Dry skin that doesn't slough off is dead and causing problems, it's zombie skin! Dead skin should be removed before it can wreak havoc on your complexion. Also, the moisture barrier must be repaired to restore healthy, young looking skin.
October 27th: 10am, 11am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm
Our Custom Facial
Step By Step
You may love facials because they are extremely relaxing and because you like the way your skin feels afterward, but probably don't know all that goes into it and why it helps your skin. Below is an explanation for each step of Revive's signature: Custom Organic Facial.
Step 1: Our chat. I will ask you about changes in medications, life stresses and if anything is concerning you about your skin since your last facial. After this brief interaction, I leave the room and you'll put on a spa wrap and snuggle into the heated, memory foam bed.
Step 2: Wrap up your hair (protecting it from products and wet towels), cleanse your skin to wash away oils, dirt and makeup. At this time I will be performing a skin assessment. To learn more about skin assessments, click here.
Step 3: Enzyme peel. The natural acids in an enzyme peel will gently exfoliate dead skin cells away helping to unclog pores, fade pigment and lessen the depth of wrinkles, leaving the skin softer and ready to soak in the mask that is applied afterward. While the peel is doing it's thing, you receive a relaxing scalp massage.
Step 4: Massage and mask. After the peel, I will apply a soothing, cool lotion and massage the muscles in the face, relieving sinus pressure, moving lymph, lessening puffiness and relaxing you even further. After removing the lotion with a warm towel, I will apply a mask for your skin's needs: moisture for dry skin, sulphur or mud for acne, whitening for pigment or a combination of these things.
Step: 5 Massage, Massage, Massage! While your mask is on, you will receive massage for your arms, hands, decolletage, shoulders, upper back and neck.
Step 6: Remove the mask with a warm towel, tone the skin (bringing the ph back to normal and calming the skin with aloe) and then apply moisturizer.
Step 7: At this time the facial is over. Most clients receive L.E.D. light therapy afterward to further help acne, fade dark spots and/or build collagen. If L.E.D. was not added to the service, the client gets dressed, new clients receive their written skin assessment and may receive product samples, pays and schedules their next appointment.
After all of these steps, you feel amazing and your skin has been gently exfoliated and treated with ingredients that help your skin look and feel better immediately. Doing routine facials monthly (approximately every 3-6 weeks), will keep your skin looking and feeling wonderful. This will slow the aging process and address issues before they become problems that need more expensive, harsh treatment to make a difference. Getting and keeping healthy skin takes a good routine at home as well as deeper treatments in office.
1. I cleanse your makeup off while I feel the texture of your skin. Dry skin feels rough, moles that are raised need a second look and may require a dermatologist referral, flakey patches are also a high concern as well as any bumpy texture that may point to a rash, Rosacea flare or allergic reaction to a product you’re using at home. At this time, or before I start, I will ask you about your home routine and about your health: Do you wash once or twice per day? Do you use scrubs or masks? Do you shave or pluck or have you recently had any type of hair removal? Any medications or recent changes in them? Any prescription topical creams? Any hormonal conditions, recent pregnancies, menopause or any changes in skin because of your cycle? These questions may sound intrusive, but knowing what happens inside you lets me know how to combat how it shows up on the outside.
2. I shine a bright light on your face looking at the color of your skin. Blotchy skin and dark circles under the eyes may indicate allergies or other issues. Redness may indicate Rosacea and sensitive skin. I’m looking for acne and scarring. Cherry angiomas, sebaceous hyperplasia, sun damage, and mole size, shape and color. I am also confirming and taking note of the texture that I felt during cleansing. All of this information is noted in your chart and I watch for changes each time you come in. With the goals that we spoke about before cleansing and the info that these 1st steps provide, I plan out that day’s treatment as well as a daily/weekly/monthly treatment plan and at home routine so that we can both work to reach your beauty goals.
3. I either start the treatment planned for that day, alter the planned treatment because of a discovery during the assessment or send you on your way to read over the assessment and decide for yourself what you can afford to move forward with: home skincare routine, professional strength in office treatments or both.
Home skincare routines are checked and if needed, reassessed after 1 month (usually your second or third in office treatment). A full skin cycle must run to see if your skin likes the new routine. A skin cycle as the time it takes from baby cells to be born at the deepest layer of the epidermis (the skin's outer layer), and mature as they rise to the surface and ultimately slough off. For people over 40, it takes a bit longer (usually about a month and a half).
Each time you return for a treatment, no matter what we are doing that day, steps 1-3 are performed. This allows me to take note of how the plan is progressing and if we need to tweak anything. There will always be stress, hormonal changes, travel, medication, sickness, seasonal changes and life changes that will affect your skin. I am just here to help you look your best while life, sometimes brutally, moves forward.
I want to thank my beautiful clients in Bend. I love you guys. You make me smile, you share your lives with me and you keep me in business doing what I love. As a thank you, you all get a free gift if you are scheduled in October and November! Can't wait to see you again!
Everyone knows that dry skin sucks: you’re itchy, your makeup looks cakey, etc., but did you know that most breakouts that I have seen in my studio are due to overly dry skin. Most premature aging and wrinkles can be plumped by just drinking more water and using the right products on your skin. Crazy huh!?
Of course, drinking more water and eating water laden vegetables and fruit will help the situation, but you also need to use the right skincare products to combat TEWL. Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is when the water inside you evaporates through your skin. We all lose approximately 1 pint of fluid each day from TEWL. If you already have dry skin, it can increase TEWL, leaving you open to dehydration and infection, as well as make you look haggard.
TEWL and dehydration are caused mostly by not drinking enough water but also by the lack of humidity in the environment (Sorry Bend clients!). Using drying products for acne and oily skin, drinking too much caffeine, pool swimming, illness, hormonal imbalance, smoking, stress and travel are also moisture killers.
To repair the damage done and stop it from progressing, you need to be using the right skincare products. Every single person is unique, so my suggestions will be vague. For more detailed, personal suggestions, you will need to schedule a skin assessment so I can see and touch your skin.
Most people go straight for oil or HEAVY creams, well… this will probably cause more problems: like clogging pores, acne, millia and your makeup will slide right off your greasy face. Or people are using essential oils without properly formulating them with other ingredients, drying out their skin even more! Instead, try to find products that are well balanced with emollients and oils. Emollients are ingredients that seal in moisture; my favorite is jojoba oil because it fights bacteria and won’t clog your pores.
Ceramides (lipids) in skincare are also extremely helpful for locking in water. Once you find products that have the right ingredients, you then have to try them on your own skin to see if your skin reacts well. You need to try a new skincare routine for at least a month before seeing if it’s going to work for you. Why one month, because it’s the typical full cycle of skin cell turnover (one and a half to 2 months for people over 40).
There is a lot to learn about ingredients: ones that are good for your skin, ones that are bad for your skin and overall health and ones that work well enough together to actually make a difference. I have researched this for over 6 years now, so if you would like specific advice on the right products and ingredients for YOUR skin, please set up a skin assessment and maybe a product assessment (I look over the ingredients of your current products). There are thousands of brands out there, it pays to have a professional’s advice on skincare products.
The FDA is quite relaxed on the US regulations on skin care and beauty ingredients. I check all of my lotions, shampoos, make-up and other beauty and body products that I use daily at: www.EWD.org. Most of the time you can just type in the product name and it’s toxicity will come up and the scientific studies that back up that information. If your product is not in their database, you can look up each ingredient. By toxic, I mean that it can interrupt the reproductive system, immune system, cause cancer or other harmful things. For a few ingredients that can be toxic to the human body, please see below. Also, not all organic products are created equal; some natural ingredients are still harmful or too strong for sensitive skin, Rosacea, allergy prone skin and other skin conditions. If you are unsure what your skin needs, you can always schedule a skin assessment. It’s very important if you are going through cancer treatment, have allergies or an autiimmune conditions, hormonal conditions or have Rosacea or sensitive skin that you use the right products for your skin and body.
Ingredients to avoid:
Propylparaben, Methylparaben…anything ending in “paraben” (Cancer causing!)
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
WHY are doctors still recommending Cetaphil and CeraVe!!??
Most of their products contain parabens! Parabens should be avoided at all costs! They are preservatives that are easily absorbed into the skin that have been proven to disrupt the endocrine system and mimic estrogen, increasing your chance of developing breast cancer.
We sell clean, healthy and safe products at Revive. Set up a free skin consult to see what products are best for your skin.
“Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells. Research has shown that the perceived influx of estrogen beyond normal levels can in some cases trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors."