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What Causes Acne?

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Myth: Acne is caused by dirt and poor hygiene
FACT: Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will only irritate the skin, triggering an overproduction of oil, ultimately making acne worse. Because acne is triggered internally, the best approach to hygiene is to use Bioelements line of products for acne prone skin as directed, which fights existing acne, prevents future breakouts and heals visible signs of past acne flare ups.

The medical term for acne is an inflammatory eruption affecting the face, upper back, and chest, consisting of blackheads, cysts, papules, and pustules, and occurring, but not confined to puberty and adolescence.
Acne is a chronic disease of the sebaceous hair follicles that can be successfully treated and controlled by sticking to a strict regimen, but not 100% cured, as in permanently banished. Professional treatment and sticking to a strict at home treatment agenda is crucial. Usage of product outside of the system may compromise best results.

What causes acne?
Hormones prompt your oil glands to produces excess oil, provoking the skin cells in your pores to rapidly shed. When the pore becomes clogged by trapped oil and dead skin cells, it creates a perfect breeding ground for irritating acne bacteria. As your skin tries to deal with the bacteria, it becomes inflamed, eventually causing a full-blown breakout. To stop this cycle from repeating itself over and over, you need to use medical ingredients to control all four trigger factors:

1. Excess sebum
Sebum is produced in sebaceous follicles that are found all over the body except for the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. They may number several hundred per square centimeter on some areas of the face, and there may be about 150 per square centimeter on the back. Human sebum has great complexity containing free fatty acids, triglycerides, cholesterol, squalane and waxes. The average rates of sebum secretion are higher in people with acne than people without acne.

2. Pore-clogging Dead Skin Cells
The epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin, extends down into the follicles, forming a lining. Dead skin cells shed indie the follicles in large clumps. In people with acne, these dead cells stay in the follicle, where they mix with sebum and form an impaction called a micro-comedo.

When the impaction builds, it flows to the surface of the skin. In some cases, it causes the pore to dilate, creating an open comedone (a blackhead) or it becomes a closed comedone (a whitehead).

3. Acne Bacteria
P. acnes are a natural resident of the skin. They are anaerobic bacteria, which means they hate the air, and so they live inside sebaceous follicles. The mixture of sebum and dead cells there facilitate the overgrowth of P. acnes. The chemicals that P. acnes produce as a by-product of ingested sebum contribute to the final trigger factor inflammation.

4. Inflammation
Free fatty acids released from the P. acnes are a primary irritant. As P. acnes proliferate in the oxygen-free environment of the follicle, the irritation and inflammation increase.

The other cause of inflammation is the body’s response to the development of the acne lesion. White blood cells are the first line of defense on the body’s response to injury and infection. Some ingest the bacteria and cellular debris, others produce a host of antibodies and other substances that kill the bacteria and help repair the damaged tissue. Some cause the tissue to become inflamed as the work.

The Importance of Sunscreen (and what happens to your skin without it)

We’ve been told to wear sunscreen during the summer months to avoid sunburns and skin damage, but really we should be wearing it year-round as a preventive health measure!  No matter your skin color or tone, you should be wearing sunscreen.

Sunscreen actually dates to ancient Egypt times, where they would use rice bran extract and jasmine to help shield their skin from the sun. In 1936, chemists invented the first commercial sunscreen, and it has been improved upon ever since. Modern sunscreens are water resistant and are included in many cosmetics and beauty products (primers, foundations, serums, and creams).

Did you know that even on cloudy or snowy days you should wear sunscreen?  Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, if you assume it is OK to forgo protection on an overcast day, think again. Snow can reflect up to 80 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays, increasing your risk of expose to sun damage.

There are two major ways that sun exposure can damage your skin’s health; ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation which speeds up the aging process in your skin and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation which burns your skin cells. The UV rays from the sun can reach your skin not only when you are outside but even when you are inside your home or car through the windows.

“Your skin has its natural defense mechanism to protect your skin from UV radiation at a certain level. But it is insufficient to shield your skin cells from excessive sun exposure, which can result in long-term skin concerns such as age spots, wrinkles, pigmentation, sagging skin, roughness, darkening, and others,” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.

Let’s dive into some of those things that happen to your skin when you do not wear sunscreen:

  • Sun Burns – Your skin may develop mild to severe sunburns which appear as red, hot, painful patches on skin with blisters.
  • Dry Skin – Direct sun exposure on your skin causes loss of moisture and natural oils from your skin. Leading to dehydration and your skin eventually develops dry, rough patches in the affected areas.
  • Sunspots – Or aging spots occur when your skin is exposed to sunlight for a long time. Usually associated with itching, burning sensation, and tenderness.
  • Premature Aging – UV radiation can damage the collagen and connective tissue in your skin, leading to loss of elasticity in your skin, causing wrinkles, saggy and aged skin to appear in younger people.
  • Darkening of Skin – Melanin in excessive amounts produced in your skin as part of its natural defense. This leaves your skin with dark patches and uneven tone.
  • Skin Cancer – Irreparable DNA damage from UV radiation can generate a gene mutation which can eventually trigger cancer in your skin.

It is recommend to reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours. Most people think apply sunscreen with more SPF makes it last longer and ignore the reapplication. But this is a myth.

It is better to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 to 50 and reapply it every 2 hours throughout the day, especially when you are outside. TIP: It takes a minimum of half an hour for your skin to absorb the sunscreen. So, it is better to plan ahead and apply the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you step outside.

Closely pay attention to your skin, if you notice any new mole, freckle, or brown spot, seek medical attention immediately. If the spot does not heal or turns into an unusual lesion as it can be an early sign of melanoma.

Sunscreen is an important preventive health care habit that should be maintained all year, including cloudy days and winter months. If you find your self with damaged skin from UV exposure, come see us at Precision Wellness. Our amazing estheticians may be able to help reduce some of the signs of damaged skin.

Why you should choose a Custom Facial

A custom facial session is designed specifically for your skin type – utilizing a variety of products and techniques based on your therapist’s knowledge. Your esthetician may integrate holistic and skin-soothing techniques and/or the clinical application of products. Depending on your goals, your facial can assist with advanced exfoliation, hydration, acne treatment, and inflammation reduction.

A basic facial is the same for everyone. It’s a great way to hydrate and calm your skin, but it doesn’t offer much more than that. If you want customized service from an esthetician who knows about all of your needs (whether medical or aesthetic), then book a custom facial because the esthetician will be able to guide you to your skins specific needs, and offer you advise on what products to use at home.

Facials are more than cleansers and masks, they also include facial massage. It’s more than just for relaxation – it’s anti-aging, relieves sinus pressure, and helps with blood flow which leads to that beautiful glowing skin! With a custom facial, this massage can be more targeted to your specific needs. Our therapists can even give you tips on how to perform your own facial massage at home!

Add On Services Offered:

The benefit of getting custom skin care treatments is that these are often added-on in sessions for unique needs.  Some of these may be offered in conjunction with your custom facial while others may be available as a separate service:

  • Dermaplaning: This treatment is the best way to remove peach fuzz and dead skin from your face. Learn more here.
  • Microneedling: Microneedling is a form of dermal needling that involves puncturing the top layer of skin with tiny needles. The goal of the treatment is to create tiny channels in your skin that can help stimulate collagen production and improve the overall appearance. Learn more here.
  • Facial Reflexology: Using facial reflexology techniques stimulates both physical and emotional wellbeing by calming the nervous system promoting feelings of relaxation, decreasing stress levels, and infusing a sense of empowerment while encouraging freedom from negative thoughts. Learn more here.

Looking to get a custom facial in Springfield Missouri? Book Online Today!!

Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

Winter is coming and before you know it the cold weather will be here. During this time of year, many people begin to feel run down, tired, depressed, and to top it off they have dry skin! If your skin becomes too dry it can lead to flaky, red patches that are not only uncomfortable but embarrassing as well. Thankfully there are a few tips that you can follow in order to help prevent such symptoms from occurring during these colder months…

1. Stay hydrated – drinking enough water is vital for healthy looking skin, it keeps the cells plump and full of moisture which in turn reduces fine lines and wrinkles

2. Load up on fruit & veg – eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs to fight off colds, coughs & flus over the winter months

3. Modify Facial Skin-Care Regiment – During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Use a natural face scrub or exfoliator once or twice a week throughout this time

4. Moisturize frequently – Keep your hands well moisturized during this time too! Applying a hand cream after each washing can help, also wearing waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.

5. Lower the thermostat – When it is chilly outside, the first thing most of us want to do is crank up the heat.  But central heat can make the air in your house even more dry.  Try setting the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable setting (68-72 F) to maintain healthy skin.

6. Limit shower time and temperature – It can be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, but your skin will be much better served with a 5-to-10-minute lukewarm shower (or bath)

7. Invest in a Humidifier – Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep skin hydrated.

8.  Fragrance-Free cleansers – The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin.  For instance, regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances.  Instead wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel.

9. Sunscreen – It’s not just for summer months! On bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays – up to 80%, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.  That means whether you are out on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it is just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter months.

 Give your skin what it needs – Winter air has a way of drying out skin, leaving it raw and red.  Even with at-home moisturizers, your skin can still look and feel dry.  Facials offer professional skincare, which penetrates into the layers of your skin, allowing your face to calm down redness and irritation and regain its healthy summer glow.

7 reasons we recommend winter facials:

  • Deep hydration
  • Professional grade exfoliation
  • Increased circulation
  • Vitamin and antioxidant infusion
  • Cleaned out pores and blackheads
  • Expert insight
  • Relaxation

So, whether you are traveling to someplace cold this winter or sticking around the Midwest, we wish you beautiful, hydrated skin all winter long. To schedule your facials or other appointment, book online today!

What is Microneedling

Microneedling is a hot topic in the beauty industry. This treatment has many benefits that can help you achieve the skin of your dreams. We’ll go over what microneedling is, how it works, and why it is helpful for your skin.

Microneedling is a form of dermal needling that involves puncturing the top layer of skin with tiny needles. It has been used in medicine for decades, and it’s quickly becoming popular as an anti-aging treatment. The medical name for this procedure is percutaneous collagen induction therapy (PCIT). PCIT can be performed on people who have acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, and many other skin imperfections. It also helps to reduce the appearance of scar tissue after laser treatments or surgeries such as burn care or hair removal by smoothing out the surface area.

The goal of the treatment is to create tiny channels in your skin that can help stimulate collagen production and improve the overall appearance.

Microneedling has very few side effects which include some redness, light pigmentation changes, mild swelling, and itchiness at the site of needling. These reactions typically disappear within a couple days after treatment. Some people also notice small whiteheads or shallow cysts forming on their skin following microneedling treatments. This happens if too much pressure was used. Treatments are done for three months in a row, once every four weeks.

How to prepare:

– Microneedling should always be done by a professional under sterile conditions.

-You can stop using topical products for several days before rolling if you are concerned about irritation.

– If your skin is tanned, wait until it fades before microneedling because tanning makes your skin more sensitive to injury and possible infection.

– Avoid sun exposure like the plague during treatment (and forever afterward) as it increases the risk of scarring. The needles make tiny puncture wounds in the dermis; thus, creating an open wound that needs protection from sunlight. Not only do they create small channels but also pull up collagen fibers which stimulates growth throughout all layers of the epidermis resulting in thicker smoother younger looking skin within months!

Aftercare:

Microneedling will leave you red and sensitive, slathering on a broad-spectrum, chemical-free sunscreen with at least SPF 30 during the weeks following your treatment (and, let’s be honest, always!).

You should avoid retinol and acids, such as glycolic and salicylic. These ingredients will be too strong right after microneeding is done.

Be sure to keep your skin hydrated by applying a mild hydrating serum and use a mild cleanser, taking care to avoid exfoliating scrubs in the days immediately following the treatment.

Ideally, you will also want to avoid putting on makeup for the rest of the day, but if you have prior commitments, it is totally safe to wear later in the night.

Be sure to let your skin “chill” after microneedling. For the rest of the day, do not wash the skin, expose to high heat, sweat too much (that means no sun, no gym, no hot yoga).

Just like any procedure, do your research to ask questions and find a licensed practitioner just like the ones at Precision Wellness!

Facial Reflexology Benefits

Facial reflexology, the ability to manipulate the energy points of the face for healing purposes is an ancient form of treatment. It has made its way through history starting in India and slowly disseminating out into other countries.

Currently, facial reflexology is becoming more popular here in the United States as people are becoming more aware of its many benefits. One of which being that there are no negative side effects to this form of treatment because it only works on stimulating your body to heal itself!

There are numerous health benefits associated with facial reflexology including migraine relief! Aside from improving sleep quality, promoting healing, and removing toxins from the body, facial reflexology boasts a wealth of beauty benefits. The motion of the movement helps to work the facial muscles and release muscular tension, resulting in a younger, radiant glow and firmer, plumper skin.

The movement also improves the flow of lymphatic fluid, which aids in the removal of toxins. Facial reflexology can be used to reduce puffiness around the eyes, increase suppleness and elasticity of the skin, soothe sunburns, ease sinus pain, and improve complexion.

Using facial reflexology techniques stimulates both physical and emotional wellbeing by calming the nervous system promoting feelings of relaxation, decreasing stress levels, and infusing a sense of empowerment while encouraging freedom from negative thoughts. The technique promotes self-love by increasing awareness and acceptance of oneself; it is an excellent alternative therapy for those who suffer from stress or depression.

Facial reflexology is based on the premise that every point on our faces corresponds with all other parts and organs in your body. By using tools that work along meridians and focal areas mapped out on the face, a practitioner will balance the yin and yang energy in your body by way of your face.

People who are trying to quit smoking will see the effects of facial reflexology in as early as three sessions. This is because smoking causes your face to become numb and it tends to diminish sensation, this therapy helps regulate endorphin production which will help you get back that feeling in your mouth and relieve stress you may be experiencing from withdrawal symptoms. Some other benefits of facial reflexology include provides relaxation to both the body and mind, increased blood circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic system, soothes away aches and pains, chronic tension can cause grey hair; this therapy prevents it by stimulating the entire glandular system.

Each facial reflexology treatment is as unique as the person receiving it. In other words, don’t even try to anticipate your treatment. What happens during a session also depends on the practitioner, their method, and tools they decide to employ.

When you are ready to balance your body and its processes through the face, it may result in a more efficient system all allows you to rest and reset. Call Precision Wellness today to book your appointment!

Microblading

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A lot of us spend time and money plucking, waxing, threading, and filling in our eyebrows.  Which is why many consider something more permanent like microblading. The semi-permanent tattooing technique may be the secret to faking fuller eyebrows that look totally natural – Microblading might just be the hassle-free solution to spending hours penciling in your eyebrows only to get the shape completely wrong!

Using a manual tattoo technique, tiny hair-like strokes are made while pigment is deposited into the epidermal layer of the skin.  Due to the pigment fading over time, it is recommended to have a touch up done very 1-2 years to maintain results.

The process of microblading is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end.  These needles do not penetrate the skin, just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut. Microblading is not like tattooing though. Microblading is not the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface.  This is also why it is semi-permanent.

Here are a few tips prior to your appointment that you should keep in mind:

  • Do NOT pick, tweeze, wax or have electrolysis one week prior.
  • Do NOT use sunbeds or sit in direct sunlight two weeks before.
  • Do NOT have any type of facial or peel two weeks prior.
  • Stop using retinol or Vitamin A one month prior.
  • No exercising on the day of microblading.
  • Do NOT drink alcohol 24-48 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Do NOT drink coffee 2 hours prior.

A few things to remember AFTER your microblading procedure:

  • No picking!!!! You can expect your eye brows to flake.
  • No facials, Botox, or peels for 4 weeks.
  • Avoid exercise for 1 week.
  • Avoid swimming for 10 days.
  • Do NOT wear any make-up or use skincare on your brows until they have healed.
  • Avoid direct sun for 1 week.

If you would like additional information or are ready to schedule your microblading appointment, call Precision Wellness today!

Fibroblast Therapy? What is that?!?!?

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People of all ages, shapes, and sizes have loose skin.  Although it is common, having sagging skin can cause embarrassment and discomfort. IN the past, the only way to deal with sagging skin was through invasive surgical procedures. Now you have the option of Fibroblast Therapy!  This revolutionary new skin tightening procedure can create similar effects as surgical options without ever having to under the knife.

You’re unfamiliar with the term Fibroblast, these are the collagen and protein producing cells in the dermis – the layer of skin just below your outermost skin layer.   Fibroblasts play an important role in helping skin wounds heal as well as maintaining skin firmness and tightness.

How does Fibroblast Therapy work?

Your esthetician uses an electric handheld device called a plasma Fibroblast pen for the procedure.  This pen uses a metal probe to ionize atmospheric gas between its tip and the gasses that the skin naturally emits.  This forms a plasma charge.  The electrical arc is then created, shrinking the targeted skin.  Your tissues will retract and tighten, providing you with a more youthful-looking appearance.  As your skin continues to heal and repair post-treatment, your skin elasticity will continue to improve and tighten.

What are the benefits of Fibroblast Therapy?

Plasma fibroblast therapy is a nonsurgical treatment that may be used to treat skin conditions such as acne scars, age spots, seborrheic keratosis, and wrinkled skin.

Cosmetic specials may also use plasma fibroblast therapy as an alternative to lip fillers to make the lips look fuller.

Are there any side effects of Fibroblast Therapy?

While plasma fibroblast therapy can offer results, they are not likely to be as dramatic as a surgical procedure.    Examples of side effects include redness, swelling, mild hypopigmentation, mild hyperpigmentation, skin peeling and crusting.  When you consider that you are getting a skin tightening solution without the need for dangerous surgery, these side effects are much easier to swallow.

Will I see results from Fibroblast Therapy right away?

You will notice some results immediately after your appointment.  As cell turnover occurs and the product of collagen increase, you will notice further changes to your skin.  You should expect to see the full results of your treatment around three months.  Fibroblast procedure results typically last for three years.

If you are feeling self-conscious about the state of your skin, call your esthetician at Precision Wellness to discuss if Fibroblast is right for you!

How does a facial help with anti-aging?

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As skin ages, it becomes duller and develops lines, wrinkles, and folds.  Anti-aging facials are cosmetic procedures designed to restore a youthful appearance to the face.

Facials are non-intrusive skincare procedures designed to improve the appearance of the facial skin.  Most facials are multi-step treatments, combining various skincare products and techniques to target different aspects of the skin. 

Anti-aging facials are facials designed specifically to rejuvenate mature skin. They do so by improving the thickness and smoothness of the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, creases, and folds, as well as brightening up the tone of the skin.

Most anti-aging facials have the same three goals:

  • Thicken the skin
  • Improve the elasticity of the skin
  • Restore a vibrant skin tone

By thickening the skin and improving its elasticity, anti-aging facials reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkle, and folds.  By restoring a vibrant skin tone, they reduce dullness. Together, this gives the skin a more youthful appearance.

Here are some of the anti-aging facials options available to you:

Exfoliating facials

Exfoliating facials are designed to remove dead skin cells from the outermost layers of the skin, revealing the younger, healthier cells underneath.  This makes them a highly effective way to give the skin a more vibrant tone.

Collagen facials

Collagen facials are creams, serums, and masks designed to replenish the collagen in facial skin.  By doing so, they help to maintain the skin’s thickness and elasticity, ensuring a smooth, taut appearance.

Hydrating facials

The primary goal of a hydrating facial is to moisten the skin.  Making the skin appear plumper and more vibrant, these products help to sooth dry skin and prevent cracking or flaking.

Light therapy facials

Light therapy facials use powerful, medical-grade LED light to rejuvenate the skin. They do so by increasing collagen levels in the skin, thereby improving skin thickness and elasticity.  This is also an effective way to reduce excess pigmentation, which is often caused by sun damage.

Microdermabrasion facials

Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment in which abrasive crystals are shot against the skin. Like other types of exfoliations, microdermabrasion removes dead cells from the top layer of the skin to reveal younger, healthier skin.

If you are ready for an anti-aging facial to help your skin appear younger and more vibrant, call Precision Wellness today!

What are the Long-Term Benefits of a Regular Facial?

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Most of us consider a day at the spa a luxury.  At the end of the day, you probably look forward to being pampered and prettied up in a relaxing environment.  One particular indulgence that does more than just spoil you, is a facial.

Staggering amounts of pollution, dirt, grime and dead skin accumulate on our faces.  This build up is unavoidable.  We can do the best we can to keep the skin clean, but it is not always enough.   Many advocates compare getting a facial to going to the dentist.  We brush our teeth, floss (when we remember) and still acknowledge the importance of going to the dentist for a regular deep clean.  Keeping on a regular dental schedule saves us a lot of money down the road.  Like our teeth, the skin needs to be evaluated and cleansed by a trained professional every so often to maintain a healthy complexion.  Getting facials on a regular basis, even once every few months or year, will save you from needless spending in the future.

What are some of the benefits of a routine facial you ask?  Let’s dive in:

  • Regular facials provide noticeable improvements to your skin tone, texture, and appearance.
  • Regular facials lead to less pronounced wrinkles and keeping your skin hydrated.
  • Your existing creams and moisturizers will be more effective.
  • Healthy skin is our body’s first line of defense against illness, bacteria, and disease (it is extremely important to take care of it!).
  • Professional facials help increase circulation in your skin by promoting new skin cell growth which leads to healthier and younger looking skin! 
  • General recommendation is a facial every three to four weeks (or once a month).  The life cycle of skin cell development and exfoliation.
  • Facials help this process and assure your skin always glows!
  • Removing blackheads and exfoliating dry, flaky skin, facials help fade dark spots from long-term damage and bad habits.

Are you wondering the disadvantage of regular facials?  The most common side effects after a facial are redness and blotchy skin due to the pressure of exfoliation and extraction.  You should avoid wearing makeup or using any of the products on your skin during the day or two that follow your facial to give your skin time to heal.  That’s it… that is the only disadvantage! (now that is a side effect I’m ok with!)

One important note to remember is that a single facial will not improve the quality and healthy of your skin in the long-term.  Much like going to the gym, improving the health of your skin is a continual process, requiring commitment and dedication.

At Precision Wellness, we offer a wide variety of facial services customized to fit the needs of your skin type and goals for your skin you’d like to achieve. 

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