Beautiful Skin with a Photo Facial

Even if there isn’t a special occasion like prom or a wedding, the desire is strong to look great. When your skin looks great, you feel great. Some of the common issues with skin is redness, darkness, sun damage, wrinkles and more. An IPL photo facial can help reverse some of these unpleasant side effects of aging. Here are some frequently asked questions about photo facials with answers.

IPL Photofacial is a remarkable and gentle treatment for troublesome rosacea, facial vascular redness, large pores, sun damage and hyperpigmentation, as well as preventative and maintenance treatment for general signs of aging. IPL Photofacial (IPL stands for intense pulse light) is a non-ablative therapies which means that it does not harm or remove the upper layer of the skin. Instead, it focuses on deeper skin layers to promote new collagen production and small vessels such as capillaries to improve skin tone, smoothness and appearance

How Does IPL Photofacial Work?

The IPL Photofacial targets a broad spectrum of light to the lower layers of the epidermis causing the skin to produce new collagen and connective tissue, which supports the upper skin layer better and makes the skin surface smoother. IPL Photofacial also targets vascular lesions and symptoms of rosacea and signs of photoaging. A special handpiece will be placed on your skin and will deliver light energy to the targeted area.

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How does the LightSheer Diode Laser System work?

The system emits near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle. The laser is pulsed, or turned on, for only a fraction of a second. The duration of each pulse is just long enough to damage the follicle, while the system’s unique, patented contact-cooling handpiece, the ChillTip, helps protect the skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy delivery..

What advantages does the LightSheer have over other laser hair removal systems?

The LightSheer Diode Laser System was designed from the ground up for laser hair removal, so it has the wavelength, fluence, pulse width, and active epidermal cooling system-the ChillTip ideally suited for laser hair removal. The system’s solid state construction makes it durable; it’s state-of-the-art user interface makes it easy to use. Finally, Lumenis has been in the business of making medical and cosmetic lasers for more than 30 years, so we’ve been able to develop unparalleled service and support

Why should I use the LightSheer Diode Laser System rather than the methods I’ve been using for years?

The LightSheer Diode Laser System’s design provides for enhanced comfort during treatment, minimal risk of infection, speed and accuracy. Since the system uses a unique cooling handpiece, it minimizes skin irritation that other methods may create. Since it is non-invasive (no needles to penetrate the skin), the risk of introducing bacteria into the skin is reduced.Finally, the LightSheer Diode Laser is a precise instrument that can be adjusted to damage only the hair follicle while minimally affecting the surrounding skin.

Waxing Treatment

Why It’s Time to Throw Your Razor Away

If you’re still using a razor to remove unwanted body hair, it is time for an update. There are so many benefits associated with waxing over shaving that you should know about. Waxing at the end of the day is just more convenient and has better results so stop by Stellar Skin and Laser. We offer lip, brow, Brazilians, cheeks, legs, nose, ears, arms, underarms, Manzilians and bikini waxing services. Here are ten reasons why waxing is the way to go for hair removal.
1. You can’t cut yourself with wax

One of the main complaints with shaving is the fact that you are working with sharp razor blades and nicks are not uncommon. Cutting yourself is never desirable, but it can be even worse in certain areas, such as the neck, under the arms and in the groin area. You run the risk of infection if you cut yourself while shaving. If you use your blades several times, it can increase the risk of inflammation and harmful bacteria. Moreover, cuts take a long time to heal and you might feel discomfort for quite a long period of time. Plus, they look unaesthetic and you’ll have to wear a long skirt and jeans in summer, waiting for your imperfections to disappear.

When you opt for waxing, you can forget about those painful cuts. While this hair removal method is a little bit painful, you won’t feel any pain in a few procedures. The slight irritation and redness will disappear the next day and you will enjoy your smooth and flawless legs for over 3 weeks! However, don’t wax any part of your body at home, as you can burn your skin.

2. Waxing lasts longer.

Since wax pulls the hair out by the root, it takes much longer for it to grow back. Even if you usually have to shave every day to keep growth down, waxing will give you up to two weeks of bare skin. This is also better for your skin, since it can become very irritated when you shave on a daily basis.

3. Hair Grows Back Thinner

A big advantage of waxing is that hair comes back thinner and lighter than it does with shaving. If you continue with the hair removal method long enough, you will eventually have barely noticeable hair in areas that have been waxed. The point is that constant waxing makes your hair follicles weaker and less viable. Where shaving can give the appearance of thicker hair, due to the blunt ends of the hair shaft, waxing has the opposite effect.

One of the disadvantages of waxing is that you should wait until your hair is long enough to wax. It’s recommended to let the hair grow to at least ¼ inch so that the wax can grab the hair and pull it out.

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Benefits of a Medical Spa

Medical spas are on the rise and for all the right reasons. Conventional Western medicine is proving to not be as effective as was originally thought. Especially with the way health care is currently operating in the United States, people are turning to alternative methods to try to get themselves healthy. Med Spas are becoming the perfect mix of Eastern and Western medicine and also health and beauty. 

Until recently, Western Medicine has failed to recognize the healing benefits of the Spa and Fitness Industry. With the arrival of the latest trend, the Medical Spa, the two fields have converged and caused a veritable explosion, making this new trend the wave of the future. As defined by the International Spa Association, a Medical Spa is an institution whose primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment, which integrates spa services as well as conventional and complimentary therapies and treatments.

Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons have been jumping on the bandwagon joining Day Spas and even expanding their practices to offer ‘higher level’ Spa services and care. As a consultant for the development of Medical and Day Spas, Fitness Centers and Hair Salons, I can attest that this is a welcome change to the industry.

Like a Day Spa, the Medical Spa enforces the importance of a relaxing atmosphere. Attention to detail is essential – from the color of the walls to the fabric of the robes. A soothing, comforting ambiance helps to put the client at ease for even the most uncomfortable medical procedures. However, the Medical Spa differs from a Day Spa in the following two regards. 

As a Medical Spa houses both a Medical and Esthetic staff under one roof, both medical and cosmetic treatments are offered within the center. Depending on the doctor(s) present, these services may range anywhere from Botox injections to Lipo-suction. Therefore, one role of the Medical Spa is a comprehensive approach to caring for the client before, during and after these procedures take place. The second distinction is, again with the presence of Western Medicine, the Medical Spa is able to use a higher-grade product and, therefore, the Spa services show greater results. A Medical Spa is the perfect balance between clinical and luxury.

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Detox and Toxins in Your Body

The CDC reports that up to 85% of all illnesses are caused by toxins and pollutants in our bodies. The human body functions best when the ions are balanced at 80% negative and 20% positive. What we put into our bodies, such as the foods we consume, have either acidic or alkalizing properties. An ionic detox helps to facilitate the alkalization process through the process of ionization, which removes free radicals from the body. Here is an article about one woman looking to find the truth about the effectiveness of ionic foot detoxes.

A recent fad has been sweeping the country: ionic foot detoxes. You may not recognize the name, but you probably have seen the infomercials about foot patches or foot baths that pull all the toxins out of your body through your feet, leaving you with a patch or bath full of brown liquid (aka the toxins). But is it all just a scam? Or is there actual scientific proof to support these claims? 
I decided to try it out for myself with Pacific College Alumna and Oncology Specialist Christine Adamo, LAc, and see for myself what the scoop is all about. Christine is a supporter of “true” ionic detoxes and uses them in her practice, particularly with her cancer patients to help with the side effects of chemotherapy. First off, I say “true” because Christine warned me upfront about the many false companies out there who claim that the brown water produced in their bath or patch is the result of toxins coming out of the body. “This is NOT true,” Christine said. The water changes color naturally because of the chemical reaction between the electricity and the salt water, not because of toxins. So, don’t be fooled by the infomercials. It’s actually, the debris that begin to form in the water that are the toxins. 
Don’t just take Christine’s word for it; the scientific evidence speaks for itself. “We can do a test and you can see for yourself if you’d like?” asked Christine, before we began the detox. “Why not!” I said. Afterall, what better way to determine a treatment’s efficacy than with a scientific experiment? We decided to do a urine pH test before the detox and then another pH test after the detox to compare the results. My first pH test showed to be more on the acidic side of normal. I was ready to see if this detox would really change my pH level in just 30 minutes. 
The main point of these detoxes is to make the body’s pH more “alkaline,” but what exactly is the importance of being alkaline? An alkaline body is crucial to a person’s health. Diseases thrive in an acidic environment. So basically, the less acidic your body is and the more alkaline, the less prone you are to contracting a disease, such as osteoporosis or cancer, according to Christine. The Center for Disease Control reports that up to 85% of all illness are caused by toxins and pollutants in our bodies. The human body functions best when the ions are balanced at 80% negative and 20% positive. 
So how do we achieve this? What we put into our body, such as the foods we consume, have either acidic or alkalizing properties. Check out the food charts for yourself here. The more of the higher alkaline foods you can incorporate into your diet the better. An ionic detox, helps to facilitate the alkalization process through the process of ionization, which removes “free radicals” from the body. How do ionic detoxes fit into Chinese medicine? 
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How to Get Wedding Ready Skin

Every little girl has fantasized about being the most beautiful woman in the world on her wedding day but this is much more than a fantasy. There are some simple things that you can do for your skin to make your complexion flawless. This will make you all the more ready for your big day. You’ve already taken a huge step in the right direction by looking at Stellar Skin and Laser. Many of the items on this list can be done right here in our office. Give us a call today!

1. Assess Early 

If you really want to get your skin in top form, you’ll need to start a smart skincare routine about a year in advance. It’s okay if you don’t have that long before the wedding day — just adopt these good skincare habits as soon as possible.

2. Schedule Professional Facials

Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. You’ll want to book monthly facials to really refresh your skin. Experienced aestheticians will massage your skin, scalp and decolletage to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking pink, not sallow. You can also request extractions. This is when your facialist gets all the dirt out of your pores. The process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring.

3. Manage Oil With Blotting Sheets

If you’re on the go, blotting papers will help keep your face shine-free. If you need a more advanced grease solution, streamline your routine. Use a mild face wash (we love Cetaphil), skip the toner and add a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. Excessive face washing will kick oil production into overdrive.

4. Eat More Watermelon

No matter what your skin type is — oily, dry, normal or combo — it craves water. Sure, drinking water helps, but snacking on watermelon works too. Other super foods for your face: grapefruit, broccoli and lettuce.

5. “Shrink” Your Pores With Microdermabrasion 

We want to give it to you straight, so first, the bad news: You can’t actually change the size of your pores. “The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin’s surface,” says Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer and renowned facialist for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. Here’s how: “Microdermabrasion, glycolic acid and other chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface,” Zicu explains.

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Eat Your Way to Better Skin

Since skin is the largest organ on your body, it is easy to see when it is unhealthy. Skin is a huge indicator of whether or not you are emotionally and physically healthy. Diet plays a huge role in every aspect of your health but also your skin. There are certain foods that you can eat in addition to utilizing the treatments here at Stellar Skin and Laser that will give you the perfect skin you’ve always wanted.

Almonds: Hey, guess what? Almonds are seeds, not nuts, and they’re stuffed with vitamin E, a potent sun blocker. Volunteers who consumed 14 milligrams of the vitamin per day (about 20 almonds) and then were exposed to UV light sunburned less than those who took none. “Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals,” explains Jeffrey Dover, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University.

Suitable switch: 2 Tbsp peanut butter; 1/2 cup

Carrots: Think of them as orange wonder wands-good for eyeballs, good for clearing up breakouts. Credit vitamin A. “It helps prevent the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer,” says Howard Murad, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. That’s where dead cells and sebum combine and clog pores. Another reason to snack on carrots: Vitamin A also reduces the development of skin-cancer cells. Nibble on a half-cup of baby carrots (that’s about 16) per day.

Suitable switch: Milk (1 cup); cheddar cheese

Dark Chocolate: It’s medicine-so of course you need it! Flavonols, the antioxidants in dark chocolate, reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. In a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, women who drank cocoa fortified with 326 milligrams of flavonols (equal to a standard Hershey’s Special Dark bar) had better skin texture and stronger resistance to UV rays than those who drank cocoa containing just a small amount of the antioxidant. You need just a few ounces a day.

Sort-of-suitable switch: Blackberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries-though you’d have to eat a huge amount.

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