January 30th, 2012
Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
Eye problems are a constant issue but one that cannot be ignored. Puffy eyes and Dark Circles around the eye area are actually two different conditions and must be treated differently.
Very few products treat both conditions simultaneously, here’s’ why…Puffy eyes can be caused by many factors resulting in a swelling of the tissue around the eye area. It is the easiest of the two eye conditions to treat. Puffy eyes can come from allergy irritation, rubbing the eyes, chemicals in our foods like salts and spices and also sulfates in our beverages.
Puffy eyes can be easily treated by first understanding and identifying those habits or chemicals that cause the problem and avoiding them. Second is to treat the area for swelling. Cold or cool compresses help considerably which is why you see cucumbers over the eyes of many salon advertisements. You can actually chill teabags, spoons or any clean contoured item that fits nicely over the eyes. Let sit a while in a prone position for several minutes and viola…puffiness gone. Swollen tissue shrinks when coolness is applied. Another way to help shrink the swelling in puffy eyes is to apply a gentle lymphatic massage in the area to help drain the fluids either into the nasal cavity or out through the tear ducts.
Dark Circles under the eyes is a completely different condition and requires a different treatment. Dark Circles are due to thinness of the skin around the eye area and blood forming or pooling under the skin which creates a bruising effect. This condition can be brought on by many factors like hereditary, rubbing of the eyes, collagen depletion, dehydration and poor eating or sleeping habits as well.
To prevent dark circles under the eyes, you want to be sure you are getting enough sleep, proper vitamins and hydration. You can also apply products to the area that will help diminish the bruising effect like vitamin K.
To bring collagen back to the area and help increase the volume of the skin so it’s not so transparent, apply vitamin A. Vitamin A is an exfoliant that creates light trauma to the area and in return brings collagen back. Collagen reproduction is the skins natural defense for trauma and exfoliation creates cellular rejuvenation and light trauma to the skin. Use Vitamin A (retinol or retinoids) carefully and only as advised.
Be sure to apply a proper sunscreen as the area would need to be protected. Lack of hydration to the eye area can be treated with Hyaluronic Acid topically and taking Hyaluronic Acid orally helps as well to bring moisture back into the skin. If Dark Circles under the eyes are due to hereditary traits, then treating as recommended will help but also use concealer and a good foundation to better camouflage the condition.
January 16th, 2012
What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels remove old, dead skin cells and damaged outer layers of skin to reveal the younger, softer and even-toned layers beneath. The chemical peel has long been used by celebrities and models as an alternative to surgery, collagen fillers, or slow-acting facial creams.
Chemical peels are some of the least invasive ways to dramatically improve the look of your skin. They can be used on your face, hands and neck to give you a more youthful appearance.
How Do Facial Chemical Peels Work?
First, your skin is cleansed to prepare for the chemical peel. Next, a specially prepared chemical solution is carefully brushed onto your skin. This can be trichloracetic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids or beta-hydroxy acids, depending on what type of formula you need. You may feel mild stinging while the solution processes. The chemical peel is then washed off and neutralized.
The Benefits of Chemical Peels
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Types of Chemical Peels
Light: You can repeat the procedure up to once a week for six weeks to achieve maximum results. To maintain the look you’ve received, you can return once a month. You will see subtle improvements, but there is no recovery necessary.
Medium: You can repeat these chemical peels every 6 to 12 months to maintain your look. You will notice smoother and fresher looking skin, but you will also have to spend 6 weeks recovering, during which time your skin tone may look a little redder.
Deep: Results can last up to 10 years after just one deep chemical peel. This treatment is necessary for people with badly damaged skin due to sun, scarring, wrinkling, or blotchiness. The process includes 8 weeks of pre-treatment and anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months of recovery. This type of peel can only be preformed by a Doctor.
Are Chemical Peels Right For Me?
The decision to start getting chemical peels is a big one. While, on one hand, you will notice a big improvement in the appearance of your skin, you will also have to endure some mild discomfort while your skin heals. During a chemical peel exfoliation, a solution will cause the skin to peel, revealing smoother and younger looking skin beneath the deadened exterior layer.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
1. Prior to the day of your chemical peel, you’ll need to stop taking drugs like Retin-A, Renova, or Glycolic Acid.
2. You will have your skin cleansed to remove dirt and excess oil. (Don’t worry: you will be wearing eye and hair protection to prevent chemicals from going where you don’t want them.)
3. Solutions like glycolic acids, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or phenol are placed on the skin, which will cause a mild burning sensation, followed by peeling, eventually revealing better looking skin below.
4. Following your facial chemical peel treatment, you will need to wear sunscreen every day.
January 4th, 2012
Skin Care Myth and Facts
Myth: The thicker the cream, the more moisturizing it is.
Fact: Thick doesn’t equal moisture. The heaviness of a cream is often due to the lipids and emulsifiers in the formula, and sometimes heavyweight creams can leave skin looking dull while trapping dead cells and affecting skin function.
Myth: You don’t have to apply sunscreen as obsessively in the winter as you do in the summer.
Fact: Winter, spring, summer or fall: if there is daylight, you’re still exposed to UV light and free radical damage. And if sunscreen helps prevent the signs of aging, why wouldn’t you want to wear it every day?
A minimum of SPF15 is suggested for everyday use, and skin showing the signs of aging or experiencing sensitivity should wear an SPF30.
Myth: Skip exfoliation so you don’t dry everything out.
Fact: Quite the opposite! Exfoliation causes a burst in cell renewal, moving newer, moisture-rich cells to the surface.
Exfoliation also removes old dead cells and dry skin, providing a smoother, brighter surface while enabling effective penetration of hydrating ingredients into the skin.
Myth: Oily skin types don’t need moisturizing.
Fact: You can have oily skin and still experience dehydration, which is a lack of water in skin. This means even the oiliest of skin conditions should moisturize.
Oil Control Lotion provides oil-free hydration while helping to minimize shine – giving oily skin conditions the best of both worlds. And Oil Free Matte Block SPF20 provides UV defense while maintaining an all-day matte finish. For extra mattifying benefits, apply Clearing Mattifier in the T-zone before applying a moisturizer.
Myth: For dry lips, just apply more lip balm.
Fact: Some lip balms create more bad than good. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly) creates an artificial film on the lips, and this gives the skin the illusion that it doesn’t need to produce lipids. These ingredients together with artificial flavors, colors, and fragrances can dry out the skin. Use lip healthy alternatives like Renewal Lip Complex, containing Shea Butter, Silicones, Cocoa Seed Butter, Avocado Oil, and Wheat Germ.
Lips can use a little exfoliation, too! Daily Microfoliant can be used over the lips as well. Another tip: stop use of lip plumpers and long-lasting stains for a few days.
Myth: Let your skin hibernate and cut back on treatments.
Fact: Winter is actually the best time to take care of your skin with professional treatments. Skin may need more help, especially dry, sensitive/sensitized, and Rosacea prone skins.
December 11th, 2010
There’s an old cliché we women throw around…what we won’t do for beauty. Well how does a good jolt of electricity with a facial treatment sound? If you said like something out of a “Frankenstein” novel, you’d probably be right. NO this is not a Halloween story this is a Hollywood story about a very scary treatment that makes you look and feel beautiful. It’s called The HOLLYWOOD FACIAL and it’s one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets, but not for long. You too can discover this secret to the fountain of youth just around the corner at Facials Unlimited Day Spa and Massage. You’ll see why “The Housewives of Beverly Hills” can’t live without it. We guarantee…you’ve never had a facial like this. Please call our staff for a consultation.
November 22nd, 2010
An Orlando Massage is the perfect stress reliever, as well as the ultimate treatment for aching sore muscles, but did you know its greatest benefit comes from healing. Massage has been proven to do just that. Cancer patients who receive massage after chemotherapy had a greater opportunity to heal faster and recover sooner from the effects of radiation and cancer on the body. There’s no doubt that a person going through cancer treatment suffers from some form of stress. Stress has a negative influence on the healing process. Helping to reduce stress through regular massage treatments helps to improve the overall recovery time of cancer patients and even increases the chances of remission according to a recent study by Mayo Clinic.
The study also found that regular massage help to manage anxiety and depression, blood pressure control and dramatically boosts the immune system. Some of massages benefits lie directly in the human to human touch that occurs during a session or treatment just like the Orlando Massage techniques that we personally use. Negative and positive energies in the body called ions; can help to bring a positive reaction to the nerves and brain through human touch. This energy is attributed to the healing process that occurs during regular massage treatments. Atmosphere and setting for massage treatments can also be a contributing factor to the healing process. The sights smells and sounds as well as the human touch play an important part in what makes a massage treatment memorable as well as beneficial.
Diane Wilson is the leading expert in Orlando Massage and skincare and believes in holistic methods to not only keep your skin healthy and glowing, also to practive preventative maintenance to look good and feel great.
November 17th, 2010
Shellac gets high marks in Orlando!
The latest trend for nail care and fashion that takes the headaches out of chipped nails and taken the industry by storm is now available at our very own spa and salon.
Check out the video below that Channel 6 News did about Orlando Shelac.
Shellac Nails on Channel 6 News
Diane Wilson is the leading expert in Shelac in Orlando and skincare and believes in holistic methods to not only keep your skin healthy and glowing, also to practive preventative maintenance to look good and feel great.
Interested in trying Orlando Shelac, visit our homepage to check out the incredible introductory specials we have going on.
October 2nd, 2010
A few days ago ALU reader Casey contacted me asking about Rihanna’s intense red nails in Eminem’s “I Love The Way You Lie” video. The flaming hue that matched her colorful hair definitely stood out against the fiery backdrop.
You couldn’t help but notice her nails and I LOVE that she worked them in the camera giving us all an up close look. Of course the woman responsible for this look is none other than Celebrity Manicurist Kimmie Kyees. She’s Rihanna’s go-to gal and, as always, her work was spot on. Curious about what she used?
That would be CND Shellac in Wildfire. Rihanna has been known to wear enhancements and soak-off gels so given the rising popularity of Shellac, it was only a matter of time before we spotted her sporting the product.
Shellac Wildfire is actually based on the nail polish from the old CND color line (pre Colour & Effects). You see when CND developed its initial color lineup for Shellac they looked at their top selling polish shades from the original color line including this cherry red creme.
August 21st, 2010
Researchers have been studying the medical, physical, and emotional benefits of therapeutic massage since the late 1800s. Their findings suggest that massage is beneficial in many daily aspects of human life. Here is an article that I read which will discuss the many proven benefits of therapeutic massage:
Stress and Anxiety Reduction
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), therapeutic massage has been found to foster peace of mind, promote a relaxed state of mental alertness, help relieve mental stress, improve ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, reduce levels of anxiety, and increase awareness of mind-body connection. Studies have shown that medical students who were massaged before an exam experienced a significant decrease in anxiety and respiratory rates. Cancer patients were found to have a similar reduction of anxiety levels.
Focus and Attention
Research studies have found that office workers who receive regular massages perform better at their job tasks than those who did not receive regular massages. Additionally, office workers who were regularly massaged were more alert and less stressed than those who weren’t regularly massaged. Another study performed on autistic children showed that massage could promote a reduction in the erratic behavior common among autistic individuals.
It’s fairly common for pregnant women to undergo massage therapy in order to alleviate the discomfort associated with pregnancy. Additionally, athletes frequently get massaged to alleviate muscle pain. Massage has been proven to reduce the pain and swelling caused by strained muscles and sprained ligaments. Additionally, it helps to relieve tension-related headaches and headaches related to eye strain.
Rehabilitation and Healing
Therapeutic massage can stimulate weak and inactive muscles resulting in a faster, more complete recovery from an illness or injury in which inactivity causes muscle deterioration. Massage has also been shown to promote weight gain in both premature and HIV-exposed infants.
Massage improves blood circulation and lymph fluid movement. It decreases blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. People who receive regular massages have greater joint flexibility and range of motion. Massage enhances athletic performance, promotes deeper and easier breathing, enhances the health and nourishment of the skin, and improves posture.
While the physical benefits of therapeutic massage are great, perhaps the most notable effects of therapeutic massage are its emotional benefits. Many of the ailments found among persons in today’s society are stress-related. Massage has been found to be extremely effective in stress and anxiety reduction, and it has also been proven to reduce the symptoms and feelings of depression. In fact, studies have shown that women who had recently experienced the death of a child were less depressed after being massaged. People who rely on prescription medications to relieve symptoms of anxiety or depression may benefit by indulging in a weekly massage session.