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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Although the days are shorter, the sun’s rays can still cause damage. There’s nothing more irritating than dry, sunburned skin!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rosy Cheeks – NSIDE Medical Journal

Rosy Cheeks

Written by Brooke LaRue Miceli
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Image Remember Bashful, the cute, shy dwarf in Disney’s Snow White? His blushing rosy cheeks were such a charming quirk. But for those who experience the permanent “Bashful” cheeks, life can be less charming.

Incredibly, over 14 million Americans agonize over their permanent ‘rosiness’. This skin condition is called Rosacea. It can affect anyone, but, not surprisingly, is most common in those fair-skinned individuals of Northern European descent. Individuals with Rosacea flush or blush easily and often complain of skin irritation. It is most often diagnosed in women, but may be more severe in men.

Unfortunately for some, the permanent redness and bumpy skin can affect their self-esteem and impact social interaction. Being well-educated on the condition and its outbreak triggers can keep the disorder from intruding on daily life.

Characterized most commonly by redness of the cheeks, nose, and chin, symptoms may come and go throughout life. If left untreated, the redness may lead to visible blood vessels, bumps, and pimples. Surveys have shown that women experience the symptoms on the cheeks and chin, while men are more likely to have redness and swelling on the nose. When blood vessels become visible during the primary stages of Rosacea they contribute to the overall ‘red-faced’ look for which Rosacea is known. Skin may begin to look rough and dry in more advanced stages and facial discomfort is common. Signs and symptoms may also occur beyond the face on the neck, chest, and scalp.

The cause of Rosacea is still unknown. However, researchers continue to find triggers and possible causes but not one single source has been found to blame. The most common triggers are sun exposure, emotional stress, hot weather, heavy exercise, alcohol consumption, and spicy foods. Some physicians believe that Rosacea may be a vascular or nervous system disorder since there is a direct correlation between flare-ups and the above triggers. There are also theories that a microscopic mite called Demodex folliculorum could be a contributor.

While promising new products might grab your attention for a quick fix to treat Rosacea, treatment options are varied and relatively simple. If you think you are a candidate, keep track of those possible triggers. The National Rosacea Society recommends keeping a ‘Rosacea Diary’ in which weather, consumption, and activities are charted on days when flare-ups are experienced. Avoiding the triggers will reduce flare-ups that could deter Rosacea’s progress.

As with any skin disorder, a customized skin care routine is vital to ensuring the treatment of the condition as well as the prevention of further damage. Cleanse twice daily with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser and lukewarm water. Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skincare makes a milky, chamomile cleanser that is gentle enough for Rosacea patients while still providing anti-aging benefits. It is important to read the ingredients in the products, noting if there are any ingredients that have caused flare-ups before. After a thorough cleanse, blot the face dry, avoiding pulling or tugging on the skin.

Other skin care products such as redness serums, moisturizers, and topical gels may also be applied to treat specific concerns. If skin discomfort or tightness during the day is a concern, consider carrying a hydrating mist, such as Eminence Organics Stone Crop Mist with you during the day. The mist is organically produced from the Stone Crop plant, which is known for its healing and hydrating properties.

As with all skin care regimens, applying daily sunscreen is imperative. Look for a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. UV light is known to be the #1 trigger of rosacea and will ultimately contribute to skin cancer as well.

For most of us, the appearance of flawless skin is a priority, so cosmetics may be used in addition to effectively conceal redness. Sue Devitt Studio has formulated a Microquatic Blue Primer, which is especially helpful for camouflaging skin discoloration. The blue primer counters the redness, can be used under foundation, and even contains SPF 30 for complete protection. When choosing makeup, look for natural yellow tones, avoiding foundations and powders with pink or orange hues.

If you think you may have Rosacea, we invite you to experience a complimentary skin analysis by a licensed esthetician at Facelogic Spa. We will be happy to consult with you on your triggers and regimen, share information from the National Rosacea Society, as well as recommend dermatologists for more advanced cases. So whether it’s a cute “Bashful” quirk that sets off your rosy cheeks, or it’s a something more, Facelogic Spa is here to make your walk down the skincare aisle a confident one!

Brooke LaRue Miceli is a graduate of Texas State University. Brooke gained experience in skin care, cosmetics and the spa industry while working abroad in Costa Teguise, Las Canarias and Torino, Italy. She is the owner of Facelogic Spa at 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 209. Services include customized facials, peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, and cosmetic consultation. Call 210.248.9415 for more information.