Got Spots?

Got spots?

As in got freckles, sunspots, age spots, or liver spots? These are signs of skin damage also known as hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin caused by an overproduction of pigment called melanin.  Melanin is the pigment that gives color to skin, eyes, & hair and acts as the skin’s protective screen from the sun; you’re um-berella. Melanin is produced by skin cells called melanocytes.  As the body ages, melanocyte distribution becomes less controlled by the body.  UV lights stimulate melanocyte activity & where cells are compacted thus; Hyperpigmentation is affected and seen as freckles, sun spots, age spots, & liver spots. The common causes of hyperpigmentation are sun exposure & hormonal changes and could show up anywhere such as the forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and upper lip area. The worst times are the summer months when the sun is at an all time high.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 90 percent of women suffer from hyperpigmentation. For those who suffer from hyperpigmentation and carry the psychological and emotional stress of it, are you looking to treat these spots? The good news is that it is treatable! Multiple modalities may be needed, time, patience, the right home care regimen, and product use are crucial to achieve clear and bright results! From services such as laser, light therapy, and chemical peels such as Glycolic.

Home care is absolutely necessary to assist in the process of treating hyperpigmentation. The most common cream to treat hyperpigmentation is known as Hydroquinone, a bleaching cream that’s either prescribed or over the counter, however, there are so many other options that are organic, multifunctional, and safer! Bearberry, is a small shrub that has edible fruit, berries, which is the fruit Bears go beary berry bonkers over!  Bearberry is a powerful tonic for the body due to its antiseptic properties, making it excellent for the skin and has a whitening effect mild enough to lighten problem areas without over-bleaching.  In addition, it’s an excellent antioxidant that works to fight free radicals and works as a natural sunscreen source while increasing cell turnover. Or Kojic acid, an ingredient found in mushrooms, a by-product of the fermentation process used for wines like sake.  Kojic acid lessens the production of melanin.  Also, it’s an antioxidant which counteracts the free radicals that cause oxidative damage to the skin cells and contribute to aging of the skin; it’s an antibacterial which is recommended for addressing acne blemishes & other infections. Try our Brilliance Booster Serum which contains both Bearberry and Kojic acid!

Vitamin C is another potent anti-oxidant that encourages the production of skin collagen, inhibiting melanin, and is known to boost your levels of vitamin E, a great anti-oxidant which protect cells from oxidation Try our Vitamin C+ Collagen Serum and C Crème.

Your skin care regimen must include an SPF which is needed on the daily! Try our SPF 30+ Moisturizer. This will shield the skin from UV light to control melanin production on the cellular level, while decreasing the chance of skin cancer and slowing down the premature aging.

You can assist your services and home care regimen by protecting your results in many ways for example by using big brim hats and what’s better is these days you can have a built in sunscreen called UPF, Ultra Violet Protection Factor. For example, UPF 50+ means the fabric blocks 97.5% of UV rays. How great is that! Use an under eye cream such as Murumuru Eye Cream and big sunglasses with UVA & UVB protection that wraps and covers most of your face to protect from sun damage. Throw both on & you fit movie star status! Get tinted car windows or a more cost-efficient approach is a sun shade or vinyl to avoid the harmful rays while you drive.

Lastly, have you heard the expression you are what you eat? Due to the darkening effects they have on the skin try to stay away from foods such as limes, celery, and caffeine in large quantities. Stick to grapefruit, kiwis, and berries which supply antioxidants and helps prevent a buildup of melanin under the skin. These are ways to treat, protect, & prevent hyperpigmentation! If you haven’t begun to target those spots start today and get your skin care regimen at!


Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun…Now Watch Out!

Since July is UV Safety Month, now is a great time to separate fact from fiction about sun protection. We might think we know everything about defending our skin against the sun’s damaging rays, but let’s put that knowledge to the test with a little game fact or fiction!

Sunscreens with SPF 100 are twice as strong as those with SPF 50: Fiction

The breakdown goes like this: SPF 15 protects you against 93% of UVB rays. SPF 30 is 97%, SPF 50 is 98%, and SPF 100 is roughly 99%, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. So, it’s not even close to being twice as strong!

Apply sunscreen all over your body before getting dressed: Fact

It might sound strange to grease up before getting dressed, but most clothing – especially the more lightweight fashions of summer – do not protect your entire body from the sun’s damaging rays. In fact, your average white T-shirt only has an SPF value of about 7, and if it gets wet, it’s even lower, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. So, it’s important to apply sunscreen all over your body – even where the sun don’t shine – before getting dressed for the day!

If you get a base tan, you won’t burn: Fiction

Any sign of color or discoloration to the natural color of your skin is actually not a good thing. The more sun you get – even if you don’t burn – the greater your chances of developing melanoma. Getting a base tan doesn’t even ensure that you won’t soon burn. But, if you’re looking for that bronzed look for summer, a spray tan or a self-tanning lotion is your healthiest choice.

Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply every 2 hours: Fact

Yes. This age-old rule is remains true. You want to give the sunscreen time to fully absorb into your skin before going outside. This includes before getting into your car as well because your car windows – even if they are tinted – don’t protect you from the sun’s rays. When you are out and about, you really can’t over-apply sunscreen, but the general rule is still every two hours. Most water-resistant sunscreens, however, should be re-applied every 80 minutes. When in doubt – reapply and follow the bottle’s instructions. Try our SPF 30+ Moisturizer.

One sunscreen does it all: Fiction

There are different types of sunscreens for the different types of skin on your body, such as sensitive formulas for your face, a more balmy consistency for your lips, and waterproof for your body. There are also water-resistant and sports formulas if you plan to head into the beach or pool or get sweaty for a work-out. It’s a great idea to stock up on a variety of sunscreens for you and your family’s needs. And, don’t forget to begin from your neck up to your earlobes & everywhere else! Try our SPF 30+ moisturizer!

Getting a tan can zap your zits away: Fiction

People think that the sun dries up zits, but really it can cause a buildup of dead skin cells that can clog pours more. The best way to treat zits is to treat your skin better by coming in for regular facials and using exfoliating and deep cleansing products at home. Ask our aesthetician for skin care products for your at-home use and get your skin care regimen.

Visit our online skin boutique,, to stock up on your summer skincare and sunscreen needs today! And, don’t forget, if you did get too much sun, our Vitamin C products and Collagen Mask are great after-sun treatments.

“Luv Ya skin you’re in!”


Make a Great First Impression

Make a Great First Impression…..Every Time! We have all heard the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” In both our personal and professional lives…we simply can’t help it… We make a judgment about people the very first time we meet them. We dissect their hair, skin, and overall appearance as we quietly decide if we want to be associated with this person. Be advised… you are being dissected, as well. Here are a few tips to make a great first impression every time!! Wash your face! For radiant skin, it’s so important to wash your face every night, with the Vitamin A Cleanse and follow up with a moisturizing night cream like the C crème, or Clarifying Cream, or a treatment such as the Glycolic Serum before you go to bed. Sleeping in your makeup is a recipe for dirty, dull skin. It’s simple… just don’t do it! Always wash your makeup completely off. Contact us @ 305.445.3300 or so we can recommend the facial treatments you need and help you create the perfect skin care regimen for home. Use a hydrating mask A hydrating mask such as our Collagen Mask is an important step in hydrating devitalized, dry, mature, and environmentally damaged skin. This soothing mask combines aloe vera with the deep hydrating benefits of collagen, plant oils, and antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E promoting circulation, cell repair, and hydrated, glowing skin!