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Does Stress Affect Our Skin?

December 2nd, 2013 • Posted by Kerry Berman • Permalink

We’re not kidding anybody, stress shows in our facial expressions. But does it have a direct effect on our skin? You bet your epidermis it does!

And there are as many effects of stress on your skin as there are causes, for example:

  • Stress is the number one cause of acne. Breakouts and flare-ups are results from anxiety, tension, and worrying. Manage your stress as proactively as you can.
  • Stress can cause wrinkles. There is a process called glycation that is caused by an overproduction of cortisol, which is the stress hormone. The glycation process breaks down our collagen allowing wrinkles to form.
  • Stress can cause or increase broken capillaries; the increases blood flow caused by stress can cause more.
  • Stress can also cause our skin to become dehydrated. Another gift from the over production of cortisol, the stress hormone.

So how to avoid stressing out over stress? Luckily, there are several very practical, easy preventions.

First of all, avoid dairy if you are prone to acne. There is finally research that confirms my suspicion for years that dairy is a culprit – so lay off the eggnog if you want clearer skin!

Secondly, boost your immune system. Fight free radical damage by taking in as many antioxidants as possible like Vitamins A, C, E, and green tea. (Note that if you’re concerned about broken capillaries – blowing, sneezing, and coughing can break capillaries in the vulnerable area around your nose. Avoid catching colds and treat your allergies.) Eat a diet rich with Omega3 fatty acids. This is an all-around win for your skin and your body!

At lastly, unwind with some stress-busting treatments during the holidays. Not only will it help make your skin look and feel amazing, but it will help with your stress levels too. Check out our Holiday Glow facial special that's running right now!

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A Natural Alternative to Botox?

November 13th, 2013 • Posted by An Apple a Day Keeps the Botox Away! • Permalink

Are you afraid of Botox? You should be! Botox is a substance containing the botulinum toxin – basically a poison. Wikipedia states, “Botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and life-threatening illness in humans and animals.”

Botox is most safe when administered by plastic surgeons, but now it’s also being distributed by GPs, salons, and at even in-home “Botox Parties.” There is a misconception taking root too, that diluting Botox will reduce toxicity – refuted in a study by a “World Renown Dermatologist.”

What if there were a safe alternative? Well, good news! Scientists found a rare apple tree native to Switzerland (the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple) whose stems cells show a tremendous ability to rejuvenate themselves. An explant from the leaf of one of these trees was obtained to produce a special anti-aging stem cell extract, creating an anti-aging skin serum.

And now, Sofia Facials and Waxing is featuring three products with this rare extract, Image Skincare’s Ageless the Max, Ageless Max Cream, and Ageless Max Eyecare. So maybe it’s not a “traditional” apple a day, but it’s certainly safer than the alternative! You deserve younger, healthier skin, without the risk of Botox. Call (480) 221-8111 today to book your customized rejuvenating treatment.

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Shaving versus Waxing?

October 30th, 2012 • Posted by Kerry Berman • Permalink

Waxing wins by WAY more than a hair! Pun intended.

First of all, waxing kills the follicle. That means between waxes there is less and less hair to worry about. Shaving causes dormant hairs to grow, and most people have to shave daily. Then, they have more hairs to shave. It’s a vicious cycle! Waxing is sanitary (if done by an expert that does not double dip). Make sure that your aesthetician is wearing gloves and not doing the “Costanza” like on that classic Seinfeld “double dipping” episode!

Also, razors can grow bacteria that can cause infections in your skin. Most people use their razors way too long. I have seen several clients with bacterial infections caused by shaving. You should change your blade every three days or so to minimize risk of infection.

Lastly, waxing lasts much longer because it is removing the hair at the root. Shaving cuts off the hair ABOVE the skin (and you can also cut your skin shaving - ouch). If done correctly by an experienced aesthetician, you should leave a waxing session with minimal irritation and baby smooth skin. You really should only have to wax every two to four weeks (depending on how fast your hair grows and what body part it is).

Caveat: with all of that being said, waxing is not for everyone. If you are on Accutane or any other internal medication of acne, waxing is NOT for you. It is best to be off of it for six months before you begin waxing. If you have used Retinol within the week of your waxing appointment, it would be best to reschedule. Happily, if none of these apply to you - I strongly suggest trying a wax. It will change your life!

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