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I've offered a lot of different skin treatments over the years; microdermabrasion, peels, ultrasound  facials, LED light therapy, and dermaplaning.  Of all of these things dermaplaning has had a very unique response.  People are terrified of it once they read about the process, but once they do it they are addicted!  I have more people that get that done every month than any other skin treatment I offer.  So I thought it would be the perfect thing to write about and share pictures of the process to show that it's totally not a scary thing.  

Dermaplaning is the removal of dead skin and baby hairs on the face by using a single use, stainless steal blade.  "What!?  You mean you're going to scrape a layer of my face off with a scalpel!?" is the general response.  But no, it's not nearly as intense as most people imagine.  It's not unpleasant, and not "a layer of your face", but over time and repeated treatments it will help diminish scaring, large pores, fine lines, hyper pigmentation, and give you overall smoother softer skin.  

I offer dermaplaning as an add on to any of my facials or as a stand alone "dermaplaning facial" which is kind of like dermaplaning with a mini facial.  The reason I don't offer it alone is that I want everyone to leave with the best possible results and that means taking time to at least do a quick mask after the treatment and finish with some good products so that no one leaves irritated or dry.  Also, whatever results you might get from the masks and treatments in a regular facial are greatly multiplied after dermaplaning because the products can sink in much deeper and do their job without being stopped by all that dead skin on the surface.

Want an even better treatment?  Once you're used to dermaplaning I recommend adding an enzyme peel after.  This is going to give an even better exfoliation and this is where you will start to see the real results.  For some people with very dry skin and a lot of buildup, dermaplaning can be like beginning to unravel a sweater; you could just keep going all day with no good stopping point.  An enzyme peel will help dissolve and perfectly smooth any remaining dry skin flakes that weren't quite ready to come off, leaving you with perfectly smooth skin.  I try to do this myself once a month!

After dermaplaning, optional enzyme peel and/or other specialized treatments, and masking, we will finish up with products like serums, eye treatments, and moisturizer customized to your skin's needs. It's actually a very relaxing treatment, and not the scary experience that a lot of people imagine.  Immediately after this treatment your skin will feel softer than you thought possible!  And after continued treatments we can really start to tackle some deeper issues, or simply maintain that youthful glow.  As far as aftercare, just make sure to stay out of the sun for a few days and protect your skin with an spf.  Most people don't have any redness or irritation at all.  So if you're ready to give it a try, you know where to find me!



Spring Beauty Tips

It's that time of year!  Time to do a little spring cleaning to our beauty routines.  My approach to spring and summer beauty is based in simplicity.  Start with healthy skin and top it off with minimal makeup and fun colors.  Vogue agrees with me.  Among Vogue's top beauty trends for spring of 2017 were the "no makeup look", an emphasis on cheeks, and bold lips.  Here are my tips on how to achieve these easy looks.


The base to any good beauty routine is healthy skin.  I recommending starting with the basics; Cleaning, toning, and moisturizing.  For skincare junkies like me, or those looking to address certain issues, you can add products like exfoliants, masks, serums, or eye creams.  I'm a strong believer in organic skincare, not only because it's healthy for our bodies, but because it works!  When we use organic ingredients our skin actually knows what to do with it.  Our bodies, and in turn our skin, know how to regulate and protect themselves.  In an ideal world we wouldn't need skincare at all, but we don't live in an ideal world.  Every day we are exposed to toxins and environmental pollutants not to mention the food we put in our bodies(which is directly related to inflammation in our skin).  So my focus is getting my body and my skin back to it's natural state of regulating and healing itself, and organic skincare helps me do just that.  Also when you clean up your diet and avoid unnecessary toxins in your daily life it will definitely start to show in your skin.  In addition to a good at home routine, regular facials can be an amazing way to see even more results in your skin.  


Sometimes even with the best skincare routine we still need a little help to look this effortless.  Here I used all Limelight products.  Gina beige foundation, glowing blush on cheeks and temples, creme brûlée enduring lip color, and a touch of mascara.


For this look I used a dab of Limelight's waterproof concealer mixed with a couple drops of "Must Dew" facial oil for a sheer foundation alternative.  I topped that with "glowing" blush in a "C" shape across my checks and temples, then just a bit of their "perfect blush" right on the apples of my cheeks.  This glowing blush combo as been a major hit and seems to work for everyone.


A bold lip is a super easy way to look instantly put together without doing much at all.  Here I used Limelight's enduring lip color in "Candy Apple".  One of my go to colors when I'm feeling fun.  These enduring lip colors offer a fully pigmented look that dries matte and lasts hours while still feeling creamy and hydrating unlike similar brands that tend to get dry and flakey.  It really is the perfect lip product. 


What does your skincare and makeup routine look like?  And is it changing with the seasons or do you feel stuck in a rut?  I can help!  connect with me for personalized skin and makeup help anytime.



Skin, MakeupCaitlin Hart