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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

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.

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.