- European Facial
- 60 Minutes
A Facial customized to your skin type with the use of IMAGE products, this service includes a cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, mask and skin nourishing product application, topped off with a glorious head and neck massage.
- Acne Facial with LED therapy or Hi Frequency Stimulation
- 60 Minutes
This facial uses products, salicylic acid and equipment designed to target excess oil production and the bacteria that is a key contributor to acne breakouts. It utilizes specific wavelengths of blue and red LED light that has been shown in clinical studies to reduce the size of oil glands and to exert an antibactericidal effects on the bacteria that causes acne. 8 Clinical studies between 2000 and 2006 showed a 60-70% reduction in acne lesions after 4 weeks using this form of light therapyMicroneedling with Hyaluronic Acid
- Advanced Exfoliation Chemical Peel
- 60 Minutes
A chemical peels is an exfoliation procedure that is tailored to the specific skin care needs of the client. Different types of peels address different skin issues be it texture, age spots/discoloration, pore size, acne or improving the look of fine lines. Peels can be very gentle or more aggressive depending on the needs and desired end results.
- Facials – Microdermabrasion
- 60 Minutes
A skin care technology consisting of a gentle mechanical exfoliation of the skin to remove dead skin cells. This process encourages skin cell turnover to restore a skin to a more youthful condition.
Peels work by chemical removing tissue from the to surface of the skin. Peels are graded based on the depth of tissue removed. Superficial peels just remove portions of the dead epidermal tissue while medium and deep peels remove the outer layers of the dermis (living tissue) . For more information on peels visit the link below.
Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy)
Also known as collagen induction therapy. Microneedling is a skincare treatment designed to stimulate the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, acne scars, general scarring and .stretch marks. Also, useful for restoring normal skin color in hypopigmented areas. The superficial penetration of small needles stimulates fibroblast activity which is key in skin rejuvenation.
Does it Really Work?
A 2017 review of Microneedling in the Dermatology research journals concluded;
"Studies demonstrate microneedling efficacy and safety for the treatment of scars, acne, melasma, photodamage, skin rejuvenation, hyperhidrosis and alopecia and for facilitation of transdermal drug delivery. While permanent adverse events are uncommon, transient erythema and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation are more commonly reported."
- Microneedling with Hyaluronic Acid.
- $90 with standard Cosmoceutical grade Hyaluronic acid.
- $115 fir medical grade, spedfically formulated high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. Please read below on additional benefits of this formulated HA.
- 60 Minutes
Hyaluronic Acid; The Myths & The Magic
Microneedling can be performed on any part of the body but most commonly the face, the most affordable microneedling treatment uses commercial cosmeceutical grade hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in many areas of the body. It is found in the dermal area of the skin and is key component in skin hydration and collagen synthesis. Hyaluronic acid is made up of chains of a building block molecule called hyaluronate joined end to end like a long string of paperclips. The size of the hyaluronic acid molecule can vary enormously. A hyaluronic acid molecule can be a few molecules long or a few thousand molecules long. The size of hyaluronic acid molecules is measured in Daltons (Da) . This is the unit of weight used for measuring extremely small, teeny tiny things. One Dalton is approximately the weight of a single hydrogen atom (the lightest element on the periodic table), one molecule of hyaluronate weights about 415 Da. In cosmetics and skin physiology hyaluronic acid is classified into low molecular weight HA, Medium molecular weight HA and high molecular weight HA. The smallest chains of hyaluronic acid discussed in the research literature start at around 10 kDa ( about 24 molecules of hyaluronate joined together). High molecular weight HA can have extremely long chains of hyaluronate 3,000kDa (3 million daltons, over 7000 of the hyaluronate building blocks joined end to end).
In the cosmetic and beauty mainstream you will read the importance of the size of the hyaluronic acid molecule because very long chains of hyaluronic acid are (some research suggests larger than 60kDa, while other studies suggest good rates of absorption up to 400kDa) , so large that the absorption through the skin starts to decline. Many skincare products boast using low molecular weight HA, for better absorption. Unfortunately, this simplification is a massive disservice to the public and ignoressome very important findings in the skin physiology research literature.
What does the research say? Different sizes of HA have different physiological effects on rates of healing and inflammation. Low molecular weight HA does indeed pass through the skin more easily but has been shown to have an inflammatory effect on the skin. in contrast high molecular weight HA has more of a challenge to pass through intact skin but has healing , anti inflammatory and positive effects on collagen and elastin synthesis. Translates to plump and more youthful looking skin with diminished wrinkles and pore size.
Lash and Brow Tinting
We performed this service with medical grade high molecular weight hyaluronic acid that is specially formulated by a pharmaceutical company. Mmicroneedling with high molecular weight HA provides superior collagen production and anti-inflammatory effects and is most useful for deeper wrinkles, acne scarring and rosacea. If you have a history of Keloids, it is best to avoid low molecular weight hyaluronic acid as this is associated with increased scar formation. This product incurs a $25 surcharge. Take home product is included for application in the post 4-6 hour window. This service may also be performed with growth factors or prp.
Here is an excellent link on the research and physiology underlying this interesting molecule.http://www.http://barefacedtruth.com/2015/03/31/hyaluronic-acid-yes-size-does-matter/
Lash and Brow Tinting
Lash and brow tinting is a quick and easy service that can be added to other services or as a stand alone. It is recommended by dermatologists that a patch test be performed if you have any allergy history or if you have not had this service before.
Waxing: Soft vs Hard Wax
Waxing services are performed using either hard wax or soft wax. This extract from https://www.beautyimageusa.com explains the two types and when they should be used.
There are a wide array of brands and types of wax out there, but all of them fall into two main categories: hard wax and soft wax. Soft wax is what you usually think of when you think of body waxing. Soft wax is applied with a waxing spatula before being removed using a muslin strip. This wax is best suited for larger areas such as arms, legs, and armpit.
Taking more skill to use, hard wax is a little different. It is thicker and applied warm with a spatula.
Once the wax hardens, it is removed without the use of a strip. When waxing the face, hard wax is generally used. Additionally, it is our professional opinion that, when it comes to sensitive skin such as the bikini area, hard wax is also the best option. It attaches itself only to the hair, not the skin, reducing discomfort and minimizing the possibility of irritation.
Nevertheless, soft wax is ideal for Brazilian waxing. Why is that so? Unlike traditional bikini waxing, where a small strip of hair is left on top, with Brazilian waxing, everything is taken off from the labia to the rear. This area in particular is extra sensitive for one reason: the hair is extra coarse because it grows in different directions, making soft wax more effective and less painful for patients.
Hard Wax - Pros and Cons
- Hard wax is less painful on the face than soft wax.
- Hard wax can only be applied in small areas or it will break - it is not efficient to use on larger areas of the body like legs.
- Hard wax leaves no sticky residue. It is much easier to clean up.
- Hard wax grabs shorter hair, eliminating the need to wax on the same area twice.
- Hard wax is significantly more costly for suppliers to purchase, making it less popular in regular salons.
- When using hard wax, the hair follicles and pores open up from the heat, making it much easier to pull the hair out.
Soft Wax – Pros and Cons
- Soft wax adheres to skin more than hard wax, exfoliating skin more.
- Soft wax grabs fine hairs perfectly, working better on large areas of the body than hard wax.
- Unlike hard wax, soft wax cannot be applied to the same spot twice because it removes layers of dead skin.
- Even if soft wax tends to be stickier than hard wax, there is no special preparation needed.
- Soft wax is much cheaper than hard wax - it usually costs only between $5 and $15 dollars per pack.
- Less painful for most people, soft wax is perfect for extra sensitive areas such as the armpits or a Brazilian wax.
Acne Facial with LED therapy or Hi Frequency Stimulation
Advanced Exfoliation Chemical Peel
Facials – Microdermabrasion
Microneedling with Hyaluronic Acid.
Eyebrow makeover(Eyebrow tinting, with waxing and shaping)
Waxing Brow Shaping
Waxing Full Face
Waxing - Underarms