Cosmetics and Skin that are kind to Animals

With the terms “cruelty “ free and “vegan free are prominently promoted in other media. Some people might be inclined to dismiss them as a fad. However, respect for other living creatures and the planet will never go out as many businesses are becoming more purposeful in their missions as is growing consumer interest in supporting these ethically sound companies. I believe it’s accurate to say that
cruelty free and vegan free skin care companies are here to stay. The movement is not only in fashion now, but it will also be a factor that influences how customers perceive businesses in the future.
Customers are becoming increasingly aware of and passionate about what companies stand for. The Spa industry is one example of a cruelty and vegan free that embraces this in their mission statement.
Although most people have some understanding of animal testing, many may not realize that it’s still a widespread practice in the cosmetic and skin care industry. Over 100 million animals are unnecessarily used for testing each year. What is frustrating is that there is no reason for it. They could use suitable alternatives such as artificial skin or consenting human test subjects. Manufacturers have viable options. The FDA does not require that they have animal testing for their products, so why use them?
Moreover, there’s no excuse for buying skin care products that have been tested on animals. When you select cruelty free products, you save innocent animals from undergoing pain and suffering, and you a have clear understanding of what you are purchasing.
In Linda LaVelles skin care products, we have taken pride in having cruelty free and vegan products for 36 years. Take a look at our website and study our statement for our skin care products
Excerpts from Heather Krieder, Skin Inc magazine.

Birthday aging or environmental sun damage

Most clients will have birthday aging and sun damage. The severity will vary based on the amount of sun exposure they have experienced. Everyone over the age of 30 years old will have some form of aging, primarily expression lines. These first appear in the outer eye areas and forehead, and eventually lead to the folds around the nasalabial folds. The age at which sun damage appears depends on the Fitzpatrick scale for skin types, and the amount of sun exposure that the client has endured. 
By avoidance of sun and daily use of sunscreen, you can help ward off the daily appearance of aging skin.
As a skin specialist, it is imperative that I educate my client about the devastating effects of sun on skin. It should be stressed that damage is cumulative, like termites destroying a house.
Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E, A and plant cells are ingredients that have to be formulated for every different type of skin depending on sensitivity. We also have age management  performance ingredients in high tech serums and moisturizers that help maintain a plentiful amount of moisture and lipids in the epidermis. Cell turnover is greatly enhanced by AHAs to make the surface appear younger and translucent, and they also trigger production of moisture binding lipids that help support a younger looking appearance of smoother, firmer skin and a healthy glow.
Home care is essential as well as regular hydrating facials and microdermabrasion treatments. Using proper cleansing products as well as serums and moisturizers will help combat the birthday or aging skin.
(excerpts from Mark Lees PHD) 

Causes of Pigmentation

Esthetician’s deal with this problem in almost everyone’s skin. Bright glowing skin is a look most clients strive to achieve. Unfortunately, most skins battle some form of pigmentation problems ranging from sun exposure to hormones to inflammation to the skin. Pigmentation issues can also display in different ways. Some have heavy pigmentation under eyes, some have scattered pigmentation on cheeks, and some have pigmentation on hands and arms from sun. Check out this article.
By using my Fade and Light serum you can return your skin to happy healthy glowing skin in a week and beyond.

Microneedle and the client

Before receiving a Microneedle treatment, a skin analysis must be completed. The client needs to inform the Esthetician what her thoughts are, and what they would like to achieve. Then a form is filled out noting your meds, products and sensitivity. Pictures are taken to show beginning and after. 
A strict regimen is followed 3 days before the treatment, and 3 days after the treatment. In a week, you will start to see collagen formation and smoother glowing skin.
As a Specialist in Microneedle, I like to do a Microdermabrasion one week after to get all dead cells off and give you that glow!  Dr. Mark B. Taylor Video Review of Dermapen Micro Needling

Acne & Disorders of The Skin

Acne is a chronic condition of the skin. It affects millions of people and is frequently treated in Esthetics.
There are many treatments for eliminating acne.
It all starts with genes. People troubled by acne are genetically coded for Hyperkeratosis, a condition where dead epidermal cells stick to the skin and within hair follicles.An overproduction of sebum constantly coats these cells and build up, initiating a clumping process inside the follicle. This clumping of dead cells and hardened sebum evolves into open and closed comedones. This is commonly called blackheads and whiteheads. Some form inflammatory lesions forming Papuans and pustules. When the follicles are blocked, bacteria is formed. This makes it an ideal place to flourish in the follicle.
The Esthetic treatment of acne involves a multi tactical approach and besides Facial treatments, a home care treatment is essential. 
In the facial room, there are tactical treatments we follow to slow down this process. From AHAs to BPOS to Sulphur, Mud and Acids as well as Retinol, these are all used along with extraction to boost the clearing of problem skin.
When the condition is under control, Microdermabrasion is used to clear the top layer of skin from dead cell build up, clean the follicle up, and help with hyperpigmentation from former acne scars.
Clearing acne takes a programmatic approach. We need to coordinate a program tailored to the clients condition and sensitivity level. Education is paramount to keeping the skin clear and prevent this from occurring again.
(Excerpts from Mark Taylor, Skin Inc.)