanent eyebrows will not smudge, smear, get wiped off or fade easily.

For those of you interested in learning more about this great procedure, please feel free
to contact me!

Baby steps to better brows

Many of you may already be getting facials on a regular basis without even thinking
about how important maintaining beautiful brows is to your overall appearance.
Since it’s very difficult to care for and shape your own brows, this is an area where my
expertise as an esthetician is crucial. I can create a look that provides the proper
perspective in terms of size, shape and color. I can tell by the size and shape of your
face what brow shape will look best on you. I am also able to determine a color that
compliments and enhances. One of the things you will love about having your eyebrows
done professionally is the ability to discuss what will and won’t work in your particular

Once your brows are shaped (and if applicable tinted) they will look lovely for three to
four weeks. Tweezing, waxing and tinting are a great first step for anyone who has been
contemplating where to begin her beauty regime. The price is right, you get immediate
gratification – and best of all – in only a few minutes, your face will look even more



Do You Have Sensitive Skin?

As a skin care technician, I frequently see a very common condition that affects approximately 50 percent of women.Sensitive Skin. This presents itself as skin that is inflamesd, irritated, perhaps itchy, with dryness, uneven skin tone, and prone to breakouts. This sensitivity can occur at any point in life. Skin can be labeled as sensitive for a variety of reasons. If you have rosacea or eczema or even skin that has been sensitized by sun exposure or chemical peels or even using products that contain preservatives or perfume,take heart. sensitivity issues can be reversed.

If you are using Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide,glycolic or are over exfoliating, you may be breaking down the lipid barrier. Nature’s natural defense mechinism against enviornmental stressors.

What are the ways you can strenghthen the skin and hopefully limit the incidence of sensitive reactions? Stay out of the sun. Use a SPF of at least 30. Avoid synthetic, preservative or perfumed products. Keep your skin well hydrated.Hydrate inside by drinking lots of water, and taking omega-3. When trying a new product start slowly and let your skin adjust to it. Stay away from soap or detergent based cleanser that strip the natural oils from your skin.

Look for products that have, shea butter, willowherb, centella asiatica, squalene for hydrating. If you have rosacea you may consider IPL intense pulsed light( a non ablative laser) to reduce the redness. Try facials that imploy ultrasound to deep clean and deep hydrate, and incorporate oxygen and LED blue light. This would be an excellent facial for someone that needs to address clogged pores dry and irritated skin.


Got Cleavage Wrinkle?

Consider a remarkable and more lasting way to rejuvenate the décolleté area

If you looked at your upper chest (décolleté area)lately and saw lines, wrinkles and

crepey skin, you probably thought something like “Oh no, another sign of aging”.

Although aging does enter into the equation, probably the main culprit to blame is years of sunbathing without using sun protective lotions.

The collagen on the fairly thin area of skin on the décolleté  area is most unforgiving when it come to the abuse we have inflicted upon ourselves , all in the name of having that golden tanned look when we wear our plunging neckline.


I have been reading about all sorts of gimmicks to try when addressing the issue of wrinkles on the décolleté area. I have a friend who tried sleeping with a pair of socks between her breasts to keep them separated, but the socks would not stay in place. She also sent for an assortment of devices promising help with her “wrinkle” issue. One item looked like a sports bra type invention worn backwards (how comfortable could it be to wear a bra to bed? And so NOT sexy.


If you are not into gadgets, gimmicks or wearing a bra to bed, here is a treatment that will not only work, but be a more long term solution.

First you receive approximately 60-100 units of Botox placed into the décolleté area. This is so the area looks good while the other treatments are taking place and have a chance to kick in.

Typically you could expect to get 3-4 months from Botox placed in the face, but since this is an area that doesn’t get much movement, it should last up to  6 months; long enough for the entire treatment to take place.


Two weeks after the Botox is placed, you are treated with the Swich Dermal Rejuvenation. After exfoliation of the area, the Swichsolution is painted on the skin. The Swichis a brilliant treatment that switches on your body’s own collagen and elastin production.

One week later the area is treated with Fractional skin resurfacing, which is a laser treatment that causes the body to reproduce brand new skin. You would need approximately 3 treatments of alternating the Swichwith the Fractional resurfacing, which would be anywhere from 6-12 weeks apart.

Now remember the Botox has already smoothed out the wrinkles, so the skin on the décolleté already looks good, and stays that way while the other treatments are taking place.


You can expect to maintain this regenerated skin look for anywhere between 3-5 years before a maintenance treatment is needed. You would also want to be much more conscientious about sun exposure and using products known to stimulate collagen synthesis.


Cost: Approximately $3,000 for a series.

Downtime: Really not a consideration since a buttoned up blouse covers all.



The Importance of At Home Skin Care

As a skin care specialist, there is only so much I can do to the skin if a client is not doing their part at home.

When addressing skin conditions, only a percentage of results are experienced in the treatment room. The rest consists of what clients are doing at home. Two of the most common conditions that clients come in for are acne and hyperpigmentation . With both of these conditions, using the right products is essential to obtaining the best possible result. One of the main causes of acne grades I and II,which are the milder forms of acne, is simply the use of the wrong products. There are many products that claim to be good for acne, but are often just to drying or irritating to the skin.

Where pigmentation is a concern, skin lighteners and broad spectrum sunblocks are the most important things a client should use at home. If sunblocks are not used as a regular part of the at home care regime, treatments by your skin care specialist are pointless.

From the point of view of the physician, using the proper at home care to prep the skin for laser or surgical procedures is very important in achieving the best the result. Topical antioxidants are recommended to patients  because they are beneficial to all skin types and they help strengthen the skin  by fighting off free radicals. Sunblocks are always a recommendation,  before and after these procedures because incision areas may become scarred if not properly protected from the sun.

With the hundreds of products on the market, you should rely on your skin care specialist to guide you on the at home care regime that is right for your skin. When you purchase an OTC (over the counter) product you are usually purchasing something designed to meet the needs of the most amount of people for the least amount of money. How much actual research and quality ingredients could be in a product that several different skin types could use? What could be more important than your skin and  your skin’s health. It affects your self image as well as the outcome of any in office skin care treatments as well as any surgical or laser treatments offered by your physician.

Work with your skin care specialist to set up the proper at home care routine for you. Ask for samples to try and if you are on a tight budget, skip at treatment to invest in the products you need to make your skin look and feel it’s very best.

Julie Phillips, Licensed Esthetician

Stress and your Skin

Stress and Your Skin

STRESS IS THE MOST COMMONLY acknowledged personal health dilemma affecting modern society. The stress of work, home and dealing with unpleasant social situations can have a number of negative physical and psychological repercussions. Stress can lead to sickness, convoluted thoughts and a short temper. To put it simply, stress can make us ill.

Effects on skin

How does this pertain to skin? The skin is a sensory organ and responds to nerve activity, which is affected by touch, pressure pain and temperature. Nerve activity is also affected by mental and emotional stressors.

When a person experiences stress, the hypothalamus secretes a hormone into the bloodstream. This hormone cause blood vessels to dilate and trigger inflammation and heat in the skin.

This could translate into anything from a mild sensitivity to major breakouts to agitation of an inflammatory skin disorder such as psoriasis or eczema. Stress has also been linked to the manifestation of hives, rashes and acne flare-ups.

Reduce the stress

Of course eliminating the stress is the answer! All a person has to do is make sure they never feel anxiety again right?

Instead a person should encourage the reduction of stress, by taking deep breaths, meditating , and stepping away from an environment that is causing stress.

In terms of appropriate products, your esthetician could suggest antioxidants, barrier-restoring ingredients and calming agents to soothe stress sensitized skin.

It is important for a skin treatment to be more than just a set of protocols followed with good home care advice. A skin treatment should provide a client with the therapeutic benefits of stress reduction to encourage better mental health, thereby encouraging better skin health.