By Jeannie Copeland, Owner The Ahh Spa Licensed Medical Esthetician & Massage Therapist Master Herbalist & Certified Aromatherapist with 18 years experience in the natural health & spa industry. 

Welcome back to part 2 of our series on getting the glow...the secret behind radiant skin.   Taking good care of your skin can be a joy. It is one of those lifestyle choices that brings immediate AND lasting results. Facials are amazingly relaxing, yet provide results! And the act of taking care of your skin makes you feel GOOD! With good skin habits, you can slow aging and feel beautiful, regardless when you start.  So start! 

My goal as your skin expert is to share with you the knowledge I've learned over the last 18 years. There is so much information out there, and it can be confusing and expensive.  I like to keep it as simple as possible for my clients while maximizing their results.  

On part 1 of Get Your Glow On, I talked about exfoliation being the true foundation of good skin care.  To put it simply, exfoliation speeds up healthy cell turnover, producing collagen and sloughing sun damage and dead skin away, leaving your skin clear, hydrated and glowing. 

In this article, I am talking about Restoration.  Using plant scientific-based botanicals and nutrients to restore health to our skin on a cellular level. Restoration is also part of our Advanced Skin Care facial menu such as microcurrent technology for quickly building collagen and toning facial muscles to lift sagging skin. 

Facials for restoration.                                                                                                                       Nothing beats a deep cleansing facial as part of your routine.  We offer our organic facial as our go to for new clients. It's super relaxing and allows the esthetician to do a skin analysis along with a fruit enzyme peel, deep cleansing, extractions, hydrating mask and facial lymphatic massage. It's the all-encompassing, go-to facial as far as I am concerned. I suggest a few facials once a month then coming 3-4 times a year for best results.

If you're ready for a more advanced facial, I suggest microcurrent skin tightening.  Unlike products or other facials that need to penetrate from the outside (epidermis) into deeper layers of skin (dermis) to grow collagen (which takes time), microcurrent uses a non-painful electric current that penetrates immediately through all skin layers to the muscle to stimulate blood flow, flush lymphatic drainage (think puffy eyes or cheeks) and tone facial muscles (just like exercise).

The greatest part of the microcurrent facial is its collagen building effect. Talk about collagen stimulation. The microcurrent quickly renews collagen fibroblasts, giving clients more volume and tighter skin. Think about throwing your stretched out sweater in the dryer...where the fibers are elongated from wear...to post dryer when fibers are taught and back in place. Microcurrent brings collagen fibers back into place and quickly makes new collagen fibers to replace the loss of collagen in our skin. Isn't that awesome?! I suggest clients do a series of 6 treatments one week apart for long-lasting results. For more serious skin tightening, clients do a series of 12 facials over 4-5 months. Spreading the facials over time produce real, permanent results.

Decoding Restorative Products - there are just so many!                                                                 Let's face it. Go into any beauty or drug store and there are isles and isles of skin care products all promising results.  It's confusing and expensive! It is the main reason I like to keep my recommendations scientifically-based and simple.  I won't suggest a product to you that I have not studied extensively and used myself with success.  

I have a philosophy about natural skin care. I use natural skin care whenever possible. I believe nature has it right already, and I don't need isolated chemical molecules to get the best results. I do not want to use any more chemicals on my clients than are absolutely necessary.  And, lucky for us, there are powerful, fully researched botanicals available today doing a better job than any chemical facial cream.  Guys, chemicals are CHEAP fillers, often with little or no nutritional value that can HARM your skin and your body. Yuck!  Stick to pure skin care with a high amount of organic ingredients. You'll be much better off in the long run. 

Organic Vitamin C Serum - Reverses DNA Damage + Antioxidant Protection                               Vitamin C serum has up 8x antioxidant protection for your skin with a 96% reversal of sun damage on the cellular level. Vitamin C not only protects your skin from free radical damage & sun damage, but it REPAIRS your cells on the DNA level. When your DNA replicates, it replicates healthy cells! I love Vitamin C in a organic aloe serum for easy absorption. Our Vitamin C serum is 18% organic ascorbic acid (naturally occurring vitamin c from food, not chemicals) with organic aloe juice, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid & jojoba oil. 

Peptides - Collagen Building Amino Powerhouses                                                                           When collagen is depleted by age and environmental factors, including sunlight, it is not fully replaced.  As collagen deteriorates, it produces certain peptides. Research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that these peptides send a "message" to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to generate more. When skin care peptides are applied topically, your skin "thinks" that it's a collagen break down product and that your body needs to manufacture new collagen. So you can successfully minimize wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance with the application of skin care peptides that trigger the production of collagen. We have peptide containing amino acids in several of our skin care products including our Bright Eye Cream, Our Glycolic Derm Anti-Aging Serum & our Ultra Night Lift Cream. 

Plant Stem Cells - Amazing New Progressive Anti-Aging Science                                                   In recent years, researchers have identified naturally occurring botanicals with substantial antioxidant activity proven to protect skin stem cells from oxidative stress, inhibit inflammation and neutralize free radicals (think vitamin c).  Skin care products containing extracts derived from plant stem cells have the ability to promote healthy cell turnover and protect against cellular skin damage. Through innovative plant stem cell technology, scientists are able to extract tissue from these stem cell-rich botanicals for use with other skin care molecules to regenerate healthy skin cells quickly.  Also, science is learning the benefit of combining stem cell extracts with other anti-aging ingredients, such as peptides, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, to yield an ideal combination that can work synergistically to treat and protect the skin. Talk about the future of skin care!  I love love love our new Glycolic Derm Serum - it contains the same synergistic blend of plant stem cells, peptides, super rich antioxidants Astaxanthin & green tea with 10% glycolic alpha hydroxy acid.  It is the most powerful restorative serum in the spa.  I use it everyday with joy! 

Frankinscense Essential Oil                                                                                                                 When a client comes in with very mature, sun damaged skin, I often will recommend pure Frankinscense oil to use topically, either mixed in an oil or cream or neat (straight) if they can do it.  Frankinscense is powerful cell regeneratior with similar cell repair properties as vitamin C. Research has also shown the powerful oil to kill cancer cells (think sun damage) plus repair acne scars and wrinkles. It also has immune bosting properties and anti-inflammatory properties. Its smells divine and gives you an amazing, healthy glow.  I never want to live without it. 

With all of these amazing organic plants to restore our skin, who needs those countless chemical concoctions at your local drug store.  Make a choice to add one or all of these amazing botanicals and facials to your skin care routine and look forward to beautiful, radiant skin. Nature has a way of having it all figured out for us.  Now enjoy! 

Thank you for reading friends!

Jeannie                                                                                                                                                 xoxoxoxoxo