Archive for June, 2013

Trend Alert: CC Creams

Seems like we were just discussing the BB cream trend and all of a sudden there are CC creams! Just what is this new addition to the alphabet soup of skin care products? We have the answers, so read on!

The “CC” stands for Color Correcting or Color Control. They are the next generation of BB creams and have been quite popular in Asia. CC creams were introduced to the US market this past October. These creams are similar to BB creams in that they combine coverage, skin nourishment and sun protection in one product. However, CC creams don’t stop there. They are not oily and have a much lighter texture, similar to that of a mousse. This makes it a great choice for those with oily or acne prone skin. CC creams work for more skin tones than BB creams. The coverage is also greater than that of BB creams, so it works more like a foundation. Another huge advantage over BB creams is its anti-aging features. CC creams promote collagen growth which reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It brightens the skin tone and reduces the appearance of skin discoloration over time. That’s some serious multitasking for one product! So how do you choose? If you’re looking for a basic tinted cream, then stick with the BB cream. If you have oily skin, want better coverage or are interested in anti-aging benefits, then you will probably like a CC cream.

So have you tried a CC cream?Let us know what you think!

Why Should I Wax?

It’s time to pack those long pants away and break out the cute sundresses, skirts and shorts. Are you ready to show off those legs? Have you considered having your legs waxed to prepare them for summer? Maybe you’re on the fence and keep resorting to your razor, day after day. If you’re tired of the daily chore of shaving, then consider waxing. You’ve already got a busy schedule. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few extra minutes in the morning?

Waxing has many benefits over shaving. For one, the results are long lasting. Hair is removed at the root, so it takes much longer to grow back. You can have smooth, hair free legs for up to a month or even longer! When the hair does grow back, it will be finer and softer. Shaving cuts hair at the skin’s surface, which is the cause of that stubbly feeling. Waxing eliminates those prickly legs! You will also avoid razor burn and the corresponding red bumps. Lastly, the more frequently you wax, the less regrowth there is overall. This is due to damage of the hair follicle, which is similar to what happens during laser hair removal.

Is fear of the pain holding you back? It’s actually not as bad as you think. Taking ibuprofen or similar pain reliever approximately an hour before your wax will help quite a bit. Having the procedure done by a professional esthetician will also be quicker and much less painful than trying to wax at home. If you have sensitive skin, then hot or “hard” waxing will be better for you than strip waxing. Also, waxing trends are changing and spas are moving toward more soy-based waxes. These waxes are healthier for the skin since it bonds to the hair instead of the skin. This results in less pain and clients experience less irritation.

You don’t have to stop at your legs! Waxing gives so much flexibility and is beneficial for both men and women. You can wax almost any area of the body including the bikini line, eyebrows and even the back and chest.

If you’re ready to experience long lasting smooth skin, then go get your wax on! We are offering a 10% discount off all waxing procedures from now until July 31, 2013. Call 781-935-3344 ext. 229 to schedule an appointment.

Could Your Skin Use a Dose of Vitamin C?

A hot trend in facials right now is the vitamin C facial. You are most likely aware that vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. In fact, a few years back, a study was conducted at Tulane University School of Medicine by Patricia K. Farris, MD. Her study found that vitamin C, when topically applied, effectively promotes “collagen synthesis, photoprotection from ultraviolet A and B and lightening hyperpigmentation.”

So what does all of that mean? Vitamin C brightens and evens out skin tone by fading sun spots or other skin discolorations and reduces redness and irritation. The anti-aging features of vitamin C help to diminish fine lines and reduce wrinkles while repairing damaged cells and promoting collagen production. After a vitamin C treatment, the skin is more firm and glowing. An added bonus of vitamin C is that it helps to actually prevent future skin damage.

If you have mature or sun damaged skin, a vitamin C facial is a great option, but this treatment is beneficial for all skin types. We offer vitamin C facials at our clinic are currently offering a 20% discount off all facial and spa treatments from now until July 31. It’s a great time to experience a vitamin C facial for yourself! Call 781-935-3344 ext. 229 to book an appointment.