Facelogic Stone Oak is Now Closed

Dear Patrons,

It is with much sadness that we must announce Facelogic Spa Stone Oak closed on October 30, 2010. During the last two years we have enjoying serving our clients and greatly appreciated your patronage. We stopped drafting member accounts as of October 21, 2010 and there will not be any future charges. Unfortunately, there cannot be any refunds for unused gift certificates or facials.

If you would like to continue with Facelogic, we would refer you to the location at Blanco and West by calling 210.308.9090. Since they are not affiliated with our location, there will not be any reciprocity granted, however, they have offered a $20 gift card to any Stone Oak guests who become members at their location.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Confessions of a Beauty Product Junkie

Written by Astrid Benitez for NSIDE M.D. Magazine
Image Some may be asking themselves what exactly is a beauty product junkie?

A beauty product junkie is one who consistently purchases and/or overuses various skin, body, makeup and hair products. While taking care of oneself is important, it’s also necessary to take caution so it’s not overdone. This is possible, believe it or not.

With beauty products and their enticing advertisements flooding stores, radios, televisions, and the internet, promising the best results and astonishing satisfaction, it’s hard not to be a beauty product junkie. The next best thing is always going to be out there. Whether it’s for your face, body, hair, or nails it’s imperative you are consistently using the right products and using them wisely.

Most junkies experience the same pitfalls and upset in the satisfaction department. The products are purchased and used for a fraction of the amount of time it would take for them to kick in and actually make a change. Most products, no matter what function they are used for, will take 4 to 8 weeks to see some kind of change or improvement. Aside from possibly having too high of hopes from a product, a junkie cannot resist a sale or a good deal. For those who have been to Bath and Body Works or Victoria’s Secret during one of their sales, the hard-to-resist factor is easy to understand. Are seven shower gels and body lotions really necessary? Probably not but they were on sale.

Here are a few tips to remember when it comes to beauty products:
• Do not over treat skin. Most believe their skin is “sensitive” and it’s because of the acidic products that are used. It happens all the time.
• Keep a daily skin care regimen down to four products. By using more, more harm than good is a big possibility.
• For hair, face, and nails use what’s been bought until it’s finished! If it’s not getting the job done return it and replace it. Too often a product is pushed to the side and then put back into “the rotation” when it’s stumbled upon months later. That’s highly unsanitary and unhygienic. Bacteria will grow in those products.
• Be consistent when using beauty products that address a specific concern or problem area. Be patient and allow the product the necessary time before moving on to something else.
• Our skin changes and so should the products. Adjust a skin care regimen and other treatments to suit your skin right now. That moisturizer that’s worked fantastically since you were 25-years old will not keep you happy when your 50. Talk to your esthetician about better suited products for your face and body and see your hair stylist for special hair concerns. Trust the professionals!
• Makeup does have an expiration date and it does get old. Foundation, concealer, powder, and lipsticks are good for one year. Eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip liner and blush varies from two to three years. Mascara needs to be discarded after three months.
• Always remember: patience is a virtue. Try to resist the sales and over purchasing of unnecessary products. If that’s not possible, give your guilty little pleasures away as gifts.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with loving beauty products and being a beauty product junkie, so long as it’s kept under control. If there are more beauty products than food in the house there may be a problem.

For more information contact Facelogic Spa at 210.248.9415. We are located at 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 209. Services include customized facials, peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, massage, and cosmetic consultation.

Oxygen Vital To The Skin – New Article in NSIDE MD

ImageOxygen has quickly become one of the hottest new trends in the skin care world. It’s recognized for being one of the most effective treatments for numerous skin care concerns such as acne, aging, rosacea, hyper-pigmented skin and much more.

A great deal of skin care conditions stem from a lack of oxygen supply to the epidermis. The good news is that these concerns can not only be helped but also repaired if energy is supplied to the skin with the use of oxygen. Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care has just released two new oxygen products that are providing amazing, visible results.

Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care developed the Radiance Oxygenating Serum that instantly releases oxygen into the skin and leaves it looking instantly fresher and younger. Serums containing oxygen in liquid form are most beneficial because they carry the oxygen directly into the skin.

AstridA unique blend of brightening ingredients helps to even skin tone, lighten dark spots, protect against environmental damage and combat signs of aging. Most importantly it aids in cellular renewal or turnover.

Along with the serum they created the Radiance Oxygenating Masque. The treatment masque is a cream-like substance that when massaged into the skin instantly creates a cooling foam that gives the skin the energy it needs for everyday metabolism, collagen synthesis and pore detoxification.

The masque will energize the skin and restore its natural firmness and tonicity. It also helps to minimize pores while decreasing fine lines and wrinkles.

There are many new products available that use oxygen. It’s important to research what skin care products are most beneficial for each individual’s skin. Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care never disappoints. It’s one of the most innovative skin care lines on the market today and they are continuously researching and developing the next best thing in the skin care industry. Peter Thomas Roth’s newest facial, the Oxygen Facial, features both of the new oxygen treatments and is becoming a fast favorite.

Astrid Benitez is the spa director/skin care specialist for Facelogic Spa Stone Oak. For more information call 210.248.9415 or visit facelogicspa.com.

Fighting Against Drought Conditions – NSIDE MD

We are so pleased to be contributing to NSIDE MD Magazine here in San Antonio.

Fighting Against Drought Conditions
Written by Brooke Larue Miceli
In South Texas, the winter season doesn’t move in gracefully. We aren’t given an entire season to modify our wardrobe, cuisine, and lifestyles. Sure, the days are a bit shorter and the air is cooler, but then the first cold front of the season arrives and throws us all for a loop! Before we know it, our skin is dry and chapped and we are missing the very humidity we scorn in summer months.

As the temperature drops, your skin is exposed to the bitter winds of winter and the body’s largest organ can become dull and dry and deepen lines and wrinkles. The dryness is made worse by indoor heating that lacks humidity and may cause extreme discomfort, irritation, itchiness, and inflammation. In order to maintain healthy and hydrated skin throughout these chilly months (or random chilly fronts), here are a few tips to help improve tone and rehydrate.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Water is vital to maintaining healthy skin from the inside out. If you are planning travel, a good rule of thumb is to drink one 8-ounce bottle of water for every hour of travel.

DO NOT TAKE STEAMING HOT SHOWERS JUST BECAUSE IT IS COLD OUTSIDE.
Hot water makes skin dryer by removing the normal protective oils. After a bath or shower, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer on to damp skin to trap in moisture. Look for natural oils like almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil that your body will absorb easily.

DO NOT SMOTHER YOUR SKIN WITH MOISTURIZER.
Excessive moisturizing can lead to clogged pores and even sagging skin. The correct formula is one that balances water and oil levels in your skin. Moisturizer should make your skin feel comfortable — not tight or overly lubricated.

EVEN IN THE WINTER MONTHS CONTINUE TO USE A MOISTURIZER WITH SPF DURING THE DAY.
Although the days are shorter, the sun’s rays can still cause damage. There’s nothing more irritating than dry, sunburned skin!

WASH YOUR FACE TWICE DAILY.
Your morning cleanse removes waste excreted during your skin’s nightly selfcleaning process. An evening cleanse removes dirt, oil, pollution and makeup. It may be necessary to switch to a creamy cleanser during winter months if a gel or foaming cleanser is used in the summer. Do not over cleanse, and always use toner to prevent dehydration from tap water residue.

FEED YOUR SKIN.
If you are on a low-fat diet, make sure you are getting enough essential fatty acids or your skin can become dull and dry. If your skin is acne prone, avoid iodized salt and sodium heavy foods. Red, eruptive skin is exacerbated by spicy foods, and an intolerance of dairy products underlies many acne conditions that appear to be cystic.

TAKE EXTRA CARE OF YOUR HANDS AND FEET.
Use gloves while washing dishes and use a heavy hand cream afterwards. Give yourself a “foot peel” by giving them a wash with inexpensive Stridex pads, coating them with Vaseline, and sleeping in thick socks.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE HARSH WINDBURN, ADD A FEW DROPS OF LEMON BALM LEAF EXTRACT TO YOUR CURRENT SKIN CARE PRODUCT.
The soothing cooling extract contains antiseptic and sedative qualities that will cool irritated skin. Lemon balm leaf extract is also great for easing depression and tension that often accompanies the winter months.

For more info: call Facelogic Spa in Stone Oak at (210) 248-9415.

Skin Care Advice for My Cousin…

I am really bad at writing letters, making phone calls, or even replying to emails, but when my cousin sent me a Facebook message recently, I was so inspired to write back! I suddenly had so much to say. I think our correspondence is really helpful so I am going to share it here…Especially since it is very similar to the questions/concerns that I hear often from my friends and family that know I’m in the business, but don’t necessarily make the effort to go to a spa. I have copied it here:

“Hey Cous…
I am in need of your expertise & knowledge. Looking in the mirror today, I realized that I am getting older as well as my skin. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on some good products (cleaning, moisturizing,etc.) to help keep my skin as healthy looking as possible. I eat right, exercise and drink plenty of water. I hardly ever wear makeup, but I don’t really moisturize and do things like that like I should. Any advice would be great when you get a chance. Hope all is well. Talk to you soon, _____ ”

MY RESPONSE:

Hey, lady. I’ll give you what advice I can, but without knowing some of your skin characteristics, I can’t give really specific recommendations. If you want good advice, go see an esthetician or visit an esthetics school and have them give you a skin analysis.

In general, you should be cleansing twice a day, applying sunscreen in the morning, wearing a treatment or moisturizer at night, and exfoliating a few times a week.

This means: cleanser: if you are oily, look for something foamy and if you are dry, look for something creamy. Glycolic acid is a good anti-aging ingredient to look for in cleansers and if you have breakouts look for something with salicylic acid as well.

Sunscreen-at least SPF 15 daily moisturizer-THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT AGING…PERIOD. Treatment or moisturizer…this is the part that really needs to address your specific concerns-if you are prone to breakouts, you will need a clarifying mask or a spot treatment, and if you are dry you will want some hydration to treat overnight…right now the buzz ingredient is HYALURONIC acid. It closely mimics your natural hydration and is like a HUGE dose of water to your skin cells.

Exfoliation-this is a vital part of a skin care regimen. D

Facelogic Gal - Brooke LaRue Miceli

Facelogic Gal - Brooke LaRue Miceli

ead skin cells lead to congestion, a dull complexion, and wrinkles. There are 2 types of exfoliation-chemical and mechanical. Chemical you can do with acids (in a peel or with acidic ingredients in products). There are some great at-home peel products like MD Skincare Alpha Beta Deluxe Treatment or Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads or Max Complexion Pads. Mechanical you can do with scrubs, microdermabrasion, or even a gentle one with a washcloth (make sure you get your nose really good with the washcloth). The key is to make sure you are exfoliating in some way, shape, or form. It stimulates collagen production (anti-aging), cell renewal AND gives you a healthier glow.

Masks are also available for really specific treatments and make for some relaxation when you can find time to do them. Of course, I also recommend regular facials (especially for professional extractions, general relaxation, and truly customized advice) but I know that isn’t always possible.  If you have rosacea, malasma, or really sensitive skin your treatment and regimen would really have to be customized….the biggest mistake people make is using the WRONG products for their skin type and concerns (and then wondering why they aren’t getting the results they want).

My favorite skin care line is Peter Thomas Roth because there is something for everyone, there are great starter kits, and the products have a solid concentration of the ingredients that deliver results. However, if it is not in your budget and you need to get something from the drug store, let’s take a trip together and I’ll help you choose the right stuff.

If, after reading this, you have more specific questions or questions about products, please send an email to our spa director, Astrid at abenitez.facelogic@gmail.com. She will be happy to give you specific advice!

Jojoba in Skin Care Products

Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads

Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads

Jojoba (pronounced ‘ho-ho-ba) is a native shrub in the Southwestern US deserts. Native Americans treated burns with an antioxidant medicinal ointment made from a paste of the jojoba nut/seed. The oil extracted from the seeds is not a triglyceride, making jojoba oil parallel to human sebum.

Jojoba as a skin care ingredient can be found here at Facelogic Spa in the Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads, Anti-Aging Buffing Beads, and Blemish Buffing Beads. These highly effective, gentle, non-abrasive scrubs work in two ways. First, they help exfoliate surface dead skin cells, allowing active treatment products and moisturizers to penetrate better. Then, the ultra-fine jojoba beads help open clogged pores and emulsify the sebum that contributes to blackheads and whiteheads. The Anti-Aging Buffing Beads also incorporate a Glycolic Acid Complex which clarifies, brightens, and produces youthful looking skin. The Blemish Buffing Beads integrate a Salicylic Acid Complex to clear up acne.  The Botanical Buffing Beads are for all skin types but are especially great as an exfoliant for sensitive skin types.

The Buffing Beads are our top-selling cleansers and I have been incredibly pleased with how long the bottle lasts, making it a great value! I use the Blemish Buffing Beads and my skin is finally clear! Ask your skin care therapist which is best for you.

Paint the Nation Pink

Paint the Nation PINK!

Written by Brooke LaRue Miceli for NSIDE MD Magazine
Friday, 31 October 2008
Image October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and individuals, businesses, and organizations will be joining together to paint the nation PINK! The purpose of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to raise awareness and fund research for the most common cancer among women. Research states that 1 in 8 women in America will be struck with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Sherryl Ford, Founder of Facelogic Int’l, was diagnosed in 2005, only six months into realizing her entrepreneurial dreams. She had just opened her first Facelogic Spa when doctors diagnosed her with one of the more aggressive forms of breast cancer. But, Sherryl attacked her disease with the same tenacity she has for her business. She endured a lumpectomy, several weeks of the most aggressive chemotherapy and a life threatening blood clot in her neck. She prevailed, fighting the fight against cancer and winning.

After treatment, Sherryl founded the Facelogic Healing Heart Foundation hoping to raise awareness for a different aspect of the cause. “Through Facelogic Healing Heart, I want to help ease the emotional trauma that comes from the physical changes caused by breast cancer,” said Ford. “One of my biggest fears was losing my hair when I underwent chemo. Naturally, this did happen and it was extremely difficult to deal with the reality of what I was going through.” While in chemo and recovery, she met so many women that were struggling emotionally with the side effects of breast cancer. The cost of treatments can be overwhelming and the care associated with recovery requires commitment from an entire family. Even a patient’s self-esteem may be impacted from hair loss, skin damage, and lack of energy. These are just a few of the many challenges that patients and survivors face, but there are programs to provide support.

This October, Facelogic Spas across the nation will be raising money for the foundation through membership and product sales. Facelogic International will contribute the funds to the American Cancer Society “Look Good, Feel Better Program”. As part of the program, women are given lessons on post-treatment skin care, make up lessons, and hair or wig styling. This collaboration was created from the concept that if someone with cancer can be helped to look good, their improved self-esteem will help them approach their disease and treatment with greater confidence.

Another program that local cancer doctors have started is called DIVA, which stands for Deriving Inspiration and Vitality through Activity. It is a nutrition and exercise program specifically designed to provide women with breast cancer the life-saving opportunity for improved health. The program is based on research that shows that women who exercise have lower mortality from breast cancer and less chance for reoccurrence. DIVA provides a place where patients and survivors can go to exercise together and be educated about the important role a low-fat diet and exercise can play in their prognosis and recovery. DIVA is free to any patient with a breast cancer diagnosis and a new location for the program is starting up in Stone Oak this month.

Many retailers, doctors, and schools will be offering ways for the public to show support for the cause this month. So THINK PINK!

For information on Look Good, Feel Better, go to www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org. For information on DIVA, go to www.stoh.com or call 210.593.2669. For information on Facelogic Spa, go to www.facelogicspa.com

*Facelogic Spa is donating a day of facial services to breast cancer patients on Sunday, October 26th. Please call 210.248.9415 for information.