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Prepare for Winter Lips

Some of the most visible areas of aging are eyes, mouth and décolletage. Although most women focus on these to reverse or slow the aging process, there’s on area that doesn’t always get the same kind of attention, your lips. Time takes its toll on lips, causing them to thin and crack more often as the years pass. Accumulated sun damage can put them at risk for skin cancer and discoloration as well.

It’s possible, however, to slow down signs of aging on your lips with Skin by Marywynn Lip Remodeling Treatment. The peptide formula will boost collagen production and plump, while Coastal Marine Fennel will repair surface damage and smooth out roughness. With its soft lotion-like texture it can either be used alone or as a base for lip color. If you plan on doing winter sports this season we suggest using it in conjunction with Solar Protection LIPTECT SPF 45 to prevent further sun damage as well.

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Microdermabrasion: Beauty’s Secret Weapon

Who doesn’t like the feel of freshly cleansed skin? A customized facial that includes microdermabrasion leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, with a dewy glow that lasts for days.

Microdermabrasion is a safe and effective way to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, treat mild acne, and reduce the appearance of fine scars. Women and men with enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation also benefit from the procedure.

Microdermabrasion has been in common practice for about 10 years, and is steadily gaining popularity because of its effectiveness.

To get started, we recommend scheduling a six-session series, followed by monthly facial treatments that include microdermabrasion. The intensity of the six-session series ensures you’ll enjoy softer, supple, younger-looking skin, month after month, year after year.

Microdermabrasion FAQ

Q. What is microdermabrasion?

A. It is an advanced mineral crystal peeling system that falls between glycolic peels and procedures like laser resurfacing.

Q. How does microdermabrasion work?

A. It exfoliates the skin much in the way you’d use a facial scrub. The crystals are able to detach and remove the cells of the top layer of skin in a non-traumatic way Microdermabrasion works like a two-headed vacuum pump. One circulates the fresh crystals; at the same time, the second head removes the used crystals and dead skin. It is like a mini sandblasting of the skin.

Q. Can microdermabrasion be used with other treatments?

A. The procedure is not recommended for clients who have active acne lesions, or are using Retin-A, Renova, Tetracycline, Accutane, or are undergoing laser peels. If you are undergoing any of these treatments, consult with your physician before seeking microdermabrasion.

Q. Is it safe?

A. This is a gradual and controlled abrasive procedure. It is a safe, gentle, and sterile treatment.

Q. Does it hurt?

A. There might be slight discomfort during the treatment. If so, tell your esthetician. The machine setting can be adjusted. However, microdermabrasion can cause mild skin irritation when you first get started.

Q. How many treatments do I need before I see results?

A. Results are immediately visible after just one session. However, additional sessions may be recommended. This is based on your skin type, its overall condition, and what results you are trying to achieve. Generally, the series begins with weekly or bi-weekly sessions over the course of 60 days. After that, a monthly follow-up – which includes a soothing facial – will maintain results.

Q. Are there any side effects to microdermabrasion?

A. Following treatment, there is a slight risk for redness, peeling, and some “striping” of the skin. However, this is a normal reaction, and should ease within two days. After-treatment skin care is critical; your esthetician will give you a customized home-treatment plan. It is very important that you follow her instructions.

Q. What does after-care consist of?

A. For best results, speak with your esthetician. You’ll get a home-care program tailored specifically to your needs. It is critical that you use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF15. This must be liberally applied every day – even if you are staying indoors. Finally, no sun exposure or tanning bed can be used before or after treatment.

Q. Do I need a consultation?

A. It’s always a good idea to meet with the esthetician before scheduling a microdermabrasion series. A facial treatment is a great way to prepare your face for the treatment; plus it gives you a chance to learn more about the procedure and what to expect. Schedule a consultation.

Q. How much does microdermabrasion cost?

A. We have several options. Please visit our services page to learn more.

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Exfoliation: The Key to Glowing Skin

I know. You’re sitting on the edge of your seats pondering this amazing little thing we call exfoliation. What is it? How does it work? And why should you bother?

Simply put, exfoliation is the process that helps get rid of dead surface skin cells. Normally this might seem… gross. Icky, even. But when the result is fresh, gorgeous, glowy skin, you gotta love it. Go exfoliation!

Regular exfoliation not only leaves your face feeling and looking silky smooth, it also increases your skin’s ability to absorb moisture, reduce fine lines, lighten hyper pigmentation and diminish acne. Sounds good, right? So here’s where you come in: the great exfoliation machine needs your assistance. There are many ways to exfoliate and they’re all pretty great. Here are our faves:


We’re not referring to the drugstore scrubs with apricot kernels and beads, we’re talking about pulverized pumic and diatome algae. A scrub should physically and mechanically remove dead skin. It’s a great treatment for home care in between facials unless you have active acne or exceptionally sensitive skin. Our pick: Tu’el’s Peeling Cream and Valmont’s Exfoliant.


Your dead skin is made up of protein. And the best way to break it down? Enzymes like papaya and pineapple. It’s an exceptionally gentle and effective exfoliation for all skin types. Skin by Marywnn includes an enzyme treatment in all of out facials.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids/Beta Hydroxy Acids

These are derived from naturally occurring fruit sugars like grapes (tartaric), milk (lactic), citrus (citric), apples (malic) and sugar cane (glycolic). AHA’s work by dissolving the intercellular “glue” that holds your dead skin cells together, which helps increase cell respiration and turnover. We fancy Glycolic Acid (sugar cane) because it has the smallest molecular weight of all AHAs. This makes it very effective for anti-aging and acne treatments. We mix enzymes and glycolic in our treatment rooms. Our pick for home use: Glyco-A-Gel from Tu-el’s.


Attention ladies: this is a professional treatment, only. It’s a gentle “sand blasting of the face” using aluminum oxide crystals. So why do it? It provides a superior exfoliation that refines the surface of the skin. Microdermabrasion also promotes the production of new cells and stimulates collagen networking to help improve skin texture. Hands down, this is our favorite professional treatment. It’s included in the Love My Skin Facial and it’s great for reducing fine lines, acne scars and hyper pigmentation.

Now that you know all about the exfoliation thing, how do you know what’s best for you? Honestly, what you use and how often you should exfoliate depends completely upon on your skin type and your skin care goals. Make an appointment today and we’ll talk about exfoliation as well as its important friends, hydration and sun protection.

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