Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mandelic Acid Magic

My favorite skincare ingredient of all time has to be mandelic acid. Mandelic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that is extracted from bitter almonds. Mandelic Acid has the largest molecule size of the AHA's, meaning it doesn't penetrate as deep and cause as much irritation or inflammation. This makes it safe for just about anyone and a perfect peel for a first time peel client. I love the results this ingredient provides without having lots of drying & flakiness. This ingredient is very beneficial for acne, aging & pigmentation. 



Check out this great before and after a mandelic peel. There is much less irritation & inflammation. 

Benefits:
-antibacterial
-anti-irritant 
-anti-fungal 
-exfoliates
-evens skin tone
-improves acne
-suppress pigmentation...fades dark spots
-repairs sun damage
-treats stubborn blackheads 

Down time:
All skin types are different but this peel usually has 0-mild flaking.

Results:
Clearer skin that glows. WHO DOESN"T WANT THAT?

At Skin Studio By Megan I offer a variety of chemical peels that contain mandelic acid as well as many at home products. 


Mandelic Acid Products for at home use:  Face Reality Mandelic Cleanser, Mandelic Scrub and Mandelic Serums in a variety of strengths. 









Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Eye Serums & Cream: Updated Post






I asked on Instagram what topics you all would love to see next on Skin Studio By Megan's Blog and the most requested was eye serums/cream. I did an older post on this but now that I have new favorites I figured it was time for an update. Working in the industry for almost a decade I have tried many eye products, and it is honestly hard to find ones I absolutely love. I am constantly laughing & smiling so I have lots of fine lines & I also get dark circles and puffiness in the mornings. I need a product that takes care of it all. Here is a list at my top favorites and some questions I frequently get.



Q: Do I need an eye cream or an eye serum and what is the difference.

A:  The biggest difference is how the company formulates it & delivers its ingredients. Most of the time eye creams are thicker and for dryer skin, focusing more on hydration. Serums typically target more of the dark circles, puffiness & fine lines and wrinkles. However, this is not true to all brands and products. For instance, Skin Scripts peptide eye serum is more for brightening. de-puffing and targeting fine lines and their tri-peptide eye cream is for dryer skin types that really need hydration around the eye area. I usually sell their eye serum to most clients and just my older really dry clients the eye cream.



Q: What age should I start using an eye product?

A: NOW....prevention is key people. I usually start clients in their early twenties or late teens. I would definitely add an eye serum in your skincare routine because no one wants wrinkles & crows feet. Plus every age can suffer from puffiness and dark circles.


Below is my list of favorite eye serums and creams, starting with my favorite.




MY RIDE OR DIE HOLY GRAIL:






Viktoria DeAnn Peptide Eye Serum:
This is my absolute favorite eye product I have ever used, and thats saying a lot. Plus this powerful peptide serum is only $38 and lasts forever because one little drop covers both eyes. I cannot keep this product in stock. I also have never had an eye serum that received so many raving reviews and compliments. This bad boy tightens the fine lines & wrinkles instantly, I have never seen anything like it. It also is so good at reducing dark circles & puffiness. I originally found out about Viktoria DeAnn via esthetician forums and discussions about favorite eye serums. This one kept getting a ton of mentions so I immediately reached out to the company and its been love at first sight ever since.

Viktoria DeAnn's peptide eye serum quickly penetrates and helps brighten & firm the delicate skin of the eye area. The signs of aging (stress, puffiness, dark circles & wrinkles) are reduced to improve the appearance of the skin. Acting as an antioxidant & optimizing hydration, green tea extract & soluble collagen are complimentary actives to the UET-3 peptide complex. This product was the 2018 dermascope winner for best eye serum voted on by estheticians.



MY OLD FAVORITE & STILL A GREAT OPTION:



iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex:
This used to be my favorite until I tried the Viktoria DeAnn peptide eye serum. I still absolutely love this eye cream and highly recommend it. iS Clinical is one of the top brands of skincare, however it is more pricey which some clients don't love. This product is $98 but a little goes a long way. I used to always stock this but with the higher price tag, it doesn't sell as well. If you ever need this product I can definitely get it for you or recommend a million places in Lexington, that have it in stock!

iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex combats the visual signs of aging. Clinically proven to target visual areas of concern and, as a result, skin looks firmer & more resilient. Powerful peptides, key growth factors and potent antioxidants help reduce the appearance of wrinkles & visibly brighten under eye area to keep skin smooth, hydrated & protected all day long.



ANOTHER GOOD EYE SERUM:



Skin Script Peptide Eye Serum: 
This product is surprisingly so good. Skin Script is an amazing, affordable skincare line sold only to professionals. I love Skin Script & my clients love the price tag. Good skincare does not always have to be outrageously expensive. I used to always recommend this one for the budget friendly option until I tried the Viktoria DeAnn. I still carry a few of these in stock because it is a little cheaper. The Viktoria DeAnn is only $8 more and definitely worth the difference in my opinion.  This one is $30.

Skin Script Peptide Eye Serum opens the eye zone for a refreshed, youthful appearance. Brightens discoloration, reduces appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, stimulates circulation and improves tissue strength while encouraging healthy cellular skin functions.



A NICE EYE CREAM:




Skin Script Tri-Peptide Eye Cream:
I only recommend this to clients with very dry skin around the eyes or who request an actual cream. I will occasionally use this once a week, or when I am super dry from a chemical peel or treatment. This is a great affordable option for older clients. $30

Skin Script Tri-Peptide Eye Cream is for dry skin. It opens the eye zone for a refreshed, youthful appearance. It softens skin and firms the eye area, stimulates circulation & improves tissue strength.






MY FAVORITE OVER THE COUNTER OPTION:




Dr. Brant No More Needles:
I got a sample of this at Sephora with my points one day and I surprisingly enjoyed this. It really does help with the under eye baggage. It did seem a little on the drying side which I didn't love. This product is $42 at Sephora.


AN OKAY OVER THE COUNTER OPTION:




Clinique all about eyes:
Okay so I really don't get much results from this serum but I just love the roller ball applicator. The metal rolling ball does have a cooling effect which feels so nice in the mornings. My mom always had this & would rub our under eyes (I get it honestly) and it feels so nice. I own one, however I really don't see much effect other than a little de-puffing from the roller ball effect. I still like to use it sometimes for the feeling and then I go in after with my Viktoria DeAnn peptide serum. You could also just buy a jade roller and use in the morning for the de-puffing effect and then use another product after. $32.50




Disclaimer: I usually stick to professional medical grade products. Being an esthetician and skincare junkie I have always used high end professional products. I do try some of the more popular skincare brands found at Sephora, Ulta, etc. to test out. I also get lots of samples of products to try. Medical grade skincare sold from professional estheticians, medspas, plastic surgeons offices, dermatologist, etc. have higher active ingredients. What are your favorite eye products? If you have any questions about the eye area or what product is best for you, email me at skinstudiobymegan@gmail.com.









Monday, February 11, 2019

Skin Studio By Megan's Moisturizing Gel




Skin Studio By Megan has recently launched its very own moisturizing gel. I am beyond thrilled you guys are loving this product as much as I am. I am so passionate about this moisturizing gel and wanted to create the perfect product to provide to my clients.



Skin Studio By Megan’s Moisturizing Gel Active Ingredient: 

Pumpkin Seed, Sea Buckthorn, White Tea Extract, Honeyquat, Aloe & Carrot 

Benefits:

-boosts skin hydration & elasticity
 -full of Antioxidants 
-Omegas 3,6,9 & 7
-Vitamins A,C & E
-helps with skin firmness 
-brightens & evens skin tone
-great for acne 
-fights free radicals
 -gives a great glow to the skin
-strengthens skin natural moisture barrier to prevent moisture loss 



This is amazing for the face AND body...a little goes a long way! I made sure that this is safe for sensitive skin and acne prone skin. I created this product for those who need a good moisturizer but hate the feel of a thick, heavy cream. This product has a very lightweight feel and feels more like a serum/gel. 

Creating skincare products has always been a dream of mine. My good friends at Loco Soap, LLC had previously created my own grape seed oil READ ABOUT IT HERE and I knew they were the right fit for my new product. I took them an example of the consistency I wanted my product to be and we created the perfect list of ingredients that are beneficial to every skin type. They delivered the most perfect product that was every thing I dreamed of and more. I am so grateful for these girls & I am happy to deliver this product to you guys. 


 I’m going to be making samples for clients wanting to try it out. It also smells heavenly with a grapefruit scent. Everyone who has tried is obsessed. I cannot wait to share this amazing moisturizing gel with you all. Here are a few reviews from clients below.

















New Treatments at Skin Studio By Megan


I am thrilled to announce some amazing new treatments coming to Skin Studio By Megan. 







CASMARA MASKS:

These masks actually cool the temperature of your skin by up to 10 degrees F, providing a lymphatic draining effect reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, while soothing, firming & toning the face. An instant facelift effect which we all need. You can actually place this mask over the neck, eyes & lips as well (only if you aren't claustrophobic). These algae peel-off masks are formulated with seaweed extracts that provides a powerful hydrating effect, along with diverse active ingredients, different with every mask for every skin type & condition. I am so excited to finally offer these amazing fun masks that provide instant results. The great thing about this mask is it peels off in one piece, so you can also take the peeled off mask home and use it again within 24 hours. 



CIRCADIA'S MANDELICLEAR WITH VITAMIN A ACCELERATOR:

The mandeliclear peel system is a deeper peel that was developed specifically for treating pigmentation issues. This unique acid complex will effectively lighten pigmentation due to acne, melasma, or photo damaged skin. The mandeliclear acid complex combined with the Vitamin A accelerator was designed to accelerate physical peeling without excessive damage to the skin resulting in a flawless complexion. This peel will definitely cause peeling, in other words a few days of downtime is needed. I just had surgery this past Wednesday and applied this peel Thursday night. I began flaking Friday afternoon and peeled for several days. I still have a little peeling around my hairline but my skin is as smooth as a babies bottom! This peel is phenomenal and I cannot wait for you guys to try it out. This peel would be great for those with acne, pigmentation & aging. This peel does need to be left on this skin for 12 hours without getting wet. It would be ideal to do on a Thursday afternoon, that way you can peel over the weekend and be good as new by Monday.  I will post some pictures below of my peeling process. 








CIRCADIA'S ALPHA/BETA PEEL:

Fight the signs of aging with the combination of Lactic and Salicylic acids. This unique blend of alpha and beta acids will not only effectively exfoliate the skin but also even complexion. This is the perfect rejuvenator for all skin types assisting in lasting results. This very effective peel uses the perfect blend of acids to explicate without harshness, irritation, or inflammation. A new technology in peeling, clients experience little to no stinging and should not experience flaking or peeling. This peel is great for all skin types, especially those looking to even out their complexion.


I am thrilled to offer these amazing new treatments at Skin Studio By Megan. I am always researching the latest and greatest treatments and skincare to offer my clients.  












Friday, August 24, 2018

Grapeseed Oil




Grapeseed Oil is my favorite oil for the skin. I have been on a hunt for years for the perfect company to private label my own grapeseed oil. It has been my dream & goal. I finally found the perfect local soap company to private label Skin Studio By Megans own grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is my jam for all of its amazing benefits but I also might love it even more because its a by-procduct of the process of making wine. It is pressed from the seeds of the grapes used in the wine making process. I love wine & I love this oil. Being an acne-prone & oily skin girl myself, the thought of putting an oil on my face really freaked me out. I am so glad I got over my fear. Grapeseed Oil is non-comedgonic meaning it does not clog your pores. This makes it safe for all skin types. It actually helps oily skin & acne. The best function of grapeseed oil is it is a nice, silky moisturizer.

Here are all the amazing benefits of using a grapeseed oil on your skin:
-moisturizes
-anti-inflammatory
-antimicrobial
-antioxidant
-regulates oil
-benefits all skin types
-Vitamins C, D & A help reduce scars & wrinkles

The best way to use this is at night time after all of your skincare routine....meaning this is your very last step. I put this all over my body, not just on the face. I am very oily so I only use this at night time, however some of my extremely dry clients will use this in the morning as well. I even have a few clients mix a drop into their foundation for a dewy skin look.








Sunday, April 29, 2018

Why do I have still have a red mark after a pimple is healed?

Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation is THE worst. You finally clear your pesky pimple and you are left with a red mark that can last weeks, months & even years. Unfortunately there really isn't much that will help rid you of this mark but time, however a few things that might speed it up. PIH can be a result of acne, ingrown hairs, or any injury to the skin. Due to the injury to the skin, the inflammation has triggered melanin production as an immune response. Picking at a pimple or scraping a scar can make this worse. Here are some things to help speed up PIH.

1) Mandelic Acid: My clients are very aware of my obsession with Mandelic Acid. Mandelic has the largest molecule structure of all the Alpha Hydroxy Acids, meaning it doesn't penetrate as deeply causing lots of dryness, downtime or inflammation. Mandelic Acid is an amazing ingredient for acne, aging and pigmentation. I love mandelic acid in all of my at home skin care products and in office treatments.

2) IPL: Intense Pulsed Light for vascularity can help some with PIH but won't always get rid of it completely. IPL is a little uncomfortable and does feel like a hot rubber band snap. I love to get an IPL done once a year for my redness in my face or any pigmentation I have. Sometimes it can take multiple treatments but one or two a year does it for me. Make sure you research who you go to for your IPL treatments. I have tons of clients who have gone to places with poorly trained technicians and have permanent scarring left from IPL. I personally do not perform IPL on my own now but have tons of places I recommend to go have it done.

3) Lactic Acid: Lactic Acid is a very gentle yet effective ingredient in peels and at home products. Lactic Acid is exfoliating, increases collagen and elastin, super moisturizing (great for dry skin), fades pigmentation, and gives an amazing overall glow to the skin. I love in office lactic acid peels, in office enzymes containing lactic acid and Viktoria DeAnn's 5% Lactic Acid & Collagen peptide product. It is a mild at home peel and delivers excellent results.

4) Microneedling: Microneedling is my favorite thing ever. It uses a pen device or roller with small tiny needles to puncture the skin and create tiny "holes" in the skin. This stimulates the skins wound healing response to stimulate collagen and elastin, it is great for tightening the skin, pitted acne scarring, surgical scars, etc. It also really helps with the red acne marks as well. I love microneedling more than most lasers for scarring and tightening. It is nice because you have very little downtime and amazing results. You can have it done at most med spas, derms or plastic surgeon offices. They will numb you prior so there is very little pain. You will experience redness the day of and usually pink the next day or two, you can also have a little bit of dryness with this treatment and flake for a few days. It is my favorite treatment ever & I have had the best luck with acne scarring with this treatment.

5) Kojic & Arbutin: These lighteners are in lots of products/peels and also help lighten PIH. These are in my Skin Script Glycolic/Retinol Pads as well as my face reality peels. These ingredients do a great job to lighten pigmentation and even skin tone.



Products that I recommend to help lighten PIH:

-Skin Scripts Glycolic/Retinol Pads

-Viktoria DeAnn 5% Lactic Acid & Collagen

-Skin Scripts Retinol Scrub/Mask

-Face Reality Mandelic Cleanser or Mandelic Scrub

-Face Reality Mandelic Serum




















Monday, February 19, 2018

Why does dry skin itch?




Have dry skin that gets itchy? Todays post is all about the reason why dry skin itches and how you can help prevent this.

Skin becomes dry when water or moisture escapes from the surface layers of the skin. It also is from lack of natural sebum protection. Dry skin gets itchy because it has exposed gaps in the barrier function, making nerves exposed. When surface cells dry. they become more brittle and itchy. When you scratch the itchy skin, these dead dry skin cells are removed and skin becomes inflamed.

How to help...
-Use a good moisturizer suited for your skin type.
-Try using a moisturizer with cortisone in it for extremely itchy skin.
-Try using a humidifier to help
-Get facial treatments to help remove dead skin cells and hydrate the skin
-Avoid extreme cold temperatures & wind
-Take shorter showers with luke warm temperature...not HOT water.
-Can be treated but consistency and frequency is key