Local blogger Seanna Miriah came and checked out Dermaspace and did a great piece on us - check it out!!
Craziest Facial EVER?!!
What have I gotten myself into this time?? 😂
I was contacted by the owner, Jody, of DermaSpace in downtown Seattle to do a vlog about their strange but beneficial electrotherapy facial and I could have jumped out of my seat when I saw the email. What an amazing concept and being the adventurous gal that I am,
I said "OF COURSE I will let you hook me up to an electrical current and attach it to my face."
This treatment has actually been around for a really long time and is even used with athletes to help work topical aid into their sore muscles. Makes sense that you could do the same with skincare remedies for your face. Celebrities have discovered this treatment and it is widely used in major cities like NY, LA, and now Seattle!
Jody started out with a gentle face cleanse and exfoliated then brought this sucker out you see below. Most people don't watch the process live as they are getting it but since I was balancing my camera on my stomach I could see the viewfinder the whole time and I couldn't help but giggle.
I looked like a Teddy Bear.
This cone was actually around back in the 1930's. I relate it to the concept of putting a towel over your head then standing over hot water to steam. This is great for opening pores and assisting with cleaning them out. So the cone essentially "steamed my face" and I tell you what, it smelled reaaallly good in their and was quite relaxing!
I was so thankful to be in an environment where my filming not only wasn't awkward but invited so I got to play with different camera angles and such. What a relief!
After 15 minutes the cone was removed and he used a very small vacuum device as well as a rolling technique on any problem areas I had to extract the dirt below the surface. I always pack on so much foundation on my nose since that's (unfortunately) the one place I sunburn the most so the skin won't cover with just one layer of foundation. I feel that I really have to pack it on, hence, more dirt/foundation/product jammed into my pores. I've noticed little specks on the tip of it and it always bothered me. This part actually did hurt just a tad because it was my first facial and grrrrl, my skin was capital D-i-r-t-y.
Next, you will see why this process is actually known as
"The Hannibal Lecter Facial"
The machine goes up to a level 10 but newbies start at about a 1 or a 2.
He did try a little tester to see how high it would go before I felt anything and I got to a six before I said, "Oh yeaaah I feel it" I thought I really was dead inside for a second there.
Light tingles vibrate throughout the face and I could visually see my heart beat pulsating the ceiling. That's how I knew the blood was really circulating and made me think, "MAAAN I'm going to come out of this thing like I took that youth serum on Death Becomes Her!!"
I sat for about 20 mns and just relaxed in thought, enjoying the music.
The feel of my skin afterwords was UNREAL. It's hard to explain but it was like someone else's skin. I didn't recognize the feeling of it with my fingertips. It was a little red like Jody said it would be and I had a few spots where there were more focused extractions. The little brown dots on my nose, all GONE! I almost don't want to wear makeup at the moment; I just want to enjoy my young looking and feeling skin for awhile before I go slapping on my usual spackle.
So I have an entire video I made of the experience and I would love for you to go watch and give it a big thumbs up. Giggle along with me.
Also, Jody has mentioned that he isn't taking any new clients but has three estheticians in his office that would gladly provide this exact same service plus, new clients get $15 off their first visit!
If you go let them know I sent ya!
You can get more info on their website here DermaSpace.
The office is located in downtown Seattle next to Nordstrom.
Thanks for visiting! :)
X's & O's
Origiinal Post: https://seannamiriah.blogspot.com/2017/10/craziest-facial-ever.html
Hi there -
Just a quick update on what's happening at DERMASPACE.
Beginning in 2017 we will no longer be carrying MALIN+GOETZ. It's a great line of skin care but we are continuing the expand our own DERMASPACE ADVANCED THERAPY skin care line as well as PCA Skin Care.
Some price increases need to happen to balance out operational cost. Some facials will be increasing $5 while others will stay the same.
All DERMASPACE ADVANCED THERAPY skin care product prices will stay the same while some PCA prices will increase.
DERMASPACE is now open 7 days a week by appointment so please book ahead to ensure you get your desired time.
Cora, our fab front desk person will be pursuing her career and esthetics and will be starting esthetician school in January then will be joining the Dermaspace family as an expert in not only skincare but the Iderm Facial Treatment. She will be training with me throughout 2017 as well as working front desk.
I think that's it for now......thank you all and here's to a fab 2017.
Just a quick note to all our followers that we wish you a very Happy Holiday season and look forward to a fab 2017.
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Celluma’s unique LED technology emits safe, UV-free low-level light energy that profoundly affects tissue at the cellular level. Blue, red and near-infrared lights are the most commonly used wavelengths in LED phototherapy. These specific wavelengths are well researched and scientifically proven to produce therapeutic benefits. Blue light penetrates through the epidermis and is known to kill P. acnes bacteria. Red light penetrates into the dermal layer and has been shown to enhance collagen and elastin production through photo-biostimulation of fibroblasts for improved skin tone, quality, clarity, and texture. Near-infrared light penetrates deepest to increase micro-circulation and tissue repair, as well as decrease inflammation and reduce pain.
WITH CELLUMA - ACNE DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE
Let’s clarify: When P. acne bacteria builds up in pores, skin becomes inflamed, causing acne lesions and blemishes. Celluma light therapy works safely and effectively, without abrasive chemicals, harmful UV-rays or side effects, to destroy this acne-causing bacteria — not only clearing up existing blemishes, but preventing future breakouts before they happen.
THE RESULTS ARE ILLUMINATING
Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while experiencing an improvement in skin texture, quality and smoothness. Using wavelengths that are scientifically proven to stimulate fibroblasts to increase collagen and elastin, Celluma’s low-level light therapy is a safe, effective way to achieve a healthy, youthful glow in a natural, non-toxic, non-invasive manner.
LED THERAPY CAN BE ADDED TO MOST OF OUR EXISTING TREATMENTS - JUST MENTION IT WHEN YOU ARRIVE TO YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT.
Your skincare professional will advise you.
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(please note this will increase your appointment by approximately 30 minutes)
With the list of “must-have” skin-care products growing by the minute, the list of ingredients you’re putting on your skin is growing, too. It’s no surprise that some just don’t go together. Here, David Colbert, M.D., aNew York City-based dermatologist, points out which combinations you should always avoid.
1. VITAMIN C AND BENZOYL PEROXIDE
Benzoyl peroxide is an acne-clearing staple in many people’s skin-care routines. Enter vitamin C, the trendy new kid in town that every dermatologist seems to be recommending. While you totally can (and should!) add vitamin C to your routine, Colbert warns not to use it with benzoyl peroxide. The topical treatment will oxidize the vitamin C, rendering the effects of both useless. Only use one on days you won’t be using the other.
2. SALICYLIC ACID AND GLYCOLIC ACID
All acids are not created equal, and they all don’t have the same effects on your skin. Salicylic acid is anacne treatment, and glycolic acid is an exfoliator that removes dead skin without your having to scrub away at it. Both are great ingredients, but when used together, they can seriously dry out your skin, says Colbert. Again, only use one at a time.
3. RETIN-A AND GRITTY EXFOLIANTS
Retin-A is an ingredient seriously loved by dermatologist for its ability to help skin renew itself; it helps treat wrinkles, discoloration, and overall roughness. Unfortunately, Retin-A has a tendency to dry out skin, causing it to peel. What better way to get rid of dry skin than removing it with an exfoliator, right? Wrong. Retin-A makes skin super-sensitive, and rubbing gritty exfoliants against it will only make the situation worse, says Colbert. Try a cleansing with a muslin cloth, which is a gentle way to buff away dead skin.
4. SONIC BRUSH AND EXFOLIANTS
When sonic brushes came on the scene, they were praised for their gentle exfoliation capabilities. But old habits die hard, and you may still have an exfoliator in your routine. If so, it’s time to let go, says Colbert. You may be exfoliating too much, stripping your face of healthy oils, and roughing up your skin. It’s either one or the other—you choose.
5. RETIN-A AND TONER
Toners are great for a multitude of reasons; some have glycolic acid that brings new skin to the surface, some contain witch hazel, which is great at treating acne. But when Retin-A is in your routine, Colbert warns against using them. “You wouldn’t want to use them together over your whole face, otherwise it will dry our your skin,” he says. Pick your favorite, and stick with it.
I LOVE this article and it's a great explanation of why I love PCA Chemical Peels.....available now at DERMASPACE.
Here's Why Chemical Peels Are the Secret to Perfect Skin
BY JOLENE EDGAR
APRIL 27, 2016
A spotless, lineless, flawless complexion is lying just beneath the surface of your skin—and doctors have found that a classic treatment is the fastest way there.
Satin slip dresses slinked down the spring runways. Celebrities are wearing chokers on the red carpet. And here's one more '90s revival for you: the chemical peel. After being eclipsed in the early 2000s by new skin-resurfacing lasers, these classic treatments (like, ancient-Egypt classic) are back on top in dermatologists' offices. More people are getting them now than in 1997 (when peels were the number-one cosmetic procedure in the country), according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. "Turns out good old chemical peels can actually deliver certain skin benefits—like reversing melasma and breakouts—better than high-tech devices," says Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. By casting off dull surface cells, they improve fine lines, acne, discoloration, and more. And they do it for all skin types and colors—usually for a fraction of the cost of flashier (literally) options. "The minute I switch on a laser, things get expensive," says Vivian Bucay, a San Antonio dermatologist. A superficial fractional-laser treatment can run up to $1,000 a session—and you'll probably need several. A medium-depth chemical peel may cost a third of that and "gives more impressive results in a single treatment," says Bucay (but count on more recovery time).
As with most old-is-new-again ideas, today's peels aren't just total retreads (the new slip dresses are better too, FYI). "When glycolic peels got really popular in the '90s, they hurt like a mother and left skin raw," says Jeannette Graf, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. But acid formulas have been refined, and so have dermatologists' approaches to using them. "Our goal now isn't so much to cause visible peeling as it is to infuse the skin with ingredients that diminish lines, build collagen, and improve tone," says Jennifer Linder, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, and the chief scientific officer for the clinical line PCA Skin. Still not sold? Here are five more reasons to book a peel—and help your skin make a radical comeback.
Peels can make your skin—and skin-care products—work better. In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a lovely chain reaction: "As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger," says David Bank, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University/Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. A thorough sloughing also offers one very immediate upshot: smoother skin that's both more radiant and more receptive. "Your skin-care products perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration," says New York City dermatologist Neal Schultz, who averages at least 50 peels a week in his Park Avenue office.
They're low-risk, and you can go custom. There are chemical peels that are safe to use on every skin color without risk of hyperpigmentation (usually a worry with darker complexions). "We now know that using low percentages of multiple acids gives a better outcome with less irritation than a single acid at a higher strength," Linder says. Doctors have plenty of premixed cocktails to choose from, like PCA Skin Sensi Peel, which mixes trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and lactic acid to rev up collagen synthesis deep down and dissolve the drab skin on top. But a lot of doctors also cook up their own recipes to address very specific concerns. For tenacious brown spots, Bucay adds a pinch of brightening vitamin C or a smidgen of bleaching hydroquinone to her acids of choice. And when treating those same spots on sensitive skin, she offsets the potent lighteners with soothing polyphenols.
The right peel can end acne and soften the scars that come with it. Salicylic acid peels and Jessner's peels (equal parts salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol, an antiseptic exfoliant) dive deep into skin to unclog pores while also skimming the surface to erode blackheads and fade post-pimple marks. Another advantage of salicylic acid: It lingers in the pores, where it continues to keep them clear over time. To improve pitted acne scars, Harold J. Brody, a clinical professor of dermatology at Emory University in Atlanta, targets individual divots with a high percentage of TCA before applying a weaker acid to the rest of the face to even things out. "I think this method beats most resurfacing lasers, plus there's little to no downtime and it's safe for all skin colors," he says. Bucay prefers treating acne scars with peels to skirt this surprising laser pitfall: "There's roughly a 30 percent chance of an acne eruption following Fraxel," she says. "It's really disheartening when someone gets a flare-up of the very thing that left her with scars in the first place."
Nothing controls melasma better. There isn't a permanent cure for the recurring sun-triggered dark patches brought on by hormonal surges (like those caused by pregnancy and the Pill), but chemical peels (paired with at-home bleaching creams, high-SPF sunscreen, and strict sun avoidance) offer the best fighting chance. Lasers may make lofty claims, yet "they're essentially trying to treat a light- and heat-sensitive condition with light and heat," says Cheryl Burgess, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Even when a laser does eviscerate splotches initially, pigment often reappears weeks later, making lasers seem like a major investment for a short-term reprieve.
A peel will let you (maybe) toss your undereye concealer. We don't even like opening our eyes in the pool, so we'll be the first to admit that acid near our eyeballs sounds dicey. But doctors say Glytone's new Enerpeel Technology Brightening Peel System works beautifully and safely on the hereditary dark circles created by piled-up pigment. They credit the form of the acid—3.75 percent TCA and 15 percent lactic acid in a nondrippy gel carefully dispensed via a pen applicator—and the delivery system, which "drives the acid in deep, bypassing the epidermis to lessen irritation," explains Graf. A series of treatments may be needed, but some people see a profound improvement after just one.
Original post: http://www.allure.com/story/chemical-peel-benefits
I tell my clients all the time that the best anti-aging cream isn't found in a $400 jar of *insert expensive brand name here* but in a simple container of a GOOD SPF.
At least an SPF30. Daily. Every day. Even when the clouds are out because if that sun is in the sky, hidden or not, then you are at risk of sun damage and pre-mature aging. Period. End of story.
I could go on and on about how toxic sunbathing is and how at this point if you don't already know that then you have far worse things to worry about.
I say this because if you don't know how bad sunbathing is for you (and this most certainly includes indoor tanning beds) then clearly you have been sheltered your whole life either under a rock or hidden away in a bunker somewhere.
Hopefully neither of these are true.
Yes the sun feels nice and warm on our skin and we can still enjoy that.....WITH PROTECTION. That said, this protection does not last all day....it needs to be reapplied about every 90 minutes or so. Especially if you are in the water.
So please do yourself and your skin a favor and just protect it - it's the only one you get and although that golden glow might look pretty in your 20's......the damage it causes won't look so cute when you hit your 40's and beyond.
Check out this great video to see what I mean.....
Cheers and enjoy the weather, just be smart about it. (Check out our sunscreen recommendations below the video)
DERMASPACE recommends these awesome sunscreens.....
I admit it....I suck at blogging. What I excel at is excellent skin care and that has always been my #1 focus. That said I know it's time that I try and drag myself to my computer a little more often to share with you my thoughts on all things skin care and general well being.
So from now on I will try to blog weekly, even if it's just a quick little entry. If you ever have ANY questions about topics for me, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
What's NEW at DERMASPACE?
Well it has certainly been a very busy time lately which could explain why I have been such a slacker when it comes to blogging. Firstly, we are getting a new 4th treatment room!! I can't express to you how excited I am that we will be able to accommodate more clients and that DERMASPACE is growing so rapidly.
I started DERMASPACE about 7 years ago out of my apartments spare bedroom on Capital Hill with NO clients and just a dream. A dream to bring this awesome facial to the masses. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would be in a prime downtown location and one of the most sought after and effective skin care treatments in the Pacific Northwest. I am humbled and proud of DERMASPACE and I could not have done it without your continued support. I am happy to be able to serve you and provide each and every one of you excellent skin care.